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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.


Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

According to fragmentary ufological sources, Richard Price affirmed as soon as 1964, perhaps only in 1981, that early one evening of September 1955, in a hilly wooded sector close to a cemetery in Troy, state of New York, USA, when he was 8 years old, he played with a friend, when both heard a strong and strange noise resembled that of a steam locomotive.

Some versions indicate that he and his friend went to check what the origin of the noise was, but found anything, then returned to nearby coal yard and separated. Other versions say that they went to see what it was, but the young girl was afraid and stopped while Price continued alone towards the source of the noise.

He thus went alone in a clearing in the wood, where he saw, depending on the versions, either one, or two beings standing near a tree. Approaching, he realized they were not human, and he started to run away, but suddenly lost control of his body and was forced back to join the creatures.

The entities are described as small, humanoid, with plastic helmets either clear or transparent and with a yellow edge, uniforms of one piece red on the top part and blue on the pants part, with a silver belt and a strap with the letters "GAF" on.

He was then led to a nearby object, triangular or hexagonal, depending on the sources, and taken inside. there, he saw many screens and all kinds of other equipment. He was forced to sit down in front of a huge white screen where he was shown images of other spaceship of various types and humanoids building them. He told that it was like some sort of virtual reality show, and said that himself took part in a battle between two "galactic fleets" of spaceships.

He said he was lead to another room, tied to a table in the center of this room, and the aliens used a device to scan all his body up to the neck, and then took an "implant" which was on the table, put it at the end of a long needle attached to a certain type of box and cable, inserted te implant in the skin of his penis, while he looked at the operation on some magnifying screen in front of him; it seemed that the aliens were "wiring up" the implant under his skin. After they removed the needle and closed the wound, one of aliens came to him, and said he must leave the implant or else he would die, then the alien helped him to dress again.

He apparently also told of an orange alien's planet, that he was brought to a place resembling a city, then he was brought back.

His grandmother reportedly told him to shut up about the incident, but in 1964, he told a girlfriend friend about it, and the story soon was known in the entire college where the other students ridiculed and called hom "The Spaceman". there was a fight, he was confronted by the princpal, claimed to him that his history was true. The principal thought that he was insane, sent him to the psychologist, and he then reportedly spent three months of drug treatment in a psychiatric hospital.

He realized that it was to better for him to admit that his story was not true, dais so, and was then free again.

Because of the equipment he had seen in the spaceship, he started an interest in electronics. A few years later, he read a story about an "alien ghost ship" orbiting the Earth in the sensationalist tabloid The National Enquirer; as the ship had allegedly been "detected" in 1955, he thought it was the one he visited, and told his story to a writer of the Fortan magazine Omni; the latter was interested, sent him to a doctor and put him in touch with a researcher, a professor of mathematics at the university of Albany, Ben Jamison.

About this same time, the alleged implant reportedly started to become visible under the skin by forming a small hard protuberance, and the doctor wrote a report noting this strangeness, telling hom not to worry as long as he does not feel any pain and deciding that there was no reason for extracting it.

In 1989, this "implant" broke in a part that was expelled through the skin, then a remainder which came out two days later. David Pritchard, a professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and also a ufologist, estimated that it was worth the try to analyze this implant; he met Price, received the two fragments, and with funding by wealthy businessman Robert Bigelow, ordered tests and analysis by the Pathology Group of the Wellman Laboratories of Photo Medicine at the General Hospital of Massachusetts, under the direction of Dr. Tom Flotte, a dermatologist who had long experience of examination of medical samples.

