1.5 – Closer Encounters (5.18.10)

BRAVE NEW WORLD [6j]

As the 20th-century dawned, the Industrial Revolution suggested that nothing conceived by man could be impossible. We could now ride through the countryside in horseless carriages…sail the seas in huge ocean liners…fly through the sky in airships. Even the idea of building rockets and flying them to the Moon, Mars, and beyond seemed well within our grasp. It was the era of science fiction writers like H.G. Wells and inventors like Einstein, Tesla, Edison, and Ford. In 1896, there were widespread reports of strange airships hovering over various locations in the American West. Coincidence or consequence?

“There were sightings throughout history, and of course, there were a large number of sightings in the 19th-century. But it wasn’t until 1896 that were waves of sightings. Thousands of people in 1896 and 1897 in the United States saw phantom airships, the origin of which was never explained. These reports were catalogued, discussed in newspapers.”

Chris Pittman (UFO Investigator)

“There were sightings in 1896, 1897, 1898. And in fact, we kind of know, from newspaper reports from the Southwest, that people were seeing craft with wings. And the Wright Brothers didn’t fly an airplane until 1903. So, what were these craft? Well, on the one hand, people were flying balloons in the 19th-century. So, balloons were not high technology. What was high technology back then was affixing a gasoline engine to the gondola of a balloon.”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

“That whole airship mystery – my guess is that some of those were just dirigibles that people were flying around. On the other hand, during that time, we also find reports of objects that moved really too quickly to be dirigibles. And some were maybe too shiny really to be the types of balloons that they were making at that time.”

William Bramley (Author, The Gods of Eden)

“The prevalence of these balloons powered by gasoline engines flying around in the late 1890s in the turn of the century probably opened up people’s minds to the possibility that there could be literally unidentified flying objects. People began, to put it bluntly, looking up. So, it could be said that modern UFO history began with these mysterious airships of the 1890s.”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

“It certainly seems possible, if we believe that the airship sightings were sightings of extraterrestrial spaceships, that perhaps the aliens were interested in human activity of the time because of the rapid increases being made in technology.”

Chris Pittman (UFO Investigator)

“Some people have suggested that aliens have been interfering with the lives of human beings for thousands of years. And because they were always here at significant points in human history, they introduced various kinds of technologies to spur development along a certain line.”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

Could the same alien presence that some believe had been visiting the Earth for centuries have been responsible for inspiring our great leap into the Modern Age? Or could the increased close encounters with UFOs – which would persist through the next century – be a sign that we were in danger of going too far?

“A very common idea that we have today is that, as we develop technologically, we’re going to see an increase in UFO phenomena – that UFOs are basically monitoring us. Decades ago, we saw a lot of UFO activity around air bases, around atomic bases and also UFOs following airplanes and maybe following our aircraft. I would say that certainly, as we keep developing, we will continue to see that monitoring aspect to the UFOs. Especially as we continue going to space, we’re going to continue seeing more UFO activity. Whether it’s for our benefit or not, that’s hard to say.”

William Bramley (Author, The Gods of Eden)

“Our history, the history of human beings on planet Earth – whether we ourselves are the aliens seeded from another planet or that the aliens created us, as the stories of the Anunnaki say – regardless, it may be that human beings are being directed toward a certain end.’

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

In the 20th-century, the inhabitants of planet Earth were capable of blasting off and touching the stars. We were also capable of harnessing the atom…and using it to inflict the deadliest of devastations. We would send satellites into orbit, land on the Moon and reach Mars. But what would we find? A barren, empty Universe of dead planets or something else?

“In the 1960s, mainstream scientists were already exploring the question of whether or not we’re alone in the Universe. And there were only a handful of scientists who actually proposed the idea that, yes, there are other civilizations out there. Now fast-forward 50 years. You’d be very hard-pressed to find any scientist today saying that we’re alone in the Universe.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“What we’re coming up to now, in the 21st-century, is going to be a redefinition. Our entire history may have to be revised, in the context of nonhuman intelligences coming and going. And what else is out there in this incredible Universe of which we humans are a part?”

– Linda Moulton Howe
(Author / Investigative Journalist, Earthfiles)

Perhaps the dawn of the space age was a signal to whatever or whoever was out there that, after centuries of writing on cave walls, building temples, and mapping the skies, the inhabitants of planet Earth were at last ready. Ready for their return.

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