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White Sands UFO Crash Footage Hoax

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 08:13:01 -0400
Fwd Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 08:13:01 -0400
Subject: White Sands UFO Crash Footage Hoax

Source: The Daily Lobo - University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA



White Sands UFO Crash Footage May Have Been Concocted By Hoax

Mike Smith

In the last My Strange New Mexico, we examined a mysterious
film that many believe shows a UFO crashing in the desert of the
White Sands Missile Range in 1997. In the film, a white,
football-shaped craft plummets from the sky, skips violently
across the ground and explodes. Where the film came from, who
shot it, or even when it was first viewed, has remained

After the column about this unusual film appeared in print and
online, a number of intriguing e-mails have arrived at the top-
secret "My Strange New Mexico" lair, printed out and delivered,
of course, by a trained staff of flightless, 5-foot-tall owls.

One such e-mail, from someone calling himself Light Eye, read
simply, "This video was made by Ted Loman. It's not a UFO

Another, by Peter Gersten, former director of Citizens Against
UFO Secrecy (CAUS), stated, "Ted Loman produced the video on UFO
crashes and created the opening scene of the skipping UFO."

Loman is a well-known UFO researcher. In 1973, Loman became
convinced he needed to travel to a mountain in Baja, Mexico,
where aliens were going to land, pick him up and return him to
his home planet. Instead, his family forced him to go to a
psychiatrist, and for the most part, he filed the incident away
in his mind for around 17 years. Then, in 1989, he suffered a
severe injury while melting silver in a laboratory - an injury
that cost him his left eyesight, left him wearing a pirate-style
eye patch and gave his father plenty of time to read to him
about UFOs.

This led to 1997, when Loman began hosting and producing a
weekly cable access show in Tucson, Arizona - UFOAZ Talks, a
live, one-hour show that examined the reported presence of UFOs
in the West. In 1997, the show, by then widely syndicated,
changed its name to Off The Record, and in 2002, the show went
off the air.

Loman moved to northern Idaho and finished work on a documentary
about UFO crashes, entitled It Fell From the Sky. It was as
the opening scene for that hard-to-find documentary that the
footage of the alleged White Sands crash may have first

Loman is currently on vacation in Mexico and unavailable for
comment, but Gersten, who served with Loman on CAUS's board of
directors, said, "The only thing that isn't real about (It Fell
From the Sky) is that opening scene. That is not real ... I
don't remember if it was actually CGI or some sort of computer

In an undated online clip from UFO Connections, a Sacramento,
Calif., cable-access show, Loman played the video of the crash,
said the footage had not yet been professionally analyzed and
claimed he didn't know when it was made.

Of the film, he said, "That came to me through Jaime Maussan.
Right. And, uh, uh, I don't know where Jaime got it. Well, I
just don't know where... it's best to say I don't know where
Jaime got this. But, I, uh, I believe it to be at White Sands.
But I cannot, and I will not, confirm or deny that it is, uh,
I'll leave it up to the viewers to, to, see it and watch it, and
decide for themselves."

Bringing Maussan into the story, unfortunately, does not improve
the film's credibility. Maussan is a popular Mexican television
host - the self-proclaimed "Mike Wallace of Mexico" - and has a
reputation as a recklessly gullible and even dishonest promoter
of UFO hoaxes. His Web site is loaded with the sort of footage
almost anyone with a trash can lid and a camcorder could
produce, and he has inspired such online articles as
UFOWatchDog.com's Jaime Maussan: Damaging Serious Ufology One
Hoax at a Time.

The film of the White Sands crash either came from Maussan or
was made by Loman for his documentary. The absolute truth still
remains to be learned, but unless Loman tries and succeeds at a
little interstellar hitchhiking while in Mexico, the truth will
come out eventually.

Mike Smith is a UNM history major, and the author of the
regionally bestselling Towns of the Sandia Mountains. E-mail him
suggestions for future columns at AntarcticSuburbs.nul

Check out the controversial crash video at:


[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/ for the lead]

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