In thisissueJanuary 2008No. 477$4.00UFO JournalRecognizing Womenin Ufology 3UFOs on June 5, 1969from Brazil to Canada 9CMS Rankings 21UFO Marketplace 23Night Sky 24ColumnsDirector’s Message 2MUFON VolunteerRichard Moss 12StanFriedman:An Open Letter 16Filers Files 18HappyNew Year!Spotlight on...Women inUfology
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3MUFON UFO JournalJanuary 2008Phyllis BudingerState Section Director, Ohio MUFONOwner of Frontier Analysis, Ltd.Phyllis Budinger was born and raised in northeast Ohio.She holds two degrees in chemistry: B.S. from Baldwin-Wallace College and an M.S. from Miami University. Shejoined Sohio, the original Standard Oil Company, in 1964.Through a series of mergers and takeovers the companyultimately became BP/Amoco. Phyllis retired with the rank ofResearch Scientist from BP/Amoco in August 1999.Her 35 years of experience has been in analytical chem-istry. Most of her analytical industrial experience has beendevoted to some facet of trouble shooting and problemsolving for BP businesses. She has extensive experience inanalyses using spectroscopic techniques (Infrared andNuclear Magnetic Resonance), and has a working knowledgeof most other analytical techniques.A life-long interest in the mystery of the UFO phenom-enon was the impetus for her to establish a small laboratorydedicated to the study of physical traces related to UFOPhyllis BudingerPamela CisnerosCharleston, South CarolinaMUFON Webmaster“I have always pondered ‘the big questions’ even as achild,” said Pamela Cisneros. “Reading Carl Sagan at a youngage, I became fascinated with outer space and the possibilityof other life forms. I am a avid seeker of knowledge andhave found that ufology opens the door to many unexpectedareas of inquiry, although most ufologists don’t like to godown those paths. The more I learn about ufology and other‘esoteric’ topics, the more commonalities and points ofintersection I find.”The original designer (along with her husband) of thecurrent MUFON logo, website and other marketing materi-als, Pamela has been involved as a member of State MUFONorganizations in Colorado and in South Carolina.Pamela is President of Zafari, Inc., a creative servicesfirm she founded in 2000 in Denver, Colorado with herhusband, Christopher. After nearly four successful years inDenver, her desire to return ‘home’ to South Carolina,prompted the relocation of the firm. An accomplished artistWomen in Ufologyevents. Frontier Analysis, Ltd.was launched in March 2000.Since then, the laboratory hasexamined numerous UFOtrace samples from all overthe world. These includesamples from abductions,cattle mutilations, crop circles,UFO deposits, and angel hair.Some highly visible casesfor which analyses have beenprovided include: soil traces from the Delphos Kansaslanding event; bedding material from a 2002 alleged abduc-tion case in Brazil; the Betty Hill dress; assorted samplesfrom Stan Romanek’s experiences.The results of these analyses have created media inter-est. She has been interviewed on national radio talk showsand television. Recently she has appeared in episodes for theHistory Channel’s “UFO Files” series.This month and next, we recognize some of the women who are the movers andshakers of ufology, which is largely dominated by men. They contribute asMUFON state Directors and Assistant Directors, as journalists,authors, scientists,web designers and artists. They are presented here in no particular order.since childhood, Pamela has afresh, bold style that ensuresall Zafari projects are eye-catching, visually dramaticand audience-focused com-munication tools. Prior toZafari, Pamela spent over 15years in Washington, D.C.,and Denver, Colorado, as aninformation technologyconsultant serving govern-mental and corporate clients.Originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Pamela is a College of CharlestonHonors Program Alumnus with a graduate degree from PennState. Pamela lives and works just outside Charleston withher husband/business partner, Christopher, and their threefour-legged canine children Dixie, Sedona and Beau.Pamela Cisneros
January 20084 MUFON UFO JournalContinued on page 5women in ufologyCheryl Ann GilmoreSt. Matthews, South CarolinaState Director, South Carolina MUFONI had a daytime sighting of the classic shiny silver diskwhen I was a freshman in high school in Fresno, Ohio. Iwent to school the next day and stood up in science classand told everyone about the sighting. They all laughedincluding the teacher. I did notunderstand why because Ithought this was seriousbusiness. I had another daytimesighting in 1982 in WestVirginia on I-70 outside Wheel-ing. It was so unusual looking Icould not find any publishedpictures. Several years later thebook The Gulf BreezeSightings, by Ed and FrancesWalters came out. The craft onthe cover was what I had seenin WestVirginia.The first sighting had aprofound effect on my life. I read everything that I couldfind on the subject. I also studied the paranormal, telekinesis,many different religions and later on, crop formations andcattle mutilations.I joined MUFON in 1992 in Ohio. We later moved toFlorida and from there to South Carolina, where I live withmy husband Michael of 35 years. I am an EMT and hold aHAZMATAmateur Radio license.I’ve been the state director for South Carolina MUFONfor 10 years. It has at times been frustrating being connectedto the UFO experience. There have also been some reward-ing times, such as when I do a good interview for TV or thenewspaper, so that solid information is presented to thepublic. I was privileged to be able to speak to a group of BoyScouts last summer. They were so attentive and curious. Mytime was limited to one half hour, but I could have talked allday about ufology.MUFON has given me a level of credibility with thissubject that I don’t think can be found anywhere else. Thejourney I have made through this field of study has beenremarkable. My wish is that we will learn the truth whether itbe from the governments of our planet or from the beingsthat have visited our beautiful blue globe for millennia.I hope to spend many more years with MUFON and thededicated researchers of ufology.Looking up may not be the only way. Looking withinmay generate some answers as well.Editor’s Note: Cheryl is once again first in the CMSrankings. See page 21.Susan SwiatekFairfax, VirginiaState Director, MUFON VirginiaSusan Swiatek was born in Washington, DC, spent herchildhood near Denver, Colorado, and is today living againnear the nation’s capital. She is currently serving as VirginiaState Director for MUFON and is also active with the Fundfor UFO Research (FUFOR).Her early years were spent reading such books asMysterious Fires and Lights by Vincent Gaddis and CharlesFort’s collections of anomalies. When Betty and Barney Hill’s“Interrupted Journey” exploded unto the scene in 1966 witha Look Magazine article, Susan was hooked on the UFO andabduction mystery. Even as a young child, Susan felt thestory the Hills were telling about alien visitors in a spaceshiphad the ring of truth to it. She sensed the serious nature of“flying saucers.”Susan’s artistic abilities led her to a fine arts degree atthe Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. While atcollege, many a night was spent pacing the floor, falling intothe abyss of Budd Hopkins’seminal work, Missing Time.She has worked in severalaspects of the electronicpublishing field, never takingher mind’s eye off the UFOsubject for long.A long-time MUFONmember, Susan hosted the 1999MUFON Symposium nearWashington, DC. She haslectured at various conferencesincluding FUFOR events,MUFON of Los Angeles and Aztec, New Mexico. She hascreated artwork for several book projects, such as RichardHall’s The UFO Evidence-Part II, and Ron Story’s TheEncyclopedia of ExtraterrestrialEncounters (both 2001).Cheryl Ann GilmoreSusan Swiatek
5MUFON UFO JournalJanuary 2008Susan has done covers and helped edit various UFOpublications, including these published by FUFOR: TheRoswell Debris Field, by Robert Galganski, 2002 (cover),Delphos: A Close Encounter of the Second Kind, by TedPhillips, 2002 (cover), and Grassroots UFOs: Cases from theTimmerman Files, by Michael D. Swords, 2006 (editing).More recently, Susan was a founding editor of JAR, theJournal of Abduction Research. Susan and Virginia MUFONwere recently featured in an article in the Washington Post(Oct 2007), which was quite fair and amazingly lengthy for apaper of such caliber. Her focus continues to be collectingand communicating evidence of UFO close encounters, andreassuring witnesses that they are “not alone.”Sue SwiatekContinued from page 4women in ufologyLuLin (Lin) SimpsonParker, ColoradoMUFON Director of Special ProjectsI’ve been interested in UFOs since my sighting in the late1960s. Always wanted to believe that there was other life butthought that books available then were not that credible. Inthe late 80s and early 90s my passion grew as I read morecredible books, such as Linda Moulton Howe’s Alien Harvestand so many others. Linda was a Denver Channel 7 reporterin the mid 80s. Her investigations and books, along with aspeaker that I heard at the University of Denver, sparkedsuch an interest that I set on a journey to meet the research-ers, to make my own determinations about their credibilityand research, and to get an answer to the nagging question of“are we alone in the universe?”Initially, I was the PR/Marketing Director for anotherDenver organization, arranging public relations coverage forLinda Moulton Howe, Budd Hopkins, Stanton Friedman andDon Ecker. When I eventually found MUFON, my husbandBob and I became lifetime members. Meeting JohnSchuessler was a pivotal moment for me; we were bothextremely impressed with his credentials and his depth ofknowledge on this subject. At John’s request, Bob became abusiness board member and I became the MembershipDirector. I also was the symposium chairperson for threeyears.My husband and I housed all the MUFON files after theclosing of the MUFON headquarters office, initially helping—along with many MUFON volunteers—to get the PandoraProject off the ground. James Carrion took over after Bobwent to Iraq, then to SaudiArabia where I joined himfor a year, promotingMUFON to otherWest-erners during my stay.I was an assistantstate director for threeyears in the 1990s underthen state director,Michael Curta. We heldstate meetings at theUniversity of Denver,where I was employed,and brought great speak-ers to the campus. I wasa temporary state directorfor Colorado for more than a year before Leslie Varnicle tookover in 2002.Reed Hall and I produced seven one-on-one in-depthinterviews, “Profiles in Ufology,” which were aired onBoulder PBS in 1999-2000. I also planned two trips anddrove several people to Roswell, New Mexico. During thesecond trip, for the 50th Anniversary, I was fortunate to havemet Col. Corso, over lunch at the Dairy Queen.I studied English, Journalism and Sociology at theUniversity of Denver, Central State College in Oklahoma andArapahoe Community College. I am currently writing a bookon my experiences in Saudi Arabia.I believe the MUFON mission to educate the public is animportant aspect to ridding ourselves of the ridicule so thatufology will be taken seriously and so scientists and re-searchers can get the important funding necessary. Learningthat we are not alone in the universe is crucial to our futureevolution on planet earth. I’d like for the youth on our planetto yearn to learn more about science and math, as well asspace and our place in it.Lin SimpsonRead about moreAmazing Women in Ufologyin the February issue of theMUFON UFO Journal!
