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Filer's Files
By George Filer

MUFON Eastern Region Director
July 16, 1998

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Professor Herman Oberth, the German rocket expert considered the father of the space age stated in the American Weekly, October 24, 1954: "It is my thesis that flying saucers are real and that they are space ships from another solar system. I think that they possibly are manned by intelligent observers who are members of a race that may have been investigating our earth for centuries."


A New York Police helicopter and a Plasma UFO were photographed by Alex Cavallari near J. F. Kennedy Airport on July 3, 1998. Alex was outside barbecuing dinner at 5:30 PM when he heard the roar of a helicopter at low altitude heading his way. Alex said, "I had the camera ready, when the helicopter approached heading west over exit # 9 of the Belt Parkway. As I waited for the helicopter to enter my field of view, I noticed flashes and what looked like a big muffin shaped light form. I took pictures as fast as the camera would take them. The helicopter circled around and came back to about the same location as before. I spotted some spherical shaped Plasma objects near or in the cloud height of 7,000 to 10,000 feet. The Orbs all appear to be of the "Standard White Plasma Orb Craft" design but some of the brightest I have observed. They all appeared to be illuminated from within and emitting some form of white optical energy. The intensity of the white color was greater then any other object in the area. There was no glare or light haze seen around the Orbs, but they were emitting light. The appearance of the white Plasma Orbs and craft are distinct and very different from any other light or illumination known making them easy to identify. They have a special "look" all there own. This is not ball lightning or any other known form of lightning discharge.
The photograph clearly shows a "Plasma Muffin" craft which has angular and or curved sides. There is a dark area in the middle and a funnel shaped area under the craft. This "conductive path" appears to lead to an area in the middle of and on top of the plasma muffin. This outline appears to be a formation of electrical pressure that makes a noticeable path through the sky. The plasma technology appears to use a form of electricity as a means to enter and exit our "time and space. Thanks to Alex Cavallari.

Editors Note: When the craft enter our atmosphere they appear to be surrounded by a bubble of Electromagnetic energy or plasma. This energy does not appear to be hot, but balanced in negative and positive charges. This bubble of energy makes photography difficult, but Alex is to be commended for his ability to photograph these UFOs on a regular basis. New scientific theories such as those proposed by Princeton’s physicists J. Richard Gott and Li-Xin Li in the U.S. News and World Report’s July 20, 1998, article Is Ours the Only Universe?, may help explain what we are photographing in our skies. The article states’ "From the eternal mother universe could spring universes such as ours, with expanding frontiers and a one-way arrow of time. Each "normal" cosmos would have other normal universes branching off from it, generated by black holes or inflation or whatever the bang mechanism is ultimately proved to be. If a time traveler could follow the chain of genesis backward, eventually the mother universe would be found. But from that point there would be nowhere to go."


On July 10, 1998, Ed P was walking near his home in Brick, NJ when he spotted an object approaching in the sky. It moved slowly, and never changed speed or direction. It seemed to be about 1000 feet in altitude and moved over me traveling toward the South East around 8PM. Ed states, "I watched for more than a minute and it appeared larger than a marble, but smaller than a golf ball at arms length. It had no wings or fins. It was saucer shaped and somewhat rounded or spherical. One side was very dark, perhaps black. The other side was brightly lit. The sun had set but it was still very light out. The UFO rotated so the bright side and the dark side became visible during each rotation. Each rotation was about 2 seconds. It did not rotate on any axis you might normally think of. It just tumbled along. The light it gave off was very bright but not as bright as looking at a 75 watt light bulb. The light was white but as it rotated, sometimes I could see a bit of red. I called the local police and the Asbury Park Press to see if anyone else reported it and the answers were negative. This was a very unusual object.

Last summer, I and a neighbor, saw a blinking object go from horizon to horizon in 3 to 5 seconds. Since then, he said he saw it three more times. The blinks were elongated into streaks. Now I am wondering it these sightings were of the same object. The July object if traveling fast could have appeared to streak, because the light was in motion like a rotating beacon. It caused many little spots in my vision to dance around. I looked away and saw from the object into the clear sky and little spots were dancing all over my eyes. I continued to watch the object until it was out of sight. A short time later, I realized that the little spots were all gone. I had never seen spots or little dots before or since. I am a 55 year old Electrical Engineer and I work for the government. This object just defied gravity as it floated along, slowly rotating. I wonder who it belongs to and what it is doing. Our Government knows a lot more than me and I know what I saw so I am wondering what the Government knows. I am wondering why they are so quite on this subject. I am inclined to think this was not part of a black project. I got a good look at this UFO and it was a solid object. I don't mind talking about this, but I want to remain anonymous. Thanks to Ed P.


