From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 10:45:00 -0400 Archived: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 10:45:00 -0400 Subject: Remembering A Great UFO Believer Source: CanWest.Com - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada http://tinyurl.com/cdjhfy April 17, 2009 Remembering A Great UFO Believer By T.W. Paterson Special to The Citizen I'm forever amazed at what one can find by surfing the Internet. It can cut both ways, however. I'm often amazed (not to mention frustrated) when subjects that strike me as being obvious haven't caught the attention of those invisible, robotic search engines. When a recent overhaul of my ever-growing library/archives turned up a copy of Canadian UFO Report, Volume 1, Number 1, it put me in mind of the late John Magor. Out of curiosity, I ran his name by Google (which wondered if I really didn't mean the British PM, John Magor?) and found several listings for his books. The onetime publisher of the Cowichan Leader chose early retirement to take up the full-time journalistic investigation of UFOs in the late 1960s. (That's Unidentified Flying Objects - - Flying Saucers -- to the uninitiated.) John wrote three books: Aliens Above, Always; Our UFO Visitors and Pagans In My Blood, as well as publishing the short-lived magazine, UFO Report. I didn't really know John although I spoke with him on the phone from time to time, and often saw him in the vicinity of the post office as both of us went about our business. By the mid-80s, I could see, even at a distance, that he was having health problems. This became even more apparent to me when he showed up in my print shop one morning and asked to speak with my assistant of the day. I called her to the front and returned to my work. But when quite some time passed and she didn't return to her paste-up table, I went in search. It turned out that John was there to interview her about a UFO sighting she and her boyfriend had experienced some years before that had been so vivid and so memory-etching, she had described it to me and to friends. Somehow, word of her experience had reached John Magor and he, avid researcher to the end, was there, in my shop, in mid- morning and, dare I say it, in mid-production schedule, to interview Linda. And she had been too polite to suggest that he consider another time and venue. Well, I've taken an interest in UFOs myself over the years. I'd subscribed to John's UFO magazine. But for him to appear unannounced in my workplace, years later, armed with a tape recorder, on UFO business, did not work for me and I suggested, politely, that he make some other arrangement with Linda. I don't write of this now to make light of John Magor, but to illustrate how, even in his final years of failing health, when he found it more and more difficult even to get about, he doggedly followed his pursuit of information on anything related to the unexplained phenomena of aerial sightings, not just in the Cowichan Valley, but around the world. I always found him to be pleasant, intelligent and dedicated, qualities that I respect in anyone. But not necessarily in my print shop in the midst of production! But to get back to my mint copy of the first issue of Canadian UFO Report. I know I have succeeding copies, too, but they have yet to turn up in my ongoing library overhaul, a project that just seems to keep on going. John Magor introduced his new publication in January 1969 thus: "A list compiled by Brian Cannon, of Winnipeg, director of the Canadian Aerial Phenomena Research Organization, shows that in Europe and the Americas, without counting Asian countries, there are more than 100 organizations and periodicals devoted to the serious and single purpose of studying unidentified flying objects. If we add to these the countless individuals who are scientifically interested and the countless words given to the subject in public media, we begin to have some small idea of the impact of the UFO mystery..." It was his belief, one for which he said he would offer scientific evidence in succeeding issues, that Canada's geological and/or geographical conditions made it "specially favorable to UFO operations. Is it because of our proximity to the North Pole where there is minimum interference from the Van Allen radiation belt? Is it because of the country's enormous mineral content or is it because the Canadian terrain has some feature that invites UFO inspection? "Of course we do not know. But we do suggest that our polar relationship is of definite significance... We feel that in Canada we are in a unique position to explore those who are exploring us." Obviously, John believed UFOs to be of intelligent origin; in fact, he admitted "only one bias, namely that we are believers. There is so much evidence pointing to the existence of UFOs that the hardest task must lie to those who would discredit them." He exhorted readers to join his efforts and those of his associates to "bring official recognition" to UFOs. Forty years have passed since publication of that first issue of his magazine. You rarely read or hear of UFOs in the mainstream media these days. It's as if they have fallen off the radar, so to speak. Are "they" still out there? Around the world, there are tens of thousands or more who share the late John Magor's belief that we are not alone in the universe. As for me, well, I like to keep an open mind. But not on company time, if you don't mind. For more T.W. Paterson: www.cowichanchronicles.com Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/subscribers/ Your access info works there too... These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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