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Fascination with UFOs began at young age for Greensburg man

Mark Hofmann | Tribune-Review News Service
Mark Hofmann | For The Independent-Observer Independent UFO/Bigfoot researcher Stan Gordon addressed a packed audience at the Scottdale Public Library on March 6.

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Saturday, March 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Stan Gordon of Greensburg started his fascination with UFOs when he 16 years old and when the famous UFO incident in Kecksburg occurred.

On Dec. 9, 1965, multiple witnesses saw a brilliant-looking object move across the sky and land in nearby woods where witnesses described seeing a large, metallic acorn-looking object stuck in the ground.

Gordon went to the area the next day and started asking around, and he started hearing stories and collecting information about the incident days, weeks, months and years later.

“I can talk days and days about Kecksburg,” Gordon said to a packed room of fans at the Scottdale Public Library. “It was a fascinating evening.”

From the Kecksburg incident, Gordon went on to start the Westmoreland County UFO Study Group, was a Pennsylvania state director for the Mutual UFO Network and was the keynote speaker for various UFO and Bigfoot conventions, conferences and festivals across the country.

Although he's researched the unexplained for nearly 50 years, Gordon said he has never saw a UFO or Bigfoot but has spoken with credible people who have seen unusual things.

Of all those years, Gordon said the year 1973 had the last big wave of UFO sightings and the largest outbreak of Bigfoot sightings in Pennsylvania.

“Those were amazing cases,” Gordon said. “1973 was an amazing time to live through.”

Incidents and accounts from those who lived it lead Gordon to write the book “Silent Invasion,” published in 2010.

One of the stories was of a man shaving in his bathroom when he smelled the odor of what was described as rotten cucumbers. When he looked out of his window, he saw a pair a glowing red eyes. The window was eight feet off the ground.

Around the same time, a few boys in the wooded area reported seeing a tall, hairy creature with long arms and a long stride.

Gordon was able to find a footprint 13 inches long, eight inches wide and with three toes and made a cast of it.

“That was the beginning of a series of events that went on in 1974,” Gordon said.

His book explored cases that suggest that there may be more to Bigfoot than being just a flesh-and-blood primate.

Gordon said there have been reports of UFOs and Bigfoots seen at the same time and place, vanishing Bigfoot, UFO landings and car pursuits and more.

Gordon said there are those who research Bigfoot that don't want to entertain the idea of it being related to UFOs and those researching UFOs feel the same way about being related to Bigfoot, but Gordon has kept an open mind about that and all things.

“There are things going on out there that we don't have the answers for,” he said.

For more information on Gordon, his research, his books and DVD, visit his website at To report a sighting on his 24-hour hotline, call 724-838-7768 or e-mail at

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or

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