Mutual UFO NetworkUFO JournalFebruary 2003 Number 418Deathbed account of UFO abduction. Article begins on page 3.
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  1. 1. Mutual UFO NetworkUFO JournalFebruary 2003 Number 418Deathbed account of UFO abduction. Article begins on page 3.
  2. 2. MUFONUFO Journal(USPS 002*970)(ISSN 0270-6822}Post Office Box 369Morrison, CO 80465-0369Tel: 303-932-7709Fax: 303-932-9279International DirectorJohn F. Schuessler, M.S.Editor:Dwight Connelly, M.S.14026 Ridgelawn RoadMartinsville, IL 62442Tel: (217) 382-4502e-mail: mufonufojoumal@hotmail.comColumnists:Walter N. Webb, B.S.George Filer, M.B.A. Jenny RandiesStanton Friedman, M.S.MUFON on CompuServe"Go MUFON"to access the ForumMUFON on the Internet:http://www.mufon.comMUFON e-mail address:mufonhq@aol.comMUFON Amateur Radio Net:40 meters - 7.237 MHzSaturdays, 7 a.m.CST or COSTTable of contentsFebruary 2003 Number 418In this issueThe last deed by Kenny Young 3Mexican pilot & MIBs, Part II 5UFOs, cults, & cloning by Dr. Barry Downing 7Children believe Kelly case real by Michele Carlton 9Online Javascriptfor investigatorsby Terry Groff. 12Filers Files by George A. Filer 13UFO Press: Ray Fowlers UFO Testament 16View from Britain by Jenny Randies 18Perceptions by Stanton T. Friedman 20The Night Sky by Walter N. Webb 23Calendar 23Directors Message by John Schuessler 24Change of address and subscription inquiries should be sentto MUFON, P.O. Box 369, Morrison, CO 80465-0369.Copyright 2003 by the MutualUFO 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 2003 by the Mutual UFO Network,P.O. Box 369, Morrison, CO 80465-0369" is included.The contents of the MUFON UFO Journal are determined by the editor, and do notnecessarily reflect the official position of the Mutual UFO Network. Opinions expressed are solelythose of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editor or staff ofMUFON.The Mutual UFO Network, Inc. is exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501 (c) (3) ofthe Internal Revenue Code. MUFON is a publicly supported organization of the type described inSection 509 (a) (2). Donors may deduct contributions from their Federal Income Tax. Bequests,legacies, devises, transfers, or gifts are also deductible for estate and gift purposes, provided theymeet the applicable provisions of Sections 2055, 2106, and 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code.MUFON is a Texas nonprofit corporation.The MUFON UFO Journal is published monthly by the Mutual UFO Network, Inc., Morrison,CO. Membership/Subscription rates are $35 per year in the U.S.A., and $40 per year foreign in U.S.funds. Second class postage paid at Versailles, MO.Postmaster: Send form 3579 to advise change of address to: MUFON UFO Journal, P.O.Box 369, Morrison, CO 80465-0369MUFONs mission is the systematiccollectionand analysisof UFO data, with the ultimate goalof learning the originandnature of the UFO phenomenon.
  3. 3. Having your name and phone number appear on aUFO-oriented television talk-show can bring in all kindsof strange phone calls. Certainly that was the case inearly May of 2001 when I had appeared as a panelist onthe Cincinnati-based cable-television program "UFO Up-date: LIVE!" produced by Bob Leibold, executive direc-tor of Natural Light Productions.The program does not play only in Cincinnati, as it isroutinely "bicycled" around to variouspublic access cablefacilities in Ohio. It has been seen in Columbus and isquite popular with viewers in Dayton (notorious for thelegendary "Blue Room" or "Hangar 18" of WrightPatterson Air Force Base).One particular episode was cablecast on NorthernKentuckys CPC (Community Program Center) Chan-nel 21, and with my telephone number appearing on-screen. In the midst of several mindless callers, most likelytricksters caught up in the frivolity and tomfoolery ofUFOs, one strange call came to my attention. It was thenearly illegiblevoice of a man leaving a number for me toreturn his call.The voice was raspy and wheezy sounding-to be truth-ful, like one of the prank phone callers that sometimesrespond to the TV program. Little did I know it was thevoice of someone fighting for his life. Mr. BenjaminDavidson, a resident of Covington, KY, had twice con-tacted my voice mail telephone number.Upon receipt of his first message, I did not return thecall immediately (being leery of the voice on the otherend of the line). When he called a second time, I notifiedassociate researcher Chris Coffey (personal secretaryto the late Leonard Stringfield) that someone with an un-usual voice was trying to contact me regarding "some-thing to do with UFOs."After listeningto the recording and giving some seri-ous consideration that the unusual voice might not be aprank, a decision was made to call the telephone number,and together we spoke with Mr. Davidson by 3-way tele-phone conversation. Davidson, who was born in 1938,explained that his body was ravaged with cancer, andthat he was dying.His voice was destroyed by the disease and he couldbarely be understood. Davidson explained that he had"just a few days" left to live and had an important storythat he wanted to tell. Both Chris Coffey and I listenedclosely to discern what he was saying through his slight,wheezy gasp. This story, he explained with the agony ofa dying man, had never been told to anyone before heAbout the AuthorKenny Young is MUFON State Section Director forCincinnati and Northern Kentucky.approached us with this strange account in May of 2001.He had never told his wife nor anyone in his family... no-body.As we listened with cautious interest, Davidson saidthat he had been involved in an unusual incident that hap-pened in April or June of 1964 or 1965, the exact date ofwhich was lost in the fog of time. Interestingly, the occur-rence had strangely escaped his thoughts until the early1990s.Mr. Davidson explained that while sitting at his kitchentable sometime in the early 90s, a cigarette burned thehair on his arms. This burning smell of singed hair on hisarms triggered a flood of memo-ries from April or June of 64 or65 that he found very disturb-ing. He explained that in 64 or65, he was employed as an ex-terminator and would travelfrom Portsmouth, OH, to Cin-cinnati alongU.S. Route 52. Fre-quently he would retrieve andhaul chemicals along this route.It was on a late Sunday nightmidway along one of these hauls(between April and June) thathe was driving along the darkroadway after taking a tempo-rary diversion to visithis mother.Moving into a small clear-ing along U.S. Route 52 somewhere in the vicinity of Ab-erdeen or Manchester, OH, a semi-circular object ap-peared situated on the roadway in front of him, obstruct-ing his route.The object, he said, was oval-shaped and was com-prised of some sort of iron or aluminum with differentcolored lights around it. Due to this roadblock, Mr.Davidson drew his car to a halt. He said he was con-fronted by several entities that were standing along theroadside of U.S. Route 50 near Aberdeen and taken ontothe object. Davidson described them as "creatures" or"what you would call aliens.""What kind of creatures-what did they look like?" Iasked. Davidson went on to describe the creatures, say-ing that these entities were not similarto the ones usuallyreported in UFO literature.They did not look like the child-sized, large-headed,black-eyed staring aliens that appear on television and inthe movies. But rather, these beings resembled the insectknown as a "Preying Mantis." Upon his utterance of thisrevelation, Chris Coffey gasped and later said: "I knewhe was going to say that."A dark experienceDavidson said that at no time did the creatures speakto him ashe was escorted into the large object that blockedhis path on the roadway. The escort, he said, was "non-Kenny YoungFebruary 2003 MUFON UFO Journal Page3
  4. 4. violent. I dont know why," Davidson recalled, "but Iwasnt afraid."The interior of this object, he said, was well lit, but hecould not discern a light source. He estimated there wereabout 20 of the "Preying Mantis" occupants onboard theobject as he was taken to a table and subjected to somesort of physical examination. "They scraped the skin offmy hands, they clipped my fingernailsand took blood,"hesaid during the 20-minute telephone discussion. He againreassured us that he had told this story to nobody beforenow.Davidson suddenly paused for a moment. Both Chrisand I waited, thinking that he must be struggling to recallthe details or dealingwith physical agony. "Theres some-thing else that was went on there," he said after the pause."There was another examiningtable in the room. On thisexamining table was a little girl. That little girl was dead."Chris and I listened with a dreadful silence. "I knowshe was dead," he said. "I didnt know who she was orwhere she came from, but it was quite obvious that shewas dead.""What did you do?" I asked. He replied, "What couldI do? I didnt do anything." Davidson said he had littlememory of anything else takingplace during this episode,only recalling that he woke up at a traffic light some-where near Portsmouth, OH.Being several hours late from home, his wife was deeplyconcerned. Upon arrivinghome, he was unable toexplainhis prolonged absence. In the years since the event, hiswife has been of the suspicion that he was having anextramarital affair, and this had caused anxiety in theirrelationship.You had better hurryIn closing, he again asserted that it was his dyingintentto share this information. When asked if he would agreeto allow us to videotape his story, he tentatively agreedbut said: "You better hurry." So ended our conversation.I planned to notify TV producer Bob Leibold and havehim make arrangements to meet me in the next week tointerview Davidson. All I needed to do was to set up aconfirmed time we could meet Mr.Davidson at his home.A call made to his residence several days later wasanswered by his wife. Benjamin Davidson, she said, haddied. Our plans to meet Mr. Davidson and videotape hiscomments would not take place due to his death after myone and only conversation with him.I felt in shock.His wife was silent. She said only that she knew thathe had talked with us before his death, and she becameaware of his bizarre story when he told her of the discus-sion he had with us. She did not offer any comment on hisaccount and no comment was requested.For me, the nature of the delivery of this report wasquite startling and somewhatdisturbing.This was clearlysomething important to Mr. Davidson, I thought, as hestruggled to tell his story. I was of the impression that hewas sincere and that he felt this to be one of his last acts.It clearly was.More profound than the last acts of a dying man maybe the incredible story he had to relate.Childhood sighting continuesto mystify witnessReported by Andy RomanoDATE: 1949 or 1950 (I was 8 or 9 years old)PLACE: The sighting occurred over my home indenselypopulated Newark, NJ.DURATION of sighting: five to ten minutes.SKY CONDITIONS: absolutely clear, cloudless, moon-less night.BACKGROUND: For as long as I can remember, Iwas a "sky watcher." I was very interested in astronomyas a young boy, and had built my own telescope. Thisparticular spring night, at about 9 PM, I was in my back-yard.Casually looking up, I saw what appeared tobe a singleyellowish-white globe of light approaching from due west(I know it was west because it came from the directionof a cemetery which wasjust a block west of our house).At first I didnt think much of it. It could have been ahigh-flying SAC B47 or 52 or any of the other large mili-tary planes which roamed our skies in those years, catch-ing the last rays of the already-set sun. We were in theflight path to metro airports, so I was very used to seeingthe approach lights of descending flights.This wasnt like any of those things. It had the appar-ent luminosityof a bright star-about that of a first magni-tude star, but it was NOT a "point" of light. It was adistinct flattish globe or disc. Having an anylitical mind,Ithought: a large scientificballoon? Perhaps.It wasnt a plane,because the shape was, well... round.And it wasnt a balloon because as it passed directly over-head, at my zenith... it stopped instantly!Oh, it didnt de-celerate. It went from its smooth straight-as-an-arrowcruising speed, which I can only estimate at about 300mph, to a dead stop. Any human on board would havebeen crushed by his own mass/inertia! Hmm.The little boy thought, still searching for an explana-tion. What stops in mid-air? Helicopter? Maybe. But itwas too high for copters of the day. Its amazing how youcan estimate speed and altitude by "feel." Were talking30 to 50,000 feet here. No chopper of the day could dothat. Besides, there was NO sound whatsoever. Even atthat altitude you would hear something in the cool nightair.As I pondered this, my eyes almost popped out when Isaw another, identical globe approach the first one fromdue east! When it reached my overhead, it too stoppeddead! The two globes hung there, absolutely motionless,no wobbling, no drifting, no change in brightness,just alittle less than the diameterof the moon from one another.Two silent helicopters with bright but soft lights meeting50,000 feet over Newark in 1949? Not likely.At that point I was overcome with a strange feeling ofawe. I knew I was seeing something so utterly strangethat itjust couldnt possibly be. But there it was. Then Ireally got goosebumps. The two objects began to revolve(Continued on page 11)Page 4 MUFON UFO Journal February 2003
