By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 1/16/18 (Tue)
There have been a number of news reports in recent weeks about research the Pentagon is doing on UFOs.
That shouldn’t be a big surprise to anyone, after all, Project Blue Book, an Air Force program to get information about UFO sightings, lasted more than 10 years.
Whether you believe it or not, ever since a “flying saucer” crashed outside of
There have been tens of thousands of sightings over the years and ironically, none of them have turned up any little green men.
But here’s the reality of it. There have also been numerous sightings here in
In August 1966, a silvery dome-shaped saucer darted around the Donnybrook area and landed near town in the
But this sighting was documented by a U.S. Border Patrol officer. He made drawings and turned all his information over to Project Blue Book.
J. Allen Hynek, a physics professor at
In the early ‘50s, a flying saucer was sighted over
Again, a well documented case that leadership at the Minot AFB was aware of and one that prompted a major article in Reader’s Digest magazine.
In 1956, an orange object was sighted near
It could have been electromagnetic pulse, which nobody on Earth knew about in 1956, but is a military tool used today to paralyze the enemy’s electronic equipment.
The sighting couldn’t be explained, but too many people saw it to nullify the event.
Four objects forming a diamond pattern in the sky over Williston in 1960 was passed off as contradictory information and no conclusions were drawn, yet numerous people reported seeing the objects.
Betty and Barney Hill became famous in 1961 after they claimed they were abducted by aliens in the woods of
Supposedly, a similar abduction occurred near
Nearly all of the UFO sightings in
Were aliens here? What did they seek out? One theory is they were looking for minerals to fuel their ships. However, Project Blue Book never confirmed that.
Occasionally, someone will phone in something bizarre that they’ve seen, but quite frankly, those calls don’t get the attention they did in 1960.
Bigfoot, swamp gas, reflections of light, meteors and even pranks are all listed as reasons to pass off UFO sightings.
But if you consider the big picture, look at what the
It was two years after the first atomic bombs exploded, the Air Force was created, we went to the moon, nuclear missiles were staged, we sent unmanned satellites into deep space and we have robots exploring Mars.
It’s entirely possible, but what would you do if you actually saw a flying saucer? Would you panic, would you be intrigued by it, would you try to run?
I’m not sure how I’d react. I drive by the spot near Donnybrook occasionally where the UFO landed in 1966 and when I think about it, the scenario scares me, probably because too much is unknown. Too much of it remains a mystery.
Some of us are photographers by trade and everyone else has a mobile phone on their hip with a camera. If they will shoot cellphone video of gang hits in
Some have in the past, but nothing conclusive. There’s nothing, other than