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UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 3, Number 29

From: Joseph Trainor <Masinaigan@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 06:53:30 EDT
Fwd Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 07:31:38 -0400
Subject: UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 3, Number 29

Volume 3, Number 29
June 19, 1998
Editor: Joseph Trainor


     During the past month, an incredible number of
crop circles have appeared in the USA and the
United Kingdom.
     On Friday, June 19, 1998, a crop circle measuring
180 feet (55 meters) in diameter appeared in a wheat
field in Eltopia, Washington (population 200), a small
town about 225 miles (360 kilometers) east of Seattle.
     According to cerealogist Ilyes, the circle was
discovered by farmer Craig Schaefer, who discovered it
"in a field of Steven's wheat--a 'beaded' variety of winter
wheat" which Schaefer planted in October 1997.
     Ilyes reported "an interesting color variation within
the circle, as half of the circle was still green, half about
golden ripe."  The farmer reportedly told her "that his
eye was caught by the circles in the crop, by the
precise, well-defined circumference of the circle, and
the way the wheat seemed deliberately organized."
(Many thanks to Ilyes for this news story.)
     Also in June, a crop circle shaped like a dumbbell
was reported in Waverly, Nebraska (population 1,869),
a town on Highway 6 approximately 11 miles
(18 kilometers) northeast of Lincoln, the state capital.
Waverly was the site of a crop circle in 1997.
     On Friday, July 10, 1998, a giant swastika was
found in a cornfield in Washington Township, New
Jersey (population 8,000), located 5 miles (8 kilometers)
southeast of Princeton.
     According to the New York Post, "The swastika is
about 100 yards by 100 yards and visible from the air."
Washington Township mayor Glen Beebe "said the
symbol appeared to have been cut in the field about
three weeks ago, judging from the height of corn
     "The Mercer County prosecutor is investigating the
incident as a hate crime.  Beebe quoted police as
saying they had no suspects."
     "Jewish leaders expressed horror yesterday
(June 12, 1998) at (the) football-field sized swastika...
'I'm horrified by this.  I can't believe someone in our
community could do this,' Yvette Kovsky, president
of the 650-family Congregation Beth Chaim in
(nearby) West Windsor, said."  (See the New York
Post for July 13, 1998, "Jews appalled by giant
swastika in N.J. cornfield.")
     Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, a record number
of crop circles have appeared this summer, with 30 of
them in Avebury alone.  Prominent Avebury crop circles
include those at Beckhampton, Bishops Cannings,
Avebury Trusloe and West Kennet.
     According to cerealogist Paul Vigay, crop circles
have appeared elsewhere in the UK, in Dorset, Wiltshire,
Hampshire, North Somerset, Staffordshire,
Leicestershire, and at Shepton Mallet near Glastonbury.
     On Thursday, July 9, 1998, at 7 a.m., a crop circle
appeared in Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, UK.  According to
cerealogist Colin Andrews, the formation was "a Kock
Fractal 'Snowflake' pattern, like two others seen nearby
during 1997.  This one has over 140 small circles
surrounding the snowflake and is 300 feet across."
     The "snowflake" appeared in East Field in Alton
Barnes, at the foot of a prehistoric burial tumulus
known locally as Adam's Grave.  (Many thanks to
Colin Andrews and Eroll Bruce-Knapp for this news
     On Monday, July 9, 1998, farmer Brian Roble was
running a combine machine through an 18-acre wheat
field in Latty, Ohio (population 200), a small town on
Route 613 near the Indiana state line when he
sighted a crop circle.
     Roble "said, 'I had seen it from a distance and hadn't
known what it was.  When I got closer, I could see it
was a crop circle.  My eight-year-old daughter has been
looking for crop circles since she and her mom went to
see the one at Arend's (in 1996--J.T.).  I never thought
I'd find one.'"
     Roble telephoned the field's owner, Georgia Price,
and "she said her family had farmed that field for 45 years
and it had never before produced such a crop."
     "Sheriff Dave Harrow said his office received a report
of crop vandalism at 6:14 p.m. on July 6.  He denied the
existence of a crop circle in the county, although he said
the vandalism was circular in shape.  He said his office
has no suspects and because the landowner did not want
to press charges, the case is closed."
     "Roble said the sheriff came out July 6, compared the
formation with those in a book, declared it a hoax and
recommended they plow the compression under."
     On Sunday, July 12, 1998, cerealogists Roger Sugden
and Jeffrey Wilson investigated the scene.  The men
"took measurements, drew a field diagram, checked
electromagnetic readings and collected wheat and soil
samples."  (See the Ohio newspaper Paulding County
Progress for July 15, 1998, "Crop circle is discovered
in county."  Many thanks to Kenneth Young of Tri-States
Advocates for Scientific Knowledge, T.A.S.K., for
forwarding the newspaper article.)


