Abstract. An Introduction to this Extraordinary Story
is an eerie feeling about Lake Erie. The Great Lakes in America
and Canada have always been a subject for 'supernatural'
discussions. Ships have sunk with crew members and all, and
strange lights have been seen over the lakes for at least over a
hundred years. Sailors and people living by the lakes have a
great respect for them.
But the Great Lake that has probably created the most controversy
of all times is Lake Erie. Not only because of what I told in 'The Remarkable
Michael Lee Hill Case', in 'The First Level of Learning', but because
this is not a new phenomenon: UFO
activity has been going on there at least since the 1800s. Sometimes people get superstitious, and when they sit on
the porch after dark, they imagine they see things. But
everything is different with Lake Erie; the UFO activity there
has actually been published in the Media since back in the
1800s! So something is definitely going on there.
A-1. Michael Lee Hill on stage, Nov. 2011. Michael
is also a gifted guitar player.
However, if it wasn't for Michael Lee Hill, perhaps the
phenomena taking place there would only get a headline or two,
and then withdraw from people's memories again. Some UFO
enthusiasts would point it out, but after a while it would have
been 'debunked' by some infiltrated UFO organization, the
Military, the Government, or someone else.
When Michael came into the picture in 2006 and started spreading
the message of what he was seeing, anyone who had the agenda to
debunk such experiences was working overtime! The UFOs Hill saw
and filmed were explained as airplanes, firework, China firework
blown off by party people, atmospheric phenomena, illusions,
delusions, and ... the reader gets it; it was the whole
spectrum. And when Hill went on National TV with his
experiences, the 'debunkers' were there, trying to talk him
But he also got support from unexpected places, by people who
helped backing up his
story, and the more Michael dug into this whole UFO phenomenon
out on the lake, the deeper the rabbit whole went, it seemed. It
eventually went so far that his projects were getting sabotaged
from 'Higher Up', so to speak. Hill is
quite a determined man (I've come to know him over the last 2
years or so), and he doesn't give up easily. Not so this time,
either. When he noticed he'd run into a wall, and no one wanted
to touch his story with a ten foot pole, afraid of 'something',
he turned to me again.
am not a big Media man or a news anchor; I am not holding
lectures; I'm not having any books people can buy in the
bookstores (albeit a lot of material on the Internet); and I'm
not big on interviews, either. I'm more a person with a passion
and a life mission to learn new things and educate people in
what I learn, and as long as I can, I want to do it for free.
I've never charged for any of my material. However, my point is
that I don't have the same amount of visitors and listeners as
David Icke, David Wilcock, and definitely not as many as CNN,
History Channel, and other cable stations which have previously
highlighted Hill's material. Instead, I prefer to be in the
background, avoiding the commotion around the information I'm
putting out, letting the material speak for itself. Hill knows
this, but we both thought that this was perhaps the way to go
for now in order to get the whole story out. There are
still Media willing to discuss his UFO films and how and where these
taken, but the rest of the story is too 'hot' to touch; it may
burn someone's fingers.
Therefore, Michael Hill and I decided that he'd give me his
information and I could do whatever I wanted to do with it as
long as I published the truth about his experiences.
Additionally, we decided not to talk to anybody about this
project, because Hill's attempts had been sabotaged before -- in
fact, pretty recently, as we shall see!
read through the material he gave me and saw a pretty amazing
story unfolding from it! This had to do with so much more than
just sightings over Lake Erie; something very ancient, and hidden
deep in the shadows, was now coming to surface in this very material.
And not only that; his whole story -- including the one
that was never told in public -- coincides pretty well with what
I have been researching and writing about in these papers over
the past year. Suddenly I understood why no one wanted to
touch this, and why there were certain powerful people who did
not want this story to come out! The idea to keep a
low profile with it until it's time to publish, Michael and I
thought was a good idea, and we
decided to do so.
But let's back up to get some coherency to this. I would
strongly suggest the reader reads (or reviews, in case you have
read it before) the paper I wrote on Michael Lee Hill on May 6,
2011: "PFC Paper #2: The Remarkable Michael Lee Hill Case"
and then return here and continue with this next section. By
doing this, the reader gets a much better picture of what this
is really all about.
phrase many writers use is, "Let's start from the beginning!".
This time, however, I'm going to start at the end. I guess that can work too, on occasion. After all,
isn't that what they do in Hollywood films sometimes? Although
this could make a pretty good Hollywood movie, it's anything
After years of having spotted and reported giant multicolored
orb-shaped UFOs over Lake Erie (close to where he lives),
Michael Lee Hill thought it was time to tell the rest of the
story. Around March 2012, he and Spike TV
got in touch with each other, and Spike TV were willing to do a
documentary on Michael Lee Hill's experiences. Michael was
thrilled, because there was a huge budget involved, and they
even had an actor (Andrew) who was going to play the young
Michael in the documentary.
Figure A-2. Andrew
(the actor to the left) and Michael Lee Hill (right) between
sessions on July 8, 2012 (see time stamp on the photo)
everything was not only planned, but the whole film project
started and kept rolling. The film team came to Michael's house,
checked out the surroundings, Michael showed them exactly where
the sightings had taken place, and the creative discussions
began on how everything should be done. It all looked very
Figure A-3. Photo
of the Spike TV team outside Michael's residence in July, 2012.
very inspiring project was then in the works, and during a six
months period, from March to October, 2012, Spike TV worked
closely together with Michael to get the story just right.
Michael worked very hard, and
like I said, there was a huge budget set aside for this, because
there had been so many sightings over Lake Erie over a long
period of time, and Michael is the one who has collected the most evidence
of what is occurring over Lake Erie.
Figure A-4. The New
Then, all of a sudden, in October Michael was told by Spike TV
that they unfortunately had to terminate the project! He just
couldn't believe it, when everything went so well! He asked why
they had come to such a decision, but the answer was vague and
he was told that his story was just "too big". It had been
decided from authorities (in this case, probably Viacom) that
the filming should stop and the team return home.
Michael was devastated. He had spent six intense months of his
life, not only working hard together with the Spike TV team, but
he had also literally been tortured by being put through a lie
detector test by the Chief of Police of the New York Police
Department (some of the documentary was filmed in New York [see
fig. A-4]). In addition, he hadn't requested one single cent in
exchange and had given all his research into the
Lake Erie UFO Story to Spike TV. Michael felt betrayed and said
to me that "this is my life and what has happened", and it could
have been a great opportunity for the world to really understand
the bigger story of what is happening in the Great Lakes area.
Apparently, someone did not agree to that this story should be
told, and as we move along we will understand just how big this
Now, this would be bad if it was a single occurrence, but
unfortunately there is more. In October, the same month the
Spike TV project was closed down, the annual popular 'Pythagoras
Conference' was supposed to be held in Kentucky. Every year it
has a lot of prominent speakers in physics, astronomy,
archeology, quantum physics, and controversial subjects
such as exopolitics (the study of extraterrestrial species),
paranormal phenomena, and the spiritual evolvement of the human
species. Two of the guest speakers were supposed to be Dr. A.R.
Bordon of 'Life Physics Group California' (LPG-C) and
Michael Lee Hill. It is my understanding that Dr. Bordon was
going to speak on the incoming Planet X (Ša.AM.e), the Wave of
the Supernova, and the importance for humankind to claim our
sovereignty as a biokind (biological entities), something I have
brought up quite a bit as well in the papers that are proceeding
Michael, on the other hand, had planned to continue on his
mission to tell his story to a larger audience. He was happy,
because now he had both Spike TV and the Pythagoras Conference
going at the same time. He felt he was starting to get his
message out (this was before Spike TV closed the project down).
