Michigan: Fatuus Season

In the lonely hills northwest of Ann Arbor, Frank Manner stepped from his farmhouse one night last week to quiet his yelping dogs. Off beyond the cornfield, he spied a glowing, "quilted" object—which he later sketched in detail —bobbing over a swamp. After a futile attempt to stalk it, Manner called police, who also saw the apparition.

Gasped Washtenaw County Sheriff Douglas J. Harvey: "If there is such a thing as a flying saucer, this must be it."

By next night, Manner's farm looked like a fairground. Saucer-seekers bearing telephoto lenses trooped to the swamp through driving rain. From the University of...

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