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  • The MUFONUFO JOURNAL(USPS 002-970)103 Oldtowne Rd.Seguin, Texas 78155RICHARD HALLEditorANN DRUFFELAssociate EditorLEN STRINGFIELDAssociate EditorMILDRED BIESELEContributing EditorWALTER H. ANDRUSDirector of MUFONTED BLOECHERDAVE WEBBCo-Chairmen,Humanoid Study GroupPAUL CERNYPromotion/PublicityREV. BARRY DOWNINGReligion and UFOsLUCIUS FARISHBooks/Periodicals/HistoryROSETTA HOLMESPromotion/PublicityGREG LONGStaff WriterTED PHILLIPSLanding Trace CasesJOHN F. SCHUESSLERUFO PropulsionDENNIS W. STACYStaff WriterNORMA E. SHORTDWIGHT CONNELLYDENNIS HAUCKEditor/Publishers EmeritusThe MUFON UFO JOURNAL ispublished by the Mutual UFO Net-work, Inc., Seguin,Texas. Member-ship/Subscription rates: $15.00 peryear in the U.S.A.; $16.00 foreign.Copyright 1982 by the MutualUFO Network. Second class postagepaid at Seguin, Texas. POST-MASTER: Send form 3579 to advisechange of address to The MUFONUFO JOURNAL, 103 OldtowneRd., Seguin. Texas 78155.FROMTHE EDITORReports of humansallegedly abducted by UFO beings continue tomultiply, and the search for an answer — or answers — is reachingout in many directions. We will continue to explore all aspects of thisperplexing problem. In this issue are two articles taking polar oppositepositions, one based on the premise that abductions are psychological-ly — but not physically — real events, and the other on the premisethat they nre physically real events. One implies mental manipulationof humans by their own subconscious minds, and the other impliesalien mental manipulators. We look forward to additional dialogueabout these and other hypotheses.In this issueBIRTH TRAUMA AND "ABDUCTIONS" 3By Robert WandererARE ABDUCTIONS PRE-ARRANGED? 5By Diane TessmanTYPICAL 1982 UFO REPORTS 6By Richard HallMEMORIES OF A LOOKOUT:UFOs ON THEYAKIMA INDIAN RESERVATION 7By Gregory Long"ROARING" UFO OVER VIRGINIA 10By Bob GrattanUFOLOGY IN ITALY ..11By Massimo GrecoTRIANGLE OF LIGHTSOVER MICHIGAN 13By Dan Wright and Joseph C. StewartCALIFORNIA REPORT 16By Ann Druffel1982 MUFON UFO SYMPOSIUM 17By Walt AndrusUFO SUMMIT CONFERENCE 18By Walt AndrusIN OTHERS WORDS 19By Lucius ParishDIRECTORS MESSAGE 20By Walt AndrusThe contents of The MUFON UFO JOURNALare determined by the editor, and donot necessarily represent the official position of MUFON. Opinions of contributors aretheir own, and do not necessarily reflect those of the editor, the staff, or MUFON. Arti-cles may be forwarded directly to MUFON. Responses to publishedarticles may be in aLetter to the Editor (up to about 400 words) or in a short article (up to about 2,000words). Thereafter, the "50% rule" is applied: the article author may reply but will beallowed half the wordage used in the response; the responder may answer the authorbut will be allowed half the wordage used in the authors reply, etc. All submissions aresubject to editing for style, clarity, and conciseness.Permission is hereby granted to quote from this issue provided not more than 200words are quoted from any one article, the author of the article is given credit,and thestatement "Copyright 1982 by the MUFON UFO JOURNAL, 103 Oldtowne Rd.,Seguin, Texas" is included.
  • BIRTH TRAUMA AND "ABDUCTIONS"By Robert WandererAlvin H. Lawson, a longtime UFOinvestigator in southern California,has advanced a startling hypothesis —that those "abduction" stories peopletell under hypnosis primarily reflectnot something in the objective reality,but rather the long-suppressedmemory of birth and pre-natal ex-periences.He suggests that most of the detailscommon to stories produced underhypnosis of being "abducted" onto aUFO actually have close counterpartsin the birth process — the long tunnelleading in, the huge interior of theUFO, the often-painful physical ex-amination by "entities" who aregarbed similarly to hospital person-nel, and the "levitation" through theair.1Lawsons theory is bound to makean impact:First, it questions what manyobservers consider the weakest aspectof the commonly-advanced UFO lore— the use of the dubious technique ofhypnosis, and the exotic stories peo-ple tell while hypnotized.Second, it is testable — its not "justanother wild idea" incapable of proofor disproof. Lawson has conductedsome significant tests of the theory,and is open to other ways of checkingit further.Third, it conforms to the standardof the basic rule of the philosophy ofscience called Occams Razor or thePrinciple of Parsimony — the pref-erence for the simple direct explana-tion over the complex. The theorythus opens the way to a morerigorous approach to other aspects ofthe UFO phenomenon as well.Let me describe Lawsons hypoth-esis in a somewhat dra/natized waythat 1 think demonstrates its sheerpower.For most of us, if not virtually all ofus, the most frightening event thatever happened to us was being born.Here we are in the security of thisnice comfortable place, the only placewe have ever known. Although re-cent research indicates that we areaware in the womb of far more thanwas previously thought, and that weare effected by such matters asstrange foods our mother eats andeven the fears and doubts she mayhave about bearing a baby, we never-theless presumably do enjoy thesecurity of being in our own place, ofhaving all our needs supplied, andeven of enjoying the sounds and feel-ings we become aware of.Suddenly all hell breaks loose. Webegin to move — to move, of allthings! — to move involuntarily outof our place. We are propelled andpushed and pulled and shoved andsqueezed and slithered through a longdark tunnel. Not only is the move-ment unexpected and beyond ourcontrol, but how could there be anyplace other than the only place weveever known?The most terrifying things are yetto come. When we reach the otherend of the tunnel, we emergeabrupt-ly into a scary place: a huge room,hundreds of times bigger than theonly place we have known. Itsprob-ably searingly illuminated, with harshbright lights assaulting our eyes thathad known only dimness and dark-ness. And the "entities." They areusually dressed in plain white ap-parently seamless garments that coverpractically everything, even the bot-tom half of their faces, so that largeeyes appear to be peering out at us.One of these entities — usually thebiggest one, with the deep voice —roughly grabs us, lifts us sharply up-ward, holds us upside down, anddelivers a hard and painful slap on ourback. We let out a yowl and beginanother strange experience — breath-ing. But breathing is "natural" and ourbody has been preparing for it, so thatmight not be as upsetting as the rest.Now the big entity examines us close-ly — if we were able to hear andunderstand, we might pick up hismumbling . . . "Letme see . . . twoeyes, two ears, ten fingers, ten toes. . . well, this one seems okay." Hejabs and pokes at our body a fewmore times before hes satisfied. Theother entities are probably not quiteso rough with us — one of themcleans the goo off our body and doesa few other things we dont under-stand. Finally we are turned over to adifferent entity, but this one turns outto feel and act and sound like theplace we used to be. After a while,we are securely bundled and* setdown to get some sleep.This whole scary, frightening,shocking experience is simply toomuch for us to cope with at the age of5 minutes. Since we have no ex-perience to relate it to, we repress theevent and its terror, somewheredown there in the "bottom of ourbrain."Now, its20 years, or 30 years, or40 years later, and weve just hadsome sort of UFO experience, per-haps a close encounter in whichsomething (it might be a meteor orsome strange meteorological or elec-tromagnetic effect) swooshes verynear to us, and the shock renders usunconscious, or "blacked out," or intosome unusual state of consciousness,for anywhere from a few minutes toseveral hours. What happened duringthis "lost time"? A UFO investigatorsuggests regressive hypnosis.A good hypnotist, of course, iscareful not to lead the subject on, notto suggest material to someonealready in a highly suggestible state.But the mere fact of being hypno-tized, of expecting to be regressed tothe time of your blackout, is sugges-tion enough. And when the hypnotist(continued on next page)
  • Birth Trauma, Continuedrelaxes us and gets down there wherethis birth trauma has been languishingrepressed all those years and asks usto tell about that UFO we saw, wecreate a story combining the materialthere with what we know aboutUFOs, presumably in a manner sim-ilar to the way we create dreams inour sleep every night.We are taken, we say, through along tunnel, and on board a UFO. Itturns out to be huge, much largerthan the few square feet or so that theUFO had appeared to be. Theinterioris brightly illuminated. There are "en-tities" with large heads and eyes,dressed in plain usually seamlessclothing, who "levitate" us onto atable and proceed to examine ourbody. Such, basically, is the scenarioof the typical hypnotic regression.Lawson suggests that these "abduc-tion" stories are actually our elabora-tion of the long-suppressed frighten-ing event of birth. Read the descrip-tion of almost any "abduction" andyoull usually find factors such as lossof control, bright light, levitation, atube or tunnel, a vast room, a physicalexamination — all "events" that caneasily be memories of birth ex-perience. Look also at the drawingsthat hypnotic subjects produce, suchas the one on page 52 of The An-dreasson Affair* and at figure 5 in theappendix of The Tujunga Canyon Con-lack.3Virtually any such book withdrawings will provide examples.I have tried to describe the birthtrauma hypothesis in terms of the"perceptual reality" of the being-bornbaby and of our adult "unconscious."Lawson, as befits a college professor,has written his hypothesis in properacademic scholarly form. From hisbackground of teaching Englishliterature, he has traced archetypesand images which appear in manyforms — in literature, in dreams, inUFO reports.4In fact, his hypothesisgoes further than my explicationof it:he suggests that the fetus becomesaware of its own shape and form, andhe believes that much of the imageryused by hypnotized UFO subjectsrelates to earlier experiences in thewomb.Lawson suggests, for example, thatthe common "abduction" report ofdoors which appear suddenly anddisappear immediately afterward arerelated to the opening of the cervix inthe birth process; that the placentamay emerge in UFO narratives as theshape of a UFO craft and also as abackpack worn by "entities": that the"entities" seen appear to be "typicallyfetal humanoids."He draws support from the exten-sive work of psychiatrist StanislavGrof who has found over many yearsthat patients treated with LSD oftenreport "reliving their own birthtrauma" during sessions with LSD.Lawson argues that the UFO "abduc-tion" is similarly essentially a mentalrather than an actual physical ex-perience."Abductees tell the truth as theyhave experienced it," Lawsonbelieves, "although actual events aresomething else again." He considers"abductions" to be "real" in the senseof having "psychological validity" forthe hypnotized subject.Lawson co-conducted a test a fewyears ago in which eight volunteerswere hypnotized and asked to comeup with a story about being abductedonto a UFO. In analyzing the stories,he found them significantly similar tostories told under hypnosis by peoplewho had a UFO experience, sug-gesting that both the "real" and "im-aginary" stories might have a com-mon source.5A more recent Lawson study onimaginary abductions involved eightpeople whose births were by cesareansection. He found that seven of theeight used no tube or tunnel imageryin describing how they got on or offthe UFO. It turned out that the eighthcesarean subject, whose story did in-clude some tube/tunnel imagery (suchas those found in people with normalbirths), had spent an hour in the birthcanal before her mother hemorrhagedand the doctor changed to thecesarean method.6(The next article will discuss the reactions,both of agreement and of objections, toLawsons hypothesis, and will explore the im-plications of the theory for the UFO move-ment.)NOTICE TO STATE DIRECTORSUFO sighting reports submitted onstandard sighting report forms toMUFON headquarters by Field In-vestigators and other members of theState teams all are filed, entered intocomputer data banks, referred toMUFON consultants as appropriate,and otherwise become a useful part ofthe growing mountain of informationabout UFOs. The Journal, however,does not always have sufficient staffto convert these reports into manu-scripts suitable for publication to keepmembers/subscribers informed.For any report that you feel war-rants publication in the Journal, pleasesubmit along with the report forms anarrative summary of the case (typed,double-spaced) including the standardjournalistic information: Who, What,Where, When . . . and any prelim-inary evaluations or analyses. Photo-graphs or original artwork (notXerographic copies) will help us toreport the story in the most infor-mative, accurate, and professionalmanner.We suggest that each State organ-ization utilize the services of an ex-perienced writer or editor to expeditethe publication of interesting andpotentially significant UFO cases sothat our readers will be kept informedon a current basis. The present situa-tion is that we receive masses of rawinformation not in a form suitable forpublication. We need the help ofreporters willing and able to submit theinformation in manuscript form.REFERENCES1. Alvin H. Lawson, "A Testable Hypothesisfor the Origin oFFallacious AbductionReports:Birth Trauma Imagery in CE-1II Narratives,"paper delivered at the CUFOS conference,Sept. 25-27. 