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C A S H R E W A R D
for proof that saucers
are from another world.
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Main Post Office
Los Angeles 53, California
CSI SEEKS RESEARCH GROUP TO CARRY ON
The membership of CSI has come to the inevitable
conclusion, after two most active years, that the orderly
processing and analysis of available eyewitness UAO reports
is a job of such proportions that it can be handled
adequately only on a full-time staff basis. For this reason
we are soliciting the interest of some established civilian
research organization or company, or a recognized
foundation which can take over the CSI files and carry on
from the point at which we have now arrived.
The USAF and the Air Ministries of several foreign
countries continue to look into the "flying
saucer" phenomena, gathering their reports mostly
"through channels" from active armed-service
people. The resultant tendency to assume that one must be
in uniform to rate as a "qualified observer"
leaves the civilian observer of the objects out in the
cold. Because there are more civilians than military
people, and because millions of these civilians rate as
"qualified observers" by reason of profession or
educational background, CSI is more convinced than ever
that a civilian research organization, to whom the civilian
sighter can report with full assurance of anonymity, is
quite necessary, if a large percentage of reliable UAO
sightings are to be recorded and made available for
It is true that no responsible agency would have dared to
have risked the ridicule, had it wanted to set up such a
project, only a couple of years past. However, times have
changed. As more and more people have seen the objects, and
more and more men of stature and integrity attested to
their presence in our atmosphere, the ridicule bas given
way to a healthy curiosity on the part of a large
cross-section of our citizens.
People want to know what the UAOs are, and where they come
from. They aren't particularly concerned whether the
objects are finally proved to be natural phenomena or
whether they may be coming from another planet. Just as
long as brass curtains cut off from the public the findings
of the various governmental investigations, and no other
qualified agency is available to give part of the answers,
these same people will continue to accept the irresponsible
statements of those who would have us believe that the
"little men" have landed, or that there is a
Venusian living in Pasadena.
NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS
Since this Is the fourth and last edition of the CSI
Quarterly Bulletin, refund checks are being returned on a
pro-rata basis to all annual subscribers who have received
less than four issues of this publication.
It appears at the present time that quantitative analysis
of reliable UAO sightings offers the most immediate
prospect of getting a firm grasp on the subject. The
research organization with the time, the money, and the
desire, beginning now, should, have a good chance of making
an invaluable contribution to man's knowledge and
certainly to his peace of mind.
To such a research organization, CSI offers its file of
approximately 1000 eyewitness reports of sightings,
a large file of newspaper clippings sent us by
correspondents all over the free world. In addition, we
offer an almost world-wide network of associates who are
eager to assist in obtaining information on UAOs in their
own countries or communities. We are also in contact with
several qualified foreign groups, which, we are sure, will
be glad to cooperate in a coordinated civilian effort to
track down and identify the elusive Unidentified Aerial
Objects or vehicles.
We have every reason to believe, from our own past
experience, that the USAF will offer every cooperation to
an accredited research organization, even to the extent of
supplying instrumentation when the occasion demands.
The present CSI members will give their personal
assistance, if this offer is accepted, by maintaining Box
1971, which is now well established and through which we
expect to continue to receive a large number of UAO
sighting reports. While we will be unable to carry on the
volume of correspondence as in the past, we will try to
acknowledge the receipt of each sighting, and will forward
all reports for immediate analysis.
We invite interested parties to write to Box 1971, Main
Post Office, Los Angeles 53, California.
SIGHTINGS CONTINUE AT A STEADY PACE
DURING LAST HALF OF 1953.
The last half of 1953 saw Unidentified Aerial Objects
reported in the press over most of the free world,
according to reports received by the CSI. Although few of
the more spectacular sightings were reported, the period
has been interesting because of the steady, almost routine
manner in which the objects appear to be probing our
Inasmuch as the CSI group is interested primarily only in
eye-witness reports, we give you here only what we consider
to be the more reliable of the first-hand reports received
during the period through Box 1971, without reference to
those reports covered in the press, which are available
from other sources.
The fact that only a few sightings are listed each month,
does not mean, in the opinion of CSI members, that there
were not many, many times that number of the objects
actually seen during the period. More, it is a result of
the fact that the CSI group has avoided all publicity
during the whole of 1953, because of the limited time that
members could give to processing and acknowledging incoming
reports. Most of the reports listed here came as a result
of a note at the end of Gerald Heard's latest edition
of "IS ANOTHER WORLD WATCHING?", in which the
author requested that reports of UAO sightings be sent to
Reports of special interest, such as the repeat
performance of the Lubbock Lights, are quoted following the
- July 3, 1953
5:30 PM. Frankfort, Indiana; two discs, white until sun
shone on them, then tilted to become silver colored. Seen
by several and reported by press.
- July 12, 1953
10:30 AM. Clark Fork, Idaho; Two large objects observed
following jet planes. Looked like large mirrors turned on
- July 14, 1953
3:00 AM. No town, Colorado; Brilliant moving object.
- July 18, 1953
Copenhagen, Denmark; dumbbell shaped object with greenish
glow at one end, orange at the other end, connected by
reddish strip. Slower than meteor.
- July 24, 1953
Douglasville, Pa., 11:00 AM; noiseless object hovered for
- Aug. 5, 1953
4:30 PM. Baltimore, Md.; dark gray, whale-shaped object, no
sound, observed 15 minutes, headed NE.
- Aug. 6, 1953
12:00 PM, Kerrade, [sic: "Kerkrade"] Netherlands;
two discs observed at close range. Shape well defined. More
complete details elsewhere in this issue.
- Aug. 14 1953
9:06 PM. Sharon, Pa.; pale yellow object, trailing sparks.
- Aug. 16, 1953
9:30 PM. New Bedford, Pa.; pale yellow, slow-moving
objects, also reported in local newspaper.
- Aug. 20, 1953
9:30 PM Burlington, Vt.; large, round, black object with
portholes stopped over radio station tower for three
- Aug. 29, 1953
10:30 PM. Muncie, Ind.; strange light, changed colors.
Stopped, then darted up, down, and sideways. No sound. 18
miles NE of Muncie.
- Sept, 1, 1953
11:00 PM. Milwaukee, Wis.; Stationary object with colored
flashing lights, observed twice, once for 45 minutes and
again for 15 min. by ten members of Fire
and Police departments.
