Appreciating Terry Hansen and His Work

By | June 1, 2021

I feel very inadequate in reminiscing about Terry Hansen, author of The Missing Times: News Media Complicity in the UFO Cover-up. Terry and I genuinely liked each other, we had a number of meaningful conversations, and implicitly knew that our respective works completed each other. So we stuck together.

Even so, I can’t say I was a close friend of his, and I couldn’t pretend that I knew him deeply. Just as a colleague, I suppose. But I always liked him because aside from his work, Terry Hansen was simply one of the most decent and kind people I ever met within the UFO field. It was impossible not to like him. There was a natural reserve about him that wasn’t shyness, but you could always tell he would be the last person who would grandstand for attention. Even so, his lectures were always well presented, and he had a great sense of humor. 

My audio podcast is only thirty minutes long, and after recording it I felt that I didn’t do justice to Terry. So let me just say here: he was the first analyst to go deep on the corrupt and complicit nature of the U.S. news media in covering UFOs. It may not seem like a radical thing to say today, but one of the reasons it’s not radical is because of Terry. He made an open-and-shut case about CIA relationships with the media in the cause of UFO news censorship and propaganda. I discuss some of this in the podcast. 

For those interested in Terry’s book, it’s available in paperback and ebook format. I’m shocked that the ebook is only $3. Easily worth it. 

I hunted for some of his lectures and found a few. This one is from one of the Crash Retrieval Conferences, I think from 2007. Looking this over, Terry used many of the slides that I discussed in my podcast. This seems to be a very similar lecture. 


Here is Terry  from 2004.

I couldn’t get the date on this next one. I am assuming it’s sometime between 2001 and 2010, but I just don’t know when it was. Maybe Jess Hansen has the answer.


Here are a few pictures I found in my older files. All of these are from 2004 and 2005. A long time ago.

14 thoughts on “Appreciating Terry Hansen and His Work

  1. Rosanne Losee

    Just saw this, and will be sitting down with his lecture shortly, but just wanted to say to you, thanks! His voice needs to be heard, especially now, given all the secrecy and propaganda and obfuscations coming from the media on this topic, for soooo long.

    At least you are giving him a forum and giving the UFO audience a chance to hear his thoughts and investigations on this topic, especially now with these new attempts at a soft disclosure happening

    I see now that Terry has died. So sad, since he was a young man but to lose someone this honest with so much integrity seems wrong to me.

    Thank you for giving us his voice on this issue! God rest his soul.

  2. Jess Hansen


    That was such a glowing tribute to Terry. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. He was the most decent and kind person. You are absolutely right. I remember when I first saw him walking across a crowded room at a ufo conference thinking, “There’s something about that man. I don’t know what it is, but he has this quality. He looks ‘noble.’ I think I’ll marry him one day.” Seriously.

    Terry was also involved with Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth and here is a funny story. He was told by one of the board members that someone on the board took issue with the fact that he was active in the UFO community. He was also taken to task by someone in the UFO community because he believed 911 was an inside job!

    He died in his sleep, without warning on June 21/2014.


    Jess Hansen

    1. Richard Dolan Post author

      Hi Jess. I was really hoping you would like what I did. I am so glad you do. What a beautiful first meeting you had with him; it sounds right out of an epic novel or movie. And the 9/11 thing …. SAME THING happened to me. On both sides, too. Crazy. Terry left us (and you) too soon, but he did make the world a better place. That’s for sure.

      1. Jess Hansen

        Thanks again Richard,

        And yes, you two were really on the same page, right down to being dissed by similar but non-simpatico movements!

        I wish he was here for obvious reasons–one of the main one being the disclosure process happening right now. And he likely would share your (and my) opinion on the subject. Terry and I had very similar backgrounds, ethnicity, familial similarities and our ideas about life. the universe, politics were identical, right from the start.

        I suggested he look into the National Enquirer to see if it had ties to the intelligence community, as I figured it would be a perfect way to steer academics away from the topic and keep it looking really stupid.

