Not Of This Earth
By William Pullin, UFO Historian
Greetings! UFO. During the course of time, particularly since the late 1950’s, the acronym UFO has become intimately attached to the idea that alien spacecraft, or non-terrestrial, artificially constructed technologies are operating in our skies. This certainly is a distinct possibility, given the small percentage of UFO sighting reports that remain unexplained after intense and objective scrutiny, a percentage which has held steady and firm for the last seven or so decades. However, the definition of the acronym UFO, in the eyes of many in the public, has come to mean alien spacecraft, which is incorrect. The acronym means unidentified flying object, nothing more. Such sloppy use of the acronym, among other terms, is to the detriment of all of us, UFO researchers and UFO witnesses alike. In our efforts to examine the UFO problem, and to come to terms with what may or may not be going on, we all need to keep ourselves open to possibilities, including ones that involve mundane, or naturally occurring phenomena. An essential part of that effort involves the proper use of terminology and of the English language. Note: The three images attached to this blog posting are of UFOs, meaning they are simply unidentified, not necessarily alien or extraterrestrial in origin. Thank you for your support and interest.