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  1. 1. $3.00M U T U A L U F O N E T W O R KUFO JOURNALJuly 2002 Number 4110^f > >1Is there a Rosetta Stonefor alien communication?"Alien communication anintriguing puzzle" begins onpage 3.
  2. 2. MUFONUFO Journal(USPS 002-970)(ISSN 0270-6822)Post Office Box 369Morrison, CO 80465-0369Tel: 303-932-7709Fax: 303-932-92790°International DirectorJohn F. SchuesslerEditor:Dwight Connelly14026 Ridgelawn RoadMartinsville, IL 62442Tel: (217) 382-4502e-mail:mufonufojoumal@hotmail.comColumnists:Walter N. WebbGeorge FilerJenny RandiesStanton Friedman .Staff ArtistWes CrumMUFON 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 contentsJuly 2002 Number 411In this issueAlien communication by Anthony & Newbrook 3Classic triangle in Georgia by Tom Sheets 7Comets and UFO crashes by Chris Aubeck 8Filers Files by George A. Filer. 12Profile: Bob Pratt by Dwight Connelly 15Arizona object shows lights in sequence 17MUFON Forum 18View from Britain by Jenny Randies 19Perceptions by Stanton T. Friedman 21Calendar 22The Night Sky by Walter N. Webb 23Directors Message by John Schuessler 24Change of address and subscription inquiriesshould 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. Box369, 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 UFO data, with the ultimate goal of learning the origin andnature of the UFO phenomenon.
  3. 3. Alien communicationan intriguing puzzleBy Gary Anthony & Dr. Mark Newbrook© 2002Seldom in UFOlogy do we find any qualifiedlinguistic,cryptanalysis or phonetic analysis of the various claimsand experiences involved in the abduction and contactphenomenon. Why? Given the broadnumber of samplesallegedly featuring alien languages, either in spoken orwritten form, and other attempts at communication evi-dent in the case files and literature, this is surprising.In fact, most of the references for scrutinizing sug-gested alien languages comprise either small snippets re-lating to unsubstantiated official documents which heraldthe study of hieroglyphic or Sanskrit-like writings associ-ated with crashed LTFOs,2or the workof enthusiastic ama-teurs probing into the abduction phenomenon, whose ex-pertise is often in other subjects.While the latter are sometimes well intended, they arenot extensive or conclusive enough to determine the sta-tus quo or suggest further specific examinations. Actualexpert opinions in respect to alien semiotics are very thinon the ground. Hence the reason and aims at the core ofthe Alien Semiotics Project underway since 1999, an en-deavor to question and cooperate with abductees, wit-nesses, and researchers to explore the UFO abductionnarratives and literature, and to involve unbiased quali-fied experts in the aforementioned (and other) fields togive alien languages(?) and symbols a fair appraisal, us-ing "scientificmethodology," and see whatcan be learnedabout this specific focus on the topic. This article formsthe basis of some of the questions the project addresses.How do aliens speak to us?The bulk of communication reported as done by aliens(or whatever or whoever claimed to be responsible forthe phenomenon) is by telepathy orutilizing some form oftechnology ofmind transference;certainly Eddie Bullard3and a few other equally meticulous examiners make rel-evant note of this predominant feature of the alien con-tact experience.4However, an inspection of the availablecase files sug-gests that telepathydoes not always apply to the commu-nication reportedly overheard between aliensthemselves.5There is a plethora of totally telepathic, a sizeable portionofpart-telepathic, and aproportionally varied6mixture ofverbal and other types of alien communication involvingsound and light.7Linguistic experts and critics find telepathy a "conve-nient" attribute of the abduction scenario because it ne-gates the necessity of inventingand inserting a languagewithin the narrative, and thus seems to favor less exoticand more mundane origins for thephenomenon-which isa valid point. However, unless alleged alien semioticsare studied properly, no one will know either way.If it is true that aliens are communicating with us byThe Rosetta Stonetelepathy, either directly from mind to mind or via sometechnology enablingalien to human mind communication,this ultimately could open up completelynew vistas and arevolution in the future of epistemics. • •Learning to understand the structure of any alien lan-guage, even if we do not possess the equivalent of analien Rosetta Stone to decipher it, could be equally inter-esting and challenging. The aforementioned could ex-plain some of the popularityofpsi topics like remote view-ing and channelling rapidly becoming part of a New Ageworld movement that is more readily connected to theUFO and abductionphenomenon. But how real are theseconcepts?Are there any bona fide alien languages in abducteereports, and if so how many? What can we learn aboutthese languages? Are there any hoaxed or invented alienlanguages? What are the structures and features of allthese languages? How do they compare with each otherand withrecognized terrestrial languages and symbolisms?Do any fully coherent alien languages, in either pho-netic or written/symbolic format, exist in the data arisingout of the abduction or contact phenomenon? Do someof the witnesses know them? What are the features ofthese languages? Why have these languages been report-edly taught to specific abductees?These arejust a few of the general questions the projectcovers. We do not intend a cursory study or witch-hunt,but a determined effort to try and recognize and under-stand alleged alien languages using any available data orinformation.In a significant portion of cases dating from the hu-manoid and contact era right up to the present date, whereJuly 2002 MUFON UFO Journal
  4. 4. aliens use verbal communication, the reported beings some-times appear more than adequately adept in the languageof the witness. How and why is this so, given that suchreports pertain to a considerable global sampling (of vari-ous languages) used by abductees and experiencers?There are of course many examples where the aliensspeech or sound communication has been unintelligibleordifficult to describe and imitate.8Strange verbal and othermutterings include a wide range of pitch (or tone), barks,9grunts, whistles and melodic as well as other unknownspeech or sounds.Few such examples are said tobe understood properly in any way,either by the abductee/experienceror by anyone else. What can lin-guists, phoneticians, cryptanalysts,psycholinguistics and other expertsbring to such a topic in cooperationwith witnesses?Other posibilitiesA number of other diverse meth-ods of alien communication havealso been suggested, includingchannelling and mediumship,flashes of light, and recognizable orconfusing gestures and barely ex-plicable forms of symbolic commu-nication occurring atacellular, spiri-tual or indeterminate psychologicallevel.10Richard Hall suggests thatthe medium itself could be the com-munication, where UFO wavescould represent a sophisticated un-derstanding of human psychologyin capturing our attention.Indeed the possibilities for com-munication could be vast or mini-mal depending upon circumstanceSymbols on Roswell debris as drawnby Jesse Marcel, Sr. in 1981 at the urg-ing of Dr. Linda Corley.CETI has focused on many of these problems andarrived at some fairly logical conclusions which could behelpful in the business of alien communication, but per-haps these have not yet incorporated the entire benefitof linguistic input and might not be applicable to an alienmind.In this context, it should be noted at the outset that theamount of variety even among human languages sur-prises some people. There are in fact more than 6,000human languages, which can be grouped into about 200families; each of these families is not known to be re-lated to any other. On the sur-face at least, this huge collectionof languages varies a great deal;some of them are very differentindeed from languages like En-glish (notably in respect of gram-mar).It can be argued that thesedifferences relate to major dif-ferences of mind-set/world view.But the scale of this varietywould presumably be vastlygreater where alien languageswere concerned. We should ex-pect to find utterly unfamiliarstructures and types of usage (aswell as unfamiliar sounds).In any examples where thealien mind or perceptions wereapparently so different from oursas to render communication dif-ficult at best, perhaps only verybasic exchanges might be pos-sible, along mathematical andsimilar lines.13By not adequately anticipat-ing possible scientific interest inand perceptions-both ours and those of the aliens. In caseswhere particularly strange high-pitched sound or whereseemingly no communication or exchange was noticeable,or where the aliens decided to leave after short durationor interaction with humans, it is possible that there mayhave been something occurring beyond human compre-hension or perception.Maybe aliens have unsuccessfully attempted commu-nication with us at a number of different levels and loca-tions and by different methods in the past.12Successfulcommunication has also been postulated, in spite of theassertion that logic may suggest that ET Intelligence (ETI)might first try to understand us and our methods of com-munication and language before attempting exchange.The pitfalls and requirementsParadoxically, in understanding an alien language, wemay first be required to learn as much as possible aboutthe alien mind, physiology, and perceptions, and of howthese may differ from ours, especially in respect of meth-ods of communication, so that any message we may con-vey will have a chance of being properly understood.this area, phonetics reported in some cases are not de-scribed or documentedaccurately or properly. E.g., wasthe utterance really Dbano da skigyay o dbano orDeebahoh day skigyay oh deebanoh or Dabanno daskigyay ho dabanno etc.14Of course, even if they didanticipate this, few people actually have phonetic train-ing (which would enable them to hear unfamiliar soundsaccurately) or the ability to use the standard phoneticscript with which all linguists represent all known speechsounds.Unknown sounds?Indeed, as we said earlier, it is quite possible that alienlanguages would involve sounds which are not used inany human language or are even impossible for humansto pronounce. Naturally there are no existing symbolsfor such sounds.15We are asking only that people whohave reported such events do the best they can.There is also the potential for extreme difficulties ifone is attempting to reply to an alien welcome with amisconstrued greeting which could be an insult, derivedfrom erroneously interpreted data.Page 4 MUFON UFO Journal July 2002
