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Filer's Files #4-1999
MUFON Skywatch Investigations
George A. Filer: MUFON Eastern Director,
January 28, 1999
Majorstar@aol.com (609) 654-0020

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Now that the holidays are over sightings are picking up
particularly in Italy. December is a slow month for sightings
around the world. I wonder if the UFO pilots take a holiday or
do people just fail to notice them. This slow down might infer
that many UFOs are actually secret aircraft, since many of our
aircraft are deployed to the Iraq operation. I just returned
from speaking at Mohonk Mountain Resort a beautiful place for a
vacation, great food, and a wonderful staff. Several observed
Triangle shaped UFOs in the area as recently as November 6,
1998. Other speakers were Ed and Lorraine Warren experts on the
paranormal. They informed us that ghost, apparitions,
poltergeists, angels and similar supernatural activities are at
an all time high. Frequently unidentified lights, plasmas, and
possible UFOs are also sighted in the vicinity or this activity.
They have a great Website at: http://www.warrens.net.


LA GRANGE, HUDSON VALLEY -- Kenny Young reports he received the
following E-mail. On January 19, 1999, my fianc=E9e and I were
driving home on a road we frequently travel Noxon Rd in
LaGrange. We noticed two very bright lights through the trees.
As we drove closer it looked like it was hovering over the road
where it turns, as we came closer the two lights turned to
three. A fourth light came on it appeared to be going down into
the field as we got closer it moved over to the right of the
road about 150 ft away. I think about 170 feet up. This was no
airplane or helicopter as being in the US Army I know what they
look like. I pulled the car over onto a side road to the left
and got out to have a better look. The only sound I heard could
be best described as a low hum. Three more cars approached from
the Taconic State Parkway and slowed to look. Thanks to UFO
Research http://home.fuse.net/ufo/


Terry W. Kimbrell writes, I am a Field Investigator for ISUR and
noticed a "Blue Ridge Corridor" of UFO sightings. John Thompson
suggested I ask advice from you on this theory. I am going to
try compile the information on these sightings. It would make
sense that as well as military remote training runs that
something else is using these routes to make their runs to stay
hidden in these Eastern Mountain ranges. In the last two years
theirs been allot of reports have been coming out of the area of
the Western North Carolina Mountains. There was one last week.
If you could help me with my research with suggestions it would
be greatly appreciated. Thanks Terry Kimbrell

Editor's Note: There does seem to be a fairly large number of
sightings along the Eastern Mountain Range from Georgia to New
York. This may indicate bases are hidden in the mountains or
that low flying military aircraft are not identified. Something
more mundane such as Earth lights and plasmas are also known to
exist in these areas. Tom Sheets the Georgia MUFON State
director states, "I am not sure we have enough solid cases to
prove we have a UFO corridor." I suggest further research is
needed and my files are available to you.


PLAIN DEALING=97ISUR reports Jerry J. Reich had a sighting on
January 19.1999, around 11:30 PM. Jerry states: "I noticed 5
bright lights over the tree line and I thought it was
helicopters or weather balloons because they were stationary.
The lights began to move in wavy motion so I knew it could not
be helicopters. The lights some became brighter and some not as
bright began going in different directions. I did not thank they
were balloons. We are familiar with aircraft since they fly over
from an air force base that is only 30 miles away. Both my wife
and I saw the lights for several hours. She became scared and
went inside." (318)423-8029, 1298 Rocky Mt. Road Plain Dealing,
La 71064 spider-tr071.proxy.aol.com Thanks to John Thompson and
ISUR for the report.


CANON CITY-- At 5;40 P.M. on January 15, 1999, I saw a cluster
of red lights moving together in the northeast sky. They were
not a close cluster, but more spread out, maybe 6 or 7 large red
lights. I was traveling down the Royal Gorge Highway as a
passenger, when I noticed them. The driver did not see them but
another friend asked if I had seen any lights. She described the
same thing. She lives in a 13th floor apartment and said they
appeared to land and blink out. Thanks to EDWARD W BURKE


On Saturday, January 9, 1999, at 10:30 p.m., a teenaged boy
returning home in Cava dei Tirreni spotted "a black discoidal
object" hovering above some houses. The saucer, he reported, had
a diameter estimated at 10 meters (33 feet), emitted no sound,
and showed no lights or colors of any kind. It circled twice
over the town before flying away. On Monday, January 11, 1999,
at 7:20 p.m., a fireball appeared in the sky over the city of
Bologna, 300 kilometers (180 miles) north of Rome. "The UFO
crossed the sky for 15 seconds in a southeasterly direction." On
Monday, January 18, 1999, at 5:30 p.m., a UFO appeared over
Trescastagni, a town on the island of Sicily, described by
witnesses as "a luminous object that crossed the sky going from
the west to the south." "The group spotted the object near the
peaks of Tre Monti on the outskirts of Trecastagni and took note
of the luminous trail rising in the west. It crossed the sky,
lighting up the clouds like the last burst of sunshine and then
went in a southerly direction. Some witnesses spoke of one
object with three lights and a luminous molten glow. Others
spoke of a trio of luminous objects proceeding in formation. The
object reportedly zigzagged and its speed was too fast for it to
be a conventional jet." (See the Italian newspaper La Sicilia
1/19/99. Thanks to Gianfranco Degli Esposti e Alfredo Lissoni di
Centro Nazionale Ufologico) UFO Roundup Vol. 4. #4 1/25/98 Joe
Trainor Editor.


