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    • InthisissueSeptember 2008No. 485$4.00UFO JournalOver 100 summer UFOsightings, Pennsylvania 3IsETIathreattoreligion? 7Book ReviewUFO Experience 10Life elsewhere in theuniverse? 11Crystal skulls are fakes 13Book reviewMexico’s Roswell 14Regular FeaturesDirector’s Message 2Calendar 13Stan Friedman:Strange attacks 16Filer’sFiles 18CMS Rankings 21Night Sky 24Unusual activity reported over5-County Philadelphia Metro Area
    • No part of this document may be reproduced in anyform without the written permission of the CopyrightOwners. Permission is hereby granted to quote up to 200words of any one article, provided the author is credited,and the statement, “Copyright 2007 by the Mutual UFONetwork, 155 E. Boardwalk Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525”is included.The contents of the MUFON UFO Journal are deter-mined by the editor, and do not necessarily reflect theofficial position of the Mutual UFO Network. Opinionsexpressed are solely those of the individual authors andcolumnists, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion ofthe editor or staff of MUFON.The Mutual UFO Network, Inc. is exempt from Fed-eral Income Tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the InternalRevenue Code. MUFON is a publicly supported organi-zation of the type described in Section 509(a)(2). Donorsmay deduct contributions from their Federal IncomeTax. Bequests, legacies, devises, transfers, or gifts arealso deductible for estate and gift purposes, providedthey meet the applicable provisions of Sections 2055,2106, and 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code. MUFONMUFON’S MISSION IS THE .SCIENTIFIC STUDY OFUFOS FOR THE BENEFIT OF HUMANITY THROUGHINVESTIGATION, RESEARCH, & EDUCATION.September 2008 Number 485Director’s MessageBy James CarrionJames CarrionMUFONUFO Journal(USPS 002970)(ISSN 02706822)Mutual UFO Network155 E. Boardwalk DriveSuite 300Fort Collins, CO 80525Tel: 970-232-3110Fax: 866-466-9173hq@mufon.comInternational DirectorJames Carrion, M.A.155 E. Boardwalk Drive, Suite 300Fort Collins, CO 80525Tel: 888-817-2220Fax: 866-466-9173jcarrion@mufon.comEditorSally Petersen, M.A.Tel: 888-817-2220Editor@mufon.comColumnistsGeorge Filer, M.B.A.Stanton Friedman, M.S.Gavin A. J. McLeodStaff artistsJohn EgertonWes CrumMark MarrenMUFON staff photographerNick RoeslerMUFON on the Internethttp://www.mufon.comMUFON Amateur Radio Net40 meters - 7.240 MHzSundays noon EST or EDSTis a Texas nonprofit corporation.The MUFON UFO Journal is published monthly bythe Mutual UFO Network, Inc., Fort Collins, CO. Periodi-cal postage paid at Versailles, MO.Individual Membership: $45/year U.S., $55 outsidethe U.S.Family members: $10 per person additionalStudent (18 years and under): $35 U.S. and $45outside the U.S.Donor: $100/year. Professional: $250/year. Pa-tron: $500/yearBenefactor (Lifetime Member): $1,500First class Journal delivery (in envelopes) U.S. andCanada only: $12/year additionalAir Mail Journal delivery to all other countries outsidethe United States: $35/year additionalChange of address and subscription or extracopies inquiries should be sent to MUFON, 155 E.Boardwalk Drive, Suite 300, Fort Collins, CO 80525.Postmaster: Send form 3579 to advise change ofaddress to: MUFON UFO Journal, 155 E. BoardwalkCopyright 2008 by the Mutual UFO Network. All Rights Reserved.Continued on page 22Discovery Channel showdate yet to be announcedAt MUFON Headquarters we havebeen receiving a number of inquiries onwhen MUFON’s Discovery Channelshow, “UFOs over the Earth,” is goingto air on television. Well the shortanswer is we are not sure but probablysometime at the end of 2008 or begin-ning of 2009. Most of the shooting hasbeen finished and now it is up to thecreative editors to put it all together.I just came back from a weeklongtrip to Mexico, where Ruben Uriarteand I investigated a number of recentUFO cases for the series. I will writeup a couple of these cases for futureissues of the Journal. If the showratings are favorable, it may end upbeing carried for a full season. What agreat way to showcase what MUFONdoes best – solid scientific investigationof the UFO Phenomenon.Symposium DVDsIf you missed the 2008 MUFONSymposium in San Jose, California, youcan now order all the SymposiumPresentations and Field InvestigatorWorkshops at theMUFON onlinestore at http://store.mufon.com.We will continueto offer new FieldInvestigatorworkshops atfuture MUFONSymposiumswhich willcontribute to ourbody of trainingmaterial. StateTraining coordinators should use thesetraining DVDs in conjunction with thenew MUFON Field Investigatorsmanual in State Field Investigatortraining classes to ensure consistenteducation of new MUFON FieldInvestigators in proper field investiga-tion techniques.
    • 3MUFON UFO JournalSeptember 2008“Signs” over Bucks County, PennsylvaniaOver 100 UFO sightings reported over the summerBy John J. VentreMUFON State DirectorPennsylvania & West VirginiaSomething strange has been occurring over the skies ofPennsylvania. Residents have reported 114 UFO sightings onMUFON CMS from June through August 31 across Pennsyl-vania.Two types of objects are reported over Bucks CountyOrdinarily there are eight to ten sightings reported toCMS per month in the entire state of Pennsylvania. However,this summer there were 16 reports in June, 63 in July, and 25in August. Forty-four of the 114 sightings have been in BucksCounty, which is north of Philadelphia. This is the largestUFO wave across Pennsylvania since 1973.The series of sightings actually began on January 27,2008, when a star-like object was observed. There were twomore sightings reported in March, four in April, and one inMay, eight in June, seven in July, and five in August overBucks County, Pennsylvania. There were similar sightingsover Western Pennsylvania. Bucks County is a suburb ofPhiladelphia and coincidentally was the location for MelGibson’s movie “Signs.”The sightings over Bucks County alone involved twotypes of objects. Twelve residents saw a bright star-likeobject predominately above cloud level. Nine residents saw aboomerang V-shaped object at lower levels. Among thewitnesses are a retired homicide detective and an activepolice officer who is a military buff and who says he hasnever seen anything like this in our military. Other witnesseshave been logging unusual activity over the Oxford ValleyMall area as well as numerous other hot spots over Philadel-phia since 2001. The Oxford Valley Mall is a bi-level malllocated in a regional shopping district adjacent to SesamePlace in Langhorne, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.MUFON Field Investigators Bob Gardner and ElisaSimon have been very active in interviewing witnesses andverifying their accounts. Gardner has investigated 53 cases,and Simon has investigated 10 cases.Sightings sparked extensive media interestThe events have been covered widely in the media. OnJune 27, Elisa Simon contacted the local police as well as theBucks County Courier Times. Reporter Jim McGinnis con-tacted me for a story and said he would like to accompany aninvestigator on a case. (He hasn’t.) He ran his story on July2, 2008. Two radio stations and two other newspapers alsocontacted me. Bob Gardner was also contacted by local radioand interviewed by three newspapers. The PhiladelphiaInquirer ran a two page story on July 11. Gardner appearedon local ABC, CBS, and FOX television news. Bob was also aguest on the Paranormal Café internet show and was con-tacted by the internet site UFO Casebook.The following day, ABC channel 6 news interviewed alocal store owner who sells Chinese lanterns. The owner’sconclusion was that residents are seeing these lit candles thatfloat up like balloons. (He must have read about the recentlights over Phoenix where they drew the same conclusion.)The only problem with this theory is that these Chineselanterns don’t look like the objects being reported and thestore didn’t open until June. There were nine reportedsightings prior to this store even being in business!My first personal UFO sightingEven though I am the State Director for MUFONPennsylvania, I had never personally seen a UFO—until theevening of Sunday, June 29. I let my two dogs out around10:15 PM. Something in the sky caught my attention and Ilooked up. I saw a bright star-like object traveling toward thenortheast at approximately 2000 MPH. It was much largerthan an airplane. It went behind some clouds and didn’treappear. I immediately went inside and told my girlfriendwhat I saw and commented that “we don’t have anythingthat looks or flies like that!” The following day, I told theemployees in my office what I saw. An administrativeassistant said she also saw something around 10 PM. Whatshe described was the same as what I saw, flying in the samedirection.The Discovery Channel is filming a MUFON based seriescalled “UFOs over the Earth.” They flew into Pennsylvania inJuly to film and interview witnesses of the Bucks CountyUFO sightings. Filming concluded in August. They brought aphoto expert and we conducted bio-chemical tests. Resultswill be reported at a later date.Sightings Summary thru 8/31/08Compiled by Bob Gardner, FIFrom January 1 – August 24 this year, there have been153 cases in Pennsylvania reported to MUFON.Sixty-three of those sightings were in July, which wasthe most reported sightings for a single month for any state,with California having the second highest number of reportedsightings, at 32.Bob Gardner, the Lead Investigator on most of thecurrent Metro Philadelphia cases, has handled 53 cases sincethe end of March. Forty-two cases occurred in the metroPhiladelphia area alone.There have been 61 total sightings reported since January1 in the Metro (five-county) Philadelphia area. The MetroContinued on page 4
