- UFOs SEEN BY MANY IN SOUTHERN
- Tuesday morning, December 1, 1998, started
out in a routine manner for Dan Gafney, the popular talk-show host on radio
station WGMD, 92.7 FM, in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (population 1,250).
But at 7 a.m., the telephone rang, and the first caller reported a UFO.
- According to Gafney, before the show
ended, he had received "over 50 calls" from listeners throughout
Sussex County, Delaware reporting unidentified flying objects.
- The UFOs were seen on Monday night, November
30, 1998 "all over southern Delaware," Gafney reported, with
callers describing "a bright blue/white light...some said green, also."
The UFOs were described as "large and round."
- "People are still talking about
it," he added.
- UFOs were seen over a large area between
Milford, Del. (population 6,040) to Bethany Beach, Del. (population 110).
Milford is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Dover, the state capital.
Rehoboth Beach is 26 miles (41 kilometers) southeast of Milford. And Bethany
Beach is 13 miles (21 kilometers) due south of Rehoboth Beach.
- One man reported "what appeared
to be a large blue light that was moving all over erratically," adding
that "the smaller lights appeared to be coming from the larger lights.
- Another caller reported seeing "a
strange blue-green rain that was coming down from them."
- Local researcher Jane Segal received
a phone call from friends saying that, during the WGMD broadcast, "fighters
from Dover Air Force Base were flying all over the region. Gray planes
were flying as low as a crane as far north as Middletown."
- Middletown (population 3,834) is on Highway
71 near the Pennsylvania state line, located about 26 miles (41 kilometers)
northwest of Dover. (Many thanks to Dan Gafney and Jane Segal for the email
- UFOs DOMINATE NIGHT SKY OVER
- Arkansas, home state of President William
Jefferson Clinton, has been the scene of much UFO activity during the past
- On Wednesday, November 11, 1998, at 11:55
a.m., Ms. R.M. Jones drove through Alexander, Arkansas (Ark.), a town on
Interstate Highway 30 about 13 miles (21 kilometers) southwest of Little
Rock, the state capital. As she was heading south on the highway, she looked
up and spotted two daylight discs flying through the sky.
- "They were beautiful," Ms.
Jones reported, "Although they were both discs, they did not look
the same. The first was larger, white, more stationary and lasted longer.
The second was a white cigar sort of thing, sort of shimmery. They were
larger than any star or planet. I watched each craft for several minutes."
(See Filer's Files #46 for 1998. Many thanks to George A. Filer of MUFON
for this report.)
- On Tuesday, November 10, 1998, "Frank
Caruso and his friends saw something besides the 300-plus buzzards they
were looking for near Valley Airport," located near Mountain Home,
Ark. (population 9,029).
- According to the Baxter Bulletin of Mountain
Home, Caruso said "he and friends Jim Bradley and Jim Fishwick saw
what they call 'a gold-like object' in the southern sky along the White
River around 5:10 p.m. Tuesday. The three men were watching a large number
of buzzards roost when when the object appeared in the distance behind
- "'It was too far away to tell what
shape it was,' Caruso said, adding it slowed down and had a trail of gold-looking
vapors that dissipated quickly. He said the object was in the sky for at
least two minutes."
- "'I've worked with gold and silver
before,' he said, 'but it wasn't really either color--it's hard to explain
exactly what color it was, but it was sort of gold-ish.'"
- "The Bulletin contacted Beaver County
Sheriff's officials and Mountain Home Police personnel, who said they had
not received any reports of the object." (See the Baxter Bulletin
for November 11, 1998, "UFO? Trio claims to have seen 'gold' object,"
by Bruce Roberts.)
- "Another man who lives near Valley
Airport, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Bulletin Wednesday that
he saw two 'powerful lights' in the same general area at the top of a mountain
Monday night (November 9, 1998)."
- "'I know it wasn't a car or truck,'
the man said. 'It was too bright, and, besides, there's no way a vehicle
can get to the top of that mountain--the forest is too dense, and there
are no roads.'"
- "The man said he 'doesn't believe
in aliens' and has never seen a UFO, but he was sure of the lights, which
he said stayed in one place for about 25 minutes."
- "Early the next morning, at around
3 a.m., the man's dogs awoke him, 'raising hell.'"
- "'They never bark,' he said. 'Unless
there's somebody at the door. I didn't see anybody, so I told them to shut
up, and I went back to bed.'" (See the Baxter Bulletin for November
12, 1998, "'UFO' mystery continues," by Bruce Roberts.)
- The sightings are being investigated
by MUFON investigator Christine Lippert.
- Mountain Home, Ark. is on Highway 5 about
175 miles (280 kilometers) north of Little Rock.
