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  • MUFON UFOJOURNALNUMBER 200 DECEMBER 1984Founded 1967.OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF MUTUAL UFO NETWORK, INC.($1.50DRAWING TO ILLUSTRATE "THE EARTHLIGHT ENIGMABy Hilard Evans
  • MUFON UFO JOURNAL(USPS 002-970)(ISSN 0270-6822)103 Oldtowne Rd.Seguin, Texas 78155-4099DENNIS W. STACYEditorWALTER H. ANDRUS, JR.International Director andAssociate EditorTHOMAS P. DEULEYArt DirectorMILDRED BIESELEContributing EditorANN DRUFFELContributing EditorTED BLOECHERDAVE WEBBCo-Chairmen,Humanoid Study GroupPAUL CERNYPromotion/PublicityMARGE CHRISTENSENPublic RelationsREV. BARRY DOWNINGReligion and UFOsLUCIUS PARISHBooks/Periodicals/History ROSETTA HOLMESPromotion/PublicityGREG LONGStaff WriterSIMONE MENDEZStaff ArtistTED PHILLIPSLanding Trace CasesJOHN F. SCHUESSLERMedical CasesLEONARD STRINGFDELDUFO Crash/RetrievalWALTER N. WEBBAstronomyNORMA E. SHORTDWIGHT CONNELLYDENNIS HAUCKRICHARD H. HALLROBERT V. PRATTEditor/Publishers EmeritusThe MUFON UFO JOURNAL ispublished by the Mutual UFONetwork, Inc., Seguin, Texas.Membership/Subscription rates:$15.00 per year in the U.S.A.; $16.00foreign in U.S. funds. Copyright 1984by the Mutual UFO Network. Secondclass postage paid at Seguin, Texas.POSTMASTER: Send form 3579 toadvise change of address to TheMUFON UFO JOURNAL, 103Oldtowne Rd., Seguin, Texas 78155.FROMTHE EDITORThe December 1984 edition marks the two hundredth issueofSKYLOOK and the MUFON UFO JOURNAL, since itsfoundinginSeptember 1967. Starting as a five page mimeographed newsletter,SKYLOOK gradually expanded to a twenty-page monthlymagazineunder the leadership of its editor, Mrs. Norma E. Short. Afternurturing SKYLOOK from its inception, Mrs. Short relinquishedthe editorship with her last issue number 74 in January 1974.SKYLOOK, The UFO Monthly, adopted a more professionalmagazine appearance with the February 1974 issue when DwightConnelly became editor and publisher. Under Dwights direction,SKYLOOK was recognized as one of the leading monthly UFOpublications.With the June 1976 edition, the name of the magazine waschanged to the MUFON UFO JOURNAL to better identify thepurposes and work of the MutualUFO Network under Dennis W.Hauck as editor. Typesetting of the Journal at this time furtherupgraded the caliber ofour publication.Mr. Hauck turned the reignsof editorship over to Richard H. Hall after the August 1977 issuenumber 117. The Journal reached new heights of professionalism,thanks to Dick Hall, who spearheaded our publication fromSeptember of 1977 through July 1983. From October 1983 throughSeptember 1984, Robert V. "Bob" Pratt, a professional UFOinvestigator/journalist, served as the Journal editor.All of us in MUFON wouldlike to take thisopportunity to thankthese wonderful people for their dedicated service as we mark thissignificant milestone in ufology — our two hundredth edition.In this issueTHE EARTHLIGHT ENIGMA By Hilary Evans 3UFO SIGHTING BY PILOT OVER PENNSYLVANIA By Stan Gordon . .5HUGE SAUCER OVER PENNSYLVANIA By T. Scott Grain, Jr 6A STATISTICAL REPORT ON UFO ABDUCTION INVESTIGATIONS INTHE NEW YORK CITY AREA, By Budd Hopkins . .7UPDATE ON THE BELLWOOD, PA UFO CAR LIFT CASE,By Stan Gordon " 9TOWARDS TRUTH, By Walt Andrus 11COMMENTS ON DRUFFELS MERCURY THEORY,By Joe Kirk Thomas 12LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 13IN OTHERS WORDS, By Lucius Parish . 1 5THE NIGHT SKY, By Walter N. Webb 16DIRECTORS MESSAGE, By Walt Andrus : 20COVER ARTWORK By Simone C. MendezThe 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 MUFON UFO JOURNAL are determined by the editor, and donot necessarily represent the official position of MUFON. Opinions of contributorsare their own, and do not necessarily reflectthose of the editor, the staff, or MUFON.Articles may be forwarded directly to MUFON. Responses to published articles maybe in a Letter to the Editor (up to about 400 words) 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 article isgiven credit,and thestatement "Copyright 1984 by the Mutual UFO Network, 103Oldtowne Rd.,Seguin,Texas" is included.NS
  • THE EARTHLIGHT ENIGMABy Hilary EvansAssociation for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena London, EnglandThere is one category ofunidentified flying something which hasbeen reported for decades, evencenturies; long enough to pass intofolklore. Variouslyknown as mountainlights, spook lights and the like, it is arecognized anomaly which, thoughmost researchers would attribute it tonatural causes of some kind, continuesto defy research. Knowing into whichpigeonhole it is most likely to eventuallyfit is a long way from saying what it ismade of and what causes it.A number of researchers have ofcourse speculated that these lightsmay be linked with the UFOphenomenon. Some investigators,such as Ralph Lael, have allegedlytraced an extraterrestrial connection;but their evidence is not such as towininstant credibility with the scientificestablishment.More persuasively, MichaelPersinger, a psychologist, and PaulDevcreux, a respected anomalyresearcher, have offered us interestingspeculations based on statisticalcorrelations. Some researchers haveenthusiastically espoused theirhypotheses as the breakthrough wehave all been waiting for: others arguethat even if valid their models couldaccounts for.only a small percentageofreports.xAt this early stage of the debate,either viewpoint can be justified. Thereis probably no area of UFO research sovulnerable to criticism as its statisticalbase; but Devereux has persuasivelyestablished at least a degree ofcorrelation between geophysical eventsand UFO reports. He has been lesssuccessful at winning adherents for hismodel of how the first, lead to thesecond.However, who will blame him forthat, in the present state of ourignorance? He deserves our thanks,rather, for providing some support forthe viewpoint expressed back in 1975by Jacques Vallee, that the "UFOphenomenon is the product of atechnology that integrates physical andpsychic phenomena." Some of us maynot be too happy about Vallees useofthe word "psychic" where"psychological" might have served; nodoubt its just a matter of definition.. What is regrettably true is that manyofus need to be reminded to be open-minded in these matters, and torecognize that some kind of synthesisbetween the feet-on-the-groundphysical and the head-in-the-cloudspsychological is essential ifwe arent toget bogged down, in futile debatebetween the good old nuts-and-boltsboys and the smart-ass skeptics of thepsychosbcial persuasion.The futility of such all-or-nothingdebate has been demonstrated recentlyin regard to two potentiallyimportantcases, the on-going sightings inHessdalen, Norway, and RutledgesProject Identification which seems tohave faltered to a standstill withoutanyone takingup the challenge.In bothcases there are many debatable issues;what is dismaying is the failure ofmanyresearchers to get beneath thesesuperficial issues ,to the underlyingsignificance of the phenomena. Just byway of example: a representative ofNorways ulta-skeptical NIVFO wroteme "the UFOs are now IFOs: the lightsin Hessdalen were....airplane lights,stars, inversions, ball lights, plasmalights, etc." No doubt some can bedismissed as aircraft and stars; but todismiss, just as casually, others as "balllights" or "plasma lights," supposingthat you have explained them fromUFOs into IFOs, is absurdly naive.Fortunately, his statement has notconvinced the dedicated researchers ofUFO-Norge that they can pack up theirdetectors and go home.At the same time, the NIVFOskeptics also have some validity intheirview that many of the Hessdalenwitnesses saw something other thanwhat they reported seeing. To accepttheir reports at face value would beequally naive. What we have to do is topick out, both from the reports andfrom our knowledge of what processesmay be involved,the requisite elementsfor creating a testable workinghypothesis. And ifit seems unavoidablethat such a hypothesis will containsome ingredients that are purelyphysical and some that arepsychological, and even some thatwould be classified by many asparapsychological, well, that too issomething we must be prepared toaccept.TOWARDS A VALID SYNTHESISI use the word "must" advisedly,not out of any desire to dragoon UFOresearchers into a course ofaction theymay be reluctant to pursue,, butbecause 1 cannot see how any ufologistcan deny, on the one hand, the physicalreality of some UFOs, and on the other,the action of psycholgocial processesinmodifying the wayinwhichthose UFOsare perceived. The Hessdalenphotographs are sufficient evidence ofthe first, the findings of Allan Hendry ofthe second.Those of us who are willing toaccept the necessity for some kind ofsynthesis will surely find that theprospect, while daunting, is extremelypromising. It could even be thatbreakthrough which is always justaround the corner; maybe at last wehave turned that corner.Let us start with the reportedphenomenon, an object, generally seenin the act of flying, which we canreasonably assume to be physical innature. and either geophysical ormeteorological (maybe the terms areinterchangeable here) in origin. Let usprovisionally call it a Ball-of-Light, BOLfor short. There is no reason for us todoubt that the BOL is generated by a(continued on following page) View slide
  • Earthlight Enigma, Continuedperfectly natural process: we dontknow what that process is,but wedonthave to presuppose anything thatscience, in the fulness of time, wont feelable to take to its bosom withoutcompunction.Most of us, seeing a BOL,.will sayLook, theres a ball of light, how odd,and start looking for an explanation ingeophysical or meteorlogical terms,because we are sensible, level-headedpeople. But if Devereux is right, thereare others who see these BOLs asUFOs, by which they dont just meanamorphous shapes, but somethingstructured,, of, the order of alienspacecraft. We all know, after readingHendry, that this kind of extrapolationhappens; we know that people can seethe Moon, or Venus, and suppose it tobe a metallic disk with rotating lights;windows and all manners ofaccessories. So there is, nothingimplausible about the Devereux.proposal that a geophysical BOL maydo what the Moon does, and trigger offsuch a delusion.Of course that still leaves anumberof unresolved questions; one of thoseis, Why do some people think theysee astructured craft while others see just anamorphous light? (As has happened oncountless occasions at Hessdalen, forexample.)Well, one possible answer issupplied whenwe turn to anapparentlyquite separate train of conjecture,involving a whole new set of factors.Ithas. been clearly established that ourbrains can be affected by atmosphericeffects, such as imminent storms, andby geophysical events, such asimminent earthquakes. The modusoperand! of these effects appears to bea modification in the proportion ofcharged particles in the atmosphere,involving either an alteration in thebalance between negative and positiveions, or a reduction or increase of oneor the other. Sulman has demonstratedthat about one person in three is"weather-sensitive" to such effects, tothe extent that their behavior will beunconsciously affected.It is indeed possible that theseeffects could go so far as to triggeroff ahallucination. Claude Rifat hastentatively •identified a component ofthe brain which seems to function as akind of switch from the "reality mode"to the "fantasy mode." As is wellknown,.the brain is an electro-chemicaldevice, requiring minuscule quantitiesof power to operate: it is plausible,therefore, that the input generated bythe aforementioned atmosphericeffects could be sufficient to activateRifats switch: in which case thegeophysical or meteorological eventcould, directly cause the percipient tohallucinate.At first it looks as though we nowhave not one but two hypotheses onour hands: one says that a geo/meteoevent can create a physicalBOL whichmay be mistaken by some percipientsfor an alien spacecraft; the other saysthat a geo/meteoevent canso affect thebrains of some people that they areliable to hallucinate.Well, you dont have to befrightfully clever to see how these twohypotheses could be telescoped, asfollows: the geo/meteo event puts acertain number of people — about oneperson in three — into a state of mindwhere they are liable to hallucinate..Atthe same time, it may generate aphysical BOL which may act as atriggerfor such a hallucination. So while twoout of three people see a perfectlynatural object, their companion sees astructured artifact from Outer Space.NO OFFENCE TO SCIENCEAs a starting-point for furtherresearch, this proposal may,I suggest,provide an explanation for a limitednumber of UFO reports: I am far fromsuggesting that it offers any kind ofblanket explanation for the entirephenomenon. Andinany case there areseveral, questions which arise. Forinstance:*Are there any other circumstances inwhich similar doubleeffects may occur?For example, such electromagneticfield effects as might be encounteredclose to power lines, or inthe vicinityofhigh-tech government projects whichcould involve electromagnetic forces?