UFO Magazines: A source of our mania
Many of us were “indoctrinated” by UFO magazines, as those shown here:
The 1968 magazine had no by-lines but stories as shown, and in 1968 (and earlier) UFO magazines didn’t take the subject matter so seriously (Mouse over the image to enlarge and chuckle):
The 1977 magazine had an article by our friend Kevin Randle: The Pentagon’s Secret War Against UFOs [Page 28 ff.] which enumerates instances where air force pilots and various UFO witnesses fired on UFOs.
One account, Mr. Randle provides, tells of an incident in which a Colorado farmer fired at a UFO, four times, apparently hitting it (because he heard the bullets hitting metal!)
The glowing red thing, with a slight dome on top, deepened in color then brightened when it was hit, fading from view.
A more interesting account, by Mr. Randle, tells that a jet interceptor chased a UFO over the Atlantic Ocean and fired a “tactical nuclear missile” at the UFO, and “scored a hit but failed to stop it. The UFO, apparently, undamaged, stopped playing ‘games’ and flashed away.” [Page 54]
These are the kinds of stories we no longer get from news media.
And they affected some of us when we read them back in the day.
Even without absolute documentation, we accepted them as gospel, and is the cause of our current interest and fandom, despite the lack of proof for many of such stories, which only remain stories (or reports).
Zoam Chomsky is grinding his teeth surely, but the rest of us think there had to be something to such stories, as recounted by Mr. Randle and others in the UFO heyday.
That was and is the excitement that keeps us involved with the phenomenon, no matter what it is or isn’t.