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THE TRUTH WILL TELL DEPARTMENT -
Former Arizona Governor
Admits Seeing UFO
Fife Symington decides to set record straight ten years after famed
"Phoenix Lights" incident.
Ten years after the Arizona UFO incident known as the “Phoenix Lights,”
former Arizona Republican Governor Fife Symington, III, now says that
he himself was a witness to one of the strange unidentified flying
objects, even though he originally did not say so publicly.
“It was enormous and inexplicable,” he said in an exclusive interview
from his home in Phoenix. “Who knows where it came from? A lot of
people saw it, and I saw it too.”
On March 13, 1997, during Symington’s second term as Governor,
thousands saw multiple triangular and V-shaped craft, gliding slowly
and silently across the sky for half an hour beginning at approximately
8:15 pm. Awestruck witnesses, throughout the state, estimated that the
eerie, lighted vehicles were bigger than many football fields, up to a
Arizona Senator John McCain, a friend of Symington’s who the former
Governor describes as “open-minded,” acknowledged at a 2000 press
conference that lights were seen over Arizona. “That has never been
fully explained. But I have to tell you that I do not have any evidence
whatsoever of aliens or UFOs,” he said.
The evidence for a possible UFO, which simply means something in the
sky that can’t be identified, lies in the fact that countless witnesses
reported seeing low, gigantic, technological flying machines that
blocked out the stars - not merely lights. Now the former Governor
attests to that.
Symington says he saw a large triangular “craft of unknown origin” with
lights, moving slowly. “It was dramatic. And it couldn’t have been
flares because it was too symmetrical,” he says. “It had a
geometric outline, a constant shape.”
The sightings of the objects that evening are sometimes confused with
the row of lights that appeared at about 10 pm, near Phoenix, and have
been shown repeatedly on television news. These later lights were
probably flares. People witnessed the objects at around 8:30 because
they were outside on that pleasant, cloudless night watching the
Symington was known for ridiculing the incident at a spoof press
conference, so his statement marks a dramatic turnaround. He wants to
make amends to his constituents and set the record straight.
On the morning of June 19, 1997, when pressure was building from
frustrated citizens who wanted answers, the Governor announced on
television that he was ordering a full investigation and would make
“all the necessary inquiries. We’re going to get to the bottom of this.
We’re going to find out if it was a UFO,” he said in a serious tone.
Later that same afternoon, Symington suddenly called a press conference
and told viewers that he had found the source behind the Phoenix
Lights. His chief-of-staff, Jay Heiler, was escorted in by public
safety police officers while handcuffed, wearing a large rubber mask
and dressed as a space alien. The Governor presented the costumed
extraterrestrial as the “guilty party.” While laughter filled the room,
he joked that “this just goes to show that you guys are entirely too
“It was an insult to the intelligence of the witnesses,” Barwood
recalls. “The message to Arizona citizens was that reporting this was
“If I had to do it all over again I probably would have handled it
differently,” Symington explains. He says that the state of Arizona was
“on the brink of hysteria” about the UFO sighting when he called the
press conference, and the frenzy was building. “I wanted them to
lighten up and calm down, so I introduced a little levity. But I never
felt that the overall situation was a matter of ridicule,” he says.
The former Governor, a cousin of the late Missouri Senator Stuart
Symington, states that the incident remains open and unsolved, and
should be officially investigated. The US Government has never
acknowledged that something was in the sky that night.
Phoenix city councilwoman Frances Barwood was the only elected official
to launch a public investigation in 1997, but she received no
information from any level of government. Barwood spoke with over seven
hundred witnesses, including police, pilots and former military, who
provided very similar descriptions. “The government never interviewed
even one witness,” she says.
Symington also attempted to find an explanation. He called the
Commander at Luke Air Force Base, the General in charge of the National
Guard, and the head of the Department of Public Safety in 1997.
None of these officials had answers, and they were “perplexed,” he
In 2000, the Department of Defense maintained that it could not find
any information about the triangular object, in response to a
court-ordered search requested by a U.S. District court in Phoenix, as
part of a class action suit filed by witnesses.
“How could they possibly not know about these huge craft flying low
over major population centers? That’s inconceivable, but it’s also
frightening,” Barwood commented.
Symington’s announcement is bolstered by the fact that similar flying
objects have been documented by the governments of England and Belgium.
On March 30, 1990, the Belgian Air Force sent two F-16s armed with
missiles to intercept a black triangular UFO displaying bright lights
on its underside. The object could accelerate or dive at tremendous
speeds, starting from a stationary position, as recorded on radar. It
flew at the speed of sound without making a sonic boom.
The Belgian Ministry of Defense released all its data on the UFO to the
press, after eliminating American stealth aircraft and all other
On the night of March 30, 1993, three years later to the day, a vast
triangular-shaped craft, also capable of rapidly accelerating in
seconds from a virtual hover, was seen by over a hundred witnesses in
England, including police officers and military personnel. The British
Ministry of Defense stated that “none of the usual explanations put
forward to explain UFO sightings seem applicable” and concluded that
the evidence showed that “an unidentified object (or objects) of
unknown origin was operating over the UK."
According to an April 1993 MOD document, the agency sent a letter to
the US Embassy which was “disseminated to all ‘interested Agencies’ in
the US” to find out whether the March UFO could have been attributable
to some US prototype such as the Aurora.
“The answer I got back was extraordinary,” reports Nick Pope, the MOD
official who investigated the 1993 sighting. “The Americans had been
having their own sightings of these large, triangular-shaped UFOs and
wanted to know if the RAF might have such a craft.”
This statement, four years before the display over Arizona, contradicts
the 2000 claim by the US DOD that the department had no information at
all about the triangles. To this day, US officials continue to keep the
lid on the Phoenix Lights and other well-documented American sightings
of mysterious giant triangles.
“I wish that government entities would stop trying to shut down these
investigations by putting out some flakey story,” says Symington, a
long-time pilot, drawing an analogy to the November sighting of a
hovering disc by many aviation witnesses at O’Hare airport, which the
FAA explained away as a ”weather phenomenon.”
Leslie Kean is an investigative journalist whose articles have appeared
in numerous newspapers and magazines around the world such as the
Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Providence Journal, Sacramento Bee,
Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Newark Star Ledger, The Nation magazine,
International Herald Tribune, Globe and Mail, the Sydney Morning
Herald, the Bangkok Post, the Kyoto Journal, and the Journal of
Scientific Exploration. Her stories have been syndicated through
Knight-Ridder Tribune, Scripps-Howard, New York Times Wire Service,
Pacific News Service and the National Publishers Association. She is
the co-founder of the Washington-based Coalition for Freedom of
Source: Prescott Daily Courier
THINGS ARE NOT AS THEY SHOULD BE DEPARTMENT -
Some Inuit say they hope scientists coming to Nunavut
for research as part of International Polar Year can help shed light on
changes they're seeing in the sun — particularly, how it's been showing
up more often in the usually always-dark winters.
For the past several years, residents in the High
Arctic have observed that the winter dark season is ending earlier than
usual, with the sun coming up at a different place than what people are
used to seeing.
"The people [are] talking about earlier sunrise, more
light in the dark season, instead of being more total darkness than
before," Grise Fiord resident Larry Audlaluk said Thursday, adding that
he has heard similar observations from people in other Far North
"There are notices of more daylight earlier, and the
dark season is not the real dark season that we used to know."
A bit further south, Igloolik Mayor Paul Quassa said
hunters have noticed the same phenomenon.
"This year, the sun started coming up so fast that
it's almost like April when it's mid-February," he said.
Both Audlaluk and Quassa were part of an
International Polar Year planning workshop Thursday in Iqaluit.
Wayne Davidson, who is the resident meteorologist in
Resolute Bay, said the likely cause of this "rising sun" mystery is a
temperature difference between the very cold air over the snow and the
air above, which has been warmer than usual.
Glaciologist Dr. Roy Koerner, with the Geological
Survey of Canada, agreed, comparing it to sticking a fork into a glass
of water: the fork appears to bend where it enters the water, he said.
"So you get the same effect: you get this bent
effect. Except in this case, the sun, which is just below the horizon,
looks as if it's above the horizon, just a bit of it," he said.
Both Koerner and Davidson said they believe a warming
climate is responsible. They said they hope Inuit and scientists
working during International Polar Year can work together on more
in-depth analysis of the observations.
