UFO Conjecture(s)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Strange Flying Sphere from ?

Our colleague Spanish UFO researcher Jose Antonio Caravaca sent us this:

January 19, 1967. In Dunbar, West Virginia, at about 9:05 pm, Tad Jones, businessman with an electronics store was driving his vehicle on Route 64 when he saw something in the middle of the road.

As he approached that something, he saw that it was a metal sphere, about 7.5 meters in diameter with two antennae and a small window of about 22 cm.


The sphere floated 1.20 meters above the ground.

As the witness's vehicle approached the mysterious sphere, it flew away at high speed.

According to the description provided by the witness, the object appeared to be made of aluminum, had four legs ending in something like "wheels."

At the bottom was a propeller rotating at high speed at takeoff.

The sighting lasted about 2 minutes.

Tad reported the sighting to the police and the press reported the strange episode.

The day after the story appeared, the witness received a strange anonymous note at his home:

We know what you have seen and we know that you have talked. You’d better keep your mouth shut.”

Señor Caravaca ties this to his “Distortion Theory.”

That is, an external agent – neither we nor señor Carvaca know exactly what or who that might be (yet), but it is the thing which, according to Jose’s “theory” interacts with persons, inserting or providing elements into UFO observations that are intertwined with their personal life or occupation(s).

The "external agent" interacts with the observer using the connective (mental?) associations.

In this instance, the witness has an electronics store, thus his “encounter” involves an electronic-like gadget.

A more prosaic explanation would be that the witness, Tad Jones, was hallucinating.

(One would like to know whether Mr. Jones had had anything to drink or eat that might cause him to see what he saw. Or was he under any kind of duress?)

The note left at his home may be considered a prank.



  • Kind of reminds me of that Scottish case from 1979, Bob Livingston, I think was his name? He described something similar.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Tuesday, August 13, 2013  

  • When you compare the contents of "Wonders In The Sky" to what Jose has documented, his work is clearly superior in my book. Where we part company is his insistence on a single external agent, that is inferred to be intelligent in his theory. I do not think there is one for the simple reason, I think there are several agents that must be present to create an effect. His theory reminds me of animism. A simple example is rain. Is there a single agent to create the effect of rain? What is the discernment between cellular intelligence and self aware sentience? Propagation of various manifestations are always contingent by their nature, ourselves included. Do I think a single agent created whatever this is that I am? No. It's sort of the same mythos applied to complex transient examples of self organisation, or in science, systems study. This whole endeavor of assigning "others" who mimic our own provable nuttiness, through these events is what has led whatever ufology was, or is, into a sort of psychotic fantasy world that, at the same time, is ludicrous in the desire to have "0thers" in our isolated gold fish bowl. This study of anomalies never grew up beyond it's own context of Greek Mythologies. It's DOA.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Tuesday, August 13, 2013  

  • NR:

    Yes, I just came across that event again, and it is similar, insofar as the "object" is concerned.

    It was 1979. The guy's name was Taylor. The locale was Livingston, Lothian, Scotland.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, August 13, 2013  

  • ...a sketch inspired by photos of Sputnik

    By Blogger Kurt Peters, at Tuesday, August 13, 2013  

  • I think the sketch was by Jose Caravaca to illustrate the story.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, August 13, 2013  

  • Kurt...

    The sketch corresponds to the reconstruction of the object sighted by Jones. It's really curious that a witness accustomed to working with with electronic equipment observe an artifact of this type ...


    By Blogger jacarav@ca, at Wednesday, August 14, 2013  

  • > January 19, 1967. In Dunbar, West Virginia, at about 9:05 pm

    The only account of this case I can find says it occured at 9:05 in the morning, not at night (Keel's "Mothman Prophecies").

    If that's the case, what the man drank is unlikely to be alcohol (unless he had got bombed the night before and was still legally drunk -- but that's a lot of conjecture, I would say).

    But I have to wonder about carbon monoxide. Many early UFO reports seem to happen to people riding in cars during times of day or seasons of the year when the windows stay rolled up (primary example being the Hill case). Has anyone in ufology ever investigated CO leakage in those older model cars, back in the days when untrained people would monkey around under the hood at home while sipping a beer?

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Sunday, August 18, 2013  

  • Terry,

    We have an item on here, somewhere that approaches the carbon monoxide thing.

    You might find it with a Google search.

    I think that many UFO events (including the abduction phenomenon) are the result of ingestion of drugs, or certain foods (that one is allergic to perhaps), and CO among them.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, August 18, 2013  

  • Thanks for the info on the CO post, Rich. The anonymous neurologist is disingenuously overstating his case, I believe. I may leave a comment there in the next few days; I need to search through my non-UFO books for the case that got me thinking about CO and the Hills.

    (Guess where Betty Hill's famous abduction car is right now? The one with the spots on the trunk, that made the compass spin, that was zapped by alien vibrations? Nobody knows! Nobody ever looked at it. Nobody ever took a picture of it. Nobody ever tested it for radiation, magnetism, marks, etc. Betty never talked about how they disposed of it. And nobody has ever asked what happened to it, near as I can tell, in the last 50 years! I guess evidence is not important when you've got a good story.)

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Sunday, August 18, 2013  

  • Geez, Terry...

    That is stunning!

    Again, a missed opportunity.

    Keep us posted; that is important item to track down, very important.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, August 18, 2013  

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