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MUFON UFO JOURNAL

NUMBER 204 APRIL 1985

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103 Oldtowne Rd. illustrates the widely reported Soviet sighting first made public in late
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legitimate UFO or another misidentification of a secret missile
DENNIS W. STACY launch which so confounds western observers. See "News'n'Notes"
Editor for more information.
WALTER H. ANDRUS, JR. Inside you'll also find a variety of articles by some of today's
International Director and leading ufologists that reiterate the worldwide scope of the UFO
Associate Editor
phenomenon. Most importantly, literally "hot off the press," we have
THOMAS P. DEULEY Jenny Randies' update of the ongoing Rendlesham Forest Affair.
Art Director
James Oberg looks at the tendencies of some South Americans to
MILDRED BIESELE see fire where there is smoke, and Bruce Maccabee begins his own
Contributing Editor
unusual eyewitness account of an even more unusual UFO — a
ANN DRUFFEL
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flying "black hole." Leonard Bruce takes a humorous look at E-Tees
and Walt Andrus provides the latest information on the upcoming
St. Louis Symposium.
TED BLOECHER
DAVE WEBB Next issue we'll continue Maccabee's detailed analysis and.we'll
Co-Chairmen, also have an Englishman's argument in favor of the extraterrestrial
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In this issue
REV. BARRY DOWNING RENDLESHAM FOREST UPDATE by Jenny Randies 3
Religion and UFOs KIRTLAND LANDING by Bruce Maccabee 9
BLACK HOLE OVERTURE by Bruce Maccabee 10
LUCIUS PARISH SOUTH AMERICAN "UFOR1A" by James Oberg 13
Books/Periodicals/History CARTOON by Leonard Bruce '. 14
ROSETTA HOLMES CURRENT ITALIAN SCENE by Edoardo Russo 15
Promotion/Publicity NEWS'N'NOTES by Dennis Stacy & Walt Andrus 17
MAY STARS & PLANETS by Walter Webb : 19
GREG LONG
DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE by Walt Andrus 20
Staff Writer COVER by Simon Mendez
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TED PHILLIPS
Landing Trace Cases
JOHN F. SCHUESSLER
Medical Cases
LEONARD STRINGFIELD
UFO Crash/Retrieval
WALTER N. WEBB
Astronomy
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Brits, Yonks & UFOs

RENDLESHAM FOREST UPDATE


-by Jenny Randies
I. suppose that events since the
publication of SKY CRASH, by myself,
Brenda Butler & Dot Street, must say
something about the differences
between the UFO movement in both
Britain and the U.S.A.
It was a struggle to sell the idea in
the first place, both to British UFO
researchers and to British publishers.
Between 1981, when the three of us first
began to chase the case, and August
1983, when we were able to announce
the official confirmation breakthroughs
on both.sides of the Atlantic, Brenda,
Dot, and I often felt like lepers. We The craft which appeared after the light explosion on 30 December 1980,
according to Art Wallace. (Sketched under his direction by Betty Luca.)
received no help, no support and our
limited personal budgets were
dwindling fast. them to all national newspaper and Times" and "The Sunday People" (a
television sources. About twenty contrast not disimilar to the "New York
REJECTIONS copies went out in all. I did not receive a Times" and "The National Enquirer"!)
single reply! Yet the release of SKY CRASH,
Similarly, the publisher with whom with all its new evidence, has created
I have produced three of my most SECRETS ACT not even a trickle of media interest. The
serious UFO books rejected the idea silence has been deafening.
flat, on the grounds that if the events The British Government can Unfortunately, as many of the
had happened then it would be effectively smother press coverage by British media sources are owned by big
common knowledge! Likewise, we enforcing what is called a "D" (for moguls, (often under the influence of
collected rejection slips like the forest Defence) notice. Using our "Official "Lord so-and-so") the opportunities for
itself collects pine needles in the Fall. Secrets Act" (a millstone of "a quiet word in somebody's ear" are
Eventually, Neville Spearman, a tiny bureaucratic legislation which can be, extensive, and all a government really
publishing company with almost no and often is, interpreted in whatever needs to make sure a touchy subject is
promotional status, took our word for it way best suits the party in power) the effectively stiffled.
that there was real evidence. We media can be legally restrained from However, the attitude seems to go
remain very grateful to them. Even so, printing anything the government of the somewhat deeper into the character of
working with such a small company has day decides to be sensitive on security the British; stiff-upper-lip and all that!
meant that we have had great difficulty grounds. As I write (March 1985) only two UFO
promoting what we believe to be crucial Whether or not a "D" notice was publications have bothered to review
questions posed by our manuscript. issued regarding Rendlesham Forest is the book. One,. "QUEST" (about the
Outside of East Anglia itself (see hard to say. We have no real evidence closest to American thinking published
local press articles reproduced in the for this statement, but it is exceedingly in the UK) went to town. The other
MUFON UFO JOURNAL issue 201) curious that in October, 1983, the dismissed it in a sea of ridicule. This
there has been absolutely no publicity "News of the World" (Britain's largest magazine, "MAGONIA," claims the
for the case since the book was selling Sunday national) carried four book relfects paranoia, sloppy
released in October, 1984. At the press successive articles- on the case, investigation and total exaggeration of a
conference, referred to in the "Daily including a page-one banner headline; non-event in the first place. A third
Times" article, no national media based on a fraction of the material publication, from a Nottingham UFO
sources turned up, despite being available (chiefly the statements of group, has not even reviewed the book.
invited with a preliminary memo and Larry Warren, alias "Art Wallace," and In two sentences it says the case has
reminded on the phone. Later, at my the Halt memo release). This also iead been explained away as an ordinary
own expense, I produced two-page to many subsequent media stories in
summaries of the conference and sent papers as diverse as "The London (continued next page)
RENDLESHAM, Continued
Blue & white
lights
mistake, so end of report. Instead it
expounds at length about psychic
phenomena!

BRITISH UFOLOGY

Clearly, this indicates that ufology


in Britain has become obsessed with Tripod legs
the paranormal and psychological
theories, a fault I admit no small level of Shaft of light
in which entities
personal liability towards. Unquestion- hovered
ably, these areas are very relevant to
the UFO field. But equally certain, in The 27 December 1980 UFO on the ground. Based oh a sketch by Steve
my view, is the grave danger of leaning Roberts.
so .far in this direction that you are
running the risk of toppling over the terms of the awe-inspiring meeting abject diregard being shown foj basic
edge of a precipice. American ufology, between the aliens and a USAF rights of citizens.
on the other hand, has overwhelmed us Brigadier General in a dark, Suffolk We elect governments to govern
with its enthusiasm for what we tried to wood. But that would have evaded the for us, not to do what they like with
do in SKY CRASH. It seems that the realities. The only way to honestly set things such as fact, truth and integrity.
possibility of government conspiracies out the facts was to recount them as we It is more important to me than
finds a home more acceptable in a uncovered them. We could not possibly whatever the reality of UFOs turns out
democratic land which has learned to tell the story of what happened, other to be, that the Orwellian year of 1984
fight the natural tendancy of all than as fiction, because we even now do cbincidentally saw publication of both
bureaucracies to obscure anything not know what happened. "Clear Intent" and "Sky Crash,"
problematic. demonstrating as they do that Big
Yet, this (to us) refreshing UFO HYPE Brother (or in the UK "Big Sister") is
approach to undoubtedly serious very definitely here.
issues does not seem to be matched by Yet, P r e n t i c e - H a l l , very There has been one British
the American publishing industry. As I disturbingly, said we should have done newspaper story about the case,
write, twenty-one USA publishers have that. We should have had one answer published on 5 January 1985. It was
rejected the opportunity to publish an (presumably that the UFO was a penned by Ian Ridpath (a "space writer"
edition of our book. Some use the spaceship) and we should have plotted and Britain's CSICOP equivalent of
grounds that this is an "English" case and scripted the book like a novel. As it Philip Klass). Ridpath's explanation of
(ludicrous because one of our problems so delicately puts it, "Gonzo Fans" and the case (a meteor attracting the men
in selling the idea over here was that the "UFO buffs" want mind-blowing facts . into the forest who, disorientated, see a
case was too American!) Others cite and an easy, exciting read. It concludes lighthouse five miles away, and later
the apathy displayed towards ufology by advising that the company should find some rabbit holes and mistake
these days, a fair (if sad) truth. Yet, by "Dump these authors!" and rewrite the them for landing marks) was elevated to
far the most worrying to me, is the book from an American point of view. star status very early in the affair. It has
attitude expressed in a reader's report This, we understand, is precisely had extensive media plugging in the
sent us by "Prentice-Hall" (probably the what Prentice-Hall plans to do. wake of the October 1983 revelations.
most ufo-minded of U.S. publishers). Now, leaving aside the enormous But there are some rather disturbing
They use this to explain why they expenditure of time, money and effort aspects to it.
rejected SKY CRASH. Brenda, Dot, and I put into our work for
Now, I make no arguments that SKY CRASH, this attitude speaks of a LIGHTHOUSE
the book is the best ever written. I know real danger facing the American UFO
that is not true. It is confusing and movement. If this accurately represents Of course, we knew all about the
complex. It may even be hard to follow the plan Prentice-Hall envisages for lighthouse, even before Ridpath
in parts. It does not read like a Spielberg future UFO publications, then one has conjured it into prominence. It is much
movie. But we, perhaps because we are to seriously question the validity of the most obvious feature of the
"Stuffy" English as Prentice-Hall what is likely to appear. environmental lights seen at night from
explained, made the absolute decision Besides which, we most certainly the East Gate of the Woodbridge Base.
that we were not going to hype-up a did not write SKY CRASH for "Gonzo Nobody on duty there can fail to be
space age fairy tale from a potentially Fans," but for any person who cares aware of it, although it is not visible in
explosive case. It would have been easy about the out-of-control nature of
to do that. To speak in "Gee! Wow!" western so-called democracies and the (continued next page)
RENDLESHAM, Continued

