Michel M. Deschamps
was a year that I'll never forget, and for good reason.
That summer, I met a man by the name of Don Campbell who
related to me many UFO sightings he had experienced during
the late 1960s, when he worked at the Copper Cliff welding
shop. He was a first-class welder and he had also been
a teacher. He retired in 1985 as Head Foreman of the Copper
Cliff welding shop. Because of his background, I found
him to be a very honest and credible witness. In all,
he claims to have had 51 UFO sightings. Most of them were
described as unusual lights in the sky, but some were
really close encounters.
few months after we had met, I witnessed something really
incredible on October 9, 1990. On that cold Tuesday evening,
I looked through my binoculars and watched as a UFO came
down from the sky and hovered near the abandoned Falconbridge
Radar Base. After it was all over, I was anxious to tell
someone about what I had just seen. The only person I
could think of who'd believe me was Don. Since then, we've
become very good friends. I've been to his house and I've
met his wife who, by the way, has confirmed some of his
1991, I have collected audio-taped recordings of his personal
accounts on three separate cassette tapes. Due to the
length of some of these reports, I've had to condense
them for their inclusion in this newsletter. It is important
to note that these are not in any chronological order.
I should also mention that Don claims to have in his possession
a journal which contains detailed information on each
of his sightings. He swears that he kept all his notes
but has been unable to locate them. I've offered to help
him in his search and as soon as they are found, I will
provide the editor with copies of them.
"Martian Visitors Seen At Garson"
of Don's accounts seems to confirm an event that took
place near the town of Garson, on July 2, 1954 (see attachment
A). That morning, while walking to work, a Garson Mine
employee came face to face with three 13-foot-tall beings
that had descended from their landed space ship. The story
hit the front page of the Sudbury Daily Star and was featured
on radio news broadcasts. Then, there was nothing...no
few days later, Don's curiosity got the best of him. So,
he and a friend decided to check the story out for themselves
by driving out to the site:
we got there, we couldn't believe what we were looking
at: sitting just a few hundred meters away, was a big
twin-rotor helicopter, with a big white star on its side.
The area was surrounded by metal fence posts and signs
indicating: 'No trespassing. You will be prosecuted.'
I counted about fifty military personnel, including five
or six men with Geiger counters and ear muffs, that were
surveying the site. At the time, I said to myself: 'If
there's any truth to the witness' story, this kind of
confirms it because why else would the U.S. military come
all the way from the States to examine this specific piece
of land for about a week?' A few days later, I went back
to take another look and noticed that everything had been
taken down. The area looked as if nothing had happened."
Sudbury Daily Star - July 6, 1954
was married in 1953. And in those days, he used to chuckle
whenever there was mention of flying saucers in the newspapers.
Even after the Garson Mine incident of July 1954, he was
still skeptical. But in the summer of 1966, all that would
change. He was about to be confronted with the reality
Don Campbell's first UFO sighting
evening in 1966, I had just come home from my 4 to 12
shift and was sitting out on the front steps. I looked
out in a westerly direction and saw what I thought was
a very, very bright star in the sky. At first, I thought
it was the planet Venus, but Venus shouldn't have been
in the west, at that time of year. So I went inside, grabbed
my 8 x 35 binoculars, looked at it and said: 'Gee, that's
strange...green, red, green, red, green, red!?' I called
my wife out and asked her to take a look at it. She said:
'Oh, yeah! That plane, it's got a green and red light
on and it's changing.' I said: 'Yeah, but it's sitting
there like a helicopter. Now, that's very strange.' I
listened and listened, but there was no sound."
watched the object as it came down from the sky in a very
unusual fashion. One minute, I'm looking at it and then,
all of a sudden, it just seemed to be about ten miles
closer. In the wink of an eye, it quickly dropped down
and stopped! This really caught my attention and I said
to myself: 'A plane doesn't move like that!' I focused
in on it and I could see a red light and a green light
flashing from end to end, like a plane coming in for a
landing. But it was hovering like a helicopter, and there
was absolutely no sound. Then, all of a sudden, the red
light went out and the green light went out. And there
was just a bright glow, almost like a white fluorescent
light. Then it just sped right off, straight up into the
sky, at a 45 degree angle and disappeared, all within
3 - 4 seconds from the time the red and green lights went
at that moment, Don knew that he had just seen a UFO.
But this was only the beginning. For the next two and
a half years, he would find himself in the midst of a
next incident is particularly interesting because of three
reasons: 1. It involved the loss of television transmission
due to a UFO hovering too close to one of the towers.
2. The UFO was filmed by a television crew, with large
studio cameras. 3. People were threatened by the RCMP
and told to keep their mouth shut.
UFO over the CKSO Supertower
night, I came home from my 4 to 12 shift, poured myself
a coffee and stood outside on the front steps. My wife,
who was inside having a coffee, came out and told me:
'My favourite western movie just went off the air!?' I
went inside to check and sure enough, the program was
off the air. I walked back out to the railing and looked
out in a northwesterly direction, toward the CKSO transmission
tower. At the top of the tower, there was a red flashing
light. And next to it, I noticed a bright red light, which
was really, really big! I pulled out my binoculars and
said: 'Well, my god! We've got a UFO hovering over!' So
I ran back inside, grabbed the phone book and searched
the yellow pages for CKSO's telephone number. I called
the TV station, told them who I was, then said: 'You people
are off the air!' They replied: 'Well, don't tell us something
we already know. This is the 15th or the 20th call. We
know we're off the air! We've got our technicians running
all over and we're gonna get back on the air as soon as
we find our problem!'"
said: 'Well, don't run any further in your studio because
your problem is right over your supertower.' They said:
'What?' I replied: 'You've got a UFO! An unidentified
flying object! A flying saucer! And it's sitting right
over your supertower and that's why you're off the air.'
They said: 'You're kidding!' Then, I said: 'No! I'm on
the next hill just down from you; I'm right here in my
backyard. I've got a perfect view from the front, from
the back of my house and I'm looking at it!' They asked
me for my phone number and told me they'd call right back,
after they'd taken a few pictures of the object."
hung up the phone and ran out to the front door. I looked
up and the red light was still there. Then, I ran out
to the far end of my backyard and looked down towards
the television station. With my binoculars, I could see
people wheeling out the big studio cameras onto the cement
pad, and began taking pictures of the same thing I was
looking at. After 10 - 15 minutes had passed, the phone
rang and my wife said: 'It's for you!' I picked up the
phone. It was the man from CKSO, thanking me and telling
me that the footage would be aired on the 10 o'clock morning
news. I watched the UFO until it flew away, at 2 o'clock
in the morning." And as it did, CKSO's television
next morning, shortly after the broadcast, the RCMP got
in touch with the station staff and told them: 'Get that
off the air!' The staff quickly apologized for what they
had shown on TV. They said there were dew drops on the
camera lens, which produced a false impression of the
red light on top of their tower, giving a much larger
image of what they had seen. Meanwhile, someone from CKSO
called CHNO radio, and told them what had happened and
CHNO picked up the story. They're the ones who phoned
me and asked for an interview. Out of a 15-minute broadcast,
I was on for about eight or nine minutes."
next day, I received a call from the RCMP. I was told
to keep off the air and to keep my mouth shut. They said:
'You shouldn't go on the air with stories like that; you
haven't got our permission. It's all right for you to
talk to fellow workers about it. You're not to go public
on the air and we'll be watching you from now on!' But
I never did shut up. I kept talking to my buddies and
I was interviewed on the air once more, after that."
Shown actual photograph of UFOs taken
from a gun camera film
Don was interviewed by CHNO about the UFO over the CKSO
supertower, other people got a hold of it, including the
RCMP and some people at the Falconbridge Radar Base. That
same week, Don received a phone call from the Base captain,
asking him to come out to the Base for a visit, when he
had the time:
I finally drove out to the Base, I was shown through the
gate by a sergeant, and walked into the office where the
captain was waiting for me. I sat down and began to relate
to him some of the things I had been doing about UFOs.
The captain asked: 'Do you believe in UFOs?' I replied:
'Oh, by all means! I've seen enough.' The officer said:
'Well, we do too, but generally denied by the press and
the government. We're told to do this because of public
panic. We know they're there; we've been tracking them
with radar for many years. But we don't know where they're
from any more than you do. That's about all I can tell
you, at this point in time.'"
he said: 'It's too bad you're just a civilian!' I didn't
know what he was getting at. The captain reached into
his desk drawer and pulled out what looked like a 7 x
9 enlargement of a 35mm photograph. And he asked me: 'Do
you know what these are?' I looked at the photo and said:
'Well, it looks like three discs!' I could see that they
were silver in colour and they each had these small button
parts in the centre. The captain said: 'Well, we had three
jets that were coming in for a landing, from about 5 miles
high at North Bay, a couple of weeks ago. And they reported
down to the base that as they were coming in, there were
three UFOs hovering over the North Bay base. So one of
the pilots turned his gun camera on and took movies. And
this photo is one of the best shots taken from a long
string of frames.'"
is another one of my personal experiences: talking to
a real captain, seeing an authentic aerial photograph
of three saucers, and told this was not public knowledge.
But it was Air Force knowledge that UFOs do exist."
This next account describes the first time Don laid eyes
on real alien beings. The details of this sighting are
particularly striking in view of the fact that the beings
are seen interacting with each other, aboard their own
Close-up view of inside of flying object
particular night, my friend, Jimmy and I were out in the
backyard, skywatching. We decided to stay up for a while,
after our 4 to 12 shift. At about 1:30 - 2 o'clock in
the morning, we spotted an object flying in the distance,
over the Frood Road area. At first, we focused in with
our 7 x 35 binoculars. As the UFO came closer, I focused
in with my 600 power telescope and I could see things
that looked like portholes. I could also see a dome on
top. I zoomed right in through the portholes and witnessed
an amazing sight! I saw a number of alien beings that
were walking around; they were not sitting. They were
standing in front of what looked like a control panel.
On closer examination, I noticed that three or four of
the beings were dressed in silver-coloured suits. The
other one (I called him the leader) was wearing a black
suit. So this being must have had some significance, to
be dressed differently from the rest. Through the portholes,
I could see that the inside of the craft was brightly
lit. We were both smokers at the time, and I remember
Jimmy was almost eating his cigarette when he was looking
at this. All he could say was: 'Oh, my god! Oh, my god!
Look at that! Look at that!'"
the night was over, we grabbed the telescope and we jumped
in the car and headed in the direction of Frood Road (we
didn't stay in the backyard because it was 2 o'clock in
the morning and I was keeping his wife up at night; the
screen windows were wide open, and she'd yell out to us:
'I wish you two would go away and watch the UFOs some
place else!') By the time we got down to Frood Road, the
UFO was still there but it was starting to drift away.
We were all ready to get set and then, the UFO was gone.
That was our big excitement for the night."
In the account that follows, the UFO seemed to be conducting
some kind of mineral survey, based on Don's description
of the event and the information given to him by INCO
engineers. Could this be a possible explanation why UFOs
would be coming to Sudbury, one of the largest nickel
producers in the world?
