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3MUFON UFO JournalJuly 2008Continued on page 4By Tom DeuleyEditor’s Note: The data-gathering phase of this studyhas been completed. The data is now being analyzed by Dr.Steven Crunk, Mathematics Department, San Jose StateUniversity. When the analysis is complete, the Journal willpublish a report.The Ambient Monitoring Program (AMP) is a scientificresearch project that MUFON fully supported as a memberof the UFO Research Coalition (URC). The other membersof the coalition are the Center for UFO Studies and the Fundfor UFO Research.AMP originally stood for Abduction Monitoring Project,but after the early days of dealing with equipment and partssuppliers, we changed the name and noticed that we gotbetter service and more serious attention when we used theword Ambient instead of Abduction. Actually, the termAmbient Monitoring is probably more precise, so it wasadopted as the project name.The intention of the project was to place a datacollecting sensor system in the homes of repeat abductionexperiencers. We did this with great success and learnedmany valuable lessons along the way. The experimentallowed us to collect very large amounts of data measure-ments that may or may not correspond to the abductionphenomena.For five years the UFO Research Coalition activelyoperated the project with basically two years devoted toinstrument development and three years devoted to datacollection.In the past—and it may still be heard today—it has beenalleged that attempts at physically monitoring abductees havefailed in one way or another. Often the failures have beenattributed to some outside force which causes the device toeither quit working or to work so badly that no newinformation was ever collected. During the course of thisproject, we attempted to track down some of these allegedsituations, but never found any more than anecdotalinformation about such interference, and no documentationfor such. We did find one report from researcher DavidJacobs about an attempt to use a video camera to monitor anabductee, but the subject reported that just before theabduction was about to occur, he got an overwhelmingdesire to turn the camera off. Here again there was noevidence of an external physical influence.From the beginning, we attempted to build a unit thatwas designed to get around some of these potentialproblems. For example, the device that we developed, whenin use, was “on” all of the time. Even if the subject elected toturn it off, not all functions were turned off and some datacontinued to be collected. In particular, it continued torecord the time by the second, so that we could see when itwas turned off or if it lost power. We could also detect ifsomeone—or something, if you wish—attempted to or didmanage to get into the interior of the device. If that hadoccurred, that particular case would come under very specialscrutiny and would have been handled with special pro-visions and special precautions. This was never necessary.In all of the cases we never saw any signs that wouldsuggest that anyone or anything had attempted to so much astouch the sensor unit. On occasions when it was touchedout of necessity by the subject or someone who lived in thesame house as the subject, we found an explanation in thesubject’s journal, or we sent a message to our installingresearcher to return to the subject to find out what theproblem was, and there was never anything out of theordinary. On one occasion it was the subject’s cats walkingon the unit that caused very unusual signals, and on anotheroccasion the subject had spilt a glass of iced tea that requiredthe monitoring unit to be moved to clean up the mess, afterwhich the monitor had been returned to its original position.HistoryThe AMP project was the 28th proposal that had comebefore the CFM Coalition. The basic idea had been aroundfor a long time, but was now in writing.The CFM was made up of the Center for UFO Studies(CUFOS), the Fund for UFO Research (FUFOR), and theMutual UFO Network (MUFON), the same threeorganizations which later combined to form the URC. (CFMstands for the first letter of each organization.)After an initial loss of funding, the proposal was held forabout one year while the coalition was realigning and whilewe looked for sponsors and donors for this and otherprojects. All the while the initial project idea—which wassomewhat simpler than what I describe in this article—wasbeing perfected into a larger and more formal scientificproposal.The proposal was given to the Fund for UFO Research,a member of both the old and new coalitions, with theintention that they in turn offer the idea to some prospectivedonors who might be interested in this project.Over time the Fund’s efforts led to sufficient funding forthe work. Meanwhile, the CFM Coalition had become theUFO Research Coalition (URC).With a good prospect for a sponsor, the URC continuedto fine-tune the proposal. After several rounds of changesand negotiation with the prospective funding organization,the proposal for the Ambient Monitoring Project wasaccepted.The Ambient Monitoring Project:Data Collected in Abductee’s Homes being Analyzed
July 20084 MUFON UFO JournalFrom the initial presentation of the idea to the sponsor, tothe beginning of the first work was nearly three years.Finding a project and someone willing to support the work isnot as easy as it may seem.Design of the sensor unitThe project got underway when I quit my engineeringjob in May of 1998. I picked up the full responsibility ofgetting the AMP project underway and carrying it through tocompletion.Because of the long lead times necessary to design andbuild the custom electronics, the first order of business wasto find someone capable of the work. We had developedspecifications for the shape of the sensor unit and thenumber and kind of sensors we wanted in it, so soon afterthe start up, a contract was given to a small research lab fordeveloping the electronics to our specifications and forbuilding the first prototype. To our surprise it was onlyweeks until we were shown the size and shape of theelectronics package that had been developed, and arecommended container. We approved both and told thecontractor to proceed with the building of the first trial unit,shown in Figure 1. The same lab eventually built fourprototypes for us, and later supplied the electronics for all ofthe final units, which I designed and built. The lab remained aconsultant throughout the run of the experiment.The electronics package consisted of a customelectronics board for the ambient sensors, a special powersupply and a separate power supply to keep the batteriescharged. The electronics board had a sensor which measuredthe amount of light in the room, and a sensor for sound level,which only measured the instantaneous volume and did notrecord any voice.The device included an array of electromagnetic sensorsand a basic weather station inside (that peeked out throughthe back of the unit) which measured temperature, humidityand barometric pressure.Once the sensor unit was properly placed in the home ofa subject it took a measurement of data every second, 24hours per day, and recorded this internally. The data was thendownloaded daily for storage on my local computer. I couldalso monitor the data real time.The electronics board fed its measurements to apurchased item known as a data logger, a device that isspecifically designed to collect electronic signal data. Somedata loggers simply graph, in real time, the information putinto them by sensors. Some data loggers store the sensorinformation in its memory for later extraction and use. Ourparticular data logger was of the second type. It could beaccessed through telephone lines and a modem, so that wecould call it up and download the data on a periodic basis. WeFigure 1. The URC AMP Project’s first prototype, shownopen. Batteries, power supply, and data logger are under theelectronics board.could also call in and watch the data accumulate in a real timemode and make adjustments to parameters and reading times.An auxiliary memory module built into the packageallowed us to collect more information than the data loggeralone could hold. Power was supplied from the subject’shousehold power but was backed up by a battery system inthe sensor unit. It could operate in the passive battery modefor over 24 hours in case of a power failure.After a couple of months and several meetings with labpersonnel, the first prototype unit was delivered. The firstunit was built into a women’s make up travel case which hadbeen hollowed out and had a small window in the back forreading the light, plus a small box mounted on the back forbringing in power and the data line.A photo of the first unit is shown above in Figure 1. Thisunit weighed nearly 23 pounds. Most of the weight was a gelcell lead acid battery that supplied the backup power.Testing and redesignThis first unit was tested for several months in terms ofcalibration methods, sensitivities, ruggedness, and EMI/EMC(Electromagnetic Interference and ElectromagneticCompatibility) considerations.A great deal was learned fromthis testing but only a few changes were required when webuilt the second prototype.This first prototype unit was used for the first live testwith real subjects, in order to iron out the “in briefing”process, data collection methodology, “out briefing” processand for testing the various documents used in the study. Thedocumentation package for one case consisted of 30 pages.AMP ProjectContinued from page 3
