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|UFO Tales! The Summer Saucer Stories|
The latest batch of NUFORC reports were truly inspirational so we contacted our resident UFOlogist, Professor Huntley Haverstock and asked him to whip up some lurid digital illustrations.
You'll see the results below, along with some recent wire stories.
For constant UFO fun, or if you have a sighting of your own to report, try The National UFO Reporting Center - http://www.nuforc.org
Another site that recently caught our interest is HBCC UFO Research (not sure what that HBCC acronym stands for, but they are in Canada) - http://www.hbccufo.com
|eXoNews Pix of the Week Dept.|
|NUFORC Reports - September 2004 Sightings!|
[We usually clean these reports up - repair misspellings and grammatical errors - but this time we decided to leave some of them alone. These are, after all, just plain folk who have spotted aliens driving along the highway or in their backyards. Who are we to mess with their words? Ed.]
White Disk from Highway
(9/8/2004) Location: Euless, TX - I was driving eastbound on highway 183. When my attention was drawn to a white disk shape object in the sky. I believed it to be about 2 to 3000 feet in the air. Object was south of the freeway.
I pointed object out to my wife. As i was watching the object for 23 seconds it appeared smaller very fast till i couldn't see it anymore.
I had visual contact with object for about 25 seconds.
I could only conclude that object left in a big hurry for it to vanish so quickly. I could see jets heading in to land at Dallas Fort Worth International also during this event. The jets were heading south to north.
I know this was not a small airplane for I have seen small planes many times and I know I would of been able to distinguish wings and such but this object had nothing of the sort.
Oval Metallic Object to Orange Ball in Hawaii
(9/8/2004) Location: Waikele, HI - I have tried to contact someone from your office at ((telephone number deleted, which is not the number for our Center)) but to no avail........me and my children have observed something very strange ........but i am not quite sure who to report it to.........so i guess this is as good a place as any.......
I live in Waikele and last month we seen something very strange and a little hard to explain .........a large oval metallic object in the sky and when observed with binoculars very very unexplainable...........accompanied by other shooting objects............two of them coming to a complete stop and changing from a small object to a large orange ball and then completely disappearing.........
I know this all seems very weird and probably a little hard to believe..........but i was wondering if there is someone that i could talk to about this..........because the object and other shooting objects again appeared today at around 12:00 noon on 9/9/04..........
And was again observed by binoculars but at a much higher distance in the sky...........i tried to capture this today by video but it seemed to be to high in the sky to register on the video recorder........my cell number is ((telephone number deleted))..........
If someone would give me a call i would be glad to talk to them..........and I will be looking again tomorrow video in hand hopefully to provide proof of what i am saying.............
Large Triangular Craft
(9/7/2004) Location: Fort Smith, AR - I was standing on the porch of our home, we live at the top of a hill in the city, the event was just a few moments after dark.. the sky was very clear this night. I heard a low humming sound very soft at first then it was a low rumbling sound and as I looked in the direction and this huge ship or craft was approached right straight across my view to the right on us.
This thing was very slow and it was very low as well about 4 hundred feet or a little more as far as I could tell by my estimation.
This ship or vessel was shaped in a triangle and it's lights were glowing from underneath it an those lights seemed to alternated in a pattern as it passed over me.
I grabbed my flashlight an shinned it up at the thing as I watched it going slowly over our area of town, someone else had to see this thing I would suppose but it was so quiet man.. it seems to take forever to go over the area..
I was just in shock to see it I guess.. under the circumstances.. guess I was kinda stunned just to see this ship.. so low. I called loudly to my mom in the next room after a few moments and when this thing came over us you could only hear the light rumbling or hum or something, you know not like normal engine propulsion.
All I know is it was very big and slow. I then grabbed my flashlight and ran off the porch to the street corner to get a better look as it left our area then after it reached the edge of town or my view the thing just to off out of my range of night site. This ship or whatever this was.. like I said was two or three minutes seemed like I had view or watched the vessel, it seemed like forever to me at the time.
What was so shocking about the thing was it was not a loud hum or just very little noise. my mom heard it too and we have also seen various other sightings as well in our area in the last few months, but this thing was huge.. my God what or who was flying this ship and where are they from.. is it the military or what? is, well you want my opinion? it is not the government in my view, but I don't know what this ship was, all I know it was the strangest thing I ever saw in my life...
I just know this: if I had not been wondering what the low hum was or had not looked up at just the moment I did, I would have never seen the thing at all I believe.
