Resurrecting everything (UFOs included)
A resurgence in things old is a current element of the social/scientific zeitgeist.
Neanderthals’ art, rituals, love life, family interaction, et cetera is hot among paleontologists, Freud’s theories of the unconscious and sexuality are rife among psychologists again, and Karl Marx, philosopher and writer of Capital and The Communist Manifesto is being revisited in a number of books (and discussed in TLS and The New Yorker currently).
Historians are looking anew at past events while Biblical scholars are trying to recapture the Hebrew past and Christian beginnings once more.
And some UFO aficionados, me among them, continue to revisit classic UFO events, Kevin Randle spurring some of us to re-examine the 1964 Socorro incident and the symbol that factored in that episode.
While many in the UFO community eschew (or wish to) the old sightings/cases, old flying saucer/UFO sightings (and sometimes encounters with odd “creatures” or “beings” could hold clues as to what UFOs may be, or from whence the originate as some UFO buffs would like to know.
As I mentioned to my pal Kevin Randle, such pursuits as farmer Trent’s son, who appears on a ladder in the LIFE magazine photos of the McMinnville family farm just after Mr. Trent allegedly took two camera shots of a flying disk, might be worthy of a search to see what he (the son, now an old man) might have to say about his father’s photos.
Also, I suggested that someone might seek out Ron Mannor, the son of Frank Mannor, who with Ron, saw a strange object on the Ann Arbor/Dexter farm in 1966; the sighting that brought opprobrium on Allen Hynek for calling the event a perception of “swamp gas.”
Then there is that tiresome 1947 Roswell incident. We are all sick to death of that miserably handled, late in the day (1978 onward) event.
But in that incident lies something mysterious, even now, after all the overly indulged “investigations” by UFO “researchers.”
Yet Roswell can be re-examined, much as the Neanderthals are being examined, anew by qualified scientists.
Back in 1947, no one was at the ready or geared to pursue UFOs or UFO stories like Roswell in any meaningful way. The sightings and reports of them were outside the mind-set of researchers, who were few then if they existed at all.
And when “ufologists” took on flying saucers and/or UFOs later on, they were so affixed by the extraterrestrial explanation for odd things seen in the air (or sometimes on the ground), they botched their own investigations, ignoring details, clues, and forensics that could have explained what was seen or reported.
This is what happened in Socorro with the Police Officer Zamora observation and account: UFO ET believers got their hands on the initial reportage and made it into an extraterrestrial incursion, sloughing off anything that might explain the event prosaically.
And then there are such accounts as the Betty/Barney Hill UFO “kidnapping” which was seen as an ET abduction from the outset of their psychiatric disclosure, which made a case for a folie à deux rather than an alien encounter.
UFOers with a bias toward space visitors grabbed hold of the Hill tale and cemented it in the ufological mind as a bona fide extraterrestrial kidnapping, which is still being flogged by those who can’t let the story go, encrusting it to the point with so much ET nonsense that no one wants to research the matter with a fresh approach.
But, again, resurrecting such cases as those mentioned above can’t do anything but wipe away the patina of foolishness that makes them (those cases) so anathema to persons who are serious about solving latent mysteries.
As moribund as ufology and UFOs are, amongst rational persons devoid of the ET madness, the curiosity that UFOs still bring to the fore can be addressed seriously and sensibly should anyone want to tackle the issue.
Me? I’m too sullied by the inherent ignorance of ufologists to exert any real energy to pursue the topic beyond this meager blog.
But you? Maybe you’d like to make the effort. After all, what’s to lose, except your sanity.