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Only a few months ago Greece's most outstanding Whilst the South American countries discussed
Physicist,Dr. Paul Santorini,when lecturingto the the subject more openly, the U.S. officials en-
Greek Astronomical Society, attributed to U.F-O.'s, deavoured to conceal it by debunking every report
the numerouspower blackoutswhich coincidedwith passedto them.Althoughthis procedurewas closely
peak 'flying saucer' activity in areas where they had followed by the Western World, much information
been observed near power lines. and many reports were still availableto researchers
Sincethe commencement of modern-daysightings, and the public.
when Kenneth Arnold's report coined the phrase Officialdomthroughout,finds it a regrettabletact,
"Flying Saucers",'Science'has apparently{earned that it cannot control the U.F.O'nauts and their
no more as to the whither, whence or why-or landingsand the innumerablewitnesseswho observe
even how-of these UnidentifiedFlyhg Obiects; them, and also the increasingnumber of scientists
yet, Prof. Santorini states that his own observations investigatingthe subject, who refuse to tum their
of flying saucers over Athens,and his subsequent heads to avoid embarrassing the Intelligence
investigationshave led him to believe that flying agencies.
saucers are engaged in surveying earth and taking The greatest assistanceto the sincere researcher
back with them, plant and animal samples. is the continuingexposureof the officiat bungling
Govemmentsponsoredprojects have come and by Government sponsored groups such as the
gone and returned again under another guise to Universityof Colorado'sProiect under the guidance
continuein secrecy,still we know very little except of Dr. Edward Condon, recently unmaskedby LOOK
that they exist, are intelligentlycontrolledand are magazinein their 14th May edition. This brought
probably of extra-terrestrial origin. down upon their heads, the wrath of officialdom for
The most recent repercussions have been felt their expose of attempted public deception.
from within the Soviet Union, where the lron Curtain As the resultof the.chaoticcollapseof the Condon
has been lifted from U.F.O. research and we now Gommittee,the public might now learn the findings
find that the Russianshave been carryingout their of a greater number ol scientists who have carried
investigationsalso, for the past twenty years, and out thbrough and sincere researchand have already
claim they know as little as the Western World CONCIUdEdJHAT U.F.O'SDO CERTAINLYEXIST!
regarding the problem. lt is however, a fact that
they have publiclyregardedthe subjectas 'capitalist
propaganda'until recentlywhen in April, 1967,they
admitted to the press that they had experienced
U.F.O. reports similar to those elsewhere,listing
power failures,electro-magneticeffects,radar detec-
tion and unusualaerobatics,and for releasingthis
informationregarding Russian U.F.O. investigation
the Soviet newsagencies became the target lor
official ire.

Ofticer
SightingsInvestigations

Mr. NevilleThornhillwas born in SouthAfrica and


migrated to Australia at the age of fourteen where
he continued his education at Brighton Grammar
School. He laler studied Engineeringat the Royal
MelbourneInstituteof Technologyand Swinburne
TechnicalCollege.
His sportingactivitieshave been many and varied
and he is currentlyan active memberof the Moun-
tain DistrictPistol Club. He is marriedand has two
small c hild ren .
His interest in U.F.O'swas aroused by his en-
quiring mind and an earnest desire to assist in
solvingthe problem.
U.F.O'sand mystery signals
from Outer Space

by PAUL NORMAN

What reason lies behind the concentrationof tion. The news scoop came during a meeting of
U.F.O.activity around the largest radio telescope astronomersin New York, which coincided with a
in the Southern Hemisphere? Are U.F.O's linked strike by newspaperemployeesin that city, when
with the mysterysignals from outer space? Could a senior memberof Ozma mentionedthe purposeof
it be that alien ufonautsare investigatingour ears the project to a few of his fellow astronomers.
and eyesto outer space? When called to task by higher olficials,the pro-
Three years ago, mystery signals detected by a iect astronomersaid that since no newspaperswere
radio telescope in the U.S.S.R.,caused a world- being printed in New York at the time that he did
wide sensation. A few days later an Australian not realize his commentswould become known to
astronomerflew to Russia,amid speculationson the public. The reprimandingofficer then rebuked
the nature of these signals, ranging lrom naturar him by saying,"You might have known a statement
phenomena to a gigantic navigation system for of that magnitude would be picked up by the
spacetravellers. press regardless of a newspaper strike." Thus,
was this importantnews learnedby the taxpayers,
Early this year, Dr. Robert Jastrow, Director who w e r e p a y i n gt h e b i l l .
of Goddard lnstitutefor Space Sciences,suggested
that, "space civilisationssuperior to ours have al- AJterwards,two embarrassedofticials,Drs. Otto
ready tuned to our radio broadcasts." Struve and Frank Drake, found it impossibleto
avoid interviews with editors and broadcasters.
During May, 1957,investigatorsrecordedbeeping
sounds emanatingfrom a mysterysource hovering Later,.Project Ozma was declared to be discon-
over a swamp in WashingtonState,U.S.A. The sig- tinued, however,it is known that the proiect did
nals came at intervals.A few secondsprior to the not close dorivnand since 1964,has been operating
beginningof each sound cycle, frogs in the swamp in conjunction with the large new station near
became silent. Whether this sound was at times Arecibo Puerto Rico. Like official U.F.O. investi-
beyond the range of the human ear is not known, gations,its operationsare clothed in secrecy,kept
but if ufonautsare trying to determinewhether or from the people who are paying the bills.
not there is intelligentlife on Earth, they had at Alien Satellites?
last found a lew creatureswho would at least stop Australianborn Ronald N. Bracewell,a leading
and listen. radio astronomer,has stated in variouspublications
For the past several months, radio astronomers that superior civilizations may be sending auto-
in Manchester,England and Parks, Australia, to- mated satellitesto orbit variousstars and awaiting
getherwith other radio telescopesaroundthe world the possibleawakeningof a civilizationon one or
have been recordingsignalswith such startlingpre- more of the star's planets.Whenthe communicative
cision that they were classifiedby some astrono- stage was reached the signals would be relayed
mers as artificial and coming from other world back to the home planet. Such messengers,he
civilisations.When this possibilitywas made known said,"may be here now."
to the press a- few weeks ago, the story was Since we have had reports of unknown objects
quickly reversedand faded from print. in orbit, both before and after Sputnik One, and
These on again off again remarks have been in- several astronauts have reported U.F.O's making
creasing since 1921, when Marconi reported re- close approaches to their space craft, together
ceivingregularpulseswhich he believedto be code with the difficulty radio astronomersare experi-
from transmitterson other planets.Within the last encing with mystery signals,the following corres-
few years there is overwhelmingevidencethat many pondence between the writer, Sir Bernard Love,,
of these reports have been accidentalslips to the and Dr. Bracewell,should be of interest.The letter
press. ot 23rd December,1961, was addressed to Pro-
fessor R. N. Bracewell,Stanford University,Cali-
Froiecl Ozma fornia.
Mysterysignals originating from within and with- "Your theory that civilizationsfrom other solar
out our solar system are being more closely ob- systems may be sending satellites to this one,
served than oflicial censors would have us know. came to my attentionseveralmonthsago in NEWS-
The writer became aware of this in 1960,during a WEEK magazine.
conversationwith Dr. Carl Seyfert, Director of "Some time ago I noticed news reportsconcern-
Arthur J. Dyer Observatoryand Professorof Astro- ing
nomy at VanderbiltUniversity,Nashville,Tennessee. mystery signals being picked up by Jodrell
Dr. Seyfert was also a board member of Project Bank Observatory,in Manchester,England, while
Ozma,'the name given to the radio telescopede- attempting to activate signals lrom the Venus
signed to search for messagesfrom other worlds. rocket. Sir Bernard, answered my enquiry as fol-
IOW S:
While discussing the U.F.O. subject with Dr. "Thank you for your letter of July 8th, regarding
Seyfert,he disclosedthat the generalpublic learned the signals from the RussianVenus Rocket. The
of Project Ozma by an accidentalslip to the press position is that during the visit of two Russian
while the listeninostation was still under construc- scientists to Jodrell Bank, synchronizedexperi-

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ments were carried out in an attempt to detect the Any information that can be given with regard
signals from the rocket when commanded lrom to your theory will be appreciated and if you have
the ground in Russia. lt was establishedthat the written a book on this sublect, please give me the
rocket was not responding to these commands. title and publisher."
However, in addition to the commands from the Professor Bracewell replied from the Chatterton
ground the rocket had built into it a series of Astronomy Department, School of Physics, The
automaticprogrammes,and we could not exclude University of Sydney, in a letter dated 31st Janu-
completely that some of the unidentifiedsignals ary, 1962, mentionedhis book that will be of much
which we received on the telescope might be interest to the reader. His letter reads as follows:
arising from the rocket working on some of these "l have no views of my own regarding the sig-
automatic programmes. The recorded tapes are nals from the direction of the Russian Venus
still being analysedin Russia,but we feel that the rocket, but I was interestedto have your report on
situationis likely to remain uncertain. what Lovell said about them.
"ls there a possibilitythat such a probe as yori
have mentioned was activated by these radio _ "Recently I wrote a chapter on Life in the
Galaxy for a book entitled Jdumey through Space
waves from Russia?Are any attemptsbeing made and the Atom, that is published by Shakespeare
to prove your theory? lt seems to me that the Head Press Pty. Ltd., 21 Pier St.,-Sydney.' The
Russian scientists could recognize the sound ol price is 84 shillings. The book contiins several
their own signals for sure. There appears to be cha_pters..by von Braun on recenl developmentsin
some doubtabout this. rocketry."
This suspectedlife on other worlds surely would
not be sittin ga rou ndtwiddlingt heir t hum bsandlor While radio astronomerspuzzle over the sounds
- reaching their telescopes, ufologists find U.F.O.
tins, and if there is life on the number of worlds
estimated,the odds are they would have found us activity around these telescopes and tracking
first. stationsto be of greater interest.

