This morning, New York Magazine featured a thoughtful article on ufology, Mark Jacobson’s “The End of UFOs,” which presented a recap of the recent MUFON Symposium in Pennsylvania. In the commentary Jacobson provided, I found the following excerpt particularly poignant, in light of a culture of belief that surrounds a subject about which, in pure honesty, I feel a number of its great adherents remain very “in the dark”:
JULY 29, 2014 ............ WEST SUFFIELD CONNECTICUT
Shape: Disk - Duration: 1 minute - flying saucer makes touchdown then flees the scene.
I was over a friend's house yesterday. We were drinking a little and just having a good time at his place in West Suffield, CT. When we both stepped outside for whatever reason at the time and saw what appeared to be a great orb of light at first. It was apparent that this was not an airplane because it was not moving. It just remained still for about 30 seconds then suddenly started to jump in random spots in about a .5 mile radius from its original spot. Then as crazy as it sounds I could actually make out the shape of the craft.
MAY 17, 2008 ......... POTEAU OKLAHOMA
Ok.... So I was at the drive in theater with my buddy watching a double feature. The sun had just gone down and the sky was that dim gray color from the city lights. The moon was bright that night so very little stars were visible adding to the weird glow of the sky. We were watching the movie Speed Racer and I was becoming rather disinterested. I noticed how clear the sky was except for one small cloud floating North on the left of the screen, towards the screen from my perspective(we were facing east), so I decided to watch it until it would pass behind the screen. I noticed it was moving pretty quick and I thought that there must be some pretty strong winds up there, but I have seen other clouds moving that speed. As it moved closer towards the screen it slowed and then stopped all together!
JULY 8, 2014 ........ JOPLIN MISSOURI
Missouri witnesses in Joplin, reported watching a silent, boxy object "bigger than a house" traveling about 300 feet off the ground about 9:15 p.m. on July 8, 2014. A husband and wife were traveling home when they say they noticed a man in the street trying to flag them down as he pointed to to the sky. "He was walking his dog who was barking wildly at the object and jumping high in the air," the witness stated. "It approached from the northeast. As he watched, it crossed directly overhead. It looked like it was 300 feet off the ground. "It was off-white in color appearing to be illuminated by a yellowish light coming from within it. It was as big or bigger than a house and was completely silent." The object's shape was not aerodynamic. "It was boxy-shaped with multiple angles kind of like on a stealth airplane. It looked like it had darkened square windows in parts of it. It was flat on the bottom with round orange and red randomly flashing lights all around the bottom edge. The lights were round with dark center - like donuts. They were the size of stop signs." The object moved southwest and then south of their location and appeared to be traveling at about 100 mph. They then noticed a change in the lighting.