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Jessup Case for the UFO Annotated

Jessup Case for the UFO Annotated

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Morris K. Jessup, the author who personally initiated a post-World War II privately-funded effort at UFO ('flying saucer') investigation at a time when it was unpopular to do so (the US Federal Government was actively debunking UFOs
Morris K. Jessup, the author who personally initiated a post-World War II privately-funded effort at UFO ('flying saucer') investigation at a time when it was unpopular to do so (the US Federal Government was actively debunking UFOs

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"Varo Edition"
Transcribed byThe Quantum Future GroupCastelnau-Barbarens, France2003
THE CASE FOR THEU F OUnidentified Flying ObjectsBy M.K. Jessup
On the evening of April 20, 1959, an astronomer committed suicide in Dade County Park, Florida.Inhaling automobile exhaust fumes, which he had introduced from the tail pipe through a hose into hisstation wagon, he died in the same academic obscurity in which he had lived, unheralded and almostunrecognized in his discipline.Ironically, the scientist’s only public recognition had come from lay people, who had read hisseries of four books about unidentified flying objects.Morris K. Jessup’s first book,
The Case For the UFO,
had tended to alienate him from hiscolleagues, though it came and went with relatively few sales. Its publisher sold it off to second-handbookstores at $1.00 each. Today it brings $25.00 or better per copy, if you can find one.It was a paperback edition of the same book, published in 1955 by Bantam Books that enmeshedJessup in one of the most bizarre mysteries in UFO history. An annotated reprint of the paperback waslaboriously typed out on offset stencils and printed in a very small run by a Garland, Texas manufacturingcompany which produced equipment for the military.Each page was run through the small office duplicator twice, once with black ink for the regular text of the book, then once again with red ink, the latter reproducing the mysterious annotations by threemen, who may have been gypsies, hoaxters, or space people living among men. The spiral bound 8
X 11” volume, containing more that 200 pages, became known as
The Annotated Edition 
. The reprintquickly became legend. A few civilian UFO enthusiasts claimed to have seen copies, and it was rumoredthat a few close associates of the late Mr. Jessup possessed copies. Many people claimed it simply hadnever existed.Because you are now holding a virtually exact facsimile of 
The Annotated Edition 
in your hands, itis most obvious that the book existed. But the big mystery still remains: why did a Government contractor go to so much trouble to reprint a book that had been rejected by the scientific community, and further toinclude mysterious letters to the author and even more bizarre annotations? And with this mystery goesthe suspicion that the book may have been printed by the manufacturer at the request of the military,which implies Government interest in some of the weirdest aspects of “Flying Saucer” study.
Jessup’s Background
Not much detail is known of Jessup’s life before he emerged as one of the early writers on UFOs,mainly because nobody has taken the trouble to do the needed research. Probably the most that Ufologyknows about him prior to his involvement with flying saucers is contained on the jacket flap of his firstbook.He is described as having been an instructor in astronomy and mathematics at the University of Michigan and Drake University. The Jacket copy also notes that Jessup completed his thesis for thedoctorate degree in astro-physics at the University of Michigan, though it does not state whether on nothe was awarded the actual degree. In the academic business, usually the thesis is the thing that comes

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