I first heard of Elaine in 2008 on an audio interview with Karyn Dolan. After hearing her talk, I simply looked up her number and called her. Later, while driving through Moab Utah, where she was living, I made it a point to visit her home. On our very first meeting she asked for my help in planting a tree in her yard. I also met, and played with, her new kitten, Pip. When we went into her house, she revealed that she had made me a cake (a lemon cake). This, at a time when I was terribly distressed at what might have been my own involvement with the phenomenon.
I met with her a few more times at her home in Utah, and we spoke on the phone often. Elaine was a very strong personality, and that’s a understatement. I can see how she could rub some folks the wrong way, especially the higher ups at MUFON. I liked her enormously. I am drawn to very intense people.
I posted an audio interview with Elaine (where she calls me Honey) back in October of 2013, just a little over three months ago. There was a side of me that was a it hesitant to do that interview, because her outlook on these subjects was so dark. There is a curious pressure within this UFO sandbox to share only the love & light vibe. Elaine was in top form during that talk, and I feel very strongly that her ideas need to be a part of the overall UFO debate.
Elaine and I spent a lot of hours on the phone, late at night, wrestling with the questions and challenges that emerged from her ongoing research. She was also extremely supportive when I shared my experiences. I loved that she spoke to me straight and bluntly. I will forever cherish her passionate forthright ways. I gained something enormously vital from her friendship.
HERE is a thoughtful set of memories from fellow blogger Lucretia Heart at her AT SPIRALS' END site.
Rest In Peace, Elaine
From Ron Regher:
Elaine Douglass, formerly MUFON Director for both the District of Columbia and the State of Utah passed today, January 27, from a recurring cancer. Services will be held in California at a time and place to be determined.