Eno sees UFO

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An­other anec­dote for those with an in­ter­est in mu­sic-re­lated forteana. David Shep­pard’s 2008 biog­ra­phy of UK art-rock icon and uber-pro­ducer Brian Eno, On

Some Far­away Beach, men­tions Eno’s youth­ful rec­ol­lec­tion of see­ing a UFO in the early 1960s in the com­pany of his half-sis­ter: “It was ac­tu­ally a sim­ple enough thing: we were in the gar­den, it was twi­light, and we saw an ob­ject in the sky, which was not an aero­plane. It was a long – sounds strange to say – green­ish­coloured ob­ject with strangely shaped win­dows. It didn’t have round win­dows – they were ac­tu­ally shaped like tele­vi­sion screens” (p. 23).

Eno’s ex­pe­ri­ence oc­curred in his home­town of Wood­bridge in Suf­folk, close to the USAF’s then-Cold War base of the same name. Forteans may there­fore find Eno’s sight­ing of in­ter­est as a his­tor­i­cal pre­cur­sor to the UK’s best-known UFO in­ci­dent, the Rendle­sham For­est en­coun­ters of De­cem­ber 1980, which in­volved RAF Wood­bridge per­son­nel. Dean Ballinger Hamil­ton, New Zealand

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