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by Thomas M. Sipos, managing editor.  [May 7, 2005]




[]  Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Rick Lavon has worked on many features and documentaries -- but none so amazing as his close encounter in Pine Bush, New York -- filming a true-life UFO!

"I had a UFO experience about 1997 or '98 while doing a story on the Pine Bush UFO sightings of the 1980s," said Lavon --  exclusively to the Weekly Universe!

Lavon was producing a pilot for a proposed cable TV series to be called Weird New York.  He thought the Time-Warner Cable System might wish to cablecast Weird New York on their Metro channel.

"I wanted to cover unusual phenomena in the tri-state area," Lavon said.  "I live about fifteen miles from Pine Bush, so I interviewed a bunch of people in there, and we went to the locations they mentioned.  There was one particular area they said where many UFOs were sighted.

"It was at night.  A quiet country road without any lights whatsoever.  The only light was on my camera. 

"We had finished the interviews.  I was rolling the tape on the camera to get wild some sound of crickets and such.  My camera was pointed out at a field. I was not watching through the viewfinder as I was just rolling for sound.

"When I returned to the studio and was logging the tape, I got to the part where I'd rolled for sound -- and then I saw a small light appear on the right hand side of the screen!  It moved horizontally about a quarter of the way in, then up and around, and then disappeared off to the right again.

"I cannot explain it. I did not see this when we were there, and there were no cars or street lights.  It was silent, as you only hear crickets."

Pine Bush is in New York's Orange County, about 70 - 80 miles north of Manhattan.

Weird New York never became a series, perhaps partly because of an unenthusiastic hostess.  "Time-Warner wanted this good-looking blond to be the host.  Unfortunately, she was nice but not too bright.  She did the narration, but really wasn't into it."

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Rick Lavon is an award-winning filmmaker.

For more information about the Pine Bush UFO sightings, he recommends Ellen Crystal's Silent Invasion.

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