5MUFON UFO JournalJuly 2008The first test case ran for three months with theelectronics unit never failing and holding up through onepower failure. As a result of the first test, several changeswere made in the documentation.This first unit did have some minor problems. It did notdissipate heat well enough and caused the temperature to readhigher than it actually was, due to a lack of ventilation. Thesecond problem was with the case, in that it was too heavy,and very expensive. The case alone cost $300. Lighter, lessexpensive cases, of a similar sort, were not found to besubstantial enough for the weight it had to carry. While thefirst box was being used in the live testing, ideas for a betterventilated design were considered.A second design, using an identical electronics package,was agreed upon and was built into a medium size boom box.This design was used to gain the openness necessary to havesufficient air flow to keep the electronics cool. In thisrespect it worked very well.This boom box model was used for two more prototypetests with subjects in their homes. This design also hadproblems, primarily with internal breakage during shipping,beginning with the first shipment. The combination of theweight of the batteries and the weakness created byhollowing out the boom box left the unit too weak to handlethe jolting of being shipped.The makeup case design just did not seem to besomething that would be out in a room all of the time, whilethe boom box did fit in some rooms. A compromise designwas needed for these and other reasons.During the four or so months of live testing with thesecond prototype, I completed a final design which wasadopted by the URC Board. The idea was to build the sensorsinto a fine finished wooden box of substantial strength, yetwith sufficient ventilation to prevent heat buildup. Like themakeup case, having custom boxes made was going to bevery expensive. I shopped everywhere and had found severalpossibilities. The one wooden box I had found that seemed tofit the needs best cost a little over $80, while there werelesser candidates for comparably less money. Coincidentally Ifound the same $80 box at Sam’s Club for only $40.00. Onewas immediately purchased and was determined to fulfill allthe requirements, so I bought more boxes which wereconfigured and used for the actual test units. This finaldesign was engineered from the beginning to meet the needsof appearance, heat dissipation and strength for shipping.This model, of which I built six, was used to complete13 full data collections of 4 months or more. Data collectionended in June of 2003.This wooden-box model was shipped in standard airlineapproved shipping containers which had proven far morerugged than the best cardboard box. In 16 round tripshipments we did not have any breakage.Case installation and data collectionWe began each new study case by finding a prominentwell-known researcher who could identify a willing subject.So we went looking for researchers, and not subjects per se.We arranged with the researcher to have an extra telephoneline put into the subject’s home, if that was necessary. Theresearcher also arranged for a psychological evaluation of thesubject. This was done for both the subject’s protection andour protection. Lastly, we sent a predated journal for thesubject to use for each day the sensor unit would be in theirhome. The researcher would also run a set of tests in thehome to help establish normal background readings and usualnoise levels. Finally, the researcher made a drawing of theroom where the unit was located showing exactly where theunit was placed. Often photos were taken of the units inplace.Since the unit was extremely sensitive, the researcher putmarks on the surface where the unit was sitting so that if itever had to be moved it could be put back exactly in thesame spot.Figure 2. Prototype 2.Picture 3. Final design of the sensor unit.Continued on page 6
July 20086 MUFON UFO JournalThe electronic data was automatically collected each dayfrom each unit, by a collections computer in my office in SanAntonio, Texas. The computer was programmed such that ata specific time each day it called out through the modem toeach one of the units that were in the field. Each collectiontook approximately one hour. The long distance bill was quitehigh.Each day’s data from each unit consisted of about 1500or more 8 1/2 X 11 pages. All of the pages looked prettymuch the same without close inspection. See Figure 4 for asample of the data.The units generated a little over 6 megabits of data perday per unit. If we had printed it out it would have been threereams of paper for each file each day, over a case and onehalf of paper every two days. Needless to say, I didn’t printout the data, nor did I need to. Electronic storage made muchmore sense.After each collection I converted the data into a graphicfile and then I reviewed the graph for the entire day for eachcase looking for technical problems with the data and grossanomalies that may show unusual activity. After the review,both files—the data file and graphic file—were backed up toa read/write CD. A CD holds about 55 days worth of data.See Figure 6 for a typical graphical presentation of thedata. The data graphical program was capable of showing24 hours’worth of data, however, if necessary only oneminute could be looked at or if need be, only two seconds ata time to see exactly when a sudden event occurred.During the entire study, the subjects in their homes kepta daily journal of their abduction experiences, if any shouldoccur. Figure 5 shows a sample of the top of the journalpage. The bottom of the page was fully lined for writingabout the experience.Each day the subject marked No, Yes or Maybe at thetop of the page. If No, nothing more was required. A Maybeor a Yes required some additional comment. Extra pages weresupplied at the end of the journal for continuing a long entry,if necessary.At the end of the case the remote researcher removed theunit, debriefed the subject and obtained the journal. Theresearcher would then send me the sensor unit and wouldsend the journal to Dr. Mark Rodeghier at CUFOS. In turn, Icreated a permanent set of read only CDs and sent all of theelectronic data to Dr. Rodeghier.When all of the data had been collected for all of thecases, the data and the journals were to be compared byother third party researchers and a final report for the projectwritten. The data is being analyzed now by Dr. Steve Crunk,of the Department of Mathematics at San Jose StateUniversity.The final results from the report will be published, and ifsignificant will likely be the subject of a paper to be deliveredat some future MUFON Symposium.Questions and answersTo answer some of the anticipated questions about theproject:.Q1). Could the aliens, if there are aliens involved, detect thebox?We were careful to engineerthe box in such a way that itwould be completely passive. Itdoes not make any noise,electronic or otherwise, and itdoes not send out any form ofsignal except during datacollection or when real timemonitoring is occurring. Itwould, however, be detectablewith most any unsophisticated“bug” detector. This would beparticularly true during the time55,21,2354,40.37,292.7,337.1,.114,15.5,1.012,20.08,1.748,72.8,75.2,36.16,30.5555,21,2354,40.37,292.7,337.4,.114,15.5,1.003,20.08,1.748,72.8,75.1,36.03,30.5555,21,2354,39.7,293.4,338.1,.047,15.5,1.048,20.08,1.748,72.8,75,35.79,30.5555,21,2354,40.37,293.4,338.1,.08,15.5,1.036,20.08,1.748,72.8,75.1,35.86,30.5555,21,2354,40.03,294.7,337.8,.08,15.5,1.003,20.08,1.748,72.8,75.1,36.13,30.5555,21,2354,40.37,295.4,337.8,.147,15.5,1.036,20.08,1.748,72.8,75,36,30.5555,21,2354,39.7,294.7,337.1,.08,15.5,1.023,20.08,1.748,72.9,75.1,36,30.5555,21,2354,39.7,294.4,340.8,.08,15.5,1.036,20.08,1.748,72.8,75.1,35.79,30.5555,21,2354,39.7,295.4,340.1,.047,15.5,1.027,20.08,1.748,72.8,75.1,35.86,30.5555,21,2354,39.7,295.4,339.4,.013,15.5,1.03,20.08,1.748,72.8,75,36.06,30.56Figure 4. Sample of data. 1500 pages per dayToday’s Date 8 June 2001 FridayDo you think an experience occurred within the pasttwenty-four hours?No ____ Yes ____ Maybe ____Please write about your thoughts and feelings today.You can write about experiences you may have hador anything else you think is important. If you needadditional pages use the first available blank page afterthe dated pages, referencing its page number, filling inthe date.Figure 5. A sample page from the journal that we providedto the subjects.AMP ProjectContinued from page 5
7MUFON UFO JournalJuly 2008the box was sending us data. But that only occurred one hourper day and when no one was home. Also an electronic clockwhich runs in the unit at all times has an extremely low signalthat could be detected by a more sophisticated detector.Q2). If the box is detectable, can it be fooled?Yes, but we don’t know how it could be “frozen”without us knowing it. It would probably quit workingaltogether if it was “frozen.” Also the data collection involveda very specific number of data bits and if it was completelyturned off for some period of time the clock would bewrong, with a gap in the time, and the number of data pointswould be short. If this occurred, this would be exciting, as itwould tell us more than we know now and would call for anew approach. If they could turn off the unit and leave theclock running, we would then have a clock signal but all ofthe data would be gone—again a very telling situation thatwould be important.Q3). Can the unit be turned off if the subject feels the needfor complete privacy?Yes. There is a switch on the back of the unit that allowsfor privacy, but the subject was told that if it was turned offtoo often or for long periods of time they would be voidingthe experiment and we would probably stop the test.A word about our scientific approach—a good scientifictest is conducted in a double blind fashion. In this study, thatwould mean that one subject would be tested with a real testunit, and one would be tested with a false test unit. In thisabduction study, this would require a false test unit in thehome of a close neighbor with a very similar family and workrelationship profile. We concluded that this would make itnearly impossible to conduct the study.We instead opted for a separation of duties. As the datacollector, I was to never know the name or address of thesubjects. I was to only know the name of the researcher fora given case. All of my correspondence was through a thirdparty. Likewise the subject never knew my identity. Neitherdid I ever have access to the subject’s journal, so it wouldhave been impossible for me to make changes to the data tomatch something the subject had reported. Lastly, asmentioned above, after all of the data had been collected, athird researcher who had nothing to do with the collection ofeither the Journal or the data would compare the data and theJournal and write the case report.Figure 6. 24 hours of data in a single presentation.Continued on page 15
