December 2, 1974
Location: Frederic, Wisconsin, United States
William Bosak, 68, had what he termed as a hair-raising
experience December 2, 1974. As he was driving home, he
spotted an object on the left side of the road ahead of
him. "It had a curved front of glass and inside I
could see a figure with its arms raised above its head."
Drawing of Bosak sighting.
APRO Bulletin, Vol. 23 No. 4 (Jan/Feb 1975)
William Bosak, 68, of rural Frederic, Wisconsin (Polk
County, Northwest Section), had what he termed as a hair-raising
experience at 10:30 p.m. on December 2, 1974. Mr. Bosak
had attended a Fanner's Co-op meeting in Frederic and
was driving to his rural home southeast of Frederic when,
about one mile from his farm, he spotted an object on
the left side of the road ahead of him. He had been driving
slowly because of patches of fog and his headlights reflected
off the object so he slowed as he approached it.
had a curved front of glass and inside I could see a figure
with its arms raised above its head," Bosak told
reporters. When later interviewed by Field Investigator
Everett E. Lightner, Bosak said that the newspaper account
which appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer-Press was basically
accurate except that the ears on the "human"
he saw inside were placed higher on the head. (See drawing
accompanying this article.)
object was standing still and appeared to be between 8
and 10 feet in height. The transparent 'glass'
area through which Bosak could view the occupant was bullet-shaped
at the top, or tapered to a peak. He had slowed nearly
to a stop when he came up to the object, but then fear
took over and he stepped on the accelerator and left the
object behind. He said that when he did so, the inside
of his car became dark and he heard a swishing sound like
branches of a tree brushing against the car.
"human," as Bosak referred to it, had
hair sticking out from the sides of its head with ears
protruding out about three inches and they were shaped
like a calf's ear. It had no collar or shirt with seam
in front but appeared to be clothed in something tannish-brown
in color and fitted (skin-tight) like a diver's suit.
Both arms were extended above its head and hair stuck
out from the outside of the arms. There was no beard,
but there was hair or fur on the upper part of the body.
The rest of it, from the waist down, was not visible because
of the fog. The object itself was not lighted, but reflected
light from the headlights of Mr. Bosak's car.
Bosak returned to the location, the next morning, to search
for any landing marks or evidence of its presence but
found nothing. He said he was very frightened at the time,
but the look on the face of the occupant of the craft
indicated that it was frightened too. Its eyes were very
large and protruding.
kept the experience to himself for nearly a month, not
even telling his wife and son but finally decided to divulge
the incident. A later (that night) attempt to view the
area where the incident had occurred from the vantage
point of his house was unsuccessful due to the fog. "I
was so goldarned scared I was afraid to go out at night
for a few days," he told reporters later, and
said he wished that he had had somebody with him in the
car, at the time. After reflecting on the experience for
a few weeks, Bosak said that he felt he did the wrong
thing by speeding away from the object and "should
have stopped and tried to show it I was friendly. I wish
I could meet up with it again."
who has operated a 450-acre dairy farm east of Frederic
for the past 40 years, said that prior to his frightening
experience in December, he had been skeptical of stories
about UFOs. "And I'm sure a lot of people are
going to be skeptical after hearing what happened to me.
But if people don't believe me, I'll take a lie detector
test to prove this isn't just something I made up."
Lightner, who investigated the case, found Bosak to be
sincere and a man with a good reputation in his community.