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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 1967F E B R U A R Y 1996 NUMBER 334THE MYSTERY OF AVIANO Jerry Rolwes, Lt. Col. USAF Ret.THE MONGO PHOTO CASE ANALYSIS Richard F.HainesSEXUALITY, ALIENS, HYBRIDS, 8. ABDUCTIONS Dan WrightABDUCTION NOTES John Carpenter1113CURRENT CASESNEWS 8. VIEWST. David SpencerItems by Don Berliner and others1415THE UFO PRESS Reviews by Dennis Stacy, Jerome Clark 17MUFON FORUM Letters by Cope, Jeffers and Marshall 20READERS CLASSIFIEDS 21THE MARCH NIGHTSKY Walter N. WebbCALENDAR2222DIRECTORS MESSAGECOVERWalter AndrusCourtesy Richard F.Haines24MUFON UFO JOURNAL(USPS 002-970)(ISSN0270-6822)103Oldtowne Rd.Seguin, TX78155-4099Tel: (210)379-9216FAX (210) 372-9439EDITORDennis StacyASSOCIATE EDITORWalter H. Andrus,Jr.COLUMNISTSWalter N. WebbJohn S. CarpenterT. David SpencerART DIRECTORVince JohnsonCopyright 1996 by the Mutual UFO Network. All Rights Rescn>cd.No part of this document may be reproduced in any form without the written permission ofthe Copyright Owners. Permission is hereby granted to quote up to 200 word? of any one arti-cle, provided the author is credited, and the statement, "Copyright 1996 by the Mutual UFONetwork, 103 Oldtowne Rd., Seguin, Texas 78155," is included.The contents of the MUFON UFO Journal are determined by the editors and do not necessari-ly reflect the official position of the Mutual UFO Network. Opinions expressed are solely thoseof the individual authors.The Mutual UFO Network, Inc. is exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. MUFON is a publicly supported organization of the typedescribed in Section 509 (n) (2). Donors may deduct contributions from their Federal IncomeTax. Bequests, legacies, devises, transfers or gifts are also deductiblefor estate and gift purposes,provided they meet the applicable provisions of Sections 2055, 2106 and 2522 of the InternalRevenue Code MUFON is a Texas nonprofit corporation.The MUFON UFO journal is published monthly by the Mutual UFO Network, Inc., Seguin,Texas. Membership/Subscription rates: $30 per year in the U.S.A.; $30 foreign in U.S funds.Second class postage paid at Seguin, TX.POSTMASTER: Send form 3579 to advise change of address to: MUFON UFO JOUR-NAL, 103 Oldtowne Rd., Seguin, TX 78155-4099.
  3. 3. MUFON UFO JOURNALAvunifi Air Bust. xiis nl the base nf Italys Dolomite Mountains (USAF/i/iolo)THE MYSTERY OF AVIANOby Jerry Rolwes, Lt. Col., USAF Ret.On July I, 1977, Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy ex-perienced an encounter with a UFO. The objectwas first observed beyond the perimeter fenceoff base, northwest of the Victor Alert facility at ap-proximately 3:00 AM. The Victor Alert compound wasan aircraft ready alert facility where aircraft, crews,maintenance and support personnel were housed forthe purpose of immediate launch of the aircraft in theevent hostilitiesoccurred with the Warsaw Pact mem-bers. Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy is a shared NATObase operated by the USAF under the control of theItalian Defense Ministry. Aviano is currently theHeadquarters 16th Air Force and the 31st Fighter Wing.Due to the downsizing of the United States Air ForcesEurope and the Bosnian Conflict, the base has increasedin mission and responsibility.Aviano AB has recently been in the spotlight of in-ternational news as a result of the Bosnian Conflict andthe rescue of Air Force Captain Scotty OGrady. Thebase today serves as a vital link in the NATO andSouthern European Defense chain. Aviano sits aboutan hours train ride northeast of Venice at the foot of thepicturesque Dolomite Mountains. From June 1991 untilmy retirement in July 1993, I was assigned to the base.While there, I served as the logistics officer DeputyCommander for Resource Management and as theDeputy Commander for the Regional Support Groupwhich placed me in contact with all base agencies.With my private interest in UFO research, I would oc-casionally bring up the story of the July 1, 1977 UFO in-cident as is described in Mr. Timothy Goods bookAbove Top Secret. Eventually word spread among myfriends and a first sergeant assigned to the civil engi-neering squadron contacted me and asked if we couldmeet. He indicated that he had been on duty as a securitypolice communications controller the night of the event.The Security Police Control Center was only a fewyards from the Victor Alert Aircraft Facility. Near theend of his tour, I had the opportunity to discuss theevent with him at length and tape recorded the conver-sation. His knowledge of the event and proximity tothe object allowed him to make observations whichwere detailed and thorough. We are keeping his nameanonymous to protect his privacy. The gentlemansname is on file with Mr. Walt Andrus at the MutualUFO Network Inc. For the sake of the article, I will re-fer to the NCO as Sgt. Robert Frank. Today SeniorMaster Sergeant Frank remains on active duty and iscurrently assigned stateside.In July 1977. Aviano was home to the 40th TacticalGroup which served as a forward basing installationfor F-4 fighter aircraft from the 401st Tactical FighterWing, Torrejon AB, (Madrid) Spain. These fighters pro-vided tactical air support for the southern EuropeanNATO members against the Warsaw Pact countries dueto Avianos close proximity to the Yugoslavian border.During this period Sgt. Robert Frank was an E-5 mem-ber of the security police squadron working in theSecurity Control Center Building 1170 which was onlya few yards from the Victor Alert facility.I began the interview by asking Sgt. Robert Frank(R.F.) to describe the weather conditions and how the se-curity facility had been alerted the night of the inci-dent.FEBRUARY 1996 NUMBER 334 PAGE 3
  4. 4. MUFON UFO JOURNAL/ had no special night vision equipment orbinoculars. I just observed it with my eyes,you didnt need anything else because itwas a very bright light. It was circular...R.F. It was about 3:00 AM, the weather was very clear,warm, yet was the coolest of the evening hours. I recallthere was a full or quarter moon which was still fairlyhigh in the sky. There was no ground fog present due tothe temperature. The security control center was ini-.tially alerted when our control sensors activated. TheVictor Alert facility had a high hurricane type fencewith concertina wire mounted on top. The fence wasalso reinforced by magnetic and motion detectors. A se-curity control tower was located in the corner of the fa-cility and manned by a security police member. He con-tacted us reporting that all alarms had gone off at thesame time. He quickly searched the area visually and no-ticed a light off to the northwest (off base), beyond theperimeter fence in an adjoining soybean field. When thealarm activation occurred the alert facility also experi-enced a power outage simultaneously. The Victor Alertfacility is designed to deal with an outage and the aux-iliary power back-up system kicked in immediately.There were some minor power fluxes for the next 15 to20 minutes. As was established procedure, I notifiedthe Wing Command Post that we had a security situationin progress and that a security response team had beendispatched in and around the facility to determine ifanyone was intruding into the area. The only thing theyreported back to us was that there were lights off in thedirection of the northwest beyond the base perimeterfence. The lights were towards the mountainson whatwe called the back corner of the flight line. By my ownobservation 1would estimate that the lights were roughly200 meters beyond the fence line.Jerry Rolwes (J.R.) When did you first see the lights?R.F. Once I completed all my reporting responsibilitiesto the Command Post, one of the security teams camedown and relieved me so I could go up on top of mybuilding to take a look. Our Security Control Center wasan underground facility. The time that had elapsed fromwhen I first received the reports to when 1was relievedin order to observe the object from outside our facilitywas approximately 15 minutes.J.R. Did you observe the object with any optical equip-ment such as binocularsor night vision scopes? Whatcan you tell us about the visual appearance or sound ofthe object?R.F. I had no special night vision equipment or binocu-lars. I just observed it with my eyes, you didnt needanything else because it was a very brightlight. It wascircular. In Above Top Secret it indicates it had a domedtop. Because of the intensity of the lights especiallyaround the rim, it was kind of hard to see beyond theglare. From my vantage point, 1could not determine ifthere was any silhouette of a dome like shape or the like.It seemed to have multiple lights. In Mr. Goods book,he described the lights going through different colorsfrom white to green and then to red. As I recall, it wasmore from yellow to orange to red. 1didnt notice anygreen lighting on the craft. While I was observing theobject you could hear a sound like bees buzzing or ahumming sound. There was also a high amountof staticelectricity in the air and you could feel it on the hair onyour arms. You could definitely feel the static. Outsideof that phenomena, there were no other changes to theatmosphere when the object changed color.J.R. For the purpose of setting the record straight in re-lation to what was reported in Mr. Goods book AboveTop Secret, was the object ever above the Victor AlertArea or above the Aviano runway or flight line?R.F. I had no reports of it and I never saw it above thebase myself. It was always over the field off the base.J.R. So it stayed over the soybean field. Did it evermake any motion towards the base?R.F, Not that I know of. No one reported any suchmovement toward the base proper.J.R. Was any type of securityresponse team dispatchedoff base to the location of the object?R.F, Because it was a NATO base, a combined USAFSecurity Police and Carabinieri (National Italian Police)unit was dispatched off base on patrol to determine thenature of the object. As a result of the layout of thebase, the combined police response team was required totake a long route around the base through a couple ofsmall villages. By the time they arrived, the object haddeparted. It just gradually inclined and took off towardsthe corner of the mountains. When it started movingaway it ^.uned altitude in a gradual slope.J R W.xs there any increase in the static in the air,t h mjjc- m the coloration or sound of the craft when it be-gan 10 depart the area?R.F. I dont recall any increase in the static. The buzzingsound increased. It got just a little louder and a littlehigher pitched. When the buzz increased in pitch thecolor started to fluctuate, it went from yellow, orange tored in a gradual manner. It stayed more toward the red-dish color as it moved away.PAGE 4 NUMBER 334 FEBRUARY 1996
