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Monday, May 30, 2011

The Flying Saucer from Mars and CDA

Back in the day I thought that this book by “Cedric Allingham” corroborated the Adamski alien contacts and story:

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Here are the Adamski-like photos that Allingham purportedly took of a flying saucer that allegedly came fro Mars:

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But the story was a hoax, concocted, for some bizarre reason, by respected and credentialed British astronomer, Patrick Moore:

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And who was the journalist who unmasked the hoaxer and the exposed the hoax? Our favorite skeptical thinker, Christopher Allen, known here and in the UFO community as CDA.

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CDA has cachet with us and with those who like clear thought, gentlemanly argumentation, and skepticism in its revered and best sense.

So when you read his comments here and elsewhere, take a moment to appreciate his bent of mind and research acumen.

2 Comments:

  • Thanks for the 'plug'. Actually it was a joint effort by myself and Steuart Campbell that got the story into print. It appeared in other places besides Magonia, including the "New Scientist" in 1986.

    There is no real question about Moore's motives for the book. It was to go 'one better' than Leslie and Adamski had done the previous year (1953) by providing a photo of the Martian and to promote the idea that if Venusians can exist, why not Martians too. And of course to make a bit of dosh!

    One thing we never established was whether Leslie had any hand in it. I don't think he did, but have been told that Leslie was a bit of a practical joker at times in his younger days. He was certainly a pal of Patrick Moore. However, I cannot believe Leslie would have spent 3 months with Adamski in California if he did not take UFOs, and contactees, seriously.

    The pics in the Allingham book were not taken by Moore, and there was editorial help with the text.

    Sir Patrick still lives in Sussex at the age of 88 but is rather incapacitated these days.

    By Blogger cda, at Tuesday, May 31, 2011  

  • Yes, Steuart Campbell should get a nod but my point was to make clear to a few persons that your credentials trump theirs.

    Moore was (and may still be) a funny bird, but such hokum, as his, only confused the issue, and me too.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, May 31, 2011  

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