Source: CBC News
Inuit Seek Answers to Arctic Sun
WEAPONS HIGH ABOVE DEPARTMENT -
Space Hawks Chase Death Rays
For more than a year, Bruce Gagnon strongly suspected he and his family
were being spied on, but he didn't have any evidence, and he didn't
know who might be behind it.
An Air Force veteran, Gagnon is one of the most prominent activists in
the world concerned with space weapons. He directs the Global Network
Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space from a small office in Maine.
Still, he was caught off guard when the American Civil Liberties Union
called and told him it had uncovered court documents revealing that
NASA and the U.S. Air Force were secretly monitoring him.
"We're a small organization with meager resources," said Gagnon. "They
feel threatened by us? That tells us something."
As tourists line up to ride private rocket ships into space, the galaxy
has never seemed closer as a theater for war. The evidence goes beyond
surreptitious surveillance of peace-loving space activists. Even now,
space lobbyists are on Capitol Hill, hoping to persuade the government
to work more closely with private enterprise, including collaboration
with the Department of Defense.
Earlier in March, 50 to 75 volunteer lobbyists spent three days
speaking with staffers from more than 250 offices on Capitol Hill.
Organized by citizen lobby group Prospace, the volunteers traveled on
their own dime to push a number of initiatives to open space to
ordinary citizens faster, including a draft bill to create a $250
million National Space Prize, among other things.
Prospace also called for the creation of the Center for Entrepreneurial
Space Access that will "encourage cooperation between emerging space
companies and the Department of Defense," according to ProSpace. The
Center will be located at the Air Force Research Lab on the
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
"The U.S. military still doesn't have the capability to launch a spy
satellite on demand," said Marc Schlather, director of ProSpace, the
lobbyist group coordinating March Storm. "We are seeking a
The Bush administration, as the Clinton administration before it,
continues to push forward President Reagan's Strategic Defense
Initiative -- or "Star Wars" -- a wide-ranging space weapons program
first proposed in the mid-1980s.
Since the '80s, the military has spent an estimated $120 billion trying
to develop weapons that could destroy incoming nuclear, biological or
chemical warheads targeting American cities.
Yet in the 20 years since Reagan called for this multilayered "space
shield," the military is still light-years away from deploying any
directed-energy weapons or anti-satellite mines.
Despite the lack of tangible progress, the Bush administration
increased the Star Wars budget by 20 percent for 2007, with the total
allocation reaching $10.7 billion, an increase of nearly $6 billion
Gagnon is convinced this master plan for space defense is nothing but a
fantastic Trojan horse.
"This massively costly program under way today is not really about
defense," he said. "The true purpose of this arms program is to control
and dominate space. And whoever controls space will control the Earth."
Gagnon and other critics say the military's ambition to control space
has been an objective since the beginning of the Cold War.
The Bush administration has called for a permanent base on the moon by
2020, Gagnon noted. Once there, the United States will be able to
monopolize the moon's resources, he said, such as helium-3, an element
rare on Earth but abundant on the moon that may drive nuclear fusion.
In January, Russia announced a similar plan, aiming to establish a
permanent base on the moon by 2015 and mining operations to extract
helium-3 by 2020. China, which in 2003 became the third country in the
world to send a human into space, has announced plans for an unmanned
lunar landing by 2010, and a manned moon mission by 2020.
To protect U.S. interests, Gagnon said space-based weapons will be
deployed near or on the moon.
"The military has stated the moon is the ultimate high ground," Gagnon
said. "There's going to be a scramble for the moon by the Chinese, the
Russians and the Americans. This is real. There's going to be a
conflict over it."
Theresa Hitchens, director of the Center for Defense Information, a
Washington think tank, said the militarization of space is being
championed by factions in the Air Force, the Pentagon, the Defense
Department and even the White House -- but not by all.
"There is a debate ongoing about the wisdom, the affordability and the
do-ability of implementing a full-up space-war fighting strategy," she
But because China is claiming to have developed anti-satellite
capabilities, and the U.S. military is fighting terrorists across the
globe, "these space hawks are emboldened now," said Hitchens.
On the other hand, Hitchens said there are factions within the Air
Force and the White House against the militarization of space, mostly
because the cost would run into the hundreds of billions of dollars.
