January 30, 1965
Location: Watsonville, California, United States
Padrick described seeing a disc-shaped craft, like
two real thick saucers inverted, some 50 feet in
diameter and 30 feet from the ground. Padrick claimed
that he then began to cautiously walk toward the craft.
A door appeared and Padrick walked inside, and soon was
conversing with a very human appearing gentleman wearing
some sort of flying suit.
to Sid Padrick, who at the time of his alleged encounter
on January 30, 1965, was 45 years old, he was walking
along Manresa Beach near Watsonville, California, reportedly
because he was suffering from insomnia at the time. It
was nearly 2 a.m., and he was a short distance (approx.
1,500 feet) from his house where his wife and three sons
were sleeping soundly, when he claimed that something
very unusual happened. His attention was attracted upwards
by a noise similar to a jet aircraft at low altitude,
but instead of a conventional aircraft, Padrick would
later describe seeing a disc-shaped craft, "like
two real thick saucers inverted," some 50 feet
in diameter and 30 feet from the ground. As he watched
in wonderment, the object slowly came closer, eventually
hovering a mere foot or two above the beach sand.
recalled later how he began to run toward home, when he
heard a voice from the direction of the object. The voice,
Padrick stated, told him not to be afraid and that they
were not hostile. Initially, those words reportedly did
not slow down his retreat, but then the voice repeated
again that they were "not hostile," and
also invited him aboard. Padrick claimed that at this
point, his curiosity overcame his fear, at least somewhat,
and he then began to cautiously walk toward the craft.
door appeared and Padrick walked inside, and soon was
conversing with a very human-appearing gentleman wearing
some sort of flying suit. The being spoke perfect American
English, Padrick noted, and told Padrick that he could
call him "Xeno", and that he could ask
any questions he desired. Padrick stated, "It
took 15 minutes for me to ask the first question. I was
so darned scared." Padrick did ask what the purpose
of their visit to earth was, and "Xeno"
reportedly stated "observation only." "Xeno"
provided Padrick with a tour of the ship, which consisted
of 14 rooms and during the tour, Padrick discovered that
there were eight other crew members (one of whom was a
woman). All of the beings were about 5' 9" to 5'
10" tall, estimated at 150 to 155 pounds, appeared
to be 20 to 25 years of age, and all of them wore two-piece
suits of a light bluish white color, which just happened
to be the same color as the walls. In fact, each room
was illuminated by a blue-white light. "The light
seemed to come through the walls," Padrick stated,
adding that none of the rooms had any square corners.
They were rounded.
seemed that only Xeno spoke English. During the tour,
the other crew members paid little attention to Padrick.
They seemed to stay busy at their duty stations, working
complicated-looking instrument panels.
they appeared quite human, Padrick did notice that their
faces came to a point more than ours, with sharp chins
and noses. Also, their fingers appeared to be longer than
ours. All of them had very light skin complexion. The
men had short, wavy, and dark auburn colored hair, while
the woman crew member had long hair (same color) that
was tucked back under her clothing.
he was aboard the craft, Padrick believes he was taken
for a ride. In fact, at one point, he got out for about
three minutes, and he noticed that they were on a hillside,
which he later felt was a location near Leggett, California,
some 175 miles northwest of Watsonville. In fact, he later
felt that he had found the exact spot.
about 4:05 a.m., Padrick was returned and released back
where his encounter had begun near Watsonville. A few
days later, on February 4th, he phoned Hamilton Air Force
Base and told them that he had witnessed the landing of
a spacecraft, adding that he would only be willing to
tell them more in person. Four days later, a Major Damon
B. Reeder paid Padrick a visit. Padrick showed the major
where the encounter had occurred, and told him the whole
incredible story. Major Reeder felt that Padrick, the
owner of a TV-radio repair business, a private pilot,
and a former member of the Air Force Reserve, was above
average in intelligence, and noted that he had an excellent
vocabulary, but was put off when Padrick mentioned that
he intended to write a book or an article about his experience.
Major Reeder was suspicious and felt that Padrick was
making the whole thing up and intended to use the Air
Force to make his story appear more credible.
newspaper story described how the mayor of Monterey, less
than 30 miles distance from Watsonville, had seen a "bright
object" over Monterey Bay on the evening of January
29th. APROs Jim and Coral Lorenzen felt that Padrick
was sincere, but that his experience had been a psychological
delusion of some kind. John Keel, however, felt Padrick
had been another victim of the so-called earth-based "ultraterrestrials."
He pointed out how the aliens, like angels and elementals
of yesteryear, all like to present names that are variations
on ancient languages. He pointed out that Xeno (pronounced
zee-no) in Greek means stranger.
Leneesa Garroutte still remembers when she first met Padrick
back in 1965, when he came to Seattle and gave a lecture
for the National Investigations Commission on Aerial Phenomena,
which was headed by Robert Gribble. While in Seattle,
he stayed with Leneesa and drew some sketches of the craft
for her two daughters. (See drawing accompanying this
article) Also Leneesa was with Padrick after his lecture
and they were riding along in his friends Cadillac
and Padrick stated that he felt the UFO beings were above
them. They pulled over and got out, and saw a "ship"
overhead. I questioned Leneesa about this, and in a recent
email, she replied, "When it was over our heads,
it was a round white form."
The UFO Encyclopedia; The Phenomenon from the Beginning,
by Jerome Clark. Vol. 2: L- Z, 2nd Edition. 1998. Omnigraphics,
Inc., Penobscot Building, Detroit, MI 48226. ISBN: 0-
Leneesa Garrouttes report on the Sid Padrick case
can be found at: http://ufoexperiences.blogspot.com
Operation Trojan Horse, by John A. Keel. IllumiNet Press.
1996. ISBN: 0-9626534-6-2.