  5. 5. Part IIMexican pilot relatespossible MIB contactsfollowing encounterInvestigated byCarlos Alberto Guzman Rojasand Francisco Dominguez de la RosaEditors Note: In the January issue, pilot CarlosAntonio de los Santos Montiel described having hisPiper PA-24 aircraft taken over by three UFOs ashe flew toward Mexico City, and having to make anemergency landing. This month he discusses thestrange occurrences following this experience:Some time passed, and about 15 days later Mr. PedroFerris of TV Channel 8 called my house, interested totalk about my experience. He said: "I would like to knowif it is possible to have an interviewwith you." I told myfather, and he advised me to do so, but only stating whatIsaw and experienced. I agreed to meet Mr. Pedro Ferrisclose to Barranca del Muerto Avenue, on a Friday, whereTV channel 8 used to be located, in a southwestern partof Mexico City.Men In Black?On the day of the interview, I had to be early in theoffices of Mexicana de Aviacion, since I was taking train-ing classes to become a member of this company. Afterleaving the trainingcourse, Iwas drivingdown on asouth-western Mexico City expressway called "AnilloPeriferico" (Peripheral Ring), and before coming to theexit to Barranca del Muerto Avenue, a black auto ap-proached mine.I was driving in the middle lane, and it got even withme. Then, another black auto approached mine, passedme, and suddenly stopped in front of mine. I was about toget out of the auto, but at that moment two subjects,dressed in black, with rather dark brown hair, more orless yellow skin,and hairless, got out of each one of theseblack autos.I believedthey were members escorting somebody im-portant and to which I accidentally cut in or annoyed insome way. When I was about to come out of the car, oneof these men in black hurried up to me, grabbed the door,stuck his head insidethe auto, and said in a verymechani-cal way, "If you appreciate your life and that of yourfam-ily do not say anythingelse."That was the only thing they said. They went back totheir autos and drove away. These men were about twometers tall, had well-developed bodies, had features ofpeople from the northern hemisphere, spoke very me-chanically, very precise, a very exact Spanish language,very direct, cold, and well defined.Some other Interviewers later asked me, "Were thereAbout the co-authorCarlos A. Guzman Rojas, co-author of this report andMUFON representative for Mexico, spoke at the 1996MUFON International Symposium in Greensboro, NC, on"A Chronology of Ufology inMexico."This report is fromUFOs and Mexican Aviation, which he co-authored withAlfonso Falazar Mendoza. UFOs and Mexican Avia-tion is available in Spanish from Arturus Books.other autos coming?"The other autos circulated on the extreme right lane. Ibelieved the drivers of the other autos must have thoughtthere was an auto accident and that my intentionhad beento avoid the auto in front of me, but I only braked to stop.I would have had to drive in reverse in order to avoidthese, still thinking they were escorting somebody, but Istayed there to find out what was the matter.After this event, I did not meet with Mr. Pedro Ferris.I returned to the offices of Mexicana de Aviacion wheremy father worked, who asked me what happened in myinterview with Mr. Pedro Ferris. I told him exactly whathappened, and he advised me to leave.things as they stand,fearful that something bad might happen to me or to himand the family.I stayed in the office of Mexicana for a while, then Iwent home. Mr. Pedro Ferris called, complaining aboutme not showing up to the interview on time, leaving himwith all the material and people wanting to meet me, andasked me what happened. I told him precisely what hap-pened and expressed fears thatthose men mightdo some-thing bad to me or to any member of my family. He an-swered me that hewould ask"Miguelito"Aleman to havea police patrol auto to look after us.He requested to meet at another place, assuring methat those people do not do anything, that they were theso called men in black, who only had in mindto persuade,scare those people who had an experience such as mine,but they do not do any physical harm.I agreed to meet him in "Televicentro" (a TV com-pany), located in a central Mexico City Avenue namedChapultepec. He gave me instructionson how to get intothis place, and so I did. Mr. Pedro Ferris and JacoboZabludowsky madetheirfirst recording of my experience,each separately, and the same case was with PatriciaSuarez.There was another person with Patricia Suarez. Thisother person exclaimed: "Next we are introducing you toaircraft captain Carlos Antonio de los Santos Montiel, whoclaims to have had an experience with some flying sau-cers. It was obvious since he was starving, and could notavoid the fact."In that moment I became upset, because this was notthe case. Later, a co-worker of Patricia approached me,I do not remember his name. He was a man with verywhite hair,who began asking me questions. He said: "Lis-ten captain, let us see, you stated that you spent the nightin Zihuatanejo, Guerrero."Answering: "Yes sir."He said: "And you said you ate dinner. What did youFebruary 2003 MUFON UFO Journal PageS
  6. 6. eat?""Answering: "This, that, and this other."He said: "And the next morningyou said you ate break-fast. What did you have for breakfast?"Answering: "Two country style eggs, bread withjellyspread, coffee and orange juice."He said: "Listen, between both of us, did you put any-thing unusual to the eggs, in your breakfast?" (Askingthis when the conversation was "live.")I told him:"What do you mean? Something likea drugor anything similar? Listen, I am in my twenties and sofar I have not attempted to try any drug, bad habit, ciga-rettes, liquor, or anything of the sort.This is because Ihold my own scruples,not because of my parents or school-ing."Well, more or less after a month hadelapsed, Mr. Pedro Ferris called meagain on the phone, telling me that aNASA technical adviserwho had beena USA Air Force adviser, was coming.He was Dr. J. Allen Hynek. He wasalso bringing a letter from PresidentGerald Ford, and he wanted to inter-view me, because they had knownabout my experience.Once again I sought the trust andadvice of my father. He advised me,saying: "Go ahead," but also, said notto say anythingmore or less about thismatter: "Tell exactlywhat you saw andnothing else; do not try to impress any-body or seek a publicity. That will nothelp you at all."I accepted and asked to go with him to pick up theDoctor at the airport. Mr. Pedro Ferris, his son Pedro, mybrother Jorge, and myself went to the airport. Dr.Hynekarrived on a Friday.Interview with Dr. HynekIn his hotel suite, in a living room, he took out sometape recorders and began to ask me questions. However,the type of questions he asked were not anymore thosestupid or morbid questions as those asked by PatriciaSuarez and her coworkers.He asked: "Listen, are you an aircraft pilot?"Answering: "Yes."He asked: "Commercial aircraft pilot?"Answering: "Yes."He asked: "Did you have a speedometer in your air-craft?"Answering: "Yes."He asked: "How does the speedometer function, andfor what purpose does it function?"Answering: "A speedometer is a differential manom-eter, functioningbecause of a difference of pressure, andthe differencein pressure is what is indicated in the read-ing. Enters an impactpressure, and well, these are tech-nical terms."He said: "OK, now how does your altimeter function?ounisyln.Aviation Mexieana50 aftoslie encuentros» conOUNISen clcspacio nereomevicanolmlu;.L m.-is ile J" luiMnraliv flucililtcmo- nlifjiilcv tlr |Cirlos Alberto Gilyiiiiu RajivYou do have an altimeter, dont you? How does functionand in relation to what does the altimeter function?"Answering: "The same; it is also a differential manom-eter functioning by impact pressure. The pressure takesoff on two directions, one of the pressures heads towardsa manometer and the other one goes to an aneroid cap-sule."Speaking in the same terminology, Ianalyzed ina piece-meal form everything inside the cockpit... How does thisfunction ... ? How does this other thing work ... ? Howdoes this function ... ? These were typical commercialpilots examination questions. What is an air route? Whatis Tequesquitengo? What is a VOR?What is Mexico Center? Which is theemergency radio frequency ... ?Which is the emergency landing sys-tem? In general, he asked these typi-cal questions. These questions addedup to about four hours of tape record-ings.Once he was through with thesequestions, he said: "You must be ask-ingyourself why Iamasking thesetypeof questions. Dont you? Wellthe truthis because it is a commercial aircraftpilots examination.Anybodycould bethe owner of an aircraft, fly it, and notbe an aircraft pilot.He does not knowwhat he is doing. He takes off, andlands, is the plane owner, and has aprivate aircraft license to fly. How-ever, you are a commercial aircraft pi-lot, this is your case, and now tell meabout your experience. What happened? How did thisexperience take place?"Then, I told him that I went to "La Villita," to LazaroCardenas, Michoacan, then to Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, andfrom here, on Sunday 3 of May Of 1975... the experiencetook place. Once the interviewwas concluded,Dr.Hynekinvited me to have breakfast withhim the next Sunday(atthat time, Mr. Pedro Ferris, his son, and Jorge werepresent.) He asked me to come alone, because hewantedto speak about a very confidential matter, private mattersonly to me. Accepting, he told me to be there at 9:00hours.More MIBs?That Sunday I woke up early to be on time for myappointment with Dr. J. Allen Hynek. I arrived early. Itwas inside the Hotel Diplomatico in a suite, on AvenidaInsurgentes Sur, in the south central side of Mexico City.I parked my car in the street, next to the sidewalk. I gotout of the car, locked it, and was putting away my carkeys, lookingdown and climbingthe stairs to theentranceof the hotel when half way up the stairs I felt a handslapping over my chest.I raised my head and saw one of the same big men inblack, whichhad stopped me the other day who said, "Youwere warned once. This is the second time." On thatoccasion, I got a hold of some bravery and told him,"Lis-Page 6 MUFON UFO Journal February 2003
