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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at ufologie@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

AUGUST 1965, NEAR AREQUIPA, AREQUIPA, PERU, JULIO L. DE ROMANA AND ANTONIO CHAVEZ BEDOYA:

BRIEF SUMMARY OF EVENT AND FOLLOW-UP:

According to ufology sources of the time, newspapers in Peru reported on August 31, 1965, that two people were driving recently on the Pan-American motorway were at some 20 kilometers of Arequipa, when they saw "a strange being, a Martian" of blackish color, which "resembled a shrub, had only 80 centimetres in height, and one eye" of gilded color on its head.

The creature was described as also having "other smaller eyes located all along its body."

A few seconds later, the witnesses saw a flying saucer passing above them.

Later ufology sources indicate that the witnesses were two men, Julio L. de Romana and Antonio Chavez Bedoya.

BASIC INFORMATION SUMMARY:

Case number: URECAT-000011
Date of event: Before August 31, 1965
Earliest report of event: August 31, 1965
Delay of report:Days?
Witness reported via:Not known.
First alleged record by: Lima newspaper La Prensa
First certain record by: Gordon Creighton.
First alleged record type: National newspaper.
First certain record type: UFO book.
This file created on: August 25, 2006
This file last updated on: May 19, 2008
Country of event: Peru
State/Department: Arequipa
Type of location: Open country.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adults or aged.
Witnesses types: Not known.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Brush
Entities height: Small, 80 cm
Entities outfit type: Not known.
Entities outfit color: Black.
Entities skin color: Black.
Entities body: Not known.
Entities head: Not known.
Entities eyes: One big gilded eye on the head, eyes all over body.
Entities mouth: Not known.
Entities nose: Not known.
Entities feet: Not known.
Entities arms: Not known.
Entities fingers: Not known.
Entities fingers number: Not known.
Entities hair: Not known.
Entities voice: Not known.
Entities actions: Not known.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not known.
Witness(es) interpretation: Extraterrestrial being.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial beings or invention.
Explanation certainty: None.

NARRATIVES:

[Ref. gc1:] GORDON CREIGHTON:

Gordon Creighton, the editor of the famous Flying Saucer Review, reports for the compilation of Charles Bowen, that close to Arequipa, Peru, according to the Lima newspaper La Prensa for August 31, 1965, two people were drivin recently on the Pan-American motorway when, at a place located at some 20 kilometers of Arequipa, they saw "a strange being, a Martian" of blasckish color, which "resembled a shrub, had only 80 centimetres in height, and one eye" of gilded color on its head. The creature was described as also having "other smaller eyes located all along its body." A few seconds later, the witnesses saw a flying saucer passing above them. Creighton adds as source La Cronica, of Buenos Aires, for August 31, 1965.

[Ref. gc2:] GORDON CREIGHTON:

Gordon Creighton indicates in the same book that in Arequipa, southernmost Peru, on September 29, 1965, Julio Lopez de Ramana and Antonio Chaves Bedoya were driving by car when they almost hit a strange being who was on the road.

It was approximately 80 centimeters tall and had only one eye, and its body was surrounded by gold and silver strips.

A little later a UFO appeared and flew above the car during some time, and a little later at a place located at 20 kilometers from there, a UFO was seen by various people whereas it flew very low.

Gordon Creighton indicates that this report was checked by the editor of the newspaper of Lima, La Prensa, a very serious newspaper, and that the police force of Arequipa has a file on this case.

He indicates that the source is a list of some recent Peruvian landings, forwarded by Donald Hanlon in a letter of November 23, 1965, to the Flying Saucer Review.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates, based on "personal" sources, that on September 29, 1965, in Arequipa, Peru, two men in a car, Julio L. de Romana and Antonio Chavez Bedoya, saw a strange being, 80 cm tall, by the side of the road. The creature had only one eye, and gold and silver stripes over its entire body. Soon afterward a craft flew over their car. Several persons living 20 km away also reported an unidentified object within minutes of this sighting.

[Ref. pd1:] PIERRE DELVAL:

This French ufologist indicates that a few days after August 1, 1965, people near Arequipa, in Peru, saw a "non-human measuring 0,90 meters, of negroid type, equipped with a single eye."

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that on August 31, 1965, in Peru close to Arequipa, two people drove on the Pan-American motorway when at 20 km of Arequipa they saw "a strange being, a Martian" which "resembled a shrub, had only 80 cm in height and one eye." The creature was of blackish color. In addition to the single gilded eye of its head, it also had "other smaller eyes located throughout its body". A few seconds later, the witnesses saw a flying saucer passing above them.

L'ufologue indique que la source est Charles Bowen dans "En quête des humanoïdes", J'ai Lu. 1974, p. 146.

[Ref. jr1:] JEAN-PAUL RONECKER:

The author indicates that on September 29, 1965, Julio Lopez de Ramana and Antonio chavez Bedoya drive by car in the surroundings of Arequipa in Peru when they almost hit a 80 centimeters-tall creature who was in the middle of the road. It had only one eye in the middle of the face and its body "was surrounded by gold and silver strips." Soon after, a UFO appeared above the car during several minutes then disappeared.

The author indicates that the sources are the Flying Saucer Review for November-Décember 1965 and Charles Bowen, "En quête des humanoïdes".

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales reports in his catalogue that near Arequipa, Peru, on not later than August 30, 1965, at an unknown time, two unidentified people driving on the Pan-American Highway near this city saw "a strange being, a Martian, who resembled a shrub," which was only 31" tall, and had one golden colored eye in its head, but also had "other smaller eyes located along its body." A few seconds later, they saw a flying saucer pass overhead.

Albert Rosales indicates as source "The Humanoids citing Newspaper source".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The web site indicates that on August 30, 1965, by night, in Arequipa, Peru, there was a close encounter with a an unidentified craft and its occupants. An unidentified object at close range and its occupants were observed by two witnesses on a highway. Two unidentified people driving on the Pan-American Highway near this city saw "a strange being, a Martian, who resembled a shrub," which was only 31" tall, and had one golden colored eye in its head, but also had "other smaller eyes located along its body." A few seconds later, they saw a flying saucer pass overhead.

The sources are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Pereira, Jader U., Les Extra-Terrestres, Phenomenes Spatiaux, Paris, 1974; Bloecher, Ted R., Ted R Bloecher investigation files; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

POINTS TO CONSIDER:

As I do not have the newspaper articles of that time and as it seems that no investigation report is available, there is not much to comment on the vague story. It is not even known whether this alleged sighting was in daylight or in the night!

It is notable that Jacques Vallée gives a strange September 29 date to a case which according to Gordon Creighton appeared a month before in the Press.

LIST OF ISSUES:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe August 24, 2006 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross South-American Press articles not found. Help needed. Opened.

EVALUATION:

Lack of data precludes evaluation as the case currently stands.

BIBLIOGRAPHY AND REFERENCES:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

DOCUMENT HISTORY:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Document history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 24, 2006 Creation
0.2 Patrick Gross August 25, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 28, 2008 Conversion form HTML4 to XHTML Strict. Addition, [ar1].
1.1 Patrick Gross May 9, 2008 Addition, [go1].
1.2 Patrick Gross May 18, 2008 Addition, [jr1], [gc2].
1.3 Patrick Gross May 19, 2008 Addition, [ud1].

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