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LETTER TO THE EDITOR 

Dear APRO 

Just received Vol. 31, No. 1 & 2 issues and it appears that my time is up. 

I am proudly renewing my membership and want to compliment you for (the) top class information you 
provide. 

You are right by keeping (an) independent line, with provision for serious cooperation. 

Being fluent in French, German, Spanish, Russian and Yugoslav (Serbo Croatian), time permitting, I accept 
to do some voluntary translations. 


Sincerely, 

(signed) Dimitri Ossipov 


Thank you, Mr. Ossipov. Yours is one of many letters from the membership endorsing our non-alignment 
policy where a UFO Federation is concerned. We appreciate your offer to translate, and your talents will be put 
to good use shortly.The Editor 


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the apno bulletin 

VOL. 31. __ TUCSON, ARIZONA _ NCL 3 

THE BOOMS ARE BACK! 


WHAT IS A SKEPTIC? 

By Coral E. Lorenzen 

“UFOs and Outer Space Mysteries” came across my 
desk in late 1982, and is responsible for the generation 
of this article. The book is a soft cover, sells for $6.95, 
is authored by James E. Oberg, and is not worth the 
price or the paper it’s printed on. Why? Because even 
in the sub-title, “A Sympathetic Skeptic’s Report”, 
Oberg misrepresents himself and his product. Oberg is 
neither a skeptic nor sympathetic. 

The Webster’s New World Dictionary, Deluxe 
Edition, published in 1980, defines a skeptic as “a 
person who habitually doubts, questions or suspends 
judgement upon matters generally accepted.” UFOs 
are certainly not generally accepted, so the skeptic 
definition does not apply to Oberg in that context. He 
does not simply doubt, question or suspend 
judgement, either. But let’s examine another word and 
its application to Oberg and his methodology. 

Detract: (Same dictionary) “To draw away - belittle 
- malicious discrediting of someone’s character, 
accomplishments, as by revealing hidden faults, or by 
slander.” Let’s see how the word detract relates to 
Oberg’s methods and those of some of his colleagues. 

THE SNOWFLAKE CAPER 

On page 33 of “UFOs and Outer Space 
Mysteries”, Oberg applies his methods to the Walton 
case, attempting to prejudice the reader at the very 
beginning. Quote: “Probably among the millions of 
Americans who watched (and were misled) by the 
pseudo-documentary were some Arizona woodsmen 
who were in a tight financial bind.” (Note: Oberg is 
referring to NBC’s presentation of the Betty and 
Barney Hill case). 

STOP RIGHT THERE! With that one sentence , 
Oberg “sets up” the reader. Fact: The “woodsmen” 
(Walton and his fellow woodcutters) did not see the 
program in question. The woodsmen were not in a 
financial bind. The latter was misrepresentation 
number two. 

The fairy story about the alleged financial problems 
of the crew boss, Mike Rogers, was the invention of 
champion equivocator Phill Klass, who is a colleague 
of Mr. Oberg. Here we have a beautiful illustration of 
how the alleged (by Klass) “financial problems” of one 

(See SKEPTIC - Page Two) 


Cities along the Gulf Coast were shaken by loud 
"aerial booms on the afternoon of Saturday, February 
26. The frightening noises caused a bombardment of 
telephone calls to the weather bureau, the press and 
law enforcement agencies from Alabama to Mississippi 
and as far north as Picayune, Louisiana. 

Seven “blasts” were heard and felt over a period 
estimated variously from 30 to 45 minutes. 

The Reverend Louis J. Eisele, an earthquake expert 
at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, said he 
registered booms at 12:11 and 12:30 p.m. on the nine 
seismographs at his installation. “The earth wiggled 
for about ten seconds”, he said, and “It definitely was 
not something that came from underneath. It was 
pressure waves that came from something airborne 
over the Gulf (of Mexico)”. 

It was suggested that four National Guard F-4 
Phantom fighter planes had broken the sound barrier 
near the Chandeleur Islands, 25 miles south of 
Gulfport, Mississippi around noon. The Louisiana Air 
National Guard spokesman who furnished that 
information asked not to be identified, however. 
Brigadier General Ansel M. Stroud, Jr. of the 
Louisiana National Guard, said that he doubted that 
National Guard planes were responsible. 

All in all, everyone who could have been responsible 
denied any culpability, but Eisele provided one 
inadvertant clue: He did not believe airplanes were 
responsible but cited meteors, explosions in the Gulf 
waters and, “though highly unlikely, flying saucers”. 

This is a STOP PRESS item, and we do not have 
time to check on back issues for references, but a 
recent Bulletin issue contained an article on the 
“Bermuda Triangle” which supplies a possible answer 
to the enigma of the booms. 

