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Alien Contact: True Experiences of Alien Contact Around the World

Alien Contact: True Experiences of Alien Contact Around the World

Prehistoric Presence of Alien Visitors

UFOs over Michigan's thumb area?

",There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamed of in your philosophy" Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

You can’t seem to escape them. Resistance is futile. Unidentified flying objects (or if you prefer...’UFOs’, ‘flying saucers’, ‘spook lights’, ‘foo fighters’, ‘ghost rockets’ or ‘swamp gas’) are being sighted in increasing numbers throughout the world.

They’re in our movie theaters and on our television sets. In our serious mainstream news media and on the covers of supermarket tabloids. They’re on your child’s pajama tops and in the think tanks of prestigious scientific institutions.

UFO imagery seems to be trying to conquer the planet every five or so seconds from our VCRs, television sets and computers. Business-savvy advertising execs are increasing the visibility of their products by slapping UFO pictures on just about everything, thus creating a ‘UFO demographic’ of consumers to conquer and rule. You can’t help but to have a UFO sighting or two anytime you set foot into a K-Mart, Meijer or mall.

It seems safe to say that UFOs have invaded almost every facet of our lives. From doing just an hour’s worth of historical research, I’ve found that these objects have been sighted in our skies and tales told of them from the beginning of recorded history.

Prehistoric cave paintings the world over consistently show odd flying entities or objects in addition to representations of the sun, moon and stars.

The Drona Parva, an ancient Sanskrit text from India, describes aerial dogfights among gods piloting flying machines called vimanas.

Alexander the Great ‘s army was harassed by a pair of flying objects in 329 BC.

In the 8th Century AD, King Charlemagne was very concerned about "tyrants of the air", strange aerial ships that would appear over the Rhine River region (present day western Germany and the Netherlands) that would occasionally kidnap people.

Between 1561 and 1566 residents of Nuremberg, Germany and Basel, Switzerland witnessed spectacular displays of spheres, disks and tubes zooming about the sky and engaging in "an aerial ballet".

From California to New York, in 1896-97, a massive wave of "phantom airships" were witnessed by thousands. Michigan had close to fifty such sightings which were extensively covered in various area newspapers of the time.


Several recent UFO reports from our own Thumb area have been made to Seattle, Washington’s National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC), Michigan’s Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), local police departments and to local newspapers.

"I’ve been swamped with Michigan reports" NUFORC’s Peter Davenport said during a recent phone call. "I can’t keep up with them".

Bob Snow, a former MUFON investigator from Marlette, said that UFO sightings in the Thumb area come and go in waves ("flaps"), during periods of a week or more, "but there’s no pattern to it".

Bill Murphy, a project engineer for one of the Big Three automakers and a former Michigan MUFON State Director, notes that "about 90 percent of (UFO) reports are honest mistakes or misperceptions of fairly conventional, natural or man-made phenomena" such as satellites, aircraft, the Planet Venus, lenticular clouds, meteorites, advertising balloons and ball lightning.

And what about the remaining ten percent of UFO reports?

"Some really strange things are in fact happening in our skies" Murphy answered with an upwardly searching gaze.

Flint (November 27, 1997) - On Thanksgiving Day morning at 6:30 AM, a Genesee County Deputy Sheriff with 19 years experience, spied something strange low in the sky above US-23 five miles south of Flint. "I thought it was a plane and kept driving towards it" he told Michigan MUFON investigator Frank Bertrand "but it never moved. I am familiar with air traffic near Bishop (Airport) and if this were a plane, it was in trouble and going the wrong way!".

The object, as he approached it, was only a few hundred feet above the road and consisted of three bright lights, two white and one red, 40 feet apart.

The Deputy Sheriff continued to close in on these lights that were still not moving until he drove directly beneath them. "There was no sound and as I looked in my rearview mirror it was still sitting there but this time I saw a row of seven rectangular lights or windows...very bright. It never moved as long as I watched it in my mirrors." (sources-MUFON, witness phone interview and author’s file)

Birch Run (December 2, 1997) - Two separate reports concerning disc-shaped craft with many green and red lights, virtually silent and gliding at treetop level, came to Davenport’s attention from Birch Run (between Flint and Saginaw on I-75). The two reports listed similar objects being sighted at approximately the same time of night and on the same date.

