From: Stig Agermose <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2002 02:13:04 +0200 Fwd Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2002 01:18:15 -0400 Subject: UFOs Are Not Getting Enough Azeri Respect Source: The Moscow Times, http://www.moscowtimes.ru/stories/2002/10/01/008.html Stig *** Tuesday, October 01, 2002 UFOs Are Not Getting Enough Azeri Respect By Chloe Arnold ** BAKU, Azerbaijan -- There's an inordinate number of UFOs roaming the skies above Azerbaijan, and they're trying to tell us something, according to Elchin Khalilov, director of the Permanent Committee for Anomalous Phenomena at the National Academy of Sciences. I must be looking in the wrong places, because every time I look at the sky above Baku, all I see is a thick blanket of smog and the occasional airplane. "Come to my office, and I'll show you something I think will greatly surprise you," Khalilov said. And so last Friday I found myself at a building with black windows and marble staircases that calls itself the International Complex for Science and Technology. The receptionist and two security guards were too busy watching Steven Spielberg's "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" to notice me. "Is Mr. Khalilov here?" I asked. They waved me into a corner and went back to their film. Suddenly, a giant of a man with a bushy black beard appeared beside me. "Welcome," he said and showed me into his office. The walls were lined with books on crop circles and the Bermuda Triangle, and his desk overflowed with treatises on flying saucers from Utah to Ukraine. "I used to be an ordinary scientist specializing in earthquakes," he said. "But on the evening of April 17, 1999, something happened that changed my life." His father telephoned him and said that something strange was hovering in the sky above Baku. When he got there, he saw a ball of light with what looked like a tail at the back. "I caught it on tape," he said, and he showed me a crackly film of Baku by night with a pale light floating above it that might have been the moon. Ever since then, Khalilov has dedicated his time to strange phenomena in the sky. "I can't rule out the possibility that these are creatures from another world," he said. And his findings aren't limited to Azerbaijan -- he says he saw similar objects on vacations in Spain and Dubai. To supplement his scant footage, Khalilov launched a competition to encourage the nation to send in photographs and videos of UFOs. The response was overwhelming -- he received over 40 hours of film and hundreds of photographs. The best one showed a perfect flying saucer cruising just a few feet above a dacha. The saucer had a domed roof and red and yellow lights around its rim. "We were going to give it first prize, but the photographer admitted he'd rigged up a teapot lid with a piece of thread and taken a picture of its shadow," Khalilov said sadly. "UFOs aren't taken seriously in this country, and it makes me very disheartened." ** Chloe Arnold is a freelance journalist based in Baku, Azerbaijan. =A9 Copyright 2002, The Moscow Times. All Rights Reserved.[ Next Message | Previous Message | This Day's Messages ]
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