Joel Crook (aka gishzida) sent me this material in an e-mail. I find it interesting and think you might also:
I thought you might like to see the full
context of the letter my father, Gaines M. Crook, sent to Cynthia Hind in 1998.
Also you will find a copy of his Resume from May of 2000 to give you an idea of
what his qualifications were.
I have been trying to recover some of
the documents he wrote but only have a few of them and they are mostly in
"WordStar" format. To make matters worse most of what I have is
fragments or file backups which are garbled or missing information which
is even sadder is that I have not read or seen a single scientifically
"qualified" hard science researcher who might make something of my
father's speculations concerning the 'technology' used by whatever / whoever is
Septemebr [sic] 9, 1998
Mrs. Cynthia Hind Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe
Dear Mrs. Hind,
Thank you for arranging to have your publisher send me a copy of your latest
book, "UFOs OVER AFRICA". I just completed reading it and enjoyed it
more than I have any UFO book which I have read in years. Most UFO writers seem
to have the idea that UFOs are an open book and they know everything there is
to know about them even though it is completely obvious that they don't. I
enjoyed your honesty and your style as well as the content of the book.
I appreciate your comment on Allen Hynek's remark that UFOs are something we
"just don't understand". No one else seems to be satisfied of the
magnitude and truth of the statement, but the "Father of Ufology" was
completely wise and honest in his assessment.
In the mid 1970s, I was chasing lights at night over the Antelope Valley (in an
area about 30 miles west of Edwards Air Force Base) which left burned
triangular tracks on the ground. In examining many of these tracks in the area,
I came upon a big cottonwood tree in an earthquake fault canyon which had
branches all the way to the ground. It was so enclosed until I had trouble
getting myself through into the area enclosed by the branches. Inside, I found
a set of burned "landing tracks". I wrote Alan Hynek a letter and
told him what I had found and remarked that whatever it was, it certainly
didn't fly into this enclosed space. He wrote back that he was not at all
surprised and that he had heard from credible witnesses who had observed UFOs
both emerge from the ground and sink into it.
A high percentage of the tales told and books written about UFOs in recent
times here in the US are blatant misinformation.
I have no idea who is behind it nor does it seem to matter, but I do know that
it is present because many things do not square with experience. The more
amazing thing is that most people who are interested in UFOs don't seem to be
aware of it. The only one who didn't completely get away with it was Col.
Corso, but some of the others are just as bad. I used to follow the researches
of the late Len Stringfield very closely. I don't think there was ever a more
honest and straightforward person than Len, but some of the stories he was
handed were pure garbage and cannot stand close technical scrutiny. One of the
often repeated stories related to Lin as well as others was that of
transporting downed UFOs.
There are tales of tarpaulin covered 30 foot and larger UFOs being transported
on military trucks and railroads. This just doesn't wash. A truck bed is about
8 feet wide and a rail car about 10 feet. For a 30 foot UFO centered on the
truck, this means that 12 feet is going to hang off each side of a truck and 10
feet hang off each side of a rail car. Trying to move either is blatantly
ridiculous. In my work, I have built a number of large magnetic coils of
generally circular shape, which were used to demagnetize components of
scientific spacecraft or the spacecraft themselves. The largest which was
movable by truck was an octagonal coil about 12 feet in diameter and it had to
be turned major axis vertical in order to do so. One time I was asked to bid on
building an 18 foot coil by TRW, Inc. in Redondo Beach, CA. I determined that
there was no way that it could be built at my location in Chatsworth, CA and
hauled to Redondo Beach, 35 miles away. It would have had to be built on site.
I worked at the Savannah River Atomic Energy site in South Carolina from 1951
through the middle of 1956. The reactor tube sheets were about 20 feet in
diameter and weighed 120 tons. They were transported from Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania by ship, which came down the eastern coast of the US and then went
up the Savan¬nah River at Savannah, Georgia to the plant. When they were
unloaded from the ship, they were moved by a special truck with a 36 wheel
trailer over roads completely cleared of traffic at a rate of three miles per
hour. These are real experiences. The UFOs on trailers aren't.
