The UFO Book Club - For the Love of Hynek: 'The Close Encounters Man' by Mark O'Connell

Feb 26, 05:00 AM

Welcome to the inaugural UFO Book Club, where Brian Hastie and Angelo Fiorentino of the Double Density Podcast, Sam Fredrickson of the Not Alone Podcast, and Rob discuss The Close Encounters Man: How One Man Made the World Believe in UFOs by Mark O'Connell. Diving deep, the group looks at the life and career of J Allen Hynek from the perspective of three people who read the book, and one (Sam) who didn't, but learned a lot about Hynek through a series of episodes about the history of the U.S. government's studies of the UFO phenomenon. They look at Hynek's journey from staunch skeptic, dismissing the UFO phenomenon as only a fad, to believer a believer in the phenomenon.

By the end of this episode, you will get answers to such great questions, like was Hynek implicated in a cover-up of the Dexter-Hillsdale Sightings? How many professional wrestlers can Angelo cast to play J Allen Hynek in a biopic? ARE WE ALL JUST DISINFORMATION AGENTS?!

Prepare yourself for a healthy dose of dad jokes, turtlenecks, and astro-beatnik neck ware on the first edition of the UFO Book Club!

Memorable Quotes

"Hell yeah. Hell yeah. I'm not going to let that turtle neck wearing son-of-a-bitch keep me from saying anything about UFOs. I'll say whatever the hell I want about UFOs. I will be as logical as I can about it, but that son-of-a-bitch, if he thinks he's throwing the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis on me, I'll make him eat his words." - Rob

"Perfect, so, Neil Degrasse Tyson, sliding into the DMs, demanding information about alien culture." - Brian

"Uh huh... uh huh... uh huh... so, yeah, how do you explain the reptiles. Uh huh... how do you explain the royal family, they're reptiles." - Angelo

"You are disinformation. You're all dis... I know the truth! Me, laying in bed, no pants on. I know what's going on here! You're all disinformation agents! I know the truth," - Sam


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