UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 7 Number 18
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 7, Number 18
April 30, 2002
Editor: Joseph Trainor
SECOND UFO APPEARS IN A
TV BROADCAST, THIS TIME
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,
"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
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
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?)
GIANT FEMALE SKELETON
FOUND IN TUNISIA
"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.)
GRAY SPHERICAL UFO SEEN
OVER MEXICO CITY
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.)
SPHERICAL UFO FILMED AT
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 UFOs SIGHTED
BY THOUSANDS IN BEIJING
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
FIVE ORANGE UFOs SIGHTED
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)
TRIANGULAR UFO SEEN AT
MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
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)
ASTRONOMERS SPOT LARGE
UNKNOWN OBJECT IN JAPAN
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.)
THREE ORANGE UFOs SEEN IN
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.)
SOLITARY UFO SIGHTED IN
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
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.)
MYSTERIOUS VIRUS FELLS
46 PEOPLE IN GREECE
"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
FIRST CROP CIRCLE OF 2002
APPEARS IN HAMPSHIRE, UK
"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.)
FIVE PLANETS FORM A STRANGE
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.)
MYSTERY SOLVED--THE UFO IN
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
UFOs IN KOREA
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.)
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