History Channel visits Rio Rancho UFO researcher

UFO researcher David Marler is looking for a file during an observer visit a few years ago. Photo by Gary Herron.

In the July 18 edition of “Unidentified,” on The History Channel at 8:00 p.m., former US Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Christopher Mellon visits Rio Rancho’s own UFO researcher and historian , David Marler, to investigate reports of triangular UFOs, as reported by military personnel.

Mellon, who once held the third Pentagon intelligence post, and his team examined Marler’s vast collection of data and research on this subset of UFO reports, Marler said. He and Mellon examine cases from historical newspaper articles and declassified military records, and discuss Marler’s detailed profile of these elusive objects that have been seen for decades.

“Beyond the eyewitness reports sent to me directly, I still have a fascination with slaughtering old newspapers to see what contemporary reports existed in conjunction with these historical observations,” Marler said. “I believe these are important historical documents. It’s easy for someone to claim they had a UFO sighting decades ago – and I don’t deny it. But it’s a much more substantial report if we have a documented account captured in an official publication (i.e. a local newspaper) immediately after the event.

In the fall of 2019, when Mellon visited Marler’s home west of Rio Rancho, the two had a lengthy chat in Marler’s research room, which included his book on Triangular UFOs and Ideas from Mellon, given his intelligence background.

“It made for an interesting discussion,” said Marler, “which hopefully translates well into the final cut of the episode. One of the things we focused on was the accounts of historical diaries involving triangular UFOs – I brought up two examples in a series of flying saucer albums that were filled with an abundance of newspaper clippings documenting UFO sightings from the 1950s and 1960s, (and) I had just acquired them before Chris arrived.

One of those newspaper reviews, Marler said, was “a fascinating report in several ways. First, the year – 1950. It was only three years after Kenneth Arnold’s famous sighting in 1947 that ushered in the modern era of UFOs. However, even in 1950, these objects were not yet referred to as “UFOs”. They were still called “flying saucers” or “disks”.

To learn more about Marler’s UFO research, visit his website, davidmarlerufo.com.