Jim Moseley, known for the irreverent, humorous, gossipy newsletter, Saucer Smear, has passed away. Loren Coleman writes an obit for a famous name in Fortean and ufology circles who exposed UFO hoaxers and has engineered hoaxes of his own.
Fortean friend, ufology humorist, and writer James W. Moseley, 81, died Friday night, November 16, 2012. He passed away at a Key West, Florida, hospital, several months after being diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus.
Upon hearing of the death of Moseley, Anomalist Books publisher and editor Patrick Huyghe said: “He was one of the last remaining old timers from the golden age of flying saucers. Goodbye, Jim.”
Moseley co-wrote a memoir with Karl T. Pflock, entitled Shockingly Close to the Truth! (2002), telling many of his own “secrets.” He decided to reveal much about himself, but for the decade after its publication, few were able to decipher which of his “facts” were jokes and which were reality.
He sounds like a genuinely fun and interesting guy. (Edit: I’ve been informed not everyone thinks so. There is some ugly history here, it’s rumored, which is news to me.) I’ve had “Shockingly Close to the Truth” on my reading list for a while. It’s now time to get to it.