    • September 20084 MUFON UFO JournalPhiladelphia Area consists of Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester,Delaware, and Montgomery Counties.Of the 61 total cases in the Metro Philadelphia area sinceJanuary 1, 14 cases occurred between January 1 – June 24.Following is a sampling of some of the reports.Case report summariesMarch 28, 2008, 10:20 PMHatboro, PA (Montgomery County)Rich Ferello was walking his dog when he looked out tothe eastern sky. He noticed an aircraft heading southwest atan extreme height and then observed four unusual lookingcraft coming east, flying low without any noise. Each crafthad at least one red light on the top in addition to whiteflashing and static lights on their fronts and sides. The craftswere not following any of the normal flight patterns. Thecrafts approached the east, then swerved north and started tofly away. The witness immediately returned to his house andmentioned the sighting to his wife, Jo Anne. He looked out ofthe bathroom window and called his wife to come to thewindow as the crafts had circled around and were flyingsomewhat in a circle again. They made no noise. Mr. Ferellocalled to his son, Justin, who also came to the window andthought that they appeared unusual. The crafts appeared tofly in the same manner as helicopters with their quickmovements, but without the noise. Rich said during ourinterview, “We thought that they might have been searchingfor something but they didn’t use any searchlights. Afterabout 15 minutes they then flew off in a northwest direction.Several minutes later we observed and heard several aircraftfly north using the usual flight patterns.” The Ferello familywas interviewed by State Director John Ventre on 7/13/2008for the Discovery Channel Special, UFOs over the Earth.(Report taken by F.I. Bob Gardner)April 20, 2008, 03:00 AM, Levittown, PADenise Murter was awakened from sleep by a noise thatsounded like a screen ripping. Her dog was growling as well.Denise looked out back and saw an object hovering in thesky that had lights on the front of the craft and also emitted acone shaped light from its underbelly. After watching thisobject for 30 minutes, the witness woke her husband Danand together they observed the craft for about another 20minutes. The witness also had three other sightings after thisone. The second sighting occurred on May 20, 2008, at 4AM, for a duration of 30 minutes. The third sighting oc-curred on June 12, 2008, at 1 AM, also for a duration of 30minutes. Both of these sightings were similar to the first. Aseparate report was filed for the fourth sighting, whichoccurred on July 8, as it was significantly different. Thiswitness was interviewed once by me and again by me andState Director John Ventre for the Discovery special, UFOsover the Earth. (F.I. Bob Gardner)June 3, 2008, 04:20 AM, Doylestown, PACliff Vandegrift woke up at approximately 4:20 AM onJune 3rd, 2008, rolled over and looked out his window. As hestared out at the sky, Cliff noticed a small cloud was movingcloser at a very slow speed. The closer it came, the less itlooked like a cloud and the more it began to take a definiteshape—that of an elongated hexagon, dark gray in color justPennsylvania SightingsContinued from page 3Denise Murter sighting on April 20, 2008. Photo takenfrom her back yard.Computer-generated illustrations of Cliff Vandergrift’sJune 3, 2008, sighting at Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
    • 5MUFON UFO JournalSeptember 2008a shade darker than the backdrop of the sky. Also, this objectwas very large, which made it difficult to tell its size or itsheight. He estimated that it was at an altitude of approxi-mately 600 feet, and that it was at least over 100 feet wideand 100 feet long, with two of the sides slightly longer thanthe other four. As the witness got out of bed and went to thewindow (which was open) he noticed that there was nosound coming from the object. Cliff then went outside to geta closer look at the craft and witnessed the object make acomplete circle around his property. Then the craft returnedalong the same path on which it originally approached,toward the south, and then it gained altitude and disappeared.The witness had a repeat sighting on July 27that 4:05AM. The craft did pretty much the same thing as before, butthis time, Mr. Vandegrift got a much better look at it. Aspreviously stated, the craft was hexagonal in shape, but itwas not just one craft, but six craft connected to each other!The witness also got a better look at the top of the multi-partcraft and observed that the sides were gray in color withprotrusions and indentations. There were definitely some sortof windows on the craft with spirals and aerials protrudingabove the top of the craft. Mr. Vandegrift was interviewed byField Investigators Elisa Simon and Bob Gardner along withState Director John Ventre on 7/12/2008 for the DiscoveryChannel Special, UFOs over the Earth. (F.I. Elisa Simon)June 25, 2008, 01:00 AM, Levittown, PAOn June 25th around 1:00 AM, Anthony Gurka was onhis front porch when he noticed a strange sound that wasvery similar to the sound of a passenger jet but not as low intone and at a higher pitch. As he heard the sound he lookedup in the sky and saw a boomerang shaped object fairly lowto the ground (roughly 1000 feet above the ground). It hadwhite lights from the points of the boomerang spaced evenlyto the middle of the boomerang and had a football shapedbody with mirrored lights on both sides of the body with theback light being red, the middle white, and the last beinggreen. It moved at a fairly slow pace. The whole event lastedroughly five minutes. This witness wasinterviewed once by me and again by meand SD John Ventre for the DiscoveryChannel Special, UFOs over the Earth on7/12/2008. (F.I. Bob Gardner)July 8, 2008, 04:10 AM, Levittown, PADenise Murter was out in the yardwith her dog at 4.10 AM on July 8, 2008.This was her fourth sighting since mid-April. She looked up in the sky and sawfour lights this time, three on the front ofthe object that looked like two eyes and anose and were as bright as head lights,and a pink colored light toward the rearof the object. The craft emitted a blue fogout of what appeared to be the rear; thefog contained silver flakes which fell through two trees,filtering down through the trees until they hovered aboutthree feet off the ground. After a while the silver flakes wentback up to the object. The witness observed the wholeencounter for 40 minutes this time. A robin which had livedin one of the affected trees for four months was found deadon the patio the next morning. The robin and tree brancheshave been sent off to different labs to be tested; preliminaryresults show significant changes in the chemical makeup ofthe branches. (F.I. Bob Gardner)July 16, 2008, 11:45 PM, Philadelphia, PASunnie DeAngelis-Gardner saw an “H” shaped object inthe sky as she was coming home from work. She noticed thecraft in the sky as she was stopped at a stop sign. Therewere four white lights on the near side and at least two whitelights on the far side with a red light in the middle. As sheContinued on page 6Illustration drawn by Anthony Gurka of his June 25, 2008 sighting.Photo of Denise Murter’s sighting on July 8, 2008.
    • September 20086 MUFON UFO JournalPennsylvania SightingsContinued from page 5continued to drive slowly she lost sight of it behind the treesthat lined the street. The craft just seemed to hover in thesky. Sunnie described the event in an interview, “I was a fewblocks from home and the object looked like it was hoveringover the woods behind my house like the Police Helicoptersdo when they are looking for someone or kids drinking in thepark, but my husband said that no helicopters were aroundGeorge Filer of NUFOC (www.nationalufocenter.com,also known as “Filer’s Files”) reports the following aboutthe Pennsylvania sightings in File #35, August 27, 2008.Filer’s Files reports coverage of Pennsylvania sightings in the mediaDrawing by Sunnie DeAnglis-Gardner of her sighting July16, 2008.within this time frame. It was an “H” shaped object thatreminded me of a Tie Fighter from Star Wars.” The witnessis the wife of this MUFON Field Investigator. (F.I. BobGardner)August 3, 2008, 10:10 PM, Philadelphia, PATony Fusco was sitting on his balcony looking at thenight sky when he heard an electronic type sound in his rightear. The sound occurred again a couple of minutes later. Heturned in the direction of the sound and saw the objectcoming from the West to the East. The witness lives near thePhiladelphia International Airport and there were no planescome from that direction at that time. The object was just aball of light travelling slowly and silently with no blinkinglights of any kind. As it got closer to him it just faded out anddisappeared in a red flash. Tony said, “For some reason UFOactivity in the Philadelphia area has been intensifying in thepast year and that something is definitely going on.” It’sinteresting to note that there were three other confirmedsightings of this exact event on the same day and time framein Deptford, New Jersey (which is right across the WaltWhitman Bridge from Philly), in West Virginia, and inMichigan. The Fusco family—other family members havehad other sightings in the past as well—was interviewed byF.I. Bob Gardner for the Discovery Channel Special, UFOsover the Earth on 8/11/2008. (F.I. Bob Gardner)Bucks County—FoxTV inPhiladelphiareports,“Sofar,nobodyhas reported taking a ride in any unidentified flying objects.” Butpeople who never believed in them before say they’ve sightedthem, literally, in their own backyards. [Fox 29’s Gerald] Kolpanreported that, back when he was a kid, it seemed people spottedUFOs every few minutes and there was something of a panic overthem. Most of that panic has subsided, but people still see them—especially people in Bucks County.“The first time I ever saw it was above this yellow townhouse,”said Denise, who believes she was a UFO witness. Denise has seenUFOs over her backyard five times sinceApril. “It was kind of ovalshaped and it was about the size of a car, a small car, and it had threegiant headlights on the bottom of it,” she said.Since June 25 between Bucks and Philadelphia, 44 such bogeyshave been spied. How do we know? Well, people like Denise havepictures. “Between the malls to my right and Don Pablo’s therehave beenV-shaped objects,” said Bob Gardner, a field investigatorfor MUFON. He says the sightings over Bucks are legion, in regularold neighborhoods, right over the Oxford Valley Mall and abovethe now-shuttered Don Pablo’s restaurant.“With the universe that vast, it’s like Columbus discoveredAmerica, these aliens or extraterrestrials are trying to discover newworlds,” Gardner said.…Bucks County residents have snapped pictures of what theybelieve are UFOs.There have been dozens of sightings recently in the suburbanPhiladelphia County, and Kolpan found neighbors aren’t afraid totalk about it.
