When I was 11 or so the USSR launched Sputnik, the first satellite to go into orbit around Earth. Even as a kid, I remember, it was a shock that a) it had been done at all and b) that it wasn’t the US that had done it. For months afterwards I would lay in the cool grass of the lot next to our house, back from the sparse streetlights, and watch the sky at night.
One evening well after sunset I watched the darkening sky. I read Project Blue Book publications and was fascinated with UFO’s, but I was looking to see Sputnik. Then I saw it, a small bead of light far overhead, far higher than any airplane of the time could fly. I thought, “That’s Sputnik!” I lay back and watched as it passed from north to south.
After just a few seconds, however, the light turned right at full speed at almost 45° and formed what looked like a “J”, turning back on itself slightly before it vanished. I went in and excitedly told dad that I’d just seen a UFO. No one was nearly as excited as me. I was disappointed that my find had not sparked everyone’s excitement!
This past week, I met with some guys after work. One of them, Mike, is a great storyteller and spontaneous limerick poet. For some reason, I looked at him and asked, “Have you ever seen a UFO?” His face changed, the smile dropped away and a brief serious look crossed in its place. Then he was back, smiling, but when he told this story, he was very serious.
He told of a time when he was a kid at a church camp with his family. One evening he stood at the edge of the camp with his mother and cousin when suddenly, between gaps in the treeline they saw a glowing sphere about 4-6 feet wide hovering. Quietly it crossed the opening into a copse of trees where, according to Mike, it was as if it were trying to hide.
As that orb floated in the trees, unsuccessfully hidden because it was glowing, another and then another moved to join it. They watched for 20 or 30 minutes, he guessed, until they all moved away rapidly from them and were gone in an instant.
Have you had an encounter with a UFO? Share it here. My experience is that many people have, but rarely talk about it unless prompted. Here’s a great article I found that talks about that reaction: http://www.ufodigest.com/news/1108/something-is-wrong.html