Stan Gordon reports, "I have received information on yet another UFO sighting which was reported on July 12, 1998 at about 8:45P.M. from Suttersville, PA in Westmoreland County, about 25 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The witness owns a telescope and is familiar with the planets. He was watching some aircraft when he noticed a bright star like source of light approximately WSW of his location in the generally clear sky. After a short time he went inside to get his telescope to take a better look at it. Through the telescope he saw a solid white globe, but the center was more transparent. Just above the globe was another smaller sphere that was making a continuous back and forth motion, in a somewhat circular fashion over it. The smaller white sphere would move from a 10 o'clock to a 2 o'clock position, then would reverse this motion. It would take about one second to move right, then another second to reverse back. This continued for over two minutes. The globe itself appeared stationary while under observation. The object remained in the telescope eyepiece, and he did not have to move the scope such as when he is observing planets or stars. He tried to have a neighbor look at the object but was unsuccessful. Thanks to Stan Gordon contact information: PA UFO Hotline (24 hrs.) 724-838-7768 snail mail: P.O. Box 936, Greensburg, PA 15601


MUFON’s John Thompson reports that many of the best UFO sightings in Georgia have been on water near the Chattahoochee River and West Point Lake. The car size plasma UFO of June 16, 1998, was in my best estimation, real. I have now talked to several other people who have seen this phenomenon of "fireballs" being generated by intense storms. One gentlemen I talked to claims that during Hurricane Opal that a Z strip of three feet wide by about 100 feet long was "burned into his turnup-greens by the fire of Opal." This occurred near the same spot that the fireball was seen on Colquitte street in LaGrange. He says the soil was not burned, just a huge brown Z made into his turnup-green patch. To this day--three years later--he says crops do not grow as tall or good if planted in this Z. Another fellow I talked to said he had seen fireballs generated by a lightning strike that "holds on." This appears more of a ball lightning nature that is powered with a lightning "capacitor." The balls generated by the huge discharge of electricity go shooting across the ground he said. There is also a report of a huge rolling fireball during Hurricane Opal that was seen in Cannonville. There seems to be a pattern where the storms track and how UFOs track. On a SW to NE line from Cannonville through LaGrange at Colquitte street and onto Ragland street in east LaGrange, there is an high occurrence of storm "edge-points" and UFO sightings. Could there be some relationship between how severe storms repeatedly track and where UFOs fly? Is there less electrical resistance along these routes? Thanks to John Thompson, MUFON State Section Director.


On Friday July 10, 1998 at 3:49 pm EST, a woman driving north on US-127 near Leslie, Michigan (15 miles south of Lansing) noticed "the glint of a silvery object" near a small cumulous cloud. She described the object as the size of a Cessna-type aircraft, but "perfectly round like a steel BB". She further noticed "a shiny band around the middle" of the object. The object seemed to "slide up against the edge of the cumulous cloud, rolled down so that the top reflected a shine and then it rolled up so that the bottom then reflected the shine". She noted that the "shiny band" stayed in the middle of the object which enabled her to determine which side that the reflection came off of. She noted that the object then "slid/flew into the edge" of the cloud from which it never reappeared.

On July 3, 1998, around 3 PM EST, a 14 year old boy had a sighting of a "flashlight UFO" at Blue Lake Fine Arts Music Camp in Twin Lake, ten miles east of Lake Michigan. The boy was in an outdoor pavilion rehearsing on the violin with other orchestra students when he looked up. He saw a strange object that resembled a "metal gray flashlight with a nose bigger than the back end". He could see no windows or lights on it. It was flying in a "straight horizontal line" west towards Lake Michigan. The object was at a high altitude, and at arm's length was as big as his index finger. He saw it for ten seconds before it flew into a very large cloud. When asked if he pointed out the object to any of the others in the orchestra he replied, "No, because the teacher would've said I was disturbing the rehearsal". Thanks to Marilyn Ruben from AAER at and Jeff S. Westover.


