And, I am happy to say that I no longer feel that I will be seen as an intruder or a pest. I got a very nice email this afternoon from the host inviting me to come and join the fun and stay as long as I want!
The host of the soiree is Professor Michael Swords, one of the authors of the monumental book "UFOs and Government" and the mastermind behind the equally-impressive blog "The Big Study." In all fairness, he really didn't know who the hell I was when Mark Rodeghier, the Scientific Director of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies, invited me along to the party, so he had every right to be a little cautious about my intentions. I don't know what eased his mind about me, but I'm grateful.
You cannot imagine my relief at this... After my meeting with Mark Rodeghier yesterday at CUFOS HQ, I was really beginning to wonder about the overall psychological health of the UFO community in general. We were discussing a historical mystery that I've come across in researching my Hynek book, and Mark said I needed to talk to a certain person who may have some helpful information, but he added something to the effect that I should be careful because this person pretty much hates everyone who tries to talk to him...
Then I asked him about a former CUFOS investigator whose name has come up in a different context and who I would love to interview for the book, and Mark shook his head and said, "Oh, he won't talk to anybody." Then he said that I might have better luck getting an interview with this person's wife, but he added that she was actually his ex-wife and that she was pretty cranky herself...
|"Holy shit, these hu-mans are grumps. Destroy! Destroy!"|
So yeah, I need to be on guard against becoming the very thing I despise. Or, if I already have become the thing I despise, I need to be on guard against realizing it.