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UFO 

NEWSCLIPPING 

SERVICE 


U.F.O. NEWSCL/PP/NG SERVICE 

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


EDITOR/PUBLISHER: 

LUCIUS FARISH 


AUGUST 1993 

NUMBER 289 



ISLANDER, Pensacola Beach, FL - June 30, 1993 

Blazing Blue And White Lights 
Sparkle On Giant Boomerang 


These articles were submitted to 
me through The Islander Newspaper 
byagentleman, Ray Lynch of Mem¬ 
phis, TN, whose daughter lives in 
Clearwater, FL. Since receiving 
them, MUFON has received subse¬ 
quent reports from State Section 
Director's Gene & Jean Brown of the 
Tampa, St. Pete area. The formal 
investigation is being conducted by 
SSD Leonard Sturm. A report of a 
similar object was turned into 
Pensacola MUFON last year at this 
time. It was thought to have been 
sighted over the Santa Rosa Sound, 
and off of Avalon Blvd. in Santa 
RosaCounty. Credit Wes Plattof the 
St. Petersburg Times, I have made 
some changes in order to condense 
these articles. 

"It looked like a giant boomer¬ 
ang, the witnesses said, dotted with 
blue and white lights. Larger than a 
commercial jetliner, it hovered si¬ 
lently only 300 feet above the moon¬ 
lit marsh along the Hernando County 
coast." 

"Then, in a blink, it was gone.” 

Whatever it was, the Dortch 
family of Brooksville is pretty sure 
what they saw about 9:20 p.m., that 
evening. 

The Dortch family had gone to a 
popular park and picnic area to fish 
and crab, unaware that the pier they 
intended to use had been blown away 
by an earlier storm on March 13. 

As they turned to leave, Dortch 
spotted something, "Doyouseethose 
lights up there?" "That airplane's 
huge," Dortch told his wife as they 
sat in their pickup truck in the dark¬ 
ness. 

"He and I both said there's no 
way that's an airplane," Mrs. Dortch 
said. "It's way too big, it didn't make 
a sound. It just hung there. We 
looked away, and when we looked 
back it was gone.” She said they 
didn't hear it leave and had no idea in 
which direction it traveled. 

Chancey, a sheriffs deputy who 
previously worked for the Florida 
Highway Patrol, saw it about the 
same time over Pine Island Drive. In 
his report, he said, "It flew south, 
toward Bayport, at a moderate rate of 
speed.” 

As the Dortch family left the 
park, Chancey stopped them. He 
seemed uneasy, Mrs. Dortch recalled. 

"How long have you been out 
here?" Chancey asked. 

"A few minutes," Dortch re¬ 
plied. 

"I'm going to ask you a strange 
question, but I don't know how to ask 
it," the deputy said. 

Dortch said he needed no further 
prompting, "Yeah, we saw it," tell¬ 
ing the deputy, "that thing in the 
sky." 

In his report, Chancey said he 
talked to twootherpark visitors. Both 
said they saw the mysterious thing, 
which Chancey said stayed in sight 
for about two minutes. 

OfficialsatMacDillAFB, which 
hosted an air show during the week¬ 
end, said all its aircraft were on the 


by Bland Pugh 

ground by 9:00 p.m. that night. The 
Coast Guard reported nothing un¬ 
usual. 

Air traffic controllers at Tampa 
International Airport dittoed the re¬ 
port 

OTHERS DESCRIBE 
STRANGE SILENT OBJECT IN 
THE SKY 

BAYPORT - Ron Chancey, a 
Hernando County Sheriffs deputy, 
may not know exactly what he saw 
on patrol Friday night, but he insists 
he saw something. 

"A boomerang-shaped some¬ 
thing with a wingspan of at least 200 
feet. Something that hovered in the 
starry sky along Hernando's coast. 
Thatcould go from still to warp what¬ 
ever time, in the time it takes to snap 
your fingers." 

Chancey found six Hernando 
residents who said they saw the same 
thing over the coastal communities 
of Pine Island and Bayport On Tues¬ 
day, three more sightings of the 
mysterious thing were reported to the 
Times. 

While on patrol about 9:20 p.m. 
he noticed, to the north and through 
trees, blue lights that seemed to fol¬ 
low him. He drove southeast toward 
Bayport. Then he saw it over the 
marsh. 

"It was like a huge something or 
other,” Chancey said. "The first thing 
I thought of was the Crystal River 
nuclear plant. I don't know why, 
really. Then I thought of that movie. 
Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 
with that big whatever-it-was that 
played the music, but this thing was 
real quiet. 1 would guess it was 200 
or 300 feet long." 

Chancey said he stopped his 
cruiser and shined a spotlight at the 
thing. He saw no markings or num¬ 
bers, no cockpit. He made out a 
vague, dark outline that appeared to 
be shaped like a boomerang. 

After watching for a few min¬ 
utes, Chancey drove toward the park 
at Bayport As he accelerated the 
object accelerated. The deputy said 
he shined the lighton the object again 
and it cut west toward the Gulf of 
Mexico. 

At the park he met with six people 
that said they also had seen the ob- 
jecL 

Chancey said, "Based on what I 
know now, I don't think it's from this 
planet. Nothing on Earth could hover 
and haul ass like that." 

From Tarpon Springs a report of 
asighting at approximately 9:30p.m. 
"We sat and watched it a good five 
minutes," Garth Curtiss said. "It was 
moving slowly to the west, I don’t 
know what to believe. I've never 
seen anything like it." 

Mary McCracken of New Port 
Richey said she saw the same object 
the night before the Bayport sighting. 
"Through my bedroom window, over 
in the southwest, I saw a bunch of real 
bright lights not too far over the tree- 
tops, moving real slow. I kept watch¬ 
ing it. It was really big. I opened the 
window all the way, even with the 


rain, and listened. It didn't make a 
sound. 

McCracken said as the object 
passed near her house a street light 
winked off. When it was gone the 
light glowed again. 

"I couldn't believe it not making 
a sound and going so slow like that," 
she said. "It makes me feel better that 
somebody else saw it and it was some¬ 
body credible like a deputy." 

Lisa Curran, 28, also of New 
Port Richey, said she and her parents 
saw the unusual object in broad day¬ 
light Sunday afternoon. "It hovered 
high above them, rising until it van¬ 
ished,” she said. 


BLUE/WHITE 
V lights 


DAILY HOME, Talladega, AL - June 8, 1993 

UFOs heading south? 
Area residents cite 
strange happenings 


By Denise Sinclair 
and Fred Guarlno 

Home staff writers _ 

Are UFOs flying over 
Childersburg and landing in 
Stewartville, leaving black circles? 

There’s no official confirmation 
an object spotted flying over 


There were no tracks leading to or 
from the circles. Camp said. It was 
the second time in two weeks the 
circles have appeared in his yard. 

Camp said his dogs started bark¬ 
ing after midnight Friday, but he 
didn’t get up to see what they might 
have seen. 

“I’m not sure what it is or what 


Childersburg and captured on video made it,” Camp said, “but I haven’t 
is a UFO. Nor that the black circles seen it in my yard before.” 


found in a yard in Stewartville were 
made by UFOs landing. 


Camp didn’t see any objects in 
the sky before any of the circles were 


0 white lights 
X blue lights 


blinking lights 


But an object was spotted in the found. The circles appeared to be 
sky around Childersburg and the between five feet and 10 feet in 
circles were made in a Stewartville diameter. 

yard on the same night, and it has left Dewberry said the object he saw 

the two men who’ve seen them shak- appears to be a bright ball with two 
ing their heads wondering what they antennae coming from it, but he said 
are. they do not show up on his video 

“It’s a bright looking ball,” said tape that shows it in motion. 
George Dewberry of Third Street in “I don’t think it’s a star or any- 
Childersburg as he described the ob- thing, because it moved too slow to 
ject in the sky he said he has seen for be an airplane, and all of a sudden, it 
the past five nights and captured it on just took off like a bullet,” Dew- 
video tape. berry said. 

Dewberry said the object, which HefirstsawtheobjectonWednes- 
he has seen from 11:30 p.m. on into day night and has seen it for the past 
the night, has been southeast of the five nights. Doeshethinkit’saUFO, 
Coosa River Bridge and from where perhaps? ‘ ‘Definitely, I do,” he said, 
he lives, appeared to be over Taylor’s Dewberry said he has never seen 
Restaurant The restaurant is located anything like what he has seen of 


on U.S. 280 in Childersburg. 

When Joe Camp of Alabama 21 


late, and “I don’t even drink.” 
Dewberry is retired from Spe- 


V~^ 60,t 

All lights on the front of the 
object 


South in Stewartville got up early Sand Company in Houston, 

Saturday morning, he spotted a small Texas : “d tas ilved in Chtldersburg 
circle and a large circle, gray and s,I ^JL y “‘ 


black in color, in his yard. 



Camp examined the black sub¬ 
stance found in his yard and still 
doesn’t know whatitis. Ilrubbedoff 
the grass blade like smut or a chemi¬ 
cal of some sort but had no smell to 
iL 

“It may be nothing but some sort 
of fungus on the grass, yet I have 
never seen it here before. I just 
thought it was strange and had seen 
on television and read in the news¬ 
paper about those occurrences in 
north Alabama recently. I thought 
this could be something similar," 
Camp said. 

Camp, a retired military officer 
who served in World War II, the 
Korean War and Vietnam, has lived 
at his presentresidenceforfive years. 
He said his neighbors had reported 
nothing strange to him. 

Camp did say a businessman 
across the street from his home had 
taken a sample of the black stuff to 
have it checked. 

Camp also contacted the Coosa 
County Extension Service, and an 
agent plans to visit him on Wednes¬ 
day to study the black substance. 

“It’s curious to me, these circles. 
They’re not just patches here and 
there but circles, different sizes. I 
wondered if it was related to what 
was going on in north Alabama. 

“If it had been a patch here or 
there, I wouldn’t have paid any at¬ 
tention to it,” Camp said. 


Denise Sinctair/Home staff photo 

Joe Camp examines a black, smutty material from circles 
found in his yard Saturday morning. 





TIMES, Seattle, WA - July 18, 1993 CR: R- Seifried 

UFO believers: ‘No beanies or Trekkies ’ 


By lii.y Eng 

Seattle Times staff reporter 

Sharon Filip says alien beings 
have visited her for the past four 
decades. 

Her most recent experience was 
two years ago on a September morn¬ 
ing at her Kirkland home. She woke 
from a dream and saw something 
staring at her with black, liquid eyes. 
The creature had a yellowish tint and 
a sky-blue glow circling its head. 

Filip was not afraid. 

“I felt as if I was visited by a 
friend 1 had known forever," Filip 
said yesterday as she sat outside a 
seminar on Mysteries on the Surface 
of Mars. “I had a sense of oneness 
with the universe." 


Filip, now director of the UFO 
Abduction Studies Center, was one 
of 2SO participants at the Seattle 
UFO Research Conference, where 
believers in extraterrestrials gath¬ 
ered in the (irand Ballroom of the 
Bellevue Hyatt Regency to discuss 
the latest research on third encoun¬ 
ters and abductions - the phenom¬ 
enon of being kidnapped by aliens. 

It was a low key event, not much 
different than the convention of in¬ 
surance agents going on next door. 

1 opics at the two-day conference 
ranged from artifacts on Mars to 
government secrecy. Participants 
talked about their latest abductions, 
examined computer enhanced pho¬ 


tos of extraterrestrials and picked up 
pamphlets on how to interpret crop 
circle language. 

Today's seminars will feature 
John Mack, a psychiatrist from the 
Harvard Medical School, who will 
give his perspective on UFO abduc¬ 
tions; and Fred Alan Wolf, a physicist 
and author, who will talk about the 
"Dreaming Universe." 

Organizers said participants in¬ 
clude teachers and university profes¬ 
sors as well as psychologists whose 
clients say aliens abducted them. 

"There are no beanies or Trek¬ 
kies here," said John Carpenter, a 
hypnotherapist from Springfield, Mo., 
who treats abductees. He led a semi¬ 


nar on multiple-participant abduc¬ 
tions. "They’re not wearing T-shirts 
saying, ‘I’ve seen an UFO.' " 

"Abductees are much like Vietnam 
veterans who saw some awful things 
or people who have lost loved ones in a 
tornado," said Carpenter. "The exper¬ 
ience is just too much. They are 
knocked off their centers.” 

There’s no pattern among those 
who believe they’ve been abducted by 
alien beings, Carpenter said, and many 
abductees have friends and family who 
don't believe them. 

Filip says she doesn't know why 
alien beings visit her. She does know 
they keep coming back. They don’t 
talk to her but make her feel their 
emotions. There have been times 


.'.'•n the visits have been scan. 

‘One of them stared at me so hard 
I hat I felt like its eyes had tentacles 
and was reaching into my soul and my 
entire being," Filip said. 

Marilyn Childs a habv-bnomer 
from Bothell, heads the local chapter 
ofMUFON. the Mutual UF() Network 
Inc., which has 1(H) active members. 
She said she has had hundreds of visits 
or “missing-time episodes" involving 
space aliens. She believes they are 
beings from the future who are check¬ 
ing up on their ancestors. 

Her last missing-time epis<xle oc¬ 
curred Jan 11, 1992. she said, while 
she and a friend drove in her van 
eastbound on Interstate 90 toward 
Issaquah. Somewhere along the high¬ 
way, they entered a "black void" and 
time stopped. 

And that was all. It was as ordinary 
as that. 

"I kept asking, ‘Where are the 
lights of Bellevue? Where are the 
lights of Issaquah?’ "Childs said. "All I 
saw was black darkness." 




GLOWING DISCS that Melbourne UFO aficionado John Frick thinks are 
alien spaceships light the skies over Florida. The Polaroid photo on the 
left was taken near Homestead in the early 1980s, Frick says. He knows 
little of the origins of the image above 


By Billy Cox 
FLORIDA TODAY 

The strange, unending drama of unidentified 
flying objects took yet another twist when 45 
demonstrators demanding an end to the ‘‘Cosmic 
Watergate” picketed the White House. 

Monday was a slow news day in the nation’s 
capital, and the sizeable media contingent that 
showed up tended to hype the exotic and subjective 
tales of UFO kidnappings related by some of the 
protesters. On the other hand, rally organizers 
unfurled government documents to hammer away 
at a theme which, via pop-culture osmosis more 
than mainstream journalism, is fast becoming 
axiomatic: 

UFOs are America’s last big, Cold War secret. 

And a cottage industry is _ 

blooming in the vacuum of 
government silence. 

Caroline Connor of 
Melbourne, for instance, offers 
“radionics therapy” she says 
can dissolve the BB-sized nasal 
implants that space aliens 
supposedly use to monitor the 
activities of selected 
Earthlings. 

John Frick, a Melbourne 
resident who claims he was FRICK 
abducted in the 1960s, offers his 
prolific insights into UFO propulsion systems under 


the corporate name World UFO Data. 

And on July 26, Vero Beach resident Susan 
Sunset will begin holding a series of UFO classes in 
Cocoa Beach. 

Sunset (her legal name; it’s a long story) is a 
former model who saw her first UFO in Acapulco in 
1965. Today, nearly three decades later, Sunset has 
plunged full-time into the realm of space aliens — 
if, indeed, that’s what they really are. 

"The word ‘alien’ has 
always bothered me,” she says. 

“They’re not really aliens; 
they’re our ancestors.” 

With conversational 
familiarity, Sunset makes 
distinctions among the 
extraterrestrials. She is 
reluctant, for instance, to give 
a lot of air time to those known 
as the grays. 

First elevated to national SUNSET 
prominence with Whitley 
Strieber’s best-selling nonfiction book Communion, 
the grays are the frail, spindly, 3^-foot-tall big¬ 
headed creatures reportedly responsible for 
abducting human beings and experimenting on 
them, often painfully, like med-school apes. 

Recollections gleaned from hypnotic regression 
suggest the grays are interested in genetic research 
and cross-breeding; they keep tabs on their subjects 
by injecting them with tiny tracking devices. 

These guys, agree some UFO researchers, are 
probably from the binary star system Zeta Reticuli. 

Sunset normally steers clear of the Zeta 


fceticulans and focuses on visitors from the 
Pleiades, the constellation also known as the Seven 
Sisters. 

More human-looking and possessing higher 
ethical standards than grays, the Pleiadians, she 
says, "are 3,000 years more advanced 
technologically than we are.” 

"They say the 

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Susan Sunset’s series, call 784- 
2313 or 407-569-1421 in Vero 
Beach. 

■ To discuss getting rid of 
alien implants with Caroline 
Connor, write PO Box 1002, 
Melbourne, FL, 32902-1002. 

■ To reach John Frick, write 
him at P.O, Box 0705, Mel¬ 
bourne, FL, 32902. 


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supposedly have been visiting most of his life. 
Meier’s controversial stories and photos have left 
American UFO groups sharply divided over their 
authenticity. 

(continued on page 3) 





(continued from page 2 - FLORIDA TODAY 


But (or what It's worth, Michael Malin, 
director of NASA’s upcoming Mars Observer 
photo reconnaissance mission to the Red Planet, 
examined Meier's pictures during the 1980s and 
found no evidence of a hoax. 

So, beginning the last Monday in July at 7:30 
p.m.. Sunset will offer six two-hour UFO courses 
for $50, which will include a look at Meier’s UFO 
footage. The classes run for six consecutive 
Mondays at Freedom 7 Community Center, 400 S. 
Fourth St. in Cocoa Beach, and for six straight 
Thursdays at Harmony Health Center, 1900 
Municipal Lane in Melbourne. 

But If you’re having problems with Zeta 
Reticulans, Caroline Connor of Melbourne has a 
suggestion. 

For less than the price of two compact discs, 
Connor has a machine that can raise the body’s 
vibrational frequency rates and, in the process, 
disintegrate those troublesome implant mon¬ 
itors. All she needs is a lock of hair. 

The suitcase-sized gizmo is called a radionics 
machine, or black box. Invented by an American 
named Albert Abrams in 1913, the black box 
generates weak pulsating magnetic currents 
(hat supposedly cure a wide variety of ills. 
Though not authorized by the FDA for medicinal 
purposes, they're on the market as research and 
development devices and sell (Or anywhere from 
f ISO to $3,500. Connor has found them effective 
(or, among other things, disintegrating those 
sometimes painful alien implants. 

“Essentially, we raise a person's vibrational 
frequency, and by doing that, they can’t rind 
you,” Connor says. “We have a lot of UFO 
activity in the Cape Canaveral area. As'you 
might expect, I get people who’ve run out of 
hope, who are at their wits’ end." 

But you might not have implants; your stress 
might be symptomatic of something less dramat¬ 
ic For CM and a lock of hair, Connor says she 
can make an assessment and adjust the black 
box tor whatever frequency you need 


Melbourne 

John Frick of Melbourne says he had an 
implant that worked its way out of his arm 
without radionics assistance. 

It happened sometime after 1965, the year he 
says he was hustled aboard an ET spacecraft in 
Palm Bay. The pilots resembled Earthlings, but 
where they came from, he doesn’t know. What 
he says he does know as a result of the 
experience is how the vehicles work. 

In 1980, he published an intricately-detailed 
booklet titled Portrait of an Alien Spacecraft He 
has since redefined gravity and repudiated 
Newton’s gravitational laws based on the in¬ 
sights given to him by the aliens. But unlike the 
spaceships that elevated him to higher levels of 
understanding, his writings never have taken off. 

“Well what can you say?” says Frick. “I’m 
used to it. People will read it when they’re ready 
for it.” 

A quick scan of the classified ads in the UFO 
magazines suggests the public appetite for such 
unconventional wisdom may be growiifg, fueled 
by the advent of camcorders and tabloid TV 
shows that routinely air UFO footage and 
scenarios. 

Barely a week goes by without La-Z-Boy 
Larry and Couch Potato Carrie getting the latest 
on cattle mutilations from Montana to Alabama, 
elegant crop-circle hieroglyphs in the wheat 
fields of England, or the newest sightings of 
nocturnal lights zigzagging about the country. 

In Florida, small bands of residents and 
tourists monitor the night skies near Pensacola 
Bay through their camera lenses as the Chinese 
lantern-shaped UFOs continue their six-year 
exercises over Gulf Breeze. In March, a silent, 
hovering, 200-foot boomerang began making 
noctural incursions over the west coast around 
Hernando County, occasionally dazzling the 
locals with light shows. 

Exacerbating these matters is the govern¬ 
ment’s official indifference. Like a dust-clogged 
needle snagged on an old record, the position 
has remained unchanged since the Nixon years. 

The United States government hasn’t investi¬ 
gated UFOs since Project Bluebook, the Air 
Force study, rendered them harmless and 


FL - July 11, 1993) 
unscientific in 1969. 

Not a word anywhere in those archives — not 
even an effort to scuttle it — of the celebrated 
Roswell Incident. This was the one in 1947 where 
the Army issued a press release announcing it 
had recovered a crashed flying saucer near 
Roswell Army Air Base. The statement was 
quickly rescinded and replaced by the red-faced 
news that veteran field investigators had actual¬ 
ly mistaken a weather balloon for a spaceship. 

In 1991, the year before their deaths, Lewis 
Rlckett of St. Petersburg and Thomas DuBose of 
Winter Park gave Florida Today an altogether 
different account. 

Rickett, a retired counterintelligence officer, 
said he participated in the recovery operation 
and personally gathered the fabricated debris, 
which he said was not of this Earth. DuBose, who 
retired with a general’s rank, said he helped 
engineer the weather balloon cover story on 
orders from Washington. 

Forty-six years later, people keep seeing and 
photographing lights in the sky, the footage 
keeps coming in, and the government continues 
to duck. 

The most frequent target of UFO-related 
Freedom of Information Act thrusts is the 
Central Intelligence Agency, established under 
the National Security Act of 1947, just after 
Roswell. What few documents the CIA usually 
releases often are painted with black holes. 

Still, the bottom line remains the same: 
Whomever, or whatever, is behind the phenome¬ 
non has yet to accept a standing offer to attend a 
party at the most logical place on Earth. 

Joe Morgan, managing director for the 
Freedom 7 Community Center where Susan 
Sunset will appear, recalls the big PR exercise in 
1965. 

“We wanted Cocoa Beach to be the first 
community in the world to set up a UFO 
welcome station, and that’s what we did,” he 
says. “I put up concrete blocks in the form of a 
cross at Fisher Park and a big sign: ‘World's 
First UFO Station.’ I mean, where else but on the 
Space Coast would people be more receptive to 
meeting people from other planets? 

“We’re still waiting, and the offer’s still good.” 


1 Walking Softly By John E. Andrist 


Tales of a card-carrying UFO 


1 

< UFOs FLEW INTO my life 
again Thursday when Peter Dav- 
M enport of Seattle stopped in to ask 
3 questions about the "earth cookie” 
° which appeared on the Timm 
" Ranch on the Colville Indian 
►j Reservation in October 1984. 
h Davenport was too late to see 
5 the phenomenon, but not too late 

2 to come up with two new theories 
O about it. 

For those who don’t remember, 
a huge pear-shaped “earth cookie" 
was lifted from a dry pothole, car¬ 
ried 65 feet and dropped, intact. It 
had rotated slightly during its 
“flight.” 

Rick and Pete Timm discov¬ 
ered it while riding for cattle. 

Davenport looked at our pho¬ 
tos, copied our entire clip file (it’s 
an inch thick) and offered his 
ideas, along with dozens of anec¬ 
dotes about Unidentified Flying 
Objects. 

You see, Peter is a UFO inves¬ 
tigator. Carries a card identifying 
him as such, affiliating him with 
major UFO groups in our nation. 

He came to Omak from Ken¬ 
newick, where he’d been investi¬ 


gating crop circles. Designs in 
Standing grain fields. More on that 
later. 

★ ★ ★ 

THE EARTH COOKIE theo¬ 
ries are too fascinating to wait. I 
had to call Rick Timm Sunday to 
bring him up to date. There were 
deep chuckles and yet, a sense of 
“could be” as I related Daven¬ 
port’s two notions. 

Peter is serious about this. 
“There definitely is something out 
there we don’t know about,” he 
said. “It’s powerful and it’s 
scary.” 

Like tractor beams. 

You “Trekkies” understand that 
— beams of energy which trans¬ 
port people up into the sky or 
down out of the sky. The stuff of 
“beam me up, Scotty.” 

Peter suggested a UFO had 
hovered over the spot and used a 
tractor beam in an attempt to re¬ 
trieve a cow. Instead, it took up a 
huge divot of earth, 8x10 feet by 
two feet thick. Upon discovering 
UveWcr, it dropped the divot. 

ProUbhf tried again and got its 
GOvUjheSakl. 


Rick Timm couldn’t remember 
any cattle missing. But when 
you’re rounding up hundreds, one 
more or less isn’t going to be no¬ 
ticed instantly. 

A tractor beam could have 
picked up a couple of cows with¬ 
out much fuss. As a one-time Star 
Trek fan and “Dr. Who" addict, I 
don’t doubt it a bit. 

★ ★ ★ 

THE SUB-EARTH travel the 
ory took me by surprise. 

Peter observed humans have 
mastered travel in all parts of our 
planet as well as in space. All parts 
but one. We travel through the air 
and above it. We travel over water 
and through it. 

We travel across the top of the 
ground, but not through it. 

UFOs may have mastered that 
one. They might create “earth 
cookies" or huge divots when they 
surface too quickly on their sub¬ 
terranean journeys. 

No, Peter Davenport isn’t a 
wild-eyed odd-ball. He looks like 
anyone else, dresses casually and 
neatly, speaks clearly, doesn’t 
waive his arms or suddenly accel- 


detective 

erate his speech. He looks you 
right in the eye when he says, 
“there’s something out there." 

★ ★ ★ 

HE SUPPORTED the tractor 
beam theory with an anecdote 
about a rural resident who woke 
from a sound sleep to find himself 
standing in his pajamas in his front 
yard. His house was totally 
locked. He couldn’t have sleep¬ 
walked there. 

While puzzling the event he 
heard a loud humming and saw a 
beam of light come straight down 
from the sky and illuminate a cow 
standing in a pasture near his 
home. 

