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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

UFOs and Force: Plowing Ahead?

Back to the rock-strewn fields of UFO encounters today.

Sort-of randomly, I picked up the pile that I call "Close Encounters of the Second Kind Everything Else" [distinguishing these things from "landing traces", electromagnetic effects, and physiological effects, since I'm too lazy and uncreative to come up with something better.]

The Big File of these CE2miscellani cases [the filing cabinet drawer] has things in it like "crashes" and "crash-intos" as well as "material stuff left behind {angelhair, slag fall, powders, alleged artifacts, Roswell debris et al}" but the chaos pile to be added to the cabinet was nearly entirely about forces felt by cars, planes, and in one case, water. So, that's where I'm headed with this entry.

Lets start with something simple, and something we've seen on the blog not long ago, but in a briefer form: the Bellwood, PA 1983 "car-tipper" case. Here above is our close-encountered lady showing the damage to her car. What you can't tell so well is that she herself is damaged in one of her arms and with neck whiplash. There isn't much doubt that physical effects of some kind happened when the unknown object rushed over her car and nearly tipped {blew?} it over. The reason that I am revisiting the case, which now you know well, is that some stuff about it was in the to-be-filed pile, but more so because I thought that you'd like to read a near-primary document on the case.

Regular readers of the blog know that I like to share "original" and possibly unique resources on these anomalies when I have some available {I hope that this is something that you like, and I at least think that this sort of thing gets me feeling that I'm a lot closer to real happenings of the past.} The above is a page of a letter sent to SITU by a member about his interview with Mrs. Burk shortly after her encounter. As you can read, Mrs. Burk had several effects to report, perhaps all of which can be ascribed to a massy object creating a powerful wake as it whooshed by, tipping the car and banging her around.

This second page should be valued in that it would put a stop to modern suggestions that she had an abduction or something like that --- some moderns try to make all CEs into abductions [which drives me crazy.] The interviewer makes an interesting comment --- that this encounter may have been "a surprise for both parties" [that is, the guys flying the craft didn't realize that they were so close coming over that hill to a car, or the telephone lines, which they also seemed to pull up drastically to avoid --- space cowboys?]

Rockford, IL 1973: Whereas Mrs. Burk's experience is VERY easy to accept, "Star Cab Driver" Daryl Worker pushes the credibility line. Even at almost 2am, a cab being picked up by a beam from a UFO and carried three blocks down the street in the midst of a city without anyone else seeing this closely, well ... OK, it's possible I suppose [more on how one might decide that it really IS possible later in this entry]. Worker went and reported to his dispatcher so that helps. That another cabbie saw an odd light more distantly also helps. The state police were only informed after Worker reported, so he may well not have done that, but his boss did. So, eh.

Giving him the benefit of a lot of doubt [he says this UFO was up there 5 or 10 minutes], he mentions something rather boggling: "I didn't know where I was going {OK} or WHERE I WAS for those three blocks." I suppose that we should say that this means that he was completely engulfed with light that he could not see through to any this-world referents. This comment plus the fact that he reports no eye injury makes one wonder what sort of engulfing-light environment he was in.

Another claim that was in the pile was from Farningham, UK 1978. {Look at the bottom of the two cases above.} The actual case mention in the to-be-added file was slightly more "positive" than this. It included some comment about knowing the case investigator Margaret Fry, and having confidence in her. Note that the case remarks about a UFO stopping a car, paralyzing the driver, and then sucking up a roadside derelict while the witness watched. ... well, uh, wow!

Is there any reason to believe any of that? I tried finding other information on this thing but came up with near-zero. The few other mentions all seem to go back to Margaret Fry and then end. An interview with her years later had her saying that she bought the case and the witness [despite the allusion above to uncoopperativeness and secondhandness of the report. I don't know what to make of that]. But there is another thing: on this same stretch of road there were two other 1978 cases, the one involving the "Michelin Man" entity thumbnailed above. Well, that's interesting but not related in any obvious way to this case. BUT Margaret Fry thought it was in that later interview, as she said that the two other cases took place on the same day --- hmmmm.... May 12th//July 16th .... overly romantically accepting?, or just a bad memory?

Caveat Emptor.

Ely, NV 1974. What I had here was a clipping from an article by [I think] Berthold Schwarz mentioning this case, but I didn't think that the clip had much oomph. I pulled out the cabinet file on this and saw a letter from one of the witnesses early on. So, in the previous spirit of showing primary case documents, here is that letter.

