UFO Conjecture(s)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Shame, shame, shame....

Yes, intellectual shame on Kevin Randle, Paul Kimball, Lance Moody, David Rudiak, et al. -- and they know why!


David Clarke's latest book ...

Go to David Clarke's book, offered at Amazon, where you can read the introduction, see the index and bibliography, and get an idea of how this noted folklorist sees the UFO phenomenon.

David illuminates how some of us became interested in flying saucers, and how some now see them as a myth, rather than a harbinger of ET visitation.

(If you access Anomalist.com, you can click on the book's cover image, seen here, and you'll be taken to Amazon where you can "look inside" the book -- the opening anyway.)


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.