Philip Coppens (1971 - 2012) was more than just another guest on "Ancient Aliens," more than just another "investigative journalist," and far more than just another "author." He was all these things - and the best of the breed in each category - and more. Much, much more.
Filip, as his friends and fans called him, was a Chemist and Crystallographer, earning his B.A. and PhD from the University of Amsterdam. He could have billed himself as Dr. Philip Coppens, or Philip Coppens, PhD, or even Dr. Philip Coppens, BA, PhD. But that wasn't his style. Phil was a genuinely humble man, a brainiac among intellectuals and a giant among scholars in the field of alternative history, or "Ancient Aliens."
True, we've more than a few PhDs, MAs, BAs and BSs rattling around in the field (a lot of the latter, admittedly), but Phil's breadth of knowledge, research, investigative journalism, pure reporting, authorship and public speaking - to say nothing of his and his wife Kathleen's own radio show (The Spirit Revolution) - put him in a class all by himself. The only researcher/reporter/authors I know of who come even close to his standard of achievement would be Giorgio Tsoukalos, Graham Hancock, Dave Childress and, of course, the Dean of Ancient Aliens, Erich von Daniken. My apologies to any I may have overlooked; these are simply the names that I most associate with Coppens' level of expertise.
And, now, sadly - tragically - he is gone. Phil passed on just last Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at the cruelly young age of 41. He had a LOT more researching, investigating and unveiling to give the community of ancient astronaut/alien adherents. But God, or Anu, or Vishnu, Krishna, Jehova, Allah, Adonai or YHWH, had bigger plans for him. And even though I never got to meet Phil personally, I've been reading his work assiduously - greedily, even - for the past several years. I can honestly say I miss the guy, and am entitled to be a bit ticked off at The Almighty for taking him from us so early. He had so, so much more to give.
For a full summation of Phil's astounding life and accomplishments - including breaking into publishing with his first book at the tender age of 23 - please see his page at: http://www.philipcoppens.com/bio.html
R.I.P., Filip. We're gonna miss ya.
Καληνύχτα, γλυκιά Πρίγκιπα. Και μπορεί πτήσεις των αγγέλων σου μεταφέρω υπόλοιπο σου.