daylight and so the misidentification


hypothesis gains credence from that. It
is how the lighthouse came to be linked
to the case which is to me so intriguing.
This is well worth discussing, because
(odd as it might be to an American) 90
percent of the British population now
, believe that the Rendlesham Forest
case did not happen, that Ridpath is
right, that we are all sensation-
mongers, and that USAF forces in
Britain are imbiciles, or more
accurately, stoned-out-of-their-mind
imbiciles.
The theory has, almost single-
handedly, ensured that SKY CRASH
has clocked up practically no sales, and
more importantly, that all our calls for
serious media enquiries, open public
investigations, and questions in the
House of Commons, have been totally
.rejected. Even the UFO committee at
the House of Lords have refused to Steve Roberts' view of the alien contact with the Base Commander.
listen to us. It is thus seen to be of grave
importance to the future development RABBIT HOLE the less "popular" press, and the ones
of the investigation. read by financiers, ministers and civil
Essentially, the "News of' the Thurkettle noted that about one servants).
World" featured the case on its front month after the landing (which he had I have talked to Thurkettle on the
page on 2 October 1983. It immediately heard rumours about in the Forestry site a couple of times since this
created impact on that same day. office) he happened upon some holes in dramatic revelation. There is no
Within less than 24 hours, remarkable the ground with a giant arrow scratched question that he is less than a hundred
speed for a Sunday when most of. the in the earth pointing at them (this fact per cent convinced by it. He frankly
British Press are asleep, the "London has always been omitted from media admists that there are puzzles. He
Times" (easily the most prestigious references, and the time-lag between accepts the possibility that something
newspaper in Britain) had'featured the event and discovery rarely mentioned). else may have been involved. And he
case. The rarity of UFO articles in this These he was told, by some men from talks of his theory as if it "just seemed
newspaper made the event the base, were the marks left by the like a good idea at the time."
newsworthy in itself. But its dramatic UFO. He examined them and was He also is worried, as he should be,
speed and very pointed attitude cannot certain they were scratchings made by by the giant arrow in the ground. To me
have been a coincidence. rabbits. Droppings were even visible this is so out of phase with the secrecy
The "Times" did not talk to within them. of the case it strikes me that the most
Brenda, Dot, myself or the investigative Armed with this he chanced to likely scenario is as follows: these
journalists at the "News of the World" notice the lighthouse and pondered if it marks were concocted around rabbit
who had devoted over two-pages of might have been the UFO. Any dumb holes after the events. The men on base
material to the case. Instead (within a Americans who could not tell rabbit were encouraged to believe they were
couple of hours of the story breaking) holes might not know what a lighthouse the landing traces to aid in
they had gone to East Anglia and filmed looked like. Perhaps they had been disinformation and to throw the hordes
a young forestry worker on the site. brought up in the Nevada desert and of curious sightseers off the scent.
This man, Vince Thurkettle, was about had never seen the sea before! Their later discovery by a forestry
to be promoted in rank at the office, but As you can see from this worker, and consequent explanation,
at the time was only a junior. He told the Thurkettle was hardly being over- may have been a planned or unplanned
"Times" when they came to him that serious. But his ideas were given huge bonus.
Sunday, it was about time someone promotion by the "Times," and were Whilst Vince Thurkettle sees this
thought about an explanation less endorsed by every single newspaper
fantastic than UFOs. which reaches influential sources (i.e. (continued on next page)
RENDLESHAM, Continued local station at Woodbridge and politely the 26th at 0250 hrs. would likely have
advised them they had better have a begun shifts on the night of Christmas
himself, the lighthouse/rabbits theory statement ready to offer the media. day (a fact likely to be more than usually
was gratefully seized upon by two This same station had twice denied any memorable) and that Halt's report
different sources. knowledge of the case in our previous states that the traces were discovered
investigations. Once Brenda and Dot two days after the sighting, not within
BBC COVER-UP? watched them examine their duty book six hours as police say. Ridpath's only
and say there were no reports of UFOs answer to this is that all these people
Ian Ridpath, the anti-ufo debunker, from the base. Now, hey presto!, are wrong, otherwise I am accusing the
was asked by the B.B.C. (Britain's state everything had changed. British police of fabricating their
owned TV network) to produce an A statement offered to the press records.
expose of the case. As SKY CRASH that first Sunday just happened to Quite honestly, in view of,
reveals, in the five days prior to that, a include some rather coincidental everything else that went on in the wake
BBC producer we were working with words. Now they did have a report. of the "News of the World" story, I find
(Doug Salmon) was blocked every Two officers had gone out at the that position rather more probable than
which way he went in trying to persuade request of the base. They saw nothing, that everybody else got it wrong. It is
bosses to let him make a documentary only the lights of the Orford Ness just too convenient. Again, any half-
on the case. In the end he put in an lighthouse. Strange that the police awake investigative journalist ought to
official protest and told us that it was should just happen to mention that in spot these things a mile off. Yet there is
clear forces in the upper echelons of the their report, is it not? As soon as it got a disturbing tendency amongst such
company had conspired against the light they went back to the forest and people not to do so.
programme. were shown "landing marks," as alleged Ridpath still claims, 18 months
Ridpath once more did not talk to by the airmen. These, the officers later, that the case is solved. Chuck de
any of the investigators on the case concluded, were marks left by rabbits. Carro of Cable News Network came to
before taking a crew out to film the Frankly, I do find it more than a work with Dot and I in December 1984,
lighthouse with Vince Thurkettle in little peculiar that both Vince and rejected all these points flatly,
tow. Instead he used a zoom lens and Thurkettle and the police should preferring to take the word of the
editing techniques to make the independently, and on the same day, British police (despite a further
lighthouse look a darned sight stranger end years of silence with this remarkable coincidence which saw one
than it does - or indeed than it did simultaneous conceptual breakthrough of the two policemen, who was in the
(because when the events took place about the lighthouse and the rabbits. forest in December 1980, interrupt our
the area was masked by a thick blanket That smells funny to me. As it should to filming on site four years later and
of trees, now gone, and the lighthouse any half-awake investigative journalist. inquire of us what we were doing!).
was far less prominent than it is in But the British police had another The lighthouse theory totters on a
1985). crumb of comfort for Ian Ridpath, now trip-wire for many reasons. Witnesses
"What a shame another UFO case crusading widely on behalf of the were looking in several different
bites the dust" was the way the affair lighthouse appreciation society. Their directions. Civilians on the road could
was summed up by the BBC link man. records showed the date as 26 not possibly see the lighthouse, but
And the shoot-em-down brigade were December, not the 27th. On this date, they saw the UFO. As the lighthouse
scoring notable successes in switching so Ian R i d p a t h t r i u m p h a n t l y stayed where it was after the
public attitudes too. announced, a bright meteor had been encounter, .how come the witnesses
However, there was a problem spotted at 0250 hours. Obviously this is describe it as taking off? And so on.
for Ian Ridpath. Whilst the lighthouse what the men saw crashing into the There are sufficient fundamental errors
was a tenable explanation for the forest, not literally but if you stretch in the concept that it is difficult to take it
"triangular craft" (if you ascribe your imagination a bit. Case closed. seriously.
moronic intelligence to the men What must be added is that
involved) he had no idea what they had DATES regardless of the widespread media
initially seen crashing into the forest. support for the theory it has no official
Even CSICOP draws back from I have repeatedly asked Ian backing whatsoever. The British
inferring "flight" onto lighthouses, Ridpath how this date squares with the Ministry of Defense still insist the case is
although doubtless James Randi will be fact that none of the witnesses have unexplained. Current public relations
figuring out that one for his next trick! ever said it was the 26th (including officer at Bentwaters (Captain Victor
Trouble was, as Ridpath told me those talked to within days of the Warzinski) told me there was never any
after the BBC programme, he could not event); that Halt's report itself (based doubt in the minds of the USAF that
think of an answer. But, the British oh interviews prior to its dating 17 days something had happened which has not
bobbies came to the rescue like the after the event) gives the 27th, that the been explained. And all the witnesses
cavalry of old. On the day of the original Ministry of Defense in their first public involved in the case (from seniors like
"News of the World" story the head of admission to me (13 April 1983) give the
police in East Anglia had contacted the date as the 27th, that anyone on duty on (continued on next page)
RENDLESHAM, Continued pay her bills. I have had to sell my interrupt and shout out one, pungent
house. Brenda has more or less had to and decisive remark.
Colonel Charles I. Halt, down to juniors retire from ufology. "Let us kick this lighthouse
like ex-airman Larry Warren) agree The "News of the World" lawyers nonsense in the head right away," I said.
that the idea is stupid. passed judgement that the Lies! book "It was not a lighthouse which flew over
So why do the media continue to was actionable, but the paper's someone's house outside the forest!"
push it? And who do the media refuse to sponsors backed out of the court case A large section of the audience
carry any counter articles? Why have I with no reason given. So it looks as if applauded this and afterwards wanted
been refused on four separate the get-UFOs campaign will score to know why so much air time was given
occasions, since publication of the another victory. the anti-UFO speakers.
book, an hour of newspaper time to go Ian Ridpath's January 1985 article Also in the audience was Ralph
(at my own expenses) to London and was in "The Guardian" (the only Noyes, whom we mention but briefly in
present the evidence against the highbrow newspaper, a favourite of SKY CRASH.
lighthouse? I am afraid the answers government officials, not yet to carry Noyes was head of the Ministry of
seem pretty obvious, even if I do risk the whitewash). It mentioned neither Defense department DS 8 (which
claims of paranoia by saying so. the book nor our investigations, failed handles UFO matters) in the years
The week that our book was to reply to any of the criticisms of the 1969-1972. Now retired, but still
released (to nil publicity) another book lighthouse theory we have previously covered by the Official Secrets Act, he
came out (to quite a fanfare). This one is set out for its writer, and stated that he surfaced in somewhat odd
entitled Lies! Damned Lies! and is had solved the case and everything else circumstances around the time of the
about unethical journalism. It is penned was the product of the imagination of October 1983 public pronouncements.
by a feature writer from the "Times," "UFO buffs" and the U.S. Air Force. I ani still not sure why he has been able
that same paper which first ^set the On 5 March 1985, I was asked to and willing to speak so openly about
lighthouse on its adventures. take part in a TV debate networked government UFO policy and the
Lies! Darned Lies! has sold in great across the country by the I.B.A. (the Rendlesham case in particular. We
numbers and contains several pages on independent equivalent of the BBC). speculate in the book that a move is
the case. It mentions none of the The discussion was on UFOs in afoot to slowly "leak" the truth to the
investigators, nor their investigations. general, but I was promised that public about the UFO conspiracy. If
Instead it lays into the "News of the Rendlesham Forest would get an airing. that is so the sudden high profile of such
World" with ridicule and accusations of My opponent was Dr. John Mason, an a man is understandable. If it is not so,
gross exaggeration, hyping up a non- astronomer with whom I have cordial then we have to ask what other reason
event to sell papers. In the end it relations despite his semi-skeptical there is for his remarkable bravery.
specifically states that the case is stance. However, Ian Ridpath
"fiction." contacted the IBA and invited himself DISINFORMATION
into the audience. From the floor he
LIES hogged a lot of air-time to tell everybody In January and Febryary 1985,
he had solved the case. I was not asked
Under Britain's libel laws this is to reply and was eventually forced to (continued next page)
certainly a candidate for a lawsuit.
Brenda, Dot and I supplied the data to
Bentwaters main runway
the "News of the World" (under
contract) and so the accusation of that i Base Accommodation (Hall's home)
material being fiction falls on us as • Base Offices

