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MUFONUFO JOURNAL(USPS 002-970)103 Oldtowne Rd.Seguin, Texas 78155RICHARD H. HALLEditorANN DRUFFELAssociate EditorLEN STRINGFIELDAssociate EditorMILDRED BIESELEContributing EditorWALTER H. ANDRUSDirector of MUFONTEDBLOECHERDAVE WEBBCo-Chairmen,Humanoid Study GroupPAUL CERNYPromotion/PublicityREV. BARRY DOWNINGReligion and UFOsLUCIUS PARISHBooks/Periodicals/HistoryROSETTA HOLMESPromotion/PublicityGREG LONGStaff WriterTED PHILLIPSLanding Trace CasesJOHN F. SCHUESSLERMedical CasesDENNIS W. STACYStaff WriterROBERT WANDERERColumnistNORMA E.SHORTDWIGHT CONNELLYDENNIS HAUCKEditor/PublishersEmeritusThe MUFON UFO JOURNALispublished by the Mutual UFONetwork, Inc., Seguin, Texas.Membership/Subscription rates:$15.00 per year in the U.S.A.;$16.00 foreign. Copyright 1983 bythe Mutual UFO Network. Secondclass postage paid at Seguin,Texas. POSTMASTER: Send form3579 to advise changeofaddress toThe MUFON UFO JOURNAL,103 Oldtowne Rd., Seguin, Texas78155.FROMTHE EDITORLeaving aside the first definition of "skeptic" from theBrirannica World Language Dictionary (having to do with thedoctrines of religion), a skeptic is defined as "One who refusesconcurrence in generally accepted conclusions in science,philosophy, etc." Thus, those of us who reject the consensus ofScience that UFOs are nonsense are the true skeptics. Where doesthat leave the self-styled skeptics such as members of theCommittee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of theParanormal (CSICOR)?Judging by the sTarbaby controversy (inwhich CSICOP Boardmembers are caught debunking, rather than holding that theconsensus of science might be wrong), they are the "Defenders ofthe Faith." The sTarbaby constroversy has to do with statisticalarguments that tend to support an "astrological" (horrors!)argument. We hold no brief for astrology, but we do question theintellectual integrity of the CSICOP members who — essentially —set out to destroy the data and defame the researchers involvedThe controversy has been well reported in FATE and in theZETETIC SCHOLAR. It is a sad commentary on the viability ofscience as a mediator of controversial claims.In this issueUFO INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM 3By William D. LeetSCANDINAVIAN "SAUCER SCARE" 7By Anders LiljegrenMENTAL COMMUNICATIONS AND PSYCHOLOGICALDISTURBANCE: PART I . . . . 9By Mark MoravecAUTHORS RESPONSE (With Reply by Robert Wanderer) 15By D. Scott RogoSOUTH AMERICAN MAGAZINE MIMICS U.S. UFO EVENT 16By John F. Schuessler(Plus CALIFORNIA REPORT, p. 12; CRITICS CORNER, p. 14; LETTERS,p. 17; DIRECTORS MESSAGE, p. 20)(Cover cartoon by Staff Artist Brian Parks)The Mutual UFO Network, Inc. is exempt from Federal Income Tax underSection 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. MUFON is a publiclysupported organization of the type described in Section 509(a)(2). Donorsmay deduct contributions from their Federal income tax. In addition,bequests, legacies, devises, transfers, or gifts are deductible for Federalestate and gift tax purposes if they meet the applicable provisions ofSections 2055, 2106, and 2522 of the code.The contents of the MUFONUFO JOURNAL are determined by the editor,and donot necessarily represent the official position of MUFON. Opinions ofcontributorsare their own, and do not necessarily reflect those of the editor, the staff, or MUFON.Articles may be forwardeddirectly to MUFON.Responses to publishedarticles maybe in a Letter to the Editor (up to about 400words) or ina short article (up to about2,000 words). Thereafter, the "50% rule" is applied: the article author may reply butwill be allowed half the wordage used in the response; the responder may answer theauthor but will be allowed half the wordage used in the authors reply, etc. Allsubmissions are subject 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 ofthe articleisgivencredit, and thestatement "Copyright 1983 by the MutualUFO Network, 103 Oldtowne Rd.,Seguin,Texas" is included.
ILS, Continuedaffected ground the lights became verydim, almost went out, and the enginestopped running. It would not startagain until we pushed, the car severalyards away from the withered strip, atwhich point also the headlightsregained normal brightness. My fellow investigators and I foundno reason to doubt the veracity of theWalkers, who were of unimpeachablereputation. They were not only wellrespected landowners but Mr. Walkerwas a prominent building contractor inLexington, expert in directions, time,distances, measurements, materialsand structure, and of commendablecharacter. The fact that the Walkerskept knowledge of the incident tothemselves so long bolsters theirreliability. If anyone suspected Walkerof:seeking notoriety his conduct beliedit, since he declined my severalinvitations to appear on my weeklyUFO program at the time on WLEX-TV.A NICAP member who was not onthe first visit to the site, Marion L. -L.Short, and I made a midmorning trip tothe Walker farm two days later."Shorty," as he preferred to be called,was at that time a Veteran pilot of 31years, had served as an Air Forcelieutenant colonel and pilot, andAmerican Airlines captain and held aB.S. degree in physics. In the brightdaylight Shorty and I could see that thestrip of brown turf contrasted vividlywith the luxuriant blue grass around it,but the damaged grass did not appearto be burned; itlooked generallywither-ed though it contained some patchesthat looked completely destroyed.A question that quickly came toShortys and my minds was whetherWalker had mowed the strip too closeto the ground and "burned" it. Whenthe mower blades are set so low thatthey cut into the soil and roots of theblue grass they "burn" it, that is, theband of grass dies even though it isgetting sufficient water. Walkermentioned that he always mowed thelawn himself, and indicated that he didso crosswise, from one side of the yardto the other, and perpendicular to thedamaged swath. Shorty and Icould seefrom the pattern the mower had madein the grass that this was so. Walkertold us that he had cut the grass with asmall gasoline power mower three orfour times since the UFOs appearanceand, regardless of that fact, the brownstrip didnot become visible until 5 daysprior to our interrogation of him andMrs. Walker.Shorty and I kept probing. To oursurprise, measurements showed thewidth of the brown swath to be thesame as the strips .mowed through thehealthy grass! They werent preciselythe same, as vegetation by nature willcause some variation, but allowing forthat the closeness of the widths wasastonishing — right at 26 inches for allof them! Shorty and I exchangedskeptical glances. We both were struckwith the stark realitythat Walkercouldhave mowed the other way, from theporch out towards the highway andback, every time except the last timehemowed; he could deliberately haveburned this trail down the middle of hislawn to, and only 27 yards short of, hisporch. The last mowing would make adesign running side-to-side regardlessof the previous mowing directions and. nobody could detect the difference, butremaining would be the route of theUFO counter to the line of the cutgrass.I felt sick and excused myself toWalker and Shorty. I traipsed over tothe fence fronting the lawn. "How canthey do this?" I agonized, "These niceold folks?"I leaned my forearms on theold board fence and gazed down theancient overgrown laneto HarrodsburgPike, the road leading to the firstpermanent settlement of Kentuckypioneers. It was up this forgotten lanethat Walker said the UFO was comingat him — he said it hurtled this veryfence."Hey, Bill!" Shorty called. Iambledback to where he was kneeling by thesickly brown strip."Look at this." He was holdinga handful of the withered blades ofgrass. "How long are they?" Shortyasked-me."Two inches," I replied."Right, and you can see that twoinches is the approximate length of allthe damaged grass." We moved alongthe swath, kneeling here and there forclose inspection. Shorty was right."I wonder why we didnt catch thisbefore?" I asked."It wasnt apparent, the way theblades were lying flat and partiallycovered by the soil due to wind andrain. But this proves the grass was notburned by mowing it too low.""What about weed killer?""That doesnt harm grass, and Idont find any kind of oil or chemicalspresent that would be injurious."Shorty should know, having anexpansive blue grass farm of his own.At that instant a new developmentcaught our attention. From the end of(continued on next page)
ILS, Continuedthe withered path near the porch,another brown strip now took off to theright on a bearing of about 30 degrees,running into an adjacent grove in whichit diminished and ended. Shorty and Ihad not seen it earlier and Walker waspositive it had not been there before.We surmised that the UFO had takenthis route to exit from the yard whileWalker was in the act of trying to getindoors.The grasswas turningbrown but sofar was not as dark as that in the firststrip. The width of the path was thesame, 26 inches, varyinga bit here andthere, and the blade length the same.There was no odor whatsoever and thetexture of the grass did not reveal theapplication of petroleum or other com-pound. The delayed reaction was puzzl-ing, but it was onlya week laterin show-ing than the first swath, which was de-layed 60days and also was perplexing.We took samples of the damagedgrass and soil, which I hand carried tothe U n i v e r s i t y of K e n t u c k yDepartment ofPhysics, and whichweredetermined by a Dr. Kern to be normalin radioactivity. I then mailed them forchemical analysis to Dr. RudolphOzolins of Brookside Laboratories,New Knoxvillel Ohio, but he neverreceived them. These, like many othersamples, books, and notes concerningUFOs that we Bluegrass- NICAPinvestigators collected, mysteriouslydisappeared.The soil and vegetation samplesofa 1959 physical trace case that Isent atDick Halls suggestion to ColonelRobert B. Emerson (USA, Ret.),Emerson Testing Laboratories, BatonRouge, Louisiana, inexplicablydisappeared from his lab. Our AffiliateSecretary, Pat Riddle, a professionalengineer, made copious survey noteswhich departed without trace. Acontainer of other physical samples ofthe 1959 case took absence from myhome, and all of the books Ihad begunto form a UFO library with vanishedfrom my home and my law office. Wedidnt know at the time that USAFIntelligence and the FBI had "got in theact," but that could explain themystifying disappearances.The actualityof a UFO visit to theUFO ILS APPROACH PATTERN TO WALKER FARMFAYETTE-COUNTYJESSAMINE v.LMAHURST COUNTY C.D. Walkers became indisputable toBluegrass NICAP members. Thiselderly couple we found to be offaultless character; the physicalevidence was on the grounds to backthem up; theireffects from the shockingexperience substantiates theircredibility; Walkers refusal to exploithis experience on television lends stillmore credence to his report; and,although its significance escaped us atthe moment, failure ofthe autos engineand headlights to function while nearthe withered turf dismissed anylingering notions that the damage wasthe result of earthly instigation.Clearly, the UFO was on ascouting mission and any additionalobjectives were not discernible, butconspicuous was the approach pro-cedure used by the UFO to descend,line up with, advance to, and enter theyard. In aviation, for the safe andorderly flow of the aircraft traffic to andfrom airports, there is a rectangular"traffic pattern," the next to lastsegment of which is the "base leg."From the base leg the pilot makes a 90degree turn onto the "final approach,"on which he alignsthe airplane with therunway and establishes the rate ofdescent to touch down not far from therunways approach end.That is exactly the type of trafficpattern flown by the Walker UFO.From its stationary position to the eastit moved while descending on asoutherly heading, or base leg, turningfrom that onto a final approach ofapproximately 300 degrees, on whichbearing it continued to descend directlyinto the Walkers lawn. The turn onto(continued on next page)
