Tuesday, January 15, 2013

From UFO Digest: 'UFOs The True Story of Flying Saucers 1956'

UFOs The True Story of Flying Saucers 1956: UFOs The True Story of Flying Saucers 1956
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By Dirk Vander Ploeg - 1 month 2 weeks ago

Suggested by Brad Steiger

Enjoy this drama-documentary, based on the experiences of Al Chop, a reporter who served as press liaison for the Pentagon during its investigation of UFO's from 1947 to the early 1950s.

Miller, Soule, and Tremayne provide the voices for the narrated portions of the film. Although the movie contains only two brief film clips to serve as photographic evidence of UFO's, the producers build a good case based on the credibility of certain UFO witnesses (airline pilots, military personnel, radar operators, etc.).

On a more subtle level, director Winston Jones pulls off a clever trick; he begins the film as a pure documentary, but he gradually modifies this approach and focuses on reporter Al Chop's personal involvement in the UFO investigation. Chop slowly changes from UFO skeptic to UFO believer

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Branson Balloon Hoax

Idly looking through UFO: The Continuing Enigma, published by Reader's Digest, 1991. Among the contributors in this volume: Peter Brookesmith, Hilary Evans, Jenny Randles, John Rimmer, Dennis Stacy.

Page 55: Physical Fakes:

April Fool's Flying Saucer
"Early morning commuters driving on a freeway outside London, England, on March 30, 1989, soon after 5:00 a.m. could scarcely believe their eyes. Hovering above them was a glowing spacecraft. Extraterrestrials were also visible aboard the craft. Soon the police were inundated with calls from people saying what they sad seen.

This alien visitation proved no more sinister than British entrepreneur, and keen balloonist, Richard Branson, rehearsing a stunt for an April Fool's Day prank. The spacecraft was a saucer-shaped hot air balloon, 100 feet wide, complete withflahsing lights. The "aliens" were Branson and two co-pilots dressed as Martians."