UFO Conjecture(s)

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Nick Redfern on Paul Kimball's "The Other Side of Truth"

I "reviewed" Paul's book (as some of you know) and liked it -- a lot, ordering some books that Paul referenced and I was entranced by the photography and insights of many kinds.

Now, Nick Redfern, our mutual buddy, has given Paul's opus a gander also.

Click this link to see how Nick assesses the work:



Fate magazine – the once premier UFO source

Copyright 2012, InterAmerica, Inc.

This is the November 1954 issue of Fate magazine:


It had an article by Major Donald E. Keyhoe – How The Saucers Fly.

The article (Page 27 to Page 43) was essentially an excerpt from Keyhoe’s book, Flying Saucers From Outer Space, with a smattering of 1950s UFO sightings that Major Keyhoe thought important.

What was interesting, to some of us, was the extensive use of comments and material from Canada’s Wilbur B. Smith, who is often given short shrift by UFO researchers but whom Major Keyhoe considered a serious scientist.

When one reads Mr. Smith’s hypotheses about flying saucer propulsion – electrical and/or magnetic – one can see that Smith and his Canadian colleagues were on to something about UFOs, or saucers.

The elaborate presentation of Smith’s views in Fate and the book it came from provides a reason to reconsider Smith’s status with the Canadian and United States governments.

Smith’s views were underwritten by scientists such as Dr. Fernand Roussel, a notable Canadian physicist, Dr. Franz Zwicky of the California Institute of Technology, and scientists from the British Interplanetary Society.

(Some visitors here wonder why we hark back to the past. The Fate article and stance on UFOs were sober and dramatic. They offered non-sensationalized views of the flying saucer phenomenon – something that is sorely missing in today’s UFO reportage. We note that this Fate approach was intact before Jerome Clark got involved with the magazine and changed its tenor.)

To further our examples of Fate’s early, serious take on flying saucers, we cite this issue of the magazine:


This March 1955 issue had a piece about some of those encounters we like of little creatures spotted by a European peasantry, including the Lotti encounter:


But for our purpose(s) here, we note that the article Unsolved Saucer Mysteries by Fate editor Curtis Fuller made a point to exploit the magazines use of Dr. Lincoln La Paz, Director of the University of New Mexico Institute of Meteorics (along with J. Stewart Williams and Clyde T. Hardy, professors of Geology at Utah State).

The Fuller piece was about an explosion in Logan, Utah on May 1st, 1954 from which emanated a red sphere.

La Paz investigated for Fate and was used by the magazine for other UFO incidents.

La Paz, a highly respected and noted scientist, was not loath to work with or for Fate. (And La Paz was implicated in the 1964 Socorro sighting, and some say he had a tangential connection to Roswell’s 1947 event.)

The point, again, that I’m trying to stress here, is that the early, modern years of flying saucer and UFO sightings were regarded seriously and with much expertise when written up in magazines, until 1978 (which we’ve dealt with previously here).

Fate was and is good resource for details and objectivity about UFOs/flying saucers, up to the point when Jerome Clark got involved. (Mr. Clark did no wrong; it’s just that his time in the UFO heyday is marked by a smug attitude that was more cavalier than that of his predecessors.)

Scientists, like La Paz and Wilbur Smith and UFO buffs (like Keyhoe. Max Miller, et al.) were conscientiously determined to get a handle on the UFO mystery.

They were methodical and cogent.

Today that is not the case with science, surely, nor with “ufologists” who strive mostly to make a buck off the phenomenon or its mavens.

But in the good ol’ days there was a curious purity. And some of us miss that.


Friday, November 02, 2012

The Socorro Craft – Before 1964 – and a 1957 Soviet-built UFO

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Fate magazine issues of the late 1950s in articles by Frank Edwards, John C. Ross, and Curtis Fuller (Fate’s editor) contained a number of egg-shaped UFO sightings in the Southwestern corridor between Levelland, Texas (outside Lubbock, where the famous lights were photographed) and the UFO hot spots in New Mexico: Roswell, White Sands at Alamogordo, Socorro, et cetera.


We and our Spanish colleague. Jose Caravaca, have covered the many egg-shaped UFO sightings in the literature.


It seems that Lonnie Zamora witnessed one of the penultimate [sic] egg-shaped UFOs in our time.

Did Police Officer Zamora see an extraterrestrial craft that was unique to a certain race of alien visitors, who no longer sojourn here?

Did he see an Earth-created prototype that was abandoned by the end of the 1960s?

We can’t know.

