Form letter on Wisconsin news clippings
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Sorry for getting even further behind on sending out the articles, though for some of you I have started to send out preliminary copies right away. By way of explanation: I’ve been spending a lot of time on some problems where it has been a hassle just getting the relevant officials to do their jobs and investigate formal complaints (at least for the first two):
ASSAULT INCIDENT (without injury, fortunately—or perhaps unfortunately), where the Milwaukee Police Department wouldn’t file charges, or even talk to witnesses. See my online comment to article in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel of Oct. 13 (p. 3B, last item)
(For background information on the assault, see <http://agrippinaminor.com/
AGE-DISCRIMINATION CHARGE against Johnson Controls, filed with the EEOC (and corresponding state agency). See my letter in the Wall Street Journal’s weekend edition of Sept. 28-29, p. A12:
LIBERTY TAX SERVICE: (I haven’t spent nearly as much time on this as on the other two things, but any time was a waste.) I started preparing taxes for Liberty Tax Service in January, but they didn’t give me any hours after Jan. 29, saying they were “saving” me for the harder returns later in the tax season. Not only was that crazy at the time, it eventually proved untrue. And they haven't paid me for when I DID work—except a payment for only part of two days, which came two months late after I complained to the franchise headquarters. Otherwise, the headquarters were totally useless in interceding with the franchise owners on my behalf—it’s a partnership of four men with 17 offices in southeastern Wisconsin. Liberty is the outfit with the dancing Statues of Liberty out front.
Enough of the excuses and griping.
As usual, this is being sent to both the few individuals who are helping subsidize the clipping service, and to others to whom I send selected articles of particular interest to them. Most of you have received older versions of this before.
For the UFO newsletter editors among you: You’re welcome to use my submissions, but please don’t distribute them otherwise. Partly for the reason as in the next paragraph, but also because the clipping service is so expensive, and only two people help subsidize it now. If you know of somebody who’d want the articles, please put him in touch with me instead.
After Gannett got wind of the electronic nature of the articles, they forbad the service from including any of its 18 Wisconsin papers in its coverage. This continued for most of 2007 (Feb.-Oct.), and I don’t know why they eventually relented. But I don’t want that to happen again, especially as next time it would probably be permanent. (Plus, I don't want other papers to get the same idea.) Thank you. Though now some newspapers themselves send the clipping service an electronic version of the paper (the same as they send to their printer), so for them it must be OK.
This is a special e-mail box that I opened for this purpose. Please keep using the other box that you have for me. If I am using this box at the moment (which you would know if your had JUST received my mailing from here), I may see your letter quicker if you send it here; then please send it to BOTH boxes.
I loved Yahoo Classic e-mail, but in July they made everybody change to “new” Yahoo, which has multiple versions, Starting January 2013, I was planning to send articles from email@example.com. But I found (as did you) that that inserts loads of hard returns in the text. So I went back to firstname.lastname@example.org. But I have now changed a couple of the settings from the default ones, so I THINK it’s OK now. But please let me know if there are problems.
Also, the hard returns don’t really matter so much anymore because I am putting more in attachments now, except for an article without an image attachment (that I have from the Web only). I may decide to put these articles in a Word attachment too, but I haven’t started doing that yet.
In Feb. 2013, the service changed from jpg to pdf. The quality went down, and they string each day’s articles together on separate pages of the pdf file. I don’t know how to separate them, so the best I can do is paste to a Word document, which also lets me replace the clipping service’s ID. However, there are still some of the jpg articles I didn’t send yet (plus, I may send the better jpg articles to new correspondents who sign up). For awhile early on with the pdf’s, I included all or part of the article entry in the body of e-mail, with a note that it’s also in the attachment (i.e., with the article image). I am omitting that note now, as being superfluous. In any event, you don’t need to print the e-mail cover letter anymore, because that information is part of the Word document with the article image, generally following the image. Sometimes I find that I can’t open the Word document even from my USB drive, but I don’t usually
check. So please let me know ASAP if you have problems.
There might be more re-sends now, because with the new Yahoo, the “Attach” button is the same place on the screen as the “Send” button. If the article isn’t attaching, I may click the “Attach” button again, but if it’s finally attached and the screen is changing right at that moment, I end up clicking “Send” on that screen, and accidentally send it prematurely.
I used to try to keep the corrected e-mails clean, i.e., without a note saying “this is to replace another mailing.” Nobody replied to me on this, so I just started sending out replacements without a note to discard prior copy. When I send out a replacement to a previous mailing that had a mistake or was incomplete, I am more likely to include something like “CORRECTION” at end of subject line now. Because the only thing you folks will need to keep and print is the attachment, which will still be a clean copy.