  7. 7. ten, I do not believe I am doing harm to anybody. If 1 canmake, something useful of my experience because I ex-perienced an emergency and came all right from it, andexperienced something that at the present has no expla-nation, no logic, an extraordinary experience, and I do nothave any inconvenience making something out of all this,if it has any usefulness."Then, he said, "Turn around and leave. You are notgoing inside to meet the Doctor." I then said, "Well, Icame here because he invited me for breakfast." Re-peating himself he said, "Turn around and leave!"Some other interviewer later asked, "He spoke to youin the same tone as the one you mentioned previously?"I replied, "Yes, the very same, and I cannot tell youwhich one he was, because both looked alike. The firsttime, when they told me: If you value your life somehowand that of your family, do not say anything else, I amsaying thiswith my own voice. However, itwas said moremechanical, more solemn, mostly threatening andintimi-dating. When we speak fluently we separate the words,but they do not. Thats what I mean for mechanical. Notthat it was a robot."I did not go in to have breakfast. Then, I immediatelywent to "Televicentro" (a TV company) to locate Mr.Pedro Ferris. He asked: "What happened? Didnt youhave breakfast with Dr. J. Allen Hynek?" Answering:"No," and told him what happened and expressed myselfas having felt more danger this time around. He sidedwith my motives and asked me to quit seeing each otherfor some time because he considered the situation moredelicate this timearound.I told him:"What I am requesting of you is you call byphone Dr.Hynekor send him a letter giving him my apolo-gies. I do not want him to think that I did not show upbecause I was nasty." He said, "Dont you worry. I willtake care of it."The investigators comment:We believe that the experience of Carlos Antonio delos Santos Montiel occurred. There are too many obser-vations made and filed by others, such as radar operatorsand aircraft pilots to dismiss such a case as false. In addi-tion, a Learjet aircraft saw visually the three objects thattook over the controls of the small aircraft with captainde los Santos aboard. Carlos Antonio de los Santos is areliable witness.He now has a lovely family and is still working in theaviation field, which is his professionalpassion, and lateron hopes to be able to advance more details of his expe-rience in a book where he will share many other experi-ences not told in this brief interview.We deeply thank captain Carlos Antonio for givingupthe time to describe directly and personally his extraordi-nary experience.Dr. Barry DowningMUFON MugsOfficial MUFON ceramic mugs with blue logo, $8,plus $3.50 S&H. MUFON, P.O. Box 369, Morrison,CO 80465-0369 (U.S. dollars, check, MO, or cash.)UFOs, cults,and cloningBy Dr.Barry H. DowningUFOs are back in the news, but not in a way that isgoing to be pleasing to most MUFON members.The Dec. 28,2002, issue of The New York Times head-lined a story about cloning, written by Dana Candey andKenneth Chang.The story began, "A sect thatbelieves space travelers createdthe human race by cloning saidtoday that it had produced thefirst human clone, a healthyseven-pound baby girl it says wasbom on Thursday."The scientist, Dr. BrigetteBoisselier, said that the baby,nicknamed Eve, was fine and thattests would show she is a cloneof her mother, a 31-year-oldAmerican."The space age religious cult behind this news is theRaelian Movement, headed by former French race carjournalist Claude Verilhon, who claims that during variousUFO contacts, aliens gave him the name Rael.The Times further reported that "Michael Guillen, aformer science editor for ABC News, said at the newsconference that the Raelians had invited him to arrangefor independent tests. He said he was neither a memberof the group nor paid by them."Rick Ross, writing at the internet site, has complained that Guillen is notreally as "independent" as he claims, and suggests thatDr. Boisselier took "$300,000 from a couple" with thepromise to clone their dead son.The Raelian Movement summarizes its beliefs at http//, but may also befound in Raels book The Message Given byExtraterrestials.Rael claimsthat on Dec. 13,1973, a UFO landed in hispresence in the crater of a volcano in Auvergne, France,an alien met him, and in effect called him to be a prophetfor the "Elohim," a space race mistakenly referred to inthe Bible as God.Aliens take the place of GodThe Raelian Movement is in many ways an atheisticform of the biblical religion, wherein the aliens take theplace of God. The aliens would be our "equals" if wewould only embrace peace, truth, and spirituality, and giveup our love for money.Raels story is that the aliens (Elohim) created life onearth as an experiment, but humans got a littleout of hand,and so "religion" was created-all the world religions-tohelp guide humanity to this point. Prophets like Moses,February 2003 MUFON UFO Journal Page 7
  8. 8. Mohammed, Jesus, and Buddha were under the directionof the aliens. But humanity has advanced to the pointnow where we would have something like the secondcoming of Jesus, the return of the Elohim, and we need tobuild an "Embassy" (not a Temple) in which to welcomethem.The Elohim do not want to deal directly with worldgovernments because they are so sinful. Rael was "cho-sen" to be the prophet for "preparingthe way" not of theLord, but of the Elohim. He was conceived on Dec. 25,1945 as a sign of his alien mission! (Not many publishtheir conception date.)Cloning the way to eternal life?In Raels theology, cloning is the way to eternal life.By the process of cloning,we can keep reproducing our-selves (as do the aliens), and thereby gain eternal life. Wewill soon know how to program our memories into thenewly cloned bodies.What is my opinion of Rael and his "revelation"? I donot buy his story, althoughthere are some who would saythat I am partlyto blame for this kind of UFO religion. Infact, some members of the Raelian Movement have calledme and asked me to join the movement. (I declined.)I want to point out that although I cannot prove thatRael did not have some kind of UFO revelation, most ofhis ideas were in print, at least in seminal form, before1973. Most of Raels "revelations" were already in cur-rency in speculative form in books such as TheSky Peopleby Brinsley LePoer Trench, who in 1960 suggested thatthe Garden of Eden may have been some kind of extra-terrestrial laboratory.My own The Bible and Flying Saucers (1968) sug-gested links between UFOs, Moses, and Jesus, not tomention the speculations of Erich von Danikens Chari-ots of the Gods? (1969).Why dont I believe Raells story? The basic issue forme is this:the aliens are too much like us, too open in theRael revelation. I believe UFOs are real, I believe thereis tremendous religious significance to UFOs, and I be-lieve that the UFO aliens, whoever they are, do in factcontact people in such a way that something like religiousrevelation occurs.But this revelation is "behind a screen, behind a veil,"we cannot quite see for sure what is on the other side.Raels Elohim seem like a bunch of Rotarians who knowa little bit of science.Researchers like Dr. John Mack have noted a strongspiritual dimension to many UFO contacts. MUFONmember Raymond Fowler has of course explored the re-ligious dimension in Betty Andreasson Lucas experi-ences; there is a strong religious element in the reportedexperiences of Whitley Strieber.There are researchers, like Budd Hopkins, who be-lieve we should avoid seeing religion in UFO contacts,although in his book Witnessed: The True Story of theBrooklyn Bridge UFO Abductions Hopkins says, "Atrue cult, such as that of Reverend Moon, or the BranchDavidians, is all beliefs and no miracles. The UFO phe-nomenon is all miracles and no beliefs." (P.313)About the authorDr. Downing, the author of The Bible and Flying Sau-cers, formerly served as pastor of Northminster Presby-terian Church in Endwell,NY,retiringafter 34 years. Heis a member of the national board of directors for theFund for UFO Research (FUFOR). He holds the Physics from Hartwick Bollege, the B.D. fromPrinceton Theological Seminary, and the Ph.D. from theUniversity of Edinburgh, Scotland, specializing in the re-lationship between natural science and Christian theol-ogy.Most of what I consider to be likely "true" UFO con-tact cases have an element of "disguise" that is missinginthe Rael revelation. It is this lack of mystery that makesRael appealing, of course. He has all the answers. Therest of us are in the dark.In my article "The Rock of Ages Principle" (MUFONUFO Journal, May 1990, p. 10), I said, "The issue ofdisguise is one of the most fundamental aspects of theUFO mystery, and should become one of the next majorareas of UFO research/ In the Bible, God makes Moseshide in a rock as God passes by. The implication is thatdirect contact between humanityand God wouldbe deadly.There seems to be no danger in the Rael contacts.One of the reasons the governments of the world cancontinue to lie about the UFO presence is that UFOs seekto reveal themselves and stay hidden at the same time.There is none of this hiddenness in the Raelian story. Thebottom line for me is, Rael knows more than he shouldknow on the basis of both biblical revelation, and othermodern contact stories.If, however, the Raelians have indeed cloned a human,it will be interesting to see what the consequences are forufology. The Times article said, "Bioethicists, religious andpolitical figures and world leaders, including PresidentBush and the United Nations Secretary General KofiAnnan were almost universal yesterday in condemningthe announcement."A bite of forbidden fruit?With that kind of blanket condemnation, the Raeliansmust have felt they had bitten into the forbidden fruit inthe Garden of Eden. In fact, what the Raelians claim tobe selling is eternal life, cloningstyle-they willgrab ontothe "tree of life, and live forever"(Genesis 3:22). If theRaelians can convince people that science, through clon-ing, can give us eternal life, we will have a battle betweenscience, religion,politics, and ethics that should be quiteentertaining.And I would think that more and more, the populationat large will demand to know the truth about UFOs. Ibelieve that the History Channel is planning a four-partseries on UFOs to run early in 2003. Parts of this series (Iwas told) will includeissues involvingUFOs and religion.My advice to MUFON: keep doing the best UFO sci-ence you can. Until our government decides to tell thetruth about UFOs, MUFON is one of the best publicsources of serious UFO information.MUFON UFO Journal February 2003
