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Filer's Files #3-1999

From: George A. Filer <Majorstar@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 16:54:31 EST
Fwd Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 00:04:26 -0500
Subject: Filer's Files #3-1999


Filer's Files #3-1999, MUFON Skywatch Investigations
George A. Filer, MUFON Eastern Director,
January 21, 1999,  Majorstar@aol.com (609) 654-0020

TWO HEROES OF UFOLOGY PASS AWAY

Today has become a day to mourn, as we all lost two friends of
the UFO community. Betty Cash and Doc Barry and were important
personalities in this field and will be deeply missed. My heart
felt sympathy go out to their families. They both deserve to
belong to the UFO Hall of Fame. Perhaps when the history of the
world is written and the true importance of UFOs is recognized,
they will receive their just rewards. Doc gave much of his time
in an attempt to uncover the secrets of the UFOs. Betty suffered
from ionizing radiation poisoning after coming too close to a
UFO on December 29.1980. She was always willing to help others
suffering from UFO close encounters. John Schuessler did a
thorough and excellent investigation of the
case. May Doc and Betty rest in peace.

NEW YORK SIGHTINGS

POUGHQUAG--Larry Clark reports on December 25, 1998, a couple
saw an object while driving home on Rt. 684. The UFO had a red
light on one side and a green light on the other side. It seemed
to be in the shape of a jet, but it was hovering what I
estimated to be a few hundred feet up. We are familiar with the
patterns of aircraft in this area and never saw anything similar
to it before. There was no sound.

HUDSON FALLS--On January 7, 1999, A woman reports: My partner
and I were in our car driving to Glens Falls in Upstate New
York, when something in the sky caught our attention. I first
thought they were airplane lights, but the strange thing was,
there were two sets of them, traveling side by side. They seemed
to hover for a bit, and then one of them began to change
direction. I followed this one until it settled to another spot
in the sky. Here, it stayed, appearing to be a very bright star.
The brightness was very intense, yet it seemed almost "white."
If I hadn't seen it moving and change direction, I would have
thought it was just a star. It stayed there for 20 minutes, and
disappeared. I then looked for the other set of lights. Now, I
could now see a whole line of lights. It was moving, but not
like an airplane would move, it seemed as though it was
"gliding." Then, it just wasn't there anymore.

SARATOGA COUNTY--A reporter from the Troy Record contacted me
for an interview. He mentioned having gathered reports from the
Corinth area in Saratoga County the previous summer. I mentioned
the numerous reports from the Saratoga Springs area as well as
the new video. From that interview came a local TV news segment
on UFO activity in the Saratoga area that showed some of the
footage taken of objects over Saratoga Lake. Subsequent to the
news coverage, I have been contacted by ten people who have
reported personal sightings in the Saratoga area. Thanks to
Larry Clark www.nymufon.org

NEW JERSEY

This sighting occurred on January 21, 1997, in northwestern
corner of New Jersey. It was 8:15 AM and my eye caught a jet
flying in my direction. I would by lying if I gave an estimate
of its altitude. It was flying high enough to leave a jet trail
and low enough to be easily viewed. Just then a second jet
flying at a slightly higher altitude but parallel and only
slightly behind the first plane came into view. I know little
about flight, but it didn't seem normal. At this point I glanced
back at the first jet that was now closer to me. Directly in
front of it and so close that at first they seemed to be
tethered like an airplane and glider was a V-shaped object. It
dwarfed the jet. I have never seen anything that big flying at
such an altitude. It was at least ten times the size of the jet.
I have read about the flying triangles and V- shaped objects and
it was a V. It reflected the sunlight just like the jets did.
There didn't seem to be any turbulence to upset the flight of
the first jet. The second jet seemed to almost be pacing or
guarding this odd couple. As they approached, I ran for my
camera and binoculars. By the time I found them, the craft
passed over my house. I stuck my head out of the small window. I
saw the "V" over the back of my house, but no jet. It took me a
few seconds to realize that it had sped up and was waiting for
the jet. As the first jet came into view, it took up its close
relationship again. At this point, the jet began to bank to the
right and the second jet, still on its parallel path joined it.
The "V" apparently kept going. The jets then made a U-turn and
departed. Thanks CAUS and Charles Stuart for this report

