High Strangeness: Chewed Out!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Chewed Out!

Well, I've taken some heat for my recent blog in which I griped about the boring UFO cases that have been coming my way in past weeks, and I want to respond to that in two parts:

Part 1: I write this blog to entertain myself and, I hope, a few others along the way. As such, much of what I write here I write in jest. Because there's just so much stuff in the UFO world that's so darned funny. In fact, when I started this project, my aim was to write the world's first UFO blog that didn't take itself the slightest bit seriously, and in that I think I have succeeded. That's not to say I don't take the UFO phenomenon seriously, because I do, and if you read the blog a few times you'll see that. On the other hand, if you want to read a UFO blog that takes itself really really seriously, and is written by a UFO investigator who takes him- or herself really really really seriously, you have some options. A few thousand, in fact.

Part 2: Lighten up. I have a right to get bored with my UFO cases if they amount to the same danged silly lights in the sky over and over again, and if investigating the incidents doesn't produce any more information than the witnesses originally described. Both of those things can make Jack a very dull boy. And I have a right to gripe about the boring aspects of this job from time to time.
Yes, writing this blog can be like this.

On the other side of things, some very fun things have been happening lately...

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Geraldine Sutton Stith, the daughter of "Lucky" Sutton, the man who personally unloaded a few boxes of ammo into the "Little Green Men" of the Kelly-Hopkinsville UFO Invasion, and she was a pleasure to talk to. Geraldine wasn't born in 1955, when the event occurred, but she had good stories to tell about her Dad and how the event changed his life. I feel very fortunate to have this material, and a lot of it will be used in my Hynek book.

Also, today I noticed that Robert Hewitt Wolfe, one of the nice guys I used to work with when I wrote for "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" was doing an "ask me anything" on twitter (@writergeekrhw), and I was happy to see that a few people out there are still fans of the show. "DS9" was kind of the red-headed stepchild of "Star Trek," and was perpetually in the shadow of "The Next Generation," but IMHO it had stronger, more interesting characters, and a better overall narrative arc than "TNG." But that's just my O.

I also had a meeting recently with a film producer who is reading a few sample chapters of my Hynek book, and if he likes my stuff he wants to go out and try to get it set up as a moving picture somewhere out there in Los An-gell-eeze. And the best part is, he's an old friend, so if he doesn't like the book, he'll break it to me gently! And I'll still get it published anyway, so there.

Oh, and I got a mysterious email today from special effects guru Douglas Trumbull who you remember from this post, but I can't figure it out so I think it may be an elaborate special effect email. He said he was sending me a google file, but when I clicked on the attachment nothing appeared... I can't help thinking it's some sort of intelligence test and that only way he'll tell me anything more about his super UFO camera is if I solve the puzzle... Trouble is, I already wrote back telling him I couldn't open it.


Oh well, Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers!
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