Form: 97 Report
Date: Sept. 4, 1987
From: Francis Ridge <nicap@insightbb.com>
Subject: Objects Put On Show For Reporter at Corydon, IN, March 23, 1987
Source: CORYDON DEMOCRAT, March 29, 1987
To:  CE,SHG


SUBJECT:   THE CORYDON, INDIANA SIGHTINGS (March 23 event)
SOURCE:  THE COURIER JOURNAL, Louisville, KY
STAFF WRITER: Bill Weronka
DATED:  Sunday, March 29th, 1987

His report as follows:

Although I've read rny share of science fiction, I never envisioned myself standing in a field waiting for mysterious objects to appear in the night sky. Nevertheless, that was rny plan last Monday (23 March). Mickey Shawler had assured me the unidentified flying objects had appeared near her house, which is just outside Corydon, for 14 consecutive nights. I decided that my wife, Carolynne, the most credible person I know, should come along. If something appeared, a friendly face nearby would be nice.

We arrived at Shawler's house about 9:15 PM. Shawler, a waitress with two children, told us "they" had been there already. "Right," I thought. "Just missed 'em."

"I'm sure they'll be back, though," she said.We sat at Shawler's dining room table and talked about her experiences with whatever it was that had been visiting her. She had first spotted them a couple of months ago, but they had been appearing regularly for the past two weeks. There had been several types of objects, she said. One had been a glowing orange ball; others had been green, red, and white blinking lights. Shawler said she wasn't afraid of the objects anymore. But there had been the day she was carrying some wood into the house and spotted one of the huge glowing objects over the trees within 100-yards of her house.
"I screamed, dropped the wood and ran into the house," she said. "It scared me so bad I wet rny pants. "But the objects, or whatever they were, had not corne so close again, Shawler said. One has appeared over a tree about 200-yards away, and they have chased cars, including a police car, from 200 or 300 yards away, she said. "If they were going to hurt someone, they have plenty of opportunity," Shawler said.

After an hour of such talk, Steve Harnm and Dale Pullen of the Harrison County Police Department drove up to the house. Harnm's first words were, "It's out there."

We moved outside. It was a moonless night and thick clouds hid the stars. "Right over there," Harnm said, pointing. I strained and picked out a small blinking light moving just above the trees. It moved higher and crossed the night sky, blinking with a greenish glow and making occasional zigzags. "Is that it?" I asked, breaking the silence.

"That's one of them," Shawler replied, "And there's another. "She pointed to a stand of trees about 400 yards away, just to the right of where the blinking object had disappeared. A larger light, glowing bright orange, had appeared above the trees. It hovered momentarily, appearing to be the size of a helicopter. No shape or object was discernible.

I turned to my wife and calmly asked, "Do you see that?" "If you're hallucinating, so am I," she replied. In the distance a cow screamed for her calf and the hair on rny neck attacked rny collar. Only the wind the rushing through the trees interrupted the silence. The orange glow began moving slowly, first back and forth along a horizontal plane, then up and down. It began dimming as it moved south, and suddenly a companion orange glow appeared. The companion would glow brighter for a moment and the original glow would dim. They alternated this pattern four times. The small blinking light joined the dance briefly and disappeared.

I searched for clues of a ruse but found none. No one could be shining a light because the beam would show, and it was not a reflective light. It was neither an airplane nor a helicopter. There were no signs of people or objects that might rnave caused it.

Russell Hailey, a supervisor at the Stand!ford Field control tower in Louisville reported nothing unusual on radar, and there had been no night activity at Fort Knox, Ky. that would cause such phenomena. At the request of the COURIER-JOURNAL, Hailey kept a special watch on the radar Wednesday night (25 March) but saw nothing unusual. He added that objects at treetop levels could be missed.

I returned the next night when James Delehanty, a field operative with the Mutual UFO Network, was there. We stood in the rain and hail and watched the lightning, but there were no strange lights. He returned Thursdsy night (26 March) and stayed until 11:38 PM, along with several other observers. They saw several airplanes but nothing resembling the lights that had been reported.

Shawler said, however, that the lights reappeared around rnidnite, after the observers left. "It's so frustrating," she said. "It's almost like they don't want to corne with all the people around."

But the lights have been seen by enough credible observers to generate an investigation by the Mutual UFO Net-work. Burt Monroe, a professor of biology at the University of Louisville and an expert on UFOs and similar phenomena, said the network is "about the best there is" for documenting and debunking (when necessary) UFO sightings.

Delehanty initially classified the sightings as "nocturnal lights" but said that classification could change to a "close encounter 1."

Neither Delehanty, a traffic manager with the Kentucky Air National Guard, nor Monroe has ever seen anything that fits any of these categories, but both believe that such events occur.

Delehanty agreed to return another night to see what he has yet to see in nine years with the Mutual UFO Network.

(End of Article)