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Hynek and Michel

From: Jan Aldrich <jan@cyberzone.net 
Date: Mon, 04 Jan 1999 13:15:32 -0800
Fwd Date: Mon, 04 Jan 1999 15:37:07 -0500
Subject: Hynek and Michel

Greetings List

I had asked a question based on faulty memory. Did Hynek and
Aime Michel ever met?

They did. Hynek in a 38 page copy of a talk given to the
Hypervelocity Impact Conference Banquet at Engin Air Force Base,
April 27, 1960, entitled 'UFO's 1960' had the following to say
about Michel:

"I would now like to describe for you some French flying
saucers. It appears that for about two months in France, form
the middle of August to the middle of October, 1954, France was
peppered with a barrage of UFO reports. Like mushrooms they
sprouted all over France and likewise some in Italy and some in
Germany. The reports. of these, however, came in largely through
the medium of French provincial newspapers. And it was only
through the work of Aime Michel, an enthusiastic investigator in
France, that these reports were collated, plotted, and compared.
The compilation of these reports appears in a book by Michel,
'Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery'.

The 'Straight-Line Mystery' in the title refers to the fact that
when Michel plotted the reports for any one day on a very
large-scale map, the reports had a devastating way of forming
straight-line patterns on the map, most difficult to explain by

I would not, of course, accept anything I read in a book without
knowing something of the author. It chanced that I happened to
be in Paris on other business and took two days off on my own to
seek out Michel and talk with him. He lives with his wife and
small son in a small modest Paris suburb apartment. He is a
radio engineer and, what I was particularly anxious to find out
of calm rational deportment, quite unlike the typical enthusiast
or crackpot with whom it has been my lot to come in contact from
time to time. I went over with Michel many of his stacks of
newspaper clippings, which he had purchased at his own expense,
and his maps, and I, at least, am convinced that the *reports*
are real; that is, that the reports do exist as such in various
French newspapers on those dates. I firmly believe that hoax and
a deliberate attempt to concoct a cock and bull story must be
ruled out. It would save us much bother and worry if we could
take this way out, namely to say that Michel manufactured the
reports out of thin air and wrote the book just to make money.
From the returns he has had, I might say in passing that his
labors smut have been done at coolie wages.

In any event I feel reasonably certain that some stimulus
existed in France--whether political, scientific,
extraterrestrial, meteorological, or psychological--that in the
space of two months generated several hundreds of reports which
show a definite thread of pattern...."


Interestingly this speech was given during a lull in UFO
sightings and interest. Hynek goes over a number of reports,
including reports, that he helped knock down for the USAF
including the Levelland sightings. Hynek makes a pretty good
pitch for serious consideration of the reports long before
either he or McDonald go public.

Hynek's visit with Michel probably took place in 1958 or
1959 after the Michel's book had been translated into
English by CSI-NY. I think the meeting was more than
casual, and was probably set up by CSI-NY. Hynek had been
corresponding and meeting with them since 1955.

Jan Aldrich
Project 1947
P. O. Box 391, Canterbury, CT 06331, USA
Telephone: (860) 546-9135

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