|EDITOR AND STILL
James W. Moseley
Volume 51, No. 3
March 15th, 2004
(Whole Number 369)
OUR FIFTIETH YEAR!
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One of the boys' mothers laughed when she heard that Moreno denied her son's claim. Said she: "What is scary is that these are so-called real scientists. If these guys can be fooled by four kids, then this makes me disbelieve in all scientists!' She added that the teens will repeat their feat and videotape their work this time. But they will have to wait until wheat grows again, presumably in the Spring...
This may well be Pat's last conclave, as he will soon be retiring from his post office job and moving to Florida, where he hopes to set up a flying saucer museum near Orlando. We wish him well, and regret that we won't be able to attend this meeting, which is scheduled for the 27th and 28th of March.
See also Tom Benson's letter about Marcattilio's forthcoming convention in the letters section of this issue...
Our relationship with Yonah Fortner was a long and complex one, dating back to the late 1950s, when he wrote frequent articles for the old SAUCER NEWS. One series of articles was called "Extraterrestrialism as an Historical Doctrine", which purported to show that the god of the Old Testament was in reality a space being of some sort. Had he been willing to put this material in marketable form, he could have done very well, as he could have been covering some of the same ground that later made Erich von Daniken a rich man. But Yonah was always stubborn, if nothing else.
In the early 1960s we sent Yonah to Peru at our expense, to try to straighten out our legal problems there, relating to our alleged grave robbing activities a few years earlier. It is hard to say, objectively, whether Yonah made things better or worse. We did finally go back to Peru, but the good old days were over, and we never did get back into the business of exporting antiquities for fun & profit.
Yonah moved from New York to the Los Angeles area long ago, and we saw him there a couple of times, in conjunction with UFO conventions. He was one of the minor speakers at William Moore's legendary 1987 convention in Burbank, Ca., where the notorious MJ-12 documents were officially brought forth to the public for the first time. Yonah also spoke at several previous NUFOC conventions, and was arguably one of the founders of the NUFOC (National UFO Conference).
Yonah Fortner was a legitimate scholar with various degrees, real and imagined. He claimed to speak many languages, including very obscure ones. As a Jew, he hated antiSemitism, and this is why he wrote articles for SAUCER NEWS strongly condemning contactee George Hunt Williamson, whom he perceived as an enemy.
Very recently we have been in touch with Yonah by phone, hoping he would clarify a possibly false statement about Williamson in our book (with Karl Pflock) "Shockingly Close to the Truth!" On information from Yonah, we wrote that Williamson had been suspected of pushing his wife Betty off a cliff in the mountains of Peru, when the two of them were down there (with others) on metaphysical adventures - totally unrelated to our adventures in the same country during roughly the same period. In short, this accusation about Williamson gave kindly critic Jerome Clark an excuse to condemn the whole book, in a 7 1/2-page diatribe published in the International UFO Reporter, where Clark is an editor.
Could Fortner have made up the story about his arch-enemy Williamson? In retrospect we would have to say quite possibly. When dealing with Yonah, the truth was hard to come by. As mentioned earlier, he was a very complex individual!...
John Mack has written two books on this subject, after having been introduced to the abduction phenomenon by Budd Hopkins. Mack's first book, aptly called "Abductions", came out in 1994, and a second book in 1999 is called "Passport to the Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters". Obviously Mack himself has gone "further out" on the subject over the years, and this is also true of Hopkins, whose latest book defends the viability of invisible aliens - the existence of which is admittedly hard to prove! (Our thanks to Steve Barnett.)...
In brief, a teenager was driving alone after dark near Aurora, Indiana last January 24th, when he saw a "figure" crouched down near a puddle of water. He kept on going, and noticed in his rear view mirror a tall, abnormal creature walking on two legs, moving strangely with "pointed joints that buckled out" - whatever that means, he estimated the height at 6 feet, 7 inches (which is a suspiciously precise estimate, we would think!)
The sighting could perhaps be dismissed, except that an elderly couple going in the opposite direction spotted the same thing, turned their car around, and stopped to talk to the teenager. They had apparently seen the creature in detail, and it was thought, somehow, to be male, "although no clothing was noted". The passenger in the second vehicle stated: "It was no human being. It was no man".
The Web printout we have is not clear on this point, but apparently the young man failed to get the names or any other information from the elderly couple. This indeed makes the sighting less convincing, but still worth reporting to our faithful readers...
