High Strangeness: Typographical Errors

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Typographical Errors

This is a big week for me. Months and months of research on my book about Dr. J. Allen Hynek and UFO research are about to reach a crescendo, and I expect to come out of it with a wealth of incredible new material, both for the book and for this blog....

Tomorrow I visit the secret underground headquarters of Dr. Hynek's still-active UFO research organization, CUFOS (Center for UFO Studies), where I will learn the details of my secret mission to coax Hollywood special-effects genius Douglas Trumbull to join forces with CUFOS to capture photographic images of UFOs... And when I say "secret underground headquarters" what I really mean is that it's a mess of bookshelves and beaten-up filing cabinets in a guy's basement, but that doesn't change the fact that this could be a really cool meeting. I'll be sure to tell you as much as I can as soon as I  can!

In three days I am finally going to meet with a certain colleague X of Dr. Hynek's who may or may not have worthwhile information for my book. I'm doing it because I'm hoping something good will come out of it, but I'm not holding my breath. As regular readers may remember, colleague X is the same person who recently told another former Hynek colleague--colleague Y--something about me that made colleague Y start sending me abusive emails and swear never to talk to me... This despite the fact that colleague X had never actually met me and knew nothing about me. So, yeah, there's still some weirdness there, and it got even weirder when colleague X's "publicist" called me over the weekend and told me to hurry up and interview her client already. Nothing wrong with that, except that she called me at 9 fucking pm on Saturday night! I was trying to have a relaxing night with my family, and suddenly I have a "publicist" yammering on the phone about all these phone numbers and email addresses I need to jot down and how her client is just so so busy and if I want to book time with him I really need to do it now. I didn't write down a thing she told me, because I didn't believe for one second that she was a "publicist," but a couple days later I did make the appointment to talk to colleague X -- just to get it over with. Apparently he is super busy with a new book that's just come out and a movie that he's appearing in and an archaeological dig in New Mexico, and by the way, yada yada yada...

Ladies and Gentleman, Bob Dylon!
So, since he made a point of telling me all this, I thought it only proper to check out the book and the movie, and, well... to put it kindly, they both made me chuckle. The book looks like a complete rehash of every old Area 51 and Roswell story you've ever heard, so it will probably be a best-seller. Its reviews on Amazon were mostly positive, but a couple reviewers pointed out that the book is full of mistakes -- like using the term "Marshall law" when the author meant "martial law." That flowed into the website for the movie, which is rife with really boneheaded spelling and grammar goofs, such as a reference in the writer's bio --the writer's bio -- to famed folk singer "Bob Dylon," or a description of UFOs as a "space aged myth."

Sure, I know, every writer makes booboos... There are a milllion typos in this blog. But this blog is a conversation, not a book. It isn't being published, or being touted as a major Hollywood film (at least not yet). Sloppiness like that in a published book or a professionally-done website promoting a new motion picture is pretty awful.

Anyway... after that I'll be venturing to Kalamazoo, MI, to join the Council of UFO Elders as they eat pizza, drink beer, probably fart a lot and tell me what an insufferable pest I am to them all. Can't wait!

Oh, I almost forgot to mention: last night I did my first-ever Skype interview for a webcast called Topic: UFO, and I had a blast! The host was pretty chill, and made me feel right at home. We had a great talk about my Top Ten UFO case, of course, and the episode will be aired sometime later this month. Sadly, I have to share the hour with the other 9 MUFON "investigators" who are trying to steal the limelight from me, but I think my brilliance will shine through. At least that's what my wife assured me.

2 comments:

Terry the Censor said...

> still-active UFO research organization, CUFOS (Center for UFO Studies)

active or just extant?

Mark OC said...

I suppose it would be more accurate to say somewhere between the two, but working to become more active... They still do quite a bit of fascinating work on historical UFO research, and have a pretty exciting new program in the works!