Go Back Report # 72

07-02-1950HOAX

Another hoax involving a claim about little men in UFOs appeared originally in the September/October 1950 issue of the Steep Rock Echo, the mimeographed house organ of Steep Rock Iron Mines, Ltd., of Steep Rock Lake, Ontario. In a detailed letter to the editor, an anonymous correspondent claimed that on July 2, while picnicking on the shore of a cove in Sawbill Bay, he and his wife saw a flying saucer onthe water:

       The top had what looked like hatch covers open and moving around over its surface were
       about 10 queer-looking little figures.... These figures I estimated tobe roughly three feet
       six inches to four feet high and all were the same size... The most noticeable thing was
       that they looked like automatons and did notturn around… [T]hey just changed the
       direction of their feet.      

Several Canadian newspapers reprinted the story, but when Fate ran it in its February/March 1952 issue, it was quickly picked up by UFO writers and was cited from time to time in the literature over the next two decades (Bloecher, 1956; Edwards, op. cit.;Lorenzen and Lorenzen, 1967;Wilkins, op. cit.;Nicholson, 1958; Vallee, 1969).No one bothered to investigate the story, however, until the mid-1970swhen Robert Badgley, a Scarborough, Ontario, member of theTucson-based AerialPhenomena ResearchOrganization [APRO), found that Steep Rock employee Gordon Edwards had written the tale, which was entirely fictitious, to entertain readers of the magazine and to satirize belief in little green men from flying saucers. ("1950Steep Rock," 1977,Colombo, 1991)                                                                       
This reference: The UFO Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition by Jerome Clark, © 1992.  
With thanks to Jerome Clark for permission to post to this site. –CF-

UFOCAT PRN – 16143
[DOS: MM-??-1950]   
UFOCAT URN – 104059 APRO Bulletin, p. 5, November 1977 (Onsite investigation)    

UFOCAT PRN – 76823 [DOS: 07-EE-1950]   
UFOCAT URN – 016231 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #0274 by L. Schoenherr, no © date.         
UFOCAT URN – 078520 John Magor investigation files, May 1969        
UFOCAT URN – 087825 A Piece for a Jig-Saw by Leonard G. Cramp, p. 250, © 1966   

UFOCAT PRN – 76823 [DOS: 07-02-1950]   
UFOCAT URN – 056016 Newspaper clipping, September 18, 1950     
UFOCAT URN – 076823 Newspaper clipping, September 24, 1950     
UFOCAT URN – 097019 Newspaper clipping, October 1950     
UFOCAT URN – 060023 Civilian Saucer Intelligence-NY Newsletter, June 1963, p. 4   
UFOCAT URN – 087824 A Piece for a Jig-Saw by Leonard G. Cramp, p. 249, © 1966   
UFOCAT URN – 016142 Flying Saucers – Serious Business by Frank Edwards, p. 166, © 1966
UFOCAT URN – 077513 What We Really Know About Flying Saucers by Otto Binder, p. 108, © 1967  
UFOCAT URN – 016141 Flying Saucer Occupants by Coral Lorenzen, p. 23, © 1967   
UFOCAT URN – 080458 Flying Saucers on the Attack by Harold T. Wilkins, p. 245, © 1967     
UFOCAT URN – 016145 A Century of Landings by Jacques Vallee, p. 195, #0080, © 1969     
UFOCAT URN – 016144 Data-Net Report, May 1970    
UFOCAT URN – 082028 Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings by Ted Phillips, #039, CUFOS, © 1975
UFOCAT URN – 144748 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0911, © 1980
UFOCAT URN – 016143 APRO Bulletin, date and page of issue not given.

UFOCAT URN – 055129 Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Témoignages, Claude Poher, #2741, © date unknown.
UFOCAT URN – 016146 Catalog Through 1950 by H. Edward Hill, #377, © date unknown      
UFOCAT URN – 064168 Ted Phillips investigation files, #039, © date unknown          
UFOCAT URN – 071019 World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports by Peter Rogerson, #0215, © date unknown
UFOCAT URN – 016147 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #0273 by L. Schoenherr, no © date.
UFOCAT URN – 115279 HUMCAT: Catalog of Humanoid Reports by David Webb, © date unknown

UFOCAT PRN – 76823 [DOS: 07-04-1950]   
UFOCAT URN – 016156 Catalog Through 1950 by H. Edward Hill, #380, © date unknown      

North America – Canada, Ontario        
Steep Rock Lake          Latitude 48-48-00 N, Longitude 91-40-00 W (D-M-S)  
Sawbill Bay                   Latitude 48-57-00 N, Longitude 91-27-00 W  
Reference: http://geonames.nrcan.gc.ca/index_e.php          





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