And if that story didn't rattle your nerves, here's a recent (early Jauuary) tale of a Chupacabras (literally, goat sucker) seen in central Chile by a state prosecutor, his wife, and daughter, as they drove through secondary roads in order to make their trip more scenic. We usually avoid Chupacabras sightings, as we are turned off by the fact that they are seen exclusively in Spanish-speaking countries and Spanish-speaking barrios in the United States. Why is this dreaded animal so selective in where he/she/it appears?
It was about 6 a.m., after driving all night, that the couple saw the creature. Their daughter was asleep on the back seat of the car. Say they: "It was horrible..I swear to you I've never seen anything like it. It was not like any known animal. It was halfway in the middle of the road, standing on two feet. It was completely covered in hair and had red eyes, and it was bent, with a hump on its back. The body was like a kangaroo. There were two small hands (forepaws) that it moved quickly. It looked at us, appeared to be just as scared as we were, and ran off, jumping into the bushes".
After recovering from the shock, the couple agreed that the most frightening detail was the creature's gaze and the two large fangs protruding from its upper jaw. They were like two tubes, one stuck to the other. "I don't have a word for it, but it's supernatural", said Robert Ayar, the state prosecutor who made this report. (Our thanks to Denis Corey for this one.)...
Now the Raelians are in the news again, in a smaller way. Calling themselves "an atheistic religion", they believe that all forms of life on Earth were created scientifically thousands of years ago by extraterrestrial visitors. In line with this, they organized demonstrations in Rome and around the world this past February 17th, to ask the Roman Catholic Church to rehabilitate a defrocked monk named Giodano Bruno, who, exactly 400 years previously, was sentenced to death at the stake for his unorthodox beliefs.
Bruno dared to declare that the Universe is infinite, and even worse, he suggested that some forms of life might exist outside the Earth. These ideas were considered heretical and contrary to Catholic doctrine. Now, with the very recent discovery of planets outside our solar system, Bruno is coming back into favor. Other philosophers from the late Middle Ages such as Galileo have been rehabilitated, but not Bruno.
There are about 60,000 Raelians around the world, and they have declared 2004 to be the "International Year of Atheism". It's a bizarre belief system, but they are right about Bruno! (Our thanks to Tom Benson.)...
And, we are surprised to learn that the Raelians are still into cloning! An article passed along to us by the mysterious "Ray X" of Plattsburgh, N.Y. informs us that the cult now claims the birth of a sixth cloned baby, this time in Sydney, Australia. Reaction seems to be split between those who feel it is another hoax, and those who believe it is immoral, illegal, and should be stopped. Stay tuned!...
Pratt is the author of a book called "UFO Danger Zone - Terror and Death in Brazil", and has also written numerous articles on the subject. Actually, he has devoted a great deal of his time and his own resources to studying this one area of the world - Brazil. It now seems that this ongoing Brazilian mystery, while definitely involving UFOs of some sort, is separate from and somewhat different from the over-all worldwide saucer phenomenon.
Since the 1950s more than 1,500 sightings have been investigated in this one section of that country. Most of the events are similar, involving extremely bright relatively small balls of light, of various colors, that appear at very low altitude and seem to follow or even chase some extremely frightened people. There have been a very few abductions - one lasting 4 1/2 days, allegedly - and a handful of deaths and injuries. But most of the sightings are of the kind just described, almost as if the witnesses had been comparing notes. Could this be the case? Though unlikely, the possibility must be considered. Nevertheless, "The Valley of the Old Women" (English translation) does indeed seem to be a land of mystery! We can only hope that someday more investigators will become involved there, in spite of the isolation of the area in question...
The legend is that Ike made a secret trip to nearby Edwards Air Force Base to meet extraterrestrials. Just as strange - and this is historical fact - the president was actually reported dead in an Associated Press story that day, which stated: "Pres. Eisenhower died tonight of a heart attack in Palm Springs". Two minutes later, they retracted the story and said he had merely gone to the dentist! It is highly unlikely that anyone would confuse these two events! Subsequent investigation shows that in all probability Ike did go to the dentist that day, but it cannot be proven.
A fringe group called BSRA (Borderland Sciences Research Foundation), which still exists under contemporary leadership, made a big fuss about the alleged Eisenhower meeting with the ETs. We remember dimly that in their journal, they named three prominent citizens who were either witnesses or had direct knowledge of the event. None could ever be induced to comment, however.
It's all somewhat strange, but by no means definitive, one way or the other!...
