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Filer's Files #28-1998

From: George A. Filer <Majorstar@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 18:21:17 EDT
Fwd Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 08:31:42 -0400
Subject: Filer's Files #28-1998

Filer's Files #28-1998  MUFON Skywatch Investigations
George A. Filer,    MUFON Eastern Director,
July 16, 1998, Majorstar@aol.com  609 654-0020

Professor Herman Oberth, the German rocket expert considered the father of the
space age stated in the American Weekly, October 24, 1954:
"It is my thesis that flying saucers are real and that they are space ships
from another solar system.   I think that they possibly are manned by
intelligent observers who are members of a race that may have been
investigating our earth for centuries."

NEW YORK

A New York Police helicopter and a Plasma UFO were photographed by Alex
Cavallari near J. F. Kennedy Airport on July 3, 1998.  Alex was outside
barbecuing dinner at 5:30 PM when he heard the roar of a helicopter at low
altitude heading his way.  Alex said,  "I had the camera ready, when the
helicopter approached heading west over exit # 9 of the Belt Parkway.  As I
waited for the helicopter to enter my field of view, I noticed flashes and
what looked like a big muffin shaped light form.  I took pictures as fast as
the camera would take them.  The helicopter circled around and came back to
about the same location as before.  I spotted some spherical shaped Plasma
objects near or in the cloud height of 7,000 to 10,000 feet.  The Orbs all
appear to be of the "Standard White Plasma Orb Craft" design but some of the
brightest I have observed.  They all appeared to be illuminated from within
and emitting some form of white optical energy.  The intensity of the white
color was greater then any other object in the area.  There was no glare or
light haze seen around the Orbs, but they were emitting light.  The appearance
of the white Plasma Orbs and craft are distinct and very different from any
other light or illumination known making them easy to identify.  They have a
special "look" all there own. This is not ball lightning or any other known
form of lightning discharge.
The photograph clearly shows a "Plasma Muffin" craft which has angular and or
curved sides.  There is a dark area in the middle and a funnel  shaped area
under the craft. This "conductive path" appears to lead to an area in the
middle of and on top of the plasma muffin.  This outline appears to be a
formation of electrical pressure that makes a noticeable path through the sky.
The plasma technology appears to use a form of electricity as a means to enter
and exit our "time and space.  Thanks to Alex Cavallari.

Editors Note:  When the craft enter our atmosphere they appear to be
surrounded by a bubble of Electromagnetic energy or plasma.  This energy does
not appear to be hot, but balanced in negative and positive charges.  This
bubble of energy makes photography difficult, but Alex is to be commended for
his ability to photograph these UFOs on a regular basis.  New scientific
theories such as those proposed by Princetonís physicists J. Richard Gott and
Li-Xin Li in the U.S. News and World Reportís July 20, 1998, article Is Ours
the Only Universe?, may help explain what we are photographing in our skies.
The article statesí "From the eternal mother universe could spring universes
such as ours, with expanding frontiers and a one-way arrow of time.  Each
"normal" cosmos would have other normal universes branching off from it,
generated  by black holes or inflation or whatever the bang mechanism is
ultimately proved to be.  If a time traveler could follow the chain of genesis
backward, eventually the mother universe would be found.  But from that point
there would be nowhere to go."

NEW JERSEY

On July 10, 1998, Ed P was walking near his home in Brick, NJ when he spotted
an object approaching in the sky. It moved slowly, and never changed speed or
direction. It seemed to be about 1000 feet in altitude and moved over me
traveling toward the South East around 8PM. Ed states, "I watched for more
than a minute and it appeared larger than a marble, but smaller than a golf
ball at arms length.  It had no wings or fins.  It was saucer shaped and
somewhat rounded or spherical.  One side was very dark, perhaps black.  The
other side was brightly lit.  The sun had set but it was still very light out.
The UFO rotated so the bright side and the dark side became visible during
each rotation.  Each rotation was about 2 seconds.  It did not rotate on any
axis you might normally think of.  It just tumbled along.  The light it gave
off was very bright but not as bright as looking at a 75 watt light bulb.  The
light was white but as it rotated, sometimes I could see a bit of red. I
called the local police and the Asbury Park Press to see if anyone else
reported it and the answers were negative. This was a very unusual object.