Hitchens said the space hawks, which include Secretary of Defense
Donald Rumsfeld, have clearly stated their goals in several
strategic-planning reports published during the last several years.
"While our ultimate goals are truly to 'exploit' space through space
force enhancement and space force application missions, as with other
mediums, we cannot fully 'exploit' that medium until we first 'control'
it," said U.S. Space Command in the recent Strategic Master Plan FY06
Controlling space, said sources, was outlined in a Department of
Defense report published in 2000 titled Joint Vision 2020. The report
introduces the doctrine of Full Spectrum Dominance, or supremacy on
land, sea, air -- and space.
"In the past, Full Spectrum Dominance meant land, sea and air," said a
public affairs officer from U.S. Space Command, who declined to give
his name. "Now it encompasses cyberspace and space.
"We need to operate in the realm of space. No doubt about it," added
the officer. "We also reserve the right to protect our assets in space."
Source: Wired News
A LOOK INSIDE DEPARTMENT -
France Opens Secret UFO Files
Covering 50 Years
France became the first country to open its files on UFOs this week
when the national space agency unveiled a website documenting more than
1,600 sightings spanning five decades.
The online archives, which will be updated as new cases are reported,
catalogues in minute detail cases ranging from the easily dismissed to
a handful that continue to perplex even hard-nosed scientists.
"It is a world first," said Jacques Patenet, the aeronautical engineer
who heads the office for the study of "non-identified aerospatial
Known as OVNIs in French, UFOs have always generated intense interest
along with countless conspiracy theories about secretive government
cover-ups of findings deemed too sensitive or alarming for public
"Cases such as the lady who reported seeing an object that looked like
a flying roll of toilet paper" are clearly not worth investigating,
But many others involving multiple sightings -- in at least one case
involving thousands of people across France -- and evidence such as
burn marks and radar trackings showing flight patterns or accelerations
that defy the laws of physics are taken very seriously.
A phalanx of beefy security guards formed a barrier in front of the
space agency (CNES) headquarters where the announcement was made, "to
screen out uninvited UFOlogists," an official explained.
Of the 1,600 cases registered since 1954, nearly 25 percent are
classified as "type D", meaning that "despite good or very good data
and credible witnesses, we are confronted with something we can't
explain," Patenet said.
On January 8, 1981 outside the town of Trans-en-Provence in southern
France, for example, a man working in a field reported hearing a
strange whistling sound and seeing a saucer-like object about 2.5
meters (eight feet) in diameter land in his field about 50 meters
A dull-zinc grey, the saucer took off, he told police, almost
immediately, leaving burn marks. Investigators took photos, and then
collected and analyzed samples, and to this day no satisfactory
explanation has been made.
The nearly 1,000 witness who said they saw flashing lights in the sky
on November 5, 1990, by contrast, had simply seen a rocket fragment
falling back into earth's atmosphere.
Patenet's answer to questions about evidence of life beyond Earth was
sure to inflame the suspicions of those convinced the government is
holding back: "We do not have the least proof that extra-terrestrials
are behind the unexplained phenomena."
But then he added: "Nor do we have the least proof that they aren't."
The CNES fields between 50 and 100 UFO reports ever year, usually
written up by police. Of these, 10 percent are the object of on-site
investigations, Patenet said.
Other countries collect data more or less systematically about
unidentified flying objects, notably in Britain and in the United
States, where information can be requested on a case-by-case basis
under the Freedom of Information Act.
"But we decided to do it the other way around and made everything
available to the public," Patenet said.
The aim was to make it easier for scientists and other UFO buffs to
access the data for research.
The website itself -- which crashed host servers hours after it was
unveiled due to heavy traffic -- is extremely well organized and
complete, even including scanned copies of police reports.
To visit the website: www.cnes-geipan.fr
Source: AFP/Yahoo News
- A WHOLE LOT OF SHAKIN'
GOING ON DEPARTMENT -
"Slow Quakes" May Predict
Tiny tremors and temblors recently discovered in fault zones from
California to Japan are generated by slow-moving earthquakes that may
foreshadow catastrophic seismic events, according to scientists at
Stanford University and the University of Tokyo.
