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AUGUST 22, 1976, EGG HARBOR, USA, DEAN ANDERSON:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Dean Anderson was a greenskeeper at Peninsula State Park, from Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, USA, who claimed several detailed close encounters beginning in November 1973 when he saw a craft touch down near Peninsula Corners, which left burn marks on the road.

In 1975, he saw a second craft flying low over the golf course. He said that it had a "bright, gray shiny metallic finish, a beautiful gold glistening band around the center, and flashed red and green lights," and that he recognized it right away: "I knew it had to be a laboratory."

In 1976 he claimed he saw at least four spaceships on or near the golf course where he worked early each morning, often before the sun came up, using a big mower equipped with headlights.

On July 11, 1976 at 03:30 a.m. he was cutting grass at the golf under a full moon when he spotted two round discs "coming off the moon" side by side. One flew off; the other dropped down and landed 200 yards away on the practice fairway.

He told that "A ladder appeared at the side and three figures", 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall and very agile, looking "like normal men," "ran quickly down the ladder. I heard pounding coming from under the ship... and then I saw them run back up the ladder."

After the ladder was hauled back in and the craft took off, he noticed landing traces of the Adamski-spaceship-type: three landing balls or spheres from the spaceship that left depressions 2 feet deep and 15 inches wide, 20 feet apart. He said he took photographs of these indentations, which he said lasted most of the summer.

A few days later, he was mowing on the upper part of the golf course when he "saw this large orange craft" coming toward him, he "stopped the mower and got off when it shot a beam over me. I couldn't figure out why, but I did know the beam made me numb. Then I realized it wasn't intended for me but was beamed at a smaller craft that I always see over Ephraim. I happened to be in the way." The craft continued on its course without stopping, but Anderson claimed that he experienced numbness in his legs, feet and hands that lasted 24 hours.

On August 16, 1976, Anderson was cutting grass at 04:00 a.m. when he noticed a "craft coming in over Ephraim," and shortly thereafter his mower beam "picked up a figure over on the number three green." He gave chase with his mower and got close enough to see that the figure was 7 feet tall and dressed in "a shiny gold one-piece suit with a black helmet." An antenna on the helmet flashed bright red. When he got to within 10 feet of the figure, a beam shot out and struck the mower. "That mower stopped just as if I had hit a tree." The figure looked back twice and then was taken into a little spacecraft glowing bright blue, red, and orange.

On August 23, 1976, he was out mowing at 04:15 a.m. and "saw this large orange craft drop down into a culvert behind Shore Road between the 11 fairway and 17 green." His mower's lights picked up two beings that floated out a door to the ground on a "band of light," and the craft then took off. The figures carried "long candle-shaped flashlights which were about 3 inches around and capable of beaming light the width of a car light."

The figures were like humans, approached, extended their hands, shook hands with Anderson, and the male said in English, "I am Sunar, I come from Jupiter. This is Treena. She comes from Saturn." Anderson told that both wore elaborate, colorful space suits. The man had a copper-like skin and "an ordinary voice..." and "if I had to compare it with anyone's I'd say it sounded like Andy William's."

Treena had "light tan" skin, shoulder-length hair, bluish-gray eyes, and "closely resembled Elizabeth Taylor in her youth." She took off her space suit and appeared in a close fitting light green one-piece suit; the top was of "some glistening metallic material," but the pants were dull. She wore slippers.

Anderson estimated her age as late 20s or early 30s but to his amazement they said Treena was 100 years old and Sunar was over 200.

Anderson is chairman of the local Baha'i chapter, and probably this explains why he has Sunar claim to have once met the Baha'u'llah, who founded the Baha'i religion. Sunar explained that their visit was a scientific expedition to gather samples of "soil, water, leaves, insects, small mammals, fish, small plants, and the like" that would be taken back to Saturn for analysis. He told Anderson the man he'd chased the previous week was Muton, from Mars, whose mission "entails observing different people and monitoring gatherings of people." During the 20 or so minutes Anderson conversed with his visitors, he discovered that he was one of the people being observed, apparently because he was chairman of the local Baha'i group. "You are like us and do things much as we do," Sunar said.

Anderson was told that the man he had chased on the previous encounter was Muton, from Mars.

Before departing, Treena put on her spacesuit again and gave Anderson an envelope, saying, "Take this gift in peace in remembrance of our meeting. We shall meet again." She asked him not to open it for five days. Their spacecraft then landed, and they stepped into a beam of light that carried them inside, and the spaceship took off and went.

