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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 M U T U A L UFO NETWORK S I N C E 1967J A N U A R Y 1996 NUMBER 333MUFON ON THE WEB: A Progress Report Dennis StacyRAINING ON SAGANS PARADE Dr. Bruce MaccabeeUSE OF PSYCHICS BY MILITARY REVEALS UFOs Joe Lewels, Ph.D. 6EXAMINING MUFONs COMPUTERIZED UFO DATA T. David SpencerNEWS 8. VIEWS 12SAUCERS AND THE SURREALCURRENT CASESTHE UFO PRESSMUFON FORUMPaul RydeenT. David SpencerLetter by Pflock1314Reviews by Casteel, Haines, Stacy 1620READERS CLASSIFIEDS 21THE FEBRUARY NIGHT SKY Walter N. Webb 22CALENDAR 22DIRECTORS MESSAGE Walter Andrus 24MUFON UFO JOURNAL(USPS 002-970)(ISSN0270-6822)103Oldtowne Rd.Seguin, TX 78155-4099Tel: (210) 379-9216FAX (210) 372-9439EDITORDennis StacyASSOCIATE EDITORWalter H. Andrus,Jr.COLUMNISTSWalter N. WebbJohn S. CarpenterT. David SpencerART DIRECTORVince JohnsonCopyright 1996by the Mutual UFO Netiiork. All Rights Resencd.No part of this document may be reproduced in any form without the written pet mission ofthe Copyright Owners Permission is herein/ granted to quote up to 200 words of any one arti-cle, provided the author is ciedited, and the statement, "Copyright 1996 by the Mutual UFONehcork, 103Oldtowne Rd., Seguin, Texas 78155," is included.The contents of the MUFON UFOJournal are determined by the editors and do not necessari-ly reflect the official position of the Mutual UFO Network. Opinions expressed are solely thoseof Hie individual authors.The Mutual UFO Netiiork, Inc is exempt from Federal income Tax under Section 501 (c)(3) i>f the Internal Revenue Code. MUFON is a publicly supported organization of the type,described in Section 509 (a) C2). Donors may deduct contributions from their Federal IncomeTM. 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. MUFON is a Texas nonprofit corporation.. The MUFON UFO oumal is published monthly by the Mutual UFO Network, Inc., Seguin,Texas. Membership/Subscription rates: $30 per war 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 JOURNALMUFON ON THEWEB: A PROGRESS REPORTby Dennis StacySince we went online last month, the MUFONWorld Wide Web home page site has receivedsome 2000 "hits." or visitors. Wait a minute, yousay, a) what is the World Wide Web, and b) what is ahome page?Were glad you asked. The Web, in shorthand, is acomponent of the global Internet, or Net for short, aworldwide connection of various computer servers, eachwith any number of sites accessible by modem. Theserver site of an individual, university,commercial orother organization is known as a home page. To reach aparticular home page, you direct a software programknown as a Web browser to that sites specific URL, orUniform Resource Locator, address.Wait another minute, you say.Youre supposed tobe making things simple, and already youre throwingmore unknown terms at me. Youre right. All you reallyneed to know is that the major commercial onlineser-vices like CompuServe and America On Line have al-ready made the Net and Web available to their members.If you prefer, you can sign up with a local providerwho will connect you to the Net and provide all thesoftware (PC or Mac) you need, a bundle which typi-cally includes a Web browser, a dial-up program, anewsgroup reader, and an E-mail program, usually aversion of something called Eudora, which allows you tosend and receive electronic mail. Local providers typi-cally charge anywhere from between $9.95 to $19.95 amonth, depending on the number of hours you expect toactually be connected, or on line. The higher rate usuallyallows unlimited access time and includes the cost ofyour own Web home page, should you decide to createone, in the bargain.Of course youll need a computer and modem —the faster the better — to get this far. Once everything isin place, simply open up your Web browser. (NetscapeNavigator is the most popular one,but there are manyothers under different names.) Now type in the follow-ing address (usually under a Go To option): should take you to the MUFON home page.The first thing youll see is a graphic logo for MUFON— created by Vince Johnson — followed by a greencounter, which looks much like an automobiles odome-ter, or mileage indicator. It simply tells you how manypeople have been here before you, and is a way for us tokeep count of incoming traffic. Next, you will notice alist of options, in our case the following:• An Introduction to Ufology.• More about MUFQN.How to contact MUFON.An application form to join MUFON.Excerpts from the latest MUFON UFO Journalon-line.Archive of past issues of the MUFON UFOJournal.Excerpts from the MUFON Field InvestigatorsManual.What to do if you see a UFO.Information on MUFONs Staff Photoanalyst. andprocedures for submittingphotos or videotape foranalysis.How to order publicationsfrom MUFON.UFO events (symposia and conferences, past andpresent).The UFO Literature.Other UFO organizationsand publications.UFO and related WWW and FTP sites.The underlined words will show up in a differentcolor from the surrounding text. This means thatthey are "hotlinks," and that clicking on a particularunderlined word or phrase will take you to anotherpage, or screen, devoted entirely to that subject. Forexample, clicking on "About MUFON" will take you toa general description of MUFONs history and activities.Clicking on "TheUFO Literature" will take you to arec-ommended reading list. Clicking on the highlighted, orunderlined, area of "What to do if you see a UFO"gains the viewer access to the UFO sighting report Form1 found on pages 58-9 of the MUFON FieldInvestigators Manual (4th Edition). Selecting "Howtoorder publications from MUFON" brings up a list of an-nual symposium proceedings which are still available,along with their individualcontents, plus a list of otherpublications and videos availablefrom MUFON. Peoplenew to MUFON can choose "An application form tojoin MUFON," which brings up an application formthat can be printed out,filled in and mailed to MU-FON. Many of the other options are self-explanatory.Ordinarily when you leave the original home pageand go to another page, there will be a highlighted op-tion at the bottom of the latter which will say somethinglike "Return to the MUFON home page." Clicking herewill return you to the original home page or "menu." Ifno such option is present, dont worry. Your browsershould also have a Back option, indicated by an arrowpointing to the left. Clicking on this button will also takeyou back to the previouspage. Depending on how manypages youve selected or opened by now, you may haveto backspace several times to return to the original homeJANUARY 1996 NUMBER 333 PAGE 3
  4. 4. MUFON UFO JOURNALpage. Now you can go to any other page, or option, ofyour choice. If you get lost, simply use the same proce-dure to return once again, or go home, to the originalopening screen.While the MUFON home page consists of links toseveral other pages at the same site, or URL, youwill notice that some hotlinks carry you to another URLor Web site entirely. Again, not to worry. Anytime youwant to return to the MUFON home base, simply clickthe Back option as many times as is necessary untilyou see the original MUFON logo. Welcome back!Weve included numerous hotlinks to other sites forseveral reasons. For one thing, its the proper thing to do,since MUFON doesnt claim a monopoly on UFOs andufology in general. For another, its Net etiquette: link toother sites and theyll link to you. At the same time,MUFON obviously has no input or control over thematerial that appears on other UFO Web sites. In short,while we provide the address(es) of other Web sites, theinformation thereon isnt necessarily endorsed by MU-FON or its Board of Directors. There is much good in-formation out there, but the viewer should also be awareof Sturgeons Law, which posits that 90 percent ofeverything — pardon our French — is crap. This isntmeant to denigrate any of the other Web sites refer-enced, only to warn Net surfers that what you see onscreen often needs to be double checked in terms of itsreality quotient.At any rate, we welcome you to the MUFON WWWhome page. We reiterate that the site is not static, but willremain underconstruction for the foreseeable future. Ifyoud like to complain about something thats alreadyup, let us know. If youd like to see some feature that wedont have, let us know about that, too. If you havecomputer and Web experience, and want to volun-teer/share some of yourexpertise, wed be equally happyto hear from you. The Web represents the new frontier ofufology, and MUFON, like everyone else on it, could al-ways use a few good pioneers. I can be reached via E-mail at ON SAGANS PARADEby Dr. Bruce MaccabeeDr. Carl Sagan has written yet another article inParade Magazine (Dec. 3, 1995) regarding UFOsightings and aliens. "Whats the evidence," he asks."On so important a question as UFOs, the evidencemust be airtight. People make mistakes. People playpractical jokes. People stretch the truth for money, at-tention or fame. People occasionally misunderstandwhat theyre seeing. And sometimes even see thingsthat arent there." According to Dr. Sagan, there is noconvincing evidence that UFOs are real.Methinks Carl doth protest too much for a personwho, as a young man, was at least favorable toward, ifnot totally convinced by, the early UFO sightings: "Itseemed pretty believableto me ... apart from a few har-rumphs and giggles — I couldnt find any counterargu-ments. How could all these eyewitnesses be mistaken?"After all, he is a proponent of listening via radio to theuniverse in order to detect signs of intelligent life "outthere." Hence he must be a believer in life out there ...enough of a believer to commit his and other peoplestime and money to hours and hours of "listening." Isthere any evidence of life out there to listen for? Onlyprobabilistic argumentsbased on the existence of intel-ligent life here. There are no observational data. This isin stark contrast to the situation regarding UFO sightingsfor which there is a lot of observational data, whetherornot Dr. Sagan considers it "airtight."Dr. Sagan points out that as he grew up and learned"how science works — the secrets of its great success,"he became skeptical of UFO reports. He decided that"Essentially all the UFO cases were anecdotes," juststories, by people "who reported what they saw." Somesaw "natural — if unfamiliar phenomena ... unconven-tional aircraft... conventionalaircraft with unusual light-ing patterns; high altitude balloons; luminescent insects;planets seen under unusual atmospheric conditions; op-tical mirages and loomings; lenticular clouds; ball light-ning; sun dogs; meteors, including green fireballs; andartificial satellites, nose cones and rocket boosters spec-tacularly reentering the atmosphere." He also pointsout that "the field attracted rogues and charlatans," that"many UFO photos turned out to be fakes" and at leastin one case a mass UFO sightingwas of a hot airballoonwith candles. In other words, in Dr. Sagans opinion, be-cause some or many UFO sightingscan be explained ashe has suggested, then all UFO sightings can be ex-plained as he has suggested and hence there is no "air-tight" evidence.At the end of his article (in which he also discussedcrop circles, which I do not discuss here because theymay not be related to UFO sightings) he appeals toskepticism as a counter to credulityand laments that the"tools of skepticism are generally unavailable to thecitizens of our society." The implication is that anyonewho "believes" in UFO reality is not being properlyskeptical but, rather, credulous (willing to believe in"anything"). Again methinks that Carl protests too muchPAGE 4 NUMBER 333 JANUARY 1996
  5. 5. MUFON UFO JOURNALfor it was by using the "tools of skepticism" that I ar-rived at the conclusion that UFOs are real.My "conversion" to "belief (really, acceptance) ofUFO reality was a result of considering and analyzingexplanations for UFO sightings.1analyzed a numberofthe classic (read, "older") sightings and the explana-tions for them and realized that the explanations wereunconvincing, at best, and just plain wrong, at worst. Itwas at this time that I became skeptical of the skeptics. Ialso discovered that some of the more vocal skeptics actas if they have a desire to disbelieve, and some go so faras to become "debunkers" who discount UFO sight-ings without so much as a sideways glance at them.Sometimes these debunkers disparage or make fun ofpeople who report such sightings.Consider, for example. Dr. Sagans suggestion thatsome sightings were actually of high altitude balloons(see above). Is he aware that some of the earliest flyingsaucer/UFO sightings were made in clear daylight by thescientists who launched those balloons? Is he awarethat these scientists saw their own balloons and strange,circular shiny objects flying past or around the bal-loons? These men were trained observers of things in thesky, not to be tricked by any of the natural or manmadephenomena regarded by Sagan as "the" solutions toUFO sightings.So what if "many UFO photos" turned out to befakes; not all are. Does Dr. Sagan know about thecinetheodolite films shot on April 27, 1950 by techni-cians at the White Sand Proving Ground? According tomathematician Wilber Mitchell, triangulation showedthat the objects were traveling at a high rate of speedover the Holloman Range at an altitude of about 150,000ft. The objects were about 30 feet in diameter. Severalfilms of unidentified objects flying over White Sandswere taken in the late spring of 1950.So what if many sightings could be explained bynatural phenomena, as Dr. Sagan suggested. There arealso many which cant, such as the first widely reportedsighting, that of Kenneth Arnold on June 24, 1947.Many people have tried to explain Arnolds sighting;none has succeeded. The late Dr. J. Allen Hynek, as-tronomer and consultant to the Air Force Project BlueBook, was initially a severe skeptic of flying saucer re-ports. He was the first scientist to analyze Arnolds re-port to the (Army) Air Force and attempt to explain it, in1948. By 25 years later he had reversed his opinionabout UFO reports and realized that he hadnt explainedArnolds sighting.In November 1986, the Japanese pilot and two mancrew of a jumbo jet freighter flying over Alaska wit-nessed a series of sighting events, includingradar de-tections, which was investigated by the FederalAeronautics Administration. In March 1987, the FAA re-leased a package of information on the sighting to thepublic and announced its "solution": the ground radarhad been fooled by malfunctionsthat occurred just as theJANUARY 1996 NUMBER 333crew was reporting objects/lights near the aircraft. TheFAA had "no comment" on the visual sighting and nocomment about the object detected on the airplane radar.The Committee for ScientificInvestigation of Claims ofthe Paranormal (CSICOP) publicized its explanationfor the sighting— misidentifications of Mars and Jupiter— before the FAA released its reports. A month or solater, when it became apparent from the FAA-releasedinformation that the visual sightingdirection was not inthe direction of these planets the skeptics revised theirexplanation to moonlight reflected from clouds. Neitherexplanation was satisfactory in view of the descriptionsgiven by the three witnesses on the plane.Try as he may, Dr. Sagan cannot get away from thefact that UFO sightingshave been reported under "unim-peachable" conditions,includingmultiple witness day-light sightings of structured objects (seen well enough sothat identification would be immediately obvious if itwere possible), multipleradar/visual sightings,multiplewitnessed photographic and video sightings and sight-ings that involved landing traces (several thousand ofthese on record). It is true that we, the civilian commu-nity of UFO investigators, do not have something whichwe are positive is a piece of a flying saucer. However,there is a mass of circumstantialevidence of the typewhich, if this were to be tried in a court of law, would besufficient to prove the case.If Dr. Sagan wishes to ignore all this, that is hischoice. He can go back to listening for aliens. But heshould leave the ufologists alone. We have enough in-born healthy skepticism to keep us from being overlycredulous, while not throwing out the baby with thebathwater. Furthermore, contrary to Dr. Sagans statedopinion that we might "have a vested interest in dis-couraging skepticism," we encourage skepticism onboth sides of this issue.UFO NEWSCLIPPING SERVICEThe 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 SERVICERoute 1 - Box 220Plumerville, Arkansas 72127PAGES
  6. 6. MUFON UFO JOURNALUSE OF PSYCHICS BY MILITARY REVEALS UFOsby Joe Lewels, Ph.D.Arecent Congressional investigation into the useof psychics by the Pentagon and various intelli-gence services confirms the earlier research doneby a former New York Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Howard Blum, which says that "remote view-ers" located flying saucers hovering above Russian nu-clear submarines.On November 28, ABC news reported that theCentral Intelligence Agency (CIA), the DefenseIntelligence Agency (DIA) and other security agenciesspent as much as $20 million over the past 25 years onprojects in which they used psychics on various top se-cret military projects. The psychics, called "remoteviewers," are able to perceive and describe remote datathrough the use of their mental powers.The revelation was made as a result of aCongressional inquiry into the value of continuing theexpenditure of tax money on a phenomenon that manyscientists scoff at as being nonexistent. ABC news,which received a copy of the report, revealed that psy-chics had been used on numerous occasions to "see"events occurring in other parts of the world. Amongthese projects were the location of Iranian embassyhostages during the Iran crisis, the location of under-ground nuclear testing facilities in Russia, the tracking ofSoviet submarines and finding Moammar Gadhafi priorto our bombing Libya.Ted Koppel, on the TV program "Nightline," inter-viewed former CIA chief Robert Gates, psychic JoeMcMoneagle, physicistEdwin May (one of the projectdirectors), DIA project director Dale Graft, and a con-sultant to the Pentagon identified only as "Norm."Although the report concludes that no further use ofpsychics for defense purposes is warranted, psychic JoeMcMoneagle made it clear that the projects had spec-tacular successes in many cases. Gates, Graft and May,however, minimized the value of the program, claimingthat only 12 out of 500 cases produced accurate results.All three agreed that the program was of little use to themilitary and that such experiments were "better ex-plored in an academic setting."Interestingly, one of those who helped prepare thestudy was Ray Hyman, a psychology professor at theUniversity of Oregon. Hyman is a member of the exec-utive council of CSICOP, an organizationdedicated todebunking the paranormal. Althoughhe remained skep-tical, his co-author Jessica Utts, a professor at theUniversity of California-Davis, said the psychics wereaccurate 15 percent of the time.These revelations confirm what Blum reported in his1990 book, Out There: The Governments Secret Questfor Extraterrestrials. Blum uncovered evidence of thePentagons use of remote viewers for a top secret pro-gram called Project Aquarius, conducted by the DIAsDirectorate for Management and Operations. This pro-ject was conducted right next door to the White House inthe old Executive Office Building, in the Fall of 1985.The initialmeeting that startedthe project was held inthe office of George Keyworth, President ReagansScience Adviser, and included staff of the Office ofScience and Technology. The meeting was conducted bytwo scientists from the Stanford Research Institute(SRI).The demonstration consisted of having a psychic fo-cus his powers on specific longitudinal and latitudinal in-formation and asking him to see what was there. The an-swer, which he gave correctly: a mansion. As it turnsout, the mansion belonged to Mikhail Gorbachev.The next phase of the demonstration was conductedby a Naval Commander, presumably from the Office ofNaval Intelligence. He showed the psychic a group ofabout six photographs of Russian and American sub-marines, some armed with nuclear warheads, and askedthe viewer to give him the whereabouts of each of thesubmarines by stating the specific coordinates of eachsite. The Commander had in his briefcase a list of thecurrent actual locations of each craft.The viewer then went into a trance, his head gentlybobbing up and down. Then he began announcingthelocations of the ships: off the coast of South Carolina, offthe northern coast of Iceland, etc. But when he got to thephotograph of a Soviet Delta Class submarine, he stum-bled, "his face suddenly became twisted with the sur-prised look of someone who had just encountered asmall, but unexpected trouble in his path ... His trancebroke ... and he was clearly uncomfortable.No, one ofthe witnesses decided: he was scared.""What is it?" he was asked. The viewer explained thathe had seen something else at the same coordinates,which were off the coast of Nova Scotia. It was "hov-ering above the submarine." The scientist asked theviewer to draw what he saw. Blum reports that "It wasthe drawingof a wingless aircraft. To many in the roomthe drawing was quite familiar. A rocket? the scientistprodded."PAGE 6 NUMBER 333Continued on Page 15JANUARY 1996
  7. 7. MUFON UFO JOURNALExamining MUFONs Computerized UFODataSection 2: Sightings by Year, Month, Day,Time, and DurationBy T. David Spencer, Deputy Director,InvestigationsThis is the second of an eight-section report onthe database. The CE, MA, FB. and AN typesreferenced in this section were discussed in thefirst section. The types are also described in the MUFONField Investigators Manual, fourth edition, SectionXVIII, Part 1, starting on page210.SIGHTINGS BY YEARSince the number of cases is critically dependent onsubmissions of completed reports by volunteer FieldInvestigators, the computerized MUFON UFO data-base may not be the best to measure the frequencies ofUFO events by year. There should be some relationshipbetween the number of submissions and the amount ofobserved UFO-related events, but it would surely varyfrom year to year.There are more reports during 1989 (125 sightings)than any other year (Chart 2-1). Thirty nine of the1989sightings were in Florida and were associated with theGulf Breeze area, but even if the Florida cases wereignored, there would still be more reports in the databasefor 1989. There appears to be nothing extraordinary re-garding the sightings that year other than the GulfBreeze phenomena.SIGHTING MONTHSWithin the contiguous (48) United States, 539 reportsidentify the month of the event. These include 81 priorto 1985,212 in the years 1985-1989, and 246 from1990 through 1994, distributed as shown in Chart2-2.By separating the CEs and distant sightings, a differentpicture is painted (Chart 2-3). There is a distinct peak ofdistant sightings during October, with secondary peaksin July, August, and September. The CEs do not show adistinct peak month and are fairly uniformly distrib-uted, slightly higher between July and December.Sightings by Year RangesReferring back to Chart 2-2, the data of events before1985 show most sightingsper month occurring betweenMay and November. The 1985-1989 data indicate thatthe last six months of the year exhibited the highestfrequency of sightings, with peaks in October andDecember. In the 1990-1994 data, the greatest sightingfrequencies occurred during four months - July, August,September, and October, with no significantpeak month.For CEs,all months after June have had about thesame numbers of sightings (Chart 2-3), but this periodJANUARY 1996 NUMBER 333covers only 59 percent of the total. It has been almost aslikely to have a close encounter during the first half ofthe year as the last half.Sightings vs. Meteor ShowersDespite our efforts to assure a sighting report is not of anIFO, the meteor showers in July and August (Aquaridsand Perseids) and October (Draconids and Orionids)may have contributed to the number of sightings. Inthe milder climates of Summer and Fall, more people arelikely to be outside at night.Table2-1.Sightings During Meteor Shower Time Periods(281 distant and 205 CE sightings specified days.)METEORSHOWERSQuadrantidsLyridsMay AquaridsJuly AquaridsPerseidsDraconidsOrionidsTauridsLeonidsGeminidsTotals% of TypeTIMEPERIODJan 1-4Apr19-23May 1-6July 26-31Aug10-14Oct9Oct18-23Nov9Nov 14-18Dec 10-13#DISTANT0234605321269%% OF DISTANTFORMONTH0%10%14%13%25%11%26%5%13%#CEs12034342212211%% OF CEsFORMONTH7%18%0%19%15%32%27%6%17%If the sightings during meteor shower activity arecompared with the total sightings for each of the samemonths, the percentages shown in the fourth and sixthcolumns of Table 2-1 are obtained, ranging between 0and 32 percent of all sightingsfor the month and aver-aging 14 percent (13 percent of distant and 17 percent ofCEs). Sightings during periods of meteor shower activ-ity — not necessarily due to the meteors — have repre-sented only 10 percent of all sightings (9 percent ofdistant and 11 percent of CEs).Enough events occurred during meteor shower peri-ods to suspect that some sightings must be a result ofmeteors, but the percentage (10 percent) has little sig-nificance.DAY OF THE WEEKHistorically, event data has indicatedthat more sightingsoccur in the middle of the week than any other time, andPAGE?
