Terry Hooper-Scharf. Noted naturalist and historian was a former UK police forces Wildlife Consultant specialising in Canids and Felids. From 1977 -2007 "Officially Unofficially" investigated UFOs Reports as Head of the Anomalous Observational Phenomena Bureau (AOP B) Project Grey Book. per cognitionem veritatis
from Robyn Collin's 1974 book ‘Did Spacemen Colonise the Earth’
According to Antonio Fenoglio in his
article, he visited the Archives of the august French Academy
of Sciences, Paris, and discovered the following report
submitted to it. In 1975, Dr Jacques
Vallee quoted the account and appeared to indicate that he had seen the report
You will no doubt be very interested in
what could be the first (?) UFO crash in history.
During June, 1790, Police Inspector Liabeuf
was sent from Paris to Alencon,
west of the city (between Argentan and Le
Mans). His orders
were to make a thorough investigation of a disturbing incident –some of the
observers being of high standing.
Liabeuf visited the town and the following
is his report, submitted to the Academy
“At 5 A.M.,on June
12th,several farmers caught
sight of an enormous
globe which seemed surrounded
with flames. First they thought it was perhaps a
balloon that had caught
fire,but the great velocity
and the whistling sound which came
from that body
“The globe slowed
down,made some oscillations and
towards the top of a hill,
unearthing plants along the
slope. The heat which
emanated from it was so
intense that soon the grass
and the small tree
started burning. The peasants
succeeded in controlling the fire which
to spread to the whole
“In the evening this
sphere was still warm and an
happened,not to say an incredible
thing. The witnesses were;two mayors,a doctor and
other authorities who
confirm my report,in addition
to the dozens of
peasants who were present.
would have been large enough to
contain a carriage,had
not suffered from all that
flight. It excited so much curiousity that people
came from all parts to
see it. Then all of a sudden
a kind of door opened
and,there is the interesting
thing,a person like us
came out of it,but this person
“was dressed in a
strange way,wearing a tight-fitting suit
and,seeing all that
crowd,said some words which were
not understood and fled
into the woods. Instinctively,
the peasants stepped
back,in fear,and this saved
them because soon after
that the sphere exploded in
everywhere,and these pieces
burned until they were
reduced to powder.
“Researches were initiated to find the
man,but he seemed to
Dr Vallee, a respected scientist
who has spoken before the United Nations, cites this case as evidence of
visitors from some other world. Dr
Vallee notes the many similarities to modern accounts of “UFOs”.
The question is; does this report
exist? Fenoglio wrote his article circa
1967 so we know that the document was, allegedly, still in existence then. Inspector Liabeuf’s report either exists or
was fiction created by Fenoglio and it is scientifically important that the
reality of it is ascertained once and for all.
After all,the report had many features from modern UFO accounts: the
landed object followed by an entity appearing and the explosion totally
destroying the object. Even the
description of the clothing worn by the entity is typical of modern accounts.
What this meant was simple: people
in 1790 France
could not possibly know of post 1947 accounts of UFOs and Liabeuf’s report
would be a major kick in the teeth to the anti-UFO brigade.
A document was forwarded to the Keeper
of the Archives, French
Academy of Sciences, on 9th
January, 2006. It took a while but
rather than hearing that the report had been found I was told that no such
report existed or reference to it found.
Fenoglio seems to have been the only person ever to have seen the report
leading to the conclusion that this was yet another UFO hoax.
I forwarded a copy of my report
to Dr. Vallee’s last known contact point but nothing so far.
This was a real disappointment to
me, though I should have expected it.
This is another case that the
learned Dr Vallee has presented as evidence of
“otherworldly” visitors. The
inference is that some form of craft and an entity were seen (the “demon”) at
Quimper-Corentin . It needs to be
ascertained just what did happen, if possible.
