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The Vidal Teleportation

From: Scott Corrales <lornis1.nul>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 11:21:06 -0500
Fwd Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 12:55:04 -0500
Subject: The Vidal Teleportation

The Journal of Hispanic Ufology

February 26, 2007

Argentina=92s Vidal Teleportation =96 The Truth Can Now Be Told

by Guillermo D. Gimenez, Director, Planeta UFO (Necochea,

Editor=92s Note: The Vidal Case was deliberately excluded from the
INEXPLICATA monograph on the subject of UFOs in the 1960s in
South America and Spain due to its complexity. This article by
our good friend and contributing editor, Guillermo Gimenez, will
give readers the most complete approach to one of South
America=92s most fascinating and controversial cases.

The story concerning the teleportation of a car from Chascomus,
Province of Buenos Aires, to Mexico in 1968, became world famous
and it remains today an undisputed classic of Argentinean
ufology. Furthermore, it was a the catalyst for the tremendous
Argentinean UFO wave of 1968, when all newspapers took to
publishing UFO accounts, including older cases that had never
appeared in the press.

Chascomus is halfway between Buenos Aires and Necochea, the
beach front city that is the home of Guillermo Gimenez, the
author of the following article. There can be no doubt that
explaining this case was always among his goals, but the alleged
witnesses were always impossible to locate and the rumor mill
would kick up people who claimed having known them or were
otherwise relatives of the Vidal family. When researchers
endeavored to delve into the subject, they would find that these
were all false leads. The tip of the iceberg was found by
Alejandro Chionetti in the 1980s and it subsequently it was his
namesake, Alejandro Agostinelli, who managed to solve a plot
that involves the presence of well-known figures from the
[Argentinean] entertainment industry, such as Pipo Mancera,
Anibal Uset, el Muneco Mateyko and Tito Jacobson, an
entertainment journalist.

Date: May 1968

Place: Chascomus, Prov. of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Summary: A dense fog enveloped a Peugeot 403 belonging to the
Vidal couple. The next thing they remembered was finding
themselves on a rural road in Mexico, some 6,400 kilometers
away, 48 hours later and still aboard their car.

A Report by Guillermo Daniel Gimenez.

There have been countless incidents within the Argentinean UFO
case histories that have called attention at the domestic and
international level alike due to the characteristics of the
events. One of them is without a doubt the Vidal Case, which
occurred in May 1968 when a family surnamed Vidal drove along
Buenos Aires Route No.2 from the town of Chascomus to Maipu,
blacking out upon driving into a fog bank and awakening 58 hours
later in the vicinity of Mexico City, in North America.

This incident received global attention and weeks later a "cloak
of silence" fell over the events. Neither journalists nor
researchers could secure access to the main protagonists, and
those upon whom the mantle of silence fell were no longer
inclined to speak. Conjectures and suppositions would surround
the event.

The Vidal Case would remain among one of Argentina=92s spectacular
cases of teleportation or teletransportation, a term employed in
Ufology to describe cases involving persons and/or objects (in
this case the vehicle and its occupants) when they are
transferred in a short space of time through means unknown from
one place to another, disregarding the space-time barrier. Here,
from Argentina in South America to Mexico in North America.

The incident

Numerous Argentinean newspapers took note of the story. La
Razon, the Buenos Aires daily newspaper published the
information under the headline "Que es esto? (What is this?) =96
others did the same, such as La Nacion (which did not mention
the fog bank) and La Manana (the only one to report the presence
of UFOs in this case), among many others.

Renowned Argentinean ufologist Dr. Oscar A. Galindez, who looked
into these events, details the episode in Flying Saucer Review
Vol. 14

No. 35 Sep-Oct 1968 as "Teleportation from

Chascomus to Mexico" which reads thus:

"...in early May 1968, a well-known Buenos Aires attorney, Dr.
Geraldo Vidal, decided to attend a family get-together with his
wife, Mrs. Raffo de Vidal, to be held in the city of Chascomus,
less than 120 km distant from Buenos Aires and to the south. The
left the gathering shortly before midnight and decided to drive
to Maipu, a community some 150 km south of Chascomus, as they
had friends and relatives there.

"Driving along national highway No. 2, they had in front of them
another car, containing another couple that also had relatives
in Maipu. This other family, whose name is unknown, reached
Maipu without incident, but this was not the case with the
Vidals, whose delay became a cause of concern for those who
awaited them. Then, the other couple decided to retrace its
steps along the same route in an effort to find them, but had to
return to Maipu without achieving this goal or having found the
slightest trace of the car or its occupants.

