In 1974 when I lived in New Hampshire with my then to be husband, we saw several UFOs. It was a summer night in July so we went out on the deck to watch the display. The warp speed zigging and zagging in sharp diagonals was mind-blowing. Then when one or more of the "crafts" divided into more "crafts," it became almost unbelievable.
New Hampshire is the place where Betty and Barney Hill were abducted by aliens in the '60s. Newspaper reports around the state reported our sightings, seen by thousands of people, reported by hundreds.
During last deer hunting season here in northwestern Wisconsin, my was-band, saw a UFO hovering over a tree line after the sun had set. It caught his attention when a bright light flashed across his windshield. It all happened very fast and he did not stop because he needed to get to the deer processing shop before it closed.
I contemplate if the number of alien-oriented TV shows might not be preparing us for the acceptance of other life forms. Using mass media, particularly TV, is an effective way to reduce fear and trauma about a future coming event related to encounters with alien beings, either on this planet or in outer space travels. I pray we have the wisdom to know how to act and don't start shooting first and ask questions later.