INTERVIEW WITH RYAN SPRAGUE
Late last year we were introduced to Ryan when he graciously sent us a copy of his book Somewhere in the Skies: A Human Approach to an Alien Phenomenon. The team devoured the book, and we were so happy to hear that he was starting a podcast to go further on the topics of his book and other Alien related issues. If you haven't already listened to his podcast, do yourself a favor and check it out!
One of my goals with Unknown Midwest was to share the stories of investigators and key people in the paranormal community. While the old guard is moving on and sadly passing away, it is young researchers like Ryan that will carry the torch into the future. He has the swagger of a seasoned pro and has a refreshing outlook on the UFO topic; he also doesn't put up with the old school BS and fraud that goes along with the field.
Because of this it only seems fitting to start our interview series with someone who I feel will help inspire the next generation of truth seekers to look to the skies.
We first got introduced to you by your book Somewhere in the Skies: A Human Approach to an Alien Phenomenon, what inspired you to write this book?
I'd been writing short articles for alternative media for a while, and I was never really able to expand too much on my own thoughts or opinions on what I was covering. After staring at piles of case reports and interviews I'd conducted with witnesses and experiencers, I decided that it was now time to write a book. I approached researcher and historian, Richard Dolan, having respected his work for many years. After a few meetings, we decided that the in order to make the book something special we had to take an angle that hadn't really been done before. So instead of focusing on the actual UFO event, I focused on the individuals involved and how the event had impacted and changed their lives. This was an exciting approach for me, and the feedback has been incredible. It has allowed more people to reach out to me and tell their stories, not fearing ridicule, and embracing their experiences rather than rejecting or ignoring them.
Is there any one particular story from your interviews that stands out that you did not include in your book?
There were literally dozens and dozens of interviews that I, unfortunately, was not able to include in the book just because of time constraints and many other variables. I can't say there is one particular interview that I chose not to include that really stood out. There were some interviews that seemed to all blend together into rather prosaic or mundane experiences where I honestly feel a conventional answer could be found. But then again, I wasn't there when it happened, so I can't say it wasn't a genuine UFO experience, but it just wasn't conducive to the narrative I was creating at the time. Perhaps a follow-up will be in order some day!
What is your current feeling on the subject of UFOs and Alien Encounters?
The subject of UFOs and alien encounters is and will remain a mystery that I hope I can always pursue. As we inch closer and closer to achieving incredible scientific breakthroughs in terms of planetary discoveries and space exploration, the acceptance of possible life elsewhere in the cosmos becomes more and more accepted by the public. It's a matter of whether or not it has ever visited out planet before. And if only one solid case of visitation is genuine, and stands the test of rigorous scrutiny in every way possible, then that one case has been worth the time, effort, resources, and passion of every single person who has pursued these mysteries in the skies. That one case, whatever it may be, keeps me going. I believe that we are on the brink of something truly life-changing. And I can only hope I'll be here to see that happen within my lifetime.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time when you aren’t looking up?
When I'm not looking up, I'm looking down on the page as I continue to pursue my other passions in life; playwriting, screenwriting, and podcasting. I have a play opening in New York City this October called EAST IN RED. It is a modern day adaptation of the Jack the Ripper mystery, set in the East Village as the prey soon becomes the predator. I'm also currently developing a few television and film projects in my new home of Los Angeles. Since we last spoke, I also started a podcast that picks up where the book left off! Each week, I bring on witnesses, experiencers, researchers, and people in all walks of life who either have a passion for or just an itch to talk about UFOs and aliens. It's been an incredible journey so far, and the feedback has been extremely positive.
Do you have any new research or publications in the works?
I am currently planning some big investigations here in Los Angeles where I'll going out on the road to investigate some current UFO cases and paranormal cases. I've started a Patreon campaign for the podcast where most of my research will be broadcast. It's a very exciting time for the podcast, and any help and support people are willing to give will go a very long way in making it grow and continuing the search for answers to the unknown. To learn more, visit www.patreon.com/somewhereskies.