January 20086 MUFON UFO Journalwomen in ufologyKathleen MardenStratham, New HampshireAuthor, Speaker and ResearcherKathleen was trained as a social worker and educatorand holds a B.A. degree from the University of New Hamp-shire. She participated in graduate studies in education at TheUniversity of Cincinnati and U.N.H. During her fifteen yearsas an educator, she innovated, designed and implementedmodel educational programs, and also coordinated, trainedand evaluated education staff. Additionally, she taught adulteducation classes on UFO and abduction history.She was thirteen on September 20, 1961, when her auntBetty Hill phoned her nearby home to report that, the previ-ous evening, she and Barney had encountered a flying saucerin New Hampshire’s White Mountains. A primary witness tothe evidence of the UFO encounter and the aftermath,Kathleen has intimate knowledge of the Hill’s biographicalhistories, personalities, and the never-before publishedhistorical data pertaining to their sensational story.After Betty’s death in 2004, Kathy compiled two perma-nent archival collections for the Milne Special Collection andArchives Department at the UNH Library. The Hills’ civilrights collection is comprised of documents, letters, photo-graphs and newspaper articles pertaining to Betty’s andBarney’s social and politicalactivities. The UFO collectioncontains all of all the corre-spondence, articles and othermaterial from Betty’s exten-sive files, including newmaterial, Betty’s dress and theforensic paintings of hercaptors by New Hampshireartist David Baker. Thearchive is open to qualifiedresearchers.Because Kathy was soclose to Betty Hill, especiallyover the last two decades of her life, she was able to reviewher extensive UFO files and have many long discussions withBetty to clear up puzzling questions pertaining to her UFOencounter. She recorded hours of taped interviews withBetty and the two made several research trips through NewHampshire’s White Mountains. In 1996, Betty released toKathy the audio tapes of the hypnosis sessions she andBarney participated in with renowned psychiatrist Dr.Kathleen MardenDebbie LoweryRochester, IllinoisAssistant State Director, MUFON IllinoisI have an Associate Degree in Computer Technology, andwork in this field with the local government.The existence of ghosts has always intrigued me. When Iwas growing up, many times aphenomenon would happen thatno one would or could explain. Ihad an avid need to know more.In 2000 I formed the SpringfieldGhost Society beginning withfour people; there are now wellover 75 members. Our group isvery active which gives us theopportunity to interview manypeople. Not everything they tellme coincides with what wemight consider ghostly activity,so I decided I wanted to learnmore about ufology. We havehad a few cases that seemed more like an alien visitation thana ghostly appearance. Ufology is a whole different world thatI enjoy learning more about.I’m pleased and honored to be Assistant State Directorfor MUFON Illinois. Most of the men who hold an officialMUFON title live in northern Illinois and around Chicago, butI live in Central Illinois. These men that I work with are thebest, and State Director Sam Maranto does everything hecan to include me. I’m proud to be on the same team with allof them.We have big plans for Illinois MUFON. Currently I’mthe only Assistant State Director covering activity fromCentral Illinois to the Southern tip. We are having a member-ship drive to increase our state membership. Believe or not,there are people living in Illinois who have a need for ourservices and don’t realize MUFON exists. Our goal is toreach these people to offer our services and let them knowthere is help and support available for them. I am verypleased to have the opportunity to be involved in MUFONduring this exciting time.Debbie LoweryContinued on page 7
7MUFON UFO JournalJanuary 2008Continued on page 8Benjamin Simon. With Betty’s approval, Kathy transcribed thetapes and conducted a comparative analysis of the Hills’individual testimony versus Betty’s infamous dream accountof alien abduction. This startling new information, along withthe Hills’ historical records, became the foundation for aCaptured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience, co-authored with Stanton T. Friedman.For ten years Kathy served on the national MUFONboard of directors as the director of field investigator train-ing. In 2003, MUFON publicly recognized Kathy for heroutstanding contribution of advancing the scientific study ofthe UFO phenomenon and demonstrating positive leadership.women in ufologyKathleen MardenContinued from page 6Her professional paper, The Use and Misuse of Hypnosis inUFO Abduction Investigations, was widely distributed. Shehas written articles for the MUFON UFO Journal and thebook Best UFO Cases. She has appeared individually andwith Betty on local news programs, The History Channel andThe Discovery Channel. The History Channel recently filmedKathy in Franconia Notch for a new “UFO Hunters” seriesscheduled to air in February 2008. She was a featuredspeaker at the MUFON Symposium in Denver, Colorado inAugust, and will speak in Atlantic City, Charlotte, andPasadena this winter and spring.Kathy resides in New Hampshire with her husband,Charles.Kmarden@aol.com . kathleenmarden.googlepages.comLeslie KeanInvestigative journalistCo-founder, Coalition for Freedom of InformationLeslie Kean is an investigative journalist who has workedin print and broadcast media. Her feature stories and newsanalysis pieces have appeared in newspapers and magazinesaround the world and her stories have been widely syndi-cated. For many years, she was a producer and co-host foran investigative news program on KPFA Radio in Berkeley,California. Kean is the co-author or author of several pub-lished books and essays.In May 2000, Kean published an investigative feature forthe Boston Globe about the authoritative French study by theCOMETA group called “UFOs and Defense: What are wePrepared For?” In 2001, her story about pilot sightings ofunidentified aerial phenomena and possible aviation safetyconcerns was widely syndicated; in 2002, she published astory about peer-reviewed scientific studies on crop circlesshowing some could not have been created by hoaxers (botharticles, Providence Journal). In 2002, Kean was commis-sioned by the SCI FI Channel to prepare a research reporttitled “Science and the Failure to Investigate UnidentifiedAerial Phenomena.”She co-founded the Washington-based advocacy group,the Coalition for Freedom of Information (CFi), for whichshe is Director of Investigations. CFi’s mission is achievingscientific, congressional and media credibility for the studyof unexplained aerial phenomena while working for therelease of official information and physical evidence (seewww.freedomofinfo.org).Since then, Kean has spearheaded CFi’s freedom ofinformation campaign incooperation with a law firm inWashington, DC. The effort,focused on obtaining govern-ment documents about thecrash of an unknown objectin Kecksburg, Pennsylvania,in 1965, has the publicbacking of President Clinton’sformer chief of staff, JohnPodesta. The group’s workhas received favorable andrespectful press coveragefrom major TV and print media,and Kean provided unique insight into the significance of thiseffort through an widely distributed op-ed piece. In Decem-ber 2003, CFi filed a lawsuit against NASA due to theagency’s improper withholding of documentation relating tothe Kecksburg incident, for which Kean is the plaintiff.Recently, in 2007, Kean reached an unprecedentedsettlement of the NASA lawsuit in U.S. District Court for theDistrict of Columbia, filed as result of NASA’s refusal torelease its records concerning the 1965 Kecksburg UFOincident and subsequent stonewalling. The settlement requiresNASA to comb through hundreds of documents in specifiedlocations and provide copies to Kean under the watchful eyeof the courts. NASA is required to declassify relevantdocuments, explain any redactions, and to pay Kean’s legalfees.Photo by Farah YurdozuLeslie Kean
January 20088 MUFON UFO Journalwomen in ufologyKean co-organized a Washington Press Conference inNovember 2007 with filmmaker James Fox. Former ArizonaGovernor Fife Symington III moderated a distinguished panelof former high-ranking government, aviation, and militaryofficials from seven countries to discuss close encounterswith UFOs. Representatives from seven countries called forthe US Government to join in an international dialogue andre-open its investigation—which the Air Force shut downover 30 years ago—in cooperation with other governmentscurrently dealing with this unusual and controversial phe-nomenon. (See the December 2007 MUFON UFO Journal,or www.freedomofinfo.org. for more information).Kean is currently working as a producer on a new UFOdocumentary directed by James Fox, and has begun theprocess of sifting through hundreds of documents fromNASA.Leslie KeanContinued from page 7Marilyn Henry Childs, PhDBothell, WashingtonAssistant State Director, MUFON WashingtonConsultant in ArchaeoastronomyB.A. Archaeology, B.S. Archaeoastronomy, M.ED.Science Education Curriculum Research and Design, M.S.Physics and Astronomy (all University of Washington).Ph.D. Archaeoastronomy (Suffield University). As a teacher,lecturer and professor, I’ve developed curriculums andtaught in the disciplines of astonomy, archaeosatronomy,earth science, physics, math, and biology at the high schooland college level, and also at planetariums.My experience seeing UFOs began as a baby in my crib.My first words were in a language parents did not know, noteven my father, a language and math scholar. I claimed to betaught Astronomy by my “imaginary” playmate who wasdressed in a silver space suit. I sat for hours and wroteunrecognizable symbols and astronomy facts in a notebookat age three and a half. My playmate taught me to read and Ibegan reading UFO, astronomy and archaeology adult-levelbooks at age five. Had math abilities above grade schoollevel. I began researching UFOs and building cardboard onesat age eight, in fact, my entire life since childhood revolvedaround interest in astronomy, science and UFOs.At age sixteen, I was allowed membership in DenverAstronomical Society. The Condon Committee and Dr. JAllen Hynek invited me to set up a meeting with ETs. Iresearched Alamosa, Colorado, UFO cases along withmembers of Denver UFO society. I joined MUFON in 1969and APRO, SORT and VIFON in 1969. I was DenverSection Director in 1970-1975 while working as an educatorin astronomy at Charles C. Gates Planetarium at DenverMuseum of Natural History, 1969-1975. My husband wasColorado State Director for MUFON at one time. We’veresearched UFOs together since 1969. I helped host theMUFON 1995 conference in Seattle, and I’ve spoken onnational talk radio and talkradio around the globe onUFOs.In 1967, I arranged alecture at Boston Universitybetween Carl Sagan andIsaac Asimov and a team ofatheist and religious leaders.The topic was: Is thereextraterrestrial life in theuniverse? Johnny Carson, anavid astronomy and UFObuff, called and asked if hecould come to a live session.I gave him a ringside seat, and he subsequently invited Dr.Sagan to be on the Tonight Show. Carson put up the moneyfor the Cosmos TV show; these were exciting times forastronomy. At Boston University, I worked for Dr. GeraldHawkins, director of the astronomy department (who laterdedicated his life to finding the diatonic scale and Euclidiangeometry in crop circles). He put me in charge of publiceducation and running the observatory at age 19.At the Gates Planetarium in Denver in the 1970s, I puton shows on UFOs and taught astronomy to school children.Over 100,000 Denver children visited the Gates Planetarium.My ancestors were from an island Spiekeroog Insel(North Sea) where a UFO landed and the people from theland forever mixed into the gene pool. I believe I believe myancestors have had ongoing contact. Family stories from mypaternal grandfather and great aunt described familysightings of UFOs in the 1860s and 1880s on their farms inSpiker, Nebraska. My father encountered UFOs whiletraveling in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. I’ve hadnumerous sightings with my extended family at outings.My life continues to revolve around archaeoastronomy,astronomy and UFO-related topics.Dr. Marilyn H. Childs
