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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.

MARCH 4, 1977, SUNDOWN, MANITOBA, CANADA, A MAN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Chris Rutkowski, well known Manitoba no-nonsense ufologist, seems to have collected the testimony of a man who drove the witness was driving east towards his farm near Sundown Manitoba, Canada, on March 4, 1977, at 06:00 a.m., when he sighted a shimmering oval shaped light source directly ahead of him, hovering just above the roadway.

It was whitish-yellow in color, and he drove directly underneath the object. Driving further, he suddenly came upon three strange figures standing on the road ahead of him, in an evenly spaced row across the road.

These figures were short and somewhat shaped like bowling pins. Their heads were bulbous and they had a narrow neck with a flared body.

The witness applied the brakes, but could not stop in time. Amazingly, he felt absolutely nothing as he apparently drove over the figures; instead they seemed to disappear as he touched them with the front bumper, and to reappear as he looked back on his rear view mirror. They then seemed to shrink and vanish completely.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000408
Date of event: March 4, 1977
Earliest report of event: 1994?
Delay of report: 17 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufology book.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Ufology book.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: December 23, 2007
This file last updated on: December 23, 2007
Country of event: Canada
State/Department: Manitoba
Type of location: Road, driving.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adult or aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Man. Farmer?
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 3
Type of entities: Humanoid?
Entities height: Small
Entities outfit type: Not reported or not visible.
Entities outfit color: Not reported or not visible.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Bowling pins shaped.
Entities head: Bulbous, thin neck.
Entities eyes: Not reported or not visible.
Entities mouth: Not reported or not visible.
Entities nose: Not reported or not visible.
Entities feet: Not reported or none.
Entities arms: Not reported or none.
Entities fingers: Not reported or none.
Entities fingers number: Not reported or none.
Entities hair: Not reported or not visible.
Entities voice: None audible.
Entities actions: Stood on the road further than hovering UFO.
Entities/witness interactions: None. witness drove "through" entities without effect.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial beings or confusion.
Explanation certainty: None.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that near Sundown Manitoba, Canada, on March 4, 1977, at 06:00 a.m., the witness was driving east towards his farm when he sighted a shimmering oval shaped light source directly ahead of him hovering just above the roadway. It was whitish yellow in color. The witness drove directly underneath the object. As he drove further on he suddenly came upon three strange figures standing on the road ahead of him. They stood in a row spaced evenly across the road. The figures were short and somewhat shaped like bowling pins. Their heads were bulbous and they had a narrow neck with a flared body. The witness applied the brakes, but could not stop in time. He felt absolutely nothing as he apparently drove over the figures. They seemed to disappear as he touched them with the front bumper. As he looked back on his rear view mirror he saw the figures reappear. They then seemed to shrink and vanish completely.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Chris Rutkowski, Unnatural History True Manitoba Mysteries.

Points to consider:

This is a testimony that leaves me dumbfounded. It is very tempting to think that it was some "mirage", obviously, or a "reflection of some sort"; but it is impossible to drive through a mirage, and the details given leave no clue as of what sort of "reflection" it could have been, without counting that the UFO needs an explanation too. The case can hardly receive a firm conclusion in this state, and it would have been interesting to dig deeper into it, with a reconstitution on the location under similar conditions, for example.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe December 23, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing primary source. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe December 23, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Maybe only anonymous report. No trace of investigation. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe December 23, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single witness case. - -

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors 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 December 23, 2007 Creation, [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 23, 2007 First published.

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