Published: 10:19 AM 5/19/2014
By Kelly Roncace/South Jersey Times
While browsing the internet for the latest in paranormal happenings, I came across an article on www.globalparanormal.com titled, "Another Triangle Spotted Over South Jersey."
The first thing I thought of was a Bermuda-type Triangle that sucked everyone into the Garden State.
No, that couldn't be it. So I continued to read.
A writer named Chuck Manning, who works the night shift somewhere in South Jersey — and is a self-described "night sky watcher" — saw something strange up above on Jan. 20.
While taking a smoke break, at approximately 11:25 p.m., Manning noticed a bright light traveling northeast about 25 degrees off the horizon straight in front of him.
He had first noticed how bright the moon was, noting it was the first clear night he had seen in a while.
Luckily he had his binoculars in his truck and upon looking through them, saw that the bright light was actually three lights, moving in a triangular shape.
"I could not believe what I was seeing," he wrote. "I watched it for 30-40 seconds as it traveled away from me."
In detail, he described what he referred to as a UFO as having a solid white light in front and two back lights which flashed at random times, turning from white to red to blue.
I've heard similar stories — one actually from my own daughter — but am hesitant to whole-heartedly believe them.
I am of the belief that we shouldn't be so selfish to think we are the only living creatures in the universe, but then my "common sense" kicks in and I find it really hard to wrap my mind around stories such as this.
Then, in the next moment, I read or hear or see a story that is so convincing, I want it to happen to me.
At the conclusion of Manning's article is a note written by Ken Pfeifer of Franklinville, the chief investigator for MUFON New Jersey — the Mutual UFO Network.
Apparently, there have been numerous sightings over southern New Jersey, often near the Salem Nuclear Power Plant.
"Personally, I think these triangles and UFOs like to come around high power lines and could be using or taping into the energy there to power their vehicles, or whatever it is they are powering," Pfeifer said. "Or they might just be curious."
Pfeifer, a Desert Storm veteran and Air Force retiree, grew up in National Park, which is in close proximity to the Philadelphia Airport and Navy yard.
After retirement, Pfeifer decided to become an investigator with MUFON because he has always been interested in UFOs.
"It's the most rewarding thing I've ever done," he said. "I've had many sightings and a close encounter at Area 51. There's definitely something else out there."
Usually, just like with ghosts and other paranormal topics, people either fully believe in life on other planets or fully dismiss the idea.
One night, after a paranormal investigation, I had a conversation with Jersey Unique Minds Paranormal Society founder Doug Hogate Jr. about what he thinks about aliens and UFOs.
"Think of a cell," Hogate said, explaining cells are made up of a nucleus and thousands of mitochondria.
"What if we are just a tiny cell in something huge?" he questioned. "The sun would be like the nucleus with all the planets orbiting around it."
That's pretty deep, but he concluded that, yes, he believes there is something else out there.
What do you think?