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Volume 7
Number 20
May 14, 2002

Editor: Joseph Trainor

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SIXTO PAZ DISCUSSES THE XENDRA EXPERIENCE

No UFO event since the Varginha crash has generated as much controversy as the Xendra Experience. Last week, Peruvian ufologist Sixto Paz gave an interview in which he described the events leading up to the appearance of the Xendra near Rancagua, Chile.

Back in February 2002, Paz visited Quintero, Chile and predicted that "an alien contact event" would soon occur. On Friday, March 29, 2002, Paz and several members of Grupo Rama, a Chilean New Age group, held a three-day UFO seminar at Los Cipreses National Park near Rancagua, a city 120 kilometers (72 miles) south of the capital, Santiago de Chile. The seminar members camped out on a bluff overlooking the Rio Cipreses canyon. On Sunday, March 31, 2002, Paz announced that a Xendra (pronounced Shenn-drah --J.T.) was "forming in the air" near the rim of the canyon. Twenty-four Chileans, many of them Grupo Rama members, left the meeting area and walked beneath the Xendra, which was described as "a blue arch" or "a luminous arch" 16 square meters (429 square feet) wide. (See UFO Roundup, volume 7, number 16 for April 16, 2002, "The Xendra Mystery," page 1.)

From this point on, accounts of what happened vary wildly. Some witnesses claim that the participants turned transparent and vanished. Eyewitness Camilo Valdivieto said the humans did not disappear but simply "lost their materiality" by entering another dimension.

Eduardo Fouri, an observer from Centro de Fenomeno Aereos Anomalos (CEFAA), Chile's official UFO investigatory agency, said that nothing happened, that there was no blue arch, and that people were just wandering around aimlessly.

However, Sixto Paz insists that the 24 volunteers "did have an interdimensional experience" at Rio Cipreses. In an interview with Terra Chile, Paz said, "The initial effort was made to ensure excellence by trying to keep a large number of people from attending, only those who had been prepared over time for the importance of the (contact) mission--constancy, continuity and discipline--to maintain the right vibratory level" for entry into the Xendra.

Despite his efforts, however, 180 people showed up at Los Cipreses National Park, clamoring for a part in the rumored contact event.

"Everyone wanted to be at the site to see what would happen," Paz reported, "This was a serious error, because neither I nor anyone else is the 'lucky rabbit's foot' that can ensure an alien contact experience. This depends exclusively upon each and every one of the participants, as well as the conditions I just mentioned."

"From a height we could see the impressive canyon of the Rio Cipreses, safeguarded by steep and mighty red-and-gray mountains. The vista was incredible and truly stunning. The sky was clear, without any clouds or haze."

"It was a new (campsite) area, recently laid out. For this reason, the restrooms and other facilities were operational but still unfinished. This location guaranteed solitude and privacy since most park visitors tend to go to well-known areas."

"The first thing that was done at the (camp) site was to designate locations for objects being unloaded from cars, and then we worked on the harmonization and protection of the area. To achieve this, everyone present formed two large circles, and we issued a prayer or meditation to the guardian spirits of the four corners of the Earth and the seven Galactic Directions, drawn from the magnificent teachings of the great modern prophet, Jose Arguelles of Las Trece Lunas (The Thirteen Moons) movement."

When the 24 participants passed beneath the Xendra, each encountered entities which were described as "robed, bald-headed humanoids" and were given separate messages. While the individual messages varied, Paz explained, there were two predictions that were common to all.

One, that Chile would be the site of more alien contacts in the months to come.

Two, that the aliens intended to establish "a permanent presence" in the "Southern Zone," i.e. South America, Africa and Australia.

Meanwhile, the participants are busily getting out the Xendra message. On Friday, May 10, 2002, witness Camilo Valdivieto, 28, organized a seminar of his own in Santiago de Chile. Seminar topics included the following: (1) "The Existence of a New Order;" (2) "Secrets of the Subterranean World;" and (3) "The Actuality of Extraterrestrial Contact." (See NotiOVNI for May 5, 2002. Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales, autor de los libros Chupacabras and Other Mysteries y Forbidden Mexico, tambien a Daniel Munoz y Cristian Riffo de Ovnivision Chile para esas noticias.)

