Hello, I'm 92 years old. In the years after WW2 in Holland I was immediately drawn to reports of sightings (flaps) of 'flying saucers' (called 'vliegende schotels' (flying saucers) from 1947 onwards. They had also been seen by German pilots when in combat and were called Foo fighters and were thought to be a secret weapon of the allied forces.I started to collect newspaper clippings of them, most from Dutch newspapers. We often went to Spain. There I heard that they were often seen in the mountains. In 1975 I came home after siesta in our flat in Alicante, Spain. My mother was exited as she had seen lights moving over buildings in the city. I thought of a natural explanation. When I opened the newspaper Informacion next morning sightings of 'OVNI's over the city, seen by many Alicantinos were reported (Spanish clip: OVNI over Alicante, Spain, in 1975)
In the ensuing years I bought literature on the phenomenon but became soon aware that one had to separate the wheat from the chaff in reliability. In former days newspapers were far less hesitant to report on the subject. When the Sceptical Society came up in the ninetees editors seemed to hesitate burning their fingers on the subject afraid of becoming the laughing stock of the press.
Now that the American Air Force give credence to some of the sightings, specially of their own pilots, the media are picking the reports held back so far. In June the Volkskrant bore an article of a young man who saw a 13 meter wide UFO right in the middle of Amsterdam Leidseplein hovering over the square and following him until it whizzed away at maximum speed !
Most 'explanations' come from people who are hardly aware of the history of the phenomenon throughout thousands of years. How the objects were seen and what influence they had on the witnesses. Sam Stanley wrote to me for instance:"I have an experience to tell you about..isaw ezekiels wheel in the mid 80s in rural southeast Texas..i was a kid in lil league and was selling candybars for my team door to door and before i got to the next house the clouds started billowing into a upside down tornado with lightning coming out of it..then a giant 50 or 60ft diameter gyroscope like craft..with metal rims that turned inside one another ...it was offgassing some kind of beautiful pastel colored clouds from it..their were black things on the outside edge of the rims..as it descended down from sky to right above the treetops..it came to a stop an hovered. Then it moved back n forth above me to the left an right...then I thought to myself i wonder if it can hear my thoughts..and it responded in kind..by moving very quickly back n forth over n over...then it started spinning very fast..then it broadcast an holographic image of a human man...a lion..an eagle..and a bull...then it stopped the hologram and started flashing brightly and zippin back n forth ...then it just punched it from a standstill and shot across the entire horizon until it turned upwards into space in a long radius 90 deg turn and was gone...i know this sounds crazy sir but i swear to you on my soul this happened."
Please allow me to make some obserbservations of my own as to their origin and purpose:
Finalli: Do crop circles have any bearing on these visitors from space?
Most important is whether these are merely phenomena see in the sky. They might be linked to weather conditions or to occurences on earth. Therefore encounters with the 'saucers' themselves and particularly the supposed crew. Do the vehicles have weight? Indeed impressions on the ground have been found. But 'encounters' require a lot of evidencial testimony will they be taken seriously.
Another related question arises: What was the purpose of these visits? Von Dšniken posed: were UFOs the gods and strange beings in the traditions of former primitive civilisations? Indeed one might wonder whether ufonauts had any part in stimulating our ancestors in forming an organised society? They might appear in Biblical tales as watchers, elohim angels, creatures coming from a wheel of light (Ezekiel). In fact their god Jahwe appears to the Exodus fleeing masses in a column of smoke.
Yet, on the other hand they do not seem to have helped man with important inventions: alphabet, means to record and perpetuate knowledge and events, instruments (wheel). At least no archeological proof for that has been found so far.
Billions of dollars are being invested in interplanetary research, yet hardly a dime is or was spent UAP investigation. If only a few percent of total space travel expenditure were spent unraveling intrusion in our world of unidentified objects and possibly entities.
But who would qualify to lead such project? In my opinion thorough knowledge would be required of similar anomalous occurencies which defy explanation: paranormal phenomena, for instance materialisations. Qualified research into these areas has already been undertaken for one and half a century by the Society for Psychical Research in London. Member scientists - amongst them Nobel prize winners - have researched in an objective manner anomalous phenomena like levitation, materialisations, telepathy, consciousness independent of the brain, etc. As hardly any funds were available to them their efforts were limited.
These are some of my newspaper clippings gathered in the course of some 65 years. Alas, mainly in Dutch and Spanish, but also a few in English: