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Re: Humanoids Without Saucers - Colvin

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1@mindspring.com>
Date: Tue, 04 Nov 2003 00:06:42 -0700
Fwd Date: Tue, 04 Nov 2003 07:33:48 -0500
Subject: Re: Humanoids Without Saucers - Colvin


FWD: [fantasticreality] Humanoids Without Saucers: Revisionist
thoughts on "Close Encounters III"

[Where is the evidence, the bodies of these supernatural
creatures? What portion is inside the head and what portion is
outside the head. Where does false memory syndrome and the
manipulative dissociative identify disorder, formerly called
multiple personality disorder, fit in with all this? - twc]


Dear Listmates and fellow Forteans,

In the 1950's and 1960's, even long before abduction reports
became so common, many people  reported seeing strange
humanoids. Often, they reported seeing the entities in
connection with landed or hovering UFO's. In other cases,
however, no unusual craft or vehicle was in fact mentioned by
the witness(es). Several such saucerless creature sightings have
become classic "UFO occupant" cases, repeated in countless UFO
books as well-known "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." This
seems to be the case, for instance, with the often-cited
humanoid sightings at Branch Hill (Ohio) and Stockton (Georgia)
in 1955, and near Globe (Arizona) in 1960, as well as with the
somewhat less celebrated Renton (Washington) humanoid encounter
of 1965. 

At 4 AM early one morning in March, 1955, Robert Hunnicutt of
Loveland, Ohio (a town near Cincinnati noted later for the
"Loveland Frog" of the 1970's), was driving over a bridge near
Branch Hill, Ohio on his way to Loveland when he saw 3 small
"men" about 3 feet tall, grayish in color with froglike faces,
kneeling by the roadside. He stopped his car because he thought
someone was hurt and needed help. One of the creatures held a
dark chain or stick giving off bluish-white sparks between his
raised arms. When Hunnicutt got out of his car one of the "men"
moved as if signaling him to stay where he was. So, Hunnicutt
just watched for about three minutes. The next thing he knew, he
was driving toward the Loveland police station, making him feel
he "must have lost consciousness," in an interesting
anticipation of the "missing time" element of so many later
abduction reports. [Coral and Jim Lorenzen, _Flying Saucer
Occupants_. (New York: New American Library, "Signet Books,"
1967), pp. 121-122; Jacques Vallee, _Passport to Magonia_
(Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1969), Case 361, p. 248; Coral
Lorenzen, "UFO Occupants in the United States," in Charles
Bowen, ed., _The Humanoids_ (Chicago:Henry Regnery, 1969), p.
150; Leonard H. Stringfield, _Situation Red! The UFO Siege_ (New
York:Fawcett Crest, 1977), pp. 115-116; Janet and Colin Bord,
_Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century_ (Chicago:
Contemporary Books, 1989), p. 151]

A few months later that year, at 3:30 AM in the early morning of
July 3, Mrs. Margaret Symmonds of Cincinnati, Ohio was driving
her family car to Florida when she saw 4 small figures in her
headlights on the road ahead of her, which at first she took for
pigs. Coming closer, she saw that they were "bug-eyed" little
"men" 3 =BD or 4 feet tall, gray in color and wearing capes,
huddled in the road as if about to dig into it with a stick one
of them was holding. One of the humanoids stepped aside to get
out of her way, and looked right at her. He had a roundish head,
with a slouch hat or cap on, huge eyes like saucers reflecting
red, a long pointed nose, a small mouth, a sharp pointed chin,
and long thin arms with claws, and short legs. His body was
hidden by the cape. Mrs. Symmonds swerved past the dwarfs, then
screamed out in fear, waking up her husband who was sleeping in
the back of the car. When she told hom what she had seen, he
wanted to go back, but she refused.[Lorenzen and Lorenzen,
_Flying Saucer Occupants_, p. 121; Vallee, _Passport to
Magonia_, Case 365, pp. 249-250; Lorenzen, "UFO Occupants in the
United States," in Bowen, ed., _The Humanoids_, pp. 149-150;
Stringfield, _Situation Red!_, pp.110-111; Bord and Bord,
_Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century_, pp. 150-151]

