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Mufon ufo journal   1996 4. april
Mufon ufo journal   1996 4. april
Mufon ufo journal   1996 4. april
Mufon ufo journal   1996 4. april
Mufon ufo journal   1996 4. april
Mufon ufo journal   1996 4. april
Mufon ufo journal   1996 4. april
Mufon ufo journal   1996 4. april
Mufon ufo journal   1996 4. april
Mufon ufo journal   1996 4. april
Mufon ufo journal   1996 4. april
Mufon ufo journal   1996 4. april
Mufon ufo journal   1996 4. april
Mufon ufo journal   1996 4. april
Mufon ufo journal   1996 4. april
Mufon ufo journal   1996 4. april
Mufon ufo journal   1996 4. april
Mufon ufo journal   1996 4. april
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  • 1. M U T U A L U F O N E T W O R KUFO JOURNALAPRIL 1996 ~f NUMBER 336 $3ALLEGED ALIEN IMPLANT
  • 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 O F T H E M U T U A L U F O N E T W O R K S I N C E 1967A P R I L 1996 N U M B E R 3 3 6MUFONS COMPUTERIZED UFO DATACURRENT CASESIN SEARCH OF HARD EVIDENCEFILLING IN THEGAPSAMERICA WEST AIRLINE CASET. David SpencerT. David SpencerDr. Roger K. LeirJan AldrichRichard Hall891316MUFON FORUMREADERS CLASSIFIEDS1921THE MAY NIGHTSKY Walter N. WebbCALENDARDIRECTORS MESSAGE Walter AndrusCOVER: Alleged implant. Photo courtesy MUFON Ventura/Santa Barbara222224MUFON UFO JOURNAL(USPS002-970)(ISSN 0270-6822)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 Network. All Rights Reserved.No port of this document may be reproduced in any form without the written permission ojthe Copyright Owners. Permission if hereby granted to quote up to 200 words 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 lournal are determined by the editors and do not necessari-ly reflect the official position of the Mutual UFO Network. Opinions expressed are solely thoseoj 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 publicli/ supported organization of the ti/pedescribed in Section 509 (a) (2). Donors may deduct contributions from their Federal IncomeTax Bequests, legacies,devises, transfers or gifts are also deductiblefor estate and gift purposes,provided they meet the applicable provisions of Sections 2055, 2106 and 2522 of the InternalRevenue Code 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 [OUR-NAL, 103 Oldtowne Rd., Seguin, TX 78155-4099.
  • 3. MUFON UFO JOURNALExamining MUFONs Computerized UFODataSection 3: Sighting LocationsBy T. David Spencer, Deputy Director, InvestigationsThe database contains reports from Canada,Newfoundland, South America, and the USA.Unfortunately, there are only 10 non-USA re-ports and one report from Hawaii, which means thatworldwide data cannot be analyzed. Consequently, thestudy of locations was restricted to the adjoining 48United States.TYPE OF AREAIdentified sites are city, town, suburban, farm, desert,lake, mountain, prairie, sea, and woods. (Thedistinctionsbetween city and town are subjective.) Any one eventmay have included between one and three of thesetypes. For example, an event may have begun in a cityand continued as the witness traveled to a rural area. Asa result, 777 site types occurred in 600 reports. Three re-ports did not identify the site.Chart 3-1 compares the percentages of site types.More sightings took place in suburban than in urban ar-eas, and more took place in areas of farms than in thesuburbs — facts that are consistent with expectations.The observation that many sightings were in wooded ar-eas is not, or should nol be, a surprise.For new information, first notice that the proportion ofAN type sightings are small in urban and suburban areas,compared to farms, mountains, and woods. Nearly 80percent of the AN type sightings are outside urban areas,versus about 50 percent of all other types of sightings.This is another indication— added to oddities found inSection 2 — that there may be something different aboutAN type sightings. This difference may be due to an in-ability to distinguish strange anomalies or noises in urbanand suburban areas. This report does not explore thecharacteristics of sighting types in detail, but findingssuch as this may help form the basis for a future study.CHART 3-1. EVENTS AND SITE TYPES(777 site types reported)Note: URBAN = City + TownSUB = SuburbanARID = Desert + PrairieWATER = Lake* SeaURBANSUBSITE TYPE 1/VOODAPRIL 1996 NUMBER 336 PAGE 3
  • 4. MUFON UFO JOURNALFIGURE 3-1. CONTIGUOUS U.S. SIGHTINGS(588 events)STATES, CITIES, AND REGIONSFigure 3-1 gives the number of reports by State, total-ing 588 from 46 States. Nebraska and Wisconsin donot yet have events recorded in the database.The concentration of sightings in the eastern U.S. ismuch larger than in the western U.S. The area east ofthe Mississippi River (26 States), contains only 29percent of the land mass and about 61 percent of thepopulation, but it produced 75 percent of the UFOreports. The northeast and north central U.S., together,have the highest number of side-by-side States withmore than 10 sightings. The States — NewHampshire, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania,Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois — collectivelyrepresent 10 percent of the land mass, 30 percent ofthe 48-State population (1990 Census), and over 40percent of thesightings.In the southeast and south central U.S., three States(Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi) are adjacent andhave more than 10 events each. Having 5 percent ofthe land mass and 8 percent of the population, they areresponsible for 21 percent of the sightings.It appears that the number of people relates to thenumber of sightings, but a simple linear regression(sightings and population) is a poor model for thedata. Factors other than population must be signifi-cant, and one of these is surely the availability ofMUFON Field Investigators who will submit reports.Some States show most sightings in regions, oftennear large cities and well-traveled highways. No con-clusions can be drawn from this directly, but the infor-mation might provide clues to researchers. Table 3-1provides a summary of observations for States thathave obvious tendencies for sighting localizations.Understand that the summary does not cover all sight-ings in the mentioned States.Table 3-1.Regions of Localized Sightings, by State.STATEFLILINMAMIMNMONHNCOHOKORPATNDESCRIPTION OF LOCALIZED REGIONAlong Gulf coast. Fort Myers; Fort Walton Beach; GulfBreezeLatitude of St. Louis and south.Split: Latitudes of Indianapolis south and Fort Waynenorth.Boston southward.Band: Detroit to Grand Rapids, 43- 43.5 degrees N lati-tude.Cluster around Minneapolis.Band: Kansas City southward to BransonBand: Lebanon to Concord (1-89) and Concord to borderd-93).Clustering within 50 miles of Charlotte.Split: Region around Cleveland, south (1-77) and aroundDayton.Between 1-35 and SH 75, most within 70 mi. of OklahomaCity.Between 1-5 and west to the coast.Concentrated in region from Johnstown west to Pittsburgh.Knoxville to Nashville, near 1-40.LOCATION COORDINATESThe coordinates (longitude and latitude) of the cityclosest to each sighting were obtained for all but 17PAGE 4 NUMBER 336 APRIL 1996
  • 5. MUFON UFO JOURNALCHART 3-2. TYPES BY LATITUDEBEFORE 1995 (577 with coordinates).Note: Darkest line represents all types.32 34 36 38LATITUDE (Deg. Norh) >cases within the contiguous U.S. There are 571records of events occurring before 1995 that containthis data. The latitudes are from 21 to 49 degreesnorth, and the longitudes are from 68 to 124 degreeswest. Charts 3-2 and 3-3 summarize the ranges havingmost activity. The bold line in each of these chartsrepresents the percentage of all sightings. Finer linesdepict percentages of CE, MA, FB, and AN types.Each data point in Chart 3-2 covers two degrees, start-ing at the value indicated. In Chart 3-3, each datapoint covers five degrees.LatitudeThe highest peaks in the latitudes of Chart 3-2 spanthe ranges 30-31.99 and 38-41.99 degrees north.Latitude 30 degrees north includes Gulf Breeze, FL,which explains why the peak exists, though sightingsfrom 23 other cities (13 in Florida) and four otherStates (AL, MS, LA, and TX) are included.The peak at 38-41.99 degrees north representssightings in over 75 cities of 19 States, from NewHampshire to California. A separate examination (notshown) reveals three peaks that are adjacent, formingone major peak between 39.5 and 43.5 degrees north.This peak is associated with 235 cases, June 1947through October 1994, from 170 cities of 24 States.LongitudeA major peak between 80 and 90 degrees west isshown in Chart 3-3 for longitudes. This peak is duemainly to the sightings around Gulf Breeze, FL, (70cases in areas of 14 cities).Centroids of ActivityTo assess the possibility of long-term trends in themovement of sighting locations, the average latitudeand longitude, weighted by the count of events, wascalculated. If this centroid of activity shifted signifi-cantly between periods, the likelihood of observing aUFO may have also shifted locations. (There could bemany reasons for such a shift.)APRIL 1996 NUMBER 336 PAGES
  • 6. MUFON UFO JOURNALCE: 151NCE: 165Longitude 96.28° WFIGURE 3-2. EVENT TYPES BY QUADRANT(588 events. NCE = Non-CE)4030LUQ-020zLULUQ.10E3-.—i—70CHART 3-3. TYPES BY LONGITUDEBEFORE 1995 (577 with coordinates).CENote: Darkest line represents all types.75 80 85 90 95LONGITUDE (Deg. West) >100 105PAGE 6 NUMBER 336 APRIL 1996
