Youngwood investigator tracks weird sights over the decades
As far back as the 1800s, people along the Chestnut Ridge have been reporting strange sightings, said Stan Gordon, a Greensburg author and paranormal investigator.
“We've never came up with a good reason. There's all kinds of theories out there,” he said.
The investigator is scheduled to speak about some of the reports he has fielded — from Bigfoot to UFOs.
Gordon will give a lecture and sign books at 2 p.m. Saturday at Adams Memorial Library, 1112 Ligonier St., Latrobe. He said he has been investigating allegations of unexplained phenomena since 1959 when he was 10 years old.
He collects and evaluates information, Gordon said.
Library Director Tracy Trotter said she invited Gordon because many library patrons have an interest in the books about the mysteries he catalogues.
“Sometimes there is a story behind a story, but sometimes it's unexplained,” she said.
Many requests have been filled for old newspaper clippings about a 1965 incident in Kecksburg in Mt. Pleasant Township, where an acorn-shaped object was believed to have crash-landed.
Even the History Channel requested images from the library's archives for a special that included information on the incident, Trotter said.
Gordon said that witnesses to that event — including young, old, state troopers and military officials — are not seeking recognition. But they would like to find an explanation.
“There are a lot of things out there that you can explain away,” he said.
But some cannot be determined. Gordon said he himself has never seen Bigfoot footprints or the lights of a UFO, but he believes the unexplained phenomena might be beyond the capabilities of human understanding.
“We might be dealing with something that is interdimensional,” visitations from other realities, he said, offering that these sightings may have physical and spiritual elements, some of which are not visible to the naked eye.
Gordon has written two books, “Really Mysterious Pennsylvania” and “Silent Invasion.”
He has produced a documentary, “Kecksburg: The Untold Story,” which will be available for a discounted purchase price and signed after the lecture.
To register for the event, call 724-539-1972.
Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Against Wake Forest, Pitt looks to reverse fortunes on road
- Big names become available this week via free agency; will Steelers be tempted?
- Pirates notebook: Infield prospect Hanson used to playing elders
- Winnik impresses Penguins in first workout
- Coyotes’ ability to proliferate despite year-round hunting shows need for culling contests, experts say
- Under Rutherford, it’s been a sizeable shakeup for Penguins
- Steelers not limiting themselves in free agency
- School aide accused of throwing shoe at Penn-Trafford special-needs student, causing brush burn
- Obama’s Keystone pipeline veto
- McConnell’s 34 points fuel Chartiers Valley’s come-from-behind victory in Class AAA title game
- Tech sector’s stocks strong