1981 (to be published later).2. Raymond E. Fowler, The Anctmisson Affair(NJ: Prentice-Hall), 1979.3. Ann Druffel and D. Scott Rogo, The TnjunguCanyon Conlacls (NJ: Prentice-Hall). 1980.4. Lawson, " Alien Roots: Six UFO EntityTypes and Some Possible Earthly Ancestors,"in 1979 MUFON UFO Symposium Pro-ceedings.5. Lawson, "What Can We Learn from Hyp-nosis of Imaginary Abductees?" in 1977MUFON UFO Symposium Proceedings.6. From Lawsons CUFOS paper (reference 1).
  • ARE ABDUCTIONS PRE-ARRANGED?By Diane Tessman(MUFON State Section Director, St.Petersburg, Florida)Supposing that abductions ofhumans by UFO occupants are realphysical experiences, we can hypoth-esize that either the potential ab-ductee is chosen totally at randombecause he or she is in a vulnerableposition (dark road, etc.), or that he orshe is led into that vulnerablepositionon the dark road by being singled outbeforehand, possibly through telep-athy.The usual assumption is that the"victim" is chosen at random, but ifnot, the implications are formidable.It may be that someone driving alongis "zapped" at random by a passingUFO, subjected to a medical exam,and "haunted" by the experiencethereafter. However, we can never besure that the person who has been ab-ducted truly feels "communication"with the UFO occupants after the ex-perience, or if he or she merely istraumatized, much as a rape victimfeels that the attacker might return ata later date.It is quite another thing to supposethat a man is sitting in the comfort ofhis home watching the Tonight Show,and suddenly is mentally manipu-lated, somehow, to drive to the edgeof the desert ostensibly to observe ameteor shower. This is how CharlesMoodys abduction reportedly hap-pened. True, he had planned to watchthe meteor shower since reading of itin the newspaper: perhaps the ideagrew on him during the day. Perhapshe is an avid star gazer, but from per-sonal experience 1 know how often Ihave planned — and looked forward— to viewing meteor showers, onlyto be defeated by sleepiness or thecomfort of my home when the timecame.The theory of pre-abduction mentalmanipulation has not been exploredextensively. In re-examining abduc-tion cases, I find that some could sup-port this theory while others seeming-ly do not.The following are some ofthe cases suggesting "pre-ordained"abduction encounters:According to Interrupted Journey(John Fuller, Dial Press, 1966), BarneyHills 120 mile round trip to and fromwork each night was contributing tothe aggravation of his ulcer condition.Yet, as he drove to work on theeve-ning of Sept. 14, 1961, the idea cameto him that he and Betty should takean unscheduled weeks vacation viacar. The idea "grew on him" all thatnight at work, and though he andBet-ty had no budget money allotted forit (and ran out of cash on the returntrip), they both eagerly decided to go.Is it grasping at straws to suggestthat this idea was "planted" inBarneys mind, thus setting up thebest known abduction in modernUFO history? It seems illogical for aman whose health is threatened atleast partially because of long dailydrives to find the idea of a week ofdriving irresistibly wonderful. Fullercalls September in the White Moun-tains one of the "crudest months";certainly it was an unpopular time todoggedly head into those mountainsfor a "bus drivers vacation."In the movie "Close Encounters ofthe Third Kind,"the little boy seemeddriven to find the UFOs (and oc-cupants) after UFOs had apparentlypassed over his home and caused hiselectrical and battery-operated toys togo berserk. This pre-abductioncon-tact has no clear precedent in real-lifeabduction cases. However, the recentmother and child abduction case inTexas (Journal No. 167, January1982)includes a somewhat similar ex-perience. The 18-month-old babyseems determined to "go home" andkeeps this message coming from 7:00p.m. to midnight,apparently refusingto go to sleep. The mother finallygives up and in an obviously dishev-eled state, starts for home. The babywas ill, and children can be very insis-tent and inconsistent when ill, butthere may be another reason for herdogged insistence.Consider the possibility that whenthe baby pointed to her ear or ex-pressed discomfort there, that it was a"message" or mental manipulationperceived within her ear/head. Thiscould also explain why the "earache"cleared up so fast after the abduction.The possibilitydoes seem to exist thatthe child was used . . . driven . . . toset up the vulnerable position for theabduction: the perennial dark,deserted road.In Abducted! (Coral and JimLorenzen, Berkley, 1977) is the ab-duction story of two young men whodecided to take a short-cut on a ruralblacktop road. They failed to noticethat it was a dead-end road andpro-ceeded to wreck their car as theybumped into the embankment.Again, this may fall within "normal"teenage behavior, but it may also bean example of telepathic or othermental manipulationleading the boysonto a deserted road. The boys alsofound two houses unresponsive totheir knocks, a slightly odd coin-cidence in a rural area. Were bothfamilies away that night, or were theynot "supposed" to come to the door,thus assuring that the boys would bein an isolated, vulnerable position?In the same reference is the Mainecase of three young men who decideto take a drive for "something to do."Their van "turned itself" down a sideroad to the lake when they had decid-ed to take a more traveled route;there the abduction ensued. To pur-sue the pre-arrangement hypothesis,at what point were the nights ac-tivities taken over by UFO oc-cupants? When the van "turned itself"(a thought willed into the driversmind?) or when the suggestion to(continued on next page)
  • TYPICAL 1981 UFO REPORTSBy Richard HallMUFON investigators in the fieldhave contributed a steady flow of"typical" UFO reports, includingstructured objects with body lights,light beams, electromagnetic effects,humming sounds, and an almost ar-chetypal DD (Daylight Disc). Thesepatterns have held up for at least 35years, providing the repetitivenessthat scientists require for recognizinga "real" phenomenon. Why, then (weask rhetorically), are UFOs stillviewed by the majority of scientistsasonly a popular madness?MUFON investigator Mrs. JeanFuller, State Section Director forSmith County, interviewed Mr.Jackie Dale Spurlock, 29, anemployee of the Southwestern Elec-tric Power Company, who had thefollowing experience between 9:20and 9:30 p.m., November 24, 1981near Marshall, Texas:"My date and I were travelingdown an oil road approaching TexasHighway 43 when we noticed an ob-ject with a red pulsating light whichwas flying just above the trees fromour left to our right. I first thought, itwas a plane, but then it turned andstarted straight toward us, and I thennoticed two searchlights on the front.We stopped in a curve and waited un-til the object arrived. It stopped andhovered just above the trees. We hadto look almost directly up to see it.Then it tilted and put its beams on thetrucks cab. (See sketch.)"We sat there for a short whilelooking at it and discussing its ap-pearance. I then became afraid andleft in a hurry. We traveled about60-70 yards, not being able to see it. Ithen realized that we could not see itbecause it was directly overhead. Ithen stopped again, and it came fromoverhead to my side, keeping itslights on us. I then turned and wentonto the highway."We traveled down the highwaywatching it as it left the scene of ourencounter. After it had traveled somedistance, it made an abrupt 90°turn tothe right. About 6-7 miles down thehighway it crossed our path about300-400 yards ahead of us. We pulledover on the shoulder, watching it as itwent out of sight. It was still in oursight when we left (sic)."Next day Spurlock had troublewith the trucks alternator, and whenhe had it checked, they had to replaceboth the alternator and the battery.Mr. and Mrs. Jan Paag of PollockPines, Calif., (El Dorado County)were sleeping outdoors on the earlymorning of September 6, 1981, whentheir dog began barking and running(continued on next page)Pre-Arranged?, Continueddrive to the lake occurred back in thehouse trailer?Other cases which might merit asecond look with the Pre-Arrangement Theory in mind includethe three Kentucky women ("Ken-tucky Abduction," Endydopedia ofUFOs, Doubleday, 1980); the CarlHigdon case ("Higdon Experience,"same reference) and other cases in-volving hunters; and the Pascagoula,Miss., fishermen case ("Pascagoula,Mississippi, abduction," samereference).The possibility of being mentallymanipulated while sitting at home isdisturbing not only because there is asense of personal violation, but also— more importantly — because itopens up the possibility of manipula-tion throughout the history ofhumankind, a line of thinkingguaranteed to alienate all ones sanecolleagues.The possibility that some abduc-tions are pre-arranged also leads tothe unpopular thought that at leastsome abductees are the "chosen few."This is a justifiably unpopular ideasince the Adamskisof the world havemade the notion of "star people" ob-noxious to -serious UFOlogists, andsuch contactees have profiteered.However, the idea of UFO occupantsmanipulating some people into anultimate contact should not be tossedout merely because it implies somespecial relationship.Also rearing its ugly head in thisthinking is that the abduction ex-perience is not the ultimate, and that"they" will come back to their contactwhen the world blows up (or when-ever). This may be egocentric think-ing on the abductees part. More like-ly, a telepathically adept "galacticscientist" for his own mysterious (tous) purposes finds it convenient topick out a "victim"sittingin his home,manipulate him to go to a vulnerablelocation, swoop down on the haplessvictims car, taking him for the "re-quired" medical exam, and leavinghim to ponder the significance of itall.Human nature being what it is,perhaps Barney Hill really thoughthed love to spend a week driving,and perhaps the teenagers reallycouldnt read a map well enough tospot a dead end. What differencedoes it make? If there are pre-arrangedabductions, we could better realizewhat we are dealing with, the extentof the calculated experiments onhumanity, and the power of thetelepathic influence.We may be making a mistake inassuming that abduction experiencesbegin when the abductee ". . . hap-pened to be driving late one night. . ." Lets remember that the abduc-tion caper may be planned longbefore the actual contact on the dark,deserted road.(The author would be interested in hearingfrom abductees, or investigators who knowthem, as to their feelings about whether theywere led into the experience, and whetherearlier experiences in their lives may relate tothe abduction.)