    • 7MUFON UFO JournalSeptember 2008By Ted Peters & Julie FroehligAlthough the UFO phenomenon only suggests withoutrequiring speculation about the existence of extraterrestrialintelligent life (ETI), the possible connection between flyingsaucers and space aliens has been present since the Roswellcase in 1947. The 1951 movie, The Day the Earth StoodStill, sealed into our minds the image of shiny space shipspiloted by beings from a more advanced civilization some-where among the stars. Just how we earthlings might reactto contact has become a big question. In trying to answerthis question, many have suggested that the more highlyevolved and more technologically advanced aliens wouldprovide such a challenge to traditional religious believers thattheir faith would be shattered. Extraterrestrial intelligencemeans crisis if not collapse to terrestrial religious beliefs.Could this be true? How might we test to see if it is true?The two of us authoring this article decided to test thefollowing hypothesis: upon confirmation of contact betweenearth and an extraterrestrial civilization of intelligent beings,the long established religious traditions of earth wouldconfront a crisis of belief and perhaps even collapse. The testwould include two forms of evidence: (1) what theologianssay about the prospect of ETI’s existence plus (2) a surveyasking believers what they actually believe about this topic.Evidence gathered from both sources tends to disconfirm thehypothesis.What do theologians say about ETI?A report by Ted Peters on the history of theologicalspeculation regarding the existence of “other worlds” inGod’s creation has been available for some time now. In thebook chapter, “Exotheology: Speculations on ExtraterrestrialLife,” he cites medieval and contemporary theologiansdebating the matter of ETI. Even though some theologianssuch as Thomas Aquinas thought that the idea of “one world”suggests a higher level of perfection than does “manyworlds,” the preponderance of religious thinkers has favoredthe view that God’s creatures could live in many locationsthroughout our universe. Among contemporary religiousthinkers, examples can be cited among Roman Catholics,mainline Protestants, evangelical Protestants, and Jews whoplace ETI within the scope of God’s graced creation.1Among contemporary Roman Catholic theologians,University of Tübingen’s Hans Küng has said that “we mustallow for living beings, intelligent—although quite different—living beings, also on other stars of the immense universe.”2Similarly, Georgetown University theologian John Haughtgreets “encounter with alternative intelligent worlds” as anoccasion “for theology to enlarge its sense of God and divinecreativity.”3Just recently, “L’Observatore Romano reportedJose Gabriel Funes, Director of the Vatican Observatory,saying, “How can we rule out that life may have developedelsewhere? Just as we consider earthly creatures as‘brothers’ and ‘sisters,’ why should we not talk about an‘extraterrestrial brother’? It would still be part of creation.”4Is Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life a Threat to Religion?Theologian studies beliefs about aliens among the religious1Ted Peters, “Exotheology: Speculations on Extraterrestrial Life”Science, Theology, and Ethics (Aldershot UK: Ashgate, 2003)chapter 6.2Hans Küng, Eternal Life? (New York: Doubleday, 1984) 224.3John F. Haught, Science and Religion: From Conflict toConversation (Mahwah NJ: Paulist Press, 1995) 2974David Ariel, “Vatican: It’s OK to believe in aliens” AP story,May 13, 2008. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080513/ap_on_re_eu/vatican_aliens .5Wolfhart Pannenberg, Systematic Theology (3 Volumes: GrandRapids MI: Eerdmans, 1989-1997) 2:75-76.6David Wilkinson, Alone in the Universe? (Crowborough UK:Monarch, 1997) 138.7Ibid., 136.8Victoria Alexander, “Extraterrestrial Life and Religion,” in UFOReligions, edited by James R. Lewis (Amherst NY: Prometheus,2003) 360.9The summary report and all raw data for the Peters ETIReligious Crisis Survey of 2008 can be accessed at the followingweb site: http://www.counterbalance.org.etsurvey.html .Speculation regarding the existenceof “other worlds” in God’s creationhas been available at least sincemedieval times.Among contemporary Protestant theologians, Universityof Munich’s Wolfhart Pannenberg takes up the issue ofredemption for extraterrestrial creatures in his SystematicTheology.5British scientist-theologian David Wilkinson holdsthat “at present there is no strong evidence for extraterrestrialintelligence. [Yet,] as a scientist and a Christian I want toencourage the search for extraterrestrial life and intelligence.”6He registers a level of enthusiasm about the speculativeprospect of ETI. “I believe that the discovery ofextraterrestrial intelligence would be exciting for theChristian, for it would open up even more of the glory andstunning creativity of the God revealed to us in Jesus.” 7From this, we can see that theologians do not register fear ofa crisis or collapse at hearing news confirming the existence
    • September 20088 MUFON UFO JournalQ3. Official confirmation of the discovery of a civilization ofintelligent beings living on another planet would so undercut mybeliefs that my beliefs would face a crisis.8%10%83%7% 7%85%3%5%92%4%6%90%0%8%92%11%4%85%0%6%94%1%9%89%0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Agree/Strongly agree Neither agree nordisagreeDisagree/StronglydisagreeCatholics AllProt Evan AllProt Ml AllOrthodoxMormonJewishBuddhistNon-ReligiuosQ4. Official confirmation of the discovery of a civilization ofintelligent beings living on another planet would so undercut thebeliefs of my particular religious tradition that my religioustradition would face a crisis.22%12%67%14% 13%73%12% 11%77%10% 10%80%0%5%95%17%4%78%0% 1%99%3%16%81%0%20%40%60%80%100%120%Agree/Strongly agree Neither agree nordisagreeDisagree/StronglydisagreeCatholics AllProt Evan AllProt Ml AllOrthodoxMormonJewishBuddhistNon-ReligiuosQ5. Even though my religious (or non-religious) viewpointwould remain unaffected, contact with extraterrestrials wouldso undercut traditional beliefs, that the worlds religions wouldface a crisis.30% 30%40%31%24%45%35%26%39%36%16%48%34%39%26%40%33%26%40%31% 29%69%10%21%0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%Agree/Strongly agree Neither agree nordisagreeDisagree/StronglydisagreeCatholics AllProt Evan AllProt Ml AllOrthodoxMormonJewishBuddhistNon-ReligiuosContinued on page 10of extraterrestrial intelligence. We mustconclude that theological speculationregarding ETI does not reveal anantipathy or fragility regarding thepossible existence of alien neighbors inspace.What do surveys reveal about ETIand religious belief?Of value in testing our hypothesis isthe survey of Victoria Alexander. In1994 Alexander conducted a survey ofU.S. clergy regarding their religiousresponses to extraterrestrial life. Sheprovided clergy from Protestant,Catholic and Jewish congregations witha set of questions such as: would youagree that “official confirmation of thediscovery of an advanced, techno-logically superior extraterrestrialcivilization would have severe negativeeffects on the country’s moral, social,and religious foundations”? Shetabulated her data and concluded: “Insharp contrast to the ‘conventionalwisdom’ that religion would collapse,ministers surveyed do not feel theirfaith and the faith of their congregationwould be threatened.” 8In the spring and summer of 2008we followed up on the Alexander studyby distributing questionnaires to gatherdata for the Peters ETI Religious CrisisSurvey. This survey expands the scopeto include seven religious traditions:Roman Catholic, mainline Protestant,evangelical Protestant, OrthodoxChristian, Mormon, Jewish andBuddhist traditions.We asked clergy, lay, and religious(monks, nuns, etc.), whether, in theevent of confirmation of ETI, arespondent’s own personal beliefsmight confront a crisis; the beliefs ofhis or her tradition; the beliefs of otherreligious traditions; and numerousadditional questions. No evidence of awidespread sense of threat to religion inany of these categories appeared. Tothe contrary, confidence that the newknowledge of ETI would beincorporated into systems of religiousbelief was predominant.9Note here in question 3, forIs ETI a threat to religion?Continued from page 9
    • 9MUFON UFO JournalSeptember 2008example, that among the 1325 respondentsthe vast majority expect no crisis todevelop when learning of ETI. Notefurther that this refers to their ownpersonal religious belief, which may bedistinguishable from the beliefs of thereligious tradition with which they self-identify. What is significant, we believe, isthis: adherents to the world’s religiousbelief systems foresee very little if anythreat to their personal beliefs.Question 4 differs somewhat fromQuestion 3. Here we ask each individualbeliever to speak on behalf of his or herreligious tradition. Note two things. First,again, the vast majority of adherents to ourseven tested religious traditions (plus non-religious) perceive no threat of crisis whenengaging ETI. Second, the numbers differslightly from Question 3 reviewed above: we see a fractionmore in the agree/strongly agree category. Might we perceivehere a slight worry that one’s religious tradition is morevulnerable to a crisis than one’s own personal belief?to religion. What might this reveal? Could it suggest that thewidespread assumption that religion is fragile and subject to acrisis is an idea promulgated by nonbelievers?ConclusionIn conclusion, we find neither theologians nor averageadherents to religious traditions are fearful that their beliefsystems will be upset at the news of extraterrestrial contact.More precisely, people who embrace a traditional religiousbelief system do not fear for their own personal belief; norare they particularly worried about their own respectivereligious tradition. A shred of evidence suggests that believersin one religious tradition might be more inclined to imputefragility to other religions to which they do not subscribe orabout which they know little. Our central finding is this: thehypothesis that the major religious traditions of our worldwill confront a crisis let alone a collapse is not confirmed bythe Peters ETI Religious Crisis Survey. In addition, it appearsthat non-religious persons are much more likely to deemreligion fragile and crisis prone than would those who holdreligious beliefs.Ted Peters, MDiv, PhD, teaches theology at PacificLutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate TheologicalUnion in Berkeley, California. In addition to his work as atheologian and educator, he is a prolific author and editor onChristian and Lutheran theology in the modern world. He co-edits the journal, Theology and Science, for the Center forTheology and the Natural Sciences. He is author of UFOs—God’s Chariots? (Westminster John Knox 1976) as well as TheEvolution of Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Life (Pandora2008). He served formerly as Louisiana State Director forMUFON.Julie Froehlig teaches natural science at St. John’s Schoolin San Francisco.Q5. Even though my religious (or non-religious) viewpointwould remain unaffected, contact with extraterrestrials would soundercut traditional beliefs, that the worlds religions would facea crisis.34%27%40%69%10%21%0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%Agree/Strongly agree Neither agree nordisagreeDisagree/StronglydisagreeAll ReligiousGroups (943)Non-Religiuos(194)What is significant, we believe, is this:adherents to the world’s religiousbelief systems foresee very little if anythreat to their personal beliefs.Now, let us turn to the question regarding other people’sreligions. What do believers say about other people’s beliefs?What do non-religious people say about religious people’sbeliefs? Question 5 gets at this.Here in Question 5 we see that the majority of self-identified religious adherents remain in the disagree/stronglydisagree category. Yet, the agree/strongly agree cluster issignificantly higher than in question 3 and still higher than in4. Those who identify with a major religious tradition give amodest degree of credence to the forecast that the world’sreligions—religions other than their own—might confront acrisis. Some degree of credence, only, we stress; yet, it isstill worth noting. Could it be the case that an individualreligious believer is slightly more worried about someoneelse’s beliefs than his or her own?When we turn to comparing religious believers withnonbelievers, what we find is startling. Below is a compositefor Question 5. Note how a significant majority (69%) ofthose who identify as non-religious project a crisis forreligion. This is twice the average of those who are affiliatedwith a religious group (34%). That is, the non-religious havea much more negative forecast for religion than do adherents
