|email - October 2002|
Subject: Mayor's FFH|
Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2002 13:27:48 EDT
Thanks for your extensive review of my book. Your layout is very fair, and I appreciate that even though I don't agree with your beliefs. (I will try for an EV+ rating in my next one)
I would like to request one correction in your "review." Actually, the following quote is not by me, but written by paleontologist Peter Dodson, who wrote the Foreword to my book.
This website describes my next project: NATIVE AMERICAN FOSSIL LEGENDS: http://members.aol.com/afmayor/myhomepage/writing.html
As she correctly points out, the passage we quoted was in the forward, not in the introduction, so it was not something she wrote. We apologize for the error.
We havenít printed the ratings explanation recently because it is redundant, and we havenít wanted to waste the space. Consequently, Adrienne probably hasnít read it, and doesnít know the difference between Ev and Ev+. The Ev rating means it was written by someone who sincerely believes in evolution. Ev+ means it was written by someone who is a really obnoxious evolutionist who viciously attacks creationists. We really donít expect to give her an Ev+ rating on her next book.
We generally donít print last names and email addresses of people who write to us. This is one of those rare instances where the writer is well-known, and has a relatively public email address. Furthermore, we wanted to publish the web site describing her next book, and you could easily get her email address from the web site. Finally, we donít expect anyone to write her any nasty email, so there isnít any need to protect her from it.
We really are looking forward to her next book because we expect her to publish some interesting legends about thunderbirds. We mentioned the remarkable similarity of thunderbirds and pterodactyls in our essay entitled Unicorns, etc. exactly four years ago. She, no doubt, will also provide us some valuable information about pterodactyl bones found in North America which match the Native American description of thunderbirds.
She, no doubt, will try to make the case that Native Americans didnít actually see living thunderbirds, but found their bones and inferred their existence and social behavior from them. Then she will argue that the great paleontologic skills of America Indians have been forgotten, just like the unknown, but clearly brilliant, Greek and Roman paleontologists have been overlooked by history. We expect her to say that although the stories (which have been passed down orally from generation to generation) say that warriors fought thunderbirds, those first warriors made up the stories after finding the bones. So, we will continue to disagree with her conclusions, but we will respect and greatly appreciate her excellent research.
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