UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 7 Number 49
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 7, Number 49
December 3, 2002
Editor: Joseph Trainor
NEW CATTLE MUTILATION
IN NORTHERN ARGENTINA
"In the El Oso wilderness of the department of
Aguirre, a cow was found with mutilations of the head and
genitalia. This event is quite similar to the discovery
made in June of this year (2002) in the Quimilioj pasture
16 kilometers (10 miles) south of Garza in the department
of Moreno," near Santiago del Estero in northern
"The mutilated animal was discovered last Sunday
(November 10, 2002) in a field 32 kilometers (20 miles)
south of Malbrun and is the property of Oscar Suarez."
"Suarez told (the newspaper) El Liberal: 'The cow
was missing the hide off its maxillaries (jawbones), the
tongue and left eye, one ear and four teats, but the
remainder (of the animal--S.C.) was quite sound even
though it had been dead for several days.'"
"He likewise stated that no locals saw or heard
anything unusual for several kilometers around. The
owner is startled because 'it's odd that no carrion
animals, no vultures or crows, have turned up, which they
do whenever a carcass is present.'"
"The cow's body was inside the El Oso ranch along an
internal road that runs parallel to the barbed-wire
fence. 'On Wednesday the (November) 6th, we let the
animal out of its pen, and I found it on Sunday the
(November) 10th. It had apparently been dead for some
"Another detail that drew Suarez's attention is that
when he returned on Wednesday (November 13, 2002) to
where the animal was found, it was still intact and had
not yet decomposed in spite of the days elapsed and the
intensely hot weather."
(Editor's Note: Right now it's early summer In Argentina
and the other countries of the southern hemisphere.)
"'This is the first time something like it has
happened in the region,'" Suarez said.
"He dismissed the possibility that cattle rustlers
could have been involved 'because when they are involved,
they take the meat and all of the animal's useful organs
for sale, but that didn't happen here since the cow was
whole with all of its hide.'"
"As a casual remark, Oscar Suarez related that a
local advised him that this could be either the work of a
Martian or the Devil, 'but locals saw nothing strange.'"
(See the Argentinian newspaper El Liberal of Santiago del
Estero for November 15, 2002. Muchas gracias a Scott
Corrales y Gloria Coluchi para eso articulo de diario.)
(Editor's Comment: Welcome to South America--Still a
Target Week here at UFO Roundup. As with last week,
alien activity remains at an all-time high on the big
MORE UFO SIGHTINGS
REPORTED IN CHILE
On Thursday, November 21, 2002, "at 10 p.m., Luis
Sepulveda Castro, a security guard at a corporate
warehouse" in San Vicente de Tagua Tagua in Chile "left
the building to look at the sky and was able to see a
strange object moving in a northwest to southwest
"Using binoculars, he was able to make out the
following details: (1) the object was spherical in shape
with a red-colored base (lower hemisphere--J.T.) giving
off intermittent green flashes from its upper section
(upper hemisphere); and (2) the object moved very
Sepulveda's "observation had a total duration of 45
In the city of Angol, in southern Chile, yet another
UFO sighting was reported. Angol has been the site of an
ongoing UFO flap for the past two years.
On Wednesday, September 18, 2002, "Juan Carlos
Beltran Gonzalez, 37, was in the dining room at the
Alberto Larraguibel Morales Sports Facility, having lunch
with his friends, Cristian Aguilar Flores, 30, a
traveling salesman, and Miguel Albaran Poblete, 22, a
college student. Two unnamed security guards were also
Suddenly, "the witnesses saw a luminous orange
object in the sky from whose edges there emitted a ruby
(red) light. The witnesses calculated that the object
was flying over 1,500 meters (5,000 feet) in elevation
(altitude--J.T.) and moved in a west to east direction,"
heading for the Andes mountains.
"The object remained suspended overhead until 2:30
p.m., when it suddenly changed course toward the south.
Then, abruptly, it changed course once more toward the
northwest, forming a triangle (path) in the sky as it
followed this route. The object gradually disintegrated
as it vanished from sight." (Muchas gracias a Scott
Corrales, Guillermo Aguilera y Raul Gajardo para esos
SPHERICAL UFO SEEN IN
On Friday, November 23, 2002, "multiple observers
spotted a UFO flying over Caracas," the capital of
"According to the report, the sighting, which
occurred on Friday night, November 23, 2002, involved
witnesses in different parts of the city. They saw a
spherical UFO approximately 40 meters (133 feet) in
"One witness, Zuly Suju, said the UFO had rotating
lights along its equator and temporarily hovered over
their neighborhood before departing to the west." (See
NotiOVNI for November 24, 2002. Muchas gracias a Martha
Rosenthal y Daniel Munoz para eso informe.)
