Saturday, March 14, 2020

More Forgotten Saucer Cases of the 1970s



More Forgotten Saucer Cases of the 1970s
By Scott Corrales © 2020

One cannot help but notice that the more we are faced with the realities of the current UFO landscape (flying tic-tacs, disclosure, the new contenders in the field, etc.) a certain comfort can be found in looking at older cases from a time before social media and Photoshop. It might seem like dwelling in the safety of the past to some; a form of saucerian nostalgia. However, we must always bear in mind the advice offered by J.J. Benítez, the journalist who boasted having traveled a hundred thousand kilometers in his quest to unravel the UFO enigma: it was prudent to allow cases to lie fallow for seven years before investigating them, as this time period would allow any hoaxes to be unmasked, and more importantly, it would allow witnesses to step forward, if they had been reluctant to discuss sightings and encounters at first.

On Sunday, March 25, 1978, four friends went for an evening stroll through the streets on the outskirts of Toluca, a city in the state of Mexico. Shortly after six o'clock, the four friends found themselves engulfed in a sudden cloud of dust. It was not restricted to the area they happened to be in - the dust storm was part of a huge cloud that dropped unexpectedly on the city, much like the dust storms kicked up by the Texcoco Dry Lake which affect Mexico City toward the end of the summer. The four friends crammed into a Volkswagen Bug and decided to go and inspect the scope of the unexpected storm. They drove to a height - a district known as Lomas Altas - which commanded a view of the entire city, enabling them to see the vast black cloud overhead.

The four young men watched the apocalyptic scene from the relative safety of their car. Lightning fell from the cloud as thick raindrops hit the windshield, and an angry wind blew dust, trash and zinc siding around.

Suddenly, the driver noticed at red light in his rear view mirror. At first he thought it might be the light of a patrol car, but could not imagine what a police cruiser would be doing up in Lomas Altas. The radio went dead as the driver realized the red object had no connection to law enforcement. It began rising from the hillside, floating in the air for about five minutes, plainly visible to the fellows in the car. Helpless, they could do little more than stare at the unknown source of light in silence.

The oldest of the witnesses, twenty-two year old José Brito, later explained that it was impossible to get a good view of the intruder due to the dust storm and the 'smoke' that appeared to be emanating from the object itself. One of the side effects of the sighting was the car's AM radio going dead.

In describing the object, Brito said it was roughly the size of a city bus, surmounted by a red chrome sphere; this sphere was accompanied by broad bands of blue light that he took to be viewports of some kind, however, there was no sign of any occupant. A set of 'huge legs' was visible under the object, although the seemed to be suspended in mid-air rather than touching the ground. Even more imposing were the jets of fire issuing from the object's lower section, the source of the smoke that added to the evening's murk.

The youths were spellbound as the object began to drift away, emitting a strange noise described as similar to those produced by jet cars.

"It spun so quickly," Brito told researchers, "that we lost sight of the details. We couldn't see if it had retracted its legs or closed its viewports. All we could see was a source of light suspended in the air."
At this point, the blowing wind became even more intense, sending large rocks flying. At this point, the friends feared that one of these large pieces of rubble would strike the car with catastrophic effect.
Once the strange object departed, the dust storm came to an end and light rain ensued.

Curiosity got the better of them and the young men went out to take a closer look. The felt the ground under their feet becoming hotter as they approached a hollow that contained two clearly visible, smoking burn marks.
The events at the heights know as Lomas Altas were corroborated by a family two kilometers away. Using a theodolite, the father of the family group was able to give a better description of the intruder: it resembled a spinning top that emitted a powerful white and red light.

On October 13, 1970 the main radar at Mexico City's Benito Juárez Airport picked up three objects that eventually hovered above the control tower to the astonishment of onlookers between one and three o'clock in the afternoon. The sightings were corroborated by peasants in the adjacent region and were picked up by the El Sol de México newspaper.


Like a Light Over Troubled Waters


USOs (Unidentified Submarine Objects) were also part of the picture in these saucer-prone times. In August 1971, the "El Debate" newspaper from the Mexican state of Sinaloa published a report involving the crew of a shrimp boat conducting nocturnal operations on the waters of the Gulf of California, near the port of Topolobampo. A bizarre luminous object was seen to emerge from the sea and speed off swiftly into the skies, leaving behind an odd luminous wake.

Ismael Preciado, the boat's skipper, and machinist Ramon Armenta told journalists that the unidentified object glowed emitted a powerful glow - bright enough to light up Farallón Island and part of Topolobampo itself. According to Preciado's reckoning, the light issuing from the object should have illuminated a twenty-five mile radius.

The newspaper report closed by saying that many fishing boat crews had seen similar objects emerging from the sea, leading many to believe in the existence of an 'UFO base' on the seabed.

A UFO in Chains?

The UFO phenomenon was also active in the skies over the state of Querétaro in May 1975. The Diario de Querétaro newspaper ran the story of how 'strange objects' had flown of the town of San Joaquín at an altitude of barely seventy meters on the evening of May 6, 1975 – between 21 and 22:00 hours, according to witnesses.

These witnesses could not be dismissed lightly, either. Among them was Ricardo Ledesma, a deputy district attorney and local tax collector, who told reporters that his wife Consolación had called him to come to the window to see the objects flying over the community. He was able to see the four strange objects which “flew at an altitude higher than that of private planes.”

