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  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 NETWORK S I N C E 1967JUNE 1 995 NUMBER 326THE BROOKINGS REPORT Robert DurantTHE PURPORTED 1947 ROSWELL FILM Kent JeffreyTHE UFO PRESS Sean Casteel 11NEW ON THENET Uschi Gerard 13NEWS 8. VIEWS Jan Aldrich, Paul Rydeen 15MUFON FORUM Letters by DeSimone, Nyman, Velez, Pflock 17MUFON 1995 SYMPOSIUM PROGRAMREADERS CLASSIFIEDSTHE JUNE NIGHT SKYCALENDAR2021Walter N. Webb 2222DIRECTORS MESSAGE Walter H. Andrus,Jr. 24COVER Seattle SkylineMUFON 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 UFONetwork. All RightsReserved.No part of this document may be icproduced 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, provided the author is credited, and the statement, "Copyright 1995 by the Mutual UFONetwork, 103 Oldtowne Rd., Seguin, Texas 78155," is included.The contents of the MUFON UFO journal are determined by the editors and do riot 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 deductible for 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. MUFON UFO JOURNALTHE BROOKINGS REPORTProposed Studies on theImplications of Peaceful Space Activitiesfor Human AffairsBy Robert DurantIn November of 1959, the newly-formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA) hired.theBrookings Institution, a prestigious Washington, D.C. "think tank," to provide a study of the long range impli-cations for American society of space exploration. One year later Brookings produced the report, which remains,36 years after the contract was let, the foundation for the broad policy considerations of Americas efforts inspace.From time to time this report is cited by ufologists because it contains several passages dealing with the question,should the Government release to the public evidence of extraterrestrial presence, current or in the past, discoveredin the course of NASAs voyages beyond Earth?Unfortunately, the Brookings Report is not easily available. The Institute maintains a library, but they do not stockcopies of the Report, and seem bemused by the occasional requests they receive for it. I obtained a copy through theinter-library loan service, in a volume called House Reports, Volume 2, Miscellaneous Reports on Public Bills, II, 87thCongress, 1st Session, January 3-September 27, 1961.From the Report I have culled those fragments which discuss the issue of extraterrestrial life, and the implicationsof discovery of such life forms or their remnant artifacts. These are presented below. A few of the passages reproducedhere do not directly address the topic, but have relevance in the context of currentdiscussion in the UFO research com-munity about the proper role of scientists in communicatingUFO data to the public. In reading this material, oneshould keep in mind that in 1959 there was very little publicsentiment to the effect that "flying saucers" might rep-resent an immediate, real contact with extraterrestrial life.We tend to assume that NASAs work is entirely technological, "hard" science. But the policy considerations arethe domain of social scientists, and the Brookings Report relies almost completely on a small army of leading ad-ministrators and academics in the "soft" sciences. Fifty-seven researchers and collaborators are named, and another200 experts were interviewed. Because of the superlative credentials of so many of the participants,it is fair to saythat the Report represents the consensus of the technocratic "Establishment" circa 1959.It may be instructiveto compare the Brookings Report with the CIAs Robertson Panel report on UFOs, which waswritten six years earlier. To the best of my knowledge, these are the only known examples of a systematic analysisof the role of government in dealing with the public on the topic of extraterrestrial life.The Robertson panel was convened in secret by the CIA, and was composed of only five members, all physicists.The Brookings study was pursuant to a public announcement, operated openly throughout,and, as noted above, re-lied on over 250 experts.The Robertson report was released decades later through the Freedom of Information Act crowbar. The Brookingsreport has been accessible to the public since its original publication.The Robertson panel studied a small set of "best" UFO cases carefully selected by the officials of ProjectBluebook, apparently with the help of the Battelle InstitutesProject Stork staff. With dazzling speed — only 12 hourswere spent reviewing the UFO files — they dismissed the physical reality of UFOs, and then plunged into the realmof the social scientists with an amazing vigor and insouciance.The panel recommendations are noteworthy for theirominous, almost totalitarian tone, the confidence with which such pivotal public policy advice was given, and ofcourse the complete lack of reliance on expertise in the political and social areas they chose to address.JUNE 1995 NUMBER 326 PAGE 3
  4. 4. MUFON UFOJOURNALFor example, this is a quote from the Robertson Panel report: "The debunking aim would result in reduction inpublic interest in flying saucers which today evokes a strong psychological reaction. This education could be ac-complished by mass media such as television, motion pictures, and popular articles..." And further, "Such a programshould tend to reduce the current gullibility of the public and consequently their susceptibility to clever hostile pro-paganda."This handful of physicists did not shrink from making extremely broad political policy statements, as in the fol-lowing: "The continued emphasis on the reporting of these phenomena does, in these parlous times, result in a threatto the orderly functioning of the protective organs of the body politic." In order to implement these policy decisions,they recommended using Walt Disney and Arthur Godfrey in the psychological warfare campaign, as well as sys-tematic debunking of UFO cases, and federal intelligence service surveillance of civilian UFO research organizations.The Brookings Report stands in sharp contrast. The writing is characterized by depth of thought and by a schol-arly but gently humanistic approach to the awesome job of assessing and then guiding the impact of space explorationon mankind. And instead of issuing an order for action demanding political and scientific "correctness," theBrookings scholars repeatedly ask for further studies to insure that when the terrible decision must be made, it is madeon the very best advice.Quotations from the Report are presented in the sequence in which they appear in the text. Spelling and hy-phenation have been reproduced exactly, so that in some places we read "earth," and in others "Earth." Some pas-sages have been arbitrarily broken into smaller paragraphs."Certain potential products or consequences of space ac-tivities imply such a high degree of change in world condi-tions that it would be unprofitable within the purview of thisreport to propose research on them. Examples include a con-trolled thermonuclear fusion rocket power source and face-to-face meetings with extraterrestrials." (p.2)"Governments warned publicly of disasters with whichthey have little competence for coping may be seriously em-barrassed." (p.14. This statement is not in the context of theETI issue, but resonates so well with the UFO problem that1take the liberty of includingit here.)"Though intelligent or semi-intelligent life conceivablyexists elsewhere in our solar system, if intelligent extrater-restrial life is discovered in the next 20 years, it will very prob-ably be by radio telescope from other solar systems. Evidencesof its existence might also be found in artifacts left on themoon or other planets. The consequences for attitudes and val-ues are unpredictable, but would vary profoundly in differentcultures and between groups within complex societies; a cru-cial factor would be the nature of the communication be-tween us and the other beings. Whether or not earth would beinspired to an all-out space effort by such a discovery ismoot: societies sure of their own place in the universe havedisintegrated when confronted by a superior society, and oth-ers have survived even though changed. Clearly, the better wecan come to understand the factors involved in responding tosuch crises the better prepared we may be." (p.30)"While the discovery of intelligent life in other parts of theuniverse is not likely in the immediate future, it could never-theless happen at any time. Whenever it does occur its con-sequences for earth attitudes and values may be profound.Hence a long-term research effort, which would aid in prepar-ing for this possibility, could usefully begin with acontinuingdetermination of emotional and intellectual understandingand attitudes regarding the possibility and consequences ofdiscovering intelligent extraterrestrial life." (p.32)"While space activities offer a special opportunityto studythe relationship of innovation to social change,understandingthe relationship will require examinationof otherinnovationsituations, too. Research is recommended to determine: Whatfactors historically have entered into support or rejection ofnew ideas or technologies. What was and wasnt appreci-ated about the potentialities (or lack of them) in theinnovationand under what personal and social circumstances did this oc-cur? In particular, what were the roles of physical environ-ment, politics, personalities, limited systems analysis capa-bilities, insufficient communications to decision makers,etc.?" (p.32)"Developments growing out of space activities themselvescould possibly change the operation and character of the socialcontext to such a degree that it would not be profitable to rec-ommend research now on the implicationsof space activitiesfor the new social context. For example, the development ofa compact thermonuclear fusion power source for spacecraftwould undoubtedly open up space for many kinds of large-scale activities— but it would very likely also change the po-litical, social, and economic features of the earth radically,since unlimited power for all uses would soon be available.The resulting interactionbetween space and society would becomprised of factors too broad and too complex for usefulspeculation in our study. So, too, with such developments asantigravity, a face-to-face meeting with intelligent extrater-restrials, or an intensive pannational attitude favoringall-outscientific research (as a result of the salutary consequences ofspace research)." (p.35)"Today, vast beehives of scientists are mobilized and or-ganized, under the auspices of governmental bureaucraciesthat dispose of the resources of whole nations, for the ad-vancement of applied science and technology. Tomorrow, itPAGE 4 NUMBER 326 JUNE 1995
