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Lebanon Daily News from Lebanon, Pennsylvania · Page 33

Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, October 24, 1974
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Formed By Biologist Society Investigates The Unexplained Ltbanon Da ily Ntws, Thursday, Octobtr 24,1974 Kiwanians View Film 33 By CURTIS SUTHERLY "The main objective of the Society is to preserve and continue the work begun by Ivan T. Sanderson, Le. the investigation of everything of a .tangible nature that is as yet unexplained. . ."This one line sums up the reason behind the existence of the Society for the Investigation of The Unexplained, better known as SITU. SITU was formed by a biologist, the above-mentioned Ivan Sanderson, who was also an author of considerable repute. An individual with abundant energy, Sanderson occasionally was featured on such network programs as the Dick Cavatt Show, and countless radio "Weeper" shows. On February 19, 1973, he died of cancer at the age of 62. He left behind a lifetime of literary work and the initial efforts of the Society. Sabina W. Sanderson, Ivan's wife.of only months before his passing, is continuing the work. She recently told the Daily News that the big question after Ivan's death was will the organization continue, or fade without Ivan's guidance. She said, "many members simply assumed that when Ivan died, so did the Society." SITU was registered in Warren County, New Jersey on August 25,1965, as a non-profit , organization. The headquarters for this unlikely sounding network is in an even more unlikely location; a converted farmhouse hidden in the woodland of western New Jersey. The eight acres of land which was once described as "a writer's paradise except that people are constantly running over it," is so well hidden that one wonders how anyone could find it. Visitors venturing there for the first time are guided from the nearby village of Blairstown, and find themselves traveling over better than a mile of dirt lane. The farmhouse is well furnished with relics of Ivan's life. Several rooms display items carried home from overseas expeditions. These include weapons of every possible sort, tapestries, and even exotic silverware. Signs are to be found everywhere, all instructive to guests and members, but airing a typical "Ivan-wit." An example of this is a sign in the bathroom which reads, "Please wash bath after use for the next poor slob." A recent addition has been added to the premises; a library which houses undoubtedly one of the largest collections of books and reference material devoted to the unexplained. A determined student of the unusual could, Girls Get No Takers On Offer AUSTIN, Tex. (UPI)-Two enterprising coeds at the University of Texas are offering to rent out their address to female students who want to conceal from their parents the fact that they are living with a boyfriend. So far there haven't been any takers. "Apparently girls don't worry about that anymore," said Anne, the graduate student who placed a classified ad in the Daily Texan, the student newspaper. She declined to reveal her full name. After three days in the newspaper, the ad drew only two calls from curious report- 'ers and numerous calls from other girls also interested in renting out their addresses. Anne and her roommate came up with the idea as a way of reducing their rent bill without crowding a third roommate into their house. For $50 a month they offered to rent their address and some storage space and to relay telephone messages from inquiring parents. Such an arrangement would be attractive, Anne thought, to girls whose actual living arrangements could cause problems when parents came to visist. In five years at the Austin campus, Anne said, she's seen numerous such arrangements in the past, so she was surprised at the poor response to the ad. "I don't know if people-don't understand the ad or if it's just not important to girls anymore what their parents think about their living arrangements," she said. T : without effort, spend months going through SITU's files. Study Tangible Unexplaineds "We are not an organization devoted to mysticism," said Sabina. "Rather we deal with tangible unexplaineds which crop up in all fields of science." Even as Sabina stated organization policy, the telephone rang with a call from a Philadelphia radio station. The caller wondered if the Society dealt with mysticism, occultism, and tarot card-style subjects. Laughing, Sabina repeated what she had just told the Da ily News. The Society does touch on some odd subjects though. Under the heading of Geology, SITU examines interest-areas such as colored, rains and snows which are j sometimes reported in mountains, frozen animals discovered in Siberia and Alaska, areas of "ringing rocks" in Pennsylvania and- New Jersey, and the notorious — but misnamed — Bermuda Triangle. Under biology, the organization studies the "homing