In describing the altitude, Mr. Ledesma noted that the object were flying at a height usually associated with aircraft participating in an parade or military airshow, but then dropped to some seventy or eighty meters .
Consolación claimed having seen the objects a few minutes longer. “I had the chance to see the objects twice, since they flew around the community a few times. They flew in from the east and returned in the same direction.” She described them as resembling the weighing platforms used in old-fashioned scales, suspended by chains.

Another witness was Manuel Martinez, a local councilman, who added a startling detail. One of the objects, he said, looked like a ‘balanzón’ – a copper pan used by silversmiths - and made a slight buzzing sound.
Ms. Guadalupe Saldívar was also among the witnesses. “At first I saw what lights that appeared to be stars, but as they drew closer and flew overhead, I saw they were circular objects like weighing platforms, with dangling wires, grey in color.”

Just as townspeople were starting to forget the unusual events of the night of May 6, another UFO visited peaceful San Joaquín in the month of June. A vast object, giving off multicolored lights, flew slowly over the town hall, barely skirting over a radio tower. There were multiple witnesses to the event, and the object also had the unusual feature (perhaps never reported before in ufological chronicles) of having beams of light above it that indeed made it look like one of weighing platforms of a set of scales, suspended by chains.

Interestingly enough, the San Joaquín sightings were investigated by the late Salvador Freixedo, the former Jesuit priest, who lived in Mexico at the time. The state of Querétaro was fertile ground for researching the paranormal at the time.

“One day in 1975,” wrote Freixedo in his landmark Defendámonos de los Dioses (Beware of the Gods), “a young man from a humble background told me how, two months before, at night, he had witnessed a UFO flying very slowly and at low altitude over his house (located on the outskirts of town). Excited by what he had seen, he ran after the UFO, following its trajectory into a deep gully outside the city, not far from his home. When he reached the gully's edge, he saw a large lens-shaped object on the ground. emitting a fantastic white light. Frightened by the sight, he crouched amid some shrubs. From his hiding place he was able to see several "midgets" with objects resembling “flashlights” in their hands. These flashlights emitted thin, concentrated beams of light and the "midgets" were having a good time hacking down plants with them, enthusiastically, cutting one down after another.

“After a while, my friend, who had remained concealed and motionless behind the shrubs, saw the object change colors and moments later, begin to ascend very slowly, balancing itself repeatedly some five meters over the ground until it shot off heavenward. While engaging in this back and forth motion, the object struck a large cactus and toppled it.

"Months later, when I accompanied the young man to the site, I asked him to show me where the cactus had been felled. We headed in that direction, and sure enough, there lay a large, half-desiccated cactus. In spite of the time that had gone by, we were able to see without any difficulty the large rounded imprints of more than one landing on the gully floor. Later on, back at his home, the young man gave me fused rocks that he had collected from the landing marks while they were still hot; he had placed them in a jar, and after a while, the inside of the jar had been covered in a yellowish dust that resembled sulfur. All these details are more or less common to many other UFO landings, but what was new to me here was the half-desiccated coyote I discovered not far from one of the landing sites. What attracted my curiosity were certain strange characteristics that could be made out along the animal's carcass. Strangest of all was the fact that the entire body had been wrung, much like a rag is wrung to extract water from it. Yet in spite of this, its bones remained unbroken. Furthermore, it was also interesting to see that no ants or any insects whatsoever could be found beneath or around the carcass, while there was a good amount of the animal's flesh still stuck to the bones. It had dried up in an unusual manner, without rotting and disintegrating as is commonly the case with animals that have died in the field.”

A Lucky Location Shot

Perhaps no other case of this time period was as sensational as the Puebla UFO Crash – an incident that occurred on July 29, 1977 – involving the acrobatics of a trio of ‘fireballs’ seen over different parts of Mexico and even recorded by a professional film crew. One of these objects reportedly exploded in mid- air, scattering debris all over the Sierra de Puebla, the forbidding mountainous region that makes up a considerable part of that state.

The initial witnesses to the events were students in Mexico City standing in line to take admissions test in the National Education School at six o'clock in the morning on July 29. Shortly after, the Hoy Mismo television broadcast told viewers that reports were coming in from about 'three lights in the sky flying from south to north in the vicinity of the Estadio Azteca toward Ciudad Satélite'. The control tower of the UFO-prone Mexico City International Airport, however, poured cold water on the sighting, saying their radars weren't picking up a single thing.


A more detailed report, however, was provided by Mr. Carlos Tejeda, who said that "one of the UFOs consisted of two stages - the first was a metallic spearhead, the second was a mass of light that couldn't be clearly made out, and left something like white smoke in its wake." This initial telephone report would soon be followed by others, including a mass sighting by employees of an air cargo company, and this was just the start - the next three days would bring a tidal wave of new sightings from one part of the country to another.

As fate would have it, a film crew taping an exterior shot for the motion picture Picardía Mexicana in southern Mexico City would capture the objects in flight. The crew had been assigned with a 'darkness into dawn' shot and their cameras were properly set up for the occasion. Their cameras managed to pick up the three objects which appeared to be engaged in acrobatics. The unit director, Abel Salazar, told his cameraman not to lose the object from sight. On the exterior set were some major figures of Mexican cinema at the time, such as Vicente Fernández and Jacqueline Andere, who also witnessed the even. Salazar would later observe that while unsure if the objects were 'UFOs or not', they did leave behind them a 'wake of stars'.



As if proof of the event on film stock wasn't enough, the airline Aeroméxico's operations center in the city of Zihuatanejo, issued a precisely-worded wire: "Radio operator Hernández Moncada 11552 (5 o'clock local time) saw three UFOs flying from north to south at approximately 16,000 feet. A shining round mass was flying in a straight line with two smaller masses behind it 'as thought trying to stop it'. These two lights made a 180 degree turn and returned at prodigious speed. Stop. Large mass exploded into four parts without losing its size, continuing its trajectory while leaving a luminous wake like a comet's tail for five minutes. Stop. These events were confirmed by TWR (tower) Dispatcher in ATOINTL (Zihuatanejo International Airport), Mister Daniel Alvarez." - a startling official admission of UFO activity if there ever was.

Mexico City’s “El Diario de la Tarde” informed its readers that Aerolíneas Argentinas Flight 371 reported seeing a UFO some five hundred kilometers away from Mexico City, from where it had taken off earlier. Over the rainforest-draped mountains of Oaxaca, the airliner’s crew said the UFO ‘was starting to disintegrate’. Further confirmation was received from other civilian aircraft aloft at the time.

Efforts at finding the debris in the vegetation-covered mountains proved fruitless until researchers received a letter in August 1977 letter from schoolteachers in the state of Veracruz, advising them that a strange piece of metal had fallen in the town of Jopala, Puebla. "One of these sparks [referring to the sparks emitted by the disintegrating UFO] was recovered after it touched the ground. It is a piece of sheeting whose material is unknown to us. It is being kept by the authorities of the municipality of Jopala, who told us the fragment was still hot when they collected it." The schoolteachers also noted the belief that more fragments could be found in the general area.

So far the story has all the makings of an X-Files episode. Researchers ventured into the inhospitable, canyon-ridden region of Puebla only to find that the residents of Jopala were not inclined to part with their piece of unusual debris. The authorities yielded to a request to see the fragment, which proved to be a very heavy piece of metallic sheet. In the end, the municipal president agreed to part with a small fragment which was later submitted to analysis, revealing it was high-purity steel of some sort…such purity that it was not employed anywhere on the planet.

Skeptical sources suggest the fragment of enigmatic metal belonged to a Soviet satellite - Cosmos 929 - but fail to account for the sightings taking place throughout the country. Unless Soviet satellites were in the habit of chasing each other in the skies over Latin America?

Bikers and UFOs in the Desert

Northern Mexico was not exempt from its share of UFO sightings, especially in the wide open spaces of Chihuahua and Coahuila. One of these events took place in the evening of October 16, 1973, a few kilometers north of the city of Monclova in the locality of Pozuelos – a moniker it earned by being the site of a series of wells that supply the city. It is worth noting that October ’73 was the busiest month in the “Year of the Humanoids”.
A firefighter named Humberto Corona was on his way to Pozuelos to service a number of pumps in that locality. His nocturnal labors were suddenly interrupted – as in any good UFO case – by a sudden flash of light that filled him with fear. He disconnected the pump he was working with, finished the required task, and promptly hopped on his motorcycle, speeding away from the place. Turning his head, however, he realized that the bright source of light was following him. He accelerated down the bumpy road, hoping to avoid the unknown quantity. Before he knew it, matters were worse – the light was now directly above him.


Realizing that escape was not possible, Corona jumped from the motorcycle and ran down to a sandy arroyo nearby, hiding behind some brambles. From this precarious place of safety, the man looked back at the road, his motorcycle and the source of light.

The light – he could now tell – had its origin in a strange flying vehicle that now hovered over the motorcycle, bathing it in an eerie glow. The vehicle produced a reddish beam of light that scanned every inch of the fireman’s bike. This analysis, in Corona’s estimation, took about five minutes.

Once the scanning operation was over, the UFO rose into the air and vanished into the blackness of the desert night. Warily, Corona emerged from his hiding place, not entirely trusting that the intruder was gone for good. He picked up his motorcycle, managed to kick start it, and sped away at full speed back to Monclova.

His story appeared in the local La Opinión newspaper, whose readers wrote in to substantiate his experience with their own stories – testimonies of encounters with the unknown in the desert.

Activity over Chiapas and Tabasco

June 1973 was a busy month for the newsrooms in the states of Chiapas and Tabasco, where local residents claimed having seen unidentified flying objects.

According to these reports, the objects were circular and emitted multicolored beams of light, following a specific route northward from Chiapas to Tabasco, specifically near the town of Macuspana, where evidence of landings was observed in the form of the characteristic burn marks associated with UFO CE-2 events.

Reports of CE-3s were also included; as residents of Macuspana allegedly had sightings with giant ufonauts (described as standing three meters tall and with clawed feet like roosters) that terrified the locals. These reports claimed that approaching the nightmarish beings and their vehicles was impossible, since any approach within forty meters of them would cause the landed UFOs and their occupants to ‘vanish’ from sight (camouflage?
Or was the entire unlikely experience a projection of sorts?) becoming visible once the foolhardy human had retreated to a respectful distance.

Conclusion

These ‘missing events’ from the chronology of cases in the 1970s ranges from the thoroughly documented - the footage from the Picardía Mexicana motion picture – to the purely anecdotal, such as the towering Macuspana aliens, although gigantic saucer occupants have been reported in Spain, Brazil and Russia over the decades.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Costa Rica: Possible CE-2 in the Zurquí Region

Source: PLANETA UFO and Cial Observacion OVni CR
Date: 03.11.2020

Possible CE-2 in Costa Rica's Zurquí region in June 2019. No further information at the moment.

Friday, February 07, 2020

Argentina: Follow-Up On the Mechita UFO - Swimming Pools Affected.




Source: Bragado Informa (Argentina)
Date: 7 February 2020


Argentina: Follow-Up On the Mechita UFO - Swimming Pools Affected.

UFO specialist Luis Burgos visited the community last Sunday. The woman in charge of the Mechita swim club photographed something that researchers found striking.

The sighting by several local residents has become that talk of the town, resulting in an investigation by the UFO specialist.

Luis Burgos, a scholar of the subject, visited Mechita last week for a face-to-face interview with witnesses who claim having seen the triangular object on the dark night of Friday, January 24.

An item of information that had not become widely known - and caught researchers' attention, was a situation that took place only a few meters away from the house of Diego Sarquis (eyewitness). It involves the pools at the Mechita Swim Club, where the woman in charge of the facility took a photo of the next morning, showing that water had spilled out of the pools and had not yet evaporated in spite of the prevailing heat.



Researchers suspect that the water could have been subject to a UFO attraction factor. "70% of UFO apparitions take place over bodies of water," explained FAO members.

The Argentinean Ufology Foundation (FAO) published a video showing the research material obtained in Mechita.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/iWBeliG4BbU

[Translation (c) 2020 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Luis Burgos]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Argentina: An Aerial Intruder over Mechita



An Aerial Intruder over Mechita
By Luis Burgos (a FAO-ICOU exclusive)

Legend tells us that in the early 19th century, a handsome but wild pony wandered the plains surrounding a lagoon in western Buenos Aires province - a reddish beast with a savage mane. It was admired by all the locals, and everyone harbored the dream of capturing it and taming it. Many tried, until one fine day, some gauchos cornered it against the lagoon. The pony took its own life, leaping into the waters from a cliffside, vanishing in a matter of seconds.
The legend of El Bragao was thus born. Around 1845, when the village of Santa Rosa del Bragado was established in the vicinity of this event, its founder, Sgt. Major Eugenio del Busto, had taken his inspiration from the popular story that spread from mouth to mouth over the years.

Geographic Location


Bragado is a city located on National Route 5, 210 kilometers west of Buenos Aires - a road that has its share of enigmas, with sightings of all manner of UFOS (keep in mind the famous 1963 Abreu case), but also strange situations experienced by drivers over the years, who found themselves "reappearing suddenly" in the blink of an eye on other sections of the road, unmindful of having passed through them.

10 kilometers northeast of Bragado we find the town of Mechita, population around 1900, and some 3 kilometers distant from the aforementioned road. There we find the Museo Ferroviario (Railroad Museum) and containing all the history of the western railroad, much to the pride of its inhabitants.

It is here that we find Diego Marcelo Sarquis, age 43, a native of Buenos Aires and the protagonist of a UFO incident with exceptional characteristics. Unpolluted by the subject aside from having heard all manner of stories, the witness never had an experience that he could relate to what we have been studying for decades - the UFO phenomenon.

The Incursion


Having become aware of the incident, we contacted Diego, who kindly shared with us his incredible sighting of the evening of 24 January 2020. But it would be best to allow the astonished witness to tell the story himself.

"On Friday the 24th at around 22:30 hours, something incredible happened to me that I never in my life thought would befall me. I was at a friend's house and he was kneading dough for homemade pizzas. The activated pizza oven was so hot that I asked permission to remove my t-shirt. He said OK. Still feeling hot, I stepped outside, leaned against his car and stretched backward...at that moment I raised my eyes to the sky and saw a black triangle, darker than the sky. A circle of red light was visible at each tip, but not entirely, rather in the shape of a red ring. This triangle was rotating from right to left, flying slowly to my right. I calculated that the object was some fifty meters over the treetops. It was very, very low.

"No noise could be heard. No sound of an engine or turbine, completely silent. I suddenly began yelling: "A UFO! A UFO!" when my friend and his children came out, the object had already gone, covered by the bordering trees, and even so, it was traveling very slow and rotating with an apparent SE-NW heading, going toward Junín.

"I made a drawing of what I saw, since in my forty-three years of life I was never able to see anything similar. The object was as big as a house (greater than ten or fifteen meters in length) and I can assure you that seeing all this made me feel very frightened. As from that night, a thousand questions are circling in my head. My idea is to look every night, with my cellphone ready to record, should I be lucky enough to see it again."

