|UFO ROUNDUP Volume 4, Number 22|
|September 22, 1999 Editor: Joseph Trainor|
V-SHAPED UFO WATCHED BY HUNDREDS IN MEXICO
On Sunday, September 12, 1999, at 7 p.m., "a big V-shaped object appeared in the sky" over two supermarkets in the barrio Garza Garcia (district) of Monterrey in northern Mexico.
Monterrey is a large industrial city in the state of Nuevo Leon, located 924 kilometers (574 miles) north of Mexico City.
According to Mexican ufologist Santiago Yturria Garza, "The UFO was large in size and stationary in the sky at low altitude. It had an inverted V shape, with a certain device or sphere on the upper side. The sphere seemed to be emitting white light continuously."
The OVNI (Spanish acronym for UFO-- J.T.) also "changed shape continuously from boomerang to triangle." At one point, the two arms of the "boomerang" separated "and seemd to rotate on its own axis."
Hundreds of Mexicans stopped their cars to observe the object. Many witnesses telephoned local radio and TV stations.
One witness, Sandra Gonzalez, phoned Canal (Channel) 12 in Monterrey and said, "Please film it. It's something extraordinary. We're seeing a UFO. It's like a saucer. All the people in the San Pedro Auditorium are in the parking lot watching it."
At 7:30 p.m., TV news reporter Marta Zamarripa arrived in the district to film the event for the show TeleDiario, which appears on Canal 12.
Sra. Zamarripa reported, "I saw the OVNI between 7:30 and 7:45 p.m. in Colonia del Valle. It was amazing to see that all the cars were stopping and the people were looking up and pointing up above."
During the TeleDiario broadcast on Monday, September 13, 1999, five amateur videos of the UFO were aired. In addition, newsman Joel Sampayo reported, "A commercial airliner was also present at the sighting scene. A Boeing 737 was descending at about 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) while making its final approach into Aeropuerto Internacional Mario Escobedo" when the tower reportedly told the pilot "to be alert about something they may encounter along the landing route."
However, a spokesman for the airport denied that any such radio call had been made by the Escobedo tower. (Gracias a Santiago Yturria Garza y OVNI Investigaciones de Mexico para esa historia.)
UFOs SPOTTED TWICE IN WISCONSIN
On Saturday, September 17, 1999, the Dunn County Sheriff's Department received a number of calls from the town of Menomonie, Wisconsin (population 13,547), complaining about "unusual bright lights" in the sky.
A Dunn County deputy arrived in the town a short while later and also reported "unidentified lights" to the dispatcher.
Menomonie is on Wisconsin Highway 29 approximately 186 miles (297 kilometers) northwest of Madison, the state capital. (See the Eau Claire, Wis. Leader-Telegram for September 19, 1999. Many thanks to Richard Hendricks for this news story.)
On Friday, August 13, 1999, at 11 p.m., a young couple, Erin and Mike, were driving on Interstate Highway 90/94 near The Dells, a unique geologic area and popular Wisconsin tourist attraction, when they noticed some strange lights in the sky.
"Erin and I were traveling west on I-90/94... about 10 miles west of The Dells" when "I began noticing three lights rotating in an oval-shape pattern on some clouds to the right (north) of the highway. At first I thought it was just headlights from oncoming traffic on the windshield. So I asked my gal to roll her window down and to tell me what she saw at the base of those clouds."
Neither Erin nor Mike could find the source of those mysterious sky lights on the darkened ground. For a while, they thought it might be a nighttime laser light show at The Dells, but then they weren't so sure.
"Then it got really weird," Mike added, "What appeared to be laser beams or long, thin green light rays began shooting outward from above the clouds and were giving the clouds a greenish glow every time the rays would shoot out."
"All of the rays came from the area of the original rotating lights, with the exception of a couple that came from some clouds over the highway.in front of us."
The nearest town to the sighting area is Wisconsin Dells, Wis. (population 2,393) in Sauk County, approximately 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Madison. (Many thanks to Rev. Billy Dee and UFOSSI for this report.)
THREE UFOs SIGHTED NEAR MUNISING, MICHIGAN
On Tuesday, August 10, 1999, at 10:30 p.m., Kevin A. and two friends from Auburn, Michigan were camped out at Hovey Lake in the Hiawatha National Forest on Michigan's Upper Peninsula when they sighted a UFO.
Hovey Lake is near Munising, Michigan (population 2,783), a port town on the south shore of Lake Superior approximately 116 miles (185 kilometers) west of Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.
Kevin reported, "The object was traveling from northeast to southwest and would randomly flash very brightly, then fade out, then start to glow brightly again while increasing speed, as if it were entering or re-entering the atmosphere. It looked like a star, but when it started to glow, it had an orange tint to it. The object or UFO or whatever you want to call it changed direction simultaneously."
At 5:30 a.m., on Wednesday, August 11, 1999, the trio "took off for the beach. We had been lying on the beach for about an hour when our friend (the UFO) appeared from the east. At this point, the sun was just under the horizon."
