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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Are There Doors in the World?

A novel that I like quite a bit is Charles deLint's The Little Country. In that book he allows the reader to believe that there are places where [my phrase now] "the world grows thin" and one can pass from one reality to another --- for we Earthlings, Terra to Faerie, or whatever one wants to call your favorite "other place". In deLint's book, the transporting place was the Men-an-Tol in Cornwall. 

I used the picture above long ago { 11/21/09 } on this blog to lead off a wildly Out Proctor claim by an old Alaskan copper miner that he had in fact stumbled through such a portal and knew exactly where it was. He had written of all people a UFOlogist about this, and his letter was passed on to Allen Hynek, who I presume did nothing about it --- it would have been a cold rough trip to the Yellowknife Copper Mountains region of upper Canada. 

This was the general region that he described....

.... and this was the specific. There is a Willow Creek running west/east on the left side of the map, and a lake pooling in it. He mentioned Willow Lake as his main camp. {so get your tickets}.

The countryside is not scenic. The ground is mainly rock with a moss and lichen cover. His job was to wander about this area pounding on promising looking surfaces, and if lucky taking samples for lab analysis. It was near the end of a tenure out in this wilderness when he was finished with his job and just decided to wander, when his adventure happened. Before I go into it though, here is why I'm writing about this again: a regular reader of this blog noticed that this story, slightly different [as it came from a relative of the witness whose letter Hynek had] had been been posted on another site. As the story was the same [all the settings were identical plus the beginning and ending], but different [the original witness correspondence had left out some high strangeness], this "news" cried out for a new hearing.

The part of the story that I had had him walking into a nearby but new area and coming upon a narrow gully, almost a cleft, in the low mountain there. This cleft was only four feet wide and about 50 feet long. It took a 50 foot drop to get down there. {some of this fellow's description is a bit unclear to me, but I'm going to assume that it was the initial gouge in the cliff-face which was 4x50 and after that you got out into a small gully which widened out a little.}

Once into this gully he saw some odd rocks which were very puzzling to him plus one old dead tree and no other signs of life. What fixed his attention though was a "stable" highly localized fog bank shaped like a tube. This was too much to resist so he walked into it.

In "my" letter, he walks two steps into the mist and begins to see a vast grassy field which increased in height as he walked until it was three feet high. Startled, he walked back out. He couldn't resist however and again walked back in.

As he penetrated the mist further, he began to see more to his left and right which allowed him to see much greenery and even what he called "an oasis", as the mist left him. In my letters at this moment he says his mind went blank except for a fight or flight instinct, and he forced himself to stagger and crawl out of there, soon returning to camp. But with the new material from his relative, it appears that he left a little something out --- understandable when you read it and consider that he was trying to get people to believe his story so as to go back up there with him to reclaim this location.

So what happened when the mist cleared and he was surrounded by the beautiful green world?

He had company .... apparently interested company. My composition above isn't exactly accurate [ robes only went to the knees and they had sandals ] but the feeling is creepily in synch with the way these entities made our fellow feel. ... which was almost nauseous with fear and shaken. He said that these "persons" just hung there in the air staring at him from their vantage of three feet off the ground. They never addressed him nor one another ... just silently stared.

This, understandably, made him want to get-the-hell out of there, and he scrambled up a nearby slope to put distance between them. One of the entities continued to turn in his direction as he climbed. There was one more Whackland experience before he "got back to reality." He came to a small hillside lake, or something. This "lake" consisted of two triangular bodies of water separated by a regular row of plants, and generally looking geometrically constructed. Well, OK, so what?

The "lake" sloped seriously downhill AND ITS WATER LEVEL SLOPED PARALLEL TO THE HILLSIDE. Uhhhhh .... WAIT A MINUTE!!! He was so shook up at the moment that the impossibility of this [in our reality of physical law] didn't fully register on him until he was well away.

Somehow he got into familiar rocky mossy country and found his way to camp.