Advertisement for the 'Pythagoras Conference, October 10-14,
Sandra Sabatini, a friend of both A.R.'s and Michael Lee Hill's,
is a great Pythagoras Conference enthusiast, and spends a lot of
time, and her own personal savings, into this project. As the
reader can see, it was scheduled to have some quite well known
guest speakers; many in the alternative field. It was going to
be held on October 10-14, 2012, and had quite a few corporate
and media sponsors. Sandra herself had put a six figure dollar
amount of her own money into this project. Being in contact
both with Michael, Dr. Bordon, and others connected with LPG-C,
I know that everybody was very excited about this event.
However, this event was, just like the Spike TV project,
cancelled. This conference was even cancelled in the last
minute! An upset Sandra Sabatini wrote on the LPG-C Facebook
page on October 5 (emphases in bold italics are mine):
UPDATE TO OUR PUBLIC AND TO OUR SPEAKERS
It is indeed sad to see the Pythagoras Conference Global be
suppressed as, in retrospect, we see it was these last few
The conference that was due to begin on 10th October 2012
would have been one of the most daring and explicit venues
for bringing out information concerning forthcoming natural
events that are said to affect the entire world. This is not
to be, as if invisible minds and hands had declared our
conference unworthy, even dangerous to the public for giving
an outlet to presumed “fringe elements,” as we’ve heard
through the internet grapevine to be the case.
Let it be publicly known that we at Pythagoras take pride in
carefully selecting speakers who are informed in their areas
of specialty, and who are recognized in their fields and on
the internet as knowledgeable and respected people. This
year we had selected a corps of such caliber of speakers.
But the invisible minds and hands denied our public, indeed,
the American people, access to what our speakers would have
shared with everyone at the venue and through the internet.
Fringe elements or not, there are too many indications in
the collective unconscious, the religious aware, the
spiritually open, and the humanist with a conscience that
difficult times are coming.
We at Pythagoras can err on the side of caution, and include
information of this nature in the course of the conference,
or err on the side of safety and leave such topics out of
the domain of the gathering. We chose to include that kind
of information because it is the right thing to do. If there
is indeed something coming our way and it will present a
sudden and unexpected severe challenge to all of us –
humankind – we the people need to know.
This is not intended, directly or indirectly, as an
indictment of official government for a suppression we are
now learning is being carried out by officially connected
rogue but emotionally disconnected individuals from the sum
total of all of us – not just in this country.
We are also now learning through the grapevine in the USA
that those executing this operation are yet unidentified
former intelligence and military officers. If these
individuals are acting on behalf of the public good, it
means their actions have official sanction. And the
viewpoint that propels their action is not only misguided,
but also grossly uninformed – or perhaps even disinformed.
If they act without official sanction, this borders on the
criminal. Let’s examine briefly what it is they are
The sad part may also be that official science may not know
or have the means to forecast the occurrence of dangerous
levels of radiant energies coming to us from space to do any
public good. Even a half hour notice to the unprepared is
not only insufficient, but useless. Public preparation to
meet such a challenge was to be one of the hot topics in the
conference, which now is not to be.
We are further learning that the aim of this campaign was
the suppression of the freedom of speech of specific
individual presenters at the conference. The reasons are
obscure to us at this time.
We now are learning that by giving sanctuary and a platform
for speaking to these individuals, this conference is now
not to be.
How was this phenomenon accomplished? The only answer that
occurs to us is that this was a well-planned and
intelligently executed campaign laid out most likely months
It may also have involved an unofficial intervention in the
setup of the conference itself. Why would the venue
itself breach its own agreement with our company by
demanding complete prepayment instead of the agreed net-30
payment scheduled and agreed well in advance? This was in
fact the death knell to the conference itself.
Coming up with a sum nearly six-figures large on such short
notice was near impossible, and it was.
We now publicly ask: why? Why suppressed this conference?
One of the strengths of our conference is the willingness to
be inclusive and allow points of view and information
sources to surface for the consideration of the larger whole
– our society and the world. What is valid and evident
always rises to the top, a cream of the conference crop for
the year. But this year, it seems now that both the
topics and select few individuals were targeted, and
the only ones we can think of are related to topics
regarding the challenges presented by forthcoming natural
In our view, this is as good as throwing the baby out with
the bathwater. This information is bound to come out on
other venues, other media, other times. Eventually, valid
information finds the light of day. In the meantime, what
has been done to Pythagoras has repercussions well beyond
that intended by the actions of these rogue elements. This
is indeed a crass suppression of our right to hear and know.
The baby thrown out with the bathwater cannot be allowed to
wither and die.
Additional information will be released soon, humanity has a
right to know the truth.
Sandra D. Sabatini
PYTHAGORAS CONFERENCE GLOBAL"
Reading Sandra's announcement makes it quite clear that someone
didn't want this conference to happen. Apparently, the venue
broke its own agreement with the arranging management by
demanding a complete prepayment instead of the net-30 (percent I
would presume) that was agreed upon in advance. By doing so, the
venue knew it would kill the project. No valid reason for
changing the agreement has apparently been given to Sandra or
Further down in the announcement, Sandra says that "it seems now
that both the topics and select few individuals were targeted".
She doesn't mention those targeted individuals by name, but
afterwards it became obvious which individuals, foremost, that
she is hinting at here, namely Dr. A.R. Bordon and Michael Lee
Michael is double disappointed, and quite angry to tell the
truth. He is furious that Sandra, who invested such a huge
amount of her savings, had to experience this, but he is also
bringing up another aspect to this. He says that the only common
denominator between the closing down of the Spike TV project and
the Pythagoras Conference is himself -- Michael Lee Hill!
Why is that? Because on both occasions, Michael was not only
going to talk about the Lake Erie UFO sightings, but was
also planning on letting the rest of his story reach the public.
He is quite sure that it's this additional information that the
'authorities' want to stop from coming out in the open.
already know some of it from my first paper on Michael Lee Hill,
mentioned in the beginning, which has to do with his peculiar
blood anomaly, which he, as an abductee, also has in common with
another alien abductee, living far away from Michael. The two
had never met until Bill Birnes of 'UFO Hunters' brought them together for the first time and had their blood drawn while
the event was filmed. Their CK levels were astronomically high -- high
enough to probably kill a normal person. However, both of them
are living healthy lives. The only thing they have in common is
the UFO abductions, and the fact that the UFOs they have sighted,
independently from each other, seem to be the same type of
UFOs; the ones that show up over Lake Erie!
Also, in the 'UFO Hunters' documentary about the two abductees, a
Harvard Professor was interviewed, and he could not explain
those remarkable blood anomalies either in these two persons. This
was meant to be included in the Spike TV documentary and in the
Pythagoras speech, something that the 'authorities' did not want
to happen, because if they let him go that far, they also had to
let him go even further and tell the rest of the story, which is even more revealing,
exposing a big secret to the
consequence of Michael's speech, if spread widely and broadly,
would be that the government, and ultimately the authorities
behind the scenes (the Global Elite), have to admit that there
is an alien presence on Earth; something that consequently will
lead towards a full disclosure of the UFO phenomenon! This can't
be done, because then the government's criminal secret #1 would be
revealed at the same time. We know what this secret is; it is called Technology Transfer Programs (TTP[def]).
They are terrified that it will be revealed how the government,
at least since the 1950s, have been involved in an exchange
program with star beings (mostly from the Sirian Alliance), where the
government gets alien technology (mainly used in the war
industry and for mind control, genetic engineering and the
building of their own 'UFOs') and the aliens get permission to
abduct human beings, leaving them with amnesia and in a trauma
that usually will affect them for the rest of their lives. And
we must assume that the TTP is most possibly just the tip of the
The Timeline of UFO Sightings over Lake Erie, Starting in the
The activity over Lake Erie has possibly been going on for
hundreds of years -- perhaps even more -- but then we are really
going into folktales and myths. This is something we can
research, of course, and it would be quite interesting, but we
already have a long timeline with registered and
documented events as far back as 1860, and that is pretty
impressive! Starting in 1860, these similar events follow the
families around Lake Erie for generations.