much as the paper. To win damages all Friday Street Fenn's Row

we would need to do is prove that the . RENDLESHAM FOREST


ToEyke
evidence is not fictional. We would not
even need to prove the reality of UFOs.
Naturally, we would relish the
opportunity.
Sadly, to fight the case would take
thousands of dollars, which none of us
have. Despite rumours to the contrary
circulating around the USA, Brenda,
Dot and I are penniless thanks to this
case. We are not millionaires. We have
had costs way in excess of the small
sum paid to us for the book, or from the
newspaper. Dot's telephone was
disconnected because she could not General area of encounter
RENDLESHAM, Continued has no more than the evasions we have the maximum effect.
been subjected to for years. "I can In June 1985, Ralph Noyes
Clive Ponting, a man on the same civil assure you that there is no evidence of publishes his "UFO Novel," which is set
service ranking as Ralph Noyes, found anything having intruded into British in Rendlesham Forest in 1990! It
himself prosecuted under the Official airspace and 'landing' near RAF involves a USAF base known as
Secrets Act by the British government. Woodbridge" is the best the current DS "Bentbridge," but in his "factual
This was for leaking a letter on the 8 chief has had to say to him. afterword," which Ralph has shown me,
sinking of the Argentine warship the But what does this ambiguous he discusses the SKY CRASH research
"Belgrano" during the Falklands War of reply mean? The Ministry of Defense briefly and adds that the case in his
1982. The leak was to a parliamentary love putting words into inverted book is definitely not based upon it!
member,.not the public, at a time when commas, as we explain in SKY I am sure we all await with interest
that man was heading a commission of CRASH. Does "landing" mean that what his book A SECRET PROPERTY
all parties officially charged with the something did intrude but it "crashed?" (to be published by Quartet Books) has
investigation of the sinking. Ponting Does the word intrude mean it was to say. Will it be another step on the
believed it right that this .commission there with knowledge and/or invited in? road to revelation? Is it the next lesson
should see the document, demonstrat- Or 'does it all mean it was one of our in the education programme for
ing attempts to disinfdrm the House of own craft? Each ,option remains viable mankind? I wonder.
Commons about the incident. in the face of what, to the casual The future certainly promises to be
Ponting was head of Ministry of observer, looks like a specific denial by far from dull.
Defense department DS 5 (the exact the Ministry of Defense.
equivalent of the one Ralph Noyes Fortunately, Ralph Noyes knows
headed — dealing with naval matters as all about how-the governments of the Editor's note:'The' demand for SKY
opposed to aerial ones). The world are gifted wordsmiths. He CRASH in the United States has far
repercussions on Ponting make the explained to me that it is paramount exceeded supplies available to book
actions of Ralph Noyes all the more that you never tell a lie, unless you dealers, creating "waiting lists." It is
extraordinary, unless he knows he is absolutely have to. The same effect can conceivable that Neville Spearman
acting without fear of consequence. usaully be achieved by wording your made the same mistake as Prentice-
In many discussions I have now reply in such a way that it reads like a Hall when they published insufficient
had with him he has frankly admitted dismissal but will legally hold up as an quantities as in the case «/ CLEAR
that a "situation map" exists logging all acknowledgement if the issue is ever INTENT (CLEAR INTENT is now
unexplained sightings for Ministry of forced. Now we know why it often takes in its sixth printing).
Defense staff. He has told me of gun- weeks or months to get answers out of
. camera film taken by RAF pilots held government bodies. They spend hours
under lock and key. And he has stated poring over the precise wording to have
baldly that the Ministry of Defense have
"lied and covered-up" the Rendlesham
Forest case. ToEyke
Several of these things Noyes has 1 </> miles
To RAF Bentwaters
said on radio and TV interviews he has 2 miles

been willing to give (especially to


Nippon TV in Japan and Cable News I'/t miles
To
Network in the US). He attended the Friday Street/Farm's Row
press conference at the launch of SKY (Area ol animal
disturbance)
CRASH (although his preannounced
presence still attracted no British media
To Woodbridge Runway
source). On the March 1985 TV & Folly House
programme he backed me all the way '/i mile

and said, in front of live cameras and


millions of viewers, that he had no
doubt that the Ministry of Defense
knew far more than they were telling
about UFOs, and they had very good
To Tangham Woods
reason for obscuring the truth. & Forestry Commission Offices
Vt mile
Ralph Noyes is scathing of the To Lightship
lighthouse explanation, and (copies
sent to me) has often pressed the
British government hard on the matter.
\ by Fettxstowe
. 10 miles