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- Sept. 6, 1953
Grants Pass, Ore.; watched bright lights move in several
large circles over five-minute period -- sighting repeated
the same day at 1:45 PM. Observed again Sept. 11, at 11:00
PM., and Sept. 13, at 1:30 AM. Direct quotes of observer
elsewhere in this issue.
- Sept. 17, 1953
11:15 PM. Butler, Pa.; blue-green fireball surrounded by
halo. Appeared to hover several times, vertical ascents
preceded by shower of sparks emanating from surrounding
glow. Constant noise like diesel train.
- Oct. 3, 1953
8:40 AM. Akron, Ohio; glowing, disc-shaped object observed
traveling at high speed.
- Oct. 8,1953
9:10 PM. Akron, Ohio; two reports of elliptical object with
diffused edges which crossed horizon to horizon in approx.
one and one half seconds. Faint humming sound.
- Oct. 9, 1953
7:40 PM. Zaandam, Netherlands; two elliptical luminous
spots of an orange color rushed across sky parallel to each
other, followed by third object.
- Oct. 9, 1953
11:35 PM. Haarlem, Netherlands; blue light descended
slowly, phosphorescent hue increased as it swooped low over
North Sea, then curved upward at greater speed .
- Oct. 9, 1953
11:20 PM. South Gate, Calif.; amateur astronomer observed
well-defined ellipse about 8 to 10 minutes of arc in
diameter, of uniform pale blue color. In field of view one
and one-half seconds.
- Oct. 12, 1953
9:05 PM. Joliet, Ill.; six bright lights observed moving
slowly and soundlessly.
- Oct. 13, 1953
San Francisco, Calif.; glowing object, hovered over south
- Oct. 13, 1953
Night. Irwin, Pa.; round, glowing object observed traveling
at high speed.
- Oct. 24, 1953
11:45 AM. Concord, Calif.; up to 2000 snow-white, gleaming
objects observed tumbling on the breeze. Three settled on
rancher's property. Suds-like in appearance, cold to
touch. Soon disintegrated. Full report elsewhere in this
- Oct. 25, 1953
Lubbock (Texas) Lights repeat. Full report follows.
Repeated on Oct. 31.
- Oct. 28, 1953
Early AM. Brevard, N.C.; dirigible-shaped object traveling
at high speed, no control surfaces observed. Surrounded by
radiant glow of pink and blue light extending some distance
on all sides.
- Nov. 3, 1953
9:30 PM. San Lorenzo, Calif.; observed five round,
- Nov. 3, 1953
8:25 PM. Westwego, La.; white object appeared followed
immediately by two more, formed triangular formation, at
which time first one took on red glow. Changed course
several times, appearing to hover then changing directions.
Observed approx. 10 minutes.
- Nov. 20, 1953
1:10 PM. Orange, Texas; UAO reversed flight. "Not
plane." Seen 10 mins.
- Nov. 20, 1953
6:3O PM. Scranton, Pa.; two high flying bright objects
reverse flight, then joined by six more amber colored
lights, three on each side.
August 6, 1953, sighting Kerkrade, Netherlands:
"During the last days of July and the first week of
August I took a holiday and visited the Southern part of
Holland. On August 6th I arrived in a small mining town,
Kerkrade, in the south part of the province of Linburg.
Kerkrade lies close to the German border, there is, in
fact, a broad street divided longitudinally by barbed wire,
the one-half being Kerkrade and the other half being
"I went for a walk along this street about midnight.
All was quiet. Suddenly my attention was drawn to a
blue-green light of moderate intensity, which ran through
the sky in the East. It came down an elegant swoop, and
then slowed down. At first I thought it to be a meteorite,
but it left no trail of fire as these do. It was a light
spot of nearly circular shape, and while it descended, it
came in my direction. Then I saw what it was a flying
saucer. It came slowly towards me and so near that I could
see it very clearly".
"I have made a test: if you want to know how big I
saw it, take a dinner plate,
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hold it at arms length, then raise the plate somewhat
higher than scalp level and look at it. That is exactly the
relative size of the object I saw."
"Then it stopped and stood still in the air first at
what I think was about 1000 feet. Then it came still
further down. Not a sound was heard while it was in flight,
or when it stood still. I had an opportunity "to study
it. It must have been of enormous size, far bigger than the
wingspan of any airliner."
"As I looked up I saw only its underside, but it
started to hover around slowly, also changing its position,
so that I could see it edge-on. Once I could look on it,
when it took an inclined position and the moon shown on
"Its form was a disc, slightly dished in the center,
and in the center (topside) a cabin with sloping walls, a
cone. No doors or windows were discernible. Its color was
grey. When it came down it was giving off a blue green
light. As soon as it had stopped, the light vanished. In
the dull grey color there were many black spots; it looked
exactly as a grey-enameled pan, somewhat glossy when the
moon shown on it, but not "polished".
"Two things impressed me much: firstly, when it stood
still the rim of the disc was very clear and sharp, but as
it started moving this rim became hazy, as if it had some
motion, either rotating, pulsating or vibrating. I could
not discern whether or not it rotated, it just because
blurred. Secondly, after looking intently at it for some
minutes I felt a very disagreeable sensation in my eyes;
they felt irritated, the same feeling as after looking for
a long time at a bad television screen."
"Suddenly I saw a second disc. It had come down from
somewhere without my seeing it arrive. It stood much
farther away. Its shape was slightly different. It, too,
had a slightly dished disc, with a cabin, but this cabin
protruded slightly from the underside as well as from the
top. This one stood perfectly still, without any movement.
The other kept hovering around slowly over the German
country, as if it looked for something.
"Suddenly Number 1 leaped away. It shot away, making
several very sharp angles. At the same time, the blue-green
hue appeared again. After some wild leaps at speed I have
never seen before, it shot up as a bolt of lightning and
went off with one vertical flash into space. No sound was
heard. The other disc remained for some seconds, then
capsized on its edge and took one vertical leap, one fiery
blue streak into space after the other also without
"During the following two days the papers did
mention, in the briefest articles, that the objects were
also seen in three other nearby cities."
