Saturday, 23 May 2020

UFO Magazine Issue:

September 1967
Publisher: John Farrell Kuhns, Kansas City, Missouri
Editor: Mrs. Norma E. Short, Stover, Missouri
Assistant Editor: Mr. Ted R. Phillips, Jr., Sedalia, Missouri

Source: Archives For the Unexplained (, Norrköping, Sweden

(Democrat-Capital photo/ image)

UFO News Article:
“Magazine is based in Stover –
If you’re a UFO enthusiast, then turn to ‘Skylook’ ”

5 August 1973
(The Sedalia Democrat, Missouri)


The whole article:
“Wherever there is a group of people who share a common interest, you are likely to find a special interest magazine. Now there’s one for people whose hobby or science (depending on their degree of involvement) is hunting unidentified flying objects (UFO’s). It’s a 20 page ‘ufozine’ called ‘Skylook.’

The editor and publisher of ‘Skylook’ is a mild-mannered retiree named Mrs. Norma Short, Stover. She spends about six hours a day editing and rewriting reports of UFO sightings received through daily correspondence.

Mrs. Short explained that the ‘Skylook’ policy ‘has always been to ‘tell it as it is,’ and to separate fact from fantasy in investigating and reporting UFO sightings. We do not carry reports of little green men from Mars or messages from outer space relayed through ‘contactees.’ We don’t build up a story for greater reader interest. We believe  the truth is exciting enough in itself and needs no embellishment.’

Though most of ‘Skylook’s’ material reports UFO sightings, it does include other articles, such as [‘Astronomy Notes’] which informs the reader of where to look each month for planets and stars.

To avoid confusion

‘Learning to recognize these planets and stars prevents confusing them with UFO’s,’ Mrs. Short said.

The magazine even has a column which previews books and other magazines that contain UFO-related material. There also is a regular article titled ‘UFO’s Bahind the Iron Curtain.’ The writer gets his information by corresponding with people in communist countries.

‘Skylook’ was conceived in 1967 when Mrs. Short received a letter from John Kuhn, a student at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Kuhn asked Mrs. Short if she would consider editing a newsletter on UFO’s. Mrs. Short, who had several years of newspaper experience and was herself a UFO buff, accepted the proposal with delight.

Through the efforts Mrs. Short and Kuhn, ‘Skylook’ was born and served as a newsletter for a UFO study group in St. Louis. Mrs. Short assimilated the information and Kuhn, the ‘publisher,’ mimeographed 30 to 40 copies of the magazine.

The first few issues of ‘Skylook’ endured a period of severe labor pains and its growth was marked with subsequent, sporadic ‘now-and-then’ issues.

In 1969, college responsibilities forced Kuhn to resign as publisher. But Mrs. Short was too involved to give up the cause or the publication. She promptly bought her own mimeograph machine (which she soon dubbed ‘the Monster’) and undertook the task of printing the publication herself.

First issue difficult

‘I cried over that first issue. I didn’t know how to operate the mimeograph machine or apply the ink,’ Mrs. Short said.

It was a product of ‘blood, sweat and tears,’ she added.

While Mrs. Short carried on her duties as editor and publisher of ‘Skylook,’ that St. Louis UFO study group expanded and organized the Midwest UFO Network (MUFON).

Ted Phillips, 1104A West Third, an inspector for the State Highway Department, is also a field investigator for MUFON. He says the purpose of MUFON is ‘to inform the public of UFO sightings, encourage reporting of UFO’s and conduct scientific studies of the phenomenon.’

Phillips became involved with ‘Skylook’ when it began publication in 1967. He was one of the first UFO enthusiasts to contribute to the magazine.

In 1969, MUFON’s officers named ‘Skyllok’ as their official publication. From then on, Mrs. Short published regularly and has not missed an issue.

Since its establishment as a statewide organization in 1969, MUFON has mushroomed into an international group. So, at the MUFON Symposium in Kansas City this past June, the name was changed to Mutual UFO Network.

