A longtime goal of binnall's was completed on August 11th, 2005, when he interviewed Terry Hansen, author of "The Missing Times", for BoA : Audio, Season One. In this in-depth interview, we discuss Hansen's background prior to writing his book, what brought him to studying the UFO/media connection, complicity v. conspiracy with regards to the media's coverage of the UFO phenomenon, historical precendence that suggests a government/media cooperative, local media v. national media, the role of propaganda and disinformation and the various methods used to employ them.

We also cover the Mexican UFO footage that was released last year, the ABC UFO special, Philip Klass, Hansen's goals for the book, the reaction of journalists to his book, whether or not history will record the contributions of today's Ufologists, forbidden science in general, basic cable UFO specials, the pro-UFO media, and a plethora of other fascinating material.

Terry Hansen is a former technical magazine editor and now an independent journalist with a special interest in scientific controversies and the politics of mass media. He has followed the UFO controversy for much of his life and has occasionally written about it for various media, including National Public Radio and the Minneapolis Star & Tribune. He has been a guest on various regional and national broadcast programs, including Dreamland, the History Channel, Coast to Coast, and Strange Days. He has also spoken before various groups about UFO-related censorship and propaganda. In addition, he has organized and moderated two symposiums about "The Science and Politics of UFO Research" for the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, one of the nation's largest science museums.

Hansen holds a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in science journalism, both from the University of Minnesota. He was a founding partner of KFH Publications, Inc., a Seattle computer-magazine publishing company. He is a licensed private pilot with ratings for single-engine aircraft and gliders, and skipper of the converted diesel-powered wooden fishing trawler, New Rosa. He lives in the Canadian Gulf Islands with his wife Jess.

(Bio via www.themissingtimes.com)

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1 hr 10 min
Terry Hansen