Old timers will recall that strange booms plagued 
the Gulf Coast and the East Coast of the U. S. in the 
middle and late 1960s, coinciding with an intense 
period of UFO activity. 

***** 

FIELD INVESTIGATION 

From the time APRO and the Lorenzens moved to 
Tucson in July, 1960, Mr. Louis Daughtery served as 
a member of our Board of Directors and Director of 
Investigations for the State of Arizona until ill health 
prevented his participation in 1979. He contributed 
much in the way of improvement and change in 
investigative methods. 






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THE A.P.R.O. BULLETIN 
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Published March, 1983 

Investigation 

(Continued from Page One) 

Mr. Daughtery passed away in January, 1982, but 
his death was not noted in the Bulletin at the time as 
Mrs. Lorenzen felt that plans being formulated to 
change and improve field investigation should be 
implemented and serve as a memorial to his years of 
service. 

In the early 1970s, we issued our first and only Field 
Investigator's Manual. Although the methods outlined 
therein are still viable, considerable progress and a few 
changes have been made and it has been decided that 
another manual will not be issued at any foreseeable 
time for two reasons: 1) Changes and additions are 
few, and 2) The economy being what it is, we do not 
feel justified in issuing another manual simply to 
update a small number of items. 

If those members and investigators who undertake 
case investigations will follow the general guideline of 
the four-page APRO Report Form, it will be adequate 
in most instances. In those cases where special 
instructions are needed, Headquarters will be in touch. 

We again urge Field Investigators to inform 


headquarters concerning their status and ability to 
take on investigations, and the geographical location 
and scope of their availability. The response has been 
good so far, but let's make it 100%! 

***** 

Skeptic 

f Continued from Page One) 

man (Mike Rogers) becomes the financial bind of the 
whole group just in the RE-TELLING! 

When the Walton story broke in November, 1975, 
APRO received a letter from Klass saying he hoped we 
weren't going to get involved in the case (!!) We don't 
think he was worried about APRO - just what we 
might find out. This fear was demonstrated in a 
barrage of letters containing quotes from newspapers 
(we all know how inaccurate they can be!) which 
bolstered his pet theory that the Walton case was a 
hoax, or posed questions. Possibly he hoped to draw 
us into a debate and divert our attention from the 
investigation. One of those questions and its answer 
serve to demonstrate (we can't deal with all of them 
due to space limitations) Klass's turn of mind at the 
time. (Briefly, for the uninitiated, Walton and six 
others saw a strange, structured object at low altitude 
in the woods, a beam shot out from it and struck 
Walton. Walton fell to the ground, the others panicked 
and left. When they returned minutes later, Walton 
was gone. Despite intensive search, he was not found 
until five days later). 

After Walton returned, it was learned that the local 
law enforcement people had been “tipped off" 
(probably by the telephone operator) that Walton was 
back and had called his family from Heber and asked 
for someone to come and get him. His brother Duane, 
a resident of Phoenix, was staying in Snowflake, 
waiting for news and helping in the search. When the 
call came through, Duane and his sister's husband, 
Grant Neff, drove to Heber, picked up Travis and 
brought him back. 

In one of the flood of letters from Klass, he asked 
why the officer stationed outside Snowflake to watch 
for the Waltons' return, hadn't seen them re-enter 
Snowflake (Klass assumed Travis had been “hidden 
out" in Snowflake all the time). Inasmuch as we had 
Duane and Travis' testimony on the subject (the call 
had come in at midnight, the men had set out for 
Heber immediately and had Travis back in Snowflake 
by 1 a.m.) I decided to doublecheck. My first 
telephone call located Markshall Flake who, it turned 
out, had been delegated to watch for the men's return. 
He did not see them enter Snowflake. I asked him if 
he could explain why. His answer was quite simple: 
The Sheriff's office and local law enforcement head¬ 
quarters were in such an uproar with telephone calls 
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ongoing investigation that Marshall Flake didn’t get 
the message from Sheriff Gilson to set up a watch for 
the men until well after 2 a.m.! One sentence of 
Marshall Flake’s statement is most illuminating, 
however - he said the watch would have been fruitless 
in any case because Duane Walton was from Phoenix 
and no one knew what kind of car he owned and 
therefore they didn’t know what kind of vehicle to be 
on the lookout for! 

The upshot of the Klass “investigation” was that 
Klass did his “research” by telephone and mainly 
succeeded in casting aspersions concerning the 
characters of the people involved. Those of you 
interested in the truth about the Walton case should 
try to obtain a copy of Travis’s book “The Walton 
Experience”, (Berkley books, 1978, $1.95). It may be 
difficult to obtain as only 26,000 were printed (Walton 
did not make a lot of money on his experience, despite 
what his detractors claim). I suggest you try used 
book stores. 

No one has yet satisfactorily explained where 
Walton was for five days, clad only in boots, socks, 
underclothing, jeans, shirt and jacket. The overnight 
temperature in the Snowflake-Heber area in November, 
1975, was 8 degrees Fahrenheit. The whole area was 
thoroughly searched by experienced horsemen, trackers 
in trucks, on foot, in planes and helicopters, and the 
woods were full of deer hunters. Yet no one saw 
Walton. 

TRINDADE ISLAND 

Getting back to Oberg’s “Sympathetic” report, I 
have to suggest that he be a bit more thorough at 
checking his facts, and a little more honest in his 
respresentation of same. I refer the reader to page 115 
which shows a reproduction of the famous 
Saturn-shaped UFO photo taken over the Island of 
Trindade in January, 1958. Oberg’s caption reads, in 
part, “The witness was a professional trick 
photographer.” 

That sentence is gross misrepresentation. The truth 
is: One of the witnesses was the photographer who 
snapped the photos, was a professional marine 
photographer and was at the Island of Trindade to 
photograph the Navy exercises at the invitation of the 
Brazilian Navy. During the investigation, it was 
routinely asked if he had ever made a trick photo and 
he honestly admitted that he had. It should be made 
clear here and now that any competent photographer 
has had the opportunity and, indeed, has taken the 
opportunity to execute “trick” photography. It’s a 
part of learning the craft, as Oberg well realizes. 
Almiro Barauna, the photographer, was a professional, 
had made “trick” photos during his career, but he was 
not a professional trick photographer. 

The concluding words of Oberg’s caption for the 
Trindade photo is: “and Donald Menzel has argued 
persuasively that this is a hoax.” 


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Menzel may have argued persuasively, but in laying 
his foundation, Menzel, himself, perpetrated a hoax! 

On page 210 of his book, “The World of Flying 
Saucers” (Doubleday, 1963), Menzel quotes an 
“unofficial Navy statement” allegedly made by a Navy 
spokesman and printed in the newspaper, “O Globo”. 
The key words are: “No officer or sailor from the 
N.E. Almirante Saldanha (the ship from which the 
> photographer, Almiro Barauna, took the photographs 
of the object circling the Island — the Eld.) witnessed 
the event.” Menzel’s source of reference at the end of 
the chapter is simply, “Flying Saucers” (?). I have 
never been able to locate that particular clipping or 
article, in all of the source material forwarded by our 
APRO Representative, Dr. Olavo T. Fontes, who 
investigated the Trindade case. 

Now, let us go to Item 2 of a report issued by the 
Congress of Brazil after its investigation of the 
Trindade photos: “The UFO alarm given 

simultaneously by members of the crew (italics 
mine-CEL) in the stem and the bow of the ship.” 

Another bit of Menzelian skuldiggery is demon¬ 
strated on Page 210 of Menzel’s “The World of Flying 
Saucers.” He quotes an official Brazilian Navy 
statement, and in his feverish attempt to change 
history to fit his pre-conceived ideas, he even changed 
the text of that! To wit: 

“Clearly this Ministry will not be able to make any 
pronouncement concerning the reality of the object 
seen because the photographs do not constitute 
sufficient proof for this purpose.” Menzel’s source for 
this little gem is “Air Force files”. We presume he 
means U. S. Air Force. 

The original official Brazilian Navy statement reads: 
“Obviously, this Ministry cannot make any statement 
about the object sighted over the Island of Trindade, 
for the photos do not constitute evidence enough for 
such a purpose.” 

The critical phrases are: “reality of” — which is not 
a part of the Navy statement and obviously inserted 
by Menzel, “over the Island of Trindade”, which 
Menzel deleted, and “evidence enough”, which Menzel 
changed to “sufficient proof”. There’s a whale of a 
difference between the words “evidence” and ’’proof”. 

Why did Menzel make these changes? Possibly 
because he did not want history to know that the 
object was seen over the island as well as 
photographed , and he wanted to cast doubt as to the 
reality of the object itself! 

In fact, Menzel cut and adjusted the official 
statements of the Brazilian Navy to suit his purposes. 
His motivation is the element in question: Was he 
driven by the same emotional need of so many 
scientists to explain away something whose very 
existence tears at their scientific credibility? Or — was 
he willing co-operator in a diabolic government- 
concocted plot to suppress any credible UFO evidence? 






