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Greetings From Planet Earth

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2007 09:59:37 -0500
Fwd Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2007 09:59:37 -0500
Subject: Greetings From Planet Earth

Source: The Bellville News Democrat - Illinois, USA


Fri, Jan. 12, 2007

Greetings From Planet Earth

McClatchy-Tribune News Service


The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on
Wednesday, Jan. 10:


It's not surprising that the reported UFO sighting over O'Hare
International Airport has captured the imaginations of many
around the world. Who can resist a good UFO story? And this
one's better than most. Generally, UFO sightings tend to happen
in places like the Big Bend country of Texas, where there's lots
of sky, plenty of dirt and not too many people.

But this one happened over O'Hare.

To recap, on Nov. 7, a dark gray flying saucerlike object - some
said it was spinning, some not - hovered over the airport for
several minutes before shooting through thick clouds with such
speed that it left an eerie hole in the overcast sky. That was
the account gleaned by Tribune transportation reporter Jon
Hilkevitch from some United Airlines employees - including a
pilot and a mechanic - who said they observed the phenomenon.

After decades of UFO suspicions, of Area 51 and "The X-Files"
and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," you can almost write
the rest of this script - er, news account - yourself.

The powers that be get snarky: Officials at United at first
profess no knowledge of the incident. Strange, because it was
reported to the airline by as many as a dozen of its own
workers, Hilkevitch reports. Then the Federal Aviation
Administration says its air traffic control tower at O'Hare did
receive a call from a United supervisor asking if controllers
had spotted a mysterious, elliptical-shaped craft sitting
motionless over Concourse C of the United terminal.

But FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says no air traffic
controllers saw the object, and a preliminary check of radar
found nothing out of the ordinary.

(Meanwhile, in a top-secret military hangar on the shadowy
outskirts of O'Hare, a team of elite scientists gathers to
examine the silvery craft from another planet - oh, sorry, we
let our imagination romp a little. Really.)

"Our theory on this is that it was a weather phenomenon," Cory
says. "That night was a perfect atmospheric condition in terms
of low (cloud) ceiling and a lot of airport lights. When the
lights shine up into the clouds, sometimes you can see funny


How about the FAA releases radar data and the air-traffic
communications voice tapes soon so we can see and hear what
really happened - if anything.

Yes, we're having a bit of fun here.

We're of the opinion that if aliens do exist, and they did come
to Earth, they'd probably want to do more than hover ominously
over the world's second-busiest airport. The comedian Dennis
Miller was quoted as saying, "Only man is a narcissistic enough
species to think that a highly evolved alien life force would
travel across billions and billions of light-years" just to
snatch a few unfortunates for an intrusive medical exam.

Let the officials deny UFOs exist. They always do. But the more
they blame some vague weather phenomenon, the more the O'Hare
sighting will blaze in the firmament of ufology. We don't know
what happened at O'Hare, but the thought that we're not alone in
the universe, that aliens are traveling great distances to
visit, is strangely comforting.


Ciopright 2007, Chicago Tribune.

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