BROOKLYN, N,Y. (PIX11)—If you've seen a UFO lately, you might want to call this number: 347-298-9020. The hotline was established by retired computer consultant Joe Capp, who has compassion for anyone who claims to have had a close encounter.
The 68-year-old who lives with his wife in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn became a believer himself in 1962 after what he saw from the beach in Atlantic City. "Two flying discs went right over our heads," he said. "They looked like giant frisbees."
The hotline is an offshoot of a support group Capp has been leading at the Skylight Diner in Manhattan since 2007. People who attend the monthly meetings dish on their flying saucer experiences and express their fears.
"I try to give them a perspective," Capp said. "No matter what these are, they're not hurting anyone."
Capp says seeing a UFO changes a person for life. So how has it changed him? "If a person says 'I saw a ghost,' I empathize with seeing something that everybody else says is impossible," he said.
Since starting the hotline in February, Capp has fielded calls reporting about two-dozen sightings around the city.