Tear-drop Shape Over Lake from Boat
Yellow/white in color and less than 1/2" long if the length was measured at arm's length.
The "contrail" pulsed on and off in a very periodic fashion. Three pulses with a pause and then three more pulses. It completed about 4/5 cycles of 3 pulses in the time it took to disappear over the horizon.
The direction of travel was South to North.
The sky was very clear and aircraft often crossed at high altitude directly overhead on a West to East heading and this object also did not resemble a civilian aircraft in speed (UFO was far too fast), altitude (UFO was higher), or appearance.
Glowing Orb After Jet
(9/6/2004) Location: Glendale, AZ - I wasn't going to fill out a report at all but I have had 2 sightings of 2 different objects in 3 days!
I was outside working at about 1:30 pm and I looked up to watch a commercial jet liner passing overhead when I spotted a glowing "orb" (sphere?) behind and above the jet.
The object was glowing quite brightly.
It was hard to judge altitude on it. the object was traveling north/northeast and it was moving at least 10 times faster than the commercial airliner which was headed due north.
I heard no sound from the object but the jet that was flying over probably would have drown out any sound from it anyway.
The object left no contrail and I saw no other lights on it except for the glow from the object itself.
It flew a straight and level course until I lost sight of it.
Three Silver Oval Craft
We pulled over and watched it disappear, then we saw the second one to the right of the car going the same way as the first.
Then when the second craft disappeared we saw a third coming from the right side of the car again just above us (but a little forward as we could see them through the windshield) and it also went in the same direction as the previous two, then disappeared as well…
Black Object Hovering Above Austin, Copter Nearby
(9/4/2004) Location: Austin, TX - My boyfriend and i were at auditorium shores (town lake) in central Austin, and for about 45 minutes watched a VERY small black object, hovering motionless in the sky (in front of some clouds)....
It was north of town lake & appeared to directly above north central Austin. He says that he saw it dart to the side and back again, then down and up again, at an UNUSUALLY quick speed... (I was looking away and did not see this)...
There was a helicopter that flew up to it and then left and came back, it seemed like the copter was trying to figure out what it was. could not tell if it was a news or military copter (too far away).
It did not appear to be a hot-air balloon (b/c the balloon would have been easy to discern even from far away, it was kind of a speck that did not appear to be bigger than the copter, and it was odd b/c it was just hovering there.
After the copter left, it became engulfed behind the clouds. we did not speak to anyone else about it, but no one else seemed to notice (they were all jogging along the lake or observing a rainbow nearby).
Bright Red, Plasma-type Object
(9/4/2004) Location: Watsonville, CA - Watsonville, CA - I went out side to smoke a cigarette and have my coffee at about 6 am. It was beginning to get light out side, but the sun hadn't appeared yet. I was looking at the mountains to the south east ( about 15 miles from my back yard ), and noticed a red burning object in the sky.
It looked like the tail end of a missile, the way it was burning. All I could see was the bright red tail (magenta color).
I thought that a missile or rocket was being launched from the hills, but the weird part was that it didn't go any where. It stayed in one general area for about 30 minutes, slowly moving around.
It then started to slowly move east, toward Gilroy, Ca. It disappeared over the hills for about 3 minutes , then reappeared again, this time moving south.
It didn't look like any plane or helicopter I've ever seen.
When the sun came up over the mountains its red-plasma-like color started to slowly turn translucent/white. I assume that it was a lot larger than a jet, it also looked like some parts were transparent.
The object was the size of a small car and very bright and totally illuminated the car on the inside. The driver stepped on it and the object followed up to a speed of approx. 100 mph.
When the car approached a few houses close to the road with street lighting, the object gained altitude - perhaps to 50-150 meters. About two kilometers later, the object suddenly turned left and crossed a fjord ca 4 kilometers wide, and took position above the drivers house.
The driver arrived about 20 minutes later and the object was still above the house. Driver and passenger went inside and brushed their teeth, intending to go to sleep.
As the object was still outside, the driver then went out and took some pictures with a digital camera. [Picture shown here is not one of them - it's an eXoNews fake for illustrative purposes only - nor were they published on the NUFORC site. Ed.]
The photos are not particularly clear, probably because the shutter on the camera closed because of the bright light. However, some lights in a triangular shape can be made out on one of them.
White Plane-like Object with Two Gold Orbs
(9/1/2004) Location: Pie Town, NM - I was sitting out on my porch when I heard the noise of a large airplane-like a military jet, but sounding slower and lower.
