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ufocasebookA tri-colored object, disk-like in shape, was clearly evident. It appeared like a multi-colored running light to some. Others said it almost appeared to be a revolving overhead light used for illuminating Christmas exhibits and trees. The photos were sent to the local Tulsa, Oklahoma newspaper, who purchased the rights to the negatives. Project Blue Book requested the photos which were subjected to intense study as was the case with Kodak Corporation who also subjected the photos to their analysis. However, though Major Quintinilla of the Air Force and present Blue Book Director expressed interest in the photos as did Kodak, without the negatives, nothing could be verified. Finally, after some time the US Air Force demanded the negatives for further study and the Tulsa Newspaper turned them over. Timeless appreciation Meanwhile other events were taking place such as 3 daylight photos of a UFO captured by Rex Heflin in Santa Ana, California of a classic disk shaped object in the skies. The Rex Heflin photos to this day remain classics that are still kept in circulation among books and publications. Just as the Tulsa color photograph of the nocturnal UFO taken in 1965 which also remains popular to the present and is still included in UFO articles and books is still in demand after all these years. In a tricky move the US Air Force used 2 different laboratories to scrutinize the negatives and released an official form and detailed findings on the Tulsa UFO photo. Their verdict was that the object was indeed a UFO though they stopped short of finding it to be of extraterrestrial origin. When one of the people present with the 10 year old boy had mentioned that it looked like a revolving Christmas decoration overhead light, the US Air Force actually set out to recreate the very same photo using the conventional source to do it, but after their attempts produced somewhat of a vague similarity it was determined that the Tulsa photo was not of the same subject matter as the mundane explanation had attempted to conclude. Life Magazine a great UFO source As a boy, I remember climbing the stairs to my grandmother’s second story attic at her house in an old East LA neighborhood that at the time was still quiet and peaceful. I used to spend hours with the large color Life magazines that kept me spellbound as I reviewed graphic photos from all over the world from stacks of collected glossy magazines of the famous Life publication. From descriptive photos of far-away Pacific Island nations to the horrific pictures of Huey Helicopters riddled by Vietcong ground fire as American soldiers grievously wounded bled profusely from inside as the pilot desperately tried to get the wounded back to MASH units for emergency treatment. Coming age of space travel Being a young boy, I marveled at the impressive and colorful photos of NASA Mercury and Gemini program astronauts and their spacecraft as they tested the boundaries of orbital flight. I used to sit spellbound for hours in that old attic pouring over classic Life Magazine images and then one day I came across the Tulsa photo. It was graphic, vivid, and startling for its era in clarity. There was also another very colorful night time set of photos taken by another young man that I have not yet identified that I came across of a bright UFO caught in the darkened hours of the night, but I have yet to identify that set of photos. In my hours of fascinated enjoyment as I learned of the world around me, the conflicts, the beauty, the mysteries, and the spectacle of a promising blue planet that captivated my attention and expanded my horizons as a kid who was formulating his world view. I learned what a frightening and wondrous place planet earth is, and the Tulsa photos of the UFO were a part of that realization. Great time to be a child I thank David Farris for the coverage of this incident in UFO history in his book “More Mysterious Oklahoma” as it is a refreshing journey back in time to a more spellbinding era when UFO’s had acquired a certain mystique that invoked curiosity and imagination as the skeptics and believers argued on TV news shows and the first documentaries began to show up as the initially serious efforts at study were attempted. All I can say was that it was sure a great time to be a kid. It was quite inspiring and this is one UFO sighting that will always stay with me in my fond recollections of a time gone by.

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