34th anniversary of incredible flying saucer sighting

A “flying cup-and-saucer” captured 34 years ago in Du Bois, PA by Cleveland photographer Mark Madere

April 1st marks the 34th anniversary of the day I captured a “flying cup-and-saucer” hovering over a local fast-food restaurant in the sleepy town of Du Bois, PA.

Although I've lived in Cleveland for 31 years, I was born and raised in Du Bois. During my senior year in high school, there were several reported UFO sightings in the area. On the evening of April 1st, 1977 – I was cruising down “The Boulevard” when the flying cup-and-saucer caught my eye as it swooped in from the east. I and the four teenagers in this photo were the only eye-witnesses of this amazing event. Fortunately I had my camera loaded with high speed film – ready to document this once-in-a-lifetime moment.

Later that night, I captured a photo of four “Martians” checking out some electronic gadgets at a local store. They appeared to take on the bodies of the four teenagers who witnessed the flying cup-and-saucer earlier that evening! Check out that photo and the article that appeared in the Du Bois Courier Express on April 1, 1977.

The next day, I sent the newspaper article to Corning – the company that makes dishes that look eerily similar to the flying cup-and-saucer. Check out the reply I received from the president of Corning Incorporated.

Happy April Fools Day!

Have you ever seen a UFO or other unexplained event? Please leave a comment on this post.

8 thoughts on “34th anniversary of incredible flying saucer sighting

  1. I remember seeing one of the original prints of this! Kinda like being there when Ansel Adams photographed “Moonrise over Hernandez” 🙂

    • Oops! Looks like you put your comment under the wrong post. Did you mean to write it for: “I shot the moon – the “Supermoon” that is”?

  2. Nope, I meant this one. You had a whole stack of prints you showed me from the DuBois days, and this was one of them!

    It is time for me to begin driving toward Corning, Iowa to do some shooting today:)

  3. Have fun in Corning! Be sure to post some photos on your Zenfolio web page and comment here with a link to your pix.

  4. I can remember this photo like it was yesterday. Hard to believe it was 34 years ago. Guess that means we are really getting OLD! That was the “good old days” and the best place to hang out (the only place)!

  5. Hey Mark,

    Here’s the link to my Iowa photos:


    The contractor for the Opera House Project in Corning, Iowa will make his public presentation this coming Monday. After that, the Opera House becomes a construction site, and my activities there will become a weekly thing. I’ll be wearing a hard hat and following OSHA rules as I begin documenting the restoration in earnest:)

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