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U.F.O. NEWSCUPPING SERVICE 

ROUTE 1 — BOX 220 
PLUMERVILLE, ARKANSAS 72127 U S A. 


NEWSCLIPPING 
SERVICE 

| Area sightings called legitimate 


CO-EDITORS: ^^ S D F y A k R e 1SH 

OCTOBER 1987 NUMBER 219 


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5 UFO center alleges government cover-up 


u by Michael Burke 

^ Documents are just now being 
oc released which show that the United 

2 States government has been 
withholding its own proof of the 

o existence ol UFOs, according to the 
Center for UFO Studies That 
g statement, plus the fact that the Center 

3 has classified some of the spring’s area 
^ UFO reports as legitimate UFOs, were 
i the principal messages of last Friday 
m evening’s press conference public 
^ program at the Belleville High School 

- gym. 

? Don Schmitt, a co-director of the 
£ Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS). and 
rH Rich Heiden of the Aerial Phenomena 
Research Organization. Inc. also told 
g the media and public that the UFO 
z sightings were actually clustered around 
«. New Glarus. not Belleville. People had 
H mistakenly assumed that Belleville was 
o the center of the UFO activity because 
^ most of the sightings took place from 
the Belleville area, they explained 

By a process of elimination. Schmitt 
and Heiden said CUFOS had ruled out 
all explanations for the Jan. 15-16 
sightings by Belleville Police Officer 
Glen Kasmar and others except that of 
legitimate UFOs. However. Schmitt 
said. “That does not mean they were 
extra-terrestrials. . . just that they’re 
identified as unknown.’’ 

Schmitt later, when asked why 
CUFOS does not state that UFOs are of 
extra-terrestrial origin, replied. “We 
don't have anything in hand; there's no 
way we could say that.” He did. 
however, say he personally was 
prepared to believe in the possibility. 

In making its decision to hold a 
conference in Belleville. Schmitt said 
CUFOS elected to delve, as well, into 
some documents it is also releasing to 
the nation's major news services. Those 
documents concern a 40-year-old crash 
of a U FO w hich later was dubbed “The 
R oswell I neident.” the title of a book on 
the subject. 

1 he documents are allegedly a 
debriefing ol president-elect Dwight 
Eisenhower telling him that the Air 


Force had spacecraft fragments that 
were virtually certainly not of Earth 
origin. In addition, they told of the 
recovery of the craft’s dead, 
decomposed occupants. 

Those documents were to be released 
over the national wire services within 
the next few days following the press 
conference. Schmitt said. 

The Roswell incident began, Schmitt 
explained, with a series of reports of 
flying disk-shaped objects in July, 1947. 
Then followed reports of an unusual 


Yet they could not be scratched in the 
least, even with sledge hammers, nor 
melted. They also bore unusual 
markings like hieroglyphics. 

Soon, the Air Force had the area 
cordoned off and no one including the 
press was allowed near it. The area was 
scoured of the material. Rasel was taken 
to the air base and “debriefed,” after 
which he would not talk of what he had 
seen. 

The government issued a cover story 
that the crash had been of a weather 


Schmitt said public know ledge of the 
documents plus public pressure could 
lorce the government to share its 
information on UFOs on which, he 
said, the Air Force is still collecting 
data. “The Air Force is more involved 
than ever in UFO investigation..'’ 

Schmitt said one likely reason tor the 
U.S. and other countries silence aboui 
UFOs is the military applications.. 
“Whoever can fnaster their flight 
characteristics would rule the planet, or 
tit least have air superiority/’ he said. 



Rich Heiden holds a drawing by Don Schmitt, right, showing several Bellev.lle resident s o 
vat they saw one late afternoon earlier this spring. The men spoke at Friday s l I'<>^ press 


explosion during a servere electrical 
storm. 

About a week later, rancher Mack 
Rasel reported metallic debris on his 
land, a report investigated by personnel 
from Roswell Air Force Base. The 
sheets ol material were light as balsa 
wood and flexible. Schmitt continued 


NEWS, Danville, PA - July 1, 1987 CR: L. Whitehurst 


UFO sighted 


Residents of Columbia and Montour counties reported seeing a bright, 

round light in the sky Tuesday night. .. 

The first report originated in Iola, where the object was described as 
arrayed with red and blue lights and hanging motionless in the air before 

moving away rapidly ....... 

A few minutes later, a 1 6-year-old Jerseytown girl spotted a similar object 
coming from the direction of Millville which moved westward toward 

Washingtonville after pausing in midair. ...... 

At about 11:20 p m . a Washingtonville resident saw a large object with 
lights heading toward the Pennsylvania Power & Light Co plant in Derry 

Air traffic controllers at the Lycoming County Airport said the tower 
closes down at 10 p m. so no radar sighting of the object was made. 


balloon with an attached dish of some 
kind, and the press accepted that. 
Schmitt said. The material was moved 
to the Air Force's most secret base in the 
world. Wright Field at Fort Worth,and 
nothing more, other than rumors, was 
ever heard about it. 

That was a synopsis of information 
available previously from public 
records. Schmitt said. What was newly 
announced was that a document 
allegedly proving an Air Force cover-up 
had been obtained from the National 
Archives and anonymously sent to three 
men. 

One of those men was William 
Moore, co-author of “The Roswell 
Incident.” Another was a Los Angeles 
TV producer. 

"They haven’t been 100 percent 
authenticated, but we have found 
nothing to make us think they’re not 
authentic.” Schmitt said. 

Schmitt said the documents contain 
an admission of an Air Force “cover 
story” of the weather balloon and the 
speculation that the craft was from 
another solar system. 

The Air Force also apparently picked 
up four small, decomposed bodies ol 
what it thinks were occupants ol the 
craft who ejected before the crash. 


lJ FO s have been seen to make right - 
ancle turns in the sky and have been 
tracked at more than I0 f 000 miles per 
hour, Heiden said. 

Nevertheless,Schmitt questioned the 
government’s apparent policy of trying 
to debunk UFOs- lt We have the 
possibility of the big'gesT story of all 
time/’ he said, M or at least short ol the 
Second Coming. M 

Schmitt did predict that the U.S. 
government would eventually be 
making an announcement that is it does 
have proof of the existence of UFOs. 
“We have heard for some lime that 
there’s a strong faction within the 
Pentagon that it’s time to release the 
information.” he said. 

After the press conference. Heiden 
showed slides of photographs of UFOs 
and drawings of people’s descriptions of 
aliens they said they had encountered, 
including some Wisconsin cases. Claims 
ol people having been abducted by 
UFOs have been numerous over the 
years, he said 

In response to a question. Heiden 
said that, in some reported abductions, 
the victims claimed to have been 
experimented upon, “and not to the 
victims' benefit. 

However. Heiden added. “By and 
large, (UFOs) don't seem to pose any 
danger.’’ 





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COURIER-JOURNAL, Louisville, KY - June 12, 1987 



By JOHN C. PILLOW 

Indiana Weekly Staff Writer 

Janet Reising says she sees them all of 
the time, but her husband, Keith, says he 
never has. 

Paul Hauswald said he saw them one 
night while he was fertilizing the family 
farm, but every time he tells the story his 
friends say he is still spreading manure. 

And so it goes. 

For the past 30 years, Harrison County 
residents have been reporting unidentified 
flying objects, but even after a recent rash 
of spottings there are as many skeptics as 
there are believers. 

About 20 believers and a couple of skep¬ 
tics gathered recently at the Reising home 
and swapped tales and looked for some 
UFOs. And while no one saw any strange 
objects that night, the real purpose was to 
get everyone together as a show of solidar¬ 
ity, Janet Reising said. 

"There are so many people ... who have 
seen things but are afraid to admit It," she 


said. "I just wanted people who have seen 
the UFOs to gain strength from each other." 

Jim and Mogwedell Norman first saw the 
white, orange and blue lights circling over 
their home 14 years ago. “It looked like a 
cigar, but it seemed like every time the 
light changed the shape of the thing 
changed,” Jim Norman said. 

“I thought it could have been some sort of 
airplane or helicopter at first, but when it 
took off it was gone in an instanL No plane 
can do that And it couldn't have been a 
copter, because it didn't make a sound.” 

Steve Hamm, of the Harrison County 
Sherrils Department, saw the lights for the 
first time in March. "A woman called me 
and said these flying lights were following 
her, and I went out to Investigate," Hamm 
said. "When I got out there, I saw it It was 
shaped like a boomerang, with blue lights. 
When it left, it appeared to stand on end 
and spin. I have seen them so much now 
that I quit looking” 

Retired truck driver Robert Redmon was 


Residents say 
they’re being 
watched ' 

a skeptic until recently. "I don’t know what 
I saw," he said. “The thing looked like a 
flying searchlight, but didn't make a sound.” 

Rosamond Sample has lived in Corydon 
all her life and has never seen any strange 
flying objects, but she said she would like 
to. “I would just love to see a UFO or an 
alien, but unfortunately I haven't I believe 
they are out here, though." 

If Harrison County is being visited by 
aliens from another planet they are prob¬ 
ably friendly, according to UFO slghters. 
"Oh, I have never been scared of them. 
They seem harmless,” Hamm said. 

Jim Norman agreed. “Heck, If they want¬ 


ed to do something to us, they would have 
done It by now, and there probably isn't a 
thing we could do to stop them anyway.” 

The sightings have been so widely report¬ 
ed that Harrison County has attracted na¬ 
tional attention. 

A film crew from the ABC news show 
"20/20” produced a report, and the National 
UFO Reporting Center in Seattle (a 
clearinghouse for North American UFO 
sightings) asked the Mutual UFO Network 
(an International organization with more 
than 4,000 members) to check out the Cory¬ 
don reports. The network's volunteer inves¬ 
tigators examine sightings and report their 
findings to the national headquarters. 

Jim Delehanty, an investigator for the 
Mutual UFO Network, is convinced that 
there will be no close encounters in Harri¬ 
son County. 

"These people are seeing conventional 
aircraft. I have been out there four times, 
with cameras with infrared lenses, and a 
shortwave radio, and I have not seen any¬ 


thing that can't be explained," Delehanty 
said. "Crafts from Fort Knox do fly over the 
area, and sometimes they are so far away 
that you can see them, but not hear them. 
As far as I’m concerned, the Corydon case 
is closed." 

Others aren’t so sure. Some believe that 
the strange lights may be some new weapon 
that the army is testing at Fori Knox. A few 
more think that there are aliens In the area 
but that the government doesn't want to 
start a panic. 

"The UFOs will be back, ’cause they 
never left," Norman said. "I think the gov¬ 
ernment knows what's going on, but they 
aren’t talking” 

Susan Evans disagreed. “The government 
couldn't know what’s going on," she said. 
“They can't keep a secret that weU." 

Joyce Blessinger, who has never seen a 
UFO, said the aliens have an open invitation 
to come see her. "I want to meet one," she 
said. "I'd tell them to park their ship next to 
the house and come In for a drink.” 



About 20 people, 
above, gathered 
recently in Corydon to 
diacuaa UFOa. 


PHOTOS 

BY MIKE FISHER 


Jim Norman, left, aaw 
an object over hie 
home 14 yeara ago. 
Steve Hamm, right, 
eald, "I have seen 
them so much now that 
I quit looking.” 









CITIZEN, Tucson, AZ - June 24, 1987 CR: APRO 


UFOs: They’re 40 
and flourishing 

2 Tucson groups at heart of debate 

By J. RANDALL JUE Lorenzen, 62, said that APRO 

Citizen Staff Writer was inactive from about January 

- 1986 to April of this year because of 

Whether you believe in them or her husband’s illness. Jim L^ren- 
not, the UFO phenomenon is flour- zen, who was president of APRO, 
ishing on the 40th anniversary of died of cancer last August, 
the first “flying saucer” sighting. “We’re active again and we have 
For four decades, the descrip- re-established our publishing 
tions of unidentified flying objects schedule,” Lorenzen said. The or- 
have ranged from giant, weaving ganization publishes a monthly 
cigars to dancing ping-pong balls. newsletter called "The APRO Bul- 

And for 40 years, the believers letin.” 
and non-believers have fought to APRO’s team includes about 500 

discredit the other. Nowhere is that investigators who conduct the ini- 
more evident than in Tucson. tial probes when a UFO sighting is 

Tucson’s believers are repre- reported. The investigators weed 
sented by the Tucson-based Aerial out the hoaxes and explainable 
Phenomena Research Organization sightings and send the unexplained 
(APRO), the largest and oldest ones to APRO headquarters, 
agency investigating “flying sau- Lorenzen believes that the UFOs 
cer” sightings. are controlled by scientifically ad- 

The non-believers in Tucson are vanced individuals who have been 
represented by Tucson Skeptics around and observing us for thou- 
Inc., which calls itself TUSKS. That sands of years, 
organization proclaims that the “The beings are doing a scientific 
purpose of the organization “is to job. They don’t get involved. They 
monitor and (when appropiate) don’t seem to have emotions, as if 
bring to light the acitivities of they are curators at some kind of 
pseudo-scientists and other yahoos zoo," she said, 
here in the Tucson area.” Lorenzen said that people do not 

Forty years ago today, Kenneth like to lqok at it that way because it 
Arnold reported seeing nine shiny, demeans them. "Let’s face it. Most 
pulsating objects flying over the of us have been raised to believe 
Cascade Mountains in Washington that man is the crown of creation, 
as fast as 1,700 mph. Arnold was UFOs prove that actually we are 
the first person to report seeing toward the bottom of the evolution- 
"flying saucers.” ary totem pole,” she said. 

Arnold, a Boise, Idaho, busi- This year’s resurgence of UFO 
nessman, was flying his small air- reports has been sparked by an in¬ 
plane on June 24, 1947, when he crease in alleged UFO abductions, 
saw the objects over Mount Rain- Three publishers have released 
ier moving in a strange, weaving major nonfiction accounts of 
motion. “They seemed to be alive in humans who reportedly were con- 
the center, to have the ability to tacted, abducted or tortured by ex¬ 
change their density. I know that traterrestrials. 
sounds strange,” Arnold said. APRO has been aware for more # ranchhouse, Christiansen said she him about a foot off the ground. 

Soon after Arnold’s report, UFOs than 25 years that UFOs are capa- rw f\Y\ O saw a second object that was very The other crewmen, terrified, 

became a craze and the term “flying ble of abducting people, Lorenzen jljLL JlZjVJAJLCV shiny and gold-colored. It also was sped from the scene in the truck, 

saucer” was created. said. "There is not exactly a danger, — 1 • j stationary and once in a while both After retreating about a quarter- 

In 1948, the Air Force began re- but I think that if people realize that lll^TOT^V glowed simultaneously. mile, the loggers returned to the 

ceiving and evaluating reports of they do exist they would not be quite I'VFJ. j The objects disappeared around clearing and Walton had disap- 

UFOs in a project called Blue so frightened when these beings • -n . • midnight, Christiansen said. peared. 

Book. show up and physically take them,” ClOfVLXH2S Nearly 43 hours after the inci- Five days later, Walton called his 

The Air Force concluded the Lorenzen said. O O dent, Christiansen and a friend sister’s home and said he was in a 



GARY GAYNOR/Tucson Citizen 


Coral Lorenzen, acting preaident of a flying eaucer-investigating group, displayed drawings 
of objects seen by five people In New York. Lorenzen said Interest in UFOs is increasing. 

"Either they are outright fraud light years away. If they did not APRO has fragments from a disk 
or they are some natural phenom- receive our radio waves, then how that blew up over Brazil in 1957, 

ena that we just don’t understand could they know that we exist?,” she said. "It is an ususually pure 

right now, such as ball lightning McGaha asked. sample of magnesium that at the 

or swamp gas." McGaha also wondered why time was very rare, almost unheard 

McGaha said that today’s scien- beings would come all this way and of. Right now, it is being examined 

tific knowledge makes it nearly im- not try to contact leaders or the by a Stanford physicist. They are ai 

possible that extraterrestrials have Nobel Prize winners. “If I was an the point of an incredible break- 

visited the earth. “We are talking alien, I would not try to contact two through.” 

about tremendous resources and fishermen in a boat drinking alco- APRO also is investigating sight- 
tremendous distances.” hoi,” hesaid. ings of wing-shaped objects over 

"We only began sending out Lorenzen predicted that UFO re- Brazil last year and sightings of 
radio waves this century. The searchers soon would make an “in- disk-shaped UFOs over New York 
nearest star that could have de- credible breakthrough” in the hunt City last year, 
tected our radio waves by now is 80 for flying saucer evidence. 


project in a $500,000 scientific 
study led by Edward U. Condon be¬ 
tween 1966 and 1968. The study 
looked at 12,618 sightings reported 
over 22 years. 

The Condon report concluded 
that “no direct evidence whatever 
of a convincing nature for the claim 
that any UFOs represent spacecraft 
visiting earth from another civiliza¬ 
tion.” 

Some UFO experts, though, com¬ 
plained that the purpose of the re¬ 
port seemed to be to discredit as 
many sightings as possible, instead 
of objectively studying each alleged 
sighting. 

In the following 10 years, inter¬ 
est in UFOs declined and the num¬ 
ber of sightings dropped. 

But in 1977, UFOs made a small 
comeback. In November 1977, 
President Jimmy Carter asked the 
National Aeronautics and Space 
Administration to take up where 
the Air Force had left off and inves¬ 
tigate reports of UFOs. Carter re¬ 
ported seeing a UFO in 1973 while 
he was governor of Georgia. 

In 1978, a Gallup Poll revealed 
that 57 percent of Americans be¬ 
lieved that UFOs were real and 9 
percent said they had personally 
seen something they thought was a 
UFO. 

Today, after another 10-year de¬ 
cline, the UFO phenomenon is surg¬ 
ing again. 

"The public interest is definitely 
up,” said Coral Lorenzen, acting 
president of the flying saucer-inves¬ 
tigating group APRO. "We have 
been getting a lot more letters and 
material from all over the world.” 

APRO was founded in 1952 in 
Sturgeon Bay, Wis., by Lorenzen 
and her husband, Jim, and is the 
oldest UFO research organization. 
APRO now is based in Lorenzen’s 
home in Tucson and has 1,100 
members worldwide. 


James McGaha, co-chairman and 
founding fellow of TUSKS, agreed 
that reported UFO abductions are 
something new. "It’s a new phe¬ 
nomenon in the fact that the people 
who say they have been abducted 
really believe that they have been 
abducted. In the past, I think that 
abductions were frauds.” 

McGaha, 40, said he believes the 
abduction phenomena is a psycho¬ 
logical phenomena “in the fact that 
there is no evidence that they were 
abducted. There is no evidence that 
they have been medically examined 
or that probes have been put into 
their brains.” 

TUSKS’ aim is to challenge 
claims that are called scientific but 
lack proof. McGaha said TUSKS has 
nine Tucson “fellows” and a mail¬ 
ing list of 200 people. 

McGaha will be the key speaker 
at “Ufology’s First 40 Years, 
‘Where is the evidence?’,” a free 
talk tonight at 7:30 at the Wilmot 
Branch Public Library, 530 N. Wil¬ 
mot. 

In a recent interview, McGaha 
made it clear that he thinks that it 
is ridiculous to think that UFOs are 
ships from another planet. 

"I do not deny that people see 
things in the sky that they can’t ex¬ 
plain,” McGaha said. "But I think 
you’re taking a big jump when you 
turn the phenomenon you’re wit¬ 
nessing into a spaceship with win¬ 
dows. 

McGaha said the term UFO is a 
misnomer. He prefers calling them 
UAPs — unidentified aerial phe¬ 
nomena. 

Explainable UFOs are usually 
lights in the sky that turn out to be 
weather balloons, vapor trails or 
planets, McGaha said. He said that 
the few cases that are unexplain¬ 
able are due to two things: 


Discs, bright lights, 
abduction claimed 

By J. RANDALL JUE 

Citizen Staff Writer 

Have UFOs visited Arizona? 
Some people think so. 

Internationally respected for its 
astronomy, Arizona also has had its 
share of unidentified flying object 
incidents over the past 40 years. 

• On March 30, 1955, a Tucson 
musician reported seeing a "disk 
machine” about 100 feet in diame¬ 
ter and 25 feet thick while driving 
toward El Paso, Texas. 

He said the vehicle wobbled and 
made electrical humming noises be¬ 
fore it finally fired a beam of brillant 
light at his car, bubbling the paint 
and burning his elbow. 

• In 1962, a Davis-Monthan Air 
Force Base crew reported a brillant 
light descending on a Titan II mis¬ 
sile silo. Two jet interceptors were 
dispatched. 

The light disappeared when the 
jets approached but reappeared 
briefly after the jets departed, the 
pilots said. 

• A 14-year-old boy in 1967 said 
he observed a hovering craft near 
East Speedway Boulevard and 
North Harrison Road. 

Two fairly good-sized swirls were 
found in the sand of a nearby wash 
at the spot where the boy said he 
saw the UFO. There were no foot¬ 
prints nearby or anything else to 
show that it was a hoax. 

• On Aug. 26,1968, Pearl Chris¬ 
tiansen of Gleeson reported seeing 
a UFO near Brown’s Peak at Sierra 
Vista. 

While driving home, Christian¬ 
sen said she saw a huge silver cir¬ 
cular object on the south side of the 
peak. When she arrived at her 


went up to Brown’s Peak. Both no¬ 
ticed a "queer, acid-like” aroma 
when they arrived at the top. 

“Rocks on the peak also were hot 
— a terrific heat. You couldn’t hold 
your hands on them. It was like a 
hot iron," Christiansen said. 

The Tucson Citizen reporter who 
covered the incident in 1968 wrote 
that “cactus plants (at the site) were 
badly charred at their bases, but not 
burned at the top. A direct row of 
four plants — measuring about 40 
feet in length — appeared to have 
been hit by a flame thrower. Still, a 
plant near the fourth one hardly 
was singed.” 

The Tucson-based Aerial Phe¬ 
nomena Research Organization 
concluded that Christiansen proba¬ 
bly did see some kind of UFO. 

• The most famous UFO abduc¬ 
tion case in Arizona occurred in 
1975. 

Travis Walton, according to re¬ 
ports filed with the Navajo County 
Sheriffs Department, was tran¬ 
sported aboard an unidentified fly¬ 
ing object near Heber in November 
1975 and spent five days as the 
guest/prisoner of seven beings. 

Walton and six other loggers had 
spent the day thinning trees with 
chainsaws in the Apache-Sit- 
greaves National Forest and were 
on their way home when they no¬ 
ticed a yellowish glow through a 
growth of pine trees. As they ap¬ 
proached a clearing, the loggers 
later told investigators that they 
were stunned to see a glowing ob¬ 
ject hoverine 15 to 20 feet above a 
pile of tree trimmings. 

Walton jumped out of the truck 
and began walking toward the ob¬ 
ject. 

The loggers said that a beeping 
noise came from the glowing object 
and then a narrow ray of intense, 
greenish-blue light came from the 
object and struck Walton, lifting 


telephone booth at a Heber service 
station. Walton’s brother and 
brother-in-law found him slumped 
in the telephone booth. 

Walton told his family that the 
light beam that hit him knocked him 
unconcious. He awoke to find him¬ 
self lying on a table in a room with 
an apparatus of some sort resting on 
his lower chest. 

Standing over him were three 
hairless beings, all about 5 feet tall, 
with large eyes and small noses, 
mouths and ears. They were 
dressed in loose-fitting coveralls of 
an orange-tan color. 

Scared, Walton said he hit one of 
the beings with the back of his arm. 
The beings decided against further 
confrontation and left. 

Walton said he went out the door 
and found a second room. In that 
room, he experimented with a chair 
with a lever built into the left arm 
and series of push-buttons and a 
screen on the right arm. 

Walton said later, three more 
human-appearing beings dressed in 
light blue clothing placed an object 
resembling an oxygen mask over 
his face and he lost consciousness. 

He awoke on a hard surface and 
looked up to see a disc-shaped ob¬ 
ject rising into the sky above him. 
The hard surface was a road outside 
of Heber. 

Five of the six loggers who were 
with Walton the night he disap¬ 
peared passed a polygraph test that 
concluded that they did see some 
object that they believed to be a 
UFO. 

In this case, APRO concluded 
that Walton was telling the truth. 
But many experts, including the 
editor of Aviation Week and Space 
Technology believed that the Wal¬ 
ton abduction was a hoax. 

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GAZETTE, Gastonia, NC - June 23, 1987 CR: G. Fawcett 


CITIZEN, Tucson, AZ 
- June 24, 1987) 

• The most recent major UFO 
sighting in the Tucson area oc¬ 
curred the night of Oct. 7,1985. 

Federal Aviation Administration 
radar operators at Tucson Interna¬ 
tional Airport that night reported 
tracking about 15 groups of air¬ 
craft, at least 60 in all, as they flew 
from the Avra Valley area in the 
southwest, across the city, and out 
through Redington Pass northeast 
of Tucson. 

The UFOs also were seen by vari¬ 
ous residents across the city. One 
witness said that one big UFO 
slowly flew about 500 feet over her 
head. She said it was cigar-shaped, 
had a light on each side, and had a 
fuselage like an Army transport 
plane. 

Officials at Davis-Monthan Air 
Force Base and at other military 
installations in Arizona have said 
that no military exercises were 
under way during the aerial dis- 
play. 