*Should we take into account thesubjective impressions of manypercipients, that the BOLs respond tothem with signs of .intelligence?• Reluctant as we may be to accept sucha notion, it has been reported by somany people that we would be actingunscientifically to dismiss italtogether.Hendry has shown that IFOs generatethe same kind of subjective feelings as"true" UFOs; but before we discountthe whole idea we must explain howboth Rutledgein Missouriand Havik inNorway became convinced that theirUFOs. .were responding to theinvestigators activities.*Another possibility we shouldconsider is whether the BOL itself mayeffect the atmosphere in its.vincinity,modifying it in just the same way as thegeo/meteo . event which caused theBOL itself? After all, we dont knowwhat exactly it is in the geophysical ormeteorological event which causes thevariation in charged particles; butwhatever it is, it may be no less inherentin the BOL. In which case it will be the"BOL-UFO" itself which causes onepercipient in three to see it, not as theball of.light which it really is, but assomething else. That "something else"will be determined by factorsoperatingwithin the subconscious mind of thepercipient, and will be shaped bypsychological and cultural expect-ations, hopes, fears and preoccupa-tions. For some at least, it will resolveitself into an alien spaceship.It is, at this early phase of ourresearch, a confusing picture. But itpossesses one important merit: it ismade up entirely of elements which areeither reported facts or provenprocesses. In other words, there isnothing among the component parts ofthe model whichcould cause offence tocurrent science. It is only thecombination of these component partswhich takes us into unexploredterritory. It isa territorywhich promisesto. repay exploration, .but only ifexplorers from various disciplines arewilling to join forces. There arephysicalforces involved whichare nominally theprovince of the geologist or themeteorologist; but there are alsomental processes at workwhichare thedomain of the psychologist, theneurologist and the sociologist. Inshort, here is a phenomenon whichreminds. us that the categories into(continued on next page) View slide
  • Earthlight Enigma, Continuedwhich we humans are apt to separateour knowledge are largely artificial. Theearthlight enigma is one whichrecognizes no c o n v e n t i o n a lboundaries.UFO SIGHTING BY PILOTOVER PENNSYLVANIABy Stan Gordon, State DirectorThe author would be very pleased toreceive comments, suggestions andcriticisms of the foregoing. His addressis 1 Tranquil Vale, London SE3 OBU,England.REFERENCESCorliss, William R. The volumes of hisSourceboofc Project are an indispensable guide tonatural phenomena of every kind.Devereux, Paul, Ear/h/ighfs, Wellingborough,UK, 1982.Evans, Hilary, "BOLS," in Probe Report, Bristol,UK. 1982. Visions, Apparitions, Alien Visitors,Wellingborough, 1984, for a detailed account ofhallucinations and many of the processes referredto in this article.Frizzell, Michael A , "Investigating the BrownMountain Lights," in UFO Journal 43, 1984.Hendry, Allan, The UFO Handbook. New York,1979.Persinger, Michael A, "Possible InfrequentGeophysical Sources of Close Encounters," inHaines, Richard F., UFO Phenomena and fheBehavioral Scientist, Metuchen, 1979.Rifat, Claude, "Is the Locus Coeruleus Involvedinthe Most Bizarre Aspects of UFO Reports?" inUFO Phenomena Vol. llnol. 1978, and interviewin OV/M Presence 25, Marseille, 1983.Rutledge, Harley. Pro/eel Identification, NewJersey, 1981.Soyka. Fred, with Edmonds. Alan, ThelonEffect,New York, 1977.Sulman, Felix Gad, The Effects of Air lonization,Electric Fields. Atmospherics and Other ElectricPhenomena on Man and Animal. Springfield,1980.Tnbutsch, Helmut. When the Snakes Awake,Cambridge, Mass., 1982.UFO-Norge, Project Hessdalen, Tonsberg, 1984.Vallee. Jacques, "The Psycho physical Nature ofUFO Reality." in Thesis Anfihesis. AIAA LosAngeles, 1975.STAN GORDONThe Pennsylvania Association Forthe Study of the Unexplained (PASU)isinvestigating the sighting of anUnidentified Flying Object by a pilotand co-pilot of a corporation Lear jet,on the night of .July 27, 1984, overClarion County, Pennsylvania. The twoobservers, who wish not to beidentified (this information ison file withMUFON), were enroute from NewYork state to Pittsburgh when thesighting occurred at about 11:30 PM.From information extracted fromthe taped interview with the pilot, thecrew was looking out the right,windshield, toward the west when theynoticed a bright streak of lightdescending down at a 45 degree anglethen leveling out. At first they thought itwas a bright meteor but after they sawitlevel out, they noticed more detail andrealized that the object seemed to bekeeping level at the same altitudewiththem, as though it was pacing theiraircraft. The object appeared to bebetween 40 to 50feet long, shaped like acylinder (or rocket as mentioned in thepilots signed statement), solid andblack in appearance. As they watchedthe object, from the rear section abright reddish-orange burst of flamewas emitted. This flame was verybrightin color "like the flame of a torch," wasof a pointed shape and extended outabout 50 to 60feet from the object. Thisbright flame was seen to burst on andoff 3 to 4 times during the two minuteobservation. Each burst seemed to lastbetween 3 to 5 seconds.. After, each burst of flame therewere numerous sparks observed thatlasted several seconds thendisappeared. Another aircraft in thesame vicinity radioed to the air trafficcontrol center at Cleveland, Ohio, justafter our witnesses did. Both requestedinformation on any other air traffic intheir vicinity.They were told that radarindicated no other traffic. The sightingoccurred in the vicinity of the Clarion,Pa., VOR. No interference was notedon the aircraft instrumentation. Thepilot has beenflyingfor 8 years and hasnever seen anything like this before.One thing that baffled the twoobservers was that even though theywere moving in the opposite directionof the UFO, the object still seemed tokeep pace with them. When asked howthey could see the object forthat lengthof time if they were moving in oppositedirections, the pilot replied "I dontunderstand it myself unless it could gobackwards. Cause the flames thatseemed to keep it movingwas behind it.We were on a heading towardsPittsburgh, and it was going in theopposite direction towards thenorthwest. As we were descending inaltitude it was just always withus. Likeitwas going backwards. The flame wouldshoot out and it would just stay withus." nHILARY EVANS
  • HUGE SAUCER OVER PENNSYLVANIABy T. Scott Crain, Jr.State Section Director for PennsylvaniaOn the night of October 23, 1984,Melvin Morrissey was driving alongRoute 453, one-and-a-half milesnorthofTyrone, Pennsylvania, when he saw anobject he described as "a circular shapelike a saucer."Morrissey was on his way to spotfor deer in his pick-up truck at 8:18 PMEST along the Jamesville Pike Road, one mile from his home, when he saw aseries of lights in the sky out of hispassenger side window.Morrissey said the saucer-lookingcraft had a rim of "red lights on top ofitgoing in sequence around the object,"and at least three amber lightsunderneath the craft that werestationary. According to Morrissey,theobject was "the size of a football field,"and "was roughly 100 feet above thetreetops, maybe a little higher."The witness pulledoff to the side ofthe road, turned off his engine, andleaned his head out the truck windowtoget a better look. "I couldnt hear athing. It was movingfaster than a plane,but not as fast as a jet" Morrissey said.He observed the object for at least twominutes before it coasted over the roadin front of him and disappeared over theridge in a northwesterly direction..Several minutes later, Morrisseyreturned home to get his twochildrenand go look for the object. They allproceeded back on to the JamesvillePike, and turned off on the first dirt roadpast Wild Goose Road. About threemiles back in the Gamelands Number158 Morrissey saw unusual lights nearthe ground which he said he never sawbefore. He was observing them throughbinoculars from the bed of hispick-uptruck. Morrissey returned to Tyroneand reported his sighting to TyronePolice who then informedHolidaysburgState Police. Tyrone Police Chief J.Thomas Cooper, Morrissey, andmembers of the State Police returnedto the area where Morrissey said hesawthe lights. None could be found.The next day (October 24), PoliceChief Cooper and Morrissey drove toanother vantage point on Wbpson-onock Mountain for clues to what mayhave caused the lights Morrissey sawnear the ground. Cooper concluded theUFO seen in the Gamelands was thered lights on the WTAJ-TV towerlocated on top of Wopsononock. Aspokesman for WTAF informed mesome added lights were attached to thetower several months before, and withthe fall leaves coming off, those lightsare visible from the Gamelands.Morrissey c o n f i r m e d to this.investigator on Sunday (October 28),that he went back to the point where hewas Tuesday night at the Gamelandsand he too, saw those lights again.However, the misconception ofthe lights in the. Gamelands does notexplain the saucer-shaped objectMorrissey said he saw flyover hiscar onJamesville Pike.INVESTIGATIVE NOTESI interviewed Melvin Morrissey bytelephone on October 24, and had apersonal visit with him on October 28,1984. He seemed like a level-headedperson to me, and not one to make upthis kind of story. His credibility assomeone who would tell the truth wassupported by hisfriends who knewhim.He was very sensitive to the newsmedia following his sightingand refusedan invitationto appear on WTAJ-TV orto comment on his sighting to localradio stations. I was the first person toreach Morrissey the day following hissighting with whom he was willing todiscuss the incident. He has sincereleased details of his sightings to thenewspapers.Tom Shannon of WVAM radio inAltoona, Pa., called NORAD inColorado to check if any large militaryaircraft were in the area the night of thesighting. The answer was no; however,the lady at NORAD said that the presswere calling from Central Illinois toMELVIN MORRISSEYCompleting MUFON Sighting Questionnairecheck if any military aircraft were intheir area at 6:00 AM on October 23,the same day as Morrisseys UFOsighting. Apparently,their were reportsof UFOs that morning in Illinois. Localradar stations reported no large aircraftin the area that night. Unconfirmedreports circulated that a government ormilitary truck was allegedly in the areaof the Gamelands the day following thesighting which could not besubstantiated. This investigator was inthe Gamelands area between 1:30 and3:30 PM the next day and saw nothingunusual.. Other UFO sightings werereported in the vicinity the night ofMorrisseys sighting. Morrissey himselfreceived calls on three separatesightings seen the same night as his. Asfar as I could ascertain, none of theother UFO reports were similar to thatof Morrisseys.Morrisseys original sightingremains unidentified at the time of thiswriting. , a
