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Re: UFO Spies Vanish Into Black Hole - Lehmberg

From: Alfred Lehmberg <Lehmberg.nul>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 09:05:16 -0600
Fwd Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 08:12:36 -0500
Subject: Re: UFO Spies Vanish Into Black Hole - Lehmberg

>From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>,
>Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2004 17:51:39 -0700
>Subject: UFO Spies Vanish Into Black Hole

>Source: The Observer - London


>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.

Andy Roberts?

Forgetting for a moment that the pronouncements of an admitted
Yorkshire confabulator (...and unctuously arrogant anti-
ufological martinet!) are beneath the contempt of even the
confused fence sitter, the premise of this article is laughable.
 The demise of a general interest in Ufology is certainly
exaggerated if not wrong on all levels.

It's all over cable television, million dollar ad campaigns, and
the internet. There are more sightings and conferences
discussing these sightings that ever before. They are the most
popular subject of late night radio programs serving millions of
people all over the world, and there is more time shifting of
those programs into the daylight hours than ever before.
 Finally, there are more campaigns by ardent and petulantly
denying cultural charlatans (and intellectual cowards!) like,
well... Andy Roberts... than ever before, too, furiously trying
to make to make those *scary* and inconvenient UFOs go away!
 This is more than enough evidence that Ufology is far from its
last gasp.

No... Ufology is not going away... it's just taking a breath,
and a shallow one at that. The Friedman/Mcgaha debate is a
_recent_ example of Ufological validity, verity, and vitality!
The pelicanists have _nothing_, ladies and gentlemen! The
demonstration of that was _effortless_! Indeed, the only thing
sucking like a black hole is the garden variety pelicanist,
himself. Human interest in the Ufological predates the biblical,
Mr. Colvin. It will _handily_ survive the duplicitously canted
pronouncements of an "Andy Roberts."

"_Now_ you see them...".


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