The humming increased and 
the cow was lifted by the beam, 
straight up. After a bit, the beam 
snapped off. Seconds later the cow 
plopped to the earth, killed by the 
fall. 

Davenport gave me a number 
for the UFO hotline in Washing¬ 
ton State. He encourages anyone 
who has had an event or experi¬ 
ence involving UFOs to call the 
24-hour hotline at 206-722-3000. 
It's not a toll-free call. 


NUGGET, Sisters, OR 
J une 3 0, 1993 

Bright star 
or UFO? 

By Mark Duncan 

There are phenomena in the 
universe that defy comprehen¬ 
sion, things that can be seen but 
not explained. 

Well aware that some types 
of sightings, be it Elvis, Big 
Foot, or mysterious lights in the 
sky, can arouse skepticism, Ray 
Bowlin of Sisters made sure he 
had backup when he spotted a 
UFO in the eastern sky, shortly 
before dawn on June 22. 

“I don’t want people to think 
I’m losing it,” said Bowlin. “I 
called 911, and they turned me 
over to a sheriff’s deputy. He 



It had lights and saucer shape. 


saw it, too.” 

‘It’ was an apparently large, 
saucer-shaped object, covered 
with white lights, that hovered, 
neatly motionless, for 45 to 50 
minutes while Bowlin and his 
wife, Mary, watched, Bowlin 
set up his telescope, which re¬ 
vealed a domed shape atop the 
saucer section. 

“You could almost see a win¬ 
dow around the top,” he said. 
“It waslike a big, brilliant kalei¬ 
doscope.” 

Deschutes County Sheriff's 
Deputy Gene Moyers was on 
duty at the time, and spoke to 
Bowlin on the telephone. 

“The officer asked if I was 
referring to a big object in the 
eastern sky at about 30 degrees," 
said Bowlin. 

Deputy Moyers, who was on 
vacation at press time and un¬ 
available for comment, noted 
the call in his log. His only 
mention of the sighting, how¬ 
ever, was to call the object “just 
a bright star.” 

But the deputy wasn’t look¬ 
ing through a telescope. 

Bowlin managed a photo¬ 
graph of the object; though not 
through his telescope. The photo 
shows a starless expanse of sky, 
punctuated by a cluster of bright 
lights. Very little imagination is 
necessary to give the object the 
shape Bowlin attributes to it. 

This is not the first time 
Bowlin has seen unidentifiable 
lights in the sky. Once last sum¬ 
mer, and again in the fall, he 
spotted similar pbjects. 

“But when I saw it before,” 
he said, “it also had colored 
lights. It’s kind of eerie when 
you see this kind of thing.” 



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More reports of UFOs in area 


By JANICE KARLOVICH 

Stall Writer 

“It had lights, it was quiet, it was low 
and it was slow.” 

That’s how Shriner Lake resident 
George Rowe described the unidentified 
flying object that she said appeared near 
his Whitley County home Tuesday night. 

Rowe and his 14-year-old son were 
watching the Major League All-Star base¬ 
ball game shortly before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday 
when they saw a group of six to eight red 
lights outside. „ 

'I’ve never seen anything like it before," 
said Rowe, who is a finance manager at 
Evans Toyota in Fort Wayne. "I don’t 
know what it was, but we definitely saw 
something." 

Rowe said the object made no noise and 
hovered right about tree level. 


"That’s why I ruled out anything like a 
plane because there was no noise," Rowe 
said. “It was so weird because it was so 
quiet.” 

The number of people who say they 
saw an unidentified flying object in the 
night skies Tuesday in Whitley and Noble 
counties continues to grow. 

In addition to Rowe and another Whit¬ 
ley County man, a Ligonier family and two 
Ligonier police officers reported seeing a 
strange flying object Tuesday night. 

So far, military and weather officials 
have been unable to explain the incident 
completely. Walt DeHaven, an engineer at 
Dana Corp. in Churubusco, said he 
was on Whitley County Road 550 
East northeast of Columbia City, 
when he saw what he thought were 
three helicopters flying in 


formation. 

But something wasn t quite 
right. DeHaven, like others who 
claimed to have seen the object, 
said he didn’t hear the loud noise 
associated with helicopters or 
aircraft. 

"I stopped my truck and 
looked," he said. “When I first saw 
it, it was very spooky. It was a little 
freaky when you looked at it. 

Fort Wayne International Air¬ 
port did not report unusual objects 
on radar Tuesday night. 

A spokesman at the Indiana Air 
National Guard unit in Fort Wayne 
said Wednesday that there were no 
flights Tuesday night in the Ligonier 
area. A spokeswoman at Grissom 
Air Force Base in Peru said Grissom 


does not send aircraft over north¬ 
east Indiana. 

Lt. Shirley Zumbehl, a public 
affairs officer at Grissom, said she 
could not be sure, but thought there 
might be new military helicopters 
that are quieter than usual. 

Russ Marshall, a meteorologist at 
the National Weather Service in 
Fort Wayne, said the lack of sound 
may have resulted from something 
called the Doppler effect. 

That phenomenon occurs when 
sound frequencies shift and noise 
sounds either greater or less 
appears either stronger or weaker 
than the emitted frequency. 


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GLOBE, Joplin, MO - July 29, 1993 CR: M. Davenport 



Globe Phota/MIKE GULLETT 

Sam Uptegrove sits in his office in his home where he writes, edits and publishes Amateur Ufology News, a magazine about UFO sightings and 
experiences. 


Reporter says some things he’s heard are. . . 



“You try to get all the facts you can about each 
reported sighting and reach conclusions. I get 
some good-natured kidding, but I am not mocked." 

— Sam Uptegrove 


By Mike Surbrugg 

Globe Staff Writer 

LOCKWOOD. Mo. During the 
last 20 years, Sam Uptegrove 
estimates he has interviewed more 
than 1,000 people lo record their 
descriptions of what are commonly 
called Unidentified Flying Objects. 

He says the accounts are about 
"incredible things seen by credible 
people." 

'What people tell of seeing is 
often unbelievable, but told by 
people who are believable.” says 
Uptegrove. 

The 42-year-old Lockwood police 
officer writes, edits and publishes 
the monthly Amateur Ufology 
News magazine. He says has more 
than 300 subscribers in the United 
States and four foreign countries. 

"I plan to exchange subscriptions 
with a UFO magazine published in 
English in Russia," he says. 

While being a police officer may 
keep some people from talking 
freely with him, he says it helps 
others who like the credibility it 
brings. 

"You try to get all the facts you 
can about each reported sighting 


and reach conclusion* I get some 
good-natured kidding, hut I am not 
mocked," he says 

Uptegrov says he’s surprised at 
the nurnl>or of pt*ople in the last 
two years who have confided to 
him alioui UFO sight mgs they have 
encountered recent l\ 01 years earli¬ 
er. 

His own interest began when he 
was 8 years old. 

One day my father called me 
and my mother into the yard to see 
a bright-blue light in the sky. 
Neighbors in our Kansas City 
suburb were liHiking at the light 
that would move in small circles 
an»l then move quickly in a 
wavering motion to another site to 
resume the small circles. We looked 
at it for more than 10 minutes,” he 
says. 

Uptegrove liegan reading books 
on UFO sightings. When he was 15, 
his father t<n>k him to interview a 
couple at Lexington who told of 
seeing a UFO. 

"It turns out what they had seen 
was a weather balloon. About 75 to 
80 percent of reported sightings are 
not UFOs” he says. 

His interest was a hobby that he 


did not talk about publicly until the 
last two years. 

For lack of better words, that 
was when I came out of the closet,” 
he says. 

Besides publishing his magazine, 
Uptegrove also attends UFO con¬ 
ferences. He is also working with a 
group in Springfield who are keep¬ 
ing track of sightings, locations and 
dates. 

Among seven sightings reported 
in April: 

— A Battlefield resident seeing a 
white oval light with a red-yellow- 
green band moving around the 
center. 

A man in the same area who 
says he was followed by a light that 
left when stopped and got out of his 

car. 

A Marshfield resident who saw 
a black oval object with "funny 
colored” lights in the say. A 
similarly described craft was report¬ 
ed seen in other areas months 
earlier. 

"It is difficult to describe things 
you have never seen before. Colors 
are difficult because they are so 
bright,” says Uptegrove. 

Unexplained sightings are not 


new to the Ozarks. He says what 
was described as a flying airship 
was seen in Webster County prior 
to 1900. 

Persons who have seen UFOs 
react with fear, fascination and 
doubt. 

"I saw it with my own eyes, but it 
is not possible,” he says people tell 
him. 

Most people are hesitant to call 
sightings a spaceship, Uptegrove 
says, referring to sightings as craft 
or an airplane type they had never 
seen before. 

Uptegrove says current interest 
is on abductions that appear to 
follow UFO sighting paths recorded 
since 1947. Some who say they have 
been abducted are scheduled speak¬ 
ers during a UFO conference to be 
held Sept. 17-19 in Springfield, he 
says. 

Most aerial sightings are in the 


warmer months when more people 
are outdoors, says Uptegrove. 

Not all sightings are in the sky. 
He talks about seeing fields where 
craft may have landed and about a 
depression left in a gravel road in 
Webster County. 

"The ring was nine feet in 
diameter. The gravel had been 
pressed into the ground. Some in 
the bottom of the depression was 
crushed. The gravel was not 
thrown out like what would be left 
by a motorcycle cutting dough¬ 
nuts,” Uptegrove says. 

He says people have reported 
close encounters or seeing objects 
at a distance they cannot explain. 
Sightings last a few seconds to 
hours and are seen day and night. 

Uptegrove says persons can call him at 
232-4866 to get facts about the magazine or 
tell him about unexplained sightings. 


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NEWS, Detroit, MX - April 12, 1993 CR: K. Turner 

■ Visitors? Michigan has always been a popular tourist destination — in fact, some say 
the state’s popularity extends all the way into the far reaches of the galaxy. 



THE DETROIT NEWS 

In 1966, reports of UFO sightings in the skies above Dexter drew people to the area hoping to get a glimpse of alien spacecraft. 


UFO watchers look to the stars 


in hopes of seeing fire in the sky 


By Douglas Ilka 

THE DETROIT NEWS 

Aliens from outer space are 
saying yes to Michigan. 

And they’re even taking state 
residents for a ride, say local UFO 
— unidentified flying object — 
“watchers.” 

The recently released movie 
Fire in the Sky tells the supposed¬ 


ly true story of Travis Walton, an 
Arizona Forest Service tree cutter 
whc claims he was abducted by 
aliens in November 1975. 

Such close encounters of the 
third kind — contact with extra¬ 
terrestrials — are happening right 
in our back yard, UFO students 
say. 

“There have been 33 abduc¬ 
tions in Michigan since Jan. 1,” 
said Shirley Coyne, statewide di¬ 


rector of the Mutual UFO Net¬ 
work (MUFON). 

Have any of these abductions 
been documented and publicized? 

“Absolutely not,” Coyne said. 
“People come to me in confidence. 
They don’t come to me to have 
their stories publicized. 

“These people are traumatized. 
This is not like driving down the 


Close encounters 

Most alien abduction stories share these 
elements: 

■ A UFO is sighted. 

■ Victims report a period of unaccounted, 
missing time. 

■ Details of the abduction are revealed 
only after the victim undergoes hypnosis. 

■ Someone appears to have medically 
examined the abducted victims. 

■ Victims display psychological 
problems and sometimes physical 
aftereffects. 

■ Victims' story is substantiated with 
a lie detector test. 


SOUNDOFF 


Have you ever seen a UFO? Tell 
us about your experiences. 
Please include your name, town 
and daytime phone number. You 
can: 

■ Fax your response at 
222-2335. 

■ Call the hotline at 222-2284 or 
222-2287 

■ Or write Soundoff, The Detroit 
News, 615 W. Lafayette, Detroit, 
Mich., 48226. 



road and seeing a deer. These people 
have had a hard experience, and they 
don’t want to talk about it in public.” 

More than 50 UFO sightings have 
been reported in Michigan, accord¬ 
ing to MUFON. The most celebrated 
occurred 27 years ago in the Dexter 
and Hillsdale areas. 

Officials wrote off reports of the 
pyramid-shaped object with blinking 
red and blue lights as swamp gas, 
even though sheriffs deputies in 
Washtenaw County engaged the 
UFO in a high-speed chase. 

But skeptics say UFO watchers 
should get their heads out of the 
clouds. 

“I’ve had some contact with MU¬ 
FON in the past when they rented 
the Kellogg Center on campus,” said 
Doug Murphy, program director for 
Michigan State University’s Abrams 
Planetarium. 


"I believe they tend to look at this 
as a religion, as opposed to a scientif¬ 
ic point of view. They’re very quick 
to jump on the UFO bandwagon.” 

Murphy agrees there have been a 
great number of UFO sightings, but 
said-most of them are explainable. 

“Even President Carter was 
iooled by a bright object he saw that 
turned out to be the planet Venus,” 
Murphy said. 

“And he was trained in astral 
navigation at the Naval Academy. 
We get lots of calls about people 
seeing unusual things in the sky. The 
absolute bottom of my list would be a 
visit by a UFO." 

According to Murphy, the odds 
are astronomically slim that an ad¬ 
vanced civilization would want to 
visit Earth. 

“Our Milky Way is one of billions 
in the universe,” Murphy said. “If 


you were to shrink it to the size of the 
United States, our solar system 
would fit inside the palm of your 
hand. The nearest star would be a 
quarter-mile away. That gives you 
some idea of the size and depth of 
space." 

Murphy gives an example of the 
relative distances a UFO would have 
to travel to visit our planet. 

“The United States launched 
Voyager in 1977,” Murphy said. “Us¬ 
ing the image of the solar system 
being the size of your palm, Voyager 
would only have traveled from the 
center of your hand to the edge of 
your palm in 12 years. And that’s 
traveling at 40,000 mph.” 

But that does not stop people 
from reporting sightings: 

■ In July 1952, officers at the 
Selfridge air base in Harrison Town¬ 
ship were swamped with late-evening 


calls from residents who reported 
seeing mysterious orange and blue 
lights and flying disks in the sky. 
Among the witnesses were a World 
War II bomber pilot and a Baptist 
minister. 

■ In October 1973, two Detroit po¬ 
lice officers reported seeing a UFO 
with red and white flashing lights at 
6 a.m. while patroling near Mary- 
grove College. Both agreed it couldn’t 
have been a airplane because, one 
said, “Planes can’t travel that fast 
straight up.” 

■ In September 1967, three people, 
including a United Press Interna¬ 
tional business manager, reported 
seeing a UFO behind an Air Force jet 
over Detroit one night. They thought 
it was a bright star or weather bal¬ 
loon until they noticed it was keeping 
up with the jet. The object stopped 
completely for a minute, then sped 
away from the plane, they said. 

UFO devotees hope Fire in the 
Sky will bring more people forward 
to tell their tales of abduction. The 
movie focuses on Travis Walton, 
then 22. He and five crew members 
were returning from a job on a 
backwoods road near Heber, Ariz., 
about 100 miles southwest of Flag¬ 
staff, when they saw a bright light. 

They said a UFO appeared in 
front of their truck. Walton got out 
to investigate and was hit by a ray 
from the craft, the workers said. 

The remaining workers fled in 
terror. When they returned, Walton 
was missing. Walton turned up sev¬ 
eral days later, and staggered into 
Heber, supposedly suffering from 
shock and partial amnesia. 

Walton’s story of abduction was 
revealed under hypnosis with three 
physicians in attendance. In his re¬ 
telling, Walton described his exami¬ 
nation in the spacecraft by aliens 
with large heads and hands that had 
no fingernails. 

Others called Walton’s story 
bunk. Philip J. Klass, a retired senior 
editor for Aviation Week and Space 
Technology magazine, concluded 
Walton and logging crew leader Mi¬ 
chael Rogers concocted a hoax to win 
a National Enquirer UFO-sighting 
contest and manufacture an excuse 
for missing a logging deadline. 

Walton, Rogers and the others 
split a $5,000 prize, but have denied 
any hoax. 

Klass said Walton flunked his 
first lie detector test, and respected 
polygraph examiner John J. McCar¬ 
thy concluded Walton committed 
“gross deception,” and, “in concert 
with others, is attempting to perpe¬ 
trate a UFO hoax.” 

Coyne disputes Klass’ findings, 
saying: “I wouldn’t give you 2 cents 
for Phil Klass. He’s the biggest de¬ 
bunker out there. He’s an armchair 
investigator. He’s a liar. He’s never 
even talked to anyone who has been 
abducted. 

“These abductions happen and 
they happen to people just like you 
and me.” 

Does MSU’s Murphy believe hu¬ 
man beings have been abducted by 
UFOs? 

“Maybe I’m not the best person to 
ask about that,” Murphy said. “Talk 
to a psychologist. I think there are 
some disturbed people out there who 
need some help.” 

But he does believe life exists 
outside the solar system. 

“The materials are all out there,” 
Murphy said. “The substances of life 
are found freely in space. If the 
conditions are right there’s a good 
chance that life does exist, but for it 
to be intelligent and want to visit us 
is a huge stretch of the imagination.” 

Coyne and other students of 
UFOs say the cynicism hasn’t 
stopped them from enjoying Fire in 
the Sky. 

“I thought it was well done,” she 
said. “It sticks exactly to what hap¬ 
pened to Travis Walton.” 


■ Detroit News Staff Writers Mike 
Best and Tom Greenwood 
contributed to this report. 


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TIMES-DISPATCH, Richmond, VA - July 4, 1993 


Taking 

UFOs 

seriously 

Group works to give 
credence to sightings 

BY TOM CAMPBELL 

Times-Depatch Staff Writer 

The word “serious” shows up of¬ 
ten in the literature of UFO sightings 
and investigations. 

UFO people advocate serious in¬ 
quiries into Unidentified Flying Ob¬ 
jects and using serious scientific 
methods to obtain serious data, seri¬ 
ously studying them and drawing se¬ 
rious conclusions. 

“It's probably the most important 
scientific subject of the century," 
said Walter H. Andrus Jr., interna¬ 
tional director of the Mutual UFO 
Network. MUFON is holding its 1993 
International UFO Symposium here 
this weekend. 

Several hundred people are at¬ 
tending and yesterday nearly filled a 
ballroom at the Hyatt Richmond to 
hear speakers on an agenda that 
started Friday, ran late last night and 
concludes about 5:30 p.m. today. 
More than a dozen people will speak 
through the weekend. 

The written proceedings of the 
symposium present UFO reports and 
investigations in exhaustive detail. 


So do the speakers, whose topics 
include world-wide similarities in ab¬ 
ductions of humans by aliens; signifi¬ 
cant sightings in Germany, China and 
Puerto Rico; and declassification of 
Spain’s version of Project Blue Book, 
the U.S. Air Force report on UFOs. 

“Detail is really the evidence that 
you need to substantiate the solid 
casef»” Andrus said. “We deal with 
fact* — names, date** places, any- 
thingthat would stand up in a court of 
law.We don’t deal injftfRnljlies. We 
invwjdgate these things «k>Mi to ev¬ 
ery little detail we can find out.” 

Bringing scientific investigation to 
bear on what used to be mainly just 
somebody’s description of what they 
saw is difficult. But nowadays people 
often obtain photographs or video¬ 
tape of lights in the sky, shapes hov¬ 
ering nearby and other UFO phe¬ 
nomena. 

MUFON and other UFO study 
groups employ scientific investiga¬ 
tive methods to weed out the 80 
percent to 95 percent of those re¬ 
ports that are explainable or unreli¬ 
able and to give some measure of 
credence to the rest, Andrus said. 

That growing, detailed “body of 
evidence” will one day be sufficient 
to "resolve the phenomena” and ex¬ 
plain UFOs. That is MUFON’s ulti¬ 
mate hope, Andrus said. 


Perhaps that will happen by induc¬ 
ing the U.S. government to acknowl¬ 
edge what Andrus says it has known 
for years — that UFOs are real, that 
UFOs are extraterrestrial spacecraft 
and that aliens are interacting with 
human beings. 

"The government has denied the 
existence of UFOs for ages,” he said. 
'They’re continually lying to the 
public.” 

Andrus said the 4,500 MUFON 
members include NASA scientists, 
engineers for McDonnell-Douglas 
and other aerospace firms, doctors, 
lawyers, military officers a nd college 
professors — "serious people,” he 
said. 

Also attending the symposium is 
the woman who said she recently 
gave birth to her tenth human-alien 
hybrid child. So is the New Yorker 
who reported being abducted from 
her apartment by aliens using a blue 
tractor beam. 

Andrus said the evidence is over¬ 
whelming that UFOs exist and he's 
personally convinced the explanation 
is that they are extraterrestrial 
spacecraft. Not everyone in MUFON 
is so sure. 


TIMES HERALD RECORD, Rochester, NY - July 31, 1993 CR: T. Nesser 

UFO, or folks feeling their oats? 


COLUMBIA CENTER (AP) - Whatever caused the 
strange design in Helen Pyc's oat field, it sure is the 
talk of this upstate farming town. 

The unusual pattern mysteriously appeared this week. 
That, combined with a report of unidentified objects in the 
air near the field, have fueled speculation over what 
caused the design. 

“It makes you think; it makes you wonder,” Mike Robel- 
lard of Ilion said. 

“Yes, it might have been a UFO,” said Cyndie Bailey of 
West Winfield. 

Cars lined both sides of Route 28 this week as motorists 
tried to make sense of the strange design that appeared in 
a corner of a 20-acre field of ripening oats. 

On Monday, an unidentified “truck driver from North 
Carolina” told the Herkimer Evening Telegram he had 
seen “round cylindrical shapes” in the air near the field. 

The Telegram printed a story, and people began driving 
by to gape at the pattern. Hundreds were there Thursday 
and they kept coming yesterday, Mrs. Pyc, of Herkimer, 
said. 

“I lived on a farm for 44 years. We’ve had windstorms, 
but nothing to make those oats lay so perfect as that,” she 
said. "It don’t seem possible that a prankster could do 
that.” 

The oats lay perfectly flat in precise patterns. Within 
each circular area, the oats lay in a neat concentric clock¬ 
wise whorl about 25 feet in diameter. 

Some of those who stopped to see the pattern said it 
might have been caused by visitors from space because 
they could see no way a prankster could have done it. 

But some farmers in this Herkimer County community 
10 miles southeast of Utica say the patterns were caused 
by recent violent winds. 

Neighbor John Kucerak said he saw the oats down a 



The Associated Press 


Circular patterns appear in an oat field in Her¬ 
kimer County. 

week ago, and said that wind had knocked some of his own 
hay down as well. The pattern was “definitely the work of 
wind," he said. 

Others think the patterns are the work of pranksters. 

“I think there’s somebody looking out the window of that 
barn right this minute laughing his pants off,” said Paula 
Macisco of Frankfort. 


REPORTER, Fond du Lac, WI - Feb. 4, 1993 CR: R. Heiden 

UFO scare? City man 
says E.T. friendly 


By Le« Relnsch 

Of The Reporter Staff 

A local man with an intense 
interest in unidentified flying ob¬ 
jects (UFOs) says people 
shouldn’t try to use scientific 
logic to “explain away” recent 
reports of UFO sightings. 

Reports of a UFO sighting 
near Hustisford in Dodge 
County during the weekend has 
produced a flood of reaction and 
phone calls at the Dodge County 
Sheriffs Department. 

“They (authorities) say it is 
the planet Jupiter, but what 
we’re seeing is definitely an ex¬ 
traterrestrial craft,” local UFO 
buff Bob Kuehn said. 
"Extraterrestrial beings are com¬ 
ing into our area,” he says. 

Kuehn, a former member of 
the Fond du Lac Symphonic 
Band who is employed in a 
“number of different jobs,” says 
he saw his first UFO at age 4. 
Over the last 57 years, he’s seen 
“literally dozens” of them, he 
says. 

Kuehn, 61, says the federal 
government "knows what they 
(the sightings) are" but is not re¬ 


leasing the information to the 
public.” 

One reason for the govern¬ 
ment’s secrecy, he says, is that 
"New World Order is control of 
people, and any type of enlight¬ 
enment can prevent the govern¬ 
ment from controlling people. It 
(secrecy) is mind control of the 
masses.” 

“The sightings around the 
country tend to come in a bar¬ 
rage, and you’ll hear govern¬ 
ment officials giving some expla¬ 
nation that is absolutely ridicu¬ 
lous," he said. 

To label UFOs as “natural 
phenomena” is outrageous, 
Kuehn says. 

“I have seen UFOs, and they 
are not natural phenomena,” he 
says. 

Kuehn, a former private pilot 
and amateur astronomer, says 
he knows an aircraft when he 
sees one. 

“The objects I have seen are 
spinning, saucer-shaped discs 
with yellow lights. I know what 
I see." he says. 

Kuehn says non-believers are 
merely “frightened and lying to 
themselves.” 



“We shouldn’t be frightened; 
we should wake up to this fact 

Bob Kuehn 

says he saw 
his first UFO 
at the age of 
4. Since then, 
he’s seen 
"literally 
dozens" 
more. 

very quickly because they are go¬ 
ing to figure into the civilization 
of this world,” Kuehn says. 

Kuehn says beings from outer 
space are trying to help us. 

“Most extraterrestrials are 
good people and they want to 
help us make things better,” he 
says. 

Kuehn says extraterrestrials 
walk, live and work among us. 

“You can't tell them from reg¬ 
ular people. Some of them have 
high cheekbones," Kuehn says. 

Kuehn says he personally has 
had mental contact with beings 
from other planets. 

"They contact your mind with 
radio waves or whatever. Your 
mind is no more than a radio re¬ 
ceiver," Kuehn says. 


Andrus also buys the idea that 
aliens are abducting people for ex¬ 
perimentation and also as a sort of 
fertility project. 

Andrus said the aliens — often 
described by abductees as small, thin 
and frail, with huge heads and eyes, 
and no sex organs — are a dying 
race. They can reproduce now only 
by artificially inseminating human 
beings. 

Detailed Investigations 

“They are using us. They're here 
for their own welfare, not ours,” An¬ 
drus said. “Otherwise, they'll die 
out.” 

