August 21, 1955: Night of the Little Green Men

Twenty years before the Allagash Maine Incident, some Kentuckians had their own alien encounter. This was a legitimate red state encounter, no crazy New England liberals here.  Just salt of the earth, alien-fearing folk living in a farmhouse near Hopkinsville in Christian County.

     Seven good Christian County residents claimed to have been terrorized by a gang of green creatures – gremlins or goblins or maybe leprechauns – whatever they were, they were foreigners. The infidels were three feet tall, with upright pointed ears, thin wobbly limbs , long arms and claw-like hands or talons. Although the creatures remained outside the farmhouse, they raised a real ruckus, popping up at windows and doorways like whack-a-moles, waking up the children and whipping them into a frenzy.

     The good but shaken farmfolk abandoned the house and hied to the local police station. Returning to the farmhouse with the sheriff and twenty officers of the law, they found it and the surrounding grounds in shambles and could still see strange lights and hear unworldly noises and eerie music. The police finished investigating around two a.m. and departed.  Wouldn’t you know it, as soon as the fuzz was gone, the diminutive devils returned and continued to harass the weary farm folk until nearly dawn. Although they were not hauled aboard a spaceship or subjected to impertinent physical examinations (as far as we know!), they were mightily inconvenienced.

     One more unsolved mystery in the spooky world of extraterrestrial mischief, but sadly there was no television program of that name to give it the As Seen on TV kiss of credence.

 

I hate almost all rich people, but I think I’d be darling at it. ~ Dorothy Parker

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June 21, 1947: Plan 10 from Outer Space

In 1947, shortly after noon, Harold A. Dahl, who had spent the day scavenging for drifting logs in Puget Sound, near Tacoma, Washington, saw something. It wasn’t a drifting log.  Actually it was four or five somethings. They were shaped like doughnuts (he had already eaten, so it wasn’t his stomach’s imagination, and none of the objects were glazed or chocolate-covered).  They were overhead.  And they were flying in formation.

Dahl described these curiosities in detail. He said he could see blue sky through the holes in the center of the discs, and that there were portholes lining the inside of the ring. One of the craft appeared to be having engine trouble (if indeed it had an engine). A second doughnut came alongside, then retreated. At this point, things began being tossed out through the inner portholes of the troubled doughnut. Stuff began raining on and hitting the little boat, damaging its windshield, the wheel house and a light fixture, wounding Dahl’s son and killing his dog Shep.

The next morning, even though Dahl had not publicly described the incident, a mysterious man in black visited Dahl. He was driving a new black 1947 Buick and had the air of a government official. “I know a great deal more about this experience of yours than you will want to believe,” the man said cryptically (and rather dramatically). He also made not-so-subtle threats that Dahl’s family might be in danger. As a result, Dahl later claimed the UFO sighting was a hoax, but even later suggested he had claimed it was a hoax to avoid bringing harm to his family. His son, however, claimed not to have been on the boat.  And Dahl’s dog wasn’t really named Shep.

None of this is fooling conspiracy theorists who have suggested one great big cover-up which they follow directly to the executive boardroom of none other than Krispy Kreme.

 

Inanimate objects are classified scientifically into three major categories – those that don’t work, those that break down, and those that get lost. ― Russell Baker

November 20, 1952: Hi, I’m a Stranger in These Parts

George Adamski had his first close encounter of the weird kind in November 1952 when he and a few friends were out in California’s Colorado Desert. There they saw what appeared to be a George_Adamski_ship_1large submarine hovering in the sky. Adamski for some reason believed the ship was looking for him (or maybe for an ocean) and, leaving his friends, went off to greet it.

A bit later, Adamski returned to report that the ship had landed, and its pilot had disembarked and greeted him. The visitor was an outgoing alien who introduced himself as a Venusian named Orthon. He did not ask to be taken to Adamski’s leader. Orthon was a humanoid of medium height with long blond hair and sported a great tan for the time of year. He wore reddish-brown Thom McAns and rather unfashionable trousers.

Adamski said Orthon chatted using telepathy and hand signals while talking very loudly, each assuming the other was deaf. Then the engaging Orthon took Adamski on a quick sightseeing trip of the Solar System, including his home planet Venus, where the late Mrs. Adamski just happened to have been reincarnated. Ever the tourist, Adamski tried to take pictures, but Orthon turned all camera shy and refused to allow himself to be photographed. But he agreed to take a blank photographic plate and promised to return with an autographed picture.

