STRANGE EARTH TREMOR RATTLES MELBOURNE
An earth tremor measuring an estimated 1.3 on the Richter scale rattled the west end of Melbourne, one of Australia's largest cities, during the early morning hours of Tuesday, February 1, 2005. But the shock wasn't recorded on any seismographs.
"A lightning bolt may be behind reports of an earth tremor in Melbourne early this morning."
"The earth may have moved for residents, but experts say they did not feel a thing."
"Geoscience Australia, the national body which measures earthquakes, said there was no evidence of an earth tremor in Melbourne, despite radio reports of one this morning."
"A spokesman for electrical supplier Powercor said the company's theory is that the rumblings, reported to have happened about 3:08 a.m., might have something to do with a lightning bolt that struck a power pole in Melton, in Melbourne's" west end.
"The lightning blew the 6-meter (20-foot) pole and an attached transformer to bits, leaving nothing more than a stump, the spokesman said."
"'If the nature of what's left of our power pole is anything to go by--it's stuffed, it's just a stump--then it could've been that.'"
"Asked how the impact could have travelled so far across Melbourne, the spokesman said, 'I'm fascinated by that!'"
"Geoscience Australia said it was possible a sonic boom caused the shock."
"Given the large number of residents who reported feeling a rumbling shortly after 3 a.m., a Geoscience Australia spokesman said it appeared something had occurred but no one was sure what."
"'There's no doubt something happened,' he said."
"He said a small localised tremor may have occurred, affecting about 20 kilometers (12 miles) and measuring 1.3" on the Richter scale "in magnitude."
"The shaking also could have been caused by a sonic boom from a low-flying, high-speed aircraft."
However, an Australian "Defence Department spokesman said he was unaware if any planes were flying over Melbourne last night but would investigate."
"Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Terry Ryan said there was no sound of thunder or lightning in Melbourne last night."
"Residents have been calling Melbourne radio stations ABC and 3AW, saying they felt a tremor in the middle of the night."
"A 3AW spokesman said the station had received 'overwhelming' numbers of calls from right across Melbourne," the largest city in Australia's Victoria state, "to as far southwest as Geelong, Vic." (See the Australian newspaper Herald-Sun for February 2, 2005, "Bolt may have triggered tremor." Many thanks to Nathan Lockhart for this newspaper article.)
(Editor's Note: The weird tremor was just the beginning of Melbourne's problems. Keep reading...)
SUMMER STORM DEVASTATES SOUTHEASTERN AUSTRALIA
A gigantic summer storm packing hurricane-force winds, torrential rains and bizarre snowfalls devastated southeastern Australia on Wednesday, February 2, 2005.
The storm appeared without warning. On Tuesday, February 1, 2005, at 1:40 p.m., "it was 36 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit)," a UFO Roundup reader in Melbourne reported, "You could stand in the sun and feel your skin sizzling.. Within one-and-a-half hours, it had fallen to 23 degrees Celsius (69 degrees Fahrenheit). By 9 p.m. that night, it was down to 13 degrees Celsius (33 degrees Fahrenheit. By the end of Wednesday (February 2, 2005), we had 31 continuous hours of rain, and the temperature never topped 13 degrees Celsius."
According to The Age newspaper, "Melbourne has never seen the like of it. A city notorious for its mercurial meteorology was brought to a standstill Wednesday by a history-making, record-breaking storm."
"The biggest downpour since records began in 1856 closed airports and roads, played havoc with public transport, cut power to 120,000 homes, dumped summer snow on ski resorts."
"A summer storm low-pressure system dumped something like three months' worth of rain on the city in 31 hours. The weather bureau reported that the 24-hour rain total at 9 a.m. yesterday (Wednesday, February 2, 2005) was a record 120.2 millimeters (12.0 centimeters or 5 inches-- J.T.). But it had been raining for seven hours before that, drowning the city in almost a quarter--23 percent-- of its annual rainfall."
"Police and State Emergency Services (SES) crews spent the day searching the swollen Skeleton Creek near Hoppers Crossing after reports that a teenaged boy might have been swept away. Residents reported hearing a scream and seeing a boy clinging to a bridge at Tarneit."
"'It all happened pretty quickly, there was not much that we could do,' said resident Kate Payne, 'One minute he was there, and the next he wasn't...that was the last we saw of him.'"
"A 10-year-old girl and a motorist were in hospital last night after being seriously injured by falling trees."
"Healesville girl Stephanie Chamorro is lucky to be alive after a 15-meter (50-foot) gum tree crashed through the roof of her bedroom, breaking her leg and pinning her to the bed. It took SES and County Fire Authority workers and hour to free her."
"At Russ Creek, near Ballarat," 200 kilometers (120 miles) west of Melbourne in Australia's Victoria state, "a man was critically injured when high winds brought a tree crashing down on his moving car at about 7 a.m. A Rural Ambulance Service (RAS) spokesman said the man was taken to Ballarat Base Hospital with critical injuries to his head, pelvis and leg."
"A police helicopter rescued a man and a woman trapped by floodwaters at Arthurs Creek, northeast of Melbourne. Another person was plucked from a tree amid floodwaters at Wattle Creek."
"The storm also caused transport chaos across Melbourne. Police issued an unusual plea for people not to come into the city unless it was necessary. Every one of the city's 15 train lines was affected by the freak conditions. Two lines, Frankston and Sandringham, were still experiencing major difficulties on Wednesday night."
"Both Melbourne and Avalon airports were closed because of flooded access roads. The outbound lane of Tullamarine Freeway near the airport was turned into a long traffic jam. Hundreds of would-be travellers sat in their cars as their flights took off without them."
Mountainous seas were reported in the Bass Strait between Melbourne and Australia's island-state of Tasmania. "Massive seas about 4 a.m. in the Bass Strait force the 194-meter (640-foot carferry) Spirit of Tasmania I to turn back to Melbourne halfway through its voyage to Devonport" in northern Tasmania.
The ferry "had to turn back after a great wave blew out a window on the ship's bridge. The wave was 12 meters (40 feet) above the water's surface."
In addition, "a 71-year-old sailor was rescued from his dismasted yacht in Bass Strait."
"More than 200,000 Victorians lost electricity as winds of more than 100 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour) brought trees down on power lines, said Energy Minister Theo Theopharous."
