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Re: Who Is Phil Klass? [was: ...Jerome Clark]

From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 18:15:37 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 08:53:00 -0400
Subject: Re: Who Is Phil Klass? [was: ...Jerome Clark]

> Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 09:07:36 -0400
> From: The Duke of Mendoza <101653.2205@compuserve.com> [Peter
> Brookesmith]
> Subject: Who Is Jerome Clark?
> To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

> With the compliments of the Duke of Mendoza:

> >From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
> >To: "'UFO UpDates - Toronto'" <updates@globalserve.net>
> >Subject: RE: UFO UpDate: Re: Who Is Jerome Clark?
> >Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 09:05:16 -0400

> >Maybe I can offer a modest clarification.

> The tale that Greg relates of, er, quaint old-fashioned
> behavior on Phil Klass's part may "clarify" some aspect of
> his character. But it wasn't Klass's character or motives
> that I was addressing, intriguing as they may be. It was the
> nature of Jerome's reactions to Klass and his writing.
> Greg's post sheds no light on those at all.

Let me be more explicit, then. Peter, I don't know if you've ever
been on the receiving end of one of Phil's rages.

He's nasty. Brutal. If you've seen that enough, some of his jokes
don't seem so funny. He'll talk about your body turning up in the
Chesapeake, and put it in the frame of a joke. But if it's you
he's talking about, and you've been the target of his rages, it
reads much more like a fantasized threat.

And no, I'm not asking you to think I believe he'd actually kill
Jerry. You're not that dumb, and neither am I. But it's
completely reasonable for Jerry to think that the climate on
Phil's boat wouldn't be exactly pleasant -- and for him to wonder
how often Phil might dream about his body floating there.

If that doesn't make sense to you, then (a) you've never seen one
of Phil's rages, and (b) you weren't there when he told the dirty
joke to my former girlfriend. "Quaint and old-fashioned" are not
the words that would have occurred to you.

Greg Sandow



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