  5. 5. Humans have encountered similar circumstances try-ing to communicate across diverse cultures, where theoutcome has been dramatic or worse, simply because lan-guage protocols and rituals were not understood or ad-hered to. Ori the scale of one species trying to talk toanother, matters could be entirelydifferent, and there maynot alwaysbe a ready compromise; communication mighthave to be either on bur terms or on theirs.Academic commentators like Thomas Gold, Dr AlbertHibbs, and Carl Sagan long agopbintedout otherpossible dangers of initiatingcommunications with ET, e.g., wemightbe setting ourselves up for catastro-phe.16But here we are assuming thatwe do wish to at least understand ET.The message and narrative of thealiens in UFOlogical literature containmany diversities, absurdities or contra-dictions, especially when subjected toin-depth singular scrutiny or overallcomparisons. It can be difficult to seewhat may or may not be relevant withregards to semiotics.In the absence of the aliens them-selves to clarify such matters, the bestclues may originate withthe abducteesand experiencers, who often expressfrustration in not being ableto interpret or understand suchelements present in their own experiences (for many rea-sons). If would be an ideal situation for an abductee totake a cassette recorder on their abductions with them,but this seems non-viablegiventhe nature of the phenom-enon.17,For this project we need samples which are as long aspossible. Frequently, samples of alien speech or writingare not long enough to make substantial linguistic orotheranalyses. Shorter samples are useful only if translations-preferably "literal"ones-are available, and of course evenlonger ones are more useful with translations than with-out. . .We realize that many, people who say that they canunderstand such material report that this understanding is"holistic"; they understand whole messages rather thanindividual words or phrases. This makes the linguists taskmore difficult, but if they can work with the people whoreport the usage they may still be able to analyse the lan-guage systems involved.If you know an alien language-written, spoken or oth-erwise-we would like to hear from you, with as muchinformation as you can provide. The things we are par-ticularly interested jn are:1. Alien scripts, and texts written in these scripts, witha description of how they are written i.e. left to right orright to left, top to bottom or bottom to top, starting whereon the page. We also need to know if each symbol repre-sents something like a whole word (like in Chinese), or asound (like in our alphabet), or whatever. If words aregenerally made up of two or more symbols (as in an al-phabet), it would help to know where the various words ineach text begin and end.TimaUfgsafV-* »X•2. Translations into English (or other terrestrial lan-guages) of texts written in such scripts (very welcomeindeed wherever possible).3. Spoken alien language, ideally recorded on tape,but if this is not possible, in the form of transcriptionseither into "imitated spelling" (where you represent thesounds as best you can using the spelling of English or ofyour own strongest language; it would help here if weknew which language you are thinking of and/or which• English or other accent you have) or(better) into standard phonetic script,if you know it.4. Translations into English (orother terrestrial languages) of spokenmaterial (again very welcome indeedwherever possible).5.Alien insignia from uniforms,craft or elsewhere, or any symbolsor motifs seen in an alien environ-ment, includingstar maps or symbolsoninstrumentation.6. Body marks made by aliens thatsuggest symbolic or other geometri-cal patterns.These are all important to the vari-ous analyses underway. Samples ofsketches or drawings, photocopies, orscanned images may all be sent to the project, with briefaccompanying background details about the experienceand as many details about the communication aspectsand the alien physiology as possible. Detail concerningwhether hypnoticregression was used to recover memo-ries is also useful.Submissions are courteously dealt with in all cases,either in confidence or openly as the contributor stipu-lates or desires. We ask permission to accurately repro-duce the samples into data sets for analysis purposesand for possible academic or other publication at a laterdate; and,wherepossible, we encourage continuingcom-munication or correspondence to ask necessary ques-tions and to update contributors regarding the project.Experiencers; researchers, and spectators alike com-ment that there may be a deceitful element of the phe-nomenon ofalien communication on the part of the aliens,and it is further suggested this may be part of some co-vert agenda or that aliens may communicate by code orsomewhat secretly.18This is one of the reasons why cryptanalysis must bea crucial element in such a study. While cryptographymay be a possibility,it is also likelythere could be hith-erto misunderstood features of alien mind or language,which would appear like code to us, analogous to for-eigners misconstruingcertain features of indigenous cul-tures and languages and also to Chinese Whispers19in-volving an unclear initial message where the latter be-comes so distorted or diluted as to be completelyunrecognisable and interpreted only within the frame-work of the end-hearer-albeit perhaps inaccurately.The human psyche or unconscious may not be theideal medium for the transmission of an alien communi-July 2002 MUFON UFO Journal PageS
  6. 6. cation, and could be fertile ground for creatingmisperception and incorrect interpretations or of evencausing blockage or confusion relating to the alien lan-guage itself.20Because of this and other factors relating to the ab-duction phenomenon, it is vital to discover what aspectsinvolving naturallygenerated archetypal imagery and otherhuman psychological expressions (as analysable inpsycholinguistics) may play a part in the topic of allegedalien semiotics.21Indeed, what is the scope of alien lan-guages, and what adequate filters canwe apply to sift outbogus samples from possible ET communications?Please send any samples of alleged alien communica-tions to Gary Anthony & Mark Newbrook at:Gary Anthony39 Barnetby Road,First Lane, Hessle.East Yorkshire.England. HUB 9HE.Or by email to:"Speech of the Aliens," Dr. P.M.H.Edwards (ProfLinguistics) Flying Saucer Review, Volume 16, 1/2.2Roswell, Aztec, Kecksburg, - Crash at Corona,Stanton T Friedman & Don Berliner (1992) Jesse MarcelJunior statement, (See also Kevin Randle 1995 & DonaldR. Schmitt 1991 and 1994; and International UFO Re-porter Fall 1999 "A Conversation With Jesse Marcel Jr."Robert A Galganski, and Roswell: Inconvenient Facts& The Will ToBelieve, Karl T.Pflock, 2001) MJ12 docu-ments, Grudge 13 Memorandumclaim(see reference 18,Linda Moulton Howe); Stan Gordon, Kecksburg:The Un-told Story (1998) & various.3UFO Abductions: The Measure of a Mystery Vol-umes I & II, Thomas Bullard, FUFOR 1987.*The UFO Evidence: Volume II & Uninvited GuestsRichard Hall.sThe Interrupted Journey, John G Fuller (1980); "ADramatic UFO Encounter in the White Mountains, NewHampshire: The Hill Case Sept. 19-20, 1961." WalterN.Webb (1965).6Worldwide Survey of UFO literature and case filesbegun August 1988.7Also see references 3, 4 and 5.8M.M.Masse Case, various.9Antonio Villas Boas case, various.I"Correspondence with Dana Redfield, Mary Rodwell,Tracey Taylor, Betty Andreasson Luca, Leo Sprinkle,Debbie Kauble, and others (1998 to present date).I IUninvited Guests, Richard Hall, 1988.l2"Direct Contact Among Galactic Civilisations byRelativistic Interstellar Spaceflight"/>/a/ietory and SpaceScience, vol 11 # 5, 1963, Carl Sagan: Man and theStars -Contact and Communications With Other In-telligence1Duncan Lunan, 1974.13Beyond Contact-A Guide To SETI and Communi-cating with Alien Civilisations, Brian McConnell, 2001.14Fabriano Case, 1954. Passport To Magonia (case289), Jacques Vallee and various.1Correspondence anddiscussion with various linguists;and interviews with abductees and experiences plus fo-cussed literature search since March 1999. See TheComplete Book of Aliens and Abductions, JennyRandies, 1999. " . . —^Aliens From Space Major Donald E Keyhoe, 1975.17See reference 3 and 11, also Budd Hopkins (1981 &1987), David Jacobs (1993), Jenny Randies (1987,1988,1993, 1997 and 1999) and John Mack (1994) and MarkRodeghier (1981): Physical paralysis associated with ab-ductions, not knowing what moment an abduction mayoccur, and craftiness of alleged aliens in preventing elec-tronic detection or monitoring and interference by alientechnology with electric, electronic and mechanical sys-tems.!^Secret Cipher of the UFOnauts, Alan H. Greenfield,(1994), An Alien Harvest & Glimpses of other Reali-ties Vol I and II, Linda Moulton Howe (1989 & 1994),Our Celestial Visitors Ernest P. Moyer (2000)^Symbolic Messages, Mario Pazzaglini, 1991.20Ibid. Also see Flying Saucers: A modern Myth ofThings Seen In The Sky, (1959 and later eds.) and Manand his Symbols by same author (1964 and later eds.).2Correspondence with Stuart Appelle.Celebrities relate experienceswith UFOs and entities"Men In Black" star Will Smithplays an alien hunter inthe movies, but he claims to have had a close encounterin real life! Hes convinced he saw a pair of UFOs flyingabove a California desert 10 years ago. "They were notman-made," insists Smith, whose MIB sequel premieredJuly 3. "They dashed across the horizon at unbelievablespeeds."Smith, who played boxing legend Muhammad Ali inthe film "Ali," isnt the only celeb convinced that UFOsare real. In fact, the champ himself is a believer. SaysAli, "If you look into the sky in the early morning hours,you can see them playing tag between the stars."Beam William Shatner up-Star Treks Captain Kirksays aliens saved his life after his motorbike broke down,leaving him lost and stranded in the Mojave Desert ofsouthern California.; "A shimmering figure led me to aroad so I could get help," Shatner says, "Then he disap-peared, and a shining,orb-style object zoomed off athighspeed."Movie Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd swears he saw some-thing strange in his neighborhood a few years back. "Iwas in Massachusetts and saw two objects tracking atabout 10,000 feet, doing amazing maneuvers," he reveals."I am convinced they were UFOs.""Grease" star Olivia Newton-John once spotted amulticolored globe in her native Australia. She says, "Itcould change direction like no plane Id ever seen."-Thanks to UFO Roundup, Joseph Trainor, editor. .Page 6 MUFON UFO Journal July 2002