Mr. W. J. Design Engineer,
Sept. 13, 1953 Grants Pass, Oregon
"I stepped outside at 1:30 AM. and immediately saw a
very brilliant light directly east and about half-way up
the horizon. This seemed to be quite close. I might compare
the intensity of this light to the headlight of a car, but
it looked more like a flare than a beam. It moved rapidly,
but not exceedingly fast, to the south about 40 degrees,
dipping and weaving slightly from side to side, hovered a
few seconds, made a large circle then moved slightly higher
and north to a point a little short of where I first saw
it. This took about 45 seconds. It then circled and hovered
there for about ten minutes before gradually receding and
"From the way it circled and hesitated during its
flight it gave the impression that it was looking for
something such as a guiding beam, or, say, a line of
magnetic force". Mr. FJV
EDITORS NOTE: The direction described with reference to
Grants Pass, Oregon, would place the object directly above
or close to the Oregon Vortex, a well known magnetic fault.
LUBBOCK LIGHTS REPEAT
"There have been numerous sightings of formations of
"lights"; in this area and over a relatively short
period of time. In every instance each sighting was
observed by two or more Air Force Weather Observers. All
the sightings took place at night. The first sighting was
by accident, those following were during planned
"Irregular Phenomena Watches", taken on by the
Sightings - (all times in Central Standard) Time;
2015 to 2030 25 Oct 53
First sighting: 2015 "V" formation passing N to
S, five to seven lights (or glowing discs) shining with a
dull white glow. Passed from approximate angle in sky, 90
degrees (straight up) to 30 degrees in two or three
seconds. They seemed to be quite high, at least above
Second sighting; 2020 (approx) Two
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groups, no formation or number discernible, moving N to S
one at about seventy degrees and the other at about 30
degrees high in the western quadrant. No heights ventured
except the first group was higher yet closer to our
observation point. The second group moved much slower than
the first) to our vision.
Third sighting: 2025 (approx) One group of two discs
moving N to S. 65 degrees high in western quadrant, high
and moving fast. In view a total of two seconds.
Fourth, sighting: 2030 One group of two discs coming from
the NW then veering out of sight toward the east. Passed
directly over observation point. In view a total of about
Time: 2345 25 Oct 53
Sighted largest "v" formation yet, from eight to
twelve glowing points moving from N then veering out of
sight to the west. Extremely high if they were the same
size of those previously sighted. In sight about three
Time: 2110 31 Oct 53.
Sighted large "V" formation from the NW veering
to ESE, directly overhead, height and speed not discernible
Second sighting: 2115 (approx) Sighted largest
"V" formation yet, nine to twelve glowing discs
or lights of very dull white light. Low on west horizon,
computed not to be too high and moving much slower than any
other previous sighting. The "V" formation did
not seem to be squeezed by the effects of perspective due
to distance, it seemed that if this was the case then each
"light" was at a different level and in formation
much like World War Two strategic bombing formations.
This of course is a presumption but is based on what we
Since these sightings the Observers of the weather station
have been keeping their eyes open on all good observation
nights for more of these Irregular Phenomena. These are all
the sightings we have observed to date.
I would like to point out that all sightings in this
letter were seen by one or more qualified Weather Observers
who are familiar with Atmospheric Phenomena. All but one
(the sighting on 25 Oct 53 at 2035) which is not reported
in this letter, were definite sightings and no question as
to confusion with natural phenomena is brought up.
October 24, 1953 - Concord, California
"Today at about 11:45 AM we observed a phenomenon
that we should very much like to have explained:
"In the sky (it was a warm, sunny day) appeared
several hundred (one estimate says 2000) foam like
snow-white gleaming objects, floating and tumbling along on
the breeze. Some were high in the sky, mere white specks,
others traveled close to the ground and three settled in
our garden; one about 4 feet by 3 feet draped itself over a
rose bush, another about 10 feet by 3 or 4 feet hung in a
willow tree. One small mass about 2 by 3 feet to the
ground. They all looked like suds from a detergent (as one
might see them in a washing machine). Snowy-white, shiny,
consisting of tiny foam cells. It was 78 degrees in the sun
as we examined the substances, yet the foam was icy cold to
the touch, and it began to disintegrate immediately,
leaving in our hands an invisible, sticky and somewhat
gritty residue. It had absolutely no odor. Less than 5
minutes after settling on the leaves, the substances
completely disappeared, but we saw tiny whitish flecks on
the tree. While examining these, a huge mass of foam came
floating and tumbling about 50 feet up – it was at
least 20 feet long and about half as wide. B and L.P.
A $5,000 cash reward "for proof that there are
interplanetary machines piloted by beings from another
world" has been offered by Dan Paul, publisher of
FRAUDS magazine, La Crescenta, California – to which
the writer has added a modest $100 as an endorsement of Mr.
Paul's challenge aimed at the humbugry (sic) of those who
originate irresponsible stories about "the little men
from outer space".
Several people, to our knowledge, claim to have had long
talks with various types of creatures recently arrived by
"flying saucers" – but can't produce
a shred of tangible proof! Others are still displaying the
grisly picture of the small, grotesque creature being
dragged along between men dressed in 1915 garb – with
spine-tingling tales of Venusians living in nearby cities,
and good citizens (including our CSI Secretary) who was
reported abducted by 3 spacemen in long dark flowing cloaks
being snatched up from the sidewalk. It would be
encouraging to hope that these people might be reminded of
Mr. Paul's offer from time to time.
In the meanwhile, Mr. Paul's $5,000 plus cash reward
is available to anyone WHO DOES come forth with irrefutable
proof of the interplanetary nature of the UAO. And, he
assures us, that he will be the happiest man in the world
to be able to pay it upon proper proof.
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WHERE'S CHOP? And what does he think of UAOs?
Matt Weinstock's column in the Los Angeles Daily
News, November 18, 1953.
Strange, elusive things are going on up in the heavens but
even under cold, scientific analysis, no one has any idea
what they are.
That's the word from Albert M. Chop, who spent a
year and a half with the Air Technical Intelligence Center
at Wright-Patterson Field, Dayton, O., then two years on
the Air Force press desk in the Pentagon.
