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Re: that ol' Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis

From: clark@mn.frontiercomm.net [Jerome Clark]
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 1997 11:23:29 PST
Fwd Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997 03:12:04 -0500
Subject: Re: that ol' Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis

> From: galevy@pipeline.com [Gary Alevy]
> Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 22:20:29 -0500
> To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
> Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: that ol' Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis

> > Date: Sat, 8 Nov 1997 12:11:12 -0600 (CST)
> > To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
> > From: Dennis <dstacy@texas.net> [Dennis Stacy]
> > Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: that ol' Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis

> > >From: galevy@pipeline.com [Gary Alevy]
> > >Date: Fri, 07 Nov 1997 21:45:44 -0500
> > >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
> > >Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: that ol' Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis

> And yes the reason that many scientists and others are passionate
> about this field is their personal experience.  Vallee discusses
> his close range 1950s sighting earlier in the book.  To the best
> of my knowledge this is the only citation I have seen regarding
> McDonald's sighting and I have never seen the details of his
> sighting published anywhere.  Perhaps Jerome Clark who has now
> had access to McDonald's files could shed some light on this
> issue or publish the relevant material.  Although Vallee had
> access to this he only used it as a means to attempt to embarrass
> McDonald with the journalist from Time magazine.  Then again this
> is the same Vallee who all these years has keep the identity of
> "Pentacle" as secret for his own purposes.

According to undated letter (ca. early February 1954) he wrote
the Air Force, McDonald and two other meteorologists observed an
"unusually brilliant object low in the southwestern sky" on
January 10, at 5:25 p.m., while driving north along Arizona Sate
Highway 83.  The 3 1/2-page letter details the technical aspects
of the sighting and McDonald's subsequent attempt to explain it.
After thorough analysis and investigation he concluded that no
conventional explanation he could think of worked.

The individual ("Pentacle") to whom Vallee ludicrously assigns
all sorts of sinister significance was Howard C. Cross, an
associate co-ordination director at the Battelle Memorial
Institute. The so-called Pentacle Letter is reprinted in its
entirety on page 5 of International UFO Reporter, May/June 1993.
I urge Gary to read the article of which it is a part ("The
Pentacle Letter and the Battelle UFO Project" by Jennie Zeidman
and Mark Rodeghier) for the real story.  Vallee inflated an
innocuous document into something far more important and
unrecognizable through sheer ignorance and paranoia.

Jerry Clark

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