May 2003 Page 29
by Greg D.
In January, 1976 I was 10. I lived in Houston Texas (still do), and it had just gotten dark. A large storm was blowing in, but it was not raining yet. I was striking a match and a very large bird-like creature landed silently about six feet from me. It was at least eight feet tall, had large, glowing red eyes, and a wingspan of about 20 feet. I was incredibly scared. I seemed frozen for a second that seemed an eternity. Just then, my dog Mutt ran at the thing barking furiously. That broke the spell and I screamed and jumped on top of my father's car right behind me. The giant bird (I think it had feathers) then flew off as silently as it had arrived. I continued to scream until my father came out. He found strange prints in the ground, but found my story hard to believe. The rain had partially obscured the tracks by then. I certainly wasn't going to try to report this as no one would believe it. But it happened just as have put down here, and I really don't care if others believe. I just had to tell someone.
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