ALABAMA METEOR

TARRANT CITY--My husband called me on January 17, 1999, shortly
after he drove into Birmingham traveling south on Highway 79. He
sighted what he believes to be a meteor. He said, "It was the
largest he had ever seen and it was in broad daylight between
4:30 PM and 5:00 PM CST. It was as large as his fist on his
extended arm. The body of this fireball itself was a brilliant
white color and it had a red and green tail. It was traveling
from north to south and was about 45 degrees above the horizon
falling slightly." Thanks to Charlie Plyler Elfrad Group.
Footnote: The photos of meteors taken in both Georgia and Alaska
appear very similar while earthquakes were reported in Tecumseh
& New Madrid, AL at 18:38 the same day. Kent Steadman
http://members.aol.com/phikent/orbit/orbit.html

TEXAS

FORT WORTH--Steve Hudgeons reports that a photographer from the
Fort Worth Star Telegram photographed an UFO on November 30,
1998, around 4:45 PM. The object grew from a small spot, slowly,
into an extremely bright light one- forth the size of the sun.
The object fell at a fast rate of speed, hovered, then slowly
moved off to the West. Seven photographs were taken at various
distances. These photo's may be featured in the next MUFON
Journal. Get your sneak peek in the "SIGHTING" section at: DFW
Chapter website: MUFON_DFW
http://home.swbell.net/comcody/mufon.html comcody@swbell.net.
Thanks to Steve Hudgeons, Jr. MUFON Field Investigator and
Webmaster.

CALIFORNIA

PALMDALE--January 17, 1999, Tonight we had a bit of activity in
the Antelope Valley. A woman called a friend of ours from
Lancaster just north of Palmdale. Starting at 7:00 PM she saw a
very bright white light from her home near Avenue M and Sierra
Highway. This light was coming from an object that started
hovering near a cleaning business. It was saucer-shaped with a
dome on top. It also had red and blue lights associated with it.
A blue and gold vapor hung around the object as it hovered
silently. I stationed myself near the end of the runway near Air
Force Plant 42 and Lockheed. I scanned lights to the north but
could not detect anything unusual. When I got back home I was
put in touch with the woman who reported it. She said her
neighbor saw the object initially. It hovered very low near the
building about 800 feet from her. It apparently came back after
disappearing from view for a while but disappeared again. We
told her to call us if she sees it again. Thanks to: Bill
Hamilton Executive Director Skywatch International, Inc. "

NORTHERN IRELAND

BALLYWALTER COUNTY DOWN--On Sunday, January 17, 1999, a disc
shaped object was video-taped for about 30 seconds over the
Irish Sea at about 8:15 AM GMT. The UFO was heading in a
Northeast direction at 1500 to 2000 feet. The weather was good
with very little high clouds. The UFO was observed by three
people and was reported to the newspaper who ran the front page
story on the 18th and followed up on the next day with a report
on page 9. The Irish Centre for UFO Studies have started a full
investigation into the sighting and will try to find out what
they saw. Anyone wanting to get further information can contact
me here at ic.ufos@virgin.net. Thanks to Alan and
skypost@unix.ltlb.com.

