SEARCH FOR INTELLIGENCE ......................................................................... 2
LETTERS FROM HUNGARY ....................................................................................... 4
RECENT UFO SIGHTINGS .......................................................................................... 5
THE CONTROVERSIAL UFOs ................................................................................... 7
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING .................................................................................... 8
Poet’s corner .......................................................................................................... 10
world report ........................................................................................................... 12
UFOs INTERNATIONAL ............................................................................................... 16
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ......................................................................................... 17
book reviews ............................................................................................................ 18
Bulletin board ........................................................................................................ 19
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EDITOR ........................................................................................... Dr.
DANIEL W. FRY
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are not of earth.
Just as the dawn was beginning to break over the hills of Griffith
Park, a small Spacecraft Landing Device settled gently to earth among some
tall brush that would conceal it from the view of casual passers-by. Its
arrival had not escaped detection completely, since two stations of the radar
warning network had observed a blip on their screens in a place where no
aircraft had filed a flight plan. However, the blip was a small one, it was
alone and moving rather slowly and, since no hue-and-cry was raised from any
other source, it was recorded simply as one more 'anomaly' among the many
others that had been seen and recorded before.
A Professor of Astronomy quartered at the Griffith Park
Observatory, had arisen early that morning and was in the act of making coffee,
when he observed a most unusual phenomenon. An object which, even in the dim
morning light, he could see was neither an aeroplane nor a helicopter, came
into sight at the upper right-hand corner of his kitchen window and, descending
at an angle, seemed to be landing on a spot just below his line of vision from
the window. He spent almost a full minute puzzling over what it might have
been. It had been coming down too fast to have been a descending weather
balloon, but not fast enough to have been a falling object. (He knew, of
course, that there were no such things as 'Space Ships', except the rockets
which were launched at
our space centers, and, after all, he had some important
things to do today, which was why he had arisen early, and, dismissing the
object from his mind, he concentrated on his coffee.
Meanwhile, two individuals, who seemed at first glance to
be ordinary earthmen, had stepped from the landing craft and were making their
way downward through the brush toward the city below them. The one in the lead,
whose name was Rom, was speaking, "This is one of the most interesting
research projects ever assigned to us," he was saying. "For a long time,
there has been a controversy among the members of the Interplanetary Research
Council as to whether there was any intelligent life on this planet, which its
inhabitants call 'Earth'. It has been known, of course, that there is a rather
primitive but rapidly expanding technology in use here, but those who use it
seem unable to distinguish between technology and intelligence. In fact, they
have been reported to be pursuing their technology to the point where it
threatens to destroy them entirely, yet they not only continue blindly in its
pursuit, but seem to worship it as well! It has been argued that no being with
any spark of intelligence would follow such a course. At any rate, we are here
to settle the matter by first-hand observation."
By this time, they had emerged from the brush to a side
street, and were approaching its intersection with Franklin Ave. Several
newspaper racks stood on the corner, and the two men paused to examine the
papers they held. "It is well the board gave us a short course in the
written, as well as the spoken language of this race," Rom said. "It
will enable us to determine what sort of events take place here, and how they
"The large headline says that the Arabs and the
Israelis are at war for the fourth time in 26 years."
"Hmmm," said Rom's companion, "I wonder why
they are doing that?"
"It seems," said Rom, who was reading the
article, "that in the first war the Arabs said they were going to take all
of the Israelis' land and 'push them into the sea'. It didn't quite work out
that way, and the Israelis took some of the Arabs' land instead. Every war
since then the Arabs say they are fighting to get back their land, but each
time they lose a little more. The Israelis say they don't want the Arabs' land
but they must keep much of it so that future wars will not be fought on their
soil. Each of the two relatively small groups of contenders are sponsored by
one of the two most powerful nations on the planet, which furnish them with the
weapons and materials they must have in order to fight. The two large nations
are constantly in fear lest the fighting of their two small protégés should
bring them into unwanted
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conflict with each other, since they would then be forced
to use weapons whose unlimited destructive power would probably destroy all of
the civilization on the planet. They constantly exhort the small nations to
stop fighting, yet at the same time, they continue to supply them with the
weapons and materials without which they could not fight!"
