By the morning of Saturday, November 21, everybody I’d invited to ride with me to the MUFON meeting in North Carolina had bailed for one reason or another, so I traveled alone with my Garmin to Cornelius. I located the Acropolis Café where the meeting was to be held and then, since I had an hour to kill, drove what couldn’t have been more than a few city blocks to Davidson where I discovered the Davidson College campus. I’d been looking for a coffee bar in Cornelius, unaware of Davidson or the college, so the sudden appearance of both came as quite a surprise.
About 25 people were in attendance at what some complained was a too-long-overdue statewide meeting of the North Carolina chapter of MUFON. State Director Richard Lang spoke at length about MUFON’s new (and, in my opinion, unfortunately named) rapid response investigative unit, the STAR Team, funded by billionaire Robert Bigelow. His generosity makes it possible for Lang, the national director of STAR, to dispatch investigators to close encounter sites within 24 hours of reports being filed.