True to his word, Orthon returned the plate a few weeks later, but it only contained a bunch of strange symbols. Piqued, Adamski surreptitiously took a picture of Orthon’s space ship, a photo that afterward became famous in ufology circles.

Although Adamski’s tale seemed a bit much for some naysayers, Adamski had a letter he received in 1957 from the Cultural Exchange Committee of the U.S. State Department corroborating that Adamski had spoken to extraterrestrials in a California desert in 1952. Adamski frequently waved this letter around to support his claims.

Unfortunately, in 2002 some spoil-sport ufologist revealed that the letter was a hoax, that it had probably been written by those Communists who were everywhere in the State Department during the 50s.

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November 9, 1979: The Curious Case of the Pointy Spheres

Robert Taylor, who died in 2007, was an honest, down-to-earth Britishdechmont forestry worker, not given to flights of fancy or flights of other strange things. Perhaps that’s why the story of his encounter on November 9, 1979, has remained compelling through the years.

On that fateful day, he parked his pickup truck just off a busy motorway in Dechmont Law and climbed up the forested hillside, accompanied by his dog. As he came out into a clearing, he was greeted by a fantastic sight, according to his account — a strange metallic sphere, some 20 feet in diameter, “like a spaceship, a huge flying dome.”

As he watched, dumbfounded, two smaller spheres, each about three feet in diameter, emerged from the mother sphere. As they plopped to the ground and rolled toward him, he saw that they were covered with menacing spikes. They didn’t look particularly friendly.

When they reached him, with nary a “take me to your leader”, they began jamming those spikes into his legs, hooking his trousers. Struggling was useless as they dragged him back toward the larger sphere. There was a hissing sound, a nasty odor, and then everything went black.

He awoke some time later to the barking of his dog. He ached all over. Unable to start his pickup, he walked the mile to his home. He recounted his adventure to his wife who, after checking his breath for alcohol, called the police. After all, it was obvious that something had happened to him, although she was more inclined to attribute it to some mad marauder knocking him silly than an alien.

The police found strange markings at the scene of the incident, but the case eventually died for lack of follw-up. Conspiracy theorists have suggested that Taylor might actually have seen ball lightning or that he hallucinated the incident during an epileptic fit. Some have even suggested that the local tourist board orchestrated the whole thing to stir up business.

A small plaque and statuette mark the spot where, as Taylor maintained throughout his life, he was attacked by aliens. Few tourists visit the spot.

 

Inspiration for 11/9/16

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September 12, 1952: The Flatwoods Monster

Flatwoods_MonsterTwo brothers, Eddie and Freddie, along with their friend Tommy, were outside on September 12, 1952, a typical Flatwoods, West Virginia, evening when they witnessed something that was not typical — a bright object streaked across the sky and came to rest on a neighbor’s farm. The young teens ran to the brothers’ home and reported their sighting to the brothers’mother, Kathleen May. Mrs. May accompanied the boys back to the farm, along with a few extra hangers-on they picked up along the way.

As they approached the site, they saw something staring at them from a distance. They all pretty much agreed that the something that would become known as the Flatwoods Monster was about seven feet tall with a black body and a dark glowing face and evil eyes or eight feet tall with a face shaped like a sideways diamond with non-human eyes: its body did not have the shape of a human or it had the shape of a monk wearing a hood: it had no arms or it had long, stringy arms with long claws.

It hissed at them.

Upon returning home, Mrs. May contacted the local sheriff and the local newspaper. Investigators visiting the site saw no sign of the monster, but a nasty burnt, metallic odor remained. The following morning, they found elongated tracks in the mud and traces of a gummy black liquid.

Other reports began to trickle in. A mother and her 21-year-old-daughter encountered a creature with the same appearance and odor, upsetting the daughter so much she was hospitalized for three weeks. Another woman’s house had been shaken violently and her radio cut off for 45 minutes. The director of the local Board of Education claimed to have seen a flying saucer taking off the morning after the creature sighting.

Years later, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a paranormal investigation group, concluded that the bright light in the sky that September 12 was most likely a meteor, that those muddy tracks were made by a 1942 Chevy pickup, and that the alien creature was an owl. Spoil sports.

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Years later, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a paranormal investigation group, concluded that the bright light in the sky that September 12 was most likely a meteor, that those muddy tracks were made by a 1942 Chevy pickup, and that the alien creature was an owl. Spoil sports.