ILS, Continuedthe final from base was probably morethan 90 degrees, as much as 120degrees perhaps, but the UFO flew adefinite traffic pattern, entry intowhichis permitted directly onto the base legatmost airports. Incidentally, the UFOsfinal approach was straight through theold abandoned lane to the yard.Intriguing yet more is the similarityof the UFOs approach procedure tothe instrument landing system, referredto in the aviation profession as ILS,which is an involved but reliablecomplex the pilot can use, when foulweather has him "flying blind," toapproach and land on an airport.Primary among the ILSsubsystems arethe localizer and glideslope, the formerindicating corrections the pilot mustmake to stay on final approach course,and the latter doing the same fordescent. Every instrument pilotrespects and depends on ILSbut he canemploy it only if his ILS receivers andinstruments in the aircraft, as well asthe transmitting equipment on theairport, are functioning properly.When the UFO was first noticedby Mrs. Walker, its altitude was toohigh, and then its rate of descent toogreat, for an ILS approach, but it flew atraffic pattern and got the right position.The precision in the dark night of itsapproach course and descent to touchdown point in the Walker yard was thenthe performance of a perfect ILS. Butwhere was the transmitting equipmentmentioned above that must be on theground and is essential to ILSoperation? C. D. Walker —his intenseconcentration, his brain waves, werethe transmissions received by the UFOfor the localizer and glide slope!Why did a craft from anotherworld call on a quiet, elderly couple inthe country if it was not receivingtheirtransmissions? There are manyfeatures in and near Lexington onewould expect to attract UFOs. Amongthem are the Wenner-Gren AtomicResearch Laboratory, which has beenon the Universityof Kentuckycampus ,since before World ,War II, andnumerous industries. Ifscience historyis sought, Transylvania, founded in1780 and the first university in the"West," enshrines the relics ofRafinesque, one of Americas earlyscientists. Nearby are BluegrassAirport, Army Depot, and manygovernment hospitals, the "NarcoticFarm," among others.The UFOs base leg and ILSapproach took it over the luxuriantAlrhahurst Farm, but it did not hesitateon its glide slope and localizer path tothe Walkers lawn.The Walker farm is devoid of ironore and any other mineral depositswhich could cause a magnetic attraction, and there were no signs thatthe UFO explored the land but, insteadof doing so, made an abrupt takeoff.The farm exerts no magneticdisparityas disclosed on the Memphis SectionalAeronautical Chart southeast of PineBluff, where the disturbance on theearths surface is5 degrees, or betweenRison and Bunns Intersections, wherethere is a severe error of 15degrees upto 7,000 feet altitude.Okay, youre right. This report isan allegory,a parable. The case actuallydid happen, and the facts as I havestated them are true to the best ofmyknowledge and belief, but I concedethat the ILS interpretation may be amite farfetched. I could not help beingimpressed by.the UFOs actions beingso much like an airplanes flying of thetraffic pattern and an ILSapproach, butlets beware we dont miss the big point:The preponderance of theevi-dence is that the UFO "homed in" onC.D: Walkers signal-emanating mind.True UFOIogy — science —demands that we not butt our headsagainst the rusty wall of nuts-and-boltsthinking. Surely, we need to know whatmakes UFOs tick, and just asimportantor maybe more so, we need to knowwhat makes ufonauts minds tick.This Walker case is a speck of abeginning, like the Hill; Pascagoula;Liberty, Kentucky; . Travis Walton;Andreasson; and certain other cases.We must no longer fail to follow upsubjective evidence for clues, newapproaches, ad infinitum. These canblaze new trailsof insightintoUFOIogy,and into preparing ourselves to handlethem.DTAX EXEMPT CONTRIBUTIONSThe Mutual UFO Network, Inc.(MUFON) is a non-profit, tax exemptorganization. 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SCANDINAVIAN "SAUCER SCARE1(Reprinted, with permission, from AFU Newsletter No. 23, Anders Liljegren, Editor, Archives for UFO Research, P.O. Box11027, S-600 11, Norrkoping 11, Sweden.)THETHATSCANDINAVIANNEVER EXSAUCER SCAREISTED. . .1Anders L I 1jegren(c) Copyright 1982, Archives forUFO Research"Other magazines p r i n t some o u t l a n d i s hstories but I have never seen thesetypes of stories In UFO REPORT".Readers l e t t e r In UFO Report,November 1979 Issue.How much can we rely on what s written in thosejournals, newsletters and books that constitute"International UFO literature"..? During the 1970sI have become increasingly critical of alI sources,especially those where one could suspect that theauthor - or publisher - has made a considerable fi-nancial gain from what he puts out. Hoaxes or falsestories could crop up In any source but most likelyIn commercially produced magazines, or media publis-hed by people whose wl1l-to-belleve Is far greaterthan their wlIl-to-Investigate. R e l i a b i l i t y alsodecreases with distance and lack of confirmationfrom independent sources. In American magazines,In particular, where the drive to earn money isfar greater than In other parts of the world, youcould easily find dozens of suspicious "stories" -reports that have gone unconfirmed by other morereliable sources such as the major Investigationnetworks APRO, HUFON or CUFOS. kose suspect storiesare most often signed by authors unknown to investi-gative circles of ufology, pen-names or "ufologlsts"whose reputation for honest and truthful reportingcould be better. It is obviously very easy to foolmagazine editors...or even to fool yourself...Would non-Swedes put credence in a sensationalized,but clever, mixture of about half-a-dozen fantasticSwedish "first-hand cases" reputedly "investigated"and "documented" by Swedish experts? Some would,but a small wise and knowledgable fraction - whohad seen no Swedish confirmation whatsoever - wouldbe scept icai.If you bought the October 1980 Issue of the Americannewsstand magazine UFO Report (1) you were teased,on the colourful front-page, to read about "UFOsover Sweden - documented report of_ Air Force jetssupersonic saucer chase". You would then read thestory inside and be treated with a series of highlyplausible incidents. There are documented reportsof Swedish jet pilots seeing UFOs (2), there areSwedish policemen who have had sightings (3), andthere was Indeed (so we believe) a rather nasty ab-duction attempt at Oonsten, Sweden In December 1958(1|), as is claimed In the article, but s t i l l almostevery 1ine of the UFO Report report is fabricateddata!11You dont have to spend a week investigating "thesources". Any knowledgable Swedi sh ufologist wouldimmediately recognize the story for what Its worth.But you others... those of you who do not know aboutSwedish ufologlsts and UFO report history, those ofyou who are not familiar with Swedish geography orSwedish newspapers - would you suspect a hoax whenyou read about "incidents" at locations you hadheard about and easily find on the map, "incidents""reported" by "people" whose names you recognize assounding Swedish...77 Would you suspect that an un-scrupulous writer would put never-said statementsin the mouth of one of Scandinavias most respectedUFO experts...NO NEED FOR LAUGHS... The Scandinavian Saucer Scare" a s Y.S.Jonsson sarticle Is titled, is nothing but an elaborate hoaxon ufology. I will snow this wi thout doing much in-vestigation. J_f I investigated further with some ofthe reported sources - such as some Swedish defenceauthorities - I would probably get one cr two goodlaughs. Peopls outside of ufology would have anothermillstone to put on our already weak necks...Reports of Swedish jet fighters chasing UFOs havebeen persistent, both from ground witnesses andfrom a few puzzled pilots who dared to come of thesecrecy. The UFO Report story claims, however, thaton Dec 11, 1978 two Draken fighters from the F-16wing of the Swedish Air Force, at Uppsala, chaseda torpedo-shaped UFO over the Baltic, an objectwhich was also detected and followed by ground ra-dar. The chase resulted, so it is claimed, in anear-collision and a rather panicky conversationon the radio. The pilots, unlike most down-to-earthSwedish defence pilots, were certain they had encoun-tered a "space ship"...THE STOCKHOLM INTERVIEW THAT NEVER TOOK PLACE...Author "Y.S.Jonsson", whoever that is, says It tookhim "27 phone calls, two beers and a long-overduefavor" before he could meat one of the pilots at aStockholm restaurant (...non-existent In the tele-phone directory..), where he got his "exclusive"story, promising not to reveal the true identity ofone of the witnesses-pilots. A "watered-down" ver-sion of the incident was reportedly published in"Aftondagbladet" (...strangely ther^ is, and hasnever been, as Swedish newspaper by that name...)on Dec. 13, 1978. I checked the extensive files ofArchives for. UFO researci (AFU), which containssome 15.000 Swedish UFO press-clippings arrangedchronologically. There was not one single lineabout any UFO-ecnounter In any Swedish paper thatday. (Since 1970 a commercial Stockholm bureaucuts everything about UFOs from the Swedish pressand they very seldom miss out a chance to earn mo-ney...)The pilots, upon landing, were - says "Y.S.Jonsson"- greeted by a staff officer from "Forsvarets Expe-(continued on next page)
