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In the Fall of 1952 I saw a UFO 200 feet overhead on a foggy late afternoon while delivering newspapers. It was my introduction to UFO’s and now the ever-skeptical New York Times joined the club on 12.16.17 with:

“Cmdr. David Fravor and Lt. Cmdr. Jim Slaight were on a routine training mission 100 miles out into the Pacific when the radio in each of their F/A-18F Super Hornets crackled: An operations officer aboard the U.S.S. Princeton, a Navy cruiser, wanted to know if they were carrying weapons.

“Two CATM-9s,” Commander Fravor replied, referring to dummy missiles that could not be fired. He had not been expecting any hostile exchanges off the coast of San Diego that November afternoon in 2004.

Commander Fravor, in a recent interview with The New York Times, recalled what happened next. Some of it is captured in a video made public by officials with a Pentagon program that investigated U.F.O.s.

“Well, we’ve got a real-world vector for you,” the radio operator said, according to Commander Fravor. For two weeks, the operator said, the Princeton had been tracking mysterious aircraft. The objects appeared suddenly at 80,000 feet, and then hurtled toward the sea, eventually stopping at 20,000 feet and hovering. Then they either dropped out of radar range or shot straight back up.”

The piece can be seen on line at:  Thus it is now OK to talk about UFO’s as real and not be seen as a ravings crazy person like a “deplorable Trumpster.”

I was very involved in this issue in the 1970’s after reading John G. Fuller’s “Incident At Exeter.”  The book rang too true to be ignored and I was also aware that a number of UFO photographs had been discounted as their photographs and siting reports differed.  I had been in professional photography doing special effects images for educational films and thought I could make a contribution.

The result was my book “UFOs:  The Eye and the Camera” which attracted the MUFON organization that asked me to speak at their national conference in Kansas City where I met Dr. J. Allen Hynek who was quite friendly I thought because I was then the West Coast Editor of Popular Photography, the largest photo magazine in the world and he was the PR person for the US Air Force, but curiously it was articles I had run in other magazines, PhotoGraphic Magazine, in the US and “The Journal of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain” that brought the most attention with other pictures, one from Sweden which turned out to another story in it’s own right, but…

The popular hypothesis is that UFO’s are spacecraft from another planet, but that is an idea I reject as they do not land and say, “Take me to your leader…” or attack us, or have any contact of any kind.  They are quite consistent in avoiding us at all cost, save the few they have abducted likely as specimens for examination.

Dr. Hynek made an effort to know me and I met with and talked with him on the phone many times as he was curious about ideas I had expressed in my book, particularly the time navigation hypothesis.  I noticed something odd about our partings, whether it was a meeting or phone call he always ended saying, “Adrian, when this is all sorted out it is going to be far more bizarre than anything you or I have imagined,” and that was often after some pretty bizarre stuff.

It was the time Quantum Mechanics people were talking about simultaneous dimensions, time travel and the like.  Two of the pictures I had analyzed and hypothesized over in the book were of UFOs that vanished at one location and appeared at another rather than move linearly.  The two photos were taken with a “focal plane” shutter that would reveal the interrupts where a  “between the lens” or “behind the lens” shutter would not.

This is not as bizarre an idea as it may sound if you understand quantum mechanics where equations only work with small, whole numbers in describing the motion of sub-atomic particles as confirmed by the “sharp” lines seen in emission spectra.

In the dimension of smallest things, subatomic particles, nothing rolls or slides from here to there:  It vanishes here and re-appears there in a 100% efficient mode of travel.  UFOs appear to do just that!  It is also a way to move through great spaces without collision hazards.

One problem with the interstellar hypothesis is that the nearest star, Alpha Centauri, is four light years away and the highest velocity rocket we have been able to generate is 32,000 miles per hour.  Four light years is 5.86 trillion miles which at 32,000 mph takes 21,000 years which would be 1,000 generations!  It is doubtful the people arriving at Alpha Centuri would have any idea why they were there!  The “Extraterrestrial Hypothesis” is ridiculous.  Let us settle on the case for time travelers.  I believe I had pretty well convinced Dr. Hynek of this idea.  What is wrong with it?

Time travelers are ever mindful of the fact anything they change in our time will have a impact on their time.  When they return they may find they do not understand the language spoken or they may not exist!  Do they go “poof!” on return?

Nonetheless, this is the ultimate weapon in war.  All you have to do is return to an earlier time, find an ancestor of the enemy leader and snuff him, or her.  On return you should find peace prevailing.  This could be the way to perfect our society.  Time warriors will find they can befriend the contemporary power structure in return for future equity market trends and prices for help in extinguishing their enemies in our time.

Where this is potentially an ultimate weapon in war we can only wonder if our “swamp” is far deeper and darker than we could ever imagine.  This could well be the greatest secret of all time!

I started a five book science fiction series on this theme, two of which are written and on sale at under the master title “Time War 2084.”