- On Sunday, November 29, 1998, at 7:55
, a witness who asked to remain anonymous "was at my brother's yard"
in West Memphis, Ark. "when I looked up and saw a triangle-shaped
craft flying just above the tree tops. I got a good look at it because
the streetlights were shining on the bottom of the shiny silver craft.
It had dim yellow lights on each corner. It was flying horizontal to the
ground, and then the nose of it rose to a 45-degree angle, and it kept
flying straight ahead. The craft then turned sharply to the left and disappeared
behind the tree line."
- He added that within minutes "several
low-flying planes began circling" the area "for 30 seconds, and
then they left also."
- West Memphis (population 28,259) is located
along Highway 70 approximately 129 miles (206 kilometers) east of Little
Rock. (Many thanks to Michael J. Long of Mississippi UFO Files for this
report. Thanks also to Lou Farrish of UFO Newsclipping Service for the
articles from the Baxter Bulletin.)
- LARGE UFO SIGHTED SOUTH OF
- On Sunday, November 29, 1998, at 10:30
p.m., Jenifer Migneault and her husband were driving on Highway 10 in Quebec,
Canada, between the cities of Montreal and Sherbrooke (population 76,429).
- "My husband and I were coming back
from a dinner with friends," Mrs. Migneault reported. "Our two
children were sleeping in the car seat, in the back seat. They didn't see
- But the Migneaults did! "We saw
15 white lights circling far above the clouds," she reported. "Ten
lights formed a semi-oval shape, and five others formed a smaller one inside
the larger one. We didn't see it approach. It was already there when we
got on the highway. Since it was located above the clouds, all we could
see were the lights spinning on themselves (revolving--J.T.) and the whole
- Mrs. Migneault said, "The moves
it made were of a C shape" and "25 minutes we had it in view."
- "When we stepped out of the car
to look at it, we turned off the ignition to see if any noise was coming
out of the thing. But we didn't hear anything. It was dreadfully silent.
We left before it did. We kept an eye contact with it (kept it in view--J.T.)
for at least 20 kilometers (12 miles)." (Email Interview)
- UFO HOVERS OVER A HOUSE IN
- On Sunday, November 29, 1998, at 3:28
a.m., David Walker reported, "I was awoken by something... I was aware
of a bright light which I thought was an aircraft coming in to land, as
I never aware of a star as bright as this."
- "I was about to go back to sleep
when I saw the object move. I rubbed my eyes and looked again. If it was
an aircraft, it could not possibly have moved in such a way. I watched
as the object split in two, and the two lights started to dance around
each other in figures of eight and circles. They seemed to be at play."
- Instantly David roused everyone in the
household at Kirkintilloch, Scotland. "I was totally transfixed by
this and could not take my eyes off the objects...I was frightened by what
I saw, and I knew this was not a dream...and it was my mother who also
witnessed the phenomenon before it ceased." (Many thanks to Ben Field
and BUFOD and Errol Bruce-Knapp for this report.)
- UFOs CONVERGE ON BRISBANE
- Brisbane, the largest city in Queensland
state, Australia, reported three UFO encounters last week.
- On Wednesday, December 2, 1998, at 7:30
p.m., Troy S. was in Brisbane's Clayfield section when he spotted a "bright
white light four times the size of Venus" moving across the night
sky. Then "it took off in a straight-line course to the horizon faster
than any plane I had ever seen before."
- Also on December 2, at 11:55 p.m., Peter
Mac and five friends were in Hill End, Brisbane when they saw "a flaming
orange ball of light travelling from east to west, travelling around the
same speed of a plane." He estimated the UFO to be "30 meters
in size," adding "it went to the top of Mount Cootoothla and
- The same evening, at 10:30 p.m., a college
couple in East Brisbane had a strange "missing time" experience.
- The woman reported, "My boyfriend
went out to pack his bag (with textbooks). When he came back into the bedroom,
he found the clock to read 12:25 a.m. I got up to check the clock in the
kitchen. It also read 12:25 a.m."
- Although they believed that he'd only
been gone a few minutes to gather his textbooks, the apartment's clocks
showed that two hours had passed, two hours for which the couple had no
memory." (Many thanks to Diane Harrison of UFO Network Australasia
and Robert Frola of UFO investigation Centre-Queensland for these reports.)
- SLOVENIAN UFOLOGIST SAYS LJUBLJANA
CASE A HOAX
- Milos Krmelj, MUFON representative for
Slovenia and a ufologist with 32 years of investigative experience, said
the recent UFO sighting at Ljubljana Barje was "a radio hoax."
- The sighting, reported in last week's
UFO Roundup, was said to have taken place on October 29, 1998. According
to Krmelj, "On that date was the 60th anniversary of the famous Orson
Welles radio play," War of the Worlds, "about a Martian attack
- Krmelj said CNN reported the anniversary
in Slovenia, and the station, Radio Slovenija VAL202 (98.9 FM), aired the
false UFO report as a joke.
- "And they later admitted they were
joking," Krmelj added, "so that report is of no value. It was
just one of those hoaxes put out by irresponsible reporters."
- Krmelj began investigating UFOs in 1966.
He is the author of one book on the subject and used to edit a small Slovenian
magazine devoted to UFOs. (Many thanks to Milos Krmelj and Errol Bruce-Knapp
for this report.)
- ENDEAVOUR LINKS UP WITH ZARYA
- On Friday, December 4, 1998, the space
shuttle Endeavour "lifted off at 3:35 a.m. with a brilliant white
flash" to "begin assembling the international space station--a
complex and risky project that could have its white-knuckle moments."
(See the Boston, Mass. Herald for December 5, 1998, page 2)
- The launch came 24 hours after a warning
light aborted Thursday's planned launch.
- "Endeavour has just a ten-minute
window-- from 3:31 a.m. to 3:41 a.m. to be launched... Thursday the clock
ran out on the attempt. A cockpit alarm that sounded four-and-a-half minutes
before a planned 3:38 a.m. liftoff forced managers to stop the countdown
while they studied the problem." (See USA Today for December 4, 1998,
- During the 12-day flight, Endeavour's
crew will attempt to link and activate two components of the space station.
Russian-built Zarya is already in orbit. The shuttle carried the second
station component, the module Unity, a docking tunnel with multiple ports
that costs $300 million.
- Endeavour's commander is Bob Cabana,
49, a U.S. Marine Corps colonel from Minneapolis, Minn.
- Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, 40, is a veteran
of one shuttle mission and two missions aboard the Russian space station
Mir. He will be inspecting his future home on this flight. Once the international
space station is completed, Krikalev will be a member of the first crew
to board her in January 2000.
- Shuttle pilot Rick Sturckow, 37, of Lakeside,
Cal. is a Gulf War veteran. This is his first spaceflight.
- "Once Zarya and Unity are docked,
spacewalkers Jerry Ross and Jim Newman will go to work... Ross, 50, an
Air Force colonel from Crown Point, Ind. will ride at the end of the arm
on the first and third spacewalks while Newman steps into space on a tether.
Ross is NASA's most experienced spacewalker with 23 hours on four excursions."
- (Editor's Note: Jerry Ross is living
his boyhood dream. Way back in 1959, when Ross was in the fourth grade,
he resolved to join the astronaut corps.)
- "Newman, 42, who is a computer expert
from San Diego, will ride the arm on the second spacewalk. He has made
one previous spacewalk lasting seven hours."
- "Ross and Newman will have to hook
up 40 electrical cables between Unity and Zarya. They'll also install communication
antennae, handrails and other items on the outside of the station."
- The crew member with the trickiest job
is Nancy Currie, 39, a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel from Troy, Ohio. "Currie
will operate the shuttle's 50-foot-long robotic arm nearly every day of
Endeavour's 12-day mission. Among other things she'll hoist Unity, a 12-ton
piece of the station, out of the shuttle's cargo bay. Then she'll use the
arm to grab Zarya... and bring it to within six inches of Unity, so the
two can be joined in space." (See USA Today for December 2, 1998,
"Construction crew set to blast off" by Paul Hovenstern, page
- Endeavour achieve a rendezvous with Zarya
on Sunday, December 6, 1998. The shuttle was flying at 50 miles per second
when the Russian module appeared in its windshield.
- "'We've got a tallyho (visual sighting)
on Zarya,' Cabana told mission control in Houston, after the firing at
2:36 p.m. 'It's a real bright star out there.'"
- "Mission commander Robert Cabana
lit the two engines on either side of Endeavour's tail to slow the shuttle's
- The firing slowed the shuttle from 50
miles per second to 5 miles per second, which matches Zarya's orbital speed.
- "Cabana and pilot Rick Sturckow
will employ a series of brakes and thrusts to bring Zarya within reach
of Endeavour and its payload, the Unity module." (See the New York
Daily News for December 7, 1998, "Shuttle's Russian to an orbit hookup,"
- THE ROMANOVS AND THE ORENBURG
- For years some people have claimed that
Princess Anastasia escaped the Ipatiev house in Yekaterinburg, Russia,
when her family was shot by the Bolsheviks. Now a new book claims that
her brother, Czarevich Alexei, also escaped.
- "On the night of July 17, 1918,
when, according to the historical record, the Czar (Nicholas II), the Czarina
(Alexandra), their five children and four servants were shot dead by the
Bolsheviks in Yekaterinburg, the 14-year-old boy somehow managed to survive
and escape with the help of two friendly Bolshevik executioners."