NORAD SCRAMBLES F-16s
TO INTERCEPT A UFO
"The military command responsible for the defense of
North American airspace scrambled fighter jets in
response to unverified reports of an airborne
condensation trail, or contrail, moving from the
Caribbean (Sea) to the United States, defense officials
said Thursday," November 28, 2002.
"Lt. Col. Michael Humm, a Pentagon spokesman, said
the incident happened Wednesday," November 27, 2002, "and
the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in
Colorado Springs, Colo. was continuing to investigate."
"The reported contrail stirred concern that it could
have indicated the presence of an unauthorized jet
aircraft in or approaching American airspace. After the
September 11 (2001) attacks, the Pentagon has taken
greater precautions to monitor U.S. airspace."
"A contrail is created by vapor from a jet engine in
the presence of cold air."
"The jets that were scrambled to attempt to
intercept and identify the source of the contrail found
nothing, said Lt. Cmdr. Curtis Jenkins, a NORAD
spokesman. He said NORAD had developed no new
information since the initial report at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
NORAD is reviewing data from its tracking radars in
search of evidence, he said."
"A Pentagon statement said NORAD received unverified
reports of 'what appeared to be a contrail of unknown
origin,' originally in the vicinity of the Turks and
Caicos Islands in the Caribbean."
"'Initially, it was reported to be heading
northwestward toward the United States,' the statement
said. 'Commercial airline pilots later reported the
contrail over Florida and later over Indiana.
Thereafter, no other sightings were reported.'"
"The reported contrail was never verified by visual
or radar contact, the Pentagon statement said." (See the
Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for November 29, 2002,
"Fighter jets scrambled to intercept reported contrail,
but find nothing," page 6A.)
HOVERING UFO SIGHTED
IN THE UKRAINE
On Monday, November 18, 2002, at about 6 a.m., "a
bright object was noticed hovering stationary over the
eastern part of the Crimean Autonomous Republic," in the
southern Ukraine. The UFO was spotted east-southeast of
Simferopol, a large city on the Black Sea peninsula
called the Crimea.
"The object was several times brighter than the
planet Venus and was approximately 30 degrees above the
horizon. At 6:10 a.m., it suddenly vanished, like an
electrical lamp being switched off. The last detail
clearly indicates that it was a UFO and not Venus just
covered by cloud--the object died out very sharply, not
Ukrainian ufologists believe that "alien activity
could be present here (something like 'portals' used by
UFOs detected above the Iograf Mountains north of Yalta
and near Northern Demerdzhi Mountain--A.A.), as well as
some kind of 'alien navigation beacon' very likely
serving to indicate approaches to those portals."
An area of interest to Ukrainian ufologists is the
east slope of Mount Ayju-Dag in the Crimea, where just
such an "alien beacon" is believed to be hidden. "I
myself saw three strange dots of light on the eastern
slope of Mount Ayju-Dag in 2001, and there are absolutely
nothing like houses, frontier guard posts, etc. in the
area," ufologist Anton A. Anfalov reported.
Local scientists said the bright light was the star
Sirius, but Anfalov pointed out that Sirius and planets
such as Venus, Jupiter and Mars were all in other parts
of the sky when the sighting occurred. (Many thanks to
Anton A. Anfalov of Ukrainian UFO Research Association
(UKUFAS) for this report.)
UFOs CONTINUE ACTIVITY IN
On Saturday, November 23, 2002, two separate
witnesses "reported seeing some strange lights on Thron
Hill mountain," just west of Terrace, British Columbia,
Canada, which has been the site of numerous UFO sightings
"Five people witnessed the UFOs," ufologist Brian
Vike reported, "The weather conditions were good--clear
but rather windy. One of the witnesses said the object
or light was approximately double the size of the planet
Venus. White in color. All of the witnesses watched the
light for approximately 10 to 15 seconds while it grew
smaller in size and disappeared."
Sightings have also been reported in remote regions
outside the Telkwa River valley. On Tuesday, October 22,
2002, at 10:25 p.m., two men were driving on a dirt road
in Topley Landing, just south of Granisle, B.C. As they
were driving along the beach at Babine Lake, they spotted
a strange light a mile (1.6 kilometers) away, hovering
over the old Bell Copper mine.
