I write this in the form of a confession.

The bad news is that I was once guilty of creating fake news.

The good news is I was only 13 years old.

Back when we were kids, growing up on the east side of Dayton, my buddy Mike and I put together a whopper of a scam that was meant to prank none other than the U.S. Air Force – specifically, Project Blue Book, the Air Force's long-standing program to investigate reports of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs.

Reporting sightings of strange things in the skies was all the rage in the 1950s and 1960s.

J. Allen Hynek is known as the father of modern UFO theory and authored three books (The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry (Collector's Library of the Unknown); The Hynek UFO report; and The Hynek UFO Report: What the Government Suppressed and Why) and coined the phrase "close encounters of the third kind."