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Pythagoras' Revenge by Arturo Sangalli

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Chapter 14

THE BEACON

When Dr. Gregory J. Trench finished his telephone conversation on an unseasonably warm evening in early January 1998, he was wearing a contented smile. The forty-four-year-old physician had been talking to his friend Leonard Richter, who had told him what he wanted to hear: the team was now complete. The team in question had nothing to do with his medical training and everything to do with his religious beliefs. To understand the connection, one must begin with the story of Trench’s conversion to an esoteric faith.

Dr. Trench came from a Catholic family of second-generation Irish immigrants. His grandfather, Tobias Trench, arrived in America from Dublin in 1908 and settled in Chicago, where he opened a small printing shop ...

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