UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 7 Number 1
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 7, Number 1
January 1, 2002
Editor: Joseph Trainor
AS I WAS SAYING BEFORE I WAS
SO RUDELY INTERRUPTED...
No need to get too wordy about it. As you can see,
UFO Roundup is back. We're starting a new volume in a new
year, and we're hoping for a slightly longer run than we
had in 2001. I have a few more remarks, but I'll save them
for the end.
Right now, we have some phenomena to cover.
CESSNA DISAPPEARS IN THE
LAKE MICHIGAN TRIANGLE
A small Cessna airplane, with four people aboard,
disappeared over Lake Michigan in early December 2001.
"A search for four people, missing since their small
rented airplane apparently plunged into Lake Michigan on
Sunday," December 9, 2001, near Wilmette Harbor was
suspended shortly after sundown Monday," December 10,
"The Coast Guard Group Milwaukee failed to turn up
any sign of the missing single-engine Cessna aircraft that
was carrying four people, including three licensed pilots,
from Dayton, Ohio to Racine, Wisconsin."
"The Coast Guard identified three of the missing as
Roger Licht, 61, of Kenosha, Wis. and husband and eife,
Adam and Susan Bukowski, both 20, of Cudahy, Wis. The name
of a third man, from Kenosha, was witheld pending
notification of family members."
"A group of officers from the Chicago Police Marine
Unit assisted Coast Guard helicopters and a utility boat in
the 572-square-mile search" of Lake Michigan. "Coast Guard
Auxiliary airplanes also participated."
"Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Todd Gatlin said a person
could be expected to survive a few hours in the 45-degree
(Fahrenheit) water depending on the type of clothing worn
and the safety equipment at hand. Early Monday morning,
Gatlin said the reasonable point of survival, given the
best-case scenario, had passed."
"Licht's son Marty said his father was a flight
instructor with 30 years' experience."
"Adam Bukowski was a student of Licht's who had
recently earned his pilot's license and was working toward
a commercial rating, which would have allowed him to fly
larger, commercial planes, Marty Licht said."
"The third man was a fellow pilot and a close friend
of Licht's, and he had more than 20 years' of flying
experience, Marty Licht said."
"Officials did not know who was at the controls of
the plane at 6:18 p.m. Sunday" December 9, "when it lost
contact with a control tower in Elgin," Illinois. "The
investigation has been turned over to the National
Transportation Safety Board."
"Coast Guard Lt. Richard Sundland said the plane was
last spotted on radar at O'Hare International Airport" in
Chicago "just after 6 p.m. Sunday. The plane was three to
five miles (5 to 8 kilometers) east of Wilmette Harbor
when it began losing altitude, dropping from 1,500 feet to
300 feet in less than a minute, Sundland said."
"The four people aboard the plane knew each other and
were on a day trip to the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton,
according to officials." (See the Chicago Tribune for
December 11, 2001, "Plane search stops as hope fades,"
(Editor's Note: This is the latest in a long series of
small aircraft that have vanished without a trace over Lake
Michigan. For more, read The Great Lakes Triangle by Jay
Gourley, Fawcett Gold Medal Books, New York, N.Y., 1977.)
TRIANGULAR UFO SEEN BY A
MOTORIST IN OXFORDSHIRE
On Thursday, December 27, 2001, Sarah H. "was driving
away from Wytham village, Oxfordshire, UK" on a two-lane
country road "towards Botley Interchange, the road running
parallel to (Motorway) A34, heading south, at 8:45 p.m."
"The UFO hovered west of the road, remaining in one
position," Sarah reported, "The UFO was triangular in shape
with one light at each point (corner). It was hovering
above Wytham Wood. It was silent. It hovered for
approximately four minutes, no higher than 200 feet above
the trees. Its fuselage was dark."
Sarah added, "I have no pictorial evidence" of the
encounter, and she feels a bit "nervous about being
considered a loony." (Email Form Report)
LUMINOUS UFOs VIDEOTAPED
IN SOUTHERN BRAZIL
On Wednesday, December 12, 2001, "a UFO was
videotaped over the city of Araraquara," in the state of
Sao Paulo in southern Brazil. "Several people in the
Estadio Ferroviaria in the bairro (district of) Ponte saw
'an object of great luminosity that appeared to have little
deviation from its course and altitude as it passed over
the city. It disappeared as mysteriously as it forst
Two days later, on Friday, December 14, 2001, "a UFO
was filmed over the satellite city (suburb) of Samambaia,"
near Brazil's national capital of Brasilia, at about 9
p.m. "The object was described as a brilliant white light
making circular maneuvers in the sky."
