It was a bright, warm, lazy summer’s day in 1946, about midday in rural Lincoln, in Wayne County, New York.
Joshua was playing in his family’s yard when suddenly there was a loud roar coming from the sky.
The 10-year-old looked up to see flashing lights on either side of what he at first thought was an airplane. The eight or so flashing lights were of various shapes and seemed to hang in the sky as the flying object began to lower itself. As it neared the ground, Joshua realized that it was shaped like a rocket of some sort, the kind of stuff he’d seen in the comic books. As the “rocket” came very close to the ground, Joshua had the good sense to lay down flat.
As he lay there, looking up at the hovering object, he noted that the “rocket” was gun-metal gray. Around its middle there was some sort of wide metal band with holes in it. The band seemed to turn, and every time it did it went “click.” Joshua had the impression that the very stationary “rocket” was perhaps taking picture of him. Then, as quickly as it came, it left with a whoosh and in a matter of seconds was gone over a nearby hill.
Joshua just laid there for some time doing his best to figure out what just happened. Finally he ran in the house and told his mother about the strange space ship or airplane without wings. Joshua’s mother was busy canning tomatoes. She told him she heard the loud noise but she was too busy to leave her canning. Then she told her son to go back outside and play.
It would be many years before Joshua would hear about UFO sightings and realize what he had seen. Joshua says that the whole thing scared him then and thinking about it still scares him, some 67 years later. To this day he believes “they” have pictures of him. He says that the experience is as vivid in his recollection as when it happened. Lastly he relates that he’d really like to know “if they were visitors from another solar system.”