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March 20 is Alien Abduction Day, so we thought we’d start the month off talking about alien abductions and UFOs. And, no, we’ve never been abducted, although Catherine did have a boyfriend who claimed to have been taken aboard an alien spaceship and had his broken leg healed. (No, it wasn’t Donald.) The boyfriend was an ex at the time, which was good, because if he hadn’t been she’d have shown him the door pronto!
Whether or not you believe in aliens, of the spaceship variety, they do make for interesting conversation and some pretty good stories. Consider all the fun we’ve had watching television shows such as “My Favorite Martian”, “Mork and Mindy” (one of Catherine’s favs), “Third Rock”, “V”, “Star Trek”, (also a favorite of ours) and “X-Files” (another favorite) and our most recent favorite alien-filled television shows “The Orville” and Roswell, New Mexico.
Movie goers swarmed to alien-themed films “ET”; “Close Encounters”; “Alien”, with the scary thing on the spaceship that drools; “Star Wars” which is built on an entire universe of alien beings; Hollywood’s “Alien’s and Cowboys”; and Catherine’s all time scary movie “The Blob” featuring a thing from outer space that sucked unsuspecting people into its black gooey mass. She was afraid to be in the dark for months after seeing that as a child.
Readers have always been interested in extraterrestrial stories. In 1898 H.G. Wells published his science fiction book “The War of the Worlds”, which has seen several adaptations throughout the years. Perhaps the most famous adaptation was a 60 minute radio broadcast of 1938 written in a fashion that caused pandemonium when listeners believed they were hearing a news report, not a story.
If you wanted to write an alien abduction story where would you begin? Start by setting it in one of the U.S. hot spots for UFO sightings like Roswell New Mexico, the site of the alleged 1947 spaceship crash and where the infamous Area 51, where spaceships and alien bodies purported to be stored, is located. Or check out Hooper, Colorado which supposedly has the most sightings of any place in the USA. Santa Rosa, Florida has reported more than 50 sightings since 2005. If you want to go farther afield consider Stonehenge where UFO sightings have appeared. Or check out some crop circles.
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If you want celebrities to cameo in your book as UFO believers you’ll have no trouble finding references for them. John Lennon saw an oval-shaped UFO in the New York sky and reported it, along with a host of New Yorkers. You won’t find a record of his call with the city, however, because he didn’t leave his name. Former President Ronald Reagan reported witnessing two UFO accounts while he was governor of California, and Jimmy Carter said he saw something strange in the sky in 1967 when he was governor of Georgia. Astronaut Gordon Cooper said he took photos of a UFO while in space. The Pentagon allegedly took the films and they were never seen again. (There’s a cover-up plot, if we’ve ever heard one.) Even Walter Cronkite, a trusted newsman to millions of Americans, claimed he saw UFOs while watching a test of a new Air Force missile. With famous eyewitnesses like that who wouldn’t believe in alien beings and their spaceships?
If writing about aliens isn’t for you, then park the car in garage (because we all know aliens love to catch us in our cars on lonely roads at night), hunker down behind drawn shades with a few good alien movies, some popcorn, and a tin foil cap (if you’re cheap), or spring for a thought screen helmet http://www.stopabductions.com/ to protect your brain from alien probing.
And if you go out, keep an eye on the sky this month … just in case.
What are some of your favorite alien television shows and movies? Did any keep you up at night worrying about alien abductions or invasions?