It was April of 1974 when they made the fateful decision to walk to a third floor balcony and take a look for themselves. No one could have predicted they would actually see the objects described on television - and interact with an
odd, green-colored ball of light the size of a bowling ball.
The object’s precise movements seemed to suggest an intelligence.
by Stephen Nord, Ph.D.
I believe that the experiences detailed below open some new insights into extraterrestrial beings which I now firmly believe are observing and studying us. In particular, my experiences suggest their thought processes and communications are very different than our own in that they convey their content in an instant totality rather than from the laborious stepwise building of words and mathematics inherent to our own evolution. This suggests serious challenges for communication with extraterrestrial visitors but also an approach to this endeavor.
On a clear Friday night in April of 1974 my wife and I were watching the evening news in our third floor apartment in Newport News, Virginia. I taught at a college in the area and was preparing to return to graduate school to work on my doctorate in economics in the fall. My wife, Lynne, was employed as a secretary at a local business. Neither of us held any real knowledge, interest or opinions of aliens or UFOs. This was all about to change.
Lynne had urged me to write a chronicle of our experience but I remained too busy and perhaps fearful of ridicule. I do not believe there were but a few days that we did not discuss our experience. Lynne has since passed away but as she lay dying I promised her I would write an accurate account of our experience. This is the chronicle that I promised.
*The author thanks Dr. Mark Rodeghier, Scientific Director, Center for UFO Studies, for helpful comments on an earlier draft of this paper.
From the Balcony
After listening to what the weatherman had said we opened the sliding glass door to our balcony and looked to the sky. In the middle of the balcony was a simple dipole TV antenna that I had tied to the balcony railing and ran the line to our TV set in the adjacent living room. Lynne stood to the right of the antenna and I to the left. Below us was a large courtyard with trees and another apartment building in the complex about 120 feet away. It was now close to 11:30 p.m. and the night was clear. Within minutes we saw a light far over the apartment across the courtyard. It appeared to be at least a mile or two away and was very bright and blinked on and off as it traveled the night sky from our left to right. We commented to each other that it was probably the lights of an airplane and spoke of going to bed. This bright blinking light arrived at a distant point in front of us and then turned a sharp right angle and came in a straight line toward us incredibly fast. I suspect that the TV antenna played a role in this maneuver as dipole antennas are very directional as they pick up electromagnetic radiation in the form of radio waves traveling at right angles to them. This may explain the light’s sharp right-angled turn toward us as it crossed the sky.
The light was then suddenly before us. It was a brilliant green or jade-colored light about the size of a bowling ball. It appeared perfectly round and despite its brilliant green color did not exhibit any rays of light extending beyond the perimeter of its spherical shape. As the light came upon us we both begin to tingle. At the time we thought it was from excitement but as explained below we suspected differently after my being in an emergency room at a hospital. This brilliant orb kept appearing, disappearing and moving about with incredible speed. There was no noise associated with it whatsoever. For the most part it repeatedly came close to touching us as it continued to silently blink on and off as it traced around our bodies. At the time we both felt as though this green orb was an alien itself as it appeared to exhibit an independent intellect in what it was doing. It would suspend itself in front and to the sides of Lynne or me as though it was looking at us. It would then silently disappear. Within seconds it would then emerge above our building as though it was peering at the busy street a block or two in front of our apartment. We both believed that the orb was looking at things. It seemed to search the area but kept returning to us. In its disappearance it would move and then reappear. It was amazingly rapid but it varied in how long it would take to reappear. At times it would disappear and almost instantly reappear far away. For at least 20 minutes this orb checked out the entire area but spent most of its time hovering about us. Lynne told me that it appeared to circumnavigate my entire head. After a while Lynne came to the left side of the TV antenna and I held her. Each time the light would appear we would both tremble.
