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.