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Re: Sherman J. Larsen and Ufology

From: Gary Alevy <galevy@pipeline.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 00:14:16 -0500
Fwd Date: Sat, 02 Jan 1999 10:28:01 -0500
Subject: Re: Sherman J. Larsen and Ufology


>From: "Stan Friedman" <fsphys@brunnet.net>
>To: "UFO UpDates - Toronto" <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Sherman J. Larsen and Ufology
>Date: Sat, 26 Dec 1998 22:48:08 -0400

><snip>

>I first met Allen Hynek in the late 1960s and saw him in a
>number of different places after that including his home, Idabel
>Epperson's home in LA ,at MUFON Conferences., Etc.

>I thought he was naive about both interstellar travel and
>government secrecy and I strongly believe that Jim McDonald was
>certainly a more persistent and better investigator. But I never
>saw the slightest hint of Allen covering things up.

>As I once said there is no point in criticizing a good washing
>machine for being a poor dryer. He was not a dynamic aggressive
>person and often sounded like an apologist ufologist. But I saw
>no sign of the things Gary has conjured up.

>Ditto for Sherm Larsen.

>First thought that came to mind was his following up my
>suggestion to Industrial Research and Development Magazine to
>devote one of their monthly reader reply polls to UFOs. Because
>of his actions they did it, twice.

>As I pointed out in IUR later, a majority of those professonals
>who expressed an opinion said UFOs are real.

>It is certainly not true that Allen and I agreed about
>everything. But I just can't find any basis for Gary's claims.

>Stan Friedman

Look Who's Running Down Dr. Hynek Now!

I'll say one thing for Allen Hynek, his erstwhile friends sure
do one heck of a job of "defending" him! That is, both Mr. Clark
and Mr. Friedman damn Dr. Hynek with faint praise...or praise
him with lukewarm damnation, take your pick. But it's odd. It's
like the "Reagan Defense" that was put up after the Iran/Contral
affair broke into the news and the President was asleep or out
of town when the various deals went down.

All respectable people said there wasn't anything to
Iran/Contra, and the President feigned incompetence or
inattention. But, you know, there WAS quite a bit to it and the
President WAS involved, or in a coma, take your pick.

Do people lie about their activities? Yes.
Do they dissemble? Yes.
Can they fool their friends, especially friends
who have good reason to want to think the best
of them? Double yes.
Will they ignore evidence any way they can when
their friends are involved? Yes.

I look at Dr. Hynek's career, closely, and it's almost funny,
how easily he re-invented himself after the Michigan disaster.
Using his personal qualities he was able to put everyone to
sleep, or rather, nearly everyone. As always, there were many
who preferred sleep, as do so many on this list today. But
perhaps a seed has been planted, a doubt raised. Remember, there
is much on the public record if you simply will look at it.

Does any of this matter? Probably not. That is, the "New
Ufology" is about to put itself, and just about everyone else,
to sleep -- out of boredom -- while the "Old Ufology" reinvents
the same wheel for the fourth or fifth time. By this time it's
all rather beside the point.

All of this is most interesting, in the sort of a sinking
sensational way that a crashing airplane probably gives as it
begins its final plunge.

Thanks ebk, Updates is an amazing resource.

Gary Alevy

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