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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 23, 1973, PEORIA, ILLINOIS, USA, A WOMAN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

In 2004, a person filled a UFO sighting report web form at the Peter Davenport's National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) website.

She indicated she is a woman of Peoria, Illinois, USA, who stood up in the night to get drink water, about midnight on May 23, 1973. By the window of the kitchen, where the light was off, she saw an oval object with a pulsating light very near above the backyard of her house located near the airport. She indicates to have been unable to move for a time, but it is not possible to understand whether she was frozen by amazement or whether it was a more profound effect.

She could see silhouettes of occupants but could not describe them more.

She went to get her husband, but when they looked at the UFO together, it had moved away to one half-mile, making various manoeuvers during a quarter of hour. The woman specifies that her husband did not see anything of the UFO although she pointed it at him, and he though she was out of her mind.

The woman indicates to Peter Davenport that she is at his disposal for more information.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000300
Date of event: May 23, 1973
Earliest report of event: January 7, 2004
Delay of report: 3 decades.
Witness reported via: Web form.
First alleged record by: N/A.
First certain record by: NUFORC web form report.
First alleged record type: N/A.
First certain record type: NUFORC web form report.
This file created on: September 12, 2007
This file last updated on: September 12, 2007
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Illinois
Type of location: House backyard, near airport.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: Uncertain
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1, -1
Witnesses ages: Nor reported. Adult.
Witnesses types: Woman. Mother of a baby.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: Not reported. Several.
Type of entities: Silhouettes only.
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: One piece tight fitting
Entities outfit color: Not seen.
Entities skin color: Not seen.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not visible.
Entities mouth: Not visible.
Entities nose: Not visible.
Entities feet: Not visible.
Entities arms: Not visible.
Entities fingers: Not visible.
Entities fingers number: Not visible.
Entities hair: Not visible.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Were in UFO.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, froze, sought other witness.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened, paralyzed.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial beings or confusion.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. nu1:] NUFORC:

Occurred : 5/23/1973 00:00 (Entered as : 05/23/1973 0:00)

Reported: 1/7/2004 5:03:16 PM 17:03

Posted: 1/17/2004

Location: Peoria, IL

Shape: Oval

Duration:5 minutes

Saw a U.F.O. over backyard at very close proximity to house located across from airport. Saw first hand object and passengers inside.

The reason I remember it so vividly was our son was a small baby three weeks old. I was up watching TV after having fed the baby and put him back down. I got up to get a drink of water in the kitchen. I did not turn any lights on in the rest of the house just the light from the TV set. The drapes in the family room were closed so it was hard to see just the light from the TV screen. I got to the kitchen sink and looked up and there it was right over our back yard. It was just a few feet from our kitchen window over the back yard. I was just paralyzed for a shor time and stood in awe of it. It was pulsating light and I could see figures inside but couldn't tell what they quite liiked like. I finally made my body move and I ran in the bedroom to get my husband up. By the time he got going and we got back out to the kitchen it was gone but not completely. It hovered around out about a half mile. I watched as it dove and spun and glided so gracefully. My husband never did see what I was pointing out to him and to this day I think he thinks I lost my mind but I know what I saw and I know how close it was to me and I know how frightened I was at the time. Now I wish I had called the police to report it but my husband said no way he didn't want anyone to think his wife was a fruit cake, but I know what I saw and I know I watched the thing fly around for almost 15 minutes. We are directly across from the Greater Peoria Airport and I wanted to call the tower and ask them if they saw it but I didn't do it and now I regret that decision also. I have talked with several other people who have also had an experience that was of an out of this world kind and I want to record it so that others know they are not alone when they say they saw a U.F.O. I did see it very clearly and I did watch it for quite some time before it finally glided out of my line of sight. I went to bed but I did not sleep well for several weeks after that strange occurence. I am not a nut case I can assure you t! hat this is what really happened. I would be glad to talk with you by phone if you wish. Thanks for letting me record this event.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Peoria, Illinois, on May 23, 1973, at midnight, the witness was up watching TV after having fed the baby and putting her to sleep. She went to the kitchen to get a glass of water without turning on the lights. As she got up to the kitchen sink she looked up at the window and saw an oval-shaped craft hovering above the backyard. It was just a few feet from the kitchen window.

She stood for a few minutes unable to move. It had a pulsating light inside an opening and she was able to see several figures standing inside, however she could not see any details or features.

She was finally able to move and ran to the bedroom to wake her husband up. By the time her husband came to the kitchen the UFO was gone, but not completely. It hovered around about half a mile away, it seemed to spin and glide gracefully.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is NUFORC.

Points to consider:

A web form report is by nature not sufficient to make a case for a close encounter of the third kind.

The report sounds true. It is nevertheless worrying that the husband could not see any UFO, and possibly this was some type of complex confusion. The house was near an airport.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe September 12, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross The report is only a web form report. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe September 12, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Despite witness indications, witness husband saw no UFO and thus is a negative witness. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe September 12, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Despite witness indications, witness husband saw no UFO and thus is a negative witness. - -
3 Ufology Severe September 12, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross there seems to have been no investigation. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial beings or confusion.

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 September 12, 2007 Creation, [nu1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 12, 2007 First published.

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