The Ubiquity of the Grey

 We used to see a lot of variety in the types of UFOnauts reported. So what happened? And why does everyone see the stereotypical "grey" alien today?

by Jeremy D. Wells

If you ask most folks to draw an alien, you know what you are going to get. Short guys. Large heads. Big eyes, that are often solid black. Reduced or non-existent nose, lips and ears. Grey skin. This is the common conception of an alien around most of the world. Or at least, it has been for the last 40 years. But that wasn't always the case. In the 1940s and 1950s, and on up through the 60s, the stereotypical alien, at least in the United States, was the "little green man from Mars," typified by his short stature, green skin, and antennae. Think the Great Gazoo from the Flintstones cartoon.

But while the little green man dominated cartoon and television depictions of aliens, what those who encountered UFOnauts saw was much different. Beings with some of the features that would be associated with the "grey alien" – as we will call them – stretch back to the 1960s. But the presumed occupants of UFO craft remained a rather diverse lot up through the 1970s and 80s. A few things happened then that began to crystalize the image of the grey alien in the public mind. One of the first was the Travis Walton incident. Read the rest on

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