James W. Moseley, 1931 - 2012
I'm saddened to hear of the passing of Jim Moseley. I could get all sappy and woeful about Jim's passing, but he never struck me as the kind of guy who would've appreciated any sort of pity party.
Jim founded the delightful Saucer Smear newsletter. Never read an issue of Saucer Smear? How dare you. Complete your life and go read some Saucer Smear right now. Take the advice of Jim about his newsletter, "Own a genuine artifact of ufological history! Line your birdcage for pennies a sheet! Back issues available for the last 46 years! "
Jim also wrote a memoir on his flying saucers days called Shockingly Close to the Truth: Confessions of a Grave Robbing Ufologist. I spoke to Jim on a few occasions and was honored to have been included in a couple of issues of Smear.
Jim was hilariously unafraid to call a lot of nuts, well, nuts. This included a variety of UFO and paranormal wackos ranging from Erik Beckjord to Bill Cooper. Jim produced each issue of Saucer Smear using only a typewriter and copy machine.
Here is a small sample of the wisdom of Jim Moseley:
"The most hilarious web posting we have read in a very long time comes from Whitley Strieber's "Unknown Country", dated 9/30/05. Linda Moulton Howe is described as "our Dreamland science reporter". We ask - what, if any, are the scientific qualifications of this pleasant but extremely gullible lady?? Inquiring minds would like to know!"-- Saucer Smear, Vol. 52, Issue No. 10