I have set up this page as a forum for all who are interested in Leatherman lore and recent news. My viewpoint on the recent news that his gravesite will be dug up and research performed on his remains is abundantly clear. I will go on record as having the utmost respect for all the previous folks who have researched the life and times of the Leatherman. I have been inspired and fascinated by their work. I too want to know more. I believe this should be accomplished by continuing to focus energy and resources on re-tracing the steps this intensely private man took in life. His contemporaries respected his privacy, and so should we. It is in part because of all the exhaustive work that others have done in the past, that I am so diligent in defense of my position that we should LEAVE THE LEATHERMAN ALONE.
Update 5/3/2011: I had the chance to reflect back on the past five months in responding to a visitor’s post here yesterday. Here’s the exchange:
Jon Dubin says:
I’ve just spent several weeks reading through the volume of materials surrounding the exhumation of the leatherman. Seventeen years ago I went to considerable lengths to research his story and interview many of the people who, at the time, were the chief stewards of the Leatherman legend. One of the most intriguing mysteries that emerged was the relationship that those interested in the leatherman, forged with this essentially neutral, identity-less character. This certainly includes myself and now, you, Don, Dan Deluca, Norm MacDonald and so many others. Even this controversy about the exhumation begs the question: whose interests are we really serving? I admit that I’m attracted to the story for the sheer pleasure of a really good mystery. It piqued my curiosity on many levels and rewards anyone that takes the time to really think about it.
On the other hand, your campaign to thwart the forensic arm of this exhumation confuses me. You write well, speak well and your website is very well put-together. Yet you offer no compelling arguments for why a minimally invasive, professionally-guided and respectful forensic investigation should not take place. You don’t seem to be motivated by religious convictions. No one in involved in the project, as far as I can tell, has any intentions of desecrating the remains or disrespecting the Leatherman’s memory. Your website and public discussion of the Leatherman are no less provocative than the exhumation.
I’m not writing this to draw your fire, but your website and campaign seem like a staggering amount of work for a benign issue.
I appreciate your website and enjoyed hearing what you had to say.