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BOOK REVIEW: "365 Days of UFOs" by Nick Redfern

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BOOK REVIEW: 365 Days of UFOs: A Year of Alien Encounters by Nick Redfern (Lisa Hagan Books) 2017

As someone particularly adept at remembering dates and significant events, the idea of a book focusing on a UFO-related or anomalous event happening  each and every day of the year – all 365 days – is particularly appealing.

After all, I have my own significant, anomalous dates:

FALL 1975 – Chevy Chase, Maryland: Red and blue-colored lights appear over my house and my babysitter’s house and seem drawn to the nearby Washington Mormon Temple, which opened a year earlier.

November 19, 1990 – Wichita, Kansas: Bluish-white “orb” (ball lightning?) appears in my house. No explanation as to what caused it.

March 20, 1994 – Hudsonville, Michigan: After spending a long, cold evening along the shore of Lake Michigan, in the city of Holland, we saw nothing, even though there had been a “UFO flap” in this area for weeks. Driving back to our homes in nearby Grand Rapids, a pink, egg-colored craft appears overhead and then rapidly moves east in the direction of the city of Grand Rapids.

March 31, 1995 – Hornet, Missouri: After heading up to the rural road near this hamlet in southwestern Missouri, college friends and I wait long enough to catch a glimpse of the famous “Spook Light” that has haunted this area for decades.

And those are just a few of the weird incidents I can personally share. As a reporter, I’ve reported on a few of them myself over the years – Bigfoot in Louisiana (2000-02), UFO sightings (2003-05) and other high weirdness over the years, some of which have ended up as stories here at Red Dirt Report.

Anyway, having been a long, longtime fan of Nick Redfern’s writings, I can say that (despite some typos and editing mistakes) 365 Days of UFOs is a rip-roaring interesting read. Easy to breeze through and informative, it has that unique Redfern writing style that pulls you right in. Even Redfern sees a “Ghost Light” in the Piney Woods (Big Thicket – 94 degrees west longitude by the way) of East Texas on June 14, 2005.

Anyone familiar with Fouke, Arkansas knows the small town in the southwestern corner of the state is known as ground zero for the Boggy Creek Monster, or a Bigfoot-like creature. After the things I have investigated and reported on, I believe there is something to it.

In Redfern’s book, however, his November 11, 1954 (11/11) entry is titled “Aliens Among the Trees” and features a brief report about long-haired, female aliens who were pale and tall. The witness says that she watched them as they disappeared into the spooky woods that surround Fouke, which is pretty close to being on the 94 degrees west longitude line.

For February 14th (which is today), Redfern cites a 2002 incident in Death Valley, California (where spooky activities are not unusual) where a man named Franco sees a classic, 1950’s-era style flying saucer out in the desert which “lit up Franco’s car with a  powerful blue light. Only seconds later, Franco’s mind was filled with apocalyptic imagery of nuclear war and the end of civilization, after which the UFO quickly vanished.” And like other “contactees,” Franco felt this close encounter was important in that he was to “play a major role when the apocalypse hits,” that of “helping to rebuild our shattered world.”

Indeed. But then many folks who have benign encounters with UFOs and alien beings often emerge from the experience – changed. The ET’s are trying to warn us that our warlike ways are taking us down a dark and dangerous road of ultimate destruction.

And while UFOs play a prominent role in Redfern’s year-long saga of saucer woe, “Men in Black” (MIBs) or “Women in Black” (WIBs) frighten folks with their creepy and menacing presence, warning them to not talk about seeing UFOs. Some get strange phone calls or see dark automobiles following them home, as noted in a March 20, 1979 report out of Pasadena, California.

Pasadena gets another mention for the June 17th entry, this time in 1952. A man is dying after an explosion in his home laboratory. As Redfern leads up to his identity, he says, “In short, without this man there might well have never been a U.S. space-program, no NASA, no Apollo missions, and no space shuttle. In his own way, and in his short-but-packed lifetime, the man did not just change history or influence the present day, he arguably played an integral role in creating both. His name was Jack Parsons – a man who came to believe he ushered in the 1947 wave of UFO encounters by supernaturally opening a portal, or doorway, to another realm of existence.”

And 1947 is the banner year for Ufology. It’s the year of Kenneth Arnold’s sighting of saucers while flying over the Pacific Northwest. It’s also the year of the notorious and controversial UFO crash near Roswell, New Mexico. Both get notable mentions in these pages.

And not all of the reports are in the United States. There is the June 30, 1908 Tunguska, Russia incident where something with the “equivalent of 10-to-30 megatons of TNT” exploded over this remote, Siberian region. A comet? A meteorite? A black hole? An exploding UFO? No one is really sure.

Crop circles make it into the book, with Redfern sharing a few stories involving the strange designs in the English grain fields.

For August 1st (no year is given for some odd reason), in Wiltshire, England, a pair of “croppies” see soccer-ball sized lights that are soon accompanied by “growling” and “heavy crunching” from an unseen source. Malevolent? Not sure. As Redfern notes, the folks didn’t wait to find out, wasting “no time in getting the hell out of Dodge, as the old saying goes.”

I was glad to see Redfern include the infamous November 23, 1953 “Kinross Case” that involved an F-89 jet trying to intercept a UFO over Lake Superior. The pilot, Lt. Felix E. Moncla of Moreauville, La. and the co-pilot 2nd Lt. Robert L. Wilson, of Ponca City, Okla., both disappeared over the icy Great Lake and neither the airmen nor any plane wreckage was ever found. I took interest in this story while working as a reporter in Louisiana and interviewed some of Moncla’s family members in the early 2000’s.

Avoyelles Journal article about missing F-89 and its pilots, one of whom was from Louisiana. (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

As Redfern notes: “For both ufologists and the Air Force, the matter of the Kinross affair remains wide open.”

I liked the entry for August 14, 1971 – exactly one year before I was born – and it takes place at Loch Ness in Scotland. A Swedish diver in the area was in a wooded area along the loch when they stumbled upon a “landed UFO and its presumed extraterrestrial crew!”

And the stories go on like that throughout the full year. 

This is not a book you have to read in one sitting, although the cases and reports are so interesting you may have a hard time putting it down. I would have liked a few photos and/or illustrations included.

Another solid effort from Nick Redfern!

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