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UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 7 Number 18

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  • John Hayes
    Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor. ========================== UFO ROUNDUP Volume 7, Number 18 April 30, 2002 Editor: Joseph Trainor
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      Volume 7, Number 18
      April 30, 2002
      Editor: Joseph Trainor



      Puerto Rican journalist and UFO researcher Jorge
      Martin reports, "I've read your report about the UFO
      observed on April 16, 2002 in an ABC Cable News broadcast
      related to the Israeli attacks in Jenin. I was surprised
      by the report because the same day, Tuesday, April 16,
      2002, at (12) noon, my wife and I were watching a live
      (TV) broadcast of a Spanish language CNN report from
      Venezuela related to the situation in that country after
      the coup d'etat made on the government of President Hugo
      Chavez, and something similar happened."
      "CNN's reporter in Venezuela, journalist Harris
      Whitbeck, was talking to a fellow female news anchor in
      the U.S. when, all of a sudden, a spherical white UFO flew
      in the distance over the city, right behind reporter
      Harris Whitbeck, who was located in a high position
      overlooking the city of Caracas."
      "The female news anchor seemed to become aware of the

      presence of the anomalous object and smiled in amazement,
      but at this moment the broadcast was terminated, and CNN
      passed on to another item."
      "Strangely enough, CNN's Hispanic reports are
      regularly videotaped and are repeated during the day, but
      this one was not. Was it censored? If so, who did it,
      and why?"
      "For me, this seems too much of a coincidence, for
      UFOs to appear unexpectedly during both international TV
      news reports on the same day and more or less the same
      type of events. Are 'they' sending a message to the
      international authorities?"
      Nine days later, on Thursday, April 25, 2002, Caracas

      experienced a second UFO visitation, which was seen by
      dozens of people.
      According to Venezuelan ufologist Martha Rosenthal,
      the first sighting took place at about 8 p.m. The
      eyewitness, Sra. Claret del Rosario Laya, "observed a UFO
      with an intense light over the Cerro Avila (hill). The
      UFO moved back and forth in perfect balance before
      disappearing completely."
      Elsewhere in Caracas, "at 11:20 p.m., Sra. Moralda
      Monasterios, public relations director for Venezuela's
      Meridiano Television, watched a UFO fly over the city,
      leaving a faint beam of light--a straight line of white
      light--in its wake. The UFO continued these aerial
      maneuvers for two hours."
      "Finally, Prof. Mary Rizzo sighted a lenticular UFO"
      over the campus of the University of Caracas that evening.
      (See NotiOVNI for April 28, 2002. Muchas gracias a Jorge
      Martin, Daniel Munoz y Martha Rosenthal para esas
      (Editor's Comment: Okay, that's two so far. One from the
      West Bank and the other from Caracas, Venezuela. Did any
      other UFO Roundup readers spot one of these "peek-a-boo
      flybys" on TV on Tuesday, April 16, 2002?)


      "The skeleton of a female measuring 2.3 meters (230
      centimeters or 7 feet, eight inches) long was discovered
      in Tunisia, scientists announced Tuesday," April 23, 2002.
      "The stone sarcophagus containing the skeleton of a
      mother measuring 2.3 meters in height was found this week
      in the village of Tajeruine in Tunisia."
      "According to the anthropologists, a stone coffin
      from the Roman era (the period between 150 B.C. and 300
      A.D.) also contained the skeletons of two sons of the
      mother. The grave was discovered while workers were
      digging a foundation for a new building. Work was stopped
      when the project owners realized that the site would be
      important to archaeologists."
      "The Tunisian Institute of Archaeology said the
      sarcophagus was buried with Latin inscriptions identifying
      the remains as a 'giant woman.'" (See the newspaper El
      Ansa for April 24, 2002. Merci beaucoup a OVNI Maroc pour
      cette nouvelles. E tambem a Visitantes Cosmicas por eso
      (Editor's Note: A similar giant skeleton was discovered
      in Morocco last year. See UFO Roundup, volume 6, number
      16 for April 19, 2001, "Unusual human remains unearthed in
      Morocco," page 5.)


      On Saturday, April 13, 2002, at 2 p.m., Demetrio
      Feria was in the Oriente section of Mexico City, south of
      Villa de Guadalupe, when he spotted an unusual object in
      the sky. Immediately he grabbed his videocamera.
      The video footage Feria shot "shows the object flying

      from north to south over Oriente. Feria reported, 'The
      strange object was of an obscure gray color, and it moved
      slowly at a high altitude above the capital. The UFO
      continued its flight and lost itself in the haze on the
      horizon.'" (See NotiOVNI for April 21, 2002. Muchas
      gracias a Daniel Munoz para eso noticario.)