  9. 9. Children of Kelly witnessfirmly believe theirfather shot at entitiesBy Michele CarltonKentucky New Era,mcarlton@kentuckynewera.comGeraldine Hawkins was only 7 or 8 years old the firsttime she heard the story of the Kelly Green Men.Although her father, Elmer "Lucky" Sutton, said hewas one of the people who witnessed the alien invasionon Aug. 21, 1955, he didnt talk about it to Hawkins untilthe late 1960s when two writers contacted him for aninterview."This was the first Id ever heard of it," Hawkins saidabout the Kelly,KY, incidentduring an interview at herhome in Princeton."I remember it was a man and womanthat came to the house. I had never heard anythingaboutit. I remember sitting in the floor with my legs crossed,listening to this story. It terrified me."The sighting occurred at Kelly, a small town on U.S.41 abouteight miles northof Hopkinsville. "Lucky"Sutton,who was living in a small farmhouse on the OldMadisonville Road at Kelly, and several family memberssaid a spaceship landed near the house that evening. Itwas carrying about a dozen little space creatures, theysaid."Lucky" Sutton and other family members said theyhad a gun battle with the creatures that lasted for hours.Most of the Sutton family members who said theyfought the aliens off with shotguns are deceased. How-ever, Hawkins and her younger brother, Elmer Sutton Jr.,of Trigg County, said their father shared his Kellyexperi-ence withthem. Hawkins, 41, and Sutton, 35, are thechil-dren of "Lucky" Sutton and Glorine Powell, of TriggCounty. Their father died on Dec. 5, 1995."He talked to me about it because I was one of the lastones to leave home," the younger Sutton said. "I proddedhim about it a lot. A lot of timeshe wouldnt talk about it.If Id catch him in the right mood, hed sit down and talkfor hours about it. When he did, Id listen. To be honestwith you, he knew some day hed die, and I guess hewanted one of us to know the truth."According to the family, a visitor to the Sutton house,Billy Ray Taylor of Pennsylvania, had been in the backyard getting water from the well. He noticed a light streakacross the sky and descend into the trees along a ravineabout a quarter of a mile away.A while later, "Lucky" Suttons mother, GlennieLankford, saw a creature with long arms and talon-likehands raised in the air approaching the back of the house."(Dad) said they appeared to have a human shape, butwith some modifications thatmade them different," Suttonsaid. "He called them little green men. He called themgreen, but said they actually werent green. He said theywere silver, but they had a greenish silver glow to them.Geraldine Hawkins and ElmerSutton Jr. relax at HawkinsPrinceton home.He said they were about three feet tail-about the size ofa five-year-old. Their arms were double the length of hu-mans and hadpointed ears. He said the eyes were in thesame place ashumans,but were more of an almond shape.The eyes had a luminousglow. He said they didnt walk,just skimmed on top of the ground, but moved their legs.""Lucky" Sutton andTayloreach armed themselves andfired several shots at the aliens, they later reported topolice. The siege continuedthrough the night, they said.None of the bullets seemed to affect the creatures."He told me he didnt know what in the world they hadin mind, but he wasnt going to stand around to find out,"Sutton said. "Hes just one of the kind of guys to seesomething like that and naturally think theyre going todo something. Ive gottoprotect my family. I guess thatswhat he done. He beared arms and started laying intothem. Id have done the same thing.Id have been aimingright between the eyes," he said."If they hadve hurt one they could have retaliated,"Hawkins said."What else was he supposed to do? Go up and shakeone of their hands?" Sutton asked.The Suttons, Taylor, Lankford, and a few children inthe house thatnight said they piled into two cars and headedfor the police station in Hopkinsville. City, county, andstate police, along with militarypersonnel from then CampCampbell flocked to the Kellyhomestead and stayeduntilabout 2 a.m.They searched the house, the yard, surrounding fields,and a wooded area, but reportedly found nothing. Thefamily claimed the creatures returned again about 3 a.m.and stayed untilmorning.In the past 47 years, numerous media reports havecirculated worldwide speculating about what happened inFebruary 2003 MUFON UFO Journal Page 9
  10. 10. the community of Kelly. Most recently, the local legendhas attracted the attention of an independent productioncompany in Glendale, CA. A film crew from BarconProductions came to Hopkinsville recently to researchthe Kelly incident.Barcon has been filming eyewitness accounts for afilm entitled "Monsters of the UFO" to be released nextsummer.Contrary to some media reports, Hawkins insists thather father and other family members were not drinkingthat night, nor did they fabricate the story. Although in-vestigators at the scene failed to find the spot where thespaceship landed, she said her parents took her to thespot about 20 years later."The following weekend after those two (writers) hadbeen there to talk to him, they took us out there to whereit happened. I remember a big, round, burned out placeback there in the field. It was still there," Hawkins said.Hawkins and Sutton said many of the reports referredto the Suttons as "a low-status group of people," and usedtheir father and Taylors employment with a carnival todiscredit the familys story."They sensationalized the story because (Billy Ray andmy father) worked at the carnival.That they were able tocreate this fiasco," Hawkinssaid. "He wouldnt have donethat anyway. He wasnt that type of person. You couldlook at him and tell that somethinghappened to themthatnight. They couldnt have made up something like that.They werejust country folks. They wouldnt have thoughtto think upsomething like that so elaborate. They wouldnthave run to town terrified in the middle of the night."Despite any speculations from outside sources, the sib-lings believe what their father told them about the Kellyincident. "I could always tell when my dad was pullingmy leg or not. He wasnt pulling a fast one," Sutton said."It was a serious thing to him. It happened to him. Hesaid it happened to him. He said it wasnt funny. It wasan experience he said he would never forget. It was freshin his mind until the day he died. It was fresh in his mindlike it happened yesterday. He never cracked a smilewhen he told the story because it happened to him andthere wasnt nothing funny about it. He got pale and youcould see it in his eyes. He was scared to death," he said.Hawkins and Sutton agree that people should have moreof an open mind to the unexplained phenomena."I think God didnt mean for us to understand every-thing. He doesnt want us to know everything," Hawkinssaid. "Man might want to know everything. Ithink theressome things out there that He doesnt want us to figureout and know what they are.""Were here. Were breathing and living. Why cantthere be something else out there," Sutton said, pointingto the sky. "Back then I think it was harder," Hawkinsadded. "Now, in this day and age, people are more apt tobelieve stuff like that.A lotof people dont believe inthisstuff. I do. I always have. I believe in ghosts, angels,UFOs. You name it, I believe it."Hawkins and Sutton said they admired their fatherswork ethic and his strength in dealing with the media cir-cus that followed his familys close encounter at Kelly."To me, in my mind, he was a hard-working kind of aman trying to raise a family who saw something out ofthe ordinary-something people wouldnt believe," Suttonsaid. "He told the story and people called him a liar. Ibelieve that was the hardest thing for him to swallow-forpeople to call him a dog-faced liar and not believe it.""I just want people to realize that they werent crazy,"Hawkins added. "They werent just seeing things thatnight. Something really happened to that family."Kentucky the origin ofterm little green men5?In an April 14, 2000, article in the Kentucky New Era,E.L. Gold reported that a French investigator, Yann Mege,was checking out the 1955 Sutton case. Apparently oneof Meges primary interests was whether or not this wasthe first UFO case in which aliens were described as"little green men," thus giving rise to the popular use ofthe term by the mass media.Menge is quoted as saying that he had found the ex-pressions "little men" and "green Martians" used beforethe Hopkinsville case, "but I think this is the first timethey were combined to little green men."The article says that"green is never mentioned inearlydescriptions of the three-foot-tall beings that glowed inthe dark...In fact, Isabel Davis, a researcher who wroteabout the encounter in a 1956 book described the beingsquite differently: The whole creature was seemingly madeof silver metal that gave off an eerie light in the darkness,like the light from the radium dial on a watch."Golds article goes on to note that "the creatures werenot described as green until newspapers across the coun-try picked up the story and apparently embellishedit, re-sulting in a news item of superlative inaccuracy, accord-ing to Davis account."Report claims one in fourplanets outside solar systemcan harbor other Earths"One in four of theplanetary systems identifiedto dateoutside the Solar System are capable of harboring otherEarths, say astrophysicists, a much higherproportion thananyone expected," reports New Scientist.The researchers decided the race to detect anextrasolar Earth-like planet is taking too long, so insteadof scanning the skies, they modeled all the planetary sys-tems known so far to work out which could be hidinghabitable planets.To narrow the search, Serge Tabachnik and KristenMenou of Princeton University in New Jersey, have cre-ated computer simulations of the 85 systems known inAugust 2002, the time of their research, to estimate whichmight harbor habitable planets.Page 10 MUFON UFO Journal February 2003
  11. 11. Nielson s sketch of the triangular objects.Witness describes 1966 sightingof three triangular objectsInvestigated by Richard MossMinnesota MUFONWayne Nielson of Hutchinson, MM, submitted, as re-quested, the following account of a UFO incident atAtwater, MM, which occurred during his early teens:I believe this to have happened during the fall of 1966from late August to the end of the football season. It wasduring a Friday night that the high school football gamewas being played. My classmate friend and I had left thegame before it had ended.As we came to the alley on Second Street close to therailroad tracks, my friend was about to head through thealley to his house. Just then in the cool, clear night sky wesaw three elongated diamond-shaped objects in a deltaformation, just above treetop level.Back then there were a lot of trees lining the road, butthe alley east and west had a pretty good view. The ob-jects seemed to be lit from ambient light bouncing off ofthe road from the street lights.They appeared dark grey metallic, about 25 long frompoint to point, front to back, and perhaps 15-18 feet wideside to side. In each corner of the object I recall seeinground circular formations that reminded me of turbine-like features, but that memory is a little fuzzy.Anyway, when we saw these objects, we hid in thebushes alongside the alley and watched them slowly, si-lently glide in a true eastward direction. Because the al-ley ended at Second Street, our view was blocked bytrees and houses as they continued to move east.We then ran out to Pacific Avenue, which paralleledthe railroad tracks. There we had a clear view to the eastand sure enough, there theywere still moving at about thesame slow speed. They had no lights,but still appeared asdark silouettes against the night sky.When they were about a mile east of town, they splitup. One continued east, one went north, and the otherwent south. I remember telling my parents of the inci-dent. Recently I asked them if they had remembered thestory, and they did.February 2003Childhood sighting mystifies...