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Monday, August 30, 2010

UFO information is often flawed…

This is the cover of True magazine’s Flying Saucers & UFOs Quarterly (for Summer 1976):

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As you can see, the Travis Walton story is listed as Travis Waltman’s Weird Story.

Inside, on Page 10, is the story, picturing Walton (as Waltman) being interviewed by Dr. James. Harder.

The caption shows Travis Waltman [sic] in the center of the photo.

Click here for a close-up view of that photo

This is just one of many errors we found as we scanned our UFO magazine collection (for another matter).

UFO material is replete with factual errors and so many dumb mistakes that it’s no surprise that academia, media, and sensible folks eschew the topic of UFOs out-of-hand.

4 Comments:

  • The misspelling of a man's name is probably not the best example of flawed UFO information. Can't you find a few better ones?

    By the way, is TRUE magazine the same zine that first published Keyhoe's epoch making article "F.S.are Real" back in Jan 1950?

    By Blogger cda, at Monday, August 30, 2010  

  • Christopher,

    You know that a mis-naming is an egregious error in the news business.

    And for True (ha!) to get the name wrong of a major (at the time) UFO abductee is more than an egregious error.

    As you know from your logic classes, if the premise is wrong, everything that follows is wrong.

    Also, since Walton's episode took place in 1975, one year before the True/Harder piece appeared, the blunder is a bit more serious than you make it out to be.

    Yes, True is the magazine that did the Keyhoe piece, but the UFO Quarterly was a sub-set of that magazine.

    The original True had lots of credibility. The UFO output, not so much...

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, August 30, 2010  

  • Well, they spelled Pascagoula right and that's no small accomplishment.

    I actually remember that story when it happened and it was a big deal in the MSM.

    By Blogger Frank Stalter, at Monday, August 30, 2010  

  • F:

    And the issue does have some intriguing photographs (of UFOs).

    So that's something...

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, August 30, 2010  

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