  5. 5. MUFON UFO JOURNALappears, the resources of the whole world will have to be mo-bilized by the governments to carry out single space projects.The implication for human society is plain. Individuals willhave to be brought together in beehives that will have to becombined, in turn, to form superbeehives — until at last,perhaps the whole of mankind is brought within one central-ized organization that operates the civilization of the future,maintaining and regulating the artificial environment that itprovides." (p.106, footnote quoting Louis J. Halle, "TheNatural History of Mans Emergence Into Space," inInternational Political Implications of Activities in OuterSpace, Joseph M. Goldsen, editor, Rand Corp. Report R-362-RC (I960).)"A scientistmay feel a deep conflict about his role when,for example, as an agent of a Federal department he might beasked to call a military space vehicle a scientific satellite, inthe interests of national security. Should he be a free agentwith science as his only master, or must he always remain arepresentative of his country, regardless of his scientific role,behaving in a manner consistent with the interests and policiesof his country?" (p. 153, footnote)"There is the tendency to take the attitude of a few distin-guished scientists, usually physicists, as representing the sci-entific community.There is reason to believe that there is avast difference between the attitudes of a few men of geniuswhose lives have generally been in the best sort of academicmilieu and the attitudes of the general run of scientists indifferent disciplines. We have noted that technology has be-come so complicated that the scientists must personally bebrought into the processes of policy decision since nobodyelse can effectively advise on the utilization of modern in-struments. In this process the prestige of the scientistrises, hebecomes absorbed into the political elite, perhaps he bringssome of his universalistic values with him and perhaps heabandons some as he identifies more fully with the powerstructure of which he is a part. These are questions that needexamination and exploration."We want to know how far scientists have been assimilatedinto the decision process itself, in both of the power blocs, andwe also wish to know how far under such circumstances theymay be counted upon to retain a value orientation charjcicr-istic of science itself and how far do they become indistin-guishable from other decision makers. Is this introductionofscientists into the decision process a means to humanizeandmake more intelligiblethat process or does it simply politicizethe scientist, or is it a little of both, and if so, under what cir-cumstances do we find each result?" (p.153, footnote)The following lengthy passage appears under the head-ing, "The implications of a discovery of extraterrestriallife." Together with extensive footnotes, it is the BrookingsReports most articulated statement on the topic. I have beentold, but cant confirm, that this section was the work of thecelebrated anthropoligist Margaret Mead."Recent publicity given to efforts to detect extraterres-trial messages via radio telescope has popularized — and le-gitimized — speculations about the impact of such a discov-ery on human values. It is conceivable that there issemi-in-telligent life in some part of our solar system or highly intel-ligent life which is not technologically oriented, and manycosmologists and astronomers think it very likely that there isintelligent life in many other solar systems. While face-to-facemeetings with it will not occur within the next 20 years (unlessits technology is more advanced than ours, qualifying it tovisit Earth), artifacts left at some point in time by these lifeforms might possibly.be discovered through our space activ-ities on the Moon, Mars, or Venus."If there is any contact to be made during the next 20 yearsit would most likely be by radio — which would indicate thatthese beings had at least equaled our own technological level."An individuals reactions to such a radio contact would inpart depend on his cultural, religious, and social background,as well as on the actions of those he considered authorities andleaders, and their behavior, in turn would in part depend ontheir cultural, social and religious environment. The discoverywould certainly be front-page news everywhere; the degree ofpolitical or social repercussion would probably depend onleaderships interpretation of (1) its own role, (2) threats tothat role, and (3) national and personal opportunities to takeadvantage of the disruption or reinforcement of the attitudesand values of others."Since leadership itself might have great need to gage thedirection and intensity of public attitudes, to strengthen itsown morale and for decision making purposes, it would bemost advantageous to have more to go on than personal opin-ions about the opinions of the public and other leadershipgroups."The knowledge that life existed in other parts of the uni-verse might lead to a greater unity of men on Earth, based onthe oneness of man or on the age-old assumption that anystranger is threatening.Much would depend on what, if any-thing, was communicated between man and the other be-ings: since after the discovery there will be years of silence(because even the closest stars are several light-years away, anexchange of radio communication would take twice the num-ber of light-years separating our Sun from theirs), the fact thatsuch beings existed might become simply one of the facts oflife but probably not one calling for action."Whether certain earthmen would be inspired to all-outspace efforts by such a discovery is a moot question.Anthropological files contain many examples of societies,sure of their place in the universe, which have disintegratedwhen they had to associate with previously unfamiliar soci-eties espousing different ideas and different life ways; othersthat survived such an experience usually did so by paying theprice of changes in values and attitudes and behavior."Since intelligent life might be discovered at any time viathe radio telescope research presently underway, and since theconsequences of such a discovery are unpredictable becauseof our limited knowledge of behavior under even an approx-imation of such dramatic circumstances, two research areascan be recommended:"(a) Continuing studies to determine emotional and intel-lectual understanding,and attitudes — and successive alter-ations of them if any — regarding the possibility and conse-quences of discovering intelligent extraterrestrial life.JUNE 1995 NUMBER 326 PAGES
  6. 6. MUFON UFO JOURNAL"(b) Historical and empirical studies of the behavior of peo-ples and their leaders when confronted with dramatic andunfamiliar events or social pressures. Such studies mighthelp to provide programs for meeting and adjusting to the im-plications of such a discovery.66/^Vuestions one might wish to answer by such studiesV^would include: How might such information,underwhat circumstances, be presented to or withheld from thepublic for what ends? What might be the role of the discov-ering scientists and other decision makers regarding release ofthe fact of discovery?" (p.215, emphasis added)"The positions of the major American religious denomi-nations, the Christian sects, and the eastern religions on thematter of extraterrestrial life need elucidation. Consider thefollowing:"The Fundamentalist (and antiscience)sects are growingapace around the world and, as missionary enterprises, mayhave schools and a good deal of literature attached to them.One of the important things is that, where they are active, theyappeal to the illiterate and semiliterate (including, as mis-sions, the preachers as well as the congregation) and can pileup a very influential following in terms of numbers. Forthem, the discovery of other life — rather than any otherspace product — would be electrifying. Since the main onesamong these sects are broadly international in their scopeand are, in some places, a news source, the principal distrib-utors of mass media materials, an important source of valueinterpretation, a central social institution, an educational in-stitution, an so on, some scattered studies need to be madeboth in their home centers and churches and their missions, inrelation to attitudes about space activities and extraterrestriallife. Additionally, because of the international effects of spaceactivities and, in the event of its happening, of the discoveryof extraterrestrial life, even though space activitiesare not in-ternationalized, it is very important to take account of othermajor religions." So, for example, Buddhist priests are heav-ily politically engaged in Ceylon.So, too, in Burma, many politically active men(includingU Nu) are professedly active Buddhists. The Burmese con-voked the sixth great Buddhist Council which brought to-gether a huge international group of Buddhist lay and eccle-siastical leaders and it seems likely that — at least in thecase of Theravada Buddhism— with the wide participation ofmodern-educated, politically active men, Buddhist beliefsand principlesare being reinterpreted. We need, and we do nothave, good observations or interpretive statements about thepossible repercussions of these space activities,etc., for theseBuddhists.If plant life or some subhuman intelligence were found onMars or Venus, for example, there is on the face of it nogood reason to suppose these discoveries, after the originalnovelty had been exploited to the fullest and worn off, wouldresult in substantial changes in perspectives or philosophy inlarge parts of the American public, at least any more than, letus say, did the discovery of the coelacanth or the panda. Itmight well be that this sort of discovery would simply not besufficiently salient for most people most of the time to causeany noticeable shift in philosophy or perspective."If superintelligence is discovered, the results becomequite unpredictable. It is possible that if the intelligenceofthese creatures were sufficiently superior to ours, they wouldchoose to have little if any contact with us. On the face of it,there is no reason to believe that we might learn a great dealfrom them, especially if their physiology and psychologywere substantiallydifferent from ours."It has been speculated that, of all groups, scientists and en-gineers might be the most devastated by the discovery ofrelatively superior creatures, since these professions are mostclearly associated with the mastery of nature, rather thanwith the understanding and expression of man. Advancedunderstanding of nature might vitiate all our theories at thevery least, if not also require a culture and perhaps a brain in-accessible to earth scientists. Nature belongs to all creatures,but mans aspirations, motives, history, attitudes, etc., arepresumably the proper study of man. It would also depend, ofcourse, on how their intelligence were expressed; it does notnecessarily follow that they would excel technologically."It is perhaps interesting to note that when asked whatthe consequences of the discovery of superior life would be,an audience of Saturday Review readership chose, for themost part, not to answer the question at all, in spite of their de-tailed answers to many other speculative questions. Perhapsthe idea is so foreign that even this readership was bemusedby it. But one can speculate, too, that the idea of intellectuallysuperior creatures may be anxiety-provoking. Nor is it clearwhat would be the reactions to creatures of approximatelyequal and communicable intelligence to ours."What may perhaps present a particularly knotty philo-sophical problem, and one which would seem most clearly tohave the potential of profound repercussions for our valuesand attitudes and philosophies, could arise if we discovered acreature whose intelligenceand behavior, by our standards,was indeterminate to the point that we were unable to decidewhether or not it should be treated morally and ethically as ifit were a human being. Certainly, this could provide a con-tinuing subject of controversy across and within various earthcultures; some people who had not otherwise speculated onthese matters might gain a sense of the complexity of theuniverse. For a convincing presentation of this idea, seeVercours, You Shall Know Them, Pocket Books (1955)."(p.225)UNITED NATIONS VIDEOOn October 2, 1992, a UFO presentation was made atthe United Nations in an effort to reopen Decision GA33/426. The two-hour VHS video tape includesMohammad A. Ramadan, Stanton T. Friedman.JohnF. Schuessler and Robert H. Bletchman. Tapes of thismonumental UN presentation may be purchased byPostal Money Orders, personal check made payablethrough a U.S. bank or U.S. cash for $19.95 plus $2for p.&h. to MUFON, 103 Oldtowne Rd., Seguin,TX 78155-4099, U.S.A.PAGE 6 NUMBER 326 JUNE 1995