    • September 200810 MUFON UFO Journal123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212Book Review . . .The UFO Experience Reconsidered: Science and SpeculationBy Robert L. Mason, 2007. Schooner Moon Books,Mendocino, California. ISBN 978-0-6151-9045-7. Paper-back, 150 pages. $19.95.Continued on page 11About UFOs: ThoughtfulSpeculations, Respect for ScienceReviewed by Donald R. Burleson, Ph.D.This book is a voyage of conceptual discovery for boththe reader and the author, a professional engineer whocharacterizes himself as essentially a kind of UFO agnosticwho, like the rest of us, would like to know the truth aboutthe fascinating subject of UFOs.He begins by saying that the field of UFO studies is“extraordinarily polluted” by irrelevant forms of mysticismand nonsense. He’s right; to this day in most bookstores onefinds the UFO books shelved alongside books on witchcraft,Tarot card reading, and kindred species of foolishness. Hardscience, he says, is what we need, and he has my vote onthat one.Mason correctly identifies astronomer Allen Hynek as aprimary source of inspiration, though complaining that muchof Dr. Hynek’s data was anecdotal, a common experience forsure. We all know that hard empirical data can be tricky tocome by in this field, but the important thing is the under-standing that this is precisely what we need nonetheless, ifthe field is ever to enjoy respect in mainstream scientificcircles.Citing a case report from 1958 by an acquaintancenamed Gordon Chism, Mason makes the point that even askeptic has to find some witness accounts compelling, andone must keep an open mind. The case he cites is a gratify-ingly detailed report from a witness who appears perceptiveand articulate. The account is not at all unusual as UFOreports go, but it does serve the purpose of recording apossibly important case that might otherwise never have beenknown.In the spirit of scientific inquiry, the author indulges in anumber of thought experiments to try to explain at least someairborne phenomena. This strikes me as a productive ap-proach, one often used in science. (In quantum theory, forexample, the famous “Schrödinger’s Cat” scenario is avaluable thought experiment.) In one of these mental ven-tures, Mason suggests a possible connection between UFOsightings and the effects of sunspot activity on high atmo-spheric optics, though he admits the available solar datawould not seem to provide any significant correlations withUFO sightings.Much good science has gotten done over the years byway of reasoned speculation, and Mason turns his ownspeculative eye upon the quantum phenomenon of particleentanglement and its possible employment for the purpose ofcreating plasma-like “virtual” spacecraft that some observersmay take to be physical aerial objects. The author remarksthat this sort of thing couldaccount for their being “nohard physical evidence,” butthe problem with this is thatthere has been hard physicalevidence, e.g. the Roswellcrash debris seen and handledby many people.Mason struggles with theproblem that the majority ofalien life forms purportedlyseen by contactees arehumanoid, suggesting aparallel development thatseems improbable in terms ofbiological evolution. One feelsthat another hypothesis shouldbe entertained here—that humankind may be, in some sense,the offspring of these extra-terrestrials, which would helpaccount for the similarities of form.The author considers various possible ways of explainingthe apparent presence of strange craft in our skies—possibili-ties ranging from quantum teleportation to the notion ofparticle-beam projections that could produce a sort ofhologram effect in our skies. We ourselves are alreadystarting to experiment with quantum teleportation on theparticle level; this possibility would clearly go a long waytoward answering the old argument that other star systemsare too far away to allow ordinary travel across the distancesinvolved.The idea of particle-beam projections producing ahologram effect could offer an explanation that would haveits impact on the problem that high-velocity sharp-angle turnsshould be harmful to a pilot—a hologram could of courseturn as sharply and as fast as its projecting intelligence mightwish, with no ill effects. This “hologram” idea is, to meanyway, the most interesting of the author’s ruminations. Ican think of no logical or scientific reason why hologramprojections of this kind, even over long distances, would bestrictly impossible, especially given that our own knowledgeof some areas of physics is still pretty much in its infancy.One serious objection, though, is obviously that holo-gram projections could possibly account for only some UFO
    • 11MUFON UFO JournalSeptember 2008By Tyler A. KokjohnDirect exploration of our solar system has revealed anastonishing diversity of environments among the planets andtheir many satellites. The discovery of new places in whichpre-biotic chemistry or novel life forms might exist hasignited the interest of the scientific community and spawneda new research program, the National Aeronautics and SpaceAdministration (NASA)Astrobiology Institute (13).Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)The idea that technology-using intelligent life existselsewhere is widely held (9) and the Search for Extraterres-trial Intelligence program (SETI), is now underway to detectcoherent electromagnetic radiation signals originating fromspace (17). Despite such palpable optimism about theprospects for finding evidence of life in our own solarsystem, many scientists are decidedly negative when itcomes to the idea that UFO observations constitute persua-sive evidence that our planet has accommodated extraterres-trial visitors. This skepticism concerning the visitationhypothesis partially reflects strong doubts over the vastdistances involved and technical obstacles associated withtraversing interstellar space to reach our lonely little planet.Friedman’s Flying Saucers and ScienceTwo recent books offer some provocative conjecturesand possibilities concerning the feasibility of alien visitation.Stanton Friedman in Flying Saucers and Science (5) per-forms calculations and concludes enormous interstellardistances are not insurmountable barriers and that neighbor-ing space-faring civilizations could reach our planet. Further,he goes on to suggest that nearby stars zeta 1 and 2 Reticuliare a likely source of the extraterrestrial visitors he believesare already here.Mason’s The UFO Experience ReconsideredRobert L. Mason in The UFO Experience Reconsidered(10) reminds us of ideas championed by the eminent astrono-mer Harlow Shapley who postulated the existence of“Lilliputs,” small, dim stars unobserved (at that time) in thedarkness of space. Shapley’s Lilliputs, now designated browndwarfs, are abortive stars with gravitational masses insuffi-cient to initiate the nuclear fusion reactions that power ourmuch larger sun. These dim, sub-stellar objects are challeng-ing to observe, but a survey with the Hubble Space Telescoperevealed they exist in substantial numbers (14, 15). Masonalso draws attention to astronomer Franklin Roach whoextended Shapley’s ideas and hypothesized Lilliputs may existcomparatively near our solar system and could possiblyharbor life (10).Making those ideas more intriguing is the discovery ofsmall, planet-sized sub-stellar objects traveling through spaceentirely alone (7, 15). Since they are not orbiting a star, theseobjects are not planets in a strict sense, leading to theirclassification as planetary mass objects or planemos. Clearly,our knowledge concerning the contents of our universe, howobjects within it are distributed and the collective implicationsof these findings have become more complex recently.Our solar system is more crowded than we thoughtAstronomers have confirmed that the immediate solarneighborhood is a bit more crowded than once supposed.Surveys conducted by the Research Consortium on NearbyContinued on page 12Exploring possibilities of life elsewhere in the universeTwo books offer provocative conjectures about feasibility of alien visitationBook Review: The UFO Experience ReconsideredContinued from page 10phenomena, since a hologram presumably could not producephysical trace effects. But we do have physical trace effects,as in the Delphos, Kansas, event, or as in the Socorro, NewMexico, case in which landing pod marks in the sand wereobserved and even photographed and could only have beenmade by a heavy object. I should point out, though, infairness, that the author nowhere claims that all cases mightbe explained as holograms.Mason straightforwardly admits in the end that it isdifficult to draw any definite conclusions in this field. He hasindulged in speculation throughout, but he has been careful tocall it speculation, and to entertain it in a spirit of scientificcuriosity that demands consistency and coherence. Despite afew errors (e.g. the author cites a doubtful date for theRoswell incident, and the word “sign” is used once where“sine” is intended), one feels that this book, while leaving theUFO phenomenon an unresolved mystery, does so throughan honest realization that it is a mystery, and that it would bepresumptuous to suggest otherwise. A variety of hypothesesmust always exist, and Robert Mason examines a few of themore intriguing of these, to good effect overall.Donald R. Burleson, Ph.D., is a mathematician andretired educator who lives in Roswell, New Mexico. He isthe State Director for MUFON New Mexico. His email isburleson@dfn.com.
    • September 200812 MUFON UFO JournalStars (RECONS) have steadily increased the number ofknown stellar and sub-stellar objects within 10 parsecs (32.6light years) of our sun (16). Recent observations haverevealed that our own solar system harbors quite a diversityof small worlds, perhaps substantial numbers of them, at itsmost remote fringes.Several sizeable objects in orbit far beyond Neptune, insome instances larger than the dwarf planet Pluto, haverecently been discovered, characterized and named. Object50000 Quaoar lies within the Kuiper belt, a zone of solidbodies well beyond the orbit of Neptune (8). Other surveyshave revealed larger objects, including Orcus (18) and adwarf planet bigger than Pluto, Eris, attended by its ownsatellite, Dysnomia (2). Beyond the Kuiper belt and possiblytraversing the Oort cloud, the far distant region harboring thecomets and extending perhaps half the distance to alphaCentauri (1, 4), is Sedna (6).Considering the ideas of Friedman and Mason in thecontext of recent astronomical discoveries leads to a tantaliz-ing conjecture—what if getting here could actually be a biteasier than has commonly been thought? Interstellar dis-tances are vast and the technical challenges that must beovercome to traverse them are daunting. However, newdiscoveries have revealed that the space between stars is notan enormous empty void, but instead contains a sprinkling ofsmall worlds exhibiting a diversity of conditions and poten-tials. The exact distribution and physical properties of thesemysterious bodies await full elucidation, but the accumulatingnew data regarding their abundance and compositions invitesspeculation that comets or the other large objects at the farfringes of our solar system in the Kuiper belt, Oort cloud andbeyond could represent something akin to stepping stones totravelers or their exploration devices (3).Up-close studies of Jupiter family comets such asTempel 1 and others from still more distant reaches such asHyakutake and Halley’s comet revealed both their physicaldiversity and suggest essential molecules (e.g. water andvolatile organics) are widely distributed and abundantthroughout the remotest realms of the Oort cloud (1,11,12).If interstellar safe harbors are available and offer someprospect of resources replenishment, the logistics, risks andpotential rewards of far-flung explorations change immedi-ately. In principle, an impossibly long expedition couldbecome a series of more manageable smaller steps.No signs of life yet; doesn’t mean it’s not thereThe SETI surveys of nearby, predominately sun-likestars thus far have failed to reveal any sign of intelligentcivilizations. This failure to observe coherent signals does notnecessarily mean that technology using civilizations cannotexist at these locations. All that can be said with certainty isthat nothing has been detected. A key limitation in the searchfor life beyond our planet is the fact that n = 1; we know agood deal about life on earth, but at the moment have noother systems for comparison. Although rooted firmly inobservation and indisputable scientific fact, we have beenquick to narrow the search by assuming that extraterrestrialintelligent life will most likely reside on planets in orbit aroundsun-like stars within narrow habitable zones.When it comes to finding intelligent life, we may havebeen so dazzled by worlds illuminated by bright, sun-likestars to imagine the situation may be more complicated.Seeking the proverbial needle in a haystack, it might be wiseto consider that to some degree attention could have beenfocused most intensively on the wrong haystack. Theilluminated worlds may be only one part of a substantiallylarger story. In addition, it is also possible that a long-agoevolved civilization capable of space travel may not necessar-ily be located at its place of origination at the precise momentwe happen to discover them.So, where are they? Freeman Dyson (3) reminds us that“nature is usually more imaginative than we are.” Perhapsthey are far closer than many have dared to think.References1) A’Hearn, M. F. 2006. Whence Comets? Science 314:1708-1709.2) Brown, M. E. and E. L. Schaller. 