Published: 2:42 PM 6/22/2012
by Alistair Watson, West Lothian Courier
THERE was a strange encounter at the Courier office this week as a film crew popped in for a flying visit to talk about UFOs. The team from Pioneer Productions were in West Lothian as part of a series they are filming for the National Geographic television channel which is examining famous UFO cases of the past few decades.
Their quest has taken them to a series of countries across Europe and they came to the county to investigate its very own X-File. He didnít see little green men exactly, but 33 years ago forester Bob Taylor had a remarkable encounter with a UFO at Dechmont Law in Livingston.
Paranormal expert Malcolm Robinson, who interviewed Mr Taylor the day after the incident in 1979, went with the film crew to the site of the encounter.
And the founder of Strange Phenominan Investigations, also came into the Courierís King Street office in Bathgate to be filmed as he looked through archive copies of your favourite local newspaper to find articles on Mr Taylorís encounter from 1979.
Courier reporter Alistair Watson also got in on the act when he was interviewed by the crew about the paperís coverage of the incident through the years and the impact the event had on West Lothian.
The Livingston incident is one of the planetís most intriguing UFO mysteries which remains unsolved and still fascinates UFO enthusiasts all over the world.
The incident took place on November 9, 1979 when Mr Taylor came across a metallic spherical object around 12 feet high in a clearing.
When Mr Taylor approached it, two smaller spheres around three feet in diameter that appeared to be covered in spikes emerged from the bottom of the large sphere and began rolling towards him.
The small spheres grabbed his trousers and dragged him towards the large object, and he passed out.
He regained consciousness around 20 minutes later, suffering a sore head and throat and with a bitter taste in his mouth.
A subsequent investigation found marks on the ground corresponding to Mr Taylorís description of what had happened.
Both police and ufologists say this encounter is unique as it is the only one ever to have left tangible and recorded evidence to support the story with strange marks in the clearing where the incident took place and inexplicable damage to Mr Taylorís trousers, long johns and skin.
The incident has also been verified by the authorities and was the subject of a full police investigation.
The series is expected to air on National Geographic channel in the US and Europe next year.
See the UFO Casebook case file, 1979 - Dechmont Woods Encounter of Robert Taylor.