A sample article from the October 1999 Star Beacon


by Ann Ulrich



Yes, there is life after the conference. I am finally "recovering" from the wonder of it all. Ethan and I have been able to get back to our "normal"(?) lives this fall. I've been wanting to mention that we adopted a couple of mules last spring.

Meet Miranda (on the right), our 18-year-old brown molly with a sweet disposition, who lets us ride her. Unfortunately, she only has two speeds: slow and stop. Then there's our 14-year-old jack, Koko (on the left). He's a handsome fella, chocolate colored with white stockings... but he is a mule with an attitude! Before he came to live with us on Stucker Mesa, Koko's name was "Dammit..." and for good reason. He packs and is very good at what he does.

The mules are a lot of fun... or at least we hope they will be one day soon. So far it's been a lot of work putting up fence and building a stable for them to live in this winter. But next summer we hope to take them into the mountains and look for UFOs. Ethan keeps telling me the mountains get steeper each year, and with Y2K coming... mules aren't a bad idea.


Intragalactic emanations from space supposedly began falling on the Earth's surface on Sept. 9, according to Professor R. Wilso of the Wilso Institute for Scientomythic Enquiry (W.I.S.E.), based in Ridgefield, N.J. "The populace is hereby advised not to look directly into the Sun for the next six months, which is the raybeam period of activity," explained the W.I.S.E. chairman. "Data just in from Chile, Arizona and Hawaii indicate that the persistence of this effect will be particularly intense in the west-central United States along a meridian line running near or through Devil's Lake and Jamestown, N.D.; Kearney, Neb.; Great Bend, Kan.; Clinton, Okla., and near Kerrville and San Antonio, Texas."

Wearing a hat, cap or sun visor on clear days during this period can effectively neutralize exposure to raybeams, reports the institute. Wilso also suggested that all cooking utensils and surfaces on which food is prepared be cleaned immediately after use for this time.

Further data from W.I.S.E. indicates that raybeams generate only once every 111 years, due to a peculiar alignment of solar system planets, Milky Way stars and local-cluster galaxies. Their last appearance here was recorded in 1888, only by a remote sect of Thai monks.

The Wilso Institute for Scientomythic Equiry was founded originally in May 1955 in Newark, Dela., "to pursue studies of parascientomythic events as they may relate to life on Earth." You may contact them by writing W.I.S.E., P.O. Box 538, Ridgefield, NJ 07657, telephone 800/541-7627.


On Sept. 16, 1999 at 1:45 p.m., I was walking to my car to return to work after my lunch break. Alerted by the call of a raven, I stopped and glanced up at the sky to see where the bird was flying. A raven flew over the top of my house and continued to call in its raucous tone. The sun hurt my eyes, so I blocked it out with my hands and then I saw several small flying objects close to the sun. Some of them were just cotton-like seedballs blowing in the wind, but there were some objects that moved around and stood still and were shiny and metallic.

I ran into the house to get my binoculars and then got behind the building in order to block out the bright sun. I watched objects close to the sun for several minutes through the binoculars. It was easy to distinguish between natural, free-blowing seedballs and the mysterious shiny objects that would seem to hover and then move in different directions. One small round object was very bright. Another metallic object appeared to have thin projections on either side of it. It was hard to keep my eyes focused, due to the tearing, as my eyes are very sensitive to bright light. I watched through the binoculars as one of the metallic objects slowly moved away and then seemed to fade and shrink.

Then the objects, including all the seedballs, were gone. Clouds had moved in and the sun was blocked for most the rest of the afternoon. It is interesting to mention that I was telling my Special One at lunch just how strange I had been feeling that day. I was feeling extremely detached from the world, almost dizzy, and it was hard to concentrate on anything at work. He said he had felt that way earlier in the day.

Two years ago, I attended a program in Montrose, Colo., in which Tim Edwards of Salida, Colo., showed video footage of his UFO sightings. I recall him showing footage of small objects close to the sun, and at the time I was skeptical because the footage he took looked too much like a swarm of gnats that had been caught on camera. I don't know what Tim captured on film, but I do know that on Sept. 16 I wasn't seeing gnats. It was very strange. I had absolutely no fear of this phenomenon, just fascination.


The Organization for Paranormal Understanding and Support (OPUS) meets in the Bay Area of California. June Steiner, its new president, wants everyone to know that although they are no longer holding regular public monthly meetings with speakers or films, they plan to work with other Bay Area organizations to jointly sponsor such events. In April, OPUS and a group of Bay Area Consciousness and UFO organizations met with Joe Firmage and shared goals and ideas they plan to implement in the near future. June says she continued to hold a monthly experiencer meeting in her home and it is always well attended and vital. Joe Firmage was scheduled as a recent guest. The Web address is www.ufochronicles.com/o pus/ and you can reach June by e-mail at JuniMoon7@aol.com or lvelez@lecsf.com. For those not on Internet, the phone number is 408/395-9202.

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