Scandinavia, ContinueddIt ions" (a redlculous name which doea not mean"Supreme Command" as claimed...) and hushed-up aftera "l)5-mlnute highly technical brleffng". NICAPs"Jim Sullivan" (..ever heard of him?..) tried toInvestigate the case via the "then prime ministerOlaf Palme" (...Palme had lost the Swedish1976election and was not prime minister In 1978-79...)but failed to receive a reply (which Is no surpriseeven If the "Sullivan" letter ever existed..).3^ agreed to an interview onthe condition. that certaindetails ofhis identity,and& that ofhisfellow Drakenpilot,bej^. disguised slightly. They havebeen.Theincident hasbeen confirmed throughJ$- other Swedish militarypersonnel at_< Uppsala, but the preceding account*• would not have been possible without3^- Larssons help.Of course, there could have been a pilot/UFO encoun-ter over the BaItIc on Dec.II, 1978. Making Inqui-ries with defence authorities would, naturally,lead to dentals even If there was one small ounce oftruth to this highly sensationalized report, whichI sincerely doubt thereIs...The "Jonsson" story contlnous by reporting aboutother "thoroughly documented evidence that hostlle(!)intruders have been paying special attention to Swe-dish skies")I For instance, on March 3, 1976, ar-tillery officers "reported seven disc-shaped objects...during a field exercise at Lulea". The Incidentwas "widely reported In the press, not merely InSweden but by United Press International"... (Notso, there is not one line of print about the "Inci-dent" In the Swedish press archives of AFU, and Icongratulate any International researcher whosable to find anything from UPI in his local news-papers...) Similarly It Is claimed that on Sept. I1977 a Llnjeflyg Fokker F-28 jetliner was "buzzedby a lone UFO" and had a near mid-air collision.(Of course, no press reports, no rumours In ufolo-gist circles, nothing to support the claim...)THE OOHSTEN MISREPRESENTATION"Jonsson" breaks his redlculous rep It Ion ofnon-events with something that really happened - butnot as "Jonsson" says I While witnesss names andpIace-of-occurence - as well as the date - arecorrect for the 1958 Domsten abduction attempt,not much else !s true. For Instance the aliencreatures were not "throwing goo"at Stlg Rydbergand Hans Gustavsson, the witnesses. For a correctversion of this Interesting case please check outon« of the Lorenzen books (It). I w i l l not botheryou with all the detal 1s-In-fault here. A similar"report", by the "Jonsson" pen, of a UFO"splttingforth chemical goo" In the seaport of GothenburgIs nothing but a saga. No Swede has ever heardabout that one...Finally comes the "report" from "criminal Inspee-. tor Lennart Hellberg", driving between Stockholmand NorrtSlJe (...there Is another we 11 known casewhere the percipients were driving that particularroad, what a co-Incidence...). The problem withthe "HelIberg" case Is that, while driving thisroad his UFO encounter occurred "only a few kilo-meters!from VSsteras, site of Swedens most impor-tant Jet fighter base". I advice the reader to fetcha detailed map of Sweden. You w i l l then discover thatwhile driving from Stockholm to NorrtSlJe you couldnot possibly come near to VSsteras. You w i l l never beTes"s than about 80 kilometres, as the crow files,from VSsterasI "Jonsson" further maintains that8"Hellberg" was Interviewed by Svenska Oagbladet onJan. 7, 1980. Maybe so, but the Interview was neverpublished and the matter has never been raised in anySwedish newspaper. There are no Swedish sources atall for this "report" and we at AFU are definitely ina positlon-to-knowlOTOLOGISTS THAT NEVER EXISTED...Mingled Into "Jonssons" article are names and factsabout Swedish ufology that match reality, but alsoquite Impossible claims. On several points "Jonsson"refers to K.GSsta Rehn, APRO representative for Swe-den. Rehn was not an active UFO investigator In 1978.Several months before the claimed Oraken/UFO encoun-ter Rehn, more or less, gave up ufology while turningover most of his collection and data to the AFU archi-ves. Today Rehn Is 90 years of age and almost blind.He Is -definitely not a "saucer-watcher" as claimed,but a serious ex-invest I gator who would be very muchoffended by "Jonssons" attempts to put words Intohis mouth. Rehn published two.Swedish books In 1966and 1969 - true - but had not his "third due to printin 1981" as "Jonsson" claims. Rehns third book wasreleased in 1972 and his fourth, and final one, in1976. The -72 book is available in a s l i g h t l y re-edi-ted English version (5). Rehn is the only" Scandina-vian researcher featured in Ronald 0.Storys Encyclo-pedia of UFOs (page 300).Other Swedish "researchers" are cited: "College pro-fessor l.ars S.indlin has assembled affidavits fromwitnesses in more than 100 sightings"... We are quiteimpressed to leern that we have such a "star" amongSwedish ufologist - unknowingly! It is claimed thatSundlin (or Sundin) is a member of the UFO-Sweden or-ganization. I checked with their membership registry,but Sundlin/Sundln is not to be found in the cardindex of about 9.000 Swedes who, at one time or anot-her, showed an interest in ufology. Mo report hasever been pub 1ished by that "man"In Swedish litera-ture.Another non-existent person is "GOran Llndqvlst",ufologist and author of a book, according to "Jons-son". A few years ago AFU published a iM-page bib-liography of Swedish UFO literature where GSranLindqvist is strangely absent... The author alsomention B8rje Nllsson as being the editor of a"highly animated monthly magazine". Yes, there wasone BSrje Nilsspn who was responsible for two orthree Issues of "Flygande tefat", a colourful comic-book representation of the American type, boughtfrom "Westtern Publishing Co. Inc. Racine, Wiscon-sin, USA", translated and released by the non-seriouspublishing house Semic Press. Translating these comicstrip representations of well-known foreign caseshardly qualify Borje Nllsson as a "researcher",,JMeed I say that neither "GSrarv Lindqvist" norB6rje Nllsson are Found In the UFO-Sweden registryof ufologists..7And so It Is... There was no serious UFO wave InSweden during the 1976-80 period (.."almost every-body In Sweden, especially In m i l i t a r y circles,knows about the UFO wave"...), there was no "sca-re", no general fear about UFOs during those years.Not more than during the proceeding years. Therewere genuin cases that puzzled authorities, butthose cases were never reported by UFO Report, orby "Jonssson".Who Is "Y.S.Jonsson"? I dont know. I doubt thathe w i l l ever step forward, but I w i l l send thisarticle to him via Stephen Ciacclarelly - associa-te editor of UFO Report - who has promised to for-ward my opinion. I also hope that UFO Report,which has earned a fairly good reputation, w i l l notaccept further "data" from this source or any othersource who comes up with strangely unconfirmedforeign data.(continued on next page)
Disturbance, Continuedthat a person can make an uncertainworld predictable. No longer does hehave to battle with his own personalconflicts or with subtle socialinfluences. The paranoids "enemies"are clearcut — allhe has to do isto fight"them," and then life will become rosy.However, because this is a delusion, hewill never succeed. The paranoidindividual gains a short-term comfort atthe expense of obtaining long-termsolutions to his problems.Subjective ExperienceIn the case ofMr. A., the subjectiveexperience of his mind beingcontrolledby outside forces is typical of theparanoid individual. The "invisible"beings are hallucinations which helpprovide companionship and meaningtoan isolated, alienated man. Thepredicted naturaldisasters are part ofapseudo-religious belief which functionsto de-emphasize the individuals ownweaknesses by emphasizingthe failingsof other people.A number of factors in thereporters background probably, contributed to his psychologicaldisturbance. He isa 56-year-old migrantwho lives alone in a small room withonly the barest of essentials. He hastrouble staying at jobs, and sometimesfights the people there ("theyre allagainst me, and Idont know why"). Hesometimes strikes out in frustration. Inhis home country, he sometimeswanted to kill himself because "itwasalltoo much" for him.All these details show that Mr. A.has trouble coping with everyday life.His isolation, older age, and the socialdislocation of trying to settle in a newcountry have all probably contributedto his present state of affairs. His UFOsighting is only a Jew-weight nocturnallight with no supporting witnesses orphysical evidence. Since he has read alot of UFO literature with a preferencefor the "way-out" type of articles, wecan safely conclude that Mr. A. hasmerely incorporated UFO materialintohis delusions.Case 2. Mrs. B.claims to have hadthree UFO sightings. The first was 3010years ago when she and a girlfriend sawan unusual object or light on a clearsummer day. In the most recentsighting, her home was "buzzed" as alight went slowly overhead, "hovered"for 5 minutes, and then went slowlyaway.In addition,to these sightings, thereporter claims a continuing series ofbizarre experiences involving contactwith, and harrassment by, unidentifiedentities or forces. Her experiencesstarted some 4 years ago and weremostly centered in her home. Sheclaims that items of clothingdisappeared when she wanted to usethem and then later reappeared.Electrical equipment broke down; thetelevision went haywire. She receivespeculiar phone calls from people withunusual, unrecognizable voices who tellher theyve seen her, to come and meetthem, or that they will come and visither. She is also under telepathic controlto make telephone calls to strangers.She claims to be a medium and isoccasionally taken over indeep trance,afterwards unable to rememberanything.The reporter attributes otherexperiences to persecution byscientologists. She is controlled at adistance by an unidentified hypnotistwho forces her to write "psychic"letters against her will and either postthem or deliverthem to a "contact" sherefuses to name. Mrs. B. doesnt knowwhen she is "under hypnosis," butother people notice she is actingdifferently. Thoughts not her own arebeing put into her head. She is watchedall the time and isfollowed around bypeople incars. "One day a garden trucktried to run over me." She believes thescientologists are trying to drive hercrazy because she resists theirattempts to get money out of her. Itshould be noted that Mrs. Bs first andonly contact with the scientologists(before the present "harrassment") wasover 20 years ago.Mrs. B. believes that other people(especially men) dislike her for noreason at all.Somehow she manages to"turn everyone off."She is blamed foranything that goes wrong and keepslosing her job. When she moved home,she received more strange telephonecalls and she believes her phone wastapped. She then moved into a hotelinthe same area and one day found herdoor smashed in. More recently, Mrs.B. claims to have been kidnapped andbeaten by "entities." Incidentally, thereporter claims to have an unusuallylarge aura and to be "psychic" like hermother.