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Re: John Keel

From: James Horak <jchorak7441.nul>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 06:39:52 -0700 (PDT)
Archived: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 09:55:05 -0400
Subject: Re: John Keel

>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 13:35:50 -0500
>Subject: Re: The van Gogh Fallacy

>From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 11:27:37 +0100
>Subject: The van Gogh Fallacy [was: Olson's Final Statement]

>>From: Jeff Olson <jlolson.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2007 11:59:38 -0600
>>Subject: Olson's Final Statement On ETH Diehards

>A final word about James Horak's reference to John Keel in
>support of Jeff Olson's position. It is distressing when a
>figure such as Keel is called forth as an authority in the
>justification of irrationalism. Keel's great contribution was to
>enhance the sophistication of the Ufological enterprise by
>insisting that inconvenient or embarrassing data should not be
>ignored. Unfortunately, as a journalist, he couldn't resist
>over-emphasising some of this data in pursuit of a good story.

>I have known Keel since the mid-1960s and once was quite close
>to him.


>On the positive side of the ledger, however, I might note that
>I've always liked The Mothman Prophecies, after Fort's own work
>surely the most purely entertaining Fortean book ever. I thought
>the film was excellent, too.

The film, Mr. Clark, represented a Hollywood treatment of one
lone aspect of a book that had many. Perhaps you don't know the
two examples I gave, of intelligent driven ball lightening and
the lady MIB, come from The Mothman Prophecies.

Of course the movie is solely about an interdimensional warning
that an impending disaster is about to take place. Something
Keel mentions only in the book towards the end and in passing.


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