November 2, 1971
November 2, 1971
Animal Reaction Feature:
Snowball was a farm dog, an outdoors living dog who assisted in rounding up
and herding sheep. Sheep were also involved in this incident, and the
event took place during the time their lambs were being born.
About 7:00 p.m., 16-year-old Ron Johnson was in a shed doing chores at the
sheep pen on his family’s farm accompanied by Snowball. Ron heard a
rumbling noise (like a washing machine out of balance) and stepped outside
of the shed. He and Snowball at the same time saw a brightly illuminated object
about 75 feet away and 2 to 5 feet above the ground. Snowball stood still
and was quiet.
For about 30 minutes Ron said that he, Snowball, and the sheep could not move,
although the sheep were bellowing. Snowball remained quiet and his ruff
was not up.
After a half an hour or so, the object, base glowing more brightly, leaned
slightly west from the vertical and moved east rapidly. As it angled
upward, it’s sound became a high-pitched jet-like sound. At this point,
Ron lost his vision, then in minutes, regained his sight. Ron ran to
alert his parents, who came outdoors after the object’s departure and saw
it in the distant sky. That evening after the event was over the following
observations were made of Snowball. Durel, Ron’s father, reported that
he saw Snowball looking up into the air. Ron also reported Snowball
looked "up in the air all the time.” Ron also reported that “he [Snowball]
looked up in the air and just cried.”
The next day Thaddia Smith (reporter) said the boy and dog were still afraid,
and that the dog wandered around the yard with his head up in the air as if
still looking for the object.
Harlan Enlow, (Undersheriff) reported that the day after the event they “had
to force the dog back into the area and he was shivering and pawing the ground.
He was upset, very agitated.”
After November 2, Snowball, always an outside dog, damaged 2 wooden doors
trying to get inside whenever he heard a high pitched noise. The Johnsons
began leaving the porch door open so he could get onto the porch when he wanted.
Mrs. Johnson commented that the dog wanted to be inside with house with Ron.
Also on the day after the event, when sent to round up sheep, Snowball ran
full tilt into a fence. He continued to have problems over the following weeks
until the Johnsons took him to a veterinarian. The veterinarian reported
that the dog had not been feeling well, not eating, and “in a hemorrhage
situation, out the nose.” Under anesthesia, a 3.5 inch bearded piece
of probable vegetation was removed from up in the nostril on the same side
as the blind eye. The eye was permanently blind, but Snowball otherwise recovered.
[Possibly many of Snowball’s odd behaviors were related to an at-that-point-in-time
unperceived physical injury rather than to the exposure of the unknown object
on November 2—jw.]
For the next week the sheep would jump out of the pen after dark. They did
stay in during the daytime.
Joan Woodward, Animal Reaction Specialist:
It was after dark on a clear night when Ron Johnson heard the rumbling noise
and stepped out to see a brilliant object near the ground. There was a mass
of unchanging colors over the object—blue, red, and orange. The actual
surface could not be seen, and the shape was difficult to discern, but the
top had a flat-dome shape and it had a flat bottom. At one point Ron compared
it to “a toad stool.” Ron estimated it to be 8 feet in diameter.
A bright glow with a shimmering appearance extended from the base to the ground.
The glow from the object illuminated nearby trees and the ground.
Physiological effects included Ron’s eyes hurting after looking directly at
the object and then losing his vision temporarily. For 3-4 days after,
Ron’s eyes hurt and watered but then got better, and he also had headaches
during that time. Ron had nightmares and incidents of sleep walking during
the weeks after this event.
Physical traces were found on the ground where the object hovered. Touching
the traces caused numbness.
No EM effects were reported.
Phillips, Ted (Edited by Jennie Zeidman), 2002, Delphos, A Close Encounter
of the Second Kind (CE II), Fairfax, VA, UFO Research Coalition, 176 pp.