In another story given to Len, a UFO was supposedly shot down over the bay
south of Long Island, New York by a "CW Radar", the power of which
was not specified but the story stated that it was powerful enough to ionize
the air along the beam path to make the air glow. By inference, I can show that
radar transmitters with 6 megawatts (six million watts) of power
will NOT cause ionization.
I was in charge of installing an ancillary electronic warfare jammer locater
system which worked with a 6 megawatt pulsed radar at the Experimental SAGE
Sector at South Truro, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod in 1960. This radar caused no
ionization of the air with it's 6 megawatt output pulses, so it is entirely
plausible that a "CW" (continuous wave) radar would not cause
ionization of the air at the same power level. Now a 6 megawatt CW radar would
take probably 20 megawatts of input power. In the story however, the radar is
powered by a portable power generator. There was never in all of history a
portable power plant which could supply this much power. I recall that at the
Savannah River Plant in each reactor building area there was a steam plant
of 25 Megawatts. It would have taken a small steam power plant to
operate this mythical radar which shoots down UFOs. This certainly was not
available in the swamps of the bay.
Another myth that has been propagated by the powers of misinformation is the
idea that UFO technology has been "reverse engineered". This has
showed up in many stories, the latest of which is Col. Corso's book, "The
Day After Roswell". He claims, for instance that the transistor was not
invented at Bell Labs but was "reverse engineered" from something out
of a crashed UFO. This is blatant nonsense. There was a research program at
Bell Labs by Russell Ohl which started in the mid 1930s and resulted in his discovery
of the PN semiconductor junction in 1940. Soon afterwards, even though not
theoretically well understood at the time, the point contact diodes were
developed to be used as detectors in radars. This program was so secret until
the diodes were carried from the US to England in diplomatic pouches during
World War II and The patent applications filed during the war were top secret
and were not declassified en only a small part of the reported effects are
true. We have no scientific capability to do the things reported time and again
by people who experience encounters with UFOs, such as stopping car engines. As
an engineer, I have always been given assignments and required to produce
results. Most of the people who envision all the convenient theories of how
UFOs stop car engines have never been required to back up their speculations
There are others who think that the study of the UFO phenomenon will lead to
great strides in all of our scientific knowledge. This also is very doubtful.
The reason for this is that in order for that to be true, there would need to
be a reasonable interface between the UFO intelligence and mankind, which must
bridge an enormous gap. The ethnocentricity (SIC - anthrocentricity would
probably been a better word) of mankind is probably it's strongest trait and it
would probably be next to impossible to establish such an interface. If there
are other intelligences in the universe, we must get used to the idea that they
are not what we imagine them to be and they exist in different
"spaces" than we have picked out for them to be in.
The one thing which mankind needs more than anything else is to establish an
non-anthrocentric mode of thought; the ability to think as an
"outsider". Only then can mankind expect to think in a mode which is
valid for non-human affairs. This will be next to impossible to do, but must be
done if space research is to break out of the "shallows and miseries"
within which it is presently bogged. Until then we will still be in the frame
Allen Hynek mentioned “We just will not understand.”
Best Regards and Thanks again,
EXPERIENCE RESUME OF GAINES M. CROOK, P.E.
BS in Electrical Engineering, University of South Carolina, 1952.
Government Contracts Administration
L.A. Pierce College
Cal Poly, Pomona
2. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
February, 1972 to May 2000
Self Employed, Gaines M. Crook & Associates/GMC LABS,
January 1959 to February 1972
Ramo-Wooldridge/Space Technology Laboratories/TRW Systems, Redondo Beach, CA.
Member of the Technical Staff/Section Head/Department Manager/Senior Staff
June 1956 to December 1958
Douglas Aircraft Co, Inc., Missiles Div., Santa Monica, CA.
Design Engineer/Group Leader.
