- Phil Klass was a senior editor at Aviation Week and Space
Technology for 35 years. After his retirement, he continued to write technical
articles for the magazine, until the 1990s.
- Inside the UFO community, he was best known as a debunker
and became something of a legend. He was known not only for pointing out
the obvious hoaxes, but for taking some logically untenable stands on issues
where even the facts were not in his favor. But, regardless of the positions
he took on UFO-related matters, Klass made a name for himself in the field
and, at the very least, tried to keep ufology honest even as he denied
that such a field of study should exist. Click here for his bio.
- 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.
- From Royce J. Myers III
- I'm amazed at some of the e-mails I've seen in the last
twenty-four hours regarding the death of Phil Klass. One person wrote to
me saying, "Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy." Others have
cheered Klass' passing or have taken a sickening glee in it.
- Klass was a skeptic, not a pedophile or mass murderer.
There are people in this field I absolutely cannot tolerate, but I can
guarantee you this: I would never celebrate their passing nor find any
comfort in it.
- I thought people in this field would be far above this
sort of nonsense.
- With Condolences To The Klass Family,
- Royce J. Myers III
- 'Don't Trip On Your Open Mind'
By Alfred Lehmberg
- 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 bequeath: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.
- Source: http://www.psican.org/messagecentre/viewtopic.php?t=453
- "Charming to the last..."
- Thankfully, the preceding very neatly did away with ~any~
well-wishing warmth or respect I might have felt for Mr. Klass upon his
passing, verily... ...feelings which could not have occurred in any case...
...Mr. Klass was a backed-up cesspool of belligerently deliberate evil
and he might as well have ~pulled~ the trigger of the gun ending James
McDonald's life. This last little "mind game" he prosecutes from
the grave is only... Klassic... intellectual mind rape and cognitive imposition
at its most insidious and psychopathic. We should have expected no less.
- Oh yeah... ...I'll remember his "curse." Yes,
I will. I'll remember the eager steps he took to facilitate our ignorance,
his smirking obstinacy in the face of the of the persons he destroyed,
and the sneering delight he took in it all. I'll remember... and hold him
responsible, him and the other flying monkeys for which he gleefully fronted...
the whole of his well-rewarded professional career.
- So, a pox on his scurvy memory, reader. He was not an
"honored opposition" we'd even grudgingly eulogize. He was ever
only a craven enemy of our aggregate spirit and an insult to the bravery
of same. Another obstacle to our advancement; another impediment to our
progression; another hindrance to our development. He is beneath even damning
with faint praise.
- All funerals, even yours and mine, are an improvement
to the human condition, reader... Frankly, humankind is much improved this
- [...thumbing my nose at what passes for the *memory*
of Philip Klass...] Feh!
- Klass didn't 'know.' Klass was led to believe he knew.
Just like all the other disinfo operatives around the globe. He was a fool.
I'm quite sure he was told "they are all ours," and out of a
sense of loyalty, nationalism and patriotism he kept his mouth shut and
did his job -- debunking. He was a soldier carrying out orders. An automaton
of the system. Like NASA's Oberg, many of Klass' debunks were so casual,
so absurd (venus, swamp gas, flock of geese) as to be hysterical. We should
welcome debunkers of this caliber because they force us to take that second
and third look even when we don't want to. We don't have to LIKE them.
- May he arrive in heaven seven hours before the devil
knows he's dead with stars twixt his toes, and may he look back and find
ole' scratch squirmin' in his own excrement, Amen.