astonishment saw a brilliant glow of light. It was so close to the horizon that it was difficult to tell if
it was on the horizon or in the air just above it.
At first the men ignored the light but as it persisted they became more interested. They'd all heard "flying saucer" stories and, they later admitted, this
possibility entered their minds.
As they watched they speculated. It could be something natural but all of them had been around this area for months and they'd never seen this light before. About the
time they decided to get a telescope and take a closer look the light suddenly faded.
All the next day the men kept glancing off toward the northwest as they worked but the clear blue sky was blank. Then, at 4:00P.M., the light was back. This time they
had a telescope.
All the men took turns looking at the object and all agreed that it was about 15 feet long, 5 feet high and solid. It looked like the sun reflecting off shiny metal.
It was about four miles away, they estimated, and almost exactly on the horizon.
Now the men's curiosity was thoroughly whetted. Martian spaceship or whatever, they were going after it. But a several-hour search of the area produced nothing. And,
as soon as they left the mill they lost sight of the object.
Darkness brought the search to a halt.
The next day at 4:00P.M. a crowd had gathered and the UFO kept its appointment. Again the men studied the object and tension ran high.
Someone had resurrected the stories of UFO's landing in the desert. At the time they'd sounded absurd but now, standing there looking at a UFO, it was different.
A party of men were all ready to jeep out into the desert to make another search when one of them made a discovery. There were guy wires coming out of the UFO and
running down into the trees. Other people looked. And then the solution hit like a fireball.
Exactly in line with the UFO, and ten miles away, not four, was a set of antennas for the California State Highway Patrol radio. The sun's rays were reflecting from
these antennas. They'd never seen this before because on only a few days during the year was the sun at exactly the right angle to produce the reflection.
The men were right. In a few days the Danby UFO left and it never came back.
Nineteen hundred fifty-eight was not a record year for UFO's. The 590 reports received didn't stack up to the 1178 for 1957, or the 778 for 1956, or the 918 for 1952.
But a new record was set when the percentage of unknowns was pared