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Yesterday Howard fandom was united as one in the denouncing of Maggie Van Ostrand’s two scurrilous and inaccurate internet postings about REH and his parents. After a flood of complaints to both websites hosting her screed, Texas Escapes pulled it down and Fandomania prefaced it with a lengthy disclaimer. I was one of those who complained to her editors and I did receive personal responses, as did everyone else. I believe our numbers were too overwhelming to ignore and even they had to realize Maggie’s posts were fatally flawed.
While only a very small minority still trumpets Dark Valley Destiny as the “supreme Howard biographical source,” the rest of us know better. We must take this as a wake up call and do whatever is in our power to get the most accurate and up-to-date biographical information out there, front and center. This is not the time to rest on our laurels, but rather time to pick up our swords and shields and wade back into the fray. We are just one internet posting away from some crackpot out there pulling this stunt again.