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Re: First 'Grey' Report?

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 99 10:17:56 PDT
Fwd Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 11:48:04 -0400
Subject: Re: First 'Grey' Report?

>From: Jesus Millan Arias <jesusmillan@mx3.redestb.es>
>To: UFO UpDates <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: First 'Grey' Report?
>Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 21:51:12 +0200

>Please, could anybody tell me when, where and how (like
>abduction, like contactee...) the first report about "Grey" type
>beings appeared in Ufology

Coincidentally, this was a subject I addressed in my lecture,
"The Prehistory of UFO Abductions," to the IF Conference in New
York City on April 10.

After much searching, I was able to find only one report of the
sort of entity cited in many abduction accounts after 1965. This
makes it the first report of its kind.  While most CE3 witnesses
claimed to have encountered humanoids and (not infrequently)
humanlike figures, only the incident cited below features the
sort of being with which we have become familiar in the
abduction era. I quote from my lecture:

On December 11, 1957, the Prince George, British Columbia,
Citizen carried a story which reporter Ron Powell said he had
heard from a man who walked into the newspaper office. The name
of the man,  if he ever existed, is unknown.  As the story went,
the man had been in the U.S. Army occupational forces in Austria
in 1951 or 1952 when, as he walked home one night, a helmeted
figure stepped in front of him, paralyzed him with a pencil-like
weapon, and placed a square black plate on his chest which
caused him to float into a nearby UFO, which then shot into
space.  They landed in what amounted to a flying-saucer parking
lot on a planet the witness took to be Mars, though he was not
certain.  While there, he saw beings similar to the one that had
abducted him as well as figures who looked like normal, earthly
human beings, who did not acknowledge his presence.  He was then
flown back to the spot from which he had been taken.  His
abductor pointed the pencil weapon at him again, and he heard it
click, but this time he did not feel paralyzed, though he
pretended to be as the being removed the plate from his chest.
He also had the impression that he was supposed to forget what
had just happened to him, but the attempt at enforced amnesia
failed.  The being reentered the craft and departed.

Here is the description our anonymous alleged witness gave:

"He had no hair at all.... His head was sort of cylinder form.
A very high forehead, with big eyes.  You could see lots of
little eyes in the two big eyes.  It seemed to me it looked like
the eyes of a fly. No nose at all, just two holes. He had a very
small slit for a mouth. It looked like he had skin; it was sort
of white. There were two holes for the ears.  His skull was very
large.  The torso was formed kind of like a tin can.  The legs
were of proportionate length.  His arms were a little shorter
than our arms, I would say.  His hands seemed to be three long
fingers.  I couldn't see any neck, but he was wearing material
that was like silver but wasn't shiny."

Except for the "little eyes in the two big eyes," this is a
reasonably close approximation of other descriptions of the gray
or white humanoids of later abduction lore.  There are other
suggestive details: the otherworldly journey reported by some
abductees, the observation of other humans, the amnesia aspect.
On the other hand, this is a tale devoid of investigation or
verification even of the physical existence of the man who
supposedly told it.  For all we know, the reporter who wrote the
story could have made it up out of whole cloth simply to amuse
his readers.  As evidence of anything, it amounts to nothing. It
is just a curiosity.

Jerry Clark

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