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Review Of UFO Data Magazine

From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2007 00:23:32 +0000
Archived: Mon, 23 Jul 2007 08:13:25 -0400
Subject: Review Of UFO Data Magazine

Review Of UFO Data Magazine (www.ufodata.co.uk)
by Kathy Kasten

Many people with an interest in a high standard of investigation
into UFOs mourned the loss of UFO Magazine (UK) with the death
of Graham Birdsall. One of the more personable people in the
field of ufology and publishing. The editorial policy of that
magazine was straight forward, let's-look-at-all-angles of the

I am happy to tell you - those of us that missed UFO Magazine
(UK) - into the vacuum a new UK publication has filled the void.
Those of us who knew, and, yes, loved, UFO Magazine will
recognized the name Russell Callaghan. Callaghan was a close
associated of Birdsall and part of the reason for the high
quality of publication. He is now the Editor of the slick
glossy, large format, UFO Data. UFO Data is Callaghan's
continuing attempt to get the word out about what is happening
in European field of ufology. Plus, UFO Data brings that unique
British approach to the field. This approach has always been my
preference to the field. A straight forward attempt to present
all sides. Even if the event, after investigation, turns out to
be a hoax or has a more prosaic solution than an ET one.

For example, in the March-April 2007 issue is a report on the
Leeds fireball sighting. The format is a straight forward case
report. Although the report is unsigned. The reader must assume
that either Callaghan or Phil Mantle were the authors. This is
my only criticism of this publication; unsigned articles.
However, the high level of investigation is evident. And,
includes follow-up comments by another favorite contributor of
the British UFO scene - Andrew Pike (another regular contributor
to UFO Data). In addition, in the name of fair reporting, a
report obtained from the RAF Flyingdales in Pickering is
included. The RAF conclusion of the Leeds incident? They admit
they are not sure what was seen after their research into the
incident. The details of the RAF's research is there for all to

The staff of high caliber contributors includes Nick Pope - who
has a regular column in UFO Data. In the March-April, he calls
for - as so many before him - a serious study of ufology. On a
personal note, I like the fact that Pope quotes from Terence
McKenna. It tells me that this contributor is someone who is
willing to step outside of the sixty year old "orthodox"
ufologist's approach.

The 'O'Hare Incident' is covered by - a new to me writer - named
Steve Johnson. It is a fairly thorough presentation of the media
coverage and interviews of the incident. Johnson leaves the
final solution of this sighting for a future article - when a
final report is forthcoming.

UFO Data basically covers more recent European cases of UFO
sightings with some reports of the controversial alien abduction
reports. Plus, from Pike, the latest happenings in astronomy
related to the discovery of exoplanets and planets in our solar
system. There are lots of color photos to help the reader
visualize what is being conveyed by the text.

Frankly, I can find nothing to criticize about this UFO
publication. All I can say to our British colleagues is welcome

I will even go so far as to encourage interested people to
subscribe to UFO Data. And, people who know me, know I am not
easily impressed. I am impressed by this publication. The field
needs to support publications of this caliber. Let's keep future
issues of UFO Data coming by subscribing.

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