      On Thursday, April 18, 2002, at 8:30 ap.m.,
      Argentinian ufologist Ricardo E. d'Angelo "filmed an
      'intense sphere of bright light as it slowly
      floated by' in the town of Glaucoart in Argentina.
      "D'Angelo and one other man witnessed the phenomenon.

      'The intense sphere floated for some 10 minutes on April
      18 at 8:30 p.m.,'" d'Angelo reported, "'Two people
      observed the whole phenomenon, and we took video of
      the sphere, which remained motionless.'"
      D'Angelo added that the UFO "generated great flashes
      of light of all colors, then began to slowly fly across
      the city, heading south. Heavy air traffic was also
      present over the city at that time." (Many thanks to
      Louise A. Lowry for forwarding this report.)


      Four yellow-colored spiral UFOs made a surprise
      appearance over Beijing, the capital of China, on Monday,
      April 22, 2002.
      The sightings were reported in two newspapers, the
      Beijing Times and the Shanghai Star. According to the
      newspaper reports, the four UFOs were seen for just over
      an hour. The objects emitted beams of bright yellow
      light. Chinese observers on the streets estimated that
      the UFOs were "very high up," an estimated 10 kilometers
      (6 miles) above the earth. They hovered for a while in
      pairs and then departed to the south.
      "Lan Songzhu, a scientist at the Xinglong observation

      station operated by the Astronomical Observatory of
      Beijing, said the observatory had received more than
      10,000 reports of UFO phenomena in the past hundred years,
      but only five percent of these 'had no natural
      explanation.'" (See the newspaper China Daily for April
      25, 2002. Many thanks to Chen Jilin for this news

      IN ALBURY, N.S.W.

      On Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at 9:15 p.m., Fred W. was

      at his home in Albury, New South Wales, Australia when he
      spotted a strange glow in the northwestern sky.
      "I saw five bright orange lights, spaced well apart
      and moving towards the southeast," Fred reported, "They
      could have been balloons as they were slow and bright
      orange. After about 15 minutes, three disappeared from
      view, leaving two that disappeared shortly thereafter.
      I'd estimate their height (altitude) at two to three
      thousand feet (600 to 900 meters) I thought it might be
      ballons in a formation, but at night and so many? Also, I
      could find no indication of balloons on my (radio)
      Albury, N.S.W. is on the Victoria state line about
      250 kilometers (150 miles) southwest of Canberra, the
      capital of Australia. (Email Form Report)


      On Friday, April 12, 2002, at 8:05 p.m., K.B. noticed

      a strange object approaching the city of Montego Bay,
      Jamaica from the northwest. She reports, "It was a rust-
      coloured, triangle-shaped object several miles away
      travelling at a speed several times faster than any
      military or commercial aircraft we had ever seen. It then
      took off in a southwesterly direction at a high rate of
      speed. A few minutes later, a jet passed over in the same
      general direction but at a much lower rate of speed."
      (Email Form Report)


      On Monday, April 4, 2002, Syuzo Isobe, president of
      Japan's Space Vigilance Association, released an
      announcement stating that 'a large unknown object had been
      detected in the upper regions of the sky' over the Pacific
      Ocean south of Japan. 'The object, which was 50 meters
      (165 feet) in length, was found to be in a stationary
      position at an estimated altitude of 36,000 kilometers
      (21,600 miles), and would appear to be an artifact
      constructed by an intelligent species.'"
      "Toshi Nakagawa of the UFO Investigation Organization

      of Japan announced that his group would further
      investigate this incident." (See the Tokyo newspaper
      Asahi Shinbun for April 5, 2002. "Arigato" a Daniel Munoz
      para esa noticia.)


      On Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at 8:50 p.m., in
      Janesville, Wisconsin (population 59,498), Jonathan M.
      reports, "It was cloudy but I could still see either the
      moon or a bright star. I was trying to make out what it
      was (the moon or a star--J.M.) As I was looking at it,
      three orange lights came from the northeast. They were in
      formation side by side. As they went overhead, they
      zigzagged between each other and shot off to the southwest
      in formation again (side by side--J.M.)."
      "If you held a dime in your fingers, and held it at
      arm's length, this would have been about the size" of the
      objects. "They made no noise, and they were very fast.
      They were not military jets."
      "I want to know if anyone else saw that. Someone had

      to because of the brightness and the size. I turned on
      the (radio) scanner to see if there were any reports, but
      no one here reported anything."
      Janesville, Wis. is on Routes 11 and 14, located
      about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Madison, the
      state capital. (Many thanks to John Hoppe of UFO-Wisconsin

      for this report.)
      (Editor's Note: Janesville is well-known to Forteans for
      its periodic unusual phenomena. In February 1892, a
      frozen crocodile five-and-one-half feet (1.5 meters) long
      was found on the banks of the Rock River near Janesville.
      See The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover
      Publications, New York, N.Y., 1974, page 62.)


