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NUMBER 135
UFO JOURNAL MAY 1979

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MODEL AND SKETCHES OF UFO IN MISSOURI


LANDING-TRACE CASE
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RICHARD HALL December 1978 New Zealand moviefilmand associated radar-visual
Editor
sightings appear to be of extraordinary importance — contrary to
ANN DRUFFEL the premature opinions of many "scientific" non-investigators. Philip
Associate Editor Klass, whose skeptical views were publicized as authoritative on
LEN STRINGFIELD
national television and in the New Zealand press, deserves to be
Associate Editor criticized for his unscientific attitude. Indeed, if he and the numerous
scientists remote from the scene who pontificated without
MILDRED BIESELE investigation controlled UFO investigations, we wouldn't have Jo,
Contributing Editor
bother investigating because we would know the answers in.
advance. Such blatant pre-judgment is supposed to be a cardinal
sin in science. More objective "ufologists" are not so cock-sure and
WALTER H. ANDRUS
Director of MUFON
prefer to gather and analyze more complete evidence before passing
judgement. Dr. Maccabee is a credit to the scientific profession; the
TED BLOECHER "skeptics" (a term misapplied to consistent debunkers) are not.
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MISSOURI LANDING-TRACE CASE
By Donald L. Seneker and George M. Koch
(Edited by Walt Andrus)

Sunday, October 8, 1978, was to sheet metal in the pasture. Seeing his minutes before both instantly vanished
be an exciting day for the Marlett father come outside, Norman called to from the sky.
Sturgell family as dawn illuminated their him to ask him drive their tractor from Mr. Sturgell initially assumed that
500-acre farm in rural Barry County in the house to the barn. Ray Morgan arid the long, dark-colored, log-shaped
southwestern Missouri. Having their his son started walking down toward object in the sky was an airplane, but no
daughter, son-in-law, and grandson the pasture as Mr. Sturgell pulled up to wings, motors, tail, or vertical fin were
home for the weekend from Kansas the barn and cut the engine. At this visible to identify it as a conventional
City was the first big event. From the moment, to the amazement of the aircraft. Even though he had a good
window of their farmhome at 7:00 AM witnesses, the metal "thing" in the field view of the bottom of the UFO, Marlett
C.D.S.T., Mrs. Marlett Sturgell and her started rising and went over a nearby Sturgell could not see any legs or
grandson were scanning the pasture walnut tree, moving at an angle toward landing gear. Mr. Sturgell is 71 years of
below them in the bend of Flat Creek the west. Mr. Sturgell said that it was an age, has good eyesight, and was
for coyotes which frequently appear at aluminum color and very shiny. The wearing corrective lens glasses during
this time of the morning. The grandson object continued to climb at an angle his observation from near the barn. He
was thrilled when they spotted one into the western sky that was dotted noted a vertical dark streak on the side
coyote in the early morning light about with white clouds. There was no of the UFO closest to them, contrasted
250 yards from the home. In addition to appreciable wind. to the aluminum color. He had driven
the coyote, a cow and calf were also As the group of six people watched the tractor from the house to the barn,
standing in a group near what appeared the ascending object diminish in size as he continued to glance toward the
to Mrs. Sturgell as a white cow lying in with distance, their eyes were drawn to unknown object restingin the field. The
the green fescue grass pasture. a second object that they at first tractor performed normally. He had
Having seen the coyote, Mrs. thought was an airplane. "It looked like just cut the ignition switch off, when the
Sturgell and her daughter Mrs. a big aircraft — it was long—just laying object started its ascent.
Raymond L. Morgan (Frances) started there motionless in the sky" is the way During subsequent 'conversations
. preparing a big breakfast for the men Marlett Sturgell described the second with friends, he had been asked "if he
who were now getting up and starting object. The "thing" that had taken off was afraid to go down to the pasture to
their farm chores. After a leisurely from the pasture flew directly toward investigate at close range?," or "why he
breakfast and the usual family visiting, the hovering craft high in the blue sky. didn't go down to it and kick it over?,"
the subject turned to the coyote and the As the witnesses followed the small and "why he didn't get his gun and
white cow in the pasture. When Marlett object, it either flew under the shoot a hole in it?" He said "it never
Sturgell advised his wife that they didn't "airplane" or went directly up to it. As dawned on him to do either, and he
have any white cows, he went to the the two objects converged, the family definitely wouldn't have shot at it — a
window to try to identify what she had was shocked when both simply silly thing to do."
observed. The time was now 9:00 AM. disappeared in the clear blue sky. No Mrs. Marlett (Dora) Sturgell was
The coyote was now "hunched down," sound was heard at any time. interviewed on two occasions, the
the cow and calf were still peering at the When Mr. Sturgell was second simply a follow-up on the
object, but the "white cow" in the bright interviewed and quizzed about the landing site pasture conditions. Only
sunlight looked more like a tarpaulin shape and size of the landed UFO, the Mrs. Sturgell's observations that
covering something. After further stated it was about 4 feet thick, but he differed from that of her husband, or
scrutiny from that distance, he was sure couldn't figure out how wide it was due additional information, will be related in
that it was something that had fallen off to the angle at which he viewed it at this report. She confirmed that the long
an airplane, since it was metallic and takeoff. He said it could have had a object in the sky .had no visible wings,
aluminum in color. rounded or flat top, he wasn't sure, tail, or motor. She described the
The Sturgell's adult son Norman because as it got up to tree-top level, he "airplane" as a "long grey-white board
had gone back to the bam to continue could only see the bottom side. He felt it or something, laying up there." Her
his morning chores, when Mr. Sturgell, was egg shaped. The group estimated son-in-law, Raymond L. Morgan, also
his sonrin-law, Raymond L. Morgan, that the elapsed time for the UFO to fly reiterated this detail. She only noted
and grandson went outside to try to from the pasture to the second one white cloud in that portion of the
identify what looked like a piece of hovering object in the sky was 5 to 10 (Continued on next page)
(Missouri Landing, Continued) *• -?-• .f*i
western sky and the object wasn't close
to the cloud. As for the small object in
the pasture, she stated that it had
slanted sides that reflected the sunlight
from its brilliant surfaces. She also
described a round dome shape that
slanted away and had a dark streak on
the lower side.
Considering the length of the
observation time (ascension was 5 to 10
minutes), she said that they had time to
phone their neighbors to observe the
objects, but "they all wanted to see
what it was going to do." She didn't
even think about UFOs at this time. It
must be noted that Mrs. Sturgell first
observed the object in the pasture at
7:00 AM and it didn't take off until 9:00
AM when the family went out in the
yard to investigate. She estimated the
length of the "airplane" as the width of
her two thumbs placed side by side at
Investigators at scene, I to r, Deputy Sheriff Steve Breeden, Tom
arms length.
Yapp, and George Koch fPhoto by Donald L. Seneker)
Mrs. Raymond L. (Frances)
Morgan, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Sturgell, was interviewed by telephone however, after it took off and got up into The initial investigation by Deputy
in Kansas City, Mo., and offered the the bright sunlight it was very shiny — Sheriff Steve Breeden that afternoon
following additional comments. She like aluminum. When she was asked probably produced the best detailed
also went to the window at about 7:00 about the black stripe, she said it was description of the landing site. While
.AM to see the coyote that her mother wider than the pin stripe on an working at the Sheriffs Office on
had pointed out to Mrs. Morgan's teen- automobile and ran the length of the Sunday morning, October 8th, Steve
aged son. In the dawn light, Frances egg-shaped object. Mrs. Morgan also received a telephone call at 11:00 AM
thought the object in the pasture observed the "airplane pretty high in from Mrs. Frances Morgan asking who
looked like a "big white feed sack made the sky" and stated that the width of her one should contact when you spot a
of plastic or something, sort of standing thumb at arms length would just cover UFO. This whetted his appetite and
or hanging up on the weeds." She also the object's length. She couldn't see immediate interest. She stated that she
noted that the cows seemed to be any wings on the "airplane." It was Mrs. and her family had spotted one near
observing the object and a coyote was Morgan's telephone call to the Barry Jenkins, Mo., where her parents live on
sitting nearby. She observed the "lift County Sheriff's Office in Cassville, Flat Creek. Since Deputy Sheriff
off" from the window at the front porch Mo., at about 11:30 PM, against her Breeden was on duty at the office, he
of the Sturgell home. Frances gopher father's wishes, that touched off this could not leave until 3:30 PM to
best view when the object rose to fence- sighting investigation. She personally investigate. Accompanied by his father-
post height. She said that it went felt it should be reported and was in-law, they drove to the Marlett
straight up to tree-top level and then curious to know if anyone else had Sturgell farm, which is about one and
angled off to the right (west). Mrs. observed anything. one half miles east of Cato, Mo.
Morgan observed that the object was Norman Sturgell, the grown son of Upon arriving, he found that
very "shiny," and had a black strip on it, Marlett and Dora Sturgell who lives at Frances Morgan, her husband
and it seemed to float upward during home, was at the barn and viewed the Raymond and son, had already left to
the lift off. She then rushed outside to UFO from the same vantage point as return to Kansas City. Mr. Breeden
get a better view as it climbed, joining his father. The teenage son of Mr. and immediately took a statement of,the
her husband, mother, and son down by Mrs. Morgan picked his own episode from Marlett Sturgell for his
the front gate where their cars were observation point in the yard when part official report. He was taken to the
parked. of the family started down to the landing site where he obtained soil and
She described the small object as pasture to identify the object. Of the grass samples and made Polaroid color
"looking like a big wash tub —. a big many photographs taken of the landing photographs. When examining the
round thing." When it was sitting in the site, Raymond Lassiter, their neighbor area, his first impression was that a
pasture, she couldn't detect any across the road, took the first set about tripod had been resting inside the 4-
curvature and it looked white in color, 10:30 AM. foot-diameter circle of scorched grass.
thoughts on this investigation, Steve
Breeden had this to say. "In the course
of my business we work with evidence.
The evidence that 1 have compiled at
the Sturgell farm leads me to believe
that there has definitely got to be
something — I don't know what — I'm
not that smart — I can't answer that. I
wish I could, but I do know there has got
to be something that these people are
seeing." Steve made a drawing of the
landing site showing the large circle and
the three smaller doughnut ringed
circles that were in a tripod
configuration, including the
measurements.
This case was first reported to the
Center for UFO Studies on October 8,
1978, by the Sheriff of Barry County on
the hotline number. Two different
people from CUFOS responded by
telephone the same evening and asked
that "the case be kept under wraps until
an investigator could be dispatched to
Pasture at Marlett Sturgell farm; Ref. 1 - start of pasture; Ref. 2 - the scene." Mr. Sturgell literally
position of Sturgell during lift-off of object (Photo by Donald L. cooperated to the degree that he
Seneker) spread a large tarp over the area to
preserve it. Ted Phillips, a member of
The three 6 to 8 inch diameter circles fescue grass within the large circle. MUFON's Board of Directors from
were spaced in nearly an equilateral When we conducted our first Sedalia, Mo., and a recognized
triangle, however, the two closest to interview with Mr. and Mrs. Sturgell on authority on UFO landing trace cases,
each other were spaced about 2 feet October 29, 1978, they found that even was directed by CUFOS to conduct an
apart at their edges and were both 2l/2 to though the frost had caused the grass in investigation as soon as conveniently
3 feet away from the third on the north the pasture to start turning brown, a possible. Ted visited the scene and
side. The outer edges of each tripod ring of bright fresh green fescue grass conducted a very thorough one-day
circle had the fescue grass removed now appeared outside of the original investigation on October 14th.
exposing the bare soil, while the inner discolored and dehydrated area, just as MUFON's State Section Director and
part of each circle "had the burnt grass if it had been fertilized. Steve Breeden Assistant State Section Director for
twisted as if it was caught in some kind observed the site on October 8th and southwest Missouri were alerted to the
of an auger or looked like someone had again after the frost, so he could testify case when it was reported in The Jop/in
set an eggbeater down there and just to the changes that had transpired as it Globe newsletter on Tuesday, October.
twisted the .grass in a clockwise related to the bright green ring of grass. 24th. We responded on October 29th
rotation." We took photographs that confirm this and performed an in-depth study that
The fescue grass was entirely unusual transformation. The apparent required several weekends for
removed in a doughnut shape about 3 green enriched area is 10 to 12 inches in interviews and investigations, hereby
inches wide on the outer edge of each width surrounding the 3% to 4 foot being reported in the MUFON Journal.
tripod circle. (The grass was twisted or diameter brown and dried circle. The.Barry Counfy Advertiser featured
swirled. within the hole of each When Deputy Sheriff Breeden was an article about the case and Ted
doughnut-shaped area.) The fescue asked for his impression and reputation Phillip's visit in their October 18th
grass in the remainder of the 4-foot- of Marlett Sturgell in the community, he edition, with photographs.
diameter circle had turned a dark stated that "he had known him all his life The vital specifics, details, and
purple-black color, not exactly burned, and had never known Marlett to do laboratory analysis follows.
but very dried out. The remainder of anything in this sense that would make
the pasture was a lush green, since this him question his word. He seemed to be Date and Time: Sunday, October
was prior to the first frost of the season. a very honest man, raised an honest 8, 1978; 7:00 AM-9:00 AM C.D.S.T.
Pplaroid color photographs taken by family and has better things to do on his Location: Marlett Sturgell Farm
the Deputy Sheriff at 4:15 PM on farm than to make up or dream up approximately one and one half miles
'October 8th show the areas of bare something like this if it wasn't true." east of Cato, Mo., (S.H. 39) in a bend of
vegetation and the purple color of the When questioned about his personal (Continued on next page)
(Missouri Landing, Continued) „ detected within the 88-foot-diameter
Flat Creek, northeast corner of plat 8 in circle compared to the 4-foot-diameter
Barry County, Missouri. (Flat Creek area. Ted Phillips found no radiation in
separates the Sturgell farm from the his measurements on October 14,1978.
north edge of the Mark Twain National A synopsis of the grass samples
Forest.) collected at the site of the reported
Witnesses: (1) Marlett Sturgell, 71, UFO landing is taken from the
farmer, Jenkins, Mo.; (2) Mrs. Marlett investigators report. Petri dish sample
(Dora) Sturgell, wife, Jenkins, Mo.; (3) #2 was taken within the 3-foot-
Mrs. Raymond L. (Frances) Morgan, diameter dead grass area and petri dish
daughter, Kansas City, Mo.; (4) Bent and curlad 0ra«s with rodca, #3 was collected .south of the dead area
Raymond L. Morgan, son-in-law; (5) dirt and /c«cu« Gced tnwde
in the "green" area designated in this