It was so loud even the dog, who was hunting chipmunks under the railroad ties, looked up. I stepped out from the porch and looked north toward the sound.
Just above it, picked out by glints from the sun, were two shiny, gold colored orbs.
I wondered if somehow I might have seen a distortion of helicopter rotors, but they seemed to be orbs.
It was not traveling very swiftly, but I guess the white made it easier to disappear in the sky. It was invisible to the eye long before the noise dissipated.
|German Broadcaster Goes Klingon|
BERLIN September 13, 2004 (Reuters) - German broadcaster Deutsche Welle has added Klingon, spoken by the bumpy-headed aliens of the "Star Trek" television series, to the 30 languages used on its Web site, the network says.
The pages at http://klingon.dw-world.de/english/index.php were added to celebrate the site's 10th anniversary.
|Second Annual UFO Crash Retrieval Conference November 12-14 in Las Vegas|
BROOMFIELD CO September 17, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) - Experts say there is compelling evidence to support claims that several UFOs have crashed to earth and been retrieved, along with the bodies of their extraterrestrial crews in total secrecy by the United States, Russia, Canada and the United Kingdom.
|Shatner Holds Auditions for "Invasion Iowa"|
RIVERSIDE IOWA September 22, 2004 (AP) - Capt. James T. Kirk came home to Riverside this week. William Shatner, who played the commander of the starship USS Enterprise in the '60s "Star Trek" series, arrived in Riverside Tuesday to hold auditions for four small parts in a low-budget, sci-fi movie he wrote with "Star Trek" co-star Leonard Nimoy.
The Riverside City Council picked up on the idea in March 1985, declaring a site behind what used to be the town's barbershop the "future birthplace" of Kirk.
|Canadian UFO Conference|
HALIFAX September 19, 2004 (Broadcast news) - UFO sightings are on the rise in Canada, and a group gathered in Halifax is hoping to figure out why.
The Canadian Mutual UFO network held its first national symposium on flying saucers yesterday.
But turnout was low at just 25 people for lectures on alien encounters and space travel in what organizers hoped to make a yearly event.
He says about one in 10 people who come to his lectures all over North America say they've had an encounter with extra terrestrials.
|10 Best Places to Spot Aliens in the UK|
|LONDON September 3, 2004 (ANI) - If you are a big fan of Steven Speilberg's E.T. you are surely going to like this. According to The Sun, researchers led by UFOlogist Nick Pope, a former Defence ministry chief, have already compiled a list of sites in Britain most visited by extra-terrestrials. |
"Our hotspots exhibit up to 20 times as many sightings as anywhere else. It is difficult to arrive at a precise number but it is certainly possible to gauge the intensity of current UFO activity," he was quoted as saying.
The top 10 hotspots to look out for aliens:
Bonnybridge - A town near Falkirk that is considered to be world's UFO capital with more than 100 sightings till date. Flying saucers and hovering cigars are the two most common sights.
Cley Hill - It is famous for crop circles and many people believe the patterns are caused by spaceships.
Bedhampton - Musician Abby Parker videoed a UFO over this suburb of Havant, Hampshire, in May 2002.
Buckingham Palace - A horrible creature was photographed outside the Queen's London residence in August last year.
|New Bexley UFO Sighting!|
Bexley UK September 19, 2004 (Local London) - A pensioner's early morning trip to the bathroom turned into a close encounter of the third kind when she spotted three UFOs hovering outside her bungalow.
|Trehafod UFO Encounter|
Trehafod South Wales UK August 6, 2004 (BBC) - When Alison Moore looked into the night sky she wondered if it was a bird, a plane, or even a space ship hovering above her home. The 26-year-old was amazed when she saw what appeared to be a bright disc floating above her house in Trehafod in the south Wales valleys.
South Wales Police have said they received no reports of a flying saucer in the south Wales valleys during the early hours of 4 August.
[Hey, what does he know? Eh, mates? Ed.]
|Genre News: Hitchhiker's Guide, Joss Whedon, War of the Worlds, Ghost In The Shell, Emmys Suck & More!|
All New Hitchhiker's Guide on BBC Radio!
For Adams' legion of fans, however, it is the late author's own contribution that will be most eagerly awaited. The writer recorded the part of Agrajag in his home studio, 18 months before his death in May 2001. Ironically, the character is an immortal creature that keeps getting reincarnated in different guises.
Nonetheless, he considers it "quite an achievement" to have Adams' voice sit alongside those of original cast members Simon Jones and Stephen Moore.
