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      / / // / / / / N E T W O R K part 2 - Issue 102
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      The United Kingdom UFO Network - a free electronic magazine with
      subscribers in 58 countries.

      This issue comes in 3 parts. If any part is missing please mail:
      ufo@... giving the issue number. The issue will be
      reposted to you. Please put the details as below in the subject
      section e.g. Repost {102} part 1, part 2 or part 3.


      [UK 7 ]******

      Source: The Evening Standard (London)
      From David Clarke <crazydiamonds@...>
      From UFO Updates <updates@...>

      UFO Mystery As Pilots See Red

      An unidentified object described as "a great red light in the sky" and
      "big as a battleship" has caused consternation in the skies over the
      North Sea.

      Pilots reported being buzzed by a "long, cylindrical object" at 28,000ft
      and one pilot and his crew described how the underside of their jet
      became bathed in an "incandescent light".

      The Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that a comprehensive report
      of the sightings has been handed in, although both it and the Ministry
      of Defence deny that they are investigating it.

      The Luton-based plane, a Debonair BAe146, was flying company executives
      from Sweden to Humberside airport when, it is claimed, the object came
      to a sudden halt before speeding by the airliner in the incident on 3
      February, 58 miles off the coast of Denmark.

      I have today (5-4-99) obtained a copy of the official report by Debonair
      to the Civil Aviation Authority concerning the above sighting, which
      occurred on 3 February 1999.

      The report was filed as "a mandatory occurrence report" and the CAA were
      taking no further action as "there was no danger to the aircraft or

      A spokesman for Debonair said the pilot is currently on leave and a
      request has been put out for him to make a statement to the press when
      he returns.

      It was added that the pilot assumed the lights beneath the jet were
      those of another aircraft at the time they were seen. She said the
      company had been "snowed under" with inquiries from the press about the

      The Debonair report to the CAA report reads:

      "Unidentified bright light below BAe146 at FL280.

      "Area below a/c illuminated for 10 seconds by incandescent light which
      was not considered by reporter to be an a/c landing light.

      Reporter stated three other a/c reported seeing it moving at high speed
      or static. ATC informed but they reported no other a/c in vicinity. Five
      minutes later a radar return was present at 75 miles on weather radar.
      Atmosphere reported as stable and no other a/c were in vicinity."

      The aircraft involved was a British Aerospace 146, a small four engined
      jet flying on a chartered flight from Linkoping in Sweden to Humberside
      Airport in East Yorkshire.

      The UFO was reported whilst the aircraft was flying at 28,000 feet, 58
      miles off the Danish coast above the North Sea. Tracey Law, of
      Humberside Airport, said the report was made by the pilot to the CAA on
      landing, but there was "no mention made whatsoever of UFOs in the
      original report..it has since been embellished. It was not mentioned to
      us officially as it happened outside of our airspace."

      In particular she mentioned the description of the UFO as being "as big
      as a battleship" being manufactured by the press, Humberside Airport
      said they believed the sighting had been caused by "a light reflection
      from the underside of the jet." Flight Lieutenant Tom Rounds of the RAF
      at the Ministry of Defence, Whitehall, said the MOD had learned of the
      report via the Press.

      He said stories that the object had been tracked by RAF radar were
      "laughable" as the UK radar could not pick up objects 58 miles off the
      Danish coast.

      Flt Lieut Rounds said the MOD were not investigating the report, and had
      not received any report concerning it from the CAA.


      [UK 8]******

      Source: BBC News
      Publish Date: Thursday 8th April 1999

      ET phones home again
      It's good to phone home: ET comes back in ads for BT [British Telecom]

      Alien film star ET is coming back to British screens - as the star of a
      new advertising campaign for BT. The telecommunications giant has signed
      up the creature - created by director Steven Spielberg in the 1982 film
      - to spearhead its new Stay In Touch campaign.

      The advertisements feature ET, who famously wanted to "phone home",
      inspiring humans to improve their lives in the next century by
      developing their communications skills.

      The ads start on 11 April with a "teaser" - which shows a light
      streaking across the sky and the alien's hand held out, with one of his
      long, spindly fingers extended.

      The full campaign starts in May, marking the first time ET has appeared
      in anything since the original film.