UFO FLAP BREAKS OUT IN ANGOL, CHILE

No sooner had Sixto Paz given his interview than a major UFO flap broke out around the city of Angol, Chile, located 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Santiago de Chile, the national capital. Angol was the site of the most dramatic alien encounter of the year 2001. (See UFO Roundup, volume 6, number 10 for March 8, 2001, "Chilean couple's first date turns into an encounter with aliens," page 2.)

"Restlessness and commotion gripped residents of Angol and its environs as a result of a wave of unidentified flying objects recorded in the past few hours, especially in the downtown area of the city."

"Only yesterday afternoon (Sunday, May 5, 2002) about 15 residents of the town of Cornelio Saavedra were witnesses to three nearly simultaneous sightings of strange devices that moved swiftly through the sky, issuing flashes of multi-hued light, according to the Austral de Araucania (newspaper)."

"The phenomenon was caught on video by ufologist Raul Gajardo, who has spent over 40 years investigating UFOs in the province of Malleco."

"It is perhaps worth noting that UFO experts consider the area a 'hot spot' for UFOs given the repeated sightings which occur every so often and the large number of witnesses who claim having seen unconventional craft crossing the heavens over the area."

"According to the information furnished by Gajardo, the first sighting came at about 7 p.m. when a UFO moving from north to south made an abrupt dive from an altitude of 300 meters (1,000 feet), only to lose itself in the horizon."

"Only minutes after the event took place, says the ufologist, another reddish object appeared from the Nahuelbuta mountain range in the vicinity of Aguas Santas, becoming lost in the clouds."

"At this very instant, a third device remained motionless in the sky. At first it was mistaken by some for a commercial aircraft. But in less than a minute, the multi-colored craft began moving some 60 degrees in a straight line over the mountain range, without making a sound. Subsequently, it increased its brightness in five-second intervals and subsequently continued its trajectory toward the north until it vanished completely," Gajardo said.

"To the above-mentioned events can be added three more which occurred only days ago" in Angol, capital of Malleco province, "and the adjacent cordillera, which were witnessed by five students who recorded the phenomenon and by a group of sport fishermen."

"One of the most startling sightings--compiled and submitted for analysis by Raul Gajardo--took place in broad daylight on Friday, April 19, 2002 and was witnessed by five students from different educational institutions in the city."

"Student Diego Gallegos Cifuentes, 13, pointed out that around 4 p.m. he was headed toward the home of a friend (with his videocamera--J.T.) to record an event being prepared for Mother's Day festivities. Cifuentes was accompanied by Israel Vitta, 13, and Sebastian Oporto, 12."

Cifuentes reported that "when he was about to film his companions" when "one of them, Carlos Flores, looked at the sky and noticed a strange object moving from north to south at a considerable altitude."

"'I recorded it for a few seconds and made a close-up with the camera's zoom,'" Cifuentes said, "'We all saw the strange device, which moved slowly for a few seconds before it vanished.'"

A single frame from Cifuentes's video was published in the newspaper Las Ultimas Noticias for May 6, 2002, showing the UFO in a clear sky.

"The recording was given to ufologist Gajardo, who pointed out that it showed a white circular object. 'Its periphery shows six reddish-brown lights or spheres. It remains in place for a few seconds before vanishing over the Cerro Guacolda (hill) to the south of Angol.'"

The current UFO flap "began on (Sunday) April 14, 2002 when office worker Luis Rodriguez, 46, was on a salmon-fishing trip in the Cordillera, geographically between the Mount Antuco and Mount Copahue volcanoes, accompanied by two friends."

"'In the midst of fishing at around 5 a.m., one of my companions was the first to realize that towards the south, at some 45 degrees elevation (above the horizon--J.T.) was a white luminous object that grew rapidly in size until it reached the scale of the full moon. The circular device quickly headed south in a straight line without making any noise,'" Rodriguez reported.

"Rodriguez added that no sooner had the first object ceased to be visible than another white brilliant spot appeared toward Cruz del Sur, growing quickly and behaving in a manner similar to the first one, also vanishing southward swiftly and silently." (See the Chilean newspaper Las Ultimas Noticias for May 6, 2002, "More UFO sightings over Angol." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Gloria Coluchi para eso articulo de diario.)

UFOs APPEAR TWICE IN NORTHERN ARGENTINA

Argentina, Chile's neighbor to the east, also experienced a sharp upsurge in UFO activity in the days following Sixto Paz's interview. Sightings were reported in Salta province, 750 kilometers (450 miles) northwest of Buenos Aires, the national capital.

