West Seattle, Washington UFO Report Saturday, March 5, 1988 PART I: Narrative of principal

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West Seattle, Washington UFO Report Saturday, March 5, 1988 PART I: Narrative of principal witness, male, age 43 Transcribed from notes by Dr. Donald Johnson, March 13, 1988 At approximately 9:30 p.m. I left the ARCO convenience store at the southwest corner of Fauntleroy and SW Alaska St. and noticed the object while facing east. It was "sitting" [hovering] over towards the golf course and club house. I live on Fauntleroy and Dawson, about 4 blocks south of Fauntleroy and Alaska. I looked at it, then looked away then back for about 3 or 4 seconds. It wasn't sitting on the ground, but if it had it would have crushed the clubhouse, because it would have been right over it. [Later at the clubhouse he revised this comment to say that it was probably not over the clubhouse but in a clearing between the highway and the golf course to the right of the clubhouse--an area some 500 yards long and 100 yards wide. It is important to note that if the UFO had been near the ground in this area it would have been hidden from view to the south by trees, to the north by the West Seattle high school stadium, and from 35th S.W. by a hill.] It was huge--I don't know what a "mothership" is (we get our terminology from TV), but it was like a mothership, it was big. [Later at the intersection he described the size of the object as stretching from a rotating motel sign on the left to a tall evergreen tree on the right, a distance that would be covered by 3 inches of a ruler held at arm's length. His estimate on the report form that the apparent size of the object was as large as a 12" ruler held at arm's length was therefore an exaggeration.] I shouted back and called [his girlfriend's] attention to it. It moved to the left, then to the right, then it moved away and up until it was out of sight. While we were watching it we stood in the middle of the intersection and nearly got run over by two or three cars. One guy who almost hit me honked and said, "are you nuts?", and I said, "no man, look at that". He stopped and said "is someone hurt" and then he saw the object. He saw it while it was in motion. We watched it until the damn thing disappeared. The other witness--a guy 25 to 30 years old, heavy build with a blond mustache, 5'9 to 5'11, well dressed in sweater and slacks--said, "somebody's playing a joke, right?", and I said, "No, I've been watching it for about 30 seconds." I didn't hear anything like a hum or a buzz like you would get from an airplane. There was nothing. [When questioned about his note on the sketch made earlier that said "humming sound":] I heard a humming sound like the electric [cooling] fan on a car after the engine is turned off, but it was probably the car of the guy who stopped. I'm almost sure the sound didn't come from the object. The other guy said he was on his way to Jake O'Shaunnessy's Restaurant to meet someone and had to get going. I said I was going to go down to the golf course and check that out. I went down to the clubhouse parking lot, there were only two cars there, parked in front of the clubhouse. I didn't see anything more unusual there. The stadium lights were on at the West Seattle High stadium there at the park. The first thing I thought when I saw it was that it was a carbon arc [searchlight], and I was looking around first for a carbon-arc searchlight to see if there was some source of the light. I used to be a projectionist and used to work on the carbon arc. You could project the pictures on the clouds with one of those things if you wanted to. But it was definitely a physical object. [Asked about the weather conditions that night:] There was a full moon that night. The moon looked huge that night. It was clear, there were sparse clouds but not "en masse" so you couldn't see the sky. I hadn't been drinking and I don't do any drugs. [Asked about his line of work:] I run a shoe repair concession with two other men in the Nordstrom's Men Shoe department, and I'm a part-time musician (percussion and piano). [Asked about his familiarity with UFO literature:] We saw the Betty and Barney Hill movie, I used to watch a TV series in the '60s called Project Blue Book, one of my favorite movies is "The Day the Earth Stood Still", and I read Shirley MacLaine's book "Out on a Limb". [Asked about a description of the object:] The object was metallic blue color. It was shaped like this [makes an ellipse in the air with his two hands], but it wasn't flat like you would think a flying saucer should be. It had greenish yellow lights in a row--six of them the same size. There were three rings of rotating white light: the one on the left was rotating counter-clockwise and the one on the right was rotating clockwise and the one on the bottom was probably rotating clockwise. It had a blue thing on top like the radar detector on an AWAC aircraft. It may not have been attached.


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