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Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
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Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
Mufon ufo journal   1989 11. november
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  • 1. MUFON UFO JOURNALNUMBER 259 NOVEMBER 1989Founded 1967OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF MUTUAL UFO NETWORK, INC.$2.50UFOs AND SECURITY
  • 2. MUFON UFO JOURNAL(USPS 002-970)(ISSN 0270-6822)103 Oldtowne Rd.Seguin, Texas 78155-4099 U.S.A.DENNIS W. STACYEditorWALTER H. ANDRUS, JR.International Director andAssociate EditorTHOMAS P. DEULEYArt DirectorMILDRED BIESELEContributing EditorANN DRUFFELContributing EditorROBERT J. GRIBBLEColumnistROBERT H. BLETCHMANPublic RelationsPAUL CERNYPromotion / PublicityMARGE CHRISTENSENPublic EducationREV. BARRY DOWNINGReligion and UFOsLUCIUS PARISHBooks & PeriodicalsLOREN GROSSHistorianT. SCOTT CRAINGREG LONGMICHAEL D. SWORDSStaff WritersTED PHILLIPSLanding Trace CasesJOHN F. SCHUESSLERMedical CasesLEONARD STRINGFIELDUFO Crash / RetrievalWALTER N. WEBBAstronomyNORMA E. SHORTDWIGHT CONNELLYDENNIS HAUCKRICHARD H. HALLROBERT V. PRATTEditor/Publishers Emeritus(Formerly SKYLOOK)The MUFON UFO JOURNAL ispublished monthly by the MutualUFONetwork, Inc., Seguin, Texas.Membership/Supscription rates:$25.00 per year in the U.S.A.; $30.00foreign in U.S. funds. Copyright 1989by 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 78155-4099.FROM THE EDITORThe UFO phenomenon, at least as reported, has undergone several dramaticpermutations over the last forty years. So it should come as no surprise to seechange overtake the Journal as well. In this issue we introduce, if only inlimitedfashion, desktop publishing to the Journal. Eventually, we hope to produce theentire publication in this manner. But the final switch-over will require a good dealof time and energy on our part, and an equal portion of patience on yours. Weask that you bear with us in the meantime.In fact, recently breaking events in the field have been such that several itemsscheduled for inclusion in this issue were unavoidably pushed back to a later time.We apologize to those authors we have had to momentarily displace, and hopewe will be back on normal footing next month. Even with an expanded 32 pages,we have been forced to cut back much material originally intended to appear atthis time. Again, such decisions are entirely those of the editor, who assumes fullresponsibility for same.In this issueROSWELL & THE X-15: UFO BASICS Leonard H. Stringfield 3UFOs & THE U.S. GOVERNMENT: PART I William L. Moore 8CURRENT CASE LOG Dan Wright 17REPORTED UFO SIGHTINGLeland Bechtel & Robert MacKenna 19USSR UFO LANDING WITH ENTITIES Walt Andrus 20LOOKING BACK Bob Gribble 22THE UFO PRESS Dennis Stacy 25THE NOVEMBER NIGHT SKY Walter Webb 29DIRECTORS MESSAGE Walt Andrus 30UFOs AND SECURITY Soviet Military Review 31Copyright 1989 by the Mutual UFO Network, Inc. (MUFON), 103 Old-towne Road, Seguin, Texas 78155-4099 U.S.A.ALL RIGHTS RESERVEDNo part of this document may be reproduced in any form by photostat,microfilm, xerograph, or any other means, without the written permissionof the Copyright Owners.The Mutual UFO Network, Inc. is exempt from Federal Income Tax underSection 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. MUFON is a publicly sup-ported organization of the type described in Section 509 (a) (2). Donors maydeduct contributions from their Federal Income Tax. In addition, bequests,legacies, devises, transfers, or gifts are deductible for Federal estate and gifttax purposes ifthey meet the applicable provisions of Sections 2055, 2106,and 2522 of the code.The contents of the MUFON UFO JOURNAL are determined by the editor anddo not necessarily represent the official position of MUFON. Opinions of contributorsare their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the editor, the staff orMUFON.Articles may be forwarded directly to MUFON. Responses to published articlesmay be in a Letter to the Editor (up to about 400 words) or in a short article (upto about 2,000 words). Thereafter, the "50% rule" is applied: the article authormay reply but will be allowed half the wordage used in the response; the respondermay answer the author but will be allowed half the wordage used in the authorsreply, etc. All submissions are subject to editingfor style, clarity, and conciseness.Permission is hereby granted to qoute from this issue provided not more than 200words are quoted from any one article, the author of the article is given credit,and the statement "Copyright 1989 by the Mutual UFO Network, 103 OldtowneRd., Seguin, Texas 78155" is included.
  • 3. ROSWELL & THE X-15: UFO BASICSLeonard Stringfield is wellknown for his research intocrashed saucers and military re-trieval cases. His last appear-ance here was in the January1989 issue.As we nudge toward the last decadeof the 20th century, basic UFO re-search is still no nearer to exposing thetruth about the UFO, with verifiablefacts, than when it ushered in the1980s. If anything, as activists, we arewallowing deeper and deeper in ourown self-muddied waters.Despite the good work of manyqual-ified researchers in the past decade,the impact of their disclosures, or mes-sages of wisdom, seldom rise above thenoise of busy rumormills feeding us thepap of mis/disinformation. Wary of thenoise, the media still opt to repudiateUFO stories as factless anecdotes,while responsible world governments,whose secret agencies are supposedlyin possession of the truth,remain aloof,admitting nothing. No admission, nostory. Thus isolated from the main-stream of world affairs, UFOs are leftadrift in the heavens, and we, their re-searchers, talking only among our-selves. Have we been outsmarted bythe elusive"them," or, as usual,haveweonly outsmarted ourselves? Whicheverthe case, its high time for a change inposture.To momentarily please the devilsadvocate on this premise, perhaps weshould turn away from trying to ration-alize ufological intrigueand go back tosome old saucer basics.In my opinion, the basics are UFOevents that tend to support no specialinterest group, or to espouse any onehypothesis. Simply, theyrelate to an un-By Leonard Stringfieldusual report of an incident caused byan unidentified aerial object or a mil-itary action or reaction to that in-cident. Resorting to the basics mayprove nothing, but I believe it lendscredence to the postulation that thereal UFO is an intelligentlycontrolledcraft whose incursive actions havegiv-en good cause for an official coverup.Many such instances of UFO activity,apart from crash/retrievals, have cometo my attention in the past ten years,but I gave them only a cursory review.Like many other researchers, I waslured away or diverted by more sensa-tional events, like the abduction maniaand, of course, MJ-12.RevitalizedAfter my "Status Report V, UFOCrash/Retrievals: Is the Coverup LidLifting?" was published in the January1989 issue of the MUFON UFO Jour-nal, revitalizing interest in my research,I became privileged to learn of a new,firsthand source who appeared to haveimportant information relating to theRoswell incident. Just Cause had ear-lier received a letter from this source,and after discussing its potential valuewith the editor, Barry Greenwoodagreed to send me a copy and gave methe green light to follow up.On January 26, 1989, I was able tomake contact with the source in aremote western state. To gain his trust,I promptly explained the confidentialarrangement with Greenwood andprovided my own credentials. In shorttime, "Tim"agreed to cooperate.Tim proved to have been a proudmember of the only atomic bomb wingextant at the time, the 509th BombGroup, stationed at Roswell Army AirForce Base in 1947. And as one of hisfellow crew members reminded him onJuly 9th of that year, theywere "makinghistory" on their flight aboard a B-29,which they believed transported thedeceased alien cadavers from the Ro-swell airbase in New Mexico to Car-swell in Fort Worth, Texas. In consid-eration of the sensitivity of Tims posi-tion, I agreed to the terms he requestedconcerning the release of his informa-tion, which includes concealing certaindetails mostly pertaining to his profes-sional career, including rank, assignedduty aboard the flight, and the identityof key personnel involved in his specialmission.As one of the few dramatispersonaeof the Roswell story, Tims eyewitnessinformation was of course of extremeinterest to me personally and to thosewho support my endeavors. In the longrun, however, it may prove to be ofeven more importance as a vital pieceof evidence in any future congressionalhearing or in the chronicles of a histo-rian.For the sake of accuracy, then, Timand I reviewed to the verge of bore-dom, piece by piece, every aspect of hisrole, his observations and speculationsto the best of his memory,even gradingkey issues such as his recall of atten-dant personnel and duties aboard theflight into three categories: Positive,Probable and Uncertain.Tims AccountWe begin witth Tims original story,excerpted from his letter to Just Cause,as follows:"On this day our crew had not beenon the flying roster. We had accom-plished our period of ground school inthe morning, then went to the skeetrange after lunch. The Aircraft Com-mander had broken 48 targets, and Iwas next with 47 out of 50.MUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989
  • 4. "The sergeant in charge of the rangeasked us if we had heard about the"Flying Disk" that had crashed out inthe desert. Twice more before leavingthe skeet range we heard reports of aspace ship with bodies inside that hadbeen found on a ranch in the area.When the truck dropped us off at thesquadron area most of the other crewshad been released for the day. Theoperations officer told our captain tokeep the crew together because hethought he had a flight for us. We ex-pected this was a last minute test hopon a plane needed for the next daysmission. I loved test hops, for on manyof them the pilot would let me be theco-pilot and sometimes I would get to-make alanding.No Routine Flight"We were sent out to preflight ourown airplane; we knew then it was notest flight. The preflightof a B-29 wasalengthy operation, requiring a visualpressure check of each engines fuelsystem, plus many other details. Anhour later we were told to taxi theplane to the "Pit," a place where theatomic bomb was normally loaded."We were positioned so the frontbomb-bay was directly over the pit,which was covered with a large tarp.But no atomic bomb was in the pit thatafternoon."When the canvas was removed bythe loadingcrew, all we could see wasavery large wooden box. We stood offto the side and were not allowed morethan a glimpse of the loading process.The box was sitting on a platform ofthe type we often used to carry cargoon. Once the load was secured in thebomb-bay four militarypolicemen wentinside and took positions at each cor-ner of the box. I think two of themwere majors, and one a lieutenant. Thefourth man was an NCO."Three other officers of companyand field grade were positioned in theforward and aft crew compartments.The officer crew members went to baseoperations for flight clearance andbriefing. When they returned only thebombardier was allowed to go in thebomb-bay and check the security ofthe load. The engineer and I had noproblem at all, and no ballast was re-quired in the tail, so I guess now that itwas less than 5000 pounds."Once airborne we were told the des-tination was the AAFB at Ft. Worth,Texas. By now we were aware that thiswas no routine cargo mission. The rankand number of the M. P.s were cluesthat we had something important onboard. One of our officers speculatedthat it was the household goods ofsome high-ranking ground-pounderbeing transferred to Ft. Worth. Thiswas a reasonable guess."I do not remember connecting itwith the "Flying Disk Crash" story untilwe were on the way back. We left mostof the security people in Ft. Worth. Ithink only one, maybe two, came backwith us. I do remember the stronglecture of thisbeing a routine flight thatwe must not talk about. One of thecrew, a very outspoken individual, saidon the way home that we were now apart of history. He went on to say itwas the disk and remains of the flightcrew, because he had seen a man herecognized in the reception group. Thisman was a mortician by military speci-alty."For weeks rumors were plentiful,and we were hard pressed to maintainthe silence we had been ordered tokeep."If Tims flight indeed transported thebodies, and not additional debris fromthe wreckage, then his testimony fitswell into the scenario that says his wasthe third mission from Roswell. Toprove it, of course, we would need ac-cess to official records, if they still ex-ist, which is doubtful, for obvious reas-ons. Despite the paucity of firsthandtestimony from surviving personnel, Ifeel reasonably sure of "Pappy" Hen-dersons flight of July 8, 1947, whichtransported the main "wreckage" in aB-29 (or possibly a C-54) to WrightField, Dayton, Ohio. According to thetestimony of Major Jesse Marcel, hehad been bumped from thisflight.Jesse MarcelAlso according to Marcel, he flew toCarswell in a B-29 on July8th.Notably,he referred to the cargo not as a crate,but as a "half B-29-ful" of fragmentshehad collected from the crash site onthe Brazel ranch. Once at the airbase,his job was done. General Roger Ra-mey, in charge of the operations, re-leased the story to the media that thedowned saucer was actually a weatherballoon, and ordered Marcel to returnto Roswell, which he did the followingday, July 9th.Of significance, Tim remembersMarcels involvement. To refresh hismemory, he was sent a copy of the509th Bomb Groups 1947 yearbook.He said he recalls his (Marcels) pre-sence on the scene, but is not surewhere. "Its possible," said Tim, "that hewas one of the officers to greet myplane at Carswell, but my guess is thathe wason myreturn flight to Roswell."Based on known information, Marcelwas unaware of the retrieved bodiesand would not have a need-to-knowqualification to greet the plane. Asealed crate, however, would surelyhave aroused suspicion.Crucial, then, in coordinating the se-quence of events, is the date of Timsflight. Understandably blurred by thepassage of time, and without any offi-cial 509th records to substantiate sucha secret mission, he was at first uncer-tain of the date. "One clue, for sure,"he said. "The weather that day wassunny and hot during a season knownfor its thunderstorms."MUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989
  • 5. In a letter received in February, Timentertained the notion that his flightmight have been July 8 or 9, based onan illegible entry in a pocket diary thathe had salvaged from his Roswell days.As it became increasingly important tofix a date, considering the impact of hisrevelations and the surfacing of newmaterial (unknown to Tim), I calledOctober 2, asking him to take anotherlook at his diary. A tall request, in-deed, in light that I knew he was in themidst of moving to a new residence,and I was told that it was alreadystored somewhere in a box.Then on October 5, Tim called. "Ifound the diary," he announced. "Itwas the ninth. I found the dates of myflights, clearly circled on the calendar,inside the back cover, which backs upmy log entries for July 4th, 9th, 26th,28th and 29th."Log EntriesFollowing are Tims flight entries inhis log for July, 1947:July 4,1947 DEH (CAA station des-ignation for Roswell), Ship 6291. B-29.Formation flight cross country. Vicks-burg, Little Rock, Tulsa, Amarillo andreturn. Holidaycelebration. Flight time9hrs.,55mins.July 9, 1947 DEH, Ship 7301. B-29.Cross country. Ft. Worth and return.Flight time1hr.,55mins.The next 17 days, Tim said, he andcrew were in special training schoolfeaturing courses in Russian language,Judo, hand-to-hand combat, etc.July 26, 1947 DEH, Ship 430? (lastnumber illegible) B-29. Cross countryRound Robin to Atlanta and returnviaHouston. 10hrs., 20 mins.July 28, 1947 DEH, Ship 6291. B-29.Cross country radar bombing. Omaha,Kansas City, Houston and return.Flight time11hrs.,20 mins.July 29, 1947 DEH, Ship 6291. B-29.Formation over Utah, live bombing.Flight timeShrs., 45mins.The key date: July 9, 1947. For onething, it backs up the scenario thatMarcel returned to Roswell on Timsflight. Other dramatic events on the8th and 9th of July were linked toMarcels flight to Carswell. New evi-dence reveals that during this period, aspecial detachment of troops from Ro-swell found three alien bodies (maybefour) about two-and-a-half miles fromthe crash site on the Brazel ranch.While this expeditionary discoverywas probably unknown to Marcel, afigure so important to our recon-structed scenario, the magnitude of itsshock surely would have triggered astate of alarm at the highest levels ofgovernment in Washington. And wecan assume that hasty and momentousdecisions were made, at least one ofwhich, the urge toward secrecy, hauntsus still.In the short run, however, the exoticcadavers had to be protected, pre-served, photographed and crated forshipment out of Roswell. By the after-noon of July 9, the bodies were readyfor their shipment to Carswell. In mymind,Tim made that historic flight."Everything about the fight was un-usual," said Tim. "So tight was security,we knew that the crate contained morethan the generals furniture." It wasmade of wood, he said, and was un-painted and unmarked as though has-tily constructed. Fitting snugly into thebomb-bay, it was approximately 5 feethigh, four wide and fifteen long. Ac-cording to my calculations, these di-mensions would suitably accommodatethree 4-foot tall bodies (or parts ofbodies) placed in a lengthwise row.But beyond the mystery of the crateand the extraordinary security mea-sures at Roswell and Carswell, thestrongest factor in support of Tims be-lief that his plane carried the bodies isfound in the words of a fellow crewmember, the officer who recognized aformer school chum, a mortician,among the contingent of greeters atCarswell.The names of the pilot, co-pilot andthose of his crew members that he canrecall are known to me, but Tim pre-fers, understandably at this time, thatthey not be published. Perhaps in thenear future more can be revealed aboutthem and their roles.Tims disclosures, based on the rawfacts as he observed them, basically il-lustrate a military reaction to a UFOevent. His information may seem cir-cumstantial to the skeptic, but thoughtof in the context of the whole, as itlinks to the testimony of manyother re-liable witnesses, the case could standup in any court of law.Behind scenes, several months aftermy initial contact with Tim, anotherdoor opened for me. Don Schmitt, Di-rector of Special Investigations forCUFOS, also had been quietlydigginginto the Roswell affair, with telling re-sults. Of special interest, I learned,new information had surfaced whichnot only tied in with Tims experience,but also with that of a former GI, who,living in England with his British wifeand family, had been a part of the509th retrieval team at the crash site.Of note, he told one of his daughtersthat he had seen three recovered bod-ies. (See Case 11, in my Status ReportV: Walt Andrus also met with the Eng-lish widow and her two daughters inLondon on July 15,1989.)Indicating an interest in my Roswellmaterial, Schmitt and author KevinRandle visited my home to comparenotes. Quickly realizing the impact ofour respective material, we agreed topool our findings for the good of re-search. With new information still sur-facing as I write this, some of it aug-menting or amending the spadeworkdone by Bill Moore and StantonFriedman, mycolleague hopes to soonMUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989