      Original film broke records

      The ads are part of a deal between BT and Universal Studios, as well as
      Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment outfit.

      BT's UK group managing director, Bill Cockburn, said: "When ET was first
      on Earth he was only able to phone home.

      "As we enter the 21st century, we provide many other options to stay in
      touch, be it through the Internet, data transfer or multi-media."

      ET, which broke box office records at the time, was nominated for nine
      Oscars in 1983 and won four. It focused on the relationship between the
      homesick alien and a young boy, Elliott, played by Henry Thomas.

      Most of the cast - which included a young Drew Barrymore - were
      relatively unknown at the time. Harrison Ford did play a school
      principal, but Spielberg cut his scenes fearing he would be a

      The alien is the latest in a long line of faces promoting BT. They
      include comedian Hugh Laurie, and actors Bob Hoskins and Maureen Lipman.

      He also follows in the footsteps of Buzby, the animated yellow bird who
      urged Britons to "make someone happy" with a phone call in the late


      [W 1] ***
      Source: Reuters News Service
      Publish Date: 19th May 1999
      From: bernhard.nahrgang@... (Bernhard Nahrgang)

      NASA Seeks E.T. At New Astrobiology Institute

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Reuters A new NASA institute will look for
      extraterrestrial life, but the space agency's chief warned Tuesday
      against expectations of ``little green men or little green women."

      ``We would like to understand how life went from a chemical condition
      ... and made the transition to cellular life," NASA administrator Dan
      Goldin said in formally unveiling the Astrobiology Institute.

      People would be wrong to think ``we're out searching for little green
      men or little green women," Goldin said. ``We're looking for any form
      of biological life. Single-cell (organisms) would be a grand slam."

      To hunt such tiny organisms in outer space, Goldin said he envisioned
      shrinking the capabilities of an earthly laboratory to the size of a
      computer chip, with massive capacity to observe and calculate, and then
      lobbing it into space.

      He also said there might be simulations of some of the unlikely
      environments -- such as undersea volcanoes -- that support life on

      ``We will need a revolution in communications ... a revolution in
      organization and scientific thinking," Goldin told a news conference at
      the institute's home at Ames Research Center in Mountain View,
      California, which was monitored in Washington.

      Goldin made the announcement in the heart of Silicon Valley and said
      that was no accident: the institute is meant to be "virtual," rather
      than having a huge physical plant, with participants across the United
      States linked by computer.

      The Northern California location also puts the Astrobiology Institute in
      close proximity to SETI, which is also searching for extraterrestrial
      life from a base at the University of California at Berkeley. Goldin
      said the NASA institute would work with other public and private
      agencies, and that might include SETI -- the U.S. non-governmental
      Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute.

      The proposed budget for the new venture is $25 million initially, and
      Goldin said that could rise to $50 million to $100 million a year.
      NASA's total proposed budget for next year is about $13.6 billion.

      Goldin said Dr. Baruch Blumberg, a cancer specialist who won the 1976
      Nobel Prize in medicine for developing a test and vaccine for the deadly
      hepatitis B virus, would head the new institute.

      ``The mission is to look for life without any specifications," Blumberg
      told the news conference. ``Nothing in the mission would preclude
      looking for rather strange and unusual and, as a matter of fact, life
      forms we can't even imagine right now."

      But how do you look for something when you do not know what it is?
      ``That's what basic research is all about," Blumberg said.

      [W 2] ***

      Source: Fox News
      Date Sent: 24th May 1999
      From: bernhard.nahrgang@... (Bernhard Nahrgang)

      Earth to Aliens - Physicists Plan to Send Second Message Into Space

      By Amanda Onion

      NEW YORK - If astronomers are busy looking for signals from outer space,
      why aren't we trying to send our own signals?

      We are. In fact, last January, a team of Canadian scientists announced
      they plan to send a message into space from a 150-kilowatt transmitter
      in the Ukraine. Their suggested 22-page written message will take three
      hours to broadcast and contains information about mathematics, physics,
      biology and geography. It also includes a diagram, some basic data about
      our solar system, and a request that the recipients send back a note
      about their own world.

