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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.

JULY 1, 1978, ORELAND, PENNSYLVANIA, USA, SOMEONE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

In 2001, someone recorded under anonymity the following report at Peter Davenport's National UFO Reporting Center's website, USA.

"My son's interest in this phenomenon rekindled my memory of the incident (which was reported to UFORIC the day after the event). I was around 15 at the time. My friends and I were camping out in my backyard which is adjacent to a golf course. As I lay in the tent (my friends were hanging out in the front yard...Hey..I was tired), I noticed a bright electric blue light coming from the golf course area. Opening the tent, I noticed an object resembling a half dome with a small protusion coming from the top of the dome. It was oriented like a half moon in a verticle position rather than flat/horizonal. There also appeared to be a base to the dome, cylindical in shape, attached to the flat side of the dome. Its diameter was less than that of the dome and was, perhaps, a 1/16 of the overall size of the object (which I estimate was maybe 40-60 ft in diameter). The object moved from east to west over the fairway when I lost site of it at the far end o the fairway. A few minutes later, my friends joined me in the tent and I asked them if they saw it. They hadn't as the were in the front yard and their view was obstructed (they also weren't paying attention). We all went to sleep. Around 02:00, I remember awakening to relieve myself. As I climbed out of the tent, I noticed a faint blue glow from the west. Then, the beam from my flashlight struck something no more than about 20 feet away. Took me a second to realize I was staring at a person or being. It stood about 5 feet tall and motionless about 20 feet away just on the other side of a small hedge. Skin was grayish in color and the eyes were a burnt yellow color. If it were clothed, it must have been close to the same color as the being. I stood staring at this being for maybe another 10 seconds absolutely stunned. It then seemed to dive on the ground and I didn't see it get up again. Thinking my friends were playing a joke, I went to check on them. They were all asleep in their sleeping bags. I immediately awakened them, and we all got out of the tent, but we did not see the being again. In the morning, we went to see where the faint blue light was coming from. Not far from my home, there is another golf course that also had an old abandoned iron quarry. This quarry was, maybe 500 yards from my house. In the grass of the old quarry, we found evidence that something had flattened the grass and weeds in the old quarry. I don't recall seeing any indentations (like from landing gear), but the long grass had definitely been packed down in a circular shape. Back in my yard, we noticed something else as well. Where I said that the being dove on the ground, there was a rough outline of a person in the grass...browned grass when the surrounding grass was green. The grass was also packed down, slightly, as if something had been there. I told my father what I had seen and he called, I believe, UFORIC. They dispatched an investigator who took my story, a few photographs of the area, and radiation measurements of where I said the being dove on the ground. He also used some sort of visual dosimeter as well. The investigator told us that there were elevated radiation levels in the area of question. He did not go to where I believe was the landing site. After filing my report, I never heard from the investigator again and pretty much put the event out of my until recently when my oldest son took an interest in "aliens" and asked me if I ever saw one (or even a spaceship). I'm not even sure UFORIC still exists."

The case is indicated to have occurred at the approximate date of July 1, 1978, the place being Oreland, in Pennsylvania, USA.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001052
Date of event: About July 1, 1978
Earliest report of event: 1978, and June 2, 2001
Delay of report: 1 day and/or 21 years
Witness reported via: The father is said to have called ufology group UFORIC the next day. The witness makes a web report 2 decades later.
First alleged record by: An investigator from the Ufology group UFORIC.
First certain record by: UFO reporting website NUFORC.
First alleged record type: Investigator of ufology group.
First certain record type: UFO reporting website.
This file created on: December 4, 2011
This file last updated on: December 4, 2011
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Pennsylvania
Type of location: While camping near home, near golf course and quarry.
Lighting conditions: Uncertain, night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: About 15
Witnesses types: Not reported. Teenager.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid, uncertain
Entities height: 1.50 meters
Entities outfit type: Not seen.
Entities outfit color: Grey.
Entities skin color: Grey.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Yes, dark yellow.
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: Stood there behind hedge, dove to the ground.
Entities/witness interactions: Looked at witness, uncertain.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Stunned.
Witness(es) interpretation: Extraterrestrial visitor, uncertain.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors.
Explanation certainty: None.

Narratives:

[Ref. nu1:] NUFORC WEB REPORTS:

Occurred : 7/1/1978 00:00 (Entered as : 07/01/78 00:00)

Reported: 6/2/2001 23:16

Posted: 8/5/2001

Location: Oreland, PA

Shape: Other

Duration:5 minutes

Electric Blue Half dome with possible alient encounter.

My son's interest in this phenomenon rekindled my memory of the incident (which was reported to UFORIC the day after the event). I was around 15 at the time. My friends and I were camping out in my backyard which is adjacent to a golf course. As I lay in the tent (my friends were hanging out in the front yard...Hey..I was tired), I noticed a bright electric blue light coming from the golf course area. Opening the tent, I noticed an object resembling a half dome with a small protusion coming from the top of the dome. It was oriented like a half moon in a verticle position rather than flat/horizonal. There also appeared to be a base to the dome, cylindical in shape, attached to the flat side of the dome. Its diameter was less than that of the dome and was, perhaps, a 1/16 of the overall size of the object (which I estimate was maybe 40-60 ft in diameter). The object moved from east to west over the fairway when I lost site of it at the far end o the fairway. A few minutes later, my friends joined me in the tent and I asked them if they saw it. They hadn't as the were in the front yard and their view was obstructed (they also weren't paying attention). We all went to sleep. Around 02:00, I remember awakening to relieve myself. As I climbed out of the tent, I noticed a faint blue glow from the west. Then, the beam from my flashlight struck something no more than about 20 feet away. Took me a second to realize I was staring at a person or being. It stood about 5 feet tall and motionless about 20 feet away just on the other side of a small hedge. Skin was grayish in color and the eyes were a burnt yellow color. If it were clothed, it must have been close to the same color as the being. I stood staring at this being for maybe another 10 seconds absolutely stunned. It then seemed to dive on the ground and I didn't see it get up again. Thinking my friends were playing a joke, I went to check on them. They were all asleep in their sleeping bags. I immediately awakened them, and we all got out of the tent, but we did not see the being again. In the morning, we went to see where the faint blue light was coming from. Not far from my home, there is another golf course that also had an old abandoned iron quarry. This quarry was, maybe 500 yards from my house. In the grass of the old quarry, we found evidence that something had flattened the grass and weeds in the old quarry. I don't recall seeing any indentations (like from landing gear), but the long grass had definitely been packed down in a circular shape. Back in my yard, we noticed something else as well. Where I said that the being dove on the ground, there was a rough outline of a person in the grass...browned grass when the surrounding grass was green. The grass was also packed down, slightly, as if something had been there. I told my father what I had seen and he called, I believe, UFORIC. They dispatched an investigator who took my story, a few photographs of the area, and radiation measurements of where I said the being dove on the ground. He also used some sort of visual dosimeter as well. The investigator told us that there were elevated radiation levels in the area of question. He did not go to where I believe was the landing site. After filing my report, I never heard from the investigator again and pretty much put the event out of my until recently when my oldest son took an interest in "aliens" and asked me if I ever saw one (or even a spaceship). I'm not even sure UFORIC still exists.

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

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Oreland, Pennsylvania, on July 1, 1978, at 0200 a.m., the main witness and some friends had been camping out in his backyard, which is adjacent to a golf course. As he lay in the tent he noticed a bright blue light coming from the golf course area. Opening the tent, he noticed an object resembling a half dome with a small protrusion coming from the top of the dome. The craft was oriented like a half moon in a vertical position rather than flat. There also appeared to be a base to the dome, cylindrical in shape, attached to the flat side of the dome. The object moved from east to west over the fairway, and the witness lost sight of it at the far end of the fairway. A few minutes later his friends joined him but they had not seen the object. They all went to sleep. Around 0200A the witness woke up in order to relieve himself. As he climbed out of the tent he noticed a faint blue glow from the west. Then the beam of his flashlight illuminated something about 20 feet away. He could see that it was a human shaped figure about 5-feet tall that stood motionless on the other side of a small hedge. The figure's skin appeared grayish in color and the eyes were a burnt yellow color. It seemed to be wearing a skintight gray body suit. Stunned the witness stared at the being for about 5 seconds, it then seemed to dive on the ground and disappear. The next morning the witness and his friends found in an area by a nearby quarry an area of flattened grass. Also on the spot where the being had disappeared they found a rough outline of a person in the grass, browned grass when the surrounding grass was green.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "NUFORC."

Points to consider:

It would be nice to locate the mentionned original investigator and/or his report

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe December 4, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing a possible UFOIC report. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe December 4, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single anonymous witness. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe December 4, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Only a late web report is available. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors.

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 4, 2011 Creation, [1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 4, 2011 First published.

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