  8. 8. MUFON UFO JOURNALthis report supports that observation. From Table 2-2, 50percent of the sightings occurred Tuesday throughThursday, peaking at 20 percent on Wednesday. For theperiods 1985-1989 (191 events) and 1990-1994 (239events), the percentage in each of the middle three daysdiffered by no more than 1 percent from the total, forboth CEs and distant sightings.Further analysis identifies two exceptions:1. The MA type had 23 percent, not 19-21 percent, onWednesday.2. The AN type had a peak of 25 percent on Friday,not Wednesday.Table 2-2. Percentages of Events by Day(Prior to 1995)DAYSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAY%OFTOTAL(482)1112IS20IS1314%1985-1989(191)13111621141213%1990-1994(239)8121620161513%CE(201)14101420161313% DISTANT(281)8131620151315The MA exception is not significant enough to dwellon, but the AN exception may be an indication that ANtype sightings were not closely related to other sightings.This possibility is studied in the analyses of locations(Section 3) and sky conditions (part of Section 4).Why did peak numbers of sightings happen onTuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays? Appropriatedemographics would probably provide an answer, sincethere is no known reason to expect UFOs to have any in-terest in our designation of the week or days of theweek. Nonetheless, the statistic is a curious one.TIMES OF THE DAYChart 2-4 depicts the events by time of day for each ofthe three year intervals and the total. The hours areshown starting at noon in order to display the peak dis-tribution near the center. A total of 582 events con-tribute to this chart, 96 before 1985, 225 between 1985and 1989, and 261 between 1990 and 1994.Peak Times for SightingsThere are variations, but the time intervals and the totalagree that the peak numbersof events occurred between1800 hours (6:00 p.m.) and 2400 hours (midnight), themaximum during2100 hours (9:00 p.m.). This five hourtime period includes 61 percent of all data.Greenwich Mean TimeThe data in Chart 2-4 is based on local times for thesightings, including Standard and Daylight Savingstimes. In an effort to reduce the mystery of peaks, theGreenwich Mean Time (GMT) for each sighting wasused for a comparison. If sightings were geographicallyevenly distributed, normalizingthe times (gettingtime-zone independent values) should make thedistributionmore uniform. A more pronounced peak in the GMTdistribution would suggest that sightings were indepen-dent of local times.As illustrated in Chart 2-5, there is some broadeningof the peaks shoulders. Primarily, the single peak isreplaced by two, indicating that a significant percentageof cases occurred in two neighboring time zones, a find-ing which is studied in Section 3 (location).The GMT peak is less pronounced than the localtime peak, suggesting that the "2100 hours" phenome-non was a social demographic (associated with thehabits of people).Time by MonthFrom 558 events that includeboth month and time, allmonths exhibit the maximum number of sightings be-tween 1800 and 2400 hours, but there is a difference be-tween the six months starting April and that startingOctober. As depicted in Table 2-3*, the peak period forsightings during the six months starting April began at2000 hours and ended at 2400 hours, and the 2200-2400 hours period has had an average of 24 percent ofthe sightings. For every months over the next sixmonths, the percentage of sightings during the 2200 -2359 hours period dropped to 16 percent, whilethe av-erage percentage in the 1800 - 1959 hours period in-creased from 6 to 23 percent (350% increase in thenumber of sightings).* Note: Although Table 2-3 reduces the data to quar-ters of the year, the monthlydata exhibitthe same typeof results.Even withoutDaylight Savings Time, it gets darkerearlier from October through March than April throughSeptember.Table 2-3. Percent of Quarterly Sightings by Time(558 reports include both time and month.)MONTHSJAN-MARAPR-JUNJUL-SEPOCT-DECHOURLY PORTION OF THE DAY0000-1159HRS232528211200-1759HRS1347131800-1959HRS2357232000-2159HRS234035292200-2359HRS18262314TOTAL100100100100There is a 35 percent decrease in the number of sight-ings between 2200 and 2400 hours (from 24 to 16 per-cent of the sightings) in the October - March period, sug-PAGE8 NUMBER 333 JANUARY 1996
  10. 10. MUFON UFO JOURNALCHART 2-4. U.S.EVENTS BY TIME OF DAY(Before 1995. 582 with time ofday.)AICOzUJ111U_OO120100-80-60-40-20-<85121314151617181920212223 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 0 1 1TIME (In Hundreds) ->120YCOCHART 2-5. U.S.LOCAL TIME VS GMT(565 local times have GMT.)GMT^LOCAL12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11TIME (In Hundreds) ->PAGE 10 NUMBER 333 JANUARY 1996
  11. 11. MUFON UFO JOURNALgesting that cold weather influenced potential witnessesto not be outside as late during these months.Since these time and quantity shifts occurring in thedata are explainable, it is conjectured that this peaksighting time frame (1800 - 2400 hours) is a result of de-mographics-related parameters. Since UFO phenomenaare not detectable unless they occur within time framesthat witnesses are available to view them, they mayhave been happening equally during all hours of allmonths.Time by Day of WeekSightings between 2000 and 2400 hours have variedbetween 43 and 60 percent (average 52 percent) of thedata, depending on the day, but data averages for everyday of the week agree that this time period has resultedin more sightings than any other, based on 481 reportsthat include data for both day and time.Time by Type of SightingFrom 582 cases that include the time of day, a larger per-centage of sightings (66 percent) occurred during 1800- 2400 hours than any other six-hour period, irrespectiveof the type of sighting (CE, MA, FB, or AN).DURATIONNot surprising, most sightings (two out of three, ac-cording to this data) lasted no more than 10 minutes.Three out of 11 lasted 10-99 minutes, and one out of 20lasted 100 minutesor longer.Duration by Type of SightingThe results based on the type of sighting are given inTable 2-4. As could be anticipated, the FB and AN typesightings - the "fly bys" and anomalies - had a largerpercentage at the low end (less than oneminute).Table 2-4.Sighting Duration, Percent by Type of Sighting(578 events identify duration.)Duration by Month, Day of Week, and Time of DayDURATION(Minutes)0.01-0.090.1-0.91.0-9.010-99100-999%CE(254)41749246%MA(187)41242348%FB(100)72846180%AN(37)34327243With 480 reports, analysis of duration by month, day,and time adds no new or different information. Thesighting duration has been independent of these para-meters.SUMMARY OF FINDINGSYearFor all years in the database, 1989 resulted in the mostUFO reports.Month• Distant sightings were more predominate betweenJuly and October than any other time of the year, thepeak month being October.• CEs (close encounters) have occurred with almostequal regularity by month throughout the year.Day• With the exception of AN (anomaly) types of sight-ings, Wednesday has been responsible for the highestrate of sightings duringthe week, regardless of the timeof year. Tuesday and Thursday have shared the honor ofthe second-highest rate.• AN types of sightings have occurred with greatestfrequency on Friday.Time of the Day• Times for sightings have been specific to local - notglobal - measures. They have been associated with timesthat potential witnesses are best available, which isprobably not just the times that observable anomalies oc-cur.• The peak times for sightings has been 1800 - 2400hours (6:00 - 12:00 p.m.), regardless of the month, day,or type of sighting. The peak rate of sightings has oc-curred during 2100 hours (9:00 - 9:59 p.m.).Duration• Over 65 percent of the sightings have lasted less than10 minutes.• The AN and FB types have a higher percentage ofsightings lastingless than one minute, compared to CEand MA types (38 versus 19 percent, average).• Sighting durations have been independent of.month,day, and time.Significance of Meteor ShowersMeteor showers have not contributed significantly to thedatabase (10 percent or less).PREVIEW OF SECTION 3Locations of sightings, shifts over the years, coordi-nates representing the maximum numbers of sightings,and related issues are discussed. Are AN types of sight-ings different from the others? Are CEs more concen-trated by location than other types? Section 3 will helpresolve these and other questions.JANUARY 1996 NUMBER 333 PAGE 1I
  12. 12. MUFON UFO JOURNALContact made!Alien ina Chamberfrom"Roswell."What really happenedin the desert nearRoswell.New Mexico in 1947? Did analien spacecraft crash? Worethe remains of its occupantssecretly captured by fedeialauthorities? As documentedin the Him "Roswell," credi-ble evidence suggests theseama/mg events did take place.Now vou can display this full-sizelatex replica of theRoswell UFO Alien in a Chamber, as created lor the filmby Hollywood special FX artist Steve Johnson. Made fromthe original movie mold, the beautifully sculpted recliningalien measures-1 feet long. An internal fluorescent lampSharper Image catalog ad.illuminates the chamber for an eerie eflect. Mea.surcs5-4"L • I8"W ^ 15"H. Made in USA.Display the fantastic Hollywood creature that couldrepresent actual contact with an alien life form« Roswell UFO Alien in a Chamber $1,695 #UJ3I4O 1991 SifivMiiumi VAX"BOMBS" OVER BRAZILOn June 30, 1908, something exploded above theSiberian taiga north of Lake Baikal, near the Tunguska(Stony) River, devastating some 2000 square kilometersof heavy forest in a single gigantic flash. Theories as tothe origin of the so-called Tunguska Event have gener-ated numerous articles and several books. They rangefrom a large asteroid or comet, to a nuclear-fueledspace-ship of extraterrestrial origin.Now it appears something similar may have tran-spired in the equally sparsely populated Brazilian junglein 1930, according to a recent article in the English sci-ence weekly. New Scientist (November I I , 1995, p.12). The Brazilian event was reported in some newspa-pers at the time, and was even investigatedby a Catholicmissionary. Father Fidele dAlviano,who wrote a reportfor LOsservatore Romano, the papal newspaper. ButdAlvianos account had largely disappeared from view.It was first cited in a 1931 paper by Leonid Kulik of theSoviet Academy of Sciences, who initiallyinvestigatedthe Tunguska explosion, and then again in a 1989 articlein The Journal of the International Meteor Organizationby scientists Nikolai Vasilyev and Gennadij Andreev,referencing Kuliks original citation.British astronomer Mark Bailey, of the ArmaghObservatory, backtracked the reference to dAlvianosoriginal article, aided by two local schoolboys, DamianMarkham and James Scriven. Based on interviews witheyewitnesses, dAlviano describes the event and its con-sequences — it happened at eight in the morning,August 13, 1930 — in graphic style, but omits many keydetails that would aid astronomers in ascertaining origin.Hope is still held, though,as dAlviano keptvoluminousdiaries, which the Vatican still possesses, and whichBailey wants to review.Shortly before the explosion along its border withPeru in northwestern Brazil, says dAlviano, the sunturned red and then the sky went totally dark, followedby a rain of white ash and an ear-piercing whistle. Thenthree fireballs streaked across the sky and exploded,their rumblings heard hundreds of kilometers around.Months later, some of the affected forest was still smol-dering.Bailey notes that three house-sized objects were prob-ably involved, resulting in a combined one-megatonexplosion, or about a tenth of the estimated energy re-leased in the Tunguska Event. Whatever their cause —the Brazilian bombs occurred at the height of the annualPerseids meteor shower — such large scale invadersmay be far more common than we previously suspected,says Bailey, when coupled in time with the earlierTunguska explosion, perhaps ten times as common."The Earth may be subjected to three or four [suchevents] a century," he warns.As far as the twentieth century is concerned, then,thats two down and perhaps two to go, which could cer-tainly make for some Millennium-ending or beginningfireworks. It seems patently unlikelyanyone is aimingthese things, but heres hoping, if they are, that theycontinue to target highly unpopulated areas as in thepast. Otherwise, well all read about it — except thosedirectly impacted.