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Re: Is Menzel To Be Re-Published? - Maccabee

From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac@compuserve.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2001 21:18:34 -0500
Fwd Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2002 10:31:48 -0500
Subject: Re: Is Menzel To Be Re-Published? - Maccabee

 >Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2001 11:41:18 -0400
 >From: Don Ledger <dledger@ns.sympatico.ca>
 >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >Subject: Re: Is Menzel To Be Re-Published?


 >>Others might theorize that his 'agenda' (I dislike that word)
 >>was motivated by something related to national security, too
 >>many people watching the skies and reporting secret US missile
 >>tests or whatever as UFOs, while our adversaries lapped up
 >>whatever crumbs of info were thus made available.

 >>Still others suspect darker motives.

 >>Still, it seems inconceivable that a man of science could say
 >>"talking to witnesses was a waste of time"... that from Jerry
 >>Clark's UFO Encyclopedia, Vol. II L-Z pg.387, as quoted by

 >Hi Larry,

 >Certainly as well Menzel's [shady ?] intelligence connections
 >have to be explored. As you say Menzel's 'high school physics'
 >approach to the UFO inigma back in those early years was a major
 >turn-off for me when reading his book. One would have expected
 >better of the man [shades of Condon]. I must confess the man
 >really puzzles me, though before Stan Friedman brought out
 >Menzel's connection to the intelligence community-I'd simply put
 >him down to just another scientist unwilling to give the
 >phenomenon a serious look.

 >Imagine also my surprise to discover in Vallee's 'UFO Chronicles
 >of the Soviet Union: A Cosmic Samizdat' that at the absolute
 >height of the cold war in the early 60's that Menzel was being
 >published in Pravda as a serious debunker to the UFO question,
 >in support of the Soviet government's official anti-UFO line.

 >How weird is that?

Not so weird when you realize that Menzel was well respected in
the former Soviet Union. As I recall, he was in Russia on an
eclipse expedition in the 1930's and probably established a lot
of contacts.

For what it's worth, the fact that he was respected in the FSU
meant that his debunking of saucers carried considerable weight
there. In other words, if he were part of a cover up, he was the
optimum guy to convince the Soviets _not_ to look seriously at
the UFO phenomenon.

Best in the New Year

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