  7. 7. MUFON UFO JOURNALTHE PURPORTED 1947 ROSWELL FILMBy Kent JeffreyThe last 18 months have been quite eventful withrespect to Roswell. In January of last year,Congressman Steven Schiff of Albuquerque, NewMexico, announced to the press that he was requestingthe General Accounting Office (GAO) to look into theRoswell case. Nine months later, the Air Force, possiblyin an attempt to upstage the GAO, and in whatNewsweek magazine called a "preemptive strike," re-leased its own report on the Roswell incident.The AirForce report was the first official word on the Roswellmatter in 47 years and basically supported (althoughwithout offering any proof) the original 1947 "coverstory" that the officers of the 509th Atomic Bomb Groupwere fooled by the remains of a downed balloon andML-307 radar reflector.Now, a new factor has entered the picture. A film hassurfaced in England that is supposedly top secret docu-mentary footage taken at Roswell in 1947 by a U.S.military photographer. The existence of the film was firstannounced last January; however, the film was allegedlypurchased in the United States almost two years ago.Needless to say, the film has generated much interest andcontroversy, along with a variety of opinions from UFOresearchers and members of the media as to its authen-ticity.As author of the Roswell Declaration and coordinatorof the International Roswell Initiative, I have attemptedwhen possible to maintain neutrality on controversial is-sues within the UFO research communityand to avoidthe infighting that, unfortunately, has so often charac-terized this field. I have felt that maintaining a neutralstance was important and appropriate, especially inview of the fact that the Roswell Declaration and thegrassroots effort behind it has had the unified support ofthe three largest and most respected UFO organizationsin the United States, the Mutual UFO Network (MU-FON), the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CU-FOS), and the Fund for UFO Research (FUFOR).Furthermore, over 17,000 people, from varying back-grounds, including hundreds of scientists and engineers,have signed and submitted copies of the RoswellDeclaration.While I have primarily concentrated my efforts onachieving the objective of the Roswell Declaration — anExecutive Order to declassify any existing U.S. gov-ernment-held information concerning UFOs or ex-traterrestrial intelligence — I have also become in-volved with researching the Roswell case. In the pasttwo years, I have made five trips to Roswell, visited thedebris site at the Foster (Brazel) ranch, and interviewedmany of the survivingRoswell witnesses. I believe suchexperience gives me a definite advantage inevaluatingany alleged Roswell film footage.The film in question is presently in the possession ofa company in London, Merlin Productions, owned by aMr. Ray Santilli. On Friday, May 5, 1995, there was aspecial showing at the Museum of London. There wereapproximately one hundred people present: membersof the media (including the BBC), potential buyers of thefilm, and UFO researchers from the United Kingdomand other countries. Despite the fact that the film is to-tally unauthenticated,it has received extensive publicityin Europe. For example, the film has been featured infull-length feature articles in Londons Sunday Peopleand Berlins Morgen Post.Because of the dubious nature of the film and thequestionable way in which it is being handled by thosein possession of it, there is a tremendous potential fordamage to the entire Roswell effort. Because I was theonly Roswell researcher at the May 5th showing, I feela responsibilityto put neutrality aside and speak out.Before going into specific details about the viewing,I would like to state up front and unequivocally thatthere is no (zero!!!) doubt in my mind that this film is afraud. I might add, however, that if, against all odds,what I consider the impossible did occur, and this filmactually turned out to be genuine, I would be one of thefirst to celebrate, as researchers would finally have intheir possession the Holy.Grail of evidence necessary tobreak the Roswell case wide open.The actual showing of the film took place just after1:00 p.m. in a small auditorium that is part of theMuseum of London complex. A handout was distributedat the sign-in table consisting of a copy of the allegedMJ-12 briefing papers and a yellow cover sheet refer-encing the 1947 Roswell crash and the 509th BombGroup (at Roswell Army Air Field). Merlin Productionswas apparently very concerned about pictures beingtaken because everyone was physically searched(frisked) for cameras upon entering the auditorium.There was no speaker or announcement to formallywelcome those present or to introduce the film. Thisseemed somewhat bizarre and discourteous, as peoplehad come from all over the world for this showing.Also conspicuously absent was a person on stage after-ward to publicly answer questions pertaining to thefilm. After having viewed what was presented, however,it was not hard to understand why this was the case.Prior to the showing, anticipation was high. In theprevious three months, Ray Santilli had put out theword through those in close contact with him that thefilm consisted of 15 10-minute reels (in their originalJUNE 1995 NUMBER 326 PAGE?
  8. 8. MUFON UFO JOURNAL/ have little doubt that the body was a doc-tored human corpse. If such is the case, itwould make this one of the most despica-ble and deplorable hoaxes ever perpe-trated. It would mean that those who putthis atrocity together butchered the body ofa once-living human being (a woman in thiscase) solely out of greed. If this is deter-mined to be the case, a criminal investiga-tion might well be in order.canisters) of 16-millimeter black-and-white film, for atotal of 150 minutes. He reported that it was dated as1947 vintage film stock and that it had been acquiredfrom a former army photographer, Jack Barnett, whoclaims to have shot the footage and then, incredibly, tohave stolen 15 canisters of film, without the theft havingbeen detected. Word was also put out that there was 45minutes of footage taken at the actual recovery siteshowing a number of soldiers in uniform and a largecrane lifting the crashed craft onto a truck,Additionally,Santilli claimed that one of the scenes showed PresidentTruman behind a glass partition with such clarity thatsomeone capable of lip reading would be able to deter-mine his words when he spoke. At the showing, wewould see none of this — no debris site, no soldiers, nocrane, no crashed saucer, no President Truman. Instead,we saw just 20 to 25 minutesof one single scene — anautopsy of a supposed alien body in a small white room. -At about 1:05 p.m., the lights dimmed and the filmstarted rolling. Before the actual picture began, a fewshort statements scrolled by on the screen with referenceto the film having been "acquired from the cameramanwho originally shot the footage" and to the copyright be-ing "exclusively owned by Merlin Communications."Interestingly, one would think that if the film were gen-uine, the copyright would be "exclusively owned" by theUnited States government.Also, contrary to what had been said previously about"10-minute reels," there was now a statement on thescreen that the film was recorded on "three-minute"reels. I recently learned from a good friend in the filmindustry that 1947 vintage 16-millimeter film came onreels of 100 feet, which at 16 frames per second wouldbe about three minutes each. Perhaps this informationwas also "recently learned" by Merlin Productions andthat is why we are now seeing references to "three-minute" reels instead of the originally reported "10-minute" reels.The film opened abruptly with its single scene of asmall operating or autopsy room with plain white wallsand a table in the middle containing an unclad bodylying face up. Two individuals in white anti-contami-nation suits, complete with hoods and narrow, rectan-gular glass faceplates, were the only figures visible in theroom. A third person, dressed in white hospital-typegarb, was visible through a large glass partition, or win-dow. Although he was outside the sealed room standingbehind solid glass, he was wearing a surgical mask thatcovered his entire face. Perhaps there was concern thathe might later be recognized?The features of the body lying on the autopsy table inthis film do not even come close to what was describedby the 1947 Roswell witnesses. What was visible on thescreen was apparently a slightly doctored human corpse.While in theory it could have been an elaborate dummy,the chances of that are remote. I, along with others withwhom Ive spoken who were also at the viewing, havelittle doubt that the body was a doctored human corpse.If such is the case, it would make this one of the mostdespicable and deplorable hoaxes ever perpetrated. Itwould mean that those who put this atrocity togetherbutchered the body of a once-living human being (awoman in this case) solely out of greed. If this is deter-mined to be the case, a criminal investigation mightwell be in order, as using a human body for such un-scrupulous purposes is not only highly unethical, butalso illegal in most places.Although the exact height of the body was difficult todetermine, it was definitely shorter than normal, proba-bly somewhere around four and a half to five feet. Thehead was somewhat large relative to the torso, but notextraordinarily so. The body was also barrel-chestedand apparently bowlegged. and had an overall stocky ap-pearance.Other anomalous features included no visible bodyhair, small and somewhat odd-shaped ears, a small(slightly abnormal-shaped) nose, slightly large eyescovered by black membranes (which were later re-moved), a distended or bloated abdomen (ascites). sixdigits on the feet (polydactylism), apparently six digitson the hands, and legs so badly swollen that the defini-tion of the knee was hardly recognizable. According tomedical people with whom I spoke, none of these fea-tures would have been too difficult to produce artifi-cially. The black membranes covering the eyes, for ex-ample, could have been placed over the eyeballs with thesame apparent ease with which they were removed dur-ing the alleged autopsy. The sixth digit could have beenadded using the techniquesof plastic surgery, althoughpolydactylism itself is not that uncommon a condition.Itwas also pointed out that some of the abnormalities ofthe body could have been attributable to a genetic defector even a physical ailment prior to death. For example,congestive heart failure could explain the swelling(edema) of the legs and the bloated appearance of the ab-domen (ascites).PAGES NUMBER 326 JUNE 1995