Part of his work was handling intelligence reports on
unidentified flying objects. Chop, now with the public
relations staff at Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, left
the Pentagon last February but his interest in UFO remains
He doesn't go along with the often-told tales of
little green men from another planet being seen emerging
from landed saucers. Despite rumors, no saucers or
fragments of saucers, no bodies of these little men, have
ever been recovered.
Nor does he go along with well-meaning mystics who report
visions they interpret as flying saucers.
There is enough unexplained evidence without these.
Since 1946, when the Air Force began paying attention to
UFO, something like 4000 sightings have been officially
reported. Donald E. Keyhoe, retired Marine major, states in
his book, "Flying Saucers From Outer Space," that
80 per cent of the 1952 sightings and 90 per cent of the
1953 sightings were solved as balloons, planes, atmospheric
reflections or hallucinations. Chop, who figures
prominently in Keyhoe's book, sometimes unhappily out
of context or in a misleading inference, questions the high
percentage of these figures.
Pentagon opinion on flying saucers is sharply divided.
Some officers remain unshaken in their opinion that no such
things exist. Others are ,just as positive, as is Keyhoe,
that they are interplanetary.
Every sighting is scientifically analyzed, to separate the
hallucinations from the real. The ATIC doesn't talk
out loud about it but they can spot a phony at a glance.
The fact remains that 10 percent or perhaps more of the
sightings remain unexplained.
How, asks Chop, can you write off as a mirage an object
that appears on a ground radar screen, then is seen being
chased by a jet interceptor equipped with radar, then
maneuvers at speeds up to 5000 mph, making sharp angle
turns that are impossible in any craft that engineers can
ATIC is really baffled, however, by what are known as the
Tremonton Pictures. Shortly before noon in July a Navy
warrant officer and his wife were driving seven miles from
Tremonton, Utah, when they saw a formation of 12 or 14
bright objects maneuvering in the blue sky. The officer got
out his 16mm camera, put on a telephoto lens and shot 40
feet of color film. He sent the film to Project Bluebook,
the saucer investigation agency. The film was subjected to
every test and fraud was completely ruled out. The
Of these and other unexplained phenomena, Chop says
"We Just don't know." Even so, it seems to us
the Defense Department should make public the classified
information it's sitting on.
TWO SIGHTINGS BY A PROMINENT SCIENTIST IN
HIGH-ALTITUDE COSMIC RAY RESEARCH
October 10, 195[blank] Two observers
"We had just spotted our trajectory flight and were
approaching (in a small plane) from the north at an
altitude of 4,000 feet. We started to climb towards the
balloon on a course of 230 deg. At 6,000 feet I noticed a
strange object crossing the skies from the east to west, a
great deal higher and behind our balloon. I estimate that
our balloon was at approximately 20,000 feet at the time.
Using our balloon for comparison, this object appeared to
be about 1/4 the size of the balloon. We were climbing and
about six miles northeast of the balloon. The object had a
peculiar glow to it, crossing behind and above our balloon
from east to west very rapidly, first coming in at a slight
dive, leveling off for about a minute and slowing down,
then into a sharp left turn and climb at an angle of 50 to
60 degrees into the southeast with a terrific acceleration
J.D. and I observed this object for approximately two
minutes and it crossed through an arc of approximately 40
to 45 degrees. We saw no vapor trail and from past
experience I know that this object was not a balloon, jet,
conventional aircraft or celestial star." J.J.K.
October 11, 1951 Four witnesses
"D.R. and I were flying at 10,000 feet observing the
grab bag balloon when I saw a brightly glowing object to
the southeast of the University of M. Airport. I pointed it
out to D and we both made the following observations:
The object was moving from east to west at a high rate and
very high. We tried keeping the ship on a constant course
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reinforcing member of the windshield as a point. The object
moved past this member at about 5 degrees per second.
"This object was peculiar in that it had what can be
described as a halo around it with a dark under surface. It
crossed rapidly and then slowed down and started to climb
in lazy circles slowly. The pattern it made was like a
falling oak leaf inverted. It went through these gyrations
for a couple of minutes. I called our tracking station at
the University of M airport and the observers there on the
theodolite managed to get a number of glimpses of the
object, but couldn't keep the theodolite going fast
enough to keep it in the field of their instruments. Both
D.S. and D.D. caught glimpses of the object in the
theodolite after I notified them of its presence by radio.
This object D and I watched for approximately five minutes.
I don't know how to describe its size, because at
the time I didn't have the balloon in sight for a
"Two hours later we saw another one, but this one
didn't hang around. It approached from the west and
disappeared to the east. Neither one left any trace of
J. J. K.
The Civilian Saucer Investigation has now spent over two
years closely scrutinizing all phases of the Unidentified
Aerial Objects. During this time we have been favored with
approximately 1000 first-hand, eye-witness reports from
sighters; we have enjoyed the courtesy of two frank and
open discussions with officers from the Analysis Section of
the Air Technical Command, in charge of the Air Force UAO
investigations; we have followed up on countless reports at
local levels, and we have heard just about every story from
the innumerable "flying saucer rumor factories.
Because this is the last issue of the CSI Quarterly
Bulletin, and because we feel an obligation to all those
who have helped us gather the material on hand, we give you
here the conclusions we are able to draw, as of January,
1. It is an irrefutable fact that unidentified objects or
unknown phenomena are being seen almost daily in our skies.
In the words of an Air Force spokesman, "credible
people are seeing incredible things". We expect that
popular prejudice against the "flying saucer"
will diminish as more and more people observe whatever may
be coursing through our atmosphere.
2. There is no reason to believe that the Unidentified
Aerial Objects are of terrestrial origin. We are satisfied
that they are not manufactured by the USA or any friendly
nation, and certainly we cannot believe that any other
nation or group of nations is technically advanced to
achieve the reliability, speeds and aerodynamic
characteristics exhibited by the UAOs. Historically, the
UAOs, in the same forms being seen today, predate our own
conquest of the air.
3. Some reservations must be held that the things being
seen may be as yet unknown natural phenomena. Undoubtedly a
good percentage of current flying saucer sightings are
natural phenomena, which can be explained in terms of the
scientific knowledge of today, however, no theory so far
advanced can explain all the sightings. Mirages cannot be
picked up by radar. Electro-magnetic vortexes do not travel
from horizon to horizon in formation. (Donald Keyhoe
discovered that Doctor Menzel of Harvard, who has marketed
a book explaining away all UAOs as mirages, etc., is also a
writer of science fiction.)
