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J. Allen Hynek, UFO Skeptic Who Believed in Aliens

J Allen Hynek

‘The Close Encounters Man’ tells the unlikely story of how the government’s astrophysicist debunker became the phenomenon’s most expert defender.

     If you’re jonesing for an extraterrestrial, you should check out “The Close Encounters Man” by Mark O’Connell.O’Connell, a writer for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and founder of the UFO blog High Strangeness, set out to write “a UFO book people wouldn’t need to hide from other people.”
By J. W. McCormack
www.vice.com
5-30-17

He found his ideal subject in J. Allen Hynek, the astronomer hired by the United States Air Force in 1948 to debunk the reports of strange objects in the sky flooding in from across the country. Eventually Hynek broke with his handlers and became the first scientist to lend credence to the UFO phenomenon. …

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UFO Scripted Drama, ‘Blue Book’ To Be Produced By Award Winning Filmmaker, Robert Zemeckis

UFO Scripted Drama, 'Blue Book' To Be Produced By Award Winning Filmmaker, Robert Zemeckis

     History has ordered a 10-episode scripted drama from executive producer Robert Zemeckis straight to series, Variety has learned.

Currently titled “Blue Book,” the series chronicles the real top secret

By Joe Otterson
Variety
5-25-17

United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s known as Project Blue Book. It will focus on college professor Dr. J. Allen Hynek, who is recruited by the military to spearhead the project.

“Rarely have I been associated with a project that is a perfect fusion of historical fact and extraordinary entertainment,” said Zemeckis. …

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Albuquerque Girl Burned by UFO?



Girl Said She Was Burned While Watching UFO

     In looking at some of the Project Blue Book files, and learning that late that Edward Ruppelt, the one-time chief of Blue Book, was probably anti-extraterrestrial as opposed to neutral; I came across what I think of as evidence of this bias throughout the history of Blue Book. The case in point is that of Sharon Stull who claimed that she was burned by a UFO on April 28,1964.

The story, as it appeared in the newspapers and in The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, was that Stull had returned to school after lunch and was on the playground with other children. She spotted an egg-shaped craft and


By Kevin Randle
A Different Perspective
1-24-17
Edward Ruppelt
Edward Ruppelt who wasn’t quite as
unbiased as we had all thought.

watched it for ten minutes or so. Those other children, including her sister didn’t seem all that interested in the object and continued with their games. Later none of them would confirm they had seen anything strange. Stull, returning home complained about a mild burn and trouble with her eyes. There were some other alleged problems but the medical evidence didn’t bear that out. She was taken to the doctor but there were no long-term effects of the burn. It isn’t clear if doctor saw burn or just gave her some suave to placate her mother.

The Lorenzens investigated in person but it seemed that the Air Force did not. The Lorenzens, who were predisposed to accept tales of alien visitation, had some real problems with this case. They wrote that the Mrs. Stull did most of the talking, alluded to a friendship with a local TV announcer that apparently didn’t exist and talked about their “family doctor” who they had apparently just met. Coral Lorenzen wrote, “The whole thing was preposterous and the Lorenzens were hard put to understand the kind of people who would attempt to perpetuate such a fraud.”

The Air Force wrote the case off as a hoax, and while I agree with that assessment, I am disturbed by their analysis. On the Project Card, they summarized the case by writing, “Extensive news accounts of sighting flying saucer with little green men. Witness 12 year old girl. Supposedly burned by ray guns from obj. Seen from school yard. Noon recess.”

This just shows where those working at Blue Book were on the subject of UFOs, alien visitation and conducting a proper investigation in April 1964. There had been no sightings of little green men (LGMs in the world of science fiction) and there had been no talk of ray guns used to burn the child. The suggestion was that she had exposed herself to some sort of radiation from the object resulting in what was described as a light sunburn.

