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Dr. Harley Rutledge/Project Identification [was:

From: Bob Soetebier <rks1.nul>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2005 21:05:35 -0500
Fwd Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 06:59:55 -0400
Subject: Dr. Harley Rutledge/Project Identification [was:

>From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 15:09:18 -0400
>Subject: Re: New Phoenix UFO Video

>>From: James Smith <zeus001002.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 10:10:58 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
>>Subject: Re: New Phoenix UFO Video


>>In "Project Identification" Plate 27, there is an image dated
>>March 27, 1973, "Time exposure of approximately 2 minutes taken
>>by Gary Sutton at Millers High Point, Piedmont Mo using a Petri
>>35 mm camera loaded with infrared sensitive film and a lens of
>>400 mm folcal length."


>I stand corrected. I had long ago forgotten about Project
>Identification, which I read nearly 30 years ago. What I do
>recall from that is the weird image he got when he photographed
>what appeared to be a single, rather dim ball of light that went
>past the area where he had his camera. The image shows jiggly,
>wiggly streaks of light that seem to bear little if any
>resemblance to what he saw.

>Haven't heard a peep from Rutledge since he became involved in
>the DMSP photo case that is described on my web site. His
>involvement was in 1985 or '86.

I=92m a former member of both NICAP and APRO back in the early
1960s. Back in the 1960s and 1970s I used to regularly read Dr.
Harley Rutledge=92s (Ph.D.; former head of the Physics Dept. at
Southeast Missouri State University [SEMO] in Cape Girardeau,
MO) monthly - and sometimes even weekly - reports in the major
St. Louis newspapers about his ongoing southeast Missouri UFO
field investigations. I also have a copy of excellent book,
Project Identification -- The First Scientific Field Study Of UFO
Phenomena (1981; hardcover; publ. Prentice-Hall;
ISBN 0-13-730713-6).

After learning that Dr Rutledge was scheduled to speak at a UFO
conference in 1997, I wrote a letter to him asking if he would
be interested in coming up to the St. Louis area to speak to one
of the current UFO groups. I received a signed letter of
response from Dr. Rutledge that came in an envelope which bore
the SEMO print seal along with "PROJECT IDENTIFICATION" pre-
printed in the upper left/return address corner. (His letter
inside, though, was on typed on plain white paper.)

Here=92s the entire text of his response letter -- dated: July 7,
1997 -- to me. (For privacy concerns, I=92ve omitted my home
address, and Dr. Rutledge=92s home address, too.):


"Bob Soetebier
[home address]                  July 7, 1997

Dear Bob:

I am reluctant to inform you that I discontinued my UFO
presentations several years ago, though I did contemplate a
presentation at the 34th National UFO Convention in Springfield,
Ohio, on September 6, 1997. I was offered a nice sum of money
but I declined because my wife wants to be in Washington, D.C.
for several weeks where two of our three grandsons live; the
other in Boulder, CO.

I suspect most of the world will focus their eyes (via TV) on
the MARS device. It should sustain our interest for a long, long



Harley Rutledge

Dr. Harley D. Rutledge
[home address]


(Back to "lurking." :-)

See you ON The Road!

"Bicycle Bob" Soetebier

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