I am excited to report that I have now read my UFO Congress buddy Joan Bird’s new book, “Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials: Extraordinary stories of documented sightings and encounters.” In her tours around her home state, this book is already drawing unusual crowds. Her public reading in the small town of Hamilton last weekend, for example, drew over 100 people, over twice as many as expected.
Let me confess at the outset that I don’t envy Joan, the task she set for herself: to speak truth about the biggest taboo of all in this culture — extraterrestrial and/or interdimensional phenomena — and to do so in a way that those who are most likely to ridicule UFO and ET presence might actually be able to stop and listen. In other words, to speak truth “scientifically” and to anchor her findings firmly in place. No woo-woo.
To that end, Joan took three unusual tacks:
1) she wrote a decidedly “regional” book, to target specifically Montana readers who could identify with the location of a UFO sighting, for example, even down to which fork in which stream up which canyon, near which old gold mine;
2) she invoked her Ph.D. in biology to write with as much left brain logic and evidence-based data as she could round up — including hundreds of footnotes, every little nook and cranny of her research into the minutia of UFO sightings and the shifting “official” responses to them especially, documented to the nth detail;
and 3) at certain critical junctures, she widened the discussion from Montana-based sightings to global phenomena of that type, most noticeably in the case of crop circles and their possible interpretations.
That said, of course Joan wasn’t speaking to me — already a “believer,” or at least a person open to infinite possibilities. Nor was she speaking in her usual voice — the one she uses when we are eating meals at UFO Congresses, or racing to get to the next presentation, or comparing notes. Let me just say that Joan’s personal voice is much more intuitive and sensitive to all sorts of nuances and dimensions than she lets on in this book.
Compared to Joan, I’m a ufology newbie. She’s my teacher, and she has already accomplished her purpose with me. No need for me to read her book.
But wait! Not true!
I was surprised to realize that even I found much of the book fascinating — except for that first chapter, on the first documented UFO case in Montana, “Nick Mariana’s Montana Movie,” which, frankly, was a bit daunting for me to get through, given that her research techniques were most finely honed in this chapter. What I found fascinating about even this chapter however, was how, like a relentless bulldog, Joan followed and exposed every twist and turn of the government and military “authorities” constantly mutating and deliberately confusing mendacity in trying to deny what was really, or what appeared to be really going on with a developing story of what, had a wall of silence and disinfo not been erected, would have rocked our world from its “we are alone” foundations. Which — aside from secretly back-engineering UFO technologies for military use as well as preventing the dissemination of ET knowledge of free energy — may be exactly why that wall went up! Who knows what will happen when we finally do let down our guard and let the universe in. One thing’s for sure, we won’t be in Kansas anymore — or in Montana.
After that first chapter, which is the “heaviest,” most “scientific” (165 footnotes!), reading the book got easier and the subject matter endlessly fascinating.
Here’s how she starts “UFOs and the Minuteman Missiles,” a well-researched chapter that complements the Montana research of Robert Hastings in his UFOs and Nukes.
“The events detailed in this chapter seeded my first thoughts of the need for this book. The extensive documentation of UFO activity around nuclear weapons sites — and the convincing evidence that UFOs have deactivated nuclear missiles — is something people need to know. It belongs in our Montana history texts, in our American history texts, and in our world history texts. It is that significant, and it is critical to our collective future. As citizens of the only country in the world that has used nuclear weapons in warfare, Americans particularly need to know about these events. Frankly, I was outraged that information of this magnitude was being kept from the people.”
Even in her outrage, I can feel Joan’s temper muted, banked. She truly is the perfect person to write an introductory book to a still taboo subject in which “the ridicule factor” has been deliberately and consistently, ever since World War II, fanned. Joan knows how to maintain an even, caring tone throughout all her stories. Had these stories come from someone with a wilder nature, they might be much more easily dismissed.
The final two chapters of the book tell stories of the repeated contact experiences of two Montana men, unknown to one another, Leo Dwarshak and Udo Wartena, both with “benevolent, wise, and kind beings from other planets who urge humans to end the development of nuclear weapons and offer technologies and information to end poverty and illness on Earth.” Joan notes that these kinds of benevolent interpersonal experiences with extraterrestrial beings are not uncommon, even though movies and popular culture and government brainwashing urge us to fear “evil” aliens. Both Dwarshak and Wartena were allowed to travel on ET ships. The reverential way they speak of ETs and their adventures with them on the ships remind me of the George Adamski encounters — a “contactee” whom I first heard about from Joan, at one of the UFO Congresses.
She continues to enlighten me in these matters. I am going to send this book to one of my ex-husbands who doesn’t “believe” in ETs because he can’t see how they could get here from so far away. I wrote about him here:
Will this book open his mind, at least to the possibility? We’ll see. Meanwhile, as Joan said in an interview with The Missoulan:
“She believes that contact is probable, and that talking about UFOs and alien visitors is necessary now, to help prepare us for that contact.
“’People need help to learn and to integrate this information, to help with the shock if something happens,” she said.'”
You can order your copy of “Montana UFOs” from Riverbend Publishing.