Blog: Ivan T. Sanderson: Monster Hunter and UFO Investigator

by Michael Lauck

Ivan at Desk 1967Ivan T. Sanderson is probably best remembered today as a cryptozoologist. In fact, he is credited with coining the term cryptozoology. However, in addition to his work as a zoologist and monster hunter he also investigated unidentified flying object encounters. He wrote several books on flying saucers and was one of the first investigators to focus on unidentified submersed objects, or USOs. Sanderson was also commissioned by a magazine to investigate the so-called Braxton County Monster and spoke of the incident in radio interviews.
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Blog: Otis T. Carr: The Man Who Patented a Saucer

by Michael Lauck

miami2 In the late 1950s flying saucers had been in the public consciousness for about a decade. The shock of the Arnold sighting and UFOs over Washington DC had worn off; saucers, though still mysterious, were now familiar. The government was actively running its third investigation into the reports of unidentified flying objects. Hollywood was incorporating the now iconic saucer craft into films of all budgets. Books had been printed on saucers and UFO magazines were on the newsstands every week. A new culture was being born around the flying saucers and possibility of alien contact. Many people claimed to have been contacted by extraterrestrials and some even claimed to have ridden in their craft. Others maintained that they had been given messages for their fellow Earthlings from the Space Brothers or comely Venusians. Read more

Blog: The Braxton County Incident

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by Michael Lauck

            On September 12, 1952 a group of children playing outside in Braxton County, West Virgina saw something fall from the sky and impact (or land) behind a nearby hill. As they went to see exactly what it was they were joined by others, including one of their mothers. The group found a mist enshrouded, glowing object. Then some became aware that some type of secondary object, possibly a lifeform, was nearby. This “monster” encounter, as it was known, was reported widely leading to investigations by Ivan T. Sanderson, Gray Barker and others as well as an appearance by some of the eyewitnesses on a national television program. The show used a sketch artist to create a picture of the “monster,” which arguably caused the entire episode and its witnesses to become objects of ridicule.

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