UFO Conjectures

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Cause(s) of Ufology’s Failure

Copyright 2012, InterAmerica, Inc.

Going through a bevy of UFO magazines and reconnoitering the internet, any UFO buff can see how UFO researchers have come to be conflicted about their hobby.

There have been so many odd reports and people joining in the UFO fray that the topic has evolved into a mishmash of insane detritus.

For instance, in the October 1976 issue of Official UFO magazine, one finds articles by respectable persons (at the time): Jim Oberg, Raymond Fowler, Kevin Randle, Don Berliner, Robert Sheaffer, George Earley and Richard Hall – all providing sensible writings about various UFO topics, Paul Willis Offering a splendid listing of works and bizarre incidents by Charles Fort.


A little over a year later, December 1977, that same magazine had descended into an Enquirer-like pastiche of sensationalized stories – How to Tap the Force;Cosmic Power of the Space Gods; Alien Possession: Frightened Witnesses Reveal Horrors of Mind Control; UFO Investigators Attacked by Monstrous Alien Creature; UFO Abductions by Spirit-Snatching Aliens – all by unknown writers..


Letters to Editors of various magazines I perused had a gaggle of ufological wannabes who either started a “research organization” or UFO data gathering outfit -- all of them no longer extant.

Today, within the internet, there are a gazillion more bizarre UFO accounts and a plethora of UFO hobbyists, all vying for attention from the UFO community.

The UFO topic became overwhelmed with nonsense early on, and that nonsense is exacerbated by easy internet access today.

It is virtually impossible for real UFO researchers to get a handle on what is a true UFO event or photo/video amongst the bounty of fraudulent accounts, photos/videos, and “research enterprises.”

This is why many – us included – hark back to a purer UFO time, with somewhat purer UFO sightings.

Roswell is, as Nick Redfern, Paul Kimball, and other moderate UFO mavens think, is a bedrock for UFO researchers, especially the UFO old-guard, who understand how crazy their topic has become and, thusly, settle on trying to explain the UFO enigma with reports and sightings that predate the incoherent accounts all over the place nowadays.

Famous UFO stories and experiences – Roswell, Socorro, the Hill “abduction,” Travis Walton’s kidnapping, the Washington D.C. sightings of the early 50s, and other classic cases – are devoid, pretty much, of the insensate and vapid UFO details that permeate UFO reports in 2012.

This harking back to old UFO cases, Roswell in particular, became necessary because of all the UFO effluvia that sprouted up in the 1960s and mushroomed thereafter.

No one could or can get a handle on the UFO mystery in the midst of the welter of UFO sightings and intrusions of UFO newbies who’ve made UFOs even more confusing than the things themselves.

No other enterprise – none – could survive with such a surfeit of incomprehensible data and self-aggrandizing promotion.

And the reason that UFO aficionados cling to those UFO geezers I continue to excoriate?

The geezers provide a kind of stability or anchoring that is comforting, even though the geezers remind me of the questioning druids metaphorically represented in Charles Ive’s musical snippet, The Unanswered Question who ask the gods for answers to their questions but are rebuffed by the omnipresent silence.



  • A suggested topic to consider:

    Ex-Blue Book NU Professor J. Allen Hynek's main mistake in his pursuit of research into the UFO phenomena was his elevating a guy from the NU computer center help desk to international visibility, i.e.,

    Jacques Vallee

    By Blogger Tony Stark, at Tuesday, October 30, 2012  

  • Exploration and discovery comes only when a ship weighs anchor and heads towards uncharted waters.


    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Tuesday, October 30, 2012  

  • As usual, you raise some interesting points. I agree with the comments about 'geezers' in the sense that they represent a thread of continuity that connects some of us to the 'Golden Age' of UFOs.

    It's similar to affording respect towards time-served colleagues or war vets. It's also unavoidable that 'time-served' can hide a multitude of sins and not all vets are worthy of the praise. Still, I admire the efforts and longevity represented by some of these men and women.

    For those like you and others, I'm quite envious because you've lived through the times when UFOs could be in the news and serious people thought seriously about them. I hanker for the days when skies apparently contained disc-shaped objects rather than today's unidentified flying abstractions.

    The next generation may have no choice but to peer dimly into the past for their ufological source material. I mean, damn, there's next to nothing of any substance occurring any more. Even from my middling perspective, the reality of the UFO years is slipping away and diminishing like yesterday's dreams.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Tuesday, October 30, 2012  

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