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      UFO ROUNDUP
      Volume 8, Number 1
      January 1, 2003
      Editor: Joseph Trainor

      http://www.ufoinfo.com/roundup/


      NUMEROUS UFOs SEEN IN
      CARACAS, VENEZUELA

      South America's UFO flap is still going strong in
      Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. Sightings were
      reported in several parts of the city last week.
      "According to Venezuelan ufologist Arturo Escalante,
      there have been numerous sightings in Caracas recently,"
      during a period of civil unrest in the Venezuelan
      capital.
      "On Friday, December 13, 2002, at 6:30 p.m., Prof.
      Amelia Santodomingo observed a giant luminous sphere with
      multicolored lights hovering over the Paseo de Los
      Proceres. Later the same evening, three witnesses
      observed the same luminous sphere over the barrio Galipan
      (neighborhood) in the vicinity of Cerro Avila (hill).
      The large object flew circles above this area, then
      retreated towards the mountains where it finally
      disappeared."
      "On Monday, December 16, 2002, at 7:07 p.m.,
      according to Marisa Rodriguez, editor of the magazine Too
      Much, singer Deborah Sachs and her agent, Ingrid Angulo,
      observed a strange object suspended silently in the
      southeastern sky, displaying intermittent red and yellow
      lights 'dispersed in the form of a wedding ring.' This
      UFO rose in the air to an altitude of 120 meters (396
      feet) above the buildings in the Los Riscos area of
      Caracas. The object finally departed and was lost in the
      horizon." (See NotiOVNI for December 22, 2002. Muchas
      gracias a Daniel Munoz y Martha Rosenthal para esos
      informes.)


      UFO FLOTILLA SIGHTED IN
      MANLY, NEW ZEALAND

      On Tuesday, December 24, 2002, at 11 p.m., Karen
      Dugdale and her son were at ther home in Little Manly,
      Whangaparaoa, New Zealand when, looking south towards
      Manly, she saw "several round shapes of 10 to 12, green
      in colour, which appeared to be in one large circle
      (formation--J.T.)."
      "The objects travelled from within the large white
      cloud and moved from top to right to bottom to left of
      the clouds. My son seems to think it was moving in a
      circular motion. And, as the cloud changed shape and
      became smaller, the circle of lights disappeared until it
      vanished altogether."
      The UFOs, Mrs. Dugdale reported, were "colour: green
      and shaped round."
      She described the formation as looking like this:


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      "As it moved, the circles stayed together as one
      circle. This lasted approximately 20 minutes." (Email
      Form Report)


      GROUP SAYS ALIENS HELPED
      CLONE THE FIRST HUMAN

      "A group whose spiritual leader says
      extraterrestrials developed cloning as a route to eternal
      life claimed Friday," December 27, 2002, "to have
      produced the first human clone in the form of a 7-pound
      baby girl--but most scientists greeted the claim with
      skepticism because of the group's weak credentials."
      "If genetic tests to be performed in the next week
      support the claim, it would mark what many scientists and
      ethicists consider a reckless application of cloning
      technology, which has run into safety problems in animal
      studies."
      "Friday's cloning announcement was made in Florida
      by Brigitte Boisselier, a chemist and follower of a
      French-born religious leader named Rael, who started his
      extraterrestrial-venerating sect in the 1970s."
      "Boisselier said the baby was born Thursday,"
      December 26, 2002, "at an undisclosed site to a 31-year-
      old American woman whose cells were used to make the
      cloned infant."
      "'The baby is very healthy, and she's doing fine,'
      Boisselier said."
      "Most researchers said that although human cloning
      may be technically possible, they doubted that
      Boisselier--who is not a specialist in reproductive
      technology--has assembled a team with the expertise to
      pull it off."
      "'They have absolutely no scientific track record,
      and they've published no papers in the field. They
      haven't even cloned a mouse,' said Dr. Robert Lanza, vice
      president of medical and scientific development at
      Massachusetts-based Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. That
      company announced last year (2001) that it had made human
      embryonic clones for research purposes, though the
      embryos were not intended to develop into babies."
      "Boisselier is a 'bishop' in the movement founded by
      Rael, who was born Claude Vorilhon and who spent his
      early years in France as a race car diver and
      journalist."
      "In 1974, Rael released The Book Which Tells the
      Truth, in which he described how extraterrestrials called
      the Elohim took him to their home planet and explained to
      him how they created life on Earth."
      "In his 2001 book Yes to Human Cloning, Rael said
      the aliens had cloned him."
      "'I saw the Elohim insert a cell taken from my
      forehead into a huge aquarium-like machine...and then
      watched a perfect copy of myself grow in just a few
      seconds,' Rael wrote."
      "Boisselier said the baby produced by Clonaid--whom
      the group's scientists nicknamed Eve--was conceived using
      one of the mother's eggs and DNA taken from one of the
      mother's skin cells."
      "If the child is a clone, she would essentially be
      an identical twin of her mother and should have precisely
      the same DNA. Michael Guillen, a former science editor
      with ABC (American Broadcasting Company--J.T.) News said
      Friday that he has arranged with Clonaid to have
      independent experts test DNA from the baby and her
      mother."
      "Cloning a person may not be a difficult feat for
      scientists with the right training in reproductive
      technology. Fertility treatments that involve injecting
      a single sperm into an egg use many of the same
      techniques needed for cloning, which is why most experts
      did not dismiss Clonaid's claims out of hand."
      "'There are hundreds or thousands of people who can
      do the work,' said Mark Westhusin, a cloning researcher
      at Texas A&M University."
      "But Boisselier has not said who is on her team,
      and she did not release photos of the baby or any DNA
      evidence to back her claim."
      "'I just think it's completely irresponsible,' said
      Westhusin, who this year (2002) led the first successful
      effort to clone a cat. 'As big a concern as whether you
      get a baby who's healthy today is whether that individual
      will be healthy 10 to 20 years from now or be disposed to
      serious human diseases. We need more animal studies
      before we can ever say this is safe.'"
      (Editor's Comment: Here's a classic case of a pot
      calling the kettle black. Irresponsible? What do you
      call spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to do what
      any back-alley tomcat will do for free?)
      "Some ethicists believe cloning is wrong in
      principle, citing the possibility it will lead to an
      industry of designer babies or hamper a child's ability
      to form a unique identity."
      "'The very attempt to clone a human being is evil,'
      said Stanley Hauerwas, a professor of theological ethics
      at Duke University. 'Even to imagine that we should
      clone a human being is a sign that, as the novelist
      Walker Percy put it, we are 'lost in the cosmos.'"
      "A spokesman for President Bush reiterated on Friday
      the (Republican) administration's opposition to all forms
      of human cloning."
      "Last month (November 2002) the Bush administration
      delayed for one year a United Nations vote on a global
      ban on reproductive cloning, saying the measure was
      insufficient because it did not include cloning for
      research." (See the Chicago Tribune for December 28,
      2002, "Cloning of baby doubted, damned," page 1, and
      "Clone: No evidence released to back claim," page 8.)
      (Editor's Comment: You just know 2003 is going to be a
      wild year when big mainstream newspapers like the Chicago
      Tribune start running the kinds of stories you usually
      see in NotiOVNI, Filer's Files and UFO Roundup.)


