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UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 8

From: John Hayes <webmaster.nul>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2004 19:57:12 +0000
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Subject: UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 8

Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.


Volume 9, Number 8
February 25, 2004
Editor: Joseph Trainor

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Website: http://www.ufoinfo.com/roundup/


      The Fayette Factor, plus Friday the Thirteenth,
proved to be a lethal combination in Lexington, Kentucky
(population 260,512) last week.
      "A domestic-violence shooting that spiraled into a
six-hour standoff killed a Lexington woman, a firefighter
and wounded at least three others yesterday (Friday,
February 13, 2004).  After hours of negotiations, police
blasted chemical agents into a home in rural southern
Fayette County," Kentucky.
(Editor's Note: The Fayette Factor refers to the
startlingly high incidence of paranormal events in the USA
associated with places named after the Marquis de
Lafayette.  For more, see UFO Roundup, volume 9, number 6,
"1977: The Fayette Factor," page 14.)
      "Pat Hutchinson, 45, was apprehended about 9:45 p.m.
He is accused of fatally shooting a woman in the house.
She is thought to be his wife of 13 years, Fontaine, 60."
      "The first black female Lexington firefighter ever--
and the third firefighter to die in the line of duty,
Brenda Cowan, 40, had just been promoted to lieutenant on
Tuesday," February 10, 2004.
      "Last night Fire Chief Bill Hendricks' eyes welled
with tears as he recalled pinning on her badge."
      "The other firefighter that was shot, Jim Sandford,
was in stable condition last night, said Lexington Fire
Dept. Major Greg Stapleton.  A third firefighter, Mike
Souder, suffered an apparent sprain and was treated and
      "A Lexington police officer also was injured in a car
wreck traveling to the scene."
      "Hutchinson told the Herald-Leader that he shot
Fontaine and the paramedics because he was staging a coup
against human clones."
      "'You're about to see Armageddon,' said Hutchinson,
who spoke calmly about a vast conspiracy involving UFOs,
human clones and the CIA."
      "'I started with my wife,' he said, 'I shot her in
the head.  She's got a radio sticking in her skull.'"
      "Hutchinson talked to the Herald-Leader by phone
around 4:30 p.m. after the shootings.  A reporter trying
to reach neighbors called him by accident."
      "Yesterday's event began at 3:45 p.m. when emergency
units descended on the house at 8645 Adam Lane, near Exit
99 off (Interstate Highway) I-75 after a neighbor called,
reporting that a woman had been shot there, police said."
      "When Cowan and Sandford approached the home, they
were gunned down, police said."
      "Four other paramedics who were trapped inside their
vehicle asked for emergency response units to evacuate
them safely."
      "The area and the barricade was filled with dozens of
police, fire and emergency personnel."
      "Two helicopters landed on the interstate" highway.
"I-75 South was blocked at the Clays Ferry exit and at the
Athens-Boonesboro Road, stalling traffic for miles."
      "For the next few hours, police negotiated with the
man to come out of the house.  By 7:26 p.m., (electrical)
power was cut at the interstate, blackening the area
around his house.  The power cut took out floodlights
around his home and left one visible light on the front
      "About an hour later, police blasted six chemical
agents into the house, according to police conversation on
the monitor."
      "A separate party of officers, equipped with shotguns
and search dogs, headed for the woods surrounding the
house around 8:45 p.m.  They fired at least six more
rounds, according to the monitor.  Officers also reported
hearing coughing inside the house and running water."
      "Each time a (chemical) round was fired, the pop
echoed throughout the woods."
      "Hutchinson endured an hour and a half of the
chemical agents which irritate eyes, skin and nasal
      "At the University of Kentucky Hospital earlier that
evening, Mayor Teresa Isaac, Commonwealth's Attorney Ray
Larson and various city officials arrived.  Cowan was
pronounced dead at 5:35 p.m., about a half hour before the
coroner's van pulled up to the emergency room entrance."
      Brenda Cowan "was a Union County native and the
sister of former UK (University of Kentucky) basketball
star Fred Cowan."
      "Cowan's pastor, the Rev. Richard Gaines of
Consolidated Baptist Church, was consoling firefighters
yesterday evening in the Third Street station."
      "Fontaine Hutchinson, the woman thought to have been
killed at the house, found joy in simple things such as
cats, orchids and a brief stint with a storied band of
trapeze artists, the Flying Wallendas."
      Fontaine "cultivated wild and domestic orchids at her
      "Fontaine was divorced from the late Lt. John Keene
Van Houten-Gurnes, a retired Lexington police officer who
died last year."  (See the Lexington, Ky. Herald-Leader
for February 14, 2004, "Bizarre dispute erupts.
Firefighter shot, killed," page 1.  Many thanks to Rose
Vrabel for this newspaper article.)
(Editor's Comment:  I'm just glad Kentucky police caught
this guy before "the voice in the refrigerator" told him
to take his guns and his Clone War to nearby Fayette


