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Volume 7
Number 3
January 15, 2002

Editor: Joseph Trainor

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On Friday, January 11, 2002, at 5:50 p.m., Herbert F.C. stepped outside his home in the Hietzing section of Vienna, the capital of Austria, and then he "saw the object heading heavenward. I heard several loud booms, and then I looked up and saw a bright yellow-orange light."

"At first I thought it was a passing airplane. And then out of it came several smaller lights. I called my son who was upstairs in his room. My 14-year-old son went to his window and saw 'something like a star' rising upward rapidly. A moment later, four more bright UFOs passed directly over our house. These lights hovered briefly and then departed to the north."

Herbert added that he contacted the Flugsicherung (Air Traffic Control) at Vienna's international airport, but the controllers "had no reports of UFOs on their radar screens at that time." (Email Form Report)


On Tuesday, December 25, 2001, at about 2 a.m., Angel Luis Ramos Dominguez heard the guinea hens squawking in his backyard chicken coop in Barceloneta, a town on Carraterra (Road) 681 and Highway 22 approximately 36 miles (57 kilometers) west of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Thinking nothing of it, Ramos Dominguez went back to sleep.

But when he checked the coop five hours later, at 7 a.m., the 72-year-old farmer "discovered that 27 guinea hens had been killed. All of the dead birds had two small puncture marks on the left side of the neck."

Ramos Dominguez calculated that "the mutilations took place around 2 .m. on Christmas Day." (See the 6:30 a.m. news broadcast on Radio NotiUno, 1320 AM, on the dial. Muchas gracias a Lucy Guzman y Luisseppe Quinones para esas noticias.)


Residents of Cupira, a town in the state of Pernambuco in northern Brazil, have reported landings of disc-shaped UFOs in recent weeks. Townspeople have seen hatches open on the discs and witnessed the emergence of small humanoid creatures.

This is just part of the ongoing UFO flap occurring today in Brazil's northern states of Paraiba and Pernambuco.

Brazilian ufologist Edison Boaventura said "he has also seen UFOs over the Guararapes Airport in the municipality of Cupira, 168 kilometers (105 miles) north of Recife," the state capital of Pernambuco. "Some employees on a ranch belonging to a friend of mine saw one land and disgorge little men who helped themselves to (the fruit of) the guava trees."

"Exotic-shaped objects have been reported by residents of the coast and the (Serra da Rosa) mountains, mainly in Brejo de Madre do Deus."

"There is something strange in the skies of Pernambuco. Unexplained lights, cigar-shaped luminous objects, small points crossing space at prodigious speeds, all have been seen along the coast, particularly in the municipality of Brejo de Madre do Deus," located 219 kilometers (131 miles) northeast of Recife.

(Editor's Note: This stretch of northern Brazil is known as the Sertao. The city of Recife is 1,050 kilometers (630 miles) northeast of Rio de Janeiro.)

"Some are sure that unidentified flying objects or UFOs are involved. In other words, saucers. Visitors from space? ETs? Borrowing the slogan from The X-Files...could it be that the truth is out there?"

"To Sao Paulo-based ufologist Edison Boaventura, the answer is yes. The president of Grupo Ufologico de Guaruju (GUG), Boaventura is also a respected (financial) analyst at the Banco do Brasil. He took advantage of a temporary four-month transfer to Recife and spent his free time collecting reports from persons claiming to have seen UFOs flying over the state."

"'In the Sertao (Northeast--J.T.) Pernambuco and Paraiba stood out for the number of (UFO) cases. Sightings are particularly intense in places near the beaches,' says Boaventura, showing an album with hundreds of UFO photos from all over the world."

"One of the witnesses interviewed by the ufologist was attorney Wilson Andrade Souza, a resident of Boa Viagem, who claims to have seen UFOs on repeated occasions and speaks delightedly about his experiences."

"'My wife and I were standing on the porch to our house when we saw an object in the sky resembling a cigar, surrounded by twenty smaller disc-shaped objects, flying in disarray. It was a beautiful sight,' he says."

