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Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 15:21:11 
From: John Harrod
Subject: my ufo sightings

I was never a skeptic, but didn't think I would ever have a sighting. I 
have sat on the top of the Sierras in the back country in snowcats all 
night long all winter since 1983. I finally saw one, and there's more to 
it than a simple sighting... please read on and if you have a suggestion 
for posting to your sight email me back. Please read on. These are 
written accounts of my sighting and that of my father, who was a United 
Airlines pilot for 30 years.
"I wish to preface this story with a couple of details about myself as
regards UFO's. I am not a mystic, I am not quick to buy any story that
seems unprovable by modern science...while still admitting that it is a
vast universe, and that anything is possible, given the infinity of
space and time we seem to exist in...
In January of 1992 I was sitting in my snowcat on a run at Sierra at
Tahoe, around 3AM, making snow... I was rested, not high, had not been
drinking or taking any kind of mind- altering substances...I was facing
to the east... the night sky was very dark and clear, with almost no
light coming up from the Tahoe Basin, which was about ten miles to the
 I saw an oddly bright orange ball of fire coming up in the direction of
the had unusual detail in the corona, kind of a flickering. I
thought about it and decided I was looking at the exhaust of a large jet
taking off out of Tahoe airport and flying directly away from me... thus
the orange ball of fire. It did occur to me as odd, because large jets
had ceased regular service to Tahoe several months earlier.
 It was raising up quite quickly...then it abruptly- and by abruptly, I
mean instantaneously! took off north at a speed that made it a streak of
bright orange fire. Then it stopped on a dime, hovered motionless for a
second, then proceeded to do a number of these maneuvers over the next
sixty seconds.
 I got the major willies. I was not scared, but I knew that nothing any
human could build in THIS age could withstand those kind of forces- OR
accelerate with the speed of the USS Enterprise going into Warpdrive.
 I jumped out of my cat almost instantly, looking all around to see if
there were any other sources of light that could have caused a
reflection on the inside of my windshield- but there weren't, and there
it was, still making the same movements. I would guess from the detail
and from the fact that it was to my side of a couple of peaks in the far
off distance that it was three to five miles away...
 Then it shot straight down out of sight- and reappeared a few seconds
later, shot up to about 15,000 feet- hovered, then instantly rose at a
speed beyond anything previous, shooting straight up into the sky on a
pillar of orange light that looked like a neon tube, and kept going,
right on out of the atmosphere. I could see it for a long time.
 I had tried to call another cat operator to check it out, but he was
out of his cat. However, I was to learn this last year that I was not
the only witness.
 During my sighting of this orange fiery object, the manuevers it
performed were remarkable enough to give me serious willies- I was not
fearful, the thing was a long way off- I was to learn that it may have
been about seven to ten miles away- more on that soon- but that means it
was covering a lot of miles on it's one-second trajectories. It moved
across the night sky approximately 40 to 60 degrees...left to right,
right to left, with altitude changes, and some of it's movements were
shorter and more nearly vertical. I could not think of any possible
reason for these weird manuevers, but more on that later also...
 It was moving so fast that there was no real appreciable acceleration
or deceleration... it was stationary, then there was a streak of orange
light, then it was stationary somewhere else for a moment.
 I was very happy and excited to witness this. I always wondered if
maybe I would see some strange phenomenon in the sky, being up in a cat
on the top of the Sierra where visibility is so good, but never thought
I would see anything so clearly impossible by present human
technological standards... and never before or since have I seen
anything so wild.
 NEXT:  it gets more interesting... 

