“Something is burning a hole in the ice!
Something with a bright light on it, going up and down!”
- Wanaque, NJ Patrolman Joseph Cisco
“I had the impression that there was something in the water
that was coming out – or wanted to come out of the water.
... We were in the way. We were interfering with something.”
- Michael Kuzmicz, Wanaque Reservoir, July 4, 1967
Forty-eight years ago on January 11, 1966, in Wanaque, NJ,
32 miles northwest of New York City, the Mayor, city councilmen, police,
security guards and other eyewitnesses watched an aerial disc above the frozen
Wanaque Reservoir emit a beam of nearly opaque light that melted a circle in the ice.
The photograph above is allegedly one taken that escaped confiscation
by military that quickly took over the reservoir and warned
eyewitnesses to never talk about the craft and beam.
January 31, 2014 Seminole, Florida - Forty-eight years ago on the evening of January 11, 1966, it was clear and cold in Wanaque, New Jersey, a small town of some 10,000 people about 32 miles northwest of New York City. Historically, it was the land of the Ramapough Mountain Indians. The name Wanaque was their word for “sassafras,” the North American tree that provided roots and bark for sassafras tea and oils used for medicinal purposes and to ward off evil spirits.
A little before 6:30 PM, Wanaque patrolman Joseph Cisco received a radio call from a dispatcher, who said that people in neighborhoods around the big Wanaque Reservoir were reporting a “glowing light,” possibly a UFO, over the frozen water.
Aerial view of Wanaque and Wanaque Reservoir in Passaic County
in upstate New Jersey on July 10, 2012. The reservoir is 6.6 miles long, 1.2 miles
wide and deepest parts are 90 feet. Image by Bjoertvedt via Wikipedia.
Wanaque Reservoir is a man-made lake located within Wanaque and Ringwood, New Jersey. The reservoir came into being in 1928 by the construction of the Raymond Dam along the Wanaque River. The reservoir is nearly 7 miles long, a mile wide and ranges from 35 to 90 feet deep.
Raymond Dam along the Wanaque River
in Wanaque, New Jersey, 1966. Dam is 1,700 feet upstream
of bridge on County Route 511, Ringwood Avenue.
Wanaque Reservoir is the second largest reservoir in
New Jersey by volume, after Round Valley Reservoir.
Patrolman Cisco stopped his car to look at the sky and saw “a light that looked bigger than any of the stars, about the size of a softball or volleyball. It was a pulsating, white, stationary light changing to red. It stayed in the air. There was no noise. I was trying to figure out what it was.”
Patrolman Joseph Cisco, Police department, Wanaque,
New Jersey, 1966, who responded to radio dispatch about a
“glowing light,” possibly UFO, at the Wanaque Reservoir
at 6:20 PM Eastern on January 11, 1966.
Wanaque Mayor Harry Wolfe also heard about the UFO over the reservoir and decided to drive there to meet patrolman Cisco. With the Mayor were his teenage son, Billy, and three Wanaque City Councilmen, Warren Hagstrom, Arthur Barton and John Shuttle. Billy said the big bright light silently glided as low as 250 feet over the big frozen reservoir looking “like a huge star. It didn't flicker, but the light changed from white to red to green and back to white.”
Several eyewitnesses, including a dozen police officers and reservoir security, said the UFO was shape-shifting between being a spherical “white globe” and then a “cigar shape.” That would explain why there were different descriptions over the two and a half hours from 6:20 to 9 PM as the aerial object moved above and interacted with the Wanaque Reservoir. Mayor Wolfe told reporters that the oval light was “terribly strange” and maybe no more than 9 feet in diameter, or smaller.
Wanaque Civil Defense Director Bentley Spencer and another Civil Defense member also arrived at the Raymond Dam and learned there were so many people calling from twenty to thirty miles away that police radios were jammed. But one important message did get to patrolman Cisco: “Something is burning a hole in the ice! Something with a bright light on it, going up and down!”
That provoked Civil Defense Director Spencer to run with a Wanaque Reservoir employee to the top of the Raymond Dam where they said, “a bolt of light shot down, as if attracted to the water — like a beam emitted from a porthole.”
Wanaque City Councilman Warren Hagstrom later told reporters, “We got goosebumps all over when we saw where the hole (in the ice) was.”