- According to the new book, THE ESCAPE
OF ALEXEI, "He was taken to Shadrinsk, 100 miles away, where he was
adopted by a peasant family name Filatov. The czarevich was famously a
hemophiliac...yet his gunshot wounds miraculously healed, thanks to herbal
remedies and raw meat prescribed by the tribal peoples of the far north.
For the next few years he roamed as an orphan across the country, settling
in 1930 in the Tyumen region of Siberia, where he trained as a teacher.
In 1967, Filatov and his wife moved to Orenburg." (See the New York
Times for November 22, 1998, Review of Books, page 46)
- In addition to being the site of numerous
UFO encounters during the Nineteenth Century, the city of Orenburg was
also a "way station" on the Russian mystics' "underground
railroad" to the Himalayas.
- Vasily Filatov, the reputed Romanov survivor,
lived in Orenburg until his death in 1988. Five years earlier, in 1983,
he entrusted the secret of his true identity to his son, Oleg Filatov.
- THE ESCAPE OF ALEXEI offers strong evidence
that a band of Himalayan masters may have tried to save the Romanovs in
- Czarina Alexandra owned a swastika pendant
that had been given to her by her controversial advisor, Grigori Efrimovich
- Rsputin had a close friend in St. Petersburg
named P.A. Badmaev. Born on the shores of Lake Baikal in 1851, Badmaev
studied to be a doctor in St. Petersburg. No sooner had he established
his practice, however, then he suddenly pulled up stakes in 1875 and traveled
to Tibet. He spent over ten years in the Himalayas before returning to
Russia, settling first in Orenburg and later in St. Petersburg.
- Badmaev specialized in "Tibetan
healing" and herbal medicine. He died in 1919.
- (Editor's Note: In Japan, this Himalayan
tradition is called mikkyo. A wandering sage named Momochi Sandhayu traveled
in the Himalayas for several years before founding the temple Eihoji-dera
at Hojiro in south central Japan, considered to be the seat of mikkyo study
in the islands.)
- Badmaev was also linked to the czarina
through A.D. Protopopov, another one of her close advisors.
- One of the Yekaterinburg assassins, Sergei
Ivanovich Lyukhanov, was born in Chelyabinsk in 1875 and lived in Orenburg
in the 1890s, before taking a job at the Chelyabinsk power station. He
was in Orenburg when Badmaev returned from Tibet.
- If Lyukhanov was a double agent, if he
was a secret acolyte of the Badmaev group, then that might explain some
of his curious actions at the time of the Romanov murders. Lyukhanov might
have been one of the "friendly Bolshevik executioners" who reportedly
helped Alexei escape.
- From the UFO Files...
- 1909: UFO TRAILS A TROLLEY IN MASSACHUSETTS
- Continuing our look back at New England's
"airship invasion" of 1909, UFO Roundup presents yet another
strange sighting that took place the evening of December 22, 1909, when
supposed "airship inventor" Wallace J. Tillinghast was at his
home in Worcester.
- "Among those who got a good look
at the ship as it swiftly speeded along was Motorman Gary Lane of the Boston
& Worcester Street Railway. He saw it about 6:20 (p.m.) between Marlboro
and Hudson as he was driving his (trolley) car, and the ship kept ahead
of him all the way to Marlboro. The ship carried a bright light and attracted
the attention of large crowds of people as it passed along."
- After pacing Lane's streetcar to Marlboro,
the UFO flew west toward Clinton. Halfway there, it suddenly veered southward
and returned to Worcester. Since its first appearance over the city, word
had spread, and now two thousand people stood on Main Street, hoping for
a glimpse of the "airship."
- The object "traveled from 800 to
1,000 feet above the earth, for a time passing up and down over the entire
center of the city from east to west, and later describing circles nearly
over City Hall. When the light appeared, there was a slight fall of snow,
and the moon and the stars were not visible. These conditions remained
the same up to about 9 o'clock when the light disappeared to the southwest."
(See the Marlboro, Mass. Enterprise for December 23, 1909, page 1; and
the Pawtucket, R.I. Times for December 23, 1909, page 4. See also Fortean
Studies, Volume 1, "The New England Airship Invasion of 1909,"
by Joseph Trainor, pages 63 and 64.)
- That's it for this week. Seven days from
now, we'll know what happened (if anything) in Payson, Arizona. And if
Jerry Ross and Jim Newman were able to hook up all forty of those electrical
conduits linking Unity and Zarya. Join us then for more saucer news from
around the planet, brought to you by "the paper that goes home-- UFO
Roundup. See you then.
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