Report on MUFON meeting at Dublin, Texas, 01/19/08:
As we passed through Stephenville headed toward the sale barn in which the MUFON meeting was supposed to be held, Fretling took a few pics of some
signs that show people are at least showing a sense of humor on the recent events:
We finally located the sale barn only to find that the MUFON meeting had been moved to "downtown Dublin" (no address included on the paper on the
sale barn's door). So we headed to Dublin to try to find it.
We were lucky (Dublin isn't that big) and located it quickly and managed to walk in just as one of the MUFON representatives had started talking.
There were approximately 200 people in the small building and the PA system consisted of one portable speaker up by the speaker so it was a bit
crowded and hard to hear. But things got surreal real fast. Within 2 or 3 minutes of being in the building I felt like I was in a real dramatic
scene of a movie.
The MUFON rep was talking and said something to the effect of "We have several witnesses here today who have come to file their reports. Could you
witnesses please acknowledge your presence?"
One hand after another went up...I counted to 12 and then looked across the crowd as the hands continued to go up.
The MUFON speaker then stated "Could you witnesses just step into this next room so we can begin the report taking?"
Somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of the room exited into the adjacent room. It was truly dramatic.
Fretling and I made our way toward the front to get closer to the lone speaker and be able to hear the MUFON representative. There were a lot of
reporters and camera men there, but only one group of guys could be identified...I believe they were from a FOX affiliate. The following are notes I
took from the MUFON speakers' (there were two men there from MUFON who spoke):
MUFON rep stated it could take up to a year to complete investigation due to the number of witnesses. Stated it was the most significant mass
sighting since 19(?). (Couldn't hear date given but I thought it was 1970 something.)
One of the witnesses who have come forward works for the Department of Justice.
Current Airforce explanation is that it was a mirage caused by two aircrafts heading in different directions. MUFON rep states it doesn't hold water
due to the multitude of witnesses from vastly different perspectives.
He compares it to Phoenix sightings of 1997. They are approaching 100 witnesses coming forward. He referenced the type of witness they are dealing
with by talking about an elderly couple who have lived in the area all of their lives. He stated when speaking with the gentlemen that he stated he
had never seen anything like this, and then as he began to recount his sighting, you could hear the honesty and sincerity in his voice.
States Airforce spokeman that had previously stated a 99% certainty that the multiple commercial aircraft explanation was probably what had been seen
has now retracted that statement.
Sightings that came in range in time from 6:15 pm to 4:00 a.m. the next morning. Sightings are coming in from weest of Stephenville/Dublin to as far
east as Palo Pinto. There have been sightings since the original event.
When asked if there had been any reported injuries he said no, but then recounted a story where two witnesses were in a car and a bright light orb
came directly to their windshield (never stopped) and then right in front of their windshield cut a 90 turn and sped off.
Fretling and I tried our best to eavesdrop and watch as witnesses were interviewed by reporters. We did not attempt to interview any witnesses as it
was a bit chaotic and the MUFON people were attempting to get all written reports completed. But we did get to engage two witnesses with video/photo
One woman (who we could not speak to because she was totally surrounding by reporters and cameras - we actually had to stand in chairs to see her
laptop screen) had recordings from a camera they have positioned on a deer feeder on their back property. She had videos from November 21, 2007 and
January 4, 2008. She claimed that on the 11/21/07 videos there was a point that a beam of light shoots down from the sky, and then later footage of a
deer standing there and then a light and the deer is gone. We never got to see that footage. She was wearing on my nerves because I found it very
inconsiderate to come into a forum like this and tie up several reporters and not have the exact file and timetag you need to show...instead she was
aimlessly running hours of video to try to find this footage...we walked a way for a bit and listened else where. However, there were some
interesting points on the 11/21/07 footage we did see that had several seconds (this happened more than one time) where the entire picture seemed to
"fog over"...Fretling got shots of these on her 35 mm. We'll post all 35 mm shots at a later date.
When we returned she was on the 01/04/08 footage. Fretling was not able to get to a vantage point where she could take pics, but I stood on a table
to watch and there was approximately a minute of unexplainable footage on some of this video. A large white, perfectly circular "thing" suddenly
came into the footage. It did NOT come from a distance and up to the camera, but came laterally into the video. It was very close to the camera and
it was not translucent but TOTALLY white. It did not appear to have any diffusivity to its edges, but was sharp. It looked 2D almost. It moved
around erratically and then eventually went off one side of the footage actually seeming to stop half off the frame for a couple of seconds before
going off to the right. It was very odd.
We also got to talk to a truck driver by the name of Sean Kiel. He was on I-20 between Weatherford and Cisco on 01/08/08 around dusk when he took a
series of shots on his cell phone. He showed them to us and even zoomed in on them and Fretling took some pics of these. What he caught was a rather
large "firey object" that appeared to have a tail. There was a dark object immediately above the object and one immediately below the object. He
believes they were chaser planes or escort planes. When I first saw the first pic it was zoomed in. To be quite honest I thought I was looking at a
shot of a cloud immediately in front of the setting sun that was being made to look to glow from the sunlight coming through it. But then he zoomed
all the way out to show us where the sun was - off frame to the right of the shot. It wasn't the sun behind a cloud. He also showed us a shot he
took of the sky immediately after the object passed by. The sky turned from clear blue to purple after the object passed.
The interesting thing about this man is that he saw the object and the dark objects he thinks are planes, and was so impressed as to stop his rig on
the side of the road and take these series of pics.
Fretling also got to listen in on an interview with a local man (she said was probably in his 40's). She said the man looked genuinely scared as he
talked about the events. She said he was visibly shaken and nervous as he recalled things.
We have a lot of pics taken by Fretling on her 35 mm, but we'll have to wait and get them developed and scanned.
In the meantime, here is a brief interview with Fretling that captures her thoughts on what she witnessed:
Well, okay, maybe it doesn't capture much, but I thought it was funny.
We are in Houston now and plan to go our missing person search in the morning. We are both very glad to get to attend the MUFON event as it was very
impressive to see that many people acknowlege they had seen something.
[edit on 1-19-2008 by Valhall]