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Coming forward 20 years to Oberg’s book, we must 
conclude that, if two well-investigated cases such as 
the Trindade Island and Walton reports are so casually 
misrepresented, the remainder of Oberg’s writings 
must be called into question. 

Who is James Oberg? He is a colleague of Philip 
Klass, a member of the NASA Shuttle support team in 
Houston, Texas (John Schuessler of VISIT is similarly 
employed), a member or ex-member of the U.S. Air 
Force and a member of the Mutual UFO Network. The 
book cover notes the fact that Oberg is six feet, eight 
inches tall, and his “head is in the stars.” I suggest 
his head is in the clouds and he should get back down 

to earth where the visibility is better. 

***** 

ENGLAND SITE OF 
MINOR FLAP 

August 1, 1982 - Peterborough - Elizabeth Isaacs 
saw an object described as twice the size of a tennis 
ball hovering about 10 feet above the roof of the 
Peterborough Regional Swimming Pool. She described 
a sphere-shaped, bright white light which suddenly 
gave off a red glow. “Then the edges seemed to flatten 
until it became disc-shaped and it shot off out of sight 
at fast speed,” she said. 

August 16, 1982 - Worcester - A brightly colored, 
cigar-shaped object “grew and grew” before splitting 
in two at about 10:10 p.m., according to Christopher 
Whippe. “When they split, they went off in two 
different directions and disappeared. It was at a great 
height; it must have been something larger than a 
jumbo jet,” he said. 

August 22, 1982 - Stafford - The Merritt family and 
a policeman watched a red, green and white glow 
hovering in the sky from 10:30 p.m. to after midnight. 
Mrs. Merritt said the glow near Stafford Castle 
“looked round, like a ball and it didn’t move for a long 
time. Then it moved just a little bit towards the 
town.” 

“We know nothing about it,” said a spokeswoman 
for the Birmingham Airport meteorological office. “We 
can’t explain it.” This would seem to rule out any 
natural phenomena such as Aurora Borealis. 

August (?), 1982 - Markham - Several people, 
including police called to the scene, watched a 
mysterious object for 2 hours, between 11:30 p.m. and 
1:30 a.m. The object was described as bright red and 
green with bands of light splaying outwards from a 
central point. According to witness David Edwards, 
“it hovered for quite a while very high up and then 
shot off very fast.” 

September 1, 1982 - Southampton - A black, 
doughnut-shaped object flew soundlessly over the 
Alexander family’s home at about 9:30 a.m. 


“Sometimes it would flip over and we could see the 
hole or concave part in the middle,” said Mrs. K. 
Alexander. She said the object was too small to have 
been a plane or a helicopter. 

September 4, 1982 - Lancashire - For 15 minutes, 
Hilda Martland, her husband William, and daughter 
Jean watched as 3 oblong objects circled their house. 
“The moon was giving them a shine,” said Mrs. 
Martland. We’d go in the house, and come out again, 
knd they would still be there.” No further details of 
the objects were given. 

September (?), 1982 - English Channel - The 

victorious crew of the Ocean Youth Club ketch Samuel 
Whitbread made a sighting of 7 “flying saucers” over 
the channel during a week of racing. Paul Alenson, 
skipper of the yacht, said, “When we were just out of 
Cherbourg, we saw a string of 7 bright orange lights 
hovering above the horizon. One of them moved across 
the others, then they all disappeared.” 

All the Whitbread crew saw them. One girl 
described them as bright red and Bob Ide, bosun, 
said, “There were 7 or 8 lights floating in the sky, 
flickering on and off.” 

October 23 (?), 1982 - Newport - A flying saucer, 
200 feet in diameter, was spotted over Bettws, 
Newport, at 10:34 p.m. by a trained ex-military 
observer. About 10 minutes later, a long “railway 
carriage” shape was reported over Cwmbran. 

John Clarke was putting on a kettle in his kitchen 
when he spotted the object outside his window. He 
said it was a huge saucer-shaped object, 200 feet 
across, with a blue flashing light and a green light not 
blinking at all on the top. He watched the object for 
about 15 seconds before it vanished over the house. “I 
called my wife and then we both saw it heading away 
towards Cwmbran,” he said. 

A few minutes later, Marion Gladys Mason was 
driving home when she sighted a long oblong shape in 
the sky, roughly the size of a railway carriage. It had 
two small white steady lights on each end and one 
small red one at the bottom. The object was still in 
sight when she got home, so she rushed upstairs and 
got her binoculars. She was able to estimate the 
object’s speed at around 40 mph, before it turned over 
Cwbran and disappeared. 

(Editor's note: Headquarters would appreciate any 
information pertaining to the relationship of the 
foregoing sightings and the ley lines in England .) 

***** 

MYSTERY SURROUNDS 
UFO “RESIDUE” 

August 15, 1982 - Marysville, IDAHO - Mr. and 








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Mrs. Derrald Baler had just gone to bed, between 
10:30 and 11:00 p.m., when they saw a bright object 
fly overhead. Mrs. Baler ran to the front door and got 
a good view of the object. “It was pretty high and 
must have been pretty large. It had blue and green 
flashing lights so bright I closed my eyes,” she said. 
By the time her husband got outside, he caught only a 
glimpse of the object as it went out of sight to the 
northeast. Although the sky was perfectly clear, Mrs. 
Baler heard “a boom, like thunder, in the distance/’ 

The Baler’s son, Dale, didn’t see the object, but his 
friend and neighbor, Paul Lenz, saw the light and 
thought it was lightning. When the two boys got 
together the next morning, they decided to go down to 
the river to investigate. They talked to a group of 
campers who were sleeping out near the river and saw 
the object. 

The campers said they saw the object “flashing all 
different colors.” They were about 300 feet away when 
it “blew up” in front of them. The object had been 
traveling from the south at a high rate of speed. 

The two boys started looking along the river bank 
for some evidence of the explosion and spotted a large 
piece of strange rock “rolling around” on the rocky 
river bottom in about 2Vi feet of water. When Baler 
pulled it out of the water it felt “kind of gooshy, like 
wet ashes.” “It was real soft, almost like charcoal - 
the kind they draw with,” said Lenz. The ash-like 
outer crust surrounded a green and yellow glassy 
central core. The boys waded about 10 feet down¬ 
stream and found four smaller pieces of similar rock. 

Mrs. Baler took the rocks to the Ricks College 
science department and talked to “a young looking 
man.” She couldn’t remember the man’s name, but 
said he told her it would have taken “something ex¬ 
tremely hot” to have formed the rocks. He took a 
piece of one of the rocks to have it analyzed. 

Nearly three months later, Robert Hoggan , head of 
the geology department at Ricks College, was 
surprised when contacted about the material. Checking 
with other members of the department, no one remem¬ 
bered talking to Mrs. Baler, and no one had a piece of 
the rock. Mrs. Baler returned home with the rocks in a 
paper bag. The outer shell has now dried and resem¬ 
bles gray volcanic rock. It rubs off much like 
encrusted sand. The largest piece weighs two pounds 
and is ten inches long. 

***** 

PLEASE 

Send Address Changes! 


ASTRONOMICAL DATA 

By Lee Emery 

(Editor's Note: In VoL 30, Issue 11 , we incorrectly 
identified Mr. Emery's place of education. He attends 
New Mexico Tech at Socorro , not New Mexico State .) 

>The following star and planetary positions are ap¬ 
proximate and are only intended to give observers 
from 20° to 50° north latitude a general idea of the 
location of some of the more prominent objects in the 
night sky. Times may vary up to 30 minutes either 
way, depending on the observer’s location in relation 
to his local time meridian. Also, add one hour for the 
beginning of the month and subtract one hour for the 
end of the month. All times are standard time. 

April 1983 

Prominent planets: Venus is found at about 30° above 
the west after sunset, setting about 2 Va hours later. 
Mars sets right after sunset and is probably too close 
to the sun to be seen. 

Jupiter rises about 10 pm in the ESE. By midnight, it 
is located about 25° above the SE. It then moves 
across the southern sky towards the west maintaining 
an elevation of about 25° until sunrise. Jupiter is the 
brightest object in the southern sky throughout the 
night. 

Saturn rises in the east just after the sun sets. By 11 
pm, it has moved to a position 30° above the south, 
then moves 25° above the WSW by 3 am. Saturn sets 
in the west about 5 am. 

Brightest stars: 

At 9:00 pm: Arcturus is located 40° above the east. 

Procyon is 45° above the west, Capella is 
40° above the WNW, and Sirius , 
Betelgeuse f Rigel and Aldebaran can be 
seen very low in the west. 

At 11:00 pm: Vega has risen in the east and is now 30° 
above the horizon. Arcturus is 65° above 
the SE, Procyon is very low in the west, 
and Capella is 20° above the NNW. 

At 1:00 am: Vega is 45° above the east, Arcturus can 
be seen 75° above the south, Antares is 
low in the southern sky, and Capella is 
setting in the north. 

At 3:00 am: Vega is 70° above the east, Arcturus is 
found 50° above the west and Antares is 
about 20° above the south. 

