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Waco's Encounters With UFOs

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2007 12:13:12 -0400
Archived: Sun, 28 Oct 2007 12:13:12 -0400
Subject: Waco's Encounters With UFOs

Source: The Waco Tribune - Texas, USA


Saturday, October 27, 2007

Brazos Past: Waco's Encounters With UFOs

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By Terri Jo Ryan
Tribune-Herald staff writer

Believe in them or not, flying saucers have played a role in
Waco's past and continue to excite the mind today.

Since the wreckage of an alleged "flying disc" was recovered 60
years ago by the U.S. Air Force from the deserts of Roswell,
N.M., Central Texans have turned a curious eye to the skies.

But it was the flurry of UFO reports over Waco skies in the
spring and summer of 1952 that had the newsrooms of the Waco
Times-Herald and News-Tribune buzzing.

On Easter Sunday, April 13, 1952, an electronics instructor at
James Connally Air Force Base (now the Waco campus of Texas
State Technical College) named Lt. Edward Gaucher, 27, said he
spotted 15 to 20 flying saucers from the Joy Drive-In Theater on
Old Dallas Highway (State Highway 81 North).

He was at the theater with his wife and three children when he
spotted what he called a formation of objects approaching him.
They were about six miles away, about 5,000 feet in the air, and
traveling an estimated 600 miles per hour. The reddish glowing
objects were only seen for about 10 seconds, he said.

L.C. Headrich, operator of the Bellmead Bakery, said he also saw
them that night from nearby Oaklawn Drive-In Theater, also on
Highway 81. Their reports were dismissed by other observers the
next day as merely sunlight reflecting off birds.

By they weren't the only ones spotting UFOs in 1952. Hundreds of
reports were taken by the U.S. military from Americans reporting
aerial anomalies like flying discs, glowing domes, bluish
cylindrical craft and "dark wings."

Carl Freund of the Fort Worth Press, a former News-Tribune staff
member, told the Associated Press in April 1952 he observed
about 50 "glowing objects" over the Tarrant County Courthouse
during the day.

And it turns out, just days before the flying saucers hit the
media, a Connally AFB civilian instructor named Joseph E.
Civello and his wife reported their own close encounter at the
Oaklawn Drive-In Theater.

According to the Air Force's files, on April 2, 1952, Civello
and his wife noted a "flaming, yellow object" approaching them
overhead from the southwest. The fast-moving cylinder appeared
to be emitting particles, some kind of stream of sparks, from
its tail =97 a tail much longer than any jet aircraft he knew, he
said. It was eerily silent to boot.

On April 24, 1952, Leslie M. Parks of Waco, who worked for Tom
Cuff Electrical Contracting Co., was watching a movie at the
Oaklawn with his wife when he saw two groups of glowing
tangerine discs cross the night sky.

Another dozen or so strange sightings were recorded that spring
and summer in Waco.

In late September, according to the newspapers' archives, the
furor was about over. The Times-Herald received a postcard from
an anonymous source who claimed a Waco citizen had figured out
the flying saucer, "motors and all," and wanted to get his
blueprints to the Army "for help in the atomic field," but
didn't know how to go about it.

Waco's newspapers made merry of astronomical oddities throughout
the months with reports of the nightly sky shows, dubbing the
unidentified flying objects as "flying pumpkinheads", "glowjoes"
and "thingamadodgers". They joked that the new city manager's
first order of businesses needed to be attacking the plague of
sky-skippers. North Highway 81 was dubbed Flying Saucer Row.

[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/ for the lead]

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