From: Giuliano Marinkovic <giuliano.marinkovic.nul> Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2013 10:33:32 +0200 Archived: Sun, 30 Jun 2013 10:45:18 -0400 Subject: Klass' Infamous Theory About Valentich Incident Dear Colleagues, Don Ecker, former Director of Research for US UFO Magazine, digitized and made available important audio of the 1992 debate in Denver between him and Phil Klass which was organized by Michael Corbin at the time. During that historical debate, Klass made the infamous comment about the Valentich incident suggesting that "there is reason to suspect that Valentich who was a very young and inexperienced pilot, may have been on a drug-running mission." Audio of the debate was broadcast in Don's show Dark Matters Radio and you can download it here from this link: http://tinyurl.com/p9jvru3 Thread on The Paracast Forum about this debate is located here: http://tinyurl.com/nbk2po7 http://tinyurl.com/pnmjw6h Extraction from Don's post about Klass' theory: http://tinyurl.com/nzcps9t "The debate itself became very infamous because of something Phil Klass alleged. We were discussing several then well known UFO events and the case of Fredrick Valentich was raised. Klass claimed that Valentich was smuggling drugs because he had 4 life preservers on board his aircraft. I landed on Klass Hard in the debate. This totally unsubstantiated claim by Klass was eventually discovered by Valentich's family who were rightly outraged." Phil Klass Wikipedia entry about that claim: http://tinyurl.com/2gh326 "In the late 1960s, Klass quietly abandoned his plasma theory and afterwards argued that all UFO sightings could be explained as misidentification of normal phenomena (such as clouds, stars, comets, or airplanes) and/or as hoaxes. Clark contends that Klass argued in favor of hoaxes more than almost any other UFO skeptic, but that Klass rarely had evidence in favor of his accusations; this position was echoed by Don Ecker, who asserted that during a 1992 debate, Klass made unsubstantiated charges of "drug smuggling" against Australian pilot Frederick Valentich, who disappeared in 1978 after claiming a strange UFO was flying near his airplane." Other companion links: Kevin Randle's compilation: http://tinyurl.com/67ppqpp Bob Jacobs' chronology and correspondence with Klass: http://tinyurl.com/pt6bf3n Bob also discussed this in Strange Days Indeed episode 306: http://tinyurl.com/otlzctb Phil Klass Letter: http://tinyurl.com/q2u95ua Letter was in length discussed on UFO UpDates in November 2005: http://tinyurl.com/pshtt97 http://tinyurl.com/px9w329 (where you can browse through messages with subject "Phil Klass letter found") This letter was also discussed on Strange Days Indeed by Dolan and Friedman: - episode 361: http://tinyurl.com/84g34qf Videos uploaded from my archives in the past: Randle vs. Klass on Larry King (June 28, 1997) http://tinyurl.com/qhqlvad Friedman vs. Klass on Nightline (2 parts - June 24, 1987): http://tinyurl.com/ofngkht http://tinyurl.com/oarj6ec Howard Blum vs. Klass on Oprah Show (December 5, 1990): http://tinyurl.com/o9xqxmv Best Wishes, Giuliano 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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