On July 30, 1968, a newspaper headline read: “Scientists Warn: Stop Laughing About UFOs“.
That United Press International headline, published 43 years ago, referenced the statements made by a group of six scientists. The scientists gathered for the Hearings before the Committee on Science and Astronautics, U.S. House of Representatives, Ninetieth Congress on July 29, 1968.
Those scientists were:
- Dr. J. Allen Hynek, head of the Department of Astronomy, Northwestern University
- Dr. James E. McDonald, senior physicist, the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, the University of Arizona
- Dr. Carl Sagan, Department of Astronomy and Center for Radiophysics and Space Research, Cornell University
- Dr. Robert L. Hall, head of the Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago;
- Dr. James A. Harder, associate professor of civil engineering, University of California at Berkeley, and;
- Dr. Robert M. L. Baker, Jr., Computer Sciences Corp. and Department of Engineering, UCLA
The scientists all presented their cases regarding the UFO phenomena. They did not all agree with the hypothesis that UFOs were extraterrestrial craft. They did agree, however, that it was time to stop laughing at UFOs and to start long-term government backed programs to understand the phenomena.