The story of Lopes' sighting was made famous by Loren Coleman, the "father" of the Bridgewater Triangle. It was Coleman who coined the name of this strange area in the seventies. His book "Mysterious America" talks about Lopes' story, although the story was first made public by Coleman in 1980, in an article featured in Boston Magazine.
Last Friday night, on his weekly installment "Freaky Friday," newsman RJ. Heim brought Lopes out of the Bridgewater Triangle book of legends and into the spotlight when he interviewed him about his encounter. Heim is a meteorologist and science reporter for NBC10, who has ran stories of the triangle before on Freaky Fridays.
When Heim questioned Lopes about the size of the UFO, Heim asked him to describe it in terms of lengths of cars. Lopes answered that it was "two or three vehicles...long and wide." Lopes described the shape of the object as looking like a baseball diamond.
"I know what I saw. And I swear to this day--33 years later--what I saw was not in our Air Force arsenal."
"I probably could have thrown a rock at it, it was that low. As we pulled off the road, the thing was right over my head. And I saw some sparks fly off the back of it. And then "voom"...it was gone.
A big thanks to R.J. for a stellar job in getting some new facts to go with this old legend!!!!!