From: Larry Hatch <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 08:51:34 -0700 Fwd Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 11:51:22 -0400 Subject: Re: High Silliness on UFO UpDates - Hatch >Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 22:12:47 -0500 >To: UFO Updates <email@example.com> >From: Bobbie Felder <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Subject: Re: High Silliness on UFO UpDates >>From: Wendy Connors <email@example.com> >>To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>Subject: Re: High Silliness on UFO UpDates >>Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 10:01:10 -0600 >>>From: Rogers Evans <email@example.com> >>>Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 14:43:11 -0500 >>>To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>>Subject: Re: High Silliness on UFO UpDates ><snip> >>They do have a more honest right to an opinion on ufology in >>all its forms based solely on having done the research, rather >>than those who have not or failed to unbiasly read their >>contributions. My bookshelf contains many examples of their >>acumen and research... I don't see anything by you on the shelf. >You won't find anything by me on any of your shelves either, but >this whole thread screams for a comment. I am not a ufologist... >I am not a professional researcher or investigator. I am a >Consumer... meaning I am one of the working schmucks out here >who plops down my hard earned cash at the book store to buy the >books put out by all these self-proclaimed "ufologists" and "ufo >experts"... that information that was catagorized as being out >there for all to see. It is there for all to see... if one is >willing plop down the 29.95 for that book, that is. >Oh, I know, you can go to the library and check out a copy for >free. Ever tried browsing the UFO section in a small town >library in southern Mississippi? Guess what... there ain't no >UFO section. And the Bible thumpers around these parts don't >exactly fall all over themselves trying to help one acquire a >copy on loan. How do I know this? Been there, done that. >Because I have plopped out my hard earned cash, I feel that I >have every right to voice my opinion on these matters... I have >just as much right to voice my opinion on these matters as the >people who I have helped support over the years. <snip> Dear Bobbie: Your sincere words do strike home for some of us. Having turned every library in San Mateo county (California) plus a few over the line in other counties, your experience reminds me of my own, in the early days when I was trying to learn what I could about UFOs. I found shelves groaning from the weight of multiple copies of Elizabeth Montgomery books, (UFOs as spiritualist manifestations...) and similar junk, all covered with dust of course, and precious few volumes worth the trip to the library. I would bet your library shelves are in a state of near collapse from equally unread religious blither; layers of dust thick enough to house, shelter and camouflage whole platoons of field mice. Most likely, you like I, simply want to know if there is something solid and important in UFO sightings. I suggest a filter of some sort. Any study with more noise than signal absolutely demands some sort of filtering. It can be as simple as asking "Does this person make any sense.....?" But first you need access to some decent reading matter. It is only an accident of geography that I found easy access to some major students of Ufology around here. With their help, and those they recommended, I was able to gather enough good stuff in print to gradually form what I consider an informed opinion or two, and to improve a database already in progress. May I further suggest the Arcturus Book service in Port St. Lucie, FL? Tell Bob Girard you's from Missasippy, and maybe he will send a free catalog. Sure beats 'How I Found Jesus' by Harwood Snick III - author and title fictitious.' Best wishes - Larry Hatch PS: Please do not be offended by any of this.
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