      "Two Navy fighter jets rattled North Bay residents at
dusk Thursday," February 5, 2004, "roaring loudly while
flying tight circles over Petaluma (population 54,548)," a
suburb north of San Francisco, "for several minutes."
      "The F-18s came from Lemoore Naval Air Station, south
of Fresno, according to the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA).  But FAA officials said they don't
know why the planes were in the Bay area."
      "Efforts to contact officials at Lemoore were
      According to ufologist Daniel Wilson, "On Friday,
February 6, 2004, at 6:36 p.m., a cigar-shaped UFO was
reported at Solvang (population 5,332), approximately 260
miles (416 kilometers) south of Petaluma."
      "'It was quite a show,' said Mike Gose, manager of
Petaluma's municipal airport.  'I'm going to get a lot of
calls about this.'"
      "Gose said he called the federal radar facility that
tracks aircraft in the region.  They said the flight was
authorized but wouldn't say what the planes were doing."
      "Walt Smith, the FAA's regional director, said an FAA
official in Petaluma reported the jets flying at medium
altitude--about 5,000 to 10,000 feet (1,500 to 3,000
meters)--in contrast to the witnesses who reported the
planes as low as 1,000 feet (300 meters)."
      "The planes roared over Petaluma at about 5:40 p.m.
and circled concentrically in opposite directions over
town.  They circled so tightly that at times they were
sideways, one pulsing its afterburner and leaving a bright
tail of flame behind."
      "Smith said the afterburner, not the altitude of the
jets, was the cause of the tremendous noise."
      "At about 5:45 p.m., the planes headed south and
      "Some residents said their houses shook from the roar
of the planes."
      "Unnerved callers were concerned that the fighters
could be tracking possible terrorist activity.  Others
initially thought a plane was crashing."
      "'They must have been trying to make a show of force
or something,' said resident Tom Burrows, 'I doubt
somebody would be practicing...over the treetops over the
town, just for the hell of it.'"
      "Petaluma police dispatchers were heard to tell
callers they had no explanation for the flyovers."
      "Judy Mazzeo and her husband thought a plane might be
crashing and ran outside to see the jets circling over
their Petaluma home."
      "'I really thought something terrible was happening,'
she said, 'It was practically like they were buzzing us.'"
      "Gose speculated that someone might have violated
restricted airspace before landing in Petaluma and the F-
18s were scrambled as a precaution.  A similar scenario
played out after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when two
planes were followed by fighter jets into Petaluma.  The
fighters were checking out the two planes, one of which
flew too close to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield
(population 96,178)."
      Mysterious sonic booms and air maneuvers were also
reported in southern California.
      "The shaking, rattling and booming that's been going
on around Barstow (population 21,119)," a small city 120
miles (200 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles, "lately
is no cause for alarm, according to an Edwards Air Force
Base spokesman."
      "The unusual noises were the result of (U.S.) Air
Force jets flying at supersonic speeds in testing
corridors north of town.  John Haire, chief of media
relations at Edwards, said the base hasn't been doing many
more supersonic flights than usual but current weather
conditions could cause the sonic booms to carry more
      "The booms could be louder and more noticeable to
Barstow residents because it has been colder and more
moist recently, Haire said."
      "'It doesn't mean a test acceleration,' he said,
'It's just normal, routine-type stuff.'"
      "Pilots at Edwards fly new F/A-22 Raptors, as well as
F-15 and F-18 fighters that can fly at supersonic speeds,
in two designated flight corridors north of Barstow.  One
of these has its southern border about a mile from town,
Haire said."
      "In addition to Edwards, sonic booms could be
associated with other military installations in the area."
      "But Peggy Shoaf, a spokeswoman for the China Lake
Naval Air Weapons Station, said her base hasn't done any
supersonic flight testing lately."
      "As for any role Fort Irwin might have in recent
sonic booms, Major Chris Belcher, a spokesman for the
post, said the Army doesn't have supersonic aircraft."
      "Planes sometimes do fly at supersonic speeds at the
post, however, and Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada
coordinates such flights."
      "Air Force Master Sgt. Charles Ramey, a spokesman for
Nellis, identified Edwards as the most likely cause of
recent booms.  Ramey also echoed Haire's comments about
cold. moist air relaying the noise better than hot dry
air."  (See the Petaluma, Cal. Press-Democrat for February
6, 2004, "Two Navy F-18s roar and thunder over Petaluma,"
and for February 6, 2004, "Sonic booms shock, rattle
Barstow."  Many thanks to Daniel Wilson for these
newspaper articles.)