  • 6. publish a definitive paper to set the re-cord straight about the crash/retrievalincident. It could change the posture ofUFO research, the media and worldthinking on the subject.Since I introduced Mrs. SapphoHenderson, wife of the late Captain"Pappy" Henderson, and revealed herstory of his Roswell exploit to research(Status Report V), she has appearedon TVs "Unsolved Mysteries" pro-gram on September 20th. She did welland I am pleased.However, at her request, I did notdisclose her address and phone num-ber to other researchers, includingStan Friedman. Chagrined over mylack of cooperation, he managed to lo-cate her and persuade her to appearon the show. This is good and I ap-plaud his indefatigable efforts. For me,it proves that so many of my namelessor address-less sources do exist, andthat their anecdotal stories are not al-ways fairy tales. No apologies, then, formy rigid position that honors the re-quests and trust of my sources. Thesepeople make the rules, and I mustabideby them. I will continue this practice.A more recent chat with Mrs. Hen-derson provided a new morsel forthought. She said that when her hus-band read the story about Roswell inthe tabloid Globe, February 17, 1981issue, and first broke the news of hisown involvement, his comments aboutthe accompanying drawings, showingthe alien head and hand, were thatthey were "accurate." This gave herreason to believe that he might actuallyhave seen the bodies, but she wasquick to add that he never said so.By coincidence, the drawings helooked at were those I roughlysketched for my first paper on UFOcrash/retrievals, "Retrievals of theThird Kind," presented at the 9th an-nual MUFON UFO SymposiuminDay-ton, Ohio, in 1978.Alt« 200,000 ft.Vel •=> 3,400 mphX-1S Flight No. 1-27-48CM*:4/M/e2Pilot:JoMph A. Welter, NASAUunch Point: Nr. Uud Uke,NVDMIIfMllon: Edward* AFB, CAMM. AILc 246,700 tfUu. V«L »4.MH (3,48* mph)Of pertinence to the earlyinvestiga-tions of Roswell, I incorrectly creditedBill Moore for having a personal in-terview with Jesse Marcel in my StatusReport V. Stan Friedman informed methat he was the interviewer, not Moore.Although the book, The RosweJl In-cident, is vague about who madephone or personal interviews (see p.62), I believe that Friedman should becredited for his legwork.X-15 UFO SightingsThe second arena I selected for thisarticle relating to UFO basics involvesNASA. In 1962, during test flights ofthe X-15 out of Edwards AFB, therewere two known occasions when theirflights encountered UFOs. On one, acamera recorded two disks near the X-15at an altitude of 200,000 feet.The encounters, 1believe, are signifi-cant in that they suggest a UFO in-terest, not only in our early experimen-tal aircraft in general, but in our high-altitude test flights with an outer spaceconnection in particular.The encounters are also significantbecause they come from a firsthand,qualified source who had been in-volved with the X-15 program as a co-ordinator for the fiights, and who alsosaw the movie in question.MUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989
  • 7. Alt = 314,000 ft.Vel = 3,800 mphX-1S Flight No. 1-7-14DM*: 7/17/62Pilot: U*|. Robt U. White, USAFUunch Point: Nr.D*l*nur L*k*,NVD**lln*lion: Edward* AFB, CAMM. Alt >314,750 tfMM.Vel. i S.4SM (3,832 mph)While these encounters made onlyspotty news at the time and were en-tered with incorrect details in NICAPrecords, my source, who visited myhome on several occasions, has pro-vided ample backup papers, such as theflight chart of the incident with cam-era, variousmemoranda over his signa-ture, and a list of the NASA pilots andother personnel at the base, many ofthem future astronauts, includingNeilArmstrong.The source of this information is agraduate engineer and pilot with ap-proximately 1,000 flying hours in com-mand. He is presently cleared Secret,Special Access on the B-2 program. Atthe time of the sightings, he was a testengineer on the X-15 program at Ed-wards AFB, and in this position hadvirtually unlimited access to the X-15aircraft, the flight line, hangars, flighttest data, and the X-15 Flight TestControl Room. He was in daily contactwith the pilots and ground crews.Following, then, is my sourcesaccount of the two X-15 UFO en-counters with drawings showing theirrelative positions.UFOs FilmedDuring a design altitude flight onApril 30,1962, two disk-shaped objectsovertook the X-15 at an altitude of ap-proximately 200,000 feet, while at aspeed of approximately 3,400 m.p.h., or5000 fps. The X-15 had been launchedfrom the vicinity of Mud Lake, Neva-da, with Joseph A. Walker, NASA, atthe controls. At the time of the sightinghe was climbing at a pitch angle of ap-proximately 30 degrees.Walker sighted the two aircraft pass-ing overhead and reported to the NA-SA FRC Control Room at Edwards,"Two UFOs just passed overhead."(The writer and approximately 20 oth-ers were in the Control Room and per-sonally heard Walkers report. No oth-er details were supplied by Walker.)The aft fuselage cameras on the X-15captured the UFOs on film which waslater viewed by the writer, the groundcrew, and key X-15 Program personnelat the post-flight debriefing. (The in-cident was not discussed in any detailduring the debriefing, however.) Thefilm was good quality, and clearlyshowed two white or silver disk-shaped craft flying in tight formation,rapidly overtaking the X-15 from be-hind and passing overhead, perhapsonly 100-200 feet above the X-15. Dis-position of the film isunknown.During a world altitude record flighton July 17, 1962, Major Robert M.White, USAF, reported to NASAFRC Control that "several" UFOswere flying in formation with him andwere "like the color of paper." Again,the writer and 20 other Control Roompersonnel overheard the conversation,although no other details were given atthat time. White was in level (zero-G)flight at his peak altitude of 314,000feet; his speed was approximately 3,800m.p.h. During debriefing White elab-orated that there were 5 or 6 UFOs,and perhaps as manyas 8 or 10.Copyright 1989 byLeonardH. String-ffeld. AJ1rights reserved.MUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989
  • 8. UFOs and the U.S. Government: Part IBy William L. MooreUFO researcher William Mooreand his investigative activities haverecently been the subject of con-siderable controversy, both withinand without the ufological com-munity. Some of those doubtsculminated in the publication of arecent article in the Journal byRobert Hastings, which hinted atgovernment contact and involve-ment. Prior to publication, Moorewas apprised of the articles con-tents and given the opportunity torespond in writing.Moores response eventually ap-peared in the form of a lengthyspeech delivered at the MUFONsymposium in Las Vegas this pastsummer, and also as an almostcomplete issue of his quarterlyFocus newsletter (4219 W. Olive,Suite 247, Burbank, CA, 91505).Unfortunately, this paper arrivedtoo late to be included in the officialproceedings as published. Wenowprovide it for our readers in the in-terest ofcompleteness, and also asMoores open reply to his critics.The response seems to have beenmuch misunderstood at the time ofdelivery, as well as inthe immediateaftermath. Hopefully, publicationhere will at least bring the publicrecord up to date. The second partof his virtually verbatim talk will ap-pear in the next issue of theJournal.Ladies and gentleman, friends andenemies, associates and colleagues —in short, fellow UFOlogists: I had real-ly wanted to come here tonight and"kick ass," but fortunately for us allwiser heads have prevailed and weare going to keep this presentation asprofessional as possible.Before I begin, it seems appropriateto first take a few moments to per-sonally thank Mr. Walt Andrus of theMUFON organization, and theorganizers and hosts of this sym-8posium, whose kind invitation madeit possible for me to be here tonight.I am also appreciative of this excellenttime spot, which must mean thatthose who arranged the schedulethink I have something interesting tosay. I shall try not to disappoint you.I might also add that my talk isprimarily directed to those of you whoare members of the UFO communi-ty. That is not to suggest that thoseof you who are here as third partieswont find it interesting; it is just thatyou might not be able to follow someof the "in-house" comments that I amgoing to make. (As opposed to"outhouse" comments, which I shalltry to avoid even though in somecases they might be appropriate.)At this point, allow me to introducemyself. I am aware that you alreadyknow my name, and I am equallycer-tain that many of you are wondering,"Just who is Bill Moore, and what ishe up to?" Added to that, Im sure,are many other questions: "Is thisman a government agent?"; "Whatabout his rumored contact within theintelligence community?"; "Are theMJ-12 documents real or counterfeit,and if counterfeit, did he .forgethem?"; and "Isnt he just really in itfor the money?" The truth about BillMoore, Im afraid, is considerably lesssensational. Those of you out therewho know me can vouch for it. Thosewho dont can verify it easily enough.CareerBill Moore graduated from collegein 1965. Between that time and 1979,I spent fourteen years as a high schoolteacher and a concurrent ten years asa part-time labor relations expert andcollective bargaining consultant withinthe structure of the Minnesota Educa-tion Association. In both cases, I hadan excellent reputation. In 1979, afterhaving successfully published ThePhiladelphia Experiment with co-author Charles Berlitz, I resigned myteaching position and moved with myfamily to Arizona in order to take upwriting full-time. In 1980, I co-authored a second bestseller, TheRoswell Incident, which was thepreliminary account of an investiga-tion into an alleged UFO crash in NewMexico in 1947.At the time, the book was skeptical-ly received by the UFO communityand mercilessly panned by thedebunkers. I stood my ground, brokewith Berlitz, weathered the storm ofrocks and mud that was thrown in mydirection, and ultimately, with con-tinued high quality research and acareful, skeptical, journalistic ap-proach, managed to persuade manyof the initial doubters that there wasindeed something to the case. In sodoing, I earned the respect of manyof you in the audience, and I expectthat my reputation and credibility withrespect to the Roswell case is at leastpartly responsible for my having beeninvited to speak here tonight. I urgeyou to keep that in mind. If you areone of those who respected my workon Roswell, then I ask you to considerthat I am trying to carry on the samesort of quality investigation withrespect to the project I am currentlyworking on. Its just that the cir-cumstances are quite different, and Ihave not been in a position, until now,to properly inform others about whatI have been doing. This,unfortunate-ly, has given rise to considerable con-troversy, with a number of falsehoodshaving been spread by others in theUFO communitywho saw fitto jumpto hasty conclusions inappropriatelyformed withoutbenefit of all the facts.One of the most persistent rumorsabout me is that I am a rich man, orthat I am somehow funded by thegovernment to spread disinformationand dissention within the UFO com-munity. Neither could be further fromthe truth. The real Bill Moore is asMUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989
  • 9. poor as a church mouse. I came awayfrom a divorce in 1983 with virtuallynothing but a few clothes and an oldcar. I went through bankruptcy shortlythereafter, and began to rebuild mylife. The money I make from writing,royalties, and the sale of mostly UFO-oriented books and publicationsisallplowed back into living expenses andcontinuing research. It is a constantscrape to get by, but I believe in whatI am doing and in order to preservethe freedom necessary to keep myproject going I have had to makesacrifices.I am definitely not in this businessfor the money. I live in a rentedhouse, drive a 1977 car and a 1979motorcycle. I have no savings ac-counts, no stocks, no bonds, and Irecently had to let my health in-surance lapse after the companydoubled my premiums and I couldntafford to pay it any longer. I am notlooking for a handout, nor do I ex-pect any sympathy. I simply tell youthis in order to have it on the record.Those who are spreading rumors thatI live in wealth and comfort are invitedto come and verify the situation anytime they wish. My door is open.Those who allege that I havecounterfeited documents and con-cocted a hoax on the MJ-12 matterhad better taken the same facts intoaccount. Rest assured, if I was tryingto perpetrate a hoax, I would haveplayed it for all the cash I could geta long time ago and then taken themoney and run — as some in theUFO community have already done,and as some are doing even now!And as for my being on the govern-ments payroll, I can only say that Iwish I was. The government pays welland it provides excellent benefits.So why should you believeanything Bill Moore has to say? Thefact is that I have information that willadd to your knowledge of the UFOphenomenon. I will report it to youin as reliable a fashion as I can, andin as objective a manner as possible.Those of you who have numberedamong my friends and supporters willperhaps find it comforting in light ofsome of the more outrageous rumorsthat have been circulating throughoutthe UFO community recently. Othersof you who have chosen to castaspersions and throw rocks in mydirection out of fear that I might un-cover something which will upstageyour own efforts, will undoubtedlytake great pains to dissect what I haveto say here in an effort to find morereasons to question my integrity. Nomatter. In the final analysis, I am notasking you to believe — only to listen.What you do from that point is en-tirely up to you.Two years ago, at the MUFONsym-posium in Washington, D.C., I stoodbefore a similar audience andpresented preliminaryinformation onthe so-called MJ-12 papers. I alsoalluded at that time to a series of on-going contacts between myself and anumber of well-placed individualswithin the government and the in-telligence community. AmericanUFOlogy has been in a turmoil overthe MJ-12 matter ever since, withcharges and counter-charges beingthrown back and forth so fast that itis almost impossible to keep up withthem. Worse, the rumor mill, fueledby speculation, disinformationand in-creasingly gross exaggerations on thepart of those who ought to know bet-ter, has emerged as a major forcewhich, it sometimes seems from thisvantage point, has all but replacedcommon sense and sound judgementin some circles.What ought to have been a saneand concerted effort to get at thetruth, has taken on virtually all thetrappings of a three ring circus; andAmerican UFOlogy, as I see it, nowstands at the edge of a severe crisiswhich has already shaken it, as amovement, to its very core. I haveevery confidence that UFOlogy willsurvive. Whether it will emerge fromthis present state of flux with as muchcredibility as it had going in, however,remains to be seen. I, for one, amsomewhat ashamed and embarrassedby the mudslinging that I havewitnessed, much of it directed at me,these past two years; and by the in-cessant and increasing rumor-mongering which has tantalized us allby its highly sensational nature andyet, in the final analysis, has offeredus so very little in the way oftangibleevidence. I hope what I have to sayhere tonight will have the positive ef-fect of laying some of it to rest, butspeaking in all candor, I certainlywont count on it.Throughout our history mankindhas witnessed many quests for thingswhich either did not exist, or which,when found, turned out to besomething quite different from whatwas expected. Take for example ourmedieval ancestors search for the Ho-ly Grail; the Spanish conquistadoressearch for the fountain of youth or thefabled seven cities of gold; the searchfor Atlantis;or the many archaeolog-ical expeditions mounted in an effortto prove or disprove the more than1500 year-old legend of King Arthurand his knights of the round table. Inevery case, it was not the goal somuch as the process of the searchitself which made a positive contribu-tion to mans knowledge of himselfand the planet he lives on. There canbe no question that the repeatedquests for the Holy Grail played apositive role in increasing medievalEuropes knowledge of the Near Eastand the ultimate reopening of traderoutes which had been closed and allbut forgotten about since the time ofthe fall of Rome more than 500 yearsbefore. Equally, although the fountainof youth never existed at all and thefabled seven cities of gold turned outto be pueblos of adobe, the earlySpanish explorers search for theseadded immensely to Europesknowledge of New World geography.And in every case, those who studyhistory tell us that there was the in-evitable claque of narrow-mindedold fools who, believing that suchquests waste time and energy betterspent on more useful endeavors, dideverything they could to discouragethe process and discredit the in-dividuals involved.Alien FactorsPardon my observations, but so itis with our present quest forknowledge about UFOs. WhetherUFOs are or are not extraterrestrialisreally only a part of the picture. In thefinal analysis, the process ofstudyingthis phenomenon and the people in-volved with it, of assessing the claimsand the counter-claims, and of deal-ing with the question of how we, asearthlings, will react to the discoveryMUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989
  • 10. of a race of extraterrestrial visitors andhow they will react to us — all of thisand more, when finally looked at inperspective, leads us to the in-escapable recognition that in study-ing the UFO phenomenon, we are atthe same time becoming more awareof ourselves as individuals and learn-ing something about the society thatwe are a part of. The recognition, asnoted by my friend Stanton Friedmanmany years ago, that any alien spend-ing ten minutes looking at planetEarth must come away with the con-clusion that we are, in the eyes of thatalien, nothing more than a primitivesociety whose major activity is tribalwarfare, is at once both revealing andpowerful.It is through the mirror of UFOs asalien visitors that we ultimately cometo look at ourselves and to recognizewhat and who we really are. Such aprocess can only prove beneficial tomankind in the long term regardlessof what the true nature of the UFOsturns out to be; and those who wouldstand in its way by attempting to heapderision or ridicule upon the subjectdo us a grace disservice. Hadmankinds greatest inventors, scien-tists, explorers, builders, painters,musicians, composers, physicians,surgeons — the list goes on — thepoint is, had these people throughoutour history heeded the mindlessblusterings and ravings of the skep-tics, the scoffers and the debunkerswho were present in each and everycase, there would be no progress andmankind would still be in the stoneage. Moreover, in every case wherea breakthrough was achieved andprogress was made, it is the achieverwho is remembered and honored byhistory, and not the debunker whosaid it couldnt be done. The bottomline here is that the UFOphenomenon is a legitimate subjectfor study by anyone in our free societywho chooses to do so. Those whohave elected to participate in such aquest should not be held up to deri-sion and ridicule because of it. Thosedebunkers and UFO-bashers whohave nothing positive to contribute areadvised to go and massage their egossomewhere else! In my opinion, suchpeople have no right whatsoever todictate to others what is fit for study10and what isnt, or what people shouldbelieve and what they shouldnt.Which brings me to my next point.I have been accumulating informationon the UFO phenomenon for morethan 24 years, the last ten of whichhave seen my full-time devotion to thesubject. During that time, I have wat-ched UFOlogy trying to grow up —trying to achieve respectability withthe public, the news media and thescientific community. In that process,I am sorry to say, it has been myobservation that we are our own worstenemy. No skeptic, no debunker,could possibly do what we have doneto ourselves not once, but time andtime again. We say we want respec-tability, yet we have made little effortto construct the foundationsnecessary to achieve it.Sadly, we have no uniform stan-dards, no professional ethics, nopeers, no qualifications, no uniformgoals and few credible spokespersons.Nobody speaks for UFOlogy — orrather, perhaps more correctly,everybody speaks for UFOlogy ... allat the same time and each with adif-ferent voice. Anybody can be a"UFOlogist." All they need to do istack the title to the end of their nameand publish (even self-publish) abook, start a newsletter, or getthemselves on television. And shouldtheir material be pure unsubstantiatedclaptrap or broken crockery (read:"cracked pottery"), no matter. Theresalways some other self-styledUFOlogist who will come along, seeit as the ultimate wisdom of theuniverse, and endorse it whole-heartedly, thus adding further to theconfusion. Is it any wonder we havedegenerated into a host of politicalcamps, each one of which throwsrocks at as many of the others aspossible while at the same time loudlyproclaiming to all who will listen thatthey are the only true religion? Mean-while, the debunkers, who are essen-tially united under a single banner,throw rocks at all of us; and the public,as hapless observer to the entire pro-cess, emerges more confused thanever.With that in mind, I would like totake a moment to ask each and everymember of this audience (or you thereader) to reach down inside yourselfand come up with a true answer toa very important and very difficultquestion. What you say publicly hasno meaning in this process. It is whatyou know inside yourself to be truththat matters. I want you to askyourself why you are involved withthe UFO phenomenon. Do you trulydesire answers, no matter what thoseanswers may be and no matter howmuch those answers may be atvariance with what you presentlybelieve about UFOs? Or are you oneof those people who thrives on a con-tinuing mystery — whose very posi-tion in the field of UFOlogy requiresthat the mystery of UFOs be perpet-uated rather than solved so that youcan continue in your self-styled roleof importance and leadership?Lets suppose you are the head ofan organization devoted to the studyof UFOs (and there are several suchhere, including myself). What hap-pens to your organization, andultimately to you yourself if the UFOmystery is suddenly solved? Do youtruly want to see that happen; or isit more palatable and convenient tokeep the pot simmeringfor as long aspossible? Only you, and you aloneknow what it is that motivates you.Ifyou are one who is sincerely in-terested in finding answers, and if youcan proceed with an open mind, thenI believe I can offer you some inspira-tion and some sense of direction withwhat I have to say here tonight. If, onthe other hand, you are one whoprefers to inflate your own imagethrough the spreading of unsubstan-tiated, often alarmingandincreasinglysensationalistic disinformation, hear-say and rumor, then I urge you toreassess your position and channelyour energies along more acceptablelines. If you havent thought about it,I urge you to do so because I believewe are very near to getting thoseanswers we all claim to want. If thenature of those answers turns out tobe such that they will change ourworld, then I need not point out thatindividual lives will be changed aswell. It is important that we all knowwhere we stand.As for myself, I made a decision anumber of years ago as a result ofhaving suddenly found myself face-to-face with an opportunity to learnMUFON JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989