"Stop! Stop!" groaned Rom's companion. "My
head is spinning trying to grasp all this nonsense! You say the Arabs fight to
get back their land, but keep on losing more. The Israelis don't want the land,
but have to keep it to do the fighting on! The two major nations furnish them
with the weapons with which they fight, and then worry about being drawn into
the fighting, and of having to destroy all of civilization in the process!
"I think we have learned enough and had better get
back to our space-craft as soon as possible. It would be terrible to be trapped
on a planet where everyone is insane! We can safely report that there
definitely is no sign of intelligent life on this planet, and that within a
short time there may not be any kind of life at all!"
I have always been interested in the East European
Countries, probably because we never did learn much about them in school,
neither in Geography, History nor Modern Languages. We only received
tantalizing snippets of their cultures and general atmosphere from the music of
Chopin and Smetana, from the knowledge that the language of Romania is a member
of the Romance languages, like French, Italian and Spanish, and numerous other
bits and pieces gleaned here and there.
Consequently, when an opportunity of writing to an
Hungarian girl presented itself to me, I immediately grasped it. Her name is
Klara and she is an University student in Budapest. She studies Psychology,
Languages and Literature. This includes Hungarian and English. Her study of the
Hungarian language involves the study of Finno-Ugarian Linguistics, since
Hungarian and Finnish are kindred tongues. Both belong to the Finno-Ugarian
family of languages as distinct from the Indo-European family with its
Germanic, Romance and Slavic branches. Needless to say, Klara and I write to
each other in English!
I told her that I was a Philosophy student and asked her
about the study of Philosophy in Hungary. Her reply was that everyone at her
University must study Philosophy for two years. The course is divided into
three parts-(1) Before Marx, (2) Marx, and (3) After Marx. Those who specialize
in Philosophy study ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, etc., just as we do in
the West. She mentioned the famous Hungarian
Philosopher, George Lukacs, who wrote philosophical and
literary essays, and the aesthetics of Marxism. However, she said that she,
personally, did not like Philosophy for to her it "did not answer
anything," and asked how I proposed to use it.
Our studies are not the only thing about which we write,
of course. We also tell each other of our hobbies and spare-time pursuits.
During one summer she worked for a month to earn enough money to go to Bulgaria.
In her spare time she enjoys going to the cinema and likes the films of Ingmar
She wrote me of an English Film Week which was held in Budapest.
The films shown were "Bloody Sunday," which she said was a great
success, "Family Life," "Railway Children" and "The
Boyfriend." The English film delegation informed the Hungarian audiences
that these were not necessarily the best, but the most typical.
I told her of my interest in music, and this involved a
discussion of the two great Hungarian composers, Franz Liszt and Bela Bartok, Bartok
being one of the founders of modern European classical music. He lived between
the two World Wars and had to move to America because of the Hungarian
political system. He was the first to collect Hungarian folk-songs and use them
in his works.
She mentioned another Hungarian composer, Kodaly Zoltan,
of whom I had not heard before. She told me that he also collected folk-songs
and wrote a "folk-opera" from these entitled: Hary Janos. She sent me
a record of this folk opera together with a modern Hungarian pop record.
Then, last summer, we actually met! She came to London to
attend a vacation course on English for foreigners, and I was traveling through
London on my way to Dover to get a boat to France. She was staying in an
hostel near the city centre, so we met there and went to a nearby restaurant
for an English cup of tea!
We had a very interesting conversation-her spoken English
was just as good as the English of her letters. Her impression of the English
people she had met in London was a good one. She said they were always very
kind and helpful when she asked for directions.
Soon, (too soon!) it was time for me to catch the train to
Dover. By the time I got in it, it was absolutely packed. People and luggage
were crammed everywhere in an eagerness to reach the romantic land of sun and
wine. And, as we trundled into the darkness, I thought, "Why aren't there
more holiday-makers going to Hungary?" Then I thought, "Well, I
suppose a pen-friendship is at least a beginning in that direction."
