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Calvin Parker. On October 11th, 1973 nineteen-year-old Calvin Parker and his friend forty-two-year-old Charles Hickson were spending a frustrating evening fishing on the Pascagoula River in Mississippi. Both men loved to fish but tonight’s fishing trip would turn out to be one they would never forget. In the early evening, both men were startled when a strange craft descended and hovered a few feet above the ground and just a few yards from their location. Before they had any chance to run an opening appeared in this craft and out ‘floated’ three humanoid creatures. Both men were absolutely terrified when these creatures grabbed them and took them aboard the craft. On the craft, both men were subjected to an examination and at one point they were so terrified as they believed they were about to die. Minutes later both Calvin Parker and Charles Hickson were deposited back on the riverbank and the craft departed. Taking off in their car the two terrified witnesses eventually located a public telephone box and phoned the local sheriff. A short time later they were being interviewed at their local sheriff’s office. These two disorientated witnesses told their story of their close encounter and abduction by these strange creatures. The next day all hell was let loose as the press descended on this unsuspecting Mississippi town. Calvin Parker, seriously disturbed by these events, has largely remained in the background without ever detailing the full account of what happened that night, how it affected him and his life, and other close encounters he has experienced down the years. Now, for the first time, Calvin Parker tells his story in full. This book, Pascagoula – The Closest Encounter, tells the story of one of the classic close encounters currently on record. This book features for the first time the full transcript of Calvin Parker’s hypnotic regression session with the late Budd Hopkins, one of the world’s foremost researchers of this phenomena. The manuscript is also packed full of documents, newspaper cuttings and photographs old and new.
Charles Halt was born and raised in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pa. He put himself thru college earning a degree in Economics and Chemistry. He later earned an MBA in Business Management. He spent 29 years in the USAF and in 1980 was assigned to the Pentagon managing most of the USAF jet engine fleet. He was assigned to RAF Bentwaters in June 1980 as the Deputy Base Commander. At that time Bentwaters was the largest tactical fighter wing in the free world. He later became Base Commander and a follow on assignment was Base Commander of the F-16 Base in Kunsan Korea. From there he became the Director of Inspections for the Department of Defense Inspector General with total inspection over the site of the entire military to include the NSA and DIA. He retired in 1991 and got involved in Community Management. His last position was as General Manager of a large gated community with a population of 7,000. The community included a certified police force, the normal parks/pool/playgrounds, a golf course, country club, marina, a stable, a large community center, 38 miles of road as well as a major historic site. In 1980 he was the principal witness and investigator in the famous Rendlesham UFO encounter.
Donald R. Schmitt is the former Co-Director of the J. Allen Center for UFO Studies of Chicago where he served as Director of Special Investigations for ten years. He is a co-founder of the International UFO Museum and Research Center of Roswell, New Mexico and serves as an advisor to the board of directors. A six-time best-selling author, his first book, co-authored with Dr. Kevin D. Randle was made into the Golden Globe nominated best TV movie ROSWELL. His recent book Witness to Roswell co-authored with Thomas J. Carey was the number 1 selling UFO book in the world for 2007-2008. That book has been optioned by Bryce Zabel for the feature film UNIDENTIFIED. Schmitt is also an associate producer on the forthcoming feature film "701." Schmitt has lectured all over the world including Russia, China, Japan, Europe, the UK, and South America.
Ben Moss is the Chief Field Investigator for Mufon in Virginia. He is a seasoned UFO researcher and has appeared on The History Channels Hangar1 as well as several other UFO-related shows. Ben, along with Tony Angiola, has spent the last 4 years investigating the Socorro UFO landing and has presented their finding at numerous conferences to inform new generations of people of this extraordinary Close Encounter of the 3rd Kind.
Mark "Tony" Angiola began UFO research in the early ’90s. An investigator and Assistant State Director for MUFON VA, however a Computer Network Engineer for over 20 years as a profession. Tony is an advanced scuba diver and has a great interest in preserving and cleaning our oceans as well as gaining a better understanding as to the underwater aspect of UFO’s. A public speaker and guest expert on History’s Hangar 1 second season you can hear podcasts and read various works of his research and encounters at www.mufonva.com.
Nick Redfern is the author of 50 books on UFOs, lake-monsters, zombies, and Hollywood scandal, including The Roswell UFO Conspiracy; Women in Black; Men in Black; and 365 Days of UFOs. Nick has appeared on many TV shows, including the BBC’s Out of This World; the SyFy Channel’s Proof Positive; the History Channel’s Monster Quest, America’s Book of Secrets, and UFO Hunters; the National Geographic Channel’s Paranatural; and MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Nick lives in Arlington, Texas. He can be contacted at his blog: http://nickredfernfortean.blogspot.com