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Re: The Measure Of Dick Hall - Pflock

From: Karl Pflock <Ktperehwon@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2002 16:27:04 EST
Fwd Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2002 22:05:00 -0500
Subject: Re: The Measure Of Dick Hall - Pflock


Dick Et Al,

 >Within the next few weeks I will post a notice to the List that
 >my rebuttal is available, and will send an e-mail copy to anyone
 >who is interested off-list. We can air this bit of dirty laundry
 >that way in semi-private.

A good idea, Dick, though I hope you will stick to the facts and
refrain from the temptation to indulge in libelous statements
such as those below. If both of us stick to the facts, then the
air can be cleared. If not... Meanwhile, on advice of counsel,
I'll be supplying you and Fred Whiting with copies of the
relevant correspondence by snail mail.

 >The simple truth is that the set of videotaped interviews with
 >Roswell witnesses were quite unethically 'purloined' by Whiting
 >and Pflock behind the backs of members of the Fund for UFO
 >Research Executive Committee, without either our knowledge or
 >consent. We didn't even know about it until after Whiting had
 >resigned from the Fund and we asked him to return the tapes to
 >us. This was not done in the context of the Fund's support for
 >Pflock's research nor in the time scale claimed by Mr. Pflock,
 >as I hope to demonstrate.

Sigh... Let's hope what follows ends this exchange here and the
discussion will be continued in the semi-private manner Dick has
suggested.

First, my Roswell-research grant from the Fund was approved
in early April 1993.

Second, not long thereafter (proabably early in the summer of
'93; I don't have any documentation to which I can refer at the
moment), Fred Whiting loaned me the Fund's uncut Roswell witness
videotapes for use in my Fund-sponsored work. I have no
knowledge of whether any other Fund officer/board member was
aware of this, but I have no doubt that Fred, who was the Fund's
secretary-treasurer and a board member for something like 14
years, acted well within his authority as the custodian of the
Fund's research materials.

Moreover, can anyone reasonably doubt that it was appropriate
for me to have been given access to these materials, given that
the Fund had given me a grant of several thousand dollars to do
an in-depth investigation? Is it more reasonable to believe that
Dick Hall and the other board members and officers would have
preferred that I do only a sorta-in-depth job?

Third, that I had the tapes and used them during the period I
was doing Fund-sponsored work is demonstrated clearly by the
references in 'Roswell In Perspective', my interim-report
monograph, published by the Fund in June 1994. See, e.g.,
footnote 3 to chapter 1 (p. 24).

Fourth, after I'd finished with the tapes they went into a box
and were stored with the vast quantity of other Roswell
materials I'd compiled. There they sat until I was reminded by
Rob Swiatek, Fred's successor as Fund secretary-treasurer, that
I still had them with a polite request that I return them. It
took me a while to get around to this, for which I have no
excuse by a 'fatal' combination of laziness and being very busy.

Fifth, it's worth noting that, after Fred Whiting resigned his
position with the Fund, it took many months and several
reminders from Fred to his erstwhile Fund colleagues before they
bothered to arrange to collect the Fund files, records, etc., in
his possession. If I recall correctly, and I may not, it was
Fred who pointed out to Rob that I still had the Roswell tapes.

So, okay, already. I'm guilty - of being lazy, too busy, and
less than prompt. So alright, already. Slap the cuffs on, Dick
Tracy!

 >...Let's get on with some constructive exchanges.

Yes, let's - as for example Dick's very interesting UFO evidence
review commission. This is an idea that has real merit.


Cheers and Happy New Year to all,

KARL





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