RAS #295 – The MUFON Story

On Ron’s Amazing Stories this week Phil Leech joins us. He has served us in many ways during his life, and has done it all! When it came time to retire from public service, he decided to become a field investigator for the (Mutual UFO Network) MUFON. Phil did not stop there and after only three years he has become the Indiana State Director of MUFON. Why he joined MUFON is the focus of this podcast. Phil is not only an investigator, but also had two experiences in his life that he cannot explain. He joined MUFON in hopes of finding an answer to his own questions about the UFO story.

Links From This Episode

MUFON Home Page
MUFON Hotline Number:
Indiana MUFON Facebook Page

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Spotlight – Phil Leech MUFON

On Ron’s Amazing Stories – The Blog the spotlight points to a man who has served us in many ways during his life. He has been in public service as a sheriff, police officer, fireman, worked in a coroner’s office and even supported a terrorist task force. He has done it all! When it came time to retire from public service, he decided to become a field investigator for the (Mutual UFO Network) MUFON. Philip Leech did not stop there and after only three years he has become the Indiana State Director of MUFON.

Phil Leech - MUFOnWhy he joined MUFON is Simple. Phil is not only an investigator, but also had two experiences in his life that he cannot explain. He joined MUFON in hopes of finding an answer to his own questions about the UFO story.

“After each incident I experienced memory loss, to an extreme. It was instrumental in my reporting the events to MUFON. There is a CMS report in the system, along with a photo of me in the very car I was driving during the first event in 1980. I told no one of either experience, most of my life. I have worked in the public service sector, this type of thing had to be kept to myself for obvious reasons. Recently, I decided to tell my story to MUFON, undergoing regression, thus leading me back to today. I am a MUFON Investigator now, and trying to understand what happened not once, but twice.”  – Phil Leech

What is the Mutual UFO Network?

MUFON is an American-based non-profit organization that investigates cases of alleged UFO sightings. It is one of the oldest and largest civilian UFO-investigative organizations in the United States. The group maintains a chapter in each state and has investigators who undergo training administered by MUFON. They investigate UFO sightings and collect the data in the MUFON Database for use by researchers worldwide. They Promote research on UFOs to discover the true nature of the phenomenon, with an eye towards scientific breakthroughs, and improving life on our planet. MUFON aims to educate the public on the UFO phenomenon and its potential impact on society.

This Week’s Podcast:

On the Podcast this week we have Phil Leech. He will tell his two stories, talk about MUFON and cases that he has personally investigated. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on TuneIn Radio or listen to it on your radio Saturday night at 6pm Eastern time. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

August 03 – He #17 – Out Of Body
August 10 – You Were Wonderful – (RAS294)
August 17 – The MUFON Story – (RAS295)
August 24 – Western Week – (RAS296)
August 31 – Science Fiction Week – (RAS297)

RAS #294 – You Were Wonderful

On Ron’s Amazing Stories this week we have a special show dedicated to World War II. We have story about a singer in a pre-war nightclub, a man is saved on a hospital ship by a ghost, and fate steps in to save another man from crashing in a WWII bomber. Add to that another five minute mystery, some crazy good music and I think you see why I call it special.

Our OTR Story – You Were Wonderful (with Lena Horne)

Our story stars Lena Horne as an American singer who arrives in pre-war Buenos Aires to perform at a nightclub, but soon finds herself embroiled in espionage, intrigue and murder. Far and away the best scenes in this episode are the three times she is allowed to sing. The episode is called, You Were Wonderful, and comes from the classic OTR series, Suspense. It first aired on November 9, 1944.

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Spotlight – Lena Horne

On this edition of Ron’s Amazing Stories – The Blog, we will throw the spotlight on one of America’s best, Lena Mary Calhoun Horne. An amazing woman with, as it just so happens, an amazing story. Horne was an American jazz and pop singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Horne’s career spanned over 70 years appearing in film, television, and theater. Her real love and many would say her passion was in the night club.

Spotlight - Lena HorneAt the young age of sixteen she began her career in earnest. In the fall of 1933, Horne joined the chorus line of the Cotton Club in New York City. In the spring of 1934, she had a featured role in the Cotton Club Parade starring Adelaide Hall. Unsavory roots some would say, but truth was it was the perfect place for Lena. She would connect with band leaders such as Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. A few years later, Horne joined Noble Sissle. Lena toured with Noble and made her first records with him and his orchestra.

At 21 years of age Lena made her first film, The Duke Is Tops (1938) followed by Panama Hattie (1942). Lena had signed with MGM but, unfortunately for her, the pictures were shot so that her scenes could be cut out when they were shown in the South. Most theaters there refused to show films that portrayed blacks in anything other than subservient roles to whites. At that time most movie studios did not want to take a chance on losing that particular source of revenue. Very sad we ever thought like that.

Horne was long involved with the Civil Rights Movement. During World War II, when entertaining the troops for the USO, she refused to perform for segregated audiences or for groups in which German POWs were seated in front of African American servicemen. She staged her own show for a mixed audience of black U.S. soldiers and white German POWs. Seeing that the black soldiers had been forced to sit in the back seats, she walked off the stage to the first row where the black troops were seated and performed with the Germans behind her.  Amazing!

By the mid-1950s, Horne was disenchanted with Hollywood and increasingly focused on her nightclub career. She was blacklisted for her affiliations in the 1940s with communist-backed groups. She would subsequently disavow communism and returned to the screen three more times ending by playing Glinda in The Wiz (1978), which was directed by her then son-in-law Sidney Lumet.

Horne continued to perform well into her 80s, in fact her last public appearance was in 1999. It is hard to imagine what life would have been like for us without women like Lena Horne. If you want to know more about her I suggest the book: Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne written by James Gavin.

This Week’s Podcast:

On the podcast this week we have Lena Horne in a OTR story from Suspense called, You Were Wonderful. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on TuneIn Radio or listen to it on your radio Saturday night at 6pm Eastern time. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

August 03 – He #17 – Out Of Body
August 10 – You Were Wonderful – (RAS294)
August 17 – The MUFON Story – (RAS295)
August 24 – Western Week – (RAS296)
August 31 – Science Fiction Week – (RAS297)

HE #17 – Out Of Body

Welcome to the 17th episode of the Horror Express. In this program Jason and Ron talk about the Out-Of-Body experience. We have stories, an Interview with Larry Hunter and of course we answer your questions and comments. The OTR story for this show is a creepy tale about a dream that should send a chill or two through your body.  So, please join us for this train ride into the unknown.

LARRY E. “BUCK” HUNTER is a BROADCASTER & AUTHOR. For over 30 years he worked in the marketing and communications field. Larry specializes in executive coaching, professional speaking, radio & television broadcasting and, most importantly, has real-life, in-the-trenches mass-media marketing experience. He has established a solid reputation as a top-notch publicist, event producer and entertainment communications professional with expertise in the publishing markets. Larry has a knack for bringing out the best in people and is known for his savvy style and exhilarating personality!

Video Introduction of Larry E. Hunter.
Helps Research Center
Amazon link to Larry’s Book – Seven Days In Hell

OTR Story – The Dream (Boris Karloff)

Our story on this episode of The Horror Express comes from the series Lights Out and stars the great Boris Karloff as a mad man on trial for murder. Lights Out was created by Wyllis Cooper and then eventually taken over by Arch Oboler. It aired on different networks, at various times, from 1934 to 1947 and the series eventually made the transition to television. Lights Out was one of the earliest radio horror programs, predating even Suspense and Inner Sanctum. The creepy tale is called The Dream and first aired April 23, 1938.