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(With so many UFO sightings reported recently by the
news media, we can only briefly record some of the news items.)
Southwest Ohio Nest for UFOs (Illinois
State Journal, Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 12, 1973 UPI). At least 16 sightings of
unidentified flying objects were reported in about 12 hours in the Southwestern
Ohio area during the night, including one photographed by a policeman.
Governor Says He Saw "Flying Object" (St.
Louis Globe Democrat, Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 18, 1973 AP). Add the name of
Governor John J. Gilligan to the list of persons on record as saying they have
seen an unidentified flying object. Gilligan told newsmen he and his wife
watched a "vertical shaped, amber-colored" object for a period of
30-35 minutes, while near Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the 15th of October.
UFO Reports on the Rise Across Country (St.
Louis Democrat, Oct. 19, 1973). A Payne County, Okla. couple reported their
car was followed by a strange glowing object that emitted varying low and high
pitched humming sounds and turned at 45 degree angles.
In Pascagoula, Miss., two boatyard workers claim they were
taken aboard a bluish saucer-shaped craft and examined by silver-clad creatures
with pointed ears and claw-shaped hands. (Dr. Allen Hynek and Dr. James Harder,
after 4 hours of interviewing the men, even under hypnosis, are convinced the
encounter was real.)
Though the Air Force remains silent, scientific observers
in Southern Missouri say they watched four Air Force jets chase strange glowing
lights into a thundercloud, and Navy radar planes are frequently seen on patrol
over the Ozarks.
Residents Fail to Catch UFOs (St. Louis Globe
Democrat, Oct. 20, 1973). Nervous St. Charles residents chased blinking
red, green and white lights in their pick-up trucks, in the Weldon-Springs
Harvester area, but were outdistanced by the UFOs.
67,000 Get Glimpse of UFO (Medford [Ore.] Mail
Tribune, Oct. 21, 1973 UPI). Baton Rouge, La. A multi-colored unidentified
flying object hovered briefly over crowded Louisiana State University football
stadium Saturday night and disappeared. State police in helicopters pursued the
object to the southwest.
Copter Narrowly Misses Collision (Plain Dealer,
Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 21, 1973). A crew of four aboard an Army helicopter, en route
to Cleveland, narrowly missed a mid-air collision with an object, described as
"unlike anything produced on earth." Crew at first thought the red
light was a radio beacon, but as it approached the helicopter, the pilot took
evasive action to avoid a collision. The strange craft hovered over
the helicopter only a few seconds but the communications
blackout lasted ten minutes.
UFOs Reported in Louisiana and Indiana
(Dayton Daily News, Oct. 10, 1973 UPI). New Orleans: Several persons
fought mosquitoes and chill bumps to get a glimpse of red and green lights
whirling atop an unidentified flying object, hovering in the night skies, for
over two hours in southeast Louisiana. Police in Eaton, Ind. said they tracked
a strange flying object with flashing red, white and blue lights for several
hours Tuesday night. Military radar at nearby Baer Air Force Base picked up the
flying object, but officers were unable to contact the craft or determine what
It's UFO Time in Bay Area (San Francisco
[Calif.] Examiner, Oct. 17, 1973) In a period of 4% hours, the Coast
Guard received a dozen calls describing various colored flares, light flashes
and glowing objects. These reports generally concerned objects seen off the
coast, from Jenner in Sonoma County south to Santa Cruz.
The San Francisco police also received reports of UFOs, 15
to 20 in an hour. Calls were also reported in Oakland and Marin County, as well
as in San Jose.
(Space precludes listing more.)
Interpretations of what has been seen in the skies are
many. There is the explanation that in September the planets Venus, Mars and
Jupiter were at their brightest and while near the horizon could have been
mistaken for "alien" craft. And others hold that the sightings are of
"natural objects" (i.e. space debris) or intentional frauds (i.e.
plastic bags with small lighted candles).
