THE SUFFERN UFO CLOSE ENCOUNTER
Three Mile Lake, Bracebridge Area, Ontario
Tuesday, October 7, 1975, CANADA
Thinking his barn is on fire, a twenty-seven-year-old, Bracebridge area man discovers a flying saucer UFO and nearly runs down one of its little silver alien occupants in the Fall of 1975.
The case is investigated by government authorities and the Canadian UFO Research Network (CUFORN).
This classic Canadian case of a close encounter, and a near-miss, not only appeared in newspapers from coast-to-coast, it also appears in many books by several UFO authors.
MAN 'SHAKEN' BY SPACE CREATURE
What do you do... offer them a beer?
London Free Press, October 9, 1975
BRACEBRIDGE (CP) - Robert Suffern of Three Mile Lake says a spaceship landed about 13 miles northwest of here Tuesday night and he almost ran over one of its occupants with his car.
Mr. Suffern said Wednesday the ship was about 12 to 14 feet across, nine feet high and circular in shape.
"There was a black strip running around the circumference and what looked to be a small platform at the bottom of the vehicle," he said. "Other than this there were no markings or antennae or anything."
Mr. Suffern said he found the ship while driving around to investigate "a glow in the sky" seen by his sister, who lives nearby and telephoned him to say she thought his barn might be on fire.
The ship was parked on a cottage road that led to the lake.
He said that a few seconds after he saw it, the ship lifted straight up from the road in front of the car.
"There was no dust raised, no apparent thrust, nothing," he said, "It went straight up and over the trees."
Mr. Suffern said he turned his car around and headed home. However, when he reached the top of a hill, he had to slam on his brakes to avoid hitting "some sort of creature." The creature, he said, was the height of the car fender and dressed in silver. It had two legs, two arms, a globe-shaped helmet and walked "sort of like a midget."
"His helmet was slightly lighter in color and his spacesuit was like tin foil, that has been crushed and flattened out," he said.
The creature turned, took three or four steps, vaulted over a fence and disappeared.
Mr. Suffern said he raced back to his house and arrived in time to see the space ship hove near his home before crossing the lake.
Mr. Suffern said he was badly shaken by the incident.
"It's all right to think what you would do if you came face to face with a situation like this," he said, "but when it actually happens, you are scared because you are dealing with the unknown.
"I mean what do you do if they come to the door . . . offer them a beer?"
THE SUFFERN STORY (CANADIAN)
UFOs in the 1980s by Jerome Clark
A GOVERNMENT LIAISON WITH ALIENS?
Alien Liaison by Timothy Good
In the book "The Philadelphia Experiment", co-author William Moore cites the interesting case of Robert Suffern, of Bracebridge, Ontario, who, on the night of October 7, 1975 encountered on the road ahead a dark saucer shaped object about 12 to 14 feet in diameter. He later told a reporter: