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  1. 1. M U T U A L U F O N E T W O R KUFO JOURNALAPRIL 1995 ~f NUMBER 324 $3
  2. 2. M U F O N U F O J O U R N A LO F F I C I A L P U B L I C A T I O N OF THE MUTUAL UFO N E T W O R K S I N C E 1967oA P R I L 1995 N U M B E R 3 2 4UFO INFORMATION CENTER INAUGURATEDTHE HOLOGRAPHIC UNIVERSE Joe Lewels, Ph.D.VISTA, CALIFORNIA FLAP Marie Jones & Laura MillerFALL FROM GRACE Roberta PuhulskiABDUCTION NOTES John S. Carpenter 14THE UFO PRESS Dennis Stacy 15MUFON FORUM Strieber, Germov, Wright, McGrew,Mizrach &Basterfield18READERS CLASSIFIEDSTHE MAY NIGHT SKY Walter N. Webb 22CALENDAR 22DIRECTORS MESSAGE Walter H. Andrus,Jr. 24COVER AND PHOTOS Steve Boehm, The Seguin Gazette-EnterpriseMUFON UFO JOURNAL(USPS 002-970) •(ISSN 0270-6822)103OldtowneRd.Seguin, TX 78155-4099Tel: (210) 379-9216FAX (210) 372-9439EDITORDennis StacyASSOCIATE EDITORWalter H. Andrus,Jr.COLUMNISTSWalter N. WebbJohn S. CarpenterART DIRECTORVince JohnsonCopyright 1995 by the Mutual UFO Network. All Rights Reserved.No part of this document may be reproduced in any form without the written permission ofthe Copyright Owners. Permission is hereby granted to quote up to 200 words of any one arti-cle, proiided the author is credited, and the statement, "Copyright 1995 by the Mutual UFONetwork, 103 Ohltownc Rd., Seguin, Texas 73155," is included.The contents of the MUFON UFO Journal are determined by the editors and do not necessari-ly reflect the official position of the Mutual UFO Network. Opinions expressed are solely thoseof the individual authors.The Mutual UFO Network, Inc. is exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. MUFON is a publicly supported organization of the typedescribed in Section 509 (a) (2). Donors may deduct contributions from their Federal IncomeTax. Bequests, legacies,devises, transfers or gifts are also deductiblefor estate and gift purposes,provided they meet the applicable provisions of Sections 2055, 2106 and 2522 of the InternalRevenue Code.The MUFON UFO Journal is published monthly by the Mutual UFO Network, Inc., Seguin,Texas. Membership/Subscription rates: $25 per year in the U.S.A.; $30 foreign in U.S. funds.Second class postage paid at Seguin, TX.POSTMASTER: Send form 3579 to advise change of address to: MUFON UFO JOUR-NAL, 103 Oldtowne Rd., Seguin, TX 78155-4099.
  3. 3. REGISTRATION FORM (Please print or type)MUFON 1995 INTERNATIONAL UFO SYMPOSIUMRed Lion Hotel, Sea Tac Airport, Seattle, Washington - July 7-9, 1995Name of Registrant.MUFON TitleAddress City State Zip_Name of Spouse/Guest(Please note: All spouses/guests pay registration and reception fee to attend.)RECEPTION (Friday Evening 6-9 p.m.) $10.00 each x = $_(Catered reception with cash bar)REGISTRATION (Saturday and Sunday) $55.00 each x = $_(Registration after June 30, 1995, is $65.00 per person)Total amount of check enclosed with registration form: $_Please make a postal money order or personal check payable in U.S. currency to: MUFON 1995UFO Symposium and mail payment and registration form to: Marilyn Childs, MUFONSymposium, P. O. Box 1012, Bothell, WA 98041-1012.
  4. 4. MUFON UFO JOURNALInternational Director. Walter H. Andrus, Jr.. examines the photo display at the new MUFONUFO Information Center in Segnin. Texas. Public ribbon-cutting ceremonies took place onTuesday. March 14. 1995.UFO INFORMATION CENTER INAUGURATED(SEGUIN,TX) — The Mutual UFO Network, an interna-tional UFO organization headquartered in Seguin, Texas,announces the opening of its new UFO InformationCenter. Located at 628 North Highway 123 Bypass.Suite 3 (Exit 610 south off IH 10 to S.H. 123 Bypass be-tween Houston and San Antonio), the Center consists ofa public education exhibit featuring photographic dis-plays, videotape presentations, model exhibits, and asmall library, all directly related to the UFO phenome-non and presented in a relaxing atmosphere. Copies ofthe Journal and past Symposium Proceedings, alongwith various "souvenir" items are for sale. Donations arealso accepted. For your information,MUFON is a Texasnon-profit corporation and an Internal Revenue Codetax-exempt organization.The Mutual UFO Network headquarters moved fromQuincy, Illinois, to Seguin, Texas, in July 1975, whenWalter Andrus, one of the founders, was transferred tothe Motorola Plant. He subsequently retired in 1982, af-ter 34 years of employment in various plantmanagementpositions and now devotes full time to the managementand administrationof MUFON. The business officesare located at 103 Oldtowne Road, only minutes awayfrom the Information Center, where five part-time em-ployees perform the business functions.MUFON celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1994 byhaving its annual UFO International Symposium at theHyatt Regency Hotel in Austin, Texas. Seattle,Washington, will be the site for the symposium in 1995,followed by Greensboro, North Carolina in 1996. As ameasure of MUFONs overall success, its worth notingthat each month Tommy Brown Printing now publishesover 5400 copies of our 24-page magazine, the MUFONUFO Journal, for worldwide distribution through theU.S. Postal Service.Other ties with the local community are also evi-dent. For example, the Mutual UFO Network has been amember of the Seguin/GuadalupeCounty Chamber ofCommerce since 1988, and Lone Star Printing prints nu-merous forms and publication lists for MUFON. ManyChamber members attended the 2 p. m. ribbon-cuttingceremonies. John Donegan has served as MUFONsTreasurer for 19 years, thus MUFON has been associ-ated with NationsBankpersonnel since 1975.If youre ever in Seguin, be sure to stop by and visityour new UFO Information Center. Please call theOldtowne Road office first for an appointment.APRIL 1995 NUMBER 324 PAGE 3
  5. 5. MUFON UFO JOURNALTHE HOLOGRAPHIC UNIVERSEAND THEUFO PHENOMENONby Joe Lewels, Ph.D.Michael Talbot, in his fascinating book, TheHolographic Universe, suggests that the entireuniverse and everything we perceive in ourworld may only be the reflection of ghostly images,holographic projections, from a reality so beyond ourown that time and space do not exist there. The impli-cations of this concept, he believes, are soastoundingthat they provide a basis for resolving many of the mys-teries of science, includingthose previously consideredto be paranormal or mystical.Such stalements would surely be met with ridiculewere it not for the fact that they accurately represent theconclusions of some of the worlds most respected sci-entists from fields as diverse as physics, neurophysiol-ogy, medicine and psychiatry. In fact, the holographicmodel is gaining acceptance in nearly every area of sci-entific inquiry and it may eventually lead the scientificcommunity to embrace ufology as a legitimate science.To understand and accept the holographic model,one first needs to understand the holographic imageand what that amazing discovery implies. The first, to-tally three-dimensional image ever created popped intothin air, like a spectre, before the startled eyes ofHungarian-born engineer DennisGabor, who first stum-bled upon the phenomenon. By splitting a laser beamand directing half of it toward an object to be pho-tographed and the other half toward a series of mirrorsand diffusing lenses, he produced the first holographicimage. But the image on the film only looked like wavepatterns and concentric circles. He found that only by di-recting a laser at the film, would a three-dimensional im-age of the object mysteriouslyappear, ghostlike, on theother side. Gabor was awarded the Nobel Prize for hisdiscovery in 1971.But if that werent bizarre enough, he found thatwhen the film was cut into small pieces, every piece hadthe same capability to reproduce the entire object.Although not understood at the time, that principlecameto be known as "Non-Locality." That is, the informationneeded to produce the image was not located in anyparticular part of the film. It was in every part of thephotographic plate at the same time.Ever since, scientists began finding non-localityeverywhere.First, in quantum physics, it was discovered as aproperty of sub-atomic particles, known as quanta.These protons, neutrons, and electrons that comprisethe basic building blocks of all matter in the universewere found to disobey the known laws of physics as laiddown by Newton and Einstein.Dr. David Bohm, a world renowned physicist, andone of Einsteins proteges, was one of the first to rec-ognize the connection to the holographic image. Fromhis laboratories at the Universityof London, he began torealize that the mysterious properties of sub-atomic par-ticles were providing him a glimpse at an entirely newreality—one with holographic properties. He, and otherphysicists, discovered a world in which time and spaceceased to exist and in which paranormal behavior wasthe norm.They found that quanta appear to communicatewitheach other instantaneously, faster than the speed of light,in violationof Einsteinslaw of relativity. What they ob-served looked a lot like Extra Sensory Perception (ESP).When grouped together, quanta reach a critical mass,and like a colony of ants, begin to act as if they have agroup consciousness. They cease behaving as individu-als and start behaving like an intelligent whole. Notonly that, but it also appears that all sub-atomic particlesin the universe are interconnected, creating one, indi-visible system, like a giant universal consciousness.The obvious parallel to God did not go unnoticed.The interconnectedness became even more obviouswhen it was discovered that quanta can shift theirshapes. They can appear as either a solid object orwave-like. But the only time they appear as solid objectsis when they are being observed by the scientists! So,physicists are now wrestling with the conclusion thatthey themselves are somehow interconnected with thevery particles they are studying.Dr. Bohm and other physicists are reaching the con-clusion that at the quantum level of reality, locationceases to exist altogether. All points in space and timeare the same. Nothing is separate from anythingelse; theentire universe seems to be non-local in nature.The same conclusions have been reached by scientistsin other fields. Dr. Karl Pribram, a neurophysiologistatStanford University, found that the human brain washolographic when he attempted to find out where mem-ories were located in the brain.He found that memoriesare not stored in any particular part of the brain, butrather everywhere in the brain at the same time.Numerous attempts have been made to discoverwhere human consciousness is located in the body.It is commonly assumed that our awareness exists in thebrain, but no one has been able to say exactly where.Now growing numbers of physicians, led by Dr.Raymond Moody, author of the book, Life After Life, arereaching the conclusion that human consciousness alsoPAGE 4 NUMBER 324 APRIL 1995
  6. 6. MUFON UFO JOURNALBEAMSPLITTERMIRRORA hologram is produced when a single laser light is split into two separate beams. Thefirst beam is bounced offthe object to be photographed, in this case an apple. Then the second beam is allowed to collide with the reflectedlight of the first, and the resulting interference pattern is recorded on non-local. In their study of near death experiences,they have amassed thousandsof well documented caseswhich seem to show that human consciousness is not at-tached to the body at all and that it continues to exist inanother reality after death.Dr. Brian Weiss, formerly chief of psychiatric medi-cine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami, Florida, has dis-covered something similar in his treatment of psychiatricpatients. Through the use of hypnosis, he discovered thatpatients could remember past lives and achieve amazingcures for a wide variety of mental and physical disor-ders. He believes that human consciousness is notlim-ited by time and space. He writes about his findings inhis books, Many Lives, Many Masters and ThroughTime into Healing.These findings are totally consistent with physicistDavid Bohms understanding of quantum physics. As hesees it, if every panicle of matter interconnects withevery other particle, the brain itself must be viewed asinfinitely interconnectedwith the rest of the universe.The list of mainstream scientists who are using theholographic model to understand previously unexplain-able phenomena goes on and on. but what can ufologistsgain from this intriguing theory?First, it should be fairly obvious to those knowl-edgeable about the characteristics of UFOs and alien en-tities that they, too, seem to exist in some other reality, atleast some of the time. UFOs and aliens are shape-shifters. UFOs have been reported to appear and disap-pear, merge together, split apart and change shape.APRIL 1995 NUMBER 324 PAGE 5
