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Re: John Ford

From: John Velez <jvif@spacelab.net>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 03:11:31 -0500
Fwd Date: Mon, 08 Jun 1998 09:21:17 -0400
Subject: Re: John Ford

>Date: Mon, 08 Jun 1998 00:05:16 +0200
>From: Andy Denne <aura.aa@wxs.nl>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: John Ford


>> Date: Sun, 7 Jun 1998 02:46:54 -0500
>> To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>> From: John Velez <jvif@spacelab.net>
>> Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: John Ford

>> >Date: Sat, 06 Jun 1998 11:29:35 -0500
>> >From: Alfred Lehmberg <Lehmberg@snowhill.com>
>> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>> >Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Alfred's Odd Ode #251

>> Hello Al, hi All,

>> A buddy sent me an "update" on the Ford case that I wanted to
>> share with all of you. As I haven't asked permission to reprint
>> a 'private' communique I am hiding any details that may reveal
>> the identity of the person that sent it. The important/pertinent
>> details are all there though.

<snip>

Hi Andy, hi All,

Andy wrote:

>Hi there John,

>Thanks a lot for giving back the List that little touch of
>humanity I was starting to miss!

<Smiling> Andy, I've had my ass kicked so many times on this
list over the years that you don't know how hard it is for me
to "throw back" your warm compliment! <G>

The truth is that Al Lehmberg is the guy that you should thank
and it is he who deserves it. Al has signed off on _every_post_
for more than a year now with his John Ford reminder. I put out
one or two posts about it and I have recieved several
complimentary e-mails. I was simply responding to Larry Hatch. Al
is the guy with the big heart and a _huge_ love/sense of fairness
and right and wrong. Larry called him, "Odd Al," we should _all_
be so "odd". The world would be a better place.

>If you have an address or something on the guys that raise the
>defense-payment for Ford, lemme know, will ya?

>@ndy Denne

I found out that John is being held at the Mid-Hudson Psychiatric
facility here in upstate NY. I guess you can access a mailing
address through regular channels. It's a NY State
Correctional/Penal Institution.

I just want to add a quick comment on Mid-Hudson. In the early
70's myself and one other guy used to conduct 'group counselling
sessions' at four State correctional institutions (prisons) for
inmates that were getting ready to re-enter society. Of the four
institutions that I visited on a weekly basis Mid-Hudson was
by far the worst. It is/was an old set of buildings. They were
antiquated back in the 70's. Mind you, I also used to work Attica
and Greenhaven so when I say Mid-Hudson was the worst it's
in comparison to some really nasty places!

The physical facility, and the staff left an awful lot to be
desired. Even for those being punished for crimes against
society. If the place hasn't been changed much since I was last
there, then John Ford is literally in Hell. Even if Johns' elevator
doesn't quite make it to the top floor, no-one deserves to spend
time in a hole like Mid-Hudson.

A little note of support from a few of his peers might go a long
way to ease the pain that that man must be in. Crazy or not, I'm
sending him a letter telling him that he hasn't been forgotten
and that some people _are_ following developments in his case.
It'll make the guy feel better.

I know if it was me in there a few letters like that would go a
long way and be re-read often. It's what you do when you have
nothing but time on your hands. _Anything_ that comes from
the "outside" is a cherished blessing and a gift. Also, if you
write to him, bear in mind that _all_ communications are opened
and read by staff first.

Peace,

John Velez




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