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Re: Memory Without Klass - Clark

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 16:44:47 -0500
Fwd Date: Sat, 01 Oct 2005 15:43:38 -0400
Subject: Re: Memory Without Klass - Clark

>From: John Rimmer <jrimmer.nul>
>Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 09:36:39 +0100
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Subject: Re: Memory Without Klass

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 08:49:58 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Memory Without Klass

>>>From: John Harney <magonia.nul>
>>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 18:25:51 +0100
>>>Subject: Re: Memory Without Klass

>>>I have the Fortean Times obituary of Phil Klass to hand and I
>>>can't find anything "romantic" or "profoundly silly" about it.

>>Why am I not surprised?

>Why am I not surprised that, as usual, you refuse to answer a
>simple question?

Patient and gentle Listfolk:

One doesn't know which adjective better applies here:
disingenuous or childish. Ufologically literate Listfolk will be
familiar with my extended writings on Klass's, er, distinctive
approach to the UFO heresy, which I have zero intention of
reiterating here, especially when it's to so little purpose as
(and what could be less purpose than?) the edification of
pelicanists. One can only suppose that the Johns have lots of
time on their hands these days; either that, or they've chosen,
for inscrutable avian ends, to behave even more frivolously than

Another adjective comes to mind: hilarious. Listfolk with decent
memories will recall how, shortly after Uncle Phil died early in
August, I predicted that the obit in Magonia would be
hagiographic. Furious, indignant pelican squawking, wing-
flapping, and red-faced denial followed. They had barely
recovered their composure when the hagiographic, breathlessly
uncritical, and tellingly selective obit in Fortean Times was
published. Furious, indignant pelican squawking, wing-flapping,
and red-faced defense of the hagiographic, breathlessly
uncritical, and tellingly selective obit followed, or will in
another posting or two. Anybody care to place a small bet on how
slobbering the Magonia obit will be?

The Fortean Times obit is as it is because it expresses FT's
strange antipathy to UFOs and to American ufologists. (I have
lost track of the number of slaggings I've received in its
pages, and I am far from alone.) Reading it, one has no clue why
Klass had such a miserable reputation among American UFO
researchers and investigators (not to mention among many
skeptics as well, for example Marcello Truzzi, Dennis Rawlins,
Jim Lippard, Gordon Stein, and others). We can only infer the
usual unspoken Ameriphobic subtext, to wit: What would you
expect, after all, of those uncultured colonials? Only such
uncouth souls could fail to fall under the spell of the saintly
Lord Pelican's profound wit and wisdom. We are to believe, I
guess, that this was one of those rare instances in which a
provincial was able to lay claim to the deepest secrets of
feathered truth.

Having any number of more productive things to do with my life,
knowing from long, tedious experience how long pelicanists can
spin out nothing at all, I refuse to entertain further
discussion with the Johns and, lest I be distracted from
actually consequential matters, plan to delete e-mails from them
on the topic. I don't mean _all_ topics, of course; just this
one, which is simply too boring to be the good, dirty fun of
pelican-baiting which from time to time I allow myself, often to
my subsequent chagrin, to indulge.

On the other hand, if there is any Listperson who is honestly
unfamiliar with, and curious about, my Klass writings, who
really does not know why the FT obit is so absurdly misleading
and selective, he or she is free to contact me off-line for some
citations. I will also have an obit in the soon-to-be-released
next issue of International UFO Reporter. I hope it is my last
word on Klass, who has already taken up too much of my - indeed,
all of our - time. Besides, even a fanatical and unpleasant man
has the right to his eternal rest.

Jerry Clark

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