High Strangeness: December 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

UFO Reunion

Every once in a while, my involvement in UFO research brings me a chance to take part in a really fun event. Going to Connecticut a few years back to meet movie special effects genius Douglas Trumbull and see the debut of his UFOTOG tracking system was one. Going to Ann Arbor, Michigan last March to take part in Michigan MUFON's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the infamous "swamp gas" case was another.

The other day, another of these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities arose, and like the first two it came about because of my involvement in MUFON. Earlier this week I saw a posting on the facebook group for MUFON State Directors that piqued my interest (yes, technically, I shouldn't belong to the group as I am an ex-MUFON officer, but they haven't given me the boot yet, so...). The message was from a MUFON officer from Wyoming who is trying to put together an event in 2017 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which I think is a brilliant idea.
Who could we get to sponsor it?

The last 30 minutes of the 1977 film take place at "The Dark Side of the Moon," a secret UFO landing base that our government has built at the foot of Devil's Tower National Monument in northeast Wyoming, and this MUFON guy wants to hold the event there, at Devils Tower! Brilliant!

In his message, he explained that he would be in charge of planning the event, and he had no idea how to start, or who to contact as speakers for the event. So, naturally, I offered him a suggestion...

It's too early to say whether this event will take place. He's talking about a September, 2017 event, which gives him lots of time, but the logistics are daunting. Devil's Tower is in the middle on nowhere. Hell, Wyoming is in the middle of nowhere. How do you get enough people to an event in the middle of nowhere to make the event pay for itself, even turn a profit? I was just exchanging emails with my sister-in-law Cxxxx about it, and she suggested a mashed potato sculpture competition or mashed potato wrestling. I think those are both genius ideas, but will they attract enough people?

In any case, if the event comes to pass, I've expressed my interest in taking part, and my willingness to reach out to Doug Trumbull. It could be fun!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

UFO Through the Window

My first MUFON case since returning to the fold was shaping up to be a real nothingburger, but instead it has taken some interesting twists and turns.

In my last post, I expressed my reservations about my new Wisconsin state MUFON director and her work methods. Since then, she has shown a willingness to accept that I'm not going to do things her way, so maybe there's hope. She had assigned me a case in which a young couple saw a strange light in the evening sky as they drove home from shopping. My director really seemed to want this case to be about telepathic orbs, so I wasn't sure if she would accept my case disposition that the couple had simply seen a reflection of sunlight in the clouds. But, she did, and so we're cool. For now.

But, when I was interviewing the couple in this case along with my new MUFON co-investigator, I couldn't help noticing that the wife seemed to be very concerned, as if she was carrying some weight on her shoulders but didn't want to talk about it. My cohort had gotten the same impression from her. So I wasn't completely surprised when she emailed me yesterday to tell me that there was more to the story... And what a story it is.

The woman told me that she had been having strange experiences since she was five, when she had an incident with a green light outside her bedroom window. The light came into her room, and she was terrified that aliens were trying to "suck" her out of the window. She said her dad told her the next day that he had seen green light outside the house. From that night on, she told me, she would wait until everyone else in the family was asleep then sneak onto her parents' bedroom and sleep on the floor.

She also told me of recurring dreams of alien Armageddon that she had had off and on in her life. That is not so strange to me, as I have learned that a LOT of people have recurring alien Armageddon dreams, but one version of her dream was particularly interesting. It involved her and her whole class at school being taken from their school bus, lined up and made to kneel on the ground while "strange people" stuck needles in the soles of their feet, so that the strange people could keep track of them. The woman claims that she still has the mark on her foot.

She also said that these childhood experiences have absolutely no connection to the report she filed a few weeks ago about the light in the sky, which I think is a pretty interesting detail.

Honestly, I'm not sure what I think of this, but I am intrigued. This is one of those rare cases where it feels like an episode of the X Files just landed in my lap. My working theory is that the woman reported the light in the sky as a trial balloon, to see if MUFON would respond and to see how we would treat the case. That doesn't mean I mistrust her motives or her childhood memories, but I would need to know a whole lot more before deciding whats going on. All I can say is that she and her husband seemed sincere when we met with them last week.

So, I told her that she had three choices: First, if all she needed was to get this story off her chest to someone who would hear her out without making fun of her, and now that she has she doesn't need to go any further with it, that's cool. Case closed. Second, if she wanted to report the other experiences to MUFON, then my State Director would get involved, and all hell would break loose. Third, if she wasn't sure what she wanted to do, we could just keep the lines of communication open and I would respect any decision she might make. I have not heard back from her, and there's a good chance I may not.

I did notify my State Director, however, and guess what? Not only is she already 100% certain that we're dealing with a contact phenomenon that passes from mother to daughter, but she is all set to mobilize MUFON's alien abduction SWAT Team and she's already contacted a time-regression hypnotist...

Which makes this the first time I've ever felt that I need to protect a witness from MUFON.