What caused multiple people to keep quiet after a UFO encounter 50 years ago?


As the youngest of seven boys, in a family that lived in Great Barrington for five generations, Tommy Warner, 10, had only known the stability and routine of small-town life. Then, at dusk on Labor Day weekend 1969, Tommy’s life changed forever.

Tommy Warner, 10, in Great Barrington

It’s the last day of summer before school is scheduled to start. Tommy is with the neighbor kids next door, and hears a voice in his head, urging him to “Leave! Go home!” He thinks God is talking to him, so he takes off running. But on his way home, Tommy’s friends and neighbors see him vanish into thin air–and he doesn’t re-appear for seven minutes. It’s during this period of time that Tommy believes he was transported to a UFO. The next thing he remembers, he’s is back in his yard, pinned to the ground by an unexplainable beam of light. When he’s released, he runs home, terrified.

Melanie Baumann, 14, saw a blinding light and a huge craft.

On this same summer evening, just a mile or two away, Melanie Baumann, 14, is enjoying an ice cream cone, parked by a lake with her family. Suddenly, they’re shocked to see a blinding light and a huge craft, rising out of the water in front of their car. Melanie and her siblings scream and try to hide, as their father attempts to follow the mystifying craft. The next thing Melanie remembers, she’s alone in the dark, on the sandy lakefront, left to find her own way home. Like Tommy, she believes she was abducted.

The Reed family was surrounded by terrifying, brightly colored lights.

In Sheffield, the next town over, the Reed family drives through a covered bridge, on their way home. As they exit the bridge, their car is surrounded by terrifying, brightly colored lights and the family has a sensation of dropping deep underwater. Then 10-year-old Thom Reed, his younger brother, mother, and grandmother, find themselves inside what seems like an enormous, bizarre warehouse. Thom is placed on a metal table and hears the voices of his mother and brother. They sounded frantic. The next thing they know, the entire family wakes up, back in their car.

Jane Green encountered the UFO while driving home with a friend.

That evening, Jane Green, 42, a respected citizen of the Great Barrington community, also encounters the UFO. As she’s driving home with a friend, she sees a huge bright light in front of her car. She stops, along with other amazed drivers, and witnesses what seems to be an alien aircraft, hovering at eye-level, completely silent. Jane says this was the most profound experience of her life.

All these witnesses to the UFO never spoke about the sighting, fearing ridicule. But now, 50 years later, they have decided to tell their stories. Though no one expects an explanation for what they encountered, they hope others who also saw the craft will come forward to validate their experience.




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    Something similar to this also happened to me and my then husband..hovering bright light over him when he was out walking and followwd him home. The rounded bright light hovered over our house for maybe more than an hour or so..( 12p.m.til about over 1a.m..The remarkable thing that i remembered was that the rounded bright thing was not blinding us..and the more i focus on the light , i noticed that it was rotating ..one sef of lights rotating clockwise and outer set of lights (in a ring / circle formation)rotating counter clockwise. When it was over hovering in our roof, it flew over into a small forest where i can still see them..i got tired of watching this light and went asleep (2a.m.)..not knowing exactly what we saw.Thd next morning, we expected to hear it on the news,..it was never printed nor announced on the radio! Made us wonder if it was only us who saw it..?!..We live in Norway..and this happened on dec.2000.


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    Jane Shaw Archambeau

    Sure is true. I witnessed Tom leaving our house yelling “I have to go home. No one ever talked about it til.my grandmother the nite before she passed said. “” Do you remember Sept 1.1969 and when I said yes. She said” They will talk about it now. It wasn’t talked about in 69. But they will now. “. SHE Passed the next night.


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    Thelma Wright Grobes

    Did anyone think to contact the air force? We had radar in 1969. Was anything picked up ? As large as that ufo seemed to be how could it enter our airspace with no detection??? Plus the UFO knew our language and entered our thoughts. That is mind blowing


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