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Michigan Sighting Events: Part Two of Three
She described the object of the current sighting as at first looking
like an airplane shape but with no wings or tail. She said it had green
lights and white lights and didn't seem to move at first, and was larger
than her fist at arm's length. They could not see an outline. She
also said that many years ago (in approximately 1955) her brother, who
was 16 or 17 saw a large UFO by an Elk Lake farm (also in this general
area) was terrified, and to this day is still terrified of the thought
of UFOs. She has a sister in Manton (approximately 30 miles away)
who saw a very bright object in the sky at about 6:45 PM the same evening,
11/16/99. She said, however, her sister did not want to talk to
anyone about it (including any UFO investigator).
Eight days later I had a chance to interview DB, (CC's sister) by phone.
Her story very closely matched those of her mother and sister, except
she could see square windows between the round lights. She explained
she was sitting in the back seat behind the driver, and that she got out
of the car when her sister did to try to see the object more clearly.
She also said there was no sound from the object. She thought she
saw about 12-15 lights, with "windows" between the lights.
To her, it appeared to be the size of a 747. (This witness is a
trained EMT.) The 10 year-old and the 5 year-old in the car were
her children. When I requested her and her children draw a picture
of what they saw, she said her and her son (the 10 year-old) already had.
I was not able to arrange a face-to-face interview with any of these witnesses
for one to three weeks because of their schedules and mine. I obtained
sketches from CC and DB, and BB, the 10 year-old boy. The 5 year-old
girl was shy and wouldn't talk to me about what she saw. BB very
readily related his sighting, which was similar to CC's, his aunt.
The sketches of the object drawn by mother and son were very similar,
although drawn independently, except DB's showed square windows between
the lights; BB's did not.
A second sighting at approximately the same time that evening came to
my attention in an article in the Traverse City Record Eagle newspaper
dated November 18, 1999. The article was entitled, "Look up
in the sky-A meteor? An aircraft? A UFO?" (See article).
I decided to try to reach the witnesses of the sighting whose names were
in the article. Fortunately, I found a telephone directory listing for
them. GW was very willing to talk with me about the sighting by
both she and her mother, and we set up an appointment for a face-to-face
interview. The scheduled appointment was six days after the sighting.
The witnesses reside at a farmhouse (sighting location #2 on the map)
about four miles south of the above-described sighting. Although
the newspaper article reported the witnesses lived in Elk Rapids, in actuality
they live in a rural area of Antrim County and have a Kewadin, Michigan
mailing address. They both were present at the time of the interview
appointment. GW, a 59 year-old woman, gave me a brief written report of
her sighting, and a two-part sketch of what she saw. The 79 year-old witness
(BW) was unwilling to give me a written report, but drew a sketch of the
square windows she saw.
BW described how her attention had been drawn to the kitchen window by
the dog's behavior. She and her daughter had just begun to watch
"Wheel of Fortune. As she came out from the living room to
attend to the barking dog, she saw bright lights out the south-facing
kitchen window. They were toward the East and emerging from behind
the pole barn.
She immediately called her daughter GW to come and look. GW thought
her mother was probably seeing meteors since the Leniod Meteor Showers
were expected to occur. Therefore, she told her mother they would
probably be out of sight by the time she would get to the kitchen.
BW responded it was not like meteors, but a row of lights like an airplane
with windows. In fact at first she thought it was a large airplane
GW got up and joined her mother at the kitchen window. She too could
see a long row of lights. They both agreed that the length of the
lights was like five railroad cars attached together. They appeared
to be about five feet off the ground. BW could see what she described
as square windows. The windows seemed to be lit up with a bright
fluorescent glow. She stated that she was looking intently into
the windows to see if she could see people, since it appeared to be a
plane crashing. She then said she should have known it was not a
plane because planes have rounded windows on top, and these "windows"
appeared square. She also told the investigator that after her sighting,
her left eye became watery, she experienced blurred vision, and a grainy
feeling, "like sand", in her eye, ever since she had looked
into the "windows"(this interview was six days after the sighting).
BW cautioned the investigator, "If you ever see anything like that,
don't stare into the windows because you'll burn your eyes!"
They heard no sound.
They described the object continuing to travel slowly to the north from
behind the pole barn, just 25-30 feet from the east side of the house.
GW wrote in her report (written account previously requested by this investigator):
"Headed North was a string of lights going about 5 miles an hour
(below the tree tops.) (sic) in the pasture. It looked like a train passing
by. A whole person could stand in one window. The first windows
were solid white. You couldn't penetrate into the interior with your eyes.
The next lights seem to shimmer as they passed by, like 'pieces' of light."
They estimated BW viewed the object for about three minutes and GW for
about one minute.
As the lights passed out of the view from the kitchen window, GW said
she ran to the east windows at the back of the house to see if she could
continue to see the object. The lights had disappeared. They
saw nothing else.
After the newspaper article appeared, GW and BW talked with a neighbor
south of them who reported seeing a "fireball with sparks and things"
at approximately the same time, but he was unwilling to talk to anyone
about it. GW also had a phone call from the first witness in this
report (the driver of the car who reported the lights over the landscape
nursery). She, too, had seen GW's name in the newspaper article.
They discussed together what each had seen. GW stated she
had heard CC on "Coast to Coast" during Peter Davenport's report,
after seemingly having had a "telepathic message" to turn on
the radio to that program.
GW also heard about a man on the other side of Central Lake, her sister's
brother in-law, who had seen a large lighted object go over his son's
home next door. She gave me the man's name and telephone number.