To this day, no one has been able 
to explain what the objects were or 
where they came from. 


‘International UFO Symposium’ 


presumably for evaluation and safekeep¬ 
ing. 


(Parti of3) 

JUNE 26-28 in Washington, D C, there 
is going to be an “International UFO 
Symposium.” 

Speakers will include scientists and 
others from over the world, many of 
whom have made “flying saucers" a hob¬ 
by, some of whom have made it a 
business. 

The Freedom of Information Act has 
made available to all of us enough in¬ 
formation so that we now know we were 
lied to by some government agencies dur¬ 
ing the 1940s and 1950s when “uniden¬ 
tified flying objects" seemed 
everywhere. 

We were told that there were "no of¬ 
ficial investigations" of certain specific 
situations when, in fact, there were. 

The whole subject is certain to return to 
the news late next week as symposium 
speakers are quoted worldwide. 

I have always treated this subject with 
respect. I was well acquainted with Dr. 
Allen Hynek and his "Center for UFO 
Studies” at Northwestern University. I 
shared both his enthusiasm and his skep¬ 
ticism. 

Recently I have seen a document which 
purports to be an Air Force briefing on 


PAUL 

HARVEY 


Syndicated Columnist 


the subject which was presented to Gen. 
Dwight Eisenhower while he was a can¬ 
didate for President. 

The authentic-appearing document — if 
valid — tends to confirm that something 
did crash near Roswell, N.M., in July 
1947. 

OUR AIR FORCE was first on the 
scene. Witnesses said a “spaceship” had 
crashed “with three or more people 
aboard." 

The initial Air Force report from the 
site referred to “a flying disc” but within 
24 hours they relabeled it “a weather 
device.” 

Whatever it was, any debris was sent to 
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, 


Pragmatically, several things have 
bothered me about the Roswell reports. 
For one thing, how could any bodies from 
another galaxy be smart enough to come 
visit us and yet not smart enough to make 
a safe landing when they got here? 

Also, we have so many blabbermouths 
in the bureaucracy and in the Congress, I 
could not imagine — if there is a valid 
“flying saucer story” to tell — why no 
“deep throat” clandestine source has 
come forward. 

When I publicly mentioned my skep¬ 
ticism, I was offered contact with one 
such source. With his face in shadow and 
his voice rendered unrecognizable, this 
witness — presumably still in our govern¬ 
ment — gave me an hour-long description 
of what he said he had seen and heard. 

But he delivered to me nothing tangi¬ 
ble, nothing I could show you. When I say 
“tangible” I mean parts of spacecraft, 
space people, space anything and official 
documents. All I got was words. Then I 
decided to seek elsewhere for worthy 
evidence. 

We will pursue that search together 
during our next visit. 



DISPATCH, Columbus, OH - June 15, 1987 


UFO followers 
watch and wait 


By Lee Stratton 

Ditpatch Staff Reporter 

When thousands of people 
have seen the light, why is the 
government keeping us in the 
dark? 

That is the question UFO 
believers are pondering as the 
40th anniversary approaches of 
the first modern-day sighting of 
an unidentified flying object. 

On June 24, 1947, private 
pilot Kenneth Arnold reported 
that he saw several saucer- 
shaped objects zip past Mt. 
Rainier near Seattle. Since his 
account, thousands more have 
followed. 

SKEPTICS DISCOUNT the 
sightings as hoaxes, airplanes, 
helicopters and even swamp 
gas. Some of the reports, how¬ 
ever, have come from profes¬ 
sional and military pilots. 

The Air Force has aban¬ 
doned “Project Blue Book,” a 
study of UFO reports, without 
drawing any conclusions about 
the existence of flying saucers. 

UFO fans remain convinced 
that space creatures buzz Earth. 
The believers have graduated 
from reporting lights and 
saucers in the sky to tales of 
kidnappings by aliens and the 
contention that the government 
is hiding proof of alien visits. 

“I have information that the 
CIA believes there are four 
Earth-based colonies which are 
thousands of years old,” said 
Donald Jernigan, founder of the 
Phenomena Investigation Com¬ 
mittee. One colony is believed to 
be near Point Pleasant, W.Va., 
said Jernigan, a Central Ohio 
Transit Authority bus driver. 

“London, Ohio, as well as 
West Jefferson, seems to be a 
hot spot for sightings,” he said. 
In 1980 and 1981 many sightings 
were made near those Madison 
County communities. 

Jernigan has photographs of 
streaks of light in a black night 
sky. He said they were taken 
near London. He told also of a 
small, mysterious building that 
was put up overnight and filled 
with computer equipment, near 
where the lights appeared on 
several occasions. 

TWO MEN, wearing Ameri¬ 
can .Electric Power Co. hard 
hats, reportedly told members 


of Jernigan’s group the place 
was a weather station. 

“Why would AEP be moni¬ 
toring the weather?” he asked. 
“My source of information said 
it was the CIA.” 

Since 1947, there have been 
140,000 to 180,000 sightings 
worldwide. Some are not valid. 
But many could not be ex¬ 
plained, Jernigan said. 

Several stories of the recov¬ 
ery of crashed spacecraft and 
alien bodies circulate through 
the UFO grapevine. 

Jernigan said several sau¬ 
cer-shaped craft were spotted 
on the ground by people climb¬ 
ing Mt. Shasta in northern Cali¬ 
fornia in the 1960s and 1970s. 
The craft were being hidden and 
protected by U.S. troops, he 
said. 

“Mt. Shasta is a landing base 
for their mother ships,” Jerni¬ 
gan said. “Our government has 
made friendly contact with 
them and is allowing them to 
use it as a landing base.” 

THIRTY COUNTRIES ad¬ 
mit UFOs are real, he said. The 
Soviet Union and the United 
States do not. Jernigan con¬ 
tends the two superpowers are 
racing to learn the aliens' ad¬ 
vanced technologies and to gain 
them as allies. 

‘They can run rings around 
our fastest planes,” Jernigan 
said. “Being thousands of years 
older, the aliens might contra¬ 
dict what the Bible says about 
our origins. That would be rea¬ 
son alone for keeping it quiet.” 

He believes the government 
eventually will admit the exis¬ 
tence of visitors from other 
planets. ‘They are going to do it 
very slowly,” he said. “They will 
spoon-feed the public.” 

For instance, the govern¬ 
ment may be influencing pro¬ 
ducers of such movies as E.T. to 
portray aliens as friendly in¬ 
stead of wanting to devour us 
and take over our planet, Jerni¬ 
gan said. He said aliens proba¬ 
bly are reluctant to reveal their 
presence after observing our 
wars and bigotry. 

“Man’s basic problem is not 
accepting things that are 
strange to us,” he said. ‘The 
aliens would think, ‘If they treat 
their fellow man like that, what 
would they do to us?' ” 



Dispatch photo by Kate Rhodenbaugh 


Donald Jernigan keeps tabs on UFO reports. 


4 



J; Tales from Alien Abductions Anonymous 


<u INTRUDERS 

^ By Budd Hopkins (Random House, 
^ $17.95) 


x COMMUNION 

H By Whitiey Stneber (Morrow, $17.95) 


LIGHT YEARS 

By Gary Kinder (Atlantic Monthly Press, 
$18.95) 


By Diana Morgan 

Whitley Strieber compares him¬ 
self to a rape victim. In December 
1985. he claims in Communion, he 
was abducted from his log cabin in 
upstate New York by tiny non¬ 
humans with bald heads and holes 
for eyes. He lay paralyzed on an ex¬ 
traterrestrial examining table 
while these beings, whom he refers 
to as "The Visitors,” conducted a 
hideous form of interspecies medi¬ 
cal research. 

Strieber, heretofore the author 
of fantasy novels, tells the "true 
story" of Communion in a confid¬ 
ing. colloquial tone. He's not sure 
he isn't suffering from some weird 
hallucination and in order to make 
sense of it and save his sanity and 
fraying family life, he turns to psy¬ 
chiatrists, CAT scans, polygraph 
tests, and Budd Hopkins, a neigh¬ 
borhood alien buster. With the aid 
of hypnosis, he eventually is able to 
recount an entire series of abduc¬ 
tions dating from when he was 12. 

He relives years of terror, visi¬ 
tors haunting his infant son, 
ghostly invaders conducting psy¬ 
chological tests and touching a 
wand to his head to call up apoca¬ 
lyptic visions. Communion be¬ 
comes. he says, a "chronicle not 
only of my discovery of a visitor's 
presence in the world but also some 
of how I have learned to fear them 
less." 

Taking the place of his fear is a 
strange sense of mystical union 
with his abductors During one en¬ 
counter the aliens etch on his arm 
two small triangles, which he sees 
as universal symbols of bodily and 
spiritual wholeness. It could be, he 
says, that the aliens are using the 
triangles as a symbol of "shared 
aim, which is the continuation of 
life and the search for wisdom." 
This sounds a bit like paperback 
spiritualism. If Strieber was sane 
before his run-in with the extrater¬ 
restrials, his struggle to find in it 
an opportunity for greater spiritual 
growth and self-understanding 
seems to have sent him completely 
around the bend. 

Much more practical-minded is 
Budd Hopkins, one of the experts 
contacted by Strieber in the course 
of his investigation. Hopkins is a 
New York painter and sculptor who 
since 1964 has been tracking alien 
encounters and has interviewed 
more than 100 people who claim to 
have been abducted by them. 
Strieber met a group of these people 
in Hopkins’ living room at a sort of 
Alien Abductions Anonymous gath¬ 
ering. 

Where Strieber’s account is fast- 
paced and vivid, embellished by his 
spiritual musings and slightly 
wacky personality (when he tells 
his wife he's been flying around the 
room, her response is likely to be 
along the lines of "That’s nice 
dear,") Hopkins' tone in Intruders 



This photo of a “beam ship” 
was taken March 29, 1976, 
outside a Swiss village by a 
man who claims a series of 
abductions by aliens. 

is prosaic and clinical. The story of 
"Kathy Davis,” who lives with her 
parents and two little boys in a 
stone house somewhere outside In¬ 
dianapolis, is especially important, 
says Hopkins, for the concrete evi¬ 
dence it offers. It appears there are 
burn marks on the lawn left by a 
UFO during takeoff, idential surgi¬ 
cal scars on Kathy and her mother, 
and collaborating accounts given 
by family and neighbors. 

Her history, revealed through 
hypnosis, is interspersed with re¬ 
ports from psychiatrists, psycholo¬ 
gists, and obstetricians, and with 
case studies of a dozen other people 
who claim to have been abducted. 
But the most bizarre descriptions, 
make-believe or not, are of human 
breeding experiments. Ova and 
sperm are sucked from women and 
men prostrated on spaceship opera¬ 
ting tables; Kathy and three other 
victims tell of being knocked out 
and artificially inseminated by 
what we are to suppose is alien 
sperm The pregnancies inexplica¬ 
bly disappear during the second 
month, perhaps because the fetuses 
are stolen away by the ghostly 
breeders. 

Kathy later is introduced to her 
half-breed daughter, a tiny 5-year- 
old with blue eyes and hair like 
white cotton. Three years later, in a 
“dream,” Kathy visits the ship 
again, this tune to cuddle one of 
eight more genetic hybrids. The 
case grows curiouser and curi- 
ouser, and one of the fathers of the 
children asks her to give names to 
all nine. Hopkins conjectures that 
the alien race is dying and needs a 
transfusion of red-blooded Earth¬ 
ling genes. 

It is. in a sense, impossible to 
judge books like these. Either 
you’re willing to consider the possi¬ 
bility of aliens touching down in 
the neighbor’s backyard or you roll 
your eyes and shut the book. 
Strieber’s saving grace is that to the 
end he is not a confirmed believer. 
But he knows that something terri¬ 
fyingly peculiar happened to him 
and he'd like to make sense of it. 
Hopkins is far less tentative in his 
claims, but like Strieber he pleads 
for more research. 

Far easier to set aside is Gary 
Kinder’s Light Years, the tale of 
Eduard Meier, a one-armed Swiss 
who claims a series of abductions. 
Meier returns from jaunts in the 


woods near his village with photo¬ 
graphs of an alien "beam ship" and 
pieces of its metal and tells of being 
teleported to and from the craft by 
aliens who break down and reas¬ 
semble his molecular structure. 
Kinder recounts this and an inves¬ 
tigation into Meier’s story by piec¬ 
ing together secondhand reports 
and village talk. A couple of times 
Kinder interviews witnesses. The 
result is an awkwardly written — 
and as it appears here — implausi¬ 
ble narrative. 

On one level, the accuracy of 
these accounts is beside the point. 
Both Hopkins and Strieber are spin¬ 
ning tales that will keep readers 
turning the pages as fixedly as any 
Stephen King thriller could. They 


are fascinating in the same way 
newspaper accounts of hijackings 
or shopping mall gunnings are. We 
don’t really believe they could be 
true, but we nonetheless read on in 
horror. Of course, the truth is that 
deranged individuals do go on kill¬ 
ing rampages. And the aliens? 
That's for you to decide. 

Diana Morgan is a Washington, 
D.C., free-lance writer specializing 
in science. 


UFO sightings puzzle 
cops in Waunakee 


K By SHARON D. PITMAN 
° CvUUmSMWWs 

WAUNAKEE — When police offl- 
“ cere Kevin Plendl and Scott Me Elroy 
— went to the home of a Waunakee 
- woman who reported seeing red and 

2 blue lights in the sky early this morn- 
x ing, they were sure they’d be able to 
>—i explain it quite easily. 

►—) 

When they arrived shortly before 2 
1 a.m. It seemed as If things were going 
g to be even easier. The lights “weren't 
there when we got there." Plendl said 
c in a telephone interview today, 
o 

« The woman, who lives on Division 
5 Street in Waunakee, told the officers 
^3 she had watched the lights for about 
an hour before notifying authorities. 
c/T The two Waunakee officers were not 
g convinced. 

m The officers, however, began 
H watching the spot where the woman 
^ had sighted the object and after a 
H moment saw what Plendl described 
E as a one-half to one-quarter moon- 

3 shaped object with red and blue 
lights “It went from not being there,” 
Plendl explained, and then, before his 
eyes, simply “popped into” the sky. 

Plendl said the object was very 
bright at times, but periodically 
dulled. It also shifted in the sky from 
north to south, the officer said. 

“I'm not sure what we were looking 
at,” Plendl said, but he and McElroy 
watched it for 15 to 20 minutes before 
agreeing to move their vantage point 
to River Road, about three miles east 


of the village. 

As Plendl looked at the object 
through a pair of binoculars he “saw 
something come flying off it. It went 
at a tremendous speed." 

The Waunakee officer said he fol¬ 
lowed the piece that broke off the ob¬ 
ject with the binoculars but eventu¬ 
ally lost sight of it 

When be and McElroy left the area, 
the original object they had seen in 
the sky remained. 

Authorities are investigating the 
possibility the light might have come 
from a burner on a hot-air balloon. 

Sheriffs Department dispatcher 
Kent Kruger said Dave Bier of Morri- 
sonville saw a red and blue hot-air 
balloon land in the same vicinity 
about 5:30 a.m. 

However, Bier said he was not able 
to talk with the balloonists or to get 
the license plate number of their 
pickup vehicle before they packed up 
and left 

Plendl said the incident left him 
“surprised and speechless. . . . I don't 
know if there is a logical explanation 
for it or not, but we didn't have one.” 

UFOs were sighted Jan. 1* when a 
Belleville police officer and a civilian 
ride-along spotted a strange bright 
light in the sky west of Belleville. The 
object was described as being a 
clump of red, blue and white lights. 

On that occasion, the lights were 
also spotted by a Dane County depu¬ 
ty, as well as two Green County offi¬ 
cers. 


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What Was Soaring Over Citra? 
UFO Group May Investigate 


By LAURA KNIGHT 
Staff Writer 

A no-noise unidentified flying object seen in north Marion 
County Wednesday night, described as about the size of a 
sedan and with no wings, may be checked out by the Mufon 
UFO Network, which investigates such sightings. 

Witnesses, including a sheriff’s deputy, said the UFO had 
headlights and one red light and one blue or green light on 
its front. 

Allison Zaleski, a Mufon spokeswoman, said a decision on 
the investigation will be made today. She said witnesses 
may be interviewed by the organization. 

“‘People have asked me if I thought it was operated by re¬ 
mote, and I’ve said no,” Citra resident Stephanie James 
said. She said the object turned and moved toward her as 


she sat in her car with three children and her sister on Pine 
Church Road. She said they watched it for about 10 minutes 
before they decided to leave because it got too close. 

“We had never believed in (UFOs),” Mrs. James said. 
“The kids said it was a plane, but no, we had seen planes 
before.” 

Mrs. James said the object was about one-half mile to a 
quarter of a mile from the car when they first noticed it. 
They drove to railroad tracks so they could see more clearly 
and stopped at the side of the road. The object, moving just 
above the power lines, moved slowly toward them. Mrs. 
James said they decided to leave when it got about 50 feet 
from them. 

The object was silent and had wheels on the back of it. She 


said the wheels were about the 
size of a car’s. 

Deputy Jay Manifold said he saw 
the UFO “for only a few seconds.” 
He said it was moving faster than a 
car, about 30 feet above the ground. 

“It was about the size of my car,” 
Manifold said. He watched the 
object fly over the county line into 
Alachua County, where he said, of¬ 
ficials had told the Marion sheriff’s 
communications center that no 
UFOs had been reported. 

Manifold suggested the object 
may have been a military helicop¬ 
ter. He said all boats and planes he 
has seen have had the red and 
green lights that this object dis¬ 
played. He said one of its two 
headlights was aimed forward and 
one was aimed down to the ground. 

Two witnesses saw the object 
hover, and then fly over them. They 
said they did not think it was re¬ 
mote controlled, because it had 
paused in the air and then moved 
on. 

The sheriff’s department con¬ 
tacted military authorities and the 
electrical and railroad companies 
to verify that nothing like the UFO 
was in operation at the time, ac¬ 
cording to department spokesman 
Sgt. Ken Ergle. 

“Basically all I can say,” Mani¬ 
fold said, “is that, yes, they did see 
it and no, I don’t know what it was.” 

No sightings were reported 
Thursday night. 


5 



TIMES, Seattle, WA - June 14, 1987 

UFO™, 

40 years after the Mount Rainier sighting, 
interest in flying saucers is still sky-high 


by Bill Dietrich 

Times staff reporter 



orty years ago this month, a 
Civil Air Patrol pilot named 
Kenneth Arnold spotted 
something near Mount Rai¬ 
nier that produced the most 
enduring, baffling and popu¬ 
lar controversy of the 20th century. 

a Arnold was searching for a mili¬ 
tary plane that had crashed on Mount 
Rainier. On June 24, 1947, he reported 
a flight of nine bright, crescent-shaped 
objects flying in formation from 
Mount Rainier toward Mount Adams. 
Timing their flight between the two 
peaks, he estimated their pace at 
more than twice the speed of sound, 
despite the fact no known pilot had yet broken that 
barrier. 

Two days later, reporters met Arnold at the 
Pendleton, Ore., airport and heard him describe the line 
of objects undulating like a kite tail as they flew, like "a 
saucer skipping across the water.” 

Thus the term "flying saucer” was bom, and the 
popular image of unidentified flying objects instantly 
shifted in the public mind from the boomerang-shaped 
craft Arnold described to that of the now-so-familiar 
round discs. After wire services sent Arnold’s report 
around the globe, there were 856 UFO sightings in the 
next two months. UFO speculation has accelerated again 
this spring with publication of three best-sellers about 
the phenomenon. 

Arnold’s sighting was not the first report of UFOs. 
There are historical and biblical accounts of strange 
objects in the sky. World War II pilots reported 


mysterious lights they labeled “foo fighters” and 
believed were a Nazi secret weapon. The Army Air 
Force dismissed the lights as ball lightning, or 
hallucinations produced by fatigue. 

So it was left to Arnold to touch off "uforia,” the 
wave of public sightings and speculation that has 
fascinated the media and inspired Hollywood. In March, 
a Gallup Poll reported that 9 percent of those surveyed 
had seen a UFO, and 49 percent believed UFOs to be 
real. 

Such persistent public interest has in turn led to 
"ufology,” the frustratingly imprecise field of UFO 
research where systematic seriousness has been under¬ 
minded by quacks and crazies. 

Today, Seattle is home to at least three major UFO- 
reporting organizations. In 1982 Dale Goudie, a free¬ 
lance television commercial producer, began the UFO 
Information Service International and its companion, 
CUFON, a computer data bank of UFO evidence. A self- 
described skeptic looking for hard evidence, he special¬ 
izes in Freedom of Information Act requests for 
government documents on UFOs. 

Robert Gribble runs the National UFO Reporting 
Center full time. Since 1974 the center has collected 1,000 
to 1,500 UFO reports per year from around the United 
States. 

And Aileen Edwards, a Boeing secretary, heads the 
UFO Contact Center International, which started in 1981 
and now has 22 branch offices collecting reports from 
people who claim they have been abducted by aliens. 

A fourth Puget Sound-area group is Tacoma’s New 
Age Foundation, which was created by longtime Tacoma 
UFO enthusiast Wayne Aho and for a quarter century 
has held annual gatherings near Mount Rainier. On June 


VOICE GRAPHIC, South Milwaukee, WI - Aug. 13, 1987 CR: L. Whitehurst 

Weekly Opinion Survey 


It’s up in the sky: Is it or isn’t it? 


This week’s question: There have been recent 
reports of UFO sightings in Wisconsin. Do you 
believe they exist? 

The replies: 

Yes 49% 

No 38% 

No opinion 13% 

Commentary: Do they or don’t they? Does anyone 

really know if UFOs exist or whether they are the 

figment of a lot of imaginations. Some people think they 
are real because their great-aunt has actually seen one. 
Others say yes because the government says no and they 
don’t believe a word the government says. 'Hien there 
are those who chose to believe the authorities, or 
something inside themselves, and refuse to accept the 
possibility. So the cat and mouse game continues and no 
one will know for sure until they come out of the sky and 
appear on the evening news (if they are really up there, 
that is). But for many, that will probably be just another 
media hoax, right? 

Sample comments from those who approved: “We 
could not exist without someone else in the universe. 1 
think it is possible they exist.* Tm reading a hook that 
is about UFOs. It is auppoeed to be true. I don’t have 
anything to back this.* “I’ve been reading up on this 
quite a bit. Yes, I do. This is a strange world we’re living 
in. Anything is possible in this world.” “Sure, they have 
been documented and everything." “With the millions of 
stars there must be another planet somewhere." ‘There 
has been data that has been substantiated. I think it is 
possible." “I don’t know why not. If we can go the moon, 
why can’t someone be spooking around here?" “Yes, I 
don’t believe we are the only people on the universe." 
“Yes. I do. You’d be pretty naive if you thought there was 
nothing else in the universe." “Yes, there is something. 
They just haven’t been identified." “There are too many 


people seeing those things that can’t be explained. Yes, I 
think they exist." “This is too small a world to have 
intelligent life only on this planet." There seems to be 
high officials, policemen and intelligent people that see 
them. I don’t know. There just seems to be life out 
there." “Yes, with space going on and on and on and all 
the stars, there has to be planets where there are people 
who probably come to visit from time to time." 

The opposing viewpoints: “Basically, no, but anything 
can happen but basically, no." “No, I think it has 
something to do with the stare." “No, I don’t believe in 
stuff like that." “No, because I’ve never seen one." “I 
have taken classes in astrology. I do not think anyone 
can come from another planet because of the distance 
involved." “I do not believe they exist. I think this is all 
in their imagination." "No, but there is something. I 
think the government is doing it." “No, there are just 
certain types of people that see them. I think they are a 
reflection of gases in swamps." 

From those undecided: “I have a friend who says he 
has seen them twice. I don’t know. If there is, it sure will 
knock hell out of religion." “I don’t have any reason to 
believe in them and I don’t have any reason not to 
believe in them." 

Surwy (fctsila: 115 peraona wart contacted by phoning random aaaa- 
metiona of raaidancaa throughout tha aouth and aouthwaat auburban 
areas. Thi« column’• purpoaa is to provids an a regular Urn an 
opportunity for a substantial number at local r a ai da n ta to aaptaaa 
opinions on s arid# range of suhjscts. Accordingly, so attempt is mads to 
use scientific methods in selecting participants. Rasuha should be 
viewed with theos factors in mind. 


26-28, the foundation will hold a 
New Age convention at Pierce 
College, near Steilacoom, to com¬ 
memorate Arnold’s sighting. Aho. 
70, predicts that ”1987 will be the 
breakthrough year" in public ac¬ 
ceptance of UFOs and New Age 
beliefs. 

Interest in UFOs has surged 
again. First there was the Nov. 17, 
1986. sighting of a giant, walnut¬ 
shaped UFO over Alaska by Japan 
Air Lines pilot Kenju Terauchi, 47. 
Terauchi’s credibility as a Boeing 
747 pilot with 19 years’ experience 
guaranteed his story enormous 
media attention, although skeptics 
have theorized he actually was 
looking at reflected Eskimo village 
lights and the planet Jupiter. 

More down-to-earth, Dreyer’s 
Ice Cream has recently used 72- 
yearold Ida Kannenberg of Hills¬ 
boro. Ore., as an "unbelievable 
spokesman for an unbelievable 
product.” Kannenberg said she 
was abducted for 40 minutes by a 
UFO in the California desert in 
1940. and since 1977 has been in 
telepathic communication with the 
aliens. 

