Necrolog (Deaths Of Folks Who Had Impact On The Fortean World)

WhistlingJack

Gone But Not Forgotten
(ACCOUNT RETIRED)
Joined
Oct 29, 2003
Messages
3,564
Reaction score
30
Points
69
No Outing

The last two posts in this thread have been removed.

If a poster wishes to keep their identity secret, please respect their decision.
 

oldrover

Justified & Ancient
Joined
Oct 18, 2009
Messages
3,991
Reaction score
1,435
Points
169
I'm really sorry about that, I didn't think. He's always linked to his stuff so I thought it was common knowledge.

Either way as I say I really do apologise.
 

stu neville

Commissioner.
Staff member
Joined
Mar 9, 2002
Messages
11,798
Reaction score
4,885
Points
234
No problem - was done with the best of intentions.
 

WhistlingJack

Gone But Not Forgotten
(ACCOUNT RETIRED)
Joined
Oct 29, 2003
Messages
3,564
Reaction score
30
Points
69
Lordmongrove's public profile is quite minimal, so when their name was revealed, I presumed they wouldn't have ventured that info themselves.

Just me being cautious ;)
 

lordmongrove

Justified & Ancient
Joined
May 30, 2009
Messages
3,089
Reaction score
2,693
Points
169
GARRICK92 WROTE..."Just a thought: If you are going to be globetrotting back and forth to that mysterious land, why don't you become a correspondent of sorts, or do your own orang pendek research while out there? I bet FT would bite your arm off if you turned up new cryptid news."

I always submit a write up to FT. Thet have two in hand currently Indian yeti from 2010 and orang-pendek from 2011.
 

lordmongrove

Justified & Ancient
Joined
May 30, 2009
Messages
3,089
Reaction score
2,693
Points
169
PS I have no problems with people knowing who i am. Its probobly common knowlage. I'm actually David Attenborough.
 

Pietro_Mercurios

Gone But Not Forgotten
(ACCOUNT RETIRED)
Joined
Aug 10, 2005
Messages
12,022
Reaction score
170
Points
114
lordmongrove said:
PS I have no problems with people knowing who i am. Its probobly common knowlage. I'm actually David Attenborough.
The secret may be out, but no need to broadcast it. Low profile, let's keep it that way! :lol:
 

ramonmercado

CyberPunk
Joined
Aug 19, 2003
Messages
50,382
Reaction score
23,969
Points
284
Location
Eblana
lordmongrove said:
PS I have no problems with people knowing who i am. Its probobly common knowlage. I'm actually David Attenborough.
DA? I thought you had been eaten by an Orca while strolling along a beach.
 

Timble2

Imaginary Person
Joined
Feb 9, 2003
Messages
5,848
Reaction score
1,638
Points
234
Location
In a Liminal Zone
9 December 2012 Last updated at 13:03

Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore dies, aged 89
British astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore has died at his home at the age of 89, his friends and colleagues have said.

Sir Patrick presented the monthly BBC programme The Sky At Night, first broadcast on 24 April 1957 - making him the longest-running presenter of the same television show in the world
Good innings, but I'll miss The Sky At Night. A Great British Eccentric.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20657939
 

Mythopoeika

I am a meat popsicle
Joined
Sep 18, 2001
Messages
40,247
Reaction score
29,530
Points
309
Location
Inside a starship, watching puny humans from afar
Timble2 said:
9 December 2012 Last updated at 13:03

Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore dies, aged 89
British astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore has died at his home at the age of 89, his friends and colleagues have said.

Sir Patrick presented the monthly BBC programme The Sky At Night, first broadcast on 24 April 1957 - making him the longest-running presenter of the same television show in the world
Good innings, but I'll miss The Sky At Night. A Great British Eccentric.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20657939
Oh no! There I was the other day, thinking the old boy was bomb-proof.
He will be sadly missed.
 

rynner2

Gone But Not Forgotten
(ACCOUNT RETIRED)
Joined
Aug 7, 2001
Messages
55,241
Reaction score
9,042
Points
284
Timble2 said:
9 December 2012 Last updated at 13:03

Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore dies, aged 89
British astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore has died at his home at the age of 89, his friends and colleagues have said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20657939
OMG!

Just yesterday I posted:


The latest Sky at Night is on iPlayer:

The Sky at Night
- Mercury and the Moon

...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... _the_Moon/

...

Sad to say, Patrick Moore is not getting any younger, and his once characteristic clipped manner of speech has become quite slurred, so Chris Lintott does most of the SaN voice-overs now.