  7. 7. MUFON UFO JOURNALAliens have been seen to materialize and dematerializeand pass through solid objects. UFOs appear to be able totraverse great distances in the blink of an eye, if not in-stantaneously, and they are thoughtby many to be able totravel between star systems and perhaps galaxies. Theyseem to exist, at least part of the time, in a reality wherecommon sense concepts of time and space do not apply.In addition, in recent years, ufologists have had tostruggle with increasing reports of a paranormal nature:poltergeist phenomena associated with abductions, out ofbody experiences by abductees, and even reports of ab-ductees recalling past lives, as aliens and having in-creased psychic abilities.Reports such as these have be-come so common that some abduction researchers rec-ognize them as part of the symptomology of the abduc-tion phenomenon.However, some ufologists try to distance themselvesfrom this aspect of the phenomenon, because it doesntseem "scientific" enough. They argue, with good cause,that ufology has worked hard to become a respectable sci-ence and that dealing with paranormal phenomena canonly cause them to lose what precious credibility theyhave achieved.But that may be about to change. It may be that ufol-ogists, just as scientists from all fields, may be free topur-sue the paranormal as a legitimatecourse of study as moreand more of our greatest minds acknowledge the holo-graphic concept. In fact, this may quickly become thehottest race among scientists in the years ahead—therace to build a bridge between science and the paranor-mal, a long-overdue effort to merge the scientific and thespiritual worlds.If that becomes the case, then the findings of Dr. JohnMack of Harvard University as reported in his book,Abduction, that connect the UFO abductionphenomenonwith spiritualityand reincarnation,may not seem so lu-dicrous and abhorrent to many "nuts and bolts" ufologists.In fact, one would have to argue that quantum tech-nology would probably be a blend of science and whatwe today would call the paranormal. Assuming thathighly advanced civilizations, perhaps thousands ofyears ahead of us, discovered the holographic nature ofthe universe a long time ago, it would be logical to as-sume that their concepts of time and space would be fardifferent from our own.Distances to them would be a foreign concept. We canimagine that their technology might permit them to trav-el through quantumreality and go anywhere in time andspaceinstantaneously.They would have discovered long ago that con-sciousness is non-local. So when abductees report thatthey have been told by the aliens that there is more to thehuman state than "mere flesh and blood," as Dr. Mackand others report, perhaps they know what theyre talk-ing about. As a result, they may view physical bodies asmerely temporary containers, easily discarded and re-placed.They certainly would have become masters of theholographic image, creating totally realistic, three-di-mensional, interactive, motion pictures that we merehumans would find impossible to distinguishfrom reality.This technology may play a very important part in aliencontact and has been.speculated upon by a number ofufologists. In her book, Taken, Dr. Karla Turner makesthe case for holographic imagery in abduction casesshe has researched and gives examples of incidents thatseem to be holographic projections, rather than real,physical contact.There is no doubt that a highly developed technologybased on quantumreality and the principle of non-local-ity would appear to be magic or paranormal to our eyes,just as that first holographic image seemed spectral to itsdiscoverer. But the more we learn about the holograph-ic model, the better we can understand the technology ofthe future and possibly of the alien culture.How then should ufologists proceed in utilizing theconcept of non-locality and the findings of quantumphysics in their search for the answers to the UFO mys-tery? The first step is in acknowledging and accepting theholographic model of the universe. This includes ac-cepting the implications for the reality of phenomenaheretofore thought to be supernatural or mystical. Thedilemma that ufologists face is that by embracing scien-tific principles that may finally provide a basis for un-derstanding UFOs, they must also embrace that whichthey have for so long disdained—the mystical and theparanormal. If they are able to do so, they can at least becomforted by the thought that they are in good company,for all of science may soon face the same dilemma.Does this mean that when all paranormal events canbe understood as based in scientific principles that we canfinally conclude that the aliens are merely flesh andblood like ourselves, just more advanced? Does thisput an end to speculation by some that these beings aresupernatural, angelic, demonic and godlike? Or will itmerely give us another way to talk about and labelsomething that by some standards maintainssupernaturalcharacteristics? After all, what do you call beings whoexist in a reality where time and space do not exist andwho travel, perhaps in disembodied form, through time,space and solid objects at will, and who apparently canexercise total mind control over humans?Aliens, gods,angels, demons, spirits—there seems to be no one termthat adequately describes such entities.And perhaps that is why they will remain an enigmafor a long time to come.Joe Lewels has a Ph.D. in communications and jour-nalism. He lives in El Paso, Texas and is the MUFONassistant state director for West Texas and SouthNew Mexico. Dr. Lewels also serves as a consultantto MUFON and will speak at the MUFON 1995International UFO Symposium in Seattle, Washington.PAGE 6 NUMBER 324 APRIL 1995
  8. 8. MUFON UFOJOURNALVISTA, CALIFORNIA FLAPFireballs, skyquakes, balloons and UFOs all at the same time? Where else but in southern California?by Marie Jones and Laura MillerThe sunny communityof Vista, California, locatedabout thirty minutes north of downtown SanDiego, is considered one of the best locales in thecountry. Its beautiful weather, combined with high em-ployment opportunities, has not gone unnoticed. Forthe past few years. Vista has been voted one of the topten areas in the U. S. to live in by the publishers of"The Top 50 U.S. Cities."But another facet of life in Vista seems to have sprungforth recently — a wave of UFO sightings that began inOctober of 1994, with numerous green fireball andskyquake reports, and which escalated into some unusualclose encounter sightings that continue even as this re-port is being written.What follows is a chronological de-scription of events up to March of 1995. Initials areused in place of names where anonymity was requested.On November 22nd, 1994, at 8:30pm, a housewifestepped out to her front yard to have a cigarette and no-ticed a triangular-shapedconfiguration of red and brightyellow lights coming from the West, heading due South,about 45 degrees above the horizon. The object made nosound, hovered for a minute, and then "changed shape,"becoming what C.M. described as a diamond shape.The object then appeared to "drop" a brilliant, yellow-gold light, described by the witness as a "bomb." Thelight appeared to bounce a little before both it and themain object disappeared. The entire sightingdurationwas two minutes. Skies were clear and the object was es-timated to have been three-fourthsof a mile away at itsclosest distance.A few nights later, on November 28th, several sight-ings were reported, beginning with a two-minute sight-ing by a young man, his brother, and their mother inVista. The young man, S.B., reported he was sittinginhis parents home at approximately 9:45pm when hismother went outside to look for the cat, which had beenacting strangely. She came back running through thedoor with "a very intense expression on her face,"yelling for her family to go outside and look at what shehad seen hovering in the sky above the house. Theyoung man and his brother both went out after her andwatched as an object came into view between the treesjust above their roof. Described as a metallic, disk-shaped craft, the object was reported to have a numberof white lights that appeared to cover the underside.Moments later, the three witnesses watched the objectzip off into the sky and disappear.A couple of hours later, S.B. was on his way homewhen he turned down his street and noticed a strangelight that appeared to be very close. S.B. watched fromhis driveway as something, described as "like a shootingstar," shot out from the light. The second object then cir-cled S.B.s house about four times, each time about100-150 feet in altitude, and about a quarter of a mile indistance. After the fourth "lap," the object then hoveredand took off towards the West, stopped, came directlyback towards S.B., and hovered over his head. With amuch closer view, he felt he was observing a dimly-litcraft, triangular in shape, with a small but intenselybright light in the middle. S.B. felt chills up his spine,but could not stop looking at the object. He reports star-ing at the object above him for two full minutes beforeit bobbed back and forth and then zipped up into the skyand out of sight.On that very same night, at approximately the sametime and only a few streets away. MUFON NorthCounty co-director Laura Miller was having a sightingof her own, all of which was captured on videotape. Atapproximately 9:30pm on November 28th, Laura no-ticed a yellow, round object moving slowly from theSouth towards the West. She shouted for her daughter,Sara, to grab a video camera which was set on a tripodjust inside the large sliding glass doors of their hilltophome. The object, described as a bright yellow-goldball of light, moved slowly and soundlessly across thesky, appearing to dim and pulsate. A plane, most likelya small private plane heading into the nearby PalomarAirport, appeared in Lauras line of view and she wasable to compare the size and intensity of light betweenthe two objects. She watched the plane appear to ap-proach the bright yellow orb and suddenly veer offnorthward, as if the pilot had suddenly seen the objectand changed course to avoid a collision. But before thisplane veered off course, the object stopped directly infront of Lauras patio, due West, and dropped a numberof bright, glowing balls of light. The object and theballs of light then disappeared.Approximately 45 minutes later, another object ap-peared, this time described as brighter and appearingcloser, but following the same path as the first object,i.e., originating from the South and moving Westward.Again Laura yelled for her daughter. They ran out ontothe patio and were able to again videotape this object,which once again stopped directly due West of theirpatio and dropped smaller "bags" of bright light. Thistime, the main object did not immediately disappear, butappeared to dim, brighten, dim, brighten, then finallydisappear. The skies were clear and there was no windreported. Each sighting lasted approximately 6 min-utes.APRIL 1995 NUMBER 324 PAGE?