— Dennis StacyTOO GOOD TO BE TRUEFor almost eight years the UFO sightings in the GulfBreeze/Pensacola area have remained unsolved.Depending on your point of view, there are only two an-swers:PAGE 12 NUMBER 333 JANUARY 1996
  13. 13. MUFON UFOJOURNAL1) The UFOs are real and as yet still unidentified, or2) the UFOs are not real; they are simply misidenti-fied.Many scores of witnesses have come forward to tellof seeing a wingless, soundless, flying object performaerial feats apparently impossible for conventional air-craft. Even so, either of the above answers can explainthese single witness and multi-witness UFO sightings.Scores of photographs and video tapes have beentaken during local UFO sightings. If the photographs andvideo tapes show a distant glowing light, or the pho-tographs show no structural detail, again, either of theabove answers still applies.But . . . what if the photographs and video tapesshow an "oops, there it is," "knock your socks off,"flying, wingless, soundless object in broad daylight?The debate will continue despite any amount of defini-tive proof.The reason for this is a psychological one (kind of aknee-jerk, human nature kind of thing): The more ab-solute the evidence, the more it cannot be real, andsince it cant be real ... answer #2 applies... it must be ahoax. Why? Because, if UFOs were real, our govern-ment officials would tell us everythingthey know aboutUFOs, wouldnt they? Therefore UFOs cant be real,right?So here is the dilemma. What is it so many people areseeing? What is it they are photographing and videotaping? The photographs I took eight years ago andsome more recently, show "something" that looks likewhat "cant be." I wrote two books about what so manyof us have seen or thought we saw.So, what is it? What was that spherical, silver objectthat shows so clearly in the picture I took on January 12,1994. You know, that unbelievable picture that showswhat "couldnt" be an F-15 jet fighter racing past in frontof what "couldnt" be a UFO. The Air Force said the jetfighter was a Navy F-14, and the non-UFO was "abunch of weather balloons tied together."Ah, now we are getting somewhere . . . "a bunch ofweather balloons." Great! At least its an answer (eventhough it doesnt even come close to looking like "abunch of weather balloons") instead of the usual "nocomment."Seriously, my point is this. There seems to be a nor-mal reaction whenever clear, factual UFO evidence ispresented. Which is, if the UFO evidence is too good, itcant be real.Not so long ago, on July 21,1 witnessed several "fly-bys" and captured them on video. The UFO can be seenclearly entering the field of view, crossing halfway(camera was on full zoom) and reversing direction.Below the UFO can be seen the Gulf Breeze shoreline,the Santa Rosa sound, and the 40-foot tall trees thatcover Shoreline Park. The UFO briefly cast its shadowon the trees that line the beach. What does that mean?The UFO is real; and the shadow proves it.UFO witnesses, UFO photos, UFO videos, shadowevidence, etc. etc.... So what do you think? Is it all toogood and too much to be true, or are we witnessing ahistoric event?Join me in considering the possibilities. Based onthe worldwidedistribution of The GulfBree-e Sightingsand UFO Abductions in Gulf Breeze, thousandsof UFOwitnesses continue to send me their sighting reports,their UFO photographs and videos. The evidence isoverwhelming — but it is not too good to be true. It istoo good to be ignored. (Reprinted from the PensacolaBeach, FL Islander.)— Ed WaltersSaucers and the Surrealby Paul RydeenThe comparative religion/comparative mythologyapproach to ufology is one Ive found insightful.Recently Ive found another source of pertinent im-agery: the art of the Surrealist Movement. Some may ar-gue that all UFO incidents are surreal, but I see morespecific parallels as well.Max Ernst is a good example. He assembled three"novels" consisting entirely of collages made fromwoodcut engravings in popular works of fiction —JANUARY 1996 NUMBER 333 PAGE 13
  14. 14. MUFON UFO JOURNAL,Afe-fe^^^ •:Jr&?&& .,:• A.*S^&^^KliIllusiraiions hy Men Ernti"dime novels" of romance and adventure from the turnof the century. Lafemme 100 tetes (1929) was the first.It is available in the US from George Braziller (NewYork, 1981) under the mistranslated title The HundredHeadless Woman. Pages 167, 171. and 181 show largeflying disks in the air. Page 241 shows a huge globeborne aloft on a suspended tapestry between two tropi-cal trees. Pages 163and 169show crashed spheres beingexcavated. Page 179 shows two giant Catherine wheelsriding "the bitter waves." The captions variously refer tothe hundred-headed woman who chases men down onthese globes or disks for her own mysterious ends. If Iread the "novel" correctly, the hundred-headed womanis the spirit of Surrealism herself, whom Ernst putsforth as the herald of a new modern age.Ernsts A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil (1930),also published by Braziller(1982), shows on page 91 asleeping woman apparently abducted by three veryalien-looking individuals, one of whom holds a glowingglobe above her head as the others lay her in a coffin.Une Semaine De Bonte (A Week of Kindness, original1934, published in the US by Dover, 1976), is alsoworth seeking out.M.C. Escher was not an actual member of the move-ment, but his recurringthemes are definitely in the spiritof Surrealism. "His Dream" (1935) shows a sleepingbishop upon whose chest a giant mantis sits.WhitleyStrieber mentions such a mantis while recounting hisvarious abduction experiences in the best-sellingCommunion. Studies for Eschers engraving show thebishop was modeled after a mummified body resting ina catacombs.Insects are quite common in surrealist works. Whilenot wishing to stretch my point too far, I find the ants of-ten shown by Salvador Dali reminiscent of the "hivemind" recently attributed to our alien abductors. Theymay represent industry, but they also speak of decay anddeath. Ernsts three novels also abound with insect ac-tivity.There are many other images associated with variouscontactees. Certainly few are the sole property of ufol-ogy, but their placement seems to call to mind the meth-ods of Surrealism. Incongruous combination of seem-ingly disparate elements is one of the strongest. Randomassemblages based on intuition rather than reason are an-other. The original Surrealists experimented with auto-matic writing, hypnotism, and dreams in order to bypassthe conscious day-world and reach the secret Other.Sound familiar?In short, what I propose is an examination of otherpossible sources of imagery which may shed light on theUFO enigma. We may not answer the questions How?or Why?, but we may gain a better understandingof whywe react the way we do. That alone is worth the effort.By T. David SpencerMUFON Deputy Director, InvestigationsLOG #951111C, CE-1, 09/15/95. Investigator: Amaraand Kyle KubiakAt 0430 hours, Ken and Janet (pseudonyms) werepreparing to go to bed. Ken looked out the window andsaw a distant light low in the sky and thought it might beone of the many helicopters he had seen flying overthe area that evening. Instead of flashing lights,Ken no-ticed four unwavering,white lights— one on each sideand two in the middle, which convinced him it must besomething other than a helicopter. "Oh, my gosh, its aUFO!" he exclaimed to Janet, then ran out the doorwith her to get a better view.On the porch, they watched as the object silently de-scended toward them, coming into plain viewbeginningabout one-half mile away. The object reached 600 feet orso distance in about 10 seconds. "It was right in front ofus, floating." Janet explained.Suddenly, "it got really bright where we were stand-ing," and the object appeared directly over them. Janetsaw a smooth, metallic-surfaced disc, looking like twoplates, with one inverted over the other and the fourPAGE 14 NUMBER 333 JANUARY 1996
