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RARE “UFOs : A History” booklets by Loren Gross now on SOHP website (10,000+ PDF pages)

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posted on Jul, 21 2015 @ 05:04 PM
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The “UFOS : A History” collection of 100+ booklets were written by Loren Gross as a labour of love over many years, sourcing material from some of the best and brightest in historical UFO research (including Jan Aldrich, Barry Greenwood and many others).

Many of the booklets are over 100 pages long so “booklet” is perhaps a potentially misleading term to use in relation to them. (Lots of UFO book authors would simply have spaced out the material a little bit more generously, converting each of the 100+ booklets into a typically sized retail book…).

Using a freeware tool to count the pages in the entire collection, it appears that the total number of pages is an impressive 10,447. (There is some duplication between original editions, revised editions and Supplemental Notes (SN) of a few of the booklets so that total number of pages would be slightly lower if only non-duplicated material were to be counted by someone more obsessive than me).

These booklets by Loren Gross are “delightfully written” and “_the_ source for material gleaned from contemporaneous accounts of UFO events” (according to Karl Pflock in the “Saucer Smear” newsletter in May 1999). Jan Aldrich’s excellent Project 1947 website states that:



…Gross manages to skillfully balance his presentation, treading through the material carefully and with purpose, as one might negotiate a mine field

The History series is not just a chronological ordering of events. At times Loren includes minute by minute accounts of events, detailing the actions and reactions of military, official and scientific bodies, as well as the culture of popular journalism to the mystery of the unidentified flying object.


Most of these booklets were sent by Loren Gross to a very select circulation list of UFO researchers and have rarely been sold. When I refer to these booklet as “RARE”, well, I really mean that. I’m not sure that a single person here in England qualified for the select circulation list for his series of booklets… Although (as some of you may have noticed!) I have accumulated quite a lot of UFO material over the years, until recently I had only managed to obtain a small handful of those valuable booklets.

Thankfully, Tom Tulien has been working hard to make these booklets more readily available to me (er, I mean to everyone…) by making them freely available on his Sign Oral History Project website – with the kind permission of Loren Gross.



For those of you that don’t know about him, Tom Tulien is a UFO researcher in the USA, probably best known for his detailed research on the events at Minot Air Force Base on 24 October 1968. (The Minot case was discussed in a thread on ATS entitled “The Minot AFB B-52 UFO Incident” started by Karl12 in 2010).

During the last week, Tom Tulien has filled in some gaps in his collection and uploaded the final booklets to his SOHP website. To help make it easier for me to download the entire series (er, I mean for everyone to download them…), I asked Tom to make the booklets available with a single click – resulting in him helpfully arranging the uploading of the 1.3Gb zip file below:

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For anyone wishing just to download a sample issue of the booklets written by Loren Gross, or a specific booklet (rather than the entire 1.3Gb archive), I’ll post links below to each of the booklets on Tom Tulien’s website – with a view sample pages to give an idea of the content.

Loren Gross and Tom Tulien are both included in the picture below of the participants in a meeting of the Sign Historical Group, detailed in the Proceedings of that meeting. (I have circled Loren Gross in red and Tom in blue).



(Loren Gross, Tom Tulien and some of the other individuals in the above photograph are somewhat unusual members of the UFO community. They are much better at research than self-promotion, so many of you may not have heard of them. By contrast, quite a few of the UFO researchers you may have seen speaking at UFO conferences are much better at self-promotion than research…).

Here is a photo of Loren Gross as a younger man, courtesy of an issue of an JUFOH , edited by the late Dick Hall). I’ll also include a brief extract from an interview of Loren Gross in that issue.






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posted on Jul, 21 2015 @ 05:05 PM
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This long series of booklets contain LOTS of quotes from (and quite a few images of) contemporaneous newspaper articles and official documents. The coverage of contemporaneous sources is much more detailed than you will find in almost any UFO book.

The booklets are also very well referenced. They contain LOTS of endnotes, most of which are to newspaper articles and official documents (avoiding the tendency of some UFO books merely to cite other UFO books, passing on inaccurate and hoaxed information).

Of course, some of the newspaper items quoted (and some of the official documents…) contain inaccuracies – not to mention the inconsistencies between some of the numerous newspaper items and the official documents - but these booklets get you MUCH closer to the relevant primary sources than most of the UFO literature.

Once the searchable PDF collection is downloaded, you can also run keyword searches of the entire archive using the free software (PDF Xchange Editor) I’ve previously discussed.

My personal favourite use of the booklets is to find out explanations for “UFO” incidents which were published decades ago, but the explanation has been forgotten by many researchers over the years. This applies in particular to hoaxes and photographs of “aliens” (as I’ve written about elsewhere – e.g. Koi Alien Photo 01 and Koi Alien Photo 04).





In short, these booklets are an invaluable reference resource.

So, enjoy (and join me in thanking Loren Gross and Tom Tulien…).



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