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Author Topic: Falcon Lake incident is Canada's best-documented UFO encounter, even 50 years l  (Read 206 times)

PrairieMom

This happened 150 km east of where I grew up, 10 years before I was born.

My grandfather, a devout Catholic, believed very strongly in extraterrestials. He saw a number of odd things in the bush over the years while out hunting, and often remarked that if they were real he hoped that they'd take him so he could "show them a good specimen of humanity".  :LOL: I don't know what I believe, but it's interesting regardless.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/falcon-lake-incident-book-anniversary-1.4121639




Stefan Michalak was treated at a hospital for burns to his chest and stomach that later turned into raised sores on a grid-like pattern.

Stan Michalak can still vividly remember when his dad came home sick and injured after something happened in the Falcon Lake woods in Manitoba on the May long weekend of 1967.

It was something that put his family life into upheaval and remains one of the world's best-known UFO encounters.

"I recalled seeing him in bed. He didn't look good at all. He looked pale, haggard," said Michalak, who was nine years old at the time and was allowed to see his dad for a couple of minutes on the day after what soon become known as the Falcon Lake incident.

    The Falcon Lake event: Canada's most famous UFO encounter

Then there was the smell.

"When I walked into the bedroom there was a huge stink in the room, like a real horrible aroma of sulphur and burnt motor. It was all around and it was coming out of his pores. It was bad," said Michalak, who co-authored the book When They Appeared with Winnipeg UFO researcher Chris Rutkowski.



The book will be launched on Saturday in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the incident.

"I was very afraid. My dad had been injured and I didn't know anything about it," Michalak told CBC News in recalling that Saturday 50 years earlier.

Within a couple of days, however, not only did he know more — so did much of the public.

The story about his dad being burned by a UFO ran in the Winnipeg Tribune newspaper "and that's when everything pretty much hit the fan," Michalak said.
The encounter

Stefan Michalak was an industrial mechanic by trade and an amateur geologist who liked to venture into the wilderness around Falcon Lake — about 150 kilometres east of Winnipeg — to prospect for quartz and silver.

He had staked some claims the prior year and set out on the May long weekend in 1967 to explore some more.

On May 20, 1967, Stefan was near a vein of quartz along the Precambrian Shield in the area when the 51-year-old was startled by a gaggle of nearby geese that erupted into a clattering of honks.

According to his accounts, as reported in newspapers at the time and since repeated in books, magazines and on TV shows like Unsolved Mysteries, Stefan looked up and saw two cigar-shaped objects with a reddish glow hovering about 45 metres away.



One descended, according to Stefan's account, landing on a flat section of rock and taking on more of a disc shape. The other remained in the air for a few minutes before flying off.

Believing it to be a secret U.S.military experimental craft, Stefan sat back and sketched it over the next half hour. Then he decided to approach, later recalling the warm air and smell of sulphur as he got closer, as well as a whirring sound of motors and a hissing of air.

He also noted a door open on the side with bright lights inside, and said he heard voices muffled by the sounds from the craft.

He said he called out, offering mechanical help to the "Yankee boys" if they needed it. The voices went quiet but did not answer, so Stefan tried in his native Polish, then in Russian and finally in German.

Only the whirr and hiss of the craft responded.

He claims he went closer and noted the smooth metal of the ship, with no seams. He then looked into the bright doorway, pulling on the welding goggles he used to protect his eyes while chipping at rocks during prospecting.


Stefan Michalak wearing the welding goggles he says he used to peer into the craft he encountered in Falcon Lake. (My encounter with the UFO/Stefan Michalak)

Inside, Stefan said he saw light beams and panels of various-coloured flashing lights, but could not see anyone or any living thing. When he stepped away, three panels slid across the door opening and sealed it.

He reached to touch the craft, which he said melted the fingertips of the glove he was wearing.

The craft then began to turn counter-clockwise and Stefan says he noticed a panel that contained a grid of holes. Shortly afterward, he was struck in the chest by a blast of air or gas that pushed him backward and set his shirt and cap ablaze.

He ripped away the burning garments as the craft lifted off and flew away.

Disoriented and nauseous, Stefan stumbled through the forest and vomited. He eventually made his way back to his motel room in Falcon Lake then caught a bus back to Winnipeg.

He was treated at a hospital for burns to his chest and stomach that later turned into raised sores on a grid-like pattern. And for weeks afterwards, he suffered from diarrhea, headaches, blackouts and weight loss.

'It just flipped our lives over'

Once the story was out, the RCMP, the air force, the media, various government agencies, and hordes of gawking members of the public descended on the Michalaks's small River Heights bungalow in Winnipeg.

That's who Michalak refers to in the title of the book — those endless visitors and phone calls, the media and people camping on the lawn, the people who would follow Michalak to school one day peppering him with questions.

"It just flipped our lives over," he said. "It took several years before it finally died down."

After that, and until the day he died in 1999 at the age of 83, Stefan believed he never should have said a thing, Michalak said.

But at the time, he felt it was a duty. He wanted others, if they were to see the same thing, to avoid it and not get hurt, Michalak said.

In Poland, before Stefan moved his family to Canada, he was a military policeman with a set of moral guidelines that he lived by — that is, if something happened, it should be reported, Michalak said.

In addition to constant probing from authorities, the family endured condemnation and criticism in the public, Stefan's sanity was questioned and Michalak was bullied in school.

Though he wished he hadn't said anything, Stefan never backed away from the story, either. He also never claimed to have seen aliens and still considered it a secret military craft.

"If you asked him what it was he saw, he could describe it in intimate detail but he would never say, 'Oh, it was definitely extraterrestrials,' because there was no evidence to prove that," said Michalak.

"He might ask, 'What do you think I saw?' but right up until he died, his story never changed one iota — nothing about it or how he told it."

In all those years since and with some 300 pages of documentation on the encounter, "there's nothing so far that has flawed his story," Michalak said.

So what does he think?

"I'm not so close-minded that I can't entertain the possibility that it's otherworldly. I can't discount that. But without specific evidence to show me that it is, I don't know," Michalak said.

"What I can tell you is that I'm an aviation fanatic, a huge aviation buff, and I am very familiar with how aviation technology has advanced in the past 50 years. And there was nothing even close to that in the works anywhere at that time."
Intensely investigated

The case was investigated intensely by a number of levels of government and the official conclusion, even from the United States Air Force, was that the case was unexplained, Rutkowski noted.

    'Canada's UFO guy' long fascinated by mysterious lights in the sky

"The Falcon Lake incident is possibly Canada's best-documented UFO case," he said.

"It even beats Roswell [the alleged flying disc that landed in New Mexico in 1947] because the United States still doesn't recognize that anything happened in Roswell out of the ordinary."

    "If Dad hoaxed this — remember we're talking about a blue-collar, industrial mechanic — if he hoaxed it then he was a freakin' genius."
    - Stan Michalak

Items were later retrieved from the encounter site, including Stefan's glove and shirt and some tools, which were subjected to extensive analysis at an RCMP crime lab. No one could determine what caused the burns.

At the landing site was a circle about 15 feet in diameter, devoid of the moss and vegetation growing in other areas of the same rock outcropping. Soil samples, along with samples of clothing, were tested and deemed to be highly radioactive.

So were pieces of metal that were chipped out of cracks in the rock about a year after the incident. The metal had somehow been melted into the cracks.

Many of the items have long since been lost as they were transferred through various authorities and agencies. However, Rutkowski and Michalak still have one of the pieces of metal, which remains radioactive.

Still sick in 1968 with recurrences of the burns showing up on his chest and suffering from blackouts, Stefan went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Doctors did a thorough investigation and even sent him to a psychiatrist "who came back with the report that this is a fellow who's very pragmatic, very down to earth — pardon the pun — and does not make up stories," Rutkowski said.

"If Dad hoaxed this — remember we're talking about a blue-collar, industrial mechanic — if he hoaxed it then he was a freakin' genius," said Michalak.
"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth was gone, and the sea is now no more.

 And I John saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a great voice from the throne, saying: Behold the tabernacle of God with men, and he will dwell with them. And they shall be his people; and God himself with them shall be their God.

 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away." The Apocalypse 21:1-4

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In His Love

"When I walked into the bedroom there was a huge stink in the room, like a real horrible aroma of sulphur..."

In Raymond Arroyo's book Mother Angelica: Her Grand Silence, it says this:

"But she [Mother Angelica] wasn't laughing when 'the Enemy' showed himself in 2009---in fact, she wasn't doing anything, and that was the problem. It was shortly after 4 a.m. in the morning, and Sister Augustine could not wake Mother Angelica. Her eyes were fluttering as if she were having a stroke or in some distress.

