These discussions about Barry Fell took place in late 1997. Yes, Barry was quite a character, a man of almost mythic proportions. His tireless dedication to his work was legendary. He often created big waves of publicity for himself and his work, and he inspired thousands of people to follow in his path, some of whom believed in him almost as if he was a guru of some sort. Perhaps one may say that his ego was quite proportionate to his undoubtable talents... And he was quite capable of cutting a few corners here and there in his research if he was "sure as sure can be" that he had The Answer to yet another obscure problem of ancient history.
Of course there were many more posts in that late '97 discussion about Barry. Most of them can be found in DejaNews.