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Mon, September 10, 2012
Since 1965, Stan Gordon has been conducting on scene investigations of mysterious encounters in Pennsylvania. He has been involved with the examination of thousands of UFO and other strange reports from across the Keystone State. During the late 1960's, Stan acted as a telephone report sighting coordinator for the UFO Research Institute of Pittsburgh. Stan has been internationally recognized as an authority on the subject of the UFO and Bigfoot phenomena.
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Stan Gordon got a radio from his parents for his 10th birthday and, ever since, he has been hooked on programs about the unexplained.
The definitive broadcast, in relation to his future, aired Dec. 9, 1965, when, then 16, he heard reports on KDKA radio about witnesses seeing something fall from the sky near Kecksburg, a village in Mt. Pleasant Township. The sightings of the "fireball" had originated in Ontario, Canada, and continued over Michigan and Ohio before ending in Pennsylvania.
"It got more fascinating as the evening went on, and I kept running back and forth between the radio and KDKA-TV," he said. "There were reports of military men arriving to search the wooded area for the object, and it was a big story the next day. It made national news. The conclusion was that it was a meteor, and that is officially how it remains today."
More than 45 years later, Mr. Gordon, of Greensburg, is still talking about UFOs and other paranormal phenomena.
On Monday, he recorded another installment of "The Y Files" for Y108 Radio's "Morning Show with Monty and Zeke." Previous installments have been on UFOs and sightings of big cats and creatures that were thought to be Bigfoot.
"They are still happening," he said. "We've had a number of sightings last year, and this year already, we're looking into some Bigfoot activity. In January, there were reports of large footprints in the snow in Fayette County and the Mon Valley."
The radio program is the latest in Mr. Gordon's long-running and widespread exposure in broadcast and print media. What he later discovered about the Kecksburg incident was the focus of television's "Unsolved Mysteries" season premiere in 1990 and still runs on repeats. He has been a guest on "Sightings" and on the History, Sci-Fi and Discovery channels as well as on local television stations. Last year, he released his first books, "Silent Invasion: The Pennsylvania UFO-Bigfoot Casebook" and "Really Mysterious Pennsylvania: UFOs, Bigfoot and Other Weird Encounters Casebook One."
Mr. Gordon, 61, sells electronics for a living and by avocation is an "open-minded skeptic" who investigates unexplained incidents. He has never seen anything paranormal himself, but since he set up a hotline for public reports in 1969, he has talked to many who say they have.
"The phone began ringing off the hook," he said. "They were calling about haunted houses, strange creatures, UFO sightings and much more than I could handle."
So in 1970 he formed the Westmoreland County UFO Study Group and enlisted the expertise of various professionals. Then 1973 became a banner year for multiple sightings of UFOs and big hairy creatures, particularly behind the former Greengate Mall in Hempfield. In one of those cases, a red-eyed creature was seen looking in a high window, and a week later, Mr. Gordon made plaster casts of a 13-by-8-inch, three-toed footprint found nearby.