He has also sent me copies of the


replies he has received, but so far he Close-up details of landing site.
8
KIRTLAND LANDING
-by Bruce Maccabee

The morning of August 9, 1980, because I found it difficult to believe that Doty denied the existence of
was only about 20 minutes old when a that the Air Force would overlook another document. According to
security guard spotted a "round disc something as important as a landing of Lawrence, without a specific name or a
shaped object" with a very bright light SOMETHING inside a restricted file location of this report continued
which had landed in a restricted test (nuclear) storage area. He also said that requests are futile.
area east of Kirtland Air Force Base, there was more that he couldn't tell me. Unbeknownst to me, author/
Albuquerque, New Mexico. He further suggested that I write to i n v e s t i g a t o r B i l l Moore h a d
Subsequently the object ascended Headquarters (HQ/AFOSI) to obtain independently researched the case in
rapidly into the air. Both the landing and all releasable information. 1982. After I had completed my
the ascension were witnessed by a I therefore wrote to HQ/AFOSI investigation I told him what I had
group of guards about five miles away at and requested the follow-on document learned and he informed me of his
the time. under the FOIPA. The Chief of the investigation. The results of his
A report of the landing, prepared Information Release Division, Noah investigation, which are included in a
by agent Richard Doty of the Air Force Lawrence, denied that there was summary written by Moore, agree with
Office of Special Investigations another document because there was my results, adding further evidence to
(AFOSI) at Kirtland, became public in none on f i l e at HQ/AFOSI. my suspicion of a cover-up.
the spring of 1983, apparently as a S u b s e q u e n t l y , because of my This report summarizes what is
result of a "leak" which was followed by insistence, he called Doty on the phone now known about the incident and my
a Freedom of Information and Privacy and Doty (evidently) told him there was attempts to find a doorway into the
Act (FOIPA) request by a UFO no such document. I then had. a long "Cosmic Watergate" which prevents
investigator (Barry Greenwood). . conversation with Lawrence and he the public from knowing the truth about
In the spring of 1984, I contacted a d m i t t e d t h a t t h e r e was a the involvement of military intelligence
Doty to find out if he had more "discrepancy" between what Dory told agencies with the UFO problem.
information than was contained in the me and what he told Lawrence.
ll/2 pages which had been released. I Lawrence then requested that Doty be The full report is available from:
was not surprised to hear him tell me interviewed by his commanding officer Fund For UFO Research
that he had interviewed the witnesses, (Lawrence did not interview Doty P.O. Box 277
gone to the landing site, and had written himself). The commanding officer Mt. Rainier, MD 20712
a larger report. I was not surprised (evidently) reported back to Lawrence

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18-25 Aug.,1985 THEGOVERNMENTCOVERUP
OF THE UFO EXPERIENCE
What does the government know
about UFOs and why won't it tell us?