"Forty-eight hours after the Vidals disappeared, at the home of
the Rapallini family in Maipu, a phone call came in from the
Argentinean consulate in Mexico City, 6,400 km away as the bird
flies. In this phone call Dr. Gerardo Vidal told his friends
that they were well, and gave them the exact time of his
arrival at the Ezeiza International Airport in the capital of
the River Plate.

"The Vidals reached Ezeiza at the right time, expected by
friends and relatives. Mrs. Vidal was taken directly from the
airport to a private clinic, since she was in a state of nervous
shock. Dr. Vidal told his relatives of the strange event that
had befallen them. He said that when they were in the outskirts
of Chascomus on the evening of their disappearance, a "dense
fog" materialized suddenly before them, and from that moment
onward, they were unable to account what happened to them during
the next 48 hours. When they regained awareness of their
surroundings, it was daytime and their car, with both of them
inside, was parked along an unknown road. They had no physical
injuries, but both complained of pain in the nape of the neck
and had the sensation of having slept many hours.

"Stunned, they stepped out of the vehicle and noticed that the
paint on the chassis appeared to have suffered the effects of a
blowtorch. The engine, however, worked perfectly. Putting the
car in gear, they drove along the unknown road, crossing a
landscape that was utterly unfamiliar. They asked several
persons they found along the way and all of them told them the
same thing: they were in Mexico.

"Mr. and Mrs. Vidal=92s watches had stopped, but using a calendar,
they ascertained that they had been gone from Argentina for 48

"In due time they reached Mexico City, where they asked for the
Argentinean Consulate. The retold their incredible adventure
there, and the consul allowed them to make a phone call to
notary Martin Rapallini in Maipu. Next, the consul, Rafael Lopez
Pellegrini, asked them to remain completely silent about the
case in order to allow the authorities to investigate.

Dr. Vidal=92s car, a Peugeot 403, was shipped to the United States
for research, agreeing upon the delivery of a vehicle of the
same make and model, paid for by the U.S. authorities."

These are the facts. Once again, the "cloak of silence"
enshrouded the case as confirmed by Dr. Galindez himself, who
reported that no one dared speak of the events.

In Search of the Truth

Around this time, the Argentinean press continued reporting on
the incident and La Razon explained that the Vidal family had
spoken from the Argentinean consulate in Mexico City with a
family surnamed Rapallini in Maipu.

All associated this with the notary, Martin Rapallini, a friend
or relative of the Vidals (it was later known that this was not
their real name, but a pseudonym used to protect the real
experiencers), although the notary later professed being
completely unaware of this matter.

This "denial" by the notary served as a "confirmation" of the
events, as there was a ban on speaking about the case. Only a
few weeks later, an alleged witness and relative of the Vidals,
a young man surnamed Mateyko, appeared in the news program
"Sabados Circulares de Mancera" hosted by journalist Pipo
Mancera, to discuss the case

It was also known that Mrs. Vidal, allegedly surnamed Raffo,
according to some sources like those of Dr. Galindez, had been
hospitalized due to a nervous breakdown arising from the events,
and even Patrice Gaston says in his book "Disparitions
Mysterieuses" (Plaza y Janes, Barcelona, 1975, p.72) has her
say: "But, what have they done to us in these days? What manner
of creatures have had us in their grip?"

Meanwhile, other authors hinted at her death in 1969 =96
specifically from leukemia =96 as a result of the uncanny
experience. The case continues to add on more mysteries.

A Lie

28 years would elapse before the truth would emerge, and over 36
before it could be reported.

There had been so many obstacles in gaining access to the true
protagonists, and given the case=92s characteristics, the incident
became a classic in world ufology. Authors all over the world
took it as a spectacular UFO case. Subsequently, numerous
teleportation cases would occur all over the world.

So much was written about the incidents in newspapers, and
subsequently books, and presented in conferences and TV programs
that even skeptics reported it.

It was Peter Rogerson in "Notes to a Revisionist History of

(Part 4): Recovering the forgotten records", Magonia No. 50,

September 1994, who reported having learned in Buenos Aires that
the case had been a lie employed to conceal Mrs. Vidal=92s missing
days while she was committed to a mental health clinic.

Sooner or later the truth would emerge.