News media contacted CINDACTA (Brazil's NORAD--J.T.)
but a spokesman said the agency had seen nothing unudual on
their radar screens. (Muito obrigado a Eustaquio Andrea
Patounas por esos casos.)
MAJOR UFO FLAP REPORTED
IN MEXICO CITY
UFOs dominated the skies over Mexico City and its
suburbs last week.
On Saturday, December 15, 2001, at 3 a.m., an
AeroMexico Boeing 727 jetliner encountered a glowing UFO
over the city of Toluca, near Mexico City. According to
Mexican ufologist Alfonso Salazar, "The radars of the
control towers at the airports in Toluca and Mexico City
detected the intruder at an altitude of 12,000 feet and
circling the metropolitan region. An airport official,
using binoculars, described the UFO as 'a circular, unusual
object' which 'caused great excitement among the air
On Sunday, December 16, 2001, at 7:30 p.m., Pedro
Hernandez grabbed his videocamera and began shooting color
footage of a UFO flying over the small town of Metepec,
near Toluca. According to Hernandez, the UFO "presented
bright lights at each corner of its triangular form. The
front (of the UFO) was a reddish color but without any
lights. The UFO darted about swiftly in the night sky, and
we videotaped it for several seconds before it went flying
off in the direction of the volcano (Mount)
Popocatepetl. The object became lost in the haze of the
On Monday, December 17, 2001, a UFO "shaped like a
sombrero (hat) and with three protuberances on its upper
half was seen by various eyewitnesses in the area of
Tasquena," another suburb of Mexico City. "According to
reports, the UFO flew freely in the skies above the
Distrito Federal, ascending and descending up to 200 meters
(660 feet) during a period of ten minutes."
On Tuesday, December 18, 2001, at 10 a.m., "several
fiery UFOs were seen hovering in the skies above
Popocatepetl. Witnesses in Cuernavaca, in the state of
Morelos (nearby) said they saw five gleaming UFOs above the
According to Mexican ufologist Amado Marquez, "the
UFOs moved about individually, and witnesses identified
five of them during a five-minute viewing period. They
were last seen crossing the sky in a triangular formation."
On Wednesday, December 19, 2001, at 1:20 p.m.,
eyewitness Javier Guevara videotaped an oval UFO freely
moving through the sky above Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl," a
suburb just east of Mexico City. "The UFO was described
as 'an obscure color and presented a dome in the center of
its upper surface, with a small protuberance on its lower
surface, alternately slowing and accelerating at a dizzying
Guevara said he videotaped the UFO for four minutes
before it disappeared into the eastern horizon. (Muchas
gracias a Alfonso Salazar y Eustaquio Andrea Patounas para
UFO SIGHTED IN YONKERS, N.Y.
On Wednesday, November 28, 2001, at 9:30 p.m.,
Patrick R. "went outside for a smoke" at his home in
Yonkers, N.Y. when he spotted "a UFO moving very slowly
upward. I just happened to look up and saw a green line,
fairly bright, in a vertical position.. The line seemed to
grow and shrink, on and off. The amazing part was how
thick the cloud cover was that night. It had to be pretty
bright to come through those clouds."
"Anyway, at one point, a plane flying towards the
light made it 'go out' or disappear, as we on the ground
were able to tell."
"Minutes later, it returned for another interval of
maybe five to ten minutes. Another witness told me it
seemed to be 'moving like a caterpillar...the bottom would
get fatter, then it would get taller, then it would move
"I did manage to catch most of the image on my
camcorder because it stayed around so long." (Email Form
FAMILY OBSERVES UFOs IN
RED BANKS, MISSISSIPPI
On Friday, December 21, 2001, at 12:30 a.m., Jeremy
S. and his brother "were in the street" in Red Banks,
Mississippi (population 500) "and we saw two bright balls
in the sky. The first two were seen to the north. They
looked low. We thought they were flashlights at first. We
ran up the street to get a closer look."
"When we reached the top of the hill, about 10 bright
balls rose from behind the trees to the east. We watched
them move north and west towards the first two balls we
saw. They stopped to form a motionless triangle, and they
held this position for about ten seconds."