Page one above recalls the early stage of the encounter, which sounds like stalking.

Page two begins to get into high strangeness. The truck is hit by a force, starts to have engine effects, the driver loses control of the machine, and the drive shaft keeps turning despite the truck being stopped. Two objects seem involved.

Page three indicates that the experience lasted twenty minutes wherein they had what we'd nowadays call an OZ period --- feeling of total isolation with no traffic. When traffis did resume, the OZ and the experience ended. The witness says, reasonably, that he does not know how much of the truck's troubles were caused by the UFO or simple mechanical breakdown. He DOES however feel strongly that he and his brother had just had a close UFO encounter.

This is page four and the drawings of what he and his brother thought that they saw.

Allen Hynek ultimately interviewed the brothers [the old tapes are somewhere at CUFOS] and liked the case.

Another force case in the file pile was Lake Balaton, Hungary 1992. It was in a Jenny Randles article in Fortean Times. I don't know what to make of it. I tried to find another reference/study but no good. There was some UFO activity in that area and another case from Lake Balaton later as the other reference that I found [above] shows, but not this case. The Randles case states that a woman was driving near this lake when a white light charged straight at her windshield. She blanked out. When she recovered she found her car removed from the road into a snow-covered field with no tire tracks between. ... thus the idea that mass-transference force had been applied.

It would be nice to know if there was anything to this claim.

The logo above is for the Tasmanian UFO Investigation Committee, a particularly long-term-running excellent UFO organization run by Keith Roberts. The logo is there because the following several cases are all Tasmanian, which TUFOIC investigated. As a preface to the comments below, what stimulated this part of the blog entry were a few short paragraphs out of a newsletter called Fair Witness, which I don't necessarily trust but which sometimes gives good hints on things to look at further. So I did --- in articles by the Aussies themselves looking for credible references to these claims.

Between Bridgewater and Campania, TAS 1974.

Two witnesses were driving to their home when they noticed a bright light descend into a quarry and back up again. It then began to pace them and creep them out. At closest approach the thing looked triangular and "cloudy gray" with a white light in the center base and a red light out front. This pacing/stalking went on for 20 kilometers. Nearing Campania, the object rose, and as it did so the witnesses felt as if they were being pulled upwards and the car began to be hard to steer and was pulling off the road to the right which was the direction of the object. Keeping the car on the road was a big battle for about 8 kilometers. When the object finally left the driver ached all over from the struggle to control the vehicle. The driver said that he thought that the whole thing was "queerly silent" {possibly our famous OZ again --- OZ in OZ, seems right.} The driver also said that when they were in areas of the highway with occasional houses, the object went high up, but when they were in the real empty country, the object approached closely.

This case is "vehicle interference" but not in the normal CE2em way that is usually thought of. This seems like attractive or gravitational force --- just like lifting force that we've seen lately on the blog.

Echo Lake, TAS 1974.

Two folks are out fishing just before dawn. To the north a yellow domed object rises above a hill. It was a globe and it "floated" down to the lake surface. IT DID NOT REFLECT ON THE SURFACE WHILE HOVERING THERE. {this stuff puts me WAY Out Proctor every time.} The water's surface was "flat" and the stars could be seen on it. The globe just sat there without apparently disturbing the water, BUT the witnesses saw that the lake edge had risen significantly, pushing three meters into the beach [relatively flat shoreline but still....] Despite this change, the water remained still as a mirror. Then the object ascended and accelerated away. When the Sun rose sufficiently, the fishermen could see that several bottom-dwelling logs had floated to the surface and now were deposited on the shore. Others floated in the shallows. None of these objects were there the previous evening. Slowly the lake's edge retreated to normal levels and whatever logs still remained at the surface then sunk.

???? What the Heck???? Did this object affect the local space somehow here and the force effects only gradually return to normal? ... as they said in The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy: we'll get back to you when we determine what is normal anyway.

Tasmania was in quite the high-strangeness flap in 1974. Here are a couple of their other "normal days Down Under."

Poatina Highway, TAS 1975.

The witness was driving around 3am. The car's steering began to malfunction, swerving the vehicle sharply to the right and into the path of the roadside guideposts. The driver missed them but slowed down, proceeding more carefully. There was a bright orange light to his right. A few kilometers later, the steering malfunctioned again, and he decided to stop. An object was once again visible in the distance. He got out. The thing had a "helicopter shape" [without the blades] and was blue on top and orange on the bottom. It had a little yellow "tail". After two minutes of staring, the object "slid away" sideways and went over the hill. Back in the car, the steering was normal and the witness continued home.