In a study published in the March 15 issue of the journal Nature, the
research team focused on weak seismic signals known as "non-volcanic
tremor" and "low-frequency earthquakes," which seismologists say may be
useful in forecasting the likelihood of potentially destructive
mega-quakes of magnitude 8 or higher.
"Non-volcanic tremor is a weak shaking of the Earth that was discovered
about five years ago in Japan," said Gregory C. Beroza, professor of
geophysics at Stanford and co-author of the Nature study. "It’s often
accompanied by low-frequency earthquakes [LFEs]—small temblors of
magnitude 1 or 2. Some people believe that LFEs and tremor are separate
phenomena, but what we’ve shown in this paper is that they are actually
the same thing. Tremor is simply a swarm of low-frequency earthquakes,
but rather than happening quickly and impulsively like ordinary
earthquakes, tremor shakes the Earth for hours, days or even weeks at a
To date, non-volcanic tremor and LFEs have been found primarily in
subduction zones—seismically active faults where two tectonic plates
meet and one plate constantly dives beneath the other. The most
destructive earthquakes ever recorded have occurred in subduction
zones, in places such as Chile, Japan, Alaska, Washington state and
British Columbia. A recent example was the devastating 2004 earthquake
near Sumatra, where a magnitude 9.2 temblor triggered powerful tsunamis
that killed more than 200,000 people.
These violent mega-thrusts occur every 100 to 600 years, depending on
the location. Recent studies suggest that giant quakes, which form at
relatively shallow depths, are preceded by a series of much deeper
events called slow (or silent) earthquakes, which displace the ground
without shaking it. A slow earthquake can last days, months or years
without being felt at the surface.
"In Japan, the deep section of the fault where slow earthquakes form is
particularly significant, because it lies next to the shallower locked
portion of the fault, where big quakes periodically strike," Beroza
said. "So each time a slow earthquake happens, it adds stress to the
locked section and increases the likelihood of a magnitude 8
mega-thrust. Therefore, knowing when a slow earthquake has occurred
could be useful in seismic hazard forecasting."
But detecting slow quakes is a difficult task, he added. That’s one
reason why seismologists were particularly excited by the recent
discovery of non-volcanic tremor and LFEs in the subduction zone near
"Shikoku experiences a big earthquake every 100 years or so," said
Stanford graduate student David R. Shelly, lead author of the Nature
study. "The last one happened in 1946, a magnitude 8.1 event that
killed 1,330 people, and the next big one could strike in less than 40
Seismologists believe that since the violent 1946 fault rupture,
Shikoku has experienced a series of slow earthquakes every six months
or so. These events, which can last a few days or up to two weeks,
cause an imperceptible shift in the Earth’s crust equivalent to the
ground displacement produced by an ordinary earthquake of magnitude 6.
Although harmless on the surface, these slow-slip events may be causing
stress to accumulate in the adjacent locked section of the fault,
Concerned about the hazards posed by earthquakes, the Japanese
government installed a network of highly sensitive seismic instruments
10 years ago throughout the region. This advanced technology soon led
to the discovery of slow earthquakes accompanied by LFEs and
non-volcanic tremor in the Shikoku fault zone. Since then, some
seismologists have proposed using LFEs and tremor to monitor slow
earthquakes and assess seismic hazard. Others maintain that these weak
signals are of little use in earthquake forecasting.
"Some people draw an analogy between non-volcanic and volcanic tremor,"
Beroza said. "In volcanoes, fluids moving through shallow conduits
cause the Earth to vibrate. But in earthquakes, waves are generated by
slip on a fault. That’s the fundamental earthquake mechanism."
Is non-volcanic tremor a vibration caused by fluids moving deep in the
subduction zone, or is it a seismic signal produced when the fault
slips during a silent earthquake? To find out, Shelly pored over
hundreds of seismograms recorded in the Shikoku region between 2002 and
2005. His analysis revealed an almost perfect correlation between
tremor events and low-frequency earthquakes.
"David found that the wiggles that tremor makes on seismographs matches
the wiggles of the low-frequency earthquakes," Beroza explained. "This
demonstrates that tremor is actually a swarm of hundreds of thousands
of LFEs, each of which is caused by slip on the deep part of the
fault—the same mechanism by which regular earthquakes are generated but
with a twist. The slip in deep tremor happens more slowly than in
This insight may open new avenues of research for predicting earthquake
hazards, Shelly said. "We now understand that tremor is generated
directly by slip on the deep extension of the fault," he said.