  7. 7. Classic triangle casereported in GeorgiaBy Tom Sheets,State Director, MUFON Georgia (MUFONGA)Dr. Joye Pugh,MUFON Consultantliving in Douglas,GA, contacted me and described the following event thatshe and her husband experienced on Saturday, June 8,02,at about 10:30PM, ,She was traveling Hwy.319 toward Ocilla, about fourmiles out of Tifton, GA (Hwy 319 runs generally north-east). The cell phone rang and a female apologized for awrong number. Dr. Pugh thought this unusual as it hadnever happened before. Shortly thereafter, she noticedsome specificJlights lowabove the trees off to the left.The sky was overcast, but the glow of the city lightsfrom Tifton lit up this section of cloud cover. The Pughsconsidered these particular lights to be unusual becausethey were so low. Proceeding on, they approached closer,and she observed an aircraft shaped like an elongatedtriangle.She further noted there was a white light at each cor-ner and a red light in the bottom center. She was closeenough that she could clearly see the dark triangle shapeagainst the glow of the overcast. Traffic and road condi-tions prevented her from pulling over at that point, so shedrove on a short distahqe and turned into a water towerarea.Quickly lookingback, she saw the.lights slowly moveacross the road. She turned around and drove back to geta closer look, but could not locate the lights and triangleagain. She drove back toward Tifton and turned off ontoanother road in her search, then encountered two addi-tional but indistinctcraft or objects with lightsto her front.She tried to make out their shape, butthey were oppo-site the glowing overcast and against a black sky. ThePughs rolled the car windows down and could hear.thesound of roaringjet engines apparently corning from thelights/craft, as they seemed to fly along very slowly. Theselights went back to the area where first observed, and asDr. Pugh negotiated traffic and got turned around to re-sume her search, she returned to the area of the watertower.Once again she observed the lights, hovering over anearby house. Headlights from passing traffic blindedhermomentarily, preventing her from further seeing anyshape. The lights then.crossed the road again and disap-peared as she continued to negotiate traffic and turns inorder to get closer still.This, in myopinion, is a classic triangle encounter madeeven more unusual by what Dr. Pugh described as sec-ondary indistinctslow movingcraft ("things") with lights,accompanied by a sound like roaring jet engines. PastMUFON, MUFONGA, and ISUR triangle investigationshave involved jets, helicopters and other aircraft in thevicinity of these triangle Craft either before, during, orafterwards. One very disturbing case comes immediatelyto mind-John Schuesslers investigation of the Cash-Landrum UFO Incident of 29 Dec 80.This case, which is described in Johns book, involveshelicopters, an extreme roaring sound, as well as loudwhooshing and shrill beeping sounds loud enough to hurtthe ear. While no flames were mentioned in the Pughcase, she seems certain about the roaring jet-like enginesounds.The locality of this Tifton event was not in a majorurban area where car horns, trains, emergency sirens andcommon urban background noise might easily drown outother specific sounds. Dr. Pugh made a valiant effort toclose with these unknown craft, and I can attest to thedarkness and difficulty of these south Georgia routes atnight.The personal account was forwarded to John BodinSr., MUFONGAs Deputy Director for south Georgia, wholives in nearby Wray. Bodin and Dr. Pugh can furthercoordinate this investigation.The National UFO Report-ing Center (NUFORC) has no real recent triangle re-ports listed for Georgia. However, Florida is listed for twotriangle reports in May and one for SC in February.Stone map in China may pointto ancient advanced civilizationCosmiverse, Pravda and Outside Asylum have run aseries of articles about stone maps that have been foundin China that may date to some 120 million years ago.The map appears to be a topographical relief on a scale 1: 1.1 Kilometers. The map indicates the use of civil engi-neering to create a system of channels about 12,000 kmin length and 500 meters wide, and 12 dams that are 300to 500 meters wide. Their work is being peer reviewed inthe scientific community, so there is some hope and rea-sonable possibilitythat thisis not a hoax.The map was found by scientists who were workingon researching possible Chinese immigration to Ural andSiberia. When this was originally found, it was thoughtthat it had been carved by hand and to be some 3000years old. Upon examination, itbecame obvious that thiswas machine made.It was also discovered upon x-ray examination thatthe map is made up of three layers, includinga layer of atype of ceramic that has never been used in China.Even the technology available today for informationneeded for such a map is reportedly only in the develop-ment stage by the US and is not expected to be finisheduntil the year 2010.While examining the stone, two shells were found onits surface. The age of one of them is about 500 millionyears, whileof the second one is about 120 millionyears.If the dating is correct, and it is not a hoax, then itmeans the map was made by either an advanced civiliza-tion whose remains havejust been found, or by interstel-lar travelers. To read this article in its entirety: http://www.kuro5hin.Org/story/2002/6/5/7320/94554July 2002 MUFON UFO Journal Page 7
  8. 8. A historical perspectiveComets and UFO crashesBy Chris Aubeck©2002In the Sixteenth Century a conquistador called PedroValdivia (1500-1554), who held the distinction of havingheaded the conquest of Chilein 1540, and then of found-ing three important cities, wrote to King Carlos V aboutan apparition that the Mapuche Indians had witnessedprior to their defeat. Just as the Indians were preparingfor an attack on the Spaniards,a comet fell among them, on Saturday atmidday,and which was seen by many Christians at our fortas it travelled with greater brightness than othercomets, and from which, once fallen, a beautifulwoman came out, also dressed in white, who toldthem: "I served the Christians,dont go againstthembecause they are very brave and will kill you all."The Indians did not follow her advice and continuedwith their plan, only to face defeat at the hands of theconquistadors shortly afterwards, just as it had been fore-told.As far as I am aware, this was the earliest writtenaccount of a living creature emerging from a comet. Thebelief that a comet could serve as a vehicle for a livingbeing may be older-especially if we consider times whenmeteoric phenomena were thought to be angels or de-mons in flight-but Valdiviasaccount of a humanoiden-tity emerging from a fallen capsulewas probably the firststory of this kind includedin an official report.One could be forgiven for asking the fairly obviousquestion, How could any animal,plant,or person live in-side a rock without air, food, or water? Yet the simplefact is that it was taken for granted by many that suchthings could occur in nature.Take, for example, the many cases of amphibians andsnakes said to have been found alive inside stones dugout of the ground by workmen in quarries. In his introduc-tion to Holinsheds Chronicles, WilliamHarrison (1535-1593) notes several instances of "lively creatures shut upin the hard stones and livingthere without respiration orbreathing, as frogs, toads, etc..." In his time, he writes, asnake was found "in a coffin of stone at Avignon,whereina man had been buried, which so filled the room and layso close from air that all men wondered how it was pos-sible for the same to live and continueso longtime there."British historian Williamof Newburgh (c.l 136-1198),German philosopherAlbert the Great (c.1206-1280), theGerman scientist Georg Agricola (1495-1555), theFrenchnaturalist Pierre Belon (c.l517-1564), and the Flemishantiquary Jean Becan (1518-1572), among others, men-tioned similarincidentsin their writings. If you thinkthatby the late nineteenth century people would know better,think again.Over the next four hundred and fifty years numerouswriters would come to the conclusion that extraterrestriallife, if it existed; could flourish in or on the comets thatorbited our planet. Some even thought that life on Earthmay have resulted from the chance impact of a rock con-taining primitiveorganisms. However, itwas not untilthenineteenth century that newspapers began to publishsen-sational stories about people who actually broke opencomets to find aliens entombed inside.To my knowledge, the first purportedly factual storyinvolving a "creature from a comet"was published intheFrench newspaper Le Pays on June 17, 1864. The ar-ticle, "Un Habitant de la Planete Mars," reported that alarge rock had been discovered on James Peak, a moun-tain in the Arapaho Forest, Colorado, and a strange"mummy"covered with calcium carbonate had been foundin its interior.Alongside these remains there was also a silver laminadecorated with drawings of planets and animals, indicat-ing that the artefact had come from another world. Thenames of those who found the object were noted as be-ing Paxton and Davis(we will encounter these two again).It goes without saying that none of these finds wereever put on display or presented to the scientific world.However, this is hardly surprising, as the story, thoughsold as fact, was a piece of science fiction written byFrench author Frangois-Henri Peudefer de Parville. Thefollowing year, de Parvillepublished a version of the taleagain in a book with the same title, Un Habitant de laPlanete Mars.This time the story of the comet that fell in Americawith the calcified remains of a Martian inside served todevelop an idea that had already been in vogue for a longtime: the possibilitythat the universe was teeming withlife and inhabitableplanets! As it turns out, de Parvillesbook was not particularly memorable in itself,but the leg-end of the "extraterrestrial in a comet"that probably origi-nated withhim was destined to become a model formanyhoax reports in the worlds press over the following fortyyears.Now wemust turnour attention towards SouthAmerica,or Argentina to be precise. Where de Parvilles tale wasfor over ten years I dont know, but it emerged again intwo articles published in La Capital, a newspaper basedin Rosario, Argentina, on Oct. 13 and 14, 1877. In thefirstof these, "Eureka! Eureka!,"a French chemistnamedA. Sevarg tells that while he was walking by the river inCarcarana, Argentina,he came across "a large black oval-shaped rock." Sure thatit was a cometor something similar,he decidedto examineitwith the helpof his friendsCharlesDavis and John Paxton, two geologists.Sevarg explains, "We employed an Argentine laborer,Jesus Villegas, to analyse the different materials. Thecracks and roughness of these are immediately notice-Page 8 MUFON UFO Journal July 2002