      There has been a sharp upsurge of UFO sightings,
including daylight discs, in the Pantanal rain forest of
Brazil's southwestern state of Mato Grosso do Sul.
      According to Brazilian ufologist Brunilda Barros,
"Just over 100 cases have been catalogued by the Centro
Brasileiro des Pesquisas de Discos Voadores or CBPDV
(Translated: Brazilian Center for the Investigation of
Flying Saucers --J.T.)."
      "My cousin Maria Victoria and her family live in Tres
Lagoas," Brunilda reported, "And she says Mato Grosso do
Sul is an area of major UFO activity, specifically in the
(state) capital, Campo Grande, and the Pantanal."
      "The most recent UFO sightings were in Bela Vista and
Corumba.  Also, a number of motorists driving on the
(Highway) BR-262 between Aquiduana and Miranda saw round
luminous objects hovering above the palm trees.  A silver
disc was seen hovering in daylight over the Fazenda
Bodoquena (farm), just off the highway."
      "Daylight discs were also seen at the beginning of
February (2004) in the southern part of the state (Mato
Grosso do Sul--J.T.), especially by the people living
between Nova Alvorada do Sul and Dourados.  Other UFOs
were sighted in Seminario, Sidrolandia and in Tres Lagoas,
not far from the Fuerza Aerea Brasileira (Portuguese for
Brazilian Air Force--J.T.) base that protects Campo
Grande."  (Muito obrigado a Brunilda Barros por esos


      "Peruvian scientists are puzzled by the cause of a
powerful earth tremor in the region of Arequipa," Peru's
second largest city, located in the Andes 1,000 kilometers
(600 miles) south-southeast of Lima, the national capital.
      "Supposedly, the boom and subsequent quake were
caused by 'an unidentified bright object.'  Dr. Armando
Minaya, chairman of the Geophysical Institute of Arequipa,
confirmed this assumption."
      "A powerful earthquake, measuring 3.5 on the Richter
scale, was reported in the mountain region near Arequipa
on Monday, February 2, 2004.  Local campesinos (field
workers--J.T.) informed the institute that they had seen
'a bright object plunging to the ground' midway up a
mountainside.  Witnesses claim they heard 'a major
explosion' and noticed smoke rising from the
      "A team of scientists were sent to the site of the
mysterious impact.  The scientists claimed that it might
have been a large meteorite, since there were no signs of
any earthquake damage in the immediate vicinity."  (See
the Peruvian newspaper La Republica for February 4, 2004.
Muchas gracias a Monica Gaetano de Silva para esto
articulo de diario.)


