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M essage from the Director
^ by William E. Jones
Neil Armstrong, Len Stringfield and UFO Crash
In the winter 2006 issue of this newsletter I wrote about a story that
was told to me by the late Leonard Springfield, who seriously inves¬
tigated crash retrieval stories back before the public’s interest in the
Roswell story gave the study of this subject some public validity.
During his years of research, Len talked to over 50 people who told
him first hand accounts of their involvement with UFO crash re¬
trieval events, the investigation of alien technology, work on alien
life forms and so forth. Len kept the identities of these people secret
because he promised them he would and a concern that if he violated
those promises people would no longer tell him of their experiences.
According to Len, he was approached by Dr. J. Allen Hynek, the
astronomy consultant to the US Air Force’s Project Bluebook and
later the founder of the Center for UFO Studies, and Neil Armstrong,
the first man to land on the Moon. They made a request that Len
share the identities of his informants with them after his death through
the use of his will and a lock box at the bank where Mr. Armstrong
served on the board of directors. Len turned them down.
The alleged involvement of Neil Armstrong in this matter and the
possibility that his interest was more than just personal caught my
attention. I tried to find a way to approach Mr. Armstrong to ask if
the story was true. Finally, after attending a meeting at the Ohio His¬
torical Society in Columbus, Ohio on November 10, 2005 where
Armstrong biographer Dr. James R. Hansen discussed his book I found
my way to Armstrong. I asked Dr. Hansen, and a boyhood friend of
Mr. Armstrong who was also at the meeting Mr. Konstantine “Kotcho”
Solacoff, to ask him if the story was true. Both replied that they would
do this. And so I waited.
Finally on February 16, 2006 I received an email message from Dr.
Hansen that read, “Neil tells me he never talked to Hynek or String-
field. His only encounter with a UFO is the one (during Apollo 11)
that I detail in the book.”
Before Dr. Hansen wrote this email I had sent him a copy of the
winter 2006 issue of this newsletter and an article concerning other
astronauts who had seen and/or expressed an interest in UFOs. These
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items hadn’t arrived by the time he sent that message, so he assumed
that I hadn’t received it. So, on February 27, 2006 he followed up
with a short letter that read, “Apparently my email messages have
not gotten through to you. Both Kotcho Solacoff and I did ask Neil
about Leonard Stringfield, and he was emphatic that he never met or
talked with him. That is the best I can offer you, I’m afraid. Best of
luck in your research. I deeply appreciate the sincerity and kindness
of your messages to me.”
Thus, this matter is seemingly closed. What are we to make of it? I
truly think Leonard Stringfield was as honest as anyone I have ever
met, so I don’t think he made up the story. I have no reason to believe
that Neil Armstrong is any less honest than Len. And I don’t think I
misunderstood what Len told me or that my memories about this
matter are seriously defective. Thus, something is missing here. The
only thing that makes sense to me is that, like with Len and his infor¬
mants, Mr. Armstrong feels duty-bound to not talk about the matter.
Thus, what might be considered by some to be a white lie (any other
response would be confirmatory) is ethically justified. Thus, because
Len and Dr. Hynek are dead, the only confirmation of the story must
come from Mr. Armstrong, and that isn’t likely to happen.
I did ask Dr. Mark. Rodeghier, Director of the J. Allen Hynek Center
for UFO Studies, if Dr. Hynek had left any private journals or diaries
wherein he might have written comments about Len or Mr. Armstrong.
Mark replied, “No, Allen didn’t leave anything like a diary, at least
that we have at the Center. But there is at least one letter between
Allen and Armstrong that makes it clear that they have communi¬
cated, if not met.”
So, unless some reliable and persuasive evidence is uncovered, this is
one more enticing story from the field of ufology that will never be
New Books of Interest
I will leave book reviews to our accomplished expert at this Jon Fry.
However, there are several new UFO related books that I can heartily
recommend as providing more than a rehash of ufological history or
a recantation of UFO sightings. These books each offer something
new, and thus are well worth reading.
