Gray Barker, Writer of Other Worlds
Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs, have been written about for decades. The vast UFO memorabilia collection of Gray Barker (1925-1984), the author of They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers, can be seen at the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library (CHPL) in Clarksburg.
If you want to discover the world of “ufology,” this place is a jackpot. Read about it on the CHPL web site at: https://www.clarksburglibrary.info/barker-collection. Then, just gaze at the night sky and see if you spot any UFOs!
If you want to detour a bit to the east, Phillippi is also an enjoyable place to visit. I worked for a week at a non-profit there called New Vision that strives to provide those who live without electricity with clean energy. I learned a lot there about helping others and the environment at the same time. If you’re in town, feel free to drive up to Chestnut Ridge, say hello to them, and ask about aquaponics. Even if you don’t, keep an eye out for beautiful green forests, coal mines, and historical landmarks dating back to before the Civil War. Don’t expect any UFOs, though. That’s one thing I haven’t found…yet.
An idea students may enjoy that is connected to the Gray Barker story is here: https://www.ecolifeconservation.org/aquaponics-for-beginners
This is the third stop on our West Virginia Author Adventures Trail.