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Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
Mufon ufo journal   1997 8. august
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  • 1. M U T U A L U F O N E T W O R KUFO JOURNALAUGUST 1997 ~J NUMBER 352 $3SNAPSHOTS FROM ROSWELL
  • 2. M U F O N U F O J O U R N A LO F F I C I A L P U B L I C A T I O N OF THE MUTUAL UFO NETWORK SINCE 1967.CONTENTSAUGUST 1997 NUMBER 352SNAPSHOTS FROM ROSWELL Dennis StacyPHILIP CORSO: AN ALTERNATIVE TAKE Robert M. WoodCURRENT CASES T. David SpencerTHE UFO PRESS Dennis StacyMUFON FORUMREADERS CLASSIFIEDSTHE SEPTEMBER NIGHT SKYCALENDARWalter N. WebbDIRECTORS MESSAGE Walter AndrusCOVER — Roswell UFO Museum by Dennis Stacy11131 51921222224MUFON UFO JOURNAL(USPS 002-970)(ISSN 0270-6822)103 Oldtowne Rd.Seguin, TX 78155-4099Tel: (830) 379-9216FAX (830) 372-9439EDITORDennis StacyASSOCIATE EDITORWalter H. Andrus, Jr.COLUMNISTSWalter N. WebbJohn S. CarpenterT. David SpencerART DIRECTORVince JohnsonCopyright 1997 by the Mutual UFO Network. All Rights Resented.No part of this document may be reproduced in any /oral without the written permission o/the Copyright Ownerf. Permission is hereby granted to quote up 10 200 words of any one arti-cle, proiided the author if credited, and the statement. "Copyright 1997 />y the Mutual UFONetwork. 103 Oldtowne Rd.. Seguin, Teas 78)55," is included.The contents of the MUFONUFO 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 tndiiidiial authois.The Mutual UFO Network, Inc. is exempt from Federal Income Ta under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. MUFON is a publieh/ supported organization of the ti/pedescribed in Section 509 (a) (2). Donors may deduct contributions from their Federal IncomeTa.. Bequests, legacies, dciiscs. transfers or gifts are also deductible for estate and gift purposes,proiided they meet the applicable pioiisions 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 icar in the U.S.A.: $30 foreign in U.S. funds.Second class postage paid at Seguin. TX.POSTMASTER: Send form 3579 to adiise change of address to: MUFON UFO JOUR-NAL, 103 Oldtowne Rd . Seguin. TX 73155-4099.
  • 3. VIDEO ORDER FORM Send 1b: VuleoOenicsThe Mufon 1997 International UFO Symposium ^citvehmd MJuly 11-13, Grand Rapids, Michigan (601)846-0377VHS E.P. Set (Entire Symposium on 3 Cassettes):NTSC (U.S. Format) @ $99.00PAL (European Format) @ $149.00VHS Individual Presentations - Standard Speed:NTSC - Write in Names @ $24.95PAL - Write in Names @ $34.95Shipping and Handling (Choose One):U.S. Spec. 4th Class - $4.00 per orderU.S. Priority 2nd Day - $6.00 per order . ,Foreign - $11.00Foreign Air Mail - $16.00Total : . . : .$NameAddressPlease send your order by8/15/97with U.S.money orderCity/St/Zip or U.S.check.Phone (Please) Kept strictly So"*no credit cardsconfidential orcash
  • 4. THE VIDEOJack Fletcher is a professional videographer based in Cleveland, Mississippi. He started his business in1984 and has a range of products which includes consumer items such as 8 mm home movie, photo andslide transfer to videotape, parties and dance recitals; legal products such as video depositions and settle-ment brochures, industrial products such as indoctrination and training tapes; and 3-D computer anima-tions. The heart of his broadcast quality off-line editing suite is the "Video Toaster" and he uses the pro-fessional videographers format of choice, S-VHS, for shooting and editing. Mr. Fletcher won the NationalACTS Award in 1987 for his documentary of a Christian mission trip to a remote area of eastern Honduras.The video and graphics will include input from two videocameras. One cameras will provide close-upviews of the speakers, and the second camera will be a wider view of the presentation area. Three audiochannels will ensure professional quality audio.The videos can be purchased in two forms: individual presentations (one presentation per cassette atStandard Speed @ $24.95 each), or the entire conference (on three cassettes, recorded at Extended PlaySpeed @ $99.00 per set). PAL (European) copies are available for $34.95 and $149.00 respectively. Pleasenote the cutoff date. This is due to the fact that PALduplication must be contracted out and the numberofsets must be known. Please dont forget your shipping and handling charge. This is a one-time charge foreach order rather than for each cassette or presentation.The finished video will probably be about 15 hours in length. It will be complete - only copyrightedmaterial will be edited out. This video can be used by those unable to attend or for review at ones ownpace by those who attend.It can be shown to skeptical friends who would never dream of attending a UFOConference. Order yours today!
  • 5. MUFON UFOJOURNALMaybe it was the heat. Maybe it was theprospect of arriving in Roswell late at nightonly to find every room in the city and for 100miles around already sold out. But for whatever reason,the expected crowds failed to materializefor RoswellsUFO Encounter 97, the citywide celebration of the50th anniversary of the Roswell Incident.Deon Crosby, director of the International UFOMuseum and Research Center and one of the festivalsorganizers, was predicting 10,000 visitorsa day for thesix-day course of the celebration, which would morethan double Roswells populationof 50,000.1 doubt ifhalf that many showed up in the broiling heat.My first suspicion that many summervacationersmight have opted for cooler climes came when Ichecked into the Roswell Inn at about 5:30 p.m..Wednesday, July 2nd, and the clerk asked me if Iwanted a smoking or non-smokingroom. Clearly notevery room in town was booked up after all.Which isnt to say there werent crowds, mind, justnothing on the order of the madhouse that had been an-ticipated. To be sure, a galaxy of UFO heavy-hitterswas on hand, along with a swollen press corps and con-(Left) The International UFO Museum and Research Center onRoswells Main Street. (Above) Alien Body display inside Museum.voy of satellite uplink trucks. Invitedspeakers includedErich von Daniken, Michael Lindemann, Robert O.Dean, Stanton Friedman, John Mack, Lance StrongEagle Crawford, Paul Davids, Whitley Strieber, JohnHunter Gray (the former John Salter), Donald Schmitt,Linda Moulton Howe, and Budd Hopkins. Philip Corsowas also on hand, granting interviews and signingbooks. In addition.John Price of the UFO EnigmaMuseum presented his own line up of speakers whichincluded Kevin Randle and Karl Pflock. At last count,the official press office in the Convention Center hadhanded out passes to some 300 reporters from 15 coun-tries. At some speeches the media seemed to outnum-ber the paying customers.The most conspicuous hole in the program was arock festival which had earlier been touted asWoodstock in the Desert. Promoters had speculatedabout a crowd of 150.000. But that was before Hale-Bopp, Heavens Gate and 39 suicides.Reportedly, a few major sensitive sponsors pulledout in the wake of the negative image surrounding theUFO subject, leaving the promoter high and dry.Which may have been a good thing. With mercilesssunshine most of the time and temperatures routinelyhitting 100,1 doubt if the local hospitals could havehandled all the heatstroke and sunburn cases that wouldalmost surely have resulted.Except for Corsos presence and one major pressconference, to be addressed later, there wasnt much inthe way of new news at any of the major speeches. Thelatest and most controversial Air Force report onRoswell was out, and while it was obligatorily andderogatorily sneered at on occasion, few had had theopportunity or time to thoroughly study it and addressthe specifics of same.SNAPSHOTS FROM ROSWELLPictures and text by Dennis StacyAugust 1997 Number 352 Page 3
  • 6. MUFON UFO JOURNALPeople & PlacesProducer Paul Davids meets with what with what he would laterdescribe as a "hostile press. " seemingly perplexed that reportersactually wanted to ask questions in the wake of what was billed asa press conference.Souvenirs werent the only thing for sale. Pony up enough moneyand you might even be able to purchase the UFO Enigma Museum,across from the old Roswell Annv Air Field, which is now on theauction block.Whitley Strieber was only one of many invited speakers to RoswellUFO Encounter 97. He delivered the keynote speech at a Fridaynight banquet in Hangar 84.Jesse Marcel Jr., top. Hangar 84, bottom. It is here that bodies anddebris were allegedly stored before shipment to Wright Field,Dayton, Ohio.August 1997 Number 352 Page 4
  • 7. MUFON UFO JOURNAL& ThingsFor the faint of heart, even alien abduction insurance was availablefor a nominal fee.ALF—the Alien Lije Form image—wasfor sale everywhere and inevery imaginable form, from the expected books, post cards andvideos, to the unexpected jewelr:. games and trading cards, evencookies, commemorative coins and iindenvear. Yes. underwear.S. A. J. Ryal. covering Roswell for the Microsoft Network sWaichfireprogram, wonders why the "scientists" arent answeringquestions. She wasn t alone.Every storefront in town was decked out with its best alien finery. Stanton Friedman answers a reporters question.August 1997 Number 352 Page 5