But he t hinks the al iens are basi- 
cally benevolent toward us, although 
they consider us lower on the evolu¬ 
tionary ladder. "That is speculation 


on my part,” Andrus said. 

What’s not speculation is the detail 
amassed in MUFON investigations 
of reported sightings and encounters 
with UFOs. 

One report in the symposium pro¬ 
ceedings details a 20-year-old inci¬ 
dent near Cape Girardeau, Mo. Eddie 
Doyle Webb and Velma Mae Webb, a 
husband-and-wife trucker team, 
were nearing home on an interstate 
highway just before dawn one foggy 
night in 1973. 

Something the shape of a turnip or 
a spinning top with bright lights in 
rainbow colors came up behind the 
18-wheeler. Webb, who was driving, 
saw it in his mirror. Mrs. Webb 
couldn’t see anything in the passen¬ 
ger-side outside mirror because it 
was angled for the driver. 


Glasses showed effects of heat 

Webb stuck his head out the win¬ 
dow and looked behind; at that in¬ 
stant a red flash of light and heat 
seemed to hit him in the face and he 
was temporarily blinded. His plastic 
glasses showed heat effects and his 
face felt sunburned afterward. Doc- 
tors said his vision was affected. 

In the MUFON report, we also 
leam the truck was a 1973 Peterbilt 
pulling a 40-foot Dorsey refrigerated 
trailer. 

“But he was hauling plastic at the 
time so the refrigerator unit wasn’t 
on," said John F. Schuessler, who 
described the highly detailed report 
yesterday in his talk on medical inju¬ 
ries from UFOs and what can be 
learned from them. 


The wife had been sleeping in the 
bunk behind the cab, but she woke up 
and had just put her shoes on and 
climbed into the right-hand spt 
when the driver saw the UFO gaining 
on him about a mile behind. 

The driver hit the brakes after the 
flash of light and brought the truck to 
a stop nearly straight, but not com¬ 
pletely straight, in the lane. 

Schuess ler said MU FON has thou¬ 
sands of such cases on file, carefully 
researched from all available sources 
of information, all with “the details of 
what we found. The details are im¬ 
portant. ... It’s there, it’s all there, 
and you can decide for yourself what 
you think about it.” 





Conference 

Center’s director 
insists UFO believers 
have evidence, sanity 

By Sam Kepfield 

Staff Reporter 

Physicist Enrico Fermi once asked, “If Ihcrc 
arc other intelligent extraterrestrial life forms 
out there, where arc they?" 

Some people believe the answer to Fermi’s 
question is that they arc already here, and have 
been for nearly 50 years — and that the U.S. 
government knows about it. 

The Lincoln-based Fortcan Research Center 
sponsored "Exploring Unexplained Phenom¬ 
ena V” this weekend at the Nebraska Center for 
Continuing Education. Founded in 1982, the 
Fortcan Center, named for paranormal re¬ 
searcher Charles Fort, has sponsored Five con¬ 
ferences over the past 10 years, on various 
paranormal topics. 

The focus of this year’s conference was 
Unidentified Flying Objects. Scientific data 
was presented by world-renowned researchers 
from such diverse fields as nuclear physics to 
theology, on topics from crop circles to abduc¬ 
tions. 

Scott Colbom, director of the center, said it 
was “high lime that we l orgct about w hm others 
think of this. It's time for people to come 
forward with what they know, be it research or 
personal experiences.” 

The UFO field has l<x> often been painted as 
the province of the "True Believers,” who 
“want to be beamed up now,” Colbom said. 

Two presentations centered on the crash of 
a spacecraft near Roswell, N.M., in July 1947. 
Kevin Randle, a former Air Force intelligence 
officer, set out initially to disprove the entire 
story in 1988. But as he and his partner, Don 
Schmitt, dug deeper, they found credible, first¬ 
hand evidence that the crash had indeed oc¬ 
curred, and that the U.S. government had cov¬ 
ered it up. Their first book on the incident 
appeared in 1991; a second hook, presenting 
even more evidence, is due out at the end of 
1993. 

Stanton Friedman, a nuclear physicist, has 
researched the same event for the last 15 years. 
Friedman said he had uncovered evidence point¬ 
ing to a crash near Roswell, as well as indica¬ 
tions of another one nearby at the same lime. 

Although he and Randle disagree on some of 
the details, the two arc in accord on most of the 
basics. 

Friedman said the theory that UFOs arc the 
staple of uneducated fools is inaccurate. He 
said Gallup polls showed that the majority of 
people believe in UFOs and that the more 
educated a person is, the more likely he is to 
believe in UFOs. 

“I f you ’ re a bcl iever, you ’ re the c ream of the 
crop, not the bottom of the barrel. Come out of 
the closet!" Friedman said, adding that most 
scientists and engineers arc believers as well 

The three-day conference also included a 
panel of five people, four of them from Ne¬ 
braska — two from Lincoln — who claimed to 
have multiple abduction experiences. One of 
the speakers was Dr. John Slater, a professor of 
Indian Studies at the University of North Da¬ 
kota. Slater said he had been abducted several 
limes, most recently in 1988. 

Theologian Ray Bocchc, co-founder of the 
Fortcan Center, spoke on the similarities be¬ 
tween ancient talcs of demons and fairies and 


DAILY NEBRASKAN, Lincoln, NE - May 3, 1993 

explores unexplained phenomena 



Robin Trimarcbi/DN 


Carol Singer of Fort Collins, Colo., browses among the alien dolls made 
bv J.P. Moore of Lincoln, on display at the “Exploring Unexplained 
Phenomena” conference at the Nebraska Center on Friday. 


- it- 

If you're a believer, you're the cream of the crop, not the bottom 
of the barrel. Come out of the closet! 


Abduction survivor 
shares experiences 
about meeting aliens 

By Sam Kepfield 

Staff Reporter 

“The first time you meet someone who’s had 
a bizarre experience like this, you feel like 
you’re no longer alone in this world.” 

For Vicki Stadlcr, that sentiment is particu¬ 
larly important, in light of her “bizarre experi¬ 
ences.” 

Stadlcr, 41, a lifelong Lincolnilc, said she 
has been abducted by aliens nearly one hundred 
times since age seven. 

She told her story Friday night at a confer¬ 
ence sponsored by the Fortcan Research Cen¬ 
ter, at the Center for Continuing Education, 
33rd and Holdrcgc streets. 

Stadlcr said her firstuxperiuuee occurred at 
age 7, while playing in her back yard. She saw 
a tiny man — very old with large eyes and 
dressed in a snug-fitting uniform — motion to 
her from a garage in the back yard. She fol¬ 
lowed him inside, and walked into “an enor¬ 
mously bright light.” She awoke three hours 
later in a closet—unusual, considering she had 
claustrophobia. 

In 1984 Stadlcr’s experiences began again, 
when she began to have a recurring dream that 
she was in her car takinga trip to Branched Oak 
Lake. At the lake she was met by a large ship 
and was drawn up into a light. Once inside, the 
aliens examined her physically and questioned 
her. She was relumed two days later. 

In 1989, she began seeing a psychologist to 
help her remember the events. With the aid of 
hypnosis, the memories came back in a “land¬ 
slide.” 

Since then, Stadlcr’s visitations have re¬ 
sulted in two mysteriously-terminated preg¬ 
nancies. One five months along, which physi¬ 
cians termed a "miscarriage.” 

She was followed several times by “men in 
black,” after beginn ing work on an article, with 
her husband and her psychologist, about a 
secret underground installation in New Maxico 
which houses human and hybrid human-alien 
children. 

Stadlcr said that everything that has oc¬ 
curred has left her with symptoms akin to post- 
traumatic stress syndrome, or rape trauma syn¬ 
drome. Socially, she said she was hesitant at 
first to come forth with her story, “because 
someone you know will find out and think 
you’re a lunatic." This is only the second lime 
she has made her experiences public; the first 
was a year and a h al f ago a t a s i m i lar con fcrcncc 
in Lincoln. 


modem talcs of “Men in Black" who often 
threaten and harass UFO witnesses and 
abd'jclccs. 

Bocchc said he was doubtful that these 
sightings were actually extraterrestrial. He said 
he believed some may come from inside the 
Earth and abductions may be conducted in 
tandem with the government. 

“The danger of belief," Bocchc cautioned. 


—Friedman 

- ft " 

“is ihiii widespread, uncritical belief could lead 
to overt rule by god like beings, much like 
Mount Olympus.” The subject must be ap¬ 
proached with a great deal of caution, he said. 

Colbom agreed. “The center comes at this 
Irom an open-minded, skeptical point of view. 
We try to be open-minded, but not so much so 
that our brains fall out.” 


She is not fazed, though, by those who might 
cry hoax. More professionals arc coming to 
recognize the problem, and it is gaining accep¬ 
tance from the general public, with support 
groups forming everywhere, including Lin¬ 
coln. 

“Most people don’t know the magnitude of 
it. I’m not real educated, but I’m real knowl¬ 
edgeable on this topic,” she said. “I try to live 
my life, with a husband and our children, and 
odd things occur in life from which there is no 
reference point to deal with them.” 


Warm Weather Brings Out 
Skywatchers, UFOs 


by Bland Pugh 

On Wednesday evening I had 
gone to the beach alone to skywatch, 
I was looking through binoculars to 
theeastatabout8:00p.m„ hoping to 
see some flashes from the explosions 
being set off at Eglin AFB, when 
something streaked across the Sound 
heading north. This object appeared 
to be elliptical and opaque in color, 
there was no light associated with it, 
and it left no trail. As I watched, I 
noticed the flashing towers of Mid¬ 
way, and noted that this object was 
east of them. 

I didn't tell anyone, as I didn't 
have pictures or a witness, so I filled 
it in the old memory bank for future 
reference, it didn’t gather much dust. 


because I received a phone call on 
Thursday from a fellow that lives on 
the beach. It seems that he was going 
to his mailbox and just happened to 
look up, as he did something moving^ 
at an incredible speed flashed over 
his head from the west northwest to 
east southeast Of course he had the 
same reaction I did, "What the hell 
wasthat?” and filed itaway. He went 
into his house and ate lunch, going 
back out a short time later the object 
came over again from the same direc¬ 
tion. Having lived in the area for 
quite some time he knew this wasn't 
a Sea Gull, so he decided to set up his 
video camera on the sundeck. Put¬ 
ting the camera on A/C hook up, and 
putting in a two hour tape he went 
back to work. That evening he re¬ 
viewed the tape, only to observe a 
"Huey” helicopter flying it's usual 


ISLANDER, 
beach pattern that we are all familiar 
with, the next day he again set up the 
video camera when he wenthome for 
lunch, after fixing a sandwich he 
went back onto the deck, looking to 
the southeast he was amazed to see 
the object streaking towards him from 
out in the Gulf. The video camera did 
its job, and captured the UFO as it 
crossed the field of view. 

On Saturday evening, I met with 
him and saw this tape, he had dubbed 
thehelicoptersequence, and the UFO 
parts out and put them on a new tape 
for quicker viewing. Carolyn and I 
watched over and over this object 
streaking across the screen from the 
lower left to the center right. Just 
doing a little mathematical figuring 
in my head, those "Hueys" would 
probably be doing about 50 M.P.H. 
as they cruise the beach, this one 
took 4 seconds to pass the entire 
width of the screen, assuming he was 
just about over the second sandbar, 
that would put him at about 300 feet 


Pensacola Beach, FL - March 
offshore. To witness, this object 
appeared to be about twice that dis¬ 
tance away and it took only 1 second 
to cross the screen, making its speed 
400 M.P.H. plus. 

The object appears to be ellipti¬ 
cal, and silver in color, there was 
definitely a structural feature, the 
boUom appeared to be flat, as the 
object streaked across the sky you 
could see the sun reflecting off of the 
upper portions of it, the underside 
was darkened. When the UFO had 
gotten to the last 1/4 of the screen it 
appears to lift the right side ever so 
slightly. 

This persons identity is known 
to myself and another member of 
MUFON, he has requested that his 
name be withheld for personal rea¬ 
sons. I have to put credence in this 
video and story, in that I saw, what 
appeared to be this same object the 
night before it was videoed. 

To cap off these sightings, on 
Thursday evening, the UFO was 


31, 1993 

sighted at Shoreline Park, the object 
appeared at approximately 8:00 p.m., 
and remained for some 4 l/2minutes. 
There were approximately 8 to 10 
witnesses present 

As the weather improves, so do 
the numbers of people coming out to 
skywatch. 

Well what can I tell you, other 
than to keep looking up and behind 
you. You never know whator who is 
watching you. 


7 




Stuart, FL - July 3, 1993 



seminar lands on the Treasure Coast 



At UFO 
study group, 
participants 
encouraged 
to share 
experiences 


By Barbara DiObilda 

of the News staff 

B irds, planes and Superman 
aren't the only things that 
prompt people to look up in 
the sky. UFOs — unidentified 
flying objects — get their 
share of attention, too. 

"There are 10.000 

reported sightings of UFOs every year. ” said 
Susan Sunset of Vero Beach, a yoga 
instructor and former school teacher who has 
made a career of collecting and 
disseminating information about UFOs. 

"And that's just the people who report 
them — think how many thousands of others 
see something, but are afraid to come 
forward to talk about it for fear of being 
ridiculed or just not believed." 

Those folks need a forum to air their 
stories among others who can relate and are 
willing to listen. Sunset believes. 

So she's giving them one. 

The UFO Study Group will meet every 
Tuesday for six weeks beginning July 6 at 7:30 
p.m. at Boogie and Beethoven, a dance 
itudio in Palm City. 

Guests will be encouraged to share stories 
of their own sightings and participate in an 
open discussion about UFOs. 

“About percent of the people who 
come to thi seminars have seen something," 
Sunset saidl "We hear everything from 
someone seeing a pinpoint of light in the sky 
and not knowing how to explain it to ships 
landing and humans being abducted. " 
Following the discussion, films will be 
shown at each meeting. Topics include UFOs, 
sightings, abductions, contact with aliens. 


extraterrestrials and planets previously 
inhabited in our solar system. 

Similar seminars have taken off like 
rockets in Melbourne and Vero Beach, Sunset's 
home for the past 18 years. "We started a 
six-week course there, and it has gone on for 
two years," she said. "There is so much 
information to share we couldn't stop.” 

Sunset usually gets the ball rolling at the 
first class by telling her own story of a UFO 
sighting. 

It happened in 1965. 

"My husband and I were in Acapulco, 
staying with some friends in a-cabanaotj acbflf, 
overlooking the ocean,” Sunset remember® 

"We were all sitting out on the patio on* night, 
when suddenly we saw an extremely bright 
light about a mile away. Think of the difference 
between a 25 watt light bulb gnd a 1000 watt 
bulb — this was definitely a 1000 watt bulb! 

"It was round and flat, sort of disk¬ 
shaped, and there was no sound from it at all. It 
stopped right in front of us and did what I 
call a light show — it started blinking from 
white to yellow to red to green and blue. 

"I remember thinking..*1 iyish you’d come 
closer' and suddenly, it did. [f stopped right in 
front of us and did the light show again.” 

The lighted object stayed for about an 
hour before disappearing. 

Since that night. Sunset has collected every 
bit of information, including books, videotapes 
and articles, about UFOs. She’s willing to 
share all of it with anyone who is interested. 

Right now, word-of-mouth is the only way 
information spreads. Sunset said. She B critical 
of government, which she believes has 
covered up information regarding UFOs. 


testing sites, and claims of sight¬ 
ings. 

“For the last 50 years we have 
been taught to debunk everything 
we hear about UFOs,” she said. 

“More and more, though, peo¬ 
ple are gathering information and 
are becoming more willing to share 
what the government doesn’t want 
to tell us.’ 

But despite the government's 


downplay. Sunset said studies have 
shown that <0 percent of Ameri¬ 
cans believe there is life on other 
planets. “If we can go to the moon, 
why can’t others come here?” she 
said. 

Besides, it might be high time the 
other 40 percent took note. 

Sunset said UFO experts have 
predicted that there will be a mass 
landing of befngs from another 


planet by the year 2000 in America. 

Why here? “We have the best 
communications system in the 
world,” Sunset said. “1 believe they 
want to get the word out that we 
are destroying our planet, and they 
want to help us help ourselves to 
save it. 

"My purpose is not to prove 
UFOs exist — I'm not out to con 
vines anyone — I just want to pro¬ 


vide a place for serious discussion. 
This information is revealing, 
shock ing a nd educational. It needs 
to be told.’ 

Cost for the six-week seminar is 
$50. 

Pre-registration is necessary, as 
class size is limited. For more in fori 
mation, call Sunset at (407) 
569-1421 or Cindy Harper at Boo¬ 
gie and Beethoven at 220-0929. 


8 








UFOIogy 


SOMETHING 
STRANGE IS 
HAPPENING. 
ARE ALIENS 
VISITING US? 
A BOTHELL 
COUPLE IS 
SEEKING 
ANSWERS 


By Doug Margoson 

Journal American Features Writer 

B OTHELL — In Russia, they are 
12-foot tall creatures resembling 
Native Americans. They say they 
have come to heal humanity. 

In China, they look a bit like rab¬ 
bits. They don’t say anything. 

In Latin America, they wear conical hats, 
dark capes and have glowing red eyes. 

Here, they arc “the grays”; short, human¬ 
like creatures with big 
bald heads, scrawny bod¬ 
ies and slick, grayish 
skin. 

In all cases, they come 
from glowing objects in 
the sky . Or so those who 
see them claim. 

There’s a lot of talk 
about Unidentified Flying 
Objects (UFOs) going 
around these days, thanks 
largely to the movie Fire 
in the Sky, which tells of 
a man who claims to have been abducted by 
occupants of a flying saucer. It’s a sure-fire 
movie formula: unexplained phenomena, dan¬ 
ger and, of course, a great opportunity for raz¬ 
zle-dazzle special effects. Whether there’s any 
truth to it, well, it is the movies, after all. You 
suspend disbelief when you buy your ticket. 

But the issue the movie raises remains: Just 
what are those lights in the sky? 

Larry and Marilyn Childs of Bothell don’t 
know. But they spend a fair amount of their 
time trying to find out. They are the Washing¬ 
ton co-directors of the Mutual UFO Network, 


a Texas-based organization dedicated to col¬ 
lecting reports on UFOs and other unexplained 
phenomena. By cataloging and analyzing 
those reports, the groups hopes it eventually 
will come to some objective conclusions about 
the whole business. 

Meanwhile, day in and day out, week in 
and week out, people who think they’ve had a 
brush with something strange keep calling the 
network. Its Seattle area hotline is 722-3000. 
The Childses and other UFO students listen tc 
tapes from some of those 
calls at the group’s meet¬ 
ings, held the third Satur¬ 
day of each month from 1- 
5 p.m. at the Bothell 
Library. 

Lately, there have been 
a lot of calls from Long 
Island, as well as a bunch 
from the upper Hudson 
Valley. They’re seeing 
glowing lights in the sky 
back there. The lights vary 
in shape and color and, 
unless there are some distinct landmarks to 
compare them to, it’s hard to tell their size. 

TTie reports have one notable similarity. All 
the callers start their stories with the same pre¬ 
amble: “You may think I’m crazy, but ...” 

“Actually, some are nuts,” Larry said. 
“They’re usually pretty easy to spot, though. 
The majority are perfectly sane; normal people 
who’ve seen something or experienced some¬ 
thing they can’t explain.” 

IT HAPPENED to the Childses. In Sep¬ 
tember 1970, they were touring the area 


around Lake Tahoe. As they drove through 
Donner Pass at about 2:30 a.m., they spotted a 
large red-orange disc in the sky to the south. 
They thought it was odd, but nothing to get 
upset about. 

Then, the next thing they knew, it was 5:30 
a.m. and they were near Wendover Air Force 
Base on the Nevada/Utah border, 280 miles 
away. Marilyn was sick as a dog. Larry felt 
fine, except he was extremely hungry. 

What happened? The Childses have no 
idea, other than (hat then cxpciicnce fits a 
whole category of close encounters known as 
“missing time.” Typically, people see a bright 
light, sometimes in the sky, sometimes filling 
a room. Then, the next thing they know, it’s 
hours later. Often, like the Childses, they find 
themselves miles away. And, often, they are 
sick for a while. 

Were they abducted by a UFO? 

That’s one explanation, Larry said. But 
there are lots of things to consider before 
jumping to that conclusion. Did the person 
have a history of mental illness? Was he or she 
taking any medication or other drugs, includ¬ 
ing alcohol? Had he or she been physically ill? 
There are, for example, a number of neurolog¬ 
ical disorders that cause hallucinations. Glow¬ 
ing lights are among the most common. Or, 
maybe, the witness just made the story up. It’s 
one way to get attention. 

A little bit of history and anthropology go a 
long way in understanding UFOs, Larry said. 
Unexplainable lights have been appearing in 
the sky since ancient times. Different cultures 
offered different explanations. 


At a glance 

What: Larry and Marilyn 
Childs will present a free 
program, No Nonsense 
Approach to UFOIogy.' It will 
include a video presentation 
and panel discussion. 

Whan: 7:30-9 p.m. May 24. 

Where: Snoqualmie Library, 
219 River Street 


The flaming chariots of the Old 
Testament may have been UFOs, for 
example. Same with space crea¬ 
tures. European legends about 
gnomes, and leprechauns may have 
been medieval man’s explanation of 
them. Arabs saw them as genies. In 
the Southwest, Native Americans 
concluded they were kachinas. 

“Now we live in the age of space 
exploration, so it’s natural to see them 
in terms of visitors from other plan¬ 
ets,” Larry said. 


WHY DO THEY TAKE differ¬ 
ent forms in Russia, China, Latin 
America and so forth? Again, it’s 
impossible to say, but hallucinations 
tend to have roots in our cultural 
experience, Larry said. 

In the final analysis no one knows 
what they are, if indeed they are any¬ 
thing at all, Larry said. Even the sci¬ 
entific approach comes up short 
because it’s based on the laws of 
physics as we understand them. It's 
entirely possible our understanding is 


limited at best. The creatures could, 
for example, be time travelers, he 
said. 

For all that, there is something 
funny going on, Marilyn argues. Too 
many people have experienced too 
many strange things to dismiss the 
phenomena entirely. 

In addition to UFOs and aliens, 
there is that business about animal 
mutilations. You’ve heard about it: A 
cow or horse or whatever is found 
dead in a field with its rectum, repro¬ 


ductive organs or some other such 
thing removed with surgical preci¬ 
sion. Often, there is very little blood 
and no sign of a struggle. The cases 
have a funny way of never being 
solved, Marilyn noted. 

Same with crop circles: Patterns of 
flattened grass in the middle of an oth¬ 
erwise undisturbed field. They’ve 
been showing up in the United States 
lately, she said. 

Whenever the Mutual UFO Net¬ 
work receives a call about such 
things, it sends an investigator to get 
the particulars. Investigators ask wit- 
nesses a n exhaustive list of questions 
to get as much specific information as 
possible. The reports then are for¬ 
warded to the organization’s Texas 
headquarters. 

WHERE IS IT ALL HEADED? 
The Childs hope it eventually will 
lead to some objective conclusions. 
But that’s a ways off. 

Some feel nothing will come of it. 
Cornell University’s Carl Sagan is 
singularly unimpressed with UFOI¬ 
ogy. Although there’s a pretty good 
statistical chance there is intelligent 
life elsewhere in the universe, there 
is no evidence of it, he said. And why 
would it want to visit us? Our planet 
is a small and rather obscure one, after 
all. 

UFO sighting reports offer ho 
help, Sagan added. The sighters’ sto¬ 
ries vary so widely that no general 
conclusions can be drawn. And, 
they often involve the sorts of cultur¬ 
al expressions the Childses noted. 
Usually, aliens who allegedly have 
spoken to earthlings claim they have 
been observing us for many years and 
are deeply concerned about our grave 
political crisis, Sagan noted. Since 
there have been such reports for more 
than 40 years, one must wonder 
which political crisis they mean and 
why it’s more important than the one 
they came to warn'us about a few 
years ago, Sagan said. 

Exhaustive government studies of 
UFO sightings have found the stories 
either aren’t true or involve unusual 
but explainable natural phenomena, 
Sagan said. That leads many UFO 
enthusiasts to howl coverup. Again, 
however, there is no evidence of one, 
Sagan said. 

In the final analysis, he thinks the 
public fascination with UFOs is 
probably rooted in unfulfilled reli¬ 
gious needs. People need magic in 
their lives, something to replace the 
gods science has replaced, Sagan 
said. 

Well, maybe, the Childses said. 
But they still have never figured out 
what happened on that September day 
in 1970 in the high Sierras of Cali¬ 
fornia. 

“But it did happen,” Larry said. 
“That much we're sure of.” 


REVIEW, Towanda, PA 
July 12, 1993 

Midnight 
swimmers 
see UFO 

A woman from the Mercur Hill 
area of Wysox Township telling a 
strange story. She and her husband 
both work second shift. At 12:45 a.m. 
Thursday they were in their swim¬ 
ming pool when they saw what she 
can only describe as an unidentified 
flying object (UFO). She explains the 
object they saw in the sky had three 
round white lights in front and it 
moved with a rolling motion from 
left to right — back and forth — 
while traveling straight. It sounded 
like a jet roaring. There were no 
flashing lights like on an airplane. 
She wonders if anyone else saw it 
“Maybe there are UFOs,’’ she com¬ 
mented, in telling about this sight. 









BEE, Sacramento, CA - July 12, 1993 

Therapist sued in 
‘close encounters’ 

By Ramon Coronado 
Bee Staff Writer 

Psychologist Richard Boylan’s belief in extrater¬ 
restrial life is no secret. 

In his published writings, the Sacramento clinical 
psychologist describes his own alien abduction. He 
advertises in the Yellow Pages as a “close-encounter 
specialist." I* a letter to President Clinton, Boylan 
has called for the appointment of “extraterrestrial 
emissaries.” 

And now, Boylan’s belief in extraterrestrial life has 
become the focus of a court battle. 

In lawsuits filed by two former ^ftnale patients, 
Boylan is accused of using extraterrestrial phenome¬ 
na to diagnose and treat the 
women’s emotional problems so 
that he could get them to join him 
in “naked hot tub sessions.” 