      "The director-general of the Institute of
Seimsological Research, Dr. Janardan Negi, has clarified
that the blasts being heard in parts of Saurashtra (state
in western India) during the past week were just
underground tremors."
      "Allaying people's fears, who suggested another major
earthquake in the making, Dr. Negi said the blasts were
caused by 'sonic booms' by overflying jet aircraft."
      "Two loud explosions were heard and a tremor was felt
in the Gondal, Jetpur and Rajkot regions, near Ahmedabad,
at 9:10 and 9:15 p.m. on the morning of (Wednesday)
January 28, 2004."
(Editor's Note:  Gondal, Jetpur and Rajkot are in the
Kathiawar Hills, located about 250 kilometers (150 miles)
west of Ahmedabad.)
      "Also there were reports from Jamanagar and Dwarka in
Saurashtra of loud reports at 10:15 and 10:20 a.m."
      "Recalling similar reports of explosive sounds that
appeared on September 22 (2003) in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar
and various districts of the state, Dr. Negi said the
Indian Air Force (IAF) had admitted to them being 'sonic
booms' caused by low-flying fighter planes."
      "The IAF confirmed that noise from a boom could be
heard up to hundreds of kilometers away."
      "Although some of the shallow earthquakes could also
produce blasting sounds due to cracking or the movement of
rocks, it is quite different from the 'sonic booms' being
caused by jets, Dr. Negi said."
      "'In fact, the movement of rocks starts a sound wave
which can be further carried by the air,' Dr. Negi
explained, 'Such sounds generated by the earth are loud
and deep-sounding, emanating from inside the earth.'"
(See the Times of India for January 30, 2004, "Blasts in
Saurashtra due to 'sonic booms.'  Many thanks to Daniel
Wilson and Krishnari Bai Dharapurnanda for this newspaper


      "A city-based photographer has captured an image" of
a UFO "while trying out his new hi-tech digital camera at
      "It shows what can only be described as 'an
unidentified flying object' hovering about St. Budeaux,"
at Plymouth in the southwestern corner of UK.
      "Another, equally stunning snap shows the same
brightly-illuminated object tilted at a different angle."
      "UFO experts are highly delighted by the pictures,
and the Royal Navy today asked the Herald to supply them
with the photos--because they want to study them."
      "Plymouth-based ufologist Bob Boyd has called the
snaps among the "Best Five" pictures of a UFO he has ever
seen in 25 years of spotting the phenomenon."
      "Mr.Boyd, chairman of the Plymouth UFO Research
Group, said: 'It's the real thing.'"
      "He claimed the pictures had been examined by a
photographic expert who confirmed it was genuine."
      "The man who took the photographs, a dockyard worker
living in St. Budeaux, didn't realise what he had snapped
until he got home and inspected his photos."
      "A Plymouth City Airport spokesman said it was
'highly unlikely' it was a commercial flight.  Mr. Boyd
does not know of anybody else reporting the UFO but said:
'That doesn't mean nobody saw it.'"  (See the Plymouth
Herald for February 19, 2004, "UFO sighted over city."
Many thanks to Louise A. Lowry for this newspaper


      Large-scale maneuvers to combat terrorist activities
were conducted last week in Texas by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA).
      "Simulated terrorist attacks and natural disasters
will erupt in Texas later this week as part of a national
homeland security preparedness drill."
      "The Texas exercise will feature a simulated
explosion of a portable nuclear weapon in Cotulla
(population 3,614)," a small town on Interstate Highway I-
35 about 100 miles (60 kilometers) south of San Antonio.
Plus "a simulated radiation leak at the Comanche Peak
power plant in Glen Rose (population 2,112)," a town at
the intersection of Highways 67 and 144, located about 40
miles (64 kilometers) southwest of Fort Worth.
      The third FEMA exercise consists of "a simulated
Category 4 hurricane in Corpus Christi, Tex. (population
277,454)" on the Gulf of Mexico.
      "The U.S. Northern Command is coordinating the drill,
set to occur Thursday and Friday (February 19 and 20,
2004).  It's been dubbed Operation Unified Defense 04."
      "Much of the drill will concentrate on command post
communication and coordination, not first responders in
the streets, and there will be little activity apparent to
the general public, said Col. Gene Pino of the U.S.
Northern Command."
      "'We hope and pray the day will never come that we
face a real disaster like the one we will be simulating,'
Governor Rick Perry said Tuesday (February 17, 2004),
announcing the exercise.  But if these kinds of
catastrophic events do occur, officials need to be
prepared to respond, he said."
      "The drills will involve more than 50 federal, state
and local organizations, mainly in Texas, Alaska,
Colorado, Virginia and the area around Washington, D.C.
Military personnel and the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security will be heavily involved."
      "One reason the tiny town of Cotulla (best known as
"The Heart of the Texas Brush Country"--J.T.) was chosen
as the site for the simulated deadly nuclear explosion is
its location along Interstate 35, between San Antonio and
Laredo.  Officials are working on ways to maximize
response capabilities in this region of the state, said
Jack Colley, head of the state (Texas) Division of
Emergency Management."
      "Elsewhere in south Texas, the hurricane simulation
will take place in Corpus Christi."  (Which, by the way,
is the birthplace of actress Farrah Fawcett--J.T.)
      "Jay Kimbrough, the governor's homeland security
director, said emergency planners are preparing for a
scenario in which terrorists might use a catastrophic
weather event as a cover or a diversion to launch a
terrorist act."
      "'It's these kinds of scenarios that are being played
out.  The idea is that catastrophic events could very well
be an opportunity for somebody to further complicate our
lives,' he said."  (See the Longview, Texas News-Journal
for February 18, 2004, "State taking part in homeland
security drill."  Many thanks to Jim Danvers for this
newspaper article.)