Seattle itself is home to several 
people who claim to have been 
abducted by UFOs but are reluc¬ 
tant to go public. 

But it is publication this spring 
of three best-selling UFO books 
that has been most responsible for 
rekindling interest. 

"Communion,” by best-selling 
novelist Whitley Strieber of New 
York (“The Wolfen,” “The Hun¬ 
ger,” "Warday”) is purported to 
be a true account of Strieber’s 
abduction and medical examina¬ 
tion by aliens. The best-written of 
the three, "Communion” drew a $1 
million advance for the author. By 
late May it had sold 225,000 hard¬ 
back copies and was being snapped 
up at a rate of 25,000 to 30,000 
copies a week. 


“Intruders,” by artist and UFO 
investigator Budd Hopkins of Long 
Island, asserts that what happened 
to Strieber has happened to hun¬ 
dreds or even thousands of Ameri¬ 
cans. After interviewing women 
who claimed under hypnosis that 
their fetuses were stolen, Hopkins 
theorizes that short, humanoid 
aliens are con¬ 
ducting genetic 
experiments to 
create a half- 
breed race, for 
reasons unknown. 

•'Light 
Years," by Idaho 
author and attor¬ 
ney Gary Kinder 
(•'Victims"), re¬ 
examines the 
case of Eduard 
Meier, a one- 
armed Swiss 
farmer with a 
grade-school edu- 
cation who 
claimed in the 
1970s to have vis¬ 
ited with human 
visitors from the 
Pleiades. 



Giving all 
three books more 
believability is 
the authors' re¬ 
quests not for ac¬ 
ceptance, but in¬ 
vestigation. 

Strieber’s tone is one of bewil¬ 
derment. When interviewed, he 
asserted he had futher contact 
with the creatures in 1986 after the 
book, was written, though none 
since it was published. He made no 
claim that the creatures he en¬ 
countered were from outer space, 
or even physically real. 

•'What happened to me in 1986 
has thrown into a cocked hat all 
my ideas about the relationship of 
the physical world and the spiritual 
world," he said. "I have no idea 
where they came from or what 
they are. I don’t know what 
happened to me. Neither believers 
or non-believers like that." 

But Strieber recently passed a 
lie-detector test administered by 
the British Broadcasting Service, 
and said he has received 800 to 900 
accounts of similar experiences 
from readers. 

Hopkins, who has also been 
deluged with new cases since 
publication of his book, wants 
scientific investigation of the ab¬ 
duction phenomenon. “I’m the first 
one to admit how outrageous this 
material is to accept,” he said 
from his art studio. “I want other 
(continued on page 7) 


... creatures 
that resemble 
“a big bug.” 




Space visitors? Read the arguments 


Here are some of the key arguments for and against the existence 
of extraterrestrial visitors to Earth: 

PRO 

■ There have been at least 60,000 reported sightings of UFOs in 
the United States alone — by pilots, astronomers, radar operators, 
astronauts, even Jimmy Carter. Can all these people be wrong, or 
lying? 

■ Astronomers estimate there are 100 to 300 billion stars in our 
galaxy, and as many as 100 billion galaxies. With so many potential 
solar systems, isn’t it likely superior civilizations have arisen 
elsewhere? 

■ Although some believe biblical and historical passages refer to 
UFOs, there has been a sharp increase in sightings since radio and 
television transmissions (which escape into outer space) and atomic 
explosions. Isn’t such technological development a logical explanation 
of why aliens would suddenly show an interest? 

■ Although there are numerous differences, there is also a certain 
consistency to many UFO reports: silent, wingless craft doing 
astonishing maneuvers, driven by short, humanoid occupants. People 
claiming to have been abducted and examined by UFO occupants also 
tell similar tales. 

■ The U.S. government has still not released all the documents 
compiled on UFOs, despite Freedom of Information Act requests. 
Doesn’t that suggest a cover-up? 


CON 

■ Even UFO organizations admit at least 90 percent of all 
sightings have been found to have a prosaic explanation — aircraft, 
balloons, planets, ball lightning. Experienced pilots have mistaken 
Venus or Jupiter, under certain atmospheric conditions, for UFOs. So, 
reportedly, did Jimmy Carter. 

Although the number of potential solar systems is immense, the 
distances between them are huge. If Einstein is right and nothing can 
travel faster than the speed of light, the number of stars within 
feasible commuting distance of Earth drops to a handful. 

■ Isn’t it suspicious that UFO sightings accelerated with the 
number of human aircraft in the sky, the popularity of science fiction, 
mass communications that make us all familiar with UFO stories, and 
Cold War paranoia caused by the atomic bomb? 

■ There are remarkable inconsistencies about the size, shape, 
appearance and behavior of alleged “flying saucers,’’ which range 
from discs to triangles to spheres to cigar shapes. Moreover, the 
described occupants are usually human or humanoid, oxygen¬ 
breathing, and communicate by word or telepathically in English. 
How likely is that? Finally, if they just want to say hello, why use 
spaceships at all — why not use radio signals that travel at the speed 
of light? 

■ After 40 years of alleged UFO visitation, there is not a single 
incontestable photograph, alien artifact, message or scientific 
investigation that offers undeniable proof of UFO visits. 


Writer describes his abduction by aliens 


(continued from page 6 

- TIMES, Seattle, WA 
- June 14, 1987) 

people, scientists, to do this investi¬ 
gation.” 

Kinder’s conclusion in his ac¬ 
count is "that the truth of the 
Meier contacts will never be 
known.” He told The Times that 
investigating UFO reports is “like 
quicksand." 

“It’s a frustrating field," 
Kinder said. "It's elusive. I em¬ 
pathize with scientists who say 
they will have nothing to do with 
it." Yet, argues Kinder, “Anyone 
who looks at these (released gov¬ 
ernment documents on UFO stud¬ 
ies) can't come away and say 
there are no such things as UFOs. 
The problem is defining UFOs. 
Most people think of UFOs and 
flying saucers as synonymous, 
when they’re not. Something is 
flying in the atmosphere that 
scientists can’t explain. There are 
too many credible people seeing 
incredible things." 

Hogwash, says Philip Klass of 
Washington, D.C., a retired editor 
of Aviation Week and Space Tech¬ 
nology. He is the author of three 
skeptical books and has become 
the nation's leading debunker of 
UFOs.) 

Klass recently offered $10,000 
to any UFO abduction case that 
the FBI can confirm, while adding 
a warning that there is a potential 
$10,000 fine and five-year prison 
sentence for falsely reporting kid¬ 
nappings. 

“I put my money where my 
mouth is,” said Klass. “In 20 years 
we have never had a (UFO) case 
that could not be explained in 
prosaic terms.” He noted his own 
former employer has been dubbed 
"Aviation Leak” for its success in 
obtaining secret material about 
new airplanes. None of his military 
contacts, Klass said, has ever 
hinted he is wrong to be skeptical 
about UFOs. "Washington is a city 
that is like a sieve," he said. 
"There is just no UFO secret." 

Klass pointed to the three best¬ 
sellers as an example of the 
problem. Kinder’s aliens are bene¬ 
volent human emissaries, Hopkins’ 
dwarfish humanoids are conduct¬ 
ing genetic experiments, and 
Strieber's are baffling, dreamlike 
humanoid creatures that in some 
cases resemble "a big bug." 

“They’re as identical or similar 
as I am to a lizard," said Klass. 
Can all three accounts be accu¬ 
rate? And if at least one is a hoax, 
who is to say all aren’t? he asked. 

It is Klass who has attacked 
the account of the Alaskan UFO 
given by the JAL pilot, Terauchi. 
Klass points out that the walnut¬ 
shaped UFO was not seen by the 
other 747 crew members. It did not 
show up at all on a second ground 
radar used for a confirming check. 
It was not seen by a nearby United 
jet and Air Force cargo plane, 
which searched. The UFO could 
have been the combination of 
village lights reflecting off ice 
crystals in clouds, along with 
Jupiter, he theorized. 

Klass has similarly dissected 
other famous sightings in articles 
and books such as "UFOs: The 
Public Deceived." Believers retort 
that his explanations frequently 
seem more far-fetched than the 
concept of alien spaceships. 

The scientific community has 
neatly sidestepped the controversy 
by concentrating its search for 
extraterrestrial life on space 
probes and radio telescopes that 
search for radio signals from alien 
civilizations. 

The media have been delighted 
to print UFO stories. But, aware of 
the conflicting claims and arguable 
evidence, it has been reluctant to 
spend much time investigating the 
phenomena in de¬ 
tail. 

The govern¬ 
ment, depending 
on whom one be- 
lieves, either 
tried to document 
UFOs for decades 
and gave up in 
1969, or continues 
to compile UFO 
evidence through 
secret investiga¬ 
tions. 

Some findings 
have been pub¬ 
lished. The CIA’s 
1953 Robertson 
Panel concluded 
that UFOs 


by Bill Dietrich 

Times statf reporter 

I f nothing else, Whitley Strieber’s 
new book, “Communion,” has 
created a supreme horror story 
for the late 20th century. 

Alien beings emerge from the 
shadows of his isolated New York 
cabin and move to the foot of his 
bed. Paralyzed and stripped naked, 
he is transported outdoors and 
upward into what seems to be a 
sterile room in a spaceship. A 
needle is plunged Into his brain and 
with cold indifference the beings 
shove a spidery instrument up his 
rectum. “Is there something we 
can do to help you stop scream¬ 
ing?" one blank-eyed creature in¬ 
quires. This nightmare encom 
passes our worst images of invad¬ 
ers, rape, an impersonal and all- 
powerful bureaucracy, and sterile, 
painful medical procedures. 

But is any of it real? Or are 
these just the feverish imaginings 
of an accomplished horror novel¬ 
ist? 

"I think he’s telling the truth,” 
said Dr. John Gliedman, a re¬ 
search psychologist in New York 


City who describes himself as a 
“sympathetic skeptic." 

"And as a friend (he knew 
Strieber for a few years before the 
alien abductions emerged from the 
author’s memory) I think he’s as 
sane as I am, and 1 consider 
myself pretty sane,” said Glied¬ 
man. Dr. Robert Klein of the New 
York State Psychiatric Institute 
gives a similar testament to 
Strieber's sanity in the book itself. 

But that doesn't mean Glied¬ 
man necessarily thinks alien visi¬ 
tors are abducting Americans from 
their bedrooms. It may just be 
imaginings triggered by some un¬ 
known mental mechanism, he said. 
Or perhaps 1 percent of the 
population is somehow sensitive to 
subtle environmental changes, 
such as shifts in the Earth’s 
magnetic field, that somehow trig¬ 
ger the same nightmares or hallu¬ 
cinations. 

Professor Michael Swords, a 
natural sciences teacher at West¬ 
ern Michigan University, suggests 
“the concrete evidence is not 
compelling" in “Communion” that 
Strieber had actually been abduct¬ 


ed by space visitors. “It seem 
more internally originated than 
externally originated,” he said. 

But that doesn't mean Strieber 
is lying or crazy, Swords added. 
There may be equally exotic expla¬ 
nations: contact with the spiritual 
world, for example, or a parallel 
universe. He also found Budd 
Hopkins’ "Intruders" more persua¬ 
sive because it cited several simi¬ 
lar cases and some physical evi¬ 
dence, such as marks of UFO 
landing gear on grass and tiny 
scars on abduction victims. Using 
“Intruders" as supporting evi¬ 
dence, Strieber’s story is more 
persuasive, he said. 

Still, a lot of UFO encounters 
take on the ghostly tone of myth or 
revelation. "For centuries," said 
Gliedman, "the only creatures 
western Europeans saw were dev¬ 
ils or angels. Increasingly, those 
symbols (for the unknown) involve 
space and aliens. So sadly, we 
can’t use the rough similarities 
between descriptions by abductees 
as evidence.” 

To the psychologist, the abduc¬ 
tion tales eerily reflect our fears. 


“There is a reflection of the 
suspicions a lot of people have that 
there is no easy fix to the nuclear 
and environmental dilemma we 
are in," he said. "That the uni¬ 
verse is a cold, indifferent place at 
best. It's a bit like a religious 
experience except there isn’t re¬ 
demption, or damnation either. 
There’s just the suspicion that 
these aliens would just as soon let 
us hang in the wind as intervene 
before we slit our own throats.” 

Still, Gliedman thinks that what 
UFO abduction victims are de¬ 
scribing “cries out for study.” 
Unfortunately, he estimates a 
minimum scientific effort would 
cost $1 million and that the scienti¬ 
fic establishment is unwilling to 
risk the ridicule to spend that sum 
on such a gamble. 

"We need to treat these victims 
with respect and sympathy,” he 
said. Whatever its reality, "it is an 
intense, frightening experience. 
Some people compare it to what 
they imagine it must be like to be 
raped." To dismiss them as crazy 
or liars is cruel and wrong, Glied¬ 
man said. 


couldn’t be 
proved. The Air 
Force’s 1968 Con¬ 
don Committee 
Report concluded 
that sightings had 
no scientific val¬ 
ue. Yet UFO en¬ 
thusiasts argue 
that the evidence 
cited by these reports refutes their 
own conclusions. 

Adding to the confusion is that 
UFO organizations often have little 
use for each other. For example, it 
was established UFO groups that 
first condemned the Meier case in 
Switzerland as a fraud. 

And Seattle’s Goudie criticizes 
other Puget Sound UFO organiza¬ 
tions for failing to be skeptical 
enough about reports and some¬ 
times seeking to profit from the 
controversy. 

Goudie, who has never person¬ 
ally seen a UFO, thinks he is close 
to establishing a government cov¬ 
er-up of UFO evidence and says he 
has found documents he thinks 
refer to secret UFO investigations 
called Project Aquarius and MJ-12. 

But Goudie makes no claim 
about what the UFOs are or where 
they come from. Seattle’s Gribble 
has no such hesitation. "I’m a total 
believer,” he said. Although he 
estimates that only 10 percent of 
the reports his center receives 
warrant further investigation, 
those that do seem plausible are 
too consistent to be fakes, he 
argued. The same is true of the 
abduction phenomena, he said. 
"When there is that much smoke, 
there has got to be fire," he said. 

Edwards makes a similar argu¬ 
ment. “It’s the weight of so many 
cases,” she said. 

In a famous 1954 essay, Swiss 
psychoanalyst Carl Jung theorized 
that the saucer shape represents a 
mandala, a spiritual wheel that has 
been a symbol of order and 
wholesomeness. Flying saucers, he 


theorized, are an unconscious pro¬ 
jection of our hopes that some 
outside force will provide salvation 
from nuclear war. 

In his book "Flying Saucers,” 
Jung said "there is a tendency all 
over the world to believe in 
saucers and to want them to be 
real.” 

In the fall of 1977, Alberta 
photographer Douglas Curran be¬ 
gan a seven-year, 125,000-mile 
North American odyssey to find 
and report on UFO believers. The 
result was a book called "In 
Advance of the Landing: Folk 
Concepts of Outer Space.” Curran 
found a well-developed mythology, 
or what author Tom Wolfe de¬ 
scribed in his introduction to the 
book as a religion: the belief that 
flying saucers arrived after Hiro¬ 
shima to save us from ourselves. 

"The key moment in history 
was the first use of nuclear 
weapons on this planet," Tacoma’s 
Aho recently lectured some college 
students. "Intelligences other than 
us are concerned and trying to 
awaken the Earth people to a new 
consciousness that will raise us 
above war." 

Interestingly, Strieber now 
calls his alleged abduction by 4- 
foot-high creatures that crept into 
his bedroom “a spiritual exper¬ 
ience.” 

The hypnosis he used to uncov¬ 
er blocked memories of the kid¬ 
nappings, he said, has helped him 
confront vague fears, improve his 
personality and "increase my 
awareness of myself as a human 
being. 

“ ’Communion’ is a testament 
of perceptions, of what I believed 
was happening,” Strieber said. “It 
is not necessarily a true story as a 
physical event. All this may have 
more to do with the growth of 
human consciousness than alien 
visitors. Something is going on 
with the mind that is more com¬ 
plex than it seems." 


So what is the reader supposed 
to conclude? “This is not the time 
to draw any conclusions,” he said. 
“I hope it arouses questions in 
people’s minds, about what the 
universe is, what people are, what 
we are. We need to investigate." 


ES Search for downed jet 

<J\ # m J 

halted; none missing 

2 OZARK - Authorities 

called off the search Monday 
J for a aircraft that was reported 
“ to have crashed northeast of 
Ozark on Sunday. 

1 Franklin County Sheriffs 

% Deputy John Andolina said the 
m search was called off around 
M 3:45 p.m. Monday “because 
o nothing could be found to sub- 
stantiate any facts.” 

,!j The search started late Sun- 
■u day afternoon after a private 
in pilot and two boys reported 
>-? seeing a small jet go down and 
• explode in a heavily wooded 
S area about five miles north- 
g east of Ozark. 

§ Helicopters from Fort Chaf- 
g fee near Fort Smith and about 
40 to 50 people searched the 
” rough terrain for the aircraft 
“ Sunday, according to Franklin 
9 County Sheriff Gordon McCain. 

•5 The search continued about 
10:45 a.m. Monday, Andolina 
said, with military assistance 
and around 25 people, which 
included officials from the 
sheriffs office, off-duty police 
and civilians. 

A spokesman from the Fed¬ 
eral Aviation Administration 
had said the FAA hadn’t 
received a report of a missing 
military jet or any other air¬ 
craft. 


7 




GAZETTE, Gastonia, NC - June 24, 1987 CR: G. Fawcett 

‘Project Aquarius’ on the horizon 


(Part 2 ol3) 

IN PREPARATION for the upcoming 
“International UFO Symposium" I re¬ 
read the Condon Report on the subject of 
unidentified flying objects. 

Further, I re-familiarized myself with 
the Air Force Project Blue Book until its 
official closing in 1959. 

Every day I was receiving calls from 
individuals and organizations offering to 
be helpful. Most of these leads led 
nowhere 

I did satisfy myself that President 
Truman did, in fact, create a group of 
scientists known as “Majestic 12” or "M- 
12” and that President Eisenhower 
perpetuated their effort. 

I am told — though I am not convinced 
— that our present government’s secret 
watch on the high horizon is identified as 
“Project Aquarius. ” 

A NATIONAL security agency admits 
to having 160-plus documents relating to 
UFO investigations. While the Freedom 
of Information Act should give us access 
to those documents, a judge has said 



"no” and the Supreme Court has upheld 
his conclusion that the documents are of 
“such a sensitive nature that any public 
right-to-know is far outweighed by con¬ 
siderations of national security. 

And no — I cannot explain that. 

I am not willing naively to accept the 
government's word as the “last word. ” 

There was a time in my experience 
when the Pentagon was insisting that our 
government did not have in research, in 
development nor in testing “any flying 
vehicle resembling a saucer.” 

That was not true. 

In my possession then — and now — are 
unretouched 8-by-10 fine-grain glossy 


photographs of two experimental Navy 
planes with elliptical wings. They are 
photographed both sitting and flying and 
they do, indeed, resemble “saucers.” 

What we newspeople will never forget 
from the days of the Manhattan Project is 
that our nation's military and scientific 
leaders keep a secret best by denying any 
knowledge of any such thing. 

THUS WAS THE atom bomb introduc¬ 
ed to the world as a complete surprise. 

There are some individuals who like to 
speculate about this UFO subject who are 
convinced that our government wants us 
to know — that our reaction is being 
tested gradually and systematically with 
movies on the subject: “Close En¬ 
counters,” “The Day the Earth Stood 
Still,” the movie “E.T.” — and others. 

I cannot subscribe to that suspicion, 
though the proliferation of movies on 
related subjects certainly demonstrates 
an enormous public appetite for space- 
related information. 

So what is the bottom line? I’ll tell you 
what I think it is during our next and final 
visit on this subject. 


GAZETTE, Gastonia, NC - June 25, 1987 CR: G. Fawcett 

Validity of UFO’s is not proven 


(Part 3 of 3» 

I’VE HAD MY phone lines and my 
doors open recent weeks to anybody on 
the subject of Unidentified Flying Objects 
for several reasons. 

One reason is that I have long since 
dropped from my vocabulary the word 
“impossible.” So I dare not rely entirely 
on logic. 

Also, I have offered an empathetic ear 
to believers in saucers because they have 
no place else to go. 

You and I must ask ourselves — if we 
were approached by little green men in 
some secluded place, and they allowed us 
to examine their spaceship, would we 
tell? 

Many tabloid newspapers over the 
years have published eyewitness ac¬ 
counts of spaceships and space people 
and the rest of us have dismissed such 
stories as incredible and labeled such 
witnesses irresponsible. 

Now — if I should be approached by a 
little green man who would be willing to 


PAUL 

HARVEY 


Syndicated Columnist 


accompany me to a facility where he 
could be examined and “certified” — 
then I’d have something. 

I have never been sure how Paul 
Harvey would have reacted had he been 
in Galileo's shoes. 

In his day the Church view was the 
prevailing view and dissenters were 
beheaded. And the Church view was that 
the Earth was the center of the universe. 
While Galileo knew otherwise, he kept his 
mouth shut and kept his head. 

SO WHAT is the bottom line? 

After looking at reams of documents 
and listening to taped interviews and con¬ 
sulting with amateurs and professionals 


in the UFO business — I remain a skeptic. 

I suspect that some of the flood tide of 
information I have received recently 
could have to do with the upcoming sym¬ 
posium on the subject in Washington. 

Maybe somebody hoped that I would 
say something to lend credibility to that 
event. I cannot. 

You will be hearing some pretty con¬ 
vincing accounts from the assembled 
speakers, many of whom will contend 
that only “government secrecy” is 
separating you from the truth. 

Do I believe that some of the people in¬ 
volved in UFO research are sincere? I do 
indeed. 

And up the road ahead if anybody can 
provide me with tangible evidence, he or 
she will have a respectful audience. 

But golly, I have been so careful in my 
selection of the products and books I 
recommend to you — I cannot and will not 
encourage your belief in something which 
has not first demonstrated its validity to 
me. 

And the UFO has not. 



» “The Unexplained”— 

! Pulsating UFO Lands In Florida Swamp 


By Glenn Sparks 

J On the night of March 14,1965, James 
.. W. Flynn, who is a rancher and hunting 
6 dog trainer, was camped out for the night 
in the Everglades. Just as he was settling 
5 down for the night his dogs became restive 

2 and upset. He looked around expecting 
„ visitors, but instead he sighted a bright 

M light silently and slowly descending about 
a mile away. 

3 Thinking that perhaps an airplane had 
gotten into trouble and gone down, he 

1 prepared his swamp buggy for the journey 
§ and set out to render aid if needed. He was 
„ guided directly to the spot by the glow 
£5 which continued unabated. This worried 
® Flynn as he expected to find a burning 
'jj plane and probably injuries or fatalities. 
» He found neither. 

Pulsating Glow 

< When about a quarter mile away he 
« grounded his swamp buggy and continued 
§ on foot. Soon he found himself in a large 
1-1 clearing and he wasn't alone. Some twenty 
§ yards away he saw a circular, cone-shaped 
y object with a pulsating glow. It hovered 
^ just above the ground with a slightly 
g perceptible wobbling motion. He detected, 
w after a bit of study, a sound he could only 
describe as a hum. He estimated the size at 
well over seventy-five feel in diameter and 


twenty-five to thirty feet thick. There were 
four rows of ports or windows encircling 
the craft, each emitting a yellow light 
unlike the color of the craft's overall glow. 
A partition immediately behind the 
windows prevented him from seeing any 
internal details or occupants. 

For many minutes Flynn just stood 
there, amazed. He had heard of such 
things, but, until now, had never really 
taken them seriously. Overactive imagina¬ 
tion, he'd thought. But this was not imagi¬ 
nation. It was real. 

Curiosity overcame fear. He started to 
approach the craft to get a better look. He 
never made it. A pencil thin blue light shot 
out from “somewhere" on the craft hitting 
Flynn on the forehead “right between the 
eyes.” He was unconscious before he hit 
the ground. 

When he regained consciousness he was 
partially blind, sluggish, had a terrific 
headache and a large, sore bruise on his 
forehead. The craft was gone. Somehow he 
got his swamp buggy going and got to his 
hometown of Ft Meyers, Florida. He was 
rushed to a hospital for examination and 
treatment. 

Trees Burned 

After he told his story, investigators 
went back to the spot. They found a large 


circular spot in the clearing where the 
ground and grass were charred. The tops of 
some nearby trees were severely burned. 
The trunks and limbs of some of the trees 
were scarred. 

The Air Force, at that time, normally 
debunked and belittled UFO sightings and 
the people who reported them out of hand, 
but in this instance they did not reckon 
with Flynn's standing in his community. 
On this occasion the Air Force had to 
partially back off. They only took one shot, 
that I can find, in that they labeled it by 
innuendo to be a hoax. Question is, how 
did Flynn fake the charred circle of 
ground: how did he bum and scar the trees 
and, most importantly, how did he self- 
inflect a bruise of such shape and 
intensity? 

One final piece of evidence helped 
exonerate James Flynn. One of his physi¬ 
cal injuries was atrophy of internal 
muscles. Medical science tells us that one 
can’t be faked; period! 