  9. 9. able, and fairly large pieces must have broken off them;the whole mass is covered with a certain black enamel,from three to nine and a half inches thick."After six days work on the hard rock they came uponan inner chamber that measured two cubic varas. Therethey weresurprised to find "a white metal amphora" madeof silver and zinc, "riddled with holes and bearing strangedrawings." Suddenly they realized that they were stand-ing on a square metal sheet that seemed to cover anothercavity. • .On lifting this they discovered a second chamber, con-taining "a rectangular gallery, bored into the granite andfull of stalagmites." There was a body in it, alongside adrawing of the solar system and a silver plate. The bodyhad some very unusual features: it had a bald head andold wrinkled skin like leather, a tube in its forehead in-stead of a nose, a tiny.mouth containing only fourteenteeth, long arms and five fingers on each hand (the fourthof which was shorter than the others). The brief articlepublished on the 14lhof the month announced that theobjects would soon go on show in.two hotels.The same story was reproduced in El Defensor de laConstitution, published in Zacatacas, Mexico, on July20,1878, and a similar story, again published as a factualreport,found its way into the Peruvian newspaper SouthPacific Times in 1878. Months later,on January 16-1879,the Argentine newspaper El Constitucional printed aversion of all these stories, but this time set in CentralAmerica. :A survey of the literature available during the periodin which the crash stories were publishedhelps us under-stand the context in which such claimswere being made.Works advocating the theory that comets could harborsome form of extraterrestrial life were widespread andaccepted. . .In 1834 a Swedish chemist named Jons Jakob Berzeliusexamined a meteorite that had fallen near Alais, in south-ern France, on March 15-1806, and made the unexpecteddiscovery that it contained humic acid, an organic com-pound. Of course, Berzelius did not go down in history asthe man who found proof of extraterrestrial life, since ashort timebefore, his student,Friedrich Wohler,had shownthat inorganic chemical reactions could produce thekindof organic compounds he found in the rock.And yet theirpessimistic findings, published inAnnalender physikalisches Chemie 33:113, set;a precedent thatwould be followed by innumerableclaims made by zeal-ous alien hunters over the next 160 years:For example, in 1859 two scientists, M.F. Wohler andM. Homes, announced they had found carbon compoundsof a decidedly biological origin in a meteorite that hadfallen in Hungary. Five years later, another researcher, S.Cloez, claimed he had found a materialsimilarto peat andlignite in a separate meteoric fall. When CamilleFlammarion (1842-1925)publishedhisoptimistic opinionson the subject in a revised second edition of La Pluralitedes Mondes Habites in 1864 the theory entered the col-lective consciousness of the world forever.In 1871, W.Thomson, otherwise known as LordKelvin,went as far as to suggest before the British Associationfor the Advancement of Science that life had probablybeen seeded on Earth by "moss-grown fragments fromthe ruins of another world," thuspopularizingfor the firsttime what came to be known as the theory ofpansper-mia.,Evidently, speculation on the existence of life insidecomets and meteorites was popular among scientists, andpractically anyone with a little scientificknowledgewouldhave been aware of the hypothesis. Today the battle rageson.UFO Crashes in MontanaThe following article was published in several NorthAmerican newspapers in the autumn of 1865:An Extraordinary StoryA Meteoric ShowerCrockery Falling from the SkyMr.James Lumley, an old Rocky Mountain trap-per, who has been stopping at the Everett House forseveral days, makes a most remarkable statementto us, and one which,if authenticated, will producethe greatest excitement in the scientificworld.Mr. Lumley states that about the middle of lastSeptember, he was engaged in trapping in the moun-tains about seventy-five or one hundred miles fromthe Great Falls of the Upper Missouri, and in theneighborhood of what is known as Cadotte Pass.After sunset one evening, he beheld a bright lumi-nous body in the heavens, which moved with greatrapidity in an easterly direction.Visible for at leastfive seconds, it suddenly sepa-rated into particles, resembling, as Mr. Lumley de-scribes it, "the burstingof a sky-rocket in the air." Afew minutes later, heheard a heavy explosion, whichjarred the earth perceptibly, and thiswas shortly fol-lowed by a rushing sound, like a tornado sweepingthrough a forest. A strong wind sprang up about thesame time, but suddenly subsided.The air was also filled with peculiar odors of asulphurous nature. These incidents would make aslight impressionon the mind of Mr. Lumley,but forthe fact that on the ensuing day he discovered, atthe distance of about two miles from his campingplace, he could see in either direction a wide pathhad been cut through the forest.Gianttrees uprootedand broke off near the ground. The tops of hillsshaved off and the earth plowed up in many places.Great and widespread havoc was everywhere vis-ible. Following up this track of desolation, he soonascertained the cause of it in the shape of an im-mense stone driven into the side of a mountain.Themost remarkable part of the story is anexaminationof this stone and how it had been divided into com-partments.In several places it was carved withhieroglyph-ics. Mr.Lumley also discovered fragments of a sub-stance resembling glass, and here and there darkstains, as though caused by a liquid. He is confidentthat the hieroglyphicsare the work of human hands,July 2002 MUFON UFO Journal Page 9
  10. 10. and the stone itself, [as] a fragment of an immensebody, must have been used for some purpose byanimated beings. •Strange as this story appears, Mr. Lumley re-lates it with so much sincerity that we are forced toaccept it as true. It is evident that the stone whichhe discovered is a fragment of the meteor whichwas visible in this section last September. The stonewill be remembered in Leaveriworth, Galena, and inthis city by Col. Bonneville. At Leavenworth thestone separated into particles and exploded.Astronomers have long held that it is probablethat theheavenly bodies are inhabited-even the com-ets-and it may be that the meteors are also. Mete-ors could be used as a conveyance by the inhabit-ants of other planets in exploring space, and it maybe that hereafter some future Columbus, from Mer-cury or Uranus, may land on thisplanet by means ofa meteoric conveyance, and take possessionthereof-as did-the Spanish navigators of the NewWorld in 1492-and eventually drive what is knownas the "human race" into a condition of the mostabject servitude. There must be a race superior tous, and this may at some future time be demon-strated in the manner we have indicated.The above article was first published in the St. LouisDemocrat on Oct. 19, 1865, and was reproduced in TheCincinnati Commercial on Oct. 30, and in the BritishDaily Whig in Ontario on Nov. 15.This would not be the last nineteenth-century report ofa mysterious object crashing or exploding in NorthAmerica, but it is one of the most convincing.It goes without saying that there are clear parallelswith the South American stories of crashed spaceships(the date of the report, the "compartments" within, andthe hieroglyphics). The very fact that the craft resembleda rock should make us wary.Twenty years later, in 1884, a ranch in Nebraska wasallegedly the scene of aUFO crash involvinga cylindricalobject which exploded in the sky. Cowboys watched inamazement as bits of machinery rained down close towhere they stood. One man received burns to the skinwhen he approached too close to the main crash sitewhileanother "fell senseless." Thedebris purportedly dissolvedafter a few days.Are there any grounds to believe this story, which onthe face of it does not seem to resemble its predeces-sors? This is a relativelyunknown case, so it would seemappropriate to reproduce the original article in full herebefore we look into that question. We will draw the fol-lowing reports from the Nebraska State Journal, thoughin fact it was first published in the Nebraska Nugget.A CELESTIAL VISITORA Startling and Curious Story from the Rangesof Dundy County.It is Evidently a Machine of Human Manufac-ture. All Particulars that are Yet Learned.Special to The State Journal. BENKELMAN,June 7.A most remarkable phenomenon occurred about1 oclock yesterday afternoon at a point thirty-fivemiles northwest of this place. John W.Ellis, a wellknown ranchman, was going out to his herd in com-pany with three of his herders and several othercowboysengagedinthe annual roundup.Whileridingalong a draw they heard a terrific rushing, roaringsound overhead, and looking up, sawwhat appearedto be a blazing meteor of immense size falling at anangle to the earth. A moment later it struck theground out of sight over the bank.Scrambling up the steep hill they saw the objectbounding along half a mile away and disappear inanother draw. Galloping towards it with all theirspeed, they were astounded to see several fragmentsof cog-wheels and other pieces of machinery lyingon the ground, scattered in the path made by theaerial visitor,glowing with heat so intense asto scorchthe grass for a long distance around each fragmentand make it impossible for one to approach it.Coming to the edge of the deep ravine intowhichthe strange object had fallen, they undertook to seewhat it was. But the heat was so great that the airabout it was fairly ablaze and it emitted a light sodazzling that the eye could not rest on it for morethan a moment.An idea of the heat may be gained from the factthat one of the party, a cowboy named AlfWilliamson, stood with his head incautiously exposedover the bank, and in less than half a minutehe fellsenseless. His face was desperately blistered andhis hair singed to a crisp. His condition is said to bedangerous. The distance to the aerolite, or what-ever it is, was nearly 200 feet. The burned man wastaken to Mr. Ellis house, cared for as well as cir-cumstances would allow and a doctor sent for. Hisbrother, who lives inDenver, hasjustbeen telegraphedfor. Finding it impossible to approach the mysteriousvisitor, the party turned back on its trail.Where it first touched the earth the ground wassandy and bare of grass. The sand was fused to anunknown depth over a space about twenty feet wideby eighty feet long, and the melted stuff was stillbubbling and hissing. Between this andthe final rest-ing place there were several like spots where it hadcome in contact with the ground, but none so wellmarked. Finding it impossible to do any investigat-ing, Mr.Ellisreturned to his house and sent out mes-sengers to neighboring ranches.When night came, the light from the wonderfulobject beamed almost like the sun, and the visitorswho went out to see it were entirely powerless tobear the glow. This morning another visit was madeto the spot. In the party was E. W. Rawlins, brandinspector forthis district, who came into Benklemantonight, and from whom a full verification of par-ticulars is obtained.The smaller portions of the scattered machineryhad cooled so that they could be approached, butnot handled. One piece that looked like the blade ofPage 10 MUFON UFO Journal July 2002