  • 11. more about what our governmentknows about UFOs. I believed then,and I continueto believe now, that itis possible to uncover answers bysearching carefully and completely forthem in the right places. Finding thoseanswers and thus ending my so-calledcareer as a UFOlogist poses no prob-lems at all for me. As a writer, I aminterested in a variety of subjects,many of them non-UFO related.Should I go as far as I feel I can withthe UFO question, I have plenty ofother fish to fry — many of which arejust as interesting and every bit aschallenging.The truth, fellow UFOlogists, isthatI have known precisely what I was do-ing all along. It is just that very fewother people knew what I was doing,and it was this lack of information onthe part of other researchers that hasgiven rise to so much controversy.Consequently, I harbor no grudgeagainst others who have attacked me,sometime bitterly, because theydisagreed with my methods, orbecause they mistook my refusal toanswer their often legitimate questionsas a display of arrogance and con-tempt. I counseled patience then, andI counsel it now. A rush to judgementis a dangerous and a divisive thing.Those who engage in such practicesmay sound high-minded and well-informed at first blush, but in the longrun they do nothing to enhance theirown stature or credibility, and theycertainly contribute nothing to ourquest for answers.Self DefenseConsider the strange case of Mr.Smith, Mr. Jones and the jury. You,the audience (or the reader) are thejury. Mr. Smith is dead. Mr. Jones isbeing tried for the murder. The pro-secutor stands before you and givesyou these facts: "When the police ar-rived in response to a complaint thata fight was in progress," he says, "Mr.Smith was found lying dead on thefloor of his apartment. The cause ofdeath was strangulation,and the bodywas still warm. Mr. Jones was foundbending over the body with his handsstill around the victims throat.Neighbors and others who knew bothmen have testified that there was con-siderable animosity between the twoof them, and that on more than oneoccasion Mr. Jones was heard tothreaten Mr. Smiths safety and well-being. Obviously Jones had gone tosee Smith and a violentargument en-sued during which Jones strangledSmith. Unfortunately for Jones, thepolice arrived before he was able toaffect an escape from the scene."Youre the jury. Is this sufficientevidence to condemn Mr. Jones formurder? I have tried this scenario outduring conversations with a numberof people over the past few months,and was amazed at how many peo-ple agreed that it is — one of whomwas my good friend Walt Andrus,who recently saw fit to publish anoutrageously lopsided piece of trashin his newsletter written by a manwhom I have never met, spoken toor corresponded with and who couldeasily have obtained answers to hisquestions simply by taking the trou-ble to ask. A significant minority wholistened to my Smith and Jonesscenario, however, hesitated beforepassing judgement. "What is Mr.Jones defense?," they wanted toknow. And, of course, thats reallywhat its all about. In the case of Smithand Jones, the truth is that it wasSmith who invited Jones to his apart-ment with the intentionof quietly do-ing him in and disposing of the bodybefore anyone was the wiser. Jones,however, turned the tables on Smithand accidentallykilled him in the pro-cess of self-defense.And so it is in the case of Moore,the government and MJ-12. Thosewho have already decided that I amone of the bad guys in this controver-sial case have done so on the basisof only half a story. They have rushedto judgement without hearing thedefense. "Hasty pudding," as one re-cent tract put it quite humorously —a tract which, by the way, I did notwrite but which I found to be mostappropriate.Unfortunately; I cannot provideyou with the entire case for thedefense this evening. The reason isthat the defense is still in the processof completing its investigation. But Ican provide you with a significant partof it — enough so that at least youcan begin to understand what I haveMUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989been doing and where it is all going.For some of you, it may not be whatyou want to hear, but it is the truth,at least insofar as I am able to tell it.And it should provide you with agood sense of perspective concerninga lot of other things that have beengoing on in UFOIogicalcircles recent-ly. It all began more than ten yearsago with a man named PaulBennewitz.Let me preface my remarks aboutthe Bennewitz case by offering thesincere and candid statement thatwhat I am going to say is, to the bestof my knowledge, entirely true. It isoffered without malice or prejudice inany way, and is under no circum-stances intended to be libelous ordefamatory. I genuinelylike Mr. Ben-newitz, continue to regard him as afriend, and have a great deal of sym-pathy for the difficulties he has beenthrough. It is not my intention to up-set him with these revelations, butrather to add a few facts to a recordthat has been out of balance for a lotof years.I had moved from Minnesota toArizona during the late summer of1979, and as a result had becomesomewhat closer to Jim and CoralLorenzen of the old AerialPhenomena Research Organization(or APRO) in Tucson. Ultimately theyinvited me to become a member ofthe APRO Board of Directors, and Iaccepted. It was in this capacity thatI first became acquainted with thework being done by Paul Bennewitzand Dr. Leo Sprinkle regarding analleged UFO abduction involving ayoung woman and several otherswhich had occurred some timeearlier.The woman had been hypnoticallyregressed by Dr. Sprinkle and hadprovided a strange account of havingwitnessed a cattle mutilation in pro-cess and of subsequently havingbeentaken, by her alien abductors, intosome sort of craft or facility wherethese aliens were actively engagedin processing fluids and severed bodyparts obtained from these cattle. Dur-ing the course of the hypnosis ses-sions, which began as near as I canrecall, in August of 1979, Bennewitzhad become convinced that the alienshad implanted some sort of com-munication device in the womans11
  • 12. head, and that they were using thisdevice to control her actions. Histheory was that they could actually"see" what she saw and "hear" whatshe heard by means of this device.In any case, Bennewitz, being aphysicist by professison and having acertain amount of electronics equip-ment at his disposal and thewherewithal! to purchase more asneeded, set out to determine whetherit might be possible to detect the elec-tromagnetic signals he believed thesealiens must be using to exercise theircontrol over their alleged victims, andto try to devise a way to shield the vic-tim from the control of these signals.He dubbed this effort "Project Beta"and communicated to APRO in late79 that he believed he had suc-ceeded in detecting low frequencysignals from UFOs and had begun tomake calculations about the sort ofelectronic and propulsion technologyemployed by the aliens. It was also atabout this time that Paul began to takeboth moving and still pictures ofstrange lights maneuvering in thevicinity of the Manzano NuclearWeapons Storage Facility which islocated to the east of Kirtland AirForce Base in Albuquerque, and ofwhich Bennewitz had a perfect viewfrom his residence in the well-to-doFour Hills section of the city. Ben-newitz was convinced that these lightswere UFOs and that for some reasonthey were actively interested in boththe Manzano complex and theCoyote Canyon test area locateddirectly south of Manzano on theother side of the hills.During this time, the only aware-ness I had of Bennewitz and his workwas what I was obtaining throughAPRO. I still had not met the man,and in fact was only mildy interestedin the case — this based largely uponboth Jim and Coral Lorenzens assess-ment of Bennewitz as a dedicatedresearcher, but, unfortunately, onewho was, as Jim put it, "prone tomake great leaps of logic on the basisof incomplete data." Both Jim andCoral felt that Bennewitz had alreadydecided what he was going to findbefore he went looking for it. Still,although I didnt come to know aboutit until a few months later, there ap-parently was something going on in-12Bennewitz set out todetermine whether itmight be possible todetect the electromag-netic signals he believedthe aliens must be usingto control their victims.volving UFOs near Manzano, par-ticularly during August, Septemberand October of 1980, and severalagencies of the U.S. government, in-cluding the Air Force Office of SpecialInvestigation, seemed more than justcasually interested in it.Birds of Prey?In early September, 1980, I wasapproached by a well-placed in-dividual within the intelligence com-munity who claimed to be directlyconnected to a high-level governmentproject dealing with UFOs. This in-dividual, who subsequently came tobe known as "the Falcon," told methat he spoke for a small group ofsimilar individuals who were uncom-fortable with the governments con-tinuing cover-up of the truth and in-dicated that he and his group wouldlike to help me with my research intothe subject in the hope and expecta-tion that I might be able to help themfind a way to change the prevailingpolicy and get the facts to the publicwithout breaking any laws in the pro-cess. I knew I was being recruited, butat that point I had no idea for what.In any case, I was told that if I was in-terested in cooperating with theirgroup, I would be further contactedby a liaison man and that futuremeetings between me and "theFalcon" would be arranged by thisperson. The liaison person whosubsequently made contact with mewas AFOSI agent Richard Doty — aman who has since become quitecontroversial in his own right and whomany people have mistakenly assum-ed is "the Falcon" himself.The story of my contacts with "theFalcon," Doty, and subsequently anumber of others is something I willhave considerably more to say aboutat a later date. I am fully aware thatsuch a course of action will un-doubtedly prompt the gossip mongersto begin circulating an entirely new ar-ray of outrageous and unsubstantiatedrumors, but so be it. Mypurpose hereis to deal only with that part of thestory which is directly connected tothe Bennewitz affair. To those of youwho want to know more after hear-ing what I have to say tonight, Icounsel continued patience. You havemy assurance that "the rest of thestory" will ultimately be told as well.But before going back to Ben-newitz, let me make several pointswhich seem appropriate at this junc-ture. First of all, on the question ofRichard Doty, and "the Falcon," it isimportant to note that the name"Falcon" was invented by my partner,Jaime Shandera, and I in 1984 strictlyas a way of facilitating our talking toeach other about this person, par-ticularly on the telephone, withouthaving to use a name. Richard Doty,who continued to be liaison man, wassimilarly referred to by us as "theSparrow." Neither "Sparrow" nor"Falcon" were aware that we were us-ing these terms in reference to them,nor was anyone else to the best of myknowledge, prior to about mid-1985.It was in the mid-1987, just after wewent public with the MJ-12 papers,that at "Falcons" suggestion and withthe concurrence of Richard Doty, webegan dropping subtle hints that"Falcon" might in fact be Doty."Falcon" felt that such a ploy wouldbe useful to him in continuing to pro-tect his identity, while Doty, for hispart, said that if anybody asked hecould simply deny it and that wouldbe that. We quite naturally agreed,and, as many of you are painfullyaware, it turned out to be an excellentdiversion — particularlywith respectto the effect it had following the "UFOCover-Up? ... Live!" show which wasbroadcast nationally in October 1988.In all fairness to Mr. Doty here, Ishould also like to comment that, inmy assessment, Rick is much betterat following the orders and imple-menting the schemes of others thanhe is at coming up with ideas of hisown. Those of you who have devotedMUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989
  • 13. time and energy to constantly badger-ing this man for more informationshould be aware that all you are do-ing is making nuisances of yourself.Rick is not the man youre after — itsthe person in the control positionthats important here. As far as Imaware, no one outside of my projecthas any idea who that person mightbe, or what his motives are.In any case, it was "Falcon" whosought me out in September of 1980,and it was Richard Doty, then withAFOSI at Kirtland AFB, who sooncame into play as the middle-maninthat process. Shortly thereafter, itbecame apparent to me that my sup-plying information to the government,through Doty, on the activitiesof PaulBennewitz, APRO, and, to a lesser ex-tent, several other individuals, was tobe a part of this equation. I alsodiscovered that, whatever it was Ben-newitz was involved with, he was thesubject of considerable interest on thepart of not one but several govern-ment agencies, and that they were ac-tively trying to defuse him by pump-ing as much disinformationthroughhim as he could possibly absorb. Be-ing a very small part of that processgave me, I thought, something of anadvantage. It became my intentiontoplay that advantage for all the infor-mation I could get out of it.Bennewitz, for his part, continuedto make what, in my opinion, seemedto be increasingly irrational claims,most of which gave every appearanceof havingbeen influenced by a heavyblanket of disinformation mixed witha small, but significant, amount oftruth. The problem was alwaysone ofkeeping a level head and trying tocarefully sort the crap from the can-dy — something which Paul didntseem to me to be very good at. Butthen, Paul was by that time very emo-tionally involved with the affair andrather skeptical of advice from anyquarter unless it supported what hehad already decided was the truth.From my vantage point, being de-tached from the mainstream but stillclose enough to appreciate what washappening, it was somewhat easier toassess the process.I first met Paul in early 1981, andcontinued contact with him on a fairlyregular basis through mid-1985. Con-tact since then has been sporadic. Myrole in the affair was largely that of afreelancer providing information onPauls current thinking and activities.I had nothing whatsoever to do withthe counterintelligenceand the disin-formation, although I either knew orwas aware of a number of peopledirectly involved with that end ofthings. Richard Doty was one of thesepeople; although Icame to know Do-ty well enough to gain the impressionthat he was faithfully carrying outorders which he personally founddistasteful. Perhaps it was for thisreason that "the Falcon" had chosenhim as liaison person, although Ireallydont know. Frankly, I dont believethat Doty does either. In my opinion,he was simply a pawn in a muchlarger game, just as I was.As for Bennewitz,by 1981, he wasgathering data from a variety ofsources and amalgamating it with in-formation being fed to him by anumber of government people inwhom, for some reason, he seemedto have an implicit and abiding faith.The story that emerged from thismelange of fact, fiction, fantasy, hear-say, hard data and government disin-formation, was absolutely incredible!Yet somehow, Paul believed in it andset out on a one-man crusade to tellthe world that malevolent aliens fromspace were in league with our govern-ment to take over the planet. Whathad begun in 1979 as an effort tolearn whether the behavior of awoman who claimed she had beenabducted by UFO aliens was being in-fluenced by some sort of radio remotecontrol, had, in the space of less thanthree years, blossomed into a talewhich rivaled the wildest science fic-tion scenario anyone could possiblyimagine.Basically, it seemed to me that Paulwas his own worst enemy. Instead ofwithholding judgement until all thefacts were in, Paul insisted onrepeatedly going off half-cocked tovirtually anyone who would listen.Members of the press, other UFOresearchers, U.S. congressmen andsenators, people in military commandpositions, members of the scientificestablishment, even the Presidenthimself — all were subjects of Paulsefforts to reach out and tell the worldMUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989what he sincerelybelieved to be hap-pening. He wrote letters and madephone calls by the hundreds. And, tothose who had neither the time northe inclination to look behind thewords for a better understanding ofthe facts, Paul, with his professionalcredentials and technicalvocabulary,came off as a rather credible individual— which must have caused quite arash of headaches among the peoplein high places who were desperatelytrying to defuse him.Essentially, Paul constructed hisstory using elements derived fromfour basic sources which can be sum-marized as follows:• Accounts of mysterious and stilllargely unexplained mutilationsof cat-tle which were occurring all over thewestern United States. These were anon-going phenomenon in the1979-82 time frame and many peo-ple, including a number of UFOresearchers, were on record as hav-ing expressed the belief that UFOaliens were in some way responsiblefor them. Paul, who had spent a lotof time with a number of people in-volved in these investigations, readi-ly accepted the idea that UFOs hadsomething to do with the phe-nomenon.• An increasing number of UFOcases wherein the individual or in-dividuals involved claimed to havebeen abducted by UFO aliens andtaken aboard their craft against theirwill. Public exposure to this phe-nomenon got a big boost in 1981 withthe appearance of Budd Hopkinsbestseller Missing Time, and Paul wasparticularly intereseted in these cases.His hypothesis that people were be-ing abducted, implanted with somekind of alien control device, and thenbeing let go again, was completelyconsistent with the thinking of anumber of other UFO researchers atthe time. Pauls hypothesis, however,had a somewhat more sinister spinthan most.• His own experiments andresearch regarding the radio signals hewas receiving and the photographsand film footage he was getting ofunusual lights. Both of thesephenomena seemed largely, thoughnot entirely connected with goings-onwithin the Kirtland AFB/Sandia Na-13
