Close Encounters of the First Part


Episode #1422

Date March 07, 2023

Run Time 56:29

In the first of two back-to-back UFO-related episodes, David J. Halperin shares a story about a surprising alien encounter. With guest co-hosts John LaSala & Cyndi Freeman.

And don’t miss the exciting conclusion in…Close Encounters of the Second Part!

Song: Theme from ‘Close Encounters’ by Meco

Radio Story: My First Alien Landing by David J. Halperin

Song: Ode to Joy by Hope Brush

Song: Theme from ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ (Disco version) by John Williams

Teen Ufologist David J. Halperin in his raincoat photographs a hole in the ground in Glassboro NJ in 1964.
Teen ufologist, David J. Halperin, looking very much like a space scientist in his raincoat, photographs a hole in the ground, in Glassboro NJ in 1964.
A hole in the ground by a sassafras tree with broken limbs, Glassboro NJ 1964
Evidence of a landed UFO: a hole in the ground by a sassafras tree with broken limbs.
A small lake in Glassboro NJ from 1964.
The nearby lake where, presumably, water samples were taken by a UFO.



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1 year ago

I was expecting shiny knees

David J. Halperin
1 year ago

I would have loved to put up that photo. But I didn’t think it was right to publish the photo of someone who’s probably still alive without her permission, and I don’t know how to contact her.
Hope you enjoyed the story anyway!

1 year ago

What an absolutely magnificent story!!! Thank you so much for telling it David!

David J. Halperin
1 year ago

Thank you so much, Sagan!

Violeta @ Pillow Talking podcast
1 year ago

From looking for aliens to feeling like one… and in the end, not. Gorgeous story.

But on a less symbolic note, I lived the UFO furore and this brought back so many memories. My own, otherwise highly pragmatic, folks were convinced aliens visited us and my father, a medical professional, took soil samples from mysterious burned circles in rural Argentina to present to an eminent UFOlogist. Good times.

Thank you, David!

David J. Halperin
1 year ago

And thank *you* for your comment, Violeta!

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