Show 363 Notes: Dr Bruce Maccabee

Simulcast, YouTube Live Streamed and on KGRA Radio Tuesday, July 23rd @ 6:00PM to 8:00PM ET (GMT-4)

Lee Speigel with UFO Updates, Dr Bruce Maccabee returns to the show after five years so we can catch up with him about current technology, UFO pics, videos, CGI and more.

BRUCE MACCABEE spent his early year in Rutland, Vt. After high school he studied physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass (B.S. in physics) and then at The American University, Washington, DC (M.S. and Ph. D. in physics). In 1972 commenced his long career at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, presently headquartered at Dahlgren, Virginia. He has worked on optical data processing, generation of underwater sound with lasers and various aspects of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) using high power lasers. Bruce Maccabee has been active in UFO research since late 1960s when he joined the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) and was active in research and investigation for NICAP until its demise in 1980. He became a member of MUFON in 1975 and was subsequently appointed to the position of state Director for Maryland, a position he still holds. In 1979 he was instrumental in establishing the Fund for UFO Research and was the chairman for the about 13 years. He presently serves on the National Board of the Fund.

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Good Old Fashioned UFO Photo Analysis

By Charles Lear

  From the early days of Project Sign to the final days of Project Blue Book, photographs played an important part in the Air Force’s UFO investigation.  On July 4th, 1947 just weeks after Kenneth Arnold’s June 24th sighting, a woman in Seattle took a picture of a UFO and this would be the very first photograph that the Army Air Corps soon to be Air Force received.  It was identified as a balloon, and perhaps it really was, but at the time, personnel assigned to the project were still figuring out how to actually approach their investigations.  They were soldiers trying to think like scientists and photo analysis in the military was historically focused on reconnaissance.  Analysis of UFO footage has different challenges and these were met by private researchers who continued investigation after the end of Project Blue Book in 1969.

The use of photography for reconnaissance didn’t become practical until cameras became small and portable following the invention of film in 1885 by George Eastman.  Aerial photography over enemy lines was the dream but with highly vulnerable balloons and kites being the only available means of flight at the time, truly effective aerial reconnaissance would have to wait.  Two inventions in the early 1900’s would change things.  The first was the well-known 1903 invention of the airplane by the Wright brothers.  The second, lesser-known invention was the pigeon cam patented in 1907 by German apothecary, Julius Neubronner.  The pigeons and the planes were both used in World War I and the planes proved more effective as they were guided by a human as opposed to pigeon brain.

By the end of the war, military planning was rarely done without photo reconnaissance.  Analysis was primarily done through the use of magnification and enlargement in concert with ground surveillance.  Accurate interpretation came from education and experience and it was often that many lives depended on it.  By the end of World War II, photo analysis had become quite sophisticated and would continue to play a part in the cold war with the advent of spy planes and long-range cameras. Read more

Show 362 Notes: Michael Hall

Simulcast, YouTube Live Streamed and on KGRA Radio Tuesday, July 16th @ 6:00PM to 8:00PM ET (GMT-4)

MICHAEL W. HALL, J.D., is a former Superior Court Judge Pro Tem, Certified Mediator, and the founding partner of The Hall Law Firm, P.S. Michael received his Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in 1976 from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University (in Broadcast-Journalism) and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (in just two years) from Southwestern Law School (in Los Angeles in 1987). He has taught legal seminars and conflict management courses for the Washington State Bar Association and The Boeing Management Association, and currently maintains a general legal and estate-planning practice in Seattle, Washington, where he also finds time to serve as pro bono legal counsel for various local and national non-profit organizations.

With a lifelong interest in UFOs/UAPs and Phenomenology (being an ‘Experiencer’ himself), Hall has served as a Field Investigator for the “Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO), in 1974, Legal Counsel for “The National UFO Reporting Center” (NUFORC), since 1995, a Research Associate and attorney for the “National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena” (NARCAP), since 1999, as well as a long-time Consultant to the “Mutual UFO Network” (MUFON), since 1995. Additionally, Hall has been the attorney of record for such noted Ufologists and Researchers as Grant Cameron, Peter Davenport, Dr. Richard Haines and Dr. James Harder. Read more

Show Notes: Ben Hansen & Walter Bosley

Simulcast, YouTube Live Streamed and on KGRA Radio Tuesday, July 9th @ 6:00PM to 8:00PM ET (GMT-4)

Alejandro Rojas with UFO Updates, in the first hour guest Ben Hansen touches on UFOs and discusses his new show on the Travel Channel, “Ghosts of Morgan City“(Louisiana) and more. In hour two guest, Walter Bosley discusses UFOs, and more.