9MUFON UFO JournalJanuary 2008UFOs on June 5, 1969, in Brazil, Missouri, Iowa and Canada,With Personal Observations of the Ottawa CaseLocation and Elevation of MySighting: West end of Ottawa, Ontario,Canada near the intersection of LeasideAvenue and Addison Street (latitude45°22’53”N, longitude 75°44’10”W).Ground elevation, 77 m (253 feet abovesea level).Weather: On June 5 the OttawaCitizen newspaper reported sunset at8:48 PM, a temperature at noon of 14°C(57°F), 76% relative humidity and anexpected evening low of 10°C (50°F).On Parliament Hill at the time of thesighting by the RCMP officers the skywas clear with a few clouds andvisibility was excellent (RCMP 1969).Circumstances and Time ofSighting: At the time of my sighting, inJune, 1969, I was 17 years old and inmy parent’s backyard. When I first sawthe UFO, I was facing east. My field ofview was limited by a house to the northand a willow tree to the southeast, but asignificant part of the sky was visible. Itdid not occur to me to record the exactdate or time of my sighting, but the nextday there was a brief news item on theradio stating that people had seen anunusual object in the sky and that anastronomer had concluded that it hadbeen nothing more than a weatherballoon. The location and direction oftravel of the object that I saw is con-sistent with observations made by thesix witnesses on Parliament Hill.Duration of Sighting: About 10seconds as it passed almost directlyoverhead at a low altitude.Direction of Travel: The objectwas heading southeast (bearing 135° ±about 5°). After it flew by I couldbriefly see a single star-like white lightsomewhat above nearby houses weavingslightly back and forth in a horizontalplane relative to fixed landmarks. Unfor-tunately, foliage and branches of nearbytrees obscured my view. Referring to amap of Ottawa, an object bearing 135°from my observation site would havepassed near Uplands airport which isconsistent with the flight path observedby the other witnesses.Shape of the UFO: The object wasellipsoidal (with an approximatelycircular cross-section) and about threetimes as long as it was wide. Its longaxis was horizontal. On the undersidethere were two long fin-like structureson each side extending from about themiddle to the rear (northwestern) end ofthe craft. These fins had U-shapedcross sections. The upper part of the“U” merged with the rest of the object.The long axes of these structures wereparallel with the long axis of the craft. Asimilar U-shaped “crossmember”extended at right angles to the long axisof the UFO, joining the two fins aboutthree-quarters back from the front ofthe object. It seemed to me that thecross-member would provide additionalstrength and that the two fin-like struc-tures would prevent the craft fromtoppling over upon landing. While theobject could be described as dirigible- orblimp-shaped, there was no gondola onits underside and no engine-drivenpropellers.Attitude in Flight: The long axisof the UFO was parallel to the groundand parallel to its flight direction.Minimum Speed and EstimatedSize: Determining an object’s speedrequires knowledge of the height of theobject above ground. Unfortunately, theobject passed overhead so there wereno identifiable objects behind it to permitaccurate size estimation. However, itcould have been no lower than 30 mabove ground level to pass over tele-phone poles and trees with a reasonablemargin of safety. While I was facingeast, my view of the width of the UFOcovered an angle of about 20 degrees.An approximate minimum widthestimate based on my observations wasmade by considering the sides of atriangle with a 20° angle between thelong sides. This suggests that the widthof the object was about a third of itsheight above ground level. Conse-quently, assuming that the object was30 m above ground level, its minimumwidth was 10 m. Because the objectwas about 3 times as long as it waswide, its minimum length would havebeen about 30 m. These estimatessuggest that the length of the UFOwould have been about the same as itsheight above the ground. If the objecthad been at an altitude of 60 m, whichseems more reasonable, it would havebeen 20 m wide and 60 m long. Itpassed overhead at an estimated rate ofabout 10 degrees (0.1745 radians) persecond suggesting that if the UFO hadbeen at a height of 60 m, it would havebeen traveling at a speed of about 38km/hour.Visual Appearance: Surroundingthe object was a zone emitting a dimblue-violet light. At the middle of thecraft, this envelope extended from theobject’s surface to a distance of nomore than 5-10% of the vessel’s width,suggesting that the air surrounding thecraft was emitting the light rather thanthe vessel itself. This is consistent withthe views of Hill, who suggested thatthe commonly observed light-emittingenvelopes around UFOs are plasmascaused by X-rays or gamma raysionizing the air surrounding them. Thecraft which I observed did not,however, influence the intensity of lightsin nearby houses, which did not dim,flicker or go out.Sounds Emitted by the Object:None whatsoever.Summary of observations madeby other witnesses: Yurko Bondarchuksummarized an account of two UFOsseen in Ottawa on Thursday, June 5,1969, by three RCMP officers and threeteenage tourists. Because the details oftime, direction of travel and flight pathreported by these six witnesses areconsistent with my own observations,and because of the radio news itemmentioned above, I believe that mysighting was on this date also. Forinstance, the flight path of the firstobject, as described by the sixBy Franz W. Nentwichfwnentwich@hotmail.comContinued on page 10
January 200810 MUFON UFO Journalwitnesses mentioned, was from west ofHull to the vicinity of the RoyalCanadian Air Force base at UplandsAirport. The location of my sightingwas along this flight path and I remem-ber that it was dark or almost dark. Toestimate the time of the evening, Iobserved that the first stars on June 5,2004, became visible at about 10:02PM, which is consistent with the timerecorded by the RCMP, i.e., about 10:15PM. I must have seen the object after10 PM. Also, the southeasterly traveldirection of the object which I observedis consistent with the observations ofthe other witnesses. Given all thesesimilarities, and the subsequent radioreport, it seems almost certain that mysighting was on this date.Details of the RCMP (1969)Report: The original RCMP reportcontains details relevant to my ownsighting, and because this report isaccessible only through interlibrary loanor at the National Archives of Canada, amore complete version than thesummary in Bondarchuk follows:5 June 19691. At approximately 10:15 PM,while on patrol on Lower Drive onParliament Hill I observed an objectwhich appeared as a bright falling stardescending vertically from an altitude ofapproximately 2000 feet to approxi-mately 1000 feet NNE on the north sideof the Ottawa River over Hull, Quebec.It hovered in this position for aboutthirty seconds, changing colours to red,green, and white. It then proceeded eastand appeared to be circling, droppingand rising for about four to five minutesabove eastern Hull and Pointe-Gatineau.It then hovered for about five minutes,blinking its lights constantly. At approxi-mately 10:30 it proceeded west of Hullat an altitude of approximately 1000feet, and came across the river in theOttawa area and disappeared from viewbehind high buildings of Wellington St.at approximately 10:35. All this while theobject was of no discernable shape. Atapproximately 10:50 a bright objectappeared in the sky due south ofOttawa. It kept its bearings at approxi-mately 1500 feet altitude with a smallerbright object approximately 500 feetbelow it. The objects disappeared andreappeared at different intervals butdisappeared completely at about 11:10PM, however, it could not be ascer-tained if it was the same previouslymentioned object.2. At 10:19 PM all the lights onParliament Hill (East, West and CentreBlock) went out. Mr. L.T. of the Ont.Hydro was notified who said the causecould not be ascertained at the time butcould be due to an explosion in thesewers at the corner of Sparks andO’Connor Sts., which was beinginvestigated.3. This object was sighted by 3/Cst.L.J.F, 3/Cst. N.R.M, CST W.S.M., A.P.(age 15), B.B. (age 14), and S. R. (age14), all of Barrie, Ont. The sky wasclear with a few clouds but visibilitywas excellent.4. The above information waspassed on to the CO 1/c “A” Div. Deskwho advised the R.C.A.F. Base Stationat Uplands.Electrical Effects in the area ofParliament Hill: The blackout onParliament Hill occurred at 10:19 PM,four minutes after the object was firstseen by RCMP Constable L.J.F.(RCMP). This blackout also affectedthe Royal Bank Building, the BlackburnBuilding, the Bank of Montreal Buildingand the Royal Trust Building, with theproblem being traced to the failure of a12,000 volt cable at O’Connor Streetbetween Sparks and Queen Streets(Fox). A witness reported a muffledexplosion, a manhole cover flying intothe air and a yellowish flame four feethigh issuing from the opening (Meere).A hydro official at the scene stated thatthe failure was caused by a fault in thepower cable similar to what mighthappen, for instance, to an overheadwire in a thunderstorm (Fox ). Presum-ably, a power surge caused a spark inthe high voltage line which ignitedmethane gas in the sewer. A fewminutes after the blackout, emergencypower on Parliament Hill was switchedon, but normal power was not restoreduntil about 11:30 PM (Meere). TheOttawa Hydro official stated that “It isnot an unusual incident,” even thoughMPs were left in the dark for severalminutes while parliament was insession, one man was trapped in anelevator for two and a half hours, andduring the darkness a motorist drove acar down the steps on Parliament Hill(Fox).Radar data if available could “blowthe lid” off this case by providing muchneeded information. With this in mind, Irequested radar or other air trafficcontrol information from Navcanada butwas informed that they have no recordsthat would be of use to me, either radaror paper (Morris, email comm., 2005).Also, I requested a document refer-enced in an unpublished thematic guide(Library and Archives Canada), speci-fically, part 2 of a Department ofNational Defence report entitled “Targetdetection; search; flying saucers;general, 1968-1973 (RG 24, vol. 24031,file 3800-10-1, pt. 2, 1968-1971).”Because this document had never beenrequested previously, it underwent areview process, and ultimately, thisreport was not released therefore I wasnot able to determine if this reportcontained any information relevant tothe June 5 UFOs.Comments in the RCMP reportrelevant to my sighting: The RCMPconstable estimated two objects duesouth of Ottawa, a larger one at analtitude of 460 m (1500 ft.) and asmaller one at an altitude of 350 m(1000 ft). Unfortunately, he was notable to describe their shapes. With thislimited information it is difficult to relateour separate observations. The object Isaw could have been the smaller object,but my estimate of its height aboveground level was less than 100 m. Evenat that, a hundred meter long UFOwould be impressive enough.Reports of UFOs in Missouri(Haines): About three and a half hoursbefore UFOs were sighted in Ottawa,flight 112 was making its way fromPhoenix, Arizona, to Washington, D.C.The airplane was a Boeing 707 at analtitude of 11.9 km (39,000 ft.). Justafter passing over the Missouri River onan ENE heading about 1540 km to theJune 5, 1969Continued from page 9Continued on page 11
