2020 Was a Big Year for UFO Researchers

Writer, paranormal researcher, and Royal Oak native John Tenney discusses the strange year in unidentified aerial phenomena.

Between the coronavirus pandemic, nationwide protests, and the election 2020 was dominated by some pretty big headlines. It was also a big year for UFO news.

Writer, paranormal researcher, and Royal Oak native John Tenney has been exploring the strange and spooky corners of our reality for many years. 

He joined CultureShift to talk about some of the biggest UFO news stories that happened in 2020, including the first public acknowledgment from the Pentagon that U.S. Navy pilots captured craft of unknown origin on video, followed by the Department of Defense’s creation of a task force to investigate military craft, plus an unexpected public statement from a former Israeli security official in early December that ETs were in contact with world governments, among other things. 

“The reality is that the (U.S.) government is interested in what’s going around in the skies and if it could be something that we need to defend ourselves against,” Tenney says. “We’ve had (task forces) like this before, like Project Blue Book in the ’60s which was an outgrowth of Project Grudge and Project Sign, which were the departments before this (current one) that studied unidentified flying objects.”

The history of UAP (unidentified aerial phenomena) or UFO sightings goes decades back in U.S. history, Tenney says. He mentions how prominent politicians like Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford have asked the government to investigate their personal unidentified sightings, while William Shatner and Muhammad Ali are just a few of the many famous people to publicly reveal the sightings they witnessed. 

WDET listener Rosalie in Allen Park called in to describe her UFO experience in Sedona, Arizona. “I took a dark sky tour there… and there was a formation (of lights) and it suddenly went left like in an instant and was suddenly in a different place in the sky,” Rosalie said.  She says the experience changed her forever, making her feel a new connection to the cosmos.

Tenney says, “there’s almost a magical happening that occurs when someone witnesses a UFO… it really does connect you to the universe.”

Click the audio player above to hear Tenney discuss this year’s UFO news.

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  • Amanda LeClaire
    Amanda LeClaire is an award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. She’s a founding producer of WDET’s flagship news talk show Detroit Today, and a former host/reporter for Arizona Public Media. Amanda is also an artist, certified intuitive and energy healer, and professional tarot reader.