A complete collection of the "Probe Report" UFO journal (an early 1980s British publication edited by Ian Mrzyglod) is now available
The articles in the Probe Report were of a higher quality than the vast bulk of the material that appears on the Internet today. The first issues were
relatively basic but there was very considerable evolution in the quality of the material in the Probe Report publications. (If you are going to dip
into an issue, I’d suggest starting with one of the later issues).
Jenny Randles, a well-known veteran British ufologist, has commented:
"Probe Report was a superb publication and needs to be out there."
I thought it was a shame that those journals weren't online so I tried to contact Ian Mrzyglod in 2012 to ask for permission to upload issues of the
Probe Report magazine to a free file storage website, but didn't get a response. I've tried again in late 2013 and this time not only did Ian
Mrzyglod give his permission but in fact he's offered to do all the scanning himself and then email me the files.
So, after quite a bit of scanning by Ian, I’m now able to share (with Ian’s permission) a searchable PDF archive of the entire collection of Probe
Reports (with thanks to Russian researcher Mikhail Gershtein for assistance with image enhancement techniques).
Just by way of example, the cover below (from Volume 2 Issue 2) shows a well known "alien" photo:
As I’ve previously written in more detail elsewhere
, that particular issue
included an article by Klaus Webner giving the background to that photo in some detail. In short, in 1981, Klaus Webner (still a local resident in
Wiesdadener, and a UFO researcher) managed to track down the source of the photo as being an April Fools Day issue of the German newspaper "Wiebadener
Tagblatt" in 1950. It was an April Fool's joke by then editor William Sprunkel and photographer Hans Scheffler. Respected UFO researcher Chris Aubeck
has commented "The fact that the author confessed two days later, yet the hoax became immortal, is just so typical" (Aubeck, 2008).
Add this archive of “The Probe Report” to the probably better-known "Skeptics UFO Newsletter" written by Phil Klass (which I recently helped get
online and posted about in a previous thread
) and you have a pretty good collection of
skeptical/critical UFO material.
For good measure, I recommend also adding the MUFON Journals, NICAP Newsletters, APRO
Bulletins and other material from links that I've previously posted online
. You can then use
the search technique I've already previously written about
to search all of these
collections of UFO journals/newsletters at the same time, together with collections of official documents (such as those I've made available in
searchable PDF format from files held by the FBI
and those in
), digitised UFO books and other material (such as the archives of the
better UFO email discussion Lists, e.g. the UfoUpdates List).
edit on 2-1-2014 by IsaacKoi because: (no reason given)