"Three motorcyclists from Cachi who were driving along National Highway 33 informed El Tribuno that they had witnessed 'a fantastic sight.'"

"'We saw,' said the bikers, 'an enormous cigar-shaped unidentified flying object (UFO) measuring some 100 meters (330 feet) in length.'"

"Martin Oliver, Ruben Chihan and Antonio Rodo, young bikers well-known throughout the area claimed that their experience occurred on Wednesday, May 1, (2002) as they headed back to the capital (Salta--J.T.)."

"'We want our names to be included because for a long time we've been hearing similar stories from fellow residents who, out of a sense of shame or sheer cowardice, do not want their names printed in the newspaper,' stated the sportsmen."

"'We were finishing the Tin Tin stretch when we saw a strange light from the east, in the vicinity of Payogasta. We halted our rides and saw it--an enormous cylinder measuring some 100 meters in length, shining like a mirror in the reflected light of the setting sun. It was shaped like a giant cigarette and flew slowly some 200 meters (660 feet) from the ground. We couldn't believe it, but it was real. It made no noise whatsoever and appeared to be made of a material similar to polished steel,' the cyclists reported. 'Suddenly, it stopped and remained suspended in mid-air. A few seconds later, it began flying at an astonishing speed and lost itself in space.'"

Cachi is located 150 kilometers (90 miles) west-southwest of Salta.

(Editor's Note: In recent months, Cachi has been the site of significant UFO activity. See UFO Roundup, volume 7, number 11 for March 12, 2002, "Strange phenomena seen at Cachi, Argentina," page 4.)

And then, "an unidentified flying object, compared by many to an aerolite or comet, was seen yesterday morning (Thursday, May 9, 2002) in Embarcacion," a small city on the Rio Teuco about 250 kilometers (150 miles) northeast of Salta.

"'It's like a comet. Its forward section is dark, but a tail of fire some 100 meters (330 feet) long could be seen,' reported Pablo Ruiz at 7:20 a.m. on (Radio) FM Manantial," as the object flew over the city.

"'It moves from north to south,' he added, transmitting details of the sighting for over five minutes and interviewing (by telephone) a number of eyewitnesses."

"The broadcast caused unrest among many, who abandoned their houses to see the phenomenon for themselves. The story reached the public through the Linea Directa program, hosted by journalist Martin Matamoros from 7 to 8 a.m."

"'I was doing errands on my bicycle when I saw 'the thing',' said lottery vendor Adolfo Delgado, 'It flew very high in the air and its enormous fiery tail was clearly visible. I reported it to the police, who came out for a look. Students from the Escuela Juan Carlos Davalos (school) were also looking and said that it must be an airliner in flames, but it made no noise whatsoever,' said Delgado."

"Journalist Matamoros observed that 'the event reminds me of a similar one in 1993. People saw, as they did today, a fireball crossing the sky towards Lot 75, where there is a native settlement (reservation for indigenous people--J.T.) Many reported that something had fallen in the vicinity, so we organized a search. We found nothing, but there were two large circles, some 6 meters (20 feet) in diameter, within which everything was burned. A similar fate had befallen the local tree boughs. The prints (circles) resembled something that might have been made by two giant red-hot (steel) washers.'" (See the Argentinian newspaper El Tribuno for May 6, 2002, "Cigar-shaped UFO spotted along Highway 33 near Cachi," and for May 10, 2002, "'Fireball' lights skies over Embarcacion." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Mercedes Casas para eso articulos de diario.)

FLASHING UFO SPOTTED IN NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, UK

On Sunday, May 5, 2002, at 3 a.m., Clive Howe was in the bedroom of his home in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, UK when he saw a strange light in the sky moving very slowly.

"At a little after 3 a.m. in the morning," Clive reported, "I looked out my bedroom window and saw a flashing light which at first I thought to be a light aircraft. It was approximately two miles (3.2 kilometers) away and at an altitude of a couple of thousand feet. As I watched, I realized that the object wasn't moving, and the light's flashing was more erratic than that of an aircraft. Two smaller lights then appeared on either side of the object and moved outwards from the main body. These remained in position for the rest of the sighting."

"I fetched my binoculars and could clearly see clusters of different coloured lights flashing at varying intensities (green, orange, yellow, red--C.H.) The shape appeared to be a saucer. I woke my girlfriend who looked and confirmed what I had seen."

