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  • 1. $3.00MUF®NMutual UFO NetworkUFO JOURNALNovember 2002 Number 415The most recent implant removed by Dr. Roger Leir and his team. Article begins on page 3.
  • 2. MUFONUFO Journal(USPS 002-970)(ISSN 0270-6822)Post Office Box 369Morrison, CO 80465-0369Tel: 303-932-7709Fax: 303-932-9279International DirectorJohn F. Schuessler, M.S.Editor:Dwight Connelly, M.S.14026 Ridgelawn RoadMartinsville, IL 62442Tel: (217) 382-4502e-mail:mufonufojoumal@hotmail.comColumnists:Walter N. Webb, B.S.George Filer, M.B.A.Jenny RandiesStanton Friedman, M.S.MUFON on CompuServe"Go MUFON"to access the ForumMUFON on the Internet:http://www.mufon.comMUFON e-mail address:mufonhq@aol.comMUFON Amateur Radio Net:40 meters - 7.237 MHzSaturdays, 7 a.m.CST or COSTTable of contentsNovember 2002 Number 415In thisissueImplant anomaliescontinue by Dr. Roger Leir. 3Medieval demons,aliens, religion by Dr.Brenda Denzler..6Ufology Profile: GeorgeFawcett by Darrell Laurant 11Slow object in Utah by Arveseth, Regehr, Douglass 12TAKEN premieresDec. 2 on Sci Fi Channel 13Bigfoot activity in Pennsylvania by Stan Gordon 14Filers Files by George A. Filer 15UFO Press: Secrets of the Fields 18MUFON Forum 19View from Britain by Jenny Randies 20Perceptions by Stanton T. Friedman 21The Night Sky by Walter N. Webb 23Directors Message by John Schuessler 24Change of address and subscription inquiries should be sentto MUFON, P.O. Box 369, Morrison, CO 80465-0369.Copyright 2002 by the Mutual UFO Network. All Rights ReservedNo part of this document may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of theCopyright Owners, Permission is hereby granted to quote up to 200 words of any one article,provided the author is credited, and the statement, "Copyright 2002 by the Mutual UFO Network,P.O. Box 369, Morrison, CO 80465-0369" is included.The contents of the MUFON UFO Journal are determined by the editor, and do notnecessarily reflect the official position of the Mutual UFO Network. Opinions expressed are solelythose of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editor or staff ofMUFON.The Mutual UFO Network, Inc. is exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501 (c) (3) ofthe Internal Revenue Code. MUFON is a publicly supported organization of the type described inSection 509 (a) (2). Donors may deduct contributions from their Federal Income Tax. Bequests,legacies, devises, transfers, or gifts are also deductible for estate and gift purposes, provided theymeet the applicable provisions of Sections 2055, 2106, and 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code.MUFON is a Texas nonprofit corporation.The MUFON UFO Journal is published monthly by the Mutual UFO Network, Inc., Morrison,CO. Membership/Subscription rates are $35 per year in the U.S.A., and $40 per year foreign in U.S.funds. Second class postage paid at Versailles, MO.Postmaster: Send form 3579 to advise change of address to: MUFON UFO Journal, P.O.Box 369, Morrison, CO 80465-0369MUFONs mission is the systematic collection and analysisof UFOdata,with the ultimate goal oflearning the origin andnature of the UFO phenomenon.
  • 3. An update from Dr. Roger LeirImplant anomalies continueBy Dr. Roger LeirIhave found that my personal educational processappears to be never ending. This has also been thecase with my personal investigations into alien im-plant research.As most readers will recall, I began actively research-ing this subject in 1995. I have not stopped since thattime, and have written three books on the subject. I amhoping that between the books, videos, and major televi-sion and radio appearances world-wide, the worlds popu-lation will not only have majorexposure to implant data, but alsoto the UFO subject in general.With that said, let me enumer-ate some of the questions whichhave been generated by the sci-entific data collected so far:1. What is the nature of thestrange electromagnetic fieldssurrounding these objects whilethey are in the body?2. What is the connection be- n „ T .tween thebodys neural energy Ur Koger Leirsystem and the functional metallic structure of the ob-ject?3. How is the metallic structure produced, and can itbe duplicated withinthe state of our own nanotechnology?For example I have been told we have the technology tomake amorphous metals, but we do not understand howto make them magnetic.4. How are the messages generated by these objectsbeing relayed to those who are monitoring this implantprogram?5. What is the nature of the very strange biologicalmembrane that surrounds the metallic objects, and howdoes this tissue eliminatethe rejection and inflammatoryreaction?6. What is the exact purpose for monitoringmillions ofhuman beings all over the world?Our experience has shown so far that when we at-tempt to answer one question, numerousothers are raised.Sometimes I have found it necessary to create the rulesas we go along, proceeding contrary to standard scien-tific dogma. We are treading a tight line on the thresholdof discoveries which could change mankinds thinkingforever.ReviewTo date our surgical team has performed ten surgeriesfor the removal of objects from those individuals whoallege alien abduction, as noted in previousarticles in theMUFON UFO Journal, as well as in the 2007 MUFONSymposium Proceedings^ The last surgery was per-About the AuthorDr. Roger Leir is a podiatric surgeon who has been inprivate pracitce in Ventura County, CA, for more thanthree decades. His first book, The Aliens and the Scal-pel, has sold more than 10,000 copies. His second bookwas Casebook-Alien Implants, and he has just comeout with a new book in Portuguese, ImplantesAlienigenas, for distributionin Brazil. He is currently ne-gotiating for an additional book to be published in the U.K.Those less familiar with Dr. Leirs work can find addi-tional background material on page 5.formed Oct. 29,2001. So far, the least amount of data hasbeen garnered from this case, primarily due to the lack ofresearch funds.Most of the funds I have received following the date ofthis surgery have been used to research other physicalobjects related to the same subject derived from othersources, even though this last surgical case was the mostinteresting of all the cases we have dealt with.Surgery number 10Surgery number ten was performed on a lady in herlate 40s. She presented little data relating to alien abduc-tion with the exception of one event that appears to beburned into her memory forever.About twenty years ago she considered her life to beaverage, with no unusual daily activities or events hap-pening to her. She had a close boyfriend and was consid-ering marriage. One night her life and plans changed for-ever.She was sound asleep with her boyfriend by her side.Suddenly in the early hours of the morning she was joltedinto a waking state by a very strange bright white power-ful light filling the bedroom. She threw back the coversand tried to wake her sleeping friend. No matter how hardshe tried he would not wake up. She got out of bed andrealized the source of the light was coming from outsideher bedroom window.She could not imagine what would cause such a brightlight in the middle of the night, and thought perhaps thepolice had a helicopter that was shining a light into herapartment window. She went directly to the window andpeered out. What she saw has haunted her until this day.The light was coming from a circular craft hoveringmotionlessly. It was not far off of the ground and seemedto be metallic in appearance. This was the last she re-membered untilwaking in the morning. She had no recol-lection of going back to bed or any events that occurredfollowing her sightingof the light.She described her feelings when she arose the follow-ing morning. She explained she felt as if she had symp-November 2002 MUFON UFO Journal Page 3
  • 4. toms of the flu with muscle aches and pains, a feeling ofextreme fatigue, sore and burning eyes, weakness in theextremities, and extreme thirst. She proceeded into thebathroom and began gulping down multiple glasses ofwater.She began her showering routine and noticed she hada strange lump in her right arm. She was certain she hadnot had this the night before when she retired. With herleft hand she reached out with a finger and touched theobject. She became terrified when she saw it move aboutan inchaway from her probing finger. She touched it againand the same thing happened.This highly intelligentlady still has no other memoriesconcerning this or any other similar episode. She finallycontacted me after carrying this burden internally for thepast twenty years. She had not discussed this with an-other single individual.Her malecompanion who waswithher at the time of the incident was never heard or seenagain. She is now happily married with children and hasnot told her husband about thispast event.When she came to my office I had severe doubts aboutthe object she had described to me on the telephone, andthought it was nothing more than a subcutaneous cyst. Iperformed a routine AlienAbduction examination whichI have developed to examine potential abduction candi-dates. She rated high on the possibility profile.When I examined the lump in question I saw that itwas indeed a subcutaneous lumpon her right arm. It wasabout the size of a small marble. My initial impressionwas that it was nothing more than a cyst of some type.The next part of the examination required I palpate theobject to determine its firmness and other characteristicsof subcutaneous masses.I took the index finger of my right hand and touchedthe object. To my amazement it moved away from mytouch, traveling about an inch under the skin. I wasstunned. In 37 years of medical practice I had never seenanything like this before.I made an instantaneous decision that what must havehappened .was a previous infection had occurred andformed a subcutaneous sinus tract under the skin. This islike a canal. Therefore, I postulated the cyst would moveback and forth in this canal. I decided to trap the object atone end and if my assumptionwas correct the next time itwas touched it would move back to the original position.I touched it again and suddenly it moved another inchfrom the area where I had touched it, but now in a differ-ent direction. I was shocked. I rationalized this away bythinking that possibly two canals had formed. Again, Iused two fingersof my left hand to confinethe objectandtouched it with my right hand.Suddenly it moved awayfrommy touch in acompletelydifferent direction. The object would move anywherewithin a circle of about two and a half inches. I sat backin my chair, stunned and mostprobably with a blank lookon my face.The surgery to remove this object was performed onOct. 29,2001, by a general surgeon colleague on our sur-gical panel. There was, as you might suspect, some diffi-culty isolatingthe objectduringthe procedure. Finally,afterThe tenth "surgical specimen" on a piece of gauze.several intricate maneuvers performed by the surgeon, itcame to the surface and was removed.There seemed to be no attachments of any kind to thesurrounding tissues. It was about the size of a large peaand yellowish in color. The outside appeared smooth andglistening.Upon careful initial examination we noticed the objectwas composed of two sections that werejoined centrally,and that these sections could be spread apart much thesame as a bivalve sea entity such as a clam or oyster. Onthe top uppermost surface of each half appeared a longi-tudinal line,dark in color and resembling two small wires.Because of the lack of funding, the only analysis per-formed on this object to date has been the microscopicexamination done by Digital Instrument Laboratories inSanta Barbara, CA. Please see their report at the end ofthisarticle.The next tests that should be done involve the use ofthe scanning electron microscope and a test called elec-trophoresis. This will tell us the elemental compositionand protein nature of the object. As with some of theother specimens, more knowledge will be forthcoming ifthe funding is there to proceed.Here is a brief review of the data to date:1. We have performed ten surgeries.2. These have produced 11 objects.3. One of these has no scientific interest since it wasmerely bottle glass.4. The balance can be divided into three categories,metallic, non-metallic, andbiological.5. These can be further subdivided as to appearance.Three are small bb, greyish-white balls. Four are smallcantaloupe seed-shaped objects with a metal core and abiological covering. One ismetallic and triangular shaped,also covered witha biologicalcovering. One istotally bio-logical, bivalved, yellowish in color and had the ability tomove by itself underneath the skin.6. Five objects had detectable electromagnetic fieldemanations while still in the body.7. Five contain iron that is in an amorphous state andhighly magnetic.8. Four contain isotopic ratios demonstrating a non-terrestrial origin.Page 4 MUFON UFO Journal November 2002