  • 8. MUFON UFO JOURNALPhilip Corao being inten-iewed at the crash site.•IPhere was much to do between the scatteredI speeches, most of which involved spendingmoney one way or another.To begin with, there wasa bewildering array of alien "artifacts" for saleeverywhere, the least of which were largenumbersof UFO books and videos. There were ALF (alienlife form) bolo ties, pens, earrings, pendants, post-cards, posters — you name it, even ALF commemo-rative coins, cookies and underwear. Hardly a shopfront on Main Street wasnt gussied up in its alienfinest for the event.As befitted a circus celebration, there was alsoplenty of family activities, from a costume contest andlaser games, to outdoor music and the 1997 UFO Crash& Burn Extravaganza, a parade of homemade "space-ships. If you had your own car you could drive downto the south side of town, into the Roswell IndustrialAir Park, formerly Roswell Army Air Field, and peekat Hangar 84, where wreckage and alien bodies wereallegedly stored for transport to Wright Field in Ohio,except, of course, for the stuff that had to be shipped bytruck through Fort Riley, Kansas, so that Colonel Corsocould see it while stationed there in 1947.Crash Sites .Even without a car you could still visit the Hub Corncrash site some 20 miles north of town outHighway285. Roswell ISO buses left hourly from theConvention Center for the approximately two-hour,$15 per person round trip into the blazing desert andback. This is the site unearthed by Roswell researchersKevin Randleand Donald Schmitt and attributedto oneof their star witnesses, Frank Kaufmann. It was here,six to seven miles off the main highway, according toKaufmann, that a black, heel-shaped object slammedinto a low bluff at a 35-degree angle, disgorging fivebodies, one of which was still alive when he and a mili-tary contingent arrived.For the really dedicated Roswell enthusiast, thereare at least three other claimed crash sites relativelynearby, although none is as near or as easily accessibleto Roswell as Kaufmanns. Another Randle/Schmittwitness, the late Jim Ragsdale, identified two placesbefore his death, the first on public property, the secondon private.The grandaddy of all Roswell crash sites,however, is the former Foster ranch, near Corona, some75 miles NW of Roswell. This is the site of the famousdebris field first found by rancher Mac Brazel and vis-ited by Jesse Marcel, Sr. prior to the issuing of the orig-Look for this sign on Highway 285 about 20 miles north of Roswell. and have your $15 per person ready.August 1997 Number 352 Page 6
  • 9. MUFON UFO JOURNALDetails from UFO Enigma Museum dioramainal 1947 press release which announced that officialsat RAAF had come into the possession of a Hying disc.We arrive at the 15,000-acre Corn ranch shortly af-ter noon on Thursday, under a cloudless sky and blaz-ing sun. A recently graded and improved gravel roadmakes the six or seven-mile dusty drive from the mainroad accessible even to rental cars like my NissanSentra. Curiousity draws us, along with the prospect ofUt-O Enigma Museum dioramawatching Colonel Corso interviewed live on the CNNprogram "Talk Back."Corso is of course the "author" of The Day AfterRoswell. a controversial account of his days in Armyintelligence, days during which he claims he seededalien technology recovered at Roswell to a whos whoof American industry,resultingin the integrated circuit,lasers, night vision goggles, fiber optics, bullet-proofvests, and particle beam weapons, not to mention StarWars and the ultimate collapse of the Soviet Union. InCorsos world view, this now means we can meet thealiens on equal turf when next they come calling!Corso. in his eighties, appears alternately frail andunflappable as he sits beneath a flapping sheet of blueplastic strung from one of the portable trailersthatmark the site, the only shade in sight. He is accompa-nied by a son, and his co-author, William Birnes, wear-ing a Soldier of Fortune cap. Birnes tells one of ourparty, Gayle Nesom, that hes editor and publisher ofthe magazine of the same name, but a glance at themasthead of the current issue didnt turn up a Birnesanywhere.Two new monoliths mark the entrance to the crash site.-•VvrSS*** - - ; t S t a •V- S-iAugust 1997 Number 352 Page 7
  • 10. MUFON UFO JOURNALIn the interview, Corso sticks to his story, explainingthe beauty of the seed program supposedly engineeredby him and his superior in the Pentagon, Lt. Gen.Arthur Trudeau, by saying "we didnt leave any papertrail" and we seeded the patents to American industry.At one point he also claims that "we used the de-bunkers."To a question relayed through his ear piece whichwe cant hear, Corso responds, "How does he know.He wasnt there. Wheres his documentation? I wasthere." Of course critics of the book have been askingCorso the same thing: Wheres his documentation forany of his claims?Karl Pflock, author of Roswell in Perspective, isalso present, expecting a debate with Corso. But appar-ently there has been a misunderstanding.Pflock fol-lows Corso and the two never meet on camera.Afterwards, we stroll the couple of hundred yardsdown to the crash site itself, at the base of a low,rugged bluff, where Hub Corn and his wife, Shirley, al-ternate giving guided tours. Some anonymous donorhas left a wreath of flowers. More dramatically, some-one else has contributed four stone monoliths (at a re-ported cost of $25,000) which now mark the entranceand the end of the pathway; were told that theidentityof the "anonymous" donor will be announced at 4 p.m.tomorrow.Greeting visitorsis a round, recently dedicated, flat-topped stone with the following inscription:We dont know who they wereWe dont know why they cameWe only knowThey changed our view of the universeThis universal sacred siteIs dedicated July, 1997To the beingsWho met their destiniesNear Roswell, New Mexio, in July of 1947Other tourists, some foreign, come and go as ourown small group stands around trying to make sense ofthe information presented in this desolate desert.Wouldnt it be better to at least qualify what is beingsaid here in the name of objective history with wordslike "alleged" and "claimed"? It seems too late forsuch reservations. Future travelers who pass this waywill simply assume that the "information" they receivehere is as legitimate as the information presented at anyother New Mexico tourist stop — from the space mu-seum in Almagordo, to White Sands and Carlsbad —one stop being as good — and seemingly legitimate —as another.Demi Sims of Houston."Press Conference"Inside the press packet reporters received was thefollowing startling announcement made by the LosAngeles PR firm of Abrams-Rubaloff & Lawrence:SCIENTIFIC PROOFTO BE PRESENTED THATAN EXTRATERRESTRIAL CRAFTWAS RECOVEREDNEAR ROSWELL. NMGiven that, if true, this would representthe mostmomentous event in human history, the press releaseseems worth quotingin its entirety."ROSWELL, NM (June 30, 1997) - A press confer-ence scheduled for 9 a.m. July 4, 1997. at the PearsonAuditorium on the New Mexico Military InstituteCampus in Roswell, New Mexico, will present the re-sults of scientific tests performed on crash debris foundnear Roswell, New Mexico,fifty years ago that onceandfor all prove that the downed vehicle was not ofearth origin. [Emphasis in the original.]"A research scientist from a major university in-volved in the testing will be on hand to discuss themethodology and results of the isotopicratio tests ofthe Roswell debris. Supporting conclusions and a bat-tery of tests conducted by universities and national lab-oratories will be provided that concludethat theRoswell debris is manufactured material of extraterres-trial origin. [Emphasis in the original.]"The discovery that crash debris has been pri-vately held in civilian hands was made by televisionproducer Chris Wyatt, former Producer of Day &August 1997 Number 352 Page 8
  • 11. MUFON UFO JOURNALDate. Mr. Wyatt uncovered the material while pro-ducing the upcoming television special, UFOs [sic]Above & Beyond. "This could be the greatest discov-ery of our time," notes Wyatt."Paul Davids, Executive Producer of theShowtime film, Roswell, is sponsoring the presen-tation of this evidence during his program at [sic]50th Anniversary. Along with images of the actual .Roswell crash debris, the chain of evidence will alsobe presented validatingthe Roswell incident as therecovery of a crashed extraterrestrial vehicle."RealityWhoever wrote this stuff was more showman thanstraightforward. As reality unfolded, hardly a sen-tence of the press release reflected the actual events.First, the reporters clogging the PearsonAuditoriumlobby were told that the press conference would fol-low Davids presentation. As it turned out, however,there never was a press conference at anytime, if bypress conference you mean that members of the pressget to address questions to those making the extraor-dinary claims for which the conference was called inthe first place.Davids did provide background, first summarizingthe so-called "known" events surrounding the Ros-well Incident, then introducingthe claims of "con-clusive scientific evidence" associated with an al-leged piece of "debris," and finally introducingoneof the scientists who made the findings.Joining Davids on stage were Jesse Marcel, Jr.,who handled the Roswell debris at age 11, DerrelSims, a self-described Houston hypnoanesthesiolo-gist who made sure that reporters spelled his nameright, Roger K. Leir, a podiatrist, producer Wyatt,and Russell VernonClark, introduced as a chemistfrom the Universityof California, San Diego, spe-cializing in environmental health and safety. Simsand Leir are founders of F.I.R.S.T.