If the object involved was a
fireball during a storm or even a meteorite this must be found out. However, this all hinges on whether or not
the object in question did fly off after
what must have been several hours if we take into account what is said to have
In the year 1620, the cathedral
at Quimper-Corentin, France, had a lead covered
pyramidal object on its roof. Between
19:00-20:00 hours, 1st February, 1620, ”thunder fell” on this structure the
pyramid caught fire, exploded and then fell to the ground with a tremendous
From various parts of the town
people ran to the site but, according to Vallee, what they saw was no ordinary
fire. For in “the midst of the lightning
and smoke, a demon, of a green colour, with a long green tail, doing his best
to keep the fire going”. According to Lenglet-Dupresney, this ‘demon’ was
seen by all the observers within the fire, ”sometimes green, sometimes blue and
The local authorities
gathered and into the “roaring fire” was
thrown a quantity of Agnus dei (Agnus dei was the name given to certain
discs of wax impressed with the figure of a lamb and blessed at stated seasons
by the Pope), nearly 150 buckets of water and 40-50 cartloads of manure –all of which must have taken some considerable
time to gather as one would doubt that 40-50 cartloads of manure were luckily
just hanging about. When this did not
work a consecrated host was placed within a loaf of bread and thrown into the
fire –it did not work. Next, blessed
water was mixed with milk given by a nurse “of above reproach” and this was
spread (thrown) over the ‘demon’ and burning pyramid. The ‘demon’ then whistled in a most
“horrible fashion” and flew off .
This is all Vallee tells us . One has to assume that whatever this ‘demon’
was, if this account is correct, there must have been great energy at work to
not just strike and explode a structure but to then continue burning for a
considerable time thereafter.
We are not told of weather
conditions –could this have been a type of fireball? If so, were 150 buckets of water and 40-50
cartloads of manure really unable to dampen the fire?
An important event worth
re-examining even if it turned out not to be what Vallee claims. As with the 1790 Liabeuf report of a crashed
“UFO”, if this was a true incident
then its ramifications could be major –especially if it were ascertained from
accounts just what the “demon” looked like.
a copy of Vallee’s account along with an enquiry to the French Academy
of Sciences Archivist. A brief exchange of e-mails took place. The year of the incident was checked. The documents were checked for the
location. Sadly, that was it. Quimper-Corentin references could not be
found though it was known that in one year there was a fire in the steeple
following a lightning strike.
It appears that, yet again, Dr. Vallee
was guilty of quoting some rather suspicious sources. Still widely quoted on the internet –some
quoting the “original source” as though they have just discovered the account.
There was no “craft” hitting the church and
neither was any “alien” observed.
 La Vision Publique d’un Horrible et
Tres-Epourcentable Demon sur L’Eglise
Cathedrale de Quimper-corentin en Bretagne,Paris,1620
 Lenglet-Dupresney,Recueli de Dissertations
sur les Apparitions,Leloup,Paris,
1751:volume 1,parts 2;p.109
 Gabriel-Robinet,L.,Le Diable,sa vie sun
 Vallee,Jacques,Passport To
Taken from Some Things Strange & Sinister by Terry Hooper-Scharf
I found that Jerome Clark had no new info on the Lee Parrish abduction (scroll down this page) and I did get a reply from Carla Reuckert, one of the investigators:
"Hey Terry –
Don Elkins and I interviewed this young man immediately
after the experience, while his eyes were still quite red. As time went on he
became reluctant to think or talk about the experience. Can you blame him, in
So no, I never followed through or tried to obtain further
information from him or his family."
This is a great pity as it is one of the most unique UFO abduction cases that I've come across.
It is almost unbelievable that this is being allowed. It's no exaggeration:this is a death sentence for these people as well as many animals discovered/undiscovered.
I hope that this image travels the world . . .
“While newspapers and television talk about the lives of celebrities,
the chief of the Kayapo tribe received the worst news of his life:
Dilma, “The new president of Brazil, has given approval to build a huge
hydroelectric plant (the third largest in the world). It is the death
sentence for all the people near the river because the dam will flood
400,000 hectares of forest. More than 40,000 Indigenous Indians will
have to find another place to live. The natural habitat destruction,
deforestation and the disappearance of many species is a fact.”