Last summer, I and a neighbor, saw a blinking object go from horizon to
horizon in 3 to 5 seconds.  Since then, he said he saw it three more times.
The blinks were elongated into streaks.  Now I am wondering it these sightings
were of the same object.  The July object if traveling fast could have
appeared to streak, because the light was in motion like a rotating beacon.
It caused many little spots in my vision to dance around.  I looked away and
saw from the object into the clear sky and little spots were dancing all over
my eyes.  I continued to watch the object until it was out of sight.  A short
time later, I realized that the little spots were all gone.  I had never seen
spots or little dots before or since.  I am a 55 year old Electrical Engineer
and I work for the government.  This object just defied gravity as it floated
along, slowly rotating.  I wonder who it belongs to and what it is doing.  Our
Government knows a lot more than me and I know what I saw so I am wondering
what the Government knows.  I am wondering why they are so quite on this
subject. I am inclined to think this was not part of a black project.  I got a
good look at this UFO and it was a solid object.  I don't mind talking about
this, but I want to remain anonymous. Thanks to Ed P.

PENNSYLVANIA

Stan Gordon reports, "I have received information on yet another UFO sighting
which was reported on July 12, 1998 at about 8:45P.M. from Suttersville, PA in
Westmoreland County, about 25 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.  The witness owns
a telescope and is familiar with the planets.  He was watching some aircraft
when he noticed a bright star like source of light approximately WSW of his
location in the generally clear sky. After a short time he went inside to get
his telescope to take a better look at it.  Through the telescope he saw a
solid white globe, but the center was more transparent.  Just above the globe
was another smaller sphere that was making a continuous back and forth motion,
in a somewhat circular fashion over it.  The smaller white sphere would move
from a 10 o'clock to a 2 o'clock position, then would reverse this motion.  It
would take about one second to move right, then another second to reverse
back.  This continued for over two minutes.  The globe itself appeared
stationary while under observation.  The object remained in the telescope
eyepiece, and he did not have to move the scope such as when he is observing
planets or stars.  He tried to have a neighbor look at the object but was
unsuccessful.  Thanks to Stan Gordon  contact information:   PA UFO Hotline
(24 hrs.) 724-838-7768 snail mail: P.O. Box 936, Greensburg, PA 15601

GEORGIA

MUFONís John Thompson reports that many of the best UFO sightings in Georgia
have been on water near the Chattahoochee River and West Point Lake.  The car
size plasma UFO of June 16, 1998, was in my best estimation, real.  I have now
talked to several other people who have seen this phenomenon of "fireballs"
being generated by intense storms.  One gentlemen I talked to claims that
during Hurricane Opal that a Z strip of three feet wide by about 100 feet long
was "burned into his turnup-greens by the fire of Opal."  This occurred near
the same spot that the fireball was seen on Colquitte street in LaGrange.  He
says the soil was not burned, just a huge brown Z made into his turnup-green
patch. To this day--three years later--he says crops do not grow as tall or
good if planted in this Z. Another fellow I talked to said he had seen
fireballs generated by a lightning strike that "holds on."  This appears more
of a ball lightning nature that is powered with a lightning "capacitor."  The
balls generated by the huge discharge of electricity go shooting across the
ground he said.  There is also a report of a huge rolling fireball during
Hurricane Opal that was seen in Cannonville.  There seems to be a pattern
where the storms track and how UFOs track.  On a SW to NE line from
Cannonville through LaGrange at Colquitte street and onto Ragland street in
east LaGrange, there is  an high occurrence of storm "edge-points" and UFO
sightings.  Could there be some relationship between how severe storms
repeatedly track and where UFOs fly?  Is there less electrical resistance
along these routes?  Thanks to John Thompson, MUFON State Section Director.

MICHIGAN

On Friday July 10, 1998 at 3:49 pm EST, a woman driving north on US-127 near
Leslie, Michigan (15 miles south of Lansing) noticed "the glint of a silvery
object" near a small cumulous cloud.  She described the object as the size of
a Cessna-type aircraft, but "perfectly round like a steel BB".  She further
noticed "a shiny band around the middle" of the object.  The object seemed to
"slide up against the edge of the cumulous cloud, rolled down so that the top
reflected a shine and then it rolled up so that the bottom then reflected the
shine".  She noted that the "shiny band" stayed in the middle of the object
which enabled her to determine which side that the reflection came off of.
She noted that the object then "slid/flew into the edge" of the cloud from
which it never reappeared.

On July 3, 1998, around 3 PM EST, a 14 year old boy had a sighting of a
"flashlight UFO" at Blue Lake Fine Arts Music Camp in Twin Lake, ten miles
east of Lake Michigan.  The boy was in an outdoor pavilion rehearsing on the
violin with other orchestra students when he looked up.  He saw a strange
object that resembled a "metal gray flashlight with a nose bigger than the
back end".  He could see no windows or lights on it.  It was flying in a
"straight horizontal line" west towards Lake Michigan.  The object was at a
high altitude, and at arm's length was as big as his index finger.  He saw it
for ten seconds before it flew into a very large cloud.  When asked if he
pointed out the object to any of the others in the orchestra he replied, "No,
because the teacher would've said I was disturbing the rehearsal".  Thanks to
Marilyn Ruben from AAER at http://www.abduct.com/ and Jeff S. Westover.

