The same week famed physicist Stephen Hawking announced he was teaming with investors — including a Russian billionaire — in a $100 million effort to scientifically prove alien life exists, the tiny Westmoreland County village of Kecksburg was celebrating it.
|Stan Gordon talks about ‘What we Know About Kecksburg UFO’, Celebrating the 50th Anniverersary of the Incident, on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Monessen Public Library and Cultural Center. (Credit: Jim Ference | Trib Total Meida)|
The Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday wrapped up its three-day UFO Festival, commemorating an incident in which a mysterious object fell out of the sky into a wooded area near the Mt. Pleasant Township village about 4:47 p.m. Dec. 9, 1965. Yesterday, in commemoration of the upcoming 50th anniversary, organizers hosted a roundtable witness discussion about the incident.
Stan Gordon, a Greensburg author and researcher of unidentified flying objects who is considered a leading expert on the incident, explained in recent years people are feeling more comfortable discussing it and are no longer fearful of being ridiculed. . . .