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In June 2019, several important documents leaked from the estate of the late Dr. Edgar Mitchell to the rest of the world. Most famously are the notes written by Dr. Eric Davis in 2002 following his meeting with retired Admiral Thomas R. Wilson. Understandably, those notes dominated our attention compared with all other items that came from Mitchell’s estate. They were the most interesting, by far. But the other noteworthy document which caused a brief flurry of discussion was the email thread among individuals in Robert Bigelow’s organization the National Institute for Discovery Sciences (NIDS) in their infamous, scandalous, how can this be! discussion of the Ray Santilli alien autopsy film. The participants of this thread included Dr. Kit Green, Dr. Hal Puthoff, Dr. Colm Kelleher, and Dr. Eric Davis, with a few others, such as Dr. John Alexander and Robert Bigelow, cc’d in the discussion.
Although a few people stubbornly insisted that all of these documents were hoaxes of one sort or another, most people by now realize the truth of the matter: they are genuine and authentic. I will remind skeptics that I received an explicit confirmation of the Alien Autopsy thread from Kit Green himself—and the most interesting on-the-record “no comment” imaginable from him on the Davis-Wilson notes. (I also mentioned that he gave me an explicit off-the-record statement which I have agreed to withhold). Needless to say, further disputes on the authenticity of either the AA thread or the Davis-Wilson notes are pointless other than for those people who want to talk themselves blue. The rest of us have moved on.
One element of the Alien Autopsy thread has gone completely below the radar. This was something mentioned on the very final page (11) of the thread. It’s a question by Hal Puthoff regarding an obscure series of articles that had been published not long before in UFO Magazine.
The email from Hal Puthoff to Kit Green and Kristin Zimmerman is dated July 31, 1999. [While most of the email thread contains messages from early 2001, the final two in the thread are from 1999.] The Subject line of Puthoff’s email is: Sedge Masters? Here’s what Puthoff wrote:
Just wanted to check. Didn’t I send you a pkg of UFO mag articles by pseudonymous (sp?) author “Sedge Masters,” concerning crash/retrievals by a group called Zodiac? If so, still hoping for a readout by you on this, as we have reason to believe the set of stories (3, I think) are only slightly fictionalized versions of a source’s experiences writing up records for the archives at WPAFB. Specifically, ever heard of Zodiac, which is supposed to be the true name?
Second question. Colm once mentioned that you had seen “real” autopsy records. Are you holding out on me 🙂
Notably, the AA thread contains Green’s answer from five days later in which he refers to the autopsy notes, but not to the Sedge Masters articles.
It is evident that Puthoff took the content of this article seriously, despite knowing it was a fictionalized portrayal of certain below-the-surface realities. So what exactly was he referring to?
A friend and research associate brought this entire matter to my attention a few weeks ago. Do you know what these Sedge Masters articles are?, he asked me. The fact was that I didn’t. It did not ring a bell. Fortunately, however, for the past two weeks I have been steadfastly going through a substantial collection of UFO journals and magazines in a final push to create a full chronological database for a proper approach to my third volume of UFOs and the National Security State.
(As an aside, this has been an incredibly productive two weeks and I am surprised at how much material I have been able to go through. The material currently includes the MUFON UFO Journal, the International UFO Reporter, a substantial collection of newspaper clippings, UFO Magazine, and several others. Of course, I have much, much more material that I have already gone through and a bit more that I will go through.)
So the timing of my friend’s inquiry happened to be perfect. I told him that I would make a special effort to keep an eye out for any reference to articles about or by a “Sedge Masters.”
Fortunately, I found them. As Puthoff recalled in his 1999 email, there were indeed three articles written in UFO Magazine in 1998 that concerned a fictional character named Sedge Masters. They are worth reading. (May/June 1998, September 1998, and December 1998.) The author of these pieces is a man named Greg Halifax. I knew nothing about him, in fact had never heard of him.
Halifax gets a brief author bio in two out of the three articles. The first one says:
“A writer-researcher for over 20 years, Greg Halifax lives in southern California. This is the first in an occasional series of stories that, while presented to us from seemingly trustworthy sources, are second- or third-hand anecdotes, and cannot be verified at this time. They should be weighed as such.”
The second article bio has a shorter statement:
“A writer-researcher for over 20 years, Greg Halifax lives in southern California. He has a number of good friends from the military-industrial complex.”
