posted on Sep, 3 2006 @ 01:10 AM
Though I do not generally write on forums, I have had reason to write on this one a couple of times in the past month or two. The first was simply to
respond to a suggestion by John Lear that I'd died a few years ago...which was news to me, so I thought that needed correcting. However, in reading
what Lear was saying before he suggested I was dead, I realized that he had also decided to infer that I had misunderstood his statement (many years
ago now) that he had taken part in making up the infamous Krill Memo. What he said to me then was straightforward, and I understood him and was
shocked that he would even admit it to my face...the quote was I believe "we made it up"...referring to himself and a military officer he knew at
the time. If John now prefers to say that I simply misunderstood him--so be it, he is free to say what he wants. The Krill Memo was ridiculous to me
at the time anyway, being totally unfounded and unsupportable, if not silly for what it was. My advice to everyone would be to find better uses for
their efforts than chasing something with so little substance.
However, my reason for writing now came about after seeing, quite by accident, another statement John made (that I just today saw on a Yahoo group).
John's statement was this (it came from a previous note above):
"I have been taken to task by Chris Lambright on the internet for supposedly suppressing or changing the Bennewitz story."
For the record, I have never said or in any way suggested that John suppressed or changed Bennewitz's story...whatever story he might be referring
too. There were a number of stories that surrounded Paul Bennewitz, and imho most of the truly bizarre ones were stories stroked and retold by others
to make them grow, and in so doing they hurt Paul's credibility. If John had any part in any of those stories then he can explain that for himself.
I, for one, have never taken him "to task" for anything to do with "the Bennewitz Story". There was a curious tale from John once that he had met
a woman who claimed she could provide drawings of wild things in an underground base, drawings supposedly coming from a man she knew who supposedly
had been in the base...and I told John that none of that amounted to any kind of proof of anything in my opinion. That said, the only real question I
have had concerning John's impact on Paul Bennewitz stem from Paul's livid reaction when I spoke with him a few days after John's visit to his home
(the rest isn't pertinent here; I cover it briefly in a book I am working on).
However, the above is only to make the point that whatever I think of John's involvement since the mid-1980's, it is not accurate to say I have
taken him to task for "suppressing or changing the Bennewitz story." If he did, and someone has taken him to task for it...it was not me. I had my
reasons, which John knows, for ceasing my association with him in any way relating to Ufology. He was, and I'm sure still is, a friendly and
interesting guy, but the Krill Memo was only part of it.
Still, why all this seems suddenly to be an issue now, almost 20 years on, is beyond me. It is curious though...