So if you get duplicates, just keep the last one. HOWEVER, sometimes I might have variants of a clipping and I send out BOTH, but differences would be noted at the end of the subject line, like pdf/jpg, or color/B&W.
My cover letter for each article includes basic data about it, and points out where the relevant passages are. If you see more relevant material than what I point out, please let me know!
I have tried to send the articles in chronological order (which is how most people get the articles, and how I send them for storage in my own boxes), but there is the occasional misstep. A more frequent issue is that the clipping service might not send me certain articles until long afterwards, or it might take awhile to find out a newspaper’s page-numbering system, or to do further research on a particular article. (This explains why sometimes you might get an article with my reference to another version that is longer, but the latter isn’t sent until later.)
For newspapers that the Milwaukee Public Library gets, I look the articles up there to make sure they were complete (there have been a number of surprises in that regard), and to get things like the section and the page name. Sometimes the section name doesn’t accurately describe what’s inside, but I often provide it anyway. Some examples: the “ENTERTAINMENT” page at back of “RELIGION” section; and the “Opinion” page in the “Food” section. Also, I capitalize the section name as it is given on the front of the section, even though the top (or bottom) of the page might use mostly lower-case letters. (At least, this is my system if I can see the entire issue at the library.) And if the clipping has what looks like a page name above it, I might call it that, even though it might be one of multiple pages with that name, or it might really instead be the name of the entire section. (These minor inaccuracies would apply only if it’s a
paper that I can’t verify.)
I try to get to the library at least every two months (that’s how long they keep newspapers), so I may hold off on sending these articles out until I can get a more complete entry. If you want articles sooner (the main articles, anyway), let me know and I can send out copies with preliminary cover letters. Some recipients already get that, like MUFON getting articles about current UFO sightings ASAP.
The clipping service has trouble labelling the page numbers correctly, so my file name (and Subject line) changes it to follow the pattern of what I have seen at the library, in other articles, or what the paper itself told me when I asked.
When counting paragraphs, I do not include section headings, which in text form might look like short paragraphs, but without a period at the end. Also, I don’t count as a paragraph anything at the end like the author’s credentials or an e-mail address, because it isn’t part of the article text.
Some of the articles that I find online are missed by the clipping service, and I did not ask for them (in all such cases, there would be a note to this effect). If the entry includes a page number, I probably found it at the Milwaukee Public Library, and made a photocopy there (except for some of the Gannett postings, which do include the page where the article starts). Let me know if you want those copies. (So far, nobody asked for them.)
After Oct. 22, 2011, I stopped searching Bing News, because it could no longer do a search for Wisconsin papers. After protracted correspondence with the Bing tech staff, it turned out this change was deliberate on their part, and they don’t plan to fix it. So I now search just on Google News and Yahoo News, plus (individually) the Web sites of the 10 Gannett dailies in the state and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Starting in 2011, I get very few hits on Yahoo News anymore. In fact, for some periods, there were no hits whatsoever, despite a number of hits on Google News. Sometimes Yahoo doesn’t even provide a single one of the many false hits there should have been for Big Foot High School and Country Club. (For example, Jan. 2011 and Feb.-March 2012; though I did get some of the latter with another search 6 days later.) It MIGHT have been fixed now (Oct. 2013), but there were short periods like that in the past.
A note on the quote marks: I have tried (since at least 2010) to use the same quotes as in the titles themselves, because they are generally already single quotes (rather than double). Where my article title includes a slash plus space (</ >), that is to separate a main title and subtitle. Occasionally, the printed title itself includes a slash, but in almost all such cases there is no space after it, and I tried to copy that exactly as printed.
Occasionally the headline concludes with a period. I leave that in, even though I might add the usual comma after.
I make a note of what articles the clipping service misses, compared to the ones that they send that I would have found out about anyway. This is the main reason I would appreciate being credited for articles, like just after the article ID (so the credit is between ID and article itself, and thus more difficult to remove). Because if I see a later generation of an article that I send you, without the credit I might be uncertain if it was from my clipping service or a totally independent source.
Here is my coding for the articles. The coding will be in both the Subject line (which may include additional details) and the name of the attachment. Occasionally, the codes might include complete words (like a person’s name), in upper-and-lower case. If you see additional topics here that you would also like articles on, please let me know. Mostly I tailor the mailings to the recipients’ interest. Most of you do not get articles with only a reference or a small amount of information related to a key word, but if you want even those articles too, just let me know. Needless to say, most of these codes are NOT key words that the clipping service searches for, but rather topics that tag along with articles of greater interest. So I do not get too many articles on those.
