- UFO RATTLES A HOUSE IN LAVERNE,
- On Monday, March 29, 1999, at 4 a.m.,
Ryan H. was sound asleep in his second-floor bedroom at the family home
in LaVerne, California (population 30,897), a suburb 20 miles (32 kilometers)
east of Los Angeles. Suddenly, Ryan awoke to find "the whole room
shaking and rattling, as though a medium-sized earthquake was in progress.
However, he suddenly understood that something very strange and different
was happening," in that "the source of the shaking seemed to
be overhead as well as from east to west." Thinking a large animal
might have leaped from a nearby tree onto the rooftop, Ryan went to the
bedroom window "and was very startled to see a large, red, ball- shaped
object, that was glowing very brightly orange, high in the sky. He went
over to another window for a better view and saw that the object was moving
rapidly in a westerly direction. It also stopped and hovered noiselessly."
After watching for 30 seconds, Ryan ran to an adjacent bedroom and awakened
one of his brothers. The two men, both in their twenties, "stepped
out onto a second-story balcony and watched the orange glowing ball for
approximately 10 minutes." As the UFO began to move again, Ryan waved
his flashlight at the object, "and the bright orange object stopped
and hovered again. Ryan then went to wake his other brother and their parents."
"Then, as the whole family watched, the object abruptly began to move
again, this time rapidly in a southerly direction. Then it suddenly stopped
to hover again, and Ryan and his brothers saw a bunch of smaller orange
lights seem to drop earthward from the underside of the large object."
Following that maneuver, the orange UFO "pulled out and disappeared."
Moments later, the family caught sight of another and startlingly different
UFO. "He described it as a large, dull gray, cube-shaped object with
all of its corners and edges rounded off. He said the object's color made
it very hard to see in the semi-cloudy, pre-dawn sky. All three of the
brothers watched as it floated towards the horizon." (Many thanks
to Tim Hagemeister of NACOMM for this report.)
- ANOTHER UFO SIGHTED OVER PHILLY
- On Tuesday, March 30, 1999, a couple
in the northwestern section of Philadelphia spotted a UFO. The witness,
a woman, was with her friend, a male doctor, when she saw the strange object.
"I told him, 'Look up there at 11 o'clock high. Look at those lights.'"
"It's just a plane,' he said." "I said, "No, it's not.
When have you ever seen lights blinking in a circular motion? It's a UFO!"
"He then said, 'Well, it could be a helicopter.'" "Then
I told him to look to the right of the object. 'That's a helicopter!'"
"'Well, whatever it is, it's moving fast,' he said." It was 8:30
p.m., the witness said, "And we were coming back from supper. I have
a habit of looking up at the sky from this intersection. It was heading
southwest from King of Prussia (population 18,406)" on Route 202 about
20 miles (32 kilometers) from Philadelphia "to the airport. We lost
sight of it due to trees. We weren't able to make out a shape, but the
lights appeared to be on the bottom of the craft, one white and one red.
They were blinking on and off generally in a circular motion." This
was the second UFO sighting near King of Prussia, Pa. during the past two
weeks. (Many thanks of J.R. Gillis of MUFON for this report.) (Editor's
Comment: The UFO's flight path took it very close to Wissahickon Avenue
in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. Wissahickon Avenue has a long mystical
history. Originially a powwow site for the Lenni Lenape (Delaware Indians),
the area was settled by Johannes Kelpius in 1694. Kelpius was a disciple
of the Rosicrucian adept Knorr von Rosenroth. The group was into all kinds
of magickal doings. Kelpius finally became a hermit and moved into a cave
in what is now Fairmount Park. He died there in 1708. His group eventually
became known as the Ephrata Moravian Brethren. Two of its leaders, Conrad
Beissel and Michael Wohlfarth, befriended a young Benjamin Franklin when
he moved to Philadelphia from Boston in 1725.)
- UFO SPOTTED OVER SOUTHAVEN,
- Mississippi recorded its second UFO of
the month on Wednesday, March 31, 1999 in Southaven (population 17,949),
a town on Highway 55 about seven miles (11 kilometers) south of Memphis,
Tennessee. At 6:45 p,am,, a Southaven man "reported seeing an unusual
flying object he describes as 'a Little Orb.' The observer was outdoors
at 6:45 standing in his driveway. The object was low on the horizon of
the northern sky and appeared to wobble." (Many thanks to J. Michael
Long of Mississippi UFO for this report.)