What moves me in my very bowels , making me ashamed of being part of
Western culture, is the reaction of the chief of the Kayapo community
when he learned of the decision—his gesture of dignity and helplessness
before the advance of capitalist progress, modern predatory civilization
that does not respect the differences . . .
But we know that a picture is worth a thousand words, showing the reality of the true price of our bourgeois “quality of life”.
At first glance, it looks as though a tsunami wave is about to crash into a swathe of high-rise tower blocks.
But for beachgoers and surfers alike along Panama City Beach, Florida,
there was no need to panic, the giant wave was just an curious illusion
caused by harmless sea fog rolling off the Gulf of Mexico.
The tsunami-like clouds are just a harmless weather phenomenon. Photo: Splashnews
So what’s the science behind the captivating photograph taken from a helicopter earlier this month?
‘tsunami cloud’ effect is believed to be caused by a phenomenon known
as the ‘Kelvin–Helmholtz instability’ that can occur in both air and
This is when a fast-moving layer of fluid or air washes over a slower, thicker layer – creating the wispy wave effect.
According to helicopter pilot JR Hott, the clouds appear a few times a year but normally further down the coast.
Hott wrote: "When the temperature, humidity and winds are just right,
we'll get this fog that forms on the high rise condos on the beach.”
added: “The event, while it can form quickly, moves gently and slowly.
It isn't something that happens with more than a gentle breeze.”
I wanted to re-present this 34 year old case as it has always stuck with me. I asked Jerome Clarke whether he was aware of anything new on the case -other abductions? He had heard of nothing. I did track down Carla Ryeckert at the LL Research but despite two emails no responses.
Is anyone familiar with similar cases? The account seems to almost ascribe independent intelligence to the Red, White and Black 'abductors' I'll keep chasing up to see if I can learn any more.
Investigators: Don Elkins and Carla Rueckert
Percipient: Lee Parrish
Date of sighting: 1-27-77, at 1:05 a.m.
Duration: 35 minutes
On January 27, 77, Don and I were contacted by Lawrence Allison, a hypnotist
who was worked with us before on UFO-reiated cases. Mrs. Parrish, Lee's mother,
had called Larry because she felt something unusual had happened to her son the
previous night. Lee and his friend, Kathy Johnson, met with Larry and Don ind I at Larry's house
that evening. Lee Parrish is 19, a high school graduate, employed by his
family's firm, Parrish Supply, as a truck driver and all-around worker. He is a
husky six-footer with a quiet, polite manner. He seemed to us to be of average
intelligence, a common-sense type who was genuinely bothered about what had
happened to him. His appearance was very neat, his dress casual.
PROSPECT, KENTUCKY THE ORIGINAL SIGHTING
Lee had been at Kathy's house and left just as a television program they had
been watching was going off the air, which pinpointed his departure at just
before ! a.m. He fed the dog on the way out and then got in his Jeepster, a
1970 model with a V6 engine, and headed for home, normally a 7-minute journey.
The weather was cold and partly cloudy, with quite a bit of snow on the ground.
However, the roads were relatively clear and there was no precipitation. He was
driving west on Highway 329, heading toward U.S. 42 and perhaps four miles
short of it, when he saw an object.
Lee first saw the object hovering just over the tree line, between !00 and 220
feet off the road and at an altitude of 100 to 150 feet. The object appeared to
be about 10 feet tall and 40 feet long. Its shape appeared perfectly
rectangular. Tht craft was the color of the setting sun, but much brighter. Lee
felt a compulsion to look at it and was unabie to remove hi* gaze from it, but
at the same time it was too bright to look at continually. He became very
frightened and wanted to leave the area, but couldn't do it; he doesn't even
remember how the car managed to stay on the road -- he wasn't driving it. About
15 seconds into the sighting, the car radio failed.
He continued watching the fire-colored UFO. It hovered until he was directly
underneath it. Then, suddenly, it sped away, first at the speed of a jet, then
very quickly, to the northwest. It had never made any sound. When Lee arrived
home, his mother met him at the door and said "What's wrong with your
eyes?" Lee looked in the mirror and saw that the whites were entirely
bloodshot. There was considerable pain which continued, though to a lesser
degree, that evening. He noticed that the time was 1:45 a.m., which meant that
he'd been en route from Kathy's house for 45 minutes on a 7-minute trip. His
mother confirms his arrival time home, and his girl friend confirms his departure
time from her home.
FURTHER INVESTIGATION THROUGH TIME REGRESSION
Lee was somewhat anxious concerning his being a hypnotic subject, and so Don
and Larry spent some time talking to him about hypnotic techniques and what he
would be experiencing in mental states. Lee felt much reassured when he found
that he would not be unable to control what happened to him, that he could ask
to come out of hypnosis at any time, and that the hypnotists would not be
tricking him as he had seen done at a party. After this discussion, he agreed
to the hypnotic session, for he expressed a great deal of desire to find out
what had happened to him during that missing time. Larry spent perhaps 40
minutes relaxing him, achieving the desired hypnotic state, and regressing Lee
back to several childhood ages. Then, he brought Lee to the time of the
sighting experience, told him to speak up without prompting, and just let him
tell the story as it was happening to him. It was quite eerie for this observer
to go through this extremely unusual sequence of events with Lee. Here is the
story as he told it under hypnosis.
After he left Kathy's house, he saw the rectangular UFO and at first thought it
was a fire. But he immediately rejected that hypothisis and became very scared,
asking himself over and over, "What IS il?" His eyes hurt from
looking at the bright red object, but he couldn't look away. Somehow, it was
not moving, but had arrived at a position directly overhead. Daring this period
he cannot remember driving the car, so it is unknown whether the craft had
actually moved over the road or whether the car had entered the field, part of
the flat land over which the UFO was hovering. He was increasingly frightened
and kept repeating, "It's not moving." in a puzzled, frightened tone.
Then, suddenly, he could not see anything. A split second before that, the
craft had changed color to black, then to white. Then he could see nothing and
felt "something in his eyes." When he could see again, he was no
longer in the jeep but in a circular, all-white room. He had no knowledge of
the transition. The room was about 20 feet in diameter, with a ceiling about 20
feet high, although from the outside the ship had not looked nearly that high.
The walls of the room were self-luminous.
Before him stood three objects which he instinctively felt or sensed were
sentient beings, although they were definitely not human: a "black
one," a "red one," and a "white one." The black one
was on his left. It stood as high as the ceiling and was roughly the shape of
an army silhouette target, jug-shaped, with a relatively small
"head." It had a flat bottom and one "arm," a handless,
one-jointed appendage. The arm was rough-skinned the rest of the entity rough
in patches, smooth in patches. The head was featureless. It moved slowly to Lee
and touched him on the left side and back, hurting him quite a bit and
terrifying him. Throughout the regression, Lee kept repeating, "No, no,
not the black one!" The sensation of the black one touching him was somehow
cold and burning at the same time, and he felt as though he were vibrating.
The "red one" was on his right. It was about Lee's size or a little
smaller, and rectangular in shape, like a "Coke machine." It had one
arm or probe, unjointed and handless. Lee felt that the thing was scared and
reluctant to touch him, but it, too, came slowly over and touched him on the
shoulder and on the right temple, above the ear and within the hairline. This
felt like a needle and stung briefly, but did not terrify Lee and did not hurt
long. During this time, Lee felt quite cold. The whole ship seemed to be
rocking like "a boat on the water," back and forth.
