Indiana: I received UFO sighting report from 1973

“I’ve included a graphic i made from memory similar to what we saw.”

This UFO report was submitted to me through our website. It happened back in 1973 (20th October) in northwest Indiana.

Here’s the story:

In the fall of 1973, October, I was 12 or 13 years old,my birthday is in july, I was watching TV (the six million dollar man) it was a new TV show and the only thing my stepfather watched (until “The A-Team” came out).
My mother asked me to take out the paper trash to burn, we lived on a dead end street beside a very large swamp area and separated our paper to burn out back. We had a large mowed field next to our house before the swampy area started, we always burned our paper trash at the edge of it before where the ground got too wet.
I reluctantly pulled myself away from the TV and ran out the back door grabbing the large paper grocery bag full of paper trash and a pack of matches. Planning to get this over with fast, I ran to the edge of the field, dropped the bag and flicked a few lit matches into it,waiting only a half second to make sure one would light the papers inside and ran back to the house eager to return to the new TV show.
As i ran in my mother was still standing on the back porch holding open the screen door with her back,once i was in the kitchen but not yet to the living-room, and my TV show, my mother said “greg,what IS that?”….I turned around and she was still standing on the back porch holding open the door,I walked to where she was and she was gazing off into the night sky,it was just after nightfall, maybe 6 or 7 p.m. I looked to where she was looking and saw some flashing light in the distance and said “oh thats just a…..” (ready to dismiss whatever and go back to TV).
Thats as far as i got, I realized it was not a was too low, and wobbling and the wrong colors and too slow…It was about a half mile away,at a spot where the railroad tracks intersected with interstate 65. There was a viadock there where the highway went over the railroad tracks.From where we stood i could see the headlights from the traffic and this object just above all the cars and trucks. The viadock was made on 2 hills maybe 80 feet tall with a bridge over them so the train could pass underneath on its way thru the swamp. The object looked about the same distance above the traffic, making its altiutude about 160 feet.
I stared a moment,thinking, before stepping down onto the driveway to escape the light from the kitchen and see it better,and also to move toward it a bit..let my eyes adjust to the dark,it was not a plane,too slow,too low,a helicopter? no sound, not a blimp, too fast…
I realized rather quickly it did not fit any category of flying things I knew of. I stared at it intently , it had green, red and blue lights rotating around it, the 3 lights forming a triangle, and some whitish light..and they were pulsing not flashing, and it seemed to wobble forward kind of,due to the elliptical rotation of the triangle lights,from a distance it looked like 2 steps forward one step back, but now it was closer and I could see that’s how it moved, the center was sliding forward into the space between the center sphere and the outer rotating ring with the 3 lights mounted on it,as if you were walking while hoola-hooping, and each time the hoola-hoop was touching your back you would take a step forward..but it was smooth and silent. It was headed our way now,and as it got closer I felt an overwhelming sense of awe and wonder and inside I knew this was unidentified, and flying… and an object !….my heart was beating but I felt calm. Hoping it was true but thinking any minute it would reveal itself to be a helicopter or something mundane.
It didn’t, it came directly at me and then this huge craft silently floated directly above me and my yard and my house and was now so low I felt sure it intended on landing in the field next to our house. Looking straight up at its underside I could see now the center sphere had a larger unattached, or loosly attached, ring around it and the 3 lights were mounted on that rotating ring,I think I could see the night sky in the space between the sphere and the ring as it went around. I was thinking love and peace and I want to meet you, and let me see inside your ship..and it seemed to be in agreement as it approached,I squinted to look for windows in the center sphere, I think I saw some ports but they were small and with all the glare and lights and it being night I could not be sure, but I did feel watched,from there.
More than that I felt “telepathy-ed at” or heard.. or understood, or “linked to” whoever was there,inside.
It was almost as big as a football field,if anyone was really in it they were in the center part,it was about 80 feet up.It took up 30% of the visible sky.My neck was bent back as far as it would go to look up at it.I felt the same feeling you get when you daydream.It felt good.
It was going to land,I just knew it. It hovered there for 5 minutes or so, I felt euphoria and I had to concentrate hard to keep thinking clearly and study it, to remember everything, and not fall under its spell.The bottom seemed to be mirroring the night sky above it,like it tried to be invisible. I realized it was so close I could hit it with a rock!.. or my BB gun..or the 22 rifle behind our back door and make it crash here!..and call channel 7 eyewitness news and be famous!..and the very next rotation of that glorious ring rotated to the east, away from me…it was leaving!..they heard my thoughts!
I ran in the house and the gun was not behind the door.I yelled for my stepfather to come look, but he wasn’t interested. My mom was still frozen at the back door looking up with her mouth hanging open, I knew even then the euphoria had gotten to her,she was mesmerized. I ran back outside and it was really slowly did its rotate slide, rotate slide to the east, away from me and my chance to meet them,I blew it.
It slowly hoola-hooped due east and back over I-65 again, about mile north of where It first crossed west over the interstate, and disappeared into the distance.
I didn’t know what to do,I called state police,they said nobody has reported anything,that left me with not much to say,I tried calling a small local airport but nobody answered.It was so low,going over I-65 and all the neighborhoods,willow street,39th ave,old ridge road,surely someone else saw it,all west Hobart should have seen that thing.The next week I watched the news and read the post tribune looking for anything, nothing.
I was never the same after that,maybe there really is a God, I didnt know everything or have a logical explanation for everything anymore.
After all these years I have come to some conclusions. It was held aloft the same way a magnet is when held over another magnet with matching poles facing each other- I could “feel it” was not anti-gravity,it was suspended inside the earths magnetic field somehow, it was manipulating the magnetic fields around itself,silent,smooth, efficient. But it had lights even tho it seemed to try to broadcast the night sky on its’ underside., why cloak itself but have bright pulsing lights..why would aliens need or care to follow FAA regulations or any earth laws..why have lights at all if you want to sneak? Was it trying to look like our air traffic? Why come out of your way to look at me and hang out here and let me see you if you are trying to cloak yourself? Did it see the flashes from me throwing matches in the garbage, it surely went out of its way to come over here and look at me.
It did not want some normal plane or something to crash into it,thats why the lights..thats the only thing that makes sense, or maybe it was just taken for granted when building it that of course anything flying, at night especially, needs lights..right? humans this logic holds.
I was amazed at the technology of that thing, hundreds of years ahead of mankind if not more!..but i think the lights were man-made,and the more i think about it the more i think it was a ufo for sure, but not from distant space,it was too “mechanical”. I doubt that thing could make it from one star system to another no matter how amazing it was compared to a jet or helicopter.
Maybe the original idea or some tech inside it was from space, but we were the ones who had it now, reverse engineered. We were the ones “hundreds of years ahead of man kind”… now after seeing the tic tacs with the pacific fleet, in comparison my old 1973 ufo seems like an old fashioned clunky version, almost a laughable funny flying machine, like how we now look at old black and white movies of early attempts at flight.
Maybe the telepathy thing was just my emotional state. Maybe.

