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.