- Paperback: 438 pages
- Publisher: Anomalist Books (June 30 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933665416
- ISBN-13: 978-1933665412
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 599 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,206,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Art, Life and UFOs Paperback – Jun 25 2009
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About the Author
Budd Hopkins is the "New York Times" bestselling author of three seminal books of the UFO abduction phenomenon: "Witnessed, Intruders, " and "Missing Time." He has appeared on hundreds of national television and radio programs, and was the spokesperson for the SCI FI channels miniseries "Taken, " produced by Steven Spielberg. He is also head of IF, the Intruders Foundation, a nonprofit research and support organization.
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While Communion was difficult to believe and Whitley's books became further and further out, Budd's books, though even more unbelievable in many ways were written with no agenda. Budd was an artist who fell into the subject and was just an honest guy who could not turn his back on a phenomenon that was the greatest story in our time or ever on this planet. It started innocently enough by chance with his liquor store curmudgeonly owner talking of seeing beings digging samples in a park at night and entering a UFO. Budd goes and checks the area with him and sure enough there are holes there and others had witnessed a craft in New Jersey in Fort Lee, ironically at a building he had months earlier delivered a large painting to with the help of the doorman--now a witness to the sighting. Now 2 people he knew and a place he had been linked him to the story-synchronicity seems that Budd was hand picked to help these people-this was not pure chance or dumb luck. So Budd does what Budd does, he persues it with the intellectual vigor of a skeptic and an astoundingly articulate and liberally minded man who shows in every sentence in his memoir (this is not a UFO book) why Budd remains the most credible voice of UFO investigators today. Sadly Budd is getting old and is ill with lymphoma that he is fighting with his typical understated nobility. Budd is an American Treasure like Mark Twain. He is the most unassuming man and I grew to feel my own grandfather was telling me his life story.
Mr. Hopkins chronicles his early youth, his learning disabilities or minor problems with dyslexia up to his puberty, first love and his real love Art, which he discovers at Oberlin and follows to the heart of the scene in NYC Greenwich Village where he becomes a fixture on the ABEX are scene with the likes of Jackson Pollock and too many others I am embarrassed to admit I am not well versed in. The point is this man had no intention of turning UFOs into his craft and he has always been a reluctant but stead fast warrior simply telling the truth of what he observed in this bizarre field of UFO abduction.
Budd Hopkins should make his Alma Mater, Oberlin, proud as he is a true product of a good liberal arts education. He is well written and articulate. He is humorous throughout the book. I was only ran into minor boredom in some of the more esoteric discussions of ABEX art. But I have to admit of all ABEX art I l ike Budd's perhaps the best and I have been to MOMA 100s of times. The best thing about Budd is he proves why he is the most credible voice in UFO research because he is simply so old fashioned in many ways and not the guy who is far out there, quite the opposite he is an artist first, and yes he has an open mind but he simply will not give up until he figures out the truth. His book is a true gift to those who have read his books or know his art and like it.
My mother met "Linda Cortile" from his book Witnessed and she said Ms. Cortile was also not the type of person you would expect to claim to be an abductee, especially in the astonishing account of Witnessed with government prints all over the investigation. I was not surprised as I knew if Budd wrote it it was true.
THANK YOU Budd for being the great American ICON that you are and for giving us this gift of a book which stands on its own as one of your best books even though its main topic is you, not UFOs.
It was interesting to peek into the lives of many of the artists who crossed his path over the years.
Having met Mr. Hopkins through his Intruder Foundation, I had a quite different take on him than this book reveals. Turns out he is not the quiet, kind of shy, humble guy I saw at those meetings.
Here's a man who was at the center of the Abstract Expressionist movement, who moved easily among the renowned artists of those times. A man who led a free wheeling, open marriage, four wives sort of life. Then we add in the UFO mix, international acclaim for his work in that field. Rubbing shoulder with the rich and famous in the art world and the UFO community. A pretty fascinating life I would say.
It will be interesting to see what stands out as his greater accomplishment in the coming years. His art, or his effort to get the truth out about the alien presence.