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Villa Santina 1947 Case (was: Re: First 'Grey'

From: Edoardo Russo <edoardo.russo@torino.ALPcom.it>
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 15:41:03 +0200
Fwd Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 13:54:20 -0400
Subject: Villa Santina 1947 Case (was: Re: First 'Grey'

At 23.44 29/04/99 -0400, UFO UpDates - Toronto wrote:
>From: Jenny Randles <nufon@currantbun.com>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: Re: First 'Grey' Report?
>Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 11:39:28 +0100

>Do you also know when the Villa Santina, Italy case was actually
>first documented. I realised - and mentioned in my posted note -
>that this was reported after its alleged occurrence in August
>l947 but when? Here the entities were about as like the greys as
>any early case I know.

Hello Jenny!

Glad to find somebody sharing my views.

Some UFO students interested in the human factors have been
discussing about the relevance of not only the "event date", but
also of the "account emergence date" of cases. A 1954 humanoid
first described by its witness during the 1978 media UFOria is
bound to have some correlation with the later, sometimes more
than with the former one. Ditto for a 1987 abductee reporting
his 1943 first abduction at the age of 7: would you properly
call that a pre-Arnold case?

As for your specific question: the so-called "Villa Santina
case" (note, the precise place was rather within the Raveo
territory, province of Udine) took place on August 14, 1947 and
its account was first (and only) published in issue No. 2 (May
1964) of the Italian pioneer UFO journal "Clypeus", in an
article ("I saw a Flying Saucer") by the witness himself, Luigi
Rapuzzi, under his usual pen-name of "L. R. Johannis".

As such, he was a rather known painter and a SF-writer, at that
time, as well as a flying saucer buff, living in Milan. He had
been a close friend of Gianni Settimo (Clypeus editor, and
leader of early UFO group Centro Studi Clipeologici) for some
years before 1964, the same year when he was asked to leave his
sign upon the famed Alassio "Muretto" wall of artists.

He had always been telling his 1947 encounter experience to his
friends, who knew it since at least the late '50s (Settimo
dixit). But only in 1963 did he accept to write it down and have
it published. At that same time he also painted his famous oil
portrait of the little humanoids, published in Clypeus issue No.
3 and later largely reprinted abroad, after FSR did report the
case (first in an incorrect version in its special issue "The
Humanoids" [1966], based upon a wrong Spanish/English
translation from Antonio Ribera's book, then reporting the
complete original text in Vol. 13 No. 1 [Jan/Feb 1967] and again
in the revised book version of "The Humanoids" [1969]). BTW, the
original of the drawings was found last year by Mr Settimo among
his huge collection of just everything, and he handed them to

Luigi Rapuzzi was a very original character, as an artist, and
we had something about his life and works published in "Clypeus"
issue No. 59 (Nov/Dec 1979) by both Gianni Settimo ("Ricordo
dell'amico Johannis") and his girl-friend Maria Montuoro (an
account of "Paranormal experien- ces in Johannis' life"). Born
in 1905, he was a futurist painter, as I said.

He went to the USA just after his sightings in 1947, and from
there he  allegedly wrote down his experience plus some drawings
and sent it to an Italian weekly, which did publish nothing.
When he later came  back to Italy (1952), he went to the
editorial office and searched for his letter and drawings, but
in vain.

While in the USA he made decoration and reconstruction work in
Manhattan, and is claimed to have made the paintings for the
Catholic San Francis church in Glen Cove (would any New Yorker
try and check that?).

BTW, he was one of the very first people to conceive the
"ancient astronauts" thesis (which featured prominently in his
SF books and novels, published between 1954 and 1958). He even
claimed he had written a novel along such lines when in the USA,
in the early '50s, and that Desmond Leslie had simply copied
whole parts of it in his "Flying Saucers Have Landed". We had no
way to check this claim, of course.

Johannis did translate Leslie/Adamski's book in 1955, but could
not get an Italian publisher: I've got the manuscript, from Mr
Settimo, and therein Rapuzzi did write an appendix that could be
the first written - though  unpublished - version of his own
close encounter (but we have no way to confirm its date, apart
from Settimo's testimony).

He was the Milan representative of CSC UFO group until 1968,
when he died.

However, I do not agree that his entities looked like the
post-Strieber era greys, unless you call "greys" just any small
humanoid, whatever its aspect.

Johannis' humanoids  were much more akin to the typical little
humanoid of the 1954 French/Italian  wave. They were wearing a
brown helmet, had a red belt, a black suit. Their big, round
eyes were yellow- green in color and had a vertical slide (like
cats). Moreover, their skin was GREEN, not grey.

Best regards

Edoardo Russo                             Centro Italiano Studi Ufologici
CISU, Casella postale 82, 10100 Torino - tel 011-3290279 - fax 011-545033
http://www.arpnet.it/ufo          e-mail: edoardo.russo@torino.alpcom.it

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