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Ben Mezrich: ‘Why I believe in UFOs, and you should too’

Ben Mezrich spoke about “The 37th Parallel” during a book launch party at Empire Restaurant Sept. 8.Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Ben Mezrich recently appeared at a TEDxBeaconStreet event and spoke about UFOs and other unexplained phenomena. A video of his TED talk (titled “Why I believe in UFOs, and you should, too”) has been posted on YouTube, and it’s worth a listen. But watch out . . . you might become a believer.

Mezrich told the audience about the reports of a flying saucer that crashed on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. The military later said it was a weather balloon, but Mezrich is skeptical.

“I have come to believe that there is a very good chance that whatever crashed at Roswell was not from here,” he said.


Mezrich spoke about a reserve sheriff’s deputy in Colorado (who’s featured in his latest book, “The 37th Parallel”) who investigated UFO sightings and bizarre incidents of cattle mutilation that occurred out there, without any plausible explanation.

“These cows are just found lying there missing all of their organs,” said Mezrich. “It’s really weird.”

Mezrich also noted how Hillary Clinton had promised that if she became president, she would release as many “UFO files” as possible.

“Sadly that is not to be,” said Mezrich. “I don’t know if she was trying to go for the UFO vote with that; I don’t think there was enough UFO people to get over the edge.”

The audience laughed.

“These files do exist,” said Mezrich, but “for whatever reason the government will not show us what was at Roswell.”

Mezrich ended his talk with this: “I think that there is a sea change going on in the opinions of whether or not there’s life on other planets, and whether or not they could come here,” he said. “And to be honest, looking at the news that we’re seeing every day, if a UFO landed on the White House lawn tomorrow, it wouldn’t even be the top five strange things in the newspaper today.”