It happened, probably exactly as Flynn 
described it. The trouble is he dosen’t 
know what it was nor where it came from. 
So, even today, it’s still carried in the 
annals of the UFO as Unexplained! 


WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL, 
Madison, WI - July 15, 1987 

Officers sure 
they weren ’t 
‘seeing things 9 

By Ron Seely 

Of The State Journal 

WAUNAKEE - This village, 
which bills itself as “The only Wauna- 
kee in the world," may have to 
broaden its claim a bit after the 
strange goings-on here early Tuesday 
morning. 

How about “the only Waunakee in 
the universe?" 

Two Waunakee police officers, 
Scott McElroy, 21, and Kevin Plendl, 
22, say they saw something they can’t 
explain in the sky over the village 
about 2 a.m. Tuesday — a round ob¬ 
ject four or five times brighter than 
the northern star with flashing red 
and blue lights. 

“What they saw, they saw,” said 
Police Chief Frank Balistreri, 
"They're very good officers, very reli¬ 
able.” 

Whatever it was the officers saw, 
it has made them minor celebrities in 
Waunakee. Tuesday afternoon, they 
faced a room full of television cam¬ 
eras and microphones to tell their 
story. 

McElroy and Plendl responded to 
a call from Waunakee resident Thea 
Hefty at 1:52 a.m. Tuesday. McElroy 
said Hefty told them she had been 
watching a strange, bright object in 
the sky and called the police to look at 
it, too. “She wanted to prove she hadn’t 
been seeing things, Plendl said 
At first, Plendl and McElroy were 
skeptical because they saw nothing in 
the sky where Hefty pointed 

"Then, out of the blue, there it 
was," McElroy said “It was a glow¬ 
ing object, about four or five times 
brighter than the northern star with 
red and blue flashing lights." 

Plendl said the officers at first 
thought the object was a reflection 
from the clouds. But they waited for 
the clouds to move and when they did 
the object was still there. 

“It was moving north to south," 
Plendl said “We could tell because 
we lined it up with an object on the 
house. It was standing still at times. 
Then it would go south. Then it would 
go north. Sometimes it just hovered" 
After watching it for 15 or 20 
minutes, the officers drove into the 
country toward the object to get a 
better look. From River Road south 
of Waunakee, they watched it through 
binoculars. As they were watching, 
Plendl said a most curious thing hap¬ 
pened Something bright and egg- 
shaped broke away from the main ob¬ 
ject and flew away at an extremely 
high speed Plendl followed the flight 
of the egg-shaped object for a few 
seconds but eventually lost it because 
of its high speed 

“I was stunned" Plendl said 
The officers contacted the Dane 
County Sheriffs Department which 
contacted a radar tracking station in 
northern Illinois that monitors such 
sightings. The tracking station re¬ 
ported nothing unusual on its moni¬ 
tors, the officers said 

There were reports of a red and 
blue hot air balloon landing in the 
same area bout 6:30 g.m. But Plendl 
and McElroy don’t think what they 
saw was a balloon because it was too 
bright and hovered in one spot too 
long. 

Marian Anderson, a Madison 
woman who monitors such sightings 
for the J. Allen Hynek Center for 
UFO Studies in Chicago, said an in¬ 
vestigator for the organization will 
probably probe deeper into the sight¬ 
ing 

Earlier this year, investigators for 
the center, a private organization that 
studies and compiles data on UFO 
sightings, looked into a series of 
strange sightings in Belleville. 

CR: R. Heiden 

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, Denver, CO - June 17, 1987 CR: L. Whitehurst 


UFOs make 
news again 

A lot of people are 
seeing a lot of things, 
a deputy sheriff says 


By PATTI THORN 

Rocky Mountain News Staf! Writer 


IT HAPPENED one hot May night. 

I “We were sittin’ down on Pearl and we were waitin’ 
for the pizza guy," says Ana Dekker, 12. “Then we were 
watchin' a lot of airplanes go by.” 

“You know how most of them have lights on ’em?” 
says Ana’s friend Rhonda Courtney, 10. 

She cracks her gum. 

One plane, she says, was different. “See, the lights 
were moving. You know how most airplanes are sorta loud? 
It was just sorta silent. It was, like, triangular. And it 
was spinning around in a circle.” 

Suddenly, they forgot all about the pizza. 

“I was scared. I was shaking and crying,” says Rhonda. 

“We all were, actually,” says another friend, Tricia 
Heit, 12. "Shaking and crying.” 

It was around 10 p.m. It was going to be a long night. 



One night in 
May, Rhonda 
Courtney, left. 
Ana Dekker, 
center, and 
Tricia Heit 
looked up 
and saw 
strange lights. 
Others in Arap¬ 
ahoe County 
saw them, too. 
The girls are 
convinced they 
saw a UFO. 


JOHN GORDON/Rocky Mountain Naws 


UFOs are making news again. This month marks the 
40th anniversary of the first “modem” UFO sighting, sever¬ 
al saucer-shape objects spotted near Mount Rainier. In 
commemoration, UFO fans have scheduled conferences in 
Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York City. 

As if on cue, Whitley Strieber’s book, Communion, 
based on supposed true UFO stories, has shot like a rocket 
up the best-seller list. 

And Coloradans seem to have caught UFO fever, as 
well. 

The same week three girls in Arapahoe County say 
they spotted a UFO, dozens of Glenwood Springs residents 
reported bright multicolored lights in the sky northwest 
of town. 

And not just any residents. Four police officers also 
saw the green, red and blue mystery lights. 

If this is a fad, it’s bound to be a big one. 

Two-thirds of Americans believe UFOs might or prob¬ 
ably exist, according to a recent opinion poll. 

And you can count Tricia, Rhonda and Ana among 
them. 

On a recent afternoon, they sit on the couch at Rhon¬ 
da's house, which borders Littleton, duded up in their eye¬ 
shadow, oversize jean jackets and all. When one talks, the 
other jumps in to finish the thought. In between comments, 
Rhonda plays with her gum. 

It began, they say, while waiting for the pizza. 

“Not our pizza," volunteers Ana, “someone else’s pizza. 
We prank called ’em." 

' Don't write that.” says Tricia, elbowing Ana. 

Everyone giggles nervously 

And they continue. They were looking up at the sky 
when they suddenly saw the lights: red, white and blue, cir¬ 
cling around the craft. The vehicle hovered for a minute, 
about 5 feet above a nearby tree. Then they thought they 
saw it land in a field a few blocks away. 

"Ana goes. That's weird,’ ” says Tricia. “1 go, 'I know, 
it doesn't look like an airplane.' Then Rhonda goes,” — all 
three say this together — “ ’IT MUST BE A UFO.’ ” 

S OON AFTER, Arapahoe County Deputy Sheriff Vin¬ 
cent Cecilione got a call over his radio: UFO sighting. 
He wasn’t impressed. 

“A lot of time you get calls," he says, “like this guy 
called one time who wore paper clips (strung together) till 
they touched the ground. He thought he needed to be 
grounded all the time . Normally, you would think it’s a 
prank, someone's fooling around.” 


After all, UFOs aren’t often sighted in the suburbs. 

'Tve worked here 11 years and I don’t know of one 
(UFO sighting)," says Jan DiMaggio, staff assistant for the 
Greenwood Village Police Department. “We have differ¬ 
ent kinds of sightings.” 

For instance? “People on rooftops with BB guns shoot¬ 
ing birds, stuff like that.” 

“We’ve had wild bears,” says Sgt. Tim Mitchell, 
spokesman for the Englewood Police Department. “A bull 
got loose from the fairgrounds once. But never a UFO.” 

Even in Denver, where strange sightings occur daily, 
Sgt. Tony Lombard, public information officer, can't re¬ 
member a UFO report. 

But Cecilione was willing to keep an open mind. And 
when he arrived at Rhonda's house, he didn't find prank¬ 
sters. “It wasn’t your typical mentally ill subject I 
thought it’d be,” he says. 

The girls were all talking at once, all breathless, all 
scared. They pointed him in the direction of the field. 

Because he rides with a police dog, he told them to 
meet him at the field — but they didn’t stay long. “They 
were so scared when they were there,” he recalls, “I told 
them to go home.” 

(They weren't scared of the UFO, they say. They were 
terrified to walk past a house where a murder had occurred 
“a long time ago.” “We had a great big argument about 
whether to go or not," says Ana.) 

They weren't the only ones on edge. Cecilione was 
wondering what to look for as he approached the field. 
Burn marks on the ground? A crater? “You just don’t 
know,” he says. 

He asked three men who lived near the field if they 
had seen anything. 

“These guys had just gotten home. They had a little 
liquor in ’em. 1 said three girls saw a UFO and they were 
like, ’Wow, let's meet the members of the Third World.’ I 
said ‘C'mon guys, gimme a break.’ They said, ‘Yeah, we’U 
go with you and shake the martians’ hands, give ’em a 
beer.' ’’ 

He chuckles. “They were a lotta fun, these guys.” 


No one knows what aliens are like. But the three girls 
spent part of that night speculating. 

"We were saying they probably look like us, except 
talk different;" says Rhonda. 

“And Rhonda goes, ‘It could have been ET picking a 


flower,’ something like that. That made me crack up,” says 
Ana. 

Finally, at 4:30 a.m., their curiosity got the best of 
them. 

Armed with a flashlight and two sticks (“Just in case 

something_,” says Ana, who never finishes the thought), 

they marched into the field with Brian, Rhonda’s 14-year- 
old brother. 

“And that’s when we saw the black marks on the 
trees,” says Brian. 

They found three trees, he says, grouped together in 
triangular shape (just like the aircraft, they point out), with 
what looked like burn marks on their trunks. 

T O THE GIRLS, it was proof of alien visitors. 

To Mary Courtney, Brian and Rhonda’s mom, it 
was proof of something else. “You know how kids are when 
they’re all together. They’d see a ghost if someone told 
them there was one. And they'd swear it to be true.” 

She believes the “burn" marks were medication placed 
on the trees. She went out to the field and saw black marks 
on a bunch of trees, not just three. 

And the alien aircraft? “I tried to talk them into the 
helicopter idea. They have red, white and blue lights.” 

A month later, the youngsters won’t be swayed. Even 
if the black marks aren’t burns, they say, they still saw 
strange lights. 

"No. I don't think we imagined it," says Ana. 

“Why would they all imagine it at once?” says Brian. 
"And why would we all be crying?” says Rhonda. 

"We believe," says Tricia. 


The month of the UFO is well under way. And with 
two out of three of us alien believers, we could be in for a 
dizzy ride in the days to come. 

Just ask the citizens in Glenwood Springs, who still 
can't explain the lights, bright as stars, that appeared one 
week in May. 

Or talk to Cecilione. 

“The thing is — 1 don't want to start sounding like this 
thing happened or anything," he says, still intrigued by the 
call that hot night. “The thing is, this field is big enough 
for something to land. ..” 

Hfs-thooght-trails off. 

“You never know. A tdt of people are seeing a lot of 
things.” 


CAPITAL TIMES, Madison, WI - July 15, 1987 CR: L. Whitehurst 

Whatever it was, it didn’t return 


By JERRY AMBELANG 
JmNimQM 

WAUNAKEE - The UFO sighting early Tuesday 
morning by two Waunakee police officers still has this 
town buzzing — and looking skyward. 

“There were no additional sightings reported last 
night," Waunakee Police Chief Frank Balistreri re¬ 
ported today. 

Some had speculated that the object observed by 
Waunakee police officers Kevin Plendl and Scott 
McElroy was a red and blue hot-air balloon. 

"We’ve discounted that," Balistreri said. “I talked to 
the person who was in the balloon. It took off at 5:30 
pm. Monday and landed in the DeForest area at 1:45 
pm. 

“I have to go along with what they say they saw," he 


added “They are very responsible officers 

“I have to admit I have never seen anything like 
that," he chuckled “I don’t know if I would admit it if I 
did" 

The two officers described It as a glowing, one-half to 
one-quarter moon-shaped object with red and blue 
lights that periodically dulled and brightened It occa¬ 
sionally moved from north to south and back again. 

McElroy said at a press conference Tuesday that the 
two officers did not want to admit seeing the object be¬ 
cause they thought “nobody would believe us." 

But after maintaining visual contact with the UFO 
for a couple of hours at two different sites, and watch¬ 
ing through binoculars “as a part of it appeared to 
break away and move at extremely high speed” they 
agreed there really was something up there. 


A surprised and stunned Plendl also admitted he did 
not have a logical explanation of the phenomenon. 

Don Schmitt of Milwaukee, Wisconsin director of the 
J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in Wisconsin, 
has already started a probe into the UFO report, ac¬ 
cording to an associate. 

The reported sightings in the Belleville-New Glares 
area by a Dane County deputy and two Green County 
officers and a Belleville police officer in January also 
came under scrutiny by the national organization. 

Their finding on the Belleville sightings, according to 
Schmitt: It was not a weather balloon or airplane; It 
was an unidentified flying object 

He told residents there at a followup meeting that a 
UFO does not necessarily mean it is a space ship, just 
an unexplained occurrence. 


9 




2 VERITIES UFO DEFINITIONS 

3 My clipping service sent me a 
« copy of John Enlgl's July B article 
K on his sighting of an IFO (Identl- 

. fied flying object). 

** Mr. Enigl and other readers 
.. might be interested in some ampli¬ 
fy fications and corrections to the 
paragraphs about UFOs at the 
start 

oo The "Close Encounter’’designa- 

2 tions are part of the six UFO 
prototypes defined by the late Dr. 

* J Allen Hynek In his classic book, 
m The UFO Experience: 

1. Nocturnal Lights. Those seen 
,h at night. 

= 2 Daylight Discs. Those seen in 

^ the daytime (typically oval or dlsc- 
i like, but may be of any shape). 
w 3 Radar-Visual. Those reported 
t* through the medium of radar, plus 
„ visually. 

Sy. 4 Close Encounters of the First 
5 Kind The simple close encounter, 
in which the reported UFOs are 
§ seen at close range (within 500-600 
« ft ), but with no Interaction with 
the environment. 

3 5. Close Encounters of the 
£ Second Kind. Similar to those of 

the first kind, but with physical 
effects on animal or inanimate 
H material. 

g 6 Close Encounters of the Third 
o Kind. Involve the presence of 
> "occupants” in or about the UFO. 
3 By Hynek’s definition (and also 

4 according to the common sense of 
o any English-speaking person), a 
° Close Encounter must be, above 
cc all else, close It Is not a mere 
g "sighting of a UFO,” as many 
o people might think. This mistaken 

Idea was probably a result of the 
Influence of the news media In the 
wake of the 1977 movie "Close 
Encounters of the Third Kind." 
(Considering that these people 
make their living with words, 
which they use to Inform the 
public, It Is shocking that they 
evidently did not understand an 
everyday word like "close ”) 

It is true that the Close Encoun¬ 
ters of the Second Kind could 
conceivably Include "a piece of a 
celestial visitor, or a piece of an 
alien space ship In a piece of 
fossilized rock.” But these exam¬ 
ples given by Enigl are truly 
bizarre. More typical Close 
Encounters of the Second Kind 
would be effects on vegetation 
(such as pressure or scorching of 
grass, or broken tree branches), 
animals and people (such as tem¬ 
porary paralysis or conjunctivi¬ 
tis) , and automobile engines. 

Enigl also wrote of UFO expert 
Jim Lorenzen, a one-time resident 
of Sturgeon Bay: “Lorenzen, last 
I heard, was still looking up, these 
days at the Kitt Peak Observatory 
in Flagstaff, AZ. He and his wife, 
Carol, have been contributors to 
several books on UFO’s.” 

Unfortunately, these days Jim Is 
looking down: he died Aug. 28,1986 
at the age of 64. He left Kitt Peak 
(in Tucson) In 1967. Coral (the 
correct spelling of the name) 
wrote six books about UFOs, four 
of them with Jim as co-author. 

The Lorenzens founded the 
Aerial Phenomena Research 
Organization in Sturgeon Bay In 
January 1952. APRO survives as 
the oldest UFO research organiza¬ 
tion in the world. Coral still edits 
the APRO Bulletin, with UFO news 
from around the world For 12 
issues, send S21 to: APRO, 3597 W. 
Grape Dr., Tucson, AZ 85741. 

RICHARD W. HEIDEN 
Assistant Editor, APRO Bulletin 
Milwaukee 


ARKANSAS GAZETTE, Little 
Rock, AR - Oct. 13, 1987 

Crash search 
near Ozark 
discontinued 

GAZETTE STAFF AND AP 

OZARK — A search for an air¬ 
plane that was reported Sunday to 
have crashed northeast of Ozark 
was called off about 3:45 p.m. 
Monday, Franklin County Deputy 
John Andolina said. 

Deputies from Franklin and 
Johnson Counties, along with heli¬ 
copters from Fort Chaffee, 
searched for about four hours Sun¬ 
day after a private pilot reported 
seeing what looked like a small 


EAST OREGONIAN, Pendleton, OR - June 24, 1987 

Man sticks to his report 


Stories of UFOs started in 
Pendleton 40 years ago 



By Hal McCuna 
of the East Oregonian 


PENDLETON — Bill 
Schuening figured the hum¬ 
ming noise was a tractor. But 
instead, when his pickup rum¬ 
bled over the rise and he 
looked across the field some 
200 or 300 feet away, he saw a 
saucer-like object suspended 
five or six feet off the ground. 

“I would have given any¬ 
thing to have had a camera 
with me,” he says. 

But his memory of that mo¬ 
ment 40 years ago today is as 
sharp as a photograph. 

Schuening, now 70, saw a 
flying saucer. To him, it’s not 
a question of whether or not he 
thinks he saw it. He saw it! 

“It was definitely there,” 
hovering above the rolling 
farmland some 25 miles north 
of Pendleton, he says. 

No one had heard the term 
UFO at the time — there had 
been no cause to coin it. 
Schuening helped usher in the 
era of unidentified flying ob¬ 
jects. But it was an airplane 
pilot from Boise who drew the 
headlines. 

Kenneth Arnold landed his 
plane in Pendleton on June 24, 
1947, and told East Oregonian 
reporter Bill Bequette he’d 
just seen nine shiny, flat ob¬ 
jects streaking across the sky 
at incredible speed. The story 
was spread nationwide by the 
wire services and Arnold was 
marked the rest of his life as 
the man who started the UFO 
craze. He died in 1984. 

Schuening says he saw a 
flying saucer the same day as 
Arnold did. But he didn't tell 
anyone until after Arnold’s 
story was published in the EO. 

“My boss told me about a 
flying saucer story and I told 
him I saw it too,” Schuening 
says. Lester King, for whom 
Schuening was ranch foreman 
for 17 years, convinced him to 
go to town and tell others what 
he’d seen. 

“I told my wife about it. She 
said that I was crazy to say 
anything about it,” Schuening 
recalls. “Everyone said we 
were just saying things.” 

Arnold said he saw nine 
flying objects traveling in for¬ 
mation across Eastern Wash¬ 
ington, weaving over the Cas¬ 
cade Mountains at speeds he 
clocked at up to 1,200 mph. He 
spotted the objects about 30 
miles west of Mount Rainier 
and clocked them to Mount 
Adams. 

“It seemed impossible,” he 
told the reporter, but added, 
“I must beheve my eyes.” 

Schuening’s description was 
similar, although he says the 
shiny, silver objects were per¬ 
fectly spherical, while Arnold 
reported the objects as more 
crescent shaped. 

Another area sighting was 
reported the following Sunday 


East Oregonian/Hal McCuna 

Bill Schuening, 70. has lived and farmed in the Pendleton area all his life. He maintains he saw a 
flying saucer on some rolling farmland 2S miles south of town exactly 40 years ago today. 


by Mrs. Morton Elder, a Mc¬ 
Kay Creek farm wife, who 
said she’d seen seven “per¬ 
fectly round, umbrella-like” 
objects flying north of her 
farm. 

The EO ran a lengthy front¬ 
page story on June 26,1947, re¬ 
garding Arnold’s unusual ob¬ 
servation. A much shorter sto¬ 
ry ran on Page One four days 
later that quoted Schuening 
saying he f d seen “flying 
discs” the same day as Arnold 
and mentioning McKay’s 
sighting. 

But Schuening was the only 


military jet fighter crash along the 
county line. Two men at Ozark also 
reported an explosion before the 
plane went down. 

A Federal Aviation Administra¬ 
tion spokesman at Little Rock said 
Monday the agency had no reports 
of missing aircraft. Spokesmen for 
the Little Rock Air Force Base and 
Tinker Air Force Base at Okla¬ 
homa City said late Sunday night 
that no military planes were miss¬ 
ing in the area. 


one of the three “witnesses” to 
claim he saw more than just a 
flying saucer. 

“There were two little guys 
in green suits with white hel¬ 
mets standing right under¬ 
neath it. They were no bigger 
than this,” he recalled earlier 
this month, holding his hand at 
waist level. 

“It didn't scare me at all,” 
Schuening says. He was too 
amazed to be frightened. 

Schuening says he watched 
the helmeted creatures for a 
few seconds and then "they 
were gone. How they got in 
(the craft) I’ll never know. 
Suddenly they were just 
gone.” 

Moments later the craft 
zipped away toward the river, 
made a big circle, and headed 
over the mountains. “The last 
I saw, the sun was shining on 
it.” 

The craft was “silver, all top 
and bottom,” with no seams or 
doors, Schuening says. He fig¬ 
ures he watched it for nearly a 
minute. 


He tried to return this month 
to the site where he says he 
■aw the saucer, but “there’s no 
way to get to it now. All the 
roads have been plowed.” But 
he’s confident he could recog¬ 
nize the spot. 

Arnold was so captivated by 
his experience 40 years ago that 
he ended up publishing a book 
years later titled “The Coming 
of the Saucers.” He was the 
keynote speaker at a meeting of 
the UFO Congress in 1977 in 
CH'«go- 

For Schuening, life went on 
just as it had before the memo¬ 
rable day. “I didn’t pay much 
attention to it after that. Har¬ 
vest was coming up. I was too 
busy.” 

But he has read about a lot of 
UFO sightings over the years. 
And he admits he still is puzzled 
by what he saw on a warm June 
evening four decades ago. 

“I can’t understand it my¬ 
self,” he says. But he’s certain 
he saw it! 



INTER-CITY EXPRESS, West Covina, CA - June 18, 1987 

‘Document’ revives rumors of crashed UFO 


VICKI SMITH 
Staff writer 

Rumors about the recovery of 
the bodies of four aliens from a 
crashed flying saucer in New 
Mexico 40 years ago have circu¬ 
lated for years. 

But a “document” has surfaced 
in England and locally that de¬ 
scribes the work of a mysterious 
committee which is supposed to 
have examined the aliens. 

Lee M. Graham, a Monrovia 
resident and aerospace research 
technician, and UFO researcher 
William L. Moore have obtained 
copies of a purported briefing 
memo on the top secret commit¬ 
tee, Majestic 12. 

“The document and its contents 
appear to be genuine,” said 
Moore, who wrote a book about 
the 1947 flying saucer crash, “The 
Roswell Incident,” in 1980. His 
book was based on eyewitness 
and newspaper accounts. 

The document, which was given 
to The Tribune this week, is 
purportedly written by then-CIA 
Director Adm. Roscoe Hillenkoet- 


ter on Nov. 18, 1952, for then- 
President-elect Dwight D. Eisen¬ 
hower. 

The document claims that on 
July 7, 1947, a scientific team was 
dispatched to a remote region in 
New Mexico where Air Force 
aerial reconnaissance discovered 
“four small human-like beings” 
which had been ejected from a 
flying disc crashed 75 miles away 
from Roswell Air Force Base. 

The document claims, “Al¬ 
though these creatures are hu- 
man-like in appearance, the bio¬ 
logical and evolutionary process¬ 
es responsible for their develop¬ 
ment has apparently been quite 
different from those observed or 
postulated in homo sapiens.” 

An Air Force spokesman said 
that Pentagon officials have not 
seen the purported documents 
and cannot comment on their 
authenticity. 

“Nobody in the Air Force has 
seen the document, but as far as 
what the Pentagon has heard 
from reporters, there is no new 
information that wasn't out a 


couple of years ago,” Lt. Tim 
Cothrew, a public affairs officer 
at Wright-Patterson Air Force 
Base in Ohio, said Tuesday. 

Graham said that he sent a 
copy of the document to the 
director of pubic affairs for the 
Air Force Tuesday. He said he 
enclosed a Freedom of Informa¬ 
tion Act letter requesting authen¬ 
tication of the Majestic 12 docu¬ 
ments. 

According to a July 1947 FBI 
telegram obtained by Graham, 
the remnants of the “flying disc” 
at New Mexico were taken to 
Wright-Patterson, which also was 
headquarters of Operation Blue 
Book, the Air Force’s defunct 
UFO program. 

“We have no wreckage or 
bodies of aliens," Cothrew said. 

Moore claims he received the 
document in December 1984 from 
a source who mailed it to his 
research partner, Jaime H. Shan- 
der, in a plain brown wrapper 
with no return address. 

“We have been conducting an 
exhaustive study of every aspect 


of this document since receiving 
it,” Moore said. 

He says he has been combing 
the National Archives and the 
presidential libraries of Harry 
Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhow¬ 
er for evidence to verify the 
information contained in the docu¬ 
ment. 

“We haven’t found anything to 
indicate it is a phony,” he said. 
“If it is concocted, it would have 
to have been done by someone 
who has done a tremendous 
amount of research.” 

Moore would fit that descrip¬ 
tion, but he said that he is not the 
perpetrator. 

The mysterious Majestic 12 
group was established by special 
classified executive order of Pres¬ 
ident Truman two months after 
the wreckage was discovered, ac¬ 
cording to the briefing memo. 

Supporting the memo, a pur¬ 
ported copy of Truman’s signed 
Sept. 24, 1947, memo to Secretary 
of Defense James V. Forrestal 
states, “Hereafter this matter 
shall be referred to only as Op- 


aliens 

eration Majestic Twelve.” 

Moore claims to have developed 
sources in the “intelligence gath¬ 
ering community” who have been 
leaking the supporting evidence to 
him. 

All members of this mysterious 
committee are dead. 

The briefing memo lists the 
members as Hillenkoetter, Dr. 
Vannevar Bush, Forrestal, Gen. 
Nathan F. Twining, Gen. Hoyt S. 
Vandenberg, Dr. Detlev Bronk, 
Dr. Jerome C. Hunsaker, Sidney 
W. Souers, Gordon Gray, Dr. 
Donald Menzel, Gen. Robert M. 
Montague, Dr. Lloyd V. Berkner 
and Gen. Walter B. Smith, who 
replaced Hillenkoetter when he 
became director of the CIA in 
1950. 

Moore said that the secrecy 
surrounding Majestic 12 and the 
Roswell incident is indicative of 
the fear the government has of 
causing a public panic. 


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Aquarius, which Stone and other 
ufologists believe is an ongoing 
Air Force investigation of UFOs, 
first begun in the 1960s. 

The NSA letter to Domenici 
states, “The subject of 
paragraph 4 (in one of Stone’s 
letters), project Aquarius, has 
been the subject of numerous 
FOIA requests. Apparently there 
is or was an Air Force project by 
that name which dealt with 
UFOs." 

Previously the government has 
denied the existence of project 
Aquarius and investigations of 
certain UFO incidents, including 
the Roswell incident, Stone said. 

Stone has seen a copy of what 
might be a legitimate Air Force 
document that refers to project 
Aquarius. 

The document indicates the 
purpose of project Aquarius is or 
was "to collect all scientific, 
technological, medical and in¬ 
telligence information from 
UFO/IAC sightings and contacts 
with alien life forms.” 

IAC stands for Identified Alien 
Crafts, Stone said. 

Stone said he has an FOIA re¬ 
quest filed with several govern¬ 
ment agencies in an attempt to 
determine the authenticity of the 
project Aquarius document. 

“If it’s a fake, it is well-done, 
probably by someone familiar 
with security procedures,” Stone 
said. 

Stone and other ufologists ex¬ 
pect to have a difficult time fin¬ 
ding out about the authenticity of 
the project Aquarius document 
because it might have been ob¬ 
tained in an improper manner. 

Government agencies are not 
obligated to honor FOIA requests 
regarding documents which are 
seized illegally, Stone said. 

In Saturday’s broadcast, 
Harvey said he needed “tangi¬ 
ble” evidence, such as a piece of 
an alien ship, before he can en¬ 
courage the public to believe in 
UFOs. 

Harvey began discussing 
UFOs and the Roswell incident 
earlier this month. 

Harvey said he believes the 
government “lied" to the public 
when they denied certain UFO 
investigations in the past, but he 
is not sure whether project 
Aquarius exists or has ever ex¬ 
isted. 

Some of the recent interest in 
UFOs might have been 
generated by individuals who are 
going to participate in an Inter¬ 
national UFO symposium in 
Washington, D.C, June 26-28, 
Harvey said. 


"I have always treated this 
subject (UFOs) with respect,” 
Harvey said. 

He said that if an Air Force 
document once shown to Presi¬ 
dent Eisenhower is valid, it 
would tend “ to confirm that 
something indeed did crash near 
Roswell, New Mexico, in July 
1947.” 

But Harvey said he could not 
understand how beings in¬ 
telligent enough to visit earth 
could not make a “safe landing.” 

He also wondered why, if so 
many government officials know 
UFOs exist, as UFO researchers 
have always indicated, one of the 
government “blabbermouths” 
has not yet come forward about 
UFOs. 

He said some government 
reactions to UFO investigations 
are still confusing. As an exam¬ 
ple, he said the NSA refuses to 
make available to the public 
some 160 documents relating to 
UFO investigations. 

Harvey said that after all his 
research into the subject, “I re¬ 
main a skeptic.” 

Another Roswell UFO resear¬ 
cher, Ralph Heick, 40, who often 
works with Stone on various UFO 
investigations, said Saturday he 
was disappointed in Harvey’s 

He said he was glad Harvey 
had pointed out that the govern¬ 
ment tells the public that UFOs 
are hocus-pocus and then refuses 
to grant FOIA requests concern¬ 
ing UFO investigations on the 
grounds the information would 
violate sensitive areas of na¬ 
tional security. 

Heick said he and Stone are 
confident the public will, in the 
near future, learn the truth about 
UFOs and the reasons the 
government does not release 
reports about UFO investiga¬ 
tions. 

Stone said a major American 
television network is expected to 
release in late September a 
documentary about UFOs which 
will discuss concrete evidence 
that UFOs and extraterrestrials 
exist. 

On Friday, representatives 
1 from “Nightline,” an ABC night¬ 
ly news program, told the Daily 
Record that a program dealing 
with the Roswell incident and 
UFOs has tentatively been 
scheduled to air Wednesday 
night. 

Stone said he believes evidence 
from one or more governments 
confirming the existence of 
UFOs will probably be released 
this year. 


To further support his claim 
that Majestic 12 documents ap¬ 
pear to be authentic, Moore says 
he saw a White House memo at 
the National Archives to General 
Twining, Commanding General, 
Air Materiel Command, Wright- 
Patterson Air Force Base. 

The memo informs Twining of 
an “MJ-12” briefing with Eisen¬ 
hower. 

Although Moore has been trying 
to authenticate the MJ-12 docu¬ 
ments for two years, British UFO 
researcher Timothy Good beat 
him to the punch and gave the 
documents to The London Observ¬ 
er last week. 


Dane County 
leads U.S. in 
UFO sightings 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An official of. 
a Chicago-baaed center that studies 
sightings of unidentified flying objects , 
says Dane County has had the highest 
concentration of such sightings in the 
country recently. 

His comment followed reports of a . 
UFO Tuesday at Waunakee. Earlier 
this year, Belleville residents reported 
a number of UFO sightings. 

Don Schmitt, codirector of the J. 
Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies, 
said Wednesday that about two dozen 
sightings this year have been reported 
by Dane County. 

“It’s the highest concentration of 
activity in the country at the moment,’’ 
Schmitt said. The 13-year-old volunteer 
group collects and investigates reports 
of unidentified flying objects around the 
country. 

Schmitt, a free lance technical 
illustrator in Milwaukee, said he will be 
in Waunakee this weekend to check out 
the latest sighting, reported by four 
-people, including two Waunakee police 
officers. 

Only six of the county’s sightings have 
been explained so far, Schmitt said, 
adding that about 90 percent of all 
investigated sightings are eventually 
explained. 

Mark Slovak, a University of 
Wisconsin-Madlson astronomer, said he 
does not believe aliens are visiting the 
Earth, even though he believe life does 
exist elsewhere in the universe. 

“Why would they (visit)? Unless 
they’re lost, bored or whatever,” Slovak 
said. 

Slovak said he is an upaid scientific 
consultant to a Buffalo, N.Y. groups 
called the Committee for the 
Investigation of Claims of the 
Paranormal. 

Slovak attributed the increase in UFO 
reports to fallout from the highly 
publicized incidents in Belleville. 

“Sort of a herd effect," said Slovak. 
“Most people aren’t astronomers. They 
have seen a natural phenomenon they 
didn’t recognize." 




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Possible UFO abductions reported in two cases 


by Michael Burke 

Allhough Don Schmitt, co-director 
for the Center for UFO Studies, has yet 
to do a thorough investigation, he 
confirmed Monday that he thinks there 
is a possibility of abductions by UFOs 
having taken place in two area cases. 

Schmitt was responding to several 
recently broadcast reports, picked up 
from the United Press International 
wire service, to that effect. 

Schmitt said he based his preliminary 
conclusions on evidence of unexplain¬ 
able gaps in the time sequences related 
to him by the parties involved. “They 
show all the characteristics of a time 


loss, but we can nevei be assured that 
abductions were involved.” he said. 

Schmitt was careful to explain that 
the parties had. in conversations with 
him merely reported close (that is. 
within 500 feet) observations of UFOs 
— not stories of having been abducted. 

However, in talking with them. 
Schmitt said, the signs of possible 
abductions — gaps in the time sequence 
and confusion— began to show up. He 
will be starting a more thorough 
questioning and investigation with both 
parties withing about a week, he added. 

The purpose of the investigation will 
be to “try to establish and confirm the 
time sequence.” he explained. 

Both reported incidents occurred in 
Dane County, and both parties reside 
there, Schmitt said. One sighting was 
reported to have taken place before 
police officer Glen Kasmar’s, and one 
after it. He was unwilling to release 
further details that might hint at the 
parties’ identities. 

The reports came to him shortly after 
the UFO conference in Belleville several 
weeks ago. Schmitt said. One was made 
directly by the observer and one came to 
him second hand. His follow-up call 
elicited cooperation from that observer. 


“Both parties were reluctant to 
approach us that evening.” he added. 

Schmitt gave a typical example of the 
way in which possible U FO abductions 
reveal themselves. Last fall in Kenosha 
County, a couple reported having had a 
close encounter with a UFO. It had 
appeared close to their car. and they had 
stopped and gotten out to look at it. 

When they got home. Schmitt said, 
“They owed the babysitter for an extra 
hour of time, but there were no 
apparent stops” to explain that hour. 

in addition, he said, “They had 
difficulty remembering the trip home 
after that. They kept saying,‘We are not 
supposed to remember.”’ 

Although the couple was open with 
information at first, they later clammed 
up. preventing the UFO center from 
being able to draw any conclusion 
except that the UFO sighting had taken 
place. 

The case does help illustrate the 
Center’s manner of investigating that 
type of case, however. Schmitt said the 


investigator must be careful not to ask 
leading questions but to simply lettfce 
story reveal what it can. 

“If they feel obligated to supply us 
with a ready-made story. . .” incidents 
tend to be invented, he said. 

“The less they know about it, the 
better," he added. “It's not lorthem to try 
to say they were abducted.” 

He said the center prefers to use 
outside witnesses to confirm a story 
which might include a time gap. 
confusion, memory loss or evidence of 
someone being inexplicably late for ao 
appointment. 

“I’m concerned,” he said, “that many 
UFO investigators are looking for 
abductions in almost every UFO 
sighting. We have to be so very 
cautious. . 

Schmitt said he had been the source 
for UFO’s report which was then picked 
up by area radio and television stations- 

The results of the center’s 
investigation of the two cases will be 
made public later. Schmitt said. 


■; UFO sightings to be investigated 




nesioems at several tocatforto tn north-central Florida 
• seeing an unusual (tying object tfte night of June J7:' 

;'.sighting happened gt the interaacjlon. of State Road 40 
Interstate 96; the tsst was at Cita, strsman community 
County, Where it was observed |<jihg In a northwi 
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n™» art — FRANK PETERS 


By BRYANNA LATOOF 

2 Tim,, Statl Wrtlaf 
*2 

I OCALA — An investigator for 
,j a national UFO study group said he 
R- will be in Ocala soon to study 
- recent reports of strange aircraft 
5? in Marion County skies. 

Virgilio Sanchez-Ocejo, direc- 
m tor of Mutual UFO Network’s 
aj (MUFON) Dade County division, 
^ was scheduled to arrive today, but 
R- his car broke down Saturday en 
• route. He said he is ’very interest- 
m ed in investigating accounts of 
m several Marion residents and a 
m sheriffs deputy, all of whom re- 
§ ported seeing a silent, lighted fly- 
£j ing object on June 17. 

MUFON investigators are also 
interested in claims by an Ocala 
woman that a mysterious metallic 
craft landed in her front yard late 
on the evening of June 23. 

The first report to Marion 
County sheriff's officials came 
from five Citra people who said a 
large silent object hovered near 
power lines just above their car 
around 11 p.m. on June 17. 

They said the craft resembled 
“a large Volkswagen” with two 
headlights, a string of red and 
green lights on the back and a 
large white beam which shone 
down onto their car and the ground 
around it. 

They said the object “shot 
something out of the back twice 
(that) looked like sparks" and had 
two back wheels. 

Although the driver of the car, 
24-year-old Stephanie James, re¬ 
ported the sighting to sheriffs offi¬ 
cials soon after returning to her 
Citra home, a deputy was not dis¬ 
patched until just after midnight. 

Several other anonymous calls 
made shortly after James’ prompt¬ 
ed the sheriffs department to in¬ 
vestigate. 

The deputy. Jay Manifold, 
found no trace of the craft at the 
railroad tracks where James and 
her passengers reported seeing 
the craft. 

But after driving around Citra, 
he wrote in his report that he 
“observed a flying craft” (near the 
Alachua County line) that he was 
unable to identify. 

He reported that the object, 
which "made no noise and did not 
have the shape of any aircraft 
known (to him),” moved northwest 
“at an extraordinarily high rate of 
speed.” 

The next day, June 18, two 
more people came forward to tell 
sheriffs officials that they, too, 
saw an unusual flying object that 
baffled them. 

Then on June 19, two St. Pe¬ 
tersburg men said they watched a 
lit-up, silent craft shaped like "the 
top of an egg” on the nights of June 
15, 16 and 17 while camping at 
Lake Farles in the Ocala National 


Forest. 

The two people who contacted 
sheriff’s officials on June 18 told a 
Citrus Times writer they were 
mystified by what they saw and 
failed to report it until they learned 
that others also saw the craft. 

Gillette Schram, a 70-year-old 
Ocala widow, said she was driving 
north with two passengers on In¬ 
terstate 95 in Volusia County 
about 9:15 p.m. June 17 when they 
approached a craft hovering low in 
the sky. 

Mrs. Schram said she, her 51- 
year-old daughter and 15-year-old 
grandson were about two or three 
miles south of the State Road 40 
exit when they passed under the 
object. 

She said it had one red light and 
one green or blue light, and was a 
little higher in the sky “than a big 
tree.” 

"He was right over us. He 
hovered over; he was standing 
still. All I saw is one red light on 
the left and a blue or green light on 
the right. They were great, big 
lights that didn’t blink,” she said. 

Mrs. Schram said she could not 
make out the shape of the object 
connecting the lights, but she said 
it made no noise. 

"It stood there and we kept on 
driving. I looked back and it was 
standing still. We didn't say noth¬ 
ing until we saw the sheriff depart¬ 
ment on the news the next day,” 
she said. 

Another person reported to po¬ 
lice on June 18 that he also saw 
something strange near Belleview 
the night of June 17. 

Joe Fitzpatrick, a 50-year-old 
retired Navy diver who has also 
worked as a police officer in Cali¬ 
fornia, said he decided to report 


what he saw in the sky because he 
felt (sheriffs deputy) Manifold was 
probably being ribbed by his co¬ 
workers for his report. 

"When they said a deputy was 
involved, being (an) ex-law en¬ 
forcement (officer), I wanted to try 
to get the monkey off his back a 
little,” he said. 

Fitzpatrick, who lives in Ocala 
about a mile north of Belleview, 
said his dog, which is “scared stiff 
of thunder and lightning,” started 
"pestering to get in” about 9:30 
p.m. on June 17. 

When he went outside to tend 
to the dog, he looked toward the 
eastern sky, which was filled with 
what looked like heat lightning, he 
said. 

"One thing I’ve never seen be¬ 
fore is heat Gghtning striking si¬ 
multaneously in different spots. It 
was coming from the east and the 
south. It was like fireworks going 
off — no sound, but flashes,” Fi¬ 
tzpatrick said. 

"All at once, a bright light 
came at me. My first thought was 
that it was a shooting star. It came 
from the east; it was going fast. It 
was just one bright light," he said. 

He said the object then 
dropped lower to the ground be¬ 
fore making a quick right turn. At 
this point, the craft was within a 
quarter-mile of his house. 

"I only seen the one bright 
headlight, then I seen an excep¬ 
tionally bright red and green light 
blinking on the back. I’d never 
seen that bright a light on any 
aircraft. The red and green lights 
were exceptionally bright, and 
they were extra big for a normal 
plane,” Fitzpatrick said. 

Fitzpatrick said he thought the 
craft must have been a low-flying 


plane trying to make a narcotics 
drop, but that he never heard any 
sound. 

"It was traveling at an incredi¬ 
ble rate of speed. I waited for a 
sonic boom, but I never heard one. 
I just figured it was something the 
Navy was trying out that was 
quicker than sound,” he said. 

Fitzpatrick said he watched the 
craft head north "toward Gaines¬ 
ville." 

Officials with the U.S. Army, 
Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, Air 
Force, National Guard and Weath¬ 
er Service said they had received 
no reports of unusual flying craft 
on June 17. 

They said they had no unusual 
equipment in Marion County that 
week and knew of nothing that 
matched the descriptions given. 

Officials in the nearby counties 
of Lake, Volusia and Alachua said 
they have received no reports of 
strange objects in the sky. 

Another account was given on 
June 27 by Louise Stevens, a 58- 
year-old secretary at Munroe Re¬ 
gional Medical Center. 

Stevens, who did not make an 
official report to police, told a Cit¬ 
rus Times writer that something 
strange landed in her front yard 
the night of June 23. 

She said she was preparing for 
her bath between 11:30 p.m. and 
midnight when she heard a 
“whoosh" just outside her living 
room window. 

"I looked out the window and I 
saw this strange thing out there. It 
was sort of round with two lights 
pointed up. It was like they (the 
lights) had fire sparking from 
them. It seemed like it had some 
little things — square-shaped — 
like windows, I guess,” Stevens 
said. 

She said the “whitish, metal¬ 
lic" object was about 6 feet tall, 
disc-shaped and rested atop some 
sort of base on the ground, which 
she said left a section of dead grass 
in her front yard. 

She said she ran into her bed¬ 
room to call police, but “I got put 
on hold and that was it.” 

She said she was afraid to look 
out the window again, but about 20 
minutes later, she said she heard a 
"clunk” which sounded like some¬ 
one pulling into her driveway. 

Thinking her son had returned 
home, she peeped through a win¬ 
dow. The sound was not her son 
coming home, but the object in her 
yard was gone, she said. 

Stevens said she talked to 
neighbors, but none of them saw or 
heard anything unusual that night, 
which made her more hesitant to 
report what she saw. 

"I always have believed in the 
unknown, but I don’t want to be 
curious by myself. I don’t want to 
be called a nut,” she said. 


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SUNDAY MAIL, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia - Sept. 27, 1987 CR: P. Norman 



I Orange 
a riddle 

c_> 

s in the 
" sky 

4-1 

A woman claims to have 
c /5 seen a UFO over 

Bromsgrove, the second 
1 reported sighting in the 
space of two months. 

C Barbara Hodgetts, who 
^ lives at Fordhouse Lane, 
bO said she saw the mystery 
C object from her bedroom 
w window last Wednesday 
• night, at about quarter 
M past ten. 

M “I had just gone to bed 
^ when I was woken by a 
■u very bright glare,” she 

"a 

£ “I went to the window 
Q and saw a brilliant 

orange light in the sky, 
which was stationary for 
W at least three minutes 
before it drifted away 
E_, out of sight,” claimed 
pi Mrs Hodgetts. 

W Birmingham air traffic 
p manager Ralph Eaton 
said there was a possible 
explanation: 

“That week there were 
a great deal of electrical 
storms which could 
account for what the lady 
saw, or it could have 
been an orbiting body 
burning up on re-entry to 
the atmosphere,” he 
said. 

The Birmingham-based 
UFO society have said 
that a similar sighting 
was made over Lickey 
Ash just two months ago. 

13 


POST, Birmingham, 
England - Sept. 17, 
1987 CR: T. Good 

Mystery 
as UFO 
sightings 
continue 

Reports of a mystery object 
seen in the sky have been pour¬ 
ing in from throughout the coun¬ 
try to the Birmingham office of 
UFO Studies Investigations. 

After a series of sightings 
throughout the West Midlands, 
the British Aerospace-funded or¬ 
ganisation has now received re¬ 
ports from as far afield as York¬ 
shire and the Lake District. 

Mr John Hurley, chairman of 
the organisation, said: “All of the 
local sightings were within 30 
minutes of each other, at about 
midnight on Monday. 

“The first sighting was by a 
woman, who was travelling from 
Birmingham to Bromsgrove on 
the A46, when she saw an object 
which she said seemed to light 
up the sky. 

“It was orange with a green 
light on the top and she watched 
it for four minutes before it 
moved off,” he said 

Another sighting was made by 
Mr Lyn Gunter, aged 67, of Wash 
Lane, Yardley. 

Mr Gunter, who was reading in 
bed when he looked out of his 
window, said: “There was an ex¬ 
ceptionally bright light in the 
sky which is never normally 
there." 

Mr Hurley said all the reports 
had come from reliable wit¬ 
nesses. Including a retired police 
officer and two workmates just 
finishing their night shift. 

“Apart from the first sighting, 
everyone reported the object, 
which was about the size of a 
caravan, travelling at great 
speed and then suddenly stop¬ 
ping dead." 

Mr Hurley said the telephone 
had not stopped ringing with re¬ 
ports of further sightings after a 
newspaper article appeared on 
the UFOs. 

He asked anyone else who saw 
anything to contact him on 360 
4560. 


r .! UFO puzzle 

> O. • 

} f; as police told 
sfl of sightings 


STRANGE I'M) sightings in Khhw \ ale 
art- intriguing locals who are sure the 
UFOs are not planes. 

So far two sightings hate been reported 
of eerie revolting lights in the skt on the 
same night. 

A Kassau man. Mr M Sullivan, 
described to police three zig-zagging lights 
he saw from his back garden at about 
10.30 pm on August 27. 

At the same time Kevin Cross, of Ebbw 
Vale, was watching three red. green and 
blue lights from his back window. 

Ihet seemed to Ik- above Leo's.’* said 


Kevin. **The> were altogether in one spot 
then they spread out in different direc¬ 
tions. 

However, he forgot all about his UFO 
until he saw a report of Mr Sullivan’s 
sighting in the Gazette. 

Sightings are reported to the RAF at 
West Drey ton for investigation — who 
then 

inform the Ministry of Defence because of 
“national security implications”, said a 
civil aviation press officer. 

But an MOD spokesman said most 
sightings could be explained by aircraft or 
were caused naturally. 


Closed encounters: the 
top secret UFO ‘cover-up’ 


by JOHN BURNEY 

In late October 1957, a 
British Air Force corporal 
at the British nuclear test 
site in Maralinga, South 
Australia, saw a strange 
object hovering over the 
airfield. 

An air traffic controller 
also saw the object. A check 
with the civilian airport at Al¬ 
ice Springs and the Royal 
Australian Air Force revealed 
there were no aircraft in the 
vicinity at the time. 

The corporal later de¬ 
scribed it to top British UFO 
researcher Jenny Randles: “A 
magnificent sight. A craft of 
silver blue with a metallic lus¬ 
tre and a line of windows or 
portholes along its edge.” 

Both men saw it so distinct¬ 
ly that metallic plating could 
be distinguished on its 
surface. 

"I swear to you as a practis¬ 
ing Christian this was no 
dream, no illusion, no fairy 
story, but a solid craft of me¬ 
tallic construction,” said the 
corporal. 

Nothing was ever officially 
released about the sighting. 
The secrecy could possibly be 
linked to ihe sensitive nature 
of the Maralinga base. 

Hush-hush Australian in¬ 
vestigations into unidentified 
flying objects go back to 1920 
when the ship SS Amelia J. 
disappeared at the same lime 
strange unexplained lights 
were seen at the entrance to 
Bass Strait. 

A search aircraft sent to in¬ 
vestigate the lights also disap¬ 
peared. Bass Strait has since 
featured in a number of mys¬ 
terious cases. 

U FO expert Timothy Good 
says in a new book. Above Top 
Secret . that cases like the 
Maralinga sighting beg expla¬ 
nation. The book documents 
numerous "close encounters” 
worldwide. 

Is there an international 
conspiracy of silence among 
governments to withhold dra¬ 
matic evidence, even proof, 
that UFOs exist? Have we 
been visited by extra-terres¬ 
trial beings? 


A leaked CIA document 
obtained by a British 
researcher shows that bodies 
of four aliens from a crashed 
UFO were recovered and exa¬ 
mined by a special US govern¬ 
ment team 40 years ago. 

It has sparked a fierce de¬ 
bate among UFO experts 
about the existence of a mys¬ 
terious operation code-named 
Majestic 12, said to have exa¬ 
mined the aliens. 

The document is apparently 
a briefing for President-elect 
Eisenhower on Operation 
Majestic 12, also known as 
MJ-12. 

