The Councillor And The Tutued ET
Councillor Adrian Hicks of Winchester, England,
paid an artist to recreate the alien
he spotted on the street back in 2004.
If you're going to see an alien wearing ballet shoes and a tutu it might as well be on High Street.
It happened one Saturday afternoon in 2004, maybe in late January or early February, Adrian Hicks doesn't remember the exact date. He was near a bookstore on High Street in Winchester, England, when he spotted the humanoid woman attired in an outre ballet outfit. She could pass for human, he stated, despite her large oval eyes, twirling arms and waddling gait.
In one video interview Hicks returned to the spot and recreated for a journalist the alien's penguin-like walk and twirling arms.
Hicks waited until March 2009 to publicly talk about the encounter. Why? Politics. Employed as a orthopaedic technician for 35 years, he decided to run for city councillor and didn't want the bizarre event to affect his chances of winning. The same event that motivated him to seek office.
After winning his seat, Hicks decided to speak out about the sighting of the tutued blonde ET. He said the street was busy that day and others also saw the strange figure as she waddled down the street. In fact, someone took photographs and he has asked that person to come forward with those images.
Hicks believes in the "Cosmic Watergate" theory promoted by UFO researcher Stanton Friedman. In videos available via his web site and You Tube, the councillor claims that the shadowy organization Majestic has been covering up the presence of aliens on this planet.
What happened to Hicks on that strange Saturday back in 2004? Could it be that an ordinary human with a wild SF bent for performance art was just screwing around?
I've done some digging through Google and so far I haven't found anyone who has claimed to have perpetrated the ET on the street occurrence. People who know him, according to one UFO researcher, say the middle-aged Hicks is an ordinary "sound" man.
Hicks belongs to the Liberal Democrat party. In an article that appeared in The Daily Echo newspaper, a Lib Dem leader stated: “Adrian is an excellent councillor and works really hard for his constituents. His UFO beliefs are his beliefs and have nothing to do with the Liberal Democrats.”
This situation leaves open all sorts of questions. If it was performance art or a hoax, then why haven't the other people on the street come forward and say they saw it too? Or maybe Hicks was the victim of another kind of trickster, one that put on the special event for only the councillor, no one else.
Maybe somewhere in another dimension a ultraterrestrial being is enjoying the joke he pulled one day on the appropriately named High Street.
[ Hat tip: I first heard about the tutued ET sighting through Rick and Carol Hilberg's Flying Saucer Digest zine. 377 Race St., Berea, OH 44017 ]
Daily Echo: "Strange case of the councillor and the friendly alien wearing ballet shoes" By Andrew Napier 25th March 2009
Daily Echo: "Cllr Adrian Hicks demands answers over extra-terrestrials" By Ash Bolton 5th November 2009
Councillor Adrian Hick's Official Web Site
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