  11. 11. a propeller screw of a metal of an appearance likebrass, about sixteen inches wide, three inches thickand three and a half feet long, was picked up by aspade. It would not weigh more than five pounds,but appeared as strong and compact as any knownmetal.A fragment of a wheel with a milledrim, appar-ently having had a diameter of seven or eight feet,was also picked up. It seemed to be of the samematerial and had the same remarkablelightness. Theaerolite, or whatever it is, seems to be about fifty orsixty feet long, cylindrical, and about ten or twelvefeet in diameter. Great excitement exists in the vi-cinity and the round-up is suspended while the cow-boys wait for the wonderful find to cool off so theycan examine it.Mr. Ellis is here and will take the first train to theland office with the intention of securing the land onwhich the strange thing lies, so that his claim to itcannot be disputed. A party left here for the scenean hour ago and will travel all night.The country inthe vicinity is rather wild and rough, and the roadshardly more than trails. Will telegraph all particularsas fast as obtained.The writer of the above piece tries to keep the readerintrigued by the mysterious nature of the meteorite-likeobject, but gives the game away by so many referencesto "machinery" and "cogwheels." Of course, the "aero-lite, orwhatever it is" is a vehicle for traveling in the sky,its unusualproperties and advanced technologyindicatingan extraterrestrial origin. With so many names and de-tails, who could doubt the writers word?In this case, however, the farce was short-lived, andtwo days later, in the June 10 edition of the NebraskaState Journal, a second report dispels with the wholematter, magically dissolving the evidence and any expec-tation of further developments along with it. You can al-most see thejournalist grinning at his desk as he deliversthe punchline to ajoke that had gone on for two days andmay even have managed to boost sales figures overnight.Not surprisingly, researchers in Nebraska have foundno written report apart from these newspaper articles,and folklorists have found that oral tradition is also silenton the matter. Needless to say, if the event had reallyoccurred we would naturally expect at least one otherindependent source for the story.Ufologist Jerome Clark investigated the case person-ally. After speaking to Dundy County (Nebraska) histo-rian Ida Toler and prominent University of Nebraska folk-lorist Roger Welsch, both of whom had conducted theirown enquires some years earlier, it became clear thatnobody in the region had ever heard of the incident. Theranch where the object was allegedly found had actuallyexisted but none of the events described seem to havehappened at all. Furthermore, Clark points out that thefollow-up despatch that spokeof theobjectdissolving"likea spoonfulof salt"may have been a tongue-in-cheek wayof advising readers to take the whole thing"with apinchof salt."The crash that wasntIn an article entitled "Storie di crashes nel XIXsecolo," Giuseppe Stilo adds one more link to the "crea-ture in a comet" chain. The rumor that an extraterrestrialspacecraft crash-landed in the Italian town of Bergamo,near Sorisole, in 1884 has circulated for several years,often appearing as one more incident in a growing list ofsupposed "crash retrieval" stories.During his investigationofpre-1947 cases in Italy, Stilowas able to track down the original reports and uncoverthe truth. In its November 13-14, 1884, issue, LEco diBergamo reported that a loud explosion had been heardin the sky over Bergamo just after 11 AM on Oct. 24.When a group of peasants said that they had observed ared fireball on the same day, both this and the explosionwere immediately assumed to have been caused by thesame meteoric phenomenon.Thenewspaper article, entitled "Loscoppiodiunbolide,"was written by a naturalist called Ferruccio Biazzi. In thereport Biazzi expressed his opinion that "aerolites bringwith them traces of primitive flora and fauna similar tothose of earth." No doubt this gave people reason to ex-pect that the discovery of the object or objects was goingto be a dramatic affair, especially as "the meteorites aresaid to have(and arecertain to have) fallen in the Bazerem:Valley, or adjacent to it, after the explosion, and they haveyet to be recovered."In the Dec. 9-10 edition of the same paper, anotherbrief news item was published concerning the bolides. Itreported that a shapeless black mass some 2.74 metres indiameter had been found by a group of scientists and stu-dents. The object was apparently a mere fragment of alarger sphericalshape. "The findinghas already been com-municated to various [scientific] organizations because itis wishedthat it shouldbe studied...It seems to be ahighlyimportant specimen because it also contains some curi-ous fossils."The item ended by saying that Mr.Biazzi would doubt-lessly like to know more and inform the readers of thelatest developments as soon as possible.The newssounded very exciting; manybelieved it couldlead to a scientificbreakthrough. It is unfortunate, there-fore, that two days later, in its issue dated Dec. 11-12,L Eco di Bergamo was forced to admit that it had beenthe victim of a hoax. Biazzi had written to them to set thematter straight: there had been no group of scientists, nofind and certainly no extraterrestrial fossils.Another news-paper, La Gazetta di Bergamo, published the same hoaxreport ohDec. 11,printing Ferruccio Biazzis rebuttal thefollowing day.Of the many UFO crashes that made the headlines inthe nineteenthcentury, that of Sorisole was the least spec-tacular and the most believable. There were no mummi-fied aliens in this account, no mechanical parts, only anundetermined number of fossils that many readers ex-pected the meteorite to contain anyway.Next month: Part II: Did a UFO crash at Aurora,TX? (Are you sure that it didnt?)July 2002 MUFON UFO Journal Page 11
  12. 12. Filers FilesBy George A. FilerDirector, MUFON Eastern RegionGeorge FilerUnless otherwise noted, these reports represent raw datawhich has not been verified by official investigations.Alien reported inlirkeyANTALYA — While scientists and UFO researchersargue about the existence of "extraterrestrial life, "45people at Antalya claimed they saw analien. The Santraldistrict inhabitants claimed that they witnessed a UFOlanding in the backyard of the Fatma Pyrylty PrimarySchool and saw an alien being getting out of the unusualcraft.Eleven-year-old, Murat Esici,one of the witnesses who hada veryclose observation, said the entitywas emitting red rays from his eyes,"and his hands and feet were iron.He had a very big head and he was1.80 meters long." StudentsZeynepCypynar and Nalan Donmez alsoclaimed they saw an unusual craftand an alien beside it. "His eyesand hands were red, and a red lightwas coming from his eyes."Turkey International UFO Mu-seum and SIRIUS president Haktan Akdogan is flyingtoinvestigate the sighting. After the bulletins were broad-cast on national television prime time news and in na-tional news papers, Haktan Akdogan phoned AntalyaGovernor Ertugrul Dokuzoglu and decided to go to thearea to investigate the incidentmore closely. Further in-formation will be available in a few days and info@siriusufo.orgObject reportedly videotaped in TurkeyISTANBUL — Sirius UFO Space Sciences ResearchCenter reports the UFO sightingseason has opened witha spectacular daylightsighting captured by a video cam-era. While filming lightning scenes withhis amateur cam-era in AnadoluHisari, Istanbul, Saffet Sap, a 42-year-oldelectrical engineer, and his sister, Serpil Sap, videotapedan unusual shaped UFO at 6:30 PM on May 26, 2002.He said, "I was looking north when I saw a strangemotionless object that started to ascend. There weregreen, yellow, and red lights flashing on top of the object,and it had 7 or 8 legs. The object moved overhead andfollowed a very linear path towards the north."After hovering for awhile,it departed slowly behind ahill, leaving a greenishtrail behind it. The witnesses vid-eotaped for 3.5 minutes. The Sirius UFO Space Sci-ences Research Center analyzed the film, and chairmanHaktan Akdogan presented the video to the media at alarge press conference. The images were broadcast onPage 12national TV and printed in newspapers. The images weresaid to have amazed the media because they were espe-cially clear and close up.Analysis indicated the object was hovering at 1500 to2000 meters and had ten unlit round portals around theouter edge. The object was scattering lights in yellow,red, and purple. Closeup views indicate the object ro-tated periodicallyaround its own axis. The object wouldstand stationary and then start movingagain withoutmak-ing a sound, starting June 7.Thanks to the International U F O Museum anddhyan1111@charter.netUFO effects reported off New Jersey coastATLANTIC OCEAN — The witness reports, "I wasout about 45 miles to sea in the Atlantic. The weatherwas calm, and I was looking forward to a day of fishing.At about 3PM onAug. 23,2001, a reflection off ametal-lic cylindercaught my eye."The cylinder was hovering about 1000 feet over thesurface, and the direct spot that it was hovering over wasabout 1500 feet away from my boat. During the encoun-ter, which lasted only about 45 seconds, the object dis-turbed my compass and my GPS. The screen on my GPSsaid cannot locate signal. Small bait fish became excitedand swam to the surface."The craft emittedno light,butapulsing, electrical soundcame from the craft. The craft had two sections thatcounter-rotated around each other. I left to go see if I hada camera down below, and when I returned, the craft hadflown away. The fish subsided, the compass returned toits bearings, and my GPS picked up the signal." ThankstoMUFON,http://ohiomufon.services4all.comObject photgraphed in OklahomaFORT SILL — Jim Hickman reports that on May 20,2002, "TJ"was out on the Quanah Range at Fort Sill andsaw the strangest objects in the sky that he ever saw! TJreports, "The nature of my job requires that I carry acamera in my vehicle for documenting accidents and in-cidents in Fort Sill training areas, so I was able to get apicture of the objects."When I got home, I started searching the web tryingto figure out who I should report this to, since Im defi-nitely NOT going toreport this to the militaryauthorities.If I did Id probably end my career real fast. When Icame across your website I almost fell out of my chair!The Lawton Triangle picture is almost exactly like theobjects I saw, and Lawton isjust south ofFort Sill whereI saw these objects! Is this bizarre or what?"I was looking west when I first spotted the objectslow to the ground behind some tall trees. At first IthoughtMUFON UFO Journal July 2002
  13. 13. they were the lights from military vehicles. Then sud-denly these lights shot straight up in the sky andjust hov-ered for a minute or so." I just sat there dumbfoundedfor a moment when it suddenly dawned on me that I shouldtake a picture."MUFONs Dr. Bruce Maccabees comments on thenew photo: "WOW! Got to pull out all the stops on thisone! A rare event-two photos of the same (apparently)thing! The number of lights at the comers may agree (doagree at two corners), and the shape of the red car is asI had predicted (the left and right outlinesof the car inthe Lawton photo would be the actual shapes of the leftand right sides of the red UFO image if photographedwithout camera smear)." Thanks to Jim Hickman, re-search specialist.See photos at: state sightings show photo anomaliesSPOKANE — The witness reports, "Just wanted togive you an update, and let you know that the sightingsnear Spokane continue on nearly a nightly basis. Therehas been a lot of activity around Tower Mountain, uponwhich several radio towers and microwave transmittersare situated. 