Five years later, another weird dwarf humanoid was seen late at
night along a roadside in Arizona by yet another startled
motorist. One night in June 1960, a woman personally known to
APRO director Coral Lorenzen was driving her family Cadillac,
her husband and children asleep in the car, to California.
Around midnight, about 15 miles east of Globe, Arizona, she saw
a small, dark figure about 3 feet tall standing on the right
side of the road, as if about to cross. It turned to face her as
she slowed down, then ran off into the brush. "The second I saw
that thing my heart came up into my mouth and my stomach did a
flip-flop," she recalled. The figure had broad shoulders, long
arms, a flattened globular pumpkin- shaped head, and two glowing
yellowish-orange eyes. When the dwarf was in side view, the
witness saw a light beaming out beyond its face. She could not
see the body clearly, but got an impression of hair or fur. Like
Mrs. Symmonds' husband, this witness' husband also wanted to go
back, but she wisely refused. As in the 1955 night-time roadside
sightings by Mr. Hunnicutt in Branch Hill and Mrs. Symmonds in
Stockton, the 1960 Globe, Arizona witness did not report seeing
any unusual craft or vehicle. [Coral Lorenzen and Lorenzen,
_Flying Saucer Occupants_, pp. 128-129; Lorenzen, "UFO Occupants
in the United States," in Bowen, ed., _The Humanoids_, pp. 159-
160; Bord and Bord, _Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century_,
pp. 152-153]

Two girls near Renton, Washington reportedly saw three non-
human-appearing "men" one morning in August, 1965, according to
a story in _Saucer News_, which did not give newspaper
attribution--but Coral Lorenzen and APRO were also tipped off
about this sighting by other sources. Around 7:00 or 7:30 AM on
August 13, Ellen G. Ryerson (16) and her sister Laura  got out
of their car on a highway near Renton to work in a bean field
when they were approached by three "men" from the bean field.
The beings were about 1.6 meters (a little over 5 feet) tall,
with white-domed heads, protruding eyes "gray like stone," large
pores, and expressionless, deeply tanned faces. They wore
sleeveless V-necked purple jerseys over white shirts. The
frightened girls ran about 50 feet past the "men," and when they
looked back the beings had disappeared.  As Coral Lorenzen
noted, "No craft was seen in connection with this incident"--
which nevertheless got written up in _Saucer News_ and then in
her own article on "UFO Occupants in the United States," as well
as in _Flying Saucer Review_ [Bowen, ed. _The Humanoids_, p.
169; Vallee, _Passport to Magonia_, Case 678. P. 313, citing
_Flying Saucer Review_, 66, 2]

The Branch Hill, Stockton, and Globe sightings, especially, have
gone down in the UFO literature as classic "Close Encounters
III"--despite no mysterious craft actually being reported. Some
Fortean and UFO writers, indeed, have themselves been aware of
this paradox and its potential problems for interpretation.
Thus, Janet and Colin Bord prefaced their discussion of the
Branch Hill, Stockton, and Globe encounters by remarking that
"Quite a lot of the non-human entities reported sound similar to
the entities seen close to landed UFO's" but admitting that "on
these occasions the witness sees nu UFO, so there is no
certainty that the entities came from a UFO." Indeed, the Bords
felt, "it is difficuklt to be certain of anything with cases
like these" as "all we have to go on are the witness reports."
However, the Stockton entities seen by Mrs. Symmonds "were
engaged in that kind of puzzling, inconsequential activity which
UFO entities often seem to demonstrate," though "Mrs. Symmands
saw no UFO, only the entities" [_Unexplained Mysteries of the
20th Century_, p. 150.) On the other hand, the Lorenzens
admitted that the June 1960 Globe, Arizona sighting "deals with
a little man although there is no craft involved (_Flying Saucer
Occupants_, p. 128). Stressing "the veracity of the observer and
her husband's verification of her near-hysteria," and the close
resemblance of the Globe "entity" to the "little men" seen near
landed UFO's in Venezuela in 1954, Coral Lorenzen felt that
"despite the absence of a visible craft, the other three points
make this incident acceptable, in my opinion, as a `UFO
occupant' sighting" ["UFO Occupants in the United States," pp.
160-161]. However, she also headed her summary of the Ryerson
girls' 1965 Renton, Waashington bean field encounter "Entities--
but no vehicle," ending with the observation that "No craft was
seen in connection with this incident" [_ibid._, p.  169].

