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Re: Fox TV Special

From: Jim Deardorff <deardorj@proaxis.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 1999 10:14:09 -0800 (PST)
Fwd Date: Thu, 07 Jan 1999 22:36:45 -0500
Subject: Re: Fox TV Special

>Date: Thu, 7 Jan 1999 08:15:52 -0500 (EST)
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>From: Bob Shell <bob@bobshell.com>
>Subject: Re: Fox TV Special

Bob wrote:

>I have to admit a great deal of puzzlement over Meier. On the
>face of it, he seems an obvious hoaxer. And some of his photos
>do, indeed, seem to be rather crude fakes.

>However, there are other photos from him which are much more
>difficult to explain, and I am currently looking as some of them
>which Wendelle Stevens has kindly loaned me. Those showing
>multiple UFOs passing behind tree branches are the ones most
>difficult to consider as hoaxes.

>It is a shame that all of the available material is so far
>removed from first generation, since this makes definitive
>analysis practically impossible.

The interested person should try to get hold of a few of Meier's
photos from his Fuchsbuel-Hofhalden series showing the craft on
all sides of a particular evergreen tree. There it is not as
crucial, considering the photos date to 1975, that they be first
generation, since in some the craft behind the tree shows
through gaps and holes within the tree's branches.

I once took several photos from this series, including the one
that best shows the tree's trunk, to a couple of professors in
Forestry at Oregon State University, and asked if they could
identify what kind of a tree it was. They had no trouble
pronouncing it a mature abies alba (European silver fir), and
definitely no model tree. If it had been a model tree, its lower
half would have been obscured by the tall meadow grass existent
there in July, and it could not have been identified as a
particular species having a top already showing signs of
"storknesting" or arrested growth due to environmental stress.

Yet, the hypothesis of a model UFO attached to a model tree has
been the only way out for persons like Korff, who has pushed
this hypothesis but has never reported having sought
professional opinion about the tree.

In making the model-tree claim, Korff has noted a certain
similarity between that tree and the one in a different location
about which the craft was filmed by Meier to circle or swing,
almost as if it were a model on a string acting like a pendulum.
So Korff has claimed both trees were the same model. However,
the similarity in the trees' outlines is only superficial upon
close inspection.

If you take a couple of the photo copies from the
Fuchsbuel-Hofhalden series to an appropriate professor in
forestry for an opinion on the tree, it is of course important
that you not end up with one who thinks genuine UFOs cannot
exist. All bets would then be off as to the trustworthiness of
his opinion in this instance. The leading professor in forestry
I happened to take them to said he had an open mind regarding
UFOs. He had been raised in West Germany and had been accustomed
to seeing the European silver firs in that general vicinity.
This tree has been loosely called a "weather pine" in some of
Wendelle Stevens' books. Wendelle still retains, I believe, over
two dozen Meier UFO photos of second generation.

Those interested in learning more about the Meier case from
first-hand investigators and first-hand witnesses could consider
attending the Tuesday afternoon session of the 8th Annual
International UFO Congress in Laughlin, NV, on Feb. 23rd.
Speakers then will be Wendelle Stevens, Michael Hesemann, one of
Meier's two sons, and the woman who, when she was a child at her
grandfather's ashram near Mehrauli, India, in 1964, had
witnessed Meier with Asket.

Jim Deardorff
Corvallis, Oregon
E-mail: deardorj@proaxis.com
Home page: http://www.proaxis.com/~deardorj/index.htm

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