High Strangeness: Ninnies and Twits

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Ninnies and Twits

Nothing can brighten a blogger's day like positive reader comments, and in the past 24 hours I've gotten two that have really got me smiling.

One reader commented on my recent sense of discouragement concerning UFO research and writing, and very kindly told me this:
"Don't let the ninnies and twits get you down. BTW, I think a J. Allen Hynek biopic has been a long time coming."
I really appreciate that, Anonymous, and I am happy to say that I am in talks with a film producer to develop the Hynek book into a film or TV property. I'll let you know how that develops.

There was also a surprise comment from a second reader who had information on the great alien illustrator Anthony Ranfone, the man responsible for a memorable drawing of the Pascagoula, MS aliens from 1973. A while back a reader had identified Mr. Ranfone as the artist who created the U.S. Department of Energy's "Energy Ant" character, and said that Ranfone had an interest in the U.S. Air Force's "Project Blue Book" UFO program.

Now another reader adds more detail to the picture:
"I knew Anthony Ranfone when we worked together at what is now the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington DC. I commissioned him to do a painting of 'Light Heart', the cluster of 10 large helium balloons assembled by Col. Thomas L. Gatch Jr. for a stratospheric trans-Atlantic balloon attempt. Tony did a fabulous job on this, and the original oil painting remains one of my treasures, since I was Gatch's publicist, and he disappeared on that flight ... some say in the Bermuda Triangle. I don't know where Tony is today."
Col. Thomas Gatch and the "Light Heart." Victims of the Triangle?
I knew nothing about Col. Gatch and his 1974 attempted flight across the Atlantic in a high-tech balloon christened "Light Heart," but I'm glad I do now because it's a ripping yarn that ends in profound tragedy and mystery. Mr. Ranfone's connection to the story would be interesting enough on its own, but the Bermuda Triangle tie-in puts it over the top.

And what makes it even more fascinating is the report in a Florida newspaper that U.S. National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration, in response to what must have been relentless public outcry, just this week issued the findings of a bombshell study showing that there is nothing supernatural going on in the Bermuda Triangle! 

What should I make of this unnerving example of synchronicity? Why would news of The Bermuda Triangle cross my desk twice in the past 24 hours?

Look at the clues: art; aliens; the Bermuda Triangle; the Pascagoula abduction case; Anthony Ranfone; Light Heart; Energy Ant; ninnies & twits... It all must mean something, but what??
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