UFO Conjectures

Saturday, September 07, 2013

A 1966 Distortion Event as Jose Caravaca sees it

 29 March 1966 in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire a UFO sighting took place that is unique.

About 6:15 p.m. Benjamin Brackett, 10, was walking with his dog in the woods near his home, when over a hill he observed a metal object.

In the first instance the boy thought it was some type of "radar chaff" that had fallen into the branches of a tree.

But when he approached the area, he verified that the artifact had a radiant-looking quadrangular antenna that was about 30 centimeters long.

The unusual artifact was shaped like the letter “L”, light brownish gray and had a size of about 1.52 meters long and 1 meter high. Its exterior texture seemed to be "cork.”


At its base was a brown, metallic-looking dome about 60 centimeters in diameter.

The witness was about 22 meters from the scene and could see that the object was sitting on the ground with the help of a "tripod" -- the legs were matte silver and were about 30 centimeters tall.

The witness observed three small dark slits.

At that time, there was a burst of air from the artifact that raised several pine leaves nearby.


Young Brackett heard a low-pitched sound, while the contraption rose between 15 and 30 centimeters from the ground.

Then the strange aircraft froze in the air, turning to the right with great precision, like it was remote controlled.

Despite the strangeness of the event, the boy thought it could be an some experimental USAF hovercraft. The object emitted electric-like sounds.


After another gust of wind, the engine rose to about three meters high. then 7 meters and moved in a south-east direction, turning right 60 degrees and took off at high speed into the sky.

Later it was found that there were prints on the ground that seemed to indicate that an object had landed in the area. The measurement and study of said marks were located in the hypothetical center of balance of the artifact.


It is curious, from his description of the phenomenon, that young witness had knowledge of prototypes of the USAF and this information could be used by the "external agent" to build the experience.


 It is unusual for a child, 10, to witness this type of artifact and think that he’s observing a UFO-like artifact from the military, a hovercraft from the USAF.


Furthermore, this experience can also be interpreted as the "distortion" of a toy (Lego ?), with one antenna, like some kind of  radio-controlled car.  A boy without information related to military gear would have believed that the artifact was a StarTrek gadget or flying saucer.



"What we've got here is a failure to communicate"

Copyright 2013, InterAmerica, Inc.

The phrase "What we've got here is (a) failure to communicate" is a quotation from the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke, spoken at different points in the movie first by Strother Martin (as the Captain, a prison warden) and later Paul Newman (as Luke, a young prisoner)...

That iconic movie dialogue sums up, for me, the mystery of God, the UFO enigma, and that thing called “ufology.”

I have two books, both entitled The Hidden Face of God:

One by Richard Elliott Friedman [HarperCollins, San Francisco, 1995], originally published as The Disappearance of God

And one by Gerald L. Schroeder [The Free Press (Simon and Schuster, Inc.), NY, 2001]

I’ll be presenting material from both at our RRRGroup blog and will link to it – for the few who might be interested -- when I’ve done that.

For now, I’d like to address the dearth of communication(s) from UFOs and about UFOs.

When one sees a UFO report, old or new, one is struck, or should be, by the lack of substance in that report.

For example, the Ezekiel story (with the elaborate “chariot” made exegetical by Blumrich et al.) in The Hebrew Bible or Old Testament [Ezekiel 10: ff], and the taking of Elijah (Elias) by a flying chariot[4 Kings 2] indicate that “visitors” (said to be angels) connected with those strange objects of flight communicated with the prophets who related the stories or who were related about by others.

Some entities communicated with Ezekiel and Elijah.

The communications were somewhat abstruse and certainly otherworldly but there was communication.

In almost all of the strange aerial encounters or visions in the Vallee/Aubeck book, Wonders in the Sky, no one or nothing communicated with those envisioning. (Yes, there were reported conversations by beings piloting the late-19th Century airships, but those conversations or utterances were prosaic and said little or nothing of substance and may have been contrived by the “witnesses” of such sightings or were a contrivance of the newspaper reporters creating the sightings for impressionable readers.)

In the modern UFO era, 1947 onward, alleged flying saucer beings (Adamski, Angelucci, Menger, Fry, et al.) spouted new age theologies or the mental machinations of the contactees themselves. We really don’t know, but we can assume that the persons named as contactees – See Nick Redfern’s book for a thorough account of the contactee era and “notables” – were just mouthing or reporting what they heard inside their heads or concocted to hoax the public.

With the revered UFO sightings – Arnold, the Trents (McMinnville), the 1952 Washington D.C. intrusions, Socorro, the Reverend Gill (Papua) sighting, the Phoenix Lights, the 2008 Stephenville sightings, the O’Hare airport moment, and others – the UFOs communicated nothing. (Although I like to think the Socorro insignia was meaningful communication of some kind, but still elusive.)

Why the lack of communication? UFOs have been blatant by their appearances. That they remain devoid of communicating has been ascribed by SciFi devotees as a kind of StarTrek primary directive: Do not interact with alien life forms or cultures, so as not to disrupt their natural evolution.

That presumes extraterrestrials think as we do, or as SciFi writers do.

Moreover, it assumes that UFOs contain extraterrestrial beings. (I can hear Gilles Fernandez howling.)

My point, if I have one, is that UFOs (or their alleged progenitors) stopped communicating with humans early on, and any guttural utterances, in the accounts cited by Jose Caravaca, are just that, guttural utterances as primitive and meaningless as a dog-bark.

That other paranormal visitations (ghosts, for instance) don’t communicate either may be attributed to restrictions of an ethereal kind.

But UFOs? They tend to be physical, or are they?

Let’s assume that trace elements and radar returns in some UFO reports are valid. That would indicate a material presence. But no contact by radio or other technical means, ever; none that we have been able to perceive or understand anyway.

What is the import of the silence? That God has remained silent is open to interpretation. God is mute or insane or dead.

UFOs, on the other hand, are often in someone’s face, real or tangibly imagined. Why no communication?

(As for the lack of communication in “ufology,” I’ll leave that for another time.)