From: bikebob <bikebob@MO.NET> Date: Thu, 1 May 1997 23:49:14 -0500 (CDT) Fwd Date: Fri, 02 May 1997 01:34:33 -0400 Subject: Ted Phillips at Ozark UFO Conference I grant permission to any/all to freely distribute the following copyrighted (by me, Bob Soetebier) article under these terms: (a) The copyright statement and proper attribution must remain attached to article; (b) The article must be reproduced in it's entirety...unedited; (c) Any distribution (whether electronically, or in hardcopy format) of the article is to be done so without charge. (The article may not be reproduced commercially without prior written permission from me.) Bob Soetebier St. Louis County, Missouri ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Ted Phillips Highlights Missouri UFOs at Recent Ozark UFO Conference Copyright 1997, by Bob Soetebier On Saturday evening, April 12, 1997, the featured speaker at the Ninth Annual Ozark UFO Conference in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, was Ted Phillips. The title of his presentation was "Landing Case Histories, A 'Spook Light' and Reminiscences in Ufology." Ted Phillips has archived well over 5000 "land-trace" cases. During his talk Phillips said he had personally investigated 600 of these cases and also personally talked to thousands of witnesses involved with such cases. Ted noted that from his experience investigating these incidents -- and from general correlations from the vast majority of such cases -- the physical parameters of the UFOs (reportedly sighted in direct relation to the physical-trace sites) usually fall into one of the three following categories: (a) Eight- to ten-foot in diameter donut-shaped disk; usually hovers just off the ground (rarely "touching down"); apparently not infrequently leaving a circular ring-trace of either, and/or, burned grass and/or hardened soil that typically will then not absorb any moisture. (b) Twenty- to thirty-foot in diameter disks with 3 landing legs. (c) Oval-shaped craft with with 4 legs -- such as the April, 1964, Socorro, New Mexico case involving patrolman Lonnie Zamora. (In response to my later public question, Ted Phillips classed the Zamora case as the most impressive one he had investigated along with his best friend, J. Allen Hynek, who was famous for his role as the chief field investigator for the U.S. Air Force's [now-defunct] "Project Blue Book.") The bulk of modern-day purported UFO-related case now receiving media attention, according to Phillips, seem to involve so-called "abductees" or "experiencers." He also noted an apparent shift from the classic disk-shaped craft to triangular or wedge-shaped craft. During his 1 1/2-hour slide presentation, Phillips featured, among other cases, a 1967 Tuscumbia, Missouri case. This case appears to be one of those "exceptions to the rule" as far as the "3 or 4 legs" landing pods is concerned. A 64-year-old farmer by the name of Claude Edwards was about to feed his cows when he noticed that the cows were all faced the same direction toward a field behind a double fence row. Farmer Edwards reported that what held the cows the attention was a 20-plus feet in diameter greenish-grey disk that was supported off the ground by a singular central shaft-like pedestal. Edwards said he climbed over both fences and noticed small beings (also greenish-grey in color) around the craft. Upon his approach these beings seemed to disappear into the craft. As he got closer to the craft Edwards reported running into some sort of impenetrable invisible force field 15 feet out from the craft. He then picked up a couple of good-sized rocks. He threw the first rock at the craft. It was repelled by the invisible shield. Edwards then threw the second rock on top of the craft and said it skipped off of, and over, the same invisible force-field shield. Needless to say, after being more or less caught between a rock and a persistent hard-case farmer, the UFO was said to have made a hasty retreat. Left behind was the incredulous farmer and a ground impression of that central shaft-like pedestal (with the resultant classic physical-trace characteristics mentioned previously.) Today, Ted Phillips still actively investigates the occasional (but now, more rarely reported) landing-trace case. Currently, his main investigative thrust has been documenting the long-standing (regularly -- almost nightly -- reported since 1800s; right up to present-day) "Joplin 'Spook Light'" just a couple of miles south of the tri-state Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma border. [John Carpenter -- of Springfield, MO -- has recently produced a 90-minute video on the "Joplin 'Spook Light'" documenting Ted Phillips investigations of this intriguing enigma.] As Ted says: "The Joplin 'Spook Light' is furnace-bright. Whatever it is, it most definitely is NOT distant car headlights!"
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