Ralph René

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Ralph René
Born (1933-08-24)August 24, 1933
Died December 10, 2008(2008-12-10) (aged 75)
Nationality American
Education Self-taught
Notable works The Last Skeptic of Science (aka MENSA Lectures);
NASA Mooned America!
Website
ralphrene.com

Ralph René (August 24, 1933 – December 10, 2008) was an American conspiracy theorist, small press publisher and inventor. René was a vocal proponent of certain Moon landing conspiracy theories. René's last self-published work, a pamphlet he distributed called WTC Lies and Fairy Tales, details his belief in certain 9/11 conspiracy theories.[1]

René appeared frequently in shows produced by The History Channel, National Geographic Channel, Fox television and Showtime. In one such show, The Truth Behind the Moon Landings: Stranger Than Fiction, journalist and former NASA employee James Oberg referred to René and other conspiracy theorists as cultural vandals.[2] René reacted onscreen with amusement and stated that he liked the characterization. René was also featured in an episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! covering conspiracy theories.[3] René was introduced as a physicist on the 2001 Fox documentary, Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?,[4] and had the designation "Author/Scientist" under his picture. However, René admitted in his biography that he did not hold a degree from any university[5] and always referred to himself as "self-taught."

Moon landing conspiracy theories[edit]

His 1992 self-published book, NASA Mooned America!, details why he felt that the Apollo Moon landings were faked and actually produced from a closed studio.

Other beliefs[edit]

In addition to contending that NASA never sent astronauts to the Moon, René also proposes a number of other ideas that fly in the face of conventional knowledge. René outlined most of these beliefs in his self-published book, The Last Skeptic of Science (1995). The original title of the book, MENSA Lectures (1990), resulted in a lawsuit against him by Mensa who felt he was misappropriating the name of their organization and using it to suggest they backed his beliefs.

Personal life[edit]

René referred to himself as an "extra bright kid from the slums." After attending Rutgers University for a time, he dropped out and went to work as a carpenter and millwright. He then continued to pursue his personal interests in structural and mechanical engineering, physics, writing and inventing. René held two patents for simple mechanical tools.[6][7] He maintained a website that archived many of his past columns and essays on a wide variety of subjects.

Bibliography[edit]

Books[edit]

Non-fiction[edit]

  • René, Ralph; (as René) (1990). MENSA Lectures. Illustrations by Subi. Matlacha, FL: René. OCLC 21209369. 
  • ——; (as René) (1994). Lucas, Stu, ed. NASA Mooned America!. Drawings by Chris Wolfer. Passaic, NJ: René. OCLC 36317224. 
  • ——; (as René) (1998) [First published 1995 (formerly MENSA Lectures (1990))]. Lucas, Stu; Hughes, Ed, eds. The Last Skeptic of Science: "The Book Mensa Tried To Stop". Final edit by Steve Krisocki (1995 edition); Illustrations by Subi (Revised ed.). Passaic, NJ: René. OCLC 37029845. 

Fiction[edit]

  • René, Ralph. A Case of the Jitters. 
  • ——. A Case of the Missing Members. 
  • ——. Husa 1. 
  • ——. Husa 2. 

Pamphlets[edit]

  • René, Ralph; (as René) (2000). ON SQUARING THE CIRCLE & The new π it brings!: Exploring Dan W. Gaddy's Quadrature of the Circle (Pamphlet). René. 
  • —— (2002). WTC Lies and Fairy Tales (Pamphlet). René. 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ René, Ralph. "Ralph René: Books". Ralph Renés' Website. Langley, British Columbia: Pioneer Abbey. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ The Truth Behind the Moon Landings: Stranger Than Fiction (2003) (TV) at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ "Conspiracy Theories". Penn & Teller: Bullshit!. Season 3. Episode 3. May 9, 2005. Showtime (TV channel).
  4. ^ Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon? (2001) (TV) at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ René, Ralph. "Ralph René: Biography". Ralph Renés' Website. Langley, British Columbia: Pioneer Abbey. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Patent US4191333 - Flame tip for soldering torch". Google Patents. Googleplex, Mountain View, CA: Google Inc. Retrieved May 13, 2013.  US patent issue date: March 4, 1980.
  7. ^ "Patent US3164353 - VARIABLE PITCH ROOF BRACKET". Google Patents. Googleplex, Mountain View, CA: Google Inc. Retrieved May 13, 2013.  US patent issue date: January 5, 1965.

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