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Friday, April 16, 2010

Can't Mac Tonnies Rest in Peace?


The Apotheosis of Mac Tonnies


  • When I read this post the first thing that came to mind was Pink Floyd's "Be Careful With That Ax, Eugene." As I pointed out in my own blog, one book was a twist on "The Martian Chronicals" by Rat Bradbury and the other one placed the same story on Earth aks "The Cryptoterrestrials".
    He died so young. I think if he had put down that coffee and had lived long enough, he would have written the book he was meant to write.
    At the same time, a more leavened view if you study music, art, yes, and even literature, it's all derivative. All of Ufology is derivative. I think you sidestepped your real target which wasn't Tonnies, it was the seemingly incessant self promoting aspect of a sort of young "good old boys" club, which, on the other hand, is not necessarily a bad thing, but, I think as his friends,they want to insure he is not forgotten. On the other hand, his legacy is out of their hands.
    So..myself, I really enjoyed Post Human Blues...his books aside.
    I miss his presence on the "scene" as he was if anything else, a concerned humanist, which merits more than his books. We all take our brickbats and kudos as a side effect. As far as the set piece of his friends seemingly interviewing one another daily, and promoting one another, it's an American tradition, whether it is film or the arts or what have you.
    If they have something new to say..great..if not, I or others can take a pass. I suppose I am ambivalent about the whole thing because lately everything seems sort of self serving and fairly shallow. I corresponded with another writer who said, they don't read one thing from the internet. Perhaps a wise choice.

    Best Wishes

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Wednesday, April 21, 2010  

  • Yes, Bruce...

    Mac Tonnies was a good guy, smart too.

    But we think he's been used and is bieng used, as you intimate, to further the self-aggrandizement of others.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, April 21, 2010  

  • He is.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Wednesday, April 21, 2010  

  • Totally disagree.

    As I told Rich myself when this blog-post first appeared, here's what happened:

    Several of us who were friends with Mac (me, Paul Kimball and Greg Bishop) wrote online obits for Mac - because he was our friend. That's normal.

    Then the publisher sent us copies of the book to review - so we reviewed it. That's normal too.

    Then we were invited to discuss Mac's book and life on The Paracast (that's ONE radio program - just ONE). Mac wasn't around to be interviewed himself, of course, so we did the show instead.

    And that was it.

    No big tour around the US, no endless radio shows about the Cryptoterrestrials for the next 12 months.

    As far as I can see, there's no self-aggrandizement going on. It was just 3 things: (a) obits; (b) book reviews; and (c) The Paracast.

    Now, we remember his legacy and his memory. And that's it.

    If writing an obit for a friend, reviewing his book, and then doing a radio equaates with not letting Mac rest in peace then, for once, I'm stuck for words.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Thursday, April 22, 2010  

  • Nick:

    You, Paul Kimball, and Greg Bishop loved Mac Tonnies, so anything you fellows did about him (for him) doesn't apply to the oblique criticism here (or elsewhere).

    But there are those who, not knowing Mac or ever hanging out with him, jumped on his book as a way to get attention for their own meager activities.

    You guys were Mac's peeps, and have tried to leave a legacy for his unique thought processes and brilliance.

    So, disregard any hint of opprobrium here as it doesn't apply to you, Paul, or Greg.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, April 22, 2010  

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