The third article offered no bio of Halifax at all. And that’s it. Interesting, and slightly frustrating from my perspective. There wasn’t even a comment on Halifax in any of the “Publisher’s Notes” and “Editor’s Notes” at the beginning of those three issues. In that magazine, these typically provided helpful commentary regarding highlights of each issue’s contents. In none of the three issues did either the Publisher or Editor-in-Chief make reference to these extremely interesting pieces. To be fair, those segments are always short statements, usually just a paragraph, and were never meant to be comprehensive. Moreover, UFO Magazine at that time was going through an especially strong phase with quite a lot of good and interesting journalism pertaining to the UFO subject. There was always a lot to discuss in those issues. Even so, it’s clear that Greg Halifax is somewhat mysterious. Who was this guy? No one seems to know.
If you search for “Greg Halifax” on multiple search engines, he doesn’t show up. I similarly came up empty with [“Greg Halifax” writer] and [“Greg Halifax” California]. If you search [“Greg Halifax” “Sedge Masters”] you similarly come up empty. A search on “Sedge Masters” gives one relevant result. This links to a source that has posted the alien autopsy email thread—and even that is rather far down the list and is a unique result. So it’s clear no one is talking about this.
The first article is preceded by this statement:
What you’re about to read is largely unverified… But that doesn’t mean it’s not true. It’s the type of UFO information that would typically be deeply buried, then carefully studied and compartmentalized by a small faction within the intelligence community, as suits any sensitive black operation. As such, straightforward corroboration is difficult at best. But UFO Magazine has the advantage of more than a decade’s worth of collected bits of information and broad-based facts on which to construct some fair extrapolations. Drawn from a range of sources, the following incident reflects upon one of the blackest American covert operations that deal directly with the UFO phenomenon.
The story follows a CIA covert ops specialist by the name of Sedge Masters, who had done a great deal of sensitive work around the world—a very tough James Bond type of spy. He had assumed he’d seen it all. But now he’s brought in to provide services for the ultra-secret UFO crash retrieval program. He learns that he has been selected for his personality traits even more than his substantial technical expertise in a number of areas. He’s been asked to serve as an investigator and interview interrogation specialist to determine what went wrong in the most recent crash retrieval operation. As it turns out, according to the information he learns, ninety minutes have been unaccounted for by everyone in the nearly 70-man team. The team and their supervisors are mystified.
Masters is taken to an ultra secure facility and is given a briefing document to read. It discusses the history of the UFO phenomenon as the higher-ups see it. I won’t describe it all in detail here (PDF attached below) but suffice to say it is a well-put-together summary, and you can almost believe this is how they might have portrayed it. One interesting tidbit is that the briefing document does not identify the name of the UFO control group as “Majestic 12” or “MJ-12,” although “the popular literature bandies” those names about. Instead, the briefing document states, the name is actually Zodiac.
By the late 60s, Zodiac had been able to recruit members of an elite recovery team. Sixty-seven well-trained men were dispatched to the sites of crash landings, and had by the 1970s perfected the tasks of completely and thoroughly documenting all actions and cleaning up any debris remaining after these incidents.
Masters continued reading the briefing document which stated:
These men always comply with strict directions to document practically every single minute of these operations. They are debriefed immediately after each operation. This time, it’s become clear to our debriefing teams at Wright-Patterson that the first members questioned could not account for an hour and a half’s worth of time spent at the site. The pattern of forgetfulness was exact with every one of the other 66 team members at the site.
Most of the second article focuses on the interview of the Colonel in charge of this operation by Masters and a psychologist. The Colonel’s memory also was blank for the critical 90 minutes. It then turns out the following day after the interview, he and the rest of the team were suddenly able to remember the incident. As the Colonel put it, it’s because “THEY allowed it.” They being “the aliens on the ship.” And yes, a very large alien craft intervened during the recovery operation of the smaller UFO they had in their possession.
The third article follows Masters on assignment to investigate matters relating to an underwater UFO and a luminous sphere incident. He learns that the UFO community has undercover operatives working within to relay all important information to the proper channels, including a hypnotherapist that he meets. He is also shown a genuine alien craft that was acquired in a previous crash retrieval that no one has figured out very much about, even after a number of years.
What makes these articles interesting is the combination of a more than solid grasp of the UFO phenomenon along with obviously detailed knowledge of the workings of the classified world. Of course, I myself have zero direct experience with that world, but over the years through enough research and via private conversations, I can say that everything portrayed in this regard seems extremely plausible to me.
