FWD: [UASR] UFO ROUNDUP Volume 4 Number 16
- Posted by : "[UASR]>Perry J. van den Brink" <owner-uasr@...>
Volume 4, Number 16
August 10, 1999
Editor: Joseph Trainor
BACK FROM THE DEAD...
Nice to be back. And it's hard to believe
that three months and three weeks have passed
since the "Millenium Bugout,' also known as your
editor's move to the Midwest put a dent in this
year's edition of UFO Roundup.
For the time being, until I can find a reliable
server, the newsletter is going to resemble the
Fortean Times of the late 70s and early 80s.
It's liable to be more of a "sporadical" than a
"weekly." But I will try to have the newsletter
back on track with a regular schedule in the near
For now, though, let's get to the news. Read
the first three stories, and you'll see why I've started
calling 1999 the "summer of Midwest mysteries."
MYSTERIOUS VAN SIGHTED IN
On Sunday, August 1, 1999, at 9 a.m., B. White
and D. Jagger were having breakfast at the American
Table restaurant in Warsaw, Indiana (population 10,968),
a small city 85 miles (136 kilometers) southeast of
Chicago, when they spotted an unusual white van
parked in the lot of the Days Inn next door.
White described the vehicle as "all white with
UFO INTERCEPT on the back window. Under that it
had the web address www.ufoinfo.com."
Although this is the web address of UFO INFO,
the parent site of UFO Roundup, neither site
webmaster John Hayes nor newsletter editor Joseph
Trainor owns such a van or has any knowledge of a
group calling itself UFO INTERCEPT.
Deepening the mystery were the van's out-of-state
license plates and its puzzling array of high-tech
communications equipment and antennae.
White described it as "a full-size newer van"
with "Georgia plates. He was unable to recall the
numerals on the Georgia license plate.
The two men saw "lots of antennas and the
rotating dish of a radar," White reported, "It was
white like on a ship," and the dish "spun around."
White saw a male Caucasian approach the
mysterious van. He described the man as "late
fifties, early sixties. He had medium-length white/
gray hair. He was around 5 feet, 9 inches (tall).
190 to 200 pounds and stocky...He had on jeans
and a sky-blue, button-up shirt that was not tucked
"The man walked to the van and opened the
driver door and peered around, leaning in the van,"
he added, "He then walked to the passenger door and
did the same. He closed the door and then walked
up some (motel) stairs."
Their curiosity aroused by the website addressm
White and Jagger logged onto the UFO INFO website.
Afterwards, they sent an email to webmaster John
Hayes, who lives in Edmonton, London, UK and
was intrigued by the web address on the van.
The investigation continues.
(Editor's Comment: John and I have separate
opinions on this case. He thinks it might be a
high-tech-oriented Roundup fan. I think it's a
surveillance van of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms (ATF) in UFO drag. Although what
it's doing in Warsaw, Indiana is anybody's guess.)
BLACK HELICOPTER CRASHES
DULUTH'S JULY FOURTH
On Sunday, July 4, 1999, your editor left his
apartment at 8:30 p.m. to watch the big Fourth of
July fireworks celebration in Duluth, Minnesota
(population 85,414), a port city on Lake Superior
approximately 156 miles (249 kilometers) north
At first I planned to watch the fireworks show
from Skyline Parkway, up on Hawk Ridge, which
has a panoramic view of St. Louis Bay, Duluth and
the neighboring city of Superior, Wisconsin. But a
thunderstorm was moving in, and the cloud mists
were so thick up on the ridge that I could barely see
twenty feet (6 meters) ahead of me.
So Instead, I drove halfway down Duluth's Central
Hillsie to Observation Community Park, one of the
32 municipal parks in the city. The park is located
on Third Street near Tenth Avenue West and has a
breathtaking view of the downtown area, the city's
waterfront, Park Point and Bayfront Park, the site
of the Fourth of July celebration.
About 35 people from the neighborhood were
with me at 9 p.m., waiting for the show to begin
in one hour. Mindful of the "tornado alert" I'd
seen on KDLH-TV Channel 3 earlier in the evening,
I kept one eye on the threatening clouds. We heard
several booms of thunder and saw lightning flashes,
mostly within the thunderclouds. Although an
occasional lightning bolt touched down across St.
Louis Bay in Superior, Wisconsin and west of our
city near Thompson Hill and Spirit Mountain.
At 9:05 p.m. I saw the black helicopter. It
came in fast from the west, over the Enger Tower,
and made a slight turn to the left, flying right past
Observation Park at an estimated altitude of
I couldn't believe my eyes. No pilot in his right
mind would be flying in weather like this. I saw
lightning flashing white and pale green just above
the chopper's rotor blades. But the pilot flew on
as if it were a clear and sunny day.
