‘This stuff is real’: Sci-fi author details how he saw an ‘enormous silver V-shaped UFO’ at age 14 as his unsurprised military father gave him a knowing WINK
- Dan Harary, 66, saw a UFO hovering above his New Jersey neighborhood in 1970
- He told DailyMail.com his father, Jack, acted as though he had seen one before
- Harary has said that the experience has inspired his new novel, After They Came
It was an ordinary afternoon in 1970 when a 14-year-old Dan Harary looked through the windshield of his father’s car and saw a V-shaped UFO hovering above his New Jersey neighborhood in broad daylight.
The Hollywood publicist-turned-sci-fi writer never forgot the incredible moment, but it wasn’t until decades later that he became convinced his military dad, Jack, knew more about the flying saucer than he had let on.
Harary’s father worked as an electronics engineer with the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1996 and never discussed his top secret projects.
It was not until Jack died in 2017, that his son remembered he had given him a knowing wink after their UFO sighting. ‘I thought, “Oh my God, I wonder if my dad knew what that was,”‘ Harary, 66, told DailyMail.com.
The author’s growing conviction that his father knew about UFOs during his 45 years in the military inspired his new alien novel, After They Came, which tells the story of a man who is beamed up by extraterrestrials after trying to drown himself on his 70th birthday.
Hollywood publicist-turned-sci-fi writer Dan Harary, 66, penned a new alien novel, After They Came, that was inspired by the first UFO sighting he had with his military father in 1970
Harary’s father, Jack (pictured in New Jersey in 1957), worked as an electronics engineer with the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1996 and never discussed his top secret projects. Harary was in the car with his dad when he spotted an ‘enormous V-shaped UFO’
Harary was born and raised outside Asbury Park, New Jersey, where he developed a passion for rock music — not aliens. The existence of extraterrestrial life didn’t really cross his mind until his first UFO sighting as a teen.
He recalled how his father had been driving him home from Hebrew school around 4.30pm when he spotted something flying in the air. He yelled for his dad to pull over, and when they got out of the car, they saw an ‘enormous silver V-shaped UFO.’
‘It was maybe 200 feet in the air, completely silent, and it was just hovering. It just went very, very slowly over my neighborhood, and I could not believe what I was seeing,’ he said.
‘So I was jumping up and down. “Dad, a UFO! Dad, a UFO! It’s so cool!” My father looked at it like he was thinking about what he had to buy at the grocery store the next day. He had no interest. Just the look on my father’s face was like he’d seen it a hundred times already.’
Before they left, his father looked at him and gave him a wink, something he had never done before. When they got home, Harary called his local newspaper and was told they were ‘getting a lot of phone calls about this sight,’ but nothing was ever published.
The writer had asked his father what he thought about aliens and UFOs three or four times over the years, but his reaction was always the same. He would simply chuckle and say, ‘Well, I don’t know.’
Harary (pictured with his father and brother Bob) recalled how his dad seemed unimpressed by the sight as if it was something he had already seen before giving him a knowing wink
Harary (pictured in 1974) was more interested in rock music than aliens as a teen, but he never forgot that moment with his father. He recalled asking his dad about his thoughts on UFOs and extraterrestrial life over the years, but he would just chuckle and say, “Well, I don’t know’
The sci-fi author (pictured with his mother, Joan, and brothers, Bob and Mike, in 2001) said he saw a second UFO that was a ‘white light shaped like an egg’ in Lancaster, California, in 1994. He saw a third at Gilliland’s Ranch, an alleged UFO hotspot in Trout Lake, Washington, in 2008
He noted that his father’s ‘goal in life was to get his pension’ and would never risk losing it by sharing top secret information with anyone, even his family.
Harary said he had a second UFO sighting while visiting his two children at his ex-wife’s house in Lancaster, California, in 1994.
Harary’s new book tells the story of a man who is beamed up by extraterrestrials and becomes a world hero
After tucking his kids into bed, he went outside and saw a ‘white light shaped like an egg’ that traveled from one end of the sky to another and suddenly stopped.
It then reversed its course and returned to its original point of origin.
‘Nothing manmade can do that,’ he thought to himself.
However, Harary didn’t start researching UFOs and extraterrestrial life until he wandered into the paranormal section of a Los Angeles bookstore in 2007.
After buying and reading about a dozen books on the topic, he became a believer and joined the Los Angeles chapter of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), an international organization that investigates reported UFO sightings.
