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The Recent Fuss About The Exeter Case

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:47:17 -0400
Archived: Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:47:17 -0400
Subject: The Recent Fuss About The Exeter Case

Source: Michael Swords' The Big Study Blog


April 19, 2012

The Recent Fuss About The Exeter Case
by Michael Swords

Some time ago I mentioned the famous Exeter, NH case after
midnight on the third of September 1965. [I think that it was in
one of the blog entries on CE1s]. Lately I've become aware of a
lot of hullaballoo and even name-calling about the case. This
regards a debunking effort being made by notorious CSICOP
member, Joe Nickell [pictured to the left], and James McGaha
[pictured next below]. Now I have read many debunkings by
Nickell. Sometimes I can agree with what he's doing [his
reconstruction of a Nazca Plain image was right on target and
eliminated one extremist comment that some people were making
about how "impossible" it would be to make an accurate design on
that scale without having some aerial oversight --- everything
from ancient astronauts to hot-air balloons were being
hypothesized.] But I believe that Nickell seems [to me anyway]
to be enjoying his debunking hobby so much that he is always on
the hunt for another kill. So, he has put the Exeter case into
his sights, and believes that he has blown it away.

This is naturally of some interest to me. The case has long
stood as a CE1 classic, was investigated by not only the local
Pease AFB UFOB officer [who credited it], but also one of
UFOlogy's best, the 1965 version of Ray Fowler. J.Allen Hynek
was impressed by the case and included it as a foundational
example in his The UFO Experience.

The case was judged as having credible multiple witnesses [by
everybody] and a strong smoothly visualizable narrative [i.e.
the story had a natural context and flowed]. Also, though
somewhat irrelevantly, it was the subject of a major book in the
field, John Fuller's Incident at Exeter. So this is important in
UFOlogical history, if one can say that anything is.

The other author of this debunking attempt is a person named
James McGaha. I really don't know much about him. I seem to
remember someone saying that he's retired USAF but claim no
insight. I've heard his name occasionally over the years, but
none of his debunks seem to have made an impression on me.

So, what are these guys claiming?

[More at site - thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]

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