  • 7. MUFON UFO JOURNALTable 3-2.Centroids of ActivityLAT = latitude (N); LON = longitude (W);NCE = Non-CE (MA, FB, AN)YEARRANGE<19851985-891990-94<199S#LATLON#LATLON#LATLON#LATLONTOTAL9738.090.122337.387.225138.587.157137.987.6CE4938.989.710236.685.510138.986.325238.086.6NON-CENCETOTAL4837.190.612137.788.715038.287.631937.888.5MA3037.189.96438.386.38738.384.918138.186.2FB1336.290.94036.591.34538.092.09837.191.6AN539.394.31738.591.51838.389.74038.591.1The centroids of activity for years before 1995areshown in Table 3-2. As indicated by the TOTAL column,some minor shifting has occurred, but the amounts areless than 5 percent of the ranges — too small to assessthem as other than sampling variations. Comparing theCE and NCE TOTAL columns, no trends are obvious,and the maximum difference is less than 5 percent.What might be described as a potential creeping ofvalues is observed for the MA, FB, and AN centroids.The MA centroid has shifted 5 degrees eastward andslightly northward, while the AN centroid has alsoshifted 5 degrees eastward, but slightly southward.The FB centroid has moved 5 percent northward andslightly westward. These amounts are small enough toignore, but the fact that the movement of each sightingtype has been in one direction may be a hint thatsomething not accounted for is happening. The CEcentroid does not exhibit unidirectional movement.Since the variations of values are small, it can beconcluded that for sightingsof all types, there has beenno net long-range trend in shifting of sighting locationsacross the adjoining United States. The best estimate ofthe activity centroid, using data from all years, is a lati-tude of 37.9degrees north and a longitude of 87.6de-grees west, near Evansville, Indiana.Congruency of Sighting TypesTable 3-2 exhibits similarity between the CE and non-CEtype activity centroids. It should be reasonable to con-jecture that different types of sightings (AN, CE, FB, andMA) have similar values of activitycentroids. The resultfrom comparing the data for each sightingtype (Table 3-2) is a maximum difference of only 10 percent. Thismaximum comes from the AN centroid of activity before1985, for which there are only five pieces of data. Sincea 10 percent difference is not large enough to negategeneralized observations between these distributions,the indication of similarity is assumed to be correct.The distributions for the different sighting types inCharts 3-2 and 3-3 have similar characteristics. That is,where the CE type increases or decreases in percent-age, so do the other types, with minor exceptions. Couldthe different sighting types have the same distribution?The centroids of activity for years before 1995 areshown in Table 3-2. As indicated by the TOTAL column,some minor shifting has occurred, but the amounts areless than 5 percent of the ranges — too small to assessthem as other than sampling variations. Comparing theCE and NCE TOTAL columns, no trends are obvious,and the maximumdifference is less than 5 percent.The similarity of distributions is also supported bystatistical comparisons — assuming normal distribu-tions. The tests were unable to identify distributiondif-ferences between the CE and MA types or the FB andAN types. Tests run were the differences of estimatedmeans, using the statistic, and ratio of estimated vari-ances, with the F-statistic. Both were two-sided testswith a 95 percent confidence interval (°= = 0.025).If the distributionsare similar, then one effect shouldbe that the coordinates containing the highest densities ofsightings are the same for all sighting types. The resultsof a density check, looking at both longitude and latitudesimultaneously, support the existence of this effect.From Figure 3-2, the CE and non-CE data are inrea-sonable agreement on the ordering of quadrants of theU.S. by the number of events. The northeast quadrant,which had the highest number of reports, contained 58percent of the CEs and 50 percent of the non-CE sight-ings. The southeast quadrant has the second highestnumber, followed by the southwest quadrant.With these multiple supporting comparisons, it is hy-pothesized that sighting types are interrelated. (Sincemost ufologists already assume that sighting types arerelated to each other, this hypothesis should not be sur-prising.) From the statistical testing, the closest rela-tions are between the CE and MA types and the FBand AN types.With sighting types related, any area having a sight-ing of one type is likely to have one of another type. ForTable 3-3.Location Statistics For Sighting Distributions.All latitudes are north of the equator, and all longitudesare west of the Greenwich meridian. LAT = latitude;LON = longitude; MIN = minimum; MAX = maxi-mum; SD = standard deviation)approximated from nor-mal distributionassumption).TYPEALLCEMAFBAN#5712521819840SDLAT5.185.285.055.384.56SDLON12.7612.5211.7714.2112.69LATMODE39.539.739.637.939.6LONMODE86.486.389.986.986.4LATMAX48.548.547.548.145.7LATMIN25.825.825.926.126.5LONMAX124.1124.1124.1123.4123.3LONMIN68.569.068.571.471.5APRIL 1996 NUMBER 336 PAGE 7
  • 8. MUFON UFO JOURNALthe 571 cases in the U.S., 96 percent of the events (548)had different types of sightings within one degree lati-tude and longitude, one degree being less than 0.0014times the area of the U.S. Over 75 percent of thesepaired sightings were within one-half degree. The sec-ond event did not always happen soon after the firstone, but over 50 percent took place during the samecalendar year. Almost 90 percent were within five years,and 95 percent were within ten.Despite the supporting evidence, there is no proof thatthis hypothesis is correct. For instance, all the apparentsimilarities could result from not having enough ran-domness in the report sources to correctly represent therandomness of events, but, since about 350 FieldInvestigators contributed reports, this possibility does notseem likely. If future data lead to the same findings,proof may come about due to their preponderance.SUMMARY OF FINDINGSType of AreaAN type sightings are observed mainly outside urban ar-eas, while all other types are nearly equally observed inurban and non-urban areas.States, Cities, and Regions• More than 61 percent of the U.S. reports come from 11States, which collectively represent 15 percent of theland mass and 38 percent of the population.• Regional concentrations of activity/reports can beseen in 14 states, many being near well-traveled high-ways and major cities.Location Coordinates• There has been no long-term trend regarding move-ment of sighting activities to other portions of theU.S., but there is a hint that the location centroids ofMA, FB, and AN type sightings are slowly shifting todifferent locations.• Statistical studies provide significant support to thehy-pothesis that the different sightingtypes are related.• Wherever a sighting of one type occurred, a sighting ofanother type occurred within one degree latitude andlongitude, for 96 percent of the events. In almost 90percent of these cases, matchingoccurred in five yearsor less, and over 50 percent happened in the samecalendar year.PREVIEW OF SECTION 4Sky conditions, shapes, sizes, emissions, lights, multi-ples, and other aspects of viewed objects are examined.Are the types of objects changingover time? If so, whattypes are emerging? Is the classical flying saucer stillaround?By T. David SpencerMUFON Deputy Director, InvestigationsMultiple Sightings in IndianaOn July 13, 1993, near Ligonier,Indiana, nine sight-ings were experienced by different witnesses,and all ofthem occurred between 2100 and 2135 hours local time.They were all investigated and reported by BruceEngstrom and Robert Taylor.LOG # 931242J, CE-1, Cromwell, at 2100 hours, for10 minutes.As a mother and her child were driving home, agroup of bright red lights and blue lights appeared to befollowing them. After reaching their mobile home, thewoman saw the lights hovering at between two and tenfeet over the roof. At first, the lights were in ahorizon-tal line about 50 feet long. They then divided into twogroups and revealed shiny, oval objects supporting them.Within 10 minutes, the woman and child heard ahigh-pitched sound, and the objects moved away in awesterly southwest direction, going out of sight behindthe trees.LOG # 931238J, CE-1, Ligonier, at 2100 hours, for 20minutes.A woman (main witness), her mother, and two chil-dren driving home were stopped at railroadtracks for afreight train. They noticed three red-orange lightshov-ering above the tracks while the train passed. Whenthey drove on by, curiosity made them stop and lookback at the lights, which were floating but staying in oneplace no more than 400 feet away. The lights wereabout 25 feet above the road and spaced between ! 0 and25 feet apart. They seemed to rotate as a unit, althoughno structureappeared to connect them.After about 10 minutes, the lights moved off west-ward, and the witnesses continued their journey. Asthey neared their home about 20 minutes later, theysaw the same lights moving northwestwards past theirhouse.LOG # 931239J, CE-1, Ligonier. at 2105 hours, for 20minutes.PAGES NUMBER 336Continued on Page 18APRIL 1996
  • 9. MUFON UFOJOURNALIN SEARCH OF HARD EVIDENCEby Dr. Roger K. LeirAn eerie silence engulfed the small operatingroom where a surgeon stood poised to plunge asurgical knife deep into the tissues of a humanfoot. Perhaps history was about to be made . ..The scientific establishmenthas been screaming foryears at ufologists to present so-called "hard evidence."It seems as though some of the more vocal proponents,such as Carl Sagan, do not acknowledge the mass of ev-idence that has already been collected and presented.Perhaps it would behoove us to alter the accepted mean-ing of this terminology. However, until this can be ac-complished, science continuesits demand for the hard-est of hard evidence. Perhaps the hard core scientific es-tablishment will only become believers when we handthem the consummate extraterrestrial craft completewith its alien operator. My small contributionto this en-deavor came about on the afternoon of August 19th.1995. when I performed surgery to remove several sus-pected alien implants.SYNCHRONICITYIn keeping with my continuousquest for knowledge, Iwas obliged to attend the "UFO Expo West" held inSouthern California, in June of 1995. It has been mypractice to attend as many of these events as possibleand to report on them with my articles written in theVentura-Santa Barbara MUFON Vortex. It was at thismeeting that I came in contact with a Houston. Texas, re-searcher, Mr. Derrel Sims. I was intrigued with the workhe was doing, the quality of the product produced andhis plans for the future. It was at this meeting when hepresented me with X-rays taken of a foot belonging to analleged abductee.This was indeed coincidence, since my backgroundhas made me quite familiar with foot radiographs. It ap-peared that the foot in question had undergone sometype of a surgical procedure involving the bone. Therewere objects that appeared to be stainless steel sutures.Derrel explained that no surgery had ever been per-APR1L 1996 NUMBER 336 PAGE 9
