October 29, 2009 by Reader's Connection
I´m sorry that Intruders: The Incredible Visitations at Copley Woods doesn´t have any cover art that I can display here. There was cover art in our catalog, yesterday, but then some gray humanoid beings with big liquidy black eyes came into our Information Technology area and . . . well, I can´t remember what happened for the next hour or so; and now the cover art is gone.
I shouldn’t make a joke out of this. Intruders (c1987) describes a suburban Indianapolis family whose members have been abducted repeatedly over the years. “Copley Woods” is a name that author Budd Hopkins made up to protect the family’s privacy. Hopkins is a serious, seemingly reliable guy, and the founder and head of Intruders Foundation, a nonprofit research and support organization. I’m not smiling or feeling cynical as I read his book. I just hope he’s a con man, because I don’t want this stuff to be true.
Although everything that he relates is disturbing, thus far the most disturbing thing in the book is the underlining. I’m disturbed because I’m a librarian, of course–Folks, you’re not supposed to underline in library books, not even in pencil–but I’m more disturbed by the passages that this poor woman chose to highlight. (Yes, I’ve made a broad-daylight gender assumption.) One has to assume that she experienced recognition while reading these frightening passages.
Missing Time: A Documented Study of UFO Abductions (c1981) was Hopkins’s first book. After reading it, “Kathie Davis,” a woman living in “Copley Woods,” Indiana, sent the author a letter that led to the writing of his second book, Intruders.
While on patrol, a couple of New York police officers saw some strange happenings. They went to a bookstore, looked at a copy of Intruders, and decided that Hopkins was the man to contact. Their letter to him kicks off Witnessed: the True Story of the Brooklyn Bridge UFO Abductions (c1996)
In Sight Unseen: Science, UFO Invisibility and Transgenic Beings (c2003) Hopkins and co-author (and wife) Carol Rainey investigate “impossibilities” such as space ships that become invisible and aliens that conduct interspecies breeding with humans. We believe that by looking at some theoretical twists and turns as well as several bizarre discoveries in modern science, particularly in the field of physics, we can show how UFOs and their occupants may actually obey, not defy, the laws of physics and the natural sciences. We will demonstrate, once and for all, how phenomena eventually thought to be impossible might actually be occuring now, presently, in our lifetime.
UFOs were on my mind initially because nuclear physicist and Roswell Incident investigator Stanton Friedman will visit Central Library next Thursday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m., to discuss UFOs. The library doesn’t own Friedman’s earlier title Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience, about alien abduction, but we do have two of his books, including his most recent title Flying Saucers and Science: A Scientist Investigates the Mysteries of UFOs: Interstellar Traffic, Crashes and Government Cover-Ups.
In an interview on extrasolar-solar planets.com, Friedman said UFO debunkers follow 4 basic rules: A. What the public doesn’t know, I won’t tell them. B. Don’t bother me with the facts, my mind is made up. C. If one can’t attack the data, attack the people, it is easier. And D. Do one’s research by proclamation. Investigation is too much trouble and most people won’t know the difference . . . I am convinced that some Earthlings have been abducted by some aliens. Each case must be taken on its own merits. I don’t much care about beliefs based on top of the head bias, prejudice and ignorance. Let’s deal with evidence and data.
Questions in Closing These can be skipped, if you like. The blogger is just relieving his queasiness after reading about this stuff.
1. If there are really this many aliens among us, why don’t they make themselves useful? Why don’t they stop researching human reproduction and go wipe out Al Qaeda? With their ability to put people into missed-time trances, and their other icky talents, I think they could do it.
2. Is “Copley Woods” really New Palestine? Greenwood? Some little subdivision I’ve never heard of?
3. Has Budd Hopkins been on Oprah? If not, why not? Does Oprah fear that her transgenic identity will be revealed?
Watch the skies. In fact, if Hopkins is telling the truth, you should keep an eye on your garage.