  • 5. 9. All inhibitthe body from reacting withinflammationor rejection.10. Some exhibit fluorescence under black light ex-amination.11. All objects have been removed from individualswho allege alien abduction.12. All subjects of the study have not undergone ma-jor regressive hypnosis prior to the surgery.13. All candidates appear in both normalphysiologicaland psychological health.I would feel remiss if I did not credit both the NationalInstitute for Discovery Science (NIDS-Robert Bigelow)and Bob and Zoh Heironumus for the kindness and gen-erosity they have shown me in funding my work.Digital Instruments Lab reportBy Dr. Irene Revenko,Director of the Biology DepartmentDigital Instruments/Veeco, Metrology Group, 112 RobinHill Road Santa Barbara, CA 93117 -Phone (805)967-1400 -Fox (805) 967-7717 Email:irene@.di.comfor Dr. Leirs samples, 01/25/02Two samples were observed. One was dry (A) andthe other one was in the persons serum (B).Visual and optical dataSample A: This sample presented two distinct areas: ayellow brown hard "envelope" and a whitecore. Opticalimages were taken with 5X and 1OX objectives. Theyshowed that the center part looked like a dense powder.The outside part was optically non-uniform, showing someshiny particles that looked like small metal fragments.Sample B: this sample looked like fat tissue: yellow,shiny and very soft. With an optical microscope it ap-peared thatit was made ofround small transparent vesicles(cells ?), of different sizes.After cutting the sample with a blade, some viscousliquid was spilled in the serum, which looked likeoil. Thetissue seemed pretty homogeneous on a macroscopic scaleeven after the cut. This sample will not be suitable forAFM studies, as it is obviously too soft for thistechniqueAFM data on sample AThe sample was immobilized with a thin layer of glueon a steel disc. We first tried to image the center part ofthe sample (white core). Unfortunatelywe were unableto obtain any data. The microscope probe could not scanproperly the surface, probably due to some strong inter-actions (the surface could be sticky for example).We then imaged the outside part (yellow envelope).We were able to obtain images at different locations. Onthese AFM images, the vertical dimensionis representedby the brown color gradation,with a corresponding scaleon the side of the image. The envelope appeared veryrough, with round structures, crevasses. Some areaslooked more flat than others.Images 9 and 10 also present "phase" data. In the caseof these samples, the phase data could reveal a moredetailed representation of the topography of the surface.Implant analysis.But it is important to know that the high frequency signalon these 2 images is an artifact and does not representthe topography.Also, on image 9, the right side of the image is not thetopography, but an artifact due to some scanning problemof the probe.Background to this latest studyFor those unfamiliar with the earlierwork of Dr. Leir,the followingis a brief summary:Dr. Leir,who has been involved with ufology formanyyears through SouthernCalifornia MUFONgroups, firstbecame interestedin implantsin 1995 whenhe met DerrelSims, who was already working with them through x-rays. Dr. Leir offered to perform implant removalswith-out charge, so the two formed a team to investigatethephenomenon. (They have since gone theirseparate ways.)The first implant surgery was performed on Aug. 19,1995, on two objects in the toe of "Patricia," a 52-year-old woman with a history of at least two abductions.A second surgery was performed on the same day onthe left hand of "Paul," who also had a history of abduc-tions. A preliminary check of the object in Pauls handprior to the surgery indicatedit was putting out a strongelectromagnetic field.The object removedfromhis hand "looked exactlylikethe little object I had removed from Patricias toe just afew hours earlier." said Dr. Leir. "It was shaped like asmall cantaloupe seed and appeared to be covered with adark gray membrane." It could not be cut with a scalpel.A third casewascompleted onJan. 2,1996, on "Babs,"who reported abduction experiences and the presence ofa painful pinpoint-sized raised area on the back of the leftNovember 2002 MUFON UFO Journal PageS
  • 6. neck-shoulder region, which she had first noticed on themorning after an apparent abduction (it was reportedlydime size at that time). This object, when removed, was"a littlegreyish-white ball." ,An analysis of the tissue surrounding the objects bytwo different pathologists concluded that there was noinflammatory tissue around the objects, and that nervecells were present.Dr. Leir says that his training and the medical litera-ture taught him that this was not possible. "I found nomedical literature that entertains the possibility thata for-eign substance can be lodged in a human body withoutthe surrounding flesh reacting to it."As for the nerve proprioceptors in the tissue sample,Dr. Leir said, "There was no anatomical need for thesespecialized nerve cells to be clustered about a foreignbody that is housed deep withinthe confines of a toe andadjacent to a bone....They serve to conduct sensationssuch as pressure, temperature, or fine touch."Meanwhile, Sims was performing tests on the objectsthemselves, and noted that the metal portions were darkgrey with an irregular surface. They were reportedlyalso highly magnetic. Later, Dr. Leir had the specimensanalysed by a pathologist, who reported that they weremade up ofprotein coagulum (derived from clotted bloodand consistingofpure protein), hemosiderin (oxygen-car-rying ironpigmentrelated to hemoglobin),and keratin (themost superficial layer of the skin), which the pathologistreportedly found puzzling.Leir and Sims were eventually assisted financially inthe analyses of the objects by Robert Bigelows NationalInstitute for DiscoveryScience (NIDS), which also agreedto fund a second set of implant removals.The second set of surgeries on May 18,1996, involvedthree patients, all of whom apparently had experiencedabductions. "Annie" had an object (greyish-white shinyball) in her leg, "Doris" also had an object (greyish-whiteshiny ball)in her leg, and "Don" had an object (triangular,metallic) in his lowerjaw.Among the lab findings was an indication that both"Doris" and "Annie" had been subjected to a large andintense amount of ultraviolet light in the areas where theobjects were located. Based on the lifestyles of the indi-viduals, there seemed to be no explanation for this.A seventh case, Lyla, revealed an object in the leftheel which turned out to be brown bottle glass, apparentlyunrelated to abductions or implants.The eighth surgery, on Aug. 17, 1998, was a specialone, since it was conducted with NBC cameras present.The abductee in this case was "Pablo," who had an ob-ject in his left hand.The object removed was "almost identical to the littlecantaloupe seed-shaped objects removed in 1995," ac-cording to Dr. Leir. "As a matter of fact, it was so similarthat I would wager that, if all three were lined up, youcould hot tell one from the other."Newsletters appreciatedThe MUFON UFO Journal staff appreciates receiv-ing newsletters from local MUFON groups.Medieval demons,modern aliens, & theChristian traditionBy Brenda Denzler, Ph.D.© 2002Brenda Denzler is the author of TheLure of the Edge:Scientific Passions, Religious Beliefs, and the Pursuitof UFOs (University of California Press, 2001).Ii recent issues of the MUFON UFO Journal thelev. Dr. Barry Downing has made a call for greaterecognition of the insightsthat religionmay be ableto provide about the beings who presumably have oper-ated the unidentified objects seenin American skies for the lastfifty years and throughout theworld for centuries-or longer.Through his writings over theyears, hehas been makinga casefor taking theUFOnauts seriouslyas entitieswho, because they areobviously morepowerful thanhu-man beings, may effectively (ifnot literally)be God to us.1In adopting this position,Downing seems to be not onlylooking to religion for cluesaboutthe nature of these entities andevents, but advocatinga religious framework for under-standing them. While I support the former, I have reser-vations about the latter.In asimilarvein of gatheringinsights from religion,ChrisAubeck has recently drawn out the parallels between 15lhCentury descriptions of demonic attacks and modem-dayabduction narratives,2using the Malleus Maleficarum,or Hammer of Witches, written in 1486 by the Dominicaninquisitors James Sprenger and Heinrich Kramer.3Aubeck is careful to explain that while these parallelsmay indicate similar kinds of anomalous events happen-ing in both periods, the diabolical interpretationput uponthem in the Middle Ages is not a given.Nevertheless, for some readers who, like Downing,are inclinedto use a religious framework for understand-ing anomalous events,the impression may remain that inabductions we are dealingnot with Downings God/gods,but with entities who are, in effect (if not literally), theDevil and his demons.It seems wise, therefore,to note a few facts about thecontext in which the Malleus was written and to look forother insightsfromthe Christiantraditionabout these kindsof anomalous experiences. For although the MalleusMaleficarum was one of the earliest witchcraft manu-als, and it is certainly the best-known, it was not the onlyone.There are two enormous differences between the in-Dr. Brenda DenzlerPage 6 MUFON UFO Journal November 2002
  • 7. cubus and succubus attacks reported inthe Middle Ages and alien abductionsthat are reported today.Some key differencesFirst, many of those that we knowabout from the Middle Ages came frompeople who had been accused of witch-craft and subjected to a variety of crueland ingenious torturesto elicitthe "truth"about theiractivities.Abductees of today, in contrast,come forward voluntarilywith their re-ports. Some consult abduction re-searchers for help in reconstructingtheirmemories. Many do not. But virtuallyall of the men and women accused ofwitchcraft in the Middle Ages had the"assistance" of the inquisitors in (re-?)constructing their memories.This leads us to the second enor-mous difference between medieval ac-counts of incubus/succubus experiencesand modern abduction reports. SomeThe Aug. 24 UFO Display for UFO Awareness Week at theWestmoreland Mall in Greensburg, PA, was again a big success, ac-cording to Stan Gordon. The display, which included 17 eight-foottables piled with UFO materials, generated good press coverage,memberships, and sighting reports.of the informationgiven by the accused resembles mod-ern-day accounts of abductions, as Aubeck pointed out.But a significant portion of it does not.As the monk Francesco-Maria Guazzo wrote in his1608 book, the CompendiumMaleficarum, witches madea pact with the devil in which "they deny the ChristianFaith and withdraw their allegiance from God."4Thishaving been accomplished, they were then admitted tothe rituals of the infernalhorde.But before witches and warlocks could go to a de-monic ritual, they had to cover their bodies with an oint-ment made from a variety of disgusting ingredients, thechief of which was murdered children.5When they hadall arrived at the site of the ritual, theywould lighta"fouland horrid fire" and then approach the Devil, who satenthroned over the group. Participantswould adore himby adopting numerousodd and often convoluted postures,offer him black candles or infants navel cords, and thenkiss him on the buttocks.After this came sordid banquets, including libationsofwine thecolorof stale blood, and frenzied, maniacal danc-ing, culminating in the notorious sexualunionof the witch(for by far most suspected participants were women) andher demon lover.6None of this sounds much like mod-ern-day abduction reports.The problem with witchcraft was not the violation ofpersons by demons, but the violation ofthe faith by people-people who had committed the sin of "sacrilege throughan open pact of fidelity to devils."7Incubusand succubusexperiences were one sign of that sacrilege. The pur-pose of medieval inquisitorswas to find and investigatesuch cases of irreligion and punishthem.They were not trying to uncover the truth about whatwas happeningto men and womenduringencounterswithunearthly beings. They were not trying to find out verymuch about the beings themselves, for they already knewthat they were demons. That was a foregone conclusion.Instead, they were trying to uncoverthe work of the Devilin making people sin in extraordinary ways against theChurch.For as Sprenger and Kramer explained, the sin of witch-craft "exceeds all other sins" because "witches, out ofgreat malice, despise the Faith and the sacraments of theFaith, as many of them have confessed."8A mixture of elementsIn the medieval witchcraft trials we have a case of areligious, faith-bound framework serving as the interpre-tive lens for investigation and understanding of reportedanomalous events, with the result that any real informa-tion that might have been uncovered about them washeavily mixed with other narrative elements that werebased very much on the traditions of the Church (andthus the expectations of the inquisitors) about witchcraft.And that is the danger of turningto religion for insightsinto anomalies-that it will come to govern, rather thansimply inform, the investigations. St. Anselms famousllh-century dictum, "Credo ut intelligam"-"!believe inorder that I may understand"-has its virtues, but also itsdangers. And I am not convinced that the virtues out-weigh the dangers.Assailers of chastityBy the end of the 17*century,the medievalworld withinwhich Sprenger, Kramer, and Guazzo had written wasbecoming extinct. The seeds of the Enlightenment hadbeen sown and were soon to burst into full flower, and theProtestant Reformationhad thoroughly changed the faceof Christianity in the West.All this created new opportunities for frank-and evenvigorous-dissent from ideasthat had long been upheld bythe Church. As a result, theologians were able to seereports of incubus and succubus attacks in new ways.One of the mostinteresting ofthese new Christian think-November 2002 MUFON UFO Journal Page?
