[Published in Saucer Smear, vol. 41, no. 2, February 10, 1994, p. 6.]

Letter re Robert Anton Wilson, CSICOP, John Merrell, and Noreen Renier

JIM LIPPARD of Arizona Skeptics writes as follows:

"Robert Anton Wilson demonstrates his habitual carelessness with the facts when he writes that CSICOP was successfully sued 'about four years ago - in Oregon' by psychic detective Noreen Renier. Renier successfully sued John Merrell of the Northwest Skeptics in 1985-1986 for defamatory remarks he made about her in a letter to police and the Oregon media. Neither the Northwest Skeptics nor CSICOP were defendants in Renier's lawsuit....To the best of my knowledge, CSICOP has never lost a lawsuit."

[Merrell subsequently won a lawsuit against Renier when she violated the terms of their settlement. Wilson replied in a subsequent issue of Saucer Smear.]