Did our fine fellow not only walk trough a portal mist into Faerie but even encounter two of its inhabitants? His, as we know, is not the only such claim even in my files. Diarmuid MacManus has a few such tales of blundering across a threshhold onto "The Stray Sod". And it's intriguing, and annoying, that some UFO cases have these darn mists just before the weirdness happens.

Well, what can I tell you?: I like the idea. I liked going to deLint's portal in Cornwall too, and even going through the Men-an-Tol opening --- no, I wasn't too fat [and it was very unkind of you to think that]. But I WAS obviously unworthy as no Faeryland landscape appeared other than the Cornish landscape itself. [which can be pretty close].

So, once again, an abject failure ... but maybe it was a moment of fun for you.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Down in the Cryptodumps, part four: Stuff Flying Around With Wings.

Back to the Cryptozoology Dump Box from the SITU collection that I was once perusing and making copies for filing, which never took place [panic not, readers, all the originals DID get back in Ivan's files.] My Fortean Heart is pure and my finger tips not sticky.

Today: weird stuff flying about not related to UFOs.


c.1976 News accounts were coming out of Texas of a very big bird seen. SITU received several clippings. Ivan had already passed away, but he would have been interested [as I'll show you later]. The Texas sightings reported seeing a flying animal around 15-20 feet in wingspan. The majority of the sightings were along the Rio Grande on both the US and Mexican sides. 

Perhaps the human mind was playing jokes or perhaps The Universe was, but earlier in 1975 palaeontologists discovered, in Texas, the largest fossil pterosaur ever found. The beast had a wingspan of nearly fifty feet, and its skeleton challenged science to tell how it could even get off the ground. The "Texas Pterosaur" seemed a ripe candidate for inspiring goofy Texas sightings.

The hitch in that hypothesis was that not all the witnesses could easily be written off as goofs. One sighting was by three k-12 teachers and another by two policemen. Both "birds" were about one third the size of the Texas Pterosaur. 


A letter in the files from the same time came from a researcher looking into cryptozoological mysteries in Eastern Canada. He referred to thunderbird sightings from two areas, approximately as marked on the map above. The Quebec [Laurentian-area] information was from a trip that he had taken in 1975. A Quebecair pilot told him that his plane had been buzzed by a bird of approximately 25' wingspan as he was flying over the Laurentians in 1972. Another man told the correspondent that he had seen a similar bird in the same area in 1969. 

The Northern Ontario information came from a woman researching Ojibwe legends of the Thunderbird. The Thunderbird is a primary Nature Force/Deity/Manitou of the Peoples of the Ojibwe/Chippewa. The old pictoglyph above is from the Jeffers Minnesota park. This lady said that during her interviews several Native Americans of the area told her that they had seen the Thunderbird nests in Northern Ontario. 


Sanderson would have been interested in all this 1975-6 input had he lived. He had a fairly extensive resource notebook on the topic. When you glance through this thing, you notice that Ivan had some favorite bits which sort-of hooked him. 

Though not buying everything that he read in this article, much of the thing [minus the tone] intrigued him. 

One case that he liked has been repeated many times. You can read it above. But he also said that to get the gist of the subject, readers should read the entirety of Pearl's article. 

Another case, which Ivan might not have seen, appeared in PURSUIT after his death in an article by Curt Sutherly. Sutherly was intellectually "congenial" to both Pterodactyls and Thunderbirds, but informed us in the article that they were two utterly different things: Pterodactyls were physically/biologically real animals of the past, which possibly could have lasted into prehistoric-humans' times but are now extinct, and Thunderbirds were "monsters popping in and out of our reality", semi-real parodies of physical/biological things, that he wished to call "para-creatures". 

 Ivan wouldn't have liked Sutherly's conclusions [though I would] {The above are Ivan's notes} . 

Ivan didn't like non-physical things in general. He was a hands-on and in the lab [or the zoo] kind of guy. He'd MUCH prefer a still existent pterosaur AND an unknown really big raptor of some kind to any other set of choices. For Sutherly, the Ojibwe, and myself, the Thunderbird as a "Real" Manitou is quite the most compelling of the hypothetical sets. 


