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  • "'MUFON UFO JOURNALNUMBER 171 MAY 1982

    Founded 1967

    OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF$1.50

    MUTUAL UFO NETWORK, INC.

    (No Model . )

    No. 526,394.

    D. HURLBUT.AIR SHIP.

    Patented Sept. 25, 1894.

    WITNESSES:- INVENTOR;

    BY

    ATTORNEYS.

  • TTie MUFONUFO JOURNAL(USPS 002-970)

    103 Oldtowne Rd.Seguin, Texas 78155

    RICHARD HALLEditor

    ANN DRUFFELAssociate Editor

    LEN STRINGFIELDAssociate Editor

    MILDRED BIESELEContributing Editor

    WALTER H. ANDRUSDirector of MUFON

    TED BLOECHERDAVE WEBBCo-Chairmen,

    Humanoid Study GroupPAUL CERNY

    Promotion/PublicityREV. BARRY DOWNING

    Religion and UFOsLUCIUS FARISH

    Books/Periodicals/HistoryROSETTA HOLMESPromotion/Publicity

    GREG LONGStaff Writer

    TED PHILLIPSLanding Trace Cases

    JOHN F. SCHUESSLERUFO Propulsion

    DENNIS W. STACYStaff Writer

    NORMA E. SHORTDWIGHT CONNELLY

    DENNIS HAUCKEditor/Publishers Emeritus

    The MUFON UFO JOURNAL ispublished by the Mutual UFO Net-work, Inc., Seguin, Texas. Member-ship/Subscription rates: $15.00 peryear in the U.S.A.; $16.00 foreign.Copyright 1982 by the MutualUFO Network. Second class postagepaid at Seguin, Texas. POST-MASTER: Send form 3579 to advisechange of address to The MUFONUFO JOURNAL, 103 OldtowneRd., Seguin, Texas 78155.

    FROM THE EDITORWe introduce in this issue a new column, "Critic's Corner," by

    Robert Wanderer who has agreed to be a "resident skeptic." Bobbelieves that people generally report honestly what they see, butoften are mistaken in their interpretations. He will be offering alternativeexplanations and otherwise prodding us to be clear and logical in ouruse of language, and in our reasoning about UFO reports. His columnshould stimulate some worthwhile dialogue that will help to clarifyUFO-related issues. It should be redundant to characterize someone asan "honest skeptic"; let us just say that Bob is a skeptic in the bestsense of the word, and has demonstrated both open-mindedness andfair-mindedness in correspondence, during which we have disagreedamicably on many points. His perspective on the subject and thetalents that he brings to bear on it should be welcomed as a positivecontribution.

    In this issueUFO-RELATED BIGFOOT ENCOUNTER IN PENNSYLVANIA .3

    By Stan GordonUFOs OVER ARKANSAS: PART 1 5

    By William D. LeetCALIFORNIA REPORT 9

    By Ann DruffelZETA 2 RETICULI: A RESPONSE 12

    By Allan HendryUFO TECH NOTE 13

    By John F. SchuesslerCRITIC'S CORNER 14

    By Robert WandererMUFON INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES 15

    By Michael SinclairUFO SIGHTING MAP: SECOND QUARTER 1981 16

    By Gayle C. McBride1982 INTERNATIONAL MUFON UFO SYMPOSIUM 18

    By Walt AndrusIN OTHERS' WORDS 19

    By Lucius ParishDIRECTOR'S MESSAGE 20

    By Walt Andrus

    The contents of The MUFON UFO JOURNAL are determined by the editor, and donot necessarily represent the official position of MUFON. Opinions of contributors aretheir own, and do not necessarily reflect those of the editor, the staff, or MUFON. Arti-cles may be forwarded directly to MUFON. Responses to published articles may be in aLetter to the Editor (up to about 400 words) or in a short article (up to about 2,000words). Thereafter, the "50% rule" is applied: the article author may reply but will beallowed half the wordage used in the response; the responder may answer the authorbut will be allowed half the wordage used in the author's reply, etc. All submissions aresubject to editing for style, clarity, and conciseness.Permission is hereby granted to quote from this issue provided not more than'200words are quoted from any one article, the author of the article is given credit, and thestatement "Copyright 1982 by the MUFON UFO JOURNAL, 103 Oldtowne Rd.,Seguin, Texas" is included.

  • UFO-RELATED BIGFOOT ENCOUNTER IN PENNSYLVANIABy Stan Gordon

    (MUFON State Director)

    Most readers are familiar withreports of giant hairy apelikecreatures known as Bigfoot, whichallegedly inhabit the Pacific Nor-thwest region as well as other areas ofthis country. But many have neverheard of sightings of these creaturesin the Northeast and North Centralstates. These areasparticularlyP e n n s y l v a n i a , Ohio, andMarylandhave been quite activewith Bigfoot reports since at least theearly 1970's, although cases on recordindicate observations going backmany years earlier.