I will close by adding that I made some inquiries to various people out there to get any information about this. I am being careful here with what I say. However, I will definitely say that while I did not receive an explicit “yes” on the truth and authenticity contained within these articles, I believe that I was very much given to understand that it is legitimate. This includes the matter of Zodiac, although again I personally did not get that explicitly confirmed. It’s frustrating and I am sorry. But I can only give what I get. Everything is maddeningly one of those “read between the lines” situations. This is one of them.
I also think it is quite obvious that Greg Halifax is a pseudonym, as is “Sedge Masters.”
The material is enclosed as a PDF file. I took very sharp photos of these pages but somehow in the conversion the print is not super sharp. It is still quite readable. It shouldn’t be hard. Meanwhile, if I find a way to tweak my methods, I will come back with a premier version.
NOTE: HERE IS THE LINK FOR THE PDF OF THE THREE ARTICLES
If Nixon was giving TV stars tours of facilities with dead aliens, he may have had a handle on Zodiac. Given SDI and the discussion he had with Gorbachev, it seems like Regan perceived a tangible alien menace. GHW Bush, based upon his claim, “I have seen the bodies of dead aliens,” would appear to have known. Bush didn’t say if it was while he was at CIA or when he was president.
It’s amazing we look at importance of chain of custody here we need to look at chain of communication we have very few links and yes davis is a bit of a hey look at me I know it all type that obviously goes back to high school he needed something me I just dropped out but anyway he does not strike me as a fiber maybe he toots his own horn but he does not appear to lie and Valle of course is another self awe shucks I’m just too smart for you all but again not a liar so that leaves the origin folks and I believe it all has happened just as it’s been told more or less and it scares the shit out of me what else is out there we don’t know about and all my kids care about is tick tock and Instagram maybe ignorance is bliss cause they both sleep like logs and I have insomnia
Fascinating Richard! There is always things missed or brushed aside too hurriedly, that on second or third glance take hold – this (your review) being the case here. And yeah, it does seem plausible given what we already have in front of us. Thank you!
Good stuff Richard!! BUT YOU HAVE TO DO BETTER!! The 1999 Dolan would be on a plane to D.C. getting to the bottom of this! I’m just Kidding!! That is a fascinating story for sure though. Great job as always Richard! Love supporting your work!!
There seem to be a whole lot of saucer crashes, so many that it’s worth keeping on tap a special recovery team. At first blush, this doesn’t sit well with the advanced technology of the craft…unless there are so many UFOs zipping back and forth that the crashes are actually a very small percentage of the total number of trips.
Also, the articles seem to suggest that the propulsion technology and energy source are an enduring mystery, which doesn’t sit well with the “Skunkworks claims” and other evidence suggesting we’ve had crafts of our own for quite a few decades at this point. I suppose that the extent of our own capabilities is one of those secrets within a secret, and even an article that’s candid about the existence of ETs and UFO may well dissemble about what we’ve succeeded in learning from them.
My guess is that these articles were written by Peter Gersten, who at that same time enjoyed writing UFO Sci-Fi stories involving “the aviary” he circulated by e-mail.
I could, of course, be wildly and embarassingly wrong.
Nah, seriously doubt it was Gersten. I am actually researching this one actively, along with a very outstanding research associate. Will keep you posted as I learn more.
Did you ever read his stories? Because of my involvement with the Yeates Affidavit, Gersten and I carried on a correspondence in early e-mail days.
It’s a shame my copies of those stories were lost. Something might be gleaned from them.
Wouldn’t it be cool if that picture turned up in real time on the front page of a major paper. Actually , they’d probably pull it the next day and have 6 men looking at weather balloon wreckage in crates.
I’m still reading, enjoying and digesting the article, Richard, thank you for posting it.
This is perhaps more off-topic than usual, even for me, but its a Rant that must be ranted:
Robert Heinlein referred to an Alien, Brain-sucking Invasive Species as the “Puppet Masters”, in a 1951 novel which became the great film with Donald Sutherland and Eric Thal in 1994. But, since Ufology – to this day – does not have a reliable name to call the Aliens; i.e. what They call Themselves – I suppose the pseudonymous “Sege Masters” is as good as any. Thus, it is that “Our ‘Sege Masters’ have come to infiltrate and enslave us, with our own 5G Brain-sucking technology”.
