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Post by Doka » 04-14-2018 03:39 AM

I wish him well on his journey. My Condolences to his young family.

He certainly touched all our lives in so many ways.
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Rest in Peace, Art

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Riddick wrote:
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:sad: Rest in peace Art
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Art Bell was truly great!

Thank you Art for everything.

You will be greatly missed.

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Post by Malaria_Kidd II » 04-14-2018 09:05 AM

:( 💔 With millions of listeners tuned into Coast to Coast AM on Friday April 13th it became the saddest night of all. Rest well Art Bell in Heaven above. 🌌 📻 🎧 📡 👽 🕛

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Remembering Art


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Art Bell was one of my dearest and oldest friends. We had not spoken together for about a month before he died, but the friendship remained strong. I can recall how we first met. Through my publicist, he sent me a tape of his late night show, which was then in the process of breaking out into a national phenomenon. He had heard me on Larry King's old late night radio show on the Mutual Network.

I don't remember what subject was covered on the tape, but Anne and I both loved the ambience of the show, its sense of mystery and excitement, and Art's voice. I agreed to be a guest, which was the beginning of a long association with the show and a deep friendship between me, Art, his first wife Ramona and my wife Anne.

The show was breaking new ground in a fundamental way. In those days before the internet, all public forae were carefully curated so that anything said on them would either conform to generally agreed notions of reality or be ridiculed. I'd ended up becoming a laughingstock for claiming that I'd had a close encounter of the third kind, and was routinely exposed in the media as a fool, essentially for having told the truth as I saw it. But Art had a different approach. He was more a listener than a talker by nature, and he had a very open mind. It wasn't that he would believe anything, but rather that he wouldn't disbelieve things simply because they violated consensus reality.

So I found a home on Coast-to-Coast AM--along with hundreds of others considered by the broader community to fall outside the consensus. This made for a wild--and wildly entertaining--radio program. But it was also a pioneering format. Instead of demanding that any and all claims stick to accepted norms, Art's show was saying, 'let's not believe or disbelieve, but rather let's keep an open mind.'

His listeners understood this. They understood that the show was not there to propagandize them into believing every wild claim that was made on it, but rather to allow them to entertain ideas that were generally rejected, scorned, derided and condemned. Not to believe them, but to explore them in the same way that Art did.

I found his skillful neutrality bracing and exciting and loved being on the show. I could at last tell my story as I had lived it in all its ambiguity and with all its contradictions. The listeners weren't for the most part believing or disbelieving my claims, but they were hearing and responding to my sincerity and that was enormously reassuring to a man who was otherwise being laughed at by millions.

A personal friendship developed as well. Anne and I would drive up to Pahrumph and spend weekends with Art and Ramona. Sometimes Art and I would do the show together in his studio. Mostly, though, the four of us talked and talked about life and just enjoyed one another. They took us to the spot where they'd seen a silver triangle heading toward Area 51, and we explored the mountains west of town together. It was, in short, a comfortable friendship and a very pleasant one.

At about that same time, Anne and I had run into financial trouble. We lost our home in upstate New York and ended up living in Texas with literally almost no money and a son in an expensive school. We sometimes had to choose between buying food and paying tuition. It was that stark.

Art was a generous man, and he suggested that I make a video of one of my meditations to sell on his show. I did this, and he sold it every night for weeks, asking for nothing in return except the satisfaction of knowing that he had helped his friend. Then, in 1998, I had the encounter with the Master of the Key, which set me on a journey of search through the scientific literature to see if any of the claims I remembered him making had any support.

To my surprise, I found that the collapse of the Gulf Stream that he predicted and the great storms that would accompany it were suggested in the climate record from the end of the last ice age. Art was fascinated and we ended up writing "Superstorm" together. When it came out, we were openly scorned by Matt Lauer on the Today show, and when Roland Emmerich's film based on it, "The Day After Tomorrow" appeared, the criticism became strident. Both left and right agreed: we were way off base. Our claims were nonsense.

