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The Visitors

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Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2001 09:05:05 -0500
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10/31/01

The Visitors

by James Coburn

Nothing was ordinary about what Wes Pitchford saw hovering over
Edmond 36 years ago.

He and his wife, Wilma, were sipping iced tea while sitting on
top of their little watch tower on top of their former home
located near Interstate 35 and Highway 66. They were not
watching for unidentified flying objects - simply enjoying the
warm August night as their five children were tucked in bed.

The 68-year-old pawn shop owner said he can't be certain what he
saw above his home in 1965, but the object appeared to be "a
flying saucer." "It wasn't scary - you know - but astonishing to
see (a UFO) that close out here," Wes Pitchford said.

He and three other witnesses of the UFO were quoted Aug. 3, 1965
on the front page of The Sun for haven seen the flying object.
"Several city policemen reported seeing mysterious objects in
the skies Sunday night and early Monday morning," the story
stated.

The object was brightly lighted and frequently changed color,
reported now-retired Edmond police officer Joel Cobb. He
described the UFO as briefly being above his north central
Edmond neighborhood before it hovering again for a few minutes
over Gracelawn Cemetery.

The article reported that Jack Cook and his daughter spotted a
"brightly lighted" UFO diving downward. Cook was traveling west
of Luther when he spotted the object. Cook has since retired
from owning an Edmond hardware business.

Neither he or Cobb could be reached for comment about the UFO
sighting. Pitchford recalls the UFO having several illuminated
portholes. "It did hover between our house and (Highway) 66. It
hovered out there - it stopped," he said while glancing over an
Aug. 3, 1965 Edmond Sun news article about the UFO sightings.

"It (states) here that it 'whooshed on by, going west by
southwest,' which is about right."

He doesn't recall telling The Edmond Sun the UFO was 28 to 30
feet in diameter, as stated in the article. But it was "a good
size," he recalls. "It was kind of round with a hump on top and
then porthole windows around that," he said.

Since then, Pitchford has not spotted another one in town. He
said a lot of people scoffed at the reported UFO sightings and
talk of the incident became has since become a nearly forgotten
topic. "I think a lot of them think you're kooks," he said while
referring with a laugh to other people's reactions of disbelief
to UFO's.

The Edmond UFO sighting is explored in the newly published book,
"More Mysterious Oklahoma" by author David A. Farris.

Tinker Air Force Base reported four UFOs on radar at an altitude
of 22,000 feet, according to Farris, who lives near the
outskirts of southwest Edmond. They were also tracked the
previous evening by Tinker as well as a Carswell Air Force Base
in Fort Worth, Texas, he said.

After the sightings were the lead stories in many state
newspapers, the U.S. Department of Defense concluded the UFOs
were the result of scintillating stars, Farris said.

His book is not conclusive but anecdotal in content. It is
intended for readers to come to their own conclusions about UFO
sightings. But certainly there are cases of flying objects which
remain unidentified, he said.


(James Coburn is the features editor. He may be reached at
jcoburn@edmondsun.com)




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