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They Came from Other Worlds

Joe Holley

Rick Rojas, an intern here at The Post this summer, is a political science major at Texas A&M University, so he's used to hearing jokes and snide remarks about Aggies. I haven't asked him, but maybe that's why Rick was drawn to write about Richard M. Hall, this Sunday's fascinating "Local Life" feature. Hall, a lifelong UFO enthusiast, no doubt suffered his share of derision as well.

He described himself as a skeptic, but that didn't diminish his obsession with seeking evidence for something else out there. Hall considered himself a scientist, Rick writes, and tried to avoid being associated with what an associate called the "ding-a-ling fringe. . . who approach this more as a belief system or a faith."

Hall was a proponent of the theory that UFOs carried alien life forms in spacecraft that visited Earth. It's called the "Extraterrestrial Hypothesis." If I wasn't such a courteous fellow (and a UT-Austin grad), I'd ask young Rick whether that theory explains Aggies.

By Joe Holley |  August 23, 2009; 5:12 PM ET  | Category:  Joe Holley
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