At Chadron State Park, Nebraska, one evening my friend and I experienced a somewhat lengthy encounter that involved several mysterious types of phenomenon. The entire story is described in Chapter Ten of the book Eminent Discovery, Volume 2. In total, I estimate the encounter lasted from one to two hours or more.
My friend has identified this drawing as a somewhat accurate representation of what he saw (excluding the men). He pick the drawing out of a stack of 30 to 50 when I was out of the room.
But I did see the men and so did my friend’s father. The men came floating down slowly out of the disc with headlights. There was no visible support; it was as if they levitated down to the ground. The second man came down after the first had set his luggage down. They each had a piece of luggage and set them down toward the right, near the water fountain.
They then talked and shook hands after which the second man levitated back up into the disc. The first man then walked to the luggage, picked up both pieces and began walking off toward the highway, which was located beyond the fence in the background. (I have a somewhat vague recollection of seeing a very thin rope or line as the first man came down. But I’m sure I didn’t see the rope during the second man’s decent or ascent back up into the disc. I suspect this might have been purposely orchestrated so we would at first not panic when we saw the levitation. I also have a somewhat vague recollection that it was one piece of luggage and one box rather than two pieces of luggage — or two pieces of luggage and one box.)
My friend’s father came walking up to investigate sometime during this sequence. As he passed us, he declared that he was going to see what this was all about. He was the superintendent of the park.
Earlier a young boy had told my friend, our sisters, and I the craft was a helicopter and apparently my friend’s sister had told his father about the craft hovering above the front lawn near the water fountain.
After the father had talked with the one man or both men, we asked him what the craft was and what was happening. He immediately said, “Oh! That was just some deal the guys from town cooked up to make us think it was something else.” He then walked to the house without further conversation. This seemed very strange. I do recall seeing three men standing under the disc. This was most probably when my friend’s father was talking with the men. Judging my age and the age of my friend, among other things, I believe the encounter occurred in the summer of 1953. Helicopters were fairly new in 1953 and none of us were very familiar with them and the way they flew.
Well, after my flood of recollections in 1986/1987, after I had verified the experience with my friend through his recollections, I contacted his father. And when I asked his father about the incident, he said, “Oh! That was just some deal the guys from town cooked up to make us think it was something else.” He used the exact same words he had used some 34 years earlier. However, he didn’t want to talk about it at all from that time on. He died sometime later. Even though he couldn’t bring himself to admit it was a UFO, I consider him an eye witness to that encounter…an eye witness to the arrival and reality of “the mysterious human men.” God bless his soul. He also was present during several to many other UFO encounters. My friend also was present during other encounters and he recalls other so-called UFO encounters he experienced when I wasn’t with him. As a small validating fact to the arrival of the mysterious men consider that his son (even though he doesn’t recall seeing the men) also recalls his father making the statement regarding the deal the guys from town cooked up.
After my 1986/1987 flood of recollections, after I had talked with my friend, when he picked out the drawing from a stack of 30 to 50 drawings, he realized it for certain could not have been a helicopter. He recalled several to many mysterious things related to UFO appearances or manifestations. His witness is on my website http://www.johnfosterufos.com and in Appendix B of the book Eminent Discovery, Volume 2.
Read Chapter Ten of the book Eminent Discovery – Volume 2 for the rest of the story.