The Controversial Flying Triangles


These flying devices are nothing new in the domestic case histories, and therefore, worldwide ones as well. Their true origin has been, and remains, the cause of major debate in UFO forums. It is an overwhelming phenomenon to someone like Diego, not versed in the subject and caught unawares. The first case involving a flying triangle over Argentina can be dated, according to our exclusive UFO database - which holds information on 5500 cases starting in 1947 - to the year night 1958 in Mendoza, when 'a strange black aircraft' was seen descending in the vicinity of the El Plumerillo Airport. Since then, we have been able to earmark some very interesting characteristics, as follows:

- One hundred thirty reports of triangular, boomerang-shaped, flying wing or arrowhead-shaped objects fill our dossier.
- They are mostly large in size;
- Their color is predominantly black;
- 95% of their incursions are nocturnal;
- Their movements are variable, as we have description of slow, moderate, swift and even supersonic flight.
- 70% of their manifestations occurred in absolute silence. No noise, buzzing or rumbling was heard at all.
- The duration of their flight is not extensive. Their transit is short-to-medium in the travel that has been observed.
- A slight number of episodes hint at landings or near-landings by these craft.
- 95% of the evens suggest that these triangles fly alone.

From the 1950s to the 1980s, we only have 17 reports. The massive increase occurs in the 1990s, with 21 reported sightings. During the first decade of the 21st century, the investigated cases totaled 36 and the maximum increase, up to now, was in the 2010s, with the uncanny number of 51 reports.

In this newly-commenced decade, we are starting to receive the first episodes of these mysterious devices that fly over our heads with impunity.

All this suggests that the triangular UFO phenomenon will continue to manifest itself more frequently over time. The affected provinces were 17 as well as the Federal Capital. It is remarkable that we have no reliable reports from the remaining 6 provinces.

The two Argentinean regions yielding the largest number of reports correspond to the Western Corridor, as I christened it in 2008, which covers the strip running from Ramos Mejia to Lujan, almost parallel to National Route 7, and the "Argentinean Nest" region, mostly in La Plata and extending to Sanborombón Bay, and from Route 2 to the coast of Rio de la Plata.

40% of all triangular UFO apparitions in our country - from 1958 up to this day - have occurred in these two areas. A major difference compared to the rest!

In closing, we can say that this category of unidentified object does not bring about the controversial and fearsome human abduction phenomenon. At least we do not have, to date, any abduction event produced by an object of these characteristics.

Epilogue

"It began one lost night on a lonely country road, looking for a shortcut. David Vincent has seen them..." says the opening narration to the epic The Invaders television series. From January 24, 2020, Diego Sarquis can be added to the long list of those who have seen them. Startled at first, and beset by many questions inner doubts following the sighting, the witness of that night in Mechita now knows we are not alone.

His case is exceptional from every standpoint, given the strangeness and reliability of the eyewitness account, so sought by current ufology. Even the counterclockwise movement of the vehicle, for which I was only able to find another incident: an event in Banfield (Buenos Aires) on 23 August 1992, involving the passage of a dark triangular object rotating on its own axis! Serquis has seen the same, nearly 28 years later.

We should also bear in mind that the town of Gobernador Ugarte is located to the southeast. It is the location of some amazing UFO events, which we discovered in the year 2002, which have withstood the test of time. It is in a straight line from Mechita.

Obviously, we cannot bring this to a close without listing the typical questions raised by the event, giving rise to myriad hypotheses, ranging from alien craft to U.S. prototypes.

What was that object doing over Mechita?
What was its final destination?
Where did it come from?
Did it follow the course of the Samborombón River?
Could it have flown over Ugarte earlier>
Could it have landed in some field in Buenos Aires province?
Was it detected by some airport radar?
Are there free areas or flight permits to operate with impunity over our heads?
What is the role of the air force in all this?

In other words, as I have always said: "Time is always in the researcher's favor, in this case, ufologists. Let us hope to be alive for when the enigma is finally deciphered."

[Translation (c) 2020 Scott Corrales, IHU]

Friday, December 06, 2019

INEXPLICATA - Hiatus



INEXPLICATA - Hiatus Announcement

It was October 1998 and every single UFO publication (magazine, ‘zines, newsletter) boasted an article by Scott Corrales in it. Features appeared in FATE, California UFO, and the stable of UFO magazines published by Mr. Timothy Green Beckley, ‘zines like Greg Bishop’s unrivaled The Excluded Middle, and the month also witnessed the christening of INEXPLICATA, the website of the Institute of Hispanic Ufology, with its unfortunate Star Trek: The Motion Picture musical theme, but musicalizing websites was quite a thing in those days. Oh, the joys of .wav files.

In congratulating me on my ubiquity, a friend and researcher from Pittsburgh said: “Scott, whatever you do, when you run out of ideas to write, please don’t become one of these ufologists-turned-skeptics. It would be so sad.” I reassured him laughingly that such a juncture was unlikely, and that he would know I’d run out of ideas when I started writing about werewolves.

We both shared a laugh and…two years later I was writing about werewolves in Fate Magazine. The ironies of life never fail to amaze me, but I was far from out of ideas.

The early ‘00s witnessed the birth of Arcana Mundi, INEXPLICATA Spanish language sister, which had quite a similar mission: to inform readers in Latin America and Spain about U.S. / U.K. and Australian cases that had not been picked up by the paranormal press in those countries. INEXPLICATA went on to become a journal, printing long-form articles by the leading lights of UFO/paranormal research en español. One of these – written by Javier García Blanco on the subject of saucer sightings during the Spanish Civil War – garnered tens of thousands of views and also appeared in Flying Saucer Review. Gordon Creighton would later tell me it was one of his features in the journal.

