High Strangeness: UFO Secrets in Rubbermaid Bins -- Part V

Sunday, February 4, 2018

UFO Secrets in Rubbermaid Bins -- Part V

Ok, I've just solved a mystery that's been puzzling me for the past eight days. First, reader Tim pointed out that a recent comment by Dr. Jacques Vallee had been deleted from this blog, then Dr. Vallee informed me that two of his comments were deleted, and then when I went to check just now I found that there were actually three comments from Dr. Vallee that had gone into hiding.
No, I do not make bad comments disappear into the cornfield!

I do not delete comments; never have, never will. The suggestion that I might be making reader comments disappear into the cornfield (there's a little Twilight Zone reference for you) has been of great concern. As I am the administrator of this blog, it makes sense that I would be able to delete reader comments (while also allowing readers to delete their own comments, of course), but I hadn't deleted anything.

So I finally had a chance to look into it this morning, and guess what? The comments weren't deleted. Blogger put three comments by Dr. Vallee dated January 23, 2018 into my spam box. That's eight days ago. Apparently they have been sitting there in my spam box for eight days, which means I would have had ample time to delete them if I had wanted to, but I didn't, because I don't do that kind of thing.

I have no idea what it could have been about these three comments that would flag them as spam. This has never happened before on High Strangeness to the best of my knowledge, but I think we've all learned something here today...

So... I have "unspammed" Dr. Vallee's comments and they are there for all to see, but if you're too lazy to go looking for them, I will paste them here. Enjoy!



In an email to Mark on 22 December 2017 I reminded him that Allen Hynek (who once honestly thought the character was based on Poher, as he told me himself) had not been aware of many developments that occurred during the filming of Close Encounters and of the way characters evolved. As Mark correctly points out, "Lacombe" was initially an American. Steven Spielberg clarified the issue in person during one of our meetings in Hollywood at a lunch with Marcia Seligson, who reported on it in a 1977 article ("Not Alone" in New West, 7 Nov. 1977) that I submitted to Mark, so I am surprised the misunderstanding continues. I can post that article again if that can help clarify the issue further. Not only did Steven Spielberg tell Marcia and me that the character was based on me, but he added that he had read my book Anatomy of a Phenomenon (1965) when he was a young cinematographer and that he had been intrigued by the character of a Frenchman investigating UFOs in the US, as I did. To now on UFO Secrets in Rubbermaid Bins -- Part II


Hi Tom, Thanks for pointing out that my comment was deleted by some technical glitch. I obviously have a primary right to comment on this issue, so I am posting it again: "In an email to Mark on 22 December 2017 I reminded him that Allen Hynek (who once honestly thought the character was based on Poher, as he told me himself) had not been aware of many developments that occurred during the filming of Close Encounters and of the way characters evolved. "As Mark correctly points out, "Lacombe" was initially an American. Steven Spielberg clarified the issue in person during one of our meetings in Hollywood at a lunch with Marcia Seligson, who reported on it in a 1977 article ("Not Alone" in New West, 7 Nov. 1977) that I submitted to Mark, so I am surprised the misunderstanding continues. I can post that article again if that can help clarify the issue further. "Not only did Steven Spielberg tell Marcia and me that the character was based on me, but he added that he had read my on UFO Secrets in Rubbermaid Bins -- Part II



I don't understand why my prior entries were deleted. I am re-posting this comment to Mark O’Connell: ============== "In an email to Mark on 22 December 2017 I reminded him that Allen Hynek (who once honestly thought the character was based on Poher, as he told me himself) had not been aware of many developments that occurred during the filming of Close Encounters and of the way characters evolved. "As Mark correctly points out, "Lacombe" was initially an American. Steven Spielberg clarified the issue in person during one of our meetings in Hollywood at a lunch with Marcia Seligson, who reported on it in a 1977 article ("Not Alone" in New West, 7 Nov. 1977) that I submitted to Mark, so I am surprised the misunderstanding continues. I can post that article again if that can help clarify the issue further. "Not only did Steven Spielberg tell Marcia and me that the character was based on me, but he added that he had read my book Anatomy of a Phenomenon (1965) when he was a young on UFO Secrets in Rubbermaid Bins -- Part II

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