4. If the things being seen are not natural phenomena, as
yet incomprehensible to present day science, then they must
be of interplanetary origin. Actually it would be difficult
to peruse the reports in the CSI files and not reach the
personal conclusion that the UAOs can only come from
another planet of unknown distance. There is little
spectacular material in these reports, but the constant
repetition of descriptions of well-defined configurations
and types of phenomena, the repeated reports of the same
flight characteristics, and the global spread of the
sightings all point definitely to the interstellar
The closely viewed disc, the cigar-shaped object (viewed
from side or beneath), the strings of lights (seen both
night and day), the bicycle-tire shape (which are usually
reported in pairs), the globes (of various sizes) and the
monster green fireball (which reverses its course) are
reported from a monastery in the interior of South America,
by National Park employees, by Air Force personnel, by
astronomers in charge of well-known observatories, by
officers in the Swedish Navy, by scientists in charge of
high-altitude cosmic ray research, by a typical
cross-section of people on every continent.
Repeated reports confirm the ability of the disc to fly on
edge, to make sharp right-angle turns, to hover, and
generally repeal most of our laws of gravity and
aerodynamics. High speeds, beyond our present limits, are
common to most reports, and there is a universal absence of
vapor trails. (Even our application of atomic power to
aircraft would still produce a vapor trail.) The matter of
sound seems to
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be related to the distance of the object from the viewer
ranging from that of a swarm of bees to a ripping, tearing
sound as an object speeds overhead.
5. There is no factual evidence to support any claim that
a flying saucer has ever landed or set down on the ground,
even momentarily. There is no record of such in the Works
of Charles Fort, who catalogued numerous sightings of the
UAO phenomena. (There does seem to be an aquatic case,
however, with approximately 14 sightings being reported by
Fort and others between 1850 and 1938. All of these
instances were recorded in ships' logs. The typical
sighting reported has been of a vast revolving wheel of
light which descended upon the water and sank below the
Historically, it must be said that stories of "flying
saucer" landings and conversations with space people
date back only to 1947, and appear to be an irresponsible
by-product of the general interest in the phenomena.
Recommended action: be sure to talk the next space man you
see out of his wrist watch.
It is easy to understand that a man can toss a 1947 Ford
hubcap. (these make the best "flying saucer"
pictures) into the air, snap it with his Brownie camera and
pass out a few prints to his friends, only to find himself
suddenly in the newspapers, and so forced to back up his
story to keep from losing face.
It is also easy to understand how a tall tale recounted in
a friendly circle can spread until it is accepted as
authentic "flying saucer" lore. (During the past
two years we have followed such a story of a "captured
flying saucer" from March Field, where it was kept
under a tarpaulin, progressively through three southern
California aircraft plants. This is the one made of the
transparent metal, which cannot be machined with a diamond
fly-cutter. At last report it had been loaded on a truck at
the Hughes Aircraft Company plant and was headed for some
6. We believe that the USAF has done a good job as it sees
it. The Air Force is first of all a responsible arm of the
military, and, as such, must parry every threat to national
security which might appear in our skies. If they do not,
as yet, know what the UAOs are, or where they come from,
there is nothing they can say. Until they are completely
satisfied that the UAOs do not pose a threat to our
security, there is little they can divulge, the demands of
those interested in "flying saucers"
We do know that the Air Force is equipped with a number of
diffraction gratings for spectrographic examination of the
apparent corona discharge frequently reported. But having a
camera, and getting a picture of one of the elusive objects
are two different things. It may be most difficult. We know
that the Air Force has motion pictures of the objects in
flight, but these, in all probability, do not furnish
information not already available. Just how much the Air
Force knows about UAOs we do not know, but we do know that
they now attest to the presence of UAOs in our skies, and
we also know that there are those at the working level in
the investigation who are definitely inclined toward the
7. We of the Civilian Saucer Investigation readily admit
that we do not know the origin, the identity, or the
ultimate purpose of the UAOs. We believe that it will
require long time research, and expensive instrumentation
to establish what they are and where they come from. We
believe that the public release of facts, as they are
produced by the various governmental agencies of the world,
will remove the "fear of mass hysteria " which
has resulted in the hush-hush attitude of the military.
8. The popular explanations which have been given for the
UAOs to date have been classified into the groups listed
below. The extent of their applicability to the sightings
reported to CSI is shown by percentage.
No. in order or popularity
Applicability in probable
percentage of sightings
Weather balloons or rockets used in
New and secret types of U.S.
Unknown foreign aircraft
Inaccurate observations of known
Meteors or shooting stars
Extraterrestrial aircraft sent by
beings on other planets or from other solar
Explainable or explicable optical phenomena in the
atmosphere such as mirages, reflections from clouds
or the like.
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No. in order or popularity
Applicability in probable
percentage of sightings
Visible signs of God's
contact with the earth similar to the angels, the
star of Bethlehem and other means of communication
between God and Earth.
Aircraft controlled by humans
representing ancient but superior civilizations and
now residing in unexplored parts of the earth.
Deliberately false reports
Some of the eye-witness reports received by CSI are
reprinted in their entirety elsewhere in this bulletin.
Some of these reports have special significance because of
the unusual backgrounds of the viewers, and because we
consider the objects seen to be typical of each type. We
have also included two reports of close-up views of discs
as close to the ground as we can conclude that the objects
1949 SIGHTING -- ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING
REPORTS RECEIVED BY CSI
"The writer is a college graduate who has had several
years graduate study as well. For five or six years I have
been a cattle breeder on a farm a couple of miles from G.
An article in LIFE magazine, which I read last week, has
brought to mind again an experience which took place in
1949. I have debated with myself for sometime as to writing
about it. At the time it happened I mentioned it to my
wife, and to my wife alone. I had not then, nor do I have
any desire to be considered now an ass, so please do not
publicize my name. However, on the chance that this
information may be of use to you, here is what happened:
I had run an expectant cow into the barn lot for her
delivery, since she has always had trouble delivering
without aid. That night, a clear, rather chilly fall
evening, I had stayed up past one a.m. reading until time
to go make a check on her before retiring. Our house faces
south and the barn is to the north, and some distance away
from the house. With a bucket of warm water, some soap and
twine, I left the house and stopped to look at the stars,
because it was such a clear evening, I suppose.
