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October 23, 1954, Trondes, Meurthe-et-Moselle:

Reference number for this case: 23-Oct-54-Trondes. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In 1996, in an addition to their regional catalog, the CNEGU ufology group noted that on October 23, 1954 (uncertain date), Mr. Lelu, an egg-maker in Troussey, came from Lay-Saint-Rémy, driving home by car on the Departmental Road D 101 passing through the forest of Trondes.

Arriving at a bend, he saw two phosphorescent spots near the wood. He slowed down, thinking of car headlights, and approached.

He then "noticed" a blonde, motionless "Venusian" from the back. "Believing he was in the presence of a Uranian, he went to the station of Pagny-sur-Meuse and called the gendarmes of Void", who went to the scene and saw the being near a fire, instead of a saucer.

He was having fun throwing salt at it, to make sparks. The gendarmes grabbed the being, who turned out to be a Polish farm hand, a man named Romejko, 48, employed by Pierron, at the Palamex farm near Troyon.

He explained to the gendarmes that having left his employer, he had no more money to dress and have his hair cut; he was a little unbalanced, he had been out for three days, having traveled nearly 60 km through fields and woods.

He was released, but with a fine for no presentation of ID, and another for lighting a fire at the edge of the wood.

CNEGU said that this came from an article of the newspaper Le Républicain Lorrain for October 23, 1954, by a communication of A. Chevrier to Michel Figuet in 1986, and that the newspaper article was not found in the library of Nancy in 1996 by Raoul Robé of the CNEGU, and that the date given to the article is therefore perhaps erroneous.

This did not deter Albert Rosales from publishing his own version of the case, the explanations being changed into a "claim" of "the harassed owner of the field" that the mysterious blond figure was a Polish farmer, this "however was never confirmed." This alternate ending then appeared on two US ufology websites copying Albert Rosales' summary.

Reports:

[Ref. cnu1:] CNEGU - "LES MYSTERES DE L'EST":

Case F/00/55/54 10 23 (01) forest of Trondes (55):

On October 23, 1954 (uncertain date), Mr. Lelu, chicken farmer at Troussey (55), came from Lay St Rémy, and was driving home by the RD 101 of Trondes. At a bend, he saw two phosphorescent spots near the wood. He slowed down, thinking of car headlights, and approached. He noticed from behind a blond "Venusian", motionless. Believing he was in the presence of a Ouranian, he went to the station of Pagny sur Meuse and called the gendarmes of Void. They went to the scene and saw the being near a fire, not near a saucer. He amused himself by throwing salt at it, to make sparks. The gendarmes grabbed the being. He was a Polish agricultural worker, a 48-year-old named Romejko, employed at Pierron's at the Palamex farm near Troyon. He explained to the gendarmes that, having left his employer, he had no more money to clothe himself and have his hair cut; he was, this was verified, a little unbalanced. He had been gone for three days, and had traveled nearly 60 km through fields and woods. He was released, but with a fine for non presentation of ID, and another for lighting a fire at the edge of the wood.

Explanation: misinterpretation with a man around a fire magnified by the press.

Source: Républicain Lorrain du 23/10/1954, communication d'A.Chevrier à M.Figuet en 1986 (réfèrence non retrouvée à la bibliothèque de Nancy en 1996 par R.Robé: la date serait-elle erronée?).

[Ref. ars1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

196.

Location. Trondes, France

Date: October 23 1954

Time: afternoon

Baker M Lelu was in his vehicle on Route 101 and had arrived at a bend on the road when he spotted two phosphorescent points of light near a glade. He approached the area thinking it was another car when he saw a tall blond haired man standing immobile in the field. Thinking that the figure was an extraterrestrial (he thought a Venusian?) he drove away from the area in order to obtain additional witnesses. (Later the harassed owner of the field claimed that the mysterious blond figure was a Polish farmer). This however was never confirmed.

HC addendum

Source: Raoul Robe, Regional Catalogue

Type: C?

[Ref. djn1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens on this Day

October 23

1954 - On this afternoon baker M. Lelu was in his vehicle on Route 101 in Trondes, France and had come to a bend on the road when he spotted two phosphorescent points of light near a glade. He approached the area, thinking it was another car, when he saw a tall blond haired man standing immobile in a nearby field. Thinking that the figure might be an extraterrestrial he drove away from the area in order to get additional witnesses. Later, the harassed owner of the field claimed that the mysterious blond figure was merely a Polish farmer, but this was never confirmed. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1954, citing Raoul Robe, Regional Catalogue).

[Ref. tai1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Location: Trondes, France

Date: October 23 1954

Time: afternoon

Baker M. Lelu was in his vehicle on Route 101 and had arrived at a bend on the road when he spotted two phosphorescent points of light near a glade. He approached the area thinking it was another car when he saw a tall blond haired man standing immobile in the field. Thinking that the figure was an extraterrestrial (he thought a Venusian?) he drove away from the area in order to obtain additional witnesses. (Later the harassed owner of the field claimed that the mysterious blond figure was a Polish farmer). This however was never confirmed.

Source: Raoul Robe, Regional Catalogue

[Ref. nip1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 23, 1954 - On this afternoon baker M. Lelu was in his vehicle on Route 101 in Trondes, France and had come to a bend on the road when he spotted two phosphorescent points of light near a glade. He approached the area, thinking it was another car, when he saw a tall blond haired man standing immobile in a nearby field. Thinking that the figure might be an extraterrestrial he drove away from the area in order to get additional witnesses. Later, the harassed owner of the field claimed that the mysterious blond figure was merely a Polish farmer, but this was never confirmed. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1954, citing Raoul Robe, Regional Catalogue).

Explanations:

Misinterpretation, vagabond and campfire.

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Trondes, Meurthe-et-Moselle, road, field, daytime, car, Lelu, blonde, tall, man, venusian, hair, headlights, baker

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 24, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 24, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [djn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross October 10, 2014 Addition [tai1].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 23, 2014 Addition [nip1].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 24, 2019 Additions [cnu1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet. Confusion."

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