Next month marks the 50th anniversary of the Falcon Lake UFO Encounter by Stefan Michalak (a.k.a. the Falcon Lake Incident). It endures as Canada’s most documented UFO case, as well as one of the most compelling and remarkable UFO cases of all time, anywhere.
Michalak’s encounter with a flying saucer just north of Falcon Lake, Manitoba, on that fateful day in 1967 resulted in medically documented injuries, treated by doctors and specialists in Canada and the USA. The incident was extensively investigated by many federal and provincial authorities, yielding physical evidence (including significant levels of radiation) and was ultimately listed as officially “Unexplained” by the United States Air Force Study on UFOs. Debated at the time in Canada’s House of Commons, the incident stands as one of the most fascinating chapters of contemporary Manitoba history, while also providing a case study of how UFO reports are treated by the media and regarded by society at large. To mark this historic occasion, a slate of weekend events is taking place in Winnipeg and Falcon Lake, including:
• A rare screening by one of the founders of the Winnipeg Film Group, David Cherniack, whose film UFOs: The Secret History explores the history of the UFO phenomenon from the late '40s to today. The screening will take place at 7:00 pm on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Cinematheque in downtown Winnipeg, followed by a panel discussion featuring David Cherniack, Stan Michalak and Chris Rutkowski.
• The launch of When They Appeared, a book about the Falcon Lake Incident, co-written by Stan Michalak and Chris Rutkowski. In it, Stan recounts what was happening in the Michalak home following his father's extraordinary revelation, while Chris reveals never-before seen documents in his analysis of the event. The book also features a faithful reproduction of Stefan Michalak’s first-hand account, My Encounter With the UFO, originally published in 1968. The book launch and signing will take place at McNally Robinson Booksellers at 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
• Throughout the weekend, escorted horseback rides to the actual site of the Falcon Lake Incident will take place twice daily from Falcon Beach Ranch, culminating there with an evening fireside dinner at 6:00 pm and UFO chat with Rutkowski, Stan Michalak and others on Sunday, May 21, 2017. credit Chris Rutkowski