Those who promote unsubstantiated UFO claims or UFO “artifacts”


-from Robert Sheaffer:


“In 2013, there was a UFO discussion panel held at the The National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas.

They had a special exhibit on “Area 51.”

During the question and answer session, Las Vegas skeptic John Whiteside asked about the supposed “authentic alien artifact” in the Area 51 exhibit.

The moderator referred the question to reporter George Knapp, in the audience, who  (scandalously)  was the source of that “artifact.”

Knapp, a debonair raconteur, has made a career out of reporting on weird stuff like alleged saucers at Area 51  (peddling the unsubstantiated claims of Bob Lazar),  Robert Bigelow’s Haunted Ranch in Utah, etc.

Who had verified that supposed artifact?

The Russians, and others?  Who exactly?  No answer.

The moderator encouraged the two to take the discussion off-line afterwards.

Immediately after the close of the questions, Whiteside says he was approached by Jim Brown who identified himself as the Acting Director of the Museum.

Brown berated him for asking such a question, claiming that it threatened their funding.

If a Museum’s funding is threatened by asking a legitimate question, the fault lies not with the questioner, but with the Museum.

Whiteside went looking for George Knapp after this, no more than five minutes later, to find that he had quietly slipped out the door.

I’m thinking it’s very likely that this was one of the same “UFO artifacts” that Robert Bigelow had.  If so, one would scarcely need to modify any buildings to house it.”


Thanks, once again, to Robert Sheaffer.

As I stated elsewhere many many times, I am a realist who believe that the UFO phenomenon itself seems to be real.

But to me, UFOs do not constitute conclusive evidence of physical extraterrestrial visitations by physical extraterrestrial, biological entities in physical extraterrestrial spacecraft of any kind.

There may be more to this phenomenon than physical ET hypothesis.

I am also highly skeptical of the existence of authentic UFO artifacts.



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4 thoughts on “Those who promote unsubstantiated UFO claims or UFO “artifacts”

  1. If, as they claim these are authentic items then they should have zero problem having them examined by outside experts. Over the decades there have been many unsubstantiated claims that have been pushed as being authentic and real, without any physical proof to backup what they say. Stop filling their wallets until they present evidence to back up their claims. Our world, especially in this present climate where innuendo and unsubstantiated accusations are being brought forward and shared without one shred of evidence to back up the claims. We, must demand more than mere words. We should, and we can demand more from those making these outrageous claims.


  2. Of all the things I’ve been called over the years, “debonair raconteur” is in a category all its own.

    I have told the story of those spheres many times over the years and have spoken publicly about what testing has been done as well. I have never once claimed they are alien artifacts. Having dealt with a few of the characters on this page, I am not surprised in the least that this ridiculous version of events would be reported as fact.

    I don’t know if you guys are still dealing with insecurities from when you had to eat lunch by yourselves back in the high school cafeteria, but I wish you well.


    • Thanks, George, for your comment. Actually, the description “debonair raconteur” was first used by New York Magazine writer Mark Jacobson a few years ago when he was describing who you were.
      I may have misunderstood you before I claimed that you had claimed that these artifacts were of Alien origin. If I did, please forgive me.


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