ITALY UFO MOTHERSHIP

TRENTINO ALPS--On December 26, 1998, at 12:15 a.m., a very large
UFO, described as "a mothership" and "a flying cigar," was seen
passing over Merlengo. This is a small town near Bolzano 330
miles north of Rome. "The object appeared stationary and at an
altitude of 2,500 meters," reported Fabrizio Monaco of Comitato
Internazionale per lo Studio delle Intelligenze Extraterrestri
(CISETI). "It was traveling at about 600 kilometers per hour but
appeared to vanish. The phenomenon lasted about one and a half
minutes. When the large cigar-shaped UFO departed, "the object
was illuminated by a luminous flash," Thanks to Fabrizio Monaco.
PADOVA--On December 21, 1998, at 11:30 p.m., a glowing disc was
seen at Stra near Padova, located about 375 kilometers north of
Rome. Giuseppe Isanelli was in his home when he saw a bright
flash outdoors. "I saw above a field an object of circular form
about six meters (20 feet) in diameter." "The field was
illuminated as bright as daylight by an object hovering in the
sky 300 meters away. It was of a circular form and had its own
lights," Isanelli said. "The object moved slowly at first and
quickly gained velocity, heading for Padova." Centro Ufologico
Nazionale (CUN) is investigating. (See the Italian newspaper Il
Gazzetino di Padova 12/21/98) Thanks to Joe Trainor editor of
UFO Roundup Vol. 4 #3, 1/15/99 and Francesco Rosati e Alfredo
Lissoni.

FINLAND

Joseph Trainor reports: Ufologists in Finland are looking into a
reported air battle between a Finnish jet fighter and a squadron
of five UFOs. According to Lars Osterman, the dogfight took
place on March 31, 1997, in northern Finland. Local researchers
learned of it when the pilot, whose name has been kept under
wraps, phoned a radio talk show and reportedly said he was
"having trouble dealing with" the experience. The fighter was an
F-18A Hornet of the Suomen Ilmaviomat (Finnish Air Force), which
was posted to the Lapin Lennosto (Far North Air Department) air
base at Rovaniemi, 400 kilometers (240 miles) north of Helsinki.
The F-18 took off on "a routine 960-kilometer patrol of the
border" with Russia. As the jet flew over the frozen tundra
southeast of Lake Inarijarvi, the pilot spotted three discoid
UFOs flying in a northeasterly direction. Going in for a closer
look, the pilot saw that "there seemed to be five saucers,
instead of just three." He then radioed Rovaniemi and advised
them of the situation. Lapin Lennosto Flight Control ordered him
to intercept the objects. The five UFOs, described by the pilot
as "glowing orange objects," veered sharply to the Northwest.
The F-18 pursued them to Ivalo, a city 200 kilometers (120
miles) north of Rovaniemi. >From there, the F-18 chased the
saucers west to Inari, 40 kilometers (24 miles) to the
Northwest. Then the saucers darted eastward, high above Lake
Inarijarvi. The pilot told Flight Control that the UFOs were
breaking formation and requested permission to fire at them.
Flight Control responded, "Permission granted. Fire at will."
The pilot got behind one glowing saucer and lined it up with the
reticule on his windshield "heads up" display. But instead of
picking up the "target acquisition tone" in his earphones, he
heard the raucous honk of an alarm. All at once, the targeting
computer went off- line. The "heads up" display disappeared. The
F-18's firing system for the 20 mm cannon was also down.
Instantly the pilot hit the "arming" switch for his air-to-air
missiles. The red Malfunction light began blinking on the
dashboard. The saucers regrouped and flew away to the East "at
Mach 4 or 5. They had an orange glow around them." None of the
F-18's flight control systems were affected, and the pilot
returned safely to Rovaniemi. "They tested the computers for
days but could find nothing wrong with them," The saucers were
last seen heading for Talvikula, Russia. Thanks to UFO
RoundupVol.4, #1, 1/5/99.

