The last apparent "repair
job" took place on the night of March 13, 1975, near the small town of
Mellen in northern Wisconsin. The Philip Baker family was engaged in various
pastimes and occupations in and around their rural home outside of Mellen.
Mr. Baker was sitting in the living room with his shoes off watching television
and it was time for fifteen-year-old Jane to take the family cats out to the
garage for the night. The Bakers are sure of the time—9:00 P.M., for the
adventure series "Harry-O" had just started on the television.
Jane got nearly to the garage door
when she heard "strange high-toned noises," and turning around,
looked up at the hill to the north and saw an object apparently sitting on
the road into Mellen. The whole hill was
lit up, she said, and she described the object as a silvery, disc-shaped object
with a domed top which gave off a yellow-white glow. Around its midsection
were located alternating red and green lights which blinked on and off.
Jane put the cats in the garage and
then went back into the house to get her father. She said, "There's a thing
on the hill up the road." Mr. Baker hurriedly put on his shoes and they
both went outside to look at it. At this point the glow was subsiding and the
flashing red and green lights were no longer in evidence. There was no noise
at this time but there was a square lighted, area with rounded corners in the
middle of the object. This area, which appeared to be an opening, had the
same yellow-white glow that the top of the object had had earlier when Jane
viewed it alone.
The two then walked to a position
beyond the garage where they were able to hear a metal-on-metal banging sound
coming from the direction of the object. Partly because it was cold, and
partly because Mr. Baker wanted to call authorities, the two went back into
the house and he made a telephone call to the under-sheriff. While he was
talking on the phone they heard a loud boom and when Jane looked out again
the object was gone.
When Jane initially came into the
house to get her father she pointed out the object to Mrs. Baker as well as
three other members of the family, eleven-year-old Jeff, twelve-year-old John
and sixteen-year-old Montgomery, so that they also viewed the object.
The next morning Jane went outside to
see if she could find any traces from the previous night. She looked over
toward the swamp near her home and saw the same or a similar object
again—only this time there were no flashing lights or glow. The shape and
color were the same, however, and it was hovering over some evergreen trees.
She went back into the house to put on heavier clothing and when she came
back outside she brought the family dog with her. She was starting toward the
evergreens when the dog gave a big yelp and started to whine and paw at her
ears, and then became completely still. Jane said that she could hear nothing
and carried the dog back into the house because it refused to move. When she
came back out again the object was gone.
Later in the morning she and Monty and
John walked to the spot where the object had been seen the night before. They found a round area on the
road where the snow was "fluffed1 up." There were
tire tracks over the area where a car had passed after the object had left,
but there were also bicycle tracks leading up to it, then taking up again on
the other side. These tracks made by one of
the boys riding his bicycle the morning before. The "fluffed up"
area where the object had been sitting apparently obliterated parts of the
This "fluffed-up" condition
of the snow is a new phenomenon where UFO landings are concerned, and while
we can easily understand how a jet of flame can burn vegetation or an
antigravity propulsion system could partially dislodge bits of earth when a UFO
takes off; it is hard to understand how the snow condition relates to the
UFO. It did occur to us that had that really been a repair-service stop,
possibly the repair/servicemen "fluffed" the snow up in order to
cover their tracks and destroy any evidence of their presence there.
This reference: Encounters with
UFO occupants by Coral and Jim Lorenzen, pp.337-339 © 1976.
Note 1 – “Fluffed” - Definition:
1. Light down or fuzz, as on a young bird or on a dandelion or
2. Something having a very light, soft, or frothy consistency or
appearance: a fluff of meringue; a fluff of cloud.
3. Something of little substance or consequence, especially:
a)Light or superficial entertainment: The movie was just
another bit of fluff from Hollywood.
b)Inflated or padded material: The report was mostly
fluff, with little new information.
UFOCAT PRN – 88950 [DOS:
URN – 091247 J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies – March 18, 1975. Letter
URN – 085945 J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies – News Clip March 20, 1975
URN – 092291 APRO Bulletin April 1975, p. 1 (On site investigation)
URN – 113592 Skylook (Early MUFON Journal), December 1975, p. 16
URN – 088950 Encounters With UFO Occupants by Coral Lorenzen, p. 337, © 1976
UFOCAT URN – 082701 Physical
Traces Associated With UFO Sightings by Ted Phillips, 821,
CUFOS © 1979
URN – 134007 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0629, © 1980
UFOCAT URN – 179174 The
W-Files: True Reports of Minnesota’s Unexplained Phenomena by
Jay Rath, © 1997.
URN – 167040 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 11180 © 2002
PRN – 92292 [DOS: 03-14-1974]
URN – 092292 APRO Bulletin April 1975, p. 3 (On site investigation)
URN – 088951 Encounters With UFO Occupants by Coral Lorenzen, p. 337, © 1976
PRN – 110090 [DOS: 03-15-1975]
URN – 110090 In Search of Extraterrestrials by Alan Landsburg – No date of
America – United States, Wisconsin
Mellen Latitude 46-19-32 N,
Longitude 90-39-39 W (D-M-S)
Remark: In this
case we encounter what could be associated with the “vortex” in the paper on
this website entitled “Physical Influences of a UFO on Water”, except this
influence is on snow. In other cases where the UFO has landed the snow is
usually melted, and the surface dry. Unlike the author above, I believe that
the bicycle tire track was sucked up by the vortex below the UFO and after it
rose, the column of loose snow fell down over the tire track at that point.