- I have a small collection of vintage books on the UFO
phenomenon -- incluing Aliens in the Skies: The New UFO Battle of the Scientists
by John G. Fuller. Published in l969, it discusses the House Committee
on Science and Astronautics which invited six prominent scientists (including
Hynek and Sagan) to testify before a special UFO hearing on July 29, l968.
- Anyway, I haven't read it through but I was looking at
it when the name "Rumsfeld" popped out at me.... I tried to find
out if it could be THE Donald Rumsfeld who participated in those hearings
(only referenced as Mr. Rumsfeld). If so, who ever thought he was involved
in this historic and very, very detailed hearing into the reality of UFOs?
- So, I did a search of his bio but found nothing in his
official bio that showed he served on the Committee. But he WAS in DC during
that time - as a Congressman from Illinois.
- I then searched for the UFO Committee report and I found
the amazing quote posted
- at the end of this email.
- By Jove, Donald Rumsfeld WAS on that UFO hearing committee
and even introduced Hynek. Who knew?
- Just a curious fact I thought you might be interested
- Curiouser and curiouser...
- The quote (from http://ncas.sawco.com/ufosymposium/intro.html
- Mr. Chairman -- the chairman of our full committee, Mr.
- Chairman Miller:
- I want to join in welcoming you here. I want to point
out that your presence here is not a challenge to the work that is being
done by the Air Force, a particular agency that has to deal with this subject.
- Unfortunately, there are those who are highly critical
of the Air Force, saying that the Air Force has not approached this problem
properly. I want you to know that we are in no way trying to go into the
field that is theirs by law, and thus we are not critical of what the Air
Force is doing.
- We should look at the problem from every angle, and we
are here in that respect. I just want to point out we are not here to criticize
the actions of the Air Force.
- Thank you.
- Mr. Roush:
- I think it is only appropriate that Dr. Hynek be introduced
by our colleague, Mr. Rumsfeld.
- Mr. Rumsfeld:
- Mr. Rumsfeld. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. It is a pleasure
to welcome all the members of this distinguished panel, and particularly
to welcome Dr. Allen Hynek, who is a son of Illinois, and presently serves
in the Department of Astronomy and Director of the Lindheimer Astronomical
Research Center. Dr. Hynek is a member of a number of scientific societies,
and has served in the Government service as well as in the academic community.
As his Congressman I am delighted he has been invited to appear on this
panel, and we certainly look forward to his comments.