      DEAD CHUPACABRA FOUND
      IN PUERTO RICO?

      "A discovery only increases the mystery: the bones
      of a strange creature disturbed the calm days of
      Christmas activities in the town of" Jayuya, Puerto Rico.
      "The animal remains were found on Tuesday," December
      24, 2002, "at 1:30 p.m. while young Angel Oquendo, 6, was
      playing with his brother, Sixto, 10, between the supports
      of footings of a recently-built dwelling on a family
      property in the Canalizo sector of Utuado, P.R."
      "According to Adelaida Quiles, Angel's mother, the
      boy summoned her while they were roasting a pig for
      Christmas Eve dinner."
      "'He called me, saying, 'Mommy, come here. There's
      a dead mouse,' and I ignored him. But he kept calling,
      and I asked my husband to take over the preparations (for
      dinner--J.T.) while I took a look,'" Sra. Quiles said.
      "As soon as she found the dead animal's remains near
      one of the house's supports, she called her husband,
      Cesar Oquendo, realizing that the remains were not
      something she could readily identify. They slid a piece
      of cardboard under it to bring it out into the light."
      "'Upon seeing it, we wondered if this thing could be
      the Chupacabra or something,' said Quiles."
      "A quick observation revealed that the animal had no
      traces of wool, hair or feathers on its carcass. Nor was
      there any evidence of it having upper extremities or
      wings."
      "The creature would have stood approximately 2 feet
      (0.6 meters) tall and was supported by its rear
      extremities, which had pronounced claws and three equally
      long bones. This gave the impression that it was able to
      jump to considerable heights. Its wide elongated head,
      with prominent eyes, supported a complete set of teeth
      with long upper fangs, two of them in the molar area and
      another in the bottom jaw, marking its carnivorous
      nature."
      "The ears were palm-shaped and measured only an inch
      (2.5 centimeters) in length, and there was a curved shape
      to its spinal column. The creature had a partial tail
      measuring nearly 1.5 feet (0.45 meters) long, similar to
      that of a reptile, and it appeared to have provided
      support for it as it walked."
      "The suspicion among the local residents was still
      considerable as they awaited the arrival of a Forensic
      Sciences researcher who would identify the animal's
      characteristics."
      "Curiously, several birds had been slain months ago
      on the same rural property. Eight hens and one rooster
      were found slain outside their cages and had belonged to
      Victor Quiles, Adelaida's father."
      "Jose Carlos Rivera, residing in the same area, lost
      five hens consecutively at the same time and in the same
      manner. He stated that an uncle of his lost 23 animals
      and his sister another two. Rivera, a traveling food
      vendor near the entrance of the town, claimed not to have
      experienced further attacks and had paid no further
      attention to the incidents." (See the Puerto Rican
      newspaper Primera Hora for December 29, 2002. Muchas
      gracias a Scott Corrales y Luiseppe Quinones para eso
      articulo de diario.)


      MYSTERY FIREBALL SIGHTED
      IN NORTHEASTERN SCOTLAND

      "A mystery object was seen streaking through the sky
      near" a community in northeastern Scotland, UK.
      "A comet-like ball was seen plunging towards the sea
      off Cammachmore, near Stonehaven. The bizarre X-Files-
      style sighting left residents baffled--but skywatchers
      believe it may have been a piece of space junk."
      "The Cammachmore 'comet' was spotted in unseasonably
      clear skies at around 10 in the morning" on Thursday,
      December 12, 2002.
      "'Myself and my husband were having a cup of coffee
      when something caught my eye out of the window,' said the
      woman, whose house overlooks the coast."
      "'We both stared out at the sky and could not
      believe what we were seeing. The object was hurtling
      straight down from the sky and was travelling at some
      speed.'"
      "The couple, who did not wish to be named, then
      grabbed binoculars to get a better view."
      "'I can only describe it as like looking at a
      ball...with a small comet-like tail behind it,' she
      said."
      "'My husband is a bit of a plane buff, and we both
      agreed this definitely was not any kind of aircraft.'"
      "The object then swiftly vanished from view within
      water."
      "Aberdeen coastguards were unaware of it. 'My guess
      is those people were confused by the sight of the sun for
      the first time in months,' said a spokesman."
      "A Met Office spokesman said, 'From the description,
      it sounds like it may well have been space debris.'"
      (See the Evening Express for December 13, 2002. Many
      thanks to Jim Hickman for this newspaper article.)


      WHITE SPHERICAL UFO SEEN
      NEAR VANCOUVER, B.C.

      On Saturday, December 21, 2002, the witness
      reported, "I was on the ferry going" across the Strait of
      Georgia "from Victoria, B.C. to Vancouver, B.C." on
      Canada's west coast. "At 9:20 a.m., I went out on the
      deck to have a cigarette. I was the only one out at that
      time because it was quite cool and windy. There was a
      blue sky but with lots of clouds that were moving quite
      fast because of the wind."
      "I saw a white ball or sphere-shaped object
      approaching a cloud. It didn't move very fast. It
      seemed to float, but I know it wasn't a balloon. It was
      very white. It didn't look very big, but who can tell at
      that height? I watched it for about ten seconds, not
      taking my eyes off it."
      "As it was approaching the cloud and then was
      covered by the wind, I waited for it to reappear after
      the wind moved the cloud, but I never saw it again. It
      either moved with the cloud or disappeared. It was
      moving in a northwesterly direction until it was covered
      by the cloud. Then I don't know what happened to it.
      The length of the event took approximately 10 to 15
      seconds." (Many thanks to Canadian ufologist Brian Vike
      for this report.)


