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Dr. J. Hackett is a mysterious figure who was referenced a number of times within The Lost Experience. He appears to have worked for Apollo Candy Company as of July 2004, and the Engineering Development Center in the Summer of 2006 and possibly also in the past (Mel0Drama states in June 2006 that he used to work for him). He seems to be involved in research on psychotropic drugs, and distributing them via a type of beverage in partnership with the EDC.
Mel0Drama had initially stated that Hackett was "in our heads". Later, a letter from 1988 revealed that Hackett had worked on "Project Sumo" with Dr. Kini, from Lewis King Laboratories. Apparently, Kini had evidence to suggest that initial research into the project had been confounded by research parameters possibly set by the Hanso Foundation (who are based in Copenhagen). This demonstrates that the Foundation had somehow initially been involved in the research.
Another letter, dated in 2004, revealed that G. Downs from the Engineering Development Center was interested in Hackett's research. They planned to hire Hackett to help them with their initial research into the effects of psychotropic drugs in a beverage, as soon as he left the Apollo Candy Company.
A video on Youtube, posted as part of the game, revealed in sign language that Hackett had left the Apollo Company over disagreement whether to use chemicals in their products, and that he had since joined the Sprite company.
It's possible that the entire Project Sumo subplot was simply a comical idea conjured by the Lost Experience writers in concern of a back-story for Mel0Drama.
References in The Lost Experience
Mel0Drama: He's in our heads, Rachel.
Dr. J. Hackett was also the sender of a letter, addressed to a Dr. Kini, regarding a project titled "Project Sumo".
Dr. Hackett was also mentioned by Mel0drama in a sign-language message linked to by sublymonal.com, claiming that Hackett and Thomas Mittelwerk were fighting over the use of Apollo candy to distribute chemicals - the message suggests that Hackett left Apollo and took his research to Sprite.
- Dr. Hackett is also the name of an antagonist in 1948's Superman movie serial. In the films, Hackett does research on Kryptonite and its effects on Superman.