UFO geek sending his collection to US archive as he fears wife will bin it after he dies

UFO geek sending his collection to US archive as he fears wife will bin it after he dies

A UFO fanatic is combating his fears that his wife will throw out his lifetime’s work after he dies, by sending his real X-Files to be archived in the US.

Alien expert Philip Mantle has probed some of the biggest flying saucer sightings in the world, from Roswell to the Rendlesham Forest incident.

But the 63-year-old West Yorks man says he lives in fear that his long-suffering wife of nine years Christine, 63, will dump his ET reports he’s collected over 40 years in a skip.

The couple’s home is bursting at the seams with hundreds of boxes full of papers, photographs and slides.

So he is set to donate his work to The David Marler Historical UFO Archive Collection in Rio Rancho, New Mexico – the biggest archive in the USA – for future generations to use.

He has even ensured he knows what will happen with the archive when David dies, claiming David had a written agreement with the University of New Mexico who will take his archive once he has passed.

“They will also make it available to the public in perpetuity. I have seen archives disappear into a skip and be lost forever and I want to make sure that this does not happen to my collection.

UFO fanatic David Marler with his collection
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Triangle News)

“By donating it to The David Marler Historical UFO Archive Collection I can rest easy.”

Speaking of his collection, Philip said his files take up one of the two living rooms in his home, while “others are stored in our garage”.

“My wife has no interest in the subject of UFOs and as a result she is not interested in preserving my files should I die,” he said.

Philip said that his chronic heart disease meant the odds were in her favour and she would “probably outlive” him.

He added: “My donation to this remarkable archive will be several hundred UFO files, sighting reports etc, close encounter files. Official documents, hundreds of photographs of UFO researchers, hundreds of 35 mm slides.

“Plus my full alien autopsy archive, ephemera and assorted UFO related items and a number of rare UFO magazines.

“There could well be other items as I’ve got things in boxes that I have completely forgotten about.”

Philip had already begun to sort through this material, boxing it up and cataloguing it all as he went. He said it was a “relief” to know that this material will be safe and secure and will be made available to enquiring minds long after he is gone.

However, Philip insisted he is not hanging up his UFO enthusiast hat just yet. He runs a successful book publishing company called Flying Disk Press, which has eight new books in the pipeline for 2022.

David Marler, who curates the huge archive set to receive Philip’s collection, started his collection in 1990.

It now boasts tens of thousands of items from around the world ranging from military reports, news clippings, audio recordings, UFO books and original US Air Force Project Blue Book files.

He plans to donate his massive collection to the University of New Mexico when he dies in the hope it will be the destination for ufologists and sceptics alike.

Philip said that his chronic heart disease meant the odds were in his wife’s favour and she would “probably outlive” him
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Triangle News)

He said: “The materials are organised and made available to serious researchers by appointment only.

“The collection also has a planned future after I am gone where it will be housed and maintained by the University of New Mexico.

“Their Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections readily awaits being able to curate this collection for future researchers and historians. “They view this simply as part of history irrespective of one’s belief in the reality or non-reality of the subject matter.

David said one of the most “intriguing pieces” he has is an original Associated Press 8×10 black and white photo appropriately stamped and dated Feb. 25, 1942 with the corresponding news teletype attached to the back.

“This photo depicts an unidentified flying object at night caught in the convergence of spotlights over the greater Los Angeles area in California,” he said. “When the photo was taken, the object in-question was being bombarded by anti-aircraft gun fire.

The incident, which he said was one of the “lesser-known WW2 incidents that played out involving what we would today call a ‘UFO’, is known as “The Battle of L.A.”.

“After 79 years, we still really don’t know definitively what this object could have been. But in following how I obtained the photo, it led to new discoveries in the investigation of the case.”

“Like any other aspect of our culture, we should preserve this material for history’s sake at the very least,” David said. “If you are a future UFO researcher who believes in the reality of the phenomenon, you need data to analyse.

“If you are a future sociologist who subscribes to the idea that this is all just a space age mythology born out of the 20th century, you equally need data to draw from.”

David was urging anyone with relevant collections to “seek alternative options like Philip and his collection coming to the United States”.

“The silver lining in this is that the physical archives, mine and others, are currently working to digitize this material so a virtual archive can be created whereby anyone anywhere can access this treasure trove of material via the internet.

“That is the ultimate goal. But it is a Herculean effort requiring time, labor, and money. All of these resources are donated to do this. Contrary to public opinion, I don’t do this for a living,” David added.

“I would encourage those who have historical UFO materials to consider a future home for them wherever that may be.

“Too much UFO data has landed in the rubbish tip. Let’s try to stem that activity if we can.”

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