"Then individual UFOs would move out and then back
into the formation in straight lines. This lasted for
about 15 seconds. After this, they all broke formation and
moved slowly to the west. They reached a flashing towers
and flew back and forth near it. They changed their lights
from bright to dim about every 25 seconds. Two dim UFOs
flew into a bright UFO and disappeared within it."
"We ran back and got our father, and we went back to
the spot down the road where we could see the flashing
tower. All the bright-ball-type UFOs were still there. My
brother, my father and myself watched the sky for about
five more minutes. When we got within a mile of the tower,
they all started to fly slowly away in different
Jeremy estimated that the glowing UFOs were "about as
high as a passenger aircraft (30,000 feet) and all were
Red Banks is just north of Highway 78 about 40 miles
(64 kilometers) north of Oxford, Miss. (Email Form Report)
OSAMA IN SHAMBHALA?
And the big question of the New Year is: where is the
accused terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden?
Bin Laden, 44, the fugitive Saudi millionaire and
known as "The Sheikh" to members of his Al-Qaeda
underground sect, was last seen in Kandahar, in southern
Afghanistan, after filming the latest of his inspirational
Since then, rumors of his fate have abounded. Here are a
(1) He's Dead, Jim--"Terrorist mastermind Osama Bin
Laden died of a serious lung disease in Afghanistan's Tora
Boran mountains earlier this month."
"The Taliban official, who claimed to have attended
the low-key funeral of Bin Laden, said that Osama, who
suffers from serious complications of a lung disease,
succumbed for lack of adequate medical attention, the
Pakistan Observer reported."
"Bin Laden's burial was attended by his closest
aides, including his most trusted bodyguards, family
members and some Taliban friends, he said."
"As his body was lowered into the grave, his
bodyguards fired a volley of bullets in the air as a sign
of respect." (See the Pakistan Observer for December 26,
2001, "Osama died of lung disease in Tora Bora," page 1.)
(2) He's Alive and Well and Living in
Tennessee--"Suspected terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden
is alive and probably escaped somewhere to the southern
Afghan-Iran border, according to Bin Laden's biographer
(See the Times of India for December 26, 2001, "Osama still
alive, says biographer," page 1.)
(3) Nope, He's in Pakistan--"Confusion about whether
Osama Bin Laden is alive and, if so, over his whereabouts
increased Thursday (December 27, 2001) amid claims from an
Afghan official that he might be in Pakistan and the
release of a videotape the terrorist leader may have made
two weeks ago."
"Mohammed Abeel, a spokesman for the Afghan Defense
Ministry, said Bin Laden was being sheltered in Pakistan by
friends of Maulana Fazal-ur Rehman, an Islamic
fundamentalist with supporters in two provinces
(Baluchistan and the Northwest Frontier) on Pakistan's
border with Afghanistan." (See USA Today for December 28,
2001, "Afghan: Terrorist leader in Pakistan," page 1.)
(Editor's Note: Rehman is the leader of the Jamiat
Ulema-e-Islam sect. He was imprisoned in September by
Pakistani president Gen. Pervez Musharraf for supporting
the Taliban of Afghanistan.)
(4) Maybe He's in France--"Osama Bin Laden plans a TV
suicide that will trigger attacks on landmarks in London,
Paris and the U.S."
"His estranged wife, Sabiha, said last night he would
order one of his elder sons to shoot him rather than be
"Sabiha, 45, added, 'That will be the signal for a
new war of terror. The targets this time will be the
Capitol in Washington (D.C.), Big Ben in London and the
Eiffel Tower in Paris.'"
(Editor's Note: Bin Laden has 15 children by his four
wives. His designated successors are his sons, Abdullah
and Hamza Ali.)
But there's another possibility. Osama Bin Laden and
his fellow fugitive and son-in-law, Mohammed Mullah Omar,
might be hiding out in Shambhala.
Shambhala is Sanskrit for place of peace and
tranquility. "Though its true location has never been
found, Shambhala is recognized and honored by at least
eight major religions and is regarded by most esoteric
traditions as the true center of the planet...It is said to
be inhabited by adepts from every race and culture who form
an inner circle that secretly guides human evolution."