I am very glad that Art lived to see "Ice Melt, Sea Rise and Superstorms" by leading climate expert James Hansen and 18 distinguished colleagues. Although they could never mention our work, their paper does support the idea that superstorms have happened in the past and describes the circumstances under which they could happen again. We both felt vindicated, and I was once again left wondering who in the world the Master of the Key was.

Art Bell was a pioneer of the open mind. He was a fine man with a generous heart and a great capacity for friendship. When Ramona died, he called me from their RV in tears. He'd waked up and found her. He was contemplating suicide. Anne and I rushed to Pahrumph and spent some time with him. We ended up missing Mona's funeral but spent a good deal of time with him trying to convince him not to follow her. Then, just a short time later, he told us that he'd met a new woman--a lovely young Filipina--on the internet! We cautioned him that he might be moving too quickly, but Art was a man who knew people and who knew his own heart, and his marriage to Erin has produced two children, a beautiful young girl and now also a baby boy.

There was a lot of love in that family and now there must be a lot of grief. But as my wife Anne has said, "grief is another form of love."

When she died, I called Art in tears just as he had called me in tears when Mona passed. Just as he had been, I was contemplating suicide. And just as I had, he told me, "Whit, you don't want to go where you're not wanted. Live your life. Annie won't leave you behind."

But they do leave us behind, those of us who must continue on this path after the stars of our lives have gone. Erin and the kids must travel this path that he traveled and that I am traveling. Sometimes I think of people as being like little drops of dew sparkling in the morning sun and so soon gone, risen into the morning.

Art was a good man and a dear friend. He joins Mona and Anne in the land of light. Fare you well, Brother!
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Post by Raggedyann » 04-14-2018 06:32 PM

Fitting that Art passed on Friday the 13th. He was the best. :(
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Post by kbot » 04-14-2018 08:32 PM

Without a doubt, Art Bell set the bar and was the standard that no one in radio has approached IMHO. He will be missed . Small consolation, but we still have his old shows to remember him by.

My condolences to his family, but also to his fans who will certainly miss him...........
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Art Bell, mysterious narrator of the American nightscape, is dead at 72

When the mind is open and defenses are eased, mysteries blossom and conspiracies run wild. In the darkest of hours, Art Bell was a light left on for folks searching for answers.

Rest in peace to Art Bell, the man who made the paranormal normal
Explorations into the bizarre, Bell’s nightly deep dives into the fringe were genuine countercultural texts.

Hoosiers mourn famed paranormal radio host Art Bell's passage to another dimension

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Post by Capt Tuttle » 04-16-2018 08:33 AM

I was shocked when I heard the news.

Rest in peace Art.

My condolences to his family!
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Post by LockeJV » 04-16-2018 06:00 PM

RIP Art. Such an amazing personality. He opened my eyes to a new way of thinking - being open minded and fair. And he was so entertaining.

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Post by Saturna » 04-16-2018 06:12 PM

Every night he was off the air I have missed him. I knew he'd be back again unless something like this happened. I have been grieving hard for the past couple of days which is pretty strange when I never met the man. Yet somehow he was in my life five hours a night for many years and even during his retirements he was always on my mind. I hate this so much.
He finally has the answers to everything he wanted to know, or at least no longer cares, but if the world sucked with him off the air it sucks unimaginably to know there is no longer even a possibility of it. Thankful he was active on another forum and got to interact and see his thoughts over the last couple of years on a fairly regular basis but of course nothing compares to Art Bell LIVE. Not even replays come close to the experience of him piloting the broadcast live in the moment with the rest of us on board.
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IN MEMORIAM

ART BELL SIGNING OFF

Exclusive: Barbara Simpson is grateful to have part of 'magic' talk-radio legend created

BARBARA SIMPSON


Published: 3 hours ago


I was listening to “Coast to Coast AM” Friday night, as I have done for years, when host George Noory said he was a waiting for confirmation of a serious news story that involved a death.

