In the most recent show, I had the opportunity to speak with one of the forces behind Project Blue Book: The TV Show. Auturo Interian is a senior vice present at A&E which owns History and he provided some insight into the way the series has been structured and the thought processes behind the construction of the series. You can listen to the show here:
The one thing that has come through, loud and clear, in my communications with Auturo and in our discussion of the show is his deep interest in UFOs. He said that his interest was sparked by Close Encounters of the Third Kind and from that point on, studied the subject. What caught my attention was that he was aware of some
of the more esoteric aspects
of UFOs. When I asked who was Neal McDonough was, meaning who is the general he
plays, Auturo said he was a combination of Nathan Twining and Charles Cabell.
While most people know who Twining was, far fewer understood the role of Cabell
in all this.
There are other examples of this. He mentioned that the group we sometimes see around a big, round table, is not MJ-12, but could be considered one of many different organizations that existed over the years that sort of oversaw the investigations into UFOs including the Science Advisory Board.
And that Quinn, the captain running around with Allen Hynek, is not Ruppelt, the one-time chief of Blue Book, but a combination of people because once you move beyond Ruppelt you run into leaders of the investigation who are either disinterested in UFOs or rabidly set against the idea they exist in any form.
There is one more thing. When I was on the set of Roswell, the ShowTime movie about, well, Roswell, I was the military consultant. I mentioned something to the director, Jeremy Kagan. He said to me, “Remember, we’re making a movie, not a documentary.” This is advice that some of the critics of the Project Blue Book show should remember as well.
Coming up next… I’m not sure yet. There are several possibilities and I’m looking for the best guest.