Learn about UFO sightings at Troy library

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 8, 2017


TROY — Hundreds of sightings of UFOs are reported in Michigan each year, and approximately 10,000 are reported internationally.

The Mutual UFO Network Scientific Review Board, after investigating, can explain 80 percent of them as misdirected aircraft, meteors, drones or sky lanterns, said Bill Konkolesky, who has served as state director of the network for 13 years. 

But what about the remaining 20 percent? 

Konkolesky — who has appeared on documentaries about UFOs on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel and the ABC network —  will talk about the remaining 20 percent that can’t be explained at “Best New UFO Sightings” at 7 p.m. March 13 at the Troy Public Library.  

Donna Garbarino, adult services librarian, said Konkolesky has given presentations at the library before, but this is a new one. 

“He’s a lot of fun,” she said. 

Konkolesky said the Mutual UFO Network, founded in 1969, is an “all-volunteer army” of people from all walks of life. 

“The Scientific Review Board is comprised of highly educated people, including aerospace industry professionals and scientists,” he said. 

“The thing about UFOs is that they’re here, then gone,” he said. 

He said that upon receiving a report of a UFO, members of the network will interview witnesses, and they will sometimes go out to investigate if someone reports that something has landed in a backyard. 

“We don’t publicly speculate. We’ll say we don’t know what it is,” he said. 

Reports of UFOs are sometimes made by police officers, pilots or a multitude of witnesses who saw the same thing, Konkolesky said.  He will talk about “a handful of the best cases, all reported outside Michigan, except one — a pretty stunning video of a triangular-shaped object filmed near Lansing in 2006,” he said. 

He said he has spoken at 30 libraries throughout the state, and people are usually surprised to learn of the “sheer number of sightings reported.” 

Konkolesky has been a member of the Michigan Chapter of the Mutual UFO Network since 1993. He personally saw a UFO one night while parked in a car in Sterling Heights in February 1989. He was a senior in high school. 

“A blue ball of light the size of a car was in the air about as high as two telephone poles,” he said. “It slowly flew over the car we were sitting in. Then we saw a white ball of light that zigzagged, followed by a red ball of light.” 

For more information on the Michigan Chapter of the Mutual UFO Network, visit mimufon.org. 

People can register for the library program by calling (248) 524-3534 or by visiting troypl.org. 

The library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road.