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posted 05-11-2006 10:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for collectSPACE Admin   Click Here to Email collectSPACE Admin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This thread continues discussion concerning the federal indictment and subsequent conviction of former Kansas Cosmosphere director and co-founder Max Ary.

Ary was president and chief executive officer of the Cosmosphere from 1976 until he left in 2002 to become executive director of the Kirkpatrick Science and Air Space Museum at the Omniplex in Oklahoma City.

Ary was succeeded at the Cosmosphere by Jeff Ollenburger, who resigned in 2006. His successor is Christopher Orwoll.

In late 2005, Ary was found guilty on 12 counts, including theft of government property, wire and mail fraud, interstate transport of stolen goods and money laundering, in relation to the theft and sale of space artifacts that were the property of NASA and the Cosmosphere.

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I have known Max Ary for over 30 years which is most of my life. I have always known him to be a honorable and knowledgeable man. I also know that over 30 years ago NASA called Max and begged him to take warehouses of "junk" off of their hands and now 30 years later when it is valuable suddenly there is a problem.

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Due to my inconsistent postings, let me re-introduce myself. I am the son of Max Ary, and I'm sure you will see more postings from me in the days to come.

I feel the need to respond... not to argue, but to clarify some information.

First off, the courtroom does not define what is fact from myth. It is not fact that my father stole artifacts. My father has admitted from day one that he mistakenly mixed artifacts up, and an honest mistake doesn't make a person criminal. To steal, someone has to have intent, and again I'll bring up a point. While he did mistakenly sell $60,000 worth of artifacts that weren't his, why does no one care to really digest the fact that far more worth of his personal collection was mistakenly sold the other way, with the Cosmosphere getting that money? A criminal doesn't steal a Ford Taurus and leave his new Lexus behind.

Second, the idea that no one is higher than the President of the museum and he could do whatever he wanted is not accurate as well. My father did have many "bosses", the Board of Directors. They did oversee what my father did, and they had full trust to give him powers to proceed as he felt necessary. It was a good thing they did so, he created the #2 space museum in the world.

And finally, the thought that my father is going to get off easy and not get what he deserves. My father made a simple mistake, one mistake in nearly 30 years, and he has lost his reputation, money, house, savings, life, health, credibility and possibly his freedom. Are you going to honestly tell me that is getting off easy?

I know it is hard to stay on the sidelines and remain unbiased when all you hear is the prosecution and media demonizing my father over the years, while we don't have the ability to respond. But please, allow us the opportunity to get our side out before jumping to conclusions (which we will be able to do after sentencing Monday).

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My father has admitted from day one that he mistakenly mixed artifacts up, and an honest mistake doesn't make a person criminal.
As great a man as your father is -- and I mean that, I hold a great deal of respect for Max's professional accomplishments -- his mistakes did lead to the destruction of artifacts he didn't own and to the tangible loss of thousands of dollars by the community he served. Whether or not his intent was innocent or criminal, he now has to answer for those mistakes.

As he is someone who many looked up to for his passion and dedication to protecting space history, his mistakes have hit particularly hard; harder than perhaps if they were committed by just a museum staff member or volunteer.

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But please, allow us the opportunity to get our side out before jumping to conclusions (which we will be able to do after sentencing Monday).
Please consider this an open invitation and request to interview Max following his sentencing (this request will be submitted through several other channels as well). As the most direct route to reaching thousands of collectors and museum personnel, collectSPACE would offer a venue for him to share his story.

Alternatively, his personal account on this board is still active and if he prefers to post his story or address our readership directly, he is more than welcome.

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Please consider this an open invitation and request to interview Max following his sentencing (this request will be submitted through several other channels as well).
Wouldn't there be potential ramifications to the appellate process... my guess is his lawyer would council him to wait until (any) appeals are completed prior to candidly responding to such queries?