The white one was about six feet tall, Lee's height. It sat in the middle of
the room, watching Lee. Its body was solid and blocky and its head square on
the sides, quite flat in front. In profile, the head sloped towards the body at
a 45-degree angle, with no features. The whole being glowed. It had arms, but
did not use them, remaining stationary. Lee knew that it was the "ruler"
of the other two.
The red one backed up after it had touched Lee and went together with the white
one, either merging with it or going behind it, in which case Lee could not see
it, since it was smaller than the white one. The red one had "done its
job," and the white one started making a sound which Lee described as that
of a person brushing his teeth or using sandpaper - a rhythmic scraping sound.
The black one was backing up slowly at this point, also. Lee, who had been
quite cold, found that he was now warm. Then the white one moved to the black
one and either merged with it or went behind it, leaving only the 20-foot-tall
black one there with Lee. Then the black one simply disappeared, and Lee was
alone in the white room. He noticed that, perhaps due to the bouncing and
rocking motion of the ship, he felt quite a bit heavier.
Under hypnosis, there was no transition time between his presence in the white
room and his awareness of being back in the Jeepster. "There's the
pond," he said, and went on to describe getting home, his eyes burning,
his fright, and his mother's comments on his eyes. His sleep that night was
poor, but not because of dreams; his eyes simply hurt a good deal, and were
still hurting him at the session that night whenever he closed them.
Lee never used the word "telepathy" to explain how he knew what he
knew about the machine-like beings -- for he knew quite a bit: that they were
sentient, that the red one was scared, that the white one was the leader, and
that it was thinking about him. When asked what he thought their purpose was in
taking him on board, he replied that he felt they were checking out his
"chemical makeup" and doing a physical checkup. They were curious
about "the way that he was Lee." He felt, too, that they would be
contacting him again.
The investigators were interested in he mechanism by which Lee was taken from
and returned to the Jeepster, and so we asked him very carefully about the
method of transport. Lee said that the red ship had "caught" the Jeep
as he went underneath it, just like "a mousetrap waiting for a
mouse." The Jeep was "not on the ship, not on the ground,"
suspended by some force. Lee was "transformed" (transported?) into
and out of the ship without opening the door of the Jeep. When they put him
back in the Jeep, it was still suspended, then he was back on the road and Lee
saw the UFO departing. The radio continued not to work for the approximate five
seconds it took the ship to disappear from Lee's view. Somehow, during the
process, Lee's cigarette, which he was smoking when he first sighted the UFO,
vanished completely. Lee felt that "they", whoever they were, had a
sort of control over both him and the Jeep from the time he saw the UFO until
it iefl, as he was never able to get away from the craft or move of his own
volition while in the ship.
Interestingly enough, the electrical system of the Jeep went bad the day after
the sighting and will need quite a bit of repair work.
There are two power lines which L along Rte. 329, the utility line ana
telephone lines. The only body of water close by is a small pond. The land is
flat farmland, the neighborhood quite rural.
After Lee was awakened from his hypnotic state, having been told he would
remember everything very clearly, we asked him again about how the UFO had
first come onto his line of vision. To the best of his ability, he can only
determine that it materialized out of thin air, as the fields around him are
flat, with no Kills to hide behind. When he first saw it, it was over a
treeline. Dr. Burton Monroe, consultant to APRO in zoology, lives in Anchorage, Ky.,
a suburban community about four miles from the abduction site. He reported to
us that at about 10:30 of that same evening January 26, a neighbor of his had
heard her children screaming, run to her window, and seen a large, white
disc-shaped object with a dome.
Lee said that he'd always been fairly interested in UFOs and, when he was in
high school, had read at least one book, called, he thought, "UFO."
He was interested in psychic phenomena, and had previously had some peculiar
things happen to him. He told of willing an outdoor light to go on. It was
unplugged at the time, but it mysteriously came on anyway.
