May 1993 ...
Heeeeeere's Alabama ..... !!!!!!
hit movie "Fire In the Sky", based on the astonishing story of abductee
Travis Walton, has triggered YET ANOTHER WAVE of public interest in the
mysterious "UFO" problem which has puzzled mankind for over forty
years. Once again, we are treated to the sight of a parade of
believers, debunkers, and even legitimate experts, moving across our
television screens, speaking past each other about the reality or
unreality of UNKNOWN AERIAL CRAFT and SHOCKING ABDUCTION SITUATIONS.
are average persons, seated in front of their television sets, supposed
to judge the relative merits of these arguments, and gauge the
believability of the so-called evidence either way? What criteria
should one who has not spent years in the UFO field use to determine
whether or not we are being visited by beings of SEEMINGLY UNSTOPPABLE
SUPERIORITY engaged in NIGHTMARISH MIND-DISRUPTING ACTIVITIES that
could change our understanding of the universe we live in forever?
Travis Walton story is certainly a compelling one. A group of young men
on a logging expedition have their lives turned upside down when one of
them is swept away by an UNKNOWN FORCE. They are accused of having done
away with Travis Walton, who shows up five days later, telling a
fantastic tale of being held captive by alien beings, examined, and
even taken to a strange military base where ALIENS AND HUMANS
All of the men have taken repeated
polygraph tests indicating that they believe what they are saying.
Polygraph experts claim that it's almost IMPOSSIBLE for them to ALL BE
LYING. They have stuck by their story all these years, with remarkable
Is it good for UFO research to have these
public discussions of abduction and related phenomena? On the one hand,
victims of these traumatic experiences can be comforted knowing THEY
ARE NOT ALONE, that there are others who have been levitated into
futuristic spacecraft and had their persons violated in unspeakable
ways, and then had their memories wiped out.
And on the
other hand, the information pool serious researchers use to determine
the veracity of these bizarre claims is CONTAMINATED each time one of
these incidents is publicized via the media. How many reports were
there of abduction and medical examination by large-eyed aliens before
the well-known BETTY AND BARNEY HILL CASE in 1961 was given wide
exposure via books and a subsequent TV movie? Now, reports similar to
these are ALL THE PUBLIC HEARS ABOUT!
When will there
be a movie made of the Cash-Landrum incident, where two women were
seriously burned by an OUT-OF-CONTROL UFO being escorted by a squadron
of UNMARKED HELICOPTERS? When will John A. Keel's "The MOTHMAN
PROPHECIES" be turned into a mini-series? When will "Unsolved
Mysteries" explain why a man named Simonton was given an ORDINARY
BUCKWHEAT PANCAKE by aliens as "proof"?