MUFON also has enlarged its staff to include several reputable scientists such as Dr. David Saunders, a nuclear physicist at the University of Colorado; and Dr. Allen Hynek, director of the Lindheimer Astronomical Research Center, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

Magazine grows, too

As MUFON has grown in the past four years, so has ‘Skylook.’ Its circulation climbed from 30 to 70 copies a month. Mrs. Short abandoned her mimeograph machine a year ago in favour of offset printing by Morgan County Printers. Readership has expanded from a small group of UFO students to MUFON members (covering 29 states and parts of Canada, Europe and Australia) and other UFO enthusiasts not associated with MUFON.

‘I really get much more material each month than I could possibly use and I don’t even push it here in Stover. You might say that I’ve grown because MUFON has grown.

‘The first few years, I was ‘in the hole’ and had to pay the balance out of my pocket money. But for the past year and a half, ‘Skylook’ has been paying for itself.’

Though Mrs. Short is interested in UFO’s, she is not the type to ramp through woods and cornfields in search of physical traces. For the past year, ‘Skylook’ has been flying high with success and Mrs. Short is content with her role as editor and publisher.

‘This is something I have built up and I enjoy doing. It gives me a chance to write,’ Mrs. Short said. ‘I guess I’m a newswoman at heart. I worked on the Salem Post when I was younger and at that time I would have rather been a reporter than President.’

As editor, Mrs. Short has faith in what she publishes. She does believe there is more to our universe than Earth, and that it is possible for extraterrestrial life to land here.

‘Most of the things people think are UFO’s are really just stars, planets, plane lights or fireflies. But there are too many other ‘sightings’ that are unexplained.

‘We’re going to the [Moon] and will soon land on Mars. So, if there is other intelligent life in the universe, why shouldn’t they come and look at us?’ she said.”

My comment:
The late Mrs. Norma E. Short is without a doubt one of the unsung heroes within the UFO field.

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Thursday, 21 May 2020

UFO News Article:
“Ship Officer Sights Puzzling Sky Object”

15 September 1952
(Asheville Citizen-Times, North Carolina)


The whole article:
“Lt. Comdr. Smidt-Jensen, second in command of the Danish destroyer Willemoes, said today [15 September 1952] he observed a mysterious glowing object moving across the sky at great speed north of the island of [Bornholm] last night, heading southeast.

He described it as a bluish glowing triangle and estimated its speed at 1,500 kilometer (932 miles) an hour. The [Willemoes] is one of the vessels participating in the big NATO maneuver called Mainbrace.”

Article: “WILLEMOES (1947-1966)” (

Wikipedia article: “Royal Danish Navy”:

Wikipedia article: “Bornholm”:

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Willemoes (destroyer), Royal Danish Navy
(Archives of the Royal Danish Naval Museum/ photo)

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UFO Radio Interview:
“Entrevista Rara - Major Gilberto Zani de Mello
(FAB) fala sobre OVNIs (1968)”
(“Rare Interview - Major Gilberto Zani de Mello
(FAB) talks about UFOs (1968)”)

Published: 9 August 2018
(Rede Brasileira de Pesquisas Ufológicas (YouTube channel), Brazil)

Video text (English translation by Google Translate):
“Listen to the only interview that Major Gilberto Zani de Mello gave in 1968 to Rádio Alvorada de Lins, when he publicly confirmed that the Brazilian Air Force was researching, officially, through CIOANI, the Unidentified Flying Objects.

This rare interview, made by the journalist Saulo Gomes, who became famous for his Pinga Fogo programme, was kindly given to BURN by our friend Osmar de Freitas, from GEONI.”