Anyhow, the excitement here is that Element ll5 was the legendary item which engineer Bob Lazar claimed to be "saucer fuel", many years ago. As nearly as we can recall, Lazar lifted a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of #ll5 while working at top-secret Area 51, and it was later taken away from him somehow. The details are unclear to us now, but it is amusing that the real #ll5, now discovered for the first time, lasts less than one second before changing back into something else. That would make it hard to walk off with! Being highly radioactive, it would also be extremely dangerous to walk off with. 2.2 pounds of it would perhaps be very valuable, if that amount could ever be created at one time.
Lazar raved that higher artificial elements such as #115 are stable, and this may yet prove to be true regarding #ll8 and higher. Perhaps there is weird matter out there somewhere with properties we can only guess at, at this stage of scientific development. All we know for sure is that Bob Lazar was a buffoon - and dead wrong! We have not heard anything about him for a long time, and we assume he has crept back into the woodwork, perhaps to search for more weird elements.
P.S: There was a rumor recently that #118 has been discovered, but it turned out that a scientist from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory had falsified the data in making this claim. Ain't science grand?...
Eventually Ford apparently went off the deep end completely, and was jailed for trying to poison a Long Island public official. He was supposed to get out in a few years, but we now learn he is still being held in a facility called the Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center, in New York State.
Ford corresponded with "Smear" for awhile after going to prison, and we printed his letters - in which he proclaimed his innocence. We then lost track of him. He is still seeking to file lawsuits against those whom he feels railroaded him into the slammer. Thank goodness most ufologists are at least in somewhat better mental health than Ford!...
Of those few who have actually accepted the Challenge, no one has won, so far - maybe because the terms in the "fine print" make it almost impossible for such talents, if any, to shine through. "Randi doesn't optimize conditions", laments one loser, and in this statement he is absolutely correct!
Curiously, no one seems to have considered 'the implications of something revealed in the various death notices. Berlitz was an active duty U.S. Army intelligence officer for at least 13 years. Egad!
Since The Field's usually watchful paranoids dropped the ball or were too frightened to pick it up, I decided Something Must De Done. I contacted one of my many Reliable Sources, a man who knew Berlitz very well. Here's what he said:
"He was a Lt. Col., I think. Served from about 1940 until maybe just after Korea. Most of his wartime service was in South America (Argentina, Brazil) socializing with, and keeping tabs on, the various pro-Nazi factions in that region. As such, he fell under the purview of the OSS, the Army group that would later become the CIA. I recall him once telling me about getting picked up by some other American agents and having a devil of a time convincing them he was one of them. After the war, I think he went to Europe to train Army language instructors in the 'Berlitz method.'"
Perhaps teaching language-instruction techniques wasn't all Berlitz was up to during those post-World War I1 years - and who knows how many more of covert reserve duty thereafter. Suppose his teaching was nothing more than a cover for espionage. Suppose his Believer persona was a fiction, setting him up perfectly as a disinformation agent in place. Suppose he wrote "The Bermuda Trianglee, "The Philadelphia Experiment", and "The Roswell Incident" at the behest of those who seek to keep The Truth from us, further muddying the already murky ufological-Fortean waters. Berlitz' coauthor on "Philadelphia" and "Roswell" was none other than William L. Moore, self-confessed collaborator of shadowy government agents. Suppose "Falcon" and friends were just pawns in an elaborate scheme to protect the identity of the major player: Charles Berlitz.
Hey, if Donald Menzel makes sense to you as a member of MJ-12, why not Charles Berlitz as an agent thereof? Ponder this and be afraid. Oh, oh..
Help! The paranoids are after me!
"There have been recent vitriolic attacks on an Internet discussion website regarding our upcoming "Great UFO/ET Congress of March, 2004", the final such event for our geographical area, where the attackers claimed that two of our speakers' topics appear laughable to scientific circles. Perhaps the attackers were thinking about the likes of Dr. Condon, Dr. Menzel, and Dr. Sagan.
"One of the speakers attacked claims he is in contact with entities from outer space. This is not much different a claim than those of potential millions of abductees referred to in the Roper Poll, or who appear at MUFON Symposiums as speakers or on the 'experiencers' panel at the UFO Abductions Study Conference held at M.I.T. in 1992, which I attended as a presenter.
"The other speaker attacked has a Ph.D., and is the author of 30 books, including one on Vampires. The attacker wrote that Vampires are from 1930s Eastern Europe. This speaker has done extensive research onsite in Eastern Europe and elsewhere on the Vampire topic. The topic has also been referenced by Dr. Jacques Vallee and Bob Pratt in their books...
"If the attackers want to do real science, instead of jumping to misleading conclusions regarding the speakers' veracity, and want to expand their scientific horizons, they need to attend our conference!"