NEW MEXICO IMAGES

TIM EDWARDS wrote: Santiago has informed me that the engineer
that took the stills on Aug. 27, 1995, has calculated the craft
by the mountains to be 10 to 12 kilometers away from the camera.
The craft was a kilometer across which makes our eyewitness
estimate in Salida] of a mile across pretty darn close.
Overwhelming stills and video of these massive crafts continue
to escalate. Almost nobody will attempt to archive, bring
together, or even report the correlation and the evidence of the
cigar crafts to present as a package of evidence. Most big name
researchers are too busy on conspiracy theories and ancient
history and ignore the reality and evidence that are in the
skies right now. The footages, stills, and eyewitness
testimonies beg for scientific analysis and scrutiny. I have
tried for 3 years to bring this together. Is there any help out
there? Thanks to Tim Edwards

MACHINE MADE OUT OF DNA

Denver Rocky Mountain News, January 14, 1999, by Rick Callahan.
Scientists have made a moving part out of a few strands of DNA
-- a step toward building incredible tiny "machines" that could
someday perform intricate jobs such as building computer
circuits and clearing clogged blood vessels in the brain.

The hinge-like part, which bends on cue, is just
four-ten-thousandths of the width of a human hair. The new work
isn't the first time scientists have turned chemical compounds
into moving parts. But previous examples have been hampered by
their floppy nature. The DNA device, however, is particularly
rigid and executes motions 10 times bigger, lead researcher
Nadrian C. Seeman at New York University. The findings were
reported in today's issue of the journal NATURE. The team hopes
to eventually build other moving parts using DNA, including
"arms" and "fingers" that someday could be mounted on a micro-
robot.

The work is the latest twist in the fledgling field of
nanotechnology, or technology at an atomic scale. "This is a
very beautiful demonstration of construction at that scale of a
device that's actually functioning," said Daniel T. Colbert of
Rice University's Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology.
"We're kind of in the children's playtime toddler era of doing
this. We've been thrown some blocks and Legos and Tinker Toys,"
he said. "We're just kind of picking them up and trying to
assemble things out of them that can perform something useful."
Thanks to: John F. Schuessler

MJ --12 DOCUMENTS CONTROVERSY

Kevin Randle writes that Dr. Richard Haines wrote about the new
MJ-12 documents: > Of course the burden of proof lies with the
debunkers, since the documents are >claimed to be authentic and
not vice versa. No. No. No. That is not the way it works. Since
there is no provenance for the documents, other than the
mysterious Cantwheel and since I can't FOIA various government
agencies to get copies of these documents, and since there is no
direct link from the government to MJ-12, these are, in fact,
questioned documents. The burden on proof is not on us to prove
them fake, but upon those who believe them to be authentic to
prove them authentic. How can a respected scientist like Dr.
Haines twist this around? There is good evidence that the
documents contain anachronisms and each of those suggest the
documents are fraudulent. For example, in a document dated in
1951 or 1952, General Hoyt S. Vandenberg is referred to as the
Vice Chief of Staff, though by the time the document was
allegedly created, he was the Chief of Staff. This sort of
mistake would not be made at this level. This is not the only
such mistake. This twisting of scientific principles is one of
the major problems with all of Ufology. We get it backwards and
then wonder why science rejects what we say. Without a
provenance, there is nothing but a group of papers that are
somewhat interesting. Thanks to Kevin Randle. Editors Note: I
feel that we can disagree and learn from each other.

PROTECT EARTH FROM SPACE ALIENS

WASHINGTON USA Today January 18, 1999, reports the government is
making plans for the first time in three decades to protect
Earth from potentially dangerous extraterrestrial life forms.
Contaminants, virulent microbes, infectious organisms -- all are
possible as NASA retrieves samples from places like Mars during
unprecedented space exploration in the new millennium. "If there
is a living organism in a sample you bring back, you don't just
want to let it out," said Margaret Race, a biologist at the
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute in Mountain
View, Calif. Quietly and without announcing it, scientists will
begin meeting next month to recommend ways to contain any space
bugs. The Agriculture and Interior departments and the
Environmental Protection Agency will look at protecting crops,
livestock, air and water. The National Institutes of Health and
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are involved
because of possible human risks from disease. The National
Science Foundation has experience with organisms that live in
extreme environments like Antarctica. Not since the first of the
manned Apollo moon missions in July 1969 has the government had
such a worry. But over the next decade, unmanned craft will be
launched to carry back soil, dust and particles from Mars,
comets, asteroids and the sun. Scientists agree that risks are
slim, but they're taking no chances. "That's the most cautious
way to proceed," NASA's John Rummel said. Thanks to Stig
Agermose.

