From: Aaron LeClair <force.nul> Date: Sun, 7 Mar 2004 15:09:04 -0500 Fwd Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 07:15:25 -0500 Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies? - LeClair >From: David Rudiak <DRudiak.nul> >To: <ufoupdates.nul> >Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2004 10:32:01 -0800 >Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies? >>From: Chris Aubeck <caubeck.nul> >>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul> >>Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2004 21:30:35 +0000 (GMT) >>Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies? - Aubeck >>>From: Tom Benson <sparkle.nul> >>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul> >>>Date: Sun, 29 Feb 2004 12:06:05 -0500 >>>Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies? - Benson <snip> >>My personal conclusion is that the term "Little Green Men" was >>in use long before 1947 to describe supernatural beings of >>various kinds, and that the flying saucer age only redefined it >>for a new generation. >Super post! I think you are dead on that "Little Green Men" was >probably in the vernacular for a very long time, first being >applied to creatures like fairies, and then naturally attaching >itself to aliens. It was certainly deeply inbedded as a >sarcastic anti-UFO term early in the 1950's. >Like black usually being evil, white being good, red being gory >or sexual, green seems to have its own primal associations, >usually something disgusting or just plain creepy. We tend to >associate green with slimy, slithery, crawling, creeping little >critters and other things that go bump in the night. >The comics and comic strips of the 1930's and 1940's were >certainly full of green aliens, but whether "Little Green Men" >in an alien context was commonly used to reference them pre- or >post-Arnold is still not nailed down. To my Knowledge, when Percival Lowell thought there were canals on Mars, and therefore intelligent life, writers started imagining what they would look like, and came up with the little green man. I do not recall if it was multiple writers, or just one well known one that started the ball rolling.
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