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No. 460
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MUFON Director-elect
ames Carrion, right, Mutual UFO ~6twork
resent's MUFON Award
)r Excellence in Ufology
retiring Director John
chuessler, page 13.

ames McDonald's files


rchived at University of
.rizona Library, p. 5.

. Independent confirma-
on adds credibility to
'alifornia cases, p. 11.

MUFON Forum: a yeti


!lit, p. 12.

Calendar, p. 12.

2006 Symposium pre-


ntations available, p. 17.

Marketplace,
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Columns
John Schuessler 2
Filer's Files 15
Ted Phillips 18
Stan Friedman 20
Gavin McLeod 24 The sighting of this object fr as only the beginning of n Midwestem erlcozrnter
which involved strange odors, physical traces, and possible illness. The article
begins on page 3.
August 2006 umber 460
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John & Kathy Schuessler receiving accolades from members all
UFO Journal - to retire
After six years at the helm of
over the world.
At the annual July meeting of the
I. (USPS 002-970) MUFON. Kathy and I have decided it Business Board we discussed succes-
(ISSN 0270-6822) is time to step down. sion planning for key MUFON person-
As you all know. MUFON now has nel. This was stimulated by my notifi-
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Fax: 303-932-9279 aimed at keep- many of them were not in a position in
ing MUFON their careers that they wanted to make
International Director on track. the change right now.
John F. Schuessler, M.S. . And the or- Finally. after thorough deliberation.
- Tel: 303-932-7709 ganization is the board concluded that my successor
schuessler@rnho.net ' now guided by should be James Carrion of Bellvue.
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lnterntional Director .Elect
of Directors. MUFON is financially ing the needs of MUFON, where our
James Carrion,
. . M.S.'
stable and funds are being allocated for strategic plan was aiming to take the
special projects like the Pandora docu- organization in the future. and how well
Editor: ment scanning project. James' background matched the
Dwight Connelly, M.S. We have an outstanding new Direc- MUFON needs.
14026 Ridgelawn Road tor of Investigations who will imple- With James also living in Colorado.
Martinsville, IL 62442 ment a host of improvements in the in- we can coordinate the hand-over of the
Tel: (217)382-4502 vestigations realm. Our MUFON U F O International Director's job from me to
niufonufojoumal@hotmail.com Jo~tnlnledited by Dwight Connelly is (Continued on page 22)

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! Sighting, odors, physical traces,
& illness in Midwest encounter
By William Puckett
MUFON Field Investigtor

A
bizarre adventure awaited
Dottie and Danny Phillips
upon embarking on a trip
from Eagle Rock. MO, to a resort near
Mount Gilead. OH.
They left home in their truck and
camper at about 3 PM on Aug. 23,
2005. By midnight they were heading
east on 1-70 a few miles west of India-
napolis.
Dottie (primary wimess) was driving,
and noticed what appeared to be a fire
to the north. (See the encounter 1 lo- towards the east-northeast. red blotches over her skin. She also
cation on map.) She saw lights rising Effects of encounters noticed that black flakes would fall when
from the fire which appeared to follow Dottie noticed that her new shoes, she brushed her hair.
their vehicle. which were never worn before the trip, Danny had similar symptoms. Dottie
She immediately noticed a strong had begun to peel after the first encoun- had some pre-existing medical prob-
odor similar to creosol, burnt tar, and ter near Indianapolis.' After the second lems, but these problems were differ-
sulfuric acid. encounter, the surface of the shoes be- ent. She finally saw a physician on Oct.
They continued their journey, and a gan to flake and peel. (See photo on 11, and told the doctor about her UFO
couple of hours later pulled off the side following page.) encounters.
of the road to get some sleep. They The day after the second encounter, The doctor was not surprised, and
awoke around daylight and continued black residue from the shoes collected seemed to have knowledge of physical
their journey, stopping for breakfast and on a carpet of a relative's house. effects caused by being in the vicinity
running a few errands along the way. The couple returned home to Eagle of UFOs. (He worked for NASA un-
They arrived at the Ohio resort about 2 Rock on Aug. 30. Dottie reported her der a grant for the University of Arkan-
PM. incident near Indianapolis to the FBI sas to find evidence of extraterrestrial
At about 6 PM on Aug. 24 the couple office in Indianapolis. life.')
left the resort and drove to Danny's The FBI said that no fire had oc- He diagnosed Dottie's illness as
father's house in nearby Marion, OH. curred on the date and location seen by chemical pneumonia and severe kidney
They arrived at about 7 PM and left the couple, and they criticized Dottie infection. He told her that any radia-
about 10:45 PM. Eastbound on high- for not reporting the incident sooner. tion effects "from these kinds of things
way 95, they noticed a large light to the Dottie then called Homeland Secu- will be the dissipating kind."
north. rity and reported both incidents. Home- Dottie visited the same doctor two
They turned north onto highway 61. land Security said that they couldn't in- weeks later, and the treatment which had
It was about midnight, and they were vestigate, due to being involved with been prescribed by the doctor was
five miles down the road when they saw Hurricane Katrina. working. Recently, however, both
a large craft directly ahead of them and Dottie also reported the incidents to Dottie and Danny have become quite
over the highway. (See front cover, and the local sheriff, and was met with skep- ill.
note the encounter 2 location in the ticism. Dottie has been diagnosed with a
map.) The medical diagnosis neural disorder that apparently can be
They passed directly underneath the Both Danny and Dottie were not feel- caused from chemical exposure. Danny
craft. Again they smelled a very strong ing well when they returned to Eagle is also having severe digestiveproblems.
odor similar to that from their first en- Rock. Dottie had severe digestive Chemical analysis of the shoes (see
-counter. The craft was moving slowly problems, was coughing a lot, and had discussion below) suggests that phenols

August ,2006 MUFON UFO Journal 3


could have been the substance respon- Irnmergut's The Polynrer HandboohA
sible for leaching of the material from lists only four materials known to at-
the surface of the shoes. tackldissolve poly(urethane).
Some of the symptoms experienced "These are phenol. m-cresol (a phe-
by Dottie (and Danny) are characteris- nolic derivative). formic acid. and sul-
tic of inhalation exposure to phenols.?.' furic acid. Formic acid and sulfuric
Physical effects from close encoun- acid were eliminated by pH tests.
ters with UFOs are not common. but "This leaves the phenols, which is
do occur. The encounter of Betty Cash, supported by the witnesses' descrip-
Vicky Landrum. and Vicky Landrum's tion of the odor. Also. phenolics sub-
grandson (Colby) on Dec. 29. 1980, in lime, and would have been long gone
Texas is well known.' Also, the case by the time the shoe was received for ,

of Steven Michalak getting burned by a analysis.


UFO near Falcon Lake, Manitoba, "For the second (less likely) specu-
Canada on May 20,1967, 5 . 6 has been The shoes. lation, I offer that the shoe became wet
well publicized. tions of molecules. during the encounter. This caused a
Analysis by Puckett The particular set of vibrations of a loss of adhesiveness due to improper
I requested that Dottie mail the shoes molecule gives rise to specific spectral bonding of the urethane glue to the fake
to me when she first reported the en- absorption bands, often referred to as suede during manufacture. Partially un-
counter. I asked her to pack the shoes the "fingerprint" spectrum. cured urethane adhesive was found in
in a sealed plastic bag in order to pre- Phyllis also tested the boots for ra- the boot."
serve any traces resulting from the en- diation. The results of her analysis and Dottie said that the only rain on their
counter. conclusions follow: trip occurred near Springfield, MO,
Upon receipt of the shoes I irnrnedi- "1.No unusual materials were de- where they stopped to eat. This was
ately photographed them and tested for tected on the shoe. The shoe is cov- early on the trip on Aug. 23. She said
radiation and magnetism. Radiation ered with fake suede, i.e. polyester ure- that Danny parked the truck close to
was not significantly above back- thane MBI (MBI = Methylene the restaurant so they wouldn't get wet.
ground, and there was no appreciable Bisphenyl-isocyanate), which is one of The National Weather Service in
magnetism. the monomeric units of the polymer. Springfield, MO, reported 0.14 inches
The plastic bags which contained the "The outer surface of the suede also of rain on Aug. 23.9 Given that Dottie
shoes were filled with black flakes peel- has some polydimethylsiloxane,which and Danny were parked close to the res-
ing from the shoes. I also tested the is commonly used as a water repellent. taurant, and that only light rainfall was
bags for the above properties, and did Soil particulates were found on the sole reported, it is likely that only the soles
not find any unusual readings. and heel of the boot. of the boot would have become wet.
I then contacted Phyllis Budinger of "2. Black particulates found in the ~urnmary~conclusion
Frontier Analysis Ltd to see if she plastic bag containing the shoe are fake This case is strengthened in that we
would analyze the shoes. She ex- suede polyester urethane MBI, obvi- have physical evidence that something
pressed interest, and I immediately ously from the shoe. unusual appai-entlyhappened to the new
mailed one of the shoes to her. "3. Though not analyzed, I specu- shoes to strip them of surface material.
Analysis by Budinger late the black substance reported to be The suggestion that phenolic-type
Mrs. Budinger conducted a thorough on the relative's carpet was also some compounds may have been the cause
analysis to determine the composition of the shoe material. is in itself bizarre. As with all UFO
of the boots, and to see if there was "4. It is most unusual that the poly- cases, much of the validity of this case
any unusual residue on the boots. Her urethane "suede" came off the shoe. rests with the credibility of the wit-
complete report is available on the With the absence of any unusual for- nesses. No other witnesses besides
UFOs Northwest website.' eign substances, I can offer two specu- Danny and Dottie have been found.
The shoes were subjected to infra- lations why this occurred: I have had several interviews with
red spectroscopic analysis, pH tests, "The witness described a creosol, Dottie, and believe that she is credible.
and UV fluorescence. sulfuric acid, and tar odor during the I have also been able to verify informa-
Infrared spectroscopy is used for the event. This is an important clue. Creo- tion provided by her, such as the back-
molecular structure identification and sol contains phenolic-type materials, ground of her physician.
quantitation of solids,, liquids, and among other things. I did not interview Danny because
gases. An infrared spectrum is the re- "If the shoe was exposed to these he has a condition that would make in-
sult of light (in the 2 to 25 micron wave- materials, there is a very real possibility terviewing very difficult. Dome told me
length range) interacting with the vibra- they caused the adhesive to fail.

