History Channel's UFO Hunters Tackle Stephenville Sightings

Incidents involving UFOs have been reported throughout history, such incidents are the focus of the History Channel’s UFO Hunters.

You may have seen the show’s cast and crew around town over the last week, with their cameras rolling and focused on the skies above Erath County.

The series follows a group of experts as they study some of history’s most intriguing UFO accounts and the evidence surrounding the cases. The cases are scrutinized through scientific means in an attempt to uncover the actual facts. Incidents such as the widely discussed and documented 1947 occurrence in Roswell, NM have been subjected to the intense scrutiny of the UFO Hunters.

The UFO Hunters are Bill Birnes, Pat Uskert, Dr Ted Acworth and Jeff Tomlinson. The team is passionate about separating fact from fallacy when it comes to UFO occurrences and they have worked the last week to do just that in regards to the local phenomena.

Each of the four hunters brings a unique background and perspective to the show.

Bill Birnes if the publisher of UFO Magazine, home of one of the world’s largest collections of documentation of UFO incidents.

Pat Uskert, also from UFO Magazine, became intrigued with the UFO phenomena after he witnessed a strange metallic object floating over Venice, CA.

Dr. Ted Acworth, of MIT, is a mechanical engineer and researcher, who has worked for NASA. Acworth brings the discipline of hard science to the team.

Jeff Tomlinson is a scientific intern.

Each week, the program follows the group as they travel to the site of a well-known UFO incident to explore the event and uncover what really happened. Using history as their guide, the UFO Hunters examine evidence such as videotapes, audiotapes, witness interviews and files. They go on location and into the lab to study the case. They conduct interviews, reconstruct the events surrounding the sightings and investigate the events paying great attention to the details.

Their journey takes them across North America and Europe in search of the truth about the UFO sightings. Last week, the search brought the cast and crew of more than 30 individuals to Stephenville.

“The Stephenville investigation is different, unique,” said co-executive producer Al LaGarde. “Typically, we review historical cases and investigate the facts; we often uncover new information into those cases and investigate the incidents based on both historical facts and new evidence. This case is current, ongoing. It gives us an opportunity to explore the case from a current perspective.”

The local case began with eyewitness reports that came from an incident that occurred on Jan. 8, when four area residents described seeing a UFO around sunset in the Selden area.

Since the initial reports, many more have stepped forward to recount similar tales, including sightings of a massive, flying object with multiple lights hovering above the area and leaving at a speed in excess of 3,000 miles per hour.

With detailed witness interviews, video footage, photographs and scientific experimentation as their guides, the UFO Hunters are gaining great insight into the local events.

The goal is to determine what it is that residents saw. To get to the bottom of the story, the show’s crew and producers have relied heavily on the people of Erath County.

“The people here have been great. Tarleton has been a tremendous help, they have allowed us to use their facilities to conduct experiments and we hired five production assistants from the university,” Lagarde said. “Everywhere we have gone people have been helpful and hospitable in every way.”

The group is scheduled to leave today, taking the data they have gathered back with them to Los Angeles. The editing process will begin and the episode will be aired on the History Channel.

LaGarde said he does not know the exact date but that it should be only six or seven weeks until the episode is aired. He said an official press release would be sent to local media announcing the date.

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