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22 The York Daily Record, Monday Morning, January 10 1972 You may remember the name Betty Hill. She and her late husband Barney were the main characters of a bizarre story published in the book, The Interrupted Journey. Betty and Barney Hill claimed to have been taken aboard a flying saucer for two hours by "humanoids" with grayish skin and wrap-around eyes, subjected to physical examinations, and then released unharmed with the suggestion that they would remember nothing of what had transpired. An obvious "nut" case, you say? Perhaps, except that several experts were impressed enough by the Hills and their story to keep at least an open mind. And a noted psychiatrist who cross-examined them under hypnosis said they weren't faking and they weren't mentally ill. Like many people, I had read the Hills' story. But only recently did I have the opportunity to meet and judge Betty Hill for myself. She was a guest on a television program I hosted and later we had a long conversation over dinner. Betty Hill is an educated woman by profession a social worker and she struck me as sincere. There was nothing exaggerated or unbalanced about her. On the contrary, she seemed perfectly rational. Her story may be unvelievable but Mrs. Hill herself is very believable. The main outlines of that story are familiar: On the night of Sept. 19, 1961, the Hills, while returning to their home in Portsmouth, N.H., from a vacation in Canada, saw a UFO that changed their lives. "It was pancakeshaped," Betty Hill told me, as i matter -of-factly as if she were describing a new car she'd just bought. "And we could see windows in it, lit up. We were certain we could see figures in the windows peering out. It was definitely a craft and huge. "It appeared to be following us and was very low. We thought it was going to land." It was at this point that two hours mysteriously vanished from Betty Hill's life, an interlude that wasn't restored to her until some three years later on a psychiatrist's couch under hypnosis. After sighting the UFO, the Hills' immediate next recollection was of finding themselves many miles further down the road. Later, they realized that the two hours were unaccounted for. Betty Hill contacted NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena), a group doing serious UFO research, and they despatched an investigator to look into the Hills' sighting. This was Walter Webb, a staff member of Boston's Hayden Planetarium. He was impressed by the Hills' account. (Much later, after all the facts about the case had been revealed, Webb told me: "I think this case derserves to be taken very seriously.") Betty and Barney both had recurrent terror dreams about being kidnapped by extraterrestrials and taken aboard their star ship. These dreams made Barney so anxious that he developed a stomach ulcer. It was then the Hills turned for medical help to Dr. Benjamin Simon, a Boston psychiatrist. Using hypnosis, Dr. Simon penetrated the two-hour period of amnesia, first with Barney and then Betty. Both told virtually the same story of being abducted by space beings. "The humanoids were about five feet tall," Betty Hi!! told me when I asked what they looked like. "They had gray, metallic-looking skin. No noses, just nostrils. And their mouths were only slits. The eyes extended right around to the sides of their heads." The aliens seemed to communicate without words, by direct thought transference, Betty said. One of them, whom she called the leader, claimed that they came from a distant star system and meant them no harm. "Since the amnesia was pierced by the hypnosis," said Betty Hill, "there's no difference for me between my memory of being taken aboard that space ship and physically examined and any other memories I have of past events. "That memory is as real to me as anything that ever happened to me." When the Hills' story first broke, I was able to discuss the case with Dr. Simon. He told me that the Hills were above average in mental and emotional health, and that they were neither lying nor insane. Dr. Simon's theory was that their strange experience was some sort of "vivid dream." He allowed, however, that there was plenty of room for differences of interpretation. Betty Hills's parting word to me about her weird experience was: "I only regret I didn't invite the" humanoids over for a cup of coffee. If they ever show up again, I'll do that." Funny thing. After the Hills' story was published, Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire confirmed that on the night of their experience a "shimmering mass" was picked up on radar in the general area where they claimed to have been abducted. It was officially designated an Unidentified Flying Object. . . Pakistan said backing Soviet security plan RAWALPINDI (AP) - A Senior Foreign Ministry official said Sunday