By 'unsung,' I'm thinking of people in ufology who are rarely mentioned on ATS. I'm using ATS as a benchmark for what the average person knows
about the people who take part in the subject. Also, rather than dig up the people in the past, I'm going to name some of those who are active
Foremost for me is Michael Swords
(retired professor), a man who has been contributing gold-dust for
3 decades. People argue that 'aliens' couldn't possibly be humanoid in shape. No way, man! They'd be all like slime-critters or have eyes instead
of toe-nails. Even Jacques Vallee says an alien could be like an octopus.
Swords makes an excellent argument
that *if* such Folk from Elsewhere
could come here...they would likely be humanoid by evolutionary necessity. After all, they need to begin with tools and then get to fire before they
can start zipping about in Saucer Mk1s. For tools, they'd need appendages (hands etc) and nature doesn't require more than two arms for
manipulation. 3, 5 and more arms would just be showing off. If they want to control fire, they'd need to be on a world with the atmosphere to grow
stuff that burns and can sustain a flame.
Rich Reynolds runs the UFO Iconoclasts blog
where they get into the nitty gritty of ufological history and
ponder the big questions. He and the RRRGroup have been in the field for decades and are border-line maverick in the way they don't pay lip-service
to the 'sung heroes' of ufology. At times I've winced at how acerbic Rich can be in his posts. 6 years of sustained posts and a lot to learn by
Through Rich's blog/s, I've come to know a lot of great thinkers on the subject and enjoy reading their posts a great deal. Of these guys, probably
the most adventurous theorist is Bruce Duensing (Intangible Materiality - retired)
It takes a lot
of mental sweat to begin to keep up with his references and ideas, but they are original and certainly under-exposed. The lack of interest has led to
a current hiatus.
Leslie Gunter's The Debris Field
is a daily collection of ufological blogs. She's been providing
this service for nothing more than it takes to subscribe. It's a good way to discover new writers, commentators and sites. Similarly
posts all the latest paranormal and ufological articles every day. What makes these guys stand out
is they publish books by many of the well-known names like Nick Redfern and also Mike Swords last book, Grass Roots UFOs. Whatever they post is done
with an intelligent aside and no hyperbole.
Eric Ouellet's Parasociology blog
covers ufology in
a way that's original and intelligently entertaining. Jose Caravaca
has been writing about his
growing hypothesis called 'Distortion Theory' that investigates the humanoid encounter reports and offers a speculative explanation. He suggests
that something is interfacing with human consciousness and presenting a message via the cultural references we all have in our psyches.
Keith Basterfield and Pauline Wilson run the UFOs - Scientific Research
site and discuss
Australian reports. KB has been in the field for decades and, like Mike Swords, has written for MUFON, International UFO Reporter and NICAP.
I could go on...and on. Dr David Clarke, Martin Shough, John Hanson, Colin Bennett are all big contributors too.
The 'Unsung Heroes' are all of those people who don't appear on Coast to Coast all the time and don't tour the conference circuit. These are the
men and women who contribute and influence people without much applause and for little money.