  9. 9. MUFON UFO JOURNALAn interesting lead developed when GaryDavidson was contacted by a group of peo-ple claiming to have set off home-made airballoons, made with colored plastic bagsand candles, on that very night. Gary metwith these people, who refused to give theirtrue identities, and was able to see a bal-loon constructed and set off.Laura, Marie Jones, and investigator Gary Davidsonhave had this videotape, 12 minutes in duration, ana-lyzed by a numberof people, includingMUFON StaffPhotoanalyst Jeff Sainio, who reported it unidentifi-able, and an FAA official, K. Ballinger, who unoffi-cially concluded the object to be a target drone. Furtherresearch by Mel Podell, MUFON Section Director forSan Diego, and Gary Davidson have disqualified the tar-get drone as a potentialsolutiondue to inconsistencies inthe size and distance required for target drones to oper-ate. However, an interesting lead developed when GaryDavidson was contacted by a group of people claimingto have set off home-made air balloons, made with col-ored plastic bags and candles, on that very night. Garymet with these people, who refused to give their trueidentities, and was able to see a balloon constructedand set off. Gary also videotaped the balloon in flightand it does show some consistencies with the Millervideotaped object, but does not fully match the bright-ness and intensity.Laura Miller reported that anotherofthese home-made balloons had been launched in lateJanuary and she was able to capture it on videotape, sowe plan to send it on to Jeff Sainio for his analysis.Gary was told that weather conditions would have to beexactly the same as they were on the night of November28th for them to launch a balloon so that we could havea reference event. Should this happen, we will report onthe results. However, until we can fully confirm thatthese balloons are responsible, we remain open to otherpossibilities.In any event, the sightings continued, and on the fol-lowing night, S.B. had another event occur, this time at7:30pm, when he claimed an orange, oval-shaped, slow-moving object hovered approximately 40 feet abovehis house for a duration of four minutes, before it, too,appeared to dim and brighten, then "drop" a bright lightbefore both objects dimmed and disappeared. S.B. alsoreported a helicopter in the area immediatelyfollowingthe strange sighting.Jump to December 6th. Our first witness, C.M., re-ported a trapezoid-shaped series of six red lights comingfrom the North at approximately 8:08pm. The lightsmoved from the North to the West and faded away.C.M. did not notice an outline,but determined the objectto be at least a half mile away; he was not able to makeout much detail.On December 17th, G.K. was suddenly awakenedat 2:00am by his dogs insistent barking. As he openedthe back door, the dog ran past him from the backyardand hid underneath his bed. G.K. went outside to see ifperhaps a wild animal had gotten into his backyard andfrightened the dog. Seeing nothing, he glanced upwardsinto the night sky and stood frozen as he watched ahuge, bright object dance around. Running into thehouse to grab his binoculars, G.K. begged his wife tocome out and verify what he was seeing. Frightened byher husbands excitable tone, she refused. G.K. ran backout to his backyard and viewed the object through hisbinoculars, describing it as the size of a house, andshaped like a helmet.He viewed the object for approximately four (4)hours, and within that time saw a platform open and ap-proximately sixty smaller "shooting star-like" objectseject from the larger craft and zip across the sky at un-believable speeds, leaving contrails. As the sun began torise, the small lights re-entered the main object, whichthen darted straight up and out of sight. G.K. ignored hisobvious exhaustion and ran to a friends house to tellhim what he had witnessed. The friend immediatelyspoke up, asking G.K. what had happened to his eyes.Running to a mirror, G.K. was amazed to see a solid ringof burnt skin around each eye, which peeled away withinfour to five days.On into January through March of 1995, similarsightings have occurred, usually preceded or followedimmediately by "skyquake" reports. In addition, reportsof green fireballs or meteors seen flashing across the skyseem also to correlate with the sighting wave. Just lastweek on Thursday, March 23rd, at least four skyquakes,or compression waves, occurred within a two-hour pe-riod. Tuesday, March 28th had witnesses calling into lo-cal news stationsfrom San Diego to Santa Barbara, re-porting bright flashes of light off the coastal waters,and the military spokesperson for Camp PendletonMarine Base did admit to flare testing. Still, the sightingsover the North County region of San Diego continue.Although several earlier sightings over a four-day periodin early January were proved to be identifiable,either asmisidentifications of Venus, quite bright in the clear,bone-dry Santa Ana conditions, or as the VirginLightship Blimp which was in the area for a local golftournament, February and March have brought us sev-eral new, multi-witness daylight sightings of multiple ob-jects seen flying in formation, and described as metallicand disk-shaped, all currently under investigation. Wellkeep everyone posted . . .Marie Jones and Laura Miller are MUFON co-direc-tors for North San Diego County, CA, which en-compasses San Diego.PAGES NUMBER 324 APRIL 1995
  10. 10. MUFON UFO JOURNALFALL FROM GRACEA Researchers Nightmare Revisitedby Roberta PuhalskiRecently there have been a number of personalattacks by certain abductees against professionalresearchers who deal with abductees and the ab-duction phenomenon. Many researchers have put theirprofessional credibility, as well as their careers, on theline by becoming advocates for abductees. These re-searchers have brought the plight of the abductee to theattention of the general public, as well as the academicand professional communities.When these researchersfirst showed an interest in helping abductees, a sigh ofrelief was heard in some quarters around the world.I will be using the terms "abductee" and "abduc-tion" to stand for specific sets of experiences as re-ported by certain individuals.These experiences in-clude, but are not limited to, missing time, out-of-bodyexperiences, near-death experiences, abductions, etc. 1have had some of these experiences myself for manyyears, and am still not sure exactly with what we aredealing! I can only report my observations of those ab-ductees who have confided in me.When the researchers first came into our lives, theywere the only ones who dignified us by responding toour cries for help. Curiously, the established psychi-atric community has not been interested in researchingabductions, as many within their ranks apparently be-lieve them to be a psychological aberration. Now, someabductees, after finally establishing these researchersas allies, are fueling the very investigationsagainstthose who originallybelieved them!For three years I facilitated self-help groups for ab-ductees. This experience was a meaningful part of myjourney towards understanding myself while helpingothers. To form support groups, I placed ads in news-papers and posted leaflets in numerous stores. These ad-vertisements solicited individuals who were interested inpsychic phenomena, astral projection, obes and UFOs.Interestingly enough, the members of these groupswere individuals from all walks of life. They repre-sented most social, economic, political and religiousgroups. Within several weeks of forming these groups, Inoticed a kinshipbetween these strangers. While most ofthese individuals came from different backgrounds therewas a common thread that tied them together. Theirlives had been radically interrupted by an earth-shatter-ing experience that they could not share with the peoplearound them without being considered crazy! Throughthese groups, however, they found special comrades, afeeling of normalcy, and the realization that they werenot alone. At least eighty percent of the people I inter-viewed before placing them in a group claimed to havehad or to be having abduction experiences. The re-maining twenty percent were just "interested" and con-tinued to attend the meetings. I felt the brotherhood inthese groups was akin to the brotherhood that existsbetween soldiers in combat. As the years passed, thishappy story turned ugly and some abductees began todesert these "safe havens." Other abductees even turnedagainst the researchers/facilitators who first broughtthem together. In order to understand how this couldhappen, one would have to observe the psychologicaldynamics at work in these "special relationships."Once individuals in the support group possessed asense of security, experiences came rushing out of themlike tidal waves. At times, it was difficult to conductthese meetings in an orderly fashion, everyone seemedto be talking at the same time. If there were twenty ab-ductees in the room, there were twenty similar accountsbeing presented. Soon, I found it difficult to keep hand-written records and had to resort to recording the ses-sions. Then, later, I could review the tapes and assess theneeds of the abductees at my leisure. In an attempt tomake the meetings more manageable and quiet, I sug-gested breaking the groups into smaller units. However,these attempts were thwarted by the abductees them-selves, who did not want to be separated from theirnew-found comrades.My observations of the abductees led me to one solidconclusion: they were suffering from Post-TraumaticStress Disorder. We have heard this term thrown aboutquite a bit lately. Everyone and their uncle, it seems,wants to be included in this new "victim" role. Its al-most as though one is not really "in" if one doesnt suf-fer from some form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder!PTSD occurs when an individual has an experiencethat is outside the range of what we would consider atypical human experience. These experiences woulddistress anyone. Such experiences threaten the safety ofthese individuals, or that of someone they love. The in-dividual believes their very life to be in danger. For ex-ample, the sudden destruction of ones home and com-munity, as witnessed in various natural disasters likeearthquakes and floods, is as traumatic as a soldiers ex-periences in war. Any threat, whether its an accident ora deliberate act of physical violence to the self or some-one else, falls into this category.T)ost-Traumatic Stress Disorder is considered a men-_L tal disorder. It was first defined in 1980 in the thirdedition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual ofMental Disorders (DSM-III), published by the AmericanAPRIL 1995 NUMBER 324 PAGE 9
