I've just been listening to a podcast of a popular late night radio show, and I'm seriously bugged... The show is, of course, Coast to Coast AM, hosted by George Noory, and although I'm not a regular subscriber, I'll pay in for a month or so here and there if there's someone I really want to listen to.
Such was the case this week, when I got word that a UFO guy named Robert Perala, who is appearing this weekend at the big-league goof-a-thon called "Contact in the Desert," would be a guest on the show. But that, in and of itself, is not what made me want to tune in to the show. No, I wanted to listen because the promo for Perala's interview said this:
In December 1977, while staying in Lake Tahoe, as a violent lightning storm was taking place, his room was suddenly inhabited by three 8-ft. tall space-suited figures (they closely resembled the photo of an ET figure taken by Jeff Grenshaw in 1973). When he started screaming, he was placed in a blue bubble and the side of the house fell away, and he found himself being transported in a wormhole-like tunnel.
Perala was suddenly in a spherical room facing a glass obelisk, then quickly hurled back, lowered onto his bed. The faces of the ETs were covered by visors, and they had orange antennas. Later, he discovered he was badly sunburned and his body was covered in a honey-like oil. In 1978, he shared his story at a UFO convention, where J. Allen Hynek recorded his testimony, as William Shatner listened in.That's some pretty stupendous stuff, eh? Not only does the guy have an amazing abduction story to tell, complete with evil astronauts, blue bubbles, wormholes and melting houses, but he had an encounter with two of my heros: Dr. J. Allen Hynek and The Shat! Holy shit! I had to pay in and listen to that!!
|OhMyGod! They put you inside a blue bubble? Then they made your house melt??|
What really bugged me, though, was how Perala described Hynek. First he said that Hynek was "the founder of Project Blue Book," then a few minutes later he said that Hynek was "the founder -- the father, sort of -- of this whole industry."
Yikes. Wrong on both counts, dude. As most of us know, Hynek was a hired consultant to Project Blue Book, not its founder. And it would have steamed Hynek's shorts to hear himself described as the "founder" or "father" of the UFO industry. There is no escaping the fact that his work played a role in the development of the industry, but as I have written here recently, Hynek himself deplored those who preyed on people's hopes and beliefs to make a quick buck off the UFO phenomenon.
And Noory let both misstatements slide without comment.
And that's what's wrong with UFOlogy today.