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Occurred : 3/1/1972 23:30 (Entered as : 03/01/72 23:30)
Reported: 2/26/1999 18:37
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Salinas, CA
Shape: Cigar
Duration:2 - 3 min.
Huge object. At least 2 football fields long. Altitude approx. 500 ft. Observed moving slowly westerly direct. No lights. No sound. Underlit by city lights.

My sighting took place in the early seventies, in Salinas, California. I think I was about 15 or so. It late and I didn't feel like going to bed, so I decided to do some stargazing. I grabbed a soda, and tossed a folding chaise lounge chair up onto the garage roof to lay back on. After being up there for a short time, I noticed movement in the eastern sky. It was not a moving point of light that I saw, but rather an area of stars being blocked out by a huge object moving slowly across the night sky. At first I thought it was a blimp, but quickly dismissed this when I realized that it was much too large. The best way to describe the object is to say that it looked much like a naval battleship turned upside down, only a little more rounded at the ends. It displayed no lights of it's own, but I was able to observe the underside as it had become dimly lit by the city lights. The thing that was really weird about this craft, was the fact that it moved in total silence. At one point, it was no more than 500 feet almost directly above me. I heard nothing from it. The object continued moving slowly in a westerly direction towards the ocean, and disappeared from sight. I am 42 years old, married 18 years, and the father of six. Up until now, the only people I've told of this were my parents, my wife and kids, and my best friend. I'm not saying that I've ever been abducted, but when I think back, there were some pretty weird things that happened to me during my childhood. I can remember being scared in the middle of the night, and getting out of bed. I remember looking down the darkened hallway, and seeing a small figure backlit at the end of the hall. I remember the figure appearing startled. I didn't recall anything after that, and dismissed it as a dream. When I awoke in the morning. Another time, I awoke in the middle of the night to see a small hooded figure kneeling by my bed. When I moved, the figure stood up. It was wearing a long, hooded robe, much like what a monk would wear. In ! the darkness, I could not see a face. This really freaked me out, and I snatched the covers up over my head. The next morning, I asked my parents if either of them had checked on me during the night. They said they had not. My mom said that maybe it was an angel, so that's what I told myself to keep sane as I grew up. The last weird thing I'd like to mention about my childhood, is a small metallic object I noticed under the skin of my outer thigh. I say it was metallic, as it was just under the skin to the point where I could tell it was grey metal color. I don't remember how it got there. I remember telling my friends that it was there from getting shot with a pellet gun, and that he pellet was still there, although in fact, I was never shot. the small "thing" is gone now, and there is no scar. I've never really put all this weird stuff together until the last 10 or 15 years. I kind of look at it as all being pretty circumstantial. I have, and do experience sleep paralysis from time to time. I know what that is. REALLY scary, but I don't remember being beamed up to a mothership or any of that stuff. I've lived a pretty normal, relatively uneventful life. I've got some baggage, like most people do, but nothing related to my sighting and the few unexplained occurrences of my childhood. I don't think I'm an abductee or anything. If I am, I don't think I want to know the details !