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Hilkevitch On O'Hare 01-08-07

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Tue, 09 Jan 2007 07:52:51 -0500
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Subject: Hilkevitch On O'Hare 01-08-07

Source: The Chicago Tribune - Illinois, USA


January 8, 2007

UFO Report Stirs Believers, Skeptics
Jon Hilkevitch
Getting Around

The story last week about an unscheduled flight over O'Hare
International Airport generated a universe of opinions from near
and very far out.

A man in Aurora said he came home from work on the same day as
the O'Hare sighting, looked skyward in his back yard and spied a
shiny round object hovering between two masses of clouds. And
then it disappeared.

A woman from Ireland wrote to asked what the heck was happening
at "O'Hara."

A man named Montana said he had encounters with
extraterrestrials in Romania and in Wichita, Kan. He expressed
amazement that neither incident made the news.

It may never be known whether the phenomenon at O'Hare on Nov. 7
- which was reported by numerous United Airlines employees - was
an actual UFO sighting, or much ado about nothing. But readers
don't seem to mind offering their opinions.

Here's a sample from the more than 400 e-mails Getting Around
has received:

"For those of us researchers who are convinced that UFO
sightings reported by witnesses of the caliber of those at
O'Hare are not triggered by errant weather balloons, swamp gas,
the planet Venus, atmospheric anomalies, secret government
aircraft or outright hallucinations, your ongoing attempt to get
to the bottom of what hovered that day over Gate C17 is
extremely refreshing."

 - C. Scott Littleton, professor of anthropology emeritus at
Occidental College in Los Angeles.

"I have a different take on what happened at O'Hare. It's the
obvious side-effect of the two-joint coffee break."

 - Mike Maday, Spring Hill, Tenn.

"Hmm. Looks like we're being visited by advanced craft from
other worlds, and not only is the U.S. government keen to cover
up the details, so are many private corporations whose existence
would be threatened by the free-energy technology that powers
these vehicles."

 - Andrew Johnson, United Kingdom

"While not directly admitting that E.T. had indeed phoned home,
you appeared at least open to that possibility. It was a nice
departure from the norm to see the witnesses treated as
respectable observers rather than being portrayed as nuts or
inebriated liars. Aliens may not have yet landed on the front
lawn of the White House, but they appear to be toying with the
idea if the O'Hare incident is any indication."

 - John Oathout, Broken Arrow, Okla.

"I wish that people would believe what we know we saw. I'm
afraid to go outside, and I can't sleep. I've purchased a large
caliber pistol and have installed a top-of-the-line security
system. Needless to say, I've also canceled my family's camping
trip to Indiana Dunes."

 - Scared in Indiana

"I would have laughed at this story about a year ago, but I saw
something very similar in the Detroit area. Others saw it too. I
am glad people have stood up to the downplay[ing] of this issue.
I too had to give myself a reality check, but it happened, and I
was on my fifth cup of coffee."

 - Thomas Fullerton

"I sat on a plane at the Port Columbus, Ohio, airport for at
least an hour on the afternoon of Nov. 7. This flight was
scheduled to arrive at O'Hare at 4:30 p.m. (the same time as the
UFO sighting) The flight was further delayed for about another
hour and circled the airport waiting to land. The pilot was not
able to provide us with a reason for the delays. My daughter
said when she arrived at the airport to pick me up around 4:30
that there were very many military personnel at the airport."

 - Dennis Goethe, Durand, Ill.

"It should be clear to everyone that the U.S. government has
been lying about UFOs since the first reports. They have been
here before Earth's civilization began, and they'll be here
after we've trashed our planet to death."

 - Eli Pine

"I am a 67-year-old woman who has lived in the Chicago area for
65 of those years. I believe in UFOs because I've seen them -
 long time ago, when I was about 14 years old, walking my dog on
the South Side of Chicago. It was two side-by-side cigar-shaped
lights in the eastern sky. I remember that sight as clearly as I
remember the exact moment I heard that Mayor [Richard J.] Daley
had a heart attack and that Kennedy had been shot."

 - Dorothy P. Schmidt

Finally, the mayor of Roswell, N.M., where it was reported in
1947 that an alien spacecraft was recovered on a nearby ranch,
said he thinks the saucer-shaped craft at O'Hare must have taken
a wrong turn.

"I'm hoping they were on their way to Roswell to help us
celebrate our biggest UFO festival to date," Mayor Sam LaGrone
said of the event scheduled for July 5 through 8.

"Even if the gates at O'Hare were full, we have plenty of
landing space here in Roswell and we welcome any alien visitors
to drop in and celebrate the 60th anniversary with us," LaGrone


Contact Getting Around at jhilkevitch.nul or c/o the
Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. Read
recent columns at www.chicagotribune.com/gettingaround

Copyright 2007, Chicago Tribune

[Thanks to Jeri Jahnke for the lead]

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