      LUMINOUS DAYTIME UFO SEEN
      IN ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA

      On Friday, December 20, 2002, at 11 a.m., Linda G.
      was outdoors on a break and walking along when she
      spotted a UFO over a vacant parking lot off North Point
      Parkway in Alpharetta, Georgia (population 34,854).
      "While I was alone and walking on my break at work,
      I saw a very large white glowing object in the sky about
      the size of a small airplane but completely round," Linda
      reported, "It seemed to drift like a very large balloon.
      I thought maybe it was a blimp, but it was completely
      white and radiated" light.
      "It came to hover above me, then continued to go to
      the right of me and then began to rise in the sky and
      went behind some clouds, leaving just a glowing light,
      until it disappeared. It moved as if it was gliding,
      picking up speed as it moved past me."
      "It sort of zeroed in on me. I felt as if there was
      an entity in the craft, or someone was looking at me the
      same way I was looking at it. After being noticed, it
      then decided to drift away."
      Alpharetta, Ga. is on Highway 9 approximately 22
      miles (35 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta. (Email Form
      Report)


      OBERG AND SCIENTISTS
      CHALLENGE MOON-HOAX
      THEORISTS

      "Is that the moon or a studio in the Nevada desert?
      How can the flag flutter when there's no wind on the
      moon? Why can't we see stars in the moon-landing
      pictures?"
      "For three decades, NASA has taken the high road,
      ignoring those who claimed the Apollo moon landings were
      faked and part of a colossal government conspiracy."
      "The claims and suspicious questions like the ones
      cited here mostly showed up in books and on the Internet.
      But last year's prime-time FOX TV special on the so-
      called 'moon hoax' prompted schoolteachers and others to
      plead with NASA for factual information to fight back."
      "So a few months ago, the space agency budgeted
      $15,000 to hire a former rocket scientist and author to
      produce a small book refuting the disbelievers' claims.
      It would be written primarily with teachers and students
      in mind."
      "The idea backfired, however, embarrassing the space
      agency for responding to ignorance, and the book deal was
      chucked."
      "'The issue of trying to do a targeted response to
      this is just lending credibility to something that is, on
      its face, asinine,' NASA chief Sean O'Keefe said in late
      November (2002) after the dust settled."
      "So it's back to Square One--ignoring the hoaxers.
      That's troubling to some scientific experts who contend
      that someone needs to lead the fight against scientific
      illiteracy and the growing belief in pseudoscience like
      aliens and astrology."
      "Someone like NASA."
      "'If they don't speak out, who will?' asks Melissa
      Pollack, a senior analyst at the National Science
      Foundation."
      "Author James Oberg will. The former space shuttle
      flight controller plans to write the book NASA
      commissioned from him, even though. He's seeking money
      elsewhere. His working title: A Pall Over Apollo."
      "Tom Hanks will speak out, too."
      "The Academy Award-winning actor, who starred in the
      1995 movie Apollo 13 and later directed the HBO mini-
      series, From the Earth to the Moon, is working on another
      lunar-themed project. The IMAX documentary will feature
      Apollo archival footage. Its title: Magnificent
      Desolation, astronaut Buzz Aldrin's real-time description
      of the moon on July 20, 1969."
      "While attending the Cape Canaveral premiere of the
      IMAX version of Apollo 13 in November (2002), Hanks said
      the film industry has a responsibility to promote
      historical literacy. He took a jab at the 1978 movie
      Capricorn One, which had NASA's first manned mission to
      Mars being faked on a sound stage."
      "'We live in a society where there is no law in
      making money in the promulgation of ignorance or, in some
      cases, stupidity,' Hanks said, 'There are a lot of things
      you can say never happened. You can go as relatively
      quasi-harmless as saying no one went to the moon. But
      you also can say that the Holocaust never happened.'"
      "A spokesman for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial in
      Washington says there will always be those who will not
      be convinced. But the museum does not engage them in
      debate."
      "The spokesman acknowledged, however, that if a
      major news channel was doing a program that questioned
      the authenticity of the Holocaust, 'I'd certainly want to
      inject myself into the debate with them in a very
      forceful way.'"
      "Television's FOX network was the moon-hoax
      purveyor. In February 2001 and again a month later, FOX
      broadcast a program titled Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land
      on the Moon?"
      "Roger Launius, who agreed to Oberg's book just
      before leaving NASA's history office, says the story
      about the moon hoax has been around a long time. But the
      FOX show "raised it to a new level, it gave it legs and
      credibility that it didn't have before.'"
      "Indeed the National Science Foundation's Pollack
      says two of her colleagues, after watching the FOX
      special, thought it was possible that NASA faked the moon
      landings. 'These are people who work at NSF,' she says."
      "The story went--and still goes--something like
      this: America was desperate to beat the Soviet Union to
      the moon but lacked the technology to pull it off. So
      NASA faked the six moon landings in a studio somewhere
      out West."
      "Ralph Rene, a retired carpenter in Passaic, New
      Jersey, takes it one step further. The space fakery
      started during the Gemini program (1964 to 1967--J.T.),
      according to Rene, author of the 1992 book, NASA Mooned
      America."
      "'I don't know what real achievements they've done
      because when do you trust a liar?' Rene says, 'I know we
      have a shuttle running around right above our heads, but
      that's only 175 miles up. It's under the shield (Van
      Allen radiation belts--J.T.). You cannot go through the
      shield and live.'"
      (Editor's Note: Ralph Rene and other moon-hoax theorists
      contend that, once beyond the safety of the Van Allen
      belts, the Apollo spacecraft were exposed to deadly solar
      and cosmic radiation that should have killed the
      astronauts.)
      "Alex Roland, a NASA historian during the 1970s and
      early 1980s, says his office used to have 'a kook drawer'
      for such correspondence. But there were no prime-time TV
      shows disputing the moon landings then--and no Internet."
      "Still, Roland would be inclined to 'just let it go
      because you'll probably just make it worse by giving it
      any official attention.'"
      "Within NASA, opinions were split about a rebuttal
      book. Oberg, a Houston-based author of 12 books, mostly
      about the Russian space program, said ignoring the
      problem 'just makes this harder. To a conspiracy mind,
      refusing to respond is a sign of cover-up.'"
      "Phil Plait, a Sonoma State University astronomer
      who picks apart the moon hoaxers' claims on his Bad
      Astronomy website, agrees that NASA should have followed
      through with the (Oberg) book but understands why it
      didn't."
      "'It became, as things like this do, a media circus.
      And by circus, I mean more like a carnival (fun fair in
      UK--J.T.),' Plait says, toot-toot-tootling like a
      calliope. He warns, 'There's a lot of antiscientific
      thinking, and if this stuff is allowed to continue, it's
      going to spell doom for our country.'"
      "Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell does not know what
      else, if anything, can be done to confront this moon
      madness."
      "'All I know is that somebody sued me because I said
      I went to the moon,' says the 74-year-old astronaut. 'Of
      course, the courts threw it out.'"
      "The authorities also threw out the case involving
      Apollo 11 moonwalker Aldrin in September (2002)."
      "A much bigger and younger man was hounding the 72-
      year-old astronaut in Beverly Hills, California, calling
      him 'a coward and a liar and a thief' and trying to get
      him to swear on a Bible, on camera, that he walked on the
      moon. Aldrin, a Korean War (1950 to 1953--J.T.) combat
      pilot, responded with a fist in the chops." (See the
      Chicago Tribune for December 23, 2002, "Moon Madness,"
      section 2, page 1, and "Moon: Sifting fact from fiction,"
      section 2, page 5. See also UFO Roundup, volume 7,
      number 46 for November 12, 2002, "NASA kills Oberg's
      book," page 9.)
      (Editor's Comment: What I object to is lumping moon-hoax
      proponents like Ralph Rene with so-called Holocaust
      deniers, branding them both "a menace to society" and
      then targeting them for destruction. Does this animus
      also extend to UFO "believers?" How about "pyramid
      power" enthusiasts? Or the editorial gang at Fortean
      Times? The UFO community is not the enemy of the
      National Science Foundation. It never has been. You
      scientists claim to be able to think clearly. Don't let
      a few Zionist media barons--who have their own agenda--
      stampede you into a jihad against students of anomalies.)


