October 1973 ‘UFO Wave’: Includes trip to Hawaii and ‘spaceman’ capture in Ohioby Cherlyn Gardner Strong on Oct. 25, 2010, under Extraterrestrials, Life, Paranormal, UFOs
I was reading about various UFO waves in history and took quite an interest today in the ‘UFO Wave’ of October 1973.
Sightings 37 years ago were increasing dramatically across the United States. In turn, the increased sightings started to worry government officials.
“The increased sightings nationally could lead to a state of panic and hysteria and we ought to be concerned about it.” - U.S. Rep. J. Edward Roush (D-Ind.)
As quoted in the Columbus Citizen Journal
Oct. 18, 1973
So, as I was reading about the wave of 1973, I came across an article that includes UFO sightings in various parts of the country. It includes a layover in Hawaii, 37 years ago today.
I was extremely amused by it, so I thought that I would share it with you.
UFOs Visit Hawaii
The Crescent-News, Defiance, Ohio
Friday, October 26, 1973
Hundreds of callers bombarded police and newspaper switchboards in Los Angeles Thursday reporting “shimmery, shiny” triangular- shaped objects in the sky, “just hanging up there” or moving very slowly.
Over Hilo, on the big island of Hawaii, three firemen and an air traffic controller spotted an unidentified flying object (UFO), three times the size of Venus.
In Corvallis, Ore., the recent rash of UFO sightings prompted a radio station to offer $10,000 reward for the first living space visitor brought to the station.
Bob Houglum, manager of KLOO, stipulated that the extraterrestrial visitor, animal or person, “must never have been on Earth before.”
One woman caller in Los Angeles said, “From my window there’s a great big massive thing, and I’m not nuts.
“My friend called me to look and we had our mailman look. We didn’t want to seem nutty,” she said.
THEY WERE TETROONS
The objects turned out to be tetroons; plastic bags released in an air pollution study being conducted by Dr. William Perkins of Metronics Associates, Palo Alto, Calif., the Environmental Protection Agency and the state Air Resources Board.
In Hawaii, sightings have been made on several islands recently, some by newsmen, some by citizens. The latest was Thursday night, over Hilo, and was seen by firemen and an air traffic controller.
Lt. James Higashite Jr., a fireman, said it was moving east-northeast and three times as big as Venus. He said, “we are trained observers with binoculars and telescopes. It looked like a large star but it has artificial lighting.” He and two other firemen saw it.
So did Hilo airport traffic controller Harry Marks. Marks said no flights were in the area, and the object shot straight up into the sky 10 minutes after it appeared.
In Chillicothe, Ohio, Sheriff’s Deputy Dale Gillette captured a “spaceman” late Thursday night. The “spaceman” was wrapped in industrial strength aluminum foil from head to toe complete with antennae on his head.
Gillette said he found the “spaceman” in the middle of a rural road while on patrol.
“I shook my head and didn’t believe what I saw,” said a shaky Gillette.
He explained he jumped out of his cruiser, put the spotlight on the “spaceman,” who took off running. The deputy said he called for the “spaceman” to halt, then fired a warning shot.
Gillette said the “spaceman” stumbled on the road, lost his antennae. That is when Gillette captured him and took him to the Sheriff’s Department.
Officials would only say the “spaceman” was a 15 year-old youth.
Tons of gratitude to the work of the late Kenny Young, a UFO researcher from Ohio, who spent much time pulling the information together. To read more about the UFO Wave of 1973 (and there is MUCH more), visit Kenny’s website.