Police and Other Photographs of Aerial Craft
and Beam Confiscated by U. S. Air Force
Charles Theodora was a 20-year-old Wanaque police officer in January 1966 at the time of the beam cutting a hole in the reservoir ice.
Wanaque Police officer Charles Theodora investigated along with at least
a dozen other officers and security people at the Wanaque Reservoir
as an unidentified aerial light moved overhead and emitted a beam that melted
a hole in the reservoir ice the night of January 11, 1966, between 6:20 PM and 9 PM.
During a 2011 email exchange, retired Theodora told researcher Anthony Bragalia that the aerial object emitting the beam seen at Wanaque Reservoir “was photographed by officials. ...Theodora states that he and another officer, Sgt. Ben Thompson, were ordered by their Police Chief John Casazza to convene, not at the station, but at a nearby local high school. There they were met by Casazza and by a uniformed officer from the U. S. Air Force. Casazza knew that police officer Theodora had taken the photograph.
Chief Casazza ordered officer Theodora to surrender the photograph to the Air Force Officer. Theodora did not feel comfortable in doing this. The Police Chief explained to him that the photograph was 'not his to keep.' Casazza said the photograph was taken with 'station equipment' and was therefore 'government property.' Casazza said that it was his decision to hand the photograph over to the federal government - and that is exactly what was done. Casazza then told Wanaque police officers Charles Theodora and Ben Thompson to 'forget about it' and to discontinue talking about their sightings and to never mention the meeting with the Air Force to anyone ever.” See source in Websites below.
This is one of half a dozen photographs allegedly taken between 6:20 PM
and 9 PM on January 11, 1966, of the aerial craft described by many eyewitnesses
at the Wanaque Reservoir as periodically emitting a “solid-looking beam” down
to the ice. Police, security and town authorities confirmed there was a circular
excision of reservoir ice down to the water. The U. S. Air Force soon showed
up and allegedly confiscated as many photographs as they could and intimidated
eyewitnesses to not talk about the craft, beam, and hole in the ice. Photograph by
Wanaque Police Officer, likely either Ben Thompson (deceased) or Charles Theodora.
The next night, January 12, 1966, the bright, oval light returned and was seen again by many people to move up and down, sideways and rapidly straight up “until it was indistinguishable from the other stars.”
Next, the U. S. Air Force showed up, radar was installed on top of the Raymond Dam, photographs were confiscated — allegedly including Polaroids taken by at least one reservoir security guard — and eyewitnesses were warned to never talk about what had happened.
But the Wanaque UFO did not pay attention to the Air Force efforts to keep the phenomenon hidden. One or more moving aerial lights were seen many times at the Wanaque Reservoir over the next eighteen months. One young cub reporter working at the time for Manhattan radio station WNEW was Michael Kuzmicz. He was so intrigued about rumors of a UFO cutting a hole in the reservoir ice that he started making several trips from New York City out to the reservoir to talk with security guards who confirmed it had all happened and the strange, glowing, aerial object kept coming back. That's why on July 4, 1967, Mike took his brother with him for another night watch at the Wanaque Reservoir. He was frustrated that there weren't more photographs of the earlier January 1966 dramatic event and kept hoping he might be able to capture the craft on his own infrared and other camera gear.
Mike Kuzmicz talked with me recently about what happened the early morning of July 4, 1967, and why he persisted over the eighteen months to keep investigating the Wanaque Reservoir in New Jersey.
Play MP3 interviews.
Michael Kuzmicz, 69, retired New York City radio broadcaster, Seminole, Florida: “There were some articles in the back pages of a newspaper that had a photograph of a craft shining a beam into the water and ice being cut circular and the (Wanaque) Mayor seeing it and guards and officers.
I was sort of a cub reporter at the time. I decided on my free time — not with the radio station’s approval, but on my own time — to drive to the area, which was only 45 minutes (from Manhattan). The question I had was: How come we don’t have more photographs and more evidence? And there is also a story about the military going into the area and confiscating some photos from the guards at the shack.
I had talked to one of the officers at the radio shack. He asked me not to put my recorder on and he didn’t want his name given, but he told me, ‘Yes, these things did occur.’ He had seen things. I asked if he had any photographs. He didn’t have any photographs. And he allowed me to park in a space near the reservoir.
