This article was published in the daily newspaper Daily Oklahoma, USA, August 3, 1965.
Stars in Their Eyes? Many Insist "Flying Objects" Seen
Despite Air Force claims that Oklahomans were literally "seeing stars," reports continued to flood in of unidentified flying object sightings Tuesday.
Dale Johnson, director of the Kirkpatrick Planetarium, said it is a "mystery where the air force got its information" that the objects may have been the planet Jupiter.
"Jupiter is not in view this time of year," Johnson said.
The only planets visible now are Mars, which is overhead in the early evening, and Venus. Saturn comes into view in the morning, he said.
People may be seeing Antares, a star in the south, which changes colors drastically, or Vega, which is overhead about 9 p.m., he said.
One report even had a UFO landing near Justin, Texas, 11 miles from Denton.
Other reports had green UFO's, red UFO's and brilliant white UFO's zipping, hovering and streaking through unusually clear summer skies.
Hundreds of reports streamed into the Highway Patrol, police departments, Tinker Air Force Base, the U. S. Weather Bureau and news media for the third straight night.
Still, the Air Force stuck to its released announcement from Washington, D.C., that some reports could be observations of a Delta meteor shower occurring from July 26 through August 16.
The Air Force statement also said that during the past two days temperature distribution and wind speeds over the great plains were favorable to "scintillation," the natural phenomenon that causes stars to appear to twinkle or distant objects to appear to dance when viewed through layers of the atmosphere.
But, people still reported seeing strange, undefined things.
In Fort Smith, Ark., two high school students, Ronnie Coble, 17, and Jack Clark, 17, both of Van Buren saw three egg-shaped UFO's streak overhead. Five minutes later they saw a fourth, they said.
In Texas two Tarrant County deputy sheriffs reported a brilliant object that "looked like a magnesium flare" appeared to touch ground near Justin. The men spotted it while on patrol near Wagle Mountain Lake.
Peace officers swarmed into the area but several hours later they reported their search revealed nothing.
About the same time, scores of residents in Fort Worth and Denton told of observing a bright light as it streaked northward across the sky.
Telephone callers asked Denton officers about a white glare which, they said, appeared to touch ground in the Justin vicinity.
A policeman at Lewisville, in south Denton County, reported a multi-colored object passed within 100 feet of the Lewisville Dam.
A Norman man, Charles Boyd, said he and four other persons watched a white globe, which they estimated to be 30 to 40 feet in diameter hover about 20 degrees above the horizon southeast of Norman.
Boyd said the object appeared to move forward, backward, then up and down.
Robert Bennett, a Highway Patrolman on duty at Tishomingo, said he sighted a "green UFO" travelling northeast at high altitudes.
Woodward police officer Jim Peak, said he verified reports from several residents that a "solid red globe" was flying over the city.