"I then fetched my digital camera and photographed the object as best I could. I heard no sound and detected no smell. The object remained in the same position for over an hour. I stopped watching as dawn approached and light cloud began to obscure the object." (Email Form Report)

LUMINOUS UFOs SIGHTED EAST OF MEXICO CITY

On Friday, May 10, 2002, between 4 and 5 a.m., Mexican ufologist Gerardo Sanchez was out skywatching in Central de Abastos, a suburb east of Mexico City, when he suddenly saw a strange glow in the sky. Sanchez reported, "Luminous UFOs were seen hovering over Cerro de la Estrella (hill), to the east of Mexico City. Unusually heavy UFO activity was observed, and these sightings have increased in recent weeks." (See NotiOVNI for May 12, 2002. Muchas gracias a Daniel Munoz para esa historia.)

CUBAN UFO GROUP MEETS TO CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY

On Sunday, May 12, 2002, Cuban ufologists met in Artemisa, a town 60 kilometers (36 miles) west of Havana, to celebrate the first anniversary of the founding of an organization called Grupo de Investigacion de Fenomenos Anomalos Orion.

GIFA-Orion is the first UFO study group in Cuba since the fall of President Fulgencio Batista in January 1959.

"GIFA-Orion president Miguel Mendez Diaz addressed the gathering of enthusiastic ufologists, who are interested in studying UFOs and other paranormal phenomena. During the dinner meeting, the members discussed over 20 ongoing investigations into UFO sightings in Cuba and the waters around the Caribbean island." (See NotiOVNI for May 12, 2002. Muchas gracias a Daniel Munoz para esa historia.)

VIRGIN MARY APPEARS AT A SMALL CHURCH IN GERMANY

"More and more visitors are coming to the village church of St. John the Baptist in Sievernich. Not waves of pilgrims yet, but in Sievernich, a district of Vettwei, in the Voreifel (forest) near Bonn, the influx of visitors is increasing. The village has 460 residents, about 360 of whom are Roman Catholic."

"Just past the door on the left stands a Fatima Madonna (a statue of Our Lady of Fatima--J.T.). Candles lit by earlier visitors burn in front of it. The apparition is supposed to have occurred to the left of the main altar. The small church that holds more than 150 is bright and friendly, carefully cleaned and lovingly taken care of."

"For some time now, hundreds of people have been gathering here on Mondays for the meeting of the Marian prayer group, Blue Prayer Oasis."

"There is talk of miracle healings and visions of the Virgin Mary who is said to dictate messages to a 35-year-old visionary named Manuela."

"Word spread quickly among the wide circle of those who venerate the Virgin. More than 1,000 visitors and worshipers were present at the last prayer meeting, but no one dares to predict how many will turn up at the next one on May 13, the highest Marian holy day. It is the (85th) anniversary of the visions at Fatima (in Portugal in 1917) and of the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in 1981."

"Father Heribert Kleemann, who celebrates his 52nd birthday this week, plays down the situation. Nothing unusual happens, he says, and there is nothing wrong with people gathering to pray. But neither does the clergyman think it is anything special if Heaven opens up a crack. After all, as a priest, he is in an interface between the earthly and the divine worlds."

"Father Kleemann has been the (parish) priest in Sievernich for 18 years. When celebrating Mass, he follows the (traditional Roman Catholic) liturgy strictly. He is a firm adherent of the Pope and the Church who does not think much of the many committees, councils and votes."

"He also venerates the Virgin Mary (who was born Miriam bat-Joachim in Nazareth around 15 B.C.), whom he regards as a role model for the Church. 'Cum Petro, per Mariam, ad Jesum' (Latin for With Peter, through Mary, to Jesus--J.T.) is his motto."

"It hardly seems coincidental that it was to Father Kleemann that Manuela came two years ago with reports of her visions and to ask for a room for her prayer group. She had been sent to Sievernich, she said. Father Kleemann noticed even then that Manuela, who made an 'absolutely credible' impression, obviously had a special relationship with the other world." (Editor's Comment: Now this is interesting. Manuela's contact with Miriam began two years ago, right after seeress Credonia Mwerinde and her followers were wiped out in Uganda. If her seers are martyred, Miriam will simply find another visionary. For the full story, see UFO Roundup, volume 5, number 12 for March 23, 2000, "Mysterious explosion caused the fire at the church in Uganda," page 1, and UFO Roundup, volume 5, number 13 for March 30, 2000, "Uganda declares sect deaths 'mass murder,'" page 1.)