This was in a large box of things sent to SITU from Joan Whritenhour's organization after her passing. A good bit of that stuff wasn't too interesting, but the organization had some "odd" contacts that SITU didn't have. Occasionally a mention of something would occur in a letter or newsclipping that was right down SITUs alley. As you can read, the report is of a "monster bird" in the vicinity of Belvidere, IL which is close enough to be called Piasa Bird Territory. In 1948 there was a flurry of sightings in that area all the way down river towards St. Louis. 

I'm a fan of the idea of the Piasa Bird. It's one of those cryptozoological mysteries which has a long but solid provenance thoroughly attached to Native American lore. There were two other Piasa Bird references in this cryptobox: One was a FATE magazine article that I didn't think much of, and the other was the oldtime article above. This latter was one of Ivan's articles --- he had a little group of photocopies of 19th century newsclips that he was apparently once reading. 

The 1889 clip above is quite enthusiastic for the possibility of a real Piasa. It is based upon knowledge by someone who was a scholar and serious about finding out about the painting on the hillside. It comes at a time just after one of the great collectors of information about American pictographs had published his work. The writer knew of McAdams' book on the Relics of Ancient Races as well as having talked to one of the most important informants of the time, John Russell. The writer also may have talked to the pictograph collector, or maybe it was he himself doing the writing.

Here's our pictograph hero, Garrick Mallery. Preserving the designs of the ancient Native American pictographs was his avocation and his passion. He ended up creation an 8oo page manuscript of his work. Within that work he mentions the Piasa Bird. 

So what's that all about? The FATE magazine article stated that the Piasa Bird had no wings. It intimated that we probably had no idea what the thing was like at all because the glyph was so degraded by the time anybody looked. But I disagree and I think that Garrick Mallery and John Russell disagree. There is a statement by some early viewer that the "Bird" was a crudely drawn monster with no wings. FATE takes that as the definitive reference. But Russell [I believe] states that because of the brown-red color of the wings, you will have a hard time seeing them from a distance and in less than good lighting conditions. Then, as what is for me the coup de grace, Mallery publishes this in his monograph:

Our favorite Mississippi Flying Monster could fly by wing after all. 

Why do I care? Well, it's a small matter in the larger business of living one's life, admittedly, but having a winged Piasa makes several things "fit" and others maybe possible. The "fit" is with the Native American legends, even those told way back to Marquette and Joliet. It "fits" with the idea of the powerful spirits or Manitous that we've talked about earlier. It "fits" with the dislike that the modern Native Americans had for that particular dangerous-in-their-stories manifestation, so much so that they fired guns at the image once firearms arrived. 

And, the Piasa Bird, unlike almost all other old images anywhere, is pretty close to a "proper" British-style Dragon [if it has wings]. As longtime readers of this blog know, we searched [some time ago] rather intensely trying to find a proper dragon anywhere, and, with the possible exception of "Beowulf's Bane" {not Grendel but the other thing, that killed him}, came up almost empty.

With wings our Piasa Bird remains a rare candidate for an ancient romantic concept. 


Inspired by this small victory, I looked a bit for Dragons. I came across this quizzical fellow, Christopher Christian Sturm { even for a Catholic like myself, I think that Christopher Christian is overdoing it .} He wrote of Dragons in his famous work.

Sadly, Mr. Sturm's flying dragons turn out to be Swamp Gas. The irony of that staggers me. 

I DO notice, however, that "swamp gas" seems a little insubstantial to deal with all the things that Sturm mentions --- it seems that the "sophisticated" English doubters were busily substituting one anomaly for another. But dragonless still am I. 

Ivan had the book above in his SITU library --- I don't have any means of knowing if he read it. It contains things about Vietnamese animals so he may have. It was one of those items which was marginal at best to any interest that SITU would have, and I considered passing it on to someone else. But first I wondered what "Vermilion Bird" meant. 

The Vermilion Bird is a deity or Nature Power --- the Phoenix. In some renditions it looked pretty dragonish to me. 

In Chinese mythology it is one of the four directional powers, one of which is the Azure Dragon. So, my Vermilion Bird seems to be no Dragon either. 

