To them all I can say is that the only things I remember in full detail are the onset of the incident, and the next thing I remember is being under my aunt and uncle's bar stools screaming in terror at thunder and lightning - the rest I'm still searching for answers to.
This brings me to the topic of this week’s issue, "Why Investigate?" Many people are under the impression that there is nothing to investigate. Often one will hear remarks such as; "If there was anything to these reports, our military would know about it", or "Project Blue Book was closed years ago, and they determined there was nothing to this nonsense!" These, and any similar statements are clearly wrong, and in some cases (as in the case of the Air Forces "conclusion") flat out lies. Due to national security issues in fact it is impossible for them to say anything regarding the truth of ETs and extraterrestrial spacecraft! Anyone who knows how security regarding documents works knows that you can't even reference a document that is cleared "Top Secret" in a document that is only classified as "Secret." No big cover-up there, that's just how security works, and for good reason. Secrets are kept to keep information out of the hands of our enemies.
The public sentiment has certainly changed with time as well. Back in the 60s you just didn't talk about flying saucers or little green men (the prevalent terms back then), and if you did, you would certainly be eating your lunch alone in the cafeteria...I know. The effort to squash any talk on the subject was definitely successful...for a while. I credit the "break-in-the-dam" so to speak with the CBS movie about Betty and Barney Hill "The UFO Incident" based on the book An Interrupted Journey. It was aired in 1975, and certainly started a lot of conversations that weren't heard publicly before then...at least not in such numbers.
Nowadays we are flooded with UFO shows, on such notable networks as The History Channel, A&E, The Science Channel, Discovery...the list goes on. Apparently the subject has gained some credence! With all the cases reported worldwide, it is truly worth wondering why the subject is still treated with ridicule by the media! From what I can tell, the only people still supporting the notion that UFOs and ETs don't exist are the kooks!
In general there are millions of reasons why we need to investigate these otherworldly encounters, from solutions to our energy needs, to ways to better take care of our planet and learning to live in peace with each other. There are many lessons to be learned if we are to grow and eventually join the cosmic neighborhood. As MUFON'S mission statement says, we are dedicated to "the scientific study of UFOs for the benefit of mankind." Is there a better reason?