Agustin Mello

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In existographies, Agustin Eastwood De Mello (26 BE-48 AE) (1929-2003 ACM) (LH:1), aka "Gustavo", was an American karate master, flamenco guitarist, weightlifting champion, science fiction author, a second or third cousin to Clint Eastwood, and auto-characterized "genius and anarchist"[1], noted for []


In 1970, Mello, developed misgivings about his perceived lost prodigy ability failures.

In 1976 to 1988, Mello carried out an excessive "forced prodigy"[2] experiment on his son Adragon Mello, to get him to become the next Vinci or Einstein. By the age of five, he calculated his son's intelligence to be at IQ of 400 (see: highest IQ). Mello, resultantly, got, or rather "forced" his son, via yelling and suicide threats, to graduate with a BA in mathematics from University of California, Santa Cruz, setting the world record for youngest college graduate[3]; albeit, not without some very unusually circumstances, pressurized methods, including threats of hammers to heads of his son's mathematics professors.

Adragon | Son

A photo of a young Adragon Mello, son of Agustin Mello, with his mother Cathy Gunn at Disney Land.[4]

In c.1970, Mello, wrote a science fiction story about “brilliant child who becomes a revered scientist and world leader who leads an intergalactic movement to the great benefit of mankind”, and sent the story to Isaac Asimov to review.[5]

In Jan 1976, Cathy Gunn (1952-), a Silicon Valley technical writer, Agustin’s second wife, became pregnant, at point which Agustin began making her drink a baby genius formula of some sort.

On 5 Oct 1976, Adragon Mello, aka "AD", was born, upon which, Agustin began to undertake one of the most extreme "forced prodigy"[2] attempts on record, so in to realize his goal that Adragon would become a Nobel laureate by age 16[6], and hence afterwards another Vinci or Einstein.

Cathy Gunn, Adragon’s mother, said she was horrified by the father's obsessive pressure on their son but there was nothing she could do about it, she says. She eventually had to leave the family, fearing for her life. Agustin De Mello would go to any lengths to get his way, according to Gunn. "He threatened to kill himself in front of me. He did that in front of AD in order to get him to do things," she recalls. Adragon's father would yell at the top of his voice and scolding the child to no end to achieve his vision.

IQ 400?

In 1981, Agustin, when Adragon was age 5, gave his son an intelligence test, designed for, supposedly, twenty-year-olds to his son, from which, using the Lewis Terman IQ formula method, he derived the following result:

meaning that Adragon, supposedly, had scored a hundred percent on the test, and hence owing to his age (age 5) relative to the age of the "mind" (age 20) of the person the test was designed[7] for, he thus had an IQ of 400. This is the highest IQ calculation known to history.[8]

Degree or hammer!

A news clipping[4] of Adragon, Agustin's son, grading with his age 11 BA in mathematics, setting a world record for "youngest college graduate".[3]

In 1986, when Adragon, age 10-ish, began to burnout, Agustin, mentioning the name Theodore Streleski[9], a Stanford grad student who crushed his professor's skull with a hammer (1978), threatened to come into the college with a hammer and bash in the heads of the mathematics professors, in they did not give Adragon his degree.

In Jun 1988, Adragon got his BA mathematics diploma. When question about this, Gerhard Ringel (1919-2008)[10], a German-born American mathematics professor, who knew Agustin carried guns with him on campus (or 10 guns at his home; as police later found), commenting the following:

“I cannot answer this question. This is too dangerous.”
— Gerhard Ringel (1987), question about Agustin’s age 11 degree [5]

In this period, tensions had become high; the following are comments from Adragon's mother, compiled by Police in efforts to get a search warrant:

“My son is losing it. He and his father made a ‘suicidal pact’, and his father made a thinly veiled threat of violence.”
— Cathy Gunn (1988), “police reports affidavit” [1]
“Remember what happened at ESL (the Sunnyvale computer company where seven employees were massacred in February, 1987) last year? Something like that could happen, only much worse if you screw up AD's education.”
Agustin Mello (1988), “Taped telephone conversation with Cathy Gunn”

In Sep 1988, following a armed police standoff with Agustin, at his home, Adragon was put into foster care; then placed into the home of his mother Cathy Gunn. Before or after this point, telephone calls, such as above were recorded and listed in the police reports.