In it, CIA head Admiral 
Roscoe Hillenkoetter report¬ 
ed: "Although these creatures 
are human-like in appearance, 
the biological and evolution¬ 


UFO victim . . . ? Fred Valentlch, who 
vanished mysteriously while flying a light 
aircraft over Bass Strait. No trace of plane or 
pilot has been found. 


ary processes responsible for 
their development have ap¬ 
parently been quite different 
from those observed in Homo 
sapiens.” 

In Above Top Secret Good 
claims MJ-12 was a commit¬ 
tee of senior US officials 
which investigated and then 
covered up news of flying 
saucer crashes. Others say it 
could be a fake "plant” in the 
files of air force intelligence. 

The Eisenhower briefing 
paper, dated November 18, 

1952, said the MJ-12 commit¬ 
tee was set up by former Presi¬ 
dent Harry Truman on Sep¬ 
tember 24, 1947, as a "top 
secret research and develop¬ 
ment intelligence operation 
responsible directly and only 
to the President of the United 
States”. 

It said on June 24, 1947, 
disc-shaped aircraft were 
sighted in the United States. 
A local rancher reported that 
one had crashed in a remote 
region of New Mexico about 
120 km north-west of Roswell 
Army air base. 

On July 7 a secret operation 
began to recover the wreckage 
for scientific studies. It dis¬ 
covered four small human¬ 
like beings had apparently 
ejected from the craft before 
it exploded, and fallen about 
3 km east of the wreckage. 


The bodies were badly de¬ 
composed due to predators 
and exposure. 

The paper concluded: "A 
covert analytical effort 
(found) the disc was most 
likely a short-ranged rec- 
conaissance craft.” 

It recommended the find¬ 
ings be protected by strict se¬ 
curity precautions. 

If authentic, the briefing 
provides the most damning ev¬ 
idence for Good's theory of a 
world-wide UFO cover-up. 
New evidence from US intelli¬ 
gence files confirms a secret 
group called MJ-12 did exist, 
although US authorities arc 
silent about its function. 

Responsibility for monitor¬ 
ing unidentified or unusual 
aerial sightings in Australia 
rests with the RAAF. But fol¬ 
lowing the Maralinga case, 
strange events occurred at the 
Queensland Flying Saucer 
Research Bureau in 1959. 

Mr Stan Seers, then the 
president, received a call from 
a man requesting a meeting in 
Brisbane. The stranger intro¬ 
duced himself as "Mr D” 
from the Australian Security 
and Intelligence Organisation 
and produced an identity 
card. 

He offered a deal in which 
ASIO would co-operatc with 
the QFSRB jf they made 


UFO victim...? Stephen 
Michalak in hospital after 
encountering what ha said 
was a landed UFO. Ha 
claimed that whan he 
touched the object, his 
clothes caught tire. 

available all information on 
UFOs available and deflected 
publicity. 

Seers agreed. In the follow¬ 
ing weeks, Mr D interviewed 
all 12 members of the 
QFSR B. He remained in close 
but shadowy contact with the 
group (now UFO Research 
Queensland) for 11 years. 

Mr Seers claimed similar 
ASIO surveillance had been 
carried out on at least one 
other stale UFO group. 

Sightings and strange oc¬ 
currences continue unabated 
throughout Australia, in 
many cases without official 
interpretation or explanation. 

Or all the sightings, none 
generated as much world¬ 
wide attention as that of Fred¬ 
erick Valcntich. a 20-ycar-old 
flying instructor. Valcntich 
and his Cessna 182 single-en¬ 
gined plane disappeared 
shortly after he reported a 
UFO sighting over Bass Stra¬ 
it, near Cape Otway, on a 
flight from Moorabbin in Vic¬ 
toria to King Island on Octo¬ 
ber 21, 1978. 

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Forty-seven minutes after 
leaving Moorabbin airport at 
6.19 p.m. Valentich reported 
an unidentified aircraft to 
Melbourne Flight Service 
Unit controller Steve Robey. 

Despite careful study of the 
transcript of the conversation 
between the two men, no satis¬ 
factory answer has been found 
for what subsequently hap¬ 
pened. 

At 7.06 p.m. Valentich 
asked if there was any known 
traffic below 5000 ft. Robey 
replied there was none. Valen¬ 
tich then said: “There seems 
to be a large aircraft below 
5000.” 

Valentich told Robey the 
object seemed to be playing 
games with him, flying over 
the top of him at speeds he 
couldn't identify. 

He said it was sometimes 
stationary and then orbited 
close over the top of him. It 


was metallic, shiny on the out¬ 
side, with a green light. 

His last message was that 
the object was still with him 
and he intended to land at 
King Island. 

“That strange aircraft is 
hovering on top of me again," 
he said. 

Valentich and his aircraft 
were never seen again, despite 
a massive sea and land search. 

The Aviation Department 
is thought to have erased the 
original tape, and no copies 
exist. 

Similar inexplicable en¬ 
counters have occurred 
throughout the world. 

In 1961. a Soviet plane dis¬ 
appeared from radar screens 
shortly after communicating 
with ground control. 

A search party found it in a 
small clearing in a dense for¬ 
est, intact. It appeared the 
plane had been set down gen¬ 
tly from above. The passen¬ 
gers and pilot had vanished. 

No official explanation was 
forthcoming. 

In Britain the same veil of 
silence exists on UFOs. 

In 1955, the Air Ministry 
announced the results of a 
five-year probe into flying 
saucers by the Royal Air 
Force had been submitted, but 
it was never to be revealed to 
the public for security rea¬ 
sons. 

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Close encounters over Brit¬ 
ish air space continue. In 1981 
Denise Bishop was returning 
to her Plymouth home at 
3 a m. when she saw an enor¬ 
mous UFO hovering above 
houses on top of a hill. 

"I was very frightened al¬ 
though the UFO was a fantas¬ 
tic sight to see," she said later. 

"It was metallic grey and 
shafts of light were coming 
from beneath it. I pul my 
hand on the handle of the 
house door and a lime-green 
pencil beam of light came 
down and hit the back of my 
hand. I couldn't move.” 

Ms Bishop was later found 
to have a burn mark on the 
hand with spots of blood and 
severe bruising. 

The recorded landing at 
Lord Mountbatten's Hamp¬ 
shire estate. Broadlands, in 
1955 was one of the most sig¬ 
nificant British encounters. 
Investigated personally by 
Lord Mountbatlen, it involved 
one of his trusted workers. 

Bricklayer Frederick 
Briggs was cycling to work on 
the estate when he saw some¬ 
thing resembling a huge hum¬ 
ming top. A column the thick¬ 
ness of a man descended from 
the centre of the saucer, and 
he saw what appeared to be 
someone standing on a small 
platform at the end. 

But although many ques¬ 
tions were asked in the House 
of Commons, no satisfactory 
explanation has emerged. 

ABOVE TOP SECRET by Timothy 
Good. Sedgwick & Jackson (dis¬ 
tributed by Macmillan) $39.95. 


FOREIGN NEWS 





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BEIJING (AP) - An uniden¬ 
tified flying object described var¬ 
iously as looking like an oval, a 
comet or an orange was sighted 
Thursday night over Shanghai, 
the official Xinhua News Agen¬ 
cy reported. 

The news agency said the UFO 
passed over China's largest city 
between 7.50 and 8.30 p.m. Some 
said it looked like an oval plate, 
others said it resembled a comet 
with a tail like an umbrella, and 
one eyewitness said it appeared 
to be an orange spinning 
clockwise. 

Military planes took off to 
trace and observe the object, but 
the army did not release details 
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BEIJING (API A meteorolo¬ 
gist in Shanghai, where an un¬ 
identified fiying object was 
sighted Thursday night, said 
the object might have been 
falling ice from a collision be¬ 
tween a meteor and a comet, 
a local newspaper reported 

The Saturday edition of the 
Liberation Daily tJicfang 
Ribao). seen in Beijing Sun 
day, said more than 10 UFO 
sightings have been made in 
the area in the past year. Ear¬ 
lier, the stale-run Xinhua 
news agency said it was the 
first UFO sighted in 
Shanghai. 

Some of the earlier sight¬ 
ings turned out to be meteors 
or other fireballs, the paper 
said. 


The UFO passed over Chi¬ 
na's most populated city be¬ 
tween 7:50 and 8:30 p m. and 
was described as whirlpool¬ 
shaped, shining in the center, 
rotating clockwise and mov¬ 
ing northeasterly, the paper 
said. 

Astronomers and other spe¬ 
cialists in a meeting Friday at 
Shanghai's observatory said 
the object was too slow to 
have been a comet and too 
fast to have been a meteor, it 
added. 

Shu Jiaxtng. an engineer 
with the Shanghai Meteorolo¬ 
gical Bureau, said the object 
might have been ice shattered 
by a comet colliding with a 
meteor, the paper reported. 


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HERALD, Melbourne, Australia - Aug. 27, 1987 CR: P. Norman 

A ‘wedding cake’ UFO proves an eye opener for Broadford 


Flying in the face of fiction 


Chiaese UFO Identified as Japanese Rocket 

A spectacular light show which danced over the evening 
skies of Shanghai, China, for several minutes on 
Thursday, Aug. 27, and widely reported by the U.S. 
news media as a UFO, has been identified as part of a 
Japanese satellite launch by an investigator for the 
Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of 
the Paranormal (CSICOP). 

James E. Oberg, an aerospace engineer at NASA’s 
Johnson Space Center in Houston and a member of 
CSICOPs UFO Subcommittee, reported Sept. 4 that 
evidence clearly shows the apparition was nothing more 
than excess fuel dumped from the second stage booster 
rocket of the Japanese launch. 

The Chinese news agency Xin Hua reported residents 
of Shanghai claimed to have seen a bright object pass 
over the city. It was described as being “like a comet 
with a tail like an umbrella,” and a flying orange which 
traveled clockwise and eastward, the news agency said. 

Oberg became interested in the sighting upon learning 
of an account of it broadcast by ABC News Friday night. 
Stories on the sighting were subsequently carried by 
major wire services. Based on descriptions given, Oberg 
noted a marked similarity to a number of past UFO 
sightings that were later revealed to be rocket launches 
from Earth. 

“In the current Chinese case we have a complete 
correlation of the sighting with the second launch of a 
new model Japanese rocket called the H-l,” stated Oberg. 
He said the launch occurred about 9:20 Greenwich Time, 
Aug. 27, from the Tanegashima Space Center on Kyushu 
Island. 


A RMY exercise 

L\ searchlights? A 
X a plummeting, explod¬ 
ing meteor? Neither, says 
Cheryl Kerslake of Reedy 
Creek, near Broadford. 

Either, sav the skeptics. 

But how, Mrs Kerslake asks, 
could either look like this 
(right)? It was certainly un¬ 
identified, perhaps not flying 
but clearly hovering, ana 
definitely an object. A classic 
UFO. 

Mrs Kerslake and her hus¬ 
band, Trevor, saw the 
phenomenon near Broadford 
on Tuesday night. It was. she 
said, in three layers, like a 
wedding cake. 

It did not appear to be 
touching the ground, but 
resting just above it. 

At least six locals say they 
saw the object about 10 pm. 

The Army denied it was con¬ 
nected to a defence operation. 

“We didn’t have any rehear¬ 
sals at Puckapunyal which fit¬ 
ted with the descriptions 
people gave. We did have 
tanks on the range with 
searchlights but they were 
about 20 km away so the lights 
would have easily diffused,’’ a 
spokeswoman said today. 

A Seymour policeman today 
said he was treating the sif ht- 
Ings as genuine even though 
the UFO left no trace. 


“They (the witnesses) all 
seem to be exceptionally genu¬ 
ine. They weren’t Just people 
who would come out of the 
blue and they were genuinely 
distressed about what they 
saw,” he said. 

HV McKay Planetarium di¬ 
rector Dr Robin Hirst said the 
UFO may well have been a 
bolide or exploding meteor. 

“I got a call from a pilot who 


was coming down over Cooma 
and the way he decribed it, the 
objects sounded very much 
like a meteor which split Into 
several pieces.” 

The Australian Skeptics’ Mr 
Jsmes Gerrsnd said there was 
no scientific explanation for 
possible UFO sightings. 

“(But) people should look for 
explanations within the 
realms of science,” he said. 



graphic Garry Bryar 


WELWYN & HATFIELD TIMES, Herts., England - Aug. 27, 1987 CR: T. Good 



George tells of his close encounter 
with a flying lampshade 


IT WENT 
THAT-A-WAY! 


RETIRED chemist 
George Jolliffe swears 
he has had a close en¬ 
counter of a very 
mysterious kind. 

For the pensioner was sit¬ 
ting by the window of his 
Autumn Grove home in 
WGC when a strange object 
appeared in the sky. 

At the exact time as there 
were reports of a ball-shaped 
‘ UFO” being sighted by 
sky-watchers from Highgate 
in London to Oxfordshire, 
George, 81, saw the 
strangest object. 

“It was not an aeroplane, 
it was not a helicopter and as 
the sun was going down it 
was not a reflection,” he 
said, amazed. 


“I was sitting by the win¬ 
dow and I looked up through 
the trees and saw a round 
bright ball like an old- 
fashioned oil lampshade.” 

Sped off 

He was rooted to the spot 
Then suddenly the unex 
plained object sped off. 


"All of a sudden it seem¬ 
ed to shrink and go smaller 
— I would say it was about 
20 miles away. 

“Then just as suddenly it 
came back.” The "saucer" 
then moved gradually and 
quickly disappeared from 
view. 

George, who has never 
seen a UFO before, said he 
could not explain the strange 


phenomenon, but has made 
detailed drawings of his 
sighting. 

"I wouldn't say it was 
solid. It was like a while ball 
of mist. 

"I am not nutty. I had that 
queer feeling when I watch¬ 
ed it that there was 
something up there, but I 
didn’t know what it was.” 


LOOK NOW, London, England - Sept. 1987 


• LIGHT YEARS 

Sutpend disbelief and read Light 
Years by Gary Kinder (Viking. 
£10.95). Subtitled The Best Docu¬ 
mented UFO Case Ever', it tells the 
story of Eduard Meier, who says he 
first saw an alien spacecraft when he 
was five and a half years old. He 
then began receiving telepathic 
messages: the first was from Stath, 
human but immeasurably old and 
occupying a spacecraft, and who was 

CR: T. Good 


EVENING NEWS, Manchester, 
England - Sept. 1, 1987 
CR: T. Good 

How to 
join 
the 
stars 

JUST as I suggested a month or 
so ago, we’d better prepare to 
be abducted by aliens from 
other worlds — a fashionable 
experience among New York¬ 
ers which is suddenly growing 
in popularity here. 

For some curious reason, I 
have always hated driving 
down the East Lancs Road — 
but now I think I know why. 

According to some of the nut 
tier tales which have been 
pouring through the letter-box 
of indefatigable Stockport 
UFO researcher Jenny 
Randles, the notorious A580 
from Salford to Liverpool 
serves as a sort of lay-by for 
visiting aliens, who like 
nothing better than to park 
their craft by the roadside and 
nip out to kidnap unsuspecting 
travellers. 

One poor motorcyclist, who 
felt compelled to stop and 
investigate a bright, glowing 
light in a field near Lowton, 
found himself confronted by 
two beautiful blond-haired 
creatures from another galaxy 
who sported silver suits. 

A mother and daughter who 
spotted a disc-shaped object in 
the Leigh sky had memories of 
being "teleported” to a treat¬ 
ment room, where vague 
figures in white suits carried 
out a medical examination. 

Unless you have a high scep¬ 
ticism threshold, better steer 
clear, too, of the Macclesfield/ 
Buxton area, where chaps in 
silver suits and balaclava hel¬ 
mets, it seems, are rather 
prone to leaping out of egg- 
shaped ships to “spacenap” 
passers-by. 


Meier's spiritual mentor', prepar¬ 
ing him for contact with higher life 
forms'. Next was Asket from the DAL 
universe, who continued teaching 
him, and then a visit from Semjase. 
Semjase was a female from the 
Pleiades star system, who told 
Meier that he had been chosen to 
provide proof to the people of earth 
of the existence of intelligent 
extraterrestials. The Pleiadians 
mission was to guide earth in its 
'spiritual evolution'. Why, you might 
wonder, would ETs bother with us? It 
seem that the Pleiadians had dis¬ 
covered earth thousands of years 
ago and some of them had stayed 
and mated with earth humans. The 
Pleiadians want to help the earth 
humans avoid the setbacks experi¬ 
enced by their Pleiadian ancestors'. 
Over the years since his contact with 
aliens, Meier has amassed hun¬ 
dreds of photos, sound recordings 
and has written records of his meet¬ 
ings. A metal sample from the 
beam-ship' has baffled experts and 
scientists at NASA and IBM are 
intrigued by his films and photos. 

Is it all an extremely sophisticated 
hoax by a brilliant fraud? Possibly. 
But Meier has had only a primary 
school education, has been em¬ 
ployed only in menial jobs, and 
lives in a rural Swiss village with his 
wife and three children. He has very 
little money and is disabled, having 
only one arm. He could not have 
afforded, known how to, or physi¬ 
cally have managed to put together 
such a complex hoax. 

It's a fascinating book, and although 
poorly written, its subject matter 
is compelling. Read it and decide 
for yourself if we have really been 
visited by aliens from outer space. 


, Mystery 
= light 
i in sky 

A MYSTERIOUS object in 
<U the night sky over Rust- 
w ington last week worried a 
, local resident. 

Mrs Mary Sheppard, of 
•O The Street, said she 
watched the object for at 
^ least 45 minutes late last 
00 Tuesday rfight. 

C Mrs Sheppard thought at 
w first it was a plane in trou 

• ble but she saw an aircraft 
£ from Galwick fly straight 
g past 

She added the object was 
a bright light but it was not 

• a star or Venus. 

P] It was the first time she 
had seen such a sight and 
[xj she telephoned the police. 

A spokesman for Little 
^ hampton police said no 
other calls had been 
received. 


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OBSERVER, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England - Aug. 20, 1987 CR: K. Potts 


Walter’s guide to the galaxy 



After over 40 years of space watching retired miner 
Walter Blythe Is convinced there's life on other 
planets. And now he Is starting a UFO group for 
people who want to know more about the contro¬ 
versial subject Observer reporter Sangeeta Chauhan 
finds out why space Isn’t the final frontier. 


FLYING saucers, 
little green men from 
Mars and even Cling- 
ons on the starboard 
bow are things that 
immediately spring 
to mind when the 
subject of UFOs is 
raised. 

This is the comical idea 
that many people, if they 
believe in UFOs at all, 
have of life on other 
planets. 


the final frontier. 


One avid space watcher 
is Walter Blythe of Padley 
Hill, Mansfield whose in¬ 
terest in the subject goes 
back 40 years when he 
heard that 9 flying saucers 
had been spotted in Amer¬ 
ica. 


Ever since then Walter 
has taken a keen interest 
in UFOs and claims to 



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Walter aorta through yeara ol scientific re- 
search Into UFOa. 


number of people who 
seriously believe that 
there are alien lifeforms 
and who claim to have seen 
flying saucers. 


EVENING POST, Bristol, England - Aug. 28, 1987 


BOOKS 


Lockleaze: the legend . 


IT WAS on August 5, 
1981, that a UFO may 
have given the editorial 
staff of the Evening 
Post one of its most 
enduring memories 
writes JAMES 
BELSEY. 

Mysterious surges of 
power struck the West 
Midland s-Bristol 
power Lines at 9.08 am, 
starting a chain of 
failures on the grid. 

As yet another sub¬ 
station blacked out, an 
over-excited news 
executive shouted 


across the open plan 
newsroom the thrilling 
news: '’Lockleaze has 
blown!” 

LHB has entered our 
archives, and I must 
admit I never realised 
that Little green men 
might have been re¬ 
sponsible until 1 read 
ABOVE TOP SECRET 
by Timothy Good 
(Sidgwick and Jackson 
£14.95). 

Well, it might have 
been little green men. 
"There is no evidence 
that UFOs r*- 


CR: T. Good 


£ Humming 

2 UFO 

t spotted 

g* POLICE today released details 
to of an unidentified flying object 
( which was spotted over South 
Wales at the weekend. 

® Military expens at RAF St. 

•H Athan cannot fully explain the 
^ sighting, made at Trehams 
near McrthyT late on Fnday 

« ni 8 ,u S 

a) The UFO was spotted by a •• 
® local woman, who has asked ^ 

to not to be identified. • 

** 

to "She reported seeing a large o 
blue light surrounding an ° 
H orange centre," said a police a, 
^ spokesman today "It was 
{X, making a humming noise and 
this object was seen moving 
^ away in a north-westerly 
^ direction." 

w The police contacted RAF 
^ St. Athan, who stated that they 
had no air traffic in the area at 
the time. 

kJ "They did state, however, 

^ that the object could have been 
caused by a cloud in the area 
reflecting on a TV transmitter. 

^ but this would not account for 
^ the humming noise," said the 
spokesman. 


sponsible for this 
massive black-out but 
it may not be without 
significance that the 
only sightings reported 
between 2 and 9 
August were in 
Southern England.” 
says the book. 

Oh well. At least we 
have LHB to cherish. 

Bizarre 

Otherwise, yet 
another book which 
offers us the bizarre 
idea that beings from 
outer space spend 
aeons travelling to- 
Earth only to manifest 
themselves to Mid-West 
farmers, lonelv 
goatherds or other folk 
in remote places. 

And that, of course, 
there is a huge con¬ 
spiracy to keep us all 
in the dark in case we . 

.. well, what, 1 wonder? 

An amusing, if rather 
over-long, piece of sillv 
season reading which 
doesn't answer the 
question I long to hear 
answered. 

It isn’t whether or 
not there are little 
men men blowing up 
Lockleaze. It is why 
people think there are. 


HERALD EXPRESS, Torquay, 
Devon, England - Sept. 
24, 1987 CR: T. Good 

UFOs sighted 

Two people have reported 
seeing UFOs over South 
Devon this week 

One man says he saw a long 
flying object with lights over 
Ogwell on Tuesday night and 
on the same evening a Torquay 
man saw a brightly lit object 
"performing extraordinary 
manoeuvres" about 200ft 
above Torquay harbour. 


24 different occasions 
around Mansfield. 

"People usually laugh 
when I tell them that I’ve 
seen flying saucers and I 
suppose their initial reac¬ 
tion is understandable,” 
said Walter. 

“But I’ve been studying 
this phenomena for most of 
my life and I think that it is 
only common-sense that if 
life exists on our planet, it 
can exist on others.” 


Walter’s first sighting 
was in August 1956 when 
he saw three discs hover¬ 
ing in the sky near Rufford 
Colliery. 

“As I was walking along 
the pit lane I saw three 
objects which looked like 
soup plates hovering in the 
sky above me. It was a 
clear night sky so there 


Walter and his wife Venesia show sketchings made from local 
sightings. 

i no possibility that I closed mind and that’s why But the group broke u{ 
Id have been I don’t report my in 1960 as the member 

taken,” explained Wal- sightings," said Walter. began to move away fron 

"They don’t like to Mansfield. 

ince his first sighting accept that there are other Now Walter is trying t< 

Iter has spotted flying life forms which are more restart the group and ii 

cere around the town technically and mentally looking for anyone who ii 

frequently, his latest advanced than we are.” interested in the study o 


was no possibility that I 
could have been 
mistaken,” explained Wal¬ 
ter. 

Since his first sighting 
Walter has spotted flying 
saucers around the town 
quite frequently, his latest 
sighting being in May last 
year outside his home in 
Padley Hill. 

“I am dedicated to my 
‘hobby* and I often stay 
awake until the early hours 
of the morning on the off 
chance of a sighting. 

“It was roughly 2am on 
this particular night and I 
was standing outside my 
house when I saw two 
discs which looked like fris- 
bys travelling side by side 
across the sky. 

"They couldn’t have 
been helicopters or aero¬ 
planes because they 
weren’t making a sound - 
it was quite a frightening 
experience,” he said. 

“Most people approach 
the subject of UFOs with a 


Walter’s enthusiasm for 
the study of UFOs promp¬ 
ted him to start a club in 
the 50s called The Mans¬ 
field Flying Saucers.’ 

It had 24 members who 
were interested in sharing 
their experiences with 
other people and learning 
more about UFOs. 


But the group broke up 
in 1960 as the members 
began to move away from 
Mansfield. 

Now Walter is trying to 
restart the group and is 
looking for anyone who is 
interested in the study of 
flying saucers and alien 
lifeforms to go along to the 
first meeting on Monday 
24th August at the Com¬ 
munity Arts Centre on 
Leeming Street, Mansfield 
at 7pm. 

So if you’ve always 
thought that Mars, Galaxy 
and Milky Way were just 
chocolate bare why not go 
along to the meeting and 
let Walter be your guide to 
the galaxy! 


‘It’s common-sense 
that life exists on 
other planets’ 


Helicopters? No, the 
rings are a mystery 


he flew over in a helicopter. 

Tve been flying for years, 
and I’ve never seen anything 
like this,” said David. 

T went down to have a 
look at the rings, and they 
must have been made from 
the air, by something very 
heavy. 

