originally posted by: CardDown
I'm only familiar with half of the names on your list, and two of those I thought were phonies, Zechel
As I mentioned in my post above, the list of individuals includes "people that worked, or have claimed to have worked
, for the NSA and had/have
some involvement in ufology".
Todd Zechel is more interesting than I originally thought. I'd originally dismissed him as a hoaxer of little significance.
Over the last few decade or so, I'd read about Zechel in, among other places, Saucer Smear (including in the issues for 10th February 2000, 15th March
2000, 10th January 2004), and in Jim Moseley's book “Shockingly Close to the Truth!” (2002).
The 10th January 2004 issue of Saucer Smear included the following from Phil Klass:
"Reference Jerry Clark's e-mail comment to Karl Pflock, it reminds me of Clark's August
1978 comment about Ufologist W. Todd Zechel, in 'UFO Report': 'At this moment in history,
it's distinctly possible that W. Todd Zechel is ufology's major figure'. In a letter from Jerry
Clark dated September 12th, 1978: 'Those of us who know him personally...know him to be a
man of great personal decency and uncompromising integrity.'
"Within a year Jerry Clark would drastically revise his assessment of one of the biggest 'con
men' in ufology, as my investigation had revealed. In his letter of July 23rd, 1979, Clark
wrote: 'Zechel and I have long since parted ways and for many reasons I no longer consider
him an individual of "great personal decency"...' A year later (July 15th, 1980) Clark wrote:
'You and I have disagreed about many things in the past, but you were dead right about
Zechel. If I'd listened to you, I'd have saved myself a hell of a lot of heartache...'"
As I'm sure you know, Jim Moseley had some back experiences with Zechel - particularly when he had Zechel as a house guest and Zechel ran up a large
telephone bill. Jim became, um, disenchanted with Zechel.
But when I looked into Zechel in more detail a few months ago (including getting hold of a copy of a file containing Zechel's exchanges of "White
Papers" with Phil Klass) I found a few bits and pieces that piqued my interest. As you may know, Jim Moseley's co-author (Karl Pflock) had a large
file on Zechel, which I'm going to try to obtain.
By the way, some of the other references I've collated to discussion of Zechel in various UFO books include (in alphabetical order by author):
Birnes, William in his “The UFO Magazine UFO Encyclopedia” (2004) at page 343 (in an entry entitled “Zechel, Todd”) of the Pocket Books
King, Jon in his “Cosmic Top Secret” (1998) at pages 72, 74 (in the chapter entitled “Document 03”, “File 08”) of the NEL paperback
Klass, Philip J in “UFOs – The Public Deceived” (1983) at pages 291-293 (in Chapter 31) of the Prometheus softback edition.
Moseley, James and Pflock, Karl in their “Shockingly Close to the Truth!” (2002) at pages 242, 243-246 (in Chapter 11) of the Prometheus hardback
Sheaffer, Robert in his “The UFO Verdict” (1980) at pages 28-29 (in Chapter 4) of the Prometheus softback edition.
Sheaffer, Robert in his “UFO Sightings: The Evidence” (1998) at page 50 (in Chapter 4) of the Prometheus hardback edition.
Steinman, William and Stevens, Wendelle in their “UFO Crash at Aztec” (1986) at pages 207, 268-269, 351 of the Wendelle Stevens hardback
Walton, Travis in his “Fire In The Sky : The Walton Experience” (1997) at page 140 (in Chapter 10) of the Marlowe & Co softcover edition.
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