Are these UFOnauts just meddlesome frustrated back-seat drivers?

Murchison Highway, TAS 1979.

The witness was traveling on the west coast highway, a road that she knew very well, and with a full tank of gas. Halfway along, the interior of the car lit up with a strong green light. She looked and saw a green lighted object some distance behind her and no other light sources. Her car now decelerated without her consent, and she pushed the accelerator to no effect. The engine just seemed to ignore her prodding. Attempting to change gears, and even braking had no effect. She noticed that this happened at 9:28pm on her watch. The green light stayed at a distance behind her. This relative position stayed true regardless of any dips or curves or turns that she made. This situation continued for 8-10 kilometers. Suddenly the light was just gone, and the car returned to normal function. Her watch now said 9:29pm despite much more time having elapsed --- it must have stopped during this entire experience, and checking her dashboard clock, it had stopped too. As she was finally getting home, she noticed that her fuel tank was now empty, but her normal trip should have left it half full.

Messing around with engine function, timepieces, gasoline --- nothing is sacred to these space cowboys. But seriously... what constellation of projected force technologies can account for the variety in these cases?

Stanley River Road, TAS 1983.

The witness was driving to his home along the western Tasmanian highway [somewhat south of the previous story] when his car was lit up by a bright circle of blue-white lights overhead. The witness decided to stop his car to look, but found that he could not influence the car's motion nor speed in any way. Brakes did not work, and even removing the keys from the ignition had no effect. The car just sped on, and he doesn't remember whether he was doing the steering or not. He remembers two cars passing him in the opposite direction, but doesn't know if they saw him with his low-flying bright blue-white circle overhead --- either they DID see him or he was in some sort of here-but-not-here condition. When the "driver" finally reached his turn-off, the object immediately sped away, being seen doing so by his wife. With the object gone, the car just stopped. He put the keys back in, and it started right up. He calculated his trip time. His watch indicated that the trip had taken 16 minutes. He should have taken 6 or 7 of those to get to the point where his car was illuminated and he lost control [8 kilometers]. But that meant that the final 25 winding hilly kilometers had been traversed in only 9 or 10 minutes, a physical impossibility in his vehicle. Did his watch stop during the experience and just start back up later? Even if so, why? How does one do that?

Keith Roberts had three other cases in which, he felt, some form of force was applied to automobiles to move them or slow them. He viewed this pile of encounters as encounters with UFO projected "invisible forces."

We've seen stuff like this before on this blog. Is this the heralded guessed-at anti-gravity technology of the UFOs? Do some of these cases hint that the devices manage this by altering the local space around the affected vehicles [or persons]? Does the rest of the world then go peacefully by unknowingly? Well, of course we don't know what we're talking about ... who could? But I still believe that it's important for us to keep pounding away at the mystery. We DO find things out, little brick by little brick. And they may build up into an understandable structure one day.

For me, shadows of that structure already exist. This is very advanced technology which can affect precise bits of our environment without messing up others. It is almost as if "they" can "beam" invisibly [or with a visible carrier] a suite of forces to whatever point-of-contact that they wish. Excitingly, this seems to include both attractive and repulsive forces, as well as electromagnetic. And, most excitingly for me, this technology seems to be able to "interface" somehow, to bring the local space partially into a different relationship to its surroundings, almost as if it were halfway portaling that bit of local reality into a parallel one. ... and, in doing so, changing the normal ground rules for those "captured" areas' functions.

But... I'm Out Proctor and in danger of going "All-The-Way-Fool" at this point, so forget that I said all that.

An appropriate Tasmanian cloud, methinks.

I can just hear the UFOnauts saying:

"USE THE FORCE, LUKE!!!" ... and the captain rolling his eyes and saying: "Zkornk! Relieve Quekar at the sporngebonker station. Tell him he's in 25 zortles time-out. And if he calls me 'Luke' again, he's in the brig."

Peace and good times, folks.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Chance to Support Something Good in UFO Studies

Hello, folks. I'm going to do something completely out of character for the blog: ask you to consider supporting a young UFOlogist in a writing task. This is a writing project that needs [a little] funding. So, feel free to just skip on by if you don't want to read and do anything about this --- cash is tough nowadays and I understand --- this is not about me, by the way, although I am going to contribute something myself.

