UFO Conjectures

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The May/June 1985 International UFO Reporter


D. Scott Rogo counters, in the May/June 1985 International UFO Reporter, the Lawson “alien abductions are remembrances of the birth trauma” explanation. [Page 4 ff.]

(This is the news story presented a few posts earlier wherein media gave Lawson encomiums he didn’t deserve.)

Rogo’s rebuttal isn’t particularly sharp but does provide a kind of offset to Lawson’s hypothesis.

And hypotheses are the gist of a piece (in that same issue) by Richard Hall: The UFOLink Fallacy

Under the heading “Lessons for Ufology,” Mr. Hall took aim at writers and/or “investigators” who conjoin UFOs with other paranormal phenomena; e.g., Bigfoot, the Bermuda Triangle, cattle mutilations, et cetera.

Hall excoriates such co-mingling.

Moreover, he cites the “loose or nonexistent standards in the field [of “ufology”] – undisciplined, careless, egoistic practitioners who use distorted logic to grind various axes, desire to be ‘someone,’ and…a predilection for a certain belief.” [Page 6]

He writes that ‘What you think may be true, after careful consideration of data, is a hypothesis. It is a starting point for investigation, not a scientific conclusion.” [ibid]

“ 'Linkologists’ as well as ‘ufologists’ must, as the first order of business, determine the true parameters of the problem, weed out false and irrelevant material. Compile carefully investigated case studies and demonstrate their case for a mystery….Excessive theorizing is a major curse of ‘ufology.' “ [Page 7]

Jerome Clark was the Editor of The…UFO Reporter” – published by the Center for UFO Studies.

Mr. Clark included, as per his interest in music and song, a 1716-1717 ballad that hints at a UFO.

And Clark provides a mind-19th Century ballad that also indicates a UFO sighting:

‘Twas on a dark night in Sixty-six
 When  we was layin’ steel

 We seen a flyin’ engine come
 Without no wing or wheel

 It came a-roarin’ in the sky
 With lights along the side…

 And scales like a serpents hide.

[I’d like to know what followed after line 6 where Mr. Clark added the ellipsis.]

Mr. Clark, along with Brad Sparks, also wrote about Phoenix Lights seen, not in the 1990s, but on December 5th, 1948. [Page 10 ff.]

The piece is a must-read for those who have a continuing interest in the recent Phoenix Lights sighting(s).

The article, Part One of Three, was entitled The Southwestern Lights, and as usual for Sparks and Clark, quite detailed.

And exchange about UFOs and IFOs between noted British UFO investigator Jenny Randles and two critics of her views  -- Hobart Baker and Phil Klass – also appears. [Page 7 ff.]

The small publication is fecund with interesting information and insights.

Look for it via Google. It may be online, in toto.