—Fund forInteractive Research and Space Technology—andboth have been active in the recovery and study ofalleged implants. (See the April 1996 issue of theMUFON UFO Journal, "In Search of HardEvidence" by Roger K. Leir, pp. 9-12, 15.)Sims said he was handed the piece of debris—about an inch and a quarter wide—in October of1995 while at a west coast conference by an individ-ual who wishes to remain "secret out of fear ofridicule and reprisal."FindingsThe youngish-lookingVernonClark appeared ner-vous, saying "Ive lectured to larger audiences before,but never to so many cameras."Paul Davids, left. ith Russell VernonClark. Roswell fragment inbackground.VernonClark (yes, thats how the names spelled) an-alyzed trace samples of nickel, silver and zinc from thelargely silicon-basedsample using ICP/MS—InductionCoupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy. All of the sam-ples isotopic ratios were significantly different thantheir terrestrialcounterparts.Earthly silver, for example, is composed of two iso-topes, silver 107 and 109 in roughlya one to one ratio,51 to 49 percent, respectively. The "debris" sample,however, had a two to one (67 to 33) ratio of silver 107to silver 109, indicating an off-world origin.Terrestrial silicon is composed of 92 percent silicon28; the sample ratio showed only a 26 percent silicon28 ratio. Silicon 29 and 30 were present in the sampleat ten times their terrestrial ratios.Some of VernonClarks initial findings were report-edly confirmed using Secondary Ion Mass Spectro-scopy. But the source for this confirmation was referredto only as "a major west coast university."If validated by repeated testing, this would indeedindicate an extraterrestrial origin for the sample. Butwas it natural or manmade,or rather alienmade, that is,manufactured?Silicon doesnt appear in a pure form in nature,which explains why chip makers go to such drasticmeasures in the manufacture of silicon wafers.According to VernonClark, the sample was composedof 99.9 percent silicon, indicating that it was indeedmanufactured. The source for this evidence, however,was described only as a "laboratory in Texas."Jesse Marcel. Jr. came forward next and said that thesample, which he was first shown at a UFO conferencein Japan of last year, "was somewhat similar" to whathe handled as an 11-year-old boy—the debris his fa-ther, the intelligenceofficer for the 509th Bomb Group,laid out on the familys kitchen floor after his returnfrom the Foster ranch, where Mac Brazel had firstfound the stuff.August 1997 Number 352 Page 9
  • 12. MUFON UFO JOURNALBut the fragment shown on stage (color pictures ofwhich can be found in Beyond Roswell by MichaelHesemann and Philip Mantle) looked more like a smallrock than anything manufactured. Yet in all of the pre-viously published accounts of his recollections, none ofthe three types of material Marcel described in anyway resembled a rock. Most recently, in January of thisyear, Marcel referred to the only likely candidate—thebakelite-like material—as thin flakes in irregularshapes, perhaps the sort of stuff you might expect ifyou shattered an old phonograph record.Davids made a few more comments about Roswellin general, referring specifically to Philip Corsos dra-matic rewriting of UFO and terrestrial history, The DayAfter Roswell. He seemed unaware that the publisher,Simon & Schuster, had withdrawnSenator StromThurmonds laudatory Foreward from the book afterlearning that the latter dealt with UFOs and a govern-ment cover up and not Corsos career in military intel-ligence, as Thurmond said he was originally led to be-lieve. Davids also seemed unaware that Corso origi-nally spoke of a six-fingeredalien (apparently based onthe alien autopsy film, but changed the number to fourbefore the book went to print), and that he is the only"witness"—alive or otherwise—who has ever claimedthat the bodies went by a laboriously slow truck con-voy overland from Roswell to Wright Field, instead ofbeing expeditiously flown there by plane.And with that the presentation concluded. Let thepress conference begin!A Hostile PressBut there was no press conference, just a perspiringDavids cornered in the lobby, fielding reporters ques-tions. He told one reporter that the sample was "likehaving a piece of the Shroud of Turin for analysis. Itswhat you dream of."But Davids also backed down on several points. Headmitted that there was no "chain of evidence" linkingthe fragment to Roswell—as had been patentlypromised in the press release. Only Sims knew theidentity of the source, who was said to have been in themilitary at the time.Meanwhile, on the front steps of the auditorium andin the parking lot, the press was interviewing the press.What happened to the other so-called "scientists" onstage? As it turned out, at least two reporters, one fromthe Arizona Republic, the other from the Fort WorthStar-Telegram, hadnt been lured to the lobby and hadfollowed the scientists out the back door of the audito-rium—where a car with open doors and the engineidling was waiting. The scientists were whisked away.VernonClark reportedly flew out of Roswell the sameday.In response to a shouted question about why hewasnt taking questions, VernonClark said that hedidnt want to risk damaging his career.Saturday morning Davids held a follow up pressconference, sparsely attended by only a handful of re-porters, in which he complained of a "hostile press."In the end, the only "research scientist" connectedwith the press conference, VernonClark, turned out tobe not a research scientist at UC, San Diego, butmerely a staff member. No names of the other scientistsor laboratories supposedly involved in the confirmationof the extraterrestrial sample were given out, nor wasany evidence presented—other than Marcels vaguestatements—that wouldtie the Sims rock to 1947 andRoswell.Sunset & RainbowFriday afternoon there was a reception for the mediaat the Sally Port Inn across the street from where I wasstaying. Shortly after, the heat wave broke, if only tem-porarily. As I walked back to my room two partial rain-bows arced behind the big Roswell Inn sign. It washard to miss the metaphor. Maybe there was a pot ofgold somewhere in Roswell. If so, it seemed morelikely to be found in the gift shops and souvenirstandsthan in the speeches and press conferences Id heard.A little later lightning and a summerthunderstormraked Roswell, and that seemed eerily appropriate, too.Hadnt it been a similar storm, exactly 50 years to theday, that had allegedly brought the aliens to Earth andthe headlines to Roswell in the first place?In my room I hooked up my laptop and began filingmy report. I uploaded thedigital camera pictures I hadtaken that day and then turned on the "telly."Pathfinderwas down on Mars and the pictures were being beamedback live to a waiting world. (The next day NASAsweb site would record more than 100 million hits.)I was aware of the conspiracy theories alreadyswirling around Pathfinder like a Martian sandstorm.That it wasnt really on Mars, that if it was, the pictureswould be delayed or discontinued altogether if any-thing unusual turned up.But as I continuedwatchingCNNs live coverage, itlooked like the real item to me.Say one thing for NASA: They knew how to land arobot on Mars. And how to hold a press conference inits wake.(Editors note. Both Paul Davids and Roger Leirhave objected to my characterization of the Roswellpress conference in an earlier e-mail post. They havebeen offered space in this Journal to present their pointof view. Meanwhile, Russell VernonClarks analysis ofthe fragment to date can be found on his Web site at:http://wwwchem.ucsd.edU/-ruvernon/Odds.n.ends/Analysis/talk)August 1997 Number 352 Page 10
  • 13. MUFON UFOJOURNALPhilip Corso: An Alternative Takeby Robert M. WoodThe Day After Roswell, by Col. Philip J.Corso (Ret.), with William J. Birnes,Pocket Books, $24Credible people seeing incrediblethings." This quotation from theUFO literaturedescribing manyUFO witnesses applies perfectly to Col.Philip J. Corso, a man who in the 1950s,fought for the release of the truth about ourprisoners of war and missing in action per-sonnel in Korea, and blew open the con-ceded Government conspiracy to suppressthis information.Thus, as a distinguishedcareer officer, his credibility is superb. Theincredible is that he is describing — whatsome of us conjectured but none of us aresure of— the reverse engineering of ourpresent society from a drawer full of partsrecovered from the crash of an alien vehicleat Roswell.The book is a fairly chronological sum-mary of how Corso was involved. A deco-rated veteran of the Italian campaign inWW II, he was trying to keep the Com-munists and Nazis from taking over as weoccupied Italy. From there, he began a dis-tinguished career in Army Intelligence, andhe synthesizes from his career a theme ofhow the Extraterrestrial Biological Entities(EBEs) influenced his life, the Army, andindeed our society. In July 1947 his firstdramatic encounter occurred while he wasofficer-in-charge of the night watch at FortRiley, Kansas, when some of the Roswellparts were on their way to Wright Field. Hepried open a packing crate, and looked atthe face and body of a four-foot alien withfour fingers, lying in pale blue fluid.*Corso reveals, with the natural pride of acareer Army officer, how Army Intelligencethought they knew special secrets: how theKGB had penetrated the CIA, how our for-eign policy was being dictated by the KGB,and therefore why it was important not totrust much the CIA, or for that matter theNavy or the Air Force. In this setting, hisdistinguished boss, Gen. Arthur Trudeau,asked him in 1961 to go through parts re-* Elsewhere in the book Corso refers to six-fin-gered aliens.covered from Roswell to see whether wecould use this technology to improvetheArmys effectiveness.Corso rose to this challenge with a planto use our normal intelligence operations ascover (such as "We got this piece from EastGermany"), use trusted Army developmentlabs in their normal functions (such as FortBelvoir for night vision), and offered thecontractors the patent rights (thereby ensur-ing that reverse engineering became a partof recorded reality). For two years, Lt. Col.Corso then initiated a series of reverse engi-neering developments from the parts in thefiling cabinet drawer.The eyepieces allegedly recovered fromthe alien craft turn out to be the source ofinfrared night vision goggles. The clear,glasslike wires that seemed to bend lightturn out to be fiber optic cables. The quar-ter-sized gray wafers inscribed with finelines turn out to be highly integrated cir-cuits. The stubby device that put a red spoton the wall when you pressed the button(and burned through intervening metal)turns out to be a powerful, compact laserRobert M.Wood, Ph.D.,is MUFONsDirector forResearch.August1997Number 352Page 11