      ACTOR KENNETH TOBEY
      DIES AT AGE 85

      Movie and TV actor Kenneth Tobey, "who had seven
      prolific decades playing small roles in movies such as
      the 1951 classic The Thing From Another World, and in
      numerous television series, died (Sunday) December 22
      (2002)" in Rancho Mirage, California. He was 85."
      "Tobey often played a law enforcement officer, a
      soldier or military brass. His nearly 100 films ranged
      from Westerns to B-movie thrillers. He also appeared on
      dozens of TV programs" from the 1940s through the 1990s.
      His first TV appearance was in 1949, when "he played
      a sheriff's deputy in an episode of The Lone Ranger."
      "He also starred in" the 1955 syndicated TV show
      Whirlybirds, "playing the co-owner of a helicopter-for-
      hire."
      However, Tobey was best known for his role as
      "Captain Patrick Hendry" in the 1951 black-and-white film
      best known to science fiction fans as The Thing. In the
      movie, Tobey plays a U.S. Air Force officer stationed in
      Greenland who witnesses the crash of a UFO. The airmen's
      attempt to retrieve the saucer fails but not before they
      remove the frozen body of a humanoid alien, portrayed by
      actor Jim Arness. While Tobey and his companions wait
      for a blizzard to end, the alien thaws out in the storage
      shed, gets up, kills a sentry and then begins stalking
      the other humans at the remote ice station.
      "The film was remade as The Thing in 1982," with
      actor Kurt Russell in the Tobey role. (Many thanks to
      Loren Coleman for the Tobey obituary.)
      (Editor's Comment: There is one scene in that movie
      seared into my memory. Ken Tobey and the other parka-
      clad airmen forming a huge circle on the glacier,
      revealing the outline of the buried UFO. And that voice
      saying, "We've finally got one--a flying saucer!" There
      are no words to describe the transcendent thrill that
      your editor, a six-year-old boy watching The Thing at a
      Saturday matinee at the Park Theatre in Taunton,
      Massachusetts in the summer of 1956, experienced at that
      particular moment.)


      From the UFO Files...

      1959: UFO INVOLVED IN AN
      AIRLINER CRASH

      "More puzzling is the light associated with the
      crash of a Southeast Airlines DC-3 the night of January
      8, 1959, in east Tennessee."
      "It is a disaster I well remember since, as a
      newspaper reporter at the time, I had the unwelcome task
      of getting in touch with the parents of the pilot."
      "At 8:32 p.m., the pilot radioed Tri-Cities Airport
      (Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City--V.H.G.) that he was
      making a normal approach for a landing after a flight
      from Memphis and Knoxville. Two hours earlier, a
      snowstorm had left a four-inch (10 centimeter) mantle (of
      snow--J.T.) on the ground, and the thermometer stood at
      fifteen degrees (Fahrenheit). Visibility in the haze was
      limited to five miles."
      "But the plane did not arrive. Hours passed. At 2
      a.m. (January 9, 1959) airline officials said the
      airliner would have exhausted its fuel, but it had not
      appeared at any other airport. A search was launched and
      Southeast Airlines released to wire services the names of
      the three crewmen and seven passengers."
      "One of the passengers was Dr. R.L. Hasche, said to
      be the inventor of dry ice."
      "The searchers included volunteer rescue crew
      members, sheriff's officers from several (Tennessee)
      counties and Civil Air Patrol (CAP) flyers. A few hours
      before daylight, a search party reported to Captain
      Virgil Peck, CAP operations officer, that they had a
      light under observation in the Holston Mountain region,
      twenty miles (32 kilometers) east of the airport. The
      light answered the signals of the searchers. Highway
      patrolmen were sent to the scene and confirmed the
      report."
      "The point of observation was on U.S. Route 421,
      about two miles (3 kilometers) east of South Holston
      Lake. Captain Ed Allen of the Civil Air Patrol said it
      was a bright steady light a considerable distance away.
      It shone continuously. After all vehicle lights had been
      turned off, the captain took a powerful emergency
      searchlight and waved it from side to side. The distant
      light waved also. He moved the light up and down. Then
      the faraway light moved up and down."
      "An old-timer, who knew the mountain country well,
      said there were no camps, cabins or anything in that
      particular region that could account for the light. 'It
      just doesn't belong there,' he said."
      "Captain Peck radioed operations center at the
      airport and had a C-54 National Guard plane fly over the
      area. Although the pilot failed to see the light, the
      captain said that when the plane passed over the light's
      position, it 'seemed to go crazy. It waved furiously in
      all directions. There was no question in my mind at the
      time but that this was someone at the scene of the crash
      trying to direct the searchers to it.'"
      "Again the men signaled and the light responded.
      But when daylight came, the light was no longer visible,
      and, too late, the searchers realized they should have
      obtained an accurate bearing on it. During the morning,
      the general area was searched by ground parties and
      planes. Finally, about noon, the wreckage was found near
      the top of Holston Mountain by a pilot."
      "Seen from above, the pieces of debris were merely
      dark spots in the snow, sometimes obscured by low clouds
      and surrounded by steep bluffs and gorges. CAP officials
      recalled that a twin-engine Navy plane had crashed the
      year before (1958) in the same area. It had required
      twelve days of intensive searching to locate it."
      "Three and a half hours after the pilot's discovery,
      the first ground party reached the scene. The (DC-3)
      airliner had slammed directly into the mountain. Only
      the tail section, which had been thrown further up the
      slope, was not smashed to bits. The bodies were
      scattered over an area of several hundred feet."
      "'Ten persons were reported aboard the plane and we
      counted ten bodies,' Dr. Robert A. Jackson stated, 'All
      ten persons died instantly in the wreck.'"
      "David McBride, reporter for the Kingsport Times-
      News, was one of the first to arrive at the wreck. He
      examined each body and the area around it. The snow was
      undisturbed, and there was no light--not even a
      flashlight--to be seen."
      "'I was intrigued by the light,' he wrote, 'but none
      of the victims could have been responsible for it.'"
      "Trees and underbrush had been charred by the flash
      fire that followed the crash, but 'not even a spark or a
      whiff of smoke was evident' when McBride arrived."
      "No explanation has ever been found for the light."
      (See Mysterious Fires and Lights by Vincent H. Gaddis,
      Dell Publishing Co., New York, N.Y., 1967, pages 96 to
      98. See also the Kingsport, Tenn. Times-News for January
      9 and 10, 1959, pages 1 and 2.)