  • 10. MUFON UFO JOURNALp>- -r-;--*tf;^s-:.:]•:•$«&v •;.:•:.•• VV&---V-.: --^3n r, " *•^ ^ •;-«•..••- i1."1- - . - . . - • . V . -S&4-.*&•.pffR V-rV;•*)r.ttr: ^ ^-v-^K^W^^W^-.^^fe- •-:t$&^m&^im xmffifaamformed. This propelled my eyebrows to a considerableheight. My next question, naturally mired in scientificlogic, related to accidents. This was also confirmed byDerrel to be in the negative. The reason for the X-raysbeing taken had to do with a contiguousproblem. Theappearance of these films left a distinct impression onmy mind, as not only was there a visible metallic foreignbody on one side of the big toe,but in addition there ap-peared to be a second object on the other side.During the course of our meeting, the subject wasbroached as to the possibility of whether or not this in-dividual would be receptive to having these objects sur-gically removed. Derrel stated that as far as he knew, thelady would be overjoyed. He also mentioned that shehad no medical insurance and that costs were an adversefactor. I pondered the situation and after careful consid-eration, I put forth an offer. If the patient could be flownto California, I would perform the surgical procedurewithout charge. The initial expression on Derrels facewas one to behold. He seemed to be astonished.At thatpoint he invited me to attend his workshop and I eagerlyaccepted.During the course of the lecture he presented thiscase to the audience and explained that there was now aCalifornia doctor who would remove the objects inquestion. He then asked for a volunteer to pay for thetransportation. Within minutes after the cessation of thelecture I was called to the podium and told by one veryhappy presenter that someone had just agreed to foot theentire bill. With that, he stated, he would be in touch bytelephone to arrange the date and handle the details.During the next few weeks a multitude of telephoneconversations took place. I was informed that a secondindividual with a similar foreign body, visible on x-ray,also needed surgery. I agreed to arrange for both proce-dures in the sameday.Within a week I received some new radiographs ofboth individuals. The newest of the surgical candidateswas male and the object was in his hand.Coincidentally,this entity appeared to be an exact replica of one of theobjects seen in the big toe of the first surgical candidate.I presented both sets of films to a qualified radiologist.He confirmed the presence of metallic foreign bodies.Plans were then formatted for the date and time of theevent. Both patients were from different parts of Texas,and would meet for the first time in Houston to make thetrip to California.PREPARATIONIn order to accomplish this surgical procedure within thetime constraints allowed, considerable preparation had tobe made. The first task was to list those individualsthat ] considered the most qualified and open minded.These would include both the professional andnon-professional components. Next I focused on the most ap-propriate site to perform the surgery. Taking into accountthe number of personnel, the need for privacy, theamount of recording equipment and a myriad of other,factors, it was my decision to perform these proceduresin one of my offices. The ideal location would be myCamarillo office. The surgery was scheduled forAugustthe 19th,which happened to fall on a Saturday. Thiswould provide a facility free of the other doctors andtheir staffs. Once this decision was made, I turned my at-tention to the physical materials needed. Everythingnecessary to performing this procedure had to be listed,collected and transported to the surgical site in a timelyfashion. Instructionswere given to my office staff to pre-pare the multitude of documents and ancillary paper-work necessary to the performance of these procedures.THE TEAMNext my concentration became focused on selectingthe professional portion of the surgical team. With Derrelgiving the hypnoanesthesia and myself as the principalsurgeon, two team members had already been con-scripted. Mr. Sims is a licensed, certified hypnoanes-thesiologist and has performed in this capacity manytimes previously. In addition he was totally responsiblefor coordinating this entire effort from Houston. He hasa wide and diverse background as a UFO investigatorand abduction researcher. He is known worldwide for hisinnovative techniques. Derrels work has been consid-ered to be on the forefront of research.PAGE 10 NUMBER 336 APRIL 1996
  • 11. MUFON UFO JOURNALThe position of second surgeon was filled by a friendthat I had known for many years. He is a general sur-geon and is retired. We will refer to him as Dr. A. Mynext choice was a Ph. D. Psychologist, Dr. BarbaraDobrin, who is an esteemed member of our local MU-FON group. I would like to interject at this point the factthat most participants were members of MUFON andthis helped to solidify our effort. The remaining mem-bers of the team were in a sense the non-professionalcomponent, but these individuals all performed in amost professional fashion. Our surgical nurse was mydaughter-in-law, Mrs. Denise Messina. Our video pho-tographer was Mr. Mike Evans, who holds a degree innursing. Mike was past section director of Ventura-Santa Barbara MUFON. The entire event was underthe direction of my office manager, Mrs. Janet Warnick.Her job was shared with our local MUFON state sectiondirector, Mrs. Alice Leavy. Mr. Jack Carlson and hismother Ruth were intrusted with the task of recordingthis event on paper. Both are professional writers.Another trusted member of the MUFON circle was Mr.Bert Clemens. Bert supplied numerous pieces of equip-ment such as a magnetometer and stud finder. He alsoset up the video recording equipment, including a tele-vision monitor that could be viewed in an adjoiningroom. This room was used for the individuals not al-lowed in the operating room.THE SURGERYEach patient was processed in a predetermined manner.A full and complete medical history was taken. Next,each patient underwent an abduction history exam andtheir emotional and psychological states were deter-mined. Tape recordings were made of the interviewsand later transcribed. All paperwork, including consentand release forms, was signed by the patients. Chartswere then compiled for each individual. All previouslaboratory tests, ordered by me. were reviewed. Each pa-tient was brought to the X-ray room and new radi-ographs were taken, processed and reviewed by Dr. A.and myself. Each patient was then placed in a treat-ment room and my surgical nurse withdrew the pre-scribed amount of blood.Since the literature contains many stories related tosurgically removed implants disappearing, evapo-rating, turning to powder etc.. I decided the best trans-port media to be the patients own bodily fluid. Theisolated blood was then centrifuged and the serum por-tion separated and mixed with an anticoagulant, makingan ideal transport fluid.With the initial preparation completed, our first pa-tient Patricia was brought into the operating room andpositioned on the operating table. With video rolling,Derrel Sims began to initiate hypnoticinduction. Next,a local anesthetic,,consisting of a mixture of a quick-act-ing with a long-acting anesthetic, was administered toSince the literature contains many storiesrelated to surgically removed implants dis-appearing, evaporating, turning to powderetc., I decided the best transport media tobe the patients own bodily fluid. The iso-lated blood was then centrifuged and theserum portion separated and mixed withan anticoagulant, making an ideal trans-port fluid.the patient. Then the area was prepared in the usualmanner and draped with sterile drapes. A small tourni-quet was applied to the great toe of the patients left foot.An eerie silence engulfed the small operating roomwhere the surgeon was poised to plunge a surgical knifedeep into the tissues of the human foot. Perhaps historywas about to be made.With the X-ray as a guide I made my initial incisionon the inside of the big toe. Thus began the long and te-dious task of searching for the unknown. It took almostan hour to achieve this. I have performed this proceduremany times in my thirty years of practice. Most of thetime it is analogous to looking for the proverbial "needlein the haystack." The first clue indicating close prox-imity to the object came about during the deep probingof the incision. Suddenly the patient almost jerked herfoot off of the table. At this point 1 was a bit takenback, as the patient literally was under the influence ofa double anesthesia. Derrel continued his hypnotic sug-gestionsand the patient became quiet and calm. Furtherprobing of the same spot elicited a similar response.With this sign as a guide post, we continued dissectionof this area until a small grayish object was visualized.It was then carefully clamped and excised from the sur-rounding tissues. At the moment of actual extraction, thepatient responded with another small jerk and an indi-cation of pain.My thoughts at the time were centered around mypast experiences performing surgery for removal of for-eign objects. The only times that I have personally wit-nessed this type of response under local anesthesia iswhen an object has been physically attached to a nerve.The motion of removal apparently pulls directly on thenerve fibers and this seems to evoke a direct pain re-sponse.The ambiance of the operating room suddenlychanged. It was as though the room itself sighedwith relief. One object was out and ready to be carefullyexamined. It was placed on a gauze square. It appearedto be triangular or star-shaped. The object was mea-sured and proved to be approximately one-half by one-half cm. The foreign body appeared a dark gray in colorAPRIL 1996 NUMBER 336 PAGE 1I
  • 12. MUFON UFO JOURNALThe foreign body appeared a dark gray incolor and covered with a very dense mem-brane. My sense of curiosity was piquedand I took a surgical blade and attempted toscrape a portion of the membrane from theunderlying structure. To my consternation,I found that my efforts were far from pro-ductive. The harder I tried, the more im-possible it became to remove the densecovering.and covered with a very dense membrane.My sense ofcuriosity was piqued and I took a surgicalblade and at-tempted to scrape a portion of the membrane from theunderlying structure. To my consternation, I found thatmy efforts were far from productive. The harder I tried,the more impossible it became to remove the densecovering. Since I was primarily concerned with the wellbeing of my patient, I made the decision to continue withthe surgical procedure and commenced closure of thesurgical wound.The first segment of the surgery was now completeand our attention was directed to the opposite side of thebig toe where the second object was lodged. A carefulexamination of the current radiographs provided us withguidance in making the second incision. Soon our dis-section was deep within the tissues and probing for thesecond object began. It look a greater amount of time tolocate this one due to the angle of the X-ray and thesmaller size. When the object was touched, reactionoccurred in the same violent manner as did the initialprobing for the first object. Found and clamped, thesecond entity was removed and placed on a gauzesponge. This one was about the shape of a small can-taloupe seed and covered with the same dark gray, densemembrane. A futile but valid, short, attempt was made toseparate it from its biological jacket. There was no suc-cess in this endeavor and I chose to immediately finishthe surgical procedure.The surgical team took a brief respite before startingthe second case. It was with renewed enthusiasm thatfound Dr. A. making a surgical incision into the back ofthe hand of Pat, our second surgical candidate. Pat wasa rough and tumble fellow who gave the appearance ofa "Mountain Man." I took up the role of assistant in theprocedure and performed those tasks required of me.The procedure was essentially the same as the one wehad just performed. The patient winced with discomfortwhen the object was probed and extracted. The appear-ance of this object brought about profound astonish-ment. It looked exactly like the second entity that was re-moved from the first patient. By this time we hadlearned that attempts to remove the covering were futile,so this was not done. Following each surgery, the pa-tients were placed in a quiet adjoining room and re-evaluated by