Location: San Antonio, Texas, United States
48-year-old San Antonio sheet metal worker claims he had
a close encounter of the third kind with two occupants
of a UFO. He was driving his pickup truck just south of
San Antonio when he "was approached, spotlighted
and, nearly buffeted off the road by an unidentified craft,"
This is the San Antonio witness' drawing of the object
San Antonio Evening News (San Antonio, TX), Feb. 20, 1978
San Antonio man claims he had a close encounter of the
third kind with two occupants of a UFO.
was driving his pickup truck just south of San Antonio
when he "was approached, spotlighted and, nearly
buffeted off the road by an unidentified craft,"
48-year-old sheet metal worker reported two short creatures
with slit-like eyes inside a globular airship. "They
weren't human beings like we see here," he said.
three years later, this incident and many others remain
the wake of renewed interest in UFOs spurred by tho movie
"Close Encounters of the Third Kind,"
many people are realizing that San Antonio has long been
a prime site for UFO spottings.
"Close Encounters" smashing attendance
records across the country, Unidentified Flying Objects
are getting more publicity than at any time since the
last big UFO flap in 1973.
defined by Dr. J. Allen Hynek, who also served as technical
advisor for the movie, a close encounter of the first
kind is merely seeing something that cannot be explained.
close encounter'of the second kind is when a UFO leaves
some kind of evidence that it exists; such as burned rings
on the ground or radar traces, Hynek says.
a close encounter of the third kind "is when you
actually meet them," as the movie explains.
UFO buffs have added a fourth kind of encounter to the
list for those claimed instances when a UFO has actually
kidnapped or interfered with humans.
alien creatures and flying saucers have become dinner
table conversation in just the few months since the movie
quick check of the magazine rack at a San Antonio grocery
store this week turned up at least 11 different magazines
with "Close Encounters" on their covers.
started a new series Sunday called "Project UFO."
Webb of "Dragnet" fame will produce the
series which will fictionalize a different actual UFO
sighting every week.
least one local TV station is also jumping on the UFO
Channel 4, will screen a three-part UFO report during
its evening news show, this week. The report will be locally
4 also has an hour-long locally-done UFO special in the
works, according to the news director.
UFO organizations in the San Antonio area are very active
in investigating unexplained events,
Mutual UFO Network, based in Seguin, made the report on
the San Antonio sighting that began this story.
Gary Graber concluded that "the majority of events
happened as related."
occurrence took place on Mogford Road south of town shortly
after 9 p.m., according to his interviews with the San
Antonio man. The man was driving to a nearby store when
he noticed a strange amber-colored object rise rapidly
from a grove of trees about 900 yards away.
object then streaked toward the pickup truck "at
a terrific rale of speed" as the light on the
front of the vehicle changed from amber to bright, cherry
red. "When the craft got directly over the top
of my pickup, the lights went completely out and the engine
was dead," the man said.
I was trying to get out of the pickup, I thought it was
a chopper passing on top of me, at first," he
when they hovered over the top of me and I got a good
look at it, I knew it was no chopper. I thought to myself,
'that's got to be a UFO,"' the man reported.
said the craft was globular with a sort of shelf-like
projection encircling the transparent upper section.
bottom of the vehicle was highly polished metal and had
the cherry red light apparently mounted towards the front
of the craft.
UFO hovered over the truck for between 10 and 20 seconds
and the man got a good look inside. The two creatures
were not over five feet tall with tight, firm skin, he
were bald, with long prominent ears and a long nose. Their
eyes did not appear very plainly; they just looked like
slits," he told the investigator.
investigator speculates that the slits could have been
lids or protective membranes to protect their eyes against
skin "was not like our skin, it appeared to me
to look sort of like shark skin, sort of a grey color,"
the witness reported.
was no motor noise -during the time it was over my truck,
just a whirring (shriek) of wind. It was very loud, it
sounded to me like a cyclone," he said.
the craft left, it "took off straight up. There
was a terrible thrust that buffeted my pickup and then
it vanished almost instantly," the man said.
"It was just like turning off a light bulb."
noticed a strong odor like burning copper or electrical
wiring while the craft hovered over his truck. The odor
lingered for several days, he said.
man also reported eye strain from the intense red light,
the report notes.
feel like they got a look at me. and maybe got my picture
or something," the man told the investigator.
report notes that he was familiar with the type of aircraft
seen in San Antonio and discounts any possibility of the
craft being a helicopter or other conventional plane.