Paul Stephen Hudson
Paul Stephen Hudson was born in Atlanta and grew up in the Brookhaven area. He has written numerous articles on his alter ego, southern educator and writer Thornwell Jacobs, in the Georgia Historical Quarterly, Atlanta History: A Journal of Georgia and the South, and the online New Georgia Encyclopedia. He was recipient of a Franklin M. Garrett Award of the Atlanta Historical Society.
Thornwell Jacobs (1877-1956), the author of The Law of the White Circle (1908), was a Presbyterian minister. From 1913 to 1944 Jacobs served as president of Oglethorpe University. In 1922 in Cranham, England, Jacobs discovered the tomb of James Edward Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia. Jacobs, a millenarian, is the father of the modern time capsule. In 1940 at Oglethorpe University he sealed his Crypt of Civilization, a chamber not to be opened until 8113 AD.
In 1990 Paul Hudson co-founded the International Time Capsule Society. He has been interviewed on the subject of Jacobs and time capsules in numerous media outlets, including Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, National Public Radio, and the Associated Press. He has lectured extensively on Thornwell Jacobs in Denmark, Thailand, and Japan.