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by Donna Hunt             April 3, 2018              (heralddemocrat.com)

• In January 1878, the Denison Daily News (Denison, Texas) ran an article on a farmer living some six miles north of Dallas named John Martin who saw a dark object high in the sky while out hunting one morning. It was the size of an orange and as it moved toward him it continued to grow in size until it was nearly over his head. Martin was quoted as saying, “[it] had increased considerably in size as it went through space at what he called ‘a wonderful speed’.” When it was directly over him, it was about the size of a large ‘saucer’. It the sped away as quickly as it had come. This may have been the first published account of a UFO sighting.
• Five years earlier, in June 1873 in Bonham, Texas (also north of Dallas), a farmer looked up from his work to see what looked like an enormous flying snake, banded with brilliant yellow swipes, writhing and twisting in the sky above him in broad daylight. It then disappeared quickly to the east. Many townspeople saw the UFO with most of them running indoors or diving under their wagons. The object circled Bonham twice then vanished out of sight. Twenty-four hours later, a UFO of the same description was sighted over Fort Scott, Kansas.
• On the morning of April 17, 1897 in Aurora, Texas (northwest of Dallas), a spaceship was seen approaching from the southwest. It crashed into a windmill and broke into pieces. It was said that the sole occupant of the spaceship perished in the crash. Aurora citizens saw for themselves what was described as a “small being, not of this world”, badly disfigured. The “Martian pilot”, or “Ned the Martian”, was buried in the local cemetery with a headstone that became the target of pranksters and souvenir hunters.
• In May of 1981, Denison, Texas resident, Jim Shelton saw a “cigar-like shaped” UFO with green and yellow pulsating lights and fire streaming from the rear.
• In 1953, a long-range, early warning radar technician at Perrin Air Force Base (in northern Texas on the Oklahoma border) saw a huge blip in the New York area. Air Force bases in Denver and Salt Lake City confirmed the anomaly. F-86 fighters were ordered to intercept and destroy the UFO. The UFO was traveling south from Oklahoma toward Dallas as fighter jets zeroed in on the object. Suddenly the object stopped, turned northwest and sped away at a terrific speed.
• Afterward, a group of about eight men in civilian suits and fourteen uniformed armed guards came into the Perrin AFB radar hut, separated the radar technicians and took each of them at gunpoint to a hangar on the back side of the field where they were interrogated for four hours. They each drew diagrams of what they saw and wrote a narrative of everything that took place. They had to sign a document that threatened them with a $10,000 fine and 10 years in prison for violating the Official Secrets Act. The former technician (who would be in his 90’s or older now, if living) said the “fear of God” was put into them to NEVER talk about it to anyone.

 

Back in 2005 when I told my husband I was going to write a column on unidentified flying objects, he told me not to do it because it would open a real can of worms. He was so smart. Today when I pulled my UFO file out of the cabinet, it is at least an inch thick.

But here goes again. This morning, I read an article by Dana Branham in The Dallas Morning News about a Dallas lawyer looking for a gravestone for a Martian named Ned that had been stolen from a cemetery in Aurora, Texas. It rang a bell.

Sure enough, about half the articles in my file contain information, not about a gravestone, but about a sighting in January 1878 in the Denison Daily News. That’s pretty close to the April 1897 date that Ned, the Martian is supposed to have crashed his spaceship in Aurora, northwest of Dallas.

An early day article in The Denison Herald questioned whether the 1878 sighting could have been the first printed report of a UFO sighting that took place, quoting John Martin, a farmer living some six miles north of Dallas, who said on a Tuesday morning, while he was out hunting, his attention was directed to a dark object high up in the northern sky.

He said the peculiar shape and the velocity with which the object seemed to approach riveted his attention and he trained his eyes to discover its character. He said it was about the size of an orange and continued to grow in size. After watching it for some time he said he became blind from long-looking and left off viewing it for a time to rest his eyes. When he resumed looking, the object was almost overhead, he said, and had increased considerably in size as it went through space at what he called “a wonderful speed.”

When it was directly over him, it was about the size of a large saucer or as he could judge at such a distance, a balloon that seemed to him to be the most reasonable solution of the strange phenomenon. It left as quickly as it had appeared and he soon lost sight in the southern sky Martin said.

This “saucer” hadn’t yet been associated with UFOs and wouldn’t become a part of the UFO craze for almost 75 years. But unexplained objects high up in the sky have been around a lot longer that that, at least in the North Texas sky.

Bonham in Fannin County had a sighting even before the 1878 one in Denison. According to an Internet timetable of the “unexplained.” In 1873, it is said that a huge cigar-shaped object swooped low over Bonham on two occasions in broad daylight then disappeared quickly to the east.

A Bonham farmer in June of that year said he looked up from his work and was astonished by what looked like an enormous flying snake, banded with brilliant yellow swipes, writhing and twisting in the sky above him.