instinct" of animals (notably birds), extra-sensory abilities in animals (telepathy, etc.), and creatures presumably existing but as yet uncaught. The latter include reports of sea and lake monsters, the well-known "Bigfoot" beast, and the legendary giant Thunderbird, which Potter County residents have reported in the Black Forest for decades. Scientific Attitude The Society attempts to deal with the unus al while maintaining a scientific attitude. One of the problems with "orthodox" scientists, Sabina indicated, is that they refuse to examine anything they cannot interpret by their own standards of logic. "I never could understand this attitude, and neith could lean," she said. Nonetheless, SITU, has acquired a large body of scientific followers. The organization's advisory board reads like, something out of Who's Who In The Nation. Included therein are Dr. George Kennedy, professor of Geology, UCLA-; 'Dr. Frank Salisbury, head of the Plant Science Dept., Utah State University; Dr. Bethold Eric Schwartz, of the brain-wave laboratory, Essex County Medical Center, Cedar Grove, New Jersey; and Dr. J. Allen Hynek, director of the Lindheimer Astronomical Research Center, Northwestern University. This is a partial listing of an advisory staff which numbers seventeen. Publishes Journal But the vast bulk of the Value Of Garbage Up , MENLO PARK, Calif. (UPI) — The value of a can of garbage is increasing every day because of the energy crisis and a limit on the world's natural resources. That's the word from Ronald D. Kinsey, president of Resource Technology Corp., who told a Stanford Research Institute symposium Wednesday that American garbage could double in value in just a few years. The nation's garbage right now is worth a billion dollars in energy and another billion in scrap metals, Kinsey said. "...because of environmental factors and the need to conserve the world's limited resources, we can expect the long range demand for ferrous scrap to continue strong." He said if America's total municipal garbage collection were converted into energy it could generate about 6 per cent of America's total yearly electric production. "The energy value of the garbage generated every year by Americans equals about 800,000 barrels of low sulfur oil per day," he said. "That figure represents roughly two-thirds of America's imports from the Arab countries." Tea Leaves Aided Lemon SYDNEY, Australia (UPI) — John Tighe says he has grown a lemon with a 15-inch circumference and attributes the size to tea leaves. Tighe says he believes it's the biggest lemon ever grown. "I had trouble getting the tree started when I planted it seven years ago, so I sprinkled tea leaves around its roots several times a week," he said Wednesday. Society is composed of average individuals. One might ask what anyone would get out of joining such an organization. Aside from the use of files and references, the only "material" benefit is PURSUIT, SITU's quarterly journal. This contains a complete listing of all scheduled activities and field- investigations, as well as findings, if any. Members are encouraged to watch local newspapers and periodicals for reports on unusual happenings, and either send in clippings or a written report. If on-the-spot investigations can be made, such is also encouraged. All findings of importance are published in PURSUIT. A small annual fee is required of members to aid in covering publication expenses and general upkeep. Currently the Society is seeking aid from any foundation willing to assist. "We need money to expand our operation into the field," said Sabina. "But we are not in bad shape. Actually, all our books are in the black." A foundation grant will not come easily for SITU. The varied scientific policy of the organization is making such funds remote. "If we were oriented toward one specific area, such as medicine, then we could get bundles of money," Sabina said. Despite this, the outlook for the Society appears good. Membership numbers over 1,000 at present, with additions everyday. Additional information on the work conducted by SITU can be obtained by writing to Columbia, N.J. 07832. A film on black history was shown at a meeting of the Lebanon Valley Kiwanis Club Wednesday evening at the Treadwaylnn. A report on the Miss Lebanon Valley Pageant was given by Dick Carroll. A review of coming events in preparation for the pageant was made, including contestant participation in a Center of Lebanon Association event in Uses 25% Transportation accounts for about 25 per cent of U.S. energy consumption. downtown Lebanon Nov. 1. Contestants will visit downtown stores and talk with customers on that date. A tea will follow at Carroll's home at 919 Chestnut St. It also announced that the reigning Miss Lebanon Valley Melney Van Riper, will be appearing in the Lebanon Jaycees Halloween Parade Oct. 28, as well as in the Myerstown parade on Nov. 2. 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