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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.

SEPTEMBER 20, 1978, TAMPA, FLORIDA, USA, TWO PEOPLE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Summarized in the catalogue by Albert Rosales, the case is only a report deposited on the NUFORC website the USA, via its web report form for UFO sightings. The NUFORC website publishes such reports, respecting the requests for anonymity. The report was deposited there in 1999 and published in 2003, with the indication that the sighting took place on September 20, 1978, at about 06:00 p.m., outside Tampa, Florida, the USA, that it was about a spherical object "big as about 5 hot air-realy big-- ballons" with sort of "people" or figures seen inside through its windows.

This is the report is, as it was published:

"My mother and I were travelling in the outskirts of Tampa, Fla------one evening-daylight-6:00pm?-summer, clear weather---hot, Tampa summer--------were in orange grove rural area-----mother was a salesman-------I was riding with her on an appointment-----I was late teens---- she was late 30's------------we were in the car-----saw a huge object------dark blue with an orange glow within------the glow was clearly from windows------we could see people, or whatever, inside------it was almost like a tourist thing----that was my impression.-----some of them waved--and seemed to be talking excitedly to each other --and seemed excited to see us------we lost track of the object several times------and tried to follow it with the car--it seemed friendly, the craft, not menacing---it seemed to float like a baloon in a lot of respects--no sound-----it came within about 50 feet of the ground at one point-----it was so huge that it almost seemed to have it's own gravity----or electricity----it floated like a baloon-----but it seemed to zoom up into a diminishing perspective very easily, like floating----it did this several times during the sighting it seemed very much metallic------and not like a plane, more like a baloon------my mother and I didn't really speak of this in any detail while it was happening----except to try to keep it in sight and follow it with the car--------there was a time loss of about three hours-----near the end of the sighting------I recall becoming aware of my surroundings standing by the car---we were in an orange grove-----not sure how the car got there, my mother was walking out of the row of orange trees--------dazed-----I was too-----we just got in the car and went home without talking----once home we decided to write seperate accounts of what we had witnessed----- they were identical------except that she was apparently abducted during the time loss---as far as I know I was not abducted------my mother has no real memory of what happened if she was abducted-------just of being alone in a srtrange place-----before my time loss I remember the craft zoomng straight up into the evening sky to a very pin-point, and then being gone. I am not entirely sure how this may be related to black helicopter sightings that have occured to various members of my family in the Charlotte area since the sighting described."

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001094
Date of event: September 20, 1978
Earliest report of event: June 28, 1999
Delay of report: 21 years
Witness reported via: NUFORC web report form.
First alleged record by: N/A.
First certain record by: NUFORC web report form.
First alleged record type: N/A.
First certain record type: Web report form.
This file created on: April 20, 2012
This file last updated on: April 20, 2012
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Florida
Type of location: On road from car, near car in orange grove, outskirts of city.
Lighting conditions: Day then evening.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Uncertain
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 0 to 2
Witnesses ages: Late teens, late 30.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Mother salesperson, and her son.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: Several
Type of entities: Not reported or not visible
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: Not reported or not visible
Entities outfit color: Not reported or not visible
Entities skin color: Not reported or not visible
Entities body: Not reported or not visible
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not visible.
Entities mouth: Not visible.
Entities nose: Not visible.
Entities feet: Not visible.
Entities arms: Yes.
Entities fingers: Not visible.
Entities fingers number: Not visible.
Entities hair: Not reported or not visible.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Were in UFO, waved at witnesses, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: Waved at witnesses, missing time, suspected abduction.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, lost time, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors or invention.
Explanation certainty: Certain.

Narratives:

[Ref. nu1:] NUFORC WEB REPORT FORM:

Occurred: 9/20/1978 16:00 (Entered as: 9/20/78 16:00)

Reported: 6/28/1999 03:05

Posted: 3/21/2003

Location: Tampa (outskirts of), FL

Shape: Sphere

Duration:20--30 minutes

round object-big as about 5 hot air-realy big-- ballons-lights-windows-saw people aboard-spectators

My mother and I were travelling in the outskirts of Tampa, Fla------one evening-daylight-6:00pm?-summer, clear weather---hot, Tampa summer--------were in orange grove rural area-----mother was a salesman-------I was riding with her on an appointment-----I was late teens---- she was late 30's------------we were in the car-----saw a huge object------dark blue with an orange glow within------the glow was clearly from windows------we could see people, or whatever, inside------it was almost like a tourist thing----that was my impression.-----some of them waved--and seemed to be talking excitedly to each other --and seemed excited to see us------we lost track of the object several times------and tried to follow it with the car--it seemed friendly, the craft, not menacing---it seemed to float like a baloon in a lot of respects--no sound-----it came within about 50 feet of the ground at one point-----it was so huge that it almost seemed to have it's own gravity----or electricity----it floated like a baloon-----but it seemed to zoom up into a diminishing perspective very easily, like floating----it did this several times during the sighting it seemed very much metallic------and not like a plane, more like a baloon------my mother and I didn't really speak of this in any detail while it was happening----except to try to keep it in sight and follow it with the car--------there was a time loss of about three hours-----near the end of the sighting------I recall becoming aware of my surroundings standing by the car---we were in an orange grove-----not sure how the car got there, my mother was walking out of the row of orange trees--------dazed-----I was too-----we just got in the car and went home without talking----once home we decided to write seperate accounts of what we had witnessed----- they were identical------except that she was apparently abducted during the time loss---as far as I know I was not abducted------my mother has no real memory of what happened if she was abducted-------just of being alone in a srtrange place-----before my time loss I remember the craft zoomng straight up into the evening sky to a very pin-point, and then being gone. I am not entirely sure how this may be related to black helicopter sightings that have occured to various members of my family in the Charlotte area since the sighting described.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that near Tampa, Florida, on September 20, 1978, at 1800, the two witnesses were driving on the outskirts of town near some orange groves, when they spotted a huge object, dark blue with an orange glow coming from some large windows. The object was gliding silently overhead. In the windows the witnesses were able to see several figures, which seemed to be excitedly talking to each other, some of them waved down at the witnesses. The driver attempted to follow the object, which came down at one point to 50 feet above the ground. The witness memory becomes a little sketchy at this point, and there is a time loss reported. There are some vague memories of walking through an orange grove without talking to each other.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "NUFORC."

Points to consider:

An anonymous report on the web is of course something that can be entirely made up.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Ufology Severe April 20, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Anonymous web report form only, no investigation. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors 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 April 20, 2012 Creation, [nu1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross April 20, 2012 First published.

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