"The storm also cut a swath through Melbourne's beaches, tearing yachts from their moorings and throwing them onto beaches. The Kerferd Road pier at Middle Park was badly damaged by waves. Port Phillip Council staff reported that Middle Park Beach was almost totally washed away--several thousand cubic meters of sand disappeared, leaving almost none above the high tide mark."
"The storm also brought February snow to alpine areas just days after the resorts were warned about possible brushfires."
"Heavy snowfalls were reported at Mount Buller, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek. Mount Buller had at least 15 centimeters (6 inches) of snow, Falls Creek reported about 12 centimeters (4.5 centimeters) Wednesday morning."
(Editor's Note: Right now, it's summer in Australia. The snowfall at Mount Buller is like getting 6 inches of snow in Des Moines, Iowa on August 2.)
"'It's mid-winter conditions here at the moment,' said spokeswoman Debbie Harris, 'It got to 36 degrees (100 degrees Fahrenheit) in the valley earlier this week and overnight it got to minus 1.6 (degrees Celsius or 29 degrees Fahrenheit--J.T.) It's absolutely freezing!'"
"About 16,000 homes in southeastern Queensland were without power at the height of the storm. The storms were followed by a massive dust storm."
At their cattle station near Nindigully, Qlnd., readers Kristin and Todd Rogan reported, "First it was a khaki haze on the horizon. Then, a bit later, it looked like a wall of dust moving across the (Darlington) Downs-- a wall 2,000 meters (6,600 feet) high. Dingoes (wild dogs--J.T.) were running away from it."
"Snow fell at the Brindabella (mountain) ranges and at Thredbo and Perisher skie resorts in New South Wales, with winds up to 133 kilometers per hour (80 miles per hour). About 100,000 New South Wales homes and businesses were without power. Three people were rescued from cars trapped in floodwaters."
In New South Wales, "photos appeared in newspapers Wednesday of large hailstones beside a ruler that looked like three-dimensional asterixes. The hailstones were 4 centimeters (1.7 inches) and 9 centimeters (3.7 inches) in diameter."
In Victoria state, the Maribyrnong River spilled over its banks and flooded the Farmington Racecourse.
In Tasmania, "a tree fell on a train at Lilydale," 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Devonport, and "120 kilometer per hour winds tore the roof off the Launceston Church Grammar School." (See The Age of Melbourne for February 3, 2005. Many thanks to Jocelyn Ronaldson for this newspaper article. Thanks also to Todd and Kristin Rogan and other Australian readers for their additional reports.)
RUSSIAN JET ANSWERS UFO ALERT ON BORDER
"Combat aircraft of Russia's Baltic Sea fleet were rushed to the border with Lithuania on Wednesday," January 22, 2005, "to repel a possible violation by what turned out to be an unnaturally thick and fast-moving cloud, the RIA-Novosti News Agency reported, citing the Baltic Fleet's press service."
"The press release said a Sukhoi Su-27 was vectored into the area near Russia's Baltic Sea enclave of Kaliningrad," located about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Warsaw, Poland after radar spotted a large object entering Russian airspace from Lithuania. However, the (Russian) plane found nothing after reaching the border area."
"The Baltic Fleet's Air Defense Command contacted military officials in Lithuania and Poland later, revealing that the intruder was actually a thick cloud that was being driven by a strong wind."
"'Our fighter approached the trespasser to make it land or else leave Russian airspace,' the press release said, 'A closer examination showed that it was a cloud instead of a light plane, and it was coming from the territory of Lithuania,' the Baltic Fleet spokesman said."
"Lithuanian military spokesman Ricardas Uzelka said Wednesday that Lithuanian authorities had no knowledge of any incident on the border."
"'No Russian planes entered Lithuanian territory, nor did any Lithuanian plane enter Kaliningrad airspace,' Uzelka said." (See Moscow News for January 27, 2005, "Russian combat jet signalled to repel trespasser cloud." Many thanks to Robert Fischer for this newspaper article.)
TOURISTS SAY A UFO WENT DOWN IN THE HIMALAYAS
"In the Dharbanga district of" India's Bihar state, "which borders Nepal, tourists returning from Nepal are talking about a possible UFO crash in Nepal."
"The rumour is also rampant in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and in other Nepali cities" such as Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Nawakot.
"According to the rumours, the (UFO) crash site may be close to Mount Everest and is totally inaccessible from either side. The rumour world is also speculating that the Chinese military is actively working to reach the crash site."
"It is also rumoured that the extraterrestrials are not allowing anyone to go near the site."
"Unusual activities and strange tremors were felt all over the Himalayan region last week from the India/Nepal (south) side. The number of UFO activities has gone up very heavily in recent days in this area" near Mount Everest. "And no one really knows what is happening."
"It's possible that the crash was nothing but a Chinese spacecraft. China has a number of secret military projects in this area."
"According to UFO scientists, it's possible that the underground UFO bases were damaged by the earth tremor last week and some slight aftershocks or the big earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia" on December 26, 2004 and which measured 9.0 on the Richter scale, causing catastrophic tsunamis all around the Indian Ocean. (See India Daily for January 31, 2005, "Rumour of a UFO crash on Nepal/China border." Many thanks to Krishnari Bai Dharapurnanda for this newspaper article.)
MYSTERY METEOR LIGHTS UP NIGHT SKIES OVER MADRID
"A spectacular 'fireball' meteor was seen falling in the neighborhood of" two major airports in the vicinity of Madrid, Spain's capital.
"Reports were received of a falling object near Barajas international airport, about 4 kilometers (3 miles) from the large Torreon air base."
"Luis Serrano, spokesman for the emergency telephone service in Madrid, said, 'We had three calls and referred other calls reporting a large fireball before midnight on Thursday," January 27, 2005.
"A Spanish news agency also received calls reporting the falling object."
"Witness Jose Antonio said, 'An enormous, incandescent and very red ball gave a tremendous flash and then went out in a few seconds.'"
Spanish Air Force "officers at Torreon, which was once a U.S. Air Force base, have refused to comment." (See the Agence France Presse report for January 30, 2005. Many thanks to Jim Hickman, executive director of Skywatch International, for this news report.)
LUMINOUS UFOs SEEN NEAR SCARBOROUGH, UK
"A series of moving bright lights was spotted in the sky off Scarborough," North Yorkshire, "cementing claims that the (UK's) East Coast is the UFO capital of Europe."
"Pat Glenwright of Grange Avenue saw the lights dart around the sky at 4:40 p.m. yesterday (Monday, January 31, 2005)."
