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Summary of 12/17/66 Hynek Post Article

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jc 7/5/2009:	I've added links to take you directly to Hynek's 
words within the original Post article, and to other relevant data.
From: Jerry Cohen <rjcohen@li.net> Date: Mon, 14 Dec 1998 21:57:31 -0400 Fwd Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1998 14:19:22 -0500 Subject: Summary of 12/17/66 Hynek Post Article The 12/17/66 Hynek Saturday Evening Post article is a paper Dr. J. Allen Hynek wrote summating his approximately 18 years tenure (at that point) as civilian scientific consultant to the Air Force concerning UFOs. It was written with hope for the newly formed Colorado (Condon) Study, which I believe began in October of that year. Most of the points Hynek makes therein are summarized below: 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.         (J.C.  i.e. The Colorado [Condon] Study) 4)      Nearly all his scientific colleagues have scoffed at the         reports of UFOs. 5)      The question of UFOs has developed into a battle of         faiths. Something of this importance should be decided         scientifically. 6)      The Air Force made up its own mind about each case and         did not always take his recommendations. 7)      The Air Force had a tendency to upgrade its cases from         "possible aircraft" to "probable aircraft" (without         proper scientific review, he felt) 8)      "The Air Force has never really devoted enough money or         attention to the problem of UFO's to get to the bottom of         the puzzling cases." 9)    Blue Book was headed by a captain and consisted of two         officers and a sergeant. Its value to the Air Force is         plainly demonstrated by observing the low ranks of its         assigned officers and observing their place in the Air         Force's organizational hierarchy. 10)     In 1952 Hynek wrote a paper saying that UFOs deserved         more study. 11)     His paper helped spur the formation of the Robertson Panel in         1953. 12)     The panel studied 15 cases out of several hundreds and         made its decision in a very short period of time. 13)     Hynek was only an observer at the hearings, but if he had         been asked to sign the results of the panel decision, he         would have refused. 14)     Hynek mentions APRO and NICAP as vigilante groups formed         in response to the Air Force's lack of in-depth study.         "These groups were often the recipients of intriguing         reports that never came to the official attention of         Project Blue Book." 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 were         often not acquainted with UFO's before their experience,         which baffled and thoroughly frightened them." 17)     They were often reluctant to report their sightings. 18)     In the public eye he was becoming known as a debunker yet         privately he was becoming concerned about good reports         from reputable people. 19)     *** "I feel it is my responsibility to point out that         enough puzzling sightings have been reported by         intelligent and often technically competent people to         warrant closer attention than Project Blue Book can         possibly encompass at the present time." *** 20)     Hynek explains, in detail, what happened with the "Swamp         Gas" Michigan case. (and shows us how the Condon Study         came into being.) 21)     He gives 4 possible explanations for UFOs.         a.  Nonsense, Hoaxes, Hallucinations?   Enough evidence             has accumulated to prove they are _not_ all utter             nonsense, the result of hoaxes or hallucinations         b.  military weapons?  They are usually tested in very             limited geographical areas. Why would anyone test             them in scores of nations? You couldn't prevent a             security leak.         c.  Outer space?        He agrees with the Air Force but             feels we should keep an open mind. If other beings             have a greater life span than humans, travel these             vast distances might be possible.         d.  Some kind of natural phenomenon we have yet to             understand?    This is another reason for studying             this more carefully. 21)     Hynek wanted to computerize the reports from all over         the world. 22)     Hynek wanted "good" photographs of UFOs 23)     He concludes by saying he doesn't think the Pentagon         thinks they are anything novel, and it still doesn't.         (J.C. This was his view in December 1966) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - However, his opinion changed after that as will be seen in several upcoming postings. Next, I'll present the complete text of the above 1966 Saturday Evening Post article which, if I can
find some time, will also include links to events that occurred
later on. Respectfully, Jerry Cohen  Author: Oberg/Cooper rebuttals Website: http://www.li.net/~rjcohen/ Page from the website of: CohenUFO.org

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