        But he took that ball, ran with it and fleshed it out. He contacted Bob Pratt and researched Generoso Pope, creating a great circumstantial case for complicity.

        I imagine him working on disclosure, in his own way, from another dimension, or wherever it is you go when you die!

        Jess Hansen

        1. Richard Dolan Post author

          Sorry I didn’t get back to this comment for a while, Jess. We are fortunate that you pointed him toward the National Enquirer initially. That turned out to be an incredibly important piece, not simply to understanding the UFO cover-up, but the whole Mockingbird system, it seems to me. Yes, Terry was a great presence in our field, and a wonderful human being.

  3. itsmeRitaC

    This is quite beautifully said and i really resonate with what terry was talking about and his perspective. I wonder what he would be thinking about what is going on right now? I didn’t realize Jhansen was married to him, although i must admit that i was not at all familiar with him until now. I must watch the videos you posted here.

    Thank you for this one Richard.

  4. Scott Santa

    Terry’s book is the MOST EXPLOSIVE book that no one’s ever heard of, and I don’t know why that is. I NEVER hear anyone refer to it (except you Richard) out of all the UFO talking heads …. it’s rarely if ever mentioned. His recognition is LONG and WAY overdue.

    Thank you for this.


  5. Patrick McCall

    What a touching tribute. I wish Terry was still here so I could meet him and shake his hand. I read his book last year, and I just remember being deeply impressed by the guts it must take to write such an important, intellectually honest book, knowing full well that society will not accept it. I consider that heroic, and I’m glad people like him are out there working hard to educate and inform the rest of us.

    1. Richard Dolan Post author

      Any time Terry appeared at an event with me, I always made a point to hang out with him, often to try to sit next to him at vendor tables, etc. Conversations with him were always superb. And yes, I remember what it was like to write about UFOs back in the 1990s. In many ways it was a different world, and the stigma was much more intense. Moreover, there wasn’t really anything like the supportive community that has come to exist in the digital world. I imagine for Terry, but certainly speaking for myself, it was a lonely feeling.

      1. Patrick McCall

        Good on you Richard for being an outlier and doing everything you can to shatter the taboo. Wherever this topic leads, you’ve got my support!

  6. Clifford Ribaudo

    Great show Richard! Love all the historical tidbits.

    2 things I learned about the media that make me madder than I already am (about media) and which I didn’t know:

    1) Kevin Klose – Geeze talk about hiding in plain sight . From his Wikipedia: “Klose served successively as director of U.S. international broadcasting, overseeing the U.S. Government’s global radio and television news services (1997-98) and president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), broadcasting to Central Europe and the former Soviet Union (1994-97). He joined RFE/RL in 1992 as director of Radio Liberty, broadcasting to the former Soviet Union in its national languages. Among his achievements, he relocated RFE/RL from Munich to Prague and helped devise and implement a strategy to refocus the mission of all U.S.-funded international broadcasting and update operations.”

    And what was his next job right after his last “no I’m not a spook but I work for a government funded propaganda agency”? NPR President! Probably helped keep the Congressional Budget hounds off their back…

    2) National Enquirer probably owned by CIA… lol the more I learn, the more I come to realize that MIB movie was actually a documentary 🙂 LMAO.

    1. Richard Dolan Post author

      Yes to your last point! Somewhere on this site I have a few posts about Operation Mockingbird. If you get a chance to search you will probably find some other things I’ve had to say about this. And in general, there are many sources on the web about this long-standing CIA media infiltration program. Officially, it ended during the seventies when it was supposedly exposed. But in fact it has morphed and only deepened over the years.


    I had the good fortune to make Terry Hansen’s acquaintance and to even meet with him and his wife, Jess, at their home in Washington state. He was a gracious person and is much missed by me.

    Richard Dolan, our host, and every other UFO-field luminary are indeed remiss at not calling attention to Terry’s work.

    Anyone interested in the topic should consider Terry Hansen’s book, THE MISSING TIMES, an essential part of their library.


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