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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.

JULY 1978, COLD WATER CREEK, CALIFORNIA, USA, SOMEONE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

In 1999, someone used the NUFORC UFO sighting web report form to claim that on July 1978 at 03:00 p.m., at Cold Water Creek, 15 miles southeast of Quincy, California, USA, at their mining claim called the Jolly Roger, he was panning for gold when "I felt someone watching me, so I looked up and saw this craft, it was dark in color, and had 2 beings in it..They didn't seem to be wearing helmets. We've had government jets flying over looking for marijuana plants, and I assumed that was what it was, so I waved at them, though at the time, they were looking forward, and not at me..Then the craft took off without a sound.."

In the report's headline, the man said the shape of the craft was a triangle, it was black, suspended about 150 feet from him, and the sighting lasted two minutes.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001050
Date of event: July 1978
Earliest report of event: December 10, 1999
Delay of report: 22 years
Witness reported via: Anonymous web report form NUFORC.
First alleged record by: N/A.
First certain record by: Anonymous web report form NUFORC.
First alleged record type: N/A.
First certain record type: Anonymous web report form.
This file created on: May 15, 2010
This file last updated on: May 15, 2010
Country of event: USA
State/Department: California
Type of location: Gold mining claim.
Lighting conditions: Day
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Male.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2
Type of entities: Not reported
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported. Apparently no helmets.
Entities eyes: Two, large, black.
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 heard.
Entities actions: Were in UFO, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, waved at occupants, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible invention.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. nu1:] NUFORC:

NUFORC recorded this report via their web form report:

Occurred : 7/1/1978 15:00 (Entered as : July 1978 3:00pm)
Reported: 12/10/1999 08:59
Posted: 12/16/1999
Location: Quincy (15 miles southeast of), CA
Shape: Triangle
Duration:2 minutes
A black object suspended about 150 feet from me, with 2 beings. They appeared to be watching me. I waved, and it zoomed off.

I was panning for gold, at Cold Water Creek on our mining claim called the Jolly Roger. I felt someone watching me, so I looked up and saw this craft, it was dark in color, and had 2 beings in it..They didn't seem to be wearing helmets. We've had government jets flying over looking for marijuana plants, and I assumed that was what it was, so I waved at them, though at the time, they were looking forward, and not at me..Then the craft took off without a sound..

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Cold Water Creek, California, on July 1978, at 1500, the lone witness was panning for gold when he looked up to see a hovering dark object. Inside through an opening he could see two humanoid figures looking down on him. The witness waved at the figures, but there was no response, the craft then flew silently away.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "NUFORC."

Points to consider:

See the List of Issues. It seems there is some contradiction between the 2 minutes duration of the sighting and the initial interpretation that it could have been a jet plane: no jet plane at 150 feet would be silent, nobody sensible would think a silent craft at 150 feet could be a jet, specially if it did stay for two minutes.

The NUFORC web report form, which is the primary source, can by used by anyone to write any story, true or invented.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Ufology Severe May 15, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Only an anonymous web report form, no investigation. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe May 15, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Very short and undetailed report. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible invention.

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 May 15, 2010 Creation, [nu1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross May 15, 2010 First published.

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