High Strangeness: Weird UFO Phone Calls -- Part II

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Weird UFO Phone Calls -- Part II

I'm in a bit of a dilemma...

As I reported a few days back, I was contacted by a producer associated with the recently-announced History Channel TV show about Project Blue Book, the Air Force's official UFO study project, and Dr. J. Allen Hynek, the subject of my new book, The Close Encounters Man. The producer wanted some information about the "context" of Hynek's involvement with Blue Book, and I gave him a little. When he wanted more I referred him to my agent, and that's as far as it's gone.

Kelly-Hopkinsville: the UFO case that got away.
While I think it's pretty amazing that there are multiple Hynek projects out there, proving that his work and his legacy are more relevant than ever, I am a little nervous that the TV people may be headed in the wrong direction. A quick read of their May press release and their project description on IMDBpro.com shows that they still have some basic research to do. Journalist Lee Speigel himself pointed this out when the Rolling Stone writer who recently reviewed my book cited erroneous information from the History Channel press release in her article. (I don't blame Lee for being as upset as he was--it was an unfortunate oversight by the RS writer, when she could have just asked me for clarification)

So, here's the dilemma: I still have this great material about Hynek's work that had to be cut from the book, and I'd like to share it with my readers, but... I don't really want to be handing out free material to anyone who takes an interest in Hynek's work but doesn't want to be bothered with doing research. What to do?

The team I work with at my publishers have both been out of the office this week, so while I wait for their wise advice, I thought I'd ask you, my readers: Should I go ahead and start sharing this material? Is it worth the risk?

To review: among other things, the bonus material features these three episodes in Hynek's career:
  • The 1966 Dexter-Hillsdale, Michigan "Swamp Gas" case
  • The 1955 Kelly-Hopkinsville "Little Green Men" case
  • The 1960s Betty Hill "Star Map" case
Many of you have already cast your votes for the story you want first, and I will keep that in mind as I move forward. But now I want to hear from you on the broader question: Should I share the material sooner than later?




7 comments:

Timothy Brigham said...

I'd love to see it. Particularly Kelly-Hopkinsville and anything more on Hillsdale.
Cheers

Anonymous said...

I'd love to see it. I'd be in favor of posting it. But that's the scholar in me.

Bill Pilgrim said...

@Mark,

You are the one whose rigorous research has given you a clear picture of the context of Hynek's involvement with the incidents - and the numerous tangential factors associated with each.

I think it better the information comes from you rather than someone with a deadline who might only select superficial or sensationalistic elements.

Mark OC said...

I am leaning that way... More to come next week!

purrlgurrl said...

If you don't want your words and information scrambled, misrepresented, or taken out of context, release it yourself or through a reputable, credible source that presents facts that have been checked.

Given Rolling Stone's recent history (remember the college rape story disaster?), I wouldn't consider it to be one.

Mark OC said...

Fair point!

I've been on vacation for a few days and haven't given this matter much thought as I was getting sunburned on the beach :) Hope to come up with a plan this week!

SaucerSpud said...

Purrlgurrl makes an excellent point. With that said, I'd LOVE to read more about the super high strangeness of the Kelly-Hopkinsville case.