Part of a cover letter by the person who
forwarded the report to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS):
I am also enclosing a report given me by Mike Finello that I subsequebntly (sic) corroborated as true to the testimony of
Gary R.... He and his brother were out on a lake at four in the morning
heading for a fishing spot when the craft he described descended suddenly and
entered the water very
slowly, remained underwater for a while (he could see the glow in the depths
of the lake), then emerged very slowly and, once it was free of the
water, accelerated rapidly and had the appearance of a star once again in a
matter of seconds. My interview with him has all the hallmarks of a middle-aged
guy remembering an anomalous event from more than thirty years ago that had
been indelibly imprinted on his mind and imagination. One of the most
interesting aspects of the incident is that his brother, who was in the boat
with him, refuses to talk about it, dismissing it as "that thing with
the shooting star or whatever." Strangeness.
All text below was handwritten on original documents.-CF-
(Witnessed by :) Gary
(Date of sighting :) Mid-August, 1964 (Friday into Sat.
(Place & location :) Delafield, WI on Upper Nemahbin. North end of lake.
(Time of day :) 2:44 a.m. Satuarday
(Condition – Weather :) Beautiful star lite (sic) night, with full
moon and mild wind (0-5 MPH)
(Activity doing :) My brother & I were on a weekend fishing
trip and rented a small cabin between Upper & Lower Nemahbin Lakes. We love to fish. Bass fishing.
(Coming from :) Milwaukee, WI. Our parents’ house.
(Brother’s vehicle :) 1958 Ford Fairlane
(My date of birth :) 04-22-1947, age (17)
(Depth of water object entered :) 90 feet deep approx.
(U.F.O.) The deepest spot of Upper Lake Nemahbin, southeast of sunken island from north bay.
(Time of sighting – What we were doing :) I was rowing
rented boat to the north bay of Upper Nemahbin
and came to a complete stop to watch. 2:44 a.m. Satuarday
(Size of U.F.O.): 200 ft. in diameter.
(Distance from us when it stopped in water.):
Approximately 1,000 yds. from
(What we had to drink.): Soda water & cookies
(Boat rental – Location – Upper Lake.): Channel Inn –
Tavern on Frontage Road, owned by George & Gladus
Sketch # 1 on 8.5 x 11 paper –CF-
Sketch # 2 on yellow index card–CF-
2 – Yellow cards with brief story
As we left
the shore from the boat landing at Channel Inn Tavern, the fishing trip was
on its way. All our tackle & rods in place, soda to drink, and sandwiches
to eat, and a bag of potato chips.
was to reach the north bay of Upper Nemahbin Lake
near the sunken island. We knew from past trips the bass would be in that
a.m. we started drifting with ores back in the boat and grabbing our fishing
poles. I looked into the ski (sic) and was
admiring the brilliant array of stars and the full moon.
happened; we saw a shooting star that wasn’t a shooting star, but an unusual
bright object getting closer & closer to the lake we were in. This object
swirled through the ski (sic) with minimum
of effort and entered
into the deepest part of the lake about 1,000 yards from us. The spacecraft entered
silently into the water at about [a] 75° angle with very little disturbance of [the] surface [of the]
water – no wake at all. The craft was still visible to us
because its lights were on around the whole spacecraft, from what we could
tell maybe 15’ to 20’
down under the surface of [the] water.
We watched for at least 10 seconds this unbelievable
thing parablel (sic-parallel)
to [the] top [of
the] water, then
all of a sudden it came out slow and easy at the same approx. 75° angle,
the brilliant showcase of glowing light throughout the craft. Without any real disturbance
to surface water, it aimed to the stars up high in a sweeping motion.
In about 5 to 7 seconds, it blended in with the rest of the stars as bright
as they were. My heart was going to town & I wondered if this was for
real or was I dreaming. My brother didn’t say much about what happened or
even if we both witnessed the same strange occurrence. This was deafinitly (sic) a
U.F.O. and took place the month of August 1964 in Delafield, Wisconsin, on Upper Nemahbin Lake.
be more detail than what I wrote down but this is the major part of this
incident that early morning fishing trip.
Gary James R.
on file with CUFOS
With thanks to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO
Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
North America – United States, Wisconsin
43-03-39 N, Longitude 88-24-13 W (D-M-S)
Upper Nemahbin Lake
Latitude 43-04-00 N, Longitude 88-25-48 W