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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.

MAY 1959, NEW PALTZ, NEW YORK, USA, THOMAS MCKINNEY AND HIS WIFE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Ufologist Gary Levine, of the Long Island section of the MUFON, reportedly indicated that in New Paltz, New York, on May 1959, at 02:30 a.m., sitting at the window, unable to sleep, Thomas McKinney saw on the athletic field a large mushroom shaped object, 50 to 75 feet in diameter, wrapped in a thin grayish mist.

Several appendages that looked like ladders extended between its top and the ground, and small white lights "hopped" up and down these "ladders."

After watching for an hour, he woke ip his wife, and they both watched it for another hour before going to bed without waiting for the dearture of the object. No traces were found the next day.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000562
Date of event: May 1959
Earliest report of event: 1977?
Delay of report: Decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: MUFON ufologist.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: MUFON ufologist.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: March 23, 2008
This file last updated on: March 23, 2008
Country of event: USA
State/Department: New York
Type of location: On sports field seen from inside house.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1 or 2
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adults or aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Man and wife.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: Several
Type of entities: Lights.
Entities height: Small
Entities outfit type: Not visible or none.
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Small lights.
Entities head: None or not visible.
Entities eyes: None or not visible.
Entities mouth: None or not visible.
Entities nose: None or not visible.
Entities feet: None or not visible.
Entities arms: None or not visible.
Entities fingers: None or not visible.
Entities fingers number: None or not visible.
Entities hair: None or not visible.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Go up and down some sort of ladders on UFO.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went before end.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors or confusion. Insufficient information.
Explanation certainty: Low.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in New Paltz, New York, on May 1959, at 02:30 a.m., sitting at the window unable to sleep, Thomas McKinney saw on the New Paltz athletic field a large mushroom shaped object 50-75 ft in diameter, wrapped in a thin grayish mist. Several appendages that looked like ladders extended between its top and the ground, and small white lights "hopped" up and down these "ladders." After watching for an hour he woke his wife, and they both watched it for another hour before going to bed; they did not see it leave. No traces were found the next day.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Gary Levine and Ted Bloecher, and Humcat 1959-8.

Points to consider:

It is regretable that so little information is available on this long duration sighting with possibly two witnesses and possibly a ufologists's investigation.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe March 23, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available and not correctly referenced. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe March 23, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No investigation report available. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe March 23, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Insufficient information, for example no sighting distance. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors or confusion. Insufficient information.

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 23, 2008 Creation, [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 23, 2008 First published.

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