Monday, December 16, 2019
Still more media interest in the UFO Archive
The calls keep coming in about my donation of the UFO archive.
And the media interest keeps ramping up.
Unfortunately, it's like the kids' game "Whisper." Every time the story is retold, errors creep in!
It's not "a massive trove of government UFO reports," as the Sun notes: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10549405/government-ufo-reports-available-at-university/
Nor is it "Disclosure of 30,000 government UFO reports" as Express claims: https://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/1217358/UFO-sighting-disclosure-aliens-government-UFO-reports-University-of-Manitoba-Falcon-Lake/
But the Russians have it more correct: https://sputniknews.com/science/201912111077544731-canadian-university-receives-giant-trove-of-ufo-files-that-can-shed-light-on-falcon-lake-incident/
And then on Friday, I had a call from a blogger who wanted to interview me because he had seen the story on Mental Floss, one of my favourite Fortean zines that is now only online. Their source was the LiveScience article.
Then I was alerted that the story had even made Fox News, so it was going literally everywhere.
The Winnipeg Free Press carried it as well. It's behind a paywall, so here's an excerpt:
It's not just an uplifting exhibit you can see — you could say it's out of this world.
After more than 40 years of research into unidentified flying objects, Chris Rutkowski has donated to the University of Manitoba his entire collection of files, documents and other materials dealing with the Falcon Lake UFO case.
And, if you go to the university's Archives and Special Collections, you will not only see a display of the material, but for the first time ever you can see some of the artifacts connected to the case, including the shirt Stefan Michalak was wearing when he was chipping away at a quartz formation when he says he suddenly encountered two oval-shaped objects in the air over the provincial park — one which landed.
"I always thought 'what am I going to do with my stuff?'" Rutkowski said recently.
Finally, I started getting notifications that the story about the archived UFO docs even made it into academic circles. The post-secondary news service Academica noted:
The University of Manitoba has announced its receipt of more than 20,000 UFO reports and more than 10,000 UFO-related Canadian Government documents from Canadian Ufologist Chris Rutkowski. “This unique and intriguing historical collection will greatly add to our understanding of the study of UFOs, and will attract students and researchers to study these phenomena for a whole range of reasons,” says UManitoba Head of Archives and Special Collections Shelley Sweeney. “It complements our extensive collection of psychical research and spiritualist archives and puts Winnipeg on the map as the preeminent destination for the study of the paranormal.” UManitoba has also launched a crowdfunding campaign to help digitize the collection.I guess I really do have to give them all the files and books now. The best news: the university's crowdfunding campaign to digitize the UFO files is already almost at 10% of its goal! Oh, and I've already seen some claims that this is proof that Disclosure is happening (even the watered-down "gradual acclimatization process to the alien presence"). But if I am the one releasing the government UFO docs, then that must mean I am part of the secret cabal in charge. Boy, are the Bilderbergs going to be mad at me. You're welcome.