Sunday, December 9, 2012
RIP Patrick Moore...and a certain book...
Dave Clarke pays tribute to astronomy-legend, Sir Patrick Moore, who has just died, and says of the man's interest in UFOs that it...
"...can be traced back to 1950s when he interviewed Desmond Leslie and George Adamski for the long-running BBC programme Panorama. Adamski had become a minor celebrity at the time because of the success of his 1953 book Flying Saucers Have Landed. The book told a wildly improbable story of his meeting with a tall, blond alien called Orthon from Venus who landed in the Mojave Desert. In 2006 Moore told me that he and Desmond Leslie, Adamski’s co-author, were chums who had both served in the RAF during the war. He admitted that he and Desmond ‘enjoyed playing practical jokes’. And to demonstrate how easy it was to write fairytales about visitors from other worlds, Patrick produced his own spoof novel, Flying Saucer from Mars. Written under the pseudonym Cedric Allingham, it claimed the author had witnessed the landing of a UFO in Scotland in 1954 and that he was taken on board and whisked around the solar system."
Yes, Moore was quite a character!
And here's Dave's full post.
And here's a piece I did some time back on the re-issue of Flying Saucers from Mars.