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July 2, 2023 — Dean Bertram with Tim Swartz

Gene and cohost Tim Swartz introduce UFO researcher and filmmaker Dean Bertram, who talks about a documentary he’s working on, “The Man Who Invented Flying Saucers.” It tells the story of how Raymond A. Palmer, a disabled science fiction mega-fan became editor of America’s leading science fiction “pulp” magazine, Amazing Stories, and created modern UFO belief. Palmer grew the magazine to all time circulation highs with a heady combination of hi-octane space operas and pseudo-scientific theories, culminating in something known as the “Shaver Mystery,” a series of tales by Richard S. Shaver allegedly based on real-life contact with a technologically advanced subterranean civilization, and space faring extraterrestrials, that abduct human beings from the earth’s surface. As the Shaver Mystery reached its zenith, in June of 1947, pilot Kenneth Arnold reported some of the first “flying saucers” seen in American skies. His account exploded across the world. Palmer hired Kenneth Arnold, with whom he co-wrote a series of articles and a book, “The Coming of the Saucers,” that recounted the case of a proto-Roswell UFO crash, Men in Black, murderous conspiracies, abductions, and missing time. In other words, the blueprint for modern UFO lore.

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