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I, too, have talked to numerous people that attended the trial. There were some very valid issues that came up that were never reported in the media. Such things as proof the Cosmosphere altered documents to implicate Ary raises some real questions. I think that is called evidence tampering. The fact the Cosmosphere to this day still can't prove ownership on many of the items Ary was accused of stealing is fascinating. The way the government appeared to cover this was to throw the burden of proof back on Ary, when legally, it is the government's burden to prove ownership.

On the other hand, apparently numerous witnesses testified, under oath, that they knew Ary had brought a large personal collection of space artifacts with him to Kansas back in the 70's to start the Cosmosphere. Some of the witnesses even remember helping unpack them, and using them in early Cosmosphere programming and exhibits. With all of the exhibits, restoration projects, foreign exhibitions, and movie projects the Cosmosphere used to always seem to be involved in for so many years, I can see how artifacts could get mixed up. If Ary had brought his own artifacts in to start the museum, it appears that could be a good reason why things got mixed up. Sure, Ary probably should have been much more careful in how the artifacts were handled and labeled, but that is a human mistake, not something that should have led to federal criminal charges and potential jail time.

There have always been a great number of bewildering questions in the Ary case ever since it first came up. It appeared the government never proved intent. Apparently Ary didn't need the money. He received a good salary, and had contributed a great deal of money back to the museum over the years. According to news reports, he personally gave bonuses and part of his salary to other employees to assist them. That doesn't sound like a desperate person that stole and sold artifacts because he needed the money.

I have talked to one of the news media reporters that did attend the entire trial. He, as well as the other reporters in attendance apparently were stunned that Ary was not acquitted based on the evidence presented at the trial. His theory of why he was convicted had to do with the fact this was a very complex trial that was hard to follow. Most of the jury appeared lost and disinterested, and several of them were often seen to be sleeping at critical times.

In my humble opinion, this case is a perfect example of one that needs a new trial. I don't think justice or the truth made its way out of that courtroom.

One final thought is that we have to remember that Max Ary did more for our hobby and business than just about anyone. Many fail to remember that thirty years ago it was Ary that was personally, and almost single handedly saved thousands, if not tens of thousands of space artifacts from being destroyed. Just imagine how thin some of those auction catalogs would be if those artifacts had not been saved. He developed a museum that brings pride, value, and history to all of our collections. I think that if Ary's conviction stands, we have all been hurt more than we have been helped.

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After reading the federal indictment, I was one of the first people to condemn Max for stealing artifacts and I really wanted to see him raked over the coals.

However, after hearing from people who were in court, it's pretty obvious that there's some backdoor dealings and that Max wasn't the money hungry monster he was made out to be. There isn't an attorney worth his weight in salt who wouldn't be able to win an appeal, especially since it's documented that jury members were sleeping during the trial. Then the tampered records by the museum, the poor record keeping by everyone and the fact that mistakes do happen. This leads to a serious lack of "reasonable doubt."

That being said, Max was stupid. He signed National Air and Space Museum and NASA artifact loan contracts stating that items, on loan to the museum, were on site, when he knowingly sold them at auction. There's plenty of evidence that Max knew he was selling, trading, loaning or taking home artifacts that didn't belong to him. Sure mistakes happen, but not over and over and over.

My major issue has always been the victims, who had their legally purchased artifacts confiscated by the government without compensation. It's absolutely astounding that I haven't heard one word about the people who lost tens of thousands of dollars.

I was one of those who wrote a letter to the judge asking that Max be spared prison. Let me ask all of you who want Max put in prison, why? What is it going to accomplish? Even Max's sworn enemies freely admit that he's no threat to society and I do believe that his good works have a great deal of bearing to show that he should be given his freedom.

Max has lost everything, what more do you want to do to him? Shouldn't we ask that Max be put back to work so he can pay the victims and make restitution for the things that can be proven he stole? Or is it better to incarcerate him at a cost of $30-40k a year while making license plates?

