From: Don Ecsedy <don.nul> Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2012 13:42:07 -0400 (EDT) Archived: Mon, 23 Jul 2012 05:55:36 -0400 Subject: Re: Dating Arnold I've been reading the Spring 1948 Fate article about Maury Island by Kenneth Arnold, and The Coming Of The Saucers (TCOTS), taking the deaths of Davidson and Brown as the fixed point. Both versions have the correct date. The 'time dilation' is enabled by setting the evening interview and trip to the house of Dahl's secretary on the 29th, rather than the 30th. The Fate article does not include going to the house, however, a bad edit leaves in some dialogue between Arnold and Dahl that occurs at the house and does not fit at all in the hotel room. The following day, Arnold calls Emil Smith. In Fate, Arnold specifies he called Smith and Brown, but Brown first. In TCOTS the events of the 31st are set on the 30th, except for calling Brown which is deferred to its actual spot the following day, the 31st. Much of TCOTS 30th involves Smith. Arnold calls him, Crisman drives Arnold to his plane, Arnold flies to Seattle, gets Smith, and flies back to Tacoma. Smith decides to stay, Crisman drives him to Seattle for his car and an overnight bag, and they drive back separately to Tacoma. For Crisman driving Smith to Seattle, Fate's 31st only has it that Smith and Crisman went out. TCOTS 31st has the same statement, even though they had already driven to Seattle on TCOTS's 30th. This, I think, indicates we are reading two draft versions of the 31st. In comparing the two day's in TCOTS against the version in Fate, the only evidence in TCOTS 30th and 31st that cannot be accounted for in Fate's 31st is the breakfast with the boat crew which is a nothing scene. The rest is filler, meals and waiting about. In TCOTS there is information about the fragments brought to the room. At first I thought this might have been an addition to the original story because I could not find another witness statement about these fragments, however the AF and FBI reports affirm there were such fragments. What I think we are reading in TCOTS is an article made out of several drafts of the same material that had not been finalized, rather than an example of poor memory or fabulation by Arnold (or Palmer). Palmer might have been aware of the issue because in his secton of the book, he refers to Maury Island on three occasions, including Arnold's account. Palmer does not refer to any dates. Not knowing what the relationship was between Ray Palmer and Kenneth Arnold in producing the book, I can't guess how Arnold's story ended up as a kludge. Palmer might have made the best of the situation. I really doubt he did anything more to Arnold's story except perhaps to organize the material as best he could. Regards, Don foreshadower.net Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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