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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.

AUGUST 23, 1978, SANTIAGO, SANTIAGO, CHILE, SOMEONE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

A US ufology source with dubious credibility reported that near Santiago, Chile, on August 23, 1978, at an unspecified jour, a young motorist reportedly suffered a nervous breakdown as he encountered several tall humanoids with human features and wearing helmets, standing on the roadway.

It is claimed that two other motorists "also reported seeing similar beings".

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001075
Date of event: August 23, 1978
Earliest report of event: 1979?
Delay of report: Day, 1 year?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufologist Willard F. McIntyre.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Ufologist.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: December 11, 2011
This file last updated on: December 11, 2011
Country of event: Chile
State/Department: Santiago
Type of location: Near on on road.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Young adult.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Young motorist.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: Several
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: Tall
Entities outfit type: Not reported. Helmets.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
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: None reported.
Entities actions: Stood on the road.
Entities/witness interactions: Not reported.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, nervous breakdown.
Witness(es) feelings: Nervous breakdown.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible dubious ufologist invention, or invention.
Explanation certainty: Low.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that near Santiago, Chile, on August 23, 1978, at an unknown time, a young motorist reportedly suffered a nervous breakdown as he encountered several tall humanoids with human features and wearing helmets standing on the roadway. Two other motorists also reported seeing similar beings. No other information.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Marcen Journal Vol. II #2."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 23 August 1978 in Santiago, Chile, "A young motorist reportedly suffered a nervous breakdown as he encountered several tall humanoids with human features and wearing helmets standing on the roadway. Two other motorists also reported seeing similar beings. No other information."

The source indication is a broken link.

Points to consider:

"MARCEN" stood for Mutual Anomaly Research Center and Evaluation Network, a (self-proclaimed) "UFO investigation and research group" founded in the 1970s by Willard F. McIntyre, at Sandy Spring, Maryland, USA.

There are numerous stories and hoaxes in which Mr. Willard F. McIntyre was involved, notable the "Laredo crash", "Tomato Man", the "Steinman affair" and according to the satirical ufology bullein Saucer Smear for June 25, 2001, his last claim was about NIDS getting a "vision" about free energy at the infamous Utah Ranch they investigated: Saucer Smear editor established that Willard F. McIntyre did not even really know what people were in this NIDS project.

In short, this case may be entirely invented by "MARCEN".

Is there more to say? Yes.

Interested people might want to read a September 11, 1885 New York Times article archive at
query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9905E0D81139E533A25752C1A96F9C94649FD7CF :

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe December 11, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe December 11, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Source without credibility. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe December 11, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Totally insufficient information. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible dubious ufologist invention, or invention.

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 11, 2011 Creation, [ar1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 11, 2011 First published.

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