      On Saturday, April 20, 2002, at approximately 9 p.m.,

      Spyro Mitchenikos was in Birmingham, the largest city in
      Alabama, when he "saw an object, extremely bright. At
      first I thought it was the North Star, except that the
      object was in the eastern sky, traveling southward.
      Object was bright, approximately 15,000 to 30,000 feet
      (4,500 to 9,000 meters) above, moving at a moderate speed,
      however, faster than an airplane at that altitude."
      "Object traveled in a straight line, horizontal, then

      the light appeared to turn off. Object did not make
      sounds like an aircraft used for human travel or a
      military aircraft. However, dogs from around the
      neighborhood (about 2 to 3 mile range--S.M.) began
      howling. Not sure what object was. Light of object
      appeared solitary and did not show any signs of motion.
      Extremely bright light. Bright as the North Star. Size:
      would appear to be an extremely large object. Object
      traveled northeast to south in a horizontal manner.
      Object traveled faster than any man-made object travels,
      then slowed to almost a motionless position, then began to
      travel once more." (Email Form Report)


      The Rodope mountain range, which forms the border
      between Greece and Bulgaria, became famous two months ago
      when a mysterious skull was discovered near Plovdiv,
      Bulgaria. But UFO Roundup correspondent Iassen Kobarelov
      has revealed that the area is also home to that country's
      mystic White Brotherhood.
      (Editor's Note: For more on recent doings in the Rodopes,
      see UFO Roundup, volume 7, number 4, for January 22, 2002,
      "Alien skull discovered in Bulgaria?", page 1.)
      Foremost among Bulgaria's mystics was Evangelia
      Dimitrova. Born in 1911, Mme. Dimitrova developed her
      psychic abilities early and became famous for her many
      predictions. She was so accurate in her predictions that
      she remained unmolested after the Communist Party came to
      power in 1945. In her final years, she was actually
      subsidized by the Communist government in Sofia, the
      national capital. Prior to her death in 1996, Baba Vanga
      (Bulgarian for Grandmother Vangie--J.T.) predicted the
      sinking of the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk.
      "Another clairvoyant of the White Brotherhood is
      Peter Daunov," Iassen reported, "Then there is Giorgi
      Lozanov, who founded Suggestology. Baba Vanga held court
      at a natural spring called Roupite, where she was visited
      by peasants, intellectuals, ministers and presidents."
      Mme. Dimitrova's home was in Petric, Bulgaria, a
      border town about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of
      Thessaloniki in Greece. In 1983, assisted by her niece
      Mme. Vanga Krassimira Stoyanova, she wrote a book about
      her life as a seeress, entitled Inexplique--Le Monde de
      "I met Baba Vanga on November 16, 1989, just before I

      emigrated to the Americas," Iassen said, "I was with her
      for an hour and a half, which was truly extraordinary.
      Vanga and I discussed (Earth) changes by means of the
      Mme. Stoyanova told Iassen Kobarelov that her aunt
      had also met extraterrestrials on "a mountain in the
      "According to Mme. Stoyanova, her aunt was in contact

      with ETs from the planet Vamfim. The entities appeared as
      elderly bearded sages with mystic and severe expressions
      and brilliant costumes, saying that the time of contact is
      not yet ended. There will be even more surprising
      evidence (of alien contact) in the future. They showed
      her a vision of a planet surrounded by bright stars in her
      house" at Petric. "She also said the two UFO pilots agreed

      to be photographed with her during the encounter."
      "On May 5" of that year, "Baba Vanga and her niece
      saw luminous UFOs darting around the moon. A rock 5
      meters (16.5 feet) high levitated off the ground by
      itself. And there was a sudden illumination of 3-D
      images--two men standing beside a throne, and sitting on
      the throne was another man dressed like a Pharoah."
      Another hot spring in the Rodopes also has a strange
      reputation. This is Solenoto Izvorce (Little Salt Spring)
      on Mount Prespa near Narecen. The waters of Solenoto
      Izvorce have the tenth highest level of radioactivity in
      the world. A cup of water from the spring emits 1,130
      REM, a fact which Bulgarian scientists have found puzzling.
      Six kilometers (4 miles) from Srednogorci is another
      mystery site--Madan (Arabic for Mine--J.T.). The
      hillsides around Madan have many old mines dating back to
      the time of the Parians in 700 B.C. According to mystic
      traditions, some of the tunnels lead down to a very
      ancient tunnel, similar to las socabones of South America.
      The Madan tunnel runs south to the Aegean Sea.
      The tunnel is said to run from Madan southwest to the