American, New Series, Volume 3, Issue 8 (Aug 18, 1860)
OPTICAL ILLUSION ON LAKE ERIE.--The Cleveland, Ohio, Herald
says that a tremendous thunder shower passed over that city
on the night of the 3d inst., and adds :-- "Between three
and four o’clock next morning the appearance of a vessel on
fire was seen far out on the lake. Some persons thought they
could distinguish the sails. During a heavy gust of wind the
light disappeared. Such appearances are not unfrequent on
the lake, and the more experienced men along the dock think
there has been no vessel burnt."
Dec 12, 1867 "A Curious Phenomenon on Lake Erie," Brooklyn Eagle,
Thursday, December 12, 1867
A Mystery on the Lakes--The Wizard Lights--A Curious
Phenomenon on Lake Erie!
I notice in the Dispatch, of the 11th inst.*, the following
"The statement that a vessel was seen burning off Erie on
Tuesday night, is corroborated by several persons living on
the highlands south of the city, who say they saw it."
On the Tuesday evening mentioned, Oct. 29th, at about 7
o'clock, my attention was called by one of my family to a
bright light on the lake, having very much the appearance of
a vessel on fire. Bringing several objects into range, I
watched the light forsome time to ascertain whether there
was any preceptible [sic] motion.
The wind was blowing hard at the time down the lake and a
vessel would naturally drift rapidly to leeward, at all
events as soon as the propelling power should be interfered
with the fire. No motion, however, in any direction was to
be discovered, and at once concluded that it was nothing
more than the "mysterious light," which for many years past,
at longer or shorter intervals, has been seen by the
inhabitants at this point on the lake shore. The light has
made its appearance generally, if not always, in the fall of
the year, and usually in the month of November, and almost
always during or immediately after a heavy blow from the
southwest. The most brilliant exhibition of the light I have
ever seen was during the night of the 24th or 25th, as
nearly as I can recollect, of November, 1852. It had been my
fortune to witness the burning of the steamer Erie, near
Silver Creek, several years before, and the resemblance
which this light bore to that of the burning steamer was so
strong that I confidently expected the arrival of the boats
from the wreck during the night. Others with myself watched
the light for perhaps two hours, and with the aid of a good
night-glass obtained what seemed to be a very distinct view
of the burning vessel.
The object appeared to be some 200 or more feet in length
upon the water, and about as high above the water as an
upper cabin steamer, such as was in use upon the Lake twenty
years ago. At times the flames would start up in spires or
sheets of light, then away from side to side, and then die
away, precisely as would be the case with a large fire
exposed to a strong wind; and two or three times there was
the appearance of a cloud of sparks, as if some portion of
the upper works had fallen into the burning mass below. The
sky and water were beautifullly irradiated by the light
during its great brilliancy.The light gradually subsided,
with occasional flashes until it disappeared altogether. The
light of Tuesday evening, although very brilliant for a
time, was not nearly so brilliant nor of so long duration as
that of 1852.
I am told that this light was seen by mariners on the lakes
as long as fifty years ago, but I am not aware that it has
ever been made the subject of philosophical speculation or
investigation, or, in fact, has ever obtained the notoriety
of a newspaper paragraph before. The only theory approaching
plausibility I have heard is that the shifting of the sands
caused by the continued and heavy winds of autumn has opened
some crevices or seams in the rock of the lake bottom
through which gas escapes, and that this gas, owing to some
peculiar condition of the atmosphere with which it comes in
contact, becomes luminous, or perhaps ignited, and burning
with a positive flame. That there are what are called "gas
springs" in the water along this portion of the lake shore
is a well-known fact, and that highly inflammable gas in
large quantities exist at a comparatively shallow depth on
the shore, has been sufficiently proved by the boring of
wells at different points, as at Erie, Walnut Creek, and
Lock Haven, and by natural springs at Westfield and
But whatever the cause, the light is a curious fact, and
well worthy the attention of those interested in the
investigation of the phenomenon of nature.
April 17, 1966 A police chase with a UFO depicted in the 1970s Steven
Spielberg film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" was
inspired by an actual event that happened right here in
Ohio. The chase started on the morning of April 17, 1966.
Several police crews followed an object they could not
identify. Lee says the deputy who first encountered the
object described what he saw.
"We usually say, 'how big was it at arms length?' He said it
was like a house 50-feet over your head, and that started
the chase that ended up in Pennsylvania they exceeded 100
miles an hour in part of the pursuit."
Police followed it into Pennsylvania and eventually ran out
March 4, 1988 This is actually a pretty famous UFO case. Coast Guard
personnel responding to citizen reports of unusual aerial
activity over Lake Erie on March 4, 1988, witnessed classic
UFOs near Eastlake, OH. Sheila and Henry Baker were driving
home with their three children about 8:35 P.M., after taking
them out to dinner, and were almost home. As they neared the
waterfront, Sheila noticed something hovering over the lake;
they drove down to the beach to investigate and got out of
the car. The moon was bright, and there was ice on the lake;
Sheila could hear it cracking like claps of thunder.
Plainly visible was a huge, gunmetal gray, football-shaped,
silent object rocking back and forth, blinding white light
emanating from both ends. Then the object began moving,
swinging one end toward the shore and descending. The Bakers
became frightened, ran back to their car, and fled. When
they got home, the object was still visible from a window
facing the lake. Sheila hid the children in a closet,
fearing that the thing might come and get them.
The object moved out over the ice and continued to descend,
with red and blue lights now flashing in sequence along its
lower edge. Sheila called the Eastlake police to report a
UFO, and after several referrals, with no one expressing
much interest, was told that unusual activity over the lake
would be the responsibility of the Coast Guard. Suddenly
five or six bright yellow triangular objects shot out of the
center of the large object and began darting around
independently (satellite objects). Once they stopped and
hovered point up around the parent object, then sped away to
the north, turned east, then inland toward the Perry nuclear
At this point Sheila called the Coast Guard, which sent a
team to their house to investigate. Seaman James Power and
Petty Officer John Knaub arrived towing a Boston Whaler (a
seaworthy boat) just in case. They told the Bakers that they
had seen some lights over the lake from Fairport Harbor and
thought they were flares, maybe fishermen trapped out on the
ice. However, when Sheila pointed to the main craft and some
of the triangular objects still zipping around it, the men
drove closer to the lake to investigate, accompanied by the
Bakers. At the lakefront they could hear the ice rumbling
In their incident report sent later by teletype to Coast
Guard headquarters in Detroit, MI, the men were quoted as
saying that "the ice was cracking and moving abnormal
amounts as the object came closer to it."
Power and Knaub gave a running report on what they were
seeing to their base via the two-way radio in their Chevy
Suburban. The window was down, and the Bakers overheard them
saying words to the effect: "Be advised the object appears
to be landing on the lake . . .
There are other objects moving around it. Be advised these
smaller objects are going at high rates of speed. There are
no engine noises and they are very, very low."
Abruptly one of the triangles zoomed straight toward the
Coast Guard vehicle, a blur of light, then veered east,
straight up, and came down beside the parent object. Two
witnesses in separate locations also reported seeing the
triangles. Cindy Hale was walking her dog when she noticed a
triangular object hovering overhead, and her dog began to
whine and cower (animal reactions). She took the dog indoors
and came back out to watch. The triangle flashed a series of
multicolored lights, then accelerated and was gone without
making a sound (hover-acceleration).
Tim Keck was using his astronomical telescope when one of
the triangles caught his eye. He had a cheap throwaway
camera with him and snapped a picture of the object before
it flew away over the horizon. The photograph was analyzed
by optical physicist Bruce Maccabee, who considered it to be
The Actual Coast Guard Report from Eastlake 1988 UFO
Of course, the first thing that hits us is
how far back the sightings are
recorded by the Media, but the most remarkable sighting in the
timeline above is the last one from 1988, with the Coast Guard
report. This is a relatively recent sighting, and one I want to
highlight and talk a little more about before we move on with
the timeline and eventually land on Michael Lee Hill's
exceptional experiences and insights.
