research a passion for Hanmer man
By Bob Vaillancourt
family dog wakes you in the middle of the night.
animal is excited, agitated and anxious to get outside.
But at the door it stops, hesitant to cross the threshold.
you go back to sleep and shrug the whole thing off as
a quirk of animal nature.
Deschamps of Hanmer has a different theory.
20 years, Deschamps has been studying UFOs - unidentified
flying objects. He is convinced we are not alone in this
world, and he believes your dog's strange behavior may
be linked to something outside, in the night sky.
said he saw his first UFO at the age of nine. Since then,
he has read every article and book, watched every piece
of film and listened to every tape on the subject he can
get his hands on.
is convinced aliens of a variety of origins are conducting
scientific research on this planet.
to him talk is like re-reading every magazine article
and watching every television special you have ever seen
on the subject. He has it all committed to memory - the
locations, dates and even the names of people who say
they saw "it" - whatever "it" was.
And he doesn't mind sharing the results of his research.
now, he is trying to raise funds to bring nuclear physicist
and UFO researcher Stanton Friedman to town for a lecture.
recalls his first UFO sighting near his home in Hanmer.
was at the end of the street here in broad daylight. There
was a silver metallic ball floating a couple of feet above
looked for a string to see if it was tied down or anything
but there was none."
the time he reached high school, Deschamps had begun gathering
material on UFOs.
gathered a bunch of pictures from all over and put them
in one book so that when people ask me questions, I can
students and teachers told him of sightings, but it wasn't
until about two years ago that Deschamps began actually
documenting others' sightings.
met a man in Sudbury who had 51 sightings in this area
in the late 1960s that were all confirmed."
year ago, said Deschamps, he saw another UFO near the
former Falconbridge radar base in Garson.
was early evening, Deschamps said, when he saw an object
in the sky "the size of a car, and it was pretty
bright. I could see this bright object coming down, and
it looked like a star. I drove home and picked up my binoculars.
You could barely discern it. It was going left to right
and then stopped and it suddenly blinked out just like
a light bulb. It reappeared a little lower. I got back
in the car and I went to another hill, and when I got
there, this thing was four times as big and four times
as bright as a streetlight but pulsating like an emergency
discounts suggestions the object he saw was a plane or
because I saw a Cessna (airplane) go by as I was watching
it. It was the way it moved in the first phase that really
freaked me out."
drove home to get his mother and brother, but when the
three returned to the scene, the object was gone.
but not forgotten. Deschamps, who works at a car dealership
in Hanmer, has notebooks and scrapbooks full of maps,
notes and other material related not only to his own sighting
but to those of others as well.
he is working on a report for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON)
about a reported landing of a UFO on Manitoulin Island.
vehicle or spacecraft of some sort left two circular marks
on a patch of limestone. The markings were discovered
by area farmers.