I'd rather see Max back at the Oklahoma museum restoring, protecting and putting together exhibits for generations to enjoy, than to have him sitting in prison costing us money. Max has done more to preserve rare space and historical artifacts than any one individual and without him, our space history would be much, much poorer.

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I'd rather see Max back at the Oklahoma museum restoring, protecting and putting together exhibits for generations to enjoy, than to have him sitting in prison costing us money.
I can understand your point about Mr. Ary and the opinion that he is no danger to society. I agree with that. I also agree that he can again serve a great purpose in the museum ranks or wherever he chooses to utilize his talents once the sentencing and served time/duties is over. He's lost a lot, and it will take a lifetime to recover... maybe more.

Very few people will argue that Mr. Ary is a good person, including me, and I don't even know him personally.

We are simply dealing with, in my opinion, a good person that made a major mistake. Good people make mistakes all of the time, but it's rare that carelessness and a lack of documentation gets so out of hand that a jury and a federal courtroom have to intervene and determine what A) happened and B) is going to now have to happen to that good person.

Mr. Ary has suffered a lot. Unfortunately for him and his family, his painful journey isn't over and they have a long road ahead no matter what the sentence.

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I pretty well agree with everything noted above.

Like most people with an affinity toward the Cosmosphere (which I unabashedly have), I am, and many others are, very saddened by the events that have happened. Hutchinson and the Cosmosphere are somewhat a small family with many long term volunteers, and this has been a family tragedy. Nothing will ever take away from Max's achievements, and no historical revisionism is taking place by the Cosmosphere.

I am very saddened by Max's sentence, and believe it unnecessary and counter productive. Society is not being well served. I hope it really doesn't happen and Max is given a chance to make amends, and further work his magic.

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My heart goes out to all involved in this tragedy, especially to Max Ary and his family. I pray for healing and forgiveness. While I believe that prison time is not truly warranted, I am grateful the maximum sentence was not imposed. This sort of apparent setback can be turned into something positive - a time for reflection, for growth, for setting priorities. And perhaps more facts will come to light which will exonerate Max.

We'll be thinking of you every day.

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I have known Max Ary for over 20 years. He is an honest man and has always been first class! I feel the judge went way too hard on Max! I am deeply saddened that he will have to go to prison!! House arrest would have been more than enough. Shame on the Judge! Three years must seem like a lifetime to Max.

Max, you and your family are in our prayers and will continue to be for the next three years!! Hang in there my friend and be strong.

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I assume the case will be appealed. What is the likelihood Max will have to serve the time?

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Max broke the law and that's a fact, but I do NOT think he should in any way serve prison time while child molesters and people with multiple DUI's continue walk among us.

I have visited the Cosmosphere many times over the years and have always enjoyed what Max put together in the middle of no place, I won't return nor will I renew my membership.

I hope the judge regrets his decision in the years to come.

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So they call all this a 'tragedy'. Interesting choice to describe the event.

I believe that if there is concrete evidence, then guilty. I think justice was done. Does Max Ary deserve three years? Definately not. Should he repay all the earnings? Yes. Should he serve some time (say, a few months)? Sure.

I love the Cosmosphere and I will continue to love and visit it. I thank Max Ary for that beautiful place and all the positive things he has done. People make mistakes and unfortunately some people pay a harder price than others. You have to learn from them somehow.

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I assume the case will be appealed. What is the likelihood Max will have to serve the time?
From today's The Hutchinson News article:
An appeal is likely, but no decision has been made, said attorney Erin Thompson, part of Ary's Wichita-based legal team headed by Lee Thompson.

If Ary appeals, his attorneys also can request that he remain free pending the appeal.

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This is a case where nobody wins. Max is off to prison. The Cosmosphere is losing valuable artifacts from the astronauts. The collectors who purchased the material will probably never truly get reimbursed.

Will Max ever get another job in the museum industry? Will astronauts like Gene Cernan ever forgive what they see as a serious attempt at destroying a legend in the restoration of space history? Will or should collectors ever again trust auction houses that sell space artifacts without a clean provenance?