The 1950's and early 1960's were a time when an
"extraterrestrial spaceman" or "Martian" interpretation seemed
the self-evidently obvious explanation for any strange humanoid,
more so than at any time earlier or later. The late 1940's, when
the "flying saucers" hit the headlines in the wake of Kenneth
Arnold's June 1947 Mount Rainier sighting of nine flying
whaisits, and the July 1947 crash of an Air Force spy balloon--
or *SOMETHING ELSE*?!--near Roswell NM, were the perfect time to
launch a popular mythos of technologically advanced visitors--
perhaps even invaders--from the skies/ Er had jusr finished one
war very largely fought with massive air power, climaxing in the
atomic power of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We had won World War II-
-but were now entering a "Cold War" with out former Soviet ally,
armed with who knew what secret high-tech super-weapons captured
from our and their former Nazi enemies--a "Cold War" that might
become all too "hot" any day. Atomic war with our former Russian
allioes was a real possibility. We were also entering the "Space
Age," when real-life interplanetary travel within lifetime of
many people then living was a serious possibility for the first
time in history. Reputable "mainstream" popular magazines,
quoting savants like Werner von Braun, Hermann Oberth, Willy
Ley, and Arthur C. Clarke, and not just science-fiction "pulps"
with lurid covers, published lavishly illustrated articles on
how we would build orbiting space stations, and trach the Moon
and Mars, before the end of the 20th century. The cumulative
evidence of all these developments was to make extraterrestrial
visits to Earth seem a real, serious possibility to a large
segment of the general public--and the most obvious explanation
of various curious celestial phenomena.

All these social and cul;tural circumstances, well in place by
1947, only continued and deepened in the 1950's and early
1960's. The Soviet Sputnik launching, and America's commitment
to a "Space Race" with the Russians, made the Space Age
officially part of the "real world" rather than "science-
 fiction." Space exploration enthusiasts like von Braun, Oberth,
Ley, and Clarke now seemed like true prophets more than ever.
The Cold War Communist threat, not realistically likely to go
away in the lifetime of anybody then living, made many of us all
the more willing to seriously consider the possibility of
*OTHER*, more comic, threats and subversions as well.

The UFO phenomenon, too, obligingly "escalated" itself. The
George Adamski type "contactees" were an easily dismissible
laughingstock, whom serious UFO researchers hated and despised
for making a serious mystery look ridiculous. However, there
were also the less easily dismissed reports, beginning to
proliferate in the mid-1950's, of furtive or even aggressive
dwarfish humanoid UFO occupants, who seemed more likely to just
possibly be the extraterrestrial "real thing" than the
contactees'benevolent, handsome "Space Brothers" spouting
pacifist, Theosophist, and "New Age" platitudes. In 1954-1955,
especially, the media were saturated with stories of bizarre
dwarf humanoids seen in conjunction with "flying saucers" by
dozens or scores of seemingly reliable witnesses in Europe--
especially France, Italy, and Belgium--and South America. In the
good old USA itself, too, the Sutton farmhouse between Kelly and
Hopkinsville, Kentucky, was besieged by aggressive, grotesque-
looking "little men" from a landed "flying saucer" on the night
of August 22, 1955.

