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This Man Sparked Spielberg's Interest in UFOs

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As the head of the US Air Force's official UFO investigation, Dr. Hynek was supposed to use his classification system to debunk so-called "close encounters." Instead, he became a true believer.

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The movie was an instant smash when it hit the theaters in 1977 and reawakened man's obsession with the eternal question: "Are we alone in the universe?" Though a work of fantasy, few realize that Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic was actually inspired by real-life witness testimony, as well as a series of UFO sightings in Michigan in the summer of 1966. Separate science fact from science fiction as we re-examine government documents and put old witness testimonies to the test using modern technology.

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