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Shag Harbour Incident – 50 Years On

Shag Harbour Incident – 50 Years On

      HALIFAX — The first frantic callers to reach the RCMP were clear: something had crashed in the waters off Shag Harbour, N.S.

It was around 11 p.m. on the night of Oct. 4, 1967. Most witnesses thought it was a doomed aircraft.

By Michael MacDonald

Among those who saw the string of flashing lights on that clear, moonless night were three RCMP officers, scores of fishermen and airline pilots flying along the province’s rugged southwest coast.

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Perpetrators of National UFO Hoax Reunite

Perpetrators of National UFO Hoax Reunite

Trainee engineers from the former Royal Aircraft Establishment
put the nation on high alert in 1967 with their flying saucers

      Masterminds of a national alien hoax cooked up in Farnborough in 1967 are holding a reunion on the eve of its 50th anniversary.

A band of mischievous trainee engineers from the MoD’s ( Ministry of

By Fergus McEwan

Defence ) Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) in Farnborough were behind the audacious prank.

The ringleaders, aged just 21 at the time, came up with the idea to raise money for charity as part of the college’s Rag Week.

They also wanted to see how the authorities would react if there was an alien invasion, and to find out just how prepared Britain was.

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Mystery Donor Saves Shag Harbour UFO Festival

Mystery Donor Saves Shag Harbour UFO Festival

     An Unnamed Financial Operator has swooped in to help save the Shag Harbour UFO Festival.

Thanks to a nameless donor, the festival marking the 50th anniversary of Canada’s most famous UFO mystery will go on.


On Oct. 4, 1967, Shag Harbour locals reported seeing four orange lights in the sky. The lights dove to the water level, floated and then sank, residents said.

The event became known as Canada’s Roswell …

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The Westall ‘UFO’ Incident Still Remains a Mystery

The Westall ‘UFO’ Incident Still Remains a Mystery

By Matthew Dunn

     Children as young as seven were confronted by men in sharp black suits and warned against talking, as emergency services and military swarmed the area.

It’s the mystery that has left an Australian suburb divided with witnesses wanting answers.

This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Westall Incident and those involved are no closer to finding out what occurred on that fateful autumn morning.

It was 11.00am on April 6, 1966, when Australia’s largest mass UFO sighting took place.

Students and teachers from Westall High School and Westall State School, and members of the public claim to have watched as three metallic objects with no obvious markings manoeuvred silently through the sky.

The objects landed in a paddock adjacent to the schools before quickly flying away, leaving large circles of flattened grass with well-defined, discoloured edges behind.

In the hours following the incident, emergency services, the military and the media were in attendance trying to make sense of the baffling encounter.

Several witnesses claim sharply-dressed men in dark suits warned them from speaking about the incident.

The warnings failed to have an effect with a number of witnesses sharing their accounts.

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‘Star Trek’ Creator Gene Roddenberry’s Lost Data Recovered

‘Star Trek’ Creator Gene Roddenberry’s Lost Data Recovered

By Joe Otterson

     Recovery comes just as 50th anniversary of “The Original Series” approaches

Documents written by “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry have been recovered from 200 floppy disks owned by the late TV writer and producer.

DriveSavers and eDiscovery announced Monday that after months of work they were able to pull data from the disks, which Roddenberry used to store information while he was working on “Star Trek.”

Mike Cobb, DriveSavers director of engineering, would not reveal what was on the disks, but he did offer some clues. “Lots of documents,” Cobb hinted in a press release. “2016 just happens to be the 50th anniversary of the original ‘Star Trek,’ anything could happen, the world will have to wait and see.” […]

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Firefighters Looked Over Kecksburg UFO | Mystery Turns 50

By Craig Smith and A.J. Panian

      Jim Romansky waited 20 years before telling anyone that he was face-to-face with a UFO that crashed in the woods outside Kecksburg on Dec. 9, 1965.

“I didn’t want to be a candidate for the hospital down the road,” said Romansky, 69, of Derry, a retired machinist who at 18, was one of the first firefighters on the scene.


Romansky was a volunteer firefighter in Lloydsville when the siren went off that cold, wet night in December. He took off running the 200 yards from his house to the fire hall and jumped on a truck that was headed out.

