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Original Subject: Italian UFO Newsflash No. 341
Original Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2002 10:13:19 +0100
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ITALIAN UFO NEWSFLASH
ISSUE NO. 341 - 24 JANUARY 2002
by the Italian Center for UFO Studies
(Centro Italiano Studi Ufologici, CISU)
- Recent Sightings In Italy
- The Town Refutes The Data, But The C.I.S.U. Wins The Appeal
- Stilo's New Book on the 1952 Wave is Coming
- C.I.S.U. Old Headquarters Closes
RECENT SIGHTINGS IN ITALY
The new year opened with several sightings of alleged UFOs,
in various regions of Italy.
The number of reports and news items on observations of
unusual aerial phenomena, gathered by the Italian Center
for UFO Studies during the first fifteen days of January from
Lombardy, Trentino, Emilia, Tuscany, Lazio, Umbria and
Sardinia, has already reached fifteen: such numbers are
in line with the trend reflecting the last months, which an
average of 20-25 cases monthly.
[Communication by Giorgio Abraini.]
THE TOWN REFUTES THE DATA,
BUT THE C.I.S.U. WINS THE APPEAL
Following the fall of whitish filaments (the so-called "angel
hair") during last October over some communities in the
province of Arezzo, the Italian Center for UFO Studies asked
for a copy of the transcripts of the findings and the analyses
carried out; however, one of the towns denied the request,
claiming that the C.I.S.U. did not possess the requirements
necessary for obtaining the right to access the documents.
Following consultations with our attorneys and professional
archivists, the Center's executive board decided to file an
administrative appeal in response to such refusal, and (after
having rejected the hypothesis of appealing to the Regional
Administrative Court as too slow and costly) the local
C.I.S.U. representative therefore turned to the district attorney
of the province to request a re-examination.
In a successful move having no precedent as of Italian ufology,
on last 14 December, the District Attorney's Office decided for
the Italian Center for UFO Studies, based on the law regarding
the administrative transparency of public entities: after citing
Art. 9 of the Italian Constitution concerning the promotion of
scientific research, the attorney retained "as legally relevant"
the C.I.S.U.'s interest in obtaining the documents and contrarily
as "illegitimate" the Town's expressed refusal to access.
In the face of such a firm stance on the position, the Town did
an about-face and, last 20 January, relinquished the requested
documents to Dr. Massimiliano Grandi, C.I.S.U. representative
for the province of Arezzo, thus consolidating a precedent which
may be invoked in the future at any such time that an
administrative public entity has no grounds to oppose the
release of ufologically-relevant documentation.
[Communication by Massimiliano Grandi.]
STILO'S NEW BOOK ON THE 1952 WAVE IS COMING
On the Internet site of the ufological e-bookstore www.upiar.com
(which through 28 February is offering a 10% discount
promotion), the new book by Giuseppe Stilo about the great
1952 worldwide wave of UFO sightings is already available for a
"Ultimatum alla Terra" ("Ultimatum to Earth") actually represents
the second volume in the series, as a result from CISU "Operazione
Origini" ("Operation Origins", the archival project on the early years
of ufology Stilo is the coordinator of), and is a follow-up to the
previous book "Scrutate i cieli!" ("Watch the Skies!"), dedicated to
"1950: The Great Flying Saucers Wave and the Globalization
of the UFO Phenomena" (still available from UPIAR Publications).
As with that volume, this one also centers the attention on the Italian
scene, gathering from the ground-up an enormous (and in parts,
heretofore unknown) amount of documentary material on that page
of ufological history in our country. Suffice it to say that the number
of documented (and analyzed) Italian sightings in the book totals
218, compared with the 120 which had previously been catalogued.
But the author did not stop at our nation's borders, and as previously
for 1950, also offers an expansive, international overview of that
formidable year dwelling in some depth on specific arguments,
with data and information never-before published in Italy.
Not by accident, the new book is still more voluminous than the
preceding one: 520 pages, at a cover price of Euro 21.69 (17.35 for
members of C.I.S.U. and of other affiliated associations). It is also
possible to order the book on a pre-publication 10% discount price.
[Communication by Maurizio Verga.]
C.I.S.U. OLD HEADQUARTERS CLOSES
The final meeting of the C.I.S.U.'s Turin working group at
the historic headquarters at Via Briccarello took place on
Tuesday, 15 January.
With the completion of the relocation of all the archives,
the storehouse, the shelving and the furnishings, there will
take place beginning next week in the new office at Via Rubino
the gatherings which have marked, for over 22 years, the
continuing activity of the group which had hosted the secretary
of CUN (Centro Ufologico Nazionale), and then, since 1985,
of CISU (the Italian Center for UFO Studies).
During these years, there were hosted in these old office, either in
a visiting or a consultative capacity, almost all the Italian active
ufologists and a good number of foreign colleagues (eg.
J. Allen Hynek from the USA, Bertrand Meheust from France;
Hilary Evans from the UK, Alejandro Agostinelli from Argentina;
Ion Hobana from Romania, Javier Sierra from Spain), and there
were staged television programs for the principal national networks
(from RAI to Mediaset).
The new, much wider headquarters will allow, among other things,
a better management of and accessibility to the C.I.S.U.'s books and
journals library, the newsclipping collections, case and thematic
archives, which (thanks also to donations and recoveris of several
private collections) are not only the largest in Italy, but among the
greatest in Europe.
The reordering and the reorganization of the hundreds of boxes,
in which everything was packed for the relocation, will occupy the
coming weeks, and also still cause some backup and interruptions
in the normal activity of CISU secretary. For the inauguration of the
new headquarters, there is planned a weekend-long "Open House,"
of which timely notice will be provided.
[Communication by Gian Paolo Grassino.]
Collaborators on this edition were:
Giorgio Abraini, Massimiliano Grandi,
Gian Paolo Grassino and Maurizio Verga.
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This is the English translation of UFOTEL, a free
phone/Internet information service on UFOs edited
weekly by Edoardo Russo for the Italian Center for
UFO Studies (Centro Italiano Studi Ufologici),
available in Italian by calling +39-011-545294,
or by e-mail subscription, or on CISU website
UFOTEL is a supplement to "UFO - Rivista di
informazione ufologica", published by the Italian
Center for UFO Studies, registered at Tribunale
di Torino, No. 3670, on 19 June 1986.
Director: Giovanni Settimo.
Publisher: Cooperativa UPIAR, Corso Vittorio
Emanuele 108, 10121 Turin, Italy
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