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Paul Kimball On Stuart Miller's Passing

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 07:59:30 -0400
Archived: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 07:59:30 -0400
Subject: Paul Kimball On Stuart Miller's Passing 


Thursday, August 18, 2011

[Several links in Paul's post at his blog]

Stuart Miller - R.I.P.

I thought about posting this news at my new blog, but decided
that I should post it here, on what was always a UFO-centered
blog. Sadly, this kind of news is the only reason I would post
here again.

Terrible news came to me today, via Nick Redfern, that our good
friend Stuart Miller, former publisher of UFO Review (you can
find a link to an old issue here) and Alien Worlds Magazine, and
long-time contributor to UFO Updates and Errol Bruce-Knapp's
radio show Strange Days Indeed, was killed in a tragic
motorcycle accident in May.

Stuart and I at his home in Altrincham, UK - 2006

Stuart was one of the truly good guys in ufology. I had
corresponded with him for a number of years prior to 2006, when
he invited me to speak at a UFO Conference that he was holding
in Altrincham (you can read a local news article on it here).
Nick was going to be there as well, and I was headed to the
United Kingdom to interview Nick Pope in London for my
documentary Best Evidence, so I thought it sounded like a great
idea. The problem was that Stuart couldn't pay me, which was
fine (I've never taken a speaker's fee), but Best Evidence was
on a tight budget, and my cameraman Findlay Muir and I had no
place to stay in the Manchester area. No problem, said Stuart -
we could stay with him, along with Nick and his wife Dana. And
so we did, for several days after the conference was over, and
had a grand time. It was at that conference back in 2006 that I
met my good mate, Dave Sadler, with whom I went ghost hunting in
2009 in the Manchester area for Ghost Cases.

Stuart and Nick on Stuart's patio - 2006

While I was at his house, I thought it would be fun to interview
Stuart for Best Evidence. It didn't make the final cut, but I
posted a transcript of it here a couple of years ago. In the
introduction to that post, I wrote:

    Stuart makes a great cup of tea (or sometimes a vat, if he=92s
    using one of his super-sized cups), he probably knows more
    about motorcycles than anyone in ufology, he has a lovely
    family, a very friendly dog named Molly, and he enjoys his
    stogies. He is articulate, knowledgeable, and opinionated,
    which always makes for a good interview.

    If I have a problem with Stuart, it=92s that he's too modest
    (all of it genuine) about his own role in ufology. UFO
    Review is one of the best places to go for a comprehensive
    summary of the news of the day in the world of the
    paranormal, and his bi-monthly e-zine of the same name,
    which usually exceeds a hundred pages of content, is a must-
    read. His monthly UK reports on the Strange Days=85 Indeed
    radio show are always a good listen, and he=92s to be
    commended for having the guts to put on a UFO conference at
    a time when attendance for conferences is down across the
    board. In short, he=92s an important person within ufology,
    and makes, in his own way, a very significant and worthwhile

I later posted a clip from that interview, wherein Stuart
discussed the Rendlesham Forest case (the clip also features
Stan Friedman, Nick Pope, and Dick Hall, another good friend who
passed away in 2009).


There is so much I could say about Stuart, with whom I was
supposed to have lunch in 2009 when I was in the Manchester area
shooting Ghost Cases. He was super keen to get together, but I
just couldn't quite find the time, busy as I was filming,
something I regretted then, and regret even more now. Time is
the one thing you can never get back.

Stuart's great mag Alien Worlds, for which I wrote.
Sadly, he could only keep it going for 4 issues.

I'll leave you with my fondest memory of Stuart.

I was at the Conference, and things weren't going well. The
English football team was playing that day in the 2006 World
Cup, which meant that Stuart's timing couldn't have been worse.
Looking around the room, I could tell that with only 15 to 20
paying customers, he was going to lose money... probably a fair
bit of money. I felt bad for him, so while one of the speakers
was giving his lecture, I sidled up to Stuart, who was standing
next to the refreshment counter / bar, watching the man speak.
It was perhaps 11 am.

"Tough sledding," I said. Trying to buck up his spirits, I
added: "I bet there'll be more people here in the afternoon."

He just shook his head. "No," he replied. "There's probably
going to be fewer people here by then."

I didn't quite know what to say, so I just stood there with him
for a couple of moments, both of us silent. Then he walked
behind the bar, poured himself a beer, and then poured another
for me. He walked back around to the front of the bar, handed me
my beer, smiled, and simply said "Fuck it."  Then he took a long
drink and laughed, and we both proceeded to have a no-holds
barred chat about life, UFOs, and good English beer.

Stuart Miller was a genuinely good man, full of joie de vivre,
wit, and a true spirit of adventure and humanity. He will be
missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.

Paul Kimball

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