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that Danny did suffer some of the same Papers, reports, audio tapes archived at UA
symptoms that she did.
Currently both Danny and Dottie are
not in good health. Dottie has been di-
Scientist, ufologist James McDonald's
agnosed with a neural disorder similar
to multiple sclerosis. Danny has severe
voice speaks again to researchers
digestive disorders.
By Ann Druffel, Vincent tions began taking up the subject ear-
Dottie's doctor thinks that the neural
disorder could be due to chemical ex- Uhlenkott, & Ralph McCarron nestly.
posure from the August, 2005, encoun- From Apri,l 1966, through Febru- Then, in April, 1971, our entire re-
ary, 1971, the UFO research field was search field was shocked and saddened
ters.
blessed with the presence of a presti- when we learned that Jim McDonald
Like many UFO cases, this case gen-
gious scientist, Dr. James E. had apparently taken his own life in the
erates more questions than answers.
McDonald, an internationally-re- desolate desert outside his home city
What was this craft? Why did the wit- nowned atmo- of Tucson. AZ.'
nesses have two encounters on succes- spheric physicist The loss of Jim to our field was in-
sive nights and experience the same and climatologist. estimable, but we never forgot the
"strong odor"? Alone among "McDonald years," as those five years
This case is ongoing. For updates scientists at that between 1966 and 1971 came to be
on this case, please visit the UFOs time, Jim called.
Northwest web site.' McDonald, as he Slowly, however, the interest of the
References: was known to us scientific community which McDonald
'Arkansas Space Grant Consortium. in the field. had had inspired faded away without the
Available http://asgc.ualr.edu/ the courage to benefit of his physical presence, his un-
2CaliforniaOffice of Environmental speak out openly, McDonald limited persistence, and his ability to
Health Hazard Assessment. Available stating that his retrieve previously-unknown empirical
http://www.oehha.ca.gov/air/hot-spots/ own private research into UFO evidence of the reality of UFOs from
index.htm1 sightings by the public and military military and governmental sources.
W.S. EPA. "Integrated Risk Infor- sources had convinced him that the During the McDonald years, of
mation System, Phenol." Available http:/ UFO phenomenon was a serious ques- course, Jim never neglected his own
/www.epa.gov/iris/subst~0088.htm tion that was being badly neglected by professional work; his voluminous con-
4Schuessler, John. The Cash- the scientific community at large. tributions to cloud physics and climate
Landrum UFO Incident. Texas: Geo For five unforgettable years, the sci- modification continued.
Graphics Printing Company, 1998. entifically-oriented lay research field He was active on numerous govern-
'Berliner, Don and Streiber, Whitley. had an invaluable and unforgettable ment research commissions, and many
UFO Briefing Document: The Best colleague, working side by side with of his projects were funded by grants
Available Evidence. New York: Dell investigators from NICAP (National In- from the National Science Foundation
Publishing, 1995, pp 81-86. vestigations Committee On Aerial Phe- (NSF), the Office of Naval Research
nomena) and other objective groups. (ONR), The National Academy of Sci-
6Dolan, Richard. UFOs and the
He also worked privately with a few ences (NAS), NASA, and other top
National Security State. Virginia:
scientists in the field who could not agencies.
Hampton Roads Publishing Company, come out openly with their UFO inter- He had simply added UFO research
2002, pp 324-326. est for fear of damaging their own ca- to his already crowded schedule.
'Puckett, William. "Woman is Sick- reers and reputations. McDonald's basic personality could not
ened by Two Encounters With UFOs Perhaps most astonishing of all, allow him to let any scientific problem
on Successive Nights, Shoes Sustain McDonald began actively interacting he encountered go unstudied, and ev-
Severe Damage." Available http:// with numerous other scientists in the erywhere he spoke, or met with UFO
www.ufosnw.com/ind-oh-aug2005.htm,Establishment, who crowded to hun- colleagues, whether lay or scientific, his
April 20,2006. dreds of talks he gave at scientific con- humorous, vital presence enlivened the
81mmergut, E.H. et al. Polymer ferences, symposia, and other scientific room.
Handbook, Fourth Edition, 1999. meetings at military installations and In the early 1990s, through a syn-
9National Weather Service, Spring- other governmental venues. chronistic occurrence, this author
field, MO, "Local Climatology For The He convinced many in the Establish- (Druffel) re-established contact with
Missouri Ozarks and SE Kansas." http:/ ment that UFOs did, indeed, need to Betsy McDonald, Jim's widow, who
/www.crh.noaa.gov/sgf/climate/. be studied seriously, and a few of the still lived with some of the members of
most prestigious scientific organiza- their family in their Tucson home.
August 2006 MUFON UFO Journal 5
It was learned that McDonald's UFO spent two weeks studying the R-V files to copy the R-V files. At fust it seemed
archives were still being carefully there. he was actually going to attempt to ex-
guarded in a special room there, which He was astonished and excited by tract the data which McDonald felt
the family lovingly referred to as "the the wealth of data in them that had not could provide a type of "physical evi-
UFO room." been revealed. It was information like dence" so badly needed in the UFO
During re-contact with Betsy these R-V files, which he realized field.
McDonald, which at fust involved a would never be archived by any of his Suddenly, however, the scientist
screenplay Druffel had written about academic colleagues, that prompted was offered a large grant, apparently
McDonald's UFO research, the idea of him to write to Betsy: from the Australian government, to
archiving Jim's UFO files came to the "My present best suggestion is that pursue an entirely different project, and
fore. [my UFO files] be archived at the UA he dropped his interest in UFOs.
McDonald's atmospheric physics Library, though maybe they'll view that Betsy McDonald became engrossed
and climatology projects had been care- as presumptuous. Actually, for some- in her own work pursuits, which took
fully preserved at the University of one who came along later, that's a mine her to various out-of-state cities for
Arizona at Tucson at the Institute of At- of UFO material, and library archiving years at a time, and could no longer
mospheric Physics (IAP), where he had is in many ways the cleanest. screen the numerous persons who re-
taught and conducted research. "It's at least not destroyed, even if quested access to the files, and NICAP
UFO files not archived only boxed away for years .... Its sci- had essentially been destroyed by 1970
Although his "scientific" work had entific value is, I think, quite large..... a by government agents who had infil-
been carefully archived and preserved, collection of reflerence] material on a trated top administrative positions.
his UFO files had not. subject still controversial, worked on Access ended
After the Condon Report was pub- by one UA professor, and possibly des- By the mid-1970s, she cut off ac-
lished in 1969, apparently dismissing tined to assume very considerable im- cess to researchers who approached
all the evidence McDonld and the UFO portance later on-particularly as sci- her, because the changes which were
field .had gathered over the years, he ence-history source material..... I'd sure occurring in the UFO field disturbed
had planned to take a sabbatical and hate to see all that stuff burnt...."' her.
write a book which would be a full re- NICAP personnel and the UFO field She felt that the field had become
buttal of Condon's illogical "report," as in general never recovered from the loss chaotic, particularly the attention being
well as a general text outlining the ex- of this remarkable man. After the sci- paid to "abduction" reports which could
treme urgency that the UFO phenom- entific community quietly dropped their not be scientifically verified, and that
enon be accepted as a legitimate sub- interest in UFOs, which McDonald had the strictly objective approach which
ject for interdisciplinary study. inspired, all that was left were his files. McDonald had employed was no longer
His 17 years of study (including Limited access dominant.
eleven years of private research in and At first, Betsy McDonald permitted So the files lay unused for over 15
around the Tucson area between 1954 a few UFO researchers limited access years until re-contact in the early 1990s
and 1965) had convinced him that the to them, including Richard Greenwell, by Druffel, who had known and worked
UFO problem was one of the most se- who assisted her in arranging the files with McDonald in conjunction with
rious scientific questions of our times. and books into more convenient form. NICAP activities, particularly South-
Shortly before McDonald died, he Paul McCarthy then accessed some ern California sightings and photo
wrote a letter to Betsy, stating his con- of the files for a doctoral thesis, and cases.
cern that his voluminous UFO files not shortly afterwards, David Jacobs used Betsy shared McDonald's letter in
be simply burned after his death, but some of the files while writing his book, which he had expressed the deep hope
archived in some form so that capable The UFO Controversy in America. that his UFO files could be archived
researchers could use them in further During this period an Australian sci- and made accessible to future research-
studies on the UFO phenomenon. entist inquired about the Blue Book ers.
Of particular concern to him were R-V files which had so enthused Dr. A. Richard Kassander, former
1.5
hundreds of Blue Book radar-visual (R- McDonald. director of the IAP and McDonald's
V) sighting files which he had acquired Betsy, herself a highly educated per- good friend, made initial contact with
in 1970 at Maxwell AFB, a few months son, obtained proof from this scientist the University of Arizona Library, Tuc- C'