In his book Shambhala, Oasis of Light, Andrew Tomas
wrote that this remarkable "secret kingdom" existed both
above and below ground in somewhere in central Asia, either
in or close to Afghanistan, "with a network of tunnels
hundreds of miles long. Cars of strange design flash along
their length, and they are illumined by a brilliant
artificial light which affords growth to the grains and
vegetables and long life without disease to the people."
In her book Shambhala, Victoria LePage "says that
many marvels are supposed to have been seen in this
underground world: museums, libraries, stores of jewels and
technological inventions thousands of years ahead of
their time. And, according to ancient Chinese lore, the
aircraft and space vehicles of the Immortals of Shambhala
journey among the stars."
LePage thought Mount Belukha was the mythical Mount
Meru of ancient Indian lore. She wrote, "Within the magic
ring of myth, the cosmic mountain is pre-eminent, both for
its universality and its spiritual resonance. It has
figured in the mythology of every race on earth and has
been revered even in lands where there are no
mountains. It is always pictured as the Axis Mundi and as
bearing the abitats of sages, saints or gods upon its
The Hindu Kurma Purana identifies Afghanistan as
Sweta-divepa, the White Island which sits in a now-vanished
inland sea, "the paradiasical homeland of mahayogis
possessed of supreme wisdom and learning."
In his book The Children of Mu, Col. James Churchward
revealed that his guru, an aged Hindu rishi, told him that
the ancient tunnels of Afghanistan were dug back in 20,000
B.C. by the now-extinct Uighur Empire. Some of these
tunnels lead directly to Shambhala.
According to Pashtun legend, there are three "secret
entrances" to the Uighur tunnels hidden in the region. The
hardest-to-find of these is somewhere in the valley of
Shah-e-Monjan, located 200 kilometers (120 miles)
northeast of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.
A second "entry cave" is near Qala Panja, a mountain
village at a high altitude of 3,660 meters (12,000 feet),
about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Kunduz. This area
received its first visit from Europeans when the British
explorers, Percival Lord and Dr. John Wood, passed through
on February 19, 1838 on their expedition up the Oxus River,
now the Gilgin River.
Across the border in Pakistan is the most well-known
"entry cave," located near the mysterious ruins of Mahor
Gahr in Kashmir. The ruins border Mansar Lake and may be
the actual site of a scene from the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
In one chapter, the hero Anjuna launched a fiery
missile that hit the ground at Mansar. The same missile
exploded out of the ground at Surinsar, about 35 kilometers
(21 miles) away. The present Mansar and Surinsar lakes
were formed in the craters of the two explosions. Each
lake is four kilometers (two-and-a-half miles) in
Did Osama and his son-in-law take refuge in Shambhala
after fleeing Kandahar?
Unfortunately for interested pilgrims, there are no
signposts helpfully pointing out the caves. Like they say
in Qala Panja, "You don't find the Shambhalans.
They find you." (See also Atlantis Rising Number 21, "The
Search for Shambhala," page 42, and Atlantis Rising Number
31, "The Ancient Heart of Central Asia,"
STRANGE DREAMS OF THE
September 11, 2001--the image is stark, stunning and
unforgetable--a modern jetliner crashing into a tower at
the World Trade Center in New York City.
Seeing it on live TV as jarring enough. But some of
the mullahs of Osama Bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network claim to
have seen the exact same scene in their dreams a year ago.
On Saturday, December 15, 2001, the Bush
administration released the full text of a videotape the
CIA claimed to have taken of Osama Bin Laden in Kandahar in
November. During the discussion with his aides of the WTC
events, Osama mentioned several strange incidents of
prophetic dreams among the Al-Qaeda faithful.
On tape, Osama said an aide, Abu Al-Hasan Al-Masri,
"told me a year ago: 'I saw in a dream, we were playing a
soccer (futbol in Latin America) game against the
Americans. When our team showed up in the field, they were
all pilots!' He said, 'So I wondered if that was a soccer
game or a pilot game? Our players were pilots.' He
(Al-Hasan) didn't know anything about the operation until
he heard it on the radio. He said the game went on, and we
defeated them. That was a good omen for us."
Another mullah, Abd Al-Rahman Al-Ghamri "said he saw
a vision before the operation--a plane crashed into a tall
Abu Daud, a Taliban cadre, also reported a
precognitive dream: According to Osama, "He (Abu Daud)
told me that he saw, in a dream, a tall building in
America, and in the same dream he saw Mukhtar teaching them
karate. At this point, I was worried that maybe the secret
would be revealed if everyone starts seeing it in their
dream. So I closed the subject. I told him if he sees
another dream, not to tell anybody because people will be
upset with him."
