A few minutes of grainy, black and white video show a shadowy creature with big eyes peeping over a windowsill. But does it show a puppet or an alien from outer space?
The video, purportedly capturing proof of alien life, was released this morning during a press conference at the Tivoli Student Union on the Auraria campus in downtown Denver.
Over the course of three minutes or so, the footage shows a white creature with a balloon-shaped head that keeps popping up and down in a windowsill that was 8 feet above ground. The face was white, with large black eyes that seemed to blink.
"If it was a puppet, it would be a very elaborate and sophisticated puppet," said Alejandro Rojas, education director of MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network, who spoke at the press conference.
Very elaborate and sophisticated? For a five year old, perhaps. See the above image taken from the video. Now admittedly, this is a still photograph, not the original video (which supposedly moves). But The Rocky Mountain News (that has the same picture) states that this is a “still image of the video, handed out by presenters” – so they presumably must think it is representative of the quality of the video. And really. Come on. What we have here is a film taken inside what looks like a fully lit room at night. It is dark outside. The image seen in the dark window could be anything – a simple model held outside the window, or even a reflection of something in the room held by someone just out of camera shot. Sophistication not needed. Now, I never expected to see anything especially convincing (and as Akusai commented this morning, even a good alien video wouldn’t prove anything), but even I expected something better than this.
Even more ridiculous (if that were possible), were the comments of the MUFON guy, Alejandro Rojas:
I don't believe they have the ability or the motivation to fabricate a hoax…
I think I already covered the “ability” part. (And read The Rocky Mountain News link for a description of how some skeptics made a better alien film in 6 hours for $90. Edit - click here for video.) As for motivation – Peckman’s big deal is an initiative to require the city of Denver to create an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission to handle alien encounters. Yes, really. And during the press conference, Peckman frequently referenced this initiative and his petition (he needs 4,000 signatures to get it onto the ballot). And boy has he got plenty of free publicity for this today. I say again, an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission to handle alien encounters. Really.
Peckman is reportedly 54 years old, single, and lives with his parents. Yes ladies, he’s available!