Emerald Lake, Yukon Bill Oliver reports that on July 2, 1998, A man with two or three other co-workers was constructing a log house overlooking Emerald Lake. He paused to look up at a mountainside across the highway to see if he could spot any sheep at 9:45 AM. In a draw or gully running up the mountainside, he noticed an extremely bright reflective object flying around, perhaps 20 feet above the tree tops. When he spotted the UFO, it swooped down the mountainside and zoomed over the worker's heads. In those few seconds all he could say was "look, look, look" and it was gone. The others didn't look up fast enough to see it. It was the size of a softball, highly reflective, almost blinding, and appeared to have a metallic finish. Understandably, the fact that his buddies didn't see the object made him upset. What was worse, a few of the guys made fun of him. So much so that a fight almost ensued. The witness never had an interest in UFOs before this but was convinced that there was some form of intelligence guiding this object. On his drive home to Whitehorse, he shook his fist out the window up at the sky and yelled "come back here!" The witness spent an hour relating his story repeatedly to Lorraine Bretlyn, a Whitehorse UFO investigator. Thanks to Bill Oliver at


Ufologist Bob Durant writes, "Several years ago I wrote an article for IUR called "Evolution of Public Opinion on UFOs." This consisted of rounding up public opinion polls on UFOs taken by the Gallup Organization, Roper, and Audits and Surveys. As of the time of writing, I had 13 polls, the first done in August 1947, the last in 1993. Since then the topic has gotten so "hot" with the media that there are many recent polls. The data was collated and analyzed, then passed to half a dozen ufologists for comment. Mainly, I wanted them to tell me why the public had slowly but steadily increased their belief in the reality of UFOs in the face of overwhelmingly negative positions taken by the government, organized science, and journalism. The final version of my paper included those commentaries. One question asked in many of these polls was, "Have you ever seen a UFO?" The responses varied from poll to poll, but an average of maybe 12% of adult Americans said "yes." That is a statistical starting point for the answer to your question about how many UFO sightings have occurred. Lots of assumptions must be made, such as assuming one sighting per lifetime per "yes" person. That would give 250 million times 12 percent, or 30 million UFO sightings. Is this figure valid if extrapolated for the entire population of the planet? I dunno, because there are no equivalent polls in other countries that I know about. But certainly UFO sightings seem to occur throughout the world, so on a "why not" assumption, 12% of the world's population becomes a staggeringly high number. I won't argue this too long and too hard, but from the U.S. poll figures it is obvious that the UFO data base we ufologists work with is woefully inadequate. How many of the sightings reported by poll respondents would qualify as serious enough for us to study, is another matter entirely. Put another way, how many of the 30 million U.S. sightings are what Navy physicist Dr. Bruce Maccabbee calls "TRUFOs" -- True UFOs??? Phil Klass would say zero, others would say ten million, and so on. Citing Project bluebook stats is no help, in that from the record they seem to have "explained" a great many cases with preposterous "explanations." But as I understand the question, it was simply a query about how many UFO sightings have we got? Assuming the "we" in this case is the American public at large, and not the government or civilian UFO report collections, I think the 30 million number is about right. Back to the 12% figure, which I find astonishingly high. My opinion/speculation about how belief that UFOs are "real" went from zero in the time period 1947 through about 1960, and then steadily increased to over 51%, is as follows. When Mr. or Mrs. America sees a UFO, they don't run out and tell the papers or TV about it. They are very circumspect, knowing how the topic has been demeaned and ridiculed. So they tell only those closest to them, the wife, the husband, the very closest friends. In this way the "word" spreads, slowly but surely and with great long term impact. In this way the usual means of communication in our society, the media, has been totally and efficiently bypassed. Thanks to MUFON’s Bob Durant and for his great birthday party.


Apparently the Clemontine Navy Spacecraft has just released photographs of spectacular spires or monoliths on the Moon. These spires were first discovered in the mid-1960s, on photographs acquired by both Russia's Luna 9 and America's Orbiter-2 spacecraft. They are grouped together at two widely separated locations on the Moon. Irene McDonald first sent me photographs many years ago of these rather spectacular anomalies. The newer just released photos create more wonder and excitement because they just seem too tall and smooth to be natural phenomena. When first discovered, the Soviet press theorized that they were "stone markers" or alien pillars. A NASA geologist claims that the measurements of the shadows of the spires indicate they are taller than the tallest buildings on Earth. The shadows on my NASA photograph casts huge thin shadows for thousands of feet across the landscape of the moon. I always wonder why there is so little interest in these anomalies, that seem to infer an ancient civilization on the moon.