U.F.O's over Tracking Stations and Telescopes

Details with regard to an encounter with a U.F.O.


over Tidbinbilla Tracking Station, near Canberra.
just as Mariner lV commencedsending signals to
Earth, has been covered in a previous issue of the
REVIEW. lncidents occurring around these instal-
lations are too numerous to mention. Space does
not permit reports of other such encounters near
our launching pads, atomic plants and space
centres. Of special interest, however,is an incident
which occurred on June 7, 1965, just five weeks
before the encounter at Tidbinbilla.On that date
the tracking station operated by the Smithsonian
Institute, Astrophysical Observation Station at Oli-
fantslonlein,near Pretoria, South Africa. closed
down so that investigationcould be made by per-
sonnel of a mystery object sighted near ihe station.
After the appearanceof a soundless U.F.O,over
the quiet area of Mount Stromlo made headlines
throughout Australia, Dr. Bart Bok, the Observa-
tory's Director, received a visit from the R.A.A.F.
He immediately reversed the explanation to "an
aircraft". Following a lecture to the Astronomical
Society in Melbourne, this noled aslronomer was
g_rlgs_lignreqabout this puzzling contradiction by
V.U.F.O.R.S. Committeeman,H. J. Aitchison. Dr.
Bok replied that the Department of Air had re-
quested the observatoryto report U.F.O'S,but one
of his staff had violated instructions,by discussing
the sightingwith a newsman.
In this editon, we have special reports which are
of special interest to our members and researchers to say, "My speculation is that an interchange ot
around the world. That story concerns the U.F.O. informationis going on all the time on a vast scale
activity near Parkes Radio Telescope.The number and that we are as unaware of it as a pigmy in
of reports shown are only a sample of continuing the African forest is unaware of radio messages."
sightings in that area. We leave these reports for Perhaps orthodox astronomers, scientists, pro-
the observers to describe in their own words as tessors and the world should pause and listen to
reported to newspapers in that vicinity. the global network of Ufologists, who have been
Finally, Professor Fred Hoyle, Cambridge Astro- struggling for the last two decades to litt pigmy
nomer, in his latest book, "Of Men and Galaxies", thinkingabove the paper curtain of censorshipbnd
says, "We must be prepared to find in the larger the traditional rut to take note of the increasing
universe outside our solar system, not only sightings of unidentifiedflying obiects within our
creatures very much unlike ourselves but with own atmosphere, especially those near our radio
widely differentways of doing things." He goes on telescopes.

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U.F.O.pursuescyclist -

Alleged landing near Wodonga "At this stage, starting to get a little frightened'
I took a step forward to see what would happen
U.F.O. sightings investigationsofficers have now and they did the same. Then one of the tigures'
completed their interrogationol a Sydney man who the one of the lett, took another couple of steps
claims he was stopped by a U.F.O.on the Hume forward and lifted his hand up and beckoned me
Highway,near Wodonga, on the 24th August 1967. over.
He is Mr. Ron Hydes,who at the time of making "l then panicked, and just dived on the bike
his report was living in East St. Kilda. whose motor was still running,and took off down
About 5 p.m. on August 24th Mt. Hydes was the road.
riding his motor cycle at 70 m.p.h.on the highway "My idea was to put as much distance between
about 10 miles south of Wodonga. The sun was myself and the object as possible. Suddenly,how-
low on the horizon,the sky above him was clear, ever, I heard a humming noise and straight away
with some cloud in the distance. Suddenlyhe was knew what is was. Looking up, I saw the U.F.O.
engulfed in a bluish-whitelight, so brilliant that it following me at about 100 feet altitude and about
almost blinded him and he was forced to stop. The 150 feef away. I then tried to flag down a couple
source of the light was directly above him and it of cars and point the object out to them, but none
was so bright thai he was unable to see the responded."
countrysidearoundhim. By this time, the U.F.O. had overtaken Hydes
"l took my sun glasses off," he said, ,,and wiped and had actually overpassedhim, apparently to
my eyes, when I opened them there was a disc- cut him off. He then cut back his speed until he
shaped object about 100 feet away to my left off was travelling at no more than 3 to 4 miles per
the road. hour and watched the U.F.O. expectantly, awaiting
its next move.
"The object was silver on top, quite a high
polished - silver and either -or However, to Hydes' relief the U.F.O. suddenly
a very dark grey
black underneath - it was just like two i-nverted tilted its base towards him and shot up in the air
saucers." at about a 45 degree angle, disappearingfrom
sight in a matter of a few seconds.
. Although at first he thought the U.F.O.was resl- Hydes' descriptionof the colour change in the
ing on the ground, he pelceived when his eves
cleared a little more that it was actually hoven"ng U.F.O's appearance immediately before its depar-
about three or four teet above the grorind. ture makes interestingreading for the U.F.O. re-
searcher.
At this stage, Hydes decided to go over and "When the U.F.O.leapt in front of me," he re-
examine the object but his attention was diverted called, "it was a pinkish sort of colour, just as il
by a passingcar. it was reflecting the sun's rays, which was not the
On looking back he saw there were two figures case, since ihe colouringwas all over the object,
on his side of the object. They were about 5 feet not just on the side lacingihe sun.
tall and dressedin a metallicsort of overall,though "But just before it tilted and shot off it became
there did not appear to be any zippers, buttons or a brighter and brighter red, and became so bright
other appurtenances. it hurt your eyes to look at it-it was like looking
"They appeared to be drqssed in the same alu- into the sun.
minium type sheet as the craft itself had," he "When it took off, there was no acceleration -
continued,"and they had helmets on, just like a one moment it was stoDoed and the next it was
fish bowl popped on somebody's head. just up and gone."
of theWodongacase
Evaluation
The Hydes account is an extremely detailed one the R.A.A.F.with the usual notorious resultl Only
and it has not been possible to include in this in the unlikely event of a report reaching a
article the wealth of detail conceming the U.F.O. U.F.O. Society would it have been published.
and its alleged occupantswhich Mr. Hydes related (Mr. Hydes learnedof the V.U.F.O.R.S.' existence
to Society investigators. only by subsequentlyreading a U.F.O.book by
Hydes was actually lengthily interrogated by Coral Lorenzen).
Society sightings investigationofficers on two sep- Of some significanceis the tact that Mr. Hydes's
arate occasions,with a view partly to ensuringthat report coincided with a minor flap in Southern
all relevant facts were recorded and partly to ob- Australia in an otherwise extremely quiet period,
tain inherentcontradictionswhich it was felt would with sightings being reported on the preceding and
be obvious in the two accounts if Hydes tnd been a subsequentdays.
hoaxer. The two taped accounts were closely
examined,and they are remarkablyconsistent. Most favourable evidence in support of the
truth of the sighting is the wealth ot material relat-
Subsequentinvestigationconsisted of enquiries ing to the appearanceand behaviourof the U.F.O.,
directed to the local press and police as to the which ufologists will recognise as familiar and
existenceof any corroborativereports. None were essential U.F.O. characteristics. These could have
forthcoming. been invented and related so plausibly by only a
person well steeped in U.F.O. literature.
Investigationof meteorologicalrecords establish V.U.F.O.R.S. investigatorsfelt quite convincedthat
that the weather conditionsat the time were ac- this was not the case with Hydes.
curatelydescribedby Hydes.
The absence of corroboration from at least one copies of the transcript were examined by a
of the motorists referred to by Hydes is puzzling. medical psychiatrist and by a lawyer who has had
However, these facts must be borne in mind: considerable experience in Crown prosecution
work, and is consequently adept in evaluating
t. A motorist'sfield of vision is not great and his human testimony Both advised that the Hydes
attention,and that ol his passengers,is usually account seemed consistentand authentic.
rivetedon the highway.
2. Hydes' antics would have distracted motorists' As is the case with so many sighting reports,
attention from an aerial object, and possibly there is no definitive evaluation to be made of
evenalarmedthem. the Hydes report. lt remains a fascinatingand tan-
talising statistic which in company with a suffi-
3. A report, or reports, may actually have been cient number of similar accounts may yei yield
made, either to the press, in whi.ch case the re- proof of eventswhich will "endow human life with
port would most likely have been ignored,or to new inventionsand riches."

Exobiology
- the door into now!
"Be gentle-a with yourself I have studied insects in Alaska - they "freeze"
fJu -iie Crrild or rhe universe, all winter and "defrost" with the spring thaws.
No less than the trees and lhe stars. They are quite happy, and hungry, especially the
You have as much a right to be hete; mosquitoes, and none the worse for their suspended
Whether it is clear to you or not, animation. The ordeal seems to spark their meta-
The universe is unfolding as it should," bolisms, and causes them to grow many times the
In recent years we have witnessed the dawn of size that they would have otherwise. (The legend
a new scientific era. This era was catalysed by that the U.S.A.F.bases have occasionally refuelled
the birth of new, exciting ideas. Those of us who mosquitoes by mistake is, however, fortunately un-
are taking part in the devolpment of exobiology true.)
predict that it will become recognizedas one of
the most intriguingand demandingstudies in the We have lrozen microorganismsto temperatures
realm of science. Exobiologyholds the clues lo near "absolute" zero, and each time they were un-
the origin of the universeand life itself,as well as harmed when revived. Bacteria frolic, il such is
the key io the place of mankind'strue ecologcial what they do, after living for weeks in LOX. Desert
niche. rodents seem lo have no need for free-flowing
We have found a strong tendency of life to occupy water. We have placed them within plentiful supply
every possible ecological niche. We have found of said liquid, which they have grandly ignored,
organisms living in phenols, and in the highly month after month. They've all adapted to their
radioactive water around nuclear reactors. We've place in life guite well, I'd say.
watched algae grow'in the long, dark, anti-photo- A group of biologists have discovered a type of
synthetic, arctic winters, and in the depths ol eyeless, white shrimp in a bath in Tunesia. The
caves. In these same dark caves moss abounds. shrimp are living at 1'13"-1 18"F. Logically,they are