(Some cases) can be interpret-ed in either a UFOlogical or apsychopathological frame-work.These data can be interpreted ineither a UFOlogical or a psychopatho-logical framework. In the UFOlogicalframework, we can take note of thethree nocturnal light sightings.However, these are of a lowweight andMrs. B. was very vague on details. Themisplaced clothes could be interpretedas a poltergeist (teleportation) effect.The malfunctioning of electricalequipment also falls into line. Thecommunication with "entities" could beinterpreted as contact with the UFOintelligence. However, the witness isunsure of who she is "in contact" with.The harrassment could be interpretedas a "Men-in-Black" manifestation(except that she attributes it toscientologists and is not sure whether itis connected with her UFO sightings).In the psychopathologicalframework, we can interpret thereporters experiences as matching thesymptom pattern of paranoidschizophrenia. Mrs. B. appears to haveparanoid ideas of reference where sheunjustifiably associates external eventswith herself. For example, the allegedharrassment by scientologists andentities; thoughts being put into herhead by hypnosis; beingforced to writeletters; receiving threatening phonecalls; being followed at night; and evenher disappearing clothes are seen aspart of some conspiracy directedagainst her. She is projecting her ownunacceptable thoughts and feelingsonto other people and events so that itappears that she is being persecuted.The reporter also has hadhallucinations. An example is the man(continued on next page)
Disturbance, Continuedwho picked her up one night and whosupposedly turned into a repulsivecaterpillar right before her eyes. Herperception of self is disturbed. She feelsthat she has been taken over by otherpersonalities whom she must please.If the reporter is going through aschizophrenic episode, what triggeredit off? It probably is not a coincidencethat these bizarre experiences startedshortly after she was divorced 4 yearsago. My impression is that the reporterwas searching for a label for herexperiences (i.e., as due to UFOentities, or scientologists, or somethingelse). As far as can be determined, allher reported experiences arecompletely subjective. Thus it is mostlikely that Mrs. Bs experiences are dueto a disturbed psychological statetriggered off by her marital breakup."Spiritual Lights"Case 3. For many years, Mr. C.claims to have seen "beautiful spirituallights" colored pink, green, blue, ororange. The lights come down, stop inmidair, and burst into many beautifulcolors. The largest UFO he saw was alarge ball of white light with a gray-colored central cabin. The objectseemed to land close to a ridge. Thereporter later discovered a "blasted"boulder which he connected with thelight. Mr. C. wanted to go to bed, but a"voice" said to him: "dont go,wait." Hewaited and "saw the most beautifulsight I could ever see" — white, zig-zagging lights.Mr. C. claims to have had severalvoice contacts. On a bushwalk, heheard a voice tell him which was theright path to take: "The track ison yourleft side....I said thank you whoever youare, turned left 20 feet and beheld thetrack. Was it a UFO being who couldbend light waves, or was it a spirit fromthe other side....? Another time, thevoice of his mother told himthat he wason the wrong river.When he goes "deep into the UFOcountry" he receives the feeling thatlittle friendly people are present and areguiding him deeper into the gorge. Mr.C. believes there may be a UFO basenearby and that he is a medium"1 DIDNT HEAR ALL THE MESSAGE, BUT SOMEBODYJUST SCRAMBLED TWO FIGHTERS TO INTERCEPT A UFO."receiving the higher vibrations whichothers cant perceive. Amongst othersubjective experiences, Mr. C. has hadthe feeling that someone was in thehouse with him and has had dreams inwhich he saw an "undergroundhangar." He claims to be able to trackUFOs with divining rods and claims"spiritual gifts" of divining for water andminerals, trance healing, automaticwriting, reading flowers and teacups,voices and visions, ESP communica-tions with animals, and psychometry.At least some of the UFO sightingsappear to be explainable. The burstinglights could be flares. According to thewitness himself, a television newsreport stated that the most spectacularsighting was actually of a meteorite.The possible physical evidence of theblasted boulder isunconfirmed. Mr. Cssubjective experiences indicate adisturbed psychological state. The"voices" are most probablyhallucinations. This is especiallyindicated by the incident involving hismothers voice, which functioned toprovide comfort and reassurance tohim while in his isolated mode ofexistence.The mans background indicatesdifficulties in coping with life. At age 49he had a nervous breakdown after hismarriage broke up. He now lives alone,except for his dog. He owns his ownhome and people call him a "PensionBludger." In one of his letters, Mr. C.asks: "Why me, why??Who am I.Just abattler through life, hated allmy life, buthave kept as far out in front as I could."Mr. C.s experiences appear to consistof delusions and hallucinationsassociated with misinterpretations ofmundane lights and incorporating UFOand psychic lore. His marriagebreakup, his profound isolation,and hisadvanced years have probably allcontributed to this current state ofaffairs.(To be continued. References willappear with PartII.)11
I"By Ann DruffclThe Ultimate QuestionClose encounter reports which arebacked up by objective evidence suchas photos, landing traces, or in rarercases, readings on instrumentation,bear more weight in UFOlogical circlesthan do mere narratives of closeencounter events. However, by sheerweight of numbers, narratives of closeencounters must be given seriousconsideration. We cannot ignore thesereports even when they are not backedup by physical evidence.Something is clearly happening tonumerous humans on every continent.When the case involves two or morewitnesses, we tend to add greaterweight to the credibility of the report,but what do we do with the hundredsofsingle-witness cases?The question is, of course, howreally reliable are these "credible"single-witness cases. I have recentlybecome aware of a peculiar problemwhich afflicts some unfortunate people— a problem which might possiblyexplain some of these so-called"contact" cases we hear about. I referto those persons who seem to livenormal, productive lives but who, uponcloser observation, can be proven to beinveterate liars.These persons are not sociopaths(psychopaths), for there is no evidenceof the anti-social behavior or any clinicalor behavioral disorder.1Often*sociopaths are able to mimic normalemotions but the social relationshipsremain superficial and demanding.Their inability to delay gratification ofmomentary needs lead them frequentlyinto trouble with family, associates, andoften the law. Ifprotected by family andfriends, they may avoid being brandedofficially as sociopathic, or if theyoperate in a sector of society whichtolerates their demands and outburststhey may get along without beingrecognized by normal members ofsociety for what they really are.12. Most sociopathic (psychopathic)persons who report close encounters,however, are easily recognized by theveteran researcher. They are the oneswho drain the energy of investigatorsbypersistent demands for attention, time,and recognition. ExperiencedUFOlogists learn rather quickly toavoid e s t a b l i s h i n g on-goingrelationships and prolonged study oftheir claims.The type of person I am referringto, however, seems to function well insociety. Upon first acquaintance theydisplay the ability for normal socialbehavior, are talented and seemthoroughly reliable. Upon closeracquaintance, which often blossomsinto friendship, it gradually becomesclear that they are afflicted with a sadcompulsion to tell untruthsas readilyasthey relate truths. One is eventuallyforced to admit that they cannot tellwhen these friends are lying or not. Yetthese persons lovingly supportspouses, raise fine families, attendchurch, abide by civil laws, please uswith kindnesses, and are oftengenerous to a fault. It would be interesting to knowwhether psychology has fit suchpersons into a labelled niche. The bestexplanation I can find for thosevery fewof my friends who have this problem ofembellishment (to the point of lying) isthat subconscious feelings of inferiorityforce them intostruggles of rivalry, andtheir embellishments (lies) are bornfrom a desire to "tell tales" worthy ofbeing listened to.Aside from the uneasy situationofnot knowing whether to believe whatthose acquaintances are saying, thesepersons make pleasant and helpfulfriends and neighbors, and the bestadvice is to listen to their conversationswith amused interest.However, if in the course of lifeUFO investigators have encounteredthis type of otherwise-normalembellisher (liar), it becomes apparentthat at least some of these type peoplemight be reporting UFO sightings,including close encounters andcontacts. In such a case, investigationof their life situation would revealessentially normal human beings andonly prolonged investigative studywould disclose their unfortunate,,subconscious need to lie.In short, we cannot accept closeencounter, reports from anyone withwhom we have not had a longinvestigative relationship. Yet, if thereare genuine close encounters backedup by physical evidence, there is everychance that seemingly rationalwitnesses, reporting encountersunbacked by acceptable physicalevidence, are also describing genuineencounters. For, I reiterate, the typeofperson who compulsively.lies but stilllives an essentially normal life is rarelymet.. Putting aside the question of theessentially normal, but compulsiveembellisher (for I brought it up onlybecause Ihave never seen this problemdiscussed in UFO literature), we willproceed to the main topic of thiscolumn. What criteria must we demandfor encounter reports (especially single-witness sightings)? Would it besufficient if such a witness alsohappened to be a UFO researcher oflong experience and good reputation —in essence, a trusted colleague?Or w o u l d even v e t e r a nresearchers of impeccable credentialsbe disbelieved if they reported closeencounters in whichoccupant sightingsand "communication" were essentialfactors, if these reports were notbacked up by "sufficient" hard physicalevidence?I ask this question because I am(continued on next page)
