Monday, September 19, 2005

The Interrupted Journey

It was 44 years ago today that something happened to Betty and Barney Hill on a drive home in New Hampshire.

Many claim it was a UFO abduction. Indeed, it seems to be the abduction case that skeptics have the most difficulty explaining. It is the one that forces me to keep an open mind about what Kevin Randle termed "the abduction enigma."

For the Hill's side of the story, there is no better account than John G. Fuller's The Interrupted Journey: Two Lost Hours 'Aboard a Flying Saucer', which was first published in 1966.

It also contains a quote from Dr. J. Allen Hynek that is still relevant today, whether discussing the Hill case, or any UFO-related case:

"Unidentified flying objects demand serious and immediate scientific attention. I say this at the start so that you are not misled by all the kooks, nuts, and the gullible who have made the subject so difficult to explore rationally. UFOs are a real puzzle. They myth is not put to rest. And the scientific fraternity must now take cognizance of them. We can no longer dismiss this subject."

The book is compelling reading, just as the Hill case is a compelling story.

The mystery of what happened to the Hills that night, long ago, remains unsolved - and it remains important.

Paul Kimball

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