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Re: Bormann Demystifies Gemini 7 UFO Myth

From: Nick Balaskas <nikolaos@YorkU.CA>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 17:10:13 -0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
Fwd Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 21:04:46 -0400
Subject: Re: Bormann Demystifies Gemini 7 UFO Myth

On Wed, 15 Jul 1998, UFO UpDates - Toronto wrote:

> From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk
> To: updates@globalserve.net
> Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 00:45:37 +0200
> Subject: Astronaut Frank Bormann Demystifies Gemini 7 UFO Myth

> <snip>

> At almost twice the length of Gemini 5, Commander Frank Borman's Gemini
> 7 mission may have been even more trying, but it grabbed the attention
> of at least one Hollywood producer.

> "Right after we got into orbit we were supposed to "station keep' or
> fly formation with the booster," Borman says. "We were flying formation
> and taking photographs and infrared measurements and I started calling
> it a "bogey,' which is an old fighter pilot term. Well, a lot of the
> UFO freaks on the ground picked this up and said we had seen a UFO
> because we had referred to our booster as a bogey. Just this past year
> I got a call from a producer at "Unsolved Mysteries" and they said, "We
> read your account about your seeing a UFO on Gemini 7 and would you
> come on the program?' I told them: "I'd love to come on your program
> because I'd love to straighten that out.' I explained what it was I saw
> and I said, "I don't think there were UFOs,' and the producer said,
> "Well, I'm not sure we want you on the program.' "

> <snip>

Seems to me that Frank Borman's recollection is in conflict with
what his fellow Gemini 7 astronaut, James Lovell, is quoted in
saying during the actual space mission.  James Lovell you may
recall was later the Commander of Apollo 8 which made the first
manned flight to the Moon in December 1968.  On that mission
James Lovell is also quoted as saying "Please be informed that
there is a Santa Claus"...

We find the following dialogue from the web site below.


Lovell:  Bogey at 10 o'clock.

Capcom:  This is Houston. Say again 7.

Lovell:  Said we have a bogey at 10 o'clock high.

Capcom:  Gemini 7, is that the booster or is that an actual

Lovell:  We have several...actual sightings.

Capcom:  ...estimated distance or size?

Lovell:  We also have the booster in sight...

Maybe the producer of "Unsolved Mysteries" should have contacted
James Lovell instead of Frank Borman regarding this bogey.

There is also a photograph with two ball shaped UFOs (possibly
reflections from a window since one would expect these UFOs to
be centered in the picture if one was taking a photo of them)
which is credited to Frank Borman at this same web site.

Can someone account for the dialogue with James Lovell and/or
UFO picture by Frank Borman?

Nick Balaskas