     On Monday, July 13, 1998, at 11 p.m., an "unidentified
craft" flew over the small city of Gualda Tadino in
northeastern Umbria province, Italy.  The UFO "circled the
city at high velocity," and then hovered for about two
minutes before flying away to the north.  The UFO "flew
below the clouds" and had "a great luminosity."
     Minutes later, the UFO flew over the nearby city of
Gubbio, in the Appenine Mountains.  Witnesses described
the UFO as "resembling a glowing soccer ball" and said
"it flew from the north-northeast to the north-northwest,"
and, after aerobatic maneuvers lasting "about five minutes,
and left in a northerly direction.  The phenomenon was
seen by four witnesses in one location, and another
seven people confirmed this sighting."
     Gubbio and Gualda Tadino are east of Perugia,
located about 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of Rome.
(Grazie a Squadra Film Spaziale d'Italia per questo


     On Saturday, July 11, 1998, at 12:30 a.m.,
Paul R., age 27, and his mother, Patricia R., age 54,
were out walking their dog in a west-southwesterly
direction along Remer Street in Crewe, Cheshire, UK
when a sudden bright flash captured Paul's gaze.
     The incident took place just two hours after
the light phenomenon over Belfast, Northern Ireland.
     "My eyes had already been directed skyward by
seeing something flare up," Paul reported, "I figured it
was probably the sun reflecting off some solar panel
or other.  About a minute later, I saw this flickering
fuzzy blob dash across the sky.  The object was about
the size of a two-pence piece (held at arm's length)."
     "After noticing it flare up, I pointed it out to my
mother, and we watched it for about 15 to 20 seconds
until it faded out."  The UFO "appeared to be at about
50 degrees above the horizon" and "was traveling in the
same flight path as the first, south to north."
     "I only saw it for five to seven seconds before it
disappeared out of view behind the houses."
     Crewe, Cheshire is located about 130 miles
(208 kilometers) northwest of London.  (Email


     On Tuesday, July 7, 1998, a film crew shooting
a TV movie on the dikes at Blocq van Kuffeler in
Oostelijk Flevoland, Netherlands accidentally shot
footage of a UFO speeding overhead.
     According to Dutch ufologist Keet Veling, "At the
upper white corner of the frame, a white dot appears.
It races through the film at great speed.  The dot
disappears behind (actor) Kuno's head.  You expect
the dot to appear over on the left of the frame but
it does not."
     The UFO was flying from Almene to Lelystad,
a city 60 kilometers (36 miles) northeast of
Amsterdam.  (Many thanks to Keet Veling for this
news story.)


     On Tuesday, July 14, 1998, at 4 a.m., Arthur P.
was looking north from his home in Selkirk, Manitoba,
Canada, when he spotted three strange bluish-white
lights in the sky.
     "What I saw was a (triangular) shape in bluish-
white lights.  It came down across the street from my
house and made no sound.  Of course, my heart was
beating too loudly for me to hear it.  Then it went
straight back up and was gone."
     Arthur described the configuration of lights as
looking like this:
                            O  O

     "I observed the UFO for four minutes," he added,
"It was very, very slow in descent.  Very slow as well
as it ascended.  I did not hear any sound as being
associated with the UFO."
     Asked if he observed any structural details,
Arthur responded, "No, the light was too bright, and
frankly I was too frightened."  He added that there
was definitely a luminous glow around the lights.
     Selkirk is on Manitoba Provincial Highway 9
approximately 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of
Winnipeg.  (Email Interview)


     On Saturday, July 11, 1998, at 11:20 p.m., Texas
ufologist Duff B. and his wife "were driving into the
Fort Worth, Tex. area.  We were about eight to ten
miles west of Azle (population 8,868) and saw a
bright falling object.  My wife noted a blue and green
'light' below the object as it was falling.  I watched
it and was concentrating wholly on the large 'fireball'
effect surrounding the object."
     Since this "was nothing like we had ever seen
before," Duff and his wife drove into Azle, hoping for
a better look.  They soon found "the road blocked at
an underpass" and a large number of fire engines
and emergency vehicles.  Rolling down the window,
Duff asked an officer what was going on.
     "Is this fire related to the flash in the sky a
while ago?" he asked.
     "No," the officer said bluntly.
     "Is this a wreck?" Duff asked.
      After "pausing a few seconds, 'Yes,' he said."
     "We went down the service road and tried to see
across the median to see what all the commotion was
about," Duff reported, "I saw a large number of fire
trucks, care ambulances and a wrecker.  However,
what I didn't see was any damaged vehicle.  In fact,
there was nothing on the road but emergency
personnel and vehicles."
     The investigation is continuing.  Azle is on Texas
Highway 199 about 10 miles (16 kilometers) northwest
of Fort Worth.  (Many thanks to Steve Wilson Sr.
for this news story.)