Robert Hunnicutt and Margaret Symmonds did not actually see any
"flying saucers" at Branch Hill or Syockton in 1955. However,
they saw mysterious dwarfish humanoids very similar to those so
frequently encountered near "saucers" in Kentucky, South
America, France, and Italy. The same was true, a few years
later, of the pumpkin-headed dwarf seen by Coral Lorenzen's
friend near Globe, Arizona in 1960--and of the three men"
encountered in the Renton, Washington bean field by the Ryersin
sisters in 1965. No "saucer" was actually seen--but they seemed
so similar to familiar "saucer" creatures. Norging seemed more
obvious or natural than to lump together the Branch Hill,
Stockton, Globe, or Renton reports with cases where somewhat
similar creatures were seen in conjunction with "saucers"!

Also, there were fewer non-extraterrestrial interpretations of
strange humanoids available to the general public, or even to
Fortean and paranormalist writers, in the 1950's and early
1960's than we have at our disposal now. The "ET" hypothesis
seemed to be the "only game in town" aside from debunking
skepticism. For one thing, we should recall, in the 1950's and
1960's the general public was far less "cryptid"-conscious than
is the case now, when books, articles, and websites on Bigfoot,
"Lake Monsters," Chupacabras, the West Virginia "Mothman," "big
cats," "mystery pumas," "Black Dogs,""frog-man," "reptile-men,"
and scores of other "mystery beasts" and "alien animals" compete
in the popular "true weird mysteries" market with those on UFO's
and abductions. Aside from a few pioneering proto-
cryptozoologists like Willy Ley, Bernard Heuvelmans, and Ivan
Sanderson, most people in the 1950's only knew about the
Himalayan "Abominable Snowman" and Scotland's "Nessie," maybe
also vague recollections of supposedly real-life 18th and 19th
century "sea serpent" sightings--joined in the late 1950's by
Bigfoot.

Likewise, the paraphysical, "psychic," "metaphysical," occult,
other-dimensional, and "ultraterrestrial" theories of UFO's,
aliens, and "cryptids" popularized by writers like John A. Keel
and Jacques Vallee wouldn't come into fashion until the late
1960's and early 1970', with Vallee's _Passport to Magonia_
(1969) and Keel's ._Strange Creatures from Time and Space_
(1970) and _UFO's: Operation Trojan Horse_ (1970). Keel and
Vallee, followed by other writers in the 1970's and 1980's,
popularized the theory that modern encounters UFO's, "aliens,"
Bigfoot, and "Lake Monsters"might reflect a contemporary
manifestation of the entities or phenomena underlying
yesteryear's trolls, gnomes, fairies, elves, leprechauns, jinn,
angels, and demons. However, it just didn't occur to anybody in
the 1950's and early 1960's that our planet might be teeming
with all sorts of "little people," "otherfolk," "frog-men," and
"lizard-men" as long-standing features of our environment, such
as Forteans have become more familiar with in more recent post-
Keel, post-Vallee decades.

Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman has linked occult and
"metaphysical" theories linking Bigfoot to UFO's and aliens, and
Bigfoot, UFO's, and aliens alike to ghosts, spirits, demons,
fairies, and other- dimensional visitors, to the general
cultural and social "high strangeness" of the 1960's and 1970's
in _Bigfoot: The True Story of Apes in America_ (New York:
Paraview and Simon & Schuster, 2003). Coleman's main focus is
Bigfoot and similar "mystery primates," but his historical
sketch of theories about them is equally applicable to the
history of theories about other "mystery critters." Coleman is
skeptical of such, occult or paraphysical, or other-dimensional
theories connecting Bigfoot UFO's, aliens, ghosts, and spirits.
For him, Bigfoot is a real flesh-and-blood animal of an unknown
biological species, not a ghost, spirit, psychic projection,
thought-form, space alien, or visitor from the "fourth
dimension." He flatly declares (_Bigfoot!_, p. 177): "And just
in case you are wondering, no, I don't think Bigfoot come from
UFO's or the collective unconscious."However, he notes the
popularity of such theories, and devotes a chapter on "High
Strangeness" to examining them. Such theories, he notes,
originated and proliferated in the 1960's and 1970's, a period
of general social and cultural "high strangeness." Almost all
the UFO-related Bigfoot cases, he shows, can be linked to those
times of "high strangeness," the researchers who emerged at that
time, and the often-cited books and cases from those days.
Coleman notes that he has placed "some of the 1970's Bigfoot
reports, for the first time, in a cultural and temporal
context," as the "significant point" he is "attempting to make"
in _Bigfoot!_(Loren Coleman private e- mail to T. Peter Park,
September 24, 2003).

