During the 60's Long island was a wealth of paranormal events and UFO sightings as well as reported abductions and lost time events.
One of these sightings took place in Bayport, a small coastal town on the Atlantic Ocean coast side of Long Island by a young man named Jack Stampfel and his friend Steve.
In the article I told the story of two teenage boys who encountered a huge UFO over Long Island while returning their boat to its dock on the Long Island coast.
Jack and Steve were approaching the inlet where they docked coming home from Fire Island on Jacks speedboat across the Great South Bay to their hometown of Bayport. The night was black as pitch with a sky full of bright stars.
As they made their way across the bay they first noticed a odd light overhead like a yellow light bulb that stood still for a few minutes, then took off straight up until
it mingled with the stars and was gone.
“ We were looking up when we saw 4 of these things to the left and 4 to the right. We stopped the boat. One from the left formation changed color from yellow to green and began dippingslightly from its level position.
With incredible speed this thing crossed the sky and joined the 4 objects on the right. What was even more amazing is that it then came to a complete stop and just was standing there still with the other 4 on the right.
Watching this made Steve and I really nervous as we afraid we might be abducted and wanted to get out of there as fast as we could. “
The boys sped towards Bayport creek as fast as that boat could travel thankful that the water was calm and windless that night.
“We entered the creek proceeding down it a lot faster than usual. I finally throttled down and came to a stop. No one was around. We were hoping there would have been someone.
We also saw that the formation of 8 yellow lights were gone which made us feet a bit safer.”
At harbor speed the boys slowly cruised about half way down the creek near to Jacks docking
space on mirror smooth water along that dark country creek. That is when it happened! Jack described what they saw:
“Out from behind the trees that lined the creek came the most perfect saucer anyone could ever dream they would see. It was directly in front of us.
At the end of the creek the trees dipped in the middle, like an old tree lined road. As this happened I first veered left and crashed into the reed bank. But seconds later something changed in my mind and I reversed my boat, straightened out and proceeded slowly towards this thing hovering over the waters edge. I don't know if Steve agreed with this decision but he stayed in the boat anyway.
It was large and I realized much further away than I thought. It had a yellowy green glow around it, which stood out against the black of a dark night. It was perfectly clear. I've seen it many times since in my minds eye.
Most peculiar was a flat topped (truncated) black pyramid shaped door or scanner part of the craft that slowly moved around the top portion. I have estimated it took about 45 seconds or less for this part to make one complete circuit. We kept moving towards it till it slowly banked and tilted to the left revealing maybe 6 glowing lights underneath towards the rim. It then slipped from view behind the trees and was gone.
As my memory serves we were a bit stunned and after the UFO floated behind the trees and out of sight we just turned the boat around and motored to my dock. We tied up, got out, and went home. I can't remember talking much about it to Steve, but we must have shared something.
He went to his home about a mile away and I went into my house to find I was home alone.
I picked up the phone and called the police to report the sighting, but first I asked whether there had been any carnivals with Ferris wheels passing through Middle Road (the heart of town) in Bayport that night? The answer. Was no so I gave my report about the huge UFO on the creek to some desk clerk and went to sleep.”
The next morning Jack woke up about 10:00 a.m. A police officer knocked on the door. His cruiser #310 was in the driveway.
He asked if Jack was the one who phoned in the report. The police officer and Jack sat at Jacks dining room table while the policeman wrote down Jacks report about the sighting.
Jack gave the details of his sighting to the policeman who told Jack that the police had over 1000 calls from others who also witnessed something.
Jack asked the police officer if the craft had been over his small town of Bayport and was stunned when the policeman told him that it actually seemed to be about 10 miles away over the center of Long Island.
The policeman told Jack that they thought it was estimated at somewhere like a mile in diameter. It was proceeding eastward down the center of the island. He told Jack they thought the UFO’s course took it over Brookhaven National Laboratory along the electric power lines, down the center of Long Island till it went out to sea past Montauk Point. Thousands more were suspected to have seen it that did not or could not call in to leave a report.
When Jack shared that story with me I was fascinated as I too saw a UFO the year before that in 1965 about 7 miles from the location he did.. I too noticed a revolving top on the craft and I too reported the incident as was told many others had called in the sighting from my hometown.
I knew that Jack was haunted all these years by his clear outstanding sighting of this huge UFO. I also knew Jack was going to try to contact others that also may have seen that large craft that night.
I recently heard from Jack. He sent me the original drawings he made for the police that day in 1966 of the UFO he saw that night. For me it was a extreme event to view Jacks drawings of what he and his friend Steve had seen that night as the UFO Jack drew was nearly identical to the one I saw in October of 1965 the year before and only a few miles away from where Jack and Steve had their sighting.
The ships were very similar especially the top moving section. The main difference for me was a band of windows that ran across the center of the ship I encountered. Otherwise they were alike. Obviously we were all viewing the same type of craft along the same area of Long island during the same time period.
Jack not only sent me the drawings that brought my own sighting clearly back to me- but found another witness to the sighting he had on the same night.
Jack joined classmates, the site used to find those you went to high school with, and was contacted by a woman who remembered jack as one who reported the UFO sighting over her town the summer of 1966. The woman told jack that not only did she see the same UFO that night but so did her entire family and neighbors.
Pat told Jack that she recalled the exact date of this event as being August 14th 1965 and that the craft had been almost directly over her house that night. She told Jack that no one had the guts to phone in a report of the sighting, which I found to be very strange reaction to a huge UFO directly over your house, but one that seemed to be common at the time.
Jack did call in his sighting and Jacks report ended up on the front page of the SUFFOLK COUNTY NEWS ON SEPT 1st 1966.
Jack was amazed to find that the father of this woman had saved that article for the last 44 or so years, which I have included with this article.
It is clear that Long Island had a surge of UFO sightings in 1965. The 60s were a time of active paranormal activity for Long Island including the big east coast black out that was filled with many reports of UFO sightings and abductions in the New York area.
During this time Long island had a working Air Force base, Brookhaven National Lab. Plum Island as well as being a landmass that sticks out to the open Atlantic Ocean. The 60s was also a time when Long Island was made up of a great deal of unpopulated land along the coast line and miles of undeveloped land around the above listed labs and bases making it a understandable area to anticipate UFO sightings.
I think visiting UFO’s would be seen all over this country and most of the entire world if we were not as brainwashed to stay numb and dumb and disinterested in our surroundings.
Few of us spend time sitting under the open sky watching what goes on above our heads. Not only have we become a willing numb society to this type of event we have been trained to ignore or laugh at those who do notice strange events and taught to ridicule those who have the courage to report them.
We would be far more advanced and far more knowledgeable about our own reality if we all had the brave and honest approach of Jack Stampfel.
I am pleased to have Jacks artwork of what he saw that night and the actual article of his reported sighting. I wish we all had Jacks courage and instincts in handling these things. Jack documented his sighting and reported it.
With the tools available today to us all be sure to take a photo of things you see that seem strange to you so you have proof to back your words. If you do see something or encounter something, say something. It is the only way we will ever break free of our Dark Ages approach to the unknown and become aware of what truly is going on around, above and below us!
Pay attention to your surroundings, keep looking up and always be careful out there.
artwork by Jack Stampfel all rights reserved 1966-2009
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