      ruins of Amphipolis, near Kavala, Greece, a city
      approximately 163 kilometers (102 miles) east of
      (Editor's Note: The ruins were discovered in 1938. The
      museum in Kavala, known in ancient times as Neopolis (New
      City), has a pair of Ionian columns from the now-vanished
      Temple of Parthenos. Amphipolis is best known to
      Americans, though, as the hometown of Xena the warrior
      A branch tunnel supposedly heads southeast and goes
      under the Aegean to the island of Thasos.
      Inhabited since the Stone Age, Thasos was the site of

      a very ancient civilization. According to Greek myth, the
      island was settled by Thasos, the son of Agenor and the
      grandson of Poseidon, god of the sea.
      (Editor's Comment: A possible Atlantis connection?)
      The indigenous civilization was conquered by the
      Parians around 700 B.C. The original Thasians worshipped
      a mother goddess, Axieros; her husband, Kadmilos; and
      Dardanos and Aeton, two mortals who became gods after a
      number of sword-and-sorcery exploits which are,
      unfortunately, lost to history. The Parians introduced
      the worship of Athena. Later generations built a temple
      to Athena on the southern outskirts of Limenas, the port
      and capital of Thasos.
      Rising behind Limenas is Mount Ipsarion, site of the
      original temple of Axieros. In the rock behind the ruins
      is a curious square doorway, which was later revered as a
      shrine of the Greek god Pan. The ancient tunnel from
      Madan, Bulgaria is supposed to have a hidden entrace
      somewhere on Mount Ipsarion.
      (Editor's Note: Similar "doorways to nowhere" are found
      in the USA, as well. Most notably near Brushy Creek in
      Berryville, Arkansas, 40 miles (64 kilometers) northeast
      of Fayetteville, and at Death Valley National Monument in
      southern California. See Mysterious America by Jim
      Brandon, E.P. Dutton Co., New York, N.Y., 1978, pages 15
      and 24.)
      Such are the Rodope mountains, home of the White
      Brotherhood and truly Bulgaria's land of mystery. (Many
      thanks to Iassen Kobarelov for the information on Baba
      Vanga. See also Greece: The Rough Guide, Penguin Books,
      1998, pages 683 to 691, and Greece by David Willett,
      Bridgitte Barti, Rosemary Hall, Paul Hellander and James
      Oliver, Lonely Planet Publications, Australia, 2000,
      pages 688 to 694.)


      "Seven new cases of a mystery virus suspected of
      causing a potentially fatal heart inflammation were
      reported Wednesday," April 24, 2002. "So far
      three people, all adults, have died from the infection."
      "Doctors urged Greeks to remain calm as the total of
      reported cases of the ailment reached 39 since officials
      began counting April 18. Most have been in Athens, the
      capital and home to nearly half of Greece's 11 million
      "All child care centers, schools and universities
      remained closed around the country to prevent possible
      spread of the virus. The (Greek) government, which
      decided Tuesday," April 23, 2002, "to close the schools
      for the remainder of the week, added conservatories, drama
      and dance schools to the list on Wednesday."
      "Officials said all those known to have contracted
      the virus suffered from myocarditis, inflammation of the
      heart, while other symptoms have included high feveer,
      muscle pain and respiratory problems."
      "Giorgos Saroglou, head of the health ministry's
      Special Infections Control Center, said an additional case
      was under investigation in the northern city of
      "'The intense monitoring of cases around the country
      continues,' Saroglou said, 'If the number of newly-
      reported cases remains at the same levels over the next
      few days, we can discuss a decline.'"
      "Reports of new infections by an unidentified,
      potentially fatal virus declined Friday," April 26, 2002,
      "prompting the Greek government to lift restructions meant
      to stop the vuris' spread."
      "Three adults have died from the infection."
      "Health Minister Alekos Papadopoulos said only two
      new cases involving symptoms of myocarditis, or heart
      inflammation, were reported Friday, compared with five on
      Thursday and seven on Wednesday."
      "So far, 46 people are believed to have been infected

      since officials began keeping count last week." (See the
      Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for April 25, 2002, "Mystery
      virus that attacks heart kills three in Greece," page 6A,
      and for April 27, 2002, "Mystery virus cases decline," page



      "The first formation of the year has been reported at

      Soberton, Hampshire, England; found (Tuesday) April 12
      (2002). A simple 60-foot (18-meter) circle/ring in
      canola, with two small standing circles in the ring. A
      humble but welcome start to another season for the centre
      of cropcircledom." (Many thanks to Paul Anderson of the
      Canadian Crop Circle Research Network for this report.)


