Copyright 2012, InterAmerica, Inc.True Flying Saucers & UFO Quarterly
[No. 4, Winter 1977], paraphrased, in part.From Page 27:
…in the town of Gilroy, southeast of San Francisco, 19 year-old housewife Terry Smith and her 12-year old cousin, Imelea Lugo, were driving to Imelea’s home (about 11 p.m.).
“Suddenly out of nowhere…a large flying object swooped down ahead of their car, hovered…about 50 feet above the road, then began to bob up and down.”
They jumped from the car and ran and ran (about fifty yards) to the Lugo home, where they woke up Imelea’s parents, taking them outside.
Forty-five-year-old Jose Lugo, an auto parts salesman, and his wife tell what they saw:
“…About 100 feet above the house was this strange circular object with blinking red, blue and white lights flashing around a middle section. It was grayish colored, much bigger than an automobile, and had three legs for landing gears. The bottom of each landing gear had something resembling the rubber suction cup on a bathroom plunger.”
Mrs. Lugo added, “It just hung there in mid-air, so low I could see two window-like openings on top…the reflected lights from the UFO gave it a ‘gem-like quality.’From Page 51 comes this account from Rivesville, West Virginia (also paraphrased in part):
A member of the author’s [Jennings H. Frederick] family, on April 23rd, 1965, had a strange encounter “with a saucer and what was apparently an 'alien being'.”
"Susan” saw, out her kitchen window, what she took for a child, perhaps on the way to school or a small person who “appeared to have been thrown into a pasture at the top of the hill."
Susan thought that maybe someone had run into an electric cattle fence that ran through the area.
She ran out of the house, and from her front porch, yelled, asking if anyone was hurt and needed help.
But instead of a reply, she was startled to see a saucer-shaped craft come down and land (near the little being? – the author doesn’t make this clear).
“Extending from the small ‘being,’ who…appeared to be three or four week tall, was a black cable…which [was] connected to the craft.”
Susan estimated the saucer to be about 5 to 10 feet long [!] and 5 feet in height.
The “being” was black or very dark green and looked more animal than human, “For it had a tail, about two feet long!”
The alien being had V-shaped ears – this was pre-Spock, 1965 remember – or rather ears that came to a point.
No mouth or eyes were seen and it looked to be humanoid [sic] in general features – one head, two legs, two arms.
“Susan didn’t try to communicate with this being but, instead, ran back into the house and locked the door.”
Looking out the window, she saw “the being collecting samples of grass, soil, etc.” (The “etc.” isn’t defined) –“and placing same in a pouch of some sort. He wore no helmet, and moved in a very jerky, or stiff, restrained manner.”
The craft was described as cream and silver colored, “with rows of small windows atop an upper deck. There was also a dome or crystal canopy on the upper surface which sparkled in the morning sun.”
“…the craft rotated in a clockwise direction…emitting a humming, or vibrating, buzzing sound.”
Susan saw the alien step aboard the craft, which rose rapidly, straight up, disappearing out of sight.
The author went to the alleged landing site and writes that he found tracks and soil indentations, some hair samples around footprints, which had four toes and a sharp heel.
He surmised that the craft was 25 feet in diameter and weighed more than a ton.
Now I ask you, what are we to make of such UFO tales?
Which one rings truer? Or do they both ring true? Or do they seem far-fetched and false?
The first account is a “typical” UFO sighting; the second is a Distortion-like account that Jose Caravaca’s theory might address.
But what do we get from either account?
Similarities to other UFO reports abound:
The three landing legs in the Gilroy account, the windows, and the blinking red, white, and blue lights.
In the West Virginia encounter, we find soil and grass samples being gathered by a strange-looking being who, purportedly, came from a saucer-like craft, moving like a robot, tethered to the craft, leaving remnants of his (or its) visit.
Are we to dismiss such stories?
Are they more important than sightings of anomalous craft flying in the skies, faster than a speeding bullet?
Do such tales help us in our search for an explanation of the UFO phenomenon (or phenomena)?
Are such witness accounts grist for sociological or psychological scrutiny?
Or are such events mere footnotes to human experience?RR