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Re: Dating Arnold

From: Don Ecsedy <don.nul>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 13:10:47 -0400 (EDT)
Archived: Sat, 02 Jun 2012 09:18:18 -0400
Subject: Re: Dating Arnold

>From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 10:29:18 -0600
>Subject: Dating Arnold [was: Flying Saucers - The Greatest Lie Ever Told]

>>From: Martin Shough<parcellular.nul>
>>Date: Wed, 30 May 2012 13:27:33 +0100
>>Subject: Re: Flying Saucers - The Greatest Lie Ever Told

>>>From: Don Ecsedy<don.nul>
>>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto<post.nul>
>>>Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 11:12:49 -0400 (EDT)
>>>Subject: Re: Flying Saucers - The Greatest Lie Ever Told


>which goes into great detail about this and other
>'inconsistencies', including outright fabrications, in the
>Coming of the Saucers version of Arnold's involvement in Maury
>Island affair. And while I suspect most or all of these were due
>to Ray Palmer, I have distinct unease with Arnold's apparent
>complicity in their publication.


It can be too easy to implicate Palmer. Arnold was not an
academic, and intellectual. His writing is casual,
conversational, and expressive, on occasion hyperbolic. Taken
flatly, literally, some things he wrote are absurd. His
expressiveness is not 'cosmopolitan', but regional and local,
and also specialized to his career and interests. He is innocent
of irony. He seems to have been unaware of it and seems to have
spent most of his life conversing with people pretty much like

It's possible Palmer created Arnold arriving in Tacoma on the
29th because he needed an alternative to putting upfront
paragraphs of exposition of the backstory. A better literary
device is to have the backstory told by the protagonists to the
reader. That's what happens in Arnold's room on the night of the

Then there's the mystery reservation at the Winthrop Hotel. Is
it possible Arnold made the reservation himself at the time he
called inquiring about a room, rather than Palmer making up a
mysterious occurence?  Arnold wrote:

"I was quite shocked when I spoke to the room clerk and heard
him say, "Yes, Mr. Arnold, we have a room and bath for you.""

The clerk doesn't say there was a reservation for Kenneth
Arnold. He does indicate, though, the Winthrop had a vacancy.
Thus, Arnold reserved the room himself, and now there was a
reservation for Kenneth Arnold.




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