"There were no tracks 


MYSTERIOUS circles he flew over in a helicopter. leading up to the rings, so 
which have appeared on Tve been Hying for yearn, 

Wiltshire farmland are md Tve never seen anything £ £| tten( ,d i‘ n a 8p , rfl i 

baffling locals. llke tln8 > 8411(1 Davld ahane " 

Keen aerial photographer T went down to have a Farmer Stephen Horton, of 
David Burden, of Esmead, look at the rings, and they nearby Fire Farm, who owns 

Chippenham, snapped the must have been made from ^ land ig ^ by 

group of circles embedded in the air, by something very ^ myB tery rings, 

a wheatfleld off the Devizes heavy. 

road, near Beckhampson, as "There were no tracks “ e *f ld: * * know 

^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ .hit they «r*. tnty just 

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B B | I : p V whatever it was attempted to 

.jgy | land and then changed its 

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not^ have been made by a 

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damage. — Pictures by David Bu-u «.i (in the air) and Colin 
Keartey (on the ^. r’lnd). 


towns to archaeological digs, 
but this is a first." 


NORTHERN ECHO, Darlington, England - Oct. 2, 1987 CR: T. Good 

Was choc UFO invaders from Mars? 


FACTORY workers had a ter¬ 
rifying close encounter when a 
sweet-toothed UFO hovered 
over their chocolate works. 

A glowing red square the size of a 
double-decker bus appeared over 
Terry’s chocolate factory in York 
before disappearing out of sight. 

The unidentified flying object lit up 
the dawn sky as factory workers 


arrived just after 7am. 

There were three separate sightings 
from six people - and all say they 
were frightened and mystified by the 
object. 

Frightening 

Process workers Val Sutcliffe, 47, 
and her twin daughters Amanda and 
Louise, of Marston Crescent, were left 
in no doubt that it was not the sun. 

Mrs Sutcliffe, who has driven the 


same way to work for 25 years, said: 
“It was square at the top with a semi¬ 
circular base. It was a bit frightening. 

“The woman in the car in front of 
ours nearly veered off the road.” 

Beautiful 

She said it hovered for a few 
minutes before disappearing behind 
the factory. 

“I was not a believer before 


yesterday. Now I could be swayed.” 

Alma Crake, 46, of Chapelfields 
Road, York, another Terry’s process 
worker, said: “It was quite beautiful. I 
wish I had had my camera with me.” 

Two girls cycling across York 
racecourse also saw the object. 

RAF Linton on Ouse reported 
nothing unusual on radar screens at 
the time of the sightings. 






S Yorkshire has been identified as a hotspot for the UFO. SUSAN MITCHELL investigates 


A WOMAN from Wakefield who 
stood and watched as a saucer 
shaped object carrying three silver 
suited spacemen landed in her 
(garden may not have been 
{manning things, according to 
UFO researchers. 

In fact they say Yorkshire has 
become a hotspot for UFOs and 
experts are so keen to investigate 
sightings that they have launched 
a 24-hour UFO hotline for the 
region. 

One Yorkshire family contacted 
the UFO enthusiasts after seeing a 
dazzling blue and white spacecraft 
above the A1 near Grantham. 
When they pulled into a lay-by to 
investigate the object disappeared. 

It is claimed that the first flying 
saucer in modem times was 
identified on June 24,40 years ago, 
when Mr Kenneth Arnold, a pilot, 
spotted nine bizarre objects zig¬ 
zagging over the mountains on 
America’s west coast. 

He described them as: "a chain 
of saucer like things” and they 
became dubbed "flying saucers." 
In an attempt to solve the mystery 


Pie in the sky ... or real 
visitors from space? 


he later wrote a book called “The 
Coming of the Saucers”. 

Since then there have been 
thousands of sightings of objects 
ranging from flying saucers to 
cigars, triangles, rectangles, 
spheres, blimps, tops and lights. 

And reports have not just come 
from people walking dogs at 
closing time — doctors, business 
executives, police, servicemen and 
even the former United States 
President, Mr Jimmy Carter, 
claimed to have spotted UFOs. 

The co-ordinator of the UFO 
hotline, Mr Philip Mantle, of 
Batley, a member of the British 


UFO Research Organisation, 
believes that thousands of people 
have experienced Encounters of 
the Third Kind — actual contact 
between people and alleged alien 
craft. 

"The 24-hour hotline, which 
covers Yorkshire, Derbyshire and 
Lancashire, should encourage peo¬ 
ple to come forward and tell us 
what they have seen. We can then 
begin the process of investiga¬ 
tion,” he said. 

Yorkshire, he says, is particu¬ 
larly renowned for its UFO 
sightings: “We have had reports of 
startling lights coming from the 


sky in South Yorkshire and of 
circular objects spotted in Leeds: 
North Yorkshire is also very good 
for sightings.” 


a low humming noise took off 
again. 

“Yorkshire is known as 
something of a hotspot for UFO's 
and we have been amazed by the 
response we have had from people 

- — we are busy investigating all 

glowing balls of light seen mid-way reports," said Mr Mantle, 
between Skipton and Grassington ~ 

and reports of white lights moving , So ” ie re Ports turn out to be 
from a valley in Halifax. clouds, meteors, aircraft, ball 


Past mysteries include bright 
shapes seen over Carleton Moor, 
near Skipton; three large white 


In Leeds two 14-year-old girls 
reported seeing a large cluster of 
lights as they played in Meanwood 
Valley. A grey low-flying object 
landed on the grass and then, with 



Mystery circles 
are back 

THE m> si mo us Bralion circles have reappeared, sparking off more 
rumours of unidentified flying objects. 

The circles, this lime a large one about 25 yards across, with two 
smaller ones beside it, appeared beneath the West bury While Horse at 
the weekend, to be greeted with cynicism from local farmers. 

"This lime they aren't very far from the road, and that's an obvious 
sign." said Mr Bob Moger, of Hillcroft Farm. 

"When they first appeared years ago I was fascinated because they 
were symmetrical but as it keeps happening you begin to gel 
suspicious. 

"I can’t believe it’s meteorological and they are certainly not being 
made by a helicopter.’* 

Last weekend's circles appeared on land farmed by Mr Peter (,ale. 
who. while hoping that not too much of his corn had been damaged, 
fell that crows could have been responsible. 

The circles have frequently appeared in Wiltshire, and the most 
popular shape has been a large circle surrounded by four smaller ones. 

Lack of a suitable explanation has fuelled speculation about UFOs, 
particularly as the pattern of the circles coincides with many people's 
concept of spaceships. 

Other, more rational explanations, have included youngsters 
swinging a large chain around in the fields, although footprints or 
witnesses have never been found. 


NEWS, Luton, England - Sept. 3, 1987 CR: T. Good 

'UFO' sightings probe 


lightning, lighthouses, tricks of 
the light, reflections, the planet 
Venus, alcohol, hallucinations, and 
even badgers. 

Others are harder to explain 
away — in 1976 a fighter pilot 
chased a UFO the size of a Boeing 
707 across the skies above Tehran. 

He described it as an intensely 
brilliant object with flashing 
lights. Suddenly a smaller bright 
object descended from it and 
rushed towards him at unbeliev¬ 
able speed. 

. He attempted to fire a missile, 
but all his weapons and communi¬ 
cation systems suddenly failed. 

The smaller object rejoined the 
mother ship which landed on the 
ground casting a glow up to two 
miles around it. 

This comes not from a science 
fiction movie but straight from the 
pages of a CIA report which was 
kept secret until the enactment of 
the Freedom of Information Act. 

According to Mr Mantle this is 
just one of many sightings which 
are kept from the public’s atten¬ 
tion: “we have set up the hotline 
so that people can come straight to 
us.” 

The hotline number is 0924- 

444049. 

CR: T. Good 


WORSLEY JOURNAL, Bolton, 
England - Aug. 13, 1987 
CR: T. Good 

"Hairdresser Mr Squire Foster told of 
seeing an l nidentifled Flying Object 
over W’alkden and Earn worth. He de¬ 
scribed it as a "beautiful’’ flat glowing 
object about HO to 100 feet in diameter. 
Two policemen in Hindley also re¬ 
ported seeing the UFO. 


TRANSLATIONS 


City and country of incident: Pordenone Province, Italy 
Date of incident: August 6, 1987 

Name of paper and date of clip: HET VOLK, August 10, 1987 
City and country of newspaper: Brussels, Belgium 


UFO 


[CREDIT: Dirk Gillabel via George Andrews] 
"DISPLACED" A CAR FOR 90 KILOMETERS 


Rome - Three tourists on vacation in Italy were witnesses of 
a strange incident with an unidentified flying object. Acc¬ 
ording to their statements, a UFO made the motor of their 
car fall out, after which the "thing" displaced the car with 
the trio on board for a distance of 90 kilometers in ten 
minutes, without their being conscious of it. This was 
mentioned last Sunday in the normally very serious Italian 
newspaper CORRIERE DELLA SERA. 

The three tourists were in the mountains of Pordenone provi¬ 
nce, northwest of Venice, Thursday about 11:00 PM, when they 
suddenly saw a blinding red light, and at the same time, the 
motor of their car fell out. When they got out of the car 
in order to see its appearance more clearly, they noticed a 
lens-shaped object about 8 meters long about 20 meters above 
their car. It was radiating reddish beams of light in all 
directions. 


ONE of Britain's top UFO ex¬ 
perts is to travel to Luton to 
probe sightings of a mysterious 
object in the night sky over the 
town. 

Mr Ken Phillips, an in¬ 
vestigator with the British 
UFO Research Association, 
wants to interview two women 
whose observations have been 
reported in the Luton News. 

In the August 20 edition, we 
told how Mrs Win Crawley. 
72. of Cowper Street. Luton, 
spent 20 minutes looking at the 
object through her binoculars. 

She described it as being 
whitish silver, with a black 
hole in the middle and what 


looked like wires running 
through it 

After reading the story about 
the sighting. Mrs Mary Lovett, 
of Holgate Drive. Luton, con¬ 
tacted us and reported seeing 
a similar object on the same 
night 

Another member of the 
British UFO Research 
Association, Mr Bill Dillon, of 
Holly bush Road. Luton, read 
the stones and contacted Mr 
Phillips, who lives in London, 
with the details 

Mr Phillips said this week 
“I hope to come to Luton to 
interview these two ladies 
about their sightings, which 


sound extremely interesting. 
There was a BBC TV news 
report about objects seen over 
north London around the lime 
the sightings took place in 
Luton" 


ENFIELD GAZETTE & OBSERVER, 
Middlesex, England 
Aug. 20, 1987 CR: T. Good 

luo spot UFO 

A SILVER space craft with 
flashing lights was sighted in 
the skies of Enfield on Sun¬ 
day. it's claimed. The Brit¬ 
ish Unidentified Flying Ob¬ 
ject Research Association 
said the sighting was re¬ 
ported by two separate wit¬ 
nesses. 


The trio, very frightened, fled back into their car, the in¬ 
terior of which was brightly lighted. When the light disap¬ 
peared, the motor started up again of its own accord. 

At that minute, the three tourists noticed that they were in 
the neighborhood of Udine, which is 90 kilometers distant 
from the place where they had the strange encounter ten min¬ 
utes previously. 


They told their story to Professor Antonio Chiumento, Presi¬ 
dent of the ItaLian Center for Ufology, who sent them to 
Pordenone Hospital for physical examination. They were 
there diagnosed as suffering from conjunctivitis and nausea. 

[NOTE: The term, "the motor of their car fell out," is obv¬ 
iously not to be taken literalLy, but rather as an indicat¬ 
ion of engine failure upon the close approach of the UFO.] 


16 



PROVINCE, Vancouver, B.C., Canada - March 18, 1987 CR: R. Dahinden/W. Thompson 



By ANN REES “He crossed the road at least 

Staff Reporter twice and came in behind us. It was 

KELLERS HEIGHTS — Myles Jack, like we were on his territory and he 
was still slinking the day after he was cheeking us out. He seemed 
and his hard-hat buddies chased really curious.'" 
uh.it ll,oy thought was a seven-loot Jack yelK . d al lljs pai , B ryan 
.Sasquatch into the frozen B.t. M,. s t da i»h. who Ihought it was a 
b " sl '- joke. ’ 

The hairy, IK 1.4 kg (400-lb) Mestdagh'sworked in the north- 
monster with size-18 feet "sent a ern wilderness for more than a 
fold chill up my spine,” the 30- decade and has never seen any- 
year-old said in an interview. thing like Bigfoot. 

The black, human-like beast “But then I happened to turn 
stood upright on heavy-set legs around and there he was standing 
and was "more like a man than an over in the corner of the clearing," 
animal,” he said. said the 34-year-old lather of 

... , , three. 

But it was a real mover. It was 

reaMy fluid in the way it moved. ” Now Mestdagh is sure it was the 

B.C. cousin of the Himalayan Yeti 
it look huge steps — twice that — the abominable snowman, 
of a normal man, he said. . . .. 

“Tve seen a documentary on the 
And the footprints were still visi- Sasquatch and I'd have to say what 
hie when a Province reporter we saw was identical," he said, 
visited die isolated clearing about dnnk or anything 

Creek * else. We saw what we saw." 

Jack and his three buddies 

weren’t drinking. creatn,c a K ,ant 

They were involved in a danger¬ 
ous. high-pressure job with ambu- , 4 ^ bear would Ik* almost impos- 
lance attendants standing nearby si ^ e ,his l " m ' °(V car f° r the sim- 
when the legendary wild man reason that are still hiber- 
appeared in the moonlight. nating, experienced bushman 

T , , i Mestdagh said. 

The seven-man Albertan oil crew 

was working in the bitter cold Sun- Its legs were too long and it 
day night when four of the team mov^d too quick and too fluidly fdr 
spotted the hulking beast skirting it to be a bear.*' 
the worksite. And Jack says there's no way it 

It peered at them intermittently was a practical joker with nothing 
as it circled the clearing around better to do on a freezing cold 
the rig. northern night. 

“He was kneeling at the edge of “No man that big could move 
the trees, just checking us out, like this did,” Jack said shaking his 
when I saw him the first Jtime," says head. “I believe we saw a Sas- 
Jack, his eyes as big as saucers. quatch." 


SASQUATCH 

SIGHTED? 


Dawsonj 
V Creek 


Feller's 

Heights 


Tumbler 
c Ridge 


Slatt photo by Los Bazso 

Myles Jack points to huge ‘hoofprints’ in Ihe snow at Fellers Heights (see map, inset). 


GRIT, Williamsport, PA - Aug. 23, 1987 CR: L. Whitehurst 

Attorney Doggedly Tracks 
Elusive Loch Ness Monster 


By DICK O'DONNELL 
For GRIT 

F OR 16 years, Robert 
Rines has been spending 
his summers trying to 
take a photograph of a 
most elusive celebrity — without 
success. 

Rines, a patent attorney and 
president of Franklin Pierce 
Law Center in Concord, N.H, 
wants to photograph the Loch 
Ness monster. 

Since 1971, he has headed a 
research team from the New 
Hampshire-based Academy of 
Applied Science that has 
traveled to Inverness, Scotland, 
with sophisticated electronic and 
photographic gear to be used in 
the event Nessie decides to make 
an appearance. 

Members of the group have 
Included Dr. Martin Klein, a 
lonar expert; Isaac Blonder, 
president of a New Jersey elec¬ 


tronics firm, and British 
researcher Tim Dinsdale, an 
expert on underwater photogra¬ 
phy. 

“Members of our group 
change from year to year,” 
explains Dr. Rines. “It all 
depends on who is free to make 
the trip over to Scotland during 
the summer months. Members 
of our group work on a volunteer 
basis, and pay their own way.” 

THE lawyer said he first 
became interested in the legen¬ 
dary sea serpent back in 1961 
while vacationing in Scotland 
when he came across a book 
about Loch Ness. Ten years 
later, he organized his first 
expedition to Inverness. 

Over the years, the group has 
picked up a “very big target" on 
its sonar equipment at Loch 
Ness. And once Rines reported 
seeing what appeared to be “the 


back of a big elephant” in Loch 

Ness. 

But Nessie — if indeed there is 
a creature in the deep loch — has 
yet to sit still long enough to pose 
for a photo. 

“Let me clarify a point," says 
Rines. “Many people believe 
there is only one sea serpent. We 
have come up with evidence that 
indicates there may be more 
than one sea creature at Loch 
Ness.” 

He said a photograph taken at 
Loch Ness one summer showed 
"two parallel wakes on the calm 
loch.” 

Despite his failue to photo¬ 
graph Nessie, Dr. Rines intends 
to keep trying. “I intend to keep 
returning to Inverness during 
the summer until we finally get a 
photo of that sea serpent,” said 
the lawyer. "We are not about to 
give up. And some summer soon, 
we will get that photo.” 


TIMES, New York, NY - Sept. 29, 1987 CR: R. Collins 

Catastrophes Can Still Explain Earth’s Changes 

To the Editor: demic roost. Immanuel Velikovsky, 

C. Leroy Ellenberger thinks the the best-known catastrophist of the 
catastrophist theories of Immanuel 20th century, is in official disfavor. 
Velikovsky have been refuted (letter, If Mr. Ellenberger believes that 
Aug. 29). I’ve lost count of how many Greenland ice cores will put Velikov- 
times such statements have been sky to rest he is sadly mistaken. He 
made over the last 37 years. The de- writes that there is an "absence of 

bate will continue for the next 37 copious cometary debris in the 

years and beyond, because the cen- cores." However, in Science Watch 
tral dispute is ancient. (Science Times, Sept. 1) you report 

Adherents of uniformitarianism that a "surprisingly high abundance” 
and catastrophism have been at one of black dust "extraterrestrial in ori- 
another’s throats for thousands of gin” has been found in the Greenland 
years. Uniformitarianism is an over- ice. The same issue of Science Times 
view of science and history that holds also reports that “mysterious mete- 
that past changes on the earth were orites” from Mars have been found 
produced slowly and calmly by pro- on earth and offers a catastrophist 
cesses still active today. Catastro- explanation. The front page of the 
phism points to abundant evidence section also carries a story about the 
that global changes also occur rap- widespread sacrificing of children in 
idly and violently. ancient Carthage to appease their 

Aristotle was a uniformitarian. planetary gods. 

Plato was a catastrophist. Cicero was Immanuel Velikovsky’s work 
a uniformitarian. Ovid was a catas- sheds light on all these findings. He 
trophist. Isaac Newton was a unifor- wasn’t always right. Neither was Co- I "7 

mitarian. His assistant, William lumbus. But Velikovsky’s day is | f 

Whiston, was a catastrophist. Today, coming, too. Clark Whelton 

uniformitarianism rules the aca- New York, Sept. 7,1987 













METEORITE 


Jeanne Sicard’s 
close encounter 
with the universe 
not all charming 

By Mark Muro 
Globe Staff 

B ARTON. Vt. - The other 
day. Jeanne Slcard was 
out on High Street, 
pointing. 

Next to her lawn, she 
pointed at the sky. 
Down at the corner, she 
showed how she drove 
up the hill, then made a 
left. A little farther on. 
by a house marked 
"KAMBOUR," she point¬ 
ed again, this time at the 
telephone wires. 

"See. It came In real 
low, slanting, like right below the 
wires there," she was saying, telling 
a visitor how It was that purplish 
February twilight. One couldn't miss 
how sober, how factual, even how 


Globe pholo/Toby Talbot 

Laurel Slcard holds part of an object 
she and her mother saw fall to earth. 


It all began that cold evening In 
February. 

Then, as always up here when 
the weather s frigid and crystal¬ 
line. the west was beginning to go 
plum-colored, and so. after feeding 
the family horse at its barn across 
town. Jeanne Slcard started to¬ 
ward her husband’s mother's 
house. It had been cold all week, 
she remembers: the streets were 
banked wholesale with frozen 
snow. But mainly It was Just a reg¬ 
ular day. she and Laurel driving, a 
routine family supper planned 
after a routine day at her part- 
time Job In the state attorney's of¬ 
fice. Nor was crossing town any 
big deal, either: There Isn't much 
to Barton but a couple of New Eng¬ 
land churches off the common, a 
bright-red-trlmmed "BARTON 
FIRE DEPT.." some lovely old 
houses in disrepair, the Blue Seal 
feed store by the railroad crossing. 

So there they were. Jeanne and 
Laurel - driving across the tracks, 
up the hill to High Street, then 
left. 

Then it happened. 

They'd Just turned. Just begun 
grinding up the Icy High Street In 
their Dodge, when Laurel shouted 
"Mom: Look /" 

Recalls Slcard, "It was out of 
nowhere: a ball of light with 
sparkles coming off. like a spar¬ 
kler." "And no way was It miles 
away." she goes on. walking there 
on High Street past elaborate old 
houses and mailboxes. "No. it was 
right there, right between the 
windshield and the house, and It 
was beautiful, white, not even go¬ 
ing that fast." What's more, she 
adds, it was low. "You could Just 
see It was going to hit right near 
us.” says Slcard. remembering 
how the bright light passed be¬ 
hind the high snowbank of her 
mother-in-law's raised lawn. "At 
first I thought It was the local 
teen-agers with firecrackers." she 
adds. 

Then Slcard decided otherwise. 
Pulling Into the driveway, she 
started looking around In the 
snow while Laurel ran Inside to 
tell her grandmother. “Grammy: 
We saw a falling starr ' After a 
while. Slcard found something: "a 
hole with something in It.” 

That something - a brownish 
mass like mud on snow - would 
become the cause of all her trou¬ 
ble. 

□ 

At first, of course, it was fun. 

The next day. a Friday, Si- 
card's husband Rick took the 
snowball to the Fairbanks Muse¬ 
um and Planetarium In St. Johns- 
bury. There staff members con¬ 
firmed it was "probably" a mete¬ 
orite. though they suggested fur¬ 
ther consultation. Meanwhile, at 
her Job, Jeanne was shocked. 

"I’d kind of forgotten about It,” 
she says now. "and then this girl 
at work says Guess what I saw?' I 
was flabbergasted. She'd been 
driving toward Irasburg and seen 
something, too." After that, the 
attorneys at her office suggested 
she call Stuart Hall, the popular 
weatherman at WCAX-TV in 
Burlington. She did, and by noon 
Friday her name was winging out 
on TV. Suddenly. New Englanders 
knew Jeanne Slcard as the finder 


concise was her tone. 

Speaking there In the breezy noon 
sun. Slcard was like hundreds of oth¬ 
er American visionaries, miscella¬ 
neous school teachers and heavy 
equipment operators who. out of the 
blue, see a light, a cometary flash, a 
UFO and - dammit! - know what 
they've seen. 

There she was. that cold-snap 
evening of Feb. 19. when suddenly - 
"like a sparkler" - this mild mother 
of two thinks she sees the crash of 
what would be the first meteor ever 
recovered In the Green Mountain 
State. "I could see It was angling In 
and not going to take off and head 
over the mountain, so I Just pulled 
my car over and got out to go look¬ 
ing." she says. 

And. to her mind at least, she did 
find something. That evening, as Sl¬ 
card has documented with fastidious 
notes, snapshots and plastic cases 
filled with dusty powder, she and her 
7'/i-year-old daughter Laurel went 
digging In the snow. There, on Sl- 


card's mother-in-law's lawn, they re¬ 
trieved a softball-sized mass of frozen 
matter: “a ball of ash." she calls It. 

And that was the beginning. 

"My husband told me not to touch 
it. so 1 put it In a shovel," Slcard re¬ 
members. relating her excitement at 
taking a "meteorite" home to her 
basement. 

Yet what's followed these two 
months has been decidedly less 
pleasant. As In many stories of the 
cosmic Intruding Into the ordinary, 
Slcard quickly found herself hum¬ 
bled. But then It got ridiculous. From 
garbled news reports to preoccupied 
experts, she's been frustrated by ru¬ 
mors. poo-pooed by professors, con¬ 
fused at every turn. Reporters mis¬ 
spelled her name: investigators from 
the Smithsonian patronized her. 

Increasingly, she says, she's 
found her close encounter with the 
mysterious universe a real drag. 
Now. she says, she almost wishes It 
never happened. 

□ 


of the first meteorite ever retrieved 
In Vermont. Right away reporters 
started calling: from AP. from UPI. 
from the Burlington Free Press. "1 
got a little tired telling the story," 
Slcard says, but at that point her 
excitement charmed her. 

It turned out that others had 
also seen something. 

Over in Glover. Dorothy Perron 
had been driving home that 
Thursday on Route 122 when she 
and her farmer husband and two 
cousins saw "this flying object." 
"It was Just a big ball of fire, 
bright and glowy." Perron would 
relate later. A few days later Rick 
Slcard - a TV repairman - was 
working on a neighbor's satellite 
dish when the owner said he'd 
seen something land close. After 
that, a Digital Equipment engi¬ 
neer from Lunenburg. Mass., 
wrote. He said he’d been driving 
Route 190 home that Thursday 
night when he saw something: 
"something real ... bright, with 
pieces falling off.” Jeanne Slcard 
wrote back, touched. 

So far she'd “pretty much” en¬ 
joyed her brush with the universe. 

But then It soured. 

Many of the news reports con¬ 
tained Inaccuracies. Not only did 
Slcard not relish finding her name 
spelled "Jean” and "Sicord” in 
various places, other reports were 
Just plain wrong. One stated the 
"object" had fallen In January. 
Another said for certain It was a 
"meteorite." which had yet to be 
proved. 

Then it got worse. 

