High Strangeness: The UFO Gap (with partial nudity)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The UFO Gap (with partial nudity)

What is "The UFO Gap?" I have no flipping idea, but I hope to find out soon. I have just placed a bid on eBay for the December, 1967 issue of Playboy magazine, which features an article of that same name written by Dr. J. Allen Hynek.

In six days, and for as little as $4.95, my current bid, I may become the proud owner of this rare example of late 1960's American maleness, which is described as being:

Good or close to very good condition, excellent for its age. Centerfold attached.
It shows some use, but no abuse. 

"No abuse." That's what you want in an old copy of Playboy magazine. "Centerfold attached" also seems to be somewhat of a bonus. Or so I've heard.

It's the Gala Christmas Issue!
The beautiful thing is that even after I've read "The UFO Gap," I will still have many long evenings of reading pleasure ahead of me, for the December 1967 issue of Playboy magazine features such gems as:
  • An interview with Johnny Carson (Jay Leno's warm-up act)
  • An article about the Vietnam War written by John Kenneth Galbraith
  • Humor by Jean Shepherd (one of my idols, and probably one of yours, too, if you've ever seen the movie "A Christmas Story.")
  • Fiction by Irwin Shaw
  • An article about privacy written by Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas (so odd for Playboy to address privacy issues...)
  • More fiction, this time by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Elke Sommer's Wicked Dreams -- a pictorial (I did not know that '60s screen vixen Elke Sommer was an expert on dream research -- that's crazy!)
Elke Sommer doing some dream research.
Of course, I may never get to those other articles, because Dr. Hynek's UFO article may blow my mind and ignite my UFO fever to such a degree that I no longer have need of the rest of the magazine.

Yes, I am that dedicated.


Terry the Censor said...

Don't know if you ever got the mag, Mark, but it's now online (however briefly).


Do you have the lengthy UFO roundtable from Playboy January 1978? (Salisbury, in Utah UFO Display, explains how the article was assembled. Interesting.)

Mark UFO'Connell said...

I sure wish it had been this easy to get Playboys when I was a lad.

I'll check out the article, thanks!