2017 International UFO Congress Lecture
Lecture: The Battle of L.A. – UFO in February 1942 – The 75th Anniversary
One of the most dramatic events in UFO history occurred five years before the flying saucer wave of 1947. At least one genuine unidentified flying object was sighted visually by thousands of witnesses; tracked on radar; photographed by a member of the press; and fired upon repeatedly by elements of the United States military. Ample documentation exists regarding this event in the form of newspapers and government documents.
Despite the explanations of the time attributing this event to “jittery war nerves” or “Japanese planes”, a comprehensive retrospective analysis can now be made that suggests an alternate explanation. Armed with new insights concerning the photographic evidence as well as correlating eyewitness’ testimony with press material from the time, a detailed account becomes clear.
David Marler weaves all of this material together to take you back 75 years to what is perhaps the first well-documented UFO event of the 20th Century. In addition to the presentation, he will also have on-display his extensive collection of original newspapers from February 1942 chronicling this episode. This will be presented only days before the actual 75th anniversary of the event.
Bio: David has had a lifelong interest in the UFO subject. He joined The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in 1990 as a Field Investigator Trainee. Since then, he has served as Field Investigator, State Section Director, as well as Illinois State Director. David is currently an independent UFO researcher.
During his tenure with MUFON, he had conducted numerous investigations into alleged UFO sightings and related experiences. He has discussed the subject of UFOs on several radio and television news programs. He has also lectured on the subject to numerous school and adult audiences over the years.
David strives to have an open mind regarding the UFO phenomenon. However, he also acknowledges the need for a skeptical approach when examining each individual UFO report. Despite the large percentage of misidentifications and hoaxes in the UFO data, David recognizes what appears to be a core phenomenon beneath it all.
David has assisted the History, Learning, Discovery, Science, and Smithsonian Channel on UFO documentaries over the years in addition to independent productions.
David has one of the largest personal libraries of UFO books, journals, magazines, newspapers, and case files from around the world that covers the last 65 years. With this he has been examining the detailed history of UFO sighting reports and related patterns. Based on this research, he published the book, Triangular UFOs: An Estimate of the Situation in 2013.
David was the recipient of the 2016 Lucius O. Farish Award for Excellence in UFO-related Research and Education.
David received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE). He received his Certification in Hypnotherapy from Mottin and Johnson Institute of Hypnosis in St. Louis, Missouri.
David is a Registered Polysomnographic Technician (RPSGT) and assisted in diagnosing and treating patients that suffered from various sleep disorders for several years at a major St. Louis-based medical facility.
David works for an international medical company and resides in the Albuquerque, NM area.