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 http://tinyurl.com/yzm3ua Fri, Jan. 12, 2007 Greetings From Planet Earth McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT) The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday, Jan. 10: X X X 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 things." Theory? 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. Visit the Chicago Tribune on the Internet at: http://www.chicago.tribune.com Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
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