"The day of the first read-through was like a school reunion," Hyman continues. "The actors hadn't worked together for 25 years, so it was rather emotional."
Hyman is also proud he has been able to attract additional cast members of the caliber of Joanna Lumley, Richard Griffiths, Leslie Phillips and Jonathan Pryce.
For all that, the executive producer admits feeling some trepidation in attempting to emulate a series that is now regarded as a radio landmark.
"Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!" he replies when asked if he was daunted by the series' enduring legacy. "I am absolutely in awe of how they managed to do it. I don't know how they did what they did without the technology we've had at our disposal."
Advances in digital recording have enabled his team to bring even more of Adams' universe to life.
Hyman has had discussions with Disney and the new film's executive producer Robbie Stamp and describes them as "really great".
Whedon Universe News and Rumors
Sunnydale September 21, 2004 (eXoNews) - Just a few things to keep the faith alive, so to speak. As you read last week, Fox is probably shelving Tru Calling (starring the former Faith), which was due for a second season premiere on November 4th. The Fox websites were still not updated to reflect this as of this writing.
Moviehole.net claims to know that Joss Whedon will direct the third X-Men feature. The rumor site says casting is in progress. "Halle Berry's number is still up in the air but the rest of the cast are apparently all set to go - Hugh Jackman's wrapping up his theatre stint as we speak - including Famke Janssen, whose part is apparently going to be a lot beefier this time around."
ALBUQUERQUE September 19, 2004 (AP) - As a schoolboy home sick with chicken pox, Roy Disney had the best storyteller any kid could imagine: Uncle Walt.
Bayonne NJ September 20, 2004 (Sci Fi Wire) - Steven Spielberg will shoot his upcoming film version of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds in New Jersey, the Jersey Journal newspaper reported. The movie, which stars Tom Cruise, has begun preproduction, and city lawyers are in the process of negotiating terms for use of various public properties in and around Bayonne, N.J., the newspaper reported.
Hollywood September 17, 2004 (Sci Fi Wire) - Mamoru Oshii, the writer and director of the upcoming anime sequel film Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, told SCI FI Wire that the advent of computer technology actually made the sequel to the 1995 animated film more challenging to create.
"When I made the first movie, it took overnight to render one scene. But now they have a lot more materials to render. Each person had two or three computers working at the same time, and that also added to the amount of the work. Digitalization didn't actually lessen the amount of work."
"Whatever is the process of putting one picture over another, any combination is possible now, so the source material itself has increased tenfold," Oshii said. "Most of the [textures] were done at the source—hand drawn—because if I had used all of the textures that came with the software, then the film would have looked the same as other films. That's my credo: that textures should be done at the source by hand."
Los Angeles September 20, 2004 (Variety) - Rhino Films has teamed with Mother Jones magazine and Alligator Planet to create Rhino Animated Features, which is designed to produce a series of "agit-docs" for theatrical release.
"We see this as a great way to stir things up and increase our impact, taking our stories and our brand to new audiences reached by film and television," said Mother Jones publisher Jay Harris.
Rhino - http://www.rhino.com
Emmys Suck: The 56th Annual Emmy Awards
Hollywood September 19, 2004 (eXoNews) - In the opening bit, before host Garry Shandling was shown preparing to have plastic surgery and then graphically bloodied and bandaged post-op, the announcer said that the Emmy Awards were "the ultimate reality show."
Eight years later, when Garry's show went off, I cancelled HBO and went back to the broadcast networks, basic cable shows and the movies.
I'm not sure which awards. I'm one of those 90,000,000 viewers without HBO so I didn't pay much attention when HBO shows won.
I didn't really pay much attention when anyone won. Except for an HBO show called Angels In America, which I didn't see because I don't have HBO, the winners' faces and names were pretty much the same as last year. The highest-rated shows usually get the big awards for themselves and their actors, so there were no nominations for Angel or most of the other shows or actors I liked in 2004. (Joan of Arcadia and Monk did get "real" nominations. Star Trek Enterprise got two technical awards.)
Incidentally, the top-rated television program of all time is still the M*A*S*H finale on CBS, February 28, 1983. It brought in 50,150,000 viewers.
[This year's Emmy broadcast drew one of the lowest US ratings in recent times, with just 14 million people tuning in. Maybe those same 90,000,000 people who don't watch HBO didn't care any more than I did. As Variety put it: "You honor HBO shows, you get HBO ratings." The Emmys had their chance to recognize broadcast milestones like Joss Whedon's Angel, but they chose pay cable instead. Never forget, genre fans! Ed.]
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