Wikipedia article (translated by Google Translate): “SIOANI”:

Quote from the Wikipedia article:
“The SIOANI, acronym for Air Object Research System Unidentified, was an organizational structure formally established by the Command of the 4th Air Zone FAB, current IV Air Regional Command (COMAR) [note 1] for research and research scientific phenomenon of Unidentified Aerial Object, the so-called OANI [1], between the years 1969 and 1972. It was sponsored by Brigadier José Vaz da Silva, commander of the 4th Air Zone and coordinated by Major Gilberto Zani de Mello. [2]


Headquartered at the Headquarters of the 4th Air Force, in the Cambuci neighborhood, in the city of São Paulo - SP, SIOANI was subordinated to the Minister of Aeronautics, but the results of the investigations were sent to the Air Force Staff - EMAER [1]. The coordinator and operational head of the system, Major Zani de Mello, asserted this ministerial seal and sent letters to the other air zones requesting collaboration in the research of OANIs, as in the letter sent in January 1969 to the commander of the Detachment of Belo Air Base Horizonte, 3rd Aerial Zone:

This Air Zone, through its Commander, Hon. Major Brig JOSÉ VAZ DA SILVA, received from the Hon. Minister of Aeronautics the responsibility of these surveys (...) in the certainty of your collaboration, appointing a military man to do the research of the OANI fact mentioned in the newspaper note (...)’ [11]

The head of the system was CIOANI, the Central for Investigations of Unidentified Aerial Objects, which directed and coordinated the entire organization. Its chief, Colonel Zani, was also head of the 2nd Section of the 4th Air Zone [2], as the FAB secret service was called. The system divided the country into zones, called ZIOANI - OANI Research Zone, which were confused with Air Zones, the current Regional Air Commands - COMAR, existing at the time of the 1st to the 6th. In designing the system, as described in Bulletin 1, each ZIOANI should have a general coordinator to which it would be linked laterally to the NIOANI - OANI Research Nucleus, who would carry out the investigations and collect materials for research. Each ZIOANI could have several of these nuclei, however, the subordination of NIOANIs was directly to the head of CIOANI. The system would also have the FAB’s infrastructure for transportation and communications. For laboratory analysis, laboratories (LIOANI) would be designated by CIOANI [1].

According to the testimony of the civil investigator, member of SIOANI, Acassil de Oliveira, the teams composed of 3 to 4 people had cameras, a magnetometer, a Geiger counter, infrared and ultraviolet equipment. The material collected at the alleged landing sites of OANI was analyzed at ITA - Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica in São José dos Campos and sometimes by laboratories in the United States. Acassil states that he did not have access to these results [7].

FAB military personnel would exercise their duties at SIOANI together with their other functions designated by their military body and civilian employees would not be paid. It was a voluntary system [ 12 ].”

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Major Gilberto Zani de Mello, Brazilian Air Force (FAB)
(Rede Brasileira de Pesquisas Ufológicas photo)

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

UFO Website (YouTube Channel):
“Marco Antonio Petit” (Brazil)

Marco Antonio Petit, Brazilian UFO Documentary Filmmaker & 
Researcher (Marco Antonio Petit/ photo)

UFO Testimony by Brazilian Military Witness:

Published: 20 February 2019
(Marco Antonio Petit (YouTube channel), Brazil)

Video text (English translation by Google Translate):
“Another EXCLUSIVE testimony given to me [Marco Antonio Petit].

Stay tuned as new recordings are being made in the coming weeks.

Today, I am posting another explosive testimony of a high military rank, which commanded a vessel of the Brazilian Navy, responsible for the nautical signaling of the Paraguay River. This testimony was recorded in 1997 at the military’s own residence, already retired at the time, Captain of Sea and War João Maria Romariz.

I was the only one to have access to this military man, who broke his silence at the opportunity to reveal before his death what had happened to him and his men. The military had previously provided a single statement, when shortly after the experience of contact with several UFOs, he had been summoned to the Secret Service of the Navy, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, where his case was registered.

This is just another testimonial from the documentary that I released in the year of the interview with exclusively Brazilian cases, which today can be seen on my YouTube channel.

The female voice in the introduction comes from my ex-wife and mother of my daughter, Teresa Corrêa, who, at my request, narrated the documentary at the time, making the ‘calls’ and presentations of the cases and statements given to me, which were also edited and illustrated by me.

I am grateful to the friend and ufologist João Marcelo (João Marcelo channel) for recovering the original documentary produced by me on VHS in 1997, transforming the material to digital form, from which also the friend and video producer, David Mendes Duarte , responsible for my YouTube channel, highlighted the testimony of the military for this individual post.”