After several minutes of this odyssey I ran inside our apartment to get a camera. Lynne yelled for me to come because she sighted a large object up at a distance. As I returned with my camera I looked at the large object but it was Lynne who looked at it more intently. I was busy searching the skies looking for the orb which I feared had disappeared. The object Lynne sighted looked huge but I cannot hazard a guess as to its size. The object was stationary and located in the direction from which the green orb had traveled. It appeared as a disc or thick cigar in shape and had lights of different colors blinking or perhaps rotating around its rim. We could identify multiple colors in the lights even though the object appeared far away. The green orb returned and I began snapping pictures. It seemed to be aware of what I was doing and tried to avoid wherever I pointed the camera. I aimed my camera and it would again vanish only to reappear somewhere else. Subsequently, I began snapping pictures as fast as I could. I did manage to capture a good part of the light in three separate pictures. These pictures I still possess. While our eyes detected no light rays extending beyond the perimeter of the orb, the pictures revealed greenish-blue rays.
After about 20 minutes the orb no longer appeared. Lynne gazed at the craft in the distance while I searched the skies for the green light. After waiting for its return for another 10 minutes we decided to go inside. As we left the balcony I suggested we not speak but rather write down our observations of what we had seen. I collected tablets and pens but before we sat to write we returned to the balcony to find the large craft gone.
For about 30 minutes Lynne and I independently wrote down what we had seen and did not speak. Our descriptions were pretty much identical. Most importantly we each felt that the green orb possessed some innate intelligence that allowed it to maneuver at will as it explored us and the area around the balcony. We both sensed a personality and thought that it was actually an alien. Later I suspected it was a technology through which a personality could manifest. We agreed it definitely was here to explore and had an interest in people. We also both commented on the party ensuing on the third floor apartment across the courtyard. The curtains were wide open yet the people remained unaware and the orb showed no interest in them.
After comparing our notes I decided to report our incident to the police. I told the officer that my wife and I had seen a strangely behaving green light which we believed to be a UFO. He politely laughed and said “sure you did.” I replied to him that this was for real and no prank. Silence overcame the conversation and nothing further was said.
Lynne and I were both tired the next day and continued to talk about the green orb. We again compared our written observations of the incident which were nearly identical. I got hold of a phone number for the Air Force and called them. After several frustrating transfers I was connected to someone who asked me some questions and I believe they wrote down some notes. I told him the Air Force was welcome to my camera with the undeveloped pictures as well as our notes and testimony. I further emphatically told him that my wife and I were willing to take lie detector tests. He then took my phone number and told me someone would be in contact with me. I never heard back from them.
As late afternoon came, Lynne and I both felt we needed to get out of the apartment. Although not hungry we went out for dinner and arrived back home about 8 p.m. We decided to take a couple of chairs into the courtyard and watch the sky to see if we could see anything again. After about 15 minutes of seeing only stars Lynne decided to go inside as she was tired. I was buzzed on coffee and wide awake. I told her I was going to stay a little longer but would be in shortly. I told her I would carry her chair up the three flights of steps but she insisted she could handle it.
Return of the Green Orb
I watched Lynne carry her chair to the end of the apartment where the entrance door was located. As she rounded the corner and disappeared from sight I returned my focus to the sky. As I looked up the green orb immediately came speeding down at me at about a 45-degree angle. I felt a fear and panic that were not evident the previous evening. I stood up and started swinging the chair I was sitting on at the green light. Each time it would disappear in advance of my swing and then reappear. I then ran to the same door that Lynne had just entered. As I climbed a couple of steps the green orb appeared between me and the door to the apartment building. This orb stayed stationary for several seconds directly in front of my face. It appeared to know that I could not pass into my apartment building unless it moved. I felt defeat and the need to surrender. It then very, very slowly lifted straight upwards. It was an extremely slow and non-disappearing movement that I had not previously witnessed. As I stood there and wondered “what next” I realized the orb was allowing me entrance into the apartment building. I raced up the first flight of steps, stopped, and began pounding at the first door on the right which is where our friends lived. I saw them as we returned from dinner and they said they were going to watch some TV. To me that was less than an hour ago. I pounded and pounded on their door but no one came. My heart was racing. I was sweating and I felt enormous fear. In frustration I raced up the remaining two flights of steps carrying my weaponized chair. I ran down the hallway to our apartment and burst through the door which faced across the living room directly out to the balcony. It should have been no later than 9 p.m. but as I looked across the room to the balcony I saw daylight. I called out to Lynne and ran into bathroom and began vomiting. I was shivering, dripping with sweat, and felt as though I had been through the battle of my life. Lynne came to the bathroom door and held me. She said it was 6:30 a.m. and asked where I had been all night. In a quivering and sobbing voice I replied “I do not know.”