Adrian Vance

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Adrian Vance

Trained as a science teacher, with eight years classroom experience, he has been writing professionally since the age of 15. He was the youngest person to be published in Journal of the Illinois Academy of Science at 17 as a result of a paper he wrote suggesting a revision in the science teaching curriculum. Publication was accidental as his teacher headed the selection committee and his paper was sent to the printer in error. Nonetheless, it received positive response. It proposed teaching General Science, then Physics followed by Chemistry with Biology in the senior year given the then new molecular focus in Biology. During his college years he worked on the school newspaper, primarily as a photographer and did an occasional feature, some of which caused him to be called to the Dean's office. "You don't like the way we do things here?" was the usual opening remark followed by the expected suggestion. After his third year, exhausted and without direction, he left for one year, but returned, when Sputnik and Admiral Rickover's books documented a crisis in American education. He felt called to teach and completed a B.S. in Physical Science at Illinois State University with a major in chemistry, minor in biology, near minors physics and education. He did graduate work in both Illinois and California completing a California Life Diploma teaching credential in 1962. While teaching he saw many needs and opportunities in educational publishing so he wrote and produced educational materials, primarily filmstrips and sound recordings. He also wrote for photographic magazines as film work put him in touch with many photographic and production problems. He has 325 screen credits in educational, industrial film and filmstrip as a writer-producer. In 1976 he won the Learning Magazine “Best of the Year” award for his “You in the Universe” filmstrip series and the New York Film and Television Festival Silver Medal for “An Introduction to Cells” filmstrip series. For a partial database of Adrian’s publications please click on and you will see them listed by series title and publisher. Each series title included four to 30 filmstrips and all are not fully listed in this database. The grand total is over 800. Over that 30 years Mr. Vance also wrote other material: two books, published in New York: “UFO’s: The Eye and the Camera” for Barlenmir House and “Audiovisual Production” for Amphoto Books. He wrote and illustrated over 100 features and columns for photography magazines. He was a Founding Contributing Editor for Peterson's PhotoGraphic Magazine and the West Coast Editor of Popular Photography from 1974 to 1978, writing a monthly column for the magazine. As a result of underwater photography work he contributed to SKIN DIVER magazine in the 70's. His "Timing Waves to Enter The Sea" article, first appearing in SKIN DIVER, is now a chapter in a classified U.S. Navy Seals training manual. "UFO's, The Eye and the Camera" documents his "Two channel information theory for the analysis of events simultaneously seen and photographed." It is the first comparative analysis of vision and photography written with the idea of combining information from both sources into a single analysis that can be used scientifically and forensically. Mr. Vance is also credited with solving the mystery of how complete maps of Earth were drawn in antiquity and he rediscovered Captain Cook's secret method of locating Pacific islands so well their positions have only recently been improved. He is cited with discovering the method in the seventh edition of "The Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings," by Dr. Charles Hapgood and he later contributed to a definitive article on cartography in antiquity for The Smithsonian Magazine as they confirmed his method. On February 19, 1976 Mr. Vance got a “Certificate of Appreciation” award from the Los Angeles Police Department “in grateful recognition of his generosity in make available to officers of this Department the talents and training of his German Shepherd, Boris. The ready willingness of Mr. Adrian Vance to become involved and to make available his valuable dog in a potentially hazardous situation deserves the gratitude and approbation of the entire Los Angeles Police Department.” This incident was critical to the LAPD administration’s realization that trained dogs could be of value in police work and they are now employed by the LAPD. When the computer replaced film the school market audio-visual field he switched horses at full gallop and produced 460 computer educational disk systems for the Apple II computer over 15 years. During that time he became a professional broadcaster in the 90's to promote the State Water bond issue in Santa Barbara, California as he felt it was critical for the town. He was publicly credited for having been one of the top ten reasons the measure passed thanks to his book “Drought in Paradise” and radio work. The collapse of his software business when Apple Computer discontinued the "II" machine line in 1995 crystallized the failure of his second marriage. With no clear direction in the school market supplemental materials field he sought a career in broadcasting in Las Vegas, Nevada doing shows on both KDWN and KXNT. This was unsatisfying due to the "star" economics of commercial radio where a few performers make millions and everyone else starves. Mr. Vance has also been a day trader, strategist, system developer and author on the equities markets and trading. He now trades stock, land and develops residential property. His website and trading information service, "The Stock Surfer" was a leading Internet service for seven years. He has been developing “The Young Americans” series of Young Adult novels promoting conservative values as well as his personal memoir, “A Long Way From Normal.” You can buy Adrian Vance’ books or downloads at December 21, 2010 he was awarded US. Patent 7,855,061 for his “Fuel Farm” that makes a gasoline equivalent 100 Octane fuel, butanol, from CO2, water and sunlight with algae and bacteria. You can see the full disclosure websites regarding his inventions at: and -30-


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