Some of you know (remember) that if you owned a set of Bitannica encylopediae, you had access to the company's “research service” from which you could request papers on any topic covered in the Britannica volumes:
I asked for a few papers on flying saucers and here is an excerpt from one 14 page paper I received:
As you can read, the excerpt deals with early sightings at or around the Muroc (Edwards) Air Base and was taken seriously by ATIC.
This goes to the heart of Robert Hasting's “research” into UFOs and their alleged reconnoitering at nuclear sites and air bases.
My point in this brief posting is that flying saucers and UFOs were once taken seriously by the government and the public, even Encyclopedia Britannica.
UFOs didn't have the patina of foolishness it now holds in the public and private milieux.
And those of you who want to find material that shows why some of us thought (and still think) that UFOs are worthy of study (or interest), go back to the early days and read what you find.
It will reveal a phenomenon that had cachet, not like the UFO sightings and reports of today, which are all bombast without substance.
RR http://ufocon.blogspot.com – The UFO Iconoclast(s)