1957 • On the 16th, retired Rear Admiral Delmer S. Fahrney, once head of the Navy’s guided missile program, made the following statement at a news conference in Washington, D.C.: “Reliable reports indicate that there are objects coming into our atmosphere at very high speeds. No agency in this country or Russia is able to duplicate at this time the speeds and accelerations which radars and observers indicate these flying objects are able to achieve. There are signs that intelligence guides these objects because of the way they fly. The way they change position in formations and override each other would indicate that their motion is directed. The Air Force is collecting factual data on which to base an opinion, but time is required to sift and correlate the material...” (Most of the major papers and wire services carried the above statement at the time.)
• About a week later, another startling announcement received national news coverage. Clyde W. Tombaugh, discoverer of the planet Pluto, said, “Unidentified Flying Objects seen in recent years may be coming from outside our own solar system.” Tombaugh, research professor at New Mexico A. and M. College in Las Cruces, New Mexico, said there may be many worlds besides our own which could sustain life. “When we consider the extremely rapid tapping of new energies we have seen in the past ten years, we can imagine what a head start a race would have which passed our present point of progress a million years, or only a thousand years, before us.” Tombaugh said that he has seen celestial phenomena which he could not explain, but that he takes neither the cynical nor the enthusiastic view with regard to their nature or origin. “These things, which do appear to be directed, are unlike any other phenomena I ever observed,” Tombaugh declared. “Their apparent lack of obedience to the ordinary laws of celestial motion gives credence.” (A.P.R.G. Reporter, Feb. 1957; A.P.R.O. Bulletin, Jan. 1957)
1962 • A Royal Dutch Air Force pilot flying an F-86 Sabre jet sighted a UFO over Eastern Holland on the 29th. The jet’s radar also picked up the object. When the pilot radioed his base he was informed that the UFO was being tracked by control-tower radar. Following instructions, he tried to make radio contact with the unknown craft. When his urgent warning to answer went unheeded he prepared to attack. The F-86 was equipped with four 20 mm guns and a “Sidewinder” missile. Arming the missile, the pilot tried to close in, but the UFO swiftly pulled away before he could fire. Within a few seconds, it disappeared. (UFO Investigator, Aug/Sept 1962)
1967 • Writing in the January- February edition of “Midland Schools,” official publication of the Iowa State Education Association, a university professor called on fellow educators to face the possibility that UFOs are real, and they will have to be explaining them in the classrooms. Dr. D.H. Bragg, associate professor of education at Drake University, said his purpose is “to alert the teaching profession to the fact that there is a strong possibility that the UFO controversy is about to enter the classrooms as a social, scientific, and perhaps political and cultural problem of major implications in our world.” Bragg said some experts have presented “what appears to be documentary and convincing evidence” that UFOs are real. (The Post, Houston, TX, 1/22/67; Dr. Bragg is a MUFON Consultant and Assistant State Director for Iowa.)
1967- Mysterious men dressed in Air Force uniforms or bearing impressive credentials from government agencies have been “silencing” UFO witnesses, according to Col. George Freeman, Pentagon spokesman for Project Bluebook. “We have checked a number of these cases,” Freeman said in an interview on the 25th, “and these men are not connected with the Air Force in any way.” He cited one case in which the police officers and other witnesses at UFO sightings in Wanaque, New Jersey, were collected together by a man wearing an Air Force uniform. They were told that they “hadn’t seen anything” and that they shouldn’t discuss the incident. “We checked with the local Air Force Base,” Freeman declared, “and discovered that no one connected with the Air Force had visited Wanaque on the date in question.” A man claiming to represent “a government agency so secret that he couldn’t give its name” appeared in a school in Norwalk, Connecticut, and grilled two 12-year-old boys for two hours about the disc-shaped object which they said had pursued them at ground level in April 1966. “We haven’t been able to find out anything about these men,” Freeman admitted. “By posing as Air Force officers and government agents they are committing a federal offense. We would sure like to catch one. Unfortunately, the trail is always too cold by the time we hear about these cases. But we’re still trying.” (The Sentinel, Orlando, FL, 2/3/67; North American Newspaper Alliance teletype story)
1972 • Norman R. Chastain, 62, was out fishing in the Saint Johns River, near Jacksonville, Florida, on the 26th. At 3 a.m., he was sitting at anchor in a slack tide about 50 feet from shore when he noticed “several orange and blue lights.” At first he thought it was a mosquito control or police helicopter.
He heard no sound. “After a few minutes, the lights came directly towards my boat and I could make out the outline of something like a half of a ball with lights flashing and changing colors about every minute,” he said. He said the UFO was about 150 feet in the air directly over his boat. He snapped off the lights on his boat and the lights moved slowly away. His boat had run aground by this time and he went ashore.