‘The things I heard and saw absolutely blew my mind,’ he said.
‘I just could not believe all the history, all the evidence, all the testimony of so many people that have experienced things that I was never aware of… It just completely changed my worldview.’
In 2008, Harary saw his third UFO while spending a long weekend at Gilliland’s Ranch, an alleged UFO hotspot in Trout Lake, Washington.
Harary (pictured with his mother and Mel Brooks in 2006) was a longtime Hollywood publicist and worked with dozens of celebrities. Last year, he published his memoir, Flirting with Fame: A Hollywood Publicist Recalls 50 Years of Celebrity Close Encounters
The author (pictured with Steven Spielberg in 2010) started researching UFOs and extraterrestrial life in 2008. He joined the Los Angeles chapter of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), an international organization that investigates reported UFO sightings
Harary (pictured with E.T. star Dee Wallace in 2022) told DailyMail.com that it wasn’t until after his father’s death that remembered how he had winked at him during their UFO sighting. He is now convinced that his father knew about UFOs through his work in the military
James Gilliland, founder of the Enlightened Contact with Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ECETI), owns the property and has been hosting stargazing events since 1986.
‘At night, we could go out into the field just at the base of Mount Adams. People would sing and dance, play guitars and tambourines, and dance around,’ Harary recalled. ‘We did that for three nights in a row hoping to summon up a UFO. That was the goal.
‘I kept thinking, “No way while I’m here that something is gonna happen. There’s no chance.” First night, nothing. Second night, nothing. The third night, the last night we were there, people are singing and chanting, and then suddenly out of nowhere a bright green emerald-shaped craft appeared right above us.’
Harary said the light flashed on and off a few times before it sped off. They all looked at each other with amazement, and he started to cry. Of the three UFOs he has seen, he noted that ‘no two were even close to the same.’
After his father’s death, he asked his mother if he had ever mentioned UFOs or aliens. She told him that the first week he worked at Fort Monmouth, a former army installation in Monmouth County, New Jersey, he was taken down into the vaults and shown ‘something remarkable.’
‘He came home and said, “I saw something that I can never tell you about.” My mother said he looked pale and he was scared s******s,’ he explained. ‘He never discussed it with anyone. She even said he was never the same. We’ll never know what he saw.’
Harary (pictured promoting his memoir in 2022) shared that his mother told him that his father had seen ‘something remarkable’ at one of the vaults at Fort Monmouth, a former army installation in Monmouth County, New Jersey, but couldn’t tell her about it
Harary (pictured with his daughter Anjuli) said that he is constantly trying to prove to his friends and family that ‘this stuff is real.’ He is convinced that if people took the time to read the research UFOs and aliens, they would become believers too
UFOs have been making headlines in recent weeks after three were shot down over U.S. and Canadian airspace in three days. A week prior, a Chinese spy balloon was shot down over South Carolina
Harary believes the focus has been on the Chinese balloon ‘because the other three were not manmade.’ ‘Still to this day, they don’t want to reveal it to the public,’ he said of the government’s alleged knowledge of extraterrestrial life. ‘They think there will be a panic. That’s the thing’
UFOs, or unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) as the U.S. government now calls them, have long been the subject of fascination and skepticism. However, Harary is convinced that if people took the time to research UFOs and aliens, they would become believers too.
He rattled off ancient cave paintings, the Nazca Lines in Peru, the Egyptian pyramids, and the deathbed confessions of military men who allegedly helped cover up the Roswell UFO crash as evidence that extraterrestrials exist.
UFOs have been making headlines in recent weeks after three were shot down over U.S. and Canadian airspace in three days. A week prior, a Chinese spy balloon was shot down over South Carolina.
‘The other three objects have never been identified. They’ve not been recovered. They haven’t been shown on television,’ Harary noted, saying the focus has been on the Chinese balloon ‘because the other three were not manmade.’
‘Still to this day, they don’t want to reveal it to the public,’ he said of the government’s alleged knowledge of extraterrestrial life. ‘They think there will be a panic. That’s the thing.’
Harary knows that some people think he is a ‘lunatic,’ including his own doctor, who asked if he was going to ‘wear a tinfoil hat’ as a costume while promoting his book at Aliencon, which took place in Pasadena, California, this month.
‘I’m trying to tell my friends and relatives, “Hey, this stuff is real, and when the day comes when it’s proven, don’t be too surprised because it’s all absolutely real,”‘ he said. ‘And my mother goes, “Enough with the aliens!”‘
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