Boylan is a licensed marriage 
and family counselor and current 
president of the Sacramento Val¬ 
ley Psychologists Association. 

Through his attorney, he denies 
the allegations. 

Several members of the 150- 
member association, including 
President-elect Lisa Farquhar, de¬ 
clined to comment about Boylan 
and his controversy. 

1q separate suits filed in Sacra¬ 
mento Superior Court over the 
pa5t two months, Diana Woy¬ 
cheshin and Dorothy Stone main¬ 
tain that through Boylan’s coun¬ 
seling, they became dependent 
upon him as a “father-like figure.” 

At his home, Boylan and Woy- 
cheshin would sit nude in a hot 
tub, her suit alleges. Stone’s suit 
said Boylan encouraged her to go 
with him to Harbin Hot Springs in 
th€ Napa Valley for nude exer¬ 
cises. 

A third former patient, Karla 
Grant, filed suit three weeks ago, 
claiming that although Boylan 
didn’t discuss extraterrestrial 
close encounters, he fostered the 
same dependent “dual-role” rela¬ 
tionship as Woycheshin and Stone 
allege and invited her to partici¬ 
pate in nude hot tub sessions. 

Boylan declined to discuss the 
suits last week, but he defended 
his research with people who say 
they have had encounters with 
UFOs and extraterrestrial life. 

“My research doesn’t involve 
whether UFOs exist. That’s al¬ 
ready been well established,” he 
said. “There is much worth in 
making the scientific inquiry, and 
that’s what I and a number of oth¬ 
er people are doing.” 

Regarding the suit, Boylan’s 
lawyer, Richard Linkert, said his 
client’s therapy meets acceptable 
standards and that Boylan hasn’t 
committed any sexual impropri¬ 
eties. 


‘The whole subject of extrater¬ 
restrial beings is controversial 
and I think its controversy is be¬ 
ing used as a weapon against Dr. 
Boylan,” he said. “This portrait of 
victims led around by this psycho¬ 
logical Svengali is simply not 
true.” 

Joseph C. George, the Sacra¬ 
mento lawyer who filed the suits, 
said Linkert is wrong. 

“Who cares if it is politically 
sensitive? The harm here,” George 
alleged, “is that they feel they 
have been hurt, manipulated and 
exploited.” 

According to the suits, the wom¬ 
en hired Boylan to help them with 
their emotional problems. Woy¬ 
cheshin saw Boylan for about a 
year, and Stone saw him for about 
two years. 

In the suits, Woycheshin and 
Stone said Boylan told them that 
based on his interpretations of 
their life experiences, they had 
separate close encounters with ex¬ 
traterrestrial life. 

They were then referred to sup- 
port-group meetings at Boylan’s 
home, which he led. Known as 
“CE-4” meetings, people discussed 
close encounters, extraterrestrial 
beings and related subjects. 

Boylan further advised the 
women that their extraterrestrial 
experiences were of interest to the 
“CIA and/or FBI,” wfcfch would 
have an interest in keeping them 
under surveillance, the suits said. 

George, who is also a psycholo¬ 
gist and specializes in mental 
health suits, said that although 
Boylan did not physically touch 
the women, his therapy crossed 
the line of propriety. 

Shirley Glass, an expert on ethi¬ 
cal standards in therapy and a 
former member of the board of ex¬ 
aminers that licenses psycholo¬ 
gists in Maryland, said that as a 
general rule, psychologists should 
not socialize with patients outside 
the office. 

‘There is something sterile in 
the office environment that the 
therapist has an obligation to cre¬ 
ate and maintain,” Glass said. 

But Mark Foster, a licensed 
marriage and family therapist in 
Sacramento and former associate 
of Boylan’s, said there are also 
gray areas in the rules of conduct. 

Boylan, Foster salt^ was fchown 
to provide therapy for free and to 
spend a lot of time in research on 
people who believe they have had 
close encounters. 

“Was he doing community ser¬ 
vice? Were these people going to 
him as research subjects?” Foster 
asked. “A therapist needs to de¬ 
fine the therapist-patient role* IF 
that isn’t provided, then you hiw 
a problem.” _ 


UFO PAC 


- It was inevitable. 

<N 

N The flying-saucer fringe of American 
►. politics has become a political force. Its 
"s members, once content to communi- 
eate among themselves via mimeo- 

1 .graphed newsletters, now call them- 
« selves “the UFO community.” Like any 

other group fighting for recognition, 
J it’s marching on Washington, 
u (What, not fly? Or just beam up?) 

“ This very special interest group has 

« picketed the White House to protest 
u what it describes as (of course) a gov- 
•h emment conspiracy. Over the last 50 
J years, you see, the military has con- 
ducted several studies and gathered 
h thousands of documents relating to 
w unidentified flying objects. Most of the 
material remains classified, leaving 
, these people with some questions they 
h find tantalizing. 

g For instance: Were the many air- 
o borne metallic disks captured on film 
Q in the ’50s and ’60s extraterrestrial 
° spacecraft? Or, as the Air Force claims, 
« only stray weather balloons? Have alien 
« beings landed on Earth? If so, are they 

2 secretly running the government, or at 
s least the Clinton administration? What 
< happened to the flying saucer that 


crashed in the New Mexico desert 45 
years ago? And what about Naomi? The 
UFO community wants to know. 

And it has a right to know. 

Like certain kinds of mushrooms, 
conspiracy theories grow best in the 
dark. Weird, contorted explanations for 
the assassinations of the Kennedys and 
Martin Luther King Jr. remain popular 
because the public doesn’t have access 
to all the facts. Nothing makes a story 
more intriguing than the missing de¬ 
tails. (Naturally, the secret cabal of 
Mafia members, CIA agents and space 
aliens responsible for the killings 
knows every detail, but that’s another 
story.) 

The administration should declas¬ 
sify all documents relating to these 
events as soon as possible — or ex¬ 
plain why it can’t or won’t. 

In the end, the country will benefit. 
Oliver Stone and the UFO community 
might not be so lucky. If real informa¬ 
tion were available, they could go out of 
business. Nothing is going to discourage 
some fanatics, but sunlight and venti¬ 
lation can still help clear out a lot of 
musty things that grow in the dark. 


CO 

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From our readers 


■ Columnist behind the times 


To the editor 

Rafael Tammariello really 
needs to get some new material 
for the next incarnation of his 
shopworn, bi-annual anti-UFO 
column. Besides merely being in¬ 
accurate, Tammariello’s oft-recy¬ 
cled vitriol is getting brown 
around the edges. 

A group of American citizens 
has asked its government to re¬ 
lease information on UFOs. 
What’s wrong with that? We 
know from the government’s own 
files that several agencies have 
studied UFOs for decades. We 
also know the government is 
spending $10 million a year, tax¬ 
payer dollars, on the search for 
extraterrestrial intelligence. It 
strikes me as odd that a journal¬ 
ist, any journalist, would want to 
bash people simply because they 
dared to demand information 
from their government. 

I have filed dozens of UFO-re- 
lated Freedom of Information re¬ 
quests over the years. Most have 
been refused, and that makes me 
all the more curious. I don’t know 
if Tammariello has ever worked 
as a reporter, but it would seem 
that he and the Review-Journal 
should support, not ridicule, citi¬ 
zen efforts to find out how tax 
dollars are being spent. If UFOs 
aren’t “real,” it becomes all the 
more intriguing why the govern¬ 
ment is spending money to study 
them. 

Tammariello is correct in sug¬ 
gesting that some people ap¬ 
proach the UFO topic with reli¬ 
gious fervor. But not everyone is 
a nut case. Serious researchers at 
Harvard, Temple and other uni¬ 
versities are now studying the 
topic. The company I work for, 
Altamira, has opened an office in 


Russia and we recently signed an 
agreement with the Russian 
Academy of Sciences for joint re¬ 
search into UFOs. If Tammariello 
thinks there is nothing more to 
UFOs than lights in the sky, then 
he is simply behind the times. 

As for Area 51, I first learned 
about the alien technology alle¬ 
gations when I read it in the Re¬ 
view-Journal, of all places. Other 
than reporting the “rumor,” and 
other than several snide columns 
aimed in my direction, your pa¬ 
per has done virtually nothing to 
take a look at the story. Heck, 
even if there are no flying saucers 
out there, it’s a mighty interest¬ 
ing place. In the past year, jour¬ 
nalists from Japan, Germany, 
England and Australia have 
come to Nevada to ask questions 
about Area 51. American journal¬ 
ists from national television pro¬ 
grams, network news affiliates 
and major magazines have also 
been here. The Review-Journal, 
which is only 80 miles from Area 
51, isn’t interested. I don’t under¬ 
stand. 

The UFO-bashing columns 
that Tammariello writes are 
probably the most widely read 
items he puts out all year. The 
fact that he keeps writing about 
UFOs is, in itself, a testament to 
the public’s enduring interest in 
the subject. It’s a story that won’t 
go away, and it’s one that I in¬ 
tend to keep working on. If Tam¬ 
mariello is truly interested in 
getting up to date information 
about some of the exciting UFO- 
related research under way all 
around the world, I would be glad 
to put him in touch with the right 
people. 

GEORGE KNAPP 

Las Vegas 


EXAMINER, San Fra ncisco , CA - July 16, 1993 

KEAY DAVIDSON 

DOWN TO A SCIENCE 


SKEPTICS CORNER: A baffling 
UFO photo has apparently bit¬ 
ten the dust On a November 
morning in 1966, a driver on 
Route 58 along the Oregon coast 
paused at a 
lookout point 
and took pic¬ 
tures of Dia¬ 
mond Peak. 
After the 
photos were 
developed, the photographer — 
a seemingly credible witness 
with a respectable scientific and 
military background — found 
that one image included a dome¬ 
shaped object with a series of al¬ 
ternating light-and-dark bands 
beneath, and what appeared to 
be a vaporous trail under the 
bands. The world’s most distin¬ 
guished UFO investigator, as¬ 
tronomer Dr. J. Allen Hynek, 
called the photo “one of the most 
puzzling on record.” Another 
saucer researcher speculated 
that the dark bands shed light on 
UFO propulsion. 

Now, after years of careful 
study, an intrepid Bay Area 
physicist has apparently solved 
the mystery. The UFO wasn't a 
spaceship from another world or 
another dimension. It was some¬ 
thing much more mundane: a 
road sign that was blurred be¬ 
cause it was photographed from 
a moving car. 

Los Altos physicist Irwin 
Wieder, who has a PhD. in 
physics from Stanford, began in¬ 
vestigating the case in the early 
1980s. Initially enthusiastic 


about the photo, he became in¬ 
creasingly skeptical as the years 
went by, partly because of holes 
in the witness’ story. In the latest 
issue of the Stanford-based 
Journal of Scientific Explora¬ 
tion, Wieder explains how he 
eventually determined that the 
witness, in a moving car, had 
photographed a sign saying “Di¬ 
amond Peak” with an upward- 
pointing arrow. Wieder recon¬ 
structed the incident by photo¬ 
graphing a replica of the sign 
from a different moving vehicle. 
Result: An image of a blurred ob¬ 
ject that looks exactly like the 
purported “UFO.” 

To be specific, the car’s move¬ 
ment blurred the image of the 
sign, creating the illusion of a 
“dome” (the blurred top of the 
post holding the sign), “light- 
and-dark bands” (the blurred 
letters reading “Diamond Peak”) 
and the “vapor trail” (the 
blurred bottom of the post). 
Eventually Wieder traveled to 
the Diamond Peak area and 
found the smoking gun — the 
broken post on which the sign 
once sat 

In his article, Wieder ac¬ 
knowledges he might have hit on 
the truth sooner if he hadn’t 
been so convinced the photo 
showed a mysterious phenome¬ 
non. For a while, he “remained 
oblivious to an abundance of evi¬ 
dence that should have signaled 
something was wrong. If any¬ 
thing can be learned from this, it - 
is that UFO resea r c h ers need to 
be more diligent in applying the 
principles of scientific research.” 



SANILAC CO. NEWS, Sandusky, MI - May 12, 1993 

Marlette man hunts 
for UFOs in Thumb 


Mariette- 

There are some things you 
can't tell even your closest 
friends. "I saw a UFO" is one 
of them. 

But Bob Snow Jr. of 
Marlette won't laugh at you or 
make jokes at your expense. 
He won't even include your 
name in his report. 

Snow, co-owner of Snow 
Screw Products, is hoping you 
will call with details of your 
UFO sighting. 

Snow, 50, is now the 
regional representative of the 
Mutual UFO Network. 

The network is a national 
organization, which has about 
200 members in Michigan and 
4,000 world-wide. 

As the field investigative 
trainee. Snow collects as much 
scientific data as possible 
about each sighting. 

Tve got different forms to 
fill out...weather, distances, 
shapes," Snow said. 

Snow submits any 
information he collects to the 
state director. All data 
collected is being cataloged on 
a computer in an attempt to 
find a pattern to UFO 
appearances. 

Early this spring Snow 
began to hear rumors of three 
UFO sightings in the Thumb, 
near Marlette, Silverwood and 
Kingston. 

It was about dusk on March 
17 when two members of a 
Silverwood area family saw a 
great big disk-shaped thing in 
die sl^. 

It had a dome, rounded 
ends, a flat bottom and was 
several hundred feet across, 
the woman told Snow. It was 
still light enough so she could 
see it had windows. 

The woman told Snow die 
and another family member 
watched the thing for about 
five minutes before it just 
vnished. 

A Marlette woman was 
outside around 8:30-9 p.m. the 
same night when she saw a 
real bright light up in the sky. 

The woman, who wants to 
remain anonymous, said, "I 
saw a bright yellow line and 
thought it was a power surge. 
Then I realized there are no 
(electric or telephone) lines out 
there." 

"The bright light started 
splitting off into balls of lights 
in a revolving motion. It 
started spinning and I couldn't 
see the (individual) round 
balls. Then I couldn’t see it 
anymore," she stated. 

The whole thing took about 
a minute and a half, she said. 

"I couldn't believe it. I kept 
rubbing my eyes...I went back 
there in the field the next ^ay 
(to find something to explain 
the lights) but there was 
nothing there," the woman 
stated. 

"Everybody asked me if I 
was scared, but I was just so 
surprised. It was very 
interesting, not scary at all," 
she explained. 

Snow has also seen what he 
believes are UFOs, one as 
recently as late April. 

"I was up by Cass City 
(about 11 p.m.) and I saw a 
strange phenomenon," Snow 
stated. 

He saw .what he first 
thought was a small plane, but 
planes are supposed to have 
one red and one green light. 

"I was suspicious. Then 
when it disappeared, and 
there’s another one way above 
it...The switch was 
instantaneous," Snow 
remembered. 

"After a minute it dawned 
on me it could be a UFO...(or) 
I was seeing two planes 
breaking the law," Snow 
stated. 


The next morning he called 
the UFO network's state 
director and described what he 
had seen. 

A light that moves up and 
down instantaneously as it 
moves across the sky and then 
just disappears, is common in 
UFO sightings, 
the director told Snow. 

"I'm a pilot and I've never 
seen anything like these 
extremely big lights," a Deford 
man told Snow about an April 
21 sighting. 

About 80% of what people 
think are UFOs have a 
legitimate explanation--ball 
lightning, weather balloons, or 
magnesium flares, among 
other things. Snow 
commented. 

"But that still leaves 20% 
we have no earthly explanation 
for...This technology is beyond 
our understanding." Snow 
stated. 

Snow said the UFOs may be 
sending out a signal that 
blocks their ship or activate 
some clocking mechanism in 
order to make it appear such a 
large object just vanishes. 

"We're not trying to 
convince people or change 
their minds. We just want to 
catalogue (the details of 
sightings)," Snow said. 

UFO sightings aren't the 
joke they used to be. Snow 
remarked. 

"Eventually I figure the 
government will let out 
information. They've tried to 
keep the lid on it since the 
'40s," Snow said. 

Now the pentagon doesn’t 
deny UFOs exist anymore. 
Snow slated. The government 
just denies they are a threat to 
national security. 

Snow has always been 
interested in UFOs. 


His first sighting was in 
1967 while he was stationed at 
Fort Myers, adjacent to the 
Pentagon. 

"I saw a red light way up 
over (Washington) D.C.," 
Snow recalled. 

He pointed the light out to 
another soldier on duty, and 
told the man to watch it for a 
few minutes in case it did 
something. 

"The next day he told me it 
zipped right, left, straight up 
and then was gone," Snow 
said. 

Then last spring one of 
Snow's employees mentioned 
a sighting. 

"It surprised me it was this 
close," Snow said. 

After watching a series on 
the subject on TV, Snow 
called the network's state 
director out of curiosity. She 
urged him to become a 
member of the organization. 

"Now I'm in neck 
deep...Once I had my name out 
there people started calling 
me," Snow stated. 

A man from Mayville called 
to tell Snow about something 
that happened back in the '60s. 

The couple were driving at 
night in their pickup when a 
big orange light came at them. 
The truck shut off, lights and 
ignition, and didn't come back 
on until the light went past 
them. 

"It was a long lime ago, but 
he never forgot," Snow added. 

"Something is going on 
here. Our technology isn't up 
to explaining this stuff. I 
assume we're dealing with 
some extraterrestials," Snow 
stated. 

Snow will be glad to hear 
from anyone who has seen a 
possible UFO. Call him at 
517-635-7158 evenings. 



Bob Snow displays the computer he uses for his UFO 
reports. 


o o o o o 


RdtPiTio/J —> 


This sketch, by Snow, is of a UFO sighted by a 
Silverwood woman. The gray colored ship, with yellow 
lights, was rotating in the sky, she told him. 


! Bright Lights Blaze In 
= First May Sighting 

* Seven Objects Appear 
£ Over Gulf of Mexico 


•§ by David A 

a At approximately 8:30 p.m., on 
„ a brightly moonlit night, on May 5, 
along the beach road, between 
u Pensacola Beach and Navarre, six 
S field investigators with the Mutual 
S UFO Network or "MUFON,'' ob- 
served from five to seven red or am- 
* ber colored objects in the evening 
u sky, similartothosewhichhavebeen 
8 wimessed and recorded in the area 
2 for the past four years. They were 
J2 seen out over the Gulf at an approxi¬ 
mate azimuth of 194 degrees with an 
elevation of'six or seven degrees 
above the horizon. 

The sighting began with the ap¬ 
pearance of one lone object, which 
initiated the usual camera rigging drill 
that is becoming once again fairly 
routine. Within three or four sec¬ 
onds, a series of four or more ap¬ 
peared in rapid succession from left 
to right (east to west). Within a few 
more seconds, a solitary sixth and 
possibly seventh objectappeared out 
of sequence further to die Fast. Within 
thirty to forty-five seconds they van¬ 
ished, leaving six experienced sky- 
watchers straining the limits of their 
night vision capacity for some shape 
or form that would suggest a possible 
return, or provide additional clues 
about what it was that had appeared 
unexpectedly out over the water. 

Much to this writers extreme 
frustration, myratherexpensive video 
camera failed to engage its record 
mechanism and captured only the 
final appearing object just before it 
and the others disappeared. The other 
cameraman could not find the objects 
in the viewfinder which leaves one 
heck of a sighting unrecorded on film. 

The inevitable group reality 
check revealed that we had all wit¬ 
nessed essentially the same event, 
with minor variations in the place¬ 
ment of individual objects and the 


. Holcomb 

amount of elapsed time. Our imme¬ 
diate suspicion was that we could 
possibly have witnessed a succession 
of emergency flares shot from some 
foundering boat in trouble. None of 
us however observed any flare igni¬ 
tion trails, nor the expected 
descension of gravity bound objects, 
despite looking at a relatively small 
area encompassing only six or seven 
degrees of elevation. 

Further analysis suggested-that 
the objects rapid appearance would 
require us to believe that flare guns 
have a machine gun-like firing ca¬ 
pacity. No conventional or routine 
(for the area) flying aircraft were 
seen or heard in the sky at or after the 
appearance of the objects. A conven¬ 
tional military craft would surely have 
been visible given the brightness of 
the full moon and the clearness of the 
skies. Two phone calls were made to 
the Coast Guard within twenty min¬ 
utes of the sighting. They informed 
us that they had not received any 
distress calls and were not aware of 
anyaerialactivityinthevicinity. The 
Coast Guard did dispatch a helicop¬ 
ter to the area soon after the phone 
calls and began to do search patterns 
in the area. 

Despite its routine efforts we did 
not observe a reaction from the heli¬ 
copter which suggested it had dis¬ 
covered a source for any possible use 
of flares. 

So here we are, left to our own 
devices, speculating about the latest 
enigma(s) in the skies. MUFON will 
be celebrating its twenty-fourth birth¬ 
day on May 31. It would be a nice 
birthday gift if the government would 
begin to declassify materials related 
to its own on-going secret investiga¬ 
tions into the much maligned acro¬ 
nym UFO. Why the cover-up? 


I Mysterious Photo Arrives 
s In Islander Mail 

OJ 

a 

3 by Bland Pugh 


I On Tuesday, of this past week, I 
iJ walked into The Islander to turn in 
^ my weekly article. Ms. Jane said 
jS "Come here," meaning into her of- 
Fice, "I want to show you some- 
^ thing." I figured some Nutburger 
had written to her and demanded that 
J2 I be boiled in oil or exiled to the 
° Antarctica for the winter because they 
™ didn't believe in UFOs or something, 
g Instead, she very excitedly showed 
a- me a picture that had just come in the 
- mail. It was a typical beach scene, 
u white sand, sea oats, green Gulf, 
white puffy clouds, you know, your 
garden variety Pensacola Beach pic¬ 
's lure, complete with UFO and all. 

It seems that a gentleman from 
Harrisburg, PA had come to our area 
last September to visit our beaches 
and even get a little skywatching in 
while he was here. He and his wife 
had gone to Ft. Pickens for the after¬ 
noon and as it was their last day in 
Pensacola he decided to take one last 
picture of the Gulf. This accom¬ 
plished, they had come out on a 
skywatch, which was unfortunately 
uneventful and then left the next 
morning for home. Several weeks 
later they had the pictures developed 
and were very surprised to see the 
results. Being Islander subscribers, 
they were excited to see the picture of 


the daylight sighting which was very 
similar to their picture. 

Back in the early part of the year, 
I wrote an article on a fellow that had 
received some sort of mark on his 
hand while out on a skywatch. I asked 
for and have been receiving letters 
from all over the world detailing re¬ 
ports of similar marks. Some have 
shown themselves on other parts of 
the body and they have been in the 
form of bruises and other marks but 
they all seem to have one major char¬ 
acteristic, there is a circle of marks. 
I had one from England saying, "I 
had seven pin pricks on my little 
finger." One came from a fellow in 
Oklahoma and another from Naples, 
FL. 

There have been no sightings of 
late to report. There are many reports 
coming in from all over the rest of the 
state, however. One in particular is 
that of a large Boomerang shaped 
UFO over Hernandez County. This 
was reported in the St. Petersburg 
Times. So, there are other UFO 
sightings in other places besides Gulf 
Breeze and Pensacola Beach. 

I have nothing else to report at 
this time, so until next week, keep 
looking up and behind you. 



TIMES, Seattle, WA - July 15, 1993 


UFO studies, stories converge in Bellevue this weekend 


It’s research, not ‘screwballs,’ speaker says 



Skye Ambrose 


By Jack Broom 

Seattle Times staff reporter 
Did you know: 

• Te#s«*4housands of Americans have been abducted 
by UFOs? 

• The U-S. government has captured UFOs and is test¬ 
ing them in Nevada? 

• Extraterrestrials have mutilated up to 20,000 cattle? 

• Physical features on Mars were made by intelligent 
life? 


• NASA's space-shuttle crew has videotaped alien spa¬ 
cecraft? 

Sound far-fetched? Even flaky? 

Theories on all those subjects will be discussed this 
weekend in Bellevue at a national research conference on 
unidentified flying objects. 

It’s a gathering not just of believers, but — organizers 
insist — of professionals, scholars and scientists. 

“We know there are screwballs out there, people who 
claim all sorts of crazy things,” said John Carpenter, a hyp¬ 
notherapist from Springfield, Mo. “But these are quality, 
speakers with good research, not anything built on specula¬ 
tion.” 


Carpenter will discuss his studies of more than 80 peo¬ 
ple who, under hypnosis, have recalled details of their ab¬ 
duction by alien beings. He believes many people may have 
had such an experience and don’t realize it. 

Among his clients was Skye Ambrose, a St. Louis-area 
massage therapist who initially knew only that she and a 
friend saw a bright light while driving along a Colorado 
highway and later couldn’t account for a two-hour period of 
time. 

“She didn’t have any knowledge about UFOs. But she 
couldn’t sleep at night, she was anxious and she just wanted 


READER, 


Los 

c 


Angeles, CA 

I T Y S I 


- July 

D E 


2, 1993 


Flying on the Ground 
Is Wrong 

An Intrepid Reporter’s Odyssey 
Into the Belly of UFO Expo West 

By Jack Briggs 

The UFO community often is its own worst enemy. Even within the 
generally open-minded category of “fringe science,” “ufology” is a ghetto¬ 
ized practice. This is unfortunate, for among the more credible researchers 
one can uncover a few genuinely fascinating and puzzling cases (for exam¬ 
ple, the ongoing series of close encounters with a huge unidentified craft 

seen in New York’s Hudson Valley since 1982, about the psychedelics researcher. As we 


“abduction” reports investigated by such writers 
as Budd Hopkins and Dr. David M. Jacobs, and 
so on). However, for attendees of UFO Expo 
West, held last month at the LAX Hyatt, 
encountering such “legitimate” researchers was 
a challenge: All those charlatans, cultists, and 
flakes who give California itself a bad name were 
proliferating like a bad infestation of roaches. 

T he Reader entourage entered the exhibit- 
booth area only to encounter such 
groups as “Momingland.” It went like 
this: While my companion went off in search of 
any free wacky conspiracy lit¬ 
erature she could find, I 
stumbled upon a relatively 
spacious booth adorned with 
wicker chairs and various 
crystal objects. The people in 
this booth were blonde 
women wearing white robes 
and loose-fitting headbands. 