Panicked, Augustine roused Sister Margaret Mary. The two nuns tried to furiously shake Mother from her slumber. She showed no signs of waking. At that moment, lights flashed throughout the monastery. A buzzing sound echoed through the cloister halls. 'The entire place turned an eerie green and there was a stench in the chapel---like sulfur,' one sister remembered. 'I had goose bumps up and down my arms.'"

formerbuddhist

It's about as genuine as it gets.  The man comes off as just a hard working immigrant guy. I don't know whether it was a UFO or not, but whatever it was it hurt him.  Perhaps it was demonic, after all there was the smell of sulphur, and the late Father Seraphim Rose was of the opinion that the UFO phenomenon was probably mostly diabolical.


Canada gives me the creeps! Between this story and the one about the Chinese guy decapitating a young man on s greyhoud bus in Manitoba it seems like a place of extremes. I guess the desolation and frozen monotony of the far northern Prairie brings out the weirdness and the creep factor in people.
Walk before God in simplicity, and not in subtleties of the mind. Simplicity brings faith; but subtle and intricate speculations bring conceit; and conceit brings withdrawal from God. -Saint Isaac of Syria, Directions on Spiritual Training


"It is impossible in human terms to exaggerate the importance of being in a church or chapel before the Blessed Sacrament as often and for as long as our duties and state of life allow. I very seldom repeat what I say. Let me repeat this sentence. It is impossible in human language to exaggerate the importance of being in a chapel or church before the Blessed Sacrament as often and for as long as our duties and state of life allow. That sentence is the talisman of the highest sanctity. "Father John Hardon

In His Love

Canada gives me the creeps! Between this story and the one about the Chinese guy decapitating a young man on s greyhoud bus in Manitoba it seems like a place of extremes. I guess the desolation and frozen monotony of the far northern Prairie brings out the weirdness and the creep factor in people.

Most of us are pretty laid back. I don't think many of us would decapitate anyone unless all of our Tim Hortons buildings burned down, and then it's more likely that the zombie apocalypse would begin. But we would be very polite about it.

PrairieMom

It's about as genuine as it gets.  The man comes off as just a hard working immigrant guy. I don't know whether it was a UFO or not, but whatever it was it hurt him.  Perhaps it was demonic, after all there was the smell of sulphur, and the late Father Seraphim Rose was of the opinion that the UFO phenomenon was probably mostly diabolical.


Canada gives me the creeps! Between this story and the one about the Chinese guy decapitating a young man on s greyhoud bus in Manitoba it seems like a place of extremes. I guess the desolation and frozen monotony of the far northern Prairie brings out the weirdness and the creep factor in people.

Yeah, that happened on the highway half way between where I grew up and where I live now.  It was horrible. I pass the memorial every time we go to Winnipeg. Incidently, Vince Li (he has since changed his name, but I don't remember his new name) was recently given a absolute discharge from the psychiatric facility where he was. Not even supervision conditions to make sure he takes his medications so he doesn't again listen to those voices that made it do it. #justicesystemfail

But yeah, we're kinda the home of the weird. Actually only the bottom 1/3 is prairie - the rest is precambrian shield and muskeg. Now THAT is desolate... There's literally a 4+ hour section of the main highway going up to Thompson that has nothing but a pay phone about mid-way. No towns, no gas stations, nothing. Lots of communities only accessible by rail or air (or in the winter, on the ice roads).

But boy, can it be beautiful (north and south)...



















"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth was gone, and the sea is now no more.

 And I John saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a great voice from the throne, saying: Behold the tabernacle of God with men, and he will dwell with them. And they shall be his people; and God himself with them shall be their God.

 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away." The Apocalypse 21:1-4

http://allourneedsarespecial.blogspot.ca/


In His Love

Here are some pictures of Saskatchewan for you:






The Tax Collector

On the subject of Canada and UFO's, I don't know what to think about UFO's, but I think we should consider the testimony of  Paul Hellyer.  Paul Hellyer is Canada's Paul Craig Roberts.  He was a major figure in the Federal liberal governments  in the 60's and 70's, at one point holding the position of Minister of National Defense (equivalent to defence secretary In The USA).

It makes you wonder the information that he was privy to on the Falcon Lake and other NORAD related UFO stories (Canada and the USA are jointly responsible for North American air defense, and in the 60's -70's, jointly managed the DEW line, the most advanced radar system of its generation), but  in September 2005 he became the first person of cabinet rank in the G8 group of countries to state unequivocally “UFO’s are as real as the airplanes flying overhead.” 

A lifelong politician, he is an engineer by education, and has written extensively on the Global Money Mafia, world economics, and advocates for disclosure of what governments know about the UFO phenomenon.

http://www.paulhellyerweb.com/
"Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."  Matthew 9:10-14


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