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The Joys Of The Mailbox

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 08:20:09 -0400
Archived: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 08:20:09 -0400
Subject: The Joys Of The Mailbox

Source: Billy Cox's BlogDeVoid - The Sarasota Herald-Tribune,
        Florida, USA


September 14. 2007 4:31PM

The Joys Of The Mailbox

Billy Cox

Eight weeks and still no word from Sen. Hillary Clinton about
the '90s White House liaisons with UFO disclosure advocates.
Hmm. Puzzling. Mysterious.

No, but seriously - once upon a time, during the halcyon days of
snail mail, guys like Robert Barrow would wait for the mailman
with reasonable expectations of hearing back from their public
servants, no matter how peculiar their requests.

When Barrow was a teenager in the 1960s, he constantly queried
policians about UFOs, inside and outside his New York home
district. And they'd send him letters, signed and topic-
specific. Luminaries, some of them. Everett Dirksen, Bobby
Kennedy, Gerald Ford.

In the spring of 1968, when all hell was breaking loose in the
U.S., then-House Minority Leader Ford somehow found enough time
to acknowledge Barrow's suspicions that the fix was in.

"I have repeatedly recommended that thorough investigative
action be taken and the public be informed concerning this
subject," wrote the future 38th president of the United States.
"I had called for an investigation on this matter in the spring
of 1966.

"I can assure you that I share your concern and am disturbed by
the recent article in Look magazine relative to the
investigation of UFOs at the University of Colorado."

Well, OK, so the Colorado study turned out to be a whitewash
after all. And once Ford got to the White House, his demands for
"thorough investigative action" shriveled like a leech on white
coals. Still - there was a time.

In an almost plaintive ode to nostalgia, Barrow has begun
posting copies of his old correspondences on his Web site at
robert-barrow.blogspot.com. Because why not?

"Today, you get form letters back, if you get anything at all,"
Barrow says from his home outside Syracuse. "Nobody bothers to
respond today. (President George W.) Bush sent my letter to
NASA, which sent me this form letter about how they don't
investigate UFOs."

It took a lot more than UFOs to relieve Barrow of his naivete.
He's a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran who says his hospital work
with soldiers coming home with severe burns and missing limbs
"changed me forever". He regards his UFO letter exchanges with
the fondness of an early civics lesson, when elected officials
seemed more responsive, if only superficially.

"I'm glad I did that, and I'm really happy I can post them on
the Internet," Barrow says. "It gives you an idea about what
crazy teenagers can do sometimes."

[Thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]

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