  • 8. ers was Lodovico Maria Sinistrari, who was among themost learned men .of his day-a 17th-century Franciscanmonk, a theologian on the faculty of the University ofPavia, and at one point an official advisor to the CatholicChurchs Supreme Tribunal of the Most Holy Inquisition,the ecclesiastical body whose job it was to seek out andpunish witches and hereticsThus, we may take his book Demoniality (ca. 1699)as an authoritative early-modern piece of theological rea-soning on the subject of demonic attack.9According toSinistrari, in the Churchs treatment of the problem ofwitchcraft, sexual union with incubi and succubi was con-sidered a sin first and foremost because it was part of alarger experience of voluntarilyentering into league withand worshipping the Devil."But,"hewrote, "there are Incubi and Succubi to whomnone of the foregoing applies, arid yet there is carnalconnexion [sexual activity]."10Without dismissing tradi-tional ideas about witchcraft, Sinistrari pointed out thatthere were actually two kinds of incubus and succubusencounters. One was as part of a helljsh rite that sub-verted the Church and Truth, as elaborated by earlier theo-logians.Closer to abduction encountersThe other was a physical union in which there was nohint of demonic worship or sacrifice. It was this latterkind of encounter that most closely resembles the reportedabduction encounters of our day-not the demonic attacksuncovered by the Inquisition. Instead of a hellish fiend,Sinistrari wrote, the demon in many incubus encounters"is but a passionate lover" who "attempts no act againstReligion; he merely assails chastity.""Against these non-human"lovers" the rite of exorcismwas not effective, he observed, nor did they show muchawe before the "holy things" used in exorcisms (i.e., cru-cifixes, holy water, etc.). This indicated that they werereally very different from demons, who always stood inawe of holy things and fled at the commands of an exor-cist.12The natureof that difference, Sinistrari suggested, wasthat incubi and succubi were not demons (understood asmalevolent spirits) nor angels (understood as the spiritualmessengers of God), but were co-inhabitants ofthisworldwith humanity.. "Now, that there be another World than the one welive in, and that it be peopled by men not born of Adam,but made by God in some other way, as is implied bythose who believe the moon to be inhabited; or further,that in the very World where we dwell, there be otherrational creatures besides man and the Angelic Spirits,creatures generally invisibleto us and whose being is dis-closed but accidentallythrough the instrumentality oftheirown power; all that has nothing to do with Faith....!premise that neither Philosophy nor Theology is repug-nant to the possible existence of rational creatures havingspirit and body, and distinct from man....There may wellbe in existence a creature endowed with a rationalspiritand a corporeity [body] less gross, more subtile thanmans."13Intelligent and rational beingsThese beings, Sinistrari wrote, gave evidence of beingintelligent and rational, as human beings are. They werebom and they died; they were divided into male and fe-male; they had to have nourishment in order to survive,and they had some sort of social life together.14(Becauseof their very fine, etheric constitution, he thought, it waspossible that the manna given by God to the Israeliteswas the natural food of these entities.)15Their bodies were made of "the subtle part of...theelements," and they were most often found associatedwith the four main elements considered in pre-Enlighten-ment times to be the basic building blocks of the naturalworld: fire, earth, air, and water.16Their numbers, he felt,were probably "proportionate to the extent of the elementthey dwell in."17Although he was reluctant to claim any sure knowl-edge about their appearance, Sinistrari thought that thesesubtle creatures most likely resembled "the most nobleanimal frame, that is to say, the human frame," althoughthey were probably more slender and delicate since theywere composed of a finer sort of matter.18This finer bodilysubstance made them.more able to expand or contractthemselves so that they could pass easily through solidobjects that were made of coarser material, like wallsand glass.19By the same reason, he surmised that although theywere no doubt subject to disease and disability, this wasperhaps less the case for them than for human beings,with our coarser bodies. This meant that they also prob-ably lived longer than human beings, and, because theirlonger life would give them more opportunity to educatethemselves, they were likely to be more knowledgeablethan most of humanity.20Capable of interbreedingThese beings, thought Sinistrari, were perfectly capableof interbreeding with us because they had some degreeof physicality and were a fertile species themselves. Inthe case of infernal attack, on the other hand, pregnan-cies resulted only when the demonic entity had stolenhuman semen to use.21(True demons were usually con-sidered to be unable to reproduce on their own becausethey were not composed of physical matter and lackedthe proper biological equipment.)22The children produced by the more pedestrian incubusand succubus attacks, said Sinistrari, were not of unusualstature, as was commonly believed (on the basis of Gen-esis 6:2)", because, he said, "the Incubi who approachwomen are aqueous and of small stature; that is why theyappear in the shape of [very lecherous] little men" andproduce "not giants, but men of ordinary size."(Sinistrarinoted, however, that incubicould also "have carnal inter-course with women in their own natural body," in whichcase "the women do not see them.")24Nor were the children of these unions unusuallywickedpeople, as many believed. In fact, Sinistrari noted, through-out history there were as many reported heroes as scoun-drels whose birth was attributed to being sired by an incu-bus. If there were evil men begotten by incubi, he said,Page 8 MUFON UFO Journal November 2002
  • 9. "it was not owing to the fact that they were born of anIncubus, but rather that they, of their own free will, choseto be bad."25As to therelationship ofthese beings to Christ, Sinistraricould offer no firm opinion! He felt there was no evi-dence one way or another about whether they had eversinned against God as humanity had (corporately, as aspecies), and thus no way to determine whether theyneeded salvation as humanity does. If they did, though,Sinistrari was certain that the salvation made available tohumanity through Christ wouldalso be extended to them.26Other sheepHe noted the words of Christ in the New Testament:"Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold." Theseother sheep could not be the Gentiles, he said, becausethrough a series of wonders-such as golden globes de-scending from the sky to the earth-God had prophesiedto the Gentilesabout the birth of the Savior,just as he hadto the Jews through the Scriptures.This common hope of a savior, announced to Jews andGentiles alike in modalities that were most meaningful toeach, made both groups Gods sheep "of the same fold,"Sinistrari maintained. This meant that Christs commentabout having other sheep may well have been in refer-ence to "those rational Creatures or animals of whom wehave been treating."27The only argument Sinistrari could think of against thenotion that such creatures could exist was the fact that,"if they really existed in the World, we should find themmentioned somewhere by Philosophers, Holy Scripture,Ecclesiastical Tradition, or the Fathers."In point of fact, however, he felt that this was not avery good argument. For one thing, he said, the authori-ties he mentioned were given by God to teach us onlythose things necessary for salvation; the fact that they didnot mention such entitieswas no reason to deny that suchentities couldexist.28But more importantly, he said, vari-ous religious and secular authorities from the past hadindeed mentioned exactly this species of beings, and itwas partly on the basis of these references that he hadconstructed his description of them.29Therefore, Sinistrari wrote, "It really shows little judge-ment in a man to deny that which has been written bygrave and credible Authors, and is confirmed by every-day experience....It is clear that they are neither evilDemons nor good Angels; but it is clear also that they arenot men, though endowed with reason."30Breaking new groundSinistrari was aware that he was breaking new groundin Christian thought with his theory about incubi andsuccubi being other intelligent life forms. "I am awarethat many, perhaps most of my readers, will say of mewhat the Epicureans and some Stoic Philosophers said ofS. Paul..., He seemeth to be a setter forth of new gods[in other words, new views of reality]," wrote Sinistrari,"but they will none the less have to answer the foregoingarguments, to show what are those Incubi Demons, com-monly called Goblins, who dread neither exorcisms, norholy objects, nor the Cross of Christ, and they must ex-plain the various effects and phenomena we have re-lated."31Sinistrari, a counselor to the Inquisition, addressed thesubject of nocturnal "demonic" attacks in order to showthat many such events were not truly diabolical.32He didnot use a religious framework to understand these expe-riences, although he clearly took insights about the eventsfrom religion. Because he was informed, but not con-strained by knowledge from theChristian tradition, he wasable to view these anomalous experiences in a new way.Neither God nor demonHe did not see the entities as particularly demonic orparticularly god-like, either. They were, he repeated sev-eral times, creatures metaphysically located mid-way be-tween earthly humanity and the angelic realm-creatureswho were "endowed with senses and subject to the pas-sions thereof...; who are bom through generation and diethrough corruption, who are capable of salvation and dam-nation, [and are] more noble than man, by reason of thegreater subtilty of their bodies."33If we are going to use insights from religion in order tobetter understand modern-day abduction reports, I sug-gest that we not stop with the religion of 500 years agoand the contributions of men like Sprenger and Kramer.Rather, I suggest we advance to the insights of LodovicoSinistrari, a committed Christian, a university professor,and acounselor to the Inquisition.EndnotesSee Barry Downing, "Wormholes, Heaven and the GodHypothesis," MUFON UFO Journal 403 (Nov 2001): 10-12;and 404 (Dec 2001): 11-14; and "Barry Downing responds toquestions," in "MUFON Forum," MUFON UFO Journal 409(May 2002): 13-14; as well as his other contributions to ufologythrough the years.2See Chris Aubeck, "Sexual Activity Not Much DifferentBetween Devils and Modem Alien Entities," MUFON UFOJournal 409 (May 2002): 8-12.3Trans. Montague Summers (New York: Dover Publications,Inc., 1971; repr. of John Rodker, London, 1928).4Francesco-Maria Guazzo, CompendiumMaleficarum, trans.E.A. Ashwin (NewYork:Dover, 1988; repr.London: John Rodker,1929)Book 1, Chapter 6. See also the Malleus Malificarum PartII, Chapter2Hans Peter Duerr has argued that an unguent was used inthe Middle Ages (though not one likely to have containedmurdered babies) in order to facilitate altered states of con-sciousness in which flying and orgiastic parties were experi-enced. See his excellentbook for a full and nuanced discussionof witchcraft and reality: Dreamtime: Concerning the Bound-ary between Wilderness and Civilization. Trans. FelicitasGoodman (Oxford:BasilBlackwell, 1985).Compendium 1, Chapter 12. See also Lodovico MariaSinistrari, Demoniality, trans. Montague Summers (New York:Dover, 1989; repr. London:The Fortune Press, 1927),113-23."Malleus Maleficarum Part II, Chapter 2.Malleus Maleficarum Part I, Question 14. See also Part II,Chapter 16.For another discussion of Sinistraris work and a fuller ex-position of the medieval and earlymodern attitude toward otherintelligent life, see Jacques Vallees classicPassport to Magonia(Chicago: Henry Regnery & Sons, 1969), especially pp. 119-129.November 2002 MUFON UFO Journal Page 9
  • 10. ™Demoniality ^1,also 11,113. See also Sinistraris appendedsummary, Proof of Demoniality H1-2. Note that there has been along folk traditionof being attacked in the night, although thesenarratives tend to lack the extravagances of medieval witch-craft reports. See David J. Hufford, The Terror That Comes inthe Night: An Experience-Centered Study of SupernaturalAssault Traditions (Philadelphia: University of PennsylvaniaPress, 1982)."Demoniality• 1(25,29.^Demoniality 1J27. As further evidence against their infer-nal nature, Sinistrari points out that unlike true demons, theseentities do not possess their victims, though they may "annoythem" (Demoniality^JO).nDemoniality ^42-^.MDemoniali^45-50,58,83,94-95."Demoniality^ 95.^Demoniality ^ 87.nDemoniality ^Q9."Demoniality * 52, cf. 56,89. Note that theword "noble" asSinistrari uses it here means "elevated" or "ideal." It is not acharacter assessment (as in good or kind or selfless), nor is it astatement about social status (as in the nobility, i.e., kings,queens, etc.)."Demoniality H60,66.^Demoniality 58, 89. See also Sinistraris account (takenfrom St. Jerome) of the time that St. Anthony (a 3rd-centurysaint) met one of these creatures, who claimed to be mortal(Demoniality *n-%y)."Demoniality 1) 31, 33, 34, 66, 104-107. It should also benoted that demonic entities were thought to impregnate theirfemale "victims" only as a courtesy to women who wished tobecome pregnant in this way. See Guazzo, Compendium, BookI, Chapter 11, and Demoniality 124. This is verydifferent fromthe reports of impregnation made by many abductees today.^Demoniality * 24, 104. On the infertility of demons, alsosee Guazzo, Compendium, Book I, Chapter 11."Genesis 6:1-2, 4 ^- "When men began to multiply on theface of the ground, and daughters were born to them, the sonsof God saw that the daughters of men were fair; and they tookto wife such of them as they chose.. ..The Nephilim were on theearth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of Godcame in to the daughters of men, and they bore children tothem. These were the mightymen that were ofold, the men ofrenown" (RSV). On the basis of this verse, Sinistrari notes,some theologians and philosophers had deduced that "chil-dren thus begotten by Incubi are tall, very hardy and bloodilybold, arrogant beyond words, and desperately wicked"(Demoniality^ 30, cf. 108-111).^Demoniality 111, cf. 32-33. Seealso theProof ofDemoniality 4.25Demoniality U 32.26DemonialityH62,cf. 81-82."Demoniality^S-lQO.^Demoniality *j| 42. The early modern equivalent of "Ab-sence of evidence is not evidence of absence."29Demoniality^ 63-64,42,65-86.