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quite hot and quite clean, but they are also quite they may be. A quarantine would not be enouqh.
alive and well. Re-entry heat woutd not be enough, for spores cin
Over two hundred species of flora abound in a be .protected. Before we are ready tor returning
spot dsignatedas the coldest spot on earth. These probes we'd better perfect some ststem of deep-
oo not. struggle to survive, but rather flourish. They space sterilization, or be prepared to lace the
need lhe cold! They need it as the life found in possibleconsequences.
the sands of the Mohave needs ihe heat. Life will
adapt! lf we can find it in botiles of sutpnuric aCiO
here on earth, what wide ranges of lifd+ypes-can
we expect on other planets?
I've been spending a lot of time with Tardiqrada Llle wlthin lhe Solar System
-. the water bears. These tiny and quite coirplex
animalcules..canlive just abbut anjwnere. ittey . We have a projected plan of biological explora-
w.o-uldlove Mars. lf ever they do deiide that con- tlon of the solar system. Possible areas are rated
ditions are getting a bit too-dry for them where to interest values. Mars rates number one for life
they are at, they simply dry also, and are blown interest by survey. Venus and the Moon are in
about like dust. When they tind a suitablespot, a contention for the number two position, followed
by the giant planets- headedby Jupiter. Bringing
Igek ol a hundred years later, they resume vitality. up the rear are Mercury, Pluto, and the ever-preient
urven ilme, they can adapt to simulated ptanetary
environsof severaltypes. dust.
Scientists have been at work designing the ABL- Mars is now the enigma of us all-to the iov of
Automated Biological Laboratory. Th-ereire several the saucer buffs. Several times astronomers'fiave
ngticed bright spots on the planetary surface.
types of these, the most talked about beinq Woll Inese spots have lasted approximalelylive minutes
Trap, Multivator, and Gulliver. The ABL w'iil aid each.time, frequently followed by a white cloud
in detecting possible life on other worlds. Logically,noverlng above the disturbance sites. This may
a single detector will provide us with only vague be a sign of liie, or maybe it is a show of volir
possibilities.The idea is to producean ABL whlch canic activity. Vulcanism'(excuse us, Mr. Spock)
can handle a multitude of tests, analyzethe results, can be quite an unpleasant,nasty process, but it
and broadcast the data earthside. lt must be able can aid in the creationof life. lt allows the escaDe
to recognize postbiotic residues and prelife mole- of heavy gases, you see. Water vapour is a chlel
cules, as well as giraffes,aardvarks,and Grandma's component ot volcanic gases on earth, and then
cat. The more we can pack into our ABL, the comes carbon dioxide. Vulcanism often causes
greater the chance ol our detecting life, if life
earthquakesand crustalmovements.Sulphurdioxide
there be. We still run into the possibility that escapes and reacts to form the sulfate and sul-
Grandma's cat, qt the kurnled iglanthi herds, or phuric acid. But that is what happens HERE.And
whatever,now live on the other side of the world this is another of our problems.'We often know
- somehowisolated. lf .we don't find lile with the what happens in such and such cases Here. but
ABL, it will lust lessen some probabilitiestor that what is going to happen if that case happens to
particularorb. But if we do find life.
occur There? We are again dealingwith a'ieeming
infinite number of varia-blesand 6nly a few con-
stants,and who knows which is which? So we get
an infinite number of probabilities.
Sterilize SpaceProbes One of the Mysteries of Mars concerns the
Consideringthe possibilityof all this lile mean- changes in colour, size and shape of the surface
dering about the galaxy, the topic of sterilization markings found there. Are they vegetation? Are
comes into our focus. Another problem upon the thei, causedby intelligentlife? One iakes into con-
head of the exobiologist.Our contaminationof an sloerationthe vast areas of change and the type
orb by the introductionof lerrestrialbacteriamight of change, added to the fact that-the chanoed'in
easily destroy its scientific value for testing the dark areas vary in tempo with the ttuctrLlions
theories regarding life. Native biota could be tn the polar caps.
mutated or destroyed. A prebiotic form would Opponntsof the "vegetation"theory of Mars are
probably be most susceptibleto our life, and we constanttytrying to prove that life can''texist there.
could ruin the chance of a native life form de- I ney r e t r u s t h a t t h e , , g r e e n " a r e a s o f t h e p l a n e t
velopingon a world. are actually great masses of grey. Right.' But
The United States governmentnow has laminar rne cntel agent for photosynthesisneed nOt be
flow "clean" rooms for craft assembly. Everything green, even with our biochemistry.Who can tell
is sterilized. That is great for the building of a what may happen in a diflerentevblutionarvchain?
bypass vehicle. lt is all well and good for a lc an, a s i t i s m y j o b , a n d g r e y l i f e i s f i n e - w i t hm e
craft destinedfor a hard landing,or a rough land- - or any colour. lt is definitelypossible.
ing - one in which the payloadsectionis dropped
and survives to perform a useful function. pre- .. There is a great deal of ultraviolet radiation
thrown on Mars. After sunspot activity and sorar
flight sterilization may even suffice for our soft outbursts the surface of Mars receives from one
landers. But what about another type - one that thousandto ten thousandtimes the amountoi utira_
will make atmospheric conlacl and then RETURN viol.et_thatpasses through the earth's aimolptere.
to the earth. We're going to have to take more rg.
-Fy experimentation, we've found that fhis is
:uitable precautionsol sterilization,or push the also fine for life. We've synthesizedorqanic iom-
Egads button". These probes must be dxamined pounds from the inorganic,-using just this radiaiion
and sterilized before they enter our atmosphere. and a protoatmosphere.Greatest results
They may be carrying some microorganicform of -terrestrial
were tound with the use of wavelengthsshorter
lrle trom another world which is lethal to us here than 2000 A. Mars once had an atnrdsphere -too.
- or one which ,maybecome lethal if sublectedto Life is.adaptable,remember? Types of plants can
terrestrial conditions. Interestingthey'd ba as life, rearn to protit under high ultra-violetconcentra-
yes, and so we'll have an examinatioh.But deadlv tion. Other plants can
develop shields against it.

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lf we do find any biota on Mars, or elsewhere, as hot as our Marinersays? The radio measurement
we'll want to find if it has an ancestry as one with of the temperature was tak6n in waves of greater
terrestriallite, or if it evolved independenilv.lf all than one centimeter.This was contirmedby Mariner
goes.well,some time within the next ten y'earswe ll on its microwave radiometer.What lurks under
may be finding that answer anyway. Untij we oet that heavy atmosphere-or In it? We'll know when
to Mars,this and other questionsmust remainqu6s- we get there.
tio.ns...Andwhen.weget the answers,they will ,iarry
with them countless other questionsto'haunt the . Strangeas it may seem, the planet Jupiter may
human mind, for this is the way of science. be an abode for life. As far as we know. there is a
possibilityof prebiotic moleculeswhich could be
Mars is quite an enticing world, as it has quite generated in the upper atmosphere by our old
illogical satellites. lllogical if they are natural, friend, ultra-violet radiation. Then theie is the
that is. They are the enigma's enigma. They are m.uch talked about "greenhouse effect" to ponder.
small, with weird orbits and rates -of speed.- Are What will we find on the violent surfaceof jupiter?
they artificial or are they just quirks of nature? What is the "red spot" there, and what conditions
Mars has about as much land surface as the does it produce? ls there life on the satellitesof
earth. lts. atmosph-ere,a very thin one, is mosfly some of our giant planets?
carbon dioxide, with oxygen in minute amounts- . .lvler.cyrV'stwilight zone used to be a possible
fess than 0.1o/ool the volume of the atmosphere. habitable area. Now there are facts to sho\i that it
Water vapour is a very minor component.Mais has may not be an area at all! And Pluto,well we don,t
great extremesof temperature,and its polar caps have an awful lot calling us out there, except we
are coveredwith carbon dioxide.We still can't rdle might use the orb as a-stepping stone in tnb ta.,
out life though. Life can managequite well without far future.
oxygen, and, at least here, do well on carbon
dioxide. .Sure the temperatures are severe- by we .ar9. already investigating the possibility ot
astroplankton - dormant material waitino thr6uoh
our standards- but they'renot prohibitive.And the space, later to "come alive" when conditio-nsperm'it.
carbon dioxide layer on the caps is probably most ls .the universe being "seeded" with life? 'Maybe
thin-and covers ice. Vegetation can exlst on we'll find some,if it eiists, on the dust of our Mobn.
Mars. Does it? lf it does, somethingmust "eat" it We've found-meteoritesholding complex hydro-
or break it down. A tood chain- and Mars is the carbons and facultative anaerobic baiteria. They
planet most likely to have biota similar to earth's. nave come to us from space, but where were they
Closer than Mars is our Moon-the only Moon from originally?
in fact, as the other planetshave proper nahes for
lheir satellitestoo-and none of them is Moon!
We've also seen wild lights and strangehappenings The writer of this article received her Bachelor
on the lunar surface. Our Moon is generallycon- of Science Oegree, with a double major in astro-
sidered quite dead, however there we may find nomy and biologyat York College,and experimental
evidenceof life existing elsewhere- life came in school in England. She has since completedpost-
the form of spores across space, or life came in graduate study in exobiology, and now resides in
craft made intelligently. the United States with her husband. Mrs. Meyers is
Venus is our hot temperatured"sister" planet- al6o a member of the Victorian U.F.O. Research
so close, and so cloudy and turbulent.But is she Society.

U.F.O'sover Mexico
(The Editors are indebtedto Mr. Jesus Hernandez presidentof the tovrn, sighted 30 to 40 luminous
Garibay for the following exclusive report). objects of various size and luminosity. According
Strange Lights seen to the witnessesthe U.F.O's flew in a "V" for-
On the night of August 6 at approximatelyI mation. All the objects were oval-shapedand the
p.m.thousandsof peoplefrom severalstatessiqhted largest ones appeared 30 centimetresin size at the
variousformationsof strangelights in the sky. The distance.
phenomeawere sighted in the states of Hidarso,
The objects came from the north and flew over
Puebla, Tlaxcala, Tamaulipas,
.EspadoVeracruz, Jalisco, the town for approximately3 to 5 minutes making
San Luis Potosi, Tampico, de Mi:xico and no noise.
MexicoCity.
After this the small objects flew in different
. In the following account I present for your con- courses while the others flew towards the east at
siderationsome of the best reports whibh I had
the of investigating great speed. At that moment three of the small
-pleasure at that time.
In lhe State ol Hidalgb objects made strange manoeuvres and descended
At Atotonilco el Grande hundreds of peoole loward a place near the town. Next morning,when
sighted twenty luminous points with red, 'yellbw the area was inspected, several burned stones
and blue colours, changing in intensity. Th-e ob- were foufld.
iects we-re flying from west to east in groups of ln the State of Veracruz
four or five. At that time, 7.55 p.m., there weie no At Poza Rica, thousands of persons sighted
clouds in the sky, so visibility.was perfect. strangecolouredlights in the sky.
At Tetepango,at 8.15 p.m. on August 5, several First of all came four objects of a bright blue
people, farmers, policemen and the municipal colour, and seconds after there appeared three