AA: Ancient Astronauts
ABD: abduction and missing-time cases (also used for implants)
ANGEL (added June 2009; not relevant before)
ANTI: debunking (and see CS)
ARCH: archeology (includes ancient civilizations)
AREA51 (may include UFO sightings there; I also use this code for the nearby “Extraterrestrial Highway”)
ART (first used July 2007, but maybe it was never relevant before)
AUTOPSY (added here for April 2012 clip, but I’m sure I had used it before)
B: Belleville and its UFO Day (without another code, the B articles do not include actual sightings; a lot of the news is just the community event itself)
BAND (musical group)
BF: Bigfoot; also sasquatch, yeti
```(In the top article, about the Big Foot High School Board meeting: that Big Foot was a “Potawatomi Indian Chief Big Foot (Maumksuck) who had 6 toes and lived along the banks of Geneva Lake (originally known as Big Foot Lake) until his tribe was relocated by the United States government in 1836” <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
```Possible Bigfoot tracks were found near Rice Lake on Nov. 3, 1997:
BK: Bob Kuehn (contactee in Fond du Lac)(not added as a code until a major article in May 2008)
BM: Bonnie Meyer (contactee/author in Neenah)(not added as a code until a major article in May 2008)
BOOK: A non-fiction book (such as a book review). (Added March 2011, though I could have used this before.)
BT: Bermuda Triangle. Also use this code for similar “triangles” elsewhere. (older clips used MISC)
BVM: “Blessed Virgin Mary” apparitions, including accidental images
CC: crop circles
CE3 (added Oct. 2008)
CIA (added Nov. 2010). Maybe I’ll forget this later, but for now (Aug. 2013), my plan is to NOT use this code for Area 51 news (even if it includes the CIA) unless there’s an explicit connection between the CIA and UFOs. Will use “CIA” only if there’s something about its past interest in UFOs, or the claim that some of its planes were mistaken for UFOs.
CL: Chad Lewis (researcher of ghosts, crop circles, UFOs)
CONTACT: also includes claimed earth-bound aliens, walkins, and hybrids (added Feb. 2008 as “CONTACTEE; maybe it just wasn’t relevant before; changed to “CONTACT” April 2012)
```SENTENCE TO ADD WHERE RELEVANT:
Contactee Nancy Lieder wrote about the planet Nibiru in “ZetaTalk:/ Direct Answers from the Zeta Reticuli People,” Granite Publishing, LLC, Columbus, N.C., 1999.
CRASH (generic or other non-Roswell crash)(code added Nov. 2007); see also the articles that include "Kecksburg" in label
CREAT: creationism & “intelligent design”
CRYPT: cryptozoölogy (older clips used M)
CS: CSICOP (and see ANTI); this organization changed its name to CSI
CULT: like Raelians and Scientology (for Heaven's Gate, see HG) (added July 2011, though it would probably apply to some older articles)
D: Dundee (Long Lake/Benson's Hideaway) and its annual UFO event (unlike B and E, these articles DO almost always include UFO sightings, and that can be assumed, even without the UW code); by 2010, I did start using “U” if applicable
DOOM: Doomsday, started by May 2011 (though for a short time I used the full word, DOOMSDAY); for older, see “MAYA,” though that would be for a specific doomsday prediction.
DREAM: UFO (etc.) in a dream
E: Elmwood and its UFO Days (without another code, the E articles do not include actual sightings; a lot of the news is just the community event itself)
ENTITY: generally UFO-type, but without the craft (this has been replaced with “CE3” by spring 2013)
EPAD—the proposed UFO landing site at Elmwood
ETI [for seeding, see U-seeding; maybe would have been better with ETI, but starting with April 2008 Sheboygan clip, I went with the U)
ETL: ET life (see also SETL, which I started with Feb. 2013 clips)
F: Forteana (general odd stuff)
FAIRY: also gnomes, leprechauns, pixies, sprites, etc.
FBI (added March 2013)
FCPT: Fox Cities Paranormal Team (1st use of this code, 10/21/2010)
FOO: Foo Fighters (generally the band; I didn't ask for these articles, but an article may be clipped because it includes another topic)
G: ghosts and hauntings (these articles often include general paranormal). I had to drop these key words when they went to electronic “reading” of articles in 2005, because there were tons of false hits. So I get only a few now, if there is another key word, like “Chad Lewis.”
