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UFO Casebook Magazine Issue 390, Issue date, 01-04-10

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50 Years Later: The Boanai, Papua, New Guinea Sightings
Published: 10:52 AM 1/1/2010

No simple flight of fancy

Rowan Callick - from: The Australian January 01, 2010 12:00AM

IT is now 50 years since a 31-year-old Australian Anglican missionary in Papua New Guinea, William Gill, and 37 parishioners and staff made the best attested and least explained sighting of unidentified flying objects in the long, otherwise kooky history of the genre.

The day before the celebrated encounter of a mystifying kind, Gill had written a letter to David Durie, acting principal of St Aidan's College, which trained teacher-evangelists at Dogura, then the headquarters of the church in PNG.

Gill, who was priest in charge at Boianai, a large village on the mountainous north coast of Milne Bay province, about 25km west of Dogura, told Durie of a UFO sighting by Stephen Moi, then an assistant teacher.

He wrote: "There have been quite a number of reports over the months from reliable witnesses.

"The peculiar thing about these most recent reports is that the UFOs seem to be stationary at Boanai or to travel from Boianai," a beautiful location brilliantly captured by pioneer Australian photographer Frank Hurley in 1921. "I myself saw a stationary white light twice on the same night on April 9 . . . the assistant district officer, Bob Smith, and Mr Glover have seen it.

I do not doubt the existence of these things, but my simple mind still requires scientific evidence before I can accept the from-outer-space theory. I am inclined to believe that probably many UFOs are more likely some form of electric phenomena or perhaps something brought about by the atom bomb explosions etc.

"That Stephen should actually make out a saucer could be the work of the unconscious mind, as it is very likely that at some time he has seen illustrations of some kind in a magazine.

"It is all too difficult to understand for me; I prefer to wait for some bright boy to catch one to be exhibited in Martin Place.

"Yours, Doubting William."

The following day, he wrote again: "Dear David, life is strange, isn't it? Yesterday I wrote you a letter, expressing opinions re the UFOs. Now, less than 24 hours later I have changed my views somewhat.

"Last night we at Boianai experienced about four hours of UFO activity, and there is no doubt whatsoever that they are handled by beings of some kind. At times it was absolutely breathtaking. Here is the report.

"Cheers, Convinced Bill.

"P.S. Do you think P. Moresby should know about this? If people think it worthwhile, I will stand the cost of a radio conversation if you care to make out a comprehensive report from the material on my behalf!!"

What had Gill and his parishioners seen?

The notes he made following his encounter describe a bright white light appearing in the northwestern sky, approaching the mission station, then hovering about 100m in the air.

Gill, Moi, another teacher, Ananias Rarata, and 35 other people who all later signed a confirming document, watched what they described as a large, disc-shaped, solidly constructed object, with a wide base tapering up to a higher deck, and with what appeared to be four legs beneath, and four brightly lit panels in the side.

It occasionally emitted a shaft of blue light at a 45 degree angle.

Then what they described as men emerged on to a deck on the top, four at most, but in various configurations. Clouds, which were at about 600m, then eventually obscured the vessel as it drifted higher.

It had been stationary through most of the 25 minutes of this encounter.

Gill then wrote his letter to Durie. That evening, the visitation returned in an extraordinary manner. He first saw it at 6.02pm, as the sun was setting.

Gill's account states: "We watched figures appear on top - four of them - no doubt that they are human.

"Two smaller UFOs were seen at the same time, stationary. One above the hills west, another overhead.

"On the large one, two of the figures seemed to be doing something near the centre of the deck . . . were occasionally bending over and raising their arms as though adjusting or setting up something (not visible).

"One figure seemed to be standing looking down at us (a group of about a dozen). I stretched my arm above my head and waved. To our surprise the figure did the same.

"Ananias waved both arms over his head then the two outside figures did the same.

"Ananias and self began waving our arms and all four now seemed to wave back. There seemed to be no doubt that our movements were answered. All mission boys made audible gasps (of either joy or surprise, perhaps both).

"As dark was beginning to close in, I sent Eric Kodawara for a torch and directed a series of long dashes towards the UFO. After a minute or two of this, the UFO apparently acknowledged by making several wavering motions back and forth.

"Waving by us was repeated and this followed by more flashes of torch, then the UFO began slowly to become bigger, apparently coming in our direction. It ceased after perhaps half a minute and came no further.