  • 14. tional Labs complex just south of thecity of Albuquerque. There is noquestion that Paul was receiving somesort of low frequency electromagneticsignal on his equipment, and it isequally certain that his photos andfilms do depict unusual lights, mostof which were filmed while hoveringor maneuvering over the Kirt-land/Sandia complex. The real ques-tion here, however, is whether Paulsevidence is sufficient to conclude thateither of these phenomena wasdirectly related to UFO activity, orwhether, in fact, a prosaic explanationexists which is more directly relatedto some classified governmentresearch project. Admittedly strongarguments can be made in both direc-tions, either one of which can be of-fered as an adequate explanation ofthe governments counterintelligenceactivities in this case.• Government surveillanceofPauland his activities,some of which Paulwas astute enough to detect andsome of which I had learned aboutbut Paul seemed unaware of. Paultook the surveillanceactivities, whichincluded wire taps, and, according toPaul, even break-ins, as proof positivethat he was onto something big. Un-fortunately, he seemed largelyunaware that the same people whowould go to such lengths to spy onhim also had the capabilitiesto mountan effective disinformationcampaign.Alien RumorsIn any case, by mid-1982, Paulsstory contained virtually all of theelements found in the current crop ofrumors being circulated around theUFO community. There were twogroups of aliens, one malevolent, onemore friendly. The malevolent one,which Paul referred to as the "greys,"were really in control, and they werethe ones responsible for the cattlemutilations, for human abductionsand the implanting of sinister controldevices in humans, for having firstmade and then broken a secret trea-ty with the U.S. government, formaintaining a secret undergroundbase under Archuleta Peak nearDulce in northwestern New Mexico,and for having supplied the U.S.government with alien space hard-14ware and weapons which ultimate-ly proved defective or which werecaused to crash, thus leavinghumancivilization virtually defenseless againstinvasion.According to Paul, an atomicpowered alien ship which they hadgiven to the U.S. government hadbeen caused to crash on ArchuletaPeak near the entrance to the alienunderground base, and had sprayedthe entire area with radioactivity andwreckage. To prove it, he provideddrawings, which he said he had madefrom photographs. I, and others whoexamined Pauls photographs as wellas independentlyobtained picturesofthe same area, were unable to seewhat Paul claimed was there. Wherehe saw a crashed ship, burnedwreckage, entrances to the alien base,and weapons pointing skyward,others could see only rocks, trees andshadows. I have no doubt that Paulbelieved that he saw what he claimed,and for this I offer no explanation. Ionly know that what he claimed tosee wasnt what others saw.There is no question that some ofBennewitz pictures are interesting,butI must say that even though I vieweda large number of them, I never sawone that I could get particularly ex-cited about; and I certainly never sawanything that I felt could be pointedto as proof positive, or even compell-ing evidence that he wasphotographing alien spacecraft. Muchof his film was Super 8 (mm.), whichis too small a format for good qualityenlargement.There isalso no question that Paulwas interceptingsome kind of lowfre-quency electromagnetic emission orsignal. The question was and remains,where was it coming from, what wasits purpose, and indeed most impor-tantly, was it UFO-related at all? Paul,at least, was convinced that he wasreceiving alien radio transmissions,and had even gone so far as todevelop a home computer programcapable of translating them intoEnglish. The problem, as I saw it, wasthat his program, which he claimedhad been developed with theassistance of the aliens themselves,assigned entire words, sentencefragments, or sometimes even entiresentences themselves to the variousindividual pulses of energy withinthese transmissions. The techniqueinvolved was such that it could just aseasily have been adapted to assignsimilar "alien" translations to thevarious energy pulses found in or-dinary Morse code!I have a number of Pauls computerprint-outs which contain translationsof these allegedly alien messages. Ifone breaks these apart into their com-ponent words, sentence fragmentsand sentences, and then shuffles thecomponents, the result is such thatthe "new" message says virtually thesame thing as the old one. Themessages look fascinating until oneexamines the method by which theywere derived. After that, they werenot nearly so interesting. Unfortunate-ly, lots of people saw the messages.Very few had the opportunity to ex-amine the computer program whichgenerated them.Along these same lines, at leastsome of the things Paul was seeingand identifying as alien spacecraftwere definitely not UFOs at all. Oneevening while visiting him, we wentout on his sundeck just at twilight andhe pointed out a series of lights slow-ly maneuvering far out over the WestMesa, perhaps 25-30 miles away.These, he said, were alien craft in-volved in abducting people and im-planting them. There certainly werelights maneuvering out there, buteven through good binoculars theywere not readily identifiable. Paul in-sisted they were UFOs, and showedus how to conduct a little test with ourbinoculars which, he said, would pro-ve it. Interested, but unconvinced, Idrove directly to West Mesa im-mediately after leaving Pauls homeand parked my car at a spot whereI felt I would be able to get a look atanything flying around that area.Sure enough, helicopters carryinglarge searchlightsbegan to maneuverslowly over my vantage point onlymoments after I arrived. One wentdirectly over me at an altitude ofperhaps 300, and there is no doubtit was a helicopter. The next day, Icalled Kirtland AFB and they con-firmed to me that there had indeedbeen a search-and-rescue trainingmission in that area the night before.Such operations, they informed me,MUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989
  • 15. were conducted over that area quitefrequently. That was in 1982. Twoyears later, in 1984, Paul was stillmaking the same claims about thesemaneuvering lights to other UFOresearchers. As far as I am aware, Iwas the only one who took the trou-ble to check.Paul is a convincing and compel-ling individual in person. He talks anexcellent story and it is easy to seewhy so many people have been so in-trigued by it over the years. Unfor-tunately, too many of the people whohave interviewedPaul have chosen todraw their conclusions about himbased solely or largely upon what hesays, and not upon the entire bodyof evidence presented by the largerpicture of the case itself. I, too, havespent considerable time with Paul overa period of years and came to knowhim quite well in that process.As already stated, I viewed a largenumber of Pauls films andphotographs; I carefully examinedsatellite and aerial survey photographsof both Archuleta Peak and Mesa, aswell as aerial photos of the area takenby Paul himself; I examined the com-puter program Paul was using to"decode" the alleged alien radiotransmissions and communications,and I had a lengthy discussion aboutthis matter with the late Dr. AllenHynek who had also independentlyexamined Pauls program; I spentconsiderable time discussing the affairwith both Jim and Coral Lorenzen,both of whom were quite skeptical ofit (Jimby the way also had a solid pro-fessional background in electronics);and I have copies of many of thereports and letters Paul submitted toAPRO beginning as far back asSeptember of 1979. Moreover, as Ihave already stated, I was personallyaware of the intelligencecommunitysconcerted efforts to systematicallyconfuse, discourage and discreditPaulbe providinghim with a large body ofdisinformation on the subject ofUFOs, the malevolent aliens whoallegedly pilot them, the technologythey employ and the undergroundbases they supposedly possess andoccupy.The entire story of a secret treatybetween the U.S. government and thealiens, of exchanges of technologybetween us and the aliens, of battlesbetween aliens and American armedforces, and of aliens allegedlyhavingimplanted hundreds of thousands,even millions, of human beings for thepurpose of taking over the world andusing us as cattle or slaves, cameabout as a result of this process. Iknow, because I was in a position toobserve much of this process as it un-folded, and I was providingregularreports on its effectivenes to someofthe very people who were "doing it"to Paul. And I can tell you that it waseffective, because I watched Paulbecome systematically more paranoidand more emotionally unstable as hetried to assimilate what was happen-ing to him.He had guns and knives allover hishouse, had installed extra locks on hisdoors, and he swore that "they"(meaning the aliens), were comingthrough his walls at night and injectinghim with hideous chemicals whichwould knock him out for long periodsof time. He told me he had no ideawhat "they" were doing with himwhile he was knocked out. He beganto suffer increasing bouts of insomnia.Others took over the day-to-dayoperation of his business as he wentthrough this. One day I watched himeat not a bite of his lunch while hechain-smoked 28 cigarettes in 45minutes. I knew at that time that hewas not far from inevitable nervouscollapse. His health had deteriorated,he had lost considerable weight, hishands shook as iffrom palsy, and helooked terrible. I tried to counsel himto drop the entire UFO thing beforehis health was completely destroyed.He said he knew things were gettingbad and he was trying to cope withit. Not long afterward I heard he hadbeen hospitalized and was underpsychiatric care.Whether UFOs were actually everinvolved with all of this and to whatextent, I never really knew. PerhapsPaul had merely stumbled uponsignals generated from somesophisticated, high-level governmentproject whose security people hitupon UFO-related disinformationasthe ultimatecover. Or perhaps he haddiscovered a real, although somewhatless sensational (if, in fact thats pos-sible), government UFO project whichMUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989elected to disinform him to protectwhat they were really doing. I doknow from first-hand experience thatthere was a tremendous amount ofgovernment disinformation involved,and that a large proportion of whatwe are hearing today about malev-olent aliens, underground bases andsecret treaties with the U.S. govern-ment has its roots firmly planted in theBennewitz affair.Stories of an alleged UFO crash atAztec, New Mexico, are also a part ofthis picture, but Ill save comment onthat until later. In any case, from whatI knew of all of this, its purpose wasstrictly to discredit Bennewtiz, nothingmore. What amazes me is that, near-ly a decade later, these same storiescontinue to circulate!Recently, one of the most promi-nent figures in the current disinforma-tion wave which has been sweepingthe UFO and New Age communitieswas quoted as having stated that hehas found Paul Bennewitzs informa-tion to be "100% true." This personspent a couple of days talking to Paulback in the summer of 1987, and hasspent considerable time sincespreading elaborate and increasinglysensationalistic stories based, heclaims, on information gathered froma variety of unnamed sources.Strip away the fluff, and what youhave left is essentially the Bennewitzstory all over again. There is no ques-tion in my mind that its mostly disin-formation, pure and simple. And,since connections can be shown toexist between those who arespreading it now and those who werespreading itthen, both from the Ben-newitz angle and from within the in-telligence community, it seemsreasonable to assume that thoseresponsible for it are not satisfied thattheir task has been completed, evenafter all this time. Knowingwhat is go-ing on, however, is simply notenough. The real question is "Why?"DisinformationIt was just that question I askedmyself when I first ran into the disin-formation operation that was beingrun on Bennewitz. It seemed to meat that time that I was in a ratheruni-que position. There I was with my15
  • 16. foot literally in the door of a secretcounterintelligence game that gaveevery apperance of being somehowdirectly connected to a high-levelgovernment UFO project, and, judg-ing by the positions of the people Iknew to be directly involved with it,definitely had something to do withnational security! There was no wayI was going to allow the opportunityto pass me by without learningat leastsomething about what was going on.Many UFOlogists have run upagainst disinformationover the years.Virtually all of them viewed it as anegative process and backed awayfrom it either in anger or disgust assoon as they discovered what theywere dealing with. Even today, theUFO community unanimously con-siders anyone known or suspected ofdealing in disinformation as one of the"bad guys" — to be shunned oravoided at all costs, and certainlynever ever to be believed. I deter-mined to take quite a different tack.I would play the disinformationgame,get my hands dirty just often enoughto lead those directingthe process intobelieving that Iwas doing exactly whatthey wanted me to do, and all thewhile continue to burrow my way in-to the matrix so as to learn as muchas possible about who was directingit and why. It would be a classic caseof turningthe tables on the very oneswho were most confident they hadthe situation well in hand. There wasjust one thing I needed to do this —Secrecy! I couldnt tell anyone aboutwhat I was doing; for if I did and wordgot back to those in control, I wouldbe immediately cut off and cast adriftbefore I could learn anything.It was a formidableproblem. Someof the contacts I had made during theBennewitz affair seemed friendly andprofessed a desire to end the UFOcover-up and assist in getting govern-ment information on UFOs out to thepublic in a slow and methodical man-ner so as not to create a panic. Othersseemed more interested in obtaininginformation from me, often on whatother members of the UFOcommuni-ty were doing and sometimes onother completely unrelated subjects.Whatever information I managed toget from these individuals in returnusually came as a result of asking16just the right questions in just the rightways. Sometimes it took months, oreven years of establishing a relation-ship with someone before anythinguseful came out of it.The most difficult part of it all wastrying to determine what was real andwhat was processed bull fodder. Oneof the key factors in any successfuldisinformation scheme is that it mustcontain some elements of truth inorder to be credible. Knowing that,however, is one thing. Doingsomething with it is quite another.When youre dealing with what youknow to be a classified program andyoure determined to get informationwithout breaking any laws and runn-ing afoul of national security, yourewalking a very fine line. Thats whyit took so long to come up with anyresults.In June of 1982, I approached myfriend Jaime Shandera and broughthim into the project. At that time, Ialso began briefing Stanton Friedmanas to what was going on. Both ofthem knew that I was in contact witha number of people within the in-telligence community on the subjectof UFOs, and both were aware thatat least some of the information conn-ing through was disinformation,butboth had only minimal knowledge ofthe private goals and conclusions Ihad established some monthsearlier.As the project progressed, this actuallyturned out to me more of an assetthan a drawback. Indeed, the three ofus were an excellent team in that weeach approached the problem froma different angle.From my point of view, the processwas one of slowly and methodicallyburrowing into a beehive from theoutside with a goal of ultimatelyreaching the queen bee and the royaljelly at the center. Since I never knewwhether the other bees I was certainto meet along the way would befriendly or not, I had to proceedcautiously both in order to avoid get-ting stung and to learn as much aspossible about what might lie ahead.The control factor, as I saw it, restedlargely with me and the way Iproceeded.Jaime, on the other hand, saw it asa somewhat different process. He toofelt we were burrowing into a beehive,but in his view of things, our burrow-ing was at the express invitation of thequeen bee herself who clandestinelyoversaw and encouraged the processfrom a distance as part of her privateplan to get free of the politicsthat sur-rounds and restrains her. As long aswe followed the signposts along theway, Jaime felt, the learningprocesswould continue and we could neverget stung. Stanton, as the scientistofthe group, was the one best qualifiedto assess the nature of the informa-tion we were getting and to conducta careful and organized search for cor-roborating witnesses and evidence inplaces outside of the loop Jamie andI were part of.By the way, just as a matter of per-sonal privilege here, I would like toreact to a nasty comment about Stan-ton which appeared in a recent issueof Jim Moseleys Saucer Smearnewsletter. In this comment, thewriter, after first characterizingStan-ton as a "gullible" individual, went onto wonder whether he could betrusted to expose the MJ-12documents as phoney if his researchturned up conclusive evidence to thateffect. Its a legitimate question andI would like to answer it by stating thatnot only Stanton, but all of us werefirmly committed to releasing a fulland complete report on this matter.If evidence should come to light sug-gesting that the douments arephoney, you have my firm assurancethat it will most certainly be includedin our report. "Gullibility" is not anissue here. The matter is far largerthan that.In any case, Stanton, Jaime and Iare allworking towards the same goal— that of trying to discover what istruth and what isnt with respect to theU.S. government and UFOs. Its nota new thing with us, its a project thatsbeen underway for quite a few years.My role in the Bennewitz affair hadat least secured me a seat in the righttheater. From there itwas only a ques-tion of whether I could use my bal-cony ticketto discover who owned theplace and was making the majoroperational decisions. Both Jamieand I felt that in order to have anyhope of success at all, we absolutelyhad to play the game according toContinued on page 18MUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989