(1) Bennett, Colin, An American Demonology - Flying Saucers
Over the White House, Captain Edward J. Ruppelt and the
Official UFO Investigation of the United States Air Force ,
Headpress/Critical Vision, 2005.
(2) Redfem, Nick, On the Trail of the Saucer Spies: UFOs and
Government Surveillance , Anomalist Books, 2006.
(3) Kelleher, Colm A., Ph.D. and George Knapp, Hunt for the
Skinwalker - Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Re¬
mote Ranch in Utah , Paraview Pocket Books, 2005.
(4) Willis, James A., Andrew Henderson, and Loren Coleman,
Weird Ohio - Your Travel Guide to Ohio s Local Legends
and Best Kept Secrets , Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.,
UFO Archives in France
Another archive for the preservation of the UFO literature has been
identified. As with the collection that has been established at The
Ohio State University in the Rare Books and Manuscripts division of
the main library with the assistance of MUFON of Ohio members,
others are working to preserve the UFO literature to make it avail¬
able to future generations of UFO researchers.
SCEAU is the French acronym for “Preservation and conservation of
ufological studies and archives.” This association, of which all
collaborators are voluntary, has as its goal the long-term preservation
of the ufological literature, i.e. the preservation of all books,
magazines, letters, investigation reports, newspaper clippings and
any other documents (written, audiovisual or electronic) related to
UFO research. SCEAU was founded in 1990 in consideration of the
fact that, all too often, when someone who has engaged in studying
the UFO phenomena dies or ceases being interested, or when a UFO
group is disbanded, their documents are dispersed, disappear or are
even destroyed by the person’s heirs.
SCEAU therefore has undertaken to contact all the persons and groups
known to them who are interested in UFOs or related phenomena in
France and proposed to them an “archives transfer contract”. Under
this contract, the donor transfers all or part of his/her archives to
SCEAU at the time of his or her choice. This can be immediately,
later, or after his or her death. This contract defines the legal conditions
of the transfer.
After classification and a detailed inventory of recovered documents,
SCEAU places them in the French Public Records network, where
everyone has access to the documents, under conditions set by French
Law on Archives (notably for protecting privacy) or at more restrictive
conditions if so desired by the donor. As for books and magazines
that the Public Records are not legally bound to accept, they are
deposited in public libraries. A great public library at Metz was given
an important collection of several hundred books and magazines on
UFOs and related topics. 120 UFO books have been deposited in a
university library (at Nice-Sophia Antipolis) and about a hundred in
the Maison d’Ailleurs (science fiction museum) at Yverdon
(Switzerland). All these “SCEAU libraries” are gradually augmented
with other books newly acquired by SCEAU. For all deposits, a contact
is signed with the archives centre or the library, ensuring the durability
of the deposit and defining the consultation conditions. SCEAU stands
as an intermediary between the donor and the archives centre or the
This association publishes a yearly bulletin giving the complete
inventory of archives preserved during the year. SCEAU has
established links with the SHG (Sign Historical Group:
www.project1947.com J shg) and the AFU (Archives for UFO Research
Foundation: www.afu.info) , which pursue similar aims in the United
States and Sweden, and maintains contacts with foreign searchers,
notably in Belgium, Italy and Switzerland.
Paper mail address: SCEAU/Archives OVNI, B.P. 19, F 91801
BRUNOY CEDEX, France.E-mail address:
We in MUFON of Ohio welcome SCEAU to this most important en¬
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Director’s Message (continued from page 2)
The Exchange of MUFON State Newsletters
MUFON of Ohio is working to get agreement with other state and
regional MUFON organizations that issue electronic newsletters to
exchange their newsletter for ours so that they can be made available
to our respective members as another “perk” of membership. By ex¬
changing newsletters, each state or region will learn more about what
the other organization is doing, will encourage interstate coopera¬
tion, and will promote international MUFON.
Agreement has already been reached with Michigan MUFON for the
exchange, and talks have been initiated with Minnesota MUFON.
We have contacted MUFON Hq. to determine if other MUFON state
and regional organizations have electronic newsletters. As soon as
the details can be worked out each Ohio member with email capabil¬
ity will be periodically receiving other state newsletters. The unknown
at this point is the number of such newsletters. As of now, we know of
our own, Michigan’s and Minnesota’s. We will keep you informed of
how this initiative progresses.
