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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.

FEBRUARY 16, 1967, ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA, RAYMOND WETTLING:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

A not so serious Illinois newspaper claimed on February 16, 1967 that that same day in the morning near St Louis, Missouri, one Raymond Wettling was a 180 foot cigar-shaped UFO land in a field beside Interstate Highway 70, and three silver suited occupants of the craft invited him aboard for breakfast.

"He spent a pleasant hour and 45 minutes chatting with spacemen over coffee. His hosts showed him through the craft's two rooms - one lit up with bright red lights, the other decorated like a modern office. After he left the ship, he said, it took off straight up at a high rate of speed." No one else reported seeing it.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000158
Date of event: February 16, 1967
Earliest report of event: February 16, 1967
Delay of report: None or hours.
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Non local newspaper.
First certain record by: Ufology book.
First alleged record type: Non local newspaper.
First certain record type: Ufology book.
This file created on: April 22, 2007
This file last updated on: April 22, 2007
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Missouri
Type of location: Field
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 3
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: Suits
Entities outfit color: Silver.
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: Talk with witness.
Entities actions: Came out of UFO, had chatty breakfast with cofee with witness, had him visit saucer, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: Had chatty breakfast with cofee with witness, had him visit saucer.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, had breakfast and chat with the aliens, visited their craft, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Extraterrestrial beings.
Explanation category: Possible journalistic hoax.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

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

The authors indicate that on February 16, 1967, off the Highway 70, near St. Louis, in Missouri, in the morning, a 180-feet cigar-shaped object landed in a field.

Three beings in silver suits invited Raymond Wettling inside for breakfast. They talked over coffee for an hour and forty-five minutes.

He was given a tour of the vessel's two rooms, one engulfed in bright red light and the other looking like an office. He left the craft, and it flew away vertically very fast.

The authors indicate that the source is the Chicago-American, for February 16, 1967.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates that near St Louis, Missouri, on February 16, 1967, in the morning, Raymond Wettling said a 180 foot cigar-shaped UFO landed in a field beside Interstate Highway 70, and three silver suited occupants of the craft invited him aboard for breakfast.

"He spent a pleasant hour and 45 minutes chatting with spacemen over coffee. His hosts showed him through the craft's two rooms - one lit up with bright red lights, the other decorated like a modern office. After he left the ship, he said, it took off straight up at a high rate of speed." No one else reported seeing it.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Humcat quoting, Newspaper source"

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

This ufologist indicates that on February 16, 1967, Raymond Wettling said that in the early morning hours a 180 foot long, cigar-shaped UFO landed in a field beside Interstate 70 near St. Louis, Missouri.

Three silver-suited occupants came out of the craft and invited him aboard for breakfast.

He said he spent a pleasant hour and 45 minutes chatting with them inside their craft, over coffee.

His hosts showed him through the craft's two rooms. One was lit up with bright red lights, the other looked like a modern office.

After he left the ship, it took off straight up at a high rate of speed.

No one else reported seeing it, but there was another UFO landing that evening near Weston, Missouri.

Donald Johnson lists sources as: Chicago American, February 17, 1967; Dennis Stamey, Flying Saucers, June 1970, p. 36; David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1967-18 (A0786), citing the Chicago American).

Points to consider:

The only primary source is the newspaper Chicago's American. As a matter of fact, this newspaper was almost legendary for his lack of care for real reporting. For example, the Wikipedia entry about this newspaper in 2007 at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago's_American indicates that its journalistic invention and exaggeration "tradition was exemplified by the longtime night city editor of the American, Harry Romanoff, who could create news stories almost at will with only a telephone. Since the afternoon paper was put together the previous evening, the night city editor was the key news editor."

And:

"One night floods threatened southern Illinois, and, even worse, the American did not have a big story for the front page. Romanoff called fire departments and police stations throughout the region, posing as "Captain Parmenter of the state police" (a nonexistent individual) urging them to take action. One fire department, bemused by the call, asked what they should do. 'Ring those fire bells! Call out the people!'"

Thus, is it very possible that "Ramond Wettling" not only did not have a breakfast with coffee in an extraterrestrial spaceship, but also could have not existed at all.

Ufology should be about checking into such newspapers stories and discarding them when there is no evidence that the story is even remotely truthful, or investigate the claims of the witness if he, at least, exists.

Instead, for many factions, ufology is about using anything to defend one or the other theory.

Bartholomew and Howard are eager proponent of the theory no UFO sighting report was anything else than a hoax or a confusion ever. Thus it is no wonder that they put up a catalogue in which they gathered many "stories" of such ridiculous caliber in which cases of a more significant nature are literally drowned into the overall ridicule.

Dennis Stamey, on the contrary, was a fervent proponent of the so-called contactee Adamski, who purely and simply invented that he had been in contact with extraterrestrials that look just like us and claimed to have been invited on board their saucer for a ride in space. Thus, there is no wonder that he uses the story in attempt to show that Adamski was not the only "witness" of human-looking aliens that take people for a ride in their saucers.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Medium April 22, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing the text of the original newspaper article Chicago's American for February 16, 1967. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible journalistic hoax.

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 April 22, 2007 Creation, [bh1], [ar1], [dj1].
0.2 Patrick Gross April 22, 2007 First published.

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