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Los Angeles Times
Angeles, California, TIMES, 3 December 1939, page
Solution Sought in Sky Mystery
November Phenomenon Attracts Interest of
of a mysterious astral phenomenon was being sought yesterday
by J. Hugh Pruett, Pacific Coast director of the American
director reported that last Nov. 21 at 4:55 p.m. at a point
about 50 miles south of Fresno a long narrow ribbon of brown
- something like smoke - was seen low in the southern sky.
ribbon extended from the southeast to southwest horizons
and appeared to be moving rapidly northward. Within 15 seconds
its ends were on the eastern and western horizons and its
center directly overhead. Within another quarter minute
it was fading out low in the north.
Hunter, astronomy assistant at the University of Oregon,
and Mrs. Hunter witnessed the spectacle and reported it
society director, whose offices are at the University of
Oregon, is seeking additional information regarding the
phenomenon, and asks that anyone who saw it write him at
the university reporting how it appeard to them.
pointed out that daylight meteors often leave a trail of
smoke across the sky, but that the apparent movement is
Angeles, California, TIMES, 4 December 1939, page
Balloon Weather Box Drifts From Maryland to Anaheim
Dec. 4. - Pennies from heaven will for the remainder of
his life have a real meaning for LeRoy Henderson, 14. For
the lad today stands to get $20, via that avenue, from Baltimore,
no one was more surprised than young Henderson yesterday
when he cast his eyes skyward to see a red parachute descending
into a neighbor's back yard. He investigated with results
which promise to be highly satisfactory.
to the silken parachute were attached fragments of a rubber
balloon and an aluminum-tinted box about 5 inches thick,
8 wide and 10 long. Upon the box were strange words which
revealed the device was an automatic weather broadcaster
which had been released from Baltimore, Md., Nov. 8.
remnants of the balloon told their own story. After the
device had drifted so high there no longer was sufficient
atmospheric pressure to sustain the bag, it burst.
automatically released the thin parachute from its round
cardboard case, permitting the box to float gracefully to
earth. It was open at two sides to permit the broadcasting
equipment to function, and a small slide permits a view
into another portion of the interior.
upon the box are instructions for its return to Baltimore.
Any postmaster is authorized to accept the box postage free.
the mechanism appears to be undamaged and the finder follows
printed instructions he is promised $20, and there's where
LeRoy's prayer to Santa Claus seems to be answered.
he will mail the box to the United States Weather Bureau
in Maryland. After that he will wait at his home, 708 S.
Helena for word that his faithfulness will be rewarded.
Angeles, California, TIMES, 1 May 1947, page
'Ghost Plane' From East Has R.A.F. Baffled
April 30. (AP) - Reports of a midnight "ghost plane"
swooping out of the east at tremendous speed gave the British
press a sensational aviation mystery today.
accounts said the mystery craft, first plotted by radar
early in January, zooms over the East Anglia coast - as
though it came from the Continent - and disappears inland
at a speed of 400 miles an hour or more.
is even odder is that the plane has never been seen making
the return journey from England to the Continent. R.A.F.
night fighters have tried regularly to intercept the "ghost
plane" but so far have been unsuccessful.
has plotted some strange things in its time, from children's
kites and raindrops to formations of geese, but it surely
never plotted a stranger thing than this," said the
Yorkshire Post, adding:
it a diamond or drug smuggler? Is it conveying a secret
agent from one foreign power to another?" The only
version we have not yet heard - perhaps because of Mr. Bevin's
return from Moscow - is that the aircraft's wings have been
seen to be covered with snow."
Angeles, California, TIMES, 10 May 1947, page
You Weren't 'Seeing Things;' That Meteor Was - a Meteor
that wasn't a new jet plane scorching over Los Angeles early
was a very bright meteor, of the type known as "fireball,"
according to Dr. C. H. Cleminshaw, associate director of
the Griffith Observatory.
Cleminshaw said that the meteor was seen streaking from
east to west at about 7:26 p.m., but that it was difficult
to determine whether it landed on the earth.
asked that anyone who saw the meteor and could accurately
describe its path and apparent altitude contact officials
at the observatory so they can plot its path.
Angeles, California, TIMES, 17 May 1947, page
Nazi War Secrets Hunt Nearly Ended
May 16. (AP) - A report by the American military government
disclosed today that Allied technical investigators are
nearing the end of their quest after Nazi war secrets -
such as the flying bomb - in the western zones of occupation.
Angeles, California, TIMES, 13 September 1956, page
CALLS NO GAG
Flying Saucer Sighters Won't Let Him Sleep
Lyman never saw a flying saucer.
never hopes to see one.
he can tell anyhow, he'd rather see some than hear about
them all through the night.
35, a television writer, first got involved with the plates
from space when he had a telephone put in his apartment
at 6231 Afton Place.
first night the phone rang - late. Lyman answered sleepily.
So It Started
want to report a flying saucer," said a strange voice.
report it," growled Lyman.
it rang again. And again.
began to drive me nuts," Lyman said yesterday. "It
went on for a week. I was seeing flying saucers in my sleep
- what sleep I got."
a Gag at All
thought it was a cruel gag at first, but finally he decided
to check with the telephone company. The telephone people
spun some dials and came up with the answer.
new number was still listed in the directory as that of
the Ground Observer Corps of Hollywood. That number had
recently been disconnected, it was explained, and reassigned
if you see a flying saucer, don't call Lyman.
the Pasadena Air Defense Filter Center.
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