Anomaly Foundation, Spain, http://www.anomalia.org
FOTOCAT Reaches The 5,000 Mark!
At the time of writing, December 24, 2004, FOTOCAT has accumulated a total of 5,000 reports. Presently considered as the hugest catalog specializing in photographic UFO cases, current plans are to place the full file on a web site for unrestricted access to the community of UFO researchers worldwide.
French researcher Patrice Seray, from CNEGU group, has provided some photographic materials and information on a number of cases. Monsieur Seray has published a number of valuable reports in the journal Les Mystères de l’Est describing some photographic cases. I also appreciate the tips contributed by the Italian Giorgio Abraini (from CISU organization), the amateur astronomer from Argentina Carlos Demaría, the Cuban (now residing in Spain) Carlos Fleites González, and the Spaniards José Luis Ramírez and Luis R. González (from Fundación Anomalía).
- Italian photo events
An important quantitative jump has occurred when Maurizio Verga´s PHOTOCAT (an authoritative collection of photographic cases reported in Italy up to 1998) has been merged with the 202 FOTOCAT records known for the neighbor country. Our gratitude to Maurizio, who is a prominent Italian researcher from the CISU organization, for his contribution.
Maurizio Verga (left) and V-J Ballester Olmos, Sheffield (England), 1995
- A working meeting in Germany
Ray Stanford, in addition to UFO researcher and writer, has taken numerous series of photos and films to anomalous phenomena since the early fifties.
Ray Stanford (Germany, 2004)
Part of the encounter was also shared by Dr Auguste Meessen (Belgium), by Illobrand Von Ludwiger (host German conference organization) and by some MUFON-CES colleagues. Illobrand has promised to help in the development of the Germany portion of FOTOCAT, to which purpose he was handed a listing with the present cases known for his nation.
Left: Illobrand Von Ludwiger and V.J. Ballester Olmos.
Right: Dr Auguste Meessen and V.J. Ballester Olmos.
- Loose gathering in Barcelona city
On November 30, 2004 a few researchers set up an informal reunion to review an interesting UFO report that took place in the area of Tarrasa (Barcelona province, Spain) on the night of November 29 to 30, 1985, where many citizens, local police personnel, airborne pilots and radar operators from the Barcelona airport saw or detected a strange aerial phenomenon. A TV crew was sent to the sighting location, from where they were able to record a video of the unidentified luminosity. Ramón Álvarez, Jordi Ardanuy, Marti Flò, Manuel Borraz, Pedro León and myself met to discuss this UFO observation and the progress made in following-up some investigative lines, including the acquisition of a copy of the full, unedited video (TV3 station) by Pedro León.
From left to right: M. Flò, R. Alvarez, V.J. Ballester Olmos, J. Ardanuy, M. Borraz and P. León (Barcelona, 2004)
Invitation To Readers
Readers interested to assist in the co-development of a complete catalog of UFO and IFO events in their areas (country provinces, regions or states) are invited to write to FOTOCAT Project at firstname.lastname@example.org
Donation Of Photographic Materials
Also, those ufologists willing to donate any photographic materials or documentation aimed to its preservation and integration into a major international archive, are also invited to write