      The scientists also plan to take money from those who would like to
      include their names on the message. That's a request that Seth Shostak
      of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence says people at SETI
      receive all the time.

      "I got a note the other day from a broadcast company that wanted to
      collect money on the Internet and then broadcast their names in a
      signal," he said. "It may be profitable, but scientifically, it doesn't
      make sense."

      Shostak likens the effort to going to the coast of Spain and sticking a
      bottle in the ocean with a note, saying, "Please Reply." "It's a lot of
      fun, but it's unlikely you're going to discover America that way," he

      In fact, radio and television waves have been traveling into space since
      the invention of broadcast technology. As Shostak points out, broadcasts
      of I Love Lucy have already reached a few thousand stars.

      While TV reruns may, in their own way, reflect aspects of human culture,
      compressing the essence of human existence into a single message can
      become a tricky endeavor. In 1974 an American scientist broadcast the
      first condensed message into space from the massive Arecibo telescope
      complex in Puerto Rico.

      Frank Drake, the pioneer of SETI, composed the message to the stars,
      which contained just 1,679 bits (binary digits, or zeroes and ones) of
      information. The signal contained a rectangular grid that aliens could
      then reconstruct to provide a basic diagram of the solar system and of a
      DNA double-helix molecule.

      Drake's message is undoubtedly still heading toward distant stars. As
      Shostak points out, one problem with sending signals to planets hundreds
      of light years from Earth is there's no point in counting on a reply any
      time soon.

      "It's bound to be a bit of a wait before you can even expect results,
      let alone, get them," he said. "And not many are interested in winning a
      Nobel prize 500 years from now when the aliens finally answer."

      [W 3]******

      Wednesday, April 21, 1999 Published at 12:54 GMT 13:54 UK
      Source: BBC News
      Publish Date: Wednesday 21st April 1999

      Is anybody out there?
      Seti is listening. Is anyone sending a message?

      By BBC News Online's Kevin Anderson in Washington

      Scientists and theologians who gathered in Washington to discuss the
      origins of life and the Universe ended their conference by trying to
      answer the question: "Are we alone?"

      Astronomers discoverd three planets orbiting a distant star
      The question seemed particularly fitting in light of the past week's
      announcement that astronomers have discovered three planets orbiting a
      Sun-like star 44 light-years away.

      David Latham is an astronomer who has carried out research into extra-
      solar planets by observing the gravitational pull the planet exerts on
      the star it orbits, by causing the star to "wobble."

      "It's an exciting time for planet research," he said, adding, "this will
      have an impact on our thinking about intelligent life elsewhere."

      But as to whether these newly discovered planets could support life,
      Latham said that the planets are nothing like Earth.

      Inhospitable giants

      They are several times more massive than Jupiter, the biggest planet in
      our solar system, and just like Jupiter are probably inhospitable gas
      giants, he said.

      But while astronomical observations can detect the presence of planets
      around other stars, we can only measure the most basic attributes of the
      planets, such as their orbit and a minimum mass, Latham said.

      We have yet to measure whether these planets have features that would
      support life. According to Ken Nealson, some of these include:

      the presence of liquid water
      plate tectonics and a magnetic field to shield the planet from cosmic

      Ken Nealson will analyse samples from Mars for signs of life
      Nealson is a senior research biologist with the Jet Propulsion
      Laboratory. He is working on future missions to Mars, which will look
      for signs of life on the Red Planet.

      The mission will bring back samples from Mars, and Nealson predicts a
      leap in scientific knowledge similar to the great leap forward in
      knowledge that took place after the Apollo missions brought back
      samples from the moon.

      The mission has generated great excitement and interest in the
      scientific community. "We're no longer on the fringe," he said.


      Jill Tarter is the director of Project Phoenix for Seti, the Search for
      Extraterrestrial Intelligence. She is the model for Jodie Foster's
      character in the film "Contact."

      When her daughter was eight years old, someone asked her what her mother
      did. Tarter's daughter answered: "she searches for little green men."

      But, she was quick to note that Seti is "not an investigation of UFO's
      or alien abduction. It is not a religion or a cult. It is not a way of
      directly detecting alien intelligence. It is also not politically

      Seti was formally a federally-funded project under the auspices of NASA,
      but the groups funding was cut in 1993. The group now relies on private

      Human intelligence

      To detect extra-terrestrial intelligence over interstellar distances,
      they listen for radio transmissions.