I’ve included a graphic i made from memory similar to what we saw.

also map showing the exact location and direction of its flight path.

(i highlighted a county southeast of my location also because researching for others who may have seen “my” ufo led me to many posts in many forums where i learned there was a rash of sightings delaware county at almost the same time i saw mine,and it was interesting mine came from that exact direction!)

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  1. i’m still undecided if it was beings other than human, future humans coming back, or military secret. but you’re right i will never forget it. after 47 years i can close my eyes and see it all still.

  2. 1973 was defined as a UFO flap with many sightings reported around the US. In addition to UFOs, other paranormal events occurred as well, including Sasquatch. Stan Gordon was the team leader of a UFO/Paranormal research group based in western Pennsylvania and he wrote a book describing some of the more disturbing cases that his team of professionals investigated during 1973. The title of the book is “Silent Invasion” and there is one report in particular that I consider to be the best documented and most astounding case of UFOs and Sasquatch I have ever known. Definitely worth the purchase.

  3. the really odd thing to me was that it seemed to come “right to me” and there was no other reason to go there, it came “out of its way” to look at me and my mother leading me to believe it saw us from a distance and was investigating us for some reason. the way it came from the south-east and stopped right over us and hung out above us for awhile then left to the east, we were at its point of direction change, it didnt continue south-east after pausing over us like we were along its intended path. it was like it saw us,came over to take a look, then left in a new direction.
    that made me wonder later if it saw the light flashes from me throwing matches in the garbage and that attracted it, or maybe we were the only humans outdoors at the time? who knows.
    it certainly seemed to come specifically to us and observed then left.

  4. also the picture i made to show how it operated and what it looked like is WAY small compared to how it looked in that position, once it was above us and i was looking at the bottom of it , like the position in the picture, it was HUGE, like having a football field floating 70 feet above you, very intimidating.
    but it made it special too since all the other sightings i see on websites etc. look like distant lights, this was no distant light, it was a huge mechanical object directly overhead.

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