  • MEMORIES OFA LOOKOUT: UFOs ONTHEYAKIMA INDIAN RESERVATIONBy Gregory Long1981 by Gregory Long)Larry George has never forgottenhis UFO experiences. A 43-year-oldYakima artist, writer, and educator,George has only recently describedwhat he saw from 1957 to 1961 andin 1964."After awhile you get kind of anti-social about the whole thing," he toldme. "People brand you as a kook."But the UFOs he witnessed as a firelookout on the Yakima Indian Reser-vation are as real "as if they happenedyesterday," and no one will ever con-vince him he was "seeing things."The Reservation, nearly 1.5 millionacres, lies within the lower YakimaValley in south-central WashingtonState. To the north and west of theReservation, the snowcapped peaksof Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams towerinto the skies. The lesser ridges of theCascade Mountains, heavilytimberedand marked by high alpine lakes andstreams, fill the western region of theIndian lands. Here severallookout sta-tions are situated on high peaks.About 5 miles east of the timberlineand in the center of the Reservationis4,180-foot-high Satus Peak. It washere in the fall of 1961 that LarryGeorge and his wife had a daytimesighting of UFOs.George first noticed the objectswhen a bright flash, like "a flash bulbof a camera going off," caught his at-tention. He reasoned that a Cessnawas about to crash, grabbed his bin-oculars, and looked between SimonButte and McKays Butte, about 8 to12 miles south-southwest of thelookout station. Later he wouldwonder what had caused the flashsince the objects he saw were like"dull stainlesssteel" and never flashedagain during the entire sighting.The objects, either five or seven innumber, were in formation and flyingeffortlessly at treetop level above thecontours of the earth. Shaped liketeardrops with black spots on theirsides or near their ends, the objectsnever left formation. The front threeobjects were closer together than theothers in the upper leg of the forma-tion, and during the entire flight, theobjects never broke distance.George was puzzled when the ob-jects went over a butte since he ex-pected to see them change shape,revealing either their tops or bottomsas they maneuvered over the land-scape. Yet their size and shape neveraltered, and they continued to hugthe ground, moving at over 300m.p.h., until George and his wife lostsight of them over the GoldendaleHighway (U.S. 97) in the southeast.George and his wife shared thebinoculars during the sighting, andeven fought over them in theirexcite-ir»ent, thus the inexactitude in the(continued on next page)1981 Reports, Continuedaround the yard. Mrs. Paag did notawaken, but Mr. Paag did and im-mediately saw a large, cigar-shapedorange glowing object speckled withnumerous round, red, steady lightscoming toward him from the north-west over the large pine trees. It ap-peared to be about 200 yards awayand about the size of a DC-10 minusthe wings, moving very slowly(estimated 10 m.p.h.) and emitting ahumming sound. The UFO continuedon a straight course and disappearedto the southeast in about 30 seconds.Mr. Paag is a motel manager, anative of Sweden and a former artdealer, who has flown in all kinds ofaircraft. He was a UFO skeptic untilthis experience. He felt that the objectwas so unusual that he should reportit to someone, so he called the Coun-ty Sheriffs office in Placerville. Afterseveral referrals, the report was sentto MUFON and Mr. Paag was inter-viewed for MUFON by Charles D.Marshall, Texas, UFONovember 24, 1981Baer who lives in the same town.MUFON Investigator John E.Zeller, Portland, Oregon, was alertedby the Seattle UFO Reporting Centeron July 22, 1981 about the sightingthat afternoon of a silver, disc-shapedobject at a location about 2 milesfrom his home. He immediately tele-phoned the witness, Mrs. J.G. (whoprefers to remain anonymous)and ar-ranged for an interviewthe followingday.Mrs. G. was in the master bedroomat 3:20 p.m. talking on the phone toher daughter in Texas, when her soncalled "Mom, look at the UFO!" Shelooked out to the north and saw asilvery disc nearby, about to pass overthe house. She ran out on the deckfacing south, joining anotherdaughter who had been sunbathing,avisiting niece, and her son, to observethe object.The disc came over the crest of ahill at treetop level, and was now visi-ble about 150 feet to the east of thehouse and at about 150 feet altitude.It was a bright, shiny (like tinfoil) ob-ject similar to two saucers joined attheir edges. It did not rotate, flutter,or wobble, but made a smooth turn tothe left (southeast), cleared two tall firtrees, turned to the south, and ap-peared to settle down in the trees andbrush about a quarter of a mile awayin an undeveloped area. Local teen-agers went down the brush- and tree-covered slope, but were unable tofind anything.D
  • Lookout, Continuednumber of objects and the locationofthe black spots. But George ispositivethat he saw unknown craft perform-ing near-impossible feats. Days laterhe spotted an F-105 that passed thelookout station at ground level. Thejet was traveling "off the deck.", "Anybody would be crazy flyingoff the deck that fast," Georgemarveled. And yet that was what theUFOs had done, never breaking rankand traveling in total silence.This was Georges only daytimesighting of strange objects on theReservation. Years later, in the sum-mer of 1972 at 2:30a.m., WJ. (Bill)Vogel,,the chief fire control officer onthe Reservation, would see a tear-drop-shaped light east of the Golden-dale Highway. (Now retired, Vogelcontinues to investigate reports ofUFO sightings on the Reservation.)The bright, fluorescentorange object,displaying a "mouse tail" of flashinglights on its narrow end, traveledsouth across the Reservation andeventually vanished in the distance.Was this nocturnal light related toGeorges sighting of teardrop-shapeddaylight discs?George doesnt know, but he isab-solutely sure that "they were reallycraft, they were flying. Whether theywere spacecraft, I dont know. But wesaw them, and nothing on this earthcan tell me I didnt see them."By Georges accounting, he saw alarge number of nighttime UFOswhile a lookout. After awhile,sightings became so commonplacethat he lost count. Yet he cautionsthat the isolation of a lookouts job(his wife did not always accompanyhim), and the unbroken days ofsolitude and quiet, can lead to mentaland visual quirks. "No one,calls onthe radio. Its like youre not alive,youre all by yourself in the middle ofnowhere. Your eyes and imaginationplay tricks on you. You start seeingthings or hearing things, maybe what-ever your mind wants you to see."But the position, color, andbehavior of the nocturnal lights hesaw made the difference betweenmisperceived objects, fabricatedevents, and the "real" thing. MostArtists Rendition of Fall 1961 Daylight Discs Drawn by Larry Georgeoften the lights were orange, blue, orwhite and traveled west to east, northto south, and south to north. Somedisplayed a wobble or wavering mo-tion during their passage, or actedstrangely in other ways.As an example, while on duty atSimcoe Butte Lookout on the south-ern edge of the Reservation in 1957(the lookout station has since beenmoved about 5 miles east along theridge and renamed Sopelia Lookout),George was puzzled that twoVenuses should be in the sky, the sec-ond planet the same magnitudeas itscompanion. Suddenly one of the"planets" moved as a steady light andswooped down into a canyon two orthree miles distant and went out like"putting out a light."Beginning in the summer of 1958,Georges duty station was changed toSatus Peak Lookout where he servedfor three fire seasons. He wouldreturn to this station in 1964 afterthree years in the Army at WhiteSands Proving Grounds. One night(he is uncertain of the year), Georgesaw what appeared to be a green flarego up into the sky near Signal PeakLookout 20 miles to the west. Hetook an azimuth reading. How coulda flare go up an estimated 4,000 feetand why? He called Signal Peak."Nobodys shooting flares," he wastold. "Where did you see a flare!"As far as George knew, nobodycared that he saw the object or (ex-cept for himself) ever reported seeingit. A few other times he saw red orgreen flares go up late at night on theReservation, each time winking outbefore they "hit" the ground.George is uncertainwhether or notlookouts at the other three Reserva-tion stations reported UFO sightingsamong themselves during these years.The lookouts seemed to be geograph-ically divided from each other (al-though Vogel, as chief fire controlofficer, oversaw both groups). TheSignal Peak, Simcoe (Sopelia), andGrayback Lookout stations were in-volved with Forestry firefighters andtimber fires, and the Satus Peak sta-tion concentrated on fires in thebrushlands...George, at least, rarelymet any of the other lookouts andnever thought about passing on infor-mation of sightings to them — exceptin the case of the "flares," whichposed an obvious fire hazard. And ofcourse there was the threat of ridi:cule. Until 1972, Vogel, long a skep-tic, responded to Georges reports ofobjects with a grain of salt.However, in 1959 or 1960 at 1:30in the morning, George was awak-ened by a phone call from Signal PeakLookout. George recalled that thenight was extremely clear and themoon was out. Signal Peak was prom-inent above the forest. The femalelookout on the line had opened thedoor to go outside to the outhousewhen she saw a light and refused togo any further.Theres this purple light comingfrom the sky, and its right outsideabove my house here. Can you seeit?"George recalled, "And I look outthere, and theres nothing..Theres nolight, nothing."The lookout insisted, "Its a very(continued on next page)
