CRISIS? .......................................................................................................... 2
VISION OF AMERICA - YEAR 2000 ............................................................................ 3
CONSIDER THE CONCEPT ........................................................................................ 4
THE PEPPERMINT BIBLE ........................................................................................... 4
A GLOBAL LANGUAGE ................................................................................................ 6
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING .................................................................................... 7
UFOs INTERNATIONAL ............................................................................................... 8
poet’s corner .......................................................................................................... 10
USSR-USA TALENT EXCHANGE .............................................................................. 12
world report ........................................................................................................... 12
Book reviews ............................................................................................................ 15
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ......................................................................................... 17
Bulletin board ........................................................................................................ 19
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Dedicated to the propagation
of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who
are not of earth.
"And Energy shall be God, and shall rule the nations
of the Earth. All people shall bow down before it, and shall worship it.
Forsaking conscience and honor, that they may bask in its warmth and loll in
(So far as is known to your editor, the foregoing
quotation does not appear in any part of the Holy Bible, or in any other
theological text, yet it is a prophecy which is rapidly coming to pass in our
present society and technology.)
Man is rapidly becoming incapable of doing anything for
himself. The pair of legs and feet which nature gave him as a propulsion system,
are now used only to operate the gas and brake pedals of his motor vehicle, and
the wonderfully adroit pair of hands are now used only to hold a can of beer,
while turning the dial of the television set. (Automatic tuners are now being
sold, to relieve man of even that chore.)
Everything must now be done by machines, and energy is, of
course, the God of the machine, since it cannot operate, and therefore has no
significance without energy. From the electric toothbrush, the electric carving
knife and can opener, to the electric washer, drier and electric blankets, man
has become the slave of the energy that was intended to be his servant.
In recent months, a few small Arab states, by using their
as an open and undisguised weapon of coercion, have forced
several major nations to forswear their beliefs and abandon their principles,
in order to obtain their quota of needed energy. The United States has not yet
succumbed to this coercion, and probably will not, but only be-cause the Arab
oil supplied to this country has never been sufficient to have any great effect
upon our total energy requirements. If the Arab countries were now shipping us
every drop of oil they could get from their wells, we would still need to find
or to develop huge new sources of energy if we wished to keep our Energy God
securely upon his throne. At the present moment, however, that throne is more
than a little shaky. We have waited too long to begin the development of our
unlimited, and non-polluting energy sources. While we will eventually have all
of the energy we need or want from these sources, there will inevitably be a
period of a year or two when man will have to give some of his machines a
holiday, and learn to do a few things for himself. This will not be nearly as
painful as he may now imagine. It is remarkable how readily and how completely
man can adapt himself to new situations, once he accepts the fact that he must!
We may, in the next few years, rediscover arts and abilities that we had
thought lost forever, and the dethronement of the God of Energy may prove to be
a blessing in disguise.
VISION OF AMERICA - YEAR 2000
(This article, written by 16-year-old Teresa Elizabeth
Tracy of Santa Barbara High School, was sent to us by a reader.)
We are children of the future-pioneers on the verge of
discovering a world of inexpressible horror or fathomless joy. A new age has
dawned; the greatest events in the history of mankind impend and we are the
weight to tip the scales of fate. We will build or destroy, love or hate. Soon,
man must decide forever what course to follow.
Come, follow me to the future world of my dreams-America
in the year 2000. Let me show you what it could be like. Imagine a world free
of fear, without threat of war; with love, trust and friendship taking the
place of hate, prejudice and distrust. What need is there of police or jails?
Everyone works with joy, neighbor helps neighbor, nation aids nation. Because
man has discovered his divinity, balance, harmony and order rule, peace and
prosperity ensue. The arts and sciences flourish, work is pleasure, discipline
a joy, and happiness the norm. Man has found himself! Utopia? No,
America-America in a world cleansed of greed and strife.
There are several ways in which this transformation could
come about-through an atomic holocaust which only the highly evolved
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would be likely to survive, or a cataclysm of such
magnitude that those who were not killed outright would probably die of sheer
again, only the fittest, the highly evolved, would
survive. Whichever one, man would have to forget old grievances and unite in a
common cause. Once more would he remember that he IS his brother's keeper. He
would have to rebuild and start a new life, learning from past mistakes,
avoiding old pitfalls, keeping ever in mind the folly of TAKING by might what
he should earn and RECEIVE by right.
An easier way to attain this goal, of course, would be for
nations and their leaders to come to their senses and realize that the choice
lies between peace or annihilation; to reach an understanding and an amicable
solution to their problems, and to work together toward the common good. Each
of us can hasten this day by being more considerate to his neighbor, stepping
into his shoes, so to speak, the better to feel with, and understand him. By
taking pride in a job well done, striving constantly for improvement and
self-mastery (thereby setting a good example), peace at last becomes a habit, a
way of life.
America, my country! You are the greatest leader of all
time! The world watches and waits to see what example you set. You, country of
the future, have the power to make my dream come true. We are both young, and
the world's blood courses through our veins. Can you lead the way through the
darkness to the light? Can I live up to my convictions and show others the path
to a worthwhile life? This remains to be seen. We are both endowed with the
potential and I pray that we can use it wisely to create that Shangri-La for
which mankind longs.
(The teacher gave her a C minus and asked her never to
write on abstract subjects, but to keep her feet on the ground.)
♦ ♦ ♦
Life itself is invisible. They physical form may be said
to clothe life and give tangible evidence of its movement, but the real life
substance, power, and character of life dwells within the physical forms. It is
this one power which is expressing itself throughout all physical forms, be
they on this planet or on any other throughout the whole cosmos. Thus the life
animating your physical body is fundamentally the same life animating the trees
and flowers, moving this earth around the sun, moving every sun in its galaxy,
and moving every galaxy through the universe. If life moves clearly through the
body which writes these words, then they are spoken by this One and Only Power.
Granny's Family Bible always lay in the same spot on the
window-sill, with her spectacles on top of it and a bag of peppermints at its
side. Religion and peppermints seemed to go together in Granny's estimation.
She liked to suck the one while pondering over the other; and now that she
could no longer go to church, it gave her a feeling of taking part in the
service if she popped a peppermint in her mouth on Sunday morning and opened
the Bible at Proverbs.
I used to wonder why she made such a rite of putting on
her spectacles since she never looked through them but always peered over the
top. But they had belonged to her mother who wore them when reading the same Bible,
and Granny liked to follow in her footsteps. "Besides, it would be a pity
to waste them," she would say thriftily.
There were pictures in Granny's Bible. I liked the Good
Samaritan best of all, but Granny had a leaning towards Daniel because he
reminded her of Uncle Andrew who had gone to America, which was little better
than the Lion's Den, in her opinion.
Apart from its Biblical lore, Granny's Good Book contained
treasures between almost every page, ranging from clippings of Uncle Andrew's
baby-hair and recipes for curing the colic, to pictures of a long-ago
Sunday-School Treat and a pattern for a baby's vest.
Granny would begin by reading to me the story of Joseph
and his Brethren, using her own pronunciation and her own pithy dialect which
would have confounded the prophets. But half-way through her eye would light on
a cutting, and she would be off into a parable of her own, telling me the tale
of some faraway picnic, or living over again the time when she sang "O
Rowan Tree" at the church concert.
When I demanded "a story from the Bible" I was
never sure whether I was to hear about the Burning Bush or the time when Uncle
Andrew stopped the runaway horse; and it was many years before I could be sure
which were Bible stories and which were family episodes. Indeed, I was under
the impression for a long time that Uncle Andrew himself held his place among
the prophets, and was surprised to discover that all Bibles did not contain a
recipe for marmalade in Deuteronomy.
