Report from UFO Days 2021

Elmwood’s UFO Days celebration is back. After a Covid-year hiatus, the festival seemed better than ever. I was on location for most of the weekend. The owners of the Wretched Raven shop hosted a table and gave us a base of operation. On Saturday, Tom Forster conducted his famous bus tour of area UFO sightings, while I was in the American Legion shelter introducing people to Elmwood’s UFO history.

I met lots of people, heard some new Elmwood-area UFO tales, ate too many cheese curds, drank too much AF beer, and had a splendid time. Here’s a video montage of the weekend.

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Elmwood UFO DAYS 2021

It’s almost time for UFO Days 2021. Last year, the festival was cancelled “due to the pandemic,” so we are excited to get back to the business of beer, cheese curds, and UFO burgers for the weekend of July 23-25.

Unfortunately, there will be no official UFO lectures on the subject this year, yet the Chicken Poop Bingo game continues uninterrupted. If Chicken Poop isn’t your thing, and you’re more interested in finding UFO content at a UFO festival, I would suggest the bus tours Saturday afternoon. Tom Forster will be conducting the popular UFO bus tour of the area to discuss the phenomenon and show us where his own Elmwood Encounters took place as well as those of George Wheeler and several others. Tom is the son of school teacher Carol Forster who was pursued by a UFO outside Elmwood; he was one of the children in the car that night in March 1975.

The bus tours are free, you just climb on board. The bus departs from the American Legion Park in Elmwood on the hour from 12:00-3:00 PM.

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Montello, WI UFO

Images of a recent UFO over Wisconsin are making the rounds on the internet. A video blogger from Montello, WI believes he caught a UFO on camera passing over his house on June 13, 2021. Carrie Williams Howe’s YouTube show, the HomesteadHow, is about a family of six who left the city to figure out how to make life work on a 20 acre homestead. While trying to photograph the Milky Way over his home, Howe heard an engine sound from above. He caught images of what might be a conventional type of drone or air craft passing over his home. Or it might be a flying saucer! You decide after watching this entertaining episode of HomeSteadHow.

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Govt to open New “Project Blue book”

UFO Report Inspires New Government Initiative to Study UFOs

Immediately after the release of the new intelligence report on unidentified aerial phenomena, the government called for the formation of something akin to a new Project Blue Book effort, either in the form of a much more robust Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) or a follow-up program. Meanwhile, the mainstream media, no-longer snickering or playing the theme music from X-Files, rushed to publish reaction pieces. “Buckle up. We ultimately could be in for a long and wild ride,” Tim McMillan says to conclude his in-depth analysis on the new UAP Report from the Office of the the Director for National Intelligence.

We didn’t get the Disclosure we might have hoped for last Friday afternoon (June 25, 2021), but what we got is almost just as good. The following article collects and collates media and government reactions from over the weekend.

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GOVT UFO Report Released

Here’s a link to the unclassified side of the promised Pentagon report on UAP. You can read it for yourself. If it feels like the government is holding out on us, that’s because they are.

The report doesn’t say much. If this is what Disclosure looks like, you might want your money back. It’s titled a “Preliminary Assessment.” It was put together by The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) which studied military and intelligence reports on UAP encounters that occurred between 2004 and 2021.

The unclassified report concedes that the technology is not secret US stuff, and it’s probably not a foreign power either. Some of it demonstrates abilities that surpass our current level of technology. “Some UAP appeared to remain stationary in winds aloft, move against the wind, maneuver abruptly, or move at considerable speed, without discernable means of propulsion. In a small number of cases, military aircraft systems processed radio frequency (RF) energy associated with UAP sightings.” Since the UAP often appear on radar and other sensors, the report posits that they represent solid objects and not some sort of insubstantial thing.

The report doesn’t go into detail. And it steers away from making any solid conclusions. It amounts to, primarily, a set of recommendations for future investigation. It creates five categories of possible explanation for UAP: a secret technology developed by an adversarial power like Russia and China, classified cutting-edge American technology, a naturally occurring phenomenon, airborne clutter such as errant weather balloons and a catchall “other” category. Smart money is going on “other.”

The most capable intelligence apparatus of the most powerful nation on Earth says that some UFOs are likely to be truly unexplained vehicles.

Washington Examiner

The classified section probably would be a little more interesting, but essentially, this is just admitting, “Yes we have a problem with UAP. No, we don’t know what they are. No, they aren’t ours. Probably not foreign adversarial either.”

Whatever the case, this report is only a beginning. It’s nowhere near the complete transparent Disclosure it’s going to take to get any further in the subject. “This report is an important first step in cataloging these incidents, but it is just a first step,” Senator Marc Rubio said.

Here’s a tepid analysis piece from the New York Times titled “U.S. Has No Explanation for Unidentified Objects and Stops Short of Ruling Out Aliens.” According to the Times, the report is an interim report, with a follow up scheduled 90 days out to outline a plan for further study.