      But Irven DeVore, an anthropologist at Harvard University, said that six
      of eight conditions necessary for life are highly improbable.

      On Earth, the development of human intelligence was itself highly
      improbable, if "nothing but fortuitous."

      For these reasons, he said, "the chances for communication with another
      intelligence are vanishingly small."

      Although they disagreed on the possibility of extra-terrestrial
      intelligence, Ms Tarter and Mr DeVore agreed that if we did make contact
      with intelligent life from another planet, it would be a monumental

      "Contact with an extra-terrestrial intelligence would be such a
      momentous event that everything else would pale in comparison," Mr
      DeVore said.

      Seti is ready for the day they hear a signal from space.

      Ms Tarter showed a picture of Seti's refrigerator at the radio telescope
      in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. They have a bottle of champagne waiting ready
      for the celebration.


      [W 4] ***

      Source: The Jerusalem Post
      Publish Date: Tuesday 8th June 1999

      NASA Seeks E.T. At New Astrobiology Institute


      (May 5) - A Rishon Lezion engineer, who claims he is in contact with
      extraterrestrials, is drawing the attention of believers and skeptics

      Adrian Dvir is a huge man, burly and bearded, but at this moment he must
      feel something like a teenage girl.

      It is already 9:20 on the evening of Remembrance Day for the Fallen of
      Israel's Wars and, while most of the nation has settled down in front of
      the TV, Dvir is waiting by the phone for a call that was supposed to
      come on the hour.

      He is growing somewhat anxious. Every few minutes he checks his cellular
      phone and random attachments to make sure they are properly connected.
      They are, but still there is no sign of Fenix. It could be that Fenix is
      standing Dvir up.

      "I can't promise that he'll call," Dvir says. "I told him that a
      journalist was coming, and he's also interested in public relations. But
      I'm not his top priority. Sometimes they have crises or other things
      come up."

      As the minutes tick by one wonders how much grace to give Fenix before
      thanking Dvir politely and mentioning the long ride back from his Rishon
      Lezion home to Jerusalem. Eyes wander the walls, taking in the artwork
      and noticing how curiously appropriate it is to the environment:
      ghoulish faces appearing out of tree trunks; a bald, hydrocephalic woman
      with a passing resemblance to Sinead O'Connor; designs of refracted
      light and interlocking geometric shapes; distorted faces with several
      levels of eyes. Seventies basement playroom art, in other words.

      Finally, at 9:30, Dvir's cell phone rings. The screen registers "private
      call" but the slow, metallic croak of a voice is unmistakable: he says
      he is Fenix. The voice is audible over a speaker Dvir has attached to
      the phone.

      He does not apologize for the delay, but his manners can be excused. He
      is, after all, hurtling in his spacecraft at 18 times the speed of light
      from Uranus back to his home solar system of Arcturus, and it's
      reasonable to assume that Cellcom's reception is spotty that far out in
      the galaxy.

      Dvir, who has developed a friendship with Fenix after three months of
      frequent phone calls - he has recorded some 40 hours of the calls on
      video - begins the conversation by announcing that a journalist is
      present and wishes to ask Fenix some questions. That deviance from the
      normal rules will not be allowed, however.

      "It is incumbent on me to bring my regrets," Fenix says, his speech slow
      and halting, his guttural native language translated awkwardly into
      Hebrew through some kind of synthesizer on the mother ship. "Permission
      for direct contact, in real time, outside the contact person, does not
      exist. Please bring questions through you if his desire is in receiving

      So begins The Jerusalem Post's first known contact with
      extraterrestrials. For Dvir, however, such close encounters are the
      stuff of everyday life. An engineer who develops hand-held military
      computers for Tadiran Com., Dvir says he has spent the last five years
      in close contact with aliens.

      First they opened a medical clinic in the workroom of his Rishon Lezion
      home, one of several such supposed alien-run health clinics operating in
      the city. Those aliens, Dvir says, were of a particularly developed and,
      apparently, benevolent race.