  • 14. MUFON UFOJOURNALCorses enthu-siasm showswhen Reagangets Star Warsapproved. Hecontends thatthe weaponsthat emergednow permitsus to begin todeal militarilywith the alienthreat.August1997Number 352Page 12cutting tool, possibly used for dissectingcattle by the aliens. The thin, flexible graymetal that sprang back with no creases turnsout to be directionally woven material andbecomes the basis of Kevlar bullet-proofvests. The irradiation of food for storageemerges, and high power directed energyweapons, such as space-based satellitekillers, are another fallout. But the list goeson. The headbands the aliens wore pick upsignals from the brain, and these signals arethen used to control the flying craft in realtime. This work is actually ongoing today atthe Air Force Laboratories at Dayton, andthere have been unclassified publicity re-leases.So what does a knowledgeable ufologistor just an ordinary citizen concludefrom this remarkable tale?It is difficult to fault the record of in-tegrity of this distinguished Army officer. Itis intuitively apparent that a review of hismilitary records if they were availablewould be consistent with his reported careerfacts. Col. Corso will not be found to bephony in any way. A tiny negative note isassociated with the glowing foreword bySenator Strom Thurmond, which was re-tracted by his office as having been pre-pared for a book about Corsos life, notabout flying saucers and aliens. This pressrelease, labeled "Right Foreword, WrongBook" seems to have merely accelerated therelease date from the 4th of July Roswellcelebration to mid-June. The essential con-tent of the foreword, that Col. Corso is agreat guy, dedicated to serving and protect-ing the United States, shines through irre-spective of the retraction.Criticisms of the book have largely to dowith lack of information. The following is alist of things that could have been includedbut were not:• A Table of Contents to easily find thecorrect chapter• A bibliography to give a clue to thesources• An index to make it easy to find keyitems• Detailed references to sources, idea byidea or thought by thought• Some statement, any at all. as to why hedecided to write the book now• A mention of the specific role thatWilliam J. Birnes played in producing thebook (editor, co-author, agent?)• More declassified documents, prefer-ably from Top Secret, to provide the ex-pected links with legitimate classified work• Mention as to whether he had been ap-proached by anyone to be either encouragedto write or discouraged from writingthisbook• More specific names of living person-nel, contractors, contract numbers for thesetechnologies• A mention of the acknowledged vitallyimportant basis for the sources of energyand the basis for propulsion. He eitherdoesnt know or he is hiding the answer.Which is it?Since Corso mentions that the CIA,Navy, and Air Force all probably had recov-ered parts as well, it would have been niceto speculate on what they might have donewith their parts for reverse engineering. Didhe get clues?Are they working on this problem still?On the negative side, the three referencesat the back of his book do not add much,with Twinings (formerly) Secret memo andUnclassified report having been availablefor many years. It would be interesting toknow if Corso had never seen them exceptthrough his own records, and felt that theywould be new to the public. On the otherhand, the 1959 plan of the Army to build abase on the moon, Project Horizon, may benew to some people. I personally had anArmy Major tell me in the 1970s that theArmy had a plan to put a base on the moonbecause the Moon is made of dirt, and "Wedeal with dirt."Colonel Corso touches also on the politi-cal aspects of the war with the aliens.His enthusiasm shows when Reagan getsStar Wars approved, and Corso contendsthat the weapons that emerged now permitus to begin to deal militarily with the alienthreat. Also, the Soviet Union was happyContinued on Page 14
  • 15. MUFON UFO JOURNALCURRENT CASESBy T. David SpencerMUFON Deputy Director.InvestigationsCoos county, in upper New Hampshireexperienced a mini-wave of sightings earlythis year. A summary of reported and re-viewed cases follows.LOG # 970121E, FB-1, 01/22/97, Colum-bia, NH. at 18:50 hours,for 3-4 minutes.Investigator: Sandra BlackThe investigatorlearned of this sightingfrom the editor of a local newspaper.Returning home from work, drivingnorthon Route 3 from Littleton on a moonlitnight, the witness was surprised by a"huge." rectangular object crossing highover the road in front of her, from the West.The view was at a low enough angle for herto clearly see the object through the wind-shield. Most obvious were six large, rectan-gular lights, evenly spaced, like "the win-dow[s] of an aircraft taking off, before theinside lights are turned off, only much big-ger windows." She said the lights couldhave been reflections of the full moon offthe windows. At the bottom front of thecraft was a very big, green light that steadilyglowed.Undaunted by the oddity,she turned offher radio and and opened her window to lis-ten, but heard nothing unordinary.After crossing the road, the object pausedfor a minute then slowly moved on east-ward, leaving the witness feeling "peaceful."LOG # 970122E, MA-1, 01/22/97. N.Stratford, NH, at 21:45 hours, for I minute.Investigator: Sandra BlackThis sighting became known by the in-vestigator due to an article on January 29 inthe local newspaper. She called the editor toobtain the names of the witnesses, who willbe identified as Will, Wit2, and Wit3. On the same night as the prior sighting,Will was readying herself for bed when shenoticed a red light out the bedroom window.She immediately thought it was her hus-band, Wit2, who uses a red spotlight forwild dog hunting, but then realized Wit2was in the house. She called to him. Joinedby their son, Wit3, the three studied the red-dish-pink light covering the fields and treesaround the home. Their eyes finally focusedon a large, pink and blue orb about a half amile away that emanated the glow. Twosmaller and white orbs accompanied thefirst, one on the left and the other on theright. The three blobs merged and shrank,becoming one small, white ball that movedsilently northward. They believed they feltheat radiating from the anomaly.Witl was frightened, and Wit2 stoppedwatching with his wife. Wit3 watched thesingle light move away, then enlargen andbegin pulsing. Soon, it shrank to apinpointlight and moved away.LOG # 970123bE, MA-1, 01/23/97,Dixville Notch, NH at 16:40 hours, for 8minutes. Investigator: Michael LeclercqThe witness who reported the case is re-lated to the investigator.The object was seen hovering above thetrees by a male who was driving home witha work associate, from Dixville Notch,westward on Route 26. They were in anarea considered to be a UFO hotspot (andnicknamed "the Bungy"). "What is that!"he repeated over and over, while slowinghis vehicles passing by the apparent anom-aly.The 30 foot (or larger) tall saucer-shapestood on end (its major axis vertical). At analtitude of 500 feet or more, it was ab-solutely stationary, even though a strongwind was blowing. A dark stripe along itsaxis made the object appear like a clamshell, except a bright white light shone at itsuppermost apex. Sunlight reflected from itssilvery surface, and no sound was apparent.Not being able to stop due to road andtraffic conditions, the witness drove on past,until the object was no longer visible.LOG # 970123aE, FB-1,01/23/97,Clarksville, NH, at 21:15 hours, for 3 min-utes. Investigators: Sandra Black andMichael LeclercqThe sighting became known to the inves-tigators through a friend of one.Two women were driving north on Route3 in Clarksville when one of them noticedThe viewthrough thewindshieldallowed her toclearly see theobject. Mostobvious weresix large, rec-tangularlights, evenlyspaced likethe windowsof an airplane.August1997Number 352Page 13
  • 16. MUFON UFOJOURNALNo solid bodywas seen, butthe light setappeared tobe associatedwith ananomalouscigar-shapedobject.August1997Number 352Page 14an unusually bright star halfway up from thehorizon. One of them initially thought starswere lined up, but soon realized that wasnot the case. Curious, the two went up a hillfor a better view and passed a stopped truckwith a man outside who was also watchingthe light.An elongated disc with red and whitelights around it and a small cloud belowwas finally discerned from the aspirin-sizedvision of the object. Two red lights were ro-tating around the perimeter and behind sta-tionary white lights that appeared on eitherend.The object and its cloud moved slowlyaway from their position.LOG # 970128E, MA-1, 01/28/97,Colebrook, NH, at 20:30 hours,for "a few"seconds. Investigator: Sandra BlackAfter being ignored by the local newspa-per, a young boy witness found her phonenumber and called the investigator.Shutting off his light to go to bed, theboy saw a fast moving, large oval objectoutside which glowed a bright white. Heclaimed it was like sunlightreflecting offmetal, it was so bright and figured at armslength the visual image had to be the size ofa baseball.As the boy watched, the object rose toclear a ridge, and the white light extin-guished. The outline of the object was stillseen, however, until it was much fartheraway.LOG # 970220E, FB-1, 02/20/97,Stewartstown, NH, at 19:00 hours,for 3-4minutes. Investigator: Sandra BlackThe witnesscalled the investigatordue toa MUFON ad the investigator had placed inthe local newspaper.While night snowmobilingin theDiamond Pond area, with her husbandwellin front of her, the witness noticed a clusterof four or more vertical, rectangularyellowlights a quarter of the way up in the south-ern sky. To the side of the lights, she