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UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 2, Number 43

From: Masinaigan@aol.com
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 13:51:28 -0500 (EST)
Fwd Date: Sun, 09 Nov 1997 16:29:50 -0500
Subject: UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 2, Number 43

Volume 2, Number 43
November 9, 1997


     Two NATO jet interceptors, described as "the
F-16 type," chased a UFO over France's Eure-et-
Loire department at 4 p.m. on Monday, October
27, 1997.
     Eyewitness Marie Franck reported, "I was at my
country home in Sainville, a village 40 kilometers
(24 miles) east of Chartres.  I was in the garden when
I heard a progressive rumbling originating from the
north, behind the house.  It was then that I saw, to
the west of the village, at 45 degrees above the
horizon and about 2,000 meters (6,600 feet or just
over a mile--J.T.) away a flying tube without wings
but with fire coming out of the stern, which moved in
horizontal flight from the north-northeast to the
     Mme. Franck watched the UFO for "five seconds"
before it disappeared "behind a neighboring rooftop."
     "Its speed was around 1,400 kilometers per hour,"
she reported. "I was astonished at not hearing a sonic
boom, and I thought I might have been mistaken in
my calculations."  She estimated that the UFO traveled
two kilometers during the five seconds.
     "At the same time, I got the idea that it might be
a missile (perhaps nuclear?) and that it was going to
explode in the distance," she added.  "Sudden terror!
My sole reflex was to hurl myself to the ground, all
the while counting the seconds to estimate the distance
from the object."
     "I was at 50 seconds when a new rumbling sound
made its approach, but it was coming from the southeast.
I then observed passing from south to north a military
plane of the F-16 type, which made a very tight turn
north of the village (Sainville) in order to get on the
north-northeasterly trajectory of the object."
     A few seconds later, "a new rumbling" was heard,
and a second F-16 appeared, flying in the same
direction as the first.  Mme. Franck gathered her
children from the pavilion very quickly and brought
them indoors to safety.
     Sainville is located on L'Autoroute A.10-E.05,
the main highway between Paris and Orleans.  The
Armee de l'Air, France's air force, has a base at
Chateaudrun, 55 kilometers (33 miles) south of
Sainville.  (Merci beaucoup a Marie Franck et
Banque OVNI pour ces nouvelles.)


     Researchers from IUFOPRA, a UFO study group
in Eire, are busily interviewing witnesses to a saucer
crash in the Curlieu Mountains north of Boyle,
County Roscommon, that reportedly took place
in May 1996.
     According to Irish ufologist Rory Thornton, the
saucer crashlanded on a mountain just north of
Boyle, slicing off a few treetops and touching down
in the lake.  The saucer, alleged to be from "the
planet Sunas," contained several occupants who were
allegedly taken into custody by a retrieval team.
     Dave Walsh, publisher of the online newsletter
Nua Blather, wrote, "New information has recently
come to light that leads us to believe that despite
earlier reports the incident is a hoax, that something
did happen in the Curlieu Mountains."
     "The site of the alleged crash has been sealed
off for months now, and even the locals have been
denied access."
     Six months after the alleged crash, a new
asphalt road was constructed, leading to the site,
and "two (Quonset) huts were erected," IUFOPRA
reported, "and no one was prepared to give any
explanation as to why they were there.  One of the
huts is located close to the crash site with a lot
of antennae protruding from it."
     "One thing is clear...the Irish and foreign
military are involved in some type of covert operations,"
IUFOPRA was quoted by Walsh.  "A lot of helicopters
have been observed flying around the area, and,
according to one witness, he was woken by the sound
of 'rescue' helicopters, which hovered very close to
the windows of his house, causing them to rattle."
(Many thanks to Dave Walsh for this news story.)


