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MUFON UFO JOURNAL

NUMBER 177 NOVEMBER 1982

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UFO JOURNAL
FROM THE EDITOR
As another year draws to an end it is questionable whether we
(USPS 002-970)
are any nearer to a solution to the UFO mystery; indeed, the
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"strangeness" of reports continues to increase, and no simple or
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neat theory has surfaced to draw all the threads together. Clearly
IFOs (as Oberg, Hendry, and many of us before them have
RICHARD HALL demonstrated) confuse the issue. "UFOlogy," in general, is chaotic
Editor and disorganized, lacking the resources and full-time talent to do the
ANN DRUFFEL subject justice.
Associate Editor On the positive side, 1982 has seen a spirit of growing
cooperation and sharing of resources, nationally and internationally.
LEN STRINGFIELD More and more well-qualified people from a wide range of scientific
Associate Editor and professional backgrounds have become activists in MUFON or
MILDRED BIESELE other leading groups, and some worthwhile investigations and
Contributing Editor •original research has resulted. Better organization, more resources
(including talent), a more critical and analytical attitude....all of
WALTER H. ANDRUS
these are needed if we hope to make progress in 1983.
Director of MUFON
In this issue
TED BLOECHER PENTAGONAL AND OTHER UNUSUAL UFOs 3
DAVE WEBB By John F. Schucssler
Co-Chairmen,
Humanoid Study Group NEW ZEALAND ENTITY REPORTS .
By Keith Basterfield
PAUL CERNY
Promotion/Publicity THE GREAT SOVIET UFO COVERUP: PART II 6
By James E. Oberg
REV. BARRY DOWNING
Religion and UFOs REPORT ON PSIUFO PHENOMENA 11
By Mark Moravec
LUCIUS FARISH
Books/Periodicals/History PERCIPIENT STUDIES GROUP 12
By Mark Moravec
ROSETTA HOLMES
Promotion/Publicity UFO SIGHTING ROUND-UP 13
By Richard Hall
GREG LONG
Staff Writer CRITIC'S CORNER ("Abductions Abound") : 16
By Robert Wanderer (with response by Ann Druffel)
TED PHILLIPS
Landing Trace Cases IN OTHERS' WORDS 19
By Lucius Farish
JOHN F. SCHUESSLER
Medical Cases DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE 20
By Walt Andrus
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PENTAGONAL AND OTHER UNUSUAL UFOs
By John F. Schuessler

A report on "Pentagonal UFOs" bright white lights were visible, but as it WHITE LIGHT
was published in the October 1981 suddenly turned toward them and
issue of the MUFON UFO Journal, descended as it approached they could
RED -> RED
covering an accumulation of cases from see several white lights. It passed from LIGHT X<> LIGHT
across the country; but stimulated by left to right over the car. Curious, they
the reports of two pentagonal-shaped stopped the car. They looked behind
objects seen near the city of Houston, them to see the UFO hovering over a
Texas. I have received additional substation a few hundred feet away. SMALLER
WHITE LIGHTS
material from other researchers since Lattice runs and tank-like structures
the origninal material was published. were visible along a metallic hexagonal
Mar. 23, 1979; Bristol County,
That material will be summarized in center. They estimated the object to be Mass.
this report. longer than a 747 jet."
In the October 1979 issue of the The Northfield, Minn., News WHITE LIGHTS
New England UFO Newsletter, Joe reported the sighting of a hexagonal
Nyman described a pentagonal object object in the August 20, 1981 issue of
observed by two newsmen in Bristol the newspaper. The report described
County, Massachusetts. The event the . sighting at 3:30 a.m. Monday,
occurred at 7:25 p.m. on March 23, August 10, by Russel Matson. He first
1979. The two witnesses were Gerald observed the object as two lights about
Lopes.and Steve Sbracci. They first 1,000 feet away. He stopped the car and
observed the object as .a light that got out as the object was 400 to 500 feet WHITE LIGHTS
would hover and then move ahead. away and about 1,000 feet in altitude.
When they finally parked their car and Then, he claimed the object turned and Aug. 10, 1981; IMorthfield,
got out, the object moved directly. came directly overhead. He said "it was Minn.
overhead at approximately 1000 feet. a perfect image. It was nothing I've ever
They said it was shaped like home plate seen before." He described the object
at a ball park, with a white light on the as having a hexagon shape with a span
front, a red light on either side, and a of 60 to 90 feet and about 15 feet thick.
series of smaller lights on the rear. The He described the small sound as
object was the size of a standard car whooshing like gas escaping a propane
and solid — it blocked out the.stars as it tank. The object had two green lights
passed overhead. They said the bottom on one side and two red lights on the
of the object was brownish-black. The other. It had white lights close together May 31,1975; London, England
witnesses contacted the FAA at Logan on the front and back. The speed of the near the Rumsworth Lodge Reservoir
Airport and the South Weymouth Air object was 10 to 15 mph. Matson in Bolton, England, when she became
Base. Neither facility could give a clue viewed the object for 40 to 50 seconds. aware of a light over the reservoir. At
as to the identity of the object. Mr. Tom Benson (The Sixth Quark first it was just a red light, then it
Nyman verified that the advertising Journal) provided two octagonal UFO streaked toward her and hovered just
airplanes were not flying in the area at cases from the pages of the Flying about roof-top level. The object was
that time. Saucer Review. At 9:00 p.m. on May 31, octagonal, with two large lights on the
The October 1979 issue of the 1975, Mrs. Fry and her husband were front. One was a steady amber and the
Tarheel UFO Study Group Newsletter driving through London. They stopped other a flashing red. She said the object
described the sighting of a hexagonal the car and got out to watch an began to rotate on its axis and she felt
object near Charlotte on March 5,1979 octagonal object with two silver lights her teeth begin to vibrate as if some
at 11:45 p.m. The object was seen by on a crossbar cross the area. It was ultrasonic sound was emanating from
two women and one of the women's 15- completely silent. They said it was the object. (Flying Saucer Review, Vol.
year-old son. The following is a moving very slowly when it went out 22, No. 1, 1976).
quotation from the newsletter. "They and vanished completely. (Flying The January 21, 1981 issue of the
noticed what at first appeared to be an Saucer Review, Vol. 22, No. 4, 1976). Kent Evening Post, Maidstone,
airplane heading toward them in a At 6:10 p.m. on January 23, 1976, England, reported the sighting of an
southeasterly direction. At first two Shelley Barnes was returning home (continued on next page)
Unusual UFOs, Continued
NEW ZEALAND ENTITY REPORTS
octagonal-shaped object on January 2, By Keith Basterfield
1981 at Petworth, England. The
witness, Peter Langridge, is a television
scriptwriter. He and his 15-year-old son
said "the thing was dark, but a deeper While much has been written on summary of the cases I located. The
dark than the night and it had lights Australian entity cases, little has references shown following each
around it — they were yellow and been heard of similar events in New abstract are the most original one
created a haze rather than a beam, Zealand. Although several excellent which I can locate. Further references
rather like disco lights." The object publications have come out of that are available from the author of those
appeared to be reverberating. The country over the years, for some interested in pursuing the matter
word he used to describe the effect was reason entity reports have not featured further.
"purring," but there was no audible very prominently in world-wide UFO 30 July 1909, Gore, OSOOhrs:
sound. journals.. Two mail dredgehands viewed an
Heather Chinigo and Judy New Zealand lies between 33-53° "airship" at close range. The ship
G u d a i t i s e x p e r i e n c e d a close South, about 1600 km East of Australia lowered through mist and circled
encounter near Killingly, Conn., on and has a population of about 3.2 around. Two figures were plainly visible
August 25, 1981, at 9:15 p.m. They first million people spead over 270,000 sitting on board. It was carrying lights at
noticed two bright lights. They said the square km (about the same size as the both ends. Finally it shot upwards and
lights were square and in the glimmer of British Isles). My research to date has left to the southeast. (Auckland Weekly
the light they could see an object that uncovered 18 entity cases for the whole News, Aug. 5, 1909)
was shaped like a lopsided stop sign. country. These figures might best be Later than July 1909, Port
They said the object followed them compared with our fairly thoroughly Molyneux: An airship is said to have
when they turned and drove different researched 87 Australian cases from a- alighted and occupants who looked
directions (Norwich, Conn., Bulletin, population of some 15 million over "Japanese" emerged and engaged a
August 27, 1981). 7,700,000 square km or with the male onlooker in conversation.
Theresa Schmidt and her three number of recorded global entity (Unknown 1909 issue of Olutha Free
children saw an octagonal-shaped accounts which have reached 2,100. Press)
object about 10:00 p.m. on August 18, In order to rectify the lack of 3 Aug. 1909, Waipawa, Night: A
1981. They said it hovered about 100 information around, I present a brief (continued on next page)
feet over the driveway. It was the size of
two cars. It appeared to be 20-25 feet in observed a square-shaped UFO over
diameter, with red and green flashing Olympia, Wash., on June 15, 1982.
lights. No sound was detected They were in their car when they saw
(Sandstone, Minn., Pine County some lights in front and above them.
Courier, September 3, 1981). Bailey told his step-brother, "UFO at 10
Square objects are being reported o'clock." He said it was cruising along,
also. Ellida Dempeter of Bromley, going due east. The object had two
large lights, one on top, the other on the Mar. 22,1982; Mt. Washington,
England reported a square object about
bottom, but there were many more IM.H.
9:00 p.m. on May 21, 1981. She said: "I
looked to my left and saw a great white, small flashing lights. The size was larger responsible; however in many of the
bright light. It seemed like a cluster of than a 747 jumbo jet. The huge square- cases airport and FAA personnel have
lights, but it came over as one big light. shaped thing flew at an altitude of 1,000 verified the absence of aircraft traffic.
It was above the house and looked to 2,000 feet. Bailey said it reminded The repeated reports of red and
square." (Kent, England, Bromley him of a "lighted oil derrick." green lights resemble the running lights
Times, May 28, 1981). A "flying cheese wedge" was on aircraft; but the witnesses are often
A Westerfield, Ind., couple spotted sighted over Mt. Washington, N.H. directly below the low-flying objects and
what they called "a square-like object, about 9:00 p.m. on March 22,1982. The have a clear view of the shape —
whitish in appearance, with red and details of the incident are sparce, but definitely not that of an aircraft as we
green lights shining upward, forming a the witnesses are described as credible. know it. It would be easy to pass these
crescent-like shape." It was September Unusual shapes are puzzling, but sightings off as misidentified aircraft;
25, 1981, when the couple saw the continue to be reported. Some of the but this would be giving an answer for
object 300 feet above the ground just witnesses are people with flying the sake of having an answer to close
below the clouds. They said it hovered experience; others work for the media out the file. I'd rather have a positive
and then moved slowly, like drifitng, to and are well versed in investigative identification in each case; otherwise it
the north, where it finally disappeared techniques. The repeated reports of is better to leave it open to speculation.
over a wooded area. (Westerfield, Ind., two lights on the objects force the (Additional reports should be sent
Enterprise, Sept. 30, 1981). investigator to consider, the possibility to John F. Schuessler, P.O. Box 58485,
4 Tracy Schey and Dennis Bailey that aircraft landing lights are Houston, TX 77258-8485, USA.)
N.Z. Entity, Continued There was a division or belt around the p. 25)
waist. A helmet was divided from the 8 Jan. 1975, Brookby, 2330 hrs:
resident declared having seen a grey body by a collar or neck piece. The Mr. Norton and Miss Ricard while
torpedo-shaped structure which helmet was cylindrical, like a rubbish returning from a fishing trip saw an
contained three men, one of whom container but flat on top and of a dark object with a dome and legs. Inside
shouted to him in a foreign language. blue color, with a clear plastic square were three shadowy figures moving
He then watched the machine for some window on the front. (Auckland around. It shot off over nearby hills. Mr.
time. It carried two lights and circled University UFO Research Group) Norton's mother, a nurse, said Miss
before leaving. (Hawkes Bay Herald Jan. 1969, Whangamata, 2200 Ricard was in a state of shock when
Aug. 6, 1909) hrs: A man and his wife were strolling they arrived at her house. (NZ
Jan. 1910, Invercargill, 2300 hrs: along a beach when suddenly there was Spaceview, no. 66)
Several witnesses, among them a an uncanny silence and a feeling in the 12 Mar. 1977, Gisborne, 0100
vicar, the mayor, and a policeman, saw air of something wrong. Then 4-6 tall hrs: Three young women spent a night
a cigar-shaped object hovering at 30 m. figures "floated" down some nearby looking for UFOs. Later 2 hrs of the
A man appeared at a lateral door and sandhills and approached them. They night could not be accounted for. One
was heard shouting some words in an were clothed from top to bottom in lady (B) was hypnotized and recounted
unknown language. The opening black, with no visible face, arms or feet. waking at 1 a.m. to find a light shining in
closed, and the object accelerated away A large dense-grey balloon (1.2 m her eyes. A disc with dome was
and was lost to sight. (Passport to diameter) with a flat bottom suddenly hovering nearby. Two of them were
Magnoia, Vallee, Spearman, London appeared only some 1 m away, at eye drawn along the beam of light to the
1970, p. 187) level. They turned and ran. (Strangers object while the third lay asleep. B next
1944/45, Christchurch, 1620 in Our Skies, Dykes, INL Print, recalled being inside a small, round
hrs: A nurse is reported to have come Wellington, 1981 pp. 40-46) room. A humanoid was present of
across an "upturned saucer" and 22 Feb. 1969, Awanui, Ca 0100 average height, dressed in off-white
several small figures inside transparent hrs: A Mr. Brown was walking home overalls and white boots. A non-verbal
"cases." One of the beings, who was no when he saw an incandescence behind conversation ensued. The ladies were
more than 120 cm tall, was situated some bushes. Going to look he saw two then returned by the beam. The object
outside the landed object. The entities men and a woman sitting on the grass. left at speed. The second lady refused
appeared to be green-colored forms There seemed an invisible barrier to be hypnotized. (Sfrangers in Our
inside transparent oblong casings. between the two men which he walked Skies, Dykes, -INL Print, Wellington
They had quite large heads in into. One man had an invisible "fuzzy 1981, pp. 46-49)
proportion to their bodies. When the wall" around him, to the touch. The 2 Dec. 1977, Waimata, 0300 hrs:
lady moved closer the little being witness left, but next day he states Awakened by his dogs a farmer
"drifted" into the object through a small marks were found at the spot. investigated, to find a "saucer" on the
opening. The object then took off. (Auckland University UFO Research ground. Two humanoids were carrying
(APRG Journal, 1974, no. 1, pp. 11-14) Group) off one of his dogs. They were 143 cm
13 July 1959, Blenheim, 0530 Late 1969, Tirau: A 30-year-old tall wearing close-fitting metallic silver
hrs: Mrs. F. Moreland was crossing a woman noted a bright yellow glowing overalls, and white opaque helmets.
paddock when a 6-10 m diameter light over a nearby hedge. Against the - The overalls were gathered at the
"saucer" descended towards her, then light were five black or dark shadows ankles with elastic cuffs which
moved at rooftop height. Through a looking like figures. These moved extended over red glowing boots. On
dome she saw two men in it, dressed in slightly with one being higher than the their hands were large silver gauntlets
fairly close-fitting suits of shiny material others. The shadowed areas looked like with flared arm coverings extending
like aluminum foil. Opaque helmets the head and shoulders of people, halfway up the forearms. The farmer
rose from .their shoulders. Their faces though no arms or legs were visible. fired a shot and apparently winged one
could not be seen. One man stood up, She left the area. (UFO Research, Far of the entities. The craft took off at
placed two hands in front of him, then North Queensland) speed. Footprints were reportedly
sat down. A minute later "jets" fired, May 1971, Waluka, 0200-0300 found. (Xeno/og, issue unknown)
and the object ascended vertically with .hrs: A woman was having a cup of tea, 8 Dec. 1977, Waimata Valley: A
an audible but soft high-pitched whistle. and looked through her curtains to see man reported seeing an entity standing
(Nelson Evening Mail July 22, 1959) three "men" chatting on a nearby by the side of the road. The entity was
18 Dec. 1968, Wairakei, 2230- bench. The figures seemed to be 145 cm tall in a silver suit with no
2300 hrs: A Miss Harvey and a Mr. shrouded in a grey mist. Nearby was a helmet, and bright red boots. (Xeno/og,
Perego were travelling by car when they very bright red light. A little later a silver issue unknown)
noted a man dressed in a "diver's suit" strip appeared on the water and Jan. 1978, Warkworth, Night: A
walking alongside the isolated road they seemed to light the way back for the young couple flashed a torch (flashlight)
were on. It was about 170-182 cm tall, of men to get on the red ball. The strip at a light in the sky. It descended and
average build and had on 'a shiny, disappeared and the red ball then left. landed 50 m away. It was round, saucer
plastic type dark blue suit, loose fitting. (Canadian UFO Report, Vol. 2, No. 3, (continued on next page)
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THE GREAT SOVIET UFO COVERUP: PART II.
By James E. Oberg
(Copyright ©1982, James E. Oberg,
all rights reserved)

It would be strange if nobody at all greater interest to the agencies in Analysts who followed this
in the West noticed the connection question. Furthermore, the results of valuable advice may well have been able
between the Soviet FOBS spacecraft these "UFO studies" would necessarily to "ferret out" the secrets behind the
tests and UFOs. In fact, many classified have to remain highly classified. Thus, 1967 Soviet UFO wave, but if they did,
intelligence analysts (with the CIA, no "true UFOs" need to be involved to no such records have yet been
DIA, or NSA) probably did make the explain government secrecy about declassified. (Meanwhile, this particular
connection, and thus were able to some UFO reports it has been NSA document has been identified as a
extract valuable technical intelligence interested in. totally unofficial study paper written
data about FOBS weapon performance That interpretation is supported unsolicited, by an NSA employee with a
from "UFO reports" published so by a remarkable NSA document private interest in UFOs — and hence it
innocently by Zigel and other Soviet obtained by UFO researchers via the evidently had absolutely no influence
flying saucer buffs of the brief 1967-68 Freedom of Information Act. Written in on NSA policy towards the UFO
UFO wave. Such top secret analyses 1968, the anonymous document question.)
were even more useful insofar as Soviet discusses various angles of the UFO Did Gindilis know the truth behind
military counterintelligence agencies problem and possible hypotheses to the bulk of his raw UFO data from Zigel
were unaware of them — the old spy's explain it. "Many responsible military (data which, by the way, have been
trick of "We know, but they don't know officers have developed a mental 'blind shown to be quite accurate due to their
we know, and we know that they don't spot' to objects which appear to have high correlation with confirmable
know we know...." (And if the Soviets the characteristics of UFOs," the paper visual stimuli such as the FOBS
found out, they would cut off any perceptively warned (such a 'blind spot' entries)? That question remains
further flows of similarly useful is precisely the thing which the Soviets unanswered but there are several
information.) hoped to exploit by painting their space arguments for both points of view,
This plausible scenario provides tests as UFOs). One of five innocence or deception.
one reasonable explanation of why the explanations for UFOs was that "Some In December 1981 a group of.
U.S. government really should be UFOs are secret Earth projects," and in American astronomers went to Tallinn,
interested in UFO reports, precisely that case,- "Undoubtedly, all UFOs Estonia, in the Soviet Union, for a major
because they are not "true UFOs" but should be carefully scrutinized to ferret conference on SETI (despite the lack of
instead are something else of much out such enemy projects." (continued on next page)

N.Z. Entity, Continued seeing a football-shaped object in an the scene.


adjacent paddock. It glowed and The spectacular 1959 Blenheim
shaped, silver in color and glowing. A pulsated, had a light on its lower half observation came just 16 days after the
doorway opened and a tall figure stood which was as bright as a searchlight. well known Papua sightings of Rev Gill
there, apparently 2 to 2.3 m in height. Two entities were clearly visible within et al, and it is as interesting as any of our
The witness waved to the entity, who it. One appeared to be piloting from a Australian events.
waved back. The door then closed and clear glass cabin in the nose while the Then followed a range of reports
the object rose and left. (Rodney & other was .standing in a central glass from those of entities walking along side
Waitemata Times, Feb. 1, 1978) tube which extended beyond the top of roads to a possible abduction (more
2 Apr. 1978, East Coast Bays the object. Both were dressed in grey than we've had in Australia up until
Road, 2030 hrs: Ms. Robinson was coveralls, had white skin and no hair. now). Although in general, cases are
riding a motorcycle when she noticed a The lady called her son who also similar to Australian ones, the odd one
wedge_shape with lights on it. It stopped watched for a while. (John Knapman, of a farmer shooting "dognappers"
about 200 m away. There were two Christchurch) might just be a little difficult for some
figures clearly visible peering at her. L o o k i n g over the events researchers to swallow.
These were visible from the waist up unearthed, it is surprising, or perhaps If any of our New Zealand readers
and seemed to be wearing dark robes. not, that four cases come from the early know of other cases I would appreciate
A car appeared after several minutes part of the century. Readers will hearing of them.
and the object moved away. (Auckland probably recall the large number of (Author's address: 3 Park Lake
Star, Apr. 3, 1978) "airships" reported over New Zealand Drive, Wynn Vale, South Australia
11 July 1981, Dunedin, 1815 in 1909, and like U.S. counterparts of 5127.)
hrs: An 82-year-old woman reported earlier years, that entities were part of
N.Z. Entity, Continued There was a division or belt around the p. 25) ' .
waist. A helmet was divided from the 8 Jan. 1975, Brookby, 2330 hrs:
resident declared having seen a grey body by a collar or neck piece. The. Mr. Norton and Miss Ricard while
torpedo-shaped structure which helmet was cylindrical, like a rubbish returning from a fishing trip saw an
contained three men, one of whom container but flat on top and of a dark object with a dome and legs. Inside
shouted to him in a foreign language. blue color, with a clear plastic square were three shadowy figures moving
He then watched the machine for some window on the front. (Auckland around. It shot off over nearby hills. Mr.
time. It carried two lights and circled University UFO Research Group) Norton's mother, a nurse, said Miss
before leaving. (Hawkes Bay Herald Jan. 1969, Whangamata, 2200 Ricard was in a state of shock when
Aug. 6, 1909) hrs: A man and his wife were strolling they arrived at her house. (NZ
Jan. 1910, Invercargill, 2300 hrs: along a beach when suddenly there was Spaceuiew, no. 66)
'Several witnesses, among- them a an uncanny silence and a feeling in the 12 Mar. 1977, Gisborne, 0100
vicar, the mayor, and a policeman, saw air of something wrong. Then 4-6 tall hrs: Three young women spent a night
a cigar-shaped object hovering at 30 m. figures "floated" down some nearby looking for UFOs. Later 2 hrs of the
A man appeared at a lateral door and sandhills and approached them. They night could not be accounted for. One
was heard shouting some words in an were clothed from top to bottom in lady (B) was hypnotized and recounted
unknown language. The opening black, with no visible face, arms or feet. waking at 1 a.m. to find a light shining in
closed, and the object accelerated away A large dense-grey balloon (1.2 m her eyes. A disc with dome was
and was lost to sight. (Passporf to diameter) with a flat bottom suddenly hovering nearby. Two of them were
Magnoia, Vallee, Spearman, London appeared only some 1 m away, at eye drawn along the beam of light to the
1970, p. 187) level. They turned and ran. (Sfrangers object while the third lay asleep. B next
1944/45, Christchurch, 1620 in Our Skies, Dykes, INL Print, recalled being inside a small, round
hrs: A nurse is reported to have come Wellington, 1981 pp. 40-46) room. A humanoid was present of
across an "upturned saucer" and 22 Feb. 1969, Awanui, Ca 0100 average height, dressed in off-white
several small figures inside transparent hrs: A Mr. Brown was walking home overalls and white boots. A non-verbal
"cases." One of the beings, who was no when he saw an incandescence behind conversation ensued. The ladies were
more than 120 cm tall, was situated some bushes. Going to look he saw two then returned by the beam. The object
outside the landed object. The entities' men and a woman sitting on the grass. left at speed. The second lady refused
appeared to be green-colored forms There seemed an invisible barrier to be hypnotized. (Strangers in Our
inside transparent oblong .casings. between the two men which he walked Skies, Dykes, INL Print, Wellington
They had quite large heads in into. One man had an invisible "fuzzy 1981, pp. 46-49)
proportion to their bodies. When the wall" around him, to the touch. The 2 Dec. 1977, Waimata, 0300 hrs:
lady moved closer the little being witness left, but next day he states Awakened by his dogs a farmer
"drifted" into the object through a small marks were found at the spot. investigated, to find a "saucer" on the
opening. The object then took off. (Auckland University UFO Research ground. Two humanoids were carrying
(APRG Journal, 1974, no. 1, pp. 11-14) Group) off one of his dogs. They were 143 cm
13 July 1959, Blenheim, 0530 Late 1969, Tirau: A 30 year-old tall wearing close-fitting metallic silver
hrs: Mrs. F. Moreland was crossing a, woman noted a bright yellow glowing overalls, and white opaque helmets.
paddock when a 6-10 m diameter light over a nearby hedge. Against the The overalls were gathered at the
"saucer" descended towards her, then light were five black or dark shadows ankles with elastic cuffs which
moved at rooftop height. Through a looking like figures. These moved extended over red glowing boots. On
dome she saw two men in it, dressed in slightly with one being higher than the their hands were large silver gauntlets
fairly close-fitting suits of shiny material others. The shadowed areas looked like with flared arm coverings extending
like aluminum foil. Opaque helmets the head and shoulders of people, halfway up the forearms. The farmer
.rose from their shoulders. Their faces though no arms or legs were visible. fired a shot and apparently winged one
could not be seen. One man stood up, She left the area. (UFO Research, Far of the entities. The craft took off at
placed two hands in front of him, then North Queensland) speed. Footprints were reportedly
sat down. A minute later "jets" fired, May 1971, Waluka, 0200-0300 found. (Xenolog, issue unknown)
and the object ascended vertically with hrs: A woman was having a cup of tea, 8 Dec. 1977, Waimata Valley: A
an audible but soft high-pitched whistle. and looked through her curtains to see man reported seeing an entity standing
(Nelson Evening Mail July 22, 1959) three "men" chatting on a nearby by the side of the road. The entity was
18 Dec. 1968, Wairakei/2230- bench. The figures seemed to be 145 cm tall in a silver suit with no
2300 hrs: A Miss Harvey and a Mr. shrouded in a grey mist. Nearby was a helmet, and bright red boots. (Xenolog,
Perego were travelling by car when they very bright red light. A little later a silver issue unknown)
noted a man dressed in a "diver's suit" strip appeared on the water and Jan. 1978, Warkworth, Night: A
walking alongside the isolated road they seemed to light the way back for the young couple flashed a torch (flashlight)
were on. It was about 170-182 cm tall, of men to get on the red ball. The strip at a light in the sky. It descended and
average build and had on a shiny, disappeared and the red ball then left. landed 50 m away. It was round, saucer
plastic type dark blue suit, loose fitting. (Canadian UFO Report, Vol. 2, No. 3, (continued on next page)
THE GREAT SOVIET UFO COVERUP: PART II.
By James E. Oberg
(Copyright ©1982, James E. Oberg,
all rights reserved)