Of course, the real point is that there doesn’t seem to have been an actual UFO sighting, none of the other children said that they had seen anything and the burn was gone (if it was ever there) before any of the investigators arrived on the scene. As I said, the Air Force explanation of hoax is probably the correct one, especially when it is remembered that the Lorenzens came to the same conclusion. It was a rare day when the Air Force and the Lorenzens agreed on anything but the Air Force analysis shows their bias in a way that is over the top.

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UFO Landing at Cherry Creek Remain a Mystery | VIDEO

UFO Landing at Cherry Creek Remain a Mystery

By Luke Moretti
News 4
8-19-15

    CHERRY CREEK, N.Y. (WIVB) – What really happened near Cherry Creek in Chautauqua County 50 years ago? Did several teenagers really see a UFO, or did their imaginations run wild?

It’s a case that caught the attention of the New York State Police and the U.S. Air Force when the sightings allegedly happened on August 19, 1965.

The first sighting occurred around 8:20 in the evening. 16 year old Harold Butcher was milking cows in the barn on Aldrich Hill Road where he claims to have seen a “shiny silver” saucer shaped object. …

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Air Force Blocks Congressional Investigation on UFOs | UFO CHRONICLE – 1961

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The Day the UFO Paid A Call, Recalls Retired Moline Officer

The Day the UFO Paid A Call, Recalls Retired Moline Officer

By Dennis Moran
www.qconline.com
3-15-15

     Bill Fisher still vividly remembers the strange, bright, silvery object that appeared to be hovering over the Mississippi River on the afternoon of March 9, 1967.

Mr. Fisher, then a Moline police officer, had just parked his three-wheel patrol motorcycle on 16th Avenue across from Sacred Heart School, where his son William Jr. was a student. Others saw the object, too, including neighbors, several students and a couple of nuns. Mr. Fisher retrieved an 8mm movie camera from his police trike and got some footage. It had moved away by then, and what’s caught on film is a little indistinct.

But those two minutes of footage helped make Mr. Fisher a star witness in a U.S. Air Force investigation of several UFO sightings reported from Moline to Galesburg over a few days in March 1967. Two investigating USAF captains arrived the very next day. . . .

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Hynek Says, ‘UFO Photographs’ NO Hoax | UFO CHRONICLE – 1966

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50 year anniversary of Socorro UFO landing

There are not many instances in which U.S. Air Force UFO investigators admitted to being baffled, but the case of a police officer seeing a UFO near the ground outside of Socorro, New Mexico in 1964, left them scratching their heads.

50 years ago today, on April 24, 1964 at approximately 5:45 pm, Socorro police officer Lonnie Zamora began pursuing a speeding vehicle just south of town. He then says he heard a “roar,” and he broke off his pursuit to investigate. He knew of a nearby dynamite shack and decided to go take look to see if it was the source of the noise.

He also noticed a flame in the sky. He said it was a bluish orange and appeared to be descending. He says he could not focus on it because he was paying attention to the road. A part of the dirt road was very steep and he had trouble getting over it.

When he did crest the hill he noticed a white object on the ground out in the desert and two people in coveralls near it. He said the object looked oval and white. It also seemed to be on two legs. He thought it might be a car wreck, so he raced down the road to help. He called dispatch to let them know he would be assisting in a car wreck.

Photo of the area Zamora saw the object. (Credit: U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book)

Photo of the area Zamora saw the object. (Credit: U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book)

When he got closer to the object he pulled his car around, stopped to radio in that he was leaving his car, and then got out. He fumbled with the radio handset, and just as he turned around, he heard a loud “roar (was not exactly a blast).” He said the object began to rise and it had a blue flame under it. He said the bottom of the flame looked orange.

At this point he also noticed the object was smooth with no windows and it had an insignia on the side. He was afraid the thing was going to explode, so he ran. As he ran around his patrol car his leg hit the fender and he fell down. He glanced back and saw the object was still rising, and the roar kept getting louder.