Every time I run across the many *cringey* articles or videos of self-assured Ufologists talking about “the Pleiadiens” (or “Andromedans” or “Lyrans”) or whatever, it makes me want to Wretch & Puke. The notion that the ‘Greys’ (also a cheesy name, given all the confusion about how many kinds and wherefrom) IF from Zeta Reticuli would refer to themselves as “Zetas” is just so *Over-the-Top* ridiculous that it brings the whole field into disrepute (apologies to Barbara Marciniak, whose work I actually like). Every last reference to Aliens that calls them by a name that *Human Astronomers* just happened to have assigned the Star they supposedly came from has to be treated with suspicion – and all the more so the more such ‘researchers’ attempt to divine their history, motives, or details of their operational presence here. EXAMPLE: I’m not familiar with Dr. & Mrs. Lessin, and I probably generally agree with their hypothesis that we were originally engineered by ETs for their own purposes, BUT, I couldn’t get any farther than about 7 minutes into their presentation, because of this Alien-naming idiocy:
IF we don’t even know how the Aliens refer to Themselves (as in, we call ourselves and our fellows “Human”), then we *OBVIOUSLY* lack the sort of detailed ‘informed’ understanding of them and their history to which Dr. Lessin pretends in his lecture (and which Richard blessedly eschews in all of his), leaving us ONLY with ‘logical deduction from observation’ as the only method of reconnoitering their activities or intentions here. I find it very strange that out of all the thousands of Abductee accounts – and tens of thousands of Contactee accounts – that no common self-references by the Aliens as to who *They consider Themselves to be* have emerged. We are likewise faced with a dearth of information about their Homeworld, history, society, etc. that is backed up by, at the very least, an equitable pronunciation of their species moniker, as they would render it. Without it, to confirm some such intimate dialog, all such speculation must be deemed the ravings of mad lunatics – or such Happy Crap as the Aliens chose to insert in lieu of actual information.
I’m sorry, but “Reptilians”, “Reptiloids”, “Insectalins”/”Insectoids”, “Trantaloids”, “Archquloids”, “Quadloids”, “Heplaloids” – and “Blue Avians”, for that matter – are every bit as hokey and unserious as “Pleiadiens” (or worse, “Plejarans”) – BECAUSE *These Are Human Descriptors*. Even IF the “Trantaloid” (& etc.) names really did come from a CIA briefing document in 1980, we’re FOUR DECADES on from that, with Thousands of direct physical contact cases under our belts, and should know – even independent of anything from The Government – who these Alien ‘People’ really ARE. For a little bit, calling them “Greys” (or “Arcturans”) seems rather like referring to Earthly foreigners as “Wogs”, “Wops”, “Kikes’, “Spics”, “Degos”, “Micks”, “Chincs” or “Pollacks”; *Surely, We Can Do Better*.
A Century on from Maria Orsitsch, we shouldn’t be forced to refer to the ETs as “Greys” or “Aldeborans” any more than as “Visitors”, “Newcomers”, “Space Brothers” or “Light Beings”. The “Newcomers” – also derisively referred to as “Slags”, though ‘Alienated’, remained proudly “Tenctonese”. At least Gene Roddenberry had the good sense to give “the Taelons” their own self-derived species name before their Arrival on our planet. Surely, *all of Ufology* ought to be able to track down this one tiny data point in more reliable fashion than we have, after 80 years. Until then, calling them our “Sege Masters” is as good a label as any…
Rant Over. “Now I’m all verklempt; Talk amongst yourselves…”
* – “Sedge”, rather. (sp)
Omg. PTD. Guess what? I actually think you are making a very good point here! Now you will definitely get verklempt. And, ironically enough,
You are the first to initiate politically correct guidelines regarding those who are ‘Non Terrestrial Natives’. I love it! I even gave you a thumbs up for it.
I guess you’re right!
This thing about calling the Aliens by *our* star names, as if they would have renamed their planets to accommodate our nomenclature, has always been a pet peeve of mine. Its a little bit worse than extracting “Peking” from “Beijing” or “Bombay” from “Mumbai”. If some Ancient Alien Astronomer, thousands of years ago, looking out on his night sky from a distant world, had trained his telescope on our Sun and dubbed it “Gloonfligen”, are we to be known as the “Gloonfligers” around the galactic neighborhood forevermore? So, if the Pleiadians (or “Plejaren”) want to be taken seriously, they’ll let their Human handlers know their actual name – for starters.