  9. 9. MUFON UFO JOURNALDespite the above-noted anomalies, the body essen-tially had the appearance of a human being. It hadwhat was basically a human head, a human torso, humanskin, human legs, human arms, human shoulders, humanhands, and human feet — all in basically the right pro-portions. The ratio of the length of the upper arms to thelower arms, as well as the ratio of the upper legs to thelower legs, was exactly what would be expected for ahuman being. The musculature of the arms and legsappeared the same as the musculature of human armsand legs. The relative positions of the forehead, eyes,nose, ears, mouth, and chin were very close to whatwould be expected on a human head. Although the eye-balls appeared larger than normal, the size of the eyesockets did not appear that abnormal. Other distinctlyhuman features included the mouth, lips, teeth (thefront-lower teeth were momentarily visible in one shot),jowls, noticeable protrusions of underlying bones injust the right places, includingthe jaw, shin, and clavicle,a brief glimpse of what appeared to resemble a flat-tened nipple area (although no protrusion of the breast),female genitalia, fingers, a thumb, toes, and even a briefglimpse of a toenail (a human vestigial remain!).During the supposed autopsy procedure, the bodycavity was cut open lengthwise from the throat to thegroin and various internal organs were removed andplaced in metal pans. The focus,.or resolution, was sopoor, however, that whatever was removed appearedsimply as dark blobs, with detail being almost impossi-ble to discern. There did appear at times to be a smallamount of dark fluid oozing from the body cavity.Basically, the body shown in this film appeared to bethat of a short, adult, human, Caucasian female, with theage being difficult to determine. The swollen legs andother minor "modifications," such as an extra digit onthe hands and feet, and the "doctoring up" of the eyesand ears, resulted in an overall slightly freakish appear-ance.Professor Jared Diamond of the UCLA MedicalSchool, in his book The ThirdChimpanzee, states thatthere is a "98.4 percent" similarityin the genes of hu-mans and chimpanzees (our closest primate relative).The resemblance between a chimpanzee and a humanbeing is slight compared with the resemblance betweenthe body in this film and a normal human being. Thebody in the film was extremely human,albeit somewhatabnormal in appearance. It does not take a scientificmind or much imagination to realize that it would re-quire a genetic similarity far greater than the 98.4 per-cent between man and chimp to produce a being asclose in appearance to a normal human as was the bodyon the autopsy table in this film.It is common knowledge that the human organism,like all other life forms on earth, is the product of ap-proximately three billion years of evolution,involvinguntold numbers of mutations and trillions of chancecombinations of genes. Exobiologists tell us that thechances of billions of years of evolution on anotherplanet resulting in "the fine structural details" of a hu-man being are all but zero. While differences would bevast, there would, however, likely be some basic simi-larities between us and any other species that becametechnologically advanced. Such features as two legs(bipedal), two arms, a high level of dexterity, two eyes(binocular vision for depth perception), and a largebrain would almost surely be required for any species toevolve as a tool user and maker.I recently discussed this matter with an acquaintancewho is a science professor at a Midwestern universityand who has a background in biochemistry, human bi-ology, human genetics, and exobiology. He agreed thatparallel evolutionary development in another world overbillions of years leading to an advanced organism sonearly identical to a human being would never happen.The laws of probability rule it out. It can therefore bestated definitively that the body in this film is not of ex-traterrestrial origin. The film is a fraud.In addition to the "fatal flaw" of anthropomorphism— probably the result of scientific illiteracy as well assheer ignorance on the part of its producers — the filmhas other problems, most of which are of a more cir-cumstantial nature. For example, the photography didnot seem consistent with what one would expect forthe documentation of an historic medical event. Therewas excessive panningand poor focus with the majorityof close-ups. Also, most of the close-up shots were toofleeting, allowing no time for serious study or observa-tion. The gestures of the two "physicians" seemed ex-aggerated and even staged at times. Althoughit is purelyspeculative, one would think that for such a monumen-tal event, there would have been a large team of spe-cialists directly participating, along with a number of ad-ditional specialists observing from behind the glass par-tition.Establishing this film as a hoax is much easier thandetermining the source of the hoax. It is possible thatRay Santilli and Merlin Productions are themselves vic-tims of a scam. However, it must be said that their ac-tions in the last few months do not seem consistentwith those of an organization confident that it is in pos-session of the "genuine article." Among other things,Mr. Santilli has mentioned a secret viewing for churchofficials, a private viewing for the counter-intelligencewing of the FBI, verification of the film by Kodak as1947 vintage, and, most recently, an offer from an undis-closed client represented by a Washington, DC, lawfirm for $1.8 million to purchase the film "as is." Noneof these claims has been verified. Furthermore, no onehas seen any of the alleged footage of the debris site orthat showing President Truman.Even more significantly, no one has been able toverify the existence of the photographer, Jack Barnett. IfJUNE 1995 NUMBER 326 PAGE 9
  10. 10. MUFON UFO JOURNALthis film were genuine and such a photographer actuallyexisted, the government would undoubtedly know hisidentity. Since he reportedly stole and subsequently sold15 canisters of top-secret U.S. government film, hewould be in serious trouble. His best protection would beto go public immediately.The government would thenbe in a Catch-22 situation because if they so much asraised a finger against him, they would be instantly val-idating the entire Roswell event.On January 19, 1995, 1 wrote a letter that was passedon to Mr. Santilli in which I mentioned the prestigiousWashington. DC, law firm I retained two years ago forthe purpose of providing legal counsel for Roswell wit-nesses. I pointed out the importanceof the photographerin validatingthe film and offered the services of the lawfirm to represent the photographer. That offer was neveraccepted. After having viewed the May 5, 1995,show-ing of the film, I now know why. Either the supposedphotographer is one of those behind this hoax, or else hedoes not exist.Over the last years, the three major nonprofitUFO re-search organizationsin the United States, along with anumber of private individuals operating on their owntime and at their own expense, have put a lot of re-sources and effort into the admirable cause of getting tothe truth of what could well be the "story of the millen-nium." Although it is still very much an uphill struggle,much progress has been made in bringing to the Roswellcase serious and credible attention on the part of the me-dia, the public, and a numberof politicians. It is unfor-tunate that there are now those who would unscrupu-lously exploit the Roswell Event for their own financialgain.It is important that the UFO community make everyeffort to get to the bottom of this matter as soon aspos-sible, including calling for a criminal investigation if itis determined appropriate. Standingby and doing noth-ing could be a serious mistake. Unfortunately, althoughthey may be in the minority, there are journalists andtelevision producers out there who are far more inter-ested in the possible sensationalisticappeal of this kindof film, than in bringing people the truth. As the hypeand publicity surroundingthis film continue, there is areal danger that people will start to connect the realityofthe Roswell event with the authenticity of this film.Then, once the film is publicly exposed as a hoax, whichit inevitably will be, there is a real danger that peoplewill tend to assume that the whole Roswell event is ahoax.Fortunately, however, as experts obtain more infor-mation about the true nature of this purported Roswellfootage, the entire matter of this film should be nipped atthe bud and put to rest. Attention and resources canagain be concentrated on the actual Roswell event, thebest documented case in the history of the UFO phe-nomenon.ADDENDUMThe investigation of the Roswell case is still very muchan ongoing affair. Despite the passage of nearly 48years, new witnesses are still being sought by re-searchers, as many of those involved were youngenough at the time to still be alive today. Reportedly, theGAO report on Roswell will be out in July. It is also re-ported that the Air Force will be coming out with a fol-low up to their September 8, 1994, report on Roswellwhich, according to the report itself, was supposed to betheir "final word" on the subject. ("The lady doth protesttoo much." —Shakespeare, "Hamlet")The InternationalRoswell Initiativeis also an ongo-ing concern. With the count of Roswell Declarationswell over 17,000 so far, signed Declarations are stillbeing received. A special Web page for theInternationalRoswell Initiative is now being set up on the Internet.With this new feature, it will be possible to fill out and"sign" a Roswell Declaration "electronically." Thiscould increase the numberssignificantly.It will also be possible to download from the Webpage all future bulletins of the International RoswellInitiative. (Previous bulletins will also be made avail-able.) Bulletins will be issued periodically and willcover events concerning the progress of the Roswellinvestigation as well as the Roswell Initiative.The 1994Air Force report (another "piece of deceit," albeit of adifferent sort) will also be addressed in a future bulletin.The temporary address of the Roswell Web page is:http://erau.db.erau.edu/-elston/IUFOG/roswellThe permanent address, available in late June, will be:http://www.qlink.net/roswellYour help in distributing International RoswellInitiative bulletins and the Roswell Declaration is greatlyappreciated. For further information on the InternationalRoswell Initiative,contact:International Roswell Initiative3105 Gables DriveAtlanta, Georgia 30319 USA(404) 240-0655 Phone/FaxEmail: roswelldec@aol.comThe Mutual UFO Network103 Oldtowne RoadSeguin, Texas 78155-4099 USAThe Center for UFO Studies2457 West Peterson AvenueChicago, Illinois 60659 USAPAGE 10 NUMBER 326 JUNE 1995
