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PAST NEWS ARTICALS ON OBJECT AND BOB WHITE
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It's weird, it's metal, it fell from the sky ... but what is it?
By Mike O'Brien
The Springfield News-Leader
July 20, 1998
This is not just another UFO story. Here is an Ozarker who possesses what he believes to be a piece of a spacecraft from another world.
I've seen the thing. Even held it in my hand. And I can testify that it is uh, um, very strange. Others with scientific and metallurgy credentials have seen it, too. And they can't - or won't - say for sure what the danged thing is.
This frustrates Bob White, a 67-year-old retired musician and comedian living in Reeds Spring, who found the bizarre object about 15 years ago after a terrifying encounter with a huge flying disc in the wilds of Colorado.
"I'm trying to find out if this is something from our own government or something extraterrestrial," says White. "Whatever it is, I think the public ought to know about it."
"It" seems to be a hunk of metal, tapered like a cone or carrot. It weighs a tad over one pound, is about 8 inches long and about 2 1/2 inches in diameter on the big end. What's extraordinary, even to an untrained eye, is the surface. It appears organic, like petrified bark or neatly layered feathers.
You can see it for yourself now on the Internet and soon may be able to obtain a high-quality photograph. More about that later ...
White's account of finding the chunk (his friends jokingly call it space doo-doo) is familiar stuff -- middle of the night in the middle of nowhere, deserted highway, lights moving at astonishing speed, etc. What sets his story apart is that White says this unidentified flying object left behind a souvenir.
"Something seemed to fall off," White recalls seeing as the orange disc zoomed skyward near Grand Junction, Colo. "It was glowing, like it was on fire. At first I thought it was something coming back after me. It plowed a groove in the ground and at the end was this object."
White says he reported the find to the Air Force, but an impatient voice on the phone line told him he'd seen a weather balloon or a cloud of gas, and that he should forget about it. So White did. Sort of.
"I tried not to think about it," he says. "I didn't want to be ridiculed."
But a couple of years ago, after failing health hastened his retirement from show business, White says he decided to submit the object for scientific testing, to satisfy his own curiosity and perhaps answer public questions about UFOs.
Analysis at New Mexico Tech at Socorro, N.M. revealed components ranging from aluminum and iron to more exotic lutetium and europium. But the shape remained baffling.
Then White says, producers of the "Unsolved Mysteries" TV show arranged for more sophisticated tests at labs at Los Alamos, N.M. According to White, a scientist there blurted over the phone: "This is something I've looked for all my life! It's definitely extraterrestrial!" But when the report was delivered months later, it suggested the piece could've been created by White in his own garage using a "plasma torch." And "Unsolved Mysteries" mysteriously backed away.
"I don't know what it is, but I do know I didn't make it in my garage ," White protests. "It fell from the sky."
White says several experienced metalworkers have told him they couldn't duplicate the object, even in their elaborately equipped shops.
White also submitted to a polygraph test administered by veteran local lawman George Larbey. The results indicate White told the truth when asked about the UFO incident.
White recently put up a page on the World Wide Web and soon may offer an information packet. Check http://ufoevidence.conforums.com/index.cgi?board=testing White is also talking to a London based documentary film outfit.
"One way or another, I'm determined to bring this thing to the public," he says. "Everyone who sees it -- at least until the government gets ahold of 'em -- says it's the (darndest) thing they've ever seen. But nobody will say what it is."
"That makes me real curious. Doesn't it you?"
Mike O'Brien is former associate editor of the News-Leader

By Mike O'Brien
The Springfield News-Leader
Feb 1, 1999
Remember the metallic chunk of "space doo-doo" that an Ozarker says he saw fall from a mysterious flying machine?
Much has happened since Bob White of Reeds Spring first publicly told his eerie story of a Colorado encounter with a UFO and unveiled his bizarre souvenir in this column back in July:
An Internet site devoted to the strange object has been visited more than 7,000 times by curious Web surfers
The hunk of metal has been the topic of discussion on national and international radio talk shows such as "Sightings," "The X Zone" and the late night Art Bell program.
White is in the running for a $1 million prize offered by the Flying Saucer Restaurant in Ontario, Canada, for the first tangible evidence of an extraterrestrial craft.
Experienced metalworkers have expressed puzzlement over how the chunk's extraordinary exterior, which resembles layered bird feathers, could've been formed with earthly tools, according to White.
A retired scientist, who once was involved in super secret military weapons research and now does materials testing for an Ozarks manufacturer, has warned White that if he has stumbled across something that federal officials want kept hush-hush, "there's no limit to what the government will do to shut you up."
Exhibitions are being lined up, so the public may inspect the odd object at close range.
Even all that activity is not enough to suit White.
"I still don't know what the thing is," the 67-year-old retired musician and comedian grouses.
"Frankly, the reason I went public with this thing was I wanted somebody to come after me and try to prove it's a fake."
"I know there are a lot of kooks and weirdos in this flying saucer game, and there always seem to be experts ready to disprove claims by those people. I really thought that if I put this thing out there, the scientists and experts would assume I was a nut, too, and they'd come after me.
"Only, I'm not a nut. I know where this thing came from. It fell out of the sky from some sort of flying object like I'd never seen before.
"What I don't know is: What is it? I'm waiting for somebody to tell me. And I'm getting suspicious because the usual bunch of scientists and experts are being strangely silent."
White has attracted a small but fervent following, including a Springfield businessman who, while insisting upon anonymity, is working up a calender of dates when the object may be put on public display.
Almost certainly the chunk of metal will be shown several times in Springfield this spring and summer. It may show up in Branson as well. And a former Springfieldian now associated with a Las Vegas casino reportedly has expressed interest in displaying it there.
"Maybe if enough people see it and start talking about it, some known authority will step up and finally figure out what we've got here," the businessman says. "That's all Bob or I or anyone who's seen the thing really want -- to satisfy our minds about it, once and for all."
While White welcomes publicity if it brings scientific inquiry, he's leery of some offers.
"I've been invited to bring it to Roswell, New Mexico, for the annual festival, or whatever they call it, they have every July to commemorate the flying saucer crash that was supposed to have happened near there (in 1947)," he notes.
"But it may be a little too weird for me. People walk around there in space suits. Even clerks at the Roswell Wal-Mart dress up as aliens that week. I'm not into that."
So for now, White continues to read e-mail prompted by his Internet site (www.hardevidence.info). Half the respondents are from the U.S. Other countries where interest seems high include Venezuela, Turkey, Mexico and Malaysia.
And White continues to wait for scientists to "come after" him and his mysterious piece of metal.
"I think it's important. I think the world needs to know the truth. This 'ol world can use all the truth it can get these days...."
Mike O'Brien is former associate editor of the News-Leader