The project is a book about the spring 1966 UFO wave concentrating on Michigan and the famous "swamp gas" pronouncements, but painting a MUCH bigger portrait of the events. The prospective author is a young-ish man who is trying to catch on as a school system teacher in a tough marketplace, and a very good friend of mine. I've seen and heard about his [rather massive] research on this flap for years. It's impressive.

The bottomline is: he can use some "survival" money to free up his summer to write. SO: he has gone to Kickstarter and just posted his project and plea. If you want to help, go to Kickstarter and use their search with the words "Swamp Gas." The picture above should send you to a video describing the project --- even if you don't donate [please do, though], the video is worth watching.

That's it. Give him some support if you can. Like the "Good Minister" from the pulpit, I promise to minimize my "passing of the plate" here, but this is a good cause.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Imaging UFOs: Is It Even Possible?

OK. Back to work.

The filing boxes above are [WERE thankfully] filled with a backlog of UFO case information which managed to maintain Chaos Status due to all the house moving, archives creation, UFO Group get-together et al. All that's [largely] in the past now and good old fashioned Catholic Guilt arises --- GET AT IT!

Although that first picture doesn't look like it, there are about 250 different cases represented therein --- not full reports, but data to be added to files or new ones made. Above they are dominating the table and sorted into Hynek-like case category types, as a first stage ordering process. Now that this is at least started, where to go from here? I picked one pile......

The pile is the UFO "photo" pile. Due to modern technology I think that I have to change this name to "IMAGING" as there are movies with digital tech taking over. So my new imaging pile had 28 cases represented --- almost all older cases [this doesn't surprise me as the new cases, digital or not, tend to be unusable.] I color-coded the lines for my own convenience --- Red is "It Stinks", GreenBlue is "It's Good or very probably Good", Yellow is "I'm intrigued", and no color is "Meh."

So, a few comments .....

These things are two photos with essentially no information. I have vague bells ringing that I've seen them before, but maybe not. Intellectual honesty says that I say nothing as to their goodness without some facts, so here there are in all their vagueness. Maybe some of you know their stories.

This is an only slightly cropped version of an old [1952] photo by George Stock --- NO, it's not a UFO "Stock photo". But it IS intriguing to me. It seems to have come at a bad time for UFO investigation, and I have never heard much about it. I read a very much later interview with the photographer [by then an older man] and he seemed still humbly puzzled by what he'd seen. Is it feldercarb? I can't say. As with all these things, we bring prejudices to the game. If you reflect on your inner voice when you saw this image, you will locate some of yours. ".... streetlight ...."  ".... flying disk ...."  ".... lamp top ...." etc. The point is that without the case story, other witnesses, photo analysis investigation, we shouldn't automatically praise or ridicule this picture.

I know. It's hard.

I came across an original newsclipping of one of my favorite UFO imagings: the "Echo of Echo" picture taken by a lady who lived in Charleston WV probably at the same time that I was going to high school there [1955-1958 --- I was at Notre Dame when she took this 1960 picture.] LOTS of witnesses to this and one good lady photographer.

This picture was one of many similar imaging events taken in that time era --- example: all the MoonWatch stuff that boggled Allen Hynek's mind. Our satellite watchers AND our satellite scientists KNEW that these weren't our space stuff nor even loose boosters and debris.

.... and that gives me a proper lead-in for this report from The Land of Oz received from their government through their Disclosure efforts. I have no picture, but the released thumbnail of the event tells a similar MoonWatch-like story.

Small potatoes? I don't think so. Meditate. Our best near-Earth orbit watchers were seeing true unidentifiables at satellite height throughout the mid-1950s and early 1960s [and probably a lot more.] What group of people HAVEN'T seen UFOs is my question? If one objects that UFO pictures don't let you see inside the windows, then I can't help you at that level of demand.

This is about the famous Tremonton, UT movie film taken by the Navy photographer Newhouse.

Here is the classic test of the instant prejudice. When people see this film the first thing in almost everybody's head is "birds." And so they go merrily unconcerned down the street. That is really lousy UFOlogy.

One NEVER STARTS with the imaging element and immediately quits. One starts with the witnesses. Newhouse and his wife were good witnesses, good people. What did they say? They said that the objects were clearly disks when seen at their closest point, and the photographer had to get his camera out of the car and set up before attempting a sequence. Their story hangs together with its surroundings and what you see. THEN the analysis....

