By KEN WALLENIUS
FOR THE SUDBURY STAR
Michel Deschamps was nine years old, he saw a circular ball-like
object hovering near his home in Hanmer. He thought it was
since that day, Deschamps has been interested in UFOs but
he never did much about it.
1981, he learned about a Sudbury man who had 51 confirmed
sightings over a three-year span from 1967 to 1969. His
curiosity was peaked again, and he decided to start researching
and documenting UFO sightings.
his research, he learned the object he had seen as a boy
also was witnessed by three other people that same night.
is now a UFOlogist. The title may sound funny, but the field
is real. UFOlogy was recently made an entry in the Oxford
dictionary and is gaining more and more respect, said Deschamps.
it's not that hard to become one.
can be a UFOlogist," he said. You just have to be interested
and research the subjects.
and other people often call him when they think they have
seen a UFO. Deschamps will call anybody he can to confirm
latest sighting took place on Manitoulin Island in September
of 1990. Three separate sets of circles, believed to be
traces of a craft landing, were found.
is so interested in UFOs that he's just sent an application
to MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network.
will be a field investigator trainee," he said. MUFON
is a network of volunteers that go to reported sightings
and take down information and photos. They then report their
findings to the head office where they are kept on file.
has seen a change in people's attitudes towards his research.
years ago, I was laughed at. When I was a kid, I spoke about
UFOs all the time," and lost many friends, he said.
But now, "slowly but surely I'm getting more respect."
hopes research like his will change the attitude of people.
of people saying, 'Maybe there is life out there'. They
will say, 'Yes UFOs are real and they are coming here'."
has no plans to write any books about his findings in the
near future because he thinks people will get the wrong
idea about his research.
not in it for making money. That's not the image I want."