The Morgan's son, 16; (6) Norman SKateh by 8t«v« Braadin, P«futy Shlrlf-f report (outer 10-12 inch ring). No
Barry County* Miwuri of Landing Seta
. Sturgell, grown son of Marlett Sturgell unusual material was observed on the
who lives at home. samples under a microscope, however,
Prime Investigators for the Mutual the green samples were about twice as
UFO Network, Inc.: George M Koch, large as the grass samples from the
State Section Director, 115 Gum Road, dead area, indicating dying or shrinking
Carl Junction, MO 64834, and Donald of the "dead" grasses. A lOx and 20x
L. Seneker, Director, Criminal Justice power binocular microscope was used
Programs, Missouri Southern State and photographs made. (Laboratory
College, Joplin, MO 64801, residence: detail is available from MUFON or the
434 East College, Mt. Vernon, MO prime investigators.) The conclusion
65712. from the microscopic examinations is
Interviews conducted by Don as follows: Samples were taken from
Seneker and George Koch: Mr. Marlett the field on October 28, 1978 (20 days
Sturgell, October 29, 1978; Mrs. after the incident). They appeared
Raymond L. (Frances) Morgan, visually normal except that the sample
October 31,1978; Mr. and Mrs. Marlett removed from the site had shrunk to
Sturgell, November 5, 1978; Deputy approximately one-half their normal
Sheriff Steve Breeden, November 5, Polaroid photo of landing site size and turned brown (dated
1978; Mrs. Marlett (Dora) Sturgell, made on October 8,1978 November 1, 1978 by Donald L.
November 23, 1978. Seneker).
An extensive set of black and white A preliminary physical evidence
photographs were made at the site by taken to the regional criminalistics report on the soil samples completed
Don Seneker with 8 x 10 enlargements. laboratory at Missouri Southern State on December 4,1978, from the Sturgell
(Some of these photographs appear College in Joplin, Mo., by Don farm reports the following: (1) A
with this article.) Copies of the color Seneker. Plastic bags of grass samples preliminary report from Melvyn W.
Polaroid pictures by Deputy Sheriff were placed in a deep freeze at the Mosher, Ph.D., Associate Director of
Steve Breeden on October 8th are also home of George Koch to preserve them the Regional Criminalistics Lab at
on file for comparison purposes. pending detailed examination. Missouri Southern State College
George Koch obtained a large number Radiation measurements were indicates no unusual substances or
of 35 mm color slides of the landing site made at the site on October 28, 1978, differences between the comparative
in the pasture and the Sturgell home in using a Detectron Model DG-2 with the samples submitted. (2) There are no
relation to it. A 360-degree panorama meter setting of 0.2 multiplier for full volatile compounds present. (3) There
photographic view of the entire area scale. The sample rate was set at fast. are no microscopic differences of note.
taken from the pasture in black and An extensive set of readings was made (4) Testing is not complete. A soil
white was assembled, identifying the and tabulated within the landing site culture is being prepared along with
directions of the compass and depicting circle and extending out 44 feet in each other tests. (5) Reports will follow as
the ascension of the UFO and the 30 to direction. All measurements were completed. (George Koch is
40 degree angle flight to the object made in milliroentgen per hour (MR- c o n d u c t i n g his own tests of
'hovering in the western sky (255 to 2% HR). The roentgen is the international comparative growth of seeds in the
degrees azimuth). unit of x-radiation or gamma radiation. control soil versus the circle soil).
We meticulously obtained soil Statistical average of the readings, The weather conditions at the time
samples, fescue grass samples, cow sigma, and three sigma values were of the initial sighting, October 8, 1978, \
feces, and bone samples from the site, computed, and upper and lower control at 7:00 AM C.D.S.T. were supplied by
plus samples of grass and soil outside of limits established. Based upon the Dean Woodin, F.A.A. Flight Service for
the circle for control purposes and individual readings and computations Southwest Missouri at the Joplin
comparison. All of the samples were made, no significant radiation was Airport. Surface wind 8 knots, direction
150 degrees (southeast by south- ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS FOR 1979 MUFON
southeast), visibility 15 miles, and
ceiling 10,000 feet scattered clouds with UFO SYMPOSIUM IN SAN FRANCISCO
additional scattered clouds at 25,000
feet.
George Koch placed a telephone Published papers to be presented
call to Lonnie Nine of the National at the MUFON Symposium on July 7
Weather Service in Monett, Mo., to and 8 at the beautiful Airport Marina
check for balloon launchings from that Hotel will include the following
location, since it is the closest such speakers: James M. McCampbell,
launching point to Jenkins, Mo. He was MUFON Director of Research,
advised that their launch time is 6:00 Belmont, Calif.- "Forbidden Frontier-- /.mpo?-
AM C.D.S.T. and the balloon is Communication with UFOnauts"; Ted A £> A £
normally in the air for 90 minutes or 110 Peters, Ph.D., Consultant in Theology, *DC3£^
BOCjiHIU
( JBSOQ
minutes at the most. They ascend at a Berkeley, Calif. - "The Religious
rate of 1,000 feet per minute and are Dimensions to the UFO Phenomenon";
normally visible up to 10,000 feet David Stupple, Ph.D., Consultant in
altitude. The balloon is made of Deer- Sociology, Y p s i l a r i t i , M i c h . •
Rex, an artificial rubber product that "Contactees, Cults, and Culture";
expands to about the size of four William. H. Spaulding, State Director
average rooms before bursting and For Arizona, Phoenix, -- "Information
dropping the red paper parachute with Retrievals: A Case for UFO Cover
its instrument package. (A few years Up"; Walter H. Greenawald, Woodland
before, Mr. Sturgell had observed a Hills, Calif. •• "Newspapers and UFOs";
balloon caught in the trees.) Further Richard F. Haines, Ph.D., Los Altos,
discussion tentatively eliminated other Calif. - "A Review of Selected Sightings
balloon launches by the military or from Aircraft from 1973 to 1978"; at $15.00 by sending your order to
other government agencies known to Thomas E. Bearden, M.S., Consultant Northern California MUFON, P.O. Box
the National Weather Service. in Nuclear Engineering -- "A 1072, Mountain View, CA 94042, with a
As part of this thorough Mind/Brain/Matter Module Consistent check or money order payable to
i n v e s t i g a t i o n , Donald Seneker with Quantum Physics and UFO MUFON Northern California. Upon
conducted a b a c k g r o u n d and Phenomenon"; J. Allen Hynek, Ph.D. receipt of your advance reservation you
community reputation on Marlett Director for Center for UFO Studies, will be mailed a postcard so that you
Sturgell, an attitude, personality, and Evanston, 111.; Stanton T. Friedman, may make your lodging reservations at
.habit evaluation plus an analysis of why M.S., Consultant in Nuclear Physics, the Airport Marina Hotel. If you do not
he didn't see more details concerning Hay ward, Calif.; and Dennis Regan, use the special card, please indicate on
the object in the pasture. Ph.D., Consultant in Aeroacoustics, your correspondence that you are
In order to get a better idea of the Santa Monica, Calif. attending the Mutual UFO Network
shape of the object in the field, Mrs. Speakers have been selected both Symposium so that they will assign you
Sturgell was asked to form a modeling for technical subjects and public one of the rooms "blocked" for this
clay replica of what she saw, since it was education information, thus appealing purpose. Otherwise inquiries to the
very difficult for her to sketch the to all interests. Simultaneous hotel, may be answered by "sorry, we
unique shape. This technique proved presentations will be made in different are booked up," which happened in
valuable, since sketches and rooms so that a participant will have a Akron, Ohio. An application for
photographs were made from her choice of speakers. Speakers who will advanced reservations for the
model. not present published papers are Terry Symposium was included in all issues of
(This very fine and well- Hartman, State Director for Oregon, the January-February 1979 edition of
documented report has been Portand; Alvin Lawson, Ph.D., Garden the Journal to subscribers in the
condensed so that it could be covered Grove, Calif.; Tom Gates, Consultant Central and Western Regions for their
in its entirety in one issue of the in Astronomy, Mountain View, Calif.; convenience. Make your plans now to
MUFON UFO Journal. Don Seneker Marvin Taylor, State Section Director, attend the only International UFO
and George Koch are to be Sonora, Calif.; Ms. Jean Richards; and Symposium being held on an annual
commended for the throughness of Walt Andrus, International Director, basis for the past 10 years.
their investigation and the professional Seguin, Tex.
manner in which it was conducted. The Festivities will start Friday evening,
number of witnesses to the sightings, July 6th, for those arriving early. A
the length of observation, and the press conference is sceduled for Friday MUFON
landing trace evidence ranks this GE II morning. A special package price for
as one of the most significant ones for the two days of July 7 and 8 is available
the year 1978.-Walt Andrus.)
r , "Cosmic SEARCH, The first
Cosmic Search: A Review
again adds historical perspective to the us the capability of our work to detract
magazine about the Search for SETI. from their congressionally appropri-
Extra-terrestrial Intelligence," Five pages are devoted to a ated funds. They fail to understand or
(SETI), Volume 1, Number 1, feature, "The SEnTInel," which give any hope to our aspirations of
January 1979. consists of highlights and up-to-date becoming a scientific endeavor,
articles on today's discoveries and presently and historically with no public
It is unusual to be reviewing an thinking. One item of particular interest funding, while they are busy touting
entire magazine, but in this case I feel is "Protection of SETI 'Frequency themselves as super-scientists who
sufficient reason exists to bend the Bands in Jeopardy" wherein the reader shall see us safely into the future, saving
reviewing rules, particularly since this is requested to write to the FCC or their all manfind. They shall, as they have in
publication is so close to home, and elected representative in support of this issue, continue to refer to us as the
because I am reviewing the first issue of reserving SETI frequency bands. I "pseudo-science" or "those espousing
a publication which is bound to bring thoroughly agree and feel the UFO com- disreputable UFO accounts." They
both praise and-ridicule from our varied munity should support such a stand. present no evidence of having any real
UFO readership. This will be "that first John Kraus, one of the editors, has idea of what we are doing or what we
impression." included an educational feature, "ABCs are about, and fail to realize that our
This first issue cover depicts a of SETI," which might be the beginning paths will surely cross, even though it is
portion of the metric scale with a of an encyclopedia for certain aspects becoming more apparent that
pointer at 21 centimeters (the of UFO research. His four short astronomy may have no association
"waterhole") overlaid on the discussions on "The Galactic with UFOs.
photograph of a galaxy and with a P e r s p e c t i v e , " "The C o s m i c We should keep in mind that
dashed line connecting the pointer with Perspective," "Numbers and the should we make any breakthrough in
a particularly bright star. The editorial SETI," and "The Wavelength Picture the study of UFOs that would lend any
board includes some names that are (The 'Waterhole')" are bits of credence to an ETI-UFO connection,
familiar to the UFO reader. Under the information that should come to the this is the same group of scientists who
table of contents is a statement to the attention of every UFO enthusiast in will demand that they alone be allowed
effect that the publication intends to order to keep our study in perspective. to explore the implications of such a
present all aspects of the Search for ETI Walter Sullivan offers his article in connection. They shall be the first to
in a responsible yet popular manner. the form of a question, "What if we steal our smoke and our fire; and not
The magazine is edited by Robert Succeed?." He embraces both the even complain about burning their
S. Dixon and John Kraus. In their first positive and negative philosophies of hands. It is well within their capability to.
editorial they explain, in brief terms, SETI, from Nobel-Prize-winning back-peddle into our work, with no
what SETI is all about and that their biologist George Walds' view that he ".. apologies, no begging of our pardon, or
intent is to provide interesting articles can conceive of no nightmare so any recognition of our existence. They
involving the many aspects of SETI. A terrifying. . .," to the opinion of a view us as an unnecessary evil to be
second editorial is included by Richard theologian that, " . . . some of them eliminated ' and shall attempt to
Berendzen, a member of the editorial (SETI) may be nearer to the divine mind intimidate us out of existence. Should
board. This editorial is probably the low than we are." they, list "UFO" in their glossary, I
point of the entire publication in that it If there are any political would think that the definition would
takes pot-shots at those in the UFO implications at all, it is that this not come near that of Dr. Hynek, but
community who prefer to search for magazine will be used as a lever before would in some way be a put-down to all
ETI through the study and investigation Congress to show how far this we have worked toward.
of UFO reports. community of SETI researchers are I would prefer that they stay off of
The first and second articles are separated from the UFO community. our backs, but I doubt that will happen.
historical in tone: the first is a reprint of They resent our encroachment on their Rather, I see that finally there' is a
the original article, by Guiseppe territory to the extent that their fraternity for Phil Klass to Join. (No
Cocconi and Phillip Morrison, subtitle, "The first magazine about the doubt we will see his articles in this
"Searching for I n t e r s t e l l a r Search for E x t r a - T e r r e s t r i a l magazine.) Further, Cosmic SEARCH
Communications," which appeared in Intelligence," makes a claim that I am is a minor declaration of war on our
NATURE in 1959. The second article is sure many UFO publishers would efforts. Though it may not mean our
by Morrison and is titled "Twenty years dispute, showing their intention to doom, it may well set back our efforts of
after. .' .". He reminisces how the first ignore our existence. • recognition. With this declaration we
came about and goes on to support the This group, that is the majority of can but force ourselves to a new second
need for further work in this fascinating it, intend to avoid facing up to the wind, and to a cleaning up of our own
field. The third article, "A Reminiscence question of the UFO, and those who act. We must thoroughly investigate
of Project Ozma," by Frank D. Drake, study the UFO, except to attribute to (continued on page 17)
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NEW ZEALAND FILM REPORT
By Bruce Maccabee

