A variety of topics relating to unidentified flying objects (UFOs) will be explored during a program Thursday, Jan. 20, at Tusculum College.
“UFOs, Then and Now” will be presented at 6 p.m. in the Thomas J. Garland Library. Charles Tunstall, reference and instructional services librarian, will present the program. The often controversial topic of UFOs has received much attention and been the focus of countless books and articles, and Tunstall describes his program as a his “tongue-in-cheek” presentation that will cover some of the more well-known incidents and concepts.
The history of UFO incidents will be examined. Tunstall noted that there are some who interpret the prophet Ezekial’s encounter with the flying wheel described in the Bible as a UFO event and that there is a painting of “The Last Supper” that some believe shows a UFO in the sky in the background.
Another topic will be the well-known Roswell incident, which involves the alleged crash of an alien aircraft in New Mexico and subsequent alleged cover-up by the U.S. military.
Also to be discussed is the concept of missing time and alien abduction. Missing time incidents are those in which individuals cannot remember what has happened during a specific time period. For example, Tunstall said, there is a written account of a couple who was returning home from vacation and suddenly found themselves at home, not remembering how they got there. Under hypnosis, according to the account, the couple remembered being abducted by aliens and examined and tested during the “missing time” of their memory.
Numerous books have been written about alleged alien abductions, Tunstall said, noting that most of the individuals who study UFOs are amateur, not professional scientists. Interestingly, he added, there have been devout Christians who have shared stories of alien abductions and almost all have said that their faith has been increased due to the incidents.
Refreshments will be served at the event.