Many of my colleagues in the UFO community are unhappy with History’s Project Blue Book. While it is true that it is very loosely based on the Blue Book files and that it takes great liberties with the stories, it is also true that many of those who were involved with Blue Book in some capacity are not as offended. I have talked with Paul Hynek who gave me the family’s opinion of the show. I have also mentioned that those involved in creating it are quite knowledgeable about UFO history.
|Lt. Col. Robert Friend in the center, on his 99th birthday. Photo copyright by Auturo Interian.|
Over the weekend, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Friend, who had once been chief of Blue Book celebrated his 99th birthday. While this might not have had much to do with the Project Blue Book TV show, it is important because those involved with the show celebrated the birthday with Friend.
For those who don’t know that much about Friend, I looked him up on the Internet. The following is from the NICAP website and the original story was found at:
I modified it slightly to reflect the tone of this blog, leaving out some of the information about his activities after he retired from the Air Force. Here is what they published:
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Friend is one of the oldest living original Tuskegee Airmen pilots and the only living officer who was one time chief of Project Blue Book. He was born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1920. Friend was interested in aviation from a young age. Friend had wanted to enlist in the Army to fly for the United States, but was turned away. Even though the country was making preparations for war, black Americans could not join the
Armed Forces to serve as pilots.
|Robert Friend in pilot training|
during WW II.
All this will probably do nothing to change any opinions about Project Blue Book, but, at least, they’re talking to the right people.