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Spielberg once contributed to UN UFO debate

September 25, 2017 | Comment icon 7 comments



Spielberg directed Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Image Credit: Public Domain
The legendary film director has made several movies exploring the themes of UFOs and extraterrestrials.
Back in the 1970s, New York journalist Lee Speigel created a documentary on the topic of UFOs that saw him travel around the US interviewing various experts and witnesses.

When he later heard about an effort to encourage the United Nations to formally look in to the UFO phenomenon, he realized that a presentation featuring some of the people he had interviewed would be an ideal way to help get the message across that this was something worth investigating.

To this end, he enlisted the assistance of Dr. J. Allen Hynek - the astronomer who came up with the 'Close Encounters' UFO classification system - and Dr. Jacques Vallee - a UFO researcher.

Both also happened to have been heavily involved in Spielberg's Close Encounter of the Third Kind.
"It was amazing," said Spiegel. "One day I got a call from Spielberg's publicist to see if I wanted to go out to Hollywood to meet with Steven, Dr. Hynek and Dr. Vallee."

When they met up, Spielberg was very interested in the upcoming meeting at the UN and provided graphics and information that would ultimately go on to be used during the presentation itself.

In the end, the United Nations did pass a decision on the subject, stating:

"The General Assembly invites interested member states to take appropriate steps to coordinate on a national level scientific research and investigation into extraterrestrial life, including unidentified flying objects, and to inform the secretary-general of the observations, research and evaluation of such activities."

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (7)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by jmccr8 5 years ago
I should habe had mu coffee first I thought it said UM debate. jmccr8
Comment icon #2 Posted by Trihalo42 5 years ago
George Orwell scares people with a radio show. People make horror movies about scary aliens, with a very few friendly alien movies mixed in. Horror seems to sell so well we even have scary movies about clowns, from Stephen King's "It" to the Joker. And what movie brings it all together? Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988).
Comment icon #3 Posted by Klownzilla 5 years ago
Best movie!!! My forum name says so!!!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Nostrodumbass 5 years ago
If the UN turns to movie makers for advice on aliens we are in serious trouble. When the aliens destroy the White House or Big Ben with their lasers what is the UN going to do? Replace them in the sequel?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Ghost Orchid 5 years ago
They would properly make a trilogy by then we all would be dead.... Imagine if the aliens attack from a wring angle Director:"Cut cut!!" Lol, they will blow them up.. Alien:"Kni kno tik klock nok".. Translation: " No, we are here to devour you.
Comment icon #6 Posted by jbondo 5 years ago
I am reminded of a presentation about ghost encounters, where Telly Savalas related his story. However, prior to that, the lead in was very animate about the fact that this wasn't just anyone, but a well respected Hollywood star! So, of course, we need to take it more seriously. As if a popular TV/Film actor could never mislead, lie, or be mistaken. In other words, if you aren't a celebrity, your story isn't worth squat. That said, if anyone is going to address the UN, it should most certainly be a movie producer/director.
Comment icon #7 Posted by The Silver Thong 5 years ago
One mention of the UN and who the hell cares.


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