"She said, 'There were about 14, so it definitely wasn't an aeroplane. They were flying in a group, and it looked from here they were the size of light bulbs.'"
"A friend added, 'They were bright and very high up. It was very noticeable.'"
"'They were moving from right to left and looked as though they were heading (north) towards Whitby.'"
"In December (2004), Chris Parr of the British UFO Hunters Group said the coastal area between Filey and Scarborough was the hotspot for British UFO incidents."
"Filey UFO researcher Russ Kellett said there were more recorded sightings of UFOs in Filey and along the East Coast than anywhere in the country." (See the British newspaper Scarborough Today for February 1, 2005, "Bright lights spotted in sky." Many thanks to Robert Fischer for this newspaper article.)
AMBER UFO SIGHTED OVER SANTA ROSA, ARGENTINA
On Thursday, February 3, 2005, at 9:45 p.m., eyewitnesses in Santa Rosa, the capital of Argentina's La Pampa province, "saw a UFO crossing the skies of the pampas (prairie in the USA--J.T.). The UFO was yellowish- brass in color and moved from southeast to northeast some 30 degrees over the horizon."
"The object was recorded during part of its transit by CIUFOS La Pampa," a local UFO research group.
"Subsequently, another object was detected some 35 degrees over the horizon toward the west, following a north-south trajectory. After moving along at a constant luminosity, the object unexpectedly increased its size for 30 seconds, as in the earlier case, before vanishing completely."
Santa Rosa is located 400 kilometers (250 miles) west-southwest of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. (Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Raul Oscar Chavez del grupo Planeta UFO para estas noticias.)
FLASHING RED-AND-WHITE UFO HOVERS OVER OTTAWA
On Sunday, January 30, 2005, at 5:30 p.m., eyewitness J.E. reported, "As I was preparing supper, I noticed a bright, red-and-white flashing light in the sky outside my kitchen window. I called my husband to come and see. So we went outside, and my neighbour was walking by. I called her over and asked her to look at it. She was like, 'Oh, my God! What is that!?'"
"My husband kept saying it was an airplane, but airplanes don't sit in one spot like that."
"It was very bright, white-and-red flashing lights," she added, "It sat in one spot over Ottawa (Canada's capital--J.T.) for three minutes. It was as high as an airplane but every silent. The evening was dark, and the skies were clear that night."
The UFO "was a hundred times brighter than any star. Then, as we watched, it started moving toward the northwest slowly, then it was gone. It was nowhere in sight, just the stars."
"We started stating again it was a helicopter or an airplane, since we live close to the (MacDonald-Cartier International) airport, and incoming/outgoing air traffic flies right over our house. It was very unfamiliar and nothing like what would be coming from the Ottawa airport."
"It was bright red and white, the shape looking to be oval, as well. The lights kept going very fast around it. The red was brighter than the white and sparkled in the clear sky. The speed as I watched it was about 30 kilometers per hour (18 miles per hour), and then it was gone." (Email Form Report)
AMBER UFO SIGHTED IN HILLSBOROUGH, N.J.
On Wednesday, February 2, 2005, at 10:58 p.m., Stu P. was outdoors at his home in Hillsborough, New Jersey when he noticed something strange in the sky, approaching from the northeast.
"It was a small moving amber light which I saw from the highest point of my view, southwest across the sky, for about four seconds, hovered for about one-tenth of a second, and then changed direction about 30 to 45 degrees to the south."
"Amber color, shape too far away to be easy to see. It just looked like a dot. The only thing that could go that fast and then stop to change direction could be falling space junk that would burn up at first, and then change shape, this would change the air-flow over the object, making it change direction. But I'm pretty sure it was a UFO. I was looking up at the sky at a 45-degree angle, and it went through my whole view of the sky (about half the sky--S.P.) in about two seconds." (Email Form Report)
FAMILY SPOTS A UFO OVER KELSEYVILLE, CALIFORNIA
On Tuesday, February 1, 2005, at 8:30 p.m., Leslie Roberts reported, "My husband was out on our deck, smoking a cigarette" in Kelseyville, California (population 2,928) "He was facing Mount Konocti, which we were at the eastern side of. He noticed a very bright light hovering over the south side of the mountain. He yelled for me to come see. I, who do not believe in UFOs, did not want to go out there to see what I figured was a plane or a satellite. He was excited and insisted that I come. So I went outside to see what it was."
"At first I thought it had to be a very bright star, but, as I stood there, it began to rise in altitude. I was amazed to say the least. By this instant, our 17- year-old daughter, her boyfriend and our 12-year-old son also came watching too."
"I noticed that it was moving, which frightened my 12-year-old. He ran, tripping on the entrance to our house. We stood and watched as the light changed from a bright white to flashing blue and red lights and turned towards us, coming right over our house. It was so close that we could make out the shape of the vehicle."
"It was sort of shaped like a diamond at the front but also long and cylindrical. It made absolutely no noise. It passed over our heads and headed in an eastern direction. We watched as it went farther away, and then it just disappeared."
"My son...was so frightened. I had to assure him that they were not coming back to hurt him." The UFO was "about 500 feet (150 meters) above us. Cannot estimate speed but can say it moved slowly enough for us to see it clearly. When it headed away, though, at some point it all at once moved so fast it just disappeared. I reported it to the police department."
Kelseyville, Cal. is just south of Clear Lake on Highway 175, located about 70 miles (112 kilometers) north of San Francisco. (Email Form Report)
ICE CHUNK FALLS FROM SKY IN LEOMINSTER, MASS.
"A chunk of ice, believed to be frozen waste from an airplane's lavatory, smacked into the top of a Massachusetts woman's car."
"Nina Gambone of Leominster, Mass. (population 41,303) said the incident happened last week."
"Gambone said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed the source of the ice chunk. However, the FAA couldn't trace it to any particular airline."
"No one was injured, but it looks like Gambone will be stuck with the repair bill."
Leominster is on Routes 2 and 13, approximately 5 miles (8 kilometers) south of Fitchburg, which has long been "the UFO Capital of Massachusetts." (See the WJAR-TV Channel 10 news broadcast for February 1, 2005, "Frozen waste from plane smashes car." Many thanks to Mary Lou Jones-Drown for this news report.)
(Editor's Comment: Like its neighbor Fitchburg, Leominster has been plagued by UFO sightings and Fortean phenomena for ages. Blocks of ice have been falling out of the sky in that area since the days of the Pilgrims.)