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more, one bright white and other two bright red. In ilexlco Gity
Suddenly,one of the red objects separated from At approximately 8.15 p.m. thousands of people
the group simultaneouslygrowing brighter in colour, from all zones of the ciiy sighted six lumlnous
until it disappeared from sight. The others llew objects, flying from west to east and lilaving a
to the east. long blue luminoustrail.
At Jalapa, hundreds of witnesses saw foul They were flying in perfect formation.
bright objects cross the sky from west to east in Some witnessesclaimed they saw three "mother-
pertect formation, leaving a long luminous trail. ship" objects, oval shaped and bright red in
At Veracruz, capital city of the State, hundreds colour. At the InternationalAirport of Mexico City,
of witnesses saw five luminous objects flying in hundreds of people saw I objects crossing the
perfebt formation "faster than a satellite but sky from west to east.
slower that a meteorite." Four were blue and one All technicians on duty in the control tower saw
red. At one moment, the red one descended ver- the U.F.O'sthrough binoculars.
tically for 15 seconds, returned to the formation, At the same time, the captain of Flight 909 of
whereupon it flew towards the east. Aeronavesde Mexico reported sighting the U.F.O's.
At 8.15 p.m., a pilot, a meteorologicaliesearch ob-
server for RAMSA Company, reported seeing "from
8 to 10 mysterious lights flying at a tremendous
velocity from west to east at an altitude of 50,000
feet."
ln the E.lado de Mexico
One of the best accounts came from
Al Toluca, capital city of the State, hundreds ol of llight 145 of Aeroneoes de Mexico,the captain
who, with
witnesses saw more than 15 luminous objects on passengersand crew, was flying from
the night of August 5 and the early morning of the Mexico City at approximately8.15 p.m., Guadalajarato
7th. The objects left a long trail and flew at great cily ol Salamanca (State over the
speed from west to east. of Guanajuato).
Suddenly the captain saw three luminous points
At Ciudad Satelite, several people sighted 5 flying northwest to southeast, at approximately
luminous objects crossing the sky al great speed to 40 milesfrom his plane. 30
and leaving a long luminous trail, and flying in
perfect formation from west to east. He immediatelydrew his co-pilot's attention to
the lights, who at first thought they could be
planes, owing to the perfect formation in which
they were flying.
However,.oneof the objects suddenlyseparated
from the others and descended, becomino' laroer
In lhe State of Jalisco in size as it did so. Finally, it disappearedin so-me
At the town of Melaque, on the coast, several cloud belowthe plane.
persons saw two luminous objects crossing the . The captain said the obiects crossed the sky
sky, and at one moment making rare manoeurvres in only 45 seconds,a1 a velobity three times oreater
in front of the beach, after which they tlew to .the than lhe_speedof sound. They-wereleaving-along
north at great speed. blue lu.minous trail.

Only Congress can resolve ptoblem of U.F.O's

By NYLA CRONE. Study Began in 1966.


"Nothing short of an all-out Congressionalinves- Under the directionof Dr. Edward U. Condon,the
tioation inio 20 vears of mishandling of the phen- University of Colorado undertook an l8-month in-
oirenon of unidehtifiedflying objects will suffice to vestiqationin the fatt ol 1966 at the request of the
bring it into clear public and scientificfocus." Air Force, whose critics accused it of failing to
thoroughly examine the U.F.O. reports.
This is the view of Dr. JamesE. McDonald,senior
physicist in the University'sInstitute ot Atmospheric McDonald,who has been in close touch with the
Physics. Colorado group, said that initially he and other
scientists frelt thatthiswas based upon Air Force
"l have been in touch with a number of Con- concern for the public relalions dilficulties caused
gressmen who are becoming concerned.about the by the U.F.O.problem rather than scientific concern.
U.F.O.question and intend to pursue it as ener- But, at is genesis,he praised the programmeas "an
getically as possible," he says. importantstep in the right direction".
McDonald'sstatement follows a May 14 Look bondon announced las'imonth that field investiga-
magazine article that called a half-milliondollar tions had been completed. A final report will be
study by the University of Colorado the "Flying given to the NationatAcademy ol Sciences in Sept-
Saucer Fiasco". ember. A physicist and former president ol ihe
On April 20, Rep. J. EdwardRoush,D-lnd.,quot- American Association lor the Advancement of
ing from Look magazine,told Congress lhat- grave Scienceand the AmericanPhysicalSociety,Condon
doubts had arisen "as to the scientific profundity would not discuss any conclusionsthat the scientists
and objectivity" of the proiect. might have reached.

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Hopes Have Dimmed. Staff Reduced.
"Mv early hopes that the Condon Committee After McDonald complained about Low's memo,
would work vigor6ustyand open-mindedlyto.unravel there were firings and resignations from- the
the U,F.Q.problem have dimmeclvery consloeraDly Colorado group. "These have reduced the statf to a
as time hds gone by," said McDonald,who has mere sket6ton'atthe very time that they're supposed
devoted the past two years to nearly full-time study to be assembling a $500,000 report," McDonald
of U.F.O's. stressed.
Condon's attitudeswere first publicly expressed "There have been a number of misleading press
on January 25th, 1967, when he spoke to a New statements indicating that the Condon Committee
Vork qhapter of Sigma Xi, the honorary scientific has 'dozens of investigatingscientists.'As a matter
fraternity. The Elmira, N.Y., Slar.Gazelle reported: of fact, the recent blowup leaves a working staff ol
"Unid'entifiedflying objects 'are not the business three physical scientists-only one at the Ph.D'
of th6 Air Force', . Dr. Edward U. Condon said level.
here Wednesdaynight . . . Dr. Condonleft no doubt "Until Look's timely disclosure, there was every
as to his personalsentimentson the matter: 'lt is reason to believe that Condon was about to quietly
my inclination right now to recommendthat the bury the U.F.O. problem, his report providing.a
Governmentget out of this business.My attitude heavy tombstone to keep the corpse lrom rising to
right now is that there'snothingto it.' With a smile, bother the United States Air Force."
he added, 'but l'm not supposedto reach a con- McDonald praised the article in Look magazine
cfusionfor another year'. . ." as "very carefully done. But," he added, "unfor-
Negative Attitude. tunately, a lot less than the whole, sad story has
been presented there.
"l am shocked," said McDonald,"to think that
Condon could have made so blatantly negativea "l would emphasizethat the public as well as
statement at the outset of his investigation." the scientificworld here and abroadwill be shocked,
"l sent more than 100 cases,includingthe names incredulousand incensedwhen they ultimatelyfind
and telephonenumbersof certain witnesses,to the out the astonishingtruth about the U.F.O'sand the
Colorado team," said McDonald. "Most ol them superficial and incompetent way in which evidence
have been ignored.For example,almosta year ago, has for 20 years been ignored and misrepresented
I gave Low the names and addresses of key in- as a lot of nonsense.
dividualsin a fascinating1957 sightingat Edwards "l feel that only Congressionalinquiry can now
Air Force Base, in which a number of photographs blast.this problem out into the open."
were taken and subsequently confiscated by Air
Force personnel. A recent check showed that the
Condon Committee never bothered to contact any
of these witnesses.
More than a year ago, Dr. BeniaminHerman,also U.F.O'sover Greensborough
of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, and
McDonaldtold Low of a case in which a U.F.O.was
tracked at Mach-3 across much of the south-eastern
Sighting,StevenModrich-
UnitedSiatesby a numberof independentAir Force
radar stations. An offer to put Low into direct con-
27-8-67
tact with one of thc radar officers was ignored.
"This kind of failure to check military sightings,
photos and radar cases is particularlydisturbing
Wilness describesengine sounds from
in view of the tact that Air Force has.stressedthat low flying U.F.O's
the Coloradostudy was given completelyfree access
to any and all kinds of military data," McDonald A young university.laboratory assistant recently
said. describedto V.U.F.O.R.S. investigatorshis sighting
of two U.F.O's which manoeuvredin the Greens-
No Cover-up. borough tip area on Sunday the 27th August at
"The study was undertaken by people whose about 12.45a.m.
minds already were made up and who were willing He is Mr. Stephen Modridge, of 5 Parkers Road,
to accommodatethe Air Force in proving that point. Parkdale.
No conspiracy.No cover-up.Just an incrediblynon- At the time of the sighting Mr. Modridge was
scientific attitude toward what may in fact be a accompaniedby a friend, and was later joined by
problem of extraordinarilygreat scientific impor- five other persons. The following is his report:-
tance." "My friend and I were driving in my car and
A memo written by Low to Universityof Colorado we had parked for a few moments to listen to the
officialson August gth, 1966, indeed suggeststhat radio. I had just looked out the car window
"minds already were made up." In it, Low said: and saw this arrangementof lights partly obscured
". . . The trick would be, I think, to describethe through some trees. Since we could not define
project so that, to the public, it would appear a exactiy what they were we drove around the
totally obiective study but, to the scientific com- corner to get a better look and this object would
munity, would present the image of a group ol have been about a mile dead in front of us at
non-believerstrying their best to be objective, but this stage, some 200 feet above some low-lying
having an almost zero expectation of finding a houses. lt had a red circular light in the middle
saucer. ." and tapered off to each side to what appearedto be
Low's memorandum also said that the proiect panelsof white lights.
would be conducted almost exclusivelyby "non- "We observed this for about 15 seconds.
believerswho, although they couldn't possibly prove "After this the white lights went out and the
a negative result could and probably would add red one just rose to a couple ol thousand feet in
an impressive body of evidence that there is no .the air quite rapidly, and backed off and took up
reality to the observations." a position over the Dandenongs.