  • 17. Current Case LogBy Dan WrightWright is MUFONs deputy direc-tor of investigations.The case reports summarizedbelow, submitted from April throughJuly, are well documented and con-sidered significant in the recentchronology of the subject. Exceptwhere noted, no sound, odor orvibration was detected. Alltimesgivenare local for the site.Log # 890405. 2/8/89 event of12-minute duration in Gulf Breeze,FL; investigators, Carol and RexSalisberry. At 3:38a.m.,a man wasawakened by his barking dogs. Heobserved a 3-foot (dumbbell-like) disc,bathed in light, descending to a land-ing 60 feet away on a vacant lot.Itthen displayed small green and red-orange blinking lights. A 12-year-oldson accompanied him to the doorand watched from there. The manproceeded outside and slowly ap-proached, intending to bring the ob-ject back inside. He detected a sizzl-ing sound. As he shone his flashlighton the object, a brilliant flash encom-passed it and it appeared to vanish(i.e. without accelerating away). Nomarks were evident on the groundafterward. [Note: The same man hadreported an observation on the morn-ing of the November 1987date whenEd Walters took his original fivePolaroid photos.]Log #890406. 11/24/87 eventof5-minute duration in Gulf Breeze, FL;investigator, Boots Eckert. At7:30p.m., a woman and her son noticeda light in the sky as they drove. Itapproached and hovered over treesalong the road, discernible as a discperhaps 30 feet in diameter andseeming to spin. A single row ofwindows displayed alternating redand white lights. A red ball of lightdropped from the underside, movedlaterally away, then up and out ofsight. [Note: The mother and sonobserved what was believed the samevehicle on 2/12/88.]Log #890407. 11/10-20/87 (ap-proximation) event of 3-minute dura-tion in Pensacola, FL; investigator,Vicki Lyons. At dusk, while drivingacouple noticed an object hovering attreetop level and described as disc-shaped and van-sized, with a lightblue-grey surface, bright white lightat the top and a white light bandcovering the bottom perimeter. Theyslowed and kept the object in viewfor2-3 miles untilpassing out of viewingrange. [Note: Claiming not to haveheard about the Gulf Breeze incidentsat that point, they later cameforwarddue to perceived ridicule aimed at EdWalters in order to establish that theyhad viewed an identical vehicle;]Log # 890502. 4/5/89 event of5-minute duration in Cantonment,FL; investigators, Carol and RexSalisberry and Terry Kussart. About11 p.m.,a 14-year-old girl noticed aslowly descending light from herbedroom window. She went outsideand observed a dark grey disc,15-20feet in diameter and hovering over atree, causing the branches to movevigorously. Dozens of blue-streakedwhite lights shone around its rim. A"door" opened in the bottom, il-luminating the tree. She ran inside tocall a friend and neighbor (noticingheavy static on the line). The secondgirl, also 14, proceeded outside andobserved the vehicle as it departedvertically and out of sight, spinning asit went.Log # 890503. 5/1/89 event of2-minute duration in Warrington, FL;investigators, Carol and RexSalisberry. At 8:45 p.m., a womansported low over her backyard an ob-ject shaped like a "long bow tie"(30-foot length) with a brilliant red-orange bar of light on one side. Theobject appeared to vanish (i.e. withoutaccelerating out of sight). [Note: Dueto her emotional reaction and difficul-ty recalling specifics in the ensuingweeks, the woman began hypnosissessions, from which earlier en-counters with disc-shaped vehiclesin1925 and 1939were related.]MUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989Lot # 890602. 10/21/78 eventof3-minute duration in Dayton, OH; in-vestigator, David Miller. At 3 p.m.,aman (licensed pilot) was working inhis yard when he noticed a chrome-like ball at high altitude which crossedexisting vapor trails, transformed to aflat-white, stopped, transformed togrey, then accelerated verticallythrough cirrus clouds. [Note: As in-dicated by the witness, a local TVsta-tion reported other concurrentobservations.]Log # 890603. 1/18/89 event ofover 1-hour duration near Somerville,OH; investigator, Dick Seifried. At3:57 a.m., a man (retired USAF non-com) was awakened by his barkingdog. Looking out,he observed threeoval shapes over trees bordering theproperty 50 yards away. He woke hiswife and two adolescent children. Thefamily watched for most of two hoursas the objects moved low over near-by farm buildings and land. Theydisplayed various bright colors(amber, red, green, blue and white)which covered the surfaces from anapparent belt of lights on each. At onepoint, the father and son engaged ina chase with their auto before losingsight of them. Shortly thereafter, twoof the objects returned over an adja-cent field before departing again.[Note: The family subsequentlyreported a recurrence in the earlymorning hours of 1/27/89.]Log # 890607. 9/83 event (exactdate unknown)of 10-minute durationin Sarnia, Ontario; investigator,Dorothy Lewis. At 10 p.m.,a couplenoted on their police monitor that carswere stopped along a Lake Huronshoreline highway. From theirbalcony, they observed at a distancea huge apparently disc-shaped objectwith numerous green lights or lightedwindows around the perimeter. A softwhrring sound was detectable. Thevehicle hovered near the shore, thenmoved off over the lake and out ofsight. [Note: No other witnesses havebeen located to date.]17
  • 18. Log # 890614. 4/21/89 eventof2-minute duration near Crestview,FL: investigator, Allen Reynolds. At9:15 p.m., a man reacted to hisbark-ing dogs and proceeded outside.Within a few hundred feet and hover-ing overhead was a disc (estimated90-foot diameter) with a brilliant whitecentered light on the undercarriage.Window-like sections encompassedthe perimeter. A hummingsound washeard. He retreated inside, grabbeda .22 caliber rifle, went back outsideand aimed. At that moment, a beamof light engulfed him and the weaponmisfired. The vehicle then sped away.[Note: The same round was later triedagain by investigators and continuedto misfire. Ithas been forwarded to themanufacturer for testing. The weaponand other rounds from the same boxwere found to fire properly.]Log # 890616. 3/8/89 event of3-minute duration in Pensacola, FL;investigators, Carol and Rex Salis-berry. Two women were driving whenthey noticed a bright light through thetrees bordering the road. The light ap-peared to pace their auto. Having lostsight of it, they rounded a bend anddiscovered a disc (estimated 20-footdiameter) hovering low over the road.A red light on top blinked, while twobands of lights flashed randomly inred, yellow and green. Whitenessengulfed the undercarriage. Thewitnesses stopped 100 yards away.The husband of one, who had beenfollowing in another vehicle, arrivedtoo late to see the object ascend outof sight. Two miles farther, the vehi-cle was sighted from a distance butagain shot out of sight as the womenstopped. [Note: One of the womenrelated a three-hour time lapse at ashopping mall parking lot in the ear-ly eighties.]Log # 890625. 5/17/89 event of3-4 minute duration in Pittsburgh,PA;investigator, Evelyn Schum. At 2:57a.m., two women were driving whenthey spotted a whitish ovular objectin the sky overhead with large red,beacon-sized flashing lights along theside and bright white encompassingthe bottom. They stopped and exitedthe car for a better look. As theywatched, the object vanished(i.e.without accelerating out of sight).[Note: The women immediatelyfiled18a police report which was obtained.]Log # 890705. 12/29/88 eventofapproximate 10-minute duration inPensacola, FL; investigators, Caroland Rex Salisberry. A woman and heradolescent daughter noticed a brightlight low in the distance while drivinghome. Reaching their driveway,theyobserved a saturn-shaped disc (12-15feet in diameter) which stopped andhovered 50 yards away, 30-40 feetabove the ground. A row of multi-colored lights (undefined) formed aband around the middle. Theyperceived it "bounce up and down"and last observed it while runningin-to the house.Log # 890708. 4/5/89 event ofundetermined duration near Plain-field, IN; investigator, Norma Croda.Perhaps around 3 a.m., the originalreporting witness awoke with brightlight shining on her, discovering a disc200 feet from her window. The ob-ject displayed two rows of amber, blueand white lights. She immediatelyfellback asleep. Separately, a neighbor-ing man awoke to his growling dogand observed a brilliant white lightinthe same location, believingthe timeto be 2:00-2:30 a.m. After trying toreturn to sleep, he arose and spottedit again, then found himself standingin another room without knowinghow he arrived there. [Note: The manhas an arthritic condition whichrenders walking difficult.]Log # 890711. 12/84 latenightevent (exact date, time and durationunknown) near Fyffe, AL; in-vestigators, Jeff and Karen Ballard.The witness awoke with light filling herbedroom. Outside her window 30-50feet hovered a disc perhaps 10-20 feetin diameter (stated as twice that of asatellite dish) with a red flickering lightcentered on the bottom and unde-fined light forming a rim. Gold raysof light appearing solid like iciclesemanated from the object toward herwindow, appearing to end abruptlyatthe glass pane. Each ray displayed atiny centered red portion as well as asurrounding halo effect. After a mo-ment, the tiny object and rays disap-peared (i.e. withoutappearing to ac-celerate out of sight).Several additional case reportsreceived in the final week of July wereyet to be evaluated and summarizedat this writing. The most significantamong them will be included in thenext appearance of this log.MOORE, Continued"their" rules. That meant doingeverything possible to give the ap-pearance that we were essentially"useful idiots" who would cause notrouble, while at the same timeplay-ing the double game of keeping oureyes and ears open in order to learnas much as we could about what wasgoing on. In so doing, we weregradually able to expand our base offriendly contact with people, whileworking our way further and furtherinto the truly bizarre intelligencelabyrinth that surrounds the subject ofUFOs.I have no problem in telling youthat it has been a tedious, time andresource consuming task which hasbeen made allthe more difficult by theconstant barrage of rock and bottlesthrown in our direction from a seg-ment of the UFO community which,out of ignorance, chose to take up un-friendly and unsympathetic positionstoward us. Were itnot for the fact thatwe were constantly challenged by thetwists and turns of our project and bythe hope that we could ultimatelycome away from it with a smokinggun in hand, I am convinced wewould have thrown in the towel a longtime ago.Indeed, I must admit thatthere were several occasions when wetried to do just that, only to be en-couraged to continue by some of our"friends" from the inside who hadcome to believe in what we were do-ing and respected us for it.Part II will appear next month.© 1989 by WLM & FWP, Inc.SUPPORTUFORESEARCHMUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989
  • 19. Reported UFO Sightingby Leland Bechtel and Robert MacKennaWitness Interviewed: Randy RhodesInvestigators: Leland Bechtel, StateDirector Maine & Consultant, andRobert MacKenna, Asst. State Di-rector Maine; Date of Sighting:7/22/89; Date of Interview:8/12/89At 3:30 p.m.on July 22, 1989,Randy Rhodes, a police dispatcherforthe City of Ellsworth, Maine, and BillReiff, an attorney who resides inSomesville, Maine, took off in ReiffsBeachcraft Bonanza V-35from theBar Harbor-Trentonairport. Their in-tention was to fly to Boothbay Har-bor to see the Friendship SloopRegatta. Reiff, who was at the con-trols had 250-300 hours of flying timeand Rhodes was a former militarycommunications technicianand com-mercial pilot with 4500 hours of fly-ing time.It was a clear, blue day with noclouds in the sky.At approximately3:45 p.m. over Blue Hill Bay betweenBartletts Island and Long Island, atan altitude of 4500 feet and a speedof 150 knots, Rhodes felt that therewas another plane near them. Helooked behind them to see aCherokee 180 estimated to be at asomewhat lower altitudeof 1000feet.Still feeling that there was somethingelse in the area as Reiff banked theaircraft on a 10-degree turn to theright in a climbing altitude, Rhodessaw, at what he described as a 9oclock position, an oval-shaped ob-ject, lookinglike polished or brushedaluminum and having distinct edges.Rhodes was puzzled because therewas no vapor stream and wonderedif it could be a reflection on the wind-shield from something on the waterlike a boat or a metal buildingroof onthe ground in the distance. Heobserved that there were no boats inthe area and no metal roofs visible.Before saying anything to Reiff, hemoved his outstretched hand up anddown across the cockpit to block anylight possibly causing a reflection, butthere was no effect — the object stillappeared distinct and unobscured.Having observed the object for5-10seconds, he pointed it out to Reiff."What is it?" was Reiffs response."I dont know. Is it an airplane?"Rhodes asked."No, it doesnt look like an air-plane," Reiff suggested as he turnedthe plane to keep it in view as itstarted moving from the 9 oclock tothe 11 oclock position. Now it was atthe same altitude as their plane — ap-proximately 5100-5200feet. Rhodessaid that his immediate reaction wasto turn around and get Reiffs videocamera from the back seat, but to hissurprise this was one of the rare timesReiff didnt bring it along.As the object suddenly movedagain dead ahead at the 12 oclockposition, it took on what Rhodesdescribed as a red, rose or pinkish col-or. Then it moved away in a south-westerly direction at a very high rateof speed getting smaller until it disap-peared. Since the sky was clear blueand there were no clouds in the vicini-ty of the object, Rhodes found it im-possible to estimate the size or thedistance of the object. "It could havebeen anythingfrom 20 miles down to5 miles from us," was Rhodes state-ment. They observed no visible mark-ings on the object.Reiff asked Rhodes what hewanted to do, and Rhodes suggestedthat with this "thing" out there he wasnot very enthusiastic about travelingfurther. So they turned back for theBar Harbor-Trenton airport.Rhodes recalls that the ADF (AerialDirection Finder) was working at thetime, but the DME (DistanceMeasur-ing Equipment) was not receiving.Ithad never before given them a prob-lem, always showing good receptionwithin 60-80 miles from the airport.There was no reception. He tried theselector switch by setting it at 108.3,but it was not receiving. Three to fourminutes after the object disappeared,while on their way back to the airport,MUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989the DME came on. Over Blue Hillthey called the Bangor Airport Radarand were located.When they landed back at the BarHarbor-Trenton airport, and begantheir drive home, they discovered thatthe radio in Reiffs Jaguar was notworking. After a few minutes it cameon, and the announcer said that therehad been power surges and dif-ficulties, and they dont know whatwas happening. Rhodes laterrecalledthat when the observed object was lastseen, it was moving in the directionof the Maine Yankee Nuclear PowerPlant in Wiscasset. However, aspokesman for the Bangor Hydro-Electric Company later reported thatan outage was caused by three limbsfalling over a wire when a residentfelled a tree. The air traffic managerat the Bangor airport indicated thatthey never lose radar service becauseof the use of auxiliary generators.When Rhodes and Reiff called theATC (AirTraffic Controllers) at theBangor airport and got in touch withthe person who had contacted themon radar, this person remembered thatthere was no other object visible ex-cept the airplane behind them at alower altitude. It was further reportedthat no airlines were coming in fromEurope (Rhodes said that he and Reiffnever got out that far on this occasion),and there were no military aircraft inthe area from the Bangor airport or theBrunswick Naval Air Station.Following this event, Rhodes andReiff began checking with other peo-ple in the area. They found that therehad been one sighting the day beforefrom an Earl Beechland. Two fisher-men, Wendell Seavey and BarryThomas confirmed sightingsat othertimes saying, "Fishermen have seenthings; we know what you are talk-ing about."This investigation was done jointlyby Leland Bechtel and RobertMacKenna (MUFON Members) whoboth thought that the credibility of thewitness (Rhodes) was high. He had19
  • 20. never seen such an object before,although as a military communi-cations technician he had trackedUFOs on radar from an aircraft car-rier in the Gulf of Tonkin. He reportedthat he and Reiff had separatelydrawn sketches of the object they hadseen and they were identical.He did report that when he was9-10 years of age while in the Clovis,New Mexico area where he was bornand raised, his father, mother, and hehad gone out into the country to tryout his new shotgun. Whilethey weregetting it out of the car trunk, withtheir heads down in the trunk, therewas a bright green light that floodedthe area."Oh, MyGod, what was that?" ex-claimed his mother."Whats the matter?" replied hisfather.His mother "turned white" as shesaid, "Something green in color justpassed over us." Although his mothersaw an object, he reported that he didnot.Other than this incident and thefact that he was aware of the well-publicized Socorro, New Mexico in-cident involving a police officer, hecould report no other knowledge ofan actual sighting. As a witness, hewas internally consistent, highly ra-tional, keenly observant, and com-mendably precise expressing himselfin graduated terms as the facts war-ranted. He appeared sincerely con-cerned about discovering the natureof the UFO phenomenon.UFO Landing vith Entities in U.S.S.R.By Walt AndrusThe Tass News Agency release tothe world on October 9, 1989 of anannounced UFO landing in aVoronezh city park, witnessed bynumerous children, with three verytall humanoids accompanied by asmall robot parading around the park,has electrified the printed press andelectronic news media unlike anyUFO event in the past two decades.One could speculate and arrive atmany reasons why this announce-ment so shocked not only theworldwide press, but the U.S. mediain particular. Such an announcementfrom Tass, the staid and very conser-vative government controlled newsagency, was so out-of-character thatit gave a certain amount of credibilityto the event.The first reaction conjured by manypeople was that the announcementwas reminiscent of the typicaltabloidsdisplayed in supermarkets. Ufologistswere quick to note that the entitiesdescribed were in directcontradictionto those reported in North America,which made everyone justifiablysuspicious and definitely very skep-tical of the authenticity of the report.If the news release is indeed substan-tially true, this is a majorbreakthroughfor Ufology, because a world powerhas officially announced an event thatisfamiliar to knowledgeableufologists.Considering the statements madeby former President Ronald Reaganrelated to cooperation between the20U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. ifwe were in-vaded from space, the Voronezh an-nouncement might imply that theRussians had performed a scientificcoup to embarrass the United Statesgovernment into disclosing its vastknowledge of UFOs. If this scenariohas any validitywhatsoever, ufologistsand the citizens of the planet Earthhave moved into a new era in ourspace program.Conversely, ifthe Tass News Agen-cy release is just a grand hoax to at-tract attention and sell newspapers,we must expose that fact immediately.As an editorial policy, the MUFONUFO Journal does not publishnewsclippings of UFO sightings untilthey are investigated anddocumented. The potential implica-tions of the U.S.S.R. story are so greatthat the editors have elected to sharethis information with our membersand subscribers. After a thorough in-vestigation is conducted by ourrepresentatives in the U.S.S.R., theirreport will be published in the Jour-nal. Ifthe story is substantially a hoax,Journal readers will be the first toknow. On the other hand, ifit istrue,the editors have fulfilled a primaryresponsibility to our readers — tokeep you informed.Preliminary ReportThis is a preliminary reportreconstructed from the Tass NewsAgency releases dated October 9 and10 and the daily newspaper Soviet-skaya Kultura. Variationsdo exist be-tween the descriptions of the entitiesgiven by the witnesses to the in-dividual reporters.Location of landing: City park inVoronezh (Ukraine) U.S.S.R.Voronezh is a city of more than800,000 people located 300 milessoutheast of Moscow.Date and time of landing:September 27, 1989; 6:30 p.m. (localtime).The Tass News Agency report wasfiled by Vladimir V Lebedev, age 59,a 20-year veteran Tass reporter, onOctober 4 and then again on October9, when it was finally used by the Tassforeign service. He said he based hisreport upon conversations withdozens of witnesses and with expertswho had examined the evidence andspoken to the children.Lebedev saidthere were about three landingsof theUFO from September 23 to 29,however he has not personallywitnessed any of the landings inVoronezh. He said he believes that"something had happened" because,otherwise the youngsters would nothave been so frightened.According to the original Tassreport (October 9) by Lebedev, a largeshining ball or disk was seen hover-ing over the park by Voronezhresidents. They saw the UFO landand up to three creatures similar toMUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989
