The once prominent UFO UpDates central email listserve is now dead. The List Fades To Black.
The world has moved on, apparently beyond the need of a centralised service such as this List – witness the dramatic drop in List-bound traffic of the last few years.
Since 1996, this was the place where news was announced and major discussion occurred. But its decline was inevitable.
Originally one of the most dynamic UFO lists, UFO Updates, started by Glenn Cambell of Desert Rat fame has finally folded. Back when my wife and I were publishing UFO Magazine, UFO Updates was the place where all the news, rumors, and people were gathering. When Cambell left he turned it over to Errol Bruce-Knapp, host of Strange Days, which came out of Canada. This really does leave a void, although for quite some time I could tell that the list was winding down.
According to our tipster, Terry:
[M]any prominent researchers and commentors made announcements, discussed preliminary findings, debated case details, and shared documents. A very educational forum — when it wanted to be. Lately, acrimonious debates between partisan die-hards and fact-respecting researchers drove the serious people away[…]
Over the years, Terry notes, participants were UFO insiders such as Jerome Clark, Steven Aftergood (Federation of American Scientists), Graham William Birdsall (UFO Magazine), Peter Brookesmith (UK Fortean writer), Dr. David Clarke (UK folklorist), Stanton Friedman, A.J. Gevaerd (Brazilian ufologist), Dr. David Gotlib (publisher of Bulletin of Anomalous Experience), filmmaker Paul Kimball, Isaac Koi, Don Ledger (Canadian ufologist), Philip Mantle (UK ufologist), Kathleen Marden (MUFON, Betty Hill’s niece), Kevin Randle (author), Jenny Randles (UK ufologist), John Rimmer (UK ufologist), Chris Rutkowski (Canadian ufologist), Mac Tonnies (UFO writer), and Greg Sandow (UFO writer).
It appears the archive will remain – a valuable sociological treasure trove, 90,000+ messages. Many commenters on the close of the list have fond memories.
Where is UFOlogy going? Has it accomplished anything of value? What’s next? Is the move to nuts and bolts investigation going to catch on or is that simply another iteration of investigation that won’t prove fruitful. It’s hard to say. Questions remain but answers are elusive.
Thank you to Terry the Censor for the information