And then in that Fate issue, pictured above, there is this bit of news:


Fate cites legitimate sources for its succinct story, about a Russian flying saucer.

But nothing more was written about it.

Were there egg-shaped and flying saucer prototypes extant in the 1950s and early 1960s; prototypes that account for numerous UFO sightings but which have no bearing on the UFO phenomenon, as it exists, in toto, in the literature?

How can ufological researchers discern what was or is prototypical from what is a real enigma?

The UFO topic is saddled by the accumulated data and reports about it.

Can a clarifying, scientific approach be applied to UFOs.

We don’t think so.

The mysterious phenomenon has been besmirched beyond sensible scrutiny by the nature of its attraction to all kinds of loony conjecture.

Fringe elements have corrupted the phenomenon so very completely that any deliberate deconstruction of it is impossible.


Kenneth Arnold's Hair Problem

This endorsement/ad appeared in the February 1958 issue of Fate magazine [Page 129]:


What does it tells us about Kenneth Arnold?

We already know that Ray Palmer was a seeker of monies from the UFO crowd. But Mr. Arnold too?


Varginha.....does anyone care?


Anthony Bragalia posted, at his blog,  his finding on the 1996 Varginha extraterrestrial creature sighting and capture: it was a major misidentification.

While we are not particularly enamored of that supposed event, Mr. Bragalia has stirred a controversy.

You can read Mr. Bragalia's exposé and comments about Varginha by clicking HERE.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Books, books, books -- that you will like!

New Page Books, a Division of Career Press, Inc., Pompton Plains, New Jersey,
publishes books that edify those who like the fringe of human existence.

Here are four books that you should have in your personal library:




This book is provided by The New Knowledge Library:


The Lost Civilization Enigma by Philip Coppens – an Ancient Astronaut theorist – is replete with set-aside or lost information that indicates Earth contained a plethora of cultures and societal civilizations that have disappeared, pretty much, from archeological texts and history.

Even if you eschew the hypotheses of AA advocates, this book will confirm that there are fascinating footnotes to humankind’s advance.

Coppens provides solid reference to cities and civilizations that existed at one time and were advanced cultures, with aspects that raise questions about how mankind evolved.

Few pictures but content that offers images of places and things that history and science has neglected or suppressed, inadvertently?

The book sells for $19.99 (paperback) and can be found at most book venues, online and off.

Evidence of the Gods by Erich von Däniken is flush with photos supporting his Ancient Astronaut theory.

I’m a von Däniken fan (and junkie) – despite being excoriated for believing he has much in his AA theory that is acceptable and valid.

Von Däniken has amassed more supporting material for his views than those who provide counter arguments for the establishment views of human evolution and Earth’s civilization development.

The photos in this book are magnificent – in color and clear as a bell.

The anti-AA crowd can twist the “evidence” that von Däniken and his acolytes supply but the AA view has a patina of believability for even the most jaded devotees of the normal views of science, archeology, and anthropology, if those establishment devotees open their minds to the creative hypothesis that mankind has been intruded upon by something other than its own ingenuity.

While extraterrestrials may not be the instigators of human advance and strange artifacts found around the Earth, one has to accept, by weight of the evidence von Däniken provides in this book and his previous books, that something or someone had a hand in the development of humankind and humankind’s societies and living circumstances.

Whether it was gods, from outer space, Gods of an ethereal kind, or just spurts of human creativity, one has to give props to von Däniken for his gathering of materials that clearly show – clearly – that mankind was lifted upward, in ways and by something that establishment science refuses to acknowledge.

The book sells for $19.99 (paperback) and can be found wherever books are sold, online and off.

Even if you hate the Ancient Astronaut theory, you’ll find the photographs and content of this book intriguing, in the best sense of controversial.

I’m not a vampire follower or walking dead buff, but American Vampires by Dr. Bob Curran will entrance those who are.

The $15.99 (paperback) book has 253 pages of tales from all over America (The United States) that indicate vampires are a reality (of a kind).

If you like the idea of blood-suckers, get the book. Dr. Curran’s effort will satisfy your craving.

The Reality and Spirituality of Life in the Universe by Marshall Vian Summers ($17.95 in paperback, from New Knowledge Library) is a 20 page tome for those of a New Age bent.

Mr. Summers puts forth the idea of a “Greater Community” based upon spiritual ideas mingling with advances in technology.