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        Volume 8, Number 4
        January 22, 2003
        Editor: Joseph Trainor

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        SPHERICAL UFO SIGHTED
        IN SOUTHERN BRAZIL


        On Saturday, January 18, 2003, at about 10 p.m.,
        observers in the city of Curitiba, capital of the state
        of Parana in southern Brazil, spotted a spherical, self-
        luminous UFO over their neighborhoods.
        According to eyewitness Arthur Domingues Quieroz,
        "At 10:05 p.m., I was watching TV" at his home in the
        bairro O Centro (neighborhood) "when a strange object in
        the sky caught my attention. I observed for ten minutes
        a spherical object glowing in a color ranging from yellow
        to yellow-green. During this time, the object made
        several movements from a high altitude to a low altitude.
        Also, it made sudden side movements to the right and then
        descended to a lower altitude at an oblique angle."
        Elsewhere in the city, eyewitness Sergio Valdemar
        reported, "I was in the bairro Portao (neighborhood) when
        I saw the same movements, which were made by a self-
        luminous object that crossed the sky at a rapid speed."
        Curitiba is located about 400 kilometers (250 miles)
        southwest of Sao Paulo, which is the largest city in
        South America. (Muito obrigado a Ufologia Brasileira por
        esos casos.)
        (Editor's Comment: Welcome to Hitting Below the Equator
        Week at UFO Roundup. Last week the aliens made their
        presence felt all over Earth's southern hemisphere. Read
        on...)


        THREE RED-ORANGE UFOs
        SPOTTED OVER SYDNEY

        On Monday, January 13, 2003, at 11:10 p.m., two
        people spotted a trio of red-orange UFOs over Sydney, the
        largest city in Australia.
        Paul Van Komen, who lives in the suburbs west of
        Sydney's Central Business District, reported, "Dominika
        went outside to move the garden sprinkler. Walking back,
        she looked up to absorb a clear view of the Moon and
        Orion's Belt in a gap in the clouds when she noticed
        three spheres below the clouds to the east of us and
        called out to me."
        "I joined her outside," Paul added, "It was
        immediately apparent that this was not normal air
        traffic. They glowed orange-red, made no sound and
        travelled slowly in a westerly direction."
        "The first sphere was larger and maintained a steady
        speed and luminosity. The other two stopped occasionally
        and dimmed and brightened. They took a couple of minutes
        to get about 10 kilometers (6 miles) west of us, then
        faded and disappeared. They were several times larger
        than airplanes. Normal air traffic was absent for
        another half-hour after."
        Paul estimated the UFOs' speed as "about 100
        kilometers per hour" (60 miles per hour--J.T.) (Email
        Form Report)


        DAYLIGHT DISC CAUGHT ON
        FILM IN NEW ZEALAND

        "Is it a bra, is it some panties...no, it's an
        unidentified flying object."
        "Cardona's 'bra fence' has attracted worldwide
        attention since it hit the headlines same time a year
        ago, but a photograph taken last month (December 2002)
        has some people questioning whether word has spread even
        further."
        "Dunedin man Tom Ueyama noticed an odd sight in a
        photograph he took of the fence on (Friday) December 27
        (2002)."
        "The photo clearly shows 'something' in the sky,
        which, to the untrained eye, resembles the shape of a
        flying saucer."
        "'I don't believe in aliens and extraterrestrial
        beings, but there's something in this photo that's not
        right,' Mr. Ueyama said."
        "He did not notice the object when he was taking the
        photograph and claims the image has not been tampered
        with. Inspection of the photograph and negative did not
        show any signs of doctoring."
        "Carters Observatory senior astronomer Brian Carter
        said he had doubts about its authenticity."
        "'I suggest the photo has been doctored, but I'm no
        expert with photographs.'"
        "'If it is genuine, then I have no idea what it is
        or could be,' Mr. Carter said."
        "University of Otago optics technician and amateur
        astronomer Robin Gledhill could also not reach a
        conclusion but did not believe the image had been
        doctored."
        "'As an astronomer, I don't believe in UFOs, but I
        can't honestly say what it is. It doesn't appear to be
        moving, whatever it is, and it's definitely not cloud.'"
        Dunedin is on the east coast of New Zealand's South
        Island, located about 160 miles (256 kilometers) south-
        southwest of Christchurch. (See the Otago Daily Times
        for January 14, 2003, "UFO over the bra fence?" Merci
        beaucoup a Robert Fischer pour cette article de journal.)
        (Editor's Note: The Otago region around Dunedin has long
        been a major UFO hotspot in New Zealand. It was the site
        of a major "airship" flap way back in July 1909.)