California Report, Continuedincreasingly aware of colleagues in theUFOfieldwho admit confidentially thatthey have had "close encounters" ofone type or another at one phase intheir lives. Until recently none of thesecolleagues had been among the pioneeror veteran researchers Ive knownsince my entry into the field in 1957. Butrumors were spreading.On December 20, 1982, in answerto a direct query by mail, Dr. R. LeoSprinkle, a Psychology professor at theUniversity of Wyoming, sent me abrochure regarding the 1982 RockyMountain Conference of UFOInvestigation. This conference was thethird contactee conference held in thatarea. Among the list of participants wasNo. 54, R. Leo Sprinkle, PhD. The:Year of Interview"was listed as 1980and the following "Summary of UFOExperience" was stated in thebrochure:2With the aid of a fellow psychologist, thewriter (Sprinkle) used hypnoticprocedures to explore his memories of afifth grade experience; an apparentencounter on board a space craft with atall man, who instructed Leo to learn toread and write well so that, when he wasolder, he could help other people tobecome more aware of their purposes inlife.Congratulations are in order forLeo Sprinkle. He is, to my knowledge,the first veteran, credentialed, andhighly respected UFO researcher tomake public an apparent closeencounter with "UFO" occupants,including communicationmeaningful tothe witness. Firsthand information fromsuch a source is invaluable,for he is afriend to many in the field and no onehas proved himself more reliable.It is apparent why otherresearchers who have neither thereputation nor credentials of Dr.Sprinkle but who nevertheless feel theyhave had close encounter experiencesdo not want to talk openly about them.Their reputations would probably beimmediately at stake, their credibilitywould be demolished, and theireffectiveness in the field might bereduced to zero.The problem lies in our need toseek scientific verification of suchcontacts. Such verification would meanthat objective, physical evidence mustbe presented bythe witness/researcherthat such a contact took place. Inmost,if not all, such cases that would be avirtually impossible task. All theyreallyhave to present to their colleagues arememories of experiences they considerto be UFOlogical in nature.We are, at present, more thanwilling to accept colleagues reports ofseeing foo-fighters during WW. II, ordaytime disks (or even CE-Is). Ouracceptance wanes slightly at talkofCE-IIs, if lasting physical evidence cannotbe presented by the researcher/wit-ness. But the line of acceptanceimmediately snaps shut when acolleague speaks of experiencing asingle-witness CE-III, or God forbid!, aso-called "abduction scenario"happening to him.Why is this so? Why can weinvestigate CE-III and CE-IV reportswhich lack physical evidence fromstrangers, but ignore reports fromrespected and productive colleagues.Perhaps the answer lies in the fact thatwe can maintain objectivity withordinary witnesses but cannotmaintainobjectivity with someone we know. Thesituation issomewhat akin to a surgeonwho is able to operate on his patientsbut who would fear to operate on hisown child.Still, what better way to study theUFO phenomenon than .to studyreports of close encounters frompeople in the UFO field? What isneeded to make such persons feel. comfortable in describing theirexperiences publicly? Do they requirethe support of people inthe same boat?Would a group of such researchers benecessary before they would gather thecourage, as has Leo Sprinkle, to speakout? How many would be neededbefore scientists would feel the reportshad sufficient quantity to becomesignificant? Ten? Twenty? Onehundred? Or more?I would suggest that thoseresearchers who.feel they have hadexperiences equivalentto CE-III or CE-IVs, and who have been in- the fieldsufficient time to establish strongcredibility, think seriously about joiningforces with one another. They mightfind that such action would have aSUPPORT MUFONMUFON needs a largermembership/readership in order to bemore effective in pursuing our goals ofUFO research and public education.We suggest that State MUFONorganizations, and individual membersas well, consider gift subscriptions tothe Journal, for friends, relatives,libraries, or your doctor or dentist forwaiting room reading material. Stateorganizations should encourage theirmembers and consultants to take outadditional subscriptions as a means ofsupporting MUFON and disseminatinginformation.Also, if you know someone whomay be interested in becoming" amember or subscriber, send us theirname and address and we will mail thema complimentary copy of the Journalalong with informationabout the goalsand purposes of MUFON.And dont forget, MUFON is anonprofit, tax exempt organization.Your contributions (other thanmembership fee) are deductible fromFederal income tax for U.S. citizens.nsnowballing effect, as their courageinspires others to speak out also.I have had no close encounterexperience that I am aware of but thereis one thing I strongly .suspect: thatUFO researchers possess theirpeculiar commitment for a reason.Perhaps the UFO phenomenon mightbe trying to draw close to them so thatitcan be puzzled out and knowledgeabout it spread to other members of thehuman race. What better witnessescould the UFO phenomenon ask forthan that those who are best qualifiedwould vouch for its presence?REFERENCES1. See Encyc/opedia of Psychology, Vol. 3, Phasto Z, (Herder & Herder, 1972).2. Brochure, Rocky Mountain Conference OnUFO Investigation (3rd Contactee Conference),June 17, 18, 19, 1982; School of ExtendedStudies, Laramie, WY 82071.13
CRITICS CORNERBy Robert WandererBT, Chaos, and the Navel MenaceSome notes of interest — onresearch, on our reaction to chaos, ona valuable new book, on a new menaceto UFO research...Alvin Lawson reports someparticularly suggestive findings in hiscontinuing research on his hypothesisthat forgotten details and feelings fromour birth trauma (BT)are a major factorin those "abduction" stories peoplerelate under hypnosis. He and thehypnotist he works with, Dr. WilliamMcCall, sometimes ask people whohave no UFO experience to imagineone under hypnosis — and find that thestories of these "imaginaryabductions"are so similar to "real abductions" as tosuggest allsuch stories may come froma single source, such as a commonexperience like birth.A . particularly suggestive caseoccurred while a BBC television crewwas filming one of these "imaginaryabductions" for use on NOVAs UFOprogram. (This entire segment,unfortunately, wound up on the cuttingroom floor.) McCall hypnotized two"imaginary" subjects and they relatedCE-III stories as requested, and then hetook one of the subjects back throughher own birth experience. While talkinglater, she mentioned that the twoexperiences seemed identical:"...all the pictures and the colorsand shapes inside were the same....Itseemed to be the same experience, inaway. Tunnels, and all the colors werered. And even the idea ofbeing broughtinto the UFO in the first place. Thereseemed to be an almost instinctivereason to go in there...and also aninstinctive reason to go into the tunnelthat I saw in the birth experience."As Lawson comments, it couldnthave been better if he had written ascript, since it came "right from thehallucinators mouth." (Although itcould have been better, of course, ifNOVA had used that segment.)14Currently Lawson and McCallwork with a group of subjects withknown birth problems, regress them totheir birth, and then give them animaginary CE-III to see if the birthproblem comes up. The first test in theseries was positive: The subject was a25-year-old woman who had a problembirth — breech (posterior) with partialplacenta praevia. The story she toldincluded a number of breech images —and then she left the UFO by backingout! This is believed the first such inUFO "abduction" literature.None of this, of course, "proves"his hypothesis, but would seem to besuggestive supporting evidence.I noted a line in a new book thatstrikes me as a good illustration ofwhathappens in many "abduction" cases:"The human mind abhors chaos,finding order even if there is none."This is from The Cosmic Code byHeinz Pagels, and refers to the scienceof physics. But I think it applies also toeveryday life and particularly to theUFO field. Someone who may alreadybe under unusual stress undergoes aseries of experiences one day, some ofwhich are classified as "UFO." Laterperhaps this person goes underhypnosis, and takes these unrelatedhappenings and combines them withmaterial already in the brain into a storyof being "abducted" onto a UFO.In other words, on some day whenthe random events of daily life seemeven more random than usual, andwhen we happen to see a strange lightinthe sky or when we are left with aninexplicable feeling of "somethingstrange happened," we may "findorder" by creating a UFO story whichneatly ties together all those oddelements we couldnt understand.Incidentally, The Cosmic Code isan easy-to-read summation of the vastchanges in physics over the years, fromGalileo to quantum physics.•••••••••••••••••••ft*UFO researchers who suspectthat a considerable number of reportedUFOs are natural meteorological orelectrical events will want to look overLightning, Auroras, Noctural Lights,and Related Luminous Phenomena, acatalog of geophysical anomaliescompiled by William R. Corliss. It bringstogether and classifies more than 1,100examples ofover 100different luminousgeophysical phenomena, categorizedwith ratings for the quality of the dataand for the degree of understanding,with discussion and possibleexplanations.The book mentions UFOs inconnection with several subjects, andf u r t h e r connections suggestthemselves, in categories such asearthquake lights, nocturnallights, andpossible radar-caused lights. (248largepages, $11.95, Sourcebook Project,P.O. Box 107, Glen Arm MD 21057.)•••••••••••••••••••a*Ray Fowler, in his new book TheAndreasson Affair, Phase Two, reportsa new hazard in UFO research: thedanger of losing ones wife. It seemsthat one woman, after readingAndreasson /, wrote Fowler that shetoo had had a needle stuck in her navelby "aliens" while she was "abducted."She said she has directed inher will thatafter her death her navel be sent toFowler "for scientific research." Thatwas too much for Fowlers ever-lovingwife, who promptly warned: "Whenthat navel arrives, I go."MUFON103 OLDTOWNE RD.SEGUIN.TX 78155