      Fenix's species, the Kliendcontlar, are less advanced but also well-
      intentioned. Their purpose is to warn us earthlings of the mortal danger
      we may face in another 50 years from the fearsome Morgolius, a race of
      cosmic bullies who even now are trying to exterminate the Kliendcontlar
      and have their sights set next on Earth.

      True, the Kliendcontlar do appear to have ulterior motives: they believe
      Earth's atmosphere is favorable and would like to transfer to Dvir
      their genetic code for a possible future migration to our planet. Dvir
      warned them off, Earth being already too crowded. But it would seem the
      Kliendcontlar wouldn't pose such terrible competitors for the planet's
      scarce resources - they appear to exist, after all, only in a parallel
      dimension, imperceptible to most of us humans sadly limited to just five

      Dvir's training as an engineer and his methodical work habits may make
      him an ideal conduit to publicize the exploits of Fenix and his race,
      but he certainly is not alone in his belief in extraterrestrial

      A 1996 Gallup poll purported to show that 40 percent of Israelis believe
      in the existence of aliens, according to Avi Greif, chairman of the
      Israeli Center for the Study of UFOs. That still makes us much more
      skeptical than, say, Americans, some 70 percent of whom believe in
      extraterrestrials, Greif says.

      Surely, contact with aliens has figured prominently in many of the
      movies that have most profoundly influenced our generation, from Close
      Encounters of the Third Kind to Star Wars, Star Trek to ET.

      Grief, who is not in contact with aliens himself but gathers information
      on the phenomenon, says nearly 70,000 sightings of aliens and
      unidentified flying objects are reported around the world each year.

      Many of these are recorded in various ways, though their authenticity
      obviously is disputed. It's anyone's guess what role pop culture images
      of aliens play in the alleged sightings.

      "I'm 100 percent sure that aliens exist," Greif says. "In the end I
      believe it will be accepted by everyone. There is a lot of proof, but
      the problem is that this proof isn't known to a lot of people."

      The reason for that, Greif and other believers insist, is a conspiracy
      of silence on the part of governments, militaries and scientists. Greif
      alleges a history of contact between aliens and representatives of the
      US government, a collaboration that may even include the transfer of
      other-worldly technology.

      The US, however, keeps such information under tight wraps, Greif says -
      "and if the American government denies it, of course the Israeli
      government will deny it too."

      Israel, for its size, appears to have quite frequent contact with
      aliens. In Rishon Lezion alone, for example, aliens allegedly run at
      least three medical clinics, treating an assortment of ailments
      from disc problems to toothaches to anorexia to lupus. Much of the
      actual work is done by humans who channel the aliens' energy, laying on
      hands or projecting force with their hands held three to four
      centimeters above the patient's body.

      Sometimes the aliens supposedly do the work all by themselves, while the
      "healer" sits on the side. That can anger patients, who feel they are
      being ripped off when the healer then pockets NIS 150. But in fact the
      aliens work up to 10 times faster than their human conduits, Dvir says,
      and such hands-off treatment thus is more efficient.

      When Dvir became aware of his abilities several years ago, he attended
      an institute for spiritual healing in Holon, and in 1995 received
      diplomas in energetic healing and advanced spiritual healing. His first
      book, Healing, Yeshuyot Vehutzanim (healing, beings and aliens) has just
      been published by Gal and is available at Steimatzky's. His clinic is
      mostly closed now while he concentrates on writing a book on his
      experiences with the Kliendcontlars.

      For demonstration purposes, however, Dvir does a bit of work on his
      wife, Adriana, who often feels that her left arm is falling asleep. Dvir
      maneuvers his hands above her body, guided, he says, by the aliens, who
      intuitively find the trouble spot. After a few minutes of energy
      transference, Adriana says she feels pins and needles in her arm, a sign
      that circulation is returning.

      Greif says he is not sure of the veracity of Dvir's alien contacts,
      though they seem credible. What inclines him to believe is the fact that
      four other people have reported contact with the same race and back up
      Dvir's account of their appearance, location and social structure.

      In any case, the UFO group will meet at the Netanya library on May 18 to
      discuss Dvir's claims.

