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Joe Simonton and His Extraterrestrial Pancake, Eagle River, Wisconsin, 1961
As far as I know, this is the only reported close encounter involving an exchange of extraterrestrial breakfast food. Joe Simonton, a chicken farmer from Eagle River, Wisconsin, claimed that on the morning of April 18, 1961, he saw a silvery disc land in his yard. When he approached the object, a hatch opened, revealing three “dark skinned” men. One of them held out a jug and made a motion indicating he wanted something to drink. Simonton took the jug and left to fill it with water. When he returned, he noticed that the object’s occupants were “cooking” something on what appeared to be a flameless appliance. The men took the water jug from Simonton and, in return, gave him four hot-from-the-griddle space pancakes. The hatch closed, and the object took off at a 45 degree angle, never to be seen again. Simonton eventually took a bite of one of the pancakes. He said it tasted like cardboard.
Image via Vilas County News-Review, April 27, 1961

Joe Simonton and His Extraterrestrial Pancake, Eagle River, Wisconsin, 1961

As far as I know, this is the only reported close encounter involving an exchange of extraterrestrial breakfast food. Joe Simonton, a chicken farmer from Eagle River, Wisconsin, claimed that on the morning of April 18, 1961, he saw a silvery disc land in his yard. When he approached the object, a hatch opened, revealing three “dark skinned” men. One of them held out a jug and made a motion indicating he wanted something to drink. Simonton took the jug and left to fill it with water. When he returned, he noticed that the object’s occupants were “cooking” something on what appeared to be a flameless appliance. The men took the water jug from Simonton and, in return, gave him four hot-from-the-griddle space pancakes. The hatch closed, and the object took off at a 45 degree angle, never to be seen again. Simonton eventually took a bite of one of the pancakes. He said it tasted like cardboard.

Image via Vilas County News-Review, April 27, 1961

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Map of Portage County, Ohio, UFO Chase, 1966
From the Akron (OH) Beacon Journal, April 18, 1966:

RAVENNA – Akron area flying saucer fans are excited today over the most widely cited Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) since a Michigan farmer touched off the latest rash of sauce reports last March 20.

Two Portage County Sheriff’s deputies say they chased a brightly-lit, highly-polished metal object 86 miles from Randolph to just across the Pennsylvania line early Sunday morning [April 17, 1966]. A Mantua policeman took a picture of the object.

Other police in the area also saw the object and said it was spotted by “hundreds” of area residents.

Image via UFOs Through the Wormhole

Map of Portage County, Ohio, UFO Chase, 1966

From the Akron (OH) Beacon Journal, April 18, 1966:

RAVENNA – Akron area flying saucer fans are excited today over the most widely cited Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) since a Michigan farmer touched off the latest rash of sauce reports last March 20.

Two Portage County Sheriff’s deputies say they chased a brightly-lit, highly-polished metal object 86 miles from Randolph to just across the Pennsylvania line early Sunday morning [April 17, 1966]. A Mantua policeman took a picture of the object.

Other police in the area also saw the object and said it was spotted by “hundreds” of area residents.

Image via UFOs Through the Wormhole

Filed under UFO flying saucer history 1966 Ohio unexplained

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Life Magazine, April 7, 1952
One of Life magazine’s best-selling issues, for obvious reasons, but also something of a turning point in the development of the early flying saucer phenomenon. As the headline in upper right corner indicates, this issue featured a significant article on UFOs titled “Have We Visitors From Space?” Up until this point, most major news publications had treated flying saucer reports with ridicule. The Life article approached the subject with respect and seriously entertained the possibility that UFOs were extraterrestrial spacecraft.

Life Magazine, April 7, 1952

One of Life magazine’s best-selling issues, for obvious reasons, but also something of a turning point in the development of the early flying saucer phenomenon. As the headline in upper right corner indicates, this issue featured a significant article on UFOs titled “Have We Visitors From Space?” Up until this point, most major news publications had treated flying saucer reports with ridicule. The Life article approached the subject with respect and seriously entertained the possibility that UFOs were extraterrestrial spacecraft.

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