"TEPaul, in another thread you offered an me an "olive branch;" something about me getting involved in the USGA's architecture archive project. I am not sure I understand what you were suggesting, but generally I would be glad to help the USGA in any way I can, provided I felt I could make a positive contribution and that the project was advancing best interests of golf. Honestly, t I have serious reservations about this project and am particularly concerned about the willingness and ability of a few of those involved to actually compile and produce a complete, accurate, and relevant record of the history of these old courses.
That said, it is possible that I have the wrong impression, and I would be glad to discuss the project with someone from the project. However, for what should be obvious reasons, I have no interest in discussing the project with you or Wayne."
I did offer you an "olive branch" of sorts but I do not recall offering you an "olive branch" or an opportunity to become involved with the USGA Architecture Archive, And after reading your remarks that are quoted just above there is virtually no way I would do that anyway! And additionally, there is no way I can offer you an opportunity to become involved with the USGA Architecture Archive. I could suggest it but the decision is certainly not mine alone. But again, after considering your remarks just above there is no way I would recommend you. Wayne Morrison is now also on the USGA Architecture Archive Committee and even if I wouldn't pretend to speak for him my sense is he would most certainly not recommend you either.
But I think you are mixed up on what I said on here about suggesting some participation on your part with the USGA Architecture Archieve; it wasn't you I was referring to in the past in that capacity; it was MacWood. I offered the consideration of that to him in the last 2-5 years and he said every time he was not interested. That's fine and fine by me, the offer was made and he refused it every time. As a consequence that did not do much and continues to not do much with my estimation of Tom MacWood's dedication or selflessness, in a voluntary way, of course, of doing much for the future and edification of golf course architecture to the public.
Frankly, I think MacWood is a selfish and self-consumed agent who is only in this for himself, as well as someone with a fairly transparent agenda that serves nothing to anyone but himself, and his own fairly jaded agrandizment. And even with that I don't view his potential capability or contribution as important in the slightest, no matter how he tried to go about it. Actually, since I found out that Ran Morrissett considered paying MacWood for some essay or did pay him for one, I decided I would never again make a financial contribution to this website, nor will I again until Ran Morrissett gives me his word he will never do that again to someone like MacWood.
But I did offer you an "olive branch," Moriarty and I am again offering you one here and now. What I have in mind is that you and I do a collaborative piece (essay) on the life and times of C. B. Macdonald in things other than to do with just architecture. I feel there is a whole lot of material and interest there and I propose you and I collaborate even if the piece is something of a "compare and contrast" one.
But I am reminded that I offered you this "olive branch" in the past with the opportunity of collaborating on some interesting piece on architecture, and like MacWood, you refused, and in my recollection a couple of times.
But I did make the offer in the past and I am again and therefore the ball is in your court now.