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BWW Media Alert 19990103

From: BufoCalvin@aol.com
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 1999 10:05:33 EST
Fwd Date: Sun, 03 Jan 1999 15:22:03 -0500
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January 2, 1999

Well, this is your last year to get the 20th century right :) .
As most of you know, I tend to be pretty positive in outlook:
the twentieth century has been okay to me so far...great in some
areas!

Last week's FOX broadcast of WORLD'S GREATEST HOAXES: SECRETS
FINALLY REVEALED seemed an incredible display of chutzpah.  Bob
Kiviat, who had produced the very successful alien autopsy show
for FOX (among other weird shows), brought us this one
apparently angled towards skepticism.  I haven't dissected it
thoroughly, but it was amusing in its lack of balance and the
use of red herrings.  While it appeared that some people, such
as Kal Korff, may have had legitimate things to say, it was
difficult to tell in this format. Essentially, someone would
claim inside knowledge that something was a hoax, without much
if any collaborating evidence.  The logical people to respond
(the people being accused of hoaxing) were generally not made
available.  They may, of course, have chosen to stay clear, but
we didn't have statements like "Ray Santilli/Bob Gimlin/the
President of ANE/ declined to be interviewed". In the cases
where someone did respond, such as Billy Meier, Doc Shiels, or
the supposed man in the suit in the Patterson film, it was all
denials.  My favorite thing was the guy trotted out who claimed
to have been appeared in the alien autopsy film...except it
wasn't a piece of film that had ever been shown before!  The
quality was way below that of the "actual footage".  The
gentleman seemed to have a tough time keeping a straight face:
was that because he was revealing the real hoax, or hoaxing the
revelation?  The thing I was most disturbed by was the equation
of the Billy Meier "cult" with the Solar Temple and Heaven's
Gate (which both contained members who committed suicide).  It
seemed to be guilt by association, and could start unjustified
(but not necessarily incorrect) action.  The statement that some
folks who hang out with Billy Meier also were members of the
Solar Temple ignores, for example, the fact that many members of
Heaven's Gate were STAR TREK fans: does that mean that there
will be a mass suicide at the next Trek convention?  Let me
stress that I think it was fine that the program was run, and I
encourage Bob Kiviat to do more.  They had the standard "hey,
this isn't news, it's entertainment, so we can do whatever we
want" disclaimer.  We all assume that everybody who watches tv
is smart enough, and disciplined enough,  to keep that in mind,
right?  ;) .  Besides, it was a great chance to tape the
Patterson film.

Interestingly enough, Nessie came out relatively well.  One of
the ones they didn't debunk (despite the fact that you could
have easily found people who would have said it was fake) was
the Robert Rhines group of underwater photos. This week, look to
NOVA to do an episode on Nessie which is also rumored to be not
overly negative.  The old girl may be recovering somewhat from
the allegations about the "surgeon's photograph".

By the way, I'm starting a new monthly feature in FATE magazine
soon, covering weird reports from around the world. If you are
interested in contributing, please let me know and I'll send you
the criteria.

On to the listings: Times are generally Pacific.

TELEVISION

A&E

Next Sunday, January 9, 4:00 PM, ANCIENT MYSTERIES WITH LEONARD NIMOY: UFOS:
THE FIRST ENCOUNTERS (from ancient texts)

THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL

Sunday, January 3, 10:00 PM, WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT?: CASTLES, TOMBS, AND
LEONARDO (includes haunting in England)
Monday, January 4, 2:00 AM, WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT?: CASTLES, TOMBS, AND
LEONARDO (includes haunting in England)
Thursday, January 7, 10:00 PM, INTO THE UNKNOWN: ANCIENT PUZZLES (oddly, this
series which has always been cryptozoological before, appears to be stepping
outside)
Friday, January 8, 1:00 AM, INTO THE UNKNOWN: ANCIENT PUZZLES (oddly, this
series which has always been cryptozoological before, appears to be stepping
outside)
Saturday, January 9, 2:00 PM, INTO THE UNKNOWN: ANCIENT PUZZLES (oddly, this
series which has always been cryptozoological before, appears to be stepping
outside)
Next Sunday, January 10, 12:30 PM, ARTHUR C. CLARKE'S WORLD OF STRANGE POWERS:
WARNINGS FROM THE FUTURE
Next Sunday, January 10, 10:00 PM, WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT?: CASTLES, TOMBS, AND
LEONARDO (includes haunting in England)
Next Thursday, January 14, 10:00 PM, INTO THE UNKNOWN: GIANT SERPENTS
Next Friday, January 15, 1:00 AM, INTO THE UNKNOWN: GIANT SERPENTS

MTV

Sunday, January 3, 2:30 PM, ROAD RULES: UFO stories (don't know if this is
really appropriate or not)
Sunday, January 3, 4:30 PM, ROAD RULES: haunted hotel
Monday, January 4, 10:00 PM, ROAD RULES: UFO stories (don't know if this is
really appropriate or not)
Saturday, January 9, 8:00 PM: ROAD RULES: UFO stories (don't know if this is
really appropriate or not)
Next Monday, January 11, 10:30 PM, ROAD RULES: haunted hotel

PBS

Next Tuesday, January 12, 8:00 PM, (although many stations will
show it at different times, on different days, or even with
different content) NOVA: THE BEAST OF LOCH NESS (rumor has it
that they actually came out somewhat favorable to Nessie.
Considering some of the skeptical bent of other episodes, that
will be surprising if true)

THE SCIENCE CHANNEL

The new schedule (since December 28, 1998) is weird programming
for an hour each at 3:00 AM, 11:00 AM,and 7:00 PM. Alternating
shows are: INTO THE UNKNOWN and ARTHUR C. CLARKE'S MYSTERIOUS
UNIVERSE.  They also run a Roswell show now every other week
(it's probably the same show every time) at 4:00 AM and noon on
Sundays.

THE SCI-FI CHANNEL

Tuesday, January 5, 11:00 AM,SIGHTINGS: EPISODE #3007 (haunted English castle;
UFOs and popular culture; ghost-busting; Santeria; lunacy; dowsing)
Wednesday, January 6, 11:00 AM, SIGHTINGS: EPISODE #3008 (Iranian UFOs;
psychic detective; heartland ghost)
Thursday, January 7, 11:00 AM,SIGHTINGS: EPISODE #3009 (Ohio UFO; Henry
Rucker, spiritual healer)
Friday, January 8, 11:00 AM, SIGHTINGS:EPISODE #3010 (heartland ghost follow-
up; Siberian UFO crash ((Tunguska?)); dolphins; Nessie)
Tuesday, January 12,11:00 AM, SIGHTINGS: EPISODE #3011(finding children from a
previous life; Montreal UFO; monster in Japan; psychic detective)
Wednesday, January 13, 11:00 AM, SIGHTINGS: EPISODE #3012 (haunting; past
lives; Florida UFOs; psychic detective)
Thursday, January 14, 11:00 AM, SIGHTINGS: EPISODE #3013 (English weirdness;
aliens; psychic sculpture; premonition)
Friday, January 15. 11:00 AM..,SIGHTINGS: EPISODE #3014 (psychics in Russia;
crop circles; ghosts of the Oregon Trail)

SYNDICATED

Wednesday, January 6, MONTEL WILLIAMS: psychic Sylvia Browne
Thursday, January 7, JUDGE JUDY: psychics



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