When the minister called to see Granny she would enquire
if he had chosen his text for the following Sunday, and if not would proceed to
choose one for him and to give him his various "headings." He
listened with commendable gravity, and, indeed, often accepted her
advice-though not her phraseology-and doubtless his discourse was all the
better for it. I, myself, was convinced that Granny was the better preacher,
for the parson stuck too closely to the Book for my liking, and had no "tales
on the side" to tell of the speckled hen or the time the chimney
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went on fire.
When neighbors were in trouble and came to Granny for
advice, she would always find consolation for them in the Bible, whether it was
a comforting text or a remedy for the toothache. Indeed, Granny's Bible came to
be looked upon as a village encyclopedia, to be consulted on a wide range of
subjects, from the exact date of the Relief of Mafeking, which was noted down
in spidery writing on a margin, to the best way of taking ink-stains out of a
"It's wonderful what ye'll find in the Bible,"
Granny would remark, peering over her spectacles and sucking contentedly at a
peppermint. "Here's the story o' Noah; and, mercy me, here's a photo o' me
as a lassie. Ay, it's a wonderful book, the Bible."
When will the world wake up to this glaring deficiency:
The crying need to understand one another? Yet, it is no wonder that we wrangle
when we speak so many different languages-and, cannot understand what
people are really saying to us.
Kipling wrote: "We are all islands, shouting lies to
each other across seas of misunderstanding."
We Need a Global Language!
Tell this to our growing thousands of tourists; to our
growing mil-lions of Planetary Citizens. Tell it to everyone who possesses
This is not the first time that strong words have been
shouted from the housetops to this effect, but, with so many "musts"
on the human agenda constant repetition of each "must" is the
sure-fire way to penetrate our thick skulls! Is this compelling enough to catch
your eye? If so, read on. We shall be more calm, but no less urgent.
To many of us a global language is worthy of major
consideration. There is a need for the universal teaching of a one world
language in which essential words will have, as nearly as possible, the same
meanings and connotations for human beings all over our small globe. With all
the easy, effective ways, now available for teaching, this should not be
difficult to undertake, and promptly.
Let all civilized nations decide, without further delay as
the subject has been considered before, what the language should be: Esperanto
or some other. It is said that English is the most widely known and used today,
but many of its absurd spellings could eliminate it as a contender among living
global languages-unless, of course, the worst of such
faults could be corrected.
None of our beautiful languages should ever be lost,
though all languages change somewhat through the ages. Let each nation cherish
and preserve its own language as pure and uncontaminated as is possible, yet,
let each nation foster knowledge and use an agreed-upon universal world
language. Let us no longer communicate at cross purposes with each other
because of misunderstanding, misinterpretations
Life could be simplified with the need to learn only one
language be-sides our own! Naturally, we could learn as many others as we
desire for personal pleasure and service.
Will someone please start the ball rolling again and
again-until, at last, we can intelligibly converse with anyone we may meet
anywhere on earth.
LOUISE KIDDER SPARROW
The following material has been extracted from an article
by Margaret Mead, entitled, "Earth Day: Faith Alone Not Adequate to
Preserve Planet." This appeared in the Houston (Texas)
Chronicle, March 16, 1973.
The day of the vernal equinox, when the sun crosses the
equator and day and night are everywhere of equal length, has been chosen by
thousands of people as Earth Day.
Margaret Mead comments thus:
"Earth Day celebrates the interdependence within the
natural world of all living things, humanity's utter dependence upon
Earth-man's only home and in turn, the vulnerability of this Earth of ours to
the ravages of irresponsible technological exploitation. It celebrates our long
past in which we have learned so much of the ways of the universe, and our long
future, if we apply what we know responsibly and wisely. It celebrates the
importance of the air and the oceans to life and to peace.
"On the blue and white wastes of the picture of Earth
from space, there are no boundary lines, except those made by water and
mountains. Yet, in this picture of the Earth, the harsh impersonal structures
of world politik disappear; there are no zones of influence, political
satellites, international blocs, only peoples who live in lands, on land that
. "In the past, human beings have worshipped the
Earth as a source of fertility, feared its depths as the abode of death,
treated its soil as
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defiling or sacred, covered it with monuments to the
transient glories of political conquest. Today, now that we have at least seen
from space, it has been transformed into our home, the
common home of all of humankind, and all the living creatures on it.