^Demoniality^%1, 67." Demoniality *h 103.32In this,he was of the same mind as Father Corrado Balducciin our own day. This retired exorcist for the Catholic Churchstated in the late 1990s that, in his opinion, the entities reportedby abductees are not demons. See "Extraterrestrials and Chris-tianity," in Whitley Strieber, Confirmation: TheHard Evidenceof Aliens Among Us (New York: St. Martins Press, 1998), pp.265-274."Demoniality ^ 102.Page 10"The Abduction Diaries"premieres on Sci-Fi Nov. 22By William Chaff KonkoleskyMUFON Webmaster"The Abduction Diaries," an hour-long documentarythat assembles several first-person accounts of lifelongcontact with extraterrestrial beings, premieres at 10 p.m.on Friday, Nov. 22, on the Sci-Fi Channel.By tracing the individuals experiences over the courseof their lives, the television special reveals many of themysteries of the abduction phenomena and describes thetransformative impact it has had on their lives.From unexplained childhood disappearances to meet-ing hybrid children of their own, they guide the viewerthrough first encounters and terrifying contacts, and ex-plain how the individualshave learned to understandandincorporate being "taken" into their lives.Being one of the individualsinterviewed in "The Ab-duction Diaries," I can personally vouch for the integrityof Naked Eye Productions, the New York studio respon-sible for creating this documentary for the Sci-Fi Chan-nel.They seek neither to sensationalize nor discredit ab-duction phenomena, only to let those who have had expe-riences tell their own stories in their own words. Thereare no UFO investigators nor debunkers interviewed inthe program, only abductees/experiencers themselves.Although this special program is scheduled to precedeSteven Spielbergs mini-series "Taken," they are mutu-ally exclusive projects and are not intendedto be directlyrelated to each other.In addition to the 10 p.m.premiere on Nov. 22, repeatsare scheduled for 1a.m. on Nov. 23, 8 a.m. on Nov. 26, 1a.m. on Dec. 1, 3 a.m. on Dec. 6, 9 a.m. on Dec. 8, and10 a.m. on Dec. 14. Be sure to set your VCR, and checkyour local listings for possible changes in viewing times.Robert & Ryan Wood bringingMajestic 12 documents to TVWood & Wood LLC announces the television pro-gram licensing of "The Secret: Evidence We Are NotAlone" with Cinamour Entertainment of Santa Monica,CA, a syndication specialist. The program was producedby the father and son team of Robert and Ryan Woodafter over two years in development and refinement."Besides being an outstanding documentary, the pro-gram covers new ground with a hard look at the Majestic12 documents and theirauthenticity from multiple expertperspectives," said Ryan Wood."The Secret" presents the story of how "leaked" gov-ernment documents prove that the United States has beenrecovering crashed unidentified flying objects, often knownas flying saucers, since 1941, and has been successful inkeeping this information from the public. "These docu-ments have been examined using forensic techniques andare declared genuine," said Dr. Robert WoodMUFON UFO Journal November 2002
  • 11. Ufology ProfileGeorge FawcettGeorge FawcettBy Darrell LaurantThe News & AdvanceGeorge Fawcett wasnt looking for attention. Thatwasnt necessary.At the timethe LynchburgCollegejunior reported see-inganunidentified flying object hovering over the HopwoodHall administration buildingmore thanhalfa centuryagohe was a three-sport letterman, head of the intramuralprogram, a member of about 10 campus organizations,and a fixture on the school newspaper.Unfortunately for his credibil-ity, he was also alone."I had gone to visitmy room-mate in the infirmary," theLincolnton, NC, resident said,"and I was a littlebit late gettingout. The nextclasses had alreadystarted, so there was no onearound when I was walkingacross campus and saw it.""It" being an object "shapedsort of like a tire or half a ball,blazing orange against a dark-blue sky, about 30 ft. in diameter."The date was July 6, 1951. A few months later,whenhe returned for his senior year, Fawcett told theLynchburg News, "The thing zigzagged, then settled downin a straight course and moved off toward the west."It then left Fawcett to try and convince everyone else.Big man on campus or not, the revelation of his sightingbrought the expected ribbingdownuponhim. It alsomovedhis life in another direction.Fawcett had been intrigued by reports of flying sau-cers since he was a teenager, and followed the 1947Roswell, NM, incident with keen interest. Whatever hesaw above the LC campus only put a finer edge on hiscuriosity.Since then,he says, he has read more than 1,000 bookson the subject ("Both pro and con"), spoken before morethan 600 groups, written more than 100research articles,and investigatednearly2,000 UFO sightings, manyofthemin the Carolinas and a few in Virginia.Fawcett founded MUFON of North Carolina in 1990,and is the author of Quarter Century Studies of UFOsin Florida, North Carolina, and Tennessee (1975).He is a key player in the burgeoning field of UFO ex-perts and pundits, and this summer spoke to 300 peopleata conference in (where else?) Roswell. Fawcett is closelyassociated with the International UFO Museum inRoswell, and has donated most of his materials to themuseums Research Center.And now, after years of waging an uphill battle, heinsists hes far from alone."Based on the latest Gallup poll," he said, "if you be-lieve in the existence of UFOs, youre in the majority."This summer, movie audiences across America werechuckling at Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as alien-fighting "Men in Black," but Fawcett says hes met aMIB in real life. Not dressed in black, exactly, but with adefinite MIB attitude."It was 1974 in Columbia, SC," Fawcett said. "I wasthere for the opening of the movie UFOs: Target Earthat the Plaza 3 theater, showing some of my slides andgiving a narrative between shows. I was leaving the the-ater when this guy came up and said, Id like to talk toyou. Lets get some coffee and doughnuts across thestreet."Fawcett said the man first asked him his thoughts onworld and national politics (and, inexplicably, the stockmarket), then pressed him to sign an oath of silence, andfinally offered him $12,000 ("A lot of money to me backthen") to forget all about his UFO research. They woundup agreeing to disagree, but Fawcett admitted, "I wasscared."If all of this makes Mr. Fawcett sound a bit, well,paranoid,youwouldntknow ittotalk withhim. He soundsmore like a graduate student on the research trail than aconfidante of Mulder and Scully. Not only that, but heused to be a newspaper reporter (that makes him cred-ible, doesnt it?)."The University of Colorado investigated over 1,000UFO sightings and found that they couldnt explain 30percent of them," he said. "The Air Force did a study andcame up with 40 percent unexplained. My researchshowed only 22 percent that couldnt be explained. Myphilosophy is to keep my head in the clouds and my feeton the ground. I look into each case very carefully, boththe circumstances and the person doing the reporting."Most of the "explained" cases are honest examples ofmistaken identity, Fawcett said. "In my experience, onlyabout 1 percent turn out to be hoaxes."Since leaving LC, Fawcett has worked for a textilemill, as ajournalist, and(primarily) asthe director of sev-eral YMCAs. He and his wife also ran a sandwich shop.Yet he has always found time to indulgehis passion."Ive been researching UFOs for 60 years," he said,"and its brought me to a few conclusions. One, UFOsare real. Two, UFOs are not natural phenomena. Three,UFOs are not conventional objects. Four, UFOs are un-conventional objects with a high degree of technology.Five, UFOs are a threat to both natural security and hu-man survival.Not that hes expecting The War of the Worlds to starttomorrow. But Fawcett said hes heard enough crediblereports of injuries andproperty damage caused by aliensand their crafts to buy into the "ET" image entirely."Some UFOs are friendly," he said, "and some arenot."November 2002 MUFON UFO Journal Page 11
  • 12. hta^ jgpiots;, protrusions)A:SMPIJE/SKETCH;OP THEOBJECT(On « separate sheet .please;;sVetc»va staple map of tHe^ area.siipwtng1; jrpu? .position a/<d tKe ogje^es• Include an arrow denoting ,the direction of Berth. Indicate direction that Che object was moving.;)Slow-moving object reported in UtahSUMMARY, Case 1-795: In a suburb of Salt LakeCity, UT, two adults on 23 August, 2000, at 2345 UCT(1:45 PM MDT) observed a slow-moving, 1000-foot long,white, rectangularobjectat9,000 feet altitudefor 3-4mins.No sound.This narrative account accompanies Forms I and 2submitted to MUFON June 2001, based on witness state-ments to investigatorsAllan Arveseth (FI), RonaldRegehr(SD), and Elaine Douglass (SD) in interviews conductedin September, 2000, andsubsequently.Witness Patrick Jones (DOB 1963), is a police officerat the Salt Lake City airport, wherehe has worked for 10years. He is the son of a retired US Air Force officer, andlived for many years near Air Force bases. He is familiarwith aircraft. The second witness, Barbara DeHerrera, ahomemaker (DOB 1969), though a less experienced ob-server, supported her fiancees information.NARRATIVE: On Aug. 23, 2000, at 1:45 PM MDT,Jones stepped outside the door of his West Jordan, UT,apartment (facing east) to check the weather prior todressing for work. Looking up to the ENE sky, he saw alight-colored object, rectangular, withrounded (rather thansharply defined) cornersand edges. Jones then summonedDeHerrera, and togetherthey watched the object forwhatboth agree was 3-4minutes.The object, both witnesses agree, was elevated 45-50degrees above a zero horizon, and both state the objectsapparent size was 2x thumb width. Jones states its direc-tion of travel was WNW, and says the object was locatedat the base of the cloud ceilingand silhouetted against anarea of clear blue sky.Investigators inquiries to the U.S. Weather Bureauyielded the informationthat the cloud ceilingthat dateandtime was 9000 feet. Jones believes the object was lo-cated above a highway intersection familiar to him lo-cated 2 1/2miles from his apartment. (Jones states: "Theobject was definitely over the 1-215/1-15 interchange,based on observations of aircraft flying on the 1-15 corri-dor, since sighting.") These data, combined with theobjects apparent size, enabled investigator Regehr tocalculate the objects real size at 1035.5 feet long.Jones states the object moved on a horizontal path at awalking pace he estimates at 2 or 3 mph. The object thenpaused in its forward motion and emitted "smoke" fromthe far or "rear" end with no accompanying sound. Jonesstates that, surprisingly, this emission was shaped like "aperfect smoke ring."After this, the object made a course change to a morenortherly NW direction and resumed its travel in that di-rection at an increasing speed until it moved into a cloudbank and disappeared.Both witnesses agree the object had a smooth,non-reflective or matte surface, white or gray-white incolor. Jones said it was shaped "like a Tylenol capsule,"or like a semitrailerwith rounded angles and rounded ends(see drawing).He says the object was twice as long as it was high,and was symmetrical with both ends shaped the same.Both witnesses also observed a stripe of light blue orblue-gray parallel to the length of the object.According to DeHerrera, the object was "twice as bigas two large aircraft" and looked, she said, "like ablimp.One of the investigators asked Jones, "Could what youPage 12 MUFON UFO Journal November 2002
  • 13. saw have been a blimp?" Jones replied, "It was not ablimp because ithad no gondola on the bottom, andblimpshave small wings-and these were not there. There wereno control surfaces like a blimp has." In addition, the ob-ject was "2 or 3 times.larger than the average blimp,"Jones said. Note also that the Goodyear blimps are192-feet long and do not create smoke rings.Jones said he felt "euphoric" at the time of the sightingand "for a week afterward I had an odd sensation, likeId seen a wreck." He reported the sighting to MUFONswebsite the same day it occurred.Jones believes he may have seen a similar oridenticalobject while on a family outing in Park City, Utah, ap-proximately 31 miles from Salt Lake City, several weeksafter the initial sighting. The second sighting was consid-erably briefer-a matter of seconds. Jones says he sawthe object and turned to alert his mother who was withhim. By the time he turned around, the object was nolonger visible.Jones says he is certain it was the same orvery similarobject.Jones is the son of a retired USAF officer and livedformany years near USAF bases, including Peterson AFBnear Colorado Springs, CO, where, in the company of hisfather and several other young men his own age, he sawUFOs on other occasions.Investigator Allen Arveseth interviewed Jones anddescribed him as "sober and nonexcitable." Subsequentto this sighting, Jones joined MUFON and is presentlyinvestigating a case. Interaction between Jones and theMUFON Utah State directors confirm the impression ofJones as a rational individual. Investigators find Jones tobe a credible witness.Planet found 100 light years awayNEW SOUTH WALES-Australian and British as-tronomers have found a Jupiter-like planet 100 light yearsaway circling a star similarto our own Sun. Hugh Jonesstated, "This is a leap forward in the search for planetarysystems similar to earths which might eventually revealwhether mankind is indeed alone in the universe."The new planet has a mass similar to that of Jupiterand circles its star, Taul Gruis in the Grus or Crane con-stellation, once every four years. Most solar systems haveplanets that are strung out in a line similarto our own.Astronomers watch for stars that appear to wobblebecause of the effect of an associated planets gravita-tional pull."New black capMUFON has a new black cap with whiteMUFON logo to match the new field investigatorblack t-shirts (the caps also look great with thewhite t-shirts). Screen printed is $8 + $3 S&H. Em-broidered is $15 + $3 S&H.MUFON, P.O. Box 369,Morrison, CO 80465-0369. (Check, MO, or cash,U.S. dollars.)SCI FI Channel to premiereSpielbergs TAKEN Dec. 2SCI FI Channel and DreamWorks Television airs thepremiere of Steven Spielbergs TAKEN on Dec. 2 at 9PM (et/pt). SCI FI will air more than 20 hours of this epicstorytelling over 10 consecutive weeknights (Dec 2-6 andDec 9-13, 9-11 PM). TAKEN is a sweeping drama thatweaves together the lives of three families over four gen-erations and their crucial roles in the history of alien en-counters. Set against the backdrop of more than 50 yearsof American history, TAKEN is the most ambitious sci-fiproduction ever undertaken for television.The grand story of the Keys; Crawford, and Clarkefamilies is told through the voice of Allie (Dakota Fan-ning), a ten-year-old girl whose journey is at the heart ofTAKEN. From the skies over France during WWII throughthe modern tales of abduction that began with the 1977release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the de-cades of secrets unravel.In addition to Fanning (Cat in the Hat, I Am Sam), thestellar roster of cast includes Catherine Dent (The Shield),Joel Gretsch (Minority Report), Eric Close (Without ATrace), Steve Burton (The Last Castle), Julie Benz (Buffythe Vampire Slayer), Anton Yelchin (Hearts of Atlantis),James McDaniel (NYPD Blue), Desmond Harrington(Ghostship), WillieGarson (Sex in the City), Matt Frewer(Max Headroom), Ryan Hurst (Remember the Titans),Ryan Earl Merriman (Veritas), Heather Donahue (BlairWitch Project), Adam Kaufman (Buffy The VampireSlayer), Andy Powers (Oz), Chad Donella (Smallville),Chad Morgan (Pearl Harbor), Emily Bergl (Carrie 2),James Kirk (Once Upon A Christmas) and MichaelMoriarity (Law & Order).SCI FI Channeltransmits programs to 78 million homes.Launched in 1992, it features cinematichits, new and origi-nal series, and special events, as well as classic sci-fi,fantasy, and horror programming. Check outSCIFI.COM®, the SCI FI Channels award-winning Website, at your mailing labelPlease check your mailing label periodically for theexpiration date of your MUFON membership andMUFON UFO Journal subscription. Renewing prior toexpiration saves MUFON needed funds, and assures thatyou will not miss an issue of the Journal.November 2002 MUFON UFO Journal Page 13
