"but back in the '60s.......man that's off the chart, especially for a man working on space related projects. "
Actually, I would disagree. Chariots of the Gods (New York: Putnam and Bantam, 1968) sort of
wore sneakers until the 70's. Thats when it started to get some press. Yes, by the standards of folks
at JPL, it would have been considered outrageous, but just the sort of outrageous that would make
entertaining reading and conversation. Even in the military. I started hearing about the book somewhere
around the mid 70's, about the time the movie of the book was on television. It made for interesting conversation
so I broke down and bought the hardcover (second printing). I enjoyed the book. He was the first to
popularize the notion that we have been contacted and helped in the past by aliens. But its a story, FICTION.
Psuedo-science does not facts make. Lets see, the most truthful statement in the book are the first words, top
"This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either the product of the
author's imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or
dead, business establishments, or locales is entirely coincidental."
And dont forget how to really get publicity. His book hit the presses at near the same time as his trial for
the embezzelment of 400,000 Swiss Franks allegedly used to finance all the travels and photos in the book.