Date: Wed Feb 23 1994 00:11:04
From: Michael Corbin
Subj: Encounters...The Dud!
I was very disappointed in the FOX television network special, Encounters, this
evening. It featured three of the biggest hoax cases to come along since Gulf
The beginning of the program featured some very credible UFO witnesses and
researchers, including the latest brawl initiated by Senator Schiff of New
Mexico. However, after dealing with these people and setting the tone for the
rest of the program we are insulted with the Long Island UFO crash story
hatched by John Ford of LIUFON. And of course, the entire circus entourage was
present including Preston Nichols (YUK!). Photo expert Jim (I think) Dillatosa
(sp?), authenticator of the Billy Meier barnburners, analysed a tape provided
by an "alleged" intelligence agent showing a burning mass of aluminum foil
being touted as the proof of a crash. However, the credibility of the park
manager blew the whole crash story right out of the water when he sincerely and
with great honesty stated that he would have known if anything like that had
happened and it hadn't.
Then they moved on to the "Guardian" mess, aka CARP crash. As many ParaNetters
know, Don Ecker received the CARP material several years ago, uploaded it to
ParaNet, and quickly determined that it was as smelly as a dead carp with no
truth to it. Of course, Dillatosa appears again alongside Bob Oeschler (oh
boy!) and they launched an intense investigation with the FOX people to Ottawa
to find the "mysterious and elusive" Guardian. Can you imagine that the dope
left his thumbprint on the video tape mailed to Oeschler? Sheesh! Of course,
with the help of FOX's deep pockets and a private investigator in Ottwa and the
help of mystery government agent "Sarah", Guardian was quickly found, harassed
by the surveillance team and the camera crew catches him making a hasty exit
through some yards and right out of the surveillance net. Gone! Oh well, at
least they found him and know who he is now.
The segment was closed with a rehash of the Jorge Martin/Puerto
Rico/Underground Alien base case (MUFON's next Gulf Breeze-ish star). We were
treated to a view of the lagoon where the saucers come and go, not to mention
the wild stories of Jorge's followers.
All in all, it was a very big waste of airwaves. Just when you think that
something credible (Schiff's appearance on camera talking about the DOD's (or
is it DUD) avoidance of his inquiry regarding the Roswell crash material), they
have to trash the whole thing with a circus of performers known well to the
research community as yarn spinners.