Volume 93, Issue 43

Tuesday, November 16, 1999


OPINIONS

Memorial not in style on campus

An out of this world anniversary

Convention not always so rational

A time to look at the real world

Maximum passion for gettin' laid

University a scary place

We musn't forget the Holocaust

Best things in life free?

Sharks coming up for air

An out of this world anniversary



To the Editor:

Every Canadian recognizes Nov. 11 as "Remembrance Day," a day set aside to remember those who fought and died in past wars, giving up their lives for freedom.

For those of us who are involved in UFO research, this date has special significance in the annals of the unexplained.

This year, Nov. 11 marked the 25th anniversary of the "CFS Falconbridge UFO Incident." On the morning of Nov. 11, 1975, four unidentified targets were picked up on radar by military personnel at the Canadian Forces Station Falconbridge and witnessed by several observers, including Ontario Provincial Police and Regional Police officers. Some folks reported that they were followed down the highway by one of these objects.

Authorities offered two explanations for the sightings – the now infamous Venus/Jupiter explanation and then, in 1979, the verdict changed from planets to ice crystals in the clouds that somehow reflected sunlight and created images in the sky.

But when viewed in the light of the evidence and the testimony of the witnesses, the explanations simply don't stand up. This event is known throughout the world, having been mentioned in numerous books. It is considered to be one of the best radar/visual UFO cases on record. But it is not the only one.

I've heard many reports where a local resident would call the radar base to report unusual lights in the sky and in turn, were told by base personnel that the objects were already being tracked on radar for the past half-hour! The witnesses would then be told that they would be contacted at a later date by someone at the base.

No one ever got in touch with these witnesses again.

Today, the abandoned buildings that make up the radar installation stand act as a silent reminder of the military activity that took place there on a daily basis and more specifically, of the historical event of Nov. 11, 1975.

On another note, 1999 has been a bumper crop year for UFO sightings, with 34 individual reports made by highly credible people – some of these folks were absolutely skeptical of UFOs until their encounter. In a few weeks, a new year will begin. And I am positive that UFO activity in the Sudbury area and elsewhere will once again pick up.

My best advice to you all – watch the skies!

Michel M. Deschamps
Mutual UFO Network, Provincial Section Director for Sudbury, Ontario UFO



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