Inform Yourself-Inform Others! With a foreword by Dr. J. Allen Hynek


BLACK HOLE OVERTURE
by
Bruce Maccabee
The French Army under Napoleon The top of the highest mast was about would resolve itself into something
had just invaded Russia when I first saw 170 ft. above my altitude. South recognizable and returned my gaze to
it...!a tiny black spot against the bright southeast of me was a modern steel the scene in front of me. But, as my eyes
blue sky. battleship with radar and other wandered back and forth over the Inner
The . invasion, as portrayed antennas above its highest deck. It was Harbor area of Baltimore, I again
musically by Tschaikowsy in the 1812 while casually glancing at this ship that I looked southeastward. By comparing
Overture, was preceding smoothly, first noticed the "black hole". the direction to the black spot with the
with cannon firing. I was admiring the direction to the superstructure on the
clear evening sky and just randomly TIME steel ship, I could see that the spot was
looking around at the crowd of people I couldn't identify it immediately moving steadily toward my left
standing near the band shell in the Inner when I first saw it, but I wasn't (northward).
Harbor in Baltimore (see map). Directly impressed. I could see a number of dark I was surprised that I still couldn't
east of me was the wooden battleship "spots" ...birds., moving around in the see it well enough to identify it, so I
Constellation with its three high masts. sky. I assumed that his particular "spot" started to watch it intently. After
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watching the "spot" for about ten the next 10-15 seconds the outline trouble identifying them, even when
seconds I decided that it was sufficiently became more elliptical or cigar shaped they were so far away that their bodies
odd that I would make a note of what and finally over the last 10-15 seconds of were mere dots against the sky.
time I first saw it. (I have trained myself the "cycle" the ellipticity decreased and I also saw a commercial jet that
to do this whenever I decide that the outline became generally round was about to land at Baltimore-
something in the sky looks unusual, just again. Washington Airport. It was about 5
in case:...) Looking at my digital watch I During each cycle as the outline miles south of me at angular elevation of.
saw that it read 7:28. (Subsequently I became more elliptical I had the about 5-10 degrees. Although all I could
found that my watch was 1.5 minutes impression that it would become make out at the time I looked was the
fast. Note: I made no note of the "airplane-shaped" (as an airplane seen fuselage, I could see gradations of
seconds, so estimates of elapsed time broadside from below). I concentrated brightness of the curved greyish
are only accurate to within about one- on trying to see the wings. Yet, the only metallic surface as it reflected the
half a minute.) I returned my attention actual evidence of a wing that I could skylight and the light of the setting sun. I
to the Baltimore Youth Orchestra see was a short protrusion that could also see gradations of brightness
directly east of me. appeared at the top of the object when on the bodies and wings of the birds.
Fifteen or so seconds later I looked the outline was elliptical or cigar- Gradations of brightness are a
back toward the steel battleship. The shaped. If an observer on the ground characteristic of a three dimensional
direction to the "black hole" had saw an airplane flying past (i.e., viewed object. Yet, try as I might....and believe
changed considerably. It had moved broadside from below) at an elevation me, I tried....! could not see any
farther northward and was higher in the angle of, say 40 degrees, the closer of gradations of brightness associated
sky than before. It also appeared larger the two wings would appear, in with the black spot. It seemed to be
in angular size. I was disturbed by the silhouette, to be above the main body of totally black. It was as if I was looking at
fact that I couldn't see any details of the the plane and the farther wing would a "hole" in the'sky....a black hole into
object other than its outline against the appear to be below the main body. I which all the illuminating light had
sky. I had the impression that the shape concentrated on the bottom of the "fallen" and none was coming back out.
of the o u t l i n e was c h a n g i n g outline of the object looking for the
continuously *as it moved northward. I "lower" wing, but my efforts were in NO KITE
pointed it out to my wife, Christine, and vain. I simply could not see the other About a minute after I first saw the
then looked around at the crowd of "wing." Nor could I see any "tailfin" object the sighting line to the object was
people nearby. Several people near me such as would appear at the rear end of almost over the Constellation. I asked
definitely appeared to be looking in the a plane. I could not even see any part of my wife what she thought. She
direction of the black object. Were the object moving in front of or in back suggested that it was about the size of a
they, too, looking at it? I began to watch of any other part. In fact, there didn't kite, perhaps a, box kite. I did not buy
it intently. seem to be any three dimensionality. this, however. No kite would travel the
From what I could see the object could angular distance this object had
WHAT IS IT? have been two-dimensional...a flat traveled without rising up into the sky.
What is it, I kept asking myself. I black object with an outline that Furthermore, it did not have the right
could imagine trying to describe it to changed as it traveled through the sky. shape or outline for either an ordinary
someone: "Well, it had no shape., .it was flat kite or for a box kite.
amorphous." FLAT BLACK I decided that things were getting
But that wouldn't have been I was also puzzled at the lack of serious. I knew that I had binoculars in
correct, of course because it did have a brightness highlights within the outline the back of our station wagon which
specific outline against the sky at any of the object. It seemed to me that it was was about half a mile away in a parking
instant in time. However, the outline high enough to be illuminated by the lot. Should I run and get them? I would
was continually changing as it moved. setting sun, and yet there appeared to have to make a mad dash through the
There appeared to be a slight wave, like be no surface reflections. It was as if crowd to get them, and would it be
an ocean wave, moving in a some oddly structured three- worth it?
counterclockwise direction around the dimensional object had been painted As I watched the object and
edge as it traveled along. I thought of a with flat black paint so that it would not thought about the binoculars it
wheel "rolling" through the sky, reflect any light and then the object continued to move steadily northward.
although there were no spokes or hub. I continually rotated in a complex way The angular elevation and the angular
had the feeling that it would eventually while traveling through the sky. size both increased and now my line of
rotate into such an orientation that I Although I kept a close watch on sight passed directly over the masts of
could see wings or something that this object over the next minute or so, I the Constellation. I decided that if I only
would identify it. It appeared to go repeatedly cast my gaze elsewhere for waited and watched carefully the
through a cycle of shape change. For a short periods of time (seconds) in order object would "give itself away." I
period of time estimated at 5 - 10 to compare it with other things in the concentrated on the object, looking for
seconds the outline was quite round sky. There were numerous birds flying
and it changed very slightly. Then over around at various distances. I had no (continued on next page)
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OVERTURE, Continued waiting for the reappearance. crude estimate of the altitude of the
object.
the slightest evidence of surface DISAPPEARS After the concert was over
reflection. I kept thinking that the I began to worry. I looked at my Christine and I left the Inner Harbor
moment of identification was at hand. watch. It read 7:31, and still no object. and drove to her parents' house in a
But it wasn't. The object reached Could it have disappeared? Finally it suburb of Baltimore.. While there I
its highest angle of elevation when it reappeared, considerably smaller in wrote down what I could remember of
was in the direction of the Constellation angular size than before. My watch the sighting, made sketches of the
almost due east of me. Apparently that read 7:32. It had taken about a minute object, asked Christine to do the same,
was the point of closest approach and a half to two minutes to change its and called a radio station (WBAL) to
because then the elevation began to azimuth by only about 10 degrees, find out if they had had any other
decrease while it was still traveling whereas in the previous two minutes reports. They didn't have any reports,
northward at an essentially steady rate. (7:28-7:30) it had changed its azimuth but I wasn't surprised. The "black hole"
When it was at its closest I had stuck up by about 60 degrees. Why did it take so didn't do anything spectacular. It just
my arm to compare the angular size of long? I decided that it must have traveled at an apparently constant rate
the object with the angular size of my changed direction while it was hidden over the Inner Harbor. It made no
little finger. It was much smaller than from me and was now heading more noise, so far as I could tell, that would
my finger, but it did have apparent size. eastward. I continued to watch attract attention to it. I expect that
By subsequent measurement (after the carefully. The direction to the object people who did notice it thought it was
sighting) I concluded that the maximum still moved northward, but very slowly peculiar, but. then ignored it.
angular size was in the range 1/2 to 1 now. In fact, during the last couple of Had it been a silvery disc glinting in
mm. at arms length (about 50 cm), minutes that I could see it, it seemed to the sunset as it traveled along I'm sure it
corresponding to an angular size of 1 to maintain a constant azimuth (see map) would have been reported by hundreds
2 milliradians (e.g., 1 to 2 feet at a and a nearly constant elevation. I of people. But this object was just not
distance of 1000 feet). As the object watched as it shrank to a tiny dot and "flashy." Its major peculiarity was its
continued to move northward the eventually I could no longer see it blackness. It was of such a small
angular size shrank and the angle of against the sky. My watch read 7:35. angular size (at least from my location)
elevation decreased. I was still debating During the last couple of minutes that it posed no apparent threat to
whether or not to run for the binoculars the object was evidently traveling anyone. It just shouldn't have been
when my view of the object was cut off directly away from me toward the east there...or anywhere, but probably most
by the southern corner of the World northeast, since the azimuth didn't of the witnesses didn't realize that.
Trade Center (see map). The elevation change noticeably. It did not seem to be The following report is based on
of the sighting line was a few.floors traveling with the (surface) wind, which my notes made 1.5 hours after the
below the top of the building which I was from the south southeast, as event and upon supplementary
found later to be about 405 ft. high and indicated by the numerous flags that experiments that were done to estimate
about 720 ft. from where I stood. Thus were in the area. my visual acuity.
the elevation at this time was about 26 Furthermore, since it appeared to
degrees. maintain a nearly constanf elevation ©1985 Bruce Maccabee
I looked at my watch. It read 7:30. angle during the last couple of minutes, Bruce Maccabee's report will continue
In about two minutes this black object its actual elevation must have increased in the next issue of the Journal - Ed.
had traveled an angular distance which slightly to compensate for the increased
I estimated at the time to be about 60 distance.
degrees (actually it was about 70 As the object shrank to a barely
degrees). I estimated that the Trade visible dot I compared it to a distant
Center building was only about 10 bird. The bird was so far away that its MUFON
degrees wide, so I expected the object body appeared as an unresolved black
to appear on the other side in a dot against the sky. But I knew it was a AMATEUR
relatively short time, certainly no more bird because I could see the effect of the RADIO
than half a minute. wings flapping. At its closest the angular
I returned my attention to the size of the object had been much NET
orchestra playing right in front of me. I greater than the angular size of this
would glance to the left (north) of the bird. So why hadn't I been able to see
Trade Center building every ten or any details of the object? I wished I had EVERY SATURDAY
fifteen seconds, expecting to see the run for my binoculars. In thinking about MORNING
object appear • again. But it hadn't the sighting afterward I realized that AT 0800 EST (OR DST)
appeared after about thirty seconds. So there was a second reason for running
I waited some more. The Russian- for the binoculars: I would have
ON 7237 KHz s.s.B.
French battle was really heating changed my position on the ground
up...and I was getting nervous, still enough to give myself a baseline for a
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SOUTH AMERICAN "UFORIA
-by James Oberg