"Everywhere people who observe it can pause to test
their acts, assess the risks of oil spills or strip mining, of clouds of
pollution that blacken their fair skies, of lakes that are dead or dying, of
fertile soil blowing away in dust storms or washing away into the sea. Each
Earth Day they can pause, take stock, and go on again, with renewed
"This is what we can do. The question is, will we?
For the needs of this our home will not be met by prayers and flower offerings,
by pretty slight symbolic ceremonies, or single moments of contrition and
atonement. Earth Day is a grand idea, well founded in our present scientific
knowledge, tied specifically to our solar universe. But the protection of the
Earth is also a matter of day-to-day decisions of how a field is to be
fertilized, a dam built, a crop planted, how some technical process is to be
used to enrich or deplete the soil.
"It is a matter of whether the conveniences of the
moment are to override provision for our children's future. This means very
concrete things-how should plants be built, how should food be preserved, how
crops and men should be defended against insects and weeds. All this involves
decisions, some taken by individuals, some taken by municipal corporations,
some by national governments, some by manufacturers, some by multinational
corporations, and some by the United Nations. .
"Earth Day uses one of humanity's great discoveries,
the discovery of anniversaries by which, throughout time, human beings have
kept their sorrows and their joys, their victories, their revelations and their
obligations alive for re-celebration and re-dedication another year, an-other
decade, another century, another aeon.
"But the noblest anniversary, devoted to the vastest
enterprise now in our power, the preservation of this planet, could
easily become an empty observance if our hearts are not in it. Earth Day cannot
live by faith alone; works are needed . . . ."
♦ ♦ ♦
No man is your enemy; no man is your friend. All alike are
your teachers. Your enemy becomes a mystery that must be solved even though it
takes ages; for man must be understood. Your friend be-comes a part of
yourself, an extension of yourself, a riddle hard to read. Only one thing is
more difficult to know-your own heart.
Remarkable UFO Sightings in Japan
(Special Report from CBA International,
Yokohama, Japan, Oct. 28, 1973)
5-10 FORMATION OF UFOs HOVERS OVER TOYAMA CITY ABOUT THREE
HOURS! -Some 5-10 pale white objects, almost translucent, appeared over Toyama City,
facing the Japan Sea, for nearly three hours from 8:30 p.m., on August 24, 1973. The objects were at first circling slowly, flying side by side in a
long and slender stick-shaped form, or being broadened, or making a round
formation flight, but they suddenly got up speed and disappeared somewhere in a
straight line. While they were repeatedly doing the same, they suddenly stopped
in the air, which caused a sensation for a while, the Kita Nihon Shimbun, a
local paper reported.
It was approximately 1,000 to 2,000 m. high and more than
300 people were baffled to watch the sky for a long time. Even a passing taxi
driver stopped his car to look up at the objects. The size of the objects was
approximately more than a crescent each, never the size of any birds, they
The next day, the local paper Kita Nihon Shimbun published
a photograph of those mysterious objects caught in 250 mm telephoto lens by the
paper's cameraman, M. Omokata, at about 10:30 at night.
Meanwhile, information similar to this rushed, one after
another, to Toyama Astronomical Observatory for a few days. The paper said that
it was examined whether or not it is the American Skylab coming near recently,
but the time was different from that of the Skylab, so the objects still remain
UFO Sighted Over Bangkok
(Courtesy CBA International, Japan)
(Mainichi Daily News, Saturday, September 1,
BANGKOK (AFTP)-An unidentified flying object (UFO) was
reported seen in downtown Bangkok Thursday night.
Christina Leow Rakwong, 13, told the press she saw the UFO
in a half wing shape with lights going on and off above it, passing behind two
modern buildings located in Sukhumvit Avenue.
