I grew up in Indiana and Ohio...in Mansfield/Lexington Ohio since age 10 to 17..
it was one night in 1977 in the summer, not sure which month, because when you are a kid not much matters enough to be precise on things like dates..but a friend of mine Kenny who still currently resides in that township, had called me up and said hey what you want to do tonight,,i said i was thinking about just hanging out at my house but he could come over if he wanted..He was a year older than me and i am now 49, but in 77 i was 14 and he was 15 ,,,his dad owned a pizza drive thru ,in Lexington ,, and we attended school in Lexington,but we lived in Mansfield proper .. we got our sleeping bags and lawn chairs, and had planned on just camping out on my back patio..We had just set up the chairs and it was about 10 pm,,and we slipped into our sleeping bags,,and just then a huge orange glowing disc, that stretched the whole length of the neighborhood behind my house, silently rose up over the tree line ..and we were both looking right at it. facing eastwards ..must have been like 1/4 mile long or bigger ..and it was getting closer..we both hid under our sleeping bags freaking out and crying and yelling at each other, for the other one to look and see if it was still above us..but neither wanted to...i was so scared it made me have to pee..but i didnt want to pee my pants , so i got brave enough to come out from under the sleeping bag i was in,,,and i saw nothing..so i told Kenny it was ok to come out,,we both stood up and walked around my house..looking to the sky in all directions and we couldnt see it anywhere..so i peed on the side of the house..and i told kenny "we better not say anything about this to anyone," because we will be the laughing stalk of the town,,he agreed!!..Kenny went home and,,,and we never camped on my back patio again,,,Since then i have been very interested in UFOS, and studied them and aliens in history,,esp ..the writings of Zacharia Sitchen , Stanton Freedman, and now Dr. Steven Greer..and have always wanted to join MUFON and also have been praying that i have another sighting.!!.knowing that this time i wont hide under the covers like a scared little sissy..my friend Kenny on the other hand, has had an adverse reaction to our sighting i feel..because he himself to this day has shunned almost all forms of modern technologies ,,he refuses to use computers or the internet, and it took his family decades to even get him to start using a cell phone..and he only did that,.. because you cant find pay phones anywhere anymore and most people no longer have home land lines.i am not completely sure thats why but i think its because of our sighting in my personal opinion...I have talked with him a few times about our encounter and he does remember it..but not as clearly as myself..he had a car wreck after i went away into the army..and was in a coma for a short while..and has lost some memories of our years growing up as best friends,, that i ask him about..but he does remember that night..also in my studies of the matter..i found reports of military pilots chasing UFOs in Mansfield Ohio ..in the early 70s..and i recently saw a youtube video of a reserve army helicopter pilot LTC Coyne had as experience near Mansfield a few years before we saw ours, so i truly believe that area was a hot spot back then ...and we were'nt far from Daton,,where Wright Patterson AFB is...where they supposedly took the Roswell Craft to be studied ..i now live in Austin Texas ,