UFO Conjecture(s)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Nick Redfern's "eulogy" for MIB creator, Albert Bender



  • Any relation to Futurama's robot?

    I actually get getting Mr. Bender mixed up with the loony who claimed his MIB made a coin disappear, and then ran low on energy. Just show how daft I am, too.

    By Blogger scherben, at Friday, April 15, 2016  

  • >> Early the next morning, according to Dahl’s story, a 1947 Buick drove up to his home and a black-suited man of medium height visited him. This man, Dahl said, recited in detail everything that had happened the day before as if he had been there.

    >> Then he warned Dahl not to discuss his sighting with anyone, hinting that if he did there might be unpleasant repercussions which would affect him and his family. Since Dahl and the others had not yet told anyone of their sighting, and since UFOs were still publicly unknown (Arnold’s sighting over Mount Rainer and the attendant publicity did not occur until three days later), Dahl was naturally non-plussed by his strange visitor. This was the first modern MIB report.<<

    -- John Keel, Our Haunted Planet, 1971

    By Blogger zoamchomsky, at Saturday, April 16, 2016  

  • He had a good innings.

    He lived in the same area as Greg Bishop and he's often mused about trying to contact him. In the end I think it came down to respect for the guy's wishes to be left alone. It would have been great to hear his reflections on those lively days and I'd particularly like to know if he told the truth about his MiB encounter.

    A lot of people got carried away with the atmosphere of the times and, in my opinion, some of them blurred fantasy with reality. I got the impression that Bender could have been such a person from one of his extant speeches. Saying that, I've heard a lot of people report extraordinary encounters with who knows what and so retain an element of curiosity and an open mind. Nevertheless, intuitively, I suspect he had a jarring moment when he realised he'd gone too far and left the scene for the sake of his own sanity.

    Either way, it would have been a fitting oral history of 'high strangeness' if AB had made a final appearance on Greg's show.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Sunday, April 17, 2016  

  • K: Me and Greg discussed several times about going to see him, but never got around to it. I saw your other message at MU. No, I'm no going to contact the family. Cheers, Nick

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Sunday, April 17, 2016  

  • That's probably the best decision and if the family want to release any old papers they can.

    All the best, K.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Monday, April 18, 2016  

  • It might also be that there aren't any files. After all, Bender quit Ufology, closed the International Flying Saucer Bureau, and shut down his Saucer News journal. Given his state of mind (stressed, paranoid, ill etc at the time), maybe he dumped everything in the garbage.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Wednesday, April 20, 2016  

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