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Historian speaks about US government's quest to explain UFOs

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
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Author Garrett Graff explores how advances in science have taken the topic of UFOs to a more serious level in a lecture at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Thursday

“The math is on the side of the aliens.”

Journalist and historian Garrett Graff spent 20 years covering national security, but his latest book is about aliens. Titled “UFO: The Inside Story of the US Government’s Search for Alien Life Here-and Out There,” it weaves together the military’s hunt for UFOs with evolving science on the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence.

“I sat up and started to pay attention when I saw serious people begin to talk seriously about this.”

Graff’s research is about the way the government has interacted with and studied UFOs, and how thinking has evolved on the topic. It features people who had roles in shaping public perception.

“That includes actually Gerald Ford who when he was a Michigan congressman actually helped jumpstart the first congressional hearings on UFOs in 1966 after a series of famous sightings at Hillsdale College.”

He explores stories of witnesses to unexplained events such as recent testimony from Navy pilots who encountered aircraft that move in ways they can’t explain.

“I think these witnesses give us a sense that there is something real here, something that is worth further study.”

Garrett Graff’s talk is open to the public Thursday at 6:30 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids.

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