  • Lookout, Continuedbright, purple light coming out of thesky, and its making a sound."" dont see anything! Im lookingright at you! 1 cant see it. Theresnothing . . . nothing."Subsequently, the light apparentlywent out.In 1964 George did see something,although the object passed the SatusPeak Lookout at such a speed that henever got a good look at it. However,his wife did. George rarely turned thelights on in the cabin at night sinceeverything would be reflected in theglass windows. Instead, he used a red-painted flashlight to look at the fire-finder. This night, he was standingfacing the east window. His wife wasstanding facing north.Suddenly (ashis wife told him later)an aqua-blue object four to five timesbrighter than a neon sign and prob-ably no bigger than the circle of aflashlight came out of the north fromthe direction of Ahtanum Ridge attremendous speed and headed straightfor the lookout station. She screamed.Before George could turn, he wit-nessed a long, blue streak of light likea laser beam reflected in the eastwin-dow as the object tore by the westwindow, narrowly missing the sta-.tion.. On another night, a "big, giant"white light appeared over the town ofToppenish at approximately 3,000feet, stopped and hovered, and thentraveled north to Wapato, where itstopped, hovered, and then traveledon to Yakima where it dwindled inbrightness in the north until it was in-distinguishable from the stars.Other events occurred during theseyears, although their relationship toUFOs in unknown. At 1:00 a.m. in1961 at the Satus Peak station,George was pumping up the gaslampafter he and his wife had returnedfrom a brief trip to Toppenish.Without warning, his wife shrieked.He seized his rifle. "I saw a hairy facelooking through the window!" shecried. George was skeptical. Thedistance from the window to theground was 8 to 10 feet. "It couldhave been her imagination," Georgeadmitted.But what about the sound of a babycrying that his wife insisted time andagain she heard outside the station?The wind? A cougar?There were cer-tainly no humans around for milesand miles. And George had neverheard the sound — until one day."A baby crying is a baby crying!"he told me in exasperation. Manytimes he walked down the hill look-ing for the baby crying that he neverfound.Could this have been Bigfoot, anoversized, hirsute, manlike creature,who apparently makes similar soundsand who, along with the UFOs, haspurportedly been sighted periodicallyon theReservation?At other times George would spotfires, but once firefighters arrived, nofires could be found. He rememberedan incident in whichhe saw "a big fireas plain as day" at the southeasternboundary of the Reservation near thewheatfields of the Horse HeavenHills. The fire was so prominent thathe did not "shoot" the azimuth anddirected a helicopter to it by radio.Yet when the helicopter arrived at thesite, the occupants saw nothing."Youre seeing things!" they said.Were these experiences the resultof the long, empty hours of lonelinessand isolation on the mountaintops?George told.me that he could hear thesound of a car miles away, that hewould become leery of anything outof place on the land. One day hemistook 50 geese in the sky forstrange "objects" hovering at severalthousand feet until he studied themthrough binoculars and realized thatgeese dont always fly hundreds offeet above the earth as commonly ex-.pected. He confessed that it was dif-ficult to judge the distance and size ofobjects at night without the backdropof reference points at eye level orbelow him. Any lights he saw abovehim were unrelated to anything elsebut themselves.Yet George is familiar with the ap-pearance of satellites, the flight pat-terns and lights of aircraft, and theantics of weather balloons. Addi-tionally, as a technical illustrator inthe Army, George became familiarwith all kinds of military aircraft andwas soon knowledgeable of Americasarsenal and that of foreign countries.However, despite his conviction thatthe objects he saw performed non-conventionally and had to be UFOs,he kept his experiences .to himself,and if he spoke of them, did so onlycasually.. Significantly, Georges ex-periences predate Vogels ownsighting by more than 10 years, andby Georges account, the other look-outs were generally unaware of his(Georges) sightings. He admitted tome that I was the first person withany authority that he had actually,talked to in detail about his ex-periences.Since George is knowledgeableabout .Indian legend and myth, Iasked him if.UFOs on the Reservationhave had an Indian "connection," anintimate relationship with the peoplewho lived on this land for thousandsof years? George doesnt think soalthough prophecies were made bythe local Indians in the early 1800sthat "flying objects" would be seen inthe "near future" as they had beenseen in the past.George recounted a story that hehad heard from his mother of a "fly-ing machine" observed in the late1920s or 1930s by an old Indian manon the Reservation. Supposedly, thesilent object hovered over Fish Lake(an area today that can be reachedonly by four-wheel drive vehicle),went across it, and then entered thelake and came out. The old man toldlisteners that "It wasnt his time todie," implying that since the objectsafely left the lake, the life of,its occu-pant was spared.George has no theories about whatUFOs are or where they come from."I think there.are some people whoare lookingfor the answer, but I dontthink they are any closer to it than Iam right now." But he remains in-trigued by sighting reports. ."Maybethats why I continue to look up," hesays. And just in case, he regularlypacks a camera with him.Even though Larry George grantsthe possibility that "your eyes and im-agination play tricks on you" in theunique environment of the lookout(continued on next page)
  • "ROARING" UFO OVER VIRGINIABy Bob Grattan(MUFON Investigator)SIGHTING DATE: Sunday, January31, 1982TIME: 21:25 ESTLOCATION: Mechanicsville, Va.(Hanover County)WITNESSES: Ann & Steve WaltonINTERVIEW DATE: Saturday 2/23/82On the evening of Jan. 31, Steveand Ann were watching a televisionshow when they noticed a verybright light out of their south win-dows on either side of the TV set.Thinking it was an airplane, Steve ranout the rear of the house while Annran out the front door. Two verybright lights, much like aircraft land-ing lights except much brighter andcloser together (about 2 feet apart)were seen moving from the south upthe north/south property line abovethe trees.The weather was cold and overcastwith wind but no rain.The object wasestimated to be about 500 feet inaltitude and moving around 65-85m.p.h. (about the speed of a PiperCub plane). Walton said that an ob-ject of that size could not have beenflying so slow without crashing. Itwas silent on approach but emitted anextremely loud roar as it passed,much louder than a Phantom F4 jettaking off. Lights, both amber andblue, were noted as described in thereport form. The body was a dullmetallic color. (See sketch.) The ob-ject abruptly ascended into the cloudcover, but the loud sound continuedfor another 20-30 seconds.The Waltons have a dog and rab-bits, but they were too astonished tonotice any possible animal reactions.Lookout, Continuedstation, he stresses the reality of hissingle daytime sighting."I dont care what anyone says.Something is out there. They can callme a kook, they can call me crazy,anything theyd like. But I saw thosethings."BluelightsMechanicsville, Va., UFO — January 31, 1982No loss of electricity or change in TVreception were noted; however, theywere both outside as the objectpassed the house. Steve noted thatthere was nq odor of aviation fuel orexhaust which was always presentaround aircraft. Vibration was heavyon the ground and in the house. Notime before or after the sighting wasunaccounted for as best they couldtell.Later that week, a friend of theWaltons, who lives in an apartmentcomplex about 5 miles from them,mentioned in passing that she had ex-perienced a power failure on thatnight the same time as the sighting; itlasted about 30 minutes. After check-ing with VEPCO (Va. Elec. PowerCo.), I was unable to confirm anypower loss in the area; anyway, theyhad none recorded. The Waltons hadnot mentioned the sighting to thefriend. One other neighbor was ques-tioned by the Waltons but this personhad retired early that evening andheard nothing. They have hesitated todiscuss it with anyone else.Steve phoned the Byrd Airporttower as the airport is several milessouth of their home. The towerreported no aircraft in their area at thetime of the sighting and after muchdiscussion, gave Steve the UFOhotline number in Washington state.Steve and Ann Walton gave me theimpression of extreme sincerity andhonesty in the interview, and they ap-peared very interested in finding outwhat they saw that evening. Neitherseemed to know much about UFOsand had not really been interested inthem before the sighting. They havenow expressed an interest in joiningthe MUFON group and may havedone so by this date. Steve appearedvery knowledgeable about differenttypes of aircraft and equipment usedon such vehicles. My impression wasthat they were frightened by whatthey saw. Steve, a general contractor,served as an aircraft electricianin theAir National Guard for 6 years. I findthat there are many similarities be-tween the Walton sighting and theobjects reported by William Hassel in"Multiple Sightings of TriangularUFOs" (MUFON UFO Journal, Jan.1982, pp. 9-12). Also, certainsimilarities are present with the taperecording made by Joseph C. Stewarton Michigan sightings last fall. (Seeseparate report.)D10
  • UFOLOGY IN ITALYForeign researchers wonder aboutthe lack of UFO reports coming fromItaly. To understand the problem, it isnecessary to know the tormentedstory of Italian UFOlogy. This paperwill delineate the various stages in theprogress of research, and try to clearup the obscure side of ItalianUFOlogy.UFOs first received widespread at-tention in Italy during the 1954 wave(not in 1947) when Italian territorywas involved directly. Almost 400reports were gathered in Italy follow-ing the 1954 wave. The first twoUFO centers were created in theseyears: the Centre Indipendente Rac-colta Notizie Osservazioni (CIRNOS),or Independent Center for GatheringNews About Space Observations;and the Centre Italiano Studi Avia-zione Elettromagnetica (CISAER), orItalian Center of Research on Elec-tromagnetic Spaceships.CIRNOS lasted not quite 4 years,and collapsed when its founder, E.Michaelles, ceased research. CISAER,led by A. Perego (author of fourbooks between 1957 and 1970),lasted longer and was able to expressitself at a higher official level thanCIRNOS. Very little research wasdone, except that CIRNOS didelaborate some statistical documentsand some interesting speculations.CISAER, on the other hand, tookfaithist positions: the UFOs are elec-tromagnetic devices driven by ex-traterrestrials here to.avoid a nuclearwar.In the early 1960s some reviewswere published, such as "Spazio eVita" (Space and Life) and "DischiVolanti" (Flying Saucers), but theyceased publication after a few issues.The next fundamental stage came in1963 when "Clypeus" was created, areview treating UFOs and variousBy Massimo Greco*other subjects. Ledby G. Settimo, thisreview (still published today) repre-sented the only light in the darkworld of UFO research. Real researchstill was nonexistent, though therewere a few small centers and a lot of"fans" (only a few scientificallyoriented). Many of the serious re-searchers felt the need to coordinatetheir forces, so in 1966 at a meeting inTurin, the Centre Ufologica Na-zionale (CUN), or National UFOCenter, was formed.CUNs purpose is to unify theforces of investigators, creating someprovincial branches and publishingabulletin, "Notiziario UFO" to keepmembers informed. This remainedfor years the only review entirelydedicated to the UFO phenomenon,and was published until 1980. Unityof researchers under a center is noteasy to