     On Tuesday, October 14, 1997, at 5:10 p.m., Nancy
Dunning had stopped her car at a traffic light in
Palmetto, Florida (population 8,637) "when I saw an
egg-shaped object moving northwest at a steady rate
of speed.  It was silvery-white in color.  I watched as
it went into a cloud and just disappeared.  It never came
out on the other side of the cloud.  I know it wasn't an
airplane because I know a lot about airplanes.  I can
identify almost any plane there is."  (See MUFON
Skywatch Investigations #44.  Many thanks to George A.
Filer of MUFON for forwarding this story.)
     On Saturday, November 1, 1997, at 1:50 a.m., Tige
McMullen, age 15, was looking out the window of his
home in Pensacola, Florida (population 57,619).  "Then
I looked up into the sky, and I saw a UFO.  It was
moving fast, left to right, then at one point disappeared,
then coming back.  It made no noise."
     Tige immediately phoned the Pensacola/Gulf Breeze
UFO Hotline.  Afterward, he "got my Mom's camera and
took two pictures of it.  I hope they come out."
     "It was like lightning in the sky.  But there was no
thunder, and lightning doesn't stay that long.  There was
mostly clear sky that night.  I looked to try to find a
video camera, but I could not.  Then I looked out the
window and it had gone.  It had disappeared."  (USENET


     Luminous UFOs were seen at four locations around
the city of Ancona, on Italy's Adriatic Sea coastline
last week.
     On Monday, November 3, 1997, at 5 p.m., "a luminous
object was observed from diverse locations in the province
of Ancona.  In the area around Polverigi, two hunters saw
a fusiform object of grey color pass by quickly and silently
over their heads."
     "At the same hour, ten people on a promenade
(boardwalk--J.T.) in Posatora observed for several seconds
a luminous green ball with a yellow tail in the sky."  (See
the Italian newspaper Corriere Adriatico for November 4,
     The same luminous green UFO was also seen in
Senigallia and Porto Recanati, two seaside towns close
to Ancona.  The area is 224 kilometers (140 miles)
northeast of Rome.  (See Corriere Adriatico for
November 5, 1997.  Grazie a Edoardo Russo di CISU
per questo rapporto.)


     On Friday, October 17, 1997, at 8:30 p.m.,
Danielle F. and her cousin, Tessa P., were waiting
in a car for Tessa's father in their hometown of
Boswell, Pennsylvania (population 1,480).  Boswell
is located on Route 601 about 70 miles (112
kilometers) east of Pittsburgh.
     "Tessa said, 'What's that?'" Danielle reported.
"I looked up and said it might be an airplane.  We saw
a big blurry white light.  We went inside and got the
binoculars to take a better look."
     The UFO hovered at about 45 degrees above the
horizon, Danielle reported, "The center of the object
was white, and on the ends were two yellow lights.
On the top of the object was one red light.  The
object was moving very fast while it was descending
toward the (nearby) mountain.  Tessa and I both
agree that we never saw a plane move so fast.  We
don't know what it was, but we wondered if it could
be a UFO."  (Email Interview)


     An Oklahoma sheriff's deputy had a Halloween
suprise when he spotted a mysterious flash of light
on the outskirts of Reydon.
     On October 31, 1997, at approximately 8:23 p.m.,
a sheriff's deputy saw a "flash of light" northeast of
Reydon, 120 miles (192 kilometers) west of
Oklahoma City.
     According to Jim Hickman of Skywatch, the
deputy's radio report was monitored, and he spoke
of a "large flash of light in the sky."  A partial
transcript follows:
     Dispatch: "Was it lightning?"
     Deputy: "I don't see any clouds in the sky."
     Deputy: "It was one large flash to my northeast,
                  and it wasn't lightning."
     In recent months, similar "light flashes" have been
reported in Los Alamos, New Mexico and Beaver Bay,
Minnesota.  (See MUFON Skywatch Investigations #44.
Many thanks to George A. Filer of MUFON for this


     On Saturday, November 1, 1997, at 11:25 p.m.,
Mike S. was driving with his girlfriend in Earlysville,
located eight miles (12 kilometers) north of
Charlottesville, Virginia (population 40,341), "and it
was a very dark night," he reported, "I took my eyes
off the road and looked in the direction she was pointing.
There was definitely something in the sky about 15 to
25 feet above the tree line."
     "I saw lights in the sky that were arranged in rings,"
Mike reported, "The lights were circular or almost
octagonal, and they were dull and white.  They were
not like light bulbs or headlights.  The lights outlined a
disk-shaped object.  I could tell that it was slowly
spinning in a clockwise motion, and it repeatedly
crossed over the road.  It followed the road in front of
me for about a mile to a mile and a half.  I called my
parents from my car phone and told them what I saw."
     After Mike got home, he and his father returned
to that stretch of road outside Earlysville.  But the saucer
was gone.  When both men returned home at 11:50 p.m.,
Mike's mother telephoned the local police.  They learned
that an officer on patrol had reportedly seen "the exact
same thing."  (Many thanks to Tim Hagemeister of
NACOMM for this report.)