Shoe Shaped UFO Seen Over Circleville,
By Pete Hartinger, Jon Fry and Delbert Anderson
Roundtown UFO Society and MUFON of Ohio
Mr. Glenn Cook lives in the Elesa Mobile Home Court at 210 Villa
Court in Circleville. He reported to Pete Hartinger within a few hours
of the sighting that he saw a strange object from the bedroom of his
mobile home on February 14, 2006 at around 4:30 am.
Mr. Cook usually awakes up at about 5:30 am every morning, but for
some reason he awakened early on this morning. As is his usual pat¬
tern when he awakes, he looked out the window of his bedroom mo¬
bile home, which faces southwest. As he was looking around he saw
a dark stationary object over a pine tree in his yard. It was at an
elevation of 45 degrees. Mr. Cook thought it was an airplane at first
and then realized that the shape wasn’t right for an airplane. It was
shaped like a squared off shoe. After watching it for ten minutes or
so he decided to get out of bed to try to get a better look at it.
Before his feet hit the floor several lights appeared. They were very
bright and white in color. They didn’t appear to have beams, but
looked more like bright lights behind portholes on a ship. These lights
were visible for 15 or 20 seconds and then went out. They and the
dark object, which may have been behind whatever held the lights,
were gone. Mr. Cook sat on his bed for about an hour trying to figure
out what he had seen and waiting for its possible return.
No sound was heard during the event. The lights appeared to be about
the size of a quarter held at arms length. The dark object was smaller.
A check of star charts reveled that the Moon was about 15 degrees to
the west of the object, which the witness said that he saw at the time.
The sky was somewhat overcast. The only other bright object in that
general area of the sky at that time was the star Spica in the constel¬
lation Virgo. It would have been east of the object.
MUFON of Ohio Member Recalls Sighting
by Scott Santa
Although I’ve been an active member of MUFON since 1983 and
submitted a sighting report to CUFOS in 1984, this is the first time
I’ve ever related my UFO experience in narrative form. I have dis¬
cussed it with less than a handful of people. This usually happens
when people find out I’m a MUFON investigator and independent
researcher, and they ask the obvious, “Have I ’ ve ever seen one?” Rarely,
if ever, have I answered that question with the details that follow. But
before I start, let me give the reader some background.
My interest in this subject goes back to my earliest memories. In fact
it wsthe 1956 United Artists! rrcvie titled UFO -The True Story of
UFO's, with actor Tom Towers portraying A1 Chop that really intro¬
duced me to the subject of UFOs. I may have been around 7 or 8 years
old, say in 1962/63 when I saw that movie on late night TV, and I
haven’t looked back since I was entirely and absolutely hooked. I
read what books I could find, even comics such as, “ Flying Saucers
Comics , UFO & Outer Space , and UFO Flying Saucers. I continued
to read UFO related articles and books throughout my childhood and
on through high school.
On February 20th of this year I received an email from Bill Jones
asking for help, along with other Ohio MUFON members, in an in¬
vestigation by the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies of a 1973
sighting in the Columbus Ohio area. The artist’s rendition that was
attached to the email is the closest approximation that I have EVER
seen in the literature of the object I was privy to witness in the sum¬
mer of 1974.1 told Bill about it and he asked me to write about my
a rr*t sf tky
Artist's sketch of object seen in Columbus in 1973.
It was during my first year of college at the University of Akron in
1974 I saw “something” that is as vivid today as it was when I first
saw it (even though I had a memory lapse immediately following the
sighting). It was August I believe; I do not recall the exact date. I was
at the Ascot Drive-In movie theater in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio that has
since been tom down and replaced by housing. I was with a friend,
who will remain anonymous mainly because I lost contact with him
shortly after the event.
The cars were facing in a NNW
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direction. It was a beautiful summer evening, absolutely clear, lots of
stars, just perfect! At some point during the first movie I heard cars
blowing their horns and then the movie stopped, the screen went
completely blank and the concessions stand went dark. At this point
I exited my car and saw an object coming directly over top of the
drive-in screen from a NW direction. I yelled at my friend to get out
and look, which he did.
