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  • Mufon UFO JournalOfficial Publication of the Mutual UFO Network Since 1967

    Number 283November 1991$3.00


  • Mufon UFO JournalNovember 1991 Number 283


    THE EDITOR'S PAGE Dennis Stacy 3



    PARALYSIS BY MICROWAVES Richard M. Neal, Jr., M.D. 13

    THE UFO PRESS Dennis Stacy 17

    LOOKING BACK Bob Gribble 19

    LETTERS Langley 21

    THE DECEMBER NIGHT SKY Walter N. Webb 22

    DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE Walt Andrus 24

    Cover: Debbie Tomey, Betty Hill and Charles HicksonPhotograph by Budd Hopkins

    EDITORDennis W. Stacy

    ASSOCIATE EDITORWalter H. Andrus, Jr.

    COLUMNISTSWalter N. WebbRobert GribbleLucius Parish


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  • D uring the Board of Directorsmeeting at the Chicagosymposium this past sum-mer, Walt Andrus revealed somerather startling statistics about thehealth of MUFON as an organization. Fortunately, theywere good ones. Within the last three or four years MUFONmembership has essentially tripled, to well over 3000subscribers worldwide, making us, as far as I know, theworld's largest UFO organization by far. Certainly we arethe only one presently publishing a 24-page journal on amonthly basis.

    Which brings me to my subject: the Journal itself andmy tenure as editor of same. My name first appeared onthe masthead some seven years ago, in the summer or fallof 1984. We weren't a bad journal then, but we certainlyweren't a great one, either. I don't mean to disparage anyof my predecessors by such a remark, only to reflect thethen current state of affairs. Our cover stock was a pale,legal-pad yellow, and each issue consisted of 20 pages, thecontents of which varied widely in quality.

    Well, things have changed. The journal you hold in yourhands today has a slick, glossy cover and consists of 24 pagesdevoted exclusively to text and photographs. Monthly col-umns include Bob Cribble's "Looking Back" and WalterWebb's "Night Sky." On a somewhat more irregular basiswe also carry Lou Parish's "In Others' Words," a bi-monthly round-up of the UFO literature, and "Current CaseLog," a summary of recent reports. The latter was initiatedby Dan Wright and is now being compiled by Donald Ware.

    Each of these features serves a particular public servicefunction, hopefully making our readers among the mostwell-informed in the field. We also carry a calendar of cur-rent events, focusing on upcoming con-ferences, and tend to publicize the ac-tivities and publications of both the Fundfor UFO Research and the Center forUFO Studies, space permitting. The ~^~~~~~^^~'"Director's Message," by Walt Andrus, keeps readers andmembers informed of our own activities. To further up-date subscribers I initiated both "The UFO Press" and"News'N'Views" sections, which also appear at fairlyregular intervals. The "Letters" column is a way of allow-ing our individual voices to be heard.

    The meat of the matter is made up by various feature ar-ticles and in-depth reports. Our flexibility is such that, onoccasion, we have resorted to adding four extra pages whenrequired or dictated by the material on hand.

    If I paint a rosy picture of the Journal's present statusand overall progress, it's because I think the picture isbasically an accurate one.

    Is it a perfect picture? No, not by any means, and thereasons why are several, some of which have to do withthe nature of ufology itself, some of which have to do withhuman nature and personal politics. To address ufology first,


    let me simply say that if I've erredin emphasizing some aspects or ap-proaches over others in this vastlyelephantine and complex field, thenI've tried to err on the side of con-

    servatism for what I hope are obvious reasons. Howevermuch we might wish otherwise, it remains a truism: after45 years of UFO investigations, rumor and speculation arestill much easier to come by than verifiable physicalevidence. Even the immense document trail we've man-aged to uncover in the last decade or so under the Freedomof Information Act is evidence only of the documentsthemselves not the physical phenomenon we all believe,is hiding somewhere behind the paper shroud of secrecy.



    any MUFON members are quite within theirright to ask, so what? We know that UFOs exist,that the government is engaged in an ongoing,

    active cover-up of their existence, why beat around the bush?Because allegations, affirmations and even affidavits arenot UFOs. Neither are ground traces or photographs. Col-lectively, they all represent our best argument. But in adefinitive scientific sense, only UFOs are UFOs. And ifour objective is a truly scientific one, then it is our obliga-tion to continue to collate and quantify our "best shot."No matter what we might think or believe, without aphysical UFO in hand, the subject of our study remains justthat: an Unidentified Hying Object, final nature, motive andintention unknown. This is not just my personal opinion,but a limitation imposed by the phenomenon itself. Myapologies if I offend anyone by pointing out this foremostfundamental and most primordial fact. The availableevidence supports any number of interpretations and

    hypotheses, often dependent on one'spre-existing belief systems and worldview. As I understand it, however,MUFON's purpose is not to arbitrate or

    ^~^~~^^~^ adjudicate among individual beliefs, butto follow facts wherever they lead. In speculation weabound; it's the fundamental facts we so sorely lack.

    So what about human nature? As the membership rollcontinues to grow, I despair of being able to satisfy or ac-commodate everyone's viewpoint. This lack of "agree-ability," if you will, is as much a product of the sheernumbers involved as anything. I certainly am not trying toimpose my own personal beliefs on anyone else. In fact,I try to maintain an open door and mind as part and parcelof my basic editorial policy.

    To that end, I've always thought that a basic give-and-take was fundamental to the phenomenon, that controver-sy was an inevitable and integral ingredient of any scien-tific discussion. But it's also come to my attention that thisis an incredibly fine line to draw. And I agree that too often

    Please see page 23

    MUFON UFO JOURNAL No. 283 November 1991



    The independent interviewing and hypnotic regression ofmultiple witnesses to a UFO close encounter are essentialsteps toward establishing a credible account with minimal op-portunity for contamination, suggestion, or influential interac-tions. The separate hypnotic investigation of two or more par-ticipants greatly decreases the likelihood that imagination,delusion, or confabulation serve as explanations for theseencounters.

    On November 7, 1989 two middle-aged women were driv-ing in a remote area of western Kansas when they encountereda UFO and then lost two hours of time. They experiencedanxiety, insomnia, irritability, and bewilderment as a resultof that night. Neither woman had any knowledge or interestin UFOs at all. They never believed that they ever left theircar or observed anything further. Hypnotic regression (ob-tained independently) revealed abduction scenarios with atleast 40 direct correlations between their accounts. Many cor-relations were found with both published and unpublishedresearch data. A few interesting differences in the abductiondata suggest a consideration of the effects of personality andperception.

    The Witnesses

    "Susan" is a 42-year-old businesswoman (happily marriedto an engineer) with two children, ages 17 and 21. She andher husband live in a beautiful home in a peaceful suburbof St. Louis. She had never given the subject of UFOs anyattention and has not read any books on the subject. In fact,she stated she had never even heard of Betty and Barney Hillor ever read a science fiction novel. She is an honest, respect-ful, caring, strong, dependable, and candid woman with nopsychological problems or history of such difficulties. Shewill look you directly in the eyes and state sincerely whatshe feels, needs or thinks. She is a level-headed, open-mindedperson who seeks the truth with a calm but inquisitivepersistence.

    "Jennifer" is a 49-