UFO over the Flour Mill area
time, Jimmy and I were up on a hill behind Lasalle Boulevard.
And we were sitting beneath the Hydro lines, with the
telescope and equipment all set up, overlooking New Sudbury.
As we looked towards the south, we spotted a UFO that
was flying low over some hills. I couldn't follow it with
the telescope right away because the object was doing
about 35 - 40 miles an hour. We watched it with our binoculars
and we soon realized how low it really was. It went right
over the area where the ski hill is now located, and it
flew directly between two radar towers and sat there for
about 5 - 10 minutes."
it went over the swamp area, heading towards the Flour
Mill section. It would fly over this area and stop over
houses. Then, a pencil beam of light flaring out to a
wide light at the bottom, would illuminate half a block
to a block, at one time. Through our binoculars, we could
read the licence plates of cars from two, three miles
back. It was such a bright beam of light that when it
first came on, it would hurt our eyes. Jimmy got the bright
idea: 'Let's time this!' It always seemed to be on for
about 8 - 10 seconds, then the light would go out and
the craft would move, just like a hummingbird. It wouldn't
just glide over to the next area; it would shoot over,
sometimes. And then stop. The beam of light would come
down again, stay on for 8 to 10 seconds, then go out.
And each time, we would say to ourselves: 'Wow! Did you
ever see a light like that!' It was like a laser beam
of light so bright, it fascinated our eyes and our hearts
were pounding. We were so excited, all we could say to
each other was: 'Imagine! We're watching something that's
probably not of this earth; an alien craft flying over
time went on, we watched this for about an hour, and we
made sketches of the directions. It would go back and
forth from north to south and east to west. And then finally
over the Frood mine before it departed for the night.
Later, when I got on salary, I talked to INCO engineers
about the veins of metals leading out from Frood Mine.
And they said: 'Yes, what you're telling us now corresponds
with some of the veins of nickel that are under the New
Of all the UFO sightings to have been witnessed by Don,
the most impressive one occurred at the INCO Smelter,
in August 1967 (See attachment B). This is a significant
case because of the number of witnesses who were there,
UFO over INCO Smelter in Copper Cliff
was 10:20 or 10:30 in the evening and I was in the welding
shop, welding. All of a sudden, my friend Jimmy, who was
in the plate shop, was ringing the inter-plant phone off
the wall. He asked me: 'Don, did you look out the front
and see this UFO?' I asked him what he meant and he told
me that he had just seen a UFO come down from the sky
and circle around the middle chimney twice. He said he
was sure it was a UFO because it was against the law for
a plane to fly over INCO property. He told me to run out
to the front door and take a look. So I ran to the front
door, and I looked over, just in time to see the UFO hovering
near the dry (change room). I ran back to the phone, and
told Jimmy I would join him in the plate shop right away."
the shop, Jimmy and 18 other welders and plate shop workers
watched as the UFO hovered near the No.1 dry. The flying
object, measuring approximately 50 feet in diameter, glided
over the property at a height of 85 feet and started to
approach the plate shop. The craft, oval-shaped in appearance,
had a pulsating red light on the front and a steady green
light on its side. It was barely moving, no more than
15 - 20 miles an hour, as it went past the plate shop.
We were not directly underneath it, but we were looking
up at it, at an angle. We glanced over toward the east
and saw the object lifting over the CIL building, tilting
at a 45 degree angle and shooting up into the sky, disappearing
in a northeasterly direction. When we took another quick
look at the object, it appeared to be like a little white
got on the phone and called the Falconbridge Radar Base
to report the sighting. They started asking me questions,
took down some notes and told me I'd be hearing from them.
Meanwhile, Sergeant Wayman who was at the No. 1 dry, came
running over to the plate shop, all excited, and told
the others what he had just witnessed. It was later revealed
that 15 additional witnesses had seen the flying object
as it flew over the Concentrator. They also reported seeing
electrical flashes and sparks, as the UFO went right over
the #3 power station, causing a power blackout which lasted
for fifteen minutes."
next day, just before I left for work, I received a phone
call from the Radar Base and they confirmed that the UFO
sped away at 22,000 miles an hour!"
and map indicating
trajectory of UFO over INCO Complex
UFO hot spot in the Sudbury District is the Long Lake
area, where Don's camp is located. Many UFOs have been
reported over the lake during the past fifty years. Don
describes the incident as it happened:
Red UFO over Long Lake
night, while working on afternoon shift, I was approached
by my friend, Eric, who told me about a couple of UFO
sightings he had witnessed over Long Lake, the week before.
He described seeing a red light coming over the lake,
between 10:30 - 10:45 at night. At first, he thought it
was a plane coming in for a landing. But then, he noticed
that the red light was just hovering above the lake and
the water was rippling beneath it. He said: 'The light
was shining off the UFO and the water was being agitated
right below it! Right then, I knew it wasn't a plane.'
He said that the red light was pulsating as it began to
move down the lake."
following week, Eric phoned my house and invited me and
my 11-year-old son, Kenny, to come out for a visit. That
night, we were relaxing in the living room, drinking coffee
and pop, and the kids were playing. All of a sudden, Eric
said: 'There's one right now!' I couldn't believe it.
