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Re: LA Times Editorial - Kucinich's Close Encounter

From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2007 10:59:15 -0500
Archived: Tue, 04 Dec 2007 10:49:38 -0500
Subject: Re: LA Times Editorial - Kucinich's Close Encounter

>From: Greg Boone <evolbaby.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2007 08:21:22 -0800
>Subject: Re: LA Times Editorial - Kucinich's Close Encounter

>>Source: The Los Angeles Times - California, USA


>>December 1, 2007


>>Kucinich's Close Encounter

>>The presidential candidate's televised acknowledgment of seeing
>>a UFO has put the issue back on the radar.

>>Although it's unlikely that voters will ever have anything
>>resembling a close encounter with Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich
>>(D- Ohio), the two-time presidential hopeless has helped revive
>>an issue that means more to many Americans than any election:


>>In his debate reply, Kucinich made a point dear to respectable
>>UFO investigators: "It was an unidentified flying object, OK?"
>>he said. "It's like... it was unidentified. I saw something."
>>There's a difference between saying objects in the sky are
>>sometimes not familiar and claiming to have been probed by
>>taciturn "grays," and people such as Coalition for Freedom of
>>Information co-founder Leslie Kean express understandable
>>frustration that UFO ridicule purposely blurs that distinction.

>>But with Kucinich as a central advocate, ridicule may be
>>unavoidable. In the debate, Kucinich made a self-deprecating
>>joke about moving his campaign headquarters to "Roswell, New
>>Mexico, and another one in Exeter, New Hampshire." Roswell
>>everybody knows about, but with the easy reference to the 1965
>>Exeter incident, Kucinich leaves the impression that he's not
>>just a UFO witness, he's a buff.

>>Let him go on, and we suspect Kucinich will soon be expanding on
>>the Kecksburg sightings, the Val Johnson incident, Lonnie
>>Zamora, the 'Kaikoura lights' and countless other visitations
>>from the sky that continue to sustain our nation's sense of

>Hey, no fair! How dare a mainstream newspaper put out a fair and
>reasonable editorial regarding UFOs and it not contain
>disingenous remarks!

>Why if this keeps up real journalism might break out all over
>the place and we'd all be in for a world of hurt!

I must say I am flabbergasted...

Everyone knows about Roswell but probably many recall the 1965
Incident at Exeter or the geographically-related Betty and
Barney Hill.

Aficianados certainly know the story about Lonnie Zamora. But
how many people would recognize the 'Kaikoura Lights'?

Kaikoura: a town/area on the east coast of New Zealand, of all
places! Sure, it was a sighting of world-wide interest, but that
was 29 years ago (happened Dec 31, 1978).

The writer of this editorial may have been 'just a kid' when
that happened. And there were explanations galore at the time.
Wasn't it just the planet Venus?

When I went to the NZ embassy to get a travel visa to
investigate the sightings - this was in January 1979 - the lady
at the embassy acted as if I was foolish to travel to NZ for
that reason - "wasn't that squid boats?", she asked... or
something like that!

And the Val Johnson case which I recently saw on the History
channel: did the editorial writer know that this is one case
that Phil Klass stumbled on - saying it was either the real
thing or a "practical joke" by officer Johnson.

As Greg's comments suggest, if editors start treating this
subject with some level or seriousness - seriosity? <LOL> UFO
magazines may as well prepare to fold!

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