achieve, as the foreign centersalso have experienced, but CUN con-tinues to this day as the only Italiancenter whose authoritativeness isrecognized on a national scale.In the early 1970s two newreviews were created: "II Giornale deiMisteri" (Mysteries Journal) and "GliArcani" (The Mysteries). As can beunderstood from their names, thesereviews treat a wide range of topics,such as parapsychology, astrology,magic, "astronomy," and also UFOs.These reviews, sold in all thenewspaper kiosks, contributed to thedevelopment of UFO research as asocial phenomenon and to the"research groups" phenomenon. Inthose years it was all the fashion tocreate a research group, and the 1973wave (remember the Turin-Caselleradar-visual case) contributed to thistrend.Obviously, most of the groups in-cluded many pseudoresearchers andclosed after a few months, but a studyin 1979 indicates that 400 groupsthen existed in Italy! Unfortunately,their reviews reported dozens ofsightings referring to meteors, stars,airplanes, etc., that some of thegroups spread as real UFOs. The pic-ture of Italian UFOlogy to that pointwas distressing.Research Grows UpIn 1973 the Comitato Nazionale diInvestgazione sui Fenomeni AereiAnomali (CNIFAA), or National In-vestigation Committee on Anom-alous Aerial Phenomena, was found-ed. This center operates on a scientificbasis, led by mssrs. Farabone, Cabassi,and Izzo, but is small and lacks fieldinvestigators. Its only noteworthywork is publication of the review"UFO Phenomena," which compiles.articles written by the foremost inter-national UFO researchers. It wasawarded a prize by the Fund for UFOResearch as a worthwhile scientificUFO review. But the problem ofItalian research continued and fewcontributions were made by ItalianUFOlogists.CUN, in the meantime, continuedto expand nationally and in 1978decided to sell "Notiziaro UFO" innewspaper kiosks, but this led to at-tempts to popularize the review for amass audience. After about 2 years,the editor sought permission to in-dulge in "creative" reporting, but theBoard of Directors firmly opposedthat proposal. Then the review wasliterally blocked by the editor in June1980.You will notice that I havent yetspoken of true research in Italy. Thereasons are easy to find: In Italy thereare few effective researchers andmany eagerly interested "fans," so(continued on next page)"Edited by Richard Hall. This paper was originally prepared for presentation at the 1981 MUFON UFO Symposium at M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass., but Mr. Grecowas unable to attend. His address is: via Gramsci 12. 25100 Brescia, Italy.11
  • UFO DATA MARTWantedThe Plymouth UFO InvestigativeCentre seeks correspondence withU.S. UFO groups. Eric Morris, Chair-man, 17, Wilkinson Rd., St.Budeaux,Plymouth, Devon PLS IDF, England.• Seek correspondence/informationfrom researchers concerning "under-ground sounds" seemingly non-earthquake-related and apparentlyassociated with UFO and/or Fortean-typephenomena. Direct data or leadshighly appreciated. Greg Long, 301Armistead, Richland, WA 99352.TradeFirst 3Vi years of Omni and follow-ing paperbacks in very good condi-tion: Flying Saucer Occupants; UFOs: TheWhole Story; Encounters With UFO Oc-cupants; Abducted; by Coral and JimLorenzen. The Humanoids and EncounterCases from F5R by Charles Bowen. TheWalton Experience by Travis Walton.Seeking older U.S. UFO journals andold and new foreign UFO journals.Send list as offer. All material re-ceived to be donated to permanentOhio State University Library UFOcollection. William E. Jones, 2256Zollinger Rd., Columbus, OH 43221.MUFON State organizations are in-vited to submit reports of your ac-tivities to the Journal for publication,along with photographs of yourmeetings or of your investigativetools and equipment. Any tips or ad-vice of possible value to your col-leagues in other states should be in-cluded. General information onsightings (or lack thereof), newsmedia interest (or disinterest), specialprojects, problems, or other topicsthat MUFON nationally should beaware of to determine overall trendswould be especially helpful. A seriesof Status Reports from the stateswould be a welcome feature in theJournal.STAMP PROGRAMDonations of cancelled foreignstamps for the international UFO in-formation exchange program (a col-lector compensates MUFON for thestamps) have been received from DonBerliner, Alexandria, Va.; Larry W.Bryant, Arlington, Va.; Ronald K.Ford, Redwood Valley, Calif.; GregLong, Richland, Wash.; Mrs. F.E.Losornio, Pasadena, Calif.; TomTaylor, Tempe, Ariz.; and FredWhiting, Alexandria, Va. Send allstamps to Richard Hall, 4418 39th St.,Brentwood/MD 20722.Italy, Continuedcontributions by Italian researcherswere limited to the good will of thefew who knew English and couldtranslate the reports.CUN, realizing the problem ofresearch, has totally reorganized andreduced the number of members tothose who may be counted on aseffective researchers to cover theentire nation. Some members trans-late the most interesting Italianreports into English to keep others in-formed on what occurs in Italy. Eachregional branch of CUN is compilinga catalogue of all UFO sightings, pastand present, and including IFOs so asto have a complete picture. When thismonumental work is completed, itwill become a nationalcatalogue thatmay include as many as 20,000 cases.At last we can begin to speak ofeffective research. Italian UFOlogistshave come to understand that thename of the center or the number ofits members is not important, but in-stead the work that it accomplishes. Ihope that Italian contributions to in-ternational UFO research will now bemore frequent. At least we havetaken the first step, the first of a longchain.ITALIAN UFO CENTERSOR REVIEWSCUN, via Magenta 49, 10128,TorinoUFO Phenomena, P.O. Box 190,40100, BolognaClypeus/Ufologia, P.O. 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  • TRIANGLEOFLIGHTS OVERMICHIGANBy Dan Wright(State Director)andJoseph C. Stewart(State Section Director)A few minutes after 10:00 p.m.,Monday, September 14,1981, a largetriangle of lights, reported to have abright orange hue and thought bysome to be perhaps as large as thespace encompassed by multiple com-mercial jets, was seen crossing the St.Clair River which separates PortHuron, Michigan and Sarnia, On-tario. Later news accounts containedin the UFO Newsclipping Service in-dicate that the same lights/object hadbeen reported over Ontario just priorto the Port Huron observations, mov-ing slowly west toward Sarnia alongRoute 402. (See especially UFONewsclipping Service #147, October1981, page 13, "Lights in sky promptcalls.")Residents in Port Huron and subur-ban Marysville stated that thetriangle, with a fourth, smaller redlight trailing behind on the left side, mov-ed extremely slowly over the city atan indeterminate altitude thought tobe a few to several thousand feet. Itcontinued in a generally westerlydirection. It should be noted that thesubject named in the above news arti-cle specifically mentioned two trailingred lights which were centered at therear in the fashion of auto taillights.The triangle was next seen near thetown of Goodells, which is in westernSt. Clair County along state highwayM-21. A resident there reported thatit hovered when first spotted, thenchanged direction twice before mov-ing farther west.Two sheriffs deputies on patrol inLapeer County attempted to photo-graph the lights (as had a teenage boyin Marysville) but were likewise un-successful due to inadequate film, set-tings, and exposure time. Through atelephoto lens, one of the officersbelieved he saw a metallic bodyamidst the lights, of a dark or dullfinish. The officers also reported thatthe lights changed from bright orangeto dull or pale yellow as they watchedthe object pass overhead. Further,they stated that a single red light wascentered directly behind the triangle.Two Flint residents observed thetriangle at 10:25-10:30 as it passedover the heart of that city. In the two-minute duration before it was lostbehind urban structures, each deter-mined . that the triangle, seen asequilateral with yellow-white hue,once again had a single red light behindand to the left. One of these subjectsstated that this fourth light at onepoint moved from the off-centeredposition to a position directly behind .the other three. It was last seenbehind these two floating over thelarge Buick plant on the citys westside.A Flint radio station, VVTRX,reported receiving numerous phoriecalls to a talk show host as thetrianglepassed over the city. Unfortunately,no tape recording of that show wasretained in order to locate additionalobservers, and the host could offeronly the same basic descriptionreported here. While over Flint, theobject was seen and reported by fourpolicemen from three locations. As itmoved beyond Bishop Airport andaway from the city, it was seen by awoman from the town of SwartzCreek in western Genesee County. Itreached the town at approximately10:45. That witness declared that afull 20 minutes transpired for that17-mile segment.The basic characteristics, then, are •of a huge triangle of smallish lights,seen variously as bright orange andpale yellow, with either one or twosmaller red lights perhaps indepen-dent of main body. Though thepresumed object was depicted as be-ing very low in the sky, no sound washeard and no clear outline seen.Bishop Airport reported nothingunusual on its (transponder type)radar. While numerousinquiries wereinitiated (including, for example, toMarysville High School where anevening class reportedly viewed theanomaly), few individuals respondedin any formal manner, perhaps due tothe relatively brief and unspectacularnature of the activity.An early assessment by a CUFOSinvestigator, Jim Wilson of Owossowho interviewed the four Flintpolicemen,. indicated that the objectwas a B-52 on a refueling run with aKC-135 tanker. This was concludedon the basis of a verbal response fromthe Public Information Office ofWurtsmith AFB in Oscoda,. despitethe broken cloud cover at 12,000 feetand a general overcast at 25,000 feet.Correspondence which I receivedfollowing an FOIA inquiry states thata refueling operation was not con-ducted on the evening of September14. Spokesmen at Wurtsmith AFBand Selfridge ANG base, Michigan,both stated that there was no suchoperation.As a final note, tracing the objectspath across known points leads one tothe conclusion that it may have beenfollowing either M-21 itself orrailroad tracks which roughly followthe highway.TIMKS-OOLONIST, Victoria, B.C.,Canada - Sept. 16, 1981Lights In sky prompt callsSARNIA, Ont. (CP) — Provincial police reported•a flood of calls" from area residents wondering whatstrange object lit upthe skies Monday night.Neither police nor airport spokesmen were able toto satisfy Brian Fader of nearby Camlachie.Fader said he was driving on a country road whenhe saw lights reflecting off his car window."There were three big white lights flying veryslowly in a Vshape andtwo smallerlights Inthe centrethat looked sortof like tail lights," he said.They moved slowly across the sky toward the cityand were "very, very low to the ground," he said.•They (lights) were so big that, if whatever it washad landed, it would have been bigger than a footballfield."13
  • DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCEHEADQUARTERS 379TH 3OMEHARDMENT WING(SAC)WURTSMITH AIR FORCE BASE. MICHIGAN 48753REPLY TOATTN OF: 379 CSG/DADFsu3j£CT: Freedom of Information Act Request15 Oct 81TO.- Mutual UFO Network (MUFON)ATTN: Dan Wright112 Marsh Dr.Grand Ledge, Ml 1*88371. Your letter, 5 October 1981, postmarked 6 October 198l, addressed to 379CSG/DADF, Wurtsmith AFB, Ml 48753, was received by this office 7 October 1981.2. The documentation you have requested is subject to release under the Freedomof Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552.-3. On the date in question, k September 1981, a refueling operation involvinga B-52 aircraft was not conducted from this base.4. In response to your additional request, B-52 refuel ings are conducted threeto six days per week yearround. Counties In Michigan variously flown over includeGogebic, Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, Iron, Marquette, Dickinson, Menom-inee, Delta, Schoolcraft, Luce, Alger, Chippewa, Mackinac, Emmet, Charlevolx,Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie,Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee,Roscommon, Ogemaw, losco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana,Newaygo, Mecosta, Isabella, Midland, Bay, Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac, Lapeer, St.Clair, and Macomb.RICHAWW. RGSBEE, CChief, Central Base Adi istrationDEPARTMENT OF THE AIRFORCE2031ST COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON (AFCC)SELFRIOGE ANG BASE. MICHIGAN 48043R E P L Y TOA T T N OF:14FFC 19 October 1981SUBJECT: Freedom of Information RequestTO, Dan Wright, State Director, MUFON112 Marsh DriveGrand Ledge, MI 48837We have no record or knowledge of these aircraft operations. Refueling ofthe aircraft in question is normally accomplished at altitudes well abovethe Selfridge airspace 5000 MSL upper limit.CARL M. TUCKER, ILt, USAFChief, ATC Operationscy to: Det I/DAD
  • UtterCAUS Fights OnEditor,Some government agencies, especi-ally the FBI and CIA, insist that theyhave the right to decide what the peo-ple of this nation should and shouldnot know about the UFO phenom-enon. Some have destroyed theirfiles, or hidden them, or refused toturn them over. They have appliedadministrative delays, high searchfees, and excessive deletion as meansof discouraging UFOlogists from ex-ercising their right of access under theFreedom of Information Act (FOIA).The FOIA has helped to lift thecur-tain of secrecy surroundingwhat thegovernment knows about UFOs.Working through the courts,UFOlo-gists have been able to obtain some3,000 previously classified UFO-related documents. We have sufferedsome defeats, however, the latest be-ing the governments own "Men-ln-Black" case: the eight men — and onewoman — dressed in black who sit onthe U.S. Supreme Court. In CAUS v.National Security Agency we attemptedto obtain 135 UFO-related documentsthat NSA admitted to having in theirpossession.Through the Supreme Court deci-sion not to hear the appeal, they areputting the American public on noticethat the secrecy will continue. Ourresponse to this is that we will con-tinue to fight to bring the truth to theAmerican people. After 30 years ofdeceit and deception, the governmentstill manages to keep UFO-related in-formation from the public. We objectto this policy of secrecy. We believethe public has a right to know and thegovernment a duty to tell.Lawrence FawcettAssistant Director,Citizens Against UFO Secrecy471. Goose Lane,Coventry, CT 06238The 6th Annual MUFON ofNorth Carolina (MUFON-N.C.)UFO Conference will be held inWinston-Salem on the weekend ofJune 19-20, sponsored by theTarheel UFO Study Group.Speakers will include Dr. WillySmith, a consultant to the Centerfor UFO Studies; Bernard Haugen;George W. Fawcett; and othernoted UFOlogists from around thecountry.For further information, contactGayle C. McBride, Chairperson,P.O. Box 46, Winstori-Salem, NC27102.MUFON1030LDTOWNE RD.SEGUIN.TX 78155Navy veteran saw |UFOs over Atlantic 3b referencetoRobertKantars letter,(Monitor, Thin. Nov S>, I would liketocomment oo my own experiences. Ihave been Interested In UFQg forlour years. Ive read numerous book*«d articles ontoe subject and I be-ltevethat UFOs exist.I was recently discharged from tbeUnited States Navy. As a Radar Oper-ator, I spent quite a few hours on tbebridge of my ship, the USS Belknap.My job was to relay Informationfromthe radar room to the officer of thedeck. I also badcommunications withthree lookouts via sound-poweredphone*. One night while crossing theAtlantic enroute to Spain, a lookoutreported four planes In formationawvwg at Incredible speeds. 1report-edhis sightings tothe officer onwatchand stepped outside to see If I could•pot the objects. They came to a haltalmost directly over the ship and ho-med for 30-B seconds. All of a sud-den they bolted In a northerly direc-tion In ablast oforange, reddish lightThey were out of sight In 1-4. seconds,moving faster than anything IdeverI understand both sides of this con-troversy, butcan we be so naive as tosay we are the only Intelligent lifetana* In the galaxy? Lets be realis-tic. There are supposedly a billion,bBUoo planets In our galaxy. Even Uonly one millionthhadany life forms,that still leaves a few thousand plan-etsthatcould InhabitIntelligent life.I sincerely nope that these UFOscontact us. Maybethey could show usways (a recycle we didnt know werepoailhle. I hope Im alive to see theday when travel In space Isllketrav-•Bag acms the country now. Ourfu-ksM Bts In (pace and I think ourSMC* program should be one of theMttoa* prune concerns. I think Mr.»deserves full credit forcomingwithhisRemember to fly with the wind - were suppose to bean Identified Flying Object on this observation run.C1980 Tarheel UFO Study Group Newsletter
  • By Ann DruffelWhat DoWe Want From "Contactees?"An interesting situation occurredrecently at a meeting of a small groupof Los Angeles researchers, pointingup sharply a dilemma which con-fronts the UFO research field today.It is a dilemma which sets UFO col-league against colleague andthreatens, if not dealt with satisfac-torily, to upset our concentrated ef-forts to solve the UFO mystery.To this meeting of objective,though diversified, researchers, oneof us brought a close encounter vic-tim, who himself has been invaluablein performing certain types of tech-nical analysis on bits of physical UFOevidence from cases other than hisown.Please forgive the generalities inthis article. I usually give names andidentifying information in these col-umns, but this particular situationmust be dealt with as tactfully aspossible in order to preserve the ex-cellent working relationships themembers of our group have estab-lished with one another over theyears. Also, the identity of the CE-IIIparticipant must be similarly pro-tected for.several additional reasons.Though the majority of us at themeeting had worked in the past withclose encounter witnesses (the terms"abductee," "victim," or the morerecently revived term "contactee"might be equally applied), a few areeither fairly new, though extremelyvaluable to the field, or, because ofthe nature of their specialized in-terests, have not been exposed direct-ly to CE-III (IV) witnesses and know*I use this term advisedly, withrespect for all those scientistswho ac-cept nothing as "fact" unless it is ex-perienced by their five physicalsenses and/or current technology in-strumentation.little of the kinds of damage thesepersons apparently suffer as the resultof very close proximity with UFOsand their occupants.Our witness was asked to describehis 1950s encounter, which he didwith appropriate succinctness. After-ward, he proceeded, under question-ing, to explain the dire effects whichhad befallen him in later years — sud-den surgings into his consciousness in-volving alleged knowledge of "ad-vanced physics," harassment byunidentified persons resembling inmany respects the more believable"MIB" reports, and psychologicaldamage which could be traced, in hisown mind at least, directly to the ini-tial encounter.Two of us had worked closely withthis particular CE-III witness for manymonths and had come to appreciatehim as a productive, talented humanbeing. We had also developed a cer-tain empathy with him as a troubledperson caught up in UFOlogicalphenomena, but that did not in anysense take, away our objectivitytoward the case. A third member wasworking closely with him as part of aresearch project involving physical/psychological damage to close en-counter victims.Though for the most part thewitness was received well and withobjective understanding by ourgroup, the meeting was describedlater by him as "a disaster." He regret-ted having come forward, even asprivately as this, for he felt literallydeluged by questions, doubts, and afeeling close to prejudicial disbelief.Some of his statements seemed todisturb the more scientifically purist*members of our group. Theydemanded empirical proof from thewitness that he had indeed been giventhe advanced knowledge of physicsfrom UFO entities, and also demand-ed that he prove his statements con-cerning "run-ins" with scientists towhom he was able to offer solutionsto complicated questions of physicsand nuclear science, as a result of hisUFOlogically-derived knowledge.Unfortunately for the witness, thegroup, and the field itself, this"knowledge," which the witnessstated he had been able to write downover a period of weeks, had beendestroyed by him several yearsbefore. He had come to the conclu-sion, he stated, that the advancedknowledge was a source of grief andthat it "scared" him, since it was"10,000 years ahead of our time."(This was a phrase he used "off thetop of [his]head" as he explained laterto me. It did not represent a precisetime frame.) Therefore, thinking thathe could erase its dire effects, he con-signed it to the flames.. "The witness is technically know-ledgeable and talented in his ownfield of expertise, but in physics he isnot technically qualified to discuss allphases of atomic physics, quantummechanics, etc. Two or three of ourmore empirical members were able to"catch" him in errors of terminology,in a statement about governmentpolicy on secrecy clearances, etc.The specifics of this case are not yetready to be published even though ithas been investigated for more than ayear. The reason for stating even theabove particulars is to point up thefact that, in the opinion of at least twoor three of the scientists and engineersparticipating in the meeting, the CE-IIIwitnesss story (report) was notbelievable because a few of the detailsdid not, in their opinion, hold up.All researchers who have been(continued on page 18)16