after Project Blue Book was officially that he possessed the necessary exper- son, and the Special Collections Sec-
ended. tise in atmospheric physics, astronomy, tion agreed to house them. The cura-
Dismayed by the possibility that the and radar systems which McDonald felt tor there, Mr. Roger Myers, gave in-
Air Force would simply destroy all Blue was necessary to extract the data ef- valuable help and encouragement dur-
Book files because the Condon Report fectively. ing this process.
had brushed off the entire subject as not After he had demonstrated' his ex- The Fund for UFO Research
being of scientific value, McDonald pertise in these fields, she allowedhim (FIJFOR) generously granted $2,400
MUFON -UFOJournal August 2006
Ann DnrfSe1 with Betsy McDonald a t her home amid the 29 boxes of McDonaldkfiles, audio tapes, and record-
ing equipment, May, 1996.
to archive the files. Archiving required McDonald's living room-were moved those originally selected by McDonald.
acid-free file folders, plastic Mylar to the Special Collections Section of the The collection continues with the 580
sleeves for photos, and special storage library. Project Blue Book R-V files photocop-
boxes for other materials in order to Druffel's husband, Charles K., pay- ied by McDonald at Maxwell AFB.
insure their preservation. ing all of his own expenses, accompa- These are in four boxes, filed chro-
As the work continued, involving nied her on this trip and helped with nologically by date, as McDonald origi-
five trips from the Druffel home in some of the final archiving duties. nally arranged them. The dates on
Pasadena, CA. to Tucson. McDonald's In addition to the boxed materials. these R-V files begin with "June 1947,
contributions to UFO research proved the collection includes computer list- Hamburg, NY," and end with "July 11,
even more immense than anyone had ings of McDonald's.400-book UFO li- 1968, Nielson AFB, Alaska."
realized. brary and an itemized catalog of the There is also a collection of 16 large
All together, there were about 1,200 1,200 file folders. vinyl binders. Binder #6 might be of
files, each on a different UFO-related Handwritten journals special interest, as its contents seem to
subject. The collect~on also includes be a preliminary outline of the book
Besides the voluminous files in the McDonald's four handwritten journals, which McDonald had planned to write,
"UFO room," McDonald's former sec- dated 1958 through 1971, which out- rebutting the Condon Report.
retary, Margaret Sanderson-Rae, then lined his 17 years in the UFO field.3 The other binders contain Projects
a publications editor. found many other Two of these had been fully tran- Sign, Grudge, and Blue Book sightings
UFO-related items at the IAP which scribed by Druffel, with Betsy and other materials related to AF in-
were added to the original collection. McDonald's invaluable help. These volvement in UFO research.
Other academic colleagues at IAP, journals, prior to the archiving, were Box #21 contained eight thick maga-
including Dr. Benjamin Herman and totally unknown to anyone in the field. zine holders, in which McDonald had
Dr. William Sellers, searched out other The UFO archives are housed in the placed miscellaneous information, in-
items in storage which were added to Personal Collections Section, where cluding propulsion theories related to
McDonald's UFO files. they are available to the public in a care- UFOs.
In all, the archiving took four years. fully-guarded Reading Room Biographical material includes the
As the complexity of the files became They include hundreds of files con- Memorial Resolution prepared and
clearer, additional archival materials taining McDonald's research on UFO signed by several of McDonald's IAP
had to be obtained, and the Fund for cases, classic and otherwise, as well as colleagues upon the event of his death.
UFO Research graciously increased correspondence and other materials Thls remains the most fitting biographi-
their grant to $3,500 to cover various connected with his numerous seminars cal sketch to describe McDonald's aca-
unexpected expenses. and symposia talks before scientific demic life and scientific contributions.
In May, 1996, 29 boxes compris- groups.This section filled 15 storage Also included is a biographical ar-
ing McDonald's entire UFO files- boxes alone. ticle by AM Druffel, published in IUR
which filled an entire comer in the The file names are, for the most part, (International UFO Reporter), a quar-

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terly publication of the J. Allen Hynek books is included in these archived
Center for UFO Studies in Chicago, IL. materials to facilitate the searcher in
Soon to be published is a 600-page locating desired volumes.
biography of McDonald's involvement Requests for permission to publish
in the UFO research field based mainly materials From this collection should be
on materials archived here.' discussed with the Personal Collections
A very large cardboard box. #29, curator. Credit should be given at all
contained special materials which were times to Dr. James E. McDonald when-
impossible, at the time, to actually ever applicable."
"archive." for it contained McDonald's The audio tape project
numerous audio tapes and his Sony tape The memory of the audio tapes. .
recorder. which could not be made available to
. These tapes included numerous in- researchers because of their fragile con-
terviews held with witnesses. many of dition, continued to haunt certain mem-
his talks at scientific conferences and bers of the UFO field.
symposia (including Q & A sessions), This included Vincent Uhlenkott, a
and private conversations with col- prominent veteran ufologist in the Los
leagues and military personnel. McDonald S handwritten journals Angeles area, longtime field investiga-
Sixty-one reel-to-reel tapes were in detailing years of UFO research. tor and former Director of MUFON-
his own Steelmaster File, which So. CA.
McDonald had labeled "No. 1." Most long before researchers, including some Uhlenkott and Druffel applied for
of these were interviews with UFO prominent in the field, began to flock another grant from FUFOR in order to
witnesses. to the site. have Jim McDonald's invaluable au-
A second Steelmasterfile drawer, la- The archives comprise a collection dio tapes converted to modem technol-
beled "No. 2," contained dozens more of approximately 1400 labeled files ogy, which could then be accessed at
tapes with subjects ranging from radio1 with handwritten and typed case inves- the Library by interested parties.
TV appearances, more conference1 tigations on UFO sightings by military FUFOR was again most generous,
symposia talks, taped letters, suspected pilots, tower control officials, law en- and another grant was approved in the
"UFO sounds," and other data relating forcement officers, fellow scientists, early 2000's. Uhlenkott took on the task
to specific sightings. and other reliable and credible citizens, of finding the most suitable, technically-
Most were dated and identified; oth- 1945-1970, and some investigationsin- proficient professional to accomplish
ers are identified but undated; others clude photoslsoil samples, etc. the daunting task.
are neither identified nor dated. They UFO cases concern mostly Ameri- At first it was thought best to trans-
included 7-inch, 5-inch, and 3-inch can, Canadian, Australian, and New fer the 1966's reel-to-reel tapes onto
reels. Zealand sightings, and some European audio cassette. After discussing the
The entire aggregate of Jim cases. project with several experts, however,
McDonald's UFO files, including the The files include McDonald's cor- it was decided that newer and better
audio tapes, was donated to the Library respondence from 1958- 197 1 with technology was becoming available,
by Betsy McDonald in May, 1996, and various government and military and it was eventually decided to use
the copyright to the entire collection is officialsand other scientific and profes- CDs.
now held by the Board of Regents of sional civilian UFO researchers This first step took several months.
the University of Arizona. Also included are papers and talks Druffel journeyed to Tucson together
Some of McDonald's tapes were (printed and recorded) before various with husband Charles K. to bring all of
plainly audible when played on his scientific conferences and symposia McDonald's tapes back to Los Ange-
small, portable recorder at his Tucson and other academic groups, 1966-1970. les.
home; others were almost inaudible due Blue Book reports This was a daunting task in itself,
1'1
to static and hum. Case files include photocopies of ap- since it involved persuading the airline
At the time of delivery of the ar- proximately 580 Project Blue Book personnel to fit them into the interior of
chives, however, Curator Roger Myers (Air Force official investigations) sight- the plane itself so that they could be 5
determined that, since these 25-year old ing reports, mostly by military and ci- carefully watched during the flight.
reel-to-reel tapes were very fragde, they vilian pilots and airborne and ground Once the tapes and equipment ar-
would not be available to the public at radar verification. rived safely in the Los Angeles area, it
that point. McDonald's collection of more than took several weeks to find a skilled
McDonald's paper files, however, 400 books on UFO and related topics person to transfer the tapes onto CDs.
as described above, were ready to be are incorporated into the main Univer- Badie Youssef was known to
accessed by the public, and it was not sity Library, but a catalogue of these Uhlenkott, and this accomplished tech-
8 MUFON UFO Journal August 2006
nician felt he had the spare time neces- and that the Fund would reimburse its
sary to complete the task. cost.
We all realized that the FUFOR For each tape. McCarron used
1-7 Slde162
grant could give only a minimal pay- 7o
m Reel Speed 3 W bm Druffel's original notes associated with
Tmm 88 $2
ment for such difficult work. but the tape collection to make sure the
Youseff was a generous individual. as names. spellings. and dates associated
is necessary for almost everyone who with each recording were correct.
works in the UFO field. And on most of his tapes. McDonald
When he began the transfer, how- himself would state the date. the time,
ever, he realized that some of the tapes the location. the event. and in the case
were almost unintelligible. due to hum. of personal sighting interviews he
static, and other electrical interference. spelled out the name of each witness.
Youseff spent considerable time At times, Swiatek of FUFOR and
searching for modem means to clean Richard Hall (also at the time with
them up. He eventually found software FUFOR) would help out with names
One of the modern discsproduced and dates.
that would do a fairly good job, but the
editing proved very time-consuming. by Ralph McCarron from the fragile On some of the tapes, however, no
Youssef managed to convert some tapes. pre-information had been recorded, but
of McDonald's 3-inch reels, and al- Internet web design. As it turned out, unless it was a famous UFO case, or
though some of the resultant CDs were however, we had grossly underesti- known to Druffel, Uhlenkott, Hall, or
acceptable, the quality of many others mated the size of the task, including Swiatek, nothing could be found about
was not. He persisted, however, began additional tape recorder problems it, even on the Internet!
to get better results, and accomplished which arose in McDonald's 1960s As a result, some spellings of per-
the transfer of 25 tapes in acceptable sons' names may be incorrect in the fin-
equipment.
form. Altogether, the work comprised: ished product, but in those instances a
A problem arises + Eighty-three 1 718 ips (inches per question mark is added next to the name
Then an unexpected occurrence in or date. .
second), 3-inch reel to reel tapes, 166
California interrupted the process: the On recordings with even less infor-
hours of record time.
California Department of Water and mation, the file will read, for example,
+Ten 3 314 ips, 5-inch reel to reel
Power (DWP) experienced what be- "Dr. James McDonald Interviews Un-
tapes, 20 hours of record time.
came known as "the energy crunch." known Man" or "Dr. James McDonald
+Twenty 3 314 ips, 7-inch reel to reel
Since Youseff was a high-level em- Interviews Frank (Last Name Un-
tapes, 80 hours of record time.
ployee at the DWP, the power company known).
The difficulties encountered during
gave him additional responsibilities McCarron discovered an easy way
the "cleanup" of the reel-to-reel tapes to name the files so that they could be
needed to handle the then-unprec- can be regarded as either devastating
edented crisis. No longer did he have organized easily. so that each file (CD)
or humorous, depending on the attitude corresponds with the original reel-to-
any spare time at all! - of the reader.
Generously, Youseff returned a reel tape.
It is vital. however. to understand- That way, looking back at the origi-
great portion of the FUFOR money that ing particular problems encountered
had been forwarded to him after he nal WAV files, one could determine
early on in the audio-transfer, since from whch reel and which side the re-
found that his DWP professional re- these difficulties add to the extreme
sponsibilities made it impossible for cording came.
value, and appreciation of, the final re- In order to complete the job within
him to continue the transfer. sults to the UFO community and to in-
Uhlenkott discovered that Ralph the FUFOR funding grant, it was nec-
dividualresearchers who will use them essary for McCarron to work at his
McCarron, a professional audiolvisual in future UFO research.
expert who is on the Board of Direc- regular self-owned business, and
After some time, Uhlenkott's tape squeeze in the transferring tasks when-
tors of MUFON-LA and extremely
playerlrecorder also started having ever there was spare time.
active in the UFO field, thought he
playback problems. He changed the Once finished, the project ended up
would have the time for the job.
belt, and for a while the unit worked being archived on 110 CD-R's for play-
He accepted the task of converting
McDonald's reel-to-reel tapes to digi- well, but soon it developed similar dif- back on various types of equipment
ficulties which McDonald's recorder available at the U. of A. Library.
tal format, using state-of-the-art tech-
had displayed. In addition, the original uncom-
nology available in his self-owned com-
pany, Wolf Video. Rob Swiatek, who handled the grant pressed (WAV) files were backed up
funds for FUFOR, agreed that another on 18 data DVD-R's.
This firm does video editing, video
production, CDIDVD authoring, and recorder could be purchased on eBay, Then, to complete the work to true
August 2006 MUFON UFO Journal
state-of-the-art technology, these 18
data DVD-R's were processed into
Windows Media Audio (WMA) files
Are comets life's
and MP3 files. .
The WMA or MP3 files could be building blocks?
used (should the Board of Regents later The University of Maryland-led
decide) for streaming off a web server NASA mission that smashed into the
for Internet playback. Also WMA and mostly coal black surface of Tempel-1
MP3 files can be played on most new comet this past July 4. found water ice
media players like the iPod or any other on the surface.
current DVDICD players. This is the first time ice has been
The beauty of the WMA and MP3 detected on the solid body of a comet,
files is that roughly 81 gigabytes of according to the journal Science.
McDonald's complete audiotape ar- Deep Impact Principal Investigator
chives have been compressed to fit on Michael Ahearn states: "We can con-
one (1) DVD, being less than 4.5 clude that most of the water vapor that
gigabytes ! escapes from comets is contained in ice
McCarron was the only one receiv- particles found below the surface."
ing money from our limited FUFOR Comets are described as "frozen
grant after Youseff's departure from the The completed archives of balls of dlrty ice," but the findings from
team, since Druffel and Uhlenkott gave McDonald's tape recordings are Tempel-1 indicate that it is made of bro-
their time during those years from 2002 packaged in attractive folders. ken up rocks that contain clays and car-
to 2006, and paid over $100 in postage bonates-the minerals of limestones and
accrued during those years. ally the Board of Regents might decide seashells that are formed only in liquid
The total FUFOR grant had that McDonald's priceless tape collec- water.
amounted to $3,495, and by the time tion will someday be made available "How do clays and carbonates form
McCarron completed the project, his from the University of Arizona Library in frozen comets where there isn't liq-
total remuneration was less than over the Internet to the UFO field and uid water?'asked Dr. C.M. Lisse, a
$3,000-also standard procedure for to the interested public at large. Mission scientist; "Nobody expected
technical professionals who are cur- REFERENCES this," he said.
rently active in the UFO research field.5 'See biography described in Refer- The Spitzer space telescope also
However, the happiness McCarron ence 4 (below) for differing hypotheses detected in Tempel-1 crystalline sili-
feels at having been given the oppor- re. the circumstances of McDonald's cates-a form of the mineral that re-
tunity to have cataloged this amazing death. quires at least 1300 degrees Fahrenheit
five years' work (in audio form) by Dr. 2Private letter to Betsy McDonald, temperatures to form.
McDonald have more than made up for written 22 March 1971. "How do you put that stuff into a
any inconvenience.. The same honor is 31t is hoped that someday soon the comet that forms out by Pluto?'asked
felt by Uhlenkott and Druffel. transcribed versions of McDonald's the puzzled Dr. Lisse. How, indeed, do
The main thing here to consider, four handwritten journals can be made you get mineral-melting temperatures
however, is really not how long it took available to interested readers in UFO in a region of absolute cold?
the project to be completed, but, in- research. Dr. Lisse, of John Hopkins Univer-
stead, the absolutely beautiful and pro- 4Firestorm! Dr. James E. sity, and other scientists expanded the
fessional way in which it was accom- McDonald's Fight for UFO Science, list of Earthlike components discovered
plished. by Ann Druffel, Columbus, NC, Gran- in the comet to include chemicals as-
By using state-of-the-art technology, ite Publications, Wild Flower Press was sociated with living organisms.
most of the hudstatic and other inter- finally published in July 2003, 609 They listed clays, silicates, carbon-
b
ference on McDonald's priceless au- pages ates, iron sulfides, alumina, and com- L=