To the south, in the form of an equilateral triangle, I
noted three lighted bodies which I knew in an instant were
not stars. For a moment I thought them to be airplanes, but
then they moved too rapidly for even the jet planes.
Suddenly one (the leading one) peeled off from the
formation and seemed to be coming directly at me. I was
frankly terrified. I threw myself onto the ground beside
the gasoline drums and remember thinking what a poor place
to be if it struck. I guess I was praying and shaking at
the same time. Suddenly, I had a feeling that I had nothing
to fear, and I guess my curiosity was very great; so I
There it was, a little to my left (east) seemingly
stationary. It was a few hundred feet off the ground. (my
guess) I would also guess that it was between 300 and 400
feet in diameter. There appeared to be windows which seemed
about twice as high as they were wide. These windows were
evenly placed and were on the edge, where the over and
under curved surfaces came together. I noted that the other
two had moved north, but had become stationary. This close
one did not revolve. However, the longer I looked at it,
the more I had a feeling of undulation. The thickness, I
would guess to be a minimum of 75 feet and a maximum of 100
feet. It was absolutely without sound, but I had a very
deep feeling that it embodied terrific energy.
The light coming from the windows, I would describe as
being a blue-white, much as the color of a welding light.
Then I guess it was (after my feeling of undulation) that I
became aware of (this is very hard to describe) a very,
very powerful vibratory force. Everything, myself
included, seemed to respond to this vibratory force. I can
dimly recall the most extraordinary thoughts which seemed
to be engendered by this vibratory force (that's the
best way I can describe it). One such thought was that with
the aid of this force, gravity meant nothing. Most of the
rest were even more asinine. I don't know how long I
lay there, wet from the spilled bucket, but peculiarly not
at all afraid. Just as inexplicably, the thing took off
with amazing speed to the north, the vibratory feelings
seemed to slacken and disappear. It took its lead position
in the triangle, and all three zoomed off at the same rate
of terrific speed. In regard to the light after the
thing left I was aware that I had a reddish glow before my
eyes, as though I had been staring at a light bulb. Had the
light been as in welding, I feel that the length of time I
looked would have ruined my eyes.
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It left me with an overpowering feeling of humility, and
insignificance. I sincerely hope this above will be of use
to you. S.E.
This report was followed by a second letter six weeks
"I received your acknowledgment to my earlier letter
and was reminded of a plea which I heard when I sent the
first letter off to you. I had taken the draft of my letter
to G to a close personal friend for his criticism of an
attempt to recount a very personal experience to strangers.
My friend insisted that I take the draft to a Dr. B in that
city. Dr. B. is an advisor to the Atomic Energy Commission
in Bio-physics and bio-chemistry and served with the U.S.
government as a Scientific Consultant. He is also a
representative for the People's Division of the United
Nations. He read it through very carefully, and when I
asked him whether people would think it assinine to mention
the impact of thought I was subjected to; he smiled and
said no, that it had long been recognized that sudden and
great exposure to Gamma rays had an effect such as I tried
to describe. He urged me to tell all that I could.
First of all, the 'thing’ represented energy --
powerful and elemental, but still controlled. There
was nothing haphazard about it whatever. The perfect
proportion of the equilateral triangle in which the three
moved, the regular spacing of the ‘windows’,
the graceful and beautiful proportions of the
‘thing' itself as well as the undulating,
vibrational pattern I felt all pointed to wonderful thought
coupled with careful planning and execution.
The length of time which I spent on the ground could not
have been long, but I honestly do not know how long I was
there. I felt a desire growing in potency to join myself to
the 'thing'. It was somewhat like hypnosis from
what I have observed although I have never been a
successful subject for hypnosis. It seemed to have a much
greater power than gravity. I had an impression that
gravity was a cold magnetic action and that it was inferior
in power to the "hot magnetic action" of the
When I went to the barn, which has its opening on the
east, I was startled to see my cow. An Angus, like the
rest, she had two marked characteristics. First, she was
definitely "antisocial" as far as humans were
concerned, and second, she had never had a calf without
aid. When I got to the barn I was reading, after the
experience I had been through, roping her and helping her
calve. She was standing facing the entryway, with her hide
shaking all over like a horse trying to shake off a swarm
of flies. But she was not afraid. Her eyes showed no white
whatsoever. She would let me touch her anywhere, and when I
examined her I knew I did not need to go back for more
water. She was back in appearance to a point weeks from
calving. I turned her out, and as I recall, she had her
calf unaided the next day.
Many of the mental impressions which I received were new
to me. At least I do not recall ever having come across
them before. However, they "charged my mental
battery', so to speak, so that I got into encyclopedias
and other books, and found that all had been expressed
before. In every case, which I can recall, the seemingly
simple truths had been called to peoples' attention
long ago. One result after many years away from it
I returned to church when the full impact of realization
finally struck me. It took two years and has changed a
"cocky guy" into a very humble person.
I do not feel in any way that I deserve any credit for
this experience. I stumbled into it both figuratively and
literally. I again renew my request for anonymity. S. E.
"Back in 1924 I saw a strange object in the sky while
riding horseback in Oklahoma. Another cowboy and I were
returning to the ranch about 1 a.m. in January, when a
white light, shining from above, shone on the snow between
our horses. Upon looking up we saw an oval shaped object
hurtling across the winter sky. There was a hissing noise
and a blue flame at the rear of the object. It was as large
as a silver dollar held at arms length, and crossed from
horizon to horizon in less than three minutes." P.G.P.
"This took place at Rich Field, just outside of Waco,
Texas. It was in the first few months of 1918, but I
don't recall the exact date. It was just after sunset.
There was no wind and no afterglow from the sun; just a
twilight and no clouds.
As we were coming from the mess hall after our meal we
suddenly saw approaching the camp what seemed to be a
Zeppelin at first glance. It was at least 100 or possibly
150 feet long. It came directly
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overhead and was not more than 500 feet high, so we got an
excellent view of it. It had no motors, no rigging, and it
was noiseless. It seemed to know where it was going,
steering from SW to NE. It was not white, but a rose or
sort of flame color. It could be said to have been cigar
shaped. I saw no windows although there could have been
SIGHTING BETWEEN CEYLON AND
PALEMBANG, SUMATRA, 1944
"During World War II as a B-29 pilot in the C.B.I., I
was on a mission from Ceylon, bombing Palembang, Sumatra.