It would be strange if nobody at all greater interest to the agencies in Analysts who followed this
in the West noticed the connection question. Furthermore, the results of valuable advice may well have been able
between the Soviet FOBS spacecraft these "UFO studies" would necessarily to "ferret out" the secrets behind the
tests and UFOs. In fact, many classified have to remain highly classified. Thus, 1967 Soviet UFO wave, but if they did,'
intelligence analysts (with the CIA, no "true UFOs" need to be involved to no. such records have yet been
DIA, or NSA) probably did make the explain government secrecy about declassified. (Meanwhile, this particular
connection, and thus were able to some UFO reports it has been NSA document has been identified as a
extract valuable technical intelligence interested in. totally unofficial study paper written
data about FOBS weapon performance That interpretation is supported unsolicited, by an NSA employee with a
from "UFO reports" published so by a remarkable NSA document private interest in UFOs — and hence it
innocently by Zigel and other Soviet obtained by UFO researchers via the evidently had absolutely no influence
flying saucer buffs of the brief 1967-68 Freedom of Information Act. Written in on NSA policy towards the UFO
UFO wave. Such top secret analyses 1968, the anonymous document question.)
were even more useful insofar as Soviet discusses various angles of the UFO Did Gindilis know the truth behind
military counterintelligence agencies problem and possible hypotheses to the bulk of his raw UFO data from Zigel
were unaware of them — the old spy's explain it. "Many responsible military (data which, by the way, have been
trick of "We know, but they don't know officers have developed a mental 'blind shown to be quite accurate due to their
we know, and we know that they don't spot' to objects which appear to have high correlation .with confirmable
know we know...." (And if the Soviets the characteristics of UFOs," the paper visual stimuli such as the FOBS
found out, they would cut off any perceptively warned (such a 'blind spot' entries)? That question remains
further flows of similarly useful is precisely the thing which the Soviets unanswered but there are several
information.) hoped to exploit by painting their space arguments for both points of view,
This plausible scenario provides tests as UFOs). One of five innocence or deception.
one reasonable explanation of why the explanations for UFOs was that "Some In December 1981 a group of
U.S. government really should be UFOs are secret Earth projects," and in American astronomers went to Tallinn,
interested in UFO reports, precisely that case, "Undoubtedly, all UFOs Estonia, in the Soviet Union, for a major
because they are not "true UFOs" but should be carefully scrutinized to ferret conference on SETI (despite the lack of
instead are something else of much out such enemy projects." (continued on next page)

N.Z. Entity, Continued seeing a football-shaped object in an the scene.


adjacent paddock. It glowed and The spectacular 1959 Blenheim
shaped, silver in color and glowing. A pulsated, had a light on its lower half observation came just 16 days after the
doorway opened and a tall figure stood which was as bright as a searchlight. well known Papua sightings of Rev Gill
there, apparently 2 to 2.3 m in height. Two entities were clearly visible within et al, and it is as interesting as any of our
The witness waved to the entity, who it. One appeared to be piloting from a Australian events.
waved back. The door then closed'and clear glass cabin in the nose while the Then followed a range of reports
the object rose and left. (Rodney & other was standing in a central glass from those of entities walking along side
Waitemata Times, Feb. 1, 1978) tube which extended beyond the top of roads to a possible abduction (more
2 Apr. 1978, East Coast Bays the object. Both were dressed in grey than we've had in Australia up until
Road, 2030 hrs: Ms. Robinson was coveralls, had white skin and no hair. now). Although in general, cases are
riding a motorcycle when she noticed a The lady called her son who also similar to Australian ones, the odd one
wedge shape with lights on it. It stopped watched for a while. (John Knapman, of a farmer shooting "dognappers"
about 200 m away. There were two Christchurch) might just be a little difficult for some
figures clearly visible peering at her. Looking over the events researchers to swallow.
These were visible from the waist up unearthed, it is surprising, or perhaps If any of our New Zealand readers
and seemed to be .wearing dark robes. not, that four cases come from the early know of other cases I would appreciate
A car appeared after several minutes part of the century. Readers will hearing of them.
and the object moved away. (Auckland probably recall the large number of (Author's address: 3 Park Lake
Star, Apr. 3, 1978) "airships" reported over New Zealand Drive, Wynn Vale, South Australia
11 July 1981, Dunedin, 1815 in 1909, and like U.S. counterparts of 5127.)
hrs: An 82-year-old woman reported earlier years, that entities were part of
Soviet Covcr-Up, Continued

official U.S. government sponsorship).