“We have a call at Kecksburg,” he was told. “Downed aircraft, somewhere on the ridge.”

Once there, his crew joined firefighters from a number of other companies who divided into teams to begin the search for survivors.

“I expected to see a smashed-up airplane or wings,” he said. “There was nothing like that, I saw this huge piece of metal. There was no crater, it plowed right into the ground and left a trail.”

The metal object, large enough for a man to stand in, had no windows or doors and included what Romansky described as hieroglyphics on the side.

“I’m looking at it, what the heck is it? This is no airplane,” said Romansky, who got a few feet from the object but did not touch it.

As about 8 or 9 firefighters looked it over, two men in trench coats, one carrying a square box, came over the hill.

“You’re ordered out of the area,” one of the men said. “It is quarantined.” […]

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‘Lost in Space’ – 50th Anniversary

‘Lost in Space’ – 50th Anniversary

By Susan King

     Fifty years after the CBS sci-fi series “Lost in Space” blasted into orbit on Sept. 15, 1965, the show’s five surviving stars are still very close. A few gather each year to have dinner to celebrate the birthday of Jonathan Harris, the late actor who played the diabolical and very funny Dr. Zachary Smith.

“We have stayed very much like a normal dysfunctional family,” said Bill Mumy, who played child prodigy Will Robinson during the series’ three-season run.

Baby boomers who grew up watching “Lost in Space” still have a strong connection to the campy show, which boasted a terrific early score from Oscar-winner John Williams, then billed as Johnny Williams. […]

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Kecksburg UFO Incident Rembered Via Annual Festival

Kecksburg UFO

By Paul Peirce

      The same week famed physicist Stephen Hawking announced he was teaming with investors — including a Russian billionaire — in a $100 million effort to scientifically prove alien life exists, the tiny Westmoreland County village of Kecksburg was celebrating it.

Stan Gordon at Kecksburg Festival - 2015
Stan Gordon talks about ‘What we Know About Kecksburg UFO’, Celebrating the 50th Anniverersary of the Incident, on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Monessen Public Library and Cultural Center. (Credit: Jim Ference | Trib Total Meida)

The Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday wrapped up its three-day UFO Festival, commemorating an incident in which a mysterious object fell out of the sky into a wooded area near the Mt. Pleasant Township village about 4:47 p.m. Dec. 9, 1965. Yesterday, in commemoration of the upcoming 50th anniversary, organizers hosted a roundtable witness discussion about the incident.

Stan Gordon, a Greensburg author and researcher of unidentified flying objects who is considered a leading expert on the incident, explained in recent years people are feeling more comfortable discussing it and are no longer fearful of being ridiculed. . . .

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Kecksberg UFO Incident – 50th Anniversary

By Ross Guidotti

     PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Kecksberg, Pa. is a quaint little town in Westmoreland County, known for one thing – something – that crashed there 50 years ago.

At least that was the story. It was back in 1965 when the sky above Westmoreland County was ripped open by a flash of light screaming through the darkness. Something smashed into the woods outside of Kecksburg.

“I was coming down over the hill when it came over the radio that something crashed in Kecksburg,” said eyewitness Bill Weaver. . . .

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Argentinean Antarctic UFO Sighting – 50th Anniversary

 Argentinean Antarctic UFO Sighting – 50th Anniversary

The UFO That Paraded Across the Antarctic and Triggered the Argentinean Psychosis

By Guillermo dos Santos Coelho

     It had all of the ingredients. An exotic locale, experienced witnesses and a season that was ripe for fostering the imagination, shortly before man’s arrival on the Moon. It is for this reason that the UFO which paraded across the Antarctic 50 years ago was a landmark that had pride of place in the covers of all of Argentinian dailies, triggering a collective psychosis that lasted that entire winter and a little longer.

Tomorrow will mark half a century since the main sighting. While it was later learned that previous episodes existed, it was on July 3, 1965 when a small number of people, the only ones for hundreds of miles around, found themselves staring at the skies in fascination.

The Argentinean base – Decepción – held fewer than 20. At 19:40 hours that Saturday, the night had been clear and peaceful for a good while, and it was then that the weatherman noticed it. The Navy communiqué would subsequently speak in terms of a “lenticular mass” – two concave surfaces stuck together, like a lentil.

