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Philip Julian Klass (November 8, 1919 – August 9, 2005) was an American engineer, journalist, and UFO researcher, known for his skepticism regarding UFOs. In the ufological and skeptical communities, Klass tends to inspire strongly polarized appraisals. He has been called the "Sherlock Holmes of UFOlogy". Klass demonstrated "the crusader's zeal for what seems 'right,' regardless of whether it brings popular acclaim," a trait he claimed his father instilled in him. "I've found," said Klass, "that roughly 97, 98 percent of the people who report seeing UFOs are fundamentally intelligent, honest people who have seen something - usually at night, in darkness - that is unfamiliar, that they cannot explain." The rest, he said, were frauds.
Longtime ufologist James W. Moseley illustrated the ambivalence many UFO researchers feel about Klass. On the one hand, Moseley argued that Klass was sincere in his motives and that his work ultimately benefited the field of Ufology. In his memoirs, Moseley contended that, when pressed, most leading ufologists would admit that Klass knew the subject and the people involved and was welcomed, or at least pleasantly tolerated, at UFO meetings. However, Moseley also wrote that he and Klass "have had and continue to have intense doctrinal and factual disagreements, and there are things about Phil's 'style', like his attack on Dr. James E. McDonald, that I do not admire or agree with."
Thank you for your diligent work once again Isaac.
Searchable pdf files are most useful for research as an awful lot of the information on UFOs is either not available on-line or at least not easily available on-line.
Indeed. Until Luis R Gonzalez kindly shared with me his scans of his copy of these newsletters, I had only obtained a few of them.
There are a number of other UFO publications that form an important part of the history of this subject but aren't online and are hard to obtain. I'd like to post scans of quite a few more of those publications, but obtaining permission to do so can be a rather difficult and time consuming exercise...
Whatever people think of Klass and his stance on UFOs you should not ignore it.
I think the quality of debate regarding UFOs would be considerably higher if so many UFO researchers didn't ignore Klass and other skeptics.
(Klass) fell into some of the same traps the UFO believers who he was railing against already inhabited.
"No matter how long you live, you will never know any more about UFOs than you know today. You will never know any more about what UFOs really are or where they come from. You will never know any more about what the U.S. Government really knows about UFOs than you know today. As you lie on your own deathbed you will be as mystified about UFOs as you are today. And you will remember this curse"
.Hendry objected strongly to Klass's modus operandi, which Hendry argued was based on suppressed and distorted evidence, unscientific reasoning, ad hominem attacks, smear campaigns, character assassination, scientific bait and switch tactics, and seemingly refusing to evaluate evidence that conflicted with his preconceptions.
This is all part of the Klass method of, as Hendry puts it,"using a truncated version of the information available to him and shaping it to his own ends." There is no way of winning an argument with him because, even when presented with documented evidence of the incorrectness of his position, Klass seldom concedes he is wrong. Instead he holds fiercely to a position even when it is demonstrably at variance with the facts.
What we don't owe him is blind belief in all of his assertions.
That's basically my point too: I'm literally fatigued by the folk on both sides of the issue who "lie" to us by either omission or blind belief in their own personal position/bias.
This is a great resource! Scanning through it, I was stunned at the amount of hoaxes and deception all centered around promoting the Roswell crash story. This has to be a record for a UFO case and possibly any historical event real or otherwise.