- TORONTO UFO BACK AGAIN
- The Toronto UFO made two more appearances
last week near Canada's largest city. On Sunday, March 28, 1999, at about
8 p.m., Aaron W. "was out with a friend in Jack Darling Park in Mississauga,
Ontario, Canada when we saw a glowing orb over the Lakeview Generating
Station" located two kilometers from the Toronto city limits. "It
was a bright, gold-coloured light that hovered for five minutes, then split
into five separate lights and disappeared below the horizon," Aaron
reported. The following evening, Monday, March 29, 1999, at 8:45 p.m.,
Aaron "was out again at Lake Ontario on a beach in Rattray Marsh.
I looked over my head to the northwest, and I saw a bright red light streak
across the sky. When I pointed it out to three other witnesses, it became
very, very dim, but they did see it for approximately two seconds. The
witnesses lost sight of it, but I continued to watch for ten seconds as
it danced across the sky." (Email Interview)
- MORE UFO SIGHTINGS ARE REPORTED
- UFOs were reported throughout the month
of March 1999 in Canada's Ontario province, with many sightings around
Sudbury and Elliot Lake. On Wednesday, March 14, 1999, at 3:40 p.m., a
motorist driving from Elliot Lake (population 14,089), a city 117 miles
(187 kilometers) west of Sudbury, to Provincial Highway 17 "reported
seeing a cone-shaped object moving across the sky from west to east. The
front end was squared off. There was no vapour trail behind it, and it
was as white as a cloud." On Friday, March 12, 1999, at 10 p.m., a
boy living in Sudbury (population 92,884), a city on Highway 69 approximately
260 miles (410 kilometers) north of Toronto, "was trying to get to
sleep when he looked out his bedroom window and saw a triangular object
in the night sky. It had three colored lights--one at each corner. One
light was red and the other two were white. He also noticed a fourth light
in the center of the craft--a smaller red light which was moving around
in a circular pattern. He said the triangular craft was about as big as
an aspirin (held) at arm's length." On Saturday, March 13, 1999, at
1:05 a.m., a man in Garson, Ont. "saw a big, round object moving slowly
across the sky in a northwesterly direction. He said it blinked four times
before disappearing and described it as being 'lime green in colour, oval-shaped
and as large as a garbage can cover held at a distance of 15 feet.'"
On Monday, March 15, 1999, at around 3 p.m., two men ice-fishing on Dunlop
Lake, near Elliot Lake, Ont., "saw a glare moving across the sky."
They described the UFO as "the object was a lot bigger than a plane"
and "it was a silver bullet-type thing." The witnesses "said
it flew above the trees about three or four miles away and then just disappeared.
Both the top and the lower halves were reflecting sunlight, he said, but
the middle section was blurry." On Saturday, March 20, 1999, at around
3 a.m., two women driving east on Highway 17 from Sault Sainte Marie, Ont.
"saw what looked like a bright star in the sky. Then it suddenly came
down at tremendous speed and flew past their car. The witness, who was
in the passenger seat, said that as the large ball of light flew past the
car, sparks were shooting off from end to end. She looked back through
the rear window of the car to see the object, and it stopped and hovered
above the road." On Monday, March 29, 1999, at 11:15 p.m., the same
Sudbury boy who saw the UFO on March 12, told MUFON that he "saw a
similar object racing across the southern sky." (Many thanks to MUFON
Ontario, Sudbury Section, and Errol Bruce-Knapp for these reports.)
- STRANGE "TREE CIRCLES"
STUDIED IN CANADA
- The presence of over 2,000 mysterious
"tree circles" or "forest rings" in northern Ontario
and northwestern Quebec has researchers in Canada puzzled. The "forest
rings" were found in boreal forests ranging from Nipigon, Ont. (population
2,430), just north of Lake Superior, to Matagami, Quebec (population 2,467),
a small city on Provincial Highway 109 about 120 miles (192 kilometers)
north of Ottawa, the national capital. The rings were discovered by Dr.
