UFO Conjecture(s)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Reverend Gill "event" [1959]

           From David Icke's site: Gill's drawing of the event

Many ufologists have provided much information on the 1959 Reverend Gill UFO sighting; here's Richard Hall's take:


But few UFO writers have zeroed in on the psychological aspects of the sighting, preferring to cite Venus as a possible instigator, even though the planet was seen elsewhere in the sky Gill reported.

The sighting might be a case of induced hallucination or folie communiquee where a delusion is shared with or by others.

While that seems unlikely from accounts of the "event," the possibility is acute, considering Reverend Gill's position or status among the natives whom he served and with whom he saw the apparition.

I've posted, recently, other sightings that are similar to the Gill observation, and note, here, that there is, as far as I know, no recent sightings that emulate the Gill event. This, and a few others in the 1960s, seem to be unique, and intrigue.

The hallucinatory elements of the sighting stand out, certainly, but aren't all UFO sightings, especially those involving alleged creatures or beings, hallucinatory in nature?

This sighting, the Gill event, has not been fully testimated and remains, like Socorro [1964], a fascinating observation that is not unlike many seen in earlier times as noted in the Vallee/Aubeck book, Wonders in the Sky and Richard Nolan's new book: UFOs for the 21st Century Mind: A Fresh Guide to an Ancient Mystery.



  • The letter the Reverend wrote to a peer the day before about similar sightings in the area was agnostic as to an extraterrestrial explanation for them,despite having seen them himself prior to the sighting which was to occur the following day.
    '….I do not doubt the existence of these "things" (indeed I cannot, now that I have seen one for myself) but my simple mind still requires scientific evidence before I can accept the from outer space theory. I am inclined to believe that probably many UFOs are more likely some form of electric phenomena, or perhaps something brought about by the atom bomb explosions, etc. “
    Another interesting detail is the loud bang heard whose source could not be determined. It might have been a high velocity atmospheric pressure change due to an electrical spike. The blueish light directly linked to the appearance \ disappearance of figures and the associated shaft of light might be a case for geometric optics. This reminds me of the many similar cases in Brazil. No blue light, no figures as well as a shaft of blueish directed light was present .It would be interesting to have the forensic evidence of effects of being directly in this light as long term illnesses were found to be the case in Brazil. Optical damage would be a dead giveaway for a high exposure level to ultraviolet light as the ultraviolet wavelength which is close to the visible blue spectrum? Organic damage results as in perhaps also ground trace effects? Another is the possible collaboration in the identical details of the second sighting that occurred again the following evening, which matches the cases in Brazil which were nearly carbon copies of one another. The difference was proximity which meant that being in “the line of fire” not only had effects of illness but gravitational effects of levitation.Photons falling into a gravitational field become more energetic and exhibit a blueshifting. ...While I dont think immediately the humanoid figures or ship were “real” ( a longer conjecture)..I think there is some very strange transient atmospheric electromagnetic energy being the most probable cause.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Saturday, October 25, 2014  

  • This case of course for us oldtimers is certainly one of the key classic UFO reports. I have always had the opinion that if we could possible figure out this case, the entire UFO mystery might be clarified. I can't possible accept that the case was some sort of mass halucination or that it was a straight-up fraud or hoax. And Bruce's conjecture about "transient atmospheric electromagnetic energy" just makes no sense to me. Men apparently waving from a railing on a huge disc-shaped object is about as mundane--and strange--as it gets. We need new insights on this classic case but I'm at a loss to suggest any.

    By Blogger Dominick, at Saturday, October 25, 2014  

  • Dominick.

    I agree totally with your view.

    Along with a few other strikingly similar sightings (and the ancient or old sightings like it), the event is ripe for evaluation.

    I'm gonna try to tackle the thing upcoming, as soon as I can.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, October 25, 2014  

  • I just talked about case this with Dr. J. Allen Hynek's son Paul, who met Father Gill when Gill was in Chicago for an ecumenical conference and visited the Hynek home in Evanston while he was in town. Although Paul didn't know much about the case at the time, he remembers being struck by Gill's sober, matter-of-fact descriptions of the event, and he felt that Gill was about the most credible "UFO person" who ever visited their home. The point that stuck out to Paul was that, on at least one of the nights, Gill left the beach while the object was still present to go to church for vespers: Gill explained it was his duty to do vespers, not to do vespers unless there's a craft in the sky... There will be more about this in my Hynek bio.

    By Blogger Mark OC, at Saturday, October 25, 2014  

  • Thanks, Mark,

    Helpful anecdote.

    Looking forward to your book.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, October 25, 2014  

  • Dominick:
    While I would never say never, I think its more probable they saw humanoids that were in effect a result of this strong field inducing in effect what wasn't there. I would be interested in the details of each witnesses description to see how closely they matched beyond simply describing them as human-like.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Saturday, October 25, 2014  

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