But the Vietnamese had other ideas. In their view, and especially before the Chinese influence thoroughly took over [we're talking mediaeval times here, not recently], these images of powerful significant Spirits sort of melded together. The important Spirit was the Kua, or water dragon, who mated with a goddess/fairy queen to produce the warrior dynasties of early Vietnam. 

The stories say that these dragons lived offshore in places like Ha Long Bay even until recent times. What did they look like? 

Curses! Foiled again!! I'm looking for Dragons and find Sea Serpents instead!!!

Happy Hunting, Folks.

Till next time, Peace.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

1959 UFO News from the 1947 Mountain

More CE2s from Jan Aldrich's stack. 

Although almost any CE2 UFO encounter is interesting,  a few of these seem [to me] more so. 

Freeport, TX: August of 1959.

Four persons, three young women and one young man [who was engaged to one of the girls] were driving to an outdoor swimming area at 9:30pm. A bright object neared their car and the engine stalled and the headlights went out. Two smaller lights which seemed not to be parts of the bigger object, flew ahead and circled over the road, going on to seemingly land in a wooded area. The bigger object followed them. The big object was extremely bright and constantly changing colors. The guy wanted to stay and watch, but the girls objected. The car was restarted and they went on to the swimming area [a beach spot called The Duchess, which closed at around 11pm]. 

Returning around midnight, the UFOs were still there in place. This time the guy voluntarily stopped the car and got out with the intention of investigating. As he began to walk, the big object brightened considerably and the two small lights appeared. The UFO began generating a penetrating low humming noise. The guy was thoroughly scared and ran back to the car, where the girls were hysterical. No conversation was needed and they drove off as fast as the car would take them. 

Although newspaper stories differ on what happened next, it seems that the witnesses reported their experience promptly to the police, and returned to the scene, whereupon the UFO was gone. The report says, however, that there were two other witnesses to such an object flying in that vicinity that evening. APRO ultimately interviewed in this case. 

The event is interesting not only for the "electromagnetic" vehicle interference effects, but because it seems to include a direct response to a behavior by one of the witnesses. ... and it is a multiply witnessed case reported to authority. 


Cumberland, MD: October of 1959.

This encounter was reported by a New York newspaper columnist who was a good friend of the witnesses [three in number]. They were driving from NYC down to Maryland, had their vacation and were driving back early the following Sunday evening just after dark. The witnesses were an engaged couple and the older brother of the to-be groom. Upwards and just to the right ahead appeared a circular, metallic disk, hovering and emitting an energetic [like a "mercury arc"] bluish-green light around the edges of its ring. The driver slammed to a stop. 

At that moment, the disk dropped down to about fifty feet altitude. It then "side-stepped" to align itself directly in front on the highway. It hovered precisely in place --- no motion and making a slight humming sound. The brothers decided to get out to investigate. As they reached for their door handles, the car shut down --- no engine, no headlights, no radio. The young woman said: "I think that you should stay here with me ... please." The guys thought that this was wise and stayed put. 

When they settled back, the UFO seemed to turn 90degrees, tilt, and whisk away upwards. Just as it was entering the cloud layer, the car's lights and radio came back on. The driver was then able to re-start the car and drive the rest of the way back home. 

This seems to be another case of a "display" of the UFO for a limited set of witnesses --- note that for the duration of the event, no other car appeared on the road. The UFO also, as in the previous case, seemed to respond to the witnesses' intentions. The case has credibility due to the personal nature of the relationship of the witnesses and the reporter. 


Alvin, TX: November of 1959:

A driver of a gasoline tanker truck was going from Corpus Christi to Houston, when he noticed that he was being paced by an unidentified object very high in the sky. Normally, this would mean some kind of misidentification by an excited observer. But this thing did something nearly unheralded in the UFO literature which puts it FAR outside the norm of close encounters. 

Several times this object descended towards the road ahead of the tanker. When it got low, it seemed to "spray out" billows of fog across that localized area of highway. When the driver would tentatively enter these fog patches, and if the UFO lowered over his truck, his truck would shut down. These delays ultimately made him six hours late for his arrival in Houston. Though not clearly stated in the text, apparently the UFO would regain height, the fog would dissipate, and he could get going again. 