  11. 11. MUFON UFO JOURNALThe Watchers IIand BreakthroughBy Sean CasteelIn the field of abduction research, there are no namesmore notable than those of Raymond Fowler. BettyAndreasson Luca, and Whitley Strieber.Longtime UFO researcher RaymondFowlers chron-icling of Betty Andreasson Lucas abduction experi-ences has resulted in three landmark classics in thefield, The Andreasson Affair. The Andreasson AffairPhase II, and The Watchers.The name of Whitley Strieber instantly conjures upimages of his national bestsellers Communion andTransformation, two books which combined tobreathenew life into the field of UFO abductions and put thesubject on the map with a whole new reading publicwho had never taken the subject seriously before.Another thing Fowler and Strieber have in common istheir past statements that their previous books were thelast statements on the subject that they were going tomake, which is now contradicted by the fact that theyboth have recently decided to go anotherround with usand offer new books about the kind of UFO experi-ences that made their initialreputation.1 asked Fowler in a phone conversation this pastApril why he had decided to do a new book based onBetty Lucas .experiences after having told me. in an in-terview conducted back in 1991, that he felt he hadcompleted his work with Betty, and that the message thealiens were trying to send to mankind through her hadbasically been completed."Apparently," Fowler said, "the Andreasson Affair isa never-endingstory. The experiences continuetohap-pen, and new information continuesto come forth. 1 feltobligated not to let go and to hold on and to continue tomonitor the family. Its a family that Ive monitorednow for almost two decades. I will go on record,though, that The Andreasson Legacy [Fowlers currentwork-in-progress] will be the absolutelylast book on theAndreasson Affair. Others can take up the monitoring ofthe family if they want, but Ive just reached the end ofit for myself."So, with the publicationthis July of The Watchers II:Exploring UFOs and The Near Death Experience (WildFlower Press), the fourth installment in the series ofbooks dealing mainly with the abduction accounts ob-tained through the hypnoticregression of New Englandhousewife Betty Andreasson Luca, Fowler will bring thestory up-to-date and reinforce many of the points madeearlier on in the narrative.For instance, Betty Luca remains unwavering in heropinion that she is in contact with angelic servants ofGod, whom she calls the Watchers (her word for thegreys) and the Elders (which is what she calls theNordics). Her abductors are doing Gods will, she toldme recently."And Gods will is very complicated and complex,"she said. "And it affects the entire Universe, And so, wehave to remain calm. One of the Elders told me that theywere pleased that I was remaining very calm, and for meto keep on remaining calm, even when I am expressingand telling people about what is happening to me.Remember what Jesus said. Perfect love casts out allfear. The only perfect love is God, and when yourbody, soul, and spirit are in unity with His will, well,then theres perfect love present. I still feel fear when anabduction event is happening. But its diminished quitea bit."Fowler admits that he is still at a loss to explain whyBetty perceives the aliens in the way she does, and whyshe was chosen to begin with."Its hard for me to see,"Fowler said, "how a fundamentalist Christian likeBetty—that these things are coming out through some-one like that. Shes the last type of person that youwould think that this stuff would be coming out of. Itsvery disconcerting to me, the whole thing. But again,its based on Betty and other people like her who seemto be especially chosen to experience these things andbring them to man."Fowler said he began to see in the experiences ofBetty Luca something not exactly "spiritual," but whathe prefers to call "paraphysical," after hearing abouther 1967 experience with a three-dimensional Phoenix(recounted in the first book in the series, The AndreassonAffair), which the aliens used to illustrate some pointthey were trying to make about the immortality of thesoul."The message was obvious," Fowler said, "that thePhoenix experience was talking about immortalityandrebirth and so forth, although it was hard to place that ina UFO context at the time. And then when she had herfirst experience with The One [The Andreasson Affair,Phase //] and went to a place called Home, a world oflight, and met this loving presence, it reminded me of theNear Death Experience at that time."After a few more experiences were related to Fowlerby both Betty and her husband Bob that lead again to aconnection with NDEs, Fowler decided to do a de-tailed study of the NDE and compare it with the Lucasexperiences. The results of that study make up a greatdeal of The Watchers II, and Fowler has already begunto brace himself for what he expects to be an over-all re-jection of his new findings by both the UFO researchcommunity and the reading public."I feel that a lot of newcomers to Ufology," Fowlersaid, "and a lot of the oldtimers still consider UFOs to bea nuts and bolts phenomenon—entities from anotherJUNE 1995 NUMBER 326 PAGE I I
  12. 12. MUFON UFOJOURNALstar system coming here in physical ships and beingvery, very physical in nature. And when you bring upthe possibility that other dimensions and some otherthings, for example, that Betty Luca has experienced,they feel that these things are an aberration and thatthey dont fit the real picture.I think I mention in the book that Budd Hopkins saidat the MIT AbductionConference that experiences of atheological or spiritualor paraphysical nature, that wholething was the biggest cloud on the horizon, that it wasessentially a waste of time to bother with that aspect ofthe UFO phenomenon. And I think he has a lot ofcompany, and I was one of that company at one time.But the whole thing will be so far out to so many mindsout there that it would be very, very hard to defend."Whitley Strieber is certainly also familiar with at-tempts to defend what he continues to describe ashis "enormously complicated" abduction experiencesat the hands of what he still calls "The Visitors." AndStrieber is also making somewhat of a surprise return toa field he had six years ago declared that he was leavingbehind forever.Streibers new book is called Breakthrough: The NextStep (Harper Collins Publishers)."Breakthrough is really written for people who havehad the encounter experience," Strieber said, "and forpeople who are interested in it. Beyond that, I dontknow what the public reaction will be7and it doesnt re-ally matter very much to me, either. Im not really in-terested in convincing the general public that this istrue. What Im interested in is reaching people who areinvolved in some way with the experience with infor-mation about it. Affirmation about the level of reality onwhich it exists. And strategies, however good or ineptthey may be, that Ive evolved to deal with them."And what does Strieber anticipate will be thereactionof the UFO research community?"Thats really not an answerable question," Striebersaid, "and its too complicated. That community existsin so many different levels that its really hard to know.I mean, the reaction to it-will range from one of interestto one of rejection, obviously. I dont think therewouldbe a consensus reaction on the part of the whole com-munity. Id be very surprised. That would be a first."And the real reason for going public again with newinformation?"Well. I withdrew in 1989," Strieber said, "because Ihad gotten the proof, the thing I regarded as proof, andwhich would be proof certainly to anyone whos hadanything remotely resembling these experiences. And Ihad noticed that not only Communion, but anythinganybody does publiclyinvolving this experience, seemsto bring it closer to people. And Ijust didnt feel like Iwanted to necessarily do that until I had some cleareridea of what in the heck was going on. So, I tried to set-tle in my own mind the question, Could I at least dealwith this in some way that was useful to me? That Iwould consider valuable? Because, if I couldnt, thenwhy bother? I dont really care much about what theVisitors want or dont want to get out of it, or evenwhy theyre here. My interest and my focus is on whatdo I get out of it? What good is it for me? If it wasnothing for me except a lot of scary experiences in themiddle of the night, then, frankly, the hell with it."But if I could make something valuable out of it,"Streiber continued, "then it would be worth continu-ing. And I found that, for me, I did make somethingvaluable out of it. And I wanted to communicate thatthat was possible because I began to see that it was a rareand useful experience, and one that I think that a lot ofpeople would welcome in their lives as long as theyhad some means of handling it that resulted in theyregetting benefits from it."So, two veteran warhorses offer their rationales for areturn to the battlefront of truth versus falsehood in thegreat ongoing war between the differing theories ofwhat UFO abductions are and why they are happen-ing. Having reneged on their earlier decisions to with-draw completely, both Raymond Fowler (along withhis research subject Betty Andreasson Luca) andWhitley Strieber take another shot, and we listen withthem in the stillness to hear if anyone shoots back.Sean Casteel is a freelance writer with an interest inUFOs. He lives in Ventura, CA.yUFO NEWSCLIPPING SERVICE vThe UFO Newsclipping Service will keep youinformed of all the latest United States and World-WideUFO reports (i.e., little known photographic cases, closeencounters and landing reports, occupant cases) and allother UFO reports, many of which are carried only insmall town and foreign newspapers.Our UFO Newsclipping Service issues are 20-pagemonthly reports, reproduced by photo-offset, containingthe latest United States and Canadian UFO newsclip-pings, with our foreign section carrying the latest British,Australian, New Zealand and other foreign pressreports. Also included is a 3-5 page section of "Fortean"clippings (i.e., Bigfoot and other "monster" reports). Letus keep you informed of the latest happenings in theUFO and Fortean fields.For subscription information and sample pages fromour service, write today to:UFO NEWSCLIPPING SERVICE Route 1 - Box 220 /•PACE 12 NUMBER 326 JUNE 1995
  13. 13. MUFON UFO JOURNALNew on the NetISCNPFlash — Vol. 1,No. 5 — May 15, 1995ISCNI*Flash is the new twice-monthly electronicnewsletter of ISCNI, The Institute for the Study ofContact with Non-human Intelligence.All readers of ISCNPFlash are encouraged to visit IS-CNI, which is located within the Electronic UniversityNetwork at America Online. Use keyword: ISCNI, orkeyword: UFO. Either keyword takes you directlyto IS-CNI from anywhere in AOL.Youre receiving this issue of ISCNI*Flash for one ofthe following reasons: because youve already visited theISCNI Campus, sent us a Visitor notice, posted a mes-sage to our public area, attended one of our publicevents, or been in email contact with us; or becauseyouve been recommended by a friend; or because youshow UFOs as an interest in your AOL member profile.If you do not wish to receive this newsletter again,please see the notice at the very end of this issue.EYEWITNESS REPORT: THE SO-CALLED "ROSWELLFILM"Meeting at the Museum of LondonLondon, UK - Friday, May 5, 1995Editors Note: Several months ago, a British pop musicpromoter named Ray Santilli claimed he was in posses-sion of movie film allegedly shot at the scene of theUFO crash near Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Eversince, speculation as to the content and authenticity ofthis film has run rampant. Recently, Santilli invited me-dia representatives and researchers to a showing of abrief segment of the film at the Museum of London.This event took place on May 5.Colin Andrews, a noted British crop circle researchernow residing in the United States, was among those in-vited to the private showing. Colin sent a report to theUnited States from his UK office shortly after the event.The text of his report [slightly edited] follows:The meeting started at 1:00 PM, in the lecture theatre.We arrived at 12:30 PM. Many familiar faces werethere, some as follows: George Wingfield, Robert Irving,Bob Kiviat (Fox/Paramount Films), Phillip Mantle(BU-FORA), Michael Hessemann (Germany), Nick Pope(MOD — Ministry of Defence — UK Government),Carlton TV — UK, BBC radio I — UK, Daily ExpressUK, NBC — USA, many other media; Reg Presley(Troggs pop group), Ray Santilli (Film owner), re-searchers from Italy and Germany, John Holman —UK, Kent Jeffrey — USA; total approx. 