  • Earthlight Enigma, Continuedwhich we humans are apt to separateour knowledge are largelyartificial. Theearthlight enigma is one whichrecognizes no conventionalboundaries.UFO SIGHTING BY PILOTOVER PENNSYLVANIABy Stan Gordon, State DirectorThe author would be very pleased toreceive comments, suggestions andcriticisms of the foregoing. His addressis 1 Tranquil Vale, London SE3 OBU,England.REFERENCESCorliss, William R. The volumes of hisSourceboo/c Project are an indispensable guide tonatural phenomena of every kindDevereux, Paul, Earthlights. Wellmgborough,UK, 1982.Evans, Hilary, "BOLS," in Probe Report. Bristol,UK, 1982. Visions, Apparitions, Alien Visitors,Wellingborough, 1984, for a detailed account ofhallucinations and many of the processes referredto in this article.Frizzell, Michael A., "Investigating the BrownMountain Lights," in UFO Journal 43, 1984Hendry, Allan, The UFO Handbook. New York,1979.Persinger, Michael A, "Possible InfrequentGeophysical Sources of Close Encounters," inHames, Richard F., UFO Phenomena and theBehavioral Scientist. Metuchen, 1979.Rifat, Claude, "Is the Locus Coeruleus Involvedinthe Most Bizarre Aspects of UFO Reports?" inUFO Phenomena Vol IIno 1.1978, and interviewin OV/M-Presence 25. Marseille, 1983.Rutledge, Harley. Protect Identification, NewJersey, 1981.Soyka. Fred, with Edmonds, Alan, The Ion Effect,New York, 1977.Sulman, Felix Gad, The Effects of Air lonization,Electric Fields, Atmospherics and Other ElectncPhenomena on Man and Animal. Springfield,1980.Tributsch, Helmut. When the Snakes Awake,Cambridge, Mass., 1982.UFO-Norge, Project Hessdalen, Tonsberg, 1984.Vallee, Jacques, "The Psycho physical Nature ofUFO Reality," in Thesis-/Wi/hesis. AIAA LosAngeles, 1975.STAN GORDONThe Pennsylvania Association Forthe Study of the Unexplained (PASU) isinvestigating the sighting of anUnidentified Flying Object by a pilotand co-pilot of a corporation Lear jet,on the night of July 27, 1984, overClarion County, Pennsylvania. The twoobservers, who wish not to beidentified (this information ison filewithMUFON), were enroute from NewYork state to Pittsburgh when thesighting occurred at about 11:30 PM.From information extracted fromthe taped interview with the pilot, thecrew was looking out the rightwindshield toward the west when theynoticed a bright streak of lightdescending down at a 45 degree anglethen levelingout. At first they thought itwas a bright meteor but after they sawitlevel out, they noticed more detail andrealized that the object seemed to bekeeping level at the same altitude withthem, as though it was pacing theiraircraft. The object appeared to bebetween 40 to 50feet long,shaped like acylinder (or rocket as mentioned in thepilots signed statement), solid andblack in appearance. As they watchedthe object, from the rear section abright reddish-orange burst of flamewas emitted. This flame was verybrightin color "like the flame of a torch," wasof a pointed shape and extended outabout 50 to 60feet from the object. Thisbright flame was seen to burst on andoff 3 to 4 times during the two minuteobservation. Each burst seemed to lastbetween 3 to 5 seconds.After each burst of flame therewere numerous sparks observed thatlasted several seconds thendisappeared. Another aircraft in thesame vicinity radioed to the air trafficcontrol center at Cleveland, Ohio, justafter our witnesses did. Both requestedinformation on any other air traffic intheir vicinity.They were told that radarindicated no other traffic. The sightingoccurred in the vicinity of the Clarion,Pa., VOR. No interference was notedon the aircraft instrumentation. Thepilot has been flying for 8 years and hasnever seen anything like this before.One thing that baffled the twoobservers was that even though theywere moving in the opposite directionof the UFO, the object still seemed tokeep pace with them. When asked howthey could see the object forthat lengthof time if they were moving in oppgsitedirections, the pilot replied "I dontunderstand it myself unless it could gobackwards. Cause the flames thatseemed to keep itmovingwas behind it.We were on a heading towardsPittsburgh, and it was going in theopposite direction towards thenorthwest. As we were descending inaltitude itwas just always with us. Likeitwas going backwards. The flame wouldshoot out and it wou|d just stay withus." DHIURY EVANS
  • HUGE SAUCER OVER PENNSYLVANIABy T. Scott Crain, Jr.State Section Director for PennsylvaniaOn the night of October 23, 1984,Melvin Morrissey was driving alongRoute 453, one-and-a-half milesnorthofTyrone, Pennsylvania,when he saw anobject he described as "a circularshapelike a saucer."Morrissey was on his way to spotfor deer in his pick-up truck at 8:18 PMEST along the Jamesville Pike Roadonetmile from his home, when he saw aseries of lights in the sky out of hispassenger side window.Morrissey said the saucer-lookingcraft had a rim of "red lights on top ofitgoing in sequence around the object,"and at least three amber lightsunderneath the craft that werestationary. According to Morrissey,theobject was "the size of a football field,"and "was roughly 100 feet above thetreetops, maybe a little higher."The witness pulledoff to the sideofthe road, turned off his engine, andleaned his head out the truck windowtoget a better look. "I couldnt hear athing. It was moving faster thanaplane,but not as fast as a jet" Morrissey said.He observed the object for at least twominutes before it coasted over the roadin front of him and disappeared over theridge in a northwesterly direction.Several minutes later, Morrisseyreturned home to get his two childrenand go look for the object. They allproceeded back on to the JamesvillePike, and turned off on the first dirt roadpast Wild Goose Road. About threemiles back in the Gamelands Number158 Morrissey saw unusual lights nearthe ground which he said he never sawbefore. He was observing themthroughbinoculars from the bed of his pick-uptruck. Morrissey returned to• TyroneVand reported his sighting to TyronePolice who then informedHolidaysburgState Police. Tyrone Police Chief J.Thomas Cooper, Morrissey, andmembers of the State Police returnedto the area where Morrissey said hesawthe lights. None could be found.The next day (October 24), PoliceChief Cooper and Morrissey drove toanother vantage point on Wopson-onock Mountain for clues to what mayhave caused the lights Morrissey sawnear the ground. Cooper concluded theUFO seen in the Gamelands was thered lights on the WTAJ-TV towerlocated on top of Wopsononock. Aspokesman for WTAF informed mesome added lights were attached to thetower several months before, and withthe fall leaves coming off, those lightsare visible from the Gamelands.Morrissey confirmed to thisinvestigator on Sunday (October 28),that he went back to the point where hewas. Tuesday night at the Gamelandsand he,too, saw those lights again.However, the misconception ofthe. lights in the Gamelands does notexplain, the saucer-shaped objectMorrissey said he saw flyover his car onJamesville Pike.INVESTIGATIVE NOTESI interviewed Melvin Morrissey bytelephone on October 24, and had apersonal visit with him on October 28,1984. He seemed like a level-headedperson to me, and not one to make upthis kind of story. His credibility assomeone who would tell the truth wassupported by hisfriends who knewhim.He was very sensitive to the newsmedia following his sighting and refusedan invitation to appear on WTAJ-TV orto comment on his sighting to localradio stations. I was the first person toreach Morrissey the day following hissighting with whom he was willing todiscuss the incident. He has sincereleased details of his sightings to thenewspapers.Tom Shannon of WVAM radio inAltoona, Pa., called NORAD inColorado to check ifany large militaryaircraft were in the area the night of thesighting. The answer was no; however,the lady at NORAD said that the presswere calling from Central Illinois toMELVIN MORRISSEYCompleting MUFON Sighting Questionnairecheck if any military aircraft were intheir area at 6:00 AM on October 23,the same day as Morrisseys UFOsighting. Apparently,their were reportsof UFOs that morning in Illinois. Localradar stations reported no large aircraftin the area that night. Unconfirmedreports circulatedthat a government ormilitary truck was allegedly in the areaof the Gamelands the day following thesighting which could not besubstantiated. This investigator was inthe Gamelands area between 1:30 and3:30 PM the next day and saw nothingunusual.Other UFO sightings werereported in the vicinity the night ofMorrisseys sighting. Morrissey himselfreceived calls on three separatesightings seen the same night as his. Asfar as I could ascertain, none of theother UFO reports were similarto thatof Morrisseys.Morrisseys original sightingremains unidentified at the time of thiswriting. Q
  • A STATISTICAL REPORT ON UFO ARDUCTION INVESTIGATIONSIN THE NEW YORK CITY AREABy Budd HopkinsBy the end of 1977 Ted Bloecherand I had received a few UFO sightingaccounts which contained intriguingpieces of "missing time." We came tosuspect that some of these reportsconcealed unremembered UFOabduction experiences, and in Januaryof 1978 we began to use hypnosis tounlock any hidden memories that maylay buried in the witnessesunconscious. Many investigators haveasked for some kind of statisticalbreakdown ofour ongoingcase studies,and this short article is an attempt toanswer their requests.This investigative team — the"New York Group" — included,centrally, Bloecher, Martin Jacksonand myself.1Inaddition six people haveserved as hypnotists — threepsychiatrists, two psychologists, andone psychologically-trained policehypnotist. Two other psychiatrists,twopsychologists and a neuro-surgeonhave also served as consultants atvarious times. Since our beginningsin1978, twenty-five subjects havepresented us with relatively full UFOabduction accounts.2It is veryimportant to note that 20% of thesegave full accounts of their experienceswith no hypnosis having been employ-ed; they simply remembered theirexperiences consciously, "normally"asit were. There are no apparentdifferences in abduction accountsrecalled naturally and those recalledwith the aid of hypnosis. A majority ofthe remaining twenty also had eitherpartial recollection or dream-like"flashback" recall of portions of theirabduction experiences. Hypnosis,however, helped bring back relativelyfull recollections of their abductions;And so:Group 1consists of five abducteeswho recalled their abductions fully,without the use of hypnosis.Group 2 consists of twentysubjects who recalled their abductionexperiences with the aid of hypnosis.Group 3 consists of thirteenindividuals, each of whom has recalledunder hypnosis events whichstronglysuggest buried abduction experiences,though for these thirteen the "fullscenario" was incompletely recalled.One woman, for example, recallswaking one night, feeling paralyzed,and then sensing "a presence" in thebedroom. Next she recalls beingflooded with white light, and lying in abrightly-lit space with a high ceiling.Because she does not remember"beings" or any other specific