After some days, Anderson opened the envelope which contained a gold-colored "amulet" with a dovelike bird on one side and the words "Peace and friendship forever, Treena and Sunar" on the other side, with depictions of Saturn and Jupiter besides the names.

Initially, Anderson told all these adventures only to friends and colleagues and people at the golf green. But a local journalist finally interviewed him and published the interview in the local newspaper. Anderson had kept precise records of his encounters and refered to the notes when he recounted his sightings to the journalist.

When the journalist asked Anderson why he waited so long to report his experiences, he said it was because he knew he would be ridiculed. She warned him that as a result of the article, he could become the laughing stock of the county, but he insisted, "I'm strong enough to take whatever is handed out."

Steebs' article caused a sensation, and the park office received so many calls asking about the story, that they asked him to stop talking about it. His wife Barbara issued a statement on the front page of the newspaper asserting the truth of the information in the interview: it "was not a hoax, a publicity story for any purpose, or an April Fool Joke." Apparently plenty of people took her at her word, because in a subsequent column, the journalist wrote, "What surprises me most about Dean Anderson's interplanetary visitation is that so many upstanding citizens have told me they believe it."

In recalling those days, one co-worker said Anderson so enjoyed discussing his adventures that he would look for opportunities to bring them up. When he began a conversation with, "I met my friends today," it was a cue for someone to bring up the subject.

His co-workers were remarkably gentle, one said: "I don't think anyone teased him. We didn't really believe in it, but we didn't disregard it either, because we just didn't know."

The Park Superintendent at the time, Ralf Halvorsen, took it all with good grace, and his wife remembered he received a note from Anderson saying he was being picked up by a space craft and was not sure when he would be back. Halvorsen left a note of his own, he asked to be alerted before take-off because he would like to see it.

In 2004, local authors wrote an article on the flying saucers in Door County, and thus indicated that Anderson had long retired from the park's work force and was now in ill-health and declined to be interviewed by the Barnes. His wife said that he would not be safe for him to talk because "he's under surveillance by the FBI," and his "guardian angel" would have to give approval for the interview and is "very touchy." She said that her husband saw Sunar and Treena again, and that he boarded their spaceship 7 times.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000207
Date of event: August 23, 1976 etc.
Earliest report of event: March 31, 1977
Delay of report: 6 months
Witness reported via: Talking to people around.
First alleged record by: Newspaper.
First certain record by: Ufology book.
First alleged record type: Newspaper.
First certain record type: Ufology book.
This file created on: June 15, 2007
This file last updated on: June 15, 2007
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Wisconsin
Type of location: Golf green.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adult.
Witnesses types: Man. Mows the golf green. Cult member and local cult director.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2
Type of entities: A man and a woman
Entities height: Normal
Entities outfit type: One piece tight fitting, picturesque spacesuits.
Entities outfit color: Green etc.
Entities skin color: Suntanned, copper-colored.
Entities body: Normal.
Entities head: Normal.
Entities eyes: Normal, blue-gray.
Entities mouth: Normal.
Entities nose: Normal.
Entities feet: Normal.
Entities arms: Normal.
Entities fingers: Normal.
Entities fingers number: Normal.
Entities hair: Normal.
Entities voice: Normal, speak English.
Entities actions: Came out of UFO, saw witness, chatted with him, gave an amulet, went back in, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: Chat, gift.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, discussed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: (Has many contacts).
Witness(es) interpretation: Extraterrestrials visitors Sunar and Treena, from Saturn, and Muton, from Mars.
Explanation category: "Contactee" type fables.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. bh1:] ROBERT E. BARTHOLOMEW AND GEORGE S. HOWARD:

The authors indicate that on August 22, 1976, at 04:15 a.m. in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, USA, Dean Anderson was using a riding lawn mower on a golf course. He stopped after seeing a big orange object land nearby.

Two beings floated out a door on a "band of light," they approached while the object left.

They extended their hands, shook hands with Anderson, and the male said, "We come in peace. I am Sunar, from Jupiter. This is Treena; she comes from Saturn." They said they were on a scientific specimen-gathering mission.

Treena had shoulder-length hair, bluish-gray eyes, a light tan, stood 5 feet 2 inches tall and resembled Elizabeth Taylor. She wore a one-piece, skin-tight light green suit of a "glistening metallic material." Sunar had copper-like skin.

Sunar claimed to be over 200 years old and to have once met the Baha'u'llah, who founded the Baha'i religion, the authors specify that "(Anderson is chairman of the local Baha'i chapter)."

