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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 1, 1978, JARRETTSVILLE, MARYLAND, USA, STEVE STOVER:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

A "Bigfoot" book, then ufology catalogues, tell that in May 1978 or on the 1st of May 1978, in the night, at Bel Air Harford county, while investigating "Big foot" sightings at the Galluzzo's property, Jarrettsville, Maryland, one Stephen J. Stover, Bigfoot investigator, saw two huge glowing red eyes while scanning at a ridge of trees in the distance.

A ufology sources adds that "a local psychic who was there then tried to lure the creature, then several witnesses saw a brightly lit craft that began circling the property at a low altitude."

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001271
Date of event: May 1, 1978
Earliest report of event: 1993?
Delay of report: 15 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Bigfoot investigator Stephen J. Stover.
First certain record by: "Bigfoot" book Rick Berry.
First alleged record type: Bigfoot investigator.
First certain record type: "Bigfoot" book.
This file created on: November 27, 2011
This file last updated on: November 27, 2011
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Maryland
Type of location: At a ridge of trees in the distance.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Not reported.
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 1 or 2
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Young adults, adults or aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Male bigfoot investigator, and maybe "a local psychic."
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: Uncertain, 1
Type of entities: Not seen. Eyes only.
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: Not seen.
Entities outfit color: Not seen.
Entities skin color: Not seen.
Entities body: Not seen.
Entities head: Not seen.
Entities eyes: Two, huge, red, glowing.
Entities mouth: Not seen.
Entities nose: Not seen.
Entities feet: Not seen.
Entities arms: Not seen.
Entities fingers: Not seen.
Entities fingers number: Not seen.
Entities hair: Not seen.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Is there amidst trees in the distance.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible confusion, owl.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. rb1:] RICK BERRY:

Rick Berry says that in May 1978, at Bel Air Harford county, while investigating sightings at the Galluzzo's property, Stephen J. Stover saw two huge glowing red eyes while scanning at a ridge of trees in the distance.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Jarrettsville, Maryland, on May 1, 1978, at night after several nights of seeing a 7 to 8-foot tall hair covered creature in the grounds of Victor Galluzo's home, investigator Steve Stover reported seeing two huge glowing red eyes while scanning a ridge of trees in the distance. A local psychic who was there then tried to lure the creature, then several witnesses saw a brightly lit craft that began circling the property at a low altitude.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Mark Opsasnick, The Bigfoot Digest."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website says that on 1 May 1978 at 21:00 in Jarrettsville, Maryland, USA, "After several nights of seeing a 7 to 8-foot tall hair covered creature in the grounds of Victor Galluzo's home, investigator Steve Stover reported seeing two huge glowing red eyes while scanning a ridge of trees in the distance. A local psychic who was there then tried to lure the creature, then several witnesses saw a brightly lit craft that began circling the property at a low altitude."

The source indication is a broken link.

Points to consider:

Left: Red eyes.

The first explanation of puzzling entities as owls appeared in Charles Fort's 1919 book. It is thus quite ironic that so many Fortean researchers do not consider this possible explanation for such cases, preferring outlandish "explanations" such as "thoughts forms" etc.

In ufology, it was with the infamous Sutton case that former Major Donald Keyhoe, a proponent of the thesis of the alien visitors, proposed that the creature might have been some owl nested in a tree and not an extraterrestrial monster, his opinion being quoted later by Joe Nickell of the skeptic group CSICOP.

Joe Nickell made the explanation his own for this same case, as well as for the case of Kelly in 1955, and according to Joe Nickell, it was then shared by skeptic ufologist Renaud Leclet, France, who then started to look for others such cases where this explanation can apply. I was the only French ufologist to my knowledge not to react to the explanation by useless scoffing, the way it was generally was welcomed in France and also in the United States.

In this case, of course, nothing is sure, the data being so meager. It is said that it was "in the distance", that it was in the night, it seems nobody went to see more closely. As for the "UFO sighting", it is so vague that it could have been anything, like a helicopter for example.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe November 27, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available and not referenced. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe November 27, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Despite presence of investigator, no sign of investigation report. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe November 27, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Meager data, no size, no distance etc. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible confusion, owl.

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 November 27, 2011 Creation, [rb1], [ar1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 27, 2011 First published.

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