UFO Contemplation

Sunday, March 05, 2017

UFOs from afar, I think not and how is it that only the lower classes see UFOs?

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UFOs: Are they Extraterrestrial? by Barry Parker [Page 18 ff.] appears in the July 1977 issue of Argosy UFO (pictured):

Barry Parker writes, sensibly, “Another problem in relation to UFOs is why they visit us so often. If say, one per cent of the reported UFOs are extraterrestrial, this is still an unbelievable number of visits considering what an insignificant speck we are in the universe.” [Page 55, italics mine]

That statement confirms that I’m not the only UFO nut wondering how or why ETs would be showing up here, in the numbers reported or sightings allegedly witnessed.

In that same issue is the piece noted on the cover, U.S. Missile Sites May be Objects of UFO Surveillance by John R. Frick [Page 35 ff.].

Mr. Frick provides a litany of UFO observations he had, when younger, from his home in Florida.

Mr. Frick writes, “Here I should mention that the mobile home park in which we lived was on the outskirts of a small town, 36 miles south of Cape Kennedy … our mobile home [in] the ‘boondocks’.” [Page 38, italics mine]

This made me consider something I was going to note here the other day but held back so as not to offend economically poor UFO witnesses and/or buffs.

But it is obvious from the information gathered about UFO witnesses, practically all of them, that the prevailing economic status of those witnesses, which is also the economic status of most UFO enthusiasts, was and is lower middle class or the poverty class.

That is, UFOs seem to show up and are interested in by people on the lower end of the economic scale.

Why is this so?

The raft of UFO reports of encounters in the early 1950s, in Europe (France, Italy, and Spain, mostly) came from farmers and drudge workers.

Many of the UFO sightings, here in the U.S. have come from farmers or the working class; i.e., the Hickson/Parker duo in Pascagoula, Travis Walton, the Cash-Landrum trio, et al.

And take a look at the authors of UFO books and those who make appearances on cable TV programs about UFOs: a dowdy, scruffy group of individuals with gruff beards and dirty finger nails.

The history of UFO sightings is rife with accounts from the great unwashed. Why?

Sure, you can name a few airline pilots or military personnel and a scientist or two but, over all, UFO sightings and reports (plus the ongoing study of them) centers around those in the lower economic scale of existence.

The sociological study of why this is would prove interesting, yes?

RR

9 Comments:

  • You quote a lot, these days, from those 1960's mainstream grab-a-buck pulp publications cashing in on the popularity of the UFO phenomenon with a not too serious, sometimes even tongue-in-cheek editorial tone of voice. Do you check the accounts that you cite and regurgitate? Or do you take them at face-value and just reproduce them sans critique? Do you not consider these rags more as sensationalist money making ventures than as serious and honest chroniclers of the phenomenon, I wonder.

    So what prompts you to cite questionable and unchecked stories from newsstand publications, discussing the UFO phenomenon, instead of the raw data and original case reports that you surely must also have in abundance?

    And why do you post these terrible, fragmented lowres scans? That is not doing any service, since, if you cite a source and my interest is piqued, I have to trouble my colleagues for scans of said articles to fully study your source and get a grasp at context. That is not helping, Rich! I do find it interesting at times what you post in terms of UFOlore, but the sourcing and referencing is irksome.

    Best regards,

    Theo


    By Blogger Theo Paijmans, at Monday, March 06, 2017  

  • Theo:

    The scans, which I asked others about, show up fine in their digital machines, I don't know why you're having a problem with them.

    (I've look at them with my iPads, phones (iPhone and Samsung Android), laptops, and desktops; they all show up clearly for me.)

    As for the UFO mags, I input the magazine and articles so others can look for more about the stories, if interested.