After a 20 minutes talk, Anderson was given an envelope and asked not to open it for five Earth days, then the extraterrestrials left. Anderson opened the envelope which contained a golden" amulet" with a dovelike bird on one side and the words "Peace and friendship forever, Treena and Sunar" on the other side, with depictions of Saturn and Jupiter besides the names.

Anderson did not allow the amulet to be photographed.

The authors indicate that the source is an article by Keta Steebs in The Advocate, of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, for March 31, 1977.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that at Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, on July 11, 1976, at 03:30 a.m., Dean Anderson was cutting grass on a golf course under the bright full moon when he noticed two round discs "coming off the moon" side by side. One flew off; the other dropped down and landed 200 yards away.

A ladder appeared at the side and three figures ran quickly down it, after which Anderson, heard "pounding coming from under the ship, toward the back." A few minutes later, the figures ran back up the ladder, which was hauled back in.

The men were 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall and very agile.

Three landing balls or spheres on the UFO left depressions 2 feet deep and 15 inches wide, 20 feet apart. The witness took photographs of these indentations.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Keta Steebs, of the Sturgeon Bay Advocate.

Albert Rosales indicates in another entry of his catalogue that at Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, on August 23, 1976, at 04:30 a.m., Dean Anderson was cutting grass on a golf when he saw a large orange craft drop down into a culvert behind the road.

He stopped his mower. Two figures emerged from a door in the craft and floated down to the ground on a "band of light." The craft then took off.

Both figures carried flashlights 3 feet long. They came up to the witness and the man extended his hand, which the witness shook.

He said, "We come in peace. I am Sunar from Jupiter. This is Treena; she comes from Saturn." The witness shook Treena's hand while Sunar explained that they were here on a scientific mission, gathering specimens. Treena took off her space suit and appeared in a close fitting light green one-piece suit; the top was of "some glistening metallic material," but the pants were dull. She wore slippers. Her skin was light tan, her eyes blue gray, and she had shoulder length hair. She was 5'2" tall.

Sunar did most of the talking; he had copper colored skin, and said he was over 200 years old. The witness was told that the man he had chased on the previous encounter was Muton, from Mars, and that Sunar had once met Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i religion.

After about 20 minutes of conversation, Treena put her space suit back on and gave Anderson an envelope of yellow nylon cloth, which she asked him not to open for 9 Earth days. The spacecraft came in and the two Ufonauts ascended to it on a beam of light. The craft was "30 ft wide at the bottom and 60 ft high."

As soon as the light allowed, the witness photographed the footprints of Treena and Sunar in the dirt. Later upon opening the envelope, the witness found a gold colored engraved amulet inside.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Keta Steebs, of the Sturgeon Bay Advocate.

[Ref. pf1:] PAUL AND FRANCES BURTON:

Paul and Frances Barnes wrote an article about the history of UFO related events and tales in Door County, Wisconsin. They provide appreciable information on the stories of Dean Anderson.

They indicate that Anderson was a greenskeeper at Peninsula State Park who claimed six detailed close encounters beginning in November 1973 when he saw a craft touch down near Peninsula Corners, which left burn marks on the road.

In 1975, he saw a second craft flying low over the golf course. He said that it had a "bright, gray shiny metallic finish, a beautiful gold glistening band around the center, and flashed red and green lights," and that he recognized it right away: "I knew it had to be a laboratory."

In 1976 he told journalist Keta Steebs that he saw at least four spaceships on or near the golf course where he worked early each morning, often before the sun came up, using a big mower equipped with headlights.

On July 11, 1976 at 03:30 a.m. he was cutting grass under a full moon when he spotted a disk-shaped spaceship landing on the practice fairway, and told that "A ladder appeared at the side and three figures", looking "like normal men," "ran quickly down the ladder. I heard pounding coming from under the ship... and then I saw them run back up the ladder." After the craft took off, he noticed bent grass and indentations in the fairway, which he said lasted most of the summer.

A few days later, he was mowing on the upper part of the golf course when he "saw this large orange craft" coming toward him, he "stopped the mower and got off when it shot a beam over me. I couldn't figure out why, but I did know the beam made me numb. Then I realized it wasn't intended for me but was beamed at a smaller craft that I always see over Ephraim. I happened to be in the way." The craft continued on its course without stopping, but Anderson claimed that he experienced numbness in his legs, feet and hands that lasted 24 hours.

