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  • MUFON UFO JOURNALNUMBER 241 MAY 1988

    Founded 1967.OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF JtMJPOJV/ MUTUAL UFO NETWORK, INC.,

    $2.50

    - CONTENTS -

    FROM THE EDITOR Dennis Stacy 2

    AN INTERVIEW WITH JACQUES VALLEE Linda J. Strand 3

    PURSUING THE ULTIMATE ENCOUNTER Walter N. Webb 8

    GULF BREEZE CE III - PART II Ware, Flannigan & Andrus 11

    61-MONTH WAVE THEORY REVISED Donald A. Johnson 16

    "UNINVITED GUESTS" - A PREVIEW Richard Hall 17

    A QUIET CRISIS IN MANAGEMENT . . . Dan Wright 18

    LOOKING BACK Bob Gribble 20

    THE MAY NIGHT SKY Walter N. Webb 22

    DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE Walt Andrus 24

  • MUFON UFO JOURNAL(USPS 002-970)

    (ISSN 0270-6822)103 Oldtowne Rd.

    Seguin, Texas 78155-4099 U.S.A.

    DENNIS W. STACYEditor

    WALTER H. ANDRUS, JR.International Director and

    Associate EditorTHOMAS P. DEULEY

    Art DirectorMILDRED BIESELEContributing Editor

    ANN DRUFFELContributing Editor

    PAUL CERNYPromotion/Publicity

    MARGE CHRISTENSENPublic Relations

    REV. BARRY DOWNINGReligion and UFOsLUCIUS PARISH

    Books/Periodicals/HistoryROSETTA HOLMESPromotion/PublicityT. SCOTT GRAIN

    GREG LONGMICHAEL D. SWORDS

    Staff WritersTED PHILLIPS

    Landing Trace CasesJOHN F. SCHUESSLER

    Medical CasesLEONARD STRINGFIELD

    UFO Crash/RetrievalWALTER N. WEBB

    AstronomyNORMA E. SHORT

    DWIGHT CONNELLYDENNIS HAUCK

    RICHARD H. HALLROBERT V. PRATT

    Editor/Publishers Emeritus(Formerly SKYLOOK)

    The MUFON UFO JOURNAL ispublished by the Mutua l UFONetwork , Inc., Seguin, Texas.Membership/Subscription rates:$25.00 per year in the U.S.A.; $30.00foreign in U.S. funds. Copyright 1988by the Mutual UFO Network. Secondclass postage paid at Seguin, Texas.POSTMASTER: Send form 3579 toadvise change of address to TheMUFON UFO JOURNAL, 103Oldtowne Rd., Seguin, Texas 78155-4099.

    FROM THE HOTORWe hope you like the "new" format of the Journal. A quick

    glance at the cover will now tell you what waits inside eachmonth. In addition, each page is identified as to month, issue andyear. If you have to make copies of articles for research or per-sonal reasons, this will make your job easier. Artwork and pho-tographs will continue to appear on the cover from time to time,but with far less frequency than in the past, as is standard scien-tific journal practice.

    For all practical purposes, the Journal's format is now final-ized. Changes were not made arbitrarily, but with an eye to mak-ing the Journal easier to read and use. A different layout, how-ever, would mean little in itself, unless it reflected animprovement in the quality of material inside. We think you willagree that this happens to be the case. And we appreciate yoursupport.

    Gulf Breeze Note: Instead of the Nimslo photographsmentioned in the article, which would not have reproduced well,we have used instead a sketch by "Mr. Ed" which originallyappeared in the Gulf Breeze Sentinel. Having viewed blow-ups ofthose pictures, however, we can say that the light patterns pho-tographed do indeed seem to parallel Mr. Ed's sketch.

    APRO 1952 -1988A letter from Robert G. Mars-

    land, Deputy Director for APRO,dated March 29, 1988 and address-ed to "Dear Friends" stated the fol-lowing: "It is with deepest regretthat I tell you that there will be nomore issues of the APRO Bulletin.Mrs. Lorenzen has been through-some very trying times, both phys-ically and emotionally, no doubt hastened by the death of herdaughter last month. Now her doctor advises that for her ownwelfare, she must not take on any more of the burdensimposed in running this organization. And since there is noone else with the editorial skills and endless font of memoryto do the job, I must attend the last rites."

    On April 12, 1988, Coral E. Lorenzen (age 63) died in aTucson hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband,Leslie James and daughter Lesli Stryker. Funeral serviceswere held April 18, 1988 under the direction of the Adair Fun-eral Home at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Tucson,Arizona. Inurnment will be in Arlington National Cemeterywith her husband.

    Thus ... another era passes into UFO history.

    The Mutual UFO Network, Inc. is exempt from Federal Income Taxunder Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. MUFON is a pub-licly supported organization of the type described in Section 509(a)(2).Donors may deduct contributions from their Federal Income Tax. In addi-tion, bequests, legacies, devises, transfers, or gifts are deductible for Fed-eral estate and gift tax purposes if they meet the applicable provisions ofSections 2055, 2106, and 2522 of the code.