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(Marco Antonio Petit/ image)

UFO Radio Interview:
“Clas Svahn, Files of the Unexplained,
UFOs & More”

Streamed live: 14 January 2020
(Podcast UFO, Sebago, Maine)

Source: Martin Willis Live Shows (YouTube channel)

Video text:
“Clas Svahn will be joining us from Sweden to discuss UFOs in Sweden, [UFO-Sverige’s] massive library and his latest and very interesting book, Files of the Unexplained, The Hidden History and Forgotten Photographs from the world of the Unknown.


CLAS SVAHN Born: 12 April 1958 in Mariestad, Sweden.
Education: Journalist since 1978 after studies at Journalisthögskolan in Gothenburg.
Occupation: Journalist at Mariestads-Tidningen (Mariestad) 1978-1983, Norrbottens-Kuriren (Luleå) 1983-1990 and Dagens Nyheter (Stockholm), Sweden’s largest morning newspaper, since 1990. Works as a reviewer for UFO, science fiction and other related books for the Swedish libraries.
Family: Wife Anneli and two children, Niklas (born 1992) and Markus (born 1994).
Hobbies: UFO research, amateur astronomy.

Founded the local organisation UFO-Mariestad on 17 May 1974, member of UFO-Sweden’s board since 1988 and chairman 1991–2013. Since 2013 Svahn is international director for UFO-Sweden [UFO-Sverige] and also vice chairman for the organization. Chairman of Archives For the Unexplained, AFU, in Norrköping since 2017. Editor of UFO-Sweden’s magazine ‘UFO-Aktuellt’. Leader of two expeditions to Lake Nammajaure in 2012 and 2014 trying two locate a sunken Ghost Rocket. Main character in the documentary ‘Ghost Rockets’ 2015.

UFO-books in Swedish:
‘Domstensfallet – en svensk närkontakt 1958’ with Anders Liljegren (‘The Domsten case – a Swedish close encounter in 1958’, AFU 1989); ‘Mötet i gläntan’ with Gösta Carlsson (‘The encounter in the clearing’, NTB Parthenon, 1995); ‘UFO-Mysteriet – från flygande tefat till cirklar i sädesfälten’ (‘The UFO mystery – from flying saucers to crop circles’, Parthenon 1998); ‘Fakta om UFO’ (‘Facts about UFOs’, Parthenon 1998) with Göran Norlén; ‘UFO – möte med det okända’ (‘UFO – encounter with the unknown’, Semic 2000); ‘Vålnader, utomjordingar och mystiska fenomen – Bilder av det okända’, (‘Hauntings, aliens and mystical phenomena – Pictures of the unknown’ Semic 2010); Main contributor to ‘Världens största konspirationer’ (‘The world’s largest conspiracies’, Semic 2012); ‘UFO – spökraketer, ljusglober och utomjordingar’, (‘UFOs – Ghost Rockets, orbs of light and aliens’, Semic 2014); ‘Mötet i gläntan’ with Gösta Carlsson (‘The encounter in the clearing’ Parthenon & UFO-Sverige new and expanded edition 2015); ‘Det okända – övernaturliga möten och fenomen, (‘The Unknown - supernatural meetings and phenomena’, Semic 2018) and ‘Verklighetens Arkiv X’ (‘Files of the unexplained – the hidden history and forgotten photographs from the world of the unknown’ (Semic 2019).

UFO-books in English and contributions to other UFO books:
One chapter in ‘UFOs 1947–1987 – The 40 Year Search for an Explanation’ with Anders Liljegren (Fortean Tomes 1987, ed. Evans/Spencer); One chapter in ‘Phenomenon’ (Futura 1988, ed. Spencer/Evans); One chapter with Robert Bartholomew and Anders Liljegren in ‘UFOs & Alien Contact’, (Prometheus Books 1998, Bartholomew/Howard); One chapter in ‘The Swedish Ghost Rocket Delusion of 1946’ with Robert Bartholomew, Glenn Dawes and Anders Liljegren (Fortean Studies Volume 6, John Brown Publ. 1999, ed. Steve Moore); Two chapters in ‘UFOs and government – A Historical Inquiry’, (Anomalist Books 2012, ed. Michael Swords & Robert Powell); One chapter in ‘Ovnis: Las 50 mejores evidencias’, (Cydonia 2017, ed. José Antonio Caravaca); One chapter in ‘Aliens, Ships and Hoaxes’ (Kindle 2018, ed. Milton W. Hourcade); ‘Files of the unexplained – the hidden history and forgotten photographs from the world of the unknown’ (AFU 2019) and one chapter in ‘2019 International UFO Symposium’ (MUFON 2019, ed. Barbra Schuessler Sobhani).

