- From Jordon Flato <JORDON@rencenter.org
- I saw the meteor over San Francisco on
Tuesday night, and it was certainley impressive. It streaked across the
sky for about 3 to 5 seconds, then exploding into about 2 or three spark
- There are some things that should be
clarified though. It had nothing to do with the Tracy, CA story. You seemed
to have linked them on your website, but the event I saw was certainly
located above San Francisco, and was certainley a meteorite. I have seen
even larger ones come in before, and although this one was very very impressive,
it was not mysterious. I grew up in Mendocino California, and I have seen
meteors go streaking over my car and crash into the ocean, so I think the
only unusal thing about this "shooting star" was it's proximity
to the city.
- Again, this has nothing to do with the
"crashing saucer" story in Tracy. The AP story SHOULD NOT be
linked with that account to verify it at all. But I have to say, I'm damn
glad I was in the right place at the right time looking up at the sky to
- Jordon Flato, San Francisco CA firstname.lastname@example.org
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - What was that light in the sky? More than a dozen
people who saw a bluish-white light streak over the San Francisco Bay Tuesday
evening were left asking that question.
- Radio station KCBS received about 15
calls at 9:45 pm moments after the object was spotted whizzing over the
bay before reportedly breaking into two or three pieces and disappearing
- "It was about 200 feet up in the
air when it finally fell apart. It was arcing just a little bit,"
said Sid Marcovich, who saw the object while driving along the Embarcadero
- A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman
had no reports of airborne oddities int he area, and the National Weather
Service received no calls reporting the light.
- But witnesses like Marcovich remained
stunned at what they said they saw. "I had never seen anything like
that in my entire life. It was big and it was close. It was exciting,"
- FINAL UPDATE: Tracy, CA alleged
- Dear UFOlogical-minded Netizens, :-)
- Last evening, August 5, sometime after
11PM I received a call from Jennifer Lipshin, whom had given me the original
second hand report of the alleged crash of a UFO over Tracy, CA.
- When she originally called in the second
hand (from what she claimed was a reliable source) report, she agreed to
go public. I tried to warn her of the potential implications. Again, it
was 1:45 AM when she originally called me, so I did not put up too much
of a struggle. In hindsite, perhaps I should have fought her more, as she
now regrets the whole affair.
- When we spoke last night, she told me
she had given the name of the eye witness to some researchers whom I did
not recognize. This does not mean anything, as I do not know all the players
in UFOlogy, being somewhat of a maverick. :-) Those who know me realize
by now I walk my own unique walk... :-) I told her she could bow out of
this now and she agreed this is what she wanted to do. I got the feeling
she got many calls and E-mails, and really didn't expect this.
- I asked her to do one thing: Call Chris
Obrien (SP?), who had called me earlier yesterday for more information
about the sighting. Chris _IS_ an investigator I have heard of, chief investigator
for Skywatch International and CAUS. Jennifer told me last night she would
call Chris and give him the name of the eye-witness. Chris seemed a dedicated
and honorable man, and I know he will follow through on this, assuming
Jennifer calls him.
- Let me state most emphatically I am not
involved in this case beyond getting Jennifer's message out. I assume she
is no longer involved now. I did find her sincere and assume she learned
a valuable lesson. :-) I told her last night UFOlogy can be a vast rats-nest
at times. Man, do those metaphorical rats bite hard!
- I should mention I told Jennifer last
night I would NOT have published her report unless she went public. I told
her I would have been branded a fraud or accused of a publicity stunt.
Sure, I got 200 more visits yesterday to my Web site. WOW! :-) Sure, I
was up half the night sending out her report. :-) Sure, I spent 3-4 hours
in total on this. Wow, did I profit or what? :-) Surly no one can yell
at me "reveal the source!", as I already have. :-)
- (Does anyone remember the "mystery
astronomer" who gave Art Bell, Whitley Strieber and Courtney Brown
the alleged "planet-sized companion" of Comet Hale-Bop photo?
In my opinion, THAT was a publicity stunt! :-)
- In closing, it does seem an event took
place that evening, as there are multiple witnesses and news reports from
what I understand. I am sure the seasoned investigators will get to the
bottom of this and appreciate their interest and dedication.
- The original report from UFONetwork:
- UFOnetwork received a phone call at 1:45
AM Eastern on 8-5-98 of an alleged downed UFO in the area of Tracy, CA,
USA. According to the caller this craft _may_ have been shot down by "Star
Wars" technology lasers or weapons from Lawrence Livermore Labs, which
is approximately 30 minutes away from Tracy. The event happened at 9:45
PM Pacific. The caller can't confirm if the UFO was shot down, but can
confirm from a reliable eye-witness that a "round, greenish-blue UFO"
did go down and crash. As it was gently falling, a "whitish piece
broke off the top."
- The caller's witness also stated there
are military jets and one possible helicopter in the vicinity at this time.
- The caller predicts this will be in the
Stockton Record (CA) or the San Jose Mercury (CA) or the Modesto Bee (CA)
news by tomorrow (daytime 8-5-98).
- If you want to follow this story, I am
posting this on the UFOnetwork Sightings board. Please post your replies
there. I have told the caller to expect you to.
- The caller has called police departments
who cannot verify the event at this time in: Tracy, Modesto, Stockton,
Manteca, Merced and Ripon. Livermore was not called, as the number could
not be found. Stockton and Modesto airports were called and were unavailable.
- UFOnetwork is reporting what was told
to us. Like any sighting report, it must be more fully investigated.
- The caller, who has agreed to go public,
- Jennifer Lipshin 208-232-5490 email@example.com
- Report taken by:
- Claude DiDomenica UFOnetwork Founder
& Webmaster 781-440-0011
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