I enjoyed reading your narration while listening. This is a great tool for me because it allows me to point out ideas to my “uninformed” associates that think this topic is unbelievable. It appears the concept “The pen is mightier than the sword” or “what is in print takes precedence” carries alot of weight when the author’s voice is attached to a particular writing.
After hearing and reading your narration, I am getting some positive responses from my associates that there may be something to the notion that Aliens could be legitimate. Unfortunately, I am associated with many who think I wear a “tin foil” hat.
Wear it proudly. When people use that insult towards you, it means they have nothing but insult. They have no argument, no discussion, no intellect. They are weak. Disregard them, or have charity towards the lesser.
There is a lot to chew on with this three-part article/story, including one part that, quite frankly, hits a little too close to home for me personally to discus in this format.
My personal experience aside, I clearly see why this fictional, albeit highly plausible story, in which the author masterfully weaves presumably true UFO events and stories into the fabric of the plot, including some not-so-well-known events, would catch Hal Puthoff’s attention. The author clearly has a novelist’s voice and has no doubt written (and likely published) other written works of one sort or another (likely under another pseudonym or possibly under his, or her, real name). The near effortless ability of the author to infuse non-fictional elements into the overall story in a manner that drives the fictional story line is a testament to his/her craft, and is something that I wish the History Channel would have done a better job with in the creation of the Project Blue Book series.
The three articles contain too many details about presumably true events to be mere coincidence. This holds especially true for events or phenomena that are now well known, but were not at the time the articles were penned. Does the specific mention of USO/UFO’s off the coast of southern California sound familiar? There is however a conspicuous absence of some other notable events, which could have bolstered the fictionalized plot line of the story, such as the recovery of a craft and bodies at Cape Girardeau in the early 1940’s. Still, such omissions do not take away from the premise of the story, or the plausibility of the described UFO events as being true. One example is the description of recovering two craft at Roswell (one actually being found on the plains of San Agustin, which is not mentioned by name in the story) containing “two” races of beings. The description of this double event fits into a hypothesis that I happen to subscribe to (and have mentioned in at least one previous discussion on this site) that suggests the earth has played host to more than one unearthly conflict between at least two different races of off-world entities having differing agendas–one race possibly having a first-hand involvement in the development, study, and preservation of a grand experiment on earth, and one or more other races having motivations that are at best indifferent to the well being of (or the contamination of) that experiment. I believe it is not outside the realm of possibility that the two alien craft that crashed outside Roswell were in fact combatants.
Regarding the basic fictionalized plot line of the articles; I find the author’s explanation of why they would not subject the soldiers to hypnosis or drugs a bit too contrived to be real. If the government–as the author points out later in the story–was not above terminating someone’s life based on what they knew, they would not be above obtaining mission-critical information from soldiers using hypnosis or drugs (with or without their consent) regardless of preserving their “honor”. Furthermore, if they were so concerned about preserving the honor of fellow soldiers, they would not have brought in (as the author describes) an outside “Agency spook” to interrogate them.
The Sedge Masters character appears more like a fictionalized composite of many individuals than a single, real-life, person. I highly doubt that one individual would be privy to so many facets of such a highly compartmentalized, ultra-secret, program, as he was in this story, especially when he is an outsider, which brings up another point. Notwithstanding the level of expertise a given outside agent, such as Masters, might have with respect to interrogation, this kind of critical mission function would likely be performed by a highly trained, specialized, and compartmentalized, interrogation team within the program–not an outsider. On the other hand, if one were to subscribe to the legitimacy of the Bob Lazar story, which I do, then bringing in an outsider when all else fails is not out of the question. The level of information that was provided to Sedge Masters, however, is highly suspect–as was his ability to get the necessary clearances so quickly in light of a suspected drinking problem, and potentially troubled marriage–both red flags.
This was a great story nonetheless, which incorporates, what I believe to be factual events of intense, and potentially disturbing, interest (at least to me). And though fictional, it is likely no less factual than the fictionalized account of the battle of Midway chronicled in the titular 1976 film. Just my humble opinion.
I think your points are right on. Absolutely. Not sure what I would think about the reticence to mess with the elite members of the crash retrieval team. Maybe you are right; I don’t know what I think. I could imagine the the higher ups would be protective, but honestly I don’t know. But yes, I agree fully with your take on this.
