UFO Conjecture(s)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Intriguing Letter....yes?

I found this Letter to the Editor of Official UFO magazine [the December 1977 issue]:


For some reason I find the content and "story" interesting, and we've begun a search for Paula G. Gibbs who would be 58 years old now....maybe married, with a new name.

The letter has a ring of authenticity about it.

The Editor of the magazine wrote that he would have his staff conduct a thorough investigation but we haven't found any reference to such an investigation in later issues of the magazine.

It's just a strange tale, and I'd like to know more about it -- even if it was a bogus effort for attention.



  • It has the Twilight Zone quality of a nicely-rounded fictional narrative. I can almost hear the music as she stood at the doorstep of her boyfriend's parents as they uttered their bemusement.

    'Why no, young lady. No body else lives here...just me and pa. At least not since our son Joe was killed in a crash two years ago this very night...'

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Tuesday, October 30, 2012  

  • Moderated cynicism, Kandinsky?


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, October 30, 2012  

  • Count me with Kandinsky. This has the strong aroma of creative writing. Nice little story, but it's yet another twist on an oft-told urban legend.

    You suffer from the illusion (or delusion) that because a UFO story was crafted when you were young, it's somehow more credible than one created today.

    You need to look at the past a bit more critically rather than pining for back in the day by fixating on and idealizing it (the "geezer" syndrome).

    Besides, as Ram Dass reminded us, "Be here now," because now is all there is, Hon'.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Tuesday, October 30, 2012  

  • Sorry, Rich.

    You have to admit it has the ring of urban folklore about it. Where would you start to investigate a hearsay incident when the only other witness never existed?

    I spent a little time chasing a similar report at an RAF base and that's probably sharpened my cynicism.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Tuesday, October 30, 2012  

  • Hey, you two...

    I liked the story. It reminded me of the Ambrose Bierce tale "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" which aired on The Twilight Zone...no UFOs just a good story.

    And PG, those old UFO sightings had cachet; they weren't amorphous as those we hear about nowadays.

    Read Nick Redfern sometime and you both will find such tales as Ms. Gibbs to be possible -- improbable maybe, but possible.

    (Besides, I'm a sucker for such pithy, cogent creations as Ms. Gibbs provided.)


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, October 30, 2012  

  • I noticed that the woman gave a full name for her boyfriend, yet never mentioned that she had a photo of him.

    I'm going back to my days during the 1970s and I recall that we all had photos of our girl/boy friends...it was obligatory.

    Odd story...

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Tuesday, October 30, 2012  

  • Tim:

    If the story were even partially true it would be interesting in a number of ways.

    As you know, if it's a cry for attention (or help of some kind), that would be grist for an evaluation that would also be interesting in a number of ways.

    Some visitors here miss the nuances.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, October 30, 2012  

  • Rich, this is why I always default to the psychological component.

    It's difficult to assess the story, but the question could be asked if she had a form of "Borderline Personality Disorder."

    This would explain a lot concerning the missing "boy friend." Fixed delusion? If the woman is still alive and we were to discover that she never married...

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Tuesday, October 30, 2012  

  • Tim:

    The letter/story is so well-constructed that Ms. Gibbs, if psychologically deficient, would have to be considered a psychopath, but I don't see her message as coming from that kind of personality.

    The story is either, as Kandinsky has it, a ripe piece of fiction or it's a psychopathic attempt to deceive -- but to what purpose?

    Ms. Gibbs audience -- the few readers of Letters to the Editor in Official UFO -- that the fraud makes little sense...unless Ms. Gibbs hoped to find a boyfriend via her ploy.

    Giving her age in the letter (23) and her locale is a hint in that direction.

    We once had an office in Detroit, rented from a man who immigrated from Yugoslavia. He had a daughter who manifested deep, neurotic behavior, after having her wedding thwarted by her father; she was obsessed by the loss of a husband and became totally disturbed.

    She didn't function as a normal person.

    If Ms. Gibbs was similarly chagrinned by the loss of a boyfriend, her letter indicates otherwise: a sober mind, intelligent and coherent, a person not mentally aggrieved by her loss.

    Either she was operating as a sociopath of some kind or what she relates has some validity, as unacceptable as that may be to some reading here.

    If her missive is pure hokum, I like it too.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, October 30, 2012  

  • ...for myself, I will await the final pronouncement of the genius investigator Professor Anthony Bragalia, Ph.D., to shed clarity on this Amazing Rock-Solid UFO Proof!!!!! (tm)

    By Blogger Kurt Peters, at Wednesday, October 31, 2012  

  • Interesting that the story is very similar to the plot of the 2004 Julianne Moore movie, The Forgotten, although it obviously pre-dates it.

    By Blogger Jeffrey, at Wednesday, October 31, 2012  

  • "Pre-dates" being the operative word, Jeffrey.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, October 31, 2012  

  • "Cachet" is a factor of how old we were when we first heard the UFO stories. We cling to our pasts, when everything was new and exciting, because then we were still able to view the world with fresh eyes.

    We grow more jaded (or many would say wiser from experience) as we age, but then we miss the fun and thrill of discovery we can never get back ("been there, done that, got the T-shirt" for most events in life now).

    On the other hand, if we've learned anything along the way, we should be able to cut through the crap now with laser-like precision, at least until we start dithering and enter our "second childhoods". Smile.

    Yes, it's a very cool story and well written -- a fine short work of science fiction. Thanks for sharing it.

    However, it does seem like a made-up piece that didn't get used, but was deemed so good it was recycled into a letter to the editor format. You don't really think hoaxing didn't exist before the Internet. Or do you?

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Thursday, November 01, 2012  

  • PG:

    I appreciate a good, well-thought out hoax. Adamski's was one.

    The Gibbs letter is a succinct fraudulent attempt (maybe) and I like it.

    I have a track on Ms. Gibbs and am awaiting a response from her.

    As for harking back to a more "utopian" time, Kandinsky and I recognize that the classic, old sightings don't just continue to resonate with UFO's geezers for nostalgic reasons but actually had a patina of real intrigue about them.

    Today's UFO sightings are mundane, and prosaic, perhaps because UFO sightings have become banal but more likely because today's UFOs are of a different kind, in essence.

    The topic (for mundanity) is up for debate.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, November 01, 2012  

  • Has anyone on here, thought about the fact that our "reality" we live in, is not the only one? (Alternate Universes, Realms... etc.) Maybe He wasn't abducted, but she instead was, But they made a cock-up, and returned her to the WRONG reality???

    It sounds very like it... I don't know why on Earth you would make up and write something like that to a newspaper all those long ages ago..

    Sounds like this might be the answer. She is NOT from this reality... I wonder if she is still alive. I would love to tell her about this, and ask questions too.

    By Blogger Simon Eskibel, at Thursday, November 08, 2012  

  • Simon:

    We've located Ms. Gibbs and await a response back from her.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, November 08, 2012  

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