Correct me if I am wrong, but Chris Li was NOT a fan of Dan Harden's in the beginning.
Dan came onto the old Aikido-L mailing list years (10, 15?) and immediately started causing trouble.
We went back and forth over the years (with some interesting consequences), but always stayed more or less friendly, even though I thought that he was mostly full of it.
Eventually, Dan learned to spell a little better and I started to get some idea what he was talking about after hooking up with some folks who had experience with Sagawa Dojo and the Kodokai in Japan.
A while later I moved back to Hawaii for the second time, and a friend and I ended up getting Dan to come out to Hawaii (didn't take much coaxing).
After screwing the top of my head back on I started looking back more at what Ueshiba wrote - which I had read before, but was much more interesting, and actually understandable, when considered in the correct context.
That's the quick version.