      "It's hard to prove whether it's true," Greif says. "I want it to be
      true, but I need proof. The question is what would be [Dvir's]
      motivation, what does he get out of it. He's a serious person, he's not
      trying to make a living off this. But it could be that tomorrow we'll
      find out that someone is just playing around with him. Even today I'm
      not 100 percent sure about it."

      Dvir was born in Bucharest and moved here in 1965, at the age of eight.
      As a child he was a science fiction fan, but his psychic abilities did
      not manifest themselves until he was an adult. Dvir's first experience
      with the paranormal was a dozen or so years ago, when he was lying on a
      bed at his parents' house and felt something cold on his leg.

      It was a dead aunt, asking Dvir to look after her children.

      Dvir says he didn't think about the experience much. "I figured I had a
      fertile imagination," he says.

      But the encounters with dead relatives continued. Several years later,
      shortly after his grandfather died, Dvir encountered the old man
      shuffling around his apartment, looking for a newspaper. After his
      father died of cancer, Dvir came out of work to find his spirit sitting
      in Dvir's car. Lucky thing, too, because his father warned him to be
      careful, and Dvir says he then escaped a collision with a truck that
      seemed to materialize out of nowhere.

      Dvir's psychic connection was not just with his loved ones. Working on
      his computer one Shabbat, Dvir began to feel that he was a medium for
      messages from other-worldly beings, asking them questions and then
      typing out their answers, a sort of human Ouija board.

      Dvir needed someone to talk to and turned to his mother, who believed in
      these sort of things. Rather than dismissing him as crazy, she urged him
      to visit a professional medium in Rishon Lezion, Valerio Burgosh.

      Burgosh also saw the spirit of Dvir's father, conversed with him and
      told Dvir personal facts that he could not otherwise have known.

      "It was very difficult for me to accept this, but [Burgosh] helped me,"
      Dvir says. He began reading and taking courses to develop his psychic

      At one such course, in 1993, Dvir says his encounters with aliens began
      in earnest. Looking up, he saw all manner of strange beings walking
      around him, imperceptible to most people but visible to Dvir
      with a sort of extrasensory perception.

      "I think they tagged me as a sort of contact person," impressed by his
      charisma and perceptivity, Dvir says.

      Since then, it seems, the aliens have never left Dvir alone. Day and
      night he is accompanied by a shifting cast of at least two aliens, even
      while talking in a seemingly normal and solitary manner with a

      Around 1992, Dvir went to visit Haya Levy, a healer who had opened an
      alien-run clinic in her Rishon Lezion home. Indeed, upon entering her
      house Dvir saw a gallery of aliens. He found her treatment
      effective and her support important. The aliens began negotiating with
      Dvir to open another clinic in his apartment.

      Levy's contact with aliens began some 15 years ago on the Negev moshav,
      Sadot, where she lived at the time. Sitting with her children in the
      garden of her home, Levy received a telepathic SOS from a spaceship that
      needed a spot for an emergency landing. She invited them to land at

      A little while later, Levy was in her kitchen when she felt a strong
      impulse to go outside. There she found a small, petrified man with a
      strange accent. She invited him in for a cup of tea.

      After the tea, the man disappeared without a trace or even so much as a
      thank you, but Levy's contact with aliens had begun. Most of the aliens
      with whom Levy has contact look like human beings, she says, but not
      all. Prof. Bach, for instance, has skin like a lizard and is completely
      bald. Maya has silver skin and blue eyes like those of a fish.

      About eight years ago, when Levy was suffering from disc problems that
      had confined her to bed, the aliens offered to treat her, she says. She
      was skeptical, but after just an hour of treatment she was able to walk
      again. After five days of treatment she was fully mobile and able to
      carry things.

      When the aliens proposed the joint-venture clinic, Levy accepted. Alien
      treatment has an 87 percent success rate, she claims.

      "My ex-husband is my No. 1 client. He's the biggest believer," Levy
      says. "The results speak for themselves."

      Levy's importance for Dvir goes beyond her status as a role model. When
      the Kliendcontlars began calling, Dvir was skeptical. He asked his cast
      of resident aliens, who said Fenix and crew were legitimate, but Dvir
      wanted more corroborating evidence.

