Actually, I participated in a "Guerilla Encyclopedia Update"of my own, back in the late 1970s. The Doubleday Encyclopedia of UFOs (Garden City, NY, 1980) was edited by Ronald D. Story, assisted by the late J. Richard Greenwell. Story is a "skeptical believer" in UFOs, and Greenwell was well-known as a UFOlogist and cryptozoologist (who, as I note in Psychic Vibrations, joined a scientific expedition to the South Pacific to search for mermaids). Story had sent me a review copy - I don't recall if it was the complete volume, or just certain articles (probably the latter). I replied to him that, in many cases, he was telling only half the story, and that "the rest of the story" was needed to provide a balanced picture. I offered to provide some of this balance. To my surprise, he and his editors agreed. So for a number of major UFO cases in this Encyclopedia, including "Hill Abduction," "Delphos (Kansas) Landing," and a number of others, the main article is followed by a "Postscript," attributed to me.
|Philip J. Klass, 1977. (photo by author)|
Philip J. Klass (1919-2005) was the most influential and consequential UFO skeptic of all time. He battled the UFO believers in scientific organizations like the AAAS and AIAA who wanted to bring UFOs into the mainstream of science - and won. I won't bother listing his background, his credentials, his career and accomplishments - that's all now on Klass' Wikipedia page. It's quite long, and highly detailed, ably written and edited by Susan Gerbic and Shane Vaughn. Missing sources were filled in, unsubstantiated material was removed, and a great deal of new material was added. As someone who knew Klass quite well, I am impressed by its accuracy and completeness. I certainly learned things I didn't know about Klass. This is just one example of what a talented team can accomplish. Here is Susan's write-up of their accomplishments.
Susan and I will both be at TAM in Las Vegas, The Amazing Meeting sponsored by the James Randi Educational Foundation, July 11-14. We will be presenting at one of the workshops, Preserving Skeptic History. I hope you can make it to TAM. It's going to be awesome.
Anyone who is interested in joining the Wikipedia project is encouraged to contact Susan for more information.