dio tapes was entirely eliminated. 51tis estimated that the entire job of pounds called PAHs, which are among
When Druffel and Uhlenkott first converting McDonald's 113 tape reels many organic chemicals that show up .a>,
heard the results in McCarron's studio, into the (finalized) 110 CDs would in living organisms on Earth.
it was as if McDonald, himself, was have cost at least $30,000 if it were Another reported surprise: The team
speaking in the room! done on a regular cornrnercialltime ba- has detected an unexpectedly high con-
Now that same excitement can be sis, without any editing or sound centration of methyl cyanide.
experienced by anyone who accesses cleanup at all. The project, as com- Biologists say methyl cyanide is a
the tapes in the Special Collections Sec- pleted, must be considered essentially key player in reactions that form DNA.
tion in Tucson. It is hoped that eventu- priceless. (Christian Science Monitor). .
10 MUFON UFO Journal August 2006
Independent.confirmation adds credibility
for witnesses, investigators in UFO cases
By Preston Dennett
The only thing more exciting for a
UFO investigator than discovering a hot
new case is getting independent con-
firmation of that same case. That kind
of validation and corroboration can add
considerable credibility to the case.
While doing research for my latest
book, UFOs Over Califontin(Schiffer
Publishing. 2005). I was able to un-
cover additional information to help
corroborate several famous and/or
little-known California UFO events.
Playa Del Ray
One outstanding example of this
concerns the Playa Del Rey UFO land-
ing case of Nov. 6,1957. This incred-
ible case was covered in several news-
papers and featured in Charles Bowen's
classic book, The Humanoids. What
follows is a brief summary of the inci-
dent. peared to be speaking a foreign lan- sightings, local police stations in Long
At 5:40 on that morning, General guage. After a few moments, the fig- Beach received more than 100 calls
Telephone Company employee Richard ures went back into the craft, which from concerned Long Beach citizens
Keyhoe was driving along the Pacific then took off and disappeared. reporting UFOs. I

Coast Highway when his engine mys- Once the object was gone, the car Clearly, the Playa Del Rey landing ,