Larry Hatch writes that he has found some surprising statistics
regarding monthly distributions of UFO sightings. Out of some
16,870 events in my database where a definite month is known,
one would expect roughly 8.3% of that number (about 1400 events)
to fall into each month. The data for all years is lumped
together. Instead, I find 6936 events in the first six months of
the year [41.1%] and, the other 9934 listings [58.9%] in the
last six months. A histogram shows slow activity right through
June, then the count nearly doubles for July, slowly falling off
into November. December is quite slow, much like the months
January thru June. In fact, if I throw December into a "slow"
period of seven months, the anomaly is even greater: Dec thru
June : Seven months averaging 1142 per month -vs- July thru
Nov.: Five months averaging 1779 per month! This cannot be
chance, no way with nearly 17,000 data points. Some seasonal
effect is at work (or play) here. Major meteor showers tend to
cluster in the last half of the year. But, I try to filter out
fireball and night-light sightings unless they have some other
outstanding attributes. To test for this effect, I ran the same
histogram for various types of UFOs, namely Saucer/ovoids,
cigar/spindle types, deltoids, night-lights, fireballs and so
forth. All types except Deltoids (triangles, boomerangs, etc.)
gave the same general histogram in proportion! Interestingly,
the Deltoids had a less marked end-of-year effect, and the curve
was shaped differently. No, it's not meteors. I should add that
the Geminid and Lyrid meteor showers occur in December and
April, two of my slowest months. My busiest month, July, has no
major meteor storms at all. Perhaps there is some demographic or
other mundane explanation, but I am at a loss for what it might
be. Naturally, I would like to believe that this effect is
intrinsic to the UFO phenomenon itself, but someone should play
devil's advocate here first. Best wishes: Larry Hatch Editors
Note: The increase in sightings in the summer and fall months in
the Northern Hemisphere may be explained by the fact more people
are outdoors in warmer weather. Also, the UFO pilots may prefer
to fly in warmer weather. The Deltoids may be secret military
aircraft that fly on a fairly regular schedule.


British Aviation expert Bill Rose writes, I pretty well solved
the Troup County sighting for you. I believe the unknown
aircraft was a B-1B "Lancer" which is a large supersonic bomber
with a long delta winged shape. (with its wings folded) The
aircraft is powered by four turbofan engines and optimized for
low level flight and having photographed B-1Bs on several
occasions from fairly close quarters, I can promise you they are
very noisy beasts. It is also the case that the standard paint
finish for the B-1B is a dark gray color. Having now had time to
study a detailed map of the area and plot the course of this
flight, I believe I can say without any doubt that this was a
B-1B en route to Warner Robin AFB where the 116th Bomb Wing
operate these aircraft. This aircraft was definitely not the
Aurora, which is now thought to be a Mach 3+ reconnaissance
version of the still secret A-17/FB-119A that is designed for
very high altitude long range missions and would not perform
very well in low speed/altitude situations. The B-1B may have
been on a secret training mission when this sighting occurred.
These aircraft are now capable of seeking out Scuds and this
incident was just prior to the recent Gulf strikes. What does
surprise me a little is the fact that nobody seemed to know that
B-1B aircraft were operating from a major USAF base outside
Macon! --Okay, well maybe you didn't want to use a solution to
that puzzle! There simply isn't enough solid detail to draw any
conclusions. Thanks to Bill Rose bill.rose@virgin.net

Editors Note: The witnesses seemed to rule out any standard
commercial or military aircraft.


