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ASHEBORO — Have you ever wondered if there are really UFOs out there?
If so, come on out to the next NC MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) chapter meeting on Saturday, March 4, at the Asheboro Public Library, beginning at 2 p.m.
The meeting is open to the public.
The guest speaker will be author and longtime UFO investigator Rob Shelsky. He will be sharing research and information from his book, “Deadly UFOs and the Disappeared.”
Shelsky, who holds a degree in science, is an avid and eclectic writer of both fiction and nonfiction. He has written a large number of factual articles for the former AlienSkin Magazine, as well as for other magazines, such as Doorways, Midnight Street (U.K.) and Internet Review of Science Fiction (IROSF), among others.
While at AlienSkin Magazine, a resident columnist there for seven years, Rob did a number of investigative articles, including some concerning the paranormal, as well as columns about UFOs, including interviews with those who have had encounters with them.
“My interest began when I was very young, about six years of age,” Shelsky said. “I remember having an argument with my father at that time, that UFOs existed. Yep, that early on! Then, although I had an ongoing interest in UFOs, I lived pretty much a normal life.
“However, once becoming an adult, a strong interest in UFOs was reawakened. First, it was by an astronomer I had met while on vacation in upstate New York. He claimed to have been abducted several times when younger (as a child and young adult). I became convinced he was telling me the truth as he saw it. But this encounter once again piqued my interest in the whole UFO phenomenon.”
Shelsky, who lives in Randleman, has been researching UFOs for about 15 years.
“I have traveled to ‘hotspots’ for UFO sightings in New York State, Texas, Florida, as well as the United Kingdom, and others,” he said. “With regard to UFOs and the paranormal, there does seem to be a definite crossover at times.
“For instance, no one is sure what the famous Brown Mountain Lights of North Carolina are, but they do seem to exist and have existed, apparently, for centuries. They have been mentioned in reports by early settlers, and they go back even much farther in Native American legends. There is even a state sign for a turnout on the highway near there which clearly states that area is a good place to view the Brown Mountain Lights.”
Shelsky is a member of MUFON, and a Field Investigator for the group. With over 25 years of investigative efforts behind him, he is well qualified in the subject of UFOs, as well as that of the paranormal.
Where he tends to be the skeptic, and insists upon being able to “kick the tires” of a UFO to ascertain its reality, he is, as well, a theorist, constantly coming up with possible explanations for such various phenomena. Shelsky asks the hard questions others seem to avoid. Often, he comes up with convincing answers.
“Are the lights UFOs? Well, they are of a sort, since they are unidentified as to their nature, but they could be ‘something else’ as well. Same with the Marfa Lights of Texas, and the Lights of the Blue Mountains of Australia,” he said. “So yeah, there is crossover between the paranormal and UFOs. The nature of that crossover, to what extent and degree, remains unclear, but it does seem to exist.”
Has he ever personally had an encounter? Shelsky says maybe. Once, he said, at age 17, he and several others were in San Diego and noticed a glowing cylindrical-shaped object in the sky.
“At first, I thought it was a jet illuminated by the sun, which had just set,” he said. “However, I noticed it didn’t really look like a jet at all, and seemed to be glowing from within. I pointed it out to my friends (and) as we watched, the thing arced across the evening sky, and then exploded. We were shocked and some of us thought a commercial jet had just blown up.
“The next morning, the headline of the San Diego newspaper said: ‘Mystery Space Object Seen by 50,000 At Stadium.’ A football game had been taking place and the crowd had seen the thing, just as we had.”
More recently, he spotted something in the air over Business 220 between Asheboro and Greensboro. It was September 2016 when Shelsky spotted what he thought was a jet flying in the distance.
“The object was silver in appearance, some distance ahead of me and sort of faded in and out as it darted from my left to the right across my windshield view,” he remembered. “I assumed this ‘blinking’ was due to wisps of cloud. Then, the object began to start to ‘dance’ about the sky, jerking upward, then dropping, and moving at right angles to the right and left as it flew.
“I did what all MUFON Field Investigators like me probably do. I began to eliminate things it could not be. It was not a jet, because no jet flew like that. It was not a helicopter for the same reason. Neither was it a weather balloon or blimp of any sort, because again, they couldn’t move that fast or in that way. Because of the object’s apparent size, and being at such a distance, neither could it be a drone, being just too large for that. Besides which, it flew far too fast for a drone, and again, was far too large, being almost as large as a commercial jet by my estimation, although not the same shape (it seemed oblong).
“I can tell you what it wasn’t, but I can’t say for sure what it was, other than it was a UFO, since I couldn’t identify it.”
* The Asheboro Public Library is located at 201 Worth St., Asheboro. For more on Shelsky and his writings, visit robshelsky.blogspot.com.