Witt (played by Sterling Brimley) is a cantankerous old writer who was close with Thomas Malloy and Gordon Fitzpatrick. He is the author of 'There are Messages from Outer Space', a book seen practically as a bible for Ufologists. He receives one of Malloy's boxes and after learning the full details of Malloy's research, is firmly in the camp of destroying the hidden second spacecraft. In the novel, Witt has a much more significant role. After anonymously providing hints and difficult to obtain equipment to Tex throughout the story, it is revealed that he has numerous connections reaching as far up as the NSA and the government, enabling him to pull various strings.