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Re: Dating Arnold

From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
Date: Sat, 02 Jun 2012 13:52:15 -0600
Archived: Sun, 03 Jun 2012 07:55:15 -0400
Subject: Re: Dating Arnold

>From: Jerome Clark<jkclark.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 08:46:03 -0500
>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]

>>If you haven't already seen it, I highly recommend the ten-part
>>series "The Positively True Story of Kenneth Arnold" at


>>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.

>I don't. Nor should anyone else. I knew Arnold, and his naivete
>about Palmer lingered to the end of his days.

>Arnold was an old-fashioned straight-shooter, Western variety.
>Not just my opinion, of course. It was a view shared by those
>who knew him, which gives them a step up on those for whom he is
>no more than a target in print.

>As I was working on the Maury Island entry for the encyclopedia
>and examining the relevant materials, it occurred to me that
>Arnold's honesty worked against him.  He couldn't imagine that
>anyone else wouldn't be as he was.

>As for the belated effort to smear Arnold, it's just another sad
>example of how ufologists love to eat their own. The examples
>are too numerous to count. (Travis Walton and Jesse Marcel come
>immediately to mind.)  Sometimes it leads me to the sorry
>conclusion that no one ever should report a UFO sighting to us.

I presume you were unable to review the referenced material, as
nothing here seems to address it.

I assure you I have no interest in smearing Arnold, or anyone
else. I definitely have interest in his original sighting
account, which I think you would agree was the seminal event of
20th century UFO chronology. Given its significance, did you
really expect anything less than microscopic scrutiny of this
case, including all its principals and their adventures after-

I frankly have no concern whether a single line of The Coming Of
The Saucers was anything but a fabrication of Palmer's. But
perhaps you may understand that some might find it difficult to
imagine that Arnold himself was equally unconcerned. I'm certain
he knew his name was on it.


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