I also noticed most of the other patrons were out of their vehicles and
looking upwards at the object. After the lights went “dark” I got a
really strange feeling, which I believe has since been identified as the
“OZ” effect. The environment became totally silent. I could not even
hear anyone talking. My eyes were glued to this object, and I felt as if
I were in a vacuum of sorts. It is a feeling difficult to describe.
What I saw was a chevron boomerang type craft. It was completely
black, like a black hole in the night sky. There were no external lights,
but there was a “hint” of windows or portholes on the front part of the
object as it was facing me. The object appeared to be “floating” rather
than flying. It floated extremely slowly in a direct manner; it did not
change its path of flight from the moment I first saw it. It gave me the
impression that it was huge. The typical description of 3 football
fields would be a good approximation. It was difficult to gauge the
altitude, but I had the feeling that I may have been able to hit it with
a rock. It appeared to be that close!
At this point in time I had a realization that what I was seeing was
NOT fitting into my frame of reference, meaning that I could not
identify it and it resembled nothing from my prior experience. The
intrusion of this object into my psyche and my inability to define it or
put a name to it puzzled me, and gave me the big-time creeps! I was
momentarily more than a little scared. The object’s flight path took it
directly over the top of my car. I recall asking my friend if he was
seeing what I was and he replied in the affirmative, although I never
took my eyes off the object while I asked. The object moved over the
back fence of the theater. I watched the object continue on until I lost
sight of it at the horizon as it was moving in a SSE direction. I esti¬
mate the duration of the sighting to be around 15-20 minutes. The
speed of the object remained constant throughout the event.
After I lost sight of the object, I got back into my car and sat down. At
this point, the movie flicked back on, the concession stand and all
associated lights came on and it was as if nothing had ever happened.
None of the other patrons came out to talk about what they had seen.
It was as if everyone just returned to their cars and went back to
watching the movie. My friend and I never spoke about the sighting
for the rest of the evening. I recall feeling rather robotic as we left the
movie. Strangely I seemed to have forgotten the entire incident for
about 2 years.
As best \ can recaW, \ Temembex seeing a copy of Brad Steiger's book
“Project Blue Book” in a store in 1976, which I purchased. Reading
this book seemed to bring the recollection of this incident back to the
forefront of my memory, where it has remained.
I have often wondered if something more than just a sighting oc¬
curred that night. I’ve even considered putting an ad in the local
paper to see if anyone else in Cuyahoga Falls, where I still live, may
have been there that night and could corroborate my experience. But
after considering this for some years, I’m not sure I’m either ready or
willing to see what responses an ad like that would precipitate in this
day and age. I’ve decided to content myself with the experience and
count myself lucky to have witnessed something extremely strange.
According to UFO researcher David Sankey, a similar object was
seen in England in June of 1960. It was observed on by a Tommy
Dunford on Cricklade Road, Purton, Wiltshire, England. It was a
cylindrical shaped silver object, with what appeared to be square port¬
hole type windows. Only the one side was observed.
Rendering of Object seen in the UK. This has similarities to the
object seen by Scott Santa.
David Sankey, along with John Hanson and Dawn Holloway, are
working on a book with the working title of Haunted Skies, will fea¬
ture this sighting in the book, which will include accounts of unex¬
plained objects in the shy over the United Kingdom. It is found that
this publication will eventually consist of five volumes. Mr. Sankey’s
website with wonderful drawings of sightings can be found at
www. davidsankey. com.
Indy UFO Conference
Hosted by Bookman Publishing & Marketing
The INDY UFO Conference will take place on May 21, 2005. You
can find more information at www.indyufo.com . Speakers are being
added daily; John Greenewald; www. blackvault. com was recently
Death of James Bond Johnson
James Bond Johnson passed away recently. Bond was the photogra¬
pher of the 1947 Roswell UFO Crash wreckage which was taken in
the office of General Ramey in Fort Worth, Texas. He was a former
UFO UpDates List member and contributor.
Other Ohio UFO Groups
You can find the Rouudtown UFO Society (RUFOS) website at
www.roundtownufosociety.com. The group meets in Circleville, Ohio.
Contact them at email@example.com.
The Cleveland Ufology Project (CUP) website can be found at
www.clevelandufo.com. Their meetings are held the third Saturday
of each month. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tri-County UFO Study Group meets in Alliance, Ohio. They
can be contacted at email@example.com.
MUFON of Ohio Newsletter
Oberlin University’s Connection to Ufology and
Introduction to the Lecture by Richard Dolan
By Cassandra Klesch
Oberlin College ; Oberlin, Ohio - On April 9, 2006 The Cleveland
Ufology Project, (CUP), and The Mutual UFO Network of Ohio
(MUFON of Ohio), hosted Richard Dolan author of UFOs and the
National Security State, Chronology of a Cover-up 1941-1973, a thor¬
ough history of the cloak and dagger behavior or our government
regarding UFOs. The program was organized by Aaron Clark, an
Oberlin College staff member. Clark teaches a ufology class at Ober¬
lin as part of the college’s experimental programs. The lecture was
geared to enhance Clark’s students’ awareness of government decep¬
tion regarding ufology to his students.
Clark opened the program with enlightening information directly link¬
ing ufology to Oberlin. Both Dr. John Mack, Pulitzer Prize winner
and Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, and au¬
thor of Passport to the Cosmos, and Budd Hopkins, author of Intrud¬
ers and Witnessed [ are former students at Oberlin College. Edward
Condon was a visiting professor of physics. Condon was the director
of the dismissive 1968 Condon Report, based on data collected by
Project Blue Book, 1951 - 1969.
As a student of the Cold War, Dolan has an interest in government
cover-ups and clandestine operations. His interest in ufology was
peaked by Timothy Good’s book Above Top Secret.
Dolan’s lecture delivered some basic information enhancing Clark’s
students’ core of knowledge. Substantiating the conspiratorial tone
of government operations with layer upon layer of cloak and dagger
type infrastructures, Dolan began his talk with a real shocker.
Catherine Austin Fitts, a Wharton graduate and Assistant Secretary
of Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner during the first Bush
Administration, discovered $313 trillion, unaccounted for in govern¬
ment “black budgets.” According to Dolan, NASA has billions of
dollars unaccounted for and the money is buried in private bank ac¬
counts and “deep black” projects. “What happened to the money?
Where did it go?” Is this the funding source for exotic technology,
and biological and technological recovery of alien life?
editor's note: There will be a report on the lecture in the
summer, 2006 issue of the newsletter.
Members to Receive Earl Neff Booklet
Bill Jones, our Director, will be mailing out a reprint of a booklet by
UFO Legend Earl Neff to members. The booklet was put together
with help from our Treasurer, Rick Hilberg. Bill is heading for Aus¬
tralia for a vacation soon, so the mailing will take place in June.
John Timmerman is a long¬
time MUFON of Ohio mem¬
ber as well as a member of
CUFOS (Center for UFO
Studies). This book may be
ordered through CUFOS for
$20.00 plus $2.00 P&H. The
CUFOS website is
www.cufos.om. If you aren't
connected to the Internet and
are interested in an order
form, you can contact Jenni¬
fer Thomas, at 740-965-6656.
Other items associated with
the book, such as copies of
audiotaped voices and typed
conversations, are also avail¬
Case Reports/fafi the Timmerman Hies
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The UFO Wave Of October 1973
by Pete Hartinger,
Roundtown UFO Society, Circleville, Ohio
31 years ago, there were massive sightings of UFOs from a large part
of the United States. A few years ago, MUFON of Ohio collected
newspaper articles from around the state of Ohio that were written
during the UFO wave of October, 1973.1 have the 133 pages of these
Ohio newspaper articles.
One interesting newspaper article stated that Wright-Patterson Air
Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, kept the official Air Force log on
UFOs for 23 years, until the project ended in 1969. In those years,
12,618 UFO sightings were reported and 701 were never identified.
“None of these,” the study said, “gave any indication of a threat to
our national security.”
Many Circleville residents will remember this time period because
this was the year that Pat Boone visited the Pumpkin Show. Massive
UFO sightings also occurred during the time of the Yom Kippur War
in the Middle East.
In the early morning hours of Oct. 16, area residents and two city
police officers saw a strange phenomenon near Circleville. A local
resident called authorities at 4:23 a.m. to report a large golden object
in the sky southwest of the city. The two police officers were dis¬
patched to the scene and both reported seeing a large gold object in
the sky. It appeared to be emitting a large red plume and was moving
One of the best documented military UFO sightings on public record
occurred on the night of Oct. 18, 1973. It was carried in many of the
country’s newspapers at that time.
An U.S. Army Captain and three Army reservists saw a mysterious
craft (UFO) that flew past their helicopter. The helicopter was flying
about 2,500 feet. Coyne said crew members saw a cigar-shaped ob¬
ject “unlike anything produced on earth.” It had a glowing, steady
red light on its leading edge. A green light emitted from the rear of
the craft which filled their cabin with a green glow. The crew first
thought it was a radio tower. Suddenly, they realized the light was
coming toward them. Captain Lawrence J. Coyne grabbed the con¬
trols and dropped the helicopter in a shallow dive. Crew members
estimated that the object was moving at more than 600 miles per
hour, twice the legal speed limit in the controlled space at that level.
“It looked like a fighter plane coming straight for us,” said Coyne, a
veteran of 19 years in military flying. “I took immediate evasive ac¬
tion. I cut the power and dropped into a shallow dive. We dropped to
2,000 feet and we braced for impact.” Coyne said the approaching
craft appeared to stop momentarily about 500 feet overhead and banked
to one side. He said he glanced at the altimeter and noticed that the
helicopter had risen to 3,800 feet. None of the crew felt the gravita¬
tional pull normally felt when a helicopter rises, he added. “We felt a
bounce, and then the other craft took off to the northeast.”
Coyne’s helicopter was near Ashland County during the UFO en¬
counter. Ashland County Sheriff’s deputies also had a UFO sighting
that night. Later, ground witnesses in the vicinity of the sighting re¬
ported either seeing the helicopter and UFO or the strange green light.
They also heard the helicopter noise overhead at the same time.
Ironically, Captain Coyne was later promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
(two grades) before he retired. Apparently the military felt he was
very competent. He also was part of a concerned group of people who
made a special presentation about unidentified flying objects to the
United Nations on Nov. 27, 1978.
Another famous case occurred during this 1973 time period. Two
men claimed they were taken aboard a UFO near Pascagoula, Missis¬
sippi. To this day they have stuck to their story.
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Featured Photo -1990
Charles Berlitz at the 1990 NUFOC
Charles Berlitz is shown speaking with several of the attendees at the
1990 National UFO Conference in Miami Beach, Florida. One of the
featured speakers at the convention, Berlitz is probably known for his
best selling “The Bermuda Triangle”, the first book propel the “Tri¬
angle Mystery” to prominence during the 1970s. Even though that by
1990 most of the key cases regarding the Bermuda Triangle had been
generally solved to the satisfaction of most researchers, Berlitz con¬
tinued to lecture on the subject at numerous UFO and fortean gather¬
ings all around the country, Miami Beach being no exception. Al¬
though the Triangle was indeed old news, most in attendance gener¬
ally enjoyed his presentation.
After “The Bermuda Triangle” was published in 1974, Berlitz went
on to pen several other books on the Bermuda Triangle theme, as
well as collaboration with William Moore on “The Roswell Incident”
and “The Philadelphia Experiment: Project Invisibility.”
Other speakers at the 1990 NUFOC included Ed and Frances Walters
of Gulf Breeze fame, William Nash of the famous 1952 Nash -
Fortenberry airline UFO encounter as well as 1950s “contactees”
Howard Menger and Frank Stranges.
Perhaps the thing that I remember most about the 1990 NUFOC is
the midnight skywatch held on the beach itself, attended by at least a
hundred people and hosted by Ed and Frances Walters. No, nobody
saw anything other than aircraft and stars, but it was a wonderful
time for general fellowship and talking about our favorite subject.