  • 14. Recent Bigfoot activity reported in PennsylvaniaBy Stan GordonPA UFO/Fortean Hotline 24 hours (724-838-7768)• JJ^1, " . . ; -T-V " " - . . • , -, . - .• 0h Sept. 28,2002,1received a phone call from a manwhoiTeported that recently two members of his familyhad observed on separate occasions an unusual creaturethat resembled the description of a Bigfoot. The mostrecent incident had occurred on Sept. 27, 2002, and wasa close-range daylight observation by his wife. .The man said that he thought that I should be madeaware of what was happening, but he strongly expressedthat the identities of those involved, as well as the actuallocation of the sighting, notbe made public.My wife Debbie and I responded immediately to thearea. The incidents took place in Derry Township inWestmoreland County. The location was remote, and wasmade up of many,acres of dense woods. We were greetedby the family members, who were very cordial, and wespent most of the afternoon questioningthe observers andlooking over the sighting locations.We learned that the first incident had occurred abouttwo weeks before. The teenage son was the first to havean encounter with the strange creature. The event tookplace on or about Wednesday, Sept. 11,2002, at around 6PM. The young man appeared to be a very serious indi-vidual, and carefully revealed the details of what occurred.The sighting took place just as the sun was going down.He was riding his bicycle on the family property whenhe heard crashing sounds originating from a wooded area.There were sounds as though something was hitting a logand breaking branches. He stopped to listen, and his at-tention was drawn towards a fence and tree line about300 feet away where he saw "a big brown human-look-ing thing,but very tall."The creature was moving along the area, and therewere some clearings where the creature could be ob-served at times. The witness described the creature asgenerally man-like, about 8 feet tall, and covered withdark brown hair.The creature was broad shouldered, had very long arms,and the head was not perfectly round, but somewhat coneshaped. The creature, which took very long steps, wasoccasionally swinging itsarms as itmoved, andwas slightlybent forward as it walked ("It leaned over when itwalked.")The observation lasted about 30 seconds. Theboy hur-ried home to tell his father about what he had seen. Theyboth went back to the location, but nothing more was ob-served.Then on Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, at about 2 PM, thewife of the caller was driving up a road near the woodedarea where the first sightinghad taken place. She heard asound like limbsand trees breaking coming from her left,and she stopped.There are a lot of deer in those woods, and she wasconcerned that some deer were about to run across theroad and could hit her vehicle. She was talking to herhusband on the cell phone at the time. Suddenly about 45yards away, she was startled to see a creature emergefrom a clearing in the woods.She said that what she saw was tall and man-like,andwas estimated at about 8 feet tall. It was covered all overwith long brown hair which looked to be about 12 inchesin length. The creatures arms hung to the knees, andlong hair was hanging down from the arms. The creaturehad "big shoulders." .The witness watched as the creature moved from thewood line and crossed a field for a distance of about 100feet. The creature, which was slightly hunched as it moved,took big steps, and quickly covered a lot of distance. Thecreature did not swing its arms as it moved across thefield.At the end of the field was a barbed wire fence. Whatamazed the witness was that the creature never sloweddown or hesitated as it approached the fence line. Itcrossed the fence without breaking stride. The witnesswatched as the creature just raised its leg over the fence."It just walked over the fence."When I measured the height of the barbed wire wherethe creature crossed, it was 44 inches off the ground.The creature never looked towards the vehicle. Thewoman was describing to her husband via the cell phonewhat she was seeing. She said that suddenly she becamescared, and felt the need to "leave quickly."In neither case was any odor detected. We searchedthe nearby woods and field for any signs of footprints orother evidence, but the hard and leaf covered terrain re-vealed nothing unusual. The boy and other family mem-bers are avid hunters, and know the woods well. Theyare familiarwith the local wildlife.They know there are bears in the local woods. Thewitnesses are certain that what they saw was not a bear.The boy mentioned that in the last week or so, they havenoticed that they are not seeing many deer, which is un-usual.It is my opinion that these people are sincere, and con-cerned about these recent encounters. They wish no pub-licity, but would like to know more about what these crea-tures are. They have heard talesofsimilar Bigfoot sightingswhich have occurred in past years from various locationsaround this area.Researchers Note:As I approached the vicinityof the sighting location, Ireflected back on manymemories. I had made many tripsin this general area during 1973, when a major outbreakof Bigfoot sightings was occurring. Not far away is theChestnut Ridge.Historically, numerous alleged Bigfoot sightings haveoccurred in locations near the ridge which extends fromPreston County, W.VA.through Westmoreland, Indiana,and Fayette Counties in Pennsylvania.Page 14 MUFON UFO Journal November 2002
  • 15. Filers FilesBy George A. FilerDirector, MUFON Eastern RegionGeorge FilerUnless otherwise noted, these reports have not been verifiedby official investigations.Triangular light formation inVermontWALDEN — On Sept. 8, 2002, the witness was stay-ing at a friends house in Northern Vermont and watchedan impressivedisplayof the Northern Lights early in theevening. The witness says," I fell asleep on the couchand awoke around3 AM and decided to take my sleepingbag onto the deck to sleep under the stars. While star-gazing I noticed what appeared to be a satellite trackingfrom south to north.."Upon further observation I no-ticed that the object was being fol-lowed by two additionallightsof thesame size. All three were equidis-tant, forminga verydistinct trianglepattern. The lights were about 1.5-2 times brighter than the surround-ing stars. I continued to follow theobjects as they tracked steadily tothe north."After the sighting I observedtwo brief flashes, similar to a mir-ror at a great distance reflecting sunlight. The flasheswere quite brief but 3-4x brighter than the stars. Theseoccurred about a minute apart from each other and wereoverhead in the area."NUFORC Note: We are aware of the U. S. Navy"NOSS" satellites which currently are in orbit, but theyare not in a polar orbit, to the best of our knowledge.Also, they probably would not be visible at 3 AM, sincethey probably wouldbe inthe Earths shadow atthat time.Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORCFlying triangle in New YorkONEIDA — The witness reports, "On Sept. 8, 2002,at 4 PM on the highway in Little Falls there were peopledriving slowly and some people were out of their carspointing up. Flyingin the sky was a yellow triangle withyellow pulsing lights,then it disappeared and left a smoketrail like ajet in the shape of a triangle." Thanks to PeterDavenportOrbiting "UfO" likely an Apollo rocketSomething odd is circling our planet. Its small, per-haps only 60-ft long, and rotates once every minute.Amateur astronomer Bill Yeung first spotted the 16thmagnitude speck of light on Sept. 3, and named it J002E3.It mightbe a spacecraft after all—an old one from Earth.Apparently, J002E3 left Earth in 1971, went around theSun 30 or so times,andcame back again. Dr.Paul Chodas,an expert in planetary motionwho has seen plenty of com-plicated orbits, says, "Ive never seen anything like this."NASA scientists have confirmed the first known captureof an object into Earth orbit from a Sun-centered orbit,thanks to continuing observations of what is most likelythe long-lost third stage of a 1969 Apollo rocket to theMoon."Last week we didnt know for sure that it had beencaptured, and now theres no doubt that it was capturedin April of thisyear,"saidChodas, of the Near-Earth ObjectProgram Office at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory,Pasadena, Calif."Whats more, we are virtually certain that it origi-nally escaped Earth orbit in March, 1971, and that it willescape again next June. Its only a temporary visitor."Thanks to NASA.Hovering saucer inNew YorkCENTRAL SQUARE — In upstate NY, on Sept. 8,2002, the witness saw out his window at 1 AM, whatappeared to be the reflection of police lights. When theygot closer she realized it was a hovering saucer-shapedobject high in the western sky.The witness said, "The top was shining brightly withred, green, and blue lights, and the bottom had a verybright white light. It would spin very fast-"it looked likethe toy top I played with as a child"-and then it wouldslow down and hover up and down, and suddenly disap-peared. This sighting lasted 45 minutes."At 2 AM, I received a phone call from a lady friendtraveling from Cicero who saw the same object. Lastnight, we patiently waited at our homes three miles apart,and about 9:30 PM the same object returned and hoveredfor over 2 hours. My friend called North Syracuse andher friend could also see it. She also located anotherfriend three miles south in Brewerton who could also seeit. My husband and I have captured the object on videotape." Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORCCylindrical object in New JerseyCALIFON — On Sept. 8, 2002, using his telescopethe witness spotted a stationary cylindrical object com-posed of a black inner disk and an outer ring that con-tained seemingly thousands of rapidly pulsatingand rotat-ing lights of constantly changing colors. The witness says,"At 9:45 PM, I first saw what appeared to be a big starthat was changing colors from redto blue to green. Look-ing through thetelescope, I saw a very deliberately shapedcircle of thousands of light grids that were pulsing androtating. The colors were distinct. A significantly smallerNovember 2002 MUFON UFO Journal Page 15
  • 16. round object was flying around the large object in a ran-dom pattern. It was definitely a manufactured object. Asecond observer also looked through ,the telescope, andagreed the colors were indescribable and changed withina fraction of a second, and never slowed down pulsating.Each time it changed, it wasnt one solid color on theobject."White lights hover over house in FloridaCOCOA BEACH — It was Sept. 19, 2002, when thewitness went outside at 9 PM to smoke a cigarette. Hesaw what he thought were F-16 fighters. The witnesssaid, "I live near NASA and a military base, so its notunusual. I watched three brightwhite lights go from par-allel to vertical withina half second, which made me payeven more attention."The lights started headingwest towards me,so I stoodand awaited them to fly over. I used to be a flight atten-dant and live with an airline captain. The three lightsapproached slowly,then stopped exactly above my house,and I was able to see it was one craft not three. It wasnot noisy until it was above me."I watched in disbelief as it hovered above me forroughly 50 seconds. The craft was triangular/chevron,and was about 500 feet above me. When the craft disap-peared I called the police and reported my sighting. Acouple of minutes later, I heard sirens from both policeand fire department, and within 40 minutes saw a heli-copter land in the vicinity of where I had first seen thelight dancing. I felt pure awe." Thanks to Sue Darroch,Para Researchers of Ontario, passes overhead in North CarolinaCHARLOTTE — The witness reports, "On Sept.15,2002, my friends and I were on Lake Wylie fishing at2:30 AM. We were startled as two cone-shaped objectspassed overhead at high speed. No sound came from theobjects; only a trail of blue light followed the objects."Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORCSightings continue in Washington StateSPOKANE — The witness reports, "I am writing toupdate you on the continuingand regular sightings of un-explained aircraft and lights in the night skies that beganin early February,2002. The sightings have occurred nearlyevery night since that time. The activity appears to becyclical, in that there will be a day or two of intense activ-ity (10 or more objects per night), followed by severaldays of sporadic activity (1 to 3 objects per night)."All of this activity is focusedon or near Tower Moun-tain, a large hillabout 15 miles SE of Spokane uponwhichsit a number of radio and television towers, as well assome large microwave transmitters. I have observed avariety of craft, includingballs of light, with no other dis-cernible features. These objects tend to flare to incred-ible brightness when they stop and reverse direction. Nosound is associated with these objects."I have also observed a variety of craft which soundlike jet aircraft, but which do not perform or have theflight characteristics of largejet aircraft. I have observedthese craft fly over my location, and appear much like acommercial passengerjet. However,I have then observedthem rum toward the towers, flying below, and some-times between, the towers at a very slow speed-thenchange direction, descend, and disappear at the base ofone of the towers."I am sure that there are no runways up there-par-ticularly one large enough to accommodate a large jetaircraft. On occasion I have also observed what appearto be boomerang or V-shaped aircraft. I have also ob-served lights or craft rise up from the area and fly away."Within the last week I have also noted some activityof what must be some new type of helicopter. At night itoperates with only a bright red strobe which flashes er-ratically, and it is very quiet when compared with a regu-lar helicopter. I have noticed it flying in the vicinity ofTower Mountain. But I want to stress that even though itappears to be a new type of helicopter, I can still identifyit as such. I am not able to identify the other lights andobjects I have described above."I am also goingto include my emailaddress at the endof this mail and make an urgent request for assistancefrom any reputable investigator who would be willing toresearch this ongoing pattern of sightings. I have donemy best to documentwhat has been going on. In my view,this could be-and I stress could be, because I dont knowwhat is going on-a very real and serious national securityrisk." See photos at: FF UFO CENTER PHOTOS.Thanks to ESS estei@qwest.netBalls of light nearly collide in MinnesotaWILLERNIE/STILLWATER — The couple weredriving down the road when they spotted two balls of lightin the southwest sky on Sept. 3,2002, The two decided tofollow, and came to a clearing about 10:30 PM, when theballs started moving towards each other almost like theywere going to collide. The witness reports, "They got soclose to each other that we could only see one ball of lightas they were passing each other. After they passed eachother, the one on the left disappeared."The one moving to the right stopped and circled upand down and left or right. It was changing colors fromred to whiteto an almost glowing blue/green,and it lookedlike it was spinning. We watched it hover for 15 to 20minutes. We were in awe as we had never seen anythinglike it before." Thanks to Peter DavenportSphere photographed inFloridaBROOKS VILLE — According to the witness, "Theycame from different directions Sept. 4, 2002, about 8:30PM, and met in the middle, but never touched. Theystayed in one spot, then each went back the way theycame, all but one went to the east. It flew slowly like itwas just cruising for maybe three minutes, then it flewlike a shot east!"You could see them very good! There were airplanesflying around. Two 707s were headed for Tampa, andPage 16 MUFON UFO Journal November 2002
  • 17. this helped us to see the spheres were higher than theplanes." Thanks Peter Davenport NUFORCFlying V in ArizonaWEST PHOENIX — Joy F.was sitting outside at 1:30AM, observing the night sky when she saw two planesflying east at highaltitudeon Sept. 14,2002. Most planesare lower coming intolandingpattern for the airport. Shethought that was odd, so she ran into the house for bin-oculars and started looking at the aircraft lights.Joy says, "I wasjust panning the sky, marveling atallthe stars I could see with the binoculars as opposed tonaked eye, and all of a sudden there appears in my viewan object at low altitude flying southwest-like that was V-shaped and all lit up. I was looking north when I saw theV, possibly puttingit over Glendale."This was notjust a few points of light in the shape ofa V,but more like the light those shake and break tubesthe kids use at Halloween. I was amazed as I concen-trated on it. It might have turned, as the V was not allthat distinguishableanymore."I got up to track it, but lost it. I could not see anythingmoving with the naked eye. Its almost as if this thingwas not visible to the naked eye, but maybe the binocu-lars acted like night vision?" Thanks to Joy phx.Joyfu96337Light formations in IllinoisCHICAGO — On Sept. 15, 2002, at 10:40 PM, twoobservers, 20 and 25-year-old students at the School ofthe Art Institute, were at the Buckingham Fountain onthe Lake Michigan waterfront looking at the stars. Thewitness reports, "All of a sudden, two bright lights cameout of the west moving very rapidly towards the east.They were four times the diameter of a bright star, and itlooked like they were made up of four lights:three orangelights surrounding a yellow one in the center."The two objects were flying about three inches fromeach other at my arms length. They were flying so per-fectly in formation that at first I thought it was one object.I yelled to my girlfriend, who looked up to seethe objects.As they approached the east horizon they started doingsome weird, non-ballistic maneuvers that told me it wastwo separate objects movingquicklyback and forth closerto each other, and then farther apart. We watched themuntil they disappeared out of sight." Thanks to PeterDavenport NUFORCObjects reported in CaliforniaWINNETKA — The witness reports, "We saw fiveobjects, three in a row, going downward in the sky andone on each side at 2:30 AM on Sept. 19, 2002. Theobjects had flashing lights of different colors. We wereable to see them better with binoculars in the eastern SanFernando Valley, and tried to capture them with a digitalcamera, but the battery died. I am an employee of apublic utility, and my husband is a welder. We are notusually awake at this hour, but we were preparing to goon vacation.Beam of light in OregonPORTLAND — An amateur astronomer and avia-tion enthusiast reports that on Sept. 17, 2002, "I saw afluorescent blue/purple beam like a thin streak of light-ning descend from the sky to the ground at 11:30 PM.This beam was relatively dim, but very clearly connectedto theground 1/4-milesouth from my location. Followingthe beam upwards, itgrew dimmer with distance, becom-ing invisible to the eye at about 250 meters; higher up, Ispotted an aircraft flying at 2,500 feet moving south witha steady dim red light between two white strobes."The strobes were blinking together, at an interval oftwo quick strobes in rapid succession separated by 3/4second between bursts. The strange beam appeared tobe literally connected to thisaircraft, although at that dis-tance I could not confirm this due to the beam becomingtoo dim at thataltitude."As the craft passed overhead the angle of the beamchanged precisely as if it was fixed to a ground location.The width was a toothpick held at arms length. I lostsight of the aircraft several times, but needed only to fol-low the path of thisbeam upwards to relocate the aircraftsposition. The angle of the beam changed from an angle of60 to 90 degrees straight up, and to 45 degrees preciselyin unison with the aircraft as though it were a tether at-tached to the aircraft and fixed to the ground."Through my binocularsthe beam appeared un-solid,quite wide, and wavy, similarto lightning or electricity. Iawoke my wife, and she confirmed what I was seeing. Idrove in my car to directly below the beam in about aminute,but itdisappeared. Thetotal duration ofthis sightingwas eight minutes."My father is an internationalpilot, and we have dis-cussed the many highly strange natural phenomena thathe observes regularlyduring his flight paths over the At-lantic and Pacific Oceans and the Arctic. My under-standing is that this phenomenon is completely unique."Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORCUFO over bridge in CanadaMONTREAL, QUEBEC — The witness was drivingsouth on the ChamplainBridge Sept. 27, 2002, during arainy night and caughtsomething out of the corner of hiseye. At the highestpoint of thebridge he saw what lookedliked a plane flying extremely low.The witness stated, "The lights flew over the bridge ina horizontal flight pattern (it slowed down when crossingover the bridge). I then had a good look at the light for-mation at 7:40 PM. It then increased speed, where itbroke its flight line at a right angle going up into the skyover St-Lambert."As I was driving under the structure, I realized thatwhat I was looking at was not a plane or anything else Ihad seen before. It seemed that cars slowed down. I wasstunned. The basic shape of the craft looked like a smallsquare which is wider at the top, almost like a truncatedtriangle or a geometric U that widens halfway up. Thewhole thing was the size of a small truck." Thanks toBrian Vike.November 2002 MUFON UFO Journal Page 17
  • 18. SECRETS& FIELDSrKEDDYSILV/vXSecrets in the Fields—The Science and Mysticismof Crop Circles by Freddy Silva, Hampton RoadsPub-lishing Co., Inc., Charlottesville,VA22902,7X9 soft cover,334 pages, $19.95.Reviewed by Dwight ConnellyTo say that this is a comprehensivelook at crop circlesis actually somewhat of an understatement, as Silva cov-ers virtually every aspect of thephe-nomenon in considerable detail.A graphic designer and advertisingpro, he first got involved with cropcircles in 1990while working inChi-cago. The evening news showed animage of a circle in the East Field ofAlton Barnes in England. Silva recallsthat he was "enraptured by the imageon the TV, oblivious to thecommentators voiceand everything elsearound me....Why did this image of acrop circle have such an effect, over-coming my normal sense of time andspace?"Even though he was an art director,he did not consider the possibility thatthe "art" in that field could have been man made.Nor didhe jump to the other extreme of assuming UFO involve-ment."No," he says, "what I was seeing was a suggestivesymbol, and I was transfixed by it as it rambled across tomyinruitive right brain, bypassing the left hemisphere ofreason, as if a master hypnotists rhythmic pass of thehand had induced a trance. The symbol made perfectsense to me. It was familiar, like a message I had sentmyself a long timeago."Thus began a quest by the author to understand thephenomenon, first with books, then summers in England(Silva is a British subject). "I was consumed," he ex-plains, "andin turn, the quest consumed afourteen-yearmarriage to my best friend, and I lost both. Beautifulhouse, beautiful life, and bountiful finances gone, I re-turned to my studies in England."Although Silvas interest did not begin nor end with ascientific approach, he has soughtto incorporate intothisbook much of what scientifically-oriented researchershave discovered, including the work of BLT (Burke,Levengood, Talbott), now headed byNancy Talbott. Still,the thrust of Secrets of the Fields is more toward mysti-cism than in the direction of known science.Part 1of this intriguingbook looks at the historyof thecrop circle phenomenon up to the present, while Part 2provides a detailed description of the evidence that Silvahas gathered, "moving from the left brain of science tothe right brain of metaphysics." Included in detail are suchdiverse elements as electromagnetism, balls of light, theUFO phenomenon, the language of symbols, geometry,sound, strategic placement, Earth energy, psychic ability,healing, and "therelationshipsamong the levels of realityin the Universe."Silva uses the term "crop circles" as the general term,"crop formations" or "patterns" when describing shapesincorporating several elements, and "crop glyphs" whendiscussing complex designs. Each of these is well illus-trated with excellent drawings and photos, as one wouldexpect from an art director, and the 16 pages of colorphotos of crop circles are quite impressive.He says the choice of Britain as the prime location forcrop circles "suggests a well-orchestrated plan. They ref-erence sacred sites in a country brim-ming with ancient markers, where suchsites are still honored, where the studyof esoteric knowledge survives, andwhose language is understood through-out the world, enablinginformation to bedisseminated on a vast scale."In terms of "whythese encyclope-dias in plants come to our attentionnow," Silva suggests "several factors"that "mark our time as more favorablefor an interaction between our dimen-sion and others."He cites, for example, the Mayancalendar, saying, "Possibly the most cel-ebrated date in this masterpiece is 2012A.D. The Maya believed that on wintersolstice of that year an alignment between our solarsys-tem and the Milky Way will trigger a time of spiritual,acceleration, (John Major Jenkins, Maya Cosmogenesis2012: The True Meaning of the Maya Calendar EndDate. 1998.Santa Fe: Bear &Co.).Silva further suggests, "Likewise, the Aztec calendarshows that we are at the end of a 13,000-year cycle, andthat significant changes in the Earth and in human con-sciousness are predestined like clockwork."The book featuresan extensive bibliography,providingreaders with the opportunity toevaluate the authors manysources of information, and there is also a good index.Those who are ready to accept "New Age science"and mysticismwill find plenty in this book to fortify theirviews. Those not quite ready for such a leap from tradi-tional science can still find great art work, impressive pho-tos, and interesting ideas in Secrets of the Fields.2002 Symposium ProceedingsThe MUFON 2002 International UFO SymposiumProceedings book is now available from MUFONHeadquarters for $25 + $2.50 p&h (U.S.). For deliver-iesoutside of theUnited Statesan additional $4.00post-age (total $6.50) is required.The book contains the papers presented at the an-nual MUFON Symposium in Rochester, New York, byWilliam J. Birnes, Richard Dolan, Timothy Good,Betty Hill, Bill Hamilton, Budd Hopkins, .DavidJacobs, Don Ledger, Peter Robbins, Jeffrey W.Sainio, Chris Styles and Richard Thieme.Page 18 MUFON UFO Journal November 2002