It was a bit unusual, to say the least, but a few minutes later he had the confirmation. Noory broke down as he announced that legendary radio broadcaster Art Bell had died.

The 72-year-old had been found dead in his home in Pahrump, Nevada. There were no other details – just that an autopsy would be conducted sometime the following week to determine the cause of death.

I heard the news, and it made me pause – not only because I had been a great fan of Bell over the years he hosted “Coast to Coast,” but because I’d had the opportunity to speak with him directly several times and because, as life does take interesting turns, I had the opportunity to fill in for Art on many weeknights and eventually to be the regular weekend host of the program.

It was a magical time – to be an integral part of a program that was clearly the most popular radio talk program in the country, if not the world, but also to be on a first-name basis with the man who created it and made it all work.

Bell was a genius in his use of radio. He had the voice to pull it off and the brains to put it all together. His choice of material – the supernatural, paranormal. Aliens, Area 51, UFOs and so much more – were topics virtually no one else would touch. But Art did, and he didn’t make fun of them or the people who were believers, and his success made fools of mainstream radio producers. Others have tried to copy him but haven’t succeeded. “Coast to Coast AM,” continues to this day with George Noory as the host. And now those producing the show have lost their originator.

I’m a night owl and one who has a radio on all the time, regardless of whatever else I’m doing. That’s how I found Art Bell and “Coast” years ago. I got hooked, as so many others have, and listening to him became a regular part of my radio day – or night as the case may be!

I learned a lot from the programs, some I considered nonsense and fun, including aspects of history and life that’s generally ignored by the mainstream. I also realized that I wanted to be part of the mystique.

As good fortune would have it, it came to pass that I was invited to fill in for Art, and that led to my being the weekend host, which I did for several years. It was quite a work haul – I would do my three-hour San Francisco conservative talk show and then race to the other studio to do the five-hour overnight “Coast to Coast” program.

I loved every minute of it, especially talking to callers, literally from all over the world, and interviewing people who had amazing stories to tell.

But best of all, I loved being part of the magic Art Bell originated. While I never met him in person, we talked by phone, and he was warm and kind.

This is the kind of experience you can’t put price tag on. I’ve been so fortunate in my radio and TV career to have had that kind of relationship with so many talented and successful people.

Art Bell pioneered successful overnight talk radio with his own brand of sound and presentation. He was honored by and inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame. But truly his greatest honor was the faithfulness of his millions of fans who stuck with him and, judging by the reaction to the news of his passing, are still loyal.

As many commented – how appropriate that Art Bell would die on Friday, the 13th.

Would it be crass to say – a “showman to the end”? I hope not.

Until I heard he was gone, I didn’t realize how much I would miss him.

And I do.

Thank you, Art, for all the joy and chills you brought into our lives.
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Saturna wrote:
04-16-2018 06:12 PM
Every night he was off the air I have missed him. I knew he'd be back again unless something like this happened. I have been grieving hard for the past couple of days which is pretty strange when I never met the man. Yet somehow he was in my life five hours a night for many years and even during his retirements he was always on my mind. I hate this so much.
He finally has the answers to everything he wanted to know, or at least no longer cares, but if the world sucked with him off the air it sucks unimaginably to know there is no longer even a possibility of it. Thankful he was active on another forum and got to interact and see his thoughts over the last couple of years on a fairly regular basis but of course nothing compares to Art Bell LIVE. Not even replays come close to the experience of him piloting the broadcast live in the moment with the rest of us on board.
Well said........
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racehorse wrote:
04-16-2018 07:44 PM
IN MEMORIAM

ART BELL SIGNING OFF

Exclusive: Barbara Simpson is grateful to have part of 'magic' talk-radio legend created

BARBARA SIMPSON


Published: 3 hours ago

Thank you, Art, for all the joy and chills you brought into our lives.
http://www.wnd.com/2018/04/art-bell-signing-off/
Ya know Race, I started reading this article earlier this afternoon, and older articles about Art and was amazed (although not surprised) to see how much Coast's listenership has plummeted since Noory took over.....
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