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Re: Dating Arnold

From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
Date: Sat, 02 Jun 2012 14:41:20 -0600
Archived: Sun, 03 Jun 2012 07:56:55 -0400
Subject: Re: Dating Arnold

>From: Don Ecsedy<don.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto<post.nul>
>Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 11:03:15 -0400 (EDT)
>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.

>After several days of back and forth online comments with the
>author of those articles, I came away with the sense the author
>has... what's a good word for it?... an ideological distaste for
>Arnold which determines his putting the worst possible
>interpretation on anything Arnold wrote.

I didn't necessarily get that impression, at least not until the
final concluding remarks in Part 10, which I would agree were
unjustifiably critical of Arnold, and frankly detracted from the
overall presentation.

I have snipped off the details of your debate with the author,
in which you make valid points that dismiss some of the more
nit-picky issues. On the whole, however, it seems evident that
various incidents, indeed entire sequences of events (meetings,
phone calls, travels, etc.) described in The Coming of the
Saucers were simply fabricated.

My resulting unease is not out of concern that this was Arnold's
doing rather than Palmer's, but that Arnold would have such
little concern for the accuracy of the account (which indeed
contradicted his own report to the FBI), considering the
potential impact on the credibility of the Mt. Rainier sighting,
which he otherwise ostensibly strove to maintain, in spite of
some awkward 'tweaks' to the account along the way.


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