A sign toward the front of 
Momingland’s booth claimed 
attendees could receive “telepathic readings” 
here. Curious, I asked one tallish, attractive 
woman what the deal was — and, in the spirit of 
humor, mentioned that I was with the Reader , 
adding that she probably knew this already, 
given her telepathy. Her response? An iceberg 
would have given a warmer reception. She 
motioned toward the group’s leader, a plumpish 
blonde who purports to receive channelings 
from “The Master.” I asked this woman about 
ha “readings.” She replied that they help pre¬ 
vent UFO abductions. I quickly departed; my 
companion lata (jokingly) said that it probably 
did not take these people long to figure out that I 
was “totally evil.” (Leave it to a UFO conven¬ 
tion to make me feel self-conscious for looking 
like one of the Ramones.) 

Elsewhere, my companion encountered (pun 
intended) an elderly San Diego couple selling 
sculptures of those ubiquitous little gray, 
almond-eyed aliens cropping up in most 
“abduction” reports. I listened patiently while 
the couple told my friend about their own 
adventures in space. Impressed, she bought a 
glow-in-the-dark T-shirt from them. 

I t was unfortunate that the major lectures 
cost extra; I had wanted to listen to Ta- 
ence McKenna, the hugely popular psy¬ 
chedelics researcher (author of True Hallucina¬ 
tions , Food of the Gods, and more). Yet die fee 
was thirty big ones. From all indications, his 
presentation was one of the convention’s bigga 
hits; after it was over, a throng of people 
flocked to the booth of Psychedelic Illuminations 
magazine, a quite good journal published in, of 
all places, Orange County. 

Anotha booth manned by refreshingly sane, 
rational persons was that of UFO magazine. 
Editor Vicki Cooper had just attended the 
McKenna lecture and was waxing rhapsodic 



talked, I told her that one of the most disap¬ 
pointing developments in recent ufology was 
the apparent unraveling of “Majestic-12” docu¬ 
ments. These were allegedly top-secret docu¬ 
ments written in 1952, briefing then president¬ 
elect Dwight Eisenhower about the crash and 
retrieval of an alien spacecraft near Roswell, 
New Mexico, in July 1947, and the subsequent 
formation of an ultra-secret government body 
— Majestic-12 — devoted to handling the 
notorious “UFO cover-up.” Delivered anony¬ 
mously on a roll of 35mm film to a prominent 
UFO researcher in 1984, and released to the 
public four years later, the 
Majestic-12 documents were 
ufology’s biggest hit for a 
couple of years. Apparently, 
they’ve been discredited 
after much investigative 
work. Yet, according to 
Cooper, many researchers 
still believe something hap¬ 
pened out in the New Mexi¬ 
co desert nearly fifty years 
ago; it certainly persists as one of ufology’s most 
enigmatic cases. 

Furtba, a subsequent conversation with fellow 
UFO staffer Don Ecker, a journalist with good 
investigative credentials (he is a retired law- 
enforcement offica, among otha things), was fas¬ 
cinating. He believes the U.S. government proba¬ 
bly has in fact had its hands on alien technology 
since 1947. Should all this prove true, then it is 
the biggest news story of all time. Is there a UFO 
cova-up? One actually wishes this were so. At any 
rate, credible people like the staffers at UFO mag¬ 
azine were all too rare at this convention. 

I nstead, for the most part, UFO Expo 
West was the New Age gone amok. 
Hawkers of crystals, trinkets, oddball lit¬ 
erature, and such abounded. Some of the 
UFO community’s blackest sheep were also 
present; much attention was given to the noto¬ 
rious Billy Meia case — Meia, a Swiss eccen¬ 
tric, is ufology’s latter-day George Adamski. 
But instead of his “space brothers” coming 
from Venus, Meier’s hail from the Pleiades 
star cluster. And it is because of this sort of 
nonsense that the UFO phenomenon contin¬ 
ues to be a subject held in contempt by the 
mainstream press. 

Interested persons should read UFO maga¬ 
zine, check out the better literature (including 
Intruders by Budd Hopkins), and get in touch 
with groups like the Mutual UFO Network 
(MUFON). There is, if one is sufficiently deta- 
mined, some truly eye-opening information to 
be had on what could be the story to end all sto¬ 
ries. Until then, UFO events are like magnets 
sucking every oddball loony into their midsts. 
And, if one were interested in this subject but 
not well-informed, attending an event like UFO 
Expo West would dampen your curiosity as 
effectively as a swift kick in the groin. $$ 


to get to the bottom of this,” Carpen¬ 
ter said. 

Carpenter separately hypnotized 
both Ambrose and her friend and said 
their accounts of the abduction includ¬ 
ed 43 identical details, including the 
shape of the room in the spacecraft 
(round), the color of tight inside (rosy) 
and the features of the alien beings 
(pear-shaped heads with dark, slanting 
eyes). 

Ambrose, who also will speak at 
this weekend’s conference, now says 
she remembers those details but no 
longer sees them as significant. 

“I rarely think back on the physical 
experience. To me that’s the least 
important part of it,” she said. What’s 
important, she said, is the continuing, 
mind-to-mind communication she has 
with the beings she encountered. 

“It’s telepathic, and I don’t even 
know how to explain it,” Ambrose 
said. She believes the visitors have a 
spiritual, almost biblical message: that 
a time is coming when people will 
have to choose between unity and 
separation, between peace and con¬ 
flict. 

Ambrose, who is writing a book on 
her experience, realizes many people 
react to UFO stories with suspicion or 
fear, skepticism or downright disbe¬ 
lief. 

“These *re the reactions of a 
negative people,” she said. “I would 


tike to take some part in changing the 
perception of people on this planet.” 

The Saturday-Sunday conference 
at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency is 
sponsored by the Missouri-based Tri¬ 
ad Research Conference Foundation. 

Carpenter, whose wife, Denise, is 
one of the conference coordinators, 
said hundreds of people from around 
the western U.S. are expected to 
attend the $45-per-person confer¬ 
ence. 

The Seattle area was selected for 
the event because mailing lists and 
membership rosters of UFO-related 
organizations indicated a high level of 
interest here. 

In a sense, that’s fitting. It was a 
pilot’s 1947 sighting of saucer-shaped 
objects over Mount Rainier that’s 
often cited as the beginning of the 
UFO era. 

But the area has also drawn the 
attention of UFO-debunkers. CSI- 
COP, the New York-based Committee 
for the Scientific Investigation of 
Claims Of the Paranormal, plans to 
hold a conference in Seattle next 
summer. 

A likely participant in that confer¬ 
ence is Philip Klass, a contributing 
editor at Aviation Week & Space 
Technology magazine, who has chal¬ 
lenged UFO reports for more than two 
decades and written several books on 
the subject. 

Klass calls the UFO-abduction 
phenomenon the result of a “danger¬ 
ous cult” in which hypnotists and 
therapists abuse the power they have 
over their patients. He finds it incon¬ 
ceivable that if UFOs have been seen 
since the 1940s, there is still no 
irrefutable photographic or videotaped 
evidence of them. 

“There are enough things in this 
world we need to worry about, enough 
legitimate problems, without adding 
any contrived ones,” he said. 


Air Force veteran 
believes area UFO 
was 2 helicopters 


^ By JANICE KARLOVICH 

- Staff Writer 

>■, A 33-year Air Force veteran who 
3 saw the strange configuration of 
i-> lights near Ligonier on Tuesday 
l believes the object was two 
z high-tech Army Apache helicopters. 
h Most Apaches are reserved 
„ strictly for active-duty bases, and 
g one could have been flying Tuesday 
night in northeast Indiana, spokes- 
jg men from the Indiana and Michi¬ 
gan National Guard said. 

“ Several people reported seeing 
o the strange, red lights and were 
unable to identify the craft because 
w " of its quietness and its lowness to 
H the ground. 

g Clarence McDaniel, a retired Air 
N Force master sergeant, said he and 
3 his wife were oh their way back to 
A Fort Wayne from an auction in 
<2 Ligonier when they saw the lights. 

S To some, the quiet, low-flying 
g object looked like a spaceship. To 
^ McDaniel, the shape of the lights 
looked like two Apache helicopters. 

"They're really quiet, and 
they’re very swift," said McDaniel, 
who retired from the Air Force in 
1988: "I didn't stop to analyze the 
situation because I thought they 
were helicopters. I’d almost stake 
my life on it that it was 


helicopters." 

The Apache is a quick-reacting, 
anti-tank weapon equipped to 
attack at night and during bad 
weather, according to an Army fact 
sheet. It is the Army's premier 
attack helicopter, but the Black- 
hawk is a similar Army helicopter 
designed for transport. 

According to Sgt. Charlane Busse 
of the Indiana National Guard's 
public affairs office, the Apache is 
"awesomely silent.” 

Paul Miller, a flight instructor at 
the Indiana Army National Guard's 
base at Shelbyvdle, said there are 
no Apaches or Blackhawks based in 
the state, however And any other 
military aircraft would make con¬ 
siderable noise. 

Lt. Col. Brian Downey of the 
Michigan National Guard's public 
affairs office said Michigan doesn't 
have any Apache or Blackhawk hel¬ 
icopters either, but an active-duty 
craft could easily have been in the 
area. 

"There are hundreds of possible 
reasons for a helicopter to be flying 
there," Downey said, referring to 
various air shows and the recent 
floods in Iowa, Illinois and Mis¬ 
souri. 


12 




FOREIGN NEWS 


UFO HUNTER 


SUN, Vancouver, B.C., Canada - June 10, 1993 CR: G. Conway 


Mail sorter’s not a wild and crazy guy, 
but he’d still like to meet some aliens 



IAN LINDSAY/Vancouver Sun 


USING FLASHLIGHT, magnets and a little luck, Lome Gold- 
fader hopes to shed more light on existence of UFOs. 


A search for aliens in space has 
detected 164 mysterious radio signals 
that must be studied to learn if they 
come from natural causes or from ET 
trying to phone home, scientists said 
Tuesday. 

— June 9 news item. 
NICOLE PARTON _ 

Vancouver Sun 

The first thing you should know 
about Lome Goldfader, is that he 
isn’t crazy. A little odd maybe, but 
perfectly sane. 

By day, the mild-mannered, 43- 
year-old Goldfader is a Canada Post 
mail sorter. By night, he’s a UFO 
researcher who runs his Vancouver- 
based UFO Research Institute of 
Canada (UFORIC) from a one-bed¬ 
room West End apartment that’s off- 
limits to visitors. 

Goldfader’s summer vacation 
won’t be like yours or mine. He plans 
to communicate with space aliens 
hovering above B.C.’s Interior. 
Using a flashlight. And magnets. 
And a little luck. Reread the first 
paragraph. Lome Goldfader isn’t 
crazy. 

The former optician says his life 


changed at 1:30 in the morning in 
December 1977 when he stared into 
the darkness just above Sunset 
Beach to see a glowing, pulsating 
egg-shaped object “large as a full 
autumn moon ... moving very ele¬ 
gantly and slowly across the sky.” 

He phoned a local radio station to 
learn others had seen the same 
thing, but he never learned its ori¬ 
gin. 

“What I saw, I just couldn’t 
explain," he says. 

So he established his UFO 
research institute, taking calls from 
across the country and sharing 
information with hobbyist and ex¬ 
military UFO researchers. 

When NASA officials answer his 
letters, he treasures their replies the 
way a besotted suitor hoards love 
letters. 

From the grey gym bag he took to 
our restaurant rendezvous, he 
pulled a couple of hand-held flash¬ 
light strobes and a Panasonic Cam¬ 
corder, all the better to contact and 
videotape aliens with. If he’s suc¬ 
cessful, CNN has promised to air the 
results worldwide. 

While he won’t say exactly where 


he plans his search for intelligent 
life in the atmosphere (the universe 
being a little beyond the strobe’s 
reach), Goldfader admits, “We’ll sig¬ 
nal to draw in the craft. There’s a 
few hot spots. I know where the 
landing — the supposed landing — 
sites are.” 

With the most recorded UFO 
sightings anywhere in Canada, B.C.'s 
Williams Lake and Heffley Creek 
are among the hottest of the hot 
spots. An area around the Great 
Lakes and near a Pickering, Ont. 
nuclear plant have also produced 
multiple sightings. 

Goldfader’s summer project may 
not be as far-fetched as it sounds. He 
and a coregroup of volunteers, along 
with similar groups in Belgium, Eng¬ 
land, Mexico and the U.S., all plan to 
pump computer-generated wave 
forms through a coil this summer, 
beaming the resultant "magnetic 
anomalies" into the heavens. 

“Then we’ll flash three strobe 
bursts until we get a response. When 
that happens, there’s other proto¬ 
cols we’ll follow. We’re taking this 
seriously,” he says. 

Goldfader promises nearby house¬ 


holders’ TVs and microwave ovens 
won’t even hiccup. 

So what do you say to a space 
alien? Besides Klaatu barada nikto, 
as Gort kept repeating in The Day 
the Earth Stood Still? The answer is, 
hot much. Goldfader says alien spe¬ 
cies can probably sense our feel¬ 
ings. 

So what’s really going on up 
there? 

“We may only see a little bit of it 
It’s like looking at the foot of a giant. 


You don’t see the giant.” 

Goldfader spends nearly half his 
income on his hobby, devoting 40 to 
60 hours a week to it. 

“Nowadays,” he says, “people 
don’t ridicule it as they used to. Most 
of them are very interested in the 
subject.” 

He says no one should fear the 
unknown: “If we’re to fear anyone, 
it’s our fellow human beings. 
Humans are the aliens, the way we 
treat this planet.” 


Witnesses seek answers to strange lights 

Several local people witness unidentified flying objects during past month 


| hy BORIS MKOL 0 V 8 KY 

Brighton Imlcpendag _ 

Similar sighting! of strange orange 
^ objocts hovcruig over Lake Oaiano duing 
™ the pas four weeks have baa* confirmed 
by separate worm 

o All vita cites at first thought it was a 
j; plane or a (tare from nearby CFB Tremori 
u search and resene exercises, 
o Bat the vividness, length, and 
• circumstances of the sightings left them 
§ witi aa eery cunouty bcggmg for another 
f riphurm so whaJ they saw. 

.? la each case separate witaessoj saw a 
£ bright orange object — commonly 
. described as a light bulb ia the sky — 
g hoveriag near or on the lake with other 
S bright objects moving at high speeds 
z towards or together with X. 

~ Witnesses reported no souwds of planes 
c or helicopters, and sightings ringed from 
— IS to 25 aimiaes 

Bin Tophau. a World War D air force 
veteran and former engineer, and ha wife 
Eileen were driving on Hwy. 2 shortly 
after dusk from Cobotag, Jane 15, when 
they noticed a bright ora *ge light moving 
east parallel with them They followed as 
the light reappeared after passing through 


Cotbosae. 

"Either it was fotlowing us or we were 
following a." nid Bill 

They then turned down Union Road. 

With the light straight ahead of him. Bill 
and Eileen stopped the car and heard no 
strand. K 1 planes, do helicopter. Being 90 
clone, they noticed • satellite objecL a 
smaller orange fight nest io the hovering 
maim object. They turned east on 
Lakeaboro Road. Thu tine, they were 
very dote and could see two smaller lights 
adjacent to the mam object. They saw a 
vapor trail emaninag from die forward 
motion of the maul light They followed 
the lights — in all for about 15 minutes — 
into PreaquTle before the lights 
disappeared 

"We saw it and I’d like to know whet it 
is," he sud 

CFB Tiesucn has confirmed Owe search 
and rescue teams were out on June 15. and 
June 23. 

On Jane 23 at about 11 JO pm, separate 
and unaware of Topham's sighting. Mary 
Shannon looked east out of her Main 
Street window. In the sky stout 15 degrees 
above die horiioo v.l over hand, she saw a 
bright orange object hovering. Again. *ie 
object was a definite bright orange. For 


aboil 15 20 minutes. Shannon witched as 
about 10 smaller bright objects moved 
intermittently from the western sky 
toward the mun orange object. The 
smaller lights would disappear into the 
main light as they collided. 

Aftsr the lights stopped craning, the main 
object laded into obbvioa. 

CapL Pete Peterson, of CPB Treniou, 
said a vapour trail seen by Topfiam would 
be consistent with a search and rescue 
flare, some of which are as atroag aa 1 
million candle power. Flares are dmpped 
from planes and helicopters mostly over 
the lake and last about sis minutes. 
Aaached to a large parachute, he said, they 
may hover and are proae to winds. 
Although mostly while, fog. poUimon. and 
perspective may give (lares aa orangy 
color, he saM. The lake, he said, was one 
of the busiest with aearcb aod rescue 
open arm* from CFB and the U.S. Coost 
Guard. 

On the night the Tnphams saw mi object, 
winds were calm and skies were clear. A 
call he made to a CFB operation manager 
confirmed that two planes had been out 
that night, but no helicopters and no flares. 

Another Similar sighting by three people 
back in early May. had the characScrutlcs 


of the same (range lights 

Janice Morgan was at home on Hwy. 2 
west ol CoJboruc, whew something caught 
her eye from the window overlooking the 
like. 

She looked away to the T.V.. then out 
again bat it was gone. A minute liter, a 
bright orange object reappeared. Walter 
Leigh, who was also in the boose, grabbed 5 
a pair ol binoculars. 

There's definitely something out these," * 
he said. 0 

Janice. Waiter and lut wile watched the Jj 
objoct Hover while giving off a steady light g. 
for about 15 to 20 minuter. Out of the g 
caaon sky, a smaller object moved wiki -a 
incredible speed and stopped just beside 
the main orange light. They hovered 
together for about 3 minutes, be five the 
satellite object shot off ia the same 
Arechon bran which it came. 

The main light "disappeared as if 
someone had turned off a rwnch," said 
Janice. 

Ed Barker, a UFO researcher at the 
Manitoba Museum of Maa and Nature, 
&.U that the sightings meat unusual 
I/vc been rerun* latcd with sightings in the 
past two months." he sard from his office. 


CRAWLEY & DISTRICT OBSERVER, Sussex, England - May 5, 1993 CR: T. Good 



MUM’S CLOSE 
ENCO 

‘UFO in Ifield, 
claims Dianne 

By Penny Randall 
UFO experts believe a young mum had a 
Close Encounter of the Third Kind - in 
Ifield! 

Dianne Munro, 33, spotted the object from the bedroom of 
her house in Warren Drive last Sunday night. 


Sighting: Dianne Munro 


The sighting comes just 
a week after a young 
couple said they were 
buzzed by a UFO on the 
A3 by Purford, near 
Dorking. 

“I was looking out of 
my window and I saw a 
red light with a white 
glow in the centre," said 
Dianne. 

“It was coming towards 
me, just skimming across 
the tree tops very slowly, 
when suddenly it flew up 
into the air very quickly." 

Dianne believes the 
object was about 20 feet 
across. It was completely 
silent, and seeded to be 
looking for something. 

“My first thought was 
that it was an aircraft, but 
they usually fly over my 
house east to west, and 
this was flying north to 
south." 

Dianne added: "I used 
to laugh at the idea of 
UFOs, but now I’m not so 
sure." 


Startling 

Police have confirmed 
the Sussex Police Heli¬ 
copter was nowhere near 
Ifield on Sunday night - 
and a Gatwick spokesman 
said nothing unusual had 
been reported by Air 
Control. 

The Meteorological 
Office, who have a station 
at Pease Pottage, said no 
weather balloons, which 
arc often mistaken for 
UFOs, had been released 
for somp time. 

Suney Investigation 
Group on Aerial Phe¬ 
nomena spokesman, 
Gordon Millington, said 
Dianne’s sighting (jes in 
with a cluster of reports 
from the nearby Pitch Hill 
area, which is near 
Dorking. 

“Over the years we 
have had reports of a 
number of sightings in this 
area - some have been 
very startling indeed," he 
said. 


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Strange tale ot 
the unidentified 
flying jellyfish 

Q A MYSTERIOUS object seen in the skies 
over Taunton in November 1991 is one of 
O several reported UFO sightings investigated 
O in a newly published book. 

O The UFO was reportedly seen by Anne and 
, Fred Hickox as it flew over the town early 
g_, one morning before heading off towards the 
Quantocks via Kingston St Mary. 

.. At tha time, Mrs Hickox told the County 
tC Gazette-. "We saw a round thing going 
U across the sky with two Tegs' hanging out. 

There was a rectangular bit at the top and it 
(T) was humming." 
qy Mr Hickox said: "It was like a huge 
O' jellyfish. It just suddenly appeared from the 
—" direction of Taunton School." 

The Gazette report of the sighting is 
reproduced in Alien Update, compiled by 
«■* Timothy Good and published by Arrow, price 
£4 99. 

i—i The book looks at other reported UFO 

sightings all over the world, crop circles, the 
possibility that the US Government is in 
5* possession of extra-terrestrial vehicles and 
^ beings, and claims of contacts with aliens in 
Puerto Rico. 

Earlier this month, Doug Cooper, manager 
of the County Walk shopping centre in 
Taunton, reported several claims of an early- 
hours UFO sighting between Snowdonia and 
Cornwall. Over 40 people have contacted 
him to say they also saw the 500ft wide, 

200ft long UFO, said to have hovered over 
the ground before speeding off. 


13 






UFOs lighting up skies across province 

Brighton skies not alone for strange stellar sightings 


by BORIS NIKOLOYSKY 
Brighton Independent 

A ruli of unidentified flying object 
sigbtingi in southern Ontario hat left 
dazOM of .fitnesses scratching their heads 
for answers and a UFO investigator 
swamped with intriguing cases. 

"This is what we call a flood." said View 
Looreaco. provincial director of the 
Mutual UFO Network, a civilian based 
nest-profit group. 

"It's very unusual. We don't get these 
i kinds of reports in such a quantity, m such 
a short period of time. It's mo muds of a 
coincidence," be raid. 

Over the past two weeks, doreas of 
witacsses in Newmarket. Keswick, 
Bradford, King City and Brighton were 
nstomshed to see strange lights ia the 
ride*. 


“We try to explain it within a conventional scientific 
approach. If we can't, then it's a UFO.Thai doesn’t mean, 
of course, that it’s extraterrestrial, just unindentfied.” 

— Victor Lourenko 
Ontario director for MUFON 


An Aurora lawyer, reported an orange 
light around the Newmarket area early 
T uesday rooming 

The object, also sighted near Orillia, was 
circular in shape with a cross of kghts 
spinning on its own axis. The woman 
watched the object hover for two hours. 
The object then climbed in alrimde before 
it vanished! 

"We try to explain it within a 
Conventional scientific approach If we 
cant, then its a UFO. That doesn't mean. 


of course, that it's esuaterreicnal, tost 
unidentified." sasd Lourenca 
Also daring the past month rear Brighton, 
at least three sightings over or Dear Lake 
Ontario have been seen by about a dnzeo 
people AU witneaaes described an orange 
object [ike "s giant light bulb in the Jkp" 

On June 15, rented engineer and World 
War 0 air force veteran. Bill Tapham and 
his wife Fsfcen were driving along Hwy. 2 
when they spotted a bright orange c&jecl 
over the lake. 






PUZZLED Crawley folk have reported more 
spooky UFO sightings above their homes. 

Tyler Weeks, five, and his 10-year-old friend 
Rikki Hobson, couldn’t believe their eyes when 
they spotted a strange flying object in the sky 
above their Southgate homes. 

And although Tyler’s mum Tina didn’t believe 
their strange claims at first, as soon as she peered 
up into the sky there it was — a UFO. 

Tyler and Ricki’s strange sighting comes only 
weeks after I field mum Liane Munro spotted a 
mystery object over her house. 

And then Simone Clark backed up her sighting 
and told of a similar experience some years ago. 

And Derek Blyth saw some strange object 
above his West Green home the same day. 

‘Frisbee’ in sky 

Tina said she was in her house in Malthousc 
Road when the two lads said they'd seen some 
sort of flying frisbee in the sky, and when they 
carried on about it Tina looked up and saw it. 

She said: “It was large and silver with a red 
glow in the middle. “At first I thought it might 
be a foil balloon but it stayed in one position for 
a while and was fiat underneath.” 

And at one point the trio thought it was com¬ 
ing towards them as the two boys waved at it. 

Tina added: “We were all really excited about 
it. Why shouldn’t there be other people out there 
somewhere?” 

UFO expert Malcolm Terry said it was more 
than likely that the sightings reported in the last 
few weeks are genuine. 

He said: “It is the beginning of the season for 
sightings where in some areas they are coinciding 
with crop circles. 

“There isn't much activity during the winter 
months but from spring to October there are 50- 
70 per cent more sightings." 


Lights in the Sky 

Was it a flying saucer? 



Unlike so many during the 
month of March, the night 
skyatlOpmonthe 30th was 
almost cloud free, and whilst 
taking my dog lor his final 
outing, my attention was 
drawn towards two extreme¬ 
ly bright lights quite close 
together, some consider¬ 
able distance away in the 
Western sky In the direction 
of Padstow. 

At first they were motion¬ 
less. one slightly higher than 
the other and larger than 
any other planets or stars in 
sight They then commen¬ 
ced to move, travelling from 
West to East maintaining a 
uniform distance between 
them, suggesting they were 
from the same unit. 

Any theory I may have 
had connecting them with 
the landing lights of an air¬ 
craft were soon dispelled as 
there were no signs of 
recognised aircraft port, 
starboard, and under belly 
flashing identification lights 
visible at any time. 

As I watched. I strained 
my hearing for any engine 
noise, and whereas I 
thought I could discern a 
faint hum. the object had 
disappeared eastwards at 
considerable speed, before 
I could be absolutely sure. 
Before being lost to sight 
heading in the Camelford 
direction. I estimated I had 
been observing the lights for 
some 6 or 7 minutes. 

Although I have had con¬ 
siderable night flying ex¬ 
perience In the past that 
included many hours of 


astra navigation. I can hon¬ 
estly say I have never before 
seen anything quite like the 
spectacle I have describ¬ 
ed. 