AUTHORS RESPONSEBy D. Scott RogoI would like to respond to Mr.Wanderers review of my anthology,UFO Abductions (No. 177, Nov. 1982).Mr. Wanderer seems to be one ofthoseunfortunate commentators on theUFO mystery who likes to find"psychological" causes for closeencounters and abductions, butwithout bothering to study anythingabout the causes, nature, andpsychophysiology of sleep, hallucina-tions, mental imagery, and so forth.First of all, despite what Mr.Wanderer believes, driving long hoursat night while tired does not cause aperson to "see things." What is called"road hypnosis" refers to a momentaryredirection of attention which may lastfor a fewminutes.Hallucinations do notoccur, though on occasion a shadow orsome other stimulus will cause a personto experience an "illusion." Thishowever causes the driver to return tofull consciousness and usually to anawareness that a trick has beenplayedby his senses. To believe that any typeof road hypnosis could cause a long-term amnesia and hallucinations of aclose UFO encounter is simplyridiculous.The fact that a major Brazilianpublication refused to publish theVillas-Boas story is not pertinent. Mr.Wanderer is apparently unaware thatthis poor lad experienced an abnormalskin rash which defied diagnosis as partof his experience and that there wasindependent corroboration to the factthat UFO activity was rife in his area atthe time of his abduction.Mr. Wanderers "explanation" forJerome Clarks "ultimate alienencounter" is also rather far-fetched.Neither emotional tension, nor longdriving causes visual hallucinations.Nor can this explanation account forthe fact that both subjects came up withhighly complex and mutuallycorroborative accounts whileindependently hypnotized. Note thatMr. Wanderer does not attempt toexplain just how this weird story couldhave mutually emerged within twominds as the result of psychologicalfatigue and stress. Nor does heexplainhow any of this relates to a birth traumatype experience, no matter howpossibly symbolized. If Mr. Wandererwishes to find psychologicalexplanations of UFO abductionscenarios, he has a responsibility toshow exactly how they arise. This hehas totally failed to do.Mr. Wanderers lackof insightintothe nature of hallucinatory experiencesis even more evident when hecomments on Ann Druffels "DappleGrey Lane," which he explains.mayhave been due to the possibility thatone of the subjects was drinking thatnight. While it is true that alcohol"affects perception," drinking —despite the common misconception —does not induce visualhallucinations.The only exception to this is thehallucination syndrome whichaccompanies alcoholichallucinosis anddelerium tremens, whichonlyoccurs tochronic alcoholics who have sufferedbrain damage and who are in such ahorrible state of mind and. brain thatthey couldnt even drive if they wantedto! The content of thesehallucinationsare also very stereotyped and have littleconnection with anything that couldfeasibly account for a UFO abduction!As I mentioned, Mr. Wanderer isthe latest in a host of proto-UFOlogistswho try to explain many of the bywaysof this strange field along psychologicallines. It would be helpful if thesecommentators would actually studypsychology before foisting theiropinions onto those of us who have.Even as cautious a researcher as AllanHendry makes this fatal error inhis TheUFO Handbook, where he adopts the"Wandererian" thoery that some UFOclose encounters and abductions canbe explained as "isolationhallucinations" due to the lonely drivesthe victimsof these events are so oftenundergoing at the time. As a matter offact, isolation hallucinations — whichmanifest solely as a feeling on aninvisible presense in most instances —only occur when a person has beenisolated from human contact for anextremely extended length of time.Mountain climbers experience themrather commonly at high altitudes, andthese experiencescan be accountedforphysiologically as a result of cerebralanoxia.In simple fact, there is nothing inthe large body of literature onhallucinations, hypnagogic imagery andmental imagery that can in the leastaccount for UFO abductions. I,for one,am rather tired of "psychological"explanations for these cases which aremore incrediblethan the UFO mysteryitself.DRobert Wanderer replies:I have always had a great deal ofrespect for Mr. Rogos writing, andtherefore I was disappointed at thegeneralizations and the name-calling inhis response here. He begins byassigning me to the general categoryof"unfortunate commentators" who seek"to find psychological causes," andthen rails at the category withoutdealing with the key issues I raised.One such issue in my reviewconcerned the believability of the chiefwitness in "Dapple Gray," who alsocontended that no atomic bomb wasdropped on Hiroshima. I will defer toMr. Rogos alleged psychologicalexpertise, but surelyone doesnt need aPhD in psychology to dismiss such awitness as (to quote Mr. Rogo in othercontexts) "simply ridiculous" and"rather far-fetched."Some other aspects of hisresponse which I find strange:1. "The fact that a majorBrazilianpublication refused to publish the VillasBoas story is not pertinent." I considerit reasonable that an experienced.newspaperman on the scene wouldknow more about the mans credibilitythan third- and fourth-hand theoristssuch as Mr. Rcgo and myself.2. "Drinking...does not causevisual hallucination." Inever said it did.Imerely indicated that drinking might(continued on next page)15
SOUTH AMERICAN MAGAZINE MIMICS U.S. UFO EVENTBy John F. SchuesslerJournalist Bob Pratt of LakeWorth, Florida, was scanning the manyreports of UFOs to be found in theNovember 1982 issue of a UFONewsclipping Service, when he found astory about people being harmed by aUFO encounter in Venezuela. As heread he noted the close parallel to thefamous Cash-Landrum radiation caseof December 29, 1980, near Huffman,Texas.The story in the August 20, 1982issue of TAL CUAL Magazine,published in Buenos Aires,Argentina,describes how MariaElenaSuarez, hergrandson Gonzalo, and a friend calledSusana encountered a huge flamingUFO and were injured. This writerbelieves the story is a completeWanderer, Continuedlead to strange interpretationsof whatone sees (particularly by people whobelieve no atomic bomb was droppedon Hiroshima).3. "If Mr. Wanderer wishes to findpsychological explanations of UFOabduction scenarios, he has aresponsibility to show exactlyhoiutheyarise." I am not clear why someoneseeking a psychologicalexplanation for"abductions" is required to supplydetailed rationales, while Mr. Rogo andothers asserting these "abductions"are"real" need provide no hard evidenceoreven rationalexplanations.In any case,what I could do, and did, was to agreewith Mr. Rogos observation in thebook that additional psychologicalinformation is needed in such cases,and to wonder why he did not obtainthis sort of material for this book.Incidentally, Mr. Rogo calls me a"proto-ufologist," and I dont knowwhether thats a criticism or acompliment. The tone of his sentencecontaining that word sounds negativeto me, but my dictionary lists "proto-"as meaning "first in time" and "first instatus."d16fabrication, because the minute detailsare too identical to the Texas case;while major details such as date,location, and where the victims livehave been omitted.TAL CUAL quotes Maria assaying: "My God, save us! That thingison fire and its coming over us! Itsgetting closer!Were burning! God helpus!" It goes on to describe how Mariaappeared to be hypnotized as sherelived the incident.During a real hypnosis sessionconducted by Dr. Leo Sprinkle of theUniversity of Wyoming, Mrs. VickieLandrum, the grandmother in theTexas case, made similar statements!She implored God to help them. Shesaid "its burning, the whole thing isburning. There is fire coming out thebottom."The d e s c r i p t i o n of theapproaching UFO is also the same. Alarge luminous object clearly visible inthe sky, came in at treetop level andemitted reddish tongues of flame downtowards the highway. The SouthAmerican story tells how one of thewomen got out of the car, running. InTexas, Betty Cash did get out ofthe carand walked towards the object. VickieLandrum shouted for her to return,saying "Come back to the car. Dontwalk toward it."The Venezuelan grandson,Gonzalo, five years old, wanted to runaway because of fear, but was heldtightly to prevent his escape. VickieLandrum feared her grandson Colby,age 7, would run away terror-strickeninto the night, so she held him close toher as they cowered in the front seatofthe car.The aftereffects of the event arealso similar. Susana was said to havehorrible burns and had to be admittedto a special clinic for treatment. Hersymptoms included loss of skin,diarrhea, nausea, and headaches. InTexas, Betty Cash had all of thesesymptoms and more. A final statementin TAL CUAL credited a "cardiologist"with stating that all three people hadsymptoms of radiation poisioning;when it is very doubtful that peoplewould see a cardiologist for treatmentof burns. In Texas, Betty Cash washospitalized and treated by acardiologist — a doctor she knewbefore the event.The Venezuelan story points upthe need to be critical when examiningreports of UFO encounters. Reliabledetails are a necessity. Bob Pratt andJohn Schuessler plan to market a bookcontaining all the details of the Cash-Landrum case with the intentofhelpingother people in a similar situation anddispelling rumors caused byfake eventssuch as the one inVenezuela. The bookwill be called FIRE IN THE ROAD.| Technician<? in close•I encounter1 By THOMAS QUIRKET» A Midland technician.thinks5 he has had a Close Encounter,3 of the Barr Beacon Kind.5p VThile driving home from theQ West Midland beauty spot In•the early hours; Mr. John Hurley found himself on alonely road pursued, he Nays,by a glowing, orange ball the1stze of a small lorry.At first the former RAFleading aircraftsman thoughtthe sphere was attached to anearby electricity pylon. Butt then, he says, it followed himalong Doch:ink Lane. GreatBarr, hovering noiselesslyabout 60ft. away over anadjacent field."1 was frightened to say theleast,** he said.Mr Hurley, aged 42, got outtwice to see more clearly. Bothlimes, he says, the objectslopped, appearing to changefrom a ball of gas Into some-thing more solid.The second time, he shonehis torch and It approach** h«says, to within15ft.The Central ElectricityGenerating Board cannotexplain the phenomenon butBirminghams UFO StudIr5Investigation Service IsIntrrrMed.