  • 1982 MUFON UFOSYMPOSIUMBy Walt Andrus"UFOs — Canada: A GlobalPerspective" is the theme for the 1982MUFON UFO Symposium to be heldJuly 2, 3, and 4 at the WestburyHotel, 457 Yonge St., Toronto, On-tario M4Y 1X7, Canada, hosted bythe United Friends of Ontario. Spon-sored by the Mutual UFO Network,Henry H. McKay, Canadian RegionalDirector, is chairman for the hostorganization. The 1982 UFO SummitConference being held inconjunctionwith the MUFON UFO Symposiumis scheduled for Monday, July 5thfrom 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the WestburyHotel.Featured speakers and their speechtitles are Dr. J. Allen Hynek, "Plan-ning for the Next UFO Flap"; Dr.George and Iris Owen, "The UFOPhenomenon and Its Relationship toParapsychological Research"; DavidHaisell, "UFO Research: An Interna-tional Perspective"; Michael A. Per-singer, Ph.D., "Predicting UFOEvents and Experiences"; ArthurBray, "Professionalism in UFOlogy";and William L. Moore, tentative title"New Disclosures on CrashedSaucers." Stanton T. Friedman,previously scheduled to speak, hasregretfully had to decline due to newbusiness obligations.John F. Schuessler, Deputy Direc-tor of MUFON, has been scheduledto speak on the exciting "Cash-Landrum Radiation Case," that hasreceived nationwide exposure on theTV programs Thats Incredible" and"Good Morning America." Themedical aspects of the Cash-Landrumcase, as reported in the April 1981and November 1981 editions of theMUFON UFO Journal, make it one ofthe most significant UFO cases onrecord. It has been featured in suchTexas newspapers as the Dallas Times-Herald, the Houston Chronicle, and theCorpus Christi Caller-Times. TheNorth American.weekly tabloids, theNational Enquirer, and Weekly WorldNews have reported the event, but notthe details that Mr. Schuessler willshare with those attending the sym-posium in his slide-illustrated speech.Specialized workshops on UFO-related subjects have been scheduledbetween featured speakers through-out the symposium program, givingthe participants an opportunity to at-tend the session that is of the most in-terest to the individual. Twovideotaped films will be shown onSaturday and Sunday — "StrangeHarvest" on cattle mutilations and"UFOs Are Real," a documentary.The Friday evening, July 2nd, pro-gram will consist of registration,displays, a cocktail hour, and a get-acquainted session. Admission pricesfor each session have not been estab-lished, but will be announced in thenear future. There will be a packagediscount for the entire symposium.Sixty rooms have been reserved atthe Westbury Hotel at special grouprates of $58.00 per room, per day,single occupancy and $68.00 perroom, per day, for double occupancy.Each participant must make his ownreservations directly with the hotel.Special reservation cards have beenprinted by the hotel to be used toidentify those attending the 1982MUFON International UFO Sym-posium, so that you may obtain thegroup rate and are assigned to one ofthe rooms blocked for this purpose.We encourage everyone to makeyour reservations promptly so thatyou may stay at the Westbury Hotel.Arrangements have been made with anearby hotel for the overflow, afterthe Westbury is booked.The Annual MUFON CorporateMeeting is planned for Sunday, July4th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. AllMUFON members with I.D. cards areinvited, to attend. The 1982 MUFONUFO Symposium Proceedings willnot only include the presented papersby each of the featured speakers, butalso will contain a published papertitled "A UFO Propulsion Model" byF.E. Alzofon, PhD. The proceedingswill be available at the symposium onJuly 2, 3, 4 and 5 for $10.00, and bymail thereafter from MUFON for$10.00 plus $1.50 postage and han-dling.Start planning your vacation nowto attend this exciting and inspira-tional annual international UFO sym-posium.Late NoteThe symposium is scheduled forfive individual sessions with featuredspeakers slated for each. Three ses-sions are on the program for Satur:day, July 3rd and two on Sunday, July4th. The price of admission to eachsession is $6.00, a special packageprice for all sessions is $25.00, a sav-ings of $5.00. Advance reservationsmay be made at this time by specify-ing in writing and enclosing either anInternational Postal Money Order ora certified check in U.S. funds madepayable to United Friends of Ontario,along with a self-addressed envelopefor your confirmation. Your ticketswill be held for you at theregistrationdesk at the symposium in Toronto.All correspondence and checksshould be mailed to United FriendsofOntario, P.O. Box 54, Agincourt,Ontario, MlS 3B4, Canada.CRYPTOZOOLOGYThough not related to UFOs,readers may be interested to learn ofa high-caliber new society devoted tofield research and investigation ofreported unusual creatures (includingBigfoot and lake creatures). The inter-national board includes biologicalscientists in the USSR, Bulgaria,France, South Africa, China, Canada,and the U.S. A $25 per year member-ship includes a newsletter and thetechnical journal Cryptozoology. Inter-national Society of Cryptozoology,P.O. Box 43070, Tucson, AZ 85733.17
  • California Report, Continueddeeply involved with investigationsof close encounters and "abduction"reports have come across similar situa-tions. They find essentially honest,rational witnesses giving coherent ac-counts of incredible events. It is notthe "incredible" part of these reportswhich bother us especially, for mostCE-III and CE-IV reports, though in-credible, have enough elements incommon that they can be accepted, atleast, as "real" in the witnesses minds.Logically, if hundreds of essentiallyreliable and productive human beingsfeel that entities from apparent ETsources have contacted them, cannotUFO researchers regard these personsas having a rightful part in theUFOlogical scene? Study of, andhuman empathy with, these individ-uals should not take away anyonesobjective desire to document andverify their statements, but the harshfact is that many of their statementsconcerning their initial encounters(and subsequent results of such en-counters) are unverifiable.Researchers are able to verify someof the statements, but real proof, that is,empirical evidence, of the root con-tact eludes us.Those of our group who knew thewitness well and regarded him as anessentially honest and productive per-son tried to explain that empiricalevidence in contactee cases is oftendifficult to gather and gave our opin-ion that such reports must never-theless be studied, meanwhiletreatingthe witness with humane concern.Our empathy does not denote care-lessness about "facts," but rather it isarecognition that many close en-counter victims have been deeplydisturbed by the contacts theysincerely believe are real, and theylook to UFO researchers for informa-tion which might provide them withpartial answers.Should scientists expect the sea-soned expertise from contacteeswhich they themselves have ac-quired? It seems that empirical scien-tists working in highly specializedfields would like to prove the ex-istence of UFOs within their ownfields or at least some other physicalscience or sciences. The UFO phe-nomenon, however, will not be thuslimited. It seems to manifest in allphases of physical being and also infields of being beyond the reach ofconventional science such asparapsy-chology, mind-matter interface, andquantum mechanics. Its "reality" can-not be limited to empirical evidenceonly.We must open our minds and ac-cept the fact that this is a phenom-enon which is deeply affecting wit-nesses in what I am forced to call"subjective reality." Everyone of us,scientist and layman alike, is aware ofreality in a slightly different way.Sometimes we cannot convince theother guy that what we sense as "real-ity" is actual fact. We must open ourminds enough to admit the possibilitythat an essentially rational CE-III vic-tim is telling us what he believes is"real" and treat his statements as"real," at least to him.Therefore, I contend that demandsfor empirical evidence in some "con-tactee" situations is "impossible, butthat should not prevent us from con-tinuing to study those cases if thehuman being behind the report isrational. We must not forget thatsome "hard sciences," though claim-ing to be based on empirical evidence,in reality are not exclusively so based.I cite, for example, astronomy, quan-tum physics, anthropology, paleon-tology. We know that astronomys"black holes" and "neutron stars"have never been seen or measured.Other "verified" sciences, likewise,change almost" yearly as newdiscoveries are made.The evidence presented by themore stable CE-III (IV) witnesses has acertain empirical quality about itwhich cannot be denied. They havebeen deeply affected by theirreported sightings and contacts. Theirstories are internally consistent andconsistent, in many regards, withhun-dreds of like stories all over theworld. What can we do with "evi-dence" like this? Ignore it? Or con-tinue to study these reports, acceptingthe witnesses at face value while at-tempting to evaluate, as best we can,each facet of their UFOlogical in-volvement? I opt for the latter. UFOsare a human problem in that they aredeeply affecting numerous membersof the human race. The reports of CE-III (IV)witnesses must be treated withhuman caring and concern.UFOSummit ConferenceBy Walt AndrusWorldwide interest in attendingthe 1982 Summit Conference beingheld Monday, July 5th from 9 a.m. to5 p.m. at the Westbury Hotel inToronto, Ontario, Canada, in con-junction with the 1982 InternationalMUFON UFO Symposium, has beenoverwhelming. Many regionalizedUFO study groups andorganizationsin the United States and Canada havealready expressed interest in sendingrepresentatives to the conference byresponding to the invitation extendedin the December 1982 issue of theMUFON UFO journal. The majorUFO organizations on the NorthAmerican continent have alreadyselected individuals from their Boardsof Directors to represent them.In most cases, their Director will bethe principal representative, whichwill help to expedite planning anddecisions. Several European UFOorganizations have asked permission• to present short papers, that couldlead to greater international coopera-tion. It is gratifying to know that somany people are anxious to partici-pate in a dialogue that will lead togreater cooperation in UFOlogy andvolunteering their individual andgroup talents to help resolve theenigma. The fine response to date isevidence that an apathetic attitude. does not prevail in the current leader-ship of UFO agencies.In order that each representativegroup may present short papers ontheir proposals, the entire morning(9:00 a.m. to 12 noon) will be sched-uled for this purpose. Each paper(continued on next page)18
