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Re: John Keel

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 09:32:25 -0500
Archived: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 11:30:15 -0400
Subject: Re: John Keel

>From: James Horak <jchorak7441.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 06:39:52 -0700 (PDT)
>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

>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.

I shouldn't have thought it would be necessary to explain the
obvious even to you, but:

The Mothman Prophecies is a science-fiction film, not a

For the rest of you:

In the late 1960s into the early '70s, as one of Keel's close
and trusted associates, I was the recipient of long letters and
confidential reports detailing the weird testimony he was
collecting - much, it later occurred to me, in the manner of an
amateur folklorist - as he wandered through West Virginia and
Ohio. I still have that material, and it's still fascinating
stuff, though in some cases the material has proven dubious or
prosaically explainable. Even so, some of it remains puzzling
after all these years.

Much of it ended up in Mothman Prophecies (the book, not the SF
film). As critical as I've been of Keel in my mature life, I
have never had occasion to doubt his sincerity, only his
judgment and his capacity to separate facts from desired
beliefs. Of course, the latter part of that sentence describes
many in this field.

Jerry Clark

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