My UFO story from 1969
Even at 14 years of age I remember that somehow I always had believed in life on other planets and "UFOs" ...But as Steve ran up I just thought he was kidding us and kind of ignored him. That afternoon the skies were blue although I remember some clouds off to the west. Steve kept insisting that he had seen something and proceeded to pull me up out of the chair I was sitting in. I decided to go along with Steve thinking that he had probably seen a plane, hot air balloon or something similar.
Steve and I ( my other friend stayed behind) moved rather quickly over to his front yard ( a couple of houses away) and as we stood in his front yard (Steve had a large front yard with a good view of the sky) I still expected to see a plane or some sort of balloon...yet the blue sky was empty.
For some reason, we walked over to the next yard and just as we stepped out from underneath some trees, there in the sky was this golden white ,disc-shaped craft..so low that I thought I could have hit it with a rock. I remember thinking..."it's going to land, it's going to land right on top of us. To this day, I can still remember how excited I was thinking - here Steve and I were - and one of the greatest events in human history was happening right over our heads.
My next memory is that somehow all of a sudden I realized that Steve and I were like encased in some sort of vacuum. The best way I can describe it is...it was as if the only things that existed in the world were Steve, myself and this craft. I also remember feeling paralyzed looking straight up at the bottom of this craft.
My very next memory is that all of a sudden Steve and I found ourselves laying flat on our backs on the ground once again looking straight up at the bottom of this craft and within just a couple of seconds the disc-shaped craft shot straight up and disappeared through the clouds which when the encounter began was in the western part of the sky but was now somehow above us. I have no memory of how Steve and I got from the position from standing up with our heads tilted back looking at the bottom of the disc to laying on the ground or how much time went by.
I don't have much memory of what Steve and I said to each other as the encounter ended but I do remember heading home thinking that since I lived on the edge of suburbia and it was broad daylight that thousands of people should have seen this object....but there was never a single report on TV, the radio or in the newspaper. Now, I know what your thinking...well it must have been a balloon, or an airplane or just some kind of weird reflection since there was no other reports and I have to admit if I had not had the encounter I would believe just as you might be doing right now. But, over the years I have heard of many other UFO encounters that should have been witnessed by many others, but was witnessed by only the immediate experiences.
I don't recall Steve and I talking much about the encounter over the years and Steve eventually moved to Tennessee and I moved out west. I lost touch with Steve and did not hear from him for many years and then about five years ago I decided to track him down and talk to him about our encounter. Now here is where it gets really strange... when I asked him about the encounter over the phone he told me he didn't know what I was talking about and had no memory of the it at all. I was so shocked at those words I just didn't know what to think...I even replayed the story for him while I had him on the phone and he still said he had no memory of the encounter whatsoever.
Since that time I have spoken with a number of people about Steve's denial and most people responded that it must have scared him so bad that he mentally blocked the whole thing from his mind. Unfortunately Steve passed away a couple of years ago and now I have no other witness to our encounter but I can tell you this....
While the encounter may or may not have scared Steve out of his mind....for me, the encounter was one of the most life changing things to ever happen to me...even as a young boy of 14. The craft itself, while being perfectly smooth and disc-shaped was of such a golden white that to this day I can honestly say that it was by far one of the most beauty----full things I have ever seen. But my friends, the biggest effect it had on my life and still does to this very day, is that it opened my eyes to the creative powers of God and set me on a spiritual path that will last me the rest of my life on Earth and perhaps beyond and I will always be grateful.
Please feel free to ask me any questions and I will do my best to answer them for you.
--Mark Quire, Nederland, Colorado