May 1953 to May 1956
E.I. duPont de Nemours & Company, Savannah River Plant,
Aiken, South Carolina. Instrument Engineer.
August 1951 to May 1953
Miller Electric Company, Aiken, S.C. Electrical Engineer.
3. Technical Experience
Digital Computers, Circuits and Applied Techniques
Designed digital systems and digital circuitry for many space physics
experiments, also in experiment GSE.
Designed a scanning magnetometer for measuring magnetic fields to 10 -6 of
Earth's field at 12 locations, recording it on punched paper tape compatible
with computer inputs for computer analysis. Designed a data storage unit and controller
for commercial application.
I am thoroughly familiar with coding, decoding sequencing and data translating
logic networks, counters, registers memories A to D and D to A converters and
the general subject of microprocessors.
Designed analog and digital data links for many types of systems considering
data acquisition rate, commutation, de-commutation, Nyquist rate and
information bandwidth, filtering, PLL, synchronous detection and correlation.
Computed complete satellite to ground communication budgets.
Designed a whole facility for extracting analog signals from very noisy tapes
and presenting the spectral content in frequency time diagrams identified in
real time to one second.
Received U.S. Patent 3,566,088 on a correlator.
Designed a data acquisition system for a locomotive wheel tester. Designed a
digital data transmission system for converting analog data from a
"rheometer" (a device for measuring the viscosity of molten PVC used
to manufacture phonograph records) and transmitting it to a remote data
terminal and computer.
Ionospheric radio propagation at very low frequencies through high frequencies.
Designed a trans-ionospheric propagation experiment.
Did depolarization and scintillation studies. \
Nuclear blast EMP propogation. Made measurements of the electromagnetic pulse
(EMP) of the July 1962 "Starfish" explosion (published - Journal of
Geophysical Research Vol. 68, NO. 6, March 15, 1963).
Path loss calculations and power budgets for space communication.
Electromagnetic Field Measurements„
Established and operated for 16 years an EMC laboratory with a 12'x12' shielded
room in Chatsworth, CA and an open field test site in the Mojave
Desert/TehachapiMountain area of Kern County, CA in conformance with the
requirements of ANSI C63.4 and the Federal Communications Commission.
Electromagnetic emission tests are planned and conducted under Part 15,
Subparts B and C and Part 18 of the FCC rules , which was continued until
Microwave Point to Point Communication
Site selection and path loss calculations, installation design, remote control
and monitor system design.
Invented a portable analog computer for calculating 1st Fresnell zones in the
field, while selecting routes.
Scientific Spacecraft Physics Experiments„
Was completely responsible for 20 experiments of the energetic particle and
electric, magnetic and electromagnetic field type. This included Project
Management, experiment design and most of the detailed circuit design. Never a
failure of any kind.
After it's designed mission was completed, NASA turned off Pioneer 9 for a
period of 17 years after which it was again turned on. The only experiment
which was still operative was our plasma wave detector and it was operating
These experiments included Plasma Wave Detectors for spacecraft P-11, OV2-1,
OV3-3, OV2-5, OGO-5, Pioneers 8, 9, and 10, IMP-H, and the Pioneer-Venus
orbiter. Assisted in the design of several magnetometers, micrometeoroid
detectors, curved plate analyzers, and mass spectrometers.
Designed a time-of-flight mass spectrometer micrometeoroid experiment for the
"Grand Tour" Mission (which was never built).
Proficient in the use of the IBM PC computer.
Primary and Secondary Standards
Calibration of instruments and responsibility for stan dards. Development of a
1 ppm programmable power supply for driving a 23' three axis magnetic Fensalau
Coil for nulling Earth's field.
General purpose, missile system, RF equipment, counter-countermeasures systems,
special purpose, integrating gyro, rate gyro. Design, development, system test
requirements analysis, production design, circuit design, complete test systems
and consoles, turntables. Space experiment test equipment and many others.
