This Florida Man
By Kelly Eyer
The Betz Sphere
Hello, Again Space Travelers!
Soon after, the Betz sphere started to attract some attention. Local paranormal radio host, Ron Kivett, was one of the first people to inspect it. He also witnessed the odd acts that the sphere would do. He, like many others, was convinced it was of extraterrestrial origin.
So why this story? This seemed like an interesting story I could try to check up on, considering that Fort George Island is roughly 35 minutes away from my house. However, the amount of local coverage of it leads me to believe one of two things: First, the Betz family did find something extraterrestrial. However, after the family stopped talking about it, nobody has seen the sphere in over 40 years. There also is a rumor that J. Allen Hynek swapped out the ball with a decoy when he visited the family home sometime after he deemed it just a stainless steel ball. Lastly, there was a paper mill on the northside of Jacksonville that used bowling ball-sized stainless steel ball check valves that were decommissioned 15 years before the Betz sphere was found. THAT my friends could be why they stopped talking about the ball, altogether.
If you want more information on this story, hit me up on facebook, or go check out the “odd ball” podcast on WJCT.org. This is a really interesting Jacksonville story.