We are not alone. UFO sightings

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Thesis: We once believed that Earth is the only planet in the Universe

that supports life. Today there is overwhelming evidence that

not only suggests, but supports the very real possibility that we

may share the Universe with other intelligent beings.

I. Things in the Sky

A. The First Documented Sighting

B. The Fever Spreads

1. Pilot Encounters

2. The Lights in the Sky

II. Dents in the Earth

III. Unexplained Phenomenon

A. The Writing on the Wall

B. Geodes

IV. What About Religion?

A. The Christian Bible

B. The Ancient Greeks

C. The American Indian

V. Conclusion

We are not Alone.

On June 24th, 1947 while searching for the remains of a downed

Marine C-46 transport, lost somewhere in the Mount Ranier area, a young

Idahoan businessman named Kenneth Arnold spotted something that would

change his life forever. Just north of his position flying at an altitude of

9,500 feet and an unprecedented airspeed of 1,700 mph he spotted nine

circular aircraft flying in formation.

According to his estimate the aircraft

were approximately the size of a DC-4 airliner ( Jackson 4).

This account was the first sighting to ever receive a great deal of media

attention. This sighting gave birth to the phrase 'flying Saucer' coined by a

reporter named Bill Begrette. Although not the first UFO sighting in history,

Kenneth Arnolds account is considered to be the first documented UFO


The following day Mr. Arnold discovered that in addition to his

sighting there were several others in the Mount Ranier area that same day

(Jackson 6).

When most of think of UFO sightings we picture an unemployed, half-

crazed, alcoholic hick living in a trailer park in the middle small town USA.

Often times this description, although a little exaggerated, seems to fit...