  • Lucius Parishin Others wordsWhile not specifically dealing withUFOs, an article in the March 9 issueof National.Enquirer tells of supposedpast lives on other planets, revealedby hypnotized subjects. Researchersinvolved in such studies include Dr.R. Leo Sprinkle, Brad Steiger, Dr.Edith. Fiore, and Frederick Lenz. TheMarch 16 Enquirer issue tells of a re-cent Brazilian UFO encounter with a747 jetliner, in which the planes pilotfelt that he had communicated tele-pathically with the UFO occupants.The March 23 issue quotes Dr. R.LeoSprinkle and Dr. Aphrodite Clamar assaying that many people may havehad UFO experiences which they can-not consciously recall. The March 30and April 6 issues have the first twoinstallments of a new series on UFOactivity in the Soviet Union. Under-water UFOs and a UFO occupant en-counter are detailed in these articles.Excerpts from Ronald D. Storysbook, UFOs and the Limits of Science, arefeatured in the March 30 and April 6issues of the Star.The "Anti-Matter" section in theApril issue of OMNI has one shortitem on UFO sightings near Clifton,Arizona, plus other segments onparanormal/Fortean subjects. Of con-siderably more interest in this issue isan article by Vincent DiPietro (anelectrical engineer) and GregoryMolenaar (a computer programmer)dealing with their research into aViking Orbiter photograph of Marswhich shows what appears to be agiant human face on the surface of theplanet. Again, no direct UFO connec-tion, but still a fascinating study.Additional informationon their workis available from Mars Research, P.O.Box 284, Glenn Dale, MD 20769.Summit Conference, Continuedshould be limited to 15 minutes max-imum. The afternoon session (1:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) will be devoted todiscussion of the proposals, deter-mination of goals and objectives,assignments of projects to fulfill thesegoals, and preparation of a methodand time table for reporting progressresults to participating organizations.To make this agenda effective andmanagable, each delegate or represen-tative planning to present a briefpaper or attend the conference shouldadvise Walt Andrus in writing byJune 1, 1982, so adequate facilitiesand time will be available. We alsoplan to publish an agenda, prior to theconference, that will be mailed toeach delegate who has signified his orher intention to attend. It is an-ticipated that most of the papers willbe less than 15 minutes, providingtime for a greater number of preparedstatements on the agenda. In the cor-respondence to Walt Andrus, brieflyindicate the topic of your proposal orideas, since this will be included onthe published agenda.It thus becomes imperative for anexpeditious meeting that only thosedelegates who indicate in writing thatthey plan to speak will be placed onthe agenda. Anyone who has alreadysignified their intent to speak or at-tend has complied with this pro-cedure and each has received a confir-mation by postcard or letter. RobertsRules of Order for parliamentary lawwill prevail at the conference, to con-trol possible disruptive individualsand to give major emphasis to ourgoals and objectives.Based upon early indications, thiscould be the most significant UFOconference ever conducted in NorthAmerica. It will achieve this status,provided that each delegate and par-ticipant is willing to forget past per-sonality and group ideology dif-ferences, and come prepared todevote their talent in a positive man-ner to fresh approaches that willbreed cooperation in UFOIogy. Thesuccess of this important conferencehinges upon these conditions andhow our reservoir of talent may beharnessed for constructive progress.The second issue of The Sixth Quarkjournal is now available fromEditor/Publisher Tom Benson (P.O.Box 1174, Trenton, NJ 08606.) Theprice is $3.50 per copy; 50 extra forforeign surface mail, $2.50 extra forforeign airmail. The journal is pub-lished irregularly, with no subscrip-tions being accepted at present. The#2 issue contains articles on UFO con-tactee books, a critical look at UFOorganizations, a technical piece onUFO "motherships," a contributionon UFO literature from RobertGirard, plus book reviews, newsnotes, etc. A bit of an improvementover the #1 issue.UFO NEWSCLIPPINGSERVICEThe UFO NEWSCLIPPING SERVICEwill keep you inFormed of all the latestUnited States and World-Wide UFOactivity, as it happens! Our service wasstarted in 1969, at which time we con-tracted with a reputable internationalnewspaper-clipping bureau to obtainfor us, those hard to find UFO reports(i.e., little known photographic cases,close encounter and landing reports,occupant cases) and all other UFOreports, many of which are carried onlyin small town or foreign newspapers."Our UFO Newsclipping Serviceissues are 20-page monthly reports, re-produced by photo-offset, containingthe latest United States and CanadianUFO newsclippings, with bur foreignsection carrying the latest British,Australian, New Zealand and otherforeign press reports. Also included is a3-5 page section of "Fortean" clippings(i.e., Bigfoot and other "monster"reports). Let us keep you informed ofthe latest happenings in the UFO andFortean fields."For subscription information andsample pages from our service, writetoday to:UFO NEWSCL1PPINC SERVICERoute 1, Box 220Plumerville, Arkansas 7212719
  • DIRECTORS MESSAGE Walt AndrusIt is a distinct pleasure to welcomeStan Gordon back into a leadershiprole in the Mutual UFO Network, asthe State Director for Pennsylvania.Stan was appointed State SectionDirector for Westmoreland County in1971 and State Director on July 20,1972, when he was also the Directorof the Westmoreland County UFOStudy Group. He and George Lutz arethe current directors of the ForteanResearch Center or "PennsylvaniaAssociation for the Study of theUnexplained." Stan and his lovelywife still reside at 6 Oakhill Avenue,Greensburg, PA 15601. His UFO hot-line number is (412)838-7768. Theformer State Director, Robert M.Hipp, has resumed his position asState Section Director for Lebanon,Dauphin, York, Cumberland, andPerry Counties. Bob has moved fromHarrisburg to 640 Cumberland,Lebanon, PA 17042.The Encyclopedia of UFOs, Guardiansof the Universe?, The Space-Gods Revealed:A Close Look at the Theories of Erich vonDaniken, and UFOs and the Limits ofScience are all recent books by RonaldD. Story, MUFONs new State Sec-tion Director for Pima County inArizona. Ron received his B.A. inphilosophy from the University ofArizona (1970) and is currently abuyer for a major aerospace firm inTucson. He and his family reside at4739 East Waverly Street, Tucson,AZ 85712; telephone (602) 327-5035.Ron has established himself as a suc-cessful and scholarly writer in thefield of UFOlogy. We are proud tohave him on the MUFON team.Mr. Dan R. Wright, State Directorfor Michigan, has made the followingnew appointments or reassignmentsin the Wolverine State: Joseph C.Stewart, 4901 Allison Drive, Lansing,MI 48910 has increased his area asState Section Director to encompassClinton, Eaton, Ingham, andShiawassee Counties. Ronald O.Frohling, M.S., 9340 Scio ChurchRoad, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, aformer Field Investigator inMassachusetts and Michigan, hasbeen elevated to State Section Direc-tor for Washtenaw and LivingstonCounties. Clem Lay, 3971Causeway,Lowell, MI 49331 has volunteered hisexpertise as a Research Specialist inChemistry, having a B.S. inchemistryand a minor in microbiology. Mr.Wright is to be commended for his ac-tive role, since assuming the StateDirectors position.Mrs. Mildred Biesele, State Direc-tor for Utah, has approved the selec-tion of Ms. Tarna L. Halsey as aResearch Specialist. Tarna may becontacted at 1347 East 2700 South,Salt Lake City, UT 84106. New StateSection Directors in Texas are JamesF. Hensarling, P.O. Box 160,Madisonville, TX 77864; telephone(713) 348-6757 for Madison County.Jim has had 22 years experience inaviation and is a "Colonel" in theConfederate Air Force. The new StateSection Director for Harrison andMarion Counties is William A.Wright, Route 2, Box 78-D,Hallsville, TX 75650. Bills additionalexpertise is in photography. FormerField Investigator, Walter McKee An-drus, Jr. (no relation to MUFONs In-ternational Director), Star Route IB,Box 107A, Dripping Springs, TX78620; telephone (512) 858-4339heads up Hays and Blanco Counties.As a private investigatorprofessional-ly, he is now applying these tech-niques to UFO investigations. RichardA. Rotter, President of the MemphisAerial Phenomenon Society (MAPS),is our new State Section Director forShelby County in Tennessee. Rickresides at 1285 Greenbrook Bend,Apt. 7, Memphis, TN 38134;telephone (901) 372-6801. Themembers of MAPS plan to becomeaffiliated with MUFON as an in-vestigative team for western Ten-nessee.William F. Hassel, Jr.,State Direc-tor for Southern California and hostchairman, has announced that the1983 MUFON UFO Symposium isscheduled for July 1, 2, and 3, 1983 atthe Huntington-Sheraton Hotel inPasadena, Calif. Only thirty minutesfrom the Los Angeles InternationalAirport, the hotel is situated at 1401South Oak Knoll in a wooded areawith extensive parking facilities forthose who are driving.The professional stature and plan-ning of MUFON UFO Symposiumsrequire a long lead time to reserve theproper facilities. The Reverend G.Neal Hern, State Director for Texasand host chairman, has confirmed thatMUFON Metroplex will be the hostorganization for the 1984 MUFONUFO Symposium to be held in theDallas/Ft. Worth area.We recently received the an-nouncement for the British UFOResearch Association National Con-ference scheduled for March 13 and14, 1982at the George Hotel in Edin-burgh, Scotland. Speakers includedMiss Jenny Randies, whose subjectwas Towards an Ideal InvestigationNetwork." The announcement wasnot received in time for the Journal toprovide advance notice. We regretthat Mr. Peter A. Hill, chairman, orone of his committee did not adviseMUFON earlier. On Sunday, March14th, the participants visited the siteof the Livingston close encounter case.MUFON State Directors recentlyreceived the January 1982 issue of theCUFOS "Center Investigators Quar-terly #11" (CIQ) edited by Chris.Centi from the Center for UFOStudies. This is a cooperative publica-tion that was proposed and imple-mented by Chris Centi, MUFONState Section Director for Chautau-qua and Cattaraugus Counties in NewYork. Chris is also Director of theUFO Resource Network (UFORN),the MUFON UFO investigative teamfor these two counties. The CIQ is apublication stressing suggested tech-niques for Field Investigators. Chrisalso plans to write articles for theMUFON UFOjournal in the future. D