Classic Mysteries—Alternate Perceptions Magazine, January 2021
Tiny UFO Angers Invalid
by: Bob Pratt
UFOs can be quite small. A Tennessee woman in her late seventies told me that on the afternoon of March 1, 1974, she and her invalid husband were sitting on their front porch enjoying the spring weather. Then some things in the sky caught their attention.
They were five saucer-shaped objects about two feet in diameter moving slowly and low in the sky. They leisurely floated in over a field across the road from the couple’s house and settled down in the midst of a herd of cows about five hundred yards away.
Only one of the cows paid any attention to the small discs. It seemed to be offended by the intrusion and kept turning and walking toward one of the mini-UFOs. Each time it did, the object would simply rise up, pass over the cow and settle down on the other side.
The woman’s husband became upset. He got his rifle and started hobbling toward the field. The phone rang at that moment and by the time his wife got rid of the caller, the objects were flying away. As they did, one passed very close to her husband’s head and then joined the others.
By that time her husband had reached the fence and was standing still. His hands were down at his sides, the rifle clutched in one of them. When she got to him, he was icy cold and shivering. All he’d say was: “That damned thing took my picture!”
She helped him back up to the house and he went inside and lay down on a daybed. He stayed there the rest of the day and said nothing more. The next morning the woman looked out and saw the cow lying dead next to a pond. Two weeks later her husband died. The doctor said it was a heart attack. He’d had several before. Their farm was near Millington, a town just north of Memphis. I phoned her again a couple of years later to see how she was doing and she told me the same story about the little UFOs all over again.
Editor’s Note: Sadly Bob Pratt is no longer with us. He passed from this world on November 21, 2005, at the age of 79. A dedicated and professional journalist, I met him early in 1976, soon after he had discovered that there really was something to this UFO business. He came to interview over the years more than 2,000 witnesses, traveling all over the US and Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Puerto Rico, Peru, Uruguay, the Philippines and Japan in search of good evidence. He wrote the incredible book UFO Danger Zone: Terror and Death in Brazil – Where Next? (1996), a country he visited 14 different times and found some of the most compelling and at times most disturbing encounter cases.