Ted R. Phillips has granted Kentucky MUFON permission allowing us the right to reproduce of one of his Ufological reports as made available on his personal Web Site, the
Center for Physical Trace Research
September 14, 1972
by Ted Phillips on September 25, 1972. The primary witness, T.S is 45 years
old, a veteran of World War II, serving with the Navy. During the War he
saw considerable combat duty. Mr. S. completed high school & two years
of college. His wife is 40 years old. Mr. S. farms & is semi retired.
The S. home is located in a heavily wooded area several hundred feet from the nearest public road. The home is surrounded by oak & evergreen trees. Their knowledge of UFOs is limited, they stated that they had read a few articles in the past several years. T. did state that he had heard of foo fighters sighted during the war. I quote from comments by the couple taped over a period of several hours.
Mrs. S. had turned on their battery powered television ( there is no electricity
to the farm ) a Panasonic Model TR425R, DC 12v, 11w. “We were starting
to watch television when there started this sort of pulsation, I though
it was spark plug interference. The light was dimmed & then brightened,
it would be as though you were adjusting the contrast back & forth--It
would become bright & light--like that. The image would fade to a gray
point. the pulses seemed to come & go in about two second intervals--brightest
to lightest points. This pulsation lasted for one to two minutes. The pulsation's
ceased & the picture started to roll--it was not a simple vertical
roll--I’ll try & explain it this way--if you were holding a book in
your hand, & you have the mass of it here ( facing you flat on ) &
you would turn it slowly where you see nothing but the edge of it, &
then turn it back one full revolution. in other words, the picture was
turning over & over as if you would take a book & turn it over
in your hands. First face up, then edge on. At one point a full picture--then
the picture rolled over to show just a line in the center of the screen,
then back to a full picture. When the picture was reduced to a central
horizontal line, the surrounding screen was dark. The roll lasted for a
short time, perhaps a minute.”
After the television disturbance ended, the witnesses went outside, there was no animal reaction at this time. They saw, in the south, a bright light. It was 170 degrees bearing, 30 degrees above the horizon & was stationary. Suddenly it moved upward about 5 degrees & stopped again. Mr. S. watched the light through 7 x 35 binoculars & was sure it was not a conventional aircraft, such as a helicopter. He stated that he could have heard the sound & seen running lights on such a craft. He could see a round shape, slightly flattened at the base. When it was stationary, the color was blue-white, when in motion, a pulsation & various colors.
The total observation was 15 to 20 minutes.
was seen until the witnesses were awakened by their dogs. They have three
large dogs & they are used for security & hunting, & they are
well trained. The dogs were barking & howling near the southeast corner
of the house. When the witnesses went outside they saw the dogs were looking
into the woods in the direction of the site, found later. The dogs “were
all bristled up & growling. I took the chain from the collar &
told him to go on down there, down in the direction he was looking. This
is a courageous dog, but he started whining & pawing the ground, he
didn't want to go. I thought this was strange & that something must
be around, possibly a big cat. The other two dogs were howling, they kept
looking down that way also. Well, the thing that really got me was the
flash of light.” The witnesses had been looking around the area with a
spotlight & could see nothing. Suddenly they saw a bright light, it
appeared to come from a point on or near the ground. It illuminated the
area around it & lasted only a split second. He saw nothing more. “I
decided not to pursue the matter any further, I was rather skeptical of
what was going on. My dogs were tense & excited. My wife was a little
bit upset & we just decided to wait until daylight. My animals
told me that something was going on, maybe I didn't sense it entirely,
but they certainly did.” The dogs didn't calm down until dawn.
The witnesses were unable to sleep the rest of the night.
|The next morning
Mr. S. went to the area where he had seen the flash.
“I was looking around & I saw these strange little marks in the ground & a place that looked like it was scorched, only it wasn't scorched. It was like a scorch but it looked oily, this also called my attention to the marks.
No farm machinery or anything has been in there. The road is an inside lane & is not open to outside traffic.
There were no footprints in the area, just the marks.”
|By the time
I learned of the event & reached the site on November 25, 1972, there
had been several inches of rain & snow. The evergreen tree is located
2.0 feet from the edge of a large oval area where the grass is depressed
& dead. The oval area was still clearly outlined & we placed stakes
around the edge & outlined it with a string line. The depressed oval
was 19.6 feet across north to south & 14.4 feet east to west. The oval
is located in the NW corner of a large field surrounded by trees.
The evergreen is still discolored, but only on the side nearest the site.
The imprints formed a triangle & showed no signs of elongation.
It is difficult to be sure, as the print had been washed out slightly, but it appears that imprint B carried most of the weight. Judging from the size & depth of the imprints, one would assume that the object was fairly light. The greatest weight is indicated on the rear (?) imprints, B & C. The lane is on a slight slope & the imprint up the slope, imprint B, is the deepest, one might assume that B encountered the surface first & carried most of the weight. this is assuming a great deal after the fact but this is the definite impression one gets in looking at the site. I obtained a sample of the discolored portion of the tree, a sample of the normal portion & numerous samples inside & outside the oval. A plaster cast was taken of Imprint B which clearly showed the rounded configuration of the foot pad base & the toe like extension.
I asked T. S. what he thought the object might have been...”I couldn't make a rash statement, all I know is my observation. I will say this about it, it didn't fly like anything we have, that I know of. it was just totally different.
I was personally impressed with the witnesses. they did not attempt to color their story at anytime. They simply related the events as they had seen them.
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