This week I talked with Michael Schratt who has produced a book that is interesting, not only for the information included in it, but for the beautiful, color illustrations of the UFO sightings featured in it. Schratt has a long history of UFO research and he has an extensive knowledge of the topic. You can listen to the show here:
And you can watch the show here:
First up, we talked about the Cape Girardeau UFO crash of 1941. I had explored that in my book, Crash: When UFOs Fall from the Sky. The problem is that the case is basically single witness and she didn’t see anything first hand other than a photograph that has been long lost. You can read a longer analysis here:
From there we moved on to some of the sightings for which Michael had supplied some of the paintings. First up there was the Temple, Oklahoma, landing in which the witness not only saw the landed craft, but one of the beings, though he said the being was human as opposed to humanoid. The case was investigated by Project Blue Book and is one of the three labeled as “unidentified,” in the files that involve occupant sightings. In almost all the other cases, if a witness reported creatures, it was labeled as psychological, meaning there was something wrong with the witness. You can read more about the Temple case here:
And for those who would like to see some of the Project Blue Book documents, you can see them here:
|The illustration for the Temple, Oklahoma sighting based on the Air Force file.|
|The actual illustration from the Project Blue Book files.|
We also talked about the Canadian man, Stephen Michalak, who was injured by the close approach of a UFO in 1967. Pictures of the injury have been published around the Internet, which provides some additional evidence of the sighting. You can read some of the official documentation here:
We also talked about a sighting from Mobile, Alabama, which interested me based on the illustration. It was a single witness sighting but the craft described was quite elaborate. The problem I have is that is single witness, and given the size of the craft, I am surprised there was no corroborative sightings. That might be explained by a reluctance of the witnesses to come forward with their stories. It also might be explained by there being no other witnesses. You can see all the illustrations and the accompanying stories at Dark Files: A Pictorial History of Lost, Forgotten and Obscure UFO Encounters, available at Amazom.
|The illustration of the Mobile, Alabama sighting.|
In the final segment, I talked about Moon Dust. I had just published an updated version of my 1998 book, Project Moon Dust. Brad Sparks had said that there was no Project known as Moon Dust, which I found difficult to believe because of all the documents we have labeled Moon Dust. It seems that Moon Dust was a code word that covered the Moon Dust activities. So, there was Moon Dust, just not as a project, but an activity.
Next up, I’ll be talking to Ron James about involvement in the UFO field and what his research has turned up. This was postponed from earlier in the month.