July 20088 MUFON UFO JournalBy Robert PowellThe MUFON History Team’s firstarchival research project involved theRoy Craig files located at the CushingLibrary at Texas A&M University inCollege Station, Texas. Roy Craig wasthe right hand man for Edward Condonin the development of the CondonReport. This report was commissionedby the Air Force and concluded with arecommendation in 1969 that the AirForce make no further efforts inunderstanding the nature of UFOs.MUFON would like to thank Hal Hall,the curator at Cushing Library, and therest of the Cushing Library staff, fortheir help and support in the study ofRoy Craig’s archived documents. Thestaff was very helpful in explaininglibrary archival retrieval procedures tous as well.Robert Powell, MUFON’s Directorof Research, and Dr. Michael Swords,a UFO historian, made the trip to TexasA&M. Robert and Mike are twomembers of the MUFON History Teamthat was formed in November of 2007.Mike was chosen to go because he hasstudied the Condon Report in detail andhas written several articles regarding it.One of Mike’s articles regardingproblems inherent with the CondonReport was among the documents thatRoy Craig had kept! Robert lives withina hundred miles of the archives, so itwas very convenient for him to partici-pate.Robert and Mike researched whatwas available in the library’s archivesusing the internet prior to making thetrip. This prepared them for the amountof time that would be needed to thor-oughly research the files. They alsocalled the library to ensure that theyknew the library’s procedures and whatcould and could not be brought into thearchives. They brought with them alaptop computer, a scanner, and aCanon EOS digital camera. Theseaccessories are important items to havewhen doing research at a universityHistory Team Researchs Roy Craig ArchivesReviews over 1200 pages at Texas A&M Universityarchival library, unless you want topay 25 cents for every page copied.Mike traveled by plane fromKalamazoo, Michigan, toAustin,Texas. From there, he and Robertmade the two-hour drive to TexasA&M. Once there, they spent theentirety of the next two days re-searching the Roy Craig files.So what did they find? Thenumber of archived documents wasquite large and consisted of eight file-size boxes filled with folders. Two fulldays were spent going through everyfile in all eight boxes. 1200 pages ofmaterial were photographed. (Thatwould have cost $300 if the libraryhad done the copying for them!) Theywon’t know exactly the value of whatthey have until they go through all ofthe copied material, which will take awhile. Some of what was copiedincluded:1. A lot of information on theUbatuba magnesium sample from theBrazilian UFO sighting, including thedetailed chemical analysis of thesample.2. Craig’s field investigation notes ofsome of the sightings detailed in theCondon Report.3. Craig’s first draft for the CondonReport which will be reviewed forany discrepancies against the finalreport.4. A chronology of the Condon projectevents.5. Several case reports.6. Correspondence with Ray Fowler,the Lorenzens, Hartmann, andEdward Condon.7. Bob Low materials.8. Information on the Canadiangovernment and UFOs.9. Reel to reel audio tapes of interviewsrelated to the Edwards AFB UFO,sighting at Moses Lake, Washington,sighting at Milledgeville, Georgia, andseveral other tapes. These will needto be converted by the library toDVD format.Although this will not be knownuntil all of the documents have beenreviewed, it is believed that the materi-als from the collection could illuminateCondon Project behaviors vis-a-vis fieldinvestigations, add bits of informationpreviously unavailable to some cases,and add to the chronology of projectevents and evolution.The information from the RoyCraig files was digitally photographedand an electronic copy will be madewhich will be available in the PandoraProject files. A lengthier report will becompleted once all of the documentsare evaluated.The History Team plans on makingadditional trips to unearth archiveddocuments. All of this will be useful indocumenting the history of the UFOphenomenon.Roy Craig
July 200810 MUFON UFO Journalto the event, and [after] even up until 2002, I believe,was the latest reported activity.”Q. What ever happened to Chief Russell Greenwell? Did theincident affect his career or personal life?A. “I don’t know if it affected his personal life, or career, buthe stuck by the Sutton family because… I think, of hisown UFO experience in 1952.”Q. In your book, you mention three possible corroboratingwitnesses that saw the falling object as it traveled towardKelly. You listed them as a “state police officer,” a“military investigator” out of Ft. Campbell, and …anearby “farmer.” These people allegedly saw theobject(s) but…never reported it. Do you know them byname, and if so…how did you come to know they hadactually witnessed the “falling object?”A. My book research brought out this information. Thisparticular information was located in the late IsabelDavis’ initial investigation.Q. In your book, you mention that your father, Elmer Sutton,and his friend, Billy Ray Taylor, left the family farm thefollowing morning. Billy allegedly went hunting with afriend, while your father and other family memberstraveled to Evansville to take or pick up some oldfurniture. I’m sure investigators (like myself), can’t helpbut wonder why…these men would leave their wives andchildren behind to face the onslaught of police, militaryinvestigators and the public the following day after sucha traumatic incident. Could you explain?A. “My father, like all people of this area and at that time,was a serious hard-working individual. They basicallywent about their lives to get the job done. I’m sure it washard on them, but they were the type that no matter whathappened a day or two before, they would continue to goabout their lives trying to make a living. I think peopleaccepted things better in those days.”Q. Has there ever been any indication that your Father andBilly Ray were taken to Ft. Campbell on the followingday for a special interview or de-briefing procedures?A. “No, I don’t believe so. If, that had occurred, my fatherwould have told me.”“However, on two separate occasions, I was approachedby elderly gentlemen who told me that they had beenstationed at Ft. Campbell at this time. Both of theseunknown men told me that Ft. Campbell was in theprocess of experimenting with substances that could bemanipulated into any form they (the military) wanted touse. I don’t especially believe these claims because if, themilitary was experimenting with something that ad-vanced, imagine how they could manipulate formstoday!”Q. When your Father and Billy Ray described the creatures,they stated they had large glowing eyes, long arms withclaw-like hands, and were “silvery-grey” in color. Thereappears to be no mention of the large “bat-like” earsmentioned in your book that appeared to have beendrawn by various members of the Sutton family. Did yourfather actually mention or describe these large bat-likeears to the investigators, or was this possibly overlookedat the time of the initial interviews?”A. “Dad always stated that the creatures had the big ears.”Q. To your knowledge, was there …any evidence such as the“glowing patch” or trace landings, or anything tangibleever found after the event?A. “There was a large circular spot [on the ground] about 28feet in circumference that was located by my dad wherenothing ever grew. It was a perfectly round spot but nograss, no flowers… nothing grew. It stayed like that formany many years. However, I think …finally things onceagain started growing in that area.”Q. How do think this event affected your Father?A. “Awful…he was terrified of only two things in his life.One was tornados, and the other… the return of thealiens. He was very angry at the public in general for notbelieving him, and stated many times that had he knownwhat the reactions would have been, he would neverhave gone to the police station that night for help. As hegot older, he stopped talking about the incident andwould refuse all and any interviews. I recall sometimeshortly before his death that he received a call fromsomeone in Germany wanting to interview him. He flatlyrefused.No matter whether you believe or do not believe aboutthis case, one thing is true. Mr. Sutton and his family weretruly affected by the alleged events. In fact, the Sutton familysoon moved away from the farm. Elmer Sutton was neverquite the same, and his main regret about this entire event,according to his daughter, was that he reported it.Perhaps, we are all like the blind men who felt of theelephant so that they could go back and describe the beast totheir village. Each man only felt one part of the elephant andeach perceived it wrongly.Mr. Sutton was only describing one aspect—his personalexperience—and could only hope that his perception wasaccurate. The study of UFOs is like the elephant. It has manyparts, but when combined properly they make up the entireanimal. No matter how unusual something may seem, it isbut a part to something larger. I hope one of these days wewill be able to piece the puzzle together properly.Joseph R. Calamia is a MUFON Field Investigator living inEl Paso, Texas.Kelly-HopkinsvilleContinued from page 9
11MUFON UFO JournalJuly 2008REDMOND, Wash. — May 12, 2008 — The final frontiergot a bit closer today as Microsoft Corp. officially launchedthe public beta of its WorldWide Telescope, which is nowavailable at http://www.worldwidetelescope.org. WorldWideTelescope is a rich Web application that brings togetherimagery from the best ground- and space-basedobservatories across the world to allow people to easilyexplore the night sky through their computers. WorldWideTelescope has been eagerly anticipated by the astronomicaland educational communities as a compelling astronomicalresource for students and lifelong learners, and as a way tomake science fun for children.“The WorldWide Telescope is a powerful tool for scienceand education that makes it possible for everyone to explorethe universe,” said Bill Gates, chair-man of Microsoft. “By combiningterabytes of incredible imagery anddata with easy-to-use software forviewing and moving through all thatinformation, the WorldWide Telescopeopens the door to new ways to see andexperience the wonders of space. Ourhope is that it will inspire young peopleto explore astronomy and science, andhelp researchers in their quest to betterunderstand the universe.”The application itself is a blend ofsoftware and Web 2.0 servicescreated with the Microsoft high-performance Visual Experience Engine, which allowsseamless panning and zooming around the heavens with richimage environments. WorldWide Telescope stitches togetherterabytes of high-resolution images of celestial bodies anddisplays them in a way that relates to their actual position inthe sky. People can freely browse through the solar system,galaxy and beyond, or take advantage of a growing numberof guided tours of the sky hosted by astronomers andeducators at major observatories and planetariums.A user can feel free at any time to pause the tour, exploreon his own (with multiple information sources for objects athis fingertips), and rejoin the tour where he left off. Forexample, one could join Harvard Astronomer AlyssaGoodman on a journey showing how dust in the Milky WayGalaxy condenses into stars and planets. Or take a tour withUniversity of Chicago Cosmologist Mike Gladders two billionyears into the past to see a gravitational lens bending the lightfrom galaxies allowing you to see billions more years into thepast.