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Re: From the FBI Web Page

From: Terry Blanton <commengr@bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 22:16:51 -0700
Fwd Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 23:44:28 -0400
Subject: Re: From the FBI Web Page

> To: "UFO UpDates - Toronto" <updates@globalserve.net>
> From: Jerome Clark <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
> Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: From the FBI Web Page
> Date: Mon, 06 Jul 98 11:45:56 PDT

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> > What do you think the odds are that a couple of drunk barbers
> > shaved a monkey? <g>

> Pretty good. That is, in fact, what they did. Watters was
> responding to a $10 bet about whether he could get his name into
> the newspapers. He bought and killed a monkey, shaved it and cut
> off its tail, and left the corpse on a rural highway. He and two
> friends waved down the first approaching car and claimed they had
> come upon a landed saucer and plowed into one of its crew.
> Watters confessed after the animal was identified as a monkey,
> and he was subsequently fined for littering a public highway with
> the body of an animal.

> One of saucerdom's cruelest and most contemptible hoaxes, in my
> judgment.

My god! Thanks, Jerry . . . I guess.  Being an animal lover,
I'm disgusted.  I gather this will make a rather gruesome
research effort to find the press clippings.

All that aside, the truly interesting part is the role played by
government agencies in this hoax.  I mean, Johnnie Hoover
actually took the time from admiring his wardrobe and wrote the
Pentagon about it. Having occurred one year after the DC
overflight, I can understand their concern.

I guess we should all be grateful that the Condon Report saved
us so much money in investigative dollars. Declaring that there
was nothing to investigate really put a hiatus on the concern by
public authorities.

You probably read my diatribe on the list about insisting that
the Air Force investigate UFOs because they *are* UNIDENTIFIED.
I was quite adamant that they quit sitting on their duffs and do
their job of protecting the public and ensuring us that those
lights in the sky pose no threat today -- just like they posed
no threat in the '70s.  We need continual reassurance that no
*new* species have invaded our space.

If nothing else, we can point to the findings of the Sturrock
Report to show that *some* scientists think there is a reason to
investigate UFOs.  After all, some folks with really good
credentials say that all is not explained.

Terry