Ufology’s Lost Generation
The recent Socorro insignia/symbol letter to Ray Stanford, provided here by Spanish researcher, Jose Caravaca, is one indication of what went wrong and is wrong with UFO “researchers.”
Mr. Stanford, in his early, goofy-titled book on Lonnie Zamora’s 1964 sighting (Socorro “Saucer” in a Pentagon Pantry) had the opportunity to clarify exactly what symbol Officer Zamora saw on the side of the egg-shaped craft in the episode.
Mr. Stanford didn’t do that then but is trying to make amends by giving UFO buffs a copy of the letter (reproduced here the other day) from Army Officer Holder’s son who proclaims that his father talked Officer Zamora into fudging what he saw to throw off any potential hoaxers.
The red insignia/symbol Officer Zamora saw is the “smoking gun” that would explain that he saw.
But the matter is confused by the differing accounts of what Officer Zamora saw.
His wife told me, in a phone conversation a few years ago that what her husband saw was the popular symbol we’ve all come to know.
Was she continuing the Holder/Hynek ruse, or was she telling what was the truth?
We don’t know and we can’t know, it seems.
Stanford is no real help here. He screwed up back in 1964 but is trying to correct the record now apparently.
Kevin Randle (with Don Schmitt) screwed up when he (and Mr. Schmitt) took Roswell witnesses at their word(s), which were often confabulated by memory glitches or outright prevarication.
Mr. Randle is trying to amend his past investigational faults by revisiting that past, hoping to correct the errant testimonies he collected.
(Mr. Schmitt is hopeful that his work with the Roswell Research Team will cleanse him of his sins.)
Jerry Clark, while not a real UFO researcher but, rather, a kind of UFO historian, has gone all silent, recognizing that his long-time UFO efforts are for naught in the scheme of life and have turned out to be essentially meaningless.
Stanton Friedman, as near to passing on as anyone is in the mid-80s, has proved nothing, leaving a legacy of unresolved UFO detritus that only old-time UFO mavens know or care about.
UFO skeptic Robert Sheaffer has turned no ufological heads away from their ET belief and is a relatively unknown in the younger UFO community and certainly a nobody in the world at large. (And I like the guy’s take on many UFO sightings.)
Don Ledger, who has been obsessed with the 1967 Sag Harbor incident, is absolutely unknown outside UFO circles and totally without a forum after UFO UpDates shut down.
Professor Michael Swords, one of the better UFO encapsulators, is without recognition in his Kalamazoo academic milieu and pretty much subliminal in the newer UFO community.
Jacques Vallee is a revered name among many UFO devotees, but is no longer relevant in most UFO circles, having made his case(s) years ago, to no denouement.
I could go on, but you get the point: the progenitors of “ufology” and UFO lore have almost become invisible, and in the real world are a lost generation from within the fringe of life.
Sad but true, I’m (almost) saddened to write.