The paragraph above is from Ed Ruppelt's draft of his famous book --- I can assure you of that since it's right here in the archives with me. The "Z" is our favorite Air Force guy editing his draft, thinking that these words are too wordy. Well, big fella, you cut out something WILDLY interesting. The Navy photo analysts, Woo and Neasham, had talked personally to Ruppelt and told him what they found prior to the CIA Robertson Panel. Ed has mentioned that conversation in the part he "Z'd" out. Read what he says that they told him. The things that your mind calls "birds" were oval lights which rotated in three groups of four lights as if attached to great wheels. As these wheels turned, the lights would brighten or blink out signifying whether they were nearer or farther away. To the analysts at our primary photo-interpretation laboratory, these individual lights operated as if connected albeit by some non-visible entity or force. This was something that casual glancing at a screen could never determine --- only serious analytical work. Ruppelt and apparently Dewey Fournet both bought this analysis, but someone else did too.

That someone else was the chief photo analyst of the 50s and 60s Art Lundahl. Lundahl saw Woo and Neasham's analysis, and of course the best copy of the film, and agreed --- these things were flying technology. Lundahl became a secret UFO enthusiast for his whole life, slowly emerging from his "closet" in the late 1960s, when he served as chief UFO data-provider for an ad hoc White House study requested by Lyndon Johnson [I have that study here too; it was never published.] The Tremonton UT motion film might be the most significant UFO Imaging evidence that we have in public view. I'm constantly astounded by the arrogance and flippancy of modern nay-sayers on this, who seem for utterly impenetrable reasons to NOT want this to stand as evidence. ... almost gets my blood pressure up.

Well, let's try to get to a happier state of mind --- almost said "frame", but that would have been a pun. ... sorry, did it anyway.

The above guy is Ralph Rankow, NICAPs early photo analyst and a decent one. His role in today's blog is that he was somewhere between puzzled and angered by something which had deliberately been done to deface some photo evidence.

A publicity/sales photo of a B-57 was found to contain an odd discoid marking in it. As such, this is no more remarkable at first glance than any film flaw might be. Still, honesty and curiosity calls for a look-see. Rankow felt that the "disk" was uniform enough and the shading on it "legitimate" enough to entertain the hypothesis that the camera had caught an object of some size in the air in the vicinity of the plane. That, and that the provenance of the photo was top quality, meant that the potential object should be studied using the original film. {it was also true that the original examination of the film by USAF personnel at Edwards AFB excited them enough to launch another flight to patrol the area looking for the object.}

The first [military] photo analyst believed that the three black dots on the left of the image were film flaws but the "object" image was not. His view was that the negative showed a discoid object shaded appropriately for the illumination available. Rankow's own analysis, once NICAP was given the photo to work with, indicated no crude solutions like "paste-ups" had occurred. He found that the image contained all shades of gray, indicating that it was of an object which had depth/dimension. This increased interest.

Later copies of the photo obtained from Martin Corporation had increasingly been defaced. Why? Rankow and NICAP researcher William Weitzel separately sent inquiries to Martin. For months they were stonewalled. Finally Rankow's persistence squeezed out replies which included no copies looking like the original, but looking instead like the third version. Martin's final explanation of the film was filled with large areas of photodevelopment ignorance which stunned Rankow. He eventually was left to wonder what motivated Martin to remove the left half of the object making further analysis impossible. {A reader of Rankow's FATE article on this fiasco felt that he had solved the mystery by saying that parts of the photo were just falling off. Rankow indicated in his response why that was not true.}

So, what went on here? As to what went on in the sky, we will never know, although the people there at the first development of the film thought that this was an aerial object. What went on at Martin? It seems to me that they wanted to get rid of the problem and did so in time-honored heavy-handed fashion.

This one always intrigued me. My prejudice didn't like it "flying" on its side, but when I finally read the  witness interview, the orientation was explained within the context of the sighting. Ozzie UFO leaders at the time vouched for the photographer as he was a member of their Victorian UFO Research Organization and a respected/prominent member of the community. This is another unscientific prejudice: in order to have a credible UFO case you may never be interested in UFOs before or since. I myself haven't noticed that UFOs care much about the UFO interest level in their witnesses beforehand. And asking a person NOT to remain interested in an astounding event in their lives is a stupidity without defense.

