I've been airly quiet on the whole "Curse" doco' thing, and as yet, I haven't seen it.
I read the newspaper articles, and although I never really spoke to Brian Hulme at length (to be honest, he had little to add to the work I was doing), I simply cannot go with his "nervus breakdown" theory at all.
I spent many many happy hours with Ken, Leo and Maury, to name but three of th team, and all commented on how upbeat DC had been up until the last few days, and even then, he hadn't been that down. He WAS fed up with the press coverage, and more than one person I spoke said that both DC and themselves felt the media at the time had a hidden agenda, but nervous breakdown? No. Having said that, his three skull fractures over the years had changed him, whereas he was always a good "party animal", he did become more abrupt, short tempered and impatient in the last years, but it was described to me as "like the occasional flick of a switch, as we had always known him most of the time, then, 'flick' and he'd be having a go about something, then seconds later, he was his old self". I wont give the sources name, but it was someone that knew him very very well.
K7 had flown a couple of times in the past, covering some two hundred odd feet in the "Finger Lake" attempt, and had got badly out of shape at Coniton in 1959, so DC knew what it felt like, a bit like Gilles Villenueve, who said "of course I go over the limit, otherwise how do I know where the limit is?".
I fear as time goes on, and we loose those who were there, and KNEW what occured, production companies have more chances to "adjust" history for the sake of a good story.
Finally, Mark, I know it will be difficult to watch, but I'm envious, you will have a lasting memory of your dad, something I only have in photo's and memories, it will be worth watching just for that, promise!
Steve Holter, UK and France, and sometimes reality....................