Project Blue Book – Paul Hynek’s Words

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was more than a little disturbed by the latest episode of Project Blue Book. The case, based loosely, and I do mean loosely,
on the Flatwoods, West Virginia, landing of September 12, 1952, was barely
recognizable. They portrayed it as a crash and left out many of the witnesses,
focusing on three… a mother and her two boys.
Dr. J. Allen Hynek
disturbed me was the first interaction between that mother and Allen Hynek. The
captain with him introduced him as Dr. Hynek and it was clear the mother
thought that he was a physician. He didn’t do anything to suggest he wasn’t and
I couldn’t see Allen Hynek doing something like that.
I also know that those of us not involved shouldn’t assume outrage on the part
of those who are. You can think of many things in the modern world where
someone gains attention by his or her outrage on the part of another. I thought
I would find out what the family of Allen Hynek thought about this series and
the way Allen and his wife were presented. Here is the response I received from
Paul Hynek. I have left out the very kind words directed at me. With his
permission, I quote in part:
Blue Book is a highly dramatized portrayal of my father’s work with the US Air
Force. As with other dramatic representations, it is not meant to be accurate
in all of its details. So you can find many incidents depicted in the show that
didn’t actually happen in real life. I don’t know offhand if my father read the
whole Encyclopedia Britannica (let alone twice) when he was indeed laid up with
Scarlet Fever. It wouldn’t surprise me, given the frequent exhortations he made
to me as a child to consult the damn encyclopedia. I have, however, attached
photos of the astronomy text book that he had during this time that he often
cited as creating his interest in astronomy to begin with. This is an example
of something that perhaps not accurate, is certainly authentic
father was a public figure, and HISTORY could have made Project Blue Book
without any input from the Hynek family. However, they invited my brother Joel
and I to serve as consultants on the show, so I know first hand that creator
David O’Leary, showrunner Sean Jablonski, the producers, HISTORY executive
Arturo Interian, and Aidan Gillen and Laura Mennell and the rest of the
cast have gone to great efforts to portray my parents and the other characters
in an authentic and respectful fashion. In addition, each episode is based on a
real case as you remarked on in your article with the Gorman dogfight, is
followed by actual information, and also has additional accompanying interviews
on the website with Jacques Vallee, Robert Friend, Richard Dolan, Joel, me, and
others to present actual recollections. HISTORY has also invited Joel and me to
participate in numerous public forums to talk about our real life father and
his actual views.
In broad strokes, the show accurately portrays my father as a
highly intelligent scientist who initially thought that flying saucers were
nothing more than post-war hysteria who comes to believe there is something to
the phenomenon. He therefore wound up butting heads with an Air Force that was
more concerned, and rightly so, with national security and tamping down public
hysteria than they were with honest scientific inquiry – at least conducted out
of Wright-Patterson. I also believe that should the show continue into
subsequent seasons, it will show the evolution that my mother underwent as well
to become an important figure in UFOLOGY in her own right. As a loving and
admiring son, I’m delighted that my father’s decades of work trying to answer
one of the most important questions ever to face mankind are once again getting
their just due.
family is participating in the project, and if they are cool with the way he’s portrayed,
then how am I to be outraged by it. While there are other problems with the
show, and I don’t know how many people bother with following up to learn the
truth about the incidents presented, Paul Hynek, believes they are making a sincere
effort to get the real information out to the public.
will admit here that I am ambivalent about all this. I see the show as just
that. A show. Just like any other scripted series on television, though one
that is attached to the real world. I see that they have worked hard to
recreate the world of more than half a century ago, and they seemed to have
captured the flavor of the times. I do wish they wouldn’t bring in the nonsense
of MJ-12 and the MIB, but then this is a television show and you must have some
conflict or you end up with, well, I wanted to say Seinfeld, but that certainly worked for a decade or so.
say again that I am disappointed in the direction it is taking but I say that
as one who has been immersed in the UFO field for a very long time. I’m
disappointed by the way the military is shown, but only because they don’t
understand military customs, something they could have fixed with consultant
who had actually served as an officer.
the other hand, I do enjoy the show and I just can’t help it. I guess I’m able
to separate the program from UFO research. They do make it clear that the stories
as they tell them are not the reports as they were actually received. As I say,
I’m ambivalent at this point… I just don’t know if I should be outraged or
entertained… at the moment, I’m opting for entertained.
As a
final thought. This from Paul Hynek. “
my Dad were still around, I can imagine him putting on his slippers, cooking
some popcorn, sitting in his comfy chair and watching the show, having a grand
old time.”


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