Thursday, May 5, 2011

GrassRoots UFOs

I'm a little embarrassed about doing this, but I'm proud of it and it has really made John Timmerman happy. Patrick Huyghe has re-published GrassRoots UFOs and, just after I had put the "slow-down notice" up for the blog, I found that it was being advertised on the Big Stage. It even had an unsolicited, and very generous, testimonial on the site [Amazon]. I put it below in case you'd like to read it.

P.S. Patrick just asked me if I would post the link to his site's book page for this, so I'll give it a try.


  1. thanks for letting us know about this Professor. I'll be looking to pick up a copy soon.

  2. I was going to ask you about this the other night at dinner, as I'd seen the mention of it on the Anomalist Books site. I hope this truly fascinating book makes it to a wider audience. Look forward to seeing you again this weekend.

  3. Hello. I bought your book last month and have found it quite enjoyable. Particularly amusing is where you point out the correlation between the apparent UFO flaps and waves and the times of the Timmerman reports. Who'd have thought it? It's persuasive evidence to counter those explanations that dwell on cultural influences.

    The triangular craft section was enlightening. To read independent descriptions that pre-date the late '70s reports and coincide with modern descriptions is thought-provoking. I was concerned that Imbrogno's role in the Night Siege book might have added to cultural contamination and influenced late '70s reports.

    I'm half way through and will have to go back and mark out several of the reports that appeal to me most.

    Reminiscent of the Timmerman files are the collection of NUFORC phone calls recorded by Bob Gribble. I imagine listening to Timmerman's tapes evokes similar feelings? Taken all by themselves, one is struck by a sense that *real* events happen to *real* people that just don't surrender to popular explanations. Hearing a married couple engage in a natural bantering dispute about whether a mystery object was red or purple adds to the credibility.

    Amidst the ufological chatter that echoes around the internet, there's little immediate evidence that folk *listen* to witness accounts. I believe it adds a richer dimension to the subject when the oral histories are attended to as keenly as the dusty old case-files.

    All the best.

  4. Thanks, my friend. My sentiments echo yours on these very down-home and personal reports. There probably has never been a bent-out-of-shape debunker who has ever really listened to anybody. Those guys stay nine miles off and make up stories of what "must have been".



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