2007. The Mass of DwarfPlanet Eris. Science 316:1585.3) Dyson, F. J. 1997. Warm-Blooded Plants and Freeze-Dried Fish.The Atlantic Monthly 280:71-80.4) Fitzsimmons, A. 2006. Ice Among the Rocks. Science 312:535-536.5) Friedman, Stanton. 2008. Flying Saucers and Science. NewPage Books, Franklin Lakes, NJ, 320 pages.6) Irion, R. 2004. Far-out Ice World. Science 303(5665):1743.7) Jayawardhana, R., and V. D. Ivanov. 2006. Discovery of aYoung Planetary-mass Binary. www.sciencexperss.org / 3August 2006 / Page 1 / 10.1126/science.1132128.8) Jewitt, D. C. and J. Luu. 2004. Crystalline Water Ice on theKuiper Belt Object (50000) Quaoar. Nature 432:731-733.9) Kerr, R. A. 2005. Are We Alone in the Universe? Science309:88.10) Mason, R. L. 2008. The UFO Experience Reconsidered:Science and Speculation. Schooner Moon Books,Mendocino, CA, 150 pages.Possibilities of life in the universeContinued from page 11www.alliesofhumanity.org(Book 1 FREE online)MUFON2006DVD:MVSummersonThe Alien Agenda and the Ethics of ContactAvailablefromNKL,1-800-938-3891The Allies Of HumanityThe Allies Of HumanityThe Allies Of HumanityThe Allies Of HumanityThe Allies Of HumanityBooks 1 & 2By Marshall Vian Summers“Itisaverydifficultsituationtobethe race that is discovered to bethe natives of a new world.”Continued on page 12
    • 13MUFON UFO JournalSeptember 200812345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234561234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345612345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234561234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345612345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234561234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345612345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456September27–28. 10thAnnual BayArea Expo. Santa Clara,CA. www.thebayareaufoexpo.com/October 16-18. Culture of Contact UFO Festival. Mythologyis Reality. Stephen Basset, William Birnes, Richard Dolan,Budd Hopkins, GiorgioTsoukalis, many more. Jersey City,NJ. 718-786-0094. http://cultureofcontact.squarespace.com/October 25. Pennsylvania MUFON Conference. JohnVentre, Stan Gordon, Rick Fischer near Kecksbug PA.www.pamufon.com(412)2512734.November 1. Mysteries of Space & SkyV. Dr. David Jacobs,Keith Chester, Don Berliner,Anna Jamerson, Rob/SueSwiatek, & Dr. S. Peter Resta. NearAnnapolis, MD. ContactDr. Resta at spr100@aol.comNovember 7–9. 6th Annual Crash Retrieval Conference:TheTruth. LasVegas, NV. www.ufoconference.com. (720) 887-8171.April 17-19, 2009. X-Conference 2009. Gaithersburg, MD.www.paradigmresearchgroup.org/X-Conference2009/X-Conference2009.htmCalendar. . .Less than three months after the Quai Branly Museum inParis discovered that a crystal skull once proclaimed as amystical Aztec masterpiece was a fake, it is now the turn ofthe British Museum and the Smithsonian Institution to findthey were victims of skull-duggery, according to RichardIngham in an article dated July 8 on Pysorg.com.Scientists from those two prestigious institutions onWednesday, July 2, said their crystal skulls were cut, honedand polished by tools of the industrial age, not by Meso-american craftsmen of yore.Some had believed that the skulls were part of a collec-tion of 12 that dated back to the pre-Columbian period inCentral America.* This legend was portrayed in the recentIndiana Jones movie, “The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”On April 18 the Quai Branly reported it had foundgrooves and perforations in its 11-centimetre (4.4-inch)quartz skull revealing the use of “jewellery burrs and othermodern tools.”Museum researchers examined the skulls with electronmicroscopes, looking at tiny scratches and marks left by thecarving implements. These were then compared with knownAztec or Mixtec goblets, beads, and jewels. The studyappears in the Journal of Archaeological Science, publishedby the Elsevier group.Art of deception: Crystal skulls in British, US museums were fakes123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212From the news . . .The investigators found that rotary wheels gave theBritish skull its sharp definition, a drill had dug out thenostrils and eyes, and diamond or corundum had been appliedwith iron or steel tools to smooth its upper surfaces. Noevidence has ever been found that rotary wheels were usedto cut stones in Central America before the arrival of Europe-ans.Tiny irregularities in the quartz suggest the mineral forthe London skull came from the European Alps, Brazil orMadagascar.*Editor’s Note: Others have speculated an extraterrestrialorigin.For the complete article by Richard Ingham, go to:http://www.physorg.com/news134796564.html .Submitted by Elaine Douglass, Utah MUFON StateDirector.11) Mumma, M. F. 1996. Detection of Abundant Ethane andMethane, Along with Carbon Monoxide and Water, in CometC/1996 B2 Hyakutake: Evidence for Interstellar Origin. Science272:1310-1314.12) Mumma, M. J., et al., 2005. Parent Volatiles in Comet 9P/Tempel 1: Before and After Impact. Science 310:270-274.13) NASA Astrobiology Institute (http://astrobiology.nasa,gov/nai/)14) NASA (http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2000/ast24aug_1.htm)15) Osorio, M. R. Z. et al. 2000. Discovery of Young, IsolatedPlanetary Mass Objects in the ó Orionis Star Cluster. Science290:103-107.16) RECONS – Research Consortium on Nearby Stars.www.chara.gsu.edu/RECONS/index.htm17) The SETI Institute (www.seti.org)18) Trujillo, C. A., M. E. Brown, D. L. Rabinowitz and T. R.Geballe. 2005. Near-infrared Surface Properties of the TwoIntrinsically Brightest Minor Planets: (90377) Sedna and(90482) Orcus. The Astrophysical Journal 627:1057-1065.Tyler A. Kokjohn, Ph.D, is a Professor of Microbiology atMidwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. For the last tenyears he has been a research group member investigatingAlzheimer’s Disease biochemistry and pathologies associatedwith aging. His interest in all facets of UFO research beganover forty years ago after reading Frank Edward’s book FlyingSaucers, Serious Business. tkokjo@midwestern.eduExploring possibilities of lifeelsewhere in the universeContinued from page 12
    • September 200814 MUFON UFO JournalVolunteers wantedMUFON is creating a Field InvestigatorTraining team to design and develop a FITraining Program based on the new FieldInvestigator Manual (FIM) and related mate-rial. One must be a Certified Mufon FieldInvestigator and a MUFON member in goodstanding to be considered as a member ofthe team.If you are interested in being part of thisworking group please contact Chuck Reever,Director of Investigations, at:wizard@telis.orgTel: 530.582.8339The story told in Mexico’s Roswell: The ChihuahuaUFO Crash (review on page 15) was filmed for theHistory Channel’s UFO Hunters show in October 2007.Called “Crash and Retrieval,” it originally aired on February20, 2008. From left, back row, Ruben Uriarte, RonMilione, Pat Uskert, Bill Birnes. Kneeling: Noe Torres andPedro Gomez. Photo taken during filming of the TV show.MUFON Members Message Boardmufonmembers.proboards55.comPassword: Hynek1947(case sensitive)Leave 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 at 970-232-3110 formore information.Coyame, Mexico sighting filmed for TVMonthly Statistical MUFON Reportfor August 2008CMS continues to amass sighting reports from aroundthe globe. InAugust 2008 there were 443 sightings reportedto MUFON through CMS from the following countries:Country Number of ReportsUnited States 380Canada 16United Kingdom 12Germany 5Australia 5France 3Portugal 2Brazil 2Mexico 2Japan 2Switzerland 1Bulgaria 1Spain 1Turkey 1Ireland 1Netherlands 1Iran, Islamic Republic of 1Italy 1Georgia 1Afghanistan 1Puerto Rico 1Egypt 1Zimbabwe 1TOTAL: 442
    • 15MUFON UFO JournalSeptember 2008Call MUFON headquarters 970-232-3110Now accepting VISA & MasterCard formerchandise and membership.Also order online at http://store.mufon.com123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212Book Review . . .By Noe Torres & Ruben Uriarte, April 2007.VBW Publishing.ISBN 978-1602640139. In English. Paperback: 220 pages.$15.95 on Amazon.com.Reviewed by Nicholas RoeslerOn August 25, 1974, along the Rio Grande River, near theTexas border town of Presidio, a thunderous explosion in thesky shattered the stillness of the warm summer night. Anunidentified flying disc traveling at 2700 miles per hour collidedwith a small airplane heading south from El Paso, Texas. Theflaming wreckage of both aircraft fell to the desert below,igniting a desperate race by two governments to recovertechnology from beyond the stars…Mexico’s Roswell: The Chihuahua UFO Crash, the firstof a planned three-book series by authors Noe Torres andRuben Uriarte, tells of the 1974 midair collision of a Cessnapassenger aircraft, with an as-yet unidentified aerial craft inthe desert surrounding Coyame, Chihuahua, Mexico. TheCessna was heading south from El Paso, Texas, en route toMexico City. The pilot of the aircraft, believed to have beenthe only person aboard, was presumed killed. No body wasever recovered from the crash site or surrounding area.The book was born out of a 2005 television documentaryon which Ruben Uriarte, spoke extensively on the case. He isthe State Director for MUFON in Northern California.The case involved both the United States and Mexicanmilitaries, with the Mexican military’s involvement reachingthe highest levels, including SEDENA, Mexico’s equivalent tothe US FBI.When one takes into account that militaries from twocountries were involved, the authors’ accomplishmentsbecome all the more remarkable.The authors had the unenviable task of actively research-ing and investigating a case that, at the time of publication,was over thirty years old. The crash at Coyame is the perfectsubject for a full-length case study, given the striking paral-lels drawn by the authors between that case and the 1947Roswell incident, as far as the recovery operation by UnitedMexico’s Roswell: The Chihuahua UFO CrashStates and Mexican militarypersonnel is concerned.Faced with a very coldcase, authors Ruben Uriarteand Noe Torres investigatedevery avenue firsthand,interviewing witnesses withfirsthand knowledge of theevent, including the locals inCoyame, Mexican militarypersonnel, and others in thesurrounding area. In thisrespect, the case becomes ahuman interest story. Giventhe nature of the incidentitself, it is impressive that thewitnesses speak so candidlyto the authors about their experiences and impressionsregarding the incident and subsequent military recoveryoperation.While the title Mexico’s Roswell is perhaps a misnomer, itis nonetheless apropos in terms of the importance of thecase. The scope and breadth of this case is every bit asworthy of study as its American counterpart.The crash of the aircraft itself is only the very beginningof the story. The issue then becomes the recovery of debrisby a joint team consisting of US and Mexican militarypersonnel. The authors’ study and detailing of the militaryaspects of this case is first-rate.Mexico’s Roswell is well researched, well written, andwell constructed as a whole. They could have, however,offered a bit more detailed background information to readerscoming to this case cold, or by expanding the entire work ina later edition.At 220 pages, Mexico’s Roswell is a reasonably quickread; the average reader should be able to read it in the spanof a weekend.Torres and Uriarte are to be commended to tackling suchan important case, whose impact on ufology may just nowbe coming to light thanks to the research they have under-taken. A definite must-read.MEXICO’S ROSWELL is the first of a three book series byco–authors Ruben Uriarte and Noe Torres. The Authors’second work in this series, The Other Roswell: UFO Crashon the Texas-Mexico Border, is currently available. Thisbook discusses the eyewitness testimony of Colonel RobertWillingham, who claims to have chased a UFO acrossTexas, saw it crash to the earth near Del Rio, Texas, andlater visited the crash site. The title and subject of theauthors’ third offering has yet to be announced.For further information, see: www.RoswellBooks.comMembership questions?Change of address?