(Note: Dr. Maccabee travelled to New Zealand and Australia at the end of January to investigate the UFO film at the expense of
Channel O in New Zealand. He has kindly provided a draft of his investigation report to MUFON for publication. Dr. Maccabee
is Maryland State Director for MUFON, a Board Member of the Center for UFO Studies, and a Consultant to NICAP. He is a
physicist specializing in optics for the U.S. Navy.--Editor)

March 26, 1979, Press Release, New York City

The investigation was conducted when the UFO sightings took place. Captain Bill Startup, nor did they know
on behalf of the National Investigations Mr. Fogarty was there with a film crew the copilot, Robert Guard, before the
Committee on Aerial Phenomena at the request of Channel 0 to obtain a flight.
(NICAP) by Dr. Bruce Maccabee, a story about previous early morning The crew and passengers were in
Navy physicist. He spent ten days in radar-visual UFO sightings that had the four engine -turboprop Argosy
New Zealand and a week in Australia taken place on the 21st of December, aircraft flying south from Wellington
interviewing the witnesses and 1978. with a full load of newspapers when the
analyzing the film. He subsequently These sightings involved pilots flight crew first noticed unusual lights in
presented his findings to several groups who were flying between Wellington the direction of the Kaikour^ peninsula.
of scientists in the U.S. Not one of the and Christchurch and also the The flight crew contacted Wellington
scientists was able to explain the radar- Wellington Air Traffic Control radar. radar and was told by the operator,
visual-photographic sightings in Wellington radar had picked up many Geoffrey Causer, that he had seen
conventional terms.... anomalous targets east of the Clarence unusual targets in the direction the
Dr. Hynek stated his opinion that River and along the Kaikoura coast of flight crew was looking. The flight crew
the New Zealand evidence clearly the South Island of New Zealand. The pointed out the unusual lights to
suggests some phenomenon that pilots saw lights in the directions Fogarty and the Crocketts.
cannot be explained in ordinary terms. suggested by Wellington and at least in David Crockett obtained a short
He criticized those in responsible one case picked up a very rapidly segment of film footage of the lights
scientific positions who had publicly moving object on the airplane radar at seen on the way south. Wellington
stated that the New Zealand film the same time they saw a flashing light tower observed targets around the
showed Venus, Jupiter, meteors, etc., fly past them. These sightings made airplane, and, for a period of time,
without even bothering to talk to the front page headlines in New Zealand reported that there were targets
witnesses, or to find out at what times and Australia. behind, and beside, the airplane. For a
and in which directions the various Mr. Fogarty was on vacation in period of several minutes the
portions of the film were shot. New Zealand when Channel 0 decided passengers saw a flashing light on the
Some of the other scientists joining to assign the news coverage oh the right side of the aircraft at about the
Dr. Maccabee and Dr. Hynek in the previous UFO sightings. Mr. Fogarty same time that Wellington radar told
opinion that the film shows something contacted a cameraman, David them that some object was flying along
unusual are Dr. Peter Sturrock, a Crockett, whose wife, Ngaire Crockett, with them.
plasma physicist, Dr. Richard Haines, operated the recording equipment. The plane landed at Christchurch
an optical physiologist, Dr- Gilbert The Crocketts were unknown to at 1:00 a.m. local Daylight Savings Time
Levin, a biophysicist, and Neil Davis, an Fogarty before this initial contact. about 50 minutes after the unusual
electronics specialist. Other scientists, Fogarty and the Crocketts interviewed lights were first seen. After the
most notably several government and and filmed the Wellington Air Traffic newspapers had been unloaded the
industry radar specialists, requested Control radar operators and one of the airplane took off again to fly to
that their names not be used because of pilots involved in the previous sightings. Blenheim, New Zealand. On this flight a
their sensitive positions. By prearrangement, they boarded a reporter from Christchurch, Dennis
Channel 0 of Melbourne intends to similar newspaper flight to obtain Grant, who was a friend of Fogarty,
produce a documentary of the UFO background footage of takeoffs, took the place of Ngaire Crockett, who
sighting and the analysis of the film and landings, • etc., for use in the news didn't want to fly back through the area
radar detections. Channel O reporter, coverage for Channel 0. Fogarty and of the previous sightings.
Quentin Fogarty, was aboard the plane the Crocketts did not know the pilot, (continued on next page)
(New Zealand, Continued) The film shows a light which oscillates would alternately be big and small. And,
The original plan had been for rapidly from very bright white or yellow- of course, there was a large amount of
Fogarty and the Crocketts to leave the white to dim red and orange. The plane image motion (unlike Phil Klass, I
plane at Christchurch, having obtained landed about 3:15 a.m. immediately assumed that during the
sufficient footage for the news coverage Dr. Maccabee states that the film short times that images stood still they
on the previous sightings. However, shot when the plane was 10 to 40 miles were showing single "stopped" frames).
because of the incidents on the flight northeast of Christchurch shows a light Although I didn't really think the film
south, Fogarty and David Crockett that has various shapes including nearly showed anything very conclusive (after
decided to fly back to obtain better film round, sort of triangular, and "bell- all, as pointed out by Klass at the end of
of the unusual lights. shaped." The bell-shaped image, the CBS news segment, Venus was in
The plane took off f r o m obtained with a 240mm lens, has a the sky in the morning — no one knew
Christchurch at 2:16 a.m. D.S.T. and bright bottom and a less bright top, in what time the film had been shot). I did
climbed up through a low layer of agreement with a description given at think the case was interesting,
clouds. As they broke through the the time by the cameraman. especially with the Wellington radar
clouds about 3 minutes after takeoff Many of the images are over- involved and the .on-the-spot
they saw a very bright light ahead and to exposed, suggesting a very bright recordings by the news reporter, so I
the right. The captain, who compared it yellowish-white light. An estimate of the said to myself "Some lucky person at the
with a featureless full moon, turned on brightness of the source,,if it were 10 other end of the earth — New Zealand
the airplane radar in the mapping n.m. away from the plane, shows that it — will get to look at the film, and, who
mode. could have been as powerful as several knows. . . .maybe he'll find something."
Several minutes later, when the hundred thousand candlepower. That was on Tuesday, January 2,
radar warmed up and the plane was Candlepower is a measure of the 1979. On Thursday I got a phone call
about 15 nautical miles (n.mi) out of amount of visible light given off by a from Jack Acuff, former president of
Christchurch, the radar detected a source of light. For comparison, a NICAP: "An Australian news team is
strong target at about 20 n.m. in the 100,000 watt incandescent b u l b , bringing the New Zealand film here for
direction of the bright light. As the plane radiating in all directions would have NICAP to investigate. Would you be
flew northeast, the object remained to about 200,000 candlepower. Dr. willing to look at it?" Within a second or
the right of the plane and the radar Maccabee also stated that the sizes of less I had responded "Yes," or words to
distance decreased to about 10 n.m. A the images on the film suggest a source that effect. I still wasn't that impressed
considerable amount of film footage which, if it were 10 n.m. away, would be with the case, especially because a day
was obtained by Crockett during this about 100 feet wide. after this film had been obtained a New
portion of the flight. The scientists hope to be able to Zealand news crew had set up a camera
When the plane reached 13,000 continue working on the film to on the bank of the Clarence River and
f e e t , about 37 miles out of determine further characteristics of the had photographed a "UFO" for several
Christchurch, the pilot turned toward UFO. hours. (That UFO was definitely
the object. After a 90 degree turn, VENUS!) Nevertheless, I didn't have
however, the object was still not The Investigation anything to lose and besides, how often
directly ahead, appearing to have Before summarizing the events does one get to analyze an
moved to the right as the plane turned. and presenting certain analysis internationally famous UFO movie. I
The plane flew southeast for a minute completed thus far, I would like to told Jack to suggest to the Australians
or so, during which time the object summarize the investigation and my that they wait a week so that I could get
appeared to be at a lower altitude and part in it. some photo interpretation equipment
appeared to move to the right of the When I first heard of the New together (and so I could complete my
aircraft. Zealand film via ABC news on January practicing for a piano concert I was
When the pilot turned to the left to 2,1 didn't think much of it. Then it was going to give the following weekend.)
regain his original flight path put of shown on CBS (Walter Cronkite took The next day Jack called and said
Christchurch he was surprised to see up about 5 minutes of Evening News "They're on their way... .they'll be here
the bright object, which had been on time). Explanations were rampant and Sunday."
the right side of the plane, appear ahead information was, as with most media- I saw the complete original film for
of him. He thinks the plane then flew reported UFO cases, lacking. I took the first time on January 8. It took me
over it. They did not see the bright pictures of the TV screen so that I almost four microseconds to realize
object again after they regained the would have something to look at after that I wasn't looking at Venus, or
! mating mutton birds, or light reflected
original flight path. the news show. (Little did I know that
When the plane was east of less than a week later I would have from a cabbage patch. However, there
Kaikoura, Wellington radar again said complete access to the original.) What were many hours of work on a copy of
that there were targets around the was shown on TV looked interesting, the film still ahead of me before I could
plane. Several of these were apparently but there was something wrong. The rul out every source of light known to
seen by the passengers and crew, and reporter's commentary did not seem to be in the area. In order to reach such a
one brightly flashing light was filmed. agree with the film, and the images conclusion I had to talk to the
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witnesses. By the end of January I had Zealand in the early morning) reflecting for "UFOs." They told me about
done about everything I could do on the fishing boat lights? Light reflected from several apparently "solid" targets which
film but I still hadn't talked to all the a cabbage patch? Comets? Balloons? disappeared from the radar scope
witnesses. I had talked to the pilot, Other Aircraft? Ground Lights? I was seconds before the Orion arrived at the
cameraman, and Wellington Air Traffic sure that the film showed none of these. positions of the targets (note: the
controller by phone during the second Secret Military Maneuvers? Hoax? I altitudes were not known, only the
week of January. The interview^ were didn't think so, but I couldn't prove it.. directions and distances)! What did the
arranged by Leonard Lee, the TV yet! Orion f i n d ? T u r b u l e n c e . (Did
producer who had brought, the film During the last week in January I something depart suddenly?) From
from Melbourne, Australia where he prepared for a trip that I only half interviewing the witnesses I decided
worked for Channel "O" (as in O'Hare" believed would ever happen (even that the UFO film was not part of a
. . . please avoid the term 'zero' "). though Leonard was convinced it hoax. Most of the witnesses had not
Channel O had commissioned the news would happen). I had decided that I know each other before the flight of the
reporter, Quentin Fogarty, to do a would pay my own way to Wellington — aircraft, and the government operated
news story on a previous set of radar- I could barely afford it — but I could not radar was involved. I was able to obtain
visual sightings, and it was during his afford to go to Australia to interview the a complete tape of the. ATC-airplane
attempts to obtain background footage reporter himself. Then on January 26 conversations. Unfortunately because
for his news story that "the New the word came: the TV station will pay of adverse publicity and "fear" of the
Zealand film" was obtained. for everything! Two days later I was on RNZAF, the company which owned the
. By the end of the third week in a plane to California, where I had some aircraft would not allow me to refly the
January I had decided that the film image enhancements made and where I flight, even though the witnesses were
really did show something unusual, and briefed Peter Sturrock and Richard willing to do so.
I told Leonard confidentially that on a Haines, and then off to New Zealand. After. New Zealand I flew to
scale of 1-10 the probability that he had Very briefly, I was in New Zealand Australia where I interviewed Quentin
a "UFO" (something that.couldn't be for 10 days, during which time I Fogarty. .and did some work with the
identified) was about 11. By this time he interviewed 7 of the total of 8 witnesses original film. I also collected the
was convinced that in order to reach a involved. The taped interviews lasted evidence together and wrote a history
firm conclusion on this case it would be anywhere from 4 to 8 hours at a session. of the flight. By the time I left Australia I
necessary to have me fly to New The witnesses were all very friendly and was sure that all the public explanations
Zealand to interview the witnesses and helpful. I also talked to the RNZAF for the case were wrong. However, I did
possibly to refly the flight. He went back officer who directed the official not publicize my conclusions. Instead, I
to Melbourne with this intent, but the government investigation into the presented the evidence to interested
TV station at first balked at the sightings. He was convinced that they scientists in the U.S., including, Dr.
expense. Also during'the third week I all resulted from misidentifications and Richard Haines, Dr. Peter Sturrock,
showed the film copy to Robert highly unusual atmospheric conditions. Dr. James Harder, Neil Davis, Brad
Sheaffer, who agreed that whatever it He ruled out -the "secret military Sparks, Stan Friedman, and others at a
was, it wasn't astronomical. maneuvers" hypothesis and suggested meeting at Stanford University; Dr. J.
It was quite amusing during those that I talk to the scientists at the Allen Hynek and Allan Hendry at
weeks in January to read of the rather Department of Scientific and Industrial CUFOS; Dr. Gilbert Levin of
positive identifications offered by the Research (DSIR). These scientist had Biospherics in Rockville, Md., and
armchair experts. Venus was, of done the actual investigation, so I went about 10 government-related scientists
course, high on the list. One to visit them. I took along the (experts in optics and radar) who must
astronomer stated on the day after the cameraman, David Crockett, because remain unnamed because of the
sighting that he was 99% sure that the they had never talked to him. "ridicule factor." No one offered a
film showed Venus. Then after he saw It turned out that even though the solution or even a combination of
the portion shown on TV he was "99% government report says that they solutions that could fit the details.
sure it was Jupiter." Of course, by the talked to all the "important witnesses," The results of the investigation
end of the second week of January I they in fact only talked to three people were announced publicly on March 26
knew that a major portion of the film (pilot, copilot, ATC controller). Also, at a news conference in New York City
had been taken about 30-45 minutes they had never seen the film that that was organized by Channel O. At
before Venus was due to rise (rise time Crockett made. When I showed them the conference Acuff, .Hynek, and I
was calculated by Brad Sparks of my copy they were immediately spoke for a total of about two hours.
APRO). I also knew that the images interested. I went back to see them The bulk of the time was taken up by a
were too large and too bright to be again before I left New Zealand, at their recitation by myself of the history of the
Jupiter. "Meteors" (Sir Bernard invitation. They told me about some New Zealand film and the surrounding
Lovell) were out of the question: the unusual radar target properties that circumstances. The story made the
unusual lights were seen for many they had observed several nights after science section.of the New York Times
minutes. Mating mutton birds (flocks of the film was made when they had an Air and some other papers scattered
birds that fly around the coast of New Force Orion aircraft available to look (continued on next page)
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(New Zealand, Continued) manufacturer) shows that they are The path of the object was
throughout the U.S., but there was no continuous, except for a change in film estimated from witness statements,
big reaction. Unfortunately it was a bad at Christchurch (they needed a new roll airplane radar data, and from the image
day for news conferences because it for the journey north). Thus the film is sizes on the film. The film image sizes
was the same day that President Carter not a hoax. The landing light sequences (except when defocussed) are never
completed his "cash for peace" ' provide color and brightness larger than several milliradians in
agreements with Israel and Egypt. information which can be used to angular size. Assuming that the object
Then, if that wasn't enough news for calibrate the film and the optical quality was of a fixed size, this means that it
one week, two days later prospects for of the airplane window. All of this hard never was closer than some minimum
nuclear power nearly fizzled as the information (acoustic and optical) is distance, probably about 10 miles,
Three Rivers Plant spouted and the supplemented by the memories of five during the time it was being filmed. On
U.S. was confronted with an "atomic witnesses on the aircraft at any time the other hand Fogarty remembers
terror" for the next week and a half. and one or two witnesses at the looking almost straight down on the
Wellington ATC (two witnesses for part object out the right window (his last
Sources of Information of the trip south; one witness at all other view of it), and the captain is quite
The p r i m a r y s o u r c e s of times). certain that the plane passed over it. At
information are the memories of the As the interviews proceeded I these times the cameraman was not
eight witnesses who were involved. found that the statements of the various able to film it because it was moving
These memories contain a wealth of witnesses tended to complement rather rapidly with respect to the plane and
information which, nevertheless, is than contradict one another. There because the film magazine and the
"soft information." However, this case were some variations in descriptions of overall size of his camera made it
is unique for the amount of hard events, etc., as might be expected from difficult to shoot at large downward
information which was available after different observers after a time lapse of angles (for example, the top of the film
the events were over. The hard over a month, but I found no outright magazine could have bumped some of
information includes a tape recording of contradictions. To my surprise (and the overhead switches in the cockpit).
the conversations between the delight) almost every new "bit" of The remainder of the airplane path
Wellington ATC Center and the information I learned supported rather ( e v e r y t h i n g except 25-27) is
aircraft. This recording establishes an than contradicted the previous "bits." reconstructed from the standard flight
irrefutable time line for the events. From this wealth of information I have plans and from the memory of the
Then there is the tape made on the abstracted a summary of the events Wellington Air Traffic Controller,
aircraft by Quentin Fogarty (how many which, when read in conjunction with Geoffrey Causer.
UFO sightings have information the "Event Descriptions and Map To obtain a good impression of the
recorded in sifu?). Although this tape Legend," will give the reader an bewildering number of unusual
cannot be exactly synchronized with overview of the New Zealand radar- occurrences during those early
the Wellington tape, the approximate visual UFO case. The associated maps, morning flights I suggest that the reader
times of Fogarty's statements can be Figures 1 and 2, show the overall path of read the summary first and then read
determined from the content (he the aircraft as a dashed line. The T- the "Event" sheet, paying rather careful
occasionally repeated what Wellington shaped symbols represent the aircraft attention to the details of the events.
had told the plane). Then there were at various points along the path and the
scribbled pencil notes by Dennis Grant, numbers refer to events in the "Event" Summary of Events
the Christchurch, New Zealand, sheet. The events are primarily those (NOTE: all miles are nautical and times
reporter. (He took the place of the associated with radar targets referred are local D.S.T.)
cameraman's wife, Ngaire Crockett, on to by Wellington ATC. Specifically, the FLIGHT SOUTH
the trip north.) He was apparently the location of the airplane each time At 11:46 pm on December 30,
only one who actually wrote anything Wellington referred to a target (or 1978, a four-engine turbo prop Argosy
down during the sightings. And finally, targets) is shown on the map. The freighter left Wellington, New Zealand,
there is the film, which is a veritable tour locations are believed to be accurate to on a standard Saturday evening-
de force of UFO images. within 1 or 2 miles. The specific radar Sunday morning newspaper delivery
The film contains pictures of target(s) associated with a specific run, from Blenheim, New Zealand, to
airport lights (landings and takeoffs), position of the airplane is (are) Wellington to Christchurch, and then
pictures of the airplane cockpit, connected to the airplane symbol by a back to Blenheim. Aboard the aircraft
pictures of Quentin Fogarty at line(s). The events that occurred as the were the pilot, Captain Bill Startup, the
Christchurch Airport, and pictures of.. plane flew away from Christchurch (21- co-pilot, Robert Guard, the Australian
. . UFOs. The landing light sequences 27) are reconstructed from the witness news reporter, Quentin Fogarty, and a
and the cockpit sequences serve to ' statements about what they saw and film crew which consisted of a
establish that the film was taken from what the airplane radar screen showed. cameraman, David Crockett, and his
inside the aircraft. A study of the edge The path of the plane from Event #25 to wife, Ngaire, who operated the tape
numbers of the original film (edge Event #27 is approximate and is subject recorder. The reporter and film crew
n u m b e r s are put on by the to further revision. had been commissioned by a