  11. 11. MUFON UFO JOURNALPsychiatric Association. Initially,the APA did not con-sider the trauma-causing event to be significant as thecause of the disorder. PTSD was considered to be the re-sponse to a condition that already existed before anytrauma occurred. In other words, they blamed the victim.Fortunately, the definition was revised, and now themental-health communityconsiders the event that pro-duced the trauma to be significant in terms of the dam-age it can cause to an individuals sense of well-being.While PTSD was initially a category to describe emo-tional problems resultingfrom the Vietnam War, it nowrefers to a whole range of responses affecting individu-als who have faced extraordinary circumstances.Everyday, people face events in their lives that may betraumatic to them. However, individuals who sufferPTSD experience events that destroy trust and secu-rity, and rob them of their innocence. Such individualsare left in fear long after the event has passed.I observed the following symptoms among abducteesin my groups:Recurring memories of theevent(s)Certain parts of the traumatic incidentsblocked frommemoryAbnormal interest in all aspects of the phenomenaFlashbacks accompanied by physical sensationsReactions to certain smells, sounds, locations thatcan trigger a flashbackDreams of the event!s)Fear of the night/darkDifficulty in falling asleep or staying asleepDifficulty inconcentrationA diminished interest in family, friends, hobbies,work, sex, etc.Location-specific anxietyChanged eating habits: either eating more or lessTerror experienced with the recollection of childhoodinvolvement with UFOs/ETsAnxiety attacks that come on withoutwarningExaggerated startle responseFeelings of isolation, withdrawalfrom othersExaggerated emotional responses, displaying inex-plicable crying, anger or despairFeeling helpless to protect those whom they love(children)Anger towards ETs for lack of emotional responseAnger towards those who feel positive towards ETsHow can individualswho have experienced some, orall. of these symptoms become so directed and lethal intheir attempts to discredit the researchers who came tohelp them?In the April 25, 1994 issue of Time an article entitled"The Man from Outer Space," by James Willwerth,was published. The article (p. 74) explores the contro-versy surrounding Dr. John Mack, a well-respectedHarvard Professor and Psychiatrist. Dr. John Macksbook on Lawrence of Arabia, A Prince of Our Disorder,won the Pulitzer Prize in 1977. His accuser is DonnaBassett, 37, a Boston-based writer and researcher.Bassett admitted in the article to reading stacks of booksand articles on UFO abductions with the intention offooling Dr. Mack into believing she was an abductee.She participated in three hypnotic-regression sessionswith Mack, using method-acting techniques to fake herway through them. She later joined his abductee support-group and eventually worked her way up to being trea-surer of the group. Bassett makes many allegationsagainst Dr. Macks professionalism.One of those made in the Time article was that hefailed to help abductees with follow-up therapy, leavingthem emotionally distraught. In psychotherapy, indi-viduals who suffer from emotional and adjustive painsare helped. Many American Psychiatric Associationmembers believe that psychological difficulties stemfrom maladaptive and unresolved conflicts from child-hood. These childhood conflicts may be either real orimagined and usually involve one or more significantadults. The childs inability to deal with the conflict orsome aspect of it produces anxiety which can be re-pressed in the unconscious mind.This repressed anxietyis reflected in the individualsbehavior as an adult.Can this model help abductees find peace? It is re-ported that many abductees have had these experi-ences from early childhood. However, as childrentheyare told these experiences did not happen, that theyjustimagined it! It is difficult to heal emotionally from atraumatic event when one is told it just didnt happen.Ones self-esteem (I dislike using the term self-esteem asit is usually used in a subjective and judgementalway) isseriously affected when one is told what they thoughthappened, didnt. A recent trend in thinking informsthese individuals that they were not abducted, but sex-ually abused, as children. This traditional thinking isbased in denial, as all difficulties that individuals face inlife do not lead back to some aspect of sexuality. Thisbackward thinking does nothingto help abductees "geton with their lives." In my self-help groups the primaryobjective was to give abductees the emotional and spir-itual support they needed, so that they could function inlife with some degree of satisfaction and peace.Someday we hope to have the answers concerning thetrue nature of the abduction experience. Until that hap-pens, we must deal effectively with today.I believe the abductee support-groups provide one ofthe best models of therapy within their own parameters.A single therapist just can not provide for anindividualwhat a support group provides. Dr. Mack reminds us inthe Time article, "there are too many of you, and Imalso doing research." Too many of us. A frighteningthought, dont you think?PAGE 10 NUMBER 324 APRJL 1995
  12. 12. MUFON UFO JOURNALIn traditional therapy it can take months or evenyears before a trustingrelationshipdevelops between thetherapist and patient. Until that happens a patient will notopen up totally with an honest dialogue. However, inthese support groups the "trust stage" is establishedwithin a very short period of time. Everyone there is suf-fering from a similar trauma. As with other PTSD suf-ferers, many times there are multiple traumaticevents.Once the ice is broken by the facilitator, individualsenthusiastically want to share their experiences. Duringthese meetingsmost are not afraid of being ridiculed ortold that they are crazy. The feedback received fromthe group is very important. In these groups abducteesfind validation that they are going through atraumaticexperience, regardless of what the "true nature" of theseexperiences might happen to be. Withoutvalidation,healing cannot occur. For years many abductees mayhave been told by the people in their lives that theirexperiences are pure fantasy. It is no wonder that thesepeople learn to distrust their own perceptions. I believehealing is best done in such a supportive environment.Healing does not take place overnight, often it can be alifelong process. However, restoring ones self-validationis a critical part in the process. Without this self-valida-tion, abductees share with each other their social isola-tion from mainstream society. After the hypnosis ses-sions with Dr. Mack, Donna Bassett admitted to beingplaced in an abductee support group that he organizedand facilitated. In my opinion, Bassetts therapeuticneeds were met, had she been a "real" abductee.Although I have met with Dr. Mack several times in1991-92,1 am not a fan of his. However, I dounderstandthe complexitiesof the abduction phenomenon and cer-tainly respect the role of all researchers in the unravelingof this mystery.It is easy for someone who doesnt un-derstand these complexitiesto misjudge theeffectivenessof the treatment. Over the three years that I facilitatedthe self-help groups, I did occasionally receive referralsfrom one of Dr. Macks assistants for someone in ourarea or with a special need. It is interesting to note howresearchers who investigate and report on uncharted is-sues are attacked for their efforts, as in the case of "TheAlexander UFO Religious Crisis Survey," by VictoriaAlexander, that appeared in the September. 1994 issue ofthe MUFON UFO Journal. This was understandably apreliminary survey — no need to sharpen the blade!Maybe it is true that well become what people expect ofus. Perhaps the lack of information,freely disseminatedthroughout our society, robbed us of our opportunityto"prove ourselves."Dr. Mack is charged with misusing the techniquesofhypnosis by attempting to "shape" his subjects memo-ries to suit his vision of an intergalactic future. Knowinglittle about this subject, I decided to contact a profes-sional in the field of hypnosis. It was suggested by sev-eral of the abductees that I have worked with over theyears that I contact Fred Max of Cheshire,Connecticut.Red Max is a Certified Hypnotherapist andCounselor. Max has a bachelors degree inPsychology and a masters in Research and QuantitativeAnalysis. He is a member of the International Society forProfessional Hypnosis and the National Guild ofHypnotists. Over the past fifteen years, Fred has taughthypnosis to area physicians, psychologists, nurses anddentists. He has lectured on hypnosis and behavioralmedicine at Boston College Graduate School StateUniversity, University of Massachusetts, WestchesterCommunity College, the American Cancer Society, andbefore many other area universitiesand organizations.Max has appeared on television many times. He re-cently regressed Whitley Streiber, author of Communion,for a TV special. He has also regressed Larry Fawcett,Larry Warren, Pat Gagliordo, Betty Andreasson Luca,Bob Luca and many other contactees. In 1991, while at-tending John Whites OMEGA Conference. I had afront row seat as I watched him demonstrate hypnotic re-gression on Bob Luca for the audience. It was interest-ing to watch, but I needed moreinformation.I decided to interview Fred Max at his lovely subur-ban home where he works. The sight of the bird feedersbeing gently blown by the breeze, whileI could hear thedelicate ringing of chimes in his yard, had a relaxing ef-fect on me. After being greeted at the door, I waswhisked down the hall to his office. As he offered me aseat, I recognized it to be the seat, which I approachedwith all the apprehension one would have at the dentistsoffice. I kept reminding myself that I was only here tointerview. After surrendering to the chair, I couldnthelp noticing all the high-tech gadgetry surrounding hisoffice, wondering where I should direct my gaze.Fred Max explained that hypnosis is a natural statethat we all enter into in varyingdegrees throughoutourlives. Some people have a greater ability to enter intothis state than others. We can and do hypnotize our-selves frequently without even knowing it. A hypnotistgets one to relax deeply and experience a broad range ofemotions within a selective focus. In such a state we canhear, see, smell, taste or feel certain stimuli, whilebeingunaware of others.Max told me he would never encourage the subject toread any material referring to abduction before hypnosis,as it could influence the results of the session. However,he does approve of giving subjects hypnotic trainingtapes to listen to before a session. Hypnotic tapes are atremendous asset in that the subject can hear the tapewhile awake with the advantage of mentally preparingthem to be hypnotized. This aids them in being able torelax and feel comfortable with the terms that will beused to produce the state during the session.Hypnotic regression is the ability to relax the subjectand have them relive an experience. To prepare for thisexperience, the subject must be at a medium trancelevel or greater. Being hypnotized or listening to hyp-notic training tapes can help a subject increase theirAPRIL 1995 NUMBER 324 PAGE I I