visualdetail, her case falls intogroup 3. (Thereare other indications, inthisand eachofthe other twelve cases that anabduction did take place, though timeand space limitations preclude mydetailing them here). Included in thisgroup are several cases in which thesubjects appear to have profoundresistance to hypnotically-producedrecollection, despite a wealth of cluespointing to an abduction: missing timeassociated with a UFO sighting,physical traces, "abduction dreams,"etc. The thirteen subjects included inthis group are, in my opinion, almostcertainly victimsof the UFO abductionexperience.ABDUCTION PARAMETERSOne of our most persistent questsis the search for limits — for edgesaridboundaries to the abductionphenomenon. We have consequentlyemployed hypnosis in what might seemto be marginal cases, instances in whichthe subject might have had only a"vague feeling" that he or she has hadan abduction experience, or may havenothing more than a fear of a certainlocation or stretch of highway,and soon. Some of these vague feelings haveyielded what we believe are genuineabduction experiences; some haveyielded nothing. The result of ourhaving spread so wide a net is a fourthgroup.Group 4 consists of elevensubjects who have been hypnotized,yet seem clearly not to have had anykind of abduction experience. Thus, ofthe 43 individuals comprising the lastthree groups of hypnotized subjects,fully 25% produced no abductionaccount, nor any sign of any buriedexperience. Despite their — andsometimes our — suspicion that theymay have been abducted, and despitetheir obvious, unavoidable,unconscious interest in producing suchan account, 25% of our hypnotizedsubjects came up with no suchrecollections. It is possible, of course,that some of these. eleven arerepressing real abduction experiences,but that is neither their, nor my,opinion. This finding is a powerfulrebuke to those who constantly insistupon the "lead-ability" of hypnoticsubjects in UFO investigations. In trulymarginal cases, where only a few cluesexist to suggest a buried UFOabduction, a few genuine abductionaccounts do surface, but the majorityofhypnotic subjects in such cases do notrecall any such experience. A few havebeen supplied mundane explanationsfor their memories or "feeling traces."ABDUCTEESGroup 5 includes thirty peoplewhom I, alone or with Ted Bloecher orMartin Jackson, have interviewed inperson, often at their homes or at thesites oftheirexperiences, and whomwebelieve have most probably hadabduction encounters. None of thesepeople, however, have beenhypnotized for a varietyof reasons, yetin all thirty cases there are clearindications of buried abductionexperiences. For example, one manrecalls seeing a UFO descending overhis parked automobile, after which heexperienced a two-hour period of(continued on next page)
  • Statistical Report, continued frompage 7missing time and a "flash-back"memory of being carried into a landedUFO. (Separately, hiscompanion inthesame car recalled a full abductionscenario, and so I have included him inGroup 1.)Another man has a childhood scarof unknown origin associated with aUFO sighting and time lapse, and twosubsequent periods of missing time,plus flash-back recollectionsofalandedUFO and its occupants. At least eight ofthese thirty have childhood scarsassociated with periods ofmissingtime.The evidence in each of these thirtycases is very strong.Some of these people, however,resist any further investigation intotheir cases, and/or reject the idea ofundergoing hypnosis. Some havemoved away from the New York area,and a .few are now unavailable forreasons of health. The remainder .weintend to investigate fully, as timepermits.Group 6, the largest, consists ofthose whom I have only interviewedbytelephone, or written to, in answer totheir letters or calls to me. As a resultofthe note at the end ofmy book MissingTime, I have received hundreds ofletters from people around the world.Many have questions or observationsto make, but many relate their ownpossible UFO abduction experiences.A number of these have beeninvestigated first hand, and are includedin the earlier groups, but many,manyother cases have yet to be looked into. Ihave appeared on various radio call-inprograms, where still other possibleabduction cases have surfaced. I haveno record of how manysuch phone andletter exchanges have taken place, buta conservative guess is that over onehundred of these deserve to beinvestigated as possible abductioncases. Allof this convinces me that thephenomenon is not a rare one.Incredible though it may seem,thousands upon thousands of UFOabduction accounts apparently litterthe psychic landscape. Ionce discussedthese statistical categories with veteranpoll-taker Daniel Yankelovich, and hewas in complete agreement; based8upon my sample, the numbers ofabduction accounts abroad in the landmust be enormous. The implications, ifthese accounts turn out to be largelygenuine, are truly staggering.To recapitulate our statistics:Abduction cases investigated:1. Those recalled without the use ofhypnosis 52. Those recalled with the aid ofhypnosis 203. Highly probable, though as yetunresolved cases investigated withthe aid of hypnosis 134. Cases investigated with the use ofhypnosis which strongly suggest noabuction experience 115. Highly probable, though as yetinconclusive cases, investigatedwithout, the use of hypnosis.... 30TOTAL OF INVESTIGATED,HIGHLY PROBABLE ABDUCTIONACCOUNTS 68.1. Ted Bloecher is no longer active in this group.A number of other investigators have helped usat various times, includingsome, like SBIs PeteMazzola, not associated with MUFON orCUFOS.2. This is not the place to discuss the evidence inthese various accounts, nor how we arrived atour various evaluations. For a fuller view of theseissues, see my book Missing Time in which anumber of the cases included in these statisticsare described at length. A "full abductionscenario" is meant to include descriptions of thephysical circumstances before the abduction, adescription of the UFO and its occupants, andsome description of the quasi-medicalprocedures carried out on the abductee. All thecases described in this paper are abductionreports whose validity I have found no reason todoubt.BACK ISSUES OF THEMUFON UFO JOURNAL ANDSKYLOOK ARE AVAILABLEHere is an opportunity formembers and readers to obtain backissues ofthe MUFON UFO JOURNALand its predecessor SKYLOOK toeither complete your library or toobtain details of cases occurring withinthe past ten years. 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  • UPDA TE ON THE BEL L WOOD, PENNSYL VA NIAUFO CAR LIFT CASEBy Stan Gordon, State DirectorThe November 1983 edition of theMUFON Journal detailed the October15, 1983, UFO encounter nearBellwood. To recap some of the basicinformation on the case for thosereaders not familiar with it, Mrs.Catherine Burk, 67, was returning to.her home in Bellwood after visiting withher family in Altoona. It was about 8:30or 9 PM, the sky was dark and overcastas if going to rain. She was driving her1976 Chevrolet Malibu north on Route220 and had reduced her speed toabout 35 miles per hour as sheapproached the Bellwood turnoff.ENCOUNTERIt was at thispoint that she becameaware of a loud, whirling sound comingfrom her right side. She looked throughthe passenger window and observed abright, silvery, saucer-shaped objectthat was flat on top, but having aprotruding hemisphereon the middle ofthe bottom. The object was estimatedby the witness as being approximately24 feet in diameter,and about 30 feet offthe ground. There were no windowsorlights apparent and the silverluminescent color of the objectremained at the same intensity.The object then passed over thecar moving right to left, causing theright side of the car to be lifted off theground about two to three feet. Mrs.Burk was forced against her side of thecar at this point, as the car continuedforward at a slow speed. Mrs. Burkgrabbed the steering wheel and triedthe brakes but neither mechanismwould respond. The headlights of thecar were blinking on and off when thevehicle was in the air. During this timeMrs. Burk attempted to slide over tothe passenger side of the car to use herweight to bring the car back down, butshe could not overcome the incline andkept sliding back over onto her seat.The car did go down for an instant, thenwent back up into the aira second time.CATHERINE BURK, Note Neck Support Due To InjuryMrs. Burk feels that at this point theobject made a slight turn forward andreleased its hold of the car. The carcame down with a strong thud, forcingMrs. Burk under the steeringwheelandhitting her shoulder on the dashboard.She feels the entire time the car waslifted in the air was only three to fourseconds. The car stalled outimmediately after it hit the ground.After Mrs. Burk regained hercomposure she attempted to start thecar.PHYSICAL EFFECTSIt took between 20to 25minutes tostart the car engine. Mrs. Burk saw noother cars pass during the incident.Other possible sightings of UFOs werereported in the same area during thenight of the sighting.Since the incident,Mrs. Burk has suffered from variousphysical ailments. Some of theseailments have included loss of hearingin her right ear, loss of hair from thehead area, sores that frequently comeand go in the head area, pain in the rightarm and shoulder as well as the neckarea, severe headaches that sometimeslast for days, small blisters on variousparts of the body whichare red incolor,and burn until they go away, irritationand swelling of the feet, extensivenervousness arid dizziness, black andblue marks that appear unaccountably,vision problems such as small blackdots appearing infront of the eyesand aworsening heart condition.Mrs. Burk has been under the carsof several doctors due to the variousconditions described. She feels most ofher physical problems are a result of herUFO encounter. Due to the substantialmedical bill that resulted from herhospitalization after the incident, Mrs.Burk filed a physical injury claim with amajor insurance company. She toldthem that her injury and the damagedone to her car were caused by anUnidentified Flying Object. InNovember of 1983,1was contacted by(continued on next page)