    The contents of the MUFON UFO JOURNAL are determined by the editor, anddp not necessarily represent the official position of MUFON. Opinions of con-tributors are their own, and do not necessarily reflect those of the editor, thestaff, or MUFON. Articjes may be forwarded directly to MUFON. All submis-sions are subject to editing for style, clarity, and conciseness. Permission is her-eby granted to quote from this issue provided not more than 200 words arequoted from any one article, the author of the article is given credit, and thestatement "Copyright 1988 by the Mutual UFO Network, 103 Oldtowne Rd.,Seguin, Texas 78155" is included.

  • Dimensions: An Interview With Jacques ValleeBy Linda J. Strand

    INTRODUCTION

    French-born Jacques Vallee, bilin-gual in both computers and astro-physics, is ufology's both most reknown-ed and reclusive figure. Certainly heis the most controversial thinker in afield fraught with philosophical pitfalls,having served as the model forLacombe\ (played with suave dignityby the late Francois Truffaut) inSteven Spielberg's "Close Encountersof the Third Kind." At the time Valleeobjected strenuously to the portrayalof alien beings as benign "brothejrs"from another world, an argument thatnot unexpectedly succumbed to Hol-lywood's boxoffice sensibilities. Heonce said of the cinematic Lacombe,"I think they were simply looking fora character at a level of strangenesshalfway between the main Americancharacters and the space people."Interestingly, Dan Ackroyd's extrater-restrial nuclear family, the former"Saturday Night Live" Coneheads,also said they were from Francewhen pressed about their origins.

    With the late Dr. J. Allen Hynek,Vallee helped found an "invisible col-lege" of UFO experts (the title of oneof his own books on the subject) andco-authored The Edge of Reality. Val-lee's early studies (Anatomy of aPhenomenon and Chaflenge to Science,written with wife Janine) were char-acterized by a concise phenomeno-logical approach to the UFO data.But with Passport to Magonia (1969)and particularly Messengers of Decep-tion (1979) the lanky, soft-spoken Val-lee left many of his American follow-ers confused if not openly skeptical.Magonia, which compared contem-porary accounts of aliens and abduc-tions with precedents found mostly inmedieval European folklore was well-received on the continent. Indeed, amovement based on psycho-sociologi-cal interpretations of UFO pheno-mena sprang up in its wake, pro-moted largely by fellow Frenchmen.MUFON UFO Journal, No. 241 May 1988

    ;My mind works best bysoaking up data like asponge and squeezing itevery once in a while."

    In England it even led to the estab-lishment of a quarterly journal by thesame name. Messengers, however,with its emphasis on mostly westcoast American UFO cults, was asomewhat unfocused work that evenVallee himself admits "I would do dif-ferently now."

    After Messengers Vallee publishedthree books about technology, includ-ing a textbook on computer network-ing. But he went underground as faras the American UFO communitywas largely concerned. Aside fromthe public demands on his time(unavoidably, a personality cult hadformed around his own writings), Val-lee had learned that he did his bestthinking in a vacuum, free from the"contamination of popular theoriesabout UFOs, maintaining a circle ofsilence around me, and conductingmy own investigations in the field."More to the point, he says, "my mindworks best by soaking up data like asponge and squeezing it every oncein a while."

    Vallee's latest squeeze is a bookthat summarizes and clarifies his ear-lier works. It is called Dimensions: ACasebook of Alien Contact (Con-temporary Books, Chicago, $17.95).In it he expands on the concept firstproposed in Invisible College, com-paring UFOs to a control systemoperating on our collective uncons-cious. Both in their folklore and mod-ern forms, says Vallee, "UFOs arethe means through which man's con-cepts are being arranged."

    While working on the manuscriptof Dimensions, Vallee gradually emerg-ed from his self-imposed silence. In1986 he published a novel in French

    entitled ALINTEL, which is thoughtto contain facts and speculations hecould not publish in non-fiction form.December a year ago he addressed aUFO conclave in London, and latelast year he turned up as one of thespeakers at a San Francisco NewAge symposium on "Angels, Aliensand Archetypes: Cosmic Intelligenceand the Mythic Imagination," spon-sored by the Omega Foundation.

    Linda Strand is a freelance journal-ist living in Boulder, Colorado, whospecializes in scientific subjects. Herarticles on a wide variety of topicshave appeared in Science Digesr,Astronomy and similar publications."I first heard the name Jacques Val-lee in 1977," Strand says, "as myinterest in the area of UFO researchwas just getting started. Two pf mymost trusted friends in such mattersstrongly recommended that I try tocontact him, saying his work was 'farand away the best' in the field. Fiveyears later, having been thoroughlydisillusioned by most of the UFOresearch I had studied, I finally wroteto Vallee in care of his publisher.

    "When we met some six monthslater over dinner, I was constantlyamused by the similarities