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UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 2, Number 44

From: Masinaigan@aol.com
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 14:14:50 -0500 (EST)
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Subject: UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 2, Number 44

Volume 2, Number 44
November 16, 1997
Editor: Joseph Trainor


     Thousands of people in the USA's Pacific Northwest
region watched Friday night, November 14, 1997, as
mysterious bright lights slowly crossed the night sky.
     The lights were first spotted at 9:06 p.m. Pacific
time on the western horizon.  One witness, David Way
of Keizer, Oregon, said, "It was the most bizarre thing
I've ever seen.  It looked like something out of Star
Trek."  (See the Salem, Oregon Statesman-Journal
for November 15, 1997)
     The National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle,
Washington was bombarded with thousands of phone
calls from eyewitnesses.
     NORAD and the U.S. Air Force said the "lights"
were debris from a Russian SL-12 space rocket
"burning up as it reentered the atmosphere."
     "Whatever was left of it fell safely in the Pacific
Ocean off the coast of Washington, said Milt Maas
at the National Weather Service in Spokane," Wash.
(See the Providence Sunday Journal for November 16,
1997, page A-3)
     Yet eyewitnesses from Bellingham, Washington
to Sacramento, California reported seeing the "bright
lights" cross the vault of sky from west to east.
     In Seattle, videotape of the lights was aired on
all three network affiliates--KOMO, KIRO and KING--
at 11 p.m. the night of November 14.  According to
one viewer, Glen Boyd, "Video I saw showed a large
array of lights with trails behind them, traveling across
Puget Sound."
     The lights remained in view from 9:06 p.m. to
9:17 p.m., a total of 11 minutes.  Much too slow to be
conventional meteors or "space junk."
     According to Skywatch International, "At approx-
imately 9:15 tonight, a formation of as many as twenty
lights traveling from west to east was seen by
thousands in the Pacific Northwest and Seattle in
     Witnesses watched the event from Alki Beach in
West Seattle, on the shore of Puget Sound.  One man
reported, "The objects to be looking like 'sparks coming
out of a Roman candle' but traveling slowly across the
horizon," adding that "the objects traveled in a line and
appeared so close he thought 'they were going to crash
in downtown Seattle.'  He also said he could see smoke
coming from the objects.  Some reported seeing 'a large
triangular-shaped craft.'" (USENET Item)
     One caller telephoned the Art Bell radio show and
reported seeing "wreckage" in Ellensburg, Washington
(population 12,361).  Ellensburg is on Highway 97 about
100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Seattle.
     According to John Erickson of the Paranormal Times,
in Portland, Oregon at 9:10 p.m. "one adult, two 13-year-
olds and one 8-year-old in a car (plus many others in the
state) all saw a cluster of white blinking lights moving
slowly near the intersection of Interstate (Highway) 5 and
Ballinger Way (NE 205th Street).  The lights were blinking
slowly.  It looked like a mass of brighter and dimmer stars."
     Oregon witnesses heard no sound associated with
the overflight.  "There were dim trails after the objects."
(See the Paranormal Times for November 15, 1997)
     In Klamath Falls, Oregon (population 17,737), witnesses
described "three large objects" covered with "blinking lights"
moving slowly from west to east.
     In Sacramento, California (population 369,365), witnesses
reported seeing "a bright light streak" in the northern sky.
     Friday night's overflight was the biggest mass sighting of
anomalous lights in the night sky since the March 13, 1997
event in Arizona.


