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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.

DECEMBER 21, 1955, CARIBOU, MAINE, USA, ROBERTA JACOBS:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

On December 21, 1955, around 11:00 p.m. EST, in Caribou, Maine, USA, Roberta Vesta Jacobs, a young housewife, observed an unusual object low over her farmyard for 6 to 8 minutes when she was turning of her lights to go to bed. There was no stars or moon in the sky.

She stated that the shape of the object was like a cup turned upside down on a saucer. The flat saucer part seemed to be spinning fast, the "cup" part was described as like a half moon. The color was like nothing she had ever seen, and the best comparison she provided was that it was like pure gold. She said the object was about the size of a jet plane.

Between the flat bottom part and the half-moon top, she distinguished something "alive"; she could not see any form or outline, but it was like a person walking in front of a light with hurried movements.

She felt as though "they" had a telescope or something pointed at her, and she felt nauseated.

It seems the object maneuvered: it was first seen as a red-orange glare in the sky, then as golden object when it came to hover over the barn, and it then departed fast.

The US Air Force UFO investigation team "Project Blue Book" recorded the case as having no ordinary explanation.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000593
Date of event: December 21, 1955
Earliest report of event: 1955?
Delay of report: Days, weeks?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: N/A.
First certain record by: US Air Force.
First alleged record type: N/A.
First certain record type: US Air Force.
This file created on: March 27, 2008
This file last updated on: March 27, 2008
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Maine
Type of location: Farmyard.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Young adult.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Young housewife, married.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1 or uncertain
Type of entities: Silhouettes
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not seen.
Entities outfit color: Not seen.
Entities skin color: Not seen.
Entities body: Not reported. Silhouettes, like people.
Entities head: Not seen.
Entities eyes: Not seen.
Entities mouth: Not seen.
Entities nose: Not seen.
Entities feet: Not seen.
Entities arms: Not seen.
Entities fingers: Not seen.
Entities fingers number: Not seen.
Entities hair: Not seen.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Wer in UFO, moving about.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, felt nauseous, felt observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors.
Explanation certainty: Low.

Narratives:

[Ref. bb1:] USAF PROJECT BLUE BOOK:

The project Blue Book case listings for December 1955 shows:

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I.e.: Case 3823 occurred on December 21, 1955, in Caribou, Maine, USA, the witness was "Jacobs" and the explanation is "Unidentified."

Note: I found no other Project Blue Book documents on the case.

[Ref. to1:] THOMAS M. OLSEN:

This ufologist indicates that on December 21, 1955, around 11:00 p.m. EST, in Caribou, Maine, Roberta Vesta Jacobs, a young housewife, observed an unusual object low over her farm yard for 6 to 8 minutes while she was turning of her lights to go to bed. There was no stars or moon in the sky. Moving shadows were seen inside the lower portion of the object's dome.

She stated:

"The shape was like a cup turned upside down on a saucer. ... The color was like nothing I have ever seen, pure gold would be as close as I could say ... I could see the flat bottom part going around and around real fast..."

"Between the flat bottom part and the half-moon top there was something 'alive.' ... I couldn't see any form or outline, but it was like a person walking in front of a light ... like hurried movements."

"I felt as though 'they' had a telescope or something pointed at me..."

The source is indicated to be the US Air Force case file.

[Ref. ob1:] OTTO BINDER:

The author indicates that a case of domed disc occurred on December 21, 1955, in Washburn, Maine.

Mrs. Roberta V. Jacobs, a young housewife, observed an unusual object low over her farmyard for six to eight minutes, around 11:00 p.m.. She stated that:

"The shape was like a cup turned upside down on a saucer. ... The color was like nothing I have ever seen, pure gold would be as close as I could say ... I could see the flat bottom part going around and around real fast..."

"Between the flat bottom part and the half-moon top there was something 'alive.' ... I couldn't see any form or outline, but it was like a person walking in front of a light ... like hurried movements."

"I felt as though 'they' had a telescope or something pointed at me..."

The author indicates that the source is "The Reference For Outstanding UFO Sighting Reports."

[Ref. bs1:] BRAD SPARKS:

This ufologist indicates that on December 21, 1955, at 11 p.m., in Caribou, Maine, Roberta V. Jacobs saw a round, very bright gold, domed disc in a short climb, then rotate, hover and accelerate. The sighting duration was 6 to 8 minutes, the source is indicated as Berliner.

Brad Sparks indicates that the Blue Book case number is 3893.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Caribou, Maine, on December 21, 1955, at 11:00 p.m., about to go to bed, Mrs. Roberta Jacobs saw a red orange glare in the sky, and a golden object came to hover over the barn. It resembled a cup inverted on an elliptical saucer, about the size of a jet plane; the disc rotated at high speed. In the lower part of the dome she could see forms moving. "Like a person walking in front of a light - not one but many things." She felt nauseated, and felt that they were observing her. The object rapidly departed.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Project Blue Book Files, and Humcat 1955-26.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

This ufologist indicates that on December 21, 1955, from her bedroom window in Caribou, Maine, Mrs. Jacobs watched a reddish-orange glare resolve into a golden domed elliptical saucer at 11 p.m.. In the lower part of the dome she could see figures moving about, like people "walking in front of a light." The experience made her feel nauseous, and at the same time she had a definite feeling of being watched.

The sources are indicated as Otto Binder, What We Really Know About Flying Saucers, p. 19; Project Blue Book cases counted in official statistics, case no. 3893; Thomas M. Olsen, The Reference for Outstanding UFO Sighting Reports, p. 71.

[Ref. ni2:] NICAP WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on December 21, 1955, at 111 p.m., in Caribou, Maine, Mrs Roberta V. Jacobs saw one round, very bright gold, domed disc made a short climb, rotated, hovered and then accelerated during a 6-8 minute sighting.

[Ref. ni1:] NICAP WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on December 21, 1955, at 111 p.m., in Caribou, Maine, Mrs Roberta V. Jacobs saw one round, very bright gold, domed disc made a short climb, rotated, hovered and then accelerated during a 6-8 minute sighting.

The source is indicated as Berliner.

Points to consider:

Being given that there was an evaluation or even an investigation by the US Air Force, which did not provide an ordinary explanation, while at the same time the majority of the cases with reported occupants were quickly called "psychological", it is unfortunate that there isn't more information available on the case, notably in the US Air Force file.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Ufology Severe March 27, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Air Force case file not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe March 27, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single witness case. - -

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors.

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 March 27, 2008 Creation, [1], [1], [1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 27, 2008 First published.

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