Lisanette Hansen who was with Christina also said she saw
the same UFO and its small square windows with bright lights inside. Christina
who saw it first said the UFO went very slowly and smoothly without making any
noise behind the buildings and disappeared heading towards the port of Bangkok.
Both are students. They said they believe what they had seen was a flying
Two reporters of a local newspaper said they saw a UFO
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blue flashing lights and in between them a flashing red
light as they were riding on Sukhumvit at about eight Thursday night.
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UFOs Said Sighted Throughout World
(Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun, Sunday,
Oct. 21, 19731 By Fred Coleman
LONDON-(AP)-Pilots flying a commercial jetliner over
Portuguese Mozambique in southern Africa earlier this year reported they had
been trailed by a strange object between Beira and Lourenco Marques.
Across the equator to the north nearly 6,000 miles away in
Denmark, about 30 persons independently reported seeing a transparent oval
object flying near Elsinore, legendary site of Hamlet's castle.
These were two of the hundreds of reports every year from
all parts of the globe claiming to have sighted an unidentified flying object,
Despite the volume of such reports, governments tend to
treat them cynically and even UFO amateur societies question the reliability of
many purported sightings.
Norman Oliver, a spokesman for the British Unidentified
Flying Object Research Association, estimated that eight or nine of every 10
sightings can be explained as a hoax, hallucination, airplane, balloon or some
other plausible occurrence.
Oliver's organization still worries about the other one or
two reported sightings.
"An increase in reports does not necessarily mean
there are more UFOs flying about," Oliver said in an interview. "It
could just mean that more people are looking up or reporting UFOs."
The PA survey, though unscientific, showed remarkable
similarities between the experience of amateur societies in different countries.
Sweden reported about 200 sightings a year. The amateur society there-UFO
Sweden-said only 20 or so are considered of any interest and are filed after
documentation. This works out to 10 per cent, the same figure used in Britain.
♦ ♦ ♦
What have you shared today-a smile, a greeting, a letter,
a conversation, a book-to help promote a better understanding among the peoples
♦ ♦ ♦
Understanding is acceptance, not merely tolerance, of
another's way of life.
let me walk a little way with
come - be my sister - be my
let me walk a little way with
maybe we can get to understand
let us talk about the ways of
the way bright green fields
bloom in Summer,
childhood games: the happy
songs they sing,
and solemn stillness of cities
deep in slumber.
your load is heavy and so is
we were meant to share our
common joys and sorrows ...
given the will - and just a
little more time,
we can cross that bridge to a
color, race and all those
that keep us parted from each
fade away - and let the sun
come - and let us walk along
the way together.
♦ ♦ ♦
I am no longer I, but someone
Larger than the one who
entered your door.
I had changed, yes, I had
grown a foot;
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just how or why, I'd be hard put.
year I struggled, worked and fought
rock and beetle to keep what I had wrought.
dragged by as something stricken with age;
grew short, my thoughts less sage.
with which I started, had to take a tumble,
boast their gains, Let me be humble.
neither horse, nor wagon, nor harvest crops inside,
I did not
feel, nor could I show, a single ounce of pride.
And when I
grew content with working, and with living,
with very little, content to be forgiving,
I was no longer I, but some one more,
than the man who entered at your door.
grown; I can't explain, won't try,
But I say
a prayer for him with the hopeless eye.
♦ ♦ ♦
Communication alone won't solve all the problems of man
and his world. But it can clarify issues, remove obstacles, humanize
relation-ships and open the way for workable solutions.
CHRISTOPHER NEWS NOTES
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On October 28, 1973, the Bell System Family Theatre
presented a rather unique viewing experience, Peggy Fleming Visits the
This program was unusual in that tapings were being shown
in both the USA and the USSR on the same evening.