The group used photonic and electronic microscopy on the samples. It was found that the "three small appendices" at one end of the 1 by 4 mm thing were no alien antennas or wiring but cotton wire, probably from Price's underwear. All the results obtained showed that the thing was of purely biological origin, terrestrial, consisting in successive layers of human tissue formed around a certain initial anomaly or trauma, and some cotton fibers from underwear that were caught with it when the tissues had hardened.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000518
Date of event: September 1955
Earliest report of event: 1964 or later.
Delay of report: 9 years or more
Witness reported via: Girlfriend, ufologists.
First alleged record by: Ufology lectures report.
First certain record by: Ufology book.
First alleged record type: Ufology lectures report.
First certain record type: Ufology book.
This file created on: February 22, 2008
This file last updated on: February 22, 2008
Country of event: USA
State/Department: New York
Type of location: Clearing.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: Not reported.
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 8
Witnesses types: Not reported. Boy.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: Several. Not reported.
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: Small
Entities outfit type: One piece tight fitting, helmets, belt, strap with letters "GAF".
Entities outfit color: Red and blue.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
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: Speak in witness' language.
Entities actions: Saw witness, took him in UFO, visited planet, showed interactive movie of space battle, inserted implant, brought witness back.
Entities/witness interactions: Took witness in UFO, visited planet, showed interactive movie of space battle, inserted implant, brought witness back..
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible invention.
Explanation certainty: High.


[Ref. cb1:] C.D.B. BRYAN:

The author, a reporter and writer who attended the entire M.I.T "Abductions" conferences and write a book about it, indicates that the first speaker after dinner was its co-chairman Dave Pritchard, who discussed a suspected alien implant.

Pritchard said the major problem with the alien abductions is that there is no "hard evidence." A conference attendee had earlier suggested that if all these implants were being done, they should show up on X-rays and MRIs with the same frequency.

Pritchard said: "Physical evidence probably provides the best way to bring into scientific consideration the hypothesis that there are extra intelligences present on earth. By itself, physical evidence is not likely to put abductions on the mainline scientific agenda, but it might, rather, serve as a powerful independent corroboration of the physical reality of some of the abduction testimony. Therefore the Talking about the question of the "pedigree" [the chain of evidence linking an alleged hard evidence and the abduction it should prove], Pritchard said that one case seemed to have a relatively sound pedigree to him: abductee Richard Price said the implant was place in his body, in the midshaft in his penis by aliens and over the years worked its way out. Price says he has conscious memories of the object being implanted in him; and that he watched the aliens wire it up on some sort of magnified viewing screen, and that a friend of his later took a photograph of the implant device protruding partway out of his skin.

Price's implant, Pritchard reports, is amber-colored and measures one by four millimeters. Pritchard examined it under a high-powered microscope and, according to him, it appeared to have a core of translucent material with a collagen sheen about it as a result of having been inside Price's body for an extended period. Projecting up from the object were three little appendages eighteen microns wide, or approximately one-quarter the width of a human hair. Pritchard's analysis of the object's elements indicated carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen were present, along with slightly less nitrogen than might be expected. What that means, he explains, is only that it might be something that grew in Price, and that what is really needed is some sort of interdisciplinary team of biologists, chemists, material scientists, and the like who would really be able to look at a supposed physical artifact and evaluate what it is.

C.D.B. Bryan quotes Dr. Pritchard saying that the affair was however not conclusive, that it will only make believers believe more and skeptics be more skeptical but "won't move the line at all".

Some time after the conference, C.D.B. Bryan interviewed Dr. Pritchard, and learned that after the conference he reveiced two parts of the Richard Price implants. Pritchard said they were examined at the pathology group in the Wellman Laboratories of Photo Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, under the lead of Dr. Tom Flotte, a dermatology who routinely examines medical samples.

Flotte's group used photonic and electronic microscopy on the samples. It was found that the "three little appendages" were no alien antenna or wire but cotton fiber, possibly from Price's underwear. Pritchard's update report indicated that "All the results obtained at MIT indicate ... that the Price artifact... is of terrestrial biological origin." The origin of the "implant" was described as "successive layers of human tissue formed around some initial abnormality or trauma, occasionally accreting fiber of cotton from Price's underwear that became incorporated in this artefact as this tissue hardened."

Pritchard explained that the thesis that the thing was caused by a reaction to an alien implant and not the alien implant does not stend: there was not even a small trace of anything from any implant, all was organic and biological.

It also appeared that the artefact was so small that Price could not have seen it with his eyes when it was implanted, and could not have described the even small appendage he called wires.