1 have also observed things which T stillcannot believe-such as a large Boeing 707 size, black jetaircraft change its lighting configuration in mid-flight, slowdown to ridiculously slow airspeed, descend, and then dis-appear at the base of Tower Mountain."There is no airstrip there, there were no flames orexplosion, and there was no sound. I know this soundsabsolutely nuts, but I am only relaying what I saw. Ileave it to the skeptics and the analysts to explain it.Ill be sendingyou a few of my recent photos. Post themif you would like." Thanks to the judge.MUFONs JefTSainio writes, "The judge has sent meseveral photos since the initial submission through Filer;although the frequency of sightings is unusual,typicallyindicating misidentifications of airplanes, Ive not seen anyphotographic evidence these are airplanes. Any legal air-plane, from any direction, has at least one strobe blinkingonce/second visible. These wouldappear as a brightwhitespot, withno motion-smearing, on a long exposure. Nonehave appeared."Nor have red/green lights been apparent. Severalappear to show non-standard lighting. A few appear toshow color changes; I need some reference photos toverify this. The judge has agreed to do this. Photo se-quences appear to show a path impossible for an airplane.1need to do more work before concludinganything here."Thanks to JeffSainio.Police observe object inAustraliaMILDURA — The VictorianUFO Research Society(VUFORS) is currently investigatinga report made bytwo police officers in the northern Victorian city. TheMay 18, 2002, Sunraysia Daily newspaper reports:"Weve just seen a UFO," was the radio call received atthe Mildura Police Station during the early hours of yes-terday morning. Two officers on a routine patrol throughApex Park were stunned to see a silver shape hoveringabove the river at 5 AM this morning."Mildura divisional van crew members Kate and Gregwere patrolling Apex Park when their jaws dropped atthe sight of a very bright lit up UFO hovering over theriver," the paper reported. A police spokesperson said."It appeared the UFO spotted them at the same time, asit shot off in the direction of Gol Gol. They attempted togive chase, but it had gone in the blink of an eye. One ofthe officers commented over the air Weve just seen aUFO. One of the officers had a similar sighting in thesame area several months ago that was the source ofmuch mirth and humor among her colleagues." Thanksto VUFORS object in Puerto RicoSAN JUAN, SANTURCE —The witness, AnaTorres, a 45-year-old computer programmer, reports see-ing a shiny and silvery UFO on May 23, 2002, at 5 AM.Ana says, "Looking through the south windowI noticed aUFO suspended over the Caguas-San Juan Expressway."She was so excited that she decided to go to the terrace,to confirm the sighting. The UFO was there and static.It appeared to be made of a material similar to "stain-less steel," but with a very strange shape, she explained."It was, rounded, but had a tail on one of its sides, whichappeared to be part of the UFO itself; in other words, asingle piece. The tail was surrounded by small white lightsall around. The UFO was some 4 blocks away and at aheight of 16 stories, giving the appearance of a large car."The tail was half as large as the UFO itself, giving itthe apparent size of a large car. After two minutes, theUFO suddenly took off in a perpendicular direction athigh speed." Ana said she felt excitement and joy duringthe sighting,but therewere no physical effects. Shecalledher father and friends-who were annoyed at being awak-ened so early. Thanks to Scott Corrales, Institute of His-panic Ufology. Translation (C) 2002. Special thanks toLucy Guzman lornisl@juno.comMissouri triangleKANSAS CITY — On Thursday, May 2, 2002, at7:45 PM, the witness stepped outside on the balcony towatch the sunset in the clear weather. He lives near asmall airport and frequently sees small aircraft. He ob-served a triangular-shaped craft flying south at an alti-tude of about one half mile and at less than one mileaway.The witness states, "1 could see it clearly; the craftwas triangular with rounded corners, dark in color, didntreflect any sunlight, and made no noise. I would gaugethe size of it to be similar to a large commercial aircraft.The surface that I saw appeared to be smooth withoutany lights on it. It flew slowly enough that it was insightfor at least two minutes. During this time it maintained asteady flight path and did not change its altitude or dis-tance from me. I finally lost sight of it to the north due tothe edge of the building I was in. While L was watchingthis craft, a small Cessna took off from the airport andreached an altitude of about 1500 feet and the engine onJuly 2002 MUFON UFO Journal Page 13
  14. 14. this plane was easily heard. Ive seen the B-l Stealthaircraft in flight at distances of a 1000 feet, and the craftI saw yesterday evening was a little different."What impressed me the most was the rounded cor-ners, total lack of noise, its shape, and that it didnt re-flect any sunlight in the setting sun. I am 40+ years old,college educated, worked many years inthe medical field,and am currently state certified in public service. In themilitary I had flightline clearance, but have never beforeseen a craft exactly like this one." Thanks to Peter Dav-enport Director National Reporting Center http://www.ufocenter.comWisconsin triangleMOSINEE—Two witnesses reported they were driv-ing down the road at 9:15 PM on May 13, 2002, whenthey looked up and saw two bright white lights above afield. One witness states, "As we got closer, we sawthere was a red flickeringlight in the middle, so we pulledover and watched whatever it was, and it looked like ithovered. Then it took off back toward town. I rolleddown the window and listened,and it sounded somewhatlike a lawn mower."We turned around and followed it and drove about 55or 60 mph, and it was speeding way ahead of us. Wethought it might be a plane because there was an airport(Central Wisconsin Airport) that way, but couldnt figureout why it was so low and why it was going so fast. Aswe kept going, we saw it hovering over a field again.Wesaw that it looked triangular and somewhat flat."We pulled over and watched, and it took off onceagain and we saw yellow lights now. As we followeditback the other way, it looked like it dipped and crossedthe road and hovered about 60 feet above a house. Wecaught up again, pulled over, and again it took off veryfast and looked like it landed in a field up ahead, but it wastoo fast to see where it went or landed." Thanks toNUFORC.Three lights form triangle in MichiganHOLLAND — The witness reports, "I saw two verypowerful lights at 10:45 PM, on May 13, 2002, comingfrom what appeared to be the back of some sort of craft.It was in the sky and maybe about 600 feet from theground. The lights resembled a pair of very bright carheadlights. The craft was heading south and to the westa little. I was driving at the time,heading south, and wason a road with very little traffic, so I could speed up andtry to get closer to it."I sped up to try to get closer, and it appeared to beslowing down. I kept watching it, and when I becameparallel to it I pulled over and turned off my car. Thelights were coming from the back of the craft, and therewere no lights on the front. There was a less bright lightabove the two, creating a triangleof three lights."It was making some noise and the closest thing Icouldcompare the noise to was a high pitch radio frequency. Twatched it briefly, and after about 60 seconds it slowedalmost to a stop. It began to go straight up and turn di-rectly around and went towards the north again. I tried tofollow it again, and it quickly drifted to the west and I nolonger could see it."The witness adds, "I have never previously seen anyobjects I believe to be UFOs first hand. I was not on anyhallucinogens or drugs at the time of the sighting and I amconvinced that what I saw was definitely real—I wasntjust imagining something." NUFORC Note: Peter Dav-enport spoke with this witness at some length, and wefound him to be seemingly serious-minded and credible.Object over stadium in RussiaPERM — Pravda reports that on May 20, 2002, sev-eral dozen Perm citizens saw a UFO flying over Energiastadium, situated in the center of the city. One of thewitnesses, a former military person with flight training,found difficulty in identifying the object with any knownflying devices constructed on the Earth.According to him, the UFO had a three-dimensionalbody with a flat round base, similar to a reverse soupbowl. The object slowly moved over the sky towards thesouth, keeping the same height and speed. The objectflew soundlessly, withoutleaving any glow or air track.According to the observer, the distance from him tothe UFO was approximately 400 km, while its diameterwas 10 or 15 meters. In five minutes, the object disap-peared over the houses inKommunisticheskaya. Perm islocated incentral Russia near the Ural Mountains. Thanksto Pravda and FarShores UFO Newswww. time & truck in Virginia?WILLIAMSBURG — V. Smith reports strange orbtype lights and cylindrical type craft over 1-64 betweenRichmond and Virginia Beach during the last severalweeks. He says he talked to one guy in the Virginia Beacharea who swears he saw a UFO land in this area. Therehave also been several drivers with different VirginiaTrucking companies who have said they have witnessedstrange things in the area while driving."One driver with my company claims a missing timeepisode of about 3 hours. I had a friend in dispatch pullup the satellite tracking report on his truck for that time.During thisperiod of missing time his truck was stoppedin the middle of the road for three hours, but no one eversaw the truck. Yet the satellite tracking report shows thetruck sittingthere and moving 3 hours later."The satellite tracking system this company uses hasbeen known to be off by a space of about one block. Thething is, there is nowhere to pull over in thisarea. We hadat least 15 other trucks go through this area in that timeframe that never saw his truck. I know this driver; he isa very straight,level-headed guy; he is a Southern Bap-tist, but he was scared as hell. It bothered him so muchhe recently quit driving, and he had been drivingfor 18years. The driver we are discussing has expressed aninterest in finding out, if any others have had similarexpe-riences? I marked the area on my map. I believe it wasthe mile marker 135-150 corridor." Thanks to V Smith.Page 14 MUFON UFO Journal July 2002
