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Tuesday, September 11, 2007



Production is moving along rather nicely on our long awaited CUPIC project. We are constantly looking for on-screen talent. We need the important role of Cynthia Young filled. Visit our CASTING CALL PAGE for details...

The production of our latest feature, CUPIC: DIARY OF AN INVESTIGATOR is in mid-stride. We are taking a totally different approach to this project. We are looking for talent to use in a photo montage for a character profile. There may be possible dialog, but we mainly need talent for the photo montage over narration detailing biographic description.
Cynthia Young: Ph.D. An African American woman, mid to late 30s, aeronautical engineer, professor at Pacific Tech. Los Angeles, California. Joined CUPIC in 1987, recommended by Doctor Harold Niven. Child prodigy.
Talent will receive a copy of the project, credit and the opportunity to receive speaking role in future CUPIC projects...

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Thursday, May 17, 2007


There was a report of lights over the PV area back in March of 2007 in which a witness described a bluish, white and red lighted object that was seen hovering and gliding over this Northeast Phoenix neighborhood.

Last week, May 9th, I was out and about and noticed some blue lights darting about in the sky. As a writer and creator of the CUPIC Project, I did what I had to do and drove toward the area where these strange lights were orbiting. Johanna would have been proud. I had my Canon S1 IS in my car and when I got to the end of one residential block, I had the perfect view of a pair of lights as they made lazy, deliberate twirls, dips and dives over the neighborhood. "What in the hell are these things?" I had asked myself. I grabbed my camera, put it in movie mode and started filming. That night I captured less than a minute of footage. You can clearly see the objects darting and dancing in the video.

I had to find out about these lights. Both objects were neatly covered with blue, and red lights. As I reach a nearby neighborhood, I found a side street that ran next to a tree covered wash. This put me under the object where I could see that they weren't nearly as big as I originally thought. One object swooped low over the houses. It's plane shape was easily discernible. Apparently some cleaver youths attached ultra-brite blue, and white lights around the wings and and a red light on the tail. And they are expert flyers, seeing that they flew them at night over a neighborhood shewn with various types of trees including tall palms, this is Phoenix.

Last night, May 17th, I grabbed my wife's video camera and went on a Leoni-style UFO hunt. I wasn't to be disappointed... The lights soon appeared and I pulled into a school lot, parked and started taping. The result are in the video that I posted with this article...

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Strange Light Over Paradise Valley

Wednesday, March 7, 2007... Phoenix AZ, on 44th Street between Greenway and Thunderbird heading south. The time... between 9:15 - 9:30Pm.

I was sitting in the passenger seat looking out the window when I saw a light source in the sky. Seemed a bit odd was the color, bluish-white. I assumed that it was a conventional aircraft. I saw what looked like one red and one bluish light. My parents live near the Deer Valley Airport and I seen my share of conventional navigation lights and my share of landing lights, especially on private aircraft. These were unusual indeed. The other thing that was weird was the fact that my wife was driving the car in a thirty mile an hour zone and she was overtaking it. It was the weirdest thing that I had ever seen. I watched this light as I craned my neck to see it out of the passengers' side window. It was at least 1000 feet up.I kept my eye on this light until we reached Thunderbird Road, where the roof of a house blocked it. Thinking that it was gone, I waited for the light to change and continued to watch as my wife cleared the intersection. Surprisingly, the object was still there, seemingly moving back and fourth. I continued to watch as we approached our neighborhood. We turned onto our street and I still caught glimpses of it between the trees and rooftops. As we entered the gate, we saw that it was still there. This time, its light was getting brighter. We then lost it behind the trees.

Monday, January 08, 2007


Here's a commentary from a reporter for the Chicago Tribune about the sighting at O'Hare by United Airline workers and flight crews. The object hovered over gated C17, waiting to pull up and offload.

THEY'RE HERE! ( Or so we'd like to think. )A purported UFO sighting at O'Hare gives flight to hopes that we're not alone

By Jon Hilkevitchthe Tribune's transportation reporterJanuary 7, 2007

It's rare for a newspaper story to emerge from the vast and dark unknown and hit at a primal level, tapping into the fact that many of us feel so alone and confused about why we exist, and giving us a chance to hope, to dream. Admittedly, those big thoughts were not on my mind when the director of a UFO-watching group first called to offer an exclusive Chicago angle on what might be the biggest story of all humankind--a visit by an alien spaceship.