    In 1973 the largest documentedwave of Bigfoot sightings on recordoccurred in Pennsylvania. Thesightings began in June and continuedsporadically through November ofthat year. There were over 100documented creature reports withover 250 eyewitnesses involved. In anumber of cases, several creatureswere observed at the same time. Mycolleagues and I during our investiga-tions began to find that it was morethan coincidence that some of thesecreatures would appear within a shorttime, in the same area where UFOsightings were being reported bylocal residents. As we began to lookmore seriously into these incidentsthere still were no conclusive indica-tions that the two types ofphenomena were directly related.

    But then it happened. Around 9p.m. on October 25, 1973 nearUniontown, Pa., Stephen Pulaski and15 residents who live near his father'sfarm observed a large red ball descen-ding from the sky towards the field.Stephen and two neighbor boys gotinto a truck and started towards thearea to take a closer look. As they ap-proached the hill, the headlightsstarted to dim, as if the power was be-ing drained, so they got out and walk-ed up over the crest of the hill.Resting on the ground was a hugedome shaped object estimated to be

    100 feet in diameter. It was making asound like a lawnmower, and wasvery bright and illuminating the field.

    The group heard strange whiningsounds coming from the direction ofthe object. A short time later one ofthe boys noticed two figures ap-proaching along the fence line, whichcrosses the field. At first the grouptried to rationalize that they were see-ing bears, but when Stephen fired atracer round over their heads it wasevident that they were looking at aform of life unlike anything they hadseen before. One creature was over 7feet tall the other over 8 feet. Theywere covered with long, dark hairand their arms hung down past theknees.

    As the creatures approached closerStephen became alarmed and firedthree rounds directly into the largercreature which responded by makinga whining sound and raising it's righthand up toward the other beast. Atthat very instant the huge UFO in thefield suddenly disappeared and thesound stopped. The group quicklyleft the area and notified the localpolice officials.

    When an offier arrived at the sceneabout 45 minutes later, the object andthe creatures were not evident;however, the officer verified that atthe spot where the object has rested,he observed a glowing ring about 100feet in diameter which would havebeen bright enough to read by if hehad bent down within it. When hereturned to the station with Stephen,he notified me of the sighting and ourfield investigation team responded tothe scene. For more details of this caseand other similar events, see mypaper in the 7974 MUFON UFOSymposium Proceedings.

    Since that classic event, manysimilar cases have been reported fromthroughout the United States as wellas other countries. Those of us who

    have spent considerable time in-vestigating these cases now feel cer-tain that there is a direct relationshipbetween the sightings of the creaturesand certain UFOs. We aren't implyingthat these hairy anthropoids are UFOpassengers, only that they seem toplay an important part in a complexseries of events that occur to seeming-ly selected individuals.

    Even though the basic physicaldescription of the creatures is similarto the typical Bigfoot, there are twovariations that seem to separate thetwo species. The UFO relatedcreature seems to have a 3-toed foot-print which measures between 13 and21 inches in length. It also in many in-stances is seen to have glowing orself-luminescent eyes, usually red incolor. The typical Bigfoot is reportedto have a 5-toed, humanlike footprint.

    Many of the geographical areaswhere the UFO/Bigfoot cases occurseem to become hot spots for othertypes of unexplained incidents. Anexample of this is a current case underinvestigation by the PennsylvaniaAssociation For the Study of theUnexplained. The phenomena is oc-cur ing in a ru ra l section ofWestmoreland County. Some ofthose involved have already beensubject to harrassment and ridicule, soat this time pseudonyms will be usedto protect their indentities. Theirnames and address are on file with usfor verification by responsible resear-chers.

    Frank and Rose Simpson had led anormal l ife until one summer after-noon in 1979 when they stepped outinto their front yard and saw a verylarge elongated object falling fromthe clear sky. It fell tumbling end toend. One side was shiny like brightaluminum, the other side a dull gray.It was getting dark, so the next daythey searched in vain for whatever it

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  • Bigfoot, Continued

    was that they had seen.About 2 weeks after the UFO

    sighting, the Simpsons began to hear aterrifying sound which they presum-ed was from some type of animal.Though living in an area abundantwith wildlife, it was unlike anythingthey had heard before. According toMrs. Simpson, "The sound is not abark, squeal, squawk, or howlingsound.. In fact we don't know how todescribe it. It travels quite fast. Itseems like it's on one hillside one se-cond, the next second it's on anotherhil l . Once anyone hears it they neverforget it. It makes your skin want tocrawl-."

    The family continued to hear thesesounds on a regular basis through1981. On a number of occasionsFrank picked up his rifle and went inthe direction of where the noise ap-peared to o