I reported the matter to 
R.A.F. SL Mawgan who lost 
no time In giving me confir¬ 
mation that to their know¬ 
ledge. no scheduled aircraft 
were known to have been In 
the vicinity at that time, but 
Air Traffic Control had 
however received a tele¬ 
phone report of a similar 
sighting on the same night 

The Officer Commanding 
St. Mawgan saw fit to pass 
my letter on to the Ministry of 
Defence from whom I have 
since heard that many other 
people from Devon. Cor¬ 
nwall. South Wales and 
Shropshire had also repor¬ 
ted seeing two bright lights 
on the same night The 
Ministry were unable to say 
what we all saw beyond 
categorizing the sighting as 
U.F.O. 

It is. perhaps, of add¬ 
itional interest to note that 
BBC TV South West Inc¬ 
luded an item of these 
sightings in their evening 
’Spotlight programme on 
Thursday. 22nd April 

In the past I can admit to 
have been somewhat scep¬ 
tical about reports of people 
having seen Flying Saucers 
and other such things, but I 
am now quite satisfied that I 
witnessed something that 
night that was very un¬ 
usual Indeed. 

Derail L. Johnson, 
PRyme 


"Either wc were following ii, or h was 
following us." he said. During the 15 
minute chase, they noticed two satellite 
objects wuh dhe main light. 

In early May. Janice Morga*. ukmg with 
Waller and Joan Leigh, watched oat of 
their Colbomc home as a deep orange light 
hovered over Lake Ontario. Suddenly out 
of the eastern sky. another snalkr orange 
light shoe u mcrahbfc speed Mid Flopped 
oar die main light. They hovered together 
for ahooi three mania before the smaU 
light shot off. 

The larger object vamahed as if 
"someone flicked a switch." said Janice 
Morgan. 

Witeesses at first thought the orange 
fights were flares from search and rescue 
miMaons from nearby CFB TTenaorv 
But no witnesses reported hearing sounds 
of planes or hclicopren and nghnngs fcuaed 
up to 25 minutes. Flares typically Iasi 6 
mkuflcs. In one case, a witness phoned an 
operations manager at CFB Trenton who 
confirmed two planes were out that night 
—• but do hcbcx^ncrj aod no flares. 

In an interview two weeks ago, Ctpt. 
Pete Peterson, a spokesman for CFB 
TVcnton, confirmed that search and rescue 
crews were out oo Jane 15 and June 23, 
nights when two of the sigh lings took 
place. 

Although flares bum mostly white, be 
said, fog, pollution and perspective may 
give them an orangy color. 

Lourcoco raid he doesn’t hare erough 
data to account for the sightings while 
pointing out that the sightings could be 
prototype aircraft or military exercises. 

"We have to give CFB Trenton the 
benefit of the doubt and do a bit more 
research oo that" 

"In general they don't lie bet it doesn't 
mean they’re telling the whole thing." be 
said. 

Other sightings since June 23 include: 

•A fast moving light was reported Dear 
Bradford. 

•A bluish yellow light moving slowly near 
King Chy. 

•A Brighton resident looked out her 
window and watched for 25 minutes as 
about 10 smaller lights moved 
intennitteoUy towards a bright orange 
object hovering, disppearing when they 
collided-with ll 


After numerous UFO sightings, Nick Baker asks what’s going on in. 


ANTHONY James 
detailed three 
typical sightings 
of UFOs over 
Notts which have 
, been reported to 
him since last 
summer. 

■ June 1992: 
over Trowell, 

4am. Saucer 
shaped light In 
sky about 100ft 
up. 

■ February 10 
1993: over 
Calverton, 

5.45pm. Misty 

1 cloud with black 
• wings" or 
“spokes" 
emerging and 
retracting. 

■ February 20 
1993: over 
Calverton, 
5.52am. Bright 
lights In sky, 
looked like 
firecrackers 
going off very 
close to 

observer, but no 
sound heard. 


The sky a 

[ CONTROVERSY roars on about 
• ‘unidentified flying objects’ and 
whether or not we 
have been visited by ( J 

I; beings from another far- ^ 1 , 

I But according to a Nottinghamshire man ca| J ( , a | . 

I these visits have already begun and genuine sightings have beeT^ 
f Nottingham itself is an active area for recorded." The last major UFO 

I i tea ... . * 



UFO sightings. 


sighting in Nottingham was witnessed by 


Anthony James from Bulwell is the thousands of local people last May when two 
founder and leading member of the East giant triangular objects the size of football 
Midlands Unidentified Flying Objects pitches travelled slowly over Calverton then 


bight 

\ ■ An artist’s Impression of a 

\ UFO apparently sighted 
\ above Calverton In May. 

\ Eye-witnesses claimed the 
\ object was the size of a 
\ football pitch 

mjmr Anthony has had a number of 
w&r articles published on the subject and 
hopes to produce his own book on UFOs 
in the East Midlands soon. 

At the end of each year Anthony's 
association produces a case file with all the 
genuine sightings in or around Nottingham. 


Research Association. 

Set up in 1990 the group collect and 
investigate evidence from local people who 
claim they have witnessed a UFO. 


into Derbyshire in the early evening. 

Police and the Ministry of Defence later 
confirmed the crafts as ‘alien’. 

Anthony claims that Nottingham alone has 


Anthony set up the group when he felt the over 100 sightings per year and although the 


books he was reading weren’t telling the 
whole truth about alien encounters by local 
people and he is now actively committed to 
investigating and recording all 
Nottinghamshire sightings. 

“I believe we are being visited by 
beings not of this Earth,” says Anthony 
“and Nottinghamshire is an area where a 


majority turn out to be false there are still a 
significant number of genuine UFO recordings. 


HERALD & POST, Not 
Feb. 25, 1993 


■ If you would be 
Interested in obtaining a 
copy of the case file or / 
have experienced a t{ 
UFO yourself contact if. 
Anthony James on 
Nottingham 275623. 


tingham, England 
CR: T. Good 




FLYING 

SAUCER 

SIGHTED 


TOTTENHAM & WOOD GREEN JOURNAL, England - May 20, 1993 


IS It a bird? Is It a 
plane? No, but It 
could have been a 
UFO according to 
one Crawley mum. 

For Diane Munro has 
spotted a strange object in 
the skies above her Ifield 
home. 

The mother-of-two was 
looking out of the bed¬ 
room window of her house 
in Warren Drive, on Sun¬ 
day night when she saw a 
peculiar glow. 

She said: “I saw a big 
white light with a red glow 


in the middle. At first I 
thought it could be a bg 
star of a plane coming into 
land but they don’t nor¬ 
mally fly over here.” 

"Diane then watched the 
object shoot up into the air 
then fly off out of sight at 
high speed. 

She added: “I'm not 
positive it was a UFO but I 
was quite excited and 
would like to believe there 
is something out there. 

“But my five-year-old 
thinks I'm stupid and my 
nine-year-old thinks if he 
hasn't seen it, it can’t 


exist. 

Norman Halt of the 
Redhill and Reigate Re¬ 
search Phenomena Group 
said: “It can be difficult in 
this area because we are so 
near the airport. 

“But when we look at 
things in full there is very 
often a reason behind what 


we see, and sometimes we 
think we see something 
which isn't really 
there.”And Diane added: 
“I was always very scepti¬ 
cal about UFOs but now 
when I look out last thing 
at night, I always check to 
see if there is something up 
there.” 


Is it a bird? 

Is it a plane? 

lilQjrs 

a UFO! i 

UFOs are being sighted once 
more, and they seem to be making 
for Ally Pally - again! 

The latest flying saucer was reported to Janice 
Georgiou, editor of The UFO Witness, a maga¬ 
zine for people who have had experiences of 
unidentified flying objects and other supernatural 
phenomena. 

The Hornsey mother-of-eight, of Nightingale 
Lane, who has a wealth of strange experiences 
to her credit, was told of this new Unidentified 
Flying Object sighting by her son-in-law, Alan, 
who lives in Palmers Green. 

Says Janice: “Alan doesn't believe in UFOs - 
so sceptics can’t say that he is over suggestible. 
But I must say that after seeing this evidence with 



By MARGARET SMITH | 

his own eyes his disbelief is a trifle shaken!" 

As soon as Alan saw the strange object, he 
grabbed his camcorder and recorded its flight 
through the night sky. The film showed a lumi¬ 
nous object, in the shape of a flying saucer, mov¬ 
ing through the sky. 

Janice checked with a ufologist from BUFORA, 
the British UFO Research Association, and he 
says that there were no air balloons, airships or 
aeroplanes in that part of the sky on that night. 

Janice has had sightings before. Both times, 
the UFOs were In the vicinity of Ally Pally - 
once over the palace, and once over the old 
racecourse. 


Belgian Researchers Plan UFO Spotter 

BRUSSELS (AFP-Jiji)—Belgian researchers are 
planning a UFO-busting operation—a mobile van 
loaded with high technology that would race 
around the European Community investigating 
sightings of unidentified flying objects. 

The plan, which has its origins in successive 
waves of UFO sightings in Belgium in 1989 and 
1990, was disclosed here Tuesday by Brussels aca¬ 
demic and UFO researcher Leon Brenig. 

The plan is almost ready to be submitted to the 
European Parliament, after which the European 
Community’s executive European Commission will 
be asked to help pay for the project. 


I Mysterious furrows appear in Ranfurly fields 


PA Dunedin 

UFO landing sites, moa mating 
circles or fairy rings? Locals in 
Ranfurly are at a loss to explain 
strange circles, up to IS metres 
in diameter, which have ap¬ 
peared in their district over the 
last three weeks. 

While the rest of New Zealand 
struggles to cope with the poss¬ 
ible re-emergence of the extinct 
moa, the Ranfurly community 
now has its own mystery to deal 


with, and so far the answers are 
not forthcoming. 

Those who have viewed the 
circles in the dry and barren 
Maniototo landscape from land 
and air described the phenom¬ 
enon as weird. 

Lying on the southern face of 
a hill between Ranfurly and 
Wedderburn, the circles range 
from five to 15 metres in diam¬ 
eter and are visible from State 
highway 85. 


While some appear to form a 
pattern with symbolic meaning 
in their proximity to each other, 
others seem to have drifted 
aimlessly across the hillside be¬ 
fore touching down. 

The entire community was 
awash with talk about the 
circles, according to a local 
publican, Mr David Weyer. So far 
the best explanation had been the 
UFO landing site, although he 
hastened to add that no 


spacecraft had been seen In the 
area — not yet anyway. 

Other explanations have in¬ 
cluded moa grazing rings, or 
circles formed by the birds 
stomping around during their 
mating ritual. 

The owner of the property 
concerned, Mr Bill Carson, said 
the circles had appeared in an 
area which he had planted out in 
trees about four years ago. The 
circles only slightly resembled 


mushroom rings, but, strangely 
enough, he cannot recall mush¬ 
rooms ever growing there. 

The lines show a strong growth 
of exotic grasses — evidence, 
maybe, of sophisticated soil fer¬ 
tility techniques from outer 
space. 

Scientists could not be reached 
for comment last night but indi¬ 
cations are they are likely to 
dampen fertile imaginations with 
the mushroom ring theory. 



DAILY NEWS, Nelson, B.C., Canada^- March 5, 1993 


Are UFO's crushing prairie porcupines ? 


i UFO seen 
from 

| Kaikohe 

An unidentified dying 
object has been reported 
from Kaikohe following an 
earlier report of a UFO 
sighting in Hold an ga. 

; A group of three men at a 
i house on Purdy Street, 
J Kaikohe, watched in 
“ amazement while an orange 
disc moved across the sky at 
great speed about 10 p.m. on 
Friday. 

Christian Kaio, Robert 
Walters and Mark Tito, all of 
Ka ik ohe, said they watched 
the disc for about five 
minutes. 

Mr Walters said: “It was a 
pretty strange sensation 
watching the object 'blinking’ 
and moving rapidly across 
the sky. 

“It wasn’t a satellite, I 
know what they look like, I 
have used a telescope before.” 

“After about five minutes 
the orange disc just faded 
away.” 

Fred Toi and Dave Dawson 
saw a similar “orange light” 
in the sky last Thursday. 


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In the last Report From the Fringes we told the story of a 
Saskatchewan farmer who watched five flying saucers rise out of a 
grain crop leaving behind a set of crop circles or "saucer nests" as they 
became known. Is there a connection between what this farmer saw and 
what two other farmers say they found in their fields recently? 

Crop circle investigations in Canada have revealed a new twist to the 
phenomenon. Dead, crushed and strangely desiccated porcupines have 
been found in two crop formations on the Canadian prairies. 

The first to be reported to investigators was found last August near 
Milestone, Sask. by Joe Rennick, a farmer. He noticed a 60 foot-long by 
20 foot-wide irregular depression in his field of ripe wheat that “looked 
like something big had bounced a couple of times across the crop.” 

Inside the depression the three and a half foot tall wheat was flattened 
and swirled in three foot-wide spirals. Rennick noticed that within the 
formation the normally soft prairie “gumbo” soil was rock hard. He 
could also see how the seed heads and stalks of the plants had been 
pressed down leaving their impressions in the hardened soil. On top of 
the bent over wheat was a dead, flat porcupine. 

“The porcupine was flattened about two inches thick with all four legs 
sticking out at 45 degrees," said Rennick. Scattered around the carcass 
on the wheat stalks were little balls of clay mixed with the animals 
broken quills. Twenty feet away near the edge of the formation was a 


“skid mark” in the soil where a number of quills had been knocked out. 
They were all oriented in the same direction as the swirled crop. 

North American porcupines grow to about two feet long and can stand 
about a foot high. “We usually only notice them at night in the trees 
around the fields,” says Rennick. 

The fanner said there was no blood around the animal he found or 
tears to its flesh. Other than being only two inches thick the porcupine 
seemed undamaged. Rennick left it in the field for three weeks and said 
the animal hardly decomposed in spite of the heaL He eventually threw 
the animal away. 

Crop circle investigators in Canada are few and far between and by 
the time Chad Deetkin of the Pacific Research Center in Vancouver 
arrived the carcass was lost Examining the site Deetkin concluded the 
porcupine was caught by whatever force formed the circle dragging it 
into the center. It was the first incident of death in a crop circle he had 
heard of. He theorized it was the animal's natural defense that did it in. 

“Most animals will fly or scurry away if there is a threat. But a 
porcupine stays put, relying on its sharp quills for defense,” said Deetkin, 
explaining why no other species had been found dead in a crop circle. 

Deetkin’s theory was partly supported when another farmer came 
forward and described a dead porcupine he had found four years earlier. 

“I've seen decomposing animals before,” said Don Hagel, of Estavan 
Saskatchewan, “but this was not normal. The skin and quills and bones 
were all there but nothing else. No insides. It looked like it has been 
cooked, sort of, from the inside out.” 

Hagel’s strangely deflated porcupine appeared unbumed but covered 
in a charred black dust There was an ash-like covering around it. 

A little unnerved, Hagel called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police 
who performed an autopsy on the remains. They couldn’t conclude what 
had happened to the porcupine although they didn’t think it had been 
cooked. The Mounties figured the porcupine was the victim of some sort 
of satanist activity. 

Hagel said he never saw any footprints in the crop circle that would 
indicate any ritual had taken place. He also doesn't think there are any 
satanists in his rural farm community and if there are he says he can’t 
understand why they would walk three quarters of a mile into a 
wheatfield to scorch out the insides of a porcupine. 1C 

“You’d think they would sacrifice animals like chickens. They’re I'* 
easier to catch and (hey don’t have those quills.” 


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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS ... David Barclay believes Bradford is a UFO hunter’s dream 


City ‘top spot for UFO 


AUTHOR David Barclay believes Bradford now 
has a new claim to fame on the tourist map — as 
a hotbed for unidentified flying objects. 

He is certain the spaceship-like objects — 
probably manned by ET-type creatures — often 
hover above the city and surrounding moorland. 

His latest book, due to be published next month, 
contains stories of strange sightings in the 
Bradford area — although the people involved 
remain anonymous because, he says, they fear 
they will be laughed at. 

Three people describe how they were followed 
by a lighted object In Dockfield Road, Shipley. 
The book contains a story about someone who 
seems to have been beamed aboard a spaceship 
on llkley Moor and a couple tell how they were 
followed as they drove from Keighley to Bradford 
by an object which hovered above their home in 
Low Moor. 

Mr Barclay, 56, of Prospect Walk, Shipley, gave 
up his sales job to study UFOs full time. He said: 
“Bradford does seem to be a hotbed for UFOs, 
possibly because of its ancient connections, and I 
think the council's tourist department could cash 
in on it. I had a big response when I started 


tourists 

researching for the book but people always want 
to be anonymous because they think they will be 
laughed at." 

He does not think the little green men Involved 
come from Mars. "They might be dinosaurs 
which evolved and went off Into space. They do 
look a bit like them." 

The book — UFOs, The Final Answer? — has 
been compiled by Mr Barclay and his daughter 
Theresa, a university student. It contains inter¬ 
views with spotters, contributions from other 
Ufologists and scientific data and will be sold In 
Britain, America and possibly Australia. 

Mr Barclay hopes to start work on another book 
soon and wants anyone who has seen a UFO and 
can help with material to contact him on Bradford 
588335. 

A spokesman from Bradford Council’s Economic 
development unit said the idea of using UFOs to 
attract tourists was interesting. 


EVENING MAIL, Nelson, New Zealand - April 6, 1993 


WESTERN MORNING NEWS, Plymouth, England - April 22, 1993 

Hug e ob j ect first seen b y police 

Reports flood 
in of UFO 
over region 


POLICE reports have trig¬ 
gered an investigation into a 
huge catamaran-shaped 
UFO with lights which ap¬ 
peared over the Westcoun- 
try 

Most of nearly 40 sight¬ 
ings reported so far from 
Gwent to Somerset and De¬ 
von were from police officers 
who claim to have seen a si¬ 
milar object in the sky at 
about 1.10am on March 30. 

Devon UFO investigator 
Doug Cooper, 56, a retired 
Royal Engineers Warrant 
Officer who is collecting the 
information, said yesterday: 
“For the first time in a long 
career I have tangible proof 
that something extraordi¬ 
nary passed across the coun¬ 
try. 

“Had I not got police wit¬ 
ness reports of the object 
being very close to them I 
would have dismissed it as 
being a natural phenome¬ 
non or space debns coming 
through the atmosphere. 

“But people over a large 
area are saying something 
similar came in high and 
fast at the same time. 

Mr Cooper, a shopping 
centre manager at Taunton, 
is an investigator with the 
British UFO Association 
and founder of the Devon 
UFO Research Association. 

He has been interested in 
the subject for 40 years and 


investigating seriously for 
four years. 

Police in Devon have an 
arrangement to tell him of 
unusual sightings, and since 
the UFO appeared he has 
also received reports from 
other nightworkers. 

“I had a call right from 
the beginning and when I 
contacted the police control 
at Exeter thay said the re¬ 
ports were coming in fast 
and furious,” he said. 

“It crossed South Wales, 
where police officers wat¬ 
ched it cross the Bristol 
Channel. 

Stationary 

“A sergeant and constable 
at Lynton said it went over 
their heads at about 1,000 
feet and described it as huge 
because of the distance be¬ 
tween its two lights. 

“It was then seen by po¬ 
lice officers in the Liskeard 
area, one of whom said it 
was stationary for a few sec¬ 
onds before it traversed 
across to East Devon and 
Somerset. 

“A man near the Dorset 
border felt it was going to 
land because it disappeared 
behind a hill. 

“It was also seen near 
Minehead by a man back 
from holiday driving home 
from Bristol Airport. 

“Finally, several elver fish¬ 


ermen on the River Parrett 
described an enormous 
black object, shaped like a 
catamaran, near St Ives.” 

Several sightings said the 
UFO was about 500 feet £ 
wide Dnd 200 feet long, si- f? 
lent, and putting out beams 
of light. At times it hovered, ^ 
then moved very fast and 
disappeared through clouds C3 
at 10.000 feet. O 

A Devon unci Cornwall no- q. 
lice spokeswoman said: "We 
had quite a few calls about 
the UFO coming into the in¬ 
formation room and the 
sightings were apparently 
quite widespread.” 

One observer. Sgt Dave 
Ledger, of Exeter police, 
said: I was with a couple of 
colleagues when one of them 
drew my attention to the ob¬ 
ject as it went overhead. 

“I saw two dots of light 
with vapour trails coming 
from them. I thought it was 
an aircraft and waited for 
the sound of a jet engine but 
it was dead quiet. 

“If I had been alone I 
would have reported it, but I 
contacted our information 
room who checked with Ex¬ 
eter Airport and they said 
there was nothing in the 
area. It’s a strange one.” 

The MoD, which monitors 
sightings, said it had re¬ 
ceived no reports of UFOs 
early on Marcn 30. 


ASHBOURNE NEWS TELEGRAPH, Derbyshire, England 
May 6, 1993 CR: T. Good 

Woman sees ‘second UFO’ 



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UFO fever may be catching 
after two Nelson fishermen re- 
a large round object 
above Port Nelson last 

night 

The sighting is the second in 
four days, and follows uniden¬ 
tified lights seen in the sky from 
Ashburton to Para para umu on 
Friday night 

Nelson police were told of a 
“big round UFO" hovering about 
200m above the port at 8.05pm 
last night Two men, who were 
fishing in the area, said they saw 
a large object with three white 
lights and two red lights which 
made a whirring sound like a 
microUght aircraft. 


The object was reported to 
have Down off over the port 
Carter Observatory scientific 
officer Gr aham Blow said such 
reports were not unusual. He 
said UFO sightings could usually 
be explained when adequate in¬ 
formation was available. 

Mr Blow said his initial reac¬ 
tion to the Nelson sighting was 
that the fishermen had “seen 
some stars that they’ve never 
seen before". 

He said the planets Jupiter and 
Mars were more visible than 
usual at the moment. He said 
Jupiter could be seen as a par¬ 
ti cuarly bright white-yellow spot 
in the northeast sky. Mars was 
reddish but not as bright 
Friday’s sightings, best seen 
from Christchurch, were spotted 


Just before 9pm. 

Four people reported an object 
the size of the moon travelling 
west at low altitude. 

At the same time two aircraft 
flying north from Christchurch 
reported to air traffic control 
that they had seen green flashes 
in the sky. 

Wellington police also received 
calls from Rapid coast residents 
who described variously blue, 
white, red and green lights. 

Mr Blow said Friday’s sighting 
was probably a cosmic firebalL 

Nelson police spokesman Carl 
Ingerson said today the names 
and details of the men who 
sighted last night’s UFO in Nel¬ 
son had not been recorded and 
they were unable to contact 
them. 



EXMOUTH & EAST DEVON JOURNAL, England - May 7, 1993 


An Ashbourne woman who 
claims to have seen a UFO in 
the sky over Ednaston last 
December has reported seeing 
another in a ‘carbon copy’ 
incident. 

The woman, who does not want to be 
named, claims she saw the strange craft 
on Monday night last week while 
travelling between Derby and Ash¬ 
bourne at 9.45pm. 

"It was in exactly the same place, at 


the same time and it looked the same,” 
she said. "It was a complete carbon copy 
of the other sighting.” 

The UFO was strangely lit up and 
moved too fast to be either a helicopter 
or plane. It also made no noise. 

The woman now thinks that little 
green men may be after her because she 
knows too much. "I have got visions of 
coming home and finding aliens there 
saying ‘You have seen us twice so we 
have come to take you away’,” she 
joked. 


DAILY MIRROR, London, England - June 5, 1993 

Spaced out Jonathan 


HEAVENS above! Chat show 
host Jonathan Ross has seen a 
flying saucer. 

The normally down-to-earth telly 
star has kept the experience quiet for 
years. Until now. 

He confided his schoolboy sighting 
to guests he was Interviewing for his 
new ITV series. Fantastic Facts. 


Philip Mantle, of the British UFO 
Research Organisation, said: “He 
was really great with us. We are used 
to people taking the mickey about 
UFOs but Jonathan took the subject 
very seriously. 

“I was stunned when he admitted 
that he had seen something strange 
in the sky some years ago." 


Genette Tate: 'large cat' 
theory 'highly unlikely’ 
but what of UFOs? 


One of his guests on the show, 
CR z T. Good 


Elsie Oakensen, another guest in 
the show dedicatee to UFO 
sightings, said: “Jonathan 
was wonderful. He told me 
that as a young man he 
had seen strange lights 
and objects in the sky. 

“It was an experience he 
would never forget.” 


SAUDI GAZETTE, [City Unknown], Saudi Ara bia - July 4, 1993 


o THE theory that Genette 
^ Tate could have been taken 
• by a "Large Cat" - Journal, 
April 23 • is highly unlikely. 

£ The immediate area, and 
U indeed miles around, were sub¬ 
jected to a thorough search not 
only by the police, with dogs, but 
also by thousands of volunteers. 

The area around Aylesbeare is 
surrounded by main roads, which 
would have to be crossed on a 
busy August weekend; not only 
were there no sightings of such a 
"Beast” reported - and it would 
have to be the size of a Lion - but 
no clothes were found. 

Although perhaps equally as 


improbable, the other possible 
angle of investigation mentioned 
by the press officer at police 
headquarters. Cannot be dis¬ 
missed so easily - UFO taking 
Genette. 

A few weeks ago, a number of 
police officers in the South West 
reported a large "Catamaran¬ 
shaped UFO with lights which 
appeared over the Westcountry. 
Now these officers are trained in 
observation, and their accounts 
of the object must be accepted, 
after all, if they witnessed a 
crime their evidence would be 
accepted by a court of law with¬ 
out question. 


In the weeks prior to Genette's 
lisappearance, newspapers car¬ 
ried reports that UFOs were seen 
almost every day over Mid 
Devon, one man reported being 
“lifted up" by a round object, so 
many reports were received that 
a newspaper produced a photo¬ 
graph on the front page of an 
object seen in the sky over 
Exeter. 

The paper with that photo¬ 
graph was the very one that 
Genette was delivering. 

John C Harding, 

“Gimbles", 

25 Withy combe Park Drive, 
Exmouth. 


UFO shocks Chinese airline crew 


BEIJING. Sat. (Rtr) 

AN Unidentified Flying Object 
appeared suddenly over 
China's far west region of 
Xinjiang, startling the crew of 
a passenger plane, the official 
Workers' Daily said on its issue 
today. 

As the crew of Xinjiang 
Airlines flight 9304 was flying 
into Urumqi from the southern 
city of Shenzhen on the night 
of July 1, they saw an object 
brighter than a star hurtling 
towards them, the newspaper 
said. 


The object, which first 
appeared as a point of light, 
grew into a shining ball, with 
light fanning out at the back. 

The Chinese paper said it 
zoomed about 3,000 metres 
(9,800 feet) above the 
Soviet-made plane, which was 
flying at 11,000 metres (36,000 
feet), and cast a bright beam 
of light into the crew cabin, 
making it as bright as day. 

The crew took the plane 
down to about 7,000 metres 
(23,000 feet) and the object 
finally disappeared, the 


Workers' Daily said. 

The plane landed safely, the 
paper said. 

The paper further added 
that throughout the incident 
the crew remained in touch 
with air traffic controllers, 
who said the skies were 
supposed to be clear. 

China's state-run press has 
recently mentioned several 
sightings of strange objects in 
the sky. 

While official enquiries art 
sometimes promised, their 
results are not announced. 


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NEWS-VIRGINIAN, Waynesboro, VA - July 13, 1993 


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In-Depth Study 


Self-published writer Rick Berry of Stuarts Draft has been studying 
Bigfoot for 15 to 17 years. He sells his books "Bigfoot on the East 
Coast" and "The Easy and Inexpensive Art of Self-Publishing" at 
phenomena symposiums. Berry holds a picture of a frame from the 
film of a Bigfoot taken by Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin in Octob¬ 
er of 1967 at Bluff Creek, Calif. (N-V Photo by John Ward) 


When Debbie 
Mason got up early 
on the morning of 
the first Sunday in 
June to feed her 
three cats, 5-year- 
old Weasel wasn't 
in the back yard. 
BOB That’s odd. she 

ST.JOHN thought, but fig- 

ured Weasel was 
just sleeping in the bushes and would soon 
make an appearance. 

She checked again later. Weasel still 
wasn't there so she told her husband, Bob, 
of her concern and he got on his bike and 
began searching their northwest Plano 
neighborhood around Spring Creek Park¬ 
way and Mission Ridge Road. Just before 
noon he saw something in a vacant lot on 
Ashington Lane between the Montessori 
School and a row of houses. What he found 
made him sick. Their cat's head had been 
cut off and was found some 25 feet away 
from the body. And its liver and heart also 
had been cut out. Officers from the Plano 
Police Department also found blood stains 
in the driveway of the Masons’ back yard, 
speculation being the cat had been struck 
with a blunt instrument and carried off. 

“It just broke my heart,” said Debbie. 
"And a lot of animals are missing out here 
and people are concerned." 


Stuarts Draft Author Chases 
Down Bigfoot Sightings in East 


School and recently got out of 
the military, which he entered 
In 1985. 

He sells his book, titled "Big- 
foot on the East Coast," at phe¬ 
nomena symposiums. 

"Bigfoot I* an unidentified 
animal," Berry said. "You know 
that mountain lions exist, but 
how often do you see one? It's 
Just that scientists have never 


By JOHN WARD 
N-V Staff Writer 

STUARTS DRAFT — Myth, 
legend or a reality? 

Does Bigfoot exist, and If so. 
does he exist on the East 
Coast? 

Writer Rick Berry of Stuarts 
Draft has been studying Bigfoot 
and other phenomena for the 

K st 15 to 17 years and firmly 
lleves that Bigfoot does exist. 
He has self-published a book on 
his findings that lists over 
1,000 sightings of the creature 
In the East. 

Berry was bom in Waynes¬ 
boro. went to Stuarts Draft High 


WALL STREET JOURNAL, Princeton, NJ - Oct. 21, 1992 

We Don’t Mean to Give Any Ideas 
To People Living on the Potomac 

By Cynthia Owens really believe Isuperstitionsl, but they 

Staff Reporter of Tiif: Wall Street Journal don't want to take any chances," says 

VIENTIANE, Laos - Scotland has Nes- Banpang. a 32-year-old Vientiane mer- 
sie. Tibet has the Abominable Snowman, chant. Still, like many others interviewed 
and now Laos has a five-headed dragon for this article, he asked that his full name 

in the Mekong River. not be used in a story about the dragon. 

Though photographic evidence of the just in case he would be tempting fate, 

beast is lacking, many residents of Laos s Perhaps because of such fears, few 
riverside capital insist that he - all agree people acknowledge seeing the dragon 
he s a he-has shown his five faces several the mselves; most sightings are attributed 
times in recent months. As the mostly t0 a f r j en( j 0 f a friend of an uncle, or a 
secondhand accounts go, this mottled cousin's schoolmate, 
green, brown and yellow reptile breathes „ 

no fire, measures 15 feet from head to tail, , !^ n ircng. a 14-year-old farmer, says he 
sees through five pairs of shiny black eyes ^ ls [rlen d s haven t. had any lock since 
and finds children most appetizing. ' h * y •wKan nightly gatherings on the river- 

Some take the dragon as an omen that sjde- Birt. he insists. If you watch every 
something is rotten in Laos - a sign, per- n ' K 1 ' you wl see hlm " 
haps, of a government shake-up. Residents Some who aren 't persuaded say the 
say it's no coincidence that some of the dragon-spotters may indeed be seeing 
country’s most esteemed Buddhist monks something - most likely a type of catfish 
awoke one recent morning to find a tree that grows to as much as 10 feet long and is 
near their temple that for years had leaned widely considered a delicacy by people who 
across the swirling waters of the Mekong live along the Mekong. This year, these 
suddenly standing upright. skeptics say, drought has lowered the river 

Laotians are as superstitious as any enough to bring these normally deep- 
other people — they consider certain days dwelling fish to the surface, 
best for moving, others favorable for open- As for the dragon's implications for the 
ing a business and still others propitious government, a spokesman for the Ministry 
for harvesting crops - but they aren't any of Information says with a smile: "Oh no. 
more naive than the rest. "'People don't we have no dragon,"' 


gotten a Bigfoot." 

Berry has collected many 
things over the years. Including 
hair samples that he said scien¬ 
tists have been unable to iden¬ 
tify and plaster casts of 
footprints. 

He has one Him. which was 
taken by Roger Patterson and 
Bob Glmlln at Bluff Creek. Ca¬ 
lif.. on Oct. 20, 1967. Berry said 
he feels this is the only legiti¬ 
mate film taken of a Bigfoot. 

"There are sightings of the 
creature every month in one 
state or another," Berry said. 

According to Berry, there was 
one sighting off U.S. 211 10 
miles from New Market on La¬ 
bor Day weekend of 1991. 

"The most recent sighting 
was in Hamlin, West Virginia," 
Berry said. "The creature was 
sighted by four different people 
two weeks ago." 

Berry said he has also heard 
of sightings that took place last 
month In Pennsylvania and 
Vermont. 

There are actually more re¬ 
ports of sightings on the East 
Coast than there are in the 
West." Berry said. "That's be¬ 
cause the East Is more heavily 
populated." 

Berry said he has been inter¬ 
ested In phenomena ever since 
the early 1970s when a friend. 
Jeff Huffman, got him Inter¬ 
ested In the Sasquatch, or Big¬ 
foot as It has come to be called. 

Berry plans to give presenta¬ 
tions on his findings all along 
the East Coast at symposiums 
and libraries. He recently re¬ 
turned from a symposium 
which takes place annually in 
Richmond called Mufon. 

Berry has also self-published 
a small book on self-publishing 
called The Easy and Inexpen 
slve Art of Self-Publishing." 

He plans to work on book ab¬ 
out a ghost at Fairfax Hall, and 
he wants do research on UFO 
crash retrieval. 

Anyone Interested In more In¬ 
formation about the East Coast 
Bigfoot can write to Rick Berry 
at P.O. Box 106. Stuarts Draft. 
Va. 24477. 


In recent months a number of other ani¬ 
mals have disappeared in the adjoining 
Spring Creek-Forest Creek sections, a nice 
area which began to blossom in the early 
1980s and actually is separated by a creek. 

Informing residents 

Alan Joyce, president of the Spring 
Creek Parkway Homeowners Association, 
has sent a flier to the residents, apprising 
them of the situation, warning them to 
keep a closer eye on their pets and to call 
the police if they see any suspicious people 
In the neighborhood. 

In fact, a couple of months ago Mr. 
Joyce discovered someone had burned his 
dog’s tongue out while the animal was in 
the back yard. "It was strange,” he said. 
“We couldn't figure out what happened. 
The dog died about a week later." 

Some In the area believe the situation is 
cult-related. “We're just not sure what, if 
anything, is going on," said Mr. Joyce. “We 
certainly don't want to alarm anybody but, 
well, we also want them to be aware of 
what's happening." 

Officer Carl Duke, a spokesman for the 
Plano Police Department, said situations 
where animals have been mutilated are al¬ 
ways investigated but explained that there 
still were some coyotes in the area and 
added: “We really haven't found enough to 
think that a Satanic group is operating 
around here. There have been occur¬ 
rences, but at this time we believed they're 
isolated incidents." 

Heide Frankel isn't sure what to think, 
although her cat disappeared in early Octo¬ 
ber and was never found. "The police say 
these are isolated cases, but there are signs 
that might make you think otherwise." 

Tim Danby finds himself often thinking 
otherwise. He had an 11-year old Siberian 
husky named Smoky. His dog had gotten 
out of the back gate before, so he rein¬ 
forced the gate by wedging three heavy 
wooden pallets against it. On the first Sun¬ 
day in May, he went to feed the dog and 
found the pallets had been removed from 
the gate and Smoky was missing. In the 
back yard he found a plastic tag that was 
on the dog's collar and a wrapper for fro¬ 
zen chicken. He showed me the wrapper, 
which was from American Poultry Interna¬ 
tional and bad the words, "slaughtered ac¬ 
cording to Islamic law.” 

Investigation 

He told me there was some odd graffiti 
painted inside a culvert not far from bis 
home. We went there early Wednesday af¬ 
ternoon and walked about a block inside 
the round, concrete structure at a creek 
bottom. Graffiti was scribbled all over the 
inside. Most of it was fairly typical with 
names and initials and the usual profanity. 
But there was also a crudely drawn picture 
of a dog and something that looked a little 
like a dragon, dripping blood from its 
mouth. Deep in the culvert the words 
“This way to hell” were written several 
times and there was scribbled praise for 
David Koresh. Officer Duke said the police 
had looked at the area but didn't feel it was 
cult-related. 

“I’m not blaming sinister forces for 
every lost pet but I have determined that 
most of the incidents occur the last week¬ 
end before a full moon and I think people 
around here should be especially careful 
about their animals at that time,” said Mr. 
Duke. 

When I went to the neighborhood on 
Friday there was a sign on a telephone 
pole about a lost dog. On Wednesday, there 
was a sign about another lost dog. 


SUN, Vancouver, B.C., Canada 
July 20, 1993 CR: G. Conway 

Young foal latest victim 
of attacks on animals 

BRADFORD, England — A five- 
wrck-old foal found mutilated in a 
field in northern England has 
become one of the latest victims of a 
wave of brutal attacks on horses in 
Briiain, 

The carcass of the young Shetland 
pony called Pandora was found Sun¬ 
day after a w eekend of assaults in 
which Iwo other horses, both mares, 
w tabbed in the hindquarters 

Ponce are investigating more than 
30 sevuiii attacks on horses in the 
pa ■' 1 wo year*. 








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HERALD AMERICAN, Syracuse, NY - April 4, 


•Bigfoot’ 
tales from 
the North 

I 've never seen a gtartl 

uprignt hairy irvauire. Does 
that mean such a critter 
doesn't exist" 

That's the interesting ques¬ 
tion left after I'd finished read¬ 
ing a new book published by 
North Country Books 1 read 
most of it in the South Country, 
on a beach of the Atlantic 
Ocean. That made the experi¬ 
ence more unreal than it was 
meant to be. 

The book's "Monsters of the 
Northwoods” by Paul and Rob¬ 
ert Bartholomew. William 
Brann and Bruce Hallenbeck. 
The authors are amateur histo¬ 
rians and journalists who live in 
the northeast part of the state. 

They bring the Sasquatch, 
"Big Fool” phenomenon to Up¬ 
state New York and Vermont. 
One hundred-forty sightings or 
interesting experiences are list¬ 
ed, from before the time of 
written history to April 1991, 
when Katherine Kaifer report¬ 
ed seeing a "Bigfool creature” 



at Long Lake. 

THE first thing I remem¬ 
bered was the story told in 
Marcellus, where I grew up. 
Kathryn Heffernan put it into 
her history of the town of Mar¬ 
cellus. "Nine Mile Country." I 
think I heard it from Aunt Lucy 
Case. 

This is Kate's telling: "An¬ 
other tale handed down 
through the years relates that a 
child wandered from the early 
Tyler Hollow settlement and 
was lost in the dense woods. 
Several years later various resi¬ 
dents claimed to have spotted a 
wild man in the area, and spec¬ 
ulation rose that the so-called 
wild man might have been the 
long lost boy.” 

Aunt Lucy put the wild man 
closer to the village, in Spinks 
Woods, but it's surely the same 
scare. 

IN LATER YEARS, when 

I was a kid, Marcellus got a lot 
of attention over black pan¬ 
thers. which some people claim 
are extinct. The attention had 
been stirred by Howard Mer¬ 
ritt. a beloved village sport who 
worked as a reporter for The 
Post-Standard. 

Villagers, including my fath¬ 
er, claimed Howard made up 
the panthers. They quieted 
down when Howard did, 
though. 

That put me in mind of the 
story the late Ted Aber. the 
Hamilton County historian, 
once related to me about a 
"wild man" in his neck of the 
woods. This sad story did make 
the new book: it's No. 25 in a 
capsule summary of cases: 

“February 1932. Hamilton 
Co., near Blue Mountain Lake. 
Famous Adirondack 'wild man' 
sightings. A posse later 
tracked, shot and killed the 
'creature' which proved to be a 
Negro hermit in thick layers of 
animal skins.” 

The author of the foreword. 
Dr. Warren Cook of Castleton 
State College, Vt.. seemed to 
me convinced there are hairy 
homimds out there. 


. he ev idence for the species existence and 
i;g- ng reproduction — if not guaranteed surviv¬ 
al — in this area of North America is impressive 
in its historical depth and the numerous incidents 
in the 1970s and 1980s." he said 
the authors begin by admitting most of 
us will have a hard time believing. "Bigfoot lurks 
in remote areas of New York and Vermont.” 
They're right about that. 

Why aren't there fossils? they ask. Or bodies, 
bones, something? How could a man-beast live so 
close and elude capture, even on a decent prime- 
time-quality video? 

Yet how do you explain the huge footprints, 
seen and documented? The book has pictures of 
several and descriptions of many more. And what 
about the sightings by “seemingly sane, upstand¬ 
ing citizens and law officers?" 

Their aim, spread out in Chapter 1, is to analyze 
the evidence and possibilities objectively. By the 
end of the book, we are asked to consider the no¬ 
tion the critters may have dropped off of UFOs. 
Then been whisked away, bones and all? 
legends OF a man-beast are found in most 
North American Indian tribes, according to the 
book. This is true. The Iroquois version of the leg¬ 
end described cannibalistic stone giants. The Al¬ 
gonquin had Windigo, a great cannibal of a man 
that ate human flesh, mushrooms and swamp 
moss. It made an eerie hissing sound. 

modern REPORTS published in the book 
include scary noises, too. Some of these vocaliza¬ 
tions resemble “two enormous monkeys trying to 
converse with each other." 

The earliest account of creatures in our region 
by a white man came from Samuel de Champlain, 
who wrote of his first visit to America in 1603 
that the natives mentioned a giant, hairy, human¬ 
like beast called "Gougou.” 

Samuel got into trouble with established histo¬ 
rians when he returned to France because he 
wrote in his journal of a dreadful monster on an 
island of the St. Lawrence River. 

we learn that Revolutionary War Rog¬ 
ers Rangers ran into a large black bear that 
threw nuts and pine cones from trees in northern 
Vermont. 

Is it a bear we confuse with Bigfoot? After all, 
experts believe that was the severed head of a 
bear that passed for a dead Bigfoot at Lewiston, in 
Western New York, in the late 1970s. 

No, the authors contend. The creature seen by 
their informants walked upright, on two feet. And 
the feet themselves, captured in plaster and on 
film, are elongated, with toes, not bear claws. 

One of the earliest known newspaper accounts 
of a northeastern man-beast was published in 
New Hampshire in 1808. The dateline was our 
own Sackets Harbor, the locale Ellisburgh, south 
of Watertown near Lake Ontario: 

"Report says that in the vicinity of Ellisburgh 
was seen on the 30th by a gentleman of unques¬ 
tionable veracity an animal resembling the Wild 
Man of the Woods. 

"It is stated that he came from the woods with¬ 
in a few yards of the gentleman, that he stood and 
looked at him and then took his flight in a direc¬ 
tion which gave him a perfect view of him for 
some time. 

"He is described as bending forward when run¬ 
ning, hairy and the heel of his foot narrow, 
spreading at the toes. Hundreds of persons have 
been in pursuit for several days but nothing fur¬ 
ther is seen or heard of him." 

Years later, the sighting was right in Water- 
town: 

”1975, Watertown. Five-foot creature ‘swing¬ 
ing its arms' seen by Steve Rich, Jerry Emerson 
and another boy 'just walking' on State Street 
Hill.” A year later, according to the authors, two 
boys claimed to have glimpsed an 8-foot Bigfoot 
covered with black hair near the Jefferson Coun¬ 
ty city. Fifteen-inch tracks were found nearby. 

No. 99 in the case summaries happened about 
Aug. 1,1983, at Dexter, west of Watertown: 

"Seven-foot creature seen by resident near 
hardware store.” 


MORNING NEWS, Dallas, TX 
July 20, 1993 CR: E. Rager 

Numerous calls came in after a recent 
column about the mutilation of animals in 
the Plano neighborhood around Spring 
Creek Parkway and Mission Ridge Road. 
Callers Indicated they'd also mysteriously 
lost pets. 

Most of the incidents in the column 
concerned missing pets, although one cat 
was decapitated and had its heart and liver 
cut out and one dog's tongue was burned 
out. 

Some in the neighborhood felt the muti¬ 
lations might have been cult-related, and 
some thought the disappearances could be 
traced to coyotes. 

I heard from other people in or near the 
neighborhood and some from different 
parts of town. They mostly concerned cats 
that had disappeared, but one woman said 
that one morning she discovered 18 ducks 
missing from a fenced-in area. 

Officer Bill Bonds, a spokesman for the 
Plano Police Department, said there had 
been no rash of reports regarding muti¬ 
lated animals of late and "hopefully the sit¬ 
uation has subsided. " 


1993 CR: R. Barrow 



Eric Miner drawing 

ARTIST’S RENDITION of Bigfoot from eyewit¬ 
ness accounts appears in the new book. 


I called Don Hughto, a Dexter native who 
recently retired from cutting people's hair in a 
little shop next to Perch River. Did he remember 
the visitor of the summer of '83? 

Don laughed. A what? Well, some folks would 
call it Bigfoot. He laughed again. In Dexter? Yes. 

He hadn't heard of the creature, although he 
knew the hardware store, at the eastern edge of 
town. It's not a store anymore. Friends Don asked 
came up blank, too. 

"You got me,” he explained. “If it was a joke, 
it's probably been forgotten.” 

The last chapter of the book's called "What Is 
It?" I won't spoil the fun bv explaining the au¬ 
thors' conclusion, except to say it jumps back to 
the suggestion for reasoned consideration of the 
evidence offered in Chapter 1. Sixteen possibili¬ 
ties are discussed, including hallucinations, de¬ 
monic manifestations and extra-terrestrials. 

Warren Cook, the academic who wrote the 
foreword, is quoted as believing the evidence 
points to a survivor of the man-like being that 
lived in Africa half a million years ago, "Australo¬ 
pithecus." 

I decided to run this by my friend Ray Fad- 
den. who lives north of Saranac Lake and knows 
almost everything there is to know about wild 
creatures of the Adirondacks. This is because 
many of them come to “Ray's Restaurant” near 
Onchiota to eat goodies he spreads in the yard. 

No. Ray replied, he'd never seen anything 
upright and hairy in his woods, except hunters vi¬ 
olating the trespassing signs. Bears, yes: Bigfeet, 
no. 

"My old friend Ernie Bennett told me about an 
experience he had in the Northwest. He followed 
this big set of tracks along a trail to the edge of a 
rocky cliff. Then they disappeared. I don’t know 
about it, but Ernie never lied." 

(“Monsters of the Northwoods" by Paul and 
Robert Bartholomew, William Brann, Bruce Hal¬ 
lenbeck is available from North Country Books, 

18 Irving Place, Utica 13501.) 


EVENING POST, Wellington, 
New Zealand - June 25, 1993 

New sighting 
of Nessie 

LONDON, June 24. — A young 
Scottish couple claimed to have spot¬ 
ted the legendary Loch Ness monster, 
a mysterious creature said to live in 
the murky depths of a Scottish lake. 

Edna Mclnnes, 25, said she and 
her boyfriend watched the creature, 
nicknamed Nessie, for 10 minutes be¬ 
fore it dived back into the depths. 

“Suddenly I saw this giraffe-like 
head and neck rise from the water — 
it was only 20 feet from the shore 
but along the coast a wee bit from 
us," she said today. 

“We watched it swim over. It hov¬ 
ered. Its head was moving back and 
forward, its neck was moving up and 
down . . . It was a very light-coloured 
brown. You could see it very 
clearly." 

Since the 1930s. thousands of peo¬ 
ple have claimed to have seen Nessie 
and each year around 500.000 tour¬ 
ists flock to the loch hoping to catch 
a glimpse. Some have tried to take 
photographs of Nessie. but under 
scrutiny most of the pictures turned 
out to be of boats, tree branches or, 
in one case, a dead horse. 

“I’ll swear on my life and on that 
of my son that there is a living crea¬ 
ture at least 25 feet (7.6m) long there 
in Loch Ness," said Mclnnes who ran 
along the shore following the mon¬ 
ster When she returned with a cam¬ 
era. Nessie was gone — Reuter 



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resurfaces 

BY DONALD D. CARR 

BLADE STATE EDIT Of! 


HURON, O. — Jurassic Park isn’t 
the only place prehistoric monsters 
are being brought to life. 

Three Lake Erie boaters, in two 
separate incidents, swear they have 
spotted what is commonly referred 
to as the “Lake Erie monster,” 
which periodically rears its ugly 
head off the shore anywhere from 
Maumee Bay to Huron in Erie coun¬ 
ty- . 

Sightings of the sea creature, 
which have taken on a legend simi¬ 
lar to that of the Loch Ness Monster 
in Scotland, have been reported 
since at least the mid 1980s. 

And now it’s back. 

"I know what I saw,” said John 
Liles, a Huron charter boat captain. 
“The thing is huge. I didn’t see the 
head — just the tail flopping in the 
water toward the end of it.” 

He and his wife. Holly, said they 
saw a snake-like creature about two 
miles from Kelleys Island shortly 
after 4 p.m. Monday while aboard 
their 52-foot charter boat. Mr. Liles, 
who is on the lake seven days a 
week, added that he would sign an 
affidavit swearing he saw the crea¬ 
ture. 

Mrs. Liles described the serpent 
in great detail, explaining that it 
moved in an up-and-down motion 
rather than side to side like a snake. 
She said it was black or dark brown, 
as big around as a human being, and 
humped its body about a foot and a 
half above the water. 

“The motion was so unique,” she 
said. “It’s quick. It seems powerful. 

I don’t think we saw the whole thing, 
and that’s what’s spooky about it.” 

From 175 to 200 feet away, they 
estimated the length-of what they 
saw to be 15 to 25 feet. 

“I believe now,” Mrs. Liles said. 
“There’s something out there.” 

In a separate incident about 5 to 
10 miles away, a local fisherman 
said he saw a serpent measuring 
between 30 and 40 feet July 3. 

In both instances, much like the 
reports in past years, the witnesses 
said they initially thought what they 
were looking at was a log. 

The legend of the serpent has led 
10 area businesses to pledge a re¬ 
ward of $102,700 in cash and prizes. 
Tom Solberg, an owner of the Huron 
Lagoons Marina, said more than 
half of the reward is cash. 

"It has to be delivered alive and 
unharmed,” Mr. Solberg said. 

Other requirements for the re¬ 
ward are that the monster be at 
least nine meters long (about 30 
feet), weigh at least 1,000 pounds, 
and be an unidentified aquatic spe¬ 
cies. 

All of this must be certified by Dr. 
Charles Herdendorf, a marine biolo¬ 
gist and retired college professor 
who lives in Huron. In 1990, Dr. 
Herdendorf left the door open for 
the possibility of a serpent, citing an 
unexplained image in a 1970’s satel¬ 
lite photograph of Maumee Bay In 
the photo, a 100-foot-long, serpen¬ 
tine shadow extends from the mouth 
of the Maumee River. He said it 
didn’t resemble any sediment pat¬ 
tern that was seen before or since. 

When the sightings first were re¬ 
ported in 1990, Mr. Solberg said 
several businesses offered a $5,000 
reward But when an article ap¬ 
peared in a Hong Kong newspaper 
saying the reward wasn’t worth the 
trip to the U.S., the businesses used 
the $5,000 to purchase a $50,000 
Lloyds of London policy to offer a 
bigger payoff. 

Officials thought the mystery was 
solved in 1987 when an odd-shaped, 
40-foot-long watercraft washed up 
on Catawba Island near Port Clin¬ 
ton. It later was identified as a 
pontoon used in construction work 
around water. 

Blade correspondents Vicky Tay¬ 
lor and Natalie Parsons contributed 
to this report. 