A Stanford University survey of 400 scientists indicated
that 10% believe UFOs are vehicles from outer space, while another 10% held
that idea to be "preposterous," while the remainder were puzzled or
A sociology professor at the University of California,
Herbert Blumer, calls the rash of UFO sightings the "phenomenon of
collective hallucinations." His research has indicated that "There is
a definite connection of general uneasiness as a background and the sudden
appearance of strange objects."
There are also leading scientists who believe that life
exists in outer space, though not necessarily what we would consider
"human." This belief stems from the discovery of amino acids (the
building blocks of life) in the meteorite which recently fell in Australia.
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Dr. John L. Hall, a Dallas psychiatrist, said there are
several answers to the UFO reports. "First, some people are crazy; second,
some people have been known to lie; third, they could be victims of genuine
misperceptions of physical phenomena-like a mirage on the desert. And, fourth,
you can't rule out the fact that there may actually be terrestrial things that are
a part of the unknowability of the universe, things out-side our technical
knowledge and which we can't possibly know."
Individuals, when questioned, often remark that the
sightings are the result of government testing of some "secret
aircraft" or part of the Skylab project.
Dr. John A. Ball, Harvard College astronomer, speculates
extraterrestrials could but are not communicating with us. They
may consider earth a wilderness area that must develop naturally-perhaps as a
wildlife sanctuary. Even as we seek answers of life processes in wildlife
sanctuaries or zoos, so perhaps extraterrestrial s may be observing man on
Because there is insufficient collated data to determine
the validity of extra-terrestrial visitors to earth, J. Allen Hynek, among others,
feels the need for an official government agency-sane, nonsensational and
unprejudiced-to explain the sightings. He notes that "flaps" have not
gone away because we ignored them!
Then, there is the small town on the Texas coast-Palacious-with
a population of 4000, which has issued a town proclamation to officially host
the UFOs in American skies; and the owner-manager of radio station KLOO, Robert
L. Hauglum, in Corvallis, Oregon, who offers a $10,000 reward "to anyone
who brings live to the station an outer space being which hasn't been on earth
before." He would insist the creature be examined by medical specialists.
In Arkansas, two Martian pranksters, garbed in aluminum
foil, were fined on charges of "malicious mischief."
So it goes, each to his belief, though with far less
ridicule than just a few years ago.
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One never begins to grow old until he can no longer smile.
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Is there any human being that doesn't have something to
say to us? Even the most case-hardened criminal, if we would but listen and
study his situation and value what he has to teach us, might help prevent the
crime that sent him to prison.
ALLAN A. HUNTER
Children Need Lots of People
(Citizen-Journal, Columbus, Ohio, March 19,
The children with the best adjustment to life are found in
orphan-ages. It comes not from discipline or harsh treatment, but because the
child's world is not confined to two parents, but to many. The child who grows
in a world of diversified adults-teachers, room monitors, supervisors,
playground athletes, and a wide range of friends-can drink love from many
There is a dark man with smile-wrinkled eyes at Children's
Hospital in Boston who comes closer to appreciating the world of growing up
than anyone I know. He is Dr. Graham B. Blaine, Jr., psychiatrist.
His passionate interest in life styles is well known. He
has published a book called "Are Parents Bad For Children?" Dr.
Blaine admires parents as much as he does youngsters, but feels that our
children should not be confined to a world of parents and brothers and sisters,
to the exclusion of others.
In his work, Blaine says: "I was aware of a growing
conviction that something was drastically wrong with the way we are bringing up
our children. These young people seemed to be embarking on adult life guided
only by their rejection of the values and goals of their parents."
Rejection. An accurate word. It seems as though teenagers
sift their parents' minds to learn what to treat with contempt. The human
family is designed for love and harmony. Today it produces dropouts,
disaffection, drugs and loneliness. And yet, almost all parents try-each
according to his talents-to be good mothers and fathers. The trouble with
parenthood is that it is controlled by amateurs.
Blaine favors bringing the grandparents back into the
family picture. They too have something to offer children. This is true of
aunts and uncles, most of whom are seen only on holidays.