The witnesses "observed a large, glowing, orange-
gold, almost saucer-shaped object hovering right over the
top of the old Bell Copper mine. At this point, they
pulled over to have a look and try to figure out what
they were seeing. As they watched the object hover, it
would rise up very slowly and come to a complete stop,
move sideways and then stop, and drop down roughly to the
same height from the ground" where the witnesses had
first seen it.
"At one point, the light moved out over the lake and
stopped for a few seconds, then went back over the mine
"They estimated that the UFO 'was about the size of
the moon, maybe a hair smaller.' They said the ground
area around the object was 'lit up for some distance.'
Also, due to the brightness of the craft, it cast a
reflection in the lake. The men watched the event for
approximately seven minutes." (Many thanks to Canadian
ufologist Brian Vike for these reports.)
ORANGE UFO SIGHTED IN
On Tuesday, November 19, 2002, at 7 p.m., eyewitness
J.H. saw a strange light approaching from the east in
Lemoyne, Pennsylvania (population 3,995), just west and
across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg, the state
"An orange light object similar to an aircraft
approach light appeared and slowly moved in a
southwesterly direction," he reported, "The object
disappeared and then reappeared within about five
seconds. The object then moved southward, and its
altitude became lower. I lost track of the object behind
some trees in the foreground. It had a white light and a
blue light. The orange object finally seemed to drop
behind the treeline and disappeared." (Email Form
TWO SAUCERS SEEN IN
On Wednesday, November 13, 2002, at 7:30 p.m.,
eyewitness A.T. saw two faintly luminous saucers hovering
above her property in Smithfield, North Carolina
(population 11,510), located on Interstate Highway I-40
about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Raleigh.
"It was in my backyard," she reported, "I had got up
off my bed because I saw some lights in the sky. I
thought that it was a plane. So I got up and saw two
disk-shaped objects hovering in my backyard. They had
different colored lights that wrapped around them. The
colors were green, yellow, red, white and pink. Then
they stayed there for awhile. And then they went to the
right. They were going slow, then picked up speed. They
were at eye level. They were really going slow, then
slowly picked up speed." (Email Form Report)
FAST-MOVING UFO SPOTTED
IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA
On Wednesday, November 27, 2002, at 11:20 p.m.,
eyewitness A.W. and her brother were about to make a
quick trip to the video store in Omaha, Nebraska
(population 390,000) when she spotted something unusual
in the sky.
"I went out to my brother's car so we could drop off
a movie at the video store," she reported, "And he was
only heating up the car. So I just went to the end of
the driveway. I just looked up and saw something moving
extremely fast across the sky. It was very bright, like
pure white, or maybe it only seemed that white because
there are not many stars you can see from where I live."
"It was very far away, farther away than planes, and
I only saw it for a moment. Like, if I would have
blinked, I would've missed it. It's hard to say how
large it was. I didn't see anything but a bright light,
like a comet. But it wasn't a comet because I've seen
those before, and this was much different. It was
bigger. It reminded me almost of a wide toothpick shape.
And then it was just gone, as if nothing was ever there
in the first place. Like I said before, it was going a
whole lot faster than a jet would." (Email Form Report)
FLURRY OF EARTHQUAKES
HAS CALIFORNIA NERVOUS
"The ground started shaking last Sunday morning,"
November 24, 2002, beneath San Ramon, California
(population 44,722) "about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east
of San Francisco, but there was little concern. The
quake measured 3.9 on the Richter scale and left barely a
picture on the wall askew. People in California tend to
save their worry for 'the big one'--something
catastrophic, like the quake that destroyed much of San
Francisco in 1906."
"But when another small quake struck" in San Ramon
"Sunday night (November 24), and another Monday morning
(November 25), and another and another and another--by
Friday (November 29, 2002) the United States Geological
Survey had registered what it called a 'swarm' of more
than 120 quakes--nervousness set in."
"'Earthquakes are primal-fear things,' said
Stephanie J. Hanna, the Geological Survey's
communications chief for the Western (USA) region. 'They
don't kill as many people as you think, but when terra
firma isn't anymore, it scares people down to the deepest
"Technically the San Ramon earthquakes are regarded
as 'background seismicity' because they did not occur on
a main fault. But San Ramon is not far from the
Calaveras fault, one of three major faults in the San
Francisco Bay area that scientists consider most likely
to produce a big earthquake."
"More significantly, the San Ramon quakes have
happened on a small, previously unknown fault that
crosses the Calaveras seven miles (11 kilometers) beneath
the (Earth's) surface, potentially triggering quakes on
the Calaveras as well."
