To anyone who seriously would like to get an in-depth concept of the incredible range of phenomena reportedly associated with UFOs, this extraordinary book is a must. Better than that, it's a phenomenologist's 'mother lode'.
Some of my qualifications for calling Grass Roots UFOs one of the most important books on the subject, ever, are: I've been quite actively involved in studying the objects not only as reports since 1952, but, since 1973, in successfully recording their images and effects with sophisticated instruments, including a recording gravimeter, a recording magnetometer, spectrographic camera, audio recorder, movie and other cameras, etc. resulting in some in-depth analysis of the objects and their physical phenomena. Following my on-site investigation with Dr. J. Allen Hynek (chief consultant to the USAF UFO project) I 'wrote-the-book', literally, on North America's most well-documented close encounter of the third kind, the daylight landing of a highly strange object with two diminutive occupants clad in white 'coveralls', on April 24,1964. (Socorro Saucer in A Pentagon Pantry, Blueapple books, 1976)
That background, including the UFO study with instruments, informs me that many of the even highly strange cases described in Grass Roots UFOs are not the products of mistaken observations or of deranged minds, but are simply the observations and experiences of honest, and often very intelligent people, of objects and phenomena that many of the observers would never have considered possible until their encounters.
The book's section on pre-1947 cases informs us, for example, of a "silvery, shiny" cigar-shaped object seen in 1902! We read of a dirigible-shaped mothership with shuttles going from and to it, seen in 1926 or 27. These are hardly post-Kenneth Arnold flights of fantasy, because the observations happened long before June 24, 1947. I also find them credible because my project and I have daylight-movie-filmed such objects as described back then, beginning with a nine-witness encounter with two movie cameras filming simultaneously, on July 28, 1959. Large objects releasing much smaller craft suggest conservation of energy, possibility for transportation across very great distances, and explain what UFO skeptics claim is a problem of too many objects for them to have traversed interstellar distances individually.
Grassroots UFOs has several cases of non-spreading, collimated, slowly projecting, glowing beams extending and, often, retracting back to, sky objects. Science fiction? Hardly. Why do I believe anything so bizarre sounding? Well, for one reason, in broad daylight, in mid-afternoon, on October 5, 1985, and in the presence of abundant witnesses, I, along with my two eldest children and others, filmed a domed disc-shaped object as it approached, paused almost overhead, and projected such a 'telescoping' beam through which several smaller objects departed at high speed and flew away. The beam then slowly retracted back to the larger craft, which disappeared by going into the distance almost straight up!
The relatively exotic physics my project's instruments have documented operating around, and projected far from, anomalous aerial objects, can explain many of the wonderful, seemingly incredible things you can intellectually feast upon in Grass Roots UFOs. As a result, I find many of them quite credible.
Frankly, at age 73, and as the most seasoned researcher into these phenomena alive today, I tire of book authors who are so cowardly of the mystery that they dare only present readers with reports from persons with military stripes and metals, or with a Ph.D. behind the observers name. In wonderfully refreshing contrast, Grass Roots UFOs lets us read what anyone, from high-estate to the 'average Jane or Joe' had to report, merely out of their need to tell a willing-to-listen John P. Timmerman of what many of them had kept very private until they saw him with his Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) photo exhibit.
Immerse yourself in the most diverse, refreshing, and just plain wonderful UFO book to come along in decades. You've my word on it, and no one asked me to say that. The book simply demands I recommend it. I'm not suggesting you believe all of it, but please examine it. You owe it to yourself.
It's a feast! Enjoy!
a 59-year veteran in this study
Founder, Organization for Physical UFO Science