BEN HANSEN: Ben grew up primarily in Utah, the 2nd oldest of six children. Supportive parents encouraged him to fully pursue all of his interests. Like many of his friends, Ben’s dad enrolled him in sports and coached dozens of his athletic teams while his mom signed him up for piano and trumpet lessons and kindled within him an interest for music. Ironically, she was also the one who taught him how to fish, camp, and shoot a gun while his dad preferred to teach life’s lessons on the court and baseball field. Because his parents were so supportive, Ben developed an obsession for trying new things, especially if it involved earning certifications and licenses. These endeavors included becoming a licensed land and sea airplane pilot, amateur radio operator, licensed falconer, certified SCUBA diver, hang glider, EMT, Search and Rescue dog handler, and earning the Eagle Scout award in Boy Scouts (in large part thanks to his mother). He graduated with honors from the University of Utah with a Bachelors degree in Sociology, certification in Criminology and Corrections, a Spanish minor, and a year of study abroad completed in Australia. Ben maintains his Spanish fluency and has used it quite frequently in his work and personal life.
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Maury Island Madness

by Charles Lear

June 21, 1947, three days before Kenneth Arnold had his historic sighting, a man named Harold Dahl and his crew allegedly saw six one hundred foot diameter donut shaped craft while on a salvage mission in Puget Sound near Tacoma, Washington.  According to the claim, as they approached the shore of Maury Island, one of the craft seemed to experience mechanical troubles and the other five circled it and appeared to be aiding it in some way.  The craft then rained molten metal on Dahl’s vessel, injuring his son and killing his dog, before all six objects flew away.  The case was investigated by Arnold himself as well as the US Army Air Corps and Dahl claimed that a Man In Black also poked his nose in.  The story made headlines when the plane that was to carry the Air Corps investigators back to their base with a box full of saucer slag caught fire and crashed.  The papers noted that a cover-up might have been the reason.  A case with the very first saucer and Man In Black report is exciting and the fact that it comes before Arnold’s seems to add credibility to it because no one had heard of “flying saucers” before a reporter covering Arnold’s sighting coined the phrase.  It seems like a good case until one looks into the characters involved and, in particular, a man named Fred L. Crisman.  To say that Crisman was colorful is quite an understatement and that he ends up involved in the Kennedy investigation/conspiracy circus adds a red nose and fright wig to his persona.

The story was originally dismissed by a local reporter but came to light through lovable strange tale publisher and truth boundary stretcher, Ray Palmer, publisher of Amazing Stories.  Palmer was having a good run with a series of “true” stories written by Richard Shaver, involving detrimental robots, “deros” that lived inside the earth and flew through tunnels in disc shaped craft.  Palmer received a box with some metal fragments in it and an account of Dahl’s sighting from Crisman who had previously written Palmer a letter claiming he’d fought with deros himself in a Burmese cavern during World War II.  Crisman also offered to go to a cave in Texas to retrieve dero machinery if Palmer would provide $500 to cover his expenses.  In spite of his doubts, Palmer enlisted Arnold, with whom he now had a relationship, to go to Tacoma and investigate.  In addition to working for Palmer (for which he was paid $200) Arnold also seemed to have made arrangements with a local paper, the Boise Statesman in his home state of Idaho, to provide them with a story as well.

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360. Diana Pasulka, American Cosmic

Subscribe to full shows for $2 or more per month. Alejandro Rojas with UFO Updates, then guest Dr Diana Pasulka discusses her book: American Cosmic: UFOs, Religion, Technology, it is a fascinating interview where she discusses some unique experiences, feedback from her work and much more.

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