There is plenty of finger pointing in this mess and that will probably remain so as this is an emotional situation. The aforementioned questions are ones that we will have to look to answer as museum executive directors, curators, astronauts and collectors of space memorabilia.

I, for one, will miss Max. He has been a friend. In talking with him over the last few weeks, I have hoped and prayed that jail was not going to be an issue. I hope he is able to appeal. If any appeal is not successful, I hope his time will be quick and painless for Max is a builder, a teacher and a gentleman.

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Please forgive me if this is not so eloquently stated, but I think the whole thing stinks.

Following all this, that is about as eloquent as I feel like getting over the end result.

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Ambititon gets the best of some people.

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Ambition was hardly at fault here. Max was at the top of his game.

Ambition SHOULD get the best of ALL people. Of course this is being said by someone mildly successful.

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I was wondering if the members here would consider contributing their ideas in the lessons learned from this episode. I am considering organizing a session for the annual Mutual Concerns seminar in the Spring and would like to find a way to use these events to start a constructive conversation on how we might avoid this happening again in the future. I invite all sides to contribute to this. Thank you,

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Max was at the top of his game.
If Max Ary was at the top of his game, then why sell the items he sold? Maybe he wanted more and more.

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I am so pleased with the resent turn of events! I knew I wasn't wrong about Max. Looks like there are about to be some very interesting facts come to light.

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I think everyone is missing the important points that really came out of this hearing. First of all, the fact that the amount of restitution was almost cut in half calls into serious question either the value of these artifacts or who actually owns them.

Second, the judge, "had real problems with the case," and said that it should have been addressed as a civil, and not a criminal matter.

Third, the judge encouraged Ary to appeal his conviction and sentencing and ordered the probation officer to leave him out on bond until the appeal is completed.

There are always many sides to any story and the actual truth always gets mixed up in there somewhere, due to the fact that human beings are not infallible.

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First of all, the fact that the amount of restitution was almost cut in half calls into serious question either the value of these artifacts or who actually owns them.
The reduced restitution, according to The Hutchinson News, was due more to the latter than the earlier:
The biggest chunk of money Marten disallowed was $79,387 for six rolls of uncut 70mm film recorded during space flights that both Ary and the Cosmosphere claimed possession of, but for which there were no records of ownership...

Marten also deducted $22,000 for a couple of items that Ary sold on behalf of the Cosmosphere. The museum received the proceeds of those sales.

While I certainly have nothing against Ary's right to an appeal, I find it unfortunate that even more time will pass while the collectors who bought items in good faith are out both their artifact and money. The artifacts aren't well served in the custody of the court and in my opinion, should be returned to the collectors or the Cosmosphere until such time that a final ruling is made. (And yes, I am one of those collectors but my opinion would be the same were I not.)

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I have always thought that something just didn't sound right about the charges brought against Max. The pieces just don't seem to fit together.

Based on a conversation I had with a person that attended the restitution hearing last week, I think the real facts are starting to be realized even to a point the judge appears to have had a change of heart.

As usual, the media did not report on everything that took place in the hearing. The judge apparently stated that there were many problems and unanswered questions with this case, especially dealing with ownership. He stated this was a very complex and confusing case. The judge acknowledged there was ample proof Max had a large collection of space artifacts he brought with him to Kansas 30 years ago to start the Cosmosphere and use in the original exhibits. He also stated that over the years, he could understand how artifacts from both the museum and from Max could have been intermingled. In addition, the proof of ownership the Cosmosphere brought forward was greatly lacking on many of the artifacts they claimed Max had stolen.

The judge used as an example the rolls of 70mm film. Ary apparently had evidence he owned the film. The only evidence the Cosmosphere brought forward during trial was the curator claimed that one time he had seen a box at the museum with some film in it that looked like what Ary had. That doesn't sound much like factual evidence to me, and apparently, the judge thought that too. This is why he removed $75,000 from the restitution amount.