  5. 5. MUFON UFO JOURNALJ.R. How long did you observe the object? Please de-scribe the object.R.E 1observed the object for a total of about five minuteswhile it was over the soybean field and about anotherminute when it started to depart the area. We all lostsight of it when it headed toward the corner of the moun-tain range. It might have dropped down below the edgeof the mountain crest. For the sake of explanation,Aviano AB flight line is situated approximately threekilometers south of the base of the DolomiteMountains.The mountainsrise to about 6000 feet abovesea level with the mountainrange to the northwest slop-ing down to almost the level of the plain and then raisingback to a higher elevation. As the craft left the area, itpicked up speed and maintained a consistent straightcourse toward the mountain pass. From where [ ob-served the object, I was about 500 meters from the craftand well inside the perimeter fence. The object was ap-proximately 200 meters beyond the fence line to thenorthwest.J.R. Did the craft pick up speed the further it got awayfrom Aviano?R.F. It seemed to accelerate a little faster the further itwent away, but at night, its kind of hard to tell whensomething is moving directJy away from you. The anglebetween where I was and the comer of the mountain wasa straight line. Its flight characteristic was very straightand stable until we lost it visually in the distance.J.R. Could you estimate the diameter of the craft when itwas the closest to you?R.F. As Tsaid previously, I estimate that 1was about 500meters from the object. It appeared to be somewhere inthe vicinity of 35 meters; maybe 75 to 100 feet in di-ameter. Thats about the best I can do.J R Could you please discuss for a moment the powerouLijx1m relation to what was described in Above TopS< i H i The book refers to a total power outage when itleft ilie area. Is this an inaccuracy?R.F. When the event occurred, I was only concernedwith the Victor Men f.icility. We had a power loss, butthen the back-up generators kicked in and we only hadsome minor pcmu llunes which is characteristic withback-up generators. A> far as the rest of the base, to mymemory, it was not completely blacked out. I could seesome lights across the field from where 1 was located.J.R. Were there any after action reports you had to fillout as a result of the event? Did the Air Force Office ofSpecial Investigations (AFOSI), or security police in-vestigations require security oaths from the witnesses?Because of the intensity of the lights espe-cially around the rim, it was kind of hard tosee beyond the glare. From my vantagepoint, I could not determine if there wasany silhouette of a dome like shape or thelike. It seemed to have multiple lights.R.F. No one from security police investigations orAFOSI contacted me or any of the other witnesses andthere were no security oaths requested or signed.J.R. What was the general consensus on the base afterthe event occurred?R.F. There was a lot of speculation about some sort ofUFO or something around the base. But the talk just kindof died away and the incident was more or less ignored.J.R. In both Tim Goods book Above Top Secret, andJenny Randies book The UFO Conspiracy, they refer toan NCO or soldier by the name of James Blake who hadleaked the incidentto local investigators.In that contextthey allude to a cover-up by the local base authorities atAviano concerning the incident. Did you know a JamesBlake and again did you encounter any Air Force effortsto cover or minimizethe incident?R.F. I have a slight memory of an Airman James Blakewho was a security cop. I had seen him a couple oftimes, but had no relationship with him. As to a cover-upas I said before, there were no security oaths requestedor taken. The base experienced a situation and wecouldnt explain what it was. The Security Police lawenforcement personnel with the Italian CarabinieriNational Police went out, looked around the field andfound nothingof significance. The object did not intrudeon or over the base and did not really affect anything off-base from what could be determined. It was just a reportof a weird incident and they let it go at that.J.R. Did you observe the Carabinieri and the USAFSecurity Police approaching the area or the object beforeit departed the area?R.F. I know the Security Police were dispatched out, butto get to the back side of the base to where it was overthe soybean field took them ten to fifteen minutes dri-ving time. It was necessary for them to go through someof the smaller villages north of the flight line base fa-cility. By the time they arrived the craft had departed.We could see them out there when they arrived at thesite. They were not operating in an emergency modewith their blue emergency lights flashing. They pulledup quietly, looked around the area. They did not find anydamage to the field and then they left.FEBRUARY 1996 NUMBER 334 PACES
  6. 6. MUFON UFO JOURNAL/ do feel the craft was observing us. I didnot have any feelings it was hostile or thatwe were threatened by the object because itmade no movements or actions toward us.We certainly took no hostile actions towardit.J.R. Did you feel the object was sitting on the ground orwas it hovering above the ground or could you reallytell?R.F. From my location it looked like it was above theground, but the exact height Im not sure, maybe 30 feet,maybe a little lower.J.R. Do you have any final comments concerning this in-cident?R.F. I felt at the time the craft was nothing we knewabout. I dont feel it was an experimental aircraft fromour Air Force or anyone elses for that matter. If it werean experimental craft, I doubt they would have flown itin unannouncedand then hover it over a soybean fieldnext to an active alert facility. If it was a classified tech-nology encountering flight troubles there would havebeen more security involvement through secure com-munications channels. I do feel the craft was observingus. I did not have any feelings it was hostile or that wewere threatened by the object because it made no move-ments or actions toward us. We certainly took no hostileactions toward it. Those of us who observed it were in astand-off mode. We were observing it and trying to fig-ure out what it was. It was near the ground a very shorttime and to my knowledge there were no photos taken ofit. Im not sure if the incident appeared in the Italianpress because I dont read Italian. I can say, it did not ap-pear in the base paper or the Armed Forces Stars andStripes.CONCLUSION:The astronomy program "The Sky for Windows 2.01994" by Software Bisque described the following skyconditions the night of the event. On July I, 1977, therewas almost a full moon setting in the SW approximately14.5 degrees above the horizon in the constellationSagittarius at about 3:00 AM. The craft appeared NW ofthe Victor Alert facility hovering near the ground.SMSgt Frank made it very clear there were no secu-rity oaths requested or post incident briefings conductedconcerning the incident. He said there were at least 18personnel in the Victor Alert area at the time who ob-served the craft. Ten personnel were standing acrossthe street against the outer perimeter fence in order to geta better view of the object. While I worked in WingHeadquarters I had access to the Wings historical officerecords through the Air Force sergeant in charge of theprogram. She researched both the classified and un-classified records for the July I, 1977 date and the quar-ters history it would have appeared in. In both cases shefound no references to the incident.My knowledge of required inputs to a wing historyleaves the administrators quite a degree of flexibility.Certain standardized information and reports are re-quired such as sortie/maintenance rates and budgetaryactions to name a couple. An incident recorded on aUSAF security police blotter may or may not end up inthe wing history. The security police blotter would be re-tained in an active file for the calendar year it was pre-pared. It would then be retained in an inactive file for anadditional year. Once this period ended it would be de-stroyed per IAW USAF directives.In light of the fact that no intrusion or hostile ac-tions were made over or into the Victor Alert facility orover the flight line it is very logical and consistent withadministrative procedures that no reference from theblotter would have been entered into the wings quarterlyhistory. It is obvious something of an unknown naturedid occur at Aviano AB, Italy on July 1, 1977. As a re-sult of nothing serious ensuing, there was no need to el-evate the security response or administrative reporting ofthe incident. I feel this is an example where partial in-formation was obtained and faulty conclusions weredrawn by other investigators as to an "alleged cover-up,"which was non-existent. Even for a non-military mem-ber it would be easy to seek information on the incidentas I did. When further information was not found itwas also easy to determine why and what the lack of thatinformation meant.REFERENCES1. Good, Timothy, Above Top Secret: The Worldwide UFOCover-up, New York: Quill; William Morrow and Co.Inc, (1988), pps. 144-145.2. Randies, Jenny, The UFO Conspiracy: The First FortyYears, New York: Barnes and Noble Books, (1993), pps.178-179.Jerry Rolwes is MUFONs Assistant State Directorfor Washington State. He retired as a Lt. Colonelfrom the Air Force on October 1, 1993. Mr. Rolwesholds a BA degree in 20th Century American Historyfrom Drake University and an MS in HumanResource Management from Gonzaga University.He is also a graduate of Squadron Officer School,and the associates programs from Air Commandand Staff College and Air War College, AirUniversity, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He appearedon the Fox "Sightings" program March 5, 1995 in asegment entitled "UFOs of the Northwest." He cur-rently resides in Spokane, WA.PAGE 6 NUMBER 334 FEBRUARY 1996
  7. 7. MUFON UFO JOURNALTHE MONGO PHOTO CASEANALYSISPhotoanalysis and text prepared by Dr. Richard F. RainesInvestigated by Francis Ridge, Linda Dahlkemper, Bruce Engstrom, Robert Taylor,Roger Sugden and John TimmermanAbstractEight adult witnesses saw a self-luminous disk fly across the sky at a campground in northern Indiana at 9:30 pm(EOT) on August 31, 1994 on a clear dark night. Five 35 mm. color photographs were taken over about a 25-secondinterval with a Kodak K-40 camera. Four of theframes show an angularly large object. This paper describes the re-sults of measurements, calculations, and various digital quantifications. Knowledge of the approximate maximum dis-tance to the object from two different ground vantage points and the angular size of the aerial object shows that it wasabout 19feet in length and 8.5feet thick (at an assumed range of 2300feet). Further analysis suggests the object trav-eled approximately 3900feet over a 30-second time span. Assuming a constant velocity, its ground speed would havebeen approximately 192 mph — significantly faster than a blimp canfly in calm air. The suggestion that the objectwas an internally illuminated advertising blimp is rejected on other grounds as well. The object remains unidentified.DIGITAL IMAGE ANALYSIS RESULTS:Frames 4-7 were scanned with a LaCie Ltd.,Silver Scanner II and analyzed by Dr. Richard F.Haines using Adobe Photoshop software on a PowerMacintosh model 7100/66.THE ADVERTISING BLIMP HYPOTHESIS: It wassuggested that the UFO was an internally illuminated ad-vertising blimp on the basis of the fact that a blimpdefinitely was in the area that evening (Anon., 1994[a]; Anon.,1994 [b]) and similarities in general shape ofvideo images obtained previously in other geographic lo-cales by several people (Kelley,1995; Sainio, 1993).We will evaluate this suggestion in light of each piece ofevidence. Mr. J. K. said that he went hunting the nextday and saw the "Family Channel Blimp" flying nearby.He remarked to the investigator,Francis Ridge, "Theresno way in hell (that) we saw a blimpthat night." As willbe seen, several different avenues were followed to testthis personal assessment by the eyewitness.BASIC BLIMP CHARACTERISTICS: FrancisRidge and Mr. John Timmerman of the J. Allen HynekCenter for UFO Studies (CUFOS) separately contactedvarious lighter-than-air ship manufacturersfor specifi-cations, illustrations, and flight schedules. Figure 12(not shown here)is a drawing of the "Lightship" built bythe American Blimp Corporation of Hillsboro, Oregon.Four variationsare sold which vary in length but not inwidth-to-length ratio. The overall length of the A-150model is 128 feet and its maximum diameter is 30 10"for a width to length ratio of 0.24 (about one-half of themeasured width to length ratio of the UFO seen inframes 4 and 5; viz. 0.444 and 0.452, respectively).One shorter and two slightly longer models than theA-ISO are manufactured by this company. The topspeed of this model is 55 mph using two 68 hp GermanLimbach engines, each operating at 2900 RPM.The maximum rate of climb for this blimp is 1600feet per minute and 1400 fpm maximum rate of de-scent. Its rated service ceiling is 7800 feet and maximumrange without refueling at 40 mph is 560 nautical miles.Its minimumturn radius is 375 feet. Needless to say, itsability to accelerate is very limited. More importantly,the outer skin of these blimps is made from a toughwoven fabric and plastic film that is translucent.Spotlights located inside it make the entire blimp glowrelatively evenly.The advertisingpanels on the sides ofthe blimp do not move relativeto the blimp itself but areattached by numeroustie-down cords.A blimp was in the area. (Ridge: "One newspaper ac-count said that The Family Channel blimp was respon-sible for reports in northern Indiana at that time.")Kelley (1995) reported that a blimpowned by the VirginFEBRUARY 1996 NUMBER 334 PAGE?
