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Friday, April 14, 2017

Those old UFO magazines!

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While some who visit here loathe those UFO magazines of a few decades ago, I often find nuggets of information I didn’t know.

For instance in True’s Flying Saucer and UFOs Quarterly Spring and Winter 1978 issues I found a few articles by NASA skeptic James Oberg, one a paean to encounters of the third kind (the movie and UFO encounters too) and another about robot space explorers.

Then there was a Wendelle Stevens piece, in the Winter 1978 issue, about the plethora of UFO sightings, one, in 1975, that mimicked the 1965 Kecksburg object:
The Oberg piece in the Spring 1978 issue told me that UFO skeptic Robert Sheaffer was a “colleague” of Phil Klass. (Now it all makes sense.)

Oberg also related the “problems” that Charles Hickson (of the Pascagoula abduction) had: fired from his job for extorting loans from subordinates and bankruptcy. Hickson also hedged, Oberg reported, on taking subsequent polygraph tests and was furious about other people making money off his [Hickson’s] UFO sighting.

Oberg provided some Betty/Barney Hill material that hasn’t been noted particularly by UFO buffs: that psychiatrist Benjamin Simon, who was instrumental in the Hill’s remembrance, by hypnosis, of their “ordeal, thought the “whole case [was] based on fear-induced fantasies in Betty Hill’s mind.”

Then there was a piece by N. Oserowsky, in the Winter 1978 issue about the alleged Lake Champlain “monster” that told of a 1953 encounter near Paris that involved green stocking capped dwarves, part of the 1950s wave of little beings seen all over Europe:
So, while those “lousy UFO magazines” are excoriated by haughty UFO aficionados, they often contain detritus that clarifies UFO stories and reports that have become iconic in the UFO canon.

RR

4 Comments:

  • Hello,

    Concerning what psychiatrist Benjamin Simon wrote, I have devoted one my blog entry in 2015 and Robert Sheaffer too (I only translated/shared in French, so English links) if you are interested. Robert "exhumed" documents.

    http://skepticversustheflyingsaucers.blogspot.fr/2015/12/ufology-abductions-betty-and-barney.html

    Regards,

    Gilles.

    By Blogger Gilles Fernandez, at Friday, April 14, 2017  

  • Merci, Gilles...

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, April 14, 2017  

  • Now let us see what goods our fondly thought of Sauerkraut of ufology peddles out of sheer nostalgia. I have in front of me the article from True Flying Saucers about those ufo occupants with their green caps.

    I am not against ploughing through these commercial newsstand hack ventures of the 1980's by the way. They even may harbor the occasional obscure nugget once in a while, but what is more interesting is that they reflect a zeitgeist.

    Yet delving beneath the surface of the article Rich has chosen to highlight, a labyrinthine mist of half-truth and innuendo emerges. Compare the account of the green capped ufo dwarves of Lake Champlain with this:

    Location. Georgian Bay Ontario Canada
    Date: Late August 1914
    Time: 1700
    William J Kiehl, 18, with 7 other people and a deer, watched a strange machine floating in a cove, with 5 little men in light brown clothes & square helmets taking a hose out of the water. When one of these went into the craft, Kiehl could see inside "a light green cone" with "some kind of net in the center & some pipe in front." The vessel was gray, looking like dented lead, perhaps 15 ft high, with a silver band around it. It emitted multi-colored flashes, then (although one little man was still hanging on outside) it rose about 12 ft. After pausing while water drained from its "square looking" bottom, it took off silently, trailing white vapor.
    Humcat 1914-2
    Source: J A Hynek

    Best regards,

    Theo

    By Blogger theo paijmans, at Thursday, April 20, 2017  

  • The 1914 "event" you provide, Theo, is interesting and one of many kinds as found in the Rosales series of humanoid encounter books, noted here many times.

    The water element in the "story" has been addressed by me in several postings at one or another of my several UFO blogs.

    (Such episodes are grist for Caravaca's Distortion Theory.)

    Those old, sensationalizing UFO magazines evolved (or devolved) into pap, I agree, but sometimes, as you note, there is a pearl in the clammy detritus that usually engulfed them.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, April 20, 2017  

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