Coffin-shaped Object arrives at football practice – Fall 1954

…….John Foster……12-8-15

s1 coffin coloredMany of my so-called UFO encounters were short and simple. And many of them occurred during my teen years, especially the more important mysterious experiences.

Here is a short simple encounter with a UFO during football practice…about 5 pm. I was in high school, Northeast High in Lincoln. However, we did not see it flying.

While practicing football one afternoon, on the north practice field at Northeast High School in Lincoln Nebraska – in the fall of 1954 (I believe) – one of our offensive running backs tried his luck at “drop kicking” a field goal (an accepted method for scoring three points in those days). He sent the ball sailing high, dead center, right over the uprights. He kicked it so far, it landed out of sight down a slope behind the goal posts.   

Well, our coach asked for volunteers to go get it. So about four of us began running down the slope. As we approached the ball, we were startled by what appeared to be a very gray-brown weathered coffin-type object sitting near it. We noticed the coffin had four legs, but we also knew well that it didn’t belong there. With a few comments about what strange enclosure might be, we grabbed the football, ran back up the slope and gave it to our coach, who for some reason really didn’t want to take a look at what we saw. With that we continued our practice and gradually forgot the entire short incident. I don’t believe we mentioned a word about it after that.

It is interesting to note that I saw a Middle Age oil painting of what seemed to be the exact same coffin-shaped object during Robert Dean’s lecture at a late 1980s or early 1990s Rocky Mountain Conference On UFO Investigation in Laramie, Wyoming. Bob said the artist was from the Middle East and he apparently identified the bizarre object as “a column,” one of Ancient Egypt’s flying boats. It is also interesting that I have seen “the coffin” at other times…even flying in distorted atmosphere…or more accurately described, floating somewhat high in the air and low to the ground…like a submarine floats beneath the surface of the water. (Robert Dean is a retired military officer who I’ve met, who was stationed in Europe during the Cold War to monitor, through NORAD radar, the activities of Russia. He apparently discovered unidentified flying objects that were active during the some of the nights when Russia would have their air force drills.)

It’s also interesting that I’ve read in an early UFO book, a book that was published in the 1970s or 1960s I believe, a book that described the landing of a UFO on the front deck of a ship at sea, sometime about 1940. The witness or witnesses that saw it said that it looked like a container (what could be coffin-shape) and I believe the witnesses said that it also looked like a huge “clam.” He or they were startled even more then the saw “the clam” fluctuate giving of strange sounds. This is similar to some of the craft that I saw, particularly near wetlands. They sometime sounded like or were mimicking the sounds of frogs.    ….Believe it or not. This happened at least a few times over the entire 46+ years.

About jafos

I am a 75 year old retired research and development electro/mechanical engineer with experience in the nuclear, aerospace, fluidic, civil and commercial fields...home builder, general contractor, artist, lecturer, author. Up until 1986, at age 48, I could recall some strange things that had occurred from my very early childhood...but I really couldn't understand them. Then in late 1986 through early 1987, in a very short time, I recalled, in extreme detail, an enormous number of so-called UFO encounters that had occurred throughout my life. Needless to say, I became almost totally devastated; my entire life was turned up-side down. A few witnesses have since recalled some of what I recalled, enough to convince me and them I am not psychotic or imaginative. In other words, believe it or not these unbelievable things actually happened. I have spent the last 30 years researching, writing and trying to understand. As a result of my intense efforts, I now can offer you three books and a website ( to help you and humankind try to understand some of the hidden mysteries of life and UFOs.
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