  8. 8. MUFON UFO JOURNALFigure 1Drawing of General Area of SightingNorthEstimated Visualpath o. aerial object(not to scale)Est. locationof two huntersSt. RD. 3Lightship Co. (Orlando, Florida) traveled fromMinneapolis, Minnesota to Lakehurst, New Jersey in 31hours, including that evening.No sound heard. If a blimp was the source of thesephotographs its reciprocating engines would probablyalso have been heard at distances under about 2,000 to3,000 feet in the calm night air. No such sounds wereheard by anyone.Blimp shape. Several previously recorded VMS seg-ments of positively identified blimps were analyzed byJeff Sainio, chief photo analyst for MUFON. He pro-vided the author with a copy of these VHS clips and stillframe photographs for comparison with the present pho-tographs. While they appear to be similar in shape to thepresent images they also differ in interesting ways.Figure 14 (not shown here) shows three consecutive1/30 sec. video frames from a camcorder recordingtaken by Mr. John Stanolevich on August 23, 1995 atRego Park (near Shea Stadium),New York, which wereconclusively identified as an advertising blimp. Thesethree video frames show: (A) the one-flash-per-secondwhite, anti-collision strobe light on the bottom appearingTlw Virgin Lightship Co. blimpas a bulge beneath the oval-shaped object. Each flash isseen in only one frame indicating that its duration is lessthan l/30th of a second. (B) and (C) the generally oval-shaped blimp image is composed of several horizontal(raster) TV lines separated by blank lines whose endsstair-step in order to produce the overall image. Theoverall width to length ratio of these images is 0.42and no prominent dome is seen on the top.Contradictory film image size. If the object was oneof the American Blimp Corporation airships (128 feetlong) for instance, it would have had to be 21,395 feet(about 4 miles) away to produce the small image lengthfound on these photographs! This large a distance con-tradicts the testimony of the main group of witnesses atthe campsite, as well as that of two hunters who saidthey saw the object to the north of their estimated posi-tion.Other arguments. 1) the lack of any visible protuber-ance on the top of the blimp which is clearly visible inall of these photographs, 2) the presence of a smallgondola below the blimp which is not visible on thesephotographs, 3) the presence of a dark, opaque (struc-tural) tip at each end of these blimps which is not seen inany of the eyewitness drawings or photographs, 4) theprobable average velocity calculations presented belowtend to exceed the maximum ground speed of a blimp.5) the reported high acceleration departure exceeds thecapability of blimps, 6) only one of the six witnesses atthe main campground saw a flashing light on the objectas it departed to the SE. However, FAA approved anti-collision strobe lights on flight certified blimps must bevisible from all possible viewing positions relative to theblimp so that everyone in the group should have seen thestrobe light.PAGES NUMBER 334 FEBRUARY 1996
  9. 9. MUFON UFO JOURNAL6 & W print of frame -t. .u minL-il m 600 <//«If a blimp was the source of these pho-tographs its reciprocating engines wouldprobably also have been heard at distancesunder about 2,000 to 3,000 feet in the calmnight air. No such sounds were heard byanyone.The results presented in Table 6 (not shown) alsosupport the opinion of Mr. J.K. wherein the angularsize of a 128-foot-long blimp was calculated for each offour hypothetical viewing distances. The length of theimage of the object on the original negative representsonly 0.86 percent of the width of the frame which is con-siderably smaller than any of the values given in Table 6.Finally, the majority of blimps have a width to lengthratio of from 0.25 to 0.30 which is approximately one-half of the ratio of the present aerial object (not includ-ing its dome on top).Discontinuous object motions. All but one of themain group of witnesses indicated that the object wasnta blimp. It moved relatively fast, stopped, changed di-rections (appearing to approach the witnesses), stoppedagain, and then accelerated away in a matter of sec-onds. Blimps do not behave this way!Object velocity. Assuming certain values for totaldistance traveled (d) and sightingduration (t),object ve-locity can be calculated. Mr. J. K. thought the sightinglasted about 15 seconds while D. B. had a longer esti-mate of from 60 to 180 seconds. The other three primarywitnesses (one of the six did not report) did not maketemporal duration estimates. The total horizontal anglethrough which the object travelled (as measured from themain campsite) is approximately that shown in Figure I,although its distance from the observers is not known forsure.Assuming the flight path of the object was that shownby the heavy dashed line in Figure 1 and it was in sightfor t = 60, 90. or 120 seconds, its average (constant) ve-locity is 65.3. 43.5, or 32.6 ft/sec. (95.3. 63.8. or 47.9mph). respectively. Only the slowest of these values iswithin the 55 mph maximum speed of the commer-FEBRUARY 1996 NUMBER 334 PAGE 9
  10. 10. MUFON UFO JOURNALcially produced Lightship Blimp discussed above. Ifthe actual flight path of the object was far more of anacute angle V with its initial and final distances muchgreater than are shown in Figure 1. i.e.. an assumedto-tal flight path length of about 10.740 feet, with the near-est point as illustrated, the objects average velocity(also assuming a constant velocity) for t = 60, 90, or 120seconds would be 262, 175, or 131 mph, respectively.All of these velocities are significantly faster than thisblimp can fly. And so for a blimp, comparable to theLightship Blimp, to have caused this report it wouldhave had to do all of the following: I) fly at its maxi-mum speed and never stop moving, 2) fly along theapproximate path shown in Figure 1 or nearer to thecampsite, 3) remain in sight for about a hundred secondsor more (traveling at a constant speed), 4) somehowappear to accelerate at a high rate of speed, and 5) re-main silent the entire time! Since most of the witnessessaid that the object moved discontinuously and actuallyseemed to stop once or twice, its actual velocity wouldhave had to be even faster than calculated above tomake up for the time it had stopped. Finally, no witnessindicated that the object changed shape. If it were ablimp and changed heading, its length would seem toshorten somewhat without changing thickness.CONCLUSIONSThe self-luminous aerial object seen and photographedat Mongo, Indiana on August 31, 1994, has remainedunidentified after the various evaluationscited above. Onthe one hand, its overall shape and flight characteristicsare not unlike many scores of other UFOs reported formore than fifty years from around the world, many ofwhich were captured in photographs. On the other hand,a blimp definitely was seen during the night of August31, 1994 in the Mongo area. The aerial object pho-tographed cannot be positively identified at this time. Itremains a UFO.COMMENTS BY STATE DIRECTOR RIDGEWe have been unable to obtain any official flight recordsfor any blimp flights explaining the Mongo event.Twodifferent blimp companies were "identified" (FamilyChannel & Virgin Lightship) by "authorities." A currentand separate investigation is underway involving a videotaken the same evening at Hamilton, Indiana, just a fewmiles SE of Mongo! The witnesses also claim the objectat one point was less than 100 feet over them, was as bigas a football field, and made no noise!COMING ATTRACTIONS . . .The good news is that the Journal has a surplus of excellent material . . . the bad news is that we cant fit it into asingle issue. So look forward to these coming highlights: Kent Jeffrey of The Roswell Initiative on the Santilli"alien autopsy" film; the third installment of T. David Spencers continuing examination of MUFONs UFOsightings database; Jan Aldrich on historical cases, and the usual much more!PAGE 10 NUMBER 334 FEBRUARY 1996
  11. 11. MUFON UFO JOURNALSEXUALITY, ALIENS, HYBRIDS AND ABDUCTIONSby Dan Wright, Project ManagerMUFON Abduction Transcription ProjectOne of the more intriguing aspects of RaySantillis recently alleged Roswell "alien au-topsy" film is what certainly appears to be fe-male genitalsat the individuals groin. Do entities fromanother world really have sex organs of a type and func-tion likened to that of humans? If so, what might thatsuggest in terms of a common heritage? Alternately,do "hybrid" beings (somehow a mix of human and aliengenes) possess human-likesexual features?The following synopsis, offered as a backgroundbriefing, derives from MUFONs AbductionTranscription Project (hereinafter the Project). Thisanalysis of specific anatomical factors contained in 750hypnosis and interviewtranscripts, involving 215 sepa-rate cases dating from the 1940s to the present, ad-dresses the question of whether or not the image in thepurported 1947 film reflects reality as related by re-ported close encounter percipients. (See the Februaryand March 1994 issues of the MUFON UFO Journaland the MUFON 1995 International UFO SymposiumProceedings for an overview of the Project and generalfindings.)HANDS, NOSES AND MOUTHSAmong the Projects cases, involving over 2,000 de-scriptive factors indexed thus far, three characteristicsstand out vis-a-vis the autopsied cadaver:• In no case was an entity or (human-alien) hybrid de-scribed as having six digits, as was apparent in thealleged autopsy film. Three and four digits werethe norm; a few were attributed five.• Only three entities were said to have more than avestigial nose: one a "beak," the second a "pointed"nose, the third a "projection." At least two of thethree, then, would not seem to be a human nose asshown in the film. In the remainder of the 215 cases,entities were portrayed as having either an indistinctnose bridge or no nasal appendage whatsoever. Onlyone adult hybrid was reported to have a human-like nose.