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Re: Sherman J. Larsen and Ufology

From: Gary Alevy <galevy@pipeline.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 00:52:39 -0500
Fwd Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 10:38:41 -0500
Subject: Re: Sherman J. Larsen and Ufology


At the end of this posting you will find the only notice of the
passing of the co-founder of CUFOS published by CUFOS. This was
printed on the last page, in the right hand lowermost corner of
the IUR Spring 1997 pp. 32.

The notice only measures 2-3/4" by 3", barely a sixth of a page,
and the table of contents for the issue does not even mention
it. All in all, a rather ignoble treatment of an important
figure's passing.

There are a couple of notable points here:

1) The only mention made of Larsen's background is that he was
in the insurance business, a matter of no UFOlogical import. A
matter of UFOlogical import, namely that Larsen was a member of
the Army's Counterintelligence Corps (CIC) the organization that
handled UFO investigation and security for numerous UFO
investigations, e.g. Gorman incident, Roswell incident, is not
mentioned at all.

2) Didn't Jerry say that Larsen approached Hynek about using
Larsen's PEG as the skeleton for Hynek's "new" organization?

From the UFOMind UpDates Archive at:

http://www.ufomind.com/ufo/updates/1998/dec/m01-049.shtml

>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
>Subject: Re: 50s UFO History: Role Of Dr. James McDonald
>Date: Tue, 01 Dec 98 16:31:09 PST

<snip>

>Sherm had practical managerial skills, of which Allen possessed
>zero, and these skills did much to keep CUFOS functioning from
>day to day.  Allen didn't put him "in charge." He wanted to start
>a UFO organization but didn't want to go through the hassle of
>incorporation procedures. Sherm suggested to him that he
>simply take over Public Education Group (PEG), a local flying-
>saucer discussion group Sherm  had led for some years in the
>Chicago area; Allen agreed, insisting on the name Center for
>UFO Studies.  The unremarkable story, which no one who was
>there at the time disputes, is related by Larsen in "The Founding
>of CUFOS," IUR, May/June 1986, pp. 13-14.

Tsk, tsk, Jerry, for not doing your homework on a guy as
important as the co-founder of the organization that gave you
your leg up to ufological fame!

2) No mention is made of Larsen's history and achievements in
the field.  Larsen was quite an active researcher and drew upon
his skills as an intelligence officer to "seed" the field with
documents from his associate Dr. J. Allen Hynek.

3) These interesting oversights are important because they
demonstrate a pattern running through much of the work of
today's ufology.  That is, ufologists today seem to take great
pains NOT to include information of the type I have provided
above and there is a constant litany of disparagement of any
intelligence connections in the UFO Arena.  As you will see in
the quote below the truly important background and activities
are simply omitted.  That is, not to be seen is anything about
his military career or the type of writing and analysis he
performed, or the fact that he was said to be the prime mover in
the forming of CUFOS.

Some list readers might remember that Mr. Clark explained such
lacunae in the record of being due to the lack of time, that is
one only has one lifetime to write a three volume encyclopedia.
However, I think one has to agree that he should have had the
time to include what is reported above.  What a totally lame
excuse! In fact, the quote "lack of time" excuse is about the
lamest I have ever heard from a living author's mouth.

Readers of this list are asked to think about these obvious
facts and what they might mean.

Gary Alevy


The text of the notice in IUR Spring 1997 pp. 32
------------

Sherm Larsen

In December 1996 Sherman J. Larsen, former CUFOS board member,
died after a long illness. Sherm volunteered his time and
talents for many years, and we will miss him at CUFOS.

Larsen, who was born in Chicago, worked for most of his life in
the life-insurance industry. In 1965 he helped to found the
NICAP-Chicago affiliate and was elected its first president.
When all NICAP affiliates were disbanded because of
organizational problems at NICAP headquarters, Sherm founded the
Public Education Group (PEG) in 1971. When J. Allen Hynek
decided to form CUFOS in the fall of 1973, he asked Larsen if he
would be its first administrator. For the next 13 years, Larsen
performed a wide range of administrative and financial tasks. He
retired from the field in 1986.

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