(BW also reported her husband had seen a UFO "years ago", and
GW said she has a sister who saw a triangle-shaped object over by Central
Lake about ten years ago.)
Six days after I interviewed the first witness, I again spoke with BW
by phone. She reported that she talked to her daughter who lives up on
the hill to the northeast of her residence who reported seeing nothing
unusual at the time of the sighting, but her draperies were drawn.
One of BW's grandsons (she said her grandsons run the farm) didn't believe
her at first, but he did after her eye doctor diagnosed a burn to her
left eye. (BW made an appointment with her ophthalmologist because
of the tearing, blurring, and sandy-feeling in her eye after the sighting.
The doctor told her it would heal in about a week. I asked her to
have the doctor write down the diagnosis when she went back, but learned
in a later interview that the doctor did not write it down.) As
they further described the sighting, BW said the object had appeared to
be about half the size of the pasture (it is a very large pasture).
BW also told me of talking to the pharmacy clerk at the Traverse City
pharmacy where she went to get the prescription filled for her eye medication.
The clerk had also seen something unexplained in the sky in the early
evening of 11/16/99. Their conversation took place when BW was getting
her prescription filled for medication to treat the eye injury.
The next witness I learned about and was able to interview was JD, the
man by Central Lake (sighting location #3 on the map) who had seen a large
light pass over his son's mobile home sometime between 7 and 7:30 PM the
same evening, November 16,1999. He related he had been watching
TV when all at once out the west window, to the southwest he saw an oval-shaped
light traveling slowly. At first he thought it might be car lights
on the road, but then he realized the light was too far off the ground
to be car lights, but it was not up very high. It was "whitish"
in color, like a light bulb. He went out on the deck, which faces
south and saw the object pass relatively slowly over his son's mobile
home, about 600-800 feet from him. It seemed to be about 150-200
feet from the ground and over treetop level. There is a tree-covered
hill behind their properties, and at first he thought it wasn't going
to clear the hill, but it did and it passed out of sight over the hill.
There was absolutely no sound as the object passed by. It
appeared to be the size of "a housetrailer". There was
no effect on the TV. JD seemed very clear about what he saw and
described the sighting very forthrightly. Within a few days of the sighting
I heard of DC, another person who had seen an unexplained large bright
light out his window (sighting location #4 on the map) while he was watching
TV in the early evening of November 16, 1999. A clerk in a local
party store told me her father had seen something unexplainable the same
evening as the other forgoing events. She checked with him and learned
he would be willing to talk with me.
Our interview was delayed several days because of an illness he was
experiencing and the Thanksgiving holidays, but we were able to meet for
interview on December 8,1999. When I first talked with DC on the
get his information and to set up an appointment for an on-site interview,
spent considerable time telling me of a UFO sighting some years back by
whole family, off Elk Lake Road, within ten miles of their house.
talked to him on the phone, I was confused about what information pertained
to the current sighting and that which pertained to the previous sighting.
When we met for the on site interview, he was very clear about what he
the evening of November 16, 1999 and gave me that information before talking
at all about the previous sighting. He was watching TV sometime
and 7:30 PM when his wife called his attention to a bright white light
streaking by that could be seen out the south-facing window (near the
The object was oval and had a tail. It moved fast; it was only viewed
1-2 seconds, then was gone. There was no sound. It appeared
his fist at arm's length, about the size a full moon on the horizon.
appeared about 50-100 feet off the ground, a little above the horizon.
moved from west to east; it appeared to be 50-100 feet from the window.
did not cause any effect to the TV. He said he hadn't talked about
anyone (except his daughters) because people might think he was weird.
DC then described the other sightings he has had in the past. About
ago he saw an object he couldn't identify moving slowly west toward Grand
Traverse Bay viewed from Elk Lake Road. He said the whole family
saw it and
got out of the car to watch it. Another time in the past he said
he saw 13
objects moving together.
Also present at this on-site interview was his wife, a 36 year-old daughter,
and her two young children. His wife was in agreement with the report.
daughter related her memory of the object the family saw in 1973.
disc or saucer shaped and had a rounded "dome thing" on top,
appearance of windows around the dome-shaped part. She said it made
whirring sound and then all of a sudden it "took off" and was
father related it went toward the southwest over "the Bay" (Grand
Bay). All of them were very scared. This daughter was a 10 year-old
time; the other daughters were 8, 14 and 16. This daughter
also related an
experience her husband had when he was working on Elk Rapids Golf Course;
"ball of light" came over his head and caused the golf cart
he was riding on
to stop. After the ball of light "took off" the golf cart
She wasn't certain just when this incident had occurred.
I learned of two other persons in the area who saw a bright fiery light
(sighting location #5 on map) in the sky the evening of November 16, 1999
shortly after 7 PM. Two women acquaintances of mine, MJ and SM were
traveling south in a car on East Torch Lake Drive. They were about 5 1/2
miles southeast of the last witness's location and about 11 miles south
JD's location (#3 on the map).
They were near the 15-mile Polar Trail marker of South East Torch Lake
The object was moving from west to east. They slowed the car
when they saw
the object. It was above the treetops at horizon level. It
and then the front changed to reddish. They saw it separate into 3 or
parts; then it was whitish as they lost sight of it behind the trees that
grew on the hill on the east side of the road. They were convinced
have been "the meteor breaking up" they had heard about
later on the radio
The last witness I interviewed regarding an unexplained object in the
shortly after 7PM on November 16,1999 was the clerk (SM) in the Traverse
pharmacy. She saw the object from her car at approximately 7:15
location # 6, off the map). She said at first it was like a ball
with a tail
behind, then it looked like a plane on fire and bigger than a 747.