• No classical entity or even hybrid was ascribed fullhumanlike lips as seen in the Santilli film. Only aslit-like mouth was claimed in the overwhelmingmajority of cases.NAKED ENTITIESIn 33 cases (15 percent of the Projects total), one ormore entities appeared without clothing of any sort. Amajority of those were of white-to-grey skin tone. Pale,greenish, blue or bluish-green, greyish-tan, and dark-skinned beings were likewise described. Most nakedentities were said to be of short stature and part of the"away team," restricted to delivery and return of the hu-man subject. However, the total included taller "doctors"and others in authority onboard.In none of the 33 relevant cases was such an entitynoticed to have male or female genitals at the groin.FEMALES AND BREAST MASSHuman-like mammary glands have been noted on oneentity (of yellowish-grey skin tone) and one hybrid in thestudy. (As noted later in this paper, each proceeded toengage in sex with the human male subject.)By contrast, in 49 other cases (23 percent of the total),wherein at least one entity was assumed by the humansubject to be female — by reason of softer facial fea-tures, specific mannerisms or other conclusion — nonewere characterized as displaying obvious breast mass.THE HYBRIDSSo-called hybrid beings are, by all accounts, the byprod-ucts of alien reproductive interventionwith human cap-tives. Accounting for about half of all cases in theProject, such reports typically relate the extraction ofsperm from boys and men, as well as eggs from theovaries of girls and women. Many of the latter cases de-scribe a later implantationof what was assumed to be anembryo of unknown parentage.Note: Precise numbers are not available, especially interms of female subjects unsure whether a needle in-serted into the abdomen was to remove an egg from anovary or that an embryo was what was vaginally im-planted.Regardless, the resultant offspring have seeminglybeen gestated, either from conception to birth or at leastin the latter stages, in a "test tube" setting. This is at-tested to by numerous subjects shown rows of aquarium-like tanks, filled with liquid, in which partially formedfetuses were floating.Some men but more women recall being presented anewborn or older infant that, by appearances, was notentirely human. Most related that the child was his/herswith phrasings such as "my baby," a "product of me," orFEBRUARY 1996 NUMBER 334 PAGE 11
  12. 12. MUFON UFO JOURNAL"partly mine." But also, the childs oversized eyes, ex-tremely pale skin, frail structure or other features con-vinced the person that it was not from the joining of twohumans.In 38 cases (18 percent of all cases in the study),human subjects have encountered one or more fullygestated hybrid newborns, older children or adults. A to-tal of 41 hybrids of various age categories were men-tioned (i.e., a few subjects observed hybrids ofmultipleage ranges). Borrowing colloquial terms to approxi-mate ages, they can be expressed as follows:• 24 infants (These included four referred to as boys,three called girls, 16 with no gender indicated, andone with an observed absence of genitals. In onlyone case did a transcript indicate that genitals weredefinitely viewed — a boy.)• Eight toddlers or pre-schoolers• Four of school age• Five adultsIn none of the latter three age types was the hybridbeings sex determined with confidence. Most wereclothed throughout in some manner — from a simplenightgown worn by infants and young children to jump-suits or plain dresses by adults.Confusing the issue are not infrequent accountswherein the man or woman described an infant, olderchild or even adult as human in every way. And, cer-tainly, it would appear easier to gestate children from hu-man sperm and ova than to somehow (a) combine eitherwith its alien counterpart — if such even exists or (b) in-troduce an alien version of DNA into one or the otherhuman component.RAPE VERSUS SEXUAL AROUSALIn ten cases the human subject claimed under hypnosisto have been raped, including physical penetration, by anonhuman being:• Three females by human-sized, male entities ofun-stated anatomical detail• Two females by human-sized, hairy/furry male be-ings• One female by a (6-foot or taller) "Nordic" male —her "mate"• One male by a tallish "reptilian" female ofunstatedskin tone or other detail• One male by a short, greyish-yellow-skinned fe-male (otherwise associated with grey-green reptil-ians)• One male by a pale-skinned, wispy-blonde-hairedfemale with breasts, apparently a hybrid• One male by an undescribed female beingAsexual element not involving forced intercoursewas present in 15 additional cases. Phrasings by theGenitalia, therefore, have been attributedto entities and hybrids, but infrequently,and without anything remotely approachingabsolute certainty on the subjects part. Inthis Project, that feature is restricted to theten cases of reported rape, plus one case ofan infant hybrid.human captives afterward to depict those moments in-cluded "aroused," "energy goes in," "sensual," "sexualfeelings," "coax me to feel sexual" and "climax."Various techniques were employed by entities to achievethat result, including close-up staring, a hand-held in-strument, an apparatus placed over male genitals and,more directly, "claws in my crotch."In a few instances of non-penetrative sexual en-counter, the person specifically noticed a total absence ofsex organs on the part of the entity eliciting the re-sponse. In fact, in no such incidents were same evidentthough, again, most of the beings responsible wereclothed throughout.Note: These 15 cases involving the captives sexualresponse are separate from eight other cases in which anapparatus was used to extract sperm from a male captivefor apparent reproductive purposes — with no associatedpleasurable feeling. Also excluded are dozens of cases inwhich female abductees reportedly endured the removalof ova. implantationof an embryo, or abortion of a par-tially gestated fetus.TENTATIVE CONCLUSIONSGenitalia, therefore, have been attributed to entities andhybrids, but infrequently, and without anythingremotelyapproaching absolute certainty on the subjects part. Inthis Project, that feature is restricted to the ten cases ofreported rape, plus one case of an infant hybrid.Harkening back to the cadaver in the "alien autopsy,"one can argue the incongruity of an unearthly beingwith a vagina but neither a navel nor breast mass andnipples. If it was indeed a hybrid, the bald craniumdoes not mesh with typical reports of patchy or wispyhair generally associated with hybrid children and adults.A database of 215 separate cases, of course, cannot beclaimed to represent abduction experiences in their en-tirety. Yet, given the repetition of descriptive factors soprominent in more recent transcripts, it does appear tocover most groups of entities allegedly operating withany regularity on this planet.In sum, the author would be greatly surprised if it weresomehow proved that the individual in the film is otherthan the creation of someone, some group, or somegovernment agency whose intention is to embarrass theUFO research community at a time when its accep-tance among the general populace has never been greater.PAGE 12 NUMBER 334 FEBRUARY 1996
  13. 13. MUFON UFO JOURNALJohn CarpenterOdds and EndsA SAD FAREWELLDr. Karla Turner passed away.on January 10, 1996, asmost UFO followers already know. 1had the privilegeofknowing her for a number of years and throughout herresearch efforts. She was a bold, compassionate, and de-termined woman who reported events without softeningthe impact of her information. She wanted others toknow the whole truth in every aspect as she discoveredit for herself and through others. She worked as hard asanybody in the field, cranking out three intriguing booksin quick succession: Into The Fringe, Taken andMasquerade of Angels. A number of my colleaguesviewed her reports as "dark, negative, or gloomy." Inknowing Karla I did not feel that this was her wish orhow she wanted the information to appear. She merelyfelt that she was reporting the truth as she discovered it— whatever that would be. She certainly did not al-ways like what she uncovered in her research. I view herwork as an honest effort to provide us with informationthat may balance our views more realistically as wecontinue to seek understanding regarding these con-tacts with other beings. I sincerely hope that she has al-ready learned all the answers in the life beyond thisone. We will miss you very much, Dr. Karla Turner!Karla and I shared one fascinatinganomalous eventin our years of knowing each other. Perhaps it istime to share this puzzling story. Karla had workedclosely with hypnotherapist Barbara Bartholic in Tulsa,Oklahoma. She had always encouraged Barbara to at-tend UFO conferences whenever possible, but Barbaratended to shy away from such public conventions andstayed closer to home. A couple of days prior to the1991 Eureka Springs, Arkansas UFO Conference hostedby Lou Parish, Barbaras son suddenlyappeared and of-fered to fix her dishwasher, which had been broken for4-5 years. In fact, she had used it as a pantry for storagefor several years, having given up on its usefulness as adishwasher. 