UFO\'s


Outline

Thesis: We once believed that Earth is the only planet in the Universe
that supports life. Today there is overwhelming evidence that
not only suggests, but supports the very real possibility that we
may share the Universe with other intelligent beings.

I. Things in the Sky

A. The First Documented Sighting

B. The Fever Spreads

1. Pilot Encounters

2. The Lights in the Sky

II. Dents in the Earth

III. Unexplained Phenomenon

A. The Writing on the Wall

B. Geodes

IV. What About Religion?

A. The Christian Bible

B. The Ancient Greeks

C. The American Indian

V. Conclusion


We are not Alone.


On June 24th, 1947 while searching for the remains of a downed
Marine C-46 transport, lost somewhere in the Mount Ranier area, a young
Idahoan businessman named Kenneth Arnold spotted something that would
change his life forever. Just north of his position flying at an altitude of
9,500 feet and an unprecedented airspeed of 1,700 mph he spotted nine
circular aircraft flying in formation. According to his estimate the aircraft
were approximately the size of a DC-4 airliner ( Jackson 4).

This account was the first sighting to ever receive a great deal of
media attention. This sighting gave birth to the phrase "flying Saucer" coined
by a reporter named Bill Begrette. Although not the first UFO sighting in
history, Kenneth Arnolds account is considered to be the first documented UFO
sighting.

The following day Mr. Arnold discovered that in addition to his
sighting there were several others in the Mount Ranier area that same day
(Jackson 6).

When most of think of UFO sightings we picture an unemployed, half-
crazed, alcoholic hick living in a trailer park in the middle small town USA.
Often times this description, although a little exaggerated, seems to fit fairly
well. In the past when the average person spotted a UFO they were quickly
discounted as a kook or con-artist in search of either attention or monetary
reward. It wasn\'t until more reputable figures in our society began to come
forward that we that we started looking at this issue a little more seriously.
An article written 1957, entitled " Strange lights over Grenada" written by
Aime\' Michel describes just such an account:

At 10:35 p.m. on September the 4th, 1957 Cpt Ferreira ordered his
wing to abandon a planned exercise and execute a 50 degree turn to
port. Ferreira was attempting to get a closer look at what he
described as brilliant, pulsating light hanging low over the horizon.
When the turn was completed he noticed that the object had turned
too. It was still directly over his left. There was absolutely no
doubt that the orange light was shadowing the F-84s. For another 10
minutes, it followed the jets without changing direction or
appearance. The pilots watched as four small yellow discs broke away
from the large red object and took up a formation on either side of it.

All at once the large luminous disc shot vertically upward while the
smaller discs shot straight towards the F-84s. In an instant the flat
disc sped overhead in a hazy blur and vanished. When Cpt Ferriera
was questioned by Portuguese Air Force Investigators he was quoted
as saying: "Please don\'t come out with the old explanation that we
were being chased by the planet Venus, weather balloons, or freak
atmospheric conditions. What we saw up there was real and
intelligently controlled. And it scared the hell out of us. (32)

This is only one of literally hundreds of pilot accounts that have been
documented and cross verified by other sources. To date the Portuguese
Government has taken no official position as to what the luminous discs
were.

The United States has had more than it\'s fair share of unexplained
aerial objects. In February of 1960 the N.A.A.D.S. (North American Air Defense
System) spotted a satellite of unknown origin orbiting the Earth. They knew
that it wasn\'t a Soviet satellite because it was orbiting perpendicular to
trajectory produced by a Soviet launch. It also had a mass estimated at 15
metric tons, no evidence of booster rockets and traveled at speed three times
faster than any known satellite. The satellite orbited for two weeks and
disappeared without a trace. Before its disappearance, the object which
appeared to give off a red glow, was photographed over New York several
times (Jackson 19).

Lights in the sky aren\'t the only evidence that suggests we may have
cosmic company. In