Argentina and neighboring South which are launched from Plesetsk, with TWILIGHT ZONE
American countries .continue to suffer a few launched from Tyuratam in Of the more than 150 such
"UFO panics" set off by the overflights Central Asia), and "Missile Early launchings since 1970, about a dozen fit
of Soviet rockets. Some of the most Warning (MEW)" payloads which are into this "twilight zone" of visibility in
spectacular and widely witnessed UFO labeled as part of the catch-all the early evening (there is no
apparitions in South America have "Kosmos" satellite program. There are corresponding morning visibility
been caused by entirely prosaic (if nine active MEW-Kosmos satellites because the cloud is so far down in the
genuinely extraterrestrial!) space flight orbiting one after the other in a western sky). In the past six years
events. The flying saucer fantasy would formation called a "constellation"; alone, there have been nine launchings
seems to be what the newspapers (and Molniya satellites are arranged in two which happen to fall into this category,
most of the public) seem most constellations, designated "Molniya-1" and every one of them set off
interested in, so recent attempts to (eight payloads) and "Molniya-3" (four spectacular "UFO encounters" (See
communicate the true causes of such payloads). •• table.)
sightings have not met with much All kinds of traditional UFO
success. AVERAGE LAUNCH perceptions were sparked by these
The latest such events occurred On the average, such launchings apparitions. Eyewitnesses described
on the evening of March 16 and July 3 of take place about once a month, to bizarre motion (including turns, stops
1984. Press reports spoke of "plativolo replace on-station satellites which ' and starts, chases, rising from the sea,
(flying saucer)" visitations over a dozen break down or exhaust t h e i r "nearly landing", rapid recession),
provinces of Argentina, as well as areas manuevering fuel supplies. The shots electromagnetic effects (radar blips,
in Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, and occur randomly throughout the 24- television and other electrical appliance
southern Brazil. But the UFOs were hour day. If the overflight happens to f a i l u r e s ) , psychological e f f e c t s
actually as tenuous as a cloud of gas in take place soon after sunset in southern (drowsiness, fear, "time lapses",
outer space - which is exactly what they South America, the orbiting gas cloud telepathic messages); there was even at
were. (and space vehicle, plus booster, plus least one Close Encounter of the Third
fragments of protective covers) is lit by Kind, when a witness claimed an alien
SOVIET SATELLITES the recently set sun while the sky is creature from the UFO (actually,
Many Soviet satellites launched dark for observers on the ground. Kosmos-1317) visited him and talked
from the Plesetsk space center (north The resulting apparition, a cloud- with him.
of Moscow) are often bound for a like circular mass with a darker center, There was. one difference from,
special elongated 12-hour orbit with its is several times the size of the moon, more "traditional" UFOs: the plethora
high point over the n o r t h e r n flying about 20 degrees above the of photographs by independent
hemisphere. To get there, the vehicles western horizon; it crosses the sky in witnesses. Many o f . the apparitions
must first go into a low parking orbit only a few minutes. Sometimes small were extensively photographed from
and then, an hour after launching, they pinpoints of light accompany the cloud; points hundreds of miles apart,
fire a fourth stage rocket to push the occasionally, the actual rocket firing will providing indisputable evidence that
payload onto its final orbit. Because of be visible as a yellow "V" pointed
geographic factors, these rocket firings northwards. (continued next page)
take place over the southeastern
Pacific Ocean, just off the coast of 1978 Aug 22 at 10pm (Molniya 1-42)
southern Chile, as the satellite is 1980 Feb 11 at 9pm (Kosmos - 1164 MEW)
orbiting in a northeastwards direction. 1980 Jun 14 (Kosmos - 1188 MEW)
After the firing, the rocket expels 1981 Oct 31 (Kosmos - 1317 MEW)
excess fuel which briefly creates a gas 1982 Mar 23 at 10pm (Molniya 3-18)
cloud several tens of kilometers across. 1982 May 28 at 8pm (Molniya 1-54)
Such orbits range from 600 to 40,000 1983 Aug 30 at 9pm (Molniya 3-21)
kilometers in altitude, and have 1984 Mar 16 at 10pm (Molniya 1-60)
inclinations to the equator of about 63 1984 Jul 03 at 8pm (Kosmos - 1581 MEW)
degrees. Two main types of satellites
use such orbits: "Molniya"
communications satellites (most of Soviet Satellite Launch Dates
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"UFORIA", Continued extensive work to uncover many of the strange motion, radio interference, and
cases. They include Dr. Wily Smith of so forth, which cannot be explained by
"something" was up in the sky. Such CUFOS, Antonio Huneeus, and a sunlit fuel cloud? Dr. Donald Menzei,
high-quality, multi-witness photo- Alejandro Chionetti. Their research is a leading astronomer and UFO skeptic
graphic evidence is notably absent from continuing and new insights can be of the 1950s, had a recipe for processing
"real" UFO encounters. expected. They have eagerly accepted such "data": "Throw it in the
the actual cause of the cases and are wastebasket," he snorted. That may be
PSEUDO-UFOS enthusiastically seeking additional too harsh, since the South American
The connection between such eyewitness reports. experience has shown that UFO
pseudo-UFOs and Russian space shots „ In the future, more such pseudo- reports are indeed worth examining
was discovered and documented by UFOs can be expected to be seen on a closely, precisely because they may not
myself, as part of the investigation of regular basis. Obtaining tracking data be.caused by "true UFOs". But it is an
the spectacular June 14, 1980, which is needed to determine the exact accurate assessment of the reliability of
apparition. That case had been written launch time of such vehicles is difficult. such descriptions.
up as a genuine UFO in a late 1980 issue As a rule of thumb, however, whenever Indeed the very existence of such
of The International UFO Reporter, such cloud-like UFOs are reported testimony, caused by a prosaic
published by Dr. J. Allen Hynek's moving south to north in the western stimulus, is a powerful skeptical
Center for UFO Studies in Evanston, sky of Chile and Argentina soon after argument that the existence of similar
Illinois (which has yet to publish the sunset, and TASS news agency in testimony elsewhere does not prove
solution). The conclusions of my own Moscow later announces the launch of the need for some sort of truly
research were written up for an article a satellite with the tell-tale orbital extraordinary stimulus - there need not
in FATE magazine, which subsequently parameters, it will be entirely be any."true UFOs" out there to cause
formed a chapter in my book on space reasonable to associate the two events all kinds of "UFO reports".
age folklore, The Great Galactic Ghoul and, as a first approximation, consider Meanwhile, for the South Ameri-
and Other Space Legends, scheduled the case "solved". can public and its OVNImania, or
. for publication this year. "uforia", the topic is so popular and
Several South American ufologists PERIPHERAL DETAILS exciting that the truth may never catch
cooperated on the research and did Yet what about the testimony of up.

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CURRENT ITALIAN SCENE
-by Edoardo Russo

1984 was not such a quiet year for a brown "space-suit" with a helmet oblong shape arriving from France
Italian ufology. As for UFO reports, it connected to a rucksack by two pipes, followed by a luminous trail, and
was not rich, but media coverage and holding a forked stick in his hand, and exploding with such a flash that people
research activities did show a hovering above the ground emitting inside houses ran out. A loud series of
consistent increase. blue sparks to a "space-craft" which "booms" was heard by tens of
took off at once. Six conical holes in a thousands of inhabitants all over the
UFO/IFO REPORTS rectangle, plus two large traces and region and even recorded by the
Eighty-five (85) sightings have been some footsteps were found in place by seismographic network. A dark cloud
filed by Centre Ufologico Nazionale as C.U.N. investigator Umberto Telarico. remained in place for more than half an
of January 25, 1985. There were 269 in Traces remained hotter than the hour.
1980, 80 in 1981, 24 in 1982, and 212 in environment for two days and intrigued
1983. Most of the 1984 reports were NL Carabinieri investigators. RESEARCH CONTINUES
in type. The only cases really interesting Three on-going projects producing
are two CE-II/III which incidentally took FEBRUARY FLAP results in 1984 have been:
place a few hours from each other on Local flaps were recorded in the 1. Regional Catalogues of reports,
October 9th. Northeastern provinces of Veneto, developed by local investigators, which
At 3:30 a.m., a housekeeper in Friuli and Trentino in February, when resulted in a complete filing (and
Polcanto, near Florence, was hovering lights were seen and heard publication of a Catalogue) of Italian
awakened by a light coming from the "humming" by many. These same areas 1980-1984 UFO/IFO sightings in an
window, and saw for some instant a and Northwestern Italy (Piemonte, "open" Data Bank, operated by Gian
dark human shape upon a nearby hill, Liguria) were repeatedly overflown by Paolo Grassino in Turin.
from whose forehead a torch-like beam glowing lights with long trails in early 2. "Project Italy 3", about Italian CE-
was coming. It disappeared and a dark December. III's: a complete list of all reports and
horizontal line remained visible under On December 5, at 11:30 a.m. in sources on such cases was completed
which three flames descended towards full daylight, hundreds of people in the by Paolo Fiorino.
the ground. After some minutes, it provinces of Cuneo, Imperia, Savona
disappeared suddenly and a great and Geneva noticed a very bright (continued next page)
blinding white light began approaching,
illuminating all the area like daylight.
The witness tried to get to the Italian UFO Reports
269
window but was partially paralyzed
before arriving. It looked like the light
was sucked back. A red sphere
appeared then, the intermittent light of
212
which harmed his eyes; they remained
red and irritated for some days. Three
circular holes, 10 cms. in diameter, 3
cms. in depth, in a 2 mt. irregular
triangle, were found in the area, where
the 'grass looked pressed. No
radioactivity was recorded. The dog,
sleeping outside, did not bark and
showed unusual behavior, refusing 85
food for some days, remaining inside his 80
bed for the next two weeks without
barking at strangers. The most
complete investigation report on this
event is by Pier Luigi Sani.
At 7:30 a.m. on the same day, a
peasant in Prata Principato, near
Avellino, watched a 1.30 mt.-tall man in 1980 81 82 83 84
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ITALIAN SCENE, Continued half of the year.
Further details on the above
3. "TRACAT": Maurizio Verga's reports, research and events are
reference-list of Italian trace-landing reported in C.U.N. "1984 Annual
cases was largely updated in 1984 and Report" (in English), available from:
presently contains summaries of 153 C.U.N., Corso Vittorio E. 108, 10121
reports. Torino, Italy.
Two new research projects were
launched by C.U.N. in 1984:
1. "Project Origins": a full-scale survey
of library collections of old newspapers
of the 'early years (1946, 1947,1950),'in
order to collect all relevant data on the
birth of the 'UFO saga' in Italy; greater
press coverage than expected was
found in that period.
2. "Project 64": a micro-computer
n e t w o r k ( m a i n l y consisting of
Commodore 64s and Apple Us) with the
aim of completing a full indexing of all
Italian case reports by the end of .1985. Cartoonist's view of the
More than 4,000 entries have already Italian Minister of Defense
been catalogued.