Another Internet article titled “Serpents in the Sky,” went into greater detail about the “sighting.” It related that in broad daylight a fast moving object appeared in the sky southwest of Bonham. The people there first stared at it, not believing their eyes. It is believed that they may have seen drifting balloons before, but this was so large and traveling so fast that it was almost a blur, according to the article.

The story goes that farmers were so scared that they dived under their wagons and towns people ran inside. Only a few of the braver were said to have stood their ground and watched as the object circled Bonham twice then vanished. Some said the object was round and others said oval to cigar shaped. Twenty-four hours later, a device of the same description was sighted over Fort Scott, Kansas.

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by Scott Billeck          April 3, 2018           (calgaryherald.com)

• In 1967, Stefan Michalak was out searching for precious metals on May Long weekend near Falcon Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park, in Manitoba, Canada, when he came upon a UFO sitting on the ground. It melted his glove when he touched it. When the UFO flew away, Michalak was thrown back to the ground from a blast of hot air or gas, leaving Michalak with third-degree burns on his chest in a grid-like pattern. (see photo image below)
• The Royal Canadian Mint has made a $20 coin to commemorate Michalak’s encounter, known as the Falcon Lake Incident. The coin (pictured above) is egg-shaped and features a bucolic image of  Falcon Lake with Michalak in the foreground.  When a black light is shined on the front of the coin it enhances the UFO and reveals a yellow light beaming down from it.  (A black light flashlight comes with the coin.)  The back of the coin depicts Queen Elizabeth. A total of 4,000 of these coins will be minted and cost collectors $129.95 each.  (As of April 9th they were sold out.)

The Royal Canadian Mint is releasing the new $20 coin to commemorate the province’s most famous encounter with an unidentified flying object more than 50 years ago.

In 1967, Stefan Michalak was out searching for precious metals on May Long weekend near Falcon Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park.

What he found wasn’t gold or silver, but something far more interesting.

The story goes that Michalak stumbled across the UFO during his excursion. Michalak reported burns after he touched the UFO, which melted the gloves he was wearing. When the UFO flew away, Michalak was thrown backward onto the ground from a blast of hot air or gas, leaving Michalak with third-degree burns on his chest in a grid-like pattern.

Michalak on his back and the UFO hovering over his body is the scene that is depicted on the front side of the coin.

 
                   Stefan Michalak with
           grid pattern burn on his torso

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by Joe Pinkstone           April 3, 2018            (dailymail.co.uk)

• A conspiracy theorist known only as ‘Graham’ claims that video from a NASA live-feed from the International Space Station on March 31st shows a UFO. He posted the video on his YouTube channel “Conspiracy Depot”. (see 2:14 minute video below)  He claims to have such ISS live-feed video evidence of seven UFO’s lingering above the Earth.
• Graham says that sightings all over the world are increasing at a dramatic rate. “We are being watched and observed like a large planet sized scale lab experiment, I am of the opinion that the other races visiting our planet are not hostile.” “After all, with the technology they must employ to travel vast distances etc, I’m sure they could wipe us out in the blink of an eye. …The fact we are still breathing on this beautiful planet means either they are here to help or observe.”
• Graham believes that a timescale has been agreed upon by world leaders and the ET’s that ET beings will openly reveal themselves within 15 years. “Eventually, they will make themselves known… Imagine how this will impact the Earth – new technology, medicines and way of life, our whole civilization could change to reflect one of unity and peace.”
• A NASA spokesperson offered a different explanation for the anomolies: “Reflections from station windows, the spacecraft structure itself or lights from Earth commonly appear as artifacts in photos and videos from the orbiting laboratory.”

 

A conspiracy theorist has claimed that the NASA live stream from the International Space Station has produced evidence of seven UFOs lingering above Earth.

Not only is this thought to be proof of ET’s existence, the theorist believes the aliens are probably friendly.

With so many ‘sightings’ from the ISS, the beings could come face-to-face with humans in 15 years, claims the unknown conspiracy theorist known only as ‘Graham’.

The UFO-tracking conspiracy theorist told the Daily Star that aliens are here and making their way to us.

He said: ‘Sightings all over the world are increasing at a dramatic rate.

‘We are being watched and observed like a large planet sized scale lab experiment, I am of the opinion that the other races visiting our planet are not hostile.

‘After all, with the technology they must employ to travel vast distances etc, I’m sure they could wipe us out in the blink of an eye.

‘And the fact we are still breathing on this beautiful planet means either they are here to help or observe.’

The evidence presented by Graham was obtained during a live feed from the ISS on March 31.

He then uploaded the edited footage to his YouTube channel Conspiracy Depot.

It was revealed that the UFOs were observed between 11:20 pm BST and 11:50 pm BST.

Graham revealed: ‘Eventually, they will make themselves known.
‘There is a theory that a timescale has been firmly set and agreed by world leaders and the ET’s and I think the time for disclosure will be within the next 15 years.

‘Imagine how this will impact the Earth, new technology, medicines and way of life, our whole civilisation could change to reflect one of unity and peace.

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