The theme centered on the mutual talent display of
performing artists from both countries. Among the Soviet performers were the
Moscow Civic Ballet on Ice, the Moscow Circus, the Kirov Ballet, and the Obrasova
In this writer's opinion, the program afforded a fine
opportunity to view the Soviet humor, sense of entertainment, and standards of
per-forming excellence which are indeed quite admirable. Still another
ex-citing facet of this show was the chance to see what can be done when people
from two different facets of human society come together in creative
'Light in East'
(Daily Courier, Grants Pass, Ore.. Dec, 13, 1973)
Idaho (AP)-A Fruitland man and his wife have reported a mysterious, eerie,
blinding light hovering near their car as they drove along eastern Oregon
Larry Wood said the object had a "whiteness so pure
it was startling."
The incident occurred about a week ago, he said.
Wood said they were traveling about 15 miles north of McDermitt,
Nev., about 2 a.m. when they first spotted the bright light.
"At first I thought it was a large vehicle up on the
mountainside using a spotlight or something," Wood said. "As the car
came closer and we could see open landscape, the light was still there. And it
wasn't on any mountainside, it was in the sky."
Wood said he stopped to observe the light and it suddenly
disappeared. After Wood resumed driving, the light shone again and it was
visible until they reached the bottom of the Marsing hill in Idaho, he said.
The Woods said they observed the light, which intermittently turned on and off,
for nearly 150 miles.
He said darkness prevented seeing the object itself, but
Wood commented, "It had a large shaft of white light extending from the
bottom of the craft that looked at least 10 feet in diameter from where we were
The light extended toward the ground, but Wood said they
couldn't see any illumination on the ground itself.
Paul Kiepe, Payette, area investigator for the Aerial Phenomenon
Research Organization, said thousands of such encounters with unidentifiable
objects in the sky have been reported.
Kiepe said the APRO organization has reports of observers
forced to leave automobiles because of sudden, excessive heat caused by unidentified
(Daily Courier, Grants Pass, Ore., Jan. 7,
DUBLIN (AP)-"Discos are a new development designed by
the devil for crazy youngsters to make them even more crazy," said Judge
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at Naas Court, County Kildare.
He said the psychedelic lights which rotated at high speed
could drive people out of their minds.
The judge was hearing an objection to the granting of a
dance license to an hotel.
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Unidentified Submerged Object
(Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, Thursday,
Nov. 8, 1973)
PASCA GOULA, Miss.- (UPI) - Another strange object has
been sighted on the Pascagoula river where two fishermen reported being taken
aboard a spacecraft by weird creatures several weeks ago.
The Coast Guard called the latest sighting "an
unidentified submerged illuminating object."
Raymond Ryan, 42, said he saw the object while fishing on
the river Tuesday night. The Coast Guard confirmed the sighting.
Ryan said the underwater light followed his boat and
repeated efforts to beat the thing away with an oar only made the light get
At first, he related, he decided not to tell anyone about
the sighting. Much publicity has surrounded the reported sighting several weeks
ago of an unidentified flying object in the same vicinity by two other Pascagoula
fishermen who claim they were taken aboard the craft by creatures with claws.
But Ryan said he finally summoned his twin brother, Rayme,
and the two of them went back to the brackish waters and poked at the light
with oars again.
The Coast Guard station in New Orleans said Wednesday the
Ryan brothers went to Coast Guard officials in Pascagoula.
"At 9:40 p.m. the Coast Guard at Pascagoula
dispatched a 16-foot boat to investigate the object," a spokesman said.
"The object was located in 4 to 6 feet of water,
moving at 4-6 knots," the Coast Guard report said. The officers named the
object "an unidentified submerged illuminating object," and described
it as "an amber beam, 4-6 inches in diameter, attached to a bright, metal
Coast Guard officials said they tried to retrieve the
object, but "it would appear to go out and move away and then
Blind See Colors By ESP
(National Enquirer, Dec. 13, 1973)
Totally blind people have been taught to "see"
colors in an ESP experiment that a parapsychologist calls "fabulous"
and another scientist says is "mind-boggling."
The blind people (16 totally blind volunteers) were able
to correctly distinguish between black and white sheets of paper 65% of the
time in more than 2,000 attempts, and between red and green sheets, 70 percent
of the time in over 2,000 tries, according to parapsychologist Douglas Dean,
who made the statistical analysis of the results.
