Mr. Howard Blum wrote a book entitled "The Gold of Exodus",
which was promoted as being "true" but which is in fact a
fictionalized account of Mr. Cornuke's and Mr. William's "discovery"
of Mount Sinai.
In an attempt to gain usage of the video footage and photographs we had
of the mountain and the evidences, in May of 1997, he called Ron and told
him he was writing an article about "Ron's discovery" of Mount
Sinai for Vanity Fair Magazine. He never mentioned his book, "The Gold
of Exodus", which was finished or almost finished at that time, or his
association with Mr. Cornuke and Mr. Williams.
Ron told him to send us a letter with his proposal and we would consider
Note his comments in his letter (last paragraph) to Ron on Ron's "going to the mountain and telling
the world what you've discovered":
Mr. Howard Blum's letter to Ron.
The contract accompanying his first letter
When we received this letter, we were obviously not interested in his
proposed contract, as he wanted complete rights, which seemed VERY strange
to us, considering he said he was only wanting to promote an article he had
written for a magazine; an article that would be out one month. Also, we
were not aware of articles being promoted in such a manner, so we were
somewhat suspicious simply because of that.
So, we returned his check for $500 back to him with a short note stating that
we were not interested.
A few months later, we received another call from him inquiring if Ron
would reconsider. Ron listened and let him do most of the talking. He
inadvertently mentioned "Bob Cornuke and Larry Williams", although
Ron said nothing. But the "red flags" went up for Ron.
Mr. Blum then asked Ron to consider allowing him at least some limited
usage of our footage. Ron told Mr. Blum to write a new proposal and send it
When Ron hung up from the call, he told me Mr. Blum had mentioned Cornuke
and Williams, and that they "sure wanted our video and photos for
something, bless their hearts". He said, of course, we wouldn't sign
any contract with him, but maybe it would shed some light on what they were
We soon received the following:
Howard Blum's second contract sent to Ron
Upon reading it, we knew immediately that he wanted the footage and/or
photos for more than just a simple magazine article. Read carefully the
third paragraph where he specifies usage of any video in conjunction with
his "writings on Jabel al Lawz". This would allow him usage to
promote his book, had Ron signed the agreement, which he did not.
We sent another note saying we weren't interested.
Soon, the book was released and became very popular, misleading thousands
of people. There was no correlation between the story he concocted and the
story Larry Williams wrote in his book.
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