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Michigan Sighting Events: Part Three of Three
The fire appeared to burn out and there appeared to be lights behind.
It appeared to have square windows all in a line. It moved "slow".
She observed the object for several minutes from Duck Lake Road (approximately
25-30 miles southwest of sighting location #1) and thought the altitude
appeared to be approximately 5000 feet. She said it moved like a
plane would that was approaching an airport to land. Her teenaged
daughter was in the car with her and also observed the object. The next
day she discounted any thoughts of a UFO when she heard a disk jockey
commenting on the radio that many people saw something unexplained over
the Grawn area, and the official report was that it was a meteor.
I sent the last witness a MUFON UFO Sighting Questionnaire form to complete
and sign since she was hesitant to meet for another face to face interview.
(The first interview had been in the pharmacy at the time of my attempt
to locate her initially. Therefore the interview was brief and incomplete.)
By February 21, 2000 I still had not received the form back from SM, so
I phoned her. She admitted to feeling somewhat uncomfortable about
completing and signing the form. I emphasized to her that her name
would be kept confidential if she wished. By the end of our conversation
she stated I could use her name if I wished, but I assured her it would
be kept confidential because of her uncomfortable feelings. During
our conversation she shared a memory she had in the past of "sleep
paralysis". She described an incident where she was just awakening
and thought she could feel a hand on the top of her head, but was unable
to move. She asked me if I had ever had such an experience because
she understood it might be quite common. I told her I read of others
having had that sort of experience. When we finished talking, she said
she planned to look for the form and send it back to me if she could find
Contributing to her discomfort about talking about her sighting apparently
are things her husband has said to her about not talking to people about
it because they'll think she's "nuts". She has talked
to her boss at the pharmacy, however, who shared with her a "dream"
his 8 year-old daughter told them one morning about a spaceship.
He said they told her it was only a dream, but she insisted she had been
awake! When I asked the witness if she thought he would want to
talk to anyone about it, she didn't think he would at this point, but
she says she is keeping my card for future reference.
On November 20,1999 I made a call to the Northwestern Regional Airport,
closest airport to the areas where the sightings occurred. I spoke
supervisor of the Air Traffic Control Tower who said there was nothing
reported to them by any pilot, and they do not have radar that could have
detected objects in the areas of the sightings. The closest radar
this area is Minneapolis. He said that often people confuse Air
refueling for UFO's. He returned my call later and said "Lansing"
the object people saw that evening was a meteor.
On November 29, 1999 I made calls to the Traverse City TV stations.
the newsmen told me they had dozens of calls the evening of 11/16/99.
people saw colored lights, mostly greenish, then there was a "separation"
like lights breaking up. The "official word" was that
it was a meteor
On December 6, 1999 I called the US Coast Guard Operations center
learning that CC, the witness who called the National UFO Reporting Center,
had obtained the phone number from the Coast Guard. I spoke with
Coast Guard operations director who told me they had two planes up that
evening because of all the calls from people who saw something that looked
like an airplane on fire. He was the pilot of one of the planes. He told
they confirmed it was not an aircraft on fire. He said "Lansing"
was a meteor. He would not say what he personally thought it was.
he and the other pilot viewed it with night vision goggles, and he repeated
they confirmed it was not an aircraft on fire.
On December 12, 1999 I phoned one of the owners of the landscape nursery
whose home and business the object of "sighting location # 1"
was seen. The
home sits in the center of the landscape nursery area. The owner
neighbor had reported to them that a UFO had been seen over their house
shortly after 7 PM the evening of 11/16/99, but they neither saw nor heard
anything, and they were home at the time. She said they didn't leave the
house until about 7:50 PM that evening.
After turning in my preliminary report, MUFON's Deputy Director of
Investigations Dan Wright requested that I try to obtain data regarding
"official report" of a meteor breaking up or an "earth
grazer" (as reported
in the 11/18/99 news article). I have been unsuccessful in my attempts
get "official " information. I discovered an e-mail address
for questions to
NASA. Rather than answer my inquiry, they referred me to CUFOS.
CUFOS nor myself understands why I was referred to them instead of receiving
information directly from NASA.
So what was it that was seen by the witnesses? Meteors that
windows? "Earth grazers" with distinct lights? A meteor
gliding slowly over
treetops or 5 feet off the ground moving south to north? (The "official"
report described the object moving from west to east.) Why did NASA not
respond to my inquiry, other than referring me to the Center for UFO Studies?
The witnesses sincerely know what they saw and are credible.