Pakistan will back a Soviet-proposed international security pact for the subcontinent as a way to retain ties with Bangladesh. Pakistan's endorsement of the pact would constitute a major policy departure for the new government of President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The Soviet-backed pact would make Moscow the dominant foreign power on the subcontinent. The Russians have a friendship treaty with India, longstanding sway in Afghanistan and growing influence in the new nation of Bangladesh. But under Bhutto's predecessor, Gen. Agha Mohammed Yahya Khan, Pakistan was allied with the United States and Communist China. Both Peking and Washington supported Pakistan in its war with India. According to the official, who asked not to be identified," Pakistan's new president sees Russia as the lone major power which could preserve links between West Pakistan and Bangladesh. "We have been given orders in the Foreign Ministry to reflect this attitude," said the official. Pakistan previously has rejected Soviet efforts to promote regional -treaties such as that suggested by Communist party chief Leonid I. Brezhnev. When Brezhnev offered a treaty involving Pakistan, India and Afghanistan in 1968, Pakistan took the stand that it preferred bilateral arrangements. Youth registration runs high WASHINGTON (AP) - surprisingly high 36 per cent of the newly eligible 18-to-20-year-old voters already have registered. according to a year-end survey by the Youth Citizenship Fund. The Fund, a major coordinating and clearing house activity in the Atlantic coast oil study stirs, alarm WASHINGTON (AP) - The Interior Department has begun a detailed environmental-impact study of anticipated oil and gas leasing off the Middle Atlantic coast. I terior Secretary Rogers C. B. Morton told congressmen Dec. 8 "we are not involved in formal proceedings leading toward an environmental impact statement." Whether or not it constitutes "formal proceedings," the study begun by Interior last November is described by officials of both Interior and the Commerce Department's National Oceanographic and Atmospheric .Administration (NOAA), which was asked to help, as the clear first step toward preparation of just such an environmental statement. In his latest move to allay public concern, Morton has invited the governors of all 14 Atlantic Coast states and Pennsylvania to meet with him here Tuesday to "clarify" what he termed an erroneous public impression "that petroleum production is being planned along our Eastern shoreline." On Dec. 3, five days before Morton's public disclaimer of "formal proceedings", the head of an Interior Department "Atlantic Environmental Study Task Force" met with NOAA's environmental coordinator to discuss NOAA's cooperation in the study. Its full scope was made clear Dec. 27 when Interior sent NOAA an 18-page list of topics for detailed analysis. The two agencies gave a newsman a copy upon request. The study topics included: "Evaluation of possible effects of mechanical activities, such as drilling, on marine life" in the study area. "Description of special environmental concerns ... related to development activities such as oil and gas exploration, production and transportation. "Assessment of possible effects of the weather on structures, such as oil or gas drilling and production platforms, or vessels. "Evaluation of the possible impacts of possible future OCS (outer continental shelf) oil and gas developments in the study area on foreign fishing operations ... " The request included a map specifying seven segments of a large area off the coasts of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland. Virginia and North Carolina, including Delaware Bay. Chesapeake Bay and Pamlico Sound. NOAA was asked to discuss the magnitude of anticipated oil development and technology, and to study, for each of the seven segments, the possible environmental and economic impacts on mineral resources, wildlife, aquatic organisms, recreation and land. youth registration movement, based its assessment on a telephone survey of registration officials in 102 cities or counties. Carroll Ladt, executive director of YCF, predicted Friday that at least 60 per cent of the young voters enfranchised by the new 26th Amendment will be registered in time for the general elections in November. Sixty per cent by November would compare to about 68 per cent of the total eligible voting population registered for the 1968 elections. It would constitute a rather phenomenal registration between ratification of the amendment last June 30 and the voting next Nov. 7. "The survey shows that those who claim young people are apathetic about registering are w rong," Ladt said. "There is great enthusiasm in areas where good registration campaigns are being conducted, and this will spread as the excitement of the campaigns builds." A 60-per-cent