From: John Velez <jvelez49.nul> Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 06:58:27 -0400 Archived: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 08:04:24 -0400 Subject: Velez On 'Alien' Symbols - Pt. II Hi All, As 'threatened', here is Part II on the alleged 'Alien' writing samples. The Quest For Science!: A little background if I may.... About a year after Budd began investigating myself and my family, I received an invitation from him to participate in a program that NOVA, WGBH, Boston was about to produce taking a look at the UFO/Alien Abduction phenomenon. After a long family meeting and with great deliberation and forethought I consented to participate. That was my introduction to the 'public' side of ufology. My focus from day one in looking into my own experiences has been to examine it all while maintaining as much objectivity and sobriety in my own thinking on the subject as I could. I also wanted to help substantiate and to lend some credence to our claims. I was telling the truth. I openly invited examination because I knew had nothing to fear from any tests or professionals. Simply telling and sticking to the truth was what allowed me to survive my time in the public arena. Because of the NOVA segment I was literally thrust into the middle of a public controversy that raged all over the media and the Internet. NOVA ended up producing and airing one of the worst hatchet jobs ever attempted on any subject. We later found out that the Director/Producer of the program had spent a week vacationing on the private boat of one Phillip Klass, who orchestrated the ambush from behind the scenes. It was no gentle introduction into the public side of ufology. In fact, it proved to be a concentrated crash course. NOVA booked Budd and myself to appear on a total of 17 radio and TV programs (each!) in a one month time period in order to create viewer interest in the upcoming program. It was scheduled to air during the ratings frenzy called Sweeps Week and they wanted to ensure that there would be plenty of asses in the seats when it aired. I'm sure WGBH wishes it had never filmed the segment. Not only did it receive the largest public response NOVA ever had, it received the biggest _negative_ public response any program had ever garnered. WGBH was forced to add extra security because of threats they received over that program. The media ride that ensued as a result of participating in that segment of NOVA continued non-stop until I hopped off that merry-go-round nine long years later. But for all nine of those years I fought hard for an independent scientific investigation into what was happening to literally thousands of us worldwide. I nudged Budd at every opportunity to properly catalog all the raw data he had accumulated and get into the hands of any academics willing to work with it. I realized very early on that what was really needed most, was an investigation of this disturbing subject by serious academics/science professionals. That entire journey is well documented in the UFO UpDates archives. I just wanted to provide a premise/background for the events that transpired regarding the alleged 'Alien' writing samples. I use the term, 'alleged' because to this day we still do not know what these symbols mean or what they represent in terms of evidence. It's a shame. So many answers could be had if only someone was studying and sifting through all the raw information/data that investigators like Budd, Dave Jacobs and John Mack have painstakingly gathered over more than thirty years. Not to make excuses for Budd, but a big part of the reason he didn't do a lot of the grunt work was for the simple reason that he was way too busy - all the time. The demands on his time was something quite extraordinary and unique. He wouldn't have been able to eek out the time even had he wanted to. A simple case of; not enough hours in a day... nothing sinister or lazy about it, he simply didn't have the time. The Sample Study That Never Was: Getting Budd to turn the samples over to be looked at by independent professionals was like pulling teeth. I was on his case about getting those writing samples analyzed constantly. Budd felt that the writing sample material was among the most significant and compelling in his possession. He had powerful reservations about turning that material over to anyone, scientist or otherwise. I became so frustrated with his procrastinating that I took matters into my own hands. I sought out the assistance of Greg Sandow - who some of you know/are familiar with - to help me convince Budd to turn the samples over for analysis. I made some really good friends along the way. One who was also of my consistently strongest supporters was the late, great Richard Hall. I had long conversations with Dick about the writing samples and my frustration with Budd. It was Dick who recommended I speak to Dr. Stuart Appelle at Cornell University. Dick contacted Dr. Appelle on my behalf and arranged our first meeting. I want to mention that this wasn't the only time that Dick Hall proved to be a dear friend and ally. (I really miss him a lot.) My conversations with Dr. Appelle were productive and very encouraging. He was excited about conducting such a study and he committed to finding, and rounding up, experts from several fields; philology, psychology, ancient language specialists, anyone with a related expertise who was also willing to donate their time and to sign-off (attach their name) to the study. Dr. Appelle was also the 'silver bullet' I needed in my gun when I went after Budd, once again, regarding a study of the writing samples. I knew that Stuart Appelle, as head of the psychology dept. at Cornell and publisher of a well respected UFO journal, would make it very difficult for Budd to say no. Much to his credit, It was Greg Sandow who finally broke through Budd's resistance and got him to co-operate with a study by providing the raw material for it. Budd communicated with Dr, Appelle and prepared a complete file on the writing samples which he eventually turned over. I felt as if something really important had been accomplished and I bathed, albeit briefly, in the sunshine of success and hope. Murphy's Law: "If it can go wrong, it will go wrong!" Long story, short; the study never happened. Dr. Appelle was unable to even begin the study because he was in the process of closing out the journal (no $$$s) and securing experts proved harder than he thought. Although, he did get three other Professors to commit. It just never happened. The file that Budd provided is (as far as I know,) just collecting dust in a file cabinet somewhere. And some people still ask me why I got out of ufology! Ha! Just one of many sad ufological stories I have to tell. I hope this brings everybody up to date regarding the writing samples. It's a crying shame that the study was never conducted. Having contributed to the material, I'm really interested to hear what some experts might think it all means/represents. With a Heidi-ho and a tip of my hat, I ride off into the sunset... Warmest regards to all my old List-mates, John Velez, Battle-Scarred Veteran Of The UFOlogical Wars Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ 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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