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Your Paracast Newsletter — February 3, 2019

Gene Steinberg

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February 3, 2019


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This Week's Episode: Coming February 3: Gene and Randall present a return appearance from author/researcher Kevin D. Randle. This week, he talks about the controversy surrounding the History channel’s drama, “Project Blue Book” and how it depicts the work of Dr. J. Allen Hynek. Does it stay too far from the truth to satisfy people seriously interested in UFOs? Kevin will also talk about his ongoing “Chasing Footnotes” work to unearth possible solutions to older cases. There is also a brief discussion about his study of hypnotic regression and possible past-life memories. In addition to has many books, he is a military veteran who served in the United States Army during both the Vietnam War and the Second Gulf War.

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After The Paracast -- Available exclusively for Paracast+ subscribers on February 3: Gene and Randall continue their discussion with author/researcher Kevin D. Randle on a variety of subjects. It starts with more talk about the History channel TV drama, “Project Blue Book,” which is loosely based on the work of Dr. J. Allen Hynek in examining UFO cases. The discussion moves to Kevin’s ongoing “Chasing Footnotes” work on old cases, what might be going on behind the scenes in the U.S. government, and whether the UFOs have, in fact, left us. And just what is Kevin’s favorite solution to the UFO mystery anyway?

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So Where Did the UFOs Go Anyway?
By Gene Steinberg

When I wrote about the History channel’s “Project Blue Book” and its dramatic reinterpretation of the work of Dr. J. Allen Hynek’s early UFO investigations last week, I wondered just how far the producers would take the series. Well, that’s, of course, if it lasts more than a few years.

You see, a TV drama’s showrunner — the person who manages the day-to-day work in producing the show — will refer to a long-range plan in filming each episode. It’s often referred to as a “series bible,” which provides the show’s premise, the names and personalities of the various characters, the setting and the other factors that govern the production process. There might be a series arc, an overarching plot line that may continue over several episodes, an entire season, or several seasons.

A series bible may contain a long-range plan, where the series will take its characters should it last long enough. Sometime a series is cancelled so quickly that even a cliffhanger at the end of an episode or season is left unresolved.

An example of a series that had a preordained conclusion was The CW’s “Smallville,” which depicted the life of Clark Kent before he became Superman. In the last episode, in the final scenes, Clark tears open his shirt in the classic fashion to reveal the famous costume while John Williams’ famous Superman theme plays in the background.

Now with “Project Blue Book,” it is presently focused on cases from the early UFO era, beginning in the late 1940s and extending through the early 1950s.

By the 1960s, however, Dr. Hynek had become more and more disenchanted with the Air Force’s efforts to debunk the phenomenon. He came to embrace the reality of UFOs.

That, of course, could be covered in the series should it last long enough. Or will it never stray beyond the 1950s?

What it does demonstrate from its “ripped from the headlines” approach is that the very best UFO cases mostly occurred decades ago. Regardless of the true cause, the Roswell crash always remains in the background, as does the Kenneth Arnold sighting and the 1952 incident in Washington, D.C., in which strange objects were seen visually and on radar.

True there were many other classic cases to consider, such as the Socorro, NM incident in 1964, and the Pascagoula, MS abduction in 1973. Indeed, one of the Pascagoula experiencers, Calvin Parker, has of late been making public appearances in connection with the book he wrote on the subject.

The Rendlesham Forest episodes in the UK are also the source of ongoing study and discussion. And don’t forget the Phoenix Lights, which occurred in 1997. It still has an impact, although it doesn’t seem that we’ve learned much more about what really happened.

What I will say, though, is that the Phoenix UFO case largely passed me by. I was otherwise occupied when it happened, and I only learned about it later on from the news accounts.

Indeed, when The Paracast debuted in 2006, most of our coverage was confined to the past, the early days along with a scattered few cases that occurred more recently.

Some suggest that the “real” UFO mystery lies mostly in the past, when the most compelling sightings occurred. Nothing that has happened in recent years seems to match the excitement, the feelings of wonder and astonishment that surrounded the arrival of the modern UFO mystery.

It has even been suggested that, whatever caused UFOs to appear has mostly left us. The vast majority of more recent sightings can be explained by conventional causes. Even if they still appear to be unknowns, eventually someone will uncover evidence that confirms that nothing strange actually occurred.

Now maybe that’s going a bit too far. As author/researcher Kevin D. Randle has discovered as he continues his ongoing “Chasing Footnotes” work, we now know more about the natural phenomena that readily explains what some of those UFOs were. So at least cases that were previously unknown have been solved.

This is certainly more true of more recent cases for the very same reason. There are perfectly conventional answers that we didn’t have decades ago. By the same token, perhaps it is possible that scientists will make discoveries that will explain other unknowns in the years to come.

Yet there is still that residue of sightings that continue to defy explanation. Perhaps aliens did visit Earth at one time, and that explains the most compelling sightings. Whatever their reasons, they completed their mission and only return to Earth for brief periods, or not at all.

Does that explain the dearth of compelling sightings in recent years? Sure, there is a steady stream of UFO reports that are catalogued each year. The numbers remain fairly consistent, but most appear to be little more than lights in the sky, airplanes, planets, stars, and other relatively mundane factors. Indeed, the percentage of possible unknowns seems to be far lower than it used to be.

Again, this may just be the result of scientists having a greater understanding of unusual terrestrial and celestial events. Take a bolide, defined as a very bright meteor that often explodes in our atmosphere. This phenomenon appears to explain at least some previously unsolved UFO sightings.

But I’m not suggesting that there never were any real UFOs and that they aren’t appearing anymore.

There are still sightings that defy any conventional explanation. Sure, perhaps new discoveries in the years to come will provide some answers to what’s going on around us. Even then, there may still be that confounding residue of incidents that cry out for an explanation.

So while it is helpful to use 21st century technology to explain at least some classic UFO sightings from the early days, that doesn’t mean the mystery has been solved.

Sure, ET may still be here, and perhaps they are making greater efforts to stay hidden as we develop more sophisticated ways to see what’s going on about us. Despite the progress, though, it doesn’t seem as if we are getting any closer to finding a solution.

UFOs still remain at least one step ahead of us, always compelling and always elusive.

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