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Melbourne TV station to fly tc target about four miles to the right of view of the radar display and of the
Christchurch to obtain film footage for the plane. About 45 seconds after that object, repeatedly compared the
use in a news story about a previous Wellington told the plane that direction of the bright light with that of
UFO sighting that had been made by something was flying in formation with the target as indicated by the azimuth
pilots on a similar aircraft flight. During it. The plane and the unidentified target markers on the radar screen. They
the flight south the pilot and co:pilot flew side by side for at least half a assured themselves that the radar
observed lights that were first seen in minute, after which the radar target target and the bright light were in the
the direction of Kaikoura, from a point reduced to that of the plane alone same direction. The radar distance was
just southeast of Cape Campbell (see (Event Sheet # 15 and 16). About a initially 18-20 miles.
map and Event Sheet). Coincidentally, minute later the plane contacted As the plane proceeded along a
Wellington radar picked up and Wellington and reported a "target," straight northeasterly path and climbed
reported targets which were in the which was a flashing light, at the right of to its cruising altitude, the distance to
vicinity of the plane. It appears that at and falling behind the airplane (Event the bright light gradually decreased, as
least two, and perhaps several, of these Sheet #17). Wellington agreed that indicated by the radar," and the sighting
anomalous radar targets were there was a target at the right of the line tended to move around to the right.
observed by the passengers on the plane that was drifting behind as the By the time the plane was about 11
plane. plane moved forward. minutes (32 miles) out of Christchurch
The cameraman obtained 16 mm The plane landed at Christchurch, at an altitude of 11,500 ft. the bright light
color film footage of the inside of the N.Z., at 1:01 a.m., December 31. While was about 70 to 90 degrees to the right
plane, the lights of Kaikoura, and of newspapers were being unloaded the of the aircraft (southeast of the aircraft)
anomalous bright objects that were crew discussed the sightings with the and about 12 miles away and no longer
seen occasionally in the 12:00 to 3:00 Christchurch radar operator, who on the plane radar. All observers
(front to. rightside) quadrant with described to the crew an anomalous agreed that the object appeared to be at
respect to the direction of travel. The target that was hot particularly a lower altitude than the aircraft, with
reporter recorded on-the-spot impressive to him. In order to obtain depression angles below horizontal
comments and descriptions and more film footage, Crockett and estimated to be between 5 degrees and
occasionally referred to statements Fogarty decided to fly back to 30 degrees. The radar in the map mode
made by Wellington Air Traffic Control Blenheim. One of the passengers, the could only pick up targets with
(ATC). The anomalous lights seen on wife of the cameraman, decided not to depression angles between about 3°
the trip south were observed to be make the return flight and her place was and 15° below the centerline of the
mainly in the direction of Kaikoura or taken by a reporter from Christchurch, aircraft.
ahead of the plane, except for one, Dennis Grant, a personal friend of the The c a m e r a m a n o b t a i n e d
which was seen off the right wing after Australian reporter (the only person several minutes of film out the far right-
the plane was south of Kaikoura. involved that the Australian reporter hand cockpit window during this
Radar targets that were reported had known before the flight). period. Images on the film range from
to the plane by the Wellington ATC FLIGHT NORTH yellowish white elliptical shapes with
within about 20 miles of the plane as it The plane left Christchurch on its reddish fringes to overexposed, nearly
travelled from a point just south of flight north to Blenheim at 2:16 a.m. triangular and circular shapes. Typical
Cape Campbell to a point about 57 About 3 minutes later, as the plane angular sizes were on the order of 1-2
miles northeast of Christchurch: The climbed through a low cloud cover, the milliradians.* He also obtained several
airplane radar was not used on the flight pilot, co-pilot, and cameraman, who feet of film showing a cockpit meter just
south. were all in the cockpit at the time, below the image of the bright light. At
One particularly interesting observed a bright yellow/white/orange about 12-13 minutes (35-38 miles) out of
sequence of events i n v o l v i n g light apparently at about their level, Christchurch the plane reached 13,000
Wellington ATC occurred just after the which would appear and disappear feet and a speed of 215 knots. At this
plane had turned toward Christchurch through the tops of the clouds. It was time the flight crew decided to turn to
at a non-geographic reporting point between 10 and 30 degrees to the right the right toward the bright light. As the
called "Kaikoura East" (see map). The of the aircraft, which was flying plane turned, the sighting line to the
plane had shifted to the Christchurch northeast. This light was pointed out to object moved toward the front of the
communication frequency when the two reporters who arrived in the aircraft, but even after a turn of about
Wellington saw a target appear behind cockpit several minutes after the 90 degrees, the object was not directly
the plane about one or two miles (Event takeoff. The captain obtained a strong ahead of the aircraft, as if the object had
Sheet #12). ~ Wellington told' :the return from , his radar which was moved to the right. The captain
Christchurch controller, who asked the operated in its "mapping mode." The
plane to shift back to the Wellington size of the radar "blip" was estimated by *Divide the distance to the object by 1000 and
multiply by the number of milliradians to find the
frequency. Wellington then told the the flight crew to have been 3 to 5 times size. For example, an angular size of 1 milliradian
plane that the target was about four larger than the blip from a large fishing corresponds to an object size of 1 foot at 1000
miles behind, them. About half a minute boat. The flight crew and the feet:.(1000 feet/1000)x(l millirad.) = 1 ft.
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(New Zealand, Continued)
proceeded in a straight line along a FOIA YIELDS PILOT SIGHTING
southeast heading and again the
sighting line to the object moved from
nearly directly ahead toward 90 degrees
to the right as the plane flew. The DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
depression angle below horizontal was HEADQUARTERS 25TH AIR DIVISION (ADCOM)
apparently very noticable at this time. McCHORD AD< FORCE BASE, WASHINGTON 98438
The object was not picked up on radar
after the turn, even though the object
was nearly ahead of the aircraft Reply To •
immediately after the turn, which Attn. Of: CC
suggests that the depression angle was
greater than 15 degrees. After travelling Subject: Request for Copies of 25NR/AD Senior Director's Log for the Months
on this new heading for 1 or 2 minutes, of October 1978 and January 1979
the captain began a turn to the left back
toward his original flight path, at which [Addressee deleted here]
time the light was observed to move
quickly to the left-front and above the 1. A determination has been made that the records requested in your letter of
aircraft and then to the left and down 29 January 1979 are releaseable under the Freedom of Information Act, 5
and apparently below the aircraft. The U.S.C. 552.
object was not seen again after the
plane completed its left turn. 2. Air Force Regulation 12-30 provides that a charge of [deletion] be assessed
During the time that this object for providing these records. Please make your check in this amount payable
was seen by the plane passengers, it to the "AFO, McChord AFB, WA 98438" and forward it to 25AD/DA,
was not seen on the Christchurch or McChord AFB, WA 98438.
Wellington radars. This may have been
because it was too low to be picked up 3. Copies of the information you requested are attached.
by either radar and/or because it was a
weak target for 50 cm radar. Harold A. Homan, Colonel, USAF
After the aircraft gained its original Commander 1 Attch
course and approached a point Extracts from 25NR/AD SD's
southeast of Kaikoura, Wellington Log for Jan 79 and Oct 78
control tower again began to call the
attention of the flight crew to Extracts from 25th NORAD Region/Air Division Senior Director's Log for
anomalous targets which were within the Months of October 1978 and January 1979
20 miles of the plane as it travelled
toward Cape Campbell. Occasionally, 23 October 1978 .
unusual bright lights were visible in the
directions indicated by the Wellington 0056Z - Received a call from Seattle Watch Supervisor (Mr. Jim Miller).
control, and in at least one instance the United Flight 868 @ 0020Z @ 40 SE Klamath, Org @ fit level 33.0. Departed
plane radar picked up a target that Spokane for San Francisco. Pilot reported traffic above him at little faster
appeared to the captain to be in the speed. The pilot reported @ 0040, 90 NE San Francisco that the traffic was
same position as that indicated by still above him. Seattle Center, 25NR, 26NR nor Oakland Center had any
Wellington control. There were also radar contact. As per Sea Center request, data was relayed to 26NR.
apparently temporal coincidences However, they had been briefed by Oakland. The United A/C was @
between appearances and disappear- 33.0/460 Kts ground speed. Pilot estimated traffic @ or above 60,000 ft. LTC
ances of visual and radar objects. Waters NCOC Command Director advised. 26/DM NCOC/JB. FP
One particularly bright object that (continued on page 16)
was seen as the plane approached
Cape Campbell was photographed by
the cameraman. The film shows a airfield at about 3:10 a.m.
bright light which alternates in a
regular, cyclic manner from bright
white to dim red and orange. It MUFON
apparently travelled in a series of loops, (In the next issue will be a detailed
described as "rolling and tumbling" by breakdown of the UFO sightings, radar 103 OLDTOWNE RD.
the reporter (see Event #33). trackings, and filmings — event by SEGUIN,TX 78155
The plane landed at Blenheim event — plotted on maps.-Editor)

