posted on Dec, 1 2008 @ 05:41 AM
I've just returned from the VUFORS meeting night (literally walked in the door about a minute before typing this).
The secretary, Tony Cook, who usually runs the meetings wasn't there - bummer. One of the 2nd-in-charge dudes called James ran the night. He's
very good, however he's not the main man in terms of the in-depth resource knowledge of VUFORS. Still, I like his style and he covered Tony's
absence as well as anyone could have done.
I had a chat with him and asked him about the audio tape. According to him, the only copy that he knows about is currently owned by Richard Haines,
who of course lives in the USA. It is supposedely in Richard's garage and is on his 'to-do' list to find. The copy was probably given to Richard
by Guido (Valentich's father) when Richard came out to investigate the case. Guido was presumably given a copy by the flight controllers, which was
NOT normal procedure. Perhaps, they felt that Guido was entitled to a recording of his son's last known words. Guido may have made other copies and
distributed them, but no one knows?
James said that Richard is often busy and he has someone called Ted Rowe (spelling?) who works with him. I don't have their email addresses yet,
just got in, no time to run a search.
I also spoke with Paul Norman. Bear in mind he's 92 years old, although still in good health. I asked Paul if he had a copy of the tape, he said
that he doesn't, as his copy has 'played out'. I didn't press him on that, but I'm presuming he meant that it's probably damaged from overuse?
Naturally, he's heard it many times, as he and Richard were the two who did the main investigation on the case. I didn't want to keep Paul too
long, as I was under the impression that he wanted to leave, as I saw him kind of heading to the door. I seriously doubt that he would be contactable
by email, though I didn't ask him.
I asked James if Melbourne Flight Control Services would have a copy. He presumes that they might, but doubts that they would release it. As part of
his job, investigating UFO reports, James sometimes calls Australian Air Services (not sure if that was the exact name of the organisation), where he
said there's some type of complaints buereau. He said I could try there and see if it is possible to somehow use an FOI request to dig into their
Tony Cook might know more, but I'm not likely to see him until the next meeting in three months time.
I'm sure some of you USA people might know Richard Haines or have had contact with him. He's the lead to follow for the Valentich audio tapes!
That's as much help as I can give, for now. I was hoping that VUFORS had their own copy that I would be uploading tonight... damn.