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Re: An Open Message To Whitley Strieber

From: Don Ecker <decker@ufomag.com>
Date: Sun, 05 Jul 1998 10:57:27 -0700
Fwd Date: Sun, 05 Jul 1998 14:36:59 -0400
Subject: Re: An Open Message To Whitley Strieber

To all subscribers to the UFO UpDates Mailing list.

I recently read an Op Ed piece from long time ufologist Mr. Jerry
Black addressed to abductee Whitley Strieber. When reading it I
could not help noticing a very large glaring error. Mr. Black


An Open Message To Whitley Strieber
by Jerry Black
July 1998

"On or about February 10, 1998, Mr. Whitley Strieber and Ms.
Vicki Cooper, who is a promoter for the annual Gulf Breeze
Symposium held in Gulf Breeze, Florida every year, appeared on
the Art Bell Show. Vicki made a comment that, just recently, a
young couple took a video of what appeared to be a steel or
metallic ball in the sky."

For those of you that may not be aware, Ms. "Vicki Cooper" Ecker
is the Editor of UFO Magazine. "Vicki Cooper" Ecker and former
partner Ms. Sherie Stark founded UFO Magazine, which is published
in Los Angeles, California, in 1986. Over the years UFO Magazine
has garnered a reputation for reporting on the UFO field second to
none. Over the years we have broken open many stories that today
make a large part of the UFO field. Vicki is not now, nor ever been a
promoter for Gulf Breeze, nor for any faction in the overall UFO

Mr. Black was actually refering to "Ms. Vicki Lyons". Ms. Lyons
has been affiliated with PROJECT AWARENESS which has
been hosting UFO Conferences in Florida for several years now.

Mr. Black goes on to say;

"Whitley Strieber had seen this photograph taken from the video a
few days earlier. Upon seeing the photograph on Art Bell's
website, and listening to Vicki Cooper relate the story, Whitley
Strieber made a comment that maybe the doubters of the Ed
Walters photographs would now take a second look."

First, "Ms Vicki Cooper" Ecker has never been a guest on the Art
Bell Show, although she did years of commentary on my former
radio program 'UFOs Tonite'!

Vicki Cooper went on to mention the then upcoming March 20
symposium in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Of course, Ms. Cooper would
obviously be promoting this, as she has had a financial interest
in the success or failure of the Gulf Breeze Symposium, ever
since the early 1990s, if not even before that.

And once again "Ms. Vicki Cooper" Ecker has never had ANY
FINANCIAL INTEREST in any symposium ANYWHERE. Mr. Black means
"Ms. Vicki Lyons".

Mr. Black goes to great lengths to question motives and credibilty
on various UFO researchers and this is a valid question. However, he
should be much more careful with his own research and at least get the
names and people correct in his own research when placing something
like this out in the INTERNET.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write me at the
following email address.

Thank you for your time.

Don Ecker
Research Director
UFO Magazine
Los Angeles, California