saw a"very small" pulsating red one, and thegroup was trailed at a short distanceby fouror five small red lights in a group. Sheturned off her machine to watch, since theapparition seemed too close to ignore.No solid body was observed, but the lightset appeared to be associated with a singleanomalous object that, according to the wit-ness, may have been cigar-shaped. Sheheard a low sound — more like a rumblethan another known sound, but not properlydescribed by a rumble — as it crossed herpath.The house-size collection of lights cameover a ridge, crossed in front of the witness,then went up over the next ridge and out ofsight before the witness husband returnedto look for her.CORSO - Continuedfrom Page 12with the outcome because, he says, we alsoprovided a shield for them. These specula-tions, while credible enough to one inclinedto believe them, are not supported by sub-stantiating documents or anything easilycheckable.This is the first book dealing with thepossibility of the reverse engineeringofweapons and technology based on the re-covered parts from alien craft. Many peoplewho believe that the near-fantastic accelera-tion of our technology since WW II is re-markable are prepared to accept the ideathat we may have had some "help." Whilethis book is not the proof that this is whathappened, it provides the clues to check,one-by-one, on the history of these develop-ments.I predict this book will wind its way intothe list of the very important books onUFOs in the next few years. No U. S.History or UFO library should be without it,since it is the first to describe a very believ-able reverse engineeringprocess for alienparts.MUFON COMMUNICATIONNUMBERSMUFON Headquarters: Seguin, TXTelephone: (830)379-9216Fax: (830)372-9439MUFON UFO HOT LINE 1-800-UFO-2166THE INTERNET — mufon.comMUFON e-mail address — mufonhq@aol.comMUFONET-BBS (901)327-1008MUFON On CompuServe — "Go MUFON"to accessthe ForumMUFON Amateur Radio Net40 meters - 7.237 MHz - Saturday, 8a.m.Eastern Time
  • 17. MUFON UFO JOURNALBEYOND ROSWELLby Michael Hesemann & Philip MantleMarlowe & Co., NY, hb, 303 pp., illus.,$24.95ISBN 1-56924-781-1Not since the heyday of crop circle booksearlier this decade has there been such ahandsome, well-designed UFO book as thisone (that wasnt self-published). Apart fromthe 30+ pages of color photographs and art,there are countless seldom seen b&w pic-tures, along with numerous drawings anddocuments. Subtitled "The Alien AutopsyFilm, Area 51, & the U.S. GovernmentCoverup of UFOs," Beyond Roswell is mon-umental in scope and production.Unfortunately, much of it also quite un-believable. The two authors seem to havenever met a UFO story they didnt whole-heartedly accept. Before the reader leavesNew Mexico for Nevada, the landscape isliterally littered with new crashes and deadbodies are beginning to pile up at Wright-Patterson like so much stacked firewood.Consider this bit of new information (p.224) that the authors turn up in the personof one Robert Morning Sky, half-Hopi, half-Apache: "What surprises me and otherIndians in the reservations is that the major-ity of UFO crashes—as far as I know therewere sixteen crashes between 1945 and1950 in the U.S.A.—that fourteen out ofsixteen crashes occurred on or near reserva-tions and that no UFO researcher noticedthis fact and started his researches with us.Indians prefer to sleep under the open skyrather than in a house."Even a non-European might be forgivenfor asking at this point why, if Indians liketo sleep outdoors all the time so much, theybothered to build teepees and pueblos likeCasa Grande. This sort of blind acceptanceof everything said by anybody—fromIndians (Morning Sky) to Cavalry (Col.Corso)—is precisely whats wrong withufology today. No one even asks for proofanymore, let alone demands it. See, for ex-ample, Alien Agenda by Jim Marrs.This also raises a whole new issue inufology—poltical correctness toward NativeAmericans who claim some sort of insidersknowledge of UFOs and alien entities basedon "Star Elders" and other ancient mythsand traditions. Without blinking an eye,Morning Sky adds that "the first [crash thatsummer: there were three] happened atSocorro. That was the crash from which thebeing in the autopsy film came and not fromRoswell." How does Morning Sky knowthis, as the autopsy film itself remains undera seriously dark cloud ofsuspicion?Well, as it turns out, apparentlyMorningSkys grandfather and others of his tribe res-cued a Star Elder from one of the crashes,who then lived with them for five years be-fore returning to his own people. MorningSky presumably tells the authorsthis bit ofearthshaking news with a straight face.which they then pass along to the readerwith a similar, nonplussed countenance.How their "investigation" proceeds fromthere is best exemplified by the followingremarks from page 227:"What did he say about his own people,his religion? we asked. Obviouslywe hadtouched a delicate theme with that crunchquery."Alas, such "crunch" queries permeate thebook. Earlier the authors state their ownconfidence in their new found source (p.225) by noting that "he was willing to takeus to witnesses who would confirm his tale,however fantastic it might sound." But twopages before that were told that while "heclaims to have spoken to these witnesses,[they] refuse to come out in the open, intoAugust1997Number 352Page 15
  • 18. MUFON.UFO JOURNALWhy would arace of ad-vanced space-farers have theodd habit ofembossingstructural I-beams with re-ligious graffiti,as opposed,say, to the ETequivalent of"Made inShanghai"?August1997Number 352Page 16the world of the paleface. They are afraid,afraid of the Government, afraid of theArmy, afraid of the soldiers, whose brutalitythey have seen with their own eyes."Perhaps the palefaces in Roswell oughtto consider shutting down the two publicUFO museums there, before Army troopsdo it for them, as they tell many of the samestories in plain view. At least they were theweek I was there recently, and I didnt seeanyone shaking in their boots or moccasins.Counting dollars, yes, trembling in fear, no.Or perhaps the Indians should simply con-sider setting up their own crash/recoverymuseums on the reservation, as a form ofself-protection, if nothing else. In eitherevent, its a pity that people give credenceto this sort of stuff, but then its always po-litically correct to bash the military andgovernment, isnt it?The same sort of uncritical latitude isshown the Bob Lazar story and the so-calledalien, or Santilli, autopsy film. In regard tothe latter, the authors say (p. 206) that "BobShell, editor of Shutterbug magazine, con-firmed the age of the Santilli footage,"when he has done nothing of the sort. AllSantilli has offered researchers for the lasttwo or three years is a runaround—and thathas been confirmed on numerous occasions.The authors could have used this one to callon to Santilli to end the confusion and makesamples available for conclusive testing.Instead, they plaster stills from the film allover the place, even when Santilli has yet todemonstrate that the exposed film stock it-self actually exists. To the best of myknowledge, all anyone has seen is videotapeof what is purported to be an original film.The few frames of film Santilli has madeavailable for analysis cannot be conclu-sively tied to the original autopsy "film" it-self.Eventually, this laissez faire approachculminates in the books silliest chapter—devoted to "translations" of the I-beams so-called proto-Phoenician "alphabet" by bothMorning Sky and Hesemann. The usual cos-mic themes, "pathways," "gods," "keepers,"that sort of thing, are referred to willy-nilly,without much in the way of evidence exceptfor some references to ancient writing andsymbols and so-called "experts" like Erichvon Daniken. But why would it be thoughtfor more than a minute that a race of ad-vanced spacefarers would be given to em-bossing structural I-beams with religiousgraffiti as opposed, say, to the extraterres-trial equivalent of "Made in Shanghai"?This is the same sort of mumbo-jumbo thatresulted in all of the "translations" of thecrop circles "script"—each onedifferent,of course.But then this field is full of mysteriesand contradictions. For example, the authorsmake no attempt to address the issue of whythe "new" crash at Socorro should also in-volve I-beams with inscriptions—as atRoswell—but different aliens than the onesallegedly recovered at Roswell. Maybesomeone should get back to Mr. MorningSky and ask him why six-fingered alienscrashed at Socorro and four-fingered ones atRoswell. Maybe he could even fill us inabout any five-fingered aliens while hes atit.Buy it for the pictures, and because youcollect all this stuff anyway. But believe itonly if you think all Indians like to sleepoutdoors, come summer, rain and snow.UFO 1947-1997: Fifty Yearsof Flying SaucersEdited by Hilary Evans and Dennis StacyJohn Brown Publishing,London272 pp., illus., $27.95ISBN 1-870870-99-9Writing in the summer 1997 issue ofIUR, editor Jerry Clark, author of athree-volume encyclopedia on the subject,calls UFOs 1947-1997: Fifty Years ofFlying Saucers, "the best UFO book" of theyear so far, "a stimulating, intellectuallynourishing volume." Given that this is shap-ing up to be the Year of the UFO Book, thisis high praise indeed. But in the interest offull disclosure, 1should also point out that Ico-edited the book in question, along withHilary Evans of England. The book is pre-sented by Fortean Times and published byJohn Brown Publishing, London, in a hand-somely illustrated hardback format.What we tried to do was present as diver-sified a collection of essays about the UFOphenomenon as possible, one that would re-flect not only the global nature of the prob-lem, but its vast variety and ambiguity.Tothat end, we sought out 28 fellow contribu-tors from the United States, Canada,England, South Africa, Australia, Russia,France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark and othercountries. Proud of what we managed tocram in, were also embarrassed, to para-phrase J. Allen Hynek, by the riches we had
