|From: Kenny Young <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 11:55:31 -0400
Fwd Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 07:19:11 -0500
Subject: Interview With New Pascagoula '73 Witness
Subject: discussion with Mike Cataldo, witness to Pascagoula UFO
On October 21, 2001, Natalie Chambers of the Associated Press
reported that a new witness to a legendary 1973 UFO incident has
recently surfaced. Chambers identified this individual as Mike
Cataldo, a retired Navy chief petty officer.
I was interested in more general details of this account, and
specifically the reference to "a report" Cataldo made with a
supervisor. This morning I conducted a YAHOO PEOPLE SEARCH for the name
Mike Cataldo and found his telephone number listed for
his residence at Marker Rd. in Rotonda West, FL.
Cataldo came to the phone and was surprised at my call, stating
that I was the first person to ever contact him about this UFO
sighting from 1973. He explained that he had been in touch with
Associated Press reporter Natalie Chambers, but only after
calling a Pascagoula, Mississippi newspaper a month ago. When
calling the newspaper, he asked to talk with an old-timer
employee at the paper, someone that might remember the
Hickson/Parker abduction. Cataldo said that when he talked with
Natalie Chambers, she made reference to the book entitled 'UFO
in Pascagoula.' Being unaware of this book, Cataldo was shocked,
saying "you gotta be kidding me!" to the reporter.
He went on to excitedly relate the story as it happened back in
"The story is very true," he assured while recounting the event.
"We (Cataldo, Ted Peralta and Mack Hanna) left the shipyard and
rode in Ted's Volkswagen to Hwy. 90, traveling west towards
Buloxi, Mississippi. It was not even dusk yet, there was still
some daylight to see by.
"When we first saw this thing through the windshield we thought
it was a shooting star, going from right to left, but then it
came down into a marshy, tree-lined area and hovered there for
about 30-seconds. It was spinning and had blinking lights on the
top of it all around its edge, all the way around it in a
circle. These were blinking lights arranged on it just like you
would tape lights to the side of a cake pan."
Cataldo affirmed that there was a definite structure to be seen,
not just blinking lights.
"This thing was like a whitish-gray colored sailor hat, or a
tambourine, and it was less than half a mile away and looked as
big as any big American airliner I've ever seen. And then it
just shot away, almost like it was just suddenly gone."
Cataldo said that shortly after the sighting he parted company
with Ted Peralta and Mack Hanna and changed cars. Then while
enroute to Ocean Springs as darkness was setting in, he saw the
same object a second time at about the same distance away,
watching it for another 45 seconds to one minute before it again
shot off in the same manner as before.
Mike Cataldo said that there were other motorists in the area
during each episode and that some of them had slowed down to look
at the ufo.
"We were the only ones on the road to stop and look at it
though," he said.
During this time, Cataldo said he never knew anything about the
Hickson/Parker claim. He went home, telling his wife about it.
Cataldo humorously recalled how his wife said he was
hyperventilating with excitement. He went on to liken the anxiety
and strangeness of the situation to a large snake sighting he had
years earlier in 1963, "Some things you see in your lifetime that
you just don't ever forget," he said.
The next day he returned to the site with Ted and Mack and they
parked their car at the shipyard area, talking about the
sighting from the previous day. They discussed what should be
done about it and if they should report what they saw.
Cataldo said that he felt the sighting should be reported and he
approached a man by the name of Nick, his division officer. He
then approached the executive commander, Lt. Commander Heath and issued
him a verbal report on the sighting. He said that to his
knowledge, Heath did not prepare a written report concerning
what was told to him.
"Not one of them took me seriously," he complained, "and I never
heard another thing about it. Nobody ever asked about it again.
"I never knew of the Hickson/Parker abduction until days later.
It happened on Thursday and it was not until the following
Sunday that I saw the headline in the morning paper about two
men taken aboard a Flying Saucer, I'm telling you I about died."
The next morning, Oct. 15, Cataldo said that he talked the
situation over with his wife and again decided that it would be
important to report the UFO sighting. At that time he placed a
phone call to a an assistant public relations officer Keesler
AFB. The female taking his call took the information, but
Cataldo said that once again nothing resulted from his
"I have never talked to the fella involved, Charles Hickson, and
I've never discussed this case or met with them at all, I never
knew them and I never saw anything and had no involvement with
what they said," Cataldo assured, "and I've never seen a UFO
since then, not at all. Not even before then. Was it real?
You're damn right it was real. I can't say anything about they
did or were involved in. I don't even know if what I saw matches
what they saw, but I know what I saw and where I was at. But
where we saw the thing going across the sky through our
windshield is basically the area where Hickson and Parker said
they were taken aboard. The time frame of our sighting might
have been around 6:00, but I can't recall for certain."
Cataldo said that two weeks after the sighting he left for
California on temporary duty. While there, he saw Hickson on the
Dick Cavette television show.
"I just couldn't believe it, here I was seeing this guy," he
Mike Cataldo explained that he has not seen Ted Peralta for 21
years, but thinks he could possibly be in the San Diego,
California area. Likewise he has not seen Mack Hanna for about
23 or more years and suspects that he could also be located in
either Kentucky or Logan, West Virginia. In the intervening
years, Cataldo said that he has frequently told told his family
(wife, 2 sons and relatives) about the sighting.
Cataldo said that aside from this present call, he has not been
contacted by anyone regarding this except for his discussion
with reporter Natalie Chambers. He said that he has not seen the
newspaper article and would like to read it. He also said that
he received a message from a friend telling him that Paul Harvey
mentioned the story on his radio program yesterday, and wishes
he could have heard it.
I thanked Mike Cataldo for talking with me and told him that I
would be happy to E-mail him the text of the newspaper article
by Chambers. Although it is a disappointment to know that his
claims were probably not documented in a written report by his
supervisor, further interviews with Hanna and Peralta would
still be valuable to provide some verification of this alleged
sighting. A YAHOO PEOPLE SEARCH was conducted for
their names in the specified locations resulting in many
returns and as of this writing some of the names have already
been contacted but thus far with no success in finding the right
October 27, 2001