Pennsylvania MUFON Conference Oct. 14 - 16

Submitted by UFO Guy on Mon, 10/03/2011 - 03:10.

by Jerry Jonas

It’s difficult to flip through the list of cable TV channels today without coming across at least one that’s running a documentary on Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).


While admittedly some of these documentaries and their seemingly frivolous claims stretch the bounds of credibility, a few of them do present arguments buttressed by reputed eyewitness testimony of UFO sightings that even so-called experts can’t refute.


While many skeptics will ridicule any mention of UFOs, there is a wide range of individuals from just about every country on earth that takes them very seriously.
The witnesses include not only average citizens, but two former U.S. presidents — Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.


Carter reported seeing what he described as a UFO in Leary, Ga., in 1969. Reagan claimed he saw a UFO from the window of a small airplane as it approached Bakersfield, Calif., in 1974.


Later this month, an impressive number of those who take UFOs very seriously will travel from various parts of the country and congregate for a weekend conference in Philadelphia to discuss the subject and present their evidence of this strange phenomena.

Among them will be highly credentialed military and airline pilots, engineers, astronomers and physicists, as well as average citizens who have investigated sightings or claim to have seen UFOs.


The conference is being sponsored by the Pennsylvania branch of the Mutual UFO Network, MUFON, a national organization whose stated mission is “the systematic collection and analysis of UFO data, with the ultimate goal of learning the origin and nature of UFO phenomena.”

I’ve been personally aware of and wondered about the UFO phenomena for more than 60 years.


It was an article in the January 1950 issue of True magazine titled “Flying Saucers are Real” that first brought the subject to my attention.


At the time, I was 19 years old and working at my first real job as a copyboy at the Philadelphia Daily News. Throughout the day that the magazine hit the newsstands, everyone in the Daily News’ editorial department seemed to be discussing its sensational conclusions.


The article was authored by Maj. Donald Keyhoe, a retired Marine Corps test pilot who, early in his career, had been an aide to famed airman Charles Lindbergh.
With personal access to various military and commercial airline pilots and friends in the Pentagon, Keyhoe cited various encounters that they had experienced with what they described as strange flying objects that were far superior to any of that era’s aviation technology.


The most spectacular UFO incidents would occur a little more than two years later in July 1952 in the skies over Washington, D.C., when, for 11 consecutive days, groups of UFOs (still unidentified to this day) were witnessed by military and airline pilots and recorded on radar as they swarmed over the White House and the U.S. Capitol.


Keyhoe’s belief was that they had to have come from other worlds, and that the U.S. government was covering this up.


Keyhoe would become the first director of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) and write five bestselling books on the subject of UFOs.


Under his direction, NICAP would be the first organization attempting to bring public pressure on the U.S. government to reveal what it knew about UFOs.
NICAP’s motto — directed at the skeptics — was a famous quote from Napoleon: “Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.”


The organization would investigate claims of UFO sightings from 1956 until it was dissolved in 1980. Its archive of UFO-sighting case files was subsequently purchased by the Center for UFO Studies.


NICAP’s quest for the truth about UFOs would eventually be taken up by organizations like MUFON.


Over the past half-century, UFO sightings have been frequently reported in the greater Philadelphia area, and particularly in Bucks and Montgomery counties.
On numerous occasions, I’ve listened to the stories of individuals who claim to have been witnesses to these strange occurrences, and in at least a dozen cases, have conducted extensive interviews with them.


To me, several of the accounts were too inconsistent to be accepted as anything out of the ordinary, and were probably just naturally occurring incidents magnified in the teller’s imagination.


Yet there were other examples where multiple witnesses to a single UFO event, interviewed separately and at different locations, had remarkably similar accounts.
While I can’t be certain of what these witnesses actually saw or experienced, I’m convinced they were not lying or even exaggerating.

The accounts were simply too consistent.
I certainly can’t say I ever saw a UFO, yet I did observe something strange while serving in the front lines during the Korean War.
Staring up at a clear, cloudless and starry sky during a lull in the fighting, I noticed a tiny light moving across my front and in a straight line.
Far too high to be a helicopter and far too slow to be a shooting star, I assumed it was a jet aircraft at a very high altitude.

Then something strange occurred.
The light suddenly stopped and made a sharp 90-degree turn. Since no airplane in 1953 was capable of that kind of maneuver, to this day, I still wonder what it was.


Note: The Pennsylvania MUFON conference will be held Oct. 14, 15, and 16 at the Four Points Sheraton hotel at 9461 Roosevelt Blvd. in Philadelphia. Information: 724-836-1266 

SOURCE: http://www.phillyburbs.com/lifestyle/ufo-mavens-descending-on-philly/article_99efbbce-828a-5c98-958c-63e8309f22b1.html