As the rhythm of UFO and paranormal events south of the border picked up, it was necessary to take a more responsive tack and translate news items immediately, posting them right away to the Internet. Mailing lists such as World of the Strange, created by the late Louise Lowry, carried stories about the Chupacabras’s predations in Chile and Argentina to a far-flung readership; Lucius Farish’s UFO Newsclipping Service honored us greatly by including the news items in his monthly releases, where they were committed to hardcopy (a blessing when it came to recovering information that was lost through many changes in computer hardware and software over the years). Robert Frola’s Australasian UFO – UFO Magazine – also carried the word to his readership. The Aughts were quite busy.
Strolling down memory lane is inevitable as circumstance compels me to make an announcement.

Effective immediately, INEXPLICATA will enter a hiatus of indefinite duration.

There are a few reasons for this; the most compelling being my wife’s illness – cerebral amyloidosis that for which there is no cure and with grim prospects. I find it hard to take an interest in the ‘far off and far away’ as I used to, faced with my new responsibilities. Readers can rest assured that any truly major piece of information will be reported, but “lights in the sky” (LITS, the CE-1s that the late Ivan T. Sanderson said should be round-filed) and the blurry photographs that accompany them will be sent to INEXPLICATA’s Facebook presence.

In the event that I do not return, I would like to use this space to thank the masters – and masters they were, in every sense of the word – who welcomed me to the field. The late George C. Andrews, the first major author to reply to my correspondence on the mind-blowing information revealed in his Extraterrestrials Among Us (Llewellyn, 1987), allowing me to become his agent, in later years, for the publication of Extraterrestrial Friends and Foes (Illuminet,1992); P.M.H. Edwards, the brilliant musician and ufologist whose voluminous correspondence and knowledge engrossed my filing cabinet and my mind, an unswerving advocate of the paranormal/interdimensional origin of the UFO phenomenon; Dr. Bernard E. Schwarz, whose supportive mail would arrive, as if by Jungian synchronicity, whenever I faced a setback. It is a sad shame that many future devotees of the subject that draws us together will never read his landmark UFO DYNAMICS; the late Bob Girard, who welcomed my first newsletter warmly to the pages of the Arcturus Books Catalogue…so many voices and thoughts that now belong to the history of our field.

In retrospect, my greatest disappointment – and it will haunt me to the end – was the inability to find a publisher for the late Salvador Freixedo’s Defendámonos de los Dioses. The stern Jesuit firebrand trusted a young translator with his work, and thanks to the late Ron Bonds of IllumiNet Press, “Visionaries, Mystics and Contactees” saw the light of day. But the understandable fear of controversy kept subsequent projects like “Israel: Pueblo Contacto” from ever appearing. The larger Defendámonos fared no better despite having been shopped around to other publishers. You can’t win them all, in ufology or any other endeavor.

What was originally meant to be a notice turned into an article, and you have my apologies. Very best holiday wishes to all our loyal readers and my wishes for success and prosperity in the coming years.

Scott Corrales, Editor,
INEXPLICATA-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology
The Institute of Hispanic Ufology (IHU)
December 6, 2019

Friday, November 22, 2019

Luis Burgos: UMMO's Agents in Argentina



Luis Burgos: UMMO's Agents in Argentina
(An exclusive by FAO-ICOU)

[Editor's note: This is a partial translation of Mr. Burgos's very extensive article on UMMO, which can be read in its entirety at https://luisburgosovni.blogspot.com/2019/11/ummitas-en-argentina.html?fbclid=IwAR200CXtZRRe-oedXbn5os3T1Q9eP0VFr-ZZC45XaIosgSd5Drl-aKXLPOQ (in Spanish) There are illustrations at the site as well]

In the turmoil of the UFO realm, it is evident that nothing surprises us any longer. But few times has a case remained current for decades upon decades: The UMMO enigma. Its agents stand on the podium right next to Kenneth Arnold, Roswell, Adamski or Billy Meyer - not due to their absolute credibility, but by virtue of being among the most heavily PUBLICIZED in the subject that consumes our lives.

The legend says that around the 1930s, a civilization located in the Virgo Constellation, from a world orbiting a red dwarf star christened Wolf 424 by a terrestrial astronomer, picked up a radio transmission from a Norwegian trawler and thus 'became aware' of the fact that there was intelligent life on Earth. Or at least that's we believe.

It was then that a mission to our world was quickly dispatched, and a fleet of three vessels landed nearly two decades later - on March 28, 1950, in the lower French Alps, eight kilometers from a locality known as La Javie. Given that the "Ummites" physiology was very similar to that of humans, they soon blended into the local population and even began 'healing' locals who suffered from a variety of afflictions.

What we know for sure is that the third great UFO flap, subsequent to the initial 1947 flap and the 1950 events, coinciding with the alleged Ummite arrival on Earth, took place in 1954 and one of the most affected countries "just happened" to be France, with which they were very familiar, and where researcher Aime Michel had discovered the notorious and controversial "BAVIC Line", indicating an aligned projection of sightings that went beyond mere chance. Were many of the French sightings of this major flap have been spacecraft from UMMO? Hmmm.

