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Article #: 12

From: UFO INFO SERVICE

Date Sent: 09-23-1986

Subject: 1969 NO VISITS FROM AFAR

SOURCE: NYT

DATE: 08 JANUARY 1969

UFO FINDING: No Visits From Afar

Though the findings by the U of Colordo UFO study have not yet been made public, the AP yesterday circulated a fragmentary account of the principal conclusions in the report. It is expected that the report will be made public at the same time as the evaluation by the National Academy of Sciences requested by USAF.

After investigating hundreds of UFO incidents, Dr. Condon and his staff found that a number of episodes previously classed as inexplicable could be accounted for by natural means or by hoaxes. In some cases, witnesses with seemingly impeccable credentials were found to be self-contradictory and hence their accounts were of little value. The document states that no evidence could be found that UFOs were intelligently guided spacecraft from beyond the earth and thus a large scale effort to determine the nature of flying saucers would be a waste of time and money. There was also no evidence found that the government was withholding information about the objects from the public, except a reasonable USAF policy of delaying comment until an investigation was completed.

The Colorado group seems to have made every effort to remain aloof from any USAF influence. Thus, the cases it investigated were chosen largely from the recommendations of private groups, particularly NICAP. But as the investigative phase of the project drew to a close in late 1967, there was a falling out between Dr. Condon and Donald Keyhoe of NICAP, alledgedly because of Dr. Condon’s lack of sympathy for the view that some UFOs may be visitations from other worlds.

Other UFO enthusiasts were disenchanted when an internal university memorandum was presented in a magazine of national circulation as an indication of bias against proponents of the unidentified objects. The document, written before the project had begun, discussed whether the university could undertake the study without incurring ridicule from the academic world while still satisfying the public that an open-minded study was being made. Two members of the staff were dismissed, apparently for their role in removing the memorandum from the project’s files. One was a psychologist, Dr. David R. Saunders, who had become a member of NICAP shortly before joining the Colorado project. This week a book went on sale written by Dr. Saunders a journalist from Boulder, R. Roger Harkins, entitled UFOs? Yes! Where the Condon Committee Went Wrong. Saunders & Harkins argue that the Colorado investigation was a front contrived at the highest echelons of government to mask the truth, and that “someone on the project must be acting in a double role,” which led to a mutual distrust among members.

PHOTOGRAPH: Dr. Condon (portrait) AP same as previous photograph of Condon

Article #: 13

From: UFO INFO SERVICE

Date Sent: 07-11-1986

Subject: 1947 CRASHED DISK ROSWELL

SOURCE: NEWS, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

DATE: 8 JULY 1947

PLACE: ROSWELL, NM

BULLETIN:

ROSWELL, N.M., JULY 8 – Possession of a “flying disk” was disclosed today by the intelligence office of the 509th Bomb Grop of Roswell Army Air Base.

Oficers at the base say the “disk” was flown in a Super-Forttress to “higher headquarters” undisclosed.

The intelligence office reported that it gained possession of the “disk: through the co-operation of a Roswell rancher and George Wilson, sheriff at Roswell.

The disk landed on a ranch near Roswell sometime last week. Not having phone facilities, the rancher, whose name has not yet been obtained, stored the disk until such time as he was able to reach the Roswell sheriff’s office.

The air base refused to give details of construction of the disk or its appearance.

Residents near the ranch on seeing a strange blue light several days ago about 3:00 a.m.

Article #: 14

From: UFO INFO SERVICE

Date Sent: 07-12-1986

Subject: 1966 SIGHTINGS PEAK 1,060

SOURCE: NYT ( DAYTON, OH )

DATE: 15 FEBRUARY 1967

SIGHTINGS OF UFOs NEAR PEAK DURING 1966

Maj. Hector Quintanella, director of USAF’s Project Blue Book, says a total of 1,060 reports of unidentified flying objects were submitted to USAF during 1966, the second highest year’s total since Blue Book began keeping records 20 years ago.

The record high of 1,501 was in 1952; the annual average is 555. Of the 11,107 reports since 1947, 676 remain unidentified, 30 of them from 1966.