Port Washington, Wisconsin Jackie Shanti reports that on July 10, 1998, strange markings were found in a wheat field. Three large circles approximately 90 feet across and connected by a slightly curved line were discovered. There was no sign of an entrance or exit to the field. Their Phone Number: 414-962-9517, Address: 3400 N Frederick Milwaukee WI 53211. Thanks to Jackie Shanti.


John Thompson writes, The Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) panel's recommendations sounds allot like yours, George. Their recommendations for what to do sound like they were taken from your proposal of nearly two years ago. Peter A. Sturrock writes:
The purpose of this section is to Summarize ideas of what might be done to implement the panel's suggestions that were presented in their Summary Report (Section 1). The panel's observations and recommendations may perhaps be summarized very briefly as follows: The UFO problem is not simple and should receive more attention, with an emphasis on physical evidence; regular contact between UFO investigators and the scientific community would be helpful, as also would institutional support; and the possibility of health risks associated with UFO events should not be ignored. The panel was greatly impressed by work reported from GEPAN/SEPRA, the French project originally GEPAN and now known as SEPRA (see Appendix 1), and there is no doubt that the best prospect for real advance in our understanding of the UFO problem would be the creation of similar projects in other countries, for the following reasons:
1. Such a project could be mandated to obtain access to relevant data such as police records, radar records, etc.
2. The project could organize and draw upon a network of laboratories and consultants.
3. The project could set up and maintain a central database.
4. The project could construct and operate one or more mobile "observatories" that would include a number of cameras and other detectors including, as a minimum, optical, infrared, spectroscopic, acoustic, magnetic and radiation instruments.
5. New cases could be investigated from the outset purely on the basis of data collected by official channels and procedures.
6. If there is indeed a health hazard associated with some events related to the UFO problem, some government office should offer a response to this hazard. Even the most speculative hypotheses could be evaluated by a well conceived and well supported project. For instance, an analysis of the isotopic composition of material specimens could provide evidence that a specimen is probably of extraterrestrial origin, and analysis of the spectra of stationary objects, if it were to yield evidence of red-shifts or blue-shifts corresponding to a fraction of the speed of light, could indicate that some extraordinary physical process is involved. However, material specimens are rare, and it would take special equipment (that does not now exist) to obtain high- resolution spectra of transient and unpredictable sources. We realize that not every country could duplicate GEPAN/SEPRA, since not every country has a national police force similar to the French gendarmerie. Furthermore, the creation of any such project would represent a political act that can be taken only by a national government for its own reasons or in response to public pressure. For these reasons, it is necessary to be realistic and look for more modest approaches that could be initiated without government action. It would appear that progress is most likely to come about through incremental changes in institutional support and incremental changes in level of interest, these changes occurring symbiotically. We therefore inquire into what small positive changes could be made by scientists and by private institutions such as societies, journals, universities and foundations.

The most important change that could be made by scientists is to become curious. In view of the fact that modern UFO reports began in 1947, in view of the emergence of clear patterns in UFO reports (as was established some time ago by Poher [1973] among others), and in view of great public interest, it is remarkable that the scientific community has exhibited so little curiosity in the past. There is no doubt that this lack of curiosity is due in part to a lack of reliable and accessible information. When Sturrock carried out a survey of members of the American Astronomical Society in 1975, he asked if members would like to obtain more information about the UFO problem, and most respondents replied that they would (Sturrock, 1994; b; c). Sturrock also asked whether members would like to acquire this information from lectures, symposia, books, or journal articles; most respondents wanted only journal articles. At that time, most editors of most scientific journals would not consider accepting an article on the UFO problem. Since that time, the SSE has been founded, and its journal is now in its 12th year of publication. However, the journal can be found in only a few university libraries. Hence the situation persists that it is not easy for scientists to obtain information about the UFO problem by the normal process of going to the library and looking up journal articles. Thanks to Peter A. Sturrock and SSE.

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