WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL JAMES W. MOSELEY 50TH ANNIVERSARY ROAST PAGE... AND YOUR CHANCE TO TELL JIM EXACTLY WHAT YOU THINK OF HIM!
"I do have a serious interest in UFOs,
and I did have a serious interest even back
when I was doing hoaxes, but my *approach*
is not serious. I like to enjoy myself."
-- James W. Moseley
The months November 2003 through July 2004 ring in James W. Moseley's 50th year of saucering, of telling it shockingly close to how it is in the wonderfully weird world of ufology--50 madcap years as Serious Ufologist (his Adamski expose), UFOhoaxer (the Straith letter), Semi-Serious Ufologist (his 4-D Theory), and Reigning Court Jester of The Field. This makes Jim one of if not the longest surviving continuously active saucerer on (this) planet!
"November 2003 through July 2004?" you wonder. Yes, like most everything else in ufology, the exact beginning of Jim's checkered ufological career is a few degrees out of phase with 3-D "reality," a tad hard to pin down. It was in mid-November 1953 that Jim set out on a cross-country trek to interview as many saucer spotters, experts, and interesting-for-various-reasons others as possible for a UFO book he planned to write. He managed to bag more than 100 interviews, all of them still interesting, some still of ufological importantance. However, the book didn't get published till 2002, forming the basis of the 1950s section of Jim's and my Shockingly Close to the Truth!--Confessions of a Grave-Robbing Ufologist (Prometheus Books). In July 1954, Jim published the first issue of his saucerzine Nexus, which a year later became Saucer News, which in the 1970s devolved into today's Saucer Smear. So when was the momentous 50-year mark actually reached? Was it when Jim jumped into his shiny new '53 Hudson and hit the saucer road? Or was it when he dedicated himself to "the highest principles of ufological journalism"?
As for Steve, Matt, and me, we're going to celebrate the entire 9 months here on the Moseley Roast Page, and we hope "billions and billions" of you will join us. Okay, okay. We're a little late getting started, but please don't hold that against us. Join in the fun anyway. What fun, you say?...
We know that more than a few of you out there have Moseley tales to tell, memories of Jim, fond and otherwise, funny, illuminating, all worth sharing, yarns sure to inspire a laugh or two, certain to recall glorious and inglorious past Moseleyean ufological happenings and adventures to the minds of others to be shared, too. Many of you no doubt have photos and other memorabilia that capture interesting times in Jim's saucering past. And who knows what else lurks in wait to catch the Supreme Commander all unaware and recall the Goode Olde Daze and Just Yesterdaze, too, and Jim's part in them.
Now's the time and here's the place to let it all hang out, tell it like it is or was. Post your thoughts, memories, good wishes, whatevers here--now, tomorrow, and the next day. Come back and read and view them now and then, and add more as this churns and stirs your memories--but not, we hope, your stomachs. When July rolls around, or perhaps a bit later in the year, at a time and place and in a manner yet to be determined but guaranteed to be Gloriously Semi-Perfect, all will be presented to Jim. We'll keep everyone posted here as plans develop.
Yours in Research, Karl Pflock, C.E., M.P.OC., S.S. 5th Col.
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