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STRANGETIGHT
A LARGdtrulor disc, emiting o brilliont blue lighr, rhe top of a ruU, se sas thel

]frM *os sen in t{rc rly over Jemolong eorly Fridoy morning.
ble !abl.
noon lor in rh sky.
"It aprad
domwse @orc
to k movhq I
th pui
and someone lokd thaf rh?l
m@ n qs fdllDs.
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"It ws_ iravellirg fairly I
"I wouidnl have been ab!: from 1may have been up at thal tlne ' It s6n fume aDsrei'
slowly in a no(h-*brly dr- I
to hear anythlng abve rhe 3nd in a position to @rve rhat rhe dJftt qro comryl
nob6 of ihe trmtor." L dom. IL ws eetdns biser dt I
DIV&D
Mr. Wrisht said he could SECOND SIGffTtNG be the .l
)Dly it js! tured not *e ary detail on lhe d:sc.

ttu
"It lalded ahi a de io l
down sd d&rared 'frere ws no tal lins or A leport
lePort of moLher shilar
a.dle md a halt aFsy from I
windows. It Fas fusa a big m slghiing near rcrb hA
ha
Wright satd he had sime come b hand.
never bfore wn mtthil-g
disc of light." se sked.ro.r
t:,i :^ :!.'9 .I
o*ore .r t" | "'fr"*i!'fiff""$f;
It
Ir was
w a s made
madp 6 o h e sr
6ohe yars
sixx yq rr '&!e were rays or ltsnt I
M!. ry.ighi had bn work- ""1 f:1 .1 'l 'l
enr.eo. co'ninE from it I
Utse t. lso by Mr. Relnn Rawrhornr,
iDg for abut fout hours when "w t@k dt. I
"I've s$n mekors and set- obj*!. sdar sishunss.in "w re.e dl a br shaken
he sigh!d lhe I
d* rhepcd - . &-
det cEddhM t rb: A
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brft
"Alffiiq& ns s, it iter More. bui & w
tdroverornovwna.lne) "tr tre. ''e. lii;;'+;;s &dm. bV the erydence.',
Podd bE hn ah( 15 ne C.S.LR.O. Bado .$- I R.rvtn std yEkrday frar I
r E *rrrd *
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& M db@: ed B..ould
entirely dtrer6r."
'methlE noL ev whether the hmby Ob$Mbry dd chek bv donp u *'i- |""'tGirii heh $rd sbour Il is hlleved
phenomenon wB g
Sb 6mre I
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= rhe It EN
ltfuk4
@ tuttv tr- ds had hn accompanied b, Ps*6 Ps cmt.d b th.
baY other rrffi.
by an-
Udng ot coot-
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i l h ft Ftidav, Awr ll, 1967
lky over_the Grudgery Mountoin, in the Bedgerobong
t i*iia dc
oruo, on Tuerdoy night.
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Fa-rt
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SEENAT MUTYANDRY
A tuUbs.
L C t a drb DIS&PEARM
*r Fd b b
It disppeired just betor
{ d - F l lE they srdved hcme.
Santu said ii apra.ed
bc t.avelting "fajrly
1o
frsi"
An unidentified flying object wos sighted on Tuesdoy night ot
d
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l ] t tff 6 "At fi$t it wN a
of whte ligbL." sh
<r
i,:
: from east b due wsr.
"If it was eking snt aoig
Mulyondry by o womon ond her two sons.
FI a q r4 ils
bt Ei L tu cIctR-sHlm al at], w @ri1 not hd

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< - ! d EI RB "We siopled ,the er once
lntu a larye ci&r,i& ihip, lo see if *e crttd hear rrJ-
fto c d i * . cbnged to s rG eJlour
d and aprared b h --_scrng
i-&
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..rffldF froh wUk to red-, lt Sre!
It b Mty Xtk rr.r r cut enough lif,ht to fsl
- d mnih sincD the hr UtsO (ht th. counlrv,s&"
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lnlM6 ud gd r sml
lkr dh4 tlll Nr d
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aF &qiH by Fo of &c pe
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"At this stage, the object would have been 3 or Second U.F.O.
4 miles from us and we watched it tor about 10 "We watched it for a few minutes and then out
minutes. of the distance from the area of the Dandenongs
"After that we decided to go hame to see if we another object approached.
could get a camera and get a picture ol it. "lt was approaching quite rapidly and in the
"While we were home we picked up some other distance it appeared to have these lights spinning
people who were interested in coming along and round on top with just stationary lights underneath.
we drove back to the spot where we originally It approached quite fast, but seemed to slow down
sighted it and picked it up again quite clearly as it got closer, until it was almost overhead on an
over the Dandenongs. angle of elevation of only 5 degrees I would say
"We could see the red light again, but this and a height of not more than 400 feet, and the
time there was a sort of white smaller light that size I estimate would be about the size of a bus.
flickered on and off at irregular intervals. This one It had a series of lights, maybe ten, maybe a tew
seemedto be orbiting th red one. more, ranged in order all over it, and thero wre
"After waiting for 15 or 20 minutes we decided these large orange lights, and it appeared to have
to see if we could get closer and we drove for a flame shooting out the tront.
5 or 10 mlnutes and ended up In a vacant pad-
dock near the Greonsboroughtlp.

Englne Nolre
"lt was sliohUv dark and coloured from th
liohis and it hlad-a noise which I associated with
sSme type of engine - a sort of low thumrning,
thumpin-dor drumming something like ships' en:
oinei heird from below decks, and as it approached
is. it slowed do$tn to a minimum as it came direct-
lv over us and then it seemed to veer-off on another
iourse and picked up speed. We watched it until
it was out of sight completely.
F IRS T O BJECT
"Then we climbed back into the car and drove
home again, and from my friend's place, which
has quite an elevated position, we could get a
comp[etely
'red good view of the Dandenongs' We saw
this tight again with a white one blinking on
and off dgain at irregular intervals.
"Just as we got out of the car, this obiect
which we saw secondly, appeared flying parallel to
our position, between one quarter and one half a
mile away and at quite a high altitude, and it had
these lights which appeared to be spinning again
on top and these stationary lights underneath.
SECONDOBJECT(at I distahce)
"Again we heard the identical sound of engines.
"lt seemed to go into a shallow dive and finally
disappearedbehind some frees."
At the time when it was directly overhead it
seemed to change direction and hovered for a
moment as if about to land. We observed it till it
was out of sight. Unfortunatelywe were not able
to get a picture ol it as the camera was showing
signs of being jammed. Later the camera became
operative and it was tound to have jumped two
frames (we only had one left).
After it had disappeared lrom view, we retumed
home and before going in we looked for the tirst
SECONDOBJECT( overhead) object - the red light - which was still there in
the same position. Just at that instant, another
obiect exactly the same as the second we had seen
FL^MES? -we presumed it was the sarne since it exhibited
O-.t exactly the same characteristics- even the engine
At noise-passed parallel to us and seemed to go
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into a diagonal dive, after which it passed out ol
sight behind some houses.Time approximately4.00
a.m.
\!r^ a) / We were unable to correlate any of these sight-
ings with anything we had ever seen belore and
vr6uE ,,r,rrrKL)
ouTUt{E -Y-'t' naturally ass_umedthem to be U.F.O's. Incidentally,
not one of us present at these sightings had had
any contact whatsoever with alcohol for the pre-
ceding 60 hours at least.

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U.F.O'sin WesternAustralia- from Mayanupto Mt Newman
Comoiled bv L J. Locke, Presidenl, Perth U'F'O'
Rese'archGioup' 40 WendoureeRoad' Yl|ilson, w'A' W EST AU ST R ALIAN ., PET th.
Farmer sees U.F.O.
Mr. A. Poole of Yerecoin, about 80 miles north-
east of Perth, while musteringsheep in a Landrover
durino the eveningof 16th November'1967'became
aware-ofa hummingsound,which at first he thought
mav have been the generator of his vehicle. As the
hurirminqincreasedhe saw an obiect approach at a
distancd of about halt a mile; it appeared to be
iomino in to land, in a similar way to that of a
lioht aircraft.lt approachedhis vehicle and stopped
nExt to it at a dibtance of about four to five feet
from the Landrover.The humming noise was very
strono and he could leel vibrationsfrom ii' but was
not 6hvsicallv affected in any way. The obiect
aooeirdd like an inverted saucer about twelve to
tw6nty feet in diameter,with four windows-two
round and two square on the side visible to him -
a grey metallic iolour, about five to six.feet high.
It iopeared to hover a few feet above the ground
as ih'ere was no disturbance or marks on the wet
qrass after it had disappeared. He demanded to
inow what it was doing there, and his words were
reoeated back to him in his own voice, as though
an echo . . . but an echo would be most unusualin
this particular circumstance.No. electro-magnetic
effect's were apparent to the vehicle, although his
wife stated, when told, that the TV set had played
up at that time. He attempted to alight from his
v6hicle and on opening the door the obiect im-
mediately ascended vertically; by the time he had
stepped-out, a matter of two or three seconds,
it was out of sight . . . althoughhe could still hear M r . Al an Pool e of Yer ec oi n
the humminq nbise. He states that the length of
time from rihen he first saw the obiect until it
seconds' lt did
'a'ppear was only about tengear.
disappeared
not to have any landing The .weather
condiii6ns were cloudy, slight drizzle and strong
winds!

dffinhooes anouttd Ptchl'rg up bo,d


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'T H E SU N N EW S PIC T O R IAL" M el bour ne