(Editor's Comment: Apparently Osama believes precognition
And unidentified Taliban woman in Kandahar also
"recounted a dream about two planes hitting a big
building." (See the Duluth News-Tribune for December 16,
2001, "Text of the Bin Laden videotape," page 5A.)
>From the UFO Files...1962: THE PHANTOM TRUCKER
OF GENEVIEVE, ILLINOIS
Among the strange "highway apparitions" here in the
USA is the phenomenon of the phantom trucker. These are
ghostly presences who appear to motorists stranded in big
snowstorms and facilitate a rescue. This week UFO Roundup
presents a classic report of that kind...
"It was January 1962," forty years ago, and Mrs. Pat
Barker was on the move.
She recalled, "My husband Quincy, who was in the (U.S.) Air
Force had been stationed in Germany. When he was
reassigned to the States, we had to travel with our two
children, Tammy, 3, and Larry, 5."
"It was a bitter-cold January and we were headed from
New York to Nellis Air Force base in Las Vegas
(Nevada). Little Larry was gravely ill."
"We were stuck in a motel in Genevieve,
Illinois. The temperature dipped to 18 below zero
(Fahrenheit) and our son was spiking a fever and throwing
up blood. We had taken him to the doctor earlier in the
day and he'd prescribed medicine, which I administered
every few hours."
"Just in case Larry took a turn for the worse, Quincy
went outside every few hours and started the car so the
engine wouldn't freeze up. The doctor told us to bring
Larry back the following day and he'd let us know if we
could continue our journel or if our sick son would have to
be admitted to a hospital."
"It was a long, cold night, and as dawn came, Quincy
went out again. This time our worst fear came true. The
car wouldn't start and it was snowing heavily."
"'What are we going to do?' I asked with a mother's
"As if to answer my question, someone knocked on the
door just at that moment. A tall, burly man stood outside
and said, 'I'm a trucker. I noticed your car wouldn't
start. I think I can help.'"
"Quincy was startled. He hadn't left the car hood
(bonnet in UK-J.T.) open, indicating trouble, nor had he
noticed a truck nearby. Certainly he hadn't asked anyone
"Together they walked outside, and the trucker pulled
a can of ether from his pocket. One quick squirt on the
carburetor and the engine started right up."
"Amazed and delighted, Quincy turned to thank the
man, but he had vanished."
"When my husband returned to the motel room, he said,
'I went all the way to the road looking for tire tracks,
and there were none!'"
"Looking back almost 40 years, we are still awestruck
to think how this person came out of nowhere, helped us,
then disappeared into thin air! If he wasn't an angel,
what was he?" (See the tabloid The Examiner for March 27,
2001, "Mystery trucker started our frozen car--and then
vanished into thin air," page 43.)
A BRIEF WORD FROM YOUR EDITOR:
When I first began the UFO Roundup back in February
1996--a time which will undoubtedly go down in history as
the era of "the JonBenet Simpson bombing"--I treated it as
sort of a lark. It wasn't until Volume 1, Number 12 that I
began to have some idea of the newsletter's impact on the
UFO community not only in the USA and UK but worldwide.
However, it wasn't until May of 2001, when I was
forced to put a halt to the newsletter because of serious
vision problems that I truly began to realize just how
important UFO Roundup has become. Following the hiatus
announcement, I was literally floored by the number of
emails from readers
and well-wishers. It left me stunned, grateful and, most
importantly, humbled by your expressions of thanks and
I had the operations in August and October, and my
vision has improved to the extent that I can again do the
work of writing and editing the newsletter. So we are off
again in our quest for information about UFOs, aliens,
strange disappearances, vile vortices, out-of-place
animals, time warps, weird paleontology, lost
civilizations, unusual sects, spontaneous combustion, angel
hair and other skyfalls and anomalous phenomena of every
kind catalogued by Fort.
Looks like the Almighty has given me the green
light. I only hope that I prove worthy of the trust you
readers have placed in me.
Join us again next week for more UFO and paranormal
news from all over the planet Earth, and occasionally
elsewhere in the solar system, brought to you by "the paper
that goes home--UFO Roundup." See you then!
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