Dates and location of said conference already given earlier in this issue. - Editor.
"...On February 17th, the day after President's Day, our London Branch Office received a very out of the ordinary letter with a photograph which is enclosed for the 'Smear' editor's evaluation. It appears that this letter from Agent M. Akjac may have opened a stealthy door into the Crop Circle phenomenon. The machine in the photo looks very much like a scaled down motorcycle with a CropCycle nameplate for identification. The figure behind the machine is very recognizable as a Grey in what could pass for a CropCycle Showroom. The Akjac letter indicated that more than two dozen CropCycles are now in use worldwide producing Crop Circles!
"The technology used in creating the actual complicated Crop Circle designs is still not fully understood, but it is under study in London. It is suspected that the legitimate ...hmmm... Crop Circles are created with the ...hmmm... CropCycle, using Quantum values of black light gravity beams. Not easy to understand, but neither is the Crop Circle phenomenon!"
"Sorry for not writing sooner. I was finishing up my book about Paul Bennewitz. As of right now, the title is 'Project Beta: An Adventure in The Disinformation Age'. Who knows what the publisher (Paraview/Simon & Schuster) will do with it by the time it is released in October?...
"Last week I went to Bob Brown's Laughlin, Nevada conference for a day and a half. I don't know what's happening, but the UFO people seem to have recovered from the post-9/ll doldrums, and there were about 700 people there. Bob's daughters and their friend Emily (?) are still the hot attraction, although the program also featured remote viewer Joe McMoneagle and the ever-present Budd Hopkins, who reports in his new book that the reason for the apparent invisibility of saucers and aliens to any outside witnesses in many abductions is that they ARE invisible. He and his lovely wife proceeded to explain that invisibility is advancing apace in the world of cutting-edge science, to prove that it's not impossible. Personally, I couldn't understand how not seeing anything advanced the subject or would prove anything to anyone outside the UFO community, it was interesting, nevertheless...
"For awhile I thought you were angry with me for the mysterious film disappearance episode during my party at the Las Vegas (Henderson, Nevada) party. You didn't even mention my (or Kenn Thomas') name as the host. Who do you think was responsible? Have you seen the piece examining that fateful night that Grant Cameron put up on the (cursed) net? I'm glad to finally be accused of being an evil government agent!..."
We are 99.9% sure that the villain in this "mysterious" but trivial film incident was none other than Nick Redfern, co-author of a new book that we plan to review. - Editor.
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"You will notice our new information on the masthead of this letter, regarding our new phone numbers along with our fax and e-mail address. I would deeply appreciate it if you would list these in your next issue of 'Saucer Smear'".
Phone = 818-882-0052. Fax = 818-882-0047. E-mail = email@example.com. - Editor.
"...I have spent some time reviewing the new (sic) MJ-12 documents, and while I admit I had dismissed them out of hand as the work of some frustrated wannabe researcher who had nothing better to do with his time, I am now not so sure this is the case. Don't get me wrong. I am not convinced that they are legit in terms of the info revealed, but I'm not sure they are the work of one of our own. The sheer bulk and number of documents argues against this. Unlike the first batch which numbered 15 to 20 pages, we are talking about hundreds of pages that the Woods have released, with many more still being studied. Many of them make no sense in terms of a hoaxer spending time to rattle our cages, but some do make sense if there were bigger fish to fry. There may also be a link to the late Leonard Stringfield, but I have not finished studying the connection. I'll tell you more as it develops..."
Almost 50 bulls in Wisconsin suffered groin injuries in February and March after attempting to mate with a cast iron cow that a farmer had placed in the middle of a pasture to scare off birds. "I'm currently being sued by several dairy farmers for vet bills," he said. The Week, 22 Mar 2003.
A fossil found near Onefour in southeastem Alberta has been identified as the wodd's largest dinosaur dropping. The 75-million-year-old coprolite is about the size of a kitchen stove and contains well-preserved dinosaur muscle tissue, which is extremely rare. A paper on the find was published in the scientific journal Poloios. [UPI] 7 Sept. 2003.
|The rapturous welcome to the young spoon-bender Uri Geller was beginning to fade. This month, claiming to have received death threats, he fled back to Israel, where he was greeted by a new controversy. A Swedish woman blamed him for her pregnancy. Her copper IUD coil bent, she said, while watching Uri onTV. Her doctor confirmed that it was quite buckled and rendered useless as a contraceptive device. No legal suit followed and Uri toughed it out. Fortean Times, March, 1974||
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