In 1987, writing in the respected Journal of American Folklore, Peter M. Rojcewicz examined «folk concepts and beliefs in ‘other worlds'» as they related to «men in black» (MIB) legends. One classic tale of an MIB involved a man with the pseudonym «Michael Elliot.»
One afternoon, as Elliot sat in a university library immersed in UFO literature, a thin, dark-featured man approached him. Speaking in a slight accent, the man asked Elliot what he was reading about. Flying saucers, Elliot replied, adding that he had no particular interest in their reality or unreality, just in the stories told about them.