  • 19. More info from Staff wantedDear Mr. Connelly,I am a certified field investigator for MUFON in SanDiego. When I read Virgil Staffs review of Allies ofHumanity 1was motivated to read it at their website andthen to listen to the audio tape. I write this letter in thehope that you might share it with the readers.Mr. Staff, MUFON Western Regional Director, wrote:"Of Tremendous Significance, The Allies of Humanitybooklet is the most important material I know in the fieldof Ufology. Some of its contents we already know, butthere is very much that is new. In fact, I would presumethjs booklet ties everything together that is truly importantto us here at this time. There is also other material avail-able that will prepare us for what is coming on us atpresent. I usually avoid the work of channelers, but thismaterial is so vital, that it is hoped as many people aspossible will give this theirconsideration." .It is difficult for me to understand why Mr. Staff wouldstate that The Allies of Humanity book "is the most im-portant material I know in the field of Ufology." Thereare so many channelers out there, each giving us theirversion of what the extraterrestrials are up to, some ofthem for many years. So why would he accept this oneand dismiss all the others?It is not my intentionto debunk channelers. I spent fiveyears directing a project at the University of Alabamacalled "Project Outer Limits: to research and explore theouter limits of human potential." During that time I be-came aware that the potential for human beings is farbeyond anything we can imagine. However, becausesomething might be possible does not mean that it is prob-able.I will acknowledge that the book presents a new andunique version of the UFO-alien story that is very differ-ent from any of the others I have heard. He, like somanyothers, claims to be the "one true source." However, hisvalidation, he says, isthe confirmationdeep inus that tellsus this is true."Other channelers with very different views make verysimilar statements when asked to give validationfor whatthey present to us."This is a natural event we are experiencing with theIntervention. Wegain access to it through our spirituality,through Knowledge, because that is our natural spiritual-ity. Its notour idealisticspirituality.Its not thespiritualitythat wed like to have, or that weve read about. Its ournatural knowing. And our natural knowing tells us whatto trust and what not to trust, when something is right andwhen something is wrong, when to go and when to notgo, when to say yes and when not to say yes. And soultimately, as Jesus used to say, for those who have eyesand ears, for those who can really hear this and see thisand know this, thats the validation."He says he is a spiritual teacher, but dismisses the va-lidity of any other spiritual movement: He states that theproblem with UFOs is that many people try to wed thisphenomena to their spiritual beliefs. Yet, it seems to methis blending is exactly what he is doing.A lot of the things he says do not seem to fit together.He says the "allies" are out there in the beyond some-where, observing all these activities, but cannot interferewith the outcome. However, in his scenario, are they notinfluencing the outcome when they give us this informa-tion in the hope that we will act in accordance with whatthey have revealed to us?They (the allies) also tell us that there are many differ-ent kinds of visitors. Are they all trying to compete witheach other to see who gets to take us over-or are they allworking together in one large coalition?In the November issue of the MUFON UFO JournalI read an article by Jim Deardorff, "Is There An AlienStrategy?" This piece was an effort to speculate aboutalien strategy, based on knowledge and facts that investi-gators have acquired over time. .The Allies of Humanity presents a scenario that re-quires a level of "suspension of disbelief," for acceptance.TheDeardorff article, incontrast, is awell written, schol-arly effort to bring the data together to support likely pos-sibilities.I would be hearing more from Mr. Staffas to why he recommended this book so highly.--Ron Stadsklev, ronstadsklev@juno.comAubeck follow-upIn response to an inquiry from a reader regarding theanalysis of a piece of metal in the Aurora case reportedby Chris Aubeck in the August, 2002, Journal, Mr.Aubeck provides thefollowing:Further to our recent exchange regarding the fragmentfound at Aurora, Dr. Tom Gray has kindly given me thefollowing explanation for his negative conclusion:"My analysis of some metal fragments found at the"Aurora site" showed high iron content together with asmall amount of zinc. The material was paramagnetic.Upon furtherinvestigationit was foundthat iron-zinc com-pounds can be paramagnetic, depending on how rapidlythe alloy was cooled."Another sample had a small nail in it, and this sug-gested that the material was roof flashing material. It wascommon for the local metalsmiths to pour roof flashingmaterial in molds at the site of construction in that era."Hence it was concluded that the fragments that Ihad were such material, and the matter was closed tofurther investigation. I hope that this is helpful to you."ReminderState and local MUFON organizations which haveaddress changes, email changes, or web site changesneed to immediately contact MUFON Headquartersso that this information is included in our files and onour website.November 2002 MUFON UFO Journal Page 19
  • 20. View from BritainBy Jenny RandiesJenny RandiesThree sides to a UFOI have just spent some time in the Isle of Man on aresearch trip for a new book: Outside of the UK thisisland, measuring only 30 miles by 12miles and situatedin the Irish Sea between Ireland and Scotland, is likely tobe completely unknown. But it is a truly magical placewhich is, in fact, the oldest continuouslyoperatedparlia-mentary democracy on earth-a system known asTynwald,founded by the Vikings.Not a part of either the UKor the European Union, it is acrown dependency of Britain,which isthereforeat oncebothfamiliar and unique. Indeed itis rather like something out ofa time warp-with both steamrailways and horse tramsalongside Victorian electriccable cars as the routinemeans of transporation onthisidyllic and richlydiverse land-scape.I have loved the island since I went there at age 5 toattend a wedding in a village that had scarcely changedsince medieval times. And I have always beenfascinatedby the folklore that soaks the scenery of this discerningtourist destination-for it is without doubt the part of theBritish Isles where people still feel close to the existenceof other worldly beings. This is why I wanted to spendsome time doing serious research out there.And what I found convincedme that this island,whichis better known for its motorcycle races and tailless cats,is indeed the most magical spot on earth.Out of the mistsThe birth of the island, according to the widely be-lieved legend, reads like aclose encounter. Agiant beingdescended from the sky and protected it from invadersby cloaking it in a mantle of eerie blue mist. From out ofthis mist emerged a sparking object that rotated likeawheel of fire issuing three "legs." The floating massclimbed into the sky and left behindwhat is now the Isleof Man.To this day the three legs is the symbol of the island-carried on the nations flag, buildings, and currency. Itmay be the only country on earth which represents itselfin this way via the medium of a UFO sighting.The mists thatstill shroud theislandhide countlessothersecrets that I thoroughly enjoyed digging into during mystay. I learned of strange beings that shape shifted, ofentities known only as "themselves," who dictated thelives of the locals-and to whom it is wise not to be any-thing other than thoroughly circumspect. Indeed, whereelse, I found myself wondering, would a reigning mon-arch (the current queen) have been driven intothe islandsmain window area around Castle Rushen with hugelyelaborate precautions taken to ensure that even she andher entourage paid heed tothe other worldydenizens whose :ancient territory this was?These old beliefs are still very strongon the island, asIheard from locals in the countless strange events that theyhad to report, not simply from days gone by, but frommuch more modern times.A supernatural legacyThe Manx heritage is wonderfully lucidand full of sto-ries that could easily be adapted into the context of UFOsand aliens, were you of a mind to do so.The close encounter, for instance, in which a farmerheard a strange rushing noise from the air and watchedas the bushes began to vibrate beneath a glowing light.As he stood transfixed by the vision, time stretched outand lost allmeaning, and he regained consciousness-hourslater-some distance from where he had been.To that farmer, he had encountered "themselves" andexperienced the oddity of their kingdom. But, of course,we could very easily substitute UFO for strange light,andaliens for "themselves," and interpret such tales in verydifferent ways.Even inmodern times these odd stories go on-although,of course, they are more commonly regarded in the con-text of traditional UFOs these days. There was even analleged UFO crash in the mountains on the north of theisland about three years ago, although I have to say thatthis is likely to have a more mundane interpretation,.ahd,besides, it somehow loses something when you have to,start regarding the events that befall these islanders; asmuch like those that happen everywhere else.I prefer to think it was really "themselves" up to theirold tricks, after all. :I have a lot of thinkingto do over the coming weeks todigest all that I saw and heard on the Isle of Man as.I *prepare my book, which should be published in the sum-mer of 2003. .But it was ajourney I would not have missed for theworld, and if you are ever in the UK and want to visitwhere the supernatural feels like a way of life, then popon a ferry at Liverpool or Belfast, off the usual touristtrail that the guidebooks dictate, take the two or three-hour sailingto Douglas, and stand in wonder and contem-plation.You will not regret it.Page 20 MUFON UFO Journal November 2002
  • 21. PerceptionsBy Stanton T.FriedmanStanton T. FriedmanBova and insufficient dataIn 1977,1presented a paper at the 8thAnnualMUFONSymposium (Scottsdale, Arizona) entitled "Science Fic-tion, Science, and UFOs" complete with 60 references. Ireviewed some of the fictional claims made by such Sci-Fi stalwartsas Isaac Asimov,Ben Bova, ArthurC. Clarkeand suchscientistsas J. AllenHynek and DonaldMenzel.I also dealt with fiction aboutUFOs disguised as "fact" as pub-lished by SCIENCE and ScienceNews. Hynek, Asimov, andMenzel are all deceased. But BenBova, former editor of ANALOGScience Fiction, and of OMNI,is still making some of the sameoff-the-wall comments.Bova wrote an article in theOctober 13, 2002, Naples(Florida) Daily News. He repeatssome of the same old baloney,such as that the onlyreason somesightings cant be explainedisthatthere isnt enough data. (Ana-log, December,1975, p. 172).I sent him tables from Project Blue Book Special Re-port #14 showing that there was a separate category, "In-sufficient Information,"for those reports for which therewasnt enough data, as opposed to the 21.5% of the3,201 Sightingsconsidered which could not beexplainedby professionalpeople spending full timeworkingon thecases, and that the better the quality of the sighting themore likely to beunexplainable.He certainly didnt let the facts get in the way of hisbaseless beliefs as he made these comments in responseto my letter and enclosures: "Ive been into theUFO con-troversy for many years... The thing that impresses methe most is not the fact that there are so many unex-plained sightings but that so many people are willing toleap from such sightings to the conclusion that we arebeing visited by extraterrestrials... The lack of explana-tion of sightings in question is actually a lack of informa-tion. Whenever enough information has been obtained,thephenomenonhas turnedout to be terrestrialinorigin...itwould seem that there would be a few with enough infor-mation about them to show that no terrestrialexplanationis sufficient. I have never seen such a report. Ill be gladto revise my opinion."I truly doubt it.In other words, if we ignore all the relevant data, suchas that in BBSR 14, in Richard Halls The UFO Evi-dence, and in the 1968 Congressional Symposiumreportwhich I had referenced (Jim McDonalds paper had 41excellent sightings), one can reach whateverunsubstantiatable conclusions one wishes. And with astraight face. Bova illustrated 3 of my 4 rules for UFOdebunkers 1. What the public doesnt know, I am not go-ing to tell them. 2. Dont bother me with the facts, mymind is made up, 4. Do ones research by proclamation;investigation is toomuch trouble.In his 2002 article, Bova demonstrates rule number 3:If one cant attack the data, attack the people. He usesthe term "UFO faithful" three times, totally ignoring thefact, true even in 1977, that the greater the education, themore likely to believe in UFOs.The notion that those of us who have studied the evi-dence leap to the conclusions of ET visitors is also ab-surd. It isdie combination of appearance indicating "manu-factured" and flight behavior indicatingnot built here thatleads us to the ET conclusion.In 2002 Bova adds in the usual debunker disdain forRoswell without any indication of having studied any ofthe relevant data . He states that Walter Hauts pressrelease referred to the wreckage as a disk. "The diskwas definitively aflyingsaucer. Three alien crewmen hadbeen recovered, two of them dead and the third badlyinjured." There is no mention of bodies in any of the July1947 press coverage!One can only wonder at the source of this bit of non-sense, followed by "For nearly half a century Roswellhas stood as classic example of the government hidingthe truth aboutflyingSaucers."More malarkey. 22yearswould be more correct.The first book about Roswell, The Roswell Incidentby Moore and Berlitz,wasnt published until 1980,just afew years after I started the civilian investigation of theRoswell Incident. Bova then admits there was a coverup(lasting 47 years!), since Roswell really was a MogulBalloon, citing Karl Pflocks Roswell book, even thoughnothing about Mogul fits the wreckage (or the timing)found near Roswell.It should be noted that the intro to Karls book waswritten by another science fictionwriter, Jerry Pournelle.Bova talks about his "Investigative efforts" regardingUFOs when he was OMNI editor. He also states, "It isall too easy to fall forunsupported stories that tell us whatwe want to believe." This is an excellent description ofthe nonsense being spouted by anti-UFO science fictionwriters. They want to believe there is no evidence, socreate scenarios to back up this plot line, even thoughhaving no basis in fact.One of Bovas stranger recent comments: "Why thegovernment would try to cover up alien visitors is some-thing I dont understand." Has Bova never heard of thepotential impact of anybody on earth being able todupli-cate the flight technology of flying saucers for militaryapplications and the necessity of keeping ones enemiesNovember 2002 MUFON UFO Journal Page 21
