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Historic Cook County: The UFO sighting of September 5, 1966

Reports of UFOs date back to as early as 1400 BC, and Cook County is no exception. During the 1960s, a local Cook County woman gained the attention of a scientist, Dr. James McDonald, after she reported seeing a strange object in the sky. Her case was one of many featured in a national study funded by the United States Air Force and titled the “Condon Report.”

Dr. McDonald’s efforts in locating the woman led to a correspondence with Cook County News-Herald editor, Adolf “Ade” Toftey.

This is a story about the search for the local woman, featuring original letters from the archives of the Cook County Historical Society.
View the slideshow for photos of Ade Toftey and Dr. James McDonald.

This feature is a collaboration between WTIP and the Cook County Historical Society, and produced by Martha Marnocha.

Special thanks to Erik Hahn as the voice of Dr. James McDonald.