We're looking out through the picture window and we see
a big red light coming down over the lake! Being a summer
night, the windows were open and we couldn't hear any
sound coming from it. We all ran out and watched as the
red object went by, pulsating like a heart beat. Eric
said: 'It was just like I'd seen before, except this time,
it's not hovering.'"
estimated the speed of the UFO to be about 10 - 15 miles
an hour. Right away, my son got the bright idea: 'Dad,
let's race it to the far end! It's going right down the
lake!' I immediately excused myself, got in the car with
my son and took off. It didn't take us long to catch up
with the object. It was now doing about 25 - 30 miles
an hour. We were keeping a constant eye between the buildings
and the trees, where we could see a flash of red. Kenny
said: 'Dad, speed up a little bit; maybe we'll beat it
to the corner!' So I speeded up to about 45 - 50, got
ahead and stopped the car, leaving the motor running and
the headlights on."
both got out of the car and waited. 800 to a 1000 feet
away, we could see the red object approaching. And we
watched as it flew right over the top of the car, no more
than 50 feet in the air! We were both standing next to
the car, and as the UFO went by, the hairs on our arms
stood right up, giving the effect of static electricity.
I could feel the tingling on the back of my neck. My son,
who had a short hair cut, could also feel it. I said:
'What a feeling!' We were both amazed because the UFO
came so close. The car's headlights went down to a dim
yellow for about 3 - 4 seconds and the engine stumbled
but never stalled. The object continued on its flight
path, and disappeared from view."
The following is a recollection of an incident involving
two UFOs that caused a power outage in the New Sudbury
area. Both Don and his friend Jimmy witnessed the event.
An Ontario Hydro employee confirmed the sighting.
Two UFOs take electricity from power
station on Maley Drive
night, Jimmy and I went out for another one of our excursions
after we had worked the 4 to 12 shift. It was about 1:15
a.m. when we parked the car at the far end of Maley Drive.
I had his telescope up over his shoulders and we both
had binoculars around our necks. Just as we were set to
go, along came an OPP cruiser. The officer pulled over
and asked us what we were doing with all that equipment.
After a few explanations, the officer smoked a cigarette,
then left. We both walked into the bush, and headed in
the direction of a rocky hill. It was shortly after 2
a.m. when we finished setting up the telescope."
Jimmy was having a smoke, we noticed two little stars
way up in the sky. We looked again and said: 'Gees, those
aren't stars!' I couldn't tell how far apart they were
from each other, but I figured they were about 5 miles
high. We soon realized that we were looking at two little
white objects, moving side by side. The telescope being
too awkward, we focused in with our binoculars and said:
'By gees, we've got visitors! We're in luck, tonight!'
As soon as we said that, the one on the right suddenly
dropped down from the sky, then stopped. A red flashing
light came on and the object continued its descent until
it was right over the power lines. The red light went
out and the UFO took on a beautiful bright glow, just
like a halo."
it began to travel very, very slowly over the power lines.
And Jimmy said: 'Oh, oh! It must be sucking up power!'
Because from the top of the hill, we could see that the
lights in New Sudbury were growing dim. We first looked
at the lights, then we looked at the UFO. At first, it
moved all the way down the line. Then it seemed to stop
and come back up the line. All this time, Jimmy and I
were looking through our binoculars and we could make
out the actual shape of the craft. Twenty, twenty-five
minutes, maybe half an hour later, the UFO lifted off
and flew up to join the other one, which was still parked
way up there, in the night sky."
that moment, the second object came down and repeated
the pattern. But this time, all the lights in New Sudbury
went right out! This object was apparently absorbing a
heavier load of electrical current. Half an hour later,
the UFO lifted off and joined the first one. Both objects
turned on their red flashing lights, as they went up a
little higher. Then the red lights went out and the two
UFOs flew away, side by side, at a tremendous speed."
Don said that with binoculars or with the naked eye, the
whole craft was just like a glowing ball when it was over
the power lines. But when the UFO moved away from the
power lines, it went back to a lighter colour. Both men
went down to the power station to speak with the Hydro
employee who was there, that night. This is what they
got quite scared the other night and I got scared again,
tonight. That one almost came up to my back door!"
He said: "This isn't the first time it's happened.
We're supposed to keep our mouth shut about this. It's
pretty scary when you're looking at your gauges and you're
dropping from a 100,000 to 30,000 volts; you're just losing
all your power. And then, you go out the back door and
you look up the line and here's this glowing object coming
is the second time this week that this has happened. This
time, it came so close that it frightened me and I went
back in and closed the door; I didn't want to look at
it. Then, when my power came back up to 100,000 volts,
I said: well, the bugger's gone! No sooner did I say that,
down goes my power...100,000...70,000 ...50,000...30,000
and dropping, dropping, dropping. I didn't have a 1000
volts left in the line. Don said: "That's when we
seen all the lights go out!" The man said: "Oh
yeah! For fifteen minutes at least, we lost total power!
It's all on the graph paper. That thing was just sucking
everything that was coming through that line. I went back
out and sure enough, another UFO. And all this is written
down in my report."
Don phoned in his report to the Radar Base and they confirmed
his sighting with a radar tracking of two separate objects,
each dipping below the radar line and then departing at
speeds in excess of 15 to 20,000 miles an hour!
Don describes another incident where a UFO was sighted
over the INCO complex, and witnessed by numerous employees.
This is the only daytime sighting he has ever witnessed
(see attachment C). After he reported it to the NRC, he
received a reply (see attachment D).
Silver disc seen over Copper Cliff
was 10 o'clock in the morning and I was tacking jobs in
the plate shop. Another welder, who was standing outside
the back door smoking a cigarette, noticed a silver object
way up in the sky. He drew everybody's attention and said:
'Hey, guys! Come out and see this beautiful silver-looking
thing.' Everybody was pointing up at it and some of them
said: 'Is it a floating balloon or something?' I estimated
that the object was at an altitude between five and six
miles high, right above the slag dump. One of the welders
was smart enough to tack a little stick on the back door,
which he used as a gun sight and aimed it at what we thought
was a silver balloon."
Foreman phoned the radio stations and the Radar Base to
report the sighting. I had a telescope at home, and I
was so excited that I decided to "call in sick"
so that I could leave work early. It was approximately
2 o'clock in the afternoon when I got home. I looked up
in the direction where the balloon should have been, but
it was no longer there. Not once did I think it was a
balloon. It was a beautiful silver disc, shining in the
sun. And it hadn't moved an inch during the 4-hour period!
I knew that if it had been a balloon, it would have slowly
next day, I discussed it with my fellow workers and they
all said: 'Oh yeah! It was there. And then, in a matter
of two seconds, it just zoomed away and it was gone!'
The following day, an article appeared in the Sudbury
Star, which read: After many calls were made to the radio
stations and the Radar Base, it turns out that the Air
Force said the object was a weather balloon, taking information
of ionosphere and stratosphere conditions. They also said
that it drifted away on its own and it wasn't a UFO, so
there was nothing to worry about."
asked about the fact that the object stayed in the same
area of the sky for four hours, the Air Force answered:
'There was a weather inversion and the balloon was held
there by a stationary pocket of air.' Some people said:
'Then, how come it flew away, all of a sudden?' They had
no answer for that. There was no more follow-up. Just
the one article saying it was a weather balloon and it
drifted away on its own. But many people said: 'It didn't
just drift away; it sped away, at an incredible speed
The Sudbury Star - July 10, 1968
Right: Reply from National Research Council
of the most amazing events to have been witnessed by Don
was the disappearance or more precisely, the "abduction"
of a satellite by a UFO, in the late 1960s. In the following
paragraphs, he describes the event in detail:
INCO workers witness Mysterious disappearance
of a satellite
night, at about 10:30 in the evening, myself and seven
other workers were sitting in front of the plate shop,
taking a break. At work, we had a schedule for when satellites
would fly over because we enjoyed looking up at the sky,
watching for them. After anxiously waiting for a few minutes,
we noticed a small light travelling in a straight line,
from west to east. We all sat there and watched as the
satellite crossed the sky. Suddenly, one of the guys yelled:
'Hey! Look at this!' The rest of us looked to the right
as he pointed to the east. What we saw was a bright flying
object, heading straight for the satellite. When the two
objects met head on, there was a bright flash. A second
later, we looked again and all we could see was the bright
object, travelling in a westerly direction. The satellite
never came out the other side. It just disappeared!"
few days later, it was reported in Time Magazine that
an orbiting satellite had somehow disappeared and no one
was able to give a logical explanation. A whole year went
by, but still no news of what had happened to it. Then
one day, a surprise announcement was made: "The satellite
that had disappeared the year before, had somehow reappeared
and was found to be in its appropriate orbit." Again,
no logical explanation could be given."
In 1975, while building his new house, Don had a very
interesting close encounter of the third kind. It was
the second time he had seen something which he described
as an alien being. Not only would this be his last UFO-related
sighting but it also became the most profound experience
of his life.
Don's close encounter with an Alien
wife Alice and I were returning home, one evening, after
having eaten supper at my mom's. As I slowed down to make
my usual turn onto our street, I almost came to a complete
stop and right in front of us was this very strange vehicle
that looked like a beautiful white Mercedes Benz Coupe.
It had no markings and no name plate to signify what type
of car it was. And sitting behind the wheel was this strange-looking
creature. It had big round, oval eyes; no pupils; a very
small nose, with just two little slits, and a slit for
a mouth. No visible ear lobes. It was wearing a wig on
its dome-shaped head. You could tell it was a wig because
it just sat on top and it could slide off the creature's
head, at any time."
we both passed each other, the alien looked over at me.
I poked my wife in the ribs and said: 'Lookit! A real
UFO person!' She said: 'Oh, my god! It is!' I noticed
that it had white gloves on, covering its fingers up on
the steering wheel, so I couldn't tell what the fingers
looked like. It was as if it was trying to disguise itself.
The skin colour was sort of whitish-grey, like the skin
of an elephant. And the huge eyes were brown-black in
colour. All of a sudden, the creature turned its head
around like an owl and my wife screamed! She said: 'Oh
my god!' I said: 'What are you screaming about?' She told
me she heard a voice telling her: 'I want to talk to you!'
I said to her: 'I didn't hear anything!' Apparently, it
had communicated to her telepathically, which really frightened
her. We proceeded up the hill and just as I was about
to slow down, I glanced in the rear view mirror and said:
'Guess what, Alice! It just turned around and is following
us up!' When we got to our lot, I stopped the car and
we waited. During this time, the other vehicle was coming
up very slowly, with the alien creature looking right
at us with its huge eyes."
the car slowed down, I realized that it had what looked
like Ontario licence plates, so I decided to take down
the plate number: FLA 600. As we're both standing next
to our car, Alice said to me: 'Don, catch me! I'm passing
out.' I ran to the other side just in time to catch my
wife underneath her arms. By then, the strange car was
about ten feet away from me and there was absolutely no
sound coming from the engine, as it went by. I took another
look at the vehicle and I could see an eerie white glow
all around it. I told my wife I wanted to follow the creature
down the street but she convinced me not to go. She was
afraid I'd be hypnotized or abducted. So I decided to
phoned the provincial police station and asked to speak
with my friend, Sergeant Lightfoot, but he was not in.
So I made up a story and lied to the police officer on
duty. I said: 'I just passed a car and it almost ran me
off the road. He must have been drunk. His licence number
is FLA 600. I'd like to have this person checked out.'
