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Re: Bob Shell A Marked Man

From: Don Ecker <decker0726.nul>
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2007 11:46:10 -0700
Archived: Mon, 17 Sep 2007 09:31:51 -0400
Subject: Re: Bob Shell A Marked Man

>From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2007 22:31:22 +0100
>Subject: Re: Bob Shell Was A 'Marked' Man?


Gerald, I think I might be able to clear up some confusion
regarding Alfred Lehmberg's antipathy toward me. Simply follow
along now.

Back when Kevin Randle left a message on this list (April 19)
that I had left research, he quoted some of my 'goodbye letter'
here on the List.

Toward the end I expressed deep dissatisfaction with the current
direction that UFO Magazine had taken. Lehmberg found a writing
gig in UFO Magazine, and he apparently did not like what I had
to say. On April 20th he sent the following:


>From: Alfred Lehmberg <alienview.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2007 06:16:47 -0500
>Subject: Re: Don Ecker Quits UFO Research

>>Source: Kevin Randle's A Different Perspective Blog


>>Wednesday, April 18, 2007

>>Don Ecker Quits UFO Research

>Mr. Ecker writes;

>"...Most 'researchers' are ignorant of what has happened previously
>in the field of UFO research."

>All respect to Mr. Ecker, a man burdened, as many of us are, with
>an earnest sincerity.

>His statement presumes a nebulous and ill-defined fault upon the
>sneer-quoted "'researcher'" as the major hurdle to a ufological
>renaissance of funded interest by the scientific mainstream, say.

>Also presumed in the aggregate are the, I must protest,
>'earnestnesses' (my sneer quotes) of corporate bodies ,
>contested governments, criminal departments of law enforcement,
>dark-side alphabet agencies, and errant religious
>institutions... to do the "right thing" if approached
>rationally, logically, and sensibly about UFOs, for example.
>These iterated cultural bodies are precluded from their
>condescending interest by woo-woos cluttering the field with
>their interests? No.

>Forgotten is that the latter 'woos' have their interests fanned
>by the information vacuum nurtured and facilitated by exactly
>those who should be performing the aforementioned investigation,
>and are not. In other words, there are only sneered at
>"investigators", gentlemen, because there are, not counting
>shoe-string guys such as yourselves... no investigators.

>Sirs, the whole of officialdom works against that which shall
>not submit to the control of same. You dismiss that at peril I
>think. Our cultural gatekeepers abhor that which shall not be
>measured, counted, predicted, accounted for, or profitably
>employed. Moreover, Officialdom employs egregious mechanisms to
>defuse "works of best practice" moving us to the ends alluded
>to... as we _know_.

>It is this, I submit, which generates the informational void-
>with-no-attention-span protested. Officialdom, largely, and not
>we individuals (burdened with the sincerity alluded to) that
>hinders the investigation, insults aggregate intelligence, and
>keeps us in the decided and duplicitous dark about fortean

>It is easier to blame the individual and not them

>But culture and society have a duty to improve and respect the
>individual, if _only_ because society and culture are improved
>and respected in turn. They _don't_ hold up their end on that
>score... and then have the bland if impertinent arrogance to
>_pronounce_ on that which it helps to deny, decry, or
>fallaciously obviate. Verily, it reports authoritatively on
>that which it refuses to even look!

>A lot of dross and wasted time hides in that official
>complacency. It facilitates the short attention span you decry.
> It promotes the errant revisiting you bemoan. It begs the
>mainstream hostility you endure with regard to this biggest
>_possible_ story...

>There's your enemy of reason, I expect, and not the Birnes'...
>Sirs. The Birnes', _stalwart_ persons seemingly imbued with an
>earnest sincerity of their own, only kick over the rocks
>dissmissed and ignored by a mainstream remaining, perhaps, over-
>respected still. They're not the enemy, and deserve, I
>suspect... more respect than that shown as torches are passed.


Shortly thereafter I appeared on an Iinternet radio show I was
invited on to discuss my retirement and I humorously stated some
reactions to my leaving. I mentioned Alfred Lehmberg's post,
and stated that I read the thing 4 times and still didn't
understand what in hell he was talking about.

Even though I _did not state I thought he was overly pompous and
a wind bag, that was the impression I gave and it appears he has
not yet forgiven me. My impression has not changed one whit.

Oh, and Lehmberg suggesting that all Police are crooked... well
that told me more about him than _all_ his ramblings posted right
here on UFO UpDates.

Don Ecker

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