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I was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1962, the son of a police officer and nurse. I grew up on Long Island, where I read books and played baseball. As
an undergraduate student at Alfred University, I studied History, English, and Philosophy, and discovered a deep passion for the discipline of
history. I was fortunate to earn a scholarship to study at Oxford University, then closely missed receiving a Rhodes Scholarship. In retrospect, I
clearly see that I lacked the maturity for such a distinction, but even then showed the good instincts of alienating the selection committee.
I did my graduate work at the University of Rochester, where I focused on German and Soviet studies before moving on to American Cold War diplomacy. I
left academia when I realized I was tired of the life and unexcited about begging for adjunct instructorships. So I earned my living as a
self-employed business writer.
Around 1994, the UFO problem began to interest me. I had always possessed an average level of interest in the subject. I owned exactly one book on it,
and caught an occasional documentary on television. In other words, I knew nothing of value whatsoever about the problem of UFOs, very much like most
I don't know precisely why I became interested in this field. I am not, for example, a great fan of science fiction, as many UFO "fans" seem to be.
I am not so much hostile as merely indifferent to the likes of Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke. Fundamentally, I am a history and politics sort, and
it was from this angle of approach that I reached the UFO problem. The thing that intrigued me was the cultural schizophrenia involved in the entire
matter. The fact that mainstream and academic culture (what I refer to as "official culture") continues to treat UFOs as amusement, but that so many
intelligent people privately take it seriously. I also knew that many people claimed the UFO problem was treated with great secrecy by the military.
Where was the truth?, I wanted to know.
Throughout 1995, 1996, and 1997, I spent most of my spare time conducting a fairly systematic bibliographic search, hunting down the many out-of-print
books and UFO documents released over the years through the Freedom of Information Act. Once I began to delve, I found the amount of information
nearly overwhelming. I was methodical, however, and eventually prepared a detailed chronology of relevant events, and realized it was more than enough
for a useful text on the subject. So I set out to write it.
And now I am finished. I had no intention of writing a 500 page book, but am pleased with how it has come out. While undertaking my project, it became
clear to me just how necessary this book is. Crazy as it may seem, you can't find anything like it at Border's or Barnes & Noble. There are many
fine works on the subject of UFOs, and none of them provide the crucial foundation everyone needs: a clear, comprehensive, but concise historical
narrative of the problem. This is exactly what I have tried to do. In addition, I have worked hard to make this book a good read. I expended much time
and effort into gaining my reader's interest, and am pleased to announce that my early readers all seem to agree that my book is a page-turner. This
is important to me: I want this book to be as easy to use as possible.
I have been encouraged by the extremely positive response from my readers, starting from well before the book's publication. I fully expected this
book to generate good feedback. What I did not expect was the intensity of this response. The information in the book, combined with its manner of
presentation, seems to have struck a resonant chord with many readers in a way that has exceeded my best expectations.
In the near future, I will be working on this study's second volume, which will take the story through the remainder of the 20th century. At this
point, I am unsure how best to tackle the project, but I have little doubt that it will be ready within a couple of years. Meanwhile, I will continue
to work on a variety of smaller projects, which in all likelihood will end up on this website. They will reflect the ongoing evolution of my
interests, not all of which are related to UFOs.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the matter of UFOs, conspiracy theories, the fate of the earth, or anything else you feel to be of
relevance. Humanity may, in the end, be powerless to prevent itself from self-annihilation in its quest to trash the planet. But we only have a chance
to prevent this when informed and intelligent citizens make it their business to organize for a better future. Personally, I am doubtful this can be
sufficiently achieved, but must we not fight the good fight despite the likelihood of failure?
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[edit on 4/10/2008 by Dave Rabbit]