Location: Monroe, North Carolina, United States
March 1979, Pat Eudy was driving home when he saw a bright
light in the sky, after which his memory went blank, leaving
a "missing time" of about three hours. A session
with a psychologist allowed Eudy to reconstruct what happened.
"[I remember being on] board (a UFO) and seeing an
astronaut in a suit," Eudy said. The being stood
about 5 feet tall..." Eudy asked a lot of questions
about how the craft worked, and he was strapped to a chair
where possible tests were performed.
Monroe Enquirer-Journal (Monroe, North Carolina), 9/27/81
couldn't get it off my mind, I wanted to make sure...'
HENRY WELLES, Staff Writer
two-hour session with Winston-Salem psychologist Richard
Pinneau, early this past summer, unlocked a mystery that
had troubled Pat Eudy for more than two years.
had been unable to account for approximately three hours
of a night in March 1979. He thought he might have had
a close encounter of the third kind - a face-to-face meeting,
inside a UFO, with a being not from this planet.
Eudy, 46, a salesman for Callaway Cadillac-Oldsmobile
Inc. in Monroe, wasn't sure. "I just couldn't
get it off of my mind," he gaid. "It
just kept coming back. I wanted to make sure..."
than two years passed before Eudy wrote to a civilian
UFO research center in Ohio, which referred Wadesboro
UFO investigator Henry Morton to him. Morton interviewed
Eudy and suggested he speak with Pinneau, who allowed
Eudy to become relaxed and recall the rest of his memories
of that night.
WHAT Eudy remembered before and after the three-hour gap
in his recollections:
visiting a friend in Locust, with whom he drank two beers,
Eudy headed for the home he shares with his mother, Gay
Eudy, on U.S. 601 South.
left at 3 a.m. and started down that back road heading
toward the Rocky River steel bridge," he said.
"I've always looked at the stars and I saw a bright
light in the sky..."
memory went blank at this point. The next thing he remembered,
without Pinneau's aid, was driving south on Morgan Mill
Road, at G. B. Helms' store, en route home.
didn't recall how he'd traveled from the bridge, which
connects Sikes Mill Road with Stanly County, to the store,
a distance of about eight miles. Eudy arrived home about
6:20 a.m. "My eyes were just burning like anything,"
he said. "My skin had a sensation of stinging
pain went away after several days. Eudy said he didn't
seek medical aid, but treated his fingers and ankles with
rubbing alcohol and lotion. He also put drops in his eyes
to ease the discomfort.
session with Pinneau has allowed Eudy to reconstruct some
of what happened to him, early that morning.
only thing I remember is being on board (a UFO) and seeing
an astronaut in a suit," Eudy said. The being
stood about 5 feet tall, and had two arms and two legs.
Eudy said the being's face was covered by a dark-colored
visor. "The person never spoke a word,"
REMEMBERS he was first in a well-lit room. Both the room
and the being's suit were a light, metallic color, Eudy
said. He believes the craft was oval-shaped.
inside was designed like a cockpit of a plane,"
he said. "I wanted to know how it operated."
Eudy now remembers asking a lot of questions about how
the craft worked.
a few minutes in the first room, Eudy was taken into a
second room, which was darker than the first. "I
was scared," he said. "I was put in a
chair like a doctor's chair and strapped down. I think
(he was) running tests on me."
in his fingers afterward made Eudy speculate the being
took a blood sample from him for analysis.
retrospect, Eudy believes the craft was propelled by some
form of magnetism, and that it was able to pick up his
car and move it. He said he still doesn't remember crossing
the bridge over the Rocky River or entering or leaving
feels the relaxation process he underwent was a beneficial
experience. "It brought back things I thought
were true, and it eased my mind because I knew that I
wasn't just dreaming up stuff." Eudy hasn't told
many people about the experience or about his session
of the reason for his relative silence has been his job
as a salesman. "You don't want to put youself
in a position where people are skeptical of you,"
SAID he initially believed he should not become involved
in the debate as to whether UFOs exist. Although he believed
in them before that night, he acknowledged that many people
still don't believe in them.
people just don't believe they're other (beings) out there,"
a concern that people who have seen UFOs might be inhibited
from speaking up led Eudy to change his mind and agree
to talk to The Enquirer-Journal about his experience.
other people who've seen things and maybe now they'll
step forward and tell it like it is," he said.