September 10, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

While I was working on a bio and brief description about a lecture I’ll be giving at the 2010 UFO Congress February 21-27, 2010 in Laughlin, Nevada (plug), I started thinking about the word “Ufology”.  The word itself is defined as, “The study of unidentified flying objects”.  As a “so called” professional Ufologist and I state that lightly because I question the validity of many who claim to be professional Ufologists, I too, like most, don’t harbor a degree in “Ufology”. Is there one? So what constitutes a professional Ufologist? Is this someone who partakes in UFO related field investigations? How about someone who researches the field then writes books and lectures to profit, or maybe a credited scientist who dabbles outside their field of expertise into the unknown?

My expertise falls within the knowledge of over 25 years of research and field investigation pertaining to this subject. No I don’t spend every waking moment doing research and investigation, but I do spend “allot” of waking moments thinking about the phenomenon itself and trying to resolve it. Sure we all have day jobs to support this “non drug induced” habit, but some are lucky enough to be retired from their careers which enables them to study more frequently. So who are the real Ufologists? The unknown individuals working for unknown departments in governments throughout the world chasing UFOs? Or people like you and I who are so fascinated with the concept of extraterrestrial visitation to this planet that we tend to spend our vacations and days off, running down leads and participating in field work. What a bunch of sick individuals we’ve become. And I say that in jest, just ask my family. While living in California our family vacations always seemed to include a UFO hot spot or two. When we traveled to visit relatives, we would stop in Roswell, or Dulce, or Taos. Remember the Taos Hum? Yep, stopped in Taos to see if anyone in our family could experience the hum. None did. How about the Vortex’s in Sedona Arizona. We found two of them, and had our own experience near one. Wanna hear about it? Ok, I heard someone say, “Ok”.  (he he)

One year we vacationed in Sedona Arizona and I rented a jeep so our family could experience the outdoor wonders of the high desert. After 4x4ing through the desert all day examining early Native American sites, around 9:30pm we stopped and located one of the three vortexes’ I had heard about. Me in the driver’s seat, my wife in the passenger seat, and my three children in the back, we found and passed one of the vortexes. The plan was to locate it, then go back the next morning for an investigation. Just after we passed the vortex area, all the lights on the Jeep went out. The motor was still running, but we had no headlights or instrument lights. My wife thinking her “knuckle headed” husband was playing a joke on the family, glared towards my direction only to witness an expression on my face reminiscent to someone who’s just seen a ghost. Of course at that instant my first response was to jump out of the Jeep to see if anything was floating over us, but my wife had a different agenda. So after “very little discussion” we immediately drove away from the area. A half a mile or so later the lights on the Jeep returned and my wife and children did not… (uh) return with me to the Vortex area the next morning. Funny thing about that evening, we had 4×4’d all day and into the twilight all the while the lights and radio of the vehicle worked. By the time we found the Vortex, we were driving on a smooth paved road void of any bumps, rocks, or holes. So why did the vehicle’s lights go out? Coincidence or the power of the Vortex? This is what Ufologists ponder.

So now back to the definition of Ufology and an Ufologist. Is Ufology and an Ufologists investigation only pertaining to flying unknown vehicles? Well my experience has taught me… no. Because a UFO sighting can and will lead to other phenomena’s like craft landing evidence, abductions, cattle mutilations, and even bigfoot sightings. There are so many different realms of unknown information associated with just lights in the sky that it’s just amazing.

So what is Ufology? Just the study of unidentified flying objects? And do Ufologists only study the aerial aspect of it? Or do we look at it all because it’s all inter-twined within the phenomena itself. So now do we need to re-define Ufology? It’s not only unidentified flying objects or what I like to re-define “Unconventional Flying Objects”, but the many curves in the road which help us come to our personal conclusions about it. And how about the Ufologist?
I would expect there could be some magical number of, how many investigations you’ve done, or how many lectures you’ve done, or how many books you’ve written, or even how many times you’ve been on TV talking about it which would classify you as a Ufologist? Or maybe it could be the first time you had a sighting and took the responsibility on your own to investigate it, and then talk about it releasing the information to the public. Only the public will then determine what a Ufologist is.

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For the past 28 years Chuck has been researching and investigating the UFO/Paranormal phenomenon. Chuck approaches his investigations with an analytical understanding, making sure to address all human known possibilities before venturing into the non-human or paranormal aspects of the sightings. (TV Shows in which Chuck's investigations have been featured on:) *2002, The Roswell Crash, Startling New Evidence: Documentary Sci-Fi Channel *2006, Sci Fi Investigates: Episode 5, The Roswell episode, Sci-Fi Channel *2009, Primetime: Outsiders, with Juju Chang, Alien Abductions, NBC *2010, SyFy Fact or Faked: Episode 6, San Luis Cattle Mutilation, SyFy Channel *2011, Chasing UFO’s, Episode 3, Alien Cowboys, San Luis Cattle Mutilation, Nat Geo *2013, Finding Bigfoot, Bailey Colorado episode, Animal Planet

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