"The messages received by Manuela were not erroneous and did not violate the (Roman Catholic) church's teachings. Moreover, they broadly corresponded to his own views about the church."

"As it is perfectly appropriate for Christians to meet for prayer, Father Kleemann invited the group to Sievernich. Every Monday evening, Mass is celebrated, and before that, at 5 p.m., the Rosary is said. After the Mass, Father Kleemann says a prayer for healing in accordance with the rites of the church."

"In the beginning, the prayer group consisted of 10 to 15 members. Slowly but steadily, its numbers increased. What impressed Father Kleemann was the large number of young people between the ages of 16 and 30. Many of them made increasing demands on him to hear their confessions, a further indication that he was dealing with people who took their faith seriously. Father Kleemann could no longer cope with the number of confessions he was asked to hear and appealed to his colleagues for help."

"Nobody outside Sievernich or the odd Marian circle was aware of what was going on until the bishop's office in Aachen made an inquiry. Father Kleemann submitted his report, and the (Roman Catholic) diocese was satisfied. Only after the media discovered 'the Virgin in Sievernich,' and over 1,000 people besieged the small church did the private prayer meeting threaten to come apart."

"The bishop sent a commissioner, Father Hermann-Josef Beckers, to Sievernich. He and Father Kleemann quickly reached an agreement--probably for different reasons--not to make too much of the thing. Neither of them wants the prayer meeting to be commercialized."

"'We do not sell candies or even rosaries here,' the priest says, 'And neither does the commissioner see anything disreputable going on. Nobody is forced to attend these meetings or to believe."

"The Virgin does not need to come to Sievernich to pass on her message, Father Beckers says. Both men agree that the content of the messages is simple, their language characterized by 'a beautiful simplicity,' as Father Kleemann says. They deal with contemporary issues, war and peace, and call upon believers to pray and to remain faithful to the Pope and the Church."

"Before the messages are published, Father Kleemann receives a written copy that he reads to the bishop in Aachen where they are collected. There are no secret messages that have to be kept under lock and key, only 'a sermon from Heaven,' as Father Kleemann says."

"Earlier, Manuela, who avoids the media and who permits neither photographs nor voice recordings of herself, received her visions at prayer meetings in the church. She fell into a trance-like state which was apparent to those around her. Her eyes closed, her lips moved, and she wrote down the messages that she received."

(Editor's Comment: From the description, it sounds like what happened to Conchita Gonzalez during the apparitions at Garabandal, Spain in 1963.)

"Now there is no room left for the 'visionary' in the church. It is so packed that the doors to the confessional cannot even be opened. Manuela (now) follows the prayers from the sacristy 'so that she has room to write.'"

"From there, she sees what cannot be seen--the altar, and to the left, in a ray of light, the Virgin Mary. She (Manuela) identifies and describes people whom she has never met and who are seated in the nave of the church, which she cannot see into."

"The phenomenon is not unknown. So far, nobody has thought of declaring Sievernich to be a place of pilgrimage. But the pilgrims come anyway. After May 13, (2002) the messages will come to a temporary end until October, the month of the Rosary. Why Mary will be taking a vacation in the summer is only one of the many unanswered questions concerning the visions in Sievernich." (See the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine for April 25, 2002, "Pilgrims flock to the site of alleged German apparitions." Many thanks to Louise A. Lowry and Gerry Lovell for forwarding the newspaper article.)

(Editor's Comment: If he's up to it, Pope John Paul II might want to be in Sievernich on October 13, 2002, to welcome Miriam personally. It's only a short airplane ride over the Alps. I notice that these apparitions took place in St. John the Baptist Church. For some strange reason, St. John's Day--June 24--is a red-letter day for paranormal phenomena. Example: Kenneth Arnold had his encounter with silvery "flying saucers" near Mount Rainier on June 24, 1947. It will be interesting to see if anything unusual happens in Sievernich on June 24.)

TARGET: TRURO, MASS. THE PLANNED GERMAN D-DAY OF 1902

"Kaiser Wilhelm II planned an audacious seaborne assault on New York City and other U.S. ports a century ago to sweep aside American sea power and open the Pacific for German colonial conquest, a newspaper reported last week."

