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Re: O'Hare UFO Case & 'Boston Legal' - Ledger

From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2007 14:48:21 -0400
Fwd Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2007 14:14:16 -0500
Subject: Re: O'Hare UFO Case & 'Boston Legal' - Ledger


>From: Peter B. Davenport <director.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2007 09:24:25 -0800
>Subject: Re: O'Hare UFO Case & 'Boston Legal'

>>From: David Rudiak <drudiak.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 19:40:24 -0800
>>Subject: O'Hare UFO Case & 'Boston Legal'

>>Maybe you missed it, but Boston Legal the TV show dealt with the
>>O'Hare Airport UFO Case Tuesday night. Attorney Alan Shore's
>>client was a cognitive therapist at a hospital who is fired for
>>saying he saw a UFO, aliens were here, and then imparting his
>>belief in UFOs to his clients. The client was suing to get his
>>job back.

>>Unfortunately, the show portrays the therapist as a bit weird
>>and I thought, here we go again. However, it turns out, the UFO
>>the client saw was the one at O'Hare. To counter opposing
>>council's portrayal of the client and subject matter as crazy,
>>Shore gives the jury the O'Hare case in detail, pointing out
>>that there were many credible witnesses to the UFO, and puts a
>>tower controller on the stand, who confirms the multiple calls
>>into the tower.

>>So the client was bizarre, but the case was dealt with very
>>seriously on a network program. I find that interesting.

>>Probably more people learned about the O'Hare case watching
>>Boston Legal than read about it in the newspapers. I wonder what
>>writer/producer David E. Kelley's interest is in the subject.

>David,

>Thank you for bringing this interesting item to the attention of
>the List!

>I was engaging in some high-speed channel surfing Tuesday night,
>and happened to land on the right channel at just the right
>moment... just as the character attorney used the term, "UFO".
>I was 'hooked'.

>My principal reason in responding here is to point out that the
>terminology used in the court scene is almost word for word the
>last summary I posted to the NUFORC website, summarizing the
>facts surrounding the O'Hare sighting. The actor even delivered
>his points in the same order in which I present them in my
>summary! It made me wonder whether I might be able to fund
>NUFORC more handsomely than currently is the case by addressing
>the issue of possible 'borrowing' of my material.

>Perhaps we in ufology are finally having an effect. Once we
>insinuate our work into the halls of Hollywood, politicians are
>certain to follow! Academia might be a bit more difficult
>"sell," but ultimately, I think they will fall into line, as
>well.

>Peter Davenport
>NUFORC

I caught this program which initially had a clip showing Denny
Crane confessing to being abducted by aliens, which I though was
going to set the tone but that was an after effect of Alan Shore
having opted to represent the cognitive therapist and then it
became clear that this was the O'Hare case.

It was brought out during the civil trial in pretty much the
manner as Peter has suggested and despite some silly
interruptions was pretty much the publically known case with an
air traffic controller thrown in admitting that they had heard
about the UFO and that the FAA claimed it was a weather
phenomenon which the therapist refuted during his turn on the
stand.

Boston Legal often uses it's airtime to represent a cause that
apparently David Kelly finds important and usually it's the Alan
Shore character that represents and argues for the case.

In this episode the case was settled out of court, presumably
because it would have required a jury to find for the plaintif
- the therapist - who got his job back.

As far as the facts went - the publiclly known facts at least -
it was accurate.

Certainly the O'Hare case is very high profile and has staying
power. There might be more in the works during the Ratings
Weeks.


Don Ledger





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