There I was, sitting with my lunch reading today's National Post (one of Canada's two national newspapers).
I turned first, as I almost always do, to the Editorial page.
What did I find? Well, the two editorials were "India belongs on the Security Council" and "Time to end 'racist' name calling," both of which were eminently sensible. Then there was a column by political writer Andrew Coyne, "The best friends money can buy," about how Canada's ruling Liberal Party pretty much bribes its way to power (alas, sadly true).
But it was the fourth piece that really caught my eye. In the "Informed Sources" section was an article titled "Calling all time travelers." It was an edited transcript from the promotional web site for the Time Traveler Convention being held today on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Now, to be fair, the Post did describe it as an "unusual" conference, which indicates that the editorial staff may not be ready to endorse the concept of time travel just yet.
But there it was, nonetheless - on the main editorial page of one of Canada's two national newspapers.
I thought immediately of the recent X-Conference, which had NOT appeared on the Post's editorial page, or anywhere else for that matter. As far as I know, not a peep about it was uttered in the mainstream press up here, and probably not much south of the border either.
Of course, the UFO phenomenon in general gets very little press coverage these days, at least in the mainstream media.
Why is that, I wonder?
The answer can be seen by comparing the roster of speakers for the MIT conference (which can be viewed at http://web.mit.edu/adorai/timetraveler/), all serious academics, with the roster at your average UFO conference. Or try the venue - one of the country's major universities, as compared to the local Hilton hotel.
It says something about the state of ufology, and the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis in particular, that time travel can get the press coverage, and some serious academic attention and action, and UFOs cannot.
This should be a cause for some major soul searching within the ranks of ufology.
Instead, I predict the response will be to blame the media, or accuse it of being part of the government cover-up / Cosmic Watergate / Conspiracy of Silence.
Of course, if you want to know more about time travel and the MIT conference, you could also have tuned into the Today Show on NBC yesterday. It seems they got some play there, too.