LETTERSSoviet Cover-UpEditor,Im writing in reference to a recentarticle byJames Obergappearing in theOctober issue (No. 176).I would like to applaud itsthoroughness and professionalismthroughout. I think Mr. Oberg hasmade an important discovery as well asa good underlying .point regardingprofessionalism in UFO research. Itstrue that investigative practices mightbe less than thorough, but I feel theproblem does not lie in the integrity orcapabilities of various UFOresearchers, but in the hands of thosepersons responsible for severing UFOresearch from an accepted scientificsubject of study.• Your guess is as good as minewhen trying to figure out the reasonbehind that policy, but the resultingproblem is that research is left up toindividuals and organizations who mustfund their own investigations and maketheir own time within already existing,and often busy schedules. I get theimpression that Mr. Oberg has anattitude towards the failings of theseresearchers andwriterswhoare at leasttrying to explore and expose UFOactivity. It is this that I cannotunderstand. What is behind the need topoint socritically?Mr. Obergs attitude problemclearly jams him up from breakingthrough beyond the surface layer of theproblem; that is, whether or not aspecific UFO event actually occurred,and is, by all means, "bona-fideunidentified." Although this is the firstand most crucial aspect ofinvestigatingany specific case, the solution is notalways secured at this point. We haveyet to discover and clearly explain theorigin and the reason behind the trulystrange close range encounters. Hisown fatal limits are the very plagues thatcripple adequate research. Maybe heshould take out his frustrations on therightful cause of situations he deemsless than impeccable so that we maysomeday launch a full scale scientificprobe into the underlying andchallenging truths of the UFO enigma.However, in consideration of theobvious official need to keep UFOsunofficial, it is probably unlikely thatMr. Oberg will ever relieve hisfrustrations.Judith StarchildCheck, Va.Editor ErrorEditor,I believe you inaccurately statedthe skeptical position in your recenteditorial associated with the NOVAshow (No. 175, Sept. 1982). You wrotethat skeptics believe that all UFOreports are "readily explainable." I, forone, have never believed, said, orwritten that. Instead, my point is thateven prosaic stimuli will result ina smallfraction of unsolved — and for allpractical purposes unsoluable (byhuman means) — cases, and noextraordinary hypothesis is needed toaccount for the existence of someunsolved UFO cases. That is, theundisputed existence ofunsolvedcasescannot, in my view, be taken as prooffor the existence of extraordinarystimuli. Proof ofsuch existence must bepursued in other ways, which I havesuggested elsewhere.James ObergDickinson, Texas(Editors reply: I concede that theskeptical position was oversimplified inmy brief editorial. It would have beenmore accurate to say that skeptics"...tend to believe all sightings areexplainable in prosaic terms, manyreadily, some not so readily." As Mr.Oberg indicates, he assumes that allsightings have "prosaic stimuli." I cantimagine what evidence other thansightings — preferably, of course, withinstrumented data — could supply"proof for the existence ofextraordinary stimuli." In my view, wealready have ample proof; not of what"they" are, but that "they" are.)Proper CreditEditor:To set the record straight andgiveproper credit, all investigation andinformation gathering in the Mar. 23,1979, Bristol County, Mass.,pentagonal object case (No. 177, Nov.1982) was done by MUFONInvestigator Mrs. Merlyn Sheehan. Iwas the one who used her report in theNew England UFO Newsletter.Joe NymanMedfield, Mass.UFO Pioneers Letter to Nova(Staff Writer Greg long obtainedpermission to reprint the followingletter from Kenneth Arnold to theproducers of the NOVA UFOprogram. Arnolds UFO sighting onJune 24, 1947 was the first UFOsighting in the U.S. to receivewidespread publicity, and the term"flying saucers" first appeared innewspaper headlines reporting hissighting.)January 24, 1983British Broadcasting Corp.Kensington House. Richmond WayLondon, EnglandW140AXAttn: Chairman of the Board andJohn GroomGentlemen:In April of 1982 I received a letterfrom your Science and Featuresproducer, John Groom. Ifyou will referto your files it will be evident how apicture of myself by my aircraft wasused in your program "The Case of theUFOs." I made a sincere effort tofurnish Mr. Groom with a number ofauthentic photographs of these strangeaircraft which were returned to me aswell as the picture of myself, since heassured me via telephone and letterthat the program was to be a legitimate,honest effort to present a scientificdocument on the subject.Your program was aired in theNOVA series via WGBH Boston, USAon October 12, 1982 and I iaped theprogram in its entirety. This programwas not a documentary as presented tome and was instead a stupid, ignorantdistortion of facts that I know wereavailable to you. The showing of my(continued on next page)17
APPARENT ABDUCTION IN ARGENTINA(Note: The following news storyappeared in La Razon, Buenos Aires,Argentina, on February 23, 1982,describing an incident reported on Feb.19 in Rio Negro Province. Translationby Jane Thomas.)The attention of skeptics, theindifferent, and believers alike iscommanded by the u n u s u a lappearance of the passenger of a UFO.The protagonist had marks on hishands and burns on his neck and thefingers of one hand, when he wasattended at the hospitalinNeuquen.Hesaid his cars engine stopped on theroad and the lights went off. He saw amushroom-shaped object over the carthat gave off lights, and heard acavernous voice that invited him to getout of the car. After that he remembersnothing. His watch stopped at 9:15p.m.; the police found no traces of theUFO. Conjectures.Bahia Blanco - While the mysteryaround the strange case of the UFOpassenger in Allen, Rio Negro,continues, his wife said that, "only nowis he beginning to see well and iscalmer,after what happened to him on Friday.Early on Saturday the police advised usthey had found him in Arroyito(where)he had been walking around until a buspicked him up and he asked to betakento adoctor or the police.Afterwards, hewas taken to the Neuquen hospital."Mrs. Juan Fatorell added, "At firsthe did not recognize us and he hadsome marks on his hands like the cupsof an electrocardiogram. Burns wereapparent on his neck and three fingersof one hand. He hardly rememberedthat he lived in Allen. Do we haveeconomic worries? We have no debts,. live modestly, are healthy and haveenough to live. The car, a Reneault12,is okay. A policeman found it onekilometer from the road in a placewhere there is an entrance, but wherethe "break" was there was no trace ofithaving gotten there. It is unexplainablehow it got there without leaving marks."Those ofmy husband are,thereallright, when he walked. They are clearlyseen, but not the cars. The keys werein the start position and the batterywasdischarged."On the other hand, the protagonisthimself, who was already back home,told his family that he took ex-route 22towards the west on Friday at 8:30 p.m.He drove almost one kilometer until theengine stopped and the lights went out.He saw a mushroom-shaped objectover his car making noises resemblingLetters, Continuedpicture by my aircraft gave the publicthe connotation that the program hadmy approval and Ican come to no otherconclusion that for reasons unknownitwas an outright insult to not only myselfbut to the many hundreds of pilotobservers flying the air-lanes of theworld, not to mention the thousandsofreputable people who have reportedsightings of these strange aircraft forover a third of a century.I am inreceipt at this time of a letterfrom your Business Departmentrequesting consent of my release forfurther world wide distribution of thisprogram. In NO WAY will I grant suchpermission! I have accepted no moniesfrom you and insist that you not use mypicture again for such fradulent,immature, and misrepresentedpurposes.18Being the first pilot of the modernera to report these strange aircraft(Flying Saucers) June 24, 1947, Ivemade 7 additional sightings all in thedaytime and obtained 2 16mm stripsofsame. In my 38 years of flying I havelogged in excess of 12,000 first pilothours in the air and NO violations. Inlate 1947 I was an assistant to MilitaryIntelligence (A2)of the 4th Air Force atHamilton Field, California. Refer to Lt.Col. Donald Springer, 4th Air Force.SignedKenneth A. ArnoldMeridian, Idaho USA 83642Footnote:I am also a lifetime member of the(OX5) Association of AmericanPioneer Airman.I.D. #3686those made by electronic toys, andheard a cavernous voice inviting him toget out of the car, while at the sametimehe felt a burning sensation on his neck.Then nothing else.His watch had stopped at 9:15p.m., when the policefound the car 100km from the site between Challaco andArroyito. Meanwhile, the controvertedcase keeps attracting much interest.FREE PRESS, Midland, Ontario, CanadaNov. 19, 1982UFO sightedBARBIE — A Barrie Ontario Provincial Policespokesman said they received "several reports" ofunidentified flying object (UFO) sightings Tuesdayat about 10:45 pjn.Callers in the Barrie, Oro and Glencalm areassaid they saw a greerilsh-tlue, sphere-shaped objecttravelling laterally in the sky.UFO NEWSCLIPPINGSERVICEThe UFO NEWSCLIPPING SERVICEwill keep you informed of all the latestUnited States and World-Wide UFOactivity, as it happens!Our servicewasstarted in 1969, at which time wecontracted with a reputable. international newspaper-clippingbureauto obtain for us, those hard tofind UFO reports (i.e., little knownphotographic cases, close encounterand landing reports, occupant cases)and all other UFO reports, many ofwhich are carried only in small town orforeign newspapers."Our UFO Newsclipping Serviceissues are 20-page monthly reports,reproduced by photo-offset,containing the latest United States andCanadian UFO newsclippings, withour foreign section carrying the latestBritish, Australian, New Zealand andother foreign press reports. Alsoincluded is a 3-5 page section of"Fortean" clippings (i.e. Bigfoot andother "monster" reports). Let us keepyou informed of the latesthappeningsin the UFO and Fortean fields."For subscription information andsample pages from our service, writetoday to:UFO NEWSCLIPPING SERVICERoute 1 — Box 220Plumerville, Arkansas 72127