teriously stalled. engines started running again. Joe Tho- was not an isolated ev,ent!
As he got out of his car; he noticed mas was so unnerved by the incident - Point Magu sighting
that the engines of two other cars had that he reported it to the local police, Another good example is Blue Book
also stalled, and their passengers were which was eventually leaked to the Case #2361.
also exiting their vehicles. media, forever establishing the incident When UFO activity was reported by
At that point, Keyhoe and the two as a "classic case." base personnel over Point Mugu Na-
other drivers, Ronald Burke of Here is where the new information val Base on the evening of Jan. 28,
Redondo Beach and Joe Thomas of comes in. Unknown to any of the three 1953, Blue Book officers were brought
Torrance, observed a large "egg- witnesses, events were still in progress. in to investigate. After interviewing the
shaped" object surrounded in a "blue About ten hours later, at 3 5 0 PM, witnesses, they labeled the case "uni-
haze" landed on the beach only a few and less than 50 miles to the south, a dentified."
yards away. commanding officer and 12 airmen Apparently unknown to the Blue
The object was "tan or cream in color from an Air Force weather detachment Book officers, however, was that the
with two metal rings around it, upon at Long Beach sighted six saucer- Point Mugu sighting was the tail end
which the object apparently rested." shaped objects zoom across the sky,just of a much larger case.
As they watched, two human-look- under a 7,000-foot cloud cover. Immediately prior to the incident and
ing figures with "yellowish-green skin" If that's not enough, about two hours about 50 miles further south, intense
and wearing "black leather pants, white later, between 6:05 and 7:25 PM, ad- UFO activity was reported over the cit-
belts and light colored jerseys" exited ditional officers at the Los Alarnitos Na- ies of Newport Beach and Long Beach.
the object and began asking questions val Air Station reported seeing "numer- At 9 PM that evening, personnel at
of the stunned witnesses. ous" unidentified objects zoom over- the El Toro Marine Base control tower
Keyhoe and the others were unable head. observed an unknown object in the
to understand the occupants, who ap- Finally, at the same time as the above nearby vicinity. 'At the same time,
August 2006 MUFON UFO Journal
observers in the Long Beach Airport seem like isolated events, in fact they Most UFO researchers agree that the
control tower also observed the object. are usually part of a larger chain of vast majority of witnesses do not re-
Marine jet pilot Maj. Harvey Patton occurences. Although UFO witnesses port their encounters. Clearly, in many
was scrambled after the mysterious may think they are alone with their ex- cases, we are still seeing only the tip of
visitor. He was able to pursue the UFO, perience, often they are not. the iceberg of what is really going on.
which was described as "a large fiery I uncovered many other' such ex-
red disc-shaped object." amples of independent confiiation of (Excerpted by author from UFOs
After four minutes of pursuit, Maj. California UFO events. One can only Over California: A True History of
Patton was unable to close the distance wonder how many other people are Extraterrestrial Encozmters in the
between him and the object, and there witnesses to the same extraordinary Golden State. Schiffer Publishing,
the case seemed to end. Instead, as we UFO event, but don't know who to tell. 2005 .)
have seen, the object apparently con-
tinued on towards Point Mugu.
The Van Nuys case
A third example involves a little-
known UFO landing case in Van Nuys.
CA. In mid-June, 1955, Ted Kettridge,
a young electrician, told reporters that
he was awakened in the middle of the
A yeti relic the photos we took inside the dark
night by the barking of his dogs.
monastaries did not turn out well.
Exiting his home, he was amazed to I would like to comment on an ar- There would be no reason for these
see' a gigantic gold-colored sphere in ticle by Stan Gordon a few issues back. monks to pull a hoax on us, as having a
hi's front yard. Standing next to the In his article he mentioned that the wit- letter from his holiness in that area was
object were three seven-foot-tall hu- ness had a close look at the creature. like having a letter from God. I believe
man-looking figures. The witness stated, 'The head of the
the British team came up empty on their
They appeared friendly, had long creature seemed to be cone-shaped." quest.
flowing hair, and spoke flawless En- This I think is a key observation. Here's -Roger Sugden
glish, "as if they had memorized thou- why I say that. Assistant State Director, Indiana
sands of conversations and were repeat- In 1988 I was part of an expedition
ing the words on tape." to the Himalaya. We had a letter fron
Says Kettridge, "[The] men ap- His Holiness The Dali Lahma. This let-
proached me without hesitation and told ter allowed us access to areas that
me not to be frightened." The visitors would otherwise never have been open Sept. 16-17-Mothman Festival,
then imparted a few brief philosophi- to us. Point Pleasant, WV, 740-286-4772,
cal messages and left. We were in Nepal in the Everest re- www.mothrnanlives.com;
Says Kettridge, "I was really scared. gion, as was a British expedition. The Oct. 28-Mysteries of Space & Sky
In fact, the whole thing seemed like a British expedition was there looking for III,near Annapolis, MD, featuring Don
dream, only I know it wasn't. Several the elusive yeti. Berliner, RobISue Swiatek, Anna-
other people in the valley had seen the We were there to document the Ti- Jamerson, Dr. Charles Ernmons, and
same thing, even talked with the men. betan lifesyle, and while we were in one conference organizer Dr. S. Peter Resta
I just hope I never see it again." of the monastaries there were a few (spr100@aol.com) 410-360-1 168 X 8.
The above incident was uncovered items that were brought out for us to Nov. 3-4-National UFO Confer-
by investigatorTimothy Green Beckley. see. ence, Hollywood, CA, 858-523-1068,
Charles Bowen uncovered the follow- One of these items was what the www.nufoc.org.
ing related case. monks told us was a yeti scull cap. The Nov. 10-12-UFO Crash Retrieval
One month later, on July 20,1955, a yeti is a sacred being in the Himalaya, Conference, Las Vegas, NV; 720-887-
"huge ball-shaped object" landed in the and it was kept inside the monastary 817 1, www.ufoconference.com. .
immediately adjacent town of Pan- away from the trekers and tourists. Nov. 17-20-Crop Circles & Keys to
orama City. It was covered with hair, and was Higher Consciousness, Tempe, AZ,
Witnesses from three neighboring indeed cone shaped, or to be more pre- featuring J.J. Hurtak, Russell Targ, Wil-
homes observed "three beings approxi- cise, it curved up from the widest part liam Henry, Jim Marrs, Linda Moulton
mately 6 feet 8 inches in height, with to the top, looking like it had two sides. Howe, Francine Blake, Nancy Talbott,
long blond hair and tight green suits." However, if you looked at it from a Flordemayo, Philip Gardiner, Bert
Two of the witnesses reported that the different angle it would certainly look Janssen, Heather Clewett, & Chet &
beings made "gestures of friendship." cone shaped. I will see if there are any Kallista Snow. www.chetsnow.com,
While many UFO encounters may photos that we took of this, as many of 928-204- 1955.
12 MUFON UFO Journal August 2006
John Schuessler retiring as Director;
*
James Carrion chosen as next leader
By Dwight Connelly
Journal editor
John Schuessler, who has served as
International Director of MUFON for
the past six years, is retiring, and James
Carrion. director of MUFON's Pandora
Project. will be the new director.
While Schuessler's retirement was
news to the public and most MUFON
members, Board members have been
aware for some time of his desire to
reduce his role with MUFON.
"I have had some health problems."
he explains. "and just don't have the
energy to keep going seven days a
Retiring MUFON International John S c h u e s s l ~who has served
week. Kathy and I feel we have earned
some time for ourselves." Director John Schzresslel; right, con- zrfologyfor more than 40 years as re-
He noted, however, that he will re- gratulates International Director- searcher, author, .and leader, was
main as active with MUFON as his elect James Carrion on his selection presented MUFONS first annual
health pennitsin whatever capacity that by the MUFON Board. Award for Excellence in Ufology.
best suits the needs of the organization.
Schuessler says that Carrion, who
lias served as a member of the Board, My lifelong interest in UFOs
will do a great job as director. By James Carrion I was also actively involved with re-
"James is smart, a hard worker, re- When I was a young boy of 11, I searching Chupacabra activity and all
liable. a team player. and a success in was fascinated by stories of aliens, of the Laguna Cartagena UFO sightings.
the business world," says Schuessler. UFOs, and related phenomena, and One of my father's dogs was even the
"He will not only continue the projects began my own news clipping collection. possible victim of a Chupacabra attack.
now underway, but will utilize his con- My mother subscribed to all the ma- Even to this day, Puerto Rico is a hot-
siderable talents to expand MUFON's jor tabloid publications, and they pro- bed for UFO activity.
role in ufology." vided many of the news articles in my I left Puerto Rico to join the U.S.
The transition from Schuessler to collection. Army, where I worked as a Russian lin-
Carrion will take place over the next My family moved to Puerto Rico guist and signals intelligence analyst,
four or five months, with Cariion ex- around this time, and it was there that I and I was stationed for two years in
pected to assume full responsibility in had my first exposure to others inter- Augsburg, Germany.
November or December in a gradual ested in the subject. In 1987I left the military and moved
shifting of roles. There was a local UFO group that to Tallahassee, FL, to attend college.
As Carrion becomes familiar with was actively involved in going to El While living there, I became fascinated
the duties of Director, Kristen Yunque, Puerto Rico's national park and with the story of the Gulf Breeze six, a
Kennington will be learning the office rain forest, where they attempted to group of young soldiers who went
procedures currently being carried out communicate and meet with alien spe- AWOL from their base in Augsburg,
by Schuessler's wife, Kathy. cies. Germany, to search for UFOs in Gulf
Ms. Kennington has been assisting Unfortunately, my father did not al- Breeze.
Canion with the Pandora Project, and low me to accompany the group, as he All six of these soldiers were also
assisted Kathy at the recent sympo- believed that UFOs were evil and de- military intelligence analysts (from a sis-
sium. "Kristen is detail oriented, and monic in nature. According to other ter unit), and I was intrigued as to what
will make a great office manager," says group members, their communication would cause a group of young, intelli-
Camon. attempts were successful. gent, and psychologically competent
August 2006 MUFON UFO Journal
I
individuals (having achieved top secret My goal is to put together the largest
clearances with special background in- UFO database in the world that can be James Carrion resume
vestigations) to pursue their quest while easily accessed by our own research -
1996 Present: M o'u n t a i n
knowing they could face possible prison teams for data-mining purposes. View Systems, LLC, Bellvue, CO,
time and charges of treason. After reviewing most of the files Chief Executive Officer and founder.
One of the Gulf Breeze six even at- MUFON has amassed over the years, I Manage a private computer training
tended the MUFON symposium that am still in awe at the dedication and pro- company that specializesin accelerated
was being held in Pensacola at the time. fessionalism shown by the many computer technical training and com-
That was the first time that I heard of MUFON investigators who took their puter based tutorials (CBTs).
MUFON. Lead instructor and curriculum de-
investigation work so seriously.My goal
In 1996I moved to Greeley, CO, with signer. Winner of the 2005 and 2006
is to make their Information Technology Professional
my wife Lisa so she could attend gradu-
ate school at the University of Colo- magazine award for best accelerated
rado. technical training.
I quickly found myself attending the 1995-1996: Florida State Univer-
MUFON Denver meetings, and joined sity. Tallahassee, FL. Computer Ser-
MUFON soon after. I traveled with vices manager. Responsible for com-
MUFON Colorado members to the cel- puter support for all university admin-
ebration of the 50'" anniversary of the istrative departments.
Roswell incident. Managed a staff of 20 computer
That same year I passed my MUFON r e v i s e d 1;' ,,i ... technicianslengineers.as well as a help
investigator exam and was assigned as MUFONmis- I . . desk that provided excellent customer
state section director for Northeastern sion statement 1.. ' ' service and technical support to com-
L. . -. . -
Colorado. When I moved to Bellvue, and goals. I puter end users. Responsible for evalu-
Carrion ating, purchasing, and implementing
CO, I vacated that position and took was asked to
over as the Northwestern Colorado sec- join the board soon after, and have multi-million dollar computer network
tion director. proudly sewed on it since. hardware and software systems.
In 2003 I proposed to the board the I consider myself a skeptical believer - 1994-1995: Datafex, Inc., Talla-
Pandora Project, and after board ap- in UFOs-skeptical from the point of hassee, FL. Computer technical trainer.
proval began work on it. view that I don't take a UFO sighting at Taught Microsoft and Novel1 technical
Since the files were in Denver, it was face value, but believe that each case training classes to computer profession-
difficult to remotely manage what is es- should be rigorously investigated with als. Provided computer consulting ser-
sentially a very hands-on volunteer- an open but - scientifically discerning vices.
based project. In 2005 I moved the mind. 1987-1994: Florida State Univer-
MUFON files to my home in Bellvue sity, Tallahassee, FL. Computer sup-
At the same time, I believe that the
so I could have more of an active role. port engineer.
UFO phenomenon is real, and although
Since then, I-along with a paid part- 1983-1989: United States Army
I have never had a UFO sighting my- (active and reserve). Signals intelli-
time worker-have processed all of the self, I can't discount the thousands
U.S. files. gence analyst/Russian-Spanishlinguist.
upon thousands of sightings experi- Responsible.forinterception and analy-
This is a very time intensive task of
enced by others. sis of foreign voice communications for
separating out discreet cases, assign-
ing each case a unique Pandora num- I also sincerely hope one day within the National Security Agency (NSA),
ber which is entered into a computer my lifetime that UFOLOGY will be M y targeting the former Soviet bloc coun-
database, and then placing each case in embraced by most mainstream scien- tries prior to the end of the cold war.
a new labeled folder. tists instead of being treated as a pseudo Flight crew member on voice inter-
The files are then scanned by a third science and an object of ridicule-and cept missions (flights) between Key
party imaging company. Thus far, more that MUFON will be the major catalyst West, FL, and Guantanarno Bay, Cuba.
than 9,000 U.S. cases have already been in accomplishing ths. Education
scanned and archived on DVD. The In order to reach this and other 1989-1991: Florida State Univer-
remaining international and other mis- MUFON goals, I plan to stress solid sity, M.A. International Affairs.
cellaneous files will be archived soon. research, expanded educational activi- 1987-1989: Florida State Univer-
I believe, as Dr. Hynek did, that if ties, more involvement of young people sity, B.A. Russian Language with a
we collect enough sighting data and put and women, international cooperation minor in Spanish
it in the proper electronic format, we with other reputable groups, and high 1983-1984: Defense Language In-
will start to see patterns emerge that we ethical standards. stitute, Monterey, CA, 47-week inten-
did not previously notice. sive Russian language course.
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Note: These reports are presented in or- but he was a charming child and a bless- watch over the children. A swimming
der to keep readers informed of some of the ing to each person who met him. Many pool is 14 times more likely than a
vast number of sightings being reported. were touched by Georgie's love and motor vehicle to be involved in the
However, these cases have not been officially happiness. death of a child age 4 and under.
investigated, unless noted. He would give a rock to his school I asked God, why take someone so
bus driver each day, flowers to his young and loving? I like to think God
Drowning our youth mother, and little seashells to, his has a greater need for him in Heaven.
This month I have dedicated these friends. His Golden Retriever was his Alex, who is Georgie's sister, told me
Files to the accidental drowning of my constant compan- he is watching over us right now.
grandson. Georgie. ion, and even but- Georgie and I ask that you help save
Georgie's gift of life terflies would some other child. so you may be spared
Every so often you see a bright shin- land on his fin- the grief of losing a child you love.
ing star in the skies. Georgie's light of gers. When you go to Heaven, expect to see
love and happiness was here for five It was one of Georgie greeting you and saying, "We
years. the greatest love you, BE HAPPY, let me show you
George A. Filer V was my son's son, shocks of my life my room."
who was the happiest and sweetest kid to lose such a pre- I'm looking for your help in spread-
you would ever want to meet. cious gift as ing information about Georgie's gifts
I announced his birth at the Wash- George. I have and the danger in our pools. Please con-
ington National Press Club Disclosure George cried more in the tact me at Majorstar@aol.com
Briefing to 150 reporters in May of last few days than I have in my whole
2001. Because of Georgie, I agreed to life, and have promised to give a warn-
testify about UFOs. I'm devastated to ing to others.
Lights over Phoenix
report he drowned in his mother's par- When George died, he gave his eyes Don Ecker interviewed photojour-
ents' pool on July 6,2006. to another child, who can now see. nalist Jeff Woolwine, who filmed a
He always ran up to hug me and give I am asking for your help so Georgie rather amazing piece of footage over
a big happy kiss to my wife and me. will not be forgotten-that he has not Phoenix on July 4,2006. Jeff believes
He was the loving star of our family, died in vain. these lights to be "individual entities."
and he had the nickname of Prince He died in a swimming pool acci- A spokesman for Dark Matters Ra-
George. dent, one of about 1,450 young chil- dio says, "We're inclined to believe that
He would sit on my lap and want dren, most under five years old, who this is a singular large aircraft, currently
me to read him stories. He particularly die each year from drowning, typically of unknown origin, that is banking to
liked Spiderman, race cars, and Tho- in backyard pools. the right and pivoting on its nose."
mas Trains. I often wondered how he To put this in perspective, we lost According to Jeff, the Air Force has
could be so happy. He would give me about 1,000soldiers fighting in Iraq and already made a statement that these
a hug ind a kiss and say, "Love You," Afghanistan last year. We lose a third lights were nothing more than flares.
or tell you his favorite saying, "Be more of oudittle children in our pools, This singular event is spectacular for
happy!" yet I see only explosions or terrorist two reasons: this is the second sighting
His personality was exuberant and bombs on our newscasts. over the Phoenix area in recent history
loving, and he often wore his No warnings about the death traps that has been captured by video, and
Spiderman costume, who has breath- in our pools and spas. Yours or your no one is paying attention-again.
taking battles with fearsome criminals. neighbor's. pools can cause death just Without a doubt this is an important
Virtually everyone liked or loved as deadly as roadside bombs. event and deserves more attention and
him. He was born with a smile and Tell your friends about Georgie, and research than it is currently getting. So
showed love for all those around him. warn them to watch their children ev- tell everyone you know, your email list,
He liked to snuggle in your arms. ery minute when near water. It is very your message board favorites, your
His life was a very short five years, important that someone is in charge to neighbor, and perfect strangers to visit
August 2006 MUFON UFO Journal
the Dark Matters website and get this
footage. Thanks to Dark Matters Ra-
dio. ww,w.darkmattersradio.com.

