The Goodyear blimp is in Lakeland today. That reminded me that just under three years ago the Met Life blimp sailed through Lakeland. I posted a playful piece entitled Lake Hollingsworth UFO Incident.
The fall-out? Numerous off topic comments about UFOs from “true believers” and the photo at left is one of the most viewed on the Lakeland Local Flickr stream.
So, the obviously parody was taken seriously by some. I wonder what they thought of this report:
October 1968 – Witnesses: Mr. & Mrs. McMullen, Miss Sharon Burgess and two school students, Lakeland Florida, early evening.
Mr. & Mrs. McMullen, Miss Sharon Burgess and two school students saw a mysterious object heading towards the McMullen home from a nearby hill. The disc-shaped UFO, approximately 13 feet in diameter and 8 feet high, hovered 7 feet above a palm tree, 150 feet distant form the house.
Two occupants dressed in white tight outfits and with headgear, were seen through its transparent dome.
Prior to the incident and during the twenty minutes the ‘saucer’ was present, Mr. & Mrs. McMullen noted audio and visual interference on their TV… also they complained of a smell, like ammonia, that burned their noses and eyes.
During the excitement, the McMullen’s dog knocked a hole in the screen porch in an effort to get away form the UFO. Lakeland police were called, but the ‘visitors’ had left by the time the police cruiser arrived. — UFO Casebook