     More UFOs were reported in France this week, with
sightings taking place all over the nation.
     On Sunday, November 2, 1997, at 8:10 p.m., Anne-
Marie Bousquet "was in Le Vernet, near Barantan,
(department Allier--J.T.) in the company of my mother.
We looked up into the sky nonchalantly at this moment
and the sky was clear.  That was when we saw flying
very high a luminous ball of a whitish-blue color."
     "It appeared suddenly, and its disappearance took
place after two seconds.  This was not a meteorite.
It was much bigger, more voluminous, an object perhaps
5 millimeters long if held at arm's length.  It was moving
very rapidly.  The movement was from the zenith northeast
to east.  It appeared to extinguish itself just above Busset."
     That same night, November 2, 1997, at 8:15 p.m.,
Guillaume L. "was at Quissac, near my parents' home,
when I observed a light on a nearby hill.  At first, I was
astonished to see a streetlight at this deserted place.
The light was perfectly immobile."
     "All at once, the light departed very quickly in the
direction of Montpellier, turning to the south-southeast,
and I heard a distinct whistling sound that began with
the OVNI's (French acronym for UFO--J.T.) movement."
     "Suddenly, while it seemed to be in flight toward
Montpellier, it moved up, i.e. to say, vertically, following
an instantaneous right-hand turn, at fantastic speed.
It was extraordinary!  It could not have been an airplane,
a helicopter or a meteorite.  Impossible!  I am absolutely
certain that it was an OVNI.  Before I had no belief in
them, but now I know they exist."  (Merci beaucoup au
Banque OVNI et Marie Franck pour ces nouvelles.)
     On October 10, 1997, at 11:30 p.m., Antoine D. was at
his home in Grandvillier, adjusting his telescope when
he noticed "a bright point flying from north to south."
     Grabbing his binoculars, he glimpsed "a luminous
glow" that soon "had taken the form of a nearly flat disk
of a vivid white color."  He adjusted the binoculars from
zoom to 20X and watched as the UFO "flew a perfectly
rectilinear path" making "such a turn at the vertical that
I could barely follow it."  The UFO darted off "in a surprising
acceleration and disappeared to the south."  (Merci
beaucoup a Thierry Garnier pour ces nouvelles.)


     On October 14, 1997, "a Livingston woman froze with
terror after spotting a strange light coming from the sky
in Nigel Rise, Dedridge" in England.
     "'I've never seen anything like it,' said the 31-year-old
woman, who prefers not to be named.  'People have told
me that it must have been a laser light, but you don't
see laser lights like this--it lit up the whole side of the
house in front of me.  It absolutely wasn't lightning, and
it came on and went off a couple of times,' she added,
'Strangely, two planes came over, and when the planes
were there, the light went off.'"  (See the Herald & Post
for October 16, 1997.)
     "An Eilburn woman has reported seeing the strange
light which was spotted over Dedridge last week."
     "'I was gobsmacked,' said the 27-year-old mum, who
asked not to be named, 'When I read about it in last
week's Post, I told my husband, 'That's what I saw.''"
     "She spotted the light at 4:30 p.m. (October 14) while
walking across the footbridge between Ladywell and
Craigshill.  'I do a lot of stargazing,' she added, 'And I
know for a fact that it wasn't a satellite, although it did
look a bit like one.  It was very slow-moving in the sky and
about the size of a football.  It had a very subtle blue light
and reminded me of a Trelar mint.  It looked like it was
straight above Dedridge."  (See the Herald & Post for
October 23, 1997.  Many thanks to the U.K. UFO
Network for sending these news stories.)


     Bonnybridge, the center of Scotland's UFO flap during
1995 and 1996, was the site of a new encounter at the
end of October 1997.
     On October 21, 1997, the Malcolm family, who lives
near a hillside Roman fort overlooking Bonnybridge, saw
"a spinning UFO" hovering outdoors at 7:25 p.m.  Aiming
his videocamera at the object, Mr. Malcolm caught it
on tape.  Two minutes later, the sky was filled with
"hyper-jumping, laser-like bursts."
     On October 23, 1997, at 6:48 p.m., the same "pulsing,
erratic, hyper-jumping lights" again appeared.
     A friend of the Malcolm family, who declined to be
identified, was driving from Bonnybridge to Larbert when
she saw "two large orbs of light and a smaller probe-like
orb.  They merged together into one large mass.  She
drove fast to get to the Malcolms' house to alert them,
but Mrs. Malcolm had seen the event from the front of her
house and was pumping the horn of a parked car to alert"
her husband.
     At 6:51 p.m., videocamera in hand, Mr. Malcolm taped
the "large mass of light."  On the video, "in slow motion,
it can clearly be seen to spin and can be compared to the
streetlights below."
     At 6:53 p.m., "the object moved to the right, in relation
to the streetlights, and as the object was being filmed, a
big red double-decker bus drives through the frame, as
the object spins in the background."
     At 6:54 p.m., the spinning UFO "moves away behind
the hill and is lost from view."
     At 7:11 p.m., the mysterious flashes again lit up
the sky over Bonnybridge.  (Many thanks to Neil
Cunningham and CSETI for this story.)


     On Wednesday, November 12, 1997, at 7:40 a.m.,
a few dozen witnesses in the Port Hills section of
Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand reported
seeing "two eye-shaped objects traveling from south
to north" over the seaport city "at approximately 80 to
100 miles per hour at an approximate altitude of
3,500 feet."
     The condition of the sky at the time was mostly
clear with some light clouds and wind gusts of up to
80 knots.  "The objects appeared to be 12-plus feet
(4 meters) across in size."  The UFOs "appeared to
be shaped like human eyes.  In the center was a
silver ball, and the outer areas were black and tapered
off to a point.  The objects traveled above light cloud
in blue sky, and there were heavy gusts of wind at the
time."  (Many thanks to Ross Dowe and his New
Zealand National UFO Hotline.  New Zealand readers
wishing to report a UFO can reach Ross Dowe at
PH 090 05 8367.)


