tscned, I'm not sure what you mean about fact checking the FBJ article...it is correct. I wrote the text for the photo essay.
The incorrect information to which I refer is on the Alembic site. It is the "official history" which is wrong. There are those like Frank Fuller and Larry Robinson who know the true story...they were there, and they don't have an "erase Rick from the history as much as possible" agenda. You'll note also if you dig deep that there is hardly any mention of Bear...and if anybody started Alembic, it was Bear. He collected us...Bob Matthews, Ron Wickersham, and myself...and basically funded Alembic with gear that he had bought...the PA and a lot of recording gear. There was a vague Alembic in 1969, but when Alembic became a California corporation in the summer of 1970 there were three equal stock holders...Bob, Ron, and me. We were the beneficiaries of Bear's generosity, and he did not want to be on record as being an owner of the company. As for information provided by Mica, well, she was no more than ten years old when I left the company in 1978, and so she has very little direct knowledge of what went on when she was in diapers, besides which, the first Alembic "factory" was the chicken ranch where I lived, and she, Susan, and Ron were in Sebastapol. The people who actually knew what was going on at the Alembic "factory" were the guys working there, of whom the best known now would be Frank, Larry, Doug Irwin, Bruce BecVar, and Bob Redins...and, of course, me.
I have always gone out of my way to give credit to my peers, partners, and mentors; I've just gotten tired of it not being mutual vis a vis the current Alembic people. Feel free to contact Frank or Larry or any of the other people who actually worked in the Alembic lutherie workshops from 1970 to '78 and you'll get a very different view than is presented in the official history of the company.