  • Bellwood Update, Continuedthe insurance company asking myopinion of the case. They alsorequested copies of all investigativeinformation that we had obtained onthe incident so that they could betterevaluate the matter. All requestedmaterial was submitted to their office.The insurance representative informedme that this was the strangest claimthat had ever crossed, his desk.Unfortunately he met with Mrs. Burk ashort time later and stated that it wasthe decision of the company thatwhat-ever happened to her was an act ofGod.I have been in touch with Mrs.Burk continually since the occurrence.As of October of 1984, she stillcontinues to have medical problems.Shehas regained partial hearing in herright ear but has sharp pains in it attimes. She still experiences severe•headaches as well as manyof the othersymptoms mentioned previously. InSeptember another type .of unusualskin ailmentbegan to plagueMrs.Burk.. Bright red patches that do not itch butburn have been appearingon her arms,legs and back. After the red patchesdisappear,, they leave behind a brownmark that remains a long time on theskin. Mrs. Burk has gone to twodermatologists as well as her familydoctor, but they have been unable tofind what is causing it. Mrs;Burkclaimsthat one doctor told her "to be honestwith you, Ive never seen anything likeitbefore." We have attempted to obtainmedical records from the hospital andthe doctors involved. We have now.made formal requests with the aid ofMrs. Burk so that these records mightbe studied by specialists in this field.OTHER INVESTIGATORS?On a more unusual note, it isapparent that someone other thancivilian UFO researchers are interestedin this case. A few days after the UFOencounter, a story on the incidentappeared in the Altoona paper: Thatsame night a man in a suit driving adark, navy blue car arrived outside ofthe residence where Mrs. Burk had hercar parked. The man was carrying atray with numerous strips of tape in it.10•K- 24DIRECTION!Bright silver disc.. .Flat on top.Hemisphere on bottom.30 FT.Car lifted on 2 wheels .for 3 seconds approximately2 to 3 feet off the roadHe proceeded to attach the strips tovarious sections of the car, then tookthem off and put them into the tray.Mrs. Burks neighbor was the first to,see this man and call him to theattention of Mrs. Burk. She then wentoutside and asked him what he wasdoing. He said that he didnt need herassistance, that he would be doneshortly and he wasnt going to hurt hercar. A few minuteslater he left the area.In early November Mrs. Burk wasawakened by noise outside her home at6:30 AM. She looked outside to see twomen dressed in suits who once againwere attaching sections of tape to hercar. One man was described as beingabout 30 years old, dressed in a bluesuit with a blue shirt and tie.The otherman, who did all the talking, was about50 to 55 years old and dressed ina bluesuit with a white shirt and tie. Heseemed to have a broken Englishaccent that Mrs. Burk couldnt place.The men arrived in a dark, navy bluecar with a whitelicense plate.She said itwas definitely not a Pennsylvanialicense, but she could not see any otherdetail since it was barely light outside.She said that neither of these men wasthe same one who had visited herearlier. She again asked them what theywere doing. The older man was verystern.and let her know that he was theboss. He told Mrs. Burk to go backinside that theywouldnot harm her car.She watched them from the windowtheentire time they were there. They spentbetween Y2 to % of an hour workingaround the car.Both men had metal trays and rollsof tape. One man started in the front ofthe car, while the other man workedfrom the back. They covered everysection of the .car, including thewindows. Their procedure was to tearoff a section of .tape, place it over aspecific area of the car, then remove itand place it in the tray. When the traywas full, they wouldput it in the trunk ofthe car,,then start a new tray. After themen left on that.date they have notreturned.Another interesting note is that allcorrespondence from Mrs. Burk eitherto myself or other known investigatorsdealing with the case never arrived bymail. This happened on severaloccasions. Only recently did I receivemy first letter from Mrs. Burk and thiswas sent by return receipt, certifiedmail. D
  • TOWARDS TRUTHBy Walt AndrusIn November 1983, Bob Pratt, thenEditor of the MUFON UFO Journal,asked John F. Schuessler to write anarticle statinghispersonal evaluationoran estimate of the situation of Ufologyin 1984. Mr. Schuesslers article wasfeatured in the January 1984 editionofthe Journal (issue number 191). Thetitle of the articlewas aptly selected as"Estimate of the Situation 1984--The(Sad?) State of Ufology." Based uponJohns nineteen years of UFOexperience and his professional statusin the aerospace industry,who is betterqualified to provide an un-biased view?Even though he is.the Deputy Directorof MUFON, he was critical ofweaknesses within the Mutual UFONetwork. As the InternationalDirectorof MUFON, I have taken Johnsconstructive criticism underadvisement and heeded hisrecommendations for improvement,thus making our organization evenbetter and closer to the "grass roots"level that has made us so successfulduring the past fifteen years.APRO ARTICLEIn the most recent issue of theAPRO Bulletin Volume 32 No. 7, twoand three-fourths pages of the eight-page issue are devoted to an articletitled "Ufology-According to Whom?"by Coral Lorenzen in which she claimsto "correst some of the glaringerrors"in John Schuesslers article. Inthe past,I have simplyignored the prevaricationsmade by Mrs. Lorenzen aboutMUFON and Walt Andrus publishedinthe APRO Bulletin, knowing that theywere prompted by a deep-seatedjealousy due to the success ofMUFON.In her latest tirade Icould address eachpoint individually where my name ismentioned, and provide writtenevidence of malicious equivocation.However, I am not going to stoop tothat journalistic level. I definitelyrecommend that people read thearticlebecause Coral has clearlydemonstrated her ability to ignore thefacts by substituting pure fabrication, adistorted imagination of "how shewould like for it to be," and faultyrecollections of past events.Knowledgeable UFO researchers andinvestigators will recognize her obviousdistortions, however it is conceivablethat newcomers might accept herlibelous statements as true.I will not denigrate myself byaddressing each and every one of herfalsehoods and misrepresentations,because our Journal readersare notreceptive to replies to such obnoxioustrivia. However, I am very reluctant toallow her to continue to slander theleaders of Ufology by"turningthe othercheek," and ignoring her unjust tiradesthat could destroy Ufology as weknowit. • . • .ATTITUDESince APROs "claim to fame" isthat it is the oldest UFO organizationinthe U.S.A. (1952),Coral isso egotisticalas to believe there is no reason for anyother UFO organization to exist. Shefails to comprehend that being theoldest does not qualify the organizationas "the authority"inthe field of Ufology.Her continuous practice of slanderingcompetent members who entered herso-called "domain," alienated thesepeople, whereby they resigned andformed other UFO organizations suchas NICAP, MUFON, GWS, CUFOSand SBI, just to name a few. TheLorenzens still do not understand thatthey cannot treat their members soshabbily in a volunteer organization.On the other hand, they resorted toinsincere flattery to try to achieve theirobjectives, which is readily apparent tothe recipients. Iam sorry to say that theleaders of each of the above groups hasbeen subjected to this sameharassment over the past fifteen ormore years, thus explainingthe gradualdemise of APRO. Corals condescend-ing remarks in her article referring toWalt Andrus as a "pest" and"nuisance," but not a "threat" issupposed to be cute.John Schuessler clearly identifiedthe basic problem at APRO inhis article— failure to develop leadership andpotential management for the future.From 1979 through 1981, when theAPRO office was being operated bypeople that Coral prefers to call"hangersron," "moles," etc., thisobviously confirms their lack ofmanagement. In her article, Coralexcuses her husband, Jim, theInternational Director of APRO, frommanaging since "he was as usualworking a full-time job." The majorityofthe members in UFO organizations allhave full-time positions, but theydelegate their time whereby they canperform their leadership responsibili-ties. If one was to believe her, Coralhas indeed confirmed the subtitleofMr.Schuesslers article — "The (Sad?)State ofUfology."If "Towards Truth" is the mottoand editorial philosophy of the APROBulletin, as depicted on the front page,Coral Lorenzens latest article has setthat obective back more years than shemay realize. My only reason forresponding to her disparaging remarksis to prevent Ufology, as we know it,from sinking to the levelsthat Coral hastaken APRO as their spokeswoman.When some of us dedicate our lifetimeto resolving this baffling mystery, it isdiscouraging to see one person,through internal dissension, attempt todestroy the scientific credibility that hasfinally been achieved. n11
  • COMMENTS ON DRUFFELS MERCURY THEORYBy Joe Kirk ThomasIn the July/August, 1984, issue ofthe MUFON Journal, Ann Druffelcommenced a two-part articleentitled"Mercury A Possible Clue to UFOPropulsion?" Having read both,parts, Ifind myself unable to resist :making afew comments.Ann would seemingly have usbelieve that there is a growing body ofevidence linking UFOs to the metalmercury. As I have followed the UFOliterature rather closely for many yearsthis came somewhat as a surprise.Nevertheless, I was certainly preparedto examine the anecdotal evidence 1assumed Ann would muster linking thetwo. My contention is that no realevidence to that effect was presented.EVIDENCEThe first evidence adduced, forexample, was a sighting at Rio Vista,California, in May of 1964. The primarysource of information appears to havebeen two newspaper accounts.Subsequent informationturned up thata northern California investigator, notreferenced, claimed that mercury wasdiscovered missing from an oilfield overwhich the craft hovered. Thats it?Thats the evidence? Weak as it is, it isperhaps the strongest presented in theentire article.The second sighting offered asevidence was made by a 16year old in1973. The sighting itself did not involvemercury, but the percipient theorizedthat the UFO was powered by "anincomplete MITconcept" involving twomercury pools, rotating in opposite,directions, as part of nuclear fusiondevice. Ann admits not knowing if thecase proved genuine, but that point isstrangely irrelevant. Clearly, thepercipients theorizing that the UFOmay have used mercury does notmean that it did!Much of the "evidence" culled upin support of a possible link betweenUFOs and mercury is in a similar vein.12Because sulphurous odors aresometimes reported with sightings, thesynthesis, by McMasters .Universitychemists, of a mercury compoundusing sulphur dioxidej becomessignificant. This is somewhattantamount to saying salt smells ofchlorine. It certainly does not indicatean association of mercury with UFOs.Nor does the rather common, use ofmercury in electricalswitching devices,discussed in Part II.In Part II, Ann showcases analleged abduction case where thepercipient purports to have been givenan interstate ride. But the case is farfrom convincing,being filled with ratherstandard psuedo-scientific fare. Eventhe percipients description ;of the"mercury" iserroneous. Havingchasedmany a globule of mercury acrosslaboratory tables and floors, I canassure the reader that it is anythingbut"jelly-like."DUBIOUS REFERENCEAnn discusses briefly ancientSanskrit writings alleged to describewars between two antediluviancivilizations fought with nuclear-likeweapons and flying vehicles called"vimanas." Mercury was supposed tobe an essential element in theirpropulsion systems. As I vaguelyrecalled hearing such tales before, Ichecked the reference given — Ivan T.Sandersons Invisible Residents. Andindeed, Appendix B of the bookcontains translated passagesdescribing airships powered with ironengines that contained mercury. Butwhere did Sanderson get his material?By kind permission of Desmond Leslieand his publishers.The name DesmondLeslie immediately raised a red flag ofcaution. Checking Sandersons onlyreference on this matter, I found, asreference 261, "Leslie, Desmond andAdamski, George, Flying SaucersHave Landed, etc." This is not anacceptable reference in legitimateufology, and I think I know Ann wellenough to say that she would not haveused this material had she realized itssource.In Part I, Ann points out that herbackground was in sociology, and. muses as to whether a non-technicalperson should theorize about possiblemodes of UFO propulsion. Ipersonallyhave no objection as long as twoprovisos are met.The first is • simply that theinvestigator seek out professionalexpertise and opinion. Inthe sourthernCalifornia study group ofwhichAnn isapart, there are three physicists and twoengineers, three of whose training andexperience includes plasma physics.They certainly would have been helpfulin assessing the teenagers claim of "anincomplete MIT concept," and perhapsprevented a number, of technicalmisconceptions that appeared in thearticle. Beyond the study group, therewas the UCLA Fusion Laboratories,and the physics and engineeringdepartments of many junior and 4-yearcolleges in the southern California area.Similar resources exist throughout thecountry for other ufologists.The second proviso is that someattempt be made to assure oneself abasic science education. Not all layufologists have a problem with basicscience, but for those who do, I have,for several years now, recommendedtaking high school or college freshmanlevel courses in physics, chemistry, andmath. With the plethora of adultschools and junior colleges in mostparts of the country, it really isnt a verytall order, and is a reasonableprerequisite for the rigors of ufology.Perhaps for the contributingsubscriber, who is concernedprimarilywith keeping abreast of developmentsin ufology, such trainingisunnecessary.But Itruly believethat basic science canbe of significant value in shielding theinvestigator from the occasionalravages of pseudo-science and inassessing the anecdotal evidence. a