11MUFON UFO JournalJanuary 2008southwest of Ottawa, the First Officerwas startled by four oncoming UFOsflying in formation, all having theappearance of burnished aluminum.One of the objects was longer and hada shape resembling a hydroplane withthe following approximate dimensions:6 m (20 ft) long, 2.4 m (8 ft) thick and4.3 m (14 ft) wide. The other threewere dart or missile-shaped objects ofidentical shape. One of these three,which was on a collision course withthe airplane, climbed along with theother two missile-shaped objects at thelast instant to avoid collision. Safetywas an issue because the objects wereestimated to have passed within 90 m(300 ft) of the airplane.James Beardsley, an FAA air trafficcontroller who was on the flight, sawthe objects. All four of them had aburnished aluminum appearance withwhat appeared to be a bluish-greenflame in their aft ends. In view of theexplanation by Hill, the “flame” shouldbe reinterpreted as a trailing plasmasheath. The First Officer then radioedSt. Louis Center and was informed thattwo “paints” of unknown objects hadbeen detected near the airliner by radar.Thirteen kilometers behind the Boeing707 airliner a pilot flying a passenger jetat an altitude of 11.3 km (37,000 ft)radioed that he had witnessed theincident with the Boeing 707. Six kilo-meters behind the passenger jet the pilotof an Air National Guard Jet flying at analtitude of 12.5 km (41,000 ft) ex-claimed, “Damn, they almost got me!”Compared to the large ellipsoid-shaped object which I saw, these craftwere much smaller. It is noteworthythat Klass re-examined the timing ofthis event in detail and showed that theincident actually occurred at about 5:52PM, only 3 hours and 23 minutesbefore the first of the Parliament HillUFO sightings.Reports of a UFO at CedarRapids, Iowa: Klass (p. 46), who sitedthis UFO report from the headquartersof the Federal Aviation Administration,reported that a private pilot and hisfriend were standing outside the muni-cipal airport near Cedar Rapids, Iowa,on June 5, 1969, just before 6 PM,when they spotted the UFOs comingout of the east on a westerly course.After the objects had passed, the twomen promptly reported the incident tothe FAA office at the airport.The pilot said the UFOs werecircular-shaped and “iridescent” incolor. He estimated their altitude to beonly 1000 feet above the ground,based on the altitude of a light planepreparing to land at the airport at thetime. And the two men reported thatthe UFOs had flown directly over theeast-west runway of the Cedar Rapidsairport, approximately 225 miles northof St. Louis. Some of the groundobservers, like the two men in CedarRapids, estimated the objects to be atan altitude of only 1000 to 1500 feet.Report of a UFO in Brazil: At6:00 AM in Uba, Brazil (4:00 AMOttawa time) an orange UFO paced andcircled a car and caused the engine andcar radio to stop (UFOCAT).Launch of Satellites: For the sakeof completeness it should be mentionedthat a satellite was launched on June 5,1969 at 14:42 GMT (9:42 AM Ottawatime) from Vandenberg in California; itreached an apogee of 1089 km, but didnot reenter the atmosphere until Oct.12, 1979 (http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/thoslv2h.htm, retrieved Oct. 4,2005). It is difficult, therefore, toattribute the observations of UFOs tothis launch. Two other launches tookplace on this date, an X-ray astronomymission from Norway, which reachedan apogee of 130 km, and a re-entrytest flight originating from Green River(http://www.rocketservices.co.uk/spacelists/sounding/_rockets/decades/1965-1969.htm, retrieved Sept. 30,2005). These last two launches were oflimited range, were well monitored andcould not explain the Missouri case.Speculations: By considering theBrazil, Missouri and Ottawa casestogether, the visual reports by severalwitnesses, including three RCMPofficers, two commercial pilots, aNational Guard pilot, an air trafficcontroller and more than four civilianwitnesses, constitutes reliable evidence.However, many questions remain. Wereone or both of the indistinctly-shapedobjects seen on Parliament Hill the sameas one or more of the four objects seenin Missouri three hours and 23 minutespreviously, and if so, could the smallercraft have emerged or separated fromthe larger craft?In this regard, as related in Hill, a300 m long cigar-shaped UFO wasreported by nine passengers and threeship’s officers aboard the coastalsteamer Landovery Castle on the nightof June 30, 1947, at about the time ofthe now famous Roswell case. As in theMissouri incident related above, theRoswell craft were small, probablyunsuitable for very long distance travel.In the Ottawa case, the RCMP reportmentioned that the Royal Canadian AirForce Base at Uplands Airport wasadvised about the object, so presumablyair traffic controllers at the base saw ordetected the two objects on radar,considering that they were reported tohover for several minutes nearby. If, asin the Missouri case, the objects in andaround Ottawa were detected by radaralso, such data would greatlysupplement the sporadic visual reports.Another question concerning theParliament Hill blackout remains.Assuming that it was caused by a UFO,which seems possible given that thetwo events occurred at about the sametime, how could this happen when theobject under observation was on thenorth side of the Ottawa River?Possibly, the blackout was caused bythe second UFO. Another questionconcerns the shape of the object. Laterin the summer on July 20 in Ottawa,several witnesses, including a policeofficer, observed an object(Bondarchuk) with a shape similar tothe object which I saw earlier in June.One of the witnesses reported “A singleobject shaped like a watermelon,glowing brightly with an orange hue...[which] passed slowly overhead andthen traveled at great speed across theOttawa River to the Parliament Bldgs”(NRC File).Another intriguing questionconcerns the emission of the dim lightsurrounding the UFO. Solving thisJune 5, 1969Continued from page 10Continued on page 20
January 200814 MUFON UFO Journalthe following months he recalled“bizarre snippets of that night.”There it remained until more than ayear later as the witnesses graduallydiscussed the details they consciouslyremembered from the Coronado Islandand other personal incidents. Then theyagreed to hypnotic regression, andadditional details emerged for Mike,Nancy and Phil, but little was added toLaurie’s conscious recall of the inci-dent.Phil recalled seeing his wife takenand returned in a beam of light. He alsoreports hearing a man (Mike?) screamfrom the hallway. Mike was unable torecall being abducted, even throughregression. All the witnesses hadapparently experienced encounters bothbefore and after the Coronado Islandincident.The hypnosis of all the witnesseswas done by a woman who Dennettcalls Angel (pseudonym), who hadpreviously regressed Laurie, as notedabove. While described as a“hypnotherapist and UFO researcher”who had handled many cases, the localeand extent of Angel’s training is notprovided. It seems strange that anindividual who has been very muchinvolved in the UFO phenomenonwould not want her name and back-ground used in this book.Also muddying the water to someextent is the fact that Angel was amutual acquaintance of the fourprimary witnesses, and had accompa-nied them to the Coronado Islandmeeting. Moreover, there is no tran-script of the hypnosis sessions wherebyone could judge whether the witnesseswere being led (although many re-searchers are convinced that witnessescannot be led under hypnosis).It is interesting that in his otherwiseunremarkable and somewhat weirdForeward to this book, Dr. Roger Leir,of implant removal fame, stated inregard to hypnotic regression: “Themost important factor is the individualperforming the procedure. What is theirbackground and training in alienabduction regression?”Dennett states, “Never has a caseinvolved so many witnesses and somuch physical evidence.” True, thereare four primary witnesses, all ofwhom reportedly have a history ofencounters, but there were fourabductees in the famous Allagash case,several eyewitnesses in the TravisWalton abduction, and at least threeunrelated witnesses in the excellentKelly Cahill case. The Cahill case, ofcourse, also included impressivephysical evidence.In the Coronado Island case, theregressions indicate there were onlytwo reported abductions (Nancy andPatricia), although there may have beenmore.The most compelling physicalevidence in this case has to be thealleged implant removed by Dr. Leirfrom Nancy’s leg (Nancy is given thepseudonym of Annie by Dr. Leir).Nancy believes she received the implantduring the Coronado Island encounter.The removed object is anomalous, inthe opinion of Dr. Leir, but final testinghas not been completed. See Dr. Leir’sinteresting book The Aliens and theScalpel for more details on Nancy’scase and other implant removals.Also presented as evidence is anMRI of Mike’s head which supposedlyshows three “foreign bodies” located invarious parts of his brain. Other scansindicate objects in his leg. None ofthese have been removed, and there isno reference to a diagnosis by a namedsurgeon or other medical authority as towhat these images might be showing.All four witnesses have reported avariety of physical effects, includingbruises, other injuries, blood pressurechanges, and even rapid healing. Again,there is no reported medical diagnosisby a named physician involving any ofthese.Much is made of the fact that thealleged abductions occurred under thecollective noses of the Secret Service,and there is even speculation that thesegovernment agents were doing morethan just preparing for an upcomingvisit by President Clinton.Laurie and Nancy, for example,seemed to think that they were beingobserved and even followed by theSecret Service. “They were talking totheir watches a lot,” says Laurie. “All ofa sudden we had three waiters. Nobodyelse in there had three waiters.”It is, of course, significant thatbright light encounters could reportedlyoccur within a block of the housewhich President Clinton was going tovisit, and not be seen by the SecretService agents. Were the bright lightsobserved, and did this cause the SecretService to focus on the residents of therooms involved?While not quite a smoking gun case,The Coronado UFO Incident was wellworth recording, and this book is wellworth reading—even without an index,which would have been very helpful inthis complicated case.Book Review: The Coronado UFO IncidentContinued from page 13CorrectionsTwo people in December’s coverphoto were misidentified. The firstman seated at the left is ClaudePoher, not Vasily Alexeyev. John-Charles Duboc should be Jean-Claude Duboc.Page 3. The former governor ofArizona is Fife Symington III, notII. He saw the Phoenix Lights in1997, not 1977.Page 24. The Night Sky should beJanuary 2008, not 2007.The Editor regrets the errors andfeels very foolish.
