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Re: Dating Arnold

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 08:38:59 -0500
Archived: Tue, 05 Jun 2012 17:13:43 -0400
Subject: Re: Dating Arnold

>From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Sat, 02 Jun 2012 13:52:15 -0600
>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 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.

Two observations, one quick, the other not quite so quick:

(1) Arnold was an honorable man who lacked imagination and did
not read much.

(2) Continuing attacks on him - or anyone one else who is
prominent in UFO history - by those of the necessary ideological
predisposition are sadly predictable. They are premised on the
notion that well-known UFO witnesses must of necessity be shady
characters operating out of less than respectable motives.
(Philip J. Klass mastered this particular approach, applying it
even to the likes of Father Gill.) Knowing this, I find the
current smear of Arnold by yet another UFOphobe of little
interest, and certainly no reason to get excited.

For the particulars, I bow to those - Martin Shough, Don Ecsedy
- who have the stomach (not to mention the time) to take this on
in all its grisly details and to document, detail by detail, the
hollowness at the core.

It may bear remarking that if someone presumes the worst in you,
even (or especially) in your innocent mistakes and ordinary
human failings, he or she will find it. In my career in ufology,
I have occasionally been at the receiving end of malicious
printed personal attacks (I don't mean, by the way, in the usual
rough and tumble of Updates exchanges). I know the feeling and
the experience. I just hope you never find yourself there.

On to the more productive endeavors that await my attention....

Jerry Clark

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