From: Bruce Maccabee <email@example.com> Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 23:30:08 -0500 Fwd Date: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 15:21:56 -0500 Subject: Re: Hynek 12/17/66 Sat. Eve. Post article - Pt. 1 >Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1998 22:06:42 -0400 >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <firstname.lastname@example.org> >From: Jerry Cohen <email@example.com> >Web Site: CohenUFO.org >Subject: Hynek 12/17/66 Sat. Eve. Post article - Pt. 1 Thanks for reporting this long forgotten article. HYNEK WROTE: >But I cannot explain them all. Of the 15,000 cases that have >come to my attention, several hundred are puzzling, and some of >the puzzling incidents, perhaps one in 25, are bewildering. I >have wanted to learn much more about these cases than I have >been able to get from either the reports or the witnesses. Hynek refers to 1/25 or 4% as "bewildering." This was written in 1966. Now consider what Air Force Intelligence told the FBI in 1952. Note that General John Samford was the Director of Air Force Intelligence at the time and that the below statement was made on the SAME DAY that the he (and Roger Ramey!) held a press conference to explain the mass of summer 1952 sightings, including the Washington, DC sightings. Date: July 29, 1952 FROM: FBI "X file" (Commander Boyd told the FBI agent that a third class of sightings is) "those sightings which are reported by pilots and for which there is additional corroboration, such as recorded by radar or sighting from the ground. Commander Boyd advised that this latter classification constitutes two to three percent of the total number of sightings, but they were the most diffiult to explain." The bottom line is that they couldn't explain the 2-3% without straining the physics beyond credibility....and Hynek knew it... but he didn't admit it until 1966. SPRINGTIME FOR HYNEK: >Recently I had dinner with several members of the Condon >committee. What a pleasure it was to sit down with men who were >open-minded about UFO's, who did not look at me as though I were >a Martian myself. For the first time other scientists, who >apparently have been wondering all along, have openly talked >about the reports. One leading scientist wrote me the other day: >"For some time now I have been convinced of the reality of this >phenomenon based on reports in the general news media. It has >seemed to me that even with a heavy discount there is a core of >reliable observations which we cannot shrug off. Twice in recent >weeks I have stated my views on the subject in small >conversational groups of respectable, scholarly friends, and >found that they were amazed that I should take these matters >seriously. So I know that it took some courage for you to speak >out." WAS FOLLOWED SEVERAL YEARS LATER BY A VERY COLD WINTER! I thank Jerry Cohen for recalling these halcyon days of ufology for those of us who lived through them....and for providing the new comers with information they would not likely search out for themselves. Yes, it was a "whole 'nother world" back then. Or was it? PERSONAL NOTE: the information in this paper by Hynek was already ancient history and long forgotten when I first communicated with him in 1973 or 4(?). By that time he had founded the Center for UFO Studies and had given a lecture at my place of empoyment (former Naval Ordnance Laboratory). I had not been able to attend his lecture (out of town) so I wrote him a letter. In his response he invited me to become a member of the Center for UFO Studies. At that time I still viewed him with some suspicion, thinking that he probably knew a lot more than he was saying. When I last saw him in 1985 I still believed he knew more than he was saying. However, I never got the impression that he was part of an orchestrated cover up. And, of course, he portrayed himself as being on the outside if there was any orchestrated cover up. Thanks to the FOIPA and the continuous efforts of many people (Robert Todd being one pre-eminent in this) we now have documentation that shows what the Air Force was "thinking" 50 years ago. It is clear that Air Force Intelligence did NOT level with the American people, irrespective of Roswell undercurrents. Throw away Roswell. One is still left with sightings as convincing as those cited by Hynek which occurred within the first 5 years.... including photographic/movie proof of 30 objects capable of flight at 150,000ft. (See THE UFO/FBI CONNECTION/ the REAL X-files; contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested). So perhaps Hynek was telling the truth after all. He really didn't know much more than he was saying..... and he did argue that UFOS ARE REAL! Page from the website of: CohenUFO.org
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