Chief Cramer of the Birch Run Police, through a department spokesman, stated that no UFO reports were made that evening. (sources-NUFORC, Birch Run Police correspondence and author’s file).

Peck and Marlette (December 2, 1997) - While Birch Run was having their own close encounters the skies above southern Sanilac County were also filled with strange lights.

A 53 year old Marlette man witnessed a massive bank of several bright white lights "like giant stadium lights" sitting motionless above, or just beyond Peck to the northwest, before they simply "vanished". They were similar in appearance to the object that the Genesee County Deputy sighted only a few days before.

Meanwhile, a 31 year old Marlette man was driving north on M-53 near Peck Road when he spotted a bright golden fireball with long flaming tail plummet straight down out of the sky. "It disappeared just before it reached the had to have been a meteor or piece of Mir or something".

All four of the Birch Run and Sanilac County sightings occurred between 8 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. (sources-MUFON & author’s file

Brown City (December 13, 1997) - A helicopter explanation was given to a Sanilac County Sheriff’s dispatcher by Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Mt. Clemens, MI concerning unusual lights sighted by at least five people, two of them police officers, above Brown City.

At 10:04 p.m. the Sanilac Sheriff’s Department received a phone call from a Brown City area resident who claimed that her family had been observing a formation of red, blue and white lights over a long period of time and through binoculars.

The Sheriff’s dispatcher sent a police unit to the caller’s residence, arriving at 10:12 PM. The unit advised the dispatcher that "there is definitely something in the moved across the sky and was hovering."

The dispatcher then made contact with an unidentified dispatcher at Selfridge Air Base and was advised "that it was probably a helicopter...and there was nothing much that could be done from this end".

One of the two police officers, who requested not to be identified, confirmed that he did witness the strange lights in the sky but was hesitant in identifying them as a helicopter or as twinkling stars or planets. Knowing that the Brown City area sits underneath Selfridge’s low altitude area of operations, he thought that this object may have been military in origin, i.e. exotic aircraft being tested over southern Sanilac County.

Selfridge’s Public Affairs Chief, Alice Errington, stated that all of their aircraft were on the ground by 7:30 PM that night and that the Control Tower or Base Operations Dispatchers had not recorded any UFO calls from the Sanilac Sheriff’s dispatcher into their logs that evening. (sources-Sanilac County Sheriff’s Department, police officer phone interview, Alice Errington-phone interview, & author’s file)

Marlette (December 15, 1997) - At 11:30 PM, a 52 year old Marlette area woman was turning out her Christmas lights when she spotted a brilliant golden light low in the eastern sky.

"It looked like a landing light on an airplane...with two blinking stars, one on each side of it. I knew, though, that it wasn’t an airplane".

As the strange light approached her home she decided to open her sliding glass doors to get a better look at it.

"I was I just stood in the open door thinking I could shut it if I needed to" she reported to Michigan MUFON investigator Frank Bertrand. "The light was quite large...too large to be an airplane".

She stepped a few feet onto her patio, looked up to see that the object was comprised of "two large lights, one lemon yellow and the other a brilliant red, each larger than the full moon, perfectly round and seemingly lit from within.

"There were also two small lights on the craft’s sides. Green on the craft’s, left and white on it’s right. They were much smaller and brighter than an airplane’s wingtip lights and blinked in unison".

As the lights were directly overhead the woman performed a very clear and sober observation. She measured the lights between the fingers of her outstretched arm. "Three inches from front of the yellow circle to the back of the red" she told MUFON investigators. "Huge...and completely silent! I listened for a sound but couldn’t hear any."

The lights then disappeared over the roof of her home.

As in other cases, Selfridge was sent a Freedom Of Information Act request concerning military traffic above Marlette that evening, radar data and aircraft transponder replies (the aircraft’s electronic ID that is automatically returned to the detecting radar facility). Selfridge stated that they routinely dispose of "all flying activity records...every six months" therefore the alleged 12/15/97 event over Marlette couldn’t be researched through them.