  • 22. from learning what one has learned? How naive can oneget?He also says, "How a government that leaks like asieve could possibly cover up such a story for nearly halfa century is beyond my comprehension." Obviously Bovaknows very little about "need to know," compartmental-ization, black budgets, etc. I should point out that in 1995the Naval Research Laboratory first admitted havinglaunched the first U.S. electronic Intelligence Spy Satel-lite back in 1960. It provided more Elint data than all theprevious spy flights by the U-2 and other recon systemscombined.Echoing Phil Klass, Bova notes that the feds couldntcover up Watergate for very long. There is no compari-son. Watergate did not involve national security, the se-vere penalties for releasing classified data, etc.Bova claims, "I:would like to see some scrap of hardpalpable evidence." Since he hasnt, I guess there mustnot be any. As I keep saying, absence of evidence is notevidence for absenceOn the same day that I read Bovas article, I also noteda story on Business WireaboutaRoper opinionpoll aboutUFOs, sponsored by the Science Fiction channel. Thepoll was done because of the forthcoming Decemberbroadcast on the Sci Fi Channel of Steven Spielbergsminiseries TAKEN about how three multi-generationfamilies handle their abductions. The poll noted that 72%of Americans believe the government is not telling thepublic everything it knows about UFO activity. That is avery large number of "UFO faithful."Isaac Asimov in his publicationsback in the 1970s alsoattacked the people, stating, whilst defending Hynek,"These reports are so riddled with hoaxes, and the flyingsaucer enthusiasts have so many cranks, freaks and nutsamong them, that Hynek is constantlyrunning the risk ofinnocently damaging his reputationby being confusedwiththem."Again, of course, there is no data provided. Hoaxesand crackpot cases make up together less than 10% ofthe cases. The polls have consistentlyshowed that a ma-jority of those expressing an opinion (including engineersand scientists) do accept the notion of UFO reality. Thegreater the education the more likely to so accept.Asimov: "Nor is it conceivable that they can be afraidof us." I guess nuclear, biological, or chemical weaponscant affect aliens! He also stated, "They should eithercome down and say hello or they should go away. If theydo neither, they are not intelligently guided spaceships."What arrogant nonsense! One would think that becauseAsimov writes science fiction, he is an expert on alienbehavior!! Talk about proclamation. I dont normallytalkto the birds and squirrels in the forest behind my house.Asimov had been made aware of my views on UFOswhen somebody had sent him acopy of my 1973 MUFONpaper which contained this comment: "Many people aresurprised when I point out that two of the most notedscience fiction and science writers, Isaac Asimov andArthur Clark, are both quite vehement in their anti-UFOsentiments."His response in the February, 1974, Fantasy and Sci-ence Fiction was: "That Friedman meets people whoare surprised at this indicates, I suppose, the level of thecircles he moves in. After all, why should the fact thatArthur and I are s.f. writers lead people to suppose thatwe have forfeited our intelligence and must surely be-lieve any mystic cult that seems to have some elements incommon with science fiction."I was, of course, referring to the many colleges andprofessional groups to which I had spoken, includingen-gineering societies of Detroit, Cincinnati,Baltimore, manysections of the American Institute of Aeronautics andAstronautics, of the Institute of Electrical and ElectronicEngineers, the Los Alamos section of the AmericanNuclear Society, etc, etc. I am sure that Isaac was notreferring to the cults of SETI or of the noisy negativistssuch as he, or Bova or Clarke.What was most disconcerting about Asimovs exten-sive remarks was the very bad science he displayed,despite his PhD in chemistry. In trying to determine thenumber of civilizations in the galaxy, he starts with theassumption (no basis given) that there are 640,000,000Earth-like planets in the galaxy. He reduces this by a fac-tor of 300,000 because there has only been life here for 17300,000th of the time Earth has been around, and by afactor of 50 because we have only had a civilization for200 of those 10,000 years (1/50) arrivingat a total ofonly43 Industrial civilizations inour galaxy!!But there is no connection between the fraction of timethere has been a civilization here and the situation in therest of the galaxy. When I wrote my response, I pointedout that just because at that time I had been married tomy wife for 7% of my life, did NOT mean 7% of men aremarried. He then claims to assume we are average, sothere are only 21 superior civilizationsin the galaxy. Hesays that by distributing them randomly that means anaverage distance between them of 13,500 light years.He then follows with a truly unscientific claim: "Withthe nearest home planet of flying saucers being 13,500light years away, the chance of visiting us would seemsmall."Random distribution to any real scientist would meanthe nearest, even using his totally baseless numbers, couldbe 10 light years away. As a matter of fact there are 46sun-like stars within only 54 light years of us of the 1000stars in that volume of space. Zeta 1 and Zeta 2 Reticuliare only 39 light years from us, and are only l/8th of alight year apart (based on the latest measurements.)Of course Isaac ignores colonization, migration, andcivilizationsthat started long beforeus.Zeta 1and 2Reticuliare, after all, at least a billion years older than the sun.Just as with Bova more than 25 years later, Isaac pro-claims, "If flying saucers are spaceships, this must beproven by direct evidence. It can never be proven bywailing but what else can it be? I surely dont knowany scientists who have concluded that some UFOs areET spaceships on the basis of "what else can it be?"Arthur Clarke also contributed a numberof gems aboutUFOs back inthe 1970s, such as "The public is no longerworried about them... no longer news," and the Interna-tional Geophysical Year killed UFOs because they neverPage 22 MUFON UFO Journal November 2002
  • 23. found a single one. This, of course, ignores the outstand-ing Trinidade,Brazil, photos taken by a photographer onboard an IGY ship.He also claimed "the hysterical credulity of the late40s has been replaced-except in the minds of the fewsurviving cultists-by a realization of the fact that theheavens are full of extraordinary sights."Not a very goodprediction, to say the least. Clarke also noted that de-fense radar systems can detect single nuts and bolts,falsely implying there have been no radar observations ofUFOs. Obviously he was assuming that he had the ap-propriate security clearance and need-to-know to beshown such data.One reason for rehashing this old and new sciencefiction stuff is that I expect a major debunking effort fromCSICOP and its anti-UFO cultists because of TAKENand otherforthcoming documentaries. Dr.Joseph Nickell(their full time "investigator"-with 3 degrees in English)recently visited Flatwoods, WV, to dispose of theFlatwoods Monster case of Sept. 12, 1952, claiming itwas just a meteor that landed and a large owl.The facts that there was no crater, no meteor frag-ments were found, no earthquake detected, and that the"monster" was at least 10 feet tall, can of course be ne-glected. I visited the site exactly 50 years later and talkedto two of the key witnesses. Nickell did neither.I expecta big book soon by an outstanding investigator, JosephFeschino, who has been researching the case for morethan a decade.Those who want to dig deeper into science fiction andUFOs can obtain my "Four Scientific Papers," whichincludes the SF one, from UFORI, FOB 958, Houlton,ME 04730-0958, $4, including postage.My new email address is Myweb site is .Directors Message...(Continued from Page 24)MUFON author has new bookGreece, the Next 300 Years, authored by StephenA. Tzikas, Director of Investigations for VirginiaMUFON, is now available. It contains chapters on UFOs.For more information, see Steves website NIGHT-SKYWalter N. Webb2002 SymposiumProceedingsThe MUFON 2002 International UFO Sym-posium Proceedings book is now available fromMUFON Headquarters for $25 + $2.50 p&h (U.S.).For deliveriesoutside of the United States an addi-tional $4.00 postage (total $6.50) is required. Thebook contains the papers presented at the annualMUFON Symposium in Rochester, New York, byWilliam J. Birnes, Richard Dolan, TimothyGood, Betty Hill, Bill Hamilton, Budd Hopkins,David Jacobs, Don Ledger, Peter Robbins,Jeffrey W. Sainio, Chris Styles and RichardThieme.December 2002Bright Planets (EveningSky):Jupiter (magnitude-2.5), in Leo, rises in the ENE soonafter 8 PM in midmonth and remains visible all night as itcrosses the southern sky. The giant planet begins retro-grade motion (movingwestward) on Dec. 4.Saturn (-0.5), retrograding in Taurus, reaches a pointopposite the Sun on the 17th, rising in the ENE aroundsunset and staying in view all night in the southern half ofthe heavens. The planets unusually large diameter,coupled with a ring system tilted near its maximum angle,offers a truly magnificent sight in a backyard telescope.Bright planets(MorningSky):Venus (-4.7) and much fainter Mars (1.6) pair upthroughout most of December on the Virgo/Libra border.They rise in the ESE about 3:30 AM in midmonth. Thepair can be seen near the lunar crescent on the 1 st. Ve-nus and Mars are nearest each other on the 6th. Marsagain is near the crescent Moon on Dec. 30.Jupiter stands high in the SW at dawn. Look for it 4degrees below the gibbous Moon on the 23rd.Saturn sets inthe WNW near sunrise. The ringed worldlies near the full moon on Dec. 19.Meteor Shower:The annual Geminid meteors peak on the morning ofDecember 14when they attain an hourly rate of about 50to 100 per hour.Fortunately, the interfering gibbous Moon sets aboutthe time the meteor showers radiant point reaches itshighest altitude in the S-at 2 AM local time. So best ob-serving will be after that time. Most Geminids are bright,white, and have short paths.Moon Phases:New moon-Dec. 4; First quarter-Dec. 11; Full moon-Dec. 19; Last quarter-Dec. 26The Stars:By midevening the brilliant constellations of wintergradually take theplace of the inconspicuousautumn stars.Once again Orion the Hunter becomes the seasons heav-enly symbol, while the autumn sky marker of the GreatSquare of Pegasus slips toward the W horizon.Trace an imaginaryline through Orions three belt starsdown left to the brightest nighttime star, Sirius the DogStar (low in the ESE at 9 PM in midmonth).Another linethrough the belt to the upper right points to Aldebaran,the fiery right eye of the Bull Taurus.The Big Dipper becomes easier to see as it begins itsupward ascent from the N horizon.November 2002 MUFON UFO Journal Page 23
  • 24. By John F. SchuesslerMUFON International DirectorMUFON Webmaster on TVMUFON Webmaster Bill Konkolesky was inter-viewed by Naked Eye Productions and will appear in theSciFi Channel documentary "The Abduction Diaries." Theprogram is scheduled to air on Nov. 22 at 10 p.m.(EST),with several repeats.MUFON to be featured on Learning ChannelKevin Barry has produced another outstanding UFOdocumentary that will air on The Learning Channel onDec. 10. Titled "UFO Secrets," this documentary tiesseveral prominent UFO casestogether and includesthe workof several MUFON investiga-tors. Barrys past documenta-ries for the A & E Channelwere applauded as "factual,""even-handed," and "earth-shaking." You wont want tomiss this one.John SchuesslerMUFON Web SiteBill Konkolesky is bring-ing a new look to the MUFONweb site at changes will feature a streamlined navigation setupand graphic improvements. Christopher Cisneros andPamela Travis of Prologix, Inc.,designed a new logo forMUFON that features the worldwide scope of MUFON.It is now ready for use on the web site.Fresh news stories and links will be added to the sitewith regularity. The site also features a link that will allow viewers to purchase UFObooks that are reviewed in the MUFON UFO Journaland on Worldwide UFO Database developed by DonWeatherby and Wendy Ban provides a wide range ofstatistics on UFO cases, and it is updated every Friday.Interestingly, the number of sightings being reported tothe MUFON site is showing a high level of UFO activityworldwide.Donation to MUFON ArchivesJudith Jones from Vermont MUFON donated a niceselection of UFO books to the MUFON archives. Wethank Judithfor helpingus grow the MUFON library andinformation archives. MUFON welcomes donations ofUFO-related books, magazines, newsletters, papers, clip-pings and memorabilia. We are also looking for artifactsthat may be displayed in the MUFON Headquarters Mu-seum area.New speaker system for MUFON HeadquartersColorado MUFON members contributed an audio sys-tem for MUFON Headquarters. Due to the size of thefacility, audiences were having trouble hearing speakerpresentations. The new system corrects that problem.Lin Simpson provided the speaker system, Gail Dillonsupplied the cordless microphone, andAlan Cadiz, presi-dent of Cadiz Custom Sound in Woodland Park, CO, didthe installation. Thank you all for your generosity.Position announcementsLin Simpson of Parker, CO, has accepted the posi-tion of Director of Membership for MUFON. Lin has astrong administrativebackground throughher employmentat the University of Denver. She has held various posi-tions in Colorado MUFON, including program chair, 1998MUFON International UFO Symposium Chair, actingColorado State Director, and more. Known for her abil-ity to get things done, she has already promulgated somenew initiativesand will be reportingthese in future issuesof the MUFON UFO Journal.Esen Sekerkarar has accepted the position ofMUFON Representative for Turkey. She was a fea-tured speaker at the MUFON International UFO Sym-posium in Rochester, NY,and she providedthe cover storyfor the September 2002 MUFON UFO Journal.Shinichrou Namiki has accepted the position ofMUFON National Director for Japan, filling thepositionvacated by the passing of Takao Ikeda. In addition tobeing a MUFON member, Mr. Namiki is chairman of theJapan Space Phenomenon Society.Nicholas Roesler, State Director for Wisconsin, ap-pointed John Hoppe as State Section Director forSheboygan and WashingtonCounties.George Zeiler of Aurora, CO, has accepted the po-sition of Deputy to the International Director. Georgewill be workingspecial initiatives in additionto his workon official government documentation of UFOactivities.Georges work on the Stan Romanek case (Lakewood,CO, Sept. 30, 2001) was featured in the October 2002issue of the MUFON UFO Journal.Robert H. Rowland, M.D. of Pittsburgh, PA, hasbeen appointed to the position of Consultant in Psychia-try.Ron St. Laurence, D.C.H. of Livermore, CA, hasbeen appointedto the position of Consultant in Hypnosis.Yuka Saeki of Chicago, IL, has accepted thepositionof Translator for the Japanese language.Eugene Prison, Canadian NationalDirector, is form-ing a MAX Committee (MAXCom) to provide greatermember involvementacross Canada. Gene will providemore details about MAXCom and Canadian RegionalDirectors in the near future.(Continued on Page 23)Page 24 MUFON UFO Journal November 2002