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Death Of A Skeptic And Aerospace Journalist

Jim Oberg emails that Phil Klass has died:

Phil was a friend and colleague for more than thirty years, an award-winning technical journalist specializing in avionics, for 'Aviation Week' magazine. His iron will carried him through his last difficult years against physical hardships brought on by age and medical errors. He had a bulldog persistence in digging into stories most journalists considered too technical, too difficult, or even too un-researchable, both in military and civilian aviation and space systems, and in his pastime of 'UFO stories'. He aroused fierce enmity in many circles, most of it a credit to his percing intellect and acerbic wit, and if one is best measured by the enemies one makes, Phil had even more reason to be proud. I was proud of him and proud to be his friend.
Nadya [Phil's wife] went on to say that funeral services will be held at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, plot 18-4, Section 8B, at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 14. They will be in 'Temple Micah Cemetery', located at 2829 Wisconsin Avenue, interment at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, which is located at 9500 Riggs Rd., Adelphi, MD (DC suburb).
Posted by Rand Simberg at August 10, 2005 01:28 PM
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That's sad news- always admired his work.

(cool to see an 'AMPHILSOC' web page linked- have at least one long, long-time friend working there!)

Posted by SpaceCat at August 10, 2005 09:38 PM

Great Aviation Journalist. Horrible blind hack UFO debunker.

Anybody's death is sad, and I wish his family peace.

Posted by J. Craig Beasley at August 11, 2005 08:11 AM

His aviation work was top notch, and his avionics expertise superb. Am sorry to hear this. Will be keeping his family in my thoughts.

Posted by Laughing Wolf at August 11, 2005 11:30 AM

May god give peace to his soul and to his family also.

Posted by Carter at August 11, 2005 10:52 PM

I went to work at RocketDyne in 1964; as such, I was able to subscribe to Aviation Week for $8.00 per year (IIRC). I greatly admired Philip Klass' editorials, and all his work; he was the premier journalist of a thrilling era and I mourn his passing.

Posted by Bruce Lagasse at August 12, 2005 04:31 PM

Horrible blind hack UFO debunker.

Would you care to justify this slur?

Posted by Paul Dietz at August 12, 2005 07:39 PM

Though on very opposite sides of the UFO question up until his last attendance at a MUFON Symposium we always managed to have a lunch together to muse of things other. I think he dearly wanted to just keep us honest. I've missed that lunch these last few years. Wishing fair winds and following seas to a fellow worker.

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