The best-known event of the October 1973 UFO wave is the Pascagoula abduction account of Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker. It began as an extremely credible report, but unlike many reports, intensive research has uncovered a number of additional reports of UFO sightings in the area at around the same time. This number continues to grow and more detail is given in Beyond Pascagoula. This material has added to the event’s credibility and because of this, it has been termed the best-documented alien abduction account on record. However many significant elements of this happening are unknown. Its numerous unique aspects included the instruments the beings used when they appeared to scan the men, which resembled such modern devices as the computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan. Such unique factors are compared to additional reports from the same time. Today abductions appear to happen as single events, but Pascagoula may have been extremely different and the first reported. That is because it may be the first report of a new type of abduction event–a second possible abduction, at around the same time and location as Parker and Hickson’s and possibly by the same object. And there may have been several additional abduction attempts on the same night as the Pascagoula abduction. In addition, Pascagoula made the national news a second time in one month because of an Unidentified Submerged Object (USO) report. The Navy seriously investigated this. Much else happened at the same time as the Pascagoula abduction, such as reports of close UFO encounters, a thunderous boom, humanoid reports, and similar episodes that swarmed in to bewildered operators in many states across the USA. These events were a part of a massive UFO wave, which some considered the largest wave ever experienced and possibly the last wave. The strange boom was no ordinary sound; it was one that, with the exception of the Krakatoa volcanic eruption of 1883, could be the most extensive audible sound ever recorded. It did not happen in some out of the way place; it happened in the nation’s vital centers. It was felt in Washington DC, over areas of the nation’s highest population density, its heartland, and several vital cities This sound was analyzed according to the latest NASA research on sounds. The physics of the boom was quite unnatural and remarkable in many ways. The width of the sound would mean that the object causing it would be many miles high, in outer space, and in a location where there should be no overpressure. However, there was a large area of overpressure such that it broke windows in a swath over at least three states and it appeared able to cause ground movement over a large area. It appeared to defy the laws of physics. The 1973 UFO wave occurred in a time of national and international crisis; a DEFCON 3 Nuclear Alert and Threat of Nuclear Confrontation and the Watergate events. Some thought it was a show of force event engineered by aliens at a time of potential nuclear conflict. Unlike most UFO associated phenomena where there is no hard scientific proof, this associated sound was recorded on two seismographs, which may provide scientific proof of the existence of anomalous UFO phenomena associated events.
Irena Scott received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in physiology, did post-doctoral research at Cornell University, and has had a professorship at St. Bonaventure University. Her MS was from the University of Nevada, her BS from Ohio State University in astronomy and biology, and she has done research and teaching at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and the University of Nevada. The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) employed Irena in Ph.D. level (GS-11) research in satellite photography. This included its Air Order of Battle section, which involved aircraft identification where she had the above top-secret Sensitive Compartmented Information type of clearance. Irena was previously employed in as a Physical Scientist/Cartographer in the Aerospace Center using satellite photography, and worked at Battelle Memorial Institute. At Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, she had been in the secured areas including the Blue Room. She was a volunteer astronomer at the Ohio State University Radio Observatory “Big Ear” (noted for the WOW SETI signal that might be humanity’s only signal from ET) and have taken flying lessons. Popular Mechanics magazine employed her as a correspondent with byline articles. She served on the MUFON Board of Directors (1993 to 2000) and was a founding member of the Mid-Ohio Research Associates (MORA) and an editor for the Ohio UFO Notebook. Irena has done numerous podcasts such as Coast to Coast, Shirley MacLaine’s Independent Expression Radio, and was a featured speaker at the 2019 50th Anniversary International MUFON Symposium. Her publications include books, and works in peer-reviewed scientific journals, magazines, and newspapers. Irena’s recent books on UFOs are: UFOs TODAY 70 Years of Lies, Disinformation, and Government Cover-Up; Inside the Lightning Ball: Scientific Study of Lifelong UFO Experiencers; Sacred Corridors Secrets Behind the Real Project Blue Book, Wright-Patterson AFB, Roswell, Battelle, Memory Metal, Dr. J. Allen Hynek & UFO Cover-Ups; and Beyond Pascagoula The Rest of the Amazing Story. Flying Disk Press published all.