There, the Americans were surprised
and dismayed to see how popular the
UFO topic was among major Soviet
scientific workers. "The Tallinn
conference was plagued with them,"
noted one attendee privately. "It was
interesting," he went on (off the
record), "that the senior Soviet
scientists seemed to accept this as a
normal occurrence at such a meeting.
In fact, some of the papers from serious
scientists referred to UFOs in quite an GLOBAL VIEW OF SOVIET SPACE AND MISSILE ACTIVITY RESPONSIBLE FOR PSEUDO-UFO
WAVES IN THE USSR, 1957-1981
accepting way...There is no official (Left)
attempt to suppress reports of UFOs." (A) Tyuratam Space Center (a.k.a. "Baikonur"), launch site of FOBS warheads in 1966-1970
Referring to the infamous (B) Re-entry path of flame-shrouded FOBS warheads (always in Twilight), misperceived as "current
"Petrozavodsk Jellyfish UFO" of UFOs".(pseudo-UFOs)
S e p t e m b e r 20, 1977 (.shown (C) Plesetsk secret military space center, opened in 1966
(D) Trajectory of Plesetsk spy-satellite Cosmos-194, seen and misperceived as "Kamennyy UFO" (Dec.
conclusively by my research to have 3, 1967)
been caused by a pre-dawn launching of (Right)
the space spy satellite Cosmos-955 from (A) -Tyuratam Missile Center
the secret Plesetsk space center), the (B) Kamchatka impact range for ICBM tests, July-August 1957
American continued: "Several of the (C) Retrograde polar orbit launchings over Iran, 1976-1980
(D) Plesetsk twilight launchings, 1977-1982
UFO fans approached us to discuss this
event. It is clearly known widely and is
clearly in the minds of Soviet UFO buffs merely by sunlit rocket contrails in the under consideration," noted Menkov.
the 'smoking gun' which proves the sky.) "Crescent-shaped objects
reality of UFOs." As to Gindilis, those who know ...usually move quite rapidly through
This must be entirely to the liking him classify him as "obviously a very the sky," Menkov continued. "They
of Moscow's military security' slick operator" with important political frequently are accompanied by one or
specialists and news censors, who wish functions. He is reportedly a very astute more starlike objects (burning
to hide the very existence of the and shrewd careerist scientific fragments of the retro-rocket
Plesetsk rocket center — and the bureaucrat, these same Western package)...In the summer of 1967, they
popular notion that the apparition was a observers believe. were observed quite frequently over
"flying saucer" obviously takes the heat On the other hand, the treatment the southern parts of European
off the true explanation, that it was a of the 1967 UFO cases in the Gindilis USSR....(and) these objects represent
secret military space launch (which Report (in sections written by Menkov) an appreciable fraction of the study
Moscow claims it never carries out). has all the appearance of genuine sample." But with all these obvious (in
(This Petrozavodsk UFO of 1977, b a f f l e m e n t over their u n i q u e hindsight) clues staring them in the
a decade after the FOBS blitz, marked characteristics — and a deliberate face, neither the Gindilis team nor any
a new phase in soviet UFO coverup might be expected to gloss Western UFO experts followed up on
consciousness. Ten years after the over these unique features, not them.
isolated first sighting of a Plesetsk highlight them. For example, Menkov It should be obvious by now that
launching, it was the start of a series of wrote that "In 1967, there was this "crescent" UFO apparition is a tip-
twilight satellite launchings from increased activity" in the Northern off that such "UFOs" are almost
Plesetsk which were widely observed in Caucasus Donbass, and the Rostov certainly the shock waves associated
Moscow and surrounding densely- region" — and those areas are right with Soviet space vehicles, ones which
populated regions of central Russia — along the groundtrack of returning the government does not want its
and were misperceived as giant flying FOBS w a r h e a d s . "The 1967 citizens or the world to recognize.
saucers. Other similar events occurred distribution is clearly asymmetrical," he Menkov also tried to explain why
on June 14,1980 and May 15,1981. But continued. "Movement in an easterly there were so many cases in the data
it was the popular and widely publicized direction is prevalent." Additionally, "A base from 1967 alone. "The sharp
Petrozavodsk case alone which considerable fraction of the usually increase in number evidently is
probably instigated both the Gindilis extremely rare crescent-like objects associated with a Central Television
Report and a wider Soviet public should be noted; this is associated with appearance, in which the UFO
awareness which prepared the way for the peculiarities of 1967, which makes phenomenon was discussed and
subsequent "UFO attacks" set off the main contribution to the sample (continued on next page)
Soviet Cover-Up, Continued ancient rock carvings, prehistoric less bright. The cloud itself had a dense
Janpanese 'spacesuit' statues, Chinese milky-white color, with a rosy-red
reporting observations of similar myths, and miscellaneous artifacts. nucleus clearly discernible near its
phenomena was suggested. Similarly, a The utility of this belief in the northern end. The cloud expanded and
sharp drop in the number of reports official anti-religious crusade should be grew paler. A few minutes later the
after 1968 evidently is associated with obvious: the notion that ancient white cloud dispersed completely, but
critical statements in the central press religions were founded on ignorant the reddish nucleus remained."
(Pravda, 29 February 1968), in which misperceptions of extraterrestrial This is obviously consistent with a
the UFO problem was classified as cosmonauts can be (and is) widely view of a distant missile launching. In
unscientific." used to discredit church activity today. fact, the witness was looking directly
Actually, of course, the 1967 wave The fact that most scientists reject such toward the Kapustin Yar rocket range;
began and ended with the FOBS flurry. theories as absurd, distorted, or even if the UFO had been right over the
After eight launches that spring, fabricated does not hinder their range, at the given angular elevation it
summer, and fall, the program was cut usefulness to cynical pro-atheism would have been about a hundred miles
way back; after October 28, there were propagandists in the Soviet news up, an entirely reasonable value for
no new flights until the following April industry. vertical rocket probes frequently
(and that was a rare pre-dawn test), Whatever the manipulation being launched from Kapustin Yar.
then an evening flight in October, then attempted in Moscow, a separate But here is the rub: Soviet missile
one a year later in September 1969, and problem concerns Western UFO launching information is generally
finally two more in 1970. experts left holding the bag of the never published, so confirmation of the
One may speculate that the discredited Gindilis Report. Might hypothesis is congenially impossible. A
dusk/dawn re-entry times for the FOBS something usable be salvaged from the simple phone call would have identified
test were designed to allow optical wreckage of this hoax? the IFO in the US; the lack of such data
tracking of the warhead descent It may be argued that the Gindilis in the USSR should not be considered
trajectories. Probably no consideration Report can be "rescued" simply by sufficient evidence to prove the true
was given to the consequence that eliminating all of the 1967 cases, thus UFO nature of this and similar
hundreds of thousands of people would purging the remaining data of the FOBS accounts.
also see the fireballs, and that the tests contamination. In fact, this tactic was Another example of the inherent
would give birth to the greatest UFO used in the report itself when the west- impossibility of adequately investigating
flap in Russian history — a UFO flap to-east directionality so overwhelmed all Soviet UFO reports is the
which would still be resounding 15 the motion statistics that the authors Kamchatka incident of July 25, 1957.
years later with the official blessing of did separate studies for "all cases" and Reportedly, air defense units'opened
the Soviet Academy of Sciences. "all non-1967 cases" (which turned out fire with anti-aircraft guns at a fleet of
Admittedly, the notion that the to have a purely random directionality fast-moving UFOs. This case has been
Soviet government is deliberately without the FOBS cases). widely published in the West and even
manipulating public UFO enthusiasm in But this hope is futile. The FOBS appeared in a book reportedly used at
order to • cover up certain types of contamination is symptomatic of a the Air Force Academy.
military space activity is a bizarre one. It worse flaw which permeates the report: The summer of 1957 was marked
also may credit Moscow propagandists all manner of technological activity, by the first flight tests of Russian SS-6
with more finesse than they have (aircraft operations, balloons, space intercontinental ballistic missiles
demonstrated in the past. But such a missions in general) will successfully (ICBMs) from the Tyuratam rocket
tactic is not unprecedented. masquerade as UFOs in the USSR. center east of the Aral Sea. It is known
A good example of how the official They cannot do so as easily in the U.S.- that the flight path was aimed right
Soviet press blatantly exploits the because . information is generally toward the Kamchatka peninsula, with
popular appeal of pseudo-scientific available (as CUFOS investigations planned warhead splashdown in the
topics is the case of the "ancient have shown); they cannot avoid doing Pacific just offshore. A major missile
astronauts." This is the theory, once so in the USSR because required tracking site was built at Petropavlovsk.
popular in the West but subsequently information is routinely embargoed. Range from Tyuratam was 4,100 miles.
discredited, that visitors from other A good example of this problem is Initial launch attempts are known
planets formerly meddled in the a non-FOBS "UFO" seen from a Soviet to have been made in mid-June and
development of ancient civilizations on astronomical observatory in the there were some failures. But by
Earth and taught early societies many Caucasus Mountains (the description is August 17, Moscow was able to
of the secrets of agriculture, medicine, from Zigel's article in "Soviet Life"): announce this successful testing of an
astronomy, and technology. That "...a strange formation (was seen) ICBM.
theory continues to retain against a clear starry sky at 2:50 a.m. A A reasonable hypothesis for the
respectability and official sanction in white cloud appeared in the northeast Kamchatka UFOs is that they were
the government-controlled Soviet at an elevation of about 20 degrees. Its caused by the reentry of one of the test
media, as renowned scientists and diameter was twice as long as that of the warheads and associated booster
authors speculate on the significance of moon but its nose was several times (continued on next page)
Soviet Cover-Up, Continued can be ruled out. The astronomers' The UFOs in the Soviet study were
observation cannot be readily nearly all genuine, Haines insisted:
fragments. The witnesses were explained in any conventional terms" (it there was a "lack of evidence for the
certainly in the right spot to witness did indeed have a conventional reports being based on hallucinations
such a phenomenon that summer. explanation: it was Cosmos-171, a or other misperceptions...The reports
Yet without official records of such satellite, reentering the atmosphere like represent currently unknown
a test occurring on July 25 (assuming a meteor — but McDonald may be phenomena, being completely different
that the date is accurate) a positive forgiven since that explanation was not in nature in an 'overwhelming majority
identification will never be possible. "readily" available unless someone of cases' from known atmospheric
Soviet records are presumably compared all the FOBS missions to all optics effects or technical experiments
inaccessible forever; U.S. records are the Soviet 1967 "crescent UFOs," in the atmosphere." As for the
probably incomplete and'are still mired which nobody, not even the ace proportion of IFOs (such as
in security regulations anyway. aerospace sleuths at Aviation Week, hallucinations or false reports), "their
Under these circumstances, can ever did). The Moscow coverup had percentage is small, so that they have
the Kamchatka incident really be gone a long way to achieve such a little effect on the statistical properties
considered a "true UFO"? Obviously blessing in the United States House of of the sample under consideration."
not. A reasonable approach would be Representatives and in Britain's House But as has been shown, these "false
to realize that the location, general of Lords! reports" actually must comprise an
date, and eyewitness descriptions are In light of these findings about the absolute majority of the cases and they
entirely consistent with the ICBM true nature of the Gindilis report, it may thus clearly overwhelm the parameters
explanation. Further, to establish the be instructive to review how the of any "true UFO" residue. Haines had
"true UFO" nature of the event, a UFO document was originally described by absolutely no justification for making
proponent should be required to other leading Western UFOlogists the sanguine assertions which he
demonstrate why it could not have when it was first published in 1980. placed in his foreword.
been an ICBM reentry — clearly an The May 1980 CUFOS Associate Hynek in turn again enthusiasti-
impossible task. Therefore, UFO Newsletter (Volume 1 Number 1) cally embraced the report at the
skeptics could be entirely justified in carried an article.by Dr. Hynek entitled Smithsonian UFO Symposium in
assigning a "probable ICBM reentry" "Yes, Virginia, There Are UFOs in Washington, D.C., in September 1980,
solution to this case even without Russia." Therein he inaccurately where he stressed the qualifications
precise records. It most definitely described the document as a "a study of and scientific credentials of the
cannot be considered a "true UFO" 256 UFO reports from which the IFOs witnesses: "Forty two percent were
when the burden of proof is properly (Identified Flying Objects) have been made by scientific workers and
allocated. eliminated" — which is pure wishful engineers, and an amazing seven and a
The most ironic part of this fraud thinking, unsupported even by claims in half percent were made by
— and perhaps it someday will be the Soviet text. A few months later, astronomers....It becomes very much
recognized as the "Piltdown Hoax" of Hynek modified his assertion to read, harder, in fact from my personal
UFOlogy — is the eagerness with which "The objects in the Soviet data were viewpoint, impossible, to find a trivial
Western UFO enthusiasts embraced carefully selected with presumably solution for all UFO reports, which of
the official Soviet conclusion: that most of the IFOs excluded....These had course is the contention of the skeptics,
UFOs were real and by implication presumably been eliminated before the if one weighs and considers the caliber
FOBS flights and the military Plesetsk study proper began." Hynek's of some of the witnesses."
space center were not real! This is presumption in this regard was totally In light of the realization that the
exactly what the Earl of Clancarty told unjustified. most spectacular misperceptions of the
the British House of Lords during a In his own introduction to the FOBS pseudo-UFOs came from
UFO debate on January 18, 1979: "In pirated English-language edition astronomers at the Kazan and
July, August, September and October published by CUFOS, Dr. Richard Kislovodsk Observatories, Hynek's
1967, giant space ships were seen over Haines particularly stressed the assertion is exposed as unjustified at
various parts of the USSR by importance of the Soviet study: "h best and self-delusion at worst.
astronomers and other witnesses" — should prove to become a standard "Impossible" is what Hynek considered
but the spaceships, claimed the long- reference on the library shelves of those it to be for the Gindilis data to have
time UFO enthusiast (better known as who seek to identify the core identity of trivial solutions — but most of it did so
Brinsley LePoer Trench), were not the anomalous atmospheric have.
Soviet but extraterrestrial. phenomena" — but in the two years (This point is worth pursuing a bit
Leading UFOlogist Dr. James following its publication, there is no farther since it apparently is one of
McDonald, a much more respected and evidence that even a single Western Hynek's most controversial and
diligent researcher, also told a UFOlogist was ever really interested in questionable attitudes towards UFOs.
congressional symposium in 1968, finding the "core identity" (instead, they Later he said, "It was actually the
while describing one of the 1967 FOBS concentrated on the more attractive nature and character of many of the
entries, "Clearly, satellites and meteors "statistical results"). (continued on next page)
Soviet Cover-Up, Continued effective a barrier to the exercise of McDonald, Clancarty, Hynek, Haines,
proper scientific curiosity in this area." Moore, and other leading Western
witnesses I personally worked with over Brave words indeed — and as we have UFO experts) that these great Russian
many years that finally caused me to seen, once the true nature of the UFO cases cannot be explained in
change my mind about UFOs. As a Gindilis Report is revealed, absolutely terms of any terrestrial activities —
scientist I resisted the evidence and felt baseless words as well. especially not in terms of Soviet military
impelled to seek a normal explanation Sadly, the only truly ridiculous space activities.
at all costs." But with the Gindilis data, aspect of this whole affair is the The sordid truth is that all of the
Hynek evidently concluded that the touchingly naive but tragically greatest Russian UFO stories of the
qualifications of the witnesses — fellow misplaced trust exhibited by Hynek and past two decades really can be
astronomers in particular! — relieved Haines in the faulty keystone confidently explained by documented
him of the resoonsibility to seek just assumption that the Soviet data had Soviet m i l i t a r y space shots.
such normal explanations (that is, to be been c a r e f u l l y a n d h o n e s t l y Conveniently for Moscow's high-
a scientist). It was "impossible" for "scrubbed," an assumption which pitched propaganda campaign against
them to be mistaken — but they were, conveniently relieved them of any American military space activities,
and he was, too. He did not have to wax responsibility to critically examine the public awareness of its own far-busier
so enthusiastic over the unverified data themselves (they clearly did not, activities has been safely sidetracked.
cases, but he did, and now must face nor did anyone else in the UFOlogical UFOs from outer space over
the consequences.) community). Russia? Soviet propagandists in
An article jointly authored by "It seems incredible that the Moscow smile encouragingly, "Sure,
Hynek and Haines appeared in the curiosity of the scientific fraternity has that's what they must be — space
Journal of UFO Studies, volume II . not been aroused," they complain, in a vehicles from some other civilization,
(1980). It stressed the "similarity of closing paragraph bordering but certainly not ours." And .the
results" of the Soviet statistical study dangerously on satire — since after all, greatest UFO coverup in history goes
with other Western studies. Despite the they themselves exhibited no such on.
concentration of 1967 .cases (i.e., curiosity about the true nature of even
mostly IFOs!), "The essential the meager raw data presented in the
agreement of the Soviet study with paper, but chose instead to innocently NOVA RESPONSE
those made in other countries shows misrepresent it for what it was not. Following are excerpts from letters
that his does not seem to have Their unintentionally ironic closing by MUFON personnel to the producers
introduced a temporal bias." However, quotation was from LaPlace: "The of the October P.B.S. NOVA program,
it turns out that this conclusion proved harder .it is to acknowledge the "The Case of the UFOs." We hope to
exactly the opposite of what Hynek and existence of phenomena, the more we publish additional comments in ensuing
Haines throught it proved, to wit, that a are obligated to investigate them with issues.
statistically manipulated collection of increasing care." "I have enclosed a critique of the
IFO cases (which actually comprise the This is an obligation at which program on a case by case basis.
heart of the Gindilis Report) gives Hynek and Haines, together with the Omissions, distortions, errors, and
numerical results absolutely rest of the Western UFOlogical biases appeared throughout the
i n d i s t i n g u i s h a b l e from s i m i l a r fraternity, have themselves miserably production....Either the name of the
manipulations of allegedly true-UFO failed in regard to the Gindilis Report. program should have been "Debunking
cases. Ergo, the class of UFOs and the Once again the intuitive skepticism of UFOs," or some recognized scientists
class of IFOs are really statistically "Establishment Science" toward the such as Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Dr. Willy
indistinguishable, a conclusion which scientific validity of UFO studies has Smith, Dr. Richard Haines, or others
skeptics (and Allan Hendry) have been proven entirely justified; once again, the should have been given an opportunity
asserting all along. self-styled UFOlogists have proven to to present the other viewpoint." John
Naively, Hynek and Haines be their own worst enemies in their F. Schuessler, MUFON Deputy
interpret the significance of the Soviet struggle to validate their long-sought Director.
study as proving mathematically that scientific credentials. "This is anything but a balanced,
UFOs are real, or that "A heretofore Meanwhile in Moscow the coverup fair, objective presentation, instead
unrecognized (by science) pheno- continues with each new Plesetsk conveying the impression that nothing
menon exists and is worthy of serious launch seen (but not recognized) by truly puzzling has ever been reliably
study," in their own words. "The thousands of ordinary citizens. This reported. Only vague lights and/or
conclusions of the Condon Report," coverup is aided unwittingly by UFO easily explainable mistaken
they continued, " are thus totally buffs around the world who have observations of known things....For the
reversed and the UFO phenomenon at accepted the masquerade (provided most part, this program.presented the
one stroke becomes a legitimate both by private UFOlogists such as exceedingly one-sided view of the
subject for serious scientific attention. Zigel, by official publications such as the skeptics....(it) was a disservice to an ill-
It is a great blow to the bastion of G i n d i l i s R e p o r t , and by the informed public." Richard Hall, Editor,
ridicule which has heretofore been so endorsements of such data by Keyhoe, MUFON UFO Journal.
10
REPORT ON PSIUFO PHENOMENA
By Mark Moravcc

