Saturday, February 12, 2011

UFO Writer Remarkably Down to Earth

By Richard Conrad
The Herald Sun


Extraterrestrials became an obsession for Martin Plowman, but that didn't mean he had to become a believer.

Martin Plowman     IN 1956 -- the year Melbourne hosted the Olympics -- our fair city was in a flap over an iron-shaped UFO.

Flap, by the way, is the collective noun ufologists use for a cluster of UFO sightings.

Martin Plowman was a precocious four-year-old recovering from open-heart surgery in the Royal Children's Hospital at Parkville when he read about the flap of 1956 in a children's book.

Dinosaurs abandoned, little Martin started scouring Melbourne's skies for the fabulous Flying Iron.

His growing obsession eventually, controversially, led in August 2008 to the University of Melbourne conferring him with a PhD in Cultural Studies tracing the history of UFOs.

From there, the sky was the limit for our very own Dr Who . . .

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