From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2012 08:50:54 -0500 Archived: Sat, 02 Jun 2012 15:37:33 -0400 Subject: Re: Dating Arnold >From: Don Ecsedy <don.nul> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> >Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 13:10:47 -0400 (EDT) >Subject: Re: Dating Arnold <snip> >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 >himself. Don, That's an excellent, perceptive characterization of Arnold's personality as I and others were able to observe it. In the years I worked at Fate magazine, I often had occasion to discuss Ray Palmer with Curt and Mary Fuller. They knew him well, and their assessment of him was an unflattering one. They told me that Palmer's hand was apparent in much of the content of Fate in the late 1940s, including in material by-lined by others (either Palmer pseudonyms or the names of actual people), and that much of it was fictionalized or at least exaggerated. (Co-owner Curt Fuller, a formally educated journalist and a conscientious editor, was seldom in the office because he was busy editing Flying and taking care of two small children while Mary was confined to a TB sanatorium.) When I checked, I found that the back-up files for the Fate of the late 1940s were missing. The Fullers thought Palmer had probably taken them with him when he moved to Wisconsin in the early 1950s. Thus, documentation of the Palmer-Arnold relationship from this crucial period is unavailable. We do, however, know something of the dynamics of that relationship. In matters literary (using the adjective in the broadest sense), Arnold, who knew nothing of writing and publishing, relied entirely on Palmer's assurances and left such to him, often to his own detriment. In the time I spent with Arnold in 1977 and in contacts in later years (he died in 1984), I noticed that virtually his entire understanding of the UFO phenomenon, his own experience aside, came from Palmer, delivered orally. He not once referred to other UFO chroniclers. He wasn't a reader, and he wasn't monitoring Palmer as, clearly, he ought to have. In the vanished social world in which Arnold lived, a man's word was his bond, and that was it. Unfortunately, in the larger world, those constraints didn't apply to Palmer or Crisman or Dahl, ready, willing, and able to exploit Arnold's lack of cynicism, irony, or inability to detect deception. Jerry Clark 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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