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50 Years Of Uruguayan X-Files

From: Scott Corrales <lornis1.nul>
Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2007 10:52:35 -0400
Archived: Fri, 02 Nov 2007 13:07:07 -0400
Subject: 50 Years Of Uruguayan X-Files

The Journal of Hispanic Ufology

November 2, 2007

Source: El Pais de Montevideo


Date: October 29, 2007-11-02

Uruguay: 50 Years of X-Files

CIOVI, the pioneer organization in the study of the UFO
phenomenon, says farewell after half a century without obtaining
any proof of alien life. The Uruguayan Air Force receives 40
reports of "sightings" each year.

by Andres Lopez Reilly

In 2008, the commission that began studying UFOs in Uruguay will
celebrate its 50th birthday. It will be a celebration and
farewell party, because "people are no longer interested in the
subject." The Uruguayan Air Force, however, received 40 reports
of sightings over the past year.

On April 29, 1958, a group of youngsters inaugurated UFO
research in Uruguay, inspired by Hollywood-produced "flying
saucer" movies and the stories of sightings and strange
phenomena arriving from all over the world. They formed the
Centro de Investigacion de Objetos Voladores No Identificados
(CIOVI =96 Center For UFO Research).

These Uruguayans are now in their Seventies and openly admit
that the force that motivated them at the time was having an
encounter with "beings from outer space".

While dismissed as "crazy" by many, they approached the subject
seriously and systematically, to the extent that the
investigation system devised by CIOVI was adopted years later by
the Uruguayan Air Force=92s Comision Receptora de Denuncias Ovni
(CRIDOVNI) which has been in operation since 1979.

CIOVI is a non-profit civilian organization which in fact
stopped engaging in research years ago, although it maintains a
web page and its members remain in touch, always attentive to
the news items that emerge all over the world on the subject.
The only two members who remain from the original group are
Milton Hourcade, who currently resides in the U.S.A., and German
Vazquez, whose employment in the personnel office of the defunct
"Alpargatas" factory made him the ideal choice for interviewing
UFO sighting witnesses.

The remaining six members make up the current board of CIOCI,
which shall celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. However,
its birthday party shall be its farewell party, because "people
have lost interest in the subject and are no longer surprised
about anything," said German Valdez to El Pais in an interview
from his home in the Malvin district. 50 yeas later, Vazquez
summarizes CIOVI=92s research in a single phrase that many may not
care to hear: "The UFO phenomenon exists, but it=92s sociological.
If intelligent alien life exists, it never reached Planet

Attraction for "flying saucers" began on June 24, 1947 in the
U.S. when Kenneth Arnold saw 9 objects rising and falling amid
the peaks of Mount Rainier. "Arnold said they were like saucers
skipping on water. Had the pilot been Uruguayan, he would have
said "haciendo sapito" (making like small toads). He never said
they were flying saucers. When he drew the object, he depicted
them with a triangular shape," added CRIOVNI=92s founder.

"The press took hold of the expression and talk of flying
saucers began. But what is curious and most eye-catching is that
after Arnold, who did not see them, everyone began talking about
saucers," Vazquez continued. "I always tell my comrades, when I
see someone who brings me a photo of a saucer-shaped object, I
begin to mistrust. This was a journalistic invention with no
basis in reality."

The most typical UFO pilgrimage place in Uruguay by those who
want to have some sort of "contact" experience is the La Aurora
de Salto ranch, where a strange phenomenon occurred in the 1970s
which, according to researchers, was purely meteorological.

CRYONIC shares Cove's belief that no strange phenomenon ever
occurred in "La Aurora".

Sources of the Uruguayan Air Force told El Pays that the first
man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, visited the ranch on
two occasions as a reporter for Newsweek, researching claims on
sightings and strange phenomena, but "never as a representative
for NASA".

La Aurora is a agricultural and livestock ranch located only a
few meters from the Salt-Payson bridge over the Drayman River.
The ranch extends into both of these departments.

In a recent report on the Santos Pendants program of El
Spectator, one of the ranch=92s owners, Tulia Tuna, recalled the
event that made the place prominent 31 years ago. "What we
witnessed was as from February 1976. Very powerful lights
appeared out of nowhere producing burns on trees, animals and
people. That=92s what we saw. Then a very powerful light would
light up all of the ranches in the vicinity at night. And well,
people saw it. It was hard to conceal this because the whole
world could see what was going on."

 This phenomenon, described by the Uruguayan Air Force and COVE
as "ball lightning", left the soil charred and some dead animals
were found.

"A local doctor from Salt began picking up radiation and some
Japanese working at the Salt Grande Dam came over with a gadget
that uncovered the presence of high radiation. And that=92s what
happened to famous Mob tree. It was necessary to close the
doors, obviously, out of a concern for people and some stories
that circulated that were untrue," said Tuna.

Access to Estancia La Aurora is through a dirt road that splits
off from Route 3. It is not a tourist ranch, as many believe,
although it is a popular destination due to is proximity to the
well-known Padre Pio grotto.

German Vazquez warns that "some people profit off of this
subject" and charge up to $2000 for a visit to La Aurora. "They
prepare you for what you=92re going to see and then they make you
see what they want," he stated. "A friend paid $2000. He brought
some binoculars along and he was told to stare at a fixed point.
When he did so, all he saw was a star. Other people wept and
said "We saw it! We saw it!," he explained.


Translation (c) 2007, S. Corrales, IHU
Special thanks to Luis Eduardo Pacheco, Proyecto Stratocat

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