On August 16, Anderson told Steebs, he was cutting grass at 04:00 a.m. when he noticed a "craft coming in over Ephraim," and shortly thereafter his mower beam "picked up a figure over on the number three green." He gave chase with his mower and got close enough to see that the figure was 7 feet tall and dressed in "a shiny gold one-piece suit with a black helmet." An antenna on the helmet flashed bright red. When he got to within 10 feet of the figure, a beam shot out and struck the mower. "That mower stopped just as if I had hit a tree." The figure looked back twice and then was taken into a little spacecraft glowing bright blue, red, and orange.

On August 23, he was out mowing at 04:15 a.m. and "saw this large orange craft drop down into a culvert behind Shore Road between the 11 fairway and 17 green." The lights on his mower picked out two figures departing from the craft, which then took off. The figures carried "long candle-shaped flashlights which were about 3 inches around and capable of beaming light the width of a car light."

The figures were like humans, approached and spoke to him in English. One of them said, "I am Sunar, I come from Jupiter. This is Treena. She comes from Saturn." Anderson told Steebs the man "had an ordinary voice..." and "if I had to compare it with anyone's I'd say it sounded like Andy William's." Treena had "light tan" skin and "closely resembled Elizabeth Taylor in her youth." He estimated her age as late 20s or early 30s but to his amazement they said Treena was 100 years old and Sunar was over 200. They wore elaborate, colorful space suits.

Sunar explained that their visit was a scientific expedition to gather samples of "soil, water, leaves, insects, small mammals, fish, small plants, and the like" that would be taken back to Saturn for analysis. He told Anderson the man he'd chased the previous week was Muton, from Mars, whose mission "entails observing different people and monitoring gatherings of people." During the 20 or so minutes Anderson conversed with his visitors, he discovered that he was one of the people being observed, apparently because he was chairman of the local Baha'i group. "You are like us and do things much as we do," Sunar said.

Before departing, Treena gave Anderson an envelope and said, "Take this gift in peace in remembrance of our meeting. We shall meet again." She asked him not to open it for five days. Their spacecraft then landed, and they stepped into a beam of light that carried them inside, and the spaceship took off and went.

Five days later Anderson opened his gift, which was a small, inscribed, gold-colored amulet, that he proudly showed it to Steebs, but would not allow her to photograph it.

Until Steebs' article was published, only people around him knew of his claims, as he liked to tell others at the golf course about them. In recalling those days, one co-worker said Anderson so enjoyed discussing his adventures that he would look for opportunities to bring them up. When he began a conversation with, "I met my friends today," it was a cue for someone to bring up the subject.

His co-workers were remarkably gentle, one said: "I don't think anyone teased him. We didn't really believe in it, but we didn't disregard it either, because we just didn't know."

The Park Superintendent at the time, Ralf Halvorsen, took it all with good grace, and his wife remembered he received a note from Anderson saying he was being picked up by a space craft and was not sure when he would be back. Halvorsen left a note of his own, he asked to be alerted before take-off because he would like to see it.

Anderson kept precise records of what he saw; which he used as he recounted his sightings to Steebs.

When Steebs asked Anderson why he waited so long to report his experiences, he said it was because he knew he would be ridiculed. She warned him that as a result of the article, he could become the laughing stock of the county, but he insisted, "I'm strong enough to take whatever is handed out."

Steebs' article caused a sensation, and the park office received so many calls for Dean Anderson, asking about the story, that they asked him to stop talking about it. His wife Barbara issued a statement on the front page of the Advocate asserting the truth of the information in the interview: it "was not a hoax, a publicity story for any purpose, or an April Fool Joke." Apparently plenty of people took her at her word, because in a subsequent column, Steebs wrote, "What surprises me most about Dean Anderson's interplanetary visitation is that so many upstanding citizens have told me they believe it."

Anderson has long retired from the park's work force and at the time of the writing was in ill-health and declined to be interviewed by the Barnes. His wife said that he would not be safe for him to talk because "he's under surveillance by the FBI," and his "guardian angel" would have to give approval for the interview and is "very touchy." She said that her husband saw Sunar and Treena again, and that he boarded their spaceship 7 times.

Flying saucer mania in Door County gradually died out after 1977, but satisfactory explanations for some of the sightings are hard to come by - the authors discuss some of it.

The authors mention newspaper sources for their article and a phone conversation with Keta Steebs, March, 2004.

Points to consider:

It does not seem necessary to me to comment.

Right: the movie star Elizabeth Taylor.

Liz Taylor

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Medium June 15, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing the article in The Advocate, of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, for March 31, 1977, by Keta Steebs. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

"Contactee" type fables.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

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Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

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