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originally posted by: Kandinsky
my ISP will probably be throttling me for several days after downloading some of the files in your links.
MUFON, in general, demonstrate mixed standards across their membership and historically through their various directors. It's frequently been secretive and possessive with its records and apparently lost much of them with the Bigelow shenanigans of recent years. Maybe there's been some 'over-egging' too? This might make some folk reluctant to release files that could be a shadow of their reputed size. It might also be a modern iteration of priests withholding literature and literacy from wider populations to maintain status?
The field of ufology is fading and diminishing with each passing year, in my opinion. The legends of on all sides are growing elderly and there are a fewer people to replace them. What better time could there be for everyone to pool their resources and have one last collegiate attempt to make some sense of the sightings reports? Reports and the cultural history that made for such a fertile breeding ground for belief systems.
Long-winded BS aside, thanks again for your excellent work and also those who played their part by providing resources and making it all possible.
Thanks for the great thread Isaac, it will take me some time to go through this!
originally posted by: IsaacKoi
Shell Alpert's well-known "UFO" photograph is also discussed in the video at the link below. Incidentally, one of the recent comments on that video on Youtube is an intriguing comment by a Youtube user using the name "Michael Weinstein ". Mr Weinstein's comment baldly states the following: "Shell Alpert was my stepfather. He revealed it was not authentic to me when I was a teenager in the early 1980's". I'll be sending Michael Weinstein a message seeking clarification/confirmation of his comment...
Here are his other comments which along with the reflection-like appearance lead me to think the reflection is more probable than improbable:
It was an extremely hot day and I think that perhaps some sort of refraction of ground reflections could possibly have accounted for the lights, but in my estimation this is an improbable explanation. The lens was quite dirty and so was the window screen. I cannot in all honesty say that I saw objects or aircraft, merely some manner of lights.
Submitted 17 July, 1952
/s/ Shell R. Alpert
His sighting doesn't suggest to me that he was looking at flying objects, based on his own description.
I observed the sky and saw what appeared to be several bright almost brilliant lights slightly on the starboard side of the power plant smoke stacks. I could not determine:
1- Size of lights
2- Number of lights
3- Altitude of lights
4- Sound, if any
5- Speed of lights, if any
6- Direction of lateral or vertical motion
7- Shape of lights
originally posted by: cleverhans
you should seriously be publishing books on this.
originally posted by: IsaacKoi
A couple of years ago, I did (only half-jokingly) suggest during discussions with someone in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations that was involved in the follow-up to the Rendlesham Incident that we write a book together. I'll probably have to wait until I retire, which will not be for quite a few years yet...
originally posted by: daveinats
An acquaintance of mine was assigned to inventory the forts audio and video holdings. One day while taking a break, he commented, "...you have to see two of these films...". ... They showed a metallic vehicle descend on the run way (descend as opposed to landing on the run way). Then US Air Force staff cars go out to meet the 'people' coming from the vehicle.