Mystery of Marfa Lights But “What’s going on in Marfa”  got only half an inch below the  surface; the writer assumed there  was no bedrock to the idea of a  biological interpretation of Marfa  Lights, and so the opinions of Mr.  Bunnell and Mr. Stephan were  taken as authoritative rejections of  interpretations involving biology,  at least with “dinosaurs.” What’s wrong with that? Neither  Bunnell nor Stephans is anything  like a biologist. But the staff writer  for the Houston Chronicle was not outside the common journalistic  practice of accepting the opinions  of one or two scientists and then  taking a simplistic view of it for  “science,” avoiding complications. Major newspapers rarely take any  position directly opposing a basic  cultural tradition of their society. It  comes as no surprise that a staff  writer for the Houston Chronicle  would avoid giving credence to the idea that “dinosaurs” are flying in  the respectable state of Texas. But that writer seems to have gone  out of the way to point out those  things that I, Jonathan Whitcomb,  have not experienced personally,  avoiding almost everything that I  have experienced. No mention is  made of my book, Live Pterosaurs  in America, even though the press  release that elicited the Houston  Chronicle article is based upon  that book. Even the press release itself is not  even acknowledged as anything  more than an “email.” But the  book goes into details about  eyewitness sightings of apparent  pterosaurs in many states. That is  what Ms Feldman should have  read, but then she could have  gotten into trouble if she had gone  to that extreme and acknowledged  the possibility of living pterosaurs. Regardless, Bunnell and Stephan  both acknowledge that there is still a deep mystery in Marfa. Why Pterosaurs? I know that I could have gotten a  much better reception from the  major media by writing a press  release about the possibility of  barn owls causing Marfa Lights.  But this is a time for putting  politics in the back seat; both Mr.  Bunnell and I have rejected that  owl-interpretation for the type of  mystery lights he calls “CE-III.”  Claudia Feldman uses the word  “pterosaur” only once; yet  “dinosaurs,” five times. But I  mention “dinosaur” as what  eyewitnesses sometimes say, and  Feldman gives no hint that there  has ever been any eyewitness of  any creature like either one.  Her article puts my qualifications  into question, emphasizing that I  have seen neither Marfa Lights nor living pterosaurs. But for seven  years eyewitnesses of the apparent pterosaurs have contacted me  about their encounters, and some  of those encounters have been in  the respectable state of Texas. So  how am I qualified to write about  the possibility of live pterosaurs  flying in southwest Texas? I  represent eyewitnesses of those  creatures, and I am the only one  who can compare descriptions  with data from other accounts  from around the country and  around the world, including those  encounters involving flying lights. In a Google or Yahoo search, use  “Whitcomb” and “eyewitness” and “pterosaur.” Notice how many  results are available with reference  to the concept of living pterosaurs. I don’t know if Marfa Lights are  made by creatures closely related  to the ropen of Papua New Guinea  (I am almost certain that some of  the lights are made by some kind  of bioluminescent creature). But if  I am unqualified to write about the  eyewitness reports of apparent  pterosaurs, then just what other  cryptozoologist anywhere has been contacted, and received relevant  reports from around the world,  from persons on five continents? Cryptozoology Book Jonathan Whitcomb’s nonfiction book on living pterosaurs in the  United States of America---that  book was never mentioned in  the Houston Press article.  But Chapter Six, “Marfa Lights  of Texas,” gives detailed points  on why this new, albeit  astonishing, cryptozoological  explanation is reasonable. Jonathan Whitcomb’s reply to the newspaper article “What’s going on in Marfa?” by Claudia Feldman First, Claudia Feldman’s article  in a mid-December, 2010, edition  of the Houston Chronicle, rose  above, far above, the sarcasm of  a blog post by Richard Connelly  of the Houston Press.  Feldman devotes much of her  article to the work of two Texan  scientists, James Bunnell and  Karl Stephan, who have spent  much time investigating the more  mysterious lights that Connelly  has assumed are never anything  more than car headlights. The Houston Chronicle article  dug beneath the surface with a  scientific perspective of two of  the experienced scientists who  have been involved in the Marfa  Lights investigations. Better than Houston     Press Blog Post Photo by Telwink Copyright 2010, 2011, 2014 Jonathan Whitcomb