This incident was attested to by Kalhy. Lee said he had seen UFOs several times
prior to the January 27 sighting, but he was always with someone, and he felt
that they wanted only him, and had known that he was alone that Wednesday
night, and so chose that night to take him on board. Lee's mother had also seen
several UFOs. Perhaps her most vivid sighting was of a nocturnal light that
appeared behind the house making a noise "like a sewing machine going full
I am sure more than a few of you have heard about this but its fun!
Water Resources Minister Sam Sipepa Nkomo
told a senate committee that traditional chiefs will perform rituals to
exorcise mermaids believed to inhabit reservoirs where workers are now
afraid to tread
Some strange things have been happening lately in various parts of Zimbabwe.
Last month a man was hounded from a Bulawayo
neighborhood over claims he possessed goblins that were raping his wife
and his neighbors’ wives, and otherwise wreaking havoc in the suburban
This week Water Resources Minister Sam Sipepa
Nkomo told a senate committee that mermaids have been hounding
government workers off dam sites in Mutare, Manicaland, and Gokwe,
The minister’s stunning revelations add to the
many sensational stories that Zimbabweans have over the years passed on
about supernatural manifestations in their communities.
Though many are skeptical, some do firmly believe that mermaids exist in Zimbabwe.
Nkomo told a senate oversight committee that
traditional chiefs are going to perform rituals to exorcise mermaids
believed to inhabit reservoirs in Gokwe and Mutare where workers are
afraid to tread.
Mermaids are supposedly mythological water
creatures with a female body and the tail of a fish. Those tales were
mostly in circulation hundreds of years ago – but stories continue to
make their rounds in Zimbabwe.
One version says mermaids carry humans
underwater and if there is a public outcry their relatives might never
see them again. But it is also said that victims can return as spirit
mediums if their disappearance is not mourned.
Such creatures are said to be terrifying workers at the Gokwe dam in Midlands and the Osborne dam in Manicaland.
Nkomo said all the workers he sent to work on
the dam sites to install water pumps had dumped the project vowing not
to return to the areas because of the mythical water creatures.
Local Government, Rural and Urban Development
Minister Ignatius Chombo, who also appeared before the senate committee,
backed the call for traditional rites to be performed at the dams to
allay workers’ fears.
Nkomo said the government is prepared to give
the population the water it needs, but is unable to do so until the
rituals are performed and necessary repairs can be carried out.
He said he tried to hire white personnel to do
the work at Osborne dam, supposedly because they had not been exposed to
the mermaids reports, but they too refused to undertake the project
alleging they had seen suspicious creatures.
According to the minister, workers report that
people have disappeared mysteriously while some have been chased away by
the legendary creatures.
Traditional leader chief Edison Chihota of Mashonaland East said there
is no dispute about the existence of mermaids.
“As a custodian of the traditional I have no
doubt," chief Chihota said. "For anyone to dispute this is also
disputing him or herself.”
Cultural activist Prince Peter Zwide Khumalo, a
descendant of King Lobengula, said mermaids play a central role in
spiritual beliefs and they are thought to mainly inhabit the largest
dams, such as Lake Kariba.
“They are said to exist in water particularly in big dams like Kariba. I haven’t heard of mermaids in small dams.”
But Khumalo said it is important to weigh
reality against what people believe because development can be delayed
wielding traditional beliefs that cannot easily be disproved.
“I do not believe that they need to be used to
hinder development. This needs to be looked into very seriously by the
minister because they might go and do cultural rituals but find that
people still do not continue to work,” Khumalo added.
Minister Nkomo, a Seventh Day Adventist
Christian, said that while he does not believe in mermaids in this part
of the world, he would not meddle in the traditional beliefs of others,
Witchcraft is a controversial subject in Zimbabwe: Some see it as a source of trouble, others believe it can bring good fortune.
It is so widespread that it is recognized by the
law – for instance the Bulawayo goblin man sought police assistance
after he admitted that the goblins he bought from a n’anga to bring him
riches were allegedly raping his wife and those of neighbors.
Cultural experts and traditionalists note
economic basis of some beliefs - poverty turns many to turn to
witchcraft to gain riches or to hurt enemies.