(sources-MUFON, Selfridge ANGB/Bonnie Murray and author’s file)

Marlette (May 19, 1998) - "Matt", a 32 year old Marlette man driving south on Butler Rd near Lynd Rd, spotted a "large reddish-orange light" sitting a few degrees above the southwestern horizon around 10:15 PM that evening. Being somewhat familiar with astronomy, Matt mentioned that he first thought that it was a star or planet as they "tend to look orangish near the horizon due to our atmosphere". A few minutes later, to ‘Matt’s’ surprise, the light "suddenly shot straight up and out of sight". (source-witness interview by author)


Lapeer (December 9, 1965) - A fireball was witnessed traveling south from Canada, over eastern Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. According to researcher Stan Gordon and several dozen citizens of Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, a ten-foot tall "acorn-shaped" object with "strange hieroglyphic-like symbols" crashed into a wooded ravine outside of Kecksburg late in the afternoon of December 9th, 1965. Others contend that it was a Soviet satellite.

If this object were a Soviet satellite, as researchers Gordon and author Kevin Randle ("History Of UFO Crashes") believes, we were required by signed international treaty to immediately return it to its country of origin. The Soviets have never requested, at least publicly, that this object be returned to them.

Before the mystery object landed in Pennsylvania, it allegedly set several fires in the Lapeer area as well as Ohio when it passed overhead. A sonic boom was registered from the object near Detroit.

The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department received several calls that a fireball had crashed into a swampy area south of Lapeer. These calls came in during the deluge of reports of a bright object hurtling south across the sky at about 4:45 PM.

Lapeer County Deputy Lenny Tolly found "about a peck" of foil in two piles ten feet apart. The strips were 1/16 inch wide and 3/4 of an inch long. Tolly said that there was foil scattered all over the swamp. He said that "it looked like it may have come from the deal (the fireball)".

Another Lapeer Deputy, flying in a plane at the time of the fireball sighting, said he could see several fires breaking out in the swamp as he passed over.

The Lapeer Sheriff’s Department sent foil samples to the Air Force and Project Blue Book (their much maligned UFO study) who later determined that it was aircraft chaff, foil strips sent out of airplanes to confuse radar.

Nothing was ever found to have crashed in the swampy area south of Lapeer.

(sources-Stan Gordon email-interview, Kevin Randle email-interview, UPI article-December 10, 1965 and author’s file).

Bad Axe (March 27, 1966) - Peter Torres of the Bad Axe Police Department, Larry Rigvelski of the Huron County Sheriff’s Department and Frank Best of the Michigan State Police all observed a bright blue UFO at 5:24 am EST on Sunday March 27, 1966 southeast of Bad Axe. Several calls about the UFO were received before the three officers made their sighting.


(source-Huron Daily Tribune, Vol. 91/#61)

Lapeer (late March 1966) - Many UFO sightings were reported to The Lapeer County Press following news coverage of the famous Dexter/Hillsdale, Michigan UFO sightings/"Swamp Gas" incident of March 21, 1966.

Lapeer Hospital patient, Mrs. George Burene, and her nurses, all witnessed an object for 45 minutes. "It was hovering in the was red and orange at the front, bright yellow at the center, and bluish-green at the end. When it moved, yellow sparks seemed to come out the back".

Clifford Smith, driving on M-24, between Vesely’s and Lapeer, saw a "bluish-white" object in the sky to the north. "It was odd shaped and twice the size of the sun" the Lapeer resident said. (source-Lapeer County Press March 31, 1966)

Sanilac County (April 22, 1966) - Several unidentified flying objects were reported by Sanilac County residents and police officers were eyewitnesses to them early in the morning of April 22, 1966.

A Michigan State Police Trooper from Sandusky watched "a brilliant ball of light" in the pre-dawn sky today for more than an hour.

The Trooper, Alex Fisher, described the object as having a green finger of light pointing towards its top and a red shaft toward the bottom. It hovered "at airplane altitude", he said, and gradually disappeared over Lake Huron to the east. (sources-Huron Daily Tribune Vol.91/#80 and U.P.I.)

Oscoda/Saginaw Bay (October 30, 1975) - Over a two-week period in late 1975, NORAD bases along the US/Canadian border were having UFO encounters that were seriously infringing upon our National Security.

"The UFO Cover-Up" by Barry Greenwood and Lawrence Fawcett (1984) details NORAD base incursions by UFOs through official military documents gleaned through the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA). These unidentified craft were seriously infringing upon our national security by hovering above nuclear weapons storage facilities and in one case, deactivating the guidance systems of several ICBMs pointed at the former Soviet Union.