     On October 16, 1997, a city official in San Nicolo
Comelico, Belluno province, Italy and his family
watched a hovering UFO for four hours.
     He described the object as "a pale luminous light
at first" and "it left at 8:30 that evening, rapidly taking
off, changing its form to that of a spinning top  that
seemed to emit a blue smoke from its underside."
(See the Italian newspaper Liberta for October 31,
1997.  Grazie a Stefano Cappucciati e Edoardo Russo
di CISU per questo rapportto.)


     On Friday, November 9, 1997, at 8:45 p.m..
Richard L. reported, "Friends and I looked up to see
what we thought was a meteor approaching from
the northeast.  Suddenly it gouted orange/red
flames.  A moment (passed) and more gusts of
flames.  It lit up the craft--looked disk-shaped."
     The group was in Orlando, Florida (population
128,394), approximately  229 miles (366 kilometers)
north of Miami.  He added, "Then, after a few
moments, it turned and headed north-northeast.
It shot off a few more gouts of flame, then flew off
till it became a speck of light in the distance.  The
craft was one light--yellowish-white.  No running
lights as would be seen on a plane or a helicopter."


     On Wednesday, November 5, 1997, at 6:30 p.m.,
Curtis F. was at his home in Augusta, Georgia
(population 47,532), a city on the Savannah River
bordering South Carolina, approximately 151 miles
(142 kilometers) east of Atlanta.  All at once, he
"heard a loud roaring noise."
     "The noise gew to such an intensity that he
thought a jet was about to crash.  Looking out the
window, Curtis saw a distant flying light.  As he
watched, the unknown light broke apart.  One
triangular-shaped portion with flashing red and
white lights flew away to the southeast--the other
part, also with lights, flew off to the north."
     Curtis "could not ascertain its shape or color.
The larger object was observed for a minute before
it disappeared, the smaller for only five seconds.
Both continued to travel horizontally and at
approximately jet speed."  (See MUFON Skywatch
Investigations #45.  Thanks to George A. Filer and
John Thompson of MUFON for this report.)


     For the past three years, Steve Wingate, director
of Northern California Skywatch, has been analyzing
closeup photos of Luna (the Moon--J.T.), looking for
unusual and perhaps artificial features.
     Wingate has anazlyed hundreds of photos taken
by NASA's lunar orbiter Clementine between February
and April 1994.  "I use Paintshop Pro, 3.12 to process
the images using custom filters," he wrote, "The majority
of images are processed by myself."
     Clemetine was launched on January 25, 1994
aboard a Titan IIG rocket from Vandenburg Air Force Base
in California.  The orbiter was part of the Deep Space
Program Science Experiment (DSPSE), a joint project
of NASA and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization
     Interestingly, Wingate has identified several lunar
anomalies in the region of Picard and Gassendi craters.
     At Picard crater, in the Mare Crisium (Sea of Crises--
J.T.), "on left side of Picard, at 11 o'clock position, one
can see several startling anomalies.  There is a dark
spot which seems to be surrounded by several strange
features.  There is a row of correspondingly smaller
round objects that seem to be lined up in a very regular
fashion," Wingate reported.  "They might be the support
structure of a U-shaped elliptical dome, or above-ground
tunnel-like structure...There is also a collection of
structures which appears to resemble huge chutes at
approximately 11:45 on the rim of the crater."
     Picard crater has long been a hot spot for what
astronomers call "transient lunar phenomena" (TLP).
     On August 10, 1865, as anstronomer named Ingall
spotted "a most minute point of light glittering like a
star' just west of Picard.  (See the Astronomical
Register 3-189)
     On September 5, 1865, Ingall again reported
"a conspicuous bright spot west of Picard"  (See the
Astronomical Register 3-252.  Also COMPLETE
1974, pages 426-427)
     On December 11, 1915, astronomer Bernald
Thomas of Glenorchy, Tasmania, Australia saw
"a particularly bright spot" on the north shore of
the Mare Crisium" that "looked like a star."
(English Mechanic 203-12)
     To view Steve Wingate's Clementine photos
and detailed commentary, go to this URL:


