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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.

LATE JULY 1955, NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK, USA, TWO FAMILIES:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

In a catalogue of cases of interference between UFOs and vehicles, Dr. Mark Rodeghier, CUFOS director, indicates that according to this group of ufology, late in July, 1955, about 08:00 p.m., near Niagara Falls, New York, USA, two families were having a picnic on the shore of Lake Erie.

A UFO rose out of the water and approached them, moving in swoops like a pendulum. The UFO was 100 feet in diameter and silvery-colored. They ran to their cars to escape, but the cars would nit start.

The UFO came within 30 feet and the witnesses saw four humanoids with white heads inside, wearing black robes. The UFO then went back over the lake and rose up vertically.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000509
Date of event: 1955
Earliest report of event: 2000?
Delay of report: Days, decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufology group CUFOS.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rodeghier.
First alleged record type: Ufology group.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: February 19, 2008
This file last updated on: February 19, 2008
Country of event: USA
State/Department: New York
Type of location: Near lake.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: Not reported. Several.
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Two families.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 4
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Robes.
Entities outfit color: Black.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: White.
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: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Are in UFO, approach witnesses, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: Approach witnesses.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, fled.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Insufficient information. No credibility.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. mr1:] MARK RODEGHIER:

In a catalogue, Mark Rodeghier indicates that late in July, 1955, about 2000, USA, near Niagara Falls, New York, two families were having a picnic on the shore of Lake Erie.

A UFO rose out of the water and approached them, moving in swoops like a pendulum. It was 100 feet in diameter and silvery-colored. They ran to their cars to escape, but the cars wouldn't start.

The UFO came within 30 feet and witnesses saw four humanoids with white heads inside, wearing black robes. The UFO then went back over the lake and rose up vertically.

The source is indicated as: CUFOS.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that near Niagara Falls, New York, on late July, 1955, at 2000, two families picnicking on the shore of Lake Erie watched a large silvery object rise out of the water and approach them using pendulum like movements. They all ran to their cars to leave but the vehicles would not start. The object got to within 30 feet of the witnesses and they were all able to see four humanoids with white heads and wearing black robes, inside the object. The object then flew back over the lake, rose vertically, and left.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference.

Points to consider:

Dr. Mark Rodeghier has a B.S. in Astrophysics and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, both in Sociology and works as a consultant in statistical analysis and survey research. He has been active in ufology since 1974 in a variety of topics, including vehicle interference cases, abduction cases, especially the psychology and sociology of abduction experiencers, physical trace events, scientists' beliefs about the UFO phenomenon, and the Roswell incident.

He is the associate editor of the Journal of UFO Studies and a consulting editor of the Journal of Scientific Exploration, which web site hosts his summary of this case, and is since 1986 the scientific director and president of the Center for UFO Studies (www.cufos.org), which he indicates is the source for this case.

His summary here, appearing in a peer reviewed professional scientific journal paper, seems to provide a very rare case of a UFO and its occupants seen at the very close distance of 10 meters by two group of people, i.e., multiple witnesses.

Unfortunately, the summary is extremely meager, no primary source is indicated, no investigation report is mentioned nor available to me, so it might be nothing more that the story told by one person an not investigated; which makes it an apparent high strangeness case with no apparent credibility.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe February 19, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available and not sufficiently referenced. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe February 19, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Case with apparently multiple witness but possibly only one reporting person. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe February 19, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No information on the unnamed witnesses. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe February 19, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign that the case was investigated. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe February 19, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Insufficient information, for example, meager description of UFO, beings, no duration, no exact place, no exact date. Help needed. Opened.
6 Ufology Severe February 19, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross when reported, how reported, nature of report (letter, newspaper?) not indicated. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Insufficient information. No credibility.

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

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 19, 2008 Creation, [1], [1], [1].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 19, 2008 First published.

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