How long does the show last? I have no idea, and it doesn't really matter, because your head will have exploded within the first ten minutes. You've been warned.
Anyway, prepping for this show has given me cause to review some of the highlights of my first three years of blogging here at High Strangeness and my first two years as a MUFON Certified Field Investigator. What a wild ride it's been...
I started out in the summer of 2011 looking for material for a screenplay about UFOs, and quickly discovered that, with some time and effort, I could become a Certified UFO Field Investigator for MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network. What a perfect way to research the field up-close and personal; instead of just writing about it from the inside I could be participating in it from the inside! It had occurred to me about the same time that it would be fun to write about the process as it's happening, and so this blog was born.
But there was a problem: there were already so many people writing about and talking about UFOs, in blogs and books and on radio shows and webcasts, that I would have a very hard time making my blog stand out.
Or would I? It didn't take long to realize that an awful lot of UFO writers/talkers/authors/commentators were approaching the phenomenon with an identical combination of a super-serious demeanor and an overload of pseudo-scientific pretense.
Where was the fun? Where was the excitement? One of the biggest things attracting me to the UFO phenomenon was the sheer otherworldly absurdity of it, and yet there was very little of that evident in UFO literature. I got the distinct feeling that most UFO authorities wanted so badly to be taken seriously by mainstream audiences (and the scientific community) that they tried to pretend that the sensational aspects of the phenomenon didn't exist. I marvel at how many UFO writers are able to make such a fascinating, spine-tingling topic so mind-crushingly boring... and yet they seem driven to do so.
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As for my own experiences investigating UFO sightings here in Wisconsin, the work just gets more and more interesting and enjoyable all the time. Sure, I've had my share of suspected hoaxes, and a handful of witnesses who seemed to be slightly cracked, but that comes with the territory. I've also investigated some truly hair-raising cases reported by some very sincere and credible witnesses that have left me wondering what exactly is going on. Close Encounters... Missing Time incidents... encounters with UFO occupants... these cases just keep coming; they don't go away.
And neither do I!