Figure A-7. The
Lake Erie UFOs as presented on '19 Action News'.
saucer shaped solid craft supposedly have been sighted as well
over the lake, the most common UFO shape that has been witnessed
is that of one or several orbs (fig. A-7). This orb, or orbs,
then split from the main orb 'body' and create different shapes
and patterns that we are going to go into in a moment. We will
also discuss what these orbs actually are, but first I
want to bring the reader to the attention of a testimony from a
witness of the '1988 Sighting', Sheila Baker. She is mentioned
in the article above, but there is a longer, quite rare
interview with her as well that I think we need to take a look
at, because it's so typical for those 'Lake Erie Sightings'.
The interview was done by Richard P. Dell'Aquila and Dale B.
Wedge. Unfortunately, this interview is not very known in the
mainstream media and in the UFO community, although it's such a
famous case, so I think it's a wonderful opportunity to include
it here. These two witnesses, I believe stick holes in all the
official denials and unrealistic explanations to the 1988
"On March 26, 1988, two
civilian witnesses to the Eastlake UFOs (W1 and her husband
W2) who were on the beach with the Coast Guard March 4, 1988
were interviewed. The following is a partial transcript of
that interview, conducted by Dale Wedge (DW) and Rick
Dell'Aquila (RD). Several other witnesses have also been
interviewed and photographic evidence has been obtained. To
date, however , the Coast Guard has refused further
information or interviews of its personnel concerning the
UFO sighting that night near the CEI electric power plant.
The investigation continues.
RD ...Please tell us what happened in your own words.
W1 We were coming home (on March 4, 1988) and I saw
something over the lake...and it wasn't moving and I had my
husband go down the street and I said, "Go down to the beach
because I'm telling you there is something out there." He
kept laughing at me. I said I was serious and we went down
there. We got out of the car and walked to the beach. I had
left the kids in the car and you could see it. It looked
almost like the shape of a blimp and had lights on both
sides. One end was brighter and the other end was a little
bit dimmer, but one end flashed. It wasn't a constant light
that was on. It seemed to rock a little bit--you could just
see it rocking back and forth. It hovered and didn't make
any noise. The ice was cracking really bad and the ice down
here doesn't crack like that. It was making like--it was
rumbling and cracking it was real, real loud. There were no
animals barking or nothing. Around here we have a lot of
dogs and that was surprising because you always hear the
dogs out. There were no animals--just the real loud noise
out of the lake. We were standing on the beach and my
husband and I were looking at this thing. It started to turn
and I thought--you know how you get really eerie feelings? I
said to myself there i s something up there. You could see
it was a ship or something because you could see there was a
gray line like a football kind of thing in the middle, but
you couldn't really see it. You could just see it was there.
Do you understand what I'm saying?
RD We are going to ask you to draw a sketch in a while.
W1 You could see the whole thing, but not real well. You
could see there was a middle to it. We stayed and we watched
it for a while...(interview interrupted by phone call).
DW Okay, we are back on. We had a phone call interruption.
W1 ...Okay, we sat down at the beach and while we were
watching this I had the kids in the car and I was getting
kind of "weirded-out" you know, because you hear about these
things, but you never really believe it until you see them.
It started to turn toward us. It was coming in closer to
land and beacuse my kids were in the car, I didn't want to
stay down at the beach, because you never know what's going
to happen or if it was going to come down to get us or
RD In other words, you were concerned for your safety?
W1 Yeah, because it was coming closer to us. You could
see...it seemed like it knew we were there. We were the only
ones down there at the time and I was getting really
nervous. I told my husband, "You know, we've got two kids in
the car. Let's get them home and safe so we don't have to
worry about anything." He said okay, so we got the kids back
to the house and I put them in their room and I locked the
door because I had a real eerie feeling, you know after we
left there. We were down there a while looking at it and we
came home to watch it from our living room.
RD When you say "we"--who else was there with you?
W1 My husband and my kids. So I was looking at it from here
and I said to my husband, "Well, maybe I'm nuts, I don't
know, but let's call Sue," who lives across the street, "and
see if she sees the same thing that we do." So I did, I
called he r and her and her son went outside and they saw
the same thing and we kept hearing this noise at the lake
and that really scared us because, like I said, the lake
doesn't make noises like that. We watched it most of the
evening and when it started to come down, we all got real
curious and we all went back down. Sue drove down to the
beach and she saw it with her son and her husband thinks
she's totally "cracked-up." (Laughter.) But they all did.
Everybody thinks, you know, we didn't see what we did. So
now we get down there and the thing's starting to land. You
co uld see like red and blue lights and they said they were
planets and gasses and nonsense like that, but they were
actual lights starting to flutter. But before this, while it
was still in the sky, there were like little triangle
"planes", about, there were, we counted about five--we
weren't sure if there were five or six, but we counted five
of them that were running back and forth. They were going up
and down, like hovering. They didn't make any noise, but
they were going REALLY fast across the sky and by this time
the Coast Guard was down there. I had called the Coast
Guard, I would say at least twelve times and they kept
telling me, "Well, your crazy and nothing's wrong...(Phone
DW Pause for phone call.
DW Okay, we're back on.
W1 So now what had happened was these planes were like,
looked like they had come out of it, because they came out
of nowhere. We saw them come out...I don't know if it was on
the side or on the front of it, but you could tell they ca
me out of it because they were real little. They looked like
little yellow triangles. They were real bright and went
super, super fast.
They went up and down like
this, instead of, you know how a plane goes this way? Well,
they were going up and down and like diagonally at it and
they were hovering around it and then they started shooting
out toward the lake and this time the Coast Guard saw all
this because that's when they sent their people out when
these little planes started appearing. And w hen they g ot
down here, they saw these things and they were coming real
close to the coastline. That's when these kids were getting
RD When you say "kids," do you mean Coast Guard personnel?
W1 Yeah, they were young boys. They were real scared and we
got REALLY scared because we were right down on the beach
there and we figured the coastline that would be it. We were
afraid they would attack their truck, because their truck
had lights on it. So w e told them, "Turn off your lights."
Because the more they kept coming closer and closer to the
lights of the truck, because the truck was parked on the
hill. There's like a little hill over there. They could see
the lights, because they seemed to be coming at the lights.
And so we had them shut their lights off because we were
scared. You never know what was going to go on. We didn't
know what was in these ships or planes or whatever they were
because we couldn't tell, but I've never seen a yellow
triangle fly around the sky.
RD It was yellow?
W1 Yeah. Bright, REAL BRIGHT. It looked like a light. That's
what it looked like. It looked like a bright light. You know
how a car light you'd have? It looked just like that, but it
glowed. It was yellow.
RD Was there any portion of it that was brighter than any
other portion of it?
W1 No. It was all real bright.
RD Just one solid, bright light?
W1 Yeah, little bright triangles. You know like the little
glider models you get for your kids? There in triangles. You
make paper airplanes...Like that shape? That's exactly what
they were, and they were solid. They weren't...it didn't
have wings or anything else.
RD Was it even-sided? All three sides of equal length?
W1 No, no, it was more pointed like that (gesturing).
W1 It was exactly like that (forming triangle with her
fingers). The front was more pointy. How's that? I flunked
geometry by the way.
W1 But it was more pointy, almost like the tip of an arrow.
RD Okay, so i n other words, the two sides were longer...
W1 Were longer than the base...I was wondering why you were
laughing at me.
RD We're not laughing at you.
DW No. We're not.
