|EDITOR AND STILL
James W. Moseley, J.S.
Volume 43, No. 4
April 25th, 1996
P. 0. Box 1709
Key West, FL 33041
When Smear heard of this sensational new development, we contacted several people including Professor Charles Moore of Socorro, N.M., who is remembered as having been the project engineer on the 1947 balloon project now known to the world as Project Mogul. Prof. Moore, though he would not call himself a UFO researcher, has taken a keen interest in the probable link between Project Mogul and the Roswell crash. He has also investigated the 1964 alleged UFO landing in Socorro; and when he heard about this newly-discovered fragment, he took pictures and he also became involved in a scientific analysis of the item.
Thus it was that Moore, Littell, a retired industrial designer naned Miller Johnson, and the Roswell city police chief met on March 29th at the State Bureau of Mines in Socorro, for the purpose of making an analysis.
The fragment is triangular, about 63 millimeters in length, with a base width of about 36 mm. The metal is very thin, being no more than 1/4 mm in thickness. As the pictures show, the fragment has been mounted in a frame, and one can see two rectangular clamps, each with a hole in it.
The front side of the fragment appears to be copper with a curious fuzzy silver-like pattern plated on it, somewhat like a poor printed circuit with fuzzy edges to the thick curved lines. (No circuit elements were apparent, however.) There are creases extending the length of the object, much as though this were part of a metal diaphragm with planned creases bent in the thin sheet for easy flexure. The outer edges of the fragment are irregular and appear to be torn.
The back side is all silvery with no copper showing. There is no tarnish on the silver surfaces to be seen on either side of the fragment. The back side in particular appears to be bright, untarnished metal.
The analysis showed a mixture of copper and silver, with other trace elements. Someone suggested to the group that a further analysis be done, to determine the isotopes In the copper. For complicated reasons, this would determine - with probability, not certainty - whether or not this particular copper comes from our solar system. Such a test, unlike the one already done, would destroy a tiny portion of the fragment, and would thus require permission of the owner(s). But sure enough, we don't yet know just who these owners are or where they are - or at least this is the situation as we go to press. (Sounds a little like the alien autopsy video story, doesn't it!)
The big question is: Could this fragment be associated with the then-secret balloons launched in 1947 by the New York University (NYU) group, now known as Mogul? The answer is probably not, according to Moore, who says:
"The fragment clearly is not related to one of the radar targets or any of the other equipment used by the NYU group. Such a diaphragm may have been in the microphone section of the sonobucys that we flew, but if this were the case, there is the question as to how it became exposed so that the alleged GI could have pocketed it..."
Thus Moore believes that the fragment is probably part of an unknown terrestrial technical device of some sort, but he is very interested in having the above-mentioned copper test done, in hopes of learning further information.
Amazingly, we know of two other supposed Roswell fragments that have turned up in the past few weeks. Antonio Huneeus tells us of one which has been acquired by the Space & UFO Museum in Hakui City, Japan, which is due to open to the public on July 1st of this year. It too is being anal- yzed. And from another source we hear of a Los Angeles TV station which has purchased a 2-foot-long piece of metallic debris, all but the tip preserved in beeswax! The station bought it from the widow of a Los Alamos physicist. This one, however, has already been analyzed and found to be a common steel alloy used in aircraft construction.
How odd, indeed, that Roswell fragments are showing up an incredible 49 years after the supposed UFO crash. But there's always a chance that one cf them is real! (Our very sincere thanks to Charles Moore, Karl Pflock, Antonio Hunneus, and others.)
Present were seven worthwhile speakers, including Dr. John Mack, whom we met for the first time. He seemed haggard and under some kind of strain or pressure. Once again, his talk made us feel that he projects his own world view onto the aliens.
Whitley Strieber was friendly, as when we met him at the Mobile, Alabama convention last Fall. He told us in informal conversation that he has indeed lost the "cabin" he had in New York State, where many of his weird experiences occurred. The bank took it over in a most peculiar way, according to Strieber, who now lives in San Antonio, Texas. He said he is almost broke, having lost a great deal of money by investing in the movie version of "Communion", which was apparently not very successful. His next book will be called "The Secret School", based on childhood experiences.
Interestingly, your editor had dinner one evening with a group which included abductee Judy Veltidi. She is the woman whose children were shown in the recent NOVA abduction TV production. She told of how upset Budd Hopkins had been regarding the content and slant of the show. But when Ms. Veltidi realized that your editor is a semi-skeptic, she suddenly became very hostile, and we wisely avoided further conversation with her for the rest of the meal.