Patrick Huyghes indicates that Richard Price claims that one evening of September 1955, near a cemetery in Troy, New York, when he was 8, he encountered a couple of humanoids who took him aboard their craft and injected an implant under his skin.

Huyghes quotes Richard Price: "I was tied down to a table in the center of the room, and they had used a machine to scan over my body up to my neck. Then they took this implant from the table and put it at the end of this long needle attached to some type of box and cable. When they inserted the needle into my skin I could see on a monitor in front of me an enlargement where it looked like they were hooking up wires underneath my skin. Then, after they took the needle out and shut everything off, one of them came over to me and, before he helped me put my clothes back on, said: 'Leave it alone, or you'll die.'"

Huyghes says that Price was too frightened to tell his parents about the incident, but told it in 1964 while in high school to a girlfriend, and within a week everyone in the school was calling him "the spaceman." After getting into a fight, he was called to see the principal, who referred him to the school psychologist.

He underwent a battery of psychological tests and was given various medications. Because no one had even heard of UFO abductions in 1964, he ended up in a state hospital, was released after three months, but only after "admitting" to the doctors that the incident never happened.

In the next 12 years, he shut up about the incident, then tried to talk about it to UFO investigators in 1981. He was sent to a doctor who confirmed the presence of a foreign object in his penis. As Price felt no discomfort from it, the doctor suggested that nothing needed to be done.

In June 1989, while getting dressed, Price noticed the "implant" protruding above the skin, and about two months later it came out. It was a roughly cylindrical object, rounded at both ends, with at least six small appendages. It measured about 1 millimeter wide and 4 millimeters deep, it had an amber colored interior and a white shell.

Within two weeks, Price had turned over a portion of the "implant" to David Pritchard, a scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who thought scientists should look seriously at the abduction phenomenon. Pritchard said he agreed to analyze the "implant" for the reason that proving that life exists elsewhere in the universe would be the biggest scientific discovery of all time.

Pritchard found that the object was made of "the kind of material elements and chemicals - carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and compounds - one would expect if the object were biological in origin and formed right here on planet Earth."

Thomas Flotte, a dermatopathologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston supported Pritchard's conclusion, finding that the "implant" consisted of concentric layers of fibroblasts, a type of cell found in connective tissue, extracellular material like collagen, and some external cotton fibers. The human body apparently produces such calcified tissue in response to injury, either from foreign material like a piece of glass or a wood splinter, or from a trauma of some kind, caused perhaps by a baseball or a table corner. Flotte said it was a common calcification process, and that the cotton fibers probably came from Price's underwear and became incorporated into the body tissue as it hardened.

Pritchard noted that Price has a doctor's report indicating that he had something under his skin 10 years ago, and that he recalled the incident consciously. He concluded that while there was no sign that the "implant" was an alien artifact, his investigation does not rule out the extremely remote possibility that, "as believers might argue", the calcified tissue was actually manufactured by aliens who would be clever enough to make devices that appear to have a prosaic origin as natural products of the human body and fibers from cotton underwear; thus the case only "rules out the possibility of clumsy aliens, and does not rule out the possibility of super-clever aliens."


The French Reporter indicates in her informative and balanced book on the topic of the alien abductions that in September 1955, Richard Price, aged 8, was playing with a female friend close to the cemetery of Troy, state of New York, USA, when they heard a puzzling noise resembling that of a steam locomotive. They walked in this direction, the young girl became frightened and stopped, while Richard Price continued alone and met a small extraterrestrial being typical of the Fifties, with cross-belt and transparent helmet.

He let himself put on board a ship of hexagonal shape where he witnessed a projection of a particular type, that he now describes in terms of virtual reality and interactivity, but at the time, these concepts were unknown. He discovered the orange planet of the extraterrestrials, the variety of their ships, and attended a battle between two galactic fleets. Marvelously, this display enabled him to take part in the events as if he were there.

He was then taken to another room where it underwent a medical examination and where an implant was inserted in his penis whereas it was told to him that he would die if he tried to remove it.