"The oldest residents of the rural areas tell tales of fireballs racing through the sky over the city (Boa Viagem). When Edison Boaventura showed them his album, 'the majority of them pointed to an image of a UFO taken in Jalisco (Mexico) as very similar to the phenomenon being seen in their region.'"

"Dulce de Souza Pinto, director of the city's museum, lives in the bairro Barriguda (neighborhood) where she can see the 'torches'--a local name given by some to the fireballs."

"'At night people could wait on their porches to see them appear. They were blue and red torches, round, emerging from the top of the mountain range and darting quickly from one side to the other. After that, they would come closer and plunge suddenly,' she recalls."

"There are those who have claimed to have witnessed UFO landings, such as farmer Jose Antonio dos Santos. He told Dulce and the ufologist that he saw one (UFO) 'resembling a plate' descend on a boulder in the Serra da Rosa. He saw 'some legs' protruding from the thing and afterward saw a porthole open. He fired a shot with his rifle, and the disc took off."

"'The guy knew what a flying saucer was,' Dulce said." (See the Brazilian newspaper Diario de Pernambuco for January 10, 2002, "Astonishing UFOs visit Pernambuco." Muito obrigado a Scott Corrales, autor dos libros Chupacabras and Other Mysteries e Forbidden Mexico, e tambem Alberto Francisco do Carmo por esos casos.)


Two new instances of UFO activity have been reported in the vicinity of Mount Popocatepetl, southeast of Mexico City.

On Saturday, December 29, 2001, at 10 p.m., a commercial aircraft passing over the city of Puebla, 200 kilometers (120 miles) east of Mexico City, encountered an oval luminous UFO.

According to Mexican ufologist Alfonso Salazar, the crew of the aircraft "radioed the control tower at the international airport in Mexico City, specifically asking about 'strange traffic in the zone.' The air traffic controllers responded that there was nothing unusual on the tower's radar screens."

On Tuesday, January 8, 2002, the robot TV camera monitoring volcanic activity at Mount Popocatepetl, a stratovolcano 5,542 meters (18,288 feet) high, "picked up the image of three UFOs rising from the summit. The UFOs were of an obscure color and they stood out against the clear blue sky as they hovered above the cone of the volcano. They remained in that position for several minutes, and then they vanished completely."

Mount Popocatepetl is located in the state of Morelos about 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Puebla. (See Noticiarios OVNI for January 9, 2002. Muchas gracias a Alfonso Salazar para esas noticias.) (Editor's Comment: For years there have been rumors of an alien base inside Mount Popocatepetl, protected by the mountain's hot lava flows.)


A UFO, described by witnesses as "square-shaped" or "oval," was sighted over the Summit Hills section of San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, on Friday, January 4, 2002 at 2:30 a.m.

The flyover was witnessed by two residents of Summit Hills--Magdalena Gotay, who was standing on the staircase of her house, and Dr. Carlos Fernandez, who was standing in the street in front of his home. Sra. Gotay described the UFO as "a square" while Dr. Fernandez described it as "oval."

Both described the night sky above San Juan as "clear, cloudless, with good visibility." The UFO, they said, "had yellowish lights surrounding it, but the lights did not cast any lights, nor did they light up the (immediate) area. The object appeared to be made of a flat dark gray metallic substance."

The witnesses said the UFO was "three times the size of an airliner if the airliner were traveling at the same altitude (height) as the object, some 2,000 feet (600 meters) up. It was moving from north to south diagonally and zigzagging up and down. They say that when it was over the mogote (karst hill--J.T.) located behind the Borinquen Towers apartment building," it began "heading southeast, passing directly over their heads. It hid behind a cloud after some seven to ten minutes and was not seen again. Its speed was very slow, slower than an airliner."

Both Sra. Gotay and Dr. Hernandez detected "an acrid, sulfur-like odor as it flew overhead."

"Magdalena Gotay awoke the next morning with a strong headache. She does not know if was related to the sighting." (Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Lucy Guzman para eso caso.)