(Wedge and Dell'Aquila had reacted to the fact that the
triangular objects described by W1 were identical to those
described by other independent witnesses that night and
identical to the bright yellow triangular object one witness
W1 Okay. They were all solid bright light. There was no part
of it that was darker than others. We saw it real close down
at the shoreline. But when they started coming at this thing
and they went back into it, too, we thought maybe it
disappeared over the lake. Well, here they had gone,
shooting out over the lake and coming, then all of a sudden
we saw them about an hour later, coming back REALLY fast,
and they came right into that ship.
RD Did you see anything open up on the ship, a door or
anything like that?
W1 No, but they went right into it because they went rig ht
between the lights, so it had to be an opening on the side
of it, because they went right into it. They came up and
then they went right into it.
RD Were you able to observe which direction they left.
W1 They went out that way, toward Canada...they went east
too, this way. But none of them went that way, toward
Cleveland. They all went this way.
RD Did any of them go south or southeast?
W1 No. They stayed over the lake...they went east and north
toward Canada, and that's where basically they stayed. When
you saw them shooting out, it was just almost right over
land and we had seen them come out and said to my husband,"
What in the world is that?" He was just laughing. He said,
"You're just..." and he got, you know, he goes, "Yeah, sure,
I'm going to tell my mother we were sitting home watching
UFOs tonight." But, that's what happened. They were there
and then we saw them like I said, about an hour later, come
back in the same direction they came in, and they all went
right back into the thing, one at a time, too. It wasn't
like they all swooped down on it and went back into it. They
went back in it one at a time, and then the ship seemed to
land in the lake. It was about maybe an hour difference, an
hour lapse. The ship started setting down on Lake Erie.
That's when all these colored lights started coming on when
it sat down. You could see the lights as it sat down on the
lake, because it was all ice. As soon as it landed, about
five minutes later after it landed, you coul d still see it,
the red and the yellow lights and the blue lights, running
around the bottom on the lake, because it was a clear night,
it was beautiful. Then as soon as all the lights went out on
it, the lake stopped cracking. Everything got dead silent.
There wasn't animals--nothing. Everything got totally quiet.
That was it.
DW Can you give us a time, approximate time?
RD When did you first see it?
W1 About six. I think it was about six. My husband said it
was later but I don't think so, because it was just getting
DW It doesn't get dark until about 6:30
W1 Okay, then maybe it was a little later, about 6:30 or
7:00 P.M. It wasn't exactly dark, but it wasn't light out.
It was like dusk, almost, where it's just starting to get
RD When did you last observe it?
W1 I'd say about 11:30 P.M.
RD You were down there for 4-1/2 to 5 hours?
W1 No. We came back up to the house and watched it. When it
started to set, we went back down.
RD I see. At the same time, were you able to observe any of
the objects in the sky that you would recognize?
W1 Oh, yeah, absolutely because we were there, we kept
looking at them and looking at them to see, you know, we
were curious. Even from the house, when it started moving
in-land, you could see, you know, what it was if you looked
RD Where was the moon for example?
W1 The moon?
RD Yeah. Was it out?
W1 Yeah, the re were moon, the stars were beautiful. All the
stars were out.
RD Was it a clear night?
W1 Yeah. it was real clear.
RD Did you notice where the planets were?
W1 The planets that they told me this was?
RD Well, the planets.
W1 I didn't really...we weren't looking for the planets, but
theywould have been behind it, and farther off.
RD Is there any question in your mind that what you were
looking at was something that you should have recognized,
like the planets or...?
W1 No. It was definitely a ship, because y ou could see that
there was a center of it. You could also see planes coming
out of it, or little vehicles or whatever they are that came
out of it and we saw them go back in it. We were almost
right directly underneath it...The more we stayed down at
the beach, it was turning toward us to come toward us and I
got scared, thinking well, maybe someone would come out or
get us or something will happen...If we could see it, I knew
it could see us, because we were right out in the open on
flat land looking at it...
The interview continued for several more minutes and W1 drew
W1 (Drawing) The (light) on the left hand side of the object
RD Was there a regular pattern to the blinking?
W1 It was almost like if you looked out the lake, you know
how they have those (lights) when you come in from the lake?
Almost like that. (Phone interruption)
DW We are going to pause for another phone call.
RD What color was the object between the lights?
W1 ...gunmetal gray .
RD Did it seem solid?
RD Did it seem to have a three-dimensional shape?
W1 You could tell it was almost rounded. It was like a
football...It was all the same color and you could
definitely see the outline of it. We were standing SO close,
that you could see the outline. It was totally dark in the
center of it and at the top, but you could tell the
difference between the sky and the shape.
RD Did it seem to have hard edges or fuzzy edges?
W1 No, they were very clear edges...
The interview continued and W1's husband (W2) arrived home.
W2 ...Boy, I'll tell you you ought to see this thing, I
watched this thing down at the beach with the Coast Guard
guys. It was the strangest thing I've ever seen in my life.
It had these guys running, they were so scared. It was
strange. As it got lower to the water, all these little,
what we thought were jets, came and hovered right above this
thing. We assumed they were those Harrier jets that can just
hover. When they got closer, these jets came about forty or
fifty feet above the ice and they were going back and forth
across the lake unbelievably fast. They were covering a
fifty mile stretch, like that (Snapping his fingers).
RD What shape were they?
W2 We thought that they looked like little jets. That's what
we assumed. Then when they got closer, they were so little,
they were smaller than a one-seated Cessna. They didn't make
DW What about shape?
W2 We couldn't tell. All I could see was lights. I could
tell you that it looked like a triangle. That's what it
looked like. It just looked like a plain triangle. We
couldn't tell a tail fin or anything like that. It looked
like a triangle because it was lights down the wings and on
the tip of it.
RD You mean at the top of the triangle there was a light?
W2 Yeah. There was a light.
W1 Now see, I didn't see that. I saw just a plain light.
DW Do you know what color it was?
W2 One was white and one was bright white...you could tell
they were definitely connected, because if the nose dropped,
the tail went up exactly. But anyhow, when the thing got
closer to the water, the one bright light started twirling
like all different colors: red, green, blue, yellow, and
then it just sunk into the water and one end was white and
one end was red. Then it just sat in the water for about a
half hour and then it was gone. While it was sitting on the
ice, those planes were hovering above it. You could see that
they were flashing lights down on it. It was like five jets
within maybe a quarter mile area of each other, and all of a
sudden they were just gone. They just went up in the air and
out, just out.
RD About what time did they leave like that?
W2 9:30 or a quarter to ten...
DW Did you talk with the Coast Guard guys?
W2 Yeah, we sat and talked to them for a half hour. We
watched the thing for an hour.
DW What were they saying?
W2 They couldn't believe it . They said they never saw
nothing like it in the world. The guy said he's been in the
service for years and he said he knows that a Harrier jet
can't take off and fly that fast from a start. This thing
got up so high in the air and was gone so fast, it was
seconds and it was gone out of view. The night was so clear
that we could see for miles and miles and miles...These two
guys were so scared. They thought, first our assumption was
it was a satellite, maybe from Canada, that went bad and it
was coming down over the lake. They told me that they
believed it was Canadian air maneuvers. But then when they
saw these planes, they came about five miles off shore and
they were going about fifty feet above the ice. You could
just see the ice and stuff rippling behind them. They got
nervous because they didn't want their truck to be
seen...they were afraid maybe a missile would be shot at
them or something.
RD Is there any confusion in your mind that it was maybe the
moon or the stars...?
W2 No. No, not the first night. The second night it was
much, much much higher in the air. Miles and miles. But the
second night, it appeared at the same time and dropped down
in the lake at the same time...But the first night, no way.
We went and saw that thing. That thing was no more than
three miles in the air.
RD You're aware that the newspaper accounts are that it was
W2 Planets, right. No that's BULL****, because I went and
stood out on the lake and looked up at them and I saw the
thing moving. You could see it pivo ting like this
(gesturing in a rocking motion like a teeter-totter). When
it got way out over the lake, that thing just started
spinning around, it was all different kinds of lights...The
interview continued and more sketches were made by W1. In
being asked to draw the small objects, she drew a triangle.
