Denver, Colorado man Stan Romanek is working hard to become the next Whitley Strieber. Romanek has been taking UFO pictures and videos since 2000, but he's recently hit the big time with a video that he claims shows a real, live alien (That, of course, happens to look exactly like every single gray, bug-eye alien you've ever seen.) peeking in through his window. The video itself is hard to comment on, but only because it hasn't been shown to the public yet. Though it was taken several years ago, Romanek won't allow more than a single frame of the video to be shown because "the scientists" who are studying it have asked him not to. (The apparent situation is actually that the video is going to be part of a "documentary" show later this year and they don't want to give up the goods.) Embedded below is a video of Romanek's recent appearance on Larry King Live. Of particular chagrin to me is that while Romanek's "real" video appears only in the form of a single still, there are several "reenactment videos" shown during the story that have already been circulated on the internet as genuine footage of aliens.
Romanek's other evidence consists of the regular contactee bollocks - pictures of "mysterious" cuts and scratches, a few lame UFO pictures, etc. His website makes much ado about his "automatic writing" of such things as Drake's Equation, which is an equation that was generated by Dr. Frank Drake in 1960 to estimate a plausible number of alien civilizations in the galaxy. Romanek disingenuously claims to have "never heard of" this equation at the time the aliens magically commanded him to write it in 2002. I mean, after all, how would a guy who thinks aliens have been contacting him for 2 years (at the time) have ever heard of one of the most oft-quoted bits of esoterica among the UFO True Believers™? Come the hell on, man. Oh, I almost forgot, the aliens made him write "X 100" at the conclusion of the equation. Spooky.
The man is a walking museum of alien encounter clichés - drawing "star maps" a la Betty Hill, telling stories about encounters with alien hybrids a la Whitley Strieber, or making pronouncements about historical UFOs a la Erich Von Däniken - Romanek does it all! One of his feature automatic drawings is a tesseract (with mysteriously straight lines, he notes) with a tunnel leading out of it to a place beyond the 4th dimension. Double-spooky. Please. Not only is this guy hokey, he's not even creative. He's just pillaging all the old UFO lore and rehashing it wholesale.
Romanek's chief backer in all this is a guy named Jeff Peckman, who has a degree from the Maharishi University of Management. Yeah, that's right, that Maharishi. Peckman is a former Senate candidate (for the Maharishi's own Natural Law party) and is now using Romanek's video to push the city of Denver to create a special organization in the city government to investigate extraterrestrials. He previously headed up an unsuccessful ballot initiative to mandate "peacefulness" in the city. These guys deserve each other.
I'll be watching all the major UFO websites (as much as I can stomach anyway) so I can give you guys a taste of the reaction to this pair of loons amongst the other True Believers™. I have a feeling it's going to be a long week.