UFO researcher and writer Robert J. Durant last night offered to
contribute five-hundred dollars toward a polygraph examination
of a key figure in the controversy over recently surfaced
documents purporting to show early US government and military
knowledge of extraterrestrial craft. The offer, made during last
night's live broadcast of The Mike Jarmus Show, a short-wave
radio and Internet program specializing in UFOs, the paranormal
and unusual, was immediately accepted by scientist and physicist
Dr. Robert M. Wood. Dr. Wood, with his son and engineer, Ryan
Wood, are the two primary supporters of the authenticity of
documents brought forward by California UFO researcher Timothy
Cooper. The documents, as a whole, are referred to as "MJ-12" or
"Majestic-12" material, so-called for the supposed secret
government/military group controlling UFO investigation,
information and "saucer" crash retrievals since the late 1940s,
the existence of which the papers are purported to prove.
Cooper, also appearing on the radio show, answered in the
affirmative when asked by researcher Durant if he would be
willing to submit to a polygraph examination. A short time later
Durant made the monetary offer to help secure the test and the
Woods responded very positively. Cooper claims he received the
material through his post office box over a period of time in
the mid-90s from a man calling himself "Cantwheel." Cooper says
he later met the elderly and mysterious Mr. Cantwheel, but that
he has not been able to establish who, in reality, his source
was. Physicist Friedman, a proponent of the "original" MJ-12
documents which surfaced nearly twenty years ago and are still
controversial themselves, also appeared on the broadcast. Though
Durant expressed some concern prior to the show as to Cooper's
reliability, he made no specific charge on or off the air that
Cooper's story was untrue, but emphasized the importance of
checking sources in every way possible. Durant today sent a
check for five-hundred dollars with a letter of understanding to
Dr. Wood stating, in part, that the Woods "...will raise the
additional amount required to carry out a 'lie detector'
[polygraph] examination of Tim Cooper to determine if he has
been honest in his claims regarding the various documents he has
furnished to you." After the broadcast Durant pointed out that,
with material as potentially important as this, every precaution
should be taken to preclude fakery. The Mike Jarmus Show is
heard internationally Sunday nights from 10 to 12 PM on WWCR,
Nashville (5.070 short-wave) Website,


Continuing its legal battle under the Freedom of Information Act
against government secrecy, attorney Peter A. Gersten, Executive
Director of Citizens Against UFO Secrecy, Inc. (CAUS), a
nonprofit Arizona activist organization dedicated to ending all
secrecy surrounding this planet's contact with an
extraterrestrial intelligence, announced today the filing of a
new FOIA lawsuit. A 1998 CAUS lawsuit, still pending in the
Federal Court in Phoenix, is against the Department of Army for
documents involving the allegations of Col. Philip Corso in his
book The Day After Roswell. This new lawsuit is against the
Department of Defense for information about the alien craft seen
in our skies. Gersten, who will be accompanied by a dozen
eyewitnesses on the steps of the US District Court in Phoenix,
has stated "its time someone in authority is held accountable
and responsible for identifying these strange craft that are
continually sighted in our skies and sometimes over populated
areas. Its time we knew exactly what these objects are and more
importantly, their purpose." He describes these craft as "either
delta, boomerang, triangular or V-shaped; ranging in size from a
house to a football field; moving very slowly or apparently
floating; little or no sound; and with many lights including, on
occasion, a red trailing light." Some of these objects,
according to the CAUS director, were seen in the Hudson Valley
in 1984 through 1987; in Phoenix, Arizona on March 13, 1997; in
Salisbury, North Carolina from April-June 1998 and Sedona,
Arizona on July 15, 1998, as well as countless other places. One
eyewitness states that "I swear this craft just appeared over my
head. I can say for certain I saw lights at each one of the
three corners of the craft and at least one on each of the
sides. I did see what appeared to be either a large light or a
window directly in the center of the triangle. The eerie part
was the silence for a craft hovering so close. It disappeared
just as suddenly." "At a time when everyone is anxious about
terrorist attacks, its alarming that no government or military
agency appears concerned about these advanced craft that have
unrestricted access to our skies." Thanks to CAUS: Peter A.
Gersten, Ufolawyer@caus.orgUS and Stephen Bassett


FILER wrote to David Rudiak that I enjoyed reading his research
on Roswell. It is excellent work. I have always felt Marcel was
telling the truth. All my data indicates something crashed near
Roswell not necessarily alien. However, they definitely went to
great trouble to keep it secret. It was a very special aircraft
either ours or alien. Knowing how the military works, it seems
odd that they could release a story in Roswell and so quickly
react in Fort Worth and Washington. I wonder if it wasn't a
setup? They may have felt the word had gotten out, so first you
tell the truth then take it away.

