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|UFO Lands in Zimbabwe 1994 - the John Mack Interviews
In total, there were 62 children outside of the school at the time, and most of the teachers were inside the school at a meeting. It was reported that only one adult was
supervising the recess that morning, a mother of one of the children. She operated a snack bar for the students, selling soft drinks, candies, and other favorites.
There had been reports of UFOs in the skies over Zimbabwe only two days before, but it is unlikely that any of the students were aware of these reports. Ariel was a
private elementary school, hosting students of all backgrounds. Several of the children stated that they had seen three unknown flying objects in the skies over the
school prior to the landing. Students saw the UFOs disappear then reappear in a different place in the sky. Finally, at least one of the UFOs either landed, or hovered
just above the ground.
John Edward Mack, M.D. (October 4, 1929 - Sep 27, 2004), professor of psychiatry at
Harvard Medical School and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, was considered to be a
leading authority on the spiritual or transformational affects of alleged alien encounter
experiences. Mack received his medical degree from the Harvard Medical School
(Cum Laude, 1955) after undergraduate study at Oberlin (Phi Beta Kappa, 1951). He
was a graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and is Board
certified in child and adult psychoanalysis.
The dominant theme of his life's work was the exploration of how one's perceptions of
the world affect one's relationships. He addressed this issue of "worldview" on the
individual level in his early clinical explorations of dreams, nightmares and teen
suicide, and in his biographical study of the life of British officer T. E. Lawrence
(Lawrence of Arabia), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in biography in 1977. Mack advocated that
Western culture requires a shift away from a purely materialist worldview (which he feels is responsible for
the Cold War, the global ecological crisis, ethnonationalism and regional conflict) towards a transpersonal
worldview which embraces certain elements of Eastern spiritual and philosophical traditions. Mack's
interest in the spiritual aspect of human experience has been compared by the New York Times to that of
fellow Harvard alum William James, and like James, Mack became a controversial figure for his efforts to
bridge spirituality and psychiatry.
This theme was taken to a controversial extreme in the early 1990s when Mack commenced his decade-
plus study of 200 men and women who claimed that recurrent alien encounter experiences had affected the
way they regarded the world, including a heightened sense of spirituality and environmental concern. Mack's
interest in the spiritual or transformational aspects of people's alien encounters, and his suggestion that the
experience of alien contact itself may be more spiritual than physical in nature — yet nonetheless real — set
him apart from many of his contemporaries such as Budd Hopkins, who advocated the physical reality of
In 1994 the Dean of Harvard Medical School appointed a committee of peers to review Mack's clinical care
and clinical investigation of the people who had shared their alien encounters with him (some of their cases
were written of in Mack's 1994 book Abduction). After fourteen months of inquiry and amid growing questions
from the academic community (including Harvard Professor of Law Alan Dershowitz) regarding the validity of
Harvard's investigation of a tenured professor, Harvard issued a statement stating that the Dean had
“reaffirmed Dr. Mack's academic freedom to study what he wishes and to state his opinions without
impediment,” concluding “Dr. Mack remains a member in good standing of the Harvard Faculty of Medicine.”
Mack's explorations later broadened into the general consideration of the merits of an expanded notion of
reality, one which allows for experiences that may not fit the Western materialist paradigm, yet deeply affect
people's lives. His second (and final) book on the alien encounter experience, Passport to the Cosmos:
Human Transformation and Alien Encounters (1999), was as much the culmination of his work with the
“experiencers” of alien encounters (to whom the book is dedicated) as it was a philosophical treatise
connecting the themes of spirituality and modern worldviews.
Soon, what the students described as a "small man" could be seen on the top of the UFO. The occupant of the craft was described as being about one meter (3 ft.)
tall, with a slender neck, long black hair, and very large eyes. He walked down the craft, and
When he noticed the children, he disappeared, and was next seen in the back of the UFO. Within moments, the craft took off, vanishing into the sky over the school.
Many of the children were understandably frightened, the little man had evoked many stories they had heard about demons and ghosts. Some of the children ran to
the mother who was attending the snack bar, but she did not believe their story, and continued with her duties.
Two of Ufology's most respected investigators researched the Ariel School sighting. Cynthia Hind, now deceased, was known as Africa's top notch researcher, and
she was at the school the next day. She requested the school's headmaster, Colin Mackie, to ask the children to make drawings of what they had seen the day before.
When Hind arrived at the school, there were some 35 various drawings and sketches waiting for her. They were very similar in their depictions of the craft and being.
Mackie told Hind that she felt the children were telling the truth about what they had seen. One of the students, a young girl, told Hind, "I swear by every hair on my
head and the whole Bible that I am telling the truth."
Also, Dr. John Mack, along with researcher Dominique Callimanopulos visited Ruwa. The two men spent two days doing interviews with 12 of the children and their
parents. A few of the older students related that they felt they had communicated with the craft's occupants. They were informed that we were were destroying Earth by
polluting it, and unless we changed our ways, we would face a failing planet.
The Ruwa, Zimbabwe school sighting soon became news around the world, and was the subject of an episode of TV's "Sightings." Numerous interviews with
witnesses have been released on the Internet, and it is considered one of the best "close encounter" cases in UFO history.
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