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Nancy Birnes – UFO Magazine Editor – October 13, 2014

Nancy-and-Bill-Birnes-hsOpen Minds UFO Radio: Nancy Birnes is the former editor of UFO Magazine. She has been a journalist since she was in 11th grade in 1964. She has won many awards, including the Samuel Shellabarger Award for Creative Writing when she graduated from Princeton, summa cum laude, in 1979. Her husband Bill Birnes, was co-host of the TV show UFO Hunters, and has authored several books. We talk to Nancy about UFO Magazine, its status, and how she and Bill got involved with it. We also talk about Bill’s controversial book on UFO whistleblower retired Army Colonel Phillip Corso, The Day After Roswell.

Nancy and Bill host a podcast called Future Theater. You can find out more about Nancy on their website: www.FutureTheater.com.

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About Alejandro Rojas

Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.


  1. Alejandro, you must be congratulated on your charm and diplomacy with a difficult guest. Sadly, the negative energy forced me to turn off the podcast before the end, but not before gaining a new perspective and respect for your character. Great job. I really appreciate your “open mind” reporting. 🙂

  2. Thank you, but I didn’t find her negative or difficult. I had fun!

  3. Great interview Alejandro. Nancy has such a warmth about her and you really drew her out. The politics of the UFO scene is as fascinating as the UFO’s themselves.

  4. Really enjoyed listening to this episode today. Nancy was an interesting guest! I’m fairly new to podcasts, and so far I’ve enjoyed the few episodes I’ve heard of your show more than any other podcast I’ve tried.

  5. I really didn’t think it was negative. We talked about difficult subjects and I was intent on giving an honest report. I agree with you, however, about Alejandro. I’m totally his newest biggest fan!

  6. Why does your co-host Jason 100% trust NASA? I’m sorry, but I think everyone, even people who aren’t believers of UFOs, can attest that the government obviously keeps secrets about a number of things the public should know. So why would he trust the mouthpiece of the space section of the government (which, btw, has lied countless times). Be it by necessity or not, they haven’t been completely forthright. Retired astronauts and NASA employees have attested to this several times.

    By the way, Nancy, I wouldn’t feel bad. I disagree that you were “difficult”. I think what that user meant was that in the beginning with you guys talking about people in the industry you didn’t like, it did feel a bit awkward. Kinda, felt like school talk, and as someone from a neutral position felt uncomfortable (not to say you weren’t right about those people, though). But you weren’t difficult by any means and thanks for sharing your stories.

  7. Wow, i wish you would start the open minds magazine again.

  8. Great interview! As a former subscriber to UFO magazine, it was nice to hear more background on what really happened to the magazine. I agree that Nancy came across as a very warm person. She also provided great insight to some of her and Bill’s professional life experiences. And as a fan of the UFO Hunters show that was very abruptly cancelled, I always find it interesting to learn more about the real people involved with those kinds of projects. Alejandro, job well done. Thanks!

  9. We need

  10. Concerning Bill Birnes: “Half-a-colonel” Philip Corso was a 1950’s UFO nut, whose tall tales of “reverse engineering” have been swallowed fully by 2000’s UFO nut Bill “I have a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature” Birnes.

  11. I for one have believed in UFO’s since childhood and have seen more than one, I am 71 now but my reason for this comment is this: I spent 34 + years working for Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. as an Industrial photographer and later on in management with a clearance well above Secret and can assure you and others on your program that at no time or in any way will the manufacturers of any Secret, Top Secret or Black Projects allow their hardware to be used on, in or around public area’s, this is why we have places such as Area 51. It is foolish to even suggest that what so many people have been seeing are secret Govt. or Military vehicles, NO, NO folks, SECRET means SECRET not to be presented for public scrutiny.

  12. I am a military historian and I have a story you have not heard of. It’s a good one. The sightings cause military action killing many innocent citizens.

    Let me know. I will share it.

  13. Wow I used http://www.flightradar24.com and watched a Janet flight take off from Las Vegas and land at Tonopah test range airport
    I have pictures of the Plane info and pictures of the flight path
    I did not think I could do it but clicked on the flight and popped up a janet flight I tracked to the distance.
    I have pictures of the plane info

  14. All flights are going to Tonopah testing range airport.I watched one flight leave Tonopah to Palmdale Airport.
    I have watched several flights in and out of Tonopah to Las Vegas.One flight nearing area 51 went below Radar?Was watching and as it got near no more tracking of aircraft.

  15. Calvin Rutherford

    Seen a ufo once it was very hot and a light blue colour was also followd by blacks jets and wasn’t even 100 feet in the air

  16. Calvin Rutherford

    Also forgot to mention I could feel and hear a rumbling almost as if a subwoofer was inside my head.. Was enough to to sit and cry for a bit

  17. Considering the enormous size of our known universe,where there are planets and suns trillion times bigger than our Earth, it would a blahsfemy to even think we are the only ones having intelligence.Perhaps in a close future the human kind shall have a real encounter with those creatures who visit us, but who are not very prone to contact anyone, might it be for the reason they must know man is violent by nature.

  18. I am from Colombia and here are common the sightings of UFOs We call them OVNIS.I have seen several of those silent round flying disks

  19. Nancy ,

    I would like to talk to you and your husband .

    I have information that you might want to hear…

    We have just written a movie based on what happened at Roswell
    Based on Actual Facts from a former Major who was there and contains prophesy and technolgy that the Government themselves did not know about and we are working on at this moment… That will change the face of Scince and make your head spin …

    This is very confidential information …
    We have reached out to Chris Carter who produced the X Files and his brother at MIT to get this movie done and have him work on the technologies…there is already a team of Scientist working on this project … We will need all the publicity to get the UFO society ready for this movie.

    Contact me anytime

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