UFO Conjectures

Friday, February 10, 2017

UFO Detritus

I found this sheet of paper in my UFO scrap pile:
Two things that intrigue me are noted in red.

What was Kevin Randle's take on the abduction mentioned, that he addressed apparently.

And Richard Hall's MUFON piece that also suggested an abduction. (Mr. Hall was not enamored of UFO abduction tales in the latter part of his life I think, so what changed his mind?)

And where did I get this sheet from?



  • It used to strike me that many ufologists had blind spots relating to certain aspects of reports. For instance, Kevin Randle is not a fan of abduction reports even though he's a well known proponent of the Roswell crash bodies. Dick Hall was able to take reports of ufonauts seriously as long as they stayed behind the windows of their saucers.

    On the one hand, it was considered plausible to think visitors from Elsewhere were here on Earth and, on the other, it was deemed absurd to think they'd interact.

    The line in the sand between those two positions often struck me as curious.

    Both men have my respect so this is puzzlement over criticism. We all have our blind spots.

    Incidentally, for readers, July 82 is the MUFON issue in question.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Saturday, February 11, 2017  

  • Martin Kottmeyer provided -- see my latest posting -- sources for the excerpts, and July 1982 is what he shows for the MUFON issue.

    Richard Hall became anti-abduction in his final days and Kevin wrote lots of things early on that I think he regrets having given attention to.

    I love Kevin and, as I've noted, Mr. Hall was my salvation during a stressful time with UFO Update asses, many of whom he despised more than I did.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, February 11, 2017  

  • I remember a good Paracast show with Jerome Clark and others when they discussed Hall's life and final days. Very sad for a man with such potential to have succeeded in other fields.

    It seems like ufology was his cross to bear and he bore it with as much dignity as possible.

    On the abductions thing...not many have walked into that swamp without losing their bearings. I know what you mean with the UFO Updates circumstances. It looked like entrenched ideas and loyalty to colleagues influenced judgement and generated some waspish, needless conflict.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Saturday, February 11, 2017  

  • Mr. Hall hated the illogical thinking at UFO Updates and the often meanness by contributors.

    But he loved Paul Kimball.

    He wanted to contribute something worthwhile to he Civil War litany, but never got to do that, as far as I know.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, February 11, 2017  

  • Who doesn't like Kimball? He's a likeable fellow.

    He's always thought independently and enjoys being a dissenting voice amongst friends.

    The best people in ufology have always been the independents.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Saturday, February 11, 2017  

  • I didn't list Paul as a UFO friend, because he's more than that.

    He's one of the few people I met in UFO circles who is a friend generally.

    He communicates about things beyond UFOs: health, birthdays, politics, life.

    And in UFO years, he, like you Kandinsky, is a "kid."


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, February 11, 2017  

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