Thursday, May 06, 2021

"There Goes One" - Astonishing Tales


"There Goes One" - Astonishing Tales

[Intro Voiceover]

A compilation of anecdotes of fifty years of travels and skywatches in fields, mountains, rivers, lagoons, hills, ranches, chapels and graveyards. An interesting diary of UFOs and the paranormal, between reality and fiction, the credible and the incredible...Astonishing Tales...a visual compilation you must listen to...if you are a skeptic.

 [Voice of Luis Burgos]

Atalaya is a province in the Province of Buenos Aires on the shores of the River Plate, belonging to the Department of Magdalena, south of La Plata, the provincial capital, by some 50 kilometers. And it was there in Atalaya, that we lived through some of the most remarkable UFO and related experiences in the 1980s.

We lived on the beach, we went there nightly, weather permitting, because people would tell us that they were seeing not only lights, but also 'harebrained' tales, as one might call them, involving apparitions, mysterious lights, ghosts, and even a little boy who told me that he would ride his bicycle at night and came across a white coffin hovering in the air, over by a wire fence, a meter or meter and a half of the ground. The poor thing got home as pale as the coffin.

But anyway, we went there because people advised us of the existence of strange luminous phenomena, and the skywatches back then - 1985, 1986 - were held in some local field between Atalaya and Magdalena, on the outskirts of the town of Atalaya, at the public beach, which is a lovely, very quiet place, or on the old wooden bridge - a wooden bridge used by local fishermen to spend the day.

Between one skywatch and another, events would occur, and they would fill our heads with more and more cases. Not only current ones but older ones too, which often happens when one goes out to conduct field research or nocturnal observations. Juicy anecdotes, some incidents very thoroughly retold by the witnesses, some sketchy, others unreliable...much like occurs with the folklore in any community in Argentina.

But let me repeat - we have had very deep experiences in Atalaya regarding the UFO phenomenon, when compared with the town of Ugarte, Gobernador Ugarte, over by Chivicoy in western Buenos Aires. So to these skywatches we always brought something to drink, something to eat, sandwiches, and I remember that one evening we went to a local night club around nine o'clock in the evening. Then we went off to the countryside, stayed until dawn, and headed back to La Plata.

And what I'm going to tell you now pre-dates the landing phenomenon, the ground marks, the famous one hundred and fifty marks which became a world record in UFO landings, unmatched anywhere in the world, a field with 150 landing traces. We still hadn't made this discovery. We were still in diapers - this all happened much later. We discovered that field weeks later, and then devoted all our resources to investigating it, which is adjacent to the El Espinillo creek. And that's when we had the experience on March 4, 1986, involving the UFOs that approached us.

We reached the town one night - we were six or seven members of FAO-La Plata - and we were waiting for a young fellow who would act as our guide to take us here and there. We ordered some beer, soda, peanuts, and sandwiches, and in the meantime got our photo equipment ready, decided whether to return to the same spot or try a new one, etcetera. A quiet evening, as there was other locals there, drinking gin, wine, and suddenly a little local fellow turned up. We saw him there with a wild look in his eyes, very odd. He scanned all the tables and then focused on our own, and we were all sitting together. With a local accent, he said "You're the UFO guys, right?"

We looked at him, he looked back. One of our number said: "Yeah, that's right"

To which he replied: "There goes one!"

Well. When he said that, beer spilled all over the floor, soda poured freely, peanuts scattered everywhere, chairs fell over, and we ran outside to see who'd be the first to spot the object, because the local fellow was telling us it was happening at that very moment.

We ran outside, rubbed our eyes and asked where, where is it?

"There it goes!"

When we saw it, it was an airplane. An airliner that flies every so often over Atalaya, and makes a turn over the River Plate on its way to Montevideo and Brazil. Some wanted to kill the poor little guy, but he wasn't to blame - he was just excited to tell us that a UFO was present, having heard all the stories circulating in town, the vox populi. He wanted to help, to be a witness to the phenomenon.

And we always look back upon the moment, because we spilled everything onto the nightclub floor. We straightened things out, paid the waiter, but this took its place among the list of anecdotes..."There goes one."

Well, stories like these will be broadcast week after week in "Astonishing Tales"

[Translation and transcription (c) 2021 Scott Corrales, IHU with thanks to Luis Burgos, FAO/ICOU]


Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Argentina: Mysterious CE-3s in San Juan


Source: PLANETA UFO and Canal 13 San Juan (Argentina)

Date: 05.02.2021

An article by Martin Gomez

 Argentina: Mysterious CE-3s in San Juan

 Jorge Pérez is one of the founders of Guardianes del Cielo Cuyano (Guardians of the Skies of Cuyo) and he made shocking disclosures. "There are things you don't want to say or they might think you're crazy."

