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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 6, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa IDA 'I'llc Cedar Rapids Gazette: Wed., Mar. G, 1974 LAFF-A-DAY Whatever Happened, It Changed Two Lives By Bill Crieler PASCAGOULA, Miss. lAP) A weird thing happened to Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker as (hey stood casting for croakers' in the Pas- cagoula river and it changed their lives. They said a spaceship hav- ered nearby and three pale, wrinkled creatures seized them, took ihem inside for examination, then let them go. Incredible? Of course. But mystified investigators placed the report in a special catego- ry because they found no logi- cal way to debunk it. Authorities said whatever happened was undoubtedly a soul-searing experience for Hickson, 45, a shipyard fore- man, and his young visitor, son or a family friend. It took place Oct. 11 near the beginning of a great flap over unidentified flying ob- jects along the Gulf Coast. For a couple of weeks re- ports of UFO sightings had people out staring at the night sky. From New Orleans to Mobile the light of any pass- ing airliner was liable to cause traffic accidents. Then, as inexplicably as it began, the flurry was gone but not forgotten by Hickson or Parker. "I've done everything I can to prove I'm telling the Hickson said recently. He is a slightly stopped man of middle height with a monk- ish fringe of hair, a slow and serene drawl.- He has four children and lately has been working .two jobs, which oc- cupy him from 8 a.m. to p.m. "As long as I'm working I don't have any problems but when I don't have anything to do I sit and he said. "Why "I don't reckon I'll ever get over trying to figure out where they came from and why they picked me." Hickson's 'briefly stated, was: He' and Parker, 19, were fishing at old Schaupeter ship- yard. The site has since been scraped clean for new con- struction. At the time, it bore the ruin of a barge drydock, two rusty iron piers, a jumble of auto hulks, empty bottles and beer cans. Though it seemed an isolat- ed spot, it was not. Pas- cagoula is directly across the 100-yard-wide river, Ingalls shipyard's huge cranes loom a mile south, busy U. S. ISO is 15U yards north. A soft darkness had fallen as the men cast their lures. An oblong luminous blue blob circled, descended, hovered nearby, just above the junk. Opening Appears Hickson said he and Parker were too stunned to run, and in any case there was no place to flee. An opening _ not a door, simply an indescribable open- ing appeared in the side and three pale creatures came out, paralyzed him, floated him into the craft, ro- tated him before an in- strument resembling a big shipyard with Hickson, has re- eye, then put him back on the turned home to Laurel, Miss. pier. Parker, reported almost in shock when officers ques- tioned him three hours after the alleged encounter, said he blacked out as the creatures approached, and remembers no more of it. "They weren't said Howard Elky, chief investiga- tor for the sheriff's depart- ment. "Whatever it was, it was real to them." Backed by Test Elky's evaluation was later backed by a polygraph test given both men. Since then, Parker, a shy, lanky, unsophisticated youth who came here to work at the Joe Colingo, attorney for the shipyard, said .Parker was first treated at a hospital for the stress of a "complete physical and emotional break- down." for Hickson, things have been a bit better than he ex- pected when he decided that, "though I'll be the laughing stock of the he had to tell the story so govern- ment officials would know of it. Offficials didn't show much interest. 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