Chastain said he went looking for a lever to pry his boat free, found a piece of 2-by-6 wood and was carrying it back when he stopped to rest, 75 feet from his boat. “I raised my spotlight to see if my boat was still in the muck and, in the edges of the bushes, I saw the darndest-looking human-like being one could ever imagine.” He said he dropped the timber and immediately was hit by a “brilliant white light.” It made him dizzy and he lay down on the grass. His arms and legs became numb and tingled, but he stayed on the ground, praying, until daybreak. He then crawled farther inland and stayed until about noon, when his strength returned. He swam out to his boat, which had drifted about 50 feet from shore. He noticed an “overpowering stench” in his clothes and hair that was not present until he met the strange being. When Chastain arrived home his wife commented that he didn’t look right and asked if he were all right. He said he told her he got seasick. (The Journal, Jacksonville, FL, 1/28/74)
1977 • An expedition of journalists was scheduled to set out for the Amazon area of Eastern Peru to check claims by a youth that he was saved from drowning there by four scaly little beings of human appearance who had three fingers on each hand. Jorge Alvarez, 20, a university student told a radio program called “Interplanetary Contacts” that he was heading for a river in Huanuco province, 260 miles east of Lima, to fetch water when he fell into a bog and sank rapidly. “In spite of my struggles I was unable to get out and had given up all hope when suddenly four little men appeared, and grunting and gesticulating, extended several branches with which they pulled me to dry land.” Alvarez said he then dropped with exhaustion and by the time he recovered the beings had disappeared. “They were less than three feet tall, they were covered with green scales and their hands which had three fingers each were cold and clammy.” (The Herald, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1/12/77, Reuters News Service)
• Martha Cantu of Harrah, Washington, said if her son ever tells her again to “come and look,” she’ll be sure to do it. On the 19th, her agitated nine year- old son, Jose, woke his mother at about 6:30 a.m., asking her to explain the little “man” he saw outside. She discounted his story and settled down to catch up on the sleep she’d lost the night before with a fussy baby. Jose, who had been in the middle of preparing his breakfast, wasn’t put off so easily. He went outside to check for himself and came back with an amazing story. He told his mother he had seen two greenish beings about three feet tall, who rotated on a base instead of having feet, and two “steely” craft in which two other beings were sitting. He claimed that one craft rested in the backyard and the other on a flat section of the roof of the house. He told her he had hidden behind a washing machine stored outside next to a shed. From that vantage point, he saw the two creatures join the other two in their craft. He added that the vehicles were brilliantly lighted inside, had “straight stairs” (much like a ramp) and a door that opened in “two parts, like a cross” to reveal the interior which contained two chairs with very tall bases. Jose said the craft ascended and disappeared into something that resembled a cloud, steam or smoke. When she heard the story, Jose’s mother did what any mother might do in the same circumstances: She sent him to school. At the Harrah Grade School, Jose repeated the story to Diane Gomez, an aide. During the 10:10 recess time, Gomez and another aide accompanied Jose to his home. There he showed them the places where he said the two beings had been standing. In one location, where Jose said one being had rotated on his base, Gomez said she saw two round marks in the gravel. At another place, where the beings stood there were two sets of three indentations. Later, Mrs. Cantu and her neighbor, Irene Sanchez, examined the backyard and found in the long grass a circular impression about 10 feet in diameter in which the grass in the middle was swirled up. (The Review, Toppenish, WA, 1/26/77)
1982 • Frank Burke, a pastry cook in Nowra, NSW, Australia, said a light beam from an “immense” UFO melted his cassette recorder and seared the skin on his left leg. He was driving home from work through Kangaroo Valley, about 150 kilometers south of Sidney, about 10:30 p.m. when his car was suddenly engulfed in blazing light. “It lit up everything in a radius of 25 feet or more,” he said. “The glare was so intense I could have read the fine print in a newspaper or counted the ants at the roadside. The cassette recorder on the seat next to me stopped playing as soon as the light came one. Frankly I was terrified, mainly because a dead silence had settled over everything. Although the car kept going I couldn’t hear a sound from the engine. “At one stage I stopped because I could see flames licking around the wheels but I wasn’t game to get out. The light ... followed me right up the mountain and only disappeared when another car came into sight.” The next morning Burke noticed that his leg was extremely sore. The flesh was blistered and puckered. He was also suffering from double vision and his fingernails had begun to flake and fall off. “But the biggest shock came when I got into the car,” Burke said. “My recorder’s cassette carriage had been melted and buckled.” Nowra police received several other reports of strange incidents in Kangaroo Valley. Three hunters returning from a shooting expedition were suddenly confronted by a human-like figure about two meters tall. When one of the men shot at the being it vanished, leaving behind what all three described as a “powerful, horrible smell.” One hunter was so overcome by the stench that he was sick for several hours. A local bus driver, George Sampson, was driving 40 pensioners from Yass to Nowra when a huge, brilliantly-lit object suddenly appeared above the coach. As everyone aboard watched, astounded, the intruder paced the coach for seven minutes, before vanishing up a shaft of light into the clouds. (Pix- People, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1/13/82)