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Classic Mysteries—Alternate Perceptions Magazine, November 2017

An extraordinary UFO sighting over Cleveland

by: Rick Hilberg

Cleveland, Ohio - At 8:50 p.m., on October 9, 1965, the Cleveland Ufology Project's UFO hotline that was manned by CUP Chairman Allan Manak received a call from Miss Pat Gresiwald of Cloud Avenue on Cleveland's near west side reporting a large disk shaped object with white lights around its center. The object's body was silverish in appearance and had a dome or ball type superstructure on top. The object was witnessed by six people at about 8:45 p.m.

From that time and lasting until about 10:15 p.m., 92 calls were made to the report center from the northwestern section of the city reporting a similar object slowly flying over the city and generally heading westward as far as the suburb of Fairview Park. Most witnesses described it as a large disk with lights around its edge flashing on and off in a sequential pattern. Several witnesses reported it flying directly overhead, thereby eliminating the possibility that it could have been an advertising plane flashing a message( upon checking the two services serving the city Manak found that neither had planes aloft that night). The lower cloud level at that time was at 2200 feet and a light drizzle was falling.

Manak managed to get a call out to me and I immediately went outside and observed the object to the north of my family home on W.119th Street near Lorain Avenue. It was slowly traveling westward with lights along its edge flashing in sequence from left to right. I could make out no details as to its structure because of the weather conditions and the light pollution from the business and street lights on Lorain Avenue. It was definitely moving too slowly to have been any sort of fixed wing aircraft, and no engine noise was noticed.

In short, this was one of the best mass UFO sightings ever reported from a major American city and a truly documented unknown case.

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