UFO’Real? A Historical Review

By William Pullin, UFO Historian


Greetings. Serious. I often get asked why I take the UFO problem so seriously. I usually respond in the following manner: For decades now, honest and intelligent people have been reporting sightings of anomalous activity that they cannot identify; unidentified flying objects. For decades now, UFO witnesses have been ridiculed to the point where most don’t even entertain the thought of talking about their events with UFO investigators, much less anyone else. For decades now, people have consistently made light of the UFO problem in public and behind closed doors. For decades now, the media has treated the UFO problem with a “tongue-in-cheek” approach, rarely taking any UFO sighting report seriously. Worst of all, even members of the UFO community make light of the problem, or attempt to find humor in the subject. These aforementioned issues have made the UFO problem laughable in the eyes of many in society, and that is a horrible and embarrassing situation; the image of the “tinfoil hat” wearing pseudoscientist being quite commonplace. There certainly is enough such amateurish, unbecoming, and careless behavior to go around without the UFO community making the situation worse. Such behavior is, in my humble opinion, one of the primary reasons why the UFO field has not moved forward substantially since the modern era began in the last century. UFO witnesses would be far more willing to discuss their events if they felt they would be treated with respect and taken seriously. Only a serious and professional approach can achieve such confidence. I find no humor in the UFO problem. Period. Thank you for your time.

Author: Gail Hodson Shirk

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