FWIW, I think we (as a group of regular posters on this message forum) can do better when we participate in our discussions of certain topics and certain people.
I don't condone HH's criticisms of any ski instruction methods other than his own. Okay... maybe he's frustrated with his past experiences with PSIA and some (many?) of its members. He has strong disagreements, and is very vocal about it.
But the manner of his criticisms is belittling, humiliating, and very unprofessional.
I think it's just as bad, even worse, to stoop to that level in direct or indirect responses.
I know it's hard, but I think those who hold adverse personal feelings toward HH... and especially those who may have been personally insulted by him... should step up and "be the bigger person." There may be thousands of lurkers on this forum, so... setting a mature, professional, leading example will go a long way in improving the caliber and character of this forum as a whole.
Every time I read personal attacks and cheap shots against HH here... even those that are thinly veiled... I'm disappointed just as much as when I read his inappropriate criticisms of "other-than-PMTS" skiing.
I'm always impressed... usually at some sub-conscious level... when I see folks who are sort of immune to pusillanimous attacks against them, and immediately reduce those attacks to innocuous absurdity simply by maintaining their own position of integrity above those "little person" (and oftentimes cowardly) attacks.
(if that makes any sense)
It just may be that HH continues to make the harsh criticisms he does because it gets a reaction.
One thing my dad taught me...
If you were driving along in your car, heading confidently in a clear direction... and a small dog starts chasing after you, barking its head off... do you stop the car, get out, and bark back at the dog?
I think the little person barks back. The big person will usually take a quick glance in the rear-view mirror, smile or chuckle a bit, then keep moving confidently in the direction of their goals and dreams.
Some of you folks, I'm sure, have good reason to feel hostile toward HH. And by all means, this is an open forum, so you're free to choose what
you contribute here.
But I'm going to do my best to be a "big person."
Happy New Year, folks! (I'm glad I found this forum this year.)