I would go out every couple of months over a period of a year to the area and the same officer was in the guard shack. I parked in the same location. But the time the incident occurred, which happened to be July 4, 1967, there was a sign up: NO PARKING. NO STANDING. And after about 20 minutes in the area sitting on the hood of my car looking at the sky, an officer came over in an unmarked vehicle. He was dressed in black. Now, remember that the other officers didn’t have that type uniform on. He was no officer I knew from the area and he told me I had to leave. He did not identify himself as military. I told him I was a reporter. He said he didn’t care. I had to leave. And he followed me for half an hour.
I didn’t care that he followed me. I went all the way into town – I took him on a long journey and he got fed up with me, I guess. And then I went back to the same spot (red circle in Wanaque Reservoir image below). I noticed some objects moving in the sky and I sent you the diagrams that go back to that time. The only reason that I can remember all this 47 years later is because three hours after this incident occurred, I had written a bunch of notes and did a lot of drawings and that’s what I referred to.
I never made this public before. I didn’t want to. I didn’t want to be called a kook, I didn’t want to be out there, but at my age now I don’t care anymore. I think the public has a right to know about this.
THANK YOU. AND I’M HOLDING YOUR DRAWINGS THAT YOU MADE ON JULY 4TH, 1967, AND I AM LOOKING AT AN OBJECT THAT YOU LABELLED ‘A’ BACK THEN.
‘A” is (car) parked on Westbrook Road looking at the sky around 4:05 AM. That’s when I noticed something unusual in the sky like an object moving. I automatically assumed it was a satellite. My brother was with me. I said, ‘Look at that one!’
A stationary one began to move. There was like a V-shaped cluster and at the end of the 20-minute period, only one of the star-like objects remained. There were three white-type objects in the sky, all about the same intensity – just a little bit less than Venus, which I believe was the largest object in the sky.
SO YOU ARE PARKED AT THE WANAQUE RESERVOIR AND YOU HAVE NOW SEEN THIS ODD ACTIVITY OF LIGHTS MOVING AND STOPPING AND FORMING THIS V PATTERN. WHAT HAPPENED IN YOUR ILLUSTRATION ‘B’?
We had moved to an area that the officer had previously allowed us to stay. It was just off the road about – oh, I don’t know, 300 feet away from the bridge – you had to make a right hand turn to get onto the bridge there about 20 feet from the reservoir.
We parked the car and we were hearing transmissions on the AM radio from that spot! As we looked out the front windshield, it looked like there were two black clouds. I noticed there were no other real clouds in the sky — it was a cloudless night. It was very dark!
I believe I got outside the car and they looked to be — remember back in 1967 before I ever read anything about cloud-like objects and UFOs and all these descriptions of it. And it looked like one of the clouds began to dissipate around itself. One of them appeared to be moving up and down behind the trees. I believe they were pine trees.
SO (laughs) IT WASN’T A CLOUD THAT WAS MOVING UP AND DOWN BEHIND THE TREES!
I don’t know what they were! We saw two very black clouds acting irregularly appearing and disappearing behind the trees in front of us. And one of them started to dissipate. This is when I have a time lapse. This is around 4:35 AM.
[ Editor's Note: Mike thinks he wasn't consciously aware of time again until sunrise. According to www.SunriseSunset.com, on July 4, 1967, dawn in Wanaque, New Jersey, began at 4:56 AM and sunrise was 5:29 AM.
THE TIME LAPSE – CAN YOU PLEASE GO INTO DETAIL ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED?
I thought I heard some movement and then immediately felt the presence of something in the immediate woods to my left. That area where that sound came and where that presence was, it was only about 10 feet away into the woods. It was really close!
We were in a position where the car was vibrating. You could feel it vibrating like a pulse. And there was a rumbling that came from the water. We were directly in the path of the reservoir, which was about 20 feet away and the car was vibrating, like pulsing. And it was pulsing to the rhythm of rumbling – an actual sound in the air that you could hear that sounded like a truck in the water – like rrrrh rrrrh in the water.
I was like in panic and fear and this presence was to my left. I had the feeling that it wanted to get to the craft.
Was An Alien Craft Underwater
In Trouble and Needed Help Getting Out?
