Back in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, a friendly face of TV science was Dr Dan Q Posin. He was a front cover personality for the CBS network and
had weekly radio shows and three TV series. At the same time, he was a regular author of articles in well-known magazines like Popular Mechanics. Some
fellow called Albert Einstein wrote…
It was in the February 1960
issue of Popular
Mechanics where I found this little-known nugget of an early UFO sighting. Posin casually describes seeing an unknown flying object in the 1930s…
He was in the unusual position of living during the heydays of UFO reports and remaining skeptical despite his sighting. I’ve developed an
admiration for the guy because he didn’t conclude that his sighting was extra-terrestrial.
Instead, the experience may well have inspired some of the visionary ideas he published in a book about space-travel and the possibilities of life on
our neighbouring planets and moons.
The book is called 'Out of this World'
and available through the Internet Archive as an
Barnes & Noble as a free Nook book.
It's full of humour and
science made easy; he captures the times with his enthusiasm.
It begins with the UFO sighting...
Back in 1959
, popular culture was saturated with UFOs, the Space Race and growing Cold War paranoia.
Rock n Roll was taking over the world and racial divisions were creating the personalities who would be marching for civil rights in the following
Amazing times to be alive.
Posin had left Russia to become a nuclear physicist in the USA and must have had a personal investment in all these changes. Family in Russia, a
scientist and UFO witness - a cosmopolitan 1950s citizen and scientist.
In the book, he considers dogs in space, moon bases and life on Venus and Mars.
Altogether, Dr Daniel Q. Posin was quite a man and has somehow fallen through the gaps of popular history.
His final words in Out of this World...
Popular Mechanics - February 1960 (pdf copy)
Out of this World - Dan Q Posin
Citizen Science Musings: My First Science
Dr Daniel Q Posin - Obituary
Dr Daniel Q Posin - Bibliography
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