Richard Hall and me
When I re-entered the UFO fray in the early 2000s, after laboring with small groups previous to that, I created a small commotion at UFO UpDates, about mid-decade.
My dotty ideas were more anathema there than anywhere else.
Jerry Clark, Wendy Connors, a guy who shall remain unnamed (who was jealous of the attention I took from his blow-hard dissertations). Don Ledger, and others fumed at my erratic and bizarre suggestions.
Although I did get encomiums for bringing up the fact that David Rudiak, a doctor of Optometry or Ophthalmology, never dealt with Lonnie Zamora’s visual acuity and especially the fact that Officer Zamora dropped his glasses during the departure of the craft he saw in 1964.
That Officer Zamora’s testimony was beleaguered by his dropped glasses and attached sun-glasses was never addressed, until I mentioned it.
There were lots of UpDate mis-representations.
When I suggested that The List (as visitors there like to be called) access a NASA archive I provided the URL to for an extensive catalog of balloon flights by the military from the 1940s onward – to see what balloons (not Mogul) were in the air over Roswell in 1947 and Socorro in 1964 – The List went berserk.
I was asked to provide the balloon launches for The List. After all I was suggesting something about Roswell and Socorro that didn’t sit well with the ET advocates which dominated UpDates in the middle of the 2000 decade.
Richard Hall sent me a note saying, “You can bring a horse to water, but you can’t…”
He and I had had a previous e-mail dialogue about my 1950s NICAP membership.
I had shown him two signatures that okayed my membership. I asked him if they were authentic Keyhoe signatures. One was. The other, Mr. Hall told me, was created by Donald Keyhoe’s secretary.
We maintained a back-and-forth, which got even stronger after Errol Bruce-Knapp inadvertently, he said, let a missive from Wendy Connors about me show up on the UpDate roster one day.
Connors reported, errantly I can tell you, that I was King of the Fairies in Fort Wayne, Indiana….a homophobic slur that wasn’t true, although the idea of being a king of something was gratifying in a way.
Bruce-Knapp was apologetic as hell, but Richard Hall was livid, writing that I should sue UpDates, Connors, and Bruce-Knapp.
The gay thing was not new. I was and am sympathetic to homosexuals and wrote my thesis on homosexuality and Freudian attributes for college.
Richard Hall was even more kind and helpful after that episode.
He didn’t like many on The List. He did like and respect Paul Kimball however, very much so actually.
He had some dire financial problems ass he neared death, and my corporation, InterAmerica, Inc. allowed me to send him some money.
He was effusive with thanks, but died shortly thereafter.
He has a UFO compendium that is second to none: The UFO Evidence.
Yes, he was a curmudgeon. But he was kind to me, and a dear friend.
There are few in the UFO community who have the cachet and integrity of Richard Hall.
I still miss his supportive e-mails and UFO insights.