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Re: Friend's Blue Book Viewpoints Question

From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2007 12:38:50 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
Archived: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 10:56:33 -0400
Subject: Re: Friend's Blue Book Viewpoints Question

>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 17:29:47 -0500
>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.


>>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,

>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.

Hi Jerome!

We must not forget that ufology is not only about the study of
UFOs and their occupants but also about the many personalities
involved with their views and beliefs that have influenced the
direction this subject has taken over time.

Frances Swan may have been a typical contactee of the period and
a fraud too but what is important is how she was able to give
the correct answers to technical questions that convinced many
investigators, including scientists such as Canada's Wilbert B.
Smith, and disturbed others in high authority so that a
clampdown on the subject of UFOs was initiated that remains to
this day.

I think this incident in ufology needs to be revisited and that
there is much more to be seen than we suspect.

Today, by coincidence(?), while clearing the papers on my desk I
found a photocopy of a page with Carl Sagan's comments about
Project Blue that I obtained from the University of Ottawa UFO
archives (1136-03-P019). It may reveal the real deep-down reason
many of us remain very interested in UFOs. Quoting from the last
paragraph, the late Carl Sagan wrote:

"The interest in unidentified flying objects derives, perhaps
not so much from scientific curiousity as from unfulfilled
religious needs. Flying saucers serve, for some, to replace the
gods that science has deposed. With their distant and exotic
worlds and their pseudoscientific overlay, the contact[ee]
acounts are acceptable to many people who reject the older
religious frameworks."

Nick Balaskas

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