LOST "HYBORIAN AGE" CITY DISCOVERED IN IRAN
"Iranian archaeologists have unearthed over 600,000 intact earthenware pottery and other artifacts in a newly- discovered 6,000-year-old habitation near the Halil-Rud River cultural area, where the ancient site of Jiroft is located, the director of the archaeological team working in the area announced on Sunday," January 30, 2005.
"'Our team has discovered a great number of intact pottery and a large amount of shards, the volume of which reaches one meter (3 feet, 3 inches) in height in some areas,' David Abyan said."
"The team recently discovered a 6,000-year-old habitation with more than 800 cells (rooms) in the Barez Mountains east of the Halil-Rud River in southern Kerman province."
"'Glazed in crimson and tan, the pottery was created in various shapes, some with spouts, and a special technique was employed in making the vases,' Abyan said."
"'The great amount of earthware indicates that pottery-making was the main occupation of the people living in the region, and they exported their products to other areas,' he said."
"The nearby prehistoric village is located at a height of 250 meters (825 feet) with 2-to-4-square meter cells. The habitation is Iran's most ancient rock residence ever discovered."
"The Jiroft region was one of the first places in Iran where civilization and urbanization were established about 5,000 years ago."
"Many Iranian and foreign experts see the findings near Jiroft as signs of a civilization as great as Sumer."
"Iranian archaeologist Yusef Majidzadeh believes that Jiroft was the ancient city of Aratta, which was described as a great civilization in ancient Sumerian cuneiform inscriptions."
Texas author Robert E. Howard (1906-1936), in his Conan of Cimmeria stories published in Weird Tales, described "the lost empire of Turan," whose major cities were located close to some of Iran's most productive archaeological sites. According to Howard, Turan flourished during "the Hyborian Age," the period immediately following the last Pleistocene glaciation, reaching its pinnacle of power between 8,500 and 7,000 B.C.
The Jiroft region is about 600 kilometers (360 miles) southeast of Tehran, the capital of Iran. (See the Iranian newspaper Al-Mehr for January 31, 2005, "6,000- year-old site in southeastern Iran yields a large cache of earthware." Many thanks to Ayesha al-Khatabi and Kufa Yildaz for this newspaper article.)
UFOLOGIST KENNY YOUNG DEAD IN OHIO
Kenny Young, 38, producer/director of the Cincinnati, Ohio cable TV show UFO Updates Live and a long-time contributor to UFO Roundup, died on Monday, January 31, 2005 following a long illness.
"Kenneth Harold Young, a graphics designer and producer for the Telecommunications Board of North Kentucky died Monday of complications of leukemia at Mercy Anderson Hospital. He was 38."
"'Scarcely a person could watch TV without seeing some of Kenny's graphics work,' said John Stephenson of Fort Mitchell, Ky., former superintendent of public instruction for northern Kentucky and former director of the Telecommunications Board Community Program Center."
"Born in Cincinnati (Ohio) on December 28, 1966, Mr. Young graduated in 1984 from Howard High School, where he was active with the video center. He worked for the Community Program Center, which produces religion, public- access and government programs for Kenton, Campbell, Boone, Grant, Gallatin, Owen and Pendleton counties."
"He had a passion for UFOs and produced several programs recreating sightings. He also played the piano at nursing homes. And he loved his dog, Boo. 'Everywhere he went, he took that dog with him,' Stephenson said."
Kenny is survived by "his mother, Carol Waller Young Boettger, of Anderson; a brother, Gary McCarty, of Laurel, Miss., and a sister, Cindy Porter, of Florence, Ky."
The funeral was held Thursday, February 3, 2005 at 2 p.m. at the Charles and Grubbs Funeral Home in Florence, Ky. Interment was in Walker Cemetery."
Kenny's colleagues in the field of ufology reminisced about his outstanding career.
"During 21 years of his sterling commitment to ufology, Kenny was always as good as they get," radio host Jeff Rense said, "His reports were rock-solid and outstanding in their collection of data, he jumped to no conclusions, and he always conducted himself with absolute integrity--and a special kindness--which everyone could do well to emulate."
"I met Kenny back in 1994, after I got back into research after a two-year sabbatical," Roy Schaeffer said, "I didn't even have to introduce myself to him. He knew who I was and offered me a warm welcome back into the field at the local cable-access show out of Cincinnati. A small group of us who were affiliated with the show worked with another Ohio group. It was headed by the late Pat Packard and called Advocates for Scientific Knowledge. After Pat's untimely death, we changed the name to Tri- States Advocates for Scientific Knowledge (T.A.S.K.) Kenny was named our public relations director. One of the most celebrated cases of T.A.S.K. was the 1996-1997 UFO flap in southern Ohio."
Southern Ohio section director of MUFON, Donnie Blessing, remarked, "Back in 1999, when I first contacted Kenny, I had no idea what an impact the group was going to have on my life. I had Kenny's Website and contacted him. My thoughts were then that he would not give me a minute of his time. Instead, he told me he could use some help with his research. I happily accepted and, for the next five years, I was taken on the journey of my life. We used to kid each other when we had a hot UFO case by saying, 'Keep your seat belt on, we are in for a ride.'"
One of Kenny's most famous cases "was the Screaming Woman case of Morehead, Kentucky in November of 2003," Blessing added, "He never ceased to amaze me how he could take the raw footage we had taped and turn it into a high- quality video production. The world has lost a true hero in the UFO field, and I shall never forget the fun and hard work we had to help make him that hero."
(Editor's Note: For more on the Morehead case, see UFO Roundup, volume 8, number 47 for December 10, 2003, "Kentucky UFO sighting may have included an abduction," page 1.)
"Kenny first began contributing reports to us back in 1996, the glory days of T.A.S.K.," UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor recalled, "For nearly ten years, Kenny was a mainstay of the newsletter. I relied on him for coverage of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and southern Illinois, and he never disappointed. He always turned in good, crisp, readable, detailed copy on the many UFO sightings in his area. Not only has ufology lost one of its best investigators, but I think American journalism has lost one of its great unrecognized reporters. Kenny will be sorely missed by all of us here at the Roundup." (See the Cincinnati Enquirer for February 3, 2005, "Kenneth Young, 38, TV graphics designer." Many thanks to Jim Danvers for this newspaper article.)
