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18                   Falcon Lake UFO Incident in Canada

            Falcon Lake Incident Is                              On May 20, 1967, Stefan was near a vein  stumbled through the forest and vomited. He
                                                         of quartz along the Precambrian Shield in the   eventually made his way back to his motel room
                   Canada's 'Best-                       area when the 51-year-old was startled by a     in Falcon Lake then caught a bus back to
                                                         gaggle of nearby geese that erupted into a      Winnipeg.
            Documented UFO Case,'                        clattering of honks.                                   He was treated at a hospital for burns to
               Even 51 Years Later                               According to his accounts, as reported in  his chest and stomach that later turned into
                                                         newspapers at the time and since repeated in    raised sores on a grid-like pattern.  And for
                                                         books, magazines and on  TV shows like          weeks afterwards, he suffered from diarrhea,
                                                         Unsolved Mysteries, Stefan looked up and saw    headaches, blackouts and weight loss.
                          CBC News
                                                         two cigar-shaped objects with a reddish glow
                                                         hovering about 45 metres away.                  'It just flipped our lives over'
          Stan Michalak can still vividly remember when
                                                                 One descended, according to Stefan's
          his dad came home sick and injured after
                                                         account, landing on a flat section of rock and  Once the story was out, the RCMP, the air force,
          something happened in the Falcon Lake woods
                                                         taking on more of a disc shape.  The other      the media, various government agencies, and
          in Manitoba on the May long weekend of 1967.
                                                         remained in the air for a few minutes before    hordes of gawking members of the public
                 It was something that put his family life
                                                         flying off.                                     descended on the Michalaks's small River
          into upheaval and remains one of the world's
                                                                 Believing it to be a secret U.S.military  Heights bungalow in Winnipeg.
          best-known UFO encounters.
                                                         experimental craft, Stefan sat back and sketched       That's who Michalak refers to in the title
                 "I recalled seeing him in bed. He didn't
          look good at all. He looked pale, haggard," said  it over the next half hour. Then he decided to  of the book — those endless visitors and phone
                                                         approach, later recalling the warm air and smell  calls, the media and people camping on the
          Michalak, who was nine years old at the time
                                                         of sulphur as he got closer, as well as a whirring  lawn, the people who would follow Michalak to
          and was allowed to see his dad for a couple of
                                                         sound of motors and a hissing of air.           school one day peppering him with questions.
          minutes on the day after what soon become
                                                                 He also noted a door open on the side          "It just flipped our lives over," he said.
          known as the Falcon Lake incident.
                                                         with bright lights inside, and said he heard    "It took several years before it finally died
                 Then there was the smell.
                                                         voices muffled by the sounds from the craft.    down."
                 "When I walked into the bedroom there
                                                                 He said he called out, offering                After that, and until the day he died in
          was a huge stink in the room, like a real horrible
                                                         mechanical help to the "Yankee boys" if they    1999 at the age of 83, Stefan believed he never
          aroma of sulphur and burnt motor. It was all   needed it.  The voices went quiet but did not
          around and it was coming out of his pores. It was                                              should have said a thing, Michalak said.
                                                         answer, so Stefan tried in his native Polish, then     But at the time, he felt it was a duty. He
          bad," said Michalak, who co-authored the book
                                                         in Russian and finally in German.               wanted others, if they were to see the same
          When They  Appeared  with Winnipeg  UFO
                                                                 Only the whirr and hiss of the craft    thing, to avoid it and not get hurt, Michalak said.
          researcher Chris Rutkowski.
                                                         responded.                                             In Poland, before Stefan moved his
                 "I was very afraid. My dad had been
                                                                 He claims he went closer and noted the  family to Canada, he was a military policeman
          injured and I didn't know anything about it,"
                                                         smooth metal of the ship, with no seams. He     with a set of moral guidelines that he lived by —
          Michalak told CBC News in recalling that
                                                         then looked into the bright doorway, pulling on  that is, if something happened, it should be
          Saturday 50 years earlier.
                                                         the welding goggles he used to protect his eyes  reported, Michalak said.
                 Within a couple of days, however, not
          only did he know more — so did much of the     while chipping at rocks during prospecting.            In addition to constant probing from
                                                                 Inside, Stefan said he saw light beams  authorities, the family endured condemnation
                                                         and panels of various-coloured flashing lights,  and criticism in the public, Stefan's sanity was
                 The story about his dad being burned by
                                                         but could not see anyone or any living thing.   questioned and Michalak was bullied in school.
          a UFO ran in the Winnipeg Tribune newspaper
                                                         When he stepped away, three panels slid across         Though he wished he hadn't said
          "and that's when everything pretty much hit the
                                                         the door opening and sealed it.                 anything, Stefan never backed away from the
          fan," Michalak said.
                                                                 He reached to touch the craft, which he  story, either. He also never claimed to have seen
                                                         said melted the fingertips of the glove he was  aliens and still considered it a secret military
          The encounter
                                                         wearing.                                        craft.
                                                                 The craft then began to turn counter-          "If you asked him what it was he saw, he
          Stefan Michalak was an industrial mechanic by
                                                         clockwise and Stefan says he noticed a panel    could describe it in intimate detail but he would
          trade and an amateur geologist who liked to
                                                         that contained a grid of holes. Shortly afterward,  never say, 'Oh, it was definitely extraterrestrials,'
          venture into the wilderness around Falcon Lake
                                                         he was struck in the chest by a blast of air or gas  because there was no evidence to prove that,"
          — about 150 kilometres east of Winnipeg — to
                                                         that pushed him backward and set his shirt and  said Michalak.
          prospect for quartz and silver.
                                                         cap ablaze.
                 He had staked some claims the prior year        He ripped away the burning garments as
          and set out on the May long weekend in 1967 to  the craft lifted off and flew away.                                   (Continued on Page 20)
          explore some more.                                     Disoriented and nauseous, Stefan
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