CANADA

Emerald Lake, Yukon  Bill Oliver reports that on July 2, 1998, A man with two
or three other co-workers was constructing a log house overlooking Emerald
Lake.  He paused to look up at a mountainside across the highway to see if he
could spot any sheep at 9:45 AM.  In a draw or gully running up the
mountainside, he noticed an extremely bright reflective object flying around,
perhaps 20 feet above the tree tops. When he spotted the UFO, it swooped down
the mountainside and zoomed over the worker's heads. In those few seconds all
he could say was "look, look, look" and it was gone. The others didn't look up
fast enough to see it.  It was the size of a softball, highly reflective,
almost blinding, and appeared to have a metallic finish.  Understandably, the
fact that his buddies didn't see the object made him  upset. What was worse, a
few of the guys made fun of him. So much so that a fight almost ensued. The
witness never had an interest in UFOs before this but was convinced that there
was some form of intelligence guiding this object.  On his drive home to
Whitehorse, he shook his fist out the window up at the sky and yelled "come
back here!" The witness spent an hour relating his story repeatedly to
Lorraine Bretlyn, a Whitehorse UFO investigator.  Thanks to Bill Oliver at
boliver@direct.ca.

ARE THERE MORE UFO SIGHTINGS?

Ufologist Bob Durant writes, "Several years ago I wrote an article for IUR
called "Evolution of Public Opinion on UFOs."  This consisted of rounding up
public opinion polls on UFOs taken by the Gallup Organization, Roper, and
Audits and Surveys.  As of the time of writing, I had 13 polls, the first done
in August 1947, the last in 1993.  Since then the topic has gotten so "hot"
with the media that there are many recent polls.  The data was collated and
analyzed, then passed to half a dozen ufologists for comment.  Mainly, I
wanted them to tell me why the public had slowly but steadily increased their
belief in the reality of UFOs in the face of overwhelmingly negative positions
taken by the government, organized science, and journalism.  The final version
of my paper included those commentaries.  One question asked in many of these
polls was, "Have you ever seen a UFO?"  The responses varied from poll to
poll, but  an average of maybe 12% of adult Americans said "yes."  That is a
statistical starting point for the answer to your question about how many UFO
sightings have occurred.  Lots of assumptions must be made, such as assuming
one sighting per lifetime per "yes" person.  That would give 250 million times
12 percent, or 30 million UFO sightings. Is this figure valid if extrapolated
for the entire population of the planet?  I dunno, because there are no
equivalent polls in other countries that I know about.  But certainly UFO
sightings seem to occur throughout the world, so on a "why not" assumption,
12% of the world's population becomes a staggeringly high number.  I won't
argue this too long and too hard, but from the U.S. poll figures it is obvious
that the UFO data base we ufologists work with is woefully inadequate.  How
many of the sightings reported by poll respondents would qualify as serious
enough for us to study, is another matter entirely.  Put another way, how many
of the 30 million U.S. sightings are what Navy physicist Dr. Bruce Maccabbee
calls "TRUFOs" -- True UFOs???  Phil Klass would say zero, others would say
ten million, and so on.  Citing Project bluebook stats is no help, in that
from the record they seem to have "explained" a great many cases with
preposterous "explanations."  But as I understand the question, it was simply
a query about how many UFO sightings have we got?  Assuming the "we" in this
case is the American public at large, and not the government or civilian UFO
report collections, I think the 30 million number is about right.  Back to the
12% figure, which I find astonishingly high.  My opinion/speculation about how
belief that UFOs are "real" went from zero in the time period 1947 through
about 1960, and then steadily increased to over 51%, is as follows.  When Mr.
or Mrs. America sees a UFO, they don't run out and tell the papers or TV about
it.  They are very circumspect, knowing how the topic has been demeaned and
ridiculed.  So they tell only those closest to them, the wife, the husband,
the very closest friends.  In this way the "word" spreads, slowly but surely
and with great long term impact.  In this way the usual means of communication
in our society, the media, has been totally and efficiently bypassed.  Thanks
to MUFONís Bob Durant and for his great birthday party.

MOON MONOLITH

Apparently the Clemontine Navy Spacecraft has just released photographs of
spectacular spires or monoliths on the Moon.  These spires were first
discovered in the mid-1960s, on photographs acquired by both Russia's Luna 9
and America's Orbiter-2 spacecraft.  They are grouped together at two widely
separated locations on the Moon.  Irene McDonald first sent me photographs
many years ago of these rather spectacular anomalies.  The newer just released
photos create more wonder and excitement because they just seem too tall and
smooth to be natural phenomena.  When first discovered, the Soviet press
theorized that they were "stone markers" or alien pillars.  A NASA geologist
claims that the measurements of the shadows of the spires indicate they are
taller than the tallest buildings on Earth.  The shadows on my NASA photograph
casts huge thin shadows for thousands of feet across the landscape of the
moon.  I always wonder why there is so little interest in these anomalies,
that seem to infer an ancient civilization on the moon.

