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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.

AUGUST 20, 1959, LAKE BONITA, NEW MEXICO, USA, FOUR PEOPLE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

In 1999, an unnamed person reported via a web form to a ufology website on a sighting dated August 20, 1959, with the location given as Lake Bonita, New Mexico, the duration as 0330, the title as "it landed and lit up the mountian like day. there were some sort of peoplw with lights that where they put them it wasa like daylight."

The report's text was:

"Me and 3 girls I met from NM was sleeping in a station wagon. we had a wind up clock to see how late we could stay up. We say a bright light from the sky and it look like it landed on the side of the Mt.We saw some sort of people walking and they had lights and where they shon them it was like daylight. It was so scary they put the lights up to where we were we ducked down and inside the car was like daylight. when they finally went on down the road we climed out of the car onto the ground and crawled to the cabin where the girls parents were. One of the girls was so scared her mother had to slap her to get her back."

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000571
Date of event: August 20, 1959
Earliest report of event: 1999
Delay of report: 4 decades.
Witness reported via: Web report form.
First alleged record by: N/A.
First certain record by: NUFORC web report form.
First alleged record type: N/A.
First certain record type: Web report form.
This file created on: March 19, 2008
This file last updated on: March 19, 2008
Country of event: USA
State/Department: New Mexico
Type of location: Not reported. Outside, mountains.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 1 to 4
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Child or young.
Witnesses types: Not reported.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: Not reported. Several.
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: Not reported.
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: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Walked. Used kinds of powerful flashlights.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, hid.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible confusion. Insufficient data.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. nu1:] NUFORC WEB REPORT FORM:

Occurred: 8/20/1959 03:00 (Entered as: 08/20/59 0300)
Reported: 11/7/1999 09:16
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Lake Bonita, NM
Shape: Fireball
Duration: 0330

it landed and lit up the mountian like day. there were some sort of peoplw with lights that where they put them it wasa like daylight.

Me and 3 girls I met from NM was sleeping in a station wagon. we had a wind up clock to see how late we could stay up. We say a bright light from the sky and it look like it landed on the side of the Mt.We saw some sort of people walking and they had lights and where they shon them it was like daylight. It was so scary they put the lights up to where we were we ducked down and inside the car was like daylight. when they finally went on down the road we climed out of the car onto the ground and crawled to the cabin where the girls parents were. One of the girls was so scared her mother had to slap her to get her back.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Lake Bonita, New Mexico, on August 20, 1959, at 03:00 a.m., the witness and three young girls were sleeping in a station wagon, when they saw a bright fireball like object descend and land on the side of the nearby mountain. Several figures carrying bright flashlight like objects apparently emerged from the object and approached the witnesses' location, shining beams of light inside the vehicle, illuminating the area like daylight. The figures then left the area and the witness exited their vehicles and crawled to a nearby cabin.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is NUFORC.

Points to consider:

This is a story of low strangeness based on memories dating back to 4 decades, by a person not named who was perhaps a young child then, reported via the web, without following investigation; it unfortunately leaves us with a totally anecdotic report.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Ufology Severe March 19, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Not investigated, web form report only. - -
2 Ufology Severe March 19, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Investigation probably impossible. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe March 19, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Low strangeness, meager description of UFO, weak relation with purported occupants, occupants not described. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe March 19, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Lack of data: sighting distance, witness age, end of event etc. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible confusion. Insufficient data.

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 19, 2008 Creation, [ar1], [nu1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 19, 2008 First published.

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