The UFO "hovered directly over us high in the sky and then it seemd to 'play around.' The object was zigzagging around and doing crazy loops, as if the pilot didn't know how to fly the damn thing."
"While this particular craft was fooling around, two more crafts came out of the north (from Lake Superior--J.T.) and got into a triangle formation with the other one. The triangular formation seemed to be large because they were so high up there. I'd say a few miles apart. And it almost seemed as if they were waiting for something. Weird!"
"I brought my View Cam along and actually picked up one of the objects," Kevin added. ""Although I don't even know how I got it because it didn't show up on my (camcorder's) three-inch screen. Not until later did I realize this when I put the tape in the VCR." (Many thanks to Morgan Clements, director of the World Wide UFO Reporting Center. for forwarding this report.)
LARGE DAYLIGHT SAUCER SEEN IN OZARK, MISSOURI
On Monday, August 23, 1999, at 2:15 p.m., the eyewitness, Douglas, was "sitting in my office at my residence, using the Internet and listening to the police scanner. The Christian County Sheriff's Department office dispatcher started having problems with all of the (police) patrols out in the field."
Then Douglas heard a strange humming sound on frequency 155.565, the local police radio band. "I could hear the humming sound that was affecting the radios, and I could hear the humming in my office. I thought we'd just had a power surge that had affected the town of Ozark."
Ozark, Missouri (population 4,243) is on Highway 14 about seven miles (11 kilometers) southeast of Springfield.
"About five minutes had passed, and I was still hearing the humming, and the dispatcher was getting frantic...so I finally walked outside my residence. Looking to the west, I saw nothing. The sky was mostly clear but with a little overcast. As I walked down my front porch, I noticed a silver-gray disk directly above my residence towards the southeast. It was approximately 100 yards (90 meters) long and 15 feet high. It was tilted at about 25 degrees towards the earth. The humming continued constantly. The disk had a blue, then white, then red light coming from the bottom, moving in a perfect circle."
"It then moved directly from the southeast to the northwest of my location, along the Finley River that runs through town and disappeared straight upwards." (Many thanks to Linda H. for this report.)
(Editor's Note: This is the sixth report of a UFO in Ozark, Missouri since UFO Roundup began publication in February 1996. That town is definitely the home port for UFOs in Missouri.)
WOMAN SEES A UFO IN DANDRIDGE, TENNESSEE
Tennessee's UFO flap entered its second week with a sighting reported in the mountain town of Dandridge (population 1,540).
Elizabeth G., 19, "was going east on Highway 25/70" when "my attention was drawn to a bright light in the upper right hand side of my (field of) vision. I also noticed a larger orangish light about three inches to the lower left" of the bright light.
"I wasn't sure if it was moving at first, but, as I slowed down to get a better look, it sped up. It was moving to the left at the same speed an airplane would. I pulled over to make sure it was a blinking light or an airplane, but it wasn't."
"I pulled over into a gravel lot and rolled down my window. As I began watching it again, two lights broke away--in opposite directions.. One was red, the other was blue. The object was about the size of a dime (at arm's length--J.T.) Then it shot off in another direction."
"I wasn't the only one who saw it. I passed three other parked cars as I pulled over."
Dandridge is located 23 miles (36 kilometers) east of Knoxville, Tennessee. (Email Interview)
(Editor's Note: Elizabeth had a previous UFO sighting on September 7, 1998 near White Pine, Tennessee.)
SPORTSFISHERMEN SEE UFO IN PANAMA
On Sunday, September 5, 1999, at 5:20 a.m., Stanley W. and his four fishing buddies were standing on the beach in Pedasi, Panama, "waiting for the boatman to bring the boat back to the beach for a fishing trip. We observed a light in the sky due east at about 5 to 10 degrees above the horizon. It looked like a spotlight in the sky. It would disappear as the cloud moved over it from right to left (east to west--J.T.) Then it suddenly moved from left to right and did it again horizontally several times. Just before the sun came up, it disappeared." (Many thanks to Linda R. of Texas for forwarding this report.)
METALLIC SPHERE UFO SIGHTED IN SOUTH WALES
There appears no end in sight to the current UFO flap in the Gwent region of Wales.
The latest sighting occurred on Friday, September 3, 1999, at 12:05 p.m. when "a very large, shiny, metallic, cigar-shaped object was. seen. The object was observed over the (Motorway) A465, Head of the Valley Road, while the witness was travelling from Brynmawr to Ebbw Vale. The object was said to be stationary in the sky at approximately 2,000 feet above the Ebbw Vale roundabout (rotary in the USA--J.T.)"
Ebbw Vale is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Cardiff.
The flap began on Sunday, July 17, 1999, at 4 p.m., when a woman from Ebbw Vale and two members of her family "saw a metallic sphere while travelling from Aberbeeg towards Cum," and watched the object for 15 minutes.
The UFO 'was described as a metallic sphere. It was observed for 15 minutes" and "was stationary despite strong winds. A thin layer of cloud passed behind the object, and it was shortly after enveloped by thick cloud...the object did not reappear that day."