WISCONSIN CROP CIRCLE

Port Washington, Wisconsin Jackie Shanti reports that on July 10, 1998,
strange markings were found in a wheat field.  Three large circles
approximately 90 feet across and connected by a slightly curved line were
discovered. There was no sign of  an entrance or exit to the field. Their
Phone Number: 414-962-9517, Address: 3400 N Frederick  Milwaukee WI  53211.
Thanks to Jackie Shanti.

SOCIETY FOR SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION (SSE) PROPOSES UFO RESEARCH

John Thompson writes, The Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) panel's
recommendations sounds allot like yours, George.  Their recommendations for
what to do sound like they were taken from your proposal of nearly two years
ago.  Peter A. Sturrock writes:
RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING IMPLEMENTATION:
The purpose of this section is to Summarize ideas of what might be done to
implement the panel's suggestions that were presented in their Summary Report
(Section 1). The panel's observations and recommendations may perhaps be
summarized very briefly as follows: The UFO problem is not simple and should
receive more attention, with an emphasis on physical evidence; regular contact
between UFO investigators and the scientific community would be helpful, as
also would institutional support; and the possibility of health risks
associated with UFO events should not be ignored.  The panel was greatly
impressed by work reported from GEPAN/SEPRA, the French project originally
GEPAN and now known as SEPRA (see Appendix 1), and there is no doubt that the
best prospect for real advance in our understanding of the UFO problem would
be the creation of similar projects in other countries, for the following
reasons:  1.  Such a project could be mandated to obtain access to relevant
data such as police records, radar records, etc.     2.  The project could
organize and draw upon a network of laboratories and consultants.     3.  The
project could set up and maintain a central database.     4.  The project
could construct and operate one or more mobile "observatories" that would
include a number of cameras and other detectors including, as a minimum,
optical, infrared,      spectroscopic, acoustic, magnetic and radiation
instruments.     5.  New cases could be investigated from the outset purely on
the basis of data collected by official channels and procedures.     6.  If
there is indeed a health hazard associated with some events related to the UFO
problem, some government office should offer a response to this hazard.  Even
the most speculative hypotheses could be evaluated by a well conceived and
well supported project.  For instance, an analysis of the isotopic composition
of material specimens could provide evidence that a specimen is probably of
extraterrestrial origin, and analysis of the spectra of stationary objects, if
it were to yield evidence of red-shifts or blue-shifts corresponding to a
fraction of the speed of light, could indicate that some extraordinary
physical process is involved.  However, material specimens are rare, and it
would take special equipment (that does not now exist) to obtain high-
resolution spectra of transient and unpredictable sources.  We realize that
not every country could duplicate GEPAN/SEPRA, since not every country has a
national police force similar to the French gendarmerie.  Furthermore, the
creation of any such project would represent a political act that can be taken
only by a national government for its own reasons or in response to public
pressure.  For these reasons, it is necessary to be realistic and look for
more modest approaches that could be initiated without government action.  It
would appear that progress is most likely to come about through incremental
changes in institutional support and incremental changes in level of interest,
these changes occurring symbiotically.  We therefore inquire into what small
positive changes could be made by scientists and by private institutions such
as societies, journals, universities and foundations.

 The most important change that could be made by scientists is to become
curious.  In view of the fact that modern UFO reports began in 1947, in view
of the emergence of clear patterns in UFO reports (as was established some
time ago by Poher [1973] among others), and in view of great public interest,
it is remarkable that the scientific community has exhibited so little
curiosity in the past.  There is no doubt that this lack of curiosity is due
in part to a lack of reliable and accessible information.  When Sturrock
carried out a survey of members of the American Astronomical Society in 1975,
he asked if members would like to obtain more information about the UFO
problem, and most respondents replied that they would (Sturrock, 1994; b; c).
Sturrock also asked whether members would like to acquire this information
from lectures, symposia, books, or journal articles; most respondents wanted
only journal articles.  At that time, most editors of most scientific journals
would not consider accepting an article on the UFO problem.  Since that time,
the SSE has been founded, and its journal is now in its 12th year of
publication.  However, the journal can be found in only a few university
libraries.  Hence the situation persists that it is not easy for scientists to
obtain information about the UFO problem by the normal process of going to the
library and looking up journal articles. Thanks to Peter A. Sturrock and SSE.

Please send your letters  to George A. Filer at Majorstar@aol.com.