  13. 13. MUFON UFO JOURNALtrance level. Before being regressed Max wants the sub-ject to understand that regression is a natural occur-rence, that they can be as close or as far from the feel-ings as they choose. They can view the experience asthough they were reliving it, or imagine it as if they areseeing it on a movie screen. The subject is taught theskills of both relaxation and control. Most subjects canrelate to hearing a word or phrase with the results of be-ing placed back into that experience. The hypnotistteaches these skills, as well as trance deepening, as partof the process before the regression.The hypnotist must be compassionate, clear, logicaland trained in the scientific method. The scientificmethod is essential because the hypnotistasks the sub-ject questions while in the regressed state. These ques-tions must seek information without biasing the an-swers. Biasing answers is called "leading," which meansthat the answers the subject emits are unduly influencedby the wording or tone of the hypnotist.Leading ques-tions can contaminate the results and create false mem-ories.The hypnotist must relax the subject and then take acareful history to help minimizethe biases that the sub-ject has come in with. He or she then employs a processcalled "combing," whereby one attempts to verify cer-tain variables that make up the fabric of the abducteesaccount. If a "being" is described as tall or short, for ex-ample, the hypnotist might ask how the abductee knows.Did they see it standing next to a particular object or in-dividual of known height? Another name for the comb-ing process used to check a story for its internal and ex-ternal validity is "item analysis."Fred Max video and audio tapes most hypnoticre-gressions, unless the subject objects. This taping notonly gives the subject a record of the session, but ithelps Max review his part in the process. One of Maxspersonal goals is to improve the quality of his part in theprocess. He tries to keep himself from leading. "I try toalways remember that the questions determine the an-swers," he says. "A skilled hypnotist will get more in-formation in the long term." Max continues his per-sonal education in hypnosis.Maxs clients come to him for weight regulation,smoking cessation and sports motivation.He is cur-rently working with a woman who wants to break anOlympic record. This type of hypnosis is like a mentaldress rehearsal in which individuals imagine the "de-sired" behaviors and the feelings associated with thesebehaviors.After a lengthly discussion with Fred Max, it be-came clear that his major objective was not only the pro-fessionalism that he brings to the field of hypnosis, buthis desire that individualsleave his-office calm, wholeand healed.I asked Max if abductees were different than other in-dividuals who seek out his services. Max finds that theabductees who come to him for hypnotic regressionseem to be very sophisticated. He sees them as intelli-gent, peaceful individuals, wanting honest answers.These people are more likely to care for plants and ani-mals in their horhe. They are seeking the greater mean-ing in life. While being in agreement with Max, Icouldnt help but reflect back to the radical changes Iwitnessed in my own groups several years ago.In 1992. I noticed a disturbing shift in the emotionalclimate within the groups. Some of the abducteeswould actuallyask me to give messages to the "aliens."While I facilitated the group(s), I did not have the "spe-cial relationship" that some believed or hoped I had.Another facilitator reported to me that similar requestswere being made of him. It dawned on me that some ofthe abductees believed we could "save" them from theseexperiences if we spoke on their behalf! While some ofus may have been handling these experiences better onan emotional and spiritual level, we did not have thepower to stop the experiences. I became concerned thatwe were slowly becoming demigods to these people. Itseems that the abductees expected something otherthansupport to come out of these groups and were frustratedwhen whatever they were seeking didnt happen. Theybelieved that the professional researchers with their cre-dentials and prestige could influence society to take usseriously. Abductees hoped, at least, to be recognized assane people who were having something horrible happento them. I suspect that some abductees were angry that,even with the professionals at their side, they still couldnot achieve the social acceptance and credibilitythey sodesired. These meetings were taking on an expressionthat made me uncomfortable. Emotional disturbancesand despair became commonplace, while others werebusy aligning with their favorite "alien" group and de-fending their theoretical dogma.The meetings developed a circus-like atmosphere in-stead of a therapeutic setting. The three years of facili-tating these groups and trying to keep them on-lineeventually burned me out. I threw up the white flag, re-tired from active duty, and decided to concentrate on mylong neglected personal life. I embarked on my writingcareer, initially becoming the author of a column entitled"The Pensacola Beach Lady" that appears monthly inthe S.P.A.C.E. Newsletter, published by a Manhattanorganization that grew out of Manhattan MUFON. Theorganization S.P.A.C.E. was founded in March, 1992 byHarold Egeln, Jr. who saw the need for abductees tohave access to their own organization newsletter, ex-ploration teams, and television program. "S.P.A.C.E.-BRIDGE." is on Manhattan Cable Public Access,Channels 16 and 17. By the end of 1992, I had a 28-chapter book drafted on my five year involvement withthese phenomena. I would soon learn that I had made thecorrect choice for myself concerning the abductee sup-port groups.PAGEi2 NUMBER 324 APRIL 1995
  14. 14. MUFON UFO JOURNALBy October of 1992, Nancy was seriously wor-ried about Donna Bassetts intentions to-wards Dr. Mack, her paranoia concerning gov-ernment agents following her, and otherstrange assertions. One claim Donna madewas that her rings came off her fingers whenthe couples were together, rings that had notcome off in years.During the Christmas season of 1993, I took myfamily and spent the holidays in Atlanta, Georgia,with some friends. When I returned, a friend of mine,Bob Newth, a MUFON Field Investigator inConnecticut, told me about a trip he made toMassachusetts during my absence. Bob happened tocatch an article that was written about a couple inMassachusetts who have gone public concerning theirexperience with entities from other worlds. Bob ap-peared to be very impressed with the couple. He told methey were different from the people we had come intocontact within the groups. Over the following monthsBob continued to encourage me to get in touch withthem. Finally, on May 29th, 1993, we made a visit totheir home in Norwood, Massachusetts.Jack and Nancy Malacaria own two small cleaningbusinesses which they operate from their home. Theyhave been married for nine years and have four children.The Malacarias give seminars and speak to variousgroups. They have given dozens of radio and newspaperinterviews. They have also appeared on television anumber of times.My first impressionof the Malacarias was that of anintelligent, calm and soft-spoken couple. Their home re-flected a peaceful serenity, which is quite an achieve-ment while having four children. Initially we comparednotes on our experiences and speculated on the pur-pose behind our timely meeting. However, during ourvisit, later in the afternoon, our conversation turned toDr. John Mack and his work on the behalf of abductees.This was the only time during our visit that 1noticed anystress in Nancys voice. Nancy and Jack related a storyto me which was, indeed, verydisturbing!They said that on Sunday, June 7, 1992, they met acouple named Donna and Ed Bassett at one of JoeNymans MUFON meetings in Massachusetts. At thismeeting Donna tearfully explained some of her early"alien" experiences to the group. During that meetingJack and Nancy spoke to the Bassetts about the natureoftheir experiences, offered to be of any assistance, and in-vited the Bassetts to attend any of the monthlymeetingsheld at their home. The couples exchanged phonenum-bers, which began a six-month relationship that theMalacarias would never forget!There was no question that Jack and Nancy likedDonna and Ed Bassett. They found the couple to bevery friendly and open. The couples immediately startedto socialize, and within a very short time Donnawasconfiding in Nancy regarding her childhood and familyproblems. Jack and Ed seemed to be enjoying eachothers company as much as the women appreciatedtheir growing friendship.Nancy and Jack visited the Bassetts at Eds fathershouse in Milton, where he and Donna lived on the base-ment floor. Ed told the Malacarias he worked as a free-lance journalist. Donna said she was writing a bookabout flower and herb essences. The couples discussedmany UFO issues and initially seemed to be in agree-ment regarding their opinions. However, shortly afterthis relationship flourished, Donna adamantly voicedher opposition to the way MUFON and other indepen-dent investigators in the field were treating abductees,particularly Dr. John Mack. Donna kept looking forNancys agreement in these discussions. However,Nancy told her, shejust didnt know enough about anyof these issues to make a statement. Unfortunately,many times Nancy would try to make it look to Donnaas though she agreed for the friendships sake. Nancycould not stop Donna from her seemingly "driven" pur-suit of justice. It was in September of 1992, that Donnatold Nancy that she was going to "fix him," referring toDr. Mack, because of the way he was treating abductees.The Malacarias were not happy with the bizarre direc-tion this relationship was taking. Jack and Nancy startedto withdraw, as expressed by their silence. They knewthat the Bassetts noticed this change in their attitude.By October of 1992, Nancy was seriously worriedabout Donnas intentions towards Dr. Mack, her para-noia concerning government agents following her, andother strange assertions. One claim Donna made wasthat her rings came off her fingers when the coupleswere together, rings that had not come off in years. Wasthere some strange power at work here? The only powerthe Malacarias wished they had was for this behavior ofDonnas to stop! On Friday, October 23rd, Donna andEd arrived excited, wanting the Malacarias to listen tosome tapes of a woman named Diane DeSimone, whowas a Director of Massachusetts MUFON. Theoretically,DeSimone was supposed to be a government agent.Donna said she could prove it because of some financialpapers that were stolen from DeSimones home, show-ing that she came into a sudden monetary increase. Jackand Nancy wanted no part of all this sneaking, spyingand stealing, should any of it be true. It was then thatDonna and Ed admitted to Jack and Nancy that theywere spies. All of these events were noted in Nancysdaily journal. Most of,her notes pertain to her family,however, the Bassetts created enough concern for her tocomment on these occurrences.APRIL 1995 NUMBER 324 PAGE 13