13
Horrible Noi*. that some time previouslyshe had read a book
Following several other reports we invited the called "Flying Saucers, Serious Business" which
' s ight ers' to o ur usua l m ont hly m eet ing on 1s t suggested that we have a look whenever outside,
December,1967,and each gave their own story. in an endeavourto pick up any strangephenomenon.
Firstly, Mrs. Maciejack, who stated that on Satur- She did not bother to do this usually.However,one
day, 18th November,1967,about 5.15 a.m. she went night recently,while putting out the milk botiles,
to the front gate and heard a "very horriblenoise". she .happenedto glance up and saw a bright light
Continuing,Mrs. Macielack said she "saw an ob- coming from the north-east,travellingvery quickly;
iect with the terrible noise-worst noise I have not as quickly as a falling star, but much too quick
ever heard.Saw the grey-blueobject about the size lor a.plane."lts light was brighterthan the morning
of a 'mini' car-unable to describe its design as star,".Mrs. Jones said, ,,andit was travellingsouth--
it was going too tast and disappeared into the easl." Continuing,Mrs. Jones said, ,,tt did- a turn
north". Mrs. Maciejack states she had heard many and went east . . . and then faded away.',
motor-cyclesirens in Europe during the war, but Mrs. Jones told .themeetingthat her husbandsaid
nothing like this. "l call him the monster-he is a it was a satellite . . . but on ringing the observatory
monster-it broke me up!" the followingmorning,Mrs. Jon-eswas told that no
Together with her family she went to a soccer satelliteswere visible at the time mentioned.
match in the afternoon but did not see the qame
. . . "only thought of the object!" She did noi be- Flat Disc.
lieve when people say they saw 'flying saucers and
things like that'. When she read in the paper about We then heard from Mrs. Pusey of Cloverdale,
the Yerecoinsighting she said to herself ,,it must another eastern suburb, who stated that about three
be im?.gination . . . nothing like that would happen weeks ago, on a Tuesday,at 6.30 p.m., she was
to me!" Now she says, "Saw on,ce, never wish to drivingalong Orrong Road, Kewclale,when she saw
see again!" a 'flying saucer' coming from the north and going
towards the south-west."lt was about the size of a
.. Mrs. Maciejacksaid that whenevershe speaksof very small car," Mrs. Pusey said. "lt stopped for a
it the noise comes back to her head. She does not
drink. He son said, "Do not report fraction of a second,and then disappearedbehind
no-one a building . . . but I saw no sign of it coming out
would believe you!" But she teleihoned the news-
paper and was still shakinq when the reoorters from the other side."
arrived. "When I saw the ,fl-yingsaucer' I ilew to Mrs. Pusey went on with her report-"lt was a
my room," Mrs. Macieiacksaid.i,My son suooested flat disc-shapedsilvery-whitelight . . . very beautilul!
that I should see a doctor.' It appearedto be two to three miles away. There
An old man living next door also heard the was no colour change when it moved off. My car
notse. appearedto be slowed down somewhat. . . but, of
course, this may have been due to my attention
Reports have been received of neiohbours havina
rroubtewith their radioJiiGi i. -iFii--rii;";il";i being divertedand not concentratingon driving."
the same day. One man who lives at the rea"rof Policeman sights U,F.O,
Mrs...Maciejack's
home said he turned off his radio During the same week as these other sightings,
a9 orue ltasheswere coming out at the back of ii. people in CanterburyTerrace, East Victoria Park,
The time was about 7.30 a.m. saw an orange-colouredobject moving across the
sky from the west to the north.One man, well known
to me, describedit, as it passedover his home,as
'like a quarter of an orange,very bright in colour'.
A policeman friend of mine said that he was
called by a neighbourto look at 'a strangeobject'.
He took his binoculars.By the time he arrived the
object had stoppedin a northerlydirectionand was
hovering.He observedit throughthe binocularsfor
about fifteen minutes,during which time the object
changedcolour severaltimes.All the witnessesgave
a s im ila r d i s c r i p t i o n .
"OX - rla n.xt tima .relnd, bop if orc!',
White Object.
A Disc with Port-Holes.
At 7.15 a.m. on the 20th November,1967, Mrs. Earlyon the morningof Thursday,30th November,
Moir of Swanview (a suburb north-eastof Perth) 1967,MasterSinclair,a lad of about 16, of Dianella
(a northernsuburb) awoke, and, looking out of his
was driving her Mini-Minorfrom Midland to Swan- bedroom window, saw a white object with three
view when her eye caught the sight of an object. lights at each end. Knowing he would not be be-
This she thoughtwas a plane . . . becausecommer- lieved when he told his family, he awakened his
cial aircraft, landing from NE to SW, are often in elder brother,Peter (21 years of age), and together
the vicinity. On taking a second look she saw it they observed the object. Petei continued this
was a 'flying saucer'of disc-likeshape with domed observationfor about three-quartersof an hour; at
top . . . and what appeared to be port-holes in the the same time he took a note of the recordinos
lower half. lt appearedquite large, then turned on being played on the all-nightradio station to proie
edge and graduallywent up towards the north. lt that he was awake . and also to note the time.
was a silverycolour and moved fairly quickly. Mrs. He had noted the positionof the 'object' in relation
Moir drew a sketch of the object on a book she to a star. Peter dozed off, and on re-awakening
had with her in the car. The sketch closely re- about half an hour later, was disappointedto find
semblesthe accepteddesignof these craft. the 'object' had gone. The star was still visible.
Bright Lighl. An object of the same descriptionas the previous
Our next speaker was Mrs. Jones of Gooseberry one was seen by another man at City Beach on the
Hill, an outer eastern suburb ol Perth, who stated night of Thursday,30th November,1962.

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Wilness takes Photog.aph. lengthening gap, the width of which was constant
along its length. This rift followed exactly the path
A truck driver travellingalong Mongers Lake Drive, taken by the sound! lt was as though somethinghad
west of Perth, early in the morning, saw a white torn a visible path through the clouds! This
object over Monger'sLake. He stopped his vehicle track was defined clearly for perhaps ten to twelve
and was about to leave it and run when another seconds . . . and I have never seen its like before!"
vehicleappeared.He flaggeddown the other vehicle
and both drivers stopped and observed the object The preceding report is most interesting as the
for some time. noise factor, which is very unusual,.tiesin with the
"sighting" by Mrs. Maciejack, who reported a
A businessexecutivewho lives on the lakeside similar phenomenon.lt also brings to mind the
also saw the objecl and took a photograph.The sighting at Kingston Bridge, South Australia, in
film has not been processedat the time of making October, 1967, when five workmen saw an object
up this report. and, according to them, the object rose above the
clouds when approachedby an aircraft . . . and left
' a t un n e l i n t h e c l o u d s ! '.
A report received from Mr. Malcolm Neil McMillan C.ackling T.V.
of Cottesloe- 28-11-67.
"The West Australian" of 8th December,1967, re-
"Farm manager Alan Poole's strange encounter porteda 'sighting'at Kirup,a mill township12 miles
with an U.F.O.recentlyat Yerecoin,ahd the other south of Donnybrook.The sightingwas made by Mr.
sighting near Mayanup (as detailed in 'The West Mervyn Dickson, a forestry overseer, on Monday
Australian'newspaper)made unusualbut interesting night, 4th December.
readingand broughtto mind a ratherodd experience When Mrs. Dickson was interviewedshe said that
which occurred some three or four weeks'ago. At a little after 9 p.m. the picture on their T.V. set
the time this event was not consideredof sufficient began to roll and crackle. As it continued to do so
lmportance to warrant a report. However. when her husband went outside to see if anvthino had
'viewed in the light of the above two sightings, it
may prove additionalground tor thought. happened to the aerial. He was surprised t6 see
On the afternoon in question the sky was over- ? glow, .and. two b_1ghtorange lights descending
throughthe trees 150 yards from his back door. He
cast with heavy cloud . . . althoughvisibilitycondi- called his wife and they both saw the lights remain
tions were good; the time was approximately4.25 stationaryfor awhile and then slowly ri6e and dis-
p.m. A south-westerlybreeze of average force was appear.
blowing. I had been out in the garden and had
just returned to the incineratorto close it down for Mrs. Dickson said she and her husband were
the day the fire was out and there was no positive that they saw something, but could not
smoke. distinguishwhat it was.
From an east-south-eastdirection I heard the In a direct line from their house and the obiect
noise of what was taken to be a Boeing 707 iet aft- is a 50,000-gallonwater tank, around which i3 a
liner. The onset of this noise was extremelysudden cleared area. Mr. Dickson said he believed the
and its volume unusuallyloud. There was some- object landed in this clearing.
thing about the characterof the sound which signi-
fied that an unusuallyhigh horse-powerwas in use . District Forestry Officer J. Mahony said he had
been retuming from Bunbury aboui 9.gO p.m. As
. . . and a peculiarwhiningor whistlingtone, which he approachedhis house,which is about 50 yards
rather puzzled me by virtue of its frequency and from. the Dickson's,he saw a glow in the irees
stridency.Lookingupward,and to where the source which he, at first, took for a fire.-When he realised
of sound appearedto be, I saw nothing but it was not a fire he dismissed it as being the
concludedthat the planewas above the cloud layer. moon. lt was not till the next morninq th;t he
However, the very nature of the sound, and its realised there had been no moon. lt was ilso found
intensity, tended to contradict this assumption. that interfdrence with T.V. sets in the neighbour-
Furthermore,the speed with which the source of hood had been common.
sound travelledwas very great (although,strangely,
I felt this was not so) and gave the impressionthat
the craft should have been visible below the clouds Reporl in the 'Daily News' of sth Jsnuary, 1968,
. . . which were ol the cumulusvariety,havingcon-
siderabledepth. The pulsating,roaring sound was Five youths claimed today they saw a mystery
then so loud that I felt confident at any instant of obje.ctin the sky over Rockingham.The five were
seeing the craft but such was not to be. In rowing out from Palm Beach jetty at 3 a.m. when,
the brief space of perhaps 12 or 15 seconds the they'say, they saw a silent pulsatinglight hovering
source had moved,seemingly,from one horizonto about 200 feet over the townsite.One of the youths,
the other, although the high-pitched screaming John Franetovich, of AlexanderRoad,Dalkeith,took
whistle,was still predominant.My mother,who was severalshots of the light with his camera.He and
inside at the time preparingthe eveningmeal, later four others were rowing to the whaler 'Kos Vll'
remarkedon the unusualintensityof the noise.She where they had been staying fo.r a week. They
had gone outside and looked . . . but saw nothing. watched the light from the whaler for almost an
hour. Richard Burridge said it was a big, dull-
My inabilityto locate the craft, visually,was annoy- coloured light moving slowly up and down, and to
ing but what happenednext proved, at least the side, and shining on and off at irregularinter-
that my senseof direction,in relationto its course, vals. Jack Michaels said he tried to signal the
was virtually100o/ocorrect. The cloud layer, which object with torch and every time he turned the
before had been intact and dense, appeared sud- lorch on the lights in the sky went ofl. Richard
denly to be divided forcibly, or split open, along Burridge said, "At first we all thought it was a
almosta straightline in a long sweepingcurve west helicopter, but we discounted that because we
to north-westerlyin direction,out to seaward.The could hear no noise.lt's the weirdestthing l've ever
dark blue of the sky was visibleclearlythroughthis seen it's almost frightening!"

