So we received a tip from a resident of Port St. Lucie who has followed Victory Forge rather closely for a number of years. He provided us with a very intriguing tid-bit: Alan Weierman is not really a PhD. In order to corroborate this information, we called all the universities in Florida and Ohio (States where Weierman has lived) and asked them if anyone by the name of Alan Weierman enrolled in a PhD program and graduated. Some universities have online searches where you can search for alums. A few universities needed written letters from us before they could respond - letters which we have sent out. The others had no knowledge of this man. We then thought that maybe Weierman attended a program in another state and so we decided to ask him directly. Here are the email excerpts (typos and all).
In a message dated 8/19/2008 11:23:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time, email@example.com writes:
received an email from a former resident of PSL stating that you really don't have a PhD. it is from a diploma mill, probably costing $699. maybe in you case, they gave you a discount due to ineptitude.care to prove this resident of PSL wrong? if you prove the statement wrong, you will receive a positive post on the blog.
I would certainly like the oportunity. How do you suggest I go about this.
In a message dated 8/22/2008 6:42:36 PM Eastern Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
fax or email us a copy of your diploma. it is that simple.
Fax Number please and real name if you don't mind.
We sent Weierman our fax number and did not hear from him so we sent him another email
In a message dated 8/27/2008 11:00:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time, email@example.com writes:
so it is fair to say that our source was right. you really don't have a Phd do you? it is from a diploma mill, isn't it? your silence speaks volumes.
I need a real fax number and a real name please. The fax that you gave is not your fax number. as long as you want to play games I don't trust you.
that is where i get all my faxes. you fax me your alleged diploma, i will confirm i received it. i will issue a statement on my blog confirming that you are a legit phd and that the information provided to us is incorrect and malicious. it appears that you are playing games. you send me what we need you get what you want.
fax #: 360-364-3233
We never heard anything from Weierman. Two universities responded to our written queries and Weierman never attended those schools. We have a few more universities remaining. It could be that he did receive his diploma from a diploma mill. Or maybe, like his Col title, the PhD title is something that he decided to confer upon himself.
P.S. We have received a lot of intriguing information from readers, residents, and other well-wishers. Some of them wanted the cash offered by one of our readers (which will be processed once their statements can be corroborated), the others provided this information gratis. More to come.