    • September 200816 MUFON UFO JournalPercePtionsPercePtionsPercePtionsPercePtionsPercePtionsBy Stanton T. FriedmanStanton FriedmanPaul Kimball has, for reasonsunknown, become very upset about myclaiming that he got things wrong aboutWilbert Smith, Van Bush, MJ-12 in“Flying Saucers and Science.” Heclaims in various blogs that I have saidthat Wilbert Smith headed a majorCanadian UFO group, that PresidentTruman would never have appointedDr. Vannevar Bush to head the MJ-12project had there been one; that Smithwas basically an individual not to berespected, a kind of nobody, thatTruman didn’t like Bush, etc. Paulspent six hours at the DalhousieUniversity Library looking up com-ments in the Canadian Hansard (unclas-sified record of Parliamentary testi-mony) made about UFOs back in the1950s. He apparently spent no timewith Smith’s papers in an archive inOttawa. He apparently didn’t look intoDefense Research Board Materials atthe National Archives in Ottawa. The300+ page formerly classified DRBUFO file has been available for anumber of years. He totally neglectedwhat I have said about the commentsmade by George Elsey, who hadresponsible positions at the WhiteHouse as noted below during Truman’sentire tenure there.Nowhere did I, or anybody elsebesides Paul, claim Truman hadappointed V. Bush to head OperationMajestic 12. The proof is the statementin the Truman Forrestal memo. Itclearly authorized James Forrestal, thenew and first Secretary of Defense, toproceed with Operation Majestic 12. Hedid not authorize Bush to proceed withMajestic 12. He did say, “It continues tobe my feeling that future considerationsrelative to the ultimate disposition ofthis matter should rest solely with theOffice of the President followingappropriate discussions with yourself,Dr. Bush, and the Director of CentralIntelligence.”Yes, Bush would be consulted.There was nobody more knowledgeableabout developing new technology withnational security implications. Bush hadbeen head of the National AdvisoryCommittee on Aeronautics pre-war.During the war he had directed theOffice of Scientific Research andDevelopment which covered suchmajor areas as the development of theatomic bomb, the proximity fuse, radar,and many dozens of other devices.Literally billions of dollars were spent ata wide variety of labs. There wasnobody who knew more about who thebest practitioners of advanced scienceand technology having security clear-ances were.On September 24, 1947 (the dateof the Truman Forrestal memo), Bushand Forrestal were with Truman at theWhite House. He appointed V. Bush tobe head of the new Research andDevelopment Board which had replacedthe Joint Research and DevelopmentBoard which had replaced OSRD, allheaded by Bush. We have unclassifiednotes made by Bush after the meeting.We furthermore know that Bush wasalso later appointed by Truman to heada classified committee to review datathat might indicate the Soviets hadexploded their first atomic bomb. Weknow that he continued to be a memberof the high security War Council, thathe was in charge of another highsecurity committee concerned with apossible Surprise Attack, though theattackers were unspecified. To suggestthat Truman would not have used himto look into Modus Operandi forsaucers is absurd.Furthermore the crucial statementin the Smith memo so disliked by Paul,is: “Their Modus Operandi is unknown,but concentrated effort is being madeby a small group headed by Dr.Vannevar Bush.” Modus Operandimeans mannerof working.Note “smallgroup.”There is nosuggestionanywhere thatBush was incharge of allaspects ofeffort dealingwith UFOs orMajestic 12, just that he was workingon technological aspects. Obviously theUS government was also concernedwith the origin and purpose of alienvisitation and their interaction withother countries. There was nobodybetter equipped than was Bush to lookinto “Modus Operandi.” Of courseTruman and Forrestal would havepicked him. Bush and Forrestal had along and close relationship, even playingtennis together. There were six militaryand intelligence people and five scien-tific people on MJ-12. Forrestal as headof DOD would have been on top andreport directly to Truman .After sending Elsey, with hispermission, a copy of the three primaryMJ-12 documents, I had specificallyasked him, as I have reported, if he sawany reason to believe that theEisenhower Briefing Document orTruman Forrestal or Cutler Twiningmemos were fraudulent. He said no. Iasked if he had any reason, knowing allthe people, to believe that, if a saucerhad crashed, Truman would not havepicked any of the 12 to be a member ofan over-group. No. They were allpeople he trusted. I asked if the TFmemo could have been typed elsewherethan at Truman’s office. He said moreKimball, Smith, Bush and MJ-12
    • 17MUFON UFO JournalSeptember 2008than 80% of what a President signs isprepared elsewhere. I noted that thenumerical portion of the date is offsetfrom the month and that there is aperiod after the date and that Bush’soffice always put a period after thedate. Could it have been typed in Bush’soffice (or Forrestal’s?). He said cer-tainly. Truman certainly trusted them.He also noted that often documents hadto be put in a typewriter twice to putthe right date on them as to whendirectives etc. went into effect. I haveexamples from the National SecurityCouncil where the date and text aretyped in two different fonts.In case people are wondering whyI place much reliance on Elsey, here issome background: He was a Com-mander in the U.S. Naval Reserve andthe duty officer at the White House maproom from 1941 until 1946, that is theentire 2ndWorld War. He was assistantto the Special Counsel to the President(Clark Clifford) 1947-1949; Administra-tive Assistant to the President 1949-1951 and assistant to the Director,Mutual Security Agency 1951-1953.He also filled me in on the closeconnection between James Lay,Executive Secretary to Eisenhower’sNational Security Council, and RobertCutler, Ike’s National Security advisor.This helped very much in evaluation ofthe Cutler Twining memo. The evidencestrongly indicates this is also a genuinedocument despite the attacks of noisynegativists, armchair theorists. This isnot only because Phil Klass paid me$1000 for proving him wrong about thetypeface on the memo.Paul doesn’t mention that the publicHansard Question Period commentscould not be classified. The CanadianDefense Research Board for some timewas denying to anybody who askedthat it had any concerns with UFOs,even though they had a committeemeeting often to deal with them. Therewas no Access to Information act (likeFOIA) in Canada then. In the USA, FBIdirector J. Edgar Hoover wrote manyletters to people who had asked, sayingthe FBI is not now and never has beeninvolved with the question of UFOs. Healso lied. Dr. Bruce Maccabee obtainedover 1500 pages of FBI UFO materialusing FOIA. There were many othergovernment UFO lies as noted in apiece by that name at my website.www.stantonfriedman.com .Another point of the Smith memohelps explain the lies: “The matter is themost highly classified subject in theUnited States government, rating highereven than the H-Bomb.” I believe thatthis explains why Canada’s sort-of-equivalent to Bush at that time, OmondSolandt, was so negative about Smith,long after Smith was no longer aroundto defend himself. Solandt was verycareful in what he said to me at hishome in the manner of someone who isdealing with classified material andmust be very careful. He knew I hadhad a clearance. He did admit that if theeffort had been accountable only to thePresident, that he wouldn’t have beenprivy to details.Paul is also unhappy with the roleof Dr. Robert Sarbacher who suppliedthe info to Smith noted in his Classifiedmemo of 1950. He suggested thatSarbacher, whose meeting with Smithwas arranged by the Canadian Em-bassy, was passing on false informationabout alien technology in order to haveit move up through channels—by somevery mysterious means—and be passedon to the Soviets to get them to think,falsely, that the US had learned aboutalien technology. He calls Sarbacher ayoung scientist. He was 43 in 1950 andalready had made many major contribu-tions to the US national securitytechnology working on various hightech projects. He was featured in aSaturday Evening Post article as a boygenius. It is an insult to Smith tosuggest that he was a disloyal Canadianand would have passed on classifiedinformation (true or untrue) to theSoviets. What possible basis is there forthis damning remark? Paul providesnone. Sarbacher was concerned withadvanced technology, not intelligence assuch.I should mention that I had visitedSarbacher and had phone and lettercommunication with him as well. I wasvery favorably impressed. He said theaccounts given in the Smith memosounded right to him. He appreciatedthat I had found an old Research andDevelopment Board colleague withwhom he had lost touch.Paul could have benefited fromreading Chapter 16 of Captured! TheBetty and Barney Hill UFO Experienceby myself and Kathleen Marden, Betty’sniece. It discussed Smith and Sarbacherand Solandt. Paul condemns Smith forbeing a contactee. The chapter dis-cusses others who were interested incontact, including US Navy AdmiralKnowles who, along with various CIApersonnel, was also interested incontactees such as a Mrs. Swan. Theywere impressed when she told them tolook out the window and they sawthree UFOs.Paul also, for reasons unknown,belittles Smith by showing a CanadianGovernment Organization chart andshowing what a small fraction f of thebudget Smith controlled and suggestinghe would never have been let in on themost classified Information in the US.Funny there isn’t the slightest sugges-tion that he was. He certainly knew thatthe military, especially the CanadianAirForce was heavily involved in monitor-ing UFOs. Neither he nor Sarbachersaid Smith was given the secret details,only told that there was some veryclassified material—which is verydifferent.Of course, Paul has also insistedthat I am really hurting ufology bychampioning MJ-12, The FlatwoodsMonster work of Frank Feschino(Shoot Them Down) by standing behindthe Aztec crash and the 1947 Plains ofSan Agustin saucer crash. Art Campbellhas added greatly to my early work onthe Plains. I am very familiar with theoutstanding research on Aztec done byScott and Suzanne Ramsey. Paul isn’t,nor is he familiar with the work doneby Frank. Clearly he is also not wellversed about the Plains. He, of course,is free to believe whatever he wants to,regardless of the evidence or lackthereof.Stanton Friedmanfsphys@rogers.com