SHIRLEY FICKETT, MAINE'S "FIRST LADY OF UFOLOGY" DEAD AT AGE 82
"Shirley Cardin Fickett, 82, a local artist, passed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2005, after a long illness."
"She attended Portland (Maine) schools and married the late Richard E. Fickett. They resided in the North Deering area of Portland."
"She and her husband owned and operated the Driftwood Art Gallery and Gift Shop before retiring with her husband to Ellsworth, Maine. The Gallery was a place where local artists, both young and old, were welcome to display their work and receive positive and enthusiastic support from Shirley."
"Shirley was also very active in psychic phenomena and UFO research. She liked to have gatherings at the Art Gallery, where topics of the unexplained would be heard and discussed. People were drawn to her knowledge of this unusual subject matter. She was a freelance writer and had many articles published in magazines and newspapers."
"She is survived by four children: Sharon Cleaves of Windham, Richard Flickett of Windham, Randall Flickett of Auburn and Leanne Brainerd of Cumberland, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Pat Dunbar of Sullivan and Donna Jean Diphilippo of Windham, and two brothers, Courtney Campbell of Ellsworth and Mike Harris of Richmond."
Fortean investigator Loren Coleman said, "Shirley was the Dean of Ufology in the Pine Tree State, Maine's answer to Betty Hill. Mrs. Fickett wrote a widely-shared document, 'The Maine UFO Encounter: Investigating Under Hypnosis," about an expert physician/hypnotist who explores the lost-time experience after a UFO's beam of light hits his car. The Dr. Herbert Hopkins/David Stephens case included Men in Black (MIB) and lost-time, and it became the case most people associated with (Shirley) Fickett's name. Fickett investigated others of the state's UFO encounters as an associate of the International UFO Bureau." (See the Portland, Me. Press- Herald for February 3, 2005, "Shirley Cardin Fickett, 82." Many thanks to Loren Coleman for this newspaper article.)
BLACK HELICOPTERS SEEN IN SOUTHEASTERN MASS.
On Saturday, February 5, 2005, at 9:10 p.m., the male eyewitness was putting out overnight feed for the animals on his farm in Rehoboth, Massachusetts when he heard "the noise of a whole squadron of helicopters."
Going out in the farmyard, he saw "a formation of black military-style helicopters heading southeast toward Mount Hope Bay. There were six or seven of them. They looked like (UH-60) Blackhawks. One of them came from Providence (Rhode Island, i.e. the southwest--J.T.) and flew right over the farmhouse. Real low. Very low and very loud. This helicopter joined the others, and they flew over Bad Luck Pond on their way to the bay."
The black helicopters "were still circling at the southern horizon at 9:45 p.m. They were right over Somerset. They looked like they were on patrol or maneuvers or something. They were still circling at ten o'clock. This is the first time we've seen the black helicopters here in a while. Something must be up. When the FBI was looking for terrorists in Boston" four weeks ago, "there were jets flying over all evening."
Earlier that afternoon, a North Seekonk woman saw "two black helicopters flying very low over Beckwith School and the Palmer River area just north of Route 118. They were military...(UH-60) Blackhawks, I think, and they were flying side by side towards Attleboro. This was late afternoon, about 4 p.m. A half hour later, I saw a single black helicopter flying a bit higher. It was heading northeast but not on a normal flight path. I think maybe it was heading for Devens."
(Editor's Note: Located in Ayer, Mass., Fort Devens was closed in 1992, but has since become a regional facility for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A "federal reserve prison," sometimes called "Camp Hillary," is located on the grounds of the former military post.)
On Sunday, February 6, 2005, at 7:10 a.m., the same male Rehoboth witness was outside, feeding the farm animals, when he again "heard a tremendous noise. It sounded like dozens of helicopters just over the (western) horizon. I listened to this for ten minutes or so. Then I went to fetch my 12 X 50 millimeter binoculars and got up in the hayloft. I looked west towards Providence, R.I. and I saw two of them. Definitely military, black as the ace of spades. They looked like they were flying up to Worcester (Massachusetts)."
UFO Roundup correspondent Mary Lou Jones-Drown reported, "People who have seen these helicopters think they may be protecting the electrical generating plant at Brayton's Point in Fall River, Mass. This is an important link in the country's power grid. Another possibility is the big (oil) tank farms on the Narragansett Bay shore in Riverside (a section of East Providence, R.I.--J.T.)." (Many thanks to Mary Lou Jones-Drown for these reports.)
(Editor's Note: Rehoboth was the site of numerous black helicopter overflights during the summer months of 2003 and 2004.)
DEAD GEESE FALL FROM THE SKY IN KEIZER, OREGON
"Geese are literally falling from the sky in and around Keizer," Oregon (population 32,204), "and wildlife experts don't know why."
"About 150 Canada geese were found dead Friday," January 28, 2005, "at a private pond off Wheatland Road owned by Morse Brothers Rock Products in rural Marion County. Thirty or so other dead birds were discovered three months ago near Staats Lake, a private lake in Keizer."
"State wildife officials visited both sites to investigate. The officials suspect that the birds may have died from something they ate, but it doesn't appear that anything found in the ponds or the lake killed the birds."
"'Reports of one bird here or one over there is not cause for alarm,' said Will High, wildlife biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. 'But when you have 10 or 20 or 30 or 100 of them all of a sudden die in one day, well, that's just not normal.'"
"Only cackling Canada geese, a small subspecies of the larger Canada goose, were affected, High said. Other varieties of birds, including ducks, gulls and three other species of geese, were alive and well in both bodies of water."
"The dead birds were found floating in the water. They appeared to swim with their heads under water, High said. Others were found on dry ground lying on their stomachs with their wings flared out."
"The goose carcasses have been sent to the National Wildife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin to be tested. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the federal agency that regulates migratory birds, also was notified."
"Five years ago, large numbers of dead geese were discovered in Staats Lake. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife investigated the problem but couldn't track down the cause. Tests showed that the birds weren't dying of infection or disease; the results were inconclusive but hinted the birds died from something they ate."
"Wildlife officials said that in recent weeks, large numbers of dead geese also have been found in Monmouth (population 7,741) and McMinnville (population 26,500). They don't know if the incidents are related."
Keizer is on River Road 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of Salem. McMinnville was the site of a famous UFO sighting in 1950. (See the Salem, Ore. Statesman-Journal for February 2, 2005, "Geese die in droves in Keizer-- Experts baffled." Many thanks to Steve Wilson Sr. for this newspaper article.)