  • 21. humans emerge, accompanied by asmall robot. "The aliens were 3 oreven 4 meters (9 to 12 feet) tall, butwith very small heads," the newsagency quoted witnesses as saying."They walked near the ball or diskand then disappeared inside."A daily newspaper, SovietskayaKultura (Soviet Culture) said itscoverage was motivated by "thegolden rule of journalism: The readermust know everything."This is theirversion of the UFO landing onSeptember 27 at 6:30 p.m. It said"boys playing soccer saw a pink glowin the sky, then saw a deep red ballabout 10 yards in diameter. The ballcircled, vanished, then reappearedminutes later and hovered. A crowdrushed to the site, and through anopen hatch saw a "three-eyed alien"about 9 feet tall, clad in silveryoverallsand bronze-colored boots, and wear-ing a disk on his chest.Two boys and a girl from a localschool, Vasya Surin, Zhonya Blinovand Yulbija Sholokhova, who hadbeen playing in the park, were in-terviewed, providing the abovedescriptions. Lt. Sergei A.Matveyevof the Voronezh police station saidhe saw the landing on September27th. He confessed that he hadntactually seen the alien, but said hesaw the spaceship and "itwascertain-ly a body flying in the sky," movingnoiselessly at a very high speed andvery low altitude. Lt. Matveyevspecifically said "It was not an opticalillusion." To be honest, he said, he wasa little skeptical when he first saw theobject.Genrikh Silanov, head of theVoronezh Geophysical Laboratory,told Tass that scientists investigatingthe UFO report found a 20-yarddepression with four deep dents.Silanov said the landing site and pathtaken by the aliens was confirmedusing the "biolocation" method oftracing. (He failed to explain what"biolocation" was.)Mr. Lebedev, the Tass reporter, saidMr. Silanov asked the children onTuesday, October 10 to draw whatthey had seen. Though isolated fromone another, he said, the children alldrew a banana-shaped object that leftbehind in the sky the sign of the let-ter X.Dr. Vladimir V. RubtsovVladimir A. Moiseyev, director ofthe regional health department, saidthat despite reports of widespread fearin the city, none of the witnesses hadapplied for medical help. But he said,"Certainly, we are planning to ex-amine the children." Meanwhile, aTass editor said two Moscow-basedreporters had been dispatched toVoronezh to check on the report filedby the local Tass correspondentVladimir Lebedev, a man he termeda "very serious" journalist. Lebedevseemed insulted that anyone wouldtreat the story with anything but fullseriousness.MUFON AlertedThe MUFON International Directorobtained the first communicationabout the landing in the U.S.S.R. at7:00 a.m. COST on October 9, 1989when a long distance telephone callwas received from the Sun newspaperin London, England.The original TassNews Agency report was read to WaltAndrus, carrying the datelineMOSCOW, October 9. I was asked tocomment upon the report for publica-tion in England. Obviously, this wasvery difficult under the circumstances.I felt that the case definitely requireda serious investigation due to itssource — the U.S.S.R. government-controlled news agency which nor-mally does not joke about suchincidents.MUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989It was pointed out to the Sunreporter that a wide discrepancy ex-isted between the description of thealiens reported by witnesses com-pared to those reported in NorthAmerica. As an investigativeagency,we could not make further commentsuntil a full scale investigation waslaunched in Voronezh by ourrepresentative in the U.S.S.R., Dr.Vladimir V. Robtsov, or his colleaguesin Kharkov.On Tuesday morning,October 10,Walt Andrus was interviewed by Ms.Maura Webber, of the Tass NewsAgency in New York City, who wasseeking the reaction of the public andthe UFO communityto the Tass an-nouncement so she could file a reportto the U.S.S.R. My response wassimilar to the statement given to theSun newspaper. She wanted to knowwhat the "biolocation method oftracking" was, but I was unable todefine it. I considered this interviewextremely interesting even though itshed no further light on the authen-ticity of the UFO landing — or did it?Interview WithVladimir V. Rubtsov, Ph.D.Constant interviews for two days bynewspaper and radio stationsprevented me from obtaining an in-terview with the MUFON represen-tative in the U.S.S.R. to solicit his help.The havoc created by the news had21
  • 22. tied up every telephone line to Russia.It was necessary to place my calls tocoincide with the hours that Dr. Rubt-sov would be in his home and notteaching at the universityinKharkov.Finally, through the aid of BenBaldwin, host of the WOAI radio talkshow program "Road AcrossAmerica," an appointment was madeat 2:00 a.m. (COST) on Saturday,October 14th to interview Vladimirfrom his home. (Saturday noon inKharkov.)Dr. Rubtsov speaks relatively goodEnglish, therefore we did not have alanguage barrier problem in convers-ing. Earlierin the week, I had filed anairmail letter with the original newsreleases to Vladimir seeking hisassistance in the investigation anddocumentation of the Tass report. Itwas apparent at the beginningof theinterview that Dr. Rubtsov had onlythe same news agency reports thathad been transmitted to foreign coun-tries as we possessed. Due to the factthat many of the witnesses werechildren, he felt that there were noserious witnesses. When we quizzedhim about scientists confirming thereport, he was unable to second this,since he had not launched his own in-vestigation. He advised that therewere strong local UFO groups in themajor cities in the U.S.S.R., such asKharkov, Moscow, Kiev, Leningradand Voronezh, to name but a few.Based upon a CNN-TV interviewin Voronezh with two apparentlycompetent UFO investigators,Iknewthat a local investigationwas in pro-gress. The distance from Kharkov toVoronezh is 400 kilometers, per Dr.Rubtsov, which presented a problemof having the Kharkov UFO groupconduct the prime investigation.Hewanted to drive to Voronezh over theweekend to interview the witnessesand scientists, but was not sure dur-ing the telphone interview that thiscould be accomplished, since it wasalready noon on Saturday. Vladimirwas not sure whether the case waslegitimate or not since he did not haveimmediate access to theinvestigationby the Voronezh UFO group.When Ben Baldwin asked himabout UFO cases in general in theU.S.S.R. his reply was the following:10 to.15% of the reports are credibleLooking Backby Bob GribbleFORTY YEARS AGO -November 1949: Several farmerswere driving near Oxford, Mississip-pi, at 9:30 a.m. on the 16th whenthey spotted a whitish-gray,cylindrical-shaped object movingabout 60 feet in the air. Upright andapproximately two feet in diameterand tapered at one end, the craftdrifted along at some 30 to 40 milesper hour. It was in sight for tenminutes and the witnesses could hearno sound. Twodays later a similar ob-ject was seen by four witnesses southof Raceland, Louisiana. The craft wasshiny and similar in shape to an air-craft fuselage but without protrudingappendages of any sort. No lights orsounds were associated with the 9:30a.m. sighting.Before fading from viewthe vehicle made two 90-degreeturns. About 10 a.m. on the 18th,22several guards at the Biloxi, Mississip-pi, Veterans Hospital observed awhite-colored, cigar-shaped objectabout 200 feet long. No sound wasdetected as the craft moved about 50miles per hour at an estimated altitudeof 3000 feet. The vehicle was in viewfor about 25 minutes.* * *THIRTY FIVE YEARS AGO -November 1954: Jose Alves wasfishing in the Pardo River near Pon-tal, Brazil, on the night of the fourthwhen he spotted a strange objectdescending with a wobbling motion.The craft landed so close to him thathe could have touched it. The vehi-cle had the shape of "two wash-bowlsplaced together" rim-to-rim,and wasbetween 10 and 15 feet indiameter.as unexplainedsightings;he has per-sonally investigated several dozenreports in the Kharkovarea; and UFOsighting reports are now currently be-ing published in the local newspapers.When we questioned him about thediscrepancy in the height of the alienscompared to the U.S.A., he said"height is only the estimate of thewitnesses — this is only a report."As the MUFON representative forthe U.S.S.R., I tried to impress uponhim the importance of launchinga fullscale investigation either by theKharkov UFO group or inconjunctionwith the Voronezh UFO group, basedupon the worldwide interest that thesighting has created.It is imperative that the truth beknown. As expressed by the Soviet-s/caya Kultura newspaper in their mot-to, the golden rule of journalism isthat"the reader must know everything."The SKYLOOK motto was "We tellit like it is." We hope to have an in-vestigation report directly from theU.S.S.R. by Dr. Rubtsov in a futureissue of the Journal.Too terrified to move, Alves watchedthree little men in white clothing andclosefitting skull-capsemerge from thecraft. Their skin appeared to be quitedark. They gathered samples of grass,herbs and leaves of trees. One filleda shiny metal tube with water from theriver. The occupants re-entered thevehicle which ascended swiftly, silent-ly, and vertically and vanished.On the 14th, a rabbit farmer atIsola, in northern Italy, watched inamazement as a cigar-shaped objectlanded on his farm. Out of the craftcame three small dwarfish beings,dressed in what appeared to bemetallic diving suits. Their interestwas centered on the rabbit cages. Heraised the rifle he was carrying andtried to shoot at them but it would notfire. It became so heavy in his handsthat he had to drop it.The occupants,making strange noises amongstthemselves, loaded his rabbits in theirvehicle and took off soundlessly.While all of this was going on theMUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989
  • 23. farmer stood paralyzed and could notmove or speak. He experienced a"tingling" sensation like that of a mildelectric shock. There were no lastingeffects of this condition.In Brazil, one close encounter cameperilously close to tragedy. It was thenight of the 21st, and a Brazilianairliner, bound for Rio de Janeiro, wascruising along in the dark. Flying at8000 feet, the aircraft was over theParaiba River when a strange glowsuddenly appeared ahead. In a mo-ment a weird formation took shape— 19 round craft, each more than100 feet in diameter. Glowinglike hotmetal, the mysterious vehicles ap-proached at supersonic speed. Beforethe pilot could move his controls, thecrafts were flashing past and beneathhis wings. As several vehicles streakedby the cabin, the 13 passengers stam-peded. One woman, screaming, raninto the pilots compartment. Anotherpassenger, battling a crewman, triedto reach the main exit. For two orthree minutes the cabin was a mad-house. With the danger of a crashmounting, crewmen had to use force.The frightenedpassengers were finallysubdued, and the airliner landedsafely.At 2 a.m. on the 28th, Gustavo andJose Ponce were driving a van in thesuburbs of Caracas, Venezuela, whenthey found the road ahead blockedby a sphere some 8 to 10 feet wideand hovering about six feet from theground. Investigating,Gonzales hada fight with a bristly, hairy, dwarf-likebeing which, though seeminglyverylight in weight, was so strong that itknocked Gonzales a distance of 15feet with a mere push. With glowingeyes it lunged at him. He drew hisknife and stabbed at it, but the knifeglanced off its body as though fromsteel. Another occupant then emergedfrom the craft and blinded Gonzaleswith a beam of dazzling light from asmall tube. Meanwhile, Jose Poncewatched two more of the beingsemerging from the bushes with theirarms full of what seemed to be earthMUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989or rocks. With great ease theyjumpedup into the hovering sphere. All theoccupants wore loin-cloths.Ponce fled to the nearest police sta-tion, and Gonzales arrived thereshortly afterwards, overcome with ex-haustion and fright. ^ The policethought at first they both were drunk,but soon found that such was not thecase. Gonzales had a long deep redscratch on his side, and the two menwere given sedatives and placedunder medical observation for severaldays. One of the doctors treatingthem later admitted to them that heknew their story was true, as he hadbeen driving back from a night-call atthe time and had actuallyseen the en-counter. According to UFO inves-tigators in Caracas, this doctor subse-quently went to Washington, D.C, todiscuss the case with Americanauthorities.* **THIRTY YEARS AGO -November 1959: Police Chief GlenSheppard of Alvin Texas, startedlaughing when a passerby handedhim a message from the strandeddriver of a gasoline tanker truck onthe morning of the eighth. "A UFOflew over my truck and its powerfulrays caused the truck engine to stoprunning. I need help!" The chiefstopped laughing when the passerbydeclared: "That UFO is still out there."Chief Sheppard and Patrolman S.Garrett went out to see just what kindof help the truck driver needed. Thetruck driver told the Alvin officers andtow truck driver that the UFO hadfollowed him all the way from Cor-pus Christi, occasionally descendingfrom its great height to spray blanketsof fog over the highway, causing himto become lost and six hours behindhis scheduled arrival at the Houstonterminal. The Alvinofficers unwillinglyadmitted that, high in the sky,hovered an object which appearedbright and shiny when the rays of themorning sun struck it. Both truckdriver and UFO went on their waylater in the morning.* **TWENTY FIVEYEARS AGO -November 1964: Four adults sawand signaled an unidentified light overthe Butano Girl Scout Camp, nearPescadero, California, on the second.But when it responded and movedtoward them, they panicked and fled.The account was told to sheriffsdeputies by Rudolph Huizen, 30, acaretaker at the camp. He said about8:15 p.m. he heard a dog barking.Afriend, Duane Myers, 24, a nursery-man, and he went outside to in-vestigate. In the northeast sky theysaw a very bright light about the sizeof a half-dollar moving erratically."Itwas way up in the sky," said Huizen."Just for kicks I flashed an SOS at itwith my flashlight. And that son-of-a-gun came down!"There was no sound, he said, justa bright light. "It came down and set-tled over the trees about half a mileaway and moved back and forth.When I flashed my flashlight at itagain it lit up the sky like a full moon.It was about as big as a football."Huizen and Myers ran into the house,fetched their wives, Henny Huizen,29, and Diana Myers, 20. The fourwatched the light for a while, thensignalled once more. Then it movedtowards them. They fled into thehouse. "If you were standing in myshoes, you would have run, too," saidHuizen. The four peeked out of thedoorway, saw the light back away,grow dim. "Then it took off," saidHuizen. "No jet or any plane couldgo that fast." Deputies who went outto the Girl Scout camp reported theobservers were all quite sober.***FIFTEEN YEARS AGO -November 1974: A silver-white,disc-shaped object was sighted on the 24thnear Shabbona, Illinois, by a localpilot flying a small private plane fromDeKalb to Mendota. On the sunny,slightly hazy day the pilot noticed hismagnetic compass turningfour to fiverevolutions a minute — counter-clockwise. Lookingout his left windowhe spotted the 120-foot-long objectparalleling his plane at about 80 mph.The pilot said the craft, about 30 feethigh, "tipped up" revealingthat it hadno protrusions and no port-23
  • 24. holes. Itshot past the plane after hav-ing paced it for 8 to 10 seconds andwas out of sight in about a second.The pilot had been flying for threeand a half years and was plantengineer at a Mendota manufactur-ing firm. (This case was investigatedby Walt Andrus on December 17,1974. A full report is published inSKYLOOK Number 89, April 1975page 5.)* **TEN YEARS AGO- November1979: Bob Taylor, a 50 year-oldforestry foreman said he wasassaulted by two beings who tried topull him into their "spacecraft." It hap-pened early in the morning of theninth when Taylor was workingaloneon Dechmont Hill, near the M8Glasgow-Edinburgh, Scotland,motorway. Taylor said that as hereached a clearing on the hill he wasfaced with a silver-colored spacecraft.Suddenly, two beings shaped likewheels with arms slowly approachedhim. They grabbed him by the sidesof his trousers and tore them, leavingscratch marks on his thighs. At thispoint Taylor fainted. But he said hehad the sensation of being draggedtowards the craft. Taylor alsoremembered a strong chemical smelland his red Irish setter, normally aplacid dog, barking furiously. Whenhe came around he was dazed andshocked and the beings and their crafthad gone.In one of the most terrifying UFOencounters ever recorded, a Spanishpilot described how two mysteriousglowing objects chased and almostcollided with his jet airliner over theMediterranean Sea on the llth. Thecase involvesa pilot who diverted hisplane with 109 passengers and sevencrew to make an emergency landing,saying unidentified flying objects werebuzzing him and threateningcollision.An airport director, among others,said he saw the UFOs. Air Force jetsreportedly were sent up and filmedthem. And Spains Transport Minister,ordering an investigation, said, "Itis clear that UFOs exist." Francisco24Lerdo de Tejada, 34-year-old pilot ofthe Spanish Caravelle jet said heplunged the aircraft 14,000 feet andput hischartered payload of Germanand Austriantourists down in Valen-cia on Spains Eastern Mediteraneancoast rather than .in the Canary Islandbeauty spot of Tenerife.Ive never been in danger like it,"Lerdo, a pilot of 15 years experience,told reporters. "What I saw was aUFO." Lerdo said two "intense redlights" streaked across the sky towardhis jet shortly before midnight as heflew at 24,000 feet after taking offfrom the Mediterranean island of Ma-jorca. After the UFOs made two ap-parent attempts to buzz the airliner,the pilot dropped.his aircraft into asharp dive and diverted the plane toValencia. Lerdo said sophisticatedradar in Madrid picked up the UFOsand saw them plunge 12,000 feet in30 seconds — "something no aircraftcan do" — in an attempt to follow himdown. The pilot of a Mirage jet fighterwhich rushed to the scene alsocon-firmed seeing two glowing red objectschasing the airliner.Authorities in Cergy-Pontoise,France — a small town northwest ofParis — couldnt decide whether tocharge Frank Fontaine and his friendswith criminal mischief or to begin asearch for a mysterious, glowing UFO."This isjust too fantastic,"said PoliceChief Roger Courcbus after listeningto the testimony of Fontaine, 19, andhis two friends, Jean Pierre Prevotand Salomon NDiaye, both 25. Fon-taine, who had been the object of apolice search since the 26th, reap-peared on December third in the ex-act spot where he disappeared on the26th of November, his friendsreported. They said he was wearingthe same clothes and had exactly thesame amount of money as the day hevanished. Police said the three con-sistently repeated the same storyunder long questioning.At 4 a.m. on the 26th, the threeyoung men had just finished loadinga station wagon with clothes theywere going to sell at an open marketwhen they saw a brilliant light aboutthe size of a tennis ball to the rightof the car.The ball became larger andlarger and came to rest on the hoodof the car,causing their eyes to burn.From that moment, until his reap-pearance, Fontaine remembersnothing. Prevot and NDiayeleft Fon-taine to watch the car as they ranhome to get a camera. When theyreturned, their friend was gone. Thecar was there with the door open anda halo of light surrounded the car.Thehalo suddenly disappeared. Just asmysteriously as he vanished, Fontainereappeared at 4:30 a.m.,in exactlythe same spot. When he saw the carwas gone, he thought it had beenstolen and rushed to the house ofNDiaye. Seeing his friend in his pa-jamas, he said: "What are you doingin your pajamas? Five minutes agoyou were ready to leave (for themarket)." Police checked the youngman and the spot where he disap-peared with a Geiger counter butfound no trace of radioactivity. Norwas there any trace of mud-onFon-taines clothes or shoes. ChiefCourous said Fontaine has not variedhis story one bit and his account con-forms exactly with the testimony of histwo friends.(Four years later, Jean-PierrePrevost, one of the participants, ad-mitted that this was a hoax. On July7, 1983, Mr. Prevost stated in thenewspaper Le Parisien "I confirm thatthe Cergy-affair was a hoax from thebeginning to the end. I am the onlyone to be held responsible. I organ-ized and put together the whole story.I can prove it..."). This information wasprovided by Jacques Bonabot,MUFON representative for Belgiuminhis publication BULLETIN duGESAG in 1983. - Walt Andrus,Associate Editor.- MUFON -AMATEURRADIONETEVERY SATURDAYMORNINGAT 0800 EST (ORDST)ON 7237 KHz S.S.B.MUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989