The Times runs the numbers:

A total of 143 reports gathered since 2004 remain unexplained, the document released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said. Of those, 21 reports of unknown phenomena, involving 18 episodes, possibly demonstrate technological capabilities that are unknown to the United States: objects moving without observable propulsion or with rapid acceleration that is believed to be beyond the capabilities of Russia, China or other terrestrial nations.

New York Times

Not everyone is convinced that the unidentified objects are so mysterious. The inconclusive document from the Pentagon doesn’t rule out the possibility of Chinese or Russian technology. The Drive’s War Zone continues to insist that the UAP are “Adversary Drones Spying on the US and Pentagon acts like they’re UFOs.” That premise fails to account for the same phenomena appearing in our skies since 1947. By focusing only on reports garnered since 2004, the Pentagon avoids dealing with the historical continuity.

An analysis op-ed piece in the Washington Examiner points out that, despite the paucity of details and the reticence of the report, it nevertheless admits that “the most capable intelligence apparatus of the most powerful nation on Earth says that some UFOs are likely to be truly unexplained vehicles.” An NBC News headline puts the matter succinctly: “UFO Report: Government can’t explain 143 of 144 mysterious flying objects, blames limited data.

I would really like to see the 144 incident reports that the UAPTF looked at. If there’s nothing to see here, show us what you’ve got.

Read the report here for yourself and tell us what you think. There’s going to be a lot more discussion and analysis in the days ahead. I guess you could say, “It’s happening.” A … little … bit …. at … a … time.

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Elmwood Police Officer Encounters UFO

After police officer George Wheeler first encounter with a UFO at Elmwood in April 1975, he was eager to see another. An article in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram recounts the story of his encounter and speculates optimistically about the possibility of a future UFO encounter for the officer. The article proved to be eerily prophetic. Twelve months later, Wheeler encountered the phenomenon outside Elmwood again, but in that second encounter, things did not go as well as he had hoped. Here’s the story of his first encounter in April, 1975. This article is one in a series of 1975 UFO incidents in Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, and Iowa.

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UFOs at The Tipping Point

Awareness of the reality of UFO phenomenon is at the tipping point in American society, and when it tips, it will force not just government disclosure, it will force us to rethink the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. A flurry of media attention after last week’s leak in the New York Times illustrates.

Many in the UFO community expressed their disappointment with the purported conclusions of the as-yet unreleased Pentagon report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) to the Senate Intelligence Committee. According to anonymous sources who have previewed the report, the government claims there is no evidence that the phenomenon is extra-terrestrial, but neither is evidence that it’s not. To the UFO faithful who have been hoping for nothing less than full government Disclosure with a capital D, this sounded like more obfuscation. But as we pointed out in last Thursday’s analysis piece, you just need to read between the lines. According to those anonymous leaking sources, the Pentagon report also states that some of the phenomena behaves and performs in a manner that defies physics and exceeds our level of technology.

China and Russia

The NYT article mentions the possibility that China or Russia is behind the UFOs. No one in a position to know seriously believes that. Least of all China who, last weekend, more-or-less admitted that they have their own UAP problems to contend with. They suspect American surveillance drones, and they’re probably right on most counts, but China has had bonified UFOs too, and they are in a new space race with the US to lead the way to disclose it. The Chinese military has created an Artificial Intelligence network to track and better identify the increasing number of “unidentified air conditions” they face. Former head of the Pentagons UFO program, Luis Elizondo, pointed out to Tucker Carlson and to the Washington Post that, after the iron curtain of the USSR fell, Russia conceded that they’ve been visited too and had their own programs and scientists trying to understand the mystery. “They were seeing exactly the same things in their skies that we were.”

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Leak from the new Intelligence Briefing on UFOs


That’s the disappointing headline for the online version of the new article in the New York Times which purports to spill the beans on the new government report on UFOs, but don’t let it fool you. It’s a deceptive headline. The print version of the June 4 New York Times has a much more accurate and sober-minded headline across the top of the story: “U.S. Concedes It Can’t Identify Flying Objects.” Let’s go with that headline:

U.S. Concedes It Can’t Identify Flying Objects

Despite the deceptive headline for the online version, this story is the hottest UFO news we’ve seen since the Times broke the 2017 story. Now we know what all the hype and build up has been about. This is a total game-changer, a huge piece in the ongoing piecemeal disclosure, that overturns the findings of the Condon Committee and is certain to embarrass a lot of debunkers.

The article is attributed to Julian E. Barnes “a national security reporter based in Washington, covering the intelligence agencies” and Helene Cooper, a Pentagon correspondent. It’s interesting that Kean and Blumenthal weren’t called upon to contribute, but this is a HOT SCOOP, and the Times likely did not have time to develop the article.

