Thursday, July 14, 2005

Nick Redfern

What a thoroughly nice man this guy is.

That sentence will drive him mad. He thinks it's funny that most of Ufology sees him that way. He will respond by running off a list of character traits that he regards as negative. And because he has bad thoughts or does bad things, in other words human things, he feels being seen as "nice" is fraudulent.

You can't argue with him on this, which is why I'm going behind his back this way. He's just too modest. He can't take a compliment. The moment you start saying something nice about him to him, he changes the subject.

He is approachable, friendly, generous, principled, honest, and helpful. He cares about people and he has time for them. He cares about animals. He cares for example about what happened to Paul Bennewitz more than I do. While I regard what happened to Mr. Bennewitz as extremely unfortunate, when it comes to the greater good and the number of lives that may well have been saved as a result of counter intelligence activities, then it's a no contest. I don't think Nick totally disregards that line of thought, but his sympathies definitely lie in the direction of the victim.

Likewise with his current book on Roswell. A substantial part of his motivation is about what happened to the victims of Unit 731 who were brought back to the States and who still had to endure the barbaric activities that were planned for them in Japan, but this time under the command of Americans. He is angry and wants justice.

Emotion is hard to find in his writings actually but if you look hard enough for it, it is there. Take the last page of Body Snatchers In The Desert for example. In fact, take the very last sentence of the book. He has phoned the Pentagon to tell them what he has found out. They are indifferent. His concluding line is filled with anger; anger at the way we Ufologists, as members of the public, have been jerked around for the last 50 years. Anger at the injustices done to cover up the fact that the moral division between the American and Japanese military at the end of the war was paper thin. Anger at the lies, the manipulation, the deceit, the dishonesty, and so on.

It's a pleasure to know him. If you want some amusement, next time you speak or write to him, tell him he's OK. And then wait for the reaction.


Stuart Miller

6 Comments:

Blogger Terry Groff said...

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Thursday, 14 July, 2005  
Blogger Terry Groff said...

I had to stop reading your post at the point you started to talk about the last line of "Body Snatchers". I am only just now reading it so I don't want to know how it ends :-)

Personally I think the butler did it.

I agree. Nick is one of the nicest and most personable people you will ever meet.

The angriest I ever saw him was at the MUFON meeting with Nicholette Pavlevsky and Greg Wright, oh, and "Baktar" read full story. Even then he was civil and said only what he wanted to say then remained quiet.

Thursday, 14 July, 2005  
Blogger RRRGroup said...

Stuart and Terry, I agree.

Nick Redfern has been most gracious in answering personal e-mails and postings on various UFO forums.

Never a sour word or hesitancy even when dealing with mokes like me.

A great guy by all accounts. No wonder Paul Kimball thinks so highly of him.

Rich Reynolds

Thursday, 14 July, 2005  
Blogger Paul Kimball said...

Rich:

What?

Me - think highly of Redfern??

Never - he is EVIL!

I mean, really - he has that "Dr. Evil" chrome dome, and he's always wearing black...

And now he has dared to posit an alternative explanation for the Roswell Incident, that has nothing to do with aliens.

Need I say more?

EVIL!

Paul :-)

Thursday, 14 July, 2005  
Blogger Zorgrot said...

For a human, he's not bad.

Almost kind of cute...

Z.

Thursday, 14 July, 2005  
Blogger Terry Groff said...

Paul,

We all know they were aliens. Even Nick is an alien. Each and everyone of those little guys would have had to apply for a greencard in order to obtain resident alien status in the U.S. :-)

Friday, 15 July, 2005  

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