Calvin Parker was looking for fish. He says he instead found aliens—or, rather, aliens found him. The date was Oct. 11, 1973, but Parker has hardly mentioned it in the 45 years since he and 42-year-old Charles Hickson saw a blinding light over Mississippi's Pascagoula River. Hickson, who has since died, convinced Parker to go to the authorities, and their account soon spread around the world. But "I never talked about it," Parker tells the Mississippi Clarion Ledger. Now 64 and in poor health, he's written a book he hopes will change the minds of "narrow minded" people who "think that we're the only planet in the solar system that has life on it," per WLOX. It describes three humanoids with crablike claws floating the men onto a football-shaped craft where they underwent physical examinations.
"I think they injected us with something to calm us down," Parker tells the Clarion Ledger. "I was kind of numb and went along with the program." Once returned to the riverbank, however, Parker became terrified. "He was scared to death and literally begging Charles not to talk to us," now-retired Jackson County Deputy Glenn Ryder tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, adding the men passed polygraph tests and were secretly recorded discussing the encounter. "I've never seen nothin' like that before in my life," Parker says on the tape, per LADbible. "[People] better wake up and start believin'." Almost a half-century later, Parker wonders about the alleged aliens, including "where they came from ... and why they had to get me," per the Clarion Ledger. He adds, per WLOX: "I had rather not have it happened." (Read more aliens stories.)