Probably no scientist has had to face so many different types of hammer-blows as Condon faced after he fired Saunders and Levine. As sympathetic to the trials of another human being as one might like to be, it is difficult to feel too sorry for him. Condon did not act like a scientist on this job. In fact, he misbehaved egregiously. He sat back in his office and fiddled with irrelevancies while the real work was done by others. He became emotional and paranoid about the subject and allowed that to enter into his actions and writings. He became unjustly autocratic and rejected the input of many of his senior (and junior) staff, who were far more involved. He deliberately, publicly, made the subject of his half million dollar grant appear ridiculous and beneath dignity, even though almost the entire staff did not think so. He consistently opposed the cornerstone of his project administrator's plan (the Case Book), and, despite the opposing feelings of nearly the entire staff, blocked it entirely in the end.

After the debacle, Condon's behaviors were no more admirable. He lost emotional control. He began a series of name-callings and vindictive comments. Saunders and Levine were "incompetent" and deserved to be "ruined professionally." J. Allen Hynek, whom Condon had recommended to write for the Encyclopedia Britannica, was now a "kook"; Hynek's crime? He did not agree with Edward Condon. Anyone who knew Allen Hynek knows that he was one of the most polite and civilized individuals one would meet and would never engage in name-calling. Condon constructed an amazing excuse for his troubles: Saunders and Levine had been plotting with NICAP all along to get him and ruin the project. He actually wrote this to Dean Manning in May of 1968.88 Anyone reading the documents will realize how preposterous this invention is. Condon's own off-center and autocratic behavior pre-dated and forced every attempt by Dave Saunders to inquire what was going on. Condon's mental state did not readily snap back to that of the jovial great scientist that his friends and colleagues remember. Two years later he was still considering black-balling Carl Sagan from membership in the prestigious DC Cosmos Club, because Sagan was too soft on UFOs. Allen Hynek,
he said, absolutely should be kept out.

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