Fear of failure-morally or materialistically-forces many
of our young to turn to what we call the drug culture. It's an easy escape from
facing impossible goals. It promises relief from tension and, more important,
acceptance by school friends. This is a love substitute.
If the parents do not encourage disagreement in table
conversation, the kids remain silent. A father cannot relate to a young boy by
patting him on the head and saying: "Okay son. What's on your mind? we
have five minutes." The magnetic silence of the family around the
television set is not togetherness. It's an assortment of separate worlds.
Dr. Blaine thinks the child's sphere should be enlarged
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relatives, teachers, neighborhood friends so that each
little boy and girl can seek understanding from many sources. The idea is to
spread the responsibility.
The saddest thing, the doctor says, is for a child to come
home from school, open the front door, and yell "Hello!" to an empty house
In Genesis it says that God has made us out of the soil of
the earth and He breathed into us the breath of life.
What does this all mean? It means simply this. If we do
not have the proper vitamins and minerals of the soil we cannot be healthy.
It is necessary for our well-being that we use all
nature's resources. Natural healing is simply the art of living naturally. It means
that we seek to take advantage of Nature's curative possibilities, of Nature's
desire to help us maintain efficient, healthy bodies. We must live in
conformity to natural law. Once we realize the marvelous things accomplished
through the forces of Nature, it is easy to understand the significance of
There is nothing new about the natural healing art. It is
when we drift away from natural living that we become rundown to such an
ex-tent that disease enters into the body. There were no doctors in the
beginning, and there would be no need for doctors today if people would live
the natural life. You, who are sick, remember that in the beginning of time
when man was created, there was also created, everything for his health and
We all have, at times, feelings of inadequacy, but to make
mistakes is much more honorable than to escape making them through never
moving. Obstacles and setbacks should be accepted with a shrug, do not try to
go around them.
We cannot be mature as long as we solve our problems in
childish ways. Maturity demands an intelligent appraisal of disappointments, as
well as an appreciation of successes.
Responsibility is the price we pay for independence. If
you will not try to do a little more and a little better than you can easily
do, you will never learn what you are really capable of doing.
Understanding is the way that
will bring to men release
From the conflicts and the
tumults that bar the road to peace;
Understanding joined with love
is the path to harmony,
Understanding of all lands is
the door to unity.
If the greatest mathematician
of the century was right,
Understanding is far better
than display of martial might;
The one who found the formula
that atomic power released
Saw that understanding could
unite the West and East.
But both the East and West
must understand that God
Has a purpose that is greater
than any system's rod,
And every country of the earth
some day will see that light
Is a better hope for harmony
than the most extensive fight.
Then rise, oh sons of God, and
determine you will lead
The world to wider wisdom than
the vales where warriors bleed,
Rise and with God's help
proclaim that understanding
Is a more important program
than any airplane landing.
And when men find the Cosmic
Power that shapes atomic forms
Can also aid the human mind to
still the raging storms,
Then guiding men to peaceful
realms by its superior worth,
The glory of the Lord at last
shall cover all the earth.
FLOYD IRVING LORBEER
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Go out to
find the lost sheep
Don't leave them
to die in the dark.
lost in the mist
Who think they are freed by luck
Who laugh at the prayers and the beads
And wander far in the dark.
Pity his misguided path
And show him love and friendship
Give him light to come back.
rocks and shut doors
And say you're glad you're not like that
is your concern
His darkness is
Go out and
find the lost sheep
enough love at first
they'd not stray at all.
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Everyone has a special role in the world and only God can
judge right from wrong. Each has his unique character and function. Appearances
are deceiving, so be slow to criticize the speech and behavior of others.
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Miracles are not contrary to nature but only contrary to
what we know about nature.
-ST. AUGUSTINE (A.D. 353)
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Everyone is your neighbor. Your path through life meets
many strangers each day. Think of them as instruments created by God the same
as you are. Do not dwell on the pointless differences between you. Rather be
aware of how much you have in common.
-REV. W. W. LINDENSCHMIOT
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Listen, or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.
UFOs in Vietnam
(Daily Courier, Grants Pass, Ore., Oct. 17,
(UPI)-U. S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. George S. Brown says unidentified
flying objects "plagued" the United States during the Vietnam war and
even triggered an air-sea battle in which an Australian destroyer was hit.
"I don't know if this story has ever been told,"
Brown told a Tuesday news conference, but "they (UFOs) plagued us in Vietnam
during the war."
Brown, a former commander of the 7th Air Force in Southeast
Asia, said "We didn't call them that. They could only be seen at night in
Plants Grow Faster in Moon Soil
(National Enquirer, Sept. 16, 1973)
Scientists have achieved amazing growth of common
vegetables planted in moon soil brought back by the Apollo 14 astronauts.
"In some cases, vegetables grew two or three times as
fast in lunar soil than in other types of soil," said Dr. Charles H. Walkinshaw,
37, plant pathologist at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas.
"We planted vegetable seedlings in synthetic material mixed with tiny
samples of lunar soil, Iowa corn-growing soil, and Hawaiian volcanic soil. In
our experiments, carrots, lettuce and radishes achieved the greatest height and
weight in lunar soil.
"Cabbage, brussels sprouts and broccoli also grew
better in lunar soil, but to a lesser extent.
"Microscopic examination of these vegetables revealed
higher concentrations of such minerals as iron, aluminum and titanium in most
cases. Satisfactory amounts of other minerals were also found.
"Ferns and mosses had similar beneficial effects when
grown in lunar soil brought back by the Apollo 11 and 12 astronauts."
He said more than 10,000 experiments were conducted before
tests were halted because of funding cutbacks.
Space officials said there is considerable moon soil left
for future experiments,
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but not enough for more extensive studies.
Dr. Walkinshaw said, "if and when a colony is ever
established on the moon, we could use lunar soil to grow plants in a lunar
greenhouse. "However, the full potential of these experiments can't be
realized without more tests with additional soil samples.
-ALLAN A. ZULLO
Plants Are Emotional, Too
(Omaha World Herald, Omaha, Neb., February 26,
Moscow (UPI)-Soviet scientists think ordinary flowers feel
fear, joy, pain and other human emotions, the newspaper Socialist Industry
"In our experiments we used hypnosis to switch human
emotions on and off and received definitely positive answers as to the ability
of plants to get emotionally involved," psychologist V. M. Pushkin said.
During the tests, he said, a hypnotist put a human subject
to sleep and told the subject pleasant and unpleasant things "which
aroused emotions of joy or sorrow."
An encephalograph attached to the subject's hand and to a
leaf of a plant some distance away "recorded similar emotions in the
plant." When the subject smiled, Pushkin said, the plant flourished its
petals. When the subject was told it was cold and began shivering, the plant
began to shrivel as if also chilled.
Pushkin said despite the research evidence, "it is
too early to call this a discovery. It is safer to use the word hypothesis.
"It can be supposed that human mentality, human
perception, man's thinking and memory all basically are a specialization of the
information service which takes place at plant cell level."
Such a conclusion, he said, "makes it possible to
approach the analysis of the origin of the nervous system. The responses of
plant cells should help in understanding the functioning of human brain
(Daily Courier, Grants Pass, Ore., Sept. 27,
SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP)-The research conducted by the
Skylab 2 astronauts may provide a tremendous payoff in expanding man's
knowledge of himself, his earth and his sun.
No one can predict the benefits. But the thousands of
photos and miles of tape could lead to an endless source of pollution-free
energy, a catalog of the world's resources and new metals and materials.
The payoff will be slow in coming, however.
Years may be required to evaluate completely the data
obtained from the Skylab 1 and 2 crews and that still to come from Skylab 3.
After the Skylab 2 astronauts returned to earth NASA Administrator James B.
Fletcher summed up the importance of Skylab this way:
"Skylab marks the transition of the space program
from a period dominated by exploration to a period dominated by exploitation of
the space around us as a global resource.
"Space is a place, a very unique place and a new
important resource that can be used for the benefit of people everywhere on
earth . . . " Skylab 2 brought home 77,600 pictures of the sun snapped
through six solar telescopes and more than 12,000 pictures and 18 miles of
computer tape gathered during earth resources surveys.
Add to that 30,000 sun photos and 3,000 earth photos
collected by the Skylab 1 crew, and scientists declared it a bonanza.
Perhaps, more important, the astronauts came back in
apparent good health, proving that man can adapt to the weightless environment
The photos and sensor data will be studied to determine if
a space science can be developed for locating hidden oil and mineral reserves;
assessing agricultural potential, arable land and diseased and healthy crops;
estimating timber volume; mapping snow cover and assessing water runoff;
charting air and water pollution and their sources; fore-casting weather and
determining fishing grounds.
India Loses Million Children a Year
NEW DELHI, India-Malnutrition claims the lives of one
million children in India every year, parliament was told recently.
A survey by a national institute revealed that 65 percent
of Indian children in the lowest income group suffer from so-called moderate
malnutrition and 18 percent from severe malnutrition.
Protein and calorie deficiency also produces retardation
in children under the age of six, which prevents them from getting an education
and renders them dependent on others through life.
Since 1970 the government has been providing a
supplementary diet to children under three in tribal areas and in urban slums.
In 1971 the program was extended to children in the three-to-five age group,
and since then to all children in drought-stricken famine areas. Expectant and
nursing mothers also get supplementary diets.
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There is no smaller package than a man wrapped up in
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An Oil Pollution Solution
Oil tanker spills make the headlines and cause much
concern. There is, however, another major source of pollution of the world's
beaches less publicized. Fortunately, a solution to this latter problem seems
to have been found.
This major cause of oil pollution stems from routine
tanker operations. Before taking on a new load of crude oil the sea water used
as a ballast, on tanker return trips, is flushed into the ocean. This usually
includes a small amount of crude oil left from the previous load. In this
manner, the world's tanker fleets annually dump an estimated one million tons
of oil residue into the oceans.
Because Professor Eugene Rosenberg of the Tel Aviv University
decided to do something about the dirty beaches an oil-eating strain of
bacteria has been developed.
As told in Time Magazine (May 21, 1973), Professor
Rosenberg with Biochemist David Gutnick isolated a genus of bacteria called arthrobacter,
which feasts on crude oil. Then they developed a particularly fast multiplying
new strain, which they named RAG-1.
Bred in salt water, enriched with phosphorus and nitrogen
com-pounds, the strain gobbles up the paraffin content of crude oil and leaves
only small droplets of dewaxed oil that break down quickly in nature and become
harmless carbon dioxide and water.
Experiments with tankers have proven the efficiency of the
strain, which is good news to ship owners. The nutrient ingredients are
inexpensive, and the bacteria work so well that tanks need not be washed and
scraped when periodically repaired, which can be a hazardous operation.
Rosenberg believes that the bugs may even turn the ballast
water into profit. He estimates that after the bacteria have cleaned the tanks
the ballast could yield tons of dewaxed oil which can be made into gasoline and
other petroleum products. And further, the bugs can be harvested to produce
high-quality animal food.
RAG-1 cannot harm other life in the ocean. Says Gutnick,
"We took the bacteria from nature. They are there and they are fastidious
about what they like and do not like." When the bacteria run out of oil,
they conveniently die and are themselves eaten by fish.
♦ ♦ ♦
But for the desire to
Life would be empty, without a
Since deep inside each mortal
Is a medium of exchange-of
Life is what our thoughts make it.
♦ ♦ ♦
Like an Overturned Soup Plate
(San Francisco, Calif., Examine, Oct. 23, 1973)
LIMA, PERU (UP)-A Lima architect said Monday he stood 50
yards from a flying saucer "shaped like an overturned soup plate,"
photo-graphed the object and offered his pictures as proof.
"I never thought I would see a flying saucer, much
less photograph one," said Hugo Luyo Vega. He offered both his pictures
and the word of a client, whom he had taken to the Lima countryside in search
of a home site, as proof of the event. He said he and his client had driven
about 54 miles inland along the Rimac River when they came to a stop near a
valley surrounded by hills.
In the midst of their survey, he said, "my client,
obviously excited, told me he saw a shining object in the bottom of the valley
that was advancing toward us extremely slowly. The car was not far away so I
ran back for my camera.
"When I pointed my camera and took the picture, the
object was less than 50 yards away from us and about 20 yards off the ground.
Suddenly the object changed direction, headed toward the East and in-creased
its speed. It rose off the ground as if trying to avoid some high tension wires
that came down from the top of one of the hills and crossed the valley, and
disappeared from view."
Hugo Luyo said the object was the color of burnished
silver, and shaped like an overturned soup plate with a cupola on the top.
"At the very top of the cupola, there was a round
object, giving off a fixed sky blue light. Lower on the cupola, we could see a
row of small windows, like port holes in a ship."
On the bottom of the object, he said, was what appeared to
be "the Propulsive force of the object ... a dark red throbbing light that
was aimed toward the ground from a sort of turbine in the middle of the
up-side-down plate. Near the turbine-like part we could see protuberances like
The architect said only about 30 seconds elapsed from the
time they spotted the object until it disappeared.
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 1974 17
"But, from the minute that I held in my hand the
Polaroid photo graph, I had proof that what my client and I saw was not an
optical illusion," said Hugo Luyo. "In the middle of the three by
four inch photograph we could see the flying saucer, even the row of rounded
windows. After this experience, I am convinced that flying saucers really
exist. So is my client."
UFO Over Hokkaido
(Mainichi Daily News, Japan, Aug. 28, 1973)
SAPPORO-People in Hokkaido are talking about strange unidentified
flying objects which hovered in the dark sky last weekend.
At around 9:00 p.m. Friday crew members of a cuttlefish
boat off Yoichi Town, Hokkaido, caught sight of a bright orange-colored object
the size of the moon, in the sky to the north. At 8:30 p.m. the next day, junior high school students reported witnessing four flying objects lingering
and flying, like orange balls in the sky.
On Monday afternoon a policeman in Hakodate, at the
southern tip of Hakkaido, reported sighting of a red object with black smoke,
falling into the sea. As there was no accident involving aircraft at that time,
the mysterious object seen at broad daylight was believed to have been a
(A photo was included with this report in the CBA
International Flyer showing the large size of the UFO compared to nearby
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Everyone has a special role in the world and only God can
judge right from wrong. Each has his unique character and function. Appearances
are deceiving, so be slow to criticize the speech and behavior of others.
God Drives a Flying Saucer
(GOD DRIVES A FLYING SAUCER by Dione, Bantam
The author, Dione, has earned a Ph.D. and has been a
teacher in Connecticut. This medium-sized report on UFO-reports is important to
people who cannot spend years reading everything that has been written on UFOs.
It also offers a single thesis which can be supported by every-one who knows
UFO Literature: God is not supernatural but super-technological.
It has been difficult to interest the majority of high
school students in the Bible and other scriptures, as well as physics. The link
now postulated by Dione, and others before him, may well succeed in reversing
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Our technology can be improved only by those who have passed
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drawback if they want to invent spacecraft. The kickback from physics is not
immediate. It can be expected after we have assembled a better spacecraft and
made our first voyages in it.
The thesis by Dione has some little known sightings in Connecticut,
and it represents the unofficial Catholic attitude and thought about UFOs by
citing various appearances of angels in areas which were purely Catholic at the
time. These appearances have been run under the title of "miracle" so
far and have been given location names as Fatima and Guadalupe.
The cover-photograph appears to be a time exposure, using
tripod, we hope and some 5 seconds shutter. It could be a negative taken at
night, or it may be an actual view of a flying saucer at daytime. Any-way, the
saucer looks rather dark on a white background, and shows changes of shape.
This appears to be a photo of a hovering UFO, using rather low power. It does
not look like a "pearl in the sky" as the Manusa book of Hindu
scriptures describes the "vimana."
(The reviewer is a scientist for the Von Carstanjen Research
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