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Re: Sci-Fi Channel

From: Paul Kimball <Kimballwood.nul>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 20:24:50 EST
Archived: Sat, 16 Nov 2002 05:47:42 -0500
Subject: Re: Sci-Fi Channel


>From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 20:37:52 -0400
>Subject: Re: Sci-Fi Channel

>>From: Paul Kimball <Kimballwood.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 12:48:33 EST
>>Subject: Re: Sci-Fi Channel

>>>From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
>>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 11:35:23 -0400
>>>Subject: Re: Sci-Fi Channel

>>>Has anybody asked the Sci-fi Channel why they chose Don
>>>Schmitt?

>>It may simply be a case of the production company not knowing
>>the facts with respect to Don Schmitt. While this may seem
>>improbable to readers of the List, who are well versed in
>>Schmitt's record, the researchers employed by the production
>>company may not have known, which means the production company
>>may not have known (whether they should have is a different
>>matter entirely). It wouldn't be the first time that a
>>production company, and the network broadcasting their material,
>>simply goofed.

>Yeah, it's a problem. It seems we should set up an advisory
>committee for the media and production companies and then send
>out a circular to as many of those as we can telling them about
>it. Like the BBB of ufology. Trouble is, who decides who should
>be spokespeople for the phenomenon? It could open a real can of
>worms, leading to favoritism and acrimony. The best bet would be
>a directory with each listed, a bio, their bona fides and their
>field of endeavour. I can't see it working though.

Don:

You know, it's interesting who gets on television. Late last
night I was watching an episode of Ricki Lake (don't ask why!)
where the subject was people with strange obsessions. One of the
women had an 'obsession' with aliens, claiming several sightings
and contacts over the years. The expert they had on the show?
Joe Nickell. Cut away shots? To those members of the audience
snickering as the woman spoke. The other guests? Witches and
people who believe Elvis is still alive (in the literal, as
opposed to the figurative or commercial sense). The message?
This lady, and others like her, are nuts!

The point is that many production companies and other
entertainment entities have already made up their minds about
what is 'true' and what is not (as well as the corollary 'what
will sell and what will not') before they begin shooting, and
will slot in whoever best serves their purpose. Kevin Randle,
Stan Friedman, Richard Hall, or any one of a number of people
I've met or read, could have offered much more to the
discussion, or at least been there to balance things out with
Nickell, but that's obviously not what the producers wanted.

There are a lot of serious companies out there, however. A
suggestion - a notice of some sort to all production companies
and applicable broadcasters in the US and Canada (there's a lot
- never said it would be easy!) of the UFO UpDates might be the
way to go. Seems like a read through this List would be a pretty
good place for someone who's serious about the subject to start
their research.


Best,

Paul Kimball


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