(Continued from page 4)about one another, or about a common axis to be moreprecise. At first slowly,like two dimes on opposite edgesof a 33rpm record player. But they kept accelerating un-til: they went so fast that they appeared as an amazinggolden-yellow ring of light likea tinyhalo inthe sky!At that point,I screamed for somebody inside my houseto come out and see this. My father and grandmotherboth came out in a matter of seconds. I couldnt take myeyes off the objects. I knew it would be fruitless to tryand photograph this because we didnt own a camerasophisticated enoughat that timeto capture anythingwithany usefuldetail.And I knew I couldnt see the objects through my scopebecause Id never get it out of the house and get it trainedon them fast enough. Besides, I didnt want to miss anyof this life-altering event! "Do you see that?" I asked myfolks, "What is that?" They both saw it alright; and theyissued the obligatory "wows" and "hmms," but neitherhad any idea what it was.Whatever it was didnt seem to have much of an ef-fect on either of them. My dad mumbled somethingabout"flying saucers." they just stared and found it momen-tarily fascinating,then wandered back into the house. Itwas just I who was having this epiphany.The objects whirled about one another for a total ofperhaps a maximumof three to four minutes. Then theydecelerated smoothly to a stand-still once again. Theyhung motionless for anothercouple of minutes.Absolutelystill. Absolutely silent. Then one continued on its way tothe east and the other to the west, each accelerating to itsoriginal moderate speed.They quicklydisappearedout of my field of view.Thatwas it. I searched day after day for some mention in thenewspaper, but found none. Perhaps no one else sawthem. People, especially back then, didnt look "up." Isearched year after year in the UFO books and publica-tions for similarsightings.Twenty-five years laterI found one! I dont recall nowwhich of the many books it was in. In a collection ofsightings, similar to Blue Book, there it was. From theirdescription, brief as itwas, two brothers in Ohio had seenthe very same thing. This meant nothing more to me thanthat it confirmedmy notion at eightyears old. These werecraft from somewhere else.As to what they were doing in our skies, and why theyhad chosen to stop right over me is a mystery which willhaunt me to my dying day. Did they know I was watch-ing. Did they see me? Did they come because I was outthere watching? Orwere theyjust doing their "thing"anda little boyjust happenedto look up at the right time?I am now 61 years old, living far across the country(northern California) from Newark.Whilemy "sky watch-ing" has continued,and I have seen a number of unusualsights, none has struck me as definitively as "otherworldly" as this, nor has any affected me to anywherenear the degree this one has.Page 11MUFON UFO Journal
  12. 12. Online Javascript CertaintyIndex Calculator usefulas an investigating toolBy Terry GroffMUFON Field Investigator TraineeIn this day and age of cyber-everything, adding onlinetools for investigators is an inevitablestep. Anything thatwill help solve the UFO "mystery" should be employed. Isee in the future a host of interactive tools and informa-tion that will aid investigators and researchers alike.Investigators can now log on and simply click the cri-teria matching the information in their reports and per-form pre-evaluations of the information they have col-lected. With this tool, reports can be examined for com-pleteness, and investigators will know whether their re-ports have all essential questions asked and answeredprior to submission, while at the same time putting per-centage values on the reports to indicate their "strength."It must be emphasized thatthis is not a "grade" of howwell an investigator researched an event, but rather anevaluation of the information collected.This project was the result of two particular circum-stances: (1) Im studying to be a Field Investigator, and(2) Im trying to learn Javascript.While studying the Field Investigators Manual (Sect.XVIII Part 2), I came to the Ballester-Guasp method forperforming numerical evaluationsof Field Investigatorsreports. I thought it would be a good project for me towrite some simplejavascript that wouldperform the evalu-ation on the fly.A Ballester-Guasp evaluationtakes various aspects ofa report, such as Information Quality, Strangeness, andWitness Reliability, and weighsthem according to a math-ematical model. For instancea 1-hour personal interviewwith a witness is better than a 15-minute telephone con-versation; therefore, the 1-hour interviewwill carry moreweight.The calculatorThe math is very simpleso 1 didnthave to worry aboutcomplicated calculations.With a little trial and error I gotmy code to work successfully on my browser (InternetExplorer 6.0) but it wasnt functioning in other kinds ofbrowsers. With some from help from some Beta testers,I finally determined that some browsers wouldnt recog-nize a particular script function, so I went back and re-wrote some of the math code that allowed me to removethe errant function completely.My code has now tested successfully in:Internet Explorer 4.0 or better, Netscape, Opera 5.0and 6.0, and AOL Browser.If this code doesnt work in your browser, please con-tact me at hope you find this tool useful. I welcome any com-ments, questions and criticisms. If this is successful, mynext project will be a script to estimate the size of anDr. John Kosher, MUFON State Director for Ne-braska, was a featured speaker at the bi-monthly meet-ing in Omaha in January.object based on its apparent size ;md distance. Other toolscould include instant cross-referencing of reports viaWUFOD (Worldwide UFO Database).The calculator can be used online at; in additionthe calculatorcan be downloaded from this same site foruse on your computer without going online.I want to thank Tom Deuley for his invaluablehelp intesting the script. I also want to thank Steve Hudgeons,Senior Field Investigator, Dallas-Fort WorthMUFON, forhis encouragement.A correctionIn the Cherry Valley, IL, case featured on page 9 ofthe January, 2003, Journal, the name of one of theMUFON investigators was misspelled. The correct spell-ing is Dave Finkbeiner.Sarah McClendpn diesSarah McClendon,92, who served in the White Housepress corps beginning with FDR and continuingright upthrough her recent illness, has died. She was a friend tothe UFO community, and has been solidly behind effortsto get the UFO issue before Congress.2002 Symposium ProceedingsThe MUFON 2002 International UFO Sympo-sium Proceedings book is available from MUFONHeadquarters for $25 + $2.50 p&h (U.S.). For deliv-eries outside of the United States an additional $4.00postage (total $6.50) is required.The book contains the papers presented at the an-nual MUFON Symposium in Rochester, New York,by William J. Birnes, Richard Dolan, TimothyGood, Betty Hill, Bill Hamilton, Budd Hopkins,David Jacobs, Don Ledger, Peter Robbins, Jef-frey W. Sainio, Chris Styles and Richard Thieme.Page 12 MUFON UFO Journal February 2003
  13. 13. Filers FilesBy George A. FilerDirector, MUFON Eastern RegionUnless otherwise noted, these reports have not been verifiedby official investigations.Two boomerang-shaped objects in ArkansasCHIMES — A middle aged couple was driving homeon State 254 during the evening of Dec. 8, 2002, whenthey saw two boomerang-shaped flying craft hoveringover a neighbors field.On at least one of the crafts a series of lighted win-dows could be seen with occupants moving around in-side. When the couple turnedaround to go down the neighborsdriveway, the objectsvanished.They turned around to go homeand when theyarrived, theircollegeaged daughter was waiting forthem. She had just arrived homefrom college from the opposite di-rection and excitedly told themabout seeing a triangle-shaped ob-ject up the road, before they couldtell her about what theyd seen. Georse FilerThis area is very rural. *Three triangles in New YorkALBANY — The witnesses report going for a shortstroll at 10PM on Jan. 8, 2003, when one noticed a lightout of the corner of his eye, and looked up to see threeflying triangular objects with a number of lights on eachcorner. The witness told his friends to look up and tellhimhe was not losinghis mind.Their mouths dropped as they also saw the three tri-angles. No one spoke. Then the objects disappeared.Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORCBrazil abduction report questionedI recently reviewed a story from the Jeff Rense website showing remarkable photos of an alleged abduction.A. J. Gevaerd, editor, Brazilian UFO Magazine,writes, "Please be informed that the story of a man ab-ducted inBrazil, with dramatic photos ofthe scenario, isacampaign to promote overseas the biggest UFO hoaxerof all times in Brazil, UrandirFernandes de Oliveira, whohas actually created a sect of fanatics around him, com-posed of people who blindlybelieve inhis alleged ET con-tacts and healing powers, none of them ever confirmedby anyone."Urandir is largely rejected by 99% of the BrazilianUFO Community,who know he is a hoaxer. This story isnot to betaken seriously, asno responsibleUFO researcherhas been allowed to scrutinize the scenario and the al-February 2003leged case. Urandir was interviewed by Jeff Rense onDec. 12, assisted by Felipe Castelo Branco. Serious peoplein the USA were taken in by his story."We have succeeded in preventing thousands of Bra-zilians being hoaxed by Urandir, and now he is trying theUSA. Serious UFO researchers cannot let it happen."Thanks to A. J. Gevaerd,, BrazilianNational Director, Mutual UFO Network, and Director,International UFO Congress.Huge dark object in GeorgiaLYERLY — Georgia MUFON State Director TomSheets reports that on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, a familywas driving up Highway 100 when they observed a largedark object hovering low over the roadway about 10 PM.White and blue lightswere observed on the craft,whichwas flying perhaps as low as 50 feet as the car drovedirectly underneath the it and continued down the high-way. While passing underneath, the car was said to "vi-brate."The female witness stated that the object was at leastas big as a semi-rig, and of unusual shape. She was ableto see a pointed end, fanning out towards the form of ahalf circle type of configuration. She had difficulty de-scribing it, but stated a sketch would be more enlighten-ing.Efforts to stop and relocate the object were futile. It isunknown at this time whether the "vibration" was due tothe vehicles engine running rough or if it was caused bythe craft. This SD did not let the witness vent too much,as she agreed to talk further with MUFONGAs Romeinvestigator Mary Dee Janssen. This witness indicatedthat she got the phone number of "UFO Reports" fromthe telephone operator, so this was the first official use ofthe hotline by a citizen.Large, silent UFO in MaineHOLDEN — The witnesses were leaving a NewYears party and were driving on Route 46 when theynoticed two lights in the sky about a mile away thatseemed stationary. The witness says, "I kept driving veryslowly and trying to see them above the trees, and threemiles down the road I spotted a large flyingtriangle com-ing toward us a couple hundred feet up."My girlfriend saw it fly over our vehicle without anynoise at all. It had green, pink, and yellow flashing lightsand flew from east to west. I later talked to someonewhere I volunteer at the veterans clinic, and her brotherhad seen it also."Since, then I have had some strange mental imagesand missing minutes.I also have a place on my stomachPage 13MUFON UFO Journal
