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Rm: UFO INFO SERVICE
Dateport #: 218
Froe Sent: 01-18-1987
Location: SARATOGA, CA.
CASE TYPE: LRS – NL
DATE: 14 OCTOBER 1986
TIME: 2015 – 2030 HOURS
CFN#: 0332
DURATION: UNKNOWN
WITNESSES: FIFTEEN
SOURCE: MERCURY NEWS, SAN JOSE, CA

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MERCURY NEWS, San Jose, CA – Oct. 23, 1986

Mystery lights return to Saratoga By Kathy Holub

Mercury News Staff Writer

A beautiful apparition has been glowing in the night sky over Saratoga, leaving viewers baffled and entranced. About 15 people, all agog, called Santa Clara County dispatchers on Tuesday night to report a mysterious bright red light that hovered in the sky from 8:15 to 8:30 and then dis- appeared.

Dozens of callers described a similar phenomenon on Oct. 16, same time, same place.

“It was very exciting,” said Maureen Denton of Los Gatos, who watched last week’s display during a break in her real estate class at West Valley College.

“It was very bright, much larger than the lights you see on airplanes. At one point, something burning or flickering dropped from it. It was just a tiny little flicker that came down. We all went: `Oooh, what was that?'” No one seems to know.

That includes Vicki Yauger of Sara- toga, who spied the object Tuesday night while lounging with her husband in thier backyard spa.

Yauger said the light appeared high in the northwestern sky, first moving toward them, then away.

Through her binoculars, the appari- tion became a cluster of lights. “It was scary. When it started get- ting larger, it seemed to be coming down,” she said.

Yauger didn’t see the object fade from view because she had just gone into the house. Her husband told her the light turned green and slowly disappeared.

Spokesmen at Moffett Field Naval Air Station said nothing flew out of their airfield Tuesday that looked like that. And officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc said they didn’t launch a thing Tuesday night. Ditto for Oct. 15.

Other watchers of the night sky – air traffic controllers and astronomers at Lick Observatory – said they saw nothing unusual.

>> Comments: S4/P5

Report #: 219
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 01-24-1987
Location: ARNOLD CITY, PA
CASE TYPE: LRS
DATE: 21 JANUARY 1987
TIME: 22:00 HOURS
CFN#: 0333
DURATION: 3:MINUTES
WITNESSES: UNKNOWN
SOURCE: PASU – STAN GORDON 412-838-7768

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UFO Sighting report from PASU.

AREA of report Arnold City, Fayette County,PA

Witnesses reported observing a flying object. They described the object as very bright and said that the object was shaped like an oval.

the witnesses said that the object had a red and blue glow to it. They also stated that the UFO or object had a tap-pered down tail another words a structure towards the back of the object. This case is being investigated by PASU.

>> Comments: S4/P4

Report #: 220
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 01-24-1987
Location: GIGHARBOR, WA
CASE TYPE: CE I
DATE: 23 JANUARY 1987
TIME: 21:30 HOURS
CFN#: 0334
DURATION: 3:MINUTES
WITNESSES: THREE
SOURCE: UFO INFORMATION SERVICE

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At 9:45 P.M. the UFO Information Service in Seattle Washington received a report of a UFO sighting that took place at Gighorbor, which is in the State of Wash.

Three Witnesses reported observing a UFO Unidentified Flying Object. They Stated that they first noticed the object hovering over some houses.

The witnesses said the ufo or object was oval shaped and said the color of the object was blue. They stated when the ufo letf the area it went straight up and out of sight from them. They also stated that there was “no sequel to any movement that the object made”. This could be the same object that was reported in Arnold, city,PA case number CFN#:0333 because the object in both cases was oval shaped and in both cases the object was blue. Interesting also is the duration in both cases of 3 minutes.

>> Comments: S4/P4

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28-Jan-87 17:04 MST
Sb: AP 01/28 UFO Explained
By PAUL RAEBURN

AP Science Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — Astronomical calculations show that a Japan Air Lines pilot who claimed to see an unidentified flying object over Alaska last November was actually looking at Jupiter and possibly Mars, says a new report.

“This is not the first time that an experienced pilot has mistaken a bright celestial body for a UFO, nor will it be the last,” said the report by Philip J. Klass, a longtime investigator of claimed UFO sightings.

“Jupiter was only 10 degrees above the horizon, making it appear to the pilot to be roughly at his own 35,000-foot altitude,” the report said.

The planet also was unusually bright, and located exactly where the pilot said he saw the UFO. The pilot, Capt. Kenjyu Terauchi, never mentioned seeing Jupiter or Mars.

Mars was just below and to the right of Jupiter, and may explain Terauchi’s initial report that he saw two lights, Klass said. Klass said Tuesday he has found, in hundreds of UFO investigations, that “they’ve all turned out to have prosaic explanations.” He spoke in a telephone interview from Colorado, where he is vacationing.

The Buffalo-based Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, which issued Klass’ report, is an organization of scientists who investigate claims of UFO sightings, ESP occurrences and other so-called paranormal phenomena. Klass, who heads the organization’s UFO subcommittee, is an editor with the magazine Aviation Week and Space Technology, and author of “UFOs: The Public Deceived.” He has been investigating UFO sightings for more than 20 years.

In his report, he said Terauchi’s claims that the object followed him as he made a 360-degree turn are contradicted by what he told flight controllers at the time.

John Leyden, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C., quoted from a summary of conversations between Terauchi and ground controllers in which the pilot reported losing sight of the object after completing his turn.

The object reappeared a few moments later, according to the FAA summary quoted by Leyden.

Paul Steucke, a spokesman for the FAA in Anchorage, said that Terauchi told FAA officials in an interview that the object stayed with him as he turned.

Terauchi was over Alaska enroute from Europe, via Iceland, to Tokyo when he saw the mysterious light.

According to Klass, who reviewed a complete copy of the transcript, the pilot never reported seeing Jupiter or Mars, even though they were clearly visible.

Morris Simoncelli, a spokesman for Japan Air Lines in New York, said, “We have no position on this as the airline. The captain said he saw something; he reported it. He followed procedures.” A United Airlines flight and an Air Force C-130 cargo plane that were in Terauchi’s vicinity at the time of the claimed sighting were asked to look for the object, and neither reported seeing it. “I think that the Japanese pilot should have been a little more skeptical when the United airliner and the Air Force plane reported seeing nothing,” Klass said.

A reported radar “blip” near the Japan Air Lines plane was a spurious echo from the mountainous terrain underneath the aircraft, Klas said.

Terauchi reported a second UFO sighting in approximately the same area on January 11. That sighting was explained by FDA officials as village lights bouncing off ice crystals in the atmosphere.

Terauchi later conceded that that was a reasonable explanation, said Steucke.

Steucke said the FAA would be releasing the results of its own investigation in mid-February.

Report #: 220
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 01-24-1987
Location: GIGHARBOR, WA
CASE TYPE: CE I
DATE: 23 JANUARY 1987
TIME: 21:30 HOURS
CFN#: 0334
DURATION: 3:MINUTES
WITNESSES: THREE
SOURCE: UFO INFORMATION SERVICE

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At 9:45 P.M. the UFO Information Service in Seattle Washington received a report of a UFO sighting that took place at Gig Harbor, which is in the State of Wash.

Three Witnesses reported observing a UFO Unidentified Flying Object. They Stated that they first noticed the object hovering over some houses.

The witnesses said the ufo or object was oval shaped and said the color of the object was blue. They stated when the ufo left the area it went straight up and out of sight from them. They also stated that there was “no sequence to any movement that the object made”. This could be the same object that was reported in Arnold, city,PA case number CFN#:0333 because the object in both cases was oval shaped and in both cases the object was blue. Interesting also is the duration in both cases of 3 minutes.

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ParaNet Rating: S3/P3

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Report #: 221
CASE TYPE: CE II – RV *
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 01-28-1987
Location: ANCHORAGE, AK
DATE: 17 NOVEMBER 1986
TIME: 07:35 HOURS
CFN#: 0335
DURATION: 30:MINUTES
WITNESSES: THREE
SOURCE: AP – ASSOCIATED PRESS, NEW YORK

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NEW YORK A Japan Air Liner pilot who claimed to have seen an Unidentified Flying Object over Alaska last Novenber was probably seeing an unusually bright image of the planet Jupiter, an investigator said yesterday.

Philip Klass said astronomical calculations show that on Nov. 17, when the UFO, Jupiter was extremely bright and was visible precisely where the pilot reported that he saw the UFO.

Mars was just below and to the right of Jupiter, and may explain the pilot’s initial report that he saw two lights, Klass said. Klass, an editor with the magazine Aviation Week and Space – Technology and a longtime investigator of UFO sightings, said the pilot’s claims that the object followed him as he made a 360 degree turn are contradicted by what he told fight controllers.

John Leyden, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, quoted from a summary of conversations between the pilot’s and ground controllers in which the pilot reported losing sight of the object after completing his turn. The object then reppeared in a few monents, according to the summary.

