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MICHIGAN 1966, THE "DETROIT NEWS" ARTICLE:

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The picture,
as published by the newspaper
The Detroit News.
Michigan 1966

Michigan 1966
Michigan 1966
A drawing by witnesses. A drawing by other witnesses.

On a quiet day in March, 1966, seven eyewitnesses reported an unidentified flying object maneuvering over Livingston and Washtenaw counties. Ordinarily, these reports might have been dismissed by officials as the work of cranks. But this time, the seven witnesses WERE officials - police officers and sheriff's deputies from the two counties.

And their stories were backed up by more than 100 witnesses, including William Van Horn, a civil defense director, and dozens of students who watched the football-shaped object for four hours as it maneuvered near the University of Michigan campus, a nearby airport and a local swamp.

The March 14 sightings caused an uproar and the area went on a wild UFO chase.

Three days later on March 17 two Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies, Sgt. Neil Schneider and Deputy David Fitzpatrick saw three or four red, white and green circular objects oscillating and glowing near Milan about 4 a.m. They called Willow Run Airport officials who could not confirm with radar.

Two more Washtenaw deputies, BuFord Bushroe and John Foster tried to follow the same type of objects in the northern part of the county on March 20. Livingston and Monroe county residents also reported seeing the objects.

The Detroit News carried the police chase story the next day along with a drawing of a quilted football shaped object with lights, dome and antennae. (It was not maize and blue with a big M on it.) Frank Mannor and his son searching the area where the UFO was seen to land. Note the bent grass.

Dexter patrolman Robert Huniwell said he spotted an object in the sky at Quigley and Brand roads between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m.. He said the flying object with red and green flashing lights, came close to the ground, hovered above a scout car and was joined by a second vehicle on its ascent.

Washtenaw County Sheriff Douglas Harvey ordered all available deputies to the scene. Six patrol cars, two men in each, and three detectives surrounded the area. They later chased a flying object along Island Lake Road without catching it.

Frank Mannor and his family saw the lights from their McGuiness Road farm. "I got within 500 yards of that thing and it looked pyramid-shaped. It had a light here and a light there and what looked like a porthole.

"It wasn't like the pictures of a flying saucer and it had a coral-like surface. I've trapped every hole in this county and I've never seen anything like it."

Mannor said the vehicle, by its own lights, appeared to be the length of a car and had a hazy mist under it as it hung above the ground. Mannor's son, a member of the Dexter High School track team, and Mannor's wife also witnessed the object. It rose up to the tree tops and waited a while and fell back to the ground. It became different colors, white on the ground, blue, then red in the trees, and then came down and changed colors again. It sounded like a ricochet of a bullet, and like a siren, a real high frequency, they said.

Police Chief Robert R. Taylor and Patrolman N.G. Lee came to the farm in response to Mrs. Mannor's call and heard the noise.

"I thought it was an ambulance," Lee said. The chief's son, Robert, 16, also saw the red vehicle in the sky at about 10:30 p.m. "It was going on in the east pretty slow, and then it sped up and went west," he said. "It was flashing red and white." Deputy Sheriff Buford Bushroe, who 'lost it in the Trees.'

Washtenaw County Deputy Sheriff BuFord Bushroe also observed it. "It looked like an arc. It was round. We turned around and started following it through Dexter for five miles. It was headed west and we stopped. We lost it in the trees. Either the lights went off or it took off with a tremendous burst of speed. It was about 1,500 feet above the ground. It moved along at about 100 mph. We were doing 70 before losing it near Wylie Road."

Carloads of college students from nearby University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University converged on the area after hearing radio reports of the sightings.

Mannor was asked if it could have been a college prank. He vigorously denied the possibility. "They couldn't rig rigging to it. There was not anything there, There was no way in the world to get out. There were two scout cars on the hill and more at the house."

"I know every pothole in this county," he said. "I've never seen anything like it. There's nothing wrong with my eyes and my son has 20/20 vision. We both can't be wrong."

"My wife says we'll move out of here," he said. "She doesn't like that. I never lock the doors. Nobody ever bothers us."

An Adrian College professor offered the theory that northern lights may be the objects the deputies tried to chase.

On March 22 dozens of residents of Dexter and Hillsdale reported more flying objects emitting strange sounds and lights. Air Force UFO expert Dr. J. Allen Hynek, left, and Dexter Police Chief Robert R. Taylor go over a map showing the sites of UFO sightings in the area.

On March 23 a teen from Monroe said he took photos, which looked like a big black blob.

IN THE PRESS:

Hillsdale Daily News USA, April 3, 1967 "Local UFO case still open Air Force consultant says".
Edmonton Journal Canada, December 12, 1966 "Disagreement with conclusions by air force gives spectacular publicity to UFO sighting".
New York Times USA, April 22, 1966 Gerald Ford announces Project Colorado UFO study.
Hillsdale Daily News USA, April 3, 1966 "CD Chief firm in stand on UFOs".
Hillsdale Daily News USA, March 30, 1966 "Air Force claims open mind about UFOs, denies hush up efforts".
Hillsdale Daily News USA, March 29, 1966 "Sighting of UFOs continues throughout State and Nation".
Edmonton Journal Canada, March 29, 1966 "Flying object tracked on Radar".
Hillsdale Daily News USA, March 28, 1966 "UFOs reported in Ohio and Wisconsin over Weekend".
The New York Times USA, March 28, 1966 "New flying objects sighted in Michigan".
The New York Times USA, March 28, 1966 "New flying objects sighted in Michigan".
The New York Times USA, March 27, 1966 "Saucer sightings vex Capitol Hill - Investigating flying objects might cause public alarm".
Huron Daily Tribune USA, March 27, 1966 Policemen sighting in Bad Axe, Michigan.
New York Times USA, March 26, 1966 "Ford demands enquiry" Chamber leader Gerald R. Ford demands full blown UFO investigation after Michigan UFO events.
Hillsdale Daily News USA, March 26, 1966 "Expert says UFOs merely marsh gas".
Hillsdale Daily News USA, March 25, 1966 "Washtenaw deputy 'snaps' Flying Object - Captures UFO on photograph".
Daily Tribune of Royal Oak USA, March 25, 1966 "Expert says marsh gas caused UFO 'sightings'".
Hillsdale Daily News USA, March 24, 1966 "More 'Saucers' spotted in area".
New York Times USA, March 23, 1966 "87 Coeds Saw a Flying Object Near a Dormitory in Michigan".
Daily Tribune of Royal Oak USA, March 23, 1966 "AF Expert filters UFO information".
Hillsdale Daily News USA, March 23, 1966 "Reports indicate 'Objects' returned".
Canada, March 23, 1966 "Formula, violin tune fail to lure saucers To Dexter".
Hillsdale Daily News USA, March 22, 1966 "Congressman will request investigation of 'Saucers'".
The New York Times USA, March 22, 1966 "40 in Michigan report mysterious flying objects".
Daily Tribune of Royal Oak USA, March 22, 1966 "AF Calls in expert in UFO sightings".
Hillsdale Daily News USA, March 21, 1966 "UFO mystery has another episode".
Daily Tribune of Royal Oak USA, March 21, 1966 "Police, others sight UFOs near Ann Arbor".
Edmonton Journal Canada, March 21, 1966 "Michigan residents in a spin over spate of flying objects".
Victoria Daily News Canada, March 21, 1966 "Mystery objects orobed in U.S.".
Hillsdale Daily News USA, March 19, 1966 "Flying saucers reported in area".
Hillsdale Daily News USA, March 17, 1966 "More Saucers Are Sighted".


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