Directors Message, from p. 20Symposium in Pasadena, Calif.MichaelA. Delhom, 3201 KalisteSaloom Road,Apt #107, Lafayette, LA70508 has beenreassigned as State Section Directorfor the Louisiana parishes of Lafayette,St. Martin, Acadia, St. Landry,Vermillion, and Iberia.Stan Gordon, State Director forPennsylvania, has selected George H.Love, Jr., R.D.#4, Box 105B, Latrobe,PA 15650; telephone (412) 539-4478 tobecome the State Section Director forWestmoreland, Fayette, Indiana, andSomerset Counties. George is anAttorney at Lawand an activememberof the PennsylvaniaAssociation for theStudy of the Unexplained.Rev.G. NealHem, State Director for Texas, hasapproved the following new StateSection Directors: William A. Wright,710 E. Magrill, Apt. 4, Longview, TX75601 for Gregg, Upshur and RuskCounties; W.R. "Bob" Sanders, M.D.,Route 1, Box 250, Jefferson, TX 75657,telephone (214) 665-3030 for Marionand Harrison Counties. (Bob is also aConsultant in Psychiatryto MUFON.);John Douglas Norton, 104San Jacinto,Waxahachie, TX 75165, telephone(214) 937-9717 for Ellis, Navarro, andHill Counties.Three new Research Specialistshave volunteered their expertise: DonBerliner, B.S. noted aviation/sciencewriter, 1202 S. Washington St.,Alexandria, VA 22314, telephone (703)548-0405; Robert Peretz, M.A., 140Rumsey Road, Yonkers, NY 10705 inExtraterrestrial Life; and JacksonMorris, M.S., 4015 Hillswind, SanAntonio, TX 78217 in Hypnosis. Mr.Peretz is a chemistry teacher andamateur radio operator WB20GS. Mr.Morris has been actively involved inregressive hypnosis cases with theMUFON of San Antonio group.Several people have inquiredabout the status of Project StarlightInternational in Austin, Texas. RayStanford, Director, in a recenttelephone conversaiton advised WaltAndrus that P.S.I, has closed theiroffices, but continue on a limited basis,having retained the majority of theirequipment. Even though Ray has beendevoting most of his time to paintingwith acrylics, he .still maintains aninterest in UFOs, but with moreemphasis on the physics involved.In my "Directors Message," Ihavebeen sharing the significant actionstaken by the Steering Committee of theNorth American UFO Federation asreported by John F. Schuessler,Chairman, in his Newsletter. Due toJohns trip to Australia, he was unableto prepare his monthly status report.Considering the u n a n i m o u sacceptance and co-operation of therepresentatives attending the 1982UFO Summit Conference in Toronto,Ontario, Canada on July 5, 1982, it isdisturbing to read the article titled"APROs Position on Unity" inVolume31, No. 2. Itwas enlightening to observethat both William L. Moore, amember of the APRO Board ofDirectors, and Richard W. Heiden,Assistant Editor of the A.P.R.O.Bulletin, attended the conference andpaid their own expenses. Since neithergentleman was authorized to speak forthe APRO Board of Directors, exceptfor a position statement, the articlereferred to above clearly enunciatesAPROs lack of cooperation. Thederogatory remarks made aboutCUFOS and MUFONareunwarrantedand that of a polemicist. Theorganizational work of the SteeringCommittee will continue unabated,because unity in UFOlogy stands farabove the petty jealousy of a fewpeople.Ken McLean and R. Leo Sprinkle,Ph.D. have jointly announced that the"4th Rocky Mountain Conference onUFO Investigation" will be held June23, 24, and 25,1983at the UniversityofWyoming at Laramie. The purpose ofthe conference is to provide anopportunity for UFO contactees andUFO Investigators to becomeacquainted and to share informationabout UFO experiences. For detailedinformation, please write toConferences & Institutes, P.O. Box3274, UniversityStation, Laramie, WY82071 and ask for a registration form,identifying this conference.The SBI Report is the officialbimonthly publication of the ScientificBureau of Investigation,Inc., P.O. Box193, Staten Island, NY 10312. Thesubscription price is $12 per year forsubscribers and $15for active membersin the U.S.A. (It is $17 and $20 per yearrespectively for foreign subscribers)."Pete Mazzola,Editor and InternationalDirector of SBI, has been a positiveasset to the Steering Committee of theNorth American UFO Federation.For those readers who areinterested in the ancient astronautsfield, a new book titled "The SixThousand Year-Old Space Suit" byVaughn M. Greene is available fromMr. Greene at 548 Elm Ave., SanBruno, CA 94066 for $6.95 postpaid. Itis a thoroughresearch into the little claystatues known as the Doger. (110pages, paperback).When the magazine, Frontiers ofScience discontinued publication,William Bonner, Publisher, andElizabeth Philip, Editor, sent a letter toall current subscribers giving them anopportunity to substitute anotherpublication on an issue for issue basis,provided that they were not.already asubscriber. The choices were FATE,BIBLICAL ARCHEOLOGY REVIEW,BRAIN/MIND BULLETIN, and theMUFON UFO JOURNAL. Thisappears to be an opportunity toincrease the number of subscribers tothe Journal and potential members inthe future.Work is still progressing on thethird edition of the MUFON FieldInvestigators Manual. The availabilitydate and price will be announced in theJournal. In the meantime,we have anoutstanding book that will supplementour present and new manuals.Obseruing UFOs by Richard F. Haines,Ph.D., published by Nelson-Hall inChicago, is highly recommended forthe serious UFO investigator by J.Allen Hynek. Written as aninvestigative handbook, the scope anddepth of the investigative techniquesexceeds that of MUFONs basic FieldInvestigators Manual in some areas.This paperback version retails for$10.95; however, through specialarrangements with the author and hispublisher, MUFON is making thesebooks available for $5.00 plus $1.50 forpostage and handling in U.S. funds.Lou Parishs column "In OthersWords" was received too late forinclusion in this issue. It will resume inthe next issue.19
DIRECTORSMESSAGE byWaltAndnuJohn F. Schuessler, DeputyDirector, recently lectured and madetelevision appearances in Australia,promoting MUFON on that continent.Some of the highlightsof his trip werelectures in Melbourne on 2/9, Sydney2/12, Brisbane 2/15, and TV inMelbourne on 2/17. He met with GuidpValentich, the father ofthe missing pilotFrederick, and others througharrangements made by Paul C.Norman, MUFON State Director forVictoria. Mr. Schuessler will elaborateon his trip through future articles in theJournal.Guillermo E.Aldunati,PresidentofAOA International, is now arranginghis speaking itinerary for his fourth visitto the United States inMay and Juneof1983. Mr. Aldunati lectured inQuincy,111., and attended the 1971 MUFONUFO Conference in St. Louis, Mo.,during one of his earlier lecture tours.He may be contacted at AOAInternational, Casilla Postal 467, 2000Rosario, Argentina, for an invitation tospeak. Itis necessary for himto make acharge for his slide-illustrated lecture tohelp defray travel expenses. Tentativeplans have been made for himto speakin San Antonio and Houston, Texas.As our Journal readers andMUFON members make plans fortheirsummer vacations, we would like toremind everyone of the forthcomingUFO symposiums. The 1983 MUFONUFO Symposium will be held on July 1,2, and 3 at the Huntington-SheratonHotel, 1401 South Oak Knoll,Pasadena, CA; telephone (213) 792-0266. The speakers were announced inthe January 1983 issue of the Journal.The 1984 MUFON UFO Symposium isscheduled for the weekend ofJune8,9,and 10 at the Northpark Inn, 9300North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX75231. Tentative speakers have alreadybeen contacted. The success of thesesymposiums may be directlyattributedto the host groups, MUFON ofSouthern California and MUFONW.R. Saunders, M.D., TexasState Section Director andConsultant in Psychiatry.Metroplex, respectively.During the Christmas holidays,your International Director met withthe Tulsa (Okla.) UFO Study Groupwhich presented a gift/donation checkfor $600 to the MutualUFO Network,Inc. to be applied to publishing costsonthe third edition of the MUFON FieldInvestigators Manual. May we expressour gratitude and thanks to theirofficers: Dwight Dauben, Catherine(Dapolito) Holliman, William L. Irby,and Roy Lang for this generous gift.Bob Grattan, WA4NKZ, hasprepared a current MUFONAmateurRadio Directory, providing call letters,name, address, and telephone numbersof 52 ham radio operators participatingin the MUFON net. A copy of thisdirectory maybe obtained bysending astamped self-addressed envelope toBob Grattan, 107 Howard Street,Ashland, VA23005. The 40meter bandnet meets every Saturday morning at0800 E.S.T., 0700 C.S.T. on 7237 KHzwith net control being shared byWA3QLW and K8NQN (Les Varnicleand Dave Dobbs).The continued growth ofMUFONis evident by the large number of newofficers that were appointed duringthemonth of February. It is the fineleadership of these peopleat the "grass-roots level"that makes MUFONsuchasuccessful and unique organization.Douglas J. Labat, 4801 Lurline St.,NewOrleans, LA 70127; telephone (504)241-6776 is the new State Director forLouisiana. A former State SectionDirector, Doug is an electronics anddata communication engineer with thetelephone company. Mr. Labat will beannouncing his replacement for theparishes surrounding New Orleans inthe near future. R. Powell Adams, apast president ofthe UFO Study Groupof Greater St. Louis, has accepted theposition of State Director for Missouri,replacing Dr. Willard P.Armstrongwhomoved to Florida upon retirement. Mr.Adams, a realtor witha B.S. in physics,resides at 901 Torino Drive, Ballwin,MO 63011; telephone (314) 394-2248.Powell was recommended for thisposition by the following State SectionDirectors: Rosetta Holmes, JohnSchroeder, and Cliff Palmberg..Mr. Peter R. Geremia, 571Brackett Road, Rye,NH 03870, a FieldInvestigator since 1977, hasvolunteered to become the StateSection Director for Rockingham andStratford Counties in New Hampshire.Jerry Nevland, 1469 1st St. North,Carrington, ND 58421 has beenreassigned as State Section Directorfor the North Dakota counties ofFoster, Wells, Eddy, and Griggs. TomBenson, State Director for NewJersey,has appointed Peter Jordan, 217Connecticut Road, Union, NJ 07083as the State Section Director for thenorthern New Jersey counties ofWarren, Sussex, Morris, Essex,Hudson, Bergen, and Passaic. Mr.Jordan will be a speaker on cattlemutilations at the 1983 MUFON(continued on page 19)