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Re: UFO Spies Vanish Into Black Hole - Warren

From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 10:04:53 -0800
Fwd Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 03:50:05 -0500
Subject: Re: UFO Spies Vanish Into Black Hole - Warren

>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

>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.

Dear Mr. Townsend,

Thank you for your piece, "UFO Spies Vanish Into Black Hole."
It's a tribute to other so-called 'journalists' who write about
subjects they know not. It validates the thinking that many "so-
 called journalists" care more about the "deadline" and filling
a spot then the accuracy of "their facts" they purport.

Your clever witticisms throughout the piece, I'm sure kept those
that our as ignorant of the subject of UFOs as you seem to be,
entertained; for future reference "UFOs are not a product of
science fiction" which were brought into the mainstream, just
the opposite in fact--art reflected life in this instance.

Your choice of individuals to give voice to Ufology (and the
magazine) reminded me of the talk show host who has to fill a
spot at the last minute do to a cancellation, and gets the
"ever-willing, waiting by the phone" out of work celebrity to
come in at a moment's notice.

Odd that you chose not to contact the family, and hear the
anguish that they experienced from running a publication in
absence of the main family member of a "family run magazine."

Filling your piece with "blood sucking aliens," the "X-Files"
and the "Alien Autopsy" seems to be SOP with those who are
either to lazy, or frankly just don't care when broaching a
subject they are unfamiliar with; opposed to doing a little
research, and getting away from comedy and sarcasm.

Your journalistic prowess did announce one fact correctly--the
magazine has come to its demise, however; if you think people
don't care about Unidentified Flying Objects in their airspace
then I believe you have tipped one to many a pint. If you choose
to broach the subject of UFOs again, it would behoove to
research your own government's involvement in regards to the
investigation of the UFO phenomenon. Moreover, if you are in
doubt of the public's interest in Ufology, check the ratings for
the recent documentaries done on "Roswell" and the "Rendelsham
Forest Incidents"; follow that by studying the "Roper" and
Gallup polls, and finally check the internet for its most
popular subjects.


Frank Warren

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