"Combining this understanding with our new ability to locate tremor
precisely in time and space, we can now track the details of how slip
evolves during a weeklong slow-slip event. This could also improve our
ability to predict the effects on the shallower, earthquake-generating
portion of the subduction fault and potentially lead to an improved
ability to forecast a major earthquake there."
Besides Japan, non-volcanic tremor also has been detected under
California’s San Andreas Fault and in the Cascadia subduction zone,
which stretches from northern California to British Columbia. Cascadia
includes four heavily populated urban areas—Portland, Seattle,
Vancouver and Victoria, B.C. In 2003, Canadian scientists discovered
that slow quakes and tremors in Cascadia occur like clockwork every 13
to 15 months. Scientists worry that these predictable slow events are
loading stress on the locked portion of the fault, where a devastating
magnitude 9 earthquake is expected to strike sometime in the next 300
"In early February, Cascadia experienced one of those slow events, and
the Canadian Geological Survey issued a public warning based on
increased tremor activity," Shelly noted. "The survey announced that
there was a greater likelihood of a major earthquake in the next two or
three weeks based on the activity of the tremor. Fortunately, the
earthquake didn’t happen, but the real utility of the warning was to
get people thinking about earthquake hazard in that region. It shows
that tremor is starting to be used for earthquake forecasting.
A FLASH TO THE PAST DEPARTMENT -
Nebraska May Have Had its
Own Roswell in 1884
Very few people have heard of Max, Neb. A cursory look at the Google
Map of the town shows just how small it is - under 20 blocks, a blip in
southwest Nebraska. It's just eight miles from the seat of Dundy
County: Benkelman, population 914.
But Max, the blip it may be, is the closest town to an incident in that
The Nebraska Nugget reported, "About 35 miles northwest of Benkelman,
Dundy County, on the 6th of June (1884) a very startling phenomenon
occurred. It seems that John W. Ellis and three of his herdsmen and a
number of other cowboys were out engaged in a roundup. They were
startled by a terrific whirring noise over their heads, and turning
their eyes saw a blazing body falling like a shot to Earth. It struck
beyond them, being hidden from view by a bank."
One of the herdsmen, Alf Williamson, was burned as he approached the
craft, which had created a split in the ground as it dragged to a stop.
He was taken back to Ellis' home and treated for his burns.
E.W. Rawlins, the brand inspector for the district, came to inspect it.
The Nebraska State Journal reported on the event in 1887, saying, "One
piece that looked like the blade of a propeller screw, of a metal of an
appearance like brass, about 16 inches wide, three inches thick and
three-and-a-half feet long, was picked up by a spade. It would not
weigh more than five pounds, but appeared as strong and compact as any
known metal. A fragment of a wheel with a milled rim, apparently having
had a diameter of seven or eight feet, was also picked up. It seemed to
be of the same material and had the same remarkable lightness."
The lack of physical evidence means there's nothing much left today,
and John Buder, a field researcher with the Mutual UFO Network of
Nebraska, said that the people of Dundy County shy away from talking
about the event.
Most of his investigation into it has been research. He first stumbled
across the story in a tourist's guide to Nebraska. From there, he's
found it in multiple books on the subject.
"There has been a lot of studies made on UFO crashes," Buder said. "The
people who I
would claim know the most have not identified it as a hoax."
It was the second UFO crash Buder knows of, and the first to be
recorded in newspapers of the time. But once the story came out, it
started a worldwide wave of similar stories - some more reputable than
One such case is the 1897 crash near Aurora, Tex., where four alien
bodies are supposedly buried in a graveyard. Eyder Peralta, a reporter
for the Houston Chronicle, investigated that crash and turned up
But the Nebraska crash is the first reported. It was only after the
incident near Max that it became a sort of mythology.
"That means that all these other hoax crashes that started seem to have
gotten their start at Max, Neb.," Buder said.
It's a piece of Nebraska history only occasionally touched on, Roswell
before there was a Roswell to speak of.
"I'd say right now there's only a few dozen people
in Nebraska who even know about it," Buder said.