Sketch of the object and the insignia on its side. (Credit: U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book)

Sketch of the object and the insignia on its side. (Credit: U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book)

Zamora got up and kept running from the object, finally jumping over a hill for cover. He said the sound stopped. He had planned on continuing to run, but he noticed the object was now moving away. It was only about 10 to 15 feet from the ground. It flew over the dynamite shack, just clearing it by a few feet. It flew off following the contour of the ground, never higher than 20 feet or so, until Zamora lost sight of it.

Zamora went back to his car and asked the radio operator to look out of the window to see if he could see the object. The dispatcher didn’t see anything. Then New Mexico state police officer Sergeant Chavez arrived on the scene.

Lonnie Zamora (left), the landing site, and Sergeant Chavez. (Credit: U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book)

Lonnie Zamora (left), the landing site, and Sergeant Chavez. (Credit: U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book)

Chavez asked what was wrong. He noticed Zamora looked out of breath and pale. Zamora told him the story, and they went to look at the area the object had landed. When they got there they noticed a burnt bush and impressions in the ground left by what appeared to be landing gear.

Break down of sighting by Blue Book investigators. (Credit: U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book)

Break down of sighting by Blue Book investigators. (Credit: U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book)

Zamora’s sighting made it into local newspapers and caught the attention of the U.S. Air Force’s Project Blue Book, their official investigation into UFOs. Investigators were impressed with Zamora’s credibility. They were also impressed with the physical evidence. A burnt branch from the bush and the soil at the site of the impressions were analyzed. However, nothing unusual was found. They also tested for radiation, but levels were normal.

Newspaper articles on Zamora's sighting. (Credit: U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book)

Newspaper articles on Zamora’s sighting. (Credit: U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book)

There was burnt cardboard found on the site, but Blue Book’s scientific advisor, Dr. J. Allen Hynek, said it was old. He felt it was probably blown by the wind under the bush that got burnt, and was not sturdy enough to be part of a hoax. He noted many bushes in the area had paper or cardboard brought in by the wind stuck under them.

Investigators also noted that there were no tracks from vehicles going into the area. This supported the idea that it was not a hoax. In the end, Blue Book investigators didn’t know what Zamora saw. However, they were certain it was not extraterrestrial.

They noted that the object did not seem to demonstrate technology beyond that of our own space program. In fact, since the White Sands Missile Range was so near, they thought it could have been an experimental craft from there. They even suggested it could be a Lunar Excursion Module (LEM), like those used in the Apollo program. However, their investigation into these possibilities did not produce a definite answer.

Map of the White Sands Missile Range.

Map of the White Sands Missile Range.

Lunar Excursion Module (LEM). (Credit: NASA)

Lunar Excursion Module (LEM). (Credit: NASA)

Blue Book director Hector Quintanilla said, “[Zamora] is puzzled by what he saw and frankly, so are we. This is the best-documented case on record, and still we have been unable, in spite of thorough investigation, to find the vehicle or other stimulus that scared Zamora to the point of panic.”

This case has continued to be important in UFO research, and occasionally finds itself back in the news. In 2009, a professor and former students from New Mexico Tech said they thought they might know who hoaxed it. They thought it was an elaborate tricked played on Zamora. However, they did not produce anything definitive.

In 2012, Zamora’s UFO sighting was memorialized by a mural in the town of Socorro. It is several hundred yards from the actual landing site.

Zamora Memorial, (Credit: consecutivesentences.com)

Zamora Memorial, (Credit: consecutivesentences.com)

Left side of the memorial. (Credit: Jay Barrymore)

Left side of the memorial. (Credit: Jay Barrymore)

 

Right side of the memorial. (Credit: Jay Barrymore)

Right side of the memorial. (Credit: Jay Barrymore)

The Socorro case has had a lasting effect on locals and those interested in the UFO phenomenon. 50 years later, Zamora’s experience still makes us wonder. I have a feeling that 50 years from now there will still be interest, along with new articles by people in the future still wondering what the heck Lonnie saw out there in the lonely desert.

Read the entire Project Blue Book file (it is a very large PDF, over 350 MB) at this link.

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