January 200816 MUFON UFO JournalPercePtionsPercePtionsPercePtionsPercePtionsPercePtionsBy StantonT. FriedmanStanton FriedmanAn Open Letter to Dr. David MorrisionDr. David Morrison, Senior ScientistNASAAstrobiology InstituteAmes Research CenterMoffett Field, CA 94035Dear Dr. Morrison: I have read withconsiderable interest and dismay yourrecent comments about UFOs oneSkeptic. (www.skeptic.com/eskeptic)They provide a splendid example of theintellectual bankruptcy of thepseudoscience of anti-ufology. It appearsthat you, along withSkeptic publisher, Dr.Michael Shermer, have assiduously fol-lowed the four basic rules for UFO de-bunkers: 1.Don’t bother me with the facts,my mind is made up. 2. What the publicdoesn’t know, I won’t tell them. 3. If Ican’t attack the data, I will attack thepeople, as it is easier. 4. Do one’s researchby proclamation, because investigation istoo much trouble. I write as a nuclearphysicist who belongs to the AmericanNuclear Society, the American PhysicalSociety, the American Institute of Aero-nautics and Astronautics. Over the past40 years I have lectured on the topic “Fly-ing Saucers ARE Real” at more than 600colleges and over 100 professional groupsin all 50 states, 9 Canadian Provinces, aswell as 16 other countries .In short, I havebeen doing my homework.Surely you as a scientist in a presti-gious taxpayer-supported position have anobligation to do your homework beforeputting your words out in a very publicforum? You claim that astronomers don’tsee UFOs. No source or reference is pro-vided for this false claim. One would ex-pect that you would at the least investi-gate the work of other astronomers andscientists as opposed to the often unreli-able information on the internet. I wouldcertainly recommend The UFO Experi-ence, by Dr. J.Allen Hynek. He was chair-man of the Astronomy Department atNorthwestern University and for 20 yearswas the scientific consultant to the USAir Force’s Project Blue Book. Not onlydid he investigate many cases for BlueBook, but he reported on UFO observa-tions by other astronomers. There weremany, though most professionals are verywary of going public because of the kneejerk ridicule from people such as your-self and Dr. Shermer. Shermer revealedhis almost complete ignorance of the topicwhen he and I appeared on the Larry Kingshow in July and in a 3-hour debate onCoast to Coast radio in August. Not soincidentally, ClydeTombaugh, discovererof Pluto, had two UFO sightings.Allen Hynek was one of three as-tronomers of the 12 scientists who pro-vided testimony to Congressional Hear-ings held by the House Committee onScience and Astronautics on July 29,1968. Another of the scientists was Pro-fessor James E. McDonald, a SeniorPhysicist in the Institute of AtmosphericPhysics at the University of Arizona. Ofcourse the great majority of UFOsightings are of objects moving in the at-mosphere, so he was operating in his areaof expertise. He began as a skeptic, vis-ited Project Blue Book, discovered a verylarge number of very intriguing cases, andwound up interviewing over 500 wit-nesses. His 71-page congressional testi-mony includes 41 high quality sightingsincluding sightings by astronomers; I canprovide a copy.Dr. Peter Sturrock, now retired, was anastrophysicist at Stanford, down the roadfrom you. He was courageous enough toconduct surveys of the membership of theSan Francisco Section of theAmerican In-stitute ofAstronautics andAeronautics andof theAmericanAstronomical Society. Ofcourse, he discovered there had been UFOsightings by astronomers and other profes-sionals though most were, of course, re-luctant to go public because of fear of ridi-cule. Peter’s book is The UFO Enigma:ANew Review of the Physical Evidence. Sev-eral other excellent books were written byDr. Richard Haines, now retired, who wasa long timeAmes Scientist.H y n e k ’ sbook The UFOEvidence in-cludes informa-tion on 746 un-explainable UFOsightings out ofthe 4,500 caseswhich were in-vestigated by themostly profes-sional membersof the old Na-tional Investigations Committee onAerialPhenomenon (NICAP). There were, ofcourse, a number of sightings by profes-sional astronomers.Amuch larger Updatewas published in 2001 and contains evenmore. In terms of compilations of seriousUFOdata,thoughnotwithoutflaws,Iwouldcertainly recommend Project Blue BookSpecial Report No. 14, the largest unclas-sified study of UFOs ever done for the USAir Force. The work was done by BattelleMemorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio.Atotal of 3,201 sightings were investigated,evaluated as to quality and categorized.There are 240 tables, charts, graphs andmaps. I am sure it would shock you to learnthat 21.5% of the sightings were listed as“Unknowns,” completely separate fromthe 9.5% listed as “Insufficient Informa-tion.” The better the quality of the report,the more likely it is to be an “Unknown.”A chi-square analysis based on six differ-ent observable characteristics showedthat the probability that the “Unknowns”were just “Knowns” was less than 1%.The duration of observation for the “Un-knowns”waslongerthanforthe“Knowns.”