  15. 15. Ufology ProfileBob Pratt: from skeptic to advocateBob PrattBy DwightConnellyAlthough Bob Pratt is now officially retired, the long-time reporter/researcher of UFO events still shares hiswork, primarily through his website and presentations atUFO conventions. He was featured, for example, at the2001 MUFON symposium and at this years Ozark UFOConference. He is also consid-ering an update of his UFODanger Zone—Terror andDeath in Brazil, which waspublished in 1996.Back in the 1960s, he wouldhave been shocked to think ofhimself as a future proponentof UFOs, as he was at thattime a typical, no-nonsense,anti-UFO editor of a small dailynewspaper inVirginia.Like most printjournalists-and, in my experience, unlikemost radio and TV "journal-ists"-!^ took a very hard line regarding anythingsmack-ing of the supernatural or unscientific, demandingevidencerather than popular appeal.Unfortunately, he-again likemost printjoumalists-neverseemed to have the time or inclination to look for theevi-dence that he demanded."The few UFO stories that came in over the Associ-ated Press wire were tossed in the wastebasket," he re-calls. "I never allowed what Ithought was nonsense intothe paper." He later worked for four other larger news-papers, but his opinion regarding UFOs did not change."I thought onlycrazy or nmuuided people believed UFOswere real," he says.But in 1973 he was lured away from the mainstreampress by the high pay offered by the National Enquirer,one of the nations most successful tabloids. Despite itsformat, the Enquirer had definite standards, includinganinvolved system of checking reporters stories for accu-racy."1 started out as a writer," says Pratt, "which meantthat I took the long stories turned inby reporters and boiledthem down to a size we could use. Naturally, there wereUFO stories, and 1handled them-but I still thought theywere silly, and I was convinced that if the reporters hadsimply asked the right questions the UFOs would be ex-posed as hoaxes or something easily explainable. It wasgalling to have to go through those stories and writethemas if they were real."But this was about to change. Pratt switched fromwriting to reporting in 1975, and his editor dropped tenunfinished UFO stories on his desk and told him to workon the two most interestingcases. "1often wonder," saysBob, "what my life wouldhavebeen like if the editorhaddropped this assignment on some other reporters desk."One of the cases involved a farm family in Wisconsinwho supposedly had seen a landed UFO, and he decidedto do that one first. "This case was to change my viewson UFOs—as well as my life," he says.Pratt had done somewhat compelling telephone inter-views with the family prior to traveling to Wisconsin, andhe received very helpful assistance from veteran UFOinvestigator Eugene Lundholm, a librarian and psychol-ogy lecturer at the Universityof Wisconsin at Superiorafter arriving in the area.The basic case involved a 15-year-old girl who wasputting her two cats out for the night when she saw anobject in the road, and went screaming into the house.Her mother, father and two of her three brothers cameout and observed the object. There was noise whichsounded like repairs were being made. The object tookoff, and the father reported the incident to the sheriff."Although I could never catch the farm family at home,I did talk to maybe a dozen other people related to thecase, as well as 50 or 60 people who had reported sightingsover the previous two years," recalls Pratt. "I asked ev-ery question I could think of, and I still was not able toexplain what they had seen. I was hooked."The former skeptic became a born-again believer. "Itwas as if I were the first person to discover that UFOsare real," he says. "More than 27 years later, I still havenever seen a UFO, but I have talked to about 2,000 peoplewho have." Pratt asked to be assigned to UFO storiesfor the Enquirer, and spent about 75 percent of his timeover the nextsix years covering UFOs, traveling throughoutNorth and South America and the Philippines.While Bob considered the extensivetravel allowed andrequired by the Enquirer to be a perk, some was danger-ous and exhausting. On one trek into Bolivia, for ex-ample, he traveled by foot and horseback many miles overrugged terrain that no outsider had ever traversed be-fore—and he siill was not able to get the assigned storyabout an alleged crash of an unidentified object. "I washalfway siiA. and I found out later that the Enquirer hadnot received any of my reports-and they had sent twoguys out to look for me."One trip in the Amazon area of Brazil (after he leftthe Enquirer to investigate UFOs on his own) involvedabout 1,000 milesof travel by small plane and boat. Typi-cally, he would find himself in a Cessna with the pilotlooking for a "landing strip" long enough and wideenoughto drop into."I recall one landing," he says, "where we came downon a semi-open strip which was supposed to be okay forlanding, but it had grown up, and the wings were slappingbushes, the wheels were bouncing over ruts, and the en-gines was screaming-plus it seemed likethe pilotwouldntget the Cessna stopped before hitting trees at the end ofJuly 2002 MUFON UFO Journal Page 15
  16. 16. Bob on his quest toi u doned UFO in Bolnnithe strip. We made it, and later took off from that samestrip."On anotheroccasion the pilot was forced to rum backshortly after takeoff from a remote strip when the enginebegjn coughing and firing erratically. A call to the ownerot ihc aircraft resulted in the suggestion that the sparkplugs be cleaned. "This I knew how to do,"says Pratt,"so I cleaned the plugs. But as the pilot climbed in andrevved up the engine to test it, the engine blew up com-pletely, with pieces flying down the tarmac. I had to callin an air taxi, which took me to a city large enough for aregular airliner."The good thing about the air taxi flight was the factthat the pilots wife had told him about a sighting from apassenger boat. She had been smoking on the back deckwhen a UFO came up out of the water. Pratt adds, "Idont know of anyone specializingin underwater UFOs,but somebody should."Even transportation by boat was not entirely safe inthe Amazon area. "Earlier on the same trip, we were onthis boat at night going down the river with no lights," Bobrecalls, "except occasionally the guy running the boatwouldturn on a flashlight and check to see how close he was tothe shore, or to check on debris in the river. But the mainreason for the flashlight was to warn the big boats run-ning at a fairly high speed that we were on the river. Ifthey didnt see us, we could quickly be run over, and theyprobably would not even have noticed."Pratts special interest in Brazil was the result of leadsprovided by Leo Sprinkle and Coral Lorenzen suggestingthat people were being harmed by UFOs there on a fairlyregular basis. "This sounded especially interesting,"saysBob, "and I went down there four times for the Enquirer,staying as long as two or three weeks. Even after leav-ing the Enquirer, he got the urge in 1986 to again visitBrazil. While not part of the plan at the time, his investi-gations in Brazil led to his book on Brazilian cases.His other major book experience resulted in NightSiege, The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings, co-authoredwith Dr. J. Allen Hynek and Philip Imbrogno. "This wasactually Allens and Philips book, but they wanted some-one else to put it together, so I did the writing from theirresearch, although I did visit the area twice. I thinkPhilipdid about 95 percent of the research, but both of themreviewed and critiqued what I wrote. Dr. Hynek diedduring this process, and his wife, Mimi, took over his partof the project. Of course his name was the key to sellingthe book."Pratt was also involved with anotherbook project withJohn Schuessler about the famous Cash-Landrum case.We could never get a publisher," says Bob, "so I toldJohn to do whatever he wanted to with it." It was self-published by Schuessler in 1998 with credit given to Prattfor his work on the book, and Bob wrote theintroduction.Throughout his years with the Enquirer, Pratt built anetwork of contacts with ufologists that gave him excel-lent leads. "Sometimes the Enquirer would pay for someof the leads," says Bob, "but this did not seem to makemuch difference." In fact, it was Pratts factual report-ing which endeared him to other researchers, despite histies to what some people would consider a sensationaltabloid.Among the researchers he worked closely with wereDr. J. Allen Hynek, Mimi Hynek, Jim Lorenzen, CoralLorenzen, Paul Cerny, Leonard Stringfield, Dr. GaryLevine, Eugene Lundholm, and Zimbabwes Cynthia Hind."I am particularlyindebted to Irene Granchi of Rio deJaneiro," he notes. "Almost from the beginning,Brazilsmore than unusual UFO encounters have interested me,and Irene was my first contact there. Over the years sheinformed me ot numerousUFO happening diid,directlyor indirectly, put me in touchwith nearly all the otherpeople Ive worked with inBrazil."Cynthia Luce has alsobeen invaluable to my re-search in Brazil. She is anAmerican researcher whoslived in the State of Rio deJaneiro since the 1970s. Weworked together on five fieldtrips, with Cynthia making Cynthia LuceCnihi,i Hind, Bob Pratt, and Irene Granchi.Page 16 MUFON UFO Journal July 2002
  17. 17. many ofthe arrangements, procuring maps and other sup-plies, interpreting, sharing the driving, and enduring thehardships and sometimes limited facilities in the interior."Following his retirement from the Enquirer, Prattsconnections and reputation as a reliable researcher led toa position as editor of the MUFON UFO Journal in 1983,replacing Richard Hall. The following year he resignedthis position to do additional writing and was replaced byDennis Stacy."Despite my background as a regular journalist, anddespite my strenuous efforts to present only factual ma-terial, some people still saw me as a reporter for the Na-tional Enquirer and thought I was turning the Journalinto a tabloidpublication," he recalls.In addition to his honesty and accuracy in reportingUFO incidents, Pratt has always been willingto share hisreports, sometimes sending an inquiring colleague 60 pagesof research on a single case-which may have receivedonly a few inches of coverage in the Enquirer.When he decided to "retire" from ufology, Bob sentmore than a hundred UFO books that he had collectedover the years to Bob Girard, as well as nine cartons ofjournals and other publications to a man he worked with.He sent all of his case files, except his Braziliancases, toJohn Schuessler-a treasure chest of eight or nine car-tons.Later, when he decided to put up a site on the Internet(, he needed a few of those cases back,and Schuessler, of course, returned the requested files toBob. As noted earlier, Pratt is considering an update ofhis American book on the Brazilian cases. If this occurs,he should find a large number of readers eager for thetype of honest and detailed reporting that has servedufology so well over the years.Pratt has already updated the book for the Brazilianedition, whichis currentlybeing translated. It willbe pub-lished by A.J. Gevaerd, editor and publisher of Brazilsleading UFO magazine, Revista UFO, and MUFONsnational director for Brazil. It is expected to be releasedin November.WUFOD login &password for MUFON membersWUFOD is MUFONs Worldwide UFO data-base, linked to the MUFON home page. URL forWUFOD is: http://ohiomufon.services4all.comlogin (where it says Name) is: memberpassword is: Imember!Remember, the login is the word "member," NOTyour name! Both login and password must be typedin lower case to enter WUFOD.Print out the user guide once you log in and readit for best use of the database.Logins and passwords for investigators will begiven them by their State Directors. All Field Inves-tigators should be getting email from WUFOD whena case is entered in your state. If you arent, pleasecontact geekology@worldnet.att.netPSBONAUyKapUMTDrawing by witness on MUFON report form.Arizona object showslights in sequenceAt approximately 8:20 p.m. on May 30,2001, the wit-ness (name on file) was traveling south of Casa Grande,AZ, on Chu Chiu Road and had just gone over the over-pass on 1-8, preparing to turn east on Hannah Road. Sud-denly the surroundingsbecame darker, despite a half moonand formerlyfair visibility.Two lights described as about 6-10 feet in diameterturned on about 60 feet in the air above and to the right ofthe witness. These lights went out, but were followed bytwo more alongside the first two. These also shut off,and were followed by four lightsturning on beside the lasttwo. When these four shut off they appered to havebeen located on the northeast side of some object. Theneight lights on the southeast side of the object came onsimultaneously and then shut off.The pattern was two, two, four, then eight. These weredescribed as muted lights, such as would come throughopaque glass, rather than spotlights, but strong enoughthat the witness could see the panels enclosing the lightsin good detail.The witness, a welder about 33 years old, said the ob-ject appeared to be very large and dull black in color. Itseemed to be hovering in place, and made no sound. Al-though the lights from the town of Chu Chiu could nor-mally be seen from that location, they were no visibleduring the sighting. The witness estimated the darkenedarea to be three stories in height, but except for the un-usual darkness, he was not aware of the objects pres-ence until the lights came on.After viewing the object for about five minutes, thewitness rushed home to get two adult nephews to verifywhat he had seen. Upon arriving at the intersection, theydiscovered the object was gone, but a few minutes laterthey saw the same light pattern a mile or more to thesouth. They proceeded south on Chu Chiu Road in pur-suit, and got near enough to the object to see the detailsaround the lights as it repeated its pattern and headedtoward a mountain range to the south and disappeared.The witness reported that another auto was behind himwhile he viewed the object, but the occupants of that ve-hicle have not been located. The case was investigatedby Ken Kerber, MUFON Field Investigator and StateSection Director, Final County, AZ.July 2002 MUFON UFO Journal Page 17