"Striving for world power status, the (German) emperor and his admirals drew up various plans for assaults on New York City, Boston and other cities, the Die Zeit weekly reported, citing what it said were little-known documents in German military archives."

"Records and letters sent by military commanders showed that the plan foundered on skepticism among the German army's top brass as well as U.S. naval muscle and rising tension in Europe that forced Germany to focus on rivals (France and Russia--J.T.) closer to home."

"The idea of attacking the East Coast of the United States was first sketched in 1898 by a young naval officer named Eberhard von Mantey, the report said."

"His first plan foresaw surprise attacks on ports between Portland, Maine and Norfolk, Virginia, to force the United States into negotiations and give Germany a free hand in the Pacific."

"In 1900, the German parliament (Reichstag) passed a bill allowing a doubling of the fleet." Grossadmiral Otto von Diedrichs, commander of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) "presented the Kaiser with a proposal to attack Boston, New York City or both from a bridgehead on Cape Cod, Mass."

As part of the plan, German troops would have been rushed ashore in Truro and Wellfleet, two natural harbors on Cape Cod. After siezing control of both towns, the German fleet would use the two harbors as a springboard for the attacks on New York City and Boston.

Clearly thinking ahead of his time, von Mantey speculated that Zeppelins might be used to carry the German battalion ashore after dark. This would have allowed the German fleet to stay out of sight beyond the eastern horizon, well out of range of the USA's formidable Coast Artillery guns.

"But the plan hit a major obstacle in 1901 when army chief Field Marshal Alfred von Schlieffen insisted that at least 100,000 troops would be needed for the expedition--an impossible burden for Germany." (See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for May 12, 2002, "German kaiser planned attacks on Boston, New York a century ago," page 15A.)

(Editor's Note: John Bouvier, the father of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and the grandfather of John F. Kennedy Jr., served in the Coast Artillery in World War I. He was stationed in North Carolina.)


From the UFO Files...

1909: UFOs FLY OVER SHIPS ON THE NORTH SEA

The year 1909 saw many UFO sightings in UK as well as in the USA's six states of the Northeast and the Otago coast of New Zealand's South Island. British ufologist Carl Grove has documented 43 cases of "airships"--as UFOs were called a century ago--most of them cigar-shaped, flying over cities and towns in UK during May of 1909.

Here are two newspaper reports from the period:

"A Norwegian trading vessel (the S.S. St. Olaf--J.T.) was a short way out from Blyth, Northumberland (UK) when a large airship carrying five searchlights suddenly appeared. Hovering above the St. Olaf, it directed all its lights onto the steamer's bridge. It was within hail, Captain Egenes reported, but gave no answer to the challenge, and in the glare of the searchlights, no detail could be seen."

"Suddenly, the airship swung off after another steamer a mile or so away, and directed the searchlights upon that. It afterward made off at a sharp rate towards the south." (See the East Anglian Daily Times for May 19, 1909.)

And here's one from Newport, Monmouth, Wales, UK:

"G. Beanland and A.V. Day, at the local flour mill, sighted a cigar-shaped object stationary over Newport Bridge, shortly after 1 a.m. Searchlights flashed from each end on to the bridge. After ten minutes, one of the lights went out, and the object flew off toward Stow Hill." (See the South Wales Daily News of Cardiff for May 17, 1909. See also Mysterious Visitors by Brinsley Le Poer Trench, Stein and Day Publishers, New York, N.Y., 1978, page 99.)


The countdown has started. The premiere of the new Star Wars movie is only hours away. Already I've heard complaints from hard-core Jedis that the waterfall scene between Anikin Skywalker and Padme Amidala looks too much like Harlequin in Space. But, come on! We have to have some romance in the movie. We can't have a seven-hour film with nothing but droids, saucers, robots and planets blowing up.

I just thought of something. C3PO was created by Anikin Skywalker, right? Anikin eventually becomes Darth Vader, who is the father of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. Well, if Anikin is C3PO's "father," then that makes C3PO Luke and Leia's "brother." What a concept. My Brother, The Robot. Hmmmm, I'd better stop now before this turns into a situation comedy on NBC.

Well, if we survive the asteroid run, we'll be back next week with more UFO, Fortean and paranormal news from around the planet Earth, brought to you by "the paper that goes home--UFO Roundup." See you then.

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