This picture came to the USA to be analyzed by APRO. Their guy at the time [a college prof] decided that it was of two different pictures stuck together --- evidenced to him by a "jagged" line running roughly through the photo's middle. Thus people in this country decided that the photo was no good [even a friend of mine still believes this.] Ozzie analysts have looked into this in more recent times and found no evidence for that [strange and undetectable] claim of a jagged line whatever. Attempts to cut thick polaroid film paper and stick the halves back together also create huge messy joins. Another Ozzie analyst is quite adamant that the photo is no good, basing views on an extremely complicated geometric argument based [it seems to me] on some assumptions as to where the color on the object is coming from --- which the witness and the pro-photo people say is a roof just below the object [and not for instance that distant tower]. The anti-photo Ozzie seems rather thinly anxious to debunk the photo to clear it from the discussion about the famous Westall school case [which he supports]. Jim McDonald was also interested in this case, but I don't believe that he had a strong opinion about it.

OK. I have to slow down or I'll never finish this blogpost.

Above are three images from a sequence filmed by an Ozzie MD in 1987. Credibility seems sky high [two witnesses, one scientifically trained, plus their young son]. In this case, the battery pack for the camera ran right out during filming, although fully charged previously.

Yungay, Peru 1967. VERY extensive report by Richard Greenwell on this case and pretty positive to the events. Richard had to undergo a lengthy and convoluted detective project to locate the photographer of these things, as they were never published or "pushed" in any way --- only coming to his attention by a wild accident of a schoolboy bringing a copy of one to school for show and tell [despite it being only a random photo in an album of his father's who had nothing to do with the case.] In every arena Richard tried he was stonewalled --- this included at Kodak Peruana where some first prints existed --- even Allen Hynek couldn't pry them loose. Ultimately legal hurdles were cleared and Greenwell got two of these first prints and gave them to APROs consultant.

There this story ends without a punchline. The photographer received a name but never was located for a personal interview. The photos were analyzed [allegedly] by APRO but I do not have any information as to what that analysis said {APRO was notoriously bad at this.} Still, what we have is a case which stands as curiously interesting especially in that it was "buried" as if never to be utilized in any way by the photographer. He was quoted by his camera-lender as saying that he had seen an odd technical air machine while hiking the mountains and had photographed it. He handed over the borrowed camera at that time with the undeveloped film still inside [which was then sent to Kodak Peruana].

What were the Yungay objects?

This is a computer mock-up and study by Dr. Irina Scott who photographed a UFO in the presence of her sister in 1968. Visually they saw a disk with several windows. The camera filmed a blinking object at distance. Dr. Scott, a close colleague of friend of CUFOS and myself, Bill Jones, is convinced that this was a "good" solid photo/film case.

This horrible photo is from the Project Blue Book files and represents one of a handful of stills taken with a Brownie camera in Covington IN in 1967. The following comments will be more frustrating for me than you, as I am sure that I spent some time fussing with this case and cannot find those notes. I will try to give you an accurate set of comments.

Two married adults were getting set to retire when the wife saw an odd light. She informed her husband and he got his camera saying that he wondered if he could get anything at all on film. He took several shots and two reference shots, one of the Moon and another of a star. The shots were of the final of two diamond arrays of lights, the leading light being significantly brighter. In one case, one of the smaller lights left the formation and seemed to enter [or merge with] the larger. Naturally boggled and interested, they wondered what these things were, but the wife especially did not want to get bad publicity and they shut up for a while.

Now here's the part of this tale that I can't locate but think that I once knew --- so, caveat emptor: We had a meteor-detection network set up in the mid-west nicknamed the Prairie Meteor Network [locations of all-sky cameras shown on the dots.] There was an ace semi-legend project manager [a guy who checked every station to make sure it was functioning properly and set up correctly] whose name [forgive me, I think that this is right] was Captain Don Arrington. At the time of the Covington IN case, he was in the Illinois station of the network and for some reason was brought into contact with this report in Covington. He was asked [by a mutual friend?] to help the witnesses out, and met them and did so, becoming the liaison between them and Wright-Pat.

Arrington was interested both in their photos AND a video taken by his Illinois location around [but not exactly] the same time. He corresponded to Blue Book on both situations [and thus there is confused blundering in Blue Book's records.] The bottomline line here is that Blue Book said that they couldn't say much about the Covington fellow's prints and doubted that his camera could pick up the lights at all even of the Moon --- Arrington went over there and proved that it could. They also stated that the Prairie Network video was just a meteor fireball despite it being sent by our "we know what a fireball is" experts. These two cases are loaded with credibility, but just not quite enough strangeness --- although the visual report of the Covington witnesses is quite strange enough. The other thing that it shows is that everyone "official" has been lying when they have said that there has never been a filming of a UFO by anything like the Prairie camera Network.

