CHRONICLING THE HISTORY of the UFO phenomenon, if it is to be done well, is no task for the lazy. There are dozens of reference books to pour through, scores of scholarly websites to cross-check, and thousands of pages of news reports and government files to consult for contemporaneous sources. Only then does the task of providing analysis while simultaneously constructing a narrative begin.
So far this series has consisted of fourteen such narratives, covering the period from 1942 to 1948, each upwards of 5,000 words and each reflective of dozens of hours of research. But even then, tiny facets are ignored along the way; nuggets that -- though they may have no particular importance in and of themselves -- to the avocational historian (such as myself) are fascinating in the aggregate for the more detailed image that emerges, and the insights they spur.
So before moving on chronologically, entries over the next weeks will include those little nuggets that fell by the wayside. This entry focuses on news reports....
THIS DIARY is being moved to its new permanent home at Saturday Night Uforia and will appear May 12, 2012.