“WorldWide Telescope brings to life a dream that manyof us in Microsoft Research have pursued for years, and weare proud to release this as a free service to anyone whowants to explore the universe,” said Curtis Wong, manager ofMicrosoft’s Next Media Research Group. “Where is Saturnin the sky, in relation to the moon? Does the Milky Way reallyhave a supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy?With the universe at your fingertips, you can discover theanswers for yourself.”The service goes well beyond the simple browsing ofimages. Users can choose which telescope they want to lookthrough, including the Hubble Space Telescope, the ChandraX-Ray Observatory Center, the Spitzer Space Telescope orothers. They can view the locations of planets in the nightsky — in the past, present or future. They can view theuniverse through different wavelengths of light to revealhidden structures in other parts of the galaxy. Taken as awhole, the application provides a top-to-bottom view of thescience of astronomy.“Users can see the X-ray view ofthe sky, zoom into bright radiationclouds, and then cross-fade into thevisible light view and discover thecloud remnants of a supernovaexplosion from a thousand years ago,”said Roy Gould, a researcher at theHarvard-Smithsonian Center forAstrophysics. “I believe this newcreation from Microsoft will have aprofound impact on the way we viewthe universe.”Microsoft Research has formedclose ties with members of theacademic, education and scientific communities to makeWorldWide Telescope a reality. NASA, along with otherorganizations, coordinated with Microsoft Research toprovide the imagery, provide feedback on the applicationfrom a scientific point of view, and help turn WorldWideTelescope into a rich learning application.Microsoft’s mission to make the universe accessible toeveryone was begun years ago by renowned MicrosoftSenior Researcher Jim Gray. WorldWide Telescope is built ontop of Gray’s pioneering development of large-scale, high-performance online databases including SkyServer and hiscontributions to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a project tomap a large part of the Northern sky outside of the galaxy.Microsoft Research is releasing WorldWide Telescope as aservice free of charge to the astronomy and educationcommunities as a tribute to Gray with the hope that it willinspire and empower kids of all ages to explore andunderstand the universe in an unprecedented way.WWT offers access to various temporal and multi-spectral studies astronomic data and literature to anyone withan Internet connection. Additionally, the data should beaccessible so that the gap between cutting-edge research,WorldWide Telescope Brings Space Exploration to EarthA free service fromMicrosoft lets studentsand lifelong learnerstour the night sky usinghigh-resolution imagesfrom the world’s bestland- and space-basedtelescopesContinued on page 12
July 200812 MUFON UFO Journal1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234512345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123451234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234512345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123451234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234512345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123451234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345Letters to the Editor . . .MUFON Members Message Boardmufonmembers.proboards55.comPassword: Hynek1947(casesensitive)Donations Neededfor Silent Auction atSymposiumDo you have any UFO memorabilia that youwould be willing to donate for the Silent Auctionfundraiser at the Symposium in California onJuly 24-27?If so, please mail your items to:Ruben Uriarte2563 Copa Del Oro Dr.Union City, California 94587Leave a Legacy to MUFONAllow your work to live on. . .Please remember MUFON in your will. In addition tomonetary bequests, you can also donate your UFO casefiles, books, periodicals, etc. Don’t let your valuable re-search end up at a flea market or estate sale.Please contact MUFON HQ at970-232-3110 for more information.Editor:Thank you for printing the transcript of my interviewwith Alex Friedman on Plum TV. As a rule I do not generallyrefer to myself as a ‘ufologist.’ Interest in the subject doesnot necessarily qualify an individual with credentials to claimthat label. As Stanton Friedman points out in his article fromthe same issue, there is no exam or test to establish suchaccreditation. The MUFON Investigator’s Handbook and testdocuments are probably a good place to start.With support and respect,Dan AykroydFounding consultant HOB, and Representative forMUFON in the Hollywood Creative CommunityAuthor Name ClarifiedIn your interview with Dan, page 3, the editor referencednot being able to find a book by Stan Fullam.Actually the name is misspelled. You can find the book atthe publisher’s website http://www.derksenprinters.com/store/lightreading_catalogue.shtml and a description of thebook at http://www.tracieaustin.com/viewbook.asp?ID=30%20&authorID=83[The correct title and author spelling is:] Challenges ofChange, by Stanley A. Fulham.Sincerely,William SimmonsScottsdale, AZ 85260Dan Aykroyd Respondseducation, and public knowledge is minimized and ispresented in a form that facilitates integrative research. TheWorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a step toward the“democratization” of the conduct of science. The Internetwill become, as astronomers put it, “the world´s besttelescope”—a supercomputer at your desktop.The mission of the WWT is twofold:· To aggregate scientific data from major telescopes,observatories and institutions and make temporal and multi-spectral studies available through a single cohesive Internet–based portal.· To re-awaken the interest for science in the youngergenerations through astronomy and new technologiesthrough the virtual observatory of the WWT. This alsoprovides a wonderful base for teaching astronomy, scientificdiscovery, and computational science.For more information about the WorldWide Telescope,go to: http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/Press release from Microsoft Corporation.Submitted by: Steve ReichmuthChief Investigator, CMS CoordinatorMUFON Northern CaliforniaWorldWide TelescopeContinued from page 11Membership questions? Change of address?Call MUFON headquarters 970-232-3110Now accepting VISA & MasterCard formerchandise and membership.Phone orders only
15MUFON UFO JournalJuly 2008Jan Harzan have begun work on the Inditified Objectwebsite.Volunteers are stilleeded to help create an “IFO Board”to help educate the public on commonly seen IFOs thatmay look strange and appear to be Unidentified FlyingObjects (UFOs), but upon closer examination are reallynothing but Identified Flying Objects (IFOs). This boardwould be posted prominently on the MUFON website andalso be linked to CMS. Before a witness submits his or hersighting report, they are asked to review the “IFO Board”to see if what they are reporting matches any known IFO.The plan would be to have a paragraph describingwhat each IFO is and how it would appear to an observerunder various conditions (daytime, nighttime, dusk, lowcloud cover, etc.), accompanied by photos and videos toshow examples of each.If you are interested in heading up this importantproject or being on the project team, please contactMUFON headquarters at HQ@Mufon.com.Some Examples of IFOs:Natural PhenomenaSun, Moon, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, stars, Sun dogs, Moondogs, Aura Borealis, Clouds, Birds, Dust reflected, Waterreflected, Lens flareMan-made IFOsGeneral aviation aircraft, Commercial aircraft, Militaryaircraft, Helicopters, Remote Control Airplanes, Remotecontrol Helicopters, Remote control UFOs (yes they exist),UnmannedAerial Vehicles (UAVs), Party balloonsWeather balloons, Hot air balloons, Blimps, Kites, Carlights at night, Airplane lights, Searchlights, FlaresTeam volunteers sought to create “Identified Flying Object Board”Administrator and, like all of the manyhardworking MUFON volunteers, sheis dedicated to MUFON’s missionstatement and goals. She has the high-est respect for James Carrion, theMUFON International Director, and therest of the MUFON Staff who continueto maintain The Mutual UFO Networkat the forefront of UFO researchworldwide.Patty continues to study and re-search the UFO Phenomena, not onlyin a scientific manner, but also with theunderstanding of what it is to be a“contactee,” and in doing so, she hopesto one day find the truth of who orwhat “they” are...or aren’t.Although she didn’t become the“first girl in space,” she did joinMUFON, and we’re all richer becauseof that. Patty told me once, “This iswhere I am supposed to be. It just feelsright.” I agree.Meet Patty (“Starchild” ) and joinin the discussions at:http://mufonmembers.proboards55.com/Volunteer Patty DonahueContinued from page 14Thomas P. Deuley, (Tom), BSEE,Auburn University 1972, has an AADegree in Advertising Art,and is aretired Naval Officer with a backgroundin Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power, andCommunications Security; Co-founderand National Board member of The Fundfor UFO Research; Registered Agent,Corporate Secretary and Board memberfor the Mutual UFO Network; MUFONRepresentative to the UFO ResearchCoalition.During the 1-year period of itsexistence (1994–95), Deuley was theAdministrator of the CFM Coalition(CUFOS, FUFOR, MUFON).Deuley and Dennis Stacy institutedthe first MUFON web site. In 1984 hewrote the “Radiation” section of theMUFON Field Investigators guide. Hespoke on NSA and UFOs at the Washing-ton DC MUFON Symposium.AMP ProjectContinued from page 7Figure 6. Report showing 15 minutes of data.
