AUGUST BIRTHDAYS Shelby McIntyre, Aug 9, 39 yrs. Nolan B. Canova, Aug. 13, 53 yrs.
The Astronaut and the Aliens
This is a story I've been following and it's a fascinating tale of history, conspiracy, and one man's credibility.
Dr. Edgar Mitchell, 77, Apollo astronaut, record-holder for the longest Moon walk, and PHD in Aeronautics and Astronautics, has come right out and said that he's been privy to secret information that the US government has known of---and been contacted by---alien life for decades. He said it's been covered up for over 60 years.
Speaking to Nick Margerrison of Kerrang Radio on July 23, 2008, Mitchell said, "I happen to have been privileged enough to be in on the fact that we've been visited on this planet and the UFO phenomenon is real". He stated that there were several times over the years unnamed insider gov't sources confirmed alien contact and that Roswell (i.e., the legendary 1947 UFO crash) really happened.
A NASA spokesman said, "NASA does not track UFOs. NASA is not involved in any sort of cover up about alien life on this planet or anywhere in the universe. Dr Mitchell is a great American, but we do not share his opinions on this issue".
Later Mitchell said he didn't mean to implicate NASA in the cover-up, but that other unnamed Pentagon insiders confirmed his story.
Dr. Mitchell has been a guest on numerous radio shows over the years where he's expressed his interest in the paranormal and has always alluded to the possibility that aliens have visited Earth. As far as I know, this is the first time he's flat-out said there's proof-positive that it actually happened, and several times. He also said it's continuing to happen "by what I see in the newspapers". (I assume here he's referring to the recent Stephenville sightings, the Chicago O'Hare sightings, the Phoenix lights, etc.)
Question: What do we make of all this? At 77 years of age, is he coming clean now because, maybe, he figures time is short and he wants to get the story out? Is he a retired space celebrity in need of attention? (I think that's not likely since, having walked on the Moon, his place in history is already assured!) Or is it something else?
Ruling out dementia (nobody's accused him of that), and in light of his decades-long fascination with the paranormal, it could be he's taking a few odd bits of information from these "insiders" out of context and drawn his conclusions from that wacky part of the brain that made other brilliant men believe in weird stuff. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the very logical Sherlock Holmes novels, believed in fairies and mediums. Sir Isaac Newton was a big supporter of Alchemy. Thomas Edison tried to invent a telephone with which one could talk to the dead.
Of course, there's always the distinct possibility that Dr. Edgar Mitchell is not delusional, but absolutely correct that aliens have visited this planet and the government is involved in a cover-up. This would put the much-ballyhooed "Disclosure" project one more huge step toward its goal!
TWO MORE PCR WRITERS RETURN!
Merely three weeks after I welcomed back William Moriaty and Andy Lalino following their lengthy absences, I now repeat that delightful task by welcoming back Corey Castellano and Lisa Ciurro to the hallowed halls of PCR. Corey's was particularly long at 9 months, and while we're always hoping to get even more "Film Biz 101" columns, he's on the road so much, it's going to be pretty much catch-as-catch-can. Lisa's been recovering from surgery and will detail some of her experiences and observations in this issue's FANGRRL. We're very happy she's back healthy and hearty.