  14. 14. that the skin is very dry and nothing helps to get rid of it.I have talked to my veterans counselor about the inci-dent." Thanks to bmj and Peter Davenport NUFORCmuch of the sighting, but when it disappeared my carstarted by itself, withoutturning the keys in the ignition."NUFORCDog barks at Pennsylvania objectMIDDLESEX TOWNSHIP — The witness reports,"I was walking on the Appalachian Trail onJan. 7,2003,with my dog around 5 PM, and my dog started to bark. Inoticed an extremely bright light where my dog wasbark-ing. I ran towards my dog, who was about 50 yards away,and I noticed an oval-shaped object lifting higher into thesky. .-••"By the time I caught up to my dog, the object washovering around 100 feet above us. It moved back andforth for a few minutes, then zipped out of sight. I havenever seen anythinglike this in my life." Thanks to PeterDavenport NUFORCDiamond shape in PennsylvaniaPITTSBURGH — The witness was walking to thelocal drug store on Jan. 7, 2003, when he looked in thesky and saw a huge diamond shape craft. It was goingacross the sky extremely fast at 11 PM. The sightinglastedfor a minute, then it was gone.Bright sphere in MarylandWESTMINSTER -— The witness was walkinghis twodogs on Jan. 4,2003, and noticed abright object in the skyover her neighbors house, and assumed it was a shootingstar at 8:50 PM. The object was moving from west toeast at a steady pace.Then behindthis object appeared three additional brightwhite lightedobjects that would be the size of an egg heldat arms length. The light from these objects was as if itwas revolving. There was no color, just white light.Then there were two other groups of the objects thatappeared out of the western sky and flew east out of mysight. No sound was made. The witness states, "Theyseemed to be about 1,500 feet high, they were close, Icounted fifteen objects, and their flight pattern seemed tobein a straight line."I live two miles from the Westminster Airport, andIm used to seeing all types of flying craft, but at 46 yearsof age Ive never seen anything like this before. I calledmy husband, who is a police officer for the state of Mary-land, and he tried to contact the local airport at 9 PM, butit was closed. We watched the news to see if anyone elsereported the lights in the sky, but to no avail." NUFORCCar affected by cigar-shaped object inVirginiaFALLS CHURCH — The witness reports, "I was go-ing home from work on Jan. 11, 2003, with a few associ-ates,, and my car just stalled at one of the stop signs. IwasVsurprised, as it was a new car."I.stepped out of the car to look under the hood, and Isaw a flash of light reflected from my car. I looked upand I saw this long lighted flying thing, which was therefor a few seconds and then disappeared. I did not thinkPage 14 MUFON UFO JournalTriangle formation in North CarolinaCHARLOTTE — The witness reports, "I was com-ing home from my girlfriends house around 7 PM on Jan.6, 2003.1 came up my road (theres a hill on my street),and I saw a triangular formation of three extremely bright,round lights up in the sky. They were about 200 feet upand a mile or so away."I jumped out of my car and ran in to tell my mother,and she ran out and we both stood in our backyard staringat the lights. They hovered in the sky without moving forabout two minutes, and the lower UFO in the triangledrifted up and to the right towards one of the otherUFOs. Once it got close, the upper right UFO flewoff out of sight at incredible speed. The UFO on theother side did the same thing shortlyafter that. One UFOwas left hovering in the sky, with its bright light kind of.twinkling."The single UFO light came on and went off and onfor the next hour. It flew random zigzag floating actions inthe sky. My father came home later that night and saw ittoo. He said, Oh my God, I thought you guys were jok-ing!"The weird thing is that it was so windy that night, andthe entire sky had a sort of pale amber tint to it. Our gatein the back yard kept slamming shut and my Mom told methat earlier in the day she had heard a very loud noisearound where the lights were coming from."Also the pets were acting weird. The objects werenot moving at all times, so they were definitely not air-planes. They were close enough to us that if they werehelicopters we would have definitely heard them. Plus,any type of aircraft Ive ever seen is not capable of dis-appearing out of sight at the speed these did: We havepictures and video." Thanks to Peter Davenport,NUFORC.Vehicle stalled by Alabama objectMOUNDVILLE — Two egg shaped objects withlights were observed moving in a Z pattern on Jan. 6,2003, by several witnesses. Onewitness stated, "The bat-teries and lights on our vehicle stopped when two egg-shaped objects approached us. We were in the TalladegaNational Forest."When the lights flashed, it illuminated the sky and thewhole area. The lights were red, yellow, and blue. Theymoved left and right and up and down sort of in a Z shape.When we approached the lights, the battery needlestopped in our vehicle. One object came about 50 yardsfrom our vehicle, then it immediately left. This object wasspotted off and on for over an hour."Disk changes color in MinnesotaWINNEBAGO — The witness reports, "At about 8:30AM, on Jan. 2, 2003, my husband noted a bright light inFebruary 2003
  15. 15. the sky and told my 15-year-old foster son and me, Comeand look at the UFO. Not reallybelieving him,we looked,thinking he wasfoolish."We saw at first a bright light and then as we watched,it began to change colors in a circular motion. We saw adisk-shaped craft with lights that circled around the craftchanging colors from white, to red, green, and blue. Ithovered for the longest time and then began to come alittle closer."I got the binoculars and looked, and I could see it wasin a disk shape or like what you would see in the televi-sion shows. The coolest part was that we were able tosee what appeared to be windows all along the top half ofthe craft."The UFO stayed around for an hour and a half. My21-year-old daughter and I saw it again the next night."Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORCHovering lighted object in IowaAURELIA — Julie W. reports, "I was driving homefrom work at 8:10 PM, on Jan. 2, 2003, and I noticed abright object in the northeast sky that was not moving,and noticed that there were red, green, and white lightson the object. It was at that time that I noticed anotherhovering object exactly like the other one to the south-east."Then I noticed an airplane above the object on myleft, and that made it very evident that what I was watch-ing was just sitting there. I got within a half mile fromAurelia, and tried to call my husband, but the phone wasbusy."When 1got home I told him what I had seen and thatI had tried to call, and he said he hadnt been on the phone."Also, my computer was really having problems-myconnection is through a satellite. I had a similar experi-ence several years ago in NW Iowa, only there weremany more UFOs, and my children and I witnessed oneonly a couple of hundred feet away."Thanks toJohn Hoppe, DirectorUFOWisconsin, http://www.ufowisconsin.comDisks photographed in KansasWICHITA — Matt Hitt phoned to tell me he was atthe local mall on Jan. 8, 2003, when he noticed a disk-shaped craft flying over the area. He went into the localdrug store and purchased a camera and film and startedphotographing at 5:20 PM.His taking photos of the sky caused a crowd to formand look at the UFOs flying overhead. An Air Force cap-tain, dressed in uniform, seemed amazed to see the disks.He pointed and said, "Thats not a plane!" He claimed hewas a pilot, and had never seen UFOs or anything likethat.There were heavy contrails high in the sky, and theUFOs were flying around below the contrails. Matt calledme immediatelyafter the sighting and seemed quite ex-cited. Thanks to Matt HittTeardrop-shaped object in ColoradoPAYTON — The witness reports seeing an unidenti-fied object that looked like a flying teardrop and was cir-cling around the sky at 7:37 PM, for about five minutesonJanuary 1,2003. The craft flew back and forth in a straightline. The craft was a metallic silver and had one fluores-cent light. There were planes in the area, but the lights onthese planes blinked,while thisdid not blinkand moved ata comparatively slow pace. Thanks to Peter DavenportNUFORCTriangles in CaliforniaSAN JOSE — Near dusk at 5:20 PM, a private pilotsaw two black triangles hovering in a very slow flightpattern on Jan. 1, 2003. The sky was still brightblue, andthese triangles did not fly like our planes or birds.The witness said, "I watched for ten minutes as theyheaded from the east to the west, and then slowly backtoward the west again. They moved progressively closertogether, and appeared to be about 45,000 feet altitude.Several jumbo jets passed underneath at 15-20,000 feetduring myobservation."The flying triangles were clearly not flying like theplanes, nor did they look anything likeany kinds of planesI have ever seen. I am a private pilot and quite familiarwith the flight patterns in this area. I have also observedmany birds of prey such as hawks and eagles and thesecraft were not like any bird."This is the first time I have ever observed anythinglike this. I have always been extremely skeptical aboutUFOs and have not reallythought they were anything butmistaken identities. However, these objects were clearlysome kind of object that I could not identify."Green object in WisconsinMARSHFIELD COUNTY— Kat R. reports that onDec. 26, 2002, "My husband and I were traveling withour new snowmobile, and the sky was very clear, withtiny airplanesall around, and with the Big Dipper directlyahead."We were somewhere north of Marshfield when at8:50 PM, we saw a round, solid,green-colored object thatcame from the left side, and our first thought was that wewere going to witness the crash of something. It wascoming at an angle left to right, top to bottom, across thewindshield! We realized it couldnt be a plane as therewas only the green color."There was no pulsingor flashing or quirky moves, justthe same speed, almost like slow motion in a sense, al-though we were so locked in to what we were seeing,time seemed to stand still; no tail like a comet, no flames,and close enough it seemed that were it a plane wewouldve seen the shape of the tail, etc."We were coming up an incline with a bank of trees,and the object appeared to be coming down, but nothingwas to be seen as we rounded the bend. The object wasthe size of a dime at arms length." Thanks to Kat andUFOWisconsin 2003 MUFON UFO Journal Page 15
  16. 16. UFO Testament by Raymond E. Fowler, WritersShowcase, iUniverse Inc., 5220 S. 16thSt., Suite 200,Lincoln, NE 68512 (, 6X9 softcover, 528 pages, $29.95.Reviewed byDwight ConnellyThis is one of the most interestingand important booksthat have come across my desk in recent years. Interest-ing because the reader is provided arare insight into thepublic andprivate . life of a top-notch UFO investigator,and importantbecause it painstakinglytraces the authors evolution from astrictly "nuts and bolts" investigator towhere he is today: not only acceptingthe reality of abductions, butconvincedthat he is himself an abductee.This once again brings up the ques-tion of how many UFO researchersare drawn into the field of ufology be-cause of a past and/or present closeassociation with alien entities-whetherconsciously realized, only suspected,oreven completely unaware.Aside from the very personal experiences reported byFowler, this book can also serve as a valuable supple-mentary manual for the UFO investigator. The authordis-cusses numerous cases which he has personally investi-gated over the years, and his intense efforts to sift thecrucial facts from the extraneous material is evident ashe takes the reader through these cases.It was Fowler, of course, who first developedMUFONs Field Investigators Manual more than 30years ago, and who served several years as MUFONsDirector of Investigations.Praised by Dr. J. Allen Hynek as a ufologist "whosemeticulous and detailed investigations...far exceed theinvestigations of Bluebook," Fowler has dug intosome ofthe very best cases, including the Betty (Andreasson) Lucaaffair and the Allagash abductions. And it was Fowlerwho did the initialinvestigation that eventually resulted ina popular book by John Fuller, Incident at Exeter.Fowler