TENNESSEE WEREWOLF GOES ON THE PROWL
"I live in the eastern mountain region of Tennessee and work second shift at a factory in Dayton (population 6,180), a town about 25 miles (40 kilometers) away, with a mountain (Walden's Ridge--J.T.) in between," Patricia Law of Pikeville, Tenn. (population 1,781) told the British magazine Fortean Times. "I usually don't start for home until at least 12:30 a.m. We don't all get out at the same time, so sometimes I'm the only one on the highway (Route 30--J.T.) coming over the mountain."
While driving home to Pikeville one January night, around 1 a.m., Patricia wrote, "I was coming across the mountain." As she passed through the four-mile (6- kilometer) stretch between Cumberland Springs and Morgan Springs, "there are quite a few houses along the way, and a lot of them have outside lights on all night long, so it's not pitch black."
"Anyway, I was coming down a straight stretch of highway when I saw a man on the side of the road on my left walking toward me. He was wearing a light-colored shirt with dark pants. As I got closer to him, he suddenly turned his back toward me and bent over. I slowed down quite a bit and went toward the center of the highway as I was about to pass him."
"When I got close to him, I saw that this person was now a huge dog, and he peered around to look at me as I passed. This 'thing' had a long snout and large teeth like a dog or wolf and was sort of grinning at me."
"I passed it and tried to look at it in my rear-view mirror but couldn't see anything. I was flabbergasted and I've gone over and over in my mind ever since, trying to figure out what I actually saw."
The Dayton area has a long history of involvement with the paranormal.
"Dayton is most famous as the site of the infamous 'Monkey Trial' of 1925," UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor explained. "On March 21, 1925, the state of Tennessee passed a law, making it a crime to teach evolution in the schools. Dr. George Rappelyea persuaded high school science teacher John T. Scopes to test the new law in court. Scopes admitted to teaching evolution in his general science class. He was arrested by the Rhea County sheriff. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent its legal counsel, Arthur Garfield Hays, to defend Scopes. When former Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan offered to prosecute the case for Rhea County, two famous American lawyers, Clarence Darrow and Dudley Field Malone, volunteered to assist Hays in the defense. It was THE trial of the 1920s. But, in the end, Scopes was found guilty and fined $100. It became illegal to teach evolution in Tennessee."
"Ironically, nearby Cumberland Springs is one of the richest fossil sites in the state, with everything from trilobites of the Cambrian Period to giant dragonflies of the Pennsylvanian Period preserved in its limestones."
"Morgan Springs, seven miles (11 kilometers) northwest of Dayton, was a sacred site to the Ani-Yupuya, also known as the Cherokee Indians. According to the legend, the waters used to arch skyward in a single column at midnight--a sign of the healing spirit within the spring."
"Two miles (3.2 kilometers) from Dayton, on Blythe Ferry Road, is Hiwassee Island. The state guide informs us that 'it was once the home of Oo-loo-te-ka, the Cherokee who adopted young Sam Houston (first president of the Republic of Texas from 1837 to 1841--J.T.) as his son. Oo-loo-te-ka (Ani-Yupuya for Puts Away the War Drum--J.T.) was chief of a band of about 300, and his island village was large...Young Houston, tiring of farm life, first ran off to the Cherokee village in 1809, when he was about sixteen. Altogether he spent three years with the Cherokee, hunting with them, learning their language, playing their games...The Indians named him Co-lon-nah (Ani-Yupuya for Raven --J.T.)...Later he made numerous trips to Washington on behalf of the Cherokee.'"
"On Hiwassee Island are several very ancient pre- Columbian mounds. They weren't erected by the Ani-Yupuya. Oolooteka told Sam Houston that they were the work of the Ot-ne-yarheh, The Old People Who Left, a mysterious prehuman race. In 1937, a few mounds were excavated by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). 'Beneath were remains of a prehistoric Indian culture,' including artifacts, pottery and skeletal remains. Strangest of the finds was the stone carving of a raven." (See Fortean Times No. 193 for March 2005, "Tennessee dog-man," page 75. Also the book Tennessee: A Guide to the State, The Viking Press, New York, N.Y., 1939, pages 362 to 365.)
From the UFO Files...
1946: NAZIS IN SPACE
On an evening in late November 1924, a knock sounded on the door of a cramped apartment in Munich. Graduate student Rudolf Hess went to answer it. As he opened the door, he saw a couple standing there--a white-haired elderly lady and a man in a dark trenchcoat, scarf and slouch hat. The man lifted his head slightly, letting the hallway lamp spill beneath the hatbrim and illuminate his features.
Hess let out a gasp of astonishment. "Grandmaster!"
The stranger smiled. Yes, it was the Grandmaster himself--Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff (birth name: Adam Rudolf Glauer--J.T.), the founder of the mystical Thule Gesellschaft (Thule Society), back in Germany for the first time in five years. He had been forced to flee to Switzerland in February 1919 after one of his acquaintances, Count Anton von Arco-Valley, assassinated the governor of Bavaria. (For more on Anton, see UFO Roundup, volume 9, number 5 for February 4, 2004, "1919: Dance of the Assassin," page 12.)
The self-styled Baron von Sebottendorff was Germany's foremost mystic. Born in 1875, the son of a railroad engineer from Hoyerswerda, Sebottendorff was an enthusiastic disciple of Madame Blavatsky (birth name: Elena Petrovna von Hahn). For many years he had traveled in the Middle East, studying Sufi wisdom with the Bektashi dervishes and joining the Masonic Order of Constantine. Returning to Germany in 1912, he had helped found the mystic Germanen Orden and, a few years later, his own group, the Thule Gesellschaft.
"It's good to see you again, Rudolf," the baron said, ushering his companion into the dimly-lit apartment. "I don't believe you know Madame Orsic."
"Only by reputation," Hess replied, barely able to contain his excitement. Maria Orsic was the most famous medium in the Balkans. Surely tonight's magickal working would be one to remember.
One year earlier, Dietrich Eckart (1868-1923) had died. Eckart, the brilliant but erratic author who had translated Ibsen's plays into German and had published the magazine Auf gut Deutsch (Translated: In Good German), had served as Thule's "minister of information." It was Eckart who had introduced Sebottendorff to the Austrian orator who was rapidly becoming the rising star of the volkisch movement--Adolf Hitler.
