NY UFO Sightings Subject Of MSNBC/WNBC Report
NY UFO Sightings Subject Of MSNBC/WNBC Report
STILLWATER, NY - As the last Halloween of the millennium approaches, the
hundreds of members of UFO groups in New York state are watching the skies
more than ever and investigating reports of unusual sightings. The 1990s
have produced more sightings in New York than in any decade since a small
New Mexico town called Roswell made unidentified flying objects a mainstream
Consider these reports:
April 10, 1978 - A shiny oval object is reported over the treeline of
Saratoga Lake. Witnesses said that it moved sideways, hovered, then
descended and disappeared 40 minutes later.
April 6, 1978 - A police officer and his family report a large oval object
hovering near their home in Baldwinsville, Onondaga County. A bright flash
of light followed 10 minutes later and power was cut off to 3,000 homes.
They said a helicopter appeared and the object flew away. Four others in two
separate sightings in the county report similar sights the next night.
Oct. 17, 1973 - Sixteen witnesses, including a policeman, report a rotating
object in the sky with alternating colored lights. For 40 minutes it hovered
over Gloversville, then darted away.
These kinds of sightings are no joke to those who take them seriously.
Databases are being compiled to track for the first time sightings
nationwide and New York state,s more than 200 reports since a Saturn-shaped
object was reported flying slowly over Norwood, St. Lawrence, on July 3,
"More and more people are starting to be open to this," said James Bouck, a
state regional director for the New York chapter of the Mutual UFO Network,
and a UFO investigator. "More people believe there is something out there,
something visiting us, or something the government isn,t telling us."
A Gallup poll in 1996 found that 71 percent of Americans said they believe
the government is hiding something and that officials know about UFOs.
Forty-five percent said they believe UFOs have visited, and 12 percent said
they have seen a UFO.
UFOs and aliens are linked to the Halloween season by more than costumes and
Orson Wells, 1938 broadcast of a Martian invasion that panicked thousands.
Bouck, who is compiling the state database, said that now is the busiest
time for reports, despite the fact that more people are outside in warmer
However, skeptics maintain that there are simple, everyday causes for 90
percent to95 percent of these reports. Two who will tell you that are Bouck
and Mike Scritchfield of Rochester, a UFO investigator with the group
Skywatch. Their objective is to prove the sightings are anything but out of
this world. They almost always do. But among the cases for which no Earthly
cause is determined, a few patterns appear to be emerging:
These investigators aren,t the techno-geek conspiracy theorists of the
X-Files or other TV programs and movies. Bouck is a state auditor.
Scritchfield, a retired chief warrant officer in Army Intelligence, is a
college tennis coach working on his doctorate in education. They don,t say
"these are reports of alien ships." They call them as they see them -
objects that are unidentified, flying.
"Some say we,ve been visited for breeding, or to warn us of impending doom,
or just studying us. It depends on who,s idea you want to consider," said
Bouck. "We want to stay open to the possibility of whatever we learn - we
don,t have enough information, we don,t have a smoking gun."
Critics from government officials to science-based magazines such as The
Skeptical Inquirer also point to a lack of proof. Where is even one chunk of
hardware? One undeniable photo? A footprint?
The counter-argument is as fervent as it is unprovable.
"I think there,s substantial evidence that the government knows a lot more
than it,s talking about," said Dana Schmidt, state director of MUFON. "If
there,s nothing to it, one wants to know why are they are keeping the
The theory has it that hardware and more have been collected and secreted
away by the government for research and to avoid mass panic. One of these
research sites was long rumored, but never proven, to be at the former Rome
Air Force Base in Oneida County.
The explosion of interest in UFOs fueled by television, movies, books and
magazines could be because the government duped the entertainment industry.
"What better way to acclimate the public to the idea of extra-terrestrial
life?" said Scritchfield, who worked in an Army Intelligence unit unrelated
to the paranormal. "In a counter-intelligence mode, you start feeding bits
and pieces. You get the public accustomed to thinking there is
extra-terrestrial life out there, and somewhere down the road a ship lands
in the mall in Washington or the government makes an announcement."
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