     On Friday, October 31, 1997, "a mysterious explosion,
coming from either the ground or the sky, rocked the whole
town" of La Mauricie, Quebec, Canada.  An investigation
by the provincial police produced no answers.
     According to Jean Casault of the Centre de Etude et
d'Information sur les Phenomenes Inexplique (CEIPI),
residents of La Mauricie "have seen different 'light shows'
in the sky" for the past forty days.
     "A video has been shot which reveals a big luminous
object that went up in the sky and transformed itself into
a triangular-shaped object," Casault reported.  "In the
process of doing so, it was on a collision course with
another object and made a drop very quickly, which was
absolutely unusual at that speed."  (Email Interview)


     On Monday, November 3, 1997, at 11:11 p.m., Don
Jay Frederico reported a UFO sighting "near the airport
runway in Stephenville, Newfoundland," Canada
(population 10,284).  The town is located along Highway
460 on St. George's Bay on Newfoundland's western
     "I saw the strange craft over the ocean across from
the runway," Frederico reported.  "It stayed there for
about two or three minutes and then left without a sound.
As it was leaving, it looked like a ball of red fire.  Then
it divided into two different (balls of gas) and dropped."
(See MUFON Skywatch Investigations #44.  Many thanks
to Don Jay Frederico, ISUR and George A. Filer for
this story.)


     On October 5, 1997, a resident of Thunder Bay,
Ontario (population 113,946) "was driving down (the)
Fort William (section of the city--J.T.) road when I
saw a large object in the sky, which appeared to be
near the Ontario Tax Building.  At first I thought it was
a plane, but it quickly dived from the sky to a low
altitude (much faster than a plane).  I looked at it more
carefully, although it was lower on the horizon."
    "It was shaped like an elliptical ball, but it was white
like a cloud.  I thought maybe it was a cloud, but then
it moved across the sky in such an unnatural manner
it couldn't have been.  It was heading across Lake
Superior, so I drove to the marina to see if I could see it.
It must have been traveling at a very high speed."
     Thunder Bay is the largest city in western Ontario
province, Canada, located on the north shore of Lake
Superior approximately 868 miles (1,388 kilometers)
northwest of Toronto.  (Many thanks to Steve Wilson Sr.
for this report.)


     NASA officially halted daily communication with
the spacecraft Pathfinder and its robot rover,
Sojourner, on Tuesday, November 4, 1997.
     "The end of the $266 million mission comes
four months after Pathfinder bounced to a thrilling
Independence Day landing in the rocky Ares Vallis
region and rolled out Sojourner, the first robot ever
to set wheels on another planet."
     "But both spacecraft have been silent since
Oct. 7, when controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. last locked onto a
beacon from the lander's backup transmitter.  It
has been longer than that, since Sept. 27, that
any data has been sent home from the Martian
surface through Pathfinder's main transmitter."
     "Managers now have no choice but to conclude
that the lander, renamed the Carl Sagan Memorial
Station, has succumbed to the onset of the
Martian winter.  During this time, temperatures
plunge to minus 50 degrees and more dust storms
shroud the planet."
     "'We've been talking about having a wake,'
mission manager Richard Cook says, 'But in one
sense we really ought to celebrate, not mourn.
Pathfinder has been much more of a success than
we ever envisioned.'"
     Pathfinder's data "'will help provide a scientific
basis for future Mars missions...for years to come,'
says Wesley Huntress, NASA space science chief."
(See USA Today for November 4, 1997, page A-3)
(Editor's Comment:  Would it be rude to point out that
UFO ROUNDUP reported Pathfinder's first "difficulty"
with uplink communications back on August 16?  Or
that the temperature reading of -58 degrees Fahrenheit
was recorded on October 7, over a month ago?  Be
that as it may, it is now official--there has not been a
successful mission to Mars since Viking II back in
September 1976.)