      He spoke to Levy, who did not know of the Kliendcontlars but ran a
      background check with her aliens. They supposedly vouched for Fenix and
      his race, confirming certain crucial details such as Arcturus'
      red sun and the planet's ecological problems.

      On January 22, Dvir and Adriana were on their way to a restaurant when
      his cellphone rang. It was Dvir's 41st birthday and it might have been a
      wellwisher, but the caller kept hanging up.

      During dinner the phone rang again, and this time the caller stayed on
      the line. He identified himself as Forth, a 358-year-old Kliendcontlar
      whose job it was to make contact with other civilizations,according to

      Dvir spent most of the dinner talking not to his wife but to the alien.

      Dvir asked Cellcom to check the origin of the calls, but the company
      said the number was blocked. In any case, as the telephone connection
      continued and the aliens offered consistent answers to Dvir's
      questions, he began to believe.

      "At first I thought someone was making fun of me, but when he kept
      calling I realized it was serious," he says. "You know it's not someone
      from here doing it, because they would do it for one day, two days, and
      then get tired of it."

      Forth initiated the first few conversations and then, being near
      retirement age - the race's life expectancy is some 400 years - he
      handed the Dvir file to his deputy Fenix, who at 200 is just entering
      the prime of Kliendcontlar life. (Forth died this week, alien sources
      informed Dvir.)

      Certain details about the race and Kliendcontlar society emerged from
      Dvir's inquiries, he says. The Kliendcontlars stand about one meter tall
      - "above ground level, of course," in Fenix's words - have gray skin,
      two arms and two legs, three fingers on each hand, green blood and DNA
      composed of four basic building blocks.

      Their society is rather totalitarian: religion is outlawed on pain of
      death and the government determines each newborn Kliendcontlar's spouse
      and profession, performing genetic improvement surgery shortly after
      birth to prepare him for his career.

      Our conversation with Fenix proceeds on two tracks. Dvir asks more
      sophisticated questions fit for an anthropologist: what is the
      Kliendcontlar's justice system like, do they have the death penalty
      (yes), does the Whole Universe Organization's charter require member
      states to help a starship in distress (yes), can workers in different
      tasks be identified by uniform (yes).

      My questions are more prosaic: does Fenix have a family (wife and
      children, all of whom work in communications), does he laugh (yes,
      although he hasn't told a joke in 100 years), does he speak
      English (no), does he know anything about Israeli politics (no), what
      does he eat (the microwave story), what proof can he offer that he
      really is an alien (it's not his concern, "facts will come about,"
      whether humans believe him or not).

      Fenix appears baffled when I ask if he will have to pay for the
      85-minute phone call from the environs of Uranus. Dvir has to explain to
      him that on our planet one pays the makers of telecommunications
      equipment for their service, a concept foreign to Arcturus, where there
      is no money.

      Fenix appears delighted to hear of The Jerusalem Post's international
      circulation - "this is excellent," he says - but declines the invitation
      to deliver a message to the human race on its pages.

      At one point Fenix grows tired of my questions, many of which he has
      answered in previous conversations with Dvir.

      He lights into Dvir in his slow, tortured, alien way. "At this moment it
      is my wish to give you a sort of friendly advice," he tells him. "If
      additional contact will be made with you, with extraterrestrial
      contact people, my advice is, it is upon you to prevent rhetorical
      questions. This thing does not add anything.

      Information that you ask a question on, and you know the answer to it,
      this thing bears witness, thus the extraterrestrial contact man thinks
      about you as a character lacking understanding, lacking culture, lacking
      principles. Because this thing is very important, it is upon you to
      prevent rhetorical questions."

      Dvir accepts the reprimand with grace. At the end of the conversation,
      they make a date for another conversation the following morning.

      "This is real," Dvir says to me at the end of the conversation. "This is
      a real alien."

      His colleagues at Tadiran have mixed feelings about his alien contacts,
      Dvir admits. Some come to him for treatments. Others grow visibly
      uncomfortable when he begins to discuss his experiences and ask him to
      stop talking about it. A company spokesman declined to be interviewed.

      Dvir's wife Adriana is a little skeptical too. She does not see the
      aliens who traipse around her apartment day and night.