18 


ORANGE CO. REGISTER, Santa Ana, CA - July 14, 1993 CR: S. Gill 

Many upstate dwellers say high country is Bigfoot's stamping ground 


BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS 

Among the significant Bigfoot 
sightings in the area since the 
1930s: 

1975 : A man named Mark 
Karr said he drove his auto into 
a tree to avoid hitting a 
Bigfoot in the road. 

1973 : A logging-truck driver 
with slow reflexes said his front 
grille was badly damaged 
when he hit a 7-foot Bigfoot 
near Orick. The beast appar¬ 
ently wasn't hurt enough to be 
captured. 

1967 : Roger Patterson said he 
shot a one-minute film about 
90 feet from a creature. The 
beast is seen in a creek bed; it 
turns and faces the camera, 
then turns back and walks 
down the creek and out of 
view. Patterson described the 


creature as a female, 7 feet 
tall, perhaps 350 pounds. 

1963 : Thomas Sourwine re¬ 
ported that something repeat¬ 
edly lifted a 300-pound 
boulder and used it to smash 
his road-building equipment 
near Bluff Creek. 

1962 : In June, Robert Hatfield 
claimed he was knocked down 
after running smack into the 
chest of a Bigfoot on the front 
porch of his cabin. His friend, 
Bud Jensen, supported his 
story, and a muddy, 11-inch 
handprint was found on the 
cabin's front door. 

1958 : A local newspaper edi¬ 
tor reported seeing animal 
droppings so big they came ei¬ 
ther from a Bigfoot or "a 2-ton 
bear.'' 


LEGEND: In Humboldt 
County, the mysterious 
ape-man is part of the 
culture — and the 
economy. 

By HUGH DELLIOS 

Chicago Tribune 

WILLOW CREEK — From one 
end of Humboldt County to the 
other, unsuspecting visitors can 
run into Bigfoot, the legendary 
ape-man, over and over again. 

Tourists can fill up at the Big¬ 
foot gas station in McKinleyville. 
They can join locals playing nine 
holes at the Bigfoot Golf & Coun¬ 
try Club. New residents can join 
the Bigfoot chapter of the Lions 
Club in Willow Creek. 

Since the 1930s, more than 120 
sightings of the giant mountain- 
dwelling beast or its tracks have 
been reported in the dense for¬ 
ests of the Klamath-Siskiyou 
high country, along the Pacific 
Coast of Northern California. 

The creature’s existence has 
never been confirmed by scien¬ 
tists. Nevertheless, people who 
say they’ve seen it give similar 
descriptions: a hairy, apelike be¬ 
ing, 300 to 400 pounds, 7 or 8 feet 
tall and walking upright. It usu¬ 
ally shies away from people, but 
once in a while it is said to play 
with oil drums, trucks or con¬ 
struction equipment. Property 
damage has been reported, but 
not human injury. 

Something similar is known in 
several parts of the world. In the 



Himalayas, Bigfoot is called the 
Yeti or the Abominable Snow¬ 
man. In British Columbia it’s 
Sasquatch. 

But folks in Humboldt County 
attend their annual Bigfoot Daze 
festival in Willow Creek, a pa¬ 
rade and carnival every Labor 
Day weekend, confident that 
they have a more legitimate 
claim to the legend than anyone 
else. 

It was just north of Willow 
Creek in 1967 that a Bigfoot buff 
named Roger Patterson shot a 
film of the creature referred to 
as “Marukarar" in the ancient 
lore of local Indians. There have 
been more recent Bigfoot films, 
but Patterson’s is still the only 
one that isn’t routinely dismissed 


as a fake. 

Patterson had purposely gone 
hunting for Bigfoot. His film is 
about a minute long and was shot 
from 90 feet away, he said. The 
beast is seen in a creek bed; it 
turns and faces the camera, then 
turns back and walks down the 
creek and out of view. Patterson 
described the creature as a fe¬ 
male, 7 feet tall. 

“The legend is still alive, and 
we do what we can to promote 
it,” said Dona DePaoli, vice 
president of the Humboldt Coun¬ 
ty Convention and Visitors Bu¬ 
reau, who has been known to 
wear hairy Bigfoot slippers at 
trade shows. 

“Where does Bigfoot vaca¬ 
tion?” she asked. “Anywhere he 
wants. But he chooses Humboldt 
County." 

Actually, DePaoli is admitted¬ 
ly skeptical about the unsettling 
phenomenon, but she may be in a 
minority around these parts. 

“I’m rather convinced," said 
A1 Hodgson, 69, who sells Bigfoot 
souvenirs at his department 
store in Willow Creek, “though I 
am bothered by the fact that it’s 
been all this time and there’s 
been no concrete proof.” 

Hodgson, who serves as sort of 
a clearinghouse for Bigfoot 
news, said the most recent re¬ 
ported run-in between man and 
beast came last September. In 
that case, a man from the town of 
Klamath told friends that a Big¬ 
foot scared his two boys back into 
the house one night. 

Rumors circulated recently 


that a state road worker had seen 
Marukarar but didn’t report it to 
the papers because he was afraid 
everyone would laugh at him. 

Hodgson frequently has gone 
to the scene of reported Bigfoot 
sightings and has made about a 
half-dozen plaster casts of the 
beast's tracks. One of the casts is 
sitting in a showcase at the China 
Flat museum — a small collec¬ 
tion of vintage logging equip¬ 
ment and other artifacts — run 
by Hodgson’s sister, Judy Chase. 

Chase said the sheer number of 
sightings had her convinced. 

“There was a case of a person 
making fake tracks," Chase 


said, “but he couldn’t go all over 
and make all those tracks.” 

Hodgson said he was among 
the first to talk to Roger Patter¬ 
son in 1967 after the former rodeo 
cowboy stumbled back into town 
in a daze with his film of a Big¬ 
foot. Hodgson later compared 
the film to some 14i-inch foot¬ 
prints in the area and was con¬ 
vinced it could have been real. 

He has since seen other films 
that were obviously faked. 

"I get disgusted when someone 
pulls something like that,” Hodg¬ 
son said. “If the legend is really 
true, and I really think it is, it 
will be proved someday." 


£ Lake Erie monster sightings reported 


There have been two recent sight- 
ings of the Lake Erie monster that 
oa some call “South Bay Bessie” and oth- 
° ers “Lake Erie Larry” 
n I first wrote about the sea serpent 
er three years ago when TbmSoIberg, 

2 owner of Huron Lagoons Marina, 
offered a reward for the live capture 
of the creature. 

— Charter boat Capt John Liles and 
his wife, HoDy, told me they were 

3 aboard their 52-foot vessel, The 
n Clevelander, about 15 miles off 
i Kelley’s Island on Monday, 
s “We were high in the pilot house. 

° The lake was calm as glass,” Liles said. He said 

they spotted what they first thought was a big 
a log 175 to 200 yards off the how. “Then it took off 
■§ and moved across the water.” They saw three 
big humps that moved up and down as the crea- 
o tureswam. 

u “We saw 15 to 20 feet of it. It was thicker 

x * than a human and dark brown or black. We 
o didn’t see its head. 1 thought the people who saw 
< it before were crazy, and now I run into it," Liles 
5; said. It remained on the surface about 12 see- 
g onds. and then it dived under the water. “I’ve 
been doing this for 20 years. I've spent my whole 
life on the water, and it’s the weirdest thing I’ve 
ever seen. It was not a sturgeon." 

Mrs. Liles said, “I don’t think we saw the 


whole animal. I thought it was a hoax 
at first, but we definitely saw it 
Monday. It’s so distinctive. It had a 
motion up and down like a Chinese 
dragon you see in a parade. Itwas 
very serpentlike. It didn’t seem 
aggressive. You could see a foot-and- 
a-half of daylight between the humps 
and the water.” 

T\vo men, who didn’t want to be 
named, spotted the beast July 3 
about 7 miles north of Huron, Ohio. 
They said it was dark, 30 to 40 feet 
long and a foot or bigger in diameter. 
“When I started this thing (three 
years ago), I thought it would be good publicity,” 
Solberg said. “Now I think it’s a possibility. They 
are seeing something that moves, and it’s big.” 

Solberg bought a policy with Lloyds of 
London to cover the reward. He will give 
$102,700 to anyone who catches the monster 
alive. He has a lagoon to put it in. It must be an 
unidentified aquatic species, a minimum of 9 
meters long and weigh at least 1,000 pounds. It 
also mast be delivered alive and unharmed to 
Solberg's marina and judged authentic by C.E. 
Herdendorf professor emeritus at Ohio State 
University. 

Today will bring clouds and sun and perhaps 
late-day or nighttime thunderstorms. The high 
will be 86; the low, 67. 



TRIBUNE, Chicago, IL - May 14, 1993 CR: R. Boomer 

Visions of Mary discounted 

But investigation continues into Denver apparitions 


Religious News Service 

DENVER—An investigation 
by the Roman Catholic Archdio¬ 
cese of Denver has turned up no 
evidence of “supernatural ori¬ 
gin” for the apparitions of the 
Virgin Mary claimed to be seen 
by a 32-year-old woman, There¬ 
sa Lopez. 

Archbishop J. Francis Stafford 
issued a two-paragraph state¬ 
ment this week describing that 
assessment as an “interim re¬ 
port” and saying the investiga¬ 
tion would continue. A spokes¬ 
man for the archdiocese said the 
interim report was released be¬ 
cause of inquiries from interest¬ 
ed Carholics. 

Lopez first reported having ap¬ 
paritions in and around Denver 


in the fall of 1991. 

In the statement, Stafford said 
the work of the five-member 
commission appointed in 1991 
“is proceeding according to es¬ 
tablished ecclesiastical norms.” 
Such investigations “require 
prudent and prayerful dis¬ 
cernment and therefore adequate 
time must be afforded them,” he 
said. “The situation will con¬ 
tinue to be evaluated with 
prayerful vigilance.” 

Details of the investigation re¬ 
main confidential. 

Lopez made the best of the 
announcement, saying it was 
“very positive because it means 
the investigation will continue.” 
She compared the results of the 
Denver investigation to others 


conducted in places like 
Medjugorje, in the former Yugo¬ 
slavia, where people have report¬ 
ed seeing Mary for more than 
11 years. Before the outbreak of 
war there, while thousands of 
outsiders daily crowded the town 
to observe those said to be re¬ 
ceiving the apparitions, the local 
bishop discredited the appari¬ 
tions. The Vatican has yet to 
rule on its validity. 

Lopez said she still has visions 
of Mary. They occur two or 
three times a week in a variety 
of locations and have recurring 
themes—“global peace, having 
people return to the church, the 
renewal of the church spiritually 
and the opening and conversion 
of people’s hearts." 


NEW ZEALAND HERALD, Auckland, 
New Zealand - June 19, 1993 


Nessie stays 
loched away 


The latest Loch Ness survey has 
left enthusiasts mulling over 
more than one mystery. 



• British wildlife expert Sir Peter Scott’s 1975 
conception of Nessie and friend. 


S cientists who 

carried out the 
first full-scale in¬ 
vestigation of Loch 
Ness in Scotland a year 
ago say it has uncov¬ 
ered as many new mys¬ 
teries as it solved. 

The freshwater special¬ 
ists who took part in what 
was known as Project Ur- 
quhart admit that while 
they did not find Nessie, 
the loch’s legendary mon¬ 
ster. there is still no ex¬ 
planation for the sonar 
contact they made with a 
large object. 

An advanced anti¬ 
submarine sonar tracked 
the object for two minutes 
during the project’s three- 
week survey. 

Bob Manson. marketing 
manager of Simrad. the 
Scottish-based electronics 
company that provided 
ihe advanced sonar, says 
experts were sceptical of 
finding any monsters in 
the loch but they could not 
explain the object moni 
tored. 

“It s not a shoal of fish, 
as you do not get shoals in 
Loch Ness. It might be a 
large water swirl, but to 
be honest we just don’t 
know.’’ 

There was also no ex¬ 
planation of apparent 
man-made objects that 
were found to run in a 
straight line on the loch 
fioor for between 13km 
and 16km 

Although the mystery of 
Mghtings of a Loch Ness 
monster over many years 
was not solved, the sonar 
was able lo confirm that 
the loch is deeper than 


originally thought. A max¬ 
imum depth of 239.5m 
was recorded at a point 
3.2km north-east of Inver- 
moriston 

This is an increase of 
nearly 10m on Sir John 
Murray s estimate of 90 
years ago. The survey also 
established that there are 
no caves, walls or tunnels 
on the loch floor. 

The new depth, and a 
3D computer graphic of 
the loch, were the product 
of 7 million depth read¬ 
ings taken over 20 hours. 
When Murray made his 
survey in 1903 with a lead 
weight and piano wire, he 
made 1700 readings from 
.1 rowing boat over several 
weeks 

Projeci lirquhari > 


chairman. Nicholas 
Witchell. comments "The 
mystery of Loch Ness is 
still with us and probably 
will never be solved, shon 
of draining it.” 

Results of work earned 
out by the Freshwater Bio 
logical Association on the 
loch have also been re¬ 
leased. Association direc¬ 
tor Professor Gwyn Jones 
says: "While it’s early 
days yet we have discov¬ 
ered that the fish and 
plankton population arc 
all at one end of the loch 
At the other end is a 
higher concentration of 
algae and other plant life 
This is unusual, something 
we are going to look into 
this summer when wr 
return to the lech 

19 






STAR, Kansas City, MO - July II, 1993 CR: V. White 

Sounds like a car engine 
and drives folks crazy 


A mysterious hum heard in Florida, 

New Mexico and other places baffles scientists 


POST, Washington, DC - July 3, 1993 

What Is That Hum? 

The Post's story about the mysterious hum in Taos, N.M., [“ Taos Hunt’ 
Disturbs Artistic Colony's Good Vibrations,” news story, June 24] brought to 
mind my days as a news reporter in the early '50s on the now defunct Pasa¬ 
dena (Calif.) Independent. 

Our editor, Fred G. Runyon, wrote a front-page column covering an infi¬ 
nite variety of subjects. One day, lacking material, he concocted the idea that 
our circulation area, the San Gabriel Valley, was pervaded by a "mysterious 
hum” tliat was most discernible during the wee hours. The column was in¬ 
tended mostly to challenge readers’ imaginations and draw then reactions. 

Did it ever! Scores of readers called or wrote tliat they'd been hearing 
Runyon's mystery hum for years. 

They all had theories as to its 
cause: The steady purr of car en¬ 
gines on the Pasadena Freeway, 
distant freight trains on the Santa 
Fe tracks, Pasadena's power-gener¬ 
ating plant, water rushing through 
the Metropolitan Water District 
Aqueduct, secret doings at Caltech 
and its Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 
ocean surf sounds 30 miles away 
echoing off the Sierra Madre Moun¬ 
tains above Pasadena, and even the 
whir of brain cells processing and 
filing bits of minutiae. 

Nobody ever accused Fred Run¬ 
yon of creating a hoax. And even to¬ 
day, nearly 40 years and 3,000 
miles distant from those days as a reporter, I can still hear Pasadena's mys¬ 
terious hum when I awaken in the quiet hours. Or maybe I and the good citi¬ 
zens of Taos really hear only the soothing sound of silence. 

ED ESSERTIER 
Oakton, Va. 

■ 

Taos Hum? Those who attempted to duplicate the mysterious sound 
identified frequencies near the lower audible range between 40 and 80 Hertz 
(cycles per second). Did any of the scientists who investigated the reported 
phenomena hypothesize that residents were simply detecting the notorious 
OCKycle hum of almost every electrical device used in America? 

Refrigerators, computers, fluorescent lights, fans, heat pumps, television 
sets and just about anything else that has an electric motor or a transformer 
in it will emit at least a slight hum. Since our standards for electrical power 
call for 110 to 120 volts at 60 cycles, this resonance is pervasive. It even 
finds its way into solid-state systems. It's the barely audible sound you hear 
right after you switch on your stereo. 

Most of us tune out this drone, because it is omnipresent and because our 
attention is easily drawn to more important sounds, such as speech. At low 
decibel levels, the hum is easily masked or simply drowned out by other 
sounds, such as music. Have you ever noticed how loud your refrigerator 
seems late at night when everything else is quiet’ That same sound is there 
all the time; it just usually isn’t noticed. 

Here's my hypothesis: Many of the denizens of Taos are refugees from 
the urban fast track. A town of 5,000 in the high desert is pretty still by 
comparison. I suspect that many of the complainers have never before been 
anywhere quiet enough to notice the 60-cycle buzz of American civilization 
that exists even in such a place as Taos. 

The alpha brain waves characteristic of meditation are at a frequency 
range near 60 Hertz. Since Taos may arguably be the meditation capital of 
North America, this may help explain the complaints of “Taos Hum." 

The fact that the mysterious hum was not found by the high-tech devices 
used by the scientific investigators was probably due to correctly identifying 
and discounting the 60 Hertz din as background noise. 

I'm offering my explanation free, even though I could probably find a 
grant for further investigation. How much did the investigation by two De¬ 
partment of Energy laboratories—the Air Force and the University of New 
Mexico—cost us taxpayers? 

BILL RUXTON 
Upper Marlboro 

CR: B. Greenwood 



By JOHN DONNELLY 
Knight-Ridder Newspapers 

TAOS, N.M. — When the wind 
is still and the nearby meadowlark 
silent, Steven Walters’ back yard 
falls quiet. 

So quiet that he hears the Taos 
Hum. 

“It sounds like a great, big 
American car engine that’s on 
idle,” Walters said recently. 
"When 1 first heard it, I thought I 
was going crazy.” 

The same thing happened to 
many others. 

In Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque 
and spots far beyond — even in 
Florida — hundreds of people 
lately have said they are hearing a 
similarly mysterious, low-level 
frequency or hum. 

The audible vibration, they say, 
is as annoying as a mosquito cir¬ 
cling your ear. Only this bug won’t 
die. And the noise won’t stop until 
you turn on the television, turn up 
the stereo, or do something else to 
drown it out. 

The enigma has gained wide¬ 
spread attention — and a slow but 
growing acceptance — after a 
Taos couple spoke out a year ago 
about a humming sound that was 
driving them nuts. 

At first, many people dismissed 
Bob and Catanya Saltzman as 
nuts themselves. But those im¬ 
pressions faded when others spoke 
up. 

After they went public, several 
hundred people in northern New 
Mexico also said they were suffer¬ 
ing from the constant noise, fre¬ 
quently described as a diesel en¬ 
gine idling in the distance, a low 
throbbing or a sputtering genera¬ 
tor. 

Soon, the story spread across 
the country, and more than 50 
persons, from Washington state to 
Vermont, contacted researchers 
with the same problem. About 75 
persons contacted the Saltzmans. 

And soon, it became known 
that this was not a new phenom¬ 
enon, that more than 2,000 people 
in the London and Southampton 
areas of Great Britain have re¬ 
ported hearing sounds dating to 
the 1940s. 

The English have an organiza¬ 
tion (The Low Frequency Noise 
Sufferers Association), a compre¬ 
hensive newsletter and even a 
name for themselves (the Hum¬ 
mers). 

A New Mexico scientist refers 
to the Americans as the Hearers. 

And so in recent months, the 


By JUAN ESPINOSA 

The Pueblo Chieftain 
The discovery of the mutilated 
carcass of a 4-year-old Hereford 
cow in Pueblo County near the 
border with El Paso County is 
similar to the mysterious cattle 
mutilations reported in Colorado 
10 to 20 years ago. 


New Mexicans’ complaims have 
been taken seriously. Prodded by 
a once-skeptical congressman, the 
U S. House Permanent Select 
Committee on Intelligence is in¬ 
vestigating whether any federal 
site is the source. 

An eight-member team of un¬ 
paid engineers and physicists af¬ 
filiated with the University of 
New Mexico has lugged geo¬ 
phones, magnetometers and elec¬ 
tromagnetic antennas to Taos for 
measuring acoustic, elec¬ 
tromagnetic and seismic signals. 

A team of ear experts is about to 
lest the Hearers. 

"It’s not something to make 
light of," said Bob Saltzman, who 
has heard the sound continuously 
since May 1991, with the excep¬ 
tion of July 1991. “It is extremely 
serious." 

U.S. Rep. Bill Richardson, a 
New Mexico Democrat, agreed. 
"It’s not a figment of anyone’s 
imagination." 

Scientists believe, too. 

"We now have two large popu¬ 
lations who hear these hums, here 
and in England,” said James 
Kelly, director of research on 
hearing at the University of New 
Mexico. “The people in Taos are 
deeply disturbed by this. This is 
not trivial.” 

That’s especially so, scientists 
say, when it comes to solving this 
puzzling detective story. 

Four studies in England, span¬ 
ning 20 years, are inconclusive. 
New Mexico’s first round of re¬ 
search so far has found no answer. 

The study has pinpointed the 
range of frequency. Using a signal 
generator and loudspeaker that 
simulated the sound, seven Hear¬ 
ers selected frequencies from 33 
to 80 hertz, or cycles per second. 

Human hearing ranges from 20 
to 20,000 hertz; rumbles are at the 
low end, speech tones generally 
fall between 1,000 and 3,000 hertz 
and hisses top the range. The ears 
of animals, on the other hand, 
generally are more attuned to 
high-frequency sounds, making it 
more unlikely they are bothered 
by the low-frequency hums, ex¬ 
perts say. 

The engineers and physicists 
couldn’t locate any external vibra¬ 
tions. They still are investigating 
“power line harmonics," or the in¬ 
terference between power lines 
and other electromagnetic signals 
such as radar or radio waves. 
They still are researching whether 
the sounds are vibrating through 
the ground. 


The cow was found on the Pi- 
non Ranch owned by Alex 
McCulloch at about noon on 
Wednesday. 

McCulloch told Deputy Sheriff 
Richard Bregar that the cow had 
been shot sometime between Sun¬ 
day and Tuesday. It was found by 
a neighbor who was checking his 


And, in piecemeal fashion, the 
House committee staff is looking 
at classified Department of De¬ 
fense projects and numerous mili¬ 
tary installations scattered around 
northern New Mexico. 

Bob Saltzman and Richardson 
both have said that a Defense De¬ 
partment project is a likely source. 
John Deutch, a Defense De¬ 
partment undersecretary, said the 
department was not responsible, 
and he had no idea where the 
sound came from. 

Saltzman, convinced that the 
sound is “some sort of elec¬ 
tromagnetic pollution,” has sev¬ 
eral ideas: government experi¬ 
ments with inffasound that tracks 
stealth aircraft, other byproducts 
from Defense Department activi¬ 
ties, or perhaps something as 
mundane as television transmit¬ 
ters. 

But couldn’t the sounds come 
from the ear itself? 

Hearing expert Kelly, who will 
start his tests soon, thinks that is a 
possibility. He has ruled out the 
classical case of tinnitus, a com¬ 
mon symptom in the ear charac¬ 
terized by a high-frequency ring¬ 
ing sound over 4,000 hertz — far 
from the low-frequency rumbles. 

He wants to take a look at the 
inner ears of the Hearers. 

"The ear is spectacularly sensi¬ 
tive to sound,” he said. “The ear 
is the most sophisticated traducer; 
it makes the eye look homespun. 
It’s not surprising to me that the 
ear can do some interesting 
things.” 

And yet, Kelly’s exams won’t be 
the Hearers’ first. 

Schatzie Hubbell, 50, has had 
six ear exams. None of the doctors 
pinpointed the problem. She has 
heard the hum for 3i/i years. 

“We moved from Santa Fe be¬ 
cause of the noise,” she said from 
her house in Fort Worth, Texas. 
“After living there for 32 years, 
and being very involved in the 
community, we had to leave.” 

Her husband, Richard, has 
heard the noise infrequently. 

“It’s like a Chinese torture 
treatment. It affects you at a level 
you can’t get to,” she said. “Ex¬ 
treme irritation. Fingers across 
the chalkboard.” 

The Hubbells suspect power 
lines, electric transformers and an 
increasingly crowded field of 
transmissions from cellular 
phones and other communication 
devices. 

"We believe that we are getting 
the fallout of a highly electronic 
age," Richard Hubbell said. 

When they moved to Fort 
Worth, they selected a 23-acre 
property with only two nearby 
transformer pods. 


fences. 

"I observed the dead cow,” said 
Bregar in his report. “It appeared 
to have been shot above the right 
eye. I also saw that the milk sack 
and uterus had been cut from the 
cow.” 

Bregar said Thursday he is cer¬ 
tain the sexual organs had been 


removed with a sharp object and 
were not torn or eaten away by 
predators. 

An employee of the ranch who 
asked not to be identified said in a 
phone interview that the tongue of 
the cow also had been removed. 
As in many of the mutilations re¬ 
ported in the 1970s and 1980s, the 
organs had been removed without 
a great deal of bleeding. 

“There was a little spot of 
blood where she had been shot,” 
said the ranch hand. “And where 
she was laying, there was no 
blood.” 

The location of the ranch where 
the dead cow was found is 5150 
Overton Road. The employee said 
the cow was found at least two 
miles from any public roads and 
the private roads in the area are 
behind locked gates. 

The cow was purchased by the 
ranch a month and a half ago and 
had given birth to a calf. The new¬ 
born calf was found unharmed 
near the body of its mother. 

The ranch hand said the cow 
had stumbled about 15 feet from 


where it was shot. 

“I’d like to catch the guy who 
did this,” the ranch hand said. 
“But it’s going to be hard to do 
because it rained the day after 
they did this and there are no tra¬ 
cks of any kind.” 

The man said he suspected devil 
worshipers. 

"It had to be like a cult or 
something like that,” he said when 
asked who might have killed the 
cow. 

Some investigators in the past 
have linked cattle mutilations to 
witchcraft ceremonies and offer¬ 
ings around the seasonal 
movements of the sun. Coinciden¬ 
tally, Tuesday was the Summer 
Solstice — the day when the sun is 
at its highest point in the sky and 
the longest day of the year. 

Capt. Harry Wenzel, head of 
operations for the Pueblo County 
Sheriff Department, said Thurs¬ 
day that the investigation into the 
mutilation is continuing. 

"This is the first incident of this 
kind in recent times,” he said. O 


But she still hears the hum. 

CHIEFTAIN, Pueblo, CO - June 25, 1993 CR: D. Perkins 

Devil worship? 

Mutilated cow found 
on Pueblo County ranch