The helicopter was a pitch-black turbojet
chopper with four rotor blades, a Polaroid windshield,
two side windows, a shrouded tail rotor and no
visible landing gear, neither wheels nor skids. The
helicopter had no insignia of any kind visible. It
was operating without red or green navigation lights.
I kept this helicopter in view as it flew past the
park in a northeasterly direction, over the midtown
area, until it disappeared over the hily horizon north
and east of Mount Royal and Woodland Avenue. I
had the helicopter in view for about three minutes.
At 9:10 p.m., Observation Park was hit by a
sudden, violent downpour. The rain lasted for only
five minutes, however. Afterwards, the onlookers and
I stepped out from under the eaves of the Clubhouse
building and resumed our viewing spots in the park's
tennis courts, still waiting for the fireworks show.
At 9:40 p.m., the black helicopter returned.
This time it came from the Spirit Mountain area, a
little to the south of its previous point of origin, and
flew the same west-to-east course over the central
city. Again the pilot seemed oblivious to the high
winds and lightning flashes among the clouds.
This time, however, the chopper did have two lights
on. Both of them were bright yellowish-white lights,
mounted in the center of the botom of the fuselage
and aiming fore and aft. Even at an estimated
altitude of 2,500 feet, the lights' glow was strong
enough for me to make out details of the chopper's
fuselage in the growing darkness.
After the fireworks show, I returned home and
dug out my aircraft recognition handbook. I looked
for a match with the helicopter I'd seen. And I
I believe it was a Eurocopter AS 565 Panther, a
light attack and utility chopper unveiled in 1984 and
used by NATO.
The thunderstorm turned out to be one of the
most destructive in the Northland in recent years,
affecting an area stretching from International
Falls, Minnesota to Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
The storm did $14 million worth of damage to
the region, although most of the lightning damage
was in northern Wisconsin.
I have no idea why that NATO chopper was
flying in so violent a thunderstorm or what it was
doing in Duluth, Minnesota. (For more on the
storm, see the Duluth News-Tribune for July 5,
July 6 and July 22, 1999.)
(Editor's Comment: During the past month, I've
wondered if the black chopper was out searching
for Benjamin Smith. the gunman who killed
basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong and a Korean
grad student in Illinois and Indiana over the Fourth
of July weekend. But if it was hunting for Smith,
it was in the wrong state. Smith died in a police
shootout in southern Illinois earlier that Sunday
MAN DISAPPEARS IN LAKE
On Friday, June 26, 1999, a 37-foot Sea Ray
Sundancer powerboat ran over a fishing boat and
capsized it. The accident took place on Lake
Michigan just east of Two Rivers, Wisconsin
(population 13,030) a town located 91 miles
(145 kilometers) north of Milwaukee.
Missing and presumed dead is Mark Rickert
of Appleton, Wisconsin.
"Chief Petty Officer Mark Barker, in charge of
the U.S. Coast Guard station in Two Rivers and
Sheboygan said the agency searched 100 square
miles in calm seas 'with fantastic visibility,' Saturday,"
June 27, 1999.
"'We turned up nothing,' he said."
"The Coast Guard called off its search for the
46-year-old man Saturday...The missing man and
three others on the 19-foot fishing boat when a
37-foot Sea Ray Sundancer 'ran over' their vessel,
"Barker said there were no plans to resume the
search for Mark Rickert...unless some development
warranted that move." (See the Milwaukee Sentinel
for June 27, 1999.)
(Editor's Note: Two Rivers is 7 miles north of
Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Like its sister city across
the lake--Ludington, Michigan--Manitowoc is alleged
to be a nexus of the Lake Michigan Triangle.
Manitowoc is also the locale of the sighting of the
:weird white creature" in April 1998.)
UFO VIDEOTAPED IN
On Sunday, July 4, 1999, a UFO hovered in
the morning sky over Jardim das Piranhas, a town
in the state of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil and
was videotaped by a local photographer.
Promtly at 8 a.m., Ricardo Rilley Cavalcantede
Oliveira, 32, left his home on the Rua Pedro Araujo
with his camcorder. Rilley Cavalcantede makes
his living as a videographer specializing in shooting
footage of weddings, and he was on his way to a
Ricardo told the Brazilian newspapers that the
UFO "was just a glow, like a flourescent light. It
was blue at that time and became reddish."
That evening, he showed the video in public
in Jardim das Piranhas central plaza. As the
crowd watched, the UFO appeared again at
8 p.m., hovering over the plaza.
He described the glowing UFO as being
"like a plate."
Ricardo immediately grabbed his camcorder
and began shooting. He shot ten minutes
of video, and then his battery began wearing
down. He went to fetch a fresh battery for
the camcorder. When he returned, the
hovering object was gone.
"The thing was a white orb and then
became red," Ricardo reported, "with a
green aura around the edge." (See the
Brazilian newspaper Diario de Natal for
July 6, 1999. Muito obrigado a Thiago
Luiz Ticchetti por eso caso.)
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