The officer said: 'We usually don't do this for anyone,
but since you're a friend of Sergeant Lightfoot's, we'll
get back to you.' Five or ten minutes before leaving for
work, I received a call from the officer: 'This white
car you reported, which looked like a Mercedes Benz Coupe
with no markings on it, but with this licence number.
We ran it through the computers and there's no such number
in Ontario; there's no such number in Canada. You must
have taken the number down wrong.'"
my mind, this proved once and for all, that this was an
alien car with an alien person, with a phoney licence
plate on, that didn't belong to this earth. The number
was non-existent, at the time. I said: 'Well, I must have
made a mistake' and I left it at that. But I couldn't
wait until the following week, when I went bowling with
Sergeant Lightfoot and told him what happened."
from Second-Hand Sources
addition to these accounts, there are other UFO sightings
that he related to me, with which he was not directly
involved, but had been told by second-hand sources such
as police officers and those who had actually witnessed
the events, including family members and friends.
Five UFOs over Burton Avenue
summer night, at around 2 o'clock in the morning, fourteen
provincial and city police constables watched in amazement,
as five UFOs maneuvered over the dump at the end of Burton
Avenue. There were fifteen, twenty cars parked up there,
including five provincial police and seven city police
cruisers. There were also many witnesses who watched as
the UFOs were doing some of the most magical things that
airplanes can't do. The police officers were radioing
back and forth and saying: 'Woah! Come and see this!'
And cruisers were coming in from the highway. Everyone
was watching, and saying: 'Wow! Is it ever fantastic!',
as the UFOs would loop and turn this way and that way,
with their flashing red lights. Jets were scrambled from
Michigan and were about twenty miles from the city, when
the UFOs packed up and left. The jets circled over the
city twice, then headed back to Michigan. Both the provincial
police and the city police reported the incident to The
Sudbury Star. The headlines the next day: Five or six
jets scramble from Michigan because of five UFOs doing
a circular dance and aerobatics over the dump, in the
early hours of the morning."
the next day, there was a little write-up in the corner
of the front page, saying that they had made a mistake.
It was pieces and debris that were falling from a satellite
and were causing sparkles as they tumbled from the night
sky, flashing over different areas. Again, the old cover-up.
The jets had scrambled for nothing and there weren't any
UFOs. They just debunked the story and said there was
really nothing to it. And yet, this exhibition lasted
over an hour and a half, that evening. Long enough for
the jets to get radar warnings, scramble from Michigan,
and fly over at 600 miles an hour, while the show was
still going on."
didn't know that this was going on because I was at home,
sound asleep in bed. But when I went bowling with Sergeant
Coulton and Sergeant Lightfoot, that very same week, I
was told about the sighting. Sergeant Lightfoot wasn't
there that night, either, but the next day, his men brought
in reports that were pages long. And about a week later,
they were all stamped TOP SECRET and they were tucked
UFOs chased by police cruisers
times when I went bowling, I would discuss UFOs with Sergeant
Lightfoot, who had also related a few experiences. He
said: 'Oh yes. We've had cruisers on the graveyard shift,
actually chase UFOs out of their jurisdiction. We get
written reports about these things all the time. White
and red lights glowing in the sky and flying just above
the cruiser, sometimes travelling at the same speed as
the cruiser or slightly ahead. And the cruiser would go
down the highway, speeding up to 80 and the UFO would
speed up to 80! Then the cruiser would slow down to 50
or 60.' He said: 'Yeah! We have these incidents all the
time. They go into our private files. But we've had all
kinds of reports.' I would talk openly with Sergeant Lightfoot
and asked him: 'Do you believe in UFOs?' And he'd say:
'Oh, by all means! Our constables aren't crazy. They know
what they're seeing.'"
UFO seen at Algome-Nordic mine
brother-in-law, Art, who worked at the Algome-Nordic mine
in Elliot Lake, related this incident to me. One morning,
there were about 50 mine workers going in through the
gates at about 7:15 - 7:30. It was a beautiful, clear
morning and everybody's looking up over the parking lot,
right near the gate, and a UFO is hovering there, absolutely
silent. A beautiful silver craft, with the sunlight bouncing
off its body, early in the morning. It was quite a sight!
And the story hit the Elliot Lake press, reporting about
the UFO that the men had seen at the mine."
Don's brother-in-law's sighting of a
night, Art was inspecting a tailings line during the graveyard
shift. And as he walked down to the end where it's dumping
out, he noticed a light shining in the tailings pond.
He said to himself: 'Well, that's strange. That shouldn't
be there!?' And as he got closer, he saw an object starting
to rise up. It then turned its lights on, and a few seconds
later, it was gone. He said: 'My God! This is something.'
So he walked down the steps and across the hard section
of the pond, and with his flashlight, he could see a definite
indentation, like a big saucer had sat right in the pond.
He came off his shift the next morning and reported his
sighting to other people, including the Foreman. Some
of them walked out to the line, while the others drove
out there. Later, they came back and confirmed it. They
said: 'Yes, we've got approximately a 50-foot circle indentation
in the pond.' Other people, including the press, were
called in. They were there with Geiger counters and cameras.
There were many pictures taken of it and it made the news:
Strange craft seen by floatation man lands in the slew
pond just outside of the mill."
Large UFO hovers above 100-foot-wide
men were busy checking the levels in one of the large
water tanks, which supplies water to the INCO plant. And
on this particular night, these two guys are sitting out
on the roof having their lunch, at 3 o'clock in the morning.
Suddenly, they see this light coming in the distance.