      "I'm more rational. I want to see proof," she says. "But who knows,
      maybe it's true? Maybe I'm the limited one and I'm missing out. He's
      always been more sensitive."

      Dvir's 9-year-old son, Effi, appears a little confused by it all. Asked
      if he believes in the aliens, at first he says no. Asked to elaborate,
      he doesn't answer.

      Asked again if he believes, he is noncommittal. Adriana asks Effi
      whether or not he believes, and this time he says yes.

      "Of course he believes," she says, then turns back to Effi. "What, do
      you think your father is talking nonsense?"

      Effi shakes his head no.

      Considering how unusual his ideas sound, Dvir has gotten a surprising
      amount of attention from the media, appearing in television, radio and
      print interviews. The publicity has apparently reached across the
      heavens; shortly after the first news article appeared, Dvir says he got
      an introductory e-mail from an alien named Ayami from the solar system
      Sirius. Ayami bore greetings from his King Agnemnon, and said he would
      contact Dvir again in five years.

      Perhaps the media attention can be explained because of the seriousness
      of Dvir's day job and his obvious intelligence; he does not come across
      as a flake. This week Dvir appeared on Judy Shalom Nir Mozes' television
      program on Channel 2, Jude Morning, but Shalom Nir Mozes came away

      "I made fun of him with all my strength, but very gently," she says.
      "It's nonsense. I don't believe in any of these things. But I'm in favor
      of freedom of expression and letting anyone speak."

      It is tempting to see Dvir as a lonely man of faith. It is not
      considered outlandish in this day and age to believe in God, who doesn't
      even bother to telephone. But mention aliens - even those considerate
      enough to call on your birthday - and you're immediately dismissed as a
      little wacky.

      "People have quirks," Shalom Nir Mozes says simply when asked how she
      thinks Dvir himself can believe in aliens.

      Tel Aviv University psychiatrist Ilan Kutz says the phenomenon of alien
      contact is the same experience that in former times might have been
      called prophecy.

      "If you look at what these people are really saying and you take the
      aliens out of it, the message is that I've been chosen by a special
      power and endowed with a special force," Kutz says. "It's very
      reminiscent of stories we hear throughout ancient times. This experience
      requires an external entity to make the experience whole. In former
      times this used to be the experience of revelation or the religious
      experience. It has to be somebody not only far away but far above."

      Part of the move from religious terminology to the realm of science
      fiction stems from shifting cultural references over time, Kutz says.

      "These claims are not new, it's the language that is new," Kutz says.

      "The language today has changed from religious language to scientific
      language. In former times paranoids used to say that they are Napoleon
      or that somebody speaks to them in a holy voice; now they say the TV
      speaks to them. Napoleon is out of fashion."

      This is not to say, Kutz stresses, that aliens do not exist; he believes
      the chances are as good as not that they do. Yet without firm proof of
      their existence, the choice to believe in them is essentially a
      highly religious one.

      "We all need to believe in a higher being in one form or another," Kutz
      says. "From an evolutionary point of view it gives us a big advantage.

      It allows us to withstand difficulties, even at times against all odds,
      because there is all the time the promise that there is somebody out
      there looking out for us and safeguarding the world order. I think it's
      built in in humans to turn to a mightier power because it really
      maximizes survival."

      Kutz dismisses the physical descriptions Dvir and others offer of the
      aliens they see.

      "It's always the same story, always the same lack of evidence," Kutz
      says. "People are feeding off each other. When I was a child, aliens
      were green and had big antennae. Once the pictures of aliens with big
      eyes were shown, then everyone started seeing them."

      Dvir and Levy say their belief in aliens is not a matter of faith, but
      of proof - proof that the rest of us can not see because of our

      "It's all a question of openness," Levy says. "If you're open, you can
      believe in things you can't see physically. If you're not open, you
      trust only your five senses. Those people are limited, in my

      Dvir believes the day will come when interaction with aliens will be
      considered normal.

      "People who had contact in previous incarnations, they know it's
      possible. Others are scared and they don't want to know about it," he
      says. "But there are aliens out there. One day we'll have to meet.
      We'll have no choice but to get to know one another."

      ---continued in part 3 ------
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