      Fifty years ago, "on February 20, 1954, President
Dwight D. Eisenhower interrupted his vacation in Palm
Springs, California to make a secret nocturnal trip to a
nearby Air Force base to meet two extraterrestrial
      "Or maybe not.  Maybe Ike just went to the dentist.
These's some dispute about this."
      "The Ike-met-with-ETs theory is advanced by Michael
Salla, a former American University professor who now runs
the Peace Ambassadors Program at AU's Center for Global
      "The Ike-went-to-the-dentist theory is advanced by
the folks at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library in Abilene,
Kansas (population 6,543).  And by James M. Mixson, a
dentist, professor of dentistry and historian of
presidential dental work."
      "Just to make things more interesting.  On the night
in question, the Associated Press reported this: 'Pres.
Eisenhower died tonight as a result of a heart attack in
Palm Springs.'"
      "Two minutes later, the AP retracted this bulletin
and reported that Ike was still alive."
      "Indeed, Ike was alive.  And he continued living
until 1969.  But in the decades since his death, his
activities on the night of February 20, 1954 have become
fodder for strange theories about alien beings."
      "Some facts are beyond dispute: Eisenhower was on a
golf vacation in Palm Springs on February 20, 1959.  After
dining that night, he made an unscheduled departure from
the Smoking Tree Ranch where he was staying.  The next
morning, he attended a church service in Los Angeles.
Also that morning, his spokesman announced to the press
that Ike had visited a dentist the previous night because
he'd chipped a tooth while eating a chicken wing at
      "Salla, who has a Ph.D. in government from the
University of Queensland in his native Australia, doesn't
believe it.  He figures the dentist trip is just a cover
story.  He believes Ike went to Edwards Air Force Base
where he met with two ETs with white hair, pale blue eyes
and colorless lips."
      "These aliens--nicknamed 'Nordics' in UFO circles
because they resemble Scandinavian humans--traveled to
Edwards from another solar system in a flying saucer and,
Salla says, they spoke to Eisenhower."
      "'There was telepathic communication,' says Salla,
45, as he sits in his suburban Falls Church (Virginia)
living room.  'It's as though you're hearing a person but
they're not speaking.'"
      "The 'Nordics' offered to share their superior
technology and their spiritual wisdom with Ike if he would
agree to eliminate America's nuclear weapons."
      "'They were afraid we might blow up some of our
nuclear technology,' Salla says, 'and apparently this does
something to time and space and it impacts on ET races on
other planets.'"
      "Ike declined the ETs' offer, Salla says, because he
did not want to give up the nukes."
      "Sometime later in 1954, Ike reached a deal with
another race of ETs, known as 'the Greys' (Zeta
Reticulans--J.T.), allowing them to capture earthling
cattle and humans for medical experiments, provided that
they returned the humans safely home.  Since then, Salla
says, the 'Greys' have kidnapped 'millions' of humans."
      "Salla, author of The Hero's Journey Through a Second
American Century, published his extraterrestrial theories
in a new book, Exopolitics: Indications of the
Extraterrestrial Presence, and an article on his
'Exopolitics' Web site."
(Editor's Note:  UFO Roundup readers can access Salla's
Web site at http://www.exopolitics.org)
      "For much of the 1990s, Salla studied conflict
resolution and tried unsuccessfully to apply this
knowledge to prevent war in East Timor and the Balkans, he
says.  Frustrated, he began looking for an ET connection
to human misery and, he says, he found evidence of ET
visitations--including the Ike encounter--on the
      "Meanwhile, he taught at the School of International
Service at American University.  In 2003, he founded the
university's Peace Ambassadors Program, described on AU's
Web site as 'a summer program that combines study,
meditative practices and prayer ceremonies at related
Washington D.C. sites aimed at promoting individual self-
empowerment and Divine Governance in Washington, D.C.'"
      "Salla stresses that his ET research is not connected
with his work at AU's Center for Global Peace.  The folks
at the Center for Global Peace are also quite eager to
stress this fact."
      "Meanwhile, the question remains: Did Ike really meet
with extraterrestrials fifty years ago?"
      "'Not to our knowledge,' says Jim Leyerzapf, an
archivist at the Eisenhower Library.  'There's nothing in
the archives to indicate that.'"
      "Then Leyerzapf burst out laughing."
      "He has heard these things before.  'We've had so
many requests on this subject that we have a person who
specializes in this.'"
      "That person is archivist Herb Pankratz."
      "'He specialized in transportation,' Leyerzapf says,
'and we decided to add UFOs to that.  He does trains,
planes, automobiles--and flying saucers.'"
      "The library fielded dozens of questions about the
alleged Ike/ET meeting in the late 1980s and early 1990s,
when several UFO books advanced the theories, Pankratz
      "'It's interesting how these stories have changed,'
Pankratz noted in an email.  'Initially, the accounts
claimed the president made a secret trip to Edwards Air
Force Base to view the remains of aliens who had crashed
at Roswell, N.M. in 1947.  Later stories then claimed he
had actually visited with live aliens."
      "Pankratz doesn't buy either theory.  He believes the
dentist story, and he cites James Mixson, the dentist
historian and professor at the University of Missouri--
Kansas City School of Dentistry.  Mixson's article, 'A
History of Dwight D. Eisenhower's Dental Health,' was
published in the November 1995 issue of the Bulletin of
the History of Dentistry" and "is the definitive work on
Ike's teeth."
      "Citing the U.S. Surgeon General's records on Ike's
medical and dental history, opened to researchers in 1991,
Mixson  reported that on the fateful night of February 20,
1954, Ike chipped the porcelain cap of his 'upper left
central incisor' and it was repaired by Dr. Francis A.
Purcell D.D.S."
      "Alas, Dr. Purcell is unavailable for comment.  He
died in 1974, according to Pankratz."
      "The lack of a dental record from Purcell's office,'
Mixson wrote, 'has helped fuel belief in this UFO
      "But Mixson added quickly, 'the President had well-
documented difficulties with this crown.'"
      "Indeed, the crown, which was installed in July 1952,
was chipped and repaired in December 1952, the February in
question and again in July 1954 when the president's
dentist, Col. James M. Fairchild, replaced it with a 'slim
thin-cast gold-platinum thimble crown.'"
      "That may be more than you ever wanted to know about
Ike's dental work.  If not, Mixson goes on at some length,
quoting a long, lyrical passage written by Col. Fairchild
on this troublesome presidential incisor."
      "Meanwhile, there's another perplexing question: Why
did the AP report that Ike died that night?'"
(Editor's Comment:  Good question!  Especially since Ike
suffered a very real heart attack the following year--in
      "'Somebody was fooling around and it went out,'
Pankratz says, 'It wasn't supposed to go out but it did.'"
      "Ike never made any public statement about meeting
ETs, Pankratz says.  But did he perhaps spill the beans to
his family?"
      "Ike's son, John S.D. Eisenhower, is a retired Army
bigadier general and author of several books on history,
including General Ike: A Personal Reminiscence."
      "Asked via email if his father had ever mentioned
meeting with aliens, Eisenhower responded with a short but
emphatic reply: 'No.'"
      "He declined to comment further."  (See the
Washington Post for February 19, 2004, "Ike and the Alien
Ambassadors."  Many thanks to Jim Hickman for forwarding
this newspaper article.  And be sure to check out Jim's
Web site, The Hickman Report, at
(Editor's Comment:  Here's my theory on what happened.
During the meeting at Edwards, President Eisenhower, a
notorious ladies man, got a little fresh with Jelu the
space princess.  Jelu whirled and punched him in the
mouth.  That's how the porcelain crown got chipped.  The
Secret Service went and fetched Dr. Purcell, who treated
the president at the air base.  That's why there's no
patient record in Dr. Purcell's office files.  As for the
phony AP "heart attack" bulletin.  That was a pre-prepared
cover story to be released if the aliens had flown away
with Ike and the U.S. government been forced to explain
the president's sudden disappearance.)


