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Summary: There exists today a world-wide phenomenon… indeed if it were not world-wide I should not be addressing you and these representatives from many parts of the world. There exists a global phenomenon the scope and extent of which is not generally recognized. It is a phenomenon so strange and foreign to our daily terrestrial mode of thought that it is frequently met by ridicule and derision by persons and organizations unacquainted with the facts. Yet, the phenomenon persists; it has not faded away as many of us expected it would when, years ago, we regarded it as a passing fad or whimsy. Instead, it has touched on the lives of an increasing number of people around the world.

Hynek — From Sceptic to Believer
An expert in astronomy Hynek was employed as a consultant to Project Bluebook, the US Air Force’s official study of the UFO phenomenon. When a sighting report was received, Hynek’s role was essentially to suggest whether it might have been an astronomical body which the witness had seen instead.

He later acknowledged that his original views on the UFO topic were derisive. In his own words, he considered belief in UFOs to be a “mental aberration.” But Hynek’s views evolved over the years. As he was involved in more and more cases which seemed to defy simple explanation; as he encountered eye witnesses who were clearly professional persons of substance with no interest in self-publicity, Hynek came to consider the alternative: that there really was something very strange going on in our skies. As his conviction that there was an underlying reality to the UFO phenomenon grew, so too did his dissatisfaction with what he saw as Bluebook’s superficial and dismissive approach.

After Project Bluebook was wound up by the air force, Hynek continued his exploration of UFOs. He felt that the study of the phenomenon really had to be taken out of the “kook” ghetto and put on a serious scientific footing. He personally encountered many highly credentialled scientists who were happy to tell him privately of their interest and belief in UFOs, but would not dare utter the same sentiments in public for fear of losing credibility and damaging their career prospects. To help overcome the “sneer factor”, in 1973 Hynek established the Centre for UFO Studies in his native Chicago. It collected UFO sighting reports and started a scholarly journal — the Journal of UFO Studies — which still continues today. Close Encounters


Here’s something you don’t hear everyday!

This is just great… and props to Orkojoker for the heads up via his thread over at ATS, where you can learn even more and get yourself a link to see Hynek featured as the “mystery guest” on a TV game show. Ha!

This audio documentary was released on vinyl (on vinyl!)  in 1978 featuring Dr. J. Allen Hynek, scientific adviser to Project Blue Book for more than 20 years.

The quality of the audio and recording is excellent – and it is really cool hearing the extensive first-hand witness testimonies throughout the production as well as listening to Hynek talk at length about UFOs.

I do certainly agree with Karl12’s note that “the part at 2:40 in the second video where Bill Pecha describes the UFO he and his family ran away from is pretty compelling stuff.” And thee are many more.

I was disappointed, however, that at the end of Part 6 it cuts off… in mid-sentence. Quite annoying… really… so why has the uploader not posted the clearly missing Part 7? I have seen this happen before, several times, with other YouTube presentations. Not liking that aspect of the YouTube phenomenon.

So, what are the odds of finding this on vinyl nowadays? Close to zilch, I’d say. Maybe eBay… sigh.

But what there is is remarkable and I am happy that it is there for us to learn from.



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