March has come and gone, and the poll results have been finalized.
The question was "Who is the greatest ufologist ever?"
The winner? Dr. Jacques Vallee.
The rest of the top five, in descending order, were Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Stanton T. Friedman, Dr. James McDonald, and, in what some might see as a bit of a surprise, James Moseley, Supreme Commander of Saucer Smear. I'm a big Moseley fan, so I'm glad to see he got solid support.
The biggest surprise for me was the low vote total for Keyhoe, and the fact that Edward Ruppelt didn't get a single vote. At the end of the day, however, I think these admittedly limited results really show that Vallee, Hynek and Friedman are the popular giants of ufology (perhaps for different reasons), while McDonald gets the votes of the cognoscenti (I know more than a few of those who voted for him, and they were all "serious" ufologist types), and Moseley has a base of support who appreciates his "Court Jester" role within ufology (and the serious contributions he's made over the years, which are often forgotten or overlooked). They make a worthy top five, because they all have, or had, something of real value to offer. Of course, so do all the others, in their own ways, especially Dick Hall, Brad Sparks and Jerry Clark, who received a grand total of 3 votes between them, but have made tremendous contributions to the serious study of the UFO phenomenon over a period of decades (and, in Dick's case, half a century).
Thanks to everyone for stopping by and voting. Don't forget to vote in the April poll - Mac's love-life is on the line!
P.S. I'm curious who the 28 "others" were - if you voted "other" leave a comment here, and let us know who, and why.