On his deathbed, Eckart had told a small circle of Thule disciples, "Hitler will dance, but it is I who plays the tune. Do not mourn for me, for I will have influenced history more than any other German."
Tonight Sebottendorff wanted to make contact with his deceased friend. To accomplish this, he had returned to Munich under a fake passport and with Maria Ostric in tow. In no time at all, Sebottendorff, Hess, Dr. Ernst Schulte- Strathaus and the other Thulists were joining hands around the black-draped table, while Maria summoned her envoys from "the spirit world."
Hess found it a bit unnerving to watch Maria Ostric's eyeballs roll back, showing only whites, and to see her slumping backward in her chair, mouth agape. But Sebottendorff had seen spookier shit than this during his sojourn in the Middle East, and he smiled in satisfaction as the familiar baritone voice of Dietrich Eckart emerged from the medium's open mouth.
Midway through the reading, "Eckart" announced that he was obliged to give way to "someone with an important message." Then a weird melodious voice came through, identifying itself as "the Sumi, dwellers of a distant world, which orbits the star Aldebaran in the constellation you call Taurus the Bull."
Hess and Dr.Schulte-Strathaus blinked at each other. Aliens from space!?
"The Sumi" explained that they were a humanoid race who had briefly colonized Earth 500 million years ago. The ruins of ancient Larsa, Shurrupak and Nippur in Iraq had been built by them. Sumi surviving "the great flood of Ut-napishtim" (the Deluge of Noah's Ark--J.T.) had become the ancestors of "the Aryan race."
Sebottendorff was skeptical. He asked for proof. Still in a trance, Maria scribbled several lines of queer- looking marks. "These proved to be written in Sumerian, the language of the founders of the oldest Babylonian culture."
Flash forward to February 1945.
Hess, once deputy Fuehrer of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, is now Churchill's prisoner in UK. Baron Sebottendorff, now 70 and supposedly "retired," is back at his old haunts in Istanbul. What's left of the Thule Gesellschaft now works for a new "Lord of Atlantis," the SS-Reichsfuehrer Heinrich Himmler.
At an SS base near Prague (now capital of the Czech Republic--J.T.), a strange-looking rocket rises on five pillars of flame from its concrete launch pad. If the Battle of the Bulge was Hitler's last throw of the dice, then the launch of the Ostara was Himmler's.
The Ostara (named for the ancient German goddess of the dawn--J.T.) was the brainchild of Himmler's most trusted aide, SS-Brigadefuehrer Hans Kammler, the Schriever-Miethe rocket design team from Peenemunde, the Thule Gesellschaft and the equally-mystical Vril Society. This Haunebu-3 saucer "had a diameter of 71 meters and could reach a speed of 40,000 kilometers per hour (25,000 miles per hour) with a range of eight weeks and carried a crew of nine men."
Hurling this big vehicle into space was no small
feat. To do it, Kammler had his SS Department E-4 cobble
together a Rube Goldberg-style vehicle. Propelling the
saucer were two bolted-together A-9 rockets, with five A-
10 boosters behind them.
This was the Schumann Levitator. "A leading member of the Vril (Society), Dr. W.O. Schumann pioneered the development of electromagnetic fields through rotating discs, and a prototype was constructed near Munich in 1922. Over the following decade, this research and development led to an entire range of German flying saucers based on the principle of anti-gravitational levitation."
During World War II, "the Schumann group produced two smaller saucers, the Vril-1 and 2, as fighters" while Gruppe Kammler, or SS E-4, worked on its Haunebu Flugeschiebe (Translated: Flying Disc) project.
By the beginning of 1945, though the Third Reich was crumbling, SS E-4 saw that "seven craft of the Haunebu-2 type, one each of the other Haunebu types and 17 Vril-1 craft. In late 1944, the SS E-4 also designed the Andromeda vessel," a cylindrical spacecraft "139 meters (458 feet) in length and 30 meters (100 feet) high. Powered by four 'Thule-Tachyonators' and four 'Schumann Levitators,' this long-distance spaceship could transport a Haunebu-2 and two Vril-1 saucers in its internal hangars. This huge cigar-shaped mother ship and its accompanying saucers were supposed to be responsible for George Adamski's famous sighting in California in (November) 1952."
Operating at low power, the Schumann Levitator "cut the throw-weight" of the Ostara, allowing the A/9-A/10 array to hurl the saucer into Earth orbit at an altitude of 500 kilometers (300 miles). Once in orbit, the Ostara's crew dropped the twin A-9s and used their Schumann device, powered by small nuclear batteries, to push the saucer away from Earth.
While the Ostara had her shakedown cruise in space, back on Earth, Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery launched Operation Varsity, the crossing of the Rhine, while Marshal Zhukov's Soviet (Russian) armies overran East Prussia. With the Reich's lifespan reduced to weeks, if not days, why had Himmler taken such an insane gamble?
Although never a member of Thule or Vril, Himmler was a devoted occultist who, in 1923, joined Dr. Willibald Hentschell's Artamen. This group "expressed an attitude which saw cities as sinks of decadence and the land as the real strength of a people."
In the Artamen, Himmler was exposed for the first time to the scriptures of ancient India. He read the Vedas and the Mahabharata and was particularly fond of the Bhagavad Gita. During the drive to Auschwitz in July 1942, Himmler amused himself by reading a German translation of the Gita, which he usually kept in his desk at the office.
In his 1940 book, The Flight of Hanuman to Lanka, Indian author C.N. Mehta discusses the vimanas, the UFOs of ancient India. Mention of them is sprinkled throughout the Vedas. "In his essay on the Rig-Veda, Professor H.L. Hariyappa of Mysore University writes that in a distant epoch 'gods came to the earth sometimes, and that it was the privilege of some men to visit the immortals in heaven.'"
"Another book from India--the Samaranagana Sutradhara--contains a fantastic paragraph about the distant past when men traveled in the air in skyships and heavenly beings came down from the sky." Himmler was fascinated with these tales of rishis (Hindu wizards-- J.T.) visiting Chandra (Earth's moon), Karktikeya (Mars) and the small worlds circling Brahaspati (Jupiter) and Sani (Saturn).
From SS aides who had been members of Thule, Himmler had heard about the purported "alien contact" in 1924. So the Ostara's mission seems clear enough--find these aliens and persuade them to help the Reich against its enemies.