is himself the author of nine previous books:UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors; The Andreasson Affair,The Andreasson Affair-Phase Two; Casebook of aUFO Investigator; The Melchizedek Connection; TheWatchers; The Allagash Abductions; Watchers II; andThe Andreasson Legacy.He received the B.A. (magna cum laude) in LiberalArts from Gordon College, served with the U.S. Air ForceSecurity Service, and worked for 25 years with GTEGovernment Systems as a senior planner for the Minute-man Intercontinental Missile Program. He built and hasdirected his own planetarium and observatory.It is important to look at this background if one is toappreciate the significance of Fowlers evolution over theseveral decades he has worked as a ufologist. He wasknown for his careful approach to cases, and admits, forexample, that he was quite skeptical of the Betty andBarney Hill case when it was first revealed. Only gradu-ally did he somewhat reluctantly report what he consid-ered the more bizarre cases to NICAP, the UFO grouphe was initially affiliated with.But as time went on, the evidence for abductions andother seemingly "far out" aspects of ufology grew stron-ger, both for him and for ufology in general. More signifi-cant from his personal viewpoint,the abductioncases trig-gered memories of strange nighttime experiences as ayouth. Eventuallyhe underwent hypno-sis, hoping to get answers.This process was-and is-painful, es-pecially sinceFowlers work with UFOs(and particularly his belief that he maybe an abductee) is very upsetting to hiswife. His grown children are also veryupset that their father, who once was adivinity student and who brought themup as religious fundamentalists, is nowpossibly flirting with something thatcould be related to Satan.The family pressure on him is now sogreat, in fact, that he has given up theidea of having a possible implant in hisnose removed, and he is retiring fromactive work in ufology-though he continues to be a mem-ber of MUFON.This is a very large book, and itcovers some very largesubjects. Fowlers investigations have taken him into thepossible relationship between UFOs and power black-outs, UFOs and the disabling of missile sites, and evenpossible UFO crashes in New York and Mexico.He tells of his experience with the famous ColoradoProject (Condon committee), which was an alleged "sci-entific study" of UFOs financed by the Air Force, butwas actually a project designed to debunk UFOs.Having spent several years as an investigator forNICAP, he is in a position to look with some authority atthe ouster of Don Kehoe from that organization,and thepossibility that NICAP was intentionally disrupted andkilled from withinby CIA infiltrators in 1980.There is more in this book, of course. Much more.The one thing lacking in this 528-page testament is anindex, and there are numerous proofreadingerrorswhichdistract just a bit. However, this is a tremendous book,and one that no serious student of ufology should miss.Highly recommended."Out of the Blue," narrated by Peter Coyote,2002, FCZ Media (James Fox, Tim Coleman, &Boris Zubov), VHS or DVD, 95 minutes, $19.95 forVHS, $24.95 for DVD, $34.95 for both, Pay Pal,c u s t o m e r s e r v i c e @ o u t o f t h e b l u e . T V ,www.outoftheblue.TV.Reviewed byDwight ConnellyWhile there is little new in this video, it provides anexcellent history of the modem UFO phenomenon throughPage 16 MUFON UFO Journal February 2003
  17. 17. interviews, news clips, and animation-all very well done.Such key individuals asastronaut Gordon Cooper, Col.Phillip Corso, British Admiral Lord Hill Norton, astronautEdgar Mitchell, Russian cosmonaut Pavel Papovich, StanFriedman, Richard Dolan, Georgina Bruni, MichaelLindemann, Lt. Graham Bethune, Nick Pope, and Dr.Peter Sturrock are featured.There are film clips of such notables as PresidentEisenhower warning of the military-industrial complex,President Carter commenting on his UFO sighting,WilbertSmith, Maj. Donald Keyhoe, and many otherindividualswho are known through the print media, but who haveperhaps not been seen on video.The French COMETA Re-port, the Condon Committee, theMalstrom AFB missle shutdown,the Rendlesham case, and theDisclosure Project are treated insome detail, all suggesting gov-ernment cover-up.The scripting is generallywelldone, with cases and events pre-sented chronologically for themost part, but with occasionalbacktracking to avoid boredom.For the most part, theindividu-als profiled are selected accord-ing to their prominence and sig-nificance in the field. This is a pro-UFO production, andthere is little attempt at balance. Thus the controversialCol. Corso is presented on an equal footing with the cred-ible Gordon Cooper, and Dr. Steven Greer is presented onan equal footing with solid researcher Stan Friedman. Allviews are seemingly of equal value in this presentation."Out of the Blue"presents an overview of ufology, notan analysis of credibility, and nowhere is this more clearthan with the numerous movie, video, and still photos of"UFOs"from China, Russia, Mexico, Oregon, the UK,Germany, California, etc. The Mexico City video, whichis a proven hoax, is given as much prominence as theMcMinnville photo, which has stood the test of time andthorough investigation.Only at the very end of the film is there the statementthat the images of UFOs "could not be validated," andthat "the validityis left to viewer discretion." Fine for theexperienced ufologist; not so fine for the neophyte whodoesnt notice the disclaimer.Even so, this is a good film which professionally pre-sents a comprehensive overview of ufology. It would be awelcome feature at a local MUFON meeting-and onewhich would be bound to generate spiriteddiscussion.At the 2002 International UFO Congress convention,"Out of the Blue" won the "Best UFO Documentary-Long Subject" award, as well as "The Peoples Choice"award. Even Skeptic magazine publisher MichaelShermer stated that it "emerges as one of the best filmsever produced on this, one of the most interesting sub-jects in the history of science."Now who could argue with that unexpected endorse-ment?MUFON membership drivelooks to expand to HollywoodBy Lin SimpsonDirector of Membership, MUFONA new year is here, and its not too late for New Yearsresolutions, like helping to build an impressive MUFONmembership.I would like to remind everyone that were in themiddle of our special membership drive, which will endon March 15th. Winners will be named, and prizes willbe awarded, as explained in the January Journal.And dont forget that the contest for building member-ship will continue, with prizes to be awarded at the 2003symposium in Dearborn, MI, and again at the 2004 sym-posium in Denver.I have a very special request for help from our Holly-wood members. A Hollywood fundraiser and/or mem-bership drive would be a tremendous asset to this organi-zation.We know there are many actors, directors, and musi-cians who have an interest in this phenomenon. We willbe more than happy to discuss some creative ideas tohelp you out in any way, so please call headquarters andtalk to John Schuessler at 303.932.7709 or call me at myhome number, 303.766.9426. Your help will be greatlyappreciated!Everyones help is crucial. With a strong, large mem-bership lets see what power we can wield. We might allhave somewhat different ideas about this phenomenon,so lets agree to disagree, and instead of concentratingon our differences lets concentrate on what we can allagree on that this is an important subject that shouldbecome mainstream, be acknowledged, disclosed, andstudied.Thank you, each and every one, for all your hard workin helping MUFON grow!WUFOD login & passwordfor 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: Jmember!Remember, the login isthe 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 read itfor best use of the database.Logins and passwords for investigators will begiven them by their State Directors. All Field Inves-tigators shouldbe getting email from WUFOD whena case is entered in your state. If you arent, pleasecontact geekology@worldnet.att.netFebruary 2003 MUFON UFO Journal Page 17
  18. 18. View from BritainBy Jenny RandiesJenny RandiesVirtual UnrealityI was rather surprised the other week to find a majordebate ensuing in cyber space about an article that I hadwritten as long ago as summer 2002 for a British UFOmagazine.The debate, in which I deliberately did not participate,demonstrates both the good and bad aspects of theinternet when it comes to doingUFOlogy. Indeed, but forthe magazine editor putting thearticle onto the World WideWeb, it isunlikely my articleinits raw state wouldhavestirredup the wasps nest that it did-for it instantly transformed apiece probably read by a fewdozen into one read by thou-sands, most of whom seem-ingly had a view to expressabout it!This is no bad thingwhenitcomes to any article offeringpositive ideas to develop thefuture ofUFOlogy. The articleitself posed the question as towhether UFOlogy, whichis clearly struggling inways thatit has never faced before,mightbe in terminal decline-orwas simply going through whatJacques Valleeoncecalled"the Dark Ages"after a spell of lethargy in the late 1950s,early 1960s when UFO interestwas moribund fora while.Back then a wave of sightings and the Apollo spaceprogram kick-started an explosion of interest which onlynow has time (and a sea of digital TV channels with anever ending diet of pop UFOlogy) begun to erode.Many commentators,based only upon readingthe fewsentences extracted from my article posted onto the net,began a discussionwhichrapidly turned into a battleoverwhether I was right or wrong to proclaim UFOlogy asbeing D.O.A. In reality, had they read my article in full(as I suspect few of them did), they would have seen thatI was making no such claim, and that they were missingthe main purpose of the article itself.This is not the first time that things I have written havebeen used by others woefully out of context. I will not gointo details save to say that once this had devastatingconsequences, thus showingthat it isthe meaning of wordsin full that really matters, and not an interpretation of ashort extract viewed withoutthat context altogether.Unfortunately, the ease of communication, speed ofresponse, and terse nature of the cybernetic medium(where nuance and emotional background-not to men-tion irony or humor-are often tough to decipher) com-bine to make internet communications inferior to real writ-ing (such as here in the MUFON UFO Journal). It isactually teaching us to jump the gun, to be lazy and tomake assumptions that are not necessarily true whilstseeing issues in stark terms minusthe subtleties thatnearlyalways are required to make clear what the point of anyargument ought to be.There is no substitute for the UFO conference, even ifwe might try a real time virtual UFO conference sooneror later. UFOlogy is very much about subtleties and aneed to consider a wealth of possibilities, not merely tofasten onto one idea and stick to it.My point was not that UFOlogy is forever dead (asmany seem to think I was saying), nor indeed that theinternet is bad for us (another point often seized upon, butalso not what my article was alleging). An opportunity,not a disaster: We ought to be viewingthe current hiatusin positive terms, not negative ones.I have little doubt that the day of the UFO will dawnagain when something happens to create wider public in-terest. For instance, the proven discovery of alien mi-crobes underthe Martian soil would cause millionsto se-riously ponder whether intelligent alien life might be outthere-in manycases for the first time-and UFOlogy,rightlyor wrongly, would be included in their remit once more.So it is not a matter of writing off the subject, butanalysing why we are suffering a downturn. For a lot of itis our fault. In my view one key point is that the public hasdealt with the fact that after 50 years of big promises weare no nearer to proving what UFOs are-certainly not inany exotic terms. (I do think we have made real progressin more mundane aspects of UFOlogy).Ergo, we should be looking at ways to reinvent our-selves in a manner fit for the 21st century, seeking newmethods of doing UFOlogy that offer hope of betterprogress when interestand money comes around the nexttime. My article has some ideas, but very few commen-tators even mentioned them because they never got pastreading the extracted quote and getting all aireated overwhat they thought I said.Harnessing the netAs for the internet being a disaster forUFOlogy-not abit of it. I pointed out some of the downside: it is makingmainstream UFO literature (books and magazines) harderto survive, and it is courting a lot of trivial discussion andchat (although some good and useful chat as well, ofcourse).But there are massive advantages that in general wehave failed to grasp as fully as we might do. These in-clude the harnessing of the net for pro active UFOlogy.Why dowe have 1000chat lists endlessly discussing whatPage 18 MUFON UFO Journal February 2003