On Wednesday, January 9, 2002, at 7 p.m., four people in Marshfield, Wisconsin (population 19,300), a town on Highway 13 about 80 miles (128 kilometers) east of Eau Claire, spotted a formation of UFOs in the night sky.

"My friend and her son were coming home from Marshfield at approximately 7 p.m. and when they arrived, they told us they had seen a lot of unidentifiable flashing lights in the sky and to go out on the roof and look. There were four of us who witnessed these lights--two adults and two teenagers."

"They were very small lights in the sky. Each object seemed to have three colors--red, yellow and green. There was no pattern to their travel. Some were moving very fast and then would stop and change direction rapidly. Others would be moving very fast and then slow, and their lights would dim very low. It was nothing I have ever witnessed before. They were flying much too close (together) to be regular airplanes or helicopters and were flying at different heights (altitudes) and speeds."

On Saturday, January 5, 2002, a witness in Waterford, Wis. (population 2,500), a small town on Highway 36 about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Milwaukee, reported, "I was sitting out by the farm areas with my son just north of Wind Lake when I saw something that was square-shaped. It stopped for about 30 seconds and then it started moving slowly and then it disappeared. I would have thought I was seeing things, but my son, who is 13, pointed it out to me." (Many thanks to Jenny Hoppe of UFO-Wisconsin for these reports.)


"Unusual white lights were spotted hovering over the west end of Billings, Montana (population 90,000) Saturday," January 5, 2002 "at about 6 p.m."

"A woman and her husband were in their pickup truck when they spotted a lighted half-spherical object hovering about 1,000 feet (300 meters) above 36th Street West. The object had one flashing light and hovered for about four minutes."

"'My husband knows airplanes, and he said, 'Those aren't any airplane lights1' As soon as he said that, it took off,' she said, 'Within two seconds, we couldn't see it. It was that fast. I don't know what to make of it.'"

"A Billings man who spends most of his evenings riding a bicycle in the downtown area said he spotted the flying object but thought it was just a fast aircraft." (See the Billings, Mont. Gazette for January 7, 2002. Many thanks to George A. Filer, editor of Filer's Files, for letting UFO Roundup use this news story.)


The hunt is still on for Osama Bin Laden, the leader of the Al-Qaeda terrorist sect, who appears to have pulled off the most successful vanishing act since Judge Crater.

Although the USA's Defense Department announced last week that they "would no longer speculate on the whereabouts of Bin Laden," Israel's intelligence agency, the Mossad, is still hot on the trail of the man in the white puggaree.

According to the Gordon Thomas Intelligence Briefs, "A red alert from Mossad says Osama Bin Laden is trying to reach China. There he can count on the protection of millions of Chinese Muslims--as fanatical as Al-Qaedra in their hatred of the West."

"Bin Laden is said to have made three trips to China" in 2001. "During one, he met with medical specialists at the Second Military Medical Hospital in Shanghai to discuss his kidney ailment."

"Clues to Bin Laden's escape route were found in the Tora Bora caves (of Afghanistan) on Friday, January 4, 2002. In one underground bunker, a huge cache of Chinese weapons and bullets were discovered. Close by were route maps in Chinese of the towering Karakoram Mountains that guard the entrance to China's North-West provinces."

"Mossad agents in Afghanistan--who have worked closely with the USA since September 11 (2001)--have also established that the radio traffic carrying Bin Laden's voice giving orders to 'fight to the death' to his men trapped in Tora Bora were pre-recorded (audio) tapes."

"'His intention was to try to fool us into thinking he was still there. In fact, we think he left Afghanistan about ten days ago,' a senior Israeli intelligence source said." (See Gordon Thomas Intelligtence Briefs for January 10, 2002.)

So it looks as if Osama really is heading for the Himalayas, just as your editor speculated two weeks ago (See UFO Roundup, Volume 7, Number 1, "Osama in Shambhala?")

The only question is--how does he intend to get through the Karakoram range to Jianggeer, China?

