From: Brad Sparks <RB47Expert@aol.com> Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 05:32:51 EDT Fwd Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 00:22:02 -0400 Subject: Re: Kenneth Arnold's Saucer-like Description >From: Bruce Maccabee <email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org ><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. Bruce, misspeaking seems hard to accept when it kept occurring repeatedly, as Arnold told at least _three_ different interviewers about using the evidently nonexistent "stop watch" or "watch" -- the Chicago Tribune, United Press and KWRC radio (see quotes below). The means of timing the UFOs was the foundation of Arnold's extraordinary speed calculation of 1200+ or 1600+ mph which made his sighting a headline-grabber nationwide if not worldwide, so it was very important. DIRECT QUOTE: "I TOOK OUT my WATCH and checked off one minute and 42 seconds...." Chicago Tribune, June 26, 1947 (June 25 interview evidently by phone) DIRECT QUOTE: "... I started clocking them on my sweep second hand CLOCK.... I looked at my WATCH and it showed one minute and 42 seconds." Kenneth Arnold on KWRC radio interview, June 26, 1947 DIRECT QUOTE: ".... I clocked them with a STOP WATCH...." UP dispatch, Pendleton, Ore., June 26, 1947 (Norman, Okla., Transcript, June 26) The only thing I can think of is that because Arnold understood the importance of his timing he felt it was important to make the means of timing something that was familiar and credible to the average person. The average person has no experience with instrument panel clocks on aircraft. But many people would be familiar with stopwatches from sports so, by drawing on his background in sports (former college football player), he described the timing as done with a stopwatch.
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