Shoot It Down!

The Hartzler family farm was in complete disarray with fighter planes buzzing the property and HU-1 helicopters unloading troops.  The Lieutenant shouted out to Jerry’s dad, “UFO!” and then turned to command his troops:  “Charge the woods!  Shoot it down!”  Before the soldiers could reach the bright light, which had sat down in 5-acres of woods near the dairy cattle, the “craft” lifted and shot out of sight within 2-seconds.

Just like that, it was gone leaving behind no evidence other than a 30′ burn radius where it had been setting momentarily.  Incidentally, the Indiana Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene during this whole ordeal, but they were immediately brushed aside by the Air Force.


Read the first part of this real UFO encounter:

Don’t Look At The Bright Red Light!


The F-104 Starfighters retreated to Grissom Air Force Base and the soldiers loaded back up in the Huey’s they had arrived in.  The Hartzlers were left to wonder what had just happened.  Had an experimental aircraft experienced momentary trouble?  Was it the Russians?  What did the officer mean by UFO?  Why did it set down near the cattle, and then shoot away?  What’s with the big burn circle on the ground?

Project-Blue-BookThe next day Project Blue Book was on site to interview all witnesses while taking soil samples and additional blood samples from all the cattle and every family member.  The family was ordered by the Air Force to not sell their dairy milk.  They were to dump it on the ground out in the fields, and the government agreed to send them a check for their losses.  No explanations were given as to what exactly had taken place other than to confirm that this particular case was “unexplainable.”  Project Blue Book personnel confirmed that it was definitely not a weather balloon or experimental air craft, but fell within what they called “the 1%,” which was a category reserved for legitimate UFO activity.


Project Blue Book was one of a series of systematic studies of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) conducted by the United States Air Force.  It started in 1952, and it was the third study of its kind (the first two were projects Sign (1947) and Grudge (1949)). A termination order was given for the study in December 1969, and all activity under its auspices ceased in January 1970.
Project Blue Book had two goals: (1) to determine if UFOs were a threat to national security, and (2) to scientifically analyze UFO-related data.

Forty-eight years later, no further explanations have been given.  It was over as soon as it had begun.  The military had rushed to the sight, and the local sheriff’s department likewise.  But just as soon as they had arrived, they left with loads of collected evidence, leaving no explanations behind.  Years passed in silence while the work of the farm continued on as it always had.

Years later, one night while Jerry’s dad was working the fields alone, he saw the shadow of his diesel tractor on the ground.  How odd it was; after all, it was night-time.  He looked up to see the massufo1ive, silent light hovering over he and his tractor.  All of the sudden, the diesel died and then the light shot away just as it had years earlier (any farmer can tell you a diesel doesn’t just die immediately).  His dad, a complete UFO skeptic, leaped from his dead tractor and ran to the house, shaken and very nerved.  He frantically described to the family what had happened and didn’t return to night work in the fields for a short season afterwards.  Remembering the circus like atmosphere that had occurred years earlier, they chose not to report this incident.

In the years that followed, Jerry’s parents refused to speak of the night when the Air Force descended on their farm in full force.  It was just one of those things that they would have liked to forget, as if it never happened.  However, the motive for not speaking may not be what you think it was.  It was due to what happened on Day-3 of the original sighting October 9th, 1967, which insured a lifetime gag-rule.

Curious?  Stay tuned.  More about Day-3 to come shortly…

Don’t Look At The Bright Red Light!

UFOs, yeah right…

When someone brings up the subject of UFOs in a manner that is not skeptical or satirical, eyes usually roll and “behind-the-back” whispering soon follows.  I know; I’ve experienced it firsthand.  However, not because it was me being vocal in the coffee shop.  Whimages-1en it comes to UFOs and the unexplained, I’m predominantly a writer and not a talker.

Due to my internet articles, the kind of chatter I commonly experience is remote and far away from my hearing.  But I’ve seen the rolled eyes and heard the whispers as it relates to others who are raising the topic at work, family gatherings, restaurants, and the like.  Interestingly, with less than 36% of people outright rejecting UFOs, the negative reactions are far less than what they used to be.  Statistically, one has a 50% chance of finding a sympathizer.  This is why the following 48-year old story is now coming to light, and the eye-witness was willing to talk… to talk with me.


Hello, 1967?

I heard of Jerry’s story just a few short weeks ago.  The lead came to me through my mother-in-law who follows my writing closely.  One of my recent articles caused her to remember an incident that took place in 1967 with one her schoolmates.  She got in touch with him, explained who I am and what I do, and he agreed to chat with me.