Radar Counter-countermeasures (jammer locaters) installation, data systems.
Integration, installation design, control system design, antenna criteria.
Designed equipment for the measurement of very small magnetic fields of
spacecraft and components (10 -6 gauss) as well as very large Helmholz coil
systems and controls. Designed and built several large magnetizer/ demagnetizer
coils 3'to 11' in diameter while employed by TRW, Inc. A 46"x 46"
coil system with a digital controller was designed and built for Martin
Marietta Corporation, Denver, CO, under contract to Gaines M. Crook &
Have done considerable work on electrostatics and the detection and measurement
of electric fields and electrostatic (plasma) waves in space. Originated the
short capacitive (wire cage) dipole method of E-field measurement and designed
and built the instrumentation which first measured electric fields in the
ionosphere and magnetosphere with a very short dipole, (satellite 1964-45A).
Invented the "Virtually Coexisting Spheres" electric field sensor.
Did considerable work on the equilibrium charge on spacecraft in orbit.
Was a consultant to the German Government Space Agency (Gesells craft fur
Weltraumforschung) and to ERNO Raumfohrttech nik, a German Company on the
subject of equilibrium charge on orbiting spacecraft.
Electronic Design and Fabrication
For six years I operated the Advanced Techniques Department within TRW Systems.
This Department was a "self-contained" design and fabrication
activity which incorporated the system design, electronic design and mechanical
design and mechanical and electronic fabrication into one integrated unit.
Space Physics experiment packages were designed and built to all levels of
Quality Assurance without a single failure in space.
Since having my own company, we have designed and built several pieces of
equipment for other companies, under contract, including a Surge Generator to
simulate lightning stroke effects as required by Part 68 of the FCC Rules,
several telephone loop simulators with ring generators, a
magnetizer/demagnetizer coil and controller, several special data acquisition
Many propagation problems relating primarily to the atmosphere-ionosphere,
magnetosphere interface. Designed equipment and measured the electromagnetic
pulse (EMP) from the 1962 "Starfish" nuclear explosion in space with
homemade equipment in my garage in Canoga Park, CA. Designed many antenna
systems. Measurement of electromagnetic fields for control of electromagnetic
Telephone Terminal Equipment Testing
Established a Telephone Terminal Equipment Test Facility in 1974 and which has
tested, "Certified" and Registered thousands of pieces of terminal equipment
for companies throughout the United States, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Italy, Hong
Kong, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and Singapore. This is
still my primary business activity, although at a very low level.
During the period from 1962 through 1971, I became very involved with the
various aspects of physics and completed a number of assignments in physics. I
am especially qualified in communicating with physicists and reducing their
requirements for experiments to practice.
In a design study for the Atomic Energy Commission, I designed the power
controls, safeties, motor controls and mechanical mechanism for a plutonium
powered im planted ventricular bypass pump with a projected life time of ten
Steam, diesel, gasoline, including instrumentation and control. Installation
design, control design system sizing, facilities criteria, instrumentation
Closed cycle Rankine
Portable Power Plant Controls Design.
Line, substation, industrial plant, lighting. Installation design, sizing,
mechanical design of prefabricated substation conduit installation.
Rod control systems, period meters, power calculators, charge and discharge
machines. Maintenance analysis, test equipment design, instrument design,
control circuit design.
Personnel monitor, floor monitors scintillation spectrometry, linear pulse
amplifiers, water monitors, proportional counters, neutron chambers (BF and compensated).
Geiger counters, scintillation counters, electrometers, space physics particle
Circuit design, detector probe design, circuit analysis, calibration methods
design, fabrication and integration.
Crane and door control up to 300 tons, remote hot cell actuators, motors to
3,000 HP. Installation design, control system design, equipment specification.
speed torque motor servo control.
Many mechanisms including a reciprocator for artificial heart pump. Specialist
on differential gearing. Holds a patent (3,468,191) on a binary control gear
Holds a patent (3,397,586) on a differential mechanism for quick reverse
orienting three axes of orthogonal magnetic field sensors on a spacecraft.