Traveling by horseback on the surface, Osama could have slipped through the Northern Alliance lines and gone to Shah-e-Monjan. From there, it's only 50 kilometers (30 miles) east to Chitral in the Pakistani Himalayas, a town controlled by the Muslim insurgent group Jaish-e-Mohammed (Urdu for Soldiers of Mohammed--J.T.) Another 70 kilometers (42 miles) east-northeast of Chitral is Tern, in Jammu province, and then it's another 60 kilometers (36 miles) to Gupis, at the foot of the Karakoram Mountains.

If the Mossad is right, and Osama is traveling at a leisurely pace, he should now be either on Mount Batura (7,785 meters or 25,690 feet elevation) or trying to cross the divide southeast of Khunjerab Pass. Since everybody and his brother, including Geraldo Rivera, will be waiting for him at the pass, Osama will probably take an old lama (Buddhist monk) trail over the divide.

Of course, that's assuming Osama is traveling above ground. If he made it to Shah-e-Monjan weeks ago, and his son-in-law, Mohammed Mullah Omar, with him, the two of them could have gone down the ancient Uighur tunnel. If so, right now they could be hiking under the Himalayas. Or they could be hiding out in Shambhala.

Which leads us to the next question: why would the Sages of Shambhala give sanctuary to those two?

(Editor's Comment: If you think Bin Laden's disappearing act was strange, wait till you read what happened to his opponent the other day!)


"President Bush fainted and fell off a couch in the White House on Sunday," January 13, 2002, "after choking on a pretzel, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said."

"Bush recovered quickly and is doing well."

"He suffered an abrasion on his left cheekbone and a small bruise on his lower lip after hitting his head on the floor or on the couch. Bush had been alone and watching the Baltimore Ravens-Miami Dolphins playoff (football) game on television at about 5:35 p.m. First Lady Laura Bush was in another room reading at the time. The president contacted the nurse on duty at the White House five minutes later."

"Bush believed that he was only unconscious for a few minutes because when he awoke, his dogs were sitting in the same position but looking at him strangely, Fleischer said."

"Bush was wearing reading glasses when he fainted, and they may have scraped his face."

"White House physician Richard Tubb examined the president and found that his blood pressure and pulse were normal. Bush has a lower-than-normal pulse rate, which doctors attribute to his rigorous workout regime."

"But Tubb said that low heart rate made him more prone to fainting when the pretzel stimulated a nerve as it got caught in his throat. Bush also complained earlier that he might be coming down with a cold. Bush felt well enough later to have dinner, Fleischer said."

"The president intends to keep his regular schedule Monday. His plans include a trip to the Midwest for a two-day, three-state trip to highlight economic issues."

(See USA Today for January 14, 2002, "Bush faints after choking on a pretzel while watching TV," page 2A.)

(Editor's Comment: Most people thrash around when they begin choking on food--they don't faint. And how come the Secret Service surveillance cameras didn't show him falling off the couch? On the face of it, it sounds as if Dubya had an atayatra, a kind of transmigration or out-of-body experience (OOBE). Where did his soul go between 5:35 and 5:40 p.m.? One thing's for certain--if this was paranormal, and it took place in the White House, Abraham Lincoln's ghost probably had something to do with it.)


Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman returned home to Maine at the beginning of January following a field trip to the Ohio River valley in West Virginia. Coleman was investigating the famous Mothman case of 1967, which is soon to become a feature film, The Mothman Prophecies.

"A hideous creature called 'the Mothman' may soon be as well known as Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster."

"The Mothman is a six-foot-tall creature with wings that haunts the town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia (population 5,000), usually appearing at or before a major disaster, such as a bridge collapse that killed 46 people" in December 1967.

"Locals are afraid to discuss the Mothman, but they may not be able to avoid it next month when a new movie, The Mothman Prophecies, opens in theaters."

"Mothman expert Loren Coleman speculated that media attention will turn Point Pleasant, W.V. into a paranormal tourist trap 'a la' Roswell, N.M. and create" more legends than facts.

"As a result, Coleman is trying to get Point Pleasant residents to 'spill the beans' about the Mothman before tourism changes everything." (Many thanks to Loren Coleman for this news release.)