This “lentil”, according to various accounts, moved across the sky changing colors, the predominant ones being red and green, putting on quite a show: a display of yellow, blue, green, orange and white hues.

Isla Decepcion Map
The weatherman summoned everyone. Except for the radioman, who happened to be on duty, the entire detachment was able to see the object and follow it with the detail provided by their binoculars and theodolites. Some 10 to 15 kilometers distant, the object was traveling in a generally eastward direction, although it made momentary westward changes at some 45 degrees. Its speed was variable, according to reports; it made no noise whatsoever, and at times remained suspended in space. The Navy communiqué indicated that the display lasted some 15 or 20 minutes under excellent visibility conditions. The protagonists would later state it lasted longer than that.

Civilian meteorologist Jorge Hugo Stanich reached for his camera and photographed the object as best he could. Nothing appeared on any of the photos – it was a low-sensitivity photographic emulsion for the prevailing darkness and he lacked a tripod. A curious side note to all this was the disruption of geo-magnetic instrumentation which accompanied the sighting.

A few days later, the story exploded, commanding the headlines of all domestic newspapers. Clarín spoke to the commander of the Decepción base – Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Perissé.

“We have only seen an unidentified flying object. According to the information in our possession, this was the same one witnessed by the Chilean and British detachments. I can add that this curious event was also seen on earlier dates, and always involved a single object.”

Argentina Base Decepcion Stamp

This information was indeed confirmed by the staff of Great Britain’s “B” base and the Pedro Aguirre Cerdá, which stands abandoned today. Even there, Corporal Uladislao Durán Martínez managed to take ten photographs, but months would go by before they were developed, following the personnel rotation, as no lab facilities were available. The corporal returned to Santiago in January ’66 with the film, which was forgotten. Either a conspiracy or blank negatives – you can choose your own adventure.

All this was followed by an agitated month of July. With the Argentinean delight for psychoses, UFO accounts appeared throughout the country, each of them commanding a good number of inches of page space.

First, seven teenagers near Pilar on a camping trip saw a UFO. Then there was a case near the Morón air base. Lights were photographed in the sky over Bahía Blanca. Similar accounts were repeated in Mendoza, Resistencia, Rosario and Mar del Plata. On August 1, binoculars at the Palermo Racetrack, usually aimed at the ground, focused on the sky on account of a strange balloon. The whole event lasted a few minutes, until it was announced over the loudspeakers that “only five minutes were left for placing bets.” Argentina had become a sort of UFO garage.

On August 4, the La Plata Observatory soothed the UFO effervescence that had so many people looking at the sky rather than the ground. After consultations made with centers specializing in the tracking of artificial satellites, it was explained that the U.S. Echo II satellite, launched on January of that year from Vandenberg AFB for communications duty, could have been seen from the Decepción base at the same day and time as the UFO sighting. [The Echo] was an enormous aluminized plastic balloon, highly reflective.

The tide subsided, although more eyewitness accounts took place that year. In August, officers from the Punta de Vacas squadron in Mendoza reported seeing a UFO playing in the heavens for some eight minutes. Later, in the capital of La Rioja, two men reported seeing a UFO fly directly over the car in which they drove. In early October, at Villa Characato, in the department of Cruz del Eje (Córdoba), a teacher and a group of female students claimed seeing a 30 centimeter device coming and going in the air at some 400 meters overhead before vanishing.

One of the cases appearing in the newspapers during these months occurred in the city. A child attending the No.9 School saw a light changing colors and making strange movements. The mother also saw the object and corroborated the story. The father, somewhat more skeptical, told Clarin with a thin smile: “He’s not a fantasy-prone boy, but he’s that age.”

And then…

Two years after the sightings, volcanic activity caused there to be no winter activity on Decepción Island. UFO sightings were ongoing in the ‘70s and ‘80s, but nothing came close to the 1965 wave, the Year of the UFO. The experience left a deep mark on Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Perissé, who went on to become one of the country’s best-known ufologists, first as a member of the Comisión Permanente de Investigacion del Fenomeno Ovni (Standing Committee on UFO Research) and later as a civilian.

* [Translation © 2015, S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Luis Burgos, Fundación Argentina de Ovnilogía]

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