Fwd: UFO UpDate: Philip J. Klass 1919-2005
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From: "UFO UpDates - Toronto" <ufoupdates@...>
Subject: UFO UpDate: Philip J. Klass 1919-2005
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 14:06:53 +0200
From: Matthew James Didier <matthew@...>
To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@...>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 07:52:43 -0400
Subject: Philip J. Klass 1919-2005
Phil Klass, senior editor at Aviation Week and Space Technology
for 35 years, fellow of CSICOP, and arch sceptdebunker of UFO
phenomena has passed at the age of 86.
Interestingly enough, Klass, despite his editorial job, was not
a pilot which led many to 'question' his authority on much...
especially his interest in Ufology. His stances on many issues
within paranormal studies were untenable at best. His constant
whining and bothering of many Ufologists was legendary... To the
end, Klass was the epitome of the word "Sceptdebunker" and set a
standard for many who've tried to follow in his footsteps.
Jim Moseley of Saucer Smear fame put it best when he said
Ufology needed Klass as "Every great religion needs it's Satan."
Now that the original Satan is gone, I'm sure another will
attempt to rise in his place... but no one will match the status
that Klass attended.
To give "Satan" his due, though, at least Klass showed up to the
party. He attended many UFO conventions and even lectured at a
few (on the side of sceptdebunkerisms) unlike many of his
colleagues in CSICOP.
Klass will undoubtedly be sorely missed by a small few in
Ufology, and his passing will also, undoubtedly, be celebrated
by an equally small contingent... but in the end, I do believe
the majority in the field will realise with his passing, the
study has reached the end of an era.
-- -- -- -- -- --
As a side note, Klass even made a small contribution to my own
ghost site with an article based on "The Klass Kurse". See
The Last Will And Testament Of Philip J. Klass:
To ufologists who publicly criticize me... or who even think
unkind thoughts about me in private, I do hereby leave an
The UFO Curse:
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 death-bed, you
will be as mystified about UFOs as you are today. And you will
remember this curse.
Matthew James Didier - Founder of the Toronto
Ghost and Hauntings Research Societies
Scientia est Potentia
"Phil died at his home in Maryland last night, after a long
illness. Whatever the truth is about UFOs, aliens, or life after
death, Phil Klass now knows that truth."
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