17MUFON UFO JournalJanuary 2008Friedman: An Open LetterContinued from page 16Don’t be surprised that you haven’t heardof it. Fewer than 2% of the attendees at mylectures have read it. Of course Dr.Shermerhadn’t either.You claimed that despite all the ama-teur astronomers out observing the sky,none have seen UFOs. Wrong again. Youprovided no basis for this claim either.Have you searched the literature or evenGoogle? Have you surveyed groups ofamateur astronomers? I doubt it. GertHerb conducted a survey of the mem-bership of the Astronomical League andfound that about 23.9% of amateur as-tronomers had observed “an object whichresisted (their) most exhaustive efforts atidentification.” 8.2% had a “high strange-ness sighting” (Astronomical LeagueNewsletter XXVIII No. 4,August 1979).Do you have some reason for believingthat all could have been explained?About15% of the amateur astronomers attend-ing a lecture I gave at Griffith Park ad-mitted they had seen a UFO.You have also claimed, again falsely,that security cameras, despite their pres-ence all over, have never observed a UFO.Again no source is given. Did you actu-ally contact security organizations or haveyour people review a lot of film? If oneputs [security camera UFOs] into Google,one gets a huge number of hits. Admit-tedly, some of these hits refer to securitycameras which were made in a UFO-likeshape. On just the first page, however, 7of the 10 items listed dealt with observa-tions of UFOs by security cameras. Sincethese are not normally used for such apurpose, it seems highly likely that thatmany more were recorded but not noted.Having worked as a nuclear physi-cist for 14 years on a wide variety of clas-sified advanced nuclear and space sys-tems at major companies, I was dumb-founded by your claim that if evidencefor aliens had been discovered, it wouldhave been splashed all over the media.How naïve can you get? I obviously haveno information indicating that you haveworked under security or have visited anyof the 20 document archives I have visited.However, it doesn’t take much effort to findmany instances of huge very important sci-entific programs conducted out of publicview. The operation of the first self-sus-taining nuclear chain reaction by EnricoFermi and colleagues at the University ofChicago on December 2, 1942, was con-ducted in secret, despite its being ofearthshaking importance. There were12,000 people at Bletchley Park in Englandduring World War 2 intercepting secretGerman military communications and—having broken the codes—deciphering,translating and distributing the materialvery carefully to those with an appropriateneed-to-know. This was of great help inwinning the worst war in history. Nothingwas made public for 25 years. The NavalResearch Laboratory developed and finallysuccessfully launched a number of Coronaspy satellites. The first one in 1960 ob-tained more information about Soviet mili-tary installations than all the secret U-2flights that had preceded it. However, thefirst public discussion was in 1995. Thehuge Super Secret National Reconnais-sance Office, whose very existence wasclassified for many years, launched sevenvery expensive Poppy Satellites between1962 and 1971.The task was to monitorSoviet ships at sea. The first public dis-cussion was in 2005. In November of2007 the New York Times and US Newsand World Report reported on the can-cellation of NRO’s “Future Imagery Ar-chitecture” contract with Boeing, cost-ing an estimated $18.billion dollars. Therewas no previous public discussion. Thedevelopment of the stealth fighter took10 years and $10 Billion and was done insecret.Now you and Dr. Shermer might say“but these were all military programs.” Isuspect, judging by the SETI and Skepti-cal literature, that you have not even con-sidered the national security aspects ofthe flying saucer enigma. Surely you canunderstand that the first country to du-plicate the flight capability of flying sau-cers, which can obviously fly circlesaround anything we Earthlings have fly-ing, would rule the world. They wouldmake great weapons delivery and defensesystems. Furthermore, each country wouldwant to keep other countries from learningwhat they have learned about the technol-ogy from sophisticated instruments moni-toring UFO flight characteristics from in-terceptor platforms and spy satellites, andfrom examination of wreckage recoverednear Roswell in 1947 (or elsewhere). Trymy book Crash at Corona: The DefinitiveStudy of the Roswell Incident. Each coun-try would also want to determine what theintelligence and scientific communities ofother countries have learned. One of themany serious implications of an announce-ment of flying saucer reality is that manypeople might want to think of themselvesas Earthlings rather than keeping the oldnationalistic labels. No government wantsthat.You might ponder the implications oforders issued to military pilots in 1952 to“shoot down UFOs if they don’t land wheninstructed to do so.” (See the new bookShoot Them Down by Frank Feschino Jun-ior). I wrote the foreword and epilog.I realize I have made some strongcomments above. But claims from aprominent government scientist deservemuch more investigation than you haveput forth. Dr. Shermer has arranged anumber of debates at Beckman Audito-rium at Cal Tech. I would be happy totake either or both of you on in a formalpublic debate with a moderator, etc. I amsure I can find another scientist who hasstudied the evidence to be on my side ofthe question, “Are Flying Saucers Real?”I would also be willing to speak at NASAAmes on an expenses-only basis. Feel freeto make a profit by charging admission.There is plenty of information about meand flying saucers at my websitewww.stantonfriedman.com .I can providecomments from satisfied customers.Most cordially and looking forward toyour reply,Stanton T. Friedmancc Michael Shermer
January 200818 MUFON UFO JournalFiler’s FilesFiler’s FilesFiler’s FilesFiler’s FilesFiler’s FilesBy George FilerDirector, MUFON Eastern RegionNote: These reports are presented inorder to keep readers informed of some ofthe vast number of sightings beingreported. Hoewever, these cases have notbeen officially investigated, unless noted.Continued on page 19Best UFO Photo of 2007REDONDO BEACH, CA—OnMarch 31, 2007, the witness first sentthe photo and provided the followingone liner: “Saw silver object hoveringover pier.” The witness later stated,“The photo was taken on the dockbeside the Redondo Beach Pier at 150W. Torrance Boulevard. It was movingnorth to south at a high rate of speed(similar to jet speed). The object thenstopped and hovered for five seconds.”It was during this time that the witnesstook the photo. About two seconds laterthe object sped to the south and thewitness lost sight of it. The cameraused was a Kodak Easyshare DX7440 4megapixel model.Investigator’s Notes: This photo isone of the best photos that I have seenof a classic silver flying disk. Not onlydoes the photo show a flying saucer,but the flight characteristics describedby the witness defy conventional aerialmotion because the object was movingrapidly, stopped, hovered, and then spedoff. Thanks to Bill Puckett UFOSNorthwest http://ufosnw.comStrange Tracks on MarsJohn Schuessler writes, these areinteresting tracks on Mars located at59.7N, 325.7E. NASA explains these aredust devil tracks in along Nia Vallis intheArgyre Basin. Image by NASA/JPL/MOLATexas blue ball flashesTennessee sound in sky is terrifyingCHATTANOOGA, TN—We heard anunimaginable noise above our car on theinterstate. December 26, 2007, on 7:30PM, the car shook. We saw lights in arow that moved at a high rate of speedin sharp turns and went straight into theair. It happened too fast to get a picture.Investigator’s Notes: Did the wit-nesses experience a low flying jet overthe freeway? This is not likely anaircraft they are not supposed to flyover 250 knots below 10,000 feet overpopulated areas. Thanks to Bill PuckettUFOS Northwest http://ufosnw.comARLINGTON – On December 29,2007, I was at Six Flags over Texasassisting a man with his camera andnoticed a white flash like a cameraflash. We looked up and saw the blueball with a green glow around it with awhite tail. It was moving across the skyfrom the southeast around Duncanvilleandmovednorthof me andwrappedaround to thewest towardFort Worth. Iwas lookingnorth and itpretty muchmoved east towest.The ball wasabout the size of a marble in the sky andseemed to be as high as an airplane. Ittook about 5 or 10 seconds to go acrossthe sky. I didn’t see where it finishedbecause there was a roller coaster rideblocking our view. The tail was about 5times the length of the ball. It did notmake a sound. The guy next to me sawit and said “you don’t see those every-day. That was pretty awesome.” He saidit looked like a big green comet. Imentioned that I saw a blue comet andhe said that he saw it too except itlooked more green to him. Thanks toMUFON CMSGeorge FilerCanada sightingsNORTH TRYON—When TonyQuigley and his wife Marie, just east ofthe Confederation Bridge, saw a darkspiral in the sky they went for the videocamera. “When we first saw it, it wasgoing so slow. We said, is it a meteorite,or what the heck is it? So when we didstart to tape, it was above the cloud andthat’s the part we missed,” said Marie.Environment Canada and the Transpor-tation Safety Board of Canada cannotexplain just what it was a PEI couplefilmed in the Island skies on Wednesdayevening. Thanks to Brian Vike, Directorof HBCC UFO Research, http://www.hbccufo.org