     On Friday, July 3, 1998, at 3 p.m., a 14-year-old
boy was practicing at the outdoor amphitheatre
at Blue Lake Fine Arts Music Camp in rural
Twin Lake, Michigan (population 1,328), about
200 miles (320 kilometers) west of Detroit, when
he spotted a UFO in the sky.
     The witness was rehearsing with other members
of the orchestra when "he looked up" and "saw a
strange object that resembled 'a metal gray flashlight
(torch in UK) with a nose bigger than the back end.'
He could see no windows or lights on it."
     "It was flying a 'straight horizontal line' west
towards Lake Michigan.  The object was at a high
altitude 'as high as a plane can go,' and at arm's
length it was as big as his index finger."
     "He observed it for approximately ten seconds
before 'it flew into a very large cloud that took up a
lot of the sky.'  When asked if he pointed out the
object to any of the others in the orchestra, he
replied, 'No, because the teacher would be mad
at me disturbing the rehearsal.'"
(Editor's Comment: An experience like this gives
a whole new meaning to the expression music of
the spheres.)
     A week later, on Friday, July 10, 1998, at 3:49 p.m.,
"a woman driving north on US (Highway) 127 near Leslie,
Michigan (population 1,872)" when he spotted "the
glint of a silvery object" in the sky.
     "She described the object as the size of a Cessna-
type aircraft, but 'perfectly round like a steel BB'"
     "She further noted '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
(half) reflected the shine, then rolled up so that the
bottom half reflected the shine'  She noticed that the
'shiny band' stayed at the middle of the object, which
enabled her to determine" which hemisphere reflected
the shine.
    "She watched then as the object 'slid/flew into the
edge' of the cloud, from which it did not return."
     Leslie is located 29 miles (46 kilometers) south
of Lansing, the state capital.  (Many thanks to
Marilyn Ruben of Alien Abductions Experience and
Research and Jeffrey S. Westover of Michigan
MUFON for these news stories.)


     On Sunday night, July 12, 1998, an amateur
astronomer doing some backyard observations
spotted a UFO over Sutersville, Pennsylvania
(population 755), located 20 miles (32 kilometers)
south of Pittsburgh.
     The witness, "who owns a telescope and is
familiar with the planets," stated he was "watching
some aircraft when I noticed a bright, star-like source
of light approximately west-southwest" of his location
"in the generally clear sky."
     The witness went indoors to fetch his telescope.
Soon he had it in focus and "saw what appeared to be
a solid white globe, but the center of it appeared to
be more transparent.  The globe itself appeared
stationary while under observation.  Just above the
globe was another smaller sphere that was making a
continuous back-and-forth motion, in a somewhat
circular fashion over it."
     According to the witness, the smaller sphere
"moved from a 10 o'clock position to a 2 o'clock
position (above the white globe) and then would
reverse the motion.  This continued for over two
minutes."  Then both UFOs departed.  (Many
thanks to Pennsylvania ufologist Stan Gordon
for this news story.)


     The August 1998 issue of Sky & Telescope
has a very interesting selection of photos from the
Mars Global Surveyor, as part of a great article
by Samantha Parker entitled "The Triumphant
Turnaround of Mars Global Surveyor."
     After looking at the photos with a trusty
magnifying glass, and using a mirror set at 90
degrees for a 3-D effect, your editor found some
intriguing features that I'd like to pass on to
UFO Roundup readers.
     (1) Niagara Falls of Mars - Note the three
horseshoe-shaped "bites" out of the plain above
Ophir Casma.  The semi-circular recession, the
outwash debris in the chasm, and the dendritic
dried-up riverbeds leading to the edge suggest
that a large waterfall, similar to the USA's Niagara
Falls or Angel Falls io Venezuela, was present
in the planet's distant past.  Check the 2 o'clock
position in the upper left photo on page 44.
     (2) Lake Huron of Mars - The flat plain with the
orderly rows of sand dunes in Hebes Chasma is
actually a dry lakebed that rivals present-day Lake
Huron in size.  Note the wave-cut headlands and
promontories on the left shore.  There's also evidence
of shore terracing in the embayments of the lower
center photo on page 46.
     (3) Twin Pyramids - The region called Medusa
Fossae is full of surprises.  Check out the upper left
photo on page 45.  At a 5 o'clock position relative to
the recent impact crater at the top of the photo are
two pyramid-shaped features.  Nearby are another
10 smaller circular hills or mounds.
     (4) Space Baby - Medusa Fossae has an
interesting landform.  Check out the upper left
corner of the photo on page 45, at an 8 o'clock
position relative to the large crater with the central
peak.  From space, the mountain resembles a
human baby sucking the thumb of his right hand.
It reminded me of the final scene of the movie
2001: A Space Odyssey.  (Don't tell me there are
Stanley Kubrick fans on Mars--J.T.)


