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Budd Hopkins Memorial

From: David Biedny <dbiedny.nul>
Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2011 12:08:38 -0400
Archived: Sun, 09 Oct 2011 12:39:11 -0400
Subject: Budd Hopkins Memorial

I wanted to briefly comment on the memorial held yesterday for
Budd Hopkins, at the 15th Street Friends Meeting House. The
weather could not have been better, it was a clear, perfect day
for this lovely affair celebrating the life and work of this
wonderful man - one I'm proud to be able to call a true friend -
and it primarily focused on his work in the art field, clearly
demonstrating that Budd was really one of the most respected
Abstract Expressionists of the famed New York School.

Leslie Kean started the proceedings with her cool, professional
demeanor, even though it was obvious that she misses her
partner, friend and love. Any of us would be blessed to have
that kind of tenderness in our lives, and something that was
plain to see was the depth of respect and love that these two
people had for each other, it was both reassuring and inspiring.

His daughter showed slides of many of Budd's artworks, which
were bold, colorful and as direct as the man himself. Another
thing that many spoke of was Budd's sense of humor, and I can
personally attest that he loved laughing like few others, and
there was some really nice footage of Budd being, well, Budd.

Peter Robbins delivered an eloquent eulogy, describing working
with Budd, and how much influence Budd had on his own way of
thinking and dealing with others. Randy Nicherson played a video
tribute to Budd, full of poignant, heartfelt scenes - there was
another video compilation presented towards the end, I don't
have the names of the creators at hand (my copy of the memorial
booklet is still in my car), but there was some really
heartwarming footage of Budd dancing with his granddaughter.
Another picture of Budd, his daughter, son-in-law and
granddaughter clearly demonstrated the uncanny resemblance of
Budd and his daughter's daughter. He will live on in her.

David Jacobs spoke about Budd's work in the field of Abduction
Research, but what really came through was how much David loved
Budd as a human being and close friend. That was also evident in
the way that people spoke about Budd afterwards, small
conversations overheard during the subsequent reception
confirmed that there was not a bad thought about Budd anywhere
near the event.

There are many more details - some interesting UFO folks were in
attendance, but they were outnumbered by the artist friends,
thankfully - but suffice it to say that any of us would be happy
and fulfilled to have this much love manifest at our departures.

To those who would attack his research, and accuse him of being
a flawed human, of not being 100% hardass about his dealings
with alleged abduction victims and potential hoaxers - I
personally witnessed the degree of comfort this brave man gave
some very distraught people, folks who were scared, confused and
who didn't have anyone to turn to without being marginalized or
ridiculed, and for that work alone, he should be celebrated and
respected. If he was fooled by some unscrupulous folks, his
decision to err on the side of kindness and compassion is
perhaps a byproduct of his intensely powerful humanity and
sincere desire to help others. Those who would vilify him would
be well advised to check their own glass houses for hidden piles
of large, rough stones.

Budd Hopkins was a great man, and I for one will miss him
something urgent.

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