Dr. Dobrin, our psychologist.FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONSI would like to make it crystal clear to our readers thatonly the most preliminary findings are known at thistime. It would be extremely premature to draw conclu-sions at this point. I will, however, enumerate the former.Since the findings are basically all the same for all threeobjects, no attempt will be made to delineate them.1. One object (thelargest), while wrapped in its verytight membrane, appeared to be triangular or star-shaped.The other two resembled small cantaloupe seeds.2. The largest specimen measured approximatelyone-half cm. in each direction and the other two mea-sured approximately two to four mm.3. The objects were tightly wrapped in a very dense,tough, gray, membrane. This substance was strongenough to prevent me from removing it from the un-derlying metal when I attempted to do so with a verysharp surgical blade.4. After the specimens were received in Houston,the membranes were dried and removed, revealing ablack, shiny metallic core.5. Prior to removing the membranes, Derre^and achemist, Mr. Glen Manuel, used their intuitive senseand decided to subject them to ultraviolet black light ex-amination. All three were noted to fluoresce a brightgreen color. This is the same color that has been seen toappear on certain areas of the skin on abductees. It wasalso noted that the objects appeared to be magnetic andclung to the scalpel blade.6. The metallic portions are now undergoing a batteryof examinations, including electronmicroscopy and pho-tospectrometry. No data is available at this time.7. Tissues that were removed from an area surround-ing the objects were sent for pathological analysis andrevealed the following: "Numerous peripheral nervesand pressure receptors, no evidence of inflammation, ei-ther acute or chronic, no inflammatory cells or infiltrates,no fibrosis." This is not the usual finding in foreignbody tissue reactions.8. Next a small portion of the membrane was sent inindependently. The results were as follows."Proteinaceous Coagulum [made from blood protein],Keratin [the most superficial layer of the skin and thesubstance that makes the outer structures of the body,such as hair and nails].The only conclusions that can safely be drawn atthis time is that the findings so far are of an unusual na-ture and it would be foolish to conjecture about them. ItContinued on Page 15PAGE 12 NUMBER 336 APRIL 1996
  • 13. MUFON UFO JOURNALFILLING IN THE GAPSUFO Reports are where you find them, which—as demonstrated here—is almost anywhere.by Jan AldrichThe amount of published UFO information is trulystaggering. In North America alone there areprobably well over 300,000 newspaper stories!You may think, "Surely you jest! Hardly anythingaboutUFOs is published in my own local newspaper."However, this number could easily be attained if eachnewspaper in North America had published only twoUFO items a year for the last fifty years. So 300,000 sto-ries are not unthinkable, indeed, I would contend such afigure probably errs on the conservative side, if it errs atall.Of course, some newspapers publish no stories foryears, and certain localities may produce few UFO in-cidents. Even allowing for differences in areas and timeswith few reports, there are huge amounts of untappeddata. It should be made clear that local data are beingdiscussed. When wire service stories are added, the to-tal published material swells dramatically. Sometimeseven wire service stories are carried only in a few re-gional newspapers close to the event. (In July 1947,the Fairbanks, Alaska News-Miner reported on an earlierUFO sighting in April. Apparentlythis story made it tothe United Press wire service as a small upstate NewYork newspaper also carried the story. However, out ofover 2800 North American .newspapers checked forPROJECT 1947 no other newspaper carried the story.)The experience of PROJECT 1947 tends to confirmthe estimate of huge numbersof untapped local stories.Where newspapers are well indexed or have well main-tained UFO clipping files, there are large numbers of re-ports. However, even in British Columbia, where theVictoria and Vancouver newspapers are well indexed. Iwas able to supplement the indexed UFO reports afterjust a short search. A wealth of new material awaitsfurther research.PROJECT 1947 was founded to find this "new" ma-terial. Carrying on the early work of Ted Bloecher,whose research found over 850 reports from 1947, PRO-JECT 1947 is a modest attempt to expand on the foun-dation that Bloecher laid down when he wrote Report ofthe UFO Wave of J947. Not content with this research,Bloecher continuedwork on 1947-1953 and turned uphundreds of new reports, filling in many gaps.ENCOUNTER OVER KINGMANSearching newspapers that Bloecher did not check con-tinues to bring interesting 1947 reports to light. For ex-ample: at about 10 p.m.. 7 July 1947, near Kingman,Arizona. Charles Ely, co-owner of the Western AutoStore and Frank Marbel, a flight instructor, prepared toland the Piper Super Cruiser they were flying. Twobright lights approached them at the Pipers altitude of600 feet from the north end of the Hualpai Mountains.Ely blinked his landing lights twice to notify what hethought was an oncoming aircraft that he was landing.He received no answer; so again he blinked his lights.Again, there was no answer. About this time the fliersestimated that the lights were about 500-600 feet awayand about 20 feet apart.After receiving no answer, Ely banked the aircraft toget out of the way. Markel watched the two lights sepa-rate and in a few moments rejoin each other overKingman and continue their westward flight. The lightslooked the same going away as they did when they ap-proached. The lights cast no beam. On the ground the air-port operation personnel said they heard only the aircraftthat Ely and Marbel were flying. Ely told the newspaperreporter who took the story that he did not drink.1UNIQUE MANEUVERSWilliam T. Powers warned us in 1966 to consider care-fully how we encode data for computers. He was con-cerned that unique items which had no data reductioncode wouldbe lost in the computerization process.2Two such reports can be found during 1947, one inCalifornia and the other in Washington. Both tell ofdisc-shaped objects followingone another horizontallyin a line as if attached by a string and moving on an os-cillatory flight path. They had another unusual feature inthat the first object in the pattern would would flip overlike a coin and then each object in the pattern would alsoperform the maneuver in turn. The California sightingbased on the witnesses written account was brieflysummarized in the CUFOS Associate Newsletter yearsago, while the Washingtonsighting was mentioned in asmall article in a 1947 weekly Washington newspaper.At first I suspected balloon trains as an answer tothese sightings. While not yet confirmed, I believedthere was a weather research project conducted in thesummer of 1947. The press has many reports of ra-diosondes and deflated weather balloons coming downall over the US and Canada, especially in the Northeastand Missouri. Meteorological research programs havesuccessfully mobilized meteorological assets from theactive duty military,Reserves, National Guard, and col-leges and research institutions. During a 1970s tor-nado research project, over 90 mobile balloon launch-ing/tracking crews were fielded. In 1947, balloon trainsAPRIL 1996 NUMBER 336 PAGE 13
  • 14. MUFON UFO JOURNALThe objects, which were in view for twominutes, were V-shaped with a circularbody and a belly-like protuberance underthe nose of the V. They did not bank or tiltwhen they turned. There were no markings.The objects color was neither white norgray, but a shade the pilot had never seenbefore.using several balloons one above another were em-ployed. Also, balloon vendors in a Portland park werelaunching childrens balloons tied together in a line.However, it seems unlikely that balloons would behavein the manner described above.Two other cases bear some slight resemblance to the"flipping coin" cases. The Monon Railroad case inCentral Indiana of 3 October 1958, had objects thatseemed to move in a coordinated motion sometimeswith the objects flying on edge3. A forest ranger onlookout duty at Mt. Josephine, Skagit County.Washington on 17 August 1947, saw a disc-shaped ob-ject appear to drop straight out of the sky to the north-east. It came down at a lipped angle, but as it approachedits final altitudethe angle of the tip diminished. When itreached its final altitude, it completely righted itselfand seemed to float leisurely about as if "suspended ona cord" for several moments. Suddenly,it started awayto the southeast and disappeared at a great rate of speed.4The origin of this last report is very interesting. Itcomes from a letter to Project Blue Book in July 1952.The letter was filed in a catch-all file entitled "PublicResponse to the April 1952 LIFE Magazine article."This file was later microfilmed and during some house-cleaning about the time of the Condon Committee LTCQuintanilla, Project Blue Book head, was about to throwit out along with about 30 other rolls of microfilm con-taining UFO newspaper clippings from 1952. Luckily,Dr. Herbert J. Strenz, who at the time was working onhis dissertation injournalism,received these microfilmfiles instead of the trash can, and these files were savedand later handed over to Barry Greenwood of CAUS.The "LIFE file" containshundredsof letters on varioussubjects. Many letters reported UFOs. These reportswere not counted as Blue Book case files.Few reports for 1947 have yet been found in Europe.The London and Paris newspapers generally gave onlyshort accounts of sightings and ridiculed UFOs as anAmerican phenomenon. Capt. Norman E. Waugh, pilotfor Airwork, Ltd. of London, was ferrying a plane toArgentina when the crew saw a grayish object whichlooked like a tadpole. The sighting took place over theBay of Biscay at 10 oclock GMT. The plane was flyingabove the clouds at 8,000 feet while the object appearedto be at 16,000 feet at a distance of five or six miles.Capt. Norman had 16 years of flying experience and ser-vice in Bomber Command and Transport Commandduring the war. First Officer Peter Roberts, a SquadronLeader during the war, and Radio Officer S. J. R.Chineck also witnessed the UFO.5REPORTS FROM OTHER PERIODSAn experienced pilot and airport operator was flyingnear Mountain Home, Idaho at 12:05 p. m. on 24 July1949, when seven weird V-shaped objects about 1500feet under him overtook his aircraft and continuedon aeasterly course at tremendous speed. The objects, whichwere in view for two minutes, were V-shaped with a cir-cular body and a belly-like protuberance under the noseof the V. They did not bank or tilt when they turned.There were no markings. The objects color was neitherwhite nor gray, but a shade the pilot had never seen be-fore. The circular portion toward the nose of the Vseemed to change