The pilot, Capt. Kenjyu Terauchi, was over Alaska en route from Europe, via Iceland, to Tokyo when he claimed to have sighted the object.

ParaNet Rating: S2/P2. Witness probably not reporting reliably.

CUFON Computer UFO Network

Report #: 222
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 01-31-1987
Location: BELLEVILLE, WI
CASE TYPE: LRS – POSSIBLE – RV
DATE: 15 JANUARY 1987
TIME: 21:OO HOURS
CFN#: 0336
DURATION: 06:HOURS
WITNESSES: MANY
SOURCE: AP – BELLEVILLE, WI

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A Belleville patrolman’s sighting of strange lights in the night sky is under investigation by a ufo study group, the police chief said monday. officer Glen Kazmar reported the red, white and blue lights to sheriff’s dispatchers who relayed the sighting to the Federal Aviation Administration Control Tower on Jan 15, police Chief Jack Pace said.

He couldn’t see what the lights were attached to, Pace said. He couldn’t hear any sound.

Kazmar was off duty Monday and did not answer his home telephone, but he told the Monroe Evening Times: when it was just stayed in the same place, and the bright lights, then I knew it was something that wasn’t normal.

Kazmar first sighted the lights about 9 P.M. and he and a passenger, Jeff Furseth, began studying them more closely about 3 A.M., Kazmar told the Times. They watched them untill nearly daybreak, when the lights disappeared on the horizon. The officer estimated he got within a mile of the lights, Pace said.

Other reports of lights were received that night by sheriff’s deputies in Dane and Green counties. The FAA tower in Chicago also said it was tracking a slowly moving object in the area, but made no radio contact with it.

Actually, we’re not sure if what they were looking at on the their radar was what officer Kazmar saw, but it’s possible, Pace said.

Happenings in Dane County very closely correspond to a number of sightings in the Waukesha area and Kenosha County. Since Kazmar’s sighting and news of it spread the six-officer department has received several calls about UFO’s sightings, Pace said. None of the calls of other sightings resemble what Kazmar reported and Pace added he expects the reports to taper off. Other reports of sightings in near by counties have been reported to a study group.

ParaNet Rating: S3/P5. Possible Astronomical Body.

CUFON Computer UFO Network

Report #: 224
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 02-08-1987
Location: SELMA, IN.
CASE TYPE: CE I – NL
DATE: 6 FEBRUARY 1987
TIME: 2145 HOURS
CFN#: 0338
DURATION: 30: MINUTES
WITNESSES: TWO
SOURCE: NATIONAL UFO REPORTING CENTER

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Two witnesses observed an oval shaped object 30 feet in diameter at an altitude of 50 feet for 30 minutes with no sound. The dogs in the area were very disturbed. The only color seen was a bright white light.

ParaNet Rating: S4/P3

CUFON Computer UFO Network

Report #: 225
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 02-11-1987
Location: JOLIET, IL
CASE TYPE: CE I
DATE: 9 FEBRUARY 1987
TIME: 21:45 HOURS
CFN#: 0339
DURATION: UNKNOWN
WITNESSES: TWO
SOURCE: NATIONAL UFO REPORTING CENTER

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Two witnesses reported observing a Unidentified Flying Object.

The witnesses said the object looked like a big egg or oval shaped object and stated it was as big as a small car.

The witnesses stated that the object followed them for a long time going in front of them at times and then going back behind again.

They said the object then followed them all the way home at which time they stop the car and ran in the house, the object then stop and hovered for a while before it left the area. the distance the object followed them was approximately or about 7 miles.

The witnesses stated the colors coming from the object appeared to look to them like gold and white. The total duration is unknown. This case could be related to CFN#:0338 because the objects in both of theses cases were shaped like an oval or egg shaped. If anyone knows of any other cases like this please call the UFO Information Service in Seattle Washington at (206) 721-5035 Thank You !!

ParaNet Rating: S2/P3. Probable Astronomical Body.

CUFON Computer UFO Network

Report #: 226
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 02-15-1987
Location: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
CASE TYPE: LRS * – POSSIBLE RV
DATE: 16 DECEMBER 1986
TIME: DAYTIME
CFN#: 0340
DURATION: UNKNOWN
WITNESSES: MANY
SOURCE: POST, HOUSTON, TX – Dec, 18 1986

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SEVERAL REPORT SPOTTING UFO IN MEXICO CITY

Mexico City ( Reuter ) – Mexico City International Airport receiced dozens of call reporting an UFO Unidentifird Flying Object over the Capital Tuesday, the official Notimex News Agency reported Wednesday.

The multi-colored object was making a faint buzzing noise as it rapidly circled the city before shooting off at high speed, witnesses said.

There was no word on the object’s shape or on how long it was visible. Notimex said the crew of a Pan American Airways jet also reported having seen the object briefly. The agency said there have been other sightings over Mexico City of unidentified flying objects in the past few years, one sighting in the same place Nov. 2, 1973 over the capital.

ParaNet Rating: S4/P4.

CUFON Computer UFO Network

Report #: 227
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 02-15-1987
Location: FT.MYERS, FL
CASE TYPE: LRS – NL
DATE: 27 NOVEMBER 1986
TIME: 22:00 HOURS
CFN#: 0341
DURATION: 15:MINUTES
WITNESSES: MANY
SOURCE: NEWS PRESS, FT MYERS, FL

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GREEN FLASH LIGHTS SKY ACROSS FLORIDA

From News-Press Staff and Wire Services

Residents from Southwest Florida to the East Coast of the state Thursday reported seeing a green flash in the sky that lasted approximately 15 minutes, officials said.

Callers reported the sighting between 10 and 10:30 P.M. to the Collier County Sheriff’s office, an official their said. The sighting was also reported in Charlotte County, a Lee Sheriff’s Department spokesman said. A short time after the west coast sighting, residents of the east coast of Florida saw a flare and then heard an explosion, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard office in Fort Pierce.

Some people even reported a loud sound similiar to thunder that shook houses, the Coast Guard office reported. Unconfirmed reports from across the state said the green streak across the sky was a meteorite which may have landed in the Atantic Ocean. Officials from Patrick Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral could not confirm that the sighting was a meteorite, but said the matter would be investigated today. It was the second time in a week that residents along Florida’s Atlantic Coast reported seeing a flash of bright colored light streak across the late night sky.

Last Friday, a streak of light seen in the night sky from Tampa to Jamaica produced a similar effect and was apparently produced by debris from a Soviet rocket passing through the Earth’s atmosphere. A resident in the West Palm Beach area described the Thursday night light as bright yellow, while another in the area said the light started out red, turned to blue, then pink and yellow.

Mike Palmeriti, an astronomer in Malabar, saw the light between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m. He believed it was a “very strong flash of lightning.” But Harold Povenmire, a professor at Brevard Community College and director of the Florida Fire Bill Patrol, said he is certain the flash of light was caused by a meteorite entering the atmosphere at 10:03 p.m..

He also stated the light was preceded by a sonic boom that “rattled things around quite a bit.”

ParaNet Rating: S1 – Low Atmosphere Bolide

THE HYNEK RATING SYSTEM

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S: Strangeness

The “Strangeness” factor of a case description shall be rated from 1 to 5 as follows:

1 – Explained or Explainable
2 – Probably Explainable, with more data
3 – Possibly Explainable, but with elements of strangeness
4 – Strange; Does not conform with known principles
5 – Highly Strange; Definitely indicative of intelligent guidance .

Examples:#: 13 S0/EasyPlea
21-Jan-88 16:31
MST Sb: APn 01/21 1536
Australia-UFO
Fm: Executive News Svc. [76374,303]

SYDNEY, Australia (AP)

— Police said Thursday they received two reports of unidentified flying objects, one of which looked like a huge egg cup, and that they were treating the matter seriously.

Four members of a family said the object shaped like an egg cup pursued their car along a remote stretch of outback highway Wednesday morning, plucked it from the ground and covered it in ash, police reported.

Faye Knowles told police her speech and that of her sons changed during the encounter on the highway.

Crewmen of a tuna boat 50 miles away said a UFO buzzed their vessel a few minutes later and their voices become unintelligible.

“We were a little bit skeptical at first, but after investigating we are treating the reports very seriously,” said Jim Furnell, a police sergeant in South Australia state.

He said forensic scientists would examine the black powdery ash found inside and outside Mrs. Knowles’ car. She told police she was driving on the Nullabor Plain from Perth in Western Australia when she first saw a glowing object in her rear window at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday. “It apparently picked the car up off the road, shook it quite violently and forced the car back with such pressure that one of the tires was blown,” Furnell said. “While this was happening the family said their voices were distorted and it was as if they were talking in slow motion.”

He said the crewmen of the tuna boat could not have known about Mrs. Knowles’ experience when they reported a UFO sighting in the Great Australia Bight.

Keith Basterfield of UFO Research Inc., an international organization that records such sightings, said “it will certainly be the most physical of encounters ever recorded in Australia” if the reports are confirmed.

A spokesman at the Royal Australian Air Force base in Edinburgh, South Australia, said he was not aware of any military aircraft in the area at the time.