Jerry is a busy guy, working his dairy farm, trucking, and keeping up with his family, but he found time to talk with me one evening last week.  He explained that, as a rule, he just doesn’t talk about what happened to he and his family years ago.  Initially, the incident made heaphone_f018-20111111231509-00005dlines, the military was heavily involved, and everyone wanted to know what had taken place.  But, that immediate curiosity eventually turned into years of general public skepticism.

Jerry told me about the few times he had been flagged down off of his tractor by a neighbor who wanted to wave a Bible around and tell him how the universe really works.  Jerry loves his faith, but doesn’t have a stomach for arguing.  He shared that he was willing to talk with me because I had been vouched for as an honest person, not interested in debates, just an open-minded guy searching for answers, as he has been all these years.  It’s always nice to hear that about yourself from someone else.


Don’t look!

The incident took place after dark in rural northern Indiana, October 9th, 1967.  Jerry was 10-years old at the time, and was at home in bed.  His dad was away on local calls (he sold insurance on the side to supplement the farm income).  The phone rang and his mother answered.  It was a call from his aunt and uncle who lived near by.  They were seeing a bright light moving quickly over the Hartzler farm fields and were concerned.  Jerry’s mom looked out the window to see the light racing towards the 5-acres of woods near their dairy cows on their 105-acre farm.

It was so large and fast she thought it must have something to do with Grissom Air Force Base not far away near Kokomo, Indiana.  So, she called the base immediately!  Remember, this was during the Cold War, and people in northern Indiana were concerned.  Thduckandcover_bert_the_turtle_0ey had an Air Force base in the community, and were located in-between the big cities of Chicago and Indianapolis.  At school, atomic bomb drills were just as common as tornado and fire drills.  Jerry recalls being told by his teachers, in the event of a giant mushroom cloud, drop to the ground, cover your head, and don’t look at the bright red light.  Years later in reflection, Jerry says: “Boy, were we stupid!”


Shoot! Shoot!

After making the call, 15-minutes later three F-104 Starfighters were buzzing their farm with their landing lights on.  It was deafening, blinding, and ground shaking, unlike the previous bright light that had made no sound at all.  Jerry jumped out of bed to join his mother’s side 3View-Color-Lockheed-F-104as they watched the mysterious large bright light touch down in the woods on their family farm.  As the fighter planes continued to shake the ground and scare the cows, soldiers arrived from Grissom in HU-1 helicopters.  Jerry recalled the commanding officer ordering foot soldiers to charge the woods and shoot whatever it was.  In the middle of all this, his dad arrived home, having no idea what was going on (this was long before cell phones).  He immediately called out to the Lieutenant in charge, “what the bleep is going on?”  The Lieutenant simply shouted back, “UFO!”


It’s classified…

Stay tuned; there’s more to the story, and I won’t keep you waiting long.  By the way, this incident is still classified by the United States Government.  Jerry will have his first look at the “Top Secret” documents in two years, and hopefully they won’t be filled with thick, black lines.  Fifty years are a long time to wait for answers…s119571398957059959_p71_i1_w1706

UFOs & The Excluded Middle

1992 was a watershed year for the UFO community–not due to any revelation from the ranks of the saucer-smitten, but for the publication of Angels And Aliens: UFOs And The Mythic Imagination.  For the first time in recent memory, an author with a fresh perspective wrestled with a modern history of the subject, and more importantly, the people who study, or, at the very least are affected by the phenomenon.  Keith Thompson chose to look at the 20th century evolution of the UFO phenomenon as a developing system of mythology, complete with heroes, villains, power struggles, battles and innocent bystanders.

Before I share my “take-aways” with you from this book, I thought you might enjoy a little insight from the author himself.  Here’s an interview he did in 1995:


QUESTION: Angels and Aliens is, to me, one of the most important books dealing with the subject of UFOs.  I’m curious about the process that inspired the book.  Was there a specific series of events or circumstances that led you to feel a book of this type was necessary?

AUTHOR’S ANSWER: I came to the UFO phenomenon, or it came to me, by a circuitous route.  One evening Walter Cronkite opened The CBS Evening News with a dramatic rendition of a UFO sighting in Michigan.  Dozens of witnesses reported a football-shaped object the size of a car performing gyrations in the sky, before maneuvering out to a nearby swamp.  J. Allen Hynek, the tragic hero of the Air Force’s ill-fated Project Blue Book, arrived on the scene only to be quoted — misquoted, actually — as saying the witnesses had seen “swamp galogo_350s.”  This in turn was taken as proof that the military had no intention of dealing sensibly or honestly with the UFO phenomenon and its ramifications.

My twelve-year-old psyche was captivated by this case, with its cast of confounded witnesses, befuddled military experts, know-it-all debunkers, and of course the media circus surrounding it all.  I grew up in rural northern Ohio, not far from where the sightings took place.  The debate immediately polarized between those who were sure UFOs “had” to be real and those who were equally certain UFOs “couldn’t” be real.  It was my first exposure to the “mythic electricity” that surrounds the UFO domain.  Soon the “Swamp Gas Case” was infamous, and the media forgot about it, and I did too.  I didn’t pay much attention to the UFO phenomenon until quite a few years later.