Jean Veillette, a geomorphologist with the Geological Survey of Canada
in Ottawa, According to the National Post, "Dr. Veillette first became
intrigued by the rings in the early 1980s when he noticed them on several
photos he was seeing from a mapping project in Quebec's Alitisi region.
The light colour of the rings results from sparse vegetation growth, which
contrasts with the dense tree cover within and around the rings."
"'I researched them as I went along,' he says, 'and noticed there
were more rings as I moved north.'" "Since then he has looked
at 38,000 air photos and recorded more than 2,000 of the rings, which seem
to be concentrated in an arc north of Lake Nipigon in Ontario to Matagami,
Que. There is also an isolated cluster on Anticosti Island at the mouth
of the St. Lawrence River." The rings are perfectly round, ranging
from 'only' 30 metres to two kilometers across...They are found typically
in areas of carbonate-rich soil and/or bedrock. located in forest regions
of black spruce, tamarack and pine, anchored in moist peaty ground."
"Theories of how the rings were formed have emerged from every scientific
and not-so-scientific source. Ufologists claim an extraterrestrial influence;
astronomers suggest meteor strikes; prospectors claim they signal diamond-bearing
kimberlites," a blue, igneous rock found in the Laurentian Shield
deposits. (See the National Post for March 16, 1999. Many thanks to Paul
Anderson of Circles Phenomenon Research-Canada for the article and the
background information on the forest rings.)
- GREEN FIREBALLS DAZZLE VIEWERS
- Mysterious green fireballs were seen
twice over Ireland the night of Saturday, March 6, 1999. That night, at
11:30 p.m., Edel Chadwich "was driving across the bog (ostensibly
a road--Edel) between Borrisokane, County Tipperary, and Cloghan, County
Offaly," about 135 kilometers (81 miles) southwest of Dublin, the
national capital. "Anyone who knows this road knows that it is unrelieved
flat bog," Chadwick reported, "I saw what I perceived to be a
meteorological phenomenon. It was a very clear dry night, cold. I saw what
looked like a very large shooting star, comet-type thing, about ten times
larger than the (Hale-Bopp) comet that was visible last year. It moved
through the sky extremely quickly but not from a very big distance. It
was a very vivid green. It hovered for a second or two and vanished."
Forty minutes earlier, at 10:50 p.m., David Moore of Astronomy Ireland,
editor of Astronomy and Space magazine, was making telescope observations
on Djouce Mountain (727 meters or 2,385 feet) in County Wicklow, about
160 kilometers (100 miles) east of Cloghan when he spotted a similar green
fireball. "There was a brilliant fireball on Saturday night, March
6," Moore informed Dave Walsh, editor of Blather, the Irish online
newsletter of Paranormal Provocateurism. "I saw the ground light up
myself from Djouce Mountain when we were using my telescope. It happened
to the north." Noting the time discrepancy, Walsh wrote, "Has
someone made a mistake, or were there 'two' large fireballs over Ireland
that night?" (See Blather for March 31, 1999. Many thanks to Dave
Walsh for letting UFO Roundup use this item.)
- UFO FLAP CONTINUES IN SOUTHERN
- Two more UFO incidents took place in
the state of Sao Paulo in southern Brazil last week. On Tuesday, March
16, 1999, around 10 p.m., a glowing UFO appeared over the Residential Sete
Quedas apartment complex in Itu, located 100 kilometers (60 miles) west
of the industrial city of Sao Paulo. The hovering UFO was videotaped by
one of the witnesses. At the apartment complex, located in the Itaim section
of the city, "Gabriel de Carvalho Filho watched again with his wife
an aerial ballet starring the object." "The Folha da Cidade reporter,
Eduardo Luiz Santion, videotaped the object and watched for 15 minutes
with the other witnesses." "Minna Luise de Paula, also a resident
of Sete Quedas, who saw the 'glow' of light on Tuesday, said the shape
and size of the light reject the possibility that it was stars or a balloon."
"Francisco Bento Feitosa, who works at Sete Quedas, said he nearly
lost his cool when he saw the light. He did not believe in UFOs, but his
faith was shaken badly Tuesday night." Residents of the hillside section
of Itu also saw the UFO. "Clarice Fukuda was one of these, and through
her window, noticed the light in the direction of the Gaplanas Building."