      Look for a real sky show during May 2002 when five
      planets of our solar system line up in a formation that
      hasn't been seen in sixty years.
      "The western sky is the site of a rare planetary
      display through May when Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and
      Saturn are all visible at once. The last gathering of a
      visible five-planet array was in February 1940," six
      months after the beginning of World War II.
      UFO Roundup readers wanting to view the alignment
      should go outdoors just after sunset. Face the western
      horizon with a compass. West should be on your left-hand
      side; west-northwest should be at your right-hand side.
      Looking due west-northwest, you'll see a glow at 10
      degrees above the horizon. Relax--it's not a UFO. It's
      the Pleiades star cluster. Next to the Pleiades on your
      left will be a bright object--that's Mercury. To the
      left, and a little above Mercury at 15 degrees above the
      horizon is Venus. To the left of Venus, at 20 degrees
      above the horizon, is the planet Mars. To the left of
      Mars at 30 degrees above the horizon is Saturn. Now,
      facing due west, look to the left of Saturn at about 70
      degrees above the horizon and you will see the bright light

      that is Jupiter.
      "Though the planets will not be in (direct)
      alignment, five of them will be clustered within 33
      degrees of sky (on) May 14." (See USA Today for April 29,
      2002, "Five planets in close proximity," page 6D.)


      Concerning the two UFOs that were seen over Lakewood,
      Colorado two weeks ago (See UFO Roundup, volume 7, number
      17 for April 23, 2002, "Star-like UFOs sighted in
      Lakewood, Colorado," page 5), David C. Metzler writes,
      "Mr. Robinson is a very lucky man. I live in Fort Worth,
      Texas and was also out that night, but on purpose. I had
      checked one of the on-line satellite prediction pages and
      was expecting to see the International Space Station (ISS)
      and the U.S. Space Shuttle, which had separated from the
      station for the trip back to Earth."
      "It was a clear night, and it was predicted to have a

      max elevation of 90 degrees in my area, flying from north-
      northwest to south-southeast. My time was about 9:20 p.m.
      CDT (Central Daylight Time) or so, which corresponds to
      his 8:20 p.m. MDT (Mountain Daylight Time). The shuttle
      and ISS were about four inches apart at arm's length."
      David Metzler adds that readers can check out the ISS

      by logging in at this website:

      From the UFO Files...

      1952: AMERICAN G.I.s SPOT

      Fifty years ago today, American G.I.s fighting the
      North Koreans and the Chinese in the rugged mountains
      around Panmunjom saw two startling objects fly over their
      foxholes. For the men of the 3rd Platoon, Heavy Mortar
      Company, 180th Infantry Regiment, Eighth Army, it was a
      sight they would never forget.
      "'Two white, silvery objects, one behind the other,
      rumbled high in the sky over a valley in a front-line
      sector at 6 p.m., April 30th (1952), heading southeast
      into South Korea,' stated a Stars and Stripes article by
      Sgt. Bill McCorkle (April 1952 issue). He went on to
      point out that six members of the third platoon, Heavy
      Mortar Company, 180th Regiment saw the objects. PFC
      (Private First Class) H.B. Webb, a jeep driver, said that
      their speed was thought to be 900 to 1,000 miles per hour
      (1,440 to 1,600 kilometers per hour). 'A trail different
      than jet streams (contrails) appeared behind them,' he
      "Pvt. Roland Jones, another eyewitness, said, 'Jets
      passed over right before the objects, only they were (F-
      86) Sabres going going north. They were much slower than
      the southbound objects we saw.'"
      "Mortar Platoon leader 2nd Lt. Bill Smith said, 'They

      didn't have wings but they sounded similar to jets with
      their rumbling sound. But they weren't--I know. They
      were going way too fast, and they started down, tumbling
      to earth, as they got out of view. Their trajectory
      before falling was flat and that proves they weren't
      mortars. (mortar shells or rounds--J.T.) They weren't
      jet gas tanks jettisoned off, either, as some theorized,
      as their trajectory knocks this idea, too." (See the book
      Advanced Aerial Devices Reported During the Korean War by
      Richard F. Haines, LTDA Press, Los Altos, California,
      1990, page 63.)

      Well, that's it for this week. Join us in seven days

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