Detailed Report of Jeff Greenhaw's Falkville Incident Alien Encounter Testimonial

including  "Incident At Falkville," "Aftermath" and Photo Analysis Articles by Colman Von Keviczky / Official UFO Magazine Vol. 1 No. 2 August 1975

Excerpts from articles in Official UFO Magazine Vol. 1 No. 4 November 1975

Two 1973 Alabama Newspaper Articles about Jeff Greenhaw   
 
THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED ON 8/4/20 AT THE METAPHYSICAL ARTICLES BLOG. 
 
Police officer Jeff Greenhaw's nighttime Polaroid Photos #3 and #4 of the four that were taken.  (Click on images for a magnified view.)  Below: Polaroid 'instant cameras' with flashbulb were popular during the 1970s as snapshots were processed instantaneously after each photo was taken with the push of a button.
 

This blog article presents a detailed report and analysis of 'The Falkville Incident' of 1973 as published in the August 1975 issue of Official UFO magazine (Vol. 1 No. 2).  This case involving an Alabama police officer who took four photographs of an apparent alien entity in 1973 is found briefly described at a variety of UFOlogy websites.  These comparatively in-depth articles by experienced UFO investigator Colman Von Keviczky were featured in relation to the topic 'The 1973 UFO Invasion' about a chronology of unusual incidents reported in the east-central United States during October 1973.  There are also some excerpts from articles in the November Vol. 1 No. 4 issue of the magazine.  This data is presented as it was offered in the magazines without any redactions, leaving intact even alternate spelling of the police officer's first name as published (Jeffery/Jeffrey).  Also provided are two 1973 Alabama newspaper articles reporting about Jeff Greenhaw featured in the book Beyond Earth (1974) by Ralph Blum with Judy Blum.
 
The reader should keep in mind that the author of the three articles about the Falkville case, Colman Von Keviczky (1909-1998) was director of the Intercontinental UFO-Galactic Spacecraft Research and Analytic Network (ICUFON) that is the organization repeatedly referenced in the articles.  Some terminology used is indicative of the author's lengthy military career and a summary of his background is provided in this blog article via an excerpt from the editor's foreword.

These articles present an example of circumstances that can result with people exhibiting intolerant 'social consciousness' when an individual reports some type of unfamiliar data not in accordance with one's assumed imperatives (concerning individuals covering up what is known to be accurate or potentially truthful information); or when a response is due to mistaken perceptions about what's possible in life (among populace ignorant about the knowledge being concealed).
 


The series of articles commenced with this information:


Analyzed by Intercontinental Galactic Spacecraft (UFO) Research and Analytic Network.  Dr. Colman Von Keviczky, MMSE, member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (A.I.A.A.) & Smