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This is Marie Cisneros with the Muskegon Channel. Welcome back to Paranormal Muskegon! Today I’d like to take the opportunity to share a little bit of my paranormal/ufology background as well as a few of my personal experiences.

I’ve always had a keen interest in learning about the unknown, especially ancient artifacts, astroarchealogy, ufos, and paranormal and would read as much as I could about them but especially ufos and the paranormal. My interest in the unknown started at a young age but I was 13 when it really took hold. I read anything I could about all things strange and mysterious that year, including all of Hans Holzer’s books on ghosts as well as Jacques Valle’s “Passport to Magonia” which really fed my curiosity. My interest in Ufology started when I was around age 10 when I witnessed my first ufo. Having had multiple sightings since that time, I wanted to find out all that I could about them. It has become my became a lifelong quest to find answers, to my own experiences as well as for others who have experienced something they cannot explain.

The summer of 1964 was the first time that I recall seeing a UFO. I was about ten years old. We lived in the upstairs apartment of a small house owned by our grandmother in Muskegon, Michigan. She lived downstairs. The stairs to our apartment was on the outside of the house with a small landing at the top. One evening 17-year-old brother called me out to look at something as he stood on the landing. When I went out to see what he wanted he pointed to a star-like object in the sky that was making a slow arc pattern going from right to left. It was about the size of a normal star but very bright. We watched it do this for several minutes, then the light descended slowly towards the horizon, destination unknown. We must have watched it for at least five minutes or so. I remember asking him, “What is that?” to which he replied, “I don’t know.” We never really discussed this after that night. Even though I was a child, I sensed that planes could not do what this star was doing. The arcing back and forth would have required tremendous speeds to cross that much of the sky in such a short period of time.
Around this same age I had another sighting, this time one that I think would be considered a close encounter, as it was less than 500 feet away. I don’t know for sure but it may have been that same year. This also happened in the summer. We were on our way home from Hart, Michigan, which is about an hour away from where we lived. It was dark, probably around nine or ten p.m. owing to daylight savings time. Our mother was driving. I was sitting in the backseat on the right side. My three siblings were also in the car.

The route we took was on U.S. 31 headed southwest going passed the large power plant, B.C. Cobb that once stood there. As we came close to the power plant, I spotted an elliptical object silently hovering about 25 feet above it. This object was long, approximately cigar shaped about one and a half times the size of the moon and appeared to be rotating. There appeared to be windows going around the center of the object and yellowish, glowing light could be seen emanated from them. I remember trying to see if I could see anything or anyone through them. I felt certain at that time that this object was one of those flying saucers that I had heard about and that maybe there were occupants in it.

I continued to watch the object in fascination as we traveled home, a trip of about 10 or 12 minutes. It appeared to be going in the same direction as we were, almost keeping pace with the car. It made no sound. Inexplicably, the object now appeared rectangular in shape, twice the size of the moon with unblinking white lights around it. I recall thinking at the time that it looked like a “flying carpet” from fairy tales I had read. As we got to home, I remember trying to get the attention of my mother and siblings for them to look but they didn’t. It appeared to be quite low in the sky as it passed by, possibly about 200-300 feet above the trees behind my grandmother’s house. I watched it until we all went in the house.

As strange as these were, one of the most puzzling sighting happened around 1991 or 1992, around the third week of June. I lived in an upstairs apartment of a brownstone several miles from the downtown area. There was a large picture window facing south. As I sat there looking out the window one day, I happen to look up at the clouds. Just as I did so, I saw a large object with three lights on it, partially covered by the cloud. The lights were about a third the size of the moon, one red, one amber, and one either green or blue. This object appeared light but I couldn’t make out a color and appeared to roll through the clouds, as if it was circular and rotating. It made no noise and the lights did not blink. I didn’t know what this was but knew it was no plane and I became frightened. My daughter was outside playing with a friend and I went down and told her to come in the house. When she asked why, I just told her, “just because,” (typical mom answer) as I didn’t want to tell her what I saw. I tried to rationalize this event by telling myself that maybe it was the laser lights from the show they did every summer but I knew that they did not beam the lights up towards the sky. To my way of thinking whatever this was, to be twice as big as the moon and as far up as the cloud base, it must have been something of an immense size. This event definitely left me with a lot of unanswered questions and one I have never forgotten. Recently I drew some sketches from what I recalled about the last two incidents.

I have had the pleasure of talking about these experiences on various podcasts, TV and radio shows; but this is the first time I have done so for the Paranormal Muskegon audience. Thank you for letting me share them with you today and as always, thank you for watching the Muskegon Channel. See you next time on Paranormal Muskegon.
If you have a paranormal story you would like to hear, share or know someone has had a paranormal experience, unusual ability, or other inexplicable involvement with the unknown, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/paranormalmuskegon.

To read more about some of Muskegon’s haunted history; check out my book: Haunted Muskegon – Arcadia Publishing