When a flyby of the moon turned up no trace of any aliens, the Ostara continued on into space. According to German author Norbert Juergen-Ratthofer, "after an eight- and-a-half month voyage, the Haunebu III lands on Mars in January 1946, only to find the deserted pyramid city and 'Face' (Cydonia--J.T.), signs of a bygone higher civilization. 'What disappointment must these men have felt, when they realized that all was in vain.'"
Returning to Earth in October 1946, the nine-man crew of the Ostara found a world transformed. Germany was divided and occupied. Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering and other Nazi leaders were on trial in Nuremberg. Himmler was dead--a suicide. He had been captured by British troops on May 23, 1945 and had swallowed a capsule of potassium chloride before he could be interrogated. He had made certain that the deepest secrets of the SS died with him.
The Ostara landed at Station 211 in Antarctica, in a region of the Hoffman-Muhlig Mountains. The area was called Neuschwabenland (German for New Swabia--J.T.), and all during the war Himmler had been sending U-boats full of German and Ukrainian settlers there.
But now the Nazi sanctuary was in danger. On December 30, 1946, a U.S. Navy Martin Mariner seaplane crashed in Antarctica. This tipped off the "Antarctic Reich" to the threat of Operation High Jump, an Allied task force commanded by Admiral Richard E. Byrd of the U.S. Navy.
So the SS refugees undertook their last gamble. They decided the launch the Andromeda, the large cylindrical spacecraft built by Gruppe Kammler and Thule. According to Juergen-Ratthofer, aboard the spaceship was an untested device that would put the ship into a "trans-dimensional canal," enabling it to achieve interstellar flight.
(Editor's Note: Kammler himself was last seen in Oberammergau, Germany on April 6, 1945. It is not known for certain if he died during the last days of the war in Europe or if he somehow got to Antarctica.)
Thirty-two volunteers, all veterans of Himmler's Waffen-SS, were selected for the flight. There was no guarantee that the "Magnetapparat" star-drive would even work. The Andromeda could easily get 5,000 kilometers (3,000 miles) away from Earth. But what would happen when they threw the switch? The cylindrical ship might instantly explode, creating a momentary bright flash visible from Earth's night side.
Even worse, it was strictly a one-way trip. The Nazis were going to point the Andromeda at the star Aldebaran, hit the switch and hope for the best. Even if they made it across 68 light-years of space, there was no way they'd be able to return. They'd never be able to find Earth's sun among the myriads of stars.
What happened next is a mystery.
Three years later, a cylindrical UFO similar to the Andromeda began to be seen. Ufologist Harold T. Wilkins, in his book Flying Saucers Uncensored, wrote, "There is a vast spindle-shaped or cigar-shaped, cylindrical space ship of unknown origin, which was photographed over a blast furnace in Hamilton, Ohio in 1950. It was also 'snapped' by a young woman taking pictures of ordinary terrestrial objects at Hawthorne, California when it was seen in the act of releasing satellite discs. It was seen over Denham, in England, and, twelve hours later over Sweden, in 1949, again releasing discs, which, at high speed, flew off in opposite directions."
According to Henry Stevens, author of Hitler's Flying Saucers, a U.S. Air Force fighter jet captured "gun-camera film footage from Victorville, California taken on February 2, 1953. It apparently shows a cylindrical 'Mothership' in flight."
Also in the early 1950s, "a classic cigar-shaped UFO" was seen and photographed by Joe Ferriere in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
(Editor's Note: At the time of the Ferriere sighting, your editor was a two-year-old living in Taunton, Massachusetts, 14 miles (20 kilometers) southeast of Woonsocket, R.I.)
Had the Andromeda returned to Earth? Or were alien vessels disguising themselves as the Nazi ship while they scouted out our planet?
In 1967, a German psychic again heard from the mysterious Sumi. They assured the attendees at the seance that the Andromeda had indeed made it to Aldebaran. The crewmen were well-treated while "the Aldebaran regime then dispatched an enormous interstellar armada consisting of 280 battle cruisers of various classes ranging from 1.5 to 6 kilometers (1 to 4 miles) in length and capable of carrying between four and 810 flying saucers apiece. Depending on its speed after emerging from the 'trans- dimensional canal' (hyperspace) in the asteroid belt, this armada is to arrive on Earth sometime between 1992 and 2005 to resume the Second World War."
Off-and-on channelled contacts with the Sumi has provided us with a rough idea of how an Aldebarani star fleet is organized--similar to a U.S. Navy task force. The table below gives the alien ship classes and their USN equivalents:
We have only the Sumi's word for it that the Andromeda's crewmen were treated as guests upon their arrival in the Aldebaran system. For all we know, the ship was destroyed by vigilant Sumi spacecraft two minutes after it emerged from hyperspace. Or the Earth ship might have been boarded and its crew captured.
If that's the case, what might have happened to Hans Kammler if he'd been on board? Kammler, the architect who began his SS career designing the Nazi camp at Auschwitz- Birkenau in southern Poland. Did he congratulate himself on a successful escape from Earth, only to wind up an exhibit in some alien zoo, crouched in a corner of the cage--cold, naked, always hungry--gaped at by terrible three-lobed eyes?
As bad as it sounds, it's still a kinder fate than any deportee from Drancy or Westerbork met at that camp he designed.
Are the Sumi really coming to Earth? And what happens when they get here? Most days I just don't want to think about it. (See the books Hitler's Flying Saucers by Henry Stevens, Adventures Unlimited Press, Kempton, Illinois, 2003, pages 86, 87, 88, 99, 100, 101, 161 and 225; Das Vril Projekt by Norbert Juergen-Ratthofer, Dr. Michael Daemboeck Verlag, Ardagger, Austria, 1993; Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and the Politics of Identity by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, New York University Press, New York, N.Y., 2002, pages 167 to 170; Himmler by Peter Padfield, MJF Books, New York, N.Y., 1990, pages 37, 68, 85 and 90; Unholy Alliance by Peter Levenda, Continuum International Publishing Group, New York, N.Y., 2003, pages 92 to 95; Flying Saucers Uncensored by Harold T. Wilkins, The Citadel Press, New York, N.Y., 1955, page 17; The Flight of Hanuman to Lanka by C.N. Mehta, Narayan Niketan, Mumbai, India, 1940; and On the Shores of Endless Worlds by Andrew Tomas, Bantam Books, New York, N.Y., 1976, pages 53, 68 and 124.)
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