At 5:00 am: Vega is directly overhead, Arcturus is 25° 
above the west, and Antares has moved 






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further to the west and is now 20° above 
the SSW. 

Moon Phases: Last quarter - April 5 
New moon - April 13 
First quarter - April 20 
Full moon - April 27 

Meteor showers: The Lyrids arrive on April 22, but 
can only be seen to the west of the North American 
continent during early morning hours. 

May 1983 

Prominent planets: Venus is located about 35-40° 
above the west after sunset, and sets about 3Vt hours 
later. 

Mars is still too close to the sun to be seen. 

Jupiter rises in the east about an hour after sunset. By 
11:00 pm, it is 40° above the south, then sets in the 
west soon after 3:00 am. 

Brightest stars: Star positions remain basically the 
same as in April except times are approximately one 
hour earlier in the first part of the month, and two 
hours earlier towards the end of the month. 

Moon Phases: Last quarter - May 5 
New moon - May 12 
First quarter - May 19 
Full moon - May 26 

Meteor showers: Watch for the ETA Aquarids , 
arriving in the early morning hours of May 3. 


***** 

YAKIMA INDIAN 
RECALLS 
UFO SIGHTINGS 

By W, J. Vogel 

The following incidents involving UFOs were related 
to me by Mr. D., of Toppenish, Washington, on the 
Yakima Indian Reservation. Mr. D. has been an ac¬ 
quaintance of mine for a number of years and I believe 
him to be a credible witness. He is a Yakima Indian 
and a logger by trade. The incidents were related to 
me on February 13, 1983 during a conversation. 

INCIDENT HI: 

While Mr. D. was stationed in California in 1954 as 
geants were en route from the base to a nearby town. 
This was during daylight hours. As they were on a 


road which bisected a lettuce field, they both observed 
an object hovering over the nearby field. They stopped 
their vehicle and watched the object for an estimated 
time of 15 minutes. 

The object was saucer-shaped, about 25 feet in 
diameter, the color of a tin can that has been in a fire, 
and had windows along the side. It was hovering 
about 100 feet off the ground, made no noise and while 
\ hovering appeared to have a slight wobble like a 
gyroscope would that was slowing down. Mr. D. said 
he made a special effort to see if anyone could be seen 
in the windows, but there was no one visible. He kept 
telling his sergeant that he would give anything to 
have a camera, but he didn't. Eventually the object 
began ascending and, gaining speed rapidly, 
disappeared from sight in the sky. Both observers 
agreed they would tell no one of their experience for 
fear they would be laughed at. Mr. D. said the 
sergeant can verify the sighting. They were about 500 
feet from the object when it was hovering. 

INCIDENT *2: 

Mr. D. said he and a friend were proceeding from 
Goldendale to Vessey Springs (on the Reservation) 
through Kaiser Butte Guard Station (the entry point). 
After they had passed through Kaiser Butte, they 
noticed a light off to one side which was below a ridge 
line. They discussed it at some length as to what it 
was. (This sighting occurred in early evening after 
dark). They had stopped on a straight stretch of the 
road to answer nature's call and as they were standing 
outside of the pickup truck, they noticed the light was 
approaching. They both jumped in the truck and pro¬ 
ceeded down the road at a high rate of speed. The 
object approached to right behind the truck and began 
following. The inside of the truck lit up and the heat 
was so strong on the backs of their necks, it was just 
short of an intensity strong enough to bum them. 
Eventually, after a short distance, the object veered 
off and moved back to its previous location. This 
occurred in 1972 during the summer. 

INCIDENT H3: 

Mr. D., another Indian, and a Mexican, were out in 
the Dry Logy area of the Reservation checking on 
some cattle. The Dry Logy area is southwest of Satus 
Lookout and the area of considerable UFO activity in 
the past. It was in the fall of 1979 or 1980 and very 
foggy. They became lost or disoriented in the fog and 
stopped to consider their location. They were riding 
horses. It was then they noticed through the fog a 
large, white ball. Although the “ball” which Mr. D. 
estimated to be about 20 to 25 feet in diameter was at 
times a considerable distance away in a very heavy 
fog, its intensity was such that it was very visible 
through the fog. It bounced around similar to what a 
basket ball would do if one threw it, although Mr. D. 
said its bounces seemed to be under control and not 
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then move further away. During this time, the horses 
became very upset and hard to handle and the men 
were somewhat frightened, too. The object made no 
noise. 

The possibility of "‘ball lightning” can be completely 
eliminated as in this area, fog only forms when there 
are no clouds. It is, however, for what it is worth, in 
the general area of possible ground faults. 

The object eventually moved off into the fog and 
disappeared. The horses then calmed down. 

