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Re: The '06 O'Hare UFO - Davenport

From: Peter B. Davenport <director.nul>
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2007 11:59:31 -0800
Fwd Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2007 09:36:42 -0500
Subject: Re: The '06 O'Hare UFO - Davenport

>From: Stanton Friedman <fsphys.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Mon, 1 Jan 2007 17:19:43 -0400
>Subject: Re: In The sky! A bird? A plane? A... UFO?

>>From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>To: - UFO UpDates Subscribers - <UFO-UpDates.nul>
>>Sent: Monday, January 01, 2007 9:59 AM
>>Subject: UFO UpDate: In the sky! A bird? A plane? A... UFO?

>>Source: The Chicago Tribune - Illinois, USA


>>Published January 1, 2007

>>In the sky! A bird? A plane? A... UFO?
>>Jon Hilkevitch

>>United Airlines denies its workers filed reports about


>>"There have been documented cases where safety appears to have
>>been implicated, and more and more we are coming to the point of
>>view that we are dealing with an intelligent phenomenon," said
>>Richard Haines, science director at the National Aviation
>>Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena, a private agency.
>>"We must be proactive before an aircraft goes down," said
>>Haines, a former chief of the Space Human Factors Office at
>>NASA's Ames Research Center.

>>Haines is investigating the O'Hare incident. He said he has
>>determined that no weather balloons were launched in the
>>vicinity of O'Hare on Nov. 7.


>I take it as a very good omen for the coming year when a major
>paper such as the Chicago Tribune quotes Dick Haines and files
>an FOIA request.Maybe somebody did read Herbert Strentz's PhD
>thesis about press coverage of UFOs. It was done at Medill
>School of Journalism at Northwestern University just outside
>Chicago and had some strong words for the inadequacy of press
>coverage of the subject.


Yes, it is a good omen, I agree. However, I am disappointed by
the quality of the coverage by Hilkevitch, and I am really
disappointed by the Associated Press re-write of the original
article, which was yet another 'tongue in cheek' treatment of a
well documented sighting.

NUFORC contacted the Chicago Tribune on December 13 (I believe),
to inquire whether their news staff might be interested in
covering it. Interestingly, the case had been on the NUFORC
homepage for a month, at that point, and Rense and Premiere
Radio Network were the only news organizations to have expressed
an interest. I decided to press the point with a major
newspaper, to see whether they would cover it.

One of my requests of Hilkevitch was that he indicate in his
article what organization was the original source of the
information. I asked that the NUFORC URL be included, such that
other potential witnesses to the event would know where they
could report their sighting, and have that information posted
publicly. I offered to share to additional, follow-on reports
with the newspaper.

It is obvious from his article that his paper did not make good
on his pledge. The reader is left with little as to idea where
the information had come from, and where a witness might submit
a report. In a telephone conversation I had with Hilkevitch
yesterday, he represented that it had been the editors who had
expurgated my quotes, and all but a single, minor reference to
NUFORC, and its involvement with the case. Very frustrating!

Moreover, I had apprised Hilkevitch of some of the evidence
NUFORC had in hand, and its existence was not alluded to in the
article. In partial defense of his not mentioning it, the
material was so sensitive, I could not provide him with copies
of it. However, I did encourage him to contact the individuals,
from whom I had received it, in order to provide those parties
with an opportunity to share it with him, if they thought it was
prudent to do so. The evidence leaves no doubt as to the very
real nature of the incident, and to the fact that it generated
considerable interest in either public and/or private
institutions, at the time the incident occurred.

By the way, at least one photo was taken of the object, and we
are attempting to have the individual who took it come forward
and release the image. To date, we have not been successful in
that endeavor, but it may happen. Many of the people who were
involved with the case are now more than just a bit concerned
about their job security, given that "the fix" in now in, and
anyone going against that current would be in jeopardy.


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