From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dean Zevchek)
Date: 8 Jul 93 02:47:00 GMT
Organization: NASA Lewis Research Center / Cleveland, Ohio
The following information comes from New York UFO Researcher Bill
Knell's July newsletter. I stripped out some material which has been
already posted in numerous Long Island "Press Releases" here.
LONG ISLAND MEDIA "SCAMMED" BY FAKE UFO TAPE
FROM: Island Skywatch (A NY based UFO Research Membership Group
dedicated to serious UFO research and investigation)
TO: NYC/NY/L.I. AREA MEDIA, For Immediate Release - 6/9/93
WRITTEN BY: Bill Knell
This press release came on the heals of several others issued in the
past several years about L.I. "UFO Crashes" from LIUFON. In this, the
third press release of it's kind (Ford claimed two other crashes
occured previously), Ford again claimed a massive cover-up by
Suffolk County Police and the Federal Government. But, he also
claimed that a video was taken during the crash by an anonymous
photographer (he claimed this before in one of the earlier "crash"
cases) and that the video was so spectacular that it would appear
later this year on Unsolved Mysteries.
Island Skywatch takes great exception to the spread of false
information about the UFO subject by Mr. Ford and his organization.
We believe, as in the case of the two previous UFO "Crashes", this
one is a complete fraud perpetrated by Ford and LIUFON for fame and
financial gain. Mr. Ford has already used his position as a Suffolk
County Court Officer to harass people who have opposed him in the
UFO Field with threats of arrest, legal harassment and violence and,
subsequently, has been investigated by NYS Courts Inspector General
for these matters.
Sadly, at least one major LI Newspaper has fallen prey to Ford's
false information in the May 24, 1993 press release and has printed
it as fact. But, here are the real facts - Bob Kiviat, a researcher
for Unsolved Mysteries at Cosgrove-Meurer Productions, told Bill
Knell that the video Ford mentioned to back up his claim about the
November 24th, 1992 UFO Crash in Suffolk County had been declared a
HOAX by Dr. Bruce Maccabee of Silver Spring, Maryland (a
photographic expert who works for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
and Robert Oschler, a photographic analyst and scientist who donates
is expertise to the Mutual UFO Network. (He has worked on other UFO
videos for Unsolved Mysteries.) Hence, Unsolved Mysteries never had
any intention of covering the case in any episode. We hope that the
newspapers who cover such matters will, in the future, do so in a
more responsible manner.