After a story about the sighting appeared in the Gazette, another witness came forward and said he had seen the UFO on Saturday, July 16, 1999, "over Sugarloaf Mountain in Abergavenny," near Ebbw Vale.
Investigating the flurry of sightings is the South Wales UFO Research Network (SWUFORN). (Many thanks to Paul McCart and SWUFORN for these reports.)
CROP CIRCLES POP UP IN SASKATCHEWAN
Two more formations of crop circles were reported in Canada's Saskatchewan province last week.
On Saturday, August 14, 1999, two crop circles appeared on a farm in Midale, Sask. (population 497).
Amazingly, Midale was the site of three crop circle formations last year. (See UFO Roundup, Volume 3, Number 36 for September 6, 1998.)
The new Midale formation was described as "a grouping of two simple circles, another circle with a surrounding ring similar to a (Native American) 'medicine wheel,' with curved pathways crossing through it, in the same wheat field" as the 1998 formation.
"The farmer reported no damage to the crop, with all the formations perfectly flattened down to the ground, with no sign of entry pathways. (See the Regina, Sask. Leader-Post for August 15, 1999.)
Midale is on Provincial Highway 39 about 98 miles (157 kilometers) southeast of Regina.
On Sunday, September 19, 1999, during the morning, "a formation of six circles was reported near Weyburn, Sask. (population 9,673)," north of Midale.
"The circles are in a hay field in a more or less random pattern. Four are close together, and the other two are 100 feet (30 meters) farther west from these. Five are smaller, about 25 feet (7.5 meters) in diameter each, and the larger one is about 35 feet (10.6 meters) to 40 feet (12.12 meters) diameter. Each (circle) is a ring about 2 feet in width, and the grass in the ring areas themselves is much greener in colour than the surrounding grass in the field."
Weyburn is on Provincial Highway 13 about 70 miles (112 kilometers) southeast of Regina. (Many thanks to Paul Anderson of Circles Phenomenon Research-Canada for these reports.)
Y2K: WISCONSIN READIES STATE COMMAND POST
"State officials don't expect any serious Y2K computer problems, but they plan to set up shop at National Guard headquarters on New Year's Eve just in case."
"They will gather at the emergency operations center at the Department of Military Affairs in Madison," the state capital. "Officials said they want to be in one place to help release consistent information to the public." (See USA Today for September 20, 1999, "Wisconsin.")
In addition to the state-by-state preparations, the U.S. government is going ahead with more "urban warfare" training exercises.
"The Marines plan three urban warfare exercises" during the period from November 8 to November 17, 1999 in the city of Columbia, South Carolina (population 98,052) "as part of their real-world training. The unit will bring about 400 Marines to Columbia for the exercise. The Marines will coordinate with local police and fire department officials on each of the exercises, officials said." (See USA Today for September 21, 1999, "South Carolina.")
(Editor's Comment: Fort Jackson, S.C., located just east of Columbia, will probably be the springboard for the exercises.)
from the UFO Files...
1977: THE HUDSON SAILS AGAIN!
Last week's issue told how the S.S. Hudson foundered in a gale on Lake Superior, just west of Eagle Harbor on Michigan's Keweenaw peninsula, on September 16, 1901. All twenty-four crewmen aboard were killed.
On September 16, 1948, the long-sunken Hudson was seen afloat and adrift on Lake Superior by a tugboat fisherman from Eagle Harbor.
But this wasn't the only appearance of the Hudson.
On September 16, 1977, a couple we'll call "Dave and Brenda Peterson" left Duluth Minnesota on a warm and sunny morning, heading for the small city of Two Harbors, 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the northeast.
Instead of driving on U.S. Highway 61 to Duluth, Dave and Brenda opted to take "Old Highway 61," now known as the North Shore Scenic Drive, up along the shore, where "wide sweeping vistas of Lake Superior are common."
"Near the mouth of the Lester River," at the Duluth city limits, Dave and Brenda "spotted a freighter running close in and parallel to the shore. Black smoke curled up from the stacks, and a white mustache hung off her bow as it plowed majestically towards Duluth."
What a strange sight the vessel was, an old steamer about 320 feet long with a wooden pilothouse forward and two distinctive black smokestacks aft.
"Having grown up on the (Great) lakes, both noticed two things."
"First, it was far closer to shore than normal, and, second, it was an old-style vessel."
"Wanting to get a closer look at the unusual ship, the husband drove several more miles until he came to a place where he could safely turn off the narrow road and still see the lake."
"But when they looked again for the ship, it was gone. The lake was absolutely clear, without even a hint of fog, smoke or mist. From horizon to the rocky shore, nothing but water could be seen."
The Petersons kept their encounter to themselves for many years. However, on November 11, 1995, they appeared on a local TV program, Gales of November, and told their unusual tale. Their description of the vessel matches a 1901 photograph of the Hudson. (See the book Haunted Lakes by Frederick Stonehouse, Lake Superior Port Cities, Inc., Duluth, Minn., 1997, pages 110 and 111.)
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