FWD: [UASR] THE ROOTS OF COMPLACENCY
- Posted by : "Terry W. Colvin" <fortean@...>
>>> "Terry W. Colvin" <fortean@...> 06/18 6:53 PM >>>From: Dr. Virgilio Sanchez-Ocejo <ufomiami@...>
by Dr. Willy Smith
Toward the end of his life, Dr. J. Allen Hynek was a frequent visitor to
my home, the last of such visits taking place from August 20 to August 31.
1985, when he finally left to have his first surgery on September 5, 1985.
After that his health declined rapidly and unfortunately he died on April
During his visits, Dr. Hynek did quite a bit of work using my computer
which was quite similar to his own at home. At that time, his interest was
centered on the Hudson Valley sightings
Time marched on, and after Dr. Hynek passed away, the work was completed
by Bob Pratt and published in book form in 1987, under the tittle NIGHT
One day, revising my diskettes, I found a file labeled "Imbrogno" which I
did not recognize, When I opened it, it was a paper intended to be the
Preface of the book, that undoubtedly by error Allen had saved on one of
my diskettes (on August 30, 1985, just the day before he left my home).
It is a remarkable piece, and once you read it it will be easy to
understand why it was not used as initially intended. I think the time
has come to release it through INTERNET. so every one will see what Dr.
Hynek's thoughts about these remarkable sightings really were. I strongly
suggest that you compare "THE ROOTS OF COMPLACENCY" (as Hynek himself
titled it) with the version that appeared in NIGHT SIEGE.
Dr. Willy Smith
THE ROOTS OF COMPLACENCY
by Dr. J. Allen Hynek
[Note: Dr. Hynek, an Astronomer, was the scientific director for the USAF
project Blue Book.]
Something truly astonishing happened.... Not far from New York City,
along the Hudson Valley, as hundreds of astonished people looked up, many
driving along the Taconic Parkway, they saw something no one had ever seen
Some called it a "Space-ship from outer space" (for want of anything
better) but it was generally described by numbers of competent,
professional persons as startlingly brilliant lights, in the form of a
"V", or Boomerang, silent, slowly-moving, and very large close-by object.
It has often popularly been called the "Westchester (County) Boomerang".
The world has never known about this, even though the event happened not
once but several times, and over the course of several years. To all
intents and purposes, this was a non-event. The media across the world
has remained dumb. Local papers, radios and TV's, it is true, did
momentarily carry spots along with the daily news, but there the news just
How is it possible that in the United States, where even trivial events
are often flashed across the world, only one TV and radio network carried
an account of this utterly astounding event? Far, far lesser stories are
spewen forth across the world!
Could it possibly be that the whole thing just never happened? No: many
times there was good, but extremely local, media coverage; many hundreds
have personally attesteds to us, and to many others, that the "Westchester
Boomerang" was most undeniably, very truly real to them. Furthermore,
many witnesses at a given time, were geographically separate, and unknown
to each other. Cars along the Taconic Parkway, a well traveled highway,
stopped, and passengers looked in amazement, many frightened and
bewildered at the spectacle.
Police department "blotters" proved that many calls came to several local
police stations, and we have tape recordings of a number of the police
involved. The Boomerang was undeniably real; it was not a chimera!
Yes, something truly and astonishing transpired, but was no one "minding
the store", was everyone asleep at the switch? What about law enforcement
agencies (whose duty is certainly to alert and assist when something
amazing is afoot; what about civilian and military personnel?
When hundreds of largely professional, affluent people, in suburban areas,
are astonished, awestruck, and many frightened by what they could only
regard as a very bizarre event, would this not at least warrant and bring
forth some comment from the nation's media? And what about law officers,
government officials and... what of the FAA which supposedly monitors the
airwaves over which the "Boomerang" repeatedly flew, and thus constituted
a serious hazards, especially over the Taconic Parkway.
And what of scientists, to whom these events should have been of
breathtaking scientific concern? But nothing...except, oh yes, a writer
so inept at his task that not once did he checked, even briefly, the
voluminous tapes and other material amassed by the present authors: a
remarkable example of investigative reporting.
His conclusion: the Boomerang was caused by nothing more than a flight of
small planes flying in formation, a totally untenable conclusion in view
of the facts.
How, it would appear that we really have TWO astounding stories, rather
than just one... different but related... and equally incomprehensible:
the story of the low-flying luminous Boomerang (in itself which could rank
high in the annals of science fiction... if it were science fiction! ) and
the second, a totally unaccountable dereliction of duty (and there seem to
be no other word for it), a complete superb and indifference to
It was a malady which appeared to plunge all who encountered it, EXCEPT
the witnesses, into a deadly stupor. Such a malady, or perhaps a virulent
virus of apathy and indifference to duty, could immobilize cities and a
whole country. Of course, we don't know what the Boomerang was really
---the Police and other law enforcement officers were derelict and failed
in their duty to assist the many who called for fear and danger, as well
as in awe and wonder.
---the FAA utterly failed to be concerned for air safety, flight rules,
navigation lights, when told that some utterly strange and possibly
menacing object was cruising close over streets and house.
---the Military was derelict by not attending to public safety and matters
of National Defense (the country could have been subtely invaded!)
---the Scientists failed to uphold their "Hippocratic" oath of science:
they were derelict in following the quest in following an outstanding
---the media, well, where were they? Truly derelict always avid news
hounds, rushing to their typewriters or microphones to rush the news to
the world (good, bad and trivial), but where were they? Hardly any of the
50 States heard the Boomerang story.
Why? Utterly indifferent and apathetic? If so, why?
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>This is a case similar to crop circles. We know the explanation - it was a
hoax - but UFO proponents refused to accept a conventional explanation.
I quote from a 1984 article by Jeffrey Schmalz, New York Times News Service,
which explains both how the hoax was created and why police and the FAA were
"The state police say the 'unidentified flying object' is really five or six
small planes flying in tight formation as part of a hoax...
"One officer followed the object, according to Sgt. Kenneth V. Spiro of State
Police Troop K, which is responsible for the area in which sightings have been
"'He tracked it to Stormville airport,' the sergeant said. 'It was a group
of light planes. They fly in formation. The undersides and under the wings
are painted black, so they can't be seen from the ground. The planes are
rigged with bright lights that they can turn from one color to another. It's
the lights that give the shape to the UFO.
"The troopers spoke to a couple of the pilots, and they're getting a big kick
out of it. There's no violation of the law here...
"Many residents want a thorough investigation by the Federal Aviation
Administration. But the agency does not seem interested.
"'Why would we care about a UFO?' asked Louis Achitoff, a spokesman for the
eastern region of the FAA, in an interview. 'If the pilot's up there with a
clearance and at the right altitude, we don't care what planet he comes
"Pressed for additional comments, Timothy L. Hartnett, the deputy director of
the FAA's eastern region, said there are no regulations prohibiting planes
from flying in formation, as the hoaxers were."
The article notes that some observers didn't believe that it could be a hoax,
due to the alleged ability of the UFO to hover or shoot straight up, etc. But
we know that many observers are unreliable when it comes to estimating the
movements of unfamiliar objects in the sky. Moreover, if there had been a
"real" V-shaped UFO, wouldn't it have been a fantastic coincidence that it
would make its appearances in the exact region and year when a bunch of
hoaxers were creating something similar in appearance?
Terry W. Colvin, Sierra Vista, Arizona (USA) < fortean@... >
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