UFO Conjecture(s)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The 1975 UFO Milieu

Some of you are too young to know about the UFO scene from the 1940s and 1950s, and many of you too young even to know what the UFO milieu was in the 1970s, but here is what Saga magazine's 1975 annual edition contained:

A overview (by Warren Smith) of the 1973 Pascagoula event

Witness testimony about touching or being touched by UFOs, including the Zoam-hated Stephan Michalak 1967 encounter (by Lucius Farish and Dave Titler)

The 1913 (not 1896) Airship wave (by Jerome Clark and Lucius Farish) -- Part One.

Plus sundry pieces of little-known (today) sightings.

The Pascagoula episode remains open to discussion, never really explained, but speculated views have appeared, even here, at this blog.

The Michalak event is thought by Zoam Chomsky [The Iron Skeptic] to be folly of a grand kind, but some of us do not think so.

The 1913 Airship wave by UFO historian Jerome Clark and my friend, the now-departed Lucius Farish, is not well-known but supplemental to the 1896 sightings, which Gilles Fernandez presupposes he's debunked.

My point, here, is to show that there is a UFO environment that is nuanced and long-standing, that newbies have no idea(s) about and many old-timers overlook or have forgotten.

This accumulated material makes up the UFO mythos or further corroborates the historical record of UFO sightings as enumerated in such tomes as the Vallee/Aubeck book Wonders in the Sky.

To discuss UFOs, one needs to have the background and intellectual acumen to hold a rational or reasonable dialectic about the phenomenon.

Without such antecedents, one is grasping at scholarly straws, which is where ufology finds itself in most quarters on the internet.

I'll present some of the early or mid-life UFO "excitements" that have infused a few of us with the addiction that you find in the scribblings here.

RR

2 Comments:

  • The blog lives!

    I consider myself a young spiritedly chap. Yet I do have some knowledge about the long and ongoing UFO enigma. The airship saga, the UFO wave of the 40s,50s, and 60s. I'm even familiar with Mr. Michilak's story.
    In that particular case it sounds like confabulation. Michilak's burns are what makes that case interesting. Still though, I thought he changed his story several times.

    Anyhow, I still consider myself poorly educated on many of the incidents, and people within ufology. I've read a lot of books on the subject, but commit very little of it to long term memory.

    By Blogger Daniel Hurd, at Sunday, May 31, 2015  

  • > the Vallee/Aubeck book Wonders in the Sky

    Jason Colavito has an occasional series of posts wherein he factchecks a case from this book. Jason has found many errors, usually caused by the authors not going back to the original sources, relying instead on commentors sometimes far removed from the original report by time or language.

    I have read 24 such posts. (I am a little behind -- Jason posts every day -- so he might have one or two more now.)

    http://www.jasoncolavito.com/blog

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Wednesday, June 03, 2015  

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