      "The first look beneath the Martian surface has shown
that the soil composition changes dramatically with depth
and hints that trace amounts of water have been present
recently or may even be there now, researchers said
Thursday," February 19, 2004.
      "The Opportunity rover has spent the past three days
examining a 4-inch (10-centimeter) deep trench it created
with its front wheel in Meridiani Planum.  While the
spectroscopic data has not yet been beamed back to Earth,
microscopic images have presented new puzzles for the team
at the Jet Propulsion Center in Pasadena, California, to
contemplate while they wait for the data."
      "Pictures of the wall of the trench show it is
composed of sand-sized grains of red rock cemented
together.  The cement could have been forced by minute
amounts of water rising to the surface, bringing with it
salts that would act as a cement, said JPL geologist
Albert Yen."
      "The pictures of the wall show that small spheres
present on the surface--nicknamed Martian blueberries--are
also present underground, embedded in the matrix of the
soil.  To the team's surprise, however, the underground
spheres are brighter and shinier than those on the
      "'We're not sure what is going on here,' Yen said."
      "The bottom of the trench, in contrast, is so finely
grained that individual grains do not show up in the
microscopic images, Yen said."
      "Halfway around Mars at Gusev Crater, the Spirit
rover wriggled its wheels slightly on the surface,
revealing the top layer of soil to be much stickier than
      "'The surface layer is different from the layer
underneath it,' said geologist Dave Des Marais of NASA's
Ames Research Center, 'and some stuck to the wheel.  We're
very interested in why the surface material is sticky.'"
      "To take a better look," the JPL team used "Spirit's
front wheel Saturday," February 21, 2004 "to excavate a
trench similar to that produced by Opportunity."
      On Sunday, February 22, 2004, "Spirit was sending
back data from the 3-inch (7.5-centimeter) trench it
studied with a microscopic imager and a Mossbauer
spectrometer, an instrument that measures the composition
and abundance of iron-bearing minerals."
      "Scientists hope the minerals show whether the Red
Planet's environment once held water to support life."
      "Spirit is expected to begin driving today (Monday,
February 23, 2004) toward the crater Bonneville."  (See
the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for February 20, 2004,
"Rovers' images hint at trace amounts of water on Mars,"
page 5A; and USA Today for February 23, 2004, "Rover
searches trench for water on Mars," page 3A.)