        UFOs AND USOs CONVERGE
        ON PAPUA NEW GUINEA

        "Local police have received constant reports by
        tribesmen of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and
        unidentified submerged objects (USOs) in the southwestern
        province of the island nation" of Papua New Guinea, just
        north of Australia across the Arafura Sea.
        The reports are coming from the Fly River region,
        located 600 kilometers (360 miles) west-northwest of Port
        Moresby, the national capital. The UFOs seen in daylight
        have been described as silver spheres and discs. Those
        seen at night are reported to be "luminous" and
        "glowing."
        The USOs sighted by fishermen at the mouth of the
        Fly River south of Balimo are described as "fast-moving
        submarines without conning towers."
        "The report stated that Police Commander John Marru
        declared that he had received numerous reports,
        principally from the Fly River area, without even
        obtaining a satisfactory answer despite intensive on-site
        investigations of each and every case."
        "Marru said he had passed on all of the reports to
        the Australian Federal Police and to (Australia's)
        National Intelligence Organization and Defense
        Intelligence Organization without receiving any reply
        from these agencies." (See the Post-Courier of Port
        Moresby for January 7, 2003. Also NotiOVNI for January
        12, 2003. Muchas gracias a Daniel Munoz para eso
        articulo de diario.)


        UFO PHOTOS STUDIED AT
        MEXICAN CONFERENCE

        On Wednesday and Thursday, January 15 and 16, 2003,
        Mexican ufologists held a conference at the Teatro de
        Segura Social in Monterrey, capital of Mexico's
        northeastern state of Nuevo Leon. Ufologist and
        television journalist Jaime Maussan presented UFO photos
        to the audience.
        "One of the most recent items of evidence is an
        unknown object seen (Monday) December 23 (2002) over
        Mexico City."
        "'It was apparently a meteorite, but it was
        videotaped for over five minutes, making it impossible
        that it could indeed be a meteorite. It was something
        unexplained, and it fell to Earth,'" Maussan said.
        "'If I had seen it coming down, I would have
        believed (I had seen) the end of the world. It is said
        that it measured about 50 meters (165 feet), but it could
        have been well over a hundred meters (330 feet) and it
        was 100 kilometers (60 miles) away and progressed at a
        rate of 600 kilometers (360 miles) per second. A
        meteorite (only) travels at 70 kilometers (42 miles) a
        second.'"
        Maussan also presented "a photograph taken at El
        Alamo by Sr. Ivan Geraldo."
        "'The photo shows a very small, strange figure of a
        being that looks at the people who have the camera.
        'Some say this is a hoax and can prove it; others say it
        is real and can prove it. Javier Niebla, who is perhaps
        the best video analyst in Mexico, says it's fake, while
        Dan Airia (sic), an expert in the U.S., says it is
        real,'" Maussan said.
        Maussan "explained that the person who took the
        photo never saw the being that appears in the print since
        they were using their camera to scare away a skunk."
        (See the Mexican newspaper El Norte for January 12, 2003,
        "Maussan's new extraterrestrial." Muchas gracias a Scott
        Corrales para eso articulo de diario.)


        VIRGIN MARY APPEARS IN
        MASSACHUSETTS

        "After an hour of praying the rosary with the
        congregation in St. Joseph's Church" on South Main Street
        in Attleboro, Massachusetts (population 42,068), "Friday
        night (January 10, 2003), Ivan Dragicevic left his pew
        and walked up to the altar, then knelt down and saw Mary,
        the mother of Jesus, he said later."
        "For about ten minutes, he remained at the altar
        amidst total silence by an estimated 500 people who had
        gathered to pray the rosary, attend Mass and witness his
        vision."
        "Later Dragicevic told worshippers that he had seen
        Mary (birth name: Miriam bat-Joachim--J.T.) during those
        ten minutes, just as he has seen her every day since June
        24, 1981 when she first appeared to him and five other
        teenagers in their home village of Medjugorje in what is
        now Bosnia-Hercegovina."
        "During the time of the vision, there was no
        evidence that anything unusual was occurring and, when it
        was over, Dragicevic walked back to his seat with his
        eyes downcast, and the evening of prayer resumed."
        "Following a Mass celebrated by a dozen (Roman
        Catholic) priests, Dragicevic spoke to the congregation
        through an interpreter for about an hour. He retold the
        details of the first (Medjugorje) apparition 21 years ago
        and of the vision he had (in Attleboro) earlier that
        evening, and reiterating many of the messages that he had
        said Mary had given him and the other (Medjugorje)
        visionaries since that first day."
        "Dragicevic said there was the usual time of the
        daily apparition's approach, approximately 6:40 p.m.--
        which coincides with the time of the first apparition 21
        years ago--he starts sensing that the vision is near."
        "'I feel her closeness in my heart once more,' he
        said."
        "The moment he knelt at the altar was the moment
        that the vision arrived, he said. First, a light
        appears, then he sees her with her gray dress, white
        veil, blue eyes, rosy cheeks, dark hair."
        "'I can see Our Lady as I can see you,' he said, 'I
        am talking to her as I am talking to you. I can touch
        her.'"
        "When he sees Mary, he said, he sees no one else
        around him. 'I see only her.'"
        "He said the vision came joyously and greeted all
        who were present, then prayed and talked to him
        (Dragicevic) privately, giving messages meant only for
        him. But he said people can learn from the last public
        message she gave all of the (Medjugorje) visionaries."
        "Earlier in the evening, before the rosary began,
        Father Edward Murphy of Holy Name (Roman Catholic) parish
        in Fall River, Mass., who has been to Medjugorje several
        times and was there on New Year's Day (Wednesday, January
        1, 2003) said people usually do not feel anything
        extraordinary during the apparition itself."
        "'A while later, a feeling of peace comes over you,'
        he said."
        "In his homily during the Mass, the Rev. Michael
        Carvill, pastor of St. Joseph's Church, said Mary came
        'to introduce us to Jesus, to give us Jesus,' as she did
        2,000 years ago."
        "'This was the reason she comes to Medjugorje, and
        why she visited us today,' he said."
        "Three of the Medjugorje visionaries have been given
        ten secrets and no longer see Mary, while three,
        including Dragicevic, have been given only nine and
        continue to have visions."
        "After his talk, a number of people went up to
        Dragicevic to greet him and shake his hand, and he
        graciously accomodated them all. Some were saying that
        the experience had been wonderful, incredible, emotional,
        thought-provoking. One woman said that Dragicevic had
        made her think about things she hadn't thought about
        since her childhood. Many believed in the apparitions
        and none so firmly as those who have gone to Medjugorje,
        people like Maureen O'Brien of St. Joseph's (parish), who
        organized Friday night's events and who, during one of
        her visits to the (Bosnian) village, said she saw in the
        distance a woman surrounded by golden light on the
        hillside that is known as Apparition Hill, and she
        believes this woman was Mary."
        "Another local Catholic, Bill Copley of St. Mark's
        parish in North Attleboro, Mass. said he was planning to
        go to Medjugorje a few years ago but his plans had to be
        changed. So he asked Mary for a sign and gradually saw
        that the silver-colored beads on the rosary beads he had
        owned for 30 years had begun changing to gold."
        "His wife Rita went to Medjugorje as a skeptic, saw
        nothing there to change her mind until she bought silver-
        colored rosary beads, brought them home (to the USA),
        prayed with them, and noticed that they were gradually
        changing. Now the beads are a bright golden color."
        "Other local Catholics who have gone there describe
        seeing supernatural phenomena there, like the spinning of
        the sun, unexplained colors and lights, and rosaries that
        turn from silver to gold. In an interview late Friday
        night, Dragicevic said that he has never seen the sun
        spinning or the unexplained rays and lights and never had
        a rosary turn from silver to gold, but he knows that
        others have. He believes these experiences are signs
        that are given by Mary." (See the Attleboro, Mass. Sun-
        Chronicle for January 12, 2003, "Message from Mary."
        Many thanks to Mary Lou Jones-Drown for forwarding this
        newspaper article.)