14
BOOK REVIEW quite equals the Andreasson affair in all
its breadth and scope, its detail and
which, by sheer weight alone, is
undeniably impressive. It would be
complexity. Comparisons will be made, impractical,'of course, to expect such a
of course, to the Hill case, and to Travis gargantuan product in a commercial
Walton's abduction in 1975. There are publication. .But like some of Eugene
The Andreasson Affair, by Raymond similarities in each case but, jut as O'Neill's good, later plays, we are
E. Fowler (240 pages) Published by important, there are differences. Still, overwhelmed not so much by the parts
Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, none has been so exhaustively as by the accumulated force of the
N.J. Price: $8.95 examined and so t h o r o u g h l y whole work. The published version of
One of the most fascinating— and documented as has the Andreasson Mr. Fowler's report simply lacks the
quite probably important—books on case, and certainly none has produced power and muscle of the original. This
the UFO subject to appear recently is the rich expanse of detail and nuance is, naturally, nit-picking by the
"The Andreasson Affair," and the that we find in Mr. Fowler's engrossing specialist. Most readers of the book will
author is the veteran UFO investigator book. not have the benefit of the comparison,
Raymond E. Fowler, MUFON's heavy going for readers not reasonably and the published account is
Director of Investigations. The well-grounded in the subtleties of high- nevertheless quite sinewy and stunning
introduction is by Dr. J. Allen Hynek, strangeness UFO case material. In all in its own right.
Director of the Center for UFO fairness, its contents do confound The reasonable reader will come
Studies. reason. The book will most certainly away persuaded that something quite
This book is the culmination of send the professional skeptics mysterious is going on here. Whether
more than a year's intensive inquiries scurrying madly off to their respective the source of the mystery is actually
by the author and his associates, editors and publishers in their efforts to extraterrestrial intervention (whatever
among whom is my colleague, David reduce it to an absurdity. This is that condition might entail), as it
Webb, co-chairman of MUFON's understandable, for if the Andreasson literally appears, or whether something
Humanoid Study Group. It is the story is authentic, the implications of else is really going on, it matters little.
e x t r a o r d i n a r y story of Betty this fact are staggering. What if, for Mr. Fowler's account of the
Andreasson, much of which emerged example, there are thousands of other Andreasson a f f a i r convincingly
through numerous hypnotic regression Betty Andreassons around the demonstrates that there is a particular
sessions conducted by Dr. Harold J. country, the world, just waiting, like so phenomenology in operation here; that
Edelstein, Director of the New England many time bombs, to "go off?" it is typical in many ways of many other
Institute of Hypnosis. It describes her Information in the files of the Humanoid similar experiences; and that it is time
confrontation in 1967 with a group of Study Group suggests that this for responsible professional people to
bizarre entities in her South possibility — at least in part — may not begin making inquires into what it is
Ashburnham, Massachusetts, home; be so farfetched as some of us would that is going on.
her subsequent experiences on board like to believe. High strangeness cases Mr. Fowler only briefly mentions
the beings' vehicle; and her incredible like Andreasson's tend to contain the the extended period that elapsed from
trip to some Magonian realm with its elements of their own protective the time that Betty Andreasson wrote
climactic encounter which can only be invisibility by the very outrageousness her letter to the Center .for UFO
described as an ecstatic religious of their contents. Even so, in my own Studies to the actual commencement of
experience. Betty Andreasson seems work with regressive hypnosis, my the investigation 17 months later. It
to be, according to exhaustive colleagues and I have discovered that would be useful to get the facts of the
background checks, an honest and "on-board" experiences are not all that situation into the record. Betty wrote
straightforward person; moreover, she rare. What is really going on in such her letter to the Center on August 20,
is blessed with keen observational cases, of course, remains to be 1975, where it remained until early in
acuity and artistic ability, and the book determined. Mr. Fowler's book, 1976 when Margo Metegrano, who was
contains numerous examples of her however, provides the reader with the then the Center's "-administrative
illustrations. definitive example of the genre, in all its assistant, sent me the original. I took
Let the unwary reader be most perplexing detail. one look at it and put it away in my
forewarned: this is very special stuff. The book is not without some "unfinished business" file; it had been
We are fortunate in having Mr. Fowler flaws. A good portion of it is composed sufficiently off-putting for me to let it
to present such controversial material, of parts of taped transcripts of the repose there until the following August.
for his reputation as one of America's hypnotic sessions. Excerpted, these At that time I received a letter from
most competent and knowledgeable segments tend to be too fragmentary David Webb in which he remarked that
UFO investigators gives the to sustain the effect of the complete there was a new MUFON investigator
Andreasson story authority and testimony. I have heard nearly all of the (Jules Vaillancourt) in Ashburnham,
credibility that less expert hands could taped regressions and they are Massachusetts. The name of the town
not manage. Even so, the story assails tremendously compelling; I have also rang a bell and sent me back to my files,
our credulity. There is no abduction had a copy of Mr. Fowler's massive, where I found Betty's letter. I
report or onboard experience that three-volume report, the impact of (Continued on next page)
15
(Andreasson, Continued) (NORAD Log, Continued)

0110Z - LTC Waters called and request to talk to the pilot of United 868. Sea
Center advise pilot's name, Jim Morrison and that he would be returning to
Seattle tonight on Flight 246. NORAD/CD believed he knew what UFO was.