I'm not getting any younger either, so this could be my last chance to see PM on TV... :shock:

http://www.forteantimes.com/forum/viewt ... 94#1284094
And so, it seems, it was. :(

(But I expect Sky at Night will continue - Chris Lintott can handle it just fine.)
 

rynner2

Gone But Not Forgotten
(ACCOUNT RETIRED)
Joined
Aug 7, 2001
Messages
55,241
Reaction score
9,042
Points
284
This isn't a bad epitaph, it seems to me:

Sir Patrick reckoned that he was the only person to have met the first man to fly, Orville Wright, the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, and the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. He outlived them all.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/scie ... ed-89.html
 

oldrover

Justified & Ancient
Joined
Oct 18, 2009
Messages
3,991
Reaction score
1,435
Points
169
I am sorry to hear this.

Sir Patrick reckoned that he was the only person to have met the first man to fly, Orville Wright, the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, and the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. He outlived them all.
Shouldn't that be Vladamir Ilyushin.
 

The late Pete Younger

Venerable and Missed
(ACCOUNT RETIRED)
Joined
Jul 31, 2001
Messages
5,885
Reaction score
154
Points
129
According to Mark Wade, editor of the space history Web site Encyclopedia Astronautica, "The entire early history of the Soviet manned space program has been declassified and we have piles of memoirs of cosmonauts, engineers, etc., who participated. We know who was in the original cosmonaut team, who never flew, was dismissed, or was killed in ground tests. Ilyushin is not one of them.
 

GNC

King-Sized Canary
Joined
Aug 25, 2001
Messages
29,898
Reaction score
16,030
Points
309
He could be pretty reactionary if you got him talking on the wrong subject, but he was one of the first celebrities I was able to identify - read his sci-fi as a kid, saw him on The Goodies, and lamented The Sky at Night was on so late I could never stay up to watch it. Self taught, I believe. Great British eccentric is a good way of putting it. RIP Sir Patrick.
 

Pietro_Mercurios

Gone But Not Forgotten
(ACCOUNT RETIRED)
Joined
Aug 10, 2005
Messages
12,022
Reaction score
170
Points
114
escargot1 said:
I saw the very first Daleks episode, and yes, I hid behind the sofa. 8)
Ho yus! scary stuff, when you're four. :shock:
 

ladymabelswood

Gone But Not Forgotten
(ACCOUNT RETIRED)
Joined
Sep 25, 2009
Messages
7
Reaction score
0
Points
7
Patrick Moore

I once read or heard an interview with Patrick Moore where he mentions having met one of the Wright brothers.Someone ( I can't remember who ) described situations like that as the "telescoping of time ". Amazing to think there could still be people who also have similar memories.
 

oldrover

Justified & Ancient
Joined
Oct 18, 2009
Messages
3,991
Reaction score
1,435
Points
169
I can't get over the fact that my father visited London Zoo just after the last thylacine had gone, he might just as easily have gone a few years earlier.
 

songhrati

Gone But Not Forgotten
(ACCOUNT RETIRED)
Joined
Oct 3, 2003
Messages
86
Reaction score
1
Points
37
I met an Australian Aboriginal lady from the central desert region recently who talked about the time in the late 1960s that her tribe/clan first met a white person. The tribe had heard stories from other tribes about the mysterious white skinned figures and had wondered what sort of creature was sometimes seen in the sky (probably a Boeing 707) but never seen one until a white man arrived at a waterhole the tribe were camping.

This lady was in her 50s (although she looked much older) and can talk about a time before western civilisation. It almost made me jealous of her.
 

ramonmercado

CyberPunk
Joined
Aug 19, 2003
Messages
50,382
Reaction score
23,969
Points
284
Location
Eblana
Writer, artist, visionary and priestess of goddess Isis
http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-styl ... -1.1619650

Olivia Melian Durdin-Robertson: April 13th, 1917-November 14th, 2013

Sat, Dec 7, 2013, 09:34

Olivia Melian Durdin-Robertson, who has died aged 96, was a writer, artist, visionary and priestess of Isis, who through her family’s social and cultural connections provided a link with the hermetic spiritualist tradition of the Celtic Twilight, as exemplified particularly by George Russell (“AE”) and WB Yeats.