GAM: games (older clips use GM, which I started using in mid-October 2005; by 2010, I accidentally started using GAM)
GEOL: geology (not really my interest, but it may be part of another article, or a mistake)
H.E.: Hollow Earth (added this Oct. 2009; maybe not applicable before)
HG: Heaven's Gate
HH: Heidi Hollis of Milwaukee, and UFO2U, her UFOs and paranormal discussion group http://www.jesusisnojoke.com/
HOAX: entire column is a put-on, with topics as noted (started April 2009; for awhile in 2010, I think I neglected to use this code)
I-CC etc.--the I means it's an identified crop circle or whatever (I didn't add this until early October 2005)
“I” includes purportedly legitimate incidents that are obvious journalistic hoaxes (but otherwise I am stingy with the use of the “I,” and do not use it just because of my own opinion, or even if the article suggests likely explanations without being conclusive)
IF: IFO (foreign)
IG: identified “ghost”
IN: IFO (U.S.)
IW: IFO (Wis.)
LEIGH: Noah Leigh, founder of Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee (started May 10, 2012) <http://paranormalmilwaukee.
M: Monster (lake monsters, Bray Road Beast, vampires, werewolves, etc.; NOT if just bigfoot, which has its own code)(see also CRYPT). In 2007, I started using CRYPT more (instead of M), largely because that's when I discovered that when I save the articles to a computer folder or a disc, I can search for letter sequences in the file name. With something as short as "M," there were many false hits. In Nov. 2008 I converted to CRYPT only, not M.
MARS: the planet Mars (if there is just a passing reference to Martians, or a fictional movie with Martians, I use the code “u,” figuring it’s used as a synonym for aliens). In early 2011, I asked the clipping service to add “Martian” as a key word. But then I cut back on that, 4/28/11, to stop the articles with “Martian” where it refers to Martian soil, a Martian space probe, etc.; i.e., no articles if it refers to something “normal.” References to actual or hypothetical Martian life are OK (for now, anyway; though a quick weed-out per prior criterion may eliminate articles with a passing reference to LOOKING for life, which is OK), as well as the word when used as a noun. And I dropped articles that might include Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles” unless they actually say something about the book.
FACE ON MARS: I think I didn’t encounter this until clip of 7/22/11; use MARS,ETI
MAYA (calendar, etc.) (added summer 2007)
MISC: the Great Lakes and Bermuda "Triangles," etc. (Now use "BT" for the “Triangles”)
ML: mountain lions, aka cougars, panthers (my coverage of this is basically just E of the Mississippi, where there aren't supposed to be any anymore, except for Florida)(in Oct. 2010, I discontinued these; but may still get relevant articles if they include other key words)
MOON: (added Jan. 2011)
MOV: movies (also cartoons, both big-screen and TV) (Starting Jan. 2011, I do not have so many of the repetitive weekly movie-review compilations, because on Jan. 18 I asked the clipping service to cut back on them. But I still get more than I’d like, despite attempts to cut back even more.)
MS: Mary Sutherland (Burlington researcher); also "BUFO UFO and paranormal radio"
```(as in Fox Lake etc. 4/5/08, though I didn't code that one ms because I didn't realize at the time that it was hers)
MUSIC: I tried to use “BAND” or “SONG” (though for 8/31/07 clip I used “MUSIC” by mistake instead of “SONG”) but added this code Oct. 2009, for things like the Sasquatch Music Festival (I consider this one a false hit, but may still get a few), a flying saucer in set of a musical performance, a record label, or a rock opera
MUTE: cattle mutilations (also dogs jump off cliff, etc.)
NASA (started Nov. 2010; some older articles may be under “Kecksburg")
NELSON: Kevin (Sun Prairie researcher, added April 2008)
NOV: novel, also short story and comic book
P: includes a UFO photo (even if it's just in the text, rather than a reproduction)
PDS: ParaDimensionSociety, of the Tomahawk area
PLAY: a play that includes UFO subject
PN: paranormal (first used for Milwaukee JS, 10-31-05)
POLL (the subjects of the survey would generally be in lower-case, unless content is more substantive, like with examples) (added summer 2007)
```TEMPLATE FOR FUTURE ARTICLES:
See para. 4 for a reference to the poll comparing belief in the potential of seeing a UFO to getting social security checks. [Actually, this is a distortion of the actual Gallup results of Sept. 1994 <http://community.