Illinois black triangle


CHICAGO-The witness reports, "I
was over Illinois, flying to Minneapo-
lis from the Southeast on June 6,2006.
I was looking out the airplane window
and spotted a triangle. The object was
flat black in color. very large (best esti-
mate 300-400 yards long), and feature-
less.
"It remained motionless in the top
of a cloud. I had feelings of disbelief.
awe, and, strangely, very calm. I lost
sight of the object when the plane fi-
nally flew past it." Thanks to MUFON
CMS.
Paraguay object photographed
Argentina bovine incisions AMAMBAY-Here is a photograph taken by Alejandro Rom in of the ENIG-
LA PAMPA - Cattle Mutilations: MAS production group during their visit to Amambay in May, 2006. The image
a report from Raul Oscar Chaves. "In was sent to me by Ricardo Gonzalez, researcher and director of the Legado
late June, 2006, on the edge of Route # Cosrnico web site.
7, five bovines were found dead, pre-
senting clear signs of mutilation. and still dark, so unfortunately there cover of King Pacal's templeltomb
"The carcasses showed signs of was no way of filming the event. shows him apparently sitting in a rocket
missing udders, ears, and tongues, and "After realizing there was a small or UFO taking him into space.
incisions to the genital region. The mi- light on the horizon over the jungle in
mals were predominantly black Aber- Palenque, my father and others became Oklahoma UFO dives in pond?
deen Angus and Short Horn cattle. curious. Eventually the light came si- FLAGLER-"On June 27, 2006,"
"Many mutilations are not reported lently zigzagging towards them. They says the witness, "five of our grandchil-
because livestock buyers are reluctant were directly at the bottom of the dren were fishing in our pond about 3
to make purchases from estates on Temple of Inscriptions setting up. PM when they saw a big splash on one
which mutilation episodes have oc- "As the light came closer, it suddenly side of the pond.
curred." Translation (c) 2006. S. sped up and zoomed towards their po- "When it hit the water there was
Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Raul sition, where it 'stopped on a dime,' in steam that went up from the object, then
Oscar Chaves. my father's words. He had no belief the object disappeared to reappear in
whatsoever in UFOs, and had never another area. Everything became still,
Hovering object in Mexico really looked at the evidence, despite and the pond became like glass as the
PALENQUE-Elliot Lemmon my pleas. object sank.
writes, "I live in New Zealand, and my "Now this light had stopped directly "Then they saw a whirlpool in the
father, who is a professional director of above them, and its luminescence went pond about 8 to 10 feet across that
photography, was filming a BBC se- out to reveal a solid oblong kind of moved very fast across the pond to-
ries in Palenque, Mexico, called 'Spir- shape, perhaps a couple thousand feet wards them. One of the children got in
its of the Jaguar' back in '96 when he, up and the size of a large truck. My a boat that was at the bank, and she
along with two or three others, had the father described it as pretty much brick- could see lights around the sides. The
sighting. like. object looked like metal.
"What really blows me away is the "The craft's light came back on, and "Two other children said they saw
apparent interest the UFO had either it shot off to the horizon again at an the lights, but two of them said it looked
in the people viewing it or in King impossible speed! One of the things my yellow under the water. Two were still
Pacal's tomblpyramid. father still finds hard to fathom is the watching it when they saw the water
"Basically, they were setting up their complete silence of the craft." Thanks and grass around the pond next to them
equipment; camera, etc. for the day's to Elliot Lernmon start to move violently, so they got
shoot. It was only 4:00 or 4:30 AM, Note: The carved stone grave vault scared and ran to the house.

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found truck-like tracks that led towards ing this year's symposium speakers in The Proceedings also includes an ar-
the pond, but stopped before they got person may still learn what they had to ticle by Symposium emcee and Satur-
5.
to the water. There was a circle where say. Video, DVD, and audio tapes are day luncheon' speaker John
the grass had been bent down in an arc available, as is the 37th Annual Inter- Greenewald, Jr. on "UFOs and the
shape at the edge of the pond as it national Symposium Proceedings. Small Screen: A Production Tale." It
splashed into the pond. Speakers and their topics include: does not include Jesse Marcel, Jr.'s re-
"They said there was a cloud over Jesse Marcel, Jr., the Friday dinner marks.
them that was swirling. The older chil- speaker, "Evidence from Roswell"; The cost for this year's Proceedings
dren thought it might be a tornado that Kenneth Storch, "9 11 UFO: UFOs is $33 in the U.S. and Canada, and $42
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check for contamination. They in- UFO Weather Maps-a Year of Evi- or $60 for all 12 speakers; audio CDs
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ALEXANDRA PALACE, LON- the Third Kind," which deals with UFO Shipping and handling is extra, based
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sky," says the witness, "was an object Linda Moulton Howe, "UFO Crash order exceeds $200. Colorado residents
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sphere attached to it, but which moved Ted Phillips, "The Physical Evidence www.ufocongress.com:
in regular motion and time from the for Unidentified Flying Objects";
bottom of the cylinder to the top. Carl Feindt, "Physical Influences of Twichell's UFO television
'

"The cylinder stayed at the side of a UFO on Water";


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sliding up and down the cylinder evenly. Detailed Analysis of the Historical David Twichell's "We Are Not
"Before it eventually disappeared out Record"; Alone," a half-hour TV show explor-
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distant-came into view that gave me a tion of UFO Crash Retrieval Cases"; come a one-hour radio show on WHFR
reference for whatever it was I was Brian Boldman, "Angel Hair: Evi- - 89.3 FM. It will air at 10 AM EST on
watching, so I estimate it was very high alternate Sundays.
and relatively large." The TV show will continue, but
Books by Dr. Leir world renowned scientists and
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By Ted Phillips