  • 25. The UFO PressBY DENNIS STACYOne of the highlights of the sum-mer 1983 BUFORA internationalUFO congress at High Wycombe,outside London, which I had the op-portunity to attend in person, was theshowing of a film taken by amateurphotographer Peter Day of Moreton,near Oxford.Exposed at approximately 9:06GMT on the chilly, overcast morningof January 11, 1973, Days23-second 8mm film strip showsan orange ball of light moving fromleft to right, as memory serves, andnever more than a mere five degressabove the horizon. In the next tolast frame the small blob of light sud-denly winks out. Day said he stoppedfilming the moment the light disap-peared from view, but only a singleframe of the film, the last one, showsa clear sky. Local Kodak experts laterconsulted during an analysis of thefilm maintain that such a quickresponse time is virtually unheard of,if not actually impossible. Day,inhis own defense, has always main-tained that he was an "economical"cameraman. He was an aircraft buffas well, and frequently filmed flyingairplanes over the English coun-tryside, cutting off shooting the mo-ment histargets disappeared from theviewfinder.The result is both a classic UFOcase, and an example of how tanta-lizing even the best evidence in sucha case can be. Despite the prevalenceof undoctored film and the presenceof two other groups ofsubstantiatingeyewitnesses, final conclusions in thePeter Day UFO case remainremarkably difficult to draw. The ex-emplary account of the subsequentinvestigation, however, is the subjectof Fire in the Sky, volume two in aprojected series of in-depth casehistories to be published by the BritishUFO Research Association(BUFORA). The 28-page report canbe ordered for $5, air mail postage in-cluded, from BUFORAs director ofinvestigations, Jenny Randies, at 37Heathbank Rd, Cheadle Heath,Stockport, Cheshire, England, SK3OUP. When ordering, please sendcash only.What makes the Day film evenmore frustrating and inconclusive isone of those rare coincidences whichstir the waters of ufology just enoughto render them muddy and occa-sionally undrinkable, at least as far asoutsiders are concerned. The coin-cidence in this case was the crash ofan American F-lll fighter-bombersome 20 milesdistantfrom where the"UFO" was filmed, and by all ac-counts, some 45 minutes later. Still,the proximity of these two rare eventsin time, if indeed two events wereinvolved, further complicates what iseven more rarely straightforward tobegin with. How many good UFOfilms, after all, can you count on thefingers of one hand? Theoretically,our hands shouldnt be so consistentlytied . . . but such is the nature of thebeast we have adopted for study.Jennys approach isto let the facts,as they have been determined, andthe eyewitness accounts, as they havebeen collected, speak for themselves.What emerges is a picture of an"object" or ball of lightapproximatelyfour miles away from thephotographer, beneath an 1800 feetcloud ceiling and about 65 feet indiameter, travelingroughly 140 milesper hour, all configurationsnot thatfar removed from those of a flamingF-lll.Rogue UFOBut ifwe ufologist remain perplexedand confused by the presence of a"rogue" F-lll, the militaryauthoritiesshould have been equally perplexedby the presence of a rogue UFO, butthis seems not to have been the ease.Day repeatedly offered his film to themilitary authorities involved,but wasrejected every time. One would havethought they would welcome such anopportunity, especially if the UFOMUFON UFO JOURNAL No.259 November 1989ultimately proved to be their doom-ed fighter. Did they have better film?One can only wonder, for the mostpart fruitlessly.In fact, as usually happens, theonly ones interested at all in this sortof thing turns out to be the largelypowerless UFO community. Randiesrecounts how a group of experts,brought together at Kodak offices,shied away from any further analysisof the Day film once it became ap-parent that the captured image wasprobably not that of ball lightning.All in all, this is an excellent littlechapbook that should be in everyserious ufologists library. Which isnot to say that I dont have a fewminor carps (and what did you thinkcritics were /or?). For one thing, Jen-nys eyes and those of the majorityof her readers must be a great dealyounger than mine. Admittedly, youget as many words as possiblejammed into the available space,but the print is still too small for easyreading. Secondly,in the context ofan important photographic case,it would have been nice to have hadat least one frame of the originalfilm for reference, however crudelyreproduced. There are four mapsand three illustrations of the filmedobject, but a halftone or two here andthere (on the cover?) would havebeen welcome. We appreciate thetime that has gone into the publica-tion, and the amount of work involv-ed, especially in terms of the poten-tial market for such a product, so I feelduly guilty about carping in any formor fashion.I would like to add one other com-ment in closing.It strikes me that someAmerican colleagues might be able toadd to the presently incomplete pic-ture of the Day film. Perhaps an FOIAresearcher here would be willing towrite a few inquiries about the causeof the F-lll crash? Also, who was thetwo-man crew involved, both, ofwhom survivedthe crash? Might it notbe possible to track them down for a25
  • 26. personal account of events on thatlong ago day? Or will the Peter Dayfilm ultimately be allowed to lapseinto obscurity like so much else inufology?Buy this booklet and read what wedo know about the Day case, beforeit, too, fades completely into history.All The News . . .Word broke in some newspapers atleast as early as Monday, October 9th,that the Soviet news agency Tass hadreported a UFO landing, includingscientific confirmation of the event,which involved tall, gangly creatureswith tiny knob heads accompanied bya robot.Since this was not the sort of thingTass normally touts, obviously mycuriousity was piqued. Both the localand national TV network news, as istheir custom nowadays, treated the af-fair as a joke, mentioning it either asthe last item on the broadcast or rightbefore the fade-in to the weather. Themajority of the print media dealt withthe story the following morning, Tues-day, October 10th in, as might be ex-pected, various fashion. In Fort Worthand Dallas, it made the front pages,as it did in our national paper ofrecord, The New York Times. Local-ly, the Rupert Murdoch-owned SanAntonio Express-News relegated it tothe middle of its "Daily Star" section,a tabloidlike entertainment supple-ment, where the headline blared,"Tass: Towering UFO AliensWith TinyHeads Spark Panic." The openingsentence noted that "Itwas a close en-counter of the Communist kind."The DallasMorning News heralded"Theyre Here! Soviet news agencyreports UFO, extraterrestrials land inRussian city." Accordingto the Knight-Ridder Newspapers dispatch,authored by Steve Goldstein anddatelined Moscow, "Humanoid-looking aliens, with tiny heads on 10-to 13-foot bodies, disembarked fromtheir disc-shaped spaceship and tooka stroll around a park in the Russiancity of Voronezh recently, the officialnews agency Tass reported Monday."Part of the original Tass (TelegraphAgency of the Soviet Union) pressrelease said that "Scientists have con-firmed that an unidentified flying26object recently landed in (the) park ...(and) They have also identified thelanding site and found traces of alienswho made a short promenade aroundthe park." A good deal of dubiousnesswas attached by Knight-Ridder to theaccount as a whole.The Tuesday Times featured thestory on the front page as "Hot NewsTass: Tourists From Space," followedby a page 7 article Wednesday, "Fact,Not Fiction, Tass Says of U.F.O." (Bothreferences to the so-called Nationaledition.) Supposedly the people whoactually witnessed the object and itsoccupants "were overwhelmed with afear which lasted for several days."Events reportedly began on thewarm September evening of the 27th,about 6:30 p.m., when three childrenin the park saw "a pink shiningin thesky and then spotted a ball of deep redcolor" said to be about ten yards indiameter; At this point a crowdgathered, which "could clearly see ahatch opening in the lower part of theball and a humanoid in the opening. "Then, "The three-eyed creature,about nine feet tall and fashionably(sic) dressed in silvery overalls andbronze boots and with a disk on itschest, disappeared, then landed andcame out for a promenade with acompanion and a robot."Then aliens seemed to com-municate with each other, producingthe mysterious appearance of a shin-ing triangle, and activated the robotwith a touch."Terrified, a boy began to scream,but with a stare of the aliens shiningeyes, Tass said, the boy was silencedand paralyzed."On Thursday, October 11, theTimes ran its third consecutive storyon the reported Soviet sighting,headlined "Rare Thrill for Tass:Joshing Over U.F.O. Report." Needlessto say, the powers that print all thenews fit to be printed were not takingthe episode particularlyseriously.MacArthurs MarkThat same evening, the SovietUFO landing took up the second halfof CNNs "Larry King Live"show. Un-fortunately, host King missed out,having opted for a honeymoon in-stead. He was replaced by PatrickBuchanan, the gruff conservative col-umnist, who, surprisingly, not onlyseemed fairly at home with theunusual subject matter, but genuinelyinterested in same.Buchanans guests were ufologistsDon Ecker of California, and onePeter Adams (who he?), if memoryserves. The latters claim to ufologicalfame seems to have been the fact thathe "was just back from Moscow."Given the length of the flight, heshould have been able to consume atleast one UFO book en route, but anyevidence of same was sadly absent.Send him back, I say, but this time witha copy of everything but Majestic.Unfortunately, Ecker, who put ona very nice front overall, and cameacross as quite accomplished,resorted to two dubious bugbearsthat continue to plague UFO publicrelations, one being the MJ-12 papers,the other being the (in) famousspeechsupposedly delivered by the late Gen-eral Douglas MacArthur in which hewarned that the next war would be an"interplanetary" one.At least MJ-12 has the "virtue" ofbeing under ongoing scrutiny. Butsomeone should be able to label theMacArthur talk, once and for all, aseither spurious or legitimate.Allegedly,it was delivered to the 1962 graduatingclass of West Point, and was reportedin "all the papers of the day, includingthe New York Times." Cant someonetrack this rumored historical occur-rence down and lay it to rest, or con-firm it for all time?James Moseley ison record as say-ing that regardless of the facts of thisparticular speech, MacArthur waswidely known to be intensely intriguedby the question of extraterrestrialin-telligence. Fine and good. But didMacArthur actually say on recordwhat ufologists from Ecker to Learet al are constantly saying he said?If so, lets continue trumpeting it tothe high heavens. But if not, lets ceaseand desist embarrassing ourselves withquotes that were never made.Buchanan, for one, who was atleast warming to Ecker, turned offcompletely following the allegedMacArthur warning, saying he hadthe framed speech hanging on hiswall, and there was no such mentionof anything remotely resembling theMUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989
  • 27. purported remark. At which juncture,the credibility of both Ecker and UFOscould be seen running down the TVwires and into the floor. Buchanan,who had barked at Adams once ortwice previously, now snapped atEcker.It should be a relativelysimple mat-ter for some serious researcher to seekout MacArthurs original text, or atleast the relevant newspaper accountsof the day. Presumably, this wouldhave been sometime in May of 1962,assuming a West Point graduatingdate in line with the rest of the coun-try. Lets either recruit the General orlet him lie in peace.Communion the MoviePhilippe Mora the director andWhitley Strieber the author first metin the late 1960s at the London FilmSchool. Twenty years later, their firstcollaboration, the movie version ofStriebers Communion, distributedbyNew Line Cinema, is scheduled toopen at 80 or more theaters acrossthe country on November 10th.Rumors have abounded almost asmuch as anticipation. In Hollywoodvernacular, the movie was said to be"in trouble." The special effects weresupposed to be less than scintillating,and it was bruited that "Commu-nions" sole saving grace wasChristopher Walkens performance in-the lead role.Well, the movie finally premieredin Aspen, Colorado, on October 21st,at the Stage IITheater, and some ofthe rumors, at least, can finally be laidto rest. The occasion was the CloseEncounters of the Fourth Kind Forumat the Givens Institute, hosted byLarry Koss, and attended by perhapsa hundred participants, includingseven abductees. Curiously, thepremiere was threatened at theeleventh hour (literally in this case, asthat was the time the movie wasscheduled to roll) with cancellationbyStrieber himself, for reasons only hecan best defend."Communion" stars Walken asStrieber, Lindsay Grouse as his wife,Anne, and Joel Carson as youngAn-drew. Frances Sternhagen has a smallsupport role as the psychiatrist towhom Strieber first turns as his strangeexperiences begin to unfold. Mora("The HowlingII"), of course, directs,with screenplay by Strieber, who alsoserves as associate producer. Moraisalso slated to direct Striebers latestnovel, Majestic.It is true that Walken saves the day,in that it is hard to imagine how anyother actor on the contemporaryscene could have done the rolejustice. Walken, as anyone familiarwith his career knows, always playsWalken. But in this case, his quirky,jerky mannerisms perfectly portraythose of a successful New York author(Strieber) on the verge, initially, ofa nervous breakdown brought onby writers block, and later as a justi-fiably confused human being im-mersed in a mind-boggling encounterwith apparent alien beings. Needlessto say, unfolding events make for afew tense moments in the marriedrelations department. As AnneStrieber, Grouse expresses confusionand concern, not only for her mar-riage and her husbands mentalhealth, but eventually stands by herman and son, even though sheunderstandably has less to doonscreen than Walken.The larters performance, in fact, isworthy of an Academy Award BestActor nomination, though that ishardly likely to happen for reasonsbeyond his control. The Academyhistorically overlooks "horror" films forone thing, and independently pro-duced productions for another. In ad-dition, Walken is an acquired taste.Coupled with a few letdowns hereand there in the film, as well as the"offbeat" subject matter itself, Walkenschances for peer recognition wouldseem to be small at best. The situa-tion, in fact, is similar to the one thatthwarted Jeff Goldblums pursuit ofthe Oscar for his performance in theremake of "The Fly." Joel Carson, asStriebers young son, Andrew, alsoshines, and nearly makes off withseveral scenes neatly tucked under hispresumably inexperienced belt.MoraAnd Mora performs as admirablybehind the camera. One hesitates tospeculate, but there is the feeling thatMora probably contributed conMUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989siderably to the overall pace ofStriebers script and the tension-breaking bits of humor scatteredthroughout. He also does an ad-mirable job with the available specialeffects budget, considering that"Communion" can hardly be faultedfor not being movie-making on thegrand scale of a Hollywood epic.True, certain effects, including thealiens themselves, could have carriedmore cinematic conviction, but theycould also have been a lot less con-vincing as well. A few effects evenstand out. A Polaroid snaphot scene,for example, freezes the screen farbeyond the real-timeflash, giving aneerie sense of suspended illumination.Mora also photographs Walken onseveral occasions using two cameraswith an onscreen feed (or a flat-fieldwide-angle lens) to zoom in on the ac-tor while the background loomscloser, lending a simultaneous senseof physical isolation and ofStrieber/Walken being psychicallyseparated from his surroundings.The plot itself, as some readers ofthe book will no doubt agree, hasenough holes to drop a large UFOthrough, along with enough looseends to bind up most of the worldsabductees. Not only are those gapsnot sealed by "Communion," butthe movie manages to open up afew yawningchasms of its own. Thepsychiatrist (Sternhagen), for in-stance, to whom Strieber is re-ferred early on, just happens toknow of a group of people withsimilar experiences who meet regular-ly in the city of New York. Even morecoincidentally, she proves to be thehead of this selfsame self-supportgroup.Screenwriters, of course, are al-lowed the same license of compres-sion — to a degree — as poets, aslong as such contortions dont ob-viously slow or otherwise affect storyflow; and for the most part, here, theydont. I leave it to others to commenton how accurate a reflection ofreali-ty these group meeting scenes are, butthe impression of a few in Aspen whowere present at the time, was fairlyunfavorable. The cinematic Strieberquickly distances himself from the ab-duction "scene" in the movie, when,in fact, I was told, he actually hosted27
  • 28. several meetings in his ownhousehold, and was apparently ge-nuinely relieved and moved to haveencountered others with similarshared experiences. In "Commu-nion," Walken-as-Strieber is abruptlydismissive of the meetings as awhole.Cinematic license can be invokedhere, too, but obviously there will bethose who sharply disagree with theway the situation was handledonscreen.Those looking for a linear, literalreenactment of the originalbook willbe disappointed as well. The little manin the shield in Striebers bedroom,who presented such a terrifying visagein the book, is here treated as agrotesque, cartoon caricature for nodiscernible reason. Though thosealready offended, as well as critics tocome, probably:wont agree, whatdoes come through in the moviemore than in the book isthe immensepersonal courage it took for Strieberto come forward in person with hisstory. The sheer embarrassing emo-tionality and intimacy of the abduc-tion scene, with its rough handlingand rectal probe, are much morevisceral in the visual language of thecinema than on the printed page.Some will be too personally involvedor embittered to admit it, but "Com-munion" has its more than movingmoments. Going to bed early thatmorning in chill Aspen air and astrange motel room, I found myselfmomentarily eyeing an open closetdoor with apprehension and wonder-ing ifanythingcould hide in the foldsof the drapes or possibly scrunch itselfunder the double bed.It also has a moment or two Morashould have reined in. The intendedhumor of one of the climactic scenes,in whichStrieber and abductors con-front one another, is too broad by agesture, rendered simply laughablewhen one of the earlier captorsculminates an exchange of bodylanguage between the two with a"gimmie-five" slap of alien to humanpalms. Gimmie five, and a welldeserved break, too.As the experienced hand in thisextended family enterprise, Morashould have also drawn in the reinson the final exposition shots. I likethe way they were staged (in an art28museum), but exposition isnotorious-ly awkward as a technique, whetherliterary or cinematic, and virtuallyimpossible to pull off gracefully, evenwhen as gracefully managed, as it ishere.What "Communion" cannot befaulted for is its reflection of Striebersown idiosyncratic (and seeminglyin-adequate) interpretation of the abduc-tion experience and the alien entitiespresumably behind it. On the onehand, given the way the movie con-cludes, it results in the absurd mar-quee: "Extraterrestrial aliens invadeearth! (And cure a bad case ofwritersblock.)"On the other hand, its undeniablyStriebers movie, and its now in-arguably ours as well. I expect wellhear more, rather than less, about itin the months to come.MajesticFinally (we have to go to pressat some point), this word from theTimes again, today, Friday the 13thof October. If you didnt get thetelegram on the first reading, tryagain. Otherwise, youll be surprisedto learn that Whitley Striebers currentnovel, Majestic, is also scheduled tobe brought to the silver screen byPhilippe Mora, the French-born,Australian-raised director who did"Communion" the movie, as well as"The HowlingII."Apparently, "Com-munion," starring ChristopherWalkenand Lindsay Grouse, originallyscheduled to be released on October20th by New Line Cinema, has nowbeen moved back to a November 10release date.Mora and Strieber have been closefriends since the two met at the Lon-don Film School in 1968, where, theTimes claims, Strieber was a "Pop ar-tist." As with "Communion," Strieberhas also written the script for "Ma-jestic," based on a convolutedamalgamation of the Roswell Inci-dent, the alleged MJ-12 documentsand the authors own experiences asan abductee.The "Majestic" shoot is scheduledto get underway on location in NewMexico in either Februaryor March ofnext year, and occupy up to twelveweeks. After that, Mora says, hell takean alien break and work on his nextfilm: "The Duchess of Windsor."MESSAGE, Continuedman; Robert H. Bletchman, Directorof Public Relations; AntonioHuneeus, Continental Coordinatorfor South America; William "Bill"Knell, Assistant State Director for NewYork; and Michael Luckman. JohnStewart, MUFON Staff videotechni-cian, taped the event.Robert Bletchman distributed anoutstanding press release prepared byDennis Stacy titled "UFOs and Con-gress" depictinga brief history of theU.S. Congress involvementin UFOs,Project Blue Book and strong reasonswhy a fresh hearingand investigationshould take place. Basically, this wasa MUFON press conference. Thepress conference was well attended bythe wire services, TV networks, NewYork area newspapers and newsmagazines. Brian OLeary received aspontaneous applause from the newsreporters after delivering his state-ment, a response seldom occurringfrom the staid press. MUFON is in-debted to Mike Luckman formakingthe arrangements and publicizing thispress conference.UFONEWSCLIPPINGS SERVICEThe UFO Newsclipping Service willkeep you informed of all the latest UnitedStates and World-Wide UFO reports (i.e., lit-tle known photographic cases, closeencounters and landing reports, occupantcases) and all other UFOreports, many ofwhich are carried only in small town andforeign newspapers.Our UFO Newsclipping Service issuesare 20-page monthly reports, reproducedby photo-offset, containing the latestUnited States and Canadian UFOnewsclippings, with our foreign sectioncarrying the latest British, Australian,NewZealand and other foreign press reports.Also included is a 3-5 page section of "For-tean" clippings (i.e., Bigfoot and other"monster" reports). Let us keep you inform-ed of the latest happenings in the UFO andFortean fields.For subscription information and sam-ple pages from our service, write today to:UFO NEWSCLIPPING SERVICERoute 1 - Box 220Plumerville, Arkansas 72127MUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989