    • September 200818 MUFON UFO JournalFiler’s FilesFiler’s FilesFiler’s FilesFiler’s FilesFiler’s FilesBy George FilerDirector, MUFON Eastern RegionGeorge FilerAlabama Three Lighted ObjectPETERSVILLE—On August 12,2008, I was watching the pre peak ofPerseids meteor shower in my back yardat 2:15 AM, and stood up to refresh mycoffee, when Isaw a bright lightthrough thetrees. I knewi m m e d i a t e l ywhat it was. Mywife and I hadseen somethingsimilar in earlyJune at a muchgreater distance.This time I couldplainly see a threelighted object that looked like a standingtriangle. The lights were blinking/tradingplaces, and were amber/white and red. Itwas swinging like a pendulum and playedhide and seek behind the trees.I ran to get my 13-year-old son whohas good eyes.After sufficiently freakingout, he went back to bed and I jumped inthe car to go get a better look. I wasdriving down CR 124, but the object wasmoving away at a great speed. I stoppedat the top of a large hill and could see thetriangle moving away. They seem to besurveying, and taking inventory? Oneminute it would swing north and souththe next it would shoot straight up onlyto settle down to where it was. By 3 AM,it was very far away to the west or muchdimmer. Thanks to Peter DavenportDirector http://www.ufocenter.com/Arizona - UFOs Caught on Videotapein StormTUCSON—I’m a videographer andon August 5, 2008, at 7:30 PM, a friendand I were videotaping an approachingstorm as the lightning was really goingoff. I often film these storms and go backthrough my footage to find cool stillimages of lightning. I uploaded my videoand started going through and flyingacross the top right corner of my screenwas an object moving too fast to be aplane. Then I discovered that prior toseeing this object, something appearsfrom a cloud in the middle of the screenand zigzags what appears to be into thedistance then it shoots off with incrediblespeed and you hear this sound like aricochet. I decided I needed to go throughthis footage and see if I had captured anyother activity.First, I zoomed in the image andfound three disc shaped objects flyingtogether. I captured the still images forthe evidence file. Earlier in the film Idiscovered two more UFOs. The firstappeared about 100 yards away and veryquickly flies up from behind a large pinetree across the street and flips thendescends and appears to go directlybehind my buddies’ truck. The other UFOis moving very fast through the clouds.I discovered another object movingvery fast along the horizon real low. Itenters from the right as it reaches the leftside of the screen in moves in a very fastcircular pattern upwards then disappearsinto the clouds. Further along in thefootage an object is seen on the right sideof the screen. It appears to be movingtowards us the changes direction sharplyand zigzags two times then flies quicklyinto the distance. I zoomed up on this todiscover it was 3 or 4 disc-shaped objectsflying together. My buddy and I sawnothing during the time we werevideotaping. Thanks to Peter DavenportDirector http://www.ufocenter.com/Arkansas - Disk Seen from AirplaneOn August 17, 2008, my family andI were on our way back from Costa Ricaand had taken a connecting flight inAtlanta, Georgia. Upon leaving Atlantaairport on Delta Flight #125, at 4:15 PM,I was seated in the last aisle of seats onthe left side of the plane.At 5:15 PM, I was looking out thewindow when I saw a disk shaped UFOfly from right to left of my windowheading west as we were flying easttowards Los Angeles. The sighting lastedabout 5-10 seconds in duration.Our altitude was 32,000 feet andflying at 512 miles per hour. Thanks toMUFON CMSIndiana – Scariest Night of Our LifeEVANSVILLE—I can’t believe I amreporting this because my boyfriend andI talked about not telling anyone since thiswould make us seem crazy or peoplewould just not believe us. August 17,2008, was the scariest night of our lives.Sketch of object by one of the witnessesWe were driving down Morgan Avenueat 9:30 PM, with corn fields on each sideof the road, right across Ohio River fromKentucky. I had seen a car parked on theside of the road and then another not toofar up the road. I had a feeling they werewatching something and looked over atthe fields and noticed two bright lightsthat were not close to each other, but atthe same height. They looked like theywere above the trees and in front of them.The color was not right or normal andwas kind of a bright yellow.The light to the left descended anddisappeared, but the other light that was
    • 19MUFON UFO JournalSeptember 2008Continued on page 20closer to us was still there. We turned onone of the country roads off MorganAvenue, trying to drive towards the lights....I thought we would just find out it wasa radio tower. The road was dark, andmy boyfriend said, “It’s moving towardsus.” I was scared and told him to stopthe van, and we stopped and it startedmoving the opposite direction. It did NOTturn around like an airplane; it just startedgoing in the opposite direction away fromus rather fast. We kept following but therewere heavy trees everywhere blockingour view. In between breaks in the trees,we could see the light and it was gettingsmaller and disappeared.We decided to turn around and as wedid, on his side of the road was this biglong fat cigar-shaped thing. It was huge.Lights were going down the sides of it,and they were going in a row down theside and then instantly they would godown the side of it again. I was so scared;we couldn’t believe what we were seeingand it changed my life.[My boyfriend] turned and backed upand then it was on my side. The treeswere heavy and thick and this “thing” wasthe size of an airplane, shaped like anairplane without any wings, kind of like abig fat whitish cigar. It was so close tous. It went down behind the trees, lookinglike it was landing, but it made absolutelyno noise. We were so scared. I kept tellingmy boyfriend to “go, go, go!” He drovefast and finally we made it back to themain highway. Duration of sighting was8 to 10 minutes. I kept looking back anddidn’t see it anymore. The lights were soweird as they flickered down a row downthe side of the “craft.”Comments: Quite clearly thewitnesses were very frightened by whatthey saw. Given the detailed report andthe fact that other witnesses may havealso seen something unusual this sightingcannot be explained. Thanks to WilliamPuckett UFOS Northwest http://ufosnw.comMassachusetts - UFO SightingsSOUTHBOROUGH—On August 3,2008, at 7:45 PM, I was at a stop signready to take a right turn onto Route 85,when I saw what I thought was autoheadlights coming and also heard a truck.I waited for the vehicle to pass, but ittook longer than expected and realized itwasn’t what I’d expected. Travelingalong the main road about five feet offthe pavement was a triangular shapedflying object 2.5 inches in thickness andabout the size of two large pickup trucksin length, with three bright lights emittingfrom the front of the vehicle and it wasdarker than stainless steel. There was onelight on each side and one in the middleof the front. It was moving slower thanthe 35 mph speed limit.Very shortly afterpassing in front of me it completelydisappeared. Thanks to Peter DavenportDirector http://www.ufocenter.com/CANTON—On August 4, 2008, at 7PM, I was in my backyard and observeda cigar shaped object with no blinkinglights, or sounds, or wings. The objectcontinued through the open sky then intoclouds and came out a few seconds laterthen disappeared into the tree line. Thanksto Peter Davenport Director http://www.ufocenter.com/SUDBURY—On August 4, 2008, at7:45 PM, my husband and I werereturning from a movie and noticed astrangely bright light over to my right. Iwas driving and could not stay focusedon it, so my husband watched as I kepttrying to grab glimpses as well. Wediscussed that it was too big and close tobe a star and was not moving, so not aplane? I pulled into the driveway and itwas now front and center above the treeline before us. We stood watching itsreflectively bright metal, very roundishwith a slight bluish tint, but it made nosound. We remained calm and myhusband suggested we go inside and geta camera and binoculars.We saw a bluishlight coming from our computer room,even though the computer was off.We returned outside but the cameracould not pick up any details, but thebinoculars showed a craft of metal in theshape of a cylinder on end or a roundishobject. I could not see any “spinning” ormovement of the craft itself. Later wewent inside and the computer was on,even though we knew we had shut it off,and my husband asked if I smelled bodyodor, but I felt it was more an electricalsmell with biological undertones to it. Wetook a flashlight and walked the entirehouse but found nothing else disturbed.We are pretty average people employedby corporations and work hard.NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remaintotally anonymous. Thanks to PeterDavenport, Director http://www.ufocenter.com/New Mexico Earth CirclesALBUQUERQUE—My husbandfound these circles Monday, July14,2008, and called to see if I knew anythingabout them. He was going into the horsearena when he noticed them. I was homeall weekend and did not hear anything outin the arena.The only thing that I can think backabout that was unusual was that sometimelate in the night on Saturday, I woke upto find my lab pup up on the love seat inour bedroom looking out at the arena.Once I spoke to him, he just gave me astrange look and laid back down. Whenthere is someone or something on or nearthe property, he and my other dogs barkquite loudly. He did not even growl!The circles are approximately 20 feetin diameter and approximately in theground about 1-2 inches. There areabsolutely no tracks leading up to thearena.State Director Donald R. Burlesoninvestigated and states, “Havingdiscussed this with the submitting witnessI am convinced that she is sincere, thather secondary witnesses are sincere, andthat this represents an anomalousphenomenon, i.e., not readily accountablefor by any facile means; as no crop fieldsare involved, one would call these “earthcircles” presumably. There is no evidentexplanation for their being there. Theycreated something of a media stir, locally,
    • September 200820 MUFON UFO Journalas Albuquerque’s Channel 7 had flyoversto photograph them.” Thanks to MUFONCMSTexas - DiskDENTON—On August 9, 2008, Iwent outside to have my afternoon break,which today was at 5:25 PM, andhappened to look up and see the samedisc as I had seen the day before. It wasshiny white/silver disc shape with a domedtop. It was traveling from the northeastto the southwest, traveling at a leisurelypace. This time it traveled from the treeline to the north across the sky in frontof me until it almost reached the tree lineto the south, at which time it turnedaround and traveled back to the northeast.So again I saw this object from manyangles. I was able to watch it for at leastfive minutes or more.Today there was also a small plane inanother part of the sky a little lower thanthe object, but I was able to compare thetwo and see that this object was not aplane. It also appeared to be about thesame size as the plane but with no wings,or tail, or rudder. The sky was clearexcept for a few cirrus clouds to thenortheast. When the object turned goingback in the direction that it had come fromit passed behind the cirrus clouds, yet Iwas still able to see it. Thanks to PeterDavenport Director http://www.ufocenter.com/Australia - Light Darts Back andFourthPERTH CITY—I was at work havinga smoke break on the second storybalcony and towards Armadale I spotteda light brighter than a star. I continued towatch the light as it darted to the left, tooquickly for a plane or helicopter to move,and then it darted back to the right andcontinued to move until it disappeared. Itthen reappeared over Perth City side in amatter of seconds and disappeared.Thanks to Brian Vike Director of HBCCUFO Research http://www.hbccUFO.orgCanada - 289 Sightings this YearWINDSOR, ONTARIO—I happenedto look up into the sky onAugust 2, 2008,Note: These Filer’s Files reports arepresented in order to keep readers informedof some of the vast number of sightings be-ing reported. However, these cases havenot been officially investigated, unlessnoted.This month’s Filer’s Files include ex-cerpts from File #35, August 27, 2008 andFile #34, August 20, 2008..Filer’s Files is copyrighted 2008 byGeorge A. Filer, all rights reserved. Sendyour letters to majorstar@aol.comat 11 PM, to see a bright oval shape objectmoving slowly in the sky at a fairly lowaltitude. It suddenly vanished as it pickedup a tremendous amount of speed.Aflashof light occurred before it vanished. Thesighting lasted about 4 to 5 seconds.AYLMER—We were crossing theChamplain Bridge over Ottawa River at9:43 AM, on August 9, 2008, when wespotted a bright orange rectangle abovethe river. We drove down street parallelto the river, and it had alreadydisappeared. I saw a huge disk with twobig lights and several smaller lights aroundit.I was star gazing and I saw a hugelight thinking it was a plane. Then I sawit was like a disk shape with two hugelights and several smaller lights. It wasdark but I could see its form andknew100% it was no plane. I yelled,“Everybody come quick. Hurry, hurry...”My cousin and brother saw it too andscreamed in horror. But by the time myfather came, it vanished.Reunion Island - Possible CrashETANG SALE—According to somewitnesses who called up radio stations onAugust 14, 2008, about 6 PM, a flyingvessel with blinking lights fell or divedinto the sea two kilometers offshore fromthe Reunion southwestern coastlineMadagascar plane about to land at FMEPairport to check for a crash. The pilottold the control tower there were no debrisnor had they heard any distress call whiledescending from 10,000 feet.Information about the sighting is inthe newspaper this morning. The fourmain witnesses say it was like a red ultralight air craft, but nobody at the twoairports (FMEE and FMEP) got a flightplan neither a departure of any ultra lightnor private aircraft or helicopter. At thistime the mystery remain unsolved.According to another witness he sawthree balloons (two red and one black).These balloons could have been mistakenfor an object falling into the sea.Comments: Apparently several sawan unusual craft hit the water. Accordingto the “second-hand” witness no regularaircraft with flight plans were missing. Alink to a local newspaper article was sent,but the newspaper is written in Frenchso no additional information could begathered. One witness believes that theobject was a balloon. Thanks to WilliamPuckett UFOS Northwest http://ufosnw.comFrance PhotographPARIS—I was walking on the banksof the Seine River in the late Augustafternoon with my camera and took aphoto of Austerlitz bridge near the Garede Lyon. I looked at the photo on thescreen and noticed a large object. Thiswas neither an airplane, helicopter, bird,or a balloon. I had time to see that thelower part of the apparatus was turningon itself, while the upper part was fixed.I have never seen such a thing, and I donot believe in UFOs.I showed a friend the photo whocalled it “a drone,” a kind of surveil-lance aircraft, but I’ve never seen onein Paris or elsewhere. I can swear thatit was amazing, and most incredible isthat nobody else has seen the object atthe same time as me. I’m still excitedabout what I saw, and I can tell youthat I lift my eyes to heaven every daysince Monday. Thanks to MUFONCMSFilers FilesContinued from page 19