DAVE RUDIAK responds to my message stating: I didn't think that
at first, but I now believe that's exactly what happened, though
it was a daring gambit. However, I suspect coordination may have
been a little ragged between Roswell, Washington and Fort Worth,
leading to some surprise when the announcement did go out from
Roswell. Col. Blanchard may have had Haut release the story too
early. That led to a scramble in Washington and Fort Worth.
Until General Ramey got his weather balloon/radar reflector, he
had to improvise. He began giving out descriptions by phone of
what was supposedly in his office, though Marcel hadn't arrived
yet. That led to his peculiar description of the object being 25
feet across. Dave Vetterick and I have been mulling this over
and noticed the similarity to the Johnny McBoyle/Lydia Sleppy
story, which went basically like this. McBoyle called Sleppy in
Albuquerque saying that he had seen the military hauling off a
"crushed dishpan" about 25 feet long and also that there had
been discussion of small bodies being found. Sleppy said that
when she tried to wire McBoyle's story to ABC News, the FBI cut
her off. Then before she could phone in the story, somebody else
had "scooped" them. That most likely was the AP bulletin of Lt.
Haut's press release that went out at 2:26 PM Roswell time. An
hour or so later Ramey was speaking to the Pentagon Army Air
Force press room and talking about an object 25 feet across.
_Possibly_ what happened is that Ramey was quickly notified that
some newsman (McBoyle) might have broken the story and given a
25 foot description of what was recovered. Ramey then hedged his
bets by giving out the same description, though there was
obviously nothing in the radar reflector photos that Bond
Johnson took that could possibly lead Ramey to believe that it
could be 25 feet across even if reconstructed. But in case
McBoyle's story did leak out, they wanted to have a cover story
for that as well. The 20-25 foot description continued to be put
out well into the evening from the Pentagon, making it into a
number of newspaper stories and also ABC radio news at 10:00 PM
that night. It seems that attempts were made to deceive the FBI
as well. The infamous FBI telegram indicates they were given a
20 foot description by Ramey's intelligence officer, but this
was applied to the balloon instead of the radar reflector.

FILER: I don't really know what to think about RPIT debris
findings. They are certainly trying hard and the message is a
major find. I have seen a few of the symbols they talk about but
wonder if it is just the way the material crinkles. Bond Johnson
gave me the impression you were also seeing symbols?

RUDIAK: Not really. I think I wrote that maybe one piece looks
like it might have something like symbols on it. And I've said
I'm trying to keep an open mind about it. Maybe some "real
debris" brought by Marcel got mixed in with the radar reflector,
but basically what I see is a tinfoil radar reflector and a
balloon at Gen. Ramey's feet. No cord or string makes me wonder
about the debris. I'm most struck about the absence of such a
description out on the Brazel debris field. A Mogul balloon
train was held together with hundreds of feet of twine and
fishing line, yet nothing like that was reported. Even Brazel in
his RDR interview denied finding any. So what happened to it? If
you read the Air Force Roswell Report, Lt. McAndrew noticed this
anomaly and queried Professor Moore about it in his interview.
Could the twine disintegrate in the sun, asked McAndrew? No said
Moore. McAndrew dropped the subject, and not another word was
mentioned in the entire Air Force report about it. It worked
against a Mogul explanation, so the absence of line was swept
under the carpet and not brought up in McAndrew's or Col.
Weaver's summaries.

FILER Several other plane loads of debris were sent to various
bases for analysis. By chance the most mundane including a RAWIN
target reflector might have ended up in Ramey's office.

RUDIAK: I have trouble imagining that Marcel would bring
predominantly tinfoil and rubber balloon junk to show to Gen.
Ramey. The point of his debris samples would have been to show
Ramey exotic debris.

FILER: By the way it was Newton in a sworn statement in the AF
Roswell document that Major Marcel kept trying to point out
alien writing on the debris in Ramey's office.

RUDIAK: This was never part of Newton's original story when
first interviewed back in 1979. He also said back then that he
had no idea why he was brought to Ramey's office other to
identify a weather balloon, and he didn't find out about the
flying saucer connection until sometime AFTER he left. Nor did
he mention being questioned by Marcel. But in his 1994 AF
affidavit, he claimed he "giggled" at the so-called flying
saucer the moment he walked into Ramey's office. Then in 1995 he
told OMNI Magazine that Marcel practically chased him all over
Ramey's office trying to get him to change his mind. Does this
sound plausible to you? It doesn't to me. Instead it sounds like
Newton has jumped on the debunking bandwagon. In contrast
Marcel's service file has Ramey a year later calling him
"outstanding" and command officer material, and also protesting
his transfer saying he had nobody to replace him. It's rather
difficult to believe Ramey would write these if Marcel behaved
like the embarrassed idiot in front of him as Newton claims.
Ramey through Dubose also recommended Marcel's Reserve promotion
to Lt. Col. just four months after the Roswell events. Dubose
indorsed Blanchard's superior evaluation of Marcel ten months
afterwards. Again, none of these officers indicated in any way
that Marcel had screwed up, but were instead praising him.
Marcel then was posted to two top secret positions, the first
one as Chief of a SAC foreign air intelligence division. (There
is also correspondence between the SAC and the Pentagon where
they are competing for his services.) I honestly do not
understand how Marcel could get such a position, if he screwed
up a rather simple balloon identification. Thanks to Dave

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