The last vehicle stoppage occurred just outside of Alvin, TX, and this time the truck would not restart. The only thing to do was to stop a passing vehicle and ask the driver to inform the police in Alvin [The Chief thought it high humor that a gasoline truck was stranded, assuming it was out-of-gas... the part of the message naming a UFO as the culprit also evoked rolling eyes.] 

Ultimately the tanker was towed to town [a high-up "balloon-like object" being still seeable when the Chief and the tow-truck arrived.] A mechanic from Houston HQ arrived soon also, to pronounce the tanker now ready to go with no perceivable problems. 

The credibility of the case isn't as strong as the previous two, but the driver had reported his saga to more than one police department along the trip. The strangeness is high. It is a "stalker" case supreme, and the mist production is rare --- see the paralysis and involuntary arm movement case of Leominster, MA, and the Aveley, UK saga for other examples. 


Between Roswell and Corona, NM {in air}: August of 1959.

This is a particularly intriguing thing since it involves effects on compasses. 

A pilot flying [unfortunately] alone between Hobbs and Albuquerque, NM noticed that his "Magnesyn" {electric} compass was revolving in full 360degree motions at about five second sweeps. The plane was staying on course, but he noted that his other compass, a standard magnetic compass, was crazily gyrating. 

Now he saw three elliptical objects approaching. These gray slightly-fuzzy-looking disks passed in front of him at a distance of about 150-200 yards, and proceeded to circle his plane. As they circled, the Magnesyn compass kept pace with them, always pointing towards the objects. The bogies made two and a quarter circuits then broke off and flew away to the rear. Both compasses then settled down.

Going into Albuquerque he reported the encounter. The tower told him not to land there but to proceed instead to Holloman AFB nearby. Upon landing at Holloman, Goldsberry was interviewed by the base UFOB officer, a major, for two hours. He was told to keep quiet about the experience [which he did for 6 years] and that if he got ill to report to hospital right away, inferring that radiation exposure could be involved. 

What I think that I know and maybe others have not connected with this, is that in 1958 two ladies had a close encounter with a UFO at Alcalde, NM and were extensively examined [at the Air Force's insistence] at the Lovelace Clinic in Albuquerque for radiation effects. The investigating officers here may have been from Kirtland rather than Holloman, but both bases were heavily involved with UFO phenomena and investigations in that era. 

The big phenomenological thing here is the compass effect, and the difference between the compasses. It's another tribute to Air Force incompetence that this case wasn't pursued with a second-level [laboratory] investigation to deduce the type of force needed to create the different instrument responses. 

With an eye to perhaps publishing a little UFO research [which seems not to have happened to any extent], someone on the west coast collected the Compass Effect cases seen in the not-overly-helpful listing above [I tried to locate just which cases these were and succeeded in only a little over half of them --- if any of you folks have a list I'd like to see it.] A rather pretty graph was created, and it, as usual, shows the notorious drop-off of CE2 cases worldwide c.1980. 

Oh, those uncooperative UFOs!! 


{Last one}, near Proberta, CA: December of 1959.

Although this case IS a CE2e effects case, I prefer to list it as a CE2physiological event. 

A single male was driving to work in his truck at 5:45am [his shift started at 6.] His radio began making a snapping noise. Then his lights began to dim. He stopped the truck and got out to look at the headlights. As he glanced about, he saw a large bright green crescent [concave side upwards] following behind him about 60 feet off the road. This scared the heck out of him and he simultaneously noticed that his clothes were close to soaking wet --- he seemed to think that this was a UFO effect, not "just" his system's shock from fright. This was because his outer clothes were moist too. 

The big deal physiologically was that he felt great pressure to his guts "as if he was being crushed inside". He also felt as if the object was "drawing him up" towards it. Who knows whether all this was produced by his terror or whether the UFO had "forces" associated with it which directly acted upon him? 