     "Jupiter's moon Ganymede appears to have
had an ocean fed by volcanoes that spewed
lava-like water."
     "Dramatic new photos from NASA's Galileo
probe, taken in June 1996 and June 1997 and
released Wednesday (June 15, 1998), do not
reveal any signs of life.  But it is possible that
life could have existed in Ganymede's watery
depths billions of years ago."
     "'The ingredients for life are all there,' says
James Head, a Brown University planetary
scientist and Galileo team member.  'It had the
water, it had the heat and it has organic material
coming in from outer space in the form of comets.'"
     The Galileo photos "show parallel rows of
linear mountainlike ranges that stretch for hundreds
of miles, and a valley system of volcanoes that
replenished the ocean with water early in Ganymede's
     "The pictures also reveal a chain of craters on
Ganymede that probably were caused by impacts
from a broken comet similar to the Shoemaker-Levy
comet that smashed into Jupiter in 1994."
     "Earlier data from Galileo found combinations of
oxygen, carbon, sulfur, hydrogen and nitrogen trapped
in Ganymede's crust."
     "Galileo's images also show unusual pedestal-like
formations, icy volcanic flows, dark rings from impacts
and evidence of 'moon-quakes.'"
     "Ganymede is thought to have formed about 4.5
billion years ago.  It is the largest moon in the solar
system, about the size of Mercury or a third the
size of Earth."
     "It is the only moon with a magnetic field.
It has a metallic core and a thin hydrogen atmosphere."
     "Ganymede lies 665,000 miles (1,060,000 kilometers)
from Jupiter--more than twice as far as the Moon is from
     "The images are the last closeups scientists are
expecting from Ganymede.  The Galileo spacecraft,
which has spent two-and-a-half years orbiting Jupiter
and its four largest moons, wrapped up its primary
mission last December (1997).  Its extended mission
will continue through December 1999 and includes
either flybys of Europa, four flybys of Callisto and
one or two of Io."
    "'This is a tantalizing last glimpse at Ganymede
from Galileo,' Head says.  'We've learned a lot and it's
been amazing.  In the future, we'll need to get even
closer and maybe even send a spacecraft to land
there to really see what it's like."  (See USA Today
for July 16, 1998, "Photos suggest life could have
existed on Jupiter's moon," by Paul Hoversten.)

from the UFO Files...


     One of the best-documented multiple repeated
sightings of UFOs during the Flap of 1947 occurred
in Norman, Oklahoma, located about 15 miles
(24 kilometers) south of Oklahoma City.
     W.H. Carson, who was dean of engineering at
the University of Oklahoma from 1937 to 1962, was
the first to see the flying discs.
     "The strange objects were reported being seen
flying over Norman about 6 p.m. on July 6 (1947).
Carson said he was resting in a hammock back of
his home at 943 Chautauqua Avenue when he saw
a silver object at an estimated height of 15,000 to
20,000 feet."
     "When his wife Emma joined him, Carson
mentioned the unusual object.  About that time, two
more appeared and were witnessed by Mrs. Carson
and the neighbors."
     "'I don't know what they were, but we saw them,'
Carson told The Transcript."
     "Carson, who died in 1969, said the objects were
traveling from east to west into the setting sun."
     "Another story that appeared in the July 7 (1947)
edition of The Transcript described 'a big noise'
heard by a large number of Normanites the same
evening as Carson's sighting."
     "Police made an extensive check of the west and
southwestern parts of town after the sound, which
shook walls and made windows tremble."
     "In another local incident, Mrs. Dewey Clawson
of 321 North Flood Avenue reported seeing a falling
object that bore no resemblance to a falling star
just before 'good dark' on July 7, according to the
July 9, 1947 edition of The Transcript."
     "Mrs. Clawson said she was sitting on her
back porch when she noticed the object falling from
the sky.  It had the appearance of being approximately
6 to 8 inches in diameter and appeared to disintegrate
as it fell earthward, she said."
     "Mrs. Clawson said her son, Stuart, saw a
similar object on July 5.  He initially believed it was
a firefly but later realized it was too large."  (See the
Norman, Okla. Transcript for July 9, 1997, "Norman
had its own UFOs 50 years ago."  See also back
issues of the Transcript for July 7, July 8 and July 9,
1947.  Many thanks to Lou Farish of UFO

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     This week marks the 32nd anniversary of the
flight of the Gemini 10.  On July 21, 1966, astronauts
John Young and Michael Collins flew the black-and-
white Gemini 10 space capsule through two simulated
docking missions with orbiting space targets.  On
this mission, Collins performed two spacewalks,
also known as extravehicular activities (EVAs).
     Three years after Gemini 10, Collins piloted the
Apollo 11 command module in orbit around the
Moon as Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin
landed on the lunar surface.

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

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