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Plane Spotters

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: From 1942, an Office of War Information press photo with the caption "Training high school boys to identify planes. There's no question about these young people's ability to recognize airplanes by their silhouettes. They're learning this and other essential facts of aviation at Weequahic High School, Newark, New Jersey, in a course designed to teach students the fundamentals of flying." The training no doubt was also intended to prepare students to be members of the Ground Observation Corps -- a civilian defense watch of the skies which trained 1.5 million citizens to search the skies for enemy aircraft and report any unusual observances. The program would end in 1944, but be revived in 1952 as "Operation Skywatch" -- ostensibly to guard against surprise Soviet attack but without question spurred by the surge of reports of unidentified aerial intruders maneuvering through U.S. airspace.

This week at Saturday Night Uforia:
In The News PicIn The News 1952

PART FIFTY-NINE -- Chronicling the most exciting year in UFO history. Accounts, opinion and analysis for 1952 as told through the newspaper and magazine articles of the time.

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News ClipIn The News 1952

PART SIXTY -- Chronicling the most exciting year in UFO history. Accounts, opinion and analysis for 1952 as told through the newspaper and magazine articles of the time.

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News ClipSpotlight 1952: Hiding In Plain Sight

After the hundreds of witness reports and the plethora of scientific retort that made 1952 the preeminent "year of the saucer", is there any one truth to be found?

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News ClipSpotlight 1952: Anatomy of a Hoax

PART TWELVE -- All successful hoaxes have had certain elements in common, starting with the hoaxster's ability to beguile and deceive. But the most important factor of all may be the need to believe.

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The argument goes something like this: 'I refuse to prove that I exist,' says God, 'for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.' ‡ 'But,' says Man, 'the Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED.' ‡ 'Oh dear,' says God, 'I hadn't thought of that,' and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.

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