Richard Syrett speaks with an anomalist, ufologist, author, and broadcaster about the possible alien abduction of a young pilot off the coast of Australia in October 1978. Shortly after take-off, Frederick Valentich, the 21-year old pilot of a Cessna light aircraft reported that he saw a UFO hovering above him. A few moments later, Valentich disappeared off the radar and was never seen or heard from again. Was he the victim of an alien abduction? Did he crash into the ocean? Did he plan on disappearing? Regardless of what happened, the Valentich Disappearance remains one of the most discussed mysteries among serious ufologists.
Guest: Micah Hanks. Since an early age, Micah Hanks has held a long fascination with the more unique scientific mysteries this world has to offer. A self-proclaimed (but not self-righteous) skeptic, Micah works as a writer and researcher, as a well as a radio personality whose work addresses a variety of unexplained phenomena. Over the last decade, his research has taken him into studies of the more esoteric realms of the strange and unusual, as well as cultural phenomena, human history, and the prospects of our technological future as a species as influenced by science.
He is the author of several books, including Magic, Mysticism and the Molecule, Reynolds Mansion: An Invitation to the Past, and his 2012 New Page Books release, The UFO Singularity. Hanks is also an executive editor for Intrepid Magazine and consulting editor for FATE Magazine and The Journal of Anomalous Sciences. He also writes for a variety of other publications including UFO Magazine, Mysterious Universe, and New Dawn. Hanks has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs, including National Geographic’s Paranatural, the History Channel’s Guts and Bolts, CNN Radio, and The Jeff Rense Program. He also produces a weekly podcast that follows his research at his popular website, www.gralienreport.com.