For us the high point of the convention came near the start of the "Speakers' Panel" Friday evening, when we confronted Stanton Friedman with the information about Roswell contained in our lead article in the last Smear. No one catches old Stan off guard, and we didn't expect to. He said, in effect, "That 1948 document was only classified SECRET, so it is irrelevant to Roswell". Good answer, but not good enough, in our opinion.
Other speakers included Dr. Michael Grosso, a superb philosopher; Dr. Barry Downing, who insists on believing in angels; Michael Lindemann, who was simplistic in his approach and used slides of highly questionable UFO cases; and Dr. Edith Fiore, whom we did not hear at all.
In reality, we learned more from hanging out with a few friends than we did from the speakers. These friends included ex-MUFONite Rex Salisberry; Tim Brigham of "The Devil's Advocate"; and authoress (?) Mia Adams, whose book "The Excyles" has been grossly maligned in two consecutive issues of Bob Girard's Arcturus Books catalogue, even though Bob has undoubtedly never read the book!
We can sum up the Spirit of the convention by quoting the strange contents of a pink printed sheet handed to us by someone named Patricia Ann Zavoda. Says she: "Philosophy of Life: As I place my lips on the balls of the bull, I work my way up to his ear and whisper, `I Love You:'" Way to go, Patricia!
The whole controversy centers around pictures which suggest rather than show artificial structures. We call it Subliminal Vision, a talent which Erik Beckjord has made famous with his highly questionable photos of Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and god-knows-what-else.
And yet, who can say for sure that some of these photo interpretations may not be valid! We have a recent article from a Palm Beach (Fl.) newspaper with the screaming headline "EXTRATERRESTRIAL LANDING BASE FOUND ON MOON; Hubble Telescope sights craft, hangar near Tranquility Base". Unfortunately the date on the newspaper is April 1st, 1996...
Smear readers should recall that Randle has always opposed the authenticity of the MJ-12 documents, whereas his fellow Roswell expert Stanton Friedman has always taken the opposite view vigorously, and continues to do so.
In summarizing his 2-page article in lUR, Randle states:
"....The MJ-12 Operations Manual, like the rest of the MJ-12 documents, is a fake for these reasons: It does not conform to the regulations; it contains inaccurate information, and it is incomplete. We have no provenance for it, we can't find independent verification of it from other government agencies, and no evidence for its validity has ever been offered."Way to go, Captain Kevin!...
We have the following gem from a transcript of a Pensacola, Florida radio talk show called "Terra Nova". On March 31st of this year Stanton Friedman was the guest of the evening, and one of the listeners who called in was Tim Brigham of "The Devil's Advocate". Brigham's question was: "I was wondering if Stanton could comment on the research that Robert Todd has done on Jesse Marcel and his military record. It seemed very damaging (to Marcel) and I wonder if he's heard about that."
Friedman's reply is both nasty and unduly personal in regard to Todd, and reads in part as follows:
"...Oh, of course I've heard about it, and I've been aware of Mr. Todd's antics for many, many years. He's an interesting individual, Bob Todd. This latest thing is in keeping. He often wrote very nasty letters. He's filed over 1,000 FOlA requests, some of them with very nasty letters. I'm going back at least 20 years, I guess. Bob lives at home with his parents. He's in his 40s or 50s I guess. He's never had a job. He's never had a security clearance, and he's never visited an archive. He leaps to conclusions. He did apparently get a copy of Major Jesse Marcel's military records. But if you read what he wrote, he wrote a really nasty piece on it, viciously attacking Kevin Randle as `Mr. Wrongway', and I don't know where that one comes from.
"But, uh, whenever Bob is thwarted by people who don't agree with him, he gets mad at them. If you look carefully at what he says, he'll say, `Roswell researchers say'. He doesn't say who, he doesn't say where, he doesn't say what; his broad brush treatment. He also implies that military records are 100% accurate and complete..."
Unfortunately, Friedman does not really deal with any of the specifics of Todd's criticisms of Marcel, as detailed in our January 10th, 1996 issue...
Robert Bigelow is the same man who last year abruptly ended his financial association with the "UFO Research Coalition" consisting of CUFOS, FUFOR, and MUFON. (Our thanks to ace investigator Bill LaParl for this one)...
"Harry passed away Nov. 9th, 1995, of congestive heart failure at age 58... His passing was kept secret by his girlfriend for 4 months, though she could have easily notified people. Harry lived a reclusive life even when he lived in New Jersey (before he moved to Miami Beach, Florida). He didn't trust anyone in the UFO field, and after seeing the (space) ships with me in Pine Bush in 1980, he wouldn't deal with anyone in the UFO community. In Florida he never installed a phone..."
All the above is true. We knew Harry when he lived in the same block with us in Guttenberg, New Jersey, years ago, and he never invited us to his apartment, though he visited ours occasionally. On Miami Beach, he would meet with us at a hotel near where he lived, but never at his place, for which we never even had the address!