 QUESTION: What prompted you to return to the subject?

AUTHOR’S ANSWER: In the early 1980s I was associated with Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.  I coordinated a series of annual think tank-style conferences on subjects such as altered states of consciousness, shamanism, mysticism, quantum physics, and parapsychology.  One day I came across an Omni magazine interview with J. Allen Hynek, the dean of UFO studies, and was impressed by his perspective.  Michael Murphy, Esalen’s founder and my longtime comrade in various adventures of the spirit, suggested that we invite leading UFO researchers to Esalen for a free-wheeling discussion.

There I was, about to receive a symposium of experts on a phenomenon I knew very little about.  I spent two months reading everything I could get my hands on, including the works of Whitley Strieber, Budd Hopkins, Jacques Vallee, and the classic books of John Keel.  It seemed clear that at least some of the “whatevers” called UFOs didn’t fit Big Science’s view of reality.  I ended up spending five days with leading researchers, getting steeped in UFO evidence, a world brimming with surrealism.  This was a phenomenon I could get along with just fine — I felt sure of that much.


 QUESTION: Before the book, you were involved in a public symposium called “Angels, Aliens and Archetypes.”  What struck me about that event was that even though each of you had your own ideas about UFOs, you all seemed, for the most part, to represent a “post-modern” or “new paradigm” or “excluded middle” school of thought — something rare in prior UFO conferences.  Do you view that gathering as significant in terms of increasing dialogue about new ways of looking at this phenomenon?

AUTHOR’S ANSWER: A theme that emerged throughout the two days of that conference, among practically every speaker, was best phrased by Jacques Vallee, who emphasized three points:

  1. the UFO phenomenon is real;
  2. it has been with us throughout history;
  3. it is physical in nature yet it represents a form of consciousness that is able to manipulate dimensions beyond time and space as we know them.

Vallee’s friend and mentor Allen Hynek had arrived at a similar conclusion as early as 1976, when he began expressing his doubts that UFOs are nuts-and-bolts spacecraft from other worlds.  He found it ridiculous to suppose that super intelligence would travel enormous distances to do relatively stupid things like stop cars, collect soil cropcircle2samples, perform repetitive “medical exams” on abducted clients, and generally go around frightening people.

Hynek decided it was time to “begin looking closer to home.”  A key idea at the conference was that UFOs may operate in a multi-dimensional reality of which space-time is a subset — an idea that doesn’t require the reality of UFOs to stand or fall with the extraterrestrial hypothesis.  I like to think the San Francisco conference may have helped encourage new ways to think about the phenomenon.  For instance, Vallee’s idea that the intelligence the phenomenon represents could coexist with us on earth just as easily as it could originate on another planet, or in a parallel universe.


QUESTION: One of the themes we found most intriguing in Angels and Aliens was the idea of ufology viewed as an evolving mythology.  What inspired you to take this approach?

AUTHOR’S ANSWER:  There were a couple of departure points.  First, as I began to immerse myself in the literature and attend various UFO conferences, I was struck that many of the personalities in the field of ufology spent much of their time doing to each other what the personalities of Greek mythology are famous for:  quarreling, settling scores, jockeying for position, seeking revenge, and so forth.  I wanted to find out which of the gods and goddesses, which actors from the timeless annals of mythology might have slipped into the UFO cosmos, like thieves in the night.

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1973 Missouri UFO SIghting

But the idea that ufology involves “mythology” doesn’t mean I dismiss the reality of UFOs, although some readers thought that was what I was saying.  All of life has a mythological dimension, and the UFO phenomenon is no exception.  Myth offers a background of images that allow life to show up with greater richness and depth.  The assumption that UFO events must be either real or symbolic — but not both — is fundamentalist thinking at its worst.  Try as we might, life refuses to be reduced to any flat singular interpretation.  Interesting, that the word “symbolism” is derived from the Greek symballein, which means “to throw together.”  The word denotes the drawing together of two worlds.  Hermes is a spanner of boundaries, a mediator between realms, an ambassador between domains which seem separate but are connected by subtle thresholds.

In Angels and Aliens I was trying to show that UFO reality is complex, multidimensional, remarkably nuanced and textured — and above all, not cooperative with the mental categories to which the Western mind has become so attached.

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What Are You Giving Life To?

In the past two weeks, I’ve been to the hospital three times… twice to congratulate parents with their new babies, and once to say goodbye to a dear friend.  Why do I share this with you?  Well… check out the following video, and you’ll understand…


What Are You Giving Life To?