  15. 15. MUFON UFO JOURNALwhite lights in the gap between them. It was hovering30-50 feet above their house. Blue and red lights out-lined the edges of the "plates," the blue above and thered below and to the sides of the four whitelights.Very shortly, there was a faint booming sound fol-lowed by a roar like ajet engine, and the object streakedoff upward and westward into the distance, out of sight.LOG # 950924cC, MA-1, 07/30/94. Investigator: EdSurmaNoble (pseudonym) had the first of two sightingsnear dusk on July 30, 1994, while he was looking overhis corn field located northwest of a small town in northcentral Texas. He thought he saw a plane approachingfrom a distance, with flashing white lights at both endsof a string that also contained red and green lights.Then, the lights stopped moving, dropped to half their al-titude, and ascended back to their previous level. Theyturned 90 degrees and moved in a zig-zagging, erraticmanner westward until they were out of sight.No object was seen, but the movements of the lightswere as if attached. The altitude was estimated to beclose to 1,000 feet, and the span of the lights wasthought to be "about the same size as a small plane at amile away." (The Field Investigator estimated distance tobe about 4,000 feet, based on Nobles estimate of heightand elevation angle.) Speed was estimated to be 200m.p.h. or less.LOG #950924dC, MA-1, 08/01/94. Investigator: EdSurmaOn August 1, 1994, at dusk, Noble again saw thelights. As he was driving west on a rural road, he lookedto his right (northward) and saw the sameconfigurationhe had seen two days earlier, white-green-red-red-green-white, movingsouthward. This time, however, the lightswere rapidly pulsing, and a second set of lights fol-lowed them. The second set was gaining on the first, butveered away when they were close to each other. Noblethen lost sight, due to driving.Later, Noble returned to the corn field with his father,and the lights returned, coming toward them. The whitelights extinguished and the others flickered. The as-sembly of lights then moved to the southwest withoutturning (still facing the two men), accelerated to a highspeed, and disappeared in the distance.MUFONET-BBS NETWORKMembers Communication LinkAustralia — U.S. — Canada — EuropeCall for the BBS nearest you! FAX: 817-628-1031Data No. 512-556-2524 8 - N - 1PSYCHICS - Continuedfrom Page 6Then finally he blurted out "what was on the minds ofnearly everyone in the room: ". . . youre not going totell me its a flying saucer.""Yes," said the viewer, "thats it exactly."Blum reports that within six months of this demon-stration, the DIA and the Office of NavalTechnology launched a classified operation that em-ployed several "viewers" to scan the globe for Russiansubs and that over the next 14 months at least seventeenhovering unidentifiable objects were reported by thepsychics.It would seem that this project supports the com-monly held view among ufologists that UFOs are par-ticularly interested in nuclear installations and that mil-itary personnel have observed and reported such craft onnumerous occasions hovering around missile silos andother highly sensitive areas. Indeed, the famous Roswellincident occurred near the only nuclear bomb storage fa-cility at the time, Roswell Army Air Field.Blums story does not end there, however. It seemsthat one person present at the demonstration, a ColonelHarold E. Phillips of the DIA, had seen a UFO fortyyears previously and had a particular interest in fol-lowing up on what he saw that day. He decided to seekthe assistance of the remote viewers on another case heknew about.It seems that at NORAD headquarters, buried deepwithin Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado, radar used tomonitor space debris had recently picked up anunusualunknown object travelling at a high rate of speed andchanging course, something that space junk doesnt do.The incident had caused great alarm at the time, butthe object eventually disappeared from the screens asmysteriously as it had appeared.Col. Phillips decided to ask the viewers to conduct anew experiment. The precise latitude and longitude ofthe objects original location was given the viewers andthey were instructed to scan for anything unusual atthat location within the past 48 hours and to draw whatthey saw. Each viewerwas placed in a separate isolationchamber before being given the instructions.At the end of the day the three sketches were faxed tothe colonels office at the Pentagon. Blum reports, "Theywere all crude, largely geometric pencil drawings. Eachwas obviously the work of a different artist, but all werequite similar. They were all rounded, wingless aircraft."With this evidence, "the DIA was persuaded the timehad come to convene a top-secret working group to in-vestigate the possibility that extraterrestrials were mak-ing contact with this planet. . ."JANUARY 1996 NUMBER 333 PAGE 15
  16. 16. MUFON UFO JOURNALBREAKTHROUGH: THE NEXT STEPby Whitley StrieberHarperCollins, 1995, hb, 297 pp., $23Reviewed by Sean CasteelWhen Whitley Strieber first hit the top of the NewYork Times bestseller list in 1987 with the first inhis series of first-person alien abduction accounts, thenow legendary Communion, much of what he had to sayblazed new trails of understanding about theabductionexperience and popularized the subject with millionsof readers who had never before taken UFO stories se-riously at all. When he followed that up with the re-spectably successful sequel. Transformation, there wasagain a huge audience waiting and eager to dive intoStriebers further adventures with the alien entities hehas most often referred to as "the Visitors."But Strieber sort of "checked out" for a while shortlyafterwards. He said recently that he realized he waspart of the process of bringing the abductionencounterexperience closer to millions of people, and that heworried constantly whether he was helping those peopletoward some sort of alien-centered enlightenment orinstead playing the role of a Pied Piper leading the chil-dren to something both terrifying and evil. After hiscrisis of conscience was over, he wrote Breakthrough:The Next Step mainly for other people who have had theexperience and with whom he could share his own in-sights and methods of coping.There are those cynics who say that Strieber reallywrote Breakthrough because he found his own horrorfiction didnt sell nearly as well as his abduction bookshad. Released last May. the new book has yet to crackthe bestseller list, and Strieber is already at work on afourth book called The Secret School which will tellthe story of many of his childhood encounters,the mem-ories of which have recently started to come back to himin a virtual flood.Breakthrough is divided into three sections, each ofwhich takes up a different aspect of the phenomenon asexperienced by Strieber, his family, and a few of hisfriends. For instance, in the first section of the bookcalled "The Communication," he invites a few friendsand a film crew to spend the weekend at his cabin in thehope that "the Visitors" will show up and reveal them-selves. The aliens do arrive, and the confusion that fol-lows is reported with the same painful honesty thatcharacterized the first two books.Strieber is also shown how his own life overlapswith close friends and how his relationships are inter-twined toward specific purposes that "the Visitors" seemFrom the mega-bestselling author of CommunionitlevStrito oversee with a firm and guiding hand. The chapterswhere the aliens make their presence felt not only toWhitley but also to one of his old friends, a womannamed Dora Ruffner, imply an underlying frameworkfor the guiding of the personal relationships of abducteesthat somehow serves both experiencers and the aliens si-multaneously.The middle section, called "Beyond Communion,"consists of further details of Striebers experiencesmatched against his own philosophicaland psycholog-ical musing and pondering.The death of Michael Talbot,the author of The Holographic Universe and a closefriend of Striebers, is an emotionally devastating ex-perience for Strieber, but it is also an opportunity for fur-ther speculation on the blending of the New Physicswith the alien abductionevents constantly happening toStrieber and the people around him.The third and concludingsection, called "The OfficialStory," is a thoughtful summary of current cover-upand conspiracy theories as well as Striebers take on var-ious governmental games designed to keep UFO be-lievers confused and off-balance, paranoid and suspi-cious. While this sort of thing has never been Striebersreal area of expertise, he does very well at reporting onPAGE 16 NUMBER 333 JANUARY 1996
  17. 17. MUFON UFO JOURNALthe situation and giving readers new to this subject agood overview of the gap between the public denials and.the private classification of relevant information by agovernment determined to keep the lid on the subjectthat has so captured us all.Im reminded of the joke singer-songwriter JoniMitchell made to an audience as she laughingly apolo-gized for not writing songs the same way she used to.She said, "Its like saying to Van Gogh, Hey, Vincent,paint "A Starry Night" again, man!" I suppose that isthe same demand we make if we expect Whitley Strieberto give us another Communion or Transformation. Wereasking the impossible of a writer whos already given somuch to the field of UFO research merely by livingand writing his own story with an honesty and an un-flinchingly thorough self-examination that brings thereality of "the Visitors" closer to us with every turn ofthe page. The courage to reveal the deeply personal,subjective elements of the experience to a world al-ways on the verge of laughter at the tales abductees tell(which they often do with a nearly compulsive hon-esty) lays the groundwork for a deeper understandingofalien abduction outside the framework of "nuts andbolts" or "typical" abduction scenarios. Simply becausean experience happens to just one person does not meanthat it cannot be considered relevant to the field overall.We are not merely a medical or psychological speci-men of "the Visitors," Strieber tells us, but are thinking,feeling entities entering into what may prove a longand productive relationshipwith them. And forging thatrelationship, as slow and painful as that process oftenseems, may eventually be the salvationof the world.Sean Casteel, a frequent contributor to these pages,is a freelance writer with an interest in UFOs. Helives in Ventura, California.Expedientes Insolitos: El fenomenoOVNI y los Archives de DefensabyVicente-Juan Ballester OlmosReviewed by Richard F. HainesHaving known Vicente-Juan for many years I con-tinue to marvel at his long-standing personaldedication to high quality UFO research and hisprolific writing for the benefit of others. He has pro-duced four major and excellently written books aboutUFOs and. unfortunately for English speaking people,all are in Spanish so far. Nevertheless, his research isfirst rate and his selection of topics is both interestingand valuable. This is no less true for his latest bookwhose title in English is "Weird Files: The UFOPhenomenon and the Defense Archives." Published bythe large and prestigious firm of Temas de hoy (Madrid)in April 1995, this 300-page book presents many dia-grams, photos, and actual facsimiles of Spanish militarydocuments obtained by the author over the years.The books prologue is by noted Spanish journalistJavier Sierra and its epilogue is by Jacques Vallee, awriter and student of the phenomena who needs no in-troduction.The first two chapters include a collection of twelveUFO reports of high strangeness from Spain obtainedover the past ten years, followed by several cases aboutobjects and other phenomena which were subsequentlyidentified. The objective? To show that most UFO ob-servations are misidentifications of natural, i.e., ex-plainable events. The third chapter turns to the importantsubject of the kinds of research methods one needs in or-der to study UFO phenomena. In order to stay as close tothe evidence as possible, the author wisely focuses onhis own research findings over the past thirty years —landings and trace statistics, human testimony, evencases involving death ("probably caused by UFO radia-tion"), etc. are covered.The longest (fourth) chapter (83 pages long) is titled"The Air Force Reveals its Secrets." It presents, for thefirst time, declassified abstracts of this valuable mater-ial. Ballester Olmos begins this seminal chapter withhow he succeeded, almost single handedly, in gettingformerly closed military files declassified and released.Many American, British. French, German and other in-vestigators would do well to read how he did it. Hemoves forward to outlinesome statistics on the forty fiveAir Force cases he received (e.g., the frequency of UFOreport occurrence continues at a rate of about zero tothree cases per year except for 1968 which had 21).The remainder of this chapter presents extended ab-stracts of 37 selected reports of sightings made by AirForce personnel and others; they should be translatedinto English for the benefit of American researchers.The last two chapters focus on the efforts and ac-complishments of numerous so-called "first" and "sec-ond" generation UFO researchers in Spain (chapter 5),and a well known American UFO investigator (chapter6), not only to recognize their efforts but to encourageyounger enthusiaststo follow in their footsteps. BallesterOlmos states in this regard, ". . . if science does notcover this subject (proving that this enigma is amenableof scientific study), it will be a field entirely left tocharlatans."Expedientes Insolitos is a valuable addition to thecollections of serious UFO investigators of any country.Those of us in the United States can only hope for anEnglish language edition in the near future.Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos is MUFONsRepresentative for Spain and a contributor to MU-FONs fourth edition of the Field InvestigatorsManual.JANUARY 1996 NUMBER 333 PAGE 17
