Illusion or reality? A glimpse at UFOs

Anthology: A three-CD set for Windows and Macintosh makes a strong case for the existence of unidentified flying objects.

February 26, 2004|By Noah Matthews | Noah Matthews,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

There were many summer nights in the rural Midwest when I was convinced that the Northern Lights were really spaceships looking for a place to land. It didn't help that I had seen every UFO movie made during the 1950s, and was scared of my own shadow.

I'm not saying that UFOs are real, but the UFO Anthology, a three-CD set for Windows and Macintosh computers, sure makes a strong case for their existence. The collection was made several years ago, but it contains an encyclopedic guide to UFOs up to that time.

The narrator introduces topics such as "crop circles" and "alien abductions" in a totally convincing manner (for this scaredy-cat child of the 1950s). The opening compact disc features experts in the various fields of the UFO phenomenon, government cover-ups, and CIA documents that the narrator says prove the existence of UFOs.

A timeline lists strange, unexplained sightings, from Roswell, N.M., to Washington, and challenges official government explanations. The third disc contains dozens of government documents about UFOs that can be printed.

About an hour into this anthology of UFOs, complete with eerie music and descriptions of unexplainable heavenly phenomena, a glass on a nearby table of mine shattered. After scraping myself off the ceiling, I determined that no one else was in the room. The glass probably shattered because it was too close to some candles left burning after a late dinner. Still ... How can I be certain?

UFO Anthology will run on Windows 95, 98, Me and XP and Macintosh PCs running System 7.1 or higher.

For a copy of the three-CD UFO Anthology, send $20, plus $5 for shipping to Washington CD, P.O. Box 17356, Long Beach, Calif. 90807. Or by credit card at www.washingtoncd.net or 800-395-7797.

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