INCIDENT *4: 

Mr. D. said that while they were parked on the edge 
of a meadow near Beauty Camp (on the Reservation a 
few miles north of Signal Peak Ranger Station) late 
one night, the entire meadow lit up in a bluish, eerie 
type of light. It was bright enough that they could 
observe all of the details in the meadow. It lasted less 
than a minute and then faded out. They were so 
fascinated at looking at the meadow that none of them 
thought to look overhead to see if something was 
visible. It is not certain when this happened but it is 
estimated to have occured several years ago. 

It is possible this light could have been caused by a 
passing meteor but as Mr. D. remembers, only the 
meadow and a short distance around lit up. Also, the 
length of time the light was visible would tend to 
eliminate a meteor. 

( Editor's Note: Mr. Vogel is employed on the Yakima 
Reservation and enjoys a close, friendly relationship 
with the inhabitants. He has been a dependable source 
of UFO information in that area for many years .) 

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PRESS REPORTS 

By Joe and Doris Graziano 

July 6 & August 28, 1982 - Penn Township, 
PENNSYLVANIA - On July 6th, at 10 p.m., 
residents of Level Green reported a large rectangular¬ 
shaped, 6 section object, with orange, red and yellow 
lights, flying very low over that section of the 
Township. 

On August 28th, on a rural road outside of Latrobe, 
a couple riding in a car observed an 80 foot long, 
elliptical object hovering motionless about 50-100 feet 
above the ground. They described the object as a 
“squashed circle”, with blue, red and green lights on 
its side, making a buzzing sound. A report of a similar 
nature was received on the same day at a location on 
the opposite side of the rural road. About an hour 
later, a similar report was received in the West Mifflin 
area. 

August 12, 1982 - Carpinteria, CALIFORNIA - 
Joseph Scott and his mother spotted an object, at 
about 8:30 p.m., which slowly descended to the ocean 


and hovered at the water line for about three minutes. 
The object was described as round and bronze in color, 
with windows around it and light in the bottom. 

September 1, 1982 - Ridgecrest - Ardith Turbin and 
Linda Scott knocked on the door of their neighbor, 
Gene Schneider, at 10:40 p.m., claiming that a white 
light had buzzed them a few minutes before. They 
pointed out a small light in the NW sky, 
approximately 35° up, that was changing colors from 
red to green and yellow to green. 

The three women watched this second, smaller light 
with binocluars for about five minutes. They said it 
didn't move or make any sound as the first object had. 
Turbin and Scott said the first object moved faster 
over their heads and made a swooshing sound. It was 
lower than the clouds and crossed the entire valley, 
east to west, in about eight seconds. It had “silver 
sparkles and spikes” and appeared to be too oig for a 
shooting star. 

Schneider returned to bed, but was awakened at 
midnight by Turbin, who said the light was back 
again, this time in the NE. They again watched it with 
binoculars and it was partly red and green with no evi¬ 
dence of the original alteration of colors. They watched 
this time for about three minutes. 

August 17 & 18, 1982 - Clark, NEW JERSEY - 
Donna Carson and three friends claimed they saw a 
formation of nine yellowish lights hovering silently 
above them on the night of the 18th. After the report 
was published in a local paper, several other residents 
called to report similar sightings at about 9 p.m. on 
both the 17th and 18th. 

Ann Ferko was sitting outside with her binoculars 
watching planes when she saw a group of lights 
coming to view. “Over the rooftops of the houses I 
saw what looked like a flashing light. Then there were 
two more. They looked like a blaze of fire. They were 
up so high, but it was such a clear night that I saw a 
plane go by and the lights were much higher,” she 
said. Two of her neighbors also saw the lights. 

Joan Duffy was driving home with her two 
daughters at about,9 p.m. on the 17th when she no¬ 
ticed three bright lights that looked like stars hovering 
in a “perfect triangle.” As they watched, the objects 
disappeared one by one at about 30 second intervals. 
The next night, Duffy's 18-year-old daughter, Linda, 
was with three friends and they claim to have seen the 
same triangle of bright lights described by Donna 
Carson. 

Frank Reilly thought he saw a squadron of 
helicopters heading toward the Linden Airport, but 
there was no sound and no blinking lights. He said 
there were at least ten objects which occupied “a large 
segment of the sky.” 

August 23, 1982 - Sturgis, MICHIGAN - Greg 
Hettinger and Jim Lincoln were eastbound on Chicago 
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blue lights blinking on and off.” The men first thought 
the lights were from conventional aircraft, but neither 
could hear any sounds from the low-flying lights. 
Hettinger said they watched the lights for about 20 
minutes as they first hovered over Sturgis and then 
traveled near Centreville before they “took off into the 
clouds.” 

