Yuri's Reluctance

Paul E. Pettennude (pettennude@usa.net)
22 Jan 1997 20:51:18 GMT


Our offer to Yuri was sincere. We were hoping he would treat the
opportunity as enthusiastically as he does in trying to put our work down.

None of us is trying to perpetuate a coverup. Just the opposite is true.
All of us are looking for something which would make our work memorable.
Meanwhile we just keep plugging along doing the most thorough job we know
how to do and were trained to do.

I wanted to show Yuri what it would be like to be on the leading edge of
archaeology in Mesoamerica, namely the underwater environment as it relates
to a major Mayan center. Never heard a word. I guess it's better to throw
darts from afar than be too close to his dart board.


Michelle Malkin <malkinb7@mindspring.com> wrote in article
> yuku@io.org (Yuri Kuchinsky) wrote:
> >Peter van Rossum (pmv100@psu.edu) wrote:
> >: Marc, Yuri has already been invited on two separate occasions by
> >: archaeologists (myself and Paul Pettennude) to join us in the field.
> >: He never responded which I take to be a clear sign of his
> >:snip
> >How nice of you, Peter. I know you like me so much.
> snip
> >Yuri.
> Just for curiositys sake, Yuri, why didn't you respond to either
invitation to
> go into the field with real archaeologists? I know I'd jump at such a
chance if
> I could afford it. Aside from this being very odd behavior, it was
> rude on your part. All your philosophical arguments will not cancel out
> acts of pure rudeness. If you couldn't afford to go, you could have
simply said
> so. I'm sure they would have understood. But, for you to assume that they
> inviting you for some kind of evil reason makes absolutely no sense at
> Don't you want to learn about field trips and digs in person? It sounds
like a
> real blast to me, hard work and all. What a chance to really learn first
> You remind me of the so-called archaeologists in Asimov's Foundation
> who do all their research from old books and shudder at the idea of
actual field
> work. Armchair archaeology is interesting, but it's not the real thing.
> So, what was your reason for not even responding, as well as not going?
If you
> refuse to answer this, whatever reputation you have left in these
newsgroups is
> going to sink below sea level.
> MIchelle Malkin