Marley Woods-bovine incisions feet'to the west. The horse would not farm, as if landing. They drove toward
In previous columns I discussed go into either of the rings. the area to see if they could find the
some of the strange sightings related to He found in these fields two gates object, but all was dark. The object had
an area of Missouri which I call Marley of the same construction as the May 8, descended into the area of the old build-
Woods. 1999, event located a mile south. ings on Witness 53's property.
As I investigated, more and more The gates were forced to the ground, The next day they arrived at the farm,
reports came in over a period of time and the pivot pins were turned to the and, as they were watching the place
as area residents came to know and horizontal. The gates were still chained while Witness 53 was gone, they had
trust me. The strangeness did not stop. together and were not marked or dented keys to the gates. It was noon, a clear,
In June, 1999, by impact. The gates cannot be reached calm day.
a second area of by vehicle without unlocking two sets There is an old mobile home 40 feet
activity became of gates to access the fields. SE of the house, which is also quite old
known as the There have been numerous sightings and in bad shape. The entire area was
cabin owner was by Witness 53 and his father over the grown up with high weeds. Witness 73
visiting with his years in this area. A brilliant globe was stopped the car 20 feet from the house
neighbor. Wit- seen on the ground, and video was and walked to the mobile home to check
ness 53. taken of it by Witnesses 11 & 12 from it.
This site is lo- their home 2,000 feet away. His wife, Witness 74, watched from
cated 4,500 feet June 7, 1999: Witnesses 8 & 9 saw the car: she is a very large person, and
south of the orange lights at 10 PM from their farm it is difficult for her to enter or exit the
cabin, and is one Phillips south of the cabin. car. Her view was of the mobile home
of three farms June 16,1999: at the cabin, the care- to the right, and the house to the left.
owned by Witness 53. taker and two other people saw six of She watched as her husband walked
He was reluctant to discuss such the orange lights. One of the lights was from the mobile home toward the old
things, but finally became curious due east over the old barn, followed by house. Suddenly he fell to the ground.
enough to talk. In June, 1999, he had three more in a triangular pattem. The His wife, fearing he had a heart at-
been finding numerous cattle dead un- other two were single lights in the north- tack, left the car and headed for the path
der odd circumstances. east. to the house. She called to him and
The animals were found in the area June 24, 1999: at the cabin, three asked if he was okay. It took him sev-
of an old farm house located on the next witnesses took videos of large white eral seconds to reply in a very weak
high hill south of the cabin. He would light at 9:21 PM. As'the object moved voice.
find a calf just born with the mother, across the sky they could see small A strange force
and the next morning the calf would be lighted objects racing toward the larger She asked him if he could get up,
picked clean of its flesh, the mother still one. The display was seen for ten min- and he said he wasn't sure. When she
close to it. utes. got closer to him she could see that he
This was strange enough, but over a At 10:10 PM another large. white was face down. As she reached him she
period of several days this continued, light moved south, and again smaller felt a "force" or pressure against her
and each time he would find a large ring white lights were videoed as they raced upper back and shoulders and was also
a short distance away from the calf. The toward, and then from, the larger light. pushed to the ground, falling next to her
soil in these rings appeared baked, but July, 1999:Witnesses 73 & 74, both husband.
the center was normal. The rings were in their mid-6OYs,live 2,000 feet west They managed to help each other off
about 20 feet in diameter. of the second farm owned by Witness the ground. He said he was walking
- Near the end of June he was riding 53. One evening in early July the wife between the house and the mobile home
his horse when the animal reacted to saw a "craft" with lights passing over when he was suddenly "pushed" vio-
something, reared up, and almost their house. lently straight ahead. Both reported they
'tossed him off. He calmed the horse and She called to her husband, and they felt two distinct "blows" before falling.
found two more 20-foot rings identical both watched as the object slowly de- He suffered a bloody right leg from
to the 8 other rings located some 800 scended into the woods on Witness 53's the hip to the foot, developed a blood
MUFON UFO Journal August 2006
clot above his right knee, and spent sev- direction and flew away at high speed. The ring of swirled foliage was com-
eral days in the hospital. July 20, 1999: at the cabin. Owner pressed by a very high pressure of some
This couple is highly regarded in the R reported, "Today at about 2:15 PM sort, applied from above. The central
community. They have not reported or while I was driving a cow through the area was exposed to less force.
discussed the event with anyone except 12-foot wide fence alley to my corral, I The swirled area is circular, but
1. a close family friend, and she told R happened upon a large circular area of slightly elongated east to west. It mea-
and me about it. They refused to talk flattened and swirled grass between the sured 9.3 feet north-south, 8.95 feet
with us, even though they have known alley fences. I called Ted on my cell east-west. The alley fences are 12 feet
R for many years. phone, and he arrived at my farm at apart, and the ring edges were: 6 inches
The husband was an avid hunter his 7:30 PM." from the west fence, and 30 inches from
entire life, and he not only stopped hunt- The ring is located 245 feet north- the east fence.
ing, but rarely leaves his house. east of the cabin, halfway down a slop- Samples were taken from the site.
July 7, 1999: at the cabin, at 8:16 ing field toward the area where the There were no compass deviations
PM one larger amber light seen by three gates were impacted earlier. The story across the area, and a metal detector
witnesses. pieced togther is as follows: indicated negative.
July 8, 1999: at the cabin, at 9:21 On the evening of July 19,1999, at CBP 1400 moisture tests on site and
PM two witnesses saw one amber light I1 PM, the caretaker heard the farm control showed no difference.
in the southeast. dogs "going crazy" to the northeast of No radiation was detected, no glow-
July 13,1999: at the cabin, two wit- the cabin. He saw a large white light in ing effects noted at night, normal in-
nesses saw a large white light from the the low east, and went back to bed. sect population in area, and there were
south at 9:30 PM. R took video for three The next day, the caretaker called the no marks or discoloration in the area.
minutes as it moved toward the cabin. cabin owner to tell him of a cow trying No additional swirled areas were
At one point it stopped. hovered for 15 to birth a calf. and she was having prob- found. and there had been no high wind
to 20 seconds, and moved away at high lems. The owner called the local vet, for the past three weeks.
speed due east. and joined him at the farm. Cattle react .
Enormous object The calf had to be removed from the On Aug. 8,1999, the owner tried to
July 14, 199: at the cabin, at 9:37 cow, and was dead. The head was de- drive 166 cattle through the alley. As
PM two witnesses saw "an enormous formed, as was one front leg. The calf the herd approached the swirled ring
object moving very slowly across the was "mummified"-the word used by they suddenly bolted and tried to get
sky from east to west. The object was the vet. through the barbed wire fences on each
longer than it was wide, and it was cov- The vet stated that he not seen this side, rather than cross the circle.
ered over the entire surface with vari- condition before, and it was "very odd." The owner and three helpers forced
ous dim (not blinking) lights. The property owner and caretaker the cattle back and away from the area.
"It made a very low humming sound herded the cow through a fenced alley Then they attempted to drive them
as it traveled, and when it was west of to put her in a barn. The alley has gates through the ring area in groups of ten,
us, it appeared to split in half, with the at each end allowing no access to cattle single file. . .
right half continuing west and the left or vehicles. The cattle went by the ring, single
half traveled southwest." A swirled circle file, stepping only in the 30-inch area
Video was taken, but only a few of They walked up the alley and found between the east fence and the edge of
the lights could be seen; the dark shapethe swirled circle in the high grass. The the ring. Not one touched even the edge
is not visible. The object was seen for fescue around the circle measured an of the swirled circle.
more than five minutes. average of 40 inches in height up to the This ring is located 330 feet south-
July 17,1999: at the cabin, Witness edge of the disturbed area. west of the gates that were pushed
21, caretaker of the property, reported The fescue was tightly swirled in a down earlier.
seeing two of the large orange lights clockwise pattern, flat to the ground. "Normal" sightings continued in
Plants were not broken, scorched, or
appear in the east in the direction of the July, with observations on the 22, 24,
old barn. dehydrated. There was no sign of heavy 29, and 30, all witnessed by two to 8
Shortly after their appearance, a weight or crushing effects. There were people.
bright white light moved across the sky no visible imprint marks. August, 1999: Only one observation
from north to south, then stopped for The center was two inches higher during the month-five witnesses saw a
two minutes east of the old barn. than the outer ring-it was swirled, but large white light.
July 18,1999: at the cabin the owner appeared to be somewhat pulled up September, 1999: observations on
saw a large white light straight over- also. We attempted to duplicate the ef- 4th, 13th, 16th, 21st, 22nd.
head. He braced his video camera on fects with boards, feet, and a large tire. October, 1999: 3 0 "normal"
the windmill framework, and as he When rolled down the fescue would sightings, two significant events.
taped the object, it instantly reversed spring back up. (Continued next month)

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.- . '^ -
C _'
. By Stanton T. Friedman