 Four months after the UFO sighting in 1992, I went to a local pizza
parlor where a friend was putting on the showing of a Christic Institute
film called "the secret war", narrated by Elizabeth Montgomery (see it
if you ever have the chance- it's about the Iran Contra affair)
and at the show was a very odd, spooky looking guy who said nothing
until  everyone was on the verge of leaving, then asked if he could have
a moment to speak to everyone. He admitted that he was not there for the
movie, but rather, wanted to know if anyone present had seen any ufo's
in the Tahoe Basin...
 I thought about that for a moment and went over and said, yes, I had.
He then asked me if it had been coming from the direction of the lake. I
LIGHT. I said, yes.... WAS IT MAKING JERKY MOVEMENTS. I got the willies
all over again. I looked more closely at this guy... tall, thin, gaunt,
sanpaku all the way, looked like he had been maybe kidnapped by aliens!
Spooky...I asked him, how the HELL did you know WHAT I SAW?! He said,
 Turns out he had seen one like mine a couple of years earlier and had
been so impacted that he had been traveling around the lake tahoe basin
asking people about sightings, and he had come up with a bunch of people
who had all observed similar craft- coming out of the lake or from near
the lake, orange balls of fire, jerky, high acceleration movement and
eventual flight straight up.
 He asked me if I wanted to know why they made the jerky movements. He
said he had talked to people from Nevada who knew about these things...
Said the airforce & CIA had learned from the roswell craft that the
controls in these things were bioelectronic, that the creatures set
their hands into little recesses in the seats and interfaced their own
nervous systems into the craft's guidance systems, which were part
biological, and that focussed microwave beams could disrupt and disable
the craft- and that the critters did these maneuvers in order to avoid
being shot down!
 Well, I don't know if I believe that. for one thing, why couldn't they
just go blazing straight out of the atmosphere at a zillion knots, that
should be sufficient to avoid being shot down. But I do know this- I
know what I saw that night, and it was not of this planet. No human
could take such forces without becoming pate... and no structure running
under the known physical constants of our little part of the universe
could suffer such G forces without turning into little pieces of scrap
metal. It seems to me that these things carry around with them the local
constants of some other part of the universe.
 In fact, I have a friend who works for the airforce at Edwards who
wires obsolete fighters to be used as drones to be shot down by pilots
ion gunnery school who told me about the Aurora project... 9 G's, but
pilotless... flies on some kind of propane pulse engine... it's what
they're been seeing and hearing in LA, the things that leave the smoke
rings up high in the sky... and that is a primitive and slow craft
compared to what I saw that night.
More to come... This last winter, I started at Sierra and worked for a 
few weeks...
while in the cat barn, I heard a couple of snowmakers talking... one of
them said, " Keep your eyes out for those "UFO'S" old Chuck, the
security guard, has been seeing! Yeah, said he saw some BIG ORANGE BALL
 I turned around and said, WHAT DID YOU SAY!!! WHO saw this!
They told me and I tracked him down... a retired man who works at Sierra
as a security guard... turned out he and his wife were on the deck of
their house last summer off of North Upper Truckee Road, looking south
toward Meiss Meadow... which puts their sighting about the same place
MINE was, - TRIANGULATION tells us more accurately where the things were
coming from- and he described the EXACT SAME THING I SAW. IDENTICAL. He
was worried about me telling people, he didn't want people at Sierra to
know, he was afraid they's think him crazy.
 What I have related here is not exaggerated or embellished in any way.
It happened just as I have described. Something IS going on. I can't
believe we fly around in fighters if we have and are flying things that
can do what I saw that night. I DON'T think that it's US. It's THEM.
Whoever they are...I just hope- they're friendly. 
 My father was a pilot for United Airlines for 29 years... once he
returned home with a wild story about seeing a UFO... and here it is...
My father is a very humorless and pragmatic individual who never had
much interest in gags or jokes... so I was interested to hear his tale
of seeing a UFO once in 1970...I was fourteen... he came back from a
flight and told me this story...
 "We were enroute from Chicago to LaGuardia when ground control advised
us to be on the lookout for a large object that was on their radar and
had been observed by several airliners in the we got closer to
the object we picked it up on our screen... we had a United Vice
President aboard, a captain, co- pilot,(my dad) second officer
(engineer) and four stewardesses...all of whom saw the object-
There were two other airliners watching the thing when we got visual on
it. It had been doing high- speed erratic manuevers but was stationary
when we got it on radar... then it started pacing us, staying several
miles ahead and to the right...then ground control asks us, is it still
there? It just went off of our screen! Right out of the MIDDLE of the
We had it in visual; contact, as did another aircraft, but it just
blinked off of everyone's radar, one by one...we were most interested in
it at that point...then it shot across our flightpath to our port side,
and it was so fast you almost couldn't see it, just a blur...
then it paced us for a while on our port was a large sphere,
maybe a hundred feet across or had a green light on top and
a red light on the bottom, both lights alternately tracing a path around
the perimeter of the body of the craft, the green doing a half- circle
across the top, left to right, the red doing an arc across the bottom
half, right to left...
then it shot at us at perhaps 2000- 3000 miles per hour, passing under
us to our left perhaps several hundred yards below us. The shockwave
rattled the airplane violently, as if we had hit a huge airpocket..."
This was the story he told us, my mom and me. I was very surprised and
as it was exptremely out of character for him to make up a story like
this, I believed he had seen SOMEthing....
To Be Continued
 About a week after my father came home with this story, a letter marked
'confidential' came in the mail from the airforce. My father was out of
town on a flight. I was very curious to know if it had anything to do
with his sighting. I opened it. (I knew he wouldn't care) It requested
my father to attend a meeting in Manhattan in a week to discuss the
sighting and it specified that he was not allowed to discuss the
sighting with ANYONE, including family.
 This confirmed to me that he had seen what he said he did.
Then, the capper: in 1993, I was watching a special, a Sixty- Minutes
sort of thing on UFO's, and there was one segment that went as follows:
in 1970, two airforce fighter pilots were scrambled over Norad in the
Rockies to check out a large UFO which was in Norad airspace and not
responding to identification requests. Both of these pilots, then
retired, were able to get fairly close to the thing before it took off
at a zillion miles an hour...they said, ( And it was another of those
getting the willies moments) it was a large sphere with a green and red
light, both moving in a semicircle around it, alternating left to right.
They saw what my father saw, same year, same continent, just 1800 miles
Those are my two ufo stories, and they are why I believe very strongly
that we have visitors."
Thanks for your time.

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