The Devil is in the UFO Details
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A visitor here recently bemoaned my inclusion of magazines like that pictured, writing to the affect that such magazines sensationalized UFO stories, which they did, and thus have no real import when it comes to a serious study of the topic.
I agree to some extent but inside some of the UFO magazines were articles by reputable writers, many with ufological bona fides.
For instance in the issue shown here, UFO Report for Spring 1975, are pieces by Kevin Randle, Timothy Green Beckley, Brinsley Le Poer Trench, Jerome Clark, Lucius Farish, George Fawcett, Charles Bowen, Joseph Goodavage, and (iffy?) Wendelle Stevens, among a few un-notables.
I have hundreds of these kinds of magazines, each containing, at least, a UFO snippet worthy of remembrance and maybe scrutiny.
In the issue pictured, my pal Kevin has two articles: The UFO Kidnapping That Challenged Science [Page 14 ff.] and Mysterious Clues Left Behind by Flying Saucers [Page 36 ff.]
I’m not going to quote extensively from either article. (Lame or non-existent commentary doesn’t invite me to expend the typing energy.)
But I will note that in Kevin’s pieces the witnesses are farmers, a truck driver, and a prospector, providing support for my view that UFOs are usually reported by members of the lower economic class.
And in each article are details that make a reader (me) think that the persons recounting their UFO stories seem to have gathered information from previous, well-publicized UFO reports or sightings, such as the Betty/Barney Hill “abduction” which one of Kevin’s witnesses, a farmer, used to describe his kidnappers:
"… the occupants [were] about four feet tall” wearing “those one piece suits. And their eyes look funny, they bend around the sides of their heads.” [Mysterious Clues … Page 37]
Another, the truck driver, resorted to the Adamski/Angelucci descriptives of the UFO occupants:
“There were three of them, two were male and one was obviously female. They were humanoid with long blond hair and elongated eyes. They were wearing one-piece, silver flying suits with high boots, gloves that extended up their arms, and no belts, weapons, or helmets.” [The UFO Kidnapping … Page 15]
(Kevin acknowledges the similarities to those previous, well-known UFO tales.)
And there was one bit of UFO minutia that caught my attention, near the end of Kevin’s UFO Kidnapping piece, on Page 54:
One of APRO’s investigators, Liria Jauregui, uncovered a tid-bit that others had overlooked.
The truck driver, Dionisio Lianca, said “The UFO crew had examined everything [he] had with him that night [of his kidnapping] and they returned it, with one exception – they kept his lighter.”
Kevin notes “Villas-Boas [sic], 16 years before said that the creatures in [his] UFO examined all his belongings and returned them all – except his lighter.” [ibid]
Now that kind of detail is intriguing.
I know quite a bit about the Vilas Boas case, and the lighter mention was not a part of what I’ve read (or recall).
For someone, like Kevin’s truck driver, to pick up on such a minute item in the Vilas Boas account is extraordinary. And to use that in the latter stages of a hoax, is even more extraordinary, Ms. Jauregui hearing it for the first time, several weeks after truck driver Lianca first recounted his experience.
And who would input such a mundane, seemingly insignificant detail in a sensational UFO account, Vilas Boas or Dionisio Lianca?
That’s the kind of thing that one finds in those older articles, and to dismiss them, out of hand, especially when they come from UFO writers and investigators with cachet, is arrogantly stupid.
More to come….