I don’t mean I took a trip on a UFO, I mean I’ve been on a crazy trip fueled by some dazzling, dizzying UFO questions hurled at me from some very unexpected sources.
It all started yesterday morning, when I did a live Skype UFO Q&A call with some graduate students at Rice University in Houston, TX who have just read my biography of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, The Close Encounters Man. These Masters and Ph.D. candidates are taking a class in the Department of Religion entitled “Archives of the Impossible,” and they were ready with an hour’s worth of very deep, very serious questions about Dr. Hynek, UFOs and religion. It was an entertaining experience, and quite kick to know that my book is required reading for a Ph.D. level course!
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Sadly, I will have to postpone my full report on my classroom experience until sometime later, because this morning my strange UFO trip took a very surprising detour…
I got a surprise email from Leslie Kean, author of the hugely influential 2010 book UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record, asking if I could fact-check some information about J. Allen Hynek for an article she was writing for the New York Times. Of course I said yes — Leslie has been very generous with her time when I’ve approached her in the past, and I was happy to be able to return the favor.
Imagine my surprise when Leslie told me she was writing an article pointing out the inaccuracies in the History Channel Project Blue Book TV series that just premiered last week! What a wonderful shock: She has as big a problem with this show as I do, and she’s going to say so in the New York Times! Halleluja!!
For your enjoyment, below are the questions Leslie asked of me followed by my responses:
Do you know if Hynek ever saw a UFO himself? Yes, two, in fact! One from an airplane and one from the pier at his cabin in Canada.
Did Hynek ever crash in a plane while recreating a UFO dogfight that had been reported by a pilot?That’s a big NO!
When I expressed disbelief at the “UFO witness setting himself on fire” question Leslie kindly filled me in on the contents of the first six episodes. I’ve only seen the first, and it was pretty awful, but apparently the rest of the episodes are far, far worse.
You can read Leslie’s article here. It’s a good first step towards blunting the impact of Project Blue Book and making sure the real UFO story is heard.
So, yeah, I’m in a bit of a daze, and I’m not sure when it will let up… And I know for a fact that Dr. Hynek is rolling over in his grave.