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Grand Rapids, Michigan (WOOD) — Jack Bushong was convinced he would lose his job.
It was the night of March 8, 1994. Bushong’s radar, which worked for the National Weather Service, was illuminated by something he had never seen before.
He was calling an emergency dispatcher in Otawa County and was looking for help in identifying the lights over the Netherlands. The coordinator received many calls. Police officers were also calling.
When Buchon learned that his phone was being recorded, he said “I’m really scared” and couldn’t sleep on it. He was wondering what people were trying to say about what was on his screen.
“People just think you’re Cook,” he said, or “You’re lying, you can’t trust me. I should be a scientist and skeptical.”
Buchon was looking at images on his radar that corresponded to what people were calling from the ground. He had to control his radar by hand to focus on the sky south of his station in Muskegon.
“What the hell is that?” The recorded dispatch call caught him saying in a surprised voice when he went to zero.
He examined his mental checklist for all the meteorological phenomena and technical glitches he knew, and said that what he saw did not fit into any of them.
He saw what looked like a solid object that “broke together”.
“Each jump travels about 20 miles,” he recalled. “They were hovering and then jumping. Hovering and jumping.”
After looking at them for a while, they appeared to form a wide triangle moving over Lake Michigan. He said they seemed solid.
“It was a flying tin can,” he said.
Despite worrying about losing his job, Bushong continued to be promoted, moved to a larger meteorological station, predicted awards, and finally retired. He said the NWS treated him well, even though some individuals criticized him and rejected what he saw. So he shut his mouth about it.
“I kept my mouth closed, and I learned it pretty quickly,” he said.
He wasn’t the only one. There have been considerable national reports that pilots and others have decided that it is better to keep quiet about such sightings. A long-standing government approach may have contributed to it: it dismissed UFO sightings as a general thing that people just didn’t see right.
After being witnessed many times in Michigan in the 1960s, then-US Congressman Gerald R. Ford of Grand Rapids, Michigan, called for a parliamentary investigation and wrote a letter calling on the government to stop “misleading the people.” wrote.
It took more than 50 years and required the efforts of lawmakers after requesting intelligence agencies to prepare and publish the report.
For Buchon, the release of the report was like ringing a bell. It made him talk again.
“It has something to do with it,” he said.
He is currently thinking of writing a scientific treatise about what he saw on the shores of the lake in 1994.
He said what he saw on radar was very similar to what military pilots reported to see.
“I think I was waiting for this proof,” he said.
He was just trying to kill what he saw.
“But now that the army is basically coming out and saying the same thing we saw 30 years ago, I can finally tell people,” Bushong said.
The 1994 sightings had a lasting impact on others who saw it. Among them were Holly Graves and her family. They were one of the 911 callers watching the slowly spinning lights from the front yard.
“It was like a Christmas illumination,” she recalled.
The lakeside incident has attracted a lot of media attention. Graves said some were interested in what she saw and others hurt. She kept her children out of school for a while.
“They really had a hard time,” she said. “They know what they saw, but it seems like everyone still laughed at you.”
People forget that the “U” in a UFO means unidentified. In other words, no one knows what the phenomenon is. It never stopped people from guessing. Sometimes they choose the side and can even get in trouble.
“They accused us of weeding in the backyard and taking drugs with our children,” Graves said.
Her now adult children don’t want to talk about sightings. Not at the grave.
“I’m glad my family saw it,” she said. “I’m really ~. It’s like once in a lifetime. It’s the experience I bring to my grave with me.”
Almost 30 years later, it still moves her.
“I want everyone to see it,” she said. “I’ll do it. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so I want everyone to see it.”
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