color. There was no indicationof pi-lots in the objects.The objects flew in two linesof three with the seventhobject between the two lines or above them. There wasno evidence of propulsion or exhaust. The Air Forceflight center at McCord Field had no record of any mil-itary flights authorized in the area. The Mountain HomeAir Base had no experimental aircraft.hAn early close encounter in August or September1939, was recalled by a Forth Worth, Texas woman.She was sleeping on a bed in her back yard on a nightwith the moon shining. She heard a whirringnoise "likean electric fan" coming from the east. As she raised upon her.elbow to look, a strange object came directlytoward her from a height of about 20 or 30 feet. The ob-ject slowed and descended to a height even with her bed.It appeared to be three feet long by one foot high, gray-ish in color, and with strata or veins appearing to runthrough it. It was shaped like an old time Mississippisteam boat. Surroundingit was a soft blue-green glow. Itmoved toward the foot of her bed, then suddenlyzoomed into the sky and disappeared.7FILLING IN THE GAPSPROJECT 1947, a two-and-a-half-year research pro-ject into the 1947 UFO wave, continuesto turn uphun-dreds of reports from 1947. Soon after beginning theproject, it became evident that there was a huge amountof material in other eras, too, such as World War I,81950, 1956, 1957, etc. So part of the effort became to fillin the gaps in these other eras. Screening newspaperscontinues to be the biggest source of reports. I havealso found UFO files in libraries, universities, and his-torical societies. Hundreds of people havecontributedcopies from their files, scrapbooks, personal reports, orresearch in their local area.PAGE 14 NUMBER 336 APRIL 1996
  • 15. MUFON UFO JOURNALThe object slowed and descended to aheight even with her bed. It appeared to bethree feet long by one foot high, grayish incolor, and with strata or veins appearingto run through it... It was shaped like an oldtime Mississippi steam boat. Surrounding itwas a soft blue-green glow. It moved to-ward the foot of her bed, then suddenlyzoomed into the sky and disappeared.A numberof people have asked how they might assistthis effort. If MUFON members did a few hours ofsearching in their local areas the results would dwarf ef-forts to date. Many people do not have the tempera-ment, nor time, to sit in front of a microfilm reader orbound copies of old newspapers looking for UFO sto-ries. However, there are other routes. Many newspa-pers still have clipping files which are open to the pub-lic. However, their number is decreasing, as many news-papers now charge the public to use their "morgue"hies.Some libraries, historical societies and universitieshave "vertical files" on subjects that interest the public,or they may have indexed local newspapers. Sometimesyou will find UFO reports indexed or filed under otherheadings besides "Flying Saucers," "UFOs," or"Unidentified Flying Objects. All the following head-ings have worked in one place or another: Aeronautics,Airships, Astronomy, Ball-Lightning, Balloons,Crackpot, Extraterrestial Life, Fireballs, Ghost Lights,Hallucinations & Illusions, Jack-o-Laterns, Lights,Meteors. Mysterious Lights. Phantasms, PhantomAirships, Phenomena, Space and Spook Lights.Local historical societies are one of the least ex-ploited resources in UFO research, but many timestheywill have reports, too, especially before 1947. Manycommunities had local scientific or philosophical soci-eties in the late 19th or early 20th century which pub-lished papers. It is possible to find accounts of strangemeteors or other aerial phenomena in these publica-tions.Many times the librarian or archivist is the best re-source and in many cases I have received invaluableas-sistance. Many librarians wanted some of my research intheir local areas for the librarys own files.If you have friends interested in genealogy, you mightask them to be on the look out for strange sky phenom-ena when they do their newspaper or local history re-search.I would be most happy to hear from people whowould like to assist PROJECT 1947 or help fill in thegaps. Reports, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks aremost welcome. Foreign language translationis alwaysneeded. Research in local areas is most welcome aswell. You can write to me at PROJECT 1947, P.O.Box391, Canterbury, CT 06331, or telephone (203) 546-9135.REFERENCES1 "A Saucer? A Disc? Who Knows?" Kingman (AZ) MohaveCounty Miner, 10 July 1947, page 1.2 Powers, William T., "Some Preliminary Thoughts on DataProcessing," Flying Saucer Review, Volume 12, # 4, pps21-22.3 See: Ridge, Francis L., Regional Encounters: The FCFiles, UFO Filter Center, Mt Vernon, IN, 1994, p. 167.4 See: Gross, Loren E., UFOs: A History, Volume 1: 1947.Arcturus Book Service, Fremont, CA, 1991, p. 61.5 "Man Who Saw a Flying Saucer," Buenos Aires Herald,22 August 1947.6 Johnson, Dave, "Pilot Spots Weird V-Shaped ObjectsFlying Over Mountain Home Desert," Boise DailyStatesman, 25 July 1949. page 1; "Strange Flying ObjectsLeave Boise," Boise Evening Statesman, 25 July 1949,page 6.; "Pilot Sees Unidentified V-Shaped Craft NearMountain Home Sunday Afternoon," Mountain Home,(ID) News, 28 July 1949, page 1.7 "Woman Says Strange Object Flew by Her Bed in Yard,"Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 24 March 1950. page 23.8 See upcoming article in Just Cause (from CAUS, CitizensAgainst UFO Secrecy. Box 176, Stoneham, MA 02180,$15, 4 issues/yr., Barry Greenwood, editor).EVIDENCE - Continued from Page 12is my hope that a follow-up article will be forthcomingand contain further findings and conclusions.FUTURE PLANSBoth Derrel and myself are preparing for and workingon a multitude of new enterprises. These include:Preparing a research paper for The Journal of UFOStudies, Dr. Pritchard, and M.I.T. These will include apresentation on Fluorescence, Procaine allergies,Graphoanalysis, and abduction experiences. A profes-sional documentary video of the implant surgery is cur-rently availableand can be obtained from:SABER ENTERPRISESPO BOX 60944HOUSTON, TEXAS 77205We are currently developinga very complete series ofalleged alien implant protocols. This year Derrel has pre-sented his work in France with Phillip Mantle and BuddHopkins, also there have been invitations from SanMarino, France and England. There has been a deluge ofphone calls in reference to this material.Our implant re-search and removal campaign is in full swing with newcandidates being processed daily.APRIL 1996 NUMBER 336 PAGE I5
  • 16. MUFON UFO JOURNALAMERICA WEST AIRLINE CASEAirliner crew spots huge cigar-shaped UFO; NORAD apparently picks it up on radar.by Richard HallINTRODUCTIONThis report is digested by Richard Hall from an investi-gation report by Walter N. Webb, UFO ConsultingServices, Westwood, Mass., prepared on behalf of theUFO Research Coalition. The members of the Coalitionare the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS), the Fund forUFO Research (FUFOR), and the Mutual UFO Network(MUFON). Mr. Webbs investigation is continuing, andhis report to the Coalition is an "Interim Report."However, substantial progress has been made in the in-vestigation, and we felt that it was important to makethese preliminary findings public.The Paramount program "Sightings" aired a segmentabout the case on November 4, 1995, but the witnessesnames were not released to the program staff. Several ofthe key witnesses agreed to talk with Mr. Webb on aconfidential basis. Because of their request foranonymity, their names cannot be published at this time.About two weeks after the sighting, an air trafficcontroller left a message on the CUFOS line, reportingan apparent radar-visual sighting. The investigation wasassigned to Mr. Webb by the Coalition and, with coop-eration of the three groups, witnesses gradually were lo-cated and interviewed.THE ORIGINAL REPORTAt 10:30 p.m. (MDT) an air traffic controller in theAlbuquerque. N.M., region had just come on duty whena UFO sighting was in progress. The co-pilot of anAmerica West flight flying over Tucumcari, N.M. (lo-cation later changed) was reporting a huge unknownobject below the plane at 30,000 ft. The shape of theUFO became visible when it was illuminated by light-ning flashes in a nearby thunderstorm.While Albuquerque was unable to pick up the objecton radar, the North American Aerospace DefenseCommand (NORAD) was contacted by a FederalAviation Administration (FAA) air traffic controller anda NORAD spokesperson asserted that they had anunidentified radar target in the area that alternated be-tween being stationary and moving rapidly.THE SIGHTINGUsing information from voice tapes of the FAA air traf-fic controllers made during the sighting, telephone in-terviews with three air crew members and three AirRoute Traffic Control Center personnel, a questionnairefilled out by the co-pilot, and the latters mapped posi-tions, Mr. Webb reconstructed the sighting. Most timesare converted to MountainDaylight Time (MDT).The flight departed Tampa, Florida, on the eveningofThursday, May 25, 1995, on a nonstop flight to LasVegas. The Captain, a veteran of 33 years, was at thecontrols in the left scat.. The First Officer, with 15 yearsexperience, handled the communications in the rightseat. The lead flight attendant was also in the cockpit.About two-thirds of the way through the 4-1/2 hourflight the airliner was crossing the Texas panhandle to-ward the New Mexico border at 39,000 feet, travellingabout 400-450 knots (460-520 m.p.h.). A stratus un-dercast about 8,000 feet below was obscuring theground. Off to the right (North) was an active, isolatedthunderstorm cell which towered to about 40,000 feet.Overhead the sky was clear and starry.The flight attendantwas sitting in the jump seat be-hind the co-pilot. He glanced out the rightwindowover the co-pilots shoulder and saw something flashing."John, whats that?," he asked the co-pilot. The FirstOfficer turned and observed a row of flashing lights tothe left (West) of the thunderclouds at a lower altitude,estimated at 30,000 to 35.000 feet. He described it as ap-pearing like "eight strobes in a line ... as bright as land-ing lights." Each was "bright white with a tint of blue."The two outermost lights, one on each end, flashed onand off continuously but at a slower rate than aircraftstrobes, while the six others went on and off sequentiallyfrom left to right. This sequential pattern was repeatedthroughout the observation.The flight attendant described it somewhat differ-ently. To him the left-most light started the sequence byflashing, then going out. As it did, something like "abeam of light or a series of smaller lights or a reflection"traveled to the right where the outer light then flashedon. The pilot, who had to rise out of his seat to look pastthe others, recalled seeing two intensely bright lights,one on each end, with smaller or less intense whitelights in between. However, he did not report flashing ofthe lights. He did report a hard-to-describe left-to-rightsequencing (perhaps involving a subtle dimming andbrightening).Within about 10 seconds of the initial sighting, the co-pilot contacted the Albuquerque Air Route TrafficControl Center to inquire about the object. He reported"some strobes" at the three oclock position and askedwhat it was and whether they had it on radar. The con-trollers response was negative to both questions. "ThePAGE 16 NUMBER 336 APRIL 1996
