John Stpekowski, Sign Historical Group
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Jim Giglio, National Capital Area Skeptics
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This dissertation was written a few years before word processing and spell-checking software became widely available, so a modest number of spelling errors and typos were present in the original. In almost every case, the correction was obvious, and was done without taking note of it.
We have taken some liberties with itemized lists that were embedded in the text; we broke them out, item by item, and made use of the "ordered list" capability of HTML to enhance their readability. We also took the liberty of reversing the rows and columns of the table on page 5 (UFO sightings, year-by-year) so that it runs vertically on the screen rather than horizontally.
The table of contents is presented as a set of links to the various parts of the dissertation (chapters, preface material, etc.) It will be noticed that each chapter also has a set of internal navigation links to its various parts. In every case, the reader is no more than five or six pages from a "BACK to" link that leads eventually to the table of contents and title page.
The chapters in Dr. Mccarthy's original text were not always provided with sub-chapter labels that might be converted to internal links. In some chapters (most notably the "History of Events" in chapter 3 on the Colorado project) we examined the text carefully for natural "break points" that we could label and use as internal links. Since these added labels represented a potentially significant alteration of Dr. McCarthy's original text, we submitted them for his approval, and altered them when he disagreed with our original judgments. The resulting organization of labeled internal links has received Dr. McCarthy's final approval.
An important aspect of the "look and feel" of the dissertation is its line spacing. By default, web documents are single-spaced. Dr. McCarthy's dissertation, by academic convention, was double-spaced. Double-spacing on the web, however, produces an unpleasant rapid scrolling effect such that the text seems to "fly" off the screen at normal scrolling speeds. We compromised by using 1½ spacing; this preserves the "open" look of the lines of text, without the rapid scrolling problem.
Researchers who have obtained access to the dissertation in previous years via the University of Hawaii library will have noticed a gap in the narrative starting on page 170. Dr. McCarthy was able to provide draft pages numbered 170a through 170e that filled much of the gap, but there was still some missing text between the truncated page 170 and the beginning of page 170a. This gap was filled in with the generous assistance of the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS). Dr. McCarthy had deposited the entire body of his research material with CUFOS, along with his preliminary and final drafts. Thanks to Dr. Mccarthy's foresight and the diligence of CUFOS in preserving the material, we are confident that this version of Dr. McCarthy's work is a complete reproduction of the original.
The scanning and OCR conversion of the paper copy of the dissertation were carried out by Jim Giglio of National Capital Area Skeptics (NCAS). Most of the HTML coding (about 75%) was performed by John Stepkowsi of Sign Historical Group (SHG), the remainder by Jim Giglio. The absolutely crucial and often under-appreciated task of proofreading of the on-screen product was carried out by Candy Peterson of Sign Historical Group.
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