The date was August 10, 1944, time shortly after midnight.
There were 50 planes on the strike going in on the target
at about 2 or 3-minute intervals. My plane was the last one
in on the target and the assignment was for us to bomb,
then drop photo-flash bombs attached to parachutes, make a
few runs over the target area, photographing bomb damage
from the preceding planes. The weather was broken clouds,
with an overcast above us. Our altitude was 14,000 feet,
indicated air speed 210 mph.
About 20 to 30 minutes after we left the bombing area my
co-pilot reported a strange object pacing us about 500
yards off the starboard wing. At that distance it appeared
as a spherical object, probably 5 or 6 feet in diameter, of
a very bright and intense red or orange in color. It seemed
to have a halo effect.
My gunner reported it coming in from about the five
o'clock position at our level. It seemed to throb or
vibrate constantly. Assuming it was some kind of
radio-controlled object sent to pace us, I went into
evasive action, changing direction constantly, as much as
90 deg. and altitude about 2000 feet. It followed our every
maneuver for about 8 minutes, always holding a position of
about 500 yards out and about 2 o'clock in relation to
the plane. When it left it made an abrupt 90 deg. turn, up
and accelerating rapidly it disappeared into the
Mistaken weather balloons explain only a small percentage
of UAO reports, because they are released only from widely
separated spots, at regular hours, and remain airborne for
only a matter of minutes.
WHAT IS BEING SEEN BY THE GROUND OBSERVER CORPS
Following are Ground Observer Corps. reports from an area
which covers a good part of a large midwestern state.
Objects seen over a 60-day period were:
"White light; 45 degrees in 30-40 seconds, viewed
through 7 x field glasses ... amber to green or blue object
flickers and jumps flash of fire 50 or 60 feet wide,
visible for a minute, streak at least 200 feet long, no
noise, 8-10 observers lighted object came straight down out
of the sky, stopped, then sped out of view ... light;
white, red and green, circling, clear and calm ...very
bright flashes of light; circled, seen through field
glasses, clear and calm ...flash of light, up and down,
clear and calm black oval, beads of light with green and
red around perimeter; very little movement (up and away)
size of 10[symbol for cents] piece at arms length.
Red and white, size of half dollar moving very slowly
upward, observed 1½ hours silver, round, seen
through field glasses, slow and steady ...blinking red
light seen 8 minutes ...red flashes, larger than star, 5
minutes ...red flashes, low and slow, 5 minutes ...pointed,
large, amber, flashing lights ... round disk, silvery, few
seconds following plane ...red star flashes on and off
...blinking white light, very slow ... blue light, straight
and slow ...bright white light, straight down, went out ...
top shaped, white and pink, bright light ... light flashing
at 8 minute intervals."
SAVANTS BAT A SOLID ZERO ON 1953 PREDICTIONS
One of the more interesting sidelights on the flying
saucer phenomena is the willingness of so many to predict
when saucers will land, where and when great numbers of the
same will be seen, or even the date on which the USAF would
officially acknowledge that saucers are coming from outer
We have a dozen circles on our calendar, with December 12,
1953, the predicted date of the AF announcement, ringed
twice for good measure. The seers, we must say, are still
batting a solid zero on their predictions in spite of
the fact that they have an advantage, in that the
unpredictable objects just might show up by pure chance as
predicted. A couple of years ago it was widely held, and on
good evidence, that January and April
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seemed to be the months when most UAOs could be observed,
but even this hasn't been demonstrated consistently.
Actually, the fact that a pattern of periodicity has not
been established, is fairly conclusive evidence that they
are NOT natural phenomena of seasonal Mother Earth.
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JONES V. JONES IN THE FLYING SAUCER CASE
A recent editorial in the Los Angeles (Calif.)
Sir Harold Spencer Jones, Astronomer Royal to Her
Britannic Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has stated in a
copyright article in the London Evening Standard that there
are no such things as flying saucers carrying little men
from distant planets to peer at and land upon the earth.
A sound pronouncement by a knowledgeable man if we ever
heard of one. But plain Mr. Jones, who is astronomer to
nobody to all and who, indeed, frequently has difficulty in
determining the difference between astronomy and astrology,
can be expected not to believe a word of it. The difference
between the Joneses the Astronomer Royal on the one hand
and plain Jones on the other is one of the healthier
signs of the times. It shows an independence of mind, a
staunch defense of one's own opinion, a refusal to
swallow all that the expert has to say; which is essential
to any self-governing nation.
We do not here want to cast one tittle of doubt upon the
soundness of the views of the Astronomer Royal on flying
saucers. He is a man most knowing in his field and
recognized all over the world as one of the great star men
of this century. But plain Mr. Jones, despite his ignorance
of planets and other heavenly bodies, has a considerable
amount of argument on his side, too. He can look back
through history and recall the number of times the experts
have been wrong on a wide variety of topics; economics, for
instance, population saturation points, and the
inevitability of chaos, to mention only a few.
If he did walk in one day leading two or three tiny men by
the hand, fresh off a flying saucer, we believe we'd
cheer for independent-minded, plain Mr. Jones.
Some of the most intriguing facts on the UAOs come from a
group of nuclear physicists who work at a large atomic
establishment in the southwest, and who have also been
working closely with CSI. These men took instrumentation
out on the mesas over week ends and stood 24 hour watches.
On four occasions they made visual sightings of the objects
and recorded simultaneous increases in geiger counter rate
up to 100 fold, on the fifth
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occasion there was a 60 minute delay in the response of the
CANADIANS BUILDING MECHANICAL FLYING SAUCER
A genuine "flying saucer" is nearing reality in
design at least, at the A.V. Roe Canadian Works near
Toronto, according to published announcements. This does
not mean, the sources are careful to point out, that the
Canadian Air Ministry is in any way involved in its
According to the details so far released, this disc-wing
will be about 40 feet across and will fly at a level speed
of 1500 mph. The pilot sits in a plastic
"capsule" in the center of the saucer, which can
be ejected if the machine gets into difficulties.
