However, it seems to be the prevailing attitude that if you don't live in Nova Scotia, or are not undertaking research in Nova Scotia, then you're little people.
It also seems absolutely crass to me that anyone should consider that a visit to Oak Island, or membership of the OITS, is a prerequisite, or an aid, to finding the answer to the Oak Island mystery!
You make some great intelligent observations as I have come to expect in the past, but I was so disappointed to read your last statement that equates to more or less a slap across the face, again.
I believe that if one wishes to offer a theory, they almost certainly should consider visiting the place they write about at some point. Especially when a volunteer body like the OITS goes to great length and sacrifice to offer the opportunity to thousands of people who have taken that very advantage. Many of them are from the four corners of the Earth, not just locals, and quite a few theorists I may add.
You need not join the OITS to offer a theory. I am flabbergasted and in a weird way, flattered you would suggest that. I did not think we had that much power of persuasion in the world. Do you recall a few years ago writing to me in a private message that you were considering shutting down your web site because “people did not accept my (your) theory?” Do you recall me asking you to reconsider your stance so others could read it and make up their own minds? Do you not know that on the Oak Island Tourism Society’s web site, we currently offer a link from our web page to yours? Are these the works or actions of a group who wish for you to go away? I know very well you are not a member, nor have you been to Oak Island, but we (the OITS) still offer both if you find value in either. All you have to do is save up some cash, buy a plane ticket and come on over. I’ll welcome you with open arms and dismiss all this silliness and insults. Lets be bigger men than this.
Theorists who can defend their position without reverting to insults and tiring rhetoric are the ones who can rise to the top of the theorist game and gain the all importnat credibility. Everyone knows that any theory regarding Oak Island is tentative, but what separates the logical theorists from the illogical ones is how they deal with challenges people offer them and their research. Insulting and slagging off me and or the Oak Island Tourism Society is no way to earn support from either of us.
I do not have a firm pet theory, nor am I interested in treasure hunting myself, two facts many theorists seem to glaze over. I am perfectly willing to listen to anyone’s theory, just ask Petter Amundsen. Not only did I listen to his theory, but I opened up my home to he and his camera crew and participated in his documentary. Not becasue I belive his theory is the be all, end all, but because like Graham Harris, he is a gentleman.
Now, lets stop this before it gets nasty and why don’t you accept my invitation to come to Explore Oak Island Days next June, no strings attached, certainly no membership required. I’ll offer you more than I expect you would ever consider offering to me as a token of anticipated peace between us.
PPM me for details if this offer intrigues you.