"Seventy-seven thousand years ago, long before cave painters ever reached Europe, someone living on the tip of South Africa," near Capetown, "apparently carved a pattern on the flat surface of a stone, leaving behind the earliest known piece of art."

"The finding, announced today in the journal Science, reinforces the notion that early people were not the dimwitted cavemen of popular culture but thinking, language-using creative people with powers of abstract thought similar to our own."

"'It's a fantastic discovery,' said Ian Tattersol, an anthropologist at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. The simple geometric etchings, he said, 'could represent the first really explicit symbolic behavior.'"

"The next-earliest examples of artistic creation are much more recent--cave paintings, figurines, jewelry and other artifacts that date back about 40,000 years."

"The latest discovery, palm-sized pieces of a red, chalky form of iron oxide called ochre, came from Blombos Cave in South Africa. Other pieces of ochre found at the site appear to have been scraped to create paint."

(Editor's Note: The Blombos paintings predate the famous cave paintings at Lascaux in France by an astounding 30,000 years!)

"Two of these ochre pieces show a series of crossed lines or X's. On one, the X's are bound on top and bottom by horizontal lines."

"Just as people today argue endlessly over what constitutes art, anthropologists disagree over whether these pieces are symbolic art from some prehistoric Jackson Pollock or just some cave-dweller doodling."

"Art or not, these pieces say something about their creators' ability to think, said Allison Brooks, an anthropologist from George Washington University."

"The question remains, when and where did modern intelligence and behavior begin?" (See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for January 11, 2002, "Stone drawings shed light on thinking of ancient humans," page 5A.)

From the UFO Files...


The phantom trucker phenomenon--ghostly figures that appear during snowstorms and assist people in trouble on the highway--is a little-known but well-documented paranormal event here in the USA. Here's another recollection of just such an encounter...

On December 24, 1990, a snowstorm swept through Topeka, one of the largest cities in Kansas. But that didn't stop Mary W. Despite the nasty weather, she still had to get to work.

"I had just gone through a divorce, and my life was in chaos," Mary reported, "As I was on my way to work on Christmas Eve day, the roads were sheets of ice. Most people had sense enough not to be driving."

"The handful of cars that I did see on my way had either stalled or were struggling to move through. The car I had didn't handle well on ice, either."

"But I had to go to work."

"As I came up over a viaduct, I thought to myself, If my car goes into a tailspin now, I'm dead! At that moment, I lost control of the car. It started spinning round and round."

"As soon as my car came to a stop, there was a young man standing by the car door. This really shocked me because I thought I was the only one on this entire road. I was wondering, Where did this guy come from all of a sudden? How come he doesn't have any trouble walking on the ice?"

The young man motioned for Mary to roll down her driver's side window. As she did so, he leaned forward and said, "I'm a trucker. Do you think you can get your car off the ice?"

"I don't know," Mary replied.

"Let me do it for you."

"He was so full of kindness that I saw no need to question the offer," Mary recalled, "Something told me to trust him. So I did."

"I allowed this stranger to get in the car and help me drive back over the viaduct. I let him drive me onto the Interstate (i.e. Interstate Highway I-70--J.T.) Then, after we got to a certain part of the highway, he stopped at an area that was free of ice and snow."

"With the car idling, he turned and looked me in the eyes. His eyes were the clearest blue I have ever seen."

"Will you be all right now?" he asked, "Do you think you can handle it from here?"

"'Yes, I think so,' I replied, 'How can I ever thank you?'"

"He just smiled at me and waved goodbye. 'Just consider it an early Christmas present.'"

"Then I watched as he walked down the highway in the opposite direction."

"I shifted into drive, then looked back in the rearview mirror to see what car he would get into--only the man was nowhere in sight! He had totally vanished, as if into thin air!" (See Christmas Angels, Globe Mini Mags, Boca Raton, Florida, December 2001, pages 22 through 24.)

We'll be back next week with more UFO and paranormal news from around the planet Earth, brought to you by "the paper that goes home--UFO Roundup." See you in seven days!

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