 Discussing the UFO phenomenon has gone from being a taboo to a more habitual subject. With the development of technology it is easier to find eyewitness accounts, images, photos, videos or news of sightings or even mysterious encounters.

 San Juan is no stranger to this phenomenon, and there is a group that pursues these unidentified flying objects. They are the Guardians of the Skies of Cuyo.

 Jorge Pérez, one of the founding members of this group, disclosed some shocking statements concerning close encounters of the third kind in San Juan. One of them occurred in 1978 in the locality of El Ramblón in the Department of Sarmiento. They are seeking the declassification of records from this time period to produce a documentary.

 The other incident occurred in 2016 during a skywatch at Cerro Plateado in the Department of Pocito. "We managed to record it and everything. We have hitherto been unable to find an answer to it. It was definitely a UFO," says the enthusiast.

 "We have seen many things. While this situation shocked me greatly, we had a UFO come very near us once. It descended to 1000 or 1200 meters from our position, went by slowly and continued on its way," he said.

 Pérez described the mysterious object: "It was 10 times larger than the International Space Station. That's what it looked like as it flew overhead. There is nothing that large, of human manufacture, that can be seen like that from Earth, he said. “It looked like a tiny dot to us. But it became larger and larger, assuming the shape of a circular plate. When recorded with our equipment, you see a very bright light, but in plain sight, it looked like a fluctuating, round thing with a haze that gave it the impression of bobbing," he recalled.

 The video was displayed on the Guardianes del Cielo Cuyano website on September 21st that year. "In the video you're able to hear when we get a phone call telling us there was a very bright light on the mountain and we had it directly above us. It was shocking. But there are many things that I find striking, and that was foremost among them," Pérez remarked.

 The man says he wasn't frightened by the event. "I didn't have the time. I was amazed by the lovely light we were seeing. We always see them at a distance; this time it was very close and I had no time for fear. You can even hear in the video that I say to Ramón (among those present at the skywatch): "They're descending" and he says: "Yes, yes, they're coming for us", he recalls amid laughter.

 "It didn't give us time for anything. I was stunned, bewildered. I had no time for fear. It was shocking," says Jorge Pérez.

 While this sighting was documented, he says "there are always things that one doesn't want to say, lest one be accused of being insane. We have always spoken about what can be shown, and remain quiet about that which cannot. There are strange displays that take place at certain locations, and we can't understand them. Very strange things."

 In this regard, Jorge described an experience they had during a Skywatch. "Out of ten people at a skywatch, all ten fall asleep without explanation and upon waking find that part of their videos and records are missing. These are things that cannot be said openly, because they cannot be proved," he disclosed. "You feel strange sensations in your body, like electric current, etc. We should have some other kind of technology that can capture it at the moment. Unfortunately we still [don't] have it. Perhaps someday we will, and it will allow us to investigate it thoroughly."

 One of the reasons that compel this group to keep some secrets about unexplained phenomena has to do with its reputation. "Not only in San Juan, but around the world. Guardianes del Cielo Cuyano has thousands of followers. It also means a lot in other countries: Mexico, Spain, the United States...we have followers who are very interested in what we do," he explained.

 The Ramblón Case of 1978 was another matter altogether. A close encounter of the third kind (CE-3) made the stationmaster of that community in the Department of Sarmiento "go mad"

 The event occurred in the evening of July 12, when a flying saucer hovered over Felipe Onofre Onozco. "It was one of the first CE-3's in Argentina," Pérez notes.

 Guardianes del Cielo Cuyano is currently seeking the declassification of police records of that time to make a documentary. Regardless, he has priceless eyewitness testimony from others involved in the situation.

 Newspaper items of that time say that the stationmaster was startled by an impressive white light issued by a red flying object. Faced with this situation, the man was blinded, paralyzed and rendered unconscious for some 3 hours, until he recovered and notified the Mendoza Central Police of what he was seeing.

 Many local residents also reported having seen the light at a distance, indicating that radio and television transmissions had been disrupted while the phenomenon lasted.

 The San Juan Police confirmed that the event had lasted at least 5 hours. Aside from the accounts of neighbors, they reported that the enigmatic object had not landed, as no physical traces had been found.