"After a further two or three minutes the figures apparently lost interest in us for they disappeared below deck. At 6.25pm two figures reappeared to carry on with whatever they were doing before the interruption. The blue spotlight came on for a few seconds twice in succession."

The situation remained unchanged, so Gill returned to his regular routine and went to have his dinner at 6.30.

By 7pm, the main object had moved slightly away and the observers went into the village church for evensong, as usual.

By the time they emerged, at 7.45pm, visibility had become very limited with the sky covered in cloud. At 10.40 pm, Gill wrote, an "earsplitting" explosion woke up the mission-station inhabitants. Gill said it did not feel like a thunderclap.

Later, Gill said, he was always asked why he had reverted to his usual routine when there was a flying saucer apparently hovering overhead. This was partly because, he said, "there was nothing eerie or other-worldly about any of this. It was all so ordinary, as ordinary as a Ford car.

"It looked a perfectly normal sort of object, an Earth-made object. I realised, of course, that some people might think of this as a flying saucer, but I took it to be some kind of hovercraft the Americans or even the Australians had built. The figures inside looked perfectly human."

Gill's report caused quite a sensation at the time, when PNG was an Australian colony. A Liberal federal MP from Western Australia, E. D. Cash, asked the then air minister questions in parliament, without receiving a substantive answer.

The Defence Ministry deployed two RAAF officers to investigate. Although they found Gill "a reliable observer", they attributed the sightings to "natural phenomena", the result of cloudy, thunder-prone weather and light refraction from Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.

Gill was educated at Trinity Grammar School in Melbourne, then studied theology at St Francis College, Brisbane, and education at the University of Queensland. He was ordained as a priest in 1950, then worked in PNG in parish work and as a teacher and education administrator. In Port Moresby, he also did some radio broadcasting.

After returning from PNG, he taught at Essendon Grammar, Camberwell Grammar and St Michael's Grammar, all in Melbourne, and undertook sociological research at La Trobe University. He died at age 79 in 2007.

Gill appears an exceptionally unlikely figure to have been readily caught up in the flying saucer craze, at its most intense in the 1950s. Few phenomena would have appeared more remote to high-church Anglican missionaries in PNG, many with considerable educational attainments.

Among those most intensely interested in the sightings was Englishman Norman Cruttwell, an outstanding exemplar of the long tradition of priest-botanists, who discovered and named - after his mother Christian - a rhododendron in PNG and had an orchid named after him in tribute.

Gill wrote to Cruttwell, who was also running a parish in northern Milne Bay: "Here is a lot of material the kind you have been waiting for, no doubt; but I am in some ways sorry that it has to be me who supplies it. Attitudes at Dogura in respect of my sanity vary greatly, and like all mad men, I myself think my grey cells are OK."

Among the hypotheses later considered to explain Gill's sightings was that he was pulling Cruttwell's leg. But, if so, when Cruttwell became excited, and helped inform the world about the events, Gill might then have been expected to stay quiet and wait for the embarrassment to pass. Instead, Gill accepted invitations to speak widely about what he had seen, with no apparent reluctance.

Australian author Randolph Stow, who worked at an Anglican mission station for Aborigines in northwestern Australia, then as assistant to the government anthropologist in PNG, where he was based in Milne Bay, framed an acclaimed novel in 1979, Visitants, around the Boianai sightings.

"Be not afeard," Stow cites from Shakespeare's The Tempest: "The isle is full of noises . . ."

The writer knew both Cruttwell and Moi - by then a priest - when he worked in PNG.

Cruttwell famously missed out on a sighting of bright lights over his own mission station because he was ensconced in the "smallhaus". The following day, he had the roof replaced with a clear glass panel, just in case . . .

Also see the UFO Casebook case file, The Papua, New Guinea Sightings.

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Romanek Threatens MUFON with Lawsuit
Published: 11:28 AM 1/1/2010

Submitted by Javier Ortega on December 31, 2009 – 6:58 PMNo Comment | 55 views

Looks like Stan Romanek (Mr. “peeping alien video“) is looking to file a lawsuit against James Carrion, MUFON international director. Funny stuff. Remember when this was all over the news? Mr. Romanek claimed to have the best evidence of an extraterrestrial alien. Of course, not willing to release it and tried to capitalize on it.