  • LETTERS TOTHE EDITORDear Editor,After discussing the matter of JoeThomas "Comments on DruffelsMercury, :Theory" with VinceUhjenkott, I believe a "dialogue is inorder. Contrary to what Joe wrote,;hedid not read the.complete article toVince. He shared a few ideas in it withhim, and Vince agreed with somepoints, advising Joe to write hiscriticisms ifhe felt this was appropriate.I concur with Vinces opinion.No one who writes can expect tobe free from criticism.I certainlydont.Anyone is free to think or write whatthey wish, except when their materialitself holds inherent errors. Joes"Comments...." has such errors.•:... l.:In the title of his "Comments...Joe "refers to -"Druffeis..MercuryTheory" and said I was trying to makeothers-believe in a body of "evidence".The two-part article giving referencesto mercury nr UFO literature was veryspeculative; it was never meant to be atechnical discussion of anything. It didnot claim to be presenting "evidence".It never used the word "theory"or even"hypothesis". Iam not qualified to writea technical article dealing with UFO.propulsion and stated so plainly.Throughout, the main contention wasthat the various bits and pieces, gleanedfrom various sources, and all referringto .mercury, might contain possibleclues which would strike a responsivechord in other researchers minds.When the article was misinterpreted toya few as an attempt at a technicaldiscussion, I was surprised.2. Patrick Thrushs theorizing washis own. Some portions of the casewere included because there werereferences to mercury. Of course thefacts of that report dont prove theUFO used mercury, but Thrushthought it did,3. Likewise, the RioVista case waspresented because of the reference tomercury being missed from an oil fieldover which the UFO had hovered.There was no claim that this was"evidence"; it was simply anotherreference to mercuryinUFQ literature.The two newspaper accounts were, inthe List of References to demonstratethat the case had been published. Myknowledge of. the case, was moreextensive than was contained in thenewselips. - ., . 4. The M.C. case is not solidly.convincing. All the researchers whohave worked on it know, that. But it waswell-investigated and interestingenough to draw the- attention ofprofessional scientists and engineersinterested in UFO propulsion. Eventhough they couldnt prove her report,some felt the case might be based onreality. Until a case isproved fraudulentit should not be discarded. The .casecontained a reference-to mercury,- soit was used.in. the article. .5. The term "jelly-like" was M.Cis,not mine. I report what witnesses;saybut dont try to judge their semanticalaccuracy. I have chased blobs ofmercury, too, and am well acquainted,-,. with its appearance and behavior.6. I was aware1the reference toDesmond Leslies writings could betraced to Flying Saucers Have Landed,but was not disturbed by this. 1rejectAdamskis, writings but nqt.DesrhondLeslies. He is a respected English•• .ufolqgist who has contributed much; qfvalue to the-field. Flying Saucers Hayev Landed is composed of two "books",-one. by Leslie, the other by Adamski.Leslies ideas were entirely separatefrom Adamskis in that book; therewere three short references toAdamskitoward the end of Leslies Book I,referring to him as an individual withastory to tell. Leslie made no in-depthsuppositions about the value ofAdamskis claims. There are, indeed,rumors I have heard to the effect thatLeslie didnt even know his publisherwas planning a joint book and wasdismayed when he saw the finalproduct, but Ihave no written referenceto back this up.7.. From the viewpoint of some,only science can provide the answersasto what UFOs are. Although the workof hard science is admirable, I dontagree fully with this view. We cannotsay where the answer will be found.Science, in its present state ofknowledge, seems inadequate to thefull task. Science has its limits; itsknowledge is incomplete. Manyresearchers extend their searchbeyond a narrow, physical universe,and others do not. This isthe basic con-flict existing among individuals in theUFO field today! We would all benefitfrom a more open-minded tolerance ofeach others ideas and contributions.8. Regarding Joes contention thatresearchers must study physics,chemistry and math, I did study thesesubjects long ago in high school andhave a slight acquaintance with someaspects of these. I could just as wellinsist that Joe study transpersonalpsychology and the art ofinterviewingbecause lack of knowledge of theseholds him back from an adequateunderstanding of UFO witnesses. But Iwill not do that; who can judgewhat anyresearcher needs to do effective workin this field?9. All elements in the mercuryarticle .were presented adequatelyqualified. There was no intention topresent itas a technicalarticle. Perhapsa disclaimer at the beginning shoujdhave been added to prevent anyonefrom mistaking my intentions.Airgood wishesAnn DruffelDear Editor,I have today received from Ann acopy of her, letter in response to"Comments on Druffels MercuryTheory".Anns remarks about communica-tion between Vince Uhlenkott andmyself about the article are less thanaccurate. I called Vince on eitherSaturday or Sunday afternoon(September 29 or 30) and discussedwith him my concerns about writingthearticle. At that time, I had composedabout 1 and 1/2 handwritten pages,which I read to him. Vince agreed withboth the content and the style, and feltthat therewas nothing inappropriateabout the article so long,as I continuedin the same vein. Icompleted the articleduring my lunchhour Monday, and thatevening called Vince just as he was(confinueo1on next page)13
  • Letters To The Editor, Continuedstarting a BBQ. I read the completearticle to Vince, whose impressionwasfavorable. That article was exactly thearticle submitted to MUFON two dayslater except for one paragraph. Laterthat evening,I discovered the source ofthe Sanskrit tales to be DesmondLeslie. I decided to delete a paragraphdetailing some of Anns technicalmisconceptions and insert aparagraphdiscussing the alleged ancientreferences. I gave the writtenmanuscript so modified to a typist thenext day, and I believe I mailed theproofed manuscript to MUFONWednesday.Ann has seized upon the fact thatone paragraph in the articlesubmittedto MUFON differed from the versionIread to Vince, perhaps as evidence ofdishonesty or deceit on my part. Thatsimply is not the case. Itwas an honesterror, and 1 apologize for it. Ann issimply graspingfor straws, and in pointof fact, Vince did concur with thecontents of the article (except for theone paragraph that obviously did notexist at the time I spoke with him)andthought it was well written. May Isuggest that if you really have anyquestions on this matter, you discussthem with Vince directly.Insofar as Anns response isconcerned, Iwould pointout that itis inviolation of the 50%Rule as explainedinthe Journal.}do not know the lengthofAnns two-partseries, but my responseto that article was 846 words long.Under the 50% rule, Ann is entitled to423 words. Her response to"Comments..." is 759 words. Theeditor, of course, can wave suchrestrictions, and though I would prefera reduction, in conformitywithjournalpolicy, I do not insist upon it.Otherwise, I have no objections toAnns response.Joe Kirk ThomasMUFON103 OLDTOWNE RD.SEGUIN, TX 78155BrendaButlerDotStreet &Jenny RandiesAcosmic conspiracySometime towards the end ofDecember 1980 a quiet clearing InRendlesham Forest, Eastern England,was the unsuspecting host to a majorevent which was so dramatic that Itsconsequences are difficult to grasp.On that night, around the midnighthour, something came out of the skyand crashed into that Suffolk pineforest. What that something was,andthe three-year fight to break theconspiracy, Is the subject of thisspellbinding story. And throughoutthe Investigatorshave met the Britishand American Governments head on,who in turn have endeavoured towithhold the facts and the truth.Forthe researches strongly suggestsomething truly incredible.The thing from the sky whichcrashedinto the forest may well have been aUFO.The evidence is undeniable andsupported by official confirmationhorn both the Pentagon .and theBritish Ministry of Defence. It isimpossible to confront this evidenceand conclude that these events didnot take place.Sky Crash la backed up by documen-tation and testament and demon-strates without quibble that therewas an official cover-up from themoment it happened.Sky Crash has all the ingredients of aspy thriller, fear spiced with mystery.Intrigue and a devastating theory.Published By: Neville Spearman LimitedThe Priory Gate, Friars StreetSudbury, SuffolkEnglandPRICE:7.50 Pounds14
  • Lucius FarishIn Others WordsSpanish UFO researcher JuanJose Benitez is profiled in an article inthe September 11 issue ofNATIONAL ENQUIRER. Benitez,the author of 20 books on the UFOsubject, tells of UFO photographs,encounters with UFO occupants andother incredible cases he hasdiscovered in his investigations. TheENQUIRERS September .18 issuequotes researchers Brad Steiger andHenry Morton with respect" to UFOencounters which seem to have hadpositive effects on the lives of .witnesses. AUFO abduction case from.Argentina is featured in the September25 ENQUIRER issue. A businessmanclaims to have been taken aboard a,UFO and to have had blood taken fromhim by alien beings. Another abductionaccount is reported in the October 16ENQUIRER, this one allegedlyhavingoccurred in1976 during a trip fromPhoenix, Arizona to Lubbock, Texas.Under hypnotic regression, the witnesstold how she and her 4-year-olddaughter were taken aboard a UFO,where she was given the "standard"physical examination. More UFOreports from the files of SpanishUfplogist J.J. Benitez are detailed intheOctober 30 . ENQUIRER issue.Sightings by airline pilots and groundcontrollers are described by Benitez.UFO sightings in New York andConnecticut are ;the subject of anarticle in the September 11 issue ofSTAR. Photographs and a drawingofthe reported objects are included.The "Anit-Matter/UFO Update"column of October OMNI has aninterestingJook at the famous Delphos,Kansas, UFO landing case, some 13years after the event. This issue ofOMNI also has a good profile ofwriterJohn G. Fuller, author of three bookson UFOs... A predictably-skeptical article onUFOs can be found in the Novemberissue of DISCOVER. The autrrorattempts to explain all the recent NewYork and Connecticut sightings as thework of pilots flying their aircraft informations at night. Hardly anacceptable answer for all the reports,. although it may be a valid explanationfor some of them.The late Isabel Davis was one ofthe pioneer UFO researchers and herwritings are always of interest.Publisher Armand A. Laprade hasrecently put together a booklet whichreprints one of Ms. Davis