 Jorge Pérez, meanwhile, added that many years later, Guardianes del Cielo Cuyano had managed to gather eyewitness accounts on the event which yielded shocking coincidences. "The San Juan Police played a role in the event. After Orozco informed Mendoza, they relayed the information to San Juan and Sheriff Felix Alfredo Balmaceda, his deputy Castillo and officer Varas of criminalistics visited the area to investigate the occurence. They arrived around 23:00 hours and found the man locked in the station. He had lost control of his bowels and was bleeding from his nose and ears, in state of total shock. An ambulance was summoned. They also called Sergio Soso, Orozco's relief, to replace him, due to the problem," Pérez remarked.

 "We are following up on these files, which must be kept somewhere. We want to declassify them and we're also working on a movie-style documentary on the Ramblón Case," advised the Guardianes member.

[Translation (c) 2021 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Argentina: The Cerro Pajarillo Burn Mark



Source: Engimas Costa Rica (Costa Rica) and Planeta UFO (Argentina)
Date: 04.27.2021

Argentina: The Cerro Pajarillo Burn Mark

In 1986, residents of the province of Cordoba saw a craft that left a circle of burned grass measuring 100 meters in diameter on the side of the mountain. Since then, the "Pajarillo burn mark" turned into a worldwide UFO attraction.
The witnesses to what would become one of Argentina's most significant UFO cases were an old woman, Mrs. Esperanza de Gómez, her daughter Sara and her nephew Gabriel, age 11.
The events occurred in 1986 at Quebrada de la Luna, one of the spurs of Mt. Uritorco in the province of Córdoba. That evening, at 23:20 hours, they had finished playing a game of cards and were ready to turn in when a powerful bright light came in through the blinds of the only window in the house.
Sara was about to open the window, but she was paralyzed by fear. It would be her son Gabriel whose curiosity led him to take a look.
The boy would become the sole witness to what he would describe thus the next day: "I thought it was the Evil Light, because it came from the mountains. It got bigger and bigger and moved from one side to the other. Later, when the red light turned off, I got a good look. It was a round thing with windows. You could see the red light coming from the windows, and above it the light was clear."
The light vanished a minute later. Mrs. Esperanza, thinking that the light couldn't bode anything good, decided to go to bed and forget the event.
The following morning, the son of an old woman living nearby woke them up excitedly, asking to come see what had happened on the facing the house - a summit known as Pajarillo. It would be something that none of them had ever seen before: an enormous, perfect circle of charred grass (it was later ascertained to measure 100 meters (328 ft) in diameter)

[Translation (c) 2021 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Ariel Leiva and Guillermo Giménez]

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Costa Rica: Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon on Video



Source: CIAL Observacion Ovni (Costa Rica) and Planeta UFO

Date: 04.25.2021

Costa Rica: Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon on Video

 CIAL Observación Ovni shared a video of an intriguing object among the clouds . The text reads:  "The object was recorded as it came down the mountainside. It remains suspended and issues several pulses of light. Notice was given, and another fellow member was able to photograph it as well."


Friday, April 23, 2021

Yo Fui Testigo ("I Was a Witness") - Pursued by a Probe

 Source: FAO / ICOU

Date: April 21, 2021

 YO FUI TESTIGO ("I Was a Witness")

 Episode 11 - Pursued by a Probe

By Roberto Oscar Appendino

 "First and foremost, good afternoon. My name is Roberto Oscar Appendino; I'm from Bolsón and a member of FAO Patagonia as well as ICOU Patagonia. I'm honored to be able to tell you about the experience I had involving the UFO phenomenon.

 "Well, my experience, the first one was in 1984 or 1985 more or less in Santa Rosa, La Pampa, from where I had traveled with my mother to Bahia Blanca. I was small; I'd gone with my mother to Bahia Blanca. On the way back, eh, we were on the road in two separate buses, belong to the Tesmara company, as I recall, and at one point, as we were on the road, the bus driver, eh, asked us to look at the countryside, which would've been on the right hand side, because a bluish-green light was following us.

 "Well, those of us who were awake - because the time must have been two or three in the morning - all of those of us who were awake indeed saw a strange light, a bluish-green one, with bright flashes. The microbus stopped, those of us who were awake stepped outside, other passengers woke up, others did not. The other microbus following us also stopped, as it had been observing the same thing as us.

 "This object oscillated from left to right, level with the fields. I calculate that it must have been five or seven meters over the surface. oscillated from left to right, came over a bit closer to the road, something that frightened a few of the onlookers, as you can imagine. Well, in a matter of seconds it emitted a powerful flash that blinded us, and the object took off upward at such a speed that made further observation impossible.