    As for references to certain material found in the magazines, I provide what is in the mag. That's all the info available at hand, and I'm not inclined to go looking for more subtantiation. If someone. like you, sees a story or sighting that intrigues, I'd hope you'd have the enthusiasm to seek more information on your own.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, March 06, 2017  

  • Rich:

    Fair enough in that people interested should do their own legwork, but did I miss you answering my question: why select anecdotal fodder from these dubious magazines instead of focussing on a number of well researched cases with a clear provenance? It is almost as if in your universe you want the phenomenon to stumble and fall. I have the impression that you are not so impassioned with it as you want us to believe, but instead cherish some kind of thwarted love affair with it.

    But hey, all in good fun. In the end of the day I can't buy a single loaf of bread with this UFO stuff, and what do I know?:)

    Best regards,

    Theo

    By Blogger Theo Paijmans, at Monday, March 06, 2017  

  • In regards to the scans, they are legible, yes, but they are *lowres* and often consist of mere fragments without an indication of where we are in any given article. I'd hope for a bit more clarity and rigidity in regards to posting these tidbits.

    Best regards!

    By Blogger Theo Paijmans, at Monday, March 06, 2017  

  • Theo...

    I've tried to make the scans as legible or clear as I can. I'll see if there is some way to enhance them.

    As for the magazine or old newspapers articles and the reports in them, I select those as they are not well-known or hackneyed as the UFO tales we are all tired of.

    As for provenance, that is for those reading hem to determine, if they think they are worthwhile.

    I'm using, as you know, snippets of those UFO tales to make a point. It's not the reports or sightings that I'm excited about but, rather, what their import is to the point I'm trying to make.

    While it seems I'm trying to affect the idea that I'm a serious UFO buff, UFOs, for me, are a sidebar to my existence (and should be for everyone's existence). They are meaningless in the great scheme of things. I thought I made that clear years ago.

    You know (or should) that I disdain UFO fanaticism, by believers and skeptics alike.

    Those who've ruined their lives and their family's lives to pursue the UFO topic, make me sick.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, March 06, 2017  

  • Hi Rich,

    Yes, I have gotten your message of your relationship to the UFO phenomenon early on, but if I may ask, why do you attach yourself so emotionally to a topic that you dismiss so readily in the same breath? Why should one feel so strongly - sick - about other people's belief systems in regards to the UFO phenomenon? What level of attachment do we discern here?

    Are you on a quest o exorcise your UFO demons? Why do you care so much if you don't care, as you say time and again?

    Be that as it may, thank you for your patience!

    By Blogger Theo Paijmans, at Monday, March 06, 2017  

  • Theo:

    I would have thought you, of all people, would put two and two together and come up with my real interest(s).

    I have a background in psychology and am addicted to the idea that society and humans, generally, are quite mad, insane.

    UFOs provide an interesting subset to that interest. The UFO topic and those beset by it are grist for my avid inclination to see humankind in the throes of an inherent mental malfunction, a (genetic?) madness.

    Much of my postings here (and at my other internet venues) are steeped in the aura of mankind's madness.

    You have missed the point, something like those wise men who, when blindfolded, mistook an elephant for everything but what it really was, in its totality.

    You disappoint me, my friend. Talking about discernment, and not using it to see what this blog and I am really about.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, March 06, 2017  

  • Your effusions bring to mind a quote by Edgar allan Poe to his Gold-Bug:
    ‘What ho! what ho! this fellow is dancing mad! He hath been bitten by the Tarantula.’

    Having a personal attachment to the human condition and channelling this through a personal obsession wth the UFO phenomenon is - interesting to witness.

    Not configuration of the petals of the daffodils in May or the various strands of coffee in the bars in Shanghai, the typeface of 19th century religious tracts, the variety of design of highend sneakers nor the differences in bandwith in the African sahara tick you off as symptomatic, emblematic of this human condition. No, it has to be met in such an abstruse and esoteric subject as the UFO phenomenon.

    I think we approach a silliness that can be labelled situationist art.

    Best regards!

    By Blogger Theo Paijmans, at Monday, March 06, 2017  

  • See my newest post about this Theo...

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, March 06, 2017  

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