0123Z - Maj Schmidt called United Airlines (206-433-4161) and left a msg for
Mr. Morrison to call 25NR. FP

0138Z - LTC Bohrer (D/O) and Col Monk advised by SD. FP

0446Z - Colonel Mulligan (NORAD-CD) talked to Mr. Morrison (United


Airlines pilot). The gist of conversation was that neither NORAD nor the pilot
was able to explain this event. Col. Mulligan had previously queried SAC and
Space Defense Center for possible identification. FP

0500Z - Received call from Lt. Smith, Information Officer, about a U.F.O.
report he received from an unidentified individual in Spariaway. Object
described was X'mas tree shaped with 3 lights at the base. The lights were
red, blue and white. Sighting was at 0420Z. The object moved very fast with
no noise according to the report. No other info available. NCOC/JB. ERS

0505Z - Called Seattle Center and McChord RAPCON on above U.F.O.


report. No traffic in area to their knowledge that could cause report. ERS

25 January 1979

2055Z - UFO report called in from MCPC Mayhew at C-21. On 25/0500-


0510Z, a Mr. Siscus said he saw a UFO out of his frbntroom window. The light
was red and blueish green and lit up his front room. Sky condition - cloudy.
The window faces south and the light was travelling north to south at a high
rate of speed. Mr. Siscus notified RCMP and MOT who told him to call C-21.
Mr. Siscus lives in Clearmont (5 mi. north of Grand Prairie, Alberta).
NCOC/Sgt. Smith. RCW

Humanoid reported by Betty be that the editors at Prentice-Hall


Andreasson suffer from the same myopic bias that
afflicts Hynek, Bloecher, and Webb?
How many other letters like this might
there be stuffed away in various
immediately sent it on to David, thereby personal and organizational files
assuaging my own guilty conscience for around the country? The world? Mea
having held it for so long without any cu/pa: I have just re-examined my own
action. But his reaction to the letter faithful repository for "unfinished
must have been similar to my own, for it business" and I confess that there are at
was not until January 1977 that least a half-dozen unattended letters
Vaillancourt got the inquiry under way. right here. How many might be
Webb told me later that he had been developed into another Betty Ted Bloecher, contributor of
reluctant to refer the case to the Andreasson Affair?
this review. He and colleague
investigator as his first assignment. The implications of Mr. Fowler's
book may not be merely staggering; . Dave Webb have joined the
Betty's letter is not even reprinted Journal staff and will be
in the book—a serious oversight. It is they could indeed be unthinkably
contributing articles. Photo by
unlikely that Mr. Fowler would have fearsome.--Ted Bloecher, Co-
Marilyn Epperson, taken at
omitted it from his submitted text, as it Chairman, Humanoid Study
1978 MUFON Symposium,
is a most important document. Can it Group. Dayton, Ohio
16
(Cosmic Search, from page 8) BOOK REVIEW
the good UFO cases and must quickly
put aside, with our signature, the
misperceptions of natural and man- A Helicopter-UFO Encounter Over
made phenomena and the work of Ohio, by Jennie Zeidman (Center for
hoaxters. UFO Studies, 1609 Sherman Ave., Rm.
We must come together in our 207, Evanston, IL 60201) 122 pages,
efforts, sharing our works and $9.00 including postage & handling.
knowledge, with an acceptance of During the Fall 1973 UFO wave a
constructive criticism. We must stay structured UFO "buzzed" the
with the truth and the facts and we must helicopter commanded by Captain
learn to appreciate, as even Cosmic (now Lt. Col.) Lawrence J. Coyne of
SEARCH has said, "science fact is the Army Reserve and shone a green
more fascinating than fiction." We must light into the cockpit. In this well-written
be the first to keep the study of UFOs and well-organized report, the author
honest. has done an admirable job of Jennie Zeidman reporting
We have here in Cosmic SEARCH assembling the testimony, analyzing findings at Dayton MUFOIM
the banding together of a group for a the. appearance and behavior of the Symposium
purpose, and we must take the hint. UFO, studying the anomalies that
They have access to wide public occurred during the sighting,, and
dissemination of their ideas. We do comparing the case with others that are information helpful to an understanding
not! They have all got sheepskins and somewhat similar. of the event. One perplexing omission
other levers to get into the public till. The report is amply illustrated with in this regard is a photograph or
We do not! They have, through photographs, diagrams, maps, and diagram of the front window
avoiding sensationalism, gained charts that supply technical data about arrangement that might help to
respected recognition. We have fought the helicopter and other explanatory evaluate the significance of Lt. Jezzi's
to avoid this problem but are kept down discrepant testimony. Nowhere is this
by a form of muck-raking. question confronted directly, except
Cosmic SEARCH offers us iMarkR.Herbstritt for the inadequate suggestion that his
information that we can use, though it view was "obstructed." Why, and by
may be far in the future before they
admit we have information they might
Astronomy what?
Lt. Jezzi failed to observe the two
find useful. That admission will be a salient features of the UFO as reported
turning point for both Cosmic
SEARCH and ourselves. Their
Notes by the others: its distinct structure and
the green beam of light. Yet he was in
publication can be a useful item of THE SKY FOR MAY 1979 the left front seat looking out of a large
intelligence to many who desire to windshield panel (see Figure 3). Sgt.
follow every aspect of UFO research. Mercury — Early in the month, it can Yanacsek, who was seated to the right
Cosmic SEARCH is a sign of changing be seen with very great difficulty, low in rear (behind Coyne) said the object
attitudes in science and is a welcome the east at sunrise, but by the 29th, it is "...easily filled up the entire windshield.
addition to my magazine rack. in superior conjunction. It is 2 degrees If I had been sitting in the front seat I
Although • subscribing may require south of Mars on the 5th. probably wouldn't have been able to
additional funds, I can recommend this see anything but the aircraft, or
periodical as a scientific, though slanted Venus — It rises about an hour before whatever it was." (p. 27). Sgt. Healey,
on UFOs, viewpoint on SETI.-Thomas the sun. On the 20th it is 1.1 degrees seated to the left rear (behind Jezzi)
P. Deuley south of Mars. and looking down the aisle between
pilot and co-pilot, said "...it appeared to
Mars — Moving from Pisces into Aries, take up the entire—both—front
it can be seen very low in the east before windows." (p. 24).
Cosmic SEARCH Magazine, sunrise. On the 5th, it is 2 degrees north Nothing in Figure 3 explains why
P.O. Box 293, Delaware, Ohio of Mercury and on the 20th it is 1.1 Jezzi should not have been able to
43015. $11.00 for one year in degrees north of Venus. clearly see an object so large and so
the USA, $15.00 outside of the apparently close once it hovered in
USA; $20.00 for two years in Jupiter — In Cancer it is high in the front of the helicopter, nor especially
the USA, $28.00 outside of the southwest at sunset, and sets about 4 why he failed to see the green beam of
USA. hours later. light. His view to the right was
obstructed during the object's
Saturn — In Leo, it is due south at approach, but unless he closed his eyes
sunset and sets shortly after midnight. (continued on next page)
17
(Director's Message, Continued) Officer in charge of the investigation, David Oldham, and George D.
reporting the Lawrence Coyne using ultraviolet light, disclosed that Fawcett, and edited by Walt Andrus in
helicopter case in this 122 page some animals had a powder substance the December 1977 issue of the
paperback (8% x 11) book. Richard Hall on their hides that was composed of MUFON UFO Journal, Number 121. A
has reviewed the report for the Journal. two rare earth elements and one" second award was presented to police
Warren Nicholson, State Sectipn transitional metal. According to the officers in Semi Valley, Calif., for their
Director for the Columbus, Ohio area Schoenfeld Research Labs in sighting experience.
and William E. Jones, Field Albuquerque, N.M., this powder was
Investigator, were instrumental in identical to the substance deposited
locating and interviewing ground upon a pickup truck by a hovering
witnesses. It was my privilege to have UFO. MUFON has amassed a large file (Helicopter, Continued)
shared the podium with Jennie at the by state on these mysterious events in at the moment of presumed collision, it
9th Annual MUFON UFO Symposium an effort to determine if they are UFO would seem that he should have seen
in Dayton, Ohio, when she related this .related. A report by one or more of the the UFO as the others did at its closest
significant case. attendees to the April 20th meeting will point. This discrepancy does not
Ann Druffel's column "California be .published in the MUFON UFO seriously detract from the consistent
Report" in the November-December Journal. testimony by the others but it does
1978 issue of the Journal is a book Another phenomenon that might remain a puzzle.
review of the Etherean Invasion by be related to UFOs is the appearance of Another bothersome point is in
John de Herrera. At least four the Bigfoot or Sasquatch creature Appendix C where it is stated that
subscribers have written to.MUFON throughout the world. For further Coyne received a phone call from the
reporting that their checks had been information on this specialized aspect, Army Surgeon General's Office from a
returned and a form letter was enclosed we suggest that you write to Bigfoot- "metaphysician" who inquired about
stating "Thank you for your order. Due Sasquatch Information, P.O. Box 3035, Coyne's dreams. Coyne did report
to difficulties beyond our control, the Seattle, WA 98114, who publish a having unusual dreams, including one
book is not presently available for sale." monthly newsletter. about an out-of-body experience. So
(signed Hwong Publishing Company, The MUFON Journal has been did Sgt. Healey, it turns out, except that
10353 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los receiving the NASA News, which he attributes multiple phone calls to
Alamitos, CA 90720.) Your Director consists of a series of news releases "the Pentagon" and states that Coyne
has written to Mrs. Druffel to inquire concerning the activities, announce- sent periodic written reports about the
about the problem and if the book is ments, contracts, and technical after-effects to the Pentagon. Since
available elsewhere. advances of the National Aeronautics when is "metaphysics" a legitimate
On Friday, April 20,1979, Senator and Space Administration. Excerpts medical discipline, and how do we know
Harrison H. (Jack) Schmitt (R.-New from this publication will be published that the caller was authentic? To whom
. Mexico) and a former astronaut whenever the subject matter is did Coyne mail written reports as
chaired a panel of inquiry into the cattle applicable. alleged by Healey? The reader is left,
mutilation cases currently disrupting You will note from the cover of this dangling about this intriguing turn of
rural areas of northern New Mexico. It issue, Number 135-May 1979, that the events and the many unanswered
was convened at the Public Library in Journal is now current. This has been questions it raises.
Albuquerque, N.M. with the following accomplished through the aid of three The case itself is clearly
MUFON people' planning to attend: double-monthly issues, Numbers 132, established as a highly significant one
Tom Adams, State Section Director, 133, and 134, and the wonderful by the overwhelming weight of
from Paris, Tex.; Richard B. Caudell, patience of our members and evidence; the testimony by ground
Acting State Director for New Mexico, subscribers. Everyone will still receive witnesses literally adds a new and
from Albuquerque; Thomas P. Deuley, twelve issue numbers for their annual important dimension to the sighting.
former State Section Director from • subscription as previously announced. There can be little doubt that a "real"
North Carolina and now living in Ft. The National Enquirer UFO Blue UFO was present, and that its
Meade, Md.; and David L. Perkins, Ribbon Panel and the Mini-Panel met in explanation as a conventional aircraft
State Section Director for Colorado 'a combined meeting in Mexico City on or as a meteor (a strained hypothesis to
from Farisita. This very important March 13, 1979, to select their begin with) is untenable, as the author
meeting may disclose whether UFOs outstanding UFO case for 1978. First notes. A thorough review of these
are involved in some cattle mutilation prize went to two Charlotte, N.C. hypotheses is presented in Chapter II.
cases. A round silent aircraft with a police officers Ron Arey, pilot, and The report is an outstanding
searchlight aimed at the ground, Howard Dellinger, officer, and F.A.A: contribution to the literature and could
hovering only 50 feet above the terrain, Control Tower Operator Ray Bader for serve as a model for badly needed
was observed by police officers on April their radar-visual case involving a police compilations and analyses of evidence
9, 1979, near where animals were later helicopter. This case was submitted by in numerous other important cases. It
found mutilated. Tests made on live MUFON, reported by investigators P. deserves wide circulation —
animals by Gabe Valdez, State Police Wayne Laporte, Henry Morton, Jr., Richard Hall

