There have been enough reports that say that the TV Program 'Unsolved Mysteries' did a segment on the Marfa Lights that it probably really did happen. Even Edwin Barker at MacDonald confirms this and was a part of the program along with two other scientists from Sul Ross.
" In 1989 the TV show 'Unsolved Mysteries' set up monitoring equipment at the sight and monitored the lights, and scientists on scene could only say they were NOT manmade. (http://www.crystalinks.com/lightballs.html)
" A research assistant for the NBC television program "Unsolved Mysteries" picked up on the story, and the producers eventually contacted Kirby for his help in televising a segment about the lights. Kirby appeared in the show and served as a technical advisor as well. The program, which aired in 1991, also included appears by Fritz Kahl and Hallie Stillwell." (Janet Christian 'Those Mysterious Marfa Lights" http://www.urbanlegends.com/science/marfa_lights.html)
I did a search for Marfa Lights info at the Sul Ross Library catalog (http://lobopac.sulross.edu:80/uhtbin/cgisirsi/RprfbcsH5p/31406038/88) and what turned up is an entry for a video for " One part of an episode of the television program "Unsolved mysteries" aired on October 25, 1989." So this event is confirmed.
Summer 1992 issue, Skeptical Inquirer: " The Marfa Lights were the subject of a recent episode of the TV show Sightings, as well as an article in the Summer 1992 issue of Skeptical Inquirer." (Rebecca Long, Georgia Skeptics http://www.lysator.liu.se/skeptical/newsletters/Georgia_Skeptic/GS05-06.TXT)
Note: If you visit the CSIOP web page and look at their back issue index, here's what they say about the Summer, 1992 issue:
SUMMER 1992 (vol. 16, no. 4): Freedom of scientific inquiry under siege, Kurtz. Psychic experiences: Psychic illusions, Blackmore. The scientist's skepticism, Bunge. The persistent popularity of the paranormal, Lett. Self-help books: Pseudoscience in the guise of science? Gambrill.
I sent them an email on February 11, 2001 for more information.
I sent Edson Hendricks an email on 2-19-01 and he replied:
Skeptical Inquirer, Summer 1992, Vol. 16, No. 4, included an article (p. 400) on the Marfa Lights by one Howard Lindee. This piece included some fairly deplorable factual inaccuracies, seemingly deployed to advance the skeptical dismissal the piece featured. I wrote a letter to the editor, Kendrick Frazier, pointing these out. This elicited a sort of tortured response from the author, Lindee, but to my knowledge nothing was ever published by SI to correct the misinformation they offered their (sucker) readers to try to dismiss the significance of the Marfa Lights. (They did publish a belated acknowledgement of a plagiarized copyrighted map, due to Judith Brueske, which they suspiciously copied, modified in a directed way, and published, with no credit at all.) I don't really understand the skeptics' point. I wonder exactly what or whom they're trying to protect or defend, and from what? Most of those they claim to be protecting from misinformation just hate them. And I don't know anyone who really likes them much, besides themselves.
Texas Highways July-August 1993 magazine: " I just love synchronisity -- just last night I opened my new copy of "Texas Highways" magazine and, lo, there was an article about the Marfa Lights. So here, for your reading pleasure, is the complete article (112 lines) -- reprinted without permission, and wasting hundreds, perhaps even thousands of dollars... Article by Rosemary Williams (Janet Christian, http://www.urbanlegends.com/science/marfa_lights.html)
Southwest Airlines 'Spirit' magazine April 1982. But Kirby just couldn't let go altogether. He wrote an article about the Marfa Lights for the Southwest Airlines in-flight magazine, "Spirit", in April 1982, which he later reprinted in 1988 in the first issue of his publication "Big Bend Quarterly". Article by Rosemary Williams (Janet Christian, http://www.urbanlegends.com/science/marfa_lights.html)
Big Bend Quarterly 1988. But Kirby just couldn't let go altogether. He wrote an article about the Marfa Lights for the Southwest Airlines in-flight magazine, "Spirit", in April 1982, which he later reprinted in 1988 in the first issue of his publication "Big Bend Quarterly". Article by Rosemary Williams (Janet Christian, http://www.urbanlegends.com/science/marfa_lights.html)
Japanese Program 1988:
Videorecording of a two-part series aired on the Japanese prime time television show "The Documentary: on November 3-4, 1988. In Japanese. Explores the folklore and scientific explanations of the mysterious Marfa Lights. Includes film of the Lights and interviews with people in the Marfa area who have see the Lights. (From Sul Ross Library Catalog)
Sightings, FOX Network 1992.
Airdate September 25, 1992 (http://www.in.tu-clausthal.de/~sdauss/Ufo/Grundlegendes/310_aav-faq.htm) Sul Ross Library Catalog shows: "Sightings : Marfa Lights segment [videorecording] / Fox Television ; Andy Rothstein, producer. Publication info: Los Angeles, Calif. :bSather Gate Productions, 199?
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