Name: Jessi Taran
Date of Sighting: Fall/Winter, 1974
Location of Sighting: Los Angeles, California
Shape(s) of UFO(s): Blimp / egg -shaped
Further Description of Sighting: I was only about 3 or 4 years old when this happened, so my attention to detail wasn’t terribly acute. My memory of the experience seemed so odd however, that I checked with my mother to see if this actually happened, and she told me yes – my memory is absolutely accurate.
Anyway – I remember my mother holding me in her arms as she stood on the elevated back porch of our house in LA (I think we were living in Venice at the time). Hovering about 80 feet off the ground was this huge, round, air-ship-type-thing that my mom told me was a blimp (it wasn’t). I’m not sure how long we stood there, but as daylight faded into night, it commenced to entertain us with an amazing and lengthy display of multi-colored lights; glowing neon polka-dots that danced across the entire surface of the darkened hull in ever-changing geometric patterns which my mother describes as ‘psychadelic’.
As I was a very young child at the time, I remember thinking that the display looked like an enormous ‘Light Bright’ toy – only the lights were able to move and reconfigure into countless different shapes and colors in rapid succession, and seemed to be seamless with the ship’s ‘skin’. Unlike a blimp, there was no discernable navigation cockpit on the underside, nor was there any other apparent compartment where someone might conceivably sit or stand in order to maneuver the craft.
My mother’s memory agrees with me on this. Also, neither of us recall there being any sort of engine noise at all. There may have been a very faint hum/vibration, but from what I remember, even though it was hovering probably less that 100 feet off the ground, the craft seemed to make almost no noise at all. I don’t know what the ship’s movement might have been like as I don’t remember seeing it arrive, and my mom took me inside before I could see it leave.
When I asked her about this, she said that her arms were tired from holding me for so long, that it was past my bedtime,it was chilly that night, and since it seemed that the ‘blimp’ had finished it’s light-show, and was apparently not going to do anything more, she decided that it was time for us to go inside.
For whatever reason, although my mother agrees that what we saw was definitely impressive, she’s never felt that what we witnessed that evening was all that extraordinary. She never bothered to investigate – nor did she even speak with any of our neighbors about it (for that matter, no one ever came to our door to either).
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