     A major solar flare erupted on Sol (our sun--J.T.) on
Tuesday, November 4, 1997, sending a hot stream of
X-rays hurtling into space.  The disturbance took place
in the sun's southwest quadrant, which fortunately was
not facing Earth at the time.
     A second solar flare erupted on Thursday, November
6, 1997 at 7:55 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).
According to Ernie Hildner, director of the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA)
Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colorado, "The
eruption produced five times more X-rays than" Tuesday's
event, adding, "We're no longer looking down the barrel
of the cannon, so I expect the ejection to miss the Earth,
going off sideways."
     The second flare also occurred in Sol's southwestern
quadrant, in a direction well away from Earth.  The solar
flares are expected to cause an increase in the Aurora
Borealis and Aurora Australis at our planet's poles, as
the high-energy streams affect Earth's magnetosphere.
(Editor's Comment:  If Earth ever wanders into the path
of one of those solar X-ray blasts, we'll be changing
the planet's name to Toast.)

from the UFO Files...

          RANCH IN UTAH

     "At first Lennis Gines didn't think much of the
blue and yellow lights in the field behind her
rural Summit County (Utah) home."
     "It was a little too early--about 4:30 a.m.--
for teenage visitors.  And the silent, rotating lights
weren't anywhere near the narrow country lane that
meandered past the family's two story home and
on to the Provo River."
     "At that instant, on a pitch-black moonless morn
in the fall of 1972, Lennis Gines knew what it was like
to see a UFO."
     "'If it hadn't gone up without a sound, I may have
convinced myself in my mind that it was just kids
driving around.  But I know what I saw.'"
     "Gines was soon joined by her teenage son Sam,
who was ready to round up the cows for milking.
Together they waited and watched in the dark for 45
minutes as the blue and yellow lights, some 150
yards to the east, cascaded across the river bottoms."
     "Eventually Gines's 16-year-old decided he'd
waited long enough...Sam got no help from the family's
otherwise loyal cattle dog, who whimpered and ran
inside to hide."
     "'My boy gets in the truck and goes over, and he
said he could see a doorway, windows and shadows
going in and out,' Gines recalled this week, nearly
25 years after the event.  'It was like someone was
going in and out on the ground.'"
     "'The cows were bunched together, he said, and
he had a hard time getting them out (of the field)
without the dog, but they did come down the road
and into the corral.  The cows were nervous and
didn't give the milk they usually gave.'"
     "Gines, still frightened, helped her younger son,
Will, get dressed, then hustled to the barn to bring
Sam back to the house.  But when she emerged
from the barn--the lights were gone--all except the
distant glimmer of daylight."  (See the Desert News
of Salt Lake City, Utah for July 6, 1997, "Close
Encounters in Utah" by Zack Van Eyck.  Many
thanks to Lou Farrish of UFO Newsclipping Service
for forwarding this story.)


     The Alberta UFO Study Group has a new website.
AUFOSG began back in 1990 and was mentioned in
Timothy Good's ALIEN UPDATE and Juergen Koenig's
SPURREN IM KORN.  Right now they're compiling
UFO reports taken by the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police (RCMP).  Drop in at http://www.geocities.com/
     UFOs Online was updated last week by Anthony
Chippendale.  See what new features Tony's added by
checking in at this URL: http://chipp.clara.net
     Here's a new site devoted to that mysterious face
on Mars.  Check it out at http://www.adam.com/
     Or fly into Tianca's UFO Spaceport.  You'll find
this great site at http://spaceport.ufo.net
     Gerard Poley remarks, "The alien's aren't coming--
they've arrived!"  See for yourself at his website, at
     Don't forget our parent site, UFOINFO, with tons
of great news items, features, photos and downloads.
Check it out at http://www.digiserve.com/ufoinfo/
     If it's back issues of UFO ROUNDUP you're
looking for, we have plenty at our site.  Go to

     That's it for this week.  The USA's Veterans Day is
Tuesday, November 11, and UFO ROUNDUP wishes
to send its greetings--and thanks--to the millions of
American men and women who have worn the uniform
in the defense of their nation.  Thank you for a job
well done, people.

     We'll be back next weekend with more saucer
news from "the paper that goes home--UFO ROUNDUP."
See you then!

UFO ROUNDUP: Copyright 1997 by Masinaigan
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