Read James’ post:

From James Carrion Blog:

Stan Romanek called the MUFON Office yesterday asking for MUFON’s legal department and the street address where MUFON can be “served” papers. Unfortunately, I wasn’t there to get the call.

Seems like the way you get someone to stop pointing out inconvenient facts about your claims is to threaten legal action. So Mr. Romanek, this is a message for you that I won’t have to serve through the Sheriff’s office or through a demand letter:

- In a court of law you can’t manipulate the facts like you can in the court of public opinion
- You have to swear to tell the truth
- You have to have your claims believed by a jury of your peers, not by your friends, family, and investigators you are buddies with
- You cannot withhold key evidence

So, Stan, if you think I am going to stop pointing out the problems with your claims by threatening me with a lawsuit, you are sadly mistaken. There is nothing illegal about the truth.

Speaking of which, please feel free to post publicly the video/photo evidence that you have yet to release to the world because I have some world class photo/video experts who are dying to analyze them:

- All the ORIGINAL videos of your peeping aliens
- All the ORIGINAL photos that show you with strange “reptilian” eye transformations
- All the ORIGINAL photos/videos of all of your other otherworldly experiences

I will be happy to give you some space on my public web server to upload them and I will make them freely available to any other photo/video analyst.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2010/romaneksues.html

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Russia in 2060: Annoying Aliens and Air Traffic Jams

Published: 10:46 AM 1/1/2010

Let us just try to imagine the world in 50 years. If anyone tried to write such an article about today’s world 50 years ago, in 1960, the author would most likely be ridiculed for predictions about bullet trains, cell phones and many other things that we consider common nowadays.

What will the world be like in 50 years? Let’s imagine what may happen in Russia in 2060.

“Another alien spaceship landed on Moscow’s Red Square yesterday. It became the 48th extraterrestrial delegation that landed on the Earth during the recent five years. The delegation arrived to establish an official diplomatic contact with planet Earth.

The delegation was welcomed by a special committee of the United Government of Eurasia for Intergalactic Affairs. A crowd of nearly 200 activists of Terrestrials Against Extraterrestrials Movement was seen nearby.

The first official contact with extraterrestrial civilizations took place in December of 2055. Forty-eight alien spaceships have landed on the Earth since then. All the delegations offered their friendship to humans.

A special protocol was developed for official contacts. Aliens shall notify humans of their visit to Earth one month in advance. They shall leave their main spaceship on the Moon and arrive to Earth on board a satellite spacecraft.

Air traffic jams have become particularly annoying in the middle of the 21st century. Thousands of flying cars stand still in the air above Moscow – they all wait for the column of governmental aircraft to pass.

The Moscow Zoo has recently acquired another baby mammoth. The mammoth was recovered many years ago, after the launch of the cloning of living creatures. The mammoth does not enjoy great popularity among the visitors.

Many of them come to the Zoo to take a look at raptors, pterodactyls, and tyrannosauruses.

Most Russians prefer to spend their holidays in Siberia, for it has become one of Russia’s warmest regions. No one travels to Turkey, Egypt or Saudi Arabia anymore – those lifeless deserts do not raise any interest with anyone.

Russian divers finally found the legendary Tunguska Meteorite, which proved to be a large alien spaceship. The spaceship was found on the bottom of the lake. Russian scientists determined that the spaceship rammed into Earth after a serious breakdown on board.

However, the spaceship does not pose any interest to modern-day researchers: Similar spacecraft was found several years ago on Mars and Jupiter’s satellites.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2010/russia2060.html

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Space Alien Initiative on Denver Ballot -- Waste of Time?

By Opposing Views Editorial Staff, To Protect and Serve Opposing Views - December 03, 2009

The issue of illegal aliens is a major one facing our nation. But one man in Denver thinks illegal space aliens should be our real focus. He's so serious about it, he has collected enough signatures to get the issue on the ballot. But we ask the question -- is this just a waste of time and money?

When Denver voters go to the polls in 2010, they'll vote on an initiative that would create an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission. The panel would promote "harmonious, peaceful, mutually respectful and beneficial coexistence" between earthlings and extraterrestrials, in part by developing protocols for "diplomatic contact."

"It's like saying you're going to have a ballot initiative about the existence of Bigfoot," Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, told the Los Angeles Times.

