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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Who will be remembered in Ufology?

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I have a blog based upon a premise in the Sci-Fi novel A Canticle for Leibowitz: what should be saved for posterity if civilization(s) end?

Media friends of mine have been asked to offer that which lies just below the rubric “famous” that should be noted and saved (extolled even), which got me to thinking who in the UFO community (ufology) will be remembered as time goes by.

(Not the sightings but the people who inhabit ufology or once inhabited it.)

Persons attached to iconic flying saucer or UFO events and sightings will be recalled and remembered when their UFO episode is brought forward by those, in the future, who look back at UFO lore, should anyone still find UFOs relevant a few years from now.

But from today’s perspective, who seems likely to be remembered as a major element in the UFO mythos?

Of course, early adopters of the phenomenon, such as Donald Keyhoe and John Keel, will show up in a perusal of the UFO oeuvre (and you know the names of others of their ilk who are tied to the phenomenon because of their efforts on behalf and about the phenomenon).

And I'm not addressing the obviously famous: Hynek, Ruppelt, Vallee, et al., just those who aren't in the well-known category, but strut there way around the UFO landscape as if they are.

So, in the UFO community today, who stands out and seems likely to be a part of the UFO history when it is written by an historian of the future?

Persons I know, who have enough cachet to show up in a UFO historical record, include Stanton Friedman (because of his entrenchment in the literature), Kevin Randle (because of his work on Roswell and his plethora of UFO books and articles), Nick Redfern also, (because of his vast journalistic paranormal output). These fellows won’t be famous but they will be remembered by astute UFO aficionados.

Will Ray Stanford be remembered? As a footnote, because of his silly-named book about the 1964 Socorro incident.

What about Gene Steinberg and his Paracast show? Not so much. Gene has been around for a long time but The Paracast show is not (and has never been) a fount for the UFO phenomenon, engaging peripheral UFO entities to highlight. (And Gene killed any legacy he was trying to muster with his need to panhandle survival monies for a few years now, drowning what little cachet he had or thought he had).

Errol Bruce-Knapp, once a UFO celebrity because of his UFO Update thing, has already been forgotten except by those who were integral to his circle.

What about Jerome Clark? He has a few books that will stand forth on UFO bookshelves but as a UFO notable, he won’t register, even now little known by UFO newbies.

What about persons that most of you don’t know, even now, or care about? Greg Bishop, Jeff Ritzmann, Jeremy Vaeni, Tyler Kokjohn – all at the outer limit of ufology.

Most of you have already forgotten Bruce Duensing.

Whitley Strieber is a future no-show, his output placed in the “remainder bin” of book-shops.

What about Isaac Koi or my pals at The Anomalist? Few will remember them as they are little known even now, much as the reporters at People magazine are subsumed by the celebrities they write about.

Then there are such good writers as Micah Hanks. Micah? Many will ask years from now.

Or Red Pill Junkie? Who?

What about my pal Paul Kimball? He won’t be remembered for his UFO work but will be known for his political aspirations and films.

Jose Caravaca will be alluded to by his Spanish amigos, and French skeptic Gilles Fernandez, likewise, by his French colleagues, but no one else.

The Brits, David Clarke, Andy Roberts, Joe McGonagle, already unknown outside the Empire.

The skeptics, Robert Shaeffer and Tim Printy, are skittles in the great skeptical lexicon, removed from note by such scalawags as Phil Klass.

There are other names, at the rim of ufology, but so despicable that I am loath even to note them as losers.

What about me? I’m not even a footnote to a footnote, sad as that is personally.

And what about you?

RR

9 Comments:

  • As the saying goes: here today, gone later today.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Tuesday, May 02, 2017  

  • Hahahaha.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, May 02, 2017  

  • Jacques Vallee?

    By Blogger Bryan Sentes, at Tuesday, May 02, 2017  

  • I put him in the famous category, Bryan, along with Ray Palmer (who doesn't compare but is up there in the UFO pantheon) with others unnamed but obvious: Ruppelt, Hynek,, et al.

    Vallee's left a permanent mark on ufology. more than most (or anyone?).

    I'm talking about the lesser lights who prowl or have prowled the ufological campsite.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, May 02, 2017  

  • What about George Adamski? You may be reluctant to mention him, but he'll be there all right. Ray Palmer yes. Keyhoe yes. Strieber yes, maybe Hopkins too. Betty and Barney Hill yes. Nobody in Roswell will be there. The case itself will of course, but the individuals within? Doubtful. Don't think any Brits will be there, unfortunately.

    By Blogger cda, at Tuesday, May 02, 2017  

  • I was trying, CDA, to provide a sense of who. now, in ufology will be missed and those who won't be.

    I emended the post to make clearer that the obviously famous (Adamski among them, notorious as he was) are not mentioned because they will surely be remembered ...too many to cite.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, May 02, 2017  

  • Well, Rich ;

    In the last SUNlite issue (see UFO-Pragmatism FB page), you are appearing in the first entry of "Who’s blogging UFOs?"

    So, you are important! ^^ and will be remembered!


    Regards,

    Gilles

    By Blogger Gilles Fernandez, at Tuesday, May 02, 2017  

  • Phew! At last recognition!

    Merci beaucoup, mon ami.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, May 02, 2017  

  • There is another one that is still looking for recognition even after 40 years. He will be remembered for sure by his followers. As far as ufology goes, this guy turned the concept into a religion: Claude Vorilhon. To claim yourself as a prophet, cloned, in contact with the elohims, organizing "sensual" orgies, preaching peace and love from above stars and all that with a tax break. We have to remember that, it's as raël as it gets...

    By Blogger dubious f, at Tuesday, May 02, 2017  

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