Håkan Ekstrand and Clas Svahn at Föllingen Hotel 2013
Launching of Chinese lanterns during seminar 2011
In his third book Tefaten är här (The Saucers are Here) 1972, the grand old man and pioneer of Swedish ufology, K. Gösta Rehn, gave this advice to the new generation of young ufologists: "Concentrate on the close encounter cases". This is a message I have for many years tried to convey to new and old field investigators at the UFO-Sweden seminars, lectures, articles, blog and books. With the stubbornness of a drunken old parrot I have reiterated: concentrate your efforts on detailed investigation and documentation of close encounter cases with much empirical data and forget the ordinary misidentifications of simple lights, digital camera effects, sensational YouTube movies etc. – or ufology will get nowhere. It is with a certain sadness and frustration I notice all the very intriguing close encounter and contact cases found in the UFO-Sweden/AFU files, but only briefly mentioned and not thoroughly investigated. It is these cases that represent the real scientific and intellectual challenge – the true UFO enigma.
K. Gösta Rehn
In UFO-Sweden we have often given new field investigators simple and easily explained cases as a start up. Based on my own experience I would advice quite the opposite - let the new field investigators begin with a really complex close encounter. This will function as a stimulating intellectual challenge, besides being very exciting. Much more so than studying misidentifications of Chinese lanterns, planets or airplanes. If no new cases are aviable hundreds of older close encounter reports can be found in the UFO-Sweden report archives.
The extensive UFO report archive at AFU
A close encounter that would be a good start for any field investigator is the Siw Fester landing and humanoid observation at Haverdal, near the city of Halmstad, August 21, 1983. Several UFO observations were reported in the area during the same night and there is also rumours of a second landing. A re-examination of this case would probably yield more and relevant data. As often happen during field investigations one case will lead to another.
Illustration of the Siw Fester landing case
Another case that would be a real challenge for a new field investigator is the Sören Broman close encounter and contact experiences. I interviewed Sören Broman on October 23, 1994 but here is a case with many dimensions: close encounters with several witnesses, abductions, physical contact with Nordic type alien, messages and claims of aliens among us. A thorough study and documentation of this case is simply waiting for a bold field investigator.
Sören Broman visiting AFU on October 23, 1994
There are hundreds of challenging close encounters and contacts briefly mentioned but lacking investigation and documentation in the UFO-Sweden report files at AFU in Norrköping. This is the real UFO enigma. I can but repeat the words of K.Gösta Rehn to Swedish ufologists: Concentrate on the close encounters!