  19. 19. happened in the New Mexican desert 60 years ago andvirtually no sites devoted to UFO window areas whereevents are occurring right now-with, for instance, 24/7monitor cameras allowing virtual skywatches to be con-ducted?Here is a perfect way to use the power of the net, butUFOlogy tends on the whole to see its potentialasmerelyan extension of what we have always done: talk to oneanother about the good old days of UFOlogy. The netcertainly is advantageous for such discussions, and amidstthe general chat lists (which tend to recycle similartopicsevery couple of years) there are a few well adapted listsset up for a specific purpose.For instance, to present all of the evidence (not justpeoples views, but case documents, site photos, etc-ineffect a kind of virtual book) exclusively about one keycase and focus debate on progressing the investigationofthat case.Progress in the UKWonders are being worked in the UK on lists part waytowards this ideal discussing, for example, theRendleshamForest 1980 or Lakenheath-Bentwaters 1956episodes. Andthis is a still very under utilised way in which we canmake the internet work for us. But there are other waysof doing virtual UFOlogy that do not seem to have beenattempted.For example, there are very few sites devoted to of-fering any kind of diagnostic tool to the investigator.Whynot? The net is perfectly suited for such a thing. IFOFinder: There ought to be sophisticated data bases avail-able on line that include interactive lists of solved casesdesigned to allow UFOlogists to compare their ongoinginvestigations withthisinformation.If you had a case and could type in the parameters tothis site, then it ought to let you cross reference tosimilarcases already on file somewhere and suggest to you vari-ous identificationsbased on previously solved cases thatyou ought to be considering.It is a logical way of using new technology to facilitateglobal UFOlogy. So why is nobody doing it? This kind ofsite-what we might call an IFO Finder-is a perfect wayof mobilizing the strength of the UFO community on abroad scale, sharing resources, harnessing the power ofthe net, and usingit to providea powerful tool thatsimplycould not be made available by any other way.I first suggested this idea when I was working as adirector with BUFORA (British UFO Research Asso-ciation) about 12 years ago. Back then the computer revo-lution was in its early days. Then it would have been verycrude and would have had to be released as a product ondisk and distributed to UFO groups or individualsin thatlimited form.Now it could be far more powerful and interactiveandwith the might of the internet set up for instant globalaccess. It could even be a wonderfulPR opportunity forUFOlogy because we could offer it to the public as a selfdiagnostic tool using the fruits of 50 years of ourUFOlogical labors.We then might come over as slightly serious and edu-cative, rather than merely as crackpots trying to prove agovernment conspiracy, as is all too often our lot thesedays. Awitness could plug in his or her own sighting, getreferred to similar sightings "out there" in virtual reality,and be offered various possible solutions that they mightcontemplate and that could turn their UFO sighting intoan IFO.Not a waste of timeAs we know, the vast majority of UFOs are indeedreally IFOs, so this tool would hardly be a waste of time.Indeed it would free us up to concentrate on the casesthat truly merit such effort. Sowhy is this not being done?Probably because it takes time, work, and coordination.And whilst the net allows us to chat to people thou-sands of miles away as if they were next door, we as asubject have yetto extendthis global community thinkinginto anything akin to a working partnership of seriousUFOlogists. We lack a sense of international respect orpartnership. We are still living as separate groups withseparate aims.If every major group nominated one person to work onthisproject, thenIFO Findercould be up and runningwithina year, giving at the same time a clear statement to theskeptics community who often vociferously argue thatwe have failed to provide anything scientificlly useful atall after 50 years. This is a simple project to reject thatclaim out of hand.If we create IFO Finder, then we might really get ouract together and create other useful joint ventures. It hasto be the right way forward. If not, then some commer-cial enterprise will doubtless cream off ideas like this, asthey do now with the commodity that UFOlogy has be-come-to create a CD ROM of IFO Finder and sell it for$50 a pop whilst UFOlogy sits arguing yet again aboutwhat really happened at Roswell before most of thosearguing were even born.Think about it.New field investigator t-shirt availableThe new field investigator t-shirt has the MUFONlogo over the left chest pocket and MUFON Field In-vestigator on the back. It comes in S, M, L and XL inwhite with a blue logo or black with a white logo.White shirts are $12 + $3 S&H. Black shirts are $15+ $3 S&H.MUFON shirts and capsWear official MUFON T-shirts (royal blue print-ing on white cotton), sizes S, M, L & XL. Twostyles of baseball caps (royal blue with white logoor dark blue with blue logo on white front). T-shirtprice is $12.00 and baseball caps are $8.00. S/Hfor each is$3.00, or ifboth are ordered together isonly $3.00.MUFON, P.O. 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  20. 20. PerceptionsBy Stanton T. FriedmanStanton T.FriedmanFrank KaufmannI first heard about Frank Kaufmann as an importantRoswell witness at a meeting in Chicago about a decadeago. The meetingwas sponsored by FUFOR and CUFOS.Its ostensible purpose was to discuss the saucer crashin the Plains of San Agustin in New Mexico in early July1947. The Plains are over 100 miles west over a moun-tain pass from the Foster Ranchcrash site described by Maj. JesseMarcel and others.The meeting, which CUFOShad postponed twice at the lastminute, was to review the testi-mony of Gerald Anderson, whohad come forword after hearingthe Unsolved Mysteriesprograms second broadcast inJanuary, 1990.1had instigatedtheprogram , first broadcast in Sep-tember, 1989, and was given ac-cess to many people who calledthe toll free number.Gerald had planeticketsfor thefirst two proposed meetings, but didnt make it third timearound. His testimony is discussed in Crash at Corona.There was a lot of animosity (Kevin Randle wouldnteven shake my hand) because Don Berliner and I weredefending the Plains crash first heard about from peoplewho heard the story from Civil Engineer Barney Barnett.He had told his good friends Vern and Jean Maltais andhis wifes niece Alice Knight, and neighbor Harold Baca.It appeared that CUFOS was dead set against a crashin the Plains, for reasons I have never understood, andwere talking primarily to Kevin Randle and Don Schmittabout their new witness, Frank Kaufmann (two aliaseswere used for reasons unknown).Frank supposedly was a member of an elite militarygroup of nine which had tremendous power to go any-where and do anythingandwere very heavily involvedinthe Roswell Incident-except Frank came up with a newlocation North of Roswell and off Highway 285 to thewest and much closer to town than the Foster ranch.Supposedly, Frank had been sent over to White Sandsby Gen. Martin Scanlon of the Air Defense Command(his ADC role was head of Public Affairs at MitchellField" in NY!) to watch the radar scope there becausethere had beeri radar observations of strange craft Northof Roswell... even though the distance was greater thanthe range of the radar, and ADC had no radar in NM in1947/rThe rocket guys at WS generally used tracking, notsearch, radar. He was on duty for 24 hours (very doubt-ful). They observed the screen fill with light indicating anexplosion north of Roswell..Frank was later one of the team that went out fromRoswell, even though he wasjust a civilian clerk, havingleft the service in October, 1945. The story had manypermutations, all centered around Franks very importantrole. The evidence, to say the least, was minimal.It was a very highly classified event, but here Frankwas spilling his guts about seeing the damaged craft onthe ground and several bodies near it. Militarypeople hadkept in touch with him all this time. He couldnt tell uswho was running the show, but he could describe, andthen draw, the downed craft and the alien bodies!Don Schmitt knew that I was very dubious aboutFranks stories, and in July,1995, when we were both inRoswell, arranged for me to talk to Frank. We were inmy room at the old Roswell Inn: Frank, Don, and Kevin.Iwas not allowed to tape the session.Frank spun his tale, including being in touch with theRoswell base from White Sands, havingsomebody at theRoswell Army Air Field go north, and seeing a glow inthe sky west of Highway 285. Frank dashed back overthe mountains and woke Col. Blanchard and Maj. Marcel.They all drove north, and went off the highway throughfences and gullies in the middle of the night where thereare scorpions and rattlesnakes. After several miles theycame across the saucer with a gash in its side and bodiesnear it on the ground. Frank, who was an excellent artist,drew the bodies, which were much more like Earthlingsand bigger than other reported descriptions of the aliens.The craft was triangular and had octagonal energy cellson the bottom. They contacted the base and a flatbedtruck was sent out cross country as well, and by morningwas back at the base with the wreckage and bodies.This story made no sense to me. If Jesse Marcel hadgone out that Saturday night and seen bodies and wreck-age of a strange vehicle, surely he would have respondedvery differently later on Sunday, July 6, when he wascalled by Sheriff Wilcox about rancher Brazel and hisstrange wreckage.Surely, I said, Blanchard as commander of the 509th,the only atomic bombing group in the world, would havewaited until morning when a spotter plane could haveimmediately determined what had crashed. How couldhe leave his post withoutknowing what was there? Franksaid there were no spotter planes. (There were).How could a flatbed truck get out, get the wreckageon board, and be back to base after many miles crosscountry, by morning? Surely in all plane crash investiga-tions one wants to be able to study pieces in situ and tophotograph before moving anything. There was certainlyno fear about tourists or others coming across the wreck-age in the middle of nowhere. And why Frank?Page 20 MUFON UFO Journal February 2003