PROD: commercial products (UFO, Bigfoot, etc); as specified (TOY is own label); also advertising promotions, and buildings designed to be UFO-shaped (not just the writer’s comparison)
PROP: UFO propulsion (1st used May 2013)
R: ROSWELL--includes the TV show "Roswell" (for this, it would generally be in lower-case); also includes allusions to UFO cover-ups, crashes, in New Mexico, etc., even though the article might not include the word “Roswell.” Also talks by Don Schmitt, even though the item might not specify his topic
R-PARK: the proposed Roswell theme park, “Alien Apex Resort” (the first articles were 5/27/07; the topic unexpectedly ended soon after)
RADIO: radio show dealing with subject
ROLL: Paranormal researcher Todd Roll (I started this code Oct. 2009, tho there were one or two older articles)
```Todd Roll was a witness to an angel hair fall in Wausau, Wis., on Oct. 17, 1983. See book by Patrick Cooke, “The Greatest Deception/ The Bible UFO Connection/ The True Nature of the Gods of the Bible, And the World,” The Oracle Research Institute, Berkeley, Cal., 2002, p. 309. Roll wrote me on Jan. 7, 2013, “Yes, I did witness an angel hair fall in Wausau, WI in 1983. I am not familiar with the account in Patrick Cooke’s book, but would be happy to answer any questions you have about what I witnessed.”
RMUS: the UFO Museum in Roswell (started with a June 2013 clip, after I got a one soon after that didn’t even mention the crash)
S: Sunspots (another tag-along subject; I have not requested these articles specifically)
SETL: search for ET life (not necessarily intelligent life—like on Mars)
SHAMAN (added summer 2007)
SONG (for 8/31/07 clip I used "MUSIC" by mistake; though starting Oct. 2009, I use “MUSIC” for things like the Sasquatch Music Festival)
space: for articles that are really irrelevant, but may include key words like “extraterrestrial” (speaking of astronomy) or “spacecraft” (for space exploration); started this in March 2012; may use “mars” instead if appropriate (which I did for awhile before)
SWPRG: Southern Wisconsin Paranormal Research Group (1st used June 2007)
TF: Terry Fisk (Chad Lewis's colleague; I didn't start this code until Oct. 2009; Fisk is also mentioned in many articles about Lewis)
TUNGUSKA (1908 Siberian explosion)
TV: television shows (are mostly fiction)
U: generic UFO (early on, this included articles about clouds and planets that might be mistaken for UFOs; in spring 2007, I changed those to i-u)(until spring 2009, I omitted “u” if it’s a Play, Song, etc.; now I no longer assume it’s U). Also includes rods; and general references to UFOs/extraterrestrials/”
u-Balloon-boy (Colorado hoax; see news starting Oct. 15, 2009; after a week or two, I asked the service to send only a sampling of the articles on this subject—I can’t find the date of that request, so it must have been made by phone)
U-seeding (would generally be in all lower-case)
UF: foreign UFO news
UN: national UFO news (outside Wis.)
UW: Wis. UFO news
USAF: on the government's UFO investigations (started June 2009)(see also R for Roswell); and see FBI and NASA (but use USAF for generic government)
VOSS, Noah (Wisconsin researcher; runs the UFO Wisconsin Web site)
WD: the American Sci-Fi & UFO Museum in Wisconsin Dells (folded mid or late 2000’s)
WEB: web site dealing with UFOs etc. (topic added here 4/25/06, tho I'm sure I used it before already)
WIS: the “UFO Wisconsin” Web site (now I use VOSS instead—forgot I had this code)
WPI: Wisconsin Paranormal Investigators (founded 2006; code started with clip of Oct. 17, 2013)
WPRS: Wausau Paranormal Research Society (the first article with this code was 5/25/07, but there had been some related articles before)
WW: "Weird Wisconsin" (2005 book by Linda Godfrey and Richard Hendricks); also other articles about the authors; also includes the Beast of Bray Road articles even if they don’t name Godfrey, who was the original investigator of it.
CODE IN CAPITALS: MEDIUM OR MAJOR COVERAGE
code in lower-case: lesser coverage, or passing reference. Use of lower case doesn't always depend on length of the article; lower case will not be used if the article is about an actual sighting, even if the article is short--unless it's minor coverage of a well-known case. (In April 2008 I started using lower-case for sighting news IF it’s a column with short summaries of articles in other newspapers in the area; but in later years, I wasn’t consistent about this.)
Many of you may be interested in just the articles with coding in capitals. In any event, I hope there is plenty to interest you.
Thank you all again for your support.
Richard W. Heiden
P.S. I may send revised versions of this letter to you later--changes would probably be in the ground rules and coding.
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