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Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/1/1969 20:00 (Entered as : 07/69 20:00)
Reported: 12/6/2006 11:12:09 AM 11:12
Posted: 12/7/2006
Location: Payson, AZ
Shape: Disk
Duration:< 5 min.
The disc illuminated bright lemon yellow light through it's large square windows, moving slowly and beeping intermitingly

People generally do not believe me due to my age at the time of this incident, yet I have remembered other things from very early on, including my actual birth, which I have proven by my description to my mother of both doctors and nurses present, their physical descriptions, position in the delivery room, etc.

That said, here is what happened in 1969 when I was aged three: At the time stated, my grandparents were caretakers on a cattle ranch in Payson, Arizona. It was quite remote at the time, you had to travel down a five mile dirt road to get to it and it was completely secluded. The guesthouse in which they resided faced a pasture of approximately 100 yards, which ended at the base of a very high, steap canyon wall. Behind this wall was a drop off into the canyon with a running creek at the bottom.

My mother, one of my aunts, and myself were staying there for a visit.

On this particular night, they along with my grandmother were inside the house talking and my grandad and I were sitting out in the enclosed porch at the front of the house. He was just beginning to tell me my nightly bedtime story when we both noticed a yellow light, gradually growing and raising up from behind the far left side of the canyon wall at the end of the pasture.

He said "What the hell is that" and raised from his chair.

I was attracted to the pretty light and went for the door to go toward it. He yelled at me and grabbed me back inside and at that moment we saw the object itself rise up from the same location. It was a dark night but we could see that it was disc shaped by the illumination of it's own light; bright, bright yellow came from each of the large square windows, and apparently that created enough light to cast around the object and allow us to see it.

This next part is embarrassing because it sounds so science fiction, but the object made no sound except for the classic rather high pitched "beep" with approximately 1 second intervals. It "glided" up slowly; I cannot describe the speed excep t to say that it was like counting "1 one thousand, 2 one thousand, 3 one thousand, etc. It was traveling slowly, almost like cruising. It made no darting or quick moves.

My grandad yelled "Oh my God, oh my God! It's a UFO!" Then he started screaming for my grandmother and my mom and my aunt, screaming their names and jumping up and down. During all of this I was just staring at the object, loving the color and wanting to go toward it.

By the time he managed to stumble into the house the object had been slowly moving over the canyon wall to the right, and before he could get anyone to come out it had descended down behind the wall at the same speed at which it had appeared. By the time the others got outside there was no sign of it.

For years afterward, Grandad was laughed at by family members; it didn't help that he was a practical joker. But one time years later when I was in my early twenties, I was visiting him in his apartment in CA with my mother when someone brought up the UFO subject and I made the casual remark "like the one that Gramps and I saw" and at that instant the 80 year old man jumped up and went nuts yelling "You remember! YOU REMEMBER!"

After that, nobody laughed at us anymore.

Through the sands of time, the details of the object's description had faded from my conscious memory.

Then about four years ago, I was in the public library in Show Low AZ; I live nearby. I was waiting for the person that I'd hitched a ride into town with to finish up and I picked up a book on unsolved mysteries, UFO sightings, etc.

As I was flipping through the book, a page turned and THERE IT WAS, MY UFO! The reason I know it to be the same one is that the instant I saw the picture, all the breath left my body; I gasped and I fell back onto the wooden reference table and onto a man who was sitting there reading. I've seen lots of UFO pictures before and I've never had that experience. It was the same one; I'd stake my life on it. It was a black and white photo, and the caption said it had been taken in New Mexico in 1965.

I was just thinking about my favorite color throughout my childhood, it was the "lemon yellow" from the 64 count Crayola box. I have only recently understood why, it was the same yellow as the lights coming from the craft.


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