TABLE OF CONTENTS
REBELLION ..................................................................................................... 2
WHAT IS THE LIBERATED WOMAN? ...................................................................... 3
TO SLEEP, PERCHANCE TO DREAM... ................................................................... 4
poet’s corner .......................................................................................................... 7
UFO DEPARTMENT ...................................................................................................... 8
"Let There Be Peace On Earth...” .................................................................. 15
SECOND CALL!! ............................................................................................................. 16
Bulletin board ........................................................................................................ 17
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EDITOR ........................................................................................... Dr.
DANIEL W. FRY
Associate editor .................................................................... florence
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August 1978 No. 6
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are not of earth.
As this editorial is being written, the citizens of the
sovereign state of California have just fired the first broadside in the war of
tax rebellion which has been slowly gathering steam, for the past seven years,
in almost every state of the Union. It was something of a shock to the
establishment to learn that its threats of dire calamity, with massive
unemployment and general fiscal chaos, had fallen on deaf ears as the voters of
the state adopted proposition 13 by a two to one majority, leaving no doubt
whatever as to the temper of the general public on the subject of taxes, and
Now that California has led the way, there is little doubt
that other states will quickly follow, and the war will be on in earnest. Proposition
13 is, of course, merely an opening salvo, since it limits only the amount of
money that can be taken from property owners in property taxes, but puts no
limit on the state sales tax, the state and federal income taxes, or any other
of the endless means by which money is extracted, willy-nilly, from the pockets
of the citizen, for the avowed purpose of furnishing him a huge list of
services, some of which are indeed desirable, and perhaps even necessary, but
which exist, side by side with a host of other alleged
services which may be of little or no value to him, and
which he may not know even exist.
It should be realized that public service is simply a
commodity, like unto any other, except that it is the only one which the
citizen is forced to buy, even though he may not need it, may not want it, and
may not be able to afford it! Most of the public resentment against taxation
stems from the fact that the individual has no say concerning the amount of
public service which he wants or can afford, it is simply thrust upon him, and
he is sent the bill.
The message sent to the taxing agencies by the voters in
Proposition 13 is simply that the citizens have decided it is time they began
to spend a little more of their own money rather than having it taken from them
wholesale and spent by others who may have little understanding of their wishes
and their needs.
One of the simple facts that is apparently being
overlooked in all of the prophecies of fiscal doom being issued by the taxing
agencies is that under Proposition 13, the citizens of the state will have, and
will spend just as much money as before except that they can now buy those
goods and services which they want instead of those which have long been forced
upon them. While it is true that the situation will certainly cause some
temporary dislocation of personnel as the unnecessary services are weeded out
and the necessary ones restored, it is unlikely that any severe depression or
financial chaos will result if those in charge of the transition employ
reasonable intelligence and integrity. Instead of accepting the plain verdict
of the two to one majority of voters that they simply cannot continue to spend
money at the present rate for public services however, it is almost certain
that a number of attempts will be made, by those for whom taxation is a way of
life, to raise the level of other forms of taxation, or to institute new forms,
in order to restore the revenue lost by the property tax limitation, but, with
the present attitude of the public, it is equally certain that those who make
these attempts will themselves be out of a job as soon as the next election is
held. A two to one majority is hard
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to influence, and impossible to frighten or to oppose
successfully. In the war on taxation, the people of California have had their
first taste of success, and are not likely to look backward for some time to
Since the citizens of most other states have long had
feelings toward excessive taxation very similar to those demonstrated in California,
it is probable that taxation, with or without representation, is in for the
battle of its life.
"A woman who can finance her own passage through
life" is the gist of a definition of a liberated woman given recently by
Erica Jong when she was asked for it on a television show. The author of FEAR
OF FLYING and now of a new novel gave her definition in materialistic terms; a
woman who did not have to depend on someone else for her living was liberated.
She may have given the yin and now I would like to suggest
the yang, the other side, the spiritual definition of a liberated woman.
The liberated woman accepts work and the responsibilities
of her everyday life as the ground where she continually meets herself in a
very direct way and examines her experience critically.
The liberated woman finds it possible to be what she is in
the world as it is, taking an interest in what is happening day by day and not
excusing herself from having anything to do with ordinary life, but she is able
to see its problems, irritations, and ordinary situations as something she can
work on with confidence.
The liberated woman is not afraid to allow the spark of
her intelligence to become a flame. She can live with clarity and with warmth
from the flame. Her understanding is not just an intellectual understanding but
the true understanding of actual practice. She is neither the clogged lantern
that chokes and smothers the light,
nor the lamp, timid and ashamed, hidden under a bushel.
The liberated woman lives in the "now moment",
where every act of her life can contain simplicity and precision and thus have
beauty and dignity. Because she sees the nowness of the very moment, there is
no room in her life for anything but openness and peace. She does not have to
seek outside herself for the possibility, the light, already within her.
The liberated woman follows a path which involves not only
the appreciation of her own nature but an awareness, a clear seeing, of the
world as it is. Having developed a friendly attitude toward herself, having
made friends with herself, her warmth naturally expands to the environment.
But she begins to give up any demand that situations
conform to her expectations. The development of non-aggression and a
sympathetic attitude toward others allows real listening and communication to
The liberated woman no longer categorizes situations as
threatening, neutral or friendly. She does not need that to make her world recognizable,
predict able and secure. She accepts the world as we all accept children
because they are not a threat to the ego.
The liberated woman has opened her mind to those parts of
herself and life that most of us have difficulty accepting. She is no longer
caught in the painful conflict between what she thinks she is and what she
thinks she should be. She has escaped the former prison of her own creation
where, by forcing the world to fit her pre-conceptions, she had put herself and
whose bars she had reinforced through a blind struggle to escape.
This clear seeing is the ground of her liberation, her
sense of simplicity, clarity and absence of chaos.
The liberated woman has claimed her own soul, but it does
not have a dollar mark. She has paid her way in other currency.
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AND THEN TO ACT!!
Michael A. Daddio
In the night a tide of creativity fills the empty space
between your ears prodding you to think thoughts seemingly without meaning and
to feel emotions that are foreign to your senses. It is that fateful moment
just prior to awakening that allows you to live! Without the prodding in
consciousness of your unbounded imagination flooding your `day mind' you would
never rise again. Those who do not dream do not live.
Sometimes the bizarre character of your dreams confuse and
frustrate your waking mind to such an extent that you block them out. These
gentle creatures of your imagination come to comfort, to inspire and to find a
home in your daily life but you shut the door on them because you don't want
them to interfere with your comfortable `reality'. You make them orphans in
their own house and when you do that to anyone, sooner or later they will grow
teeth. You can kick them for only so long till they reach a point where they
cease knocking at your door and waiting for you to answer. Rather, they knock
the door down. They enter what's rightfully theirs too and they ravage and
rape. They terrorize and tear at your comfortable 'reality'. You call these night-mares.
And when they're done, they pick you up, dust you off, patch the damage and
leave. But the next night they'll knock gently and gracefully once more, hoping
you'll answer. Be wise! Let them enter and call them friends, for whether or
not you accept them, without them you would die.
Some find their day reality to be miserably limited. For
them it is quantity not quality they seek. Their dreams dissolve like sugar in
water. They drink of their diluted life and sigh, "at least, asleep, I'm
happy!" For these people a time always rises in which their dream house is
so crowded they themselves are evicted to build a new house and hopefully start
dealing in `quality of creation', with the lesson having been
learned. Until that time arrives for these people, I
recommend working in a pillow factory during the day so they can feel at home.
There is an option; one so diverse in its nature it cannot
possibly offend any who adopt it. It leaves in its wake a sense of personal
collective identity centered in the best mankind has to offer when discovering
the beautiful laws of a limitless universe.
This third state of living is a synthesis of the first two
mentioned. We take the incurable dreamer who lives to sleep and we adopt their
attitude of joyful expectancy of up-coming dreams. Like them we make the dream
a living, organic, experiential condition. Unlike them, we do not limit this to
a separate fantasy reality, rather we adopt a day by day forum in our waking
life for the expression of the dream.
When these awake, they find the stage of life set in the
third dimensional existence for disseminating and applying that imaginative,
creative force. What has transpired has been a dialogue of collaboration
between the inner and the outer You.
The inner You is a causative, intuitive sense of being
that has always been aware of itself and its relationship to the Infinite. Its
limitless inspiration is the result of this union and manifests as an
expression of eternity fueling the highway of imagination. This highway travels
a zone of timeless non-spacial texture; a dimension of potential, magnetically
moving itself in whatever direction best suits its expression and aligning its
force to an unlimited amount of sympathetic force seeking its own timely
expression in a zone of time and space. This fourth dimension is the only zone
capable of holding and sustaining our heritage of Infinity. To accept any less
dimension would be to deny our eternal nature. It is the only possible avenue
upon which such creative, unrestricted traffic as dreams can travel.
The outer self exists for the expression of this inner,
awesome and beautiful self. It allows the wanderings of Infinity to experience
itself as a purposeful entity. The outer You experiences its own self-worth,
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in consort with your inner brother. It comes to a point of
expression only to find a tunnel up ahead. A tunnel of restrictions with only
one lane to bear cargo. That one lane is your conscious day-mind, your
personality. Your confusion is in how to handle a free-flowing traffic of
imagination and creativity. The answer is very simple. Widen the tunnel of your
personality. This is only accomplished through a sense of faith and trust that
the incoming traffic will fill the seeming void that the expansion necessarily
creates. To feel, to sense, to know whatever it might be, it is being given for
your own best interests. Unfortunately, humanity seems to lessen the lanes of
fourth dimension; to somehow stifle the expansion of consciousness.
The paradox is, if the conscious mind were successful in
lessening the lanes, you would die, cease to exist at all. Oblivion of
consciousness would be the result. Let us thank the stars or whatever for not
allowing this to happen. We may block our creativity temporarily, but not
permanently. Sooner or later "love is gonna get you." You come to
know that as you seek to express it every day, the rapport of the inner self
with the outer self grows and grows. The seemingly super-human efforts of a
Michelangelo or a Mozart has always shown us that they recognized the need to
widen the tunnel of their personalities through faith and the "Inspiration
to Act. " It has always been through the arts that the future speaks in
the present. And it has always been through the inspiration of dreams, visions
and fantasies, that the arts have been born and allowed to thrive.
The New Age today seeks to herald in the advent of group
awareness that any endeavor, any life-style, whether peasant or president, has
the potential to be as creative as any form mankind has developed in the past.
You're the best mankind has to offer. Each morning you awaken with the wisdom
of a master, re-energized to manifest a perfect day. Don't start your day empty
of dreams. After all, what is man or woman without a dream?
You hear the of cowpokes talk
from time to time
Of that one special horse -
Whether a flashy black or a
Down through the years the
story's the same.
"Mine was the best!"
an old-timer brags,
"By gosh and by darn, I
sure miss that old nag!"
Then he spits in the dust and
starts off to name
All the reasons his horse put
the others to shame.
Well, I had such a horse, a
little bay gelding;
When I turned fourteen, he was
given to me.
He was a touch of this and a
touch of that,
But mostly morgan and that's a
After thoughtful debate, I
named him Twister.
`Oh my, you should have seen
He'd work in deep snow or hot,
He wouldn't stop working'
'till his work was done.
When a child rode him, he was
an old plow mare,
Just plodding along, but
stepping with care,
But if the one that rode him
could master the reins,
He was a spirited steed, his
"Fast?" you ask. Ah,
you never saw such speed!
There wasn't a horse within
miles he couldn't beat!
Among my treasured memories of
that time long ago
Is the summer nights my sister
and I raced our horses home.
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He ran barrels, cut cattle,
and danced in parades;
Yes sir, he was the perfect
cowpony in every way!
I assure you each line in this
story is true;
There were those who were
there - those who knew.
I came home from college on
And learned that my Twister
had been called away.
I hope he's dipping his muzzle
in icy streams
And grazing in grass that's up
to his knees.
It was because of those knees,
he had to `go home';
I miss him, but where he is,
pain is not known.
His memory roams softly in the
back of my mind.
Never be another like him - he
(Torrance, Calif., Daily Breeze, May 25, 1978. John M. Bogert, Staff Writer.)
"Clarence and Betty Gahlbeck of Torrance head a UFO
study group dedicated to promoting understanding between us and beings from
"The scene is typical enough. There are photos of the
grandchildren hanging here and there. Over the couch there's a large landscape
painting contrasting nicely with the view out the window of the freeway and Century
"Everything in this corner of Torrance is in order,
even the UFO library.
"Without being facetious, one would expect Clarence
and Betty Gahlbeck to head the local senior citizens club, rather than the
local chapter of a group
studying unidentified flying objects.
"The Gahlbecks, married 36 years, are head of
Understanding Unit 15 of Inglewood.
"Putting it simply, Gahlbeck, president of the unit
for 15 years, says, "Understanding is dedicated to bringing about
understanding between the people of the earth and beings not of this
"That means that once a month about 75 people of
various backgrounds get together in the community room of a bank to talk about
space and space life with guest speakers.
"This month their guest spoke about changes in the
weather, secret Soviet experiments and the psychic explosion.
"Last month Brian Scot, a space writer, talked about
six UFO experiences he claims to have had.
" `We both believe in UFOs," explains Gahlbeck,
who adds his interest dates back to 1945.
" 'I was driving east from Chicago when I saw some
strange lights in the sky. That got me thinking back to when I was a boy.
" `I used to go out and look at the night sky. I knew
for sure, even then, that with all those other planets orbiting all those other
suns, life must exist elsewhere."
"The group originated with Dr. Daniel Fry in 1955.
"It seems that Fry, while working on a project in the New Mexico desert,
was visited by alien beings. "After a quick ride to New York and back in
their space craft, Fry was supposedly returned to his desert home where he
decided to form the international Understanding Units.
"The mission of the 100 world-wide, non-profit units
is to prepare the people of earth for encounters with beings from space.
"The facts bear this out. And as Dr. Fry said,
they're here because our thrusts into space are endangering them," says
the ex-banker and career Navy man.
"Mrs. Gahlbeck puts it a bit differently.
" `We've talked to hundreds of scientists and pilots
and other people who have seen and experienced
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aliens and UFOs. It's interesting and fun to learn about
it, but I guess believing is a matter of faith. "
UFO REPORT LOCKS LIPS IN CALIFORNIA TOWN
(Los Angeles Herald Examiner, June 5, 1978. Steve Comus, Staff Writer.)
"It was about 3:30 a.m., May 13. Lisa Harrison's
husband, Greg, had taken his cement-mixer truck to an overnight job in Los
Angeles, and she couldn't get to sleep.
"She was watching the late movie on television,
sitting next to the living room window of her duplex apartment in Kerman, on
the far west side of the San Joaquin Valley, near Fresno.
"Suddenly, there was a strange noise, like none she
had ever heard -- and the home began to vibrate. She took three quick steps out
the front door to see what was happening.
"Looking up toward the northwest, she saw two lights
moving southward at tree-top level.
" `The noise was really loud -- a loud whuurrr,
" she said last week. "There were vibrations -- not like an
earthquake, but more like a vibrator. And then I saw this white light and
behind it was a reddish light -- not like the red lights on airplanes, though.
" 'I couldn't tell exactly how big it was, but it was
big. It was going just above those trees," she added as she pointed to
trees about a half-mile west of her apartment.
" `I was going slow and it was just lights, but it
made a real loud noise .... a strong and smooth hum, much smoother even than a
" 'I knew it wasn't an airplane or a
helicopter," she said. "I ran back into the house after I watched it
go out of sight behind those houses (to the south)."
"Although the humming lights had startled her, she
didn't think much more about the incident. She didn't even mention it to her
neighbors -- not at first, anyway.
"Mrs. Harrison's next-door neighbor, Nanette
Pallesi, was also awake that night. She was due to give
birth to her first child any day and had been sleepless for hours.
"All the lights were out, and her husband, Mike, was
asleep when suddenly: "I heard this humming noise," she said. "I
thought it was the air conditioner --I thought the air conditioner was going
"She went to a room she and Mike had prepared for the
baby, thinking the humming noise might have been coming from there. But it
"After a minute or two, the hum stopped.
"She went back to bed and woke her husband. But he
only kidded her about "flying saucers". She dropped the subject and
tried to fall asleep.
"Downtown that night, officer Manuel Amparano was
working overnight patrol. He was the only member of the nine-man force on duty.
"Suddenly, he spotted a glimmering light south-west
of town. He thought it might be a fire, so he drove to the corner of Del Norte
and California avenues to investigate.
"As he got closer in his new white Chevy Nova squad
car, however, he could see that the light wasn't a fire. Whatever it was, it
was hovering about 100 feet above a 60-acre cotton field just south of the
Southern Pacific Railroad tracks.
"He drove closer -- within 100 feet of it -- and
looked up, peering at the strange sight for about five minutes. It was
circular, about 30 feet in diameter. At times it seemed orange; other times it
turned a simmering bright white.
"Suddenly, the light zipped off to the southwest,
over the seemingly endless table-flat San Joaquin Valley and out of sight.
"Later that afternoon, when he was off duty, Amparano
checked into the emergency room at Fresno Community Hospital for treatment of
first-degree burns on his face, neck and hands. The policeman told the doctors
who treated him that he got the burns staring at a UFO.
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"Kerman, all one-square mile of it, seemed frozen in
suspended animation the day The Herald Examiner reporter arrived to investigate
the officer's report.
"Kerman (population 3000) isn't much of a town. The
business district along Madera Avenue is nine blocks long. And there aren't any
"City Hall, a new building on the south end of town
next to a park, houses all the administrative offices and the police
"It was 9 a.m. and the glass door to the police
station was locked. A sign on the door in both English and Spanish explained
what to do:
"If an officer is not in the office, go to the
telephone and call the operator."
"Information was only a dime away.
"As it turned out, the policeman on duty was only two
blocks away, sitting in his patrol car next to the Kerman News building, the
city's weekly newspaper. The name tag over his right pocket read T. (for Tom)
"Gilpin looked up.
" `What's the story about the UFO?"
" `It's already out," said Gilpin. "I can't
say anything that's not already been reported. It was in the (Fresno) Bee last
week and on television and radio."
" `Which officer saw it?"
" `I can't say," he replied sternly.
"After reciting the dry facts - a policeman had
spotted an "illumination" early on May 13. He thought it was a fire,
but it was only a bright light. He saw it out by Del Norte and California
avenues in a cotton field. And that was all there was to the story.
"Maybe it would be good for me to talk to the chief.'
" `You want to talk to the chief. "
" `Okay, I'll call him."
"Gilpin picked up his car microphone and mumbled
" `Okay," answered a woman's voice over the
"There was the sound of the phone dialing and then
a ring at the other end. After several rings, Gilpin
looked up and said:
" 'I guess the chief's not home. He'll be here
tomorrow if you want to call him."
“What about the mayor?" " 'He's probably home.
" `What's his name?"
" `Uh, it's kind of odd," said Gilpin. "Scia...Sciaka
- something like that."
"But the Mayor, Lee Sciacqua, who lives in a
ranch-style house a couple of blocks off the main drag, said he couldn't add
much. He said he didn't want his town to look silly, but he stressed that the
officer who saw the UFO was highly respected. He refused to name the man, and
referred all other questions to the chief, James Van Cleaf.
"Van Cleaf was in his office early the next morning,
a Monday, but refused to elaborate on his formal statement which he read in a
" 'On 5-13-78 at 0330 hours, an officer observed what
was first believed by him to be a fire. Closer observation revealed there was
no fire. The cause of the illumination is unknown. He saw it for about 4 to 5
minutes. Later that day, the officer who observed the illumination received
treatment at a Fresno hospital for first-degree bums and was off duty for one
day. We are unable to link the cause of the burns with the illumination. "
"The chief added that a group in Seattle was handling
"City officials seemed to have constructed their own
little cosmic cover-up. No, the chief wouldn't name the officer. No, the chief
wouldn't allow the officer to answer questions anonymously by phone. "The
man has a right to privacy," the chief said.
"Maj. James Arthur at the Air National Guard unit at
the Fresno Airport, said he had not received a report of the sighting:
"There was nothing routed to me."
"Paul Schultz, director of the tower at Fresno
airport, said no one had called him either - there was
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nothing on the log.
" 'The group in Seattle" the chief mentioned was
a privately funded UFO reporting center, headed by a man named Robert Gribble.
He said the report was being handled routinely. It would be at least 30 days
before the facts could be gathered and evaluated. And no, he could not name the
officer either. His name had been "classified confidential" at the
"The UFO sighting is one of the biggest stories to
hit Kerman since the Southern Pacific Railroad put it on the map in 1891 by
building a water tower there for its steam locomotive. Yet the local weekly,
the Kerman News, did not mention the sighting in its Wednesday morning edition
following the Saturday incident.
"Mark O. Kilen, the editor, said he was content to go
along with the town officials. "They don't want to say anything about
it," Kilen said. "So that's it."
"But a number of town residents didn't share their
leaders studied disinterest in the incident. They wanted to know more - and
tell what they knew. The town seemed split between those who knew the actual
details, and those who wanted to know.
"For the next two days, as the reporter went around
town interviewing residents, a police car seemed to follow - cruising down
alleys, or parking just around the corner.
"Anita Davis, the barmaid at the White's Bridge Bar,
said there was a lot of talk about the UFO. "But we haven't been able to
find out much of anything," she said. "They're keeping it a secret."
"Ed Burgess was hooking a travel trailer to his
pickup truck at the rear of his small house a quarter-mile south of the city
limits, sipping from a can of beer.
" `It's very possible," Burgess said, taking
another sip. "I seen one here about 10 years ago. The one I seen, it was a
big red light right by the railroad tracks. It started to turn right, it went
swoosh, and it was gone.
" `There was seven of us that seen it. It was about
30 feet in diameter and round. The closer I got, the bigger it got. It
shimmered, kind of like aluminum.
Then when it took off, sparks came off it."
"He took a final sip, crunched the can in his hand
and tossed it into the truck's bed. Burgess went back to the trailer, turned
and repeated, "Yep, it could be."
" `I believe it," said Kerman Food Market clerk
Ann Perez. "It was near my house, but I didn't hear anything or see
" '1 don't believe in UFOs," said 67-year-old
Raymond Hayworth, who owns the 60-acre field where the officer spotted the illumination.
"We didn't hear anything, and we (he and his wife, Carolyn) were sleeping
right there in the bedroom (at the opposite end of the field.)
"The first of last week (several days after the
sighting) a policeman came out and asked if we heard any planes... (or) if
somebody was (crop) dusting. There wasn't. But if that thing had burned the
cop, it would have burned the field. And it didn't."
Hayworth, like other residents in town, was not frightened
by the possibility that a UFO may have visited Kerman.
" `It don't worry me," he said. "We sent a
man to the moon and some people believe there may be life on other planets. I
suppose that's possible. But I still don't believe it."
"Meanwhile, at Ma's Cafe near the four-way stop at
the north end of Kerman, several farmers sat around a table, joking about the
" `I've heard of all sorts of things," one
quipped, "but this is something else."
" `Yea," said another, "just because
there's one kook don't mean the whole town's crazy."
"Many of the residents said they thought the officer
who saw the "illumination" was Bill McKinney, but he denied it
heatedly to a reporter - "It wasn't me!" And McKinney added: "If
it would have been me, I wouldn't have said anything to anybody."
Finally, after some checking in nearby Fresno, The Herald
Examiner was able to establish that officer Manuel Amparano was the one who saw
the light and was later treated for the burns.
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"A reporter went to his home, but could only speak to
his wife. No, her husband was not available for an interview. The chief had
told him not to talk to anyone about the incident, least of all out-of-town
reporters. Yes, she thought her husband would be willing to talk - he had
nothing to hide - but only if the chief said it was all right.
"But the chief was adamant. No interviews.
"Recognized UFO experts say the Kerman sighting was classic. Every detail
known about it is typical, including the efforts of local officials to cover up
"Nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman, of Hayward, a
well-known lecturer on UFO's, said that even the time of the sighting was
" `That's an interesting time," he said.
"There are two periods when many are seen - one at about 9 p.m. and one at 3 or 4 in the morning. That time fits very much into the general
pattern," he added, referring to a study of more than 1,000 reported
sightings in this country and a like number in France.
"What about the burns on the officer?
" 'There are other reports of physiological effects
of UFOs," Friedman recalled. "Many of them are consistent with
microwave effects - like a sunburn. It is frequently reported that there is a
feeling on the skin, of heat or a tingling. "
"The weird sounds heard by the two housewives is also
common, Friedman explained.
" 'One of the most striking things about most close
encounters is that the sounds are quite different from those normally
associated with high performance aircraft. "
" `Some say it's a strange hum, a whurr or buzzing
noise like bees. Others say it's like a generator, or a (giant) vacuum
"Freidman went on to say that the Kerman case
reminded him of "One of the more famous close encounters" in Socorro,
N.M., in 1964.
" 'Lonnie Zamora was a cop, well-known and
trusted by everyone in the community including the
mayor," said Friedman.
"He was chasing a speeder, when he saw some. thing go
overhead. It was about 5 o'clock in the afternoon.
"Friedman said Zamora chased the object over rough
terrain and spotted what looked from a distance like a car standing on end with
youngsters around it.
"As he approached, there was a loud noise and the
object took off almost straight up and off toward nearby mountains, apparently
leaving the burns and marks that were formed on the ground.
"He (Zamora) got such a hard time, especially from
the outsiders, that after a while he didn't want to talk about it,"
Friedman said. "He just got dragged over the coals. He eventually went off
the police force."
"Friedman explained, "Most people think most
people don't believe in UFOs when actually they do." "He also said
that a recent Gallup Poll revealed that a majority of Americans believe there
are flying saucers. "When asked whether they thought UFOs were real or the
product of imagination, 57 percent said they were real, 27 percent said
imaginary and 16 percent weren't sure.
"Dr. Jacques Vallee, a computer scientist and author,
recognized as a leading authority on UFOs, agreed with Friedman that the Kerman
encounter was 'a classic."
"Vallee also added that "sometimes people try to
keep it quiet (as in the Kerman sighting) because they are afraid of
"It's not uncommon."
"Regardless of whether the "illumination"
in Kerman was a UFO from outer space, one town resident, 16-year-old Scott
Miller, believes in flying saucers and would like to ride in one.
" 'there has to be UFOs," he said. "In
another galaxy, or somewhere, there has to be those things. If I seen it, I'd
go with them. I'm ready to go anytime."
" Something happened in Kerman. and the town will
never be quite the same again.
July - August 1978 19
And let it begin with Understanding members as they meet
in their Units. Let it begin also with individual members like Gerry Bringle, Bagdad,
Arizona. Gerry writes: "A specific social architectural design for
society can only be drawn up by a Master Architect. However, there is no reason
why the principles or code of conduct cannot be constructed by the ordinary
layman. The foundation for such a code can be layed block by block by individuals
cemented together by a common bond: the need for survival on this planet.
“In sociology when one is dissecting the development and
structure of society and exploring the heart of our social relationships, the
one thing that stands out above all else is the question: `What feeds the
"In an international community the chief concern is
food supply. This includes the law of supply and demand and the distribution of
surplus. The second concern is the advancement toward a society of free men. This
must be based upon equality, self-government which involves cooperative efforts
and conducted in the spirit of harmony proper and fitting to enhance a mature
way of life. Third, values would be re-evaluated based on the total quantity of
socially necessary labor to produce a commodity. This would need to be done
with careful consideration for the direction the whole society wishes to reach.
And finally, educational potentials fulfilled upon a balanced development of
the spiritual, mental, physical and emotional needs of each individual. "
Thank you, Gerry, for thoughtful effort on behalf of
mankind's survival. Do any other readers of Understanding have ideas on the
subject of how to reach a lasting peace? Please send them in for publication.
A while back we asked for help in distributing to
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the second call for such help. Understanding carries the unbiased accounts of
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Time to think about making the trip to Tonopah again for
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29th - 30th and October 1st. That's when it will be. The theme: "Our
Changing World!" A number of highly qualified speakers have been contacted
and some have given their confirmation to be present. One of these, Michael Daddio,
New York City, is a specialist in Dream Dynamics. Dreams are one of the best
sources of guidance for your daily actions in these times of change. He has
taught hundreds how to use their dreams for practical every-day
problem-solving. It will be a treat just to make Michael's acquaintance. He's
young and dynamic and dedicated.
And of course Daniel Fry will be present with scientific
rules for making change as painless as possible. Be sure to start saving the
travel fare. The donation for the three days has been kept to the absolute
minimum in these inflationary days so that many might come; Twenty-five dollars
for all three days. Food will be available but not included in the cost.
And there have some very important changes at Tonopah
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in places that needed paint and the trees and grounds have had a tailoring. The
rest-rooms too have been improved! Need I say more about that? But come and see
self. Brochures with details will be in the mail by
The garden at Tonopah this year is a productive addition
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There has been a brief message from Alan this summer. He
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