Here are some of the juicy quotes from the Reuters article from which I learned about this development.
"My recommendation is to skip through me and get to the film footage, the digital images."Apparently Dan doesn't understand that the truth of an idea isn't defined by its popularity.
"This is where the whole thing starts to become more credible."
"This is the real stuff. I'm not alone on this. There are many, many people interested in UFOs."
The DVD contains film footage of alleged UFOs along with Dan’s conversations with a “UFO expert” named David Sereda and some other "experts", including a NASA astronaut.
Dan even claims to have had a couple of close encounters himself. Once, near Martha’s Vinyard, he saw…
“…high altitude, glowing magnesium discs traveling at 20,000 miles an hour at 100,000 feet (30,480 metres). ... wing to wing, edge to edge.”Sure, Dan. How were you able to tell it was magnesium from almost 20 miles away? Come to think of it, how could you tell that there was more than one at that distance if they were "wing-to-wing"? Furthermore, how did everyone else on the eastern seaboard miss the atmospheric shockwave from objects traveling at 25 times the speed of sound?
An unidentified expert told him that what he saw must have been a meteor shower, but that’s far too mundane an explanation for Dan.
He also had a close encounter in Canada…
“The second was a telepathic experience. I was asleep with my wife and I woke up about 3 a.m. wanting to go outside into a field and look at the sky.”She kept him inside, but the next morning, newspapers and radio reports from across the region were supposedly filled with eyewitness accounts from some of the estimated 12,000 people who saw a pink spiral in the sky. According to the article, the military later said that people in the region had seen a Chinese rocket, but again, Dan requires an explanation that boosts his ego.
This is a classic case of the Wizard’s First Rule in action. Dan ignores the most plausible explanation for phenomena in favor of an unsupportable claim that he wants to be true.
The sad part is that Dan will be regarded as a pseudo-expert by many people, and his credulity will be grounds for many other people to believe ridiculous UFO stories.