1985: Unusual object in night sky over Amherst, Ohio

THINK ABOUTIT SIGHTING REPORT

Date: 1985

Sighting Time: About 2:30 a.m.

Day/Night: early morning

Location: Amherst, Ohio

Urban or Rural: Urban

Hynek Classification: ND

Duration: more than an hour.

No. of Object(s): 1

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Distance to Object(s):

Shape of Object(s): “It looks like a huge dish with two sets of yellow lights around the rim. On top of the dish, it looks like a castle. Kind of like a pyramid. There are lights all over it. The blue and white beams shoot out from the front of it.”

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Source: Lorain Journal (Lorain, OH), June 13, 1985

Summary/Description: Arthur Schindler and his wife, Eva, had just returned from Lenten services at St. Paul Church, when he saw a light in the sky. He watched the object for more than an hour. “It looks like a huge dish with two sets of yellow lights around the rim. On top of the dish, it looks like a castle. Kind of like a pyramid. There are lights all over it. The blue and white beams shoot out from the front of it.”

Full Report

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Story By Jode Vickerman
Photos By Craig Orosz
Of The Journal Staff Writer

AMHERST — “Do you believe in UFOs?” the old man asks with the fervor of a street preacher trying to make a new convert.

He’s seen UFOs before, and he continues to see them almost every clear night, and he believes they are real. Spend a few minutes listening to him, and soon, it becomes easy to visualize the huge spacecraft emanating blue and white spears of light as it speeds across the horizon. As he speaks, you can feel the urgency of purpose motivating the hidden beings within the craft.

“People may call me nuts or whatever,” says retiree Arthur Schindler of 235 South Lake St., “but I know what I saw, and they’re real.”

The first time he saw one of the UFOs was early this year. He and his wife, Eva, had just returned from Lenten services at St. Paul Church. Looking into the sky, he saw what appeared to be a bright star.

Making a closer examination however, he knew that he was seeing something much more unusual than just a star.

Schindler’s sighting coincides with that of another Amherst man, Steve Horosz, 885 Birch Lane.

Horosz was working overtime at his job as a material handler for U.S. Steel. About 2:30 a.m., he “took a breather” on a platform on the seventh story of the plant.

“At first, I thought it was a star, a real bright star,” he says, “but it didn’t move. I went back inside and came out again later, and the thing was still there. It was just hovering. I told myself, ‘this can’t be,’ and I went back inside. When I came out again, it was gone.

“I’m the kind of guy that doesn’t believe in something unless I can see it, but I really saw this thing.”

Schindler watched the object for more than an hour that night. Almost every night since then, providing the sky is clear, he searches the sky for UFOs through an old spotting scope salvaged from an abandoned tank during WWII.

He uses a small chalkboard to diagram the UFO.

“It looks like a huge dish with two sets of yellow lights around the rim,” he says, using a stubby piece of chalk as a pointer. “On top of the dish, it looks like a castle. Kind of like a pyramid. There are lights all over it. The blue and white beams shoot out from the front of it. All you have to do is take one look at it, and you can see, it ain’t no star.”

One night several months ago, he phoned the Amherst police. A patrolman came to Schindler’s home but was unable to decide if the object was a UFO or not. Police later gave Schindler a phone number for the hotline at the Center for UFO Studies in Glenview, 111.

Sherman Larsen, co-founder of the center, said he hasn’t received any recent UFO reports from northern Ohio, though several have come from Pennsylvania. He also said he has never heard a UFO description similar to Schindler’s.

“My first reaction is that he should get his eyes checked,” Larsen said with a chuckle. “But, the humorous aspects aside, you just never know with these things. Who’s to say what’s really there or not? The best thing to do is report them.”

Since his first UFO sighting, several more have also appeared and taken up vigilant positions around Amherst, said Schindler. None of the objects have been picked up on radar, said officials at the Oberlin Air Traffic Control Center. Schindler thinks this may just be part of a government effort to cover up the existence of UFO’s.

Adjusting his soiled baseball cap, Arthur Schindler leans forward intently, clasps his hands, and rests his elbows on his knees.

“Do you believe in UFOs?’ asks quietly.

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