a reply to: cuckooold
I do not fully know Jacques' entire take on the phenomena at Gulf Breeze. "Tommy" and his admission of hoaxing photos with Walters is sketchy at
best - you don't even now these days hear much about him. I did not get to see his photos, but was told by some folks back in the day that they were
rather amateurish is comparison. I do not know how true of false that is, as I was never privy to them.
There is, as I said, quite a soap opera that erupted out of the Gulf Breeze thing. I would encourage anyone who is so inclined as to find out why that
is of import here, to study marginality, liminal states and anti-structural situation that are inexplicably tied to paranormal events. A warning: it
is a complex situation and one that requires abstract thought (not the same old thought referred to as "out of the box" by UFOLogy and it's
proponents - that isn't out of the box at all, but is it's own box) and a willingness to look at the paranormal in different ways, that are no less
amazing - yet still don't give any answers per se. The point is better questions. It's too early for even hypothesis.
Here's the short version of part of those topics: the paranormal in all it's facades will always have a built in self-negating factor that renders
the entire event or situation absurd. Marginal aspects, that were the story to be told in 100% unvarnished truth, you couldn't sell it to your
Eventually you get to a point with this where you stop asking foolish questions like "what is it?" and start asking "what surrounds the event?" -
and that's where you'll find more consistencies than you can shake a stick at.
As far as Gulf Breeze, the bizarre was in full swing there during the flap. I have often wondered, if the phenomena hides itself in the "not to be
believed" - what better a place to appear than within a case where there is rampant uneducated speculation, and very little in the way of real
By "soap opera" I mean that there were separations of marriages and extra-marital affairs going on among the skywatchers in Gulf Breeze. There was
backstabbing and infighting, and there was rumor and innuendo that culminated in a breakdown of the community involved in looking for UFOs. Such
effects are also noted in paranormal cases across the board. It's a product of being out of routine, or in "antistructured" states. You're not at
home with the family eating dinner (as in routine). This UFO thing has grabbed you to the point where you skip to McD's after work and head to the
park to meet up with other. You're out too late and late to work the next day - you say you're going straight home after work, but you do the same
thing again. That's the start of antistructure, and antistructural actions surround paranormal events, and perhaps even manifest them. It's a chain
I'll never forget Bruce and Ann Morrison saying on TV about filming "Bubba" in Shoreline Park, that they never missed a night. Holidays, Birthdays,
it didn't matter - they were there searching the skies instead. Bruce said to me in Gulf Breeze when I met him, "nothing else mattered". There it
So, it's a little more complex than if someone faked photos or not. Lets say he did. Could there be a better cover for which the phenomena to
envelope itself in? Could there be a more marginal situation? It couldn't be more perfect.
Someone asked about Bruce getting money from the case, and I don't know. I'm quite sure he spent more there then he even made, but he co-authored
and that's work, so I'm sure he got paid - and why shouldn't he. But even still - does one not see the marginal aspect to that? There it is again.
The earmarks are all over this case of some seriously deeper aspects to all this. Were I to tell you the complete 100% truth of my own sighting there,
I guarantee you not a soul here at ATS would believe it. Because it's stupid. Stupid as in your reply would be, "well I was with ya up until that
point, but yeah...I'm totally not buying that." The phenomena reacted to my situation directly, and it was unquestionable. Again, it's a
ridiculous story when it's told with 100% honesty. But it happened. One day I'll write it all out and let the chips fall.
My take on Gulf Breeze is that it did indeed happen. But it's bigger than Ed Walters, and there's plenty more to the story people don't know. What
I can say after looking into the case and the history of the place is it's steeped in the elements that seem to attend paranormal manifestations. I
am sure Dr. Jacques Vallee knows this too.
I should say to anyone reading this who doesn't know me from Adam, that frankly I detest the UFO field in general, and one reason is that the
mainstream UFO mavens B.S. you folks so much it's not funny. They sanitize the accounts they write about in their books, and bury case information
referred to as "outlier" data. It's the high weirdness that again, is part and parcel to the enigma, but renders the event absurd or too far to be
believed. This doesn't sell books, and it doesn't support the already-reached conclusions of the researcher.
My job as a researcher and radio host is to bring this data set out to the public, and call for 100% accurate reporting no matter what. No matter how
bizarre, or unbelievable. I do suspect there are clues and consistencies in those bits of the utterly bizarre that we need to examine. Dr. Vallee,
Terence McKenna, Dr. Richard Haines, George Hansen and others have reported on this, and are unafraid to push the boundaries of thought on the
subject. They were pushed back by the UFO mainstream, and so Jacques and others like him disconnect and work on their own. I have taken to doing much
the same thing. UFO research has become a business, and the business is dependent on selling you all a good story. But, you're missing the good part.
The phenomena is infinitely more complex and interesting once you know where to look. It's devastatingly apparent.
My friend Dr. Tyler Kokjohn had the best quote: "...the consumers of books, articles and videos play a unique and crucial role as the ultimate
evaluators of quality. Your decisions will determine the evidentiary standards and research conduct that will prevail in this field."
And so now that I've gone off on this spinning tangent (Just call me "Tangent Man"), I wish you all good day.