Par-for-the-course 2002 documentary featuring Charles Mallett, David Kingston, Freddy Silva, Linda Moulton Howe, Lucy Pringle, Michael Glickman, Paul Vigay, and plenty of aerial and ground footage of the 2002 season.
Par-for-the-course, somewhat love-and-light, documentary featuring very much the usual theories and usual suspects, including Andy Thomas, Busty Taylor, Chad Deetken, Charles Mallett, David Kingston, Francine Blake, Freddy Silva, George Wingfield, Isabelle Kingston, Janet Ossebaard, John Haddington, Judith Moore, Karen Alexander, Linda Moulton Howe, Lucy Pringle, Michael Glickman, Paul Anderson, Polly Carson, Rod Bearcloud, Steve Alexander, amongst others.
Two more sad losses to the croppie community. Pat Delgado died on 23rd May 2009. John Michell died on 24th April 2009.
Delgado was one of the very first crop circle researchers, drawn in by a pattern in a Hampshire field in 1981 and enraptured and promoting the circles every which way he could. Author of Circular Evidence and Crop Circles: The latest Evidence and Crop Circles: Conclusive Evidence(the former two with Colin Andrews).
Michell… What can we say? Visionary, mythologist, gentleman.In purely cerealogical terms he was integral in the founding of the Centre For Crop Circle Studies, and the first editor of The Cerealogist, and his impact on crop circle study cannot be underestimated. Hell, his impact full stop cannot be underestimated. Readers seeking a suitable epigraph could do a lot worse than read his book The New View Over Atlantis. Therein will you find him, and will find his resonance.
Michell also penned our favourite circular quote, in Crooked Soley: A Crop Circle Revelation (a book co-authored with Allan Brown), which sums up the wonder of the circles and their appeal far more eloquently than we’d attempt to:
“We cannot conscientiously advise anyone to enter the murky world of crop circle research. If you choose to do so – at your own risk – you enter a world of magic. No one has ever spent a summer in the ancient, sacred heart of England, from Avebury to the Vale of Pewsey, where the light and atmosphere are intense and crop circles proliferate, without being changed by the experience. You meet the most remarkable people, and you partake in a process whereby the light of divine knowledge enters minds, and hearts are stirred by the beauty of crop circles in their chosen setting. If you need an addiction, this is the best one you could find.”
Best of addictions indeed.
Erik Beckjord, Jonathan Sherwood, David Kingston, and Paul Vigay, John Michell, Pat Delgado… that’s six major croppies gone in less than a year. We sincerely hope that “ambulance chaser” croppies and conspiracy kooks don’t seek a pattern in this (the first whiff of which seemed to follow the deaths of Vigay and Kingston, but we’re very glad that line of enquiry has since been discarded).
We were very saddened to learn this last weekend of the death of researcher Paul Vigay.
Though we never got to meet Paul we did correspond with him and his research has had a profound influence on our perspective over the years, and indeed his touch can be found throughout this site. Though we oft disagreed with him, he always struck us as a most intelligent and giving guy. His website remains one of our most favourite circles sites, and we very-much hope somebody else is able to keep it online. He ever seemed one of the more level-headed cerealogists (most days we’d make a joke about tautologies there, but not today) and it’s difficult to imagine somebody else stepping up to the croppie oche as Paul did.
Our deepest condolences to Paul’s family and friends. We are certain that crop circle research won’t be the same without him.
Paul’s death came too soon in the wake of the death of venerable researcher, David Kingston. David had been researching the subject since the 1970s – indeed he was a Ufologist in the Warminster days. Another irreplaceable soul. Our commiserations to the Kingston clan and friends. The reader will find an orbituary here, and David’s website here.
May both go well.