As the years went by, and now fully acquainted with Earth customs and Earthmen themselves, the Ummites embarked upon sending a series of letters - written on a typewriter - to a select group of researchers in different countries. France, the United States, Spain, etc., discussing their arrival, their stay, technological know-how and their purpose for being on planet Earth. The way in which these letters was drafted was acceptable for that time, and all letters bore a seal that displayed a thumbprint and characteristic symbol, similar to the letter "H".

According to them, who were unaware of the names bestowed by headstrong Earth people - Martians, Venusians or Pleiadans to the likely denizens of Mars, Venus or the Pleiades - they did not call themselves "Wolfnians". Rather, they identified themselves as OEMII, dwellers of a planet they called UMMO. The name of their star was IUMMA; their spaceships were not UFOs but UEWA. WAAM was the name they gave to the universe or the cosmos. Their God had a name: WOA. And so it was with everything else.

As expected, some of their letters were sent to Argentina. Six researchers of that time had the fortune of being their recipients in the 1960s, among them Fabio Zerpa, Pedro Romaniuk, Jesuit priest Segundo Benito Reyna, engineer Airel Ciro Rietti (creator of the Solar Car), Luis Anglada Font (author of "La Realidad de los OVNIS a través de los siglos) and the newsroom of "2001: Periodismo de Anticipación" magazine.

1966 proved to be a pivotal year for the "UMMO affair". On February 6, 1966, a mysterious UFO landing took place in the locality of Aluche, near Madrid (Spain), which was repeated on June 1, 1967 with the thoroughly well-known San José de Valderas case, near Alcorcón, also in the environs of Madrid and involving the same type of flying object. Both incidents had a point in common: The marks found on the surface, the eyewitness reports and the photos taken of the flying saucer - all of these displayed the symbol used by the Ummites.

Likewise, a strip of synthetic material and a small nickel tube were found in the area. The case was one of a kind in the world, a ufologist's dream. It was a UFO event that gathered all the elements that made it "ideal" - enough to bring the scientific world to "its knees" once and for all. From that moment onward, disputes erupted between die-hard believers, skeptics and detractors.

Years later, a "hurried" Antonio Ribera, in the company of Rafael Farriols, described the case as "perfect" and chose to release "all of the incredible evidence collected" in a single book, which yielded them considerable profit. It was called "Un Caso Perfecto" (Ed. Plaza y Janés, 1973), which would be followed by other releases. Since then, [Ribera] used the acronym VED (Guided Extraterrestrial Vehicle) to certify these incursions, in substitution of UFO. This change was met with lukewarm approval among his colleagues. Some currently believe that Ribera died convinced of the reality of UMMO.

In the mid-1960s, an "old snake charmer" appeared in Argentina. In other words, a big-time swindler named Carlos Eduardo Jeréz, who had founded the Planta de Ivnestigaciones Cientificas Argentina Internacional de Neurologia (emblazoned on his business card) on Kilometer 77, National Route 3 in the locality of Cañuelas. Obviously, he was its General Director.

Together with his wife, the radio and television technician had 'decorated' the facilities with antenna and a replica of a flying saucer on the doorway, crafted out of metal plates and acrylic. Within there were devices with cables, oscilloscopes and lights through which he healed terminal cancer patients and those affected by other ailments. He claimed to be in contact with beings from planet UMMO, who instilled knowledge of the treatment into him through "gamma rays and cybernetic energy"

According to this hoaxer, he was the inheritor of a scientific project started by his grandfather - Gaspar Asprella - in France in 1901, which brought him to Argentina in 1937. We are unaware of the grandfather's reputation, but according to Jerez, he had certain political backing at the time from Senator Lisandro de la Torre and subsequently, Gen. Juan D. Perón himself, who delighted in receiving proposals for technological developments (bear in mind Project HUEMUL by the Austrian eccentric Ronald Richter). In 1968, the government of General Onganía even granted provisional authorization for the plant. In other words, grandfather and grandson had "contacts", not necessarily ET.

To bolster his claims, he placed a small metal plaque beside the saucer with the UMMO logo. It read: "The HONO Intelligence Service, in memory of this plant's founders - 1901" followed by a series of fifteen names, among them one Eduardo Jerez, possibly a relative. The timeline is also unclear. If the plant was established in 1901 in France and the Ummites arrived in 1950, how are we to interpret the appearance of their symbol on the plaque a century earlier? All this leads one to suppose that the aforementioned plaque was "set" by Jerez to substantiate his fable. This hoaxer not only proclaimed himself the heir to a revolutionary scientific project commenced by his poor old grandad, but that alien blood also flowed through his veins, therefore making him a hybrid entity. He also bragged that all of his plant staff hailed from Ganymede! When the Ummites made their presence widely known in 1967, the situation 'suited him to a tee."

With Jerez at the helm, the 'scientific plant' began operating on a regular basis in those years, to the extent that some twenty hopeful individuals would arrive daily. Some of the doctors involved in the 'alien clinic' project, were Dr. Analberto Alcaraz Luzzi, a Paraguayan (currently residing in Capital Federal and a specialist in Oncology) and homeopathic specialist Dr. Eduardo Salatino (who died in 1966). The residents of Cañuelas were aware of the situation - most doubted, and a minority decided to grab the bull by the horns and expose this false doctor, a native of Baradero. Somaliel Haron and Pedro Agustin Elorga, physicians of the Cañuelas medical establishment, were the ones to do it. In 1976, the plant - in full swing - was shut down by the Buenos Aires Undersecretariat of Public Health. Jerez was not only arrested, but made available to the National Executive Power (PEN, in Spahish) under the dictatorship of Gen. Jorge R. Videla, with everything that this entailed. Rumor had it that this 'space oil salesman' was released months later thanks to some contacts he had among the military. But from that moment onward, citizen Carlos Eduardo Jerez, bearer of identification document 4.587.258, lapsed into obscurity.