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INSIDE UFOLOGY

January 20th, 1988

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ABDUCTION BREAKTHROUGH?

ParaNet Alpha 01/20 — You know what I hate? I hate when somebody tells me something really juicy on the QT, and says, don’t tell ANYBODY, its a SEEEE-CRET! and so I keep quiet, only to find it blabbed all over the world in the next MUFON Journal. Case in point: rumor has had it for some time that David Jacobs was on to something in his continuing abduction research. He has reportedly found some kind of matter, which he calls “biological matter”, crusted on the skin of a large percentage of his abductee clients. Its been described as a moldy, brown substance which stains the skin of the victim. It was reported that he was trying to raise funds for a comprehensive analysis of the substance. According to the latest MUFON Journal, “Dr. Jacobs has had some of them analyzed, but the only type of analysis he can afford is not very informative.” He has taken his samples to Dr. Bruce Maccabee’s Fund for UFO Research in Washington, which has offered to try to raise funds for further study. The Fund has another drive in progress, to try to raise money to have the MJ-12 documents analyzed, and they have made the following offer to contributors: Any contributor of $50 or more to each cause will receive copies of the analysis report(s) before it is released publicly. Write to: The Fund for UFO Research, PO Box 277, Mt. Ranier, MD 20712.

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MIXED REACTIONS

Dan Gordon, the radio newsman-turned-UFO buff, seems to be losing the support of MUFON. Gordon, the news director of WYVE in Wytheville, VA, attracted the attention of Ufologists nationwide by holding a news conference on the station when that area was besieged by UFOs back in October. He later held a symposium at the local high school, at which he presented evidence and testimony of witnesses to a huge, brightly lit nighttime object that had reportedly been buzzing the locals. Soon after wards, when the hoopla started dying down, Gordon apparently had become enamored of the attention, and began claiming more and more far-out incidents, including patrols by NASA vans, crashed saucers, and abductions.

ParaNet’s Ron Jennings reports that Gordon’s only photos are of red and green lights on a dark background, which, he says, COULD be nothing more than airplanes. Undaunted, Gordon is now reportedly claiming some animal mutilations in the area. Says MUFON’s Walt Andrus, however, apparently the whole flap is over some National Guard mid-air refueling operations involving KC-135s — which is what some of the more credible witnesses agreed on the first place.

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AND FINALLY…

OK, I ain’t gonna let it happen again. I was told to keep this a secret, but its bound to be in the next Journal anyway, so here goes. Budd Hopkins has been working with a famous TV star who strongly believes he is an abductee. His name is….is…is….shoot, I can’t do it. <sigh> Maybe I should resign MUFON, instead of trying to be both a journalist and a Ufologist — they just don’t mix!

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Marge Christensen is the National Public Relations Director of the Mutual UFO Network. A very important post, the PR Director is charged with “getting the word out” about UFOs, and for the past several years, Ms. Christensen has been doing that through her MUFON Newsletter. The last issue took on a rather dour tone, as she lamented the current state of af- fairs in Ufology, and seriously considered resigning her post. This arti- cle from the latest issue, however, sets a new, upbeat tone for the new year, the 41st of the UFO era.

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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE DOLDRUMS

by Marge Christenson

The reader will no doubt note a strong contrast between the tone of the last newsletter and the tone of this one. That is because “a funny thing happened on the way to the doldrums!”

Over the past several months, Ufology had become pretty discouraging from my vantage point. Media coverage popularized the UFO subject as a type of folklore; abduction hysteria was rampant; bookstore shelves previously devoid of UFO books were suddenly copiously stocked, including reprints of some of the least credible books on the subject; respected UFO researchers engaged in bitter battles over the authenticity of the MJ-12 documents, with egos and personalities often taking priority over facts and objectivity. None of this spoke well for Ufology as a profession.

Concurrently, inactivity and apathy appeared to dominate many of the persons in leadership positions in Ufology, namely our MUFON State Directors. Coordinating any type of programs or projects nationally was virtually impossible.

Several Ufologists urged me to disassociate myself from MUFON, which, they felt, is not a scientific, credible organization, and would thus erode my own credibility if I remained involved. I was depressed and was seriously considering resigning as MUFON’s PR Director.

One day, I decided to clean out my files. In browsing through the data contained in those files, I realized that the UFO subject remains one of the most significant enigmas of the 20th Century, regardless of the cur- rent state of affairs in Ufology. I also realized that there are still some very impressive, top caliber persons involved with the field, and with MUFON, in spite of the fact that some good people have recently resigned.

The intent of this commentary is not to be melodramatic, but rather to caution those of you who may begin to feel discouraged with the subject or feel that you are getting “burned out” to first sit back and try to take a look at the larger scope of things, rather than to give in too quickly to your frustrations. Chances are that you will come to the same conclusions I did, and will decide to hang in there and give it another shot.

The UFO phenomenon is one of the most important enigmas of our time, and if we don’t continue to gather data related to it, and to research the subject, no one else will do so, and mankind will be oblivious to a subject that is someday going to have an impact on just about every aspect of life as we know it on this planet.

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#: 91 S0/EasyPlex

18-Dec-87 18:53 MST

Sb: APky 12/14 0155 Strange Lights

Fm: Executive News Svc. [72135,424]

By The Associated Press

People from Montana to Mississippi reported vivid streaks of light in the night sky when a disintegrating rocket used to launch a Soviet satellite burned up in the atmosphere, putting on a fireworks show with “spectacular, beautiful colors.”

Scores of startled people called police, the news media and air traffic controllers to report the phenomenon late Saturday.

We weren’t really scared. If it had landed, it would have been a different story,” said Joe Beverly, a policeman at Marion, Ky., who saw reddish-orange lights while driving with his family.

The light show was caused by the re-entry of a Soviet rocket body that had been used to launch the Raduga 21 communications satellite on Thursday, said Maj. Alex Mondragon of the U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colo. “Something re-entering like that can be mistaken for a missile coming in” but the space command knew it wasn’t because it had tracked the object since launch, Mondragon said. The agency uses a network of radar, telescopes and sensors to track about 7,000 man-made objects in orbit, he said. trackers spotted the falling rocket over the coast of western Canada and followed its southeastward course across the United States past the Florida Gulf Coast, Mondragon said.

“There were some initial indications that debris may have landed, but nobody has found anything,” Mondragon said Sunday. “Realistically, we would have received a report by now if anything had hit the Earth.”

He said the likelihood of finding any debris is “fairly remote. Only 5 percent or less of a space object typically survives re-entry.”

“I’ve never seen anything like it. It was spectacular, beautiful colors,” said Paul Kellenbarger of Pea Ridge, Ark., who ran outside with his wife to watch. “It looked like a helicopter, with red and green lights.”

Some callers to WPSD-TV in Paducah, Ky., reported blue lights while others reported reddish-orange hues and white lights. Sam Burrage, executive producer and anchorman at WPSD, said the station received 25 to 35 calls about the lights from viewers in western Kentucky, southeastern Missouri and northern Tennessee.

Some callers reported seeing more than one object flaming across the sky. They say it was two main lights, a reddish orange color,” said Bart Ryan of KBLT radio near Galena, Kan.

I’ve had about 30 calls up here about it,” said Todd Glaese, an air traffic controller at the Fayetteville, Ark., airport. “It was something to see, and I had a good view.”

“They had tails of fire, traveling from west to east they lit up part of the ground,” said Steve Matt, an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officer.

Tom DeMont of Siloam Springs, Ark., said he saw two sets of lights, “maybe 100 feet long, twin sets of light.”

We had about 30 people out Christmas caroling and we saw these lights going across the sky. I thought they were three jet planes flying in formation with their lights on but there was no sound,” said Lincoln-Lancaster County (Neb.) Planning director Garner Stoll.

Mark Brockeveldt was working at the Lincoln, Neb., airport when he saw four immense lights approach. He said the lights were elongated and bathed in a white and gold light with reddish-gold tails like comets. As the objects crossed the airport, one dropped below the other three and its light went out, he said.

“I’ve worked out here for nine years and have never seen anything like it,” said crew chief Mark Shoemaker at the Lincoln airport. “It was freaky.” The National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle got calls from “almost every state east of the Rocky Mountains” to Indiana and Mississippi, said spokesman Robert Gribble.

In October, a display of lights over the West was attributed to a Soviet rocket re-entering the atmosphere and pieces fell to earth in California. Weld County, Colo., sheriff’s dispatchers were deluged with calls by people who thought they had seen a plane going down in flames.

In Paducah, Burrage said a woman from Charleston, Mo., reported seeing objects that seemed to be 100 to 200 feet above her.

She was in her car and just sat there dumbfounded,” Burrage said. “She said the lights were unlike anything she’d seen before. She said it had an oval shape to it and there were lights beaming from it.

“She said she just sat there and froze.”

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SPECIAL RELEASE: PARANET

MEMBER DEBUNKS VATICAN STORY

ParaNet Alpha 12/05 — Contrary to a published story, there is no evidence that the Vatican has any plans to send missionaries into space to convert extraterrestrials to Catholicism, says a respected UFO researcher.