  18. 18. MUFON UFO JOURNALBARN HEADB C DDiagram No. 3: Assembly of the ModelAs usual, our bookshelf sags under the weight ofunreviewed books. One of the best of these comesfrom Europe and represents the painstaking investigationand analysis of a classic photographic case. The title ofthis singular work, conducted by the Belgium-basedCaelestia Project, is Unidentified Aerial ObjectPhotographed near Zwischbergen, Switzerland, on July26, 1975: A Case Analysis. This isnt exactly the sort ofsensationalistic title or come-on guaranteed to ensurehigh sales, but it is indicative of the industry and seri-ousness with which the Caelestia Project and authorsWim van Utrecht and Frits van der Veldt undertooktheir study.The case, also popularly referred to as the "Saas Feephoto," after the nearby well-known ski resort of thesame name, has been highly regarded within ufologicalcircles. The late Dr. J. Allen Hynek once referred to it asone of the best UFO pictures ever taken, and its beenfeatured on the cover of several books and videos. (Asharp, professional color print made from the originalslide is included with the book.) But is it a photograph ofwhat Bruce Maccabee refers to as a TRUFO — a trueUFO?I wont give away the authors conclusions here, butwill say that anyone seriously interested in learning theart, as well as the science, of UFO investigation shouldconsider this the classic textbook example of how toconduct one, from interviewing the original witnessesand after-the-fact photoanalysis, to the meticulous ac-cumulation of meteorological and other data — over-turning every stone and following every clue whereverit leads in the process — and the final compilation of aclear, readable, comprehensive report.The amount of work that went into this project ismonumental and shows on almost every one of thebooks 240 pages, which include more than 80 pho-tographs, drawings and maps. Given the resources, thisis how we would like to see every UFO case investi-gated — if only we could.The format is that of a quality paperback, with slickcovers and high-qualityinternal pages, nicely illustratedas already said. And did I mention that its all inEnglish? The price ($27.00 US) is a bit high forAmerican readers, but the information and lessonstherein verge on the invaluable.To order, or for additional information regarding theCaelestia Project, write Wim van Utrecht,Kronenburgstraat 110, B-2000 Antwerpen, Belgium.Almost at the opposite end of the scientific spec-trum is The Gift: The Crop Circles Deciphered, whichisnt to say that this beautifully illustrated and producedPAGE 18 NUMBER 333 JANUARY 1996
  19. 19. MUFON UFO JOURNALhardbound book isnt an equal labor of love, only thatits sometimes hard to figure out what author DougRuby intends to say vs. what he does say, and what, ifany, probative value the whole has. As best as this re-viewer can determine, Ruby (the dustjacket describeshim as a former Air Force and commercial airline pilot)once read a handful of books about crop circles and,without so much as ever visiting a single site in person,nonetheless had a personal epiphany about their ultimatemeaning one day in the living room of his CapeCanaveral, Florida, apartment, resulting in the presentvolume. I suppose more has been made of less, butrarely so picturesquely as here. For one thing, Rubynever so much as even remotely entertains the notionthat some of the circle formations he employs to such ef-fect may have been the handiwork of "simple" homosapiens, i.e., hoaxes, as opposed to enigmatic extrater-restrials.If I read the author correctly, Ruby apparently be-lieves that crop circles are a two-dimensional represen-tation of a three-dimensional reality, and that the latterreveals the true nature of UFOs and their propulsion sys-tems. As I say, its all very vague, but worked out sowonderfully that one almost wishes Ruby willeventuallybe proved right. But the scientist in me says the chancesof such vindication are slim.What Ruby does is take diagrams of various cropcircles and "insectograms" and turn them on edge, or atright angles to reality. Thus the lateral pathway of acomplex pictogram becomes a vertical spindle to whichthe various elements are attached at 90 degree angles.The whole is then modeled in wood, painted, attached toan electrical motor, spun at high speed and photographedin black and white and glorious living color. In fact,hardly a page of The Gift passes without some sort ofgraphic diagram or photograph. As said, the result is awondrous work (the cost of the entire enterprise musthave been considerable), and one a reviewer feels some-what churlish about for criticizing at all. But could suchloves labor lost be wholly without scientific merit?Alas, Im afraid so. But that wouldnt necessarily pre-vent me from plunking down $32.95, postage included,for what amounts to a uniquelysubjective point of view.Another like it you wont encounter soon.Mail orders to Blue Note Books, 110 Polk Avenue,Suite 3, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920, or call 1-800-624-0401.The Gods Have Landed: New Religions from OtherWorlds, edited by James R. Lewis, is another one ofthose books that engenders ambivalency. On the onehand its an academic collection of essays that treats asubset of the UFO phenomenon (contactees and cults)with seriousness (something we all welcome); on theother, its evidence that some mainstream psychologistsand sociologists either havent read the available litera-ture, or, when they have, still cant quite seem to get themost basic and fundamental facts straight (which we alldeplore).In short, there are some very good chapters, or essays,here, and some very bad ones in the bargain, which,con-sidering the high academic price tag ($57.50), isnt thatmuch of a bargain. You may want your library to ordera copy before you do, in other words, or opt for themuch more affordable paperback edition ($19.95, ISBN0-7914-2330-1). One of the books decided pluses isChapter 10, "The Flying Saucer Contactee Movement,1950-1994: A Bibliography," consistingof more than athousand bibliographical references compiled by J.Gordon Melton and George M. Eberhart.Among the better essays: Meltons "The Contactees:A Survey," "Waiting for the Ships: Disillusionment andthe Revitalization of Faith in Bo and Peeps UFO Cult"by Robert W. Balch, and "Spiritualism and UFOReligion in New Zealand: The InternationalTransmission of Modern Spiritual Movements" byRobert S. Ellwood, which deals with, among otherthings, Adamskis 1959 tour of New Zealand. The GodsHave Landed (343 pages, illustrated) is available fromState Universityof New York Press, c/o CUP Services,PO Box 6525, Ithaca, NY 14851, Fax: (800) 688-2877.The Strange But True? Casebook by Jenny Randies isbased on the British TV series of the same name — pre-|ANUARY 1996 NUMBER 333 PAGE 19
  20. 20. MUFON UFO JOURNALsumably somewhat similar to "Unsolved Mysteries" —for which Randies serves as story consultant. This is aprofusely illustrated, trade-sized paperback of 191 pages,Part Six of which is devoted to UFOs. Cases of healings,ghosts, poltergeists, and near-death experiences are alsocovered. In general, the contents appear to be a cutabove the usual sort of thing of this stripe. The Englishprice is 10.99 Pounds, or approximately $22.00 US.The publisher is Judy Piatkus (Publishers) Limited. 5Windmill Street, London W1P 1HF, England. Fax:0171-436-7137.Without Consent, by Carl Nagaitis and PhilipMantle,is subtitled "A Comprehensive Survey of Missing-Timeand Abduction Phenomena in the UK." The writingstyle is somewhat breathless, but the concentration onUnited Kingdom abduction cases provides much newmaterial for the American reader. This 204-page hard-back, illustrated and with appendices, is published byRingpull Press. Unfortunately, I dont have a price forthis one. Interested parties should contact Kirsty Watt at011-44-0625-850037.Encyclopedia of the Unexplained, by JennyRandiesand Peter Hough, is a well illustratedcollection of theodd and unusual, profusely illustrated and running to240 pages. Barnes and Noble is the publisher of theAmerican edition,which you can probably find on salein this country for under $10.00. Many of the pho-tographs will be unfamiliar. There is much UFO and re-lated material here, including sections on Men in Black,Ball Lightning,and Animal Mutilations.Lavishly illustratedbooks seem to be the trend, andUFOs and How to See Them by Jenny Randies is no ex-ception.The dustjacket says there are more than ahun-dred photographs herein, "many in color andpublishedhere for the first time." This book was first publishedinEngland in 1992, but is well worth tracking down. FromAnaya PublishersLtd., Strode House, 44-50 OsnaburghStreet, London NW1 3ND, England.Alas, the Englishprice of 14.99 Pounds translatesinto about $30.00 US.Letters to Mufon UFO JournalROSWELLS FLYING WINGKevin Randles response to Stan Friedmans list of 38"false claims made by Kevin Randle and/or DonSchmitt" ("Search for Truth About Roswell," Journal,October 1995), includes yet another repetition of thefalse claim I "told people Roswell was explained as aflying wing" (claim 27). This is a base canard (no punintended), and Randle knows it — and has known it forover two years.On May 18, 1993, during a conversation on the sitewhere rancher Mac Brazel discovered the debris thatlaunched a thousand speculations and several books, itwas suggested to me Roswell may have involved thecrash of a Northrop flying wing. A flying wing buffsince childhood, I was highly skeptical, but my sourcewas someone whose suggestions one takes seriously, andjust the day before, alleged Roswell witness FrankKaufmann had told me the crashed craft was winglike.So I did some checking. About two hours of researchestablished without a doubt that as an explanation forRoswell, the flying wing does not fly. In a telephoneconversation on June 12, 1993, I discussed the flyingwing notion and my doubts about it with CUFOSsMark Rodeghier in much the same terms outlined above.I followed up with a letter to Rodeghier on June 28,1993, summing up my negative findings. On July 12,1993,1 provided these findings to Randle and Schmittfor use as a supporting discursive footnote or sidebar toan article they were preparing for theInternationalUFO Reporter, debunking the flying wingexplanation.