  15. 15. MUFON UFO JOURNALIwas shocked over some of the things the Malacariaswere telling me. and shared with them some of theevents of my last days as facilitator of the abducteeself-help groups. I expressed to them that surely Dr.Mack must be able to recognize Donnas problem, beingthat he was a psychiatrist! The Malacarias agreed withme that they, too, thoughtDr. Mack would recognize herstate of mind. Nancy continued to tell me that onTuesday, October 27, 1992, she had a conversation withPam Kasey, who is an associate of Dr. Macks. Nancyrelated to Pam her concerns about the tactics that Donnaand Ed Bassett used. Pam assured Nancy that she wouldrelay their conversation to Dr. Mack. On Monday,November 2, 1992, Jack personally warned Dr. Mackabout the Bassetts during a telephone conversation. Byearly December, the relationship between the coupleswas just about over. The Malacarias refusal to go alongwith Donnas agenda understandably put a damper onthe relationship. The Malacarias were relieved it was fi-nally over.When the Time article came out in the summer of1994.1 sent a copy of it to Nancy and Jack. We were allsurprised to see that Donna had followed through withher threats. We were relieved, however, to note that shedid not go through with one part of her plan, whichhad Dr. Mack making a "pass" at her on the bed duringher regression!Nancy and Jack Malacaria are still supportive of Dr.John Macks work. We all agree it is a dirty and dan-gerous job he has chosen. If John Mack is guilty ofanything, it would be of poor judgement of character.Nancy Malacaria believes "It is painfully ironic thatDr. John Mack, with all of his credentials and bravededication to this essential task of breaking evolutionaryground, which will forever be a benefit to all, has beenundermined through the media by such a fallacious ob-structor as Donna Bassett. Bassetts intentions wereclearly nothing but selfish, cowardly, and immoral.Donna Bassett schemed her way into this field with noprior knowledge or connection, fueled only by her per-sonal obscure torment. She spied on and used the ab-ductees she befriended. Donna Bassett used the needs ofthe experiencers to justify her self-indulgent quest forchaos, pitting everyone against each other."History and archeology have shown what happenswhen a "God" fails to protect his people. The plun-dered ruins of such societies are all about the earth. I be-lieve that this is how we fell from Grace! Abductees feltthey had been led astray, that we did not protect them,nor did we improve their situation.We let them down!Their moods shifted from disappointment to anger di-rected towards us. Abductees became easilymanipulatedby dissidents within the abductee population. Embitteredabductees took their revenge out on particularly re-spected researchers in visible positions. After all, it iseasier to target these prominent researchers. This uglyturn of events saddens me. These bitter few have madeall abductees look bad!There is no way of quantifying exactly the number ofpeople suffering worldwide from the abduction phe-nomenon. If there are abductors, they cover their trackstoo well. Some of the findings of researchers, if true,have frightening implications for our society.To the Donna Bassetts of the world, I have only oneresponse. I cant help but seriously question the in-tegrity of anyone who would intentionally go out oftheirway to "set someone up" to get the "goods" onthem. Particularly concerning abduction, as it is nolaughing matter when you believe it is happening toyou! I can think of many other pursuits in life thatwould be positive and of a more productive use of onestime and energy. Shame on you!John CarpenterUPDATE ON PROFESSIONAL SUPPORTThroughout the country various efforts have arisen toattempt to deal with the coping, support, and issuesof alleged abductees. While the common response ofmost professionals has been to hesitate and wait for ac-ceptance of the abduction phenomenon by the generalpopulation, or let someone else lead the way boldly, ascattering of dedicated individuals have developed theirown approaches, formingorganizationsin different cor-ners of the United States. In this column I shall highlightthe efforts of Bostons PEER group. San FranciscosOPUS group, and El Pasos blossoming chapter as ex-amples of hard work and tireless vision into our future.In Boston, Dr. John Mack founded the Program forExtraordinary Experience Research (PEER) in 1993 toexamine accounts of anomalous experiences in order toquestion and expand existing notionsof identity. PEERSaim is to study and understand how subjectiveexperi-ences of extraordinary events can inform and enlightentwentieth-century sciences description of reality. PEERreceived nearly one thousandcalls and letters in its firstyear. PEERs work addresses the perspectives of threeaudiences: experiencers, professionals, and thegeneralpublic. The program has three components: support,research, and public education. PEER has also devel-oped a resourceful "Therapist Consultation and ReferralNetwork" in conjunction with the suggested resourcesknown to other researchers like Budd Hopkins. JohnCarpenter, YvonneSmith, and David Jacobs. Directed byPam Kasey. this network connects experiencers withprofessionals nationwidewho have demonstrated a sin-cere and open-minded interest in helping. Call PamKasey at (617) 497-2667, extension 16. KarenWesolowski directs the public education efforts, such asPAGE 14 NUMBER 324 APRIL 1995
  16. 16. MUFON UFO JOURNALthe PEER Forum Series, which bring various profes-sionals and academic types together to share techniques,questions, and issues.Through psychological research PEER seeks to es-tablish the study of anomalous experiences as a validand important area of scientific inquiry. Using acceptedscientific language and tools, researchers expect to doc-ument those aspects of anomalous experiences that re-main unexplainedby existing diagnoses and concepts ofreality. They expect the research will help distinguishtheabduction experience from psychopathology and fantasyproneness and help define the scope and describe thecharacteristics of the phenomenon more fully.The Organization for Paranormal UnderstandingandSupport (OPUS) was formed in the San Francisco BayArea, spearheaded by the vision of therapist KathyHennessey and Dr. Eugene Lipson, an enthusiasticpe-diatrician. OPUS was formed to provide referral and re-search services for unusual personal experiences such asclose encounters with non-human intelligences and para-psychological phenomena. The two basic goals of OPUSare to assist persons who are seeking help in dealingwith anomalous trauma, and to be a data-gatheringbodyto enhance understanding and knowledge. OPUS sees it-self as an adjunct to other groups such as MUFON,CUFOS, the Intruders Foundation, and the AmericanPsychic Research Society. OPUS also offers referralservices and support to abductees, acting as a type of"triage" where an experiencer can receive guidance inchoosing a professional therapist who is known for theirknowledge and experience with these subjects.Therapists connected with OPUS also benefit in thatthey have a network of professional peers with whom toconsult or exchange informationat any time. As with thePEER group in Boston, OPUS offers workshops andpublic forums as well.Therapists connected with OPUS will be asked toshare data for a database without compromising theidentity or confidentiality of any client. This databasecould suggest innovative research projects or therapeu-tic directions. OPUS also plans to deploy small inter-disciplinary research teams "tailor-made" toinvestigateparanormal experiences. OPUS is guided by an execu-tive council where each member develops a particulararea of the organization. OPUS offers itself as a model tobe cloned and spread throughout the nation, creating alarger network that links other innovative groups to-gether.Down on the Mexican border in the desert splendor ofEl Paso, Dr. Joe Lewels was determined to develop agroup of helping professionals as a few cases of proba-ble UFO abduction began to surface in that region.Beginning with only six MUFON members in June of1993, they began to awaken the area by drawing inspeakers such as Walt Andrus, Robert Dean, and JohnCarpenter over the next two years. These three speakersattracted a grand total of 1050 interested individuals, in-cluding up-and-coming psychiatrist. Dr. Roberta Fennig.It was her fearless speaking engagements that attractedother professionals.The MUFON chapter now boasts 32 members, in-cluding several psychiatrists, psychologists, hypnother-apists, psychiatric nurses and social workers, along withtwo college professors, a physicist, an engineer, and alawyer. The high percentage of professional involvementis largely due to Joe and Robertas vision to "start at thetop" and get good quality people who would set thestandard of excellence that would attract other membersfor all the right reasons.On-going speaking engagements, a classy newsletter,and connections with local media and universities haveenhanced local interest and respect. The combination ofquality leadership, education, and public events has cre-ated an admirable success for this charming El Pasogroup. The abduction cases in that region are forevergrateful for the help they are now receiving.Other tireless individuals like Tucsons Cecilia Dean,Kansas Citys Jean Brogan, and North CarolinasGranville Angel have made efforts to develop supportnetworks for experiences nationwide.Eventually manyof these efforts will link and blend together as we movefrom isolated pockets of effort and creativity toward atruly unified national network of support and services toall experiencers, therapists, researchers, and the educa-tion of the general public. Let us salute the pioneers ofthese innovative and dedicated directions nationwide.Next Column: "Does Sleep Paralysis Explain Abduc-tions?"by Dennis StacyUFO and related literature continues to appear at analarming rate, the alarm here referring to the lack oftime to read and thoroughly review each and every one.The only way to catch up and keep current is withthumbnail sketches like those that follow, which dontnecessarily preclude a full-length review of individualitems at a later date.In no particular order, then, here are a few titles whichhave recently crossed our desk. One of the more curious,and certain to be controversial, is Leah A. Haleys CetosNew Friends (Greenleaf Publications, 32 pages, he,$18.95), illustrated by Lisa Dusenberry. (Haley is also theauthor of Lost Was the Key.) According to the accompa-nying press release, "Many preschoolers and young chil-dren have been frightened by encounters with aliens.Cetos New Friends (just released) is designed to easetheir fears (and to be just plain fun for other children).Beautifully illustrated,it tells the story of an extraterres-APR1L 1995 NUMBER 324 PAGE 15
