- By: Ellen McGregor, newsnet5.com
CLEVELAND – If you saw an unidentified flying object that defied your logic and common sense, yet you knew without doubt that you had seen something truly bizarre and unexplainable, would you tell anyone?
A local UFO group — one of the oldest in the country — asked people to come forward and share their experiences. Organizers said they got a great response.
“It’s the first time we had an event like that, just taking reports,” said Aaron Clark, co-director of The Cleveland Ufology Project (CUP).
Clark is no wild-eyed guy living in a fantasy world. He has a scientific mind. He works as a lab technician for a reputable organization. Yet the stigma of publicly “believing” in UFOs prompted even him to think twice about identifying where he works. He requested his place of employment be withheld from this story.
Still, Clark is active in the local UFO scene. Once a month, he and other people he calls credible, gather to hash out what’s out there.
“The numbers of reports that keep coming in, no matter how much people want to say ‘this stuff doesn’t exist,’ there are incredible numbers of credible people who keep giving reports,” Clark said.
He points to the turnout at Sunday’s meeting at the library in Brecksville, which took place on the anniversary of the Roswell incident.
CUP organized the meeting to encourage people to share what they have seen, but cannot explain. The group wants these people to know they are not crazy, and they should not feel any stigma talking about what they’ve seen.
The stories some people shared took an hour to tell. Most of the people who came forward to share had their UFO experiences in northeast Ohio.