“All of life is dependent upon something dying”


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“Child the time has come for you to go
You will never be alone
Every dream that you have been shown
Will be like living stone
Building you into a home
A shelter from the storm”

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Stories We Die With (BONUS AUDIO)

In their recent conversation, L.A. Emrich & Fred Grewe discuss life, death, and the stories we ultimately die with…


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Moment Of Death & NDE’s

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With his writing, L.A. Emrich investigates the voice of pop culture as it intersects with spirituality, myth, and the paranormal.  As a hospice chaplain who has been bedside with over one thousand persons passing away, Fred Grewe writes about what the dying have taught him about living.  Want to know more?

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Angels When We Die?

This past weekend, I talked with FRED GREWE.  Fred and I have been close friends for many years.  Recently, our careers find us both busy writing and sharing from our life experiences.  I write about pop culture and the intersection between spirituality with the paranormal, BEYOND THE RABBIT EARS.  And Fred writes about matters of life and dying, WHAT THE DYING HAVE TAUGHT ME ABOUT LIVING.  These subjects fit well together, like hand in glove, as you will soon see.

As a hospice chaplain for the past nine years, Fred has been bedside as over one thousand people have passed away.  Listen as we discuss whether people become angels after death.  Do some become ghosts?  Why do the dying often see and talk with deceased loved ones?  Are they hallucinating?  What if one believes there’s nothing in the afterlife, what then?


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It’s Going Down This Weekend!

This weekend at the American Film Market Conference, director Clint Ross will be sharing the concept for his latest movie project BLIND COURAGE.  Clint and I talked earlier this past week about the inspiration behind this film (Bill Irwin), and why he chose to cast Actor Bill Oberst Jr. in the leading role.

The portion of audio below begins with Clint and I discussing the art of film making and storytelling.  Listen and learn how you can support this inspirational project.  Your help is needed.


 Author L.A. Emrich & Director Clint Ross

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In my recent book, BEYOND THE RABBIT EARS, I write about various unexplainable phenomena while connecting the dots between the rising obsession with the paranormal within pop culture, television, and movies.  I also share a number of stories from my childhood and adult life that are related.  One personal story I didn’t share was how when I was young (6-9 yrs.) my parents would take me to visit my grandfather’s cousin Margaret May.  She lived with her aging sister in a large stately house known as the “Emrich house” located in the center of our small midwestern town (Casey, IL).

Margaret May was a lovely lady, known for being gracious, kind, and genuinely interested in others.  As a young kid, I was drawn to her gentle disposition, yet scared of her at the same time.  With each visit, she would greet us, and insist that we sit down in the great room while she prepared to serve us tea.  From my chair, I would watch her walk to the kitchen, open the cupboards, heat the water on the stove, place the china on a silver serving tray, and then walk out to wait on each one of us in our seats.

What’s so scary about that?  One thing I neglected to tell you is that she was blind.  It wasn’t her blindness that frightened me.  I was mesmerized by her ability to navigate and serve each one of us in our chairs.  For an elementary age child, this was completely unexplainable!  What scared me was the hot kettle of water she was pouring from!  I had been burned badly by boiling, hot water once while I was in the hospital undergoing surgery to regain my hearing.  But… she never spilled… ever!  Margaret May was brilliant, inside and out.


Recently, I talked with movie director Clint Ross concerning his new project, BLIND COURAGE.  This film features the true story of Bill Irwin, the first blind man to hike the Appalachian Trail (2,168 miles).  Listen as I (L.A. Emrich) talk with director Clint Ross about choosing Actor Bill Oberst Jr. to play the part of Bill Irwin in the concept trailer:

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Please visit the website BlindCourageTheMovie to see the concept trailer and learn how you can help get this movie completed.  YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!  Together, we can get this story told like never before.  I’m doing this for my grandfather’s cousin Margaret May.  If she were alive, I’d tell her how she inspired me to trust and believe anything is possible…

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It’s Lights Out!

CLOSE YOUR EYES…  Close them as tight as you can…

What do you see?

Pull the curtains shut; turn the lights out… MAKE IT AS DARK AS YOU CAN…

Close your eyes and rub them… Now open them and look into the darkness…

WHAT DO YOU SEE?

You see something, don’t you?  Spots, dots, splashes of colors, comet-like floaters, and all sorts of bizarre patterns?  Would you think to connect the dots and hike through the Appalachian mountains over 2,000 miles?  I DON’T THINK SO!  But that’s exactly what blind hiker Bill Irwin did, and more!


I recently talked with Atlanta-based movie director Clint Ross about his latest project BLIND COURAGE, based on the true story of Bill Irwin!  We talked late into the night.  Here is the first installment of our recorded conversation:

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