"A 7-foot tall, luminous orange man suddenly materialized right where I was looking," Brethwaite recalls. "He was humanoid in appearance -- two arms, two legs, a torso, and a head." Two seconds later the man was gone, and the UFO resumed its flight.
Now a Kansas City resident, Brethwaite has had about a dozen sightings, two of which took place while he was a radar operator in the Arizona Air National Guard. These experiences led him to MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) in the early '90s. MUFON was founded in 1969 and now has about 3,500 members, "many of whom are professionals -- teachers, engineers, law enforcement officers, doctors, lawyers, etc."
As director for Kansas City's MUFON group, Brethwaite hopes to accomplish more than just spreading the news of visitors. He wants to give Kansas Citians who have an interest in UFOs a forum where they can share information, ideas, and experiences, as well as educate the public that "there are objects flying in our skies that appear to be so technologically advanced as to not be of this world," he says.
MUFON will hold a meeting on July 25 at the Westport Public Library, and attendees will hear some unusual stories. At one recent meeting, a member recounted a story about a 71-year-old woman who was abducted from her bed in the middle of the night and transported to her dance studio, where her alien abductors then made her teach a group of human-alien hybrid children how to line dance.
Though some might snicker, Brethwaite, who describes himself as being "on the fence" when it comes to believing in alien abduction stories, says many people are skeptical of alien encounters because "mainstream science doesn't investigate what people see and the mainstream press doesn't report what people see." But, he adds, "When you look up at the night sky and see all those billions and billions of stars, it's really hard to think that we're the only ones in this universe."
MUFON meets from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, at the Westport Public Library, located at 118 Westport Rd. For more information, call 816-353-6639 or e-mail email@example.com.