15
Report from the'Daily News'of 24th January, 1968. positionof landing.We waited until 11.30p.m. with-
Railway worker A. Nyenhuis says he say a flying out sighting it again that night, A daytime search of
sau.cernear Collie last Friday night (1gth January).the area revealed nothing, except that our com-
passes still would not function. Another object was
He said, today, he saw the obiect at about 11.15 observed travelling overhead at the same time this
p.m. as he walked from Collie Burn to Collie. He object took off . . . which could have been another
was about three miles from Collie when a transistor ship, or may have been a satellite.This we cannot
radio he was carrying cut out. Then he heard a really say.
buzzing sound above him and saw a flat object
hovering in the air about 400 feet up. lt was about On the 30th April, 1967, which is a day later,
30 feet in width. "Underneath, there was a pale four vehiclesleft the airstripafter awaitinga'sighting
bluish-yellowcircle of light that was going on . . this was after we had discussed it with other
and off like a pulse," Mr. Nyenhuissaid. "The object men at the camp. They had not seen anything.At
was there for about three minutes. Then I heard the time, we were working up on the hill at Mt.
a car coming and the thing took off like a Whalebackand could see the vehicles out there.
plane. I had a good look at it because the moon They were approximately 6 miles from us, as the
was bright. lt was silvery-black,and looked to me crow flies, we could easily see them. This is
like a flying saucer. I didn't like what I saw on the FortescueRiver at 7.45 p.m. We saw the first
and I couldn't make up my mind until today about two vehicles leave the airstrio and watched them
telling the newspapers."Mr. Nyenhuisproduced a coming back to the camp; they were followed by
sketch of the object he claims to have seen. a third at a distance of about three miles. About
anothermile distanta bright light followedfor about
A report by a Mr. Harris recorded on tape during a mile . . . and disappeared.The fourth vehicle left
an Intervlew at my home in December, 1967. the airstrip at 8.50 p.m. and reported seeing a
"This was 'Mount Newman'. . . at M\. Whaleback bright light rise . which they thought wa-s a
in the north-westpart of Western Australia. vehicle . . . and then they retumed to the camp at
The campsite at Mt. Newman is south-westwhen 9 p.m. So we were able to see. We were also ible
fooking towards Mt. Whaleback, and 3/z miles from to determine,from that distance,the exact order
Whaleback.The airstrip is south-westof the camp- of the vehicles and what they were. There
site, I miles away. The objects were observed from was a Volkswagen, a Toyota, and two Landrovers
an elevationot 2,200 feet above sea level, which is . becauseof the size of the headlampwe could
about 800 feet above the level of the plain where tell. So we had a pretty good idea of what was
the observationswere made. there.
. Now , o n t h e M o n d a y ,1 s t M a y , '1 9 6 7 . . . n o s i g h t -
Detailsfrom the 23rd April, '1967to the 28th April,
1967, indicate a particular time-patternwith regardsing at a l l .
to the appearanceand disappearanceof the obiects. O n t h e T u e s d a y , 2 n d M a y , 1 9 6 7 '. a t 8 . 3 0 . p 'm "
of the airstrip'.on
For instance, they tended to appear at the airstrip the U.F.O.was silhted -Mt. due east We flashed lights
area at approximately7.30 p.m., when it was quite the south side of Whaleback.
dark, and would travel around to the camp area, at the obiect . and receivedanswering.flashes!
around the camp approximatelyhalf a mile away, These lla-shes occurred very rapidly in intensity'
up to 11.30p.m.,when it would return to its place, Of the obiect . . . it looked, from that .dista.nce'. to
or assumed place of take-off. be like, n6t the centre of an arc weld, but the side
On the 29th April, 1967 at 7 p.m.,myselfand Mr. white-hot flash you get . . . and this happened.very
lan McGregor,another driller . . as this was our fast, and pulsat-edevery time we flashed our lights.
night off . . drove out to the airstrip to see if weli tiavelled to the north-east of Mt. Whaleback' a
could find out where this U.F.O.was coming from. distanceof approximately3 miles,and disa.ppeared
We had previously taken our directions with com- at 9.30 p.m. At 11.50p.m. a bright orange light.was
observeil from our elevation ot 2,400 feet, travelling
passes and we arrived at the airstrip at 7.40 p.m. south-west along the top of Mt. Whalebalk where
Approximately Vt ol a mile into the bush, south- we were workin!-.This disappearedat 12.50a.m. in
east of the airstrip, a bright haze appeared which the morning of 2nd May, 1967.
changed into an inverted cone of light followed by
On 3rd May, 1967, there was no sighting by us.
However,one of the camp men, Thomas Manolis'
reportedseeingan object on hills due east of camp
as lights went out at approximately11.30 p.m.
On 4th May, 1967, at 10.30 p.m. the object was
seen south-westof Mt. Whaleback,colour orange
. . . travelling,as camp lights went out, with bright
flashes in the valleys. We returned to the camp at
,/ 11.20p.m. After havingshoweredat 12.15a.m.,and
when leaving showers, we observed an object east
/'/ of camp,at the base of the east ridge,approximately
400 yards distant.Due to us having no clothes on,
we changed but were still in time to see an-
other object north-eastof the east ridge, travelling
along the hills . . . but, unfortunately, we could not
do much about chasing after it. An object was
observed at the same time from due east arising
an orange disc-like object which rose vertically. from the ground.We woke up Jock Zani, who is the
It then turned on its edge and came towards us. Camp Superintendent, to observethe sighting with
We flashedour headlightsand it ceased movement us. We turned-inat 1.15a.m. leavingthem to wander
. it then returnedin the direction it came from about. That was about it. Investigationof the area
and landed in approximatelythe same spot. Our where the obiect took-otf from revealed nothing at
compasseswould not function for us to verify the all.

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Again, on the sth May, 1967, at 8.15 p.m., the and he woke up McGregor and myself. Jock went
oblebt was seen travellingaround the hills.area of out. I didn't . . . I stayed in bed' I sald, "Oh hell!
Mt. Whaleback in an east-south-eastdirection con- I've seen enough of them tor the time being. Let's
tinuously.On our drive down from the hill the object have a bit of sleep it's 2 a.m'!" I didn't teel
appeared in lront of us, together with another close much like getting up. lt was moving north-egst of
by. On our approachthey disappeared. . . the time camp and Continuouslychangingcolour. At 7 p.m.
was 12.30a.m. this evening-note this other one was 2 a'm--
7.30 p.m., we went onto at 7 p.m. the light was seen to take off nodh-east
On the 6th May, 1967,at of th6 campsite and travel towards Mt. Whaleback'
Mt. Whaleback for observation purposes. We lit a approximataly1% miles in front of our vehicle. lt
fire. At 7.30 p.m. a U.F.O.took off from a mile disappearedat Whaleback.
north-eastof camp, moved north-west in the valley
below us approximatelytwo miles away. We drove Monday, 14th May, 1967-at 4 a.m. when we
towards the oblect and flashed our lights and re- were leaving the hill after finishing our xrork,. a
ceived answeringsignalsal regularintervals.As we large silver disc was observeddue east of Whale-
came down the valley it disappeared. We drove onto back. Rs we returned to the camp it was seen to
the airstrip from there at 8.30 p.m. to see if we be hoveringapproximately100 feet from the ground
could see where it was going and whether there . . . w i t h a s d r i t t o r a n g e 'o b j e c ta t 1 0 o 'c l o c k t o i t .
were any more to take off. We saw nothing There was definitelytwo obiects seen. The large
and returnedto camp at 9.30 p.m. When we got silver one was estimatedat 100 to 120 feet across.
back we checked the vehicles to see if any had It had a very bright search-lighton it and I estimate
been out at all; none had left the camp. Now, also the range was well over a mile to a mile and a
on all similar instancesof these sightings,we had half. You could see everythingclearly with it. The
checked on the vehicles leaving the camp and small object moved to the north, and the. larger
arrivingat the camp; there were none on the even- object caught up with it all the time. lt would move
ings concerned. On returning towards Whale- a few feet . . then the other one would catch up
back from the camp, and checking to see about . so it could be reconnaisance. lt was slightly
the vehicles,the object was sightedtwo miles from higherthan the other one . . . it wasn't much higher
vehicle
the camp. lt moved in varied directionstowardsthe though. -but,We gave chase, of course, in the
south-west. . and was last seen on return to the . . . coming down the steep hillside,about 100
camp at approximately3 miles due west. lt landed; teet to go we got down on a mile of road, we had
we saw no more so we turned in. to use lights . . . so that, by the time we got down
there wai nothingto be seen whatsoever.But, when
On Sunday,7th May, 1967, at 7.10 p.m., a btue we got to the campsiteat 4.30 a.m. a small obiect
glow was seen on the ground soufh-eastof Mt. wasbn the airstripoutsidethe camp at Mt. Newman.
Whaleback.Our elevationihen was 2,200feet above There are two airstrips-one next to the camp for
sea-level; we were about 2 miles distant from the 'Cessnas',and one out eight miles from camp for
object. lt travelled east-south-eastfor seven minutes 'DC 3's' and 'Fokkers'. Well, this object was
before sighting ceased. three to five feet across and was silver with a
Monday,8th May, 1967-no sighting. bright and flame-like tail. lf you can. imagine a
Tuesday,gth May, 1967-no sighting. candle-flameflashing.. ..that was the idea we
had of it. lt movedalong the strip and we approach-
Wednesday,'lOth May, 1967,at 7.30 p.m., a tiqht ed on foot with 'cap lamps' on. lt disappearedinto
was seen south-eastof Mt. Whalebackat our eleia_ the scrub . . and we didn't see it any more.
tion once again of 2,200 feet-a'pproximate dis-
tance, 2 miles from Whaleback tiavellinq in the After this date there were no further sightingsat
valley betweensouth ridge bordering the-tributary Mt. Newmanmade by us.
of the Fortescue River and Ut. Whai-ebdck.A kan_ Sightings were made later at Meekatharraand
garoo team (kangaroohunters)was noted on the Mt. Magnet.
north road; we saw their
.light, so coutd tell they 1 left a few weeks later. On 28th August' 1967'
were out as well. The object was sighted on the when I was passing through there, going up.into
south road, which is a diiference.Th! north road the Great Sandy Desert,our plane touched down
goes to Wittenoom;the south road goes to the and we had a chat with one of the blokes who
main road and down towards Meekatharra. The had seen them before,Joe Lossie.He said, yes . . .
approximatedistance we saw it from was, we would he had seen it the night before I got in. That was
say, about nine miles. At 10 p.m. we returned to the first sighting since then, of course. I do not
the..campand a bright orange light was oUseiveO know if there hbve been any more sighlings."
rn. tne west to land, take off again and re_land; That is all I have on Mt. Newman for the present.
Inrs was assumed from the action observed. Anv_
how, . of cou rse , it cou ld be jus t t r aueLt ing- . ' . ' . ' 6,
anythinglike this.
. Thursday,l1th May, 1967-not working, so no
sightings.

Friday, 12th May, 1967-not working; did not


get out-vehicles laid up. No work to do so stayed
ln camp.
Saturday,l3th May, 1967.Went to airstrip.Again
made no sighting.
Sunday, 'l4th May, 1967 the object was
observed by Joe Lossie, who woke us up at 2
a.rn Now, he is a truck driver who had been travel-
ling about and had seen these down at one of the
water wells . . . pretty close to the water wells . . .

