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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

OCTOBER 15, 1928, LAKE GENEVA, WISCONSIN, USA, VELMA THAYER:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Skeptical ufologists indicate that a tabloid newspaper has published 27 years after the alleged event, that on October 15, 1928, in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, farmer Velma Thayer claimed a flying saucer landed and little fellows, who were blond and four feet six inches to five feet three inches tall emerged and stayed for ten days.

One of them, named Ramu, said they came from Saturn and were part of a scout ship with peaceful intentions.

It is said that Thayer claimed the U.S. military placed a single guard around the saucer and high-ranking officials inspected it, but the saucer flew off when the guard fell asleep. Thayer says she occasionally makes contact with the beings.

Basic information table:

Case number:URECAT-000135
Date of event:October 15, 1928
Earliest report of event:August 1955
Delay of report:27 years
Witness reported via:Tabloid newspaper.
First alleged record by:Tabloid newspaper.
First certain record by:Skeptical ufology book.
First alleged record type:Tabloid newspaper.
First certain record type:Skeptical ufology book.
This file created on:March 18, 2007
This file last updated on:January 15, 2008
Country of event:USA
State/Department:Wisconsin
Type of location:Not reported.
Lighting conditions:Not reported.
UFO observed:Yes
UFO arrival observed:Yes
UFO departure observed:Yes
UFO/Entity Relation:Certain
Witnesses numbers:1
Witnesses ages:Adult.
Witnesses types:Farmer woman.
Photograph(s):No.
Witnesses drawing:No.
Witnesses-approved drawing:No.
Number of entities:Several
Type of entities:Humanoid
Entities height:1.50 to 1.90 meters
Entities outfit type:Not reported.
Entities outfit color:Not reported.
Entities skin color:Not reported.
Entities body:Not reported.
Entities head:Not reported.
Entities eyes:Not reported.
Entities mouth:Not reported.
Entities nose:Not reported.
Entities feet:Not reported.
Entities arms:Not reported.
Entities fingers:Not reported.
Entities fingers number:Not reported.
Entities hair:Blonde hair.
Entities voice:Not reported, but communicated.
Entities actions:Came out of UFO, communicated, stayed 10 days, escaped military sentinel, departure.
Entities/witness interactions:Communicated, are visited by high officials.
Witness(es) reactions:Not reported.
Witness(es) feelings:Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation:Extraterrestrial beings.
Explanation category:"Contactee" invention or journalistic invention.
Explanation certainty:Certain.

Narratives:

[Ref. bh1:] ROBERT E. BARTHOLOMEW AND GEORGE S. HOWARD:

The authors indicate that on October 15, 1928, in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, farmer Velma Thayer claimed a flying saucer landed and "little fellows", who were blond and four feet six inches to five feet three inches tall emerged and stayed for ten days.

One of them, named Ramu, said they came from Saturn and were part of a scout ship with peaceful intentions.

Thayer claims the U.S. military placed a single guard around the saucer and high-ranking officials inspected it, but the saucer flew off when the guard fell asleep. Thayer says she occasionally makes contact with the beings.

The authors indicate that their source is the "Enquirer", Cincinnati, Ohio, August 1955.

Points to consider:

How could anyone believe such ridiculous nonsense from a tabloid newspaper?

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Medium March 18, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source The Enquirer, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, August 1955, not available. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

"Contactee" invention or journalistic invention.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

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0.1 Patrick Gross March 18, 2007 Creation, [bh1].
0.2 Patrick Gross March 18, 2007 First published.
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