Optical Instrumentation, Ultraviolet and Infrared Radiometers Electronic system
design including low noise detectors with mechanical choppers. Surface to air
missile detectors. Meteor Flash Analyzer space experiment, gas dynamic laser
temperature profile plotter.
(1) Designed a miniature but highly efficient electron ic ignition system for a
(2) Designed the motor actuator system for an artificial heart, including a
power load sharing system, electronic speed controls, motor commutation system,
power converter and sized the rotating gear train.
(3) Have designed many solid state power inverters.
(4) While I received my degree in electrical engineering, I have considerable
experience in mechanical engineering, especially mechanism and gearing. I am a
Registered Mechanical Engineer in California.
(5) Invented and patented a binary controlled gear train which produces a ratio
determined by a binary coded input.
(6) Developed and patented a controller for gasoline driven generators in the 5
KW class which causes the generator to start and furnish 120/240 VAC power to a
load connected to it within 3 seconds of when the load is turned on and run as
long as power is needed and to shut the generator engine down after a preset
timeout period is completed from when the load is switched off. A patent
application for improvements was filed and has been allowed and will be issued
in the first half of 2000.
(1) Group Leader, Thor Missile Test Equipment, Douglas Aircraft, Missiles Div.
Supervised 60 engineers. Responsible for test equipment design and fabrication.
Contract value -- $10 Million.
(2) Section Head - Project Engineer of AN/TLQ-8 Counter-Countermeasures System
at Ramo Woolridge.
Supervised 25 technical people. Responsible for field deployment site
selection, installation and field test. Contract value -- $5.5 Million.
(3) Section Head, Spacecraft Integration, Space Technnology Labs. Supervised
(4) Project Manager, OGO-E Plasma Wave Detector Project. TRW Systems - contract
value -- $1.3 Million.
(5) Project Manager, Pioneer Electric Field Detector Project. TRW Systems -
contract value $235 K.
(6) Assistant Project Manager for Scientific Experiments for the Particles and
Fields Satellite Project.(This was a scientific spacecraft that was launched
into an orbit around the moon from the Apollo 16 spacecraft.) TRW Systems -
contract value (experiments) $1 Million.
(7) Department Manager, Advanced Techniques Department, TRW Systems for 5 -3/4
years. Department's burdened expenditure rate was about $400 K/year.
(8) Very active in proposals and have managed and contributed to many
(9) In 1972, I left TRW and became self employed as a design consultant, under
the name of "Gaines M. Crook & Associates". In 1974, there
appeared to be an opportunity for testing telephone terminal equipment for
"Certification" under the auspices of the California Public Utilities
Commission. Due to my considerable experience in the interpretation of specifications
and design of equipment to test to specific specifications, I decided that I
would enter this activity. Later (late 1975) the FCC preempted the CPUC in the
terminal equipment field with its "Registration" program under Part
68. I then established my company as a qualified laboratory to perform this
work. This has been the prime support of the company, since.
In 1978, the name of the company was changed to GMC Laboratories, after my
initials. When the FCC established Subpart J of Part 15 of its Rules requiring the
measurement of the electromagnetic emissions of electronic equipment we decided
to become a qualified laboratory in this field also, since by this time much of
the telephone terminal equipment we received for test contained microprocessors
and had to be tested for Part 15, Subpart J also. This deals with the
measurement of electromagnetic interference generated by electronic equipment.
This activity continued until the end of 1996.
 Registered Professional Engineer in California in both Mechanical and
 Senior Life Member, Institute of Electrical and Elec tronics Engineers.
 Member, (although not active in many years) US Commission IV
(Magnetospheric Radio) of URSI (International Scientific Radio Union).
 Author or coauthor of 14 technical papers for scientif ic journals and a
chapter in the book, ”Plasma Waves in Space and Laboratory,”edited by F. O.
Thomas and B. F. Landmark , Edinburgh University Press.
