Big Foot

Big Foot

If life exists only on Earth in this great, vast universe, that means we human beings are as good as it gets. Now that’s a scary thought.

Last year there were nearly 6,000 reported UFO sightings in North America. That comes to nearly 16 a day. UFOs are all over the place, but mainly in California, Washington, and Florida. Extraterrestrials think people in those states are more interesting to study than we simpler folk who live in places like Georgia and Alabama. If they only knew. 

Georgia has had its share of strange objects in its skies, though. Two years before becoming our governor, Jimmy Carter was standing outside a small restaurant in Leary when he spotted an object changing colors from red to white and to blue. After that scary experience, he announced, “If I become President, I’ll make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and the scientists.” Well, I don’t remember that ever happening, but I do remember him being attacked by an angry rabbit after he became president.

According to the National UFO Reporting Center, the most recent UFO sighting we’ve had in Georgia occurred just the other night between 9 p.m. and midnight on July 22 in Cumming. It was reported to be a circular lighted craft emitting beams of bright white lights onto the surrounding clouds. This supposedly went on for a full 3 hours. Why isn’t the video of this incredible event being shared all over Facebook and YouTube? If I saw something like that, my phone would be out in a heartbeat. A video like that would go viral overnight.

Last April, the Pentagon officially released three videos that show what appears to be unidentified flying objects rapidly moving while being recorded by infrared cameras. This is an unprecedented move by the government. Two of the videos contain pilots reacting in awe at how quickly the objects are traveling. President Trump wondered if the footage was real and tweeted that it was a hell of a video. So much has happened since April, I had forgotten this earth-shaking news story that lasted for about one day. 

Personally, I believe that within the infinity of the universe, there probably are other beings out there somewhere, but I doubt the existence of extraterrestrial beings buzzing around above us. And with our current behavior, I would be extremely embarrassed if visitors from another world were actually watching us. I sure hope they aren’t hovering over Portland, Chicago, or Macon. We would be the talk of the galaxy.  

Another doubt I have is the existence of ghosts. One in five Americans has seen a ghost. This can’t be true. That equals 82,500,000 ghosts. The population of Georgia is only 11,000,000. I don’t believe in the existence of ghosts for one simple reason: Ghosts don’t eat anything, and nothing can eat a ghost. If they have no position in the food chain, what good are they? They don’t fit within the circle of life even if they are dead.

I am also a non-believer in the Loch Ness Monster, the elusive Chupacabra, and Bigfoot. I recently visited the Bigfoot Museum up in the mountains and walked out less convinced than when I walked in. On top of that, they didn’t have anything my size in their t-shirt selection.

Although a large bear was recently spotted in Monroe County, we haven’t as yet had a Bigfoot sighting in these parts. The nearest sighting occurred way back in 1957 by a young boy in Macon. It was in the middle of the day and the lad was so shaken after he saw the monster, he ran out of the woods crying like a baby. The sheriff was called, and he said most likely it was a bear or someone pulling a hoax in a suit. The boy’s parents disagreed and that was the end of it. Bigfoot became disgusted with the whole affair and moved on.

Even less convincing to me is the existence of Chupacabra. Its name is a combination of Spanish words meaning “goat sucker” because it supposedly sucks the blood from its victims. Now that’s nasty. There has been a lot of supposedly unretouched photos posted on the internet of this ugly creature and most of them look like underfed dogs with a bad case of mange. Maybe I’m just an old cynic, but come on, y’all. 

There’s always a reasonable explanation for any strange phenomenon. For example, I once thought I saw a casket floating slowly three feet off the ground across a cow pasture on a hot summer night. After my initial heart attack, I figured it out to be a light brown cow with black legs and a black head taking a leisurely midnight stroll in the pale moonlight.

Steve Reece is a contributing writer for the Reporter and a known crime fighter. Email him at