  • 19. MUFON UFO JOURNALf O ft f E A N T I M F S P R E S t M T S1947-1997FIFTY YEARS OF FLYING SAUCBISto leave out, the authors and subjects wesimply didnt have room for. To those au-thors who didnt make the final cut, our ab-ject editorial apologies.Many of the contributorswill be house-hold names to those familiar with the field,including those of Jacques Vallee, RichardHall, Michael Swords, Jerome Clark,Kenneth Arnold, Jenny Randies, RayFowler. Patrick Huyghe,Cynthia Hind,Chris Rutkowski, and Richard F. Haines, toname but a few in no particular order.Contributors less well known in the U.S.,but widely recognized as authorities in theirnative countries, include Bill Chalker,WimVan Utrecht, John Rimmer, AndersLiljegren, Vladimir Rubtsov, Vicente-JuanBallester Olmos and others.There are essays on ghost rockets, abduc-tions, car-stop cases, animal mutilations,government documents, how to investigateUFO cases, the Australianinvasion.Kenneth Arnolds classic sighting in hisown words, flap areas, Donald Keyhoe.George Adamski, and other people, placesand times too numerous to enumerate here.Its probably unfair to pinpoint the so-called "highlights" of such a book, but Iwould like to draw your attention to KarlPflocks re-opening of the 1952 Floridascoutmaster case, a reanalysis of Trans-en-Provence by Eric Maillot and JacquesScornaux, and Col. Hector Quintanillasfirst-person account of the last days ofProject Blue Book.Wherever possible we have tried to bringto life the times, places and people whohave made UFO history the exciting, per-plexing, and often frustrating study that it is.UFOs 1947-1997: Fifty Years of FlyingSaucers is currently available in this coun-try from one of its editors, for $27.95, plus$3.00 sniping and handling.Please makeyour check or money order payable toDennis Stacy, PO Box 12434, San Antonio,Texas, 78212.—Dennis StacyMany UFOs were spyplanes, CIA saysBy WILLIAM J. BROADNew York TimesIn the darkest days of the Cold War, themilitary lied to the American public aboutthe true nature of many unidentified flyingobjects in an effort to hide its growing fleetof spy planes, a CIA study says.The deceptions were made in the 1950sand 60s amid a wave of UFO sightings thatalarmed the public and parts of officialWashington.The CIA study says the Air Force knewthat most reports by citizens and aviation ex-perts were based on fleeting glimpses of U-2and SR-71 spy planes, which fly extremelyhigh.Those planes were developed in the1950s and 60s to photograph enemy targets.From secret bases, mainly in California andNevada, the aircraft repeatedly flew acrossthe country and eventually overseas to basesin countries that included Britain, WestGermany and Taiwan.While commercial airliners in the 1950sflew at altitudes of up to 30,000 feet, the U-2soared to more than 60,000 feet and the SR-71 to more than 80,000 feet, or 15 miles,nearly the edge of space.The planes carried powerful cameras tospy on foreign military installations and sen-sitive electronic gear to capture radio andradar transmission. The spy craft were de-veloped by the CIA and often flown by theAir Force.Rather than acknowledging the existenceof the top-secret flights or saying nothingabout them publicly, the Air Force decidedto put out false cover stories, the CIA studyContinued on Page 20Its not easyto summarizea half centuryof UFOs inless than 300pages. But inUFOs 1947-1997 we giveit a try, alongwith a lot ofhelp from ourfriends.August1997Number 352Page 17
  • 20. MUFON UFO JOURNALDid you knowthat you canorder almostany UFO book -in print, andthat 10% ofthe proceedswill go tosup-port the MUFONWeb site? Goto mufon.comin your Webbrowser, thenPara-phrenalia,then Books.August1997Number 352Page 18The Complete Roswell UFOEncyclopediaEdited by Frank KurtzMVP Media GroupIllus., 100pp.. $9.95This magazine format publication wasobviously designed with an eye to cashingin on the 50th anniversary of the Roswellincident, which shouldnt shock too manyof us, as thats the way the marketplaceworks. That said, its a fairly balanced andglitzy account of what is known and notknown about Roswell and UFOs in general.Theres an Introductionby Kevin Randleand a summary of Roswell events, inter-spersed with interviews with Jesse Marcel,Jr.. Walter Haul and Glenn Dennis; a sectionon the Mars rocks and life in outer space,one on government documents, and one onthe ten best cases beyond Roswell, alongwith the ten most dubious cases. There isalso an interview with Ray Santilli about thealien autopsy film. The last quarter of thebook, "TheEssential UFO Guide," is givenover to separate sections about UFO books,movies, videos and Internet sites. As ex-pected from this format, there are plenty ofpictures scattered throughout and a gooddeal of useful information in the bargain, es-pecially for newcomers to the field. Lookfor it now at a newsstand near you.On Pilots and UFOsby Willy SmithForeward by Richard F. HainesUNICAT ProjectIllus., 140pp., $12.95Subtitled "A Collection of InterestingCases from the Blue Book Files and theSpanish Air Force Records," this self-pub-lished paperback examines ten separatecases beginning with Fort Monmouth, NJ,in 1951,and concluding with Valencia,Spain, in 1973. All the cases are well worthconsidering. At least one, Yakima,Washington, March 22, 1953,is discussedin detail here for the first time.On Pilots and UFOs can be ordered di-rectly from the author. Dr. Willy Smith, at8011 SW 189th Street, Miami, FL 33157,for $17.00, which includes shipping andhandling.MUFON 1997SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGS"50th Anniversary of Ufology"Thirteen papers — 300 pagesPrice $25 plus $1.75 for postage and handlingin U.S.funds.ORDER FROM: MUFON, 103 Oldtowne Rd.Seguin, Texas 78155-4099
  • 21. MUFON UFO JOURNALMUFONFQRUMLetters to Mufon UFO Journal o oJeffrey ArticleI read Kent Jeffreys piece on Roswell to-day on the Internet. [First published in theJune Journal.}A fine piece of work, I say. He makessome good points, and whats more, hemakes them with the sort of courtesy, civil-ity, and general decency that have longsince vanished from Roswell (or even gen-eral ufological) discourse. THIS is how thedebate should have been conducted allalong. Maybe wed all know a hell of lotmore than we do now if it had.Lets hope what follows — wherever ittakes us — is spoken in the same voiceJeffrey uses.—Jerome ClarkEditor, IURCanby, MNLet me take this opportunity to congratu-late you for having the courage and fore-sight to devote the bulk of the June issue ofthe Journal to the remarkable Kent Jeffreyarticle on Roswell. It was a desperatelyneeded breath of fresh air amidst all thejunk and garbage on Roswell that continuesto be spewed forth by certainindividuals,and worse, believed by so many...—Herbert TaylorOceanside, NYC[While I dont necessarily agree with hisconclusions,] thank you for publishingthearticle by Kent Jeffrey. Especially forprint-ing it as the cover story for June. It does notmatter whether readers agree or disgreewith Mr. Jeffrey. It is only important that hehave a forum to express his point of view.Because you are willingto air differentsides of an issue, I applaud you. I am proudto be a member of MUFON and a sub-scriber to your publication.—Harold BurtDana Point, CAKent Jeffreys article, "Roswell—Anatomy of a Myth," presented the publicwith a great service by making us all thinkmore seriously about such important casesas the Roswell Incident. His argumentswere very convincing since so much bally-hoo has resulted from the long-terminves-tigation and some lies were intentionallyfabricated.However, my own mind is cautious con-cerning Roswell. Things come to mindsuch as: Why did Mac Brazel suddenly geta new pickup truck? Why was the rancherpicked up by the military and, according toSheriff Wilcox and others, detained for sev-eral days? Why did Jeffrey and others ig-nore the fact that the story indicatesthe ob-ject simply struck the ground and appar-ently bounced back up into the air to crashelsewhere? Such a contact would be mostunlikely to leave behind instruments orother clues of a high technology. Whywould the few scraps that Jesse Marcelpicked up take large boxes to pack and why,if it happened, was security so great?Actually, whether Roswell happened ornot can be irrelevantto the UFO mystery.Even if it never happened that does noteliminate the thousands of good peoplewho have seen UFOs, who carry similarscars on their bodies, who have seen theburnt circles in backyards and fields after apeculiar nights happenings, and the manyphotographs of UFOs which have held up tothe scrutiny of scientific analysis.My point is, that we should not worry toomuch over whether Roswell is fact or fic-tion. The UFO phenomenon is very real andat least many of the objects are solid, intelli-gently guided, and they are not ours.—Richard D. SeifriedNorman, OKRegarding the Roswell study by KentJeffrey, I think it would have been betterpresented in a series of 2 or 3 segments.That choice would have provided space forother articles supporting the view that thedebris belonged to an alien spacecraft.Continued on Page 20Have some-thing you wantto get off yourchest? Writethe editor, Den-nis Stacy, atP.O. Box 12434,San Antonio,Texas 78212.August1997Number 352Page 19