This is the brainchild of a 55-year-old man named Jeff Peckman, who is extremely concerned that if/when aliens touch down in the Mile High City, there is no official set of rules for greeting and living alongside them. Um, just send John Elway out to meet 'em.

So he went out and collected signatures to get the issue on the ballot. He needed 3,974 voters to sign -- he got 10,274, proving this issue is for real. While Peckman is undoubtedly pleased with himself, some city lawmakers are just plain embarrassed.

"If someone was looking to locate a business here, they'd think, 'What kind of city is this?' " Councilman Charlie Brown said.

Brown joked that if approved, it could result in a costly boondoggle for the city. "What would a commission demand of us as a city? Do they want to go to a conference on Mars? We'll pay for a one-way trip."

But Peckman is undaunted. He was hoping that when President Obama came into office, he would release information on UFO landings. He has not, so Peckman came up with this scheme to try to set-up an official panel that could look into extraterrestrials.

For his part, Peckman claims to have seen a spaceship, but only once. It was on the day Michael Jackson died. Coincidence? Peckman was standing in downtown Denver, chatting on a cell phone, when a green ball of light flashed by.

"It didn't fizzle out like a meteorite. I just stood there awe-struck," he said. "The next morning, I read someone had seen a green ball of light over Neverland." What do you think of all of this? Is the government holding back information about UFOs and space aliens, and is the only way to learn the truth is to do something like this? Or is this just a waste of valuable time and resources that could go to addressing real issues in the world?

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2009d/wasteoftime.html

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Reader Relates 2007 Sighting over Huntsville, AL
Published: 11:22 AM 12/29/2009

Huntsville, AL - 2007(?)

I have submitted you pictures in the past that you have posted (4th of July 08 and 09!) but I have never taken the time to tell you about something I saw a few years ago. It happened before I ever sent you my UFO pictures, and it is kind of strange because as crazy as I am about UFOs, I can't believe I didn't turn around and try to follow this thing.

It was like I just kind of blew it off even though I still can't explain what I saw. And it's hard to put in words to describe it really. Anyway here is what happened:

Like I said, I don't recall the exact year this happened, but I am thinking it was late fall / winter 2007, in Huntsville, Alabama. It was definitely not daylight savings time because this was on my way home from work (roughly 5:15 - 5:30 and it was already dark).

I have lived where I do since February of '98, so I have traveled this road many, many times (also I grew up in Huntsville and used to go "over the mountain" all the time in the old days).

Anyway, as I was going over Monte Sano Mountain (hill!!) which is Hwy 431 South, I came around the curve right past Governor's Bend (a neighborhood on the left before you get to a "scenic overlook" which is also on your left), I noticed this very bright, perfectly round light shining through the woods / trees that are right before you turn into the overlook, that I had never, ever seen before.

I was like "What the heck is that?" it was at least 5-6 times the size of a normal street light, maybe bigger, kind of like a spot light I guess you could say.

And since it was winter (Nov-Dec) the trees had no leaves so I could see the light clear as day, and I knew I had never seen it there before. So as I came around the curve (to the left) I made sure to look to see what this light could have been and I saw this thing in the sky at the same level I had seen the light through the trees, but I can't tell you what it was.

I rolled my window down and hung my head out the window looking up; I heard no noise, saw no rotor blades, no blinking FAA lights, it was just this round, blackish-grey object, but it had a lavender colored, neon like, V-shaped light underneath it, on the bottom.

The object was about 75-100 feet above my head, and I would guess about 30 feet in diameter.

The point of the V was facing the direction that it was going, North. The bright light I had seen before I rounded the curve was no longer there. Just this thing in the sky above me that I can't really describe other than the fact it was nothing I had ever seen before.

I could not have been the only person to see this. There was heavy traffic in the other lane (I was in left lane) with cars behind me as well as in front. But there was also a Huntsville Police Officer backed in against the gate at the overlook (they close the gate at sundown and police like to sit there after hours, do radar occasionally, etc.)

This thing was heading right towards him; it had to have gone right over his head. He had to have seen it. But like I said, it is so strange that I did not immediately do a U-turn at Monte Sano Blvd and try to chase/follow this thing. And it's like I really never gave it much thought after the fact. Very weird.

Anyway, I am hoping someone in town will see this and say they saw it too. Please feel free to give my e-mail address to anyone that contacts you about this sighting. I know I could not have been the only one. Hope all of your readers and you have a very Happy New Year.



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