On October 30, 1975 at Wurtsmith AFB in Oscoda, a soldier reported a 30-foot-wide disc hovering over the weapons storage facility. The disc was pursued by a tanker plane over Saginaw Bay but soon disappeared. As the plane returned to the base, radar showed the disc following it until the object sped off at about 1,000 knots. (Sources-Greenwood & Fawcett, The Detroit Sunday Journal-August 11, 1996 and author’s personal file)

Marlette/Burnside area (January/February 1996) - >A 28 year old man, who asked not to be identified, watched a string of "ten or twelve weird orange lights" sitting low in the southern sky around 11 PM on a Saturday night in late January or early February.

He originally sighted them as he was driving south on M-53 near Clifford Rd. They were almost directly above the road in front him and slightly higher than the treetops. He kept them under observation for several miles until he reached Peck Rd when he lost them behind some trees. The lights "covered a large portion of the sky". At arm’s length he estimated the light display to be "at least a foot wide".

When he passed through the trees that obscured his sight near M-90 West the lights were again seen, slightly higher in the sky and apparently closer. This time he felt that they were "at least two feet wide" at arm’s length.

"They were amazing! I doubt that they were military flares as I had this object in sight from Marlette to M-90 and it never moved. Flares drop, shift in the wind and leave smoke trails. I also noticed about fifteen cars and trucks pulled off to the side of the road near M-90. They must’ve been watching the lights too." (source-witness interviewed by author)

Saginaw (February 27, 1996) - Cleveland FAA Air Traffic Control was in contact with multiple aircraft over eastern Michigan that reported unusual "aerial stimulus". The pilot of a commuter airliner reported a pulsing ball of light ahead of his aircraft near Saginaw and had to descend several thousand feet to avoid the object.

Acquired through the Freedom Of Information Act, an audio tape of the conversations between Cleveland FAA and the aircraft contain one pilot describing the object as "a Frisbee type thing" with a "rotating light going around it". (source-MUFON)

Kingston (Spring 1992) - WDIV channel 4, Detroit (NBC) aired a "Michigan Unsolved Mysteries" segment about recent UFO sightings in the Kingston area involving triangular craft, large orange hovering lights that shook homes near Plain Road & M-46 and sightings of several distant orange lights in the northern skies.

Marlette ufologist Bob Snow, formerly of Michigan MUFON, having heard several reports from all over the thumb concerning the distant orange lights to the north came up with an explanation for the aerial phenomena.

Snow surmised that what were being witnessed to the north were not alien spacecraft but actually high-altitude flare drops from Selfridge jets performing training maneuvers above Saginaw Bay. Several area witnesses have agreed with Snow while some believe that what they observed were altogether different.

"There were quite a few of us on the docks one night watching these weird orange lights" said "William", a Port Austin-area native. "They were doing maneuvers, disappearing and reappearing. I’ve seen hundreds of jets flying around here coming and going from Oscoda, dropping flares above the Bay, but I have never seen them making perfect 90 degree turns without any slippage!"

Caro’s Undersheriff, Jim Fyfie, was baffled by the other much stranger reports from 1992. He checked with the Air Force, local airports and the FAA and could not account for a majority of the odd sightings. "So we just chalk them up as Unidentified Flying Objects" he told Mike Wendlind of Channel 4’s Night Beat. (source-WDIV and author’s file)

Cass City (October 15 & 16, 1996) - The October 23, 1996 edition of The Cass City Chronicle ran a front page story on two separate UFO sightings made on consecutive nights and witnessed by at least nine people.

On October 15th, a man returning from work at 4:30 a.m. spots a strange object in the eastern sky of the Ellington area (west of Cass City on M-81). He calls his sister, Sandy K., to meet him outdoors with her video camera. They claim to have recorded a dome shaped object...that looked like a brain, with lights that would alternately dim and brighten".

The Chronicle reporter who covered the story did not view the video tape and Sandy K., a Cass City hair stylist, has not responded to several requests to have her video analyzed by optical physicists. Tuscola County 911 Dispatch logged no UFO reports that evening.

