I would describe the people that huddled around me with questions like the beginning of a joke: “A UFO skeptic, a true believer and a clueless person walked into a bar …”
The skeptic asked me, “why are you writing such nonsense?” My simple answer, “because very few others in the media are bothering to write about it.”
The clueless one innocently asked, “surely there aren’t that many sightings here in New York?” She pointed out that she never reads about it in the press. I simply smiled and commented that New York averages in excess of 300 UFO reports a year or roughly 5,000 in the past 16 years.
The true believer gave me a puzzled look and asked, “What are the U.S. numbers for the same time period?” I casually told her, “About 74,000.” I watched both the clueless and the believer get deer-in-the-headlights looks at the sheer magnitude of that number.
The skeptic coughed, “… cracked pots and hoaxes.”