PSIUFO phenomena are those UFO experience. the UFO context) have only been
cases where UFO and paranormal 5. GHOSTLIGHTS: Small lights reported in more recent times and most
events apparently overlap. Included in which usually occur close to ground frequently involve only one percipient.
this definition are cases which involve level and tend to reappear in the same Could it be that ghostlights are
claims of mental communications, location. May become associated with a constantly occurring physical
poltergeists, apparitions, healings, local folklore of tragic death. phenomena whereas mental
g h o s t l i g h t s , and t i m e lapses/ 6. TIME LAPSES/ABDUCT- communication cases are psycho-
"abductions". Since my first paper on IONS: Percipient is unable to logical phenomena increasingly
PSIUFO phenomena was published consciously recall the events which reported during a favorable social
(Moravec, 1980), I have been engaged occurred during a certain period of climate of belief?
in collating and analyzing the relevant time. During hypnotic regression, The reliability of individual cases (a
reports which have occurred in percipient may recount a bizarre tale of factor usually ignored in most
Australia. The results of this research "abduction" by UFO entities. catalogues of reports) was rated
has recently been published by the One of the aims of the project was according to levels of documentation,
Australian Centre for UFO Studies in a to seek out and catalogue all known time lapse before investigation, witness
137-page document titled, PSIUFO existing Australian cases of PSIUFO credibility, s u p p o r t i v e physical
Phenomena: A Study of UFOs and the phenomena. Eventually 88 cases were evidence, and strangeness. This
Paranormal (Moravec, 1981b). located, most falling under the analysis revealed a wide range of case
The aim of this article is to briefly categories of ghostlights, mental reliability. Some cases, especially the
outline the types of cases studied and communications, and apparitions. At historical ones, were merely anecdotes
the main findings of the project. The the opposite extreme, only one case of or unconfirmed media acounts. Other
cases studied can be classified in six alleged paranormal healing was cases had been t h o r o u g h l y
categories, as follows: located. documented at the site of the
1. MENTAL COMMUNI- Examination of the annual occurrences by qualified UFO
CATIONS: A person claims to have distribution of reports revealed that, investigators. The most striking
received communications from a ghostlights have been steadily reported patterns appeared in connection with
source usually identified as a UFO since at least the 1830's. Reports of the "time lapse before investigation"
entity. The communication may be mental communications and and "physical evidence"' scales. Few
received through a variety of modes apparitions largely surfaced from the cases had been investigated within one
including telepathy, automatic writing, mid-1950's onwards. But it was not until week of the occurrences, and few cases
trance states, or visions. the beginning of the 1970's that cases of featured supportive physical evidence.
2. POLTERGEISTS: Usually all categories were regularly reported. Despite the above limitations, there
involves the unexplained movement of This greater frequency of cases in was a residue of provocative, high merit
objects. Either selective poltergeist-like recent years is to be expected, given cases which are deserving of further
effects are observed to occur during a the relatively modern development of a study.
UFO experience, or a UFO experience network of UFO investigators. One of the study's conclusions is
is preceded or followed by a classic Looking at the number of that a large proportion of PSIUFO
object-throwing poltergeist. percipients, almost half of the cases (43 cases can be explained as due to
3. APPARITIONS: Hallucinatory out of 88) involved multiple percipients. psychological .processes. This is
experience of the visual kind, usually Here, the type of case is important. For particularly true for the mental
involving a human figure. Percipient example, cases featuring mental communication, apparition, and time
may see apparitions prior to, during, or communications were frequently lapse cases, where the "messages"
after his UFO experience. single-percipient cases whereas come from the percipient's own
.4. H E A L I N G S : R a p i d or ghostlights frequently involved more unconscious rather than from any
instantaneous healings of physiological than one percipient. e x t e r n a l i n t e l l i g e n c e . Such
wounds, where such healings are not These simple statistical analyses p s y c h o l o g i c a l processes as
achievable by present medical can be informative. For example, we hypnopompic/hypnagogic imagery,
techniques under the circumstances have the facts that ghostlights have psychotic hallucinations, and fugue
described. In the UFO context, a been steadily reported since the 1830's states all appear to play a role in various
physiological wound may be found to and often involve multiple percipients, cases. This s i t u a t i o n can be
be "healed" immediately following a whereas mental communications (in (continued on next page)
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Percipient Studies Group
By Mark Moravec

In early 1982, the Percipient experiences, the comparison of groups psychiatrists, hypnotherapists, and
Studies Group (PSG) was formed with of percipients and nonpercipients, and medical personnel as field investigators
the aim of researching the human any other studies deemed relevant. or consultants would be desirable.
factors involved in anomalous As an initial project, the PSG Specific issues which will be
experiences. The group will examine would like to set up an Australian investigated include:
the psychological, sociological, capability for the in-depth psychologigal (1) What are the most effective and
physiological, and alleged para- and physiological study of . UFO objective interviewing techniques?
psychological aspects of UFO percipients. It is hoped to establish a set (2) What kinds of psychological
experiences and related phenomena. of standardized psychological and tests will give the most relevant and
The aims are to increase our medical testing procedures which will most valid information about the
understanding of: (1) UFOs and other produce useful data of the ' least percipient?
anomalous phenomena; and (2) human ambiguous nature. It is envisaged that (3) What kinds of medical
experience and behavior in general. To the application of these techniques examination procedures would be
achieve this, the Percipient Studies would be especially relevant to UFO useful in documenting physiological (or
Group plans to involve behavioral cases i n v o l v i n g p r o n o u n c e d psychosomatic) reactions such as
scientists and other interested psychological reactions, "repeater" headaches, eye irritations, insomnia,
researchers in the in-depth study of percipients, and PSIUFO phenomena. rashes, "stigmata," etc.?
individual percipients to anomalous The involvement of psychologists, (4) What techniques would best
distinguish between a physically-
PSIUFO, Continued reliability, and specialized question- induced and a psychologically-induced
naires designed to aid the investigator physiological reaction?
summarized by the ASC-UFO of PSIUFO cases. I refer interested " (5) What procedures (interviewing
Hypothesis: "Predisposed individuals, readers to the complete report for techniques, involvement of a neutral
in certain situations, undergo an altered further information and discussion. third party, etc.) should be followed
state of consciousness during which Whether PSIUFO phenomena during the hypnotic age regression of a
vivid, subjective sensations are can be satisfactorily explained in terms UFO percipient?
experienced and interpreted in a of psychological processes and natural (6) On what factors or variables
personally meaningful (UFO) context." phenomena, or whether other more could groups of percipients and non-
(ASC = altered state of consciousness. exotic explanations are also necessary, percipients be compared? (e.g. recent
See also Moravec, 1981a, for a further the continued study of such cases is stress, "psychic" background,
discussion of this hypothesis.) certainly worthwhile. It promises to personality characteristics.) How
In other cases, particularly those further our understanding of the nature should such terms be defined? Is it
involving ghostlights, natural physical of anomalous experiences, the possible to identify and question
phenomena (such as ignited marsh gas, workings of the human mind, and the sufficiently large numbers of people to
clusters of luminous insects, light nature of the reality" surrounding us. be able to make m e a n i n g f u l
refraction effects, and ball lightning) (Note: Researchers interested in comparisons?
appear to explain some cases. Yet, obtaining a copy of the complete 137- Over past decades, many people
despite the above explanations, there page report on PSIUFO Phenomena have researched UFOs from an
remains a puzzling and significant may do so by ordering from ACUFOS, exclusively technological, "nuts and
residue of high-merit cases which may PO Box 546, Gosford NSW 2250, bolts" approach. It is now time to
involve paranormal and/or extra- Australia. Cost is $15 Aust. payable by consider the other half of the problem:
ordinary physical factors in their international money order.) the psychological and social aspects of
causation. UFO experiences. For these aspects
A major part of the study REFERENCES are just as, if not more, important to our
concentrates on extensive discussion Moravec, M. "Psiufological Phenomena: UFOs understanding of both the phenomena
and the Paranormal " The MUFON UFO Journal and our world at large. Together with
of the possible explanations for no. 150, Aug 1980, 13-15.
PSIUFO phenomena; the important Moravec, M "A UFO State of Mind: the the other specialized study groups; the
issues facing the investigator; and the Psychology of Close Encounters." In Proceedings Percipient Studies Group intends to
implications of the phenomena for our of the Sixth Annual UFO Conference, Adelaide: contribute its resources to researching
understanding of UFOs, psi, and the Australian Centre for UFO Studies, 1981a. important aspects of UFO experiences.
Moravec, M. PSIUFO Phenomena: A Study oj
world at large. The report also includes UFOs and the Paranormal Gosford: Australian
If any r e s e a r c h e r s have
complete details on the evaluation/ Centre for UFO Studies, 1981b. suggestions on potentially useful
rating system used to determine case (continued on next page)
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UFO SIGHTING ROUND-UP
By Richard Hall

The Journal receives dozens of Aug. 23, 1981; nr. Malibu, Calif. about 11:00 a.m., two men in a car saw a
"raw data" UFO reports on sighting About 12:30 a.m., three rangers and a silvery disc-like object paralleling the
report forms or otherwise in a form not . maintenance man observed an object car and crossing the road ahead.
suitable for publication. (Investigators with white, red, and green/blue body Mystery lights were reported to police
who wish to have their reports l i g h t s , v a r i o u s l y s k e t c h e d as same day at 7:54 p.m., and at 11:40 p.m.
considered for publication should arrowhead- or fish-shaped, first a Porter, Texas, man said his car was
summarize them in typed, double- illuminating the ocean offshore and suddenly bathed in blue light for 25-30
spaced manuscript form). Some cases emitting a humming sound. The UFO seconds as he was driving in a quiet and
are received in narrative form, but the moved slowly, rising and then flying desolate area. (VISIT report; principal
"strangeness" quotient does not justify overhead and out of sight. (Detailed investigators: Donald R. Tucker and
the length of the submitted manuscript. investigation report, including John F. Schuessler.)
In all cases, MUFON investigators have transcripts of witness interviews, by Jan. 10,1982; Aksaray, Turkey.
done a lot of hard work and deserve Wayne E. Scott.) A UFO flashing at about 1,000 m height
credit for it. With that in mind, we Aug. 30, 1981; El Cajon, Calif. held up traffic on Ankara-Adana
selected and briefly summarized the En route home along a dark rural road Highway at 9:00 p.m.."Stopping their
following sample of cases over the past about 10:35 p.m., a computer engineer vehicles, the drivers stood watching the
two years: suddenly saw in his headlight beams an bright object which fully illuminated
Jan. 25, 1981: Chatsworth, object that he first thought was a low- Highway E-5." (Hurriyet newspaper,
Calif. Between 3:30 and 4:15 p.m., hovering helicopter. As a collision Jan. 11, 1982, translated by Selman
color photographs and 8 mm movie film seemed imminent, the car stopped Gerceksever, Istanbul. Additional
were taken of a brilliant, needle-like without brakes being applied. The reports later in the month included E-M
white object, also observed by 20-30 interior of the car was illuminated. The effects, and witnesses were quoted as
witnesses in a 2-block area. The door and windows could not be saying: "When these objects are seen in
phenomenon was first seen in the opened, and the witness was frightened the sky, TV sets and radios develop
southern sky, inclined 10-20 degrees to the verge of panic. trouble and automobile batteries are
from the horizontal, then "...moved discharged.")
quickly toward the SE and was noted to Mar. 18, 1982; Flatwoods, Ky.
drop considerably in elevation where it About 10:00 p.m. a baker/cook (who
was observed by witnesses for 45 also is an Army Reservist) was
minutes." Finally, "...it rolled up into a returning home when he observed a
ball, darting about the sky before it disc-like object hovering off to his left,
went straight up as if shot from a "He (then) felt a feeling of having and he stopped to watch. "The object
slingshot." (Detailed investigation left the car and of having been touched seemed, to have a dome of some
report by Walt Greenawald, MUFON or handled...then...of being back in the sort...near the base of the object were
Field Investigator, 20709 Collins St., car." As he drove away, a light followed red, green, blue, and white lights that
Woodland Hills, CA 91367). and circled the car. Witness pulled out a blinked in rotation...He heard a low
gun that he carried in the car, firing six humming noise...observed the object
shots out the window. He fled at high hover for approximately 15 minutes
Percipient Studies, Continued speed, arriving home about 11:00 a.m. and after that...the object rose rapidly
in a highly agitated state. Some of the upwards and started leaving, smoothly,
p r o c e d u r e s w h i c h could b e details emerged under later hypnosis. in a circular path." (Investigation by
incorporated in in-depth percipient His digital watch malfunctioned after George Parsons, Jr., MUFON State
studies, we would be pleased to hear the event, and he noticed red dots like Section Director and Director of UFO
their ideas. We welcome input from puncture marks on his wrists. (This Investigative Researchers, Ashland,
both Australian and overseas " p r o t o - a b d u c t i o n " case was Ky.)
researchers. If you can assist or would investigated for MUFON by Melvin June 15, 1982; nr. Romeoville,
like to become involved with the Podell, Solana Beach, Calif.) 111. Two men returning to Joliet, 111., on
Percipient Studies Group, please Oct. 26-28, 1981; Texas Gulf Route 53 about 9:30 p.m. saw what they
contact the coordinator: Mark Coast. Unusual nocturnal light activity first thought was an airplane on fire,
Moravec, 26 Minnamurra Place, with some reports of military aircraft in moving west to east in the vicinity of a
Pymble NSW 2073, Australia. pursuit. Oct. 26 near Dickinson, Texas, (continued on next page)
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'FILL 'ER UP, AND CATCH THE WINDOWS..".