1had never met Barbara Bartholic, nor hadI ever been to Tulsa. But as her son removed the chop-ping block cover from this dishwasher, which she hadpurchased at a garage sale about five years previously,he discovered one of my UFO business cards squarely inthe center!My business cards had been printed at least two yearsafter she had bought the dishwasher from the garagesale! Puzzled, they tried to see if the card could havebeen slid under this chopping block top once it wasbolted back on. There was no way to get the card inthere without taking this top off — which had neverbeen removed either since she had bought it or since Ihad had the cards printed! Karla still had the only busi-ness card that she had ever gotten from me, and she wasthe only possible link to Barbara at all. Karla was ex-cited. Could this mean that Barbara was supposed tomeet me at the Eureka Springs Conference for some un-known benefit or purpose? Apparently, Barbara wassimilarly impressed by the mystery of this event and didattend the conference just days later. We met and thiscard was returned to me—my never knowing how itcould have travelled to Tulsa somehow and later becomelodged between her broken dishwasher and its choppingblock top. I remember staring at the card and getting aneerie feeling — like I should pay more attention toanomalous events like this: because it had now hap-pened to me withoutany logical or reasonable explana-tion whatsoever.I then shared a drawing of a Reptilian creature withKarla and Barbara, who were astounded. They said itwas the closest match to the many descriptions theyhad received of Reptilian creatures in cases they hadbeen working on. Perhaps this was an important momentfor their research — we may never know. But I got mycard back, and I still look at it occasionally and ponderthe meaning of that peculiar incident.ALIEN AUTOPSY BODIESThe controversy rages on with opposing views diggingtheir trenches deeper. George Wingfield continues totry to narrow the field of possible hoaxers to three likelycandidates from his detective efforts in England. Mostresearchers continue to believe that this is a clever fakewith more holes in the story than Swiss Cheese.Abduction data, computer studies, and abductees them-selves have similarly rejected the televised images of thealleged alien autopsy. Clever photo analyses are goingon with computers aiding the effort. It seems far fromdecided yet.Perhaps the real gain is that people are genuinely in-terested and willing to believe it is not a hoax — even ifresearchers are not convinced. Is that not a weird twist inthe history of ufology? The public believes, while theUFO crowd doubts! The greatest benefit is that thiswill undoubtedly draw more people into the field of re-search. You can even rent the complete "Alien Autopsy"from Blockbuster Video now! Of course we alwayswant the public to feast on the best and most scientifi-cally sound information. The whole debate over thisfilm may just draw those hungry newcomers into thebetter areas of data anyway. And all of it intensifies thenotion that the government is hiding something aboutUFOs from all of us. Whether or not this film is genuine,it could add to the growing pressure from the generalpopulation to force Congress or the President to have torespond in some fashion. The film has not yet beeneasily proven to be a fake, therefore the debate willhardly die soon.FEBRUARY 1996 NUMBER 334 PAGE 13
  14. 14. MUFON UFO JOURNALAnd ... just when you thought the hype over thisalleged alien autopsy film might be dying down,we are about to be thumped with another set of alienautopsy photos — allegedly from Hong Kong orJapan. The body in these three photos is much thin-ner, with longer arms, four very long finger/claws, nonose, a flatter face, and definitely more features akinto the "standard" little gray beings than the presentautopsy film depicts. Researchers Yvonne Smith ofLos Angeles, and Katharina Wilson of Portland,Oregon, viewed these new photos at the same time Idid. We were all more impressed and intrigued withthe new photos. Yet veteran researcher Ted Phillips,best known for his years of close contact with Dr. J.Allen Hynek and his work on physical ground tracesworldwide, told me in January that Dr. Hynek hadshown him alleged photos of a genuine alien bodyyears ago. The head was much larger and the bodymuch thinner. He states that neither the present au-topsy film, nor the new photos from the Orient, lookat all like what he had seen during his research withDr. Hynek.So prepare for a new debate — and more public in-terest! The biggest question of all is this: "How will weknow when we actually receive a real photo of an au-thentic alien being? What can we actually use to au-thenticate any image previously unknown to man?" (Iwould be interested in your responses!)NEXT COLUMN: "TELEPATHY VS. CHANNELING"Carpenters column appears in the Journal everyother month. He can be contacted via E-mail atStarmanJC@aol.com.By T. David SpencerMUFON Deputy Director,InvestigationsLOG # 960103C, MA-1, 08/31/94. Investigator:Francis RidgeAt significant personal costs of both money and time,Mr. Francis Ridge (State Director, Indiana) and Dr.Richard Haines spared no effort to assess the likeli-hood that this sighting was of an unidentifiable object.Mr. Ridge began the investigation early in October,1994 and concluded his efforts at the end of September1995. Only one month went by during the year in whichhe was not addressing aspects of the investigation. (Seearticle elsewhere in this issue.)The viewing lasted less than 30 secondsfrom start to finish, but one witness hadthe presence of mind to use his automaticexposure camera and snap several pic-tures. Most of the investigation involvedthe photos and their negatives.At 2130 hours on August 31, 1994, at a hunterscampground in northern Indiana, six adults sittingaround a fire observed an object brightly glowingthrough the treetops, like the moon. The object silentlybut quickly moved to an open area, where it was viewedas a self-illuminating, domed disc about 19 feet long and8.5 feet thick. When it was about one-third of a mileaway it appeared to begin hovering,.and the glow"changed from a bright white to transparent." One wit-ness noticed a strobe light at the top just before the ob-ject faded and disappeared.It was discovered that four or more other personshad also observed the objects movement. Two, whowere just entering the campgrounds, gave directional in-formation useful for a triangulation when combinedwith that from the camp fire witnesses.The viewing lasted less than 30 seconds from start tofinish, but one witness had the presence of mind to usehis automatic exposure camera and snap several pictures.Most of the investigationinvolved the photos and theirnegatives.As with most photos and videos of such objects,clear definition was not possible, and this fact compli-cated and delayed the analysis. It was finally concludedby Dr. Haines that the photos could not have been of anIFO.LOG # 951229cC, MA-1,12/77/94. Investigator: AnnPetmcelliStarting from their house at 1700 hours to drive to asmall town in western Kentucky, a couple and theirgrown daughter saw a bright object "hanging" in thenortheastern sky. They viewed it for over a minutebe-fore it began moving southward toward them. As it ap-proached, the object appeared to be a large, white spherehaving multiple red lights circling and bisecting it at anangle. The object turned eastward, and the family fol-lowed until it "entered a thick cloud bank" and disap-peared from view.At midnight,the daughter again saw the object. Sheattempted to follow in her car but lost it at a turn in theroad.PAGE 14 NUMBER 334Continued on Page 16FEBRUARY 1996
  15. 15. MUFON UFO JOURNALAF HISTORIAN OFF-BASEDon BerlinerThe interview of Air Force historian Bruce Ashcroft("Wright-Patterson AFB HistorianInvestigatesRoswell Saucer Crash Story," November. 1995) givesaseriously distorted impression of the legitimacy of anysuggested connection between Project Mogul and theRoswell crash. In fact, it reads a lot like government pro-paganda.Suggesting that wreckage from a Mogul balloon trainor cluster may have been responsible for the Roswellcrash is simply preposterous, and counter to all the evi-dence, and to logic. To those of us who have been in theUFO field for a long time, it reads for all the worldlike the nonsense once spread by the Air Forces ProjectBlue Book.The following is therefore offered in rebuttal to theclaim:1. The Air Force has never said that a Project Mogulballoon assembly was responsible for the Roswellwreckage, only that this may have been the case.2. No evidence has been produced to support theclaim that any Mogul wreckage landed on the FosterRanch, only that it could have. There are no documentsoffered to support the contention that any balloon wasfound there. The suggestion that test flight #4 landed onthe sheep ranch is pure, unsupported theory. This earlytest flight was not tracked, as tracking data was notconsidered of importance. The balloons could haveflown off in any direction, and landed anywhere.Claiming they landed on what has become known as the"debris field" is no more than wishful thinking on thepart of the Air Force propagandists and their supporters.3. Even if test flight #4 landed on the Foster Ranch,itcould not have accounted for the materials found thereby USAAF Intelligence Officer Maj. Jesse Marcel, andhandled by his precocious 11-year-old son. They de-scribed materials of unusually light weight and unusuallygreat strength,characteristics never known forballoonmaterials.One of the Air Forces main sources of information,Prof. Charles Moore, makes it clear that the off-the-shelf neoprene weather balloons used in the early testflights rapidly disintegrated in the bright sunlight to"dark brown or grey flakes or ashes." This means thewinds would have made sure there was nothing left ofthe balloons which would have borne any similaritytowhat the Marcels described finding. Or would evenhave been noticed by ranch foreman "Mac" Brazel oranyone else.All that would have been left would have been the re-mains of several radar reflectors made from l/4"xl/4"glue-covered balsawood sticks and some metalized pa-per. No one in his right mind could have described theseas unusually light and unusually strong. Nor would theyounger Marcel have looked at the flowered tape the AirForce says was used to reinforce the radar reflectors, andthen described it as mysterious embossed symbols on theweb of I-beams, unless that is what it was.Again, theAir Force claimed he saw flowered tape, but producednothing to support the claim: not a single photo of tapethat allegedly was a commercial product.4. The Air force insiststhat the security of the highlyclassified Project Mogul explains the great concern forsecrecy described by many witnesses. But other Mogulballoon test rigs landed elsewhere, and there is no sign ofany special security precautions. Flight #6 landed southof the Alamogordo launch site, and was found by arancher who called Alamogordo as instructed to do bythe tag which Prof. Moore said was attached to alllaunched devices. This resulted in a crew being sent torecover the remains. No ring of guards around the area,no secrecy of any sort. Either Project Mogul was sosecret it had to be protected with great care, or it wasnt.You cant have it both ways.5. Maj. Marcel described the debris field as 2/3 of amile long and several hundred yards wide which waslit-tered with scrap material, all of it unfamiliar. Could aveteran intelligenceofficer possibly have described theremains of a bunch of weather balloons and radar re-flectors in this way? There would have been little ornothing visibleof the deteriorated balloons, which leavesonly the reflectors. But they would have still been at-tached to the braided line on which they had beenhoisted aloft in the first place. And so they would havecovered precious little of the 50 or more acres esti-mated by Maj.Marcel. And he would certainly havementioned their being connected to a common line.6. Much of the 1,000-page USAF Project MogulReport published in September, 1995, consists ofschematic diagrams of radio receivers and installationdrawings for valves and other apparatus used on ProjectMogul test flights. Yet no one has ever described findinganything remotely similar at the crash. Not a piece ofmechanism of any sort, mechanical, electrical, or elec-tronic. Why was this material included if it couldntanswer any questions?7. Even more obviously irrelevant was theinclusionof more than 100 pages of data on Project Mogul testFEBRUARY 1996 NUMBER 334 PAGE I5
