Resurgence of Interest in UFOs?
by Michael J. Hallowell
last column I bemoaned the fluctuating fortunes of the
UFO movement in the UK, but ended on an optimistic note
by announcing the launch of a new publication devoted to
the phenomenon, the UFO Matrix Magazine.
Along with ex Ministry of Defence UFO anchor Nick Pope,
Malcolm Robinson, Scott Corrales, Peter Robbins and
others, I'll be hosting a regular column in the
magazine; mine will be specifically devoted to the
re-examination of UFO cold cases, and I must confess I'm
enjoying getting back into the cut-and-thrust of things.
Maybe the gods were listening when I sounded off,
however, for a number of further developments have taken
place since which also indicate that interest in the UFO
phenomenon is undergoing something of a renaissance on
this side of the Atlantic.
Case-wise, there have been several intriguing sightings,
not least of which was the shooting of some
extraordinary footage taken from the car park of a
service station in the West Midlands (Click here to
The footage shows a saucer-shaped craft hurtling through
the ether with two RAF fighters in hot pursuit. The
sighting took place in broad daylight and has even left
a number of die-hard sceptics scratching their heads.
Not only is the footage remarkable because of its
content, but equally so because none of the usual
debunkers seem to have stepped up to the plate to
express any doubts about its authenticity.
Back in April 2009, a conference was held in Pontefract
at which some extraordinary footage shot in Turkey was
aired. Startling though the West Midlands footage was,
it paled in comparison with that taken by a lifeguard in
Istanbul (Click here to view). Regardless of their
authenticity or otherwise – and I have no reason to
doubt that they are anything other than genuine – the
Istanbul and West Midlands footage has definitely
stirred up the public's interest in the UFO phenomenon.
In July I'm speaking at a meeting at RAF Holmpton, near
Hull, after which Philip Mantle, Nick Pope and I will be
taking part in a skywatch on site. The first bit of the
gathering is to be held in a bunker 80 ft under the base
itself. This, I presume, is either because, a) it's
convenient, or b) the organisers know something we
speakers don't and the invasion of planet earth is about
to begin right in the middle of my lecture. It would be
just my luck.
I've also been asked to speak at next year's Weird 2011
conference as well as at other gatherings and
convocations, and I must confess its refreshing to see
the public dusting off their ufological gear and taking
notice of what's going on in our skies once again.
Maybe I'm being overly optimistic, but my gut instinct
tells me that we are about to see a resurgence of
interest in UFOs once again, and I'm heartened by the
fact that some of the recent footage that's been taken
is extremely difficult to explain away. This, of course,
makes it equally as difficult for the governments of the
UK and the USA to maintain their current stance of
denial that nothing of "defence significance" is taking
place in our skies. The $64,000 question, however, is
whether this brings us any closer to seeing an official
admission by the powers that be that we really are being
visited by extraterrestrial life forms from
We've been down this road dozens of times before, of
course, and inevitably end up being disappointed. I wish
I had a dime for every time an "official announcement"
has been hinted at, only for the result to be a
deafening silence. Still, I live in hope…
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