Chicago O’Hare UFO – according to UFO expert and author Leslie Kean, those highly searched words indicate that the public continues to crave answers to one of life’s most basic and eternal questions: Are we alone in the universe?
Author Leslie Kean made a recent appearance on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report to publicize her new book on the subject, many years in the making. She cites the Chicago O’Hare UFO incident as one of the small fraction of cases that defy any logical explanation. Kean concedes though that most UFO sightings can be dismissed or explained away as natural phenomenon.
The Chicago Tribune, which headlined the story back when it occurred in November of 2006, got more web traffic for that one story than for any other before or since. The Chicago O’Hare UFO incident remains the most searched article in the history of the venerable Chicago Tribune publication. The original article’s author revisited the story in a follow-up article directly after the airing of Leslie Kean’s appearance on The Colbert Report.
Stephen Colbert is of course no stranger to the impact of the internet when it comes to manipulating media. But the continued interest in UFO stories and the attendant conspiracy theories never seem to completely fade away. The treatment of the Chicago O’Hare UFO sighting by government authorities and FAA officials only fueled the fervor of those who would believe that we do in fact have extraterrestrial neighbors, and that our own government wants to keep their existence a secret from the public.
Author Leslie Kean advocates reopening investigations into UFO cases that can’t be explained as anything else. She states that some high ranking officials around the world do in fact take these cases seriously, and in fact some of the witnesses to UFO appearances have been pretty high-ranking themselves.
Still, the association of UFO sightings with backwoods rubes, hoaxsters, and pseudo-science persists. Recall the scorn heaped on President Jimmy Carter when he confessed to an encounter with the unexplainable.
Maybe it’s time, as Colbert kidded his guest, that we reopen the X-files and finally get some answers. Those answers, of course, could throw a monkey wrench into government security, Christian beliefs and scientific understanding, along with a rethinking of the fiction in science-fiction.