I have often been accused by some of the crazies of only writing my 672-page, award winning book, "Jim Reeves: His Untold Story," to make money. I have pointed out that if that was my objective, I would have slapped together something in short order and not taken so long to produce such a detailed, day by day account (derivative of hundreds of taped interviews plus Jim and Mary's personal diaries and private correspondence).
I have to admit I thought that was a convincing argument until someone forwarded me Peter Atkinson's latest spin on this.
His explanation is that I "had to wait 13 years so all the people he had quoted including Leo jackson were dead or dying and could not dispute or challenge Jordan's lies."
Isn't that hilarious? Stop and think what he's saying. He's actually telling people on the internet that my sources are all dead or dying. I'm sure some of them are rushing to make appointments with their doctors right now! Because Mr. Atkinson seems to know more about their health status than they do!
Peter Atkinson is the same individual who long claimed I was not really writing a book but was merely using this as a ruse to con people out of Reeves memorabilia as I was, after all, the biggest "hoarder" of them all and not someone who would share anything with the fans. (Unless you count a major biography, a series of CDs with hundreds of songs, and two DVDs. BTW, what has Peter Atkinson contributed to the fans? Can anyone tell me?) He also claims I use multiple aliases.
Such idiocy doesn't warrant a reply but the latest jab is so ridiculous I had to share it with you to illustrate the desperation some of these individuals feel to attack the book.
Don't misunderstand. As a longtime journalist and publisher of a glossy regional magazine for the past 22 years, I am accustomed to critics. But some of the ones on the Reeves fan scene are so over the top they fall into an entirely different category. I am not "hurt" by their slings and arrows because I don't respect these individuals or their opinions anyway. Yet I am fascinated by the perverse psychology that would compel someone to become so obsessed with hatred and jealousy that they would literally devote YEARS of their lives, as some of these individuals like Mr. Atkinson have done, to trying to harm me.
Anyone who has read the book knows that I have quoted hundreds of people and listed many in the credits who are not directly quoted but helped me in various ways (such as with research). According to Mr. Atkinson they are all "dead or dying." Do you think that's an accurate statement?
I have a favor to ask: Anyone out there who knows Peter Atkinson or anything about him, I want you to email me privately at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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