But how does a craft just disappear, just dissolve in a crash? What
about the "cogs" that the craft threw off as it approached the ground?
Did those, too, simply disappear?
It's a legend taken more seriously than most of the era in ufology
circles, which is not to say there aren't skeptics. Alan Boye even
wrote in his recent book, "The Complete Roadside Guide to Nebraska,"
that "there are, of course, many people who do not believe the story,
and others who claim it is yet another UFO story neglected and laughed
at by skeptics."
But skeptical or not, Buder asserts that it was the beginning of the
wave of stories, ground zero for what would turn into airship sightings
as time went on.
He sees the building of the railroad coinciding with the sightings of
the era. In fact, the crafts were often described as "railroad engines
without wheels" at the time.
"It's ironic that this same story, this being the first, was repeated
many more times worldwide at later dates," Buder said.
And as for the remnants, Buder thinks there might be some things tucked
away in the Republican River valley.
"I wouldn't doubt that out there in one of those tool sheds or barns
out there, there's a piece of metal that no one knows where it came
from," he said.
Source: Daily Nebraskan
...FOR FEAR OF LITTLE MEN DEPARTMENT -
The Elusive Little People
Leprechauns... elves... fairies... they're all just characters of
folklore, figments of the imagination... right? Amazingly, there are
eyewitnesses who claim they are very real!
Of all paranormal phenomena, the existence of "little people" - whether
they be fairies, elves or leprechauns - is among beliefs that receive
little serious attention. These myths are ancient and reside deep
within the folklore of many cultures. But no one today really believes
in these tiny, magical beings...
... Or do they?
Steve K. relates this story of "frolicking fairies" at Paranormal
After my buddies on a camping trip had turned in for the night, one
friend and I stayed up talking for awhile. Late in the night, after my
friend had gone to sleep, I was looking out the screen when I noticed a
strange blue light flitting through the woods. I continued to look at
this light and soon it was joined by other blue lights. This lasted for
some 10 minutes and the lights were playfully chasing each other. I
know it sounds crazy, but I swear I saw little outlines of people in
those lights. Then I moved and accidentally scrapped my sleeping bags
zipper against the tent and the lights flew away blazingly fast. Back
home, I read a book on fairies and after flipping through it, I think
it was a troupe of fairies that I saw in the woods that night.
Was this the product of a tired mind and an active imagination? Quite
possibly. But, like stories of ghost encounters, these tales are
related by serious people who will usually swear that they were not
under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and that their experiences
seemed entirely real.
In Jerome Clark's book, Unexplained!, he retells the story of
13-year-old Harry Anderson who had a strange encounter on a summer
night in 1919. Anderson claimed to have seen a column of 20 little men
marching in single file toward him. The bright moonlight made them
clearly visible, and Anderson could see that they were dressed in
leather knee pants with suspenders. The men were shirtless, bald and
had pale white skin. They paid no attention to Anderson as they passed
and seemed to be mumbling something unintelligible all the while.
In Stowmarket, England in 1842, a man claimed this encounter with
"faries" when walking through a meadow on his journey home:
There might be a dozen of them, the biggest about three feet high, and
small ones like dolls. They were moving around hand in hand in a ring;
no noise came from them. They seemed light and shadowy, not like solid
bodies. I... could see them as plain as I do you. I ran home and called
three women to come back with me and see them. But when we got to the
place, they were all gone. I was quite sober at the time.
The legends of these wee creatures are told all over the world. While
the Irish have their gold-rich and clever leprechauns, the
Scandinavians have their trolls, and in Central America the small
dwarflike beings are known as ikals and wendis. The ikals were
described by the Tzeltal Indians as being about three feet tall, quite
hairy and living in caves like bats.
Iceland also has its elves who are said to be very protective of their
habitations. Those who attempt to disturb them are in for trouble. One
story is told of the construction of a new harbor at Akureyri in 1962.
Repeated attempts to blast away rocks continually failed. Equipment
malfunctioned and workers were regularly being injured or falling ill.
Then a man named Olafur Baldursson claimed that the reason for the
trouble was that the site of the blast was the home of some "little
people." He told the city authorities that he would work out a deal
with the little people. When he came back and reported that the little
folks were satisfied, the work proceeded with no problems.
