July 1978

Otto, Arkansas, USA; July 4, 1978

Name: DL Douglas

Date of Sighting: 7/4/78

Location of Sighting: Otto, AR Faulkner County

Shape(s) of UFO(s): Round, bright light

Size(s) of UFO(s): ?

Color(s) of UFO(s): white

Number of UFO(s): 1

Distance of UFO(s) in sky: not in sky… directly behind our car

Direction of Travel for UFO(s): following our vehicle north on Hwy. 107

Other Known Object(s) (For possible reference, or contrast): none

Further Description of Sighting: My boyfriend and I had spent the day on the lake (Greers Ferry Lake) with my family. No drinking or drugs AT ALL. He took me back to my parents’ house in north Pulaski county (near the Little Rock AFB), then after it got dark, was taking me home to my apartment in Conway, AR.

Just a couple miles up Hwy 107, what we thought was a motorcycle got right behind his car (AMC Gremlin)and the “headlight” on bright was blinding him. It followed us so closely, and the faster he drove, the closer it seemed to get. Finally, out of anger, he stopped the car on the side of the hwy, right at the top of a hill (Davis Ranch).

He threw the door open and jumped out of the car, ready to fight. Immediately… the “light” shot straight up into the sky until we couldn’t distinguish it from the stars. There was NO SOUND… NO HEAT… NO WIND… just the night sounds of frogs and crickets and bugs in rural Arkansas. I was scared to death and begging him to get back in the car and take me home.

He got back in, started back up Hwy 107, and the light appeared again directly behind us. (I should add that there was no other traffic coming or going down the highway during the time this was happening). He got extremely angry and pulled off the hwy again into the parking area of an old country store on the east side of hwy 107. (It used to be called Carmical’s, I think.) He stepped out again, and I stayed inside the vehicle.

My memories become hazy at this point… I seem to remember watching the light move off away from us across the cow pastures, and we watched as a beam of light lowered slowly, and the “object” seemed to be scanning the pasture. I don’t even remember getting home that night, but I woke in my apartment the next day.

That was the last time Marty and I were together. We broke up, after a misunderstanding… he had a horrible wreck in which he could have died… and we never saw one another again. I did speak with him by phone a couple years later, but neither of us spoke of what happened that night. It has haunted me to this day.

I had friends in the Air Force, and I called and questioned, and was told no one saw or reported anything unusual that night. Marty and I were so in love… engaged to be married… and in just minutes… our lives changed forever. I feel as if part of my memory was “foggy” or erased, or at the very least, I have been brain-washed or “de-programmed” or something.

This was not the first unusual observation of night “lights” that had occurred in my lifetime… but it was the first encounter up close. I am skeptical as to exactly what this object was, and I have never claimed to have been abducted, or believed it to be extra terrestrial. However, whatever “it” was… no known technology existed to my knowledge that would enable an aircraft to behave as that one did.

I have been told it was fireworks. No fireworks could have followed our car for miles around a hilly, curvy highway such as this stretch of road is. Perhaps a remote control “missile” of some type… but again, there was absolutely no sound, heat or wind when it shot straight up into the atmosphere. Thanks for letting me finally get this off my chest.

Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, USA; July, 1978

Name: Ed

Date of Sighting: 7/78 9:30pm

Location of Sighting: valencia california

Shape(s) of UFO(s): circular

Size(s) of UFO(s): 50-75 feet diameter

Color(s) of UFO(s): white

Number of UFO(s): 1

Distance of UFO(s) in sky: 50 – 75 feet from us

Direction of Travel for UFO(s): southeast

Other Known Object(s) (For possible reference, or contrast): none

Further Description of Sighting:
Subject: Very close view of UFO

My wife and I had a very close up experience while living in Santa Clarita Valley. This occurred in 1978 but the memory lives in our minds as it were last night. We feel highly appreciative for the experience and are not afraid to openly discuss it without any intentions of financial gain. You may publish this account and we would be most willing to discuss it in public.