 "Eh, that was in 1985 - 1985 indeed -  the fact is that I was greatly impressed by the sighting, given that I was already interested in the UFO phenomenon. I was watching TV series, Star Trek, well, you can imagine, a ton of series of this sort. This led me to tell my experience to Quique Mario, who was a family friend. He heard me out; I went to see several of his programs about the subjects he discussed, which set me on the path to becoming a researcher.  A UFO researcher.

 "Obviously, he guided me with his considerable experience, which led me deeper and deeper into the subject to this very day. Over the years I've come to see many things, I've managed to make some progress in my knowledge of the phenomenon and of course, I have long way to go. I figure that the years will go on and on and we will never get to the bottom of it. New things will keep emerging about the phenomenon that remain a mystery to us today.

 "But my purpose is to get to the truth, and make known all the information of events here in our area, in Bolsón and well, other places in Patagonia, continuously reporting events as they take place. So (coughs) that was my experience, the very first experience I had with the phenomenon, and as I said earlier, one that led me to become a researcher and gain more knowledge.

 "Here in Patagonia we have formed the RIO group with Roberto Pollola and Celeste Leguizamón, and we are now dedicated to the FAO Patagonia group, and will continue on the path of reporting the truth of all the events that take place in our area. We will follow the guidelines of those who take the UFO phenomenon as a serious matter. No commercialism or anything of the sort. Serious research as it ought to be conducted, that is our purpose.

 "Best regards to all and let us not stray from the path, as this is the proper one."

 [Translation (c) 2021 Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology with thanks to Luis Burgos, FAO/ICOU]


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Astounding Tales - First Journey to Tacuarembó (Uruguay)



[Researching UFOS in the southern hemisphere in the 1970s wasn't a matter of pointing a car in the right direction - it involved blood, sweat and tears and even running afoul of 'the usual suspects'. A remembrance of a journey literally into the heart of darkness - SC]

 Astounding Tales - First Journey to Tacuarembó (Argentina)

By Luis Burgos

 Among the ups and downs we have experienced while investigating the UFO phenomenon both in Argentina and Uruguay we find one that goes back quite a long time, to the days of the famous Tacuarembó case. This case occurred in 1973, and a long time went by, until 1988, before we could go and recover the metal fragments left behind from the event to the University of La Plata for analysis. But at first, our contact was epistolary, sending out letters that would take one or two months to arrive to our correspondent, Leonel Montes de Oca. He sent us so much information and some photographs as well, and obviously it made us want to be there on site, conducting research.

 The case occurred in May 1973, as rain poured down in buckets over the Uruguayan ridges of Pueblo Achar - a tiny little town - in the department of Tacuarembó, in the heart of Uruguay. Practically the whole town was aware of what had taken place. Don Isidro Tito, the owner of the property, thought at first that a lightning bolt had hit the ground, learned it had left a mark on the ground, a crater, and the story became widely known.

 What people don't know is how we organized the trip and how we got there, to Tacuarembó, because four years went by, between late 1976 and early 1977, before we could organize the first visit. There were two visits to Tacuarembó: 1977 and 1988, that is to say, a long period of time went in order to acquire and then confirm the provenance of that material. We have no doubt whatsoever that they are the product of a UFO.

 Clearly, the FAO (Fundación Argentina de Ovnilogía) did not exist at the time, and we had CIFA (Centro Investigador de Fenómenos Anomalos - Center for the Investigation of Anomalous Phenomena) in the city of Ensenada, and it had only formed a short time before with members of the group I had founded back in secondary school, the Grupo Estudiantil del Fenomeno OVNI (Student UFO Research Group), so the few of us at the time organizes the trip, and we were even fewer by the time we set out. It was a difficult and costly journey, not like it is today. So we decided to undertake it with our friends Daniel Galastro, who recently passed, and Omar Becerro, a habitué of those meetings.

 We set out from Retiro to Zarate Brazo Largo, and we had to cross the river by ferry - there was no bridge at the time, the famous Zarate Brazo Largo Bridge - so we had to take a ferry to Uruguay. So, we got off on the Uruguayan side, and from there, to get to Tacuarembó, was quite an undertaking. There was no straight road. I remember that we took a bus that got us to Paysandú around two or three in the afternoon and the weather was excruciatingly hot. We were disoriented, because we had to get from Paysandú to Tacuarembó, and not just Tacuarembó, but to Pueblo Achar, a town lost somewhere on the horizon.