Harry apparently worked for the Miami Herald newspaper, and wrote free-lance articles with his married (to someone else) girlfriend on the side. A UFO book of his was published in Spanish a couple of years ago, but there was never an English edition. For several years he wrote frequently for the now-defunct "Pursuit" UFO magazine. He was a Smear non-subscriber for a long time, until we eased him off the mailing list awhile back. It seems highly unlikely at this point that he will ever renew his non-subscription.
"I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU HOW MUCH WE WOULD GIVE TO HAVE ONE OF THESE CRASH IN AN AREA SO THAT WE COULD RECOVER WHATEVER THEY ARE? (Emphasis added.)....
Also for sale is our own book (ghost-written by the late Gray Barker) called,"UFO Crash Secrets at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base". Only $10.00, or $9.OO autographed - by Moseley, not Barker,...
Other conventions in the next few months include "The 7th Great UFO/ ET Alien & Abduction Congress" in Bordentown, New Jersey, on April 19th- 21st; and the Great Plains UFO Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on July 27th and 28th, which will feature lectures by famed abductee Christa Tilton, John Mack, and others. Wish we could be there for that one!...
Sounds like a good deal to us!
Note in the drawings above that Serious Presidential Candidate Bob Dole may well be an alien hybrid! For more information, write to Gene Buck at P.O.Box 4644, Seattle, Wa. 98104...
The McClure book is available from the author for five dollars (cash only) at: 23 Strawberrydale Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HGl 5EA, England.
Does he believe that any of these objects come from other planets? The book jacket does not make this clear. Therefore for the answer to that question, you will need to send $16 to Hampton Roads Publishing, Inc.,l34 Burgess Lane, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902.
"This is in reference to the comments made by Christopher Allan from England regarding Dr. Wilbert B. Smith.We know of many extraterrestrial objects that fall to Earth steaming hot and eventually cool off. They are called meteors. - Editor.
"I never had the honor of meeting Wilbert Smith, known to his friends as Webb. He was the official scientist for the Canadian government in their investigation of UFOs. He worked closely with our CIA as well as agencies in other countries. He was well known for his statement: `We Are Not Alone'.
"I did have the honor of meeting his widow Merle soon after his death. They were close personal friends to Admiral Herbert Knowles and Commander Darrah, U.S. Navy. Barney and I met frequently with Merle and Canadian military officers at the Admiral's home. Merle was the official social secretary of the Canadian government. Sometimes Barney and I visited them in Ottawa.
"As for the `foundry waste', this huge object came down from the sky in flames. After several days of cooling, attempts were made to examine it. This was impossible, as it could not be opened, could not be cut, hammered, or broken apart, although some small pieces were chiseled off. Some were given to a U.S. UFO organization, where they were promptly lost and never found again. However, the main body of this object still exists. It has been examined by many scientists, and today it is still an unknown."
"...I have a couple of items for your new regular feature, `Screw-Ups' in the Last Issue:
- "The first `R' in my title stands for `Reviled', not `Revered'.
- "Whatever else he may be, John Schuessler is not an MD. He holds an undergraduate engineering degree (electrical engineering, I think) and a master's (MS) in `Studies of the Future, Technology Forecasting' from the University of Houston, Clear Lake... .He `administers the MUFON Medical Committee, composed of consultants with medical degrees' (official MUFON words). This may be the source of your confusion.
"My, my - Mia Adams/Shiela Franklin looks like a hot babe. I wonder why she has to make up stories about alien/FBI lovers?..."
"An FBI memo of the late 194Os stated that the Army and Air Force considered UFOs TOP SECRET. To date I know of only two TOP SECRET Air Force UFO documents, and could find none in the released Blue Book files. The very nature of the security classification would mean there was a national security involvement. As General Bolender noted in 1969, `Reports which could affect National Security. are NOT part of the Blue Book System'. Clearly there are lots of TOP SECRET UFO documents in government possession somewhere...
"...Regarding Whitley Strieber, there is a definite progression cf weirdness from `Communion' to `Breakthrough'. I guess he needs the money, and weird sells. In one sense Strieber and his wife seem like normal, everyday people, but at the same time I get the impression that he's just in it for a buck. I mean, he writes what they want to hear, and he was out of ufology until he went broke. And of course, he wrote imaginative books before `Communion',
"I have saved the best for last. This is a quote from the tapes of Strieber's Class at the Pensacola UFO Conference:`I was meditating out in the woods, and I noticed a kind of breeze sorta fool around with my balls, to be perfectly crude. ` (Tape 2, side 1, counter 185)"