It is hard to find ANYTHING on the Interweb concerning Harold Gale (most searches lead to Gale Harold, an American actor) – so here goes…
It seems that while this one-time British Mensa exec may have behaved in a dubious manner (what successful businessman doesn’t?) – those who hounded him (to death?) behaved FAR WORSE.
A certain inventor comes to mind.
But despite that, what is known is that Harold put British Mensa on the MAP. He COMMERCIALISED it, bringing its membership up from the few hundreds it had languished in for decades – to around FORTY THOUSAND.
And since his forced departure in the Nineties, that figure has dropped BY HALF – with none of his followers able to reverse the trend. The numbers speak for themselves.
Which is a pity, because Mensa has VALUE – linking up men with beards who would never find one another without it.
No, seriously – life is fine for intellectually-gifted (or -cursed) people who spend their lives surrounded by others of their kind – but for those born to average parents who find themselves surrounded by carrots (!) the organisation is ESSENTIAL for showing them THEY are not stoopid.
As a young lad, I was plopped into the “A stream” at school with others of my kind and thus only discovered later that I was different to most.
By accident, the results of a test I had done as a kid revealed the truth – I was BRAINY. Not a genius – at best, a borderline intellectual – but it explained a LOT. Because by then, I had entered the Real World…
But as luck would have it, once there I found someone ELSE who was similarly gifted/cursed – who kept me SANE by showing me I was not wrong. It was everyone ELSE!
Then I joined Mensa and belatedly (at 42) became a writer – which would never have happened had it not been for Harold. So despite any dodgy dealings he might have indulged in, the man helped set up an invaluable service for folks like me – THOUSANDS of us.
He is a hero – and that bloody INVENTOR is a carrot!