THERE WAS SOME KIND OF A CRAFT UNDER WATER MAKING THAT SOUND?
Yes, it was a continuing rumbling from under the water! And I said (to brother), ‘What could be doing that?’
I had the impression that there was something in the water that was coming out – or wanted to come out of the water. And it was big enough to cause a rumbling under the car, to cause a vibration on the car. And all during this time, the AM radio was receiving those high-speed Morse code transmissions.
I’m closing my eyes right now. I’m imagining I’m sitting in this Studebaker, it’s a white Studebaker. It’s parked in a little alcove area. The vehicle is rumbling. There’s rumbling coming from the water. I can hear the sound of it. It’s consistent rrrrh rrrrrh rrrrrh.
The beeps in the transmission on the radio going (mimics Morse code) continuously. I feel the presence to my left. I get the impression that it’s hiding behind the bushes about 10 feet away. Its head is looking at us!
It’s giving the sensation to me that the hair on my arm goes up. My neck is paralyzed. I cannot look to the left. I feel in my mind’s eye two large, dark black eyes penetrating my skull. I don’t see a form or shape. I only sense the eyes.
WHAT ARE THOSE EYES GIVING YOU THE SENSE OR THE FEELING OF?
Fear. I have fear in my body. Fear of the unknown. I don’t know what’s going on. Something is occurring that nobody is really going to want to believe, and here I am sitting there. What do I do?
But I visualized in my mind two black eyes – two large dark eyes looking straight into my head from the creature – or whatever – just to the left of me. And I felt paralyzed. I felt I could be hypnotized if I turned my head for some reason. Or was it trying to hypnotize me through my head? The hair on my arms stood straight up and tingled like I was electric.
YOU SAID THAT YOU FELT THAT THERE WAS SOME EFFORT TO CONTROL, TO (HAVE) POWER OVER YOU?
That was the sensation because I had this emotional fear in me of the unknown. I felt that - yes, it could overpower me, or did overpower me. It wanted us out of the way. We were in the way. We were interfering with something, like it was in trouble.
Initially I thought the (black) clouds were after him (alien) and the craft in the water — or a part of the craft in the water. Something was hostile — either affecting to me or to Them. One or the other. That was my initial feeling.
THAT THE ALIENS THEMSELVES MIGHT BE IN TROUBLE WITH SOMETHING AND THEY WERE UNDER PRESSURE TO MOVE OR DO SOMETHING AND YOU IN THE CAR WITH YOUR BROTHER WAS IN THEIR WAY.
That’s it precisely, exactly.
Morse Code Translation?
DID YOU EVER GET A TRANSLATION ON THAT MORSE CODE?
A few weeks later, I had a copy made of the recording (AM radio Morse code Mike recorded) and gave it to a friend of mine, who was also a UFOlogist at the time. It came back as high-speed Morse code repeated over and over.
I wrote down, ‘This is D E (blank) Y and there was an X at the end of it.’ It’s D E (blank) Y X.
No Electric Pumps in Wanaque Reservoir
I called the Wanaque reservoir and said I was a reporter at WNEW (Manhattan) and just asked some questions about the water quality in the Wanaque area. I said, ‘How many times a day do you put the pumps on to circulate the water?’
He said, ‘There are no pumps.’
I said, ‘There are no pumps or motors to circulate the water or do anything like that?’
‘Oh, no, no, no. There’s nothing like that.’ He said, ‘We only do testing once a month. We put the vials in the water and test the water.’
When I did the interview, ‘Yes, these things are going on more than once.’ I heard from the guards that when one of the UFO sightings occurred, there were military helicopters flying nearby.
YES, MILITARY MOVED IN RIGHT AFTER THE NIGHT OF JANUARY 11, 1966.
Why did it (craft/beam) make a hole in the ice?
AND WHAT WAS THE CRAFT DOING A YEAR AND A HALF LATER UNDER THE WATER IN THE SAME RESERVOIR — AND SEEMED IN YOUR MIND THAT YOU WERE GETTING COMMUNICATION TELEPATHICALLY THAT SOMETHING WAS GOING ON WITH URGENCY AND THERE WAS A CRAFT UNDER THAT RESERVOIR THAT NEEDED OUT.
Right, and maybe when it made the hole in the ice (January 11, 1966) it was ready to go in.”
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