DlRECTlOO OF TfcflUGL
Sighting Round-Up, Continued

Commonwealth Edison Electric Power


Plant. When they stopped to watch,
"The object stopped and hovered while
turning toward us...started to
accelerate at a constant velocity...(and)
travelled back towards its original
direction...(It had) an oblong base with
white, red, and green lights lining the
top of it, and pulsating lights...on its
bottom.... At its front end it had a big
cylinder-drum, lined with lights....This
cylinder rotated at a steady velocity
throughout the object's acceleration."
(Investigation by Larry Rybak, June 15, 1982; nr. Romeoville,
MUFON State . Section Director,
Woodridge, 111.) with two large orange lights. A "V"- to move and flew right past them. They
July 22, 1982; nr. Houston, shape in the middle was covered with could hear a "wind" sound like rushing
Texas. Three people walking along smaller lights. The silent object was air, but no jet sound. The UFO
their street about 9:30 p.m. saw a huge compared to the size of a large jet disappeared in the distance.
stationary boomerang-shaped object aircraft. In minutes, the object started (Investigation by John F. Schuessler.)
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BOOK REVIEW covering alleged h i g h l y secret
government operations, publications,
mystery. If you want "answers," read
the National Enquirer] If you want an
and inside informants which, due to honest view of the situation, then by all
their -obviously sensitive nature, can means plow through Stringfield's often
UFO Crash/Retrievals: only be hinted at. Two pages are disconnected collection of fascinating
Amassing the Evidence: Status devoted to an analysis of reported bits of information.
Report HI, by Leonard H. Stringfield physical characteristics, and one to a Not only does the reader learn
(Cincinnati, Ohio: June 1982), 53 p. bibliography of appropriate reading much of what Stringfield has learned,
If and when the existence of m a t e r i a l s for the devotee of but he also experiences the plodding
crashed and retrieved spacecraft ever crash/retrieval stories. leg-work and the frustration of one who
becomes an accepted scientific fact, This booklet is the third step, in has taken upon himself a monumental
much of the credit for blasting this out Len's publication program which began task. As yet, not a single one of his
of the solid rock of government secrecy with a condensed version of a talk he many sources has developed to the
wjll have to go to Len Stringfield. His gave at the 1978 MUFON Symposium, point of public usefulness. But one gets
tireless efforts to unearth and track in Dayton, Ohio, which was published a feeling, after re-reading the first two
down scores of vague leads to in the July and August, 1978, issues of status reports, that progress is
witnesses to various events in this the MUFON UFO Journal. The second definitely being made.
highly puzzling matter are detailed (to s t e p was his 3 7 - p a g e UFO As literature — even UFO
the extent that his pledges of Crash/Retrieval Syndrome. Status literature — this is not one of the most
confidentially will permit) in his latest Report II: New Sources, New Data, imposing tomes ever written. As a
publication. published in 1980 by MUFON. coherent account of the mysterious
To the average man or woman, Clearly, he means this third report crash/retrieval story, it leaves a lot to be
almost any detailed report of UFO to be just one more collection of desired. But as a collection of
activity will appear very strange, while information, leads, and rumors, rather information about what could yet
to the veteran UFO student, most have than a completed work. The become the most exciting and
a loud ring of familiarity. But it would be organization resembles that of original important aspect of the entire UFO
hard to imagine even the most jaded of source material, more than a smooth, mystery, it is far beyond anything
UFO specialists failing to gasp at some logical narrative. And it is full of initials previously done by anyone. — Don
of the reports in this latest Stringfield in place of names, one result of his Berliner
monograph. almost annoyingly consistent
While the reliability of most of the dedication to preserving the anonymity
anecdotes is certainly open to question, of his touchy sources. (Ed. Note: The book may be ordered
their strangeness ratings threaten to But his aim is to learn more, rather directly from the author at 4412 Grove
break through the roof: 12 first-person than to trumpet that which he has Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45227. Basic price
reports, 15 second-hand reports, and already learned. Len is clearly more $10. U.S. & Canada: Add $1.00 postage
another dozen that could hold some aware than even the reader, that his and handling. Overseas: Add $1.50 for
water, but for one reason or another material consists of little more than surface mail, $5.50 for air mail. Checks
must be given a lower rating. indistinct pieces of a puzzle whose drawn on U.S. banks or International
In addition, there is material over-all dimensions remain a total Money Order.)

LETTER
DAILY EXPRESS, London, Bngland
proof in support of his assertion, or if he Sept. 25, 1982
Dreams
has merely used the sentence as a
Editor, convenient cliche to start his paper.
Riddle of UFO
In Journal No. 172 (July 1982) your
collaborator Robert Wanderer makes a
Willy Smith
Norcross, Ga.
at the palace
By ROY CARSON In Stockholm
very definite statement that puzzles
OFFICIALS are refusing to comment OB
me, to the effect that the dreams that Letters to the Editor are in- reports of a flying saucer landing on the
lawns at Stockholm's royal palace.
we all create every night are a creation vited, commenting on any articles A " reliable " national service guards-
man spotted the brilliantly lit UFO whea
of the subject's subconscious mind. or other material published in the he was on duty late one evening.
He reported it to his commander bat
Apparently, then, there are no other Journal. Please confine them to King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia who
were In the palace at the lime were nol
alternatives to explain dreams, as, for about 400 words. Articles of a- told until much later.
Guardsman Per Troell said : "There
instance, memories of past incidents, bout 500-750 words will be con- was a tall fin. There could have beeu
windows, I'm not certain. There were no
glimpses of the future as proposed by sidered for publication as "Comments" wings . . . and no noise.
"Immediately It landed. It rose and
Dunne, or even the more esoteric flew away again. I didn't know what to
or "Notes." All submissions are subject do. I thought everyone would laugh at me."
possibility of thought transmission. I to editing for length and style.
wonder if Mr. Wanderer can offer hard
15
CRITIC'S CORNER
By Robert Wanderer

Abductions Abound
The ten cases of alleged by something he calls "The with her 2-year-old son in the back seat.
"abudctions" which are collected and Phenomenon," and this "dream" is then At one point the "steering wheel
reprinted in the paperback UFO "beamed back to him in the form of a refused to turn," for some time there
Abductions present, for me, an UFO abduction!" (exclamation mark in was a "light in the sky" which followed
extremely weak argument for that the original!) them, and once they were "unable" to
theory. In every case in the book, I Rogo does offer one suggestion get the speed of the car above 55.
found at least one major dubious that I can heartily endorse. He says "we Trying to get away from -the UFO
aspect, often several. should stop focusing our attention on "following" them, they pulled in to a
Six of the cases were developed the UFO events surrounding the camping area, where Bill saw
under hypnosis, and were subject to the abduction experience," and seek out something like a "snowman" which
almost inevitable distortion even with a more d e t a i l e d p s y c h o l o g i c a l Nora couldn't see and which he
careful professional hypnotist. At least information about the people involved. couldn't see either when they turned
two of these six struck me as clearly Good idea. Unfortunately, this the headlights back on.
"made up" stories that seemed to have psychological background of the Soon after, back on the road, they
only marginal relevance to the UFO "abductee" is generally missing from passed a camper truck where the
event that triggered the investigation. the cases collected in this book. occupants, they believe, "didn't have
At least two of the ten subjects "The Amazing Case of Antonio heads." Their hypnotism experience,
appeared to be suffering some sort of Villas Boas" by Gordon Creighton is some time later, failed to explain the
medical/psychological problem that about a young Brazillian. farmer who random "strange events" they had
could well influence what they think said he was "kidnapped" while noted, and appeared to be the typical
they saw. operating. his tractor late at night, and melange of what they thought
At least two of the cases were of then aboard the UFO had a sexual happened on the trip with what was
the "low stimulation" type: people encounter with a beautiful nude young already in their heads (what a
driving long hours, usually late at night, "alien" woman. Most of the article is Lawsonian would term birth trauma
on a lonely tiring boring road, and translation of a deposition made by the material).
without realizing it drifting off into an "victim," with little information given on Ann Druffel, the longtime southern
altered.state of consciousness, from a the sort of psychological background California UFO investigator, is my
combination of their physical tiredness Rogo calls for. I note that Villas Boas favorite UFO writer. I admire the way
and the lack of stimulation from the was described as "visibly discouraged" she maintains a straight face while
environment, in which they begin to when told "that the major Brazilian spinning the most bizarre tale, and I
"see things." publication O Cruzeiro would not admire her chutzpah (although I don't
The book's editor D. Scott Rogo publish the story since it was so lacking approve of it) in occasionally omitting
has written some commentaries in proof. From the fact that Villas Boas or at least delaying vital bits of
thoughout. In his concluding chapter, was working at night, I suspect he had information. "Encounter on Dapple
he seeks to find a way that would lead to little social life; the content of his story Gray Lane" is vintage Druffel.
an explanation of the "abduction" suggests a problem more sexual than Two young men spend a long
process. He compares it to the extraterrestrial. evening at a friend's place, and at 2 a.m.
dreaming we all do every night. I "The Ultimate Alien Encounter" they get into the car to go home, and
thought for a moment that he was by Jerome Clark is about as "ultimate" turn on the headlights. They see one —
about to reach the simple, sensible as the previous case was "amazing." or maybe two — mysterious "objects" a
conclusion that there's a considerable This describes an automobile trip made few feet ahead of them: "the shape of
similarity 'between the stories we by a young couple from Minnesota brains....filmy bluish....something
develop when hypnotized and asked to headed for Los Angeles. Bill and Nora red....It could have been anything."
tell a story, and the stories we develop apparently drove virtually straight Whatever, they were frightened, and
in our dreams during sleep. And Rogo through into Utah, except for stopping quickly drove away. The primary
does indeed suggest the "abduction" by the side of the road for a few hours witness, "John Hodges," identified as a
experience is a "dream." But he quickly the first night. The stress of this long "UFO investigator," termed them "two
dances away from that and invents drive was heightened by Bill extraterrestrial beings/' (Incidentally, if
a complex "explanation": The "dream," "habitually" driving at 90 miles per "Hodges" is a legitimate UFO
he says, is "extracted from the hour; Nora might well have become investigator, what's the rationale for
unconscious mind of the UFO witness" tense also at such speeding, particularly (continued on next page)
16
BOOK REVIEW covering alleged h i g h l y secret
government operations, publications,
mystery. If you want "answers," read
the National Enquirer! If you want an
and inside informants which, due to honest view of the situation, then by all
their obviously sensitive nature, can means plow through Stringfield's often
UFO Crash/Retrievals: only be hinted at. Two pages are disconnected collection of fascinating
Amassing the Evidence: Status devoted to an analysis of reported bits of information.
Report III, by Leonard H. Stringfield physical characteristics, and one to a Not only does the reader learn
(Cincinnati, Ohio: June 1982), 53 p. bibliography of appropriate reading much of what Stringfield has learned,
If and when the existence of m a t e r i a l s for the d e v o t e e of but he also experiences the plodding
crashed and retrieved spacecraft ever crash/retrieval stories. leg-work and the frustration of one who
becomes an accepted scientific fact, This booklet is the third step in has taken upon himself a monumental
much of the credit for blasting this out Len's publication program which began task. As yet, not a single one of his
of the solid rock of government secrecy with a condensed version of a talk he many sources has developed to the
will have to go to Len Stringfield. His gave at the 1978 MUFON Symposium, point of public usefulness. But one gets
tireless efforts to unearth and track in Dayton, Ohio, which was published a feeling, after re-reading the first two
down scores of vague leads to in the July and August, 1978, issues of status reports, that progress is
witnesses to various events in this the MUFON UFO Journal. The second definitely being made.
highly puzzling matter are detailed (to s t e p was his 3 7 - p a g e UFO As literature — even UFO
the extent that his pledges of Crash/Retrieval Syndrome. Status literature — this is not one of the most
confidentially will permit) in his latest Report II: New Sources, New Data, imposing tomes ever written. As a
publication. published in 1980 by MUFON. coherent account of the mysterious
To the average man or woman, ' Clearly, he means this third report crash/retrieval story, it leaves a lot to be
almost any detailed report of UFO to be just one more collection of desired. But as a collection of
activity will appear very strange, while information, leads, and rumors, rather information about what could yet
to the veteran UFO student, most have than a completed work. The become the most exciting and
a loud ring of familiarity. But it would be organization resembles that of original important aspect of the entire UFO
hard to imagine even the most jaded of source material, more than a smooth, mystery, it is far beyond anything
UFO specialists failing to gasp at some logical narrative. And it is full of initials previously done by anyone. — Don
of the reports in this latest Stringfield in place of names, one result of his Berliner
monograph. almost a n n o y i n g l y consistent
While the reliability of most of the dedication to preserving the anonymity
anecdotes is certainly open to question, of his touchy sources. (Ed. Note: The book may be ordered
their strangeness ratings threaten to But his aim is to learn more, rather directly from the author at 4412 Grove
break through the roof: 12 first-person than to trumpet that which he has Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45227. Basic price
reports, 15 second-hand reports, and already learned. Len is clearly more $10. U.S. & Canada: Add $1.00 postage
another dozen that could hold some aware than even the reader, that his and handling. Overseas: Add $1.50 for
water, but for one reason or another material consists of little more than surface mail, $5.50 for air mail. Checks
must be given a lower rating. indistinct pieces of a puzzle whose drawn on U.S. banks or International
In addition, there is material over-all dimensions remain a total Money Order.)