  • 17. MUFON UFO JOURNALSo far the Captain had only caught aglimpse of the object, but the others urgedhim to take a closer look. He got out of hisseat and caught "two good looks" throughthe right window. He confirmed the darksilhouette, slightly curved above and be-low the lights. He thought it was closer andperhaps 400-500 feet long.length is unbelievable," the co-pilot exclaimed. Thecontroller immediately contacted Cannon AFB, Clovis,N.M., to report the sighting and check on any militaryactivity in the nearby military operations area. The replywas that there were no operations currently in progress.(As it turned out later, neither the aircraft nor the UFOwas near the restricted test area.)As the airliner continued westward, the UFO gradu-ally fell behind until it appeared in front of thetowering thundercloud. Frequent lightning dischargeswithin the cell behind the object revealed that the lightswere situated along a wingless, "cigar-shaped" silhouetteestimated by the co-pilot to be about 300-400 feet long.The storm cell was about 45 miles distant, and the UFOperhaps halfway between their airplane and the storm.So far the Captain had only caught a glimpse of theobject, but the others urged him to take a closer look. Hegot out of his seat and caught "two good looks"throughthe right window. He confirmed the dark silhouette,slightly curved above and below the lights. He thoughtit was closer and perhaps 400-500 feet long.The air traffic controllers, meanwhile, called theAlbuquerque Flight Service to inquire about weatherballoons, which carry lights at night.No balloons werealoft at the time. Albuquerque Center also receivedqueries from several other airline pilots in the area whooverheard the radio communications, but none of themreported seeing anything. The Center asked a militaryaircraft, identified as "Hawk 85," flying eastbound at27,000 feet, to look for the object to his left. The pilotreplied: "We got somethin about a little lower than usoff our left wing," but he never reported any details.THE NORAD RADAR TRACKSAbout 10:45 p.m. one of the air traffic controllers de-cided to contact NORAD to see if its sophisticated radarnet had tracked the unknown. The spokesperson at firstdidnt take the report seriously. The controller said:[THE PILOT] SAID IT WAS A PRETTY INTERESTING THING OUTTHERE... ITS RIGHT OUT OF THE X-FlLES. I MEAN ITS ADEFINITE UFO OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.The NORAD spokesperson replied:AND ITS, OH, YALL ARE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS.NORAD agreed to monitor the area. At 11:02 p.m.the NORAD spokesperson called back and reportedthat they had an unidentified radar track in the generalregion of the sighting. It was a "search only" (non-transponding) target traveling at about 390 knots (450m.p.h.). At 11:08 p.m. a second controller called NO-RAD again and was told that the target had been iden-tified finally by its transponder code as a specific air-craft, and gave its current position. Mr. Webb plotted thepositions and reported that all indications pointed to anaircraft.Early next morning the first controller made one finalcall to NORAD to learn if anything more had been dis-covered on radar. The same spokesperson answeredagain, and said that another target had been tracked onsystem radar in the same general region, and its odd be-havior was definitely unexplained. This apparently hap-pened soon after the transponding aircraft had beenidentified. The "Unknown Track" appeared stationary atfirst, then accelerated in a sudden burst of speed for 20to 30 seconds before coming to an abrupt stop. It hov-ered for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes, then accelerated again in an-other sudden burst of speed. This was repeated severaltimes over a period of about 4 minutes, after which thetarget disappeared. The accelerations were computedto be between 1,000 and 1,400 m.p.h.!AFTERMATHWalter Webb has investigated possible prosaic explana-tions for the sighting, including making contacts withAir Force bases concerning aerial refueling operationsand a study of weather records. He has filed Freedom ofInformation Act requests for key information, and somesighting report forms, sketches, and maps from wit-nesses are still pending. Thus, this is a preliminary re-port. His tentativeconclusion is:BASED UPON ALL THE INFORMATION RECEIVED TO DATE, IBELIEVE THE AMERICA WEST SIGHTING SHOULD BECLASSIFIEDAS A GENUINE UNKNOWN.Editorial Note: The investigation continues, and it ishoped that the witnesses ultimately will agree to testifypublicly about their experience, perhaps in the context ofa Congressional hearing.—Richard Hall.APRIL 1996 NUMBER 336 PAGE 17
  • 18. MUFON UFO JOURNALCURRENT CASES - Continued from Page 8As a woman drove toward home, she thought firetrucks must be there because there was a row of 8-10bright red lights casting light. When she arrived home,she saw the lights begin to move to the northwest. Sherushed into the house and summoned her husband andson, who managed to see two of the lights at adis-tance.LOG # 931243J, MA-1, Syracuse, at 21 15 hours, forseven minutes.A man standing on his porch heard what sounded likethe hum from a generator coming from his back yard.When he checked on the sound, he saw a dark-gray,cigar-shaped object with bright red lights on either endslowly drifting westward. The object rose from nearground level to 50-70 feet, turned, then drifted north-ward. It passed through some trees and out of sight.After the incident, the witness felt dizzy and developeda rash.Being an owner of a small airport and a previously li-censed pilot, the witness gave a confident estimate fromhis viewpoint at 600 feet away that the object was about280 feet long and 25 feet thick.LOG # 940202J, FB-L Wolflake, at 2130hours, forfive minutes.A family of three was driving homeward in theirtruck, westward on a state road, when the daughterpointed out three flashing red lights at tree level, possi-bly two miles awav. moving horizontally in a straightpath from southeast 10 northwest. A slight relative move-ment was noted. Mi^cMing the lights were indepen-dent of each othei No .sound could be distinguishedthrough the open windows, but the trucks radio was on.The lights passed behind trees and out of view. Minuteslater, at home, the family watched two other lights,which tunned out to be rotating beacons on the undersideof two helicopters moving in the same direction as theearlier lights.This case could possibly be an identified flying object(IFO) — helicopters — but the coincidence with theother cases was thought to be too unusual to make theIFO classification.LOG # 931241J, CE-1, Ligonier, at 2 130 hours, for 15minutes.Two teeiMjcii were driving southward on SpartaLake Road uhci1ihey saw two bright red flashing lightsseparated horizontally by 50 feet and moving at an alti-tude of about 300 feet. They stopped and got out of thecar to watch the lights maneuver over farm buildings,then away. When the lights were less than 500 feetaway, the young women could hear a low-pitched hum.As the lights left, the flashing stopped. Driving on, theybriefly saw the lights moving behind trees.LOG # 931244J, MA-1,Ligonier, at 2130 hours, fortwo minutes.As a farmer left his barn, he saw "a lot of big, bright,dark cherry red, slow pulsating lights" coming fromthe south. At first, he thought there might be an airplanecrashing, until he saw the lights turn westward and con-tinue until he could no longer see them. He believedeach light was at least two feet in diameter and that thepair was attached to a single structure about 50 feetwide, or more. They were at an altitude of less than500 feet and more than one mile away from him.LOG # 931241J, CE-1, Ligonier, at 2130 hours, for 30minutes.A woman driving homeward, southeast on Route 33,saw two red rectangular lights which were flashing attree level. The flashing was at different rates and alter-nating between the lights. Separated by 10 feet, thelights were horizontal at first, but changed to vertical be-fore the sighting was over. At home, the woman had herhusband watch as the lights drifted away to the north-west.LOG # 941245J, CE-1, Cromwell, at 2135hours, for20 seconds.Three teenagers traveling southward on Route 5 no-ticed several bright red lights beyond the trees. Threequarters of a mile later, two objects having a red lighteach passed less than 50 feet over their car. The objectshad a length of between 11 and 30 feet, were separatedby 50 feet, and were moving rapidly beyond the trees,going from the southeast to the northwest. Out of fear,one witness screamed during the fly over.LOG # 950326C, CE-1,9/17/94, Memphis, TN, at2345 hours, for one minute. Investigators: RobertMcDowell and Webb Northern.It was a clear, warm evening^ and a teenage boy wasdriving southward on Old Germantown Road, goinghome from a friends house with his car window downto enjoy the breeze. Approaching a stop sign at the in-tersection with Shelby Drive, he saw a light in an emptylot about 100 yards in front and to the left of him.Concerned that it might be a fire, he studied the lightwhile he was stopped li .is a wooded area, and theground was lit with a bn^ln pink glow from a light thatwas only a few feet orf the ^lound. He had never beforeseen a fire of this colui.PAGE 18 NUMBER 336 APRIL 1996