RD When it landed on the ice, did it seem like it went under
the surface of the water, or did it rest on the ice for a
period of time.
W1 I don't know. Sue saw it too from her back yard. You
could see it sit down though. It didn't look like it sunk.
We went down the next day to see if we could see anything.
All you could see was ice broken everywhere. Huge, huge
chunks of ice...
DW Which Coast Guard Station?
W2 & W1 Fairport Harbor.
DW Did they come up, did they drive up? That's quite a way
down isn't it?
W2 They drove this way. They said they could see the lights
from their Coast Guard station.
W1 Right. They were watching it and observing it from the
Coast Guard station itself and didn't know what to make out
of the little lights.
DW Did they tell you why they decided to come up here?
W2 Yeah, because they got so many calls that they wanted to
come and investigate it. They had even called us back a few
times that night.
W1 They said it was totally out of their league. They didn't
know what it was or what it could be. They didn't want to
speculate. They also said to us, even on the next day, that
the Army and I guess, NASA did not want them to investigate
any further. They did not want them to go out on the ice,
because they have a cutter. They could have gone out to see
where it landed, because their men made a report too.
Somewhere along the line...and they could not get an answer
from NASA, they couldn't get an answer from anybody. And
they were told NOT to do anything about it, that it was out
of their league, it was
RD They were told it was out of their league?
W1 Uh- huh.
RD That's a quote?
W1 Yes. It was ou t of their league and out of their hands.
That's exactly what they told us. I talked to...a person in
command there and he got on the phone with me and that's
exactly what he told me also. That they had to forward all
their information to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and a
place in Detroit, which I don't know where in Detroit they
were going to send something, but they said the were NOT
ALLOWED to investigate it any further, that that's what they
we re told and to stay out of it...I wrote down their names
because I was so upset that they called the police on me.
DW Did they ever tell you not to talk about it?
W1 They told me that it was just more or less, that it was
out of their league and no one would, more or less, believe
me and I think that's what they were getting at when they
talked to me...I mean, they sent the police to my house, and
that was more a harassment than anything else. You could
tell they didn't want to talk about it either, because I
called them back the next day and they were real snotty to
me on the phone.
Investigation forms were then completed, and the photograph
taken on the same night in a location several miles to the
southeast was shown to the witnesses. They confirmed that
the triangular object shown in the photograph was identical
to the triangular objects they had observed on the same
night. Clearly, these witnesses, the Coast Guard, other
independent witnesses who have been interviewed, and the
photographic evidence all confirm that the Venus/Jupiter
hypothesis offered by the skeptical "experts" as the
ultimate solution to this case has no merit or validity. The
responses of these experts are invited.
Shortly after this interview was done, Rick Dell'Aquila
posted an update to the 1988 incident:
"UPDATE TO N.E. OHIO UFO
FLAP: On Saturday, April 2, 1988 at about 3:15 P.M.,
Flat black helicopter was reported to fly at tree-top level
over the N.E. Ohio home of one of the witnesses whose prior
sighting has been filed with MUFON by Dale B. Wedge an d
Rick Dell'Aquila, and recounted on Paranet (see LAKERIEn.UFO).
The helicopter was observed by at t 5 individuals from three
separate residences in the neighborhood, and was in sight
for 2-3 minutes. The unmarked and unlit helicr had a
military appearance as it approached slowly from the west,
making a loud sound peculiarly similar to that made by a
small airplane rather than a helicopter. The apparently
windowless craft was observed to fly eastward, before
turning to the south and disappearing over the line of
trees. It apparently caused "snow" on a television screen.
The investigation of the continuing series of UFO events in
this area continues and updates will be provided to MUFON
and Paranet as they become available. --Rick Dell'Aquila"
Now, let's keep the whole 1988 Lake Erie UFO sighting in mind as
we move forward on our timeline up to present day. The above
incident is very similar to Michael's own experiences, as
we shall see. But first:
Date: February 28,
Pilot Sighting UFO -- Cleveland Air Traffic Control
Date September 22 - 25, 2004 Strange Rumors Of Northern Ohio Activity By Kenny Young email@example.com 10-2-4
Unusual Situation Reported In Northern Ohio
Apparently on Wednesday morning, September 22, numerous
callers to Cleveland, Ohio radio station 1100 WTAM reported
a rainbow-like aerial situation similar to a 'Sundog.' The
situation complicates, however, as others begin describing
unusual contrails, jet scrambles and other military activity
all across northern Ohio. One caller, Amin, describes an
unusual light seen the night before Sept. 22 while driving
home from Detroit around 1:00 a.m. while another caller,
Kevin, claims the similar sighting of a 'bluish green light'
around 10:35 p.m. on Route 8 near the Stow, Ohio area (north
of Akron). At daybreak the morning of Sept. 22, northeastern
Ohio skies were allegedly 'ripped' with jet vapor trails.
One caller, Don, is a truck driver with a route between
Cleveland and Youngstown, and alleges that his GPS (Global
Positioning System) that pinpoints his mapping location on a
laptop computer, began malfunctioning between 8 and 9:00
a.m., although working flawlessly beforehand. Stranger
still, another caller named Dave claimed that Route 12, a
south/north road out of Fostoria, Ohio, was blocked by
"tons" of army trucks and traffic was being diverted.
This activity was briefly referenced on the Cleveland UFO
E-list by George Pindroh, but with no new information.
Secondly, I did receive three E-mail advisement's regarding
this activity from various contacts, along with one copied
message from 'June' that states: " I talked with my Mom
today, and she told me that on channel 19 at 5 pm, Wed.,
Sept. 22, the TV news anchor said that there were hundreds
of reports of UFO's all over the lakefront area of Ohio. He
said that after the commercial breaks he would give the
details. My mom was very curious and waited to hear the
news. When the news came back on, NOTHING. So the story was
squashed. I talked to a few people at work today, and yes,
they had heard about the sightings. Everyone was talking
about it. So lots of people here in Ohio heard about it
before the news was suppressed. According to my Mom, the TV
anchor said that people saw what looked like a huge cloud
with rainbow colors along with many UFO's that were not
disguising themselves as clouds. I also learned that fighter
jets were sent out after them." (Note, I do not know June
who copied me on her comments to a few other researchers,
but she signed her name with the addition of "In The Light,"
and I cannot vouch for her comments -- KY)
Thirdly, a comment about the WTAM radio activity was filed
to the National UFO Reporting Center (N.U.F.O.R.C.) website,
but also containing no new information.
Further, Mrs. Donnie Blessing, Southern Ohio State Director
for MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) spoke with a gentleman from
Cleveland named Ken who contacted the Cincinnati UFO Hotline
(513 - 588 - 4548) on September 28th to advise of a UFO
sighting in Canada on September 21st. While taking the
information, Ken advised that his wife knew of the strange
reports on WTAM radio station on September 22, and further
informed of UFOs and numerous (presumably) responding
military helicopters seen near the Perry Nuclear Power
Station. This specific detail has been considered most
intriguing. At this time, we know of no substantive
information to link this reference of a UFO situation near
the Perry Nuclear Power Station to the September 22nd
activity reported by WTAM radio.
Oddly, there was previous UFO activity reported 'on the
record' by a Lake County law officer referenced in
conjunction with the Perry Nuclear Facility in June of 2004.
DATE November 27, 2006 Lake
Erie: Hot Spot for UFO Sightings?
(On The Shores of Lake Erie, OH) --- It's become known as
the "Lake Erie 'UFO' phenomenon."
Recent sightings of unidentified objects are sparking new
interest in the subject. So NBC24 launched a probe into the
area's close encounters. Whether you're a skeptic, or a
sworn believer, you'll want to see what we found.
