Debate Over 50-Year-Old UFO Sighting Reminds How Far We Haven't Come

Image: Berkshire Eagle

Image: Berkshire Eagle

Some days I think we've come a long way in the acceptance of the UFO phenomenon and related topics. Then I get a dose of reality. There's a lively debate going on in my home-state of Massachusetts right now over a monument commemorating a 1969 UFO sighting over the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts.

The incident involved a large number of witnesses at the time and prompted calls to the local radio station. Witnesses have taken lie detector tests and passed with exceptionally high scores.

In 2015, a private group funded the construction of a memorial to the event in Sheffield, MA. This came on the heels of a declaration by the Historical Society of Great Barrington (a neighboring town where more witnesses lived) that the event was an "off-world incident...historically significant and true." 

The director of The Great Barrington Historical Society director Debbie Oppermann described how the society arrived at the decision to Boston Globe reporter, Billy Baker. Baker could not avoid typical mainstream media shenanigans in reporting the story.

Because the event was recognized by a state historical society, the memorial also has the official seal of Massachusetts and a plaque with a message from Governor Charlie Baker. The plaque reads, in part, "I am pleased to confer upon you this governor’s citation in recognition of the off-world incident on September 1st, 1969,” it reads in part. “Your dedicated service to the incident was factually upheld, founded, and deemed historically significant and true by means of Massachusetts historians."

However, the governor's spokesperson Lizzy Guyton now disavows the citation. In an email to The Boston Globe, Guyton said the citation was "issued in error and not authorized by Governor Baker."

While it's impossible to say "what the governor knew and when he knew it," this has the feel of a politician who issued this citation, probably among a host of others, and now doesn't want to be put into a box like Dennis Kucinich was during the 2008 Democratic Primary. Baker is in the midst of a re-election campaign and is posited by some as a 2024 Republican presidential candidate.

I like Governor Baker. He's a middle-of-the-road common sense politician. I think he's doing a good job as Massachusetts Governor, but on this issue I wish he would just come clean. It's not that this particular situation is the most critical facing the Commonwealth. It's that this topic and the way public officials deal with it needs to change. I think Charlie Baker, based on what I know of him, is someone who could stand up and speak honestly on this topic. 

Photo by John Phelan

Photo by John Phelan

The Town of Sheffield, MA ordered the monument moved once, saying it detracted from the replica of a historic bridge. The memorial was moved 30 yards onto private property to a site UFO witness and memorial proponent Thom Reed says was selected by the town. After a new survey of the property, Town Administrator Rhonda LaBombard ordered the memorial moved again by May 2018 or the town would remove it.

This writer is forced to wonder whether some in the town not interested in being known for UFOs are pressuring the town to make life hard for the memorial.

The story was picked up last week by WGBH here in Boston. Reporter Adam Reilly did a very balanced and fair report on the topic. Here's that story.

We have a governor avoiding the issue like a hot potato. We have a town that seems intent on making life difficult for this monument. We have a whole group of witnesses who had one of the most profound experiences of their lives. 

Why, in 2018, does our society still marginalize witnesses and experiencers? Why can't we have honest conversation on these topics instead of having reporters and politicians chide, ignore, and hide when the topic is raised?

A lot of people feel like we're rolling toward Disclosure. I feel like I'm seeing the same old variations on a theme - denial and derision. This case has significant evidence behind it. I hope you'll take a moment to listen to people like Thom Reed. Even if you've never personally experienced anything like what they're describing, I hope you'll keep an open mind and demand that our media and politicians do the same. 

You never know when it might be your turn to have an experience that can't be explained by the consensus reality, do you still want people to snickering when it's you?

Ray Davis
for 6 Sense Media

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. He’s been writing, recording, and using affirmations for 30 years. He's also the author of Anunnaki Awakening. He advocates for the potential of the human race. He's life-long history buff and holds a B.S. in History Education.