CEO OF USWEB RESIGNS TO STUDY UFO's

Joe Firmage a multi-millionaire was interviewed by CNN's Don
Knapp on January 13, 1999, at 12:38 a.m. ET. Silicon Valley CEO
Joe Firmage Pursues UFO Science after Encounter. DONNA KELLEY,
CNN ANCHOR: Well, those of you who believe in UFO's have a
wealthy new ally. LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Yes you do. His name
is Joe Firmae. He was the CEO of a Silicon Valley company until
he had what he calls a very unusual experience. Here's CNN's Don
Knapp. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) DON KNAPP, CNN CORRESPONDENT
(voice-over): Don't call him the UFO- CEO. Joe Firmage has had
just about enough of that since going public last week with his
views on UFO's, aliens and space travel. JOE FIRMAGE, USWEB
FOUNDER: It is definitely painful to go through what I have in
the past few days. KNAPP: The multi-millionaire founder of USWEB
resigned as CEO, he says, to spare his company any bad press
while he pursues his interest in what he calls new scientific
theories, like how UFO's fly. FIRMAGE: The only objection that
science has put forward to the UFO phenomenon is that we can't
control gravity. Well, these new papers are suggesting that very
soon we may be well be able to control gravity. KNAPP: These
papers are detailed on his 600-page Web book at
thewordistruth.org. Tuesday he tripled the Web site's capacity,
but it still couldn't keep up with all the interest in such
things as his encounter. FIRMAGE: I never referred to the words
visitation or alien in that experience that I did in fact have
about 15 months ago. It was a very unusual experience, but I
would compare it more to a near-death experience. KNAPP: Firmage
suggests that Silicon Valley and the high-tech industry
benefited from a UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947,
suggesting that perhaps what was recovered from the crash was
analyzed in government laboratories. It's this last part that
tends to annoy some in Silicon Valley. MICHAEL MALIAN, SILICON
VALLEY HISTORIAN: These were very hard-working people of the
last 50 years, and they, you know, plunged on and they managed
to create these great products. And now somebody comes along and
says, no, it was just aliens whispering in your ear, giving you
the ideas. KNAPP: To prove it may require rewriting the books of
science. Firmage says he has the money and the time to try to do
just that. Thanks to The ZDNet News, stig.agermose [Don Knapp
www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/9901/13/tod.06.html

SUMMARY of UFO REPORTS IN 1998

During 1998, the number of UFO sighting reports in the Filer
Files by state follows: Georgia=43, New Jersey =37, Florida =24,
New York=21, Colorado =17, California =14, Pennsylvania=14,
Michigan=13, Arizona =11, Ohio=11, Texas =10, New Mexico =7,
North Carolina=7, Virginia=6, Oklahoma=5, Arkansas=5,
Illinois=5, Indiana=5, Alabama 4=, Connecticut =4, New Hampshire
=4, Oregon=4, Vermont =3, Missouri=2, South Carolina =2, Puerto
Rico =2, West Virginia =2, Tennessee =2, Utah =2, Delaware =1,
Mississippi=1, Washington, =1 and Wyoming=1. The total is 290
reports. During 1998, the number of UFO sightings reported by
country to me follows: United Kingdom =26, Australia=15, Canada
=12, Chile =6, China =4, Brazil =4, Norway=3, Belgium =2,
Austria =2, Germany =2, Spain, =2, Scotland =2, Bermuda =1,
Finland =1, New Zealand =1, Somoa =1, Sri Lanka =1. Total 83.
Not all reports are covered due to lack of time and space. These
also represent the better reports.

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