Show 384 Notes: William Grabowski

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Guest William Grabowski joins us to talk about his book BLACK LIGHT: Perspectives on Mysterious Phenomena and much more.

WILLIAM GRABOWSKI is the author of nine books: 10,000 Miles to Go: An American Filmmaking Odyssey (with NYC Underground Film Festival Award-winner Jason Rosette); Infinity Point; media tie-in Castro’s Cadillac (optioned for film in 2016 by CuffLink Productions); The Black Edge series; Traces of Oblivion; Amazon #1 Bestseller Black Light: Perspectives on Mysterious Phenomena; Johnny Flash; The Untold; Flowers on the Moon and over 500 short stories, articles, essays, interviews and reviews.

Five years as contributing editor with World Fantasy Award-winning The Horror Show magazine earned him a nomination from SPWAO as Best Nonfiction Writer. Recent articles have appeared in online editions of Forbes, Philadelphia Business Journal, Joseph Mackin’s (original internet editor for The Paris Review) 2 Paragraphs-dot-com; in print magazines Fortean Times, Cemetery Dance, NPR-associated Wireless and elsewhere.

Grabowski has been quoted by NBC2 News, is a contributing editor covering social science with New York City’s iconic Library Journal magazine, and a staff editor for Sinister Grin Press.

The UFO Archives of the University of Manitoba



On October 31st of this year, the University of Manitoba announced that a huge collection of UFO reports and books was being donated to its archives by Canadian researcher, Chris Rutkowski.  The collection includes over 20,000 reports filed to private UFO research organizations, nearly 10,000 Canadian government UFO related documents and over 1000 books from Rutkowski’s personal library.  Rutkowski has a long history in UFO research and is a champion of Canada’s most famous cases that, in his opinion, surpass the Roswell case because the Canadian government has acknowledged them.

Chris Rutkowski began researching and investigating UFOs in the mid 70’s as high school student and then as a student at the University of Manitoba studying astronomy.  His professors had been receiving UFO reports on a regular basis and they were becoming a distraction from their studies of astronomy.  Rutkowski offered to take on the responsibility of logging the reports, talking to the witnesses and attempting to find explanations for their sightings.  He soon amassed a great deal of material and when a speaker scheduled or a regular Friday afternoon faculty meeting (during which a presentation was normally given by professors or graduate students) cancelled, Rutkowski was asked if he could fill in and talk about UFOs.  Word got around and his talk needed to be moved to the largest lecture hall on the campus.  There, he found himself speaking before over 500 people, which included T.V. cameras and members of the press who were there due to the novelty of a UFO lecture being given at a university.  Rutkowski got through this “test by fire” and went on to become a prominent researcher and investigator, has written 10 books on the subject and continues to lecture. Read more

382. Westall UFO with Shane Ryan

Guest Shane Ryan joins us from Canberra, Australia to discuss the 1966 Westall Flying Saucer Incident, a schoolyard encounter. He goes into details about the case as well as the baffling aftermath and the effects that it had on some of the students and witnesses.  Bonus full show:   FOR FULL SHOWS, EVERY WEEK,  PLEASE SUPPORT US ON PATREON


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Show 382 Notes: Shane Ryan, Westall UFO

Simulcast, YouTube Live Streamed and on KGRA Radio Tuesday, December 10th @ 6:00PM to 8:00PM ET (GMT-5)

Guest Shane Ryan joins us from Canberra, Australia to discuss the 1966 Westall Flying Saucer Incident, a schoolyard encounter.

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SHANE RYAN is a teacher, writer, researcher and federal public servant in Australia. He has worked at Charles Sturt University, the University of Canberra, and the Australian National University, all in Canberra. Shane has worked as an information officer and researcher at the Embassy of Japan in Canberra, and he has also taught in schools in Japan and Australia. Shane completed a Diploma of Japanese Studies at Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan; a Bachelor of Theology at Sydney College of Divinity, Sydney; a Master of Arts at Australian Catholic University, Canberra; and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language and Foreign Language Teaching at the University of Canberra. He was working as a barristers’ clerk in Melbourne when he first heard about the incredible 1966 Westall Flying Saucer Incident in that city, for which he has now become the lead researcher. Shane was the principal researcher and narrator for the documentary on the Westall Incident, Westall ’66: A Suburban UFO Mystery, which was first broadcast on the Australian Sci Fi Channel in 2010. Shane has since made a serious study of other school-based UFO sightings around the world, such as the 1967 Crestview Elementary School Incident in Opa-Locka, Florida, USA, and other Australian sightings, from the 1960s era. Shane was instrumental in convincing local government authorities to establish Australia’s – and possibly the world’s – first UFO park and playground based on real events, at Westall in 2013, as a way of commemorating the events there. Shane appeared in both seasons of Discovery Channel Canada’s Close Encounters series, in the National Geographic UK TV Channel’s Invasion Earth series, Australia’s Network Ten’s Studio Ten program’s anniversary special on Westall, and on Japan’s Fuji TV Network’s What’s This? – Mysteries from Around the World program. He was also interviewed for James Fox’s upcoming feature documentary film The Phenomenon. There are also several TV and film producers currently planning projects to bring the Westall story to a wider audience. Shane lives in Canberra with his wife and two sons and works in the Education and Visitor Services team at Australian Parliament House.

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Westall UFO

by Charles Lear

Having multiple witnesses to a UFO with similar descriptions of the object seen adds to the credibility of the sighting.  Having over 200 witnesses with similar descriptions should, therefore, make even non-UFOlogists stop and take notice.  But, if you wanted to make such an event go away in the name of national security, and all but a handful of those witnesses were school children, your job would be easier.  This seems to be the unfortunate circumstance with a sighting that took place in Westall, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, April 6, 1966 that many UFOlogists place highly in their top ten lists of credible and convincing cases.

The case was investigated shortly after the events by local UFO groups, American researcher and activist, James McDonald, and was recently re-examined by nearby Australian resident, Shane Ryan.  Ryan’s investigation was documented on film by filmmaker, Rosie Jones in her 2010 documentary,  “Westall ’66.”  Ryan’s investigation was thorough and he not only found and interviewed former schoolchildren and teachers but, was able to draw out previously unknown witnesses from the surrounding area by dropping flyers in mailboxes and stating a request for witnesses during television coverage.  Those who came forward gave compelling testimony, which indicated an organized and methodical cover up operation by military and paramilitary personnel. Read more

381. Chris Lambright, Mysteries of the US Navy & UFOs

Guest Chris Lambright discusses his research into the US Navy, and its relation to UFOs, which includes the USS Nimitz UFO Encounter, also Bigelow Aerospace as well as connections between the US government & TTSA and more. FULL SHOWS, EVERY WEEK,  PLEASE SUPPORT US ON PATREON

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