  17. 17. MUFON UFO JOURNALtrial boy who makes friends with two Earth children. Itssimple text is set in the same type style used to teachfirst-graders how to print."In appearance at least, Ceto, the extraterrestrial boy ofthe story (and how, pray tell, in the absence of genitalia,would one know!), is nothing less than your "typical"gray. As for the intermixof children and non-threateningaliens, the publishers may protesteth too much, giventhat Steven Speilberg has long and successfully minedthat particular motherlode for hundreds of millions, ifnot billions, of dollars.Still, the press release continues, "Cetos New Friendsis already polarizing the UFO community. Some de-spise the book, condemning it as a vehicle for indoctri-nating children with the false and dangerous idea thatETs are friendly. Others disagree vehemently."Sacramento psychologist Richard Boylan, foundingdirector of the Academy of Clinical Close EncounterTherapists (ACCET), is quoted as saying that the book"is an excellent tool for helping the growing number ofyoung childrenwho report extraterrestrial encounters as-similate their experiences. When they see the children inthe book interactingwith the entity in a matter-of-factway, their fear, which is harmful, is lessened."I personally doubt that "growing" numbers of childrenare reporting "extraterrestrial" encounters. They may bereporting entity encounters which are interpreted bytheir parents and others as extraterrestrial in nature, butchildren have always reported encounters with other-than-themselves without necessarily assigning any origin,terrestrial or extraterrestrial, to same. Im also not surethat fear, as such, can be characterized as necessarilymore harmful than healthy.The famous "fight or flight"syndrome is hardwired into most biological organismsthat have the choice, and was presumably "put" there forgood reason. The trouble with children is that, if any-thing, they are too trustful, not too fearful.Cetos New Friends is available from GreenleafPublications, PO Box 8152, Murfreesboro, TN 37133,Fax: (615) 896-1356. Include $2.50 for s/h.It doesnt explicitlysay so anywhere on the cover or inthe accompanying press material, but the Worlds Best"True" UFO Stories (Sterling Publishing, 96 pages,he, $12.95), by Jenny Randies and Peter Hough, ap-pears to be aimed at the young adolescent reader orperhaps UFO neophyte at best. The 30 b & w illustra-tions by Jason Hurst are quite good, if highlyimagina-tive, and there is even an index. The cases considered,Socorro, Travis Walton, Trans-en-Provence. FalconLake, Ilkley Moor, Linda Cortile, Frederick Valentich,Voronezh, Kelly-Hopkinsville and others, receive onlythree to four pages of large type treatment each. TheUFO completist might be interested, but I cant imaginewho else would be.Available from Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 387Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016-8810.Leagues better from the same publisher (Sterling), interms of both value and content, is Jenny Randies AlienContacts & Abductions (191 pages, pb, $9.95). Thereare times, I must admit, when it seems like every otherUFO book in the world has been written or co-authoredby Englands indefatigable Jenny Randies, inarguablythe planets most prolific producer of UFO and relatedmaterial. Alas, some (like Worlds Best with Peter Houghabove?) appear to have been intended only to pay therent and telephone bills. Others show that Randies isconstantly thinkingabout her subject, and not unwillingto wander down weird alleys or revise her assessment ofa particular case or phenomenon. Moreover, shes an ac-tivist in the best sense of the word, involved not somuch in pushing a personal agenda as she is in arrivingat the ultimatetruth. She not only writes, lectures and ed-its, she investigates. In the bargain, as far as relativelyin-sulated Americans are concerned, her books tend totake a more global approach to the UFO phenomenon.Alien Contacts probably falls somewhere in the uppermid-range of the Randies ouevre, which is to say it is ba-sically a summary of alleged alien contact cases aimedat the general reader, as opposed to an encompassingnew theory for the already UFO-jaded. One could alsoargue that the prose is somewhat less than inspired.Here, in order, are the opening paragraph words forpage 142: The, After, The, There, For, Indeed, and In.Page 144 fares little better. Here we encounter such no-ticeable prose innovations as They, The, They, As andIn. The following page (145: all chosen at random) seesparagraphs beginning with In, Possibly, Some, In,Another and The. After a while, despite the inherentin-terest of the subject matter, the effect of reading aboutsame becomes rather plodding andmind-numbing.Doesnt something as potentiallyexcitingas UFOs de-serve somewhat less enervated prose? Jenny, if youretired, just say so, and all will be forgiven.Randies also edits the Northern UFO News. If youwant to inquire about subscription information, pleasenote the new address: Jenny Randies, 11 Pike Court,Fleetwood, Lancashire, UK, FY7 8QF.Theres some food for thought in Steuart CampbellsThe UFO Mystery Solved (Explicit Books, 208 pages,pb, $19.95), but not necessarily from the menu the authororiginally had in mind. After overviews of UFOs andpossible sources of deception (the psychology of per-ception, natural phenomena and astronomical objects,etc.), the author fixates on a theory first proposed bythe late Harvard astronomer Donald Menzel (to whomthe book is dedicated), and then spends the remainder ofthe book explaining numerous spectacular UFO cases(Rendlesham Forest, Socorro, the Trindade UFO photos,the Livingston,Scotland, CE-2 case, and so on).Campbells thesis is that many major UFO reports canbe explained as a combination of factors centered aroundan astronomical mirage, that is, a mirage involving a dis-PAGE16 NUMBER 324 APRIL 1995
  18. 18. MUFON UFO JOURNALtant astronomical object. Thus, policeman LonnieZamoras account of having seen two small figuresstanding beside an oblong-shaped object on legs (with ared insigniaon the side) near Socorro, New Mexico, isattributed to a mirage of the star Canopus, then aboutthree degrees above the horizon.Even the skeptics were unimpressed with this versionof events, the Skeptical Inquirer declining Campbellspaper on the case. Part of their reluctance apparentlystems from the fact that Campbells own version of as-tronomical mirages apparently differs from the acceptedone. While the author is candid enough to admit that"not all optical physicists would agree with" his theory ofAMs, he doesnt inform the reader as to how insignificant,or fatal, these disagreements might be, thereby loading theoverall argumentdecidedly in his favor.Solved is nicely published, with a section of colorplates and various charts and b & w photographs scatteredthroughout, but it also suffers from a few typos. What isone to make of the following, for example, found onpage 51? "Elevated observers (for example those a ce-lestial object displaced even more than 0-6° when they seeit bel in aircraft) can sow the horizontal plane."Solved is availablefrom Lavis Marketing. 73 LimeWalk, Headington, Oxford. UK, OX3 7AD. The cost is$19.95, plus $7 by air, or $3.50 surface.One hardly knows what to make of Secret Cipher of theVFOnauts (Illuminet Press, 128 pages, pb, $9.95), ex-cept that it has a lot of capital letters scattered throughoutthe text. Heres a choice quote from the press release,however: "For decades rumors have circulated that theUFO phenomenon is somehow directly linked toOccultism. Now, veteran UFOlogist Allen H. Greenfieldprovides startling proof of this connection! Going beyondspeculation, Secret Cipher of the UFOnauts takes us tothe heart of the UFO mystery with the discovery of a hid-den Secret Cipher used by UFOnauts, Contactees, OccultAdepts and their Secret Chiefs. The Secret Cipher, onceused only by New Aeon Occultists, has now been provento contain the key to human-alien communication."Available from IlluminetPress, PO Box 2808, Lilburn,GA 30226, $9.95 plus $1.75 p/h. 1-800-680-4638.Many Journal readers will be familiar with the venera-ble Fortean Times of England,a bi-monthlynewsstandcollection of the odd, the weird, and the merely down-right bizarre. For those who carp that the ol gal ismerely a commercial shadow of her former self, help isat hand in the form of the first volume of ForteanStudies (John Brown Publishing, 350 pages, pb, $44,US), Steve Moore editor.From the accompanyingflyer: "The series isintendedas a repository of contemporary Fortean research fromaround the world, particularly research articles which aretoo long and too academic to feature in the magazine it-self. Contributionsto Fortean Studies are expected to con-form, so far as is possible, to the normal standards ofscholarship and to contribute significantly to our knowl-edge of the strange phenomena generally classed asFortean."Fortean, of course, refers to Charles Fort (1874-1932), generally considered the grandfather of ufologyand a host of related studies. If you love footnotes andall manner of weird subjects, you wont want to bewithout this excellently produced volume, despite therather steep price tag. The showpiece is "Many Parts,"the collected fragments of Forts autobiography, editedand expanded upon by Mr. X, and published here for thefirst time. Ufologists will zero in on "The New EnglandAirship Invasion of 1909" by Joseph Trainor, and"Optical Illusions: A Brush with the Aliens," by AnneSilk. Other articles treat with the famous DevilsHoofmarks of 1855. the giant octups, the glowing owlsof Norfolk, Paul Kammerer and the Law of Seriality, andso forth and so on for 300-plus pages. Most articles arescrumptuously illustrated. The second volume is sched-uled for publication in November of this year.Fortean Studies is available by mail-order only.Direct US orders to Fortean Times, Box 754 Manhasset,NY 11030-0754. Tel: (516) 627-3836. Fax: (516) 627-1972 . The price of $44 includes postage and handling.In the same vein, the second volume of The Anomalistshould be back from the printer by the time you readthis. Patrick Huyghe and I initiated this new paperbackseries late last year with the idea of providing a morepermanent platform for the studiesof anomalies than theusual magazine or self-published journal has been ableto offer in thiscountry.We wont know for sure until we see the final prod-uct, but we anticipate The Anomalist 2 will be much im-proved in appearance from the first volume, thanks inlarge part to the work of our new Art Director, AnsenScale, a San Antonio photographer and fellow MU-FON member, who not only designed the lay-out butcontributed the cover photograph. Weve also been ableto expand to 160 pages, while maintainingthe cover costat $10.00, plus $2.50 postage if ordered direct.Contributors this time around include RupertSheldrake (on the great pigeon mystery), Loren Coleman(Bigfoot), David Ritchey (remote viewing), HilaryEvans (fait divers and folklore), John Shonder(Guatemalan organ theft rumors), Robert Baker (alienabductions), Dennis Stillings (mutes and myths), andTom Van Flandern (the Mars Face), along with an in-terview of anthropologist Yuri Mochanov on the ques-tion of human origins in Siberia (by Patrick Huyghe),and letters from readers.The first issue (128 pages) is still available. Order ei-ther volume, $10.00 each, from Dennis Stacy, Box12434, San Antonio,TX 78212. Be sure to make checksor money orders payable to Dennis Stacy, and to include$2.50 per volume for p/h.APRIL 1995 NUMBER 324 PAGE I 7