He went for his gun [a rifle] in the truck. As he did, he clumsily smashed into his rearview mirror and sent himself reeling. When he got back up the object had gone. Looking out the opposite window, he saw the object rapidly flying towards the Sierra foothills. It showed no trail exhaust as it went. 

Trying to concentrate on what he'd just experienced, he pictured the object hanging there over the road, gently rocking side to side. It was colored a deep vividly penetrating bluish green. There was no noise at all, and no cars on the road throughout the event --- something very odd for that road. The witness said that this had never been true before or since. When the object left, the headlights came back on. He resumed his trip but at no more than 200 yards smelt rubber burning. Stopping again, all his battery caps had blown and the battery was bulging out of shape. The generator was destroyed, the wires and armature melted together. Only a short distance from work, his truck was able to limp the rest of the way.

he reported his story to the night foreman, who noticed that the driver's clothes were damp. Later on his shift, a fellow worker came to him to say that his new radio had gone dead at 5:45am that morning and came back on 5 minutes later. He lived within a mile of the encounter. 

The sad thing about this story is that there are no other persons who were involved who remembered much nine years later when NICAP was made aware of the case and went out to interview. Only the wife remembered how scared her husband was as he retold his tale to her. 

So, although the strangeness of the case is high, the credibility factor is mediocre. There's no reason in the investigation to suggest that the witness was a bad guy or incompetent, just that there is little corroborating information. Still, the "pulling up" sensation, the soundless car-less OZ factor, alongside the CE2p and CE2e effects make the case worth keeping. 

So, here are some of today's culprits. Once again there is no sense that extraterrestrials want to buy identical looking models to buzz lesser technology planets in.


Till next time folks. Who knows whether it will be back to the Cryptodumps or more wrestling with the Close Encounters.... 

..... or something REALLY unbelievable.

Peace and Happy Joyful Beltane.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Research Note to Kevin Duggan

These are some suggestions to a recent inquiry about how to go about researching and writing about UFOs and the Colorado area. I'll be easy on myself and list points of possible interest in as simple a form as possible [because the question was just a bit like "could you tell me everything that you know?"]

a). Colorado isn't the richest state when it comes to UFO case reporting. There is no "Roswell" level case there, but there is no Roswell level case anywhere else in terms of complexity and drama. There are however several cases of interest if one works for them.

b). I have 19 cases in my files. Seven of them are Close Encounters of the second kind [physical effects] and one is a case where the UFO seemed partly present and partly not. There is one CE3. I've not re-read these files, but I must be impressed with them a little bit to have bothered to file them.

c). Mark Rodeghier collected UFO Reports involving vehicle interference up to 1979. He found four Colorado cases. The 1960 Left Hand Canyon case is interesting, and the Redvale 1967 case was looked at by the Colorado Project. I like the 1967 Texas Creek case.

d). Ted Phillips produced a similar catalog of Landing Trace cases up through 1977. He found ten Colorado cases. Four of these [Montrose 1967, "Colorado" 1967, Alamosa 1967, and Gleeson 1968] were within the Project period and all were ignored or botched.

e). George Eberhart's Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies lists >>>100 Colorado cases with their [usually newspaper citation] references. As you are, I believe, a newspaper man, you should be able to hunt down such citations. In fact a service to the UFO community would be the surveying of many Colorado newspapers for hitherto unknown cases.

f). one can go to the National UFO Reporting Center {NUFORC} and click on Colorado and get a long list of area sightings. Most are useless, but occasionally there is detail.

g). one can go to the UFO-DNA site and find near the bottom of their choices a click which sends you to a small crowded map. Some small messing around there will get you a regional listing of cases on the site {ex. Colorado cases mixed in with Wyomings Dakotas etc}. Some of these cases will be good ones though you will still have to find the reports.

h). If I were writing about Colorado and UFOs, I'd spend some time talking of the government element involved. Obviously the University Project was a big public deal, but also NORAD is there. There are things which NORAD calls "uncorrelated targets" [from all over the world] which they collect and then presumably analyze secretly, and as far as we're concerned, bury. There's at least a story there.