It was now Sunday and we cleaned up the mess. While trembling I explained to Lynne what I could. I then showered and tried to sleep for a few hours. I felt very weak when I got up and we watched some TV. We decided that we should both go to work the next day and retired early. As we went to bed she quietly whispered “they came back for you.”
The next day was Monday. I felt awful but I dressed for my classes and downed some coffee. I had no hunger. I drove alright to my office but after I got there I began to have a sinking feeling. I walked into the hallway and actually called for some help. Hundreds of students were normally in the hallway but classes had started and no one was to be found. I walked toward the men’s room but collapsed on the floor before I could get there. I lay on the floor for a few minutes but no one came. I crawled into the men’s room and pulled my way up on the sink. I splashed water on my face repeatedly and leaned on the sink hoping someone would arrive. No one came but I began to feel a little stronger. I then slowly walked to my car and drove to a nearby hospital. I collapsed as I entered the emergency room. They put me in a wheelchair and onto an examination table. After blood draws, being repeatedly poked, and waiting for what seemed hours, the physician came in from behind a curtain along with a nurse. He cleared his throat and asked “have you been exposed to any radiation recently?”
I replied, not to my knowledge, but began telling him my wife and I may have seen a UFO that weekend. Although I said little, the physician pulled back and told me that my lymph nodes were swollen pretty much all over my body. He was about to enter me as a patient when I protested and told him I would be better off at home. After talking with Lynne on the phone he became assured that I could be taken care of at home as she intended to take some time off work.
Her boss drove her to the hospital so she could drive us home. Before letting me leave the doctor told me to drink lots of water and return to the hospital if the lumps were not going down. The lumps and weakness were present for several months but I did not return to the hospital.
By now Lynne and I were convinced that my missing several hours (actually about nine hours) were spent somewhere very different. I became somewhat of a zealot and tried to tell my story. A few close friends believed me as did some relatives. However, most people seemed disinterested or had a “so what” attitude. Others quickly told me of strange things they had seen. Most of these stories sounded like they had seen airplanes, satellites, or stars mixed with measures of exaggeration. I listened but wondered if my reaction to their accounts was similar to those of the people I had told. Out of respect I would listen to these stories. Except for an inner few family and friends I decided to shut up about it. However, what was to ensue made me realize that what had happened may be more important than being scorned by those who disbelieved or didn’t care.
In August we left Virginia and moved to Illinois where I returned to school to work on my doctorate. I was very busy with my studies and working as a teaching and research assistant. Lynne got a job at the university and made some good friends. I placed my focus and interests in my studies and tried to forget about the incidents that had taken place in April.
However, in late September I noticed my thoughts and interests changing.
While I previously fancied myself an atheist or agnostic I began a deep interest in spirituality which I continue to this day. I also became fascinated with vibration and its relation to sound and light as well as to life and spirit. Everything appeared connected and bled into one another. I was beginning to understand things innately as though they were sprouting inside me.
Do not take this as egotism as I do not claim any brilliance. I am saying that I began to understand concepts without reading about them. I wondered if this was related to my experiences with the brilliant green orb.
Next: Part Two – The Dreams.