  19. 19. MUFON UFO JOURNALLetters to Mufon UFO JournalEM EFFECTSI was interested to read Albert Buddens article aboutelectromagnetic effects in the encounter experience("Aliens, Electricity & Allergies," February. 1995). Ithought that I might amplify with some more detaileddescriptions of the exact electromagnetic effects that Iexperience.First, my house is in the same geologic structure thatsurrounds Pine Bush. New York. It is a fairly stableschist with a great deal of iron in it. In fact, about thirtymiles to the north is the Iron Mountain Records StorageFacility, a vast underground mine of records storagechosen in part because of the lack of seismic activity andthe shielding effect of all the iron. About a mile be-hind the house there is a cave that was used in Indiantimes for medicine, judging from the artifacts that havebeen found there. I have had an experience while insidethe cave of my body glowing with a blue light. It wasnot like St. Elmos fire, but something that had a deeplyemotional connection as well.In childhood, I experienced a number of extraordinaryelectrical storms in 1957 and 58, including the ball-lightning event I described in Communion.From my middle teens, I have on occasion caused thedestruction of electronic equipment simply by walkinginto a room, and to the outrage of friends who havehad their stereos and television sets ruined. Repairmenhave said that there is evidence in the appliances of a se-vere static discharge. This has not happened, however,for a number of years.More recently, from about 1984. I have had a dra-matic effect on streetlights, causing them to go out onsuch a consistent basis that it cannot be a coincidence.Edward Conroy observed this phenomenon in action,and noted it in Report on Communion.In March of 1984, I was eating dinner with friendswhen I experienced a terrific pain in my left calf muscle,that felt as if it had been stabbed with a hot spike. Thepain subsided, but after we left the restaurant, therewere extreme electromagnetic effects, with entire banksof streetlights flashing on and off, to the point that thepeople with me were really agog.However, I do not agree that my electrosensitivitymeans that the visitor experience is explainable as thesort of super-hallucinatory phenomenon that Buddenpostulates. Since 1989, Ive had what seems to me to beproof that the visitors can act independently of us, anddo so with careful cognition. After the proof came, Imore-or-less went into hiding because I was stunned byit and also most unsure about what to do with it. Theother books seemed to bring the visitors into peopleslives. But was that a good idea? Ive heard plenty of hor-ror stories, and lived through a few myself, God knows.Ive been struggling with this for five years, andhave written another book that is a sort of experiment incommunication, on the theory that maybe things will getbetter.I think that all the phenomena that Budden describesare real, and that some kind of electrosensitivity must fa-cilitate encounter or even generate it, but I also thinkthatthe visitors are real, and can certainly act independentlyof those of us who face them. Does this mean that Ithink they are from another planet or dimension or timeor some kind of hyperconscious level of the mind?I dont know what they are.— Whitley StrieberNew York, NYDISAPPOINTEDAs a new subscriber to MUFON I am both impressedand disappointed with the Journal over the last year. Iam happy with the standard of what is reported. 1 amdisappointed at the lack of substantive evidence ofUFOs. Perhaps I am expecting too much, especiallywhen I want to believe that "the truth is out there."While I am aware of the main literature, particularlythat written by Timothy Good and recent abducteebooks, my natural scepticism has led me to write toMUFON and pose the following questions. What I amafter is some more critical debate and possible answersto what are perennial questions.It is 1995, and despite many reports of UFOs, sub-stantive evidence alludes us all. What worries me isthat the lack of hard evidence has led to a plethora of lit-erature on abuctees — it is the flavor of the month. I amthe last person to deny the worth of the subjective ex-perience of those who claim to be abductees and thatthey are really suffering, but the change of focus in theUFO literature is an interesting development when thehard evidence is lacking.In the age of video recorders and well known areasfor UFO spotting, we still have poor quality record-ings. I realise it is often difficult to capture an object inthe distance, in poor light, moving at high speeds, andwith little backdrop upon which the size and shape of theobject can. be clearly determined. However, the poorquality of such evidence isdisappointing.Other forms of reported evidence also worry me.How do aliens survive in our environment, as our localair, gravity, and toxins seem to have no impact? Apartfrom a different appearance, their different environ-mental upbringing seemingly poses no problems. Whydo UFOs sometimes have a variety of pretty lights(much more than our own planes) when they other timesgo to great lengths to stay covert? Why are some human-looking aliens so suspiciously Aryan in appearance,preaching peace and love, etc?PAGE 18 NUMBER 3Z4 APRIL 1995
  20. 20. MUFON UFO JOURNALHow can aliens mind-meld? This is a great conceptfor answering all sorts of alien contact/abductee prob-lems. But even if aliens are telepathic, their ability to un-derstand and control the minds of another species is anamazing feat and stretches credibility. If they are sopowerful, why be so covert in some encounters or sight-ings, and so sloppy in others?I would like to believe, but I find some of these ques-tions are rarely addressed in the literature. On a finalnote, it intrigues me that the Roswell incident is still sopivotal in UFO debates. I realize the importance ofRoswell, but it is taking on mythical proportions whichobscure the fact that it occurred almost 50 years ago. Alot has and should have happened since then to pro-vide the UFO community with better proof. In 1995, thetruth may be out there — but it is disappointing that,even with organized efforts, we are still at the samepoint as Roswell in 1947.— John GermovCharlestownNew South WalesAustraliaMr. Germov is a Lecturer in Sociology at the Universityof Newcastle. His letter was received over the Internet.His E-mail address is URGENTLY NEEDEDGrowing evidence suggests that at least one group of en-tity types visiting Earth is composed of "bad guys"preying upon human victims for purposes unknown,but antithetical to all that the human species holds dear.Whatever their ultimatepurposes, a constant whenevereither of two entity types has been present — oftenworking together — is a humiliating, sexually intru-sive, hate-filled, and altogether negative experience forthe abduction subject.The one in charge in these experiences is of roughlyadult human proportions, with a greyish-green skintone. The "skin," according to numerous accounts, is ac-tually likened to reptilian scales. Its companion is asomewhat shorter, yellowish-grey type, with an exteriorsaid to have "heavy pores," or to be of a "sandpaper"quality. In a few documented accounts, one or the otherof these types has been specifically cited by other entitytypes as their enemy.The unfamiliar might find it impossible to acceptsuch "sci-fi" concepts as inter-dimensionaltravel, hu-mans assisting aliens onboard a ship or within a subter-ranean cave, or clones of abductees. As someone the 1992 conference held at MIT, railed against thoseleaping to undocumented conclusions, I can well un-derstand any reticence or outright disbelief. However,repetition of specific detailed factors in abduction sce-narios warrants a closer look.MUFONs Abduction Transcription Project needsmore individuals with open minds, patience, lots of freetime, a very good grasp of both spelling and punctuation,and a genuine commitment to finding the truth.Volunteers need a tape recorder, earphones, and a com-puter (preferred), word processor or typewriter. Detailedinstructions and a regular newsletter await those hardyenough to volunteer.Out-of-pocket costs are reimbursed,though the effort itself is donated. Those with only anominal interest or too little time to devote to such anendeavor should not inquire.The Projects sixteen abduction researchers acrossthe country desperately need help in reducing their au-diotapes of regressive hypnosis to printed transcriptsfor analysis. There are literally thousands of tapes wait-ing to be processed. If interested, contact:— Dan WrightAbduction Transcription Project117 W. South St.Morrice, MI 48857UFO NETJust a quick note of correction to your recent articleconcerning UFO information on the Internet:Your authors information concerning the RutgersUFO ftp files is sadly out of date (by about 4 years!).The current ufo ftp area (directory pub/ufo on is greatly expanded (check the README filesto be found in that directory for a complete inventory —I would be very pleased to send you a copy if youdlike), and now includes over 1500 files, pictures, anddatabases — more than 26 Megabytes. The ufo ftparea averages over 25,000 downloads a month from allover the world. I would appreciate it if a correctioncould be put in an upcoming Mufon Journal, and Im al-ways looking for more files . . .Also, if UFO-interested "net surfers" want anotherWorld-Wide-Wide-Web site to peruse, they might try very much!— Charles McGrewmcgrew@info.rutgers.eduWORD ON THE WIREFollowing republication of my article, "ET ModemHome" in the February Journal, several readers con-tacted me to tell me I had neglected mention of addi-tional UFO-related areas on the online services AmericaOnline and CompuServe. I regret these sins of omission.In particular. I apologize for not mentioning ISCNIs(Institute for the Study of Contact with Non-humanIntelligence) "online university" on America Online,and the active UFO Theories area of the New AgeForum on CompuServe. Both of these will undoubtedlybe of interest to MUFON members.Continued on Page 21APRIL 1995 NUMBER 324 PAGE 19
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