Chief Chihota said he believes political
opponents were killed and thrown into the reservoirs said to be
inhabited by mermaids, hence the need to appease the spirits.
The traditional leader said: “I think let’s go
back to the late 70s when the struggle was being waged and I understand a
number of people were thrown in those dams and nothing was done and a
continuation has been happening. So we have to start from somewhere.”
But Nkomo offered another theory: He suggested
that unusual water pressures in the reservoirs could be creating
hazardous currents and perhaps illusions.
“In Mutare what I think is happening is that
there must be a sanction underneath there which creates a hole and the
water will actually be swirling violently that if you fell in you will
not come out, even if you had an oxygen mask.”
Nonetheless, the minister said this is no
laughing matter so traditional rites will be performed to comfort some
powerful African beliefs.
I have been asked a couple of times now just how long it will be before I
publish the Grey Book Report On Unidentified Flying Objects -the final report
of the AOP Bureau from 1983?
Well, I have three cram-packed lever arch folders (approx 3000 pages), other
files and reports that I need to pick through.
This might seem odd to some if the Report was published in 1983. I need to
explain. The report was offered in a condensed version to UK ufologists -the
main and well known ufologists and UFO groups. Every response was
negative. One leading Ufologist offered a few back issues of an A5 newsletter
their group produced in exchange for the full report. I declined the
offer and pointed out that the condensed report was thick enough and was
New objections:"It all sounds too James Bondish to me" -? This was
possibly in reference to the fact that I had explained the opriginal report was
restricted because so many people were named who did not wish to be identified
with UFO work. Back then (1977-1983) there was no luxury of using the
Data Protection Act. So, after a lot of consulting the AOP Bureau instigated
the Joint Scientific Intelligence Communications Document (JSICD) that was
up-dated as and when needed.
"Scientific" because we sometimes dealt with information from
scientists/astronomers et al and were privvy to equipment, etc., they were
testing using as well as dealing with official scientific bodies that did not
wish to court UFO Media attention.
"Intelligence" -this referred to the gathering of information from
all sources whether civilian, ufologists, military, police or overseas
correspondents/investigators. The AOP Bureau never ever claimed to be some
ultra-secret spy group (despite the Russians and Chinese suspecting
this!). And I refer you to a definition of intelligence: "Intelligence: Knowns and Unknowns"
(1995), a report published by the Board of Scientific Affairs of the American Psychological Association:
Individuals differ from one another in their ability to understand complex
ideas, to adapt effectively to the environment, to learn from experience, to
engage in various forms of reasoning,
So the AOP Bureau was set up to look into UFOs in all their complex phases,
research, analyse, comment and report.
Immediately leaping to the conclusion that "intelligence" signifies
"spies" and "James Bondish" mentality shows how dumb
certain ufologists can be.
"Communications" because this covered correspondence, faxes, telex
messages (no email back then) as well as face-to-face discussions and telephone
calls. Everything was treated as confidential even in circumstances where
this was not dictated.
Do I really have to define "Document"??
Then there were the responses that "Ufology seems dead at the moment and
we have to wonder whether its really worth requesting a copy of the
report" -I am NOT joking (a lot of ufologists in the mid-late 1980s
reported on ufo activity decreasing and asking if the UFO phenomenon was now
What I did not expect was for one group after another to respond by
stating:"This all sounds far too nuts and bolts to us -have you even
considered the spirituality of flying saucers?" There were various
responses like that and it seemed everyone in British ufology was going
"flying saucer spirituality" crazy.
In fact, the condensed version of the report was never printed because, out
of 40 ufo groups/individuals not a single one wanted a copy.
The next step was to try to get the report published via a mainstream
publisher. Air Vice Marshal Sir Victor Goddard and Lord (Brinsley)
Clancarty wrote covering notes stating that this was the nearest the UK had come to
the USAF Project Blue Book and much more.
