Read This Book: A Road Not Taken

I would bet good money that most of you have not read 1978’s The UFO Guidebook by Briazack and Mennick. It’s one of the hidden gems of UFO literature, boasting a very even-handed array of definitions and summaries in an encyclopedia style.

But that’s not the biggest reason I love it. Thanks for listening, and keep your eyes out for befaps, my fellow naphologists!

You can find a used copy through Amazon.



  1. Obviously, you were kidding about the word ‘oint’ being widely used by ufologists. But I don’t recall you explaining how Briazack and Mennick define it. What do they mean by it, since I don’t plan on buying the book?

    For a moment I thought of referring the Amazon reviewer, John, to this episode of your podcast. But then I figured he would get pissed off at you for drawing attention to the trend in his reviews.


    • OINT = “Other Intelligences” and they cite a well-known UFOlogical/Paranormal figure as having coined it/used it. I’ve not been able to find it in this person’s work, but I’m hoping that someone out there has. If there’s no takers by the next episode, I’ll reveal all 🙂

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  2. About the term ‘manimals,’ There was apparently a “Manimals Newsletter” published by Jim McClarin that was reviewed in the October 1972 issue of Pursuit (Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained). The reviewer said he chose the term because it is relatively self-explanatory and carried no special occult, humorous, or ethnic connotation. Google the name, and reinforcing information appears in places like this interview:


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