Skeptic Philip J. Klass
Passes Away
Philip J. Klass
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.
"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 day.
[...thumbing my nose at what passes for the *memory* of Philip Klass...] Feh!
James Neff
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.




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