Further, the judge apparently stated during the hearing this case should have been civil instead of criminal. As I remember, that is exactly what Max's attorney stated from the very beginning. Why the judge has just now come to that conclusion is bewildering.

The judge also acknowledged that Ary had voiced his interest in appealing his conviction. According to the person I talked to, the judge appeared to encouraged Max to appeal, and stated he felt errors were possibly made in his trial. This was one of the reasons the judge let him stay out of prison was so he could work on his appeal.

I think this case is far from being over. I hope Max sticks in there and fights it through to the end. I wouldn't be surprised that the focus of this case turns toward the Cosmosphere before it's all over. I think there are questions they need to answer.

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Any word on where the Ary case stand within the appellate process?

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My understanding is that Ary's appeal was filed on November 1, 2006 and it has not yet been scheduled for a hearing by the Court of Appeals. Pending the Appellate hearing, Ary is not in jail but subject to the unsupervised custody of the court.

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The Oklahoman: Museum rehires expert
Max Ary has a three-year prison term hanging over his head after being convicted of stealing artifacts from NASA and a Kansas space museum, but he still is welcome at Omniplex.

Ary, who is free pending an appeal, has been used periodically as a consultant for the Oklahoma City museum's space exhibits, Executive Director Don Otto said Friday.

Ary started putting together some of the exhibits when he was at Omniplex. He was placed on leave after being indicted in April 2005, then his contract as director was not renewed when it expired several months later.

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Any word on where the Ary case stand within the appellate process?
AP: Appeals court upholds Cosmosphere founder's conviction, sentence
The founder of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center has lost his appeal on his conviction and sentence for stealing artifacts from NASA and the Hutchinson museum.

In a ruling issued Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver affirmed Max Ary's conviction and three-year prison term. Ary was ordered to surrender to the U.S. Marshals Service within 30 days of the appellate court's order being filed in district court.

Ary was convicted on 12 counts, including theft of government property, wire and mail fraud, interstate transport of stolen goods and money laundering.

He was sentenced in May 2006 to three years in prison, and subsequently ordered to pay $132,374 in restitution. He remained free on bond pending his appeal...

Defense attorney Stephen Joseph said he could not yet comment on the decision because he had not had a chance to examine it. He said once Ary's attorneys evaluate the decision, they will decide their next step, which could include seeking a rehearing by an appellate court panel, a hearing before the full court or an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Here is the 10th Circuit decision (PDF) involving Max Ary.

It's a pretty dry opinion since Ary's appeal only involved technical legal questions involving the attorney-client privilege, the hearsay evidence rule for business records and how to determine the loss for the Federal sentencing guidelines.

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I lost my faith in the justice system many years ago. This is just further confirmation. I can't remember being this sick over a verdict.

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The current status of this matter is: "Max Ary is currently incarerated at the Federal Correctional Institution at El Reno and is scheduled for release on December 2, 2010. He is not eligible for parole."

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According to this article he may be eligible for a reduction based on good behavior; the article includes a video of an unrepentant Max Ary reflecting on the case and his impending prison sentence.
It's likely, Ary noted, he'll qualify for the 15 percent reduction in his sentence through good behavior credit, so the time he'll serve will be closer to 21/2 years. When released, he'll then be subject to three years of parole supervision and must repay more than $132,000 in restitution.

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Hutchinson News: Space center co-founder released
The co-founder and longtime director of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center left a federal prison in Oklahoma on Wednesday after serving just slightly more than two years for stealing and selling museum artifacts.

Max Ary, 60, was released Wednesday morning from the Federal Correctional Institution at El Reno's minimum-security satellite camp, where Ary's been housed since incarcerated, prison officials confirmed.

Ary, who reported to El Reno on April 24, 2008, served 777 days, or about 70 percent of a three-year term. His sentence also includes three years of parole supervision and paying $132,374 in restitution.

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Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47a





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