i). Lastly, there is something that you might be able to do for my special interest and the field's. The pretty dark-haired lady in the terrible picture above is Mary Lou Armstrong, the main data-collector and secretary of the Colorado Project. She played a big role in it, but no one followed her afterwards and sat down for a long tell-all interview. The UFO Community would VERY MUCH like to interview her for the Oral History Project --- if she still lives {she'd probably be in her seventies} AND IF WE KNEW WHERE SHE WAS. How about it? Give it a try to find her? Be a heck of a centerpiece for a book.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

1958 UFO News from the 1947 Mountain


Another day in the life of a too-old UFOlogist ... a package came in the mail the other day. It was a large stack of pages, all pertaining to UFO Close Encounters. I was happy to get them, but forgot what I was supposed to do with them. My best guess is: look at them and see if any useful thought pops into your head about them. I can't promise "useful", but maybe something will happen

Most of the following is the fault of these two guys: Loren Gross on the left, and Jan Aldrich to his right. Jan had been collecting stacks of paper on Close Encounters of the Second Kind [for usages unknown] and had extracted most of Loren's history series of monographs for the bulk of the cases. Knowing a sucker when he sees one, Jan asked me if I'd like him to ship me the pile. Not having the sense of a wombat, I said "Sure. Send them over." So now what? 

The stack is about a half a foot high and, due to Jan's diligence, is in date order. The first year is 1958, the year following the great flap of 57, which featured a flurry of electromagnetic vehicle interference cases. Maybe we'll see if such UFOlogical weirdness persisted, despite conventional UFO history saying that there was a severe drop-off. 

What I'm going to do [to save time, sanity, and the possibility of even getting through the stack] is to begin at least going year by year and we can see what we may see. So: 1958.

This is what we have in this pile for 1958: 23 cases, all but one of which I read as a CE2, and all but two of which have a CE2 E&M component. The one CE2 which does not have a CE2 E&M aspect to it is Snag, Yukon --- and it provides the opening picture for the blog entry today. It is a case where one of the two witnesses decided to fire away at the UFO but his gun jammed. One can imagine an electromagnetic "freezing" of the gun parts so that it wouldn't fire, but that's wild guesswork by me. [and I don't believe it either]. [Why? Such an E&M effect would probably have magnetized the gunmetal, and we should have heard about that in the report.] 

Of the twenty one incidents having E&M effects, only eight of the cases appear in Mark Rodeghier's catalog of UFO vehicle interference events. Mark did a good job with that catalog, but if he only got about a third of what Loren/Jan were collecting, imagine how many CE2 E&M cases are really out there. [the Rodeghier catalog cases are marked with a small red circle near the number.] [only seventeen of the above cases are of interference with a VEHICLE in some way, though, so Mark got about half of them.] 

What intrigues me the most about case clusters such as this, though, is something we've seen on this blog before.

That is: there is no uniformity of type of UFO "craft" which parallels CE2 E&M events. Once again, this data seems to indicate that you cannot use what you see to predict anything about what the UFO is actually doing in physical effects cases. The visual appearance is like the ghostly head of the Mighty Wizard of OZ, but you're not Toto-enough to rip away the curtain to see what the show is really about. 



We were having difficulty coming up with any documentation about a 1954 Germany CE3, until the ever-vigilant Tooth Fairy dropped a reference to Jimmy Guieu's book into my lap. Now the even-more-vigilant Rob Swiatek has discovered that NICAP and Richard Hall in very early days knew about the case. We know that the Boss, Don Keyhoe didn't like the idea of little men from saucers, but one wonders if the young Dick Hall was wavering on this conservative NICAP stance even before Ted Bloecher and Isabel Davis joined NICAPs staff. We know that Dick at least had the fun of drawing his rendition of the aliens on his record card. 


So, what would these two guys think about all this? 

MDS: Yo, Carl! What do you think? 

Carl: Don't know, Mike. Are we on camera?

MDS: Think so. Better smile.

Carl: Yeh. That's all they'll get for today. 

Guess we'll never know what brilliant thoughts they had. [hint: it was lunchtime].