Broadcast 1123 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

17 Mar 2009 Jack Hagerty, Jon Rogers
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Guests: Jack Hagerty, Jon Rogers. Topics: Flying saucers in film and popular culture, science fiction, flying discs. Authors Jack Hagerty and Jon Rogers were the guests for this program to discuss their newly published book by Apogee, "The Saucer Fleet." As we started the discussion, the first order of business was to define flying saucer for the book and our discussion as "an aircraft or spacecraft with planar-circular wings that resembles a disc. 2) Any artwork or hardware made to indicate an aircraft or spacecraft that is shaped like a disk" as stated on Page iv of the book. We then started talking about famous flying saucers in key movies such as The Day The Earth Stood Still, Forbidden Planet, War of the Worlds, This Island Earth, Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers, Lost In Space, The Invaders, Disneyland Flying Saucers and the action strip Twin Earths. The authors go into back story detail of the saucers used in these films, stories and the Disneyland ride, sometimes even providing the reader with the details and specs for the saucers, even for Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet. We talked about the people that made the saucers and the movies such as Ray Harryhausen. Other topics that came up were the Soviet and Nazi saucers during and immediately after World War II and the fear people had about the existence of such items. Many of the early saucer and UFO characters were discussed in the context of this book including George Adamski, Frank Scully, and George Pal among others. Our discussion with both authors and the listener questions provided a very lively show, informative, and fun. Its a program you will certainly want to hear. Both authors have another well known book, The Spaceship Handbook which they discussed at the end of our two hour program. As you will hear, if a listener mentions The Space Show and orders both books from either author's website, you will get the discount they offered at the end of the program. Having these books myself, I can absolutely recommend them both to you and the special offer for listeners is very attractive. For Jon Rogers, his website is You can contact Jon Rogers regarding book purchases, comments, and questions from this show through his website at Jack Hagerty's website is You can reach Jack by email with your comments, questions, or for book purchases at



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