In 1964, in spite of the advices of his grandmother who had recommended silence to him, he told of his adventure to a girlfriend, and soon, his schoolmates know about it and called him "the Spaceman." There were gibes and brawls, and Richard was summoned by the director, and stated ha had not lied. The director was persuaded that the boy had become insane, and had him hospitalized in a a psychiatric establishment, where he was subjected to a heavy medical treatment. He realized that any mention of his abduction made him a mental patient and to return to a normal life, he claimed he invented the story. He was free after three months of hospitalization.

Motivated by what he had seen in the ship, he followed electronics classes. Several years later, he read in the sensationalist tabloid The National Enquirer a story about a "ghost ship" orbiting the Earth detected in 1955, the year of his experience. He wondered whether it was the one he had been in and told his story with to collaborator of Omni magazine. This journalist [Patrick Huyghes?], interested, sent him to a doctor and in touch with a researcher, a professor of mathematics at the University of Albany, Ben Jamison.

At that time, the implant started to become visible under the skin by forming a small hard protuberance. The doctor wrote a report recording this strangeness, and told Price not to worry as long as he does not suffer.

In 1989, the implant broke in a part that was expelled through the skin, then a remainder came out two days later. MIT professor Pritchard who was interested in these possible implants but awaited hard items invited Price in his department.

Pritchard took electronic microscope photographs and analyzed on the implant, indexed "A 889". The implant was metallic and coated with a biomaterial sheath that would enable it to remain in the body without phenomenon of rejection. The microscope revealed strings, twists, tiny hooks. The results were long to come because Pritchard worked slowly and carefully, and that it is difficult to analyze something unknown when one does not know what you must search for. After some time, Pritchard announced that the implant was not metallic but organic, composed of 90 % carbon, nitrogen and oxygen traces. At the MIT conference, whereas the audience had called the case "The Proof", Pritchard announced that its work was not completed. When it was, the results did not prove anything, and in 1994, interviewed on TV about the alleged implant, he stated that it was perhaps cotton from Price's underwear, there was nothing anymore about hooks and strings and other interesting details; this transformation causing the author's perplexity.

[Ref. pk1:] PHILIP KLASS:

Philip Klass mentions that Denise Dilanni, producer of a NOVA "Kidnapped by UFOs?" TV documentary [skeptical], later said on the web that "One MIT physicist, a fervent proponent in alien abductions and in the process of scientific inquiry, has confirmed that there is not one, single, independently confirmed piece of scientific evidence for an alien abduction. Not one."

Philip Klass specifies that she was speaking of Dr. David E. Pritchard, who has analyzed several alleged "alien implants."


Psychologist and UFO skeptic Susan Blackmore noted that an implant that has been thoroughly analyzed was taken from abductee Richard Price and subjected to many tests by physicist David Pritchard but he concluded that it was of earthly biological origin.

[Ref. jn1:] JOE NICKELL:

After indicating that Whitley Strieber "admitted" that the conclusive evidence has not yet been gathered about alien implants, Jow Nickell indicates that UFOlogist David E. Pritchard, an M.I.T physicist made "a similar admission". Pritchard hosted with John Mack the 1992 Abduction Study Conference at M.I.T., and emphasized that the conference was merely held there; it was not an M.I.T. conference. He gave a presentation on a suspected implant, a tiny object with a collagen sheen that he acknowledged might have grown in the alleged abductee. It had supposedly been implanted in the man's penis, but worked itself out over time.


The Belgian ufologist notes that in September 1955, Troy (New York), USA, Richard Price, 8 years old, was playing with a female friend close to the cemetery. The children heard a puzzling, like a steam locomotive, they went in this direction, but little girl became frightened and stopped, while Richard continued alone.

He saw a small E.T. approach in military uniform with a cross-belt and transparent helmet and he let himself on board a vessel of hexagonal shape where he witnessed a strange projection which was a kind of interactive virtual reality where he discovered an orange planet, E.T.'s, and a variety of their spaceship, and attended a battle between two galactic fleets.