19MUFON UFO JournalJanuary 2008Filer’s FilesContinued from page 18UFO over Mexico shot December 2007PRINCEEDWARDISLAND—ChrisRutkowski wrote, I spoke with thewitness of the UFO case. On December26, 2007, at about 5:30 PM, he and hiswife saw a dark object spiraling towardthe ground near the horizon. Theygrabbed their video camera and beganfilming, and what was caught on film isremarkable.A blackish object giving off“smoke” was seen, which the witnesseslikened to a “plane in trouble.”The actual object was difficult to see,but the witness thought it was shapedlike a ball. It was descending at ashallow angle in a corkscrew motion,moving west, away from the witnesses.Eventually, a long, black contrail wasformed. The witnesses lost sight of theactual object, and it did not seem toactually reach the ground before itbecame too dark to observe it, lastingmore than half an hour in total. The linkto the video is at:http://www.journalpioneer.com/index.cfm?main=broadcast&bcid=751UFOs in Mexico City during recentblackoutAna Luisa Cid reports, On December11, 2007, dozens of districts in theMexi-an capital and some municipalitiesin the state of Mexico were affected bya 25-minute blackout caused simulta-neous explosions in three electric powerstations. The Ministry of Civil Protec-tion said causes of the explosions areunknown. They took place at the sub-stations of the Nonoalco and Tlatelolcoplants, as well as the one located inEcatepec.The incident was reported at 23:30hours. People living near the TlatelolcoUnit stated that they heard loud explo-sions within the plant shortly before theblackout, which in turn caused severalflashes. A terrorist attack against thefacilities of the Luz y Fuerza companyhas been officially discarded.I had a personal sighting at 11:30 PM,in the company of my family as I drovealongAvenida de los Cien Metros in theGustavoA. Madero district.An objectmade up of two shining lights, one sphereabove and another below, both of themvery large and shiny, traveling at relativelylow altitude. The object remained static. Itwas, however, difficult to capture it onvideo due to the motion of the car and theimpossibility of pulling over on anexpressway.It should be noted that this is not thefirst time that the UFO phenomenon islinked to blackouts in Mexico. Re-nowned researcher Pedro Ferriz statesthat then-president Luis Echeverria toldhim that he and his wife were witnessesto a sighting during the blackouts inCuernavaca, Morelos, on September 23,1965. Translation (c) 2007. S. Corrales,IHU. Special thanks to Ana Luisa Cid)Poland: Round objects over PowerPlantBELCHATOW—On August 14, 2007,a witness from Czestochowa was ableto observe two round whitish objectsthat were constantly appearing andreappearing for about 3 minutes over apower plant in Belchatow—Europe’slargest thermal power plant located inCentral Poland. The witness states, “Isaw two enormous round objectsbetween chimneys of the power plant. Isaw them with my naked eye. They werethe approximate size of ping-pong balls.”The witness quickly grasped his digitalcamera (Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5) andtook photos of some of the elusiveobjects. “After grasping the camera andapplying zoom I noticed that thoseobjects had whitish surface,” the witnesssaid. “Then I began to photograph themtrying to catch a glimpse of them at thesame time. I’d like to emphasize that theobjects were disappearing at regularintervals (about 20 sec.) and then reap-pearing. Their movement was steady andfirm. Finally, only one of those objectsremained visible for the next 15 sec. Thenboth objects were no longer visible anddisappeared in plain sight in the clear sky.UFOs keeps appearing over manufac-turers and power plants all over Poland.Thanks to Piotr Cielebiaœ a UFO investi-gator and writer. He lives in Poland andreports on sightings in and around Polandand area. He is part of the NPN: http://www.npn.ehost.pl/ and the NOLtheEastern European UFO Journal http://nol-polishufojournal. blogspot.com/Filer’s Files is copyrighted 2007 byGeorge A. Filer, all rights reserved. Thesereports and comments are not necessarilythe OFFICIAL MUFON viewpoint. Sendyour letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.Sending mail automatically grants permis-sion for us to publish and use your name.Please state if you wish to keep your nameor e-mail confidential.www.nationalufocenter.comRound objects over Poland power plant
January 200820 MUFON UFO JournalContinued from page 11mystery might hold clues concerningthe method of propulsion and suspen-sion, which Hill, after considering theflight characteristics of many UFOs,attributed to an acceleration field. Klassinterpreted the Missouri UFOs asmeteors, passing east to west fromBloomington, Illinois, to Glenwood,Iowa; a photograph of these was evenshowcased on the jacket cover of his1975 book. Interestingly, if the size ofthe plasma can be taken as an indicationof relative size, the leading “meteor”was larger than the trailing “meteor,”which is similar to the Ottawa case, inwhich the leading object was observedto be about twice the size of the smallerobject.I believe that the Missouri case canbe reinterpreted as follows. Tworelatively large craft entered the atmo-sphere from Bloomington to Glenwoodfrom which smaller scout craftseparated or emerged. These smallercraft could explain the UFO reportsnorth and south of the flight path of thetwo large UFOs. Perhaps the UFO seenby the pilot and his friend at CedarRapids, Iowa, 128 km (80 miles) northof the main flight path, and estimated ata height of 305 m (1000 feet), was oneof these small scout crafts. In thisregard Harkrader, who took the photosof the two “meteors,” reported “seeingadditional flaming fragments break offand go into trail behind the fireball”(Klass). As in Ottawa a few hours later,perhaps these UFOs were attracted tothe airport. Unfortunately, the FAAreport based on the accounts of the twowitnesses is so vague that it is notpossible to discriminate between UFOsdirectly above the airport and the mainfireball over a hundred km away. In thisregard, a typical fireball becomes visibleat an altitude of about 130 km aboveEarth (Butler), suggesting that thefireball in Iowa would have been visiblehigh above the horizon in Cedar Rapids.However, the Uba, Brazil UFO, whichwas observed circling a car earlier thesame day, was obviously relatively smalland definitely not a meteor. Similarly, thefour objects seen by the crew of thecommercial and military planes about125 miles south of the main flight pathwere relatively small. Klass, whofavored a “meteor” interpretation,suggested that the objects seen on theradarscope in the St. Louis tower werethe two planes following flight 112.However, it seems just as likely that theSt. Louis radar operator was referring tooncoming traffic.Conclusions: The combinedevidence suggests unusual UFO activityon June 5, 1969. The UFOs did notappear to be natural phenomena such asmeteors or man-made objects such asweather balloons. The large ellipsoidaland much smaller craft, which wereobserved on this day by numerouswitnesses in North and South Americahad characteristics which suggest thatthey were not manufactured using theEarth-based technologies of the late1960s. The evidence suggests thatcivilizations much more advanced thanours exist in the Universe and that theyhave perfected advanced high speedinterplanetary transportationtechnologies.AcknowledgementsI thank the staff of the Library andArchives, Canada for their help accessingthe microfilm. In addition, I am grateful tothe personnel of the Ottawa Library andthe Ottawa Archives for retrievingmicrofilm of Ottawa newspapers. I thankJohn Morris, Director of Communicationsof Navcanada for making inquiriesconcerning old radar and paper records.Finally I appreciate the help of DaveMitchell of CFRA radio for informing methat their news transcripts were rarelyarchived.ReferencesBondarchuk, Y. (1979). UFO sightings,landings and abductions: Thedocumented evidence. Methuen,Toronto.Butler, J. (2007). Meteors and Meteorites.Retrieved April 4, 2007, from NaturalResources, Government ofNewfoundland and Labrador – CanadaWeb site: http://www.nr.gov.nl.ca/mines&en/geosurvey/education/meteors.stmFox, B. (1969, June 6). Downtown in darkafter blast. The Ottawa Citizen, p. 13.Haines, R.F. (2000). Aviation safety inAmerica – A previously neglectedfactor. National Aviation ReportingCenter on Anomalous Phenomena(NARCAP), Report 01-2000, case 65, p.62. Note: The entirety of this report isavailable on the internet.Hill, P. (1995). Unconventional flyingobjects: a scientific analysis. HamptonRoads, Charlottesville, VA. ISBN 1-57174-027-9.Klass, P.J. 1975. UFOs Explained. RandomHouse, Inc., New York. ISBN 0-394-49215-3.Library and Archives Canada. (2000).Unidentified Flying Objects.Unpublished thematic guide. Revised inSeptember 2000. Retrievable from theLibrary and Archives website as follows:Home>Our Services>ArchiviaNet>Thematic Guides>Unpublished Guides.My copy downloaded July18, 2005 fromhttp://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/02012002/0201200210_e.html(3 pages).Meere, P. (1969, June 6). MPs in the dark:Parliament Hill power cut off. TheOttawa Journal, p. 3.NRC File N69-128. (1969). In: HerzbergInstitute of Astrophysics. PlanetarySciences Section. National ResearchCouncil of Canada RG 77, Vol. 306,File N69/128, 1 page. On MicrofilmReel T-1741 at the National Archives ofCanada, Ottawa, Canada.RCMP (1969, June 5). Royal CanadianMounted Police Report 69-400-18“Unidentified Flying Object SightingFrom Parliament Hill, 5 June 69 (1page). In: Herzberg Institute ofAstrophysics. Planetary SciencesSection. National Research Council ofCanada RG 77, Vol. 306, File N69/104,1 page. On Microfilm Reel T-1741 at theNational Archives of Canada, Ottawa,Canada.UFOCAT (2005). UFOCAT.com – On ThisDay – June 5. Retrieved Aug. 10, 2005from www.ufocat.com/on_this_day/June05.html. Larry Hatch, citing theBrazilian O Dia newspaper.Franz W. Nentwich received B.Sc.(Hon.), M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees, all inGeology. In addition, he obtained a B.Ed.degree and is currently teaching grades6-9 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.June 5, 1969
21MUFON UFO JournalJanuary 2008Field Investigator’s Corner: CMS RankingsMUFONField Investigators ManualThe official Mutual UFO Networkguidelines for in-depthUFO investigationPrice includes shipping and handling:Member U.S. or Canada: $28.50Non-Member U.S. or Canada $38.50Member Foreign: $49.50Non-Member Foreign: $59.50Orderonlineat: www.mufon.com/invmanual.htmRank State Director Weighted Assigned CompletedRank (50/50)By Chuck ReeverMUFON Director of InvestigationsHere is December’s CMS RankingReport for all State Directors. Con-gratulations to Cheryl Ann Gilmore(South Carolina), Jim King (Iowa),Steven Purcell (Tennessee), forbeing 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively inthe month of December. The top 10State Directors are highlighted.The report is based on our twomeasures of UFO Investigationeffectiveness: assigning reports within72 hours of receipt, and completing allinvestigations within 90 days of beingassigned.The “Assigned” column is a six-month running average of the numberof cases assigned within 72 hoursdivided by the total number of casesreceived in that six month period. The“Completed” column is the number ofcases completed beginning sixty-two(62) days back and going back sixmonths from there (for a total of eightmonths back) divided by the totalnumber of cases reported in the sameperiod. The “Weighted Rank” is justthe average of the two columnsexpressed as a percent.State Directors can improve theirscores by being sure to assign allcases within 72 hours, and to follow upwith their Field Investigators to ensureall reports are completed within 90days. To be considered complete, areport must have been investigatedand placed in one of the three com-pleted status codes (Unknown, Hoaxor IFO) by the State Director.If you have any questions or needhelp with your investigations pleasecontact me at 530-414-4341 or 530-582-8339 or via e-mail email@example.com .1 South Carolina Cheryl Ann Gilmore 100 % 12/12 9/92 Iowa Jim King 100 % 8/8 7/73 Tennessee Steven Purcell 100 % 8/8 13/134 Delaware