After Steve Hudgeons, assistant state director for the Mutual UFO Network of Texas, visited Stephenville, Texas, Saturday, he was only sure of one thing he hadn't known before then: The people in that small town outside Fort Worth are very friendly. Hudgeons described a youth who had taken advantage of the media presence (Hudgeons counted about 500 people and a line of cameras from national media outlets) with an aluminum foil helmet.
When Hudgeons asked the boy to take it off (he thought it exploitive), the boy later apologized sheepishly.
Hudgeons gathered plenty of data during his visit Saturday. “We had 50 reports sheets, and ran out of those and had to start writing on other things,” he says. “I would say 60 percent of the data and reports that came in were sightings from 20 years ago. Sounds like an ongoing thing to me.”
Conclusions will not come for some weeks, perhaps even months, as Hudgeons gathers more data. In the meantime, local radio station Mandatory FM has deemed itself the “Texas UFO information station.” Today they had James Fox, independent filmmaker of “Out of the Blue: The Definitive Investigation of the UFO Phenomenon,” on their morning show. Fox has recently been on Larry King for his film work.
Hudgeons maintains the Stephenville UFO sighting has received national media attention because of the credibility of witnesses to the event. “Especially with [Constable Lee Roy Gaitan],” Hudgeons says. “His credibility goes a long way, and I believe that’s the key to the whole thing.”
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