No, ET had not phoned home. But, said Peter Davenport of the National UFO Reporting Center, this was "an excellent, stunning case involving a genuine UFO from some other part of our galaxy or our universe."We've all read similar reports--and then put them back on the shelf--while waiting in the supermarket checkout line. I recall one tabloid front page announcing that aliens had abducted Newt Gingrich. Not surprisingly, they gave Newt back.Covering UFOs seemed to be stretching the definition of my job, transportation reporting. I looked at the clock on the newsroom wall and decided to give Mr. Davenport two minutes. But he was onto something.The UFO story, published Monday, became the most-read piece to appear on It was the top story on the Tribune Web site for four straight days, garnering more than 1 million page views from people around the world.The reaction is proof that we live in a curious world. Maybe a curious universe too.It turns conventional notions about what people want to read and hear about on their head. And it lays bare the reality that huge numbers of people explicitly mistrust the government, the military establishment and the aerospace industry when it comes to UFO sightings and research. In our first of many phone conversations, Davenport assured me that highly credible individuals spotted a flying saucerlike object Nov. 7, and that it hovered over a major site on my Tribune beat: O'Hare International Airport. So I interviewed the witnesses and tracked down some additional observers--pilots, ramp workers, mechanics and management officials at United Airlines. They were all dead serious about what they saw, and the accounts--whether made from the tarmac or from 25 feet up in the cockpit of a Boeing 777--were consistent. The unidentified aerial phenomenon was dark gray and shaped like a disc, it hovered in a fixed position above Concourse C of the United Airlines terminal, and it vanished with a burst of energy that cut a hole in the overcast skies.The fact that officials at United Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration initially denied any knowledge of the incident--despite evidence I had that they were well aware of it--made the story even more appealing.Little did any of us know.News organizations from a low-watt radio station in Delaware to a TV station in Australia phoned me to request interviews. Jay Leno cracked jokes on the "Tonight Show" about inebriated workers at O'Hare.Ufologists contacted me in droves with thanks for treating the subject in a serious manner and congratulated the Tribune, as a leading member of the mainstream media, for publishing a story about an extraterrestrial sighting.The reaction is perplexing and somewhat discouraging. But clearly it speaks to the persistent fascination with the possibility that we're not alone in the universe, and there are mysteries of our existence still to be unraveled.Dominique Callimanopulos understands why the UFO story is so seductive."When I was doing UFO research, I found that the sightings hit most people in a very child-wonder place," Callimanopulos said. She assisted the late Dr. John Mack, who became infamous at Harvard Medical School for researching UFO and alien encounters."People think this visit will be some sort of answer or salvation, that beings from another world will be able to help us solve the mess we've made on this planet," said Callimanopulos, a board member of the John E. Mack Institute, founded in honor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning physician."Everyone at some deep level does wonder why we are here. That is why there are so many religions in the world and conflicting belief systems," she said. "If we were to find our cosmic friends, we would have a real family, finally."It would be nice if physical evidence existed to substantiate the claims made at O'Hare on Nov. 7. Airport surveillance cameras are trained on the airfield, not the heavens, and FAA radar has so far turned up nothing unusual.How is it that someone smuggled a camera cell phone into a Baghdad execution chamber to chronicle the hanging of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein last month, but no one among the thousands of airport workers and travelers at O'Hare snapped a picture for the cosmic family photo album? The answer, along with an explanation about how the universe works, remains a mystery. We earthlings possess inquisitive minds, but we are, after all, only human.


Well, late 2006 wasn't shy of UFO sightings. This newest one maybe the biggest since The Phoenix Lights from a decade ago. Here is an article that I pasted from the Chicago Tribune. This is one of the original news report that was printed two months with a reply from the FAA and United spokes people after the initial incident. As you can see there is the typical official sarcasm and quick explanations.

CHICAGO -- Call it a close encounter of the O'Hare kind. Some airline workers reported seeing a mysterious, elliptical-shaped craft over O'Hare International Airport last fall but say their bosses and the government wouldn't take them seriously. The Federal Aviation Administration has dismissed the reported Nov. 7 sighting by United Airlines employees as a likely weather phenomenon. United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said there is no record of the UFO report and company officials don't recall discussing any such incident. That doesn't sit well with the employees, who are upset that neither United nor the FAA investigated the incident. A group of workers, including pilots, told the Chicago Tribune on condition of anonymity in remarks published Monday that they saw a dark gray, flying saucer-like object hover motionless in the sky above the United terminal around 4:30 p.m. that day. After several minutes, the object -- described variously at 6 feet to 24 feet in diameter -- bolted noiselessly upward through thick clouds so powerfully that it left an eerie hole in the clouds. The FAA acknowledged that a United supervisor called its air-traffic control tower at O'Hare, asking if controllers had spotted a spinning disc-shaped object. FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said no controllers saw it and a preliminary check of radar found nothing out of the ordinary. "Our theory on this is that it was a weather phenomenon," she said. "That night was a perfect atmospheric condition in terms of low (cloud) ceiling and a lot of airport lights. When the lights shine up into the clouds, sometimes you can see funny things." Funny is just how some controllers in the tower view the incident. "To fly 7 million light years to O'Hare and then have to turn around and go home because your gate was occupied is simply unacceptable," said O'Hare controller and union official Craig Burzych.