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Re: Friedman's Laws for 'Debunkers'

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 98 19:35:23 PDT
Fwd Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 03:00:51 -0400
Subject: Re: Friedman's Laws for 'Debunkers'


> Date: Fri, 26 Jun 1998 22:09:34 -0400
> From: The Duke of Mendoza <101653.2205@compuserve.com> [Peter Brookesmith]
> Subject: Friedman's Laws for 'Debunkers'
> To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

> With the compliments of the Duke of Mendoza:

> >To: "UFO UpDates - Toronto" <updates@globalserve.net>
> >From: Jerome Clark <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
> >Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Friedman's Laws for
> 'Debunkers'
> >Date: Thu, 25 Jun 98 21:02:46 PDT

>. I might add I happen to think
> Hendry's book one of the best ever written on the subject.

So do I.  A masterpiece, albeit a flawed one (perhaps like
all masterpieces; I feel the same way about Huck Finn or
Moby-Dick), and surely on the top 10 of any list of great
UFO books in English.


> Perhaps Jerome would care to enlighten us further if he
> considers Chris Allan to have misunderstood Wilbert Smith. I
> don't suppose Mr Allan thought he was having the last word
> on the subject, but his opinion *was* informed by a fairly
> damning testimonial from Smith's boss. Cover-up job, I
> suppose.

Having done a fair amount of study of Smith for the
long entry in my UFO encyclopedia, I would say that Smith
was modest and responsible in what he did (and what he
subsequently claimed) concerning Project Magnet,
exaggerated accounts of which owe more to Keyhoe
than to Smith himself.

Where Smith becomes a bewildering and
exasperating character is where he becomes an utterly
uncritical devotee of channeled mush dished out from
the kitchens of cosmic fast-food joints.

> This post also gives me the opportunity to say
> "Congratulations!" on winning the Benjamin Franklin Prize,
> Jerry.

Thank you very much, Peter. I appreciate the sentiment.
And that gives me the chance to ask you a question:
wasn't I supposed to get a review copy of your and Paul's
new book?  I've been looking forward to it, and I mean that
in the best sense.  Though we often disagree, I always find
you interesting.  Paul, too.

Cordially,

Jerry Clark




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