According to Chad Lewis, Wisconsin has a rich history of UFO and Alien encounters. Each year hundreds of people witness something in the sky that they can’t explain. Even more bizarre are those who believe they have come face to face with extraterrestrial beings.
Paranormal researcher Lewis explores some of the most bizarre UFO encounters Wisconsin has to offer. His presentation to attendees at the Amery Public Library June 18 was filled with eyewitness encounters, historical sightings and on-site investigations.
Lewis explained to listeners encounters with UFOs have been categorized into five groups. He discussed groups one through four.
The groups are called close encounters. The first kind, are visual sightings of an unidentified flying object, seemingly less than 500 feet away.
The second kind is an UFO event where a physical effect is noticed. This can be interference in the functioning of a vehicle or electronic device, a physiological effect such as paralysis or heat and discomfort in the witness; or some physical trace like impressions in the ground.
Close encounters of the third kind usually the presence of some sort of “being.” Aliens, robots, or some sort of occupants of an UFO are witnessed.
The fourth kind is where a human claims to be abducted by an UFO or its occupants.
Three cities in Wisconsin claim to be the UFO Capitol. Elmwood, Dundee and Belleville all celebrate the strange happenings that have allegedly occurred in their ZIP codes. People in these areas have claimed to witness UFOs buzzing over crop circles, hovering crafts and even abduction by UFO pilots.
Another story shared by Lewis was that of William Bosak of Frederic. One foggy night in the winter of 1974, 68-year old William Bosak had what he called “a hair-raising experience.”
He was driving slowly on his way home from a meeting that night when he spotted a strange object on the side of the road.
He slowly drove closer to it trying to see through the fog. But his headlights were so bright that he could only make out the top half of the object.
The “human” as Bosak told newspapers, was standing still inside a transparent glass compartment that was bullet-shaped and tapered toward the top. It was between eight and 10 feet tall and had its arms raised above its head.
The creature was wearing a skin-tight suit and had dark tan fur sticking out from the sides of its head. It also had a furry upper body and hairy pits. Its ears stuck out about 3 inches from his head.
As Bosak got close, fear overcame him and he decided to get the H outta dodge.
When he stepped on the accelerator, the inside of his car got dark and he heard a noise like the engine was missing. He also heard a soft whooshing sound like tree branches rubbing up against a car.
Field Investigator Everett E. Lightner, who was on the case reported that Bosak was very frightened at the time, but the look on the aliens face looked as scared as he was. He could tell by its large eyes protruding from his head.
“I was so darned scared I was afraid to go out at night for a few days,” Bosak told reporters.
He also said he felt he did the wrong thing by speeding away. “I should have stopped and tried to show it I was friendly.” He said, “I wish I could meet up with it again.”
Bosak actually kept his encounter a secret for almost a month. He didn’t even tell his own family. He said before his experience, he was skeptical of UFO stories.
“And I’m sure a lot of people are going to be skeptical after hearing what happened to me. Bosak said. “But if people don’t believe me, I’ll take a lie detector test to prove this isn’t just something I made up.”
Lewis has heard numerous stories like Bosak’s. Lewis grew up near Eau Claire. He has a master’s of science degree in applied psychology from the University of Stout and many years experience traveling the world in search of what he calls “unique and bizarre stories and history.”
For over two decades Lewis has traveled the back roads of the world in search of the strange and unusual. From tracking vampires in Transylvania and searching for the elusive monster of Loch Ness to trailing the dangerous Tata Duende through remote villages of Belize and searching for ghosts in Ireland’s haunted castles, Chad has scoured the earth in search of the paranormal.
Lewis has been featured on the Discovery Channel’s A Haunting, William Shatner’s Weird or What, ABC’s Scariest Places on Earth, Monsters and Mysteries in America along with being a frequent contributor on Ripley’s Believe it or Not Radio. With a master’s degree in Psychology, Lewis is the author of over 20 books on the supernatural, and extensively lectures on his fascinating findings. The more bizarre the legend, the more likely it is that you will find Lewis there.