The following evening, at least 7 workers at Anrod Screen and Cylinder in Cass City, witnessed strange orangish-red lights "playing leap frog", disappearing, reappearing and "jumping over each other" in the northern skies around 8 p.m. on October 16th. (sources-Cass City Chronicle 10/23/96 edition, Tuscola County 911 Dispatch and author’s personal file)

Flint Bishop Airport-FAA Tower (February 19, March 17 & 23, 1995) - On February 19th several air traffic controllers viewed a strange object both visually and on radar. It did not transmit a transponder signal in response to the radar beam but it did reflect the signal.

On March 17th five air traffic controllers witnessed four bright red, pulsating objects hovering in the night sky, the nearest was located within four miles of their tower, and initially at an altitude of 4000 feet. The controller reported that it looked somewhat like a "red road flare", although it pulsated at regular intervals. At each pulsation, when the radiated light subsided somewhat, some sort of object appeared to be marginally visible in the "cloud" of red light, and it was a different shape after each pulse!

The controller reported that one member of the group flashed the tower’s light "gun" at the nearest of the four objects, at which point it instantly returned to the shape and size of a small "fireball", and began darting and zigzagging in the evening sky!! None of the objects appeared on the radar screen in the tower.

911 lines in the Flint area also reported UFO calls on March 17th.

On March 23 NUFORC received a third report from the Flint FAA Tower reporting a sighting beginning at 10:25 PM. During this sighting the tower supervisors were allegedly witness to the object.

The FAA has been sent FOIA requests concerning unknown aircraft activity on the above dates and an answer is still pending. (source-NUFORC and author’s personal file)


The Sturrock-Rockefeller Panel - This past June 29th, a 50-page review of UFO sightings accompanied by unexplained physical evidence, was released to the public by an independent scientific panel under the direction of Stanford University physicist Peter Sturrock and financed by Laurance S. Rockefeller. The inquiry also involved scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell and Princeton universities and institutions in France and Germany.

Some of the cases included inexplicable burns to witnesses, radar detection of mysterious objects, strange lights appearing repeatedly in the skies over certain locales, aberrations in the workings of automobiles, and radiation and other damage found in vegetation.

One of the cases the Sturrock Panel sited occurred in January 1994, in the skies above Paris, when an airborne crew saw a "gigantic disk" more than 3,000 feet in diameter. The disk was detected on military radar for 50 seconds, slowed abruptly from 100 knots to zero, then disappeared.

The panel suggests the scientific community has suffered a failure of curiosity regarding UFOs. Despite an abundance of reports over the last 50 years, "and despite great public interest, the scientific community has shown remarkably little interest in this topic".

The panel emphasized that it had found no convincing evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence or any violation of natural laws. (sources-The Washington Post-June 29, 1998; The Journal Of Scientific Exploration and author’s file)


Finally, UFOs have brought about a unique situation: hundreds of thousands of people claim to have seen something which hundreds of thousands of other people insist do not exist.

Psychologist Carl Jung, in his book "Flying Saucers", stated "something is being seen, but it isn’t known what.... This formulation leaves the question of ‘seeing’ open. Something material could be seen, or something psychic could be seen. Both are realities, but different kinds".

Albert Einstein said that "as far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and so far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality".

It is certain that UFOs are being seen by thousands, if not millions, of people worldwide. Most are misidentified aircraft, satellites and natural phenomena, yet some are still inexplicable by our current ‘ways of knowing’ (science, psychology and spirituality). In the near future, as science progresses into areas such as quantum physics, some UFO questions may finally be answered.

Today, debates rage as to the identities, origins and purposes of these inexplicable aerial objects. Without this knowledge we are left to ponder our own thoughts and ideas, hopes and fears, projecting them into the phenomena like some big Rorschach test in the sky. The UFO phenomena truly tells us more about ourselves than it may ever reveal of itself.

Please contact the author by email at or in care of The Marlette Leader if you have any information on the above cases or if you have had a sighting of an unidentified flying object. Your name will be kept in the strictest of confidence unless you give permission to publish it.

Names used in this article were published previous to the writing of this article and already in the public realm.

To report a UFO or other related phenomena, you can contact:

The National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) in Seattle, Washington by phone at 206-722-3000 or by email at

The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in Boulder, Colorado by phone at 1-800-UFO-2166.

The author, Jeffrey S. Westover, is a published artist and volunteer with Michigan’s Mutual UFO Network and frequent contributor to AAER.

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