Rather than try to explain all the finer points of the case, I'll refer you to this broadcast:
Paratopia: Bruce Maccabee
In which Dr. M goes over some of the finer stuff that negates the obvious fakery. Myself, I find the data compelling in that I've held some of the
later photos in my hands, and if they're fakes - they are so utterly subtle it's ridiculous. Hoaxers often don't play that game.
There is also much peripheral data that few people have seen, such as the many silver ball sightings on video tape from different locations - and one
from Ed. These pieces came out before the advent of CGI as we know it today in the hands of consumers. Those are to me, very compelling, and if fact
more compelling than the original GB (ED Walters) sighting photos.
Also of note is that Gulf Breeze did not start or end with Ed Walters. Not by a long shot.
I wrote a brief research paper back 10+ years ago for ParaScope on AOL which goes into a bit of the GB history:
Gulf Breeze: A Situation Report
by Jeff Ritzmann
Special Assignments Team
Gulf Breeze has been virtually synonymous with UFOs since Ed Walter's many encounters from November 11, 1987 to May 1, 1988. However, few people
realize that the Florida panhandle is not new to UFO reports and sightings.
UFOs have been reported in and around Gulf Breeze since July 24, 1952, when a Warrington Navy man reported seeing three amber-red lighted objects.
Just a short while later, an East Pensacola woman reported seeing disc-shaped objects flying overhead, that had an "orange glow" to them.
That same day, several residents of Eglin Air Force Base reported two orange colored discs hovering to the south-southeast for three or four minutes
before vanishing. These people were very familiar with conventional aircraft and their characteristics, and they were certain these discs were not
On November 25, 1957 crewmen of a B-66 jet bomber from Eglin AFB reportedly saw three unidentified objects in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Hurlburt
Field. The crew originally thought they were stars, yet they also showed up on Eglin's radar screens.
October 19, 1973, Clarence Ray Patterson reported he was "picked up" in his truck by a UFO while returning to Pensacola from Mobile, Alabama on
Interstate 10. Police called by Patterson found that he was seriously upset and crying, but not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Patterson
told the police that an "unidentified spaceship" hovered over his truck, then pulled him, truck and all, inside. Once inside the craft, Patterson
said he was taken from his truck by six "strange looking creatures." His description of these beings was sketchy, but he could recall they were
short, and had "clawlike" hands. Patterson stated that during the examination the creatures seemed able to read his mind. During this approximately
30 minute encounter, he was taken from Loxey to State Road 297 in Esambia County. After being released unharmed, he drove to Pensacola and contacted
the police immediately.
Eglin Air Force Base itself has had its share of odd sightings as well. On February 2, 1976, an unidentified object was sighted at the east end of
Duke Field. Air Force officials say the UFO did not show up in more than 40 photographs, or on their radar screens. Officials could not explain why
this was so. Strange it wouldn't photograph, since the object being reported to be as large as a Boeing 707, or C-130 cargo plane. Half a dozen
people saw this object; the first to see it was a military policeman while making his rounds about 4:35 a.m. According to Lt. Steve Phalen of the
Eglin Information Office, the object was then visible till first light. When Phalen was asked why nothing appeared on any photographs, he answered,
"That's a good question."
If one hearkens back to Ed Walters account of "swirled areas of grass" in Shoreline Park, and the 34-foot circle of burned grass at the public
school behind his home, this next account may ring a bell. In the little panhandle town of Florida of Vernon, a resident named Joan Pflueger
reluctantly reported a 26.5 foot circle in her pasture, a circle that had small burned circles around the outer edge. This was after several local
residents reported seeing UFOs in the area at night. Ms. Pflueger found the suspicious mark in her field a few days later, on April 11, 1980. The area
affected was described as looking "sucked up" by a giant vacuum. Pflueger hadn't a clue as to what had made the mark, but she did recall the day
before her dog had acted "crazy, and trying to tear down a screen door to get outside." She stated the dog had never acted so oddly before. Ms.
Pflueger was genuinely puzzled about the entire matter, saying less about the evidence in her pasture, and more about her hope that the incident
wouldn't attract a lot of attention. "I guess I'll have to keep my gate locked all the time now," she said.
