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  Category 2, Close Encounters 
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A Hynek Classification of Close Encounter is usually an incident involving an object less than 500 feet from the witness.  The size of the object,  viewing conditions, or stereoscopic vision (depth perception)  may render the object in greater detail and still qualify the sighting as a Close Encounter even though the object may have been beyond 500'.  The incident depicted in the logo was encountered during an intense storm near Princeton, IN,  Aug. 1973.

Round Object Hovers Over Wheat Field
August, 1979
Merom, Indiana

Fran Ridge:
Aug. 1979; Merom, Indiana
6:25 p.m. Broad daylight. A strange round object was just hanging in the sky 500-700 yds away then off slowly floated on a path that crossed the two witnesses amd disappeared to the north.  They proceeded to the top of the levee & sat and looked for deer.  They then drove back down the road and came back past what is known as, "Broady's Lake".  The primary witness, "R" told his partner "P" that he had to go to the bathroom and he said he would stop at the far end of Broady's.  They stopped and "P" crawled out on his side looking east and "R" crawled out looking west.  "P" immediately yelled (or screamed) and when "R" turned around, this huge thing was hovering over a cut wheat field approx. 75-100 yards from them and 200 - 400 feet up.  "P" started to get an M-2 military carbine out of the truck an this scared "R", who talked him out of doing it because he was scared of what it might do.  They watched and three times it came down to 50 - 75 feet from the ground then went back to it's previous height. Then it took off, very slowly, toward the west.  It took about 4 minutes to go 200 (approx) yds., as if it was searching for something.  It stopped again and it seemed to change colors (it was a shinny but old looking gold color) around the edges to the blue of electric sparks, and immediately took off of such a high rate of speed that it disappeared in less then 5 seconds.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/7908XXmerom1_report.htm (Fran Ridge/Richard Vitello)

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