Here They Go Again … Gary Adams Struggles Anew

Gary Adams of the Southern Heritage Preservation Group (a/k/a the gift that keeps on giving) has decided to go after university professors now … because he doesn’t like what professors say.  Adams shared with his readers the following e-mail to Dr. Gordon Gee, president of (the) Ohio State University, concerning the work of Mark Grimsley, who’s a leading Civil War historian:

From: Gary Adams 
To: President Gee Ohion Uniiversity 
Sent: Friday, September 07, 2012 12:44 PM
Subject: Question

I was curious if I could actually contact President Gee? If so I have a question about the standards personal and professional that Ohio University holds for their academic staff, I refer to the paper produced by one of your staff that unbelievably claims “Sherman’s March” was a myth. I am well aware of neo Confederates and myths, but I find this particular subject untouchable. If I have the wrong office, if you could direct me to the correct person with I could address our concern.
Regards, Gary Adams
“Thieves, Murderers, Trespassers”: 
The Mythology of Sherman’s March by Mark Grimsley

Where to begin?

Let’s start off by observing that I don’t think Adams is going to get very far if he doesn’t know the difference between Ohio University and Ohio State University.  Indeed, he might first learn how to spell “Ohio.”

Adams fails to highlight any specific complaints about the Grimsley article … in fact, it’s not clear that he comprehends Grimsley’s argument.  The article does not argue that Sherman’s march was a myth, but that claims have been made about it which don’t stand up under examination (as you can see if you read it).  So I don’t think he’s going to get very far.  After all, as I’ve already demonstrated, Gary Adams can’t get his own history straight, and that the SHPG allows such a character to act as its spokesperson in contacting institutions of higher education shows just how clueless these folks are.

Oh, by the way, Gary, I’ve shared my post shredding your understanding of the Hampton Roads Conference with Malika Fortier so that she could assess your reliability as a historian.  Yes, that’s right.  You claim that your folks stand by the following:

It is important to our group that we make every effort to ensure to provide every interested group with an accurate and unbiased view of history so that they may use these facts to provide a knowledgeable response to questions posed to them. This is done to avoid any potentially embarrassing situations if the information used proves to be less than truthful or harmful to the position they have undertaken. 

I don’t think so.  And please, would you remind us of your credentials?

Part of my qualifications includes being a fact checker for “Jeopardy”.

You can’t make this stuff up … unlike the stuff Gary Adams made up about the Hampton Roads Conference.

So just remember … when you see “He made the SHPG look foolish” …  the correct response is … “Who is Gary Adams?”

20 thoughts on “Here They Go Again … Gary Adams Struggles Anew

  1. Bill Newcomer September 7, 2012 / 9:22 pm

    Uh Brooks…. For the record, the Buckeyes always pronounce it as “THE Ohio State University”…. We don’t want the OHPG folks getting on you too…

    • Brooks D. Simpson September 7, 2012 / 9:28 pm

      They already know I’m from Wisconsin. Some of my best friends teach at OSU.

  2. Al Mackey September 7, 2012 / 9:48 pm

    Shooting fish in a barrel. One can only imagine what Dr. Gee or whoever at OSU actually read this e-mail thought of the semiliterate buffoonery displayed therein. I would have deleted it just after reading, “To: President Gee Ohion Uniiversity.”

    • Brooks D. Simpson September 7, 2012 / 9:50 pm

      Gary Adams is the best that the SHPG can do. Reflect on what that implies.

      • Al Mackey September 8, 2012 / 7:39 pm

        I’ve come to see it as the rule rather than the exception that the self-proclaimed “defenders of southern heritage” have no clue about accurate history.

    • Margaret D. Blough September 7, 2012 / 10:35 pm

      Oh, I don’t know, Al. It probably gave them a good chuckle.

      • Al Mackey September 8, 2012 / 7:41 pm

        Maybe on a slow day, Margaret. I would hope they normally would be too busy to waste much time on such nonsense.

  3. MikeD September 8, 2012 / 12:22 am

    How can he expect to be taken seriously when he can’t even communicate properly in English? I know non-native speakers with a better grasp of grammar, syntax and spelling. He’s always painful to read and I am, frankly, embarrassed for him. I know, I know. . .more fool me, given his arrogance, willful obtuseness and intellectual dishonesty. Still, I cringe at the pathetic attempts to appear knowledgeable, when the expression shows such ineptitude. 😦

    • Brooks D. Simpson September 8, 2012 / 10:21 am

      What do you make of the people who endorse his endeavors? They don’t raise the points you raise. Do you think they don’t care or that they can’t tell the difference? Do they understand what a mockery it makes of southerners when such a person presents himself in the way he does as the spokesperson for the group?

      I’m not sure. After all, even the members of the group point to Hee Haw as inspiration.

  4. jfepperson September 8, 2012 / 7:21 am

    You’d think he would proofread his letter before sending it …

    • Brooks D. Simpson September 8, 2012 / 10:16 am

      How do you know that he did not? After all, he was proud enough of what he had done to share it with everyone else, so I see it as a deliberate prose act. Moreover, people liked it, including the Tweedle Dum and the Tweedle Dee of the group.

      It’s not as if Gary Adams alone is worth highlighting: it is that he has a substantial group of followers who applaud and support what he does. They have no problem with evidence that he plagiarizes, mishandles and distorts history, and the like. Indeed, they have no problem when he promotes himself as the voice of the group.

      That is what is truly astonishing.

  5. Andy Hall September 8, 2012 / 9:02 am

    Strange that Gary needs guidance in how to contact the OSU president; it took me about fifteen seconds to find his e-mail address.

    The Internet, what is it?

  6. wgdavis September 8, 2012 / 9:38 am

    He needs to learn to spell University, as well.

  7. Margaret D. Blough September 8, 2012 / 11:42 am

    Maybe they thought he was trying to contact ONION University and put an h instead of an n

  8. Donald R. Shaffer September 8, 2012 / 4:48 pm

    Disregarding all the other problems with this note, the writer obviously is not acquainted with the concept of tenure.

  9. Al Mackey September 9, 2012 / 7:40 pm

    “I have a question about the standards personal and professional that Ohio University holds for their academic staff.”

    Response: “Sorry, Mr. Adams, you don’t meet them. Thank you for your interest.”

  10. josephinesouthern September 25, 2012 / 4:31 pm

    A bunch of elitist NE buffons – yep they think they are the rat’s ass. They love their own BS too much – I don’t know Adams, but I had rather know him then these crackheads.

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