One can see by these reports that Ed Walters isn't the first person to have experiences with UFOs in the panhandle area of Florida, nor was this
phenomenon new to Gulf Breeze in 1987. Many people make the assumption that Walters must be the key to the Gulf Breeze sightings, or that the
sightings started with him. Clearly this isn't the case.
Gulf Breeze continued to be a hotbed of UFO reports in 1996. Although sightings were decidedly down in 1996, Carole Baker, a recorder and compiler of
UFO reports in the area, said the sightings had "changed a bit." The familiar sightings of the bright red UFO over Shoreline Park, better known as
"Bubba," had been replaced by daylight sightings of spherical chrome-colored objects, seen and recorded on video moving at unheard of speeds. The
Skywatching group that gathers at Shoreline Park had a rather close encounter with a "Tinkerbell," an object about the size of a golfball that
passed by very close, then stopped directly above of the group. The object exited into the woods at the park, not to be seen again that night.
All in all, the number of sighting reports was down, but were more spectacular, closer, and easier to observe. One thing is for sure, Gulf Breeze
still logs more reports of UFOs within its boundaries than any other town in the United States. One has to wonder what attraction there is to this
particular area. Some ufologists point out that Gulf Breeze is virtually surrounded by military installations, and suggest that UFOs seen there are
the result of military testing. This may explain some of the sightings, but it doesn't square up with all of the video and photographic evidence
collected thus far.
(c) Copyright 1997 ParaScope, Inc.
So, while I have questions about Gulf Breeze, I still feel it to be a very compelling case. I trust Dr. M's assessment of the case, but I also have
my own questions about certain things which have never been answered.
Have UFOs been seen and filmed around GB Fla? No question to my mind. Are they 'alien'? Who the hell knows. I'm currently researching a connective
angle to Gulf Breeze, which might help to add to, or explain some of the sightings...possibly, I'm just not sure. I'm not even sure I'll be able to
find out enough to really attribute anything. But, there's a peek of a lead.
I have recently been informed that there are very interesting geological features, which I'll write about at another time. But it seems to explain a
certain experience I and others had many years ago there.
As far as my own opinion about Ed's stuff, what I have seen in firsthand prints of the classic GB UFO, looked damned compelling. However I was never
given prints to work from directly, and I was not able to examine them in any sort of serious depth. But, unlike most, I held original prints in my
hands one day at a meeting where Dr. M brought some of them in to show us.
I found them extremely interesting. Would I qualify them as "alien"? No one can really do that, because how do you make that definitive
All I can say is based on what I saw, these didn't have the hallmarks of fake. It would have taken a lot of work to make the photos
look as the majority have seen them.
The road shot for instance, was nothing but a black photo with a small light blotch. No details could I see until after the photo was enlarged and
light blasted. There was also a special process run on them at Polaroid which allowed for looking into the layered emulsion - if I remember correctly.
These adjustments led to what you see today. None of the photos that I saw looked that good raw. In fact, they were very dark with smudges of bright
The road shot is very often the one people say is wrong due to the "reflection" on the road, which is not a reflection but seemingly a "pile" of
substance of some kind, which to my eye appears to be dissipating over the crown surface of the road. I think I asked Dr. M about this on the show, so
that should be in there.
So, I have to ask myself how far someone is going to go, to fake something. Ed, just as a for instance, would have to know what would be seen when all
the processes were run on his photos. How or why would you fake a "craft" and not have it be seen directly, but only seen in several instances after
extreme processing? And that said, how would Ed know that that extreme processing wouldn't reveal his alleged fakery?
As far as the found model, there's a lot to that story with conflicting sides. For starters, it doesn't match any GB photo. And are we to really
believe that a guy who would fake this for that long, gain worldwide attention, and be ostracized from the community - would leave direct evidence
under some insulation in his former attic? That's almost more unbelievable to me than some of the excuses for the notion of fakes.
I find the case compelling, and not because of Ed Walters, but the host of other sightings by other people, it's history, and my own experiences
there. Do I have final answers? Of course not, no one seems to. Everyone reserves the right to be wrong, and I'm no different.
Is Gulf Breeze the source an unknown phenomena? To me yes. But for many more reasons than Walters.
[edit on 22-9-2009 by jritzmann]