(They did not use the material, so in slightly differentform it became a letter to the editor in IUR, Sept/Oct1993.) In late July, I discussed my negative views andwhy I had bothered to pursue the matter at all with DonSchmitt in person.Randle cites as confirmation of his false claim anewsletter article by Terry Endres and the late PatPackard. In this article, Endres and Packard transmutemy comments to Mark Rodeghier from those of an in-vestigator intent upon pursuing a plausible if doubtfullead to an unequivocal endorsement of a crashed flyingwing explanation for Roswell. They also report Roswellphotographer Jack Rodden — incorrectly identified ashaving "firsthand knowledge of the Roswell debris"—claims I told him I thought a crashed flying wing couldwell be the answer to Roswell. This claim is particularlycurious, since my breakfast (not, as reported by Endresand Packard, lunch) meeting with Rodden took place onMay 15, 1993, three days before the flying wing ideawas suggested to me. The Roswell saga has many pe-culiar elements, but to my knowledge, this is the first in-stance of precognitionThe bottom line: Randle knows I never have en-dorsed a flying wing explanation for Roswell. So whydoes he continue to repeat this falsehood?— Karl T. PflockPlacitas, NMUFOs, MJ-12 AND THE GOVERNMENT:A Report on Government Involvement inthe UFO Crash Retrievals(113 pages)by Grant Cameron and T. Scott CrainPrice: $19 plus $1.50 for postage and handling.Order From: MUFON, 103 Oldtowne Rd., Seguin, TX 78155-4099PAGE 20 NUMBER 333 JANUARY 1996
  21. 21. MUFON UFO JOURNALICE FALLS & ANGEL HAIRMight just be one of the most important research books in allufology. The history of these strange anomalies all in chrono-logical order. Book bound, illustrated, free set of 10 UFOmaps with each order. Only $9.50 to UAPA-1, PO Box347032, Cleveland, Ohio 44134.THEANOMALIST3Quality, illustrated paperback, expanded to 176 pages, stillonly $9.95 + S2.50 p/h. Articles by Michael Grosso. HilaryEvans, Peter Jordan, Doug Skinner. Martin Kottmeyer, DonnaHigbee & others on ghosts, death anomalies, mystery cats,human invisibility, UFO flaps, Mars rocks on Earth & more.Checks payable to Dennis Stacy, Box 12434. San Antonio,TX78212.VIDEO/AUDIO TAPES on UFOs. crop circles, aviation myster-ies, NDE, Face on Mars & other fascinating topics. Free list &sample newsletter from The Eclectic Viewpoint, Box 802735-M.Dallas, TX 75380. Future lecture hotline (214) 601-7687.ALIEN GREYS T-SHIRTS: For free brochure call 1-800-561-7775 or write to Alien Greys, PO Box 736, E. Windsor, CT06088.GULF BREEZE UFO SPRING CONFERENCE on the beach ofthe beautiful Gulf of Mexico, March 15-17, 1996. Confirmedspeakers: Whitley Strieber, Dr. John Mack, Edith Fiore. Ph.D.,Michael Lindemann, Michael Grosso. Ph.D., Barry Downing,Ph.D., & Stanton Friedman. Information (904) 432-8888 or Fax:(904) 438-1801 or write Project Awareness. PO Box 730, GulfBreeze, FL 32562.FOR SALE: UFO/UNEXPLAINED phenomena books, maga-zines, etc. For Free list send SASE to J. Fisher. PO Box 383, LakeToxaway, NC 28747.THREE-SEQUENCE PHOTO of "silver orb." Color, 11x14 copywith UFO sighting report. Send SI2.50, includes s/h. Originalphoto taken in May 1995. Mail to R. G. Wright. 10030 SWWalnut St., #2, Tigard, OR 97223.VIDEO PROCEEDINGS5th New Hampshire MUFON International UFO Conference.Colin Andrews (1995 patterns), Michel Bougard (Belgiumhovering triangle), Stanton Friedman (alien autopsy film),Budd Hopkins (abduction trends), Nick Pope (British govtUFO research), and Peter Gcremia (1995 NH CE I case): $23each, all five $90, includes shipping. NH MUFON, Box 453,Rye, NH 03870.THE EXCYLESMia Adams true story about her contacts with extraterrestri-als & romance with an intelligence agent. Included is theagents report outlining the agendas of alien confederations onEarth & the intelligence agencies network created to deal withthem. Send $16.95 + $2 s/h to Excelta Publishing, PO Box4530, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33338.FLYING SAUCER DIGESTRecognized as the number one UFO news magazine through-out the world. First in UFO reports for over 29 years. Free 10different UFO maps & 5 unique UFO publications with 5issue $10.00 subscription to Flying Saucer Digest magazine.Send to UAPA-M, Box 347032, Cleveland, Ohio 44134.WHY PAY TOP DOLLAR for UFO books & videos? We special-ize in rare books, videos and photos. We get used & pass hugesavings along to you. Join the UFO Group today, S5 lifetimemembership, free book and photo newsletter. Find out why werenumber I. Jim Gialpis, Box 821, East Lyme, CT 06333.ABOVE TOP SECRET COMICS — The comic the governmentdoesnt want you to see. 48 pages of the incredibly detailed origi-nal artwork of Wes Crum, creator of Aliens & Earthlings TradingCards. Send $4.95 plus $1.50 p/h to Wes Crum, PO Box 852,Oakland. 1L 61943.Continued on Page 22FREE CATALOG!Hundreds of titles, includingAngels Dont Play This HAARP.Unbroken Promises. Black Helicopters Over America.Underground Bases & Tunnel.1;. Time Travel. Watchers II.Beyond My Wildest Dreams. Psychic Dictatorship in the USA.A Visual Guide to Alien Beings. Greenleaf Publications. Box8152. Murfreesboro, TN 37133, or 1-800-905-UFOS.GREENVILLE UFO CONFERENCESecond annual UFO & Alien Abduction ResearchConference, May 4-5, 1996, Holiday Inn. Confirmed speakersinclude Budd Hopkins, David Jacobs, Jesse Marcel, Jr.,Yvonne Smith, Katharina Wilson, Kim Carlsberg, and DarrylAnka. For ticket info & registration, call or write ShannonKluge, 102 Woodridge Circle, Greenville, S.C. Ph: (803) 675-9328.THE YAHWEH ENCOUNTERSBible Astronauts, Ark Radiations and Temple Electronics.Compelling Biblical evidence of orbit-to-earth communica-tions using microwaves; robot angels, thought control, humanabductions & interbreeding. 373-page quality paperback byAnn Madden Jones, $16.95, from Sandbird Publishing, Dept.M. PO Box 56, Carrboro, NC 27510."MY $20 OPINION"Six-finger alien looks too human? Why not? Our ancestorswere created in the image of this creature! ForgetHollywoods aliens and androids. Our universe is full of littleMiss Sixfingers. Alien autopsy or Angelic autopsy, the differ-ence may only be semantics. George N. Stock, Evansvillc,Ind.DECEMBER 1995 NUMBER 332 PACE 21
  22. 22. MUFON UFO JOURNALWalter N.WebbFebruary 1996Bright Planets (Evening Sky):Venus dominates the SW early evening sky at magnitude -4.2and sets about 9 PM in midmonth. It passes only about 1°above Saturn on the 2nd, although Venus is some 130 timesbrighter. Our conspicuous planetary neighbor lies near the lu-nar crescent on February 21; Venus is occulted (covered) bythe Moon from Hawaii after sunset.Saturn (1.2), in Aquarius,continues its decline in the SW atdusk, setting in the W about 7:30 PM in mid-February. For thethird and final time in a row. Earth catches up to Saturn,causing the giant planets ring system to narrow to a needle-thin line and finally to vanish as our planet crosses the ringplane on the 1Ith. After this edge-on view of the rings, thesystem gradually reappears as a widening line, the south faceof the rings now exposed (for the next 13 years).Bright Planets (Morning Sky):Jupiter (-1.9), in Sagittarius, rises in the SE about 4 AM inmidmonth.Moon Phases:Full moon—February 4 f " )Last quarter—February 12New moon—February 18First quarter—February 26The Stars:The Winter Circle and Orion the Hunter are arrayed bril-liantly across the southern evening sky. Of all theconstella-tions in northern latitudes, Orion is the only one with twobright, Ist-magnitude stars (actually brighterthan that at zeromagnitude). Bluish-white Rigel, 7th brightest star in the nightsky, marks the Hunters left knee. Reddish Betelgeuse, IOthbrightest star, is in the right shoulder. The three fainter 2nd-magnitude stars in a row between Betelgeuse and Rigel andforming Orions belt bear the Arabic names, from left toright. Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka—all, interestinglyenough, variations of the same word for "belt."Rigel is one of the seven sparkling luminariescomposingthe Winter Circle. The others are clockwise, Sirius in CanisMajor the Big Dog, Procyon in Canis Minor the Little Dog,Pollux and Castor in Gemini the Twins, Capella in Auriga theChariot-Driver, and Aldebaran in Taurus the Bull.The precursor of spring, Leo the Lion, is well up in the east-ern heavens in midevening. Look for its famous sickle or re-verse question mark, the star Regiilus being the dot in thispunctuation symbol.READERS CLASSIFIEDS - Comimtedfrom Page 21COOL UFO SHIRTS!"I Survived Earth! We Are Not Alone." Grinning "grey alienon white silkscreen T-shirt Sixes S.M.L.XL, 100% cotton.$10.50 + $3.00 s/h to Jimminy Productions. Lid . PO Box16706, West Palm Beach, FL 33416. Check or MO.1-2 wksfor delivery.FIELD TRAINING GUIDEThe UFO Field Investigators Training Guide: An introductionto methodologies, techniques & scientific disciplines for per-forming UFO investigations & support of the Mutual UFONetwork by T. David Spencer (303 pages. 3-ring binder) isavailable from Austin MUFON. Send $30.00 plus $3.50p&h toAustin MUFON. c/o Lemoine Pitman, Rt. 1 Box 20-C.Spicewood, TX 78669.NOTE NEW AD RATES!Effectively immediately: 50 words or less for $20 per issue, addS10 for box and bold heading. Send ad copy & check, made outto MUFON to Dennis Stacy, Box 12434, San Antonio. TX78212. Must be MUFON member or Journal subscriber.March 15-17 — Gulf Breeze UFO Spring Conference on the beachof the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Speakers have been confirmed. Forinformation Call 904-432-8888 or Fax 904-438-1801 or write:Project Awareness. P.O. Box 730, Gulf Breeze, FL 32562.April 12-14 — Eighth Annual Ozark UFO Conference, Inn of theOzarks Conference Center, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. For furtherinformation write to: Ozark UFO Conference, #2 Caney ValleyDrive, Plumerville, AR 72127-8725 or call (501) 354-2558.April 20 — BUFORA presents "A Day of Abductions," PennineTheater, Sheffield Haliam University, Sheffield, England. For infor-mation write to BUFORA (Abduct), 1 Woodhall Drive, Batley. WestYorkshire, WF17 7SW, England.May 4-5 — 2nd Annual UFO & Alien Abduction ResearchConference. Holiday Inn, Greenville, South Carolina. For furtherinformation, call coordinator Shannon Kluge at (803) 675-9328July 5-7 — Twenty-seventh annual MUFON International UFOSymposium, Holiday Inn Four Seasons/Joseph H. KouryConvention Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Details for reser-vations will appear next month.July 27-28 — Great Plains UFO Conference, Howard JohnsonConvention Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. For information call603-497-2633 or write P.O. Box 84131, Sioux Falls, SD 57118.PAGE 22 NUMBER 333 JANUARY 1996
