Wednesday, July 25, 2012

An Interesting Precedent



Jerry McAlister had a UFO sighting on September 11, 1980. It hit the tabloid press first in November in the Globe, and again in December 9, 1980 in the National Enquirer. The case was also covered by the national television program, "That's Incredible!", broadcast in prime time.

This case featured a huge, brilliant UFO that allegedly left the witnesses suffering eye damage and radiation burns.




 
Link to original newspaper story:
The Sumter Daily Item - Sep 11, 1980 Sumter, SC

A strange coincidence. In Dec. 1980, just before the Cash-Landrum sighting, Jerry Mcalister's story was being filmed for a tabloid TV program. From The Index-Journal, Greenwood, South Carolina, March 13, 1981:

Flying Saucer
ANDERSON (AP) The television program "That's Incredible" plans a segment April 6 on Jerry McAlister. the Anderson man who was the first to spot a flying saucer last fall. Deputy sheriffs who went to McAlister's house confirmed the sighting. A crew from the ABC program was in Anderson for two days in December filming the segment on the UFO.

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Cash-Landrum Video Documentary Collection

The Cash-Landrum case has been covered several times on television over the years, and below is a collection of what is available online. Several key video documents of the Cash-Landrum UFO case are not available, chiefly:
  • "Good Morning America" (ABC TV) 1981 Featured Vickie Landrum and was the first televised national coverage of the case.
  • That's Incredible!'" ABC-TV/Alan Landsburg Productions,  broadcast November, 16, 1981. Features Vickie Landrum hypnotized, also appearing: Colby Landrum, Betty Cash, Dr. Leo Sprinkle and John Schuessler. This episode also featured a recreation of the event which the witnesses felt was accurate.
If you know where to locate these or others, please contact me.


Cash-Landrum case video coverage:


"The UFO Experience" September 1982, an hour-long documentary created by San Francisco TV station KPIX, directed by Ron Lakis.  Features interviews with Colby Landrum, Betty Cash, Vickie Landrum, Dr. V. B. Shenoy, John Schuessler and Major Dennis Haire of Ellington AFB. Also, of note is an on-scene recreation of the incident by the witnesses, with a small commercial helicopter playing the role of the UFO.


Segment begins at 13:50.
The UFO Experience


HBO documentary “UFOs: What's Going On?” August 1985
Robert Guenette, 1985, 56 minutes, HBO Cable TV/Robert Guenette Production, produced and directed by Fred Rosen
Betty Cash and Vickie Landrum interviewed, Colby shown, and includes comments on the case by Phil Klass and Stanton Friedman. Video of BC demonstrating how VL's handprints were left in the dashboard. The Cash-Landrum segment begins at 35:30.


UFOs: What's Going On?


UFO Cover Up? Live 10/14/1988
Notorious for its wild claims, this program had another credibility problem. The producer required guests to "perform" a pre-written script. The claims made by "Falcon" of the UFO's origin were outrageous, but Betty seemed to like the idea of the US Government's involvement.
Segment with Betty Cash and Vickie Landrum 
UFO Cover Up? Live


Unsolved Mysteries February 6, 1991
Interviews with Betty Cash, Vickie Landrum, John Schuessler, Dr. Bryan McClelland and L.L. Walker. This show was broadcast in prime time and reached millions of people. It lives on in reruns even today, and is the best-known media coverage of the case. Sadly, there are many inaccuracies in it, and the depiction of the UFO bears little resemblance to what he witnesses initially described.
Program no longer online. see partial transcript with photos at http://unsolved.com/archives/texas-ufo



Sightings (Fox television series)  season one, episode 11 from July 31, 1992
Interviews with Vickie Landrum and John Schuessler. There are some sensational claims by Vickie Landrum, claims that disagree with the documented facts of the case.


Sightings


The Unexplained episode "Close Encounters" from  July 9, 1998.
Produced by Towers Production, Inc. for A&E Network ; writer/producer Kevin Barry. 
Betty Cash, Vickie Landrum, John Schuessler, Dr. Bryan McClelland, attorney William Shead, and Ken Storch are interviewed.




The Unexplained: "Close Encounters"


Mysterious Worlds episode, UFO Secrets. Originally aired in the USA in 2002, it was produced for TLC,  originally shown on The Learning Channel. Directed by Kevin Barry. Gary R. Benz and John Drimmer , Executive Producers, and it was written and produced by Michele Gardner-Smith. GRB Entertainment Inc., MMII by Sequoia Entertainment Inc.

Betty Cash, Vickie Landrum, John Schuessler and Dr. Bryan McClelland are featured, with new footage and re-enactments. (This French language version aired on France's Planete Choc)
It features the last known filmed interviews of Betty Cash and Vickie Landrum.


Mysterious Worlds: UFO Secrets

Link to English version below. Segment starts at about 12 minutes.
Watch Mysterious Worlds Online - S01:E05 - UFO Secrets | Tubi TV


UFO Hunters Alien Fallout episode aired January 14, 2009.
Kevin Barry writer/producer. 
Colby Landrum, Mickey Geisinger (Betty Cash’s daughter), Dr. Bryan McClelland and Colonel George Sarran are interviewed. This show focuses on the US Government conspiracy theory and the legend of the road burned by the UFO. 


UFO Hunters: Alien Fallout


There were many stories on the case, especially local news stories from Texas, mainly from Houston CBS affiliate KHOU.

If anyone has more information on locating other programs, please post a comment.