| Dear Mr. Spaur and Mr. Neff.
I am the man who called from the Dearborn Observatory the night after
the sighting and got Mr. Spaur's statement. I am an assistant to Dr. J.
A. Hynek, director of the observatory and scientific consultant to the
Air Force UFO investigating office.
Apparently I found out considerably more about this event than the
Air Force investigator did, because I cannot agree with the evaluation
publicly released a few days after his sighting. What you reported to
me could not possibly lead to such a conclusion: a satellite satisfies
none of the characteristics of your reported object. As a matter of fact,
Dr. Hynek agrees with this. He was not consulted before this news release
was put forth.
I thought at first that during the latter part of your experience,
after you had lost the object and then re-acquired it, that you and Mr.
Houston might have spotted Venus, and thought it was the same object at
a higher altitude: I spoke to Major Quintenilla on the telephone at the
time I gave him the results of my telephone interview, and told him of
this idea. Now I have additional information, chiefly from Mr. William
Weitzel, which appears to make that hypothesis incorrect. I now understand
that you and other witnesses did notice Venus and the Moon, and saw the
object in motion relative to them, as well as being able to see a shape.
At no time, however, did I suppose that the earlier part of the sighting
involved anything other than an airborne object.
As far as Dr. Hynek and I are concerned, this incident will require
considerable additional investigation, before any conclusion at all can
be reached - assuming, of course, that some kind of explanation can be
found, which seems highly doubtful.