The second of the four children of Norah (née Parsons) and Manning Robertson, she was born in London, where her father, an architect and town planner, worked for the ministry of health. In 1925, the Robertsons left Surrey and returned to their Irish ancestral home. Manning Robertson practised architecture, advocated social housing and town planning, and wrote prolifically and critically as Ireland’s first serious commentator on 20th-century architecture, while the family spent holidays at their family home, Huntington Castle, Clonegal, on the Carlow-Wexford border. The young Olivia was introduced to the “magic of the sidhe” through the mysterious “aged hermit” Mr Fox, who lived on a hallowed site beside the river Slaney.

When Yeats died in 1939, his widow asked Robertson to design the poet’s headstone at Drumcliff, Co Sligo. Many years afterwards Olivia told an interviewer: “My father designed Yeats’s tombstone, which carried the inscription ‘Cast a cold eye / On life, on death. / Horseman, pass by.’ Later my mother met Mrs Yeats and asked her if she liked the tombstone, and she said ‘Yes, and Willie’s delighted too!’”

Olivia Robertson studied at Heathfield School in Ascot and the Grosvenor School of Modern Art. She worked as a volunteer nurse in England during the second World War, returning to Dublin to study history of European painting at University College, Dublin, in 1943. She spent four years working with Dublin Corporation’s enlightened inner-city playground scheme, drawing portraits of children which would feature as spontaneous, spirited line illustrations in her books: St Malachy’s Court (1946), Field of the Stranger (1948), The Golden Eye (1949), Miranda Speaks (1950), It’s an Old Irish Custom (1954) and The Dublin Phoenix (1957), all full of shrewdly observed evocations of the city.

In 1946, she received her first awakening into what she termed “the eternal reality . . . the source of our being and all that we hold to be good, noble and true” from the Egyptian goddess Isis. But it was not until 1960 that she joined her brother, Lawrence, a former Anglican rector and his wife, Pamela, who had decided to settle in their “land of heart’s desire” at Huntington Castle.

First they formed the philanthropic Clonegal Local Welfare scheme , then in 1963, their Centre for Meditation and Study. Regular seminars, esoteric site visits and discussions explored the inner meanings of the altered states of consciousness they had each experienced.

In the early 1970s she and her brother, she told an interviewer in 1992, “became aware of the imbalance in the world . . . Suddenly I realised the missing factor was the total ignorance of, and deliberate attack on the religion of God the Mother.”

Band of followers
The siblings sought the divine through comparative study, harmony with nature and creation, and a positive, instinctive, all-embracing new symbolic order. This led to Lawrence Durdin-Robertson’s The Cult of the Goddess (1974), Olivia’s autobiographical book The Call of Isis (1975), their formation of the Fellowship of Isis in 1976 and Olivia’s permanent return to Ireland.

Robinson attracted a growing band of followers through the colourful blend of rituals, liturgy, images and words she evolved in her mediation with the universal goddess. At Huntington Castle she and Lawrence built a temple in the dungeon with 12 shrines and five chapels, each dedicated to a particular goddess.

Over 40 or so years, she wrote a succession of booklets, illustrated by her drawings as the fellowship became multireligious, multicultural and multinational. In 1993, her travels included her representation of the fellowship at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, where she breakfasted with the Dali Lama.

She continued to write, paint, discuss, give presentations and meditations, travelling indefatigably until recently, when a fall in the castle grounds curtailed her activities. She died peacefully in Wexford, one of the last living links with the esoteric mysticism of AE and Yeats.
 

feinman

Only human skeptics will be probed..
Joined
Nov 25, 2013
Messages
1,484
Reaction score
902
Points
119
Thanks for that. Reminds me of Dion Fortune.
 

Pietro_Mercurios

Gone But Not Forgotten
(ACCOUNT RETIRED)
Joined
Aug 10, 2005
Messages
12,022
Reaction score
170
Points
114
I remember reading some of those Dion Fortune romances. Enjoyably strange. Also reminded me of Robert Graves' The White Goddess. Must have been a spirit abroad. Durdin-Robertson was a link to another, very different, time indeed. She is a loss. I must read some Yeats.
 

feinman

Only human skeptics will be probed..
Joined
Nov 25, 2013
Messages
1,484
Reaction score
902
Points
119
Pietro_Mercurios said:
I remember reading some of those Dion Fortune romances. Enjoyably strange. Also reminded me of Robert Graves' The White Goddess. Must have been a spirit abroad. Durdin-Robertson was a link to another, very different, time indeed. She is a loss. I must read some Yeats.
Yeah, those were the days! Even Crowley seems almost cuddly in retrospect (almost).. "Magick in Theory and Practice" evokes quaint nostalgia, not Choronzon.
 
Top