September 9, 1982 - Elba Township - Marie Stock 
saw a strange light in the sky from her bedroom win¬ 
dow and she and her husband, Leo, went outside for a 
better look. They watched through binoculars for sev¬ 
eral minutes and couldn’t hear any sound. They 
checked on it a half an hour later and it was still there, 
but 15 minutes later it was gone. 

Another woman spotted it about 15 minutes after 
Stock did. She said it was very large, very bright and 
looked like a large star of “some kind of strange air¬ 
plane.” The object reportedly was constantly changing 
colors from red, to yellow and then green. 

August 20, 1982 - Salina, KANSAS - Willis 
Hinkson and Marjorie Devins were en route to a 
fishing pond around 4:30 p.m. when they spotted an 
object “on a waving flight path, tipping to one side 
and then the other.” Hinkson slammed on the brakes 
and they watched until the object “apparently got to a 
desired altitude and flew off in a south-west direction 
faster than anything I have ever seen.” They said that 
when the object tipped one way they could see a silver 
dome. Devins said it looked like a “big Frisbee.” 

A car ahead also stopped, so Hinkson drove up 
behind it. A man, who said his name was Mr. Bentz, 
walked to the Hinkson car and said he had also seen 
the object. He said it appeared to come from behind a 
hill up ahead. 

September, 1982 - Hays - Farmer George Brungardt 
discovered strange bum marks, about V 2 mile into his 
mile-long pasture. The set of burned spots formed a 
pattern about 8 feet long and 4 feet wide. At the base 
are 2 large burn marks, less than a foot wide and 
about 2 feet long. Even with the front edge of the 
larger marks are a series of 8 smaller marks about 8 
inches apart. The pattern is repeated with another set 
of smaller marks about 10 feet from the first set. 

Sheriff Gary Clark and Undersheriff Tom Keys said 
that nothing else is burned, there is no sign of 
footprints or tracks, and nothing to indicate movement 
of a vehicle into or out of the area. They also said 
there was an oily residue on the burned weeds and 
grass. 

October 2, 1982 - Springfield , MISSOURI - At 
5 p.m., the North Arkansas Community College 
volleyball team left a tournament in Kansas City for 
the long drive home. Three hours later, about 18 miles 
north of Springfield, Mo., on Hwy. 13, the group’s 
attention was drawn to a pair of bright lights. Several 
rationalized that it was the headlights of a car on a 


mountain road, but as the van rolled across the flat 
countryside, they saw that there was no mountain. 

The bright sky could be seen below the object and a 
red light on the tail blinked, the only blinking light on 
the object. As the craft approached the van, coach Sue 
McDonald told the driver to slow down. She slowed 
from 60 mph and pulled to the side of the road, 
bringing the van to a stop. The women opened the 
^van’s door and jumped out. 

The object “coasted” to a stop and hovered about a 
“football field” distance from the group for 10 to 15 
seconds. Then it very slowly tilted to its right, turned 
in a semicircle and silently began flying off in an 
easterly direction, veering to the southeast. 

The witnesses described the object as dark colored, 
or black, shaped like a boomerang with turned down 
wings and having a dome on the top. The bottom was 
almost concave and the 2 bright lights were not visible 
until it tilted to turn. When asked to describe the 
brightness of the lights, some of the 10 witnesses 
responded, “bright, bright . . . very intense . . . 
looked more like beams . . . real white.” They added 
that there was a row of white and yellow lights under 
the 2 bright ones on the front. These lights varied in 
size and intensity. A check with the airport radar 
tower in Springfield revealed that no aircraft had been 
in that area all night. 

October 11, 1982 - Milo, IOWA - Darlene Cumings 
was watching television when she heard a loud noise 
over her house. “I looked out my back window and 
saw something go down in the field. It had red lights 
around it,” she said. She watched the object for a 
minute after it went down, then jumped in her car and 
drove into town to get her husband. 

When they got back to the house, they could still 
see a white light and called the Fire Department. Law 
authorities and rescue workers soon arrived to begin a 
search, but the light had disappeared before they got 
there. Nevertheless, 25 to 30 people and a helicopter 
with spotlights searched the area for nearly two hours, 
but found nothing. 

Warren County Deputy Sheriff Tom McNamara said 
two other families verified that an aircraft was flying 
low over the area, but they couldn’t verify that it 
landed. A fourth family, however, told authorities that 
they thought they heard an airplane crash. McNamara 
said the Des Moines Airport radar showed no aircraft 
in that area at the time. 

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