- Well, it's 1999 and we are in pursuit
of getting the Rods phenomenon finally known among the general audiences
as much as Kal Korff's Fox Show about hoaxes garnered a few minds from
the gene pool.
- It has been a very trying four years
to get the Rods phenomenon to where it is today and I must state that we
have made great strides with this case.
- First of all it took time to get the
Rods phenomenon into certain media circles including the web, print media
and television / radio talk shows. I appeared on anything from Sightings
to "People Who Have Sex With Aliens" on the LEEZA Show, in order
to present our case. Kal Korff was on Leeza with me along with another
skeptic who said the clip he saw looked like a bird flying past the camera.
- Of course he was wrong, as Kal Korff
and Bob Shell have been wrong about the common mis-interpretation that
all we have been presenting were mis-filmed insects or birds. I sent Bob
a video and he never responded.
- In the upcoming series "STRANGE
SCIENCE" to air on The Learning Channel (TLC) the first week of February
everyone will get to see Rods as we've been investigating them for the
past four years. The nine minute segment covers my presentation at the
June 98 - International MUFON UFO Symposium, where I, along with Jim Peters,
presented Rods - The Smoking Gun Evidence video to a packed house of 300
attendees from all fields of study: UFOlogists, Scientists and the grand
daddy of all skeptics Mr. Philip Klass.
- This was a unique presentation in that
I finally, after four years of trying, was allowed to present the Rods
case in front of a very skeptical and well known group of individuals that
have "heard" about Rods but that never had seen what we have
been talking about all these years.
- Philip Klass sat front row and center
during my presentation with his pocket recorder in hand. He listened and
recorded everything Jim Peters and I stated prior to the running of the
video and afterwards during the question and answers session of the lecture.
- The TLC cameras ran during the complete
presentation and Karen Taylor, who produced the segment, made certain that
Philip Klass would be interviewed for the show.
- After the lecture I approached Mr. Klass
about what he thought. He didn't call it a hoax or mis-filmed insects,
jets, or the planet Venus zipping around, because in the presentation we
prove that Rods are "not" any of these mis-construed claims made
by most skeptics and critics. In fact, Philip Klass felt that he would
like to see better imagery of these "things" as he put it. He
felt that they "may be" artifacts caused by CCD electronics in
the camcorders used to videotape them.
- The camera man for TLC quickly said,
"This guy's full of it." I on the other hand have been inclined
to dispell as many myths about the Rods as I can with the resources we
- So, in our quest to further this investigation,
Jim Peters, Ken Swartz (a new associate and team member), set out to see
"if in fact" Rods or fast objects traveling distances from the
camera would create a "blur" because of the electronics involved
in CCD photography - or videography.
- We videotaped an 16 1/2"arrow (bolt)
using Jim's crossbow that shoots these bolts at approximately 136 mph.
We wanted to see what the bolt would look like at distances from 10 feet
to 100 feet away from a ribbon that was stretched across two poles. The
poles were 24 feet apart and the yellow ribbon had segments with six foot
long markers. We used the Sony VX-1000 digital camcorder that most of the
current Rod shots have been captured on in New Jersey, South Dakota and
The cave in Mexico.
- We we found was that using the optical
lens setting at 1/10,000 shutter setting, the bolt - or arrow, appears
as it really is: a 16 1/2" arrow. And it appears in two to three frame
of video shot at 30fps.
- Then came the big test. Videotaping the
arrow with the digital zoom set at full capacity. We had the camera 100
feet away from the target test area and I "zoomed in" all the
way to a point where the central section of the six foot long marker at
the center of the target section was in the frame. Jim shot the arrow and
guess what. Even using the electronic digital zoom on the camcorder we
were able to see that the arrow maintained it's correct length on video!
You could see that it's integrety in size was not blurred at all. The only
artifact that was created with digital zoom was that the arrow was slightly
out of focus. In otherwords, it still looked like a 16 1/2" bolt,
but it was slightly blurred. Not an elongated blur, but a blurred object.
This revealed to us that using the Sony VX-1000 camcorder as has been used
in all the cave footage, what you see is what you get.
- This puts a clam into Philip Klass and
his CCD electronic artifact theory, which we know is all he had to go on.
- All thoughts aside, we know we have the
genuine thing here. Rods are very real and no matter how many other claims
can be put into the mix, we know that we can disprove all of them. It just
takes time and testing in order to prove that what we have been reporting
are simple things known to man.
- I ask that everyone on this forum tunes
in to the TLC program which will air at 8:00 pm for five days the first
week of February. I don't know which day the Rods segment will air, but
it will be during that week. (Feb 1-5,1999).
- For those of you inclined to do so, check
out our Rods web site and send the URL to your contacts: http://www.roswellrods.com.
- To all our supporters out there we thank
you for sticking to our "smoking guns." For all of our skeptics
and critics out there...well...without you guys we wouldn't have proven
- Thanks to all.
- Jose Escamilla