    • 21MUFON UFO JournalSeptember 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 August’s CMS RankingReport for all State Directors. Con-gratulations to Cheryl Ann Gilmore(South Carolina), Lorna Hunter(South Dakota), John Ventre (WestVirginia and Pennsylvania), Tracey C.Smith (Kansas), and Donald R.Burleson (New Mexico) 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 wizard@telis.org .1 South Carolina Cheryl Ann Gilmore 100 % 21/21 29/292 South Dakota Lorna Hunter 100 % 2/2 1/13 West Virginia John Ventre 100 % 21/21 17/174 Pennsylvania John Ventre 100 % 122/122 71/715 Kansas Tracey C. Smith 100 % 16/16 16/166 New Mexico Donald R. Burleson 100 % 37/37 43/437 Florida Bland Pugh 99 % 130/131 155/1558 Texas Kenneth E. Cherry 97 % 231/237 354/3659 California Ruben J. Uriarte 97 % 81/83 114/11810 Minnesota Richard D. Moss 96 % 26/26 29/3111 Georgia Walter Sheets 93 % 31/32 35/3912 Indiana Jerry L. Sievers 92 % 116/118 84/9713 Utah Elaine Douglass 91 % 17/17 15/1814 Iowa Jim King 91 % 12/12 25/3015 California Georgeanne Cifarelli 88 % 173/177 171/21416 Illinois Samuel Maranto 84 % 72/78 48/6317 Michigan William J. Konkolesky 83 % 59/80 62/6718 Colorado Leslie H. Varnicle 82 % 80/81 57/8619 Arizona George C. Parks 79 % 44/71 118/12220 New Jersey George A. Filer, III 77 % 20/32 39/4221 Louisiana Michael D. Sandras 75 % 15/15 12/2422 Washington Marilyn Childs 75 % 40/54 38/4923 Ohio William Jones 74 % 48/53 34/5924 Massachusetts Greg S. Berghorn 71 % 21/50 50/5025 Kentucky Earle T. Benezet 70 % 19/21 14/2826 Oklahoma Charles L. Pine 67 % 7/20 22/2227 Nebraska John C. Kasher 57 % 4/9 7/1028 Oregon Thomas Bowden 51 % 35/61 27/6029 New York James G. Bouck, Jr. 48 % 73/82 6/7630 New Hampshire Peter R. Geremia 43 % 4/8 3/831 North Carolina George E. Lund, III 41 % 17/46 28/6032 Wyoming Richard Beckwith 36 % 4/9 2/733 Wisconsin Timothy G. Whiteagle 35 % 17/29 4/3234 Nevada Mark Easter 35 % 3/43 31/4935 Tennessee Eddie Middleton 35 % 3/26 19/3236 Arkansas Norman D. Walker 32 % 7/13 2/1937 Connecticut Erik Kubik 31 % 10/19 2/2038 Maryland Bruce S. Maccabee 29 % 2/29 15/2939 Alabama Roy E. Patterson, Jr. 16 % 0/14 3/940 Missouri Bruce A. Widaman 15 % 9/32 1/4141 Maine John Selman 6 % 1/14 1/1842 Hawaii Puuloa M. Teves 0 % 0/7 0/843 Virginia Susan L. Swiatek 0 % 0/29 0/3144 Rhode Island Richard Lynch 0 % 0/4 0/745 North Dakota Kurt Pfleger 0 % 0/4 0/546 Delaware Ralph P. Flegal 0 % 0/1 0/0
    • September 200822 MUFON UFO JournalMUFON STAR Team CoordinatorRichard Lang of North Carolina hasaccepted the position of MUFON STARTeam Coordinator and will facilitateongoing team communications anddeployment.Position AnnouncementsLorna Hunter is now MUFON’sDirector of CMS and Field InvestigatorTraining.Assistant State Directors:Patty Donahue is the AssistantState Director: Administration for thestate of Michigan.Linda and Bill Murphy provideconsulting services to MichiganMUFON.Chief Investigators:Beverly Trout is now the ChiefInvestigator for Iowa. Richard Lang isthe new Chief Investigator for Virginia.State Section Directors:Sunny Young is the new RegionalState Section Director for NorthernMichigan, Gary Golem is the newRegional State Section Director forSoutheast Michigan, and John Castleis the new Regional State SectionDirector for Southwest Michigan.New State Section Directors inGeorgia are Jay Jordan of Tifton, GA,Joe McElveen of Rincon, GA, andSteve Bass of Cumming, GA.New Field Investigators:Jane Boston of Livermore,California; Steven Cohen ofShamong, New Jersey; John Weaverof Camp Hill, Pennsylvania; JimMatthews of West Mifflin, Pennsylva-nia; Bernhard Wolf of Plainview,Texas; Karl Redell of Delafield,Wisconsin.Director’s Messagecontinued from page 2Other Celestial PhenomenaMeteor ShowersDraconids. The point from wherethe Draconid meteors appear to radiateis located within the constellation Dracoand is referred to as the radiant, that’swhy it is best viewed from the northernhemisphere. The radiant point is highestin the sky as darkness falls. Theshower is normally unspectacular buthas been known to spew forth hun-dreds to thousands of meteors in asingle hour. The moon will be in its firstquarter phase so it will be best to waituntil after moonset around 11 pm, moremeteors are likely to fly in the eveningthan the morning hours after midnight.Look northward for Draconid meteorson the evenings of October 7 or 8.Orionids. This shower producesfast meteors (40 miles/sec.). About20% will leave trails. While the rate isstated to be 25/hour it can vary be-tween 10 and 70 per hour.The duration of this meteor showerextends from October 15 to 29, withmaximum occurring on October 21stThe point from where the Orionidmeteors appear to radiate is locatedwithin the constellation Orion and isOctober Night SkyContinued from page 24 referred to as the radiant. The radiant islocated in the north-eastern part of thatconstellation. The radiant rises around10:30 p.m. local time. At about 3:00a.m. the radiant is about 50 degreesabove the horizon.To best observe the Orionids wearappropriate clothing for the weather andlie outside in a reclining lawn chair. Thetwo best ways to observe the Orionidsis either by pointing your feet south-ward (the general direction of theradiant) and looking in the regionstraight up, or pointing your feet south-westward and have your centre of gazearound 60° above the horizon. Do notlook directly at the radiant, becausemeteors directly in front of you will notmove much and fainter ones might bemissed.Other minor meteor showers willbe going on at the time and straymeteors, more commonly calledsporadics, will frequently be seen thatdo not belong to a meteor shower.When you see a meteor mentally trace itbackwards and if you arrive at theregion just north-east of the main bodyof Orion outlined in the picture above, itis probably an Orionid. Unfortunatelythe last quarter moon will be close by inthe early morning sky preventing obser-vation of all but the brightest meteors.Zodiacal LightZodiacal light will be visible innorthern latitudes in the East before thestart of morning twilight from October20thto November 3rd. The phenomenonis only visible from very dark locations.Zodiacal light is sunlight bouncing offdust grains in our solar system. Thesegrains lie mostly in the plane of thesolar system.Look for a pyramid of light in themorning sky somewhat in appearanceto the light from a city or town justover the horizon.Planetary ConjunctionA collection of bright stars and innersolar system planets.Conjunctions and OccultationsOctober 1st: Mars 5 degrees north ofthe MoonOctober 2nd: Venus 5 degrees northof the MoonOctober 4th:Antares 0.1 degrees northof the MoonOctober 7th: Jupiter 2 degrees northof the MoonOctober 13th: Mercury 1.3 degreesnorth of the MoonOctober 15th: Antares 0.6 degreesnorth of the MoonOctober 30th: Mars 3.0 degrees southof the Moon
    • 23MUFON UFO JournalSeptember 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 the MUFON Storeonline at www.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.com2008 Symposium Proceedings and DVDsSince 1971, MUFON has published the proceedingsof the annual MUFON International UFO Symposium.The 2008 proceedings are available from MUFONHeadquarters, 155 E. Boardwalk Drive, Suite 300, FortCollins, CO 80525, for $33 postpaid in the U.S. and$42 outside 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 atjcarrion@mufon.comor888-817-2220.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.comor http://store/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/
    • The Night SkyThe Night SkyThe Night SkyThe Night SkyThe Night SkyBy Gavin A. J. McLeodOctober 2008 SkyContinued on page 22Moon PhasesFirst Quarter October 7thFull Moon October 14thLast Quarter October 21stNew Moon October 28thBright Planets (Evening Sky)Venus (magnitude -3.8): Movingfrom Libra through Scorpius intoOphiuchus. For northern hemisphere ob-servers,Venus will begin the month stand-ing above the west-southwest horizon atsunset and will set about 1 hour after theSun; by the end of the month Venus willbe standing high above the western hori-zon at sunset and will set about 2 hoursafter the Sun. For southern hemisphereobservers, Venus will begin the monthstanding high above the western horizonat sunset and will set about 2 ½ hoursafter the Sun; by the end of the monthVenus will be standing very high abovethe western horizon at sunset and will setabout 3 ½ hours after the Sun.Mars (magnitude 1.6): Moving fromVirgo into Libra. For northern hemisphereobservers, Mars will be found standinglow over the west-southwest horizon atsunset and will follow the Sun below thehorizon about ½ hour later. For southernhemisphere observers, Mars will be foundstanding over the west-southwest hori-zon at sunset and will follow the Sun be-low the horizon about 1 hour later.Jupiter (magnitude –2.3 to -2.2). InSagittarius. For northern hemisphere ob-servers, Jupiter will begin the month highabove the southern horizon at sunset andwill follow the Sun below the horizonabout 5 hours later; by the end of themonth Jupiter will be found above thenorthern horizon at sunset and will fol-low the Sun below the horizon about 4 1/2 hours later. For southern hemisphereobservers, Jupiter will begin the monthvery high above the northwest horizon atsunset and will follow the Sun below thehorizon about 8 hours later. By the end ofthe month Jupiter will be found highabove the northwest horizon at sunset andwill follow the Sun below the horizonabout 5 1/2 hours later.Bright Planets (Morning Sky)Mercury (magnitude 2.6 to 3.2 to -0.4): In Virgo. For northern hemisphereobservers, Mercury will begin the monthlost in the glare of the setting Sun, thenreappear in the morning sky where it willslowly rise out of the glare of the Sunabove the east-southeast horizon. Forsouthern hemisphere observers, Mercurywill begin the month low over the eveningwest-southwestern sky, drop into theglare of the Sun by the end of the firstweek and then reappear in the morningsky where it will slowly rise out of theglare of the Sun barely above the east-southeast horizon.Saturn (magnitude 1.0): In Leo. Fornorthern hemisphere observers, Saturnwill begin the month rising above the east-ern horizon about 2 hours before themorning Sun; by months end it will riseabove the eastern horizon about 4 hoursbefore the morning Sun. For southernhemisphere observers, Saturn will beginthe month rising above the eastern hori-zon about 1/2 hour before the morningSun; by months end it will rise above theeastern horizon about 1 1/2 hours beforethe morning Sun.Plantary conjunction: A collection of bright stars and inner solar system planets.Looking low above the western horizon just after sunset on October 1, 2008