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Re: Filer's Files #48 - 2001 - Balaskas

From: Nick Balaskas <nikolaos@YorkU.CA>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 07:49:56 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
Fwd Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 23:20:55 -0500
Subject: Re: Filer's Files #48 - 2001 - Balaskas


 >From: James Oberg <joberg@houston.rr.com>
 >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >Subject: Re: Filer's Files #48 - 2001
 >Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 09:13:51 -0600

 >>Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 11:35:21 -0500
 >>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >>From: George A. Filer <WeeklyFiles@filersfiles.com>
 >>Subject: Filer's Files #48 - 2001

<snip>

 >JimO reports this item which might have gotten lost in the
 >recent s---storm (that's s--- for sNOW) and modestly brings it
 >to Filer's attention so he can respond with equal
 >graciousness...

 >And again, the likelihood is certainly there that it has already
 >been corrected and that i in my inadequate scholarship just
 >haven't been able to find it.

 >-----

 >Source: Rense.com

 >http://www.rense.com/ufo3/vivid.htm

 >From: George A. Filer <Majorstar@aol.com>
 >Mutual UFO Network Eastern Director
 >MUFON Skywatch Investigations
 >Filer's Files #16
 >4-24-99

 >Another great example is the X-15 'sighting' by Bob White which
 >fraudulently omits explanatory details from the cited source
 >(Time magazine),

 >The cited article is TIME magazine, July 27, 1962, pp. 12-13,
 >entitled 'SPACE: Inside the Sky'. It is a portrait of Major
 >Robert White.

 >The final paragraph reads: 'New Mystery: After the sky-stabbing
 >record flight last week, four X-15 pilots -- White, Walker,
 >North American's Scott Crossfield, and Navy Commander Forrest
 >Petersen -- journeyed to Washington, where President Kennedy
 >gave them the Robert J. Collier Trophy, presented annually since
 >1911 for outstanding achievements in flight.

 >But for White and his fellow X-15 pilots, the greatest reward
 >for their work is the satisfaction of probing the mysteries
 >inside the sky. In last week's flight Bob White found a new
 >mystery for scientists to puzzle over: through the X-15's thick
 >left quartz window, he saw a strange sight: 'There ARE things
 >out there,' he radioed enthusiastically over his voice radio.
 >'There absolutely is.'

 >As White later described one 'thing': 'It looked like a piece of
 >paper the size of my hand tumbling slowly outside the plane. It
 >was greyish in color, and about 30 to 40 feet away. I haven't
 >any idea what it could be.'

 >Oberg continues: engineers postulated he was seeing ice flaking
 >off the engine nozzle, super-cooled by the liquid oxygen
 >propellant and broken loose by the firings of the X-15's
 >attitude control thrusters once it was in space. This
 >explanation came to satisfy everybody in the X-15 program,
 >especially in hindsight when nearby tumbling ice flakes became a
 >common sight on orbital missions.

 >In ANY case, the use of the TIME article with omission of the
 >explanatory comments such as the small size of the sighted
 >object and its appearance -- tumbling, looking like a piece of
 >paper -- is a simple case of fraud. Somebody expected to have no
 >problem promulgating this deliberately distorted story among the
 >UFO buffs at whom it was aimed. And as far as I can tell, it's
 >worked.

 >George Filer report (never retracted), April 1999

Hi Jim.

I took a few minutes off work to visit the York University
library which has back issues of TIME magazine to locate this
article and check out this last paragraph for myself. I found
the article which you (and George Filer) mentioned in your
e-mail above. It was found in the 'SPACE' section of the
magazine and has the title 'Inside the Sky'. The article itself
(which I photocopied and can provide copies to anyone who is
interested) starts with one column on page 14 and ends with two
columns and two pictures on page 15 (not pages 12 and 13). The
first picture, which shows the X-15 in the background, is
captioned 'MAJOR WHITE WITH SON AFTER THE FLIGHT "There ARE
things out there"' (The word ARE is underlined). The second
picture is captioned 'WHITE WITH WIFE' (They are kissing in this
picture).

The last paragraph of the TIME magazine article is reproduced
below (New Mystery is in bold letters) and agrees with the
version that George Filer wrote in his newsletter:


      New Mystery. After the sky-stabbing record
      flight last week, four X-15 pilots - White,
      Walker, North American's Scott Crossfield and
      Navy Commander Forrest Peterson - journeyed
      to Washington, where President Kennedy gave
      them the Robert J. Collier Trophy, presented
      annually since 1911 for outstanding
      achievement in flight. But for White and his
      fellow X-15 pilots, the greatest reward for
      their work is the satisfaction of probing the
      mysteries inside the sky. In last week's
      flight Bob White found a new mystery for
      scientists to puzzle over: through the X-15's
      thick left quartz window, he saw a strange
      sight. "There ARE things out there," he said
      dramatically over his voice radio. "There
      absolutely is." As White later described one
      "thing": "It looked like a piece of paper the
      size of my hand tumbling slowly outside the
      plane. It was greyish in color, and about 30
      to 40 feet away. I haven't any idea what it
      could be."


The "greatest reward" for the X-15 pilots was "probing the
mysteries inside the sky". What mysteries are there at the edge
of space? White, an experienced pilot and I presume keen
observer, is quoted as saying "there ARE things out there" and
"there absolutely is", do you really think he confused ice
flaking off his plane for UFOs?

Years ago I got a phone call from the owner of an optical
manufacturing business just north of Toronto near York
University. He called to tell me that a certain General, head of
the U.S. military space program, visited him and wanted to know
if he could construct optical tracking equipment for rapidly
moving things in the upper atmosphere. My friend wanted to know
what things and asked the General in jest if he was really
interested in observing UFOs, to his surprise, the General
answered in the affirmative... Maybe White was right - there ARE
things out there.

Exactly what part in George Filer's original story do you feel
is incorrect and should be retracted?

Nick Balaskas






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