Friday, September 22, 2017

X-Zone Broadcast Network - Fran Ridge and NICAP

This week I reached out to Fran Ridge who has been hosting the NICAP website for
Fran Ridge
quite a few years. You can find it at It contains a wealth of information about UFOs that might not be found anywhere else, and given Fran’s knowledge about the subject, it is one of the most credible sites on the web. You can listen to the program here:

We did discuss a sighting that Fran had send out to what he thinks of as his “A” team, which is a group of researchers who have some expertise in various areas of human knowledge. They’re not only just those who have been around the UFO field for a long time, but people trained in other fields as well. The point was that he’d sent the limited details of the sighting and within twenty-four hours, a number of us had provided additional detail. That information can be found at:

I thought it was a rather interesting exercise and it did point out the value of having something like the “A” team available. Not only that, but we get to eliminate a sighting from the list that was dubious, but we also found another from around the same time that is much more interesting. All the details are in the posting.

One of the areas that we explored, all too quickly, was the Thomas Mantell case from January 1948. Fran mentioned an analysis that he had completed with a number of others including Brad Sparks. Jean Waskiewicz, and Dan Wilson. Their conclusions do not mirror my own. Fran did send a link to their analysis which can be found at the NICAP website, as can be mine. All that information follows this post as well.

Next week’s guest: Ben Moss

Topic: Encounters in the Desert (my Socorro book) and information that Ben has found in the last few months about the case.


KRandle said...

Two people sent me complaints about the sound of the interview with Fran Ridge. As is habit, once they were posted, I deleted them. I also went back to the producer of the show to mention this. He fixed the problem, but YouTube, when I replaced the link, would not go to the new link. I deleted the post, put the new link into the archived copy and recopied it. The link now works and the sound is fine. I appreciated those who alerted me to the problem and thank them for sending along the information. I tried to upload those comments, but, for some reason, they don't appear. Thanks, guys.

purrlgurrl said...

Isn't Ridge also still involved with the Lunascan Project or has he given that up?

KRandle said...

purrlgurrl -

Your answer from Fran:

Yes, and we had some recent surprise when NASA took another look at Paracelsus C in January.

That's the good news. The bad news is it looks like we lost the web site because it won't let us access it anymore. Jean Pecard must have passed away.

Mike Zilis said...

For what it’s worth, I tried to email Fran using his contact info at but it failed at the nicap email server.

Recipient address:
Reason: Remote SMTP server has rejected address
Diagnostic code: smtp;550 No Such Address Here