Guy,As we have discovered on this site and from experience, Beck had his problems also. However, without him we most likely would not be having a discussion right now.
I concur wholeheartedly, but also feel that Beck's work serves several major functions: he sparks an interest in the subject matter in an light yet informative way; he captured memories and folktales that would otherwise have drifted into oblivion; and, he inspires further indepth research. The research most of us have conducted regarding the ghost towns in the pines are testament to his seminal efforts. I know that I attribute my MA thesis and my work on Brooksbrae to his convulted and confused folklore regarding the "Pasadena Terra Cotta Company".
Just a few thoughts.