Polcanto entity.
UFO NEWSCUPPING
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the case history of the abduction series The UFO NEWSCUPPING SERVICE
of night-watchman F. Zanfretta, by will keep you informed of all the latest
journalist Rino Di Stefano (title: Lights United States and World-Wide UFO
in the Night. Well known Italian writer activity, as it happens! Our service was
Peter Kolosimo suddenly dies in March. started in 1969, at which time we
.contracted w i t h a r e p u t a b l e
international newspaper-clipping .
MASS MEDIA bureau to obtain for us, those hard to
In 1984, C.U.N. collected 450 find UFO reports (i.e., little known
newsclippings about UFOs in Italian photographic cases, close encounter
newspapers,'with a marked increase and landing reports, occupant cases)
over the 1981-1983 average. Some and all other UFO reports, many of
events particularly evoked press which are carried only in small town or
foreign newspapers.
interest and coverage: C.U.N.
"Our UFO Newsclipping Service
Congresses in Palermo (January) and issues are 20-page monthly reports,
Artist's conception of Genova (May) and mostly the official reproduced by photo-offset,
request by four Congressmen to the containing the latest United States and
Air Force photographs. Government (under guidance by Canadian 'UFO newsclippings, with
C.U.N.) that the Ministry of Defense our foreign section carrying the latest
PUBLICATIONS open its files to private researchers. British, Australian, New Zealand and
other foreign press reports. Also
UFO journals have had some The Minister answered that UFO included is a 3-5 page section of
troubles in George Orwell's year: only files are actually unclassified and "Fortean" clippings (i.e. Bigfoot and
one issue was published of each of the contain no really unidentified reports. other "monster" reports). Let us keep
following: NOTIZIARIO UFO (C.U.N. C.U.N. Vice-President and foremost you informed of the latest happenings
bimonthly), UFOLOGIA (a special Italian field investigator, Antonio in the UFO and Fortean fields."
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DOCUMENTI UFO MONOCRAFIE details about a UFO-pilot encounter sample pages from our service, write
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(on hypnosis and ufology). with photographic evidence in 1979,
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Soviets, Symposium

NEWS'N'NOTES
-Dennis Stacy, Walt Andrus

President Reagan's announce- and what not to believe about UFOs. In first told that no ground radar control
ment that the United States would May of last year, a union trade daily, had been made. "Oh well, they'll be
unilaterally continue its defensive space Trud, anounced that a commission had saying we're not normal," he was
weapons program known as "Star been established to investigate quoted as syaing.
Wars" was one thing, but now the unidentified flying objects. At it's head All four crew members said they
Soviets have to contend with another was former cosmonaut Pavel Popovich. "could see distinctly everything down in
Space Invader — Unidentified Flying The Commission on Abnormal the sector of the ground illuminated by
Objects. A t m o s p h e r i c Phenomena was the cone-shaped shaft of light." At some
Reports of sporadic UFO sightings supposedly formed in response to a point the ray was focused directly on
in the Soviet Union and allied eastern "cigar"-shaped object reported over the Aeroflot plane and "the pilots saw a
bloc nations have periodically Gorky. dazzling white spot surrounded by
percolated through the Iron Curtain. Interviewed by Trud, Popovich concentric colored rings."
Such reports have usually been greeted said the flying cigar was seen by air The UFO then dashed toward the
with caution by western skeptics like traffic controllers at the Gorky airport airliner, leaving a green cloud in its
James Oberg of NASA, a member of and picked up on radar. It was said to be wake. Next it took up position
the Scientific Committee of about the size of an airliner, but without alongside the plane and accompanied it
Investigations of Claims of the wings or tail. The object was about 3000 into Minsk "like an honorary escort,"
Paranormal (SCICOP). Oberg, author feet high and traveling at a speed of Trud said.
of Red Star in Orb/f, a study, of the between 110 to 125 miles per hour. Nikolai Zheltukhin, corresponding
propaganda peccadilloes of the Russian Reportedly, it failed to respond to member of the Soviet Academy of
space program, has maintained in the attempts at radio contact. It was Sciences and the deputy chairman of a
past that Soviet UFO reports were tracked by radar for some 40 minutes, state commission on unexplained
manipulated as a sort of safety valve. passing north of Gorky and 250 miles phenomena, said the sighting was
They were officially discouraged on one east of Moscow. "undoubtedly abnormal."
hand, according to Oberg, and The previous December, a bright —DENNIS STACY
ostensibly allowed on the other in order sphere followed by several smaller
to draw public attention away from lights had been spotted over
highly visible rocket launches made at
the USSR's supersecret northern
Cosmodrome, Petrozavodsk.
Byelorussia and the central part of the
country. Popovich said that after
exhaustive analysis that UFO had
MUFON
definitely been explained as a satelitte AMATEUR RADIO NET
JELLYFISH COSMOS burning up on re-entry.
EVERY SATURDAY MORNING
One case in particular involved a STRANGE STAR AT 0800 EST (OR DST)
"jellyfish-shaped UFO" seen over
Petrozavodsk,and widely reported in
the Soviet and world press. "There's
But in January of this year Trud
was again reporting UFOs over the
ON 7237 KHz SSB
hardly a doubt in the mind of anyone Sovet Union. Crew and passengers
who looks seriously at the data," says aboard an Aeroflot flight from the MESSAGE, Continued
Oberg, "that that, was a launch of Georgian capital of Tbilisi to Talinn in
Cosmos 955." Estonia, supposedly saw "what "Is there a Key to the UFO Mystery in
"If I had to speculate, I would say appeared to be a large, unblinking star" the Jungle of Amazon?"; and Adolph
that the Soviet authorities look upon pace their aircraft near Minsk. The Schneider, "Analysis of Reports about
UFOs as a harmless, intellectual "star," according to Trud, "suddenly mini-UFOs from all over the World."
diversion. In other words, you can't be a shed a thin ray of light which fell plumb
political dissident, but you can be a to the ground" from an altitude of 25 to
UFO dissident and it doesn't hurt." 30 miles. "Ground control at the same
More recent developments in the time registered splashes on its screens
Soviet Union, however, may have their in the same part of air space."
own citizens, like their counterparts Co-pilot Gennady Lazurin, who
here, wondering exactly what to believe relayed the sighting to Minsk, was at
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SPEAKERS 1985. Checks should be made payable $60.00 per day for a single or double,
to "UFO Study Group of Greater St. $70.00 for three persons and $80.00 for
The UFO Study Group of Greater Louis" and mailed to Mrs. Helen C. four persons. There is no charge for
St. Louis, host for the MUFON 1985 Hanke, 4024 90th Ave., Florissant, MO children under 18 years of age.
UFO Symposium at the Chase Hotel in 63034. The price at the door for all On Friday evening, Ken McLean,
St. Louis on June 28, 29, and 30, 1985 sessions will be $28.00. The price for State Director for Wyoming, will speak
has announced the following specific each of the four sessions is $7.50. on public education to a special meeting
plans for this year's event: The being chaired by Mrs. Marge
speakers and the titles of their papers SUNDAY BREAKFAST Christensen for State Directors, State
are George D. Fawcett, "What We Public Relations Directors and the
Have Learned from UFO Repetitions"; An added feature of this year's members of MUFON's Public
Budd Hopkins, "The Evidence symposium will be a "Breakfast With Information and Public Education
Supporting UFO Abduction Reports"; the Speakers" on Sunday morning. Committee.
William L. Moore, "Crashed Saucers: This will be an opportunity for everyone On Sunday morning, June 30th,
Evidence in Search of Proof"; Marge to talk with the'speakers and be served the Annual MUFON Corporate
Christensen, "Shifting the Burden of a full-course, delicious breakfast by the Meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to
Proof"; Leonard H. Stringfield, "The Chase Hotel. The price of the breakfast noon. State Directors and Committee
Fatal Encounter at Ft. Dix • McGuire: A will be $10.00 and reservations are open heads should be prepared to submit
Case Study" (Status Report IV); David until June 24, 1985. Hotel reservations their written and oral activity reports.
F. Webb, "The Influence of Hypnosis in can be made by contacting the Election of officers will be conducted.
the Investigation of Abduction Cases." Reservation Manager, Chase Hotel, With the recent introduction of
John F. Schuessler, Stanton T. 212 North Kingshighway, St. Louis, new ultra-saver rates by the major
Friedman, Peter A. Gersten, and Ted MO 63108. The phone number is (314) airlines to match the rates of other
Phillips will also deliver talks. The 3612500. carriers, substantial savings may be
speeches will address the theme for the Fifty rooms are being held for obtained by making your reservations
symposium -- "UFO: The Burden of attendees, but reservations should be to St. Louis now in order to meet the
Proof." made no later than thirty (30) days prior specific conditions applicable to these
Advanced reservations for all four to the Symposium to insure new rates. "Meet Me In St. Louis."
sessions is $25.00 prior to June 21, accommodations. Room rates are -WALT ANDRUS
STARS & PLANETS DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE, Cont.