Mello, at an early age, was born to parents who separated, after which he resided with is grandparents, during which, in first grade, as he reflected to Bob Sipchen (1988) in interview, he began to "doubt the efficacy of the American educational system". Specifically, Agustin, after being taught by his grandfather that: "quadrillion is a one with 15 zeros after it", told this to his first grade teacher, who replied: "there is no such number!" The next day, Agustin's grandfather went to the teacher and told her: "if you want to stay in the teaching profession, you will have to learn that there were numbers far larger than a quadrillion." This left and indelible impression on the young Agustin. In the decades to follow, Mello became educated as follows, as he reported in interview:

“What followed, by all indications, is that De Mello, in a decidedly unorthodox approach to education, got a masters in physics and astronomy from Metropolitan Collegiate Institute of London and a doctorate in theoretical astrophysics from Ohio Christian University. Then he took the high school equivalency and SAT test, and in 1974 earned a bachelor’s degree in English at UCLA.”
— Bob Sipchen (1988), “Agustin de Mello Calls Wiz Kind Sun his Greatest Creation” [1]

When he completed his 1974 BA in English at UCLA, he was age 45, and in commentary on this said: “I was what they call an older student on campus. I was in a scene on one end that Adragon was in on the other end.” Two years later, his son Adragon was born, and the rest, as discussed below, is IQ legend folklore, categorically speaking.


Quotes | On

The following are quotes on Agustin Mello:

“I’m not sure whether either Agustin or Adragon are the geniuses? Agustin makes them out to be, and doesn’t think the issue is terribly important anyway. I see people who say ‘I have a high IQ’ but the rest of their life is a shambles. I don’t believe you should put yourself above everyone else because you have this ‘genius thing’. You should just fit into the rest of the world, do the best you can and try to be happy in the process of getting there.”
— Cathy Gunn (1988), Interview commentary [1]
“Here in Northern California, the De Mello story leads the headlines and broadcasts. Yet, despite the details of each new twist—the police seizure of 10 guns, videotapes and Adragon’s physics, astronomy and math assignments; De Mello’s release from the psych ward, and his subsequent arrest on felony child endangerment charges; last Thursday’s hearing, postponed till this week, to determine where Adragon should live—the De Mello story remains largely a mystery.”
— Bob Sipchen (1988), “Agustin de Mello Calls Wiz Kind Sun his Greatest Creation” [1]
“The threads of De Mello’s life that do reveal themselves can be woven into an offbeat drama, in which the hero careens through life, dog sledding on the Hudson Bay, breaking bricks on a Johnny Carson show, penning romantic poems about immortality, and wailing through New York’s Greenwich Village on a motorcycle with hipster Wavy Gravy hanging on behind.”
— Bob Sipchen (1988), “Agustin de Mello Calls Wiz Kind Sun his Greatest Creation” [1]

Quotes | By

The following are quotes by Agustin Mello:

“The money part of it is ridiculous. 60 Minutes spent $100,000 to produce their story. They gave $500 to a convicted killer to get an interview with him, and they offered Adragon $5. Free lance photographers and writers have undoubtedly made money on him. A million dollars has probably been made on him, and he hasn’t seen a dime.”
— Agustin Mello (1987), “Side commentary during Good Times interview of his son”, Jul 8 [11]

End matter


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Sipchen, Bob. (1988). “Augustin de Mello calls ‘Whiz Kid’ Son his Greatest Creation; Some say That’s Precisely the Problem” (Ѻ), Los Angeles Times, Sep 17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Forced prodigy – Hmolpedia 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Youngest college graduates (subdomain) – Hmolpedia 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Adragon Eastwood de Mello –
  5. 5.0 5.1 Robert, Kurson. (2002). “Just another father-son story” (WB)(GB) Esquire, Nov 01.
  6. Harris, Ron. (2001). “Former Child Prodigy Takes on Role as Father’s Caretaker” (Ѻ), Santa Cruz Sentinel, Apr 27.
  7. Note: the IQ test originally was designed to test for retardation, i.e. whether a child was above or below IQ of 70, so to determine if they needed to go into "special education".
  8. Note: not that it is correct, i.e. a real IQ or true IQ, but rather that it his the highest IQ value (see: ceiling IQ), determined by the so-called Terman IQ method (1916), known, at least in respect to making it into print publications, to date.
  9. Theodore Streleski – Wikipedia.
  10. Gerhard Ringel – Wikipedia.
  11. Hanson, Kevin. (1987). “Astrophysical Adragon: Head in the Stars, Feet at UCSC De Mello, 10, had a Tall Order” (pgs. 11-#), Good Times, Jul 8.

Further reading

  • Mello, Agustin. (1964). Black Night: Poetry (GB). El Duende Publications.

External links

  • Mello, Agustin Eastwood-De. (2010). “Flamenco ed Duendo” (Amz). Publisher.
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