(See the newspaper Folha da Cidade for February 20, 1999. Muito obrigado
a Thiago Ticchetti por eso caso.) On Sunday, March 21, 1999, around 12:30
a.m., Denise Ribeiro "was with my husband in the backyard of our house"
in Butantam, a suburb of Sao Paulo, "because the night was very, very
hot. Around 12:30, my son called our attention to a red light that he was
seeing. At the first moment, I thought it was the planet Mars. It was very
visible this night. But I noticed that this light was a little bit bigger
than the planet." "Looking more closely, I saw a point formed
by four red lights, in a cross shape. The lights did not blink. They were
very clear...The 'object' was stopped, apparently at a very high altitude.
So, after ten minutes at a dead stop, the 'object' started to go to the
west very slowly, a straight line at a constant velocity. Two of the four
lights turned off, (the UFO) made a turn and started to rotate on its own
axis. Again it began to move but more in a descending motion and stopped
at an angle of 45 degrees to the horizon. Then it went away to the west."
(Muito obrigado a Sociedade de Estudos Extraterrestres, SOCEX, por eso
- Y2K: NEW ZEALAND PLANS FOR
- New Zealand joined the roster of NATO
countries planning to contain and control civil unrest caused by the Year
2000 computer problem. Other countries with such contingency plans include
the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia and Israel. "Authorities in New
Zealand are expected to call for help from the military in the event of
civil unrest caused by Y2K. In a closed-door session, officials from 86
territories are meeting to discuss the likelihood of failures and how the
public will react. All military units are to be on standby New Year's Eve
and have been warned not to grant holidays at this time." (See Y2K
Newswire for April 2, 1999.) In Australia, QANTAS Airlines announced a
possible cutback in flight service due to Y2K, according to a BBC report.
"BBC reported that QANTAS airline warned that Y2K could cause disruption
of its service. A spokesman said, 'QANTAS planes will only fly if it is
safe to do so. Therefore, some contingency plans may reduce frequency of
flight" during the emergency. (See Y2K Newswire for April 2, 1999.)
- Remember the last Blue Moon in January?
We saw two strange Fortean events during the period. Your editor wondered
if the same thing would happen during the March Blue Moon. And, sure enough,
it did. Read on...
- COYOTE CAPTURED BY COPS IN
NEW YORK CITY
- During January's Blue Moon, we had an
out-of- place Siberian tiger shot in New Jersey. This time around, it was
a Western coyote that appeared in New York City's Central Park. According
to NYC Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, the coyote "was spotted at
6 a.m. Saturday (March 27, 1999) in Riverside Park at 149th Street, he
said." "On Tuesday night (March 30, 1999), cops saw the animal
on Central Park's West Drive near 80th Street and then again on Wednesday
(March 31, 1999) in the Hallett Bird Sanctuary at the park's southeastern
corner, said police Capt. James O'Neill, commanding officer of the (NYPD)
Central Park precinct." "By yesterday morning (Thursday, April
1, 1999), sightings had come in from all corners of the park, including
the Great Lawn, a maintenance yard at 79th Street, on the west side, and
96th Street, near the East Drive." "Stern was briefing reporters
at the Bethesda Terrace near 72nd Street at about 11:30 a.m. when word
reached him that the coyote had been trapped in the bird sanctuary."
Officer Stephen Collins of the NYPD Emergency Services Unit (ESU) took
aim at the coyote with a tranquilizer-dart rifle. "When the first
two tranquilizer darts missed, the coyote fled into the pond. Bad move:
its slow dog paddle gave Collins an easy target." The coyote "swam
to the other side and started pacing north on the East Drive. The mob followed
in hot pursuit--gathering tourists, joggers and curious New Yorkers as
it went--until the coyote gave in to the drugs and collapsed in Memorial
Grove near 69th Street." "'It's my first coyote and hopefully
my last. They're too much work,' said Officer Stephen Collins, who fired
the dart that brought the howler down." "The coyote was taken
to the Bronx Zoo, where he was recovering last night." "'He's
now going to be known as the Central Park Coyote,' Stern said." (See
the New York Post for April 2, 1999, "Coyote corralled in Central
Park," page 9, and the New York Daily News for April 2, 1999, "Cops
collar coyote--in Central Park," page 3)
- WEIRD MASS ANIMAL DEATHS REPORTED
IN THE SUDAN
- A bizarre mass demise of fish and animals
took place in the Sudan during Blue Moon. Residents of Juba, a city on
the upper Nile River located 800 kilometers (500 miles) south of Khartoum,
the national capital, were stunned to find thousands of fish and dozens
of crocodiles and hippopotami floating dead in the river. "Residents
of Juba believe the river's pollution is causing the deaths and refuse
to use the water or to eat any of the fish from the Nile." Residents
also reported an unusual oily green malodorous foam floating on the river,
which they believe originated in Uganda, a neighboring African nation 140
kilometers (84 miles) to the south. "An environmental official described
the river water as 'greenish and smelling badly of decomposing animal bodies."
