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Mid October 1954, Wintzenheim, Haut-Rhin:

Reference number for this case: Mid-Oct-54-Wintzenheim. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

Former journalist and UFO researcher Christian Valentin found a story in the regional newspaper Le Nouveau Rhin Français, German-speaking issue, of Colmar, France, for October 16, 1954. The negative case occurred in mid-October 1954, and came from a factory worker in Wintzenheim who, after the evening shift on his way home, experience the following:

"I wanted for a long time to meet a flying saucer, and now the opportunity came up: it was about 11 p.m., and I was returning home by bicycle. There was fog, the road was wet and I was driving slowly. Suddenly, I saw at a short distance a luminous ball, from which emanated a ray of light. I do not hide that I got chills, but despite that I headed, swaggering, straight to the round and bright thing that hovered silently at 3 or 4 meters above the ground. As I approached, I felt panicked when I perceived voices coming from above. Would I be the first person in the world to actually make contact with a Martian?"

"I overcame my fear and continued to advance; and my beautiful adventurous dream was rudely interrupted."

"The luminous ball was a projector mounted on a mobile chassis on which two men were repairing the electrical cable of the Wintzenheim trolley. My fear was relieved, but I stayed disappointed and a little sad, for some reason..."

Reports:

[Ref. cv2:] CHRISTIAN VALENTIN:

Former journalist Christian Valentin published in 2012 a very interesting book telling the story of UFO sightings, flying saucers sightings, in Alsace, from the beginning to 1980.

In this book, he reports that among the misinterpretations in 1954 in Alsace, there has been one in mid-October, from a factory worker in Wintzenheim who, after the evening shift on his way home:

I wanted for a long time to meet a flying saucer, and now the opportunity came up: it was about 11 p.m., and I was returning home by bicycle. There was fog, the road was wet and I was driving slowly. Suddenly, I saw at a short distance a luminous ball, from which emanated a ray of light. I do not hide that I got chills, but despite that I headed, swaggering, straight to the round and bright thing that hovered silently at 3 or 4 meters above the ground. As I approached, I felt panicked when I perceived voices coming from above. Would I be the first person in the world to actually make contact with a Martian?

I overcame my fear and continued to advance; and my beautiful adventurous dream was rudely interrupted.

The luminous ball was a projector mounted on a mobile chassis on which two men were repairing the electrical cable of the Wintzenheim trolley. My fear was relieved, but I stayed disappointed and a little sad, for some reason...

He indicates that the source of the story is the Nouveau Rhin Français for Saturday, October 16, 1954, in the German-speaking issue of Colmar.

Explanations:

Negative case, confusion, workers with projector repairing a power cable.

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Wintzenheim, Haut-Rhin, negative case, single, night, confusion, workers, projector, power cable.

Sources:

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Document history:

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1.0 Patrick Gross February 7, 2015 First published.

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