lengthyarticles, first published in November1957. MEET THE EXTRATER-RESTRIAL, is an attempt to discreditthe contact stories.of Adamski, Fry,Bethurum, Angelucciand others ofthatera who claimed to have communicatedwith UFO occupants. Laprade hasadded numerous photos of thecontactees and others involved withtheir claims. This is a nicely-donepublication which is available for $3.25postpaid from Laprade at Route 4,Box156, Marshall, AR 72650. The bookletalso contains information onsubscribing to Laprades periodical,WOULD YOU BELIEVE?, whichcontains material on all types, ofunexplained phenomena.Those interested in theories ofUFO propulsion will be intriguedby theideas set forth by Dr. Jan Pajak in hisbook, THEORY OF THE MAGNO-CRAFT. Briefly, Dr. Pajack seeks toexplain the actions attributed to UFOs,as well as their attendant phenomena("angel hair," etc.), by proposing atheory which, he says, is "whollybasedon the current state of our knowledge," .with no new laws of physics beingnecessary to duplicate a UFO;sperformance. This is a large softcovervolume containing 96 pages of text andan additional 39 pages of illustrationsrelating to the basic theory. For thetechnically-minded, it should make formost interesting reading. Copies maybe obtained for $15.00 from Dr. Pajak atP.O. Box 1705, Invercargill, NewZealand. Payment by InternationalPostal Money Order is suggested. °LUCIUS FARISHUFO NEWSCLIPPINGSERVICEThe UFO NEWSCLIPPING SERVICEwill keep you informed of all the latestUnited States and World Wide UFOactivity, as it happens1Our service wasstarted in 1969, at which time wecontracted with a reputableinternational newspaper-clippingbureau to 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 orforeignnewspapers."Our UFO Newsclipping Serviceissues are 20-page monthly reports,reproduced by p h o t o - o f f s e t ,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 latest happeningsin the UFO and Fortean fields."For subscription information andsample pages from our service, writetoday to:UFO NEWSCLIPPING SERVICERoute 1 — Box 220Plumerville, Arkansas 7212715
  • THE NtGHT SKY:DECEMBERBY WALTER N. WEBBMUFON ASTRONOMY-CONSULTANTBRIGHT PLANETS (Evening Sky):. Venus is. low in the SSW andbrightening. The most brilliant ofall the planets (and a prime "UFO"culprit) now sets more than 3hours after sunset in midmonth.Mars, in Capricornus, andAquarius, remains: low in the SWas it continues to fade, settingabout 9 PM.Jupiter, in Sagittarius, is situatecvery low in the SW and sets aboul6 PM;in midrnonth.BRIGHT PLANETS (Morning Sky):Saturn, in Libra, emerges from thesolar glare and becomes visibleduring the latter half of the monthlow in the SE. It rises about 4:30AM inmidmonth.METEOR SHOWERS:The annual Geminids peak on themorning of December 14at a rateof about 50 per hour. The showerlasts from about the 7th to the, 15th. The .Ursids, radiating fromUrsa Minor, reach maximum onthe morningof the 22nd, about 15. per hour. Its duration is from aboutthe 17th to the 24th.MOON PHASES:Full moon — December 8Last quarter — December 15New moon — December 22First quarter — December 30THE STARS:The entire Winter Circle ofrbrightstars is well established in the SEsky during the midevening. Siriusrises in the ESE at 8 PM .atmidmonth. At the same time the16Summer Triangle is approachingthe NW horizon.The southern_skyat this season is devoid of brightstars.Consult the MUFON FieldInvestigators Manual for monthlystar maps and bright star rise/settimes.MUFON103 OLDTOWNE RD.SEGUIN, TX 78155/•.-; - • v,rn -• *-v^^r j$^^.^& • ( : ,=^--^r>;-,/--^^VlSiC*sftUFO MODEL BUILT FOR PUBLIC EXHIBITSBy Paul C. Ccrny, Western Regional DirectorT. SCOTT CRAIN, JR.Author of article in this issue titledHUGE SAUCER OVER PENNSYLVANIAEXPRESS-NEWS, Son Antonio, TexasTuesdoy, Dec. 11,1984Giantplanet foundWASHINGTON (AP) - The firstplanet directly observed outside ttosolar system has been discovered or-biting a faint star 21light-years awayfrom Earth, astronomers announcedMonday. A team of scientists saidthe giant planet, estimatedto be SO to83 times more massive than Jupiter— the biggest planet in our solarsystem — was the first of Us classever found.SUPPORT UFO RESEARCH
  • Lucius ParishIn Others WordsSpanish UFO researcher JuanJose Benitez is profiled in an article inthe September 11 issue ofNATIONAL ENQUIRER. Benitez,the author of 20 books on the UFOsubject, tells of UFO photographs, .encounters with UFO occupants andother incredible cases he has :discovered in his investigations. TheENQUIRERS, September 18 issuequotes researchers Brad Steiger andHenry Morton with respect to UFOencounters which seem to have hadpositive effects on the lives ofwitnesses. A UFO abductioncase fromArgentina is featured in the September25 ENQUIRER issue. A businessmanclaims to have been taken aboard aUFO and to have had blood taken fromhim by alien beings. Another abductionaccount is reported in the October 16ENQUIRER, this one allegedly havingoccurred in 1976 during a trip fromPhoenix, Arizona to Lubbock, Texas.Under hypnoticregression, the witnesstold how she and her 4-year-qlddaughter were taken aboard a UFO,where she was given the "standard"physical examination. More UFOreports from the files of SpanishUfologist J.J. Benitez are detailed intheOctober 30 ENQUIRER" issue.Sightings by airline pilots and groundcontrollers are described by Benitez!UFO sightings in New York andConnecticut are..the subject pf anarticle-in the September 11" issue ofSTAR.:Photographs and a drawingofthe reported objects are included. •.•••• The "Anit-Matter/UFO -Update"column of October OMNI Has aninteresting look at the famous Delphos,Kansas, UFO landing case, some 13years after the event. This issue ofOMNI also has a good profile ofwriterJohn G Fuller, author of threebookson UFOs.A predictably-skepticalarticle onUFOs can be found in the Novemberissue of DISCOVER. The authorattempts to explain all the recent NewYork and Connecticut sightings as thework of pilots flying their aircraft informations at night. Hardly anacceptable answer for all the reports,although it may be a valid explanationfor some of them.The late Isabel Davis was one ofthe pioneer UFO researchers and herwritings are always of interest.Publisher Armand A. Laprade hasrecently put together a booklet whichreprints one of Ms. Davis lengthyarticles, first published in November1957. MEET THE EXTRATER-RESTRIAL is an attempt to discreditthe contact stories of Adamski, Fry,Bethurum, Angelucci and othersofthatera whoclaimedto have communicatedwith UFO occupants. Laprade hasadded numerous photos of thecontactees and others involved withtheir claims. This is a nicely-donepublication which is availablefor $3.25postpaid from Laprade at Route 4,Box156, Marshall,AR 72650. The bookletalso contains information onsubscribing to Laprades periodical,WOULD YOU BELIEVE?, whichcontains material on all types ofunexplained phenomena.Those interested in theories ofUFO propulsion will be intrigued by theideas set forth by Dr. Jan Pajak in hisbook, THEORY OFTHE MAGNO-CRAFT. Briefly, Dr. Pajack seeks toexplain the actions attributed to UFOs,as well as their attendant phenomena("angerhair," etc.), by proposing atheory which,he says, is "wholly based,on the current state ofour knowledge,"with no new laws of physics beingnecessary to duplicate a UFOsperformance. This is a large softcovervolume containing96 pages of text andan additional 39 pages of illustrationsrelating to the basic theory. For thetechnically-minded, it should rriake formost interesting reading. Copies maybe obtained for$15.00 from Dr. Pajak at. P.O. Box 1705, Invercargill, NewZealand. Payment by InternationalPostal Money Order is suggested. °LUCIUS PARISHUFO NEWSCLIPP1NGSERVICEThe 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 wecontracted with a reputableinternational newspaper clippingbureau to 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 orforeignnewspapers."Our UFO Newsclipping Serviceissues are 20-page monthly reports,reproduced by photo offset,containing the latest United States andCanadian UFO newsclippmgs, 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 latest happeningsin the UFO and Fortean fields." • For subscription information andsample pages from our service, writetoday to:UFO NEWSCLIPPING SERVICE Route 1 — Box 220Plumerville, Arkansas 7212715
  • THE NiGHT SKY:DECEMBERBY WALTER N. WEBBMUFON ASTRONOMY.CONSULTANTBRIGHT PLANETS (Evening Sky):Venus is low in the SSW and. brightening. The most brilliant ofall the planets (and a prime "UFO"..culprit), now. sets more than 3,/• hours after sunset in midmonth.Mars, in Capricorhus andAquarius, remains low in the SWas it continues to fade, settincabout 9 PM. •Jupiter, in Sagittarius, is situatecvery low in the SW and sets about6PM in.midmonth.BRIGHT PLANETS (MorningSky):, •Saturn, in Libra, emerges.from the,splar glare and becomes visibleduring the latter half of-the monthlow in the SE. It rises about 4:30AM in midmonth. ,METEOR SHOWERS:• "• The annual Geminids peak on the.:, morning of December 14 at a rate• of-about 50.per hour. The showerlasts from about the 7th to the, 15th. The Ursids, radiating fromUrsa Minor, reach maximum on•: the morning of the 22nd, about 15; per hour. Its duration is from aboutthe :17th to the 24th.MOON PHASES: i •Full moon — December 8Last quarter — December 15New moon — December 22First quarter — December 30.THE STARS:The entire Winter Circle of brightstars is well established in the SEsky during the midevening. Siriusrises in .the ESE, at 8 PM. atmidmonth! At the same time the16 Summer Triangle is approachingthe NW horizon. The southern sky.at this season is devoid of brightstars.Consult the MUFON FieldInvestigators Manual for monthlystar maps and bright star rise/settimes.MUFON103 OLDTOWNE RD.SEGUIN, TX 78155UFO MODELBUILTFOR PUBLIC EXHIBITSBy Paul C. Cerny, Western RegionalDirectorT. SCOTT CRAIN, JR.Author of article in this issue titledHUGE SAUCER OVER PENNSYLVANIAEXPRESS-NEWS, Son Antonio,TexasTuesday. Dec. 11,1984GiantplanetfoundWASHINGTON (AP) — The firstplanet directly observed outside thftsolar system has been discoveredor-biting a faint star 21light-yean awayfrom Earth, astronomers announcedMonday. A team of scientists saidthe giant planet, estimated to be SOto80 times more massive than Jupiter— the hlggest planet in our solarsystem — was theflrst of Us classever found.SUPPORT UFO RESEARCH
  • 1972 MIDWEST UFOCONFERENCE PROCEEDINGSDue .to popular demand, tencopies of the 1972 MUFON UFOConference Proceedings have beenreprinted and bound in a Duo-Tangclear,front maroon folder for collectorsof this rare and out of print edition (156pages), in 8y2 x 11 format. This is thethird a n n u a l MUFON UFOConference (Symposium) held at theHoliday Inn in Quincy, Illinois, on June17and 18,:1972. The speakers and theirpublished papers were Dr. David R.Saunders, "Some New Lines for UFOResearch"; John F. Schuessler,"UFOs-A Product of Alien Intellect";Ted Phillips, "Landing Traces --Physical Evidencefor the UFO"; Dr; R.Cedric Leonard, "UFOs in Antiquity";Brad Steiger, "Flying SaucerMissionaries"; Joseph M. Brill, "UFOsBehind; the Iron Curtain"; and WalterH. Andrus Jr., "An-Introduction to theMidwest UFO Network (MUFON)."Published ;papers were .submitted byDr. Barry,H. Downing, "UFOs As aReligious Phenomenon," and GeorgeD. Fawcett, "Quarter Century of UFOsin North Carolina." Not previouslypublished, these ten copies contain theaddress by the Keynote Speaker, Mr.,Charles E. Barnum, ExecutiveEditor ofthe ,Quincy Herald-Whig Newspapertitled "UFOs-As Viewed by the NewsMedia." This paper is as appropostoday as it,was in 1972.The price for this special edition is$12.00, which includes fourth classpostage. Payment must be made inU.S. funds. An International PostalMoney Order is required for ourforeign members, since the collectioncost of checks written against foreignbanks exceed their face valuewhen they are submitted for collection.Please order now since the supply islimited. Allorders should be mailed andchecks made payable to MUFON[ 103Oldtowhe Road, Seguin, Texas 78155U.S.A. Orders received after the smallsupply isexhausted will havea choiceofapplying the $12.00 to (1) an extensionof their membership/subscription, (2) acredit toward other MUFONpublications, or (3) your check will bereturned.Lawrence Fawcett and BarryJ.GreenwoodINTENTJlllllTHE GOVERNMENTCOVERUPOFTHEUFO EXPERIENCEWhat does the government knowabout UFOsand why wont it tell us?With a foreword by Dr.J.Allen HynekDont wait for your local book store to order a,newsupply of CLEAR INTENT. MUFON has a stock of the third printing ready to ship for $8.95 plus $1.50for postage and handling (paperback). Foreign> members must send ah International Postal MoneyOrder or a check drawn upon a U.S. Bank.Fund for Research Inc.PO Box 277 Mount Rainier. Maryland 2082217