It's coming closer and closer. And they said: 'Gee, it
looks like a helicopter coming. There's a red light and
a white light on it.' At first, they didn't think too
much of it, but when it got closer, they realized that
it was silent. And they watched it as it came over the
water tank, which is about 100 feet in diameter, and it
stayed there, motionless. They said that the craft was
as wide as the tank. At one time, it was so low, they
actually thought it had landed on top of it. It hovered
there and both men were practically choking on their food.
They both said to each other: 'Are you seeing what I'm
seeing?' They watched it for about 5 - 6 minutes. And
then the red light came on and the white blinking light
came on. Then, it began to rise, and in about 10 seconds,
off it went into outer space. They knew they'd just seen
a UFO. They were excited and told everybody about it,
the next day."
few days later, they related their story to a buddy in
Sudbury, and he said: 'I know what you guys are talking
about. That night, I was at a party in Lively and I was
coming home at about 3 o'clock in the morning. I pulled
my car right off the road, onto the shoulder, because
I saw this light coming down from the sky. I just sat
there and watched as this thing stopped right over the
tank. I said to myself: 'My god! Is this helicopter going
to land on top of the water tank at the iron ore plant?'
There was really nothing more to see except this thing
just hovering there, with the light shining on. Then,
I realized that it wasn't a helicopter, and it wasn't
a plane. It looked round disc-shaped. I watched it the
whole 5 - 6 minutes. Then I saw it lift off, as the red
light came on and the white light came on. And I saw it
disappear. I traced it as it went up into the heavens,
and it became just a little white star. It just blended
in with the rest of the skyscape. I know you guys aren't
lying to me."
UFO seen taking electrical power by
boy and police officers
1967, Charlie White was a welder at Copper Cliff and he
was also the Reeve of Waters Township. He told me about
this incident, which hit the Sudbury Star. Early one evening,
a 15-year-old boy went to the corner store for his mother,
to buy some milk and a pack of cigarettes. He got to the
corner store, bought the items and headed back home. He
was walking along old highway 17 when his transistor radio,
which he was carrying, suddenly blacked out. At that moment,
he heard a whining sound. He turned around and saw a flying
object with green-coloured lights, moving above the power
it moved past him, he noticed that the object was not
directly touching the power line, but there seem to be
some sort of a black extension shaped like a fish hook,
that was catching on to the line from the bottom and pulling
up on it. And as the object moved down the line, sparks
would be emitted from this black extension. The distance
between the hydro poles was approximately 100 feet and
each time it came up to a pole, the craft would stop.
Then, the extension would let go the line and swing out.
Then, the object would move past the pole, stop once more,
and then, the black extension would swing back in, hook
on to the line, and the craft would move another 100 feet.
The boy, who was standing across the road from the object,
said that he saw this happen three times. The few hairs
he had on his arms and the back of his neck were bristling,
due to the electrical radiation or the aura coming off
the UFO. He was frightened enough that as soon as it got
passed him about 2, 300 feet, he dropped his radio and
ran home with the groceries."
he got home, he told his mother: 'Guess what I just seen.
It's like buck rogers! It's a UFO. I've seen a real one!'
She got him to calm down and she phoned the provincial
police. They, in turn, contacted a police cruiser that
was already in the vicinity. They were heading down the
old township road, about a mile from where the boy lived,
and they shut off their headlights. Ahead of them, maybe
2, 300 feet, they saw a glowing UFO, slowly moving above
the power lines. They tried to sneak up on it, as they
reported this to the desk sergeant. And as they got on
the air, the radio went dead and the engine of their cruiser
cut out. With this happening, the officers just sat there
and looked. They watched it for a few minutes, as it went
past another post or two. And then, it shot across the
road, keeping very, very low to the ground, heading in
a westerly direction. After the object disappeared, radio
reception returned to normal and the car engine started."
next day, the Sudbury Star reported that the car radio
was checked thoroughly and there were no electrical shorts.
They also checked all the wiring in the cruiser and there
was nothing wrong with it. After this one report in the
Sudbury Star, there was no more follow-up. Later, five
army personnel went to the boy's house, took him aside,
away from his parents. And thoroughly questioned him for
two, three hours, about the incident and gathered all
UFO sightings made by Don's mother and
I became greatly interested in UFOs from 1966 on, I told
my mom and all my friends about them. Back then, my mother
kept rooming boarders for a living. And she had about
9 boys from Nova Scotia who were working for MacIsaac
Tunnelling, at the time. When I would tell them about
my UFO sightings, they'd laugh and say: 'Come on, Donny!
You don't believe in things like that?' I explained to
them how the captain at the radar base was talking openly
with me about UFOs. The boys looked at me like I had two
on, two of the boys were working at one of the new shafts.
And they were half way down, timbering, in the middle
of the night. It was close to lunch time, at 2:30 in the
morning and when they came up to the surface, they looked
up and saw a UFO hovering above the opening. They ran
to their shack, opened the door and said to their lead
master: 'Look at this! Look at this!' He said: 'Oh my
god! You guys better come in. That doesn't look good to
me.' And here was this UFO, hovering approximately 100
feet above the open shaft, blinking its lights and shining
a beam of light down into the hole. The boys wouldn't
go back to work until this object had left. Through the
shack window, they watched as the UFO stayed there for
a good hour."
boys were quite excited about the whole thing. The next
morning, they came home from work, and said: 'Guess what!
Guess what! We know what Donny's talking about, now. When
we were at work last night, we saw a 50-foot UFO with
a white luminous shine to it, hovering above the open
shaft. And it shined a beam down onto the work that we
were doing and it scared the hell out of us! Our boss
wouldn't even let us out until it flew away. And it didn't
have any sound.' And my mother said: 'See! My son doesn't
tell lies. That's what he's talking about: these UFOs.'
