As a child, I watched my share of sci-fi movies and had a fleeting curiosity about UFOs. My two favorites were The Day the Earth Stood Still and Invasion of the SaucerMen. Did not really give much serious thought to the subject until a day in 1976 when I was reading a book about near death experiences. One of the footnotes referred to a book by Kenneth Ring, where he made the observation that NDEs share many common elements with UFO abduction experiences. I was intrigued by this revelation. So, the next day I ran out to the nearby college bookstore and bought a few UFO books. Over the years, these few UFO books have somehow mysteriously multiplied themselves on my bookshelf. However, owning all of these books have done very little to answer the ultimate question; what is the truth about the UFO phenomena.
I am a retired scientist and I have always approached fringe science with extreme skepticism, but at the same time, a willingness to honestly examine the stories. There are endless stories, some credible, most ridiculous. One story that I am sure most people dismissed had to do with UFOs causing a little league came to come to a halt. Frank Edwards chronicled this event in his book Stranger Than Science. Why didn’t I dismiss this story? My brother played in the game in question and my cross country team bus driver was quoted in the book. I talked to both of them, it happened, just like Frank Edwards said it did. This really made me wonder about all the other weird stories in that book. Concrete information is what is needed. This was as concrete as this topic ever got to me until December of 2017 when the New York Times published the landmark story about the pentagon program that studied the UFO phenomena in the 21st century! Wow! To date, I still can’t understand why this story isn’t talked about daily in the mainstream media. Read more →
I heard you comment on your show last week with Ben Moss about ‘What ever happened to the guy who ran his car on water?’ You may have been thinking about Stanley Meyer, who got some main stream media attention over this. He died suddenly in 1998. The conspiracy side of the story is that he was poisoned after a restaurant meeting with Belgian investors. (His brother claims that during the meeting Stan ran outside saying “They poisoned me”.) The official coroner ruling was cerebral aneurysm. Officially, ‘there is nothing to his invention, his patent has expired, and anyone is free to reproduce his experiment / invention, but no one has because it doesn’t work’. However, some believe differently.
Stanley was not the only one to come up with an invention that allowed an automobile to run on water, although he may be the one who has received the majority of mainstream media attention. But others have achieved the same thing.
Sources: Vague d’OVNI sur la Belgique, 1 and 2 (books)
RTBF news (TV)
Date and time: December 5, 1989 17.45-18.00
Location: Ans, Nicolaï Place
Mr. F. Valenzano, weatherman in the Belgian Army, was with his daughter. She was the one to notice what at first she thought to be a plane. Valenzano looked up and saw an object hovering at a pretty low altitude (100-150 meters). It seemed very large and was coming from the direction of the nearby town of Liège. The witnesses could see red and blue lights moving from one side of the object to the other. When it flew directly over them, they noticed 3 3 large white lights pointing to the ground but without lighting the area, nor producing any cones of light despite the misty weather.
The object passed the witnesses and slowly flew around the Nicolaï Place, then passed the witnesses again. Valenzano then noticed a rotating red light at the center of the 3 white lights. This red light seemed to be located lower, as if independent from the main object.
The object moved away. Valenzano could not see the thickness of the object at any moment.
After being introduced at a recent holiday party as the author of the “New York Skies” column to several guests, I suspected the host knew that the UFO topic would spark some lively conversation. It did!
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.
After listening to our recent podcast with Kevin Randle discussing ‘no mentions of Roswell until 1980’, Frank Barnes writes the account below that sheds light on an unheard of 1960s mentioning of the Roswell UFO Incident.
I have for some time wanted to pass this information along to someone who would possibly be able to use it. I’ve never really mentioned this to anyone but it seems to me to be a small nugget of info. It’s not much but it pre-dates what I understand was the beginning date of the current wave of interest in the Roswell UFO Incident which started in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s.
Since it was almost 20 years prior to the start of the current explosion of Roswell interest, I thought it was not of much importance, but the longer I said nothing the more it said to me there is something to the notion of a cover up or at least mis-information by somebody.
I was attending Texas Tech during 1963 – 1966. As best I can recall now, around the time of the fall of 1965 or spring of 1966 (I know it was before June 1966 as I entered the Navy on June 5) one of my roommates was in the Air Force stationed at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas. Why this sticks in my memory is that he was the only roommate not going to Tech. During the time he was living with us, he had to go to El Paso to a multi-week training school to become a specialist as a CBR (as best I can recall this is the acronym used by the Air Force then) technician (Chemical, Bacteriological, Radiological technician). Upon his return we of course questioned him at length about what the training was like. Being a good military guy, he just said it was all classified but that we would not believe some of what he had learned. Read more →
For many, even among UFO enthusiasts, the Belgian UFO wave is often summed up in a few lines: A large triangular object with bright lights flying over Belgium (where’s Belgium anyway?) during the 80-90 winter season. Some military jets chased it with no result.
A closer look shows a more complex story that lasted almost 4 years…with 3 successive waves.
In 1941, 7 years before the Roswell, New Mexico Crash in 1947, a similar UFO incident happened in the woods outside of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
A story told by a woman named Charlette Mann reveals a long family secret of an alien encounter and mysterious UFO crash. The story was about Charletteâs grandfather Reverend William Huffman. Huffman was the pastor of the Red Star Baptist Church. Read more →
In mid January, 2008 reports of a mass UFO sighting over Stephenville, Texas began to make national news. Much like the Phoenix Lights Case of 1997, the mysterious lights appearing in the Texas sky were seen by multiple witnesses including police officers. However, much of the interest was created by the proximity of the sightings to President Bush’s Texas ranch. Although the military initially stated that there were no jets flying in the area that night, they later recanted and stated that a training flight of 10 fighters was actually in the skies. The incident inspired one of the largest MUFON investigations to date and yielded radar information that is considered by many to confirm that an unknown object was flying over Texas. The incident was featured in a number of national news stories and by several television shows, including Larry King Live and UFO Hunters.