Dr. Carl Steubens was a Nobel Prize candidate scientist employed by
the Sendrex Corporation to work at the KIVA Laboratories complex.
Assisted by Barbara Spencer, Dr
Steubens was conducting research into magnetic fields in the Ozone layer (nicknamed
Rainmakers). Both he and his friend and colleague, Dr. Sidney Marlowe, were
considered experts in the field. They also shared a love for the game of Chess, which they
played via long distance telex.
When Sendrex Corp had ordered a new series of experiments, Steubens feared his work was
being used to create the ultimate doomsday weapon by creating chain reactions in
the ozone layer which would cause the ozone layer to self-destruct and leave the Earth
vulnerable to the sun's ultraviolet rays killing everything on the planet. Steubens, who
had spent his whole life trying to stop suffering, refused to allow his work to be used as
a weapon, so he invited the only other expert in the field, Dr. Marlowe to the KIVA complex
where he had set explosives to kill them both and thus set the research back 20 (or more)
His plan however didn't work as he expected and although the explosion did destroy the
facility, Steubens and Marlowe survived and were trapped 300 feet below ground on level
three of the complex. Once MacGyver was able to reach them Steubens threatened to shoot
both himself and Marlowe as a
way of protecting his work, but he instead accidently shot Barbara Spencer in the abdomen
before MacGyver was able to wrestle the gun away from him. Spencers wound was not life
threatning and they were all returned to the surface safely.