UFO Conjecture(s)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Little man seen by a "little man"


On pages 207 and 208 of Mysteries of Mind, Space & Time, Voume 2 [H.S. Stuttman, Inc., Westport, Conn. 1991] is a story about eight-year-old Tonnlie Barefoot [sic] who, on October 12th, 1976, in Dunn, North Carolina, saw a little man "not much bigger than a Coke bottle" wearing black boots, blue trousers, and a blue top with "the prettiest little white tie you ever saw."

Adults scoffed at the story, upsetting young Tonnlie, until they discovered tiny footprints where the lad said he saw the little man.

What do we have here -- a Vallee-like tale? Or the intrusion of a mini-alien from outer space?

Note the surname of Tonnlie: Barefoot.

And the subsequently found footprints (not bare apparently) but related to feet, obviously.

A Coke bottle, a white tie, black trousers and blue accoutrements -- black and blue.

Are the incidental details important in discovering what young Tonnlie saw?

(And I don't discount what children relate; they invariably are telling the truth, as they perceive it -- their spin is up for grabs, but the essential elements are basically true.)

The story is a minor one, in the context of Magonia-like tales and UFO encounters generally, but it is typical of what Jose Caravaca reports as "distortion" events, provided by observers and caused by the intercession of an ethereal presence.

The strange encounter of young Tonnlie wasn't investigated by anyone, in a thorough manner. Why would it be?

It's what was known in the 1976 time-frame as a human interest tidbit that news media gave a minuscule slot to in the local newspaper(s) or television newscast(s).

My preference for imparting a psychological interpretation might go to an explanation but I think that would be a stretch, as the eight-year-old seems, from the niggardly report, to have been a normal boy without a penchant for making things up or for having neurological mishaps.

Jose Caravaca's and Nick Redfern's intrusion by "others" (causing the imagery and event) is even less likely that my psychological approach.

Why would an extra-human presence create such a small event, with a eight-year-old, in Dunn, North Carolina? It's an absurdity on the face of it.

A Jacques Vallee's Magonia-like event is out of context, for the time-frame, locale, and garb of the little man spotted by Tonnlie Barefoot, but is a possibility, because of the fairy-like ambiance.

But, again, why?

There are a plethora of such accounts as this one.

However, do they impact the UFO question?

Does there need to be a categorical roster, separating UFO reports so that lights in the sky, objects also in the sky, landed craft, with beings interacting with people and/or the environment, or bizarre encounters without UFOs -- a roster that allows a specialistic investigation of such anomalies so we can, eventually, determine what such events mean, if anything, to humankind.

Are some people the butt of jokes by an external, unknown presence?

Are some people neurotically inclined or on a psychotic cusp, and experiencing things totally imagined by a malfunctioning psyche or mind?

Or are we all misperceiving observational quirks, imbuing things with seen or felt cultural encrustations garnered from books, magazines, movies, television, and now the internet?

What's your take? (And stay inside the topic, please....no flights of arcanity.)

Addendum:

Purrlgurrl left a link in a comment below, a link that provides more detail for the account here (above) and attendant material about an AmerIndian "legend" that pertains.

Click HERE for PG's link....it's relevant.

RR