There are no pictures or drawings in this book – a disappointment for those who need visual stimuli maybe – but the ideas rendered and the “theology” presented have a distinct profundity, not unlike that in a book from 1947 that I keep recommending to visitors here and elsewhere: Lecomte du Noüy’s Human Destiny.

Mr. Summers’ views are more contemporary and futuristic, if you will.

His call for mankind to get in tune with the “vast universe of intelligent life” will appeal to those of you with a visionary inclination that rises above the mundane or soporifics of today’s religions.

A comforting, thoughtful, intelligent read.

More about these books and authors can be found at http://www.careerpress.com or
http://www.newpagebooks.com and they can be ordered by phone – 1-800-CAREER-1

I’m recommending each one but devouring the von Däniken book right now. (It’s addictive.)


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.


The Cause(s) of Ufology’s Failure

Copyright 2012, InterAmerica, Inc.

Going through a bevy of UFO magazines and reconnoitering the internet, any UFO buff can see how UFO researchers have come to be conflicted about their hobby.

There have been so many odd reports and people joining in the UFO fray that the topic has evolved into a mishmash of insane detritus.

For instance, in the October 1976 issue of Official UFO magazine, one finds articles by respectable persons (at the time): Jim Oberg, Raymond Fowler, Kevin Randle, Don Berliner, Robert Sheaffer, George Earley and Richard Hall – all providing sensible writings about various UFO topics, Paul Willis Offering a splendid listing of works and bizarre incidents by Charles Fort.


A little over a year later, December 1977, that same magazine had descended into an Enquirer-like pastiche of sensationalized stories – How to Tap the Force;Cosmic Power of the Space Gods; Alien Possession: Frightened Witnesses Reveal Horrors of Mind Control; UFO Investigators Attacked by Monstrous Alien Creature; UFO Abductions by Spirit-Snatching Aliens – all by unknown writers..


Letters to Editors of various magazines I perused had a gaggle of ufological wannabes who either started a “research organization” or UFO data gathering outfit -- all of them no longer extant.

Today, within the internet, there are a gazillion more bizarre UFO accounts and a plethora of UFO hobbyists, all vying for attention from the UFO community.

The UFO topic became overwhelmed with nonsense early on, and that nonsense is exacerbated by easy internet access today.

It is virtually impossible for real UFO researchers to get a handle on what is a true UFO event or photo/video amongst the bounty of fraudulent accounts, photos/videos, and “research enterprises.”

This is why many – us included – hark back to a purer UFO time, with somewhat purer UFO sightings.

Roswell is, as Nick Redfern, Paul Kimball, and other moderate UFO mavens think, is a bedrock for UFO researchers, especially the UFO old-guard, who understand how crazy their topic has become and, thusly, settle on trying to explain the UFO enigma with reports and sightings that predate the incoherent accounts all over the place nowadays.

Famous UFO stories and experiences – Roswell, Socorro, the Hill “abduction,” Travis Walton’s kidnapping, the Washington D.C. sightings of the early 50s, and other classic cases – are devoid, pretty much, of the insensate and vapid UFO details that permeate UFO reports in 2012.

This harking back to old UFO cases, Roswell in particular, became necessary because of all the UFO effluvia that sprouted up in the 1960s and mushroomed thereafter.

No one could or can get a handle on the UFO mystery in the midst of the welter of UFO sightings and intrusions of UFO newbies who’ve made UFOs even more confusing than the things themselves.

No other enterprise – none – could survive with such a surfeit of incomprehensible data and self-aggrandizing promotion.

And the reason that UFO aficionados cling to those UFO geezers I continue to excoriate?

The geezers provide a kind of stability or anchoring that is comforting, even though the geezers remind me of the questioning druids metaphorically represented in Charles Ive’s musical snippet, The Unanswered Question who ask the gods for answers to their questions but are rebuffed by the omnipresent silence.


Monday, October 29, 2012

The usual disgusting UFO ass-kissing

Kevin Randle is running, at his blog, a Jerry Clark review of Scott Ramsey's book about the so-called Aztec incident (made famous or infamous by Frank Scully's 1950 book, Behind the Flying Saucers).

The comments have been generally supportive of Mr. Clark's deprecating review.

But this sycophantic comment sums up what makes UFOs and its supporters a laughing stock among normal people:

"David Halperin said...A typically brilliant (and brilliantly written) piece, by one of our most brilliant UFOlogists."

David Halperin

No exegesis by Mr. Halperin -- just a sickening imprimatur from one UFO geezer for another UFO geezer's attempt to dethrone a UFO researcher's extensive work about a controversial episode in the UFO canon.