Bigfoot, Coleman observes, is not only  "a creature of the
wild," but also "often what people want to make of it--and it
was certainly so during one recent period of high
strangeness.".In the 1960's, he notes, "we all woke up and found
the world had grown decidedly weirder," with "the antiwar,
peace, and hippie movements," the "music revolution and new
sexual freedoms," the "breakdown of the Eisenhower doldrums and
the shock of the JFK assassinations," "the Beatles and Vietnam"
(_Bigfoot!_, p. 170). "Something" happened "that changed us
all," and "it altered the landscape of Bigfoot studies too."
=46rom "the Patterson-Gimlin film to the Minnesota Iceman," a
"hint of this bizarre new age was in the air." It was era when
"several threads of the inexplicable overlapped, danced about
together, and merged," when "Bigfoot met UFO's, cattle
mutilations, and other bizarre imports from the world of the
paranormal." It was, Coleman feels, "an unfortunate marriage
that still scars the field" of Bigfoot research. "Most
unfortunate of all" was "the mix of UFO's and Bigfoot" (p. 170).

Coleman quotes Ufologist Jerome Clark, who noted in his _High
Strangeness: UFO's from 1960 through 1979_ (Detroit:
Omnigraphics, 1996) that this was a period when people spoke
"falsely or sincerely" of seeing "hairy bipeds" in conjunction
with UFO's (_Bigfoot!_, p. 170). In the 1970's, many UFO
researchers--Peter Guttilla in California, Stan Gordon and
Berthold Schwarz in Pennsylvania, APRO director Coral Lorenzen,
Leonard Stringfield, Leo Sprinkle, Barbara Ann Slate, Alan
Berry, Andrew Collins, John S. Derr, R. Martin Wolf, Steven
Mayne, etc.--began discussing what they "saw as the overlapping
nature of Bigfoot and UFO reports...resulting in cleat-cut
Bigfoot accounts appearing in the UFO literature." In New York,
John A. Keel worked together the material he'd gathered in Point
Pleasant, West Virginia in 1966-1967 into his books _Strange
Creatures from Time and Space_ (1970) and _The Mothman
Prophecies_ (1975). In _Strange Creatures_, "typical of the new
wave of paperback books that would capture the mood of the
times," Keel "lumped Bigfoot, dog killings, Mothman, Men-in-
 Black, and UFO's in the same vortex" (_Bigfoot!_, pp. 170-171).

Keel introduced Jerome Clark to Coleman in 1969, and they
"carried on a lively exchange of stories and ideas." Coleman
himself began investigating reports of creatures with glowing
red eyes, such as those as those haunting the cornfields of
Enfield, Illinois, in 1973, while Clark was "digging into
airship reports and exploring fairylore and ufology." By the
mid-1970's, Clark and Coleman coauthored articles merging their
two fields of study, "full of straight data as well as
sociological and psychological assessments," including the "now
rejected Jungian hypothesis" set forth in their _Creatures of
the Outer Edge_ (New York: Warner Books, 1978). Thus, Coleman
"must plead to being partially responsible" himself, with Jerome
Clark, "for the amalgamation of Bigfoot and UFO's, which
happened in this era of `high strangeness'" (_Bigfoot!_, pp.
171-172).

