(In September of this year (1975) a member of the
Meteor Research Society in New York City sent me a Photostat of a letter
he had received from Surrey, BC which adjoins Delta where I live. The
letter was lengthy, detailed and carried sketches of a UFO observed in
Surrey. For a variety of reasons that will become apparent, I, along with
Brian Fewster, visited the writer and completed a 45-minute tape that
described the sighting.)
On October 31, 1974 John Waidner and his wife Rosa left their home in
Surrey, BC. The time was 6:50 PM and the evening was damp and misty. It
had rained most of the day, but was fine as they drove north along the
highway to New Westminster where they intended to play Bingo.
After five minutes driving, Rosa, who was in the front passenger seat of
their station wagon, noticed a very large bright light approaching them
from the west. Traveling slowly, it appeared to be about two hundred feet
above the trees, . . . "a BIG light" . . . "a GIANT star" . . . a "bluish
sparkling light", said Rosa who was in a better position to observe it
than her husband who was driving.
"John, do you see it?"
"Ya, I see it."
"Do you know what that is?"
"That's a flying saucer . . . look at it John, look at it!"
Slowing down to about 25 mph John carefully studied the craft that was
approaching from his left. A large halo of light, it dazzled the eyes and
made viewing of further detail impossible. The light was well below cloud
level and had the intensity of a blow torch, also being similar in color.
"Nothing on this earth has a light like that." Rosa added.
The object also seemed to slow down and they had the feeling of being
observed. Still traveling slowly, they detected no apparent malfunctioning
of their car. Suddenly, "whoosh" from a gliding motion the object made a
90-degree turn and zoomed off, still at the same level. "Whoosh," another
90-degree turn. Several times it zigzagged east and west but never crossed
the road in front of them. During this display the object was below the
trees on their left as they continued to drive down the highway, still
maintaining the new steady 20 mph.
By now, however, a change had taken place in the light's color. It
appeared as a reddish orange ball that reflected off the clouds and
conveyed the impression of a burning house. Having traveled about a mile
the Waidners had reached a wide intersection in the highway, just as the
object returned. Across the street from them a small group of children
were busily engaged in burning "sparklers". It was of course Halloween
night and, happily engaged, they seemed totally oblivious of the large
object that had now come to a halt almost overhead. Mrs. Waidner felt the
occupants of the object were curious about the children's activities.
Remaining stationary for a few seconds, both John and Rosa made the most
of the time to study the craft. It was less than 100 yards away and about
200-300 feet up, and they could see through the red halo as the bright
light "had been swung away" from them. Like a large hamburger bun, the
color of "dirty brass" it had a base of about 25 feet, then an outer
flange. The diameter of the body of the craft, they feel, was 30 feet. A
"belt" of square-shaped windows circled the object; two feet square they
appeared to have raised edges. From these windows came the reddish orange
light that now radiated from around the craft in a "sort of fog." From the
base of the craft another belt of smaller lights twinkled in sequence,
blue, green, yellow. The belt of windows at the top had at this point no
lights shining from it. Rosa estimated the object "was the height of two
tall men." At this point they had pulled over to the shoulder of the road
and stopped the car although the motor was still running. It was here that
John, who up to then admitted to being a hardened skeptic, verbally
conceded. . . "that is something out of this world" . . . a statement that
provided his wife with much visible satisfaction.
Slowly moving away again, the Waidners drove down the highway parallel to
the UFO on their left. A mile further on it headed southeast and left them
behind. The total sighting time was 8-10 minutes.
In November Mrs. Waidner wrote to the Vancouver Sun and her letter was
printed. A witness in Burnaby replied claiming that he saw a similar
object the same night.
This case has some additional noteworthy aspects that should be examined.
1. This sighting took place only 14 days after David
Knutsen of nearby Whalley photographed a flying circular object.
2. It occurred less than two air miles from where David took his picture.
3. The object described in this report was seen less than five air miles
from the Port Coquitlam sandpit landing that took
place in August of the same year.
4. A common denominator, be it coincidence?, is that young children were
present in all three cases.
5. The region in which this sighting of the Waidners took place was in the
immediate vicinity of an extensive cross country power grid system. The
object was close to, and apparently at times traveling over or alongside
the pyramid towers which all center on a large sub station, one mile west
of where the Waidners observed this craft.
6. I have become increasingly aware of much activity that apparently
centers on a strip that borders
Surrey and North Delta. This zone is about 15 miles long, runs north
to south (as far as the US border) and is two miles wide. The grid system
runs up the center, centralizes at the transformer station, then branches
into an east-west direction.
7. In November, 1975, I placed an advertisement in a small local paper
seeking witnesses to the David Knutsen sighting. Although I received no
direct confirmation of what I was seeking, 16 phone calls within four days
described lights and objects seen by observers, many that took place in
the specific area of intense activity.
8. In May, 1975, a 17 year-old boy told me he had watched a silvery
coloured highly reflective object, at four o'clock one sunny afternoon,
for a period of five minutes. It remained stationary, then took off at
high speed. This observation took place on the eastern perimeter of this
strip and less than one-half air mile from David Knutsen's home.
9. Mrs. Waidner sent her detailed letter and sketches to New York on
August 8 this year. On August 19 the National Enquirer published a
double-paged story of a film in making that re-enacts the Betty and Barney
Hill abduction. The Enquirer photo has a mock up of the craft the Hills
described. To Mrs. Waidner's astonishment she noted that the object she
and her husband witnessed was almost identical, the only discrepancy being
that the flange on the Hill's craft was larger than the one they observed.
The Enquirer picture displayed a "landing platform" that was possibly
retractable and certainly was not visible to the Waidners.
10. Another and final unusual point of the Waidner sighting was that
during the whole time they watched the UFO they were NOT AWARE of another
car driving past in either direction! John recalled seeing car lights "in
the distance". This is a very busy highway at any time of day or night as
it links up with the US border. Yet at 7 PM they never saw another car for
a period of ten minutes over a distance of two miles. I personally find
this hard to believe and wonder if this "scene" was staged just for them,
as if a memory lapse was again induced.
(Mrs. Rosa Waidner is a nurse by profession. She is eloquent and has an
impressive eye for detail. Even one year after the event, when relating
the circumstances, the excitement of that evening came through very
forcefully as she recounted the details on tape.)
Also read the Vancouver Sun article by Tom