The references to Brown Bear did initially come from Halt to Brenda Butler, yes.
But there were several other sources that hinted at this possibility in the two or three years after the sightings. We had references about it from
people at some of the electronic/satellite communications sites dotted round here. I also recall when Brenda, Dot and I spent a few days in the area
helping CNN put together a documentary they were making on the case I was asked questions by the presenter about USAF code words being used such as
this (and Broken Arrow was another he referenced). Then he rather abruptly 'dispensed with our services' after he had set up a meeting with the police
who had been called out to the woods during the sightings and who had refused several attempts by us to get them to talk to us.
Might just have been my impression but the CNN presenter seemed to think we were holding back his efforts to get to such people and 'talk sensibly' as
they were not happy with the sort of questions that we might ask of them.
Then, of course, there was the call I had from the man behind the space plane project (Alan Bond) who called me at home out of the blue because he
suspected something odd was going on that involved a Soviet satellite. He went away to investigate and called me just once more to say he was letting
the matter drop because to follow this side of things up was 'messing with something for which you can end up at the bottom of the Thames.'
We got him to appear on the Strange But True? programme we did (which, incidentally, holds the record for the most watched UFO documentary ever seen
in the UK) but he would not pursue this line of questions. I understand he told Dr David Clarke when he asked him that this comment to me was intended
as a joke.
Maybe it was, though it did not come over as one at the time.
Plus, of course, there is the very strange links with Rendlesham involving Ralph Noyes - who was a retired head of the MoD division that included the
Air Staff UFO team - so the equivalent of the departmental boss in the 60s/70s of someone like Nick Pope later. Ralph was a very interesting guy and
was extremely helpful to Brenda, Dot and I. I spent plenty of time with him up to just before he died when making my BBC documentary on the PRO files
Ralph also spent a year with me trying to persuade his former bosses to say more about RF to letters we jointly sent to the upper echelons of the MoD
including the defence minister. He was adamant their replies were evasive and proved that they were hiding something.
He also organised for Brenda, Dot and I to launch the updated Sky Crash paperback at his prestigious London club and to endorse the Halt tape that we
played to many UK journalists for the first time there.
But how exactly he became involved with us in this case is a very odd tale as it predated the News of the World coverage in October 1983. We never
resolved what happened actually.
In any event he went on to write a novel about Rendlesham. It is not really about the case he insisted, but, of course, self evidently it is connected
given that it involves a Colonel Hoyt at an RAF base called Bentbridge and strange events on Blandfordness. That book (A Secret Property) is a must
read for any RF case enthusiast. It features a secret experiment that interferes with a Soviet space mission.
So APEN were not really in any significant sense the source for directing my interest into these areas. That long pre-existed their comments. These
were not made directly to me but via a group (in Cheshire if I recall) who were approached by APEN to be mediators and dangled this reference as a
means to try to persuade me to meet them in the dead of night at a rural railway station.
Needless to say it was an invitation I did not take up as by that point I was well aware of the type of people that APEN (either version) were
I think this was my last contact with APEN in any form - using that name at least. It would be mod 1980s somewhere.
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