JUNE 1978

It was a beautiful day in late spring of 1978 when ten-year-old me was playing with my toys on the steps of the back porch, while my mom was in the garden hanging clothes on the clothesline. The sky was clear and blue, without a cloud in sight. Suddenly, my eyes darted up to the sky and I saw it: a metallic object, cigar-shaped and massive, hovering in the air.


I couldn’t believe my eyes, and neither could my mom when I pointed it out to her. The object was slowly floating closer, about a thousand feet up in the air, and moving from east to west over the valley below our house. It was as if time had stopped, and we just stood there, mouths agape, watching as it approached us.

As it drew nearer, my mind raced through all the possibilities of what it could be. But as it got closer, it became clear that it was no ordinary aircraft. It had no seams or windows, and it made absolutely no sound. There was no visible form of propulsion, and no undercarriage like a blimp. The object was over 300 feet long and shaped like a tube with rounded ends.

We watched it for what felt like hours but was probably just a few minutes. My heart was racing as the object descended slightly. It was as if we were seeing something we shouldn’t be seeing by mistake, and my gut feeling told me so. Just as my mom was about to run inside to get her camera, I blurted out, “No, it’ll be gone,” and to my surprise, she agreed.

As we turned back to look at the object, it started moving away from us at an unimaginable speed. Within a second, it became a tiny speck in the sky before disappearing completely. It was like nothing we had ever seen before, and we were left standing there in shock.

Afterwards, we briefly talked about reporting the incident, but we ultimately decided against it. We simply went back to our regular lives, but I could never shake off the memory of what we had seen. Years later, I brought it up to my mom, and to my surprise, she had completely forgotten about the incident. But as soon as I mentioned it, the memories came rushing back to her too. We still talk about it to this day.

Submitted by Robert

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