by Phillip Sanders
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