  23. 23. MUFON UFO JOURNALDIRECTORS MESSAGE - Continuedfrom Page 24from police agencies nationwide, we are now preparedto expand its coverage. All State Directors were ad-vised by a letter nearly a year ago to utilize this numberfor filing hot UFO cases that came to their attention.Aletter announcing the 800 number was mailed to allsheriffs offices and police chiefs in Texas last spring asa means of testing and evaluatingthe effectiveness ofthe system.The majority of our calls, to-date, have been frompeople who called the 800 directory and asked for"UFO" to report sightings or to seek UFO information.To send letters to every police department and sher-iffs office throughoutthe U.S.A. would obviously beboth expensive and time-consuming.We would likefor every State Director, State Section Director, FieldInvestigator, and Field Investigator Trainee to notifyyour local sheriff, police chief, and state highway patroloffice of MUFONs 800 number via a postcard thatthey may post on their bulletin boards or at the dis-patchers desk.Presently, we are attempting to answer all calls "live."An answering box records the calls received late atnight or early mornings. These sighting reports will bemailed or telephoned to the nearest State SectionDirector, State Director, or Field Investigator for a per-sonal interview. Brief replies to these cases under in-vestigation may be made to MUFON on the 800 num-ber. (The answering box is limited to three minutes.)However, this number is not to be used for other MU-FON communications. The MUFON business officenumber is (210) 379-9216. Please advise Walt Andrusby postcard or letter to which agencies you filed theUFO hotline number 1-800-UFO-2166. Your help issincerely appreciated.SEATTLE SYMPOSIUM VIDEOTAPESWe are proud to announce that Eddie J. Melvin hasbeen delivering videotapes of the 14 speakers at theMUFON 1995 International UFO Symposium inSeattle, WA. They are available in several combina-tions and prices include shipping. A single speaker tapeis $26.95 and all 14 speakers is priced at $149.95 in theU.S.A. Orders from some foreign counties must be con-verted to the PAL recording system. Single speakertapes converted cost $56.95, whereas all 14 speakerscost only $184.95. If your country uses the NTSC sys-tem, like the U.S.A., so specify in your order so the con-version price will not apply. You may call (360) 629-4030 or 1-800-636-8633 if there is a question or to re-ceive an order form. (A letter with ordering specifics isadequate.) Please order from: CS ENTERPRISES, 3723Village Road, Stanwood, WA 98292.MUFON 1996 UFO SYMPOSIUMMUFONs twenty-seventh International UFOSymposium will be held July 5, 6 and 7, 1996. at theHoliday Inn Four Seasons/Joseph H. Koury ConventionCenter in Greensboro, North Carolina. The symposiumco-hosts are MUFON North Carolina and FSG (the FullStory Group in Greensboro). George Lund, II willserve as host chairman; Nick Summers, coordinator;George Fawcett, publicity; and Natalie "Ginger"Richardson, mistress of ceremonies. The followingspeakers have been confirmed: Carlos A. Guzman,Mexico; Chris Styles, Canada, Philip Mantle, England;John S. Carpenter, Jeffrey W. Sainio, John White,Kevin D. Handle, Budd Hopkins, Bruce S. Maccabee,Ph.D. and Vincent DiPietro. Additional speakers willbe announced in the February Journal. Start planningyour family vacation to the beautiful Carolinas andFlorida.SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGS COVER DESIGN CONTESTThe theme for the MUFON 1996 International UFOSymposium is "UFOLOGY: A ScientificEnigma." Weendeavor to depict this theme in the cover artwork.Obviously, this requires considerable ingenuity andsomething unique in design. The 8 1/2" x 11" size willbe printed in black on a light pastel color leatherettestock. Since small and intricate details do not print wellon a leatherette stock, please take this into considerationin your design. The winningdesign may also be used onthe symposium program in Greensboro, NC. The dead-line for submission is April 15, 1996. The winner willreceive an honorarium of $100 cash plus $100 worth ofMUFON publications of your choice. Good luck.FIELD INVESTIGATORS EXAMSAnyone who has purchased and studied the 4th editionof the MUFON Field Investigators Manual is eligible totake the exam via mail when they feel they are ready.The 100-question test may be secured from MUFONheadquarters in Seguin and returned to this office forgrading. In localities where field investigator trainingclasses are being conducted, the instructor may ordersufficient quantitiesof the test and administer the examat the completion of the training classes. The new man-ual may be purchased for $25 plus $3.50 for postage andhandling from MUFON in Seguin.PBS-TV NOVA PROGRAMMUFONs video technician,John Stewart, has advisedthat on February 27, 1996, PBS-TV will show"Abductions." produced for NOVA. Please check yourTV guide for local station, time and channel.KOREAN UFOSouth Korean air force personnel monitored adoughnut-shaped object that hovered over a provincial park inTaegu. According to the news agency Yonhap, thestrange object glowed with a luminous red light andpassed silently over the hilly park. Radio and televisionstations were swamped with reports of the UFO.JANUARY 1996 NUMBER 333 PAGE 23
  24. 24. MUFON UFO JOURNALWalter AndrusNEWS FROM AROUND THE NETWORKANNUAL MEMBERSHIP/SUBSCRIPTION INCREASEIt may seem amazing to most Journal readers that theannual membership/subscription price has not increasedfor nine and one-half years, whereas inflation, paper,printing costs, employee labor, and postage chargeshave raised significantly. The more expensive kem-coated Journal cover is a radical improvement over thelight-weight yellow cover on the February 1986 issue,giving our magazine a professional appearance alongwith the overall quality improvement in the contents. Wewere able to hold the annual price at $25 in the U.S.A.and $30 foreign through a steady increase in subscrip-tions and by supplementingpublishing costs and laborfrom other sources. The Journal is our most importantcommunication medium to our members worldwide.however it must be financially supportive of itself, not aliability.MUFON overhead has increased substantially overthe past five years with the employment of theInternational Director, Assistant to the Director, UFODatabase Administrator, and the AbductionTranscription Project Manager who were all formerlyvolunteers. Support income from the BigelowFoundation to fund expansion and research was abruptlydiscontinued in July 1995. necessitating a study of MU-FONs financial status so as to continue its solvency. Inboth the September and October issues of the Journal.all readers were advised of the study being conducted bythe Executive Committee on a new dues structure.As the worlds leading UFO organization, we want tocontinue to cultivatemembership worldwide. However,we are cognizant of the exchange rate of the U.S. dollarto foreign currency in many countries, where the sub-scription price is already prohibitive for the averageperson who would like to join MUFON. The MUFONBoard of Directors has recommended that the annualmembership/subscription price in the U.S.A. be in-creased from $25 to $30 and retain the present $30 forforeign countries. It has also been recommended that astudy should be conducted three years hence (1998) fora similar evaluation of MUFONs financial status todetermine the validity of this increase. The new duesstructure will become effective January 1, 1996. Thecover price for a single copy will remain at $3.We pride ourselves for having published the finestmonthly UFO magazine in the world and expect to con-tinue to do so with your loyal support. The UFO enigmastill represents the greatest mystery of the space agetherefore your most valuable asset to staying abreastof the phenomenon is your monthly MUFON UFOJournal magazine.NEW OFFICERSA MUFON Field Investigator since 1990, CesarRemus, B.S.M.E. (Guaynabo) has accepted the positionof State Director for Puerto Rico. Mr. Remus has at-tended several MUFON symposia. Kentucky StateDirector, Jarrett E. Washington has appointed Mrs.Ann Petrocelli (Leitchfield) to be his Assistant StateDirector for Western Kentucky and Mrs. M. Anne MacFie (Stanton) Assistant State Director for EasternKentucky. Mrs. Mac Fie is also a State Section Directorand a member since 1985.Thirteen new State Section Directors joined MU-FONs ever-growing field organization this month. Theyare Robert G. Howard (Reedsport. OR) for Douglasand Coos Counties; Sulo D. Hill (Rock Springs, WY)for Sweetwater County; Richard G. Hendricks(Wichita Falls. TX) for Wichita, Clay. Archer, andWilbarger Counties: Pamela Loffredo (Lyman, ME)for York County: Ron Matthews (New York, NY) forManhattan Island: Faye M. Barfield (Lake Charles,LA) for Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes; Scott J.Arnett (Covington,LA) for St. Tammany, Tangipahoa,and Washington Parishes: Ike H. Bishop (Boise, ID) forAda, Canyon, Payette, and Gem Counties; Herbert L.Prouty, J.D. (Demon, TX) for Dallas, Denton. andCooke Counties; Robert A. Wagel, M.A. (Dowagiac,MI) forCass and Berrien Counties; Frank X. Bertrand(Grand Blanc, MI) for Genesee, Saginaw, Shiawassee,and Lapier Counties: Frank E. Burchardt (Carlsbad,NM) for Eddy County; and Mrs. Cheri West (Hobbs,NM) for Lea County.NEW CONSULTANTS AND RESEARCH SPECIALISTSFour new Consultants volunteered their expertise thismonth: Mary P. Brown, Pys.D. (Philadelphia. PA) inClinical Psychology; Nicholas F. Schmidt. Ph.D.(Brookfield, CT) in Biochemistry: Alan E. Cowen,M.D. (South Lake, TX) in Medicine; and John K.Lundy, Ph.D. (Camas, WA) in Forensic Anthropology.New Research Specialists joining the MUFON teamare Laura E. Weaver, M.A. (Macomb. IL) inSociology; Patricia L. Christman, M.A. (Elk, WA) inCounseling; Alan E. Brown, M.S.W. (Philadelphia.PA) in Social Work; and David R. Magnus (Barnet,VT) in Biology/Chemistry.MUFON NATIONAL UFO HOTLINEMUFON has been cautiously introducing its NationalUFO Hotline I-800-UFO-2166 or 1-800-836-2166 tothe public. Designed to obtain UFO sighting reportsContinued on Page 23PAGE 24 NUMBER 333 JANUARY 1996