UFO Conjectures

Saturday, October 18, 2014

No extraterrestrial craft -- UFO, flying saucer, whatever -- would have a symbol on it.

We've provided these symbols as part of a much earlier posting here about UFO symbols.

My point in re-asserting the images is that I plan an upcoming piece on why visitors from outer space could not -- that is, could not! -- have symbols on any alleged craft they flew here.

The thesis is based on the human history of writing, which you can follow by first reading this article from Wikipedia:


This means that Lonnie Zamora's craft could not have been an extraterrestrial craft, a point I've made many times previously.

(The supposed symbol -- no matter which one is the real one -- is the smoking gun that defuses any argument for Socorro being an alien event.)


Vannevar Bush's intriguing Memex idea

The other Memex: The tangled career of Vannevar Bush's Information Machine, The Rapid Selector
Colin Burke *
Department of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Campus, Baltimore, MD 21228-5398

*Correspondence to Colin Burke, Department of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Campus, Baltimore, MD 21228-5398

information science history


Vannevar Bush had much less to do with modern information science and technology than has been thought. The histories of the two machines that were the closest Bush came to turning his famed Memex ideas into hardware, the Comparator and the Rapid Selector, dictate a reevaluation of Bush's direct influence. His 1930s attempts to build a device for America's codebreakers and to create a machine for the library of the future were less than successful. The story of the difficulties of the decades-long projects help to place Bush and Memex in an historical context. © 1992 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Received: 20 December 1991; Revised: 6 May 1992; Accepted: 23 June 1992


A few odd UFO encounters

Jan Wolski: The craft encountered by Wolski, May 1978 (courtesy of Harry Trumbore). Not recommended for interstellar travel!


This from David Pratt [2002], found in our archives:

Another intriguing case took place on the evening of 3 January 1979. Americans Filiberto Cardenas, his friend Fernando Marti, and Marti's wife and 13-year-old daughter were driving home when their car engine quit. The 2 men got out and began to look under the hood. They suddenly saw alternating red and violet lights reflecting off the engine and heard a sound 'like many bees'. The car began to shake, the light turned a brilliant white, and Fernando began to crawl further under the hood for protection. Meanwhile, Filiberto felt paralyzed and began to rise into the air, shouting 'Don't take me'. Fernando saw him rising up, and by the time he got out from under the hood, all he could see was a bulky object that ascended and moved away. The next thing Filiberto remembered was being nearly run over by a car on the Tamiami Trail about 16 km from where he had been lifted up. The police were sufficiently puzzled by the story that they listed the type of offence as 'close encounter of the third kind' in their official report.


UFO cruising over Moon's surface?


What would induce the U.S. military to consider flying saucer/aircraft designs?

Flying saucer/disk configurations were relatively rare in science fiction stories prior to Kenneth Arnold’s 1947 sighting.

But there was a documented patent for a lenticular flying machine (according to Wikipedia) submitted by Romanian inventor Henri Coanda, who created a functional scale model in 1932, patenting his conception in 1935.

 A flying disc craft called the Discopter was patented by Alexander Weygers in 1944 (Wikipedia also tells us).

And in films, flying saucers were not depicted until 1950’s The Flying Saucer, and others in the 1950s time-frame.

So why were there efforts by the Army, Air Force, and even the Navy to come up with a flying saucer engineered/designed flying craft?

Did the military have access to films that showed such craft flying in the skies?

Did they actually recover a downed flying disc in Roswell, which spurred the military to try to come up with own versions?

What would cause even the slightest interest in the round flying craft design, except for some evidence that such things were extant after 1947?