Copyright 1997 by Bob Soetebier
Ted Phillips has archived well over 5000 "land-trace" cases. He says he has personally investigated 600 of these cases and also personally talked to thousands of witnesses involved with such cases.
Ted noted that from his experience investigating these incidents -- and from general correlations from the vast majority of such cases -- the physical parameters of the UFOs (reportedly sighted in direct relation to the physical-trace sites) usually fall into one of the three following categories:
(a) Eight- to ten-foot in diameter donut-shaped disk; usually hovers just off the ground (rarely "touching down"); apparently not infrequently leaving a circular ring-trace of burned grass and/or hardened soil that typically will then not absorb any moisture.
(b) Twenty- to thirty-foot in diameter disks with 3 landing legs.
(c) Oval-shaped craft with with 4 legs -- such as the April, 1964, Socorro, New Mexico case involving patrolman Lonnie Zamora. (Ted Phillips classed the Zamora case as the most impressive one he had investigated along with his best friend, J. Allen Hynek, who was famous for his role as the chief field investigator for the U.S. Air Force's [now-defunct] "Project Blue Book.")
Among modern-day purported UFO cases, Phillips noted an apparent shift from the classic disk-shaped craft to triangular or wedge-shaped craft.
During his slide presentation, Phillips featured, among other cases, a 1967 Tuscumbia, Missouri case which appears to be an exception to the rule as far as "3 or 4 legs" is concerned.
A 64-year-old farmer by the name of Claude Edwards was about to feed his cows when he noticed that the cows were all faced the same direction toward a field behind a double fence row. Farmer Edwards reported that what held the cows attention was a 20-plus feet in diameter greenish-grey disk that was supported off the ground by a singular central shaft-like pedestal.
Edwards said he climbed over both fences and noticed small beings (also greenish-grey in color) around the craft. Upon his approach these beings seemed to disappear into the craft.
As he got closer to the craft, Edwards reported running into some sort of impenetrable invisible force field 15 feet out from the craft. He then picked up a couple of good-sized rocks. He threw the first rock at the craft. It was repelled by the invisible shield. Edwards then threw the second rock on top of the craft and said it skipped off of, and over, the same invisible force-field shield.
The UFO was said to have made a hasty retreat. Left behind was the incredulous farmer and a ground impression of that central shaft-like pedestal (with the resultant classic physical-trace characteristics mentioned previously.)
Today, Ted Phillips still actively investigates the occasional (but now more rarely reported) landing-trace case. Currently, his main investigative thrust has been documenting the long-standing (regularly -- almost nightly -- reported) Joplin "Spook Light" just a couple of miles south of the tri-state Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma border. [See CNI News vol. 2, no. 22 of Feb 1, 1997] As Ted says: "The Joplin 'Spook Light' is furnace-bright. Whatever it is, it most definitely is NOT distant car headlights!"
Original file name: CNI - Ted Phillips Cases
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