It was the summer of 1978. Santa Clarita Valley is located north of the San Fernando Valley and north of Los Angeles. Santa Clarita was a small and laid-back community mostly referred to as Valencia. We recently relocated back from a two-year international management assignment followed by a two-year management assignment in Arizona. We then were transferred to California and chose Santa Clarita because of the open spacious country living, low crime statistics, no smog, and nice neighborhoods. I purchased a two-story corner house with a swimming pool.

One Friday evening, I was using a long pole with an attached brush designed to sweep the walls of the pool. Our children would probably swim early the following morning and I wanted the pool to be clean.

As I reached upwards on the pole to push downwards I saw a craft approaching. The craft was at a distance equivalent one or two short blocks away and not flying parallel to streets but at an angle on a southeastern direction. It was immediately obvious to me that the craft was not a helicopter nor airplane since these would not normally fly that low and the physical characteristics did not match these. At that distance the craft seemed wider, luminous with lights in circumference to the frontal section (referred to as leading edge). I stared at it for a brief perplexed moment.

After realizing that it was something out of the ordinary, I ran down the steps from the poolside deck platform where I had been standing. The platform was about four to five feet higher than the pool water and the opposite surrounding pool deck area. It was about 15 fast running steps from there to the backyard entry to the family room. My wife and two children were watching television there.

I yelled for them to come outside and see but only my wife Gloria came out. We both walked fast towards the side of the pool opposite the platform side where I had been standing. By that time the craft was right over our pool area at an altitude of no more than 50-75 feet and perhaps even less.

The craft had come to a stop right over our pool area as we stood bellow it. The craft made no sound whatsoever. It wobbled slightly as it were moved by the wind but there was no noticeable wind at that moment. The craft leaned forward and downwards and then we saw a large forward angled window, located bellow the leading edge that was perhaps 8 feet in length and 3-4 feet in height. We could see an orange bluish glow from inside but no occupants or controls.

As the craft leaned forward I could see light emanating from its upper section and not from the pool lights reflection since the pool lights would be unable to reflect on the upper section. The craft seemed to be manufactured as one solid piece. There were no visible seams or rivets. The bottom of the craft was concave towards the center. In the deepest section of the concave center two rectangular objects were visible and ran the length of the deep concaved section and seemed to be a few feet apart from each other.

The craft had an upper dome with porthole like windows but no internal visibility. The upper dome was round and centered in relation to the lower part of the craft with no visible seams. The total height of the craft appeared to be the equivalent of a one and half story typical track residence or less. I calculated the height by comparing it to our two-story house. The diameter was approximately 50-75 feet or less. There were no visible markings, insignias or identification like character on the craft.

Under the front leading edge of the circular craft was some ski like devices with two side-by-side configurations. The design I cannot replicate even though I always scored high in I.Q, tests where design progressions (similar to mathematical progressions) had to be decided from multiple drawing choices. I also remember thinking they were too far forward from the crafts center of gravity something we studied in Group Propulsion in relation to the length and loading of aircraft. The ski like devices were similar to the letter S with the top of the S facing forward but with more elaborate details filling the gaps. At the time my conclusion was they were some type of hanging or anchoring device.

During the entire experience lasting some 45 seconds, my wife kept repeating “Oh my God!” over and over again. I tried to concentrate on details and in my mind kept repeating “take me with you.” We were both frozen in awe and disbelief. It was like seeing a large bus that I previously described as a Greyhound bus floating over your house. Both of us look upwards and did not speak to each other during the sighting.

There was no fear, an unprompted paralysis, and a high respect to what we were seeing. We both had the sensation of being watched primarily because the craft maneuvered downwards at an angle towards us and then regained a level position parallel to the ground. As a part of my analysis during the experience I listened for other engines, other crafts, the possibility that this craft was being suspended from another craft as a hoax but concluded there were no other man-made craft in the vicinity.

