Good night last night. Unfortunately I missed the opening of George Noory's Coast to Coast, which had Richard Hoagland's take on Captain Mitchell's latest statements on UFO's
I've known both of them -- Mitchell and Hoagland -- a long time. Richard Hoagland is a strange combination of hard headed rationality, considerable if untrained ability in understanding technology, and amazing credulity even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. If there ever was an example of an intelligent man overcome by the will to believe, Hoagland is it.
Mitchell I don't know well. I was responsible for having him be the presenter of the SFWA Nebula Awards in the 1970's and had erratic contact with him since. I followed his sporadic attempts to demonstrate distance viewing and telepathy at Stanford over the years (there were, as usual in such matters, no unambiguous results but lots of "intriguing data".
I never heard him mention Roswell before (that may well be because I haven't been paying attention) but that certainly does not raise his credibility in my estimation. So far as I am concerned the late Karl Pflock, who accepted a commission from the UFO organizations to write a book on Roswell, and then chased down the evidence to discover that there was no alien presence at Roswell in 1947, demonstrated beyond much doubt that what happened there was a cover up, but not of UFO's; and there was no new technology, alien or otherwise, found at Roswell. (See my short comments and a reference to Karl's book in mail.)
In any event, I came upstairs to get something (flashlight and magnifying glass to examine the dog's foot, actually) just as Hoagland was coming on Noory's show, and he seemed a bit skeptical; which is intriguing. But I had to get back downstairs and missed. I presume the show is on the web somewhere and I'll try to make time to listen: it should be in the first quarter hour of the show's beginning; and I would be interested in Hoagland's take. When he's not overcome by his beliefs, **** Hoagland can be informative (and he's almost always interesting).
**** Hoagland is the "Face on Mars" guy, by the way.