Gordon Creighton (FSR) : 1908 - 2003
From the Editor Of UFO Magazine (UK)
The death has been announced of Gordon Creighton, who died this morning (Wednesday, 16 July, 2003). He was aged 95.
Up until his death, the former British Diplomat was Editor of 'Flying Saucer Review', one of the oldest and most respected UFO journals in the world.
Graham W. Birdsall, Editor of UFO Magazine, said: "Gordon Creighton was arguably one of Ufology's greatest ever proponents. For the best part of 50 years, he sought out information on the phenomenon from around the world, and his lasting legacy will be that which he came to publish in Flying Saucer Review. He was a remarkable man in every respect, and the world of Ufology will mourn his passing."
[Graham's report is taken from the UFO UpDates mailing list]
Gordon was the first person I spoke to who was involved in the study of UFOs. If I remember correctly it was the summer of 1988.
Although the FSR phone number was not widely published (I had found a contact number in a reference book at the library where I was working) Gordon took time to answer my questions.
In early 1999 I phoned Gordon again, explained that I ran the UFOINFO site and asked if I could have permission to use his article A brief account of the true nature of the UFO entities on the website as the Jinns were being discussed at the time. Although it had been reported that Gordon did not like the Internet he was very agreeable to my request and said I could also use The Jinn from a scientific (?) viewpoint.
During our discussion Gordon suggested I contact Ann Druffel and ask for permission to use her Can we battle these entities? article as he considered it very important.
Gordons' personal views were often regarded as eccentric and controversial and while I cannot say that I personally agreed with all he said I found him polite and helpful. Whatever your viewpoint it cannot be denied that Gordon did a lot of valuable work translating reports into English.
My sympathy goes to his family and friends.
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