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Re: Professional Status of Richard Hoagland

From: Dennis Stacy <dstacy@texas.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 18:23:27 -0600 (CST)
Fwd Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 07:27:54 -0500
Subject: Re: Professional Status of Richard Hoagland


>Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 10:44:30 -0800 (PST)
>From: Scott LeGrand <varelse@best.com>
>To: updates@globalserve.net
>Subject: Professional Status of Richard Hoagland

>Well, Robert Stephens' 200 questions imply Mr. Hoagland never
>had any professional status.

>I can at least confirm that he once worked for 'Star and Sky'
>magazine.

>Harlan Ellison recounts a brief conversation with him at JPL in
>'An Edge in My Voice' - now avilable as the 2nd half of
>'Edgeworks 1', on page 39, while they both watch data come in
>from Voyager 1 as it reaches Saturn.
>
>

Scott,

I once went to JPL, donned an anti-static suit, entered the
clean room, and took pictures of the Hubble Telescope in its
infancy.

Eat your hearts out, List members!

My interviews and pictures from same subsequently appeared in
several publications.

Does that render my status professional, given that I was a
freelance writer at the time? I suppose it does in one sense.
But my point is that JPL has always had a PR department willing
to live up to its name.

Gaining an entree via same, however, doesn't necessarily render
you a space professional, NASA consultant, or anything else of
the sort. It simply means that you made a polite request, had
some publishing credentials to back up your claims, and were
consequently granted access to then ongoing projects and
personnel.

The professionalism in this instance was wholly JPL's. The
entire time I was there I couldn't keep from muttering to
myself, "Jeez, I can't believe they're letting me do this!" I
was actually straddling the HT, with the Galileo (Jupiter) probe
sitting next door.

Hate to eat up bandwidth, but if anyone's interested, I'd be
happy to upload a couple of pictures from my visit. Just don't
call me a JPL or NASA confidant, professional or critic, like
Hoagland. IMHO, the latter is a certifiable basket case who
either knows better or is completely delusional or totally
maniacal. Apart from anything Mr. Robert Stephens has to say
about the issue, one way or the other.

My two cents,

Dennis


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