Icelanders - citizens of one of the most literate nations in the world
- take their elves quite seriously. Even today, Iceland's most
well-known "elf-spotter," Erla Stefansdottur, has helped Reykjavik's
planning department and tourist authorities create maps that chart the
haunts of hidden folk. The public roads authority quite often routes
roads around hallowed boulders and other spots believed to be inhabited
by the elves.
Sightings of the little people continue right up to the present day. In
fact, there have been several postings on the Paranormal Phenomenon
Forum from readers who have either heard stories of such encounters or
have experienced them first-hand. Here are some examples:
"I learned that a bored young boy playing along a creek near Bend,
Oregon, saw two little people who crossed the creek and stood looking
at him. He said they were no more than 15 to 18 inches high and very
dark complected. They wore skins as garments, and after a period of 10
to 15 seconds, walked back across the creek and into the forest. The
boy showed their footprints to his parents, who had contracted to a
logging company to clean up slash piles. The prints were obvious and
his parents were flabbergasted, but chose not to follow the little
beings into the woods. He believes now that the little men weren't
happy about the logging and destruction in the forest."
"The last time I saw little people was around 1957 in Fort Worth,
Texas. I had been sleeping and something made me open my eyes. I saw
two small people looking back at me. I was too tired and sleepy at the
time to pursue further investigation of these two little guys who had
very little hair and wore shabby strange clothes. They sort of smiled
at me and I fell back to sleep. I know what I saw and they were real."
"I don't know if what I saw was a "little person," but when I was
younger, around seven or eight, these little shadows or elves, maybe
the size of a pinky, would come out in my room. I can't remember the
feelings I had. I wouldn't go to bed with the lights out and I insisted
that my parents stay with me in my room until I fell asleep. I think
they thought I was crazy or something! But I know what I saw. Most of
the time, they walked on my window, but then when I turned the other
direction, they would jump in front of me as if they wanted me to see
them. I don't think I was all that scared, but I can still remember
clearly what they looked like. Over a period of time, they disappeared.
I think it lasted a year. Also, I remember that when I wanted them to
go away, I would ask them to leave. If they didn't, then I would try to
smack them with my hand, but they would disappear before I could. I
don't recall them talking. It was strange, but I know it happened."
"Last year when my daughter and friends were four- wheeling in the
woods in Washington state, they were stuck and having problems getting
out. When working at getting out, an elf- like person came out and
looked at them. The elf had a bow and arrow, pointed hat and pointed
ears. Six people saw it."
At a site called Unknown History, Paul Wilson has written an article
called The Little People in which he says, in part:
In March 1967, as a 16 year old boy... I was hunting rabbits in a
secluded area along the Purgatory River in a place called Nine Mile
Bottoms south of Higbee, Colorado. The area was and still is very
sparsely populated. The closest farm or house was approximately seven
miles away, so I was surprised to come across the bare foot prints of a
small child. I immediately became concerned, believing that I had come
upon the tracks of a small child that had somehow gotten lost in the
area. The tracks were approximately 4 1/2 to 5 inches long, bare foot
and headed away from the river into a side canyon.
As soon as it became apparent that I had lost the tracks and could not
find the child, I headed back as fast as I could to the nearest house
where we reported the incident to the sheriff. When the sheriff and his
deputy arrived, they called in a local man who had tracking dogs by
radio to help with the search. When the dogs arrived, to everyone's
bewilderment, they refused to track the child. Whining and whimpering
with there tails between their legs around their owners feet. After
first smelling the tracks, no matter how much coaxing or begging anyone
did, no one could get the dogs to participate.
With great disgust the Sheriff and the men started out with out them on
what turned out to be a two-day fruitless search. Several months later,
as the whole affair continued to bother me, I mentioned the incident to
an old Indian fellow who lived in Lamar that I knew. He only smiled at
my concern and said that I should never be worried about the little
people. That they were earth spirits and very elusive. He said that
since I had been the one to come across the tracks first, I should take
it as a sign that they wanted me to know about them and learn
everything that I could from them. So 30 years later, I am still
tracking them. I have had many experiences with them since and have
learned a great deal about them. But he was right for sure about one
thing. They are elusive indeed.
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