        MAN SEES A HOVERING UFO
        IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK

        On Monday, January 13, 2003, "late at night," Robert
        J. reported, "There was a light in the sky approaching
        from the northwest" in his home city of Buffalo, N.Y.
        (population 292,648). I thought it was an airplane, but
        then it stopped in mid-air. I turned on my flashlight
        (torch in UK and Australia--J.T.) and observed an upside-
        down-bowl-like flying thing. It had a long rounded tower
        at the top, and what appeared to be a 'gun' of some kind
        at the bottom. It was pretty close. Then I dove into my
        truck and saw it head south" toward Lackawanna, N.Y.
        "I was really scared," Robert noted, adding that the
        UFO was "gray color, bowl-shaped, 'gun'-like object at
        the bottom, also a tower on top. I think it had windows,
        too. It was 750 feet off the ground" and traveling at
        "400 miles (640 kilometers) per hour when departing."
        (Email Form Report)


        LUMINOUS UFO SIGHTED IN
        NORTHERN IRELAND

        On Thursday, January 16, 2003, at 6:20 p.m., the
        witness was outdoors in Portadown, a city in County
        Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK "when something approached
        from east to west. It was a solitary 'light bulb'
        travelling very fast and absolutely silent. It was below
        cloud level, perhaps 600 feet (180 meters) up, and had an
        estimated speed of between 1,000 and 1,400 miles (1,600
        to 2,240 kilometers) per hour." (Email Form Report)


        "GHOST SHIP" FOUND OFF
        THE COAST OF AUSTRALIA

        "Somewhere in the Indian Ocean, before the sun's
        rays bounced off the waves on the third day of 2003,
        something happened aboard the High Aim No. 6, a long-line
        fishing boat."
        "When the (Royal) Australian Navy came upon the 80-
        foot vessel six days later, on (Thursday) January 9
        (2003) it was drifting, on full throttle, the main gas
        tank dry. The auxiliary fuel tanks, full, had not been
        switched on. When the sailors boarded, they found 10
        tons of valuable bonito tuna in the refrigerated hold."
        "A partial carton of Marlboro cigarettes and a jar
        of Nescafe were on the dash above the helm in the
        wheelhouse, along with the captain's reading glasses.
        The crew members' clothes and international documents
        were neatly where they should be."
        "But there was no crew. Vanished. Gone."
        "What happened to the crew of the High Aim has
        baffled Australian investigators and salty sea veterans,
        as well as the residents" of Willie Creek, W.A. "in this
        sparsely populated, far-off corner of Australia, who have
        come to call it 'the ghost ship.'"
        "The High Aim left Taiwan on October 31 (2002) with
        a captain and engineer and sailed to Indonesia, where on
        November 16 (2002) it picked up a crew of eight."
        "The owner talked with his captain on (Monday)
        December 16 (2002). It was the last known contact with
        the boat."
        "Every theory is quickly dashed on the shoals of
        contradicting facts, and more questions surface."
        "The first assumption was that the boat had belonged
        to people smugglers. But for many reasons, that has been
        discounted, officials said."
        "Mutiny comes to mind. But there was no blood on
        the boat and no other evidence of a struggle."
        "The only thing that was missing was the high-
        frequency radio. This suggests that someone did not want
        the crew to radio for help. That suggests pirates. But
        pirates would have taken the boat and the valuable tuna."
        "If the crew did flee in a life raft, where are
        they? The weather at sea" in the Indian Ocean "has been
        calm for the past two weeks, so they could have rowed to
        safety."
        "'We wait with bated breath,' Australian Customs
        Service official Paul McCoy said." (See the Duluth,
        Minn. News-Tribune for January 18, 2003, "Australia
        clueless about crewless boat," page 6A.)
        (Editor's Comment: So here's the latest "mystery of the
        sea," a mass crew disappearance similar to the Marie
        Celeste in 1872 and the Joyita in 1955. Was the High Aim
        crew abducted by a passing saucer? Or did they cross the
        path of that fearsome sea phantom, the Flying Dutchman?
        You decide, readers.)


        THREE NEW MOONS FOUND
        ORBITING NEPTUNE

        "A team of Canadian and American astronomers has
        found three moons around the planet Neptune, bringing the
        number of known moons orbiting the distant planet to 11."
        "The tiny moons, ranging from 18 to 24 miles (30 to
        40 kilometers) across, are 100 million times fainter than
        objects that can be seen with the naked eye and were too
        faint to be seen by Voyager 2 when it flew by in 1989."
        "The moons were detected using multiple-exposure
        images taken by telescopes in Chile and Hawaii. They
        appear to be part of a 'family' of moons caused by the
        collision of a comet or asteroid with a bigger moon, said
        one of the discoverers, J.J. Kavelaars of the National
        Research Council of Canada."
        "The new moons join an oddball constellation of
        (natural) satellites around Neptune. The planet's
        largest moon, Triton, is strange because it is the only
        large satellite in the solar system to circle a planet in
        a direction opposite to the rotation of the planet. At
        435 degrees (Fahrenheit) below zero, the moon (Triton) is
        even colder than Pluto. It is about one-third the size
        of our Moon and has giant geysers that send plumes of
        dust and gas into the air for miles."
        Neptune's "second-largest moon, Nereid, has the most
        eccentric orbit of any object in the solar system.
        Astronomers are now studying the newly-discovered moons
        to determine their orbits." (See the Duluth, Minn. News-
        Tribune for January 19, 2003, "Astronomers find three new
        Neptune moons," page 15A.)


