Monday, October 13, 2008
Discovery "Investigations X": Could UFO's be really dangerous?
There have been several television coverages of the Stephenville, TX ufo sightings (on the TV blog), the Discovery Channel “Investigation X” film (link (one hour) tonight of incidents in Stephenville, Southwick MA, and Kokomo IN is perhaps a little bit more alarming. It at least raises the question of just how our whole culture would react if there were an unmistakable extraterrestrial-source landing with real damage or casualties. A bit of “The 4400” perhaps? Just conceivably, we could be wrong. Somehow, there could be a wormhole way to get past the physics of the speed of light and the geological epochs of time. Maybe somebody has noticed us. Maybe they are even from our own future.
The show did reconstruct the spectacular sightings, with banks of lights splitting, over Stephenville, with the Erath County courthouse. There was analysis of the way the fighter jets from Carswell scrambled.
In Southwick, in March 2008, a young woman made a camcorder recording of the lights. Shortly thereafter, there was a similar series in Kokomo, IN, north of Indianapolis (I’ve driven through it only once, in 1970). A young man named Justin Cronkhite made some sensational footage that makes the object look like a raimbow-colored airborne jellyfish, even moreso that the Southwick film. A local filmmaker named J. D. Puterbaugh also made similar video. A sonic boom occurred when fighter jets scrambled. That is against Air National Guard policy, and subsequent experiments at Wichita State University showed that a disk-like object can generate an even larger boom than a conventional fighter jet. The sonic boom came very close to damaging homes below, which is a very unusual incident. It was nearly, at least, a "micro-disaster" for the History Channel as well as Discovery.
In April 1978 I saw a blinking red and green object in the night desert sky east of Tonopah, AZ (west of Phoenix on I-10) that resembled one of Justin Cronkhite’s photos. That still sticks in my mind.
Another filmmaker photographed commercial jets and helicopters around LAX airport and compared the patterns to the films from Massachusetts and Indiana. He does not believe that the amateur video could have come from known aircraft.
In 2003, when I was in the screenwriting group in Minneapolis, I had a dream where a rocky craft slowly lands near a suburban subdivision of a southwestern city (like Dallas) at night. An electromagnetic pulse happened in the dream over the area. The craft sits on the ground for about fifteen minutes and then slowly rises and leaves after a few people board it. Then, in the dream, the people in the suburban subdivision are all in a zombie-like, hypnotic trance that they do not come out of. The dream was like a horror film from Sony Screen Gems. So, next, in this imaginary movie, viewed by one, the media and the president and stock market the next day have to deal with incontrovertible evidence of abductions (people missing) and actual medical casualties and EMP damage. This sounds like a nice little movie. It just needs, besides a beginning and middle, a logical end.
Update: Oct. 20
AOL reports that Britain has released previously classified reports of US fighters being summoned to shoot down UFO's during the Cold War, link here. In the AOL survey, 92% of respondents believe in alien life elsewhere in the Universe.