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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.

NOVEMBER 15, 1978, EAST ISLIP, NEW YORK, USA, A MAN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Bud Hopkins, the well-known US ufologist who mostly studies "alien abductions" by hypnosis, is quoted as source in two ufology catalogues and a book on "alien abductions", about a report of an event on November 15, 1978, which allegedly occurred in East Islip, in the State of New York, USA.

A worker in electronics of about 20 years age drove by car in the night, at 6 p.m., when a flash of light made him lose consciousness.

Later in the night, he reportedly remembered by flashback that five small beings with gray skin and large black eyes came to his car, lowered the window, then took him along somewhere, examined him and made him walk through a strange environment.

His next memory, which is said to be a conscious memory, was to sit near the road but not near his car, with his clothes in disarray, his shoes untied, his shirt buttoned the wrong way. It is said his memory was so troubled that he could not even remember his wife's name or his phone number.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001248
Date of event: November 15, 1978
Earliest report of event: 1981
Delay of report: 3 years
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Article on UFO abductions by Budd Hopkins.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Donald Johnson.
First alleged record type: Article on UFO abductions.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: April 28, 2010
This file last updated on: April 28, 2010
Country of event: USA
State/Department: New York
Type of location: In car on road then at some weird place then on roadside.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Uncertain
UFO arrival observed: Uncertain
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: About 20.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Male, young man, worker in electronics.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 5
Type of entities: Not reported
Entities height: Small
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Grey.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: 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 reported.
Entities actions: Come to car, open window, take witness along, examination.
Entities/witness interactions: Come to car, open window, take witness along, abduction, examination.
Witness(es) reactions: Not reported..
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial beings, invention, or hypnosis induced.
Explanation certainty: None.

Narratives:

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson says that on November 15, 1978, an electronics worker in his twenties was driving his car in East Islip, New York on this same night at 6 p.m. when a flash of light led to a period of unconsciousness. Later than night he recalled in flashbacks that five beings came to his car and pushed down the window. They then took him somewhere, examined him and walked him through a strange, unusual environment. His next conscious memory was of sitting by the road nowhere near his car. His clothes were in disarray, his shoes untied, and his shirt buttoned improperly. At first his memory was so impaired that he could not even remember the name of his wife or his telephone number.

Donald Johnson indicates that the source is Budd Hopkins, "UFO Abductions: The invisible epidemic," in MUFON Symposium Proceedings 1981, p. 45.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in East Islip, Long Island, New York, on November 15, 1978, at 1800, the witness was driving when a flash of light apparently rendered him unconscious, later that night he remembered five short gray skinned beings with large black eyes that approached the car then pushed down the window, he was then examined and walked through an unusual environment apparently to determine his endurance or stamina. The witness later found himself on the side of the road far from his car.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Thomas E Bullard, UFO Abductions the Measure Of A mystery."

Points to consider:

The brief summary in unclear on some aspects. For example, as his "next memory", said to be a conscious memory, was to sit near the road, it may be that all the previous memories of the alien encounter was induced by hypnosis sessions; which could have created the false memories of the "typical greys" aliens.

See also the List of Issues below.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe April 28, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe April 28, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Anonymous witness, no information on psychological background. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe April 28, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No investigation available to me. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe April 27, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Entities report could result from the use of hypnosis. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe April 27, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Brief story lacking details only. Help needed. Opened.
6 Ufology Severe April 27, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Hypnotists and ufologists number, names and qualifications not available. Help needed. Opened.
7 Ufology Severe April 27, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No available transcript of the questions and answers during the hypnosis sessions. Help needed. Opened.
8 Ufology Severe April 27, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Opinion of ufologist(s) and hypnotist(s) not known. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial beings, invention, or hypnosis induced.

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 April 28, 2010 Creation, [dj1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross April 28, 2010 First published.

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