Ufologist Aaron Clark is among the area's top investigators.
He showed NBC24 video footage of a recent sighting -- a dark
object that appears to dart back and forth in the sky.
"It's very strange as it moves," Clarks tells NBC24. 'It
almost looks like it's changing shape."
Clark says efforts to identify another glowing object have
"It's this very strange odd shaped, almost boomerang-shaped
object that flies in front of the moon. It's unknown. All we
have is the video. It's not anything that's a conventional
type of aircraft."
Clark says Ohio's Lake Erie coastline is is a well known hot
spot for UFO sightings.
Ufologist Richard Lee has been examining reports for
"Ohio's been famous for the possibility of the connection of
the UFO subject from way back in the 1950s," he told NBC24
recently during a meeting of Ufologists.
"This is the oldest continuously operating group as far as
we know in the world."
Lee admits most of the incidents the Cleveland Ufology
Project has investigated are of this world.
"It might be atmospheric, or it might be miss-identified."
But the trained UFO investigator says there are incidents
that still can't be unexplained.
Lee says a police chase with a UFO depicted in the 1970s
Steven Spielberg film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
was inspired by an actual event that happened right here in
Ohio. The chase started on the morning of April 17, 1966.
Several police crews followed an object they could not
identify. Lee says the deputy who first encountered the
object described what he saw.
"We usually say, 'how big was it at arms length?' He said it
was like a house 50-feet over your head, and that started
the chase that ended up in Pennsylvania they exceeded 100
miles an hour in part of the pursuit."
Police followed it into Pennsylvania and eventually ran out
of gas. It was a sighting that looked like a movie scene
that make Clark a believer.
"It was a large object bigger than a house that had three
rows of white lights and it was rotating about 500-feet
away," he says.
Nearly 22 years later, in 1988, the Coast Guard responded to
a call of a sighting. NBC24 confirmed a Coast Guard report,
in which crews described an unidentified large object,
appeared to land on the Lake Erie ice, before it vanished.
"Unexplained. It's like there's no definitive way to define
what the phenomenon was." Lee says. "It's just one of those
If UFOs are watching over Lake Erie, the real mystery is
why? Area Ufologists have heard several theories over the
"The lake is being monitored by somebody from elsewhere
possibly. people think there are underwater bases," Clark
Here I'm going to stop again for a while with my timeline
presentation, because Rob Packard brings up a pretty interesting
subject at the end when he's talking about underwater
In fact, Packard is not the only one suggesting this, and we're going to
discuss that some more later on. The next article, which will
bring us up to present time, talks about it as well.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011
Does Lake Erie Harbor an
Underwater UFO Base?
Around 9Pm on Saturday September 17th 2011 unknown air borne
phenomenon was observed over Lake Erie near western Erie
County Pennsylvania by two households.
Two residents of Japan street in Millcreek Township had
stepped outside for a smoke when they noticed 6 orange
glowing objects in the sky, car alarms and police sirens had
gone off at the same time as the incident and the pair went
over to their neighbors house to verify what they were
seeing. Here is his testimony as per the MUFON database:
It was approximately 9-910pm. My neighbor and his friend
knocked on my door and started to tell me about these
abnormal lights they saw in the sky. Then we saw one
orangeish light in the sky. It was North/North West from my
house, so it appeared to be above Lake Erie.
The light was visible for about a minute. It appeared to be
moving west(left in the sky) slightly, the light started to
fade a little bit, then completely disappeared. During this
time the light moved up and down slightly. The light was
orange, but didn't appear to be a fireball. It was not
making any sounds that we could hear.
My neighbor and his friend then told me that maybe 4-5
minutes before, they stepped outside their house to smoke.
They saw 6 orange lights (like the one I saw). The lights
appeared to be north/north west (again appearing to be above
Lake Erie) They ran into their front yard to get a better
look. The six lights appeared to be in some sort of
formation, moving together. During this time multiple car
alarms in our neighbor hood alarmed (I heard these while I
was inside my house) The car alarms were on different
streets. After about a minute or two, they came and knocked
on my door, that is when I saw the one light I previously
When I first saw the object, I wasn't sure what it was,
planes usually appear higher in the sky. Also I've never
seen a plane with an orange light like that. I really
couldn't think of any logical explanations, especially after
the story my neighbor and his friend told me of seeing six
lights. We all found it to be slightly odd that there were a
number of car alarms that had gone off as well. I have no
clue what it was, but it was definitely out of the ordinary.
The witness had contacted me on Facebook within minutes of
the sighting asking if I had heard anything about the
phenomenon, hisdescription of the object was similar to the
UFO filmed over Moscow on September 9th of this year:
When the witness saw this video he said the object was very
very similar to what he encountered on the 17th. Could this
be the same or same type of object?
Southern Lake Erie has been a hotspot of UFO and aerial
phenomenon lately. One of the chapters in my latest book
"Eerie Erie: Tales of the Unexplained from Northwestern
Pennsylvania" (The History Press, July 2011) is titled "A
Hidden Underwater UFO Base in Lake Erie" in this chapter I
recount the mass of UFO sightings above and below the waters
of Lake Erie within the past few years. Massive objects
being reported crashing into the waters on the Lake's
Southern shore, an amazing incident of a large UFO landing
on the icy Lake that launched scout ships witnessed and
recorded by Coast Guards, and many more.
On August 8th of this year, a fireball was detected by
all-sky cameras from the Southern Ontario Meteor Network at
1:22 a.m. EDT. According to Space.com, "It was picked up
over Lake Erie and proceeded south-southeast over Ohio,"
said Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environments
Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville,
Ala.The meteor was last tracked north of Gustavus, Ohio, and
the potential impact zone for meteorite fragments is a
region east of Cleveland"
A similar object impacted in lake Erie in 2008. On November
13th 2008 the Ashtabula Star Beacon reported that multiple
witnesses from Ashtabula to Madison Ohio had heard and
witnessed a large object crash into Lake Erie's southern
shore. At first police and local authorities thought it to
be an aircraft, but Madison Township police Sgt. Rick Barson
is quoted in the Ashtabula Star Beacon as saying, “We had
enough information from two people in separate places that
seemed to have seen the same thing, but we had trouble
getting a good description that would fit the type of craft
we believed this plane could be.” Later NASA would claim
that the object entering the lake was a meteorite, but that
is not what the witnesses saw, they saw a craft of some
Lake Erie has a long history of unexplained aerial and
underwater phenomenon. For centuries Lake Erie has been host
to a phenomena that many in past eras have called “Wizard
Lights”. In the December 12, 1867 issue of the Brooklyn
Eagle there is an article “A Curious Phenomenon on Lake
Erie” in which is recounted the instance of a burning ghost
ship seen off Erie. The writer reports that local sailors
have been seeing these lights for over 50 years throughout
the lake. When rescuers would venture off toward the burning
lights, they would simply vanish. Soon the sailors would no
more go to the rescue when these lights appeared, they knew
that they were something odd...something otherworldly.
Recently places on the western part of the like such as
Sandusky and Cleveland have been hotbeds of UFO activity and
similar lights have been filmed, making them a Youtube
sensation. These UFOs have been investigated by world famous
UFO researchers and even the focus of such cable television
shows such as “UFO Hunters” and “UFO Files”. Cleveland
ufologist Aaron Clark in the March 8, 2007 Cleveland Plain
Dealer declares that "Some believe there's a UFO base on the
bottom of the lake."
After compiling incidents from MUFON, eyewitnesses and other
UFO databases, I have noticed that there have been an
alarming amount of diverse UFO sightings above and below the
surface of Lake Erie within the past decade. Does Lake Erie
play host to some sort of underwater UFO/USO base? Something
is happening below its murky waves, something unexplained.
Michael Lee Hill started seeing UFOs
over the lake around 2003, and his story started taking off the
next year, when the following article was published in the 'Free
No Moon-Who - Or What - Is Buzzing Northeast Ohio?