July 200816 MUFON UFO JournalPercePtionsPercePtionsPercePtionsPercePtionsPercePtionsBy Stanton T. FriedmanStanton FriedmanDateline TV “Documentary” reviewedFor whatever reason, most likelyawareness of great public interest, TVstations have carried a lot of UFO-related material over the last severalmonths. Unfortunately, some of it hasbeen terrible. Aparticularly egregiousexample was the NBC Dateline pro-gram of May 18, 2008.The approachwas fairly straightforward. Select teninteresting sightings, describe thembriefly, and bring in an investigator todefend the legitimacy of a case. Thenbring in a debunker to say there wasobviously a prosaic explanation. Thecases were presented as though the twosides should be given equal weight, provs. con. There was, as anybody whohas reviewed the debunker literatureknows, a complete lack of symmetry inthe two sides. The debunkers did theirresearch by proclamation. The propeople did their research by investiga-tion. Why anybody in his right mindwould think the negative side repre-sented investigative journalism, whichDateline is supposed to be all about, Ihave no idea. Would they ask the janitorwho mops the surgical operating roomat the hospital his opinion about brainsurgery and present it as of equal valuewith that of the brain surgeon?In contrast with the Dateline fiascowas another showing, May 31, on theCanadian Space channel, of PaulKimball’s “Best Evidence.” No debunk-ers were present, only serious peoplewho knew something solid about theten cases that were explored. In fulldisclosure, I must note that I made anumber of supporting comments in theshow and that Paul is my nephew andhas even created other TV UFOdocumentaries broadcast in Canadasuch as “Stanton T. Friedman is Real”and “DoYou Believe in Majic?” Paulhad selected the ten cases based onvoting by people suggesting their ownlists of 10 best cases. Certainly one ofthe best UFO shows I have seen.I had discussed TV UFO documen-taries in my chapter on the press andUFOs in Flying Saucers and Science(published in May). I pointed out that amajor problem is that productioncompanies bring in individuals more orless one at a time. You, as an expert,don’t get to hear the opponents beinginterviewed, so that there is no way tocounteract the false testimony. Theproducers are usually ignorant about thesubject. The show that gets broadcastis supposedly balanced…ignorance vs.knowledge and there is no way for thelistener to make a judgment.A good example is the Kaikoura,New Zealand, case of Dec. 30, 1978,involving the crew of an aircraftcarrying a TV news crew along withradar observing the plane and the UFO.The news crew was flying the sameroute as flown by another crew daysearlier when another sighting occurred.The new crew filmed and observed thebright UFO. There had been many“solutions” put forth including one ofmy all time favorites—Mating MuttonBirds—and a planet that was not visiblefrom that area at that time. The casegot worldwide coverage including fromWalter Cronkite. Dr. Bruce Maccabeeactually went to New Zealand, spoke tothe witnesses and the control towerradar operator and did a detailedinvestigation. He also published anarticle in the Journal of Optical Sci-ence, a rarity indeed, and was allowedto respond to a responder who hadn’tagreed with him. Such an exchangeabout a UFO case in a refereed scien-tific journal is essentially withoutprecedent. Bruce discusses the case indetail at his website and notes that oneexplanation putforth was aJapanese squidboat. These usevery highpower lights toattract squid.On Dateline hegave a briefoverview of thetruly Unidenti-fied FlyingObject.James Oberg, who was a NASAHouston employee on various spaceprograms, was allowed on Dateline tomake the totally false claim that whatwas observed from the plane as beingat the same altitude as they were,(20,000 feet!!) was actually a Japanesesquid fishing boat using a high poweredlight to attract squid. In actuality thesquid boat in that general area at thetime as observed by a satellite was only134 miles away from the location. As ageneral rule, of course, brightly lit squidboats (or unlit ones) cannot “fly” at20,000 feet. But of course the listenersto the program had no way of knowingthat. Bruce as a scientist had consideredthis explanation and was forced to ruleit out. The basic debunking rule thatthere has to be a prosaic explanationand that no UFOs can have anythingbut prosaic explanations was strictlyenforced by James Oberg.Another case that was butcheredby the debunkers is the Trent Photocase from McMinnville, Oregon, onMay 8, 1950. This was in Kimball’sprogram as well. I will give Datelinecredit for digging out a very old TVinterview with Mr. and Mrs. Trent.
17MUFON UFO JournalJuly 2008Mrs. Trent had first spotted the UFOnear their farm, called out to herhusband, who went into the house for acamera, came out, and took twodaylight pictures showing the disc-shaped UFO over a power line. Hemoved some between the two photosas the object was moving as well. Dr.Bruce Maccabee had access to theoriginal negatives and did a lot ofdetailed analysis concluding that theobject was not a small model near thecamera, but a large object somedistance away. In Best Evidence, thefollowing quote is taken from Dr.William K. Hartmann’s analysis of thesephotos as reported in the University ofColorado study “Scientific Study ofUnidentified Flying Objects.”“This is one of the few UFOreports in which all factors investigated,geometric, psychological, and physical,appear to be consistent with theassertion that an extraordinary flyingobject, silvery, metallic, disk-shaped,tens of meters in diameter, and evi-dently artificial, flew within sight oftwo witnesses.” Sounds pretty defini-tive to me.Dateline naturally didn’t use thequote. Instead they allowed debunkerRobert Schaeffer to provide a straight-forward prosaic explanation namely thatthe case was a hoax and a model wasmerely hung from a string thrown overthe power line. He was bound anddetermined to call the Trents hoaxersand liars though there is no indicationthat he had any contact with them orpeople who knew them. Bruce, ofcourse, had spoken with the Trents andpeople in town, at the newspaper, etc.Furthermore, neither he nor anybodyelse has been able to find the mythicalstring. Schaeffer provided no data at all,only a proclamation. Since the Trentsare now dead and the law providesthere cannot be libel of a dead person,he was safe. Years ago he had claimedthat the shadows in one of the picturesproved that the picture was not taken atthe time of day claimed by the Trents,so therefore, they must have been lying.This claim was also shown to benonsense.Perhaps it should be mentioned thatat one time Oberg and RobertSchaeffer, with the late Philip Klass,made up the UFO subcommittee of theself anointed Committee for the Scien-tific Investigation of Claims of theParanormal now renamed the Commit-tee for Skeptical Inquiry. The full timepaid “Scientific” Investigator for CSI isDr. Joseph Nickel, who has a longhistory of misrepresentation aboutUFOs and other unusual phenomena.His three degrees are in English and hehas been an active magician, andcertainly, therefore, an expert atdeception and misrepresentation.Science is definitely not his long suit.For example, he conjured up a 6-foot-tall owl to explain away the so calledFlatwoods West Virginia monster seenon Sept. 12, 1952. Not only did none ofthe witnesses provide any data onwhich a reasonable person couldconclude that the owl explanation madeany sense, but Nickel, though he visitedFlatwoods, didn’t go to the actuallocation at which the monster wasseen, nor did he talk to the actualwitnesses who were still alive. On theother hand, Frank Feschino Jr. hasspoken with local witnesses, and hemanaged to get interviews with amilitary man who was heavily involvedin an investigation and with the localjournalist who was Johnny on the spotat the time. Anybody reading Frank’sinvestigation in his book Shoot ThemDown would recognize that Nickel, aswould be expected, did his research byproclamation.Nickel also has come up with twoludicrous explanations for Roswell. Thefirst was that the PR man for the basemade up the story to get attention. Hedidn’t even know Walter Haut’s name.Of course he provided no evidence andthe notion is ludicrous on its face forthe most elite Military group in theworld. A few years later he explainedRoswell away on Coast to Coast Radioas just a story built on false data bypeople who didn’t look at the originalstories. He then proceeded to quotefrom the July 9, 1947, story which hadthe rancher with his reprogrammedstory and totally ignored the originalJuly 8 reports. Don’t bother me withthe facts, my mind is made up.Dateline misrepresented the factsabout the Phoenix lights observed atabout 8:30PM by thousands of peopleon March 13, 1997, failing to distin-guish between the huge boomerangshaped low flying silent object whichtook minutes to pass overhead (itblotted out the sky) and the bright lightflares seen at 10PM and many milesaway from the area. They kept showingthe bright light flares, which certainlydidn’t blot out the stars over a widearea while falling. Dr. Michael Shermercame up with the group of high flyingairplanes to explain the case. Leave it toShermer. He is a skilled presenter with agood sense of humor who knowsnothing about UFOs and refuses to doany investigation…as opposed toproclamation.The point of this rant is that onceagain a major network TV show hasblown it on the subject of UFOs.Following in the footsteps of PeterJennings Mockumentary of Feb. 24,2005, we have more research byproclamation. Maybe I can get the nextgroup of debunkers to read my bookfirst, but that would probably be toomuch to expect.Stanton Friedmanfsphys@rogers.comwww.stantonfriedman.com