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DENTAL TECHNICIAN SAYS “MANDIBLE”
By CNI News — Vol. 2, No. 16, Part 2 —November 1, 1996
MUFONof Ohio Editor’s note: The first part of this story appeared
in the winter 2006 newsletter and was an interview with the main
witness. Part Two is the interview with two other individuals, who
also claim to be familiar with the object.
John K. Mosgrove is a former dental technician. In 1979, while
working at a Veterans Administration hospital in Dayton, Ohio, he
was assigned the task of replicating a strange mandible. Under or¬
ders to remain silent, he told no one about these events for over 14
In early October, 1996, CNI News editor Michael Lindemann inter¬
viewed John Mosgrove by phone, then interviewed newsman Carl
Day and another dental technician, Bruce Phillips, who is also fa¬
miliar with the mandible.
Michael Lindemann s comments are in brackets. All other text is di¬
rectly quoted from the interview subjects.
[After interviewing John Mosgrove, Michael Lindemann talked with
Dayton television newsman Carl Day about his own investigation of
the mandible case. Day said that Mosgrove had first called him after
Day broadcast a news report on “legends of Wright Patterson.” Day
interviewed Mosgrove on camera in February of 1995. However, in
the news special that he later broadcast, he did not show Mosgrove’s
face or use his true name. Following are excerpts of Carl Day’s re¬
marks to Michael Lindemann.]
Carl Day: I took an open minded view of everything. I checked John
out, talked with people who’d worked with him, double checked at
the VA hospital (Brown Hospital in Dayton). Yes indeed, he had
worked there during that time period. Yes, people remembered him.
No, he was not crazy — things like this. Then when I spent time with
John in his home, I just let him talk, and it was an absolutely amaz¬
ing story. He was the first to admit he didn’t have any idea what [the
[By the time Day met Mosgrove], Len Stringfield was dead, so I
thought somebody’s got to pick up the ball and see if we can get some
more answers. So I told [John] I would, and he gave me a copy of [the
mandible]. I’ve since taken it around to anthropologists, archeolo¬
gists, forensic dentists - and to date, nobody has really given me an
answer as to what it is. At one of the museums where I was talking to
several anthropologists, we went through all of their books together,
trying to find a match. The closest we could find was a lemur. But the
teeth don’t match. The shape of the jaw also does not match. There’s
a lot of stuff that doesn’t match. I don’t know what it is. And the
circumstances around it... it is either a very elaborate hoax —perpe¬
trated in this case not by John, but by whoever the officers were, for
whatever purpose — or he’s on to something, and somebody goofed.
It still raises a heck of a lot of questions.
(continued on page 8)
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Mandible (continued from page 7)
A friend of mine is one of the leading dentists in Ohio. He’s seen it
and he’s fascinated by it. Can’t come up with anything there. I’ve got
an appointment in the next few weeks with a gentleman who special¬
izes in reconstruction — they find bones out in the field somewhere,
and it’s his job to reconstruct it to what it probably was. He’s anx¬
iously waiting to look at it. But so far nobody has been able to give
me any answers.
At this point, the weight is still toward the unknown, rather than
toward the known... A lot of these people I’ve talked to are very reli¬
able individuals, and there is something going on. I don’t know what.
There’s a lot going on at Wright-Pat. I had sources at Wright-Pat that
were pretty reliable who really wanted to get to the bottom of it. Even
with their clearances, they couldn’t find anything.
[At the urging of John Mosgrove, Michael Lindemann also inter¬
viewed another dental technician, Bruce Phillips, who lives in Rich¬
mond, Indiana, and has seen the mandible. Following are excerpts
from that interview.]
Bruce Phillips: I came in contact with the mandible from John. He
showed it to me one day and asked me to take a look at it to see if I’ve
ever seen anything that looked like it, like a chimpanzee or a gorilla
mandible or whatever. I looked at it real well and looked into some
books to see if anything could possibly resemble the shape of this
mandible, and I haven’t come across anything yet. I do have my de¬
gree in dental technology. We did study a bit about different man¬
I don’t think anyone knows what it is for sure. With the story John
has, it being so secretive, I have to think it would be something in the
classified area. There’s no other reason for the officer to come back in
and destroy the impression, crumple it up.