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Lucius Farish

In Others' Words

The NATIONAL ENQUIRER is Toronto, at which Dr. Alvin H. Lawson Enterprises.


continuing its series of detailed reports discussed his experiments with Local UFO. groups may be
on recent worldwide UFO activity. The "imaginary abductees" and regressions interested in knowing that films (16mm
February 20 issue spotlights some of "real" abductees. or super 8mm) or video cassettes of the
Brazilian cases involving injuries - The March 6 issue of US has a "In Search Of...." TV series are
caused by UFOs. The case of three s u m m a r y o f _ t h e recent C I A available for sale or rent. The programs,
silvery humanoid creatures seen in "disclosures," as well as William narrated by Leonard Nimoy, explore all
South Africa is detailed in the February Spaulding's claims of computer analysis types of unexplained .phenomena,
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tells .of his sighting of a large UFO over The #3 issue of UFO UPDATE "good for club meetings or for public
Western Texas in the March 6 issue. contains a goodly portion of familiar lectures. Additional information may be
Also in this issue are articles on Erich material, but the presentations seem to obtained by writing to Pyramid Films,
von Daniken's claim of a "lost city" in be fairly reliable. Box 1048, Santa Monica, CA 90406
Brazil which houses the bodies of Again, the less said abo'ut IDEAL'S (Telephone 213/828-7577).
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article in the March 20 issue. . A previous column contained a .other foreign- press reports. Also
The January issue of BOULDER mention of K.W. Behrendt's booklet, included is -a 3;5 page section of
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DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE by
WaltAndnu

Michael Sinclair, International an update on additional speakers in a people. The investigation and hypnotic
Coordinator, has announced the separate article in this issue of the regression sessions started in 1977,
appointment of Emila Popik, 80-958 JOURNAL.) with 667 minutes of taped cassettes,,
Gdansk, Gdansk SKR, POC2T305, The British UFO Research three volumes containing the reports,
Poland as our new representative for Association (BUFORA) has and transcriptions totaling 528 pages of
that nation. Emila holds a Master of Art announced "The First London typed 8% x 11 sheets attesting to the"
Degree and his prime interests lie in the International UFO Congress" to be detail that the investigators filed with
areas of Biblical exegesis and held August 26 and 27, 1979, at the MUFON and CUFOS last year, prior to
parapsychology. During a recent visit Mount Royal Hotel, Marble Arch, writing the book. The following
to MUFON in Seguin, Texas, Paul B. London Wl (adjacent to Oxford St.). MUFON people were the prime
Norman, 18 Hanby St., Brighton, Guest speakers will be Dr. J. Allen investigators in addition to Ray Fowler:
Victoria 3186, Australia, agreed to Hynek; J. Bernard Delair, MUFON Dr. Harold J. Edelstein, Consultant in
become MUFON's representative to Representative to the United Kingdom; Hypnosis; David Webb, Co-Chairman
Victoria, working closely with Keith and Norman Oliver, Editor of the of our Humanoid Study Group and
Basterfield, Continental Coordinator. Bufora Journal. Richard F. Haines was former Eastern Regional Director;
Jules P. Vaillancourt, East Rindge their featured speaker in 1978 and Ted Joseph Santangelo, State Director,
Road, Ashburnham, MA 01430 has Bloecher, Co-Chairman of MUFON's Amateur Radio Director, and Eastern
been selected to become the new State Humanoid Study Group, spoke in Regional Director; Jules Vaillancourt,
Section Director for Worcester County November 1976. Congratulations and State Section Director; and Fred R.
by State Director Joe Santangelo. best wishes are extended to David Youngren, State Section Director for
When Joseph A. Blake moved to Webb, the other Co-Chairman, and his Middlesex County. Ted Bloecher has
Dayton, Ohio, Timothy J. Carter, Ph. bride as they enter matrimony. reviewed the book for the Journal. This
D., 1004 Montgomery St., Blacksburg, A nationwide publicity program by case is listed as CEII/MA-77(67-4lA) in
VA 24060 volunteered to accept the Prentice-Hall Publishing Co. to the MUFON file. All of us in MUFON
position of State Section Director for introduce Raymond E. Fowler, author are proud of the detailed work that was
the counties of Montgomery, Craig, of the new book The Andreasson Affair done on this highly significant case by
Giles, Pulaski, Roanoke, and Floyd in will take Ray from coast to coast during our Massachusetts colleagues.
Virginia and also serve as a Consultant April and May. The book is sub-titled Dr. Bruce Maccabee, State
in E x o - S o c i o l o g y . G. D a v i d "The documented investigation of a Director for Maryland and a
Mendenhall, Ph. D., 5392 Eric Place, woman's abduction aboard a UFO." It Consultant, has submitted his 75-page
C o l u m b u s , Ohio 43220 was is a 304-page hardcover selling for $8.95 report titled "What Really Happened in
recommended by both Warren B. in your local book stores. John New Zealand" on the radar-visual-
Nicholson and James M. McCampbell Schuessler and Walt Andrus met with motion picture film case that occurred
to the position of Research Specialist Mr. Fowler in Houston on April 23rd early on the morning of December 31,
and Field Investigator. when he appeared on TV, was a guest 1978. He spent ten days in Australia and
The Third Annual North Carolina on radio station KTRH, and had a news New Zealand interviewing the
MUFON Training Conference is c o n f e r e n c e w i t h the Houston participants and witnesses. His report
scheduled for July 14 and 15, 1979, in Chronicle. Paul Cerny, Leonard is presented in this issue of the Journal.
Winston-Salem, N.C. as announced by Stringfield, Robert Greer, and Mrs. A Helicopter-UFO Encounter over
Geroge Fawcett, State Director and Idabel Epperson are helping with the Ohio by Jennie Zeidman, a MUFON
Ms. Gayle C. McBride, Secretary/ publicity arrangments under the Field Investigator, has just been
Treasurer of the Tarheel UFO Study direction of Ms. Patty Neger, Prentice- released and may be ordered from the
Group. Your Director has been invited Hall Publicity Director, when Ray visits Center for UFO Studies, Information
to be a guest speaker at this their cities. Becoming involved in the Services, 1609 Sherman Avenue, Room
conference. MUFON members in publicity for Ray Fowler, MUFON's 207, Evanston, IL 60201 for $8.00 plus
adjoining states are invited to attend; Director of Investigations, is a natural $1.00 for postage and handling. Mrs.
this will be one week after MUFON's function, since the entire investigation Zeidman has done a very professional
10th Annual UFO Symposium in San of the Andreasson Affair was a job of investigating, researching, and
Francisco, Calif., on July 7 and 8. (See MUFON project by our Massachusetts (continued on page 18)