2 April 1977
(The Gettysburg Times, Pennsylvania)
The whole article:
“Burton Woods jumped from his bed when he heard it coming. He raced to the porch of his home and watched the tear-shaped flying object hover nearby for about five minutes.
‘It had a high-pitched whine, like when you twirl a rope over your head,’ said Woods.
Then he snapped some pictures of what he thought was the Goodyear blimp.
‘But when I got a real good look at it, I realized it was like nothing I had ever seen before in my life.’
Woods is the latest north-central Pennsylvania resident to report sighting an unidentified flying object (UFO).
The film he shot from his mobile home in Clearfield County was turned over to the Pennsylvania Center for UFO Research here, which is looking into a series of UFO sightings in the area last week. It will be developed over the weekend.
Woods described the object as having the shape of a teardrop, about 150 to 200 feetlong.
‘It was a brownish-gray color and had a bright glossy green panel on the bottom. I got so close I could have clobbered it with a baseball,’ said Woods, who never believed in UFO’s before.
‘We feel he really did see an unidentified craft,’ said Joan Jeffers, executive director of the Pittsburgh group, which is allied with the National Center for UFO Study in Illinois.
‘Intuitively I feel the man is telling the truth because most people are not very well versed on the effects of close encounters with UFOs,’ she said.
Among the after-effects Woods described were headaches, blurred vision and general fatigue.
‘Based on information gathered over the years by other people who say they have been exposed to UFOs, these symptoms are typical,’ Mrs. Jeffers added.
Last week scores of people in the Punxsutawney-Dubois area reported strange lights and objects. A number of state police officers, including one who followed an object and watched it for about a half-hour, were among those reporting the sightings.”
Satellite photo of DuBois, Pennsylvania (tageo.com)