Volume 15, Issue 21 Published September 26th, 2007
Clevelanders Have Seen Strange Lights In The Sky. Who -
Or What - Is Buzzing Northeast Ohio?
that Northeast Ohio could be witness to the next mass UFO
sighting does not officially make you a member of the
tin-foil hat crowd. If you believe even just a few of the
witnesses, Cleveland and its surrounding communities might
already be a hotspot.
During the previous two years, the Cleveland UFOlogy
Project, considered the oldest of its kind on this side of
the globe, has documented 20 credible sightings. The 2005
documentary Dan Akroyd: Unplugged on UFOs highlighted the
peculiar lights over Lake Erie near Eastlake, where
witnesses reported their latest sighting just this past
June. Earlier this year, an "orb" was videotaped over the
Key Bank Tower during a peace rally, and the incident made
it on the CBS nightly news.
The hype continues: Literally hundreds of thousands have
downloaded Internet videos of Northeast Ohio UFOs. The
Cleveland Office of Homeland Security has investigated. And
one of the Eastlake UFO witnesses says he's signed a
contract with a History Channel for a documentary.
"If you take all of the people in Ohio who are interested in
this subject, I bet half of them are from that part of the
state," says Central Ohio-based William E. Jones, state
director for Ohio MUFON, or Mutual UFO Network. "A lot of
folks up there have seen things over the years. More people
are interested up there. I don't know why."
Sam Phillips has long been a fixture of Cleveland's music
scene. He's an accomplished drummer and "hand snapper," and
appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show. When interviewed for this
story, however, he was homeless and sleeping at the homes of
friends and family. Phillips taped a strange light spinning
and hovering over the Key Bank Tower on March 10, during a
"This is not about me," says Phillips, who admits he has
become obsessed with what he saw that night. "There's a
pattern here. There's a riddle here. And I want answers. I
want an explanation."
He believes it wasn't coincidence the sighting took place
over a peace rally. During the sighting, he recalls saying
that our "brothers and sisters are going to come down from
the universe and humble our ass."
Phillips' story, however, is but a sidebar in the current
wave of Northeast Ohio UFO mania. Taking center stage is
Lake Erie, and Michael Lee Hill of Eastlake.
Hill, like Phillips, is a musician. In 2001, Grammy-award
winner and guitar legend Steve Vai picked Hill as the winner
of a national guitar contest. Hill is gregarious, upbeat and
likeable. He's unconventional and complex. He's certain that
the UFOs he has seen are targeting him.
"I've had contact my whole life," he says. "I remember
asking my mother, "Why do Santa's elves keep visiting me?'"
The recent visitations started in earnest five years ago,
not far from the coal-burning power plant, he says. While
walking on the beach, not far from his home, Hill said he
witnessed a top hat-shaped craft hovering and pulsating over
the shoreline. This same area is also famous in UFO lore for
a 1988 encounter documented by the Coast Guard.
Hill started taking a video camera to the lakefront. Since
then he's captured scores of bright lights that appear to
hover over Lake Erie. He's uploaded many of his videos to
YouTube, and those caught the attention of David Sereda, who
directed the Akroyd documentary. Hill created the music for
Sereda's latest project, From Here To Andromeda. Hill also
says he recently signed a contract for a History Channel
project, but the channel did not return Free Times' calls.
"I really do consider myself a spiritual messenger; I know
it sounds freaky," says Hill, adding that the UFO filmed
over the Key Bank Tower is one of the same orbs he captured
over Lake Erie. "There's a huge story unfolding here. I
think they're absolutely sending us a message. I believe
they are here to help us become a galactic society."
At the other end of the spectrum is Eastlake resident Gary
Strauss, who says adamantly, "I'm not one of those UFO
people." He's a chemist and a supervisor at a local
laboratory. He's lived in his home on the lake since 1984,
in the same neighborhood as Hill, though they've never met.
Early on the morning of June 21, Strauss and his son saw
four bright lights, shaped like the tip of a Sharpie marker,
high above the water. The lights were in a line parallel
with the shoreline, positioned at 11 o'clock and 30 degrees
above the horizon.
Then one vanished. Then another. Soon all four were gone.
Suddenly, they reappeared in the shape of a diamond. Then
they went flat again. This went on for more than an hour.
He called the Eastlake police and they dispatched an
officer. Strauss remembers the officer saying, "What is
The following day, his son checked the Internet for lights
over Lake Erie and found one of Hill's videos. He recalls
his son shouting, "That's it! That's what we saw!"
But unlike other Lake Erie witnesses, Strauss doesn't
believe the lights are extraterrestrial. He guesses they're
the result of government or aerospace industry experiments
with new technology. "They're bouncing radar off some type
of object," he speculates. "Some form of radar reflection
technology. I'm just making an educated guess."
Nevertheless, he's intrigued.
"I look outside a lot more. I want to see it again," says
Strauss. "This time, I'm going to have my camera." But he
rejects the suggestion that it's anything more than
curiosity: "No. I'm not obsessive. Absolutely not."
The Eastlake police actually had two witnesses that night. A
detective, who asked not to be named, told the Free Times
that he too saw the lights, but from a different vantage
The Eastlake police asked the Cleveland office of Homeland
Security to look into the sighting, and the detective says
he was told later that on the night of the sighting, the
Canadian Coast Guard was near the opposite side of the lake
searching for a man who had been reported missing. A
Canadian Coast Guard helicopter dropped flares, connected to
miniature parachutes, over the water. Later it was
discovered the man had drowned.
Strauss finds this implausible, believes the lights appeared
in a straight line, then vanished, then reappeared in a
The Bush administration reportedly has funneled billions to
the aerospace industry to develop space-based weapons under
the guise of missile defense. Secret military space-plane
programs are believed to have been revived as well.
Another possibility are LAGEOS, or Laser Geodynamics
Satellites. Publicly, the government says two are in orbit,
and both are roughly the size of a basketball. They are made
of brass and partially covered with a retro-reflection
material that returns light in the direction it comes from,
similar to a road sign.
There's also NASA's Glenn Research Center at the Plum Brook
site in Sandusky. The site is home to the world's largest
space environment simulation chamber. That chamber will test
NASA's new spacecraft, Orion, which will take the US back to
the moon. Recent upgrades to the Plum Brook site will also
allow it to test "next- generation lunar landers, robotic
systems, and military and commercial aircraft," according to
NASA's Web site.
"So here I come walking out of the TV station one night in
November maybe a decade ago after our early evening
newscast," says Ted Henry of New Channel 5. "In perfect
formation there were five large objects flying smoothly in
my direction. It was stunning."
"What I saw was the undersides of five flat objects flying
in exact formation. The front two were enormous, maybe the
size of several football fields, and the three trailing were
smaller, flying in a slightly irregular pattern."
"What do I think they were? All I can really tell you is
what I saw."
Henry has talked about his sighting many times on the air.
He puts the experience this way: "One thing is certain, for
people who see something in the sky, as I did over Cleveland
years ago, it can be a life changing experience."
There was also a YouTube video
posted not too long ago with sightings more recent than this
last one, but it has now been taken down, unfortunately.
Nevertheless, I think the reader gets the picture.
In Part 2 of this
Appendix, we are going to discuss Michael's experiences in much
more detail, and they don't end with just a few lights
over Lake Erie (nowadays commonly known as the 'Eastlake UFOs').
The lights he and other have seen over the lake is for Michael
only the absolute beginning of a much bigger story that was
unfolding before his very eyes as time went by, and it's far from ended yet.
In my first article about
Michael, I spent a lot of time with Bill Birnes' 'UFO Hunters'
documentary, which was more or less the highlight of that
article. Now it's time to bring that further. However, it's
interesting to hear what one of Bill Birnes' team members had to
say about Michael and his experiences in the following video