"The local government on Tuesday (March 30, 1999) issued a statement
saying that the water was safe for human consumption." (Editor's Comment:
During January's Blue Moon, there was a strange mass demise of birds in
Bastrop, Louisiana. See UFO Roundup, Volume 4, Number 5.)
- From the UFO Files...
- 1879: THE WEIRD CREATURE OF
- Of all the strange incidents that have
taken place in Idaho, the mysterious deaths of Henry Ludlum and Albert
Humburg in 1879 certainly rank near the top of the list. The incident took
place in April 1879 in Sleight's Canyon (now Paris Canyon--J.T.), a few
miles west of Paris, Idaho. Humburg, an immigrant from Germany, owned the
mine but leased it out to the three bachelor Ludlum brothers. Henry Ludlum
told his brothers that he had heard strange noises coming from behind the
rock walls while working in the shaft. His brothers said it was simply
the ground settling. When Henry insisted that he had heard odd, faint shrieks,
whistles and metallic clanking noises, his brothers simply laughed at him.
Incensed, Henry decided to obtain some proof. Here's how it all went down
in the words of Humburg's daughter, Mrs. Emma Hymas. "I will never
forget that April morning when I was just four. There was still a lot of
snow with a right heavy crust on top. Ludlum banged on our door and said
one of his brothers went down in the mine to work and had not showed up.
They had called down the mine shaft over and over again, but there was
no answer." "Father just left the breakfast table, put on his
new red cap, and went. That new cap just stuck in my mind because I wondered
why he did not have it on when they found him." "The Ludlums
had run into pockets of 'foul air' in their mine, but had been lighting
fires to kind of make it safe, I guess. When Father reached the mine, he
said he would go down in the bucket to see what was wrong." "He
found Ludlum, all right, but he was dead." "He tied the body
tightly to the bucket with a rope and gave the signal to be pulled up.
About halfway up, the other fellow heard a groan and a body drop."
"When they called and got no answer from Father, they got scared and
hurried to Paris (Idaho) for help. Paris was a long way down the canyon
with snow- crusted roads." "A lot of men came back with them.
They had some horses hitched to a bobsled, but by that time it was way
in the afternoon, and nobody wanted to go down in that mine..." "Finally
they got some kind of grappling hook and kind of hooked it into his overalls,
which were brand new. By being right careful, they finally pulled him out.
Bob Spence, a lawyer who was there, figured he could see some signs of
life in Father, but they did not know much about artificial respiration
in those days." "I can remember so plain Mother leaving the house
and climbing the hill by our place with my brother Albert, who was only
six, and sending him down the other side of the hill on our homemade toboggan
to tell our neighbors, the Foxes, that Father was dead." "They
finally got the bodies down to the courthouse where they had some kind
of an inquest. Neither one of those mines was ever used again..."
No one could explain the mystery. Two grown men, strapping Idaho pit miners,
found dead underground and not a mark on them. Nor could they explain Albert
Humburg's strange soft groan or what had taken his new red hat. The Humburg
mine eventually became known locally as the Hummingbird Mine, and it's
still up there in Paris Canyon, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of
Soda Springs, Idaho. Drop by and visit this summer...if you dare! (See
Folklore from Utah, Wyoming and Southern Idaho, edited by Austin E. Fife,
Volume III, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 1958, pages 16-17)
- FUN UFO WEBSITES: Italy's Centro Richerche
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