July 200818 MUFON UFO JournalFiler’s FilesFiler’s FilesFiler’s FilesFiler’s FilesFiler’s FilesBy George FilerDirector, MUFON Eastern RegionContinued on page 19George FilerColorado - Man Shows “Proof” ofAlien VisitorsDENVER—Stan Romanek and JeffPeckman on the Larry King Live TV showclaiming they have video of an alien.A manwho is pushing to create a task force to dealwith space aliens said he has proof theyexist and showed the video to the mediaFriday morning. Denver resident JeffPeckman believes the video is “irrefutableevidence” of alien visitation. The grainy,black and white video he showed was shotby Stan Romanek in Nebraska in July 2003.Romanek said in a film clip that he thoughtthere might have been a peeping tompeering through his window, spying on histwo teenage daughters, so he grabbed avideo camera and started recording. Thebald, whitish “being”” with an elliptical headand big black eyes is seen in the videopeering just over a windowsill, blinking,looking around and then going down, outof view. The creature raised its head severaltimes but no other parts of its body is seen.“It does have somewhat of an ETappearance as I recall, but the skin was muchmore smooth, not these deep old wrinkles.(It was) very gentle looking, benevolent,kind of had a soft appearance to it,” saidPeckman, describing the [being seen on the]video.News crews were told to turn theircameras away so no video of the “being”can be shown in public until the film can beanalyzed. The video clip will be included inan upcoming documentary but first has tobe looked at by experts to confirm that itwas not doctored.Jerry Hufmann, a professional videoproducer and an instructor at Colorado FilmSchool, said he believes that the alien videohad not been altered in any way. AlejandroRojas, education director of the Mutual UFONetwork, said the creature did not look likea puppet and Romanek does not have theability or motivation to fabricate a hoax.Peckman said extraterrestrials have visitedearth frequently and the close encountershave been covered up by the U.S.government. “According to one report,there are as many as 57 species, that havebeen documented by our own government,that have visited our planet,” Peckman said.Trying to create a ExtraterrestrialAffairs Commission. Peckman isspearheading a Denver ballot initiative tocreate an 18-member ExtraterrestrialAffairsCommission that would form a strategy“dealing with issues related to the presenceof extraterrestrial beings on Earth” and howhumans and aliens can peacefully coexist.The 54-year-old needs 4,000 signatures toget the proposal on the ballot. Thecommission would cost $75,000 to form andmaintain, Peckman said. “We believe thatthe end result of all this information willultimately lead to a higher quality of life, acleaner planet, the availability of technologythat will help us in multiple areas,” Peckmansaid. In the case of extraterrestrial contact,the United States government would be thegoverning authority, superseding localauthorities, so it’s not known what the citycommission would accomplish. However,Peckman believes that the U.S. governmentis not doing enough. Peckman sponsored a2003 initiative that would require the city toimplement stress-reduction techniques.That idea didn’t garner enough supportfrom voters. Thanks to MUFON CMSMUFON Editor’s Note: See JeffPeckman’s interview by David Lettermanon June 10 at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOyotMNcsK0 . To see theappearance of Stan Romanek and JeffPeckman on Larry King Live, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYn4hdz91pA&feature=relatedCalifornia—Strange Clouds andBright LightsHUNTINGTON BEACH—Mygirlfriend and I recently saw a UFO about1:00 AM, on June 19, 2008, in the OrangeCounty area. We went outside mygirlfriend’s house in Fountain Valley when Inoticed a helicopter, and to my right, Inoticed a bright white light, with a tint ofblue. My girlfriend was drawn to it more thanme and then she asked me if it was a plane.I quickly turned and saw that it looked like a“fireball” but not of the color or a fireball. Istarted to say, “No honey, I don’t thinkit’s....” then itd i s a p p e a r e d .Thanks toMUFON CMS.D A N AP O I N T — O nJune 21, 2008, at1:15 AM my co-worker pointedout a light in thesky over theocean seeming tobe halfwaybetween Dana Point and Catalina. It was adisk shaped craft that moved side to side inan inverted arc very fast. It was moving asthough it was swinging on a pendulum.When the bottom swung up towards us itwas very bright and very large. It had roundblue lights along the outside of the circleand a red one in the middle. It moved backand forth for about a minute anddisappeared behind a building. I have neverseen a craft move like that and it was not ofa shape I recognize. The lights were notblinking and they were very clear when thebottom turned towards us. When viewingfrom the side it was just blurry light swingingback and forth. I have never reportedanything like this before because I havenever seen anything that I could not explainwith logic. Please let me know if anyone elsesaw it or if there is a logical explanation forwhat I saw.Comments: No, there is no logicalexplanation for what the witness sawassuming his observations are accurate. Wehave received two other reports from the
19MUFON UFO JournalJuly 2008Filer’s FilesContinued from page 18Dana Point area in 2008. One sightingoccurred on May 4 and the other on May26. Thanks to William Puckett UFOSNorthwest http://ufosnw.comLousiana Solid Red LightsMy wife, and my oldest daughter and Iwere driving east on June 27, 2008, comingfrom shopping and we noticed two strangesolid red lights traveling north that I thoughtwas a helicopter, but it was moving tooslowly. It was silent and hovering slowlyabove the tree line about a mile away. Wethought that is was not like anything wehad seen before, because the lights weresolid and stacked one on top of another witha space in between and the object seemedto be very large, maybe the size of aGreyhound bus. We turned north ontoanother road and then east again, movingcloser to the object as the object descendeddownward and we lost site of through thetrees. But this isnt the first time we’ve seenUFOs in this area, but it was the first timemy oldest daughter saw one. Thanks toMUFON CMS.Michigan - PhotoCEMENT CITY—I didn’t see thepossible UFO until reviewing the hundredsof digital photographs taken over the courseof one hour in a southern Jackson CountyCemetery.I shot with a Sony Cybershot DSC-H5,which is sensitive to the near-IR, and havebeen doing so for the past few months witha Lansing-area ghost hunting group (withsome success). I visited a local cemetery forthe first time to do some “ghost fishing,”i.e. go into a cemetery and shoot hundredsjust wanted a view of our “NationalTreasure.” Thanks to MUFON CMS.Texas A Huge Triangular UFOHoveringSPRING BRANCH—I was getting offwork on Friday the 13th of June, as I wasgetting in my truck I saw a huge triangleobject behind the building. Being curious Iwalked out a ways so that I could see behindthe building. It was hovering pretty low andhad one light on the bottom as if it waslooking at something. I reached for myphone to take a picture and it flew off awayfrom me pretty quick. Thanks to UFOINFOfor this report. http://www.ufoinfo.com/Australia - Bright UFO Above CreekREDBANK CREEK ESK 4312— OnJune 10, 2008 11:15 PM, object was approx:1 to 2 meters in diameter surrounded bybright white lights and hovered above thecreek at approx 2 meters. It moved at a slowpace and because of the brightness of thelight and the angle being observed it wasnot possible to see a clear shape. It wastotally silent as it moved and I observed theobject for fifteen minutes. I and others havehad a few sightings in the Brisbane area.Thanks to Brian Vike, HBCC UFO Researchhttp://www.hbccufo.comCanada - Stacks Of Sightings andMajor