I was stationed at Wright-Pat from the latter part of 1971 to 1975. I
have a suspicion that they were keeping evidence of ...crashes there.
When I was stationed there and working in the dental clinic — this
would be late 1974, probably — I was cleaning teeth then, and I got
people from all different parts of the base as patients. I had an officer,
a Major, come in. And [at that time] there was speculation in the
local paper that there were aliens being kept on base to be analyzed.
I was not a believer then. I just kind of made a joke with that officer
who came in, because it was supposed to be in his area — I think it
was the AFIT organization — where they were supposed to be kept.
And I was joking with him. I said, “What about those little green
men you’re supposed to be hiding? Is there any truth to that?” He got
a real serious look on his face, looked over at me and said, “I’m not
going to say that it is true, and I’m definitely not going to say that it’s
not true.” He was totally serious. Why he said that to me, I have no
idea. I think he was wanting to tell somebody. That’s the only thing I
can think of. I said, “Can you give me a little bit further... Are you
serious?” He said, “That’s really all I can say.” I said, “Jeez, you’re
saying that if it definitely wasn’t true, you would say it wasn’t true.”
And he said, “Yes.” I could not believe what I was hearing, actually.
That kind of stuck with me.
working at the VA in Dayton at that time. It would make sense that if
anything was going to be poured up, they would not do it in the den¬
tal clinic [on base], because it would just spread all through the orga¬
nization. So they took this thing off base to the VA center to get poured
up, hoping that no one would think
anything of it. That’s the only thing I can come up with.
They had a wonderful dental facility on base. But with the rumors
going on base, if we bring something that they’re not used to seeing,
and be all secretive, it would spread like wildfire. This is only my
I would say [the creature] was a vegetarian. The teeth that were left
in the mandible were all flat-planed, which would mean that there
was no reason for incisors to tear. Just a kind of grinding was all they
would need, which would mean to me that they were plant eaters.
The most striking part of the thing was the shape of the mandible. If
you would put tissue on this - you know how you see on TV when
people have drawn aliens and they all have little, real pointed chins
— that’s exactly how it would look. You would have a pointed, very
small chin area, and wider where it connected to the temporal man¬
Nothing I’ve ever seen looks like it. Can I say it’s alien? No. But I
have to say there is something hush-hush about this mandible. Put¬
ting two and two together, that makes me very suspicious.
Editorial Comment : This is an old story that seems to have dropped
off of the UFO radar screen in recent years. We are offering this ar¬
ticle at this time so that, (1) those people who are new to ufology will
be aware of the story, (2) in case anyone out there has new informa¬
tion about the story, and (3) most importantly because of its Ohio
connection. I hope you will find the story of interest and possibly
decide to investigate the story further. (WEJ)
UFO Wave (continued from page 7)
In the middle of October, several witnesses observed UFOs over or
near Greenfield, Ohio. These UFO sightings went on for a few days
and included a police officer that observed them. He described his
UFO, as being egg shaped with a glow around it. This was covered by
front page headlines in the Greenfield Daily Times newspaper.
Governor Gilligan of Ohio also reported seeing a UFO one night
while driving home from Michigan. He described it as an amber col¬
ored vertical beam of light.
The Associated Press reported on Oct. 19, 1973 that the 2 Skylab
astronauts in debriefing sessions told of seeing a mysterious red-disk
object in space, the space agency reported. The disclosure came amid
a new nationwide rash of sightings of unexplained aerial objects.
The Center for UFO Studies reported that they had close to one thou¬
sand UFO sighting reports during this month of October, the highest
amount received in such a short time. Since October 1973 there have
been thousands of UFO sighting reports from around the world, but
none have had the newspaper coverage like the Wave of October 1973.
You can phone Pete at 740-477-6252; write PO. Box 52, Circleville,
Ohio 43113; or email email@example.com.
That kind of relates back to John’s story of the mandible. He was
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