  • 19. MUFON UFO JOURNALThe light rose above the tops of the 25 to 30-foot-talltrees, and he had a clear view of a circular object. If adisc, it was standing on its edge. The very center wasdark, and the remainderhad a glow like a neon light, theglow possibly being a reflection from six brighter,evenly spaced lights around the edge. The object was"the size of three cars together."While the object continued to rise and move offsoutheastward at a slow rate, a car driving East onShelby Drive stopped to view it. The driver of that carlooked at the teenager, but the two did not speak. Theyoung man then continuedhis journey home.LOG # 950523C, MA-1, 8/24/94, Gushing, OK, at2250 hours, for 90 minutes. Investigators: Rick Gardnerand Richard Seifried.At the nurses station reading patient charts, a nursewas called outside by another nurse to see a UFO. In thesouth, she saw a light in the sky that was pulsating blueand white, occasionally showing red, and moving at aslow and steady rate toward the southwest. The lightsuddenly jumped straight up and back to its originalposition, then made four oval loops and stopped. Shewatched for about 30 minutes, went inside to get a cord-less phone and call a friend, then returned and watchedfor another 45 minutes. She went back into the hospitalto take care of a few chores, then returned outside andfound that the light had moved farther southwest andsoon was out of sight. Another light with similar blink-ing was seen later in the west, and it appeared to gothrough the same maneuvers as the first.Although these object descriptions are much likethose for airplanes viewed at a distance, the maneuversare not satisfactorilyexplained by either autokinesis oratmospheric conditions.LOG #912204W, MA-1, 4/22/91, Ahwahnee, CA, at2030 hours, for 20 seconds. Investigator: RandallLinlejohn.A man watched as a strange object ascended from be-hind a mountain, hovered over its top for a few seconds,then descended across the face of the mountain, whichwas less than a mile from him. The object had a faded,pink light randomly flashing on top, six or seven whitelights across its center, and a "bluish" light on the bot-tom. He could not see the objects surface, but the posi-tions of the lights suggested a disc shape.Having training as a photographer, the man ran to gethis camera. When he returned, the object was not visible.LOG # 950401S, CE-1, 4/77/91, Oceanside, CA, at2000-2200 hours, for one minute. Investigator: SteveRyan.A man standing on his porch heard whatsounded like the hum from a generatorcoming from his back yard. When hechecked on the sound, he saw a dark-gray,cigar-shaped object with bright red lightson either end slowly drifting westward. Theobject rose from near ground level to 50-70feet, turned, then drifted northward. Itpassed through some trees and out ofsight After the incident, the witness feltdizzy and developed a rash.During the first week and the same month as LOG#912204W, a woman and her adult daughter were outsideon the back patio of their home talking,on a very darknight. Suddenly, they saw a large object 60-90 feetabove the north edge of their yard, which was only 50feet away. It was as if the object had just appearedthere, although it may have come over the house andover their heads, preventingthem from seeing it earlier.Looking at the bottom, the vehicle was elliptical,with 30 or more circular, pulsatinggreen and blue lightsaround the bottom edge. They believed it had to beabout 150 feet long. The side was not visible,suggestingthat it was either thin or the side was dark enough toblend with the night sky.Just as quickly as it showed itself, it disappeared"the lights just turned off," and the night wns .igjinpitch black.Lellcrs to Mufon UFOjournalQUAKE LIGHT?When I read Jerry Rolwes article, "The Mystery ofAviano" (Feb, 1996), I suddenly realized that July 1,1977, was about the time of the Friuli earthquakes.Checking the record, 1found that the devastating Fniili(Italy) earthquake, M 6.5, occurred on May 6, 1976. Amajor (M 5.5) aftershock occurred Sept. 11, 1976.Aftershocks were still occurring a year later, and one thatwas felt in NE Italy and NW Yugoslavia occurred onJuly 3, 1977, just two days after the Aviano sighting.Given the proximity of the air base and the earth-quakes, the nearly continuous strain release, and thenature of the sighting, I think it highly likely that thiswas a spectacular geophysical luminosity that one couldeasily call an earthquake light. The account indicates thatthis was clearly an electrical phenomenon, most likely anintense plasma similar to ball lightning, but generated bystrain release in the earth.APRIL 1996 NUMBER 336 PAGE 19
  • 20. MUFON UFO JOURNALThe author shouldbe given great credit for his care-ful investigation and for not embellishing the report.Please accept my thanks for adding this interestingevent to the data base of probable earthquake lights.—John S. Derr, ChiefGlobal Seismograph NetworkU.S. Dept. of the InteriorAlbuquerque, NMNOVAS NEGATIVESPeter McGeeDirector of BroadcastingNOVA125 Western Ave.Boston, MA 02134Dear Mr. McGee:I watched with initial interest and then, ultimate dis-may, the PBS TV show "Kidnapped by Aliens?" It be-gan as a genuine study of credible people who haveexperienced this phenomena and ended as a hatchet jobperformed by that most inept of celestial surgeons, CarlSagan. His "I have not seen one, therefore they do notexist" approach is totally unscientific and bespeaksNOVAs poor judgment in the selection of qualified sci-entists to address this subject. The carefully staged pro-gram to commence with some relevant and thoughtfulexperiences and then permit the well planned demolitionof this information indicates that there was never anintent to apply true scientific principles to this extraor-dinary matter. The only intent was to destroy the credi-bility of Dr. John Mack, a Pulitzer prize winner andnoted psychiatrist, and that of Budd Hopkins, an authorand sculptor, who has dedicated a significant portion ofhis life to carefully evaluatingthese situations.Perhaps you should have Carl Sagan do a program onone of his astronomical hypotheses and we could thenhave Dr. Mack and Budd Hopkins analyze and dissecthis data. I believe they should be as qualified to speak inthis area as Carl Sagan is to speak to the UFO abductionmatter.Your approach to these extraordinary matters is rem-iniscent of 15th and 16th century "politically correct"science. You would have burned Galileo and others atthe stake for their astronomical blasphemy.The true scientist looks at all matters objectively. Heweighs the data provided by the minds who have dedi-cated their efforts in a rational approach to the determi-nation of the facts. He does not allow personal bias orthat which is popular to influence his analysis. He is, aswith every good scientist, capable of realizing that hedoes not have all of the essential knowledge of theworld in his tiny little brain. If he is a great astronomerhe does not render expert judgment on the work ofbrain surgeons.As an engineer with forty years experience, three sig-nificant patents, and the successfuldevelopment of twosuccessful companies which manufacture compositematerials, and the ability to look with awe and interest atthe things I do not know, I expect those who purport tobe authorities in a given field to be open-minded whenlooking at areas outside their expertise. New ideas areborn of the challenge "we never looked at it that way be-fore." •>NOVA, get your act together and be what you aresupposed to be: a forum for the presentation of scientificinformation in a thoughtful format for the lay-person andthe expert to both enjoy and contemplate.—Keith HutsonMUFON State Section Dir.Seguin, TXSCI-FI AUTOPSYRecently, while watching a past episode of a Britishsci-fi film made back in the early 1970s, I was sur-prised to see (for only about twenty seconds) a femalelying on her back on a gurney with totally white eyes. Awhite-coat-clad doctor approached from her left sideand, using tweezers, first gently tapped on the front ofthe eyeball and then removed the left eye cover (opaquewhite scleral lens) to expose the normal human eyestructure beneath it. The young woman looked around inseveral directions and the scene ended. She was wearinga type of surgical gown, as was the "doctor." The righteye-covering was not removed. Does any of this soundfamiliar? Needless to say, I found too many correla-tions with the alleged alien autopsy (AAA) film whichhas been a focus of much attention recently. I must ask,which of the two came first?This Gerry Anderson Production used "Century 21Props." According to the opening credits its Asst. Dir.was Leo Eaton; Editor, Alan Killick; Stunt Arranger,Jack Silk; Make-up, Cliff Sharp; Wardrobe, Kim Martinand Iris Richens. While I couldnt find the episodes ti-tle (unavoidablycut-off), it was made at "MGM BritishStudios, Borehamwood, England and Century 21Studios, Slough, England and on location." It was pro-duced by ITC Entertainment. Perhaps someone in theUnited Kingdom can do some research here. And per-haps someone who helped make this UFO-related sci-fisegment will come forward to tell us that he or she alsoworked on a far more realistic but later portrayal!—Richard F. HainesLos Altos, CAComments? Write the editor, Dennis Stacy, at Box12434, San Antonio, TX 78212.PAGE 20 NUMBER 336 APRIL 1996
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  • 22. MUFON UFO JOURNALMay 1996Bright Planets (Evening Sky):Venus, near the Bulls left horn tip (Beta Tauri). reaches amaximum brightnessof-4.5 magnitude on May 4 and thenext night its greatest northerly declination (+27°47) thiscentury. After that, the dazzling planet begins to drop low-er in the NW, reducing its setting time from about 11:30ear-ly in May to about 9:30 at months end. In a telescopethroughout the month, watch the planets disc c.xpand tonearly one minute of arc as its shape narrows to a crescent.(It is approaching Earth as it swings around the Sun.)Jupiter (-2.5), in Sagittarius, rises before midnight in theESE in mid-May. This biggest of worlds begins retrograde(westward) motion on the4th.Bright Planets (Morning Sky):Mars (1.3), in Aries, reappears in the morning twilight inlate May an hour before sunrise. It will be difficult to seelow in the ENE.Jupiter lies S at dawn. It is near the Moon on May 8.Saturn (1.0), in Pisces, rises in the E about 3:30 AM inmid-May. The planet with rings lies near the Moon onthe 13th.Vesta:The only asteroid that can be seen with the naked eye hasan especiallyfavorable appearance this month.Vesta shinesat 5.6 magnitude on the J 1th but is visible with good visionand a very dark sky most of May.(Binoculars afford abet-ter view.) It can be watched from night to night as itchanges position against the stars. Residing with thou-sands of other rocky chunks in an orbit between Mars andJupiter, Vesta is a highly reflective object 335 miles in di-ameter. On the 11 th its position is at R.A. 15h 13m, Dec.-6°44 (nearly 3° N of 2nd-magnitudc Beta in Libra).Comet Hyakutake:Discovered January 31 by Japans Yuji Hyakutake, this po-tentially bright comet was expected to put on quite a showfor northern observers in late March as it passed within arelatively close 9 million miles of Earth. Since optimisticpredictions after discovery arrived too late for this col-umn (written in advance), it is hoped that readers heardabout the comet and were able to view it. In MayHyakutake is visible only in the Southern Hemisphere.However, an equally spectacular comet, Hale-Bopp, loomson the horizon for next spring.Moon Phases:Full moon—May 3Last quarter—May 10New moon—May 17First quarter—May 25 CApril 12-14 — Eighth Annual Ozark UFO Conference, Inn of theOzarks Conference Center, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. For furtherinformation write to: Ozark UFO Conference, tt2 Caney ValleyDrive, Plumerville, AR 72127-8725 or call (501) 354-2558.April 20 — BUFORA presents "A Day of Abductions," PennineTheater, Sheffield Hailam University, Sheffield. England. For infor-mation write to BUFORA (Abduct), 1 Woodhail Drive, Batley, WestYorkshire, WF17 7SW, England.April 20 — MUFON North Texas Section is sponsoring the"Roswell" film at the University of North Texas in the LyceumTheater; University Union Bldg. in Denton, TX from noon to 5 p.m.Jeremy Kagan. producer, writer and director of "Roswell" will alsospeak.