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Occurred : 4/10/1974 07:10 (Entered as : 04/10/1974 07:10)
Reported: 4/3/2005 12:45:45 AM 00:45
Posted: 4/16/2005
Location: Hallsville, OH
Shape: Sphere
Duration:10-15minutes
Lighted sphere observed hovering in morning sky.

This happened thirty one years ago but I still remember it quite clearly.

We lived on a small farm that was a quarter mile from the nearest neighbor and almost a mile outside of the closest town. I was ten years old and was outside at the end of our driveway waiting for the school bus to pick me up. My only sibling, an older sister, was ill that day so I was alone.

That morning was notable because it was the first school day after the "Spring Forward" adjustment of the clocks and it was therefore darker than I was accustomed to. Although it was "twilight" there was still enough light to see the barn, the cars and the fields around me.

I was oriented to the east and was facing the road. I was watching the sunrise as I waited. I then had a feeling that "I was not alone" and looked over my shoulder to the north. Hovering maybe fifteen to twenty feet off the ground was a sphere with a number of lights on it. It was bigger than a basketball but smaller than a beachball. It seemed metalic and orange, white and lavender lights seemed to eminate from it although there didn't seem to be any bulbs or lenses.

When I first saw it it was still and maybe twenty five yards away. It began, slowly, to move toward me until it was only ten feet away and ten feet off the ground. I was not afraid. I don't remember feeling anything, not even curiosity. It stopped moving but seemed to turn or roll but not on an axis. It seems that I looked at it for ten or fifteen minutes but I have no recollection of its departure, nor do I have any recollection of getting on the bus.

The next memory that I have is of sitting on the bus and being several miles from my house. Over the years I have thought about this incident many times. The facts that I have given here are directly from my memories. There are other "memories" that include me being aware of a larger ship hovering in the distance beyond our barn, but I can't be sure that this isn't embellishment that occured over time.

I did tell my family about this but it was received with a "Oh, okay." reaction. I didn't tell my friends or anyone else until I was in my twenties. The first time I talked of it, probably fifteen years after it happened, I experienced a strangely powerful emotional reaction that had me shaking and close to tears. I have never had such a reaction since when either thinking of or talking about that day. I submit this account to you now for the benefit of statistical compilation and because I'm curious if others have submitted similar events.

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD))