|Filer's Files: MUFON Skywatch Investigations|
|-- #26 (July 1, 1999)|
|by George A. Filer
MUFON Eastern Director
METEORITE STORM NASA warns that the earth may be headed into
two meteoroid swarms that could produce shooting stars for the
next week. The meteors might be difficult to see visually (some
are expected during the daytime) but HAM radio operators will be
able to monitor these showers using radio reflection techniques.
Some operators also claim they are picking up unknowns. Besides
sightings we try to provide controversial view points to our
readers concerning UFOs. Recent sky watches have been
successful and we encourage the reader to go out and look for
UFOs in our skies. The best results occur where you have vistas
that over look bodies of water, valleys, or large fields. The
UFOs are often very low in the sky.
MANHATTAN -- My name is Katherine. I was at my friend's house and I swear, this is not a joke, we saw a cigar shaped unidentified flying object tumbling in the sky. Following it was an Air Force chopper. This has happened numerous amount of times. We live in New York, on the island in Midtown Manhattan. Thanks to Katherine. Dunc919@aol.com(katherine).
NEW JERSEY METEORITE
WILLIAMSTOWN -- On June 23, 1999, as my husband and I were leaving the VFW building we noticed a meteorite streaking low across the sky at 9:30 PM. My spouse was talking to a friend of ours and did not see it. By the time I told them to look, it had burned out. This meteorite was just above the telephone poles moving horizontally in front of distant buildings. I was amazed that it was so low in the sky. It was bright green with a light green tail. I observed for about 3 seconds before it burned out. I was amazed by the green color. The previous ones I've seen were white. Thanks to Evelyn Galson email@example.com
KRUMSVILLE -- Steve Tzikas MUFON VA writes: "The activities undertaken on June 25 and 26 had several accomplishments." 1) We observed a UFO at the Mt. Carmel home of Dr. Greco. The object was approximately 200 feet over a hilltop and traveling 200 miles per hour. It appeared to be a small propeller driven plane with white, red, and green lights until the object reversed itself 180 degrees. Dr. Greco has had asserted consistent frequent weekly and monthly sightings of low altitude, slow flying (30 miles per hour) objects. They fly over the mountain/hill tops in this area at approximately 1/2 to 3/4 mile distance. His front yard has a panoramic view of the mountains. Schuylkill and Berks counties have a long history of alleged UFO sightings. Those alleged at Dr. Greco’s home seem consistent in frequency of appearance and an excellent opportunity for further study. Dr. Greco is a longtime well-known UFO investigator and his sightings were confirmed this weekend by investigator Steve Tzikas and the well-experienced eyewitness Bob Tarantino. Dr. Greco has been active in MUFON and had investigated the Williamsport, PA sightings. Steve has been doing a great deal of historical and background work on this case. July 23 (Friday) and 24 (Saturday) are tentative dates for further sky watches. Thanks to Thanks, Steve Tzikas MUFON VA
ATLANTA - On June 19, 1999, at about 4:32 AM a female resident of NE Atlanta was driving home. Her home is located in one of the older established neighborhoods just west of the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. As she approached her house, she noticed a greenish-blue glow coming from the trees behind the homes opposite. She indicated these trees may be 40 to 50 feet high. As she looked more closely, the glow then streaked away from the trees, moving to her front left, creating a glowing arch that was about as long as the width of two of the homes. She indicated that it was about 1/2 the thickness of a rainbow you would see after a rainfall. It happened in about 6 seconds and then disappeared. At first she thought some kids may have been shooting some sort of fireworks, but she got out and listened but no one was out in her neighborhood. She agreed to meet with MUFONGA investigators. PLEASE NOTE: Peter Davenport of NUFORC is reporting several other bizarre sightings during this same time period. One involved an incredibly bright object as witnessed up close by a family and a retired USAF C-141 pilot in Utah. Thanks to Tom Sheets State Director MUFONGA.
Kenny Young reports that Billy Grave's wife, eleven year old son, mother and Bill saw something in the sky Saturday at 7:15 PM, that appeared to be a hang glider but it was all black against a white overcast evening sky. We could only see it for a few seconds because of the trees. We were curious to see if anyone else reported any sightings of this nature. Thanks to Kenny Young http://home.fuse.net/ufo/ and Billy Graves BTG53@aol.com wrote
BUCHAREST -- International French TV channel 5, gave the news on Tuesday, June 29, 1999, of a UFO sighting over Bucharest, Rumania. Clear footage was aired of the UFO and I was able to record some of it. The comments were that the local authorities confirmed that it was a flying object of unknown origin, and that a similar object has been observed two years ago at the same spot. TV 5's own news service didn't mention it anymore, other news programs from TV 5 (Belgian TV, Swiss TV, French A2, French FR3, French-Canadian TV) CNN, Australian TV, Hong Kong TV, Portuguese RTPi didn't mention it. Nothing on it from the APTN and Reuters feeds. Why didn't the other media use it or want it? This kind of story attracts people, for sure! I work in TV with pressures and censure every day, but I cannot understand this? Don't tell me there is an MIB in every news room of the World. Thanks to Jean-Michel Mariojouls China Skywatch Director firstname.lastname@example.org
BELGIUM TRIANGLE UFOs?
Excellent investigator Bob Durant writes concerning Filer's Files #25 that quotes NATO pilots who claim the Belgium case was caused by a secret aircraft. Bob says, "I have spent a great deal of time studying the Belgian UFO wave of 1989-90, and wrote two articles on the topic that were published in the MUFON Journal. The case remains one of the best documented and puzzling in the UFO literature. The reason ufologists "believe" the Belgian government is precisely because of the quick and extremely thorough briefing they gave the public after the events. This included the technical radar data from the ground stations as well as the critically important tapes of the cockpit weapons control radar and flight data on the two interceptors. Add to that the tapes of the radio transmissions from and between the interceptors and ground stations. There is a vast amount of data available. Unfortunately, your correspondents seem ignorant of it. Of course the possibility of a secret aircraft was given the greatest consideration. This was before the interceptors were launched as well as during the months that followed. The sightings began six months before the interception attempt, and continued for several months after. Nobody suggested a European craft, simply because all involved knew very well that no craft with the performance parameters of the UFO was being produced in Europe. Speculation about secret craft focused on American airplanes, particularly the Stealth fighters. That's because investigators -- unlike your correspondents -- knew what they were talking about. Ten years have elapsed since the events in question. That's a very long time in aviation technology. So where is this fantastic European craft that ten years ago vastly outperformed the F-16? If only your correspondents would read the details of the intercept, they would appreciate the absurdity of the "secret aircraft" explanation. The intercept was carried out at low altitudes over very densely populated areas. This is not a test over the uninhabited Nevada desert. Terrible risk was taken, and taken only after repeated consultation with NATO members. General DeBrower and the Belgian Minister of Defense continue to answer inquiries by saying that to this day they have no idea what the UFO was. I find particularly offensive George Filer's editorial comment, "We gain little by pushing reports that may not be true. Certainly, UFOs could have been involved, but within NATO military circles this version of the report is considered true." Really? Exactly which military circles, George? A couple of pilots who were still in high school when the events took place? And who tell an impossible story? I prefer the mountain of technical data, and the "circles" of the likes of General DeBrower and the Minister of Defense. The UFO enigma continues to suffer from credulity. It seems that no story is too crazy to be believed -- and published without a second thought. This "explanation" of the Belgian event(s) is an example, but with a twist. Here the rush to accept an explanation for a UFO case that is at odds with the facts and common sense is coming from within the "research community." Historically, this sort of bunk emanated from Project Bluebook. You people almost make me nostalgic for the old days of "weather balloon" and "Planet Venus." Thanks to Bob Durant MUFON. Editor's Note: I wish to point out that I heard similar stories from NATO pilots indicating the Belgian triangles were our secret aircraft with special radars. It is certainly possible that the Belgian government was kept out of the loop at the time and NATO pilots were given false info. It certainly could be UFOs?
ALIEN IMPLANT PRESENTATION BY DERRIL SIMMS
BORDENTOWN, NJ -- George Pronesti writes I have been interested in UFOs since I was a kid. I have read every book, report, alleged government document, briefing's, etc., that I could. I have watched numerous UFO videos and listened to just as many audio tapes concerning this great mystery. I have built up what I consider to be a better than average knowledge of ufology. I attended Pat Marcatillio's UFO conference and had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Derrel Simms, a leading UFO researcher and investigator, whose work deals with alien abduction and alien implants. His presentation was fascinating. Mr. Simms is a person that takes his work seriously, and it shows in his work. He fills you in on his background as an investigator and with an occasional joke or bit of humor, he gets "in to it." The lecture itself deals mostly with the removal of "alleged alien implants." Simms always refers to the implants as alleged, because as he states quite honestly it is still not known what they really are. He does not try to impress upon you that they are the "smoking gun" we have all been waiting for. What he does do is clearly show us that these things, whatever they may be, are being found in the bodies of human beings. In parts of the body, that would make it hard for these things to get into by accident. One example is that of a woman that had two deeply embedded behind muscle tissue in her toe. Another gentleman had one removed from the top of his hand near the wrist area. All of this and more is presented to the audience on slides, clear crisp and professional work, not the blurry unfocused shots we are often shown. Simms also devotes time to a question and answer session, never dodges any question asked, and his knowledge is evident in his answers. He also recounts in detail how he was able to come about some of the evidence he has in his possession. For example the tiny egg shaped device that fell from a woman's eye, when she bent over in work. The small piece of machined "metal" a supposed piece of the Roswell debris, the "surprise" of the evening is when Simms allows us to see all these little mysteries, that he has encased in glass. The presentation was informative, intriguing, and unique. I left that evening feeling as though, I was just let in on a little secret, a secret that millions don't yet know about, and may never know. Although, I still don't have the answers to the UFO mystery, I feel now like I know a great deal more about it, thanks to Derrel. continue with your excellent work. Thanks to George l. Pronesti. Simms will be speaking for 5 nights in Manhattan the last week of July.
RELATIVISTIC CONSIDERATIONS OF INTERSTELLAR TRAVEL
Phillip S. Duke, Ph.D., regarding Filer's Files #25. Mr. Filer has done ufology an important service by writing about the work of Dr. Paul R. Hill in his excellent book "Unconventional Flying Objects." Dr. Hill acknowledges that his treatment of Interstellar Space Flight is based on the Lorentz equations of Relativity "incorporated by Einstein as a cornerstone of his Special Theory of Relativity" (pg. 264) published in 1906 and confirmed during the total Solar Eclipse of 1918. Ufologists who discuss Interstellar Space flight must do their homework first. Relativistic concepts definitely apply here. The work of Dr. Hill is generally excellent, however he does not consider that as acceleration decreases apparent on board time, it also increases on board apparent mass. Therefore the energy requirement to accelerate the increasing mass also increases. Even with atomic energy the calculated energy requirements to obtain very close to light speeds become prohibitive. Due to this consideration, practical travel to stars beyond roughly hundreds of light years away appears unlikely. The bottom line on this is, that even if lengthy social time considerations (on the planet of origin) are ignored, Relativistic energy considerations evidently prohibit practical travel to the more distant stars and other galaxies. It may be of interest that the Betty Hill Star Map pinpointed her alien abductor's home planet to be only 25 light years away, a practically close distance according to Relativistic considerations. The theoretical situation with respect to "Black Holes" in space, is different. The enormously strong gravity of such holes has a number of effects, including the very marked slowing of elapsed "on board" time. So that in theory a wormhole in space originating at one end as a Black hole and terminating at the other in a distant Galaxy, might allow travel to extremely distant locations in very little on board time. Of course the immense gravity should crush anything living into a layer one molecule thick, but at least in theory such travel is possible via Black Holes. It is not difficult to calculate that at a constant comfortable one g acceleration to midpoint, with a constant one g deceleration to destination, travel to any planet in the solar system from within the solar system is brief and does not involve Relativistic considerations. As I recall such a trip from Earth to Mars takes less than a week. Travel within the solar system is much easier than to the stars. Persons interested in further reading are referred to Einstein's Universe by Nigel Caldwell Wings Books, and Dr. Hill's book recently republished by Hampton Roads. Thanks to Phil Duke, Ph.D. (PHILLIP S DUKE) who wrote the "The AIDS-ET Connection" that's available for $19.95 write 2503 S. 47th St. Omaha NE USA.
JOE FIRMAGE TO SPEAK AT MUFON CONFERENCE
Joe Firmage the Internet millionaire has been causing a sensation in UFO circles, but until Sunday, June 27, he was an unknown quantity to the public. NBC's popular Dateline NBC program featured Firmage, who made it clear that he is in a mission to prepare the planet for what he considers inevitable contact with extraterrestrials. According to Firmage, not only is there a vast amount of data proving the reality of UFOs, but it may also be that many of the events underlying the world's major religions were ET contacts misunderstood by the observers. He cited conversations with high-ranking military officers as one of the reasons for his intense interest and belief in ET presence. He came across as forceful, extremely intelligent, and in complete command of the situation. It seemed nearly impossible that he is only 28 years old. Skeptic Frank Drake, the person who began SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence was also on the program. Unfortunately, Drake knows nothing about UFOs, and has made it clear over the years that the topic is beneath his dignity to study. Yet there he was, saying UFOs are all bunk, etc. The contrast between the young, energetic Firmage and the aging, intellectually arthritic Drake left a vivid impression on the viewers. Drake's "search" of course is strictly limited to trying to detect radio signals from ETs. It began in 1959, and during the 40 years it has been in operation, not a single piece of data has been received. Yet SETI continues to spend 8 million dollars a year, much of it taxpayer's money. In most fields, 40 years of abject failure on the public's money would be considered fraud. Critics of Drake point to this abysmal track record, and think the "search" is like searching for telegraph poles and lines on Mars. Radio is probably a very temporary means of communication for technological societies in the galaxy. Perhaps the emergence of Joe Firmage on the national scene will bring sanity to this mess. Firmage will be the featured speaker at the MUFON Symposium on July 2-4. Thanks to Joe Stefula.