LETTER
DAILY EXPRESS, London, England
proof in support of his assertion, or if he Sept. 25, 1982
Dreams
has merely used the sentence as a
Editor, convenient cliche to start his paper.
Riddle of UFO
In Journal No. 172 (July 1982) your
collaborator Robert Wanderer makes a
Willy Smith
Norcross, Ga.
at the palace
By ROY CARSON in Stockholm
very definite statement that puzzles OFFICIALS are refusing to comment om
me, to the effect that the dreams that Letters to the Editor are in- reports of a flying saucer landing on the
lawns at Stockholm's royal palace.
we all create every night are a creation vited, commenting on any articles A " reliable " national service guards-
man spotted the brilliantly lit UFO when
of the subject's subconscious mind. or other material published in the he was on duty late one evening.
He reported It to his commander bat
Apparently, then, there are no other Journal. Please confine them to King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia who
were in the palace at the time were not
alternatives to explain dreams, as, for about 400 words. Articles of a- told until much later.
Guardsman Per Troell said : " There
instance, memories of past incidents, bout 500-750 words will be con- was a tall fin. There could .have been
windows, I'm not certain. There were n»
glimpses' of the future as proposed by wings . . . and no noise.
sidered for publication as "Comments" " Immediately It landed.. II rose and
flew away again. I didn't know what to
Dunne, or even the more esoteric or "Notes." All submissions are subject do. I thought everyone would laugh at me."
possibility of thought transmission. I to editing for length and style.
wonder if Mr. Wanderer can offer hard
15
CRITIC'S CORNER
By Robert Wanderer

Abductions Abound
The ten cases of alleged by s o m e t h i n g he calls "The with her 2-year-old son in the back seat.
"abudctions" which are collected and Phenomenon," and this "dream" is then At one point the "steering wheel
reprinted in the paperback UFO "beamed back to him in the form of a refused to turn," for some time there
Abductions present, for me, an UFO abduction!" (exclamation mark in .was a "light in the sky" which followed
extremely weak argument for that the original!) them, and once they were "unable" to
theory. In every case in the book, I Rogo does offer one suggestion get the speed of the car above 55.
found at least one major dubious that I can heartily endorse. He says "we Trying to get away from the UFO
aspect, often several. should stop focusing our attention on "following" them, they pulled in to a
Six of the cases were developed the UFO events surrounding the camping area, where Bill saw
under hypnosis, and were subject to the abduction experience," and seek out something like a "snowman" which
almost inevitable distortion even with a more detailed p s y c h o l o g i c a l Nora couldn't see and which he
careful professional hypnotist. At least information about the people involved. couldn't see either when they turned
two of these six struck me as clearly Good idea. Unfortunately, this the headlights back on.
"made up" stories that seemed to have psychological background of the Soon after, back on the road, they
only marginal relevance to the UFO "abductee" is generally missing from passed a camper truck where the
event that triggered the investigation. the cases collected in-this book. occupants, they believe, "didn't have
At least two of the ten subjects "The Amazing Case of Antonio heads." Their hypnotism experience,
appeared to be suffering some sort of Villas Boas" by Gordon Creighton is some time later, failed to explain the
medical/psychological problem that about a young Brazillian farmer who random "strange events" they had
could well influence what they think said he was "kidnapped" while noted, and appeared to be the typical
they saw. operating his tractor late at night, and melange of what they thought
At least two of the cases were of then aboard the UFO had a sexual happened on the trip with what was
the "low stimulation" type: people encounter with a beautiful nude young already in their heads (what a
driving long hours, usually late at night, "alien" woman. Most of the article is Lawsonian would term birth trauma
on a lonely tiring boring road, and translation of a deposition made by the material).
without realizing it drifting off into an "victim," with little information given on Ann Druffel, the longtime southern
altered state of consciousness, from a the sort of psychological background California UFO investigator, is my
combination of their physical tiredness Rogo calls for. I note that Villas Boas favorite UFO writer. I admire the way
and the lack of stimulation from the was described as "visibly discouraged" she maintains a straight face while
environment, in which they begin to when told "that the major Brazilian spinning the most bizarre tale, and I
"see things." publication O Cruzeiro would not admire her chutzpah (although I don't
The book's editor D. Scott Rogo publish the story since it was so lacking approve of it) in occasionally omitting
has written some commentaries in proof. From the fact that Villas Boas or at least delaying vital bits of
thoughout. In his concluding chapter, was working at night, I suspect he had information. "Encounter on Dapple
he seeks to find a way that would lead to little social life; the content of his story Gray Lane" is vintage Druffel.
an explanation of the "abduction" suggests a problem more sexual than Two young men spend a long
process. He compares it to the extraterrestrial. evening at a friend's place, and at 2 a.m.
dreaming we all do every night. I "The Ultimate Alien Encounter" they get into the car to go home, and
thought for a moment that he was by Jerome Clark is about as "ultimate" turn on the headlights. They see one —
about to reach the simple, sensible as the previous case was "amazing." or maybe two — mysterious "objects" a
conclusion that there's a considerable This describes an automobile trip made few feet ahead of them: "the shape of
similarity between the stories we by a young couple from Minnesota brains....filmy bluish....something
develop when hypnotized and asked to headed for Los Angeles. Bill and Nora red....It could have been anything."
tell a story, and the stories we develop apparently drove virtually straight Whatever, they were frightened, and
in our dreams during sleep. And Rogo through into Utah, except for stopping quickly drove away. The primary
does indeed suggest the "abduction" by the side of the road for a few hours witness, "John Hodges," identified as a
experience is a "dream." But he quickly the first night. The stress of this long "UFO investigator," termed them "two
dances away from that and invents drive was heightened by Bill extraterrestrial beings." (Incidentally, if
a complex "explanation": The "dream," "habitually" driving at 90 miles per "Hodges" is a legitimate UFO
he says, is "extracted from the hour; Nora might well have become investigator, what's the rationale for
unconscious mind of the UFO witness" tense also at such speeding, particularly (continued on next page)
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Critic's Corner, Continued Open Letter Response
anonymity?)
When people spend a long evening Dear Robert: were never spoken. These cases are
with friends, beverages are often Dick Hall, our friend and proliferating like ants on a picnic cake.
served, and these beverages colleague, gave me the chance to What are we to do with hundreds of
sometimes affect perception. Ms. repond to your comments and also these stories beseiging us on all sides?
Druffel does not mention whether any gave me a choice of ignoring them. I was You recommend that each CE case
beverages were imbibed, although she tempted to take the latter choice, as be accompanied with psychological
does tell us Hodges was a chain smoker criticism is plentiful and time is examinations. I'd be delighted to be
(heavy smoking and heavy drinking precious, and my garden calls on this able to do this, but where is the funding
often go together). After many pages of sunny Saturday. for this? California psychologists, at
descripton of the sessions with a May I respond briefly. First, I don't least, do not work for free.
hypnotist, Ms. Druffel finally gets omit or delay information on cases. I Many of us have spent thousands
around to telling us that Hodges am, perhaps, noted for including of hours actively chasing down reports
believes a "gray-skinned humanoid" seemingly stray bits of information of UFO sightings. I don't mean just
had arranged a "beam of light" which which surface during the investigation close encounters, but everything —
"implanted" a "translater" in his brain. of a case, even though some will offend NLs, DDs, and IFOs so multiplex as to
This sort of "those forces out there are purists, annoy colleagues, and startle stagger the imagination. Many of us
controlling my brain" is, of course, the newcomers. My philosophy of UFO spend hours in the middle of the night
hallmark of the schizophenric; what investigation is that whatever the (instead of sleeping), trying to put
little belief I had in this story evaporated witness thinks happened and suspects together reasonably condensed articles
at that point. is pertinent to the UFO experience is for research journals, often working
Ms. Druffel, straight-faced as ever, worth reporting. The witness is the only from two-inch thick files. Details do get
assures us she will try to get Hodges a UFO "expert" because they are the passed over at times; journal space is
brain scan, despite its expense, in an only ones who experience the limited.
attempt to verify his claim about the phenomena first hand. All reasonable, objective
implanted translater. She also passes I.did not "delay" the information researchers try their best to publish the
along several s t a t e m e n t s and that John Hodges in the Dapple Gray few wheat kernels found in the
predictions Hodges made about Lane case believes the "gray-skinned mountainous chaff of "reports."
international events, including one that humanoids" implanted a "translater" in Researchers are supposed to be
no atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima. The his brain. According to Hodges, this colleagues. We seldom agree with each
Hodges version of world history is that specific information was not "given" to other; each differs a little in philosophy
U.S. bombers dropped magnesium him until a very, long time after the and theory. But most of us respect each
thermite to "create a blinding flash," original encounter and many months other as fellow humans and searchers
and scattered fissionable material to after the first article on the case for elusive truth. We try to substitute
pretend a nuclear blast had occurred, appeared in FSR. friendly discussion for destructive
but the destruction there was caused You indicate I believe everything I criticism.
by "natural earthquakes" which hear and write about. This is not the May I suggest that you go out and
appeared to come at the same time. Ms. case. I try to accurately report what the investigate CE III and IV cases for a few
Druffel checked this and other claims witnesses state. But I carefully select years and be subjected to the stresses
with a "MUFON physics consultant" the cases (particularly the CE III and IV and strains of separating signal from
and determined that there was no need cases) I write about. Only about one out noise. Such experience will strengthen
to rewrite the history books — his claim of five cases meet my criteria for the soul and soften the tongue. We all
about Hiroshima, she concedes, is lengthy investigation. Most alleged CE try to do our best, but we are humans
"erroneous." III and IV witnesses are so emotionally researching something which, as yet,
If these cases are the best that damaged that their statements cannot humans cannot understand.
"abduction theorists can come up with add anything valuable to UFO Best personal regards,
— or even if they are just your typical research. I select the best I can find, and
average "abduction" case — it looks to repeat what the most rational, Ann Druffel
me that the "abuduction" theory is in productive, and seemingly honest Pasadena, Calif.
Big Trouble. But the Rogovian persons state so that other researchers
suggestion for delving into the who .wish to specialize in CE III and IV
psychological background of witnesses cases can have added material to work
would help clear up the matter. The from. MUFON
next time Rogo puts together an I personally belieue nothing (as far
anthology, I hope he will take his own as UFO cases go) that I have not 103 OLDTOWNE RD.
excellent advice. personally experienced. But, as you SEGUIN,TX 78155
say, Abductions Abound! Truer words ^•^••^••••ri
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NEW FIELD INVESTIGATOR'S MANUAL
By Walt Andrus

The revised edition (third) of from newly organized groups for what is known as the trade size. The
MUFON's Field Investigator's Manual, training programs, Field Investigator pages are identical in size to the
edited by Raymond E. Fowler, has Trainees, and State Section Directors hardback version. Through special
reached the final stages of preparation. preparing for new Field Investigator arrangements with the author and his
In order to stay abreast of the state-of- instruction courses. Even though the publisher (Nelson-Hall), MUFON has
the-art in UFOlogy investigative manual is not available, we have been purchased a limited number of
techniques, we are adding the following given the opportunity to provide an paperback copies which are available
new material or sections: (1) Computer outstanding book to all of our members from MUFON for $5.00 plus $1.50 for
enhancement of UFO photographs; (2) to supplement our present and new postage and handling in U.S. funds.
Hypnosis as an investigative aid; (3) manuals. "Observing UFOs" by This is a rare opportunity to obtain such
Evaluation of UFO-related • medical Richard F. Haines, published by an outstanding book for this price.
injuries; (4) Updated investigation of Nelson-Hall in Chicago, is highly
alleged UFO landing sites; (5) Current recommended for the serious UFO
bright planet location chart; (6) New investigator by J. Allen Hynek. DATA MART
sighting questionnaires for residual Written as an investigative
radiation (Form 10) and aerial sightings handbook, the scope and depth of the
(Form 11); and new computer input investigative techniques exceed that-of Earth Theories
(Form 2). MUFON's basic Field Investigator's
The manual was delayed due to Manual in some areas, making it an I wish to share ideas relating to
printing cost considerations occurring ideal supplementary handbook for the "earth-bound" theories of UFOs, such
simultaneously with publishing the serious researcher and investigator. as possible locations of UFO bases on
Thirteenth Annual MUFON UFO Dr. Haines, a NASA research scientist earth, "histories" of UFO bases or
Symposium Proceedings, however that specializing in the problems of human activities in the past, etc. I have some
problem has now been resolved. perception since 1967, had this specific interesting ideas on these topics.
Considering the amount of work still to goal clearly in mind when he detailed Michael F. Burdick,3161 N. Cambridge
be done and the time to print the more sophisticated methods to obtain Ave. #307, Chicago, IL 60657.
manual, it will not be available until more reliable information and data.
March of 1983. The exact date will be The hardcover edition of this book
announced, in the Journal. sold for $14.95. The paperback version
We have been receiving many retails for $10.95. It is not the
requests for the new manual, especially conventional small size paperback but