  16. 16. MUFON UFO JOURNALflights which occurred long after the debris was found.What does this explain? Can a fumble in the third quar-ter explain a touchdown in the first quarter?8. Why does the report treat other possible explanationsin such an unbalanced way? In a single page it disposesof the possibilities that the wreckage could have hadanything to do with the crash of a military airplane, theimpact of a test missile or rocket, and any kind of nuclearaccident. Hundreds of pages of supporting documents andtestimony are offered for the Project Mogul explana-tion, but not a single document to support any of the oth-er contentions. There are references to the availability ofdocuments, but none is reproduced or even quoted.In the case of five military planes which crashed inNew Mexico, the period covered is June 24 throughJuly 28, the latter date being almost three weeks after thedebris was found! A minor example of poor research isthe claim that one of the crashed airplanes was a P-5 IN Mustang fighter, when a check of any of a hundredsources would have revealed that no such version of thefamous fighter ever existed.9. The cover of the huge report is an impressivepainting of a brilliantwhite "something" streaking downfrom the pre-dawn or post-dusk sky toward a desertpopulated by a cactus and a cowboy on horseback. Thisobviously is not a balloon or a cluster of balloons, as bal-loons do not appear brilliant against a dark sky, nor arethey capable of streaking anywhere, under any condi-tions. It looks like something completely unrelated toProject Mogul. And if it couldnt have been an airplaneor a rocket or a missile, what could it be?You dont suppose it might be a . . .? Could the AirForce be trying in an uncharacteristically subtle wayto express something it doesnt want to come right outand say?Berliner is with the Maryland-based Fund for UFOResearch and a member of the UFO ResearchCoalition.HOME PAGE TOP-RATED!Dennis Stacy, Journal editor, is proud to announce thatThe Anomalist WWW home page has been "ratedamong the top 5% of all sites on the Internet by PointSurvey." According to the E-mail announcement re-ceived on January 25, "Point is a free service whichrates and reviews only the best sites on the World WideWeb. We provide surfers with a standard of excellence:a catalog of the most lively, useful and fun sites on theNet."The Web site was created by Dennis Stacy andPatrick Huyghe (co-editors and publishers of TheAnomalist) with help from art director, Ansen Scale.The Web site was rated 39 out of 50 points for Content,35 out of 50 for Presentation, and 41 out of 50 forExperience. Point Surveys online review of TheAnomalist home page reads as follows:"Beginning with the premise that there is more mys-tery than knowledge in the world, the editors offer thisonline mini-version of their monthly magazine "TheAnomalist." This is a showcase for all kinds of enig-matic data and radical ideas, from the mysteries of theanimal world to those of outer- and inner space. Somesubjects covered by the magazine include fire suicideclusters and Daytona Beach Mystery Wave. (Too badthe two dont coincide — thatd be handy!) Articlesare excerpted at this site, along with the regular featuresHigh Strangeness Reports and Quotable (Charles)Fort. The approach here is pretty even-handed, andshould be appreciated by skeptics and believers alike.After all, these guysjust think its time to look at all thethings that have been cast out of scientific theory be-cause they wont//?. Food for thought? This is the be-ginnings of a banquet,catered by a competent crew."Unfortunately, the review is wrong in at least oneregard — The Anomalist is published only two times ayear in a qualitypaperback format, with The Anomalist3 (expanded to 176 pages) havingjust appeared. For or-dering details, see ad this issue.Along with Charles McGrew, Stacy also contributesto the MUFON WWW home page, which has now reg-istered over 3200 hits. The Anomalist is at:http://www;cloud9.net/~patrick/anomalist. Journal read-ers are invited to visit.CURRENT CASES - Continued from Page 14LOG # 951229aC, FB-1, 08/30/95. Investigator:Beverly TroutThe moon was still below the horizon innorthwesternIowa on August 30, 1995, and Nathan, who was laterjoined by his sister, was outside his house taking ad-vantage of the moonless sky to stargaze. For over anhour beginning at 2300 hours, the two watched multipleunusual objects —other than meteors — fly across thesky. The objects appeared to be twice the size of a fullmoon and "very high." Each sighting lasted only a fewseconds, but there were many (11-20) different sightingsmade during the period.A few objects were blurry and shapeless, even whenviewed through binoculars. Most were translucent,isosceles (not equilateral)triangles that were wider at theback end than the sides. There was a light at each apex.Their surfaces looked like refractive heat waves thatdid not block the stars.Lastly, six or seven red lights swept by veryquickly,four of them seeming to weave around each other.The witnesses "had seen enough" and went into theirhouse.PAGE 16 NUMBER 334 FEBRUARY 1996
  17. 17. MUFON UFO JOURNALSPACESHIPS OF THE PLEIADES: THE BILLYMEIER STORY by Kal K. KorffPrometheus Books, 439 pages, illus., he, $25.95Reviewed by DennisStacyAt a conference several years ago I was havingbreak-fast with a scientist from a major university. Ftwasnt a UFO conference per se, but over granola in hiscase and ham and eggs in mine, the talk soon turned tothat subject. To my surprise, he reached into his brief-case and pulled out a small portfolio of UFO pho-tographs — the clearest I had ever seen. The pho-tographs were taken by one Eduard "Billy" Meier; thescientist had purchased them on a personal visit toMeiers headquarters (now known as the Semjase SilverStar Center) near the small village of Wetzikon,Switzerland.My gut reaction — in which I was hardly alone at thetime — was that the pictures were simply too good to betrue. In general, UFO photographs are a haphazard busi-ness at best, one reason why they remain so controver-sial. But part of the early Meier mystique was not onlythe quality of pictures involved, but their sheer quantity.Visitors to the Semjase Silver Star Center, named afteran alleged female saucer pilot from the Pleiades, cannow pick and choose among (and pay for) over 1000"UFO" photographs taken by a one-armed farmer witha reportedly defective 35mm camera. Many of the pic-tures were so good that they appeared posed, which,in-deed, isjust what Meier and his followers would even-tually claim, particularly for an impressive series ofphotographs taken at nearby Fuchsbuel on July 9, 1975.Reportedly, at Meiers request for the definitive UFOphotograph, Semjase flew her Pleiadian "beamship"around a large tree overlooking Lake Pfaffikon. Whenresearchers later noted that the tree had mysteriously dis-appeared from view, it was patiently explained that ithad been sent back in time because of radioactive cont-amination!My scientist friend wasnt the only one who swal-lowed this story without so much as a single antacid —or attempt at corroboration. Two glossy, coffeetable-sized collections of the Meier photographs by Tucson-based Genesis III Productions quickly became high-priced collectors items among the UFO community.More books followed, includingGary Kinders ostensi-bly impartial Light Years: An Investigation into theExtraterrestrial Experiences of Eduard Meier, from TheAtlantic Monthly Press. The pictures and claims esca-lated from snapshots of the planet Venus and the futureOF THE PLEIADESKAlK. KORFFBy not policing ourselves, by not requir-ing airtight evidence and critical thinking,we leave ufology (and the public perceptionof same) wide open to pseudoscience, ru-mor and tabloid innuendo of every sort andstripe.destruction of San Francisco, to dinosaurs, cave men andthe alleged "Eye of God."They culminated, if thats theword, in Meiers publication of the Talmud linmanuel,which, according to Kal Korff, "professes to be the lasttrue testament of Jesus Christ written after his crucifix-ion." In it, Meier claims that Jesus was not the Son ofGod, but a Pleiadian, of all people.Over the years, I corresponded with the scientist andagain bumped into him on occasion. Each time 1 ex-pected him to recant, or at least pull back slightly fromhis public support of the Meier "mystery" in the interestof science, but his belief only grew stronger. The lasttime I saw him he was working on an English translationof the Talmud Immanuel.FEBRUARY 1996 NUMBER 334 PAGE 17
