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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Project Blue Book staff - -1967

From left -- Lt. William F. Marley, Jr., Staff Sergeant Harold T. Jones, Mrs. Hilma Lewis (temporary typist), Mrs. Marilyn Stancombe (secretary), Major Hector Quintanilla, Jr. (seated).

Although we've all heard much from and about Quintanilla, there is a dearth of information from or interviews with the others.

Why no push to see what those folks have to say about the inner workings of Blue Book? They might, after being overlooked prettty much, be willing to impart some things that could be useful to the UFO crowd that is fixated on Blue Book and its machinations.



  • My impression is that Blue Book staff, particularly in the final years of the late 60s, found the subject dull and boring. They were probably glad to get out when it was closed down at the end of '69 following the Condon Report.

    You can be pretty certain that had any of them thought UFOs were interesting and exciting to talk about they would have come forward and given the public their thoughts by now (as well as going on the lecture circuit), as did Nick Pope very soon after his own stint with the MOD in England.

    And Pope has been doing very nicely with his high media profile.

    By Blogger cda, at Sunday, July 29, 2012  

  • I'm thinking, CDA, that having been shunned by media and ufologists, and now in old age, a few might be willing to tell some "secrets" and proffer a little (useful?) gossip.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, July 29, 2012  

  • 'Fixated' is too strong a term, but the history of Blue Book and it's small niche in American cultural history is interesting. As such, I'd enjoy reading or hearing about any new accounts.

    Maybe the people just aren't looking to add their experiences to the public record? SHG, Wendy Connors and Mike Swords et al recent book don't appear to mention them.

    CDA makes a good point too. If we see it as an office environment with some discord and strong, conflicting personalities, they might be happier to get on and forget all about it. I mean, it was always about a small staff and pressure from internal politics and outside expectations.

    Off the top of my head, I can't think of anyone who came out of BB without some bitterness,

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Sunday, July 29, 2012  

  • So, Kandinsky, wouldn't that bitterness fester and maybe a few or, at least, one of those folks might want to "spill their guts"?


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, July 29, 2012  

  • Who knows?

    Incidentally and off-topic, I came across the 'little blue man' incidents from Bad Axe, Michigan and was going to ask if you knew anything more about it?

    It seems to have fallen down the back of the ufological sofa and I'd like to know more. If Sprague hadn't turned himself in, would the 'blue man' be a part of the lore?

    That photo with the sheriffs is the funniest in UFO history and heartwarming too!

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Sunday, July 29, 2012  

  • K:

    We have some Bad Axe/Blue Man stuff around here -- which I just saw the other day (synchronicitously) while packing UFO stuff during our ongoing office move.

    I'll dig it out...


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, July 29, 2012  

  • I'll appreciate anything you have on the subject. Thanks.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Sunday, July 29, 2012  

  • I don't hear folks mention it much, but Roy Craig's UFOs: An Insider's View of the Official Quest for Evidence has excellent insight into the Condon study.

    Craig makes it obvious that much of vilification of the Condon study is undeserved. I encourage anyone interested in the topic to give the book a look.


    By Blogger Lance, at Sunday, July 29, 2012  

  • Lance:

    We were not BIG fans of Condon, which kinked our view of the report he headed.

    (You've seen, perhaps, our 1967-68 excoriation of Condon here in one of the earliest postings.)

    But we'll take a look at Craig's views.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, July 29, 2012  

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