The experiment was carried out at Rosary Hill College in Buffalo
by Carol Liaros, a psychic who teaches people to see an "energy aura"
which she says surrounds a person or object.
The blind were taught to relax, then pass their hands over
sheets of white or black paper. At first it was guesswork, but in eight weeks
most were able to differentiate between black and white. Then we tried red and
green, with many able to make the distinction of color.
Some were able to pick up auras-tell where a person was in
the room by "seeing" the aura. "Toward the end, some were able
to name different objects-marbles, dice, light bulbs-and working with
photo-graphs tell with uncanny accuracy which were pictures of men and which of
Dr. Sean Zieler, clinical psychologist at Veteran's
Hospital in Buffalo, believes blind people may be more open to extra-sensory
feelings, and messages sent to our brain by the eyes may be sent by different
methods in their case.
One woman told of learning to scan articles and get the
feel of color through her fingers. Another woman reported - "One night at
home I went into my bedroom and to my amazement the whole room was lit up in
chartreuse-I could see the outlines of the bed and the dresser in the glow. And
it wasn't coming through my eyes-it was coming through my head."
Said Barbara Engel, 26, who experienced the same situation
on two other nights in different rooms, "I have great hopes that the
experiment might be the start of something that will help us make our way in
♦ ♦ ♦
Tailed By UFO
(Medford (Ore.) Mail Tribune, Nov. 19,
BROWNSVILLE, Tex. (UPI)-Cameron County Deputies Eddie
Gonzalez and Frank Lopez told their superiors last week they were tailed by a
funny kind of thing with a red light on top. and a yellow light on the bottom
that hovered 50 to 60 feet above the ground.
They said they were driving three prisoners from the Rio
Grande Valley to the state prison in Huntsville. They were just north of Brownsville
at 6:30 a.m. when the thing appeared overhead.
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Gonzalez said when he stopped his station wagon, the thing
stopped too. When he speeded up, the thing kept pace.
They notified officials of an unidentified flying object
in their presence and Harlingen and San Benito police answered the call. They
re-ported seeing the thing too.
All the officers converged on a point near San Benito,
watched the thing hover silently 50 to 60 feet in the air for 30 minutes before
it "zoomed straight up into the sky and disappeared."
Investigating the Unexplained
(INVESTIGATING THE UNEXPLAINED, Ivan T.
Sanderson, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, N. J., 1972. $7.95.)
This will be the last tome the late Ivan T. Sanderson will
ever write on the mysterious, Fortean and the unknown. Perhaps in this book,
Sanderson contemplated his death, for he said in his Epilogue:
"So, all I want to say in taking leave of you, is
that I am willing to put it on the line now: First, that there is a hell of a
lot going on of which we are not aware and of which we are usually not
informed; and, second, the explanation for just what is going on in these more
abstruse fields can only be interpreted in accepting the fact that ours is not
the only universe."
Sanderson had been scratching his head, wrinkling his
nose, and staring pensively into the sky for years-before John Keel began
writing on "ultraterrestrials" that materialize before us, and Jessup
speculated on "other dimensions" in his books, or Drake speculated
that the gods of ancient were real and physical-and his conclusion that
"other universes coexist" closely with ours should have made him just
as successful as Daniken, and as rich. But alas!
What else could explain what Sanderson called "fafrotskies"
and "oopths" (falls from the skies and out of place things). Legions
of frogs, fishes, reptiles, blood, hair and other oddities which fell from the
sky and made absolutely no sense to conventional science.
Why should one species of frog, of the same size and weight, come down at the
same time and place? Why out of their normal regions-and landing "from a
clear midday sky"? Science has never really attempted to find out.
Sanderson lumps UFO's in the general category of
"falls from the skies" and "out of place things." And he
makes the interesting observation that UFO's had been dumping pure magnesium,
lead, tin and other metals long before aircraft made the scene. One can't help
but think of the high purity Ubatuba, magnesium UFO fragments found in Brazil
in 1957. It has been speculated that "pure" metals have been part of
the operating mechanism of the UFO's.
