I’ve been to a lot of places, but I haven’t yet been to outer space. And beings from outer space haven’t come to see me, though that’s not true of many, including two of our U.S. Presidents.
I learned a lot about aliens and alien encounters during my visit to the Encounters UFO Experience in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This unique “museum” of alien abduction accounts, alien descriptions, replicas, and military investigations was a one-of-a-kind experience. It’s hard to take it seriously since the whole exhibit is based on something that most people don’t even think is real. Still, there’s documentation. And theory. And recordings of actual 9-1-1 calls from people who spotted Unidentified Flying Objects and felt compelled to report it.
That was the facet that interested me the most. Part of it was research for a book I’m writing, but the other part was pure voyeuristic fascination with what people might say to a 9-1-1 operator upon seeing a UFO. Most of the calls started with, “I don’t believe in aliens, but…” They went on to describe objects in their backyards or in the night sky while they were driving. They described the lights, and dogs barking, and objects that appeared, then disappeared in the sky.
It would be easy to chalk this up as a bunch of calls from nuts. But we know some of these nuts. Rock stars such as David Bowie and John Lennon. And actors such as William Shatner, Will Smith, and Dan Akroyd. (Not that they lend any credibility to UFO sightings.) But I admire them being brave enough to report their experiences and provide their names. President Carter dutifully filed a report after he saw something in 1974. Ronald Reagan spied an object while flying in his private plane in 1974. He had the pilot follow it until it disappeared. Makes me wonder what was going on in 1974? That’s probably around the time that actress Fran Drescher was in high school, and here’s what happened to her:
I’m joking about 1974 being an extraterrestrial kind of year, but I do find the subject fascinating. There’s so much to learn about these sightings and phenomenon. The museum offered clarification on the different types of alien beings. Most of us picture them as “Greys” — the elongated-bodied aliens with large heads that are featured in books by Whitley Strieber and in movies like Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind.
Aliens have been credited with constructing the pyramids of Giza, the monoliths of Easter Island, and a host of other unexplained masterpieces. Generally, they seem to be friendly. At least to me. Unless I made this one mad by doing rabbit ears and I’m about to be abducted and probed in retaliation. Then I’ll be the one making the call, “I don’t really believe in aliens, but…”
Here’s the loaded question: do YOU believe in aliens?