Article by Stacy Turner December 23, 2020 (weeklyvillager.com)
• In 2017, an Ohio man referred to only as “Joe” was on his way home from the 3rd shift at his job in Garrettsville when he noticed strange lights above a field. He stopped to try and take a few photos on his flip phone to show his wife. Joe captured lights from what he identified as two distinct aircraft (pictured above). He recalls being mesmerized as the two craft seemed to signal to each other by the use of the lights which blinked alternately to each other, as if communicating. When a third larger craft appeared between the two, Joe felt the need to leave. “I wanted to get out of there — it was getting too crowded,” he joked.
• About a year later, driving through the same area, Joe noticed some intense lights in a wooded area in distance. “They appeared to be looking for something,” he said. He stopped his truck to get a better look. From the distance, he thought he spotted figures. Once again, he tried to capture photos on his flip phone. A bright light illuminated the inside of his truck, and made him cover his eyes. But he managed to fire off a series of photos on his phone (to be revealed in part two of Joe’s story). The photos show the intense movement of a charm that hung from the rear view mirror, even though his truck was parked. But Joe noted that he wasn’t afraid, and didn’t feel like he was in danger. He showed the photos to his friends and family on the tiny screen of his flip phone, but after a time, he forgot about them.
• It wasn’t until he began the task of deleting old photos and contacts from his trusty flip phone about a year ago that he came across those photos again. When he and his wife downloaded the photos to a computer to get a closer look, they were astonished at what they saw in the background… to be continued.
• According to the Mutual UFO Network, or ‘MUFON’, UFOs have been investigated over the years by governments, independent groups, and scientists. The mystery surrounding UFOs has historical roots in the early 19th century when unexplained “ghost fliers” were spotted in Europe and North America. During the 1930s, numerous “ghost rockets” were reported in Scandinavia.
• During the Second World War, airmen reported seeing “mystery airships” or “foo fighters” while in flight. After the war in 1947, aviator Kenneth Arnold reported spotting a “flying saucer” near Mt. Rainier, Washington, bringing the concept of flying saucers to the public forefront during late 1940s and early 1950s. During the Cold War, US, British, Canadian, Danish, Italian, and Swedish governments all collected reports of UFO sightings. Although the US government says it officially shut down its $22 million UFO study program, the ‘Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program’, in 2012, the Pentagon recently announced launching a new ‘UAP Task Force’.
• Organizations around the world continue to collect information from amateur astronomers and regular folks who happened to be in the right place at the right time to view an unexplained event in the sky. The National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC), documented nearly 3,000 sightings reported in Ohio in 2020 alone. In fact, the organization listed Ohio in the top five states for reported UFO sightings, after California, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Florida.
At the close of this year, even the most positive among us has had trouble dealing with 2020. With a global pandemic changing the way we live, political upheaval, racial divides, and an election fraught with venom and strife, even the threat of murder hornets don’t faze us after all that 2020 has dumped on our doorsteps. So learning about how a local man’s experiences point to the fact that we’re not alone in the universe may just be the icing on the cake of the year that made us question every other area of our lives.
You may be surprised to learn that the subject has a name — UFOlogy, which is noted as the array of subject matter and activities associated with an interest in unidentified flying objects (UFOs). According to the Mutual UFO Network (mufon.com), UFOs have been subject to various investigations over the years by governments, independent groups, and scientists. The non-profit 501-C.3 organization that was founded in 1969 notes that the mystery surrounding UFOs has historical roots in the early 19th century when unexplained “ghost fliers” were spotted in Europe and North America and numerous “ghost rockets” were reported in Scandinavia during the 1930s.
During the Second World War, Allied airmen reported seeing “mystery airships” or “foo fighters” while in flight. After the War ended, aviator Kenneth Arnold reported spotting a “flying saucer” near Mt. Rainier, Washington in 1947. Media hype following this report brought the concept of flying saucers to the forefront of the public eye during late 1940s and early 1950s as a result. During the Cold War, US, British, Canadian, Danish, Italian, and Swedish governments have each collected reports of UFO sightings, although most governmental programs have been officially reported to be shut down as recently as 2012, although US Defense Department allocated $22 million on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program in 2017.
Organizations around the world continue to collect information from amateur astronomers and regular folks who happened to be in the right place at the right time to view an unexplained event in the sky. One such US organization, the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC), documented that nearly 3,000 sightings were reported in Ohio in 2020 alone (nuforc.org). In fact, the organization’s information compiled in 2018 listed Ohio in the top five states for reported UFO sightings (after California, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Florida.)
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