Here the jealousy of ufologists crept in. One leading UK ufologist dismissed the entire report
because, if this was the major UK investigation why were 'they'
Now, publishers often used people said to be knowledgable on certain
subjects to read submitted manuscripts and state whether they were worth
publishing. Authors very rarely found out why their Mss were rejected or
who suggested they be rejected.
It has to be made very clear that the Ms clearly pointed out that it
was the culmination of a study that took place from 1977-1983. Therefore
the subject material and cases were from pre-1983. This was very heavily
criticised by the two seperate reviewers "there is nothing in the way of
new case reports here!" -This made no sense. It is equivalent to
stating that the Condon Report on UFOs published in 1969 contained no cases
from 1970 onward!
Another gripe was that the end of each chapter dealing with a specific
period of activity contained a table listing date, time, location, source for
reports identified as comets, meteorites, etc.. "This makes no
sense!" was the criticism. Basically, the readers wanted every
single one of those reports in full "otherwise this is useless" -in
fact, as pointed out, the actual "genuine" incidents would have been
lost in so much dross that it would detract from the purpose of the work.
A chapter covering one period with 75 incidents listed and all but two clearly
identified as "explained".
There was another problem. The readers did not like my writing
style. In fact, they were spitting venom over it. Bearing in mind
that by this period I was earning a living as a writer in various fields the
remark "he is obviously not a proficient writer" was a little
insulting. Then there were the spelling mistakes;"there are a lot of
spelling errors" -a professor of Engliush literature who was involved in
ufology had proo-read the MS which totalled over 271,689 words had 20
spelling mistakes -which if you are typing all day and into the night
(sometimes til 0300 hrs) is not bad. But this, to the two ufologist
readers was unacceptable.
There was another vehemic response to an aspect of the MS -"it
is written as though he is talking to someone sat next to him."
Apparently, the very idea of explaining complicated aspects of science and
ufology to the ley reader in terms they could understand while not talking down
to them was an outrage! It was letting all the "punters" understand
things -it took away the false air of 'science' these ufologists so loved. The
whole purpose of the report MS was that everyone
should be able to understand what was going on because, by its very nature (and
as ufologists keep insisting) everyone should know what is going
I found it very interesting that the two ufologist readers kept referring to
their own books -why weren't they referenced and
"perhaps he ought to be directed to these books to purchase
copies..." they were reviewing my manuscript for a publisher
and touting their books!!! In fact, as the report covered
1977-1983 their books had not even been published!
But then there were the "Oh, he needs someone to edit his MSto
make it workable" -I got the distinct impression the readers were
desperately touting for work and if they were involved this MS
Both readers, working for different publishers, were doing a hatchet job and
damn any significance the end book might have because they were not
The manuscript was obviously rejected because my knowledge of ufos "was
out of date and limited". As it so happened one of the AOP Bureau
benefactors, Lord XXXXX, was involved in the board of both publishers and
though he could not interfere, he did manage to get me the copies of both
readers' reports. I was shocked to find out that both were people I had worked
with and supported over the years -especially when they were heavily criticised
I still have one of those readers reports and I have had no contact with
those persons since. I did not even let on that I knew what they had done
-one I found later had not just touted the basic idea of my MS to other
publishers but intimated to them that I had stolen ideas from them (and I note
that one did use some notes from my MS to use as their own work
So, The Report will not contain new case reports because it would be
totally out of context. The Report is an historical document that has been read
widely by those in certain echelons (the last being Lord (Peter) Hill Norton)
and will show how two separate phenomena (UNP: Uninvestigated (by Science) Natural
Phenomena and UFOB:seemingly constructed craft) were defined and how a mixture
of so much chaff led to mainstream ufo research producing nonsense results –which
it still does.
The good thing is that it will be self-published and so no one can interfere
in it. Whether the second report, Alien Entity Cases In The United Kingdom,
will be included or published separately will remain to be seen.This is going to be one bulky book.