Around the pilot's compartment is a jet-power plant
of most unusual design which whizzes round at high speed,
acting like a gyroscope and giving the machine stability.
Then comes the fixed outer rim of the saucer with exhausts
along its sides. Air intake slots on the front feed the
turbine. Vanes along the short back, through which air can
be fed, control the flight.
The disc-plane, as at present contemplated, cannot take
off from a runway, but will rise straight up from tripod
launching gear. It will have to make a gentle pancake
landing on a flexible deck of platform.
Although no prototype has been made, nor is likely to be
made for a couple years, the design is said to have reached
an advanced stage. A wooden model is believed, according to
London reports, to be hidden behind tarpaulin screens at
the Canadian Avro experimental station.
SCIENTISTS WILL STUDY MARS AT CLOSEST RANGE
Washington, January 9.
The planet Mars in June will make its closest approach to
the earth in 13 years, and a team of American scientists
will study it from ringside seats.
The National Geographic Society said today it is joining
the Lowell Observatory of Flagstaff Ariz., in sending a
team of astronomers in Bloemfontein, South Africa, to make
a nine-month study of the planet.
In June, the planet will be only about 36,000,000 miles
from the earth.
Mars will be studied in a formal, organized effort to gain
new knowledge of its atmosphere, its exact size and its
changing surface features which may be evidence of
some kind of plant life.
Astronomers from 14 countries will participate, the
society said, adding:
"In the coming year, observations will be made on all
major continents, from high-flying planes, and perhaps even
from stratosphere-probing unmanned missiles."
Bloemfontein was chosen because it's at a latitude
where Mars will pass almost directly overhead each night.
The Orange Free State skies are usually clear in late
spring and summer and there's a 27-inch telescope
there which is the "most powerful in the Southern
hemisphere for detailed photography of the planets."
Observation from northern hemisphere observatories will be
hampered to some extent by the fact that, as seen from that
hemisphere, Mars will be close to the horizon and hard to
observe accurately," the society's announcement
SIGHTING BY AIRLINE FIRST OFFICER NOVEMBER 2, 195[?]
"We were flying an American Airliner DC-4 cargo
flight from Los Angeles to Tulsa via Dallas, Texas. At 7:15
a.m., at 4500 feet, 3 minutes east of Abilene, on Airway
G5, this object passed to our left at our same altitude and
The object was very bright green with a short whitish tail
or trail of exhaust vapor. We were making a true air speed
of 220 mph. and the object appeared to be going several
times our speed. After getting several miles out in front
of us the object exploded, shooting red balls of fire in
several directions like a fourth of July roman candle.
The object appeared to fly in a horizontal attitude, and
not in the path of a parabola, as in the usual meteor
pattern. It appeared to be as large as a medium to large
size airplane." W.D.M.
TUCSON, ARIZONA SIGHTING AUGUST, 1950
"About 9:30 p.m. a strange object suddenly appeared,
and seemed to be heading directly for our house. We had
been looking up into the sky, but did not see this object
until it was almost upon us. We sprang up, expecting it to
pass over our house, but instead, it stopped almost
directly over us, so that we were looking at the bottom of
it. It hung motionless for perhaps a second, then very
deliberately turned and we watched it disappear over the
mountain about 2 miles away.
The object was low, as compared to stars,
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etc.; or even a high-flying plane. It all happened quickly,
but I have always had the feeling that there was no sound
of any kind.
As it approached us it gave the appearance of a small
flock of birds, in perfect formation, surrounded by light.
As it hung over we were looking at the bottom of the
thing it gave the appearance of a group of pontoons or
perhaps tanks. Because we were under it, these were dark,
and we could distinguish merely the shape of them, which
was longer than wide. I can't be positive that there
were nine, but they were in rows of three each, and there
seemed to be more than six. These things were underneath
and completely dark, but whatever was above them was well
The light seemed to shine out from all sides of the top
part, but we could not see what was within the light. The
dark, pontoon-like objects seemed to be rigidly fixed,
because they all turned in unison as it moved away.
As it moved away, and we were no longer under it, and
could no longer see the dark objects, it appeared as a
round ball of light. The light was bright, but not with the
hard brilliance of an ordinary electric light. It seemed to
emanate from the top and sides in softer, glowing light. As
it moved away from us and sailed over the mountain it
looked like a softly glowing ball." MRS. ESG
SIGHTING BAR-BELL SHAPE AT DURANGO, TEXAS,
NOVEMBER 11, 1952 ABOUT 3:40 PM.
I saw two objects at about 75º elev. and 20º
azimuth, moving rapidly in an ESE direction, apparently at
a very great height. Both were the same size, not appearing
metallic, bright, or sharply defined, but of a fuzzy,
misty, ragged-edged cloud-like appearance, cloud-gray in
color, roughly globular, without elevators, fuselage,
wings, etc., or any characteristics of an inflated or
deflated balloon or aircraft. They tumbled over each other
vertically every 3 or 4 seconds, holding the same shape and
ragged outlines, always staying the same distance apart,
held together by a taut, wispy gray band, ragged and
irregular in width, of the same cloud-like structure and
color as the two objects. After rotating vertically for
about 40 seconds, they tilted to the right until they
rotated horizontally; after 15 or 20 sec., tilted up until
vertical rotation was resumed ...happened 3 or 4 times with
the wispy connecting band taut and visible at all angles
during tilting and rotation. The motions duplicated exactly
a bar-bell being turned end-over-end vertically, then
tilted slowly until rotating horizontally action and
movement continued toward ESE to about 48º elevation
and at 95º azimuth when forward motion slowed down
somewhat, but with the regularity of the rotations
remaining the same, when they turned sharply in a matter of
2 or 3 sec. toward the NNE to about 75º azimuth,
apparently still on a level course the objects did not
diminish in perspective or visibility as is always normal
in viewing receding objects.
In a recent letter to CSI, Miss E.H. of Santa Fe, N.M.,
expressed very well her feelings and incidentally those of
CSI, on the subject with which we are concerned. Miss H.
wrote: "I think, once a person has seen a UAO they
cannot shrug off the experience and forget it and
not be intensely interested in the ultimate answer. I only
hope I live long enough to learn what it is!"