  • 22. MUFON UFO JOURNALDIRECTORS MESSAGE - Continued from Page 23When new Associate Members join MUFON acopy of their membership application will be mailedto Tom Lyon at P. O. Box 310, Warsaw, NY 14569-0310. Tom may be contacted by telephone at (716)786-3597, ext. 2. Tom is a candidate to become anEagle Scout this coming school year.MUFON LAPEL PINSThe new MUFON lapel pins were placed on salefor the first time at the Grand Rapids symposium. Theoval-shaped pin has the MUFON logo in blue on awhite background outlined in gold. The one-inch longpin has a pin clasp on the back suitable for fasteningto clothing. These attractive pins were very popularitems at the symposium. You may order yours fromMUFON in Seguin, Texas, for $5 plus $1 for P&H.This is an opportunity to let people know that you area MUFON member by proudly wearing our new lapelpin. The lapel pins are being mailed in a special bub-blepack envelope to protect them from damage.FUTURE MUFON UFO SYMPOSIAWith the 1997 Grand Rapids UFO Symposium nowa fond memory, we can look forward to future sym-posia. At Grand Rapids, Michael G. Curta andColorado MUFON invited everyone to Denver for the1998 symposium on July 3, 4, and 5 at theRenaissance Denver Hotel. He also passed out"Denver" stickers as reminders. The Hyatt RegencyCrystal City Hotel in Arlington,Virginia, atWashington, D.C. National Airport will be the localefor the 1999 symposium on July 2, 3, and 4, hosted byNorthern VirginiaMUFON. In the year 2000,Missouri MUFON will play hosts to the annual sym-posium in St. Louis, followed by Orange County MU-FON (Calif.) in 2001. We are scheduled to travel toAtlanta, Georgia, in 2002 to be guests of Georgia MU-FON.Bids are now being accepted for the followingyears by region: 2003 - Central; 2004 - Western; and2005 - Eastern. Please submit a written bid-proposalto Walt Andrus if your local or state organization is in-terested in hosting a future MUFON InternationalUFO Symposium.GEORGE W. PERRY DIESGeorge W. Perry, Assistant State Director forRhode Island, died on May 31, 1997 while camping inNew Hampshire. George joined the Rhode Islandchapter approximately five years ago and quickly be-August1997 Number 352 Page 20came an invaluable member and leader. During themonths that the State Director, Daved Rubien was inFlorida, Mr. Perry provided the entire leadership.George will be missed due to his interesting meetings.UFO SPY PLANES - Continuedfrom Page 17says. For instance, unusual observations that were ac-tually spy flights were attributed to atmospheric phe-nomena like ice crystals and temperatureinversions."Over half of all UFO reports from the late 1950sthrough the 1960s were accounted for by mannedre-connaissance flights" over the United States, the CIAstudy says. "This led the Air Force to makemisleadingand deceptive statements to the public in order to allaypublic fears and to protect an extraordinarily sensitivenational security project."Associate Editors Note: This is another example ofthe progress that the UFO community has made in itsefforts to get the government "to come clean." Theyhave shot themselves in the foot again.FORUM - Continued from Page 19Also, it would have avoided the awkward and com-plete dominance of an entire issue by an anti-UFO ar-ticle published in a UFO periodical. It makes littledifference, however, because a new book will con-vince nearly everyone that Jeffrey missed the mark.Most highly recommended to MUFON members isThe Day After Roswell by Lt. Col. Phillip Corso (Ret.)from Pocket Books. He was the focal point in the U.S.Army for evaluating artifacts from the crash that wereseeded into the development of many high-techitemsin common usage, such as, lasers, computers, etc.This work was so secret it was shielded from the AirForce. Corso also shows that the Strategic DefenseInitiative (Star Wars) was intended more as a defenseagainst alien invasion of Earth than against Sovietmissiles.The one thing never deciphered from Roswell wasthe electromagnetic propulsion system that did not re-quire any fuel to be carried. Solving those problemsfor our own travel in deep space has become the cen-terpiece of a new, major program of NASA. Naturally,I have some interest in it and hope to participate.U.S. citizens and everyone else on the planet owe agreat debt to the bold revelations by Corso. Jeffreyshould buy a copy of his book and advise MUFONmembers in a future article if his view of Roswell isaltered.—Jim McCampbellBelmont, CA
  • 23. MUFON UFO JOURNALWORLDS LARGEST UFO WEBSITEhttp://www.ufomind.com/ufoOver 10,000 documents! Pages on each ufologist. Links to allother UFO sites by topic. Astounding depth!...Supported byUFO/Area 51 bookstore. For printed catalog call 702-729-2648or write: Area 51 Research Center, Box 448, Rachel. NV 89001.FREE SUBSCRIPTIONBuy any 3 books & receive absolutely free a 4-issuesubscriptionto Flying Saucer Digest. "Mysterious Things In The Sky," $5.95,"They Called Them Discs," $5.95, "Northern Ohio UFOCasebook," $4.95. UAPA-J,Box 347032, Cleveland,Ohio 44134.THE UFO-FBI CONNECTIONHistory of early AF coverup. Learn why Air Force intelligencetold the FBI that top Air Force officials thought UFOs wereinterplanetary. Autographed manuscript mailed for $15. Orderfrom Bruce Maccabee, 6962 Eyler Valley Flint Rd.,Sabillasville, MD 21780. 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Send your address & a fee of $20 to Samuel Adams,Box 605, Calhoun City, MS 38916.OCT 31-NOV 2, 1997, Fourth Annual Tampa UFO Conference.Camberley Plaza Hotel, Tampa, FL, featuring MichaelLindemann, Dea Martin, Robert Ghost Wolf, Whitley & AnneStrieber, Dolores Cannon, David Adair, Melinda Leslie, abductee,& Debra Lindemann. Info, call 904-432-8888, Fax 894-438-1801,Email UMRB73A@PRODIGY.COM or write Project Awareness,PO Box 730, Gulf Breeze, FL 32562.MINI-ALIENSHand-painted, museum quality, 41/2 to 7 inches tall. Grey,Reptilian, Roswell, Neonatal, Nordic, Ancient & Men in Blackw/description cards. $5.95 ea. or collect all seven for $29.95.UFO Specialties, Inc., PO Box 7477, Clearwater, FL 34618, Visa,MC (813) 532^269, fax (813) 524-0070. FL res. add 7% sales tax.$3s/h.NATIONAL UFO CONFERENCESeptember 6 — 34th Annual National UFO Conference,Springfield. Ohio. Speakers include Dr. Bruce Maccabee,Stanton Friedman, Dr. David Jacobs, Dr. Mindy Kopolow,Robert Galganski & Rich Hillberg. 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  • 24. MUFON UFO JOURNALThe NIGHT SKYValterN.Webb ° r0 °September 1997Bright Planets (EveningSky):Venus (magnitude -4.1) remains quite low in the WSW atdusk and sets about an hour and a half after sunset inmid-month. Our bright planetary neighbor is near the crescentMoon on September 4 and 5.Mars (1.1), in Libra, is low and difficult in the SW at twi-light, setting about 9 PM in mid-September.Jupiter (-2.7). retrograding in Capricornus, lies in the SE atdusk, moving westward across the southern sky thereafter.Saturn (0-3), in Pisces, rises in the E about 8PM inmid-month and crosses the southern sky during the night.Bright Planets (Morning):During the latter half of September, Mercury can be seen at itsbest morning appearance of the year. Look carefully for a tinyorange dot low in the E at dawn. Binoculars help.Jupiter sets in the WSW about 3 AM in mid-September.Saturn advances to high in the SW at dawn. The big gaseousworld stands close to the gibbous Moon on the 18th.Surveyor and Prospector Orbit Mars and Moon:As Mars Pathfinder continues its surface mission on the redplanet, Mars Global Surveyorarrives this month and takes upits station in orbit. The probe is designedto study surface com-position and height of features, polar ice caps, and gravity andmagnetic fields. Eventually it will also beginphotomappingthe globe.In addition to Mars, our own Moon will be explored thismonth or next from a 60-mile-high polar orbit. LunarProspector will map our satellites geologic composition andfields and seek to confirm last years possible find of water iceat the lunar pole.Moon Phases:New Moon—September 1 "First quarter—September 9Full moon—September 16Last quarter—September 23oPart of the prominent Summer Triangle group, two mytho-logical birds, Cygnus the Swan and Aquila the Eagle, fly inopposite directions along the Milky Way. Between them liethree small, usually ignored constellations—Vulpecula theFox, Sagitta the Arrow, and DelphinustheDolphin.Most obscure of the trio, Vulpecula perhaps is best known forthe so-called Dumbbell Nebula. This sphere of gas, like itsmore famous neighbor in Lyra, the Ring Nebula,was blownaway from a dying star at its center. In amateur telescopes itdoes indeed resemble a dumbbell rather than a sphere.Sagitta and Delphinus are better likenesses of their namesakes.Sagitta has sometimesbeen connected with Cupid and some-times with Sagittarius the Archer. If the little arrow comesfrom the archers bow, however, it is traveling in the wrongdirection!The Stars:The celestial meridian at 10 PM neatly divides the midevening sky between the ascending autumn stars in the Eand the waning patterns of summer in the W.September 6 — 34th National UFO Conference, The Marketplace,Springfield, Ohio. For information write to National UFOConference, P.O. Box 375, Springfield, OH 45501-0375.September 13 & 14 — 1997 New Hampshire MUFON UFOConference at the Yokens Convention Center in Portsmouth, NewHampshire. For information write to New Hampshire MUFON. P.O.Box 453, Rye, NH 03870.October 4 & 5 — Second Scandinavian ET Conference, Oslo,Norway.October 11 & 12 — The UFO Experience" at Holiday Inn in NorthHaven, Connecticut. Contact Omega Communications, P.O. Box2051, Cheshire, CT 06410.October 17-19 — Australian International UFO Symposium 1997 atCarlton Crest Hotel, Brisbane, Australia. For further informationwrite to Glennys Mackay, P.O. Box 2183, Mansfield MC, Brisbane,OLD 4122, Australia.October 31 - November 2 — 4th Annual Tampa UFO Conference.Camberly Plaza Hotel, Tampa, Florida. For information write ProjectAwareness, P.O. Box 730, Gulf Breeze, FL 32562 or call (904) 432-8888.November 2 — First Annual Long Island UFO Conference atLevittown Hall, Levittown Parkway, Hicksville, New York. For infor-mation contact Joanne Steele (516) 386-1493 or Janet Russell(516)654-3353.November 22 & 23 — 5th Symposium on Ufology and Exobiology.Sindipetro, Santos, SP Brasil. For further information call 55 (043)336.3719 or 55 (011)5513.7107.December 7-14 — First World UFO Forum, Brasilia, D.F. Brazil atParlamundi Convention Center. Sponsor is Legiao da Boa Vontade(LBV) and Coalition of Leading Brazilian UFO researchers. Forinformation write to Caixa Postal 2182, 79008-970 Campo Grande(MS) Brazil.February 1-7,1998 — The 7th Annual International UFO CongressConvention and Film Festival. To be held at the Gold River Resortin Laughlin, Nevada. For information contact the UFO Congress,9975 Wadsworth Pkwy. #K2-274, Westminster, CO 80020.Phone/Fax (303) 543-9443.August 1997 Number 352 Page 22