  18. 18. Crop Circle wheat-mice & rabbitsThe following excerpt is taken from pages 25 and 26of the 2001 edition of the book, The Deepening Com-plexity of CROP CIRCLES-Scientific Research & Ur-ban Legends, by Eltjo H. Haselhoff, Ph.D.:".... In 1997,1 had taken samples for germination tri-als from a formation in Melick, the Netherlands...aboutfifteen bunches of about twenty stems each. I.. .also col-lected control samples, far outside the formation. Eachindividual bunch was tied together and labeled. Due tolack of time, the material...ended up in one big heap ofstraw on a table inside my garage."Several weeks later I got it out for the germinationexperiments. I arranged all the bunches on a table...outof each seed head I pulled single seed. When I arrived atthe bunch of stems with the controls, my experiment failedimmediately, even before I had a chance to plant the seedsin the germination containers.Tomy utter astonishment, Inoted that nearly all the seed heads of the controls haddisappeared. ..."I suddenly remembered seeing a mouse in the ga-rage, a few days earlier....underneath the table.. .1 founda generous amount of empty seed heads, along with littlemouse droppings. I realized that the mouse...somehowmanaged to eat only the control seeds. Not a single seedsampled from insidethe crop circle had been touched!"It reminded me of an experiment that was performedin the early nineties in England. Seeds sampled from acrop circle, with the same amountof seeds sampled fromsomewhere else in the same field, were used to bake twoloaves of bread, simultaneously,in exactly the same man-ner. The ordinary bread tasted fine; however, the "cropcircle bread" appeared to have a bad, sharp aftertaste."Since a mouses sense of smell is much better devel-oped than a humans, I could imagine that the mouse inmy garage sensed that the seeds of the crop circle wouldtaste bad, and consequently had dinner with the controlsonly "A few years ago, some friends of ours (Don andLaVonna Bertelsmann, who had usually attended themonthly Southern IllinoisMUFON meetings inCollinsville)gave us some samples of wheat that they had obtainedfrom within a fresh, pristine crop circle near Edwardsvilie,IL. I ended up taking some of the crop circle wheatstalks, complete with seed heads, to one of the monthlyMissouri MUFON meetings in St. Peters, MO.At that meeting, I gave a sample of the crop circlewheat to Dave Rapp, MO MUFON Assistant State Di-rector. At that same meeting, Carol Schoenholz [sp?](who, since she lived in the area, usuallyattended the St.Peters, MO, MUFON meetings) asked me for a sampleof the wheat so that she could attempt to propagate theseeds. Carol took the crop circle wheat sample that I hadgiven to her and planted the seeds. She also took some ofher own "control" wheat seeds (since I only had samplesthat the Bertelsmanns had obtained from withinthe cropcircle) and planted them next to the crop circle seeds.:Carol later told me that rabbits had gotten into theplanted patch and had eaten ALL the "control" wheatshe had planted. BUT, the rabbits did NOT eat ANY ofthe crop circle wheat that had propagated right next tothe control wheat! > --Bob SoetebierPre-Arnold airshipsBoth Fred Vamer [March 2002] and Ken Larson [May2002] appear totally unaware of Jerome Clarks The UFOEncyclopedia, 2nd Edition. So it is not surprising theyare unaware of the amount of airship/ufo data predatingthe Ken Arnold sighting. Australias Bill Chalker contrib-utes a report in Clarks work on "Airships in Australiaand New Zealand" [Vol 1, pgs 42-44, with additionalref-erences, whileClarks own entry on "UFOs: 1900-1946"in Vol 2, pgs 916-938, goes into considerable detail onpre-Amold sightings.I might also note that The History of Aviation in NewZealand by Ewing and Macpherson [Heineman, NZ,1986: pg 28] carries more detailed information on NZs1909 airshipsightings [including eyewitness sketches] andgives those reports greater credence than does Chalker.I wouldrecommend that the editor of thisjournal keepClarks Encyclopedia close at hand to allow for quickvetting of all future articleswhich might, ifchecked againstClarks work, displaycorrectable deficiencies. Thiswouldnot only improve the accuracy of Journal articles butwould serve to confound ufological skeptics.-George W. Earley drrearleys@aol.comReminderState 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.MUFON MUGSOfficial MUFON ceramic mugs with blue logo, $8.00,plus $3.50 S&H. MUFON, P.O. Box 369, Morrison,CO 80465-0369. (Check, MO, orcash, U.S. dollars.)Ryan and Bob WoodsMajestic DocumentsNow Available from MUFON:Majestic Documents Book (190 pgs) $18 + $2 p&hSOM1-01 Manual (Reproduction) $8+ $2 p&hCD-ROM - The Secret $16 + $2 p&hFor orders outside the U.S. please add $4 p&hper document. Order from MUFON, P.O. Box 369,Morrison, CO 80465-0369Page 18 MUFON UFO Journal July 2002
  19. 19. View from BritainBy Jenny RandiesA Pennine MysteryUFO sightings have not been widespread in the UKfor several years now in what is fast becoming a real fallin public interest, but one area of the country has prob-ably generated more attention than any other for quitesome time.This is aregion of the southern Pennines in and aroundthe picturesque town ofMatlock, Derbyshire. Not onlyhave strange lights been wit-nessed here, but some videofootage has been exercisingthe minds of manyUFOlogists.. WindowsThis area is part of what iscalled the Peak District Na-tional Park, a region of undu-lating hills and narrow gorgestowards the southern end ofthe Pennines-a range of hillsoften known as the "backboneof England" because it runsJenny Randieslike a spine down the center of the island across about100 miles of the country.It separates the old kingdoms of the roses-the whiterose of Yorkshire to the east and the red rose ofLancashire to the west-and old rivalries between theseancient regions still surface in the moorland villages andnearby urban areas that encompass major cities such asManchester, Leeds and Sheffield.This area has long been recognised by BritishUFOlogists as one of the most active windows in Eu-rope. Indeed some statistics that I have worked on formy book on the area (Supernatural Pennines, RobertHale, London, 2002) show that you are 12 times morelikely to have an encounter in these often sparsely popu-lated moorlands than you are anywhere else in the UK. Iwill have more to say on this analysis next month, as itisunlikely this book will reach a US audience.Each part of the Pennine Window has an associationwith different types of phenomena, and the Derbyshirepeaks seem to be linked with almost Star Trek-like timeand space distortions. There are countless sightings ofwhat appear to be time slip replays of events from WorldWar Two (the famous Dambuster Raids were preparedfor in local reservoirs) and many other curiosities of thisnature-including, believe it or not, several well attestedsightings of a pterosaur (a flying dinosaur!).Humming HillsAnother oddity of this area is the prevalence of hum-ming noisescoming from the hills themselves. The rocksliterally sing with a strange high pitched noise. There areseveral hotspots of this, but an interestingone is near thesmall settlementof Winster,just five miles west of Matlock.One witness described to me what she experienced here:"It was as if the hillside itself was vibrating...a pleasanthumming like an orchestra was tuning up on one note."This hum is also reported on Ilkley Moor, an activelocation further north where both UFOs and alien con-tacts have been reported in some numbers-including theinfamous photograph of a little green man that was takenby an abductee at the conclusion to his abduction .A number of the witnesses to these sounds have toldme that they think the hum is emerging from the groundand has the form of a vibrationwithin the rocks, which dooften have a high quartz crystal content. Indeed there arereliable reports ofpeople getting mild electric shocks fromtouching some of the taller standing stones, and even wellattested cases of reverse lightning-forks of glowing blueenergy emerging from the ground.A good example of this occurred at Totley, about 15miles north of Matlock, where a three-pronged fork oflittle balls of light climbed from exposed rock outcropsand entered the sky on a non-stormy day.The UFO activityAlthough, to me, this background is essential knowl-edge when considering the UFO activity in and aroundMatlock, it has (I fear) never been considered by any ofthejournalists or UFOlogists-including some from the USand Japan-who have been attracted by the recent spateof sightings in the Peak District.These began to build upin the fall of 2000, but sporadicreports have continued ever since. It is fair to note thatthey rarely involve anything much beyond glowing lightsthat move across the horizon, but they do includelights information, sometimesreported as being on the undersidesof large triangular craft. That said, in some of the wit-nesses that I have spoken to, the dark shape is inferredrather than clearly seen-in effect to "connect the dots,"so to speak, by making the subconscious assumption thatthese moving lights must be on some otherwise unseendarkened craft.There are some explanations on offer. The area is on aflightpath into Manchester Airport, and because of thealtitude lowflyingaircraft-especially when their enginesare throttled back late at night due to severe noise restric-tions-can seem strange. I live 20 miles from Matlock at1000 ASL and have witnessed such things often. Also,the aircraft are, of course, much lower relative to youraltitude . Since many witnesses are on a busy road (the A6) that passes through the peaks at night, they tend to beJuly 2002 MUFON UFO Journal Page 19