registration if 18-to-20-year-olds would add some seven million new voters for the presidential election. This does not include about 14 million other first-time presidential voters who have turned 21 since 1968. Of areas surveyed, the YCF study showed Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pa., with the highest percentage of young voters registered with 66.9 per cent. The smallest was Durham. N.C., with 6.7 per cent. The young registration was above 50 per cent in a number of locales, including New York City and Nassau County, N.Y., Franklin County, Ohio, Philadelphia, Pa., and Harrison County. Houston. Tex. The surveyors .contacted registrars in 213 cities and counties but only 102 of these had records of the number of 18-to-20 year olds registered. The 102 reporting covered 35 states. The YCF is a Washington-based, nonpartisan organization which includes among its advisory council members Democratic National Chairman Lawrence F. O'Brien and the Republican chairman, Sen. Robert Dole of Kansas. The Soviet Union also has been pressing for trade transit rights across West Pakistan between India and Afghanistan. The route would give motor access for goods from Soviet Central Asia through Afghanistan, across Pakistan and into a market of half a billion people in India. As a result of the belief that only the Soviet Union among the major powers has influence in India and Bangladesh, the Bhutto regime has been wooing the Russians. Earlier they were targets of public abuse because of Moscow's open support for India and the Mukhti Bahini liberation forces during December's two-week war. Sheik Mujibur Rahman's departure from detention in Rawalpindi meant a virtual end to any chances of direct contact between Pakistan and Bangladesh, according to Foreign Ministry officials. "The fact that no Pakistani official was aboard the plane with Sheik Mujib to London indicates that talks will not continue," said one official. The ruling People's party is showing some signs that it is willing to admit the links have been finally broken between East and West. The Rawalpindi newspaper The New Times, an independently owned daily often reflecting the views of Bhuttos' party, said in editorial: "We do not say we shall never be able to get reunited. This might come. But to expect it now is simply quixotic .,. We have realized in full the follies of West Pakistan." A new government import policy has taken notice of the split by providing easier import of jute and other items which formerly came from the East. POLICE TO PULPIT SOLIHULL. England (AP) -A 54-year-old chief detective. Inspector Kenneth Smythe, has retired from the force to become an Anglican priest. "It may seem a big change." says Smythe. "but clergymen and policemen both tend to the needs of the community." Grand jury may probe officials' corruption PHILADELPHIA (AP)-A special federal grand jury empaneled to probe organized crime also has the authority to investigate corruption among public officials, U.S. Atty. Louis C. Bechtle said over the weekend. Bechtle told the Philadelphia Sunday Inquirer the 23 member panel is investigating organized crime and that it would look into official or police corruption only if the current state and local probes "become ineffective." The special federal grand jury is the first to be empaneled in Pennsylvania's 10-county Eastern District under the Organized Crime Act of 1970. The Philadelphia district attorney's office recently launched an investigation into police corruption in the city. The State Crime Commission has held recent hearings into organized crime and official corruption in southeastern Pennsylvania, and the Delaware County district attorney has appointed a special investigator to probe alleged official corruption in that county. "A lot of high quality talent is now involved in investigating police corruption," Bechtle said. "At the moment, at least, it appears the broad-cased investigation is well staffed with the DA and the state. "But I'm quick to add that at such time those efforts fail their purpose or become ineffective, then certainly we would follow up." The crime act gives jurors broad powers to investigate organized crime and "noncriminal misconduct by an appointed public official." The federal grand jury was empaneled under an order signed Oct. 18 by retired Chief Judge John W. Lord Jr. of the U.S. District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania. Under the new law, the jury can sit for up to three years if the U.S. attorney chooses to extend the normal period of 18 months. The jury also has the power to submit a written report to the U.S. District Court concerning noncriminal misconduct byaa public official or organized- crime activities, without returning indictments. The chief judge would decide whether lo make the report public.

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