When I was about six or seven, I was sure that
space aliens had invaded my bedroom. I was in bed, trying to sleep, when I heard voices
whispering near my bed. I screamed for my parents. We looked everywhere but we couldn't
find the source of the whispering. I tried to go back to sleep, but the whispering began
again. I don't know how many times my parents came to my bedroom that night, but we
finally discovered that an old broken radio in my room had suddenly begun to work. The
voices had come from a radio announcer and singers--not space aliens. Even so, it left a
lasting impression! By fifth grade, when astronauts were being sent into space for the
first time, I looked out my bedroom window almost every night searching for UFOs. I never
saw one, but I did see quite a few shooting stars.
That experience helped create a
lifelong interest in UFOs and alien life forms. I even wrote a book
about them; my research was based on my own fascination with the subject.
Unfortunately, the book I wrote (How to Catch
a Flying Saucer) is out of print now, but you might be able to
locate a copy in a local library to find out how you can become a ufologist,
too. One hint: The most important part of a ufologist's work is to ask questions
to understand exactly what a person may have seen.