OSHAWA, Ont. There may not be little
green men in flying saucers over Durham region, but there’s something up
there, by George!
I know. I saw it, as did at least
three other people, a young married couple, and a city policeman.
What it was, none of us know; it was
far too distant to make out any shape. But whatever it was, it was flashing
red, green and white, and just hanging there, about 30 degrees above the
northern horizon, shortly after midnight.
From what I saw, the UFO seemed to be
the same sort of object reported about a month ago near the Pickering nuclear
power station by several observers.
It wasn’t a star and it wasn’t an
aircraft or helicopter.
When I first saw the UFO, a few
minutes after Paul Smith of Oshawa called The Times at midnight, it was alone
in that section of the sky. He and his wife had been watching it for about
half an hour before I arrived, and he said it appeared to be moving slowly
I watched the object for about 10
Earlier, Smith had talked to someone
at Oshawa Airport, who said there were no aircraft in the vicinity.
By the time I got home, the UFO had
moved slightly to the east but by now it was forming the lower point of an
inverted triangle with two stars on the top points.
I checked each of the stars and the
UFO carefully, to see whether some atmospheric trick was making the stars
appear to flash. The stars stayed steadily white. The UFO continued to flash
red, green and white.
I drove to the Durham regional police
headquarters where Constable Norm Treen and I both saw the UFO through
I have done a lot of star-gazing and
I’ve seen the planet Venus often enough not to confuse it with anything else.
I spent 15 years as a reporter
specializing in aviation, and that was no aircraft or helicopter.
What it was, I haven’t a clue, but
any reservations I have had in the past about the legitimacy of UFOs no longer