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Walt

105 Posts

Posted - 28 Jan 2009 :  11:02:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Going to miss the man who let me show my images my way, he's now a Star in the Heavens
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dholeman

USA
79 Posts

Posted - 10 Feb 2009 :  23:31:17  Show Profile  Visit dholeman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I am greatly saddened to learn of Tom's passing. He was a truly enlightened scholar and an enlightening teacher. I have often thought how lucky I have been to have learned from him the answers to, well, life, the universe and everything. His commitment to his beliefs was exceeded only by his dedication to the principles of fairness and freedom of expression. The very existence of this messageboard is testimony to those ideals. I am grateful for the patience he showed me in our correspondence and conversations, and for the fact that we had them at all.

I may be wrong, but it seems reasonable that we'll meet up with Tom again someday - an infinite universe offers infinite possibilities.
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Rudolf

South Africa
156 Posts

Posted - 26 Feb 2009 :  08:23:30  Show Profile  Visit Rudolf's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I was shocked to learn that Dr Van Flandern passed away. This world has lost a great scientist and astronomer. His ideas and theories have inspired many including myself and I hope that what we've learned from him would lead us to a better understanding of the cosmos.
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Thomas

United Kingdom
181 Posts

Posted - 01 Mar 2009 :  16:07:34  Show Profile  Visit Thomas's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have not visited the Metaresearch site for quite a while, and was shocked to find that Tom has recently passed away. My condolences go to all his family.

I hope very much that Tom's spirit continues to live on in this message board, which for me has been one of the few places on the web over the last few years where one could freely discuss new ideas in a friendly environment.

Thomas

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dljewett

USA
1 Posts

Posted - 27 Apr 2009 :  22:31:45  Show Profile  Visit dljewett's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Here it is April 27, and I just thought to look at Mega Research, since I remembered that Tom was ill. Time as sped by, as did life itself. I send my condolences, but I'd like also to send a remembrance that is wholly positive.
I was with Tom in Cardiff, Wales, at a 2998 conference on Astrobiology. Tom presented his Mars slides, as well as a very well thought out talk on "Exploding Planets". At one dinner, I asked how he got into this topic, and he told me the following story (I'll tell it as if he were talking):
"I was working at the Naval Observatory, and doing the programming for the calculations of orbits. I had a good number of publications, and I was asked to review articles. One day an article came to me about Exploding Planets. I thought 'well I can disprove this in a few hours', and set the paper aside. Then I tried to disprove it, and, to my surprise, I couldn't! In fact, the more I worked on the hypothesis, the more data seemed to be in agreement. Ultimately I started publishing the results. One day the chief of the Lab came to me and said 'You are bringing down the reputation of the lab by these papers about exploding planets. You must either stop publishing, or leave the Lab.' So, I left the lab."
I'm back to say that I have the highest admiration for those who will do what is required of a reputable, good scientist-- to follow the beliefs where-ever the facts lead. And Tom proved his quality as a top-level, elite scientist who is willing to put his beliefs up against "the common-place scientist" who follows the orthodox, approved banality of "Big Bang", "expanding universe", "warped space", etc. Tom's abilities, and his accomplishments were of the highest caliber. He will be missed, and the insights he had yet to offer us, means our lives are a bit less-- though we cannot know in what way. But, here's a message to you, Tom: "Thanks for all you did, Tom! Few could do it, and none in your way. Yours was a life well-lived! Let's meet on the other side of Andromeda, racing ahead to find out new, interesting things about this marvelous universe!" Sincerely, Don L. Jewett, M.D., D.Phil. don.jewett@ucsf.edu
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fleetcommander

Germany
1 Posts

Posted - 29 Apr 2009 :  04:49:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Friends,

yesterday I opend MetaResearch, I havn`t visited the webpage for quite a while, and needed to read that Tom VanFlandern has passed. I want express my condolence to his family and his friends.

I owe him much - he opend my mind for aether physics and new cosmology. His calculations of the speed of gravity confirmed my presumption to be on a good way - beyond Einstein.

By hindsight he was a pioneer in alternative physics. I guess most of us wont forget him, his work and his passion for the truth.

His work on earth was done and now he will earn the eternal life in which most of us do believe in.

I bow my head
Roland

(sorry for my english I am german dude)
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Messiah

USA
99 Posts

Posted - 09 May 2009 :  09:00:57  Show Profile  Visit Messiah's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Tom now knows the secret of one of the greatest mysteries of life.

I will miss his no-nonsense approach that I find so lacking in the rest of the conventional scientific community.

Fare ye well, gentle soul.

I'd procrastinate, but I can't seem to find the time
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Dangus

USA
134 Posts

Posted - 22 Jan 2010 :  06:31:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In the public library a few years ago I ran across Tom's book, and the idea of pushing gravity, no big bang, no dark matter, and more than one exploded planet. It was brave to publish such ideas in the face of such arrogance in the "established scientific community". Maybe even more brave were his theories on life on Mars. I admit I disagreed with a lot of his Mars theories, but I will challenge anyone who says he was wrong to ask the questions he did. Closed minds never find anything beyond what they have accepted as truth. Tom never made that mistake. Even when he was wrong, he was right to challenge our assumptions. I do not believe in death, but as he has lost this body, I wish him a good path forward into the next experience. He helped me think more freely, and that is one of the greatest gifts you can give a being.

I hope that Meta Research will live on. I hope that they continue to be controversial, continue to question things we have been told to accept as hard fact. Through this continued science, an extremely important part of who Tom was will grow and help more people. A person is a lot of things, and not everything Tom is dead, just the body. What we've actually lost with his passing is for us to decide.

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"Regret can only change the future" -Me

"Every judgment teeters on the brink of error. To claim absolute knowledge is to become monstrous. Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty." Frank Herbert, Dune 1965
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Larry Burford

USA
2074 Posts

Posted - 02 Feb 2010 :  10:51:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dangus,

I tried to reply to you via your email link, but it bounced back as undeliverable.

??,
LB
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Dangus

USA
134 Posts

Posted - 13 Feb 2010 :  07:05:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sorry my info here is super out of date, try amish_fighter_pilot@yahoo.com

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"Regret can only change the future" -Me

"Every judgment teeters on the brink of error. To claim absolute knowledge is to become monstrous. Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty." Frank Herbert, Dune 1965
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evolivid

USA
206 Posts

Posted - 19 Oct 2013 :  00:32:18  Show Profile  Send evolivid a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote

I would like to say sorry to Larry for
being mean too you, I know you work hard
at what you do, and you could save us one day...
Thank you ...
-Mark

MARX
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