UFO Sighting Report - USA
Early 1982 : Littleton, Arapahoe County, Colorado
UFOINFO E-mail Report
Location: Littleton, Arapahoe County, Colorado
Date: Early 1982
Time: 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Number of witnesses: 2 plus occupants of other cars
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Cylindrical
[Update Note: Corrections were made to the spelling of Littleton, and the direction of the lights from counterclockwise to clockwise.]
Hi John -
I don't know how involved you still are with your UFO website, but I just did a web search after watching a UFO bit on the History Channel. It got me to thinking about an episode that transpired in early 1982, if memory serves. I'm currently in northwest Indiana, USA, but was living just south of Denver, Colorado at the time of this occurrence.
The time period of early 1982 comes from my memory of the circumstances surrounding the sighting and the people who were with me that day. I was in 8th grade, living in unincorporated Arapahoe County, Colorado. The area was generically referred to as Littleton at the time. I was just coming off a skiing trip with two friends who I'd known in the parochial school I was enrolled in. I attended this school for one school year from August '81 to June of '82. What I can't recall is whether this sighting transpired before or after the New Year. Since I had been skiing, I certainly know it was winter...and since I did the bulk of my skiing from January to March of each year, I'm merely guessing at this time frame. In truth, it could have just as easily have been late 1981.
My mother was driving the car, having just picked myself and my two friends up from an Eskimo Ski Club outing. We had taken the Eskimo charter bus to and from the Winter Park ski area that day. She dropped my friends off at their respective homes northwest of where this sighting occurred, and we proceeded home by way of South Broadway and Dry Creek Road. My father worked at the Marathon Oil research facility located at this intersection, and that really gave me a focal location for this sighting all of these years. Proceeding south down Broadway at what must have been about 6 - 6:30 PM (after picking us up from the bus and given that it was already dark outside, this is as fair a guess as any), I noticed a rather bright light in the vicinity of the Marathon installation. I mentioned it to my mom, who didn't think much of it until we were nearby and the proportions of the source became clear.
This thing appeared to be hovering roughly 100-150 feet off the ground and was quite wide...by my best estimate, at least 100 feet in diameter. It may even have been larger. As my mom turned off of Broadway and onto Dry Creek Road very near the object, I also noticed a number of other vehicles pulled off to the side of the road. Several people were outside of their vehicles and along the fence separating the Marathon property from the roadway, examining the object. My mom went quiet and slowed the car down. I rolled down the window and listened for any sound, but there was none.
Against the night sky, this object appeared to be cylindrical in shape, perhaps 25% as high as it was wide. (Cut the bottom inch off a soda can, magnify it dramatically, and that would be somewhat proportional). There were lights that encompassed the periphery of the object, and these lights moved steadily in a circular fashion around the object forming unique patterns that remained consistent as they tracked from left to right. From our perspective on the ground, had I been standing directly beneath the object, the movement of these lights would have been clockwise...the object was only slightly to our north. I say "lights" in the plural because there were visual patterns that appeared illuminated on the circumference of the object, but it's tough to say whether these patterns were the product of many small light sources acting together or whether they existed independently as greater wholes. It was sort of like a seamless, smoothly scrolling marquee displaying patterns that were neither identifiable nor particularly meaningful.
The object appeared stationary except for the circular movement of these light patterns. There were no other phenomena associated with the object at that time - it was simply hanging in the air, apparently rather close to the ground and to ourselves. I remember thinking that somebody with a really good arm could probably have thrown a rock and come close to hitting it. My mother soon commented, "Geez, this is creepy!" and hit the gas. We were then proceeding away from the object, eastbound on Dry Creek Road. I continued to view the object from the rear of the car as she drove. It seemed to remain in place for the first few minutes, and then slowly moved to the north while still clearly illuminated and in plain sight.
As a relative youngster at the time (pre-teen), I was less "affected" by this occurrence than my mother was. When we arrived home, she walked into the house, sat on the couch, and just stared at the wall. She finally asked me, "What do you do when you've seen something like that?" I asked her if it she'd feel better if I called the local police. She just vaguely nodded her head. I proceeded to call 911 and explained the time, location and nature of the occurrence, also noting that the object was last seen moving slowly north along the Front Range. The emergency operator took my information, indicated that nothing could be seen at that moment, but also indicated that I was not the only person who had called it in. There was no further elaboration.
I never witnessed such a thing again. I reminded my mother of it just a couple of years ago when she visited my home here in Indiana, many years after the fact. She seemed to have repressed the occurrence, but slowly acquiesced that she remembered "something" about this having happened. Even then, she appeared distraught by the memory and didn't feel like pursuing the conversation further. I respected that reaction, despite the fact that I have never felt traumatized by the event. In fact, I recall thinking it was a rather magnificent and unique occurrence.
I was compelled for the first time to search the Internet for such experiences in this locality and time frame. I have not yet found any, but did come across your site detailing plenty of other sightings and locations through the years. I have spoken openly of this occurrence with friends along the way because while it was a decidedly strange event, I have never been one to reject the possibility of such unique phenomena.
As I mentioned, I don't know if you keep up with this information or not. I will most likely not follow this up with further Internet searches, but in the event you do use this information in any sort of public forum, I'd prefer you simply use my first name.
Thanks for your site! It's been interesting to peruse. This is not a subject I'm particularly enamored with, but given that I've found myself in a strange happenstance at least once in life, I'll admit it sort of hangs with me. It would be neat if we had some answers someday!
Take care -