Alejandro C. Agostinelli, an Argentinean journalist and
researcher, looked into these events and confirmed that it had
all been a sham designed to promote an Argentinean science
fiction film at the time

In his report "Coches Voladores a Estrenar: Fraudes, Rumores y
Ciencia Ficcion" co authored with Luis R. Gonzalez

(Spain) and appearing in Anuario, Cuadernos de Ufologia, No. 29,
3ra Epoca 2003.

Fundacion Anomalia, Espana, he states that he interviewed
filmmaker Anibal Uset in 1996, who confessed to having invented
the Vidal Case with the assistance of entertainment journalist
Tito Jacobson and other friends to promote a movie that opened 2
months after the events, titled "Che OVNI"

The cast of the film included Marcela Lopez Rey, Jorge

Sobral, Perla Caron, Juan Carlos Altavista, Javier Portales,

Wallner, among others, directed by Anibal Uset from a screenplay
by Gius.

Che OVNI was pulverized by critics of the time. The film went by
unnoticed and was only recognized years later when some granted
it cult status for its role in the early years of Argentinean
science fiction.

The movie tells the story of how a hitchhiking Tango singer is
picked up by a stunning blonde driving a Peugeot 403, just as in
the Vidal Case. After a love scene, he takes the wheel and as he
drives, a beam of light from a UFO stops the car and puts the
driver to sleep. The frightened blonde leaps from the car and is
stripped naked by the UFO. The film moves on, now showing the
driver at the wheel of the car during the day, but with a
brunette beside him =96 supposedly an alien =96 on a road in the
outskirts of Madrid, Spain.

The teleportation had taken place along the lines of the Vidal
Case. Other scenes and teleportations lead the car to London,
and the movie ends at Ezeiza International Airport, where the
protagonist is attracted to an airplane =96 a camouflaged UFO =96
filled with lovely flight attendants. Uset also told reporter
Alejandro Agostinelli that the alleged witness who appeared on
the "Sabados Circulares de Mancera" show had been none other
than Juan Alberto "Muneco" Mateyko, his personal assistant and
character actor in the movie, who is today a well-known
television host.

Uset expressed alarm at how the Vidal Case had gained notoriety
and that the "snowball effect" had been among the reasons that
led to his silence.

"So many people approached me to say that they had known the
Vidals that I began to have doubts. What is more, the confusion
was such that I began to think that our story coincided with
something that had really happened," he stated.

Uset is uninterested in revisiting the subject. Even more, it
was very hard to secure his story, says Agostinelli.

The entire plot was confected with the aid of journalist Tito
Jacobson to promote the movie, which was cooked up by both
during a trip between Montevideo and Buenos Aires.

He cannot remember the sources for the events, although he
thinks they could have come from a case in either Argentina or
England, where he lived for several years. Almost 40 years have
gone by since those events and we now know the truth. It was all
a lie.

It is important to stress these events. The truth must be known
in spite of the case having become a classic of world ufology.
Today the Vidal Case will go down in history as a sad reminder
in which untruth governed from the start, woven by journalists
hoping to provide notoriety to an Argentinean science fiction
film. In spite of all this, I wanted to confirm these events
myself. The case deserved it. It had been so spectacular, and so
much had been written about it, that I wanted to learn more of
it. So it was that in January 2004 I got in touch with Alejandro
Agostinelli, my friend (editor of www.dios.com.ar, a Spanish-
language website devoted to extraordinary beliefs), who first
looked into these events and "spoke" to the person directly
responsible for the case. At my request, he said the following
about the incident:

Guillermo Gimenez: How did you come across the Vidal Case?

Alejandro Agostinelli: It was an intriguing and popular case
when we began to develop an interest for the subject of UFOs in
the mid-=9170s. Everyone knew =96 to a lesser or greater extent =96
someone who claimed having dealt with the protagonists of the
case, "the Vidals", but when you tried to get to the core of the
matter, you found out that that person had not been with the
Vidals, but had only gleaned it from a third party. It was an
endless rumor loop. At the time we were not only unaware of the
characteristics and transmission process of a rumor, but that we
were actively feeding into it, albeit innocently. I then
followed the adventures of my friend Alejandro Chionetti when he
visited Maipu around 1980 to interview the Rapallini family, who
were the "only indirect protagonists" who could be located. No
one knows how this family was involved with the mysterious
couple that was "teleported to Mexico". When notary Martin
Rapallini claimed having no knowledge of the matter, the "La
Razon" and "La Capital" newspapers (the media outlets that
confected the alleged scoop) published the denial with a
considerable air of skepticism, as if saying that by denying the
matter, he was in fact "covering up for the Vidal =96 Raffo
couple", arguing that "there was a strict ban on disseminating
the case." If memory serves, it was the La Capital newspaper
from Mar del Plata who christened the heretofore anonymous
experiences as "the Vidals" to protect them from the
rapaciousness of the press, since "Dr. Vidal" was "a
distinguished professional." This ironclad anonymity assured
that the case could not be verified, and would later become
essential in turning it into an urban legend.