Director's Message, from p. 20 rates are $48 plus 7% tax for either a of 1981, your Director appeared on TV
single or double room. Arrangements Channels 3 and 6 and was interviewed
investigations of abductions. Ronald D. can be made for those desiring to have a by the Corpus Christi Caller
Story has recently resigned as the State. roommate and thus pay only $24 plus newspaper in a public relations effort to
Section Director, for Pima County in tax. Airport bus service is available organize UFO investigative groups in
Arizona, due to a limitation in personal direct to the Northpark Inn. Members the counties surrounding Corpus
time and a more skeptical position to and guests may now start making their Christi,- Texas. As a follow-up, a
what may be learned from conventional vacation plans for 1984. . meeting for members and interested
UFO investigations. "UFO Crash/Retrievals: guests was held on Saturday November.
MUFON Metroplex has an- Amassing the Evidence" Status Report 27, 1982 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Public
nounced that they will be hosting the III by Leonard H. Stringfield has been Library at the Port Aransas Civic
1984 International MUFON UFO privately published. This illustrated, 8l/2 Center. Howard S. Finklestein made
Symposium at the Northpark Inn, 9300 x 11", 53-page report is now available the arrangements and hosted the
North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX directly from Mr. Stringfield at 4412 meeting. Two of our present State
75731 on June 8, 9, and 10, 1984. Rev. Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45227, Section Directors, James M. Hill of
G. Neal Hern is the Chairperson for the U.S.A. for $11.00 postpaid book rate in Kingsville and Robert W. Lake of Three
symposium; Lindy Whitehurst, facilities U.S.A. or foreign for $11.50 surface Rivers, attended to offer their support.
chairman; and Dr. Robert Davis, mail or $13.50 air mail, printed matter. The response of our MUFON
program c h a i r m a n . T e n t a t i v e Send International Postal Money Order State Directors and members to the
committed speakers are Tom Adams, or a check drawn upon a U.S. bank only October 12th P.B.S. NOVA series
Stephen Clark, Alan Holt, Harley for "the greatest story ever, never told." titled "The Case of the UFO's" was
Rutledge, and John Schuessler. Room During the Thanksgiving weekend (continued on page 19)
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Lucius Parish

In Others' Words
Did the late President Eisenhower 1970's, has now gone back to 1967, They are as follows: IN SEARCH OF A
meet with space aliens at Edwards Air claiming that sightings from that year SUBJECT: AN AUSTRALIAN SETI
Force Base in 1954? Versions of this were also due to secret Soviet rocket PROGRAMME by John Prytz (145
particular story have circulated for tests. The details of his argument pages, $12.50); INFORMATION
years and the latest one appears in the appear in the "Anti-Matter/UFO STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL FOR
October 19 issue of NATIONAL Update" section of November OMNI. UFOLOGISTS by John Prytz (52
ENQUIRER. British UFO researcher (Also in the October and November pages, $5.00); ACUFOS YEARLY
Lord Clancarty (Brinsley Le Poer issues of this Journal-Ed.) SUMMARY, 1980 (17 pages, $2.50);
Trench) claims to have been told of the An interesting letter/article in the PROCEEDINGS OF THE SIXTH
top-level meeting by a former U.S. test December issue of FATE is an account ANNUAL UFO CONFERENCE,
pilot who was present when the aliens by admitted UFO skeptic Robert ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA,
demonstrated their highly-advanced Schadewald of a UFO which he and a OCT. 1981 (150 pages, $13.50); A
technology. An article in the November companion observed. Schadewald's CATALOGUE OF THE MORE
2 ENQUIRER claims that six Soviet conclusions about what he saw are as INTERESTING AUSTRALIAN
merchant seamen were abducted from informative as the description of the CLOSE ENCOUNTERS by Keith
a freighter in the Black Sea by a UFO UFO itself. Basterfield (29 pages, $3.50); A
resting on the surface of the water. A A correction for an error PRELIMINARY CATALOGUE OF
UFO which dropped two "light bombs" appearing in my review of Herbert J. AUSTRALIAN VEHICLE INTERFER-
was reported by two police officers in Strentz's A SURVEY OF PRESS ENCE CASES (22 pages, $3.50);
the town of Monmouth, Wales, COVERAGE OF UNIDENTIFIED WHO'S WHO IN AUSTRALIAN
according to the ENQUIRER for FLYING OBJECTS, 1947-1966, UFOLOGY by John Prytz (31 pages,
November 9. appearing in the August 1982 issue of $3.50); PSIUFO PHENOMENA: A
THE STAR for October 19 gives the JOURNAL. My (2) criticism of the STUDY OF UFOs AND THE
details of Betty Andreasson Luca's book should have read: "If a hardcover PARANORMAL by Mark Moravec
claims of further contact with alien edition was considered necessary, the (136 pages, $13.50); ACUFOS
beings, as reported in Raymond manuscript should have been typeset." YEARLY SUMMARY, 1981 by
F o w l e r ' s r e c e n t book THE An additional nine publications Basterfield & Griesberg (10 pages,
ANDREASSON AFFAIR: PHASE from the Australian Centre for UFO $1.25). Postage charges are 85<F for the
TWO. Studies have now been reprinted by first item, 35C for each additional item.
James Oberg, not content with Arcturus Book Service (263 North
"explaining" Soviet UFO reports of the Ballston Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302).

Director's Message, from p. 18 with your Director: Robert H. answer. Following is a copy of his
Bletchman, Peter Rank, M.D., Walter response letter:
fantastic. John Mansfield, Executive N. Webb, John F. Schuessler, William
Producer, was deluged with letters H. Banks, Mrs. Marge Christensen, Thank you for your letter about our NOVA,
expressing the viewer's displeasure Mike Jarmus (WCTC Radio), Leland "The Case of the UFO's." As you challenge
with the negative slant and obvious Bechtel, Dr. Willy Smith,, and Donald the validity and objective balance of the film,
I am passing your letter to the producer
"debunking" of the phenomenon by the J. Long. Some State Directors relayed who made it for his detailed replay. As this
participants. Many of the people were my letter to all State Section Directors was a co-production with the BBC in
disenchanted in the integrity of P.B.S. as suggested. They were Paul Cerny, London, I hope you will forgive the
and the NOVA series to use such a Robert Engberg, Joe Santangelo, and inevitable delay necessitated by sending
poor quality program. An open letter Mrs. Mildred Biesele. Since the your letter across the Atlantic.
was mailed to all State Directors and program was aired simultaneously with
As executive producer of NOVA I should
Board of Directors prior to the program the first game of the World Series, I am however add that, although I was not
suggesting how they should respond to confident that the P.B.S. viewing involved in the detailed research of this
the program. My letter was published in audience was small, which may have program, I have no reason to doubt the
the September 1982 edition of the been a "blessing in disguise." quality, honesty, or objectivity of the
MUFON UFO Journal. The people who voiced their producer involved. Yours sincerely, /s/
John Mansfield, Executive Producer
The following people shared objections to John Mansfield through
NOVA, JM/qa.
copies of their letters to John Mansfield their letters all received the same
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DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE w

Newsletter No. 2 for the North It has been suggested that the Jamestown, ND 58401, has been State
American UFO Federation Steering format submitted by Pete Mazzola of Section Director for the following
Committee was distributed on October SBI be used as the starting place and counties: Stutsman, Foster, LaMoure,
21, 1982 by John Schuessler, building on his input, because of the Barnes, Kidder, and Logan.
1
Chairman. In a questionnaire mailed to way it is organized. Your International Norman S. Bean, State Director
all committee members as an action Director would like to commend Mr. for Florida, is pleased to announce that
item for October 5th, the replies were Mazzola for his outstanding input that Donald M. Ware, Lt. Col. USAF
all affirmative. The points resolved were not only asks questions why we should retired, has accepted the position of
the following: (1) The action item form form a federation, but provides detailed State Section Director for Santa Rosa,
will be used as submitted. (2) answers to these pertinent questions. It Okaloosa, Walton, and Escambia
Committee members will pay their own is refreshing to be associated and Counties. Don and his wife reside at 662
postage (within reason). (3) The involved with a person having such a Fairway Ave., Ft. Walton Beach, FL
newsletter will be used to advise positive attitude as Peter Mazzola. 32548; telephone (904) 862-6582. He
committee members on the results of (This is in direct contrast to articles has a masters degree in nuclear
all votes/issues. (4) The newsletter will appearing in recent issues of the APRO engineering, B.S. in mechanical
be available to anyone for the fee of 10 Bulletin.) engineering, attended the Air War
cents per page plus postage. A $5.00 A teleconference of steering College, and was a fighter pilot. Don
deposit is requested from anyone committee members to discuss the vital has been interested in UFOs since 1960
wishing to receive committee issues in a structured agenda has been when he joined NICAP, but could not
information. Committee members will targeted for mid-December if all of the become personally involved in field
receive all material free of charge. We arrangements can be made, including investigations until his recent
will not advertise/solicit subscriptions, financing. retirement from the U.S.A.F.
but will provide the material as a Another example of enthusiastic Carlysle Gentry, 1307 Pearl St.,
courtesy. Organizational (CUFOS, leadership is evident in the Owensboro, KY 42301 has been a
MUFON, SBI, etc.) newsletters may organizational work being performed member of MUFON since 1976, but is
carry the results as they desire. (5) A by Dan Wright, State Director for now going to take a more active role as
simple majority of the membership is Michigan (1502 Marquette, Lansing, MI State Section Director for Daviess and
required to carry the vote on any issue. 48906) in his announcement of State Hancock counties in Kentucky,
(6) The work of the committee is Section Director assignments. Joe working with Burt L. Monroe, Jr., State
expected to be completed by July 1983. Stewart will now be responsible for Director. Albert L. Dardanelli, M.D.
As Chairman of the steering Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, and formerly of Miami, Florida, and now
committee, Mr. Schuessler has Shiawassee Counties. Jim Ferritto has moving back to Argentina, has
received detailed inputs on federation expanded to include Saginaw, Bay, and volunteered his expertise as a Research
purpose, scope, authority, structure, Midland Counties. William M. Specialist in A c u p u n c t u r e and
etc. from Peter Mazzola, Charles Diesenroth, a Field Investigator since Iridology. He will be attending the
Wilhelm, Rick Hillberg, and Henry 1974, has been appointed State Section "Third International Congress of
McKay. On the other hand, he has Director for Lenawee, Livingston, Extraterrestrial Science" and the
received unsolicited inputs from Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties. Bill "Sixth National Congress of UFOlogy"
UFOlogists from the nonparticipating resides at 9456 MacArthur, Ypsilanti, in Rosario, Argentina on December 8-
sectors expressing concern that the MI 48197. Ronald Jenner, State Section 12, 1982. Also attending will be Dr. J.
federation committee is structuring an Director, continues to direct activities Allen Hynek, Scientific Director of
organization to "take over." John in Barry, Calhoun, Branch, and CUFOS; Dr. Willy Smith, MUFON
personally feels that this may be a Kalamazoo Counties. State Director for Georgia; and Jane
suspicion that will be leveled at any In North Dakota, Jerry Nevland Thomas of Buenos Aires.
attempt to change the status quo. This has been appointed State Section Anne J. Horr, 21 West Elm
factor is worth considering when we are Director for the southeastern counties Terrace, Brockton, MA 02401 has been
attempting to structure a federation of Cass, Richland, Traill, Steele, recommended by Joe Santangelo as a
that can serve and support most of the Ransom, and Sargent. He may be specialist in Hypnology. Mrs. Horr has
people working in this field. Our actions contacted at 46 North Terrace, Fargo, an M.A. degree and is specializing in
must show that we are endeavoring to ND 58102; telephone (701) 237-3971. clinical hypnology as it applies to
foster unity, not division. Lee H. Wilbur, 1010 19th St., N.E., (continued on page 18)