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The Ufologists Are After Me!

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 19:18:00 -0400
Archived: Fri, 23 May 2008 19:18:00 -0400
Subject: The Ufologists Are After Me!

Source: The Village Voice - New York, New York, USA


May 22, 2008

The Ufologists Are After Me!
by Tony Ortega at 4:57 PM,

Got a call today from James Fox, some guy who's been making
money peddling confusion about the Phoenix Lights, and who made
an appearance on NBC's recent show, "10 Close Encounters Caught
on Tape." He noticed that I'd written some fairly skeptical
things about the Lights in this blog.

His claim to fame, apparently, is that he talked disgraced
former Arizona Governor Fife Symington into admitting that he,
too, saw the famous 'vee' formation of the 1997 Phoenix Lights,
and got Symington to admit that he still wonders what he saw.
(Since my newspaper at the time, the Phoenix New Times, helped
bump Symington from office over a bank scandal, I can imagine
that the former governor didn't get around to reading my
reporting on the 'vee' that appeared in our paper - the vee
turned out to be a high-flying formation of airplanes, as
spotted by a man with a large telescope.)

Well, good for you, Mr. Fox. But our conversation was pretty
farcical. Like other UFOlogists, Fox is impressed by people who
thought the vee was just over their heads and traveling very
slowly, mysteriously making no noise, and simply dismisses other
people who perceived that it was high in the sky, and others who
heard jet noise. But the telescopic observation, as well as the
fact that the vee covered 200 miles, from Prescott to Tucson, in
only a half hour, not only suggest it was high and moving fast,
but also point out that human eyeballs - even those possessed by
pilots and military men - are basically useless for judging the
distance of point-sources of light in a night sky.

But Fox isn't just an unscientific observer, he's the worst sort
of investigator, who promotes as fact garbage that even a cub
reporter wouldn't repeat.

The best part of our conversation: taking an ominous tone, Fox
asked if I'd talked to people at nearby Luke AFB about the
events that night (actually, I had).

"How do you explain that they went to DefCon 3 and scrambled
jets that night?" Fox asked me.

Now, at that point, I wondered if this guy was for real. I mean,
isn't "DEFCON" a national defense posture, not something that an
Air Force Base is going to declare because the locals are
squabbling about lights in the sky? But this is one of those
hoary facts that the more credulous Phoenix Lights fanatics pass
around like it's a solid fact: Luke declared Defcon 3, dude!

"Who at Luke told you that?" I asked Fox.

He explained that he'd talked to some girlfriends of some Luke
guys at a party that swore it was true.


So now, you know what sort of investigative powers you're
dealing with when you buy a copy of Fox's "Out of the Blue: The
Definitive Investigation of the UFO Phenomenon." (Narrated by
Peter Coyote!)

Apparently, the point of calling me up was that Fox wanted me to
come on CNN and debate him about the Phoenix Lights in some
upcoming show.

What, and help him sell more videotapes? Shya right.

[Lead from Stuart Miller @ http://www.alienworldsmag.com]

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