 So it was unbearably hot, we had nothing to do, and just waited for the microbus to appear around five or six o'clock. We just sat in the town square of Paysandú, and there was no one at all. It looked like a ghost town. No one at all, suffocating heat, just the palm trees that adorned the surroundings. In the distance we could see a group of fifteen or twenty people and we wondered what they were up to, gathered together in the street. We approached them to see what was going on, just being nosy, when they suddenly dived into a hall. It turned out to be the movie theatre. They were waiting for the Paysandú cinema to open so they could go in, leaving us alone on the street.

 The microbus got us to Tacuarembó very late at night. As I recall, it must have eight or nine o'clock at night. But from there we had to get to Pueblo Achar. But we were in Tacuarembó, I loved it, and it struck me that the tables and chairs were in the middle of the town square and the waiters would bring food, sandwiches, and beverages from the restaurants.

 So we went to the police, who got in touch with the people at Pueblo Achar, to alert the barracks to advise Leonel Montes de Oca and our correspondents that we were going to be boarding another microbus at ten o'clock at night, departing Tacuarembó, and reaching Pueblo Achar at midnight. But we didn't even make it to Pueblo Achar, because the microbus was heading for Montevideo [capital of Uruguay-SC] and we were being dropped off in the middle of the road.

 And so we boarded yet another bus, and the driver said at one point: "Those getting off at Pueblo Achar, get off here." We jumped off the bus with Daniel and Omar Becerro. The bus went on its way and we were utterly alone, unable to see a thing. Couldn't even see each other. Stunning darkness, in the middle of a lonely road and with no idea of where we were. In the distance, on a local unpaved road, we could hear a car and a light that grew closer and closer. It parked on the far side of the road and a voice called out: "Burgos!" "Yes, it's me! Who's there, Montes de Oca?" "Yes!" So right there we felt our hearts re-enter our bodies.

 The most striking thing is that the three who came to pick us up in that old country car were there with binoculars. A UFO had gone by half an hour earlier, and in fact went by every night at the same time. We had arrived at midnight or one o'clock and the UFO had preceded our arrival by half an hour.

 So they welcomed us and we stayed up chatting until two in the morning, they set up in a guest house in town, a very small town, and the next day we interviewed the witnesses, inspected the crater, saw that ground marks were still present, and strange prints had begun forming since early 1976, hundreds of them, so that the area was in fact a minefield of prints. In later years, Atalaya [the Atalaya case - SC] would become known as the one with the most recorded ground marks ever. But until then, Pueblo Achar in Tacuarembó held the title. The characteristics were the same - figure eights, ovals, horseshoe-shapes, all of them having the crater as their epicenter, formed the object that fell there in 1973, or landed there.

 What startled us the most was that the people were very hesitant. It was necessary to draw out their words one by one. We later found out that they were frightened - bear in mind, these were the years of the dictatorship in Uruguay. The Tupamaros, the guerrillas...and there we were, investigating UFOs in the middle of a ghost town. And the army had directly ordered people to turn in any photographic and film evidence of people who were talking "that UFO nonsense". So people were very frightened. They'd used the old excuse about the planet Venus, that everything was perfectly fine, the typical cover-up maneuver.

 So, we spoke to all the witnesses and finished up our field research. Then at night, it rained. There tremendous downpour and the lights went out in the community. The following morning we set off on the return journey, but strangest of all - and I'm not sure if it was a joke or what, but Leonel Montes de Oca confirmed it later, and Daniel Galastro didn't want to tell me, since I was the youngest of the three - they told me that the infamous Men-in-Black (MIB) had been around, two people following our footsteps, dressed in black. I'm not sure whether they could have been policemen, but anyway, the story spread in town that they were investigating us.

 But the funniest detail is at the end. Upon returning to our cities of Ensenada and La Plata, respectively, we found out about two things that we weren't aware of. First, upon returning to our homes, we heard on the radio that massive tornado had engulfed Tacuarembó, and that we saved ourselves from it by a matter of hours. A truly impressive phenomenon, according to the radio. Second, two or three days later, I heard from Mr. Montes de Oca that on that stormy night before our departure, a luminous object had been seen flying over - and landing- on the slopes outside Pueblo Achar. The UFO had been flying around in the rain, which is also a constant in cases of this nature.

 These, then, were the ups and downs of our first venture to Tacuarembó. The second would be worse, since there was an official intervention, of which I will tell you in the next installment.


[Translation (c) 2020 Scott Corrales, IHU with thanks to Luis Burgos, FAO/ICOU]