OK. I'm done. Great relief, eh?

I know that you want to see Constable's aerial space animals [again] so here they are:

As Dr. Who would say: "Anything's possible ... well, almost."

We are never going to prove ET-UFOs by imaging evidence, but that doesn't mean that we should stop taking pictures of them. Film or digital evidence is one element of a potentially good report --- it supports the narrative, not dominates it.

So keep your cameras ready. You can never tell what's sneaking up on you.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Little Walk Out Proctor

Strange things Out Proctor .... a small pile of reports about some of them, accumulated on the sorting table crying [shrieking?] for a home. Well, not to offend dark powers, here are some brief thumbnails.

1942: Hartford, CT. A narrow streak of light crosses the room wherein a husband and wife are trying to have a quiet evening reading. The streak stretches out to a few feet in length, emits a crackling sound, and explodes.

.... sort of "ball" lightning, sort of not?

1973: Demming, WA. A driver sees a bluish bright sky flickering up ahead. On approaching the site, there are railroad tracks alongside the road. From two places on these tracks, powerful blue-white lightning bolts are exploding upwards into the sky, at pulses of about three second intervals. The bolts reach an estimated 100 feet up and then disappear. As he and the occupants of a second car watch, the pulsing simply cuts off.

The second car was full of brain-smashed pot-heads, if anyone can make any connection to that. I, however, remain relatively clear-minded and confused.

1965, Azusa and Anaheim, CA and 1963 Southhampton, PA. The two California cases have been mentioned on the blog before. Because they are close in both space and time, I consider them to be extra weird. Both cases involved "spots-of-light" which appeared inside houses, where some effort was made to eliminate simple light source paths which might explain them. The cases DO differ. The Anaheim incident was a single evening's event where the son told his mom he had a weird light on his bed. She went in and found a 50cent sized round spot which if she covered it with her hand, it showed on her hand [therefore it acted like a beam --- though she said that she could trace no beam.] No obvious sources existed inside or out and the spot suddenly extinguished.

The Azusa case was a repeater lightspot which would appear flame-like on the wall. This one could be covered by objects but still remained [if you peeked] under them on the wall. {i.e. much stranger.} It was about the same size as the Anaheim spot, and gave the observer a feeling of Peace. It showed up many times, but was absent for long intervals as well. This went on for at least three years --- still happening at the time of the report.

The third case is from two years earlier and across the country. In this, a lady awoke with a need to visit the bathroom. When she got there she saw light in the mirror. Glancing more closely, it was coming from her own hand. It looked like a figure eight. She shook her hand, but it went nowhere. Resigned, she went back to bed and in the morning it was gone. A week later she had to get up late again. This time it was upon returning to bed that lights were noticed, this time 3inch rings of light on her sheets and then on herself. Shaking covers and hands, the lights remained.

Weird, but Out Proctor all the lights are weird.

1974: Morton, IL. A family of four was out in their car for a drive. It was the middle of a sunny day. No clouds were anywhere to be seen. Suddenly all light was extinguished --- total blackness. The husband kept driving and soon the darkness just ceased and it was normal again.

We've had red-outs, blue-outs, green-outs, and I think yellow-outs already on the blog. It was about time for a no-light-at-all event.

1963: Between Madison and Centerville, TX. A guy is driving his vehicle on a fairly busy highway at 55mph. Other drivers noticed that his car was leaving the ground. It was elevated from the road, turned 180degrees, and deposited [the engine still running normally] back on the highway but now moving in the wrong direction. Fortunately the deposition was slightly to the road's shoulder, and no cars were immediately upon him. He brought the vehicle to a halt. No sign of any air disturbance was seeable anywhere. The car had no damages. He went confusedly on his way. {Story reminds me of Jim McDonald's favorite mass transference case from Herman, MN, but there one had a clear UFO report.}

1965: Stamford, CT. A whole crowd of people were in the vicinity when a white cloud was seen moving towards a tennis court. It was alone in the sky and there was almost no breeze, and no storm systems anywhere in the area. The cloud took the shape of a vortex and proceeded to pick up three picnic tables with their umbrellas atop. One man tried to hold one down and was dragged upwards. The tricksy twister then dropped a bunch of debris into a swimming pool, while creating a four-foot diameter, 20 foot high waterspout. Apparently satisfied with its malfeasance, it then hoofed it off to the nearby woods. ... and no, I don't see the solution to Fafrotskies in this story, as the thing picked up many different sorts of objects apparently indiscriminately.

