From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 08:54:58 -0400 Archived: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 08:54:58 -0400 Subject: History Channel Gets It Right Source: Devoid Blogs - The Sarasota Herald Tribune http://tinyurl.com/3bcfgmk August 26th, 2011 History Channel Gets It Right by Billy Cox Thursday night's "Secret Access" report by The History Channel - UFOs On The Record - is the sort of crisp advocacy journalism one might easily envision in PBS' "Frontline" rotation. Focused (if not a tad overproduced), expertly sourced, and devoid of the tripe that too often characterizes network programming on this issue, "UFOs On The Record" is a foundational model for jump- starting a national conversation so desperately overdue. In fact, the logical next question might be: What, exactly, are viewers supposed to do with this material? Contemplating citizen action may seem premature, given the comparatively small niche audience of The History Channel, but at least this week we got a glimpse of what may lie ahead. The 96-minute documentary, built upon Leslie Kean's UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record, was produced by filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sudberg, who obviously know what they're doing. Having tackled atrocities in Darfur, a racially motivated murder conviction in North Carolina, and America's post-9/11 surveillance culture, among other things, Stern and Sudberg have little appetite for equivocation. Like Kean, they made no unsubstantiated claims and dispensed with the uninformed ruminations of so-called UFO skeptics that pass for "balance" in mainstream formulas. Instead, they mined official documents and eyewitnesses to build a compelling case for the serious disconnect between reality and American public policy. For Kean's readers, the "Secret Access" treatment covered familiar turf: the Phoenix Lights, the Rendlesham Forest incident, the 1989-90 Belgian wave, etc. But watching many of the players in the book - like former Federal Aviation Administration accidents division chief John Callahan, and retired Belgian Gen. Wilfried De Brouwer - as they physically reconstructed complex interactions between UFOs and jet planes brought the enormity of the transactions to life. And, fan though I am of the written word, there is no substitute for listening to audiotapes of air traffic/ground crew chatter trying to come to grips with a UFO idling over Chicago's O'Hare International in 2006. "On The Record" also introduced us to eyewitnesses who weren't in the book, and gave a sendup to the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena, which is conducting the sort of scientific research that sends our own government into contortions to avoid. And it profiled an innovator who just might someday land the biggest catch of all. Hollywood special effects guru Douglas Trumbull ("Blade Runner", "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", "2001: A Space Odyssey") can spot UFO fake footage with a craftsman's eye. But lately, he's applying his technological skills to a mobile camera unit called Ufotog, with which he will scan the skies using optics capable of gauging size, distance, altitude, velocity and trajectory of unidentifieds up there, visible and otherwise. This is exciting stuff. What a rollercoaster month it's been for Leslie Kean. The paperback version of UFOs On the Record rolled on Aug. 2, with a fresh endorsement from heavyweight astronomer Derrick Pitts. On Sunday, she was by the side of artist and abduction research pioneer Budd Hopkins when he died at age 80. A couple of days ago, she joined a panel discussion promoting the "Secret Acess" documentary on CNN Headline News. A noteworthy venue, but it should've been even bigger. Things change, inevitably, whether we allow them to or not. Thursday night, we got a glimpse of how a major shift might begin. Given the MSM's track record for peddling dumbed-down mediocrity, it's unlikely the "Secret Access" piece can provide that momentum swing, which will occur eventually. What it did was remind us of an even more fundamental truth - hard work pays off. 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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