100.Everybody was frisked and NO cameras or recorders,etc. were allowed inside the theatre. The showing startedat 5 minutes past one with no introduction; the lightswere simply turned off. The film started by saying:"The film you are about to see is taken from 16 mmoriginal films on 3 minute-long canisters and was pur-chased from the person who filmed it. All copyright iswith Merlin Communications Ltd."Description of film:At a table in a well-equipped [operating] theatre, twopeople in white outfits and hoods and visors over eyes(all-in-one suits) were inspecting the being. A third per-son was observing from behind a glass screen in the wallof the theatre; he/she was also wearing an outfit with alarger glass visor.One of the surgeons looked closely at the body andwas gesturing where he/she would be cutting and pullingthe legs apart inspecting the vagina. The female beinghad no breasts. It had five fingers and a thumb [6 digits]on each hand and [Reg Presley] says he counted sixtoes also (I could only see 5). The ears were smallerthanours and located lower on the head than ours, level withthe mouth. The head was larger (especially behind)andthe eyes were larger, at least as big as golf balls. It had asmall nose and small mouth, which was open. The bodywas very muscle-bound with very short, stocky legsand larger human-looking feet. The belly was very largeand looked 8 months pregnant, which it was not. Theears had the same major spiral trough as ours but [were]smooth and featureless above, more simple and basicthan ours.The surgeon cut from below the neck/chin down tothe vagina and I believe a tee-line outwards across thelower stomach. The chest and stomach were exposedand the heart removed and placed into a tray with othersubstances from around that immediate area. The lungswere removed from behind into another tray. The cam-era was handheld,and would on occasion move in close,losing focus in so doing. The flesh and attachments tothe organs being removed were moving and respondingto those actions in a very convincing manner — as ifreal. There were small amounts of fluids running downthe side of the body when the body was opened and or-gans removed. The colour of the liquid was dark andbloodlike.After the organs were cut out with a scalpel the sur-geon cut a continuous line around the middle of thehead and I think over the top, and peeled back the skinfrom rear to front over the eyes, revealing the scalp. Hetook a saw and cut across the head and removed thebrain with other material and placed it into another tray.Before the brain procedure started, the surgeon removedJUNE 1995 NUMBER 326 PAGE 13
  14. 14. MUFON UFO JOURNALa black lens layer from each eye, revealing white eyesjust like ours under it. The eyes had pupils like ourswhich were looking up into the head (as a deceasedhuman would). The single black layer of material wasslightly disc-shaped to fit over the eye pupil. It was as ifa filter lens/contact lens had been fitted into the eye.The right leg had a serious open wound, exposing themajor bones from the lower part of the upper leg tomiddle calf area. The surgeon moved the leg, inspectingthejoint.A large clock was on the wall to the side of the tableand time I believe began at 10:30 and was seen againaround 11:25. A wall-mountedtelephone was visible, aswere glass bottles and medicalinstruments.The body and procedures looked very authenticandin my opinion would have been hard to fake, but perhapsnot impossible with current techniques.At the end of the film, the lights came on and with nocomment people were expected to leave . . . A largegroup gathered at the rear of the theatre around RaySantilli, who was saying he will not answer questionsand [that] the photographer is 80 odd [years old] anddoes not want the questions and exposure. No otherquestions were answered and he was whisked out withthe media and myself staying with him. I asked him aswe all crowded around him, "Will you be seeing us inyour office?" He said, "Yes, later." A TV interviewersaid, "How am I supposed to interview you without be-ing given access to any other material?"When I was interviewed by BBC radio 1 outside,they told me that BBC TV had purchased a smallamount of film and would be showing it next month.It is believed that a major U.S. media company hasmade a bid."ROSWELL DECLARATION" AUTHOR KENT JEFFREYNIXES FILMAlso present at the "Roswell film" showing was KentJeffrey, an American commercial airline pilot whowrote the "Roswell Declaration" and heads an interna-tional Roswell Initiative urging U.S. government dis-closure of the facts concerning the 1947 RoswellIncident.In a phone call to ISCNI president MichaelLindemann on Sunday, May 7, Jeffrey said that he was"100 percent convinced that the film is a hoax." Hesaid the dead body appeared to be that of a human, pos-sibly somewhat modified by prosthetics. Its musculatureappeared well developed and very human.Overall thebody appeared somewhat bloated. Its genitalia appearedfemale, though its chest had only small nipples. Jeffreyconsiders it possible that the makers of the film have vi-olated laws against mutilation of a corpse for entertain-ment.Possibly the best indication of hoax, he said, wasthat the telephone had a modern-looking coiled cordon the handset. Jeffrey said he intends to contact AT&Tto find out if such coiled cords were in use as early as1947. If not, the film is a proven fake.ISCNI will continueto follow this story as further in-formation becomes available.ISCNI EXTENDS "FIRST MONTH FREE" OFFER TOAUGUST 31Due to the great success of ISCNFs "First Month Free"membership program, weve extended this special offerto August 31,1995. When you join ISCNI, you get a fullmonth free of charge to look into every aspect of ourprograms and services. If you like what you see, justcontinue to participate and well bill your credit cardwhen your free month is up. If you find ISCNI isnt foryou, just send us a cancellation notice before your freemonth expires, and well cancel your membership — nocharge, no questions asked. Its that simple. Were happyto make this offer, because weve seen that over 90% ofthe people who try ISCNI decide to continuetheir mem-bership.During your free month as an ISCNI member, youllhave full access to the Forum Message Board, the NewsCenter, the Institute Libraries, and classes in the ISCNIAcademy. With so much to gain and nothing to lose,why not try it today. Just go to ISCNI (Keyword: IS-.CN1), open the Registration Form and follow the easyinstructions. We look forward to seeing you "on cam-pus."CLOSING REMINDERS: Mark your calendar now forthe special Whitley Strieber guest event in AOLs GlobeAuditorium on Tuesday, May 16. Anyone with AOL ac-cess can attend, free of charge. The event begins at 10pm Eastern (7pm Pacific time) and runs 90 minutes.And please be sure to take advantage of ISCNIsFirst Month Free Membership Offer, running nowthrough August 31, 1995. Just come to the ISCNI freearea (use keyword: ISCNI), fill out and email the SpecialRegistration Form, and youll receive a free month to ex-plore all of ISCNIs membership programs and ser-vices.Were looking forward to welcoming you to the ISCNICampus soon!Best regards,Uschi GerardVice-President, Admin.& CommunicationsPAGE 14 NUMBER 326 JUNE 1995
  15. 15. MUFON UFO JOURNALP R O J E C T 1947Investigation of the 1947 UFO Wave and the EarlyUFO EraProject 1947, a two and one-half year intensive re-search effort into the UFO Wave of 1947, will producethe most comprehensive picture of the 1947 Wave todate. The project will accomplish several importanttasks:• Screen over 2000 newspapers from all over theworld for UFO reports.• Search for UFO reports in libraries, historical soci-eties, universities, archives and other institutions in theUS and Canada.• Gather records of first hand accounts from witnessesand search the files of UFO organizations and indi-vidual researchers for 1947 reports.• Compile the reports and data into the most compre-hensive study of the 1947 UFO Wave yet done. Thewritten report will be availableon the 50thanniversaryof Kenneth Arnolds momentous sighting.Project 1947. with its primary focus on the year 1947,will also look forward as far as 1957 and back to 1900for certain selected significant topics in UFO research.• The 1900-1946 period will be examined for UFO-like reports.• An effort will be made to locate the World War IIAircraft Warning Service records so that a searchmay be made for UFO reports in its files.• Ships logs will be examined for UFO reports.• An attempt will be made to find the Ground ObserverCorps (1951-1957) filter centers records in order tosearch for UFO reports.You can personally aid Project 1947 in several ways.Newspaper clippings, scrap books, letters, first hand re-ports, and official documents are all welcome. Leads,references, hints, etc., for further investigationare so-licited. Contributions of copies of early or rare UFO pub-lications and "zines" which contain historical 1947 orearly UFO era reports would be of great help. Especiallywelcome are UFO publications from abroad. Accessto personal collections or the files of active or defunctUFO and Fortean organizations would be of great assis-tance. An importantpriority is unearthing 1947 radio andtelevision newscasts and special programs on UFOs.Translations of foreign material is also urgently needed.Most importantly, research in local libraries, historical so-cieties, and newspaper archives is always required.If you can assist in any of these areas, please contactJan L. Aldrich, Project 1947, P. 0. Box 391, Canterbury,CT 06331, USA. Telephone: (203)546-9135. Voice/Faxmail: 1-800-864-1000, address 9-71241-4776-6245 (af-ter the tone leave your message).If you assist Project 1947, you will receive the UFOReference List, an informal newsletter dedicated to ex-ploring historical and early UFO era reports. Project1947 is partially funded by the coalition of the MutualUFO Network, the Center for UFO Studies, and theFund for UFO Research.The Circular FileBy Paul Rydeen(With thanks to Jeff Lewis and Joe Mason.)The time has come to face facts. The complex patternswe know as crop circles can only come from humanhands. It was natural to assume the first "saucer nests"were spontaneous formations. Their easy symmetry andsporadic appearance raised few eyebrows. Weather phe-nomena were an obvious culprit.Like first loves, crop circles are a summer affair. Thesecond season saw the circles become something morethan their namesake. Concentric circles, little knobbyappurtenances and more adorned the central circle. Itwas easy to believe they were still a natural event. Afterall, much more complex designs are to be found else-where in nature. We began jumping through hoops toshow this was so, looking for precedents in medieval lit-erature, UFO reports, and elsewhere. The anomaly of anew natural phenomenon was hard to accept for the or-thodox, but quite exciting to those seeking evidence ofevolution naturalor spiritual.As the circles became less circular and more com-plicated, it should have been obvious what their originwas. Instead we summoned aliens, Gaia, and "StarWars" weaponry to explain the cascading ladders, bugs,fish, etc. that adorned Englands fields. They were likeveve diagrams from Haiti or the occult sigils of EliphasLevi. They must mean something right? The obviousfakes were discarded, with no thought for the answerstaring us in the face. Circles kept increasing in quantity,no doubt from a "me too!" attitude. A crop circle hoax-ing contest provided startling results as to how easy it re-ally was. When two men stepped forward and con-JUNE 1995 NUMBER 326 PAGE 15