      Concerning the mysterious silver-grey van cruising
around the USA, reader Maxx writes, "I airbrush T-shirts
around the country for a living, and a year and a half
ago, I saw your silver mystery van in a flea market just
east of Pensacola, Florida."
      "I don't see what the big deal is.  I even talked to
the guy who owns it.  He sells military surplus stuff,
i.e. patches and clothing and what-not.  He's an older
guy, probably early sixties, has a salt-and-pepper beard,
and a bit paunchy around the middle.  Nice guy, all in
      "I asked him about his unusual array.  A lot of it, I
might add, didn't exactly look legitimate.  And he said
it's a hobby of his.  I asked him if he's seen anything,
and he replied, 'Of course.'"
      "There was a lot of radio equipment in there, as
well.  I also might add that there are a couple of pretty
nice flea markets and swap meets in the Phoenix (Arizona)
area--Greyland Park and Shop and Mercado on, I think, 53rd
Street.  Try looking for this guy there."
(Editor's Comment:  Maxx, your description sounds like the
"Lone UFO Hunter" who's been seen behind the wheel of the
van.  It strengthens the argument that the van's owner is
simply an unusual hobbyist.  But then UFO Roundup gets
letters like the following...)


      Concerning the same topic (See UFO Roundup, volume 9,
number 5 for February 4, 2004, "Mystery van seen by many
in Arizona," page 4), Mike Fortson writes, "I mailed my
friend in Prescott Valley, Arizona the picture of the van
shown on the (UFO INFO Web) site and the brief story about
two weeks ago.  She claims there were no windows on the
passenger side of the van.  Also, there were more
'satellite dishes,' four to be exact.  And also, there was
a strange-looking antenna that resembled a refrigerator
coil that was approximately four feet (1.3 meters) tall."
      "She claims the van pictured is NOT the van she saw
that day."

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