Plasmas and UFOs It was completed in 1955, and 21.5% tions could stand up to careful scrutiny.
As Yogi Berra once said, "It's d6jB of the cases could not be explained, Klass had even explained away the
vu all over again." separate from the 9.5% which had "in- Betty and Barney Hill sighting of Sep-
There was a lot of discussion the first sufficient Information." tember, 1961, as a plasma phenom-
two weeks of May about the soon to Did they really not know about enon! As might be expected, he came
be widely released United Kingdom Project GrudgeBlue Book Reports 1- up with at least one other explanation
Ministry of Defense UFO Volume: 12? Or the Congressional Hearings later.
"Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (246 pages) of July 29,1968, with tes- Jim dealt carefully with all aspects
(UAP) in the UK Air Defense Region." timony from 12 scientists including Carl of Klass' theories, such as pollution
The work in the report had actually Sagan, J.Al- being related to the plasma phenom-
been done between 1996 and 2000, and len Hynek, enon, about meteor-produced plasma
some had been classified SECRET be- James Har- blobs. etc.
cause of some still censored informa- der. James E. The simple fact of the matter, which
tion about radar. McDonald, was particularly impressive to me, hav-
A freedom of information request to myself, et al? ing worked on plasmas related to the
the UK Ministry of Defense by four UK These nuclear fusion propulsion system we
researchers seeking a copy had finally were all gov- were examining at Aerojet General
hit paydirt. For a week before the for- ernment- Nucleonics in the early 1960s, was that
mal release on the internet, news ar- sponsored Klass was shown to be wrong in every
ticles appeared. reports in, instance. Plasmasas the source of many
All stressed that the classified study English. UFO reports simply don't cut it.
consisting of more than 450 pages Stan Friedman U ~ O S as Plasmoids as sources for UFOs was
would be posted on the internet on May plasmas is also a topic pursued diligently in an
15. Supposedly the study had found that hardly a new notion. UFO debunker appendix of the Condon Report, "At-
UAPs (They didn't like the term UFOs) Philip Klass had published two articles mospheric Electricity and Plasma In-
did not present a threat to the security in Aviation Week and Space Technol- terpretations of UFOs" by Martin
of Great Britain. Most, it was said, ogy in 1966 suggesting a plasma ex- Altschuler.
could be explained as various blobs of planation for most UFO sightings. He It covered 32 pages, included 108
plasma. elaborated in detail in his first debunk- references, and did not conclude that
Frankly, I was incredulous. One ing book, UFOs Identijied, published many sightings could be explained by
blurb noted that there was supposedly in 1968. the plasma phenomenon.
a claim being made that this was only McDonald's work In my Congressional Hearings pa-
the second government-sponsored re- Dr. James E. McDonald, who was a per, I, too, had discussed plasmas and
port in English about UFOs. professor of physics in the Institute of UFOs, noting that indeed some plas-
The University of Colorado "Scien- Atmospheric Sciences at the Univer- mas might have been involved if they
tific Study of Unidentified Flying Ob- sity of Arizona, had already been dig- were located in the boundary layer
jects," done under the direction of ging into UFOs for a couple of years. around a flying saucer moving in the
physicist Edward U. Condon and usu- He discussed Klass' strange totally atmosphere.
ally referred to as the Condon report, unscientific hypotheses in great detail Benefits of created plasma
.was the other one. in 19 pages of his outstanding 40-page Many papers had been published
The latter volume was finished at the paper "UFOs: an International Scien- showing the great benefit that might be
end of 1968. Careful review indicates tific Problem" presented in Montreal obtained if one created such a plasma
that 30% of the 117 cases studied in on March 12, 1968, at the Canadian and interacted with electric andlor mag-
detail could not be identified. Aeronautics and Space Institute Astro- netic fields produced on board the craft.
Were the authors really unaware of nautics Symposium. Experiments 'indicated that one
Project Blue Book Special Report 14 There are 38 references in this pa- might control lift, drag, heating, radar
with its more than 240 charts, tables, per. Jim used quantitative science tech- profile, and sonic boom production.
graphs, and maps discussing 3,201 niques to show that none of Klass' Plasmas were of great military con-
sightings? many plasma and plasmoid explana- cern because rocket nose cones enter-
20 MUFON UFO Journal August 2006
ing back into the atmosphere would be very loose. If there was an earthquake natural events could also be causes."
going so fast that they would ionize the (even if only a magnitude 2 or 3) within And I could win the big lottery.
air, creating a plasma. Obviously it 300 miles and a few months of a sight- Or "No evidence exists to suggest
would be important to know how this ing, to him that meant correlation! that the phenomena seen are hostile or
would influence the drag and heating There are about a million earth- under any type of control, other than
on the nose cone. quakes per year, and many thousands that of natural physical forces." Would
Targeting nose cones accurately re- of sightings, so correlations are easy if somebody cleared only to Secret be
quires that one know the drag and also one gives enough leeway in the timing aware of any hostility?
the heating. I had a technical report lit- and location. ChristopherRutkowski of Secret versus Top Secret
erature search done in 1969 while at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg Of particular significance is the
McDonnell Douglas on the topic has published detailed rebuttals of simple fact that the study had only been
"Magnetoaerodynamics." Persinger's theories. classified SECRET. Those who have
It included 900 items, 90% of which Obviously, many UFOs observed looked at the almost completely (about
were classified. There has obviously from aircraft many thousands of feet 95%) redacted 156 National Security
been a great deal of technical research above the Earth are not produced by Agency UFO documents "released in
done on plasmas and the atmosphere. earthquakes. 1997 know that they were classified
Many will recall that when the Many people are not aware that plas- TOP SECRET UMBRA.
Apollo spacecraft returned from the mas are very important in all our lives. The 4 CIA UFO documents found
Moon there was a communications The Sun and all stars are not masses of by the NSA, which it took me 5 years
blackout because of the plasma region burning gas, but are plasmas: "electri- to obtain from the CIA under FOIA, all
produced adjacent to the spacecraft as cally conducting fluids." were classified TOP SECRET CODE
it entered the atmosphere. Fluorescent light bulbs have plasmas Word and were very heavily censored.
None of this was covered in the UK inside. Much radio wave propagation Wilbert Smith's 1950TOP SECRET
report. Instead they talked about mete- is produced by reflection from an ion- report indicated that UFOs were the
ors producing "buoyant plasma" that ized layer of the atmosphere. Scien- most classified subject in the USA. The
would move around and be mistaken tists studying nuclear fusion work with FBI said the military considered the
for flying saucers! plasmas all the time. problem TOP SECRET.
Ball lightning not a match They vary greatly in their character- As rioted in my MUFON 2005 pa-
Ball lightning was noted, though any istics. Marconi's early transmission per "Government UFO Lies," it is clear
comparison of size, color, and duration (1901) of radio waves across the ocean, that orders had been given to shoot
between the many reports of ball light- rather than being limited to the line of down UFOs if they didn't land when
ning and UFOs, as noted in BBSR 14, sight between transmitter and receiv- told to do so.
shows that the two groups don't match. ing antenna, was made possible by a Gen. Bolender stated, "Reports of
Klass had not made the comparison, layer of plasma about 60 miles above UFOs which could affect National Se-
although he liked BL as an explanation the Earth, the ionosphere. curity were not part of the Blue Book
for many reports. Some of the comments made in the System." The point is that no such ma-
Of special importance is the fact that advance publicity based on th'e sum- terial could be covered in a Plain Va-
ball lightning is normally less than 2' mary were truly ludicrous, such as nilla Secret document.
in diameter and rarely lasts more than UAP do exist and are "usually de- It is unfortunate that the author of
a few seconds .... And is essentially scribed as coloured lights and some- the report has remained anonymous. It
never noted where there haven't been times shapes," which leaves out most is thus impossible to know whether he
storms. sightings that are investigated and turn wasjust ignorant and an unwitting pawn,
Meteors do ionize the air, which is, out to be unidentifiable! or intentionally trying to deceive.
generally speaking, why we see the ion- Or "reports occur because they com- Supposedly the title given the docu-
ized air rather than the usually small prise unfamiliar and unexpected lights, ment, the "Condign" Report, is just a
piece of rock or metal that is actually shapes and patterns, in the context in random selection of letters! My dictio-
zooming along. which the observer sees them." nary says Condign means "well de-
The MOD report also focuses on the This doesn't really cover most pilot served, suitable...usually applied to pun-
work of Michael Persinger at sightings of nearby craft, obviously ishment."
Laurentian University in Sudbury, metallic, and intelligently controlled, Anybody who buys this balderdash
Ontario. He early on claimed that there nor the few thousand physical trace or the Condon report as the final word
was a connection between earthquake cases collected by Ted Phillips wherein on UFOs or UAP deserves to be pun-
lights produced by friction in rocks at craft are seen on or near the ground ished for being naive.
about the time of quakes and UFO before taking off. -fsphys @rogers.com
sightings. Or "Rare weather, atmospheric con- www.stantonfriedman.com
His correlation was, to say the least, ditions or other 'barely understood'
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By Gavin A. J. McLeod

September sky
Moon phases
Full Moon Sept. 7 (largest apparent
size for 2006)
Last Quarter Sept. 14
New Moon Sept. 22
First Quarter Sept. 30
Bright planets (evening sky)
Mercury (magnitude 1.37 to 1.38
to 1.33):Moving from Leo to Virgo.
For northern hemisphere observers,
Mercury will be difficult to see this
month. For southern hemisphere ob-
servers, Mercury will emerge into the
evening twilight sky in the west during
the second half of the month.
Mars (magnitude 1.8 to 1.7): In
Virgo. For northern hemisphere observ-
ers, Mars will not be observable until
December. For southern hemisphere
observers. Mars will become lost in the
evening twilight by midmonth.
Jupiter (magnitude - 1.9 to - 1.8):In Planetary grouping Sept. 20, 2006, before s~rnrise.
Libra. For northern hemisphere observ-
ers, Jupiter will be very low in the west- hemisphere observers, Saturn will of the Moon.
southwest durihg evening twilight, and emerge in the morning twilight in the Sept. 24: Spica 0.5 degrees north of
will set in the west-southwest about 2 east-northeast during the first half of the the Moon.
hours after the Sun. For more favored month, and by month's end will stand Sept. 26: Jupiter 5.0 degrees north
southern hemisphere observers, Jupi- less than 10 degrees high at the begin- of the Moon.
ter will stand about 35 degrees high in ning of morning twilight.. Sept. 28:Antares 0.5 degrees north
the west at the end of evening twilight Zodiacal light of the Moon.
and will set about 4 hours after the Sun Zodiacal light will be visible in north-
in the west-southwest. ern latitudes in the east before the start
Bright planets (morning sky of morning twilight from Sept. 21 to
Venus (magnitude -3.8): Moving Oct. 5. The phenomenon is visible only
from Leo to Virgo. For northern hemi- from very dark locations.
sphere observers, Venus will be very Zodiacal light is sunlight bouncing
low in the east-northeast during mom- off dust grains in our solar system. Look
ing twilight. For southern hemisphere for a pyramid of light in the morning
observers, Venus will become lost early sky somewhat like the light from a city
in the month in the bright east-north- or town just over the horizon.
east mornlng twilight sky. Conjunctions and occultations:
Saturn (magnitude 0.4 to 0.5): In Sept. 1 Antares 0.5 degrees north
Leo. orthe them hemisphere observ- of the Moon.
ers, Satu.m will continue to rise higher Sept. 5: Venus 0.8 degrees north of
in the morning sky. By month's end Regulus.
Saturn w@ stand about 25 degrees high Sept. 19: Saturn 2.0 degrees south
in the east at the beginning of morning of the Moon.
twilight. For less favored southern Sept. 24. Mercury 1.8 degrees north

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