  • 25. MUFON UFO JOURNALDIRECTORS MESSAGE - Continuedfrom Page24and has taken some positive steps to improve the con-tents of the Journal. The Board authorized a sub-com-mittee John Schuessler (chairman), Walter Andrus,Dr. Robert M. Wood, and Dennis Stacy to define andimplement changes to the Journal that would bring itmore in line with the wishes of the membership. Thiscould include seeking a new editor. A survey form forreaders will be developed and included with a futureissue of the Journal.Twenty-eight years ago the MUFON UFO Journalwas the voice of ufology, but with all of the addedcompetition, both printed and the electronic media, itno longer holds that distinguished position. Full colorUFO magazines with over one-half advertising wereshown as examples of the competition. The Board ofDirectors fully comprehend the desires of the mem-bership and will start making evolutionary changes,not revolutionary, to improve the Journal.NEW OFFICERSSandra G. Black, B.A. (West Stewartstown, NH) hasvolunteered to be the temporary State Director forVermont. She is a state section director in NewHampshire and works in Vermont. Ross L. Fox,Tennessee State Director, selected Steven J. Purcellto be his Assistant State Director. Eleven new statesection directors assumed their duties this month.They were Laura L. Miller (Catonsville, MD) forBaltimore County; Kenneth L. Bergeron(Fayetteville, AR) for Crawford, Franklin andSebastian Counties; Eugene M. Walker, Ed.S.(Adrian, GA) for Johnson, Emanuel and TreutlenCounties; William A. Lester, Jr., B.S. (Jonesboro,GA) for Clayton, Henry and Newton Counties; JeroldH. Seiple (Northampton,PA) for Northampton andLehigh Counties; Lawrence F. Gessner (Velva. ND)for McHenry, McLean, Pierce and Sheridan Counties;Deanna F. Collins, B.S. (Durango, CO) for LaPlataand Montezuma Counties; Gary L. Dillman(Waldorf, MD) for Charles, St. Marys and CalvertCounties; Lucy J. Daugherty (Primm Springs, TN)for Williamson and Hickman Counties; Nancy J.Ceroni-Vest (Highland, NY) for Ulster, Dutchess andOrange Counties; and Marvin P. Maxsom (Teague,TX) for Freestone and Limestone Counties.NEW CONSULTANTS AND RESEARCHSPECIALISTSDonald R. Burleson, Ph.D. (Roswell, NM) volun-teered to become a consultant in English Literature.Four new Research Specialists joined MUFON duringthe past month: Jed E. Turnbull, M.A. (Brooklyn,NY) in Social Work; Michelle M. Dziuba, M.A.(Newark, CA) in Clinical Counseling; Haskel Straus,M.S. (Salem, NH) in Computer Science; and Noel A.McClean, M.S. (Arnold, CA) in EngineeringMechanics.TEXAS HIGHWAYS MAGAZINEIn the August 1997 edition of Texas Highways maga-zine, six pages were devoted to UFOs and MUFONsUFO Information Center and Museum in Seguin,Texas. The article is uniquely titled "Lone StarSightings Fill The TeX Files," authored by Nancy L.Cotton, with photography by J. Griffis Smith, and onefull page illustration by Tom Curry; all in gloriouscolor. David Spencer (Austin) and Walter Andrusare featured, along with the abduction plaque pro-duced by Robert Turner (Santa Fe, NM), and thelighted UFO model built by Paul Cerny (San Jose,CA).A quarter of one page is a photograph of the alienplaque made by Robert Taylor (Ft. Wayne, IN) stand-ing in front of the state capital buildingin Austin,Texas, and illuminated in green on one side and ma-genta color on the opposite. Another one-fourth pagehas a map showing the Centers location in Seguinand what visitors can expect to see. We couldnt possi-bly aford an advertisement of this caliber—it is ter-rific.Since subscribers to this popular magazine startedreceiving their copies on July 21, we have had asteady flow of visitors from all corners of the state ofTexas to MUFONs UFO Information Center. NewJournal subscriptions are being received daily, sinceall of the details appear in what is literally a news ad-vertisement, courtesy of Texas Highways—The TravelMagazine of Texas.ASSOCIATE MEMBERS AUXILIARYThe Director of MUFONs Associate MembersAuxiliary, Thomas J. Lyon, has announced the fol-lowing officer appointments: Lynda D. Poss,Assistant Director; new State Associate DirectorsKeith J. Allen for California; Christopher W.Pittman for Massachusetts; Trenton Simshauser forOregon; and Larry Clow for New Hampshire. (LarryClow attended the recent MUFON Symposium inGrand Rapids.) Daniel D. Travers (Montrose. NY)has volunteered to be an advisor to the AssociateMembers Auxiliary.Continued on Page 20August 1997 Number 352 Page 23
  • 26. MUFON UFO JOURNALDIRECTORS MESSAGE,Walter AndrusNEWS FROM AROUND THE NETWORKROSWELL AND KENT JEFFREYThe Roswell investigation by Kent Jeffrey, publishedin the June 1997 MUFON UFO Journal, is his opin-ion based upon his personal investigationover a two-year span. Even though fifteen pages were devoted toKents explanation, this in no way is the philosophicalor editorial view on Roswell of either the Mutual UFONetwork or the staff of the MUFON UFO Journal.Some readers were disturbed by Mr. Jeffreys "closed"attitude on Roswell even though his evidence was farfrom conclusive to support his viewpoints.May I quote from the masthead (page 2) of theMUFON UFO Journal? "The contents of the MUFONUFO Journal are determined by the editors and do notnecessarily reflect the official position of the MutualUFO Network. Opinions expressed are solely those ofthe individual authors." The editor also included a by-line on page 3 that stated "In an article sure to gener-ate significant controversy. Kent Jeffrey explains hisown change of heart." Before condemning the editorsof the Journal, these two significant statements shouldbe taken into consideration.Everyone has their own pet theory on what actuallyhappened at Roswell during the first week of July1947. however, a theory doesnt become fact until theevidence supports this theory. For readers to acceptKent Jeffreys investigation to be the official stance ofMUFON and our monthly magazine is entirely unwar-ranted. We have published the opinions of Roswell in-vestigators such as Stanton Friedman, Bill Moore.Don Berliner, Kevin Randle, Don Schmidt, KarlPflock, Kal Korff, Jamie Shandera, Philip J. Corso,Michael Hesseman, and others in the Journal. Definitecontradictions exist between each of these authors inwhat really happened in Roswell. It all depends uponwhom each of them took testimony from and inter-viewed, including censoring of their inputs to reflectthe personal theory or opinion of the individual au-thor. Without a doubt Kent Jeffreys viewpoint isjustas valid as the previously cited authors in this respect,so why should we deny him this forum?Even more controversial is the question, if therewas indeed a partially destroyed craft that crashednear Roswell and that bodies were recovered, where isthe actual crash site? Again, who do you believe, be-cause numerous authors mentioned each have theirAugust 1997 Number 352 Page 24o 0 , . oown favorite site. Your Director is utterly confused asto where he should pay his $15 to see the "real crashsite."To add to the confusion. Col. Philip J. Corso,U.S.A. (retired) in his recent book titled The Day AfterRoswell would like for us to believe his complete ex-posure of not only Roswell but his personal participa-tion in the UFO phenomenon technology. His armyand public service credentials appear to be impecca-ble, so why did he write this expose? If he is lying, itcould destroy his hard-earned credibility.(Even hisgrandchildren watched their beloved grandfather auto-graph his books in Roswell.) Is his book an approvedgovernment attempt to leak the Roswell facts to thepublic, such as astronauts Edgar D. Mitchell andGordon Cooper have been doing?The USAF press conference at the Pentagon onJune 24. 1997. was a farce and a mockery perpetuatedupon the public, when they attempted to explain therecovery of four bodies in July 1947, by proposingthat they were six-foot tall dummies weighing 200pounds each used in balloon/parachuteexperiments inthe 1950s. Of course, the big question is, ifnothinghappened in Roswell in July 1947, why did the U.S.Air Force issue their Project Mogul balloon explana-tion report in September 1994 and follow it with TheRoswell Report—Case Closed in June 1997?If this sounds more like an editorial than a messagefrom your International Director you are right on tar-get.STATE DIRECTORS VOICE OPINIONS ABOUTJOURNALAt the annual State/Provincial Directors meeting inGrand Rapids, Michigan, on July I I , 1997, a numberof concerns were expressed about the contents of theMUFON UFO Journal that were taken to the Board ofDirectors meeting on July 13th. The Kent Jeffrey arti-cle infuriated the membership in general, since it wastoo long, full of apparent errors in reasoning, and de-bunking in nature. Members want to hear about UFOsighting reports, not arguments between writers. Itwas proposed that a survey of Journa readers be con-ducted as part of giving the Journal a face lift.For the second year the number of subscribers/members decreased, which definitely demands an im-mediate evaluation. The Board of Directors heard theserious concerns of the State Directors loud and clearContinued on Page 23

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