  16. 16. MUFON UFO JOURNALfessed their crime, the mass media accepted their procla-mation and stopped giving the circles coverage. Theyimmediately trailed off. but they do continue, spectacu-larly so last summer, according to some accounts.I am not debunking crop circles as hoaxes, thoughmany surely are.Perhaps a prank at first, I see many asworks of art, even as Rhorshach tests of our collectivepsyche. They are an interesting view into the minds ofthose who made them, and those who continue to believeat any cost. What the circles represent to me is a currentof subconscious thoughtprevalent throughout our societyat the time. We were manipulated because we were readyto be, because we wanted to be and needed to be. The cir-cle phenomenon grow only because we let it. We let itonly because the time was right to do so. The artists, thehoaxers, the other unexplainedcircle-makers, all fed offthis current, and in turn fed it by their continued crop cir-cle creation. If viewed as an experiment, the results arevery interesting. We were set up, but by whom?To those who find significance in the geometry of cir-cles, I say that all geometry is significant, even sacred.Refer to the works of Pythagoras and the Neoplatonistsif in doubt. The same geometry found in the BarburyCastle formation could be constructed on paper or in thedesign of a town square. Yes, it is significant,but itsnotbecause itsa crop circle.I find the location of these circles as interesting astheir shapes. Some circles appeared in field of rape.Rape is a floweringplant from which we get rapeseedoil, a common household product. "Rape" is also ahighly-charged word, referring to abduction and sexualassault. Little Gray Men? Crop circles are also called"corn circles" in England, because they frequently ap-peared in fields of wheat and other cereal grains, referredto locally and collectively as corn.Corn is a powerful symbol, a symbol of magic and an-other world. Consider Stephen Kings Children of theCorn, where horrible things take place in the corn, andthe cornfield surroundingthe old black womans houseinKings The Stand, where evil dwells. In Field of Dreams,the supernaturalbaseball players emerge from the corn atnight, and return once their unearthly game is done. Atthe end of the story, the Ray Kinsella character played byKevin Costner goes to see whats on the other side of thecorn.With the first Planer of the Apes film, ArthurP. Jacobsturned a juvenile novelette into social commentary. Wedo live on a planet of the apes. Our animal naturerules.Reason loses out to emotion and instinct constantly. Inone memorable scene, mounted gorillas chase humansthrough a cornfield, abduct them into slavery and worse.Those who can speak of the evil they have witnessed areoperated upon, have their brains and their vocal cords cutout so they can no longer tell of the horror, cannot evenremember it.A classic science fiction story called "Its A GoodLife" was made into a Twilight Zone episode. It starredBilly Mumy of Lost In Space as a little boy with specialpowers. Anybody he thought did something wrong wasimmediately teleported to the cornfield, where creaturesworse than those in The Stand resided.Acorn deity was sacred to the Aztecs and theMayans, both of whom practiced ritual sacrifice.Toensure a good crop, the Aztec high priest would have aspecial victim flayed alive. The priest would walkthrough the fields-wearing the still-warm hide of the sac-rifice. This was called "skin-walking.""Corn" means "horn" in Latin, as in "unicorn" (onehorn), "cornucopia" (horn of plenty),and "cornet"(mu-sical horn). There is a phallic meaning to "horn," whichties in with the fields of rape imagery and the idea ofskin-walking as a generative act. Our nourishmentfol-lows from this act, a fact we choose to ignore to preserveour collective sanity. The same sentiment is echoed inthe short story "TheLottery," by Shirley Jackson,wherein a villager is selected by lottery each year fordeath by stoning. It is a sacrifice to hasten the harvestand increase the yield.Perhaps the oldest reference to corn is that ofTammuz, the Babylonian corn deity. He was dismem-bered as a sacrifice, .serving as a model for Osiris.Orpheus, and others. His mourners would walk thestreets and wail at the appropriate time of year.The symbolic placement of corn circles is as impor-tant as their shape, even more so. Despite the fact that itprovides us with sustenance, the cornfield does notseem to be a pleasant place. A price must be paid to feedthe community. This is the message of the circles — notof the circle-makers, but of the current which inspirestheir creative effort. We are being manipulated, but to-wards what end?1995 UFO SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGSThe MUFON 1995 International UFOSymposium Proceedings will be available bymail on July 1, 1995 from MUFON in Seguin,Texas. As in prior years, the proceedings will beon sale at the Seattle symposium for attendees.Thirteen papers have been published as submit-ted by the outstanding symposium speakers list-ed in this issue of the Journal. Order your copynow for this 315 page ivory leatherette 8-1/2" x11" perfect binding paperback book for $25 plus$1.50 for postage and handling in U.S. fundsfrom MUFON, 103 Oldtowne Road, Seguin,Texas 78155-4099 U.S.A.PAGE 16 NUMBER 326 JUNE 1995
  17. 17. MUFON UFO JOURNALLetters to Mufon UFO JournalGRACE, INDEED!.While Ms. Puhalski ("Fall From Grace," April. 1995)was compassionately considering the effects of a frame-up on the many Bassett victims she might have givensome thought to how I would be affected by havingmy name in print without benefit of prior notice, left sus-pended in innuendoas well as misspelled.Except for itsself-aggrandizement, it is pointless reference in a point-less article and MUFON was mindlessto print it.— Diana DeSimoneNewton, MAMORE ON THE FALLAs someone who has chosen to maintain a very low pro-file in the UFO field, I was surprised to learn that myname had appeared in the article, "Fall from Grace." byRoberta Puhalski (April, 1995).After reading it, I thought carefully about whetherornot to write to correct some possible wrong impres-sions. I have decided to go ahead because there arelarger issues involved in what Ms. Puhalski has to say.First, there is the seemingly minor but importantpoint of advance notice — the Journal not having sent anadvance copy of the article to me for possible com-ment. I believe Diana DeSimone is very upset about thisin her own case as are a number of otherMassachusettsMUFON members. She is justifiably much more dis-turbed than I because of the statements made about her,namely, "government agent," "sudden monetary in-crease," etc. Diana did receive an advance copy, butonly after the Journal had beenprinted.The second issue is that of Ms. Puhalski citing theMalacarias without independently checking with thepeople named — I and Diana having never met or heardfrom Ms. Puhalski.A third issue I would like to address and counter isthe possible impression Ms. Puhalski has given thatMassachusetts MUFON was in some way taken in bythe Bassetts claims. To do that I will have to tell you alittle more about my own involvement with them.The Bassetts first attendeda local MUFON meetingin the spring of 1992. Martha Munroe tells me I wasthere but didnt meet them. They made some of theirclaims to Martha at that time and she invited them andme to her home on June 2, 1992 to talk about theseclaims as a precursor to a possible investigation using re-gression. Two cassette tapes were filled with our con-versation. This is normal procedure for cases wherethere are exotic claims and no evidence — all too typi-cal for latent encounters. What stood out very pointedlywas that this couple appeared highly paranoid with agovernment agent seemingly under everyones bed. Isaid as much to them but they werent upset. Their irra-tionality on the issue of conspiracy, plus the unprovablenature of Donnas claims, made me plead "lack of time"to avoid working with them. But, as we had done withthe Malacarias, after trying to gauge their earlier claims,we invited Donna and Ed to our next experiencer meet-ing which was to be held five days later (June 7). Themeeting of June 7, 1992, referred to in the article, wasnot a MUFON group in any sense. (Nancy Malacaria ac-knowledges that I had told her this before and I willwrite more about these meetings below). Since I am aMUFON member and had looked into some of theMalacarials claims in that capacity, they apparently con-sidered anything that I did that was related to UFOs asMUFON activity.Ms. Puhalski evidentlypicked that upfrom Nancys notes but didnt check the matter out.It was at that meeting that Donna, with emotion, tolda story about her fingers being burned and then restoredmiraculously by an alien.The Bassetts attended a few more MUFON meet-ings but had by now apparently gravitated toward others.As far as Donnas and Eds claims went, no one in MU-FON paid them any attention, so, I conjecture, theysought other ears. I said very little to Ed and nothing toDonna at these meetings. I didnt know what they wereup to and really didnt care. After thirty years in a fieldwhere I had listened to legions of unsupported claims,those of the Bassetts were nothing to get excited about,and since I dont sensationally write about claims, Imsure they werent excited about me either.On October 4, 1992, Ed Bassett phoned to tell me thathe was in legal trouble and that he was afraid that theclaims I had recorded would be somehow made public,prejudicing his case. He offered to transcribe the tapes ifI would send him the originals. I neither believed hisstory about legal troubles nor his promise to transcribethe tapes, but 1didnt mind complying with his wishessince I found the whole thing transparent and almostamusing — it was obvious he didnt want to leave atrail. I did not make tape copies and sent out the origi-nals on October 5th. I didnt expect that Ed would eversend me transcripts and, of course, he never has.Other than strengthening the negative opinion of theBassetts, the points of this little relation are twofold: 1)Massachusetts MUFON was suspicious of them long be-fore they surfaced in the media. We treated them asany people with extraordinary claims should be treated;if theres no evidence, take notes and dont get excited.2) Public proponents of controversial subjects should beas conservative as possible.Although this letter is getting quite long I feel I wantto make a comment on experiencer groups, since Ms.Puhalski seems to be disillusioned about what she hasfound.I have moderated, and Martha Munroe has hosted,aperiodic meetings ( 2 or 3 times per year) of an expe-riencer support group which has met in MassachusettsJUNE 1995 NUMBER 326 PAGE 17
