Guests Midnight Society

Wednesday, March 17th – Guest: Mark O’Connell

Mark O’Connell – The Close Encounters Man

Mark O’Connell shares his research into the strange UFO career and work of Dr. J. Allen Hynek.


Mark O’Connell has written several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – one of which, the DS9 episode “Who Mourns For Morn?,” was named by Hugo-winning science fiction writer Charlie Jane Anders as No. 72 on the list of the Top 100 Star Trek episodes of all time. Mark has had feature film projects in development with Disney, DreamWorks Animation, Launchpad Productions, Barcelona Films and Al Ruddy Productions. He currently writes the UFO blog High Strangeness at and made his reality show debut in 2015 on Mysteries at the Monument on The Travel Channel. Mark teaches screenwriting at DePaul University in Chicago. He lives with his wife Monica in Wisconson.


The Close Encounters Man: How One Man Made the World Believe in UFOs



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Amy On The Radio

Amy On The Radio – Wednesday, November 18th – Guest Travis Walton


Travis Walton

Driving home after a day of clearing underbrush in the Sitgreaves National Forest, seven loggers came upon a 40-foot wide shiny disc hovering on the crest of a ridge. As if spellbound, one of these loggers, Travis Walton, jumped from the passenger side of their work truck and ran toward the craft for a closer look. That decision on November 5, 1975 would change these men forever.

Travis’ story became a book and movie called, “Fire in the Sky” (1993). The Paramount Pictures feature film enhanced his “close encounter of the third kind,” (a term coined by ufologist J. Allen Hynek denoting human observations of actual aliens or “animate beings”).

: The True Story of Travis Walton, recounts the experiences of the work crew that day in the forest and the weeks that followed this incident. Travis and the rest of the crew struggled to make sense of the event, enduring humiliation and job losses. Travis has encountered lifelong ridicule regarding his experiences.

The Travis Walton UFO story remains one of the most well documented stories of its kind of all time.


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