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In the summer of 1977 my 10-yr old son and i were returning home after driving to a nearby town 30 miles away to see the movie "chariots of the gods". it was approx. between 9-10pm cst at night as i was driving on a blacktop road rather than the highway since it was a shorter way to get home. as i was driving north, i noticed ahead of me, and to the left of the road,a fiery image about treetop level and i mentioned to my son it must be a barn on fire. about 2 min. later as i approached a curve ahead,the fiery image moved from it's location left of the road and instantly appeared on the right side of the road. i knew then it was a ufo due to how quickly it maneuvered direction. i was then driving east with the ufo following me to my right, (about 100 ft. higher than my van) and it stayed maybe 2 car lengths ahead of me. the ufo seemed to be traveling the same speed as i was which by then i had probably slowed to about 40 mph! after about 30-45 seconds of following us it instantaneously appeared about 1/4 mile ahead and to the left side of the road. it was then stopped and hovered above a grove of trees. since it had stopped i did not want to keep driving. there was a house there so i pulled into someone's driveway and thought about going up to their door to let them know of the ufo so people wouldn't think i was just making it all up. but figured as sure as i did it would disappear. my son thought i should keep driving but i told him i didn't want to be abducted or have my car engine fail. as it hovered there i could make out the shape and a few features. it was disc shaped with a seemingly darker band around the center of it & a lot of fire from the underneath. either the flames below were so bright that they illuminated the craft or the moonlight was such that i could get a good view of it (or both). as we sat there wondering what to do, after approx. 4-5 min. i said to the ufo, "i know that you can hear me because you all are a lot more intelligent & advanced than we are, so please just go on and leave us alone." about 10 sec. later the ufo took off at lightening speed in an upward south easterly direction & disappeared. the entire time of the sighting, i encountered no traffic in either direction. however, as soon as it disappeared there was traffic again. the image of the ufo actually looked a lot like the spaceship image on the album cover of the band boston's first album in 1976. i have since regretted that i didn't try to make better communication because i would like to communicate with them. evidently, they were seeking me out but i just had no idea of their intent.