The story, which originally appeared in the London _Evening News_ in July, claimed that a Fr. Pierre Thorel of the Vatican University had set up a program to train missionaries to preach the Gospel to any aliens that may be encountered in space ventures. The story was later sent to the UFO News-clipping Service by British Ufologist Timothy Good.

But John Andrews, Vice President of Testors Corporation and a ParaNet member in San Diego, says the story is bogus. “I contacted the editor of a regional Catholic Magazine,” says Andrews, “who contacted the Catholic Media Office in New York.”

“They had heard of the story. Apparently there is no Fr. Pierre Thorel, there is no new Chair at the Alfonsian Academy in Rome, and there is no effort to develop ‘missionaries in space.'”

Andrews, a pro-UFO researcher whose stated goal is to market the first authorized plastic model of a genuine flying saucer, says the story had him fooled as much as anyone. “I, too, was taken in…but only for a little while.

“It proves the reason to verify whatever we hear.”

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California UFO VOL. 2 No. 4 (Via Cleveland Freenet)

WYTHEVILLE UFO UPDATE —

HUGE UFOS EQUIPPED WITH STROBES CONTINUE TO FLY OVER WYTHE COUNTY, VIRGINIA, WHERE MORE THAN 1,000 SIGHTINGS HAVE BEEN REPORTED SINCE THE FIRST WEEK IN OCTOBER, ACCORDING TO BROADCAST NEWS DIRECTOR DANNY GORDON OF WYVE RADIO IN WYTHEVILLE.

ALTHOUGH BOTH THE PENTAGON AND THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT HAVE REPEATEDLY DENIED ANY KNOWLEDGE OR INVOLVEMENT IN THE RAFT OF UFOS, GORDON, WITH TWO OTHER RESEARCHERS, SUSPECTS A MILITARY EXPLANATION MAY BE FORTHCOMING. “WE THINK IT MAY BE A MILITARY CRAFT OF A HIGHLY EXPERIMENTAL NATURE,” GORDON SPECULATES, “OR SOMETHING THEY DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT’S NOT THEIRS! (WYTHE COUNTY) IS A TESTING AREA FOR DAYTIME FLIGHTS BY THE ARMY, NAVY AND AIR FORCE.”

SENATOR PAUL TRIBLE (R-VIRGINIA) IS OFFICIALLY CONTACTING THE MILITARY REGARDING THE UFOS, ACCORDING TO HIS WASHINGTON, D.C. PRESS SECRETARY JOHN MILLER. SUBSEQUENT ACTION WILL DEPEND ON THE MILITARY’S RESPONSE MILLER SAYS.

REPORTS HAVE DEPICTED V-SHAPED CRAFT, ROUND AND DOME-TOPPED OBJECTS AND FAST-MOVING COLORED LIGHTS. WITNESSES HAVE DESCRIBED SEEING THE CRAFT MANAGE 90-DEGREE TURNS AND SPEEDS FASTER THAN KNOWN AIRCRAFT, ALONG WITH INCIDENTS OF THE UFOS DOGGING AUTOMOBILES. ONE WITNESS CLAIMS HE SAW SOMETHING ON NOV 2 WHICH RESEMBLED A SHIP FROM STAR WARS.

DAYTIME MILITARY ACTIVITY PROVES INCONCLUSIVE AS A POSSIBLE EXPLANATION. THE SILENT UFOS ARE MOST OFTEN SEEN AFTER DARK, AND AT ALTITUDES APPARENTLY INCONSISTENT WITH POSSIBLE TEST FLIGHTS OR REFUELING OPERATIONS.

GORDON FIRST BROKE THE NEWS TO WIRE SERVICES AFTER LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS REPORTED UFOS ON OCT. 2, SEEN IN THE NORTHERN SECTION OF THE COUNTY OVER INTERSTATE 77. “LESS THAN A WEEK LATER, THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT REPORTED THAT A FAMILY VISITING FROM OHIO – WHO WERE NOT AWARE OF ANY UFO SIGHTINGS BEFOREHAND – HAD BEEN FOLLOWED BY A ROUND OBJECT,” SAYS GORDON.

“IT CAME AT THEM AT A LOW ALTITUDE WHILE THEY WERE ON A SECONDARY TWO-LANE ROAD.”

REPORTS OF SIMILAR OBJECTS – DOME-SHAPED CRAFT OUTFITTED WITH BRIGHT LIGHTS AND OFTEN FOLLOWED BY A SMALLER, RED- LIGHTED OBJECTS, POURED INTO GORDON AT WYVE. AS INTEREST IN THE SIGHTINGS MOUNTED, HE DECIDED TO HOST A CALL-IN PROGRAM WHERE PEOPLE COULD ANONYMOUSLY REPORT WHAT THEY HAD SEEN IN THE AREA. “I HAD ABOUT 25 CALLS IN THE FIRST HOUR,” HE SAYS.

MILITARY MANEUVERS IN THE WYTHE COUNTY AREA ARE NOT UNCOMMON. GORDON, WHO’S HAD ONE DAYLIGHT AND FOUR NOCTURNAL SIGHTINGS HIMSELF, IS CONDUCTING AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION INTO THE WHY THE COUNTY UFOS. WITH FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN SEPTEMBER AND MILITARY DECEPTION SPECIALIST ANDREW CONVEY, WHO BOTH OFFERED THEIR ASSISTANCE AS NEWS OF THE “FLAP” WENT NATIONAL, GORDON MADE SEVERAL VISITS TO LOCAL SIGHTING VICINITIES. THEY OBSERVED A LARGER UFO (“HUMUNGOUS CRAFT ABOUT 900 FEET LONG – BIGGER THAN A 747”) LINKING WITH A SMALLER CRAFT IN WHAT APPEARED TO BE A DOCKING MANEUVER. SEVERAL PHOTOGRAPHS AND POOR-QUALITY VIDEOTAPE WERE TAKEN.

OFFICIALS AT THE TENNESSEE AIR NATIONAL GUARD, WHO SPOKE WITH GORDON SHORTLY AFTER SOME OF THE FIRST SIGHTINGS, SUGGESTED THAT THE UFOS WERE CONVENTIONAL AIRCRAFT CONDUCTING REFUELING OPERATIONS. THE PENTAGON DENIES THAT, GORDON SAYS. “PEOPLE LOCALLY ARE MAD – THEY’RE LIKE ME; THEY’VE SEEN SOMETHING AND THEY KNOW IT WASN’T REFUELING.”

ON OCT. 23, GORDON ANDHIS COLLEAGUES HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE AT WYVE STUDIOS IN WYTHEVILLE. THE PANEL Declared THEIR BELIEF THAT SOME SORT OF CRASH TOOK PLACE IN THE AREA – BUT DECLINED TO ELABORATE.

A REPORTER RECENTLY QUESTIONED GORDON ON THE UFOS FEASIBLY BEING EXTRATERRESTRIAL. “BECAUSE I’M A REPORTER, I HAVE TO DEAL IN FACTS AND LOGIC,” GORDON RESPONDED. “THERE’S NO PROOF THAT THE UFOS COME FROM ANYWHERE BUT THE UNITED STATES. IF SO, THEY’RE DOING A VERY GOOD JOB OF SNEAKING IN AND OUT OF OUR COUNTRY. AND IF IT’S A STEALTH EXPERIMENT, IT’S A ROUND ONE.

S1 – Aircraft, meteor, etc.
S2 – Experimental aircraft; planet or star
S3 – Slow, low flying objects in formation
S4 – BOL (Ball of Light Phenomena); physical traces
S5 – Close Encounters, Abductions, etc. .

P: Probability

The “Probability” factor of a case relates to the credibility, number and separation of witnesses and/or the soundness of evidence gathered. It shall be rated from 1 to 5 as follows:

1 – Not Credible or Sound
2 – Unreliable; Smacks of Hoax|
3 – Somewhat credible or indeterminate
4 – Credible; Sound
5 – Highly Credible, leaving almost no doubt .

Examples:

P1 – Known Hoaxer or UFO “Flake”; Hoax Photo
P2 – Repeat Witness; Conflicting Testimony
P3 – Standard, first-time witness; slight radiation reading
P4 – Multiple witnesses; pilot; clear photo
P5 – National Figure; Multiple independent witnesses; videotape .

The composite Hynek Rating of a case shall consist of the combined S & P factors, stated as Sn/Pn, e.g. S3/P5; except that cases with an S factor of 1 shall simply be stated as S1. . Examples using recent or famous cases:

S1 – Wickenburg, AZ, July 10 (explanation:Mars)
S5/P1 – Billy Meier
S2/P5 – X-shaped UFO, Petaluma, CA May 28beginning part 2; UFO REPORTS.

Rm: UFO INFO SERVICE
Dateport #: 218
Froe Sent: 01-18-1987
Location: SARATOGA, CA.
CASE TYPE: LRS – NL
DATE: 14 OCTOBER 1986
TIME: 2015 – 2030 HOURS
CFN#: 0332
DURATION: UNKNOWN
WITNESSES: FIFTEEN
SOURCE: MERCURY NEWS, SAN JOSE, CA

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MERCURY NEWS, San Jose, CA – Oct. 23, 1986

Mystery lights return to Saratoga By Kathy Holub

Mercury News Staff Writer

A beautiful apparition has been glowing in the night sky over Saratoga, leaving viewers baffled and entranced. About 15 people, all agog, called Santa Clara County dispatchers on Tuesday night to report a mysterious bright red light that hovered in the sky from 8:15 to 8:30 and then dis- appeared.

Dozens of callers described a similar phenomenon on Oct. 16, same time, same place.

“It was very exciting,” said Maureen Denton of Los Gatos, who watched last week’s display during a break in her real estate class at West Valley College.

“It was very bright, much larger than the lights you see on airplanes. At one point, something burning or flickering dropped from it. It was just a tiny little flicker that came down. We all went: `Oooh, what was that?'” No one seems to know.

That includes Vicki Yauger of Sara- toga, who spied the object Tuesday night while lounging with her husband in thier backyard spa.

Yauger said the light appeared high in the northwestern sky, first moving toward them, then away.

Through her binoculars, the appari- tion became a cluster of lights. “It was scary. When it started get- ting larger, it seemed to be coming down,” she said.

Yauger didn’t see the object fade from view because she had just gone into the house. Her husband told her the light turned green and slowly disappeared.

Spokesmen at Moffett Field Naval Air Station said nothing flew out of their airfield Tuesday that looked like that. And officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc said they didn’t launch a thing Tuesday night. Ditto for Oct. 15.

Other watchers of the night sky – air traffic controllers and astronomers at Lick Observatory – said they saw nothing unusual.

>> Comments: S4/P5

Report #: 219
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 01-24-1987
Location: ARNOLD CITY, PA
CASE TYPE: LRS
DATE: 21 JANUARY 1987
TIME: 22:00 HOURS
CFN#: 0333
DURATION: 3:MINUTES
WITNESSES: UNKNOWN
SOURCE: PASU – STAN GORDON 412-838-7768

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UFO Sighting report from PASU.

AREA of report Arnold City, Fayette County,PA

Witnesses reported observing a flying object. They described the object as very bright and said that the object was shaped like an oval.

the witnesses said that the object had a red and blue glow to it. They also stated that the UFO or object had a tap-pered down tail another words a structure towards the back of the object. This case is being investigated by PASU.

>> Comments: S4/P4

Report #: 220
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 01-24-1987
Location: GIGHARBOR, WA
CASE TYPE: CE I
DATE: 23 JANUARY 1987
TIME: 21:30 HOURS
CFN#: 0334
DURATION: 3:MINUTES
WITNESSES: THREE
SOURCE: UFO INFORMATION SERVICE

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At 9:45 P.M. the UFO Information Service in Seattle Washington received a report of a UFO sighting that took place at Gighorbor, which is in the State of Wash.

Three Witnesses reported observing a UFO Unidentified Flying Object. They Stated that they first noticed the object hovering over some houses.

The witnesses said the ufo or object was oval shaped and said the color of the object was blue. They stated when the ufo letf the area it went straight up and out of sight from them. They also stated that there was “no sequel to any movement that the object made”. This could be the same object that was reported in Arnold, city,PA case number CFN#:0333 because the object in both cases was oval shaped and in both cases the object was blue. Interesting also is the duration in both cases of 3 minutes.

>> Comments: S4/P4

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28-Jan-87 17:04 MST
Sb: AP 01/28 UFO Explained
By PAUL RAEBURN

AP Science Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — Astronomical calculations show that a Japan Air Lines pilot who claimed to see an unidentified flying object over Alaska last November was actually looking at Jupiter and possibly Mars, says a new report.

“This is not the first time that an experienced pilot has mistaken a bright celestial body for a UFO, nor will it be the last,” said the report by Philip J. Klass, a longtime investigator of claimed UFO sightings.

“Jupiter was only 10 degrees above the horizon, making it appear to the pilot to be roughly at his own 35,000-foot altitude,” the report said.

The planet also was unusually bright, and located exactly where the pilot said he saw the UFO. The pilot, Capt. Kenjyu Terauchi, never mentioned seeing Jupiter or Mars.

Mars was just below and to the right of Jupiter, and may explain Terauchi’s initial report that he saw two lights, Klass said. Klass said Tuesday he has found, in hundreds of UFO investigations, that “they’ve all turned out to have prosaic explanations.” He spoke in a telephone interview from Colorado, where he is vacationing.

The Buffalo-based Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, which issued Klass’ report, is an organization of scientists who investigate claims of UFO sightings, ESP occurrences and other so-called paranormal phenomena. Klass, who heads the organization’s UFO subcommittee, is an editor with the magazine Aviation Week and Space Technology, and author of “UFOs: The Public Deceived.” He has been investigating UFO sightings for more than 20 years.

In his report, he said Terauchi’s claims that the object followed him as he made a 360-degree turn are contradicted by what he told flight controllers at the time.

John Leyden, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C., quoted from a summary of conversations between Terauchi and ground controllers in which the pilot reported losing sight of the object after completing his turn.

The object reappeared a few moments later, according to the FAA summary quoted by Leyden.

Paul Steucke, a spokesman for the FAA in Anchorage, said that Terauchi told FAA officials in an interview that the object stayed with him as he turned.

Terauchi was over Alaska enroute from Europe, via Iceland, to Tokyo when he saw the mysterious light.

According to Klass, who reviewed a complete copy of the transcript, the pilot never reported seeing Jupiter or Mars, even though they were clearly visible.

Morris Simoncelli, a spokesman for Japan Air Lines in New York, said, “We have no position on this as the airline. The captain said he saw something; he reported it. He followed procedures.” A United Airlines flight and an Air Force C-130 cargo plane that were in Terauchi’s vicinity at the time of the claimed sighting were asked to look for the object, and neither reported seeing it. “I think that the Japanese pilot should have been a little more skeptical when the United airliner and the Air Force plane reported seeing nothing,” Klass said.

A reported radar “blip” near the Japan Air Lines plane was a spurious echo from the mountainous terrain underneath the aircraft, Klas said.

Terauchi reported a second UFO sighting in approximately the same area on January 11. That sighting was explained by FDA officials as village lights bouncing off ice crystals in the atmosphere.

Terauchi later conceded that that was a reasonable explanation, said Steucke.

Steucke said the FAA would be releasing the results of its own investigation in mid-February.

Report #: 220
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 01-24-1987
Location: GIGHARBOR, WA
CASE TYPE: CE I
DATE: 23 JANUARY 1987
TIME: 21:30 HOURS
CFN#: 0334
DURATION: 3:MINUTES
WITNESSES: THREE
SOURCE: UFO INFORMATION SERVICE

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At 9:45 P.M. the UFO Information Service in Seattle Washington received a report of a UFO sighting that took place at Gig Harbor, which is in the State of Wash.

Three Witnesses reported observing a UFO Unidentified Flying Object. They Stated that they first noticed the object hovering over some houses.

The witnesses said the ufo or object was oval shaped and said the color of the object was blue. They stated when the ufo left the area it went straight up and out of sight from them. They also stated that there was “no sequence to any movement that the object made”. This could be the same object that was reported in Arnold, city,PA case number CFN#:0333 because the object in both cases was oval shaped and in both cases the object was blue. Interesting also is the duration in both cases of 3 minutes.

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ParaNet Rating: S3/P3

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Report #: 221
CASE TYPE: CE II – RV *
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 01-28-1987
Location: ANCHORAGE, AK
DATE: 17 NOVEMBER 1986
TIME: 07:35 HOURS
CFN#: 0335
DURATION: 30:MINUTES
WITNESSES: THREE
SOURCE: AP – ASSOCIATED PRESS, NEW YORK

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NEW YORK A Japan Air Liner pilot who claimed to have seen an Unidentified Flying Object over Alaska last Novenber was probably seeing an unusually bright image of the planet Jupiter, an investigator said yesterday.

Philip Klass said astronomical calculations show that on Nov. 17, when the UFO, Jupiter was extremely bright and was visible precisely where the pilot reported that he saw the UFO.

Mars was just below and to the right of Jupiter, and may explain the pilot’s initial report that he saw two lights, Klass said. Klass, an editor with the magazine Aviation Week and Space – Technology and a longtime investigator of UFO sightings, said the pilot’s claims that the object followed him as he made a 360 degree turn are contradicted by what he told fight controllers.

John Leyden, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, quoted from a summary of conversations between the pilot’s and ground controllers in which the pilot reported losing sight of the object after completing his turn. The object then reppeared in a few monents, according to the summary.

The pilot, Capt. Kenjyu Terauchi, was over Alaska en route from Europe, via Iceland, to Tokyo when he claimed to have sighted the object.

ParaNet Rating: S2/P2. Witness probably not reporting reliably.

CUFON Computer UFO Network

Report #: 222
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 01-31-1987
Location: BELLEVILLE, WI
CASE TYPE: LRS – POSSIBLE – RV
DATE: 15 JANUARY 1987
TIME: 21:OO HOURS
CFN#: 0336
DURATION: 06:HOURS
WITNESSES: MANY
SOURCE: AP – BELLEVILLE, WI

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A Belleville patrolman’s sighting of strange lights in the night sky is under investigation by a ufo study group, the police chief said monday. officer Glen Kazmar reported the red, white and blue lights to sheriff’s dispatchers who relayed the sighting to the Federal Aviation Administration Control Tower on Jan 15, police Chief Jack Pace said.

He couldn’t see what the lights were attached to, Pace said. He couldn’t hear any sound.

Kazmar was off duty Monday and did not answer his home telephone, but he told the Monroe Evening Times: when it was just stayed in the same place, and the bright lights, then I knew it was something that wasn’t normal.

Kazmar first sighted the lights about 9 P.M. and he and a passenger, Jeff Furseth, began studying them more closely about 3 A.M., Kazmar told the Times. They watched them untill nearly daybreak, when the lights disappeared on the horizon. The officer estimated he got within a mile of the lights, Pace said.

Other reports of lights were received that night by sheriff’s deputies in Dane and Green counties. The FAA tower in Chicago also said it was tracking a slowly moving object in the area, but made no radio contact with it.

Actually, we’re not sure if what they were looking at on the their radar was what officer Kazmar saw, but it’s possible, Pace said.

Happenings in Dane County very closely correspond to a number of sightings in the Waukesha area and Kenosha County. Since Kazmar’s sighting and news of it spread the six-officer department has received several calls about UFO’s sightings, Pace said. None of the calls of other sightings resemble what Kazmar reported and Pace added he expects the reports to taper off. Other reports of sightings in near by counties have been reported to a study group.

ParaNet Rating: S3/P5. Possible Astronomical Body.

CUFON Computer UFO Network

Report #: 224
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 02-08-1987
Location: SELMA, IN.
CASE TYPE: CE I – NL
DATE: 6 FEBRUARY 1987
TIME: 2145 HOURS
CFN#: 0338
DURATION: 30: MINUTES
WITNESSES: TWO
SOURCE: NATIONAL UFO REPORTING CENTER

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Two witnesses observed an oval shaped object 30 feet in diameter at an altitude of 50 feet for 30 minutes with no sound. The dogs in the area were very disturbed. The only color seen was a bright white light.

ParaNet Rating: S4/P3

CUFON Computer UFO Network

Report #: 225
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 02-11-1987
Location: JOLIET, IL
CASE TYPE: CE I
DATE: 9 FEBRUARY 1987
TIME: 21:45 HOURS
CFN#: 0339
DURATION: UNKNOWN
WITNESSES: TWO
SOURCE: NATIONAL UFO REPORTING CENTER

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Two witnesses reported observing a Unidentified Flying Object.

The witnesses said the object looked like a big egg or oval shaped object and stated it was as big as a small car.

The witnesses stated that the object followed them for a long time going in front of them at times and then going back behind again.

They said the object then followed them all the way home at which time they stop the car and ran in the house, the object then stop and hovered for a while before it left the area. the distance the object followed them was approximately or about 7 miles.

The witnesses stated the colors coming from the object appeared to look to them like gold and white. The total duration is unknown. This case could be related to CFN#:0338 because the objects in both of theses cases were shaped like an oval or egg shaped. If anyone knows of any other cases like this please call the UFO Information Service in Seattle Washington at (206) 721-5035 Thank You !!

ParaNet Rating: S2/P3. Probable Astronomical Body.

CUFON Computer UFO Network

Report #: 226
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 02-15-1987
Location: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
CASE TYPE: LRS * – POSSIBLE RV
DATE: 16 DECEMBER 1986
TIME: DAYTIME
CFN#: 0340
DURATION: UNKNOWN
WITNESSES: MANY
SOURCE: POST, HOUSTON, TX – Dec, 18 1986

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SEVERAL REPORT SPOTTING UFO IN MEXICO CITY

Mexico City ( Reuter ) – Mexico City International Airport receiced dozens of call reporting an UFO Unidentifird Flying Object over the Capital Tuesday, the official Notimex News Agency reported Wednesday.

The multi-colored object was making a faint buzzing noise as it rapidly circled the city before shooting off at high speed, witnesses said.

There was no word on the object’s shape or on how long it was visible. Notimex said the crew of a Pan American Airways jet also reported having seen the object briefly. The agency said there have been other sightings over Mexico City of unidentified flying objects in the past few years, one sighting in the same place Nov. 2, 1973 over the capital.

ParaNet Rating: S4/P4.

CUFON Computer UFO Network

Report #: 227
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 02-15-1987
Location: FT.MYERS, FL
CASE TYPE: LRS – NL
DATE: 27 NOVEMBER 1986
TIME: 22:00 HOURS
CFN#: 0341
DURATION: 15:MINUTES
WITNESSES: MANY
SOURCE: NEWS PRESS, FT MYERS, FL

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GREEN FLASH LIGHTS SKY ACROSS FLORIDA

From News-Press Staff and Wire Services

Residents from Southwest Florida to the East Coast of the state Thursday reported seeing a green flash in the sky that lasted approximately 15 minutes, officials said.

Callers reported the sighting between 10 and 10:30 P.M. to the Collier County Sheriff’s office, an official their said. The sighting was also reported in Charlotte County, a Lee Sheriff’s Department spokesman said. A short time after the west coast sighting, residents of the east coast of Florida saw a flare and then heard an explosion, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard office in Fort Pierce.

Some people even reported a loud sound similiar to thunder that shook houses, the Coast Guard office reported. Unconfirmed reports from across the state said the green streak across the sky was a meteorite which may have landed in the Atantic Ocean. Officials from Patrick Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral could not confirm that the sighting was a meteorite, but said the matter would be investigated today. It was the second time in a week that residents along Florida’s Atlantic Coast reported seeing a flash of bright colored light streak across the late night sky.

Last Friday, a streak of light seen in the night sky from Tampa to Jamaica produced a similar effect and was apparently produced by debris from a Soviet rocket passing through the Earth’s atmosphere. A resident in the West Palm Beach area described the Thursday night light as bright yellow, while another in the area said the light started out red, turned to blue, then pink and yellow.

Mike Palmeriti, an astronomer in Malabar, saw the light between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m. He believed it was a “very strong flash of lightning.” But Harold Povenmire, a professor at Brevard Community College and director of the Florida Fire Bill Patrol, said he is certain the flash of light was caused by a meteorite entering the atmosphere at 10:03 p.m..

He also stated the light was preceded by a sonic boom that “rattled things around quite a bit.”

ParaNet Rating: S1 – Low Atmosphere Bolide

THE HYNEK RATING SYSTEM

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S: Strangeness

The “Strangeness” factor of a case description shall be rated from 1 to 5 as follows:

1 – Explained or Explainable
2 – Probably Explainable, with more data
3 – Possibly Explainable, but with elements of strangeness
4 – Strange; Does not conform with known principles
5 – Highly Strange; Definitely indicative of intelligent guidance .

Examples:#: 13 S0/EasyPlea
21-Jan-88 16:31
MST Sb: APn 01/21 1536
Australia-UFO
Fm: Executive News Svc. [76374,303]

SYDNEY, Australia (AP)

— Police said Thursday they received two reports of unidentified flying objects, one of which looked like a huge egg cup, and that they were treating the matter seriously.

Four members of a family said the object shaped like an egg cup pursued their car along a remote stretch of outback highway Wednesday morning, plucked it from the ground and covered it in ash, police reported.

Faye Knowles told police her speech and that of her sons changed during the encounter on the highway.

Crewmen of a tuna boat 50 miles away said a UFO buzzed their vessel a few minutes later and their voices become unintelligible.

“We were a little bit skeptical at first, but after investigating we are treating the reports very seriously,” said Jim Furnell, a police sergeant in South Australia state.

He said forensic scientists would examine the black powdery ash found inside and outside Mrs. Knowles’ car. She told police she was driving on the Nullabor Plain from Perth in Western Australia when she first saw a glowing object in her rear window at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday. “It apparently picked the car up off the road, shook it quite violently and forced the car back with such pressure that one of the tires was blown,” Furnell said. “While this was happening the family said their voices were distorted and it was as if they were talking in slow motion.”

He said the crewmen of the tuna boat could not have known about Mrs. Knowles’ experience when they reported a UFO sighting in the Great Australia Bight.

Keith Basterfield of UFO Research Inc., an international organization that records such sightings, said “it will certainly be the most physical of encounters ever recorded in Australia” if the reports are confirmed.

A spokesman at the Royal Australian Air Force base in Edinburgh, South Australia, said he was not aware of any military aircraft in the area at the time.

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INSIDE UFOLOGY

January 20th, 1988

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ABDUCTION BREAKTHROUGH?

ParaNet Alpha 01/20 — You know what I hate? I hate when somebody tells me something really juicy on the QT, and says, don’t tell ANYBODY, its a SEEEE-CRET! and so I keep quiet, only to find it blabbed all over the world in the next MUFON Journal. Case in point: rumor has had it for some time that David Jacobs was on to something in his continuing abduction research. He has reportedly found some kind of matter, which he calls “biological matter”, crusted on the skin of a large percentage of his abductee clients. Its been described as a moldy, brown substance which stains the skin of the victim. It was reported that he was trying to raise funds for a comprehensive analysis of the substance. According to the latest MUFON Journal, “Dr. Jacobs has had some of them analyzed, but the only type of analysis he can afford is not very informative.” He has taken his samples to Dr. Bruce Maccabee’s Fund for UFO Research in Washington, which has offered to try to raise funds for further study. The Fund has another drive in progress, to try to raise money to have the MJ-12 documents analyzed, and they have made the following offer to contributors: Any contributor of $50 or more to each cause will receive copies of the analysis report(s) before it is released publicly. Write to: The Fund for UFO Research, PO Box 277, Mt. Ranier, MD 20712.

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MIXED REACTIONS

Dan Gordon, the radio newsman-turned-UFO buff, seems to be losing the support of MUFON. Gordon, the news director of WYVE in Wytheville, VA, attracted the attention of Ufologists nationwide by holding a news conference on the station when that area was besieged by UFOs back in October. He later held a symposium at the local high school, at which he presented evidence and testimony of witnesses to a huge, brightly lit nighttime object that had reportedly been buzzing the locals. Soon after wards, when the hoopla started dying down, Gordon apparently had become enamored of the attention, and began claiming more and more far-out incidents, including patrols by NASA vans, crashed saucers, and abductions.

ParaNet’s Ron Jennings reports that Gordon’s only photos are of red and green lights on a dark background, which, he says, COULD be nothing more than airplanes. Undaunted, Gordon is now reportedly claiming some animal mutilations in the area. Says MUFON’s Walt Andrus, however, apparently the whole flap is over some National Guard mid-air refueling operations involving KC-135s — which is what some of the more credible witnesses agreed on the first place.

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AND FINALLY…

OK, I ain’t gonna let it happen again. I was told to keep this a secret, but its bound to be in the next Journal anyway, so here goes. Budd Hopkins has been working with a famous TV star who strongly believes he is an abductee. His name is….is…is….shoot, I can’t do it. <sigh> Maybe I should resign MUFON, instead of trying to be both a journalist and a Ufologist — they just don’t mix!

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Marge Christensen is the National Public Relations Director of the Mutual UFO Network. A very important post, the PR Director is charged with “getting the word out” about UFOs, and for the past several years, Ms. Christensen has been doing that through her MUFON Newsletter. The last issue took on a rather dour tone, as she lamented the current state of af- fairs in Ufology, and seriously considered resigning her post. This arti- cle from the latest issue, however, sets a new, upbeat tone for the new year, the 41st of the UFO era.

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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE DOLDRUMS

by Marge Christenson

The reader will no doubt note a strong contrast between the tone of the last newsletter and the tone of this one. That is because “a funny thing happened on the way to the doldrums!”

Over the past several months, Ufology had become pretty discouraging from my vantage point. Media coverage popularized the UFO subject as a type of folklore; abduction hysteria was rampant; bookstore shelves previously devoid of UFO books were suddenly copiously stocked, including reprints of some of the least credible books on the subject; respected UFO researchers engaged in bitter battles over the authenticity of the MJ-12 documents, with egos and personalities often taking priority over facts and objectivity. None of this spoke well for Ufology as a profession.

Concurrently, inactivity and apathy appeared to dominate many of the persons in leadership positions in Ufology, namely our MUFON State Directors. Coordinating any type of programs or projects nationally was virtually impossible.

Several Ufologists urged me to disassociate myself from MUFON, which, they felt, is not a scientific, credible organization, and would thus erode my own credibility if I remained involved. I was depressed and was seriously considering resigning as MUFON’s PR Director.

One day, I decided to clean out my files. In browsing through the data contained in those files, I realized that the UFO subject remains one of the most significant enigmas of the 20th Century, regardless of the cur- rent state of affairs in Ufology. I also realized that there are still some very impressive, top caliber persons involved with the field, and with MUFON, in spite of the fact that some good people have recently resigned.

The intent of this commentary is not to be melodramatic, but rather to caution those of you who may begin to feel discouraged with the subject or feel that you are getting “burned out” to first sit back and try to take a look at the larger scope of things, rather than to give in too quickly to your frustrations. Chances are that you will come to the same conclusions I did, and will decide to hang in there and give it another shot.

The UFO phenomenon is one of the most important enigmas of our time, and if we don’t continue to gather data related to it, and to research the subject, no one else will do so, and mankind will be oblivious to a subject that is someday going to have an impact on just about every aspect of life as we know it on this planet.

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18-Dec-87 18:53 MST

Sb: APky 12/14 0155 Strange Lights

Fm: Executive News Svc. [72135,424]

By The Associated Press

People from Montana to Mississippi reported vivid streaks of light in the night sky when a disintegrating rocket used to launch a Soviet satellite burned up in the atmosphere, putting on a fireworks show with “spectacular, beautiful colors.”

Scores of startled people called police, the news media and air traffic controllers to report the phenomenon late Saturday.

We weren’t really scared. If it had landed, it would have been a different story,” said Joe Beverly, a policeman at Marion, Ky., who saw reddish-orange lights while driving with his family.

The light show was caused by the re-entry of a Soviet rocket body that had been used to launch the Raduga 21 communications satellite on Thursday, said Maj. Alex Mondragon of the U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colo. “Something re-entering like that can be mistaken for a missile coming in” but the space command knew it wasn’t because it had tracked the object since launch, Mondragon said. The agency uses a network of radar, telescopes and sensors to track about 7,000 man-made objects in orbit, he said. trackers spotted the falling rocket over the coast of western Canada and followed its southeastward course across the United States past the Florida Gulf Coast, Mondragon said.

“There were some initial indications that debris may have landed, but nobody has found anything,” Mondragon said Sunday. “Realistically, we would have received a report by now if anything had hit the Earth.”

He said the likelihood of finding any debris is “fairly remote. Only 5 percent or less of a space object typically survives re-entry.”

“I’ve never seen anything like it. It was spectacular, beautiful colors,” said Paul Kellenbarger of Pea Ridge, Ark., who ran outside with his wife to watch. “It looked like a helicopter, with red and green lights.”

Some callers to WPSD-TV in Paducah, Ky., reported blue lights while others reported reddish-orange hues and white lights. Sam Burrage, executive producer and anchorman at WPSD, said the station received 25 to 35 calls about the lights from viewers in western Kentucky, southeastern Missouri and northern Tennessee.

Some callers reported seeing more than one object flaming across the sky. They say it was two main lights, a reddish orange color,” said Bart Ryan of KBLT radio near Galena, Kan.

I’ve had about 30 calls up here about it,” said Todd Glaese, an air traffic controller at the Fayetteville, Ark., airport. “It was something to see, and I had a good view.”

“They had tails of fire, traveling from west to east they lit up part of the ground,” said Steve Matt, an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officer.

Tom DeMont of Siloam Springs, Ark., said he saw two sets of lights, “maybe 100 feet long, twin sets of light.”

We had about 30 people out Christmas caroling and we saw these lights going across the sky. I thought they were three jet planes flying in formation with their lights on but there was no sound,” said Lincoln-Lancaster County (Neb.) Planning director Garner Stoll.

Mark Brockeveldt was working at the Lincoln, Neb., airport when he saw four immense lights approach. He said the lights were elongated and bathed in a white and gold light with reddish-gold tails like comets. As the objects crossed the airport, one dropped below the other three and its light went out, he said.

“I’ve worked out here for nine years and have never seen anything like it,” said crew chief Mark Shoemaker at the Lincoln airport. “It was freaky.” The National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle got calls from “almost every state east of the Rocky Mountains” to Indiana and Mississippi, said spokesman Robert Gribble.

In October, a display of lights over the West was attributed to a Soviet rocket re-entering the atmosphere and pieces fell to earth in California. Weld County, Colo., sheriff’s dispatchers were deluged with calls by people who thought they had seen a plane going down in flames.

In Paducah, Burrage said a woman from Charleston, Mo., reported seeing objects that seemed to be 100 to 200 feet above her.

She was in her car and just sat there dumbfounded,” Burrage said. “She said the lights were unlike anything she’d seen before. She said it had an oval shape to it and there were lights beaming from it.

“She said she just sat there and froze.”

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SPECIAL RELEASE: PARANET

MEMBER DEBUNKS VATICAN STORY

ParaNet Alpha 12/05 — Contrary to a published story, there is no evidence that the Vatican has any plans to send missionaries into space to convert extraterrestrials to Catholicism, says a respected UFO researcher.

The story, which originally appeared in the London _Evening News_ in July, claimed that a Fr. Pierre Thorel of the Vatican University had set up a program to train missionaries to preach the Gospel to any aliens that may be encountered in space ventures. The story was later sent to the UFO News-clipping Service by British Ufologist Timothy Good.

But John Andrews, Vice President of Testors Corporation and a ParaNet member in San Diego, says the story is bogus. “I contacted the editor of a regional Catholic Magazine,” says Andrews, “who contacted the Catholic Media Office in New York.”

“They had heard of the story. Apparently there is no Fr. Pierre Thorel, there is no new Chair at the Alfonsian Academy in Rome, and there is no effort to develop ‘missionaries in space.'”

Andrews, a pro-UFO researcher whose stated goal is to market the first authorized plastic model of a genuine flying saucer, says the story had him fooled as much as anyone. “I, too, was taken in…but only for a little while.

“It proves the reason to verify whatever we hear.”

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California UFO VOL. 2 No. 4 (Via Cleveland Freenet)

WYTHEVILLE UFO UPDATE —

HUGE UFOS EQUIPPED WITH STROBES CONTINUE TO FLY OVER WYTHE COUNTY, VIRGINIA, WHERE MORE THAN 1,000 SIGHTINGS HAVE BEEN REPORTED SINCE THE FIRST WEEK IN OCTOBER, ACCORDING TO BROADCAST NEWS DIRECTOR DANNY GORDON OF WYVE RADIO IN WYTHEVILLE.

ALTHOUGH BOTH THE PENTAGON AND THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT HAVE REPEATEDLY DENIED ANY KNOWLEDGE OR INVOLVEMENT IN THE RAFT OF UFOS, GORDON, WITH TWO OTHER RESEARCHERS, SUSPECTS A MILITARY EXPLANATION MAY BE FORTHCOMING. “WE THINK IT MAY BE A MILITARY CRAFT OF A HIGHLY EXPERIMENTAL NATURE,” GORDON SPECULATES, “OR SOMETHING THEY DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT’S NOT THEIRS! (WYTHE COUNTY) IS A TESTING AREA FOR DAYTIME FLIGHTS BY THE ARMY, NAVY AND AIR FORCE.”

SENATOR PAUL TRIBLE (R-VIRGINIA) IS OFFICIALLY CONTACTING THE MILITARY REGARDING THE UFOS, ACCORDING TO HIS WASHINGTON, D.C. PRESS SECRETARY JOHN MILLER. SUBSEQUENT ACTION WILL DEPEND ON THE MILITARY’S RESPONSE MILLER SAYS.

REPORTS HAVE DEPICTED V-SHAPED CRAFT, ROUND AND DOME-TOPPED OBJECTS AND FAST-MOVING COLORED LIGHTS. WITNESSES HAVE DESCRIBED SEEING THE CRAFT MANAGE 90-DEGREE TURNS AND SPEEDS FASTER THAN KNOWN AIRCRAFT, ALONG WITH INCIDENTS OF THE UFOS DOGGING AUTOMOBILES. ONE WITNESS CLAIMS HE SAW SOMETHING ON NOV 2 WHICH RESEMBLED A SHIP FROM STAR WARS.

DAYTIME MILITARY ACTIVITY PROVES INCONCLUSIVE AS A POSSIBLE EXPLANATION. THE SILENT UFOS ARE MOST OFTEN SEEN AFTER DARK, AND AT ALTITUDES APPARENTLY INCONSISTENT WITH POSSIBLE TEST FLIGHTS OR REFUELING OPERATIONS.

GORDON FIRST BROKE THE NEWS TO WIRE SERVICES AFTER LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS REPORTED UFOS ON OCT. 2, SEEN IN THE NORTHERN SECTION OF THE COUNTY OVER INTERSTATE 77. “LESS THAN A WEEK LATER, THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT REPORTED THAT A FAMILY VISITING FROM OHIO – WHO WERE NOT AWARE OF ANY UFO SIGHTINGS BEFOREHAND – HAD BEEN FOLLOWED BY A ROUND OBJECT,” SAYS GORDON.

“IT CAME AT THEM AT A LOW ALTITUDE WHILE THEY WERE ON A SECONDARY TWO-LANE ROAD.”

REPORTS OF SIMILAR OBJECTS – DOME-SHAPED CRAFT OUTFITTED WITH BRIGHT LIGHTS AND OFTEN FOLLOWED BY A SMALLER, RED- LIGHTED OBJECTS, POURED INTO GORDON AT WYVE. AS INTEREST IN THE SIGHTINGS MOUNTED, HE DECIDED TO HOST A CALL-IN PROGRAM WHERE PEOPLE COULD ANONYMOUSLY REPORT WHAT THEY HAD SEEN IN THE AREA. “I HAD ABOUT 25 CALLS IN THE FIRST HOUR,” HE SAYS.

MILITARY MANEUVERS IN THE WYTHE COUNTY AREA ARE NOT UNCOMMON. GORDON, WHO’S HAD ONE DAYLIGHT AND FOUR NOCTURNAL SIGHTINGS HIMSELF, IS CONDUCTING AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION INTO THE WHY THE COUNTY UFOS. WITH FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN SEPTEMBER AND MILITARY DECEPTION SPECIALIST ANDREW CONVEY, WHO BOTH OFFERED THEIR ASSISTANCE AS NEWS OF THE “FLAP” WENT NATIONAL, GORDON MADE SEVERAL VISITS TO LOCAL SIGHTING VICINITIES. THEY OBSERVED A LARGER UFO (“HUMUNGOUS CRAFT ABOUT 900 FEET LONG – BIGGER THAN A 747”) LINKING WITH A SMALLER CRAFT IN WHAT APPEARED TO BE A DOCKING MANEUVER. SEVERAL PHOTOGRAPHS AND POOR-QUALITY VIDEOTAPE WERE TAKEN.

OFFICIALS AT THE TENNESSEE AIR NATIONAL GUARD, WHO SPOKE WITH GORDON SHORTLY AFTER SOME OF THE FIRST SIGHTINGS, SUGGESTED THAT THE UFOS WERE CONVENTIONAL AIRCRAFT CONDUCTING REFUELING OPERATIONS. THE PENTAGON DENIES THAT, GORDON SAYS. “PEOPLE LOCALLY ARE MAD – THEY’RE LIKE ME; THEY’VE SEEN SOMETHING AND THEY KNOW IT WASN’T REFUELING.”

ON OCT. 23, GORDON ANDHIS COLLEAGUES HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE AT WYVE STUDIOS IN WYTHEVILLE. THE PANEL Declared THEIR BELIEF THAT SOME SORT OF CRASH TOOK PLACE IN THE AREA – BUT DECLINED TO ELABORATE.

A REPORTER RECENTLY QUESTIONED GORDON ON THE UFOS FEASIBLY BEING EXTRATERRESTRIAL. “BECAUSE I’M A REPORTER, I HAVE TO DEAL IN FACTS AND LOGIC,” GORDON RESPONDED. “THERE’S NO PROOF THAT THE UFOS COME FROM ANYWHERE BUT THE UNITED STATES. IF SO, THEY’RE DOING A VERY GOOD JOB OF SNEAKING IN AND OUT OF OUR COUNTRY. AND IF IT’S A STEALTH EXPERIMENT, IT’S A ROUND ONE.

S1 – Aircraft, meteor, etc.
S2 – Experimental aircraft; planet or star
S3 – Slow, low flying objects in formation
S4 – BOL (Ball of Light Phenomena); physical traces
S5 – Close Encounters, Abductions, etc. .

P: Probability

The “Probability” factor of a case relates to the credibility, number and separation of witnesses and/or the soundness of evidence gathered. It shall be rated from 1 to 5 as follows:

1 – Not Credible or Sound
2 – Unreliable; Smacks of Hoax|
3 – Somewhat credible or indeterminate
4 – Credible; Sound
5 – Highly Credible, leaving almost no doubt .

Examples:

P1 – Known Hoaxer or UFO “Flake”; Hoax Photo
P2 – Repeat Witness; Conflicting Testimony
P3 – Standard, first-time witness; slight radiation reading
P4 – Multiple witnesses; pilot; clear photo
P5 – National Figure; Multiple independent witnesses; videotape .

The composite Hynek Rating of a case shall consist of the combined S & P factors, stated as Sn/Pn, e.g. S3/P5; except that cases with an S factor of 1 shall simply be stated as S1. . Examples using recent or famous cases:

S1 – Wickenburg, AZ, July 10 (explanation:Mars)
S5/P1 – Billy Meier
S2/P5 – X-shaped UFO, Petaluma, CA May 28
S4/P5 – Brazilian “Ping Pong Balls”
S5/P4 – Betty & Barney Hill
S4/P4 – Lubbock Lights
S5/P5 – MedEvac Helicopter (“Coyne” Case)
S3/P2 – Delphos
S4/P2 – Anything published in SAUCER SMEAR
S4/P5 – Brazilian “Ping Pong Balls”
S5/P4 – Betty & Barney Hill
S4/P4 – Lubbock Lights
S5/P5 – MedEvac Helicopter (“Coyne” Case)
S3/P2 – Delphos
S4/P2 – Anything published in SAUCER SMEAR