Report UFO sighting by four area youths
Four Clarion-Limestone School boys, all
members of the school's junior' class,
aren't quite sure today' whether they saw one or two "UFO's" -
unidentified flying objects - in the Corsica area last Tuesday evening, but they're unanimously
certain that they saw something and that their car radio was inexplicably
"jammed" by crashing static at the same time.
C·L youths are: Andrew Shofestall,' 16, of RD .1, Corsica; Jack Stahlman, also.
16, of RD 1, Clarion (East Main Street Extension); Paul Perry, also 16 and
also of RD 1, Clarion, and Peter Snyder, 16, of RD 1, Clarion.
juniors had been out for a ride in a 1962 Dodge sedan, owned by Peter
Snyder’s father and driven by Peter. They stopped at the Shofestall home to
let Andrew out.
said that he went into the house, looked out of a window, and saw a bright
light in the sky, in the direction of the Keystone Shortway link which lies
north of his home, and in a place where no such light had ever appeared
he saw was white, he said, and steadily unblinking; it did not appear to
move. He is certain that it was well above the horizon which is normally
visible in daytime from the window at which he was standing.
Andy said that he watched the mysterious light
for approximately a half-hour; then, since it seemed to be immobile and
unchanging, he assumed that there was some natural explanation for it, and
went to bed.
Meanwhile, the other three boys had
started up the Snyder car and had driven to a point 50 feet or more from the
Shofestall home when they saw a "quite bright" light in the sky, and
stopped the car to observe it.
occupants of the car all agree this light was seen in a different direction
from that observed by Andy Shofestall, and that it changed color several
times, from bright green, to blue, and then to white.
High Above Ground
This light, observed by Peter Snyder, Paul Perry and
Jack I Stahlman, was apparently "high above the ground," they said
-- and it moved several times. They agreed that, when it moved, it seemed to
dart across the sky with extreme rapidity, and that it then came to an instantaneous
stop in midair.
no sign of "slowing down" before the sudden stop, which all three
boys observed. They had opened the car’s windows for a better view of the
phenomenon, they said, and all had a clear view of the mysterious light as
long as it remained in sight: They agreed that they had watched it for at least
their five minutes or more of observation, the car's radio was on and, while
the changing, moving light was in sight, the radio was filled with crashing
static which completely obliterated the perfectly clear program-signal to
which they had been listening. When the UFO -- if that's what they saw --
disappeared from view, the car's radio returned at once to normal operation.
The 1962 car,
in which they were riding, Peter Snyder said, had only recently been equipped
with a new radio which was, and is, in perfect working condition.
While the light hovered in the
sky, the boys said, there was a sudden, brief downpour of rain; the rainfall
began instantaneously, with no preliminary "Sprinkle,” an ended just as
Asked if the static which jammed the
car radio could have been associated with the sudden rainstorm, all three
said that the jamming was of a completely different kind than that usually
heard during rainstorms and lighting storms, and that it was vastly more loud
and continuous. So severe was the radio noise, they said, that they turned
off the radio.
M. M. Collett, supervising principal of
Clarion·Limestone School, told a News reporter that residents of the area had been experiencing
severe radio and television interference for some time, and that he
had requested the West Penn Power Company to make an interference check in
the area. He said he suspected some malunction in a transformer or an insulator
on a high-tension line which runs across the area.
district radio listeners on Tuesday night (when a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball
was being broadcast on radio only) reported severe interference at different times during the evening.
One such report came from as far west as Lamartine and the
crashing "static", which lasted for only a few minutes was heard
earlier in the evening, by at least an hour, than the Corsica observances,
which took place between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.
An employee of The Clarion News reports having seen a bright red light in the
sky high above the Monroe Chapel area last Friday night; the light was stationary, this
report says, and the observer's auto radio, which is said to be an unusually
good one, was completely drowned out by continuous static as long as the
red light was visible aloft.
This reference: The Clarion, PA., Democrat, dated April 22, 1966
With thanks to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO
Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/
UFOCAT PRN - NONE
UFOCAT URN – NONE News clipping The Clarion, PA., Democrat,
dated April 22, 1966
UFOCAT URN – NONE News clipping Dubois, PA., Courier
Express, dated April 26, 1966
North America – United States, Pennsylvania, Jefferson
Corsica Latitude 41-10-52
N, Longitude 79-12-08 W (D-M-S)