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Re: UFO Spies Vanish Into Black Hole - Pope

From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 16:31:05 -0000
Fwd Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 17:21:34 -0500
Subject: Re: UFO Spies Vanish Into Black Hole - Pope

>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


>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.



Mark Townsend's article was followed by a feature in Monday's
Daily Mail, entitled "U-F-O-NO?". Like the Observer piece, the
message the journalist seemed to be conveying was that ufology
is dead. The Daily Mail article was written by their science
editor Michael Hanlon, who some List members may recall wrote
about Kevin Conde's Rendlesham Forest claims on July 2 last
year, under the headline "UFO-OLED!".

I was telephoned about the Daily Mail article by Sky News, and
asked to come into their studio to do a live interview on the
state of ufology. I did this at around 4.45 on Monday afternoon
and explained that while UFO Magazine had closed, this had
nothing to do with the level of interest or the number of
sightings. Rather, it was a decision taken by Graham Birdsall's
family in the aftermath of his tragic and untimely death.

Yesterday I went to Stourbridge to give a lecture to UFO
Research Midlands, a local group chaired by Steve Poole. There
were around eighty or ninety people in the audience, but while
there was genuine sadness at the closure of UFO Magazine, I
sensed no loss of interest. Indeed, I formed the impression that
in the aftermath of the magazine's closure we might see an
increased focusing on the grassroots research and investigation
done at local level.

Other things are happening in the UK that lead me to conclude
that ufology is far from dead, and that there is still
considerable public and media interest in the subject. Channel
Five will screen a one-hour UFO documentary at the end of May. I
have been asked to debate the subject at the Cheltenham Festival
of Science in June. Goldsmiths College Psychology Department's
scientific study into the alien abduction phenomenon is now
underway. It is supported by ufologists such as Judith Jaafar
and Malcolm Robinson, and a number of abductees with whom I have
worked are taking part. Finally, I understand that other more
sympathetic articles and features on ufology will be appearing
shortly in the national media.

Best wishes,

Nick Pope

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