I got this comment today from a reader who mentioned that he had interviewed Dr. J. Allen Hynek in 1979. I had asked how this came about, and here's the response:
"I was a news reporter at a TV station in Champaign, Illinois at the time. I had to put together a five-part series for sweeps so I thought that UFOs would make a great subject for it. CUFOS was up in Evanston at the time, so a cinematographer and I made arrangements to spend a day at CUFOS and video the interviews.The "Hendry" referred to is one of the investigators who worked for Hynek's Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS). I think it's pretty interesting that neither Hynek nor his investigator brought up the 1947 Roswell "UFO crash." I don't want to knock the whole Roswell thing--God knows it's given me plenty to blog about, and I am still hoping to restage "Roswell: The Musical" someday--but, besides that, isn't it a story that's run its course?
"I must have been absolutely brain-dead for not saving any of the footage. It didn't contain any shocking revelations, but it would have been an interesting indicator of where UFOlogy was in the late 70s.
"One thing I do recall - neither Hynek nor Hendry ever once mentioned Roswell. Hynek did mention abductions (after I prompted him) but he wasn't sure what to make of them or whether they were part of the UFO phenomenon at all."
Hynek wrote three books on the UFO phenomenon, and he never mentioned Roswell at all. In fact, in his 1975 book, "The Edge of Reality," Hynek pooh-poohs the idea of UFO crashes in pretty unambiguous terms:
"...if you were a bushman in Australia, how many parts from a Boeing 747 would you be picking up? The bushman might see an airplane fly over his territory for many years and not once be 'fortunate' enough to be witness to an air crash."Aside from his books, in the reams and reams of articles, papers and books I've combed through researching my book on Hynek, I have not come across a single mention of Roswell. Sure, Roswell is mentioned in the Project Blue Book files, but only as a part of the 1948-49 "green fireballs" mystery, and since that episode took place all over New Mexico, pretty much every town in the state was mentioned in the report, so... sorry, Roswell!
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Maybe I'll have to write a new ending to "Roswell: The Musical." Unless the aliens come back and write it for me...