The craft then began to move at a very slow speed of around 20 miles per hour. I jumped on a wall that surrounded our backyard so that I could see the trajectory. I saw between houses as it continued at that speed for at least 7 miles from our house and heading in a southeast direction from Santa Clarita over a mountainous section of Los Angeles County. I instructed my wife not to discuss it but to try to draw what she saw and then we would compare drawings. My drawings had more details. Then we began comparing the experience and both had seen the very same details.

My conclusion is that the craft wanted us to observe it or perhaps was examining us. I am 100% sure this was not a man-made craft or technology. I am also convinced by the event that U.S. Government intelligence agencies know we are being visited by extra-terrestrials and are hiding facts. To me the only rationale reasons is because they lied once about their existence (perhaps Roswell and others) and may cause the loss of statutory governmental powers as citizens realize that borders, religions and global federal governments are meaningless and helpless. My conclusions lead me to think that visitors do not wish to work with a single government as they are roaming global skies making their presence.

There were lingering questions in my mind after the sighting. Since the craft must originate from an advanced civilization why do they need windows? My technical assumption is that an advanced civilization would have cameras on the exterior to duplicate exactly what is visible outside of the craft. Why were we allowed to see the interior through the large window but not the occupants?

After reporting the experience to the local Sheriff said they had no reports. Years later after writing the experience on the Internet someone who claimed he was with NASA automated airport sciences called me and said that his call was unofficial.

The only somewhat related experience was during a father daughter overnight camping event. The event was prior to our sighting experience. Several of my neighbors were FBI agents. During the outing two of the agents who had daughters were standing close to each other looking at the visible stars. One of them whispered to the other that he heard that strange crafts were often visible in the area. I was standing a few feet away from them and could hear them.

During my earlier education, I graduated and was certified in Group Propulsion Systems and had a choice to either continue studies as a Flight Engineer or Aeronautical Engineering. I selected Aeronautical Engineering and attended Northrop Institute of Technology. In Group Propulsion Systems we became highly familiar with aircraft, mechanical and electrical systems and all flight disciplines, flight and design configurations and propulsion sciences. I am still more familiar with aircraft functions than an automobile. After two years of study I switched to business management at another university, was an early participant in IT as a systems analyst followed by executive positions in the computer and software industry eventually forming my own international management consulting and international business services integration organization. I am now an active portfolio investor and international business but retired.

Greers Ferry Lake, Arkansas, USA; July 3, 1978

Name: orvid

Date of Event: July 3,4 1978

Location of Event: Greers Ferry lake..Devils Fork campground..Arkansas

Message: We (myself,Tracy Ziegenbein,John Tew and Allen Ballentine) had just graduated from Ole Main high school in North Little Rock. We decided to camp out at the lake(Greers Ferry) and celebrate our achievement. We went swimming and raising hell for the entire weekend! No one could really drink as well as Tracy, so we were wide awake and watching the stars while he was passed out in the tent. Some one pointed out a fallin star, so we all(except for Tracy) watched the star falling to the ground. But it stopped falling and turned around and spead across the sky.

Greers Ferry is in the back woods of Arkansas and there are no city lights there. The only thing there is a small town and Arkansas’ first atomic power plant. No one really understood what we saw so we just broke out the whisky and went to sleep. The next morning we told Tracy what we saw but he thought we were just drunk. We had another great day swimming and watching all the cute girls. The camp ground was very full so we had a lot of cute girls to play with. When the sun went down we had sobered up and started talking about ufos. Tracy thought he was the only sane person there until here came another falling star that did not fall but just flew around the sky.

We never talked about it any more and since then my best friend Tracy died of cancer. I did not stay in touch with John or Allen. I picked up a book about ufos about 15 years later. I turned to a picture that had a caption “Greers Ferry, July 4th 1978”.It was just a fuzzy picture of a bright light but I realized that someone else at the camp had saw what we did. We didn’t see anything but a light that was really really fast but I can never forget it. I really didn’t think much of it until I picked up the book that had the picture in it.