Cattle Mute IncidentKAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUM-BIA—BrianVike writes from Canada, “Holycow, it appears the flood gates have openedand sighting reports are pouring in muchfaster than I can keep up.” I received atelephone call from a person here in BritishColumbia. I was told of a massive cattlemutilation event that took place some yearsback. The farmer who owned the farm wasbought out by the Canadian government lotstock and barrel as they say.Also the ownerof the farm, and all farm hands were given“strict” instructions that they were not inanyway shape or form to talk about the cattlemutilation incident. So I am waiting on moreinformation so I can start looking into thematter.If anyone has heard of a cattlemutilation over the years, please contactBrianVike - Director of HBCC UFOResearch (email@example.com) or you cancontact Barb Campbell at:firstname.lastname@example.org .of digital photos in rapid succession to seeif I capture anything anomalous.On June 26, 2008, I shot for an hourstarting at 8 PM. The only strange thing Iphotographed in the 500+ photos waspossibly a UFO and not a ghostly apparition,mist or bright orb...the typical graveyardparanormal fare. When I initially looked atthe image, I thought that perhaps Iphotographed the hat of a ghostmaterializing...but the closer I looked at itand the more detail that Photoshop pulledout of the source image, the more it appearedto possibly be a UFO. I’ve attached acropped photo with magnified detail...a full,unaltered, un-processed image can be sentif you so desire. Thanks to MUFON CMS.South Dakota PhotoRUSHMORE—We had taken ourgrandchildren to Mt. Rushmore for vacationand were going to the monument from CusterState Park, which is a very winding andnarrow road. We made the curve and sawthe huge monument and took pictures about2–3 miles from the parking area. Being thatfar from the mountain while taking thesepictures, we were unable to see the “objects”and of course didn’t know if they made noiseor not.The first picture was taken and nothingshows up. The second picture, however,shows some unusual egg shaped objectsand other darker, blacker objects. Maybe ET
July 200820 MUFON UFO JournalFiler’s FilesContinued from page 19UK Police Chase UFOCARDIFF—Seems the U.K. is havingan upswing in reported UFO sightings.Withthe major UFO event that just took placewhere a police helicopter was involved in aUFO incident. Of course I would certainlylike to hear from anyone observing UFOsightings in the U.K.Also anyone knowinganything about this recent major sightings.You can write to me through the HBCC UFOResearch website or directly to me email@example.com I have provided this linkto a newspaper article *Police Chase UFOOver Cardiff *MANCHESTER—A Royal Navyaircraft engineer allegedly spotted a discshaped UFO hovering over the majorhighway M-5 between Manchester andLondon. Michael Madden, 25, said hewatched in disbelief as the disc-shapedobject floated above his head before it“zoomed off at incredible speed.” He saidthe unidentified flying object flew for up tothree minutes above junction 21 of the M5,near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. MrMadden was on his way back fromManchester with colleague Michael Casson,22, at 9.50 PM on Sunday June 29 when hesaw the suspected “extra-terrestrial” craft.Thanks to the http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2226748/UFOs-spottedCOALVILLE,LEICESTER-SHIRE—Iwas driving from the A42/M42 towardsBardon Hill quarry on June 11, 2008, at 3PM, and in the sky ahead was a silvery disk.It was stationary then moved rapidly to theleft then further to the right then ascendedup and out of sight. I would put this objectat 10000 feet. There was a passenger planeat cruising altitude above and a helicopterabout half a mile away. I’m sure they wouldhave seen it. If anyone saw it please emailme.WHITCHURCH,BRISTOL—Isawablack disc shaped stationary object veryhigh in the sky on June 14, 2008 approx:11:40 PM. I would say it was at least 30,000ft. It was nearly overhead but in a southeasterly direction from my viewpoint. I onlymanaged to see it when the sun wasobscured behind a cloud and the black discwas then visible. It stayed where it was as ifhovering. The sun was reflecting off it andit was very sparkly. Once the sun emergedagain it was just too bright to see even withsunglasses. I tried to locate it again but wasunsuccessful. I would be interested ifanyone else in the area saw it too. Thanksto BrianVike, HBCC UFO Research http://www.hbccufo.comWEMBLEY—This metal globe shapedsomething was flying from west towardseast June 22, 2008 6:20 PM, above just underthe clouds. There were the usual commercialplanes in the sky as well (flying from southtowards north). As its colour was dark grey(metal) and the sun was shining on it, I couldsee the object even in a really far distancewhile it was before the white clouds or bluesky (through my sunglasses, without themthe sky was too bright). My girlfriend wasthere with me and she said “it was definitelynot an airplane but UFOs are not existing.”The speed was enough fast to disappearwithin 35-40 sec. behind the clouds at theedge of the horizon. You can’t see anyairplanes that far without binoculars. Theexact flying direction was above PrestonRoad.Thanks to BrianVike, HBCC.BRADFORD,WESTYORK-SHIRE—I was sat at my computer which is sort ofnext to the window on June 25, 2006, at 7:18PM, I just happened to be looking out and Inoticed a really large circular object in thesky. I cannot fully describe this object, otherthan it was round shaped and looked to beblack or a really dark grey in colour and itwas quite far in the distance. It didn’t haveany specific features which I could pointout. It wasn’t moving, it just looked as if itwas sitting in the sky and it was present forapproximately 15 to 20 seconds. Before Ieven got my phone to record the object, ithad disappeared. I am 100% certain that thiswas not a bird, plane, helicopter, balloon oreven a spec of dirt on the window. Thanksto BrianVike, HBCC UFO Research http://www.hbccufo.comHAMPSHIRE—Remarkablenewevidence of UFOs in the skies overHampshire can be revealed today by theUK Daily Echo News. Readers capturedthese bizarre images of what appear to beflying saucers zooming through our skies.The UFOs were snapped overBeaulieu and Woolston by pure accidentand only noticed days later by thephotographers. Hampshire has been in thegrip of an X Files-style UFO mystery afterblack triangles were seen flying overMillbrook and Shirley in recent months.Last week the Echo thought it hadexplained the phenomenon - a mini-hot airballoon made out of four black bin bags.But the latest sightings are clearlysomething completely different—andremain a mystery. Thanks to http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/These files assume that extrater-restrial intelligent life not only exists,but my hypothesis is that the over onehundred UFOs reported each weekrepresent technologically advancedspacecraft conducting surveillance ofEarth. I personally became interestedin UFOs when I chased one overEngland while flying for the US AirForce. I’ve been investigating them eversince. The US Air Force under ProjectBlue Book investigated UFOs for morethan twenty years, we continue thisresearch. It is my belief that God hasspread intelligent civilizations through-out the universe. George FilerNote: These Filer’s Files reports arepresented in order to keep readers informedof some of the vast number of sightings be-ing reported. Hoewever, these cases havenot been officially investigated, unlessnoted.This month’s Filer’s Files includes ex-cerpts from File #26, June 25, and #27, July2, 2008. Filer’s Files is copyrighted 2008by GeorgeA. Filer, all rights reserved. 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21MUFON UFO JournalJuly 2008Field Investigator’s Corner: CMS RankingsMUFON Field Investigators ManualNEW!! Version 5.0The official Mutual UFO Networkguidelines for in-depthUFO investigationMember:$45.00Non-Member:$55.00Shipping and handling is additional.Order online at: www.mufon.com/invmanual.htmRank State Director Weighted Assigned CompletedRank (50/50)By Chuck ReeverMUFON Director of InvestigationsHere is June’s CMS RankingReport for all State Directors. Con-gratulations to John Ventre (Pennsyl-vania), Cheryl Ann Gilmore (SouthCarolina), Tracey C. Smith (Kansas),and Bland Pugh (Florida) for being at100%! The top 10 State Directors arehighlighted.