"'I grew up in San Ramon and normally you have an
earthquake and it passes,' said Parshaw Vaziri, the
outreach director at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering
Research Center in Berkeley. 'To have it be repetitive
for so many days has people thinking. There is a fear
that this is going to lead to something bigger.'" (See
the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for December 1, 2002,
"Swarm of small quakes has California buzzing," page
(Editor's Note: San Ramon is also the site of Mount
Diablo, which is sacred to the indigenous peoples of the
region. It's been the site of many Fortean events during
the past two centuries.)
LISA MEITNER WAS NEVER
A NAZI SCIENTIST
David Strassler writes, "Lisa Meitner, despite her
contributions to nuclear theory, did not participate in
the production of the atom bomb, neither did she believe
her discoveries would have much use. The creation of the
bomb took her by surprise. After the war, she denounced
the use 'war technicians have put to our discoveries.'"
"I wouldn't be writing you if not for your huge
error of referring to her as a Nazi scientist. She was a
Jew and in 1938 fled Germany to Sweden because of the
From the UFO Files...
1910: UFO VISITS A RANCH IN
CRYSTAL CITY, TEXAS
Although the USA's "Airship Flap" of 1909-1910 has
been pretty well documented by Charles Fort, John A.
Keel, Lucius Farrish and, for New England at least, by
your UFO Roundup editor, there were a few other cases of
the period that have since turned up. Such as the
sighting in Crystal City, Texas.
This event is notable not for its UFO but for what
happened later on to one of its youthful witnesses.
Today Crystal City (population 7,190) is a pleasant
bedroom community just east of Highway 83, in Zavala
County, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Uvalde.
But ninety years ago, Crystal City "was a raw frontier
town in South Texas so desolate that the coyotes howled
nightly at the city limits."
Owning a small "brush country" ranch near Crystal
City was a man named William Oscar McClung. He was a
child of many ethnicities--Irish, German, Swedish on his
father's side and Comanche (the real name for this
indigenous people is Nermernuh--J.T.) and Osage on his
mother's side. McClung lived on the ranch with his wife
Willie and several children.
In December 1910, the ranch was visited by Mrs.
McClung's brother, Isaac, his wife Hester and their four-
year-old son, Bobby. Isaac's nickname was "Uncle Cue,"
short for "Mordecue," which is how the McClung children
pronounced his middle name, Mordecai. Cue was a frontier
doctor by trade, recently licensed by the Texas
Department of Public Health, and he often dropped by the
ranch for a visit.
One night in mid-December 1910, Bobby was sound
asleep with his cousins in the stucco-walled bedroom
"when he was awakened by a tremendous detonation."
Wide-eyed, he "found the whole room bathed in a weird
light." Running to the window, he saw a luminous
spherical object hovering in the air above his uncle's
corral, where horses whinnied and cattle bellowed in
Frightened, Bobby ran into the kitchen. Hearing
hard footsteps, he turned and saw his tall, black-haired
father rush out of the guest bedroom. "What the hell is
going on!?" the doctor shouted.
Then he saw his Uncle Bill stride into the kitchen,
a fearsome figure in his faded red union suit, battered
Stetson, boots and gunbelt. Working the lever on his
Winchester, he snapped, "Grab a gun, Cue. It's them no-
account Bruntons, and they're a-fixin' to run us off."
The doctor grabbed a double-barreled shotgun. "What
did they do--dynamite the house!?"
Taking up position beside the door, Uncle Bill
pushed it open with the barrel of his Winchester. "We'll
Bobby watched as the door swung open, and a fading
unearthly light spilled into the kitchen. And then it
was gone. All that remained was the sound of frenzied
animals out in the corral.
While the women and children remained indoors, Bill
and Cue, guns in hand, circled the house and then checked
the barn. They found nothing amiss.
"Hearing nothing further, they went back to bed."
But they weren't the only ones who had seen
something strange. People all over Zavala County had
seen the glowing object.
"The next day, eyewitnesses reported that a
meteorite 'about the size of a barrel' had exploded and
burned itself out in the earth's atmosphere.'"
And so the incident in Crystal City was soon
forgotten. But not by Bobby. Twenty-one years later, in
1931, he wrote about it to his friend and fellow fantasy
author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft.
"Bobby" is better known by the name that appears on
his by-line...Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan the
Barbarian. (See Dark Valley Destiny: The Life of Robert
E. Howard by L. Sprague de Camp, Catherine Crook de Camp
and Jane Whittington Griffin, Bluejay Books Inc., New
York, N.Y., 1983, pages 59 and 60.)
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