  • CONFIRMED SPEAKERS FORTHE MUFON 1985 UFO SYMPOSIUMIN ST. Louis, MO ONJUNE 28, 29 AND30,1985PETER A. GERSTENJOHN F. SCHUESSLERTED PHILLIPSLEONARD H. STRINGFIELDWILLIAM L. MOORE STANTON T. FRIEDMANDr. J. Allan Hynek, Scientific DirectorResearch & Investigation OfficeP.O. Box 1402Evanston, IL 60204, U.S.A.(312) 491-666618CENTER FOR UFO STUDIESNot-For-Proflt Illinois CorporitlonJohn P. Tlmmermen, ChairmanAssociates Education & Business OfficeP.O. Box 1621Lima, OH 45802, U.S.A.(419) 223-2531
  • .Directors Message(continued from .back page)are extended to John in his new jobresponsibility. Mr. Schuessler was oneof the founding members of MUFONin1969.*•*•*On July 7, 1984, Dr. J. AllenHynek, John Timmerman, Richard H.Hall, John F. Schuessler and WaltAndrus met in San Antonio to discussthe potential future of the NorthAmerican UFO Federation (NAUFOF)as itconcerned CUFOS, MUFON, andthe Fund for UFO Research. TheBoard of Directors of CUFOS hadalready made a decision not to supportNAUFOF and Dr. J. Allen Hynekresigned from the NAUFOF Board.With the resignation of Dr. Richard F.Haines as Director inSeptember, 1984,the future looked very bleakconsidering who would automaticallyascend to the directorship. MUFON,SKYNET and the Fund for UFOResearch were the only organizationswho paid membership dues in 1983-84. After due consideration, MUFONhas elected not to provide financialsupport to the NAUFOF for 1984-85,since it has deteriorated to anassociation of UFO splintergroups thatare not interested in cooperationexcept on their terms. Such anorganization is not qualified torepresent the North AmericanContinent in international UFO circles,therefore Richard H. Hall and WaltAndrus proposed that the NAUFOF bedissolved through a vote of the Board ofDirectors. Insufficient votes were castfor the dissolution of the Federation.MUFON and CUFOS are alreadymember organizations of theInternational Committee for UFOResearch (ICUR), .therefore ourfinancial and research activities will bedirected to this prestigiousinternational body. Michael Sinclair,International Coordinator, has beenMUFONs representative to ICUR andhas attended all board meetings.***With the continued growth ofthe UFO Study Group of Greater St.Louis, a new IllinoisMUFON group hasbeen organized under the leadershipofKaren Tellor,State Section Director forMadison County and the support ofWilliam G. Willman, State SectionDirector for St. Clair and MonroeCounties. Known as Quad CountyMUFON, they meet the secondTuesday of each month at RascalsRestaurant, Highway 157 and MallRoad, in Collinsville, Illinois, at 6:30 PMfor dinner and followed by their meetingat 7:30 PM. The public is invited.Additional information may be obtainedfrom Ms. Tellor at (618) 345-7460.MUFON encourages the formationofsuch investigative teams as KarenTellor has organized. The UFOSG ofSt. Louis is to be commended forhelping establish this new group acrossthe Mississippi River. On September8th, John Rappolo was electedPresident of the UFOSG for the 1984-85 year.During a vacation trip toHonoluluand the island of Oahu, Jeanne andWalt Andrus arranged to meet withMUFON members in the islands onOctober 5th. We were the dinnerguests of Dr. David W. Swift, his wifeLois and daughter Kathy.Mr. and Mrs.David Crockett joined us for dessert.(Mr. Crockett is best known for hismotion pictureof a UFO filmed from anairfreighter between the North and: South Islands of New Zealand in 1978.)We visited by telephone with Don E.Avery, Ph.D. in Kaneohe and JohnNapier in Kihoi. Michael Brein, StateDirector for Hawaii,was with his fatherin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who wasundergoing heart surgery, therefore wemissed visiting with Michael as well asPaul McCarthy, former Assistant StateDirector and Kalani Hanohano (DavidJacobson) former State Director forWashington.***Utilizing the donation fromMUFON of San Antonio, the MutualUFO Network purchased a JVC modelHR-D22OU VHS video cassetterecorder for use in public relationevents and analysis of UFOdocumentaries and video films in ourlibrary. May we express ourappreciation to Tom Deuley and theSymposium committee who made thispossible. Gifts were also receivedduring October from Dr. Gary Levinein Kingston, New York and Mrs. LouiseDeadman of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.MUFON will provide a copy of ourI.R.S. Tax Exempt Status to alldonorsfor their 1984 Federal Income Taxreturns. These gifts help make itpossible for us to purchase capitalequipment items so as to expand ourresearch capabilities.Nominations for candidates for theCentral Regional Director election tothe MUFON Board of Directors mustbe submitted in writing before April 15,1985. Wherever this has not been done,State Directors are requested to selectand appoint Assistant State Directorsand State Public Relations Directors tocomplete their state organizations.The MUFON Board of Directorsand the Journal Staff would like to takethis opportunity to extend a veryMerryChristmas and Holiday Greetings toour members throughout the world fortheir loyalty and volunteerdedication toresolving the UFO phenomenon. Yourcontinued interest, enthusiasm, andtalent are essential ifwe are to solve thegreatest scientific mystery of our time.We can all be proud of theaccomplishments of the Mutual UFONetwork in our fifteen years ofoperation. A vote of thanks andgratitude to each of you for helping toestablish MUFON as the leading UFOmembership organization in the worldtoday.Maylovely,happy timesdecorate yourholiday season.May wanp, specialmemories brighter? yournew year. Maythe wonderof Christmas be with you forever.19
  • DIRECTORS MESSAGEbyWalt AndrusThe UFO Study Group of GreaterSt. Louis is hosting the MUFON 1985UFO Symposium at the Chase Hotel inSt. Louis, Missouri,on June 28,29, and30, 1985. Cliff Palmberg is theChairman, and Kenneth and HelenHanke are the Assistant Chairpersonsfor this upcoming annual event. Thefollowing speakers have beenconfirmed: Joseph M. Brill, George D.Fawcett, Stanton T.Friedman, Peter A.Gersten, William L. Moore, TedPhillips, John F. Schuessler, LeonardH. Stringfield and DavidF. Webb. Eachof these gentlemen will utilize theirparticular expertise to presentevidence to meet the challengingtheme: "UFOs: The Burden of Proof."Marge Christensen will announce thedetails for the National UFOInformation Week prior to thespeakers presentations. In addition tothe chairpersons already named, the following people are heading upindividual committees: BarbaraBecker, Frank Brown, Myrtle andWalter Palmer, Mike Shannon, KarenTeller, Bruce Widaman and SpencerWolfing. John Schroeder, State SectionDirector, will be the Master ofCeremonies.***Congratulations to Shirely C. Fox,State Section Director and Everette R.Walter, Ph.D., Consultant inElectricalEngineering for their full page spread inthe Fort Myers (Florida) News-Presswith photographs of each. George D.Fawcett, Assistant State Director forNorth Carolina, had UFO windowdisplays set up in two storefronts inLincolnton, North Carolina, duringtheir recent Apple Festival. A finearticle by Beth Burrell, Staff Reporterfor the Gasronia Gazette (NorthCarolina) with a picture of George andone of his displays was recentlypublished. Ms. Burrell not onlyinterviewed Mr. Fawcett for her story,but conducted telephone interviewswith Captain Miles Wiley, U.S.A.F. inWashington, D.C., and with yourDirector inSeguin,Texas. Botharticleswill probably be published in the UFONewsclipping Service by LuciusParish.This is the type of favorable UFOpublicity that is vitally needed forpubliceducation so as to remindthe populacethat the UFO enigma still representsone of the most significant scientificproblems facing the governments ofthis planet.Since a person must be eighteenyears of age to be a FieldInvestigatororTrainee inMUFON, Shirley C. Fox hasproposed and started an associategroup of talented teenagers,who will beknown as Junior Investigators.Many ofour present officers in MUFONbecame interested in the UFOphenomenon while inJunior and SeniorHigh School, therefore we heartilyendorse Shirleys proposal.***The syndicated national TVprogram, PM Magazine, featuring asegment about the Mutual UFONetwork that was aired on October 18,1984, produced"very positiveresponsesfrom people from coast-to-coast inreply to our telephone number shownon the TV screen for viewers. Apartiallist of the telephone calls received in theMUFON office came from the followingcities: Costa Mesa, Los Angeles, SanDiego, and San Francisco (California);Azle, Garland, and Ft. Worth (Texas);Salt Lake City (Utah); Bush,(Louisiana); Louisville,Crestwood, andShepardsville (Kentucky); Albuquer-que and Deming (New Mexico);Oakville, Meriden, and West Hartford(Connecticut); East Waterford andLancaster (Pennsylvania); New YorkCity, South Glen Falls, Brooklyn,Albany, Monsey, and North Babylon(New York); Fredericksburg(Virginia);St. Charles (Missouri);Kula, (Hawaii);Emerson (NewJersey); Longwood andAvon Park (Florida); and Oakburo(North Carolina). Many of these peopleshared UFO experiences and somewere referred to local MUFON officersso personal interviews could beconducted.Several months ago Norman S.Bean, State Director for Florida,advised your International Directorthat he was contemplatingresigninghisposition because of hisinability to traveland advancing age. At that time DonaldM. Ware agreed to be the AssistantState Director. On October 21st, Mr.Ware met with Mr. Bean in Miami, tocoordinate plans for the future ofMUFON in Florida and the transitioninleadership. Donald M. Ware has nowbeen appointed as the State Directorfor Florida succeeding Mr. Bean whohas held that position for nearly fouryears, originally joining MUFON in1974. Mr. Ware is a retired U.S.A.F. Lt.Colonel with a Masters Degree inNuclear Engineering,a fighter pilot anda graduate of the Air War College. Donattended the last two MUFON UFOSymposia, since retiring from theU.S.A.F. and returning to live in Ft.Walton Beach, Florida.He has plans torevitalize our investigative and researchteam in Florida through correspond-ence. Michael A. Chamblee, anarchitect in Llano, Texas has beenappointed the State Section Directorfor Llano County. After two UFOsightings by Mr. Chamblee and hisfamily, he has kept his cameraimmediately available for futureopportunities. Michael and two of hissons attended the MUFONSymposium in San Antonio. He has aB.A. in architecture and is also abuilder.After serving as the ProjectManager for Space Shuttle FlightOperations, John F. Schuessler wasrecently promoted to the position ofDirector for Engineering for theMcDonnell Douglas Technical ServicesCompany, Inc., Houston Operations.Our congratulations and best wishes(continued on page 19)