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Barbara Bartholic's fascinating story marred only by poor editing,
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This review is from: Barbara: The Story of a UFO Investigator (Paperback)Barbara Bartholic was a Tulsa OK-based UFO/abduction researcher who died of a stroke in November 2010 aged 71. Barbara lived a varied, interesting and highly unusual life and was widely respected for her pioneering and fearless attitude to investigating the paranormal, particularly the UFO/abduction issue.
This short, 191-page book first published in 2003 is a kind of authorised mini-biography co-written by Barbara and Peggy Fielding.
Born Barbara Leigh Simon in St. Louis MO in 1939, she had several childhood experiences in the 1940s of what we would now describe as classic abductions by non-human entities, along with other attendant paranormal weirdness. The family moved to Tulsa when Barbara was a small child. As a young woman her striking good looks and 5ft 11inch stature brought opportunities to work as a fashion model in LA and in NYC. Barbara returned to Tulsa in her early 20s and soon married Bob Bartholic, a professional artist several years her senior. The marriage turned out to be lifelong and mutually supportive, and they had four children together but never much money.
The Bartholics ran their own art gallery in Tulsa for several years and gradually became the centre of the local art scene. Barbara later worked in TV as a documentary film maker, became a `public face' and was increasingly attracted to paranormal research.
The most interesting part of the book is the long middle section which narrates the history of Barbara's several-years' investigative partnership with French astronomer/computer scientist Jacques Vallee. The manner of their meeting and coming together contains several paranormal elements: as a child, Barbara had had a `vision' of a man playing a grand piano in her grandmother's old house who she felt she would meet some day and on meeting Jacques years later, recognised him immediately. Vallee in his turn proclaimed when they met: "Barbara, I know you from the future" and persuaded her to work with him to form a field investigation team. They worked together mainly investigating cattle mutilations in the OK/AK/MO region - though they also travelled further - in a productive professional partnership lasting seven years. It was Barbara who eventually broke away to go out on her own, being drawn to investigate UFO abduction events reported to her by people in her home town (this was prior to the 1987 publication of Whitley Strieber's `Communion' and before the work of NYC-based investigator Budd Hopkins brought the issue to widespread public attention). Barbara later trained as a regression hypnotist and worked with hundreds of abductees including the late Karla Turner and her family - who BTW do not feature in this book - becoming widely known and sought after in the region. Other cases of deep paranormal weirdness also came her way to investigate, a few of which are detailed in the book.
Despite phone calls and entreaties from Vallee to resume their investigative partnership, Barbara felt it unwise to do so and declined. The full story behind her decision contains some rather sinister and extraordinary paranormal elements which you will need to read the book to discover.
(Reviewer's note: does this strange history with Barbara Bartholic explain to us something about the origin of Jacques Vallee's oft-expressed and otherwise uncharacteristically personal antipathy towards abduction research in general, and the use of hypnosis to access suppressed memories in particular?)
The book is a pretty easy one-day read. If you're at all interested in Barbara Bartholic, in the complex history of investigation into the UFO/abduction issue or in the work of Jacques Vallee and how his ideas developed, then it's essential reading. Unfortunately the manuscript is not well edited: too many typos, grammatical errors and examples of poor syntax reflect badly on the content - a pity, as the story is fascinating and needs to be told. Even the `revised' 2004 edition is not much of an improvement and for me, this poor editing knocks the review rating back from 4 stars. The material is unique: surely Peggy Fielding and AWOC publishing can deliver better than this?
BTW though the book is good to have on your shelf as a minor but important contribution to the field you can get the whole thing online, unabridged and for free, as a long pdf document.
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Initial post: 29 Feb 2012 19:12:22 GMT
M. L. Shannon says:
I would also recommend anyone wanting to read this without shelling out money is to view for free online, however i do not recommend reading such material because Barbara promoted the abduction scenario with fear and a somewhat distortion of the facts. having been involved in this myself, once i got past the fear and actually opened my eyes i was able to view the whole thing with objectivity, and whilst i am not saying that bad things don't happen this book can only make the situation worse, and its a negative viewpoint as far as our cosmic brothers are concerned, as in my experience the most negative patterns usually concern when there is human involvement.
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