Monday, August 22, 2011

R.I.P. - Budd Hopkins and Stuart Miller - UPDATED

Budd Hopkins

2 well known UFO researchers have passed away.

Budd Hopkins was the most well known alien abduction researcher in the world. He wrote the most famous book in the field, Missing Time (among others) and was singlehandedly responsible for bringing the abduction phenomenon into the mainstream.

Hopkins was well liked amongst UFOlogists and his passing is an enormous loss to the field and the world in general.

We at The Omni Report have been greatly influenced by Budd and the news of his passing just yesterday at age 80 makes us very very sad.

He took the "alien abduction phenomenon" from the whacked out fringes of society to a serious level. His book Missing Time is now a classic work and is no longer a laughing matter. His influence on Harvard Researcher John Mack opened up the topic to serious research. Sadly, we lost John Mack years ago to an untimely accident, but Mack's seminal work, Abduction, was the direct result of Budd Hopkin's tireless cause to helping those who feel they have been abducted by aliens.

Mack's stance from the beginning was that whether or not you believe in alien abductions is besides the point. Thousands of people DO believe its happened to them and he set out to document the phenomena, saying, if it's not aliens then we have to find out what's happening to these people because to them it's very real. Is it a mass hysteria type situation or are people really being abducted?

The two men gave credence not only to each other's work but to all of humanity having to deal with this "sensitive" issue.

From the Intruder Foundation Website:

"Budd Hopkins has long been considered ufology's most visible figure. He pioneered and continues to lead the investigation into the most controversial aspect of the UFO phenomenon-the systematic abduction of human beings by UFO occupants. As the world's premier expert on this issue, he has worked with more than one thousand people who have reported abduction experiences over the past twenty years. These individuals come from all walks of life and include physicians, psychiatrists, attorneys, police officers, military personnel, political figures, personalities from the entertainment world, and even a NASA scientist."

We will miss Budd and his work greatly.

Stuart Miller, one of the most well-known British UFO researchers, was killed in a motorcycle accident over the weekend.

Stuart, most well known for his online magazine, UFO Review, was also very well liked in the community. His friend, Paul Kimball wrote this:

"one of the truly good guys in ufology...a genuinely good man, full of joie de vivre, wit, humour, and a true spirit of adventure and humanity. He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him."

The passing of these two greats in their field, THE SAME FIELD, is a terrible set back for abduction theorists and all of UFOlogy.

It is now up in the air as to who will continue the work of these two wonderful and open minded gentlemen.

You can read more about Budd here at his Intruders Foundation website.

Update - Stuart Miller sadly passed away in May of 2011, not this last weekend as originally thought. The information is just being released now, hence the confusion. The Omni Report thanks Mr. Paul Kimball who graciously informed us of our mistake. Our condolences to you, Paul, and all of Mr. Miller's fans, friends, family and followers. He will be missed.


Paul Kimball said...

Just a slight correction re: Stuart - he actually passed away this past May. The information is just now getting out.

Paul Kimball

The Omni Report said...

Thank you, Paul. We have corrected the post. Our sincerest condolences.