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Youngwood investigator tracks weird sights over the decades

Local author Stan Gordon will give a lecture and sign books at 7 p.m. March 6 at Scottdale Public Library. Gordon, of Greensburg, has investigated mysterious happenings since 1959 when he was 10 years old.

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, 8:51 p.m.

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

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