1963: Hanson, Yorkshire, UK. Well, it's been fun so far, but this one makes me angry.

A group of highschoolers were in the playground of their school when out of an otherwise windless day came a nasty thing. The vortex, or something, lifted a teenage girl off the ground to about 20 feet high. It then suddenly dropped her. She sustained multiple broken bones and died later in hospital. Dammit!

The case does remind us a bit of the French "horse levitation" case [the horse was dropped and somewhat hurt] and the Canadian "girl-lift" case where a classmate held onto her for dear life and she did not get hurt. ... but here we lost a sweetheart for no reason at all. Even Out Proctor there are limits [if I'd have anything to say about it.]

OK. Enough tragedy. Here are a few oddities that I like to think of as "guardian angel" anomalies.

1964: near Chavio Lake, AK. A pilot was returning from a mission from Umiat to a camp at Chavio Lake. The helicopter found itself in white-out conditions. Forced to land, the pilot dead reckoned a site as near the line of travel as he could, but was still off by 100 miles. Consequently, the emergency search flights of the next day found nothing. That next night however three "flares" were spotted far from the expected ditch area. Subsequent searches there the following day discovered and rescued the pilot. The mystery was that the pilot had no flares and nothing remotely like flares to signal with. Even if there had been an anonymous secretive altruist who saw his plight and wanted to shoot up flares of his own [about as strained an "explanation" as one can devise] the conditions the evening that the rescue plane saw the three redlight signals were STILL so blizzardy that no such flares would have been seeable anyway. So who sent the lights and what were they?

1955: between Cerrillos and Galiston, NM. A woman is trying to get home, but the weather deteriorates so badly that she is in white-out blizzard conditions. She tries to slowly tough it out, but she knows she was getting to the area of the road where there are dangerous drop-offs to each side. She stops. She says a prayer for the storm to stop. It doesn't, but instead there appears a space empty of falling snow just to the front of her car. It seems to be a clear tunnel stretching far ahead. Boggled but willing, she starts her vehicle and drives into the tunnel. There are no flakes at all inside, and the tunnel persists all the way up her driveway to her garage, a two mile distance. She gets out, says thanks, and the tunnel disappears allowing the still falling, now very wet snow, to soak her thoroughly before she gets back inside her home. She didn't mind.

What can I say? I like it.

1953: Seneca, NY. A mother was in critical condition in hospital. Her daughter was visiting her every day as she slowly recovered. The daughter always was sure to check that her mom's emergency bell cord was pinned in proper position so that her mom could reach it if she needed aid. This evening something distracted her [she was really tired] and she forgot. Coming home, she wanted to go straight up to her bedroom. Starting up the stairs, she ran into a barrier which refused to let her pass. She called out to family members, who thought she was a bit balmy, but she persisted. The barrier held. A "hunch" struck her that her mom needed help and couldn't get it. She called the night nurse, who went to check. Her mom was in trouble and could not reach the bell cord. The nurse came to the rescue and things ended happily ever after. For years thereafter the mother and daughter wondered if this was telepathy or spiritual aid or something else.

OK. I can get behind that one too.

1920: Milwaukee, WI. A family was attending to their dying mother in their family home. She was in her final labored moments. Outside the window in the room, lightforms began to appear on the nearby wall. One was larger and stronger looking. One was smaller and bent. The smaller one was slowly struggling to reach the larger. The larger form took on an appearance much like the dying woman's deceased sister, though as a somewhat vague being-of-light. The smaller one took on the same sort of appearance though of the mother. At last, the mother's lightform turned towards the family in the window, smiled, nodded, and was gone.

..... different than the post-death experiences that both my parents blessed us kids with, but with the same message. "Things are alright, children."

Since that last story was almost a candidate for Ghost Whisperer, an entry-ending picture of Jennifer Love Hewitt seems appropriate.

...... come to think of it, you don't even need to have an excuse to post a picture of Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Pure Oxygen as they'd say in the 60s.

Peace ................ as they also used to say then.