Jose Silva Jr. (Joe Jr. to his friends) is one of the last links to his father's pioneering research that led to a system to help everyone develop their natural God-given ESP, so they can use it and benefit from it every day, in every area of life. Joe was born in 1941, the first of Jose and Paula Silva's 10 children. When his father began to experiment with hypnosis in the late 1940s, using Joe's younger sisters and brothers as subjects, Joe was there to help and to document much of the research. Joe was in the US Navy serving in Vietnam when his father began taking his findings to the public via a series of workshops. There was a huge demand for Jose Silva's "Mind Control" system, so in 1967 he asked Joe to return to Laredo to help with the business. Joe was one of the three incorporators of Silva International, and in 1995, Joe became president of the company. In 1998, Joe was named president of the new company that was established to manage the UltraMind ESP Systems. Throughout the tremendous growth of the Silva programs, Joe has been the most consistent factor, along with his father and his Uncle Juan, who both passed on in 1999. Joe has been married to his wife, Ruth, since 1967. They have two children, David and Ruthie, and five grandchildren. Ed Bernd Jr. grew up in the newspaper business and said he was way beyond skeptical about ESP-he was certain that it didn't exist. He took the course to learn more about how the brain works, hoping that this would help him in his weightlifting hobby. He fully intended to ask for a refund at the completion of the seminar. Much to his surprise, after two weekends of mental training exercises Ed was functioning as a psychic with about 80 percent accuracy. So were the other 150 people in the class. He wound up leaving the newspaper business and becoming a Silva instructor. Ed was invited to join the Silva world headquarters staff in 1981 as an instructor and editor of the company newsletter. He worked for Jose Silva for the last 17 years of Mr. Silva's life. Ed and Joe Jr. are the same age (Ed is five months older) and they have been close friends ever since they met when Ed came to Laredo for instructor training for the first time in 1977. "The day I came to work here at headquarters in 1981," Ed recalled, "Joe told me that I wouldn't be treated like an employee, that they treat everybody like family. It has been a wonderful adventure and an honor to have been associated with them for all these years."