     On Monday, November 3, 1997, Bigfoot
tracks were found near the Christy Mountain
Ski Area near Rice Lake, Wisconsin
(population 9887), located about 295 miles
(472 kilometers) northwest of Milwaukee.
     "Brad Mortenson of the U.S. Expedition
and Exploration Society said three tracks
found Monday could be from the mysterious--
some say mythical--ape-like creature known
as Bigfoot."
     "He describes the tracks as about 16
to 17.5 inches long and 8 inches wide at the
     "Asked about the shape, he said, 'It looks
like a big foot.  It's very distinct.'"
     "One print showed five toes, and the
impressions indicated a creature with a stride
of about 4 1/2 feet, typical for the Bigfoot."
     "Mortenson, 41, of Sarona said he started
receiving reports about possible Bigfoot activity
after a local newspaper report two weeks ago
told about his work with the society, based in
Doris, Calif."
     "'After that we started getting the reports
of people coming across the tracks in the
Blue Hills,' he said."
     "That's the hilly wooded region around the
Barron County-Rusk County Line (just east
of Rice Lake--J.T.) where a preliminary search
turned up the tracks this week, he said."
(See the Duluth, Minnesota News-Tribune for
November 6, 1997, "Bigfoot Searcher Targets
Wisconsin," page B-3)


     "NASA's Mars Surveyor is back on track
with a redesigned mission that will cost several
million dollars more to complete its goals,
scientists said Monday" November 10, 1997.
     In October, the Mars Surveyor began its
aerobraking maneuvers, "using the planet's
atmosphere to slow down and get into the
right orbit" when "one of its fragile, winglike
solar panels bent too far."
     "Managers moved the probe in a higher
orbit while they studied the problem."
     "Once they decided aerobraking was safe,
they had the Surveyor resume the maneuvers
to get into a lower orbit."
     "But the probe will go much slower than
planned because managers are concerned that
too much atmospheric friction could damage the
solar panel, which they think was fractured
slightly early in the mission."
     "The slower descent will delay the mapping
of the Martian surface by a year, NASA said
Monday.  The two-year mapping mission is now
set to begin in March 1999."
     "NASA says the redesigned mission will cost
'several million dollars' beyond the $248 million
project cost."
     "'We will still get global coverage (of Mars),'
says Arden Albee, project scientist at the
California Institute of Technology.  'We are happy
that we have not in any way lost the mission.'"
(See USA Today for November 11, 1997,
"Mars Surveyor Mission Will Take Longer,
Cost More," page A-3)

from the UFO Files...


     On November 13, 1953, British viewers watching
their black-and-white "telly" were amazed when the
BBC presented a newsreel describing an encounter
between a flying saucer and two RAF jet planes.
     The two pilots said "that they saw, while in the
air, a saucer whose speed was fantastic.  As it moved,
it jetted flames or a light that appeared brighter at the
periphery than in the center."
     "At 7 p.m., a circular object, blue in the center,
was seen over Southend, Essex, trailing sparks.
Altitude not very high, course horizontal, north
to south."
     "At 7:10 p.m., the same or a similar object was
seen, glowing, to pass over Guildford, sixty-five
miles away.  Probably speed: 360 miles an hour."
Harold T. Wilkins, The Citadel Press, 1955,
page 62.)

     Last week's UFO ROUNDUP erroneously
attributed a quote by the Irish UFO and
Paranormal Research Association (IUFOPRA)
to Dave Walsh, publisher of the online newsletter
Nua Blather.  Mr. Walsh responded, "I DID NOT
write this.  The IUFOPRA Investigation Team did.
I am not a member of IUFOPRA.  I am not
affiliated with any UFO-related organization."
     Nua Blather, he added, "is a humorous weekly
of Dogma Destruction, Forteana and High Weirdness,
which looks at how our belief systems and reality
tunnels influence our interpretations of the 'truth'
presented to us by the popular (and not so popular)

     Check out Bill Holden's new page at this URL:
     Henny van Pluijm answers the most common
questions asked about UFOs at his website,
UFO FAQ.  You'll find this enjoyable website at
     For an interesting article on ufology in China,
try http://detnews.com:80/1997/nation/8711/08/
     Don't miss our parent site, UFOINFO, at
     To download back issues of UFO ROUNDUP,
drop in at http://www.digiserve.com/ufoinfo/roundup

     That's it for this week.  To our readers in
eastern Europe, enjoy St. Mechtildis Day today.
Next year will be the 700th anniversary of her
martyrdom.  And we'll be back in seven days with
more saucer news from "the paper that goes home--
UFO ROUNDUP."  See you then.

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