The Smithsonian called from 
Washington but the Investigator 
struck Slcard as so "superior" she 
decided not to send samples. The 
Fairbanks Museum spoke of a 
meeting of experts who could In¬ 
spect the material, but they never 
got around to It. Then, more erro¬ 
neous news stories appeared. Fi¬ 
nally, the Sicards decided to send 
their “meteorite" - now melted, 
reduced and dried to a grainy pow¬ 
der - to a relative In Boston, who 
could take It to the Smithsonian 
Astrophyslcal Observatory at Har¬ 
vard. He did and what followed 
was weeks of silence. Finally, a 
few weeks ago. her brother called 
to say the Harvard investigators 
had determined her "meteorite” 
was likely no such thing, that It 
was "ordinary sand," that, as 
Jeanne Slcard says, "I'd probably 
seen It from 12 miles away.” 

"My husband and I were very 
disappointed," she says. 

Eventually. Slcard adds, her 
husband called the observatory to 
ask what tests had been run and 
was told none, because they 
weren't necessary. On April 3. 
Jeanne also called - "I Just had to 
talk to them.” she says - and 
found that a test for nickel could 
be performed, but would be expen¬ 
sive. Two days later, on Sunday, a 
UPI dispatch carried In the Globe 
and elsewhere made the whole af¬ 
fair seem ridiculous. That report 
suggested - wrongly - that Har¬ 
vard scientists had confirmed 
that Slcard's object was a meteor¬ 
ite. 

In fact, the pleasantly authori¬ 
tative Ursula Marvin - the scien¬ 
tist who examined the Vermont 
material - stands by her original 
verdict. 

"All I can say." she concluded 
Wednesday, "is It was not a mete¬ 
orite. it was not comet dust, not 
anything extraterrestial. Rather. 

It was ordinary sand and gravel. 
Just quartz, feldspar, other famil¬ 
iar minerals.” 

She sounded almost apologetic. 

"All I can surmise." she said, 
"is perhaps a fireball did occur 
but that people were deceived, as 
they often are. that it was near 
them when really It was miles 
away." 

And that, sadly. Is the unfortu¬ 
nate pass to which Jeanne Si- 
card's meteorite has come. 

But the finder cannot, will not. 
accept that. 

"All I know Is what 1 saw." she 
said. 

□ 

Now. Jeanne Slcard waits and 
wonders. 

(continued on page 19) 

18 





STAR, Auckland, New Zealand - Sept. 4, 1987 CR: R. Collyns 

-Technology closes in on 


(continued from page 18 
- GLOBE, Boston, MA 
- April 20, 1987) 
Evenings, the stars press down 
close, hundreds and hundreds of 
them, while days. Sicard said, 
she’s been reading the National 
Geographic for stories about fall¬ 
ing rocks. Then. too. there's a 
book her brother sent her from 
the Smithsonian. “What I'm real¬ 
ly interested in is the stony mete¬ 
orites.” she says, happily. 

Beyond that, this quiet house¬ 
wife remains tirelessly insistent. 
Recently she made a visitor a 
grilled cheese sandwich, pointed 
out the window some, then spread 
out a green folder on the kitchen 
table with a passel of clippings, 
miscellaneous snapshots, a Polar¬ 
oid. “Object from Space’ Exam- 


LONDON. — A team of American 
and British scientists is to launch a new 
hunt for the Loch Ness monster, using 
sonar equipment which they say cannot 
fail to spot Nessie if he or she is there. 

“It will he one of the largest 
scientific expeditions ever undertaken 
on the mysterious lake,” said Adrian 
Shine, a veteran monster hunter and 
the co-ordinator of the latest attempt. 

Operation Deep Scan is to start next 
month at Loch Ness, the Scottish lake 
near Inverness, where for more than SO 
years unconfirmed reports of a mons¬ 
ter have kept tourists coming and 
scientists guessing. 

The expedition will take a formidable 
amount of equipment to scan the lake, 
which is 40 kilometres long and about 
250 metres deep. 


For 10 days, 20 boats loaded with 
electronic equipment, sonar scanners 
and underwater cameras will hunt for 
Nessie in the murky depths. 

During tests last year, the sonar 
equipment was perfected so that no 
fish bigger than about 10cm could 
escape detection. Organisers believe 
this means that if there is a Loch Ness 
monster, it has little hope of hiding 
from them. 

The results of the electronic hunt 
will be analysed and decoded by a team 
of about 60 scientists on shore. 

In 1983 Mr Shine, in an article in 
New Scientist magazine, caused a 
sensation by declaring that there was 
no monster. Six months later the 
magazine had to admit that some 
details of the Loch Ness file were still 


unclear and deserved “deeper” consid¬ 
eration. 

The Loch Ness and Morar Project, 
which is also associated with Operation 
Deep Scan, is convinced there is 
"something” there. It carried out a 
hunt in 1982 and said it made 40 
recordings of something like a fish, but 
more developed. 

The equipment makes previous at¬ 
tempts to find Nessie look pitiful, but 
nearly everything else has been tried 
in the past, including telepathy and the 
sending of waves to attract the monster 
by stimulating its erogenous zones. 

One West German industrialist tried 
to attract the monster with 10 tonnes of 
breadcrumbs spread across the sur¬ 
face, while Voshiro Kou, a business¬ 
man of Chinese origin, prepared a 


Nessie- 

mini-submarine equipped with an 
underwater tranquilistng rifle. The 
Scottish authorities banned him from 
using it. 

After 50 years scientific experts are 
divided on the prospects of ever 
finding Nessie. Sceptics have said it is 
a clear case of collective hallucina¬ 
tions, or that it is the bodies of dead 
cows or tree trunks that have come to 
tbe surface. 

Among pro-monster advocates are 
those who say it is an unknown variety 
of the plesiosaur marine reptile. Tbe 
theories are numerous but hard proof 
ia less abundant. 

Tbe latest sighting was last month. A 
retired American street cleaner said he 
saw a creature with “a sort of cat face 
with a kind of stupid look.” 


lned." ”A Star Falls in Barton: 
Smithsonian Interested.” "Fire¬ 
balls Light Up Vt. Sky." read the 
clippings: other papers noted 
phone numbers, addresses. From 
over on top of the refrigerator she 
preferred the plastic box of dust. 
She said she’d lent out a few of her 
articles to a neighborhood 8 th- 
grader for his school report on her 
experience. 

“You can’t but get interested.” 
she exclaimed. "It’s fascinating." 

And yet. Jeanne Sicard mostly 
seems frustrated. 

At the end of the month she's 
going to retrieve her samples from 
Boston and maybe send them 
somewhere else, she says. Right 
now she’s Just plain miffed. "See. 
it would have been easier If they'd 
Just do a real test and say yes’ or 
no.’ " she says, "but the way it is 
now 1 kind of feel like ‘Why me?’ " 
"I mean." she says, "those are 
educated people who don’t think 
much of this and I respect that, 
but maybe there’s something else 
up there they don’t know about " 
"Sometimes." she murmurs. "I 
wish it'd never happened." 


SUN, Vancouver, B.C., Canada - March 7, 1987 CR: G. Conway 

Cavities puzzle pyramid probers 


By ASHRAF FOUAD 
Reuter 

GIZA, Egypt — Japanese and 
French experts are investigating a 
new mystery at the 4,600-year-old 
pyramids — why the pharaohs built 
geometrical cavities inside the 
Great Pyramid of Cheops and filled 
some with mineral-enriched sifted 
sand. 

The foreign archaeologists ar¬ 
rived in Giza last year to search for 
the missing mummy of Cheops in¬ 
side his pyramid, one of the Seven 
Wonders of the ancient world. 

Instead, they uncovered a new 
mystery in the ancient funerary 
complex just outside Cairo. 

From the outside, the pyramid 
appears to be built of solid blocks of 
limestone. But two French archi¬ 
tects, Gilles Dormion and Jean-Pa- 
trice Goidin. discovered cavities 
which could total 15 to 20 per cent oi 
the structure. 



PYRAMID AT GIZA: 
unknown paasage found 


"It could be for a religious func¬ 
tion, an engineering function or just 
stores," said Ahmed Kadry, head 
of Egypt's Antiquities Depart¬ 
ment. 

He called the discovery “the 


threshold of a new archeological 
revolution.” 

The French team used an instru¬ 
ment which measures differences 
in gravity to find the internal 
spaces. Then they drilled small 
holes through the 1.8-metre blocks 
and found sand — but not ordinary 
sand from the nearby desert. 

Laboratory tests showed it came 
from another part of Egypt and was 
sifted and enriched with minerals 
before being placed inside the pyra¬ 
mid by the ancient architects. 

Japanese specialists equipped 
with scanners hooked to video 
screens conducted a week of tests 
and, on the basis of preliminary re¬ 
sults, confirmed the French find¬ 
ings. 

The Japanese also discovered a 
new empty space behind a corridor 
leading to the so-called Queen's 
Chamber. 

This void might be a secret cham¬ 


ber where the missing treasures 
and mummy of Cheops are buried, 
team chief Sakuji Yoshimura said 
in an interview. 

The pharaohs believed in life 
after death and were buried with 
their treasures and food. To con¬ 
fuse grave-robbers, they built sev¬ 
eral burial chambers in each funer¬ 
ary complex. 

The archeologists from Tokyo's 
Waseda University also found a 
previously unknown passage start¬ 
ing 42 metres from the Cheops pyr¬ 
amid and running beneath it. Yo¬ 
shimura said the tunnel, mostly 
filled with sand, might be a secret 
entrance. 

While the French team continues 
work at Giza, the Japanese will be 
running their data through com¬ 
puters in Tokyo. They aim to have 
full results by mid-April giving; a 
graphic picture of the pyramid's in¬ 
terior. 


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Fish-Finder Joins Hunt for 


By Ann DeFrnnge 

If an Oklahoma fish-finding device 
can locate a crappie in an Oklahoma 
lake, scientists figure it should be 
able to find the monster in Loch Ness. 

If it does, a legend that’s existed 
since the sixth century is about to be 
demythed by 20th-century technolo¬ 
gy 

When the newest exploration of the 
mysterious Scottish lake begins Oct. 
9, a group of Oklahomans will be 
aboard. Co-sponsors of the venture 
are Loch Ness Exhibition Centre of 
Drumnadrochit, Scotland, and Low- 
rance Electronics Inc. of Tulsa. 

Lowrance, an Oklahoma-based firm 


for nearly 30 years, manufactures a 
sonar scanner that helps boaters na¬ 
vigate or helps sportsmen locate fish. 
The device emits sound waves 
through the water which bounce back 
to the surface when they hit bottom 
or a solid object in between, then 
prints a graph of the findings. The 
same principles can be used on the 
alleged monster nicknamed "Nessie," 
said company spokesman Steve 
Schneider. 

Engineers and others from the Tul¬ 
sa company, including president Dar¬ 
rell Lowrance, will join scientists at 
the lake in early October. The project 
itself will take three days. The water 


has already been tested for density, 
mineral content and other factors 
that affect the sound waves. 

Twenty of the "fish-finder" units 
will be placed on 20 boats, borrowed 
from a Scottish tourist cruise compa¬ 
ny. The boats will line up across the 1- 
mile-wide and 24-mile-long lake, 200 
feet apart, and sweep the span of the 
water. Schneider said scientists esti¬ 
mate that will take about 12 hours. 

"Our units can pinpoint objects one 
inch apart," Schneider said. "They 
are capable of showing anything 
there. Undoubtedly we will find thou¬ 
sands and thousands of game fish and 
schools of bait fish.” 


'Nessie' 


And, maybe, the monster. Ac¬ 
cording to legend, it is 30 feet long. 

Schneider said that among the sci¬ 
entists working in the project, "Some 
insist there is something there and 
want to identify it.” Others want to 
finally prove there is nothing myste¬ 
rious about the lake. 

Schneider said, “For years there 
were rumors of giant octopuses and 
squid in the ocean, and people scoff¬ 
ed. Then time proved there were.” 

Personally, "I’d certainly like to 
see the expressions on the faces of the 
people who insisted it was never 
there. 

"If," Schneider added, "it is there." 


* Curious things’ conference ends 


"" By Graham Heathcote 

O' of The Associated Press 


S? EDINBURGH, Scotland - Scientists 

< who investigate such mysteries as psychic 
I spoon-bending, mind-reading and things 
_ that go bump in the night wound up an in- 
o ternational conference Saturday saying 

m there’s something out there, but they 
as aren’t sure what. 

^ “There is now enough information from 
research to suggest that some odd things 
> do happen, but there’s no cohesive theory 
£ as to why and how they happen,” said 
S American Professor Robert L. Morris of 
* Edinburgh University, 
c n Morris, 45, Britain’s first professor of 

§3 parapsychology, said in an interview that 
m his science deals with “curious things that 
H aren’t explained.” 

w “We don’t know what the outcome of 
H the many investigations will be and if it 
turns out that psychic phenomena are 

< merely the application of known physics 
° and biology, and can be explained in ordi¬ 
nary terms, well, that’s fine,” he said. 

Morris, formerly of Syracuse Univer¬ 
sity, New York, joined 140 other scientists 


in the field to discuss their work, in Edin¬ 
burgh at the five-day, 30th annual confer¬ 
ence of the Parapsychological Association. 

A note of caution about believing fan¬ 
tastic stories was sounded by Dr. John 
Beloff, a retired Edinburgh University 
psychologist who organized the meeting 
with Morris. 

“I consider that excessive credulity 
does far more harm than excessive incre¬ 
dulity,” said Beloff. 

In his address on the credibility of psy¬ 
chic claims, Beloff said there were fewer 
cases around of alleged psychic activity 
than there used to be. 

He said Uri Geller, who gained fame 
with his claimed ability to bend spoons by 
thought alone, “has taken a terrible bat¬ 
tering and the mini-Gellers have become 
even scarcer.” 

But from time to time, there were 
amazing claims, Beloff said. “Our ances¬ 
tors called them miracles or witchcraft 
but modern researchers should adopt a 
neutral term such as ‘extreme phenome¬ 
na,”’ he said. 

If such extreme phenomena exist, it is 
intellectually dishonest as well as cow¬ 


ardly to discount them, Belotf said. 

Morris said investigators of the para¬ 
normal have a handy short name for the 
apparently inexplicable. They call it psi, 
which rhymes with sigh. 

Psi covers extrasensory perception or 
ESP, which is knowing things you couldn't 
have known by the usual means, like sens¬ 
ing the death of a relative at the moment 
of death, or dreaming of a plane crash 
that happens next day. 

“I know of an Edinbrugh woman who 
left her work suddenly because she felt 
something was wrong at home and on ar¬ 
riving there she found one of her children 
had been sent home from school ill,” 
Morris said. 

The power of mind over matter, like 
spoon-bending or rolling a string of win¬ 
ning combinations with dice by apparent 
will-power, is called psychokinesis or PK. 

In a PK case cited by Alok Saklani of 
Garwhal University in Srinagar, India, a 
Himalayan shaman or faith-healer per¬ 
suaded one group of wheat seeds to germi¬ 
nate more abundantly than another group, 
seemingly by concentrating her thoughts 
on them, and under test conditions. 

Robert McConnell, a retired physicist 


at Pittsburgh University and the associa¬ 
tion’s first president, told The Associated 
Press: “We don’t have any idea what 
we’re doing. All we know is that some¬ 
thing occurs.” 

McConnell said: “Despite enormous in¬ 
terest among laymen, we need more 
recognition from the scientific establish¬ 
ment so we can get support, and I don’t 
mean just money. We have too much 
popular attraction and not enough willing¬ 
ness to examine the evidence.” 

“Parapsychology is totally unreward¬ 
ing financially, so we can’t attract enough 
of the most brilliant young men and 
women,” McConnell said. 

Asked if investigating the paranormal 
could have any result beyond advancing 
knowledge, McConnell responded: “Psi 
has to do with the relation of con¬ 
sciousness to the physical world. Ulti¬ 
mately, I expect we will find relationships 
between people which are now regarded 
as impossible or absurd and once we have 
more intimate relationships, we might 
conceivably be able to overcome our des¬ 
perate problems, like overpopulation and 
war.” 


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ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT, Little Rock, AR - Oct. 10, 1987 


Loch Ness hunt most extensive ever 


| The search for Nessie 

OPERATION DEEPSCAN: 

Over 20 sonar equipped motor boats 
sweep the one mile wide Loch Ness 
in an attempt to solve the 1,500 year 
old mystery of Nessie, the Loch 
Ness Monster. 



Length: 23 miles 

Average Width: 1 mile 
Average Depth: 720 feet 


Depth sonar 
detects ‘lump’ 

The Associated Press 

DRUMNADROCHIT, Scot¬ 
land - A motorboat flotilla 
moved down the inky waters of 
Loch Ness like an out-of-step 
chorus line Friday in the big¬ 
gest scientific hunt yet for Nes¬ 
sie, the lake’s elusive monster. 

Several sonar contacts with 
unidentified objects were re¬ 
ported and Tony Harmsworth, 
director of the Loch Ness Cen¬ 
ter, said of one at a depth of 
244 feet: "If we have a monster, 
it would register exactly like 
this.” 

He said the contact “must 
have been strong to register as 
it did.” 

The others reported were at 
the bottom of the lake, includ¬ 
ing one “very large lump.” 

Adrian Shine, an avowed 
Nessie skeptic who organized 
the three-day hunt, said it 
would be the most thorough 
ever of the murky lake but 
would not resolve the 1,400- 
year-old debate about whether 
the monster is fact or fantasy. 

“Keep faith with all the 
maligned eyewitnesses who 
look to you for vindication,” 
the 38-year-old London sales¬ 
man told his 100 volunteers be¬ 
fore the boats set out. “You all 
know where I stand on this 
issue. I want you to suspend 


my skepticism." 

It was Shine's 1982 expedi¬ 
tion to Loch Ness, during 
which 40 strong sonar contacts 
with large and sometimes mov¬ 
ing objects were reported, that 
led to this week’s Operation 
Deepscan. 

Twenty-four motorboats 
equipped with the latest 
American-made sonar echo 
sounders straggled into place 
across the center of the mile¬ 


wide lake. 

Wind made the surface 
choppy and the 32-foot vessels 
could not hold to a straight 
line. 

“In this weather right now 
it’s pretty horrible, but it will 
start to shape up,” said 14- 
year-old Sebastian Callaway of 
Los Angeles, 

As the flotilla made its way 
down the middle of the lake, 
the area where Shine’s sonar 


contacts were reported in 1982, 
voices on the marine radio re¬ 
ported the new ones. 

Each was marked with a 
buoy for a follow-up to deter¬ 
mine whether the object re¬ 
mained there or had moved 
off. 

Shine said he was looking 
for “a very large fish” and 
“would be delighted with a 20 - 
foot eel or sturgeon or some¬ 
thing like that." 


CHRONICLE, San Francisco, CA - Aug. A, 1987 CR: W. Thompson 

BOOKS 


Speculation on Landmarks 
Of the Martian Landscape 


The Monuments Of Mars: A City 
on the Edge of Forever 

By Richard C. Hoagland 
Atlantic, 348 pages, $14.95 


BY PENNY SKILLMAN 


I f you enjoy science mysteries in¬ 
volving outer space, evolution, 
extraterrestrial speculation, an¬ 
cient history and anthropology, 
then you'll like this book. If, on the 
other hand, you're a believer in the 
kind of scientific investigation that 
never puts the cart before the 
horse, you’re bound to experience 
fits of exasperation over “The Mon¬ 
uments of Mars.” 

On the basis of computer-en¬ 
hanced 1976 Viking Orbiter photos 
taken of Mars from a thousand 
miles off its surface, science jour¬ 
nalist Richard Hoagland speculates 
that there may be artificial struc¬ 
tures there, including a mile-wide 
humanoid “Face" and a “City” built 
in geographic relation to one anoth¬ 
er. 

There are no two ways about it, 
is Hoagland's challenge: The struc¬ 
tures are either natural or artificial; 
if the latter is the case, he deems 
this “one of the most important dis¬ 
coveries of our entire existence on 
Earth." Hoagland, who it's clear is 
passionately obsessed with the idea 
that the Martian features are arti- 


Son Francisco writer Fenny Skillman 
is a recent contributor to Small Press Re¬ 
view. 


facts, has produced a book top- 
heavy (as he admits) with excessive 
theorizing. It is a series of specula¬ 
tions on how, and by whom, the 
“monuments" were built, and what 
they might mean. 

Did life evolve on Mars in the 
distant past, despite the fact that it 
now has an environment hostile to 
the evolution of life as we know it? 
Did earlier Earth societies, which 
enjoyed a higher order of techno¬ 
logical development than we, travel 
to Mars? Did extraterrestrials from 
outside our solar system visit Mars? 
And, a more chilling hypothesis: 
Was Mars at one time a habitable 
planet that was subsequently de¬ 
stroyed by nuclear war? 

Hoagland spins out his specula¬ 
tions for perhaps a hundred pages 
too many. Yet despite this, and his 
tyranny by exclamation point (the 
reader at times experiences a desire 
to reach for an envelope with which 
to send NASA a donation and re¬ 
quest to, for heaven's sake! send an¬ 
other orbiter up to Mars and find 
out what those structures really 
are!), the book has a lot to commend 
it. 

The author does dare to tread 
where mainstream scientists 
wouldn’t. And he does appreciate 
the difference between science and 
fantasy, discussing the pros and 
cons of various hypotheses objec¬ 
tively. In a way, Hoagland’s theories 
make the planned 1988 Russian mis¬ 
sion to the Martian moons and the 
1990 U.S. “Mars Observer" mission 



Mars: Artificial or natural land¬ 
marks? 


more potentially exciting than the 
Super Bowl. 

And there's a bonus here, too. 
Part of the book is a journal of the 
story of how Hoagland has tried to 
interest scientists and institutions 
such as Stanford Research Institute 
in bis Mars investigation. He gives 
us an inside view of how the scien¬ 
tific community responds to fads 
and negative feedback, as any other 
industry does, and what it takes to 
get backing for projects out of the 
mainstream. 

Then, too, if by some rare 
chance Hoagland has hit the bulls- 
eye with his theory about the for¬ 
mations on Mars being artificial, 
those 20 publishers who turned 
down his manuscript before Berke¬ 
ley publisher Richard Grossinger 
willingly took it on no doubt will be 
crying in their Martian beers. And 
Hoagland would enjoy the distinc¬ 
tion of having literally, as well as 
metaphorically, put a new face on 
the subject of the exploration of 
outer space 


HARTFORD RECORD, Bel Air, MD 

Earthline 


Sept. 23, 1987 


Encounters in Chase 


By Bob Chance 

“Try to be like a turtle—at ease 
in your own shell.” 

B. Copeland 

Maryland Bigfoot investigator 
Mark Opsasnick recently recall¬ 
ed several stirring accounts of 
Sasquatch sightings which took 
place throughout May and Juno 
of 1976. Centered in the 
Harewood Park area of Chase, 
dozens of encounters were in¬ 
vestigated by the Baltimore 
County Police. In one instance a 
Sasquatch was seen at night 
crossing Harewood Road by two 
police officers who have re¬ 
quested anonymity. Sgt. George 
Brooks recalls that K-9 units 
tracked the creature to the 
drainage tunnels where the Little 
Gunpowder River flows under 
1-95, then refused to go any fur¬ 
ther. These tunnels are the same 
exact location where at least two 
separate teams of police officers 
reported seeing the Sasquatch 
during that early summer inva¬ 
sion. 

These reports quite probably il¬ 
lustrate the Harford County Sas- 
quatch’s search for territorial ex¬ 
pansion. Moving south from his 
Deer Creek watershed home, the 
creature traveled down along the 
Little Gunpowder Falls, under 
1-95, and then seemingly headed 
west through the Days Cove 
region of the Bird River and over 
to Chase. By mid-June the reports 
had stopped and the Sasquatch 
returned to Harford County. Any 
readers with any further Bigfoot 
information from these areas 
should write to: Mark Opsasnick, 
114 Rosewood Dr., Green belt, MD 
20770. 

Recently I heard of an episode 


from a Chase grocery store con¬ 
versation involving the un¬ 
substantiated Incident of dozens 
of soldiers combing the swamps 
and the Gunpowder delta a 
decade ago. Rumor had it that an 
experimental mammal might 
have escaped from the nearby 
military property. Over the last 
15 years there have been several 
^ini,^^pl sightings, and some were 
substantiated by the local police. 

Often I have shown people 
maps of concentrated areas of 
possible Sasquatch sightings. 
Latrobe, Pa., has been one such 
area that has received a lot of at¬ 
tention in the last 20 years. 
Recently, additional sightings 
have occurred. 

In 1982, three people were 
camped near a stream about half 
a mile above the Bear Cave. They 
saw the top branches of mature 
mountain laurel moving in an 
unusual manner. This is the same 
ground cover surrounding ail of 
the Muddy Creek reports 15 years 
ago. The campers moved to 
another valley to look for old bot¬ 
tles. Off toward a rocky bluff 
they saw a primate with a lot of 
hair on its arms and a lot on the 
top of the head. It dropped its 
arms down and walked into the 
green laurel. The hiker stated 
that he had been going to the 
same area for 20 years and had 
never seen an animal like that. 
“I’m 100 percent sure it was not 
a bear.” 

Dr. Cynthia Walter, professor 
of biology at St. Vincent College, 
says it seems extremely unlikely 
that such a creature exists in the 
20th century. The area has been so 
thoroughly examined and there 
are hunters everywhere. 


CR: M. Opsasnick 


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