 Selected by NASA Headquarters Office of Science and Technology as Principal
Investigator for a Plasma Wave Detector Experiment (E-24) on the OGO-E
 Acted as a consultant to the German Government Space Agency (Gesellschaft
fur Weltraumforschung) on matters of magnetic fields and electrostatic
equipotential surfaces on spacecraft (spacecraft charging).
 Member of the 1967-1969 TRW Corporation's "Future Probe"
technology forecasting team.
 Holds eight patents and an additional one has been allowed and will be
 F.C.C. Radiotelephone, General Class License (formerly First Class).
 Acted as expert witness for Pacific Bell in a court case with Phonetele,
Inc., concerning the registerability of the Phonemaster toll restrictor. Also
have been re-tained by Pacific Bell legal Dept. concerning in other matters.
 Past-President of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the California
Society of Professional Engineers.
PARTIAL LIST OF PUBLICATIONS
Crook, G.M., E.W. Greenstadt and G.T. Inouye
Distant Electromagnetic Observations of the High Altitude
Nuclear Detonations of July 9, 1962.
J.Geophys. Res., 68, 1781, 1963
Scarf, F.L., G.M. Crook, and R.W. Fredricks
Preliminary Report on Detection of Electrostatic Ion Waves
in the Magnetosphere.
J. Geophys. Res., 70, 3045, 1965
Scarf, F.L., G.M. Crook and R.W. Fredricks
Survey of VLF Electric Fields in the Magnetosphere with the
Polar Orbiting Spacecraft 1964-45A
Radio Science, 1, 939, 1966
Scarf, F.L., R.W. Fredricks and G.M. Crook
Detection of Electromagnetic and Electrostatic Waves on
J. Geophys., Res. 73, 1723, 1968
Scarf, F.L., G.M. Crook, R.W. Fredricks, I.M. Green and C.F. Kennel.
Observation of Plasma Waves in Space. Plasma Waves in Space and in the
Laboratory. (Edinburgh University Press, 1969)
Scarf, F.L., G.M. Crook, I.M. Green, and P. Virobik.
Initial Results of the Pioneer 8 VLF Electric Field Experiment.
J. Geophys. Res., 73, 6665, 1968
Fredricks, R.W., C.F. Kennel, F.L. Scarf, G.M. Crook and I.M. Green.
Detections of Electric Field Turbulence in the Earth's Bow Shock.
Phys. Rev. Letters. (no date)
Crook, G.M., F.L. Scarf, R.W. Fredricks, I.M. Green and P. Lukas.
The OGO-5 Plasma Wave Detector: Instrumentation and In-Flight Operations.
Invited Contributions for the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience Electronics:
Special Issue on Orbiting Geophysical Observatory Instrumentation, 31 Jan. 1969
Scarf, F.L., C.F. Kennel, R.W. Fredricks, I.M. Green and
AC Fields and Wave Particle Interactions in “Particle and Fields in the Magnetosphere”.
Edited by B.M. McCormac, D. Reidel Publishing Co.
Dordrecht - Holland 1970
R.W. Fredricks, G.M. Crook, C.F. Kennel, I.M. Green, F.L. Scarf, P.J. Coleman
and C.T. Russell.
OGO-5 Observations of Electrostatic Turbulence in the Bow
Shock Magnetic Structure.
J. Geophys. Res., 75, 3751, 1970.
Crook, Gaines M.
A Binary Controlled Transmission
Paper presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Mechanisms
Conference and International Symposium on Gearing and Transmissions, San
Francisco,California, October 8-12, 1972. Published in ASME Paper 72-Mech-59
“Mechanism Case Studies”, R.S. Berkof, American Can Co.,
Crook, Gaines M.
Designing to Pass Part 15
IEEE/Wescon invited paper presented at the 1986 Wescon Show & Convention, Anaheim,
CA, November 18-20, 1986 and published in the "Professional Program
Session Record 37".