“The Real Story” – An Open Letter to Kevin
MARCH 24, 2015 ~ LEAVE A COMMENT
Kevin Kulek stated in email tonight:
For those of you interested, there will be a follow-up article posted on Pinball News with the real story.
Here is an open letter to Kevin Kulek.
Kevin, read closely:
If your intent is to come clean, admit to the facts found, and own things – great. Even better (as Nate described in Coast2Coast #147) tell the whole story, and go over the top with “as dirty as it truly is”. If so, would be a good sign of true penance. Penance right now is a good thing. Would bode well for you.
On the other hand, if your intent is to bandage everything up, patch & crackfill, and maintain any of the storylines of the past… you’ll end up digging yourself deeper. If you DARE go down ANY road of trying to uphold any inkling of a fiction of working with Fox, following rules they laid out, and any kind of ongoing process of submission/approval you claimed before… you have to realize that just saying it won’t be good enough. Don’t say anything unless you are ready to back it up.
OK, you likely (we hope) won’t claim you had a license anymore… BUT:
PLEASE DON’T have a stupid fallback position/fiction planned in your head, thinking you’re going to win sympathy by going down the “Sorry guys, I thought…” road.
If you claim you had ANY kind of setup with Fox, we will maintain you are a liar.
Otherwise, prove us (and Fox IP’s senior attorney) wrong:
Name the “IP dude who was a cool pinhead” person, state his position, his phone number, and/or his email address. We will verify the story.
Name the person(s) who were your alleged Fox liasons the last couple years. The ones who you allegedly communicated with on a regular basis, and worked with your approvals through. Again – name(s), position(s), phone numbers or email addresses. We will verify the story.
Heck, just the “Long Tall Sally” claim alone: Please name the agency, date, contact name, arrangement details, cost… We will verify the story.
Show the hobby (have Martin post them) past emails for SOMETHING…. ANYTHING… with complete headers (nothing redacted in the contact info) and showing communication on ANY matters related to IP on your machine. We will verify the story with those people at those email addresses.
And a final note, Kevin: Be aware that your “Real Story” will be forwarded to Mr. Coughlin, the Fox senior attorney on your case. He will be interested in seeing another official update on what your position is on the Predator matter, and it’s backstory. Kevin, it had better be iron clad. It’s going to literally be taken-in as a public statement for their case notes.
Sorry to all if this sounds “mean”, but we’ve simply had it with Kevin and his ring-around-the-rosies. If that is what he’s going to attempt again. Kevin’s dancing is what delayed Martin from publishing for 3+ months. Kevin ALWAYS kept things appearing hopeful / fixable / active. Martin didn’t want to sink the ship, and tried his best to coach Kevin toward solutions. That burned up a lot of time. We feel bad for poor Martin, who is professionally obligated to provide an equal platform for Kevin to speak (in a spirit of fairness of the press). We encourage Martin to stay strong with the “courtroom” type verifications that he had in place for us. We had to get Martin to the level of actual phone conversations with Fox in order to verify our claims. We expect the same will be required of Kevin.
Maybe Kevin will just come clean, and tell a story of refunds, ending the project, and his hopes for another way the machine could get made in the future. Maybe it will be as benign as that.
But this “real story” inference sounds like Kevin has got some alternate story to tell, or corrections to make to what we found… Kevin, don’t go there. Mea Culpa. Mea Culpa. Keep it simple.