        WEIRD AURORA OBSERVED
        ON A MOON OF JUPITER

        "Astronomers report new insights into the aurora on
        Jupiter's fiery moon, Io."
        "Io, the most volcanic locale in our solar system,
        has an aurora at its equator, unlike the northern lights
        (Aurora borealis--J.T.) on Earth."
        "Hubble Space Telescope measurements reveal the
        lights arise on the (Jovian) moon because of Jupiter's
        magnetic field interacting with sulfur particles in Io's
        volcanic atmosphere, says Johns Hopkins University
        physicist Kurt Retherford, who reported his findings last
        week at the American Astronomical Society meeting."
        "The lights dim with the collapse of Io's atmosphere
        as it enters into eclipse on the far side of Jupiter."
        "Analysis of the magnetic field interests
        astronomers who hope it reveals the inner composition" of
        Jupiter, "the largest planet in our solar system and
        offers clues on how such massive planets form." (See USA
        Today for January 14, 2003, "Io's aurora could shed light
        on Jupiter," page 8D.)


        READER FEEDBACK:

        RECENT AUSTRALIAN UFOs WERE
        JUST U.S. NAVY SATELLITES

        UFO Roundup readers in Australia have the answer to
        the recent "UFO sightings" in Ponto, New South Wales and
        Buchan, Victoria.
        John writes, "The report from Australia in your
        January 15 (2003) edition is obviously of the NOSS trio,
        which are secret U.S. Navy spy satellites that move in a
        fixed 'triangular formation.'"
        "As keen skywatchers, my wife and I have seen
        exactly the same thing from the same area. It is a
        spectacular sight, but they are only satellites. It is
        presumptuous to say 'they spotted some UFOs' (although
        they would be unidentified to those who are unaware of
        what they are--John). A Google search for 'NOSS trio'
        will confirm what I say."
        "I enjoy reading your UFO Roundup."
        James, who has been plotting the objects' trajectory
        since the first report from Ponto, N.S.W., writes, "I
        updated my analysis based upon the corroborating
        information from your new sighting report. It helps to
        confirm that it's a sighting of NOSS." (See UFO Roundup,
        volume 8, number 2 for January 8, 2003, "Three UFOs
        sighted in New South Wales," page 2; and UFO Roundup,
        volume 8, number 3 for January 15, 2003, "More star-like
        UFOs seen in Australia," page 3.)


        From the UFO Files...

        1924: IRAQ'S MYSTERIOUS
        SPOOK LIGHT

        Paranormal researchers Beth Scott and Michael Norman
        noted that "anomalous lights, such as the Hornet Spook
        Light, have been reported all over the world for
        thousands of years. Some experts believe that these
        lights are electrical atmospheric charges generated by
        the shifting and grinding of rocks deep below the earth's
        crust. The distorted electrical field that results from
        these charges can make the light appear to act in an
        'intelligent' way, changing direction and altitude and
        giving chase."
        Here in the USA, the three most famous spook lights
        are near Hornet, Missouri; Maco, North Carolina and
        Marfa, Texas.
        There is a similar spook light in Iraq, as well.
        Few regions on Earth are as desolate as the western
        desert in Iraq's Al-Anbar province. Lying between the
        Wadi Hawran in the north and the Wadi al-Ghudal in the
        south, that stretch of desert between Rutba and Ramadi
        has about as many palm trees as it has polar bears.
        In January 1924, an armored car patrol of the
        British Army "was slowly winding its way through the
        bleak sand dunes of the Mesopotamian Desert. It was a
        January afternoon, and a cold rain fell from a leaden
        sky."
        "With the patrol was famed anthropologist Henry
        Field, long associated with Chicago's Field Museum (now
        the Chicago Museum of Natural History--V.H.G.) He had
        received permission from Air Vice Marshal Sir John
        Higgins (of the RAF) to join the patrol as he searched
        for prehistoric flint implements."
        "In the midst of the rain came hailstones. Clinging
        to the lurching car with numb hands, Field was looking
        toward the northwest when he saw a vivid green light
        appear in the sky. It resembled a Very light (flare in
        the USA--J.T.) used as a distress signal by Royal Air
        Force planes and patrols."
        "Field told his companions what he had observed, and
        the patrol stopped. As he was speaking, the light
        appeared again, high in the air--a brilliant green. It
        hovered for a few seconds over the sands, then faded
        away."
        "'Some of our boys may be in trouble, or it could be
        the natives (Arabs) playing with stolen equipment,' said
        the commanding officer, 'We'll investigate.'"
        "The patrol reached the area where the light had
        appeared. Back and forth, with occasional signals, the
        (armored) cars covered the area in a search pattern. No
        tracks were found. Nothing was seen or heard."
        "Later, at Rutba Fort, RAF headquarters in Baghdad
        was radioed and all planes were instructed to keep a
        watch west of Ramadi. Nothing that could have explained
        the lights was ever seen or reported."
        "Twenty years later--in 1946--Field was with a group
        of desert caravan drivers (Bedouins) in Damascus (Syria).
        The drivers told the scientist that they were well
        acquainted with the strange reappearing light near
        Ramadi."
        "Some of the Bedouins had seen it three or four
        times. In earlier years, they had searched
        unsuccessfully for a downed plane or occupants of a car
        in distress."
        "'Now,' said a veteran driver, 'we just wave at it
        and drive on. We have no idea what it is. Many
        mysteries lie in the desert. The light is one.'" (See
        the books Mysterious Fires and Lights by Vincent H.
        Gaddis, Dell Publishing Co., New York, N.Y., 1967, pages
        76 and 77; The Track of Man by Henry Field, Doubleday and
        Co., New York, N.Y., 1953 and Haunted Heartland by Beth
        Scott and Michael Norman, Barnes & Noble Books, New York,
        N.Y., 1985, page 307.)

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