Paranormal investigators gather at Kecksburg, PA, UFO crash site
Roger Marsh reports for the Examiner:
Paranormal and UFO investigators gathered this weekend in Kecksburg, PA, near the December 1965 UFO crash site for the annual UFO Festival hosted by local firemen.
The Kecksburg Fire Department hosted their annual, two-day festival centered around the UFO theme after members of their group were first on the scene in 1965 and reported looking at the unusual craft that crash landed in a nearby wooded area.
One of those witnesses, Bill Bulebush, was sitting near UFO investigator Stan Gordon when I walked into the building. I had interviewed Mr. Bulebush in 2008 on video about exactly what he saw that night.
Mr. Bulebush said he had nothing new to report on the case as he reflected on the number of years that had passed.
Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) Pennsylvania State Director John Ventre was nearby at a table promoting MUFON. Ventre said it was the way the object came down that most interested him.
Mutual UFO Network State Directors John Ventre, (left, PA), and Fred Saluga (WV) talk candidly with visitors to the annual Kecksburg UFO Festival held this year July 28-29.
"The object turned over Ohio," he said Saturday afternoon, "and actually slowed down, then moved over Pennsylvania and eventually crashed at Kecksburg." He's convinced that the object U.S. military took away that December evening was intelligently controlled.
While the Kecksburg UFO crash case is one of the most famous paranormal stories for Pennsylvania, sightings of UFOs and other paranormal cases abound in this region.
Longtime investigator Stan Gordon said 2012 reports have been steady, but showed an increase since April, including cases of UFOs, strange creature reports and unusual sounds.
"The UFO cases lately are very detailed, low level sightings of solid crafts," Gordon said.
Gordon also said there are many reports of orange orbs, a national phenomena lately being reported across the country in high numbers, according to incoming case records from MUFON.
"Some of these objects are the popular sky lanterns," Gordon said, "but there are more interesting cases where the object appears to be controlled."
Gordon is the author of Silent Invasion: the Pennsylvania UFO-Bigfoot Casebook, a 2010 release that details the unusually high number of both UFO and Bigfoot cases that occurred in Pennsylvania in 1973 and 1974.
Eric Altman, director of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society, said 2012 kicked off with a case in Clearfield County at Rockford Mountain on January 1.
"It was two different sightings by two different couples," Altman said. "The first case happened at 12:30, just after midnight, and the second at 2:30 a.m. In both cases, the witnesses saw a creature cross the road."
Brian and Terrie Seech also work with Altman, as well as operating the Center for Unexplained Events.
Brian said that the number of reports of the Bigfoot creature coming in is slow this year, but each case they have is good.
They are also working on a case from Fayette County, PA, near Laurel Caverns.
"There was a father there working at a boat house and the creature was observing him from a nearby grove of pine trees," Altman said. "And a group of boys was watching the creature watching their father. When the boys called out asking what the creature was, the creature ran down an embankment and disappeared."
MUFON's West Virginia State Director Fred Saluga was at the gathering today too as well as his daughter, Tasha Heckla. Tasha also volunteers with the Center for Unexplained Events.
Saluga is working on a UFO investigation involving the orange orbs of light where he has multiple witnesses. The story may be told in an upcoming issue of the monthly MUFON UFO Journal.
Joe Kosczuk and his son Brian of the Westmoreland Paranormal Investigators had their own table at the event.
Kosczuk said he has been interested in the paranormal his entire life, and began the group in 2008. They most recently worked a ghost haunting case in Derry, PA.
The annual Kecksburg event has been popular with locals here for a few years and is a great way to meet local and regional investigators who are easy to talk to and answer questions.