  • 29. MESSAGE, Continuedonly as good as the quality ofarticlessubmitted for publication. Everymember or ufologist can control thefuture and destiny of the MUFONUFO Journal. Do you personally ac-cept this challenge?Walters New BookThe Gulf Breeze Sightings: The MostAstounding Multiple Sightings ofUFOs in U.S. History, by Edward andFrances Walters, will be released inhardback on March 19, 1990, byWilliam Morrow Company (NewYork). The foreword is by BuddHopkins and the photo analysis byBruce S. Maccabee, Ph.D. Statementsby Donald M. Ware and Walter H.Andrus Jr. are included in the text.A large number of the photographswill be published in color. Galley pro-ofs have been submitted for correc-tions to those involved by thepublisher. Lori Ames, Director ofPublicity for William Morrow Com-pany, advises that the photos will notbe released for publicity purposesbefore publicationof the book. At theurging of Edward Walters, thepublishers have obtained an indepen-dent computer enhanced study of thephotographs to document theirauthenticity.Press Conference in New YorkMichael Luckman, State SectionDirector for New York City, was in-strumental in organizinga major pressconference at the Penta Hotel in NewYork City on October 6, 1989 torecommend a Congressional Hearingand Investigation of the UFOphenomenon. Brian OLeary, aformer astronaut, was flown fromPhoenix, Arizona for the press con-ference to not only urge that Congres-sional Hearings be held, but to inviteformer astronauts to endorse hispro-posal in an upcoming MUFONrelease. Dignitaries making shortspeeches and distributing press con-ference releases in addition to Mr.OLeary, were Whitley Strieber;MUFON officers Stanton T. Fried-Continued on page 28MUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989The Night SkyBy Walter N. WebbNovember 1989Bright Planets (Evening Sky):Venus (magnitude -4.4) reaches a point 47° east of the Sun, called greatesteastern elongation,on the 8th. Through smalltelescopes the nearest planetresembles a tiny half Moon at this time. However, Venus remains ratherlow in the SW,setting about 2l/2 hours after sunset. The crescent Moonand Venus are only 0.7° apart on the 2nd, making a nice sight in thesky. And on November 15 the bright planet lies 4° below Saturn.Jupiter (magnitude -2.6), in Gemini not far from the Twin Stars Polluxand Castor, rises in the NE about 7 PM in midmonth. The giant worldadvances across the SE and southern sky during the night.Saturn (magnitude 0.6), still in Sagittarius, is very low in the SW at duskand sets in the WSW about 3 hours after the Sun in mid-November. Theringed planet is4° above the crescent Moon on the 3rd and l/2° belowtelescopic Neptuneon the 12th. The latter event represents the third andfinal successive conjunction between the pair this year. (Also see Venus.)Bright Planets (Morning Sky):Mars (magnitude 1.7), movingfrom Virgo into Libra, should become visi-ble again sometime in late November. It will rise around 5 AM, appear-ing very low in the ESE.Jupiter is well up in the SW at dawn.Meteor Shower:While the South Taurid meteors last allmonth in declining numbers, theirpeak of about 10to 20 per hour is reached on the morning of November2. Compensating for the Tauridsmeager number is the showers richnessin bright fireballs and the relatively slow velocity of its members (about17 miles per second).Moon Phases:First quarter — November 6Full moon — November 13mjLast quarter — November 19New moon — November 28The Stars:At 9 PM the brilliant constellations of winter have appeared in the east— Orion, Taurus, Auriga and Gemini. In the north, as the Big Dipperrests along the north horizon, the "M" of 5 stars called Cassiopeia theQueen achieves its highest and best viewing position.Crossing the celestial meridian almost directly overhead is a faint blur oflight, the bright central hub of the Great Spiral Galaxy of Andromeda.Photographs reveal the exquisite detail of the tilted systems spiral armsof stars and gas clouds wrapped around its glowing center. The An-dromeda Galaxy actually covers an area of sky 4 times the width of thefull moon! Although it is the nearest spiral galaxy to our own Milky Waysystem, the light that enters our eyes today left the Andromeda Galaxyat around the time the human species first appeared on our planet 2 millionyears ago! This remote galaxy is the most distant object visible with thenaked eye.29
  • 30. Directors MessageBy Walt AndrusJournal ObjectivesAt the Editors request, numerousreaders have personally suggestedimprovements to the Journal. Ob-viously, their diversified opinions can-not be incorporated into every issue.However, this is your magizine andthe ideas of our readers are ap-preciated. Considering themultitudeof different interests by our 2200member/subscribers and wide rangeof educational background and ex-perience levels, it is difficult to appealto everyone simultaneously. Thesingle factor that we can all agreeupon, that unites all readers, is ourcommon interest in the UFO enigmaand the quest to solve the greatestmystery of the space age.Speaking as the InternationalDirector and Associate Editor of theMUFON UFO Journal, I will attemptto address the objectives as I perceivethem. We are all cognizant that theMutual UFO Network (MUFON) isinternational in scope, therefore wecannot be geographically orientatedtoward any specific nation in thepublished articles or editorialphilosophy. The Journal has earnedthe reputation as the worlds leadingmonthly UFO organization magazine.This recognition challenges the editorsand writers to continuous improve-ment and dedication in the future tomaintain this enviable position.Since the Journal is a monthlymagazine, it can be more current withUFO news, reports, conference an-noucements, publications, bookreleases, etc. than bi-monthly orquarterly UFO publications. We arelimitted only by the logistics of com-posing, publishing and mailing.Specifically, the Journal is our majorcommunication medium with ourmembers as it relates to ufologyworldwide. State Directors are en-couraged to publish statewidenewsletters to customize local UFO30reports, activities and news. The Jour-nal has grown from a regionalmimeographed newsletter titledSKYLOOK in 1967, to a typeset andoffset printed magazine rivaling othersin the scientific field.What Journal Is NotEven though the MUFON UFOJournal represents the Mutual UFONetwork, it is not a magazinewhereinwe talk to each other as "believers".While not devoted entirely to UFOsighting reports, it stresses the bestcases that have been thoroughlyin-vestigated and reported by trainedfield investigators. The Journal maycontain articles exploring all facets ofthe UFO phenomenon, although itisnot a vehicle for the debunkers to venttheir negative thoughts and destruc-tive verbiage. It is definitely not a"New Age" publication dealing withcrystals, pyramids, channeling, etc.We do not accept paid advertising.Such ads for trinkets, gadgets,publications, etc. have no place in ascientific scholarly publication. TheJournal isnot a newsstand magazine,nor will it ever be.Editorial VeracitySince the MUFON UFO Journal isthe voice of the Mutual UFO Net-work, the Editor and Associate screenall articles for content and ap-propriateness. Submitted articles andillustrations have been rejected on oc-casion when they were not in goodtaste or acceptable for a "familycaliber" magazine. When we are deal-ing with what many people considera controversialsubject, some articlesmay seem offensive to certain readersbecause the article contents do notnecessarily agree with their own per-sonal philosophyor hypothesis. Ifweare to solve the UFO phenomenon inour lifetime, however, we must main-tain an open mind as true scientiststo various theories and hypotheses.Members and even non-membersseem to feel that ifthey submit an ar-ticle or a "letter to the editor" that theJournal is obligated to publish itregardless of content or quality. Oneself-styled ufologist even demandedthat the editor "guarantee in concrete"that his controversial article would bepublished before it was ever written.Obviously this is absurd.The caliber of published articles willbe entirely dependent upon thedegree of excellence, quality and im-portance of submitted material. Thestatus level must be gradually raisedif our monthly magazine is to main-tain its leadership position. Themembers/subscribers should haveconfidence in their editors judgementto publish the most appropriatematerial available from submissions.The more professional the article, thegreater choice that the editors willhave to upgrade the Journal.CommentsThere are numerousprofessional-caliber organizational magazines be-ing published worldwide, whichMUFON highly recommends, pro-vided the reader is fluent in thepublications language. InternationalUFO Reporter, Flying Saucer Reviewand the new BUFORA publication,UFO TIMES are recommendedEnglish language magazines. UFOand UFO Universe are availablenewsstand magazines in the U.S.A.Dennis Stacy, the editor of theMUFON UFO Journal, has not onlyachieved the professional stature inufology of editors such as GordonCreighton, Charles Bowen, RichardH. Hall and Jerome Clark, but has thepotential to surpass each of them withthe readers support. Mr.Stacy can beContinued on page 29MUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989
  • 31. DEAR EDITORS, I HAVE READMANY ITEMSABOUT UFOs IN THEPRESS. DO THEY REALLY EXIST?IFSO, ARE THEY A DIRECT THREATTO PEACE ON EARTH? WHAT HASSCIENCE TO SAY ABOUT THISSCORE?Benjamin S. Mapurisa,ZimbabweSince 1947, when American citizenKenneth Arnold saw from his planestrange glimmering objects in themountains, the world has been talk-ing about Unidentified Flying Ob-jects (UFOs). The appearance ofUFOs is from time to time reportedin newspapers and magazines, radioand television.They are all analysedby scientists.On August 25, 1966, a USAF of-ficer working on Minuteman missilein North Dakota saw that his radiohad stopped functioning. He was 18metres down in the concrete silo.The ground crew reported that theysaw a UFO which had alternatelydescended and climbed. The radardetected it at a height of 30 kilo-metres, after which the UFOclimbedand interference disappeared. Andthen it started to land. When a groupof soldiers dispatched to the landingsite was 16kilometres from the silo,interference broke its radio contactwith command. It was suggestedthat during the 1966-1967 period ofthe UFO activity, the UFOs visitedalso the Titan silos. Experts wereconcerned over the electromagneticeffects, that might be capable of in-fluencing the electric equipment ofcombat missiles.In the autumn of 1974, a metal disksome 100metres across approacheda South Korean anti-aircraft shorebattery. The commander launched aHawk guided missle which was im-mediately shot down by a "white ray"from the UFO. The second ray wasdirected at the battery, melting theremaining two Hawk missies into anunrecognisable mass.The investigation of the UFO prob-lem was launched in the US by themilitary. In 1947, on orders from theAir Force commander, they startedProject Sign. The Air Technical In-telligence Centre was responsiblefor research. Back in February 1953,head of the anti-aircraft committee ofthe continent General BenjaminChidlow stated: "We have a greatmass of reports about flying saucers.MUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989We regard this very seriouslybecause we have lost many peopleand many aircraft which have at-tempted to attack UFOs."Project Sign was subsequentlyrenamed Grudge and then Fang. Butit is better known under the nameProject Blue Book.In 1954 the French Ministry of theArmed Forces established a depart-ment to collect information aboutUFOs. In 1977 the French NationalSpace Research Centre created agroup of experts to study uniden-tified aerospace phenomenon,GEPAN.In 1960-1970, public organizationsstudying UFOs mushroomedthroughout the world, notably inBulgaria, Denmark, West Germanyand Mexico. Later UFO fever spreadto Canada, Britain, Japan, China andother countries.In the autumn of 1978, the FirstCommittee of the 33rd UN GeneralAssembly discussed the question oflaunching international UFOresearch. The discussion was basedon ICUFON Memorandum, a publicUS organization studying UFOs. Itprovided a wealth of information onthe military-technical and military-political aspect of the problem. After-wards, though, information on UFOresearch in the West dwindled. Thepress published only distorted andsuperficial information about UFOs.At that time, the US launched theStrategic Defense Initiative (SDI).The study of UFOs in the SovietUnion started in 1958 by a group ofenthusiasts led by Feliks Zigel,assistant professor at the MoscowAviation Institute and the founder ofUFOIogy in the Soviet Union. In themid-1970s, information about UFOswas collected by the Institute ofEarth Magnetism, Ionosphere andRadio Waves, led by VladimirMigulin, corresponding member ofthe USSR Academy of Sciences. In1984, a commission to studyanomalous phenomena, led byVsevolod Troitsky, correspondingmember of the USSR Academy ofSciences, was established at thenational scientific and technologicalsociety of nature protection. In Aprillast year, Tomsk hosted aconference31
  • 32. on sporadic instant phenomena,which rallied more than 300 scien-tists and experts from major scien-tific centres of the Soviet Union. Theconference recommended that theSiberian branch of the USSRAcademy of Sciences draft a com-prehensive programme for the studyof the problem.Many Soviet and foreign scientiststried to present the UFO phenom-enon as a natural thing, such as op-tical atmospheric effects, flocks ofbirds, rare astronomical phenomena,meteorites, luminous insects, frauds,weather balloons, aircraft, missilelaunches, streams of space particles,clusters of light, ball lightning,luminous polutants, Polar lights, etc.According to the USSR Academyof Sciences, some 90-95% of UFOreports are a result of such causesor a combination of them. But the re-maining share constitutes tens ofthousands of unexplained phe-nomena.The main "positive" version hasbeen the idea of extra-terrestrials.Despite its great popularity, it hasnot been unequivocally supported byscientists. The most promising todayis the idea of the plasma origin of theUFO phenomenon. In 1984, scien-tists Aleksei Dmitriyev and ViktorZhuravlyov from Novosibirsk ad-vanced a theory of the plasma originof the Tungus phenomenon. As isknown, the culmination of that uni-que event in Siberia in 1908 was a40-megaton air explosion. There arereasons to believe that the Tungusphenomenon and UFOs have a com-mon origin.We believe that so far the study ofUFOs has not paid due heed to somespecific features,as well as the mech-anism of human perception of theworld around us. Frequency param-eters of UFOs and the limited speedof processing information in the eye-brain system breed so-called meta-phoric deformities. Eye-witnessesseenot the object itself but their own in-dividual or accepted idea of it.Proof of this is the historicalmimicry of UFOs outlook andspecial photographing. Research byforeign and Soviet experts show thatthere are, in the atmosphere and at32Photo of a UFO taken by a Soviet amateur photographerthe Earths surface, certain plasmaformations, different in form, size,colour and frequency. Most often,they are registered in the ultravioletpart of the spectre. These unseenformations, which, however, can befelt, often appear to act systematical-ly and even "reasonably."Successful study of UFOs is im-possible without a considerable ex-pansion of our views of the world.The idea of a multi-dimensional andmulti-layered Universe, of parallel orintertwined physical worlds werevoiced by major scientists, notablyPaul Ehrenfest, Konstantin Tsiolkov-ski, Aleksandr Friedman, AnatolyLogunov and Dmitry Blokhintsev.Materializing the principles of thenew political thinking, the SovietUnion is actively working for univer-sal security and disarmament.Against this background, the worldpublic cannot but be worried by theUS carrying on with the SDI pro-gramme. This ballistic missiledefense is designed to control outerspace and destroy near-earth, air andspace targets. Any system can be ef-fective only if it is managed bysuper-quick computer systems. It is mostimportant here to correctly identifytargets. So,corresponding computercells must "know" what signalcharacteristics of the object it istracking can make it potential target.We believe that lack of informationon the characteristics and influenceof UFOs increase the threat of incor-rect identification. Then, mass tran-sition of UFOs along trajectoriesclose to those of combat missilescould be regarded by computers asan attack.In the autumn of 1960, all bombersat the Travis Air Force Base in theUnited States were put on red alertfor an attack against the Soviet Unionafter the base radars detected"targets" flying via the North Pole tothe US territory. Suddenly the"targets" disappeared from thescreen, and were later explained as"radar reflections of the Moon."In SDI conditions such incidentscould provoke immediate reactionsfrom computers to destroy the "tar-gets," say, by an X-ray laser, whichmeans a powerful nuclear explosion.Or SDI computers could order acounter-attack, which might prove un-warranted. It should be rememberedthat decisions will be taken not bypeople but by impartial computerswhich "know nothing of UFOs." Therewould be no time to determine thecause of the conflict then, but thosewho are creating SDI should thinkabout it now.The UFO problem remains un-solved. It is difficult to predict whatwould have happened if an incidentsimilar to the Tungus one happenedin Europe, Americaor any other regionof local conflicts. Back in 1968, FeliksZigel, the main Soviet researcher ofthe problem, said: The subject andaims of UFO researchare sufficientlyimportant to justify any effort.Understandably, international cooper-ation is vitally needed here."Aleksandr KUZOVKIN,Aleksandr SEMYONOVMUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 259 November 1989

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