I read all of this and was quite shocked really not just by how good the story is but what D.A. mentions above: “…the author masterfully weaves presumably true UFO events and stories into the fabric of the plot…”
Indeed… reading these stories one after the other made me immediately wonder… where was the next one? Did this talented author abandon Mr. Masters just before his trip to Antarctica? The first thing I wondered about was why they stopped here… or did they? Guess it is possible he continued in some other fashion… though we may have no clue what that is…
Another point that I found quite intriguing is drawing a line around telepathy… no telepathy… but “empathetic manipulation and thought control ability…” Just struck me as curious to draw this line and then – though it may not be true telepathy – well the difference… though he goes into more detail… leaves me even more curious about the attempt to describe this thing that is “not telepathy”… like what a curious detail. Not telepathy … but…
From ’47 to the early 80’s 11 more craft beyond those at Roswell were recovered…. per the story… The whole thing about these crashes has always seemed strange to me… if we accept there is a basic truth here… why so many crashes? Is it the tech… or something less clear-cut less obvious? Have just started reading “the alien agendas” but I wonder if you talk about this aspect of multiple ‘crashes’… it is pointing to something probably important but I wonder just what…
And then his description of the different kinds: the taller humanoids, the smaller “biological robots” without excretory or sexual characteristics, Nordics, and ‘dwarves’ (“small, strong, hairy ones”)… he doesn’t use the word dwarves… or Greys.
And then the central piece of the three part series; they have forgotten over an hour of what happened during the retrieval! And he never completely fills in this blank… yes they seem to remember something… but then drags out the whole screen memory thing… as if to say there is a lot more going on but cant tell you…
The whole issue of memory and remembering is what the whole thing is about… and his reference to the Ballroom… jeeesh so many little details here, and it is written quite well, and his awareness of the history of this field… these stories – are quite a wonder. No wonder they have grabbed your attention… and others…
I knew about the alien autopsy video but I never knew that there was a thread Richard until you started talking about it. I was somewhat skeptical about the alien autopsy video before , but the thread you mention and listening to talk about the subject and talking about kit green definitely puts in into a whole new perspective for me. And as far as the Wilson-Davis notes , some people are just going to never believe that notes on genuine, they are just hard-core skeptics who only think one way.And as far as the email thread from Putoff to kit Green and Zimmerman , I think could possibly be real, just look at all the other information that has been coming out.
I just want to emphasize that I am not offering an endorsement to the alien autopsy video here. I mentioned the email thread connected to it because that led to the Sedge Masters topic.
At the beginning of your audio, you mention how people sometimes prefer to listen to the information in lieu of reading it. It is true that I could read the article faster than listening to the audio of it. But then I would be seriously depriving myself of being able to listen to the smooth, dulcet tones of Richard’s voice. 🥰🥰
Wild Bill 🤠
I just finished reading those articles and they were amazing!I feel like there is a lot of truth to those articles, I was picturing the the bodies and the 4 types of aliens that had been found along with the crafts,and the they way Masters that described the craft as he was running hand along it was giving me chills in a good way, it conjured up an amazing image in my head, but also a little anger and jealousy,because if most of this information is true, the military has their hand on some amazing technology,can you imagine coming in contact with an alien race from who knows where and the technology that brought it to our planet and the military is just keeping it all to themselves,with no intentions on making us aware that we are visited, although I know we are being visited, but until I have actually have seen a ufo or an ebe or been abducted it still doesn’t completely register with me,I can’t fully grasp the feeling and emotions of the situation. The part about the glowing red orbs, it made me think about the orbs seen on skinwalker ranch.
I am one who prefers to listen to your talks on audio. I even convert some of your Fireside Chats to MP3.
To get sharp copies of documents I can recommend a flatbed scanner, which is much better than a camera photo. This, along with OCR and text-to-speech software are indispensable for research.
Unfortunately, the pdf image quality is too poor to OCR.
@Clixis I respect your view however I’m a visual engager and would rather prefer video all day everyday but I know this is not always possible and that’s fine. Just thought I’d post this incase Richard feels everyone’s an “audio slave.” LOL.
Sorry for asking a stupid question, and pardon me if you had already discussed this, but am I correct in assuming that there were no follow ups to the three Sedge Masters articles in UFO Magazine or elsewhere? If there weren’t, that would seem rather odd, wouldn’t it? Not only did the story end abruptly with no conclusion, but it left several elements within the story hanging, such as: why would the aliens block the soldier’s memories, then allow them to recall some of them the next day; or why would the aliens (if they felt so much hostility towards the soldiers) allow them to take the craft and its dead occupants; or how did the orb, the two teenagers, and the comely psychologist ultimately tie into the rest of the story line? The author was setting the foundation for quite a good story, and yet nothing more came of it…zip, zilch, nada. So…what happened? Clearly, the author must have had an entire story penned, which the magazine editor had to have had approved in its entirety beforehand, right? If so, why not publish the rest of it?
