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Re: Budd Hopkins

From: Greg Sandow <greg.nul>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 12:39:23 -0400
Archived: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:24:13 -0400
Subject: Re: Budd Hopkins

>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:24:04 -0500
>Subject: Re: Budd Hopkins

>Though Budd's passing was not unexpected, I find that I'm having
>a hard time with it this morning. My thoughts are held to
>memories of this fine man. There is a deep sadness in my heart.

Thanks, Jerry, for saying this with so much feeling. I'm full of
sadness, too. Thoughts of Budd have taken over my day. He and I
hadn't seen much of each other in recent years, but for a long
time we were close friends, and lived just a few blocks from
each other in New York. We got back in touch during the past
year, and i'm lucky to have spoken to him by phone only a couple
of months ago. I'm grateful that his death was so calm, and that
he had Leslie Kean in his life, to help and support him.

We shouldn't underestimate the bravery of his UFO work. He had a
fully developed life as an artist, with rich friendships. Few of
us, I think, would have put all that at risk the way Budd did,
simply out of a conviction that abductions were so crucial to
make known and study. Essentially he abandoned a major art
career, though he never stopped making art. I have a few of his
later pieces, which are wonderful. And his passion for art was
inspiring. To hear him talk about it was a great privilege for
many people.

I met many of his long-time friends, and while they still loved
him, as they told me, they found he'd gone, with UFOs, to places
they couldn't go. And of course he knew that, which makes him
all the more brave.

I think he bore his illnesses with great dignity, too. Which is
another kind of bravery. I never realized how much I'd miss him.
We should put aside all the usual UFO sniping (which is
something else Budd never had to put up with in his pre-UFO
life; the art world is no picnic, but it's like a Quaker meeting
compared to the UFO community). And we should honor Budd here.

Greg Sandow

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