[FPSPACE] 1994 Moon Race Article, and more!
nodin at sbcglobal.net
Fri Apr 27 00:46:24 EDT 2007
To All Friends and Partners,
In 1994, there appeared in Scientific American, an article by Prof. John Logsdon and Alain Dupas, " Was the Race to the Moon Real?"
In it there was material that belongs to me, and it was used without my knowledge or my permission. My question to Prof. Logsdon and Mr. Dupas is, where did you get it? I know there were others at GWU at the time, did they supply it without you knowing from whence it came? When I tried to approach you at KSC following the launch of the UNITY module several years back, Prof. Langsdon, you hastily avoided me and disappeared into the crowd. Emails and phone messages were ignored.
Many of you, herein, have been the recipient of materials provided by me, almost all without attribution, but with permission. And, that was and is fine with me. (Mark Wade, I was just made aware that another bit of information you have on your site (OS-1 sketch) was indirectly supplied by me.) If any of you wants to make that attribution in the next revisions of your websites, I have no objections. My primary goal was always to make the historical record as complete and correct as possible, and not just a collection of hysterical ravings, which a lot of the 1980s public disclosures were regarding the Moon Race. It is that desire that prompted me to begin my unclassified writing.
The only public mention of my name appeared on page 65 in Aviation Week & Space Technology, November 9, 1992, in what turned out to be a very poor article, factually, but the government did not allow me to write any of it or to seek corrections. I only provided the three accompanying photographs. The middle one is the photo used in the Logsdon article. The bottom one is the photo given to me by Boris M. Lokhmachev at Baikonur with the understanding that I would get it published, but it was reversed left to right.
I began my fledgling tome in 1986 with, "It Wasn't Just A Moon Race!" It was a short, unclassified account of the other side of the Moon Race. But, it grew and grew, and in 1992 I went to Russia and Kazakhstan, basically to gather more information to complete that work. The 1990 version wasn't well done, but it was in direct contrast and a refutation to Leskov's 1989 Pravda revelation. The 1992 revision was well patched, and very hard to read, according to colleagues, but it had a lot of good factual stuff that was new to the public, though not well documented with the open source references. By 1993, it was not much better, and neither was the 1995 rewrite, but it had grown from less than ten pages to almost a hundred. The last revisions were replete with photos from the 1992 trip, references to everything and all of the information that had been trickling out of Russia through 1996. Ultimately, my 1996 interviews with Peter Gorin, the translator of Mishin's
diaries for Ross Perot, caused me to lose my long held job within the intelligence community because Gorin was a KGB agent and even though I did not know that, it violated rules of my continued access to the most sensitive of U.S. secrets. Without the accesses, I could no longer hold the job, my health deteriorated and have been virtually unable to work since 1998.
To Anderman, Barbosa, Charles, Clark, Day, Gottschalk, Grahn, Gregory, Hall, Harland, Hendrickx, Oberg, Portee, Pesavento, Siddiqi, Vick, Wade, Zak and others; many of you at one time or another have questioned my bona fides, others knew. I may not be able to satisfy that curiosity with volumes of publications that you can read, yet. But, through FOIA, and thanks to another colleague (nameless for now) there may be historical works of mine available in the near future. Who knows what those "secret" agencies will decide?
Back to the question: Prof Logsdon, where did you get the material that belonged to me? I'm sure the statute of limitations has long run its course, so no further action is possible. But, I want to know, and I want others to know as well.
Edwin "N Odin" Cameron
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