High Strangeness: UFO Media Onslaught! -- Part II

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

UFO Media Onslaught! -- Part II

Good things always happen in threes... Oh, wait, that's bad things, isn't it? Well, then I don't know how to explain the fact that three good things all kind of happened or are happening this week. Or maybe they're all bad things and I just don't know it yet?

#1: Today, the human race got its closest look ever at ex-planet Pluto, which was discovered by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ. Not only was Dr. Tombaugh the only astronomer to have discovered Pluto, he is also one of only a handful of professional astronomers to have seen and reported a UFO, and to publicly endorse the scientific study of UFOs. For that, I thank you, Dr. Tombaugh!

#2: This Friday, July 17th, at 9 pm/8 pm Central, I make my basic cable TV debut on The Travel Channel, talking about Dr. J. Allen Hynek on "Mysteries at the Monument," hosted by everybody's favorite cable TV host, some guy named Don Wildman. I would have preferred Charleton Heston or Geraldo, but they didn't ask my opinion. Will my interview clips make me look intelligent or will they make me look like a boob? Have the producers edited my comments to make it seem as though I'm saying things that I didn't really say, or will they just leave me to drone on and on like I usually do? Will I become the next Giorgio T, or will I become the proverbial "face on the cutting room floor"? Will it be my moment of shining glory or will it be a catastrophe? Since the interview was taped over a year ago and I can barely remember what I had for breakfast this morning, the contents of my interview will be as big a surprise to me as they will be to the rest of the world. Can't wait to find out what I said!

My suite at the Wyndham!
#3: I've just been asked to give a talk at a Conference to be held in Ann Arbor, MI in March, 2016 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the infamous 1966 "Dexter-Hillsdale" UFO sightings, better known to most as the "Swamp Gas" incident. The event will be hosted by Michigan MUFON and I am anxiously awaiting word on when the Lear Jet will be picking me up and how many nights I'll be spending in the Presidential Suite at the Wyndham Garden of Ann Arbor. I am truly honored to have been invited, and I owe a big thank you to the UFO Council of Elders that meets regularly at the home of Michael Swords in Kalamazoo, and who suggested me for this gig! (Strangely enough, I have already been approached by an alumnus of Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI, about possibly giving a talk on the sighting that took place on their campus and was a big part of the Swamp Gas fiasco. If both events are on the same day and I have to choose, it might come down to which Lear Jet has the best-stocked mini-bar.) I'm already starting to think about what my talk could cover, because I have a lot to work with; when I started researching the Dexter-Hillsdale case for my Hynek bio, I was surprised to find how heavily documented the incident was, and yet at the same time how completely misreported the entire affair has been over the years. In short, I thought I knew a lot about the case and I was dead wrong.

So there you have it: Three things that I think are all good, all hitting all at once. Every week should be like this!


Tom said...

Congrats Mark! Positive people can accomplish positive things, even in Ufology.

And the nattering negative nabobs of skepticism sit home stewing in their own juices.

Win - Win!

Mark UFO'Connell said...

As always, I appreciate the support!