385. Marc Cushman & Vic Mignogna, STAR WARS

A DIFFERENT KIND OF SHOW, FOR STAR TREK FANS Interview with guests Marc Cushman & Vic Mignogna, to discuss Saturn Award-winning book series “These Are the Voyages” by Marc Cushman and 2019 companion audio book produced by Vic Mignogna documenting the making of the original Star Trek. Also Vic’s involvement with Star Trek Continues, a free web series that continues on the five year mission from the last show of the original series to the first movie. Check out links in the show notes below. Happy New Year! FULL SHOWS ARE FREE FROM NOW ON, WE WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT Click this link!

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The UFO Archives of the University of Manitoba

BY CHARLES LEAR

 

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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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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UFOs Over Scotland

by Charles Lear

In listings of top UFO hot spots around the world, the small town of Bonnybridge, Scotland is frequently included.  Bonnybridge lies within an area known as “The Falkirk Triangle” which is described variously from being a large area defined by lines drawn between Edinbugh in the east, Glasgow in the west and Stirling in the north to a smaller triangle formed by three roads: the M8, the M9 and the M80.  The area has a history of many sightings and episodes that were exceedingly strange and the citizenry of the town of Bonnybridge has petitioned a succession of British Prime Ministers for an explanation.

Notoriety first came to the area in 1979 with the November 9, encounter in Dechmont Woods in Livingston, West Lothian by Robert Taylor.  Taylor was a forester and was on his rounds at 10:30 AM in the company truck with Lara, his Irish Setter.  According to him, he went into a section just south of the M8, got out of his truck and walked down a path with the dog for about 700 yards.  In a clearing, he came upon an object hovering around 50 feet in the air that was dome-shaped with a flange around its base that had cross-shaped objects projecting from it.  As he watched it, with his dog barking excitedly, different sections would fade out, revealing the trees behind them, and then fade back in.  Then, two objects that looked like WWII sea mines with about six spikes sticking out of them fell from the bottom of the craft and hit the ground with a thud.  They then rolled towards Taylor and each object used a projectile to grab him at the hips and pulled him.  Taylor described an acrid smell and then losing consciousness.  When he came to, the objects were gone but there were indentations in the ground and marks similar to caterpillar tracks.  He had a grazed forehead and chin and his heavy-duty work pants were ripped at each hip.  He went to his truck to radio back to the office but found he couldn’t speak.  Taylor then started the truck and ended up backing into a ditch, which forced him to walk the quarter mile to his house in the town of Deans. His wife was alarmed by his muddy and disheveled appearance and he told her he was “attacked by a spaceship” which she, naturally, didn’t believe.  Mrs. Taylor phoned a doctor who examined Mr. Taylor and found nothing wrong with him as far as any kind of brain or sensory issues.  The doctor suggested he go to a hospital for further tests and Taylor did so but left after becoming impatient while waiting to be seen.  Mrs. Taylor had also called Robert’s boss, Malcolm Drummond, who came to the house and listened to Taylor’s story.  Drummond knew Taylor to be an honest man and making up such a strange tale would have been quite out of character for him.  The case was reported to the police who investigated it as an assault case.  The “crime-scene” was cordoned off and evidence was recorded.  Significantly, the tracks that looked like caterpillar tracks showed no signs of an entrance or an exit.  There were also drag marks that supported the story of Taylor being grabbed and pulled. Taylor’s pants were subjected to forensic analysis in Edinburgh and the examiner determined that they were torn by something mechanical.  The dog, meanwhile, would never leave the house, even to relieve itself, for months afterwards.  In 2018, the West Lothian Council created a UFO trail in the woods to commemorate the event.

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