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Re: Mantell - Hamilton

From: Bill Hamilton <skywatcher22@space.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2002 06:49:50 -0700 (PDT)
Fwd Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2002 03:09:26 -0400
Subject: Re: Mantell - Hamilton


 >From: Jerome Clark <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
 >To: <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 15:54:24 -0500
 >Subject: Re: Mantell

 >>From: Bill Hamilton <skywatcher22@space.com>
 >>To: ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net
 >>Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 07:37:37 -0700 (PDT)
 >>Subject: Re: Mantell

 >>>From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99@hotmail.com>
 >>>To: ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net
 >>>Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 20:41:55 +0000
 >>>Subject: Re: Mantell

 >>I know the Mantell case and know he was about to fly by. The
 >>pilot on the ground I referred to was not Mantell, but
 >>supposedly a witness. It turns out this witness did not believe
 >>in UFOs and was certain later that Mantell was chasing a balloon
 >>that looked disk-like.

 >>I am still not convinced that Mantell was 'closing' on a
 >>balloon.

 >You should be. There is no reason to believe the object was
 >anything else. When I studied the case in order to reconstruct
 >it for my encyclopedia, I was surprised at how weak the case is
 >and how much was made of it. Frankly, it's disheartening at this
 >late date to see efforts to resurrect it, when there is no
 >shortage of far stronger, more puzzling reports far more worthy
 >of our attention.

I am sure there is, but what makes the identification of
Mantell's object of pursuit a skyhook balloon so strong? I have
not yet seen the statement supported by facts indicating the
release of the skyhook in that vicinity, when, where, and other
data. I have never seen strong evidence it was a UFO either. I
guess what makes the case so dramatic was his plane crash.

 >One problem is that some apparently genuine UFO sightings
 >occurred that same evening, to the West in Ohio, and these often
 >get conflated, unjustifiably, into the Mantell saga. Please
 >check out my account in the encyclopedia or in the paperback
 >abridgement, The UFO Book, if you have either in your library.

I will check it out. Perhaps you have the facts gathered there.
I was not aware of the sightings that evening in Ohio. What was
characteristic about these that compelled you to think they were
genuine UFOs (or TrUFOs as Dr. Maccabee calls them)?

Bill H



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