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.May 4-5 — 2nd Annual UFO & Alien Abduction ResearchConference, Holiday Inn, Greenville, South Carolina. For furtherinformation, call coordinator Shannon Kluge at (803) 675-9328.June 12-22 — Star Knowledge UFO Conference and Sun Dance,Yankton Sioux Reservation at Marty, South Dakota For info write toP.O. Box 3497. Warrenton, VA 22186.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 27435-0149.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.August 10 — Great Smoky Mountains UFO, Crop Circle and AlienContact EXPO. At Gatlinburg Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 9p.m in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. For further information write toStacey McGee, P.O. Box 3055 CRS, Johnson City, TN 37602.September 13-15 — Tampa UFO & Metaphysical Convention. AtCamberley Plaza Hotel, Tampa, Florida. For information: ProjectAwareness, P.O. Box 730, Gulf Breeze, FL 32562 or Tel- 904-432-8888. Fax:904-438-1801September 14-15 — New Hampshire MUFONs 6th Annual UFOConference at the Yokens Conference Center in Portsmouth, NewHampshire. For further information write to Peter R. Geremia, 571Brackett Rd., Rye, NH 03870.September 21 — Missouri MUFON UFO Conference. Hosted byMUFON of St. Louis at the St. Peters Holiday Inn in St. Peters, MO.For information contact Bruce Widamann at 314-946-1394October 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.October 11-13 — Australian International UFO Symposium inBrisbane, Queensland.Australia at the Mercure Hotel, 85-87 NorthQuay. For further information write to Glennys M. McKay. 106Dykes St., Mt. Gravatt, Brisbane, OLD 4122, Australia.October 18-20 — North Alabama UFO Conference in Huntsville,Alabama at the Space Center Marriott Hotel, 5 Tranquility Base. Forfurther information write: UFO, P.O. Box 10056, Huntsville, AL35801-0056 or call 205-533-7321.PACE 22 NUMBER 336 APRIL 1996
  • 23. MUFON UFO JOURNALDIRECTORS MESSAGE - Continued from Page 24your 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 attemptingto answer all calls "live."An answering box records the calls received late at nightor early mornings. These sighting reports will be mailedor telephoned to the nearest State Section Director, StateDirector, or Field Investigator for a personal interview.Brief replies to these cases under investigation may bemade to MUFON on the 800 number. (The answeringbox is limited to three minutes.) However, this number isnot to be used for other MUFON communications. TheMUFON business office number is (210) 379-9216.Please advise Walt Andrus by postcard or letter to whichagencies you filed the UFO hotline number 1-800-UFO-2166. Your help is sincerely appreciated. (To date only afew people have complied.)SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGS COVER DESIGN CONTESTThe theme for the MUFON 1996 International UFOSymposium is "UFOLOGY: A Scientific Enigma." 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 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 honorarium of $100 cash plus $100 worth ofMUFON publications of your choice. Here is an op-portunity to express your talent. Good luck.FIELD INVESTIGATORS EXAMSAnyone who has purchased and studied the 4th edition ofthe MUFON Field Investigators Manual is eligible totake the exam via mail when they feel they are ready. The100-question test may be secured from MUFON head-quarters in Seguin and returned to this office for grading.In localitieswhere field investigatortrainingclasses arebeing conducted, the instructor may order sufficientquantities of the test and administer the exam at thecompletion of the training classes. For current mem-bers, the new manual may be purchased for $25 plus$3.50 for postage and handlingfrom MUFON in Seguin.MUFON MOTTO CONTESTBelieve it or not, MUFON is now in itstwenty-seventhyear and does not have a motto describing our goalsand purpose. Yes, we are endeavoring to resolve theUFO phenomenon in a scientific manner, but we need aserious and "catchy" motto to use in the Journal, sta-tionery, symposium programs, etc. It should be short, butyet very meaningful, such as "Scientific Resolution of theUFO Phenomenon." A prize of $100 in MUFON publi-cations will be awarded to the winner. The deadline forsubmission of your motto is June 1, 1996. Put on your"thinking-cap" and come up with a unique and excitingmotto for MUFON. (MUFON could also be used in themotto if this would make it more attractive.)RENEWAL NOTICESome members have not been renewing their member-ships until they receive the notification marked "Yourmembership/subscription expires with this issue." In afew cases this renewal was not received in Seguin beforethe next monthly issue was mailed, thus they missed anissue. We notify members one or two months in ad-vance by checking "Your membership/subscription ex-pires within two months. Please renew now to avoidmissing a single issue." It is advisable to renew whenyou receive this reminder.This is a more serious problem for foreign subscriberswhen it takes up to two months for surface mail deliveryin some countries. By the time that their airmail re-newal is received in Seguin, Texas, their subscriptionmay have expired. It is therefore imperative that foreignsubscribers renew upon receipt of the first renewal no-tice in order to maintain continuity of their monthlymagazines.The address label on your Journal or the envelope, inthe case of foreign members, has an expiration date atthe lower right corner. It is the year and month whenyour last monthly Journal will be honored if you forgetto renew. As an example: 96/04 means that your expi-ration date and the last issue you will receive is April1996. Foreign subscribers, in particular, have an op-portunity to renew in sufficient time by noting this ex-piration date on the envelope address label, taking intoconsideration the excessive time for surface delivery. Wedo not want anyone to miss a single issue of the MU-FON UFO Journal.MUFON COMMUNICATION NUMBERSMUFON Headquarters Telephone: (210)379-9216Seguin, TX Fax: (210)372-9439MUFON UFO HOT LINE 1-800-UFO-2166WORLD WIDE WEB -http://www.rutgers.edu/~mcgrew/MUFONMUFON e-mail address —mufon hq @ aol.comMUFONET-BBS (512)556-2524 MUFON On CompuServe - "Go MUFON"to access the ForumMUFON Amateur Radio Net40 meters - 7.237 MHz - Saturday, 8 a.m. Eastern TimeAPRIL 1996 NUMBER 336 PAGE 23
  • 24. MUFON UFO JOURNALWalter AndrusNEWS FROM AROUND THE NETWORKMUFON 1996 UFO SYMPOSIUMMUFONs twenty-seventh International UFOSymposium will be held July 5, 6 and 7, 1996, at theHoliday Inn Four Seasons/JosephH. Koury ConventionCenter in Greensboro. North Carolina. The symposiumco-hosts are MUFON North Carolina and FSG (the FullStory Group in Greensboro). George E. Lund, II willserve as host chairman: Nick Summers, coordinator:Kent Senter, treasurer: Mike McCurry, vendors coor-dinator; Nick Summers, advanceregistrations: RobertHair, registration desk: George Fawcett, advance pub-licity; Fred Chaffee, press room manager; and Natalie"Ginger" Richardson, mistress of ceremonies.The following speakers have been confirmed: CarlosA. Guzman, Mexico: Chris Styles, Canada: PhilipMantle, England; John S. Carpenter, Jeffrey W.Sainio: John W. White: Kevin D. Randle; BuddHopkins: Bruce S. Maccabee, Ph.D.; Vincent F. DiPietro; John E. Mack, M.D.: Whitley Strieber, andJ.Antonio Huneeus.Advance registration is $55 per person before June29th and $60 after June 29, 1996, or at the door. Each ofthe five sessions is $15 per session at the door. Childrenunder 12, accompanied by an adult ticket holder, are ad-mitted free to all sessions. Advance tickets for the re-ception on Friday evening, July 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. is $10per person. Advance registration may be secured bywriting to MUFON 1996 UFO Symposium. P.O. Box5 149. Greensboro. NC 27435-0149 and making acheckpayable to "MUFON 1996 UFO Symposium." (Creditcards are not accepted.) For vendor table informationplease write to Nickolus Summers, P. O. Box 5149.Greensboro, NC 27435-0149, or call (910) 273-7618.(No New Age paraphernalia will be permitted.)The cost of rooms per night at the Holiday Inn FourSeasons is $72 tlat for a single, double, triple or quadplus applicable taxes. The Holiday Inn Four Seasons islocated at 3121 High Point Road, Greensboro, NC27407. The Reservations telephone number is (910)292-9161,1-800-242-6556 or FAX (910) 292-0819.Please advise the reservation desk that you areattendingthe MUFON UFO Symposium in order to obtain thespecial rate of $72. Your reservations must be made nolater than June 3. 1996. After that date, they will con-tinue to take reservations only as rooms are available.The hotel rates are designed for family accommoda-tions. Please make your reservations early to guaranteea room for the symposium.Greensboro is served by Piedmont Triad InternationalAirport. Free shuttle bus service is available from the air-O Oport to the Koury Convention Center. Please call theHoliday Inn Four Seasons.NEW OFFICERSVisiting Professor andConsultant in Psychology, Dr.Eddie W. Hand hasbeen appointed Representative forthe United Arab Emirates in Africa. Former AssistantState Director, Ralph P. Felgal. B.S. (Newark), hasbeen promoted to State Director for Delaware. Eightnew State Section Directors assumed leadership rolesthis month: Steve L. Allen (Brandenton. FL) forManatee and Sarasota Counties; James R. Kross, B.S.(Pacific, MO) for Jefferson County; Bruce D. Tilden.M.S. (West Suffield. CT) for Hartford County: MichaelW. Malone (Huntsville.AL) for Madison. Morgan,Limestone and Marshall Counties; Kenneth L.Bergeron (Lamar, MO) for Barton, Vernon, St. Clair.Bates and Cedar Counties; Michael F. Lovell. B.A.(Merced, CA) for Merced. Mariposa and TuolumneCounties; Sylvia Beadleston (SanJose, CA) for SantaClara County: and Chance A. Vallon, M.S. (Ft.Mohave, AZ) for Mohave County.NEW CONSULTANTS AND RESEARCH SPECIALISTSNew consultants this month were Donald W. Hinton,M.D. (Purkville. MO) for Medicine (Psychiatrist) andDaniel W. Barefoot. J.D. (Lincolnton, NC) in Law.Hiroshi Yamakawa. M.S. (Ajokkaichi. Japan) becamea Research Specialist in Material Engineering.MUFON NATIONAL UFO HOTLINEMUFON has been introducing its National UFO HotlineI-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 during the spring of1995 as a means of testing and evaluating the effective-ness 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 throughout the U.S.A. would obviously beboth expensive and time-consuming. We would like forevery State Director, State Section Director, FieldInvestigator, and Field Investigator Trainee to notifyContinued on Page 23PAGE 24 NUMBER 336 APRIL 1996

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