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Veteran Ufologist Becomes Successful Amateur

From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk (Stig Agermose)
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 1998 03:24:32 +0200
Fwd Date: Tue, 23 Jun 1998 06:02:51 -0400
Subject: Veteran Ufologist Becomes Successful Amateur

As many of you will know, Ray and Rex Stanford became famous in the
50's for their alleged telepathic contact with aliens and the
subsequent UFO sightings. Some of these were confirmed by photographic
evidence, but one, which took place on November 6, 1954, is worth
special notice, as it was confirmed by sworn statements by policemen.

Later on Ray Stanford headed Project Starlight International, a
Phoenix-based UFO group, for many years.

The item below is from The Detroit News.

http://detnews.com:80/1998/nation/9806/19/06190116.htm


Stig


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Friday, June 19, 1998


Amateur paleontologist tracks dinosaur prints


Self-taught researcher stuns experts with his vast collection of 150
fossils of Cretaceous footprints

(Photo: Linda Coan / The Baltimore Sun)

"Priceless ... a time machine," said Robert Bakker, fossil hunter and
curator about Ray Stanford's print collection.


By Frank D. Roylance / Baltimore Sun


BALTIMORE -- Ray Stanford's hobby is taking over his house.

Hundreds, maybe thousands of rocks are heaped in knee-high windrows
around his living room. Rock piles snake across the floor, under and
over his furniture. Stacks of rocks have permanently usurped his
kitchen stove.

"We don't even eat here, there are so many darn rocks in the house,"
Stanford said. His insurance company urged him to reinforce his floor
beams. He did. But he won't get rid of the rocks.

These rocks are pocked with footprints, traces of a lost world that
flourished 105 million to 115 million years ago, during a time
geologists call the Cretaceous period.

In four years of what he agrees is obsessive rock-gathering in local
stream beds, the writer, researcher and admitted "total amateur"
paleontologist has amassed an astonishing collection of early
Cretaceous footprints of dinosaurs and flying reptiles.

"It is priceless ... a time machine," said Robert Bakker, fossil hunter
and curator of the Tate Museum in Casper, Wyo.

"If you want to understand Maryland dinosaurs, you want lots of
skeletons and you want lots of footprints. But we didn't have the
footprints at all. Now, thanks to Ray, we have lots."

Stanford, his wife, Sheila, and the rocks occupy what is otherwise an
unremarkable Washington-area house. The piles seem chaotic. In fact,
it's a filing system. The track-bearing rocks are segregated by
dinosaur type, and each pile is "labeled" by representative toy
dinosaurs.

But this collection is no joke. Stanford, 59, and self-taught, has
confounded the experts.

David Weishampel, a Johns Hopkins biologist and anatomist and author of
a recent book on East Coast dinosaurs, was skeptical, but he took a
look last fall.

"My jaw dropped," he said. "After picking it up, I started looking at
things with a more critical eye. I was astounded." Weishampel admits
his book now needs a rewrite.

Track expert Robert Weems of the U.S. Geological Survey said: "There is
nothing remotely comparable to it for the Cretaceous anywhere in
eastern North America."

It's not just that the wiry, "hyper" Texan has found prints where
scientists said they didn't exist. Stanford has found more than 150
prints of up to a dozen species -- several new -- in a region where
teeth and bones had hinted at barely four.

"We've got a couple of different kinds of herbivores we didn't know
about before. And we may have a baby ankylosaur," a squat, tanklike
armored beast. "All these are brand new and based on Ray's collection,"
Weems said.

Stanford never earned a scientific degree. He built rockets as a kid,
was intrigued by space propulsion, and for many years headed the
Phoenix-based Project Starlight International, which studied UFO
incidents.

One day he'd like to display his collection, perhaps at the Academy of
Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, if nothing more suitable can be
found.

"Ray's one of those guys who just has the eye to find tracks," Bakker
said. Stanford calls it a knack for spotting patterns in seemingly
chaotic forms. Sometimes he found eight or 10 tracks in an outing. But
"it is very slow now," he said.


Copyright 1998, The Detroit News



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