Autumn 1980 Hillsboro
nobody in Hillsboro has had a closer – or more frightening – encounter than
this 50-ish family man. Once an
assistant superintendent of schools in Monroe, New York, he and his wife
Dorothy, move to Hillsboro with their children to deal in antiques and “get
away from the clamor.” Considered all
that has happened, he says, “that is the comical part.”
their income from selling antiques, Hill has been working as a part-time
maintenance man at several schools in the area. Late one night in autumn, he was driving
home from the Washington school, 16 miles from Hillsboro on isolated Route
31. Many people have sighted UFOs
along this lonely stretch of road, and Hill himself had often seen lights
that behaved oddly in the sky – diving steeply, zipping upward at stunning
speeds, abruptly reversing directions.
Rounding a bend, he jammed on his brakes and stared in astonishment:
Blocking the road ahead was an incredible object.
“It looked like a child’s top, about
twenty-five feet in diameter, about eighteen feet high,” says Hill. “It looked as though someone had strung
Christmas-tree lights around it, and a revolving light protruded from the
noiseless, the object floated a few feet above the pavement. Suddenly it slid off the road into a swamp. As Hill watched,
aghast, something like a submarine’s conning tower slid up from the top. Then an object that looked like a child’s
sliding board slowly slid out from the bottom, only to draw back in almost
immediately. For seconds the craft was
motionless. Then slowly, it floated
upward to about 40 feet over the ground. And then it simply disappeared. Whether it shot away too fast for his eye
to follow or vanished in some other way, Hill does not know.
“I felt the presence of something awesome,
something I couldn’t understand,” he says.
reached for his CB radio; George Hill’s close encounter with a UFO was soon
known all over Hillsboro.
He quit his
job at the Washington school rather than drive Route 31 at night. And he says: “I don’t believe our lives
will ever be the same again.”
people accused him of perpetrating a hoax.
A lay preacher at the local Congregational Church, who drinks nothing
stronger than Ovaltine, he was deeply hurt. “In fact, for a while I stopped eating, it
bothered me so much,” he says. But
then Bob Giglio’s efforts induced more and more
Hillsboro residents to come forward with their own stories, and Hill felt to
some extent vindicated.
“Feelings are mixed,” he says. “I’ll stop in the coffee shop and some
people will ask me if I really believe the things exist. Some will say they don’t believe it, and
some will praise me because I had the courage to speak out.”
that many people in Hillsboro are afraid.
And he adds that he understands why some who have seen the objects
keep the sightings to themselves: “Before I had my pictures in the paper, I
was just George,” he says. “Afterwards, I was the UFO man.”
Now UFOs are the hottest conversational
topic in the Hillsboro sandwich shop, he says. “If you want theories, just walk through
this town.” he adds. He himself has no theories, but he also has no plans to
resume traveling along Route 31 – “I’m omitting a stretch of roadway that frightens
me very much,” he says.
reference: McCall’s Magazine, Feb. 1981, page 22, 24, 27&28, “Close
Encounters in New Hampshire” by Richard Wolkomir. The
complete article can be read at: http://www.nhufo.org
thanks to New Hampshire UFO for forwarding this case.
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
North America United
States, New Hampshire, Hillsboro & Sullivan counties
Hillsboro Latitude 43-06-53 N, Longitude 71-53-42 W (D-M-S)
43-10-33 N, Longitude 72-05-48 W