  18. 18. MUFON UFO JOURNALsince 1987. At first the group was restricted to those peo-ple with whom Martha and I were working to uncoverlatent encounter images. Later the group was opened toanyone who believed he/she had had an encounter ex-perience and who wished to share thoughts and feelingswith others claiming similar things. Mental health pro-fessionals (mhps) who expressed an interest to us werealso invited. At least one experienced mhp was alwayspresent for these meetings. We have always refrainedfrom attracting publicattention.To return to Ms. Puhalskis article, although shewrites in general that "...some abductees began to desertthese safe havens. Other abductees even turned againstthe researcher/facilitators who first.brought them to-gether," it seems she is really only talking about Edand Donna Basselt — or does she have other instances?Experiencer support groups are a means to an end notan end in themselves. They are meant to serve as a tem-porary haven for those who are exploring their experi-ences and coming to tenns with them, not a perpetualcrutch. Support groups are meant to be fluid. Only thosewho still truly need the meetings come. Over the yearswe have had minor problems, such as complaints aboutsolicitations from within to join another group and aboutattendees who bring in a special viewpoint, like religionor the lack of it.One of the problems in these support groups is howpeople view themselves. The term "abductee" is a vic-timizing term and I gather from what you write thatpeople you have worked with view themselves thatway. We have adopted the term "experiencer" as one thatdoes not prejudge the nature of a persons experiences.And, to further that atmosphere of non-judgement, thereare no preparing or concludingstatements that cue thegroup attendees about how they are supposed to viewthemselves and the phenomenon.That viewpoint is onlyarrived at on a personal level during the bringing-to-mind of encounter images in regression.The group meetings are limited to discussion ofthoughts, feelings, and to the comparison of individualexperiences. Usually there is an agenda of issues se-lected by experiences at the start of a meeting. There areno preconditions other than confidentiality and that at-tendees believe they have had some kind ofanomalousexperience that is UFO related. Telephone numberscanbe exchanged by mutual agreement.Speaking for myself, confidentiality is a primary is-sue! I dont ask attendees to go public with their story!I refuse any media requests for public appearances! I amnot writing mass market books! I am happy to say thatthere are very few "victims" in our group, although anumber have arrived that way after exposure to TV,books and conferences. In bringingtheir encounter im-ages to mind they have arrived at a differentviewpoint,on their own, and without being led.In cases of individuals newly enteringinvestigation,perhaps feeling beset by fears and doubts, there are oth-ers available for counsel who have worked throughtheir negativity and fear and are willing to act as indi-vidual support for the newly arrived.If Ms. Puhalski would like to continue discussion ofsupport groups I would be happy to do so.— Joe NymanMedfield. MAThe Journal greatly regrets any offended sensibilities orhurt feelings occasioned by the publication of Ms.Pulhaskis article, especially on the part of Ms.DeSimone. While it is a courtesy, not an absolute re-quirement, for any author to share what they write withthose mentioned or quoted, the timely publication of amonthly journal does not always permit such counesies. It was known to the editors of this journal, for in-stance, that Dr. John Mack was under scrutiny by acommittee of his Hanard colleagues, based in the mainon his promotion of the abduction phenomenon. Indeed,a feature article regarding same appeared in The NewYork Times for Thursday, May 4, 1995 ("ProfessorWriting of Aliens is Under Inquiry at Harvard"). Asreaders should know, part of Dr. Macks problems stemfrom the infiltration of his support group by Donna andEd Bassett, whose subsequent activities raise seriousethical questions. Since Ms. Pulhaskis article deals inpart with these activities, we thought readers wouldfind her article extremely timelv. In short, it is theBassetts and their behavior who are under scrutinyhere, and it is the Bassetts, not MUFON or any of itsmembers, who voiced rumors about Ms. DeSimone be-ing a government agent, etc.The Bassetts are said to be writing a book abouttheir experiences with Massachusetts MUFON and Dr.Mack. If you think you may be mentioned therein, pleaselet us know if they extend you the courtesy of an advancecopy for comment prior to publication. And remember:they had all the time in the world.MAGNUM OPUSIn your April issue John Carpenter did a nicejob in hiscolumn, "Update on Professional Support," of salutingthe efforts of variousgroups around the country that aretrying to reach out and support people that believe theyare experiencingparanormal phenomenon. It is so im-portant that groups like MUFON, OPUS (Organizationfor Paranormal Understanding and Support), PEER, thegroup in El Paso headed by Dr. Joe Lewels. and other in-dividuals who are interested, network as much as pos-sible in order to help one another help those people inneed. Johns article goes a long way in helping the net-working process and for that, thank you!I would also like to add a few notes of clarification re-garding OPUS, which was actually co-founded by Dr.Eugene Lipson, a longtime member of MUFON, andmyself, a field investigatorand past training coordinatorfor MUFON in northern California. Through the greatPAGE 18 NUMBER 326 JUNE 1995
  19. 19. MUFON UFO JOURNALefforts of people like Kathi Hennesey, Bufo Calvin,Mark Commerford, Dr. Jack Isaacs, Jon Klimo, RobertMitchell, Ruben Uriarte, Barbara Gallagher, and JudyCoop, OPUS is taking form. OPUS does not, however,plan to deploy any "interdisciplinary" teams of theirown to investigate paranormal experiences. OPUS willinstead work with other existing organizations or indi-viduals whose expertise has already been established inorder to help the experiencer.Again, thank you for your efforts to help get theword out ...we greatly appreciateit!— Lester VelezCo-Founder, Vice PresidentOPUSConcord, CAMORE ON MOGUL & ROSWELLLike Kevin Randle, I too have been hard at work pur-suing further information on the Roswell-Project Mogulconnection.When I completed the Roswell in Perspective manu-script in March 1994, the information I had concerningspecific Mogul flights was in many respects sketchyand in some parts erroneous. At the time, Flight 9,launched on the evening of July 3. 1947, seemed themost likely source of the debris W. W. Brazel found onthe Foster Ranch. Now, with considerably more infor-mation in hand, for essentially the same reasonsoutlinedby Randle (see "MUFON Forum," Journal 323, p. 19).and based on hard evidence, I agree with Randle thatFlight 9 could not have been the culprit. On the otherhand, substantialevidence, including important weatherdata obtained by Randle, strongly suggests Brazelsfind was debris from Mogul Flight 4, launched on June4, 1947.Professor C. B. Moore, who served as the Mogulproject engineer, has recently completed a white paper,"The New York University [Army Air Force ProjectMogul contractor] Balloon Flights During Early June,1947," setting forth his analysis of the data and his ownfirsthand recollections. Therein (p. 4) he explains whyFlight 4 almost certainly was a "full-scale cluster [aflight train more than 450 feet high], complete with thetargets for tracking by the Watson Lab radar," and re-calls "J. R. Smith watching the June 4th cluster througha theodolite" and "Capt. Dyvad reporting] that the ...radar had lost the targets while Smith had them inview." He also recalls that the flight was tracked fromthe air by the crew of a B-17G assigned to the projectwho "terminated their chase, while the balloons wereContinued on Page 23RED LION HOTELSEATAC18740 Pacific Highway South, Seattle, WA 98188Location: Adjacent to SeaTac International Airport, one mile from 1-5, 20 minutes south of downtown Seattle.JUNE 1995 NUMBER 326 PAGE 19
  20. 20. oms MUFON 1995 INTERNATIONAL UFO SYMPOSIUMz03SPEAKING PROGRAMSATURDAY, JULY 8 MORNING SESSION9:00 a.m. Welcome to Seattle Marilyn H. ChildsWestern Regional Director and Host Co-ChairpersonIntroduction, Master of Ceremonies Gerald E. Rolwes9:10 a.m. Greetings from the Mutual UFO Network Walter H. Andrus, Jr.International DirectorSeguin, Texas9:15 a.m. "The Alien Jigsaw: A Fresh Look at an Old Puzzle" Katharina WilsonAuthor and Abduction ResearcherPortland, Oregon10:15 a.m. "Developing a Catalog of UFO-Related HumanPhysiological Effects" John F. Schuessler, M.S.MUFON Deputy Director Administration and Aerospace EngineerHouston, Texas11:15 a.m. LUNCH (place of your choice)AFTERNOON SESSION1:00 p.m. "Commonalities & Disparities: Findings of the MUFON AbductionTranscription Project" Dan R. Wright, M.A.Project Manager of the Abduction Transcription ProjectionMorrice, Michigan2:00 p.m. "Over the Rainbow: Quantum Physics Discovers the HolographicUniverse" F. Joe Lewels, Ph.D.Consultant & Assistant State Director for West Texas & South New MexicoEl Paso, Texas3:00 p.m. BREAK3:30 p.m. "The USAF-Sponsored Colorado Project for the ScientificStudy of UFOs" MichaelD. Swords, Ph.D.MUFON Consultant & Board Member of theJ. Allen Hynek Center for UFO StudiesKalamazoo,Michigan4:30 p.m. "Ufology in the Great White North" Michael J. StrainicMUFON Canadian NationalDirector and UFO ResearcherVancouver, B.C., Canada5:30 p.m. DINNER (place of your choice)8EVENING SESSION7:30 p.m. "Maps, Myths and Millennial Madness: Ufology Meetsthe End-Time" Michael P. LindemannFounder of the 2020 Group and Co-founded the Institutefor theStudy of Contact with Non-human Intelligence (ISCNI, Inc.)Santa Barbara,California8:30 p.m. "Roswell Revisited" Stanton T. Friedman, M.S.Nuclear Physicist, Lecturer, Author, and Member of MUFON Board of DirectorsFredericton, N.B., Canada9:30 p.m. "Spaceshipsof the Pleiades: The Billy MeierStory" Kal K. KorffAuthor, Researcher and LecturerSan Jose, CaliforniaSUNDAY, JULY 10 • MORNING SESSION Peter B. Davenport, M.C.9:00 a.m. "Encounter at Buff Ledge" Walter N. WebbInvestigator, Author, Astronomy Consultant and Columnist of"The Night Sky" for MUFON UFO JournalWestwood, Massachusetts10:00 a.m. "The Ufology Experience: Daring to Study UFOs" Charles E. Emmons, Ph.D.Researcher and Consultant to MUFONGettysburg, Pennsylvania11:00 a.m. LUNCH/CHURCHAFTERNOON SESSION Marilyn Childs, M.C.1:00 p.m. "Roswell, A Cautionary Tale: Facts and Fantasies, Lessonsand Legacies" Karl T. PflockWriter, Author and UFO ResearcherAlbuquerque, New Mexico2:00 p.m. "1994 Animal Mutilation Research Grant: Summary of CaseStudies" Linda Moulton Howe, M.A.Documentary Film Producer, Author and LecturerHuntingdon,Pennsylvania3:00 p.m. BREAK3:30 p.m. "Scientific Analysisof UFO Material by MUFON-CES" ..Rolf-Dieter Klein, M.S.Photo Analyst, Lecturer and UFO ResearcherMunich, Germany4:30 p.m. Question and Answer Panel, Composedof All Speakers Moderator, WalterAndrus5:30 p.m. Invitation to MUFON 1996 InternationalUFO Symposium inGreensboro, North Carolina, hosted by North Carolina MUFON5:30 p.m. Adjournment Laurence T. ChildsWashington State Director & Host Co-Chairperson