Ralph P. Flegal 100 % 1/1 1/15 Kansas Tracey C. Smith 100 % 14/14 9/96 New Mexico Donald R. Burleson 100 % 13/13 22/227 Florida Bland Pugh 96 % 48/52 56/568 Wisconsin TG Whiteagle / DJ Watson 94 % 12/12 15/179 Texas Kenneth E. Cherry 94 % 43/47 59/6010 Illinois Samuel Maranto 91 % 43/44 35/4111 Georgia Walter Sheets 90 % 14/15 15/1712 California Georgeanne Cifarelli 90 % 59/62 69/8013 Pennsylvania John Ventre 89 % 28/28 23/2914 Indiana Jerry L. Sievers 85 % 41/45 37/4615 Washington Laurence Childs 85 % 13/17 19/2016 West Virginia John Ventre 83 % 9/10 7/917 New Jersey George A. Filer, III 75 % 11/17 18/2118 Nebraska John C. Kasher 66 % 4/9 8/919 Colorado Leslie H. Varnicle 63 % 44/49 22/5920 Utah Elaine Douglass 53 % 15/18 4/1721 Minnesota Richard D. Moss 52 % 6/19 14/1922 Oregon Thomas Bowden 49 % 23/45 29/6123 North Carolina George E. Lund, III 43 % 6/22 10/1724 New York James G. Bouck, Jr. 41 % 41/52 3/6225 Michigan William J. Konkolesky 38 % 19/51 21/5226 Connecticut Erik Kubik 37 % 5/13 5/1427 Arkansas Norman D. Walker 33 % 4/11 3/1028 Ohio William Edward Jones 33 % 15/31 7/3929 Louisiana Michael D. Sandras 31 % 6/15 2/930 California Ruben J. Uriarte 31 % 17/66 31/8431 Arizona George C. Parks 23 % 27/82 6/4332 Maryland Bruce S. Maccabee 16 % 0/16 6/1833 Nevada Mark Easter 10 % 1/27 4/2234 Wyoming Richard Beckwith 7 % 1/7 0/635 Virginia Susan L. Swiatek 5 % 3/27 0/2336 Alabama Roy E. Patterson, Jr. 5 % 1/9 0/2237 Massachusetts Greg S. Berghorn 5 % 1/17 1/2438 Oklahoma Charles L. Pine 0 % 0/2 0/039 Hawaii Puuloa M. Teves 0 % 0/4 0/540 New Hampshire Peter R. Geremia 0 % 0/4 0/941 Vermont Dan Lavilette 0 % 0/2 0/542 Washington Gerald E. Rolwes 0 % 0/2 0/443 Missouri Bruce A. Widaman 0 % 0/8 0/1244 Idaho Robert Gates 0 % 0/13 0/1245 Kentucky Earle T. Benezet 0 % 0/14 0/16
January 200822 MUFON UFO JournalThe Night SkyContinued from page 2412/21/2012 A PROPHECYBy Pennsylvania / West VirginiaState Director John Ventre“One Possible Future, One AlienPast”Please mail$20.00(incl. shipping)to:John VentrePO Box 247New Stanton,PA 15672Or visit:www.12-21-2012-A-PROPHECY.COMZodiacal light is the result ofsunlight bouncing off dust grains in oursolar system. These grains lie mostly inthe plane of the solar system. Look fora pyramid of light in the evening skysomewhat in appearance to the lightfrom a city or town just over thehorizon.EclipsesAnnular Solar Eclipse (February7th): This annular eclipse will be visiblefrom a wide track that traversesAntarctica and southern regions of thePacific Ocean.A partial eclipse will beseen within the much larger path of theMoon’s penumbral shadow, whichincludes the south-eastern third ofAustralia, all of New Zealand and mostof Antarctica.Total Lunar Eclipse (February21st): The eclipse will be visible over theAmericas, Europe, Africa, and those inwestern Asia will be able to observe thetotal eclipse of the Moon. The totaleclipse should be a spectacular sight,even though quite short-lived; it shouldbe visibly colored by the Earth’satmosphereConjunctions and OccultationsFebruary 1st: Venus 0.6 degreesnorth of Jupiter.PositionAnnouncements:Steve Purcell has resigned his position asthe Tennessee State Director.New State Directors:Kurt Pfleger is the new North DakotaState Director. Richard Lynch is the newRhode Island State Director.NewAssistant State Directors:Steve Reichmuth is the new AssistantState DirectorforCase Management forNorthern California. DeborahAtherton isthe newAssistant State DirectorforWisconsin.Director’s Messagecontinued from page 2MUFON would like to thank GeorgeFawcett for his recent donations of UFOcase files, videos, slides, and other UFOparaphernalia to MUFON’s PandoraProject. Thank you George for leaving alegacy to MUFON.George has investigated over 1,200UFO sighting reports and has read over700 books and 1,000 magazine articles onthe subject since 1944. He has publishedover 100 UFO investigative and researcharticles. In 1975 Fawcett authored thehighly illustrated book, Quarter Century ofUFOs in Florida, North Carolina andTennessee.His illustrated UFO lectures have beenwell received by almost 600 differentcolleges and universities, service clubs,military and scientific organizations,technical and special interest groups in theUnited Stated and overseas.George has been a guest on dozens ofradio and TV shows and also featured inmany books and magazine and newspaperinterviews. George also served as thefounder and chief advisor to the NewEngland UFO Study Group (1957), thePennsylvania and New Jersey Two-StateUFO Study Group (1965), the Florida UFOStudy Group (1968), the Tar Heel UFOStudy Group (1973) and the Mutual UFONetwork of North Carolina, Inc. (1989).Over the years he has been a member orfield investigator for theAerial PhenomenaResearch Organization (APRO) inArizona;the National Investigations Committee onAerial Phenomena (NICAP) inWashing-ton, D.C.; the Scientific Bureau of Investi-gations (SBI) in NewYork; the J.AllenHynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) inIllinois; the Fund for UFO Research, Inc.(FUFOR) in Maryland and the Mutual UFONetwork, Inc. (MUFON) inTexas.Leaving a Legacy...New Field Investigators:Duncan Campbellof Glasgow, Scotland,Doug Krueger ofFayetteville,Arkansas,Steven Schultz of Lakeland, Florida, DeanBowden of Sarasota, Florida, RobertBrading of Centralia, Illinois, DanielFinnegan of West Dundee, Illinois,Kathryn Shoreyof Amherst, NewYork,Dale Reeck ofCheektowaga, NewYork,Isabel BeehlerofLewiston, New York, Dr.Phillip Haseley of Sanborn, NewYork,Robert Galganskiof West Seneca, NewYork, StevenWhite of Rockwood,Tennessee, Joseph Calamia ofEl Paso,Texas, Dr. Greg Pierson of Wylie, Texas,Michael Miller of Parkersburg, WestVirginia, Ray Hawk ofEau Claire,Wisconsin.February 1st: Antares 0.6 degreesnorth of the Moon.February 4th: Jupiter 4 degreesnorth of the Moon.February 4th: Venus 4 degrees northof the Moon.February 16th: Mars 1.6 degreessouth of the MoonFebruary 26th: Mercury 1.3 degreesnorth of Venus.February 29th: Antares 0.6 degreesnorth of the Moon.
23MUFON UFO JournalJanuary 2008UFO MarketplaceAunique,importantstudyAnimal Reactions to UFOsBy JoanWoodward$14.00 in the U.S., $16.00 elsewhereMUFON, 155 E. Boardwalk Drive,Suite 300, Fort Collins, CO 80525World’s Best UFO CasesBy Dwight ConnellyOrder from MUFON Headquarters, the MUFON.comwebsite, or from the author at 14026 Ridgelawn Road,Martinsville, IL 62442. $9.95 plus $2.00 shipping (single ormultiple copies).Visit theMUFON Store online atwww.mufon.comYour source for Books, Videos,CDs, DVDs, Past MUFON Journals,MUFON Symposium Proceedings,Logo Clothing, Cups, and Pins.New Episodes of The Black Vault Radio every TUES-DAY and THURSDAY night! www.blackvault.com2007 Symposium Proceedings and DVDsEvery year since 1971, MUFON has published theproceedings of the annual MUFON International UFOSymposium.The 2007 proceedings are available from MUFONHeadquarters, 155 E. Boardwalk Drive, Suite 300, FortCollins, CO 80525, for $33 postpaid in the U.S. and $42outside of the U.S.DVDs, videos, and audio CDs of each symposiumspeaker are available from: The International UFOConference, 6160 Firestone Blvd., Suite #104-373,Firestone, CO 80505-6427. 303-651-7136. Web store:www.ufocongressstore.com.Heads UPMUFON UFO Journal Ad RatesFrequency 1x 3x 6xBack cover $450 $425 $400Inside back cover $425 $400 $375Full page inside $350 $325 $3001/2 page $250 $225 $2001/4 page $150 $125 $100“Calling card” $55 $50 $45For advertising, contact James Carrion firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-817-2220.A few of the books and reports available:The UFO Crash/Retrievals, Status Reports II and II,by Leonard H. StringfieldUFOs, MJ-12 and the Governmentby Grant Cameron and T. Scott Crain, Jr.The Secret (MJ-12): Evidence That We Are Not Aloneby Dr. Robert M. Wood and Ryan S. WoodDelphos, A Close Encounter of the Second Kindby Ted Phillipsand so much more!Log on Today! www.mufon.com
January 200824 MUFON UFO JournalThe Night SkyThe Night SkyThe Night SkyThe Night SkyThe Night SkyBy GavinA. J. McLeodFebruary 2008 SkyContinued on page 22Moon PhasesNew Moon February 7thFirst Quarter February 14thFull Moon February 21stLast Quarter February 29thBright Planets (Evening Sky)Mars (magnitude -0.6 to 0.0): InTaurus. For northern hemisphereobservers sunset will find Mars shiningbrightly high above the southeasternhorizon, it will shine brightly all nightand set below the west-southwesthorizon about 3 ½ hours before sunrise.For southern hemisphere observerssunset will find Mars low above thenorthern horizon, it will shine brightlyall night and set below the west-southwest horizon about 4 1/2 hoursafter sunset.Bright Planets (Morning Sky)Mercury (magnitude 1.9 to 3.2 to0.6): In Capricornus. For northernhemisphere observers Mercury willbegin the month lost in the glare of theSun but will rise above the east-southeastern horizon as the monthprogresses; at midmonth Mercury willrise above the east-southeast horizonabout 1 hour before the Sun and will befound very low above the southeasthorizon as the Sun rises. For southernhemisphere observers Mercury willbegin the month lost in the glare of theSun but will rise above the east-southeastern horizon as the monthprogresses; at midmonth Mercury willrise above the east-southeast horizonabout 1 hour before the Sun and will befound very low above the east-south-east horizon as the Sun rises.Venus (magnitude -3.8): Movingfrom Sagittarius into Capricornus. Fornorthern hemisphere observers Venuswill rise above the east-southeasthorizon about 1 ½ hours before the Sunand will stand low above the southeasthorizon as the Sun rises. For southernhemisphere observers Venus will riseabove the east-southeast horizon about2 ½ hours before the Sun and will standhigh above the east-southeast horizonas the Sun rises.Jupiter (magnitude -1.9): InSagittarius. For northern hemisphereobservers Jupiter will rise over thesoutheastern horizon about 3 ½ hoursbefore the Sun and will stand highabove the southeastern horizon as theSun rises. For southern hemisphereobservers Jupiter will rise in the east-southeast horizon about 4 hours beforethe Sun and will stand above the east-southeast horizon as the Sun rises.Saturn (magnitude 0.4 to 0.2): InLeo. For northern hemisphere observ-ers Saturn will rise after sunset in theeast-northeast, shine all night and set inthe west-northwest just after sunrise.For southern hemisphere observersSaturn will rise after sunset in the east-northeast, shine all night and set in thewest-southwest just after sunrise.Other Celestial PhenomenaZodiacal Light: Zodiacal light willbe visible in northern latitudes in the Westafter evening twilight beginning Wednes-day February 23rdand lasting two weeks.The phenomenon is only visible from verydark locations.February 28th 2008 before sunrise, looking southeast. The two innermost planetsclose together in the sky is a relatively rare sight.