They said: 'Well, we believe in them, now!'"
a week went by, and I was working day shift. One night,
at about 10 - 10:30 in the evening, I decided to go to
bed early because I was quite tired. The next day, my
mother came over for a visit and she said to me: 'Guess
what happened?' I said: 'What happened, mom?' She said:
'Well, I was coming back from my sister's house, I parked
my car in the driveway, and I said to a neighbour walking
by: 'Look, mister! Do you see this? And he said: Yes,
I see that but I don't believe in them!'"
they were looking at was a glowing, luminous object hovering
over the rocks. The man looked at it, said nothing, then
quickly rushed home. My mother, not afraid of anything,
looked at it and then, walked up the side steps into her
house. She went into the kitchen and looked out the side
window. And low and behold, the object came up and hovered
right above the neighbour's garage, which was about twenty-two
feet in length. And I said: 'How big was it, mom?' She
said: 'Oh, at least two and a half times the length of
that garage. It was hovering above the poplar trees back
there, glowing like a ball.' She couldn't see any windows.
She said it was sitting there looking at her, through
her side kitchen window. She said: 'Well, now I was getting
a little bit nervous. I went to the back window facing
the back lane. And the ball moved around to the back lane.
I looked out the back window and it was hovering at eye-level,
about 20 feet off the ground, blocking my view of the
next street. It looked at me, then it rose up and floated
was really ticked off and I said: 'Oh, my god, mom! Why
didn't you phone me? You know I've been chasing these
things all over! I had enough time to jump in my car,
spin over, park my car, and run over to see this thing!'
She said: 'I didn't even think of it!' She told her boarders
about this and they said: 'Yeah...yeah! First, we have
them at the mine. Now, we have them visiting the house
or four days later, two of the boys came home from work
and went upstairs to their room. They were stretched out
on the bed, having a smoke and a couple of beers, talking
about the day's activities. They happened to look out
the big picture window, and there was a UFO, hovering
over the back lane again. The lane is about 70 feet away
and this UFO, a glowing luminous ball, is at the same
height as the window, which is located on the second storey.
The boys got up, looked out the window and this thing
is sitting there. They're nervous enough from the incident
at the mine. So, what do they do? They pulled the drapes
shut and said: 'We're not looking at that.' They ran downstairs
and told my mom: 'Guess what? There's that thing back
over the lane! It's looking at us; it's visiting us again!'"
back on these sightings, Don said: "From all the
houses in the neighbourhood, why would they pick on my
mother's house twice, in such a short period of time?
In one week, the UFO was seen at the house, on two separate
occasions. And it was also spotted at the mine shaft,
where the boys were working. So there had to be a connection,
UFO melts 300 feet of power lines
25, 1970 (see attachment E)
winter night, a UFO was seen hovering over one spot, draining
so much electrical power that it melted 300 feet of power
lines. The power was off at Falconbridge's Fecunis Mine
and at INCO's Levack Mine for the remainder of the night,
from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. When Hydro went out to the site
to investigate, they found pieces in the snow, measuring
no more than a foot long! Some were flat and some were
splattered, as if the copper had gone through a dripping
stage! Hydro's "official explanations" were:
"Vandals shooting the insulators off the power lines"
and "Hunters shooting at deer, accidentally hitting
the insulators." But an eyewitness, who was along
the road that night, said: 'This didn't happen by accident.
I saw the UFO over the road, hovering above the power
lines, and glowing underneath. And all of a sudden, it
Sudbury Star - March 26, 1970
is Don's final consensus regarding UFOs:
government has been covering up stories like this and
many across the Unites States, Canada, Brazil and Argentina
for many years. They claim that it'll be mass hysteria.
I really don't feel that way. I feel that they don't want
their good jobs and the government to go. A higher system
of intelligence could come down here and lead our people.
Our government doesn't want that; they've got too cushy
a jobs and positions. So they say: 'we'll keep it from
the people. Anybody who sees them, they're nuts; they've
been drinking too much booze.' This has been the cover-up
for years, but as we all know, doctors, lawyers, accountants,
people from all walks of life have seen many, many UFOs.
Pictures have been taken; daylight pictures, night pictures.
They've been spotted on radar at 15 - 20 sightings a day.
UFOs going at 22 and 30,000 miles an hour, and doing 90
degree turns, which is impossible for our aircraft. It
can no longer be denied. I think it's just a matter of
time before it's going to leak out. And I really don't
know how the government is going to explain to the people
that since the early '40s, they've been lying and lying,
all this time. But I guess they'll have a good one made
up when the time does come."
Only now do I realize the importance of Don's recollections.
If it hadn't been for him, I don't think I would ever
have discovered the rich history of UFO sightings in the
Sudbury area. He always talks about the many reports made
to the newspaper back in the 1950s and 1960s. He was the
one who had suggested that I look in the Sudbury Star
archives for UFO newsclippings. By writing this article,
I hope to inform people about a few aspects of the UFO
phenomenon that are seldom mentioned in the literature,
such as the link between UFOs and power blackouts, and
the fact that the UFO occupants seem to have an interest
in our natural resources.
Sunday, May 5, 1996, I was put in touch with Don Parkes,
another former INCO employee who had witnessed the UFO
as it came down over the INCO complex in Copper Cliff.
Although his recollection is a bit fuzzy, it does confirm
the above account. Before agreeing to an interview, he
requested time to collect his thoughts concerning this
and other sightings. A third witness who first spotted
the UFO will be retiring in the next little while. I'm
hoping he'll confirm what has already been said concerning