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J. Allen Hynek & James McDonald [was: Ann Eller...]

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 09:04:23 -0600
Archived: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 10:28:44 -0500
Subject: J. Allen Hynek & James McDonald [was: Ann Eller...]

>From: Brad Sparks <RB47x.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 21:21:42 EST
>Subject: Re: Ann Eller A Phenomenal Lady

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 11:32:16 -0600
>>Subject: Re: Ann Eller a Phenomenal Lady

>>>From: Robert Salas <rsalas.nul>
>>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 08:56:50 -0800
>>>Subject: Re: Ann Eller a Phenomenal Lady

>>I also know that Allen was deeply troubled by James McDonald's
>>bluntly stated criticisms of his slowness to act on the UFO
>>evidence he was seeing as scientific advisor to Blue Book. In
>>conversation Allen would come back to McDonald's complaints as
>>he sought to defend himself long after McDonald himself was

>This whole schism between Hynek and McDonald was crafted by ex-
>AAF officer Charles B. Moore. Moore lied to McDonald in a
>meeting on April 28, 1966, claiming that Hynek wanted to
>confront the AF over its UFO policies.

>McDonald did not know this was a lie, assumed it was true....

Another huge difference between McDonald and Hynek is that the
former did not hesitate to confront adversaries in a bold, in-
your-face posture. Hynek, on the other hand, recoiled from such
encounters. Not that he lacked core conviction -- his ideas
about Blue Book and Condon are made unambiguously clear in his
enduring classic The UFO Experience (1972), a work of genuine
intellectual courage -- but he did not relish or enjoy the sort
of social tension face-to-face confrontation entails.

If McDonald expected Hynek to confront the Air Force and Blue
Book in the McDonald sense, he did not know Allen well. Perhaps
their differing personalities decreed, sadly, that they would
not function well as the allies they ought to have been. You
might say that one was the warrior, the other the diplomat.

Jerry Clark

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