      "But today," Coleman continues (p. 172), "having reclaimed
the firmer zoological and anthropological foundations of
hominology, I reject such notions, as does Clark." In the late
1990's, Clark looked back on the "UFO-Bigfoot connection,"
stating: "These are huge suppositions, tied to small evidence.
At this stage, given the limitations of human knowledge, there
is hardly anything about Hairy Bipeds, or their possible
connection with the UFO phenomena, that can be stated with any
degree of confidence" (quoted in Coleman, _Bigfoot!_, p. 172)..
Coleman himself "would agree wholeheartedly," but also warns,
"let's not toss out the bona fide Bigfoot cases with the UFO
bathwater." The UFO literature, he notes, contains many "alleged
UFO-Bigfoot reports." Australian ufologist Marc Moravec even
published _The UFO-Anthropoid Catalogue_ in 1980, bringing
together a number of these alleged UFO-Bigfoot reports
(_Bigfoot!_, p. 172). 

Ultimately, though, Coleman's assessment of UFO-Bigfoot reports
is skeptical. "Many Bigfoot- UFO cases," he believes, can be
"attributed to coincidence, mistakes, and outright hoaxing."
Witnesses of unusual phenomena, Coleman notes, "tend to group
all weird things they experience together, whether related or
not." A "puzzled witness" often "just doesn't know how to
differentiate one mystery event from another." Adding to the
problem, Coleman continues, was "the practice by ufologists in
the 1960's and 1970's of asking witnesses to recall everything
strange that had happened to them in the days before and after
their encounter." This "unfortunate situation," he feels, "
makes separating the valuable Bigfoot case from its UFO
underpinnings problematic at best." (_Bigfoot!_, p. 176) .

There is a less negative converse, however, to the "high
strangeness" theories criticized by Loren Coleman. By suggesting
a possible connection between Bigfoot, UFO's, UFO occupants,
Mothman, and more traditional weirdies like ghosts, demons,
fairies, trolls, and "little people," the "high strangeness"
Fortean writers of the 1960's and 1970's familiarized the
Fortean and paranormalist reading public with the existence of a
surprisingly wide and diverse variety of bizarre humanoid
entities, some of them similar to those reported in UFO "Close
Encounters III," and others closely resembling traditional
folkloric descriptions of fairies, trolls, "little people," and
"merpeople" (mermaids and mermen), described by seemingly
reliable contemporary and recent eyewitnesses. Regardless of how
one explained such entities (as flesh-and-blood biological
creatures presumably sharing a common ultimate evolutionary
ancestry with more familiar animals, or as ghosts, spirits,
angels, demons, "elementals" "thought-forms," "psychic
projections,"temporarily materialized "archetypes" from the
Jungian "Collective Unconscious," or visitors from another
dimension), they seemed like old, quasi-permanent denizens of
our planetary environment, sharing our biosphere with _Homo
sapiens_, who have "always" been here with us all the time for
generations, centuries, or millennia--rather than simply recent
"high-tech" interplanetary or interstellar visitors from Mars,
Alpha Centauri, or Zeta Reticuli! The "high strangeness" writers
brought such creatures to our attention, starting in the late
1960's.

