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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Why Kevin Randle is a lousy researcher/writer


Here is some of what Kevin Randle has placed on his blog, 9/21/09:

“Not too long ago, I posted an article about the "Old Geezers" in Ufology. A critic had suggested it was time for the old guys to get out of the way because we had failed to solve the riddle of the UFO. Once before he had suggested it was time for us all to die because we were inhibiting the younger, smarter, more rational researchers.”

What Randle writes is not quite right. The RRRGroup did have a piece a few months back that indicated that the old-guard would, indeed, die, because they are old. No one wrote or wished that any one of those men die.

Everyone is going to die, eventually, and our writer merely set down that inevitable maxim.

But Mr. Randle, as he probably does with his Roswell and UFO research, conflates our writing and intent for some personal reason that adjusts his agenda, whatever it may be.

Then he writes that he missed the boat with a key Roswell witness, a man named Easley, whom he talked with by phone, and who indicated that Randle’s extraterrestrial scenario about Roswell was on the right path.

Unfortunately, Mr. Randle didn’t have a tape recorder handy, and only took notes, missing a chance to get that witness’s ET suggestion down in a format that others could hear:

“There are some who said that the very instant that Easley made that admission, they would have gone out, bought a tape recorder and called him back. While I thought about it, I believed, at the time, I would have an opportunity, several opportunities to discuss all this with him again. I did not anticipate his illness. If I had it to do over again, I would have called him the first chance I got and hade him repeat the information.”

This is one of those botches that the RRRGroup chastised in its Old Geezers posting that spurred Mr. Randle’s current and earlier broadside.

Then Mr. Randle gives away his modus for his UFO obsession – to make money. Here’s what he writes at the end of his latest blog posting:

“As a final thought... if those who wish that the old geezers would get out of the way, I say this. Buy my files, records, tapes, microfilms and photographs for one million dollars, meaning that after taxes are paid, I have one million dollars, and I’m gone. I won’t write anymore UFO books, I won’t appear at anymore [sic] conferences or symposiums as a speaker, and I will take down this blog. Then you youngsters can have the open field. Just let me know when you have the money.”

If this isn’t an admission of a mercenary modus, we don’t know what is. That Mr. Randle is now seeking a million bucks for his efforts tells us why he’s been at the UFO game all along, and we’re embarrassed for him and by him.

We understand his attempt to make us look like nasty buggers, who wish death upon him and others in the UFO community, but that he would admit that his work is up for sale at a price goes to the heart of an effort that deserves research, not for money but for truth.

Shame on you Mr. Randle…shame, shame, shame….


  • I presume Kevin Randle wrote his paragraph about the million dollars with tongue-in-cheek, just as I assume your own last two paragraphs are written tongue-in-cheek. So it is not so much 'nastiness' that comes out of these blogs but a perverted sense of humor. Remember that it is very easy to offend someone without intending to. And it can be difficult to retract your remarks to correct this. I do know that there are people in ufology (as well as in other fields of study) who take offence too easily. They then make noises about lawsuits and so on. Fortunately nearly all of these die out, but a certain 'poison' remains in the atmosphere and is hard to eradicate.

    By Blogger cda, at Tuesday, September 22, 2009  

  • CDA:

    You are exactly right, as usual.

    Mr. Randle writes about nastiness but engages in it, via tongue in cheek or subliminally.

    He's good guy. However, I think he'd really like to have that million dollars.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, September 22, 2009  

  • Um... I'm not so sure I'd snub my nose at a million dollars. :-D On occasion, as I look toward a future in fiction, I've often thought about selling off my somewhat impressive library of books, articles, notes, and data that I have collected over the years regarding all things anomalous, mysterious, or paranormal. Still, I've yet to bring myself to do so - even when the money could have come in handy. I worked hard to amass that collection. It's like my first born child.

    By Blogger Cullan Hudson, at Tuesday, September 22, 2009  

  • Cullan:

    As the Mastercard ad says, some things are priceless.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, September 22, 2009  

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