And would "multiple universes" explain rare
coins, neolithic-type flint axes, and "bits of marble statuary of a
completely unknown origin"? Where were they being held all these years-and
for what reason?
Sanderson speculates that "intervention" from
other universes would explain the arrival of the sea serpents, such as the Loch
Ness monster, the "giant bats," the "flying reptiles,"
unusual penguins, past destructions, ancient models of "space gliders,"
and "ancient construction machinery," ancient electronics, and a host
of other Fortenisms.
Just as remarkable is Sanderson's tracing of the original
Zodiac-which tends to leave astrology on shaky ground.
"The astrologers' much beloved Zodiac has nothing
whatsoever to do with ancient astrology, except that its various 'houses' might
reflect the most notable characteristics of certain peoples (of that
time)," Sander son said. "The Zodiac was nothing more than traveling
directions for anybody setting out in any direction from the head of the Persian
Gulf." Unfortunately, we aren't totally convinced that cases of "spontaneous
combustion" can be attributed to the imbalance of phosphate-potassium
compounds in the body, as Sanderson speculates. Would that explain destruction
that is so complete and total as to completely disintegrate one area of the
body, yet leave totally unharmed other parts? We can thank Sanderson for this
imaginative series of theories. Many will say that Sanderson now confronts the
biggest mystery of all time-at the end of this life.
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What we need is a "Pentagon of World
Friendship," a body as efficient in making friends as the existing
Pentagon is in making war materials.
DAVID E. MASON
MARCH 1974 17
Dear Dr. Fry:
On February 24, 1973 I sent you a copy of a UFO sighting I
made. Since that time I have kept a careful record of all unexplainable objects
I have observed. I have made quite a few sightings, some of which could be
explained as atmospheric phenomena. However, several of them could not possibly
be explained away. I would like to share these sightings with you.
Date: February 28, 1973
Location: Over woods near my home
Time: 10:25 p.m.
Duration: 50 sec.
Witnesses: Two-mother and self
Description (through binoculars): The object was clearly a
solid, circular shape. It glowed a very bright orange. It did not blink nor
were there any other lights. The object was the size of a half-dollar at arm's
When I first saw the UFO it was about 30-50 feet over the
tops of trees in front of our house. It suddenly began to rise vertically to a
height of 100 feet, then shot down to about 30 feet again over the trees. At
this time I called my mother outside. We watched as the object began to move
very slowly eastward over the trees. When it was nearly out of sight, it lit up
very brilliantly, then disappeared.
Date: March 12, 1973
Location: Western sky
Sky: Clear Time: 5:50 p.m.
Duration: 20-25 minutes
Wind: Very light
Description (through binoculars): The larger object was a
clearly de-fined, disc-shaped vehicle. The color was orange. I could see a
metallic reflection under the orange glow. Smaller objects were a clearly
defined round shape. They were blue, surrounded by an intense white glow. Large
object was size of two half-dollars at arm's length. Smaller ones were size of
nickel at arm's length.
My neighbor called my attention to the sighting. When I
got outside there was a jet flying toward the west. Suddenly two globes of blue
and white light approached the jet. They came very near the jet, then abruptly
changed direction and disappeared. The jet flew out of sight. Now an orange
disc-shaped object came up very quickly from the East, flew above us, turned
left and headed toward the S.E. Horizon. It slowed down when it neared the
horizon, stopped and hovered there for about ten minutes. While hovering, it
tilted downward and a white light appeared on top. When the white light
appeared, the two blue and white globes returned, flew to the larger object and
all three objects flew off westward.
MARCH 1974 19
These are just two of the sightings I have made this year,
but I felt they were the most interesting. The only explanation I can offer is
that they were extra-terrestrial vehicles, here for a definite purpose.
I shall continue to keep my eyes open for UFOs and I will
continue to send you my observations.
Mr. Terry W.
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