According to some sources, Jerez 'reemerged' in the 1980s in Baradero as a toilet paper plant manager, and subsequently charged with homicide and unlawful practice of medicine in 1995. Never again was there any word concerning this 'master of the humbug'. If still alive, he should be some 80 Earth years old. We do not know how that translates into Ummite years.

Despite all of this, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with Ribera and Farriols book selling like candy worldwide, and with the UMMO emblem seen absolutely everywhere, the UMMO saga would begin a slow but steady retreat. No more letters were sent, photographs proved to be crude manipulations, and major investigative and journalistic contradictions emerged. In Spain, there was an awareness of "another Ummite Institute" at work in a palace in Albacete under dark circumstances. Even so, some arrests became known worldwide. An effort was even made to link the controversial 'healers' of Chile's Friendship Island with the techniques used by their Ummite colleagues. On November 21, 1977, in Argentina, between the localities of General Roca (Rio Negro) and Piedra del Aguila (Neuquén) a UFO was seen flying by with the UMMO emblem on its lower hull. An effort was made to invest the subject with credibility, but it didn't go beyond an attempt.

Things were different twelve years later with the notorious Voronezh (Russia) incident on 27 September 1989: Numerous witnesses, mostly teenagers, witnessed the descent of crewmen from an alien craft and sustained a close encounter. However, the Ummite emblem on the UFO's lower section refired the enigma. Did it really happen, or as many believe, the UMMO logo was added later on to make the matter even more confusing?

In an effort to find relationships between facts and circumstances, we find ourselves in Argentinean Patagonia in 1950. There, in the vicinity of Lago Argentino (Santa Cruz) on 18 March 1950, we find the event involving landowner Wilfredo H. Arevalo and his son, who witnessed the near-landing of a spacecraft. They were able to see four two-meter tall humanoid figures inside it, clad in white outfits. The case was published in the print media of the time, transcended borders and it is even mentioned today when 'occupant cases' are brought up. Over the years, efforts mae to finding Mr. Aréalo were fruitless and there was even talk of a 'journalistic hoax'. As a counterpoint, some suspected the aerial device seen by the southern witnesses was a German craft - a 'flying top' built by Rudolph Schriever, a former Luftwaffe pilot and engineer, who placed his wartime project at the disposal of American nations. His design is very very similar to the craft described by Arévalo. Both news stories, the Arévalo sighting and the German device, were disseminated 'almost coincidentally' in April 1950 by the same newspaper, Buenos Aires's "La Razón" and its chief editor, Pedro Larralde, who had received the letter from Wilfredo Arévalo setting forth the details of the case, publishing them immediately without 'any sort of fact-checking'. That's how the story started, and as a consequence, so did the doubts...

There was a fascinating coincidence: It turns out that the Arevalo case of 18 March 1950 took place in the midst of the southern UFO flap, scarcely ten days before the Ummite landing in the French Alps! Faced with such a concomittance, we can only ask: Was the Lago Argentino sighting a craft fom UMMO? This is hard to believe. Just things that fate almost surely set in motion around that time.

[Translation (c) 2019 Scott Corrales, IHU]

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Argentina: UFO in Necochea?




Source: Planeta UFO
Date: 29 October 2019

Argentina: UFOs in Necochea?

Guillermo Giménez writes: "Last night, October 29, at approximtely 23:45 hours, 3 or 4 yellow-hued objects flew over the Argentinean Sea along the coast of the Province of Buenos Aires at Necochea. From an 11th storey apartment on the shore drive known as Avenida 2, the witness photographed the strange lights several times. The beach can be seen; the lights of some ships waiting to enter the port are also evident. The objects came and went, as though playing with ech other. A red object is also visible in another part of the sea. Photos were taken using a Samsung cellphone. The incident is currently under investigation."

Argentina: UFO Reported in Rivadavia

Source: Planeta UFO
Date: 11.15.19

Argentina: UFO Reported in Rivadavia

A 20-year-old woman contacted sanjuan8.com to relate her experience. "I've never seen anything like it."

This supernatural experience took place in the Natania District of Rivadavia. Agustina Moreno, 20, claimed having seen a luminous object in the sky, very similar to a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) that appeared at least for a minute, surrounded by bright stars, before disappearing. The startling image seen by her retina was captured by her cellphone at around 20:50 hours.

In a state of shock, she decided to contact Sanjuan8.com and relate her experience. "We were walking with my sister along Bella Vista avenue, and upon reaching the corner, I saw that object in the sky. It's the first time I've seen anything like it. We were shocked at first, because we had no idea what it was, and then I though about taking the photo, because no one was going to believe me," she said.

The young woman noted that it was the same strange object seen by other Twitter users in recent days. A researcher of this type of phenomenon presented what had been captured in recent days.

Comparisons between the object seen in Rivadavia (top) and Buenos Aires (bottom)