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UFO Cover-Up Live with Larry King (1994)

Two-hour Larry King Special, produced by CNN but broadcast on TNT. Larry King brings his talk show to the desert outside Area 51 for a live broadcast. In a combination of live panel ... See full summary »

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Two-hour Larry King Special, produced by CNN but broadcast on TNT. Larry King brings his talk show to the desert outside Area 51 for a live broadcast. In a combination of live panel interviews and prerecorded inserts, the show explores the evidence for UFOs and the alleged government cover-up of UFO information. Written by Glenn Campbell

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Informative & Entertaining
25 February 2014 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

One of the live TV events of the OJ Simpson era: Larry King's producers put together a makeshift interview format show out in the middle of the Nevada desert, allegedly within sight of the mountains ringing the secretive Area 51, to seriously address the UFO subculture currents which were trending during the runup to the 50th anniversary of the famed Roswell Incident. It's on YouTube if you'd like to see, just search the title. No conclusions are drawn, with production segments splitting up interviews with the special's guests, led by Stanton Friedman and Kevin Randle, the two leading researchers into the Roswell quagmire.

I was convinced by the end of it that the subject was far more interesting than I'd given it credit for prior. Though it should be noted that for every Kevin Randle there's a Dr. Steven Greer, who appears on the special to represent the nutcase contingent of the flying saucer community. Daffy Duck would have been a more credible voice though there's no denying the entertainment factor behind the Dr.'s contributions to the proceedings. And in fact the most dramatic moment during the show ends up being a bright light which appears close to the horizon after dusk had fallen in the desert. That it was just a car wasn't a problem, watching it live one could taste the excitement that a time was approaching when some of the enigmas from the UFO subculture might soon be brought into the light.

Some were and just because they didn't turn out the way many may have hoped shouldn't be a problem. As for Larry King he and others made some great television out of it all, and this remains one of my favorite examples.


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