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'Fortean Times' article on Mexican UFO flap/wave

From: Steve Woods <S.Woods@elsevier.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 13:26:19 +0100
Fwd Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 23:14:07 -0400
Subject: 'Fortean Times' article on Mexican UFO flap/wave

Greetings from Oxford, England
11 June 1998

Those of you who read this item might be interested in a letter
I sent to FT which they didn't print. Using this
enhanced-democracy medium it will now see the light of day, so
to speak ! Here it is ............

"RE: 'MEXICAN WAVE'   by R.Irving

Mr Irving, in his hatchet debunk job that generations of the US
military would be proud of (cf 'Blue Book' etc) conveniently
ignores several features of this UFO flap :

1. Eyewitness testimony of pilots and air-traffic controllers at
Mexico City airport - interviewed in the 'Masters of the Stars'
video. Oh, I suppose this was faked/misidentification ; the
debunkers have always got a negative explanation.

2. Footage of multi-UFO manoevres eg about 20 UFOs moving in
formation. Oh yes, they were seagulls as per 'Blue Book' !!!
Also, generation of many UFOs from one, amoeba-like.

3. At least two close-ups/magnifications indicate the trad,
fried-egg, saucer shape, pulsing a bead/beam of light -
NOT the hockey-puck shape at all.

What Mr Irving has done (a common technique) is to highlight a
few ambiguities/mistakes and extrapolate that the whole range of
phenomena are likewise.

FT should do the right thing and publish a 'pro' article. My
apologies if you have already done this (I am not a regular
reader). FT is normally quite unbiased - a great mag I think !!



"I suppose a lot of this 'is-it-real/Occam's razor/ETH' etc
debate boils down to what actually constitutes 'proof'.
My cynical alter-ego thinks that this could be only when the
tabloid press of the world 'accept' 'it'. Only then will the
un/under-educated masses and mainstream job/reputation-clinging
so-called scientists admit belief.

aU RevOIR,

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