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Lincoln. Nebraska 68508
David M. Jacobs, assistant professor of history and author of UFO Controversy
UFOs examined by professor
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"It's a classic scientific scandal of major
proportions," says David M. Jacobs, assistant
professor of history, about his book, UFO
Controversy in America, published by Indiana
University Press. His book will be available by
mail in March or April, he said, and will be in the
bookstores in May.
The book is the result of his work on a
doctoral thesis on the history of an unidentified
Hying object (UFO) controversy in the United
"The problem I deal with most in my book is
the lack of knowledge on the subject of UFO's,"
he said. "Although they have been reported
consistently for the past 25 years, no one has .
even done a thorough study on the subject," he
Jacobs begins his book with the wave of
"mystery airship sightings" in 1896. After that
there was no major wave or reportings until the
1940s he said.
Air Force involved
In 1947 a wave of reported sightings occurred
and the Air Force became involved, Jacobs said,
because people reported sightings to them.
After ruling out extra-terrestrial beings and
secret weapons, the Air Force began denying the
existence of UFOs, Jacobs said. In 1951 the Air
Force began explaining that people who reported
sighting UFOs had 'atomic jitters' because of
their fears of a Russian invasion, he said.
In 1952 there was a "sensational" wave of
reportings, including sightings over the White
House and Capitol building, according to Jacobs.
"This wave of reports was so intense that Air
Force intelligence and the Pentagon were
swamped with calls," he explained. In January
1952 the Robertson panel investigated the
matter and found that the reports, not the
sightings, were a matter of national security and
claimed such reports could lead to mass hysteria,
Jacobs stated in his book.
Lack of satisfactory explanations of the
subject led to the formation of UFO
organizations in the 1950s.
By the 1960s the problem had not "gone
away" as was hoped, Jacobs said, and the Air
Force phased itself out of UFO investigation
"Scientists were prevented from seriously
''studying the "problem because of lack "of 'funds
and support. The idea of a serious investigation is
still something many people laugh about, Jacobs
said. "All studies which are being done are
privately funded and limited in scope," he said.
'Is everyone crazy?'
"It would be possible to accept the fact that
everyone reporting UFOs is crazy if there had
only been a few hundred reported sightings. But
there have been thousands world-wide and that is
only an estimated 10 per cent of the actual
number of sightings," Jacobs said.
"The point of my book is that people should
admit they really don't know about UFOs and
not try to explain them away," he said.
Jacobs traveled the country to research his
book. He did research at Maxwell Air Force Base
pn previously secret Air Force reports and at
various headquarters of the UFO organizations in
Illinois, Washington, D.C. and Arizona.
DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARDS
Nominations for Distinguished Teacher Awards are now being accepted by the
various colleges. Teachers receiving this award are given a rnadallion and a prize of
$1,000. Students are invited, indeed urged, to made such nominations.
Nominations should be in your Dean's officy by February 15, 1975. Simply follow
Submit nominations and supplementary material to the office of the Dean, College
of Agriculture, co T. E. Hartung, 103 Ag Hall, East campus
Submit nominations and supporting material to the Student Advisory Board, Bob
Bcechman, Chairman, co Dean's office.
ARTS & SCIENCES
Secure standard nomination form from Dean's office, 1223 Oldfather Hall. Send
material to Dr. Max D. Larsen, 1223 Oldfather Hall.
Contact Dean's office, 240 CBA. Detailed information will be posted in CBA
building and published in Update.
Submit nominations and supplementary material to the office of the Dean, Room
107, College of Dentistry, East Campus.
ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY
Make nominations through department student organizations.
Make nominations through Student Advisory Council or directly to Dean's office,
105 Home Economics Building, East Campus.
Nominations are made through an in-collcgc process. Contact Dean's office, 208
Law, for further information.
Nominations through Student Advisory Board or directly to the Dean's office, 101
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