Interest in UFOs, unusual topics grows


Jan 18, 2007

Zoomed image of mysterious orange light seen Jan. 9 near Van Buren, Ark. (photo: Col. Brian Fields, USAF, ret.)

With reports of recent interesting events making news, such as the alleged disc hovering over Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and now a report out of Arkansas from a retired Air Force colonel who saw unusual lights overhead, people are taking notice of our skies.

The Chicago Tribune's transportation columnist, Jon Hilkevitch, reported on the O'Hare UFO incident.'s Joe Kovacs broke the story on the Jan. 9 Arkansas sighting by the former Air Force pilot who flew F-16s.

Both the Chicago Tribune's Web site and received record numbers of page views on these articles.

In addition, other elements of the so-called "mainstream media" are carrying responsible and intelligent reports and analysis about these kinds of unusual subjects.

The upcoming ten-year anniversary of the 1997 "Phoenix Lights" incident is also in the news.

Of course, UFOs are not the only anomalous or unusual topic that is important for people to learn more about, but they do create a certain amount of interest and speculation.

As a writer who has covered all kinds of subjects as a news journalist, feature writer and novelist, some of these developments seem positive to me.

Just as I sometimes write about current events, science, media and other fields that affect all of us, the subjects related to unusual phenomena are equally interesting and equally worthy of responsible research and reporting, in my view.

Providing worthwhile information and perspectives on unusual topics is probably helpful for our societies and for the human race. In this spirit, what follows is an account of an interrogation, a "friendly" interrogation. At least I think it is.

I'm not saying this is a word-for-word account of such an interview. I'm not saying this scenario happened. I'm not saying an interview like this ever occurred. I'm not confirming or denying anything.

But, if readers find it interesting, and it provides useful or valuable insight and understanding, then, again, that is probably a good thing.