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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

MAY 1978, RICHFIELD, CONNECTICUT, USA, A COUPLE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

The CUFOS bulletin International UFO Reporter reportedly told that in Richfield, Connecticut, on May 1978, at 0330 a.m., a loud buzzing sound woke up the main witness and his wife.

They both looked outside and saw at about 250 feet away a group of men that appeared to be busy at some task. These men suddenly all turned and looked at the witnesses simultaneously.

The men wore silvery helmets, tight fitting suits with reflective stripes and had glowing discs of light above their eyes. Each appeared to have its own light source.

The men finally moved away in a slow jerky gait disappearing from sight behind a garage.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001010
Date of event: May 1978
Earliest report of event: July 1978
Delay of report: Day, two months?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: CUFOS Ufology bulletin.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Ufology bulletin.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: November 1, 2009
This file last updated on: November 1, 2009
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Connecticut
Type of location: Outside seen from bedroom.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 2
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported. A man and his wife.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: Several
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Tight fitting suits with reflective stripes, silvery helmets.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Men.
Entities head: Not reported. Helmet with light.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Busy at an unspecified work.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible confusion, night workers.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Richfield, Connecticut, on May 1978, at 0330 a.m., a loud buzzing sound woke up the main witness and his wife, they both looked outside and saw at about 250 feet away a group of "men" that appeared to be busy at some task. These men suddenly all turned and looked at the witnesses simultaneously. The men wore silvery helmets, tight fitting suits with reflective stripes and had glowing discs of light above their eyes. Each appeared to have its own light source. The men finally moved away in a slow jerky gait disappearing from sight behind a garage.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "IUR Vol. 3 #7, July 1978."

Points to consider:

Maybe it is not so amazing that this story did not become a big hit of the ufology litterature:

If you take the quotes off around the word "men" in the [ar1] version, all strangeness goes. Did the witnesses doubt they were really men, or is this just some writer's addition to the story?

No UFO, no paralysis, no aliens there:

All that we have is a couple awaked by a "loud buzzing sound", perhaps that of sledgehammers, or electric saws, or a power unit, and who then sees men busy "at some task" curiously not specified, perhaps workmen urgently repairing some drain pipes, in outfits duly provided with reflective bands, rather expectedly, and provides with helmets with head lights which in the night fog become "discs of light above their eyes. Each appeared to have its own light source."

Did anyone think of that, was such a possibility considered, was there some field investigation that ruled it out? I does not seem like it. Was the distance of observation measured, were the visibility conditions checked out? I do not see any sign of it. What was the nature of the report in the CUFOS bulletin? A detailed article on an extraordinary case, or simply a newspaper story or rumour reported merely for information?

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe November 1, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe November 1, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nature of report unknown: newspaper, anonymous letter, investigated case...?. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe November 1, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Witnesses not named. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe November 1, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Insufficient data, no sizes, exact date, hour, exact place. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe November 1, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible confusion, night workers.

Sources references:

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

Document history:

Authoring

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

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross November 1, 2009 Creation, [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 1, 2009 First published.

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