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  • Frits Westra
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      Hot Gossip UK November 2002

      Welcome to the November 2002 round-up of news and views concerning
      UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles and the unexplained.

      New Age Guru Jailed For Life

      Ira Einhorn, a leading figure in Seventies counter-culture, was found
      guilty of murder in a Philadelphia court last month, and jailed for
      life. Einhorn had been charged with killing his girlfriend, Holly
      Maddux, who disappeared in 1977. Her body was found in their flat two
      years later, but Einhorn skipped bail before his scheduled 1981 trial
      and fled the country. He was convicted in absentia in a 1993 trial.
      Einhorn was tracked down in France in 1997, but the French authorities
      refused to extradite him without guarantees that he would be given a
      fresh trial, and that if convicted, would not face the death penalty.
      These guarantees were given and Einhorn was extradited last year. When
      told of the news, he attempted suicide by slashing his own throat.
      Prosecutors in the recent trial claimed that Einhorn had killed Maddux
      when she ended their relationship. Einhorn claimed that he was framed
      by either the CIA or the KGB, because of his various connections with
      the intelligence community, related to his involvement with paranormal
      research. Einhorn was a close friend of Andrija Puharich (Einhorn
      edited his biography of Uri Geller) and was closely involved in Lab
      Nine, the Turkey Farm and the Space Kids. He was undoubtedly
      well-connected and involved in numerous Seventies initiatives which
      might be regarded as having evolved from hippie culture and become
      what we currently know as New Age philosophies. The Stargate
      Conspiracy by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince gives a good overview of
      Ira Einhorn, his work and his influence. And needless to say, there is
      a wealth of information on him available on the Web.

      Scottish Paranormal Conference

      The Oracle Trust in association with the Edinburgh College of
      Parapsychology are organising a marathon twelve hour conference on
      paranormal experience. The event is to be held at the Edinburgh Corn
      Exchange on Sunday 24 November, from 11am to 11pm. There will be a
      series of lectures, workshops and discussions, and numerous stalls
      with books and other merchandise. Subjects covered include astrology,
      clairvoyance, ghosts, psychic development, past life work and Tarot.
      If these subjects interest you, check out
      www.deepindigoevents.co.uk for further details.

      The Threat From Comets And Asteroids

      For those people interested in the science behind recent media and
      Hollywood interest in the threat from Near Earth Objects such as
      comets and asteroids, and for those people who are interested in
      actually doing something about this threat, may I recommend Spaceguard
      UK and The Spaceguard Centre. Check out www.spaceguarduk.com for

      Ufology Around The World

      One of the nice things about being involved in ufology is the
      opportunity to attend conferences and discuss the subject face to face
      with people from other countries, who often have very different
      perspectives on the phenomenon. I have lectured all around the world,
      not just at UFO conferences but at academic institutions and military
      establishments. This month I will be lecturing at Trinity College in
      Dublin, after which I will be speaking at a conference in Florence. I
      will debrief readers on these events in my column next month.

      Black Hole Found At Heart Of Galaxy

      Last months scientific observation confirmed what theorists had long
      suspected, and confirmed that a super massive black hole lies at the
      heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The black hole at Galactic Centre
      lies some 26,000 light years away from Earth, and is around 3.7
      million times more massive than our sun. The data were reported last
      month in the science journal Nature.

      Life On Venus?

      Talking of science journals, New Scientist magazine ran a highly
      controversial story last month, concerning the possibility of
      microbial life existing in the acidic clouds of the Venusian
      atmosphere. Dr Schulze-Makuch and colleagues from the University of
      Texas believe that the presence of bugs might be responsible for the
      relatively small amount of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere. The
      theory has been criticised by many other scientists, but the European
      Space Agency Venus Express mission due to be launched in 2005 may help
      resolve the issue, one way or the other.

      Crop Circle Challenge

      Hot Gossip Editor in Chief Georgina Bruni has attracted considerable
      media attention by virtue of her so-called Crop Circle Challenge.
      Intrigued by some of the most complex crop circle formations, she
      challenged those who consistently claimed that they could make such
      patterns to do so. It had been established beyond doubt that certain
      individuals were making some of the crop circles. Doug Bower and Dave
      Chorley were two of the best-known. But could they and they imitators
      really make patterns such as the Julia Set? If serious takers are
      found, Georgina will liaise between a suitable landowner and the
      media, with a view to filming the challenge. Georgina first made this
      offer in 1996, and to date has had no takers. She recently repeated
      the challenge in the November issue of Fortean Times magazine, and the
      media picked up the story. More on this story as it develops, as next
      Summer approaches.

      UFO Magazine Bumper Issue

      The bumper November/December issue of UFO Magazine is on sale now. As
      mentioned last month, it contains a detailed account of the Leeds
      conference held in September and attended by ufologists such as
      Stanton Friedman, Michael Hesemann, Dr Roger Leir, Philip Mantle and
      Georgina Bruni. Check www.ufomag.co.uk for details.

      Ufology 2002 - The Year In View

      In my column next month I will be reviewing all the major British UFO
      stories from the past year, to give an overview of the most
      significant developments. 2002 saw numerous document releases, new
      books, newspaper features, photographs, UFO sightings and much more
      besides. What was hot and what was not. All will be revealed next

      Ed's Note:

      Nick Pope's four books, Open Skies, Closed Minds, The Uninvited,
      Operation Thunder Child and Operation Lightning Strike are available
      from all good bookshops and from the usual Internet book sites. His UK
      publishers are Simon & Schuster. In America, The Overlook Press
      publish his books in hardback while the paperbacks are produced by
      Dell Publishing.

      © Hot Gossip UK 2001

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    • Frits Westra
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        Hot Gossip UK July 2003

        Welcome to the July 2003 round-up of news and views on UFOs, alien
        abductions, crop circles, the unexplained, the weird and the

        A Roswell Requiem

        Volume 10, Number 1 of Skeptic magazine contains an interesting 14
        page article on the Roswell incident. The article is written by B. D.
        ìDukeî Gildenberg, a meteorologist who was involved with USAAF and
        USAF operations, including Project Mogul, that he believes were
        responsible for triggering the Roswell incident. He was also involved
        in work for Project Blue Book, and more recently he was involved as a
        witness and researcher for the 1997 Pentagon investigation into the
        incident, which culminated in the publication of The Roswell Report:
        Case Closed. The article is entitled A Roswell Requiem. Given this,
        and the magazine in which it is published, readers will not be
        surprised to learn that the author attributes the Roswell Incident to
        Project Mogul, compounded by the fallibility of human memory, and
        exaggeration and lies on the part of certain people. He blames
        authors, publishers and TV producers for fuelling a modern myth, and
        concludes that ufology should move on from what he regards as a
        totally discredited case. Those who have read the two USAF reports The
        Roswell Report: Fact vs. Fiction in the New Mexico Desert and The
        Roswell Report: Case Closed will not find much new in the article, but
        this is not to detract from what is an important and well-written
        summary of the sceptical case against Roswell. Gildenberg uses the
        testimony of Captain Cavitt against the claims of Major Jesse Marcel,
        and that of Professor Kimball against the claims of Glenn Dennis.
        Believers can legitimately argue that the memories of Cavitt, say, are
        no more or less reliable than those of Marcel. However, any suggestion
        that those witnesses or experts supporting the official view are part
        of the conspiracy, or have been got at, would be more tenuous. The
        article has a sarcastic tone in places, but setting that aside, it is
        an important piece of journalism that, whatever ones views on Roswell,
        deserves a wider audience in ufology than it will probably get. Click
        on [1]www.skeptic.com for details of the magazine.

        Crop Circle Advertising

        Images of crop circles have often been incorporated into
        advertisements, illustrating how they have become part of the popular
        culture. The same has happened with UFOs and aliens. A new
        advertisement for tourism in Wiltshire has now used a crop circle
        photograph to promote the area, which is an interesting example of
        local government officials using the imagery. The imagery appears in a
        magazine advertisement, but there are a couple of references to crop
        circles on the official local authority site at [2]www.kennet.gov.uk
        together with links to some crop circle websites.

        NASA Nuclear Mission

        In a controversial move, NASA have given the go ahead to a deep space
        mission powered by a miniature nuclear reactor. The move has upset
        environmentalists concerned at the safety implications, especially in
        the light of the tragic loss of the space shuttle Columbia earlier
        this year. An essential safety feature will mean that the reactor
        cannot be switched on until the spacecraft has gone well beyond the
        orbit of the Earth. Project Prometheus involves NASA funding Lockheed
        Martin to investigate the concepts needed to design a viable nuclear
        propulsion system. The first aim would be a mission to some of the
        moons of Jupiter such as Callisto, Europa and Ganymede, where
        primitive life may exist in oceans beneath the icy surfaces. The
        likely launch date will be 2011. In the longer term, this technology
        may be the first step towards the previously stated NASA aim of a star
        mission. For this to occur in a meaningful timescale, radical new
        propulsion systems will be needed, incorporating nuclear mission, or
        matter/antimatter annihilation.

        Open Skies Closed Minds in Romania

        I am pleased to announce that my first book Open Skies Closed Minds is
        to be published in Romania. Open Skies Closed Minds is an overview of
        the UFO phenomenon, focusing on my running the UK Government UFO
        research and investigation project, at the Ministry of Defence. My
        books are available in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and
        have previously been translated into various other languages,
        including German, Greek and Polish. On past form, English language UFO
        books being translated into other languages leads to greater liaison
        between researchers in different countries, and results in previously
        unreported cases being given greater prominence. My thanks go to the
        respected ufologist Ion Hobana for arranging this.

        Glastonbury Symposium 2003

        On 25, 26 and 27 July the Glastonbury Symposium 2003 takes place at
        The Town Hall, Glastonbury. Entitled Investigating Crop Circles and
        Signs of Our Times, the symposium features a host of well known names,
        including Maurice Cotterell, Ed Sherwood and Michael Glickman. The
        special Sunday night guest is Budd Hopkins. However, the focus will be
        on crop circles, and the event includes a coach tour of whatever
        formations are in the area at the time. The event is hosted by Andy
        Thomas and Karen Douglas, and details can be found at the
        [3]www.glastonburysymposium.co.uk website.

        The 2003 Crop Circle Convention

        If Glastonbury whets your appetite, then there is another three day
        crop circle conference on 8, 9 and 10 August, in the Cricklade Theatre
        in Andover, Hampshire. Invited speakers include Colin Andrews, Reg
        Presley, Philip Mantle, Lucy Pringle and Busty Taylor. I have no
        internet site details for this event, but further information can be
        obtained by telephoning 01392 677462 any evening. Bookings can be made
        by calling 01264 360063 during office hours.

        Ed's Note:

        Nick Pope has written four books. Open Skies, Closed Minds is an
        overview of the UFO phenomenon with the emphasis on his official
        Ministry of Defence research and investigation. The Uninvited is an
        overview of the alien abduction mystery. Operation Thunder Child and
        Operation Lightning Strike are science fiction novels about alien
        invasion, incorporating UFO and abduction data. All four titles are
        available from most good bookshops and all the usual Internet book

        © Knight International 2003

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