These "mystery creatures" include "merely animalistic" frog-men
and lizard-men who seem natural candidates for the attention of
the cryptozoologists who study Bigfoot, "mystery cars," "Lake
Monsters," and Chupacrabras. However, they also include more
puzzling entities with definite "civilized" or "technological"
traits. One of Robert Hunnicutt's "froglike"March 1955 Branch
Hill dwarfs held a dark stick or chain shooting off bluish-white
sparks.  Margaret Symmonds' July 1955 Stockton "bug- eyed"
little "men" wore clothing, and one of them seemed to be digging
into the ground with some sort of stick. The pumpkin-headed June
1960 Globe, Arizona dwarf showed a light beaming out of its face
when in side view. Ellen and Laura Ryerson's August 1965 Renton,
Washington "men," like Mrs. Symmonds' Stockton dwarves, were
clothed, wearing purple jerseys and white shirts. All this is in
marked contrast to numerous "frog-man" and "lizard-man" reports
with no mention of clothes, tools, weapons, or gadgets.. Thus,
for instance, Robert Hunnicutt's own home town, Loveland, Ohio,
not too far from Branch Hill, was the home of the "Loveland
Frog," a 3- to 5-foot-tall leathery-skinned creature with a
frog-like or lizard-like face seen near the Little Miami River
in Loveland in the 1970's. There were reports of a large frog
living in that river going back to the 1950's, while in 1985 two
boys reportedly saw a frog the size of a big dog by the river.
It has been suggested that the "Loveland Frog" was actually an
iguana, or perhaps a monitor lizard. A "Lizardman" seen in New
Jersey in the 1970's, described as having a towering greenish
scaly body, reptilian face, bulging frog-like eyes, and broad
lipless mouth has also been tentatively identified as a possible
iguana or monitor lizard [Bord and Bord, _Unexplained Mysteries
of the 20th Century_, pp. 246-247, on "Loveland Frog" and New
Jersey "Lizardman"] Both the "Loveland Frog" and the New Jersey
"Lizardman" have been perceived in strictly cryptozoological
terms, with no suggestion of their being extraterrestrials from
a UFO.

Jacques Vallee listed a European "frog-man" encounter from the
1930's in his _Passport to Magonia_ Appendix on UFO landing
reports even though no UFO was mentioned. In the Fall of 1938
(or perhaps 1939), according to a personal communication to
Vallee, two persons saw a strange "frog-man" 1 meter (about 40
inches) tall at Juminda on the Estonian coast. The "frog-man"had
a round head, no neck, and a hump in front of the body. Its
mouth was a large, straight slit, the eyes were like smaller
slits, while its hands were normal. The creature's skin was
brownish-green, compared by the witnesses to pegamoid (a  kind
of plastic or imitation leather). It walked in a peculiar "but
elegant" fashion, its head waving up and down while its legs
moved "carefully." When pursued, the creature accelerated very
fast, with feet "fluttering." About 100 meters (325 feet) away
from the witnesses, it vanished completely. [Vallee, Passport to
Magonia, Case 49, pp. 189-190]. Vallee took it for granted that
the Juminda "frog-man" must have been a UFO occupant, though at
least from his description the creature was no more "civilized"
or "technological" than the "Loveland Frog."

The Juminda "frog-man" resembles grotesque small humanoids seen
by Beryl Hickey and her father at Mandurah, Western Australia,
in their house one night in 1930, and by a man gathering
Christmas trees on December 15, 1956 in woods near Derry, New
Hampshire--in both cases, again with no mention of a UFO.  The
Mandurah creature was about 20 inches tall, glistened as though
wet or covered with oil, and had pink skin, big ears, a wide
slit mouth, bulging eyes covered with a film and "perfectly
formed little hands and feet." It squeaked in fright when the
Hickey father captured and dragged it outside with a prawning
net. The Derry dwarf was green and naked, with a wrinkled skin
resembling elephant hide, a high domed head, ears like a
bloodhound's, eyes with a film like a snake's, merely two holes
for a nose, short arms and legs, hands like stumps, and feet
with no toes. It  a screeched when the witness tried to catch
it. The witness then fled  [Bord and Bord, _Unexplained
Mysteries of the 20th  Century_, pp. 147, 151-152].

Just a few "revisionist thoughts" of mine on "Close Encounter III"
reports!

Best regards,
T. Peter <tpeterpark@erols.com>
Garden City South, LI, NY


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"Only a zit on the wart on the heinie of progress." Copyright
1992, Frank Rice


Terry W. Colvin, Sierra Vista, Arizona (USA)
fortean1@mindspring.com



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