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Re: Friend's Blue Book Viewpoints Question

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 17:29:47 -0500
Archived: Tue, 09 Oct 2007 05:58:11 -0400
Subject: Re: Friend's Blue Book Viewpoints Question


>From: Nick Balaskas <nikolaos.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2007 14:28:29 -0400
>Subject: Re: Friend's Blue Book Viewpoints Question

>>From: Greg Boone <Evolbaby.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 12:09:32 EDT
>>Subject: Mr. Friend's Blue Book Viewpoints Question

>Some of the strangest things that were investigated by the
>Project Blue Book staff never became part of the public record.

>Regarding Major Robert J. Friend, there is the very fascinating
>account 'The Day the Navy Established Contact' that was
>published in 'Second Look' magazine in May 1979 and reproduced,
>with comments, in Grant Cameron's website (see below). It can
>also found in the UFO UpDates archives.

>http://www.presidentialufo.com/affa_cia.htm

>I can understand why Major Friend at the time would remain
>silent about these alleged but seemingly credible contacts with
>ETs. Is ufology and the public any better prepared now for these
>ET revelations?

Whatever else it may be, this definitely is not an instance of
"seemingly credible contacts with ETs." Frances Swan was a
typical psychic contactee of the period, a less colorful
equivalent to Dorothy Martin (who as "Marian Keach" stars in the
influential sociological treatise When Prophecy Fails published
in 1956).

If not for Swan's residence in Eliot, Maine, near the home of
retired Adm. (and uncritically minded UFO buff) Knowles's place
- followed by the brief, private attention of some CIA personnel
- this would be just another dopey contactee story to which we
wouldn't be paying attention. Friend considered it merely a
curiosity, though he shared his notes on the episode with
historian David M. Jacobs, who wrote about it in his UFO
Controversy In America (1975). The story grew into a saucer
legend, with all sorts of embellishments and fictions, not the
least the appearance of a promised spaceship over Washington,
D.C.

In prosaic reality, Frances Swan was a typical psychic contactee
of the period. Her alien friend Affa is borrowed, consciously or
unconsciously, from the communicating Uranian alien in
Williamson and Bailey's The Saucers Speak! (1954).

In short: move along, folks, not much to see here.


Jerry Clark



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