by Jerry Guarino
July 26, 1969 East
Orange, N.J. The huge cylindrical object
hovered above the high school while dozens of
people stood and watched. Tony Ramirez was on his
bike next to the baseball field. Is that a
spaceship? he said to himself. His friends
had left a while ago. It reminded Tony that last
Monday, NASA landed the first manned spacecraft
on the moon. The spinning ship continued to hover,
for what seemed like an hour, although in reality
it had only been three minutes. Then the ship
floated upwards, turned 180 degrees and
disappeared in an instant beyond his view.
I saw a spaceship at the school today.
His father gave him a puzzled look. Son,
there are no such things as spaceships.
Tony knew he couldnt prove what he saw.
But Pop, I saw it hanging above the school.
His mom tried to be supportive. Maybe you
saw some sort of cloud storm.
Tony insisted. It was real, lots of people
His parents now looked at each other with concern.
Who else was there Tony?
Realizing he had come straight home but should
have talked to someone there, Tony gave up.
Tony looked in the paper the next day hoping to
see a story that would verify his account.
Nothing. He went down to the school to see if he
could find someone who had been there. No luck.
He even asked his classmates. That was a mistake.
So, you saw a flying saucer Tony.
From that day on, his life at school was tainted
by what others saw as bizarre or at the least,
odd behavior. Even though Tony stopped talking
about the UFO, his reputation was already
finished. Being a social outcast in high school
seriously limits your potential. Tony would spend
the rest of his life trying to get people to
listen to him.
Summer, 2019 San Diego, California
Surfers fell off their waves, joggers stopped in
mid-stride and cars crashed in the street. Five
hundred feet above them, a huge cylindrical
object hovered over Mission Bay. Within seconds,
people pulled out their electronic devices,
taking pictures, recording the spinning craft and
sending texts, tweets and emails to the Internet
and points outward. News people were on the scene
in minutes. They set up a remote broadcast link
and handed the microphone to the reporter.
Fifty years after the first moon landing,
we are seeing what appears to be another alien
spacecraft hovering over Mission Bay. Even though
this has become a
regular occurrence recently, people are still
fascinated by the crafts, wondering when they
will get to see the visitors inside. Once
referred to as UFOs and flying saucers, these
spacecraft provide proof that Earth is not the
only planet with living beings. This is Tony
Ramirez reporting from KBAY. Well have
interviews on the scene right after this.