GG: Would evidence confirm that it was in fact a hoax?

AA: It can be said, with a wide margin of certainty, offered by
many students of the subject and the passing of time, that there
was never solid evidence regarding the existence of a couple
that experienced an adventure of such characteristics at that
time and place.

It has also been confirmed that Che OVNI was slated to open two
months later, a movie with ingredients copied from the case, and
which had begun shooting long before "the story" broke in the
news. If memory serves, it was Anibal Uset, Che OVNI=92s director,
who in the early Nineties told Chionetti that the case was a
ruse to promote the film. Alex was in the U.S.A at the time and
I was following the leads. In 1996 I came across Uset and we
started to hold meetings. Between our second and third
encounter, when we had developed mutual trust, he began to tell
his version of the events. Uset=92s testimony was critical. But
even without him, the parallels between the film=92s content
(teleportation of a car to a distant country, with was a white
Peugeot 403 both in the movie and in the Vidal Case) and the
structure of the story offered by the media, it can be clearly
seen that the relation between story and movie is quite obvious.
More coincidences? The only "indirect" witness of the events,
who appeared on television (specifically in "Sabados
Circulares...") was a youth who Pipo Mancera presented as "a
direct relative of the Vidals." That witness was Juan Alberto
"Muneco" Mateyko, a now prominent TV host who worked with Uset
and was a supporting cast member in the film.

GG: So what=92s your opinion about it today?

AA: I think that there=92s enough evidence to state that one of
the cases that contributed to the 1968 UFO flap in Argentina was
a journalistic fraud aimed at promoting a movie. Thanks to the
story=92s exacting structure and the cultural predisposition
toward accepting it at the time, the tale=92s credibility grew
when it became part of popular imagination, becoming what we now
call an urban legend. What is persuasive about the story is that
it ran away from its creators and acquired a life of its own.
Scholars of this subject at the time considered it genuine
despite having never interviewed "the Vidals". Articles appeared
in magazines like Flying Saucer Review or Lumieres Dans la Nuit,
books were written, the story was mentioned a thousand and one
times in UFO conferences, radio and television shows, and of
course, there were also "skeptical counter rumors" such as the
one by Peter Rogerson in Magonia, who cited an anonymous source
and wrote that the case had been "a fraud to justify Mrs.
Vidal=92s absence while she was committed to a mental health

But what surprised me the most isn=92t that people believed it so
readily at the time, but a passing remark made by Uset. When he
realized the story=92s magnitude, the director told me that he
began to think the case had been real! "So many people came to
tell me that they had known the Vidals that I began to have
doubts," he said. "What=92s more, the confusion was such that I
began to think that our story had dovetailed with an actual
event." At the time, the fact the questioned his own creation
startled me. But I think that this helps to understand how UFO
stories are built along with many other modern myths. If even a
hoaxer can be led to doubt, this means that mysteries are able
to overcome any denial. That=92s why I think myths are
indestructible. Countless teleportation cases have occurred in
Argentina and around the world, but the Vidal Case was a lie."

And this how "Ale" reconfirmed these events.

Today, the Vidal Case from May 1968, in which a family was
teleported from an Argentinean road in the province of Buenos
Aires to Mexico, has been explained. We know the real story to
be another.

All of this proves the importance of carrying out UFO re-
investigations, even in those cases that are considered
landmarks in Ufology.

It falls to researchers, ufologists, to be open to all
possibilities. To be flexible in conducting new research,
dispensing with unquestionable notions and reformulating, if
need be, our own ideas. See the alternate possibilities, no
matter how dark, and weed out cases. All of this in benefit of
Ufology. We should thus separate the truth from lies to
undertake serious communication and research into the UFO
phenomenon, unmasking cases such as this one.


Translation (c) 2007, Scott Corrales
Institute of Hispanic Ufology - IHU

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