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UFO Spies Vanish Into Black Hole

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2004 17:51:39 -0700
Fwd Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 09:07:55 -0500
Subject: UFO Spies Vanish Into Black Hole

Source: The Observer - London

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1168923,00.html >

March 14, 2004

UFO Spies Vanish Into Black Hole

Now you see them...

Mark Townsend
Sunday March 14, 2004
The Observer

At its peak, tens of thousands would await the latest lurid
tales of alien autopsies and flying saucers spying on sleepy
market towns.

Yet the publication that took UFOs from the sci-fi hinterland to
the mainstream has now enjoyed its final print run. After almost
25 years, UFO Magazine was quietly shut down last week.
Suggestions of paranormal interference or alien involvement have
been ruled out. The reason is more down-to-earth: not enough
people care these days.

Sources said its closure had been inevitable since the death of
editor and world UFO expert Graham Birdsall last September.
Birdsall along with younger brother Mark founded the Leeds-based
magazine in 1981. Soon it became the world's top UFO
publication, selling up to 35,000 copies at its height.
Subscribers still talk about the puncture marks on sheep
carcasses which offered proof that extra-terrestrial visitors
had arrived to suck the juices of livestock.

Andy Roberts, author of UFO books and former magazine
contributor, said the public's fascination with mysterious
flying objects had faded. 'Ufology is really a thing of the last
century. The end of the X-Files series didn't help, and there
has been a decline since the televised alien autopsy of the mid-
1990s. Basically it was a hobby that broke into the
mainstream... Ultimately there was only a hardcore following,'
said Roberts.

The sighting of a strange bright object above his Leeds home in
1967 fuelled Birdsall's interest in UFOs. It was an obsession
that would make him a household name among Ufologists and an
obliga tory presence on television whenever a new sighting was

Birdsall's death followed the loss of another icon of the UFO
community last summer. Ex-diplomat Gordon Creighton, 92, was
editor of Flying Saucer Review, the longest-running UFO
magazine. Founded in 1955, it is still published.

Sightings are still reported. Last week a group of children in
Littleborough, Lancashire, claimed they saw a spacecraft moving
slowly above rooftops for several minutes before it shot off at
high speed.

"Only a zit on the wart on the heinie of progress." Copyright
1992, Frank Rice

Terry W. Colvin,
Sierra Vista,
Arizona (USA)

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