This kind of film enabled him to take part in the events, then he was brought to another room where he underwent a medical examination and where an implant was inserted in him. (...) In 1989, this implant broke and one part was expelled through the skin, then the remainder came out two days later.

At the MIT, professor Pritchard became interested there, the implant was said to be metallic and wrapped in a biological material. After some time, Pritchard announced that the implant was not metal but organic: 90% of carbon, nitrogen and oxygen traces.

The source is indicates as Marie-Thérèse de Brosses, "Enquêtes sur les enlèvements E.T." - Plon 1995, pages 267, 268.

[Ref. rl1:] DR. ROGER K. LEIR:

In his book on his own work on the alleged alien implants, Dr. Leir, a US podiatrist, recalls what was said on the matter, and indicates that one of the most outstanding cases was that of a person of the State of New York who said to have been abducted and who had an implant in the penis. This object surfaced with time, it could be extracted without the assistance of whoever, and he offered it to Dr. David Pritchard of the Department of Physics of the M.I.T.

Pritchard had initially examined the object under the electronic microscope, but found no unusual alloy nor convincing proof of its extraterrestrial origin. The analyses were financed by Robert Bigelow [a rich businessman funding UFO research] in Las Vegas, but it was said he was disappointed by the results and persuaded Pritchard to make more analyses, and the final conclusion was that the object was interesting, but impossible to identify.


Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Troy, New York, on late September, 1955, at early evening, the young witness was playing in a hilly wooded area when he heard a loud whistling sound coming from on top of a hill. Both the witness and a friend went up to investigate but found nothing; they then went to the nearby coal yard and became separated. The witness then walked towards a clearing in the woods and saw two figures standing by a tree, as he came closer to them he realized that they were not human and ran away but suddenly lost all control and was compelled to go where the creatures stood. The figures were short and humanoid in appearance and wore clear plastic helmets with a yellow rim; they also wore a one-piece uniform, red on top and blue pants with a silvery belt and a stripe with the letters "G A F" printed on it. He was then led to a nearby triangular shaped object and taken inside. There he saw numerous monitors and other equipment. He was made to sit in front of a gigantic white screen where he was shown images of other ships and the humanoids constructing them. He was apparently taken to a location resembling a city but was eventually brought back.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is J. Antonio Huneeus, UFO Universe.


Gildas Bourdais indicates that the most known case of alien implant is the bizarre story of the Richard Price alleged implant, studied during about five years by reputed physicist David Pritchard, professor at the MIT. After having mentioned its metallic nature at the beginning, he finally diagnosed a cotton fiber.

Gildas Bourdais indicates that the source is "Alien Discussions. Proceedings ot the Alien Study Conference", at MIT in 1992, pp 279 to 295.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on September 15, 1955 at 01:00 p.m., in Troy East, New York, USA, Richard Price, age 8, had its first abduction and an implant. He observed one object at a cemetery for over 60 minutes, and a grey being.

The sources are indicates as" Phenomena", and Hatch, Larry *U* computer database Author, Redwood City, 2002.

Points to consider:

We have here a typical "contactee" story, without no evidence since the only proposed evidence proved null, and single witness case. The meager descriptions of the extraterrestrial are not very encouraging, the description of the "spaceships" and the many alleged equipment are not available to me. The course of the experience described in the ufological literature is completely fragmentary and incomplete, and no investigation or checking seems to have been carried out, in any case, I did not find any investigation report.

The case falls down to the question: "why should we believe someone who says that at age 8, extraterrestrials took him on board their spaceship to take part in a battle between two 'alien galactic fleets'?"

I personally see no reason to believe in it.

And what about the meaning of the "GAF" lettering on the alleged aliens outfit? Is it "Galactic Air Force?"

Important points should not be neglected:

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe February 22, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Fragmentary data only. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe February 22, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single witness, background unknown. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe February 22, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Witness has psychiatric history, apparently not investigated. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe February 22, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Insufficient descriptions, second hand, no complete verbatim statement. Help needed. Opened.


Possible invention.

Sources references:

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

Document history:


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

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