See “The Real ‘X-Files’”

January 11, 2016

By now you have perhaps learned of the online video by Vice Media, The Real “X-Files?” in which I star as “the real-life Scully” (as in Agent Dana Scully from the popular TV series and film).

Inspired in part by my books, Real-Life X-Files (2001) and The Mystery Chronicles: More Real-Life X-Files (2004, foreword by James Randi), Vice’s video looks at the mythology developing from the 1947 “Roswell Incident.”

That was the supposed crash of a flying saucer in the desert near Roswell, New Mexico, and its subsequent debunking as a weather balloon—actually a U.S. government spy balloon from Project Mogul (an attempt to monitor Soviet nuclear tests).

Among those interviewed are my friend William B. Davis (who plays the sinister “Cigarette Smoking Man” on the X-Files), Skeptical Inquirer editor Ken Frazier (who likens me to Sherlock Holmes), arch UFO conspiracy theorist Stanton T. Friedman (who calls me “a nasty, noisy negativist”), Seth Shostak (astronomer at SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), a few Roswell shopkeepers (who sell UFO souvenirs), and True Believers filling the streets for the annual UFO/Fourth of July festival.

The film crew took me to Roswell and also came to my lab to record experiments with Roswellian metal fragments, and further conversations about the value of investigating paranormal claims.

The Real “X-Files” (under an hour long) may provide an insight or two into the case that has become the holy grail of saucerdom, as well as into the phenomenon I call the Roswellian Syndrome. As Paul Fidalgo, CFI’s communications director, urges: “Check this out, it’s great.”