The 12/17/66 Hynek Saturday Evening Post article is
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| Allen Hynek worked for US Air Force´s project Blue Book as a
consultant astronomer. When he started his attitued against all who had seen
UFOs was that, with his own words, only "kooks ans Crackpots" saw UFOs. But
after a couple of years he started to notice that many of the reports wasn´t
made up by kooks and crackpots, but highly credible militaries and civilians. But after
dismissing several credible witnesses at the Michigan sighting with the
natural cause of swamp gas he resigned. Hynek led the investigation of the
Socorro landing case in 1964 with the FBI. He went on with the at the time young Jaques
Vallee and founded the Center of UFO Studies in Illinois in 1973. Hynek later
become a member of the Robertson Panel. In 1986 Dr J. Allen Hynek died. Under his life
time Hynek wrote theese books: The Ufo Experience: A Scientific Inquiry, Night
Siege: The Hudson Valley Ufo Sightings and What You Should Know About UFOs.
Hynek has been the consultant astronomer to Projects Sign, Grudge and Blue Book. I
wont say that hes a
He sat on the panel in Washington in January 1952 and was very much pro-UFO. Dr.
Hynek is Head of the Ohio
Hynek also invented the Hynek Classification System.
|1) He agrees with the Air Force for the
most part but there
were cases he could not solve.
2) The quality of the witnesses was high.
3) He is hopeful concerning the new Air Force study.
4) Nearly all his scientific colleagues have scoffed at
5) The question of UFOs has developed into a battle of
6) The Air Force made up its own mind about each case
7) The Air Force had a tendency to upgrade its cases from
8) "The Air Force has never really devoted enough money
9) Blue Book was headed by a captain and consisted of
10) In 1952 Hynek wrote a paper saying that UFOs
11) His paper spurred the formation of the Robertson
12) The panel studied 15 cases out of several hundreds and
13) Hynek was only an observer at the hearings, but if he
14) Hynek mentions APRO and NICAP as vigilante
|15) Hynek gradually began to accumulate cases "...that I
really couldn't explain, cases reported by reliable,
sincere people whom I often interviewed in person."
16) He found "...that the persons making these reports
17) They were often reluctant to report their sightings.
18) In the public eye he was becoming known as a
19) *** "I feel it is my responsibility to point out that
20) Hynek explains, in detail, what happened with the
21) He gives 4 possible explanations for UFOs.
a. Nonsense, Hoaxes,
b. military weapons? They are
usually tested in very
space? He agrees with the Air Force but
d. Some kind of natural phenomenon we
have yet to
21) Hynek wanted to computerize the reports from all over
22) Hynek wanted "good" photographs of UFOs
23) He concludes by saying he doesn't think the Pentagon
This is the 12/17/66 Saturday Evening Post article
ignited the controversy that still exists today.
Dr. J. Allen Hynek
Speaking at the United Nations
From Bruce Maccabee
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>But I cannot explain them all. Of the 15,000 cases that have
>come to my attention, several hundred are puzzling, and some of
>the puzzling incidents, perhaps one in 25, are bewildering. I
>have wanted to learn much more about these cases than I have
>been able to get from either the reports or the witnesses.
Hynek refers to 1/25 or 4% as "bewildering." This was written in
1966. Now consider what Air Force Intelligence told the FBI in
1952. Note that General John Samford was the Director of Air
Force Intelligence at the time and that the below statement was
made on the SAME DAY that the he (and Roger Ramey!) held a press
conference to explain the mass of summer 1952 sightings,
including the Washington, DC sightings. Date: July 29, 1952
FROM: FBI "X file"
(Commander Boyd told the FBI agent that a third class of
sightings is) "those sightings which are reported by pilots and
for which there is additional corroboration, such as recorded by
radar or sighting from the ground. Commander Boyd advised that
this latter classification constitutes two to three percent of
the total number of sightings, but they were te most diffiult to
The bottom line is that they couldn't explain the 2-3% without
straining the physics beyond credibility....and Hynek knew it...
but he didn't admit it until 1966.
SPRINGTIME FOR HYNEK:
>Recently I had dinner with several members of the Condon
>committee. What a pleasure it was to sit down with men who were
>open-minded about UFO's, who did not look at me as though I were
>a Martian myself. For the first time other scientists, who
>apparently have been wondering all along, have openly talked
>about the reports. One leading scientist wrote me the other day:
>"For some time now I have been convinced of the reality of this
>phenomenon based on reports in the general news media. It has
>seemed to me that even with a heavy discount there is a core of
>reliable observations which we cannot shrug off. Twice in recent
>weeks I have stated my views on the subject in small
>conversational groups of respectable, scholarly friends, and
>found that they were amazed that I should take these matters
>seriously. So I know that it took some courage for you to speak
WAS FOLLOWED SEVERAL YEARS LATER BY A VERY COLD WINTER!
I thank Jerry Cohen for recalling these halcyon days of ufology
for those of us who lived through them....and for providing the
new comers with information they would not likely search out for
themselves. Yes, it was a "whole 'nother world" back then. Or
the information in this paper by Hynek wasalready ancient
history and long forgotten when I first communicated with him in
1973 or 4(?). By that time he had founded the Center for UFO
Studies and had given a lecture at my place of empoyment (former
Naval Ordnance Laboratory). I had not been able to attend his
lecture (out of town) so I wrote him a letter. In his response
he invited me t become a member of the Center for UFO Studies.
At that time I still viewed him wth some suspicion, thinking
that he probably knew a lot more than he was saying. When I last
saw him in 1985 I still believed he knew more than he was
saying. However, I never got the impression that he was part of
an orchestrated cover up. And, of course, he portrayed himself
as being on the outside if there was any orchestrated cover up.
Thanks to the FOIPA and the continuous efforts of many people
(Robert Todd being one pre-eminent in this) we now have
documentation that shows what the Air Force was '"thinking" 50
years ago. It is clear that Air Force Intelligence did NOT level
with the American people, irrespective of Roswell undercurrents.
Throw away Roswell. One is still left with sightings as
convincing as those cited by Hynek which occurred within th
first 5 year.... including photographic/movie proof of 30
objects capable of flight at 150,000ft.
(See THE UFO/FBI
CONNECTION/ the REAL X-files; contact firstname.lastname@example.org if
So perhaps Hynek was telling the truth after all. He really
didn't know much more than he was saying..... and he did argue
that UFOS ARE REAL!