On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 November 17

1955 - At 6:10 a.m. in St. Louis, Missouri Mr. J. A. Mapes sighted twelve round, flat objects flying in a four-deep formation. They were silver on top and dark on the bottom. They tipped in pitched and rolled as they flew by. They were in sight for 45 seconds. (Source: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1962 - At nine o'clock in the evening Mr. F. L. Swindale, a college graduate and ex-USMC Captain, saw three bright star-like lights approach, hover and bounce in the sky over Tampa, Florida. After 11-15 minutes they faded away. (Source: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1966 - At 1:30 a.m. Margaret Marchute saw on the ground in Collegeville, Pennsylvania a luminous object that seemed to be made of polished metal. After about half an hour a red flame shot upward from the object, then two very bright lights approached it from the distance. When these were near it something like a luminous balloon sprang up from it and hovered in the air. At this point she could see 3 or 4 figures moving about the large object on the ground, which was pulsating from dim to bright. They were dressed in a "gold shiny material." She watched them for about two hours before going to bed. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1966-56, citing NICAP).

1966 - In Gaffney, South Carolina police patrolmen A. G. Huskey and C. Hutchins rounded a corner and saw a dark, spherical machine with a flat rim land in front of their patrol car at four o'clock in the morning. They estimated it was seven meters in diameter and about twenty feet above the ground. Hutchins described it as being spherical, like a ball, with a wide, flat rim around it. There were no lights or portholes visible on it. It was completely dark, reflecting a dull gold color in the headlights of the police car. A small doorway opened noiselessly on the underside of the sphere and a short ladder dropped down. A small man dressed in a shiny gold suit emerged. White light poured out of the opening, but neither man could see anything in the interior. The small being descended the ladder and walked slowly and deliberately toward the two police officers. When the figure reached a point about fifteen to twenty feet from the two men, it stopped.

"He didn't move stiffly," officer Hutchins said. "He moved just like anybody else, but kind of slow...like he was taking his time. He wasn't scared of us or anything like that." In appearance, the humanoid was about the size of a twelve-year-old boy, maybe four feet tall. He wore no helmet or headgear and was dressed in a gold suit with no buttons or zippers. His costume was shiny, like metal, in the reflection of the headlights, but it was not self-luminous. The humanoid asked numerous questions and ignored the witnesses when they asked any questions. Hutchins could not remember seeing the feet of the creature. It was standing on high grass and the feet must have been hidden. Both men could not really remember the full context of the "conversation". Hutchins claimed the alien spoke perfect English. "Didn't have any accent or anything. He acted like he knew exactly what he was saying and doing...didn't make any quick moves or false moves. He just stood there and talked to the witnesses." He wanted to know why both men were dressed alike. His speech was very precise. He pronounced each work very carefully. When asked where he was from, he just laughed. The meeting was brief, perhaps only two or three minutes. Then, Hutchins say, the creature announced, "I...will...return...in...two...days." He turned, walked slowly back to the ladder and climbed into the object. The door closed quietly and the craft began to make a soft whirring sound like an engine with a muffler on it. The object rose slowly and vanished into the sky. A local councilman found numerous footprints at the site where the little man had stood. There was no return visit by the alien. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1966-57, citing John A Keel; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 805).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 31 October 2004).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: communication with UFOnaut in English; hovering, bouncing, tipping or rolling behavior; human looking short UFOnaut; landing, multiple UFOs.