UFO related books:
‘Övernaturligt’ (‘Supernatural’, coauthor, Semic 1997); ‘Oförklarligt’ (‘Unexplained’, coauthor, Semic 1998); ‘Gåtfullt’ (‘Strange’, coauthor, Semic 1999); ‘Berättelser om det okända’ (‘Tales of the unexplained’, Semic 2008)

Other media:
Svahn has also co-produced several domestic TV-programs in Sweden as well as SciFi Channels ‘Earthscan’ and ‘Sweden special’. During 2019 he produced a series of UFO programs for Dagens Nyheters TV channel. He has contributed with articles in many Swedish and foreign UFO magazines. Svahns pictures have been published in many books and magazines, such as: Evans/Spencer, ed: UFOs 1947–1987 (1987), Stone: UFO Investigation (1993), Moran: Alien art (1998), Clark: The UFO Encyclopedia (1998), Bord: ‘The World of the Unexplained’ (1998) and Nylén: ‘Den nödvändiga boken om Allsvenskan’ (2004).”

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(Martin Willis Live Shows/ image)

Monday, 18 May 2020

UFO Radio Interview:
“Christopher O’Brien, UFO Data Acquisition,
The Phenomenon & More”

Streamed live: 11 February 2020
(Podcast UFO, Sebago, Maine)

Source: Martin Willis Live Shows (YouTube channel)

Video text:
“Christopher O’Brien discusses his longtime investigations into UFOs, his many sightings, and his research of cattle mutilations, late in the show he talks about his part with James Fox in developing a multi-part miniseries that will utilize the 17 terabytes of footage James has taken while  investigating important UFO cases around the world, also the ufo data acquisition program (ufodap) will supply gear and operate our multi-sensor and camera equipment during his upcoming investigative voyages to Catalina and Guadalupe Island. for more information. Ray Stanford joins the show for the last 15 minutes.
Check out our latest blog on the Father Gill UFO Incident:
CHRISTOPHER O'BRIEN: From 1992 to 2002 Chris investigated and/or logged hundreds of unexplained events reported in the San Luis Valley—located in South-central Colorado/North Central New Mexico. Worked with law enforcement officials from area counties, ex-military members, ranchers and an extensive network of skywatcher/investigators. Documented what may have been the most intense wave of unexplained activity ever seen in a single region of North America. He wrote three books that covered his 10 year SLV investigations: The Mysterious Valley, Enter the Valley (St Martin’s Press) and Secrets of the Mysterious Valley and three additional books. As a result of his investigations and research, he has compiled and produced one of the largest databases of unusual occurrences from a single geographic region.”

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(Martin Willis Live Shows/ image)

UFO Article (Blog):
“In search of the mark of the UFO (a tribute to Ted Phillips and UFO physical trace research)”

By Bill Chalker, 6 May 2020
(The OZ Files, Sydney, Australia)

Bill Chalker pays tribute to one of the UFO field’s greatest researchers ever, the late Missourian Ted R. Phillips.

Phillips, an engineer and Executive Director of the Center for Physical Trace Research (CPTR), was a research associate of Dr. J. Allen Hynek from 1968 until 1986. 

Quote from the article:
“In 2011 he indicated that he had collected over 4,000 cases of this type from 93 different countries.”

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Ted R. Phillips (left) and Dr. J. Allen Hynek investigate the
2 November 1975 Medford, Minnesota, UFO landing incident
( photo)