By Walter N. Webb * **
Since computers are becoming an
' MAY 1985 essential ingredient and a statistical tool
to the resolution of the UFO
Bright Planets (Evening Sky): phenomenon, we will be relating on a
regular basis the current progress and
Mars, in Taurus, is dimly visible early in the month very low in the west after utilization of these electronic marvels.
sunset. It fades into the twilight late in the month, setting only an hour after the The "bulletin board" UFO network
sun. . . . • . financed by the Fund for UFO
Research has been temporarily placed
Saturn, in Libra, reaches a point opposite the sun on the 15th, rising in the ESE "on-hold." Bruce Maccabee has
at sunset and remaining in the sky until sunrise. The golden planet shines at zero recommended COMPUFON to
magnitude, unusually bright because its flat rings are opened wide, thus ufologists with computers. For this
\ reflecting more light, and also the giant world is closest to earth now. reason, we have referred our members
to the newly established privately
Bright Planets (Morning Sky): operated Compufon directed by
Michael D. Hart, 803 - 5th Place S.E.,
Venus once again achieves greatest brilliancy (magnitude -4.2) on the 9th, this Duvall, WA 98109, telephone (206) 788-
time in the morning sky. It still appears low in the east, rising !'/£ hours before 5307).
the sun in midmonth. This brightest of all planets appears near the crescent Dale Goudie and Michael Hart
moon on the 15th. have distributed their first public
communication titled "The Compufon
Jupiter, in Capricornus, rises in the east about 1 AM local daylight time in Network Newsletter" Volume I,
midmonth and is low in the SSE before sunrise. The light yellow planet has Number 1, dated March 20,1985 to the
brightened to magnitude -2. MUFON members who had expressed
an interest in participating in the
Saturn, at opposition to the sun, crosses the southern sky and sets in the WSW computer network; 33 members have
at sunrise. assigned a personal I.D. Number for
entry into the network and the
Meteor Shower: password. Until the new I.B.M.
equipment goes on-line about April 1,
The May or Eta Aquarid meteors, radiating from the Water Jar in Aquarius, 1985, they are using their old Atari
attain a peak on the morning of the 4th at a rate of about 20 per hour. equipment at the home of Dale Goudie,
Unfortunately, this year the date coincides with a full moon which will severely in Seattle, Washington, telephone (206)
hamper observations. The meteors are swift and leave very long trails before 722-5738. Compufon is not a branch of
vanishing. The May Aquarids, lasting from about the 1st to the 8th, are strictly a any other UFO organization, but an
morning display since their radiant point does not rise until well after midnight. entity in itself. They will cooperate with
anyone interested in their services.
Moon Phases:

Full moon-May 4
Last quarter-May 11
o Illobrand von Ludwiger, the
Coordinator of the Mutual UFO
Network - Central European Section
(MUFON-CES), recently reported on
New moon-May 19 their annual MUFON-CES Conference
First quarter-May 27
€ in Osterburken near Heilbronn in West
Germany on October 5, 6, and 7, 1984.
The Stars: The speakers and their subjects were
Illobrand von Ludwiger, "How
The Big Dipper swings around the sky's north pole and is poised upside-down Scientifically is the UFO Researched?";
this month in its best viewing position of the year. Further, this easily K. Brauser, "The Reliability of Human
recognized pattern of seven stars serves as a built-in pointer system to other Perception"; H.W. Pciniger,
stars. The two western stars of the dipper's bowl point to Polaris the North "Reliability of size-estimates and
Star; the two eastern bowl stars point to Regulus, the heart of Leo the Lion; and statements about the duration of
the bent handle, if extended, curves to bright orange Arcturus (in Bootes) and unexpected events"; H. Markert,
then continues an equal distance to blue-white Spica (in Virgo). The brightest "New Information about the Suffolk
nocturnal star Sirius now sets in the WSW about 9 AM daylight time in Case" (Rendlesham Forest); Illobrand,
midmonth. Reddish Antares (in Scorpius) rises in the ESE about 9:30, while
Vega (in Lyra) is now well up in the NE as dusk ends. (continued on page 17)
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DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE
by
Walt Andrus

The M U F O N 1985 UFO O r g a n i z a t i o n ( U P R O ) is now Plymouth State College. We also


Symposium will be held June 28, 29, scheduling monthly meetings. Floyd welcome t h r e e new Research
and 30, 1985, at the Chase Hotel in St. N. Petri, Jr. is the new State Section Specialists this month. They are Rev.
Louis, Missouri, with the challenging Director for Bastrop and Travis Jerry Doellinger, M. Divinity, of
theme "UFO: The Burden of Proof." Counties in Texas. His civilian law Newton, Iowa in Theology; Pete
For details concerning speakers, titles enforcement and military experience Bissonnet, Crosby, Texas, in
of their papers and reservations, please are an asset to him in Field Propulsion Systems; and James S.
refer to a separate article in this issue of Investigations. With the support of Hatem, M.A. of C h a t s w o r t h ,
the Journal. MUFON, Floyd is organizing a UFO California in Anthropology.
Marge Christensen, Director of field investigative team to be known as * **
Public Relations, has announced that PULSE (Project UFO Landings, The MUFON Amateur Radio Net
August 18-25, 1985, has been Sightings, and Entities) or simply PRG meets every Saturday morning at 8:00
designated as "National UFO for Pulse Research Group. a.m. EST or daylight savings time on
Information Week." All State and State * ** 7237 kilohertz. The Net Control
Section Directors should start making Two new members have been stations are N1JS, WA3QLW, and
specific plans for public UFO exhibits, added to the MUFON Staff in order to K8NQN.
showing of UFO video documentaries, stay abreast of advances in state-of-the- Another valuable project has been
.one-day UFO conferences, and a news art technology. Michael D. Hart, completed by the P.I.P.E. Committee
media blitz as a means of public currently State Section Director for with the announcement by Dan Wright,
education to this continuing King County in Washington, and State Director for Michigan, that two
phenomenon -- the greatest scientific Director of the Compufon Network will .35 mm slide sets, designed for public
mystery of our time. head up MUFON's Computer Science information and the second for training
* ** activities and planning. Mrs. Sandra field investigators are now available.
Robert M. Hendricksen, Jr., Prullmann, who has an Associate There are two versions of each set. The
Ph.D., a MUFON Consultant in Degree from San Antonio College in set of 50 slides will cost $25.00, while the
Entomology, has accepted the position video technolgy is our new Video set of 100 slides will cost $45.00. The
of State Director for Delaware Technician. One of her first official package includes printed commentary,
replacing Juan J. Magrans who will assignments was the filming of the slides and slide box. Please order these
continue to be the State Section MUFON Seguin segment of the new slide sets directly from Dan Wright,
Director for New Castle County. G.D. one hour MUFON video program titled 1502 Marquette, Lansing, MI 48906.
(Dave) Berryhill, Jr., M.D., State "UFOs: A Scientific Engima," being These visual aids will fill a much needed
Director for Mississippi, has moved produced by Marge Christensen and void that has been desired for many
\from Clarksdale to Dublin where he will narrated by Dr. David M. Jacobs. The years.
engage in Emergency Medicine. His following. people have confirmed that Dr. and Mrs. J. Allen Hynek are
new telephone number is (601) 624- they will participate in the program: Dr. now living in their recently purchased
6653. As State Director, Dave has J. Allen Hynek, Walt Andrus, John home in Scottsdale, Arizona, only a
launched a program to organize Schuessler, Budd Hopkins, Barry short distance from their Arizona
Mississippi through membership Greenwood, Dan Wright, Ray Fowler, facility known as "CUFOS WEST,"
recruitment, selection of an Assistant and Paul Cerny (or Tom Gates). This located at 6159East Indian SchoolRoad
State Director, Public Relations video program in both VHS and Beta in Scottsdale. The official name of the
Director and additional Section format will soon be available to State Arizona facility is "UFO Phenomenon
Directors. Directors for cable television and public Research Facility" to emphasize the
Jerry L. Sievers, presently the relations programs. Marge and her fact that one does not really do
State Section Director for Knox, P.I.P.E. Committee are to be research on UFOs, but on the UFO
Daviess and Sullivan Counties, was commended for this ambitious project phenomenon, the existence of which is
promoted to the additional that certainly ranks as a first by any undeniable. For further details and
responsibility of Assistant State UFO organization. The proposed price o p e r a t i o n of CUFOS as an
Director for Indiana. Jerry is taking is $20.00 for each video cassette. organization, please refer to the
positive strides to strengthen the Joseph K. Long, Ph.D. of I n t e r n a t i o n a l UFO R e p o r t e r ,
southern half of Indiana through Plymouth, New Hampshire has joined January/February 1985 issue.
existing Section Directors. The MUFON as a Consultant in
Unexplained Phenomenon Research Anthropology. He is a professor at (continued on page 19)