You mentioned that UFO Magazine at that time was “going through an especially strong phase with quite a lot of good and interesting journalism pertaining to the UFO subject”, so I assume the magazine was still in print with no interruptions after the first three articles were published, and yet there was no follow up to the Sedge Masters story, which clearly grabbed Puthoff’s attention and interest–and perhaps some others’ as well. Does this seem odd to you, or am I over analyzing it? Was there any mention of why the articles were terminated in subsequent editions of the magazine? I assume you already contacted the publishers of UFO Magazine from that time about this. Did they have anything interesting to say?
I also wonder if the illustrations used in the article were prepared specifically for the story, or if they were just canned illustrations by Wes Crum. If they were specifically prepared for the articles, then clearly there was more to the written story that wasn’t published, which may have included a Bob Lazar-esque type S-4 story line based on one of the drawings, which depicts mountainside hangers and multiple craft–one in particular that fits Lazar’s “sport” model description to a tee. Has anyone reached out to Wes Crum about those illustrations?
Also, do you interpret the lack of a response by Kit Green or Kristin Zimmerman to Puthoff’s question about the articles as a conspicuous omission, or a tacit “no comment”, or do you think it was just a coincidence that they were mum about the enigmatically penned, and mysteriously terminated, articles?
Interestingly, Puthoff writes in his letter to Green and Zimmerman that “we have reason to believe the set of stories are only slightly fictionalized versions of a source’s experiences writing up records for the archives at WPAFB”. We? Exactly, who are “we”? It would seem that Puthoff’s opinion on this, which is incredibly noteworthy in and of itself, is actually part of a consensus among an unknown group of his peers–presumably a group that knows a hell of a lot more about the UFO phenomenon than we could imagine. He also specifically mentions that they believe the articles are based on a single source’s experiences writing up records for the archives at WPAFB. Wait…what makes Puthoff believe that? That’s a pretty specific assumption, isn’t it? Did I miss something? Where is that mentioned in the article? The preface to the articles just mentions that the incidents were “drawn from a range of sources”, not on any one specific source from WPAFB, who was writing up records for the archives. Again, maybe I just missed it, or am reading way too much into this. Interesting nonetheless. What are your thoughts?
Those three are all there is. For the record, I have a very good lead on some additional information about the author of that piece, and so you haven’t heard the last about this. To answer your questions, yes, UFO Mag was in a very strong phase at the turn of the century, which continued until around 2004 or 2005.Bill Birnes had purchased it from Vicky Ecker during the late 90s and the quality remains high for a while. But starting in 05 you really see a decline overall. Less journalism and more regular feature writers who kept retreading the same old stuff. And lots of New Age themes, as well as other strictly non-UFO themes mixed in. The Sedge Masters pieces however came at a time when the magazine was going very well. I think those illustrations were unique for the articles, so there’s that. I have a feeling they kept the whole thing relatively quiet because the author needed anonymity and was clearly crafting a valid scenario based on a significant connection to the military-intelligence community — in relation to UFOs. This is something I strongly believe based on separate investigation. I don’t know how to find Wes Crum but I imagine it’s not impossible to do. It’s a good idea to reach out to him. I will look into that. As for Puthoff’s very specific reference to Wright-Pat, I am with you. I am doing my own follow-up on this. If I learn something key, I will relay it. Actually I have already learned something about that, but want a little more info. I have little doubt there were more email on this topic that were NOT leaked to us!
This was absolutely fascinating Richard. Thank you ssssoooooo MUCH for the audio version of this! Greatly appreciated.
It’s amazing we look at importance of chain of custody here we need to look at chain of communication we have very few links and yes davis is a bit of a hey look at me I know it all type that obviously goes back to high school he needed something me I just dropped out but anyway he does not strike me as a fibber maybe he toots his own horn but he does not appear to lie and Valle of course is another self awe shucks I’m just too smart for you all but again not a liar so that leaves the origin folks and I believe it all has happened just as it’s been told more or less and it scares the shit out of me what else is out there we don’t know about and all my kids care about is tick tock and Instagram maybe ignorance is bliss cause they both sleep like logs and I have insomnia