From: Giuliano Marinkovic <giuliano.marinkovic.nul> Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2011 22:03:34 +0200 Archived: Thu, 04 Aug 2011 01:45:00 -0400 Subject: More On Belgian UFO Hoax >From: Giuliano Marinkovic <giuliano.marinkovic.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2011 21:01:53 +0200 >Subject: Re: Iconic Belgian UFO Claimed To Be A Hoax <snip> >Based on my request, user "chikane" from Paracast forum has just >finished translation of the 16 minute RTL video that I mentioned >in my previous post. Guests in the studio were Auguste Meessen >and Pierre Magarain. >Video is available here: >http://www.rtl.be/videos/video/345410.aspx >Translation source (credits goes to chikane): >http://tinyurl.com/3fldy97 <snip> Those are latest updates from user "chikane" of the Paracast forum: Source: http://tinyurl.com/3prdlsw Patrick M. has recently been interviewed by a French ufologic association (OVNI-Languedoc). The dialogue has been posted on the web. I found it very interesting as it adresses a lot of the questions that would come to anyone's mind and some that have been raised on the paracast forum. Here's the transcript of this recent interview (source in French): http://ovnilanguedoc.canalblog.com/ (OL is OVNI-Languedoc and PM is patrick M.) ----- OL: Why did you wait for so long before speaking the truth? PM: At the beginning, I didn't really care about the picture, I just got interested in what was going on when people talked about it. Of course, I wanted to say everything many times, but it was only these last few days, while reading again some articles on the web, that it appeared to me it was high time to tell the truth. OL: who did you contact to reveal the truth on the photo of Petit Rechain and how did you end up being interviewed on television and in front of videocameras? PM: I contacted RTL. I just wanted to explain how and why I made the photo, without taking side, but with anonimity. As it wasn't possible, I accepted appear on the medias but without my family name and my adress being said. OL: the revelation that the photo was a hoax has deceived a lot ufologists whom many considered it genuine. Did you anticipate this type of reaction? PM: No, I never wanted to deceive anyone and I apologise for this. And certainly not the SOBEPS who did a lot of work, not on my photo but all over Belgium. This photo is nothing compared to all the testimonies received at this time. Me, I just put a picture on what thousands of people had seen and I apologise to them. They had the chance to see and I benefited from what they saw. This certainly doesn't put in question the Belgium wave. It's there and will remain so. Many apologies to SOBEPS, and particularly to Patrick Ferryn, Michel Bougard, Lucien Clerebaut, Auguste Meessen and to the whole world. OL: what happened to the model? PM: I destroyed it soon after. OL: I had to search what frigolite was. You also used three lamps. How did you make the photo? Was the model suspended on a string? PM: actually, there were 4 lamps. I cut the model from the frigolite material, of 60 or 70 cms length along the large basis, I painted it with a metallic blue bomb colour that was left. The colour was causing the frigolite to melt, which gave a multitude of humps. I put some lamps of flaslight, the one of the center, I painted it with a permanent red felt, and connected the whole to a 9V battery. I suspended the model in the garden more or less at a height of 2 m. Many strings were necessary to place the model in the right position. I put my camera on a tripod and while watching that nothing would come across the frame of the camera I took photos at different times, actually slides. After having them developped, I chose one I liked. OL: You just met M. Auguste Meessen. He wondered about things you couldn't answer, for example, why 4 lights were visible when you used only 3 lamps or the reasons why the colour is changing when the lamps were the same. Does it seem strange to you? PM: I talked a lot with M. Meessen since then and it has never been question of 3 lamps but 4, and I told him I was not able to explain what happened. Me, I'm not a scientist. By now, I explained to him how I proceeded and he has an idea as why it could happened and the reason why nobody was able to see that it was only a model, but we still work on it. OL: How did your meeting with COBEPS take place? PM: at the time, it outranged any hope and I couldn't confess the lie, I just told an imaginary story, the shortest possible without much detail. OL: Do you know someone else that could confirm your testimony? PM: Yes, M. Meessen doesn't really believe me. At the time I confided in a colleague at the factory and showed him everything. I gave him [Meessen] the name and the place where he was living at the time as I didn't have any contact with him for more or less 15 years. He found him who confirmed that I'd made a model and all I've said. OL: Another model will be rebuilt? Why? PM: M. Meessen told me that it wasn't necessary anymore but since I promised to make one, yes I'm going to do it again and see what it'll give. However, it's clear that it won't reproduce exactly what was obtained the first time without any calculation. OL: Have you earned any money with this story? PM: No, I never earned anything at the time nor today. There's certainly the photographer of that time, M. Mosay, to whom I lent the slide who, maybe, has earned something, but me, no. Except for the exchange of my camera that I was asked to lend for analysis and, quite some time after, when I wanted to get it back, it was proposed a slightly better one in exchange. I agreed. Out of curiosity, I'd like to know if someone earned something with my photo and how much. OL: Did your life change because of your revelation? PM: Surely not, there's no reason why. OL: what do you think of the UFO phenomenon? PM: I believe in UFOs, well I believe that if we're here, there's no reason that there wouldn't be another planet inhabited. From that to say they'd be able to come here... Maybe they're less developped than us, who knows. ----- "at OL, as elsewhere, we've been very disappointed to learn that this photo came from a youngster's prank. However, it doesn't question, as says Patrick M. the Belgium wave in its whole. Hundreds, thousands of people in Whom military or civil pilots, or even police personnel have observed un explained phenomena at this time" Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. 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