  18. 18. MUFONUFO JOURNALHow could such a scenario unfold? How could aman of reason, trained in physics and other scientificdisciplines, take leave of his senses so uncautiouslyand completely? How could logic be so assiduouslyabandoned for the blatantly unbelievable claims of acharlatan? The answer, as far as my scientist friend isconcerned, is probably purely a personal one, involv-ing something akin to religious faith. Yet he was hard-ly alone in his acceptance. Another part of the answer,as made painfully clear in Kal Korffs stunningexpose of the Meier cult, Spaceships of the Pleiades:The Billy Meier Story, is that ufologists must share atleast some of the blame — if for no other reason thanthat of not demanding enough of ourselves and ourfield of study. By not policing ourselves, by notrequiring airtight evidence and critical thinking, weleave ufology (and the public perception of same)wide open to pseudoscience, rumor and tabloid innu-endo of every sort and stripe. Of which the Roswell"alien" autopsy film is but likely the most recent, ifhardly the last, example. Everyones pockets areenriched by the process but ours.This is not to say that mainstream ufology as awhole ever accepted or promoted Meiers pho-tographs and his other claims of so-called evidence,but certainly some fringe figures who style themselvesufologists did, and it is unfortunately with the same tarthat we are all ultimately feathered. Spaceships of thePleiades was delayed several times while in press, andits my personal suspicion that the delays were proba-bly due to the publishers legal department, for authorKorff certainly doesnt treat his subjects with silkgloves. Dissemblers are called dissemblers, sloppy (orno) investigation is so named, and so on. (In anincreasingly familiar and disturbing trend, falselyclaimed college degrees are the least of sins revealedhere.) Duplicity and incompetence everywhereabound. In short, the whole sordid story of Meier andhis many misguided supporters is laid out in oftenexcruciating detail for the reader to see and judge forhim or herself. If anyones reputation has been injuredthereby, more often than not that damage has beenwholly self-inflicted.At 439 pages, Spaceships of the Pleiades is a bigbruising book — its also a long overdue and neces-sary one. The year is young yet, but if you care aboutthe field and buy and read only one book this year,you could do considerably worse. Dont be put off bythe fact that Prometheus Books, a sort of CSICOPclearing house for long, self-referencing manuscripts,is the publisher. Korff isnt out to demolish or debunkufology so much as to improve it. Whether from with-in or without, however, probably remains to be seen.Since when do exposes, for example, ever sell as wellas the original pose?The AnomalistEdited and published by Patrick Huyghe and Dennis Stacy:$9.95 + $2.50 postage/issue or $25/year from eitherHuyghe(Box 577. Jefferson Valley, NY 10535) or Stacy (Box 12434,San Antonio. TX 78212); ISBN 1076-4208Reviewed by Jerome ClarkThe third issue of The Anomalist (dated Winter 1995-96) makes a welcome appearance, proving oncemore — fashionable cranky pessimism notwithstanding— that this is the Golden Age of UFO/Fortean literature.As someone who spends many of his waking hoursreading the literature of earlier decades, I ought to know.Sure, theres plenty of junk around. Therell always beplenty of junk around. So what?History will judge us bythe best, not the worst, of what we managed to accom-plish, and these days we anomalistsare accomplishingtwo refereed Journals (of UFO Studies and of ScientificExploration), the magnificent Fortean Studies (edited bySteve Moore and published by Fortean Times), andHuyghe/Stacys cheeky, entertainingAnomalist. PerishPAGE 18 NUMBER 334 FEBRUARY 1996
  19. 19. MUFON UFO JOURNALthe thought, but could it be that we are actually growingup?The Anomalist boasts a distinctive character whichrenders it unlike any other Fortean periodical I haveseen. It is certainly not a formal scientific journal,thougheach issue carries a paper or two or three that couldfairly be called formal and scientific; it is indisputablywell-written and -edited and smart, unpredictableenoughto give a forum to everybody from professional disbe-liever Robert A. Baker (#2) to Donna Higbee who in thenew issue reports on something even I, who usuallythink I have heard everything (and am invariablywrong), had not encountered heretofore: "InvoluntarySpontaneous Human Invisibility." Huh? you ejaculate.Well, hold on. According to Higbee:"My research has shown the people who have expe-rienced this to be well adjusted, well educated and takentotally by surprise at the occurrence of invisibility. Oftenit takes several such occurrences before they realizethat they are truly invisibleduring certain times to otherpeople. They attempt to interact with those around themand simply cant be seen or heard. This produces frus-tration and, in many cases, a sense of fear at somethingwhich they dont understand."I should think so. I have experienced involuntaryin-visibility more than once. Always, for some reason, inrestaurants.Okay, dumb joke. Seriously: the experiences of hu-mans can be ragged, confusing, and sometimes passingstrange, and I respect Huyghe and Stacy for opening uptheir journal to stuff such as this, for precisely the samereason I admired my late friend D. Scott Rogos will-ingness to listen to persons who claimed to have re-ceived phone calls from the dead. Perhaps humanevents, various and multitudinous thoughthey be, are fi-nally finite, but human experiences seem numberless.More conservatively, Huyghe contributes a pointedshort essay on how science receives extraordinary claimswhich seem to have met the measure of proof the skep-tics demanded at the initiation of play. The poorclaimant/sap who believes he has abided by the rulessuddenly finds that the rules have been rewritten.Huyghe observes, "This practice, often referred to asMoving the Goal Posts, is an extraordinary phenome-non in itself and deserves recognition...Extraordinaryproof often seems to mean...a change in the standards ofproof... All of which gives a truly extraordinarymeaningto the phrase extraordinary proof."Huyghe could also have noted that Marcello Truzzi,who coined the often quoted (and often abused) maximabout extraordinary claims and extraordinary proof, didnot mean that only proponents are answerable for theirpropositions. He remarks that "the rules of scientificmethod demand that those who shift from merely ex-pressing doubt to outrightly expressing denial must beara burden of proof for their negative claims just as doproponents for positive claims." If Truzzisadmonitionwere followed, of course, it would be curtains for manyextraordinary debunkingclaims.Speaking of which: In "UFO Flaps" skeptic MartinKottmeyer makes some fairly incredible ones him-self, for example that the famous summer 1952 wavewas a sort of hysterical response to a steel strike. As amatter of style and principle, I use exclamation points al-most never, but you will have to excuse my inability toresist italics. Kottmeyer commits the usual errors of thepsychosocial theorist, namely the dubious cause-and-ef-fect relationships and unfalsifiable hypotheses withoutwhich this particular school of ufological guessworkwould have little claim on our attention. Eddie Bullard,much the better scholar of the wave phenomenon, isnowhere cited.To be fair, however. Kottmeyers piece is two-thirdsof a fine piece of work. Rare for psychosocial writing,which is not much inclined to fret over its own obviousshortcomings, it effectively critiques the failings of ear-lier wave theories (notexcluding its-all-in-the-psyche-or-in-the society speculations) before the inevitable let-down, when Kottmeyer unloads his own theory, whichturns out to be no less flawed than those he has justskewered. Still, if he is often unconvincing, he is usuallyinteresting. Few if any ufologists know more aboutSpace Age pop culture than Kottmeyer does.Unfortunately, as a UFO theorist, Kottmeyer is an en-gaging and imaginative historian ofentertainment-in-dustry ephemera.Hilary Evans, Britains best-known psychosocial the-orist, addresses, more successfully than one suspectsKottmeyer would if he took up psychical research, theintriguing question of why ghosts wear clothes. In hisanalysis Evans adroitly avoids the reductionist traps.Perhaps the most interesting revelation here is that thereare some, albeit rare, reports of unclad apparitions.Evans writes with humor and insight. Its this sort of es-say, literate, intelligent, unexpected, and good-natured,that gives Anomalist its particular charm.The other psychical-research paper is by MichaelGrosso, whose notions about Mind at Large, expressedhere and in his own books (and in Kenneth RingsOmega Project [1992]), fail to persuade me but do aweme with their ingenuity."The Anomalies of Death" is athoroughly enchanting mental exercise even for unbe-lievers like the undersigned. Besides, one can only begrateful to the creator of a sentence and concept such asthis: "Humans are metaphysical amphibians who si-multaneously inhabit physical and mental dimensions."Cryptozoology, my favorite anomalous pursuit afterufology, is covered in a splendid 33-page paper by GaryS. Mangiacopra and Dwight Smith on Connecticutsmystery felines, including those ever-vexing black pan-thers (which one wildlife biologist,not quoted by the au-Continued on Page 22FEBRUARY 1996 NUMBER 334 PAGE 19
  20. 20. MUFON UFO JOURNALLetters to Mufon UFO JournalFELBER-HESS CASESean Casteels report on Ron Felbers investigationofthe Steve and Dawn Hess case (MUFON UFO Journal,December 1995) draws attention to an overlooked di-mension of the UFO phenomenon: the role of benevo-lent or public-interest institutionsin the suppression ofUFO-related discoveries. Casteel reports that attorneysemployed by the Mormon Church asked investigatorFelber "to discontinue his relationship with the Hesses,"and that church officials advised the Hesses to disregardFelbers book as "thework of Satan."The ufological world tends to assume that cover-upsand conspiracies express themselves as polarities: thegovernment against the people, investigators againstthe military, or abductees against unbelievingfriends andrelatives. In the standard UFO narrative, helpful insti-tutions such as charities, foundations, institutions,churches, and mental health facilities eventually fallinto the "good" category. The paradigmatic case is thatof the public-interest journalist, municipal police de-tective, or university psychologist who is initially skep-tical about a UFO event but who, after independent in-quiry or service as a counselor, comes to believe thestory and to help the experiencer involved overcome as-sorted obstacles, from stonewalling government offi-cials to peer pressure. In this Utopian narrative, the"helping" professions and institutions play a helpful orat least benign role; often, they even provide researchfunding. Felbers case, however, is at least the secondone this year in which a major philanthropic,religious,or public-interest organization has aggressively ob-structed ufological research. The other case is that ofpsychiatrist John Mack, who faced sanctions and ha-rassment from