This article was published in the daily newspaper The Times - Tri-City Daily, of Florence, Alabama, on February 18, 1973.
Lexington, AL. The "mysterious" flying object that has become a familiar sight in the Shoals area still holds the No. 1 spot on the list of conversation subjects.
The most recent of spectacular "capers" of the object is the landing in the pasture of the Raleigh Nix home at Lexington. Phil Nix saw the object about 11:30 p.m., called his brother Mike, then his parents and sister.
"It was on the ground in the pasture, about 300 yards from the house and so bright that it almost hurt your eyes to look at it," Phil said. He said that it appeared to be "larger than a car, but smaller than a bus," and that his family watched it for sometime before it disappeared as though someone had turned a switch.
Phil said that the landing near their home was the fourth sighting of the object for him and his brother.
"We didn't believe it when we first heard the story about an object - maybe a UFO - being sighted in Lexington," Phil said.
He said that one night when he was driving home, he thought a car was following closely because of a bright light in the rear view mirror, but he discovered it to be the "object" and no car was near.