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Re: Kenneth Arnold's Saucer-like Description

From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac@compuserve.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 22:18:06 -0400
Fwd Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 15:18:23 -0400
Subject: Re: Kenneth Arnold's Saucer-like Description


>From: Brad Sparks <RB47Expert@aol.com>
>Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 22:25:24 EST
>Subject: Re: Kenneth Arnold's Saucer-like Description
>To: updates@globalserve.net

<snip>

>No one can seriously contend he used BOTH a stopwatch AND his
>instrument clock at the same time while trying to watch the
>bizarre UFO's AND while still flying a plane!!  Especially since
>in nearly 40 years of interviews Arnold NEVER says he had used
>TWO timepieces at the same time when he clocked the UFOs.  The
>reporters did not misquote Arnold on this point as some of the
>contradictions are from direct verbatim quotes of Arnold
>including a recorded radio interview (see above).  The weight of
>evidence indicates Arnold used his instrument panel clock to
>time the UFO flight, and the "stop watch" or "watch" he
>purportedly took out of his pocket to do the UFO timing was a
>complete fiction.  I cannot see how this could be an honest
>confusion over familiar objects in everyday use.  Confusion over
>the unknown I can understand.


Tsk, tsk. It would appear Arnold mis-spoke in the heat of the
early interviews.

Or, we can always appeal to the Skeptical Solution when
confronted with _major_ inconsistency :) by a UFO witness (a
type of person who is often inconsistent, in error, poor recall,
etc.). Namely we can propose that Arnold _didn't_ time them at
all or if he did, he got the timing all wrong (like he was off
by a minute or more)

Hence they could have been fast airplanes 6 miles away - Hynek,
atmospheric phenomena - Menzel, geese or pelicans - Kottmeyer
Easton and the ornithologists,  or even meteors - Klass and Keay
Davidson in 1997)


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