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, Chuck Reever, at 530-414-4341 or 530-582-8339 or via e-mail at email@example.com .1 Pennsylvania John Ventre 100 % 63/63 57/572 South Carolina Cheryl Ann Gilmore 100 % 27/27 25/253 Kansas Tracey C. Smith 100 % 15/15 16/164 Florida Bland Pugh 100 % 140/140 116/1165 West Virginia John Ventre 97 % 16/16 17/186 New Mexico Donald R. Burleson 97 % 42/44 32/327 Georgia Walter Sheets 96 % 35/35 30/328 Minnesota Richard D. Moss 96 % 23/24 26/279 California Ruben J. Uriarte 96 % 86/93 95/9510 Iowa Jim King 96 % 28/28 27/2911 Indiana Jerry L. Sievers 95 % 91/93 63/6812 California Georgeanne Cifarelli 95 % 202/206 161/17313 Michigan William J. Konkolesky 88 % 49/59 51/5414 Arizona George C. Parks 86 % 47/64 91/9115 Illinois Samuel Maranto 86 % 56/56 39/5316 Texas Kenneth E. Cherry 86 % 361/364 210/28817 Washington Marilyn Childs 81 % 40/46 25/3318 Utah Elaine Douglass 77 % 15/15 10/1819 Colorado Leslie H. Varnicle 75 % 82/82 37/7220 New Jersey George A. Filer, III 75 % 20/36 34/3621 Ohio William Jones 74 % 43/54 36/5222 Louisiana Michael D. Sandras 71 % 19/20 12/2523 Idaho Robert Gates 60 % 2/10 14/1424 Oklahoma Charles L. Pine 58 % 6/22 16/1825 Nebraska John C. Kasher 58 % 3/9 11/1326 Massachusetts Greg S. Berghorn 56 % 17/46 28/3727 Wisconsin Timothy G. Whiteagle 51 % 21/30 8/2528 South Dakota Lorna Hunter 50 % 0/1 2/229 Connecticut Erik Kubik 50 % 13/19 6/1930 New York James G. Bouck, Jr. 47 % 60/68 6/7831 Nevada Mark Easter 46 % 10/43 31/4432 Oregon Thomas Bowden 45 % 36/57 13/4633 North Carolina George E. Lund, III 42 % 21/51 22/5134 Kentucky Earle T. Benezet 39 % 10/26 8/2035 Arkansas Norman D. Walker 32 % 8/19 4/1736 New Hampshire Peter R. Geremia 31 % 5/8 0/537 Maryland Bruce S. Maccabee 27 % 4/28 7/1738 Wyoming Richard Beckwith 15 % 1/6 1/739 Tennessee Eddie Middleton 12 % 2/29 4/2240 Missouri Bruce A. Widaman 11 % 9/38 0/3141 Hawaii Puuloa M. Teves 0 % 0/8 0/742 Virginia Susan L. Swiatek 0 % 0/28 0/2943 Rhode Island Richard Lynch 0 % 0/7 0/1144 North Dakota Kurt Pfleger 0 % 0/5 0/445 Alabama Roy E. Patterson, Jr. 0 % 0/8 0/746 Delaware Ralph P. Flegal 0 % 0/0 0/0
July 200822 MUFON UFO JournalDirector’s Messagecontinued from page 2MUFON2006DVD:MVSummersonThe Alien Agenda andthe Ethics of ContactAvailablefromNKL,1-800-938-3891www.alliesofhumanity.org(Book 1 FREE online)August Night SkyContinued from page 24The Allies Of HumanityBooks 1 & 2By Marshall Vian Summers“It is a very difficult situation to be the race thatis discovered, to be the natives of a new world.”August is a great time of the year tolook at the sky after midnight. It isusually still warm after the heat of theday, and skies can be surprisingly clear.It’s just as well then that the year’s bestmeteor shower, called the Perseids,always occurs during this month. ThePerseid Meteor shower occurs whenthe Earth passes though the orbit ofcomet Swift-Tuttle, a comet discoveredback in 1862 and returns to the innersolar system every 128 years; its lastvisit was in 1992. In recent yearshowever their numbers have begun toincrease, leading to a spectacularshower in 1994. Rates might exceed100/hour (but in 1994 some observerscounted several hundred to a thousandor more during its one hour peak).There is a wide variety of meteors, thefainter ones being white or yellow,brighter ones, green, orange or red.About one-third leave trails. Occasionalfireballs will be seen, often ending inbursts. This is a very good photo-graphic shower.The best time to view is aftermidnight in the early hours of themorning of the 12th. Look to thenortheast about 66 degrees above thehorizon around 2:00 AM. Fortunatelythe Moon will be below the horizon atthis time.Total Solar Eclipse (August 1st)The Eclipse will be total and will bevisible from a narrow corridor throughnorthern Canada (Nunavut), thenorthern part of Russia, westernMongolia, and China.A partial eclipse will be seen fromeastern North America and most ofEurope and Asia.Partial Lunar Eclipse (August 16th)Most of Europe and Africa will seethe entire eclipse.All of South AmericaandAustralia will be able to see part ofthe eclipse.Planetary ConjunctionConjunction of The Moon, Mer-cury, Venus, Saturn and Mars.Conjunctions and OccultationsAugust 2nd– Venus 2 degrees northof the Moon.August 2nd– Regulus 1.7 degreesnorth of the Moon.August 2nd– Saturn 4 degrees northof the Moon.August 4th– Mars 4 degrees northof the MoonAugust 10th– Antares 0.4 degreesnorth of the Moon.August 13th– Jupiter 3 degreesnorth of the MoonAugust 13th– Venus 0.2 degreessouth of Saturn.August 16th– Mercury 0.7 degreessouth of SaturnAugust 23rd– Mercury 1.3 degreessouth of Venusders were seen on RADAR and wereseparate from the F16s that were in theair at the same time, matching theeyewitness testimony from the ground.MUFON is holding a press conferenceat 11 AM on July 25that the 39th AnnualSymposium in San Jose to discuss indetail the report findings.MUFON Research TeamSpeaking of the Symposium, I amexcited that MUFON’s AbductionExperiencer Research Team will haveits first face-to-face meeting at theSymposium. I look forward to hearingabout their planning efforts and thefresh approaches they are taking toresearch this very baffling phenomenon.Position AnnouncementsNew Field InvestigatorsAndre Morin of Montreal, Quebec,Canada; James Coombs of Folsom,California; Marc Debbauldt ofSunland, California; Bradley Davisof Waterbury, Connecticut; HectorTrujillo of Miami, Florida; Steve Bassof Cumming, Georgia; Mary Croxfordof Kokomo, Indiana; Amanda Richterof Louisville, Kentucky; DanielMarcelain of Macomb, Michigan;Linda Murphy of Rochester Hills,Michigan; William Murphy of Roch-ester Hills, Michigan; Lisa Behr ofCastle Creek, New York; ConnieMcNichols of Johnstown, Ohio; TomArnold of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;Doyle Angus of Vernal, Utah; JeremyGreiner of Hudson, Wisconsin;Joshua Greiner of Hudson, Wiscon-sin.
23MUFON UFO JournalJuly 2008UFO MarketplaceAunique,importantstudyAnimal Reactions to UFOsBy JoanWoodward$14.00 in U.S.A., $16.00 elsewhere. Plus shipping.MUFON, 155 E. Boardwalk Drive,Suite 300, Fort Collins, CO 80525Visit 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 DVDsSince 1971, MUFON has published the proceedings ofthe annual MUFON International UFO Symposium.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. Prices do not include shipping.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.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.com12/21/2012 A PROPHECYBy Pennsylvania / West Virginia StateDirector John Ventre“One Possible Future, One Alien Past”Please mail $20.00 (incl. shipping) to:John Ventre, PO Box 247,New Stanton, PA 15672Or visit: www.12-21-2012-a-prophecy.com/
July 200824 MUFON UFO JournalThe Night SkyThe Night SkyThe Night SkyThe Night SkyThe Night SkyBy Gavin A. J. McLeodAugust 2008 SkyLooking low above the the western horizon just after sunset on August 3, 2008Moon PhasesNew Moon August 1stFirst Quarter August 8thFull MoonAugust 16thLast Quarter August 23rdNew Moon August 30thBright Planets (Evening Sky)Mercury (magnitude -1.9 to -0.8 to-0.2): Moving from Cancer through Leointo Virgo. For northern and southernhemisphere observers, Mercury will belost in the glare of the Sun, but willslowly rise above the western horizonas the month passes..Venus (magnitude -3.8): Movingfrom Leo into Virgo. For northern andsouthern hemisphere observers, Venuswill begin the month low above thewestern twilight horizon and will slowlyrise above the horizon as the monthpasses.Mars (magnitude 1.7): Movingfrom Leo into Virgo. For northern andsouthern hemisphere observers, Marswill be above the western horizon atsunset and follow the Sun below thehorizon a few hours later.Jupiter: (magnitude -2.7 to -2.6).In Sagittarius. For northern hemisphereobservers, Jupiter will be above thesoutheast horizon as the Sun sets andwill follow the Sun below the west-northwest horizon a few hours aftermidnight. For southern hemisphereobservers, Jupiter will be found highabove the east-southeast horizon as theSun sets and will follow the Sun belowthe west-northwest horizon a fewhours before sunrise.Saturn (magnitude 0.8): In Leo.For northern hemisphere observers,Saturn will begin the month low overthe western twilight horizon and set afew hours later; as the month passesSaturn will descend into the brightnessof the setting Sun. For southernhemisphere observers, Saturn will beginthe month low over the northwesterntwilight horizon and set a few hourslater; as the month passes Saturn willdescend into the brightness of thesetting Sun.Bright Planets (Morning Sky)NoneOther Celestial PhenomenaZodiacal Light will be visible innorthern latitudes in the East before thestart of morning twilight from August28thto September 11th. The phenom-enon is only visible from very darklocations.Zodiacal light is sunlight bouncingoff dust grains in our solar system.These grains lie mostly in the plane ofthe solar system.Look for a pyramid of light in themorning sky somewhat in appearanceto the light from a city or town justover the horizon.Perseids Meteor ShowerDate: July 17thto Aug 24th (peak-ing on Aug 12th)Rate: 66/hourContinued on page 22