Bigfoot sightings and UFO sightings are usually separate events, but sometimes these two enduring mysteries share the uncanny stage before an audience of perplexed witnesses, occurring simultaneously, or at least near enough in time and proximity to prompt the consideration that there might be a connection.
Presque Isle State Park Photo by Robert K. Grubbs
A sighting near Erie, PA, may have been just such an event. In July, 1966, on Presque Isle State Park, a woman, Betty Jean Klem, and her boyfriend were driving through the sand and had become stuck. Their wait for help had extended beyond sunset and they watched as a strange light descended from the sky. According to Betty, the car shook as a silvery object landed nearby between two trees. Betty also reported hearing something walk on the roof of the car, and seeing a “dark, featureless creature.”
Another encounter involving a UFO and Bigfoot sighting occurred on October 25, 1973 in North Union Township, PA. A man and two boys bore witness to a UFO landing in a field. At that time they also saw two “tall, hairy bi-pedal creatures walking along a fence line.” The man shot at the object which promptly departed leaving a “luminescent ring on the ground.” According to witnesses the creatures casually turned around and returned whence they had come. The man and boys did not pursue the tall bi-pedal creatures, and apparently they were not seen again. The witnesses returned later with a state trooper and they observed that, although its intensity had dimminised, the ring where the craft had landed remained visible.
Were the two creatures innocent bystanders? Maybe they were just as astounded by the UFO as the other witnesses. They were probably also astounded to see three upright walking creatures nearby, and maybe frightened away by the explosive blast of the gun.
December 9th 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of a strange incident in Kecksburg, PA. On that night in 1965 a firey object allegedly blazed across the sky over Detroit, MI, and Windsor, Ontario. The bright object reportedly dropped debris which started small fires as it passed over areas of Michigan and Ohio and caused sonic booms over areas near pittsburg, PA.
Most witnesses described a flaming, glowing and smoking object consistent with a meteor or other debris entering the atmosphere, but witnesses in Kecksburg, PA, a small town about 35 miles or so south east of Pittsburg, claim that something actually crashed down in the woods. Officials isolated the area and searched for debris but reportedly found nothing.
In fact, as reported on page 4 of Bulletin 5 of the Meteorites of Michigan Geological Survey, end point references, which are widely separated observation points where the object seems to disappear, suggest that the object passed over Lake Erie from the southwest and landed north of Lake Erie in southwest Ontario.
Nowhere near Kecksburg. But why let the truth stand in the way of a good story? And that’s not meant as a joke, I love a good story. The so-called Kecksburg Incident is a modern folk tale.
Legends and mysteries like this have been around for centuries precisely because we humans enjoy them, whether they’re based on real events or not. We love to hear strange tales of the unknown and other weird stuff. They stir our imagination.
The Kecksburg UFO tale continues: A boy claimed he saw an object land in the woods, and his mother said she saw a wisp of blue smoke rising up from the area before she contacted authorities. Members of the local Kecksburg volunteer fire department reported finding an object shaped like a giant acorn with strange, hieroglyphic-like markings around the bottom edge.
Others heard noises and reported a strong U.S. Army presence. The initial conclusion was that it was a meteor, after initial suggestions of “a plane crash, errant missile test, or reentering satellite debris” were discounted by authorities.
Whatever, if anything, crashed or landed in the woods of Kecksburg, PA, we may never know. Nothing was found. So “they” say…
No, it wasn’t a UFO, but I’m having flashbacks to 1947 Roswell, NM, when a Project Mogul high altitude defense monitoring balloon came down and everyone thought it was a flying saucer with aliens on board.
At first no one knew where the hell the funky airborne craft came from as it drifted over farmland and neighborhoods of central Pennsylvania on Wednesday, October 28th, but at least no one thought it was a spaceship. At least none that we know of.
North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, lost a JLENS blimp when it came loose from its tethered mooring at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and drifted northward on a little ride through the skies over south central and central PA before coming to rest and slowly deflating near Moreland Township, PA.
The aerostat, which reached altitudes of 16,000 feet, was dragging along its 6,700 foot mooring cable and pulled down powerlines as it drifted over Bloomsburg, PA. Service personnel are on the case and it is estimated that the power will be returned to most by this afternoon, Oct 29.
To be sure, a rogue blimp is not very mysterious unless it was hijacked by Dr. Evil and put to some use in an attempt to control the world, but it is strange, and it involves Pennsylvania, so that’s why I decided to post about it. The Twitter posts were pretty damn funny too.
As funny as this may seem though, let’s give credit where credit is due. NORAD is hardly a halfwit operation. They use amazingly high tech stuff to monitor our skies for airborne threats from outside of North America and keep us all safe! I mean, it’s been years since that kid hacked into WOPR and started a nuclear war simulation. Give these guys a break! Tethers come loose all the time!