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EnergyBeam stalls car say the acceleration must have been fantastic.
"The moment it left, my machine was doing
in the west exactly the same speed that it was doing before I
gJoppegand I had ho feeling of acceterafionat ail.
A Western Australian man, who wishes to remain It was just like gravity had Seen stopped. However,
anonymous,claims his motor-car was stopped bv a I had. no difficulty whatsoeverin controlting my
'tne
U.F.O.on the Mayanup-Kojonup Road, ori tgttr car. I just carried on as though nothing had hap-
October, 1967, at approiimatety 9.30 p.m. pened.
The man, whom we shall call Mr. Harris. has .. "When the ship went off its colour changed a
been thoroughly interrogated by V.U.F.O.R.S.mem- little, and it went a darker colour.
pysch., M.A.N.z.C.p., "There was no noise whatsoever, in fact every-
!9r_fgrt {9qk,.M.8., 8.s., D.
ifg ,l!: reliabitity.and integrity ire vouched for by thing around the place was dead quiet-there
Harns's tocat doctor, who referred him to Dr. Zecli. \rasn't a sound of any sort.
This article has been condensed from the trans_ "After the ship had passed out of sight I stopped
script ol Dr. Zeck's tape-recorded interview.-' the car and got out and had a look around. Even
then I had no feelingof fear."
At the time of the incident Mr. Harris, who is a
shearing contractor, had just finished paying off
one team of men and was on his way io Boyup EYaluatlon
Brook to see anotherteam.
The Harris incident is a vivid account of an
He was approximately two miles from his des- extraordinary occurrence which is, however, not
tination and was travelling at approximately 60 to altogetheruniquein U.F.O.annuals.
65 miles an hour along a particularlyquiet stretch In particular,reports of U.F.O.interfefencewith
of road when he became aware of a lighied object car radios, lights and engines (the so-called "E-M
approachinghim in the air. effects") are quite common. Reports of U.F.O.
emitting beams of light are also not infrequent
Almost immediatelythe car stopped dead and (comparewith the Hydes sighting also reported in
all the electrical systems-the lights, motor, and this issue).
radio - went dead.
Harris'scredibilityand psychologicalstabilityare
"l had no feelingof decelerationat all", he said. not questioned by Dr. Zeck, who is a medical
"The car just came instantaneously to a stop. psychiatrist.
"l had the radio on and it had been functioning The most bxtraordinaryaspect of this case is
normally then suddenly it cut out simultaneously the reportof the apparent"stopping"and "starting"
with the lightsand engine. effects to which the vehicle was subiected and
"Apparently my watch stopped too, because when which at first sight seem to offend fundamental
I later got to Boyup Brook I noticed it was running physicallaws.
five minutesslow. lt is an Omega Chronometerand In relation to this aspect of the report "The
normallydoesn't lose any time at all." Review" is indebted for the following opinion
Mr. Harrisemphasisedthat althoughthe car stop- from physicist Kenneth Clarke:-
ped, he felt no sensation of deceleration or thrust. "ln trying to account for the phenomenaresulting
When the car stopped Mr. Harris noticed that he from U.F.O.appearancesone is frequentlyforced
was immersed in a beam of light which seemed to speculation and such speculationoften raises as
to come from a tube which in its turn issued from many problemsas it may appear to explain.
the U.F.O. "ln the particular experienceof Mr. Harris the
"When I looked up there was this ship, and biggest problemto me is his claim of instantaneous
this tube descendedout down on to me. lt was like stopping from 60 miles per hour and the later
a big tube of light 2 to 3 feet in diameter, a very instantaneousspeed of 60 miles per hour from
shiny light, but I could see up this tube and there zero. Either event would have killed him as well
was no glaro or anything inside the tube. as playing havoc with his gear box.
"l had a feeling I was being observed through "l would like to propose therefore that Mr.
this tube, and yet I had no feeling ol fear. Harris's car did not stop at all but that through
'"After about five minutes,the tube of light closed the beam of light the U.F.O.was able to lift the
off, just like you switch a torch off. car off the road and maintain its forward speed
The ship or object itself was about thirty feet in of 60 miles per hour. This would account for Mr.
diameter and it was about 100 feet in the air Harris havingno feelingof deceleration(p3) and no
and the tube came out of it at about a fortyJive feeling of acceleration (p7) because there was no
degree angle, and sort of focused right on me. change of speed, and would satisfactorilyexplain
"The ship was not like a flying saucer at al,, his survival.
it looked more like a football, like a great big foot- "The U.F.O. interventioncould have caused the
ball. But I could only see the under part. And it failure of the car's electricalsystems(lights,motor,
was all glowing itself, with an iridescentsort ol radio - p3) but it is difficult to understand how
light - like bluish coloured lightning. the engine could be running after the "5 minute"
"The end of the tube came right down on to interval without being re-started.
me, right onto the windscreen." "l put the "5 minute" intervalin invertedcommas
When the light was finally turned off, ihe U.F.O. because this time interval is based on the fact
disappeared with characteristic speed, leaving the that Mr. Harris's reliable Omega Chronometerwas
bewildered witness io continue tris trip as thbugh the 5 minutes slow when he checked the time atter
nothing untoward had happened. U.F.O. incident. However, it should be con-
sideredthat the U.F.O.intervention could have been
"The object took off at a terrific speed in a for a shorter or a longer period than this and the
westerlydirection.I couldn't judge the speed but it effect on the chronometer recorded as a loss of
vanished out of sight wilhin seconds, so I would 5 minutes.

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Book Review Capio Convention

What we really know about Flying Saucers, written The proceedingswere opened by Mr. T. W. W.
by the famous American science writer, Otto Pye, Deputy Chairmanof A.C.T. Advisory Council,
Binder. who olficially welcomed delegatesto Canberraon
the Council'sbehalf.
Our copy from Fawcett Publication lnc., Green-
wich, Connecticut. A meetingof delegateswas held on the Sunday
Otto Binder is a highly qualified science writer morning and the elections then held resulted in
and author of the widely syndicatedfeature,OUR appointmentof the following oflice-bearers:
SPACEAGE, read by millionsof Americans. President: Mr. PeterNorris(V.U.F.O.R.S.).
He has spent many years studyingthe pros -and Sec r et a r y : Mrs.SylviaSutton(V.U.F.O.R.S.).
cons of the U.F.O. phenomena' Sceptical at first, Mrs. M. Roberts(Queensland)'
put unlike most scientists,he continuedto make a Treasurer:
ihorough study of the reports and in this new Vice-Presidents:Mr. Les Locke (Perth),
book, he had turned on the sacred cow of ortho' Mr. John Drake(Canberra).
dox science and has ground her to hamburger.
lf you are disgusted with reading through so Delegates were unanimous in saying that the
many'junk books to get a few facts then reacl conventionwas highly successfulfrom every point
W H A T -W E KNOW ABOUT FLYI NG SAUCERS. of view and in commendingthe Ganberra U.F.O'
The author has done an expert job in sifting Research Society for the eflicient and dedicated
fact from nonsenseand compiling it into an out- mannerin which the preparationshad been carried
standinghandbookof solid cases. The book covers out.
U.F.O. patterns, flying models, miracuious
manoeuvres, electromagneticwizardry, unearthly The Third Annual Conventionof the Common-
phenomena,the endless waves of sightings and wealthAerial Phenomenalnvestigation Organisation,
the variousangleof speculations. the Australian U.F.O. federal body, was held in
lf you find the author within your school of Canberra on June 8th-10th.
thought,commentingon your pet guess,whether it V.U.F.O.R-S.delegatewas Mr. Peter Norris, who
be Space Migrants or Space Sheriffs {rom some was'accompanied by Secretary,Judy Magee,Public
Galactic Peace Corps, don't be carried away too
far, becauseyou'll find your teet suddenly on the RelationsOfficer, Paul Norman and Member June
ground taking an objective look at all the angles Harrison.
- and Otto Binder has a few guessesof his own. The Saturdaymorningand afternoonproceedings
consistedof papersand tapes preparedby Member
Paul Norman Organisations,all of whom were representedat
the Gonvention.
The Saturdayevening proceedingswere held in
the impressiveAcademyof Sciencebuilding.
The evening'sagendawas a variedand interesting
one: two short soace films and lectures delivered
respectivelyby Dr. M. Lindtnerof the U.F.O.Inves-
tigationCentreof N.S.W.and Mr. M. Miller, F.R.A.S.
of the AustralianNationalUniversity.

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Graph 1 is plotted from 1954to 1967 againstthe of the year during which time U.F.O.activity was
number of sightings per year. Note that in 1967, greatest. lt was based on sightings from 1954 to
when there was a world wide flap, Victoria also 1967, thus giving a good aveiage of sightingsper
experiencedsimilar activity. From 1957 to 1961, month over the period of the 13 years.
sightingsdecreasedpossiblydue to Air Force de-
bunking,but from 1962,the sightingsincreaseduntil . Both graphs would be indicative of the average
sightings reported throughoutthe world.
1966, when they reachedthe peak.similar to 1957
of over 64 reportedsightings. Informationfor these graphs was compiled by
the Sightings Investigalions Officer and based on
Graph 2 was compiled to determinethe months the reporls in the Society's files.

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StopPress
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victoria n

The Sea gives up


Lost City.
London Timc:
D c c .1967.

researc h MOSCOW, Saturday.-


so cie tY The lost city of Sabayil,
which has lived only in
legend Jor morc than
7000 years, is rising from
the Caspian Sea.
Ac c or di ng to the l egend, the
C as pi an's s al t w ater s r os e about
7000 years ago and swallowed
the c i ty .

U nti l r ec entl y , m any s c i enti s ts


bel i ev ed i s w as onl y a m y th, l i k e
the l os t c onti nent of Atl anti s .

But the new s paper Kom s om ol -


s k ay a Pr av da s ai d thi s w eek that
w i th the r ec ent dr op i n the l ev el
of the C as pi an, w el l - w as hed tow er s
and seaweed-covered walls had
r i s en abov e the w ater l ev el near
This societywouldappreciatereaders' the Sov i et Az er bai i ani c api tal of
Bak u.
reports on U.F.O.S.Please forward to
, "Gravc: and big stono rlabs
with Arabian ornamcntation havr
P.O.Box 43, Moorabbin,Victoria,3189, bacn fovnd," thc papcr raid.
Australia.
Fate uncertain
" T hi s m eans , i hat the l egend
of Sabay i l i s bas ed on fac t."

Thc ncwspapcr said that more


than 600 ancicnt tablctr had
becn found.

W hether Sabay i l w i l l be al l ow ed
to r i s e c om pl etel y i s doubtful

T he dr op i n the l ev el of the
C as pi an has endanger ed R us s i a's
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