Americas premiere research university asa result of his unorthodox inquiries.At the least, the Felber case warns ufologists to becautious about stereotyping or caricaturing the playersand the stories in the theatre of ufology. Because noone knows who is who in the UFO mystery, researchersshould not assume that public-interest organizations arepublic-spirited when it comes to this highly controversialissue.A story like Felbers could stimulate a number ofinitiatives. First, it suggests that MUFON shouldcon-tinue its efforts to increase public awareness of "legiti-mate" UFO counseling so that puzzled experienceslike the Hesses can find proper assistance. Second, itsuggests that MUFON might want to look into the ques-tion of malpractice in the caregiving community, withspecial attention to those providers (priests, psychia-trists, academic professionals) who refuse to consider ab-duction in their diagnoses—who therefore, however in-advertently, are mistreating their patients and subjects. Alegal initiative to compel the recognition of abduction-re-lated stress as an insurance-reimbursed diagnosis wouldgo a long way toward making UFOs a real-life problemrather than an eccentric diversion. Third, the Hess-Felber saga indicates that inquiries are needed into thenon-benevolent activities of benevolent institutions(forexample, questions should be raised when a major uni-versity with government and military contracts cracksdown on a researcher who takes up ufological topics).Fourth, it encourages further research into the cross-cultural, ideological dimensions of the UFO phenome-non (for example, anthropological inquiries into the re-sistance or openness within different types of culturesand institutions to ideas about the paranormal).And,fifth, the Felber case stimulates further work in thestudy of UFO-related secrecy as not simply secrecy perse, but as a rhetoric of censorship and eveninstitutionalvigilantism.—Kevin L. CopeProfessor of English & Comparative LiteratureLouisiana State University, Baton RougeE-mail: 72310.3204@compuserve.comUFO CYCLESHere it is January 1996, and I have just finished readingthe March 1995 issue of the MUFON Journal. I was par-ticularly interested in the article "Analyzing UFOWaves" by Joseph Ritrovato. He should have been madeaware of the study done by David Saunders and (I be-lieve) Mark Rodeghier, and published in the Proceedingsof the 1976CUFOS Conference. It covered all the coun-tries then providing information on UFO sightings andoffered some good data to predict where and when thenext flap would occur. Well, my conclusion has beenthat with this phenomenon, once you identify a pattern,the pattern changes. In my 52 years (since 1943) of do-ing investigation and research on UFO sighting reports,this is the only pattern which has remained consistent.If this has been addressed in subsequent issues,for-give my late entry. Sub-zero temperatures and four feetof snow on the ground, at my age,mean time to catch upon my reading!—Joan L. JeffersBradford, PADECEMBER CONGRATSI applaud your excellent December issue. It has in it thetype of articles that I expected to find when I subscribedto the Journal. Please extend my subscription for anotheryear. Thank you.—Richard MarshallWalker, WVAddress any comments to the editor, Dennis Stacy, atP.O. Box 12434, San Antonio, TX 78212.PAGE 20 NUMBER 334 FEBRUARY 1996
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  22. 22. MUFON UFO JOURNALMarch 1996Bright Planets (EveningSky):Venus (magnitude -4.3) is the most conspicuous object inthe evening sky except for the Moon. It is a dazzling sight inthe WSW, not setting until nearly 10 PM (midmonth). Ourplanetary neighbor reaches its farthest point E of the Sun onMarch 31. On the 22nd a crescent Moon can be seen 5° S ofthe planet.Bright Planets (Morning Sky):Jupiter (-2.1), in Sagittarius, rises in the ESE about 2:30 AMin mid-March and remains visible in the SE into the morningtwilight. On the 6th the giant occults (covers) the 4th-magni-tude star Nu2Sagittarii for about an hour and a half. This eventrequires optical aid and can be seen only from western NorthAmerica except Alaska. The occultation occurs at dawnaround 5:30 PST.Moon Phases:Full moon—March 5Last quarter—March 12New moon—March 19First quarter—March 26oCThe Stars:This month Leo the Lion ascends closer to the celestial merid-ian in the S, appearing to chase the bright patterns of winterinto the SW. Ten Ist-magnitude stars are visible in the sky at9 PM. They are, from E to W, Spica, Arcturus, Regulus,Pollux, Procyon, Sirius, Betelgeuse, Rigel, Aldebaran, andCapella.With binoculars or a telescope, carefully examine the dimpatch in the faint and obscureCancer the Crab, located righton the meridian in midevening. It is a V-shaped cluster of sev-eral hundred stars called the Beehive. The objects distance isnearly 600 light years—in miles, 600 x 6 trillion!The Big Dipper is becoming more prominent high in the NEas it turns its bowl almost upside down.UFOs, MJ-12 AND THE GOVERNMENT:A Report on Government Involvement inthe UFO Crash Retrievals(113 pages)by Grant Cameron and T. Scott GrainPrice: $19 plus $1.50 for postage and handling.Order From: MUFON, 103 Oldtowne Rd., Seguin, TX 78155-4099March 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.March 16-17 — The Meadowlands UFO Conference &Metaphysical Expo, Holiday Inn Harmon Meadows, Secaucus, NewJersey. Please call 800-741-5795 for tickets and information.April 12-14 — Eighth Annual Ozark UFO Conference, Inn of theOzarks Conference Center, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Forfurtherinformation write to: Ozark UFO Conference, #2 Caney ValleyDrive, Plumerville, AR 72127-8725 or call (501) 354-2558.April 19-21 —The Seventh UFO/ET/Humanoids/Visitors/Alien &Abduction Congress in Trenton, NJ at the Days Inn on Route 206(Bordentown, NJ). For further information contact Pat J. Marcattilioat Tel: 1-609-888-1358.April 20 — BUFORA presents "A Day of Abductions," PennineTheater, Sheffield Hallam 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) 675-9328.July 5-7 — Twenty-seventhannual MUFON International UFOSymposium, Holiday Inn Four Seasons/Joseph H. KouryConvention Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. For advancedregistration write to MUFON 1996 UFO Symposium, P.O. Box 5149,Greensboro, NC 27403-5149.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.October 12-13 — The UFO Experience — North Haven,Connecticut at the Holiday Inn. For further information write OmegaCommunications, P.O. Box 2051, Cheshire, CT 06410-5051.THE ANOMALIST - Continuedfrom Page 19thors, once called the "flying saucers of the animalworld") — critters far more anomalous than evenMangiacopra and Smith, who eventually lose at leastsome of their nerve, can bring themselves to acknowl-edge. Well, I dont blame them. A note at the end of theissue informs us that Mangiacopra is at work on twocryptozoological books, whose completion and publi-cation I eagerly await.Theres more, but youll have to find it for yourself.May The Anomalist live long and prosper.Clark is the editor of the International UFOReporter.The third volume of his UFOEncyclopedia, the 800-page High Strangeness, is scheduled to be pub-lished in March by Omnigraphics.PAGE 22 NUMBER 334 FEBRUARY 1996
  23. 23. MUFON UFO JOURNALDIRECTORS MESSAGE - Continued from Page 24Richard P. Granson, M.A. (Pensacola, FL) was re-cently appointed Florida Chief Investigator by CharlesD. Flannigan, State Director.MUFON NATIONAL UFO HOTLINEMUFON has been introducingits NationalUFO Hotline1-800-UFO-.2I66 or 1-800-836-2166 to the public.Designed to obtain UFO sighting reports from policeagencies nationwide,we are now prepared to expand itscoverage. All State Directors were advised by a letternearly a year ago to utilize this number for filing hotUFO cases that came to their attention. A letter an-nouncing the 800 number was mailed to all sheriffs of-fices and police chiefs in Texas last spring as a means oftesting and evaluating the effectiveness of the 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 highwaypatroloffice 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.WALL CLOCKSMUFON recently purchased thirty quartz wall clocks(battery operated) for sale in the UFO InformationCenter. The black wall clocks have a white face withblack numeralsand the MUFON logo and name promi-nently displayed on the front. The clocks are eleveninches in diameter and are very fitting for any appro-priate room in your home, your UFO study and library,or your business. The clocks are being sold for $20 atthe Center, but are also available by mail for an addi-tional $3.50 for shipping and handling.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 intricatedetails do not print wellon a leatherette stock, please take this into considerationin your design. The winning design may also be used onthe symposium program in Greensboro, NC. The dead-line for submission is April 15, 1996. The winner willreceive an honorariumof $100 cash plus $100 worth ofMUFON publications of your choice. Good luckFIELD 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. For currentmembers, the new manual may be purchased for $25plus $3.50 for postage and handling from MUFON inSeguin.MUFON MOTTO CONTESTBelieve it or not, MUFON is now in its twenty-sev-enth year and does not have a motto describing ourgoals and purpose. Yes, we are endeavoring to resolvethe UFO phenomenon in a scientific manner, but weneed a serious and "catchy" motto to use in the Journal,stationery, symposium programs, etc. It should be short,but yet very meaningful, such as "Scientific Resolutionof the UFO Phenomenon." A prize of $100 in MUFONpublications will be awarded to the winner.The deadlinefor submission of your motto is June 1, 1996. Put onyour "thinking-cap" and come up with a unique andexciting motto for MUFON. (MUFON could also beused in the motto if this would make it more attrac-tive.)EDWARD J. ZELLERWesley Ellison advised MUFON of the passing ofEdward J. Zeller, Ph.D., a Consultant in Geology anda faculty member at the University of Kansas inLawrence, KS. Dr. Zeller was very interested in UFOlanding site effects and their implications. He spent alarge part of his time doing research at Antarctica in theyears prior to his passing.FEBRUARY 1996 NUMBER 334 PAGE 23