Since this is a momentous occasion and our first peak into the most highly anticipated government document since the Declaration of Independence, let’s do a close up read through of the New York Times article, shall we? For the sake of clarity, the text from the Times will appear below in Blue Bold Italics.

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UFOs on Navy Radar and More

I started this blog nearly two years ago. In addition to chronicling the local UFO story for Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, I wanted to keep an eye on recent developments in the national UFO story. By summer of 2019, a year and a half had already elapsed since the watershed publication of the Kean and Blumenthal New York Times story. The ball was already rolling. Congressional briefings were taking place. It was pretty obvious that the national UFO story, which had languished on the paranormal conspiracy fringes since the 1970s, was about to go mainstream again. That’s why I adopted the tagline, “It’s Happening.”

But it wasn’t happening very fast. Weeks and months went by during which not much happened at all, and I spent a lot of time searching Google, looking for legitimate UFO news in the media and wishing for new content to feed the blog. That’s no longer the case. Frankly, I can’t keep pace with the stream of news coverage devoted to the topic, much less find the time to write my own analysis. A few weeks ago, media coverage began a rapid escalation that culminated in the dam-burst 60 Minutes report. Since then, I have despaired of being able to keep up with the flood of new stories appearing daily in the media.

It’s not that there’s been an increase in UFO activity, just an increase in national conversation as more and more government and military officials go on the record admitting that the phenomena is real, unidentified, and possibly non-human in origin. I call this process the Piecemeal Disclosure. When the truth finally does come out, I don’t expect to discover any vast conspiracy or government coverup. I expect we will discover a vast government incompetence created by an atmosphere of belligerent denial.

Last week, we took several steps closer to that Disclosure, whatever it may be. Here’s a rundown on some of the top stories from the last week in May, 2021.

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60 Minutes, New Yorker, and more UFO News

The UFO story has really gone mainstream, crossing the threshold of acceptability in the media. The last month has seen almost daily features over a variety of news platforms including heavy-hitters like 60 Minutes and The New Yorker. Just this last weekend has been a whirlwind, with a new revelations and a new leaked UFO video from the Navy. Let’s take a look at some of the new stories and media features.

NBC News Feature Story

In April, NBC did a feature on the tic-tac story with another interview with pilot David Fravor and touched on some other relevant points of the Navy sightings with the obligatory appearance of Lu Elizondo and discussion about the recent developments.

DOD Inspector General Gets Involved

In a sign that the government is finally starting to get serious about the UFO question, the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General has announced the launch of a formal evaluation into The Pentagon’s actions regarding “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” or UAP. You can read the whole story in this article from The Debrief.

New Yorker Feature Story

The May 10, 2021 issue of the New Yorker has a great, well-balanced, and in-depth story that attempts to provide context for the current situation. It’s a long read, but if you are new to the national UFO story, this is a quality piece of journalism that provides a perspective and analysis. Read “How the Pentagon Started Taking UFOs Seriously” by Gideon Lewis-Kraus. The write-up provides a great crash course and a who’s-who to help decipher the current UFO dialogue.

The New Yorker released an accompanying podcast titled “Are UFOs a National Security Threat“. Together with the article, these resources bring the power of balanced, sober-minded journalism to an otherwise sensationalism-driven subject.

UFOs on The Hill

Speaking of the New Yorker piece, The Hill featured an interview with Gideon Lewis-Kraus discussing his research and the surprising shift in media attitude toward the formally taboo subject.

New Navy Video of UFO from USS Omaha

On Friday 5/15, Jeremy Korbell and George Knapp’s Mystery Wire leaked another legitimate UFO video, this one shot from the control room of the USS Omaha. It shows a UFO off the coast of California dip into the ocean while Navy personal attempt to track its path. The Pentagon has confirmed the authenticity of the video, and a descent audio track lets us listen in on the Navy sailors trying to understand the object.

CBS Sunday Morning

In anticipation of the 60 Minutes piece, CBS Sunday Morning featured a story titled “Something in the air: The increased attention to UFOs,” which has an interview with journalist Leslie Kean, Harvard Astrophysicist Avi Loeb, and Astronomer Seth Shostak of Seti.

60 Minutes Feature Story

The 60 Minutes story didn’t break any new ground or make any new disclosures, but it did bring the second pilot from the now-famous tic-tac incident in front of the camera, raising the credibility of that story. More importantly, the story shoved the entire discussion into primetime mainstream media credibility. This link has the story with a transcript. You can watch the whole segment below:

As we draw nearer to the June deadline for the Pentagon report to the Senate on UAP activity, we can expect to see more stories coming out. Rumor has it that there’s going to be some fresh newspaper content in the coming weeks. Whatever the case may be, we’ll keep you up to date at because these really are UFO Days like we haven’t seen in a generation.

It’s happening.

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