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UFOs and The Britannica

Friday, February 10, 2017 19:58
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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 – The UFO Iconoclast(s)


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  • Godzilla

    The problem is you rely too much on official sources for information when alternative media has been working circles around your official channels. I mean this in case you have not figured it out. Sure there are some hoaxes done, some misindentifications from the public, whatever else, but lots of sighting are still real. Actually all it takes is for one sighting to be well documented for the phenomena to achieve credibility.

    There is so much information available in books, magazines, tv, dvds, on the internet there really is no excuse for ignorance. But like the saying goes you can lead a horse to water but you can force it to drink. Some people prefer religion or evolution. So be it!

    Those that take ufology seriously have already figured most of it out. Those stuck in first grade are still complaining about “credibility” issues, like you for example.

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