ARE THE UFO VISITORS TIME TRAVELERS? JENNY WILL ALSO SPEAK. Jenny Randles the well-known British author writes concerning the strange Nordic hair found on a contactee's body in Australia. The blonde hair was analyzed and found to contain a very rare type DNA hair found only in black haired Asiatic women. Is the hair from an extraterrestrial and are they visiting us in large numbers? Jenny states, "The $64, billion trillion dollar question (which is probably what it would cost to send one spaceship to earth which doubtless means the Greys are the alien equivalent of mega rich yuppies)." My answer would be simple. There is no overpowering evidence to support this belief (in ET). Thus, on balance, one has to say no. Why? Because most UFOs are not alien spacecraft and provably a lot of other things (from secret aircraft to UP) and the possibility that all are explicable is not a remote one. Although I still think there are residual cases of craft like devices that leave the ET door open a crack. Why? Because alien contacts are still a puzzle but we know some things about them with assurance. They happen during altered states of consciousness. They involve images/hallucinations/fantasies that are abstractions of ourselves rather than true alien visitors. They occur to psychically gifted people not any old person. And when people are observed during an abduction (barring rare and rather dubious cases like the Manhattan transfer) they are clearly seen by others to physically go nowhere, but to remain put in an altered state. There are some signs of magical technology at work in the UFO mystery. Frankly, it is as likely (more likely in my opinion) that any such visitors are human -- perhaps time travelers from our future -- than that they are alien space voyagers. Indeed, the recent DNA testing of an alien hair in Australia - discovering it to be an extremely rare but earth originated cross match of Nordic and Asiatic -- fits better the idea that it comes from a future earth where such a race is common than from an alien race that chances to have this same DNA pool. That we have any visitors coming here is not a given. I'd put the likelihood at maybe 50/50. It is at least as probable that we will find ways to resolve all UFO phenomena in earth based ways that require no visitors at all. But if we do have visitors I am more convinced daily that they are not extraterrestrial but human. An open mind is still necessary. New facts can emerge to redirect our thinking. But 50 years of UFO research have, in my view, driven us further than ever from the simplistic concept of aliens from alpha flying here in fleets of starships.
I've been discussing the issue with Bill Chalker. We both recalled a UK case that I was involved with in which the female witness encountered an entity that was a female Nordic with blonde hair that was virtually white. Not my only case of this type but one Bill and I had discussed before. I cannot be more specific to allow me to add the following (which requires witness confidentiality). The woman concerned told me, very sheepishly, that soon after her abduction she became pregnant. This was impossible, she stated, as she had no boyfriend. The pregnancy ended after a few weeks without explanation. She was deeply ashamed and had never told her parents, hence my need for secrecy on the identity of this case. This story emerged before Budd's first book -- so was not influenced by hybrid baby stories post l983. It is by no means the only such UK case of the same type. But it is interesting to me that in three of the four of this kind I have personally come across there is reference to a white haired Nordic entity. That stretches credibility, although the numbers are statistically small. That these very specific and unusual entities coincide with cases of both DNA sampling and evident phantom pregnancy storylines seems worth noting. As I stated before, the now human DNA characteristics suggested by Bill's Australian case might well fit the pattern of time travel. Another UK case of this type, that I can identify, is the Cynthia Appleton affair. This truly astounding case occurred between l957 and l959. It involved numerous visits (in flashes of light -- not UFOs) of a Nordic type entity dressed in MIB type clothing and in one instance arriving by car. Much information about the future of science was conveyed, including a forewarning -- documented a year before it occurred -- of the invention of the laser. The entity told Cynthia of DNA experiments and how she would have a child that they had helped to engineer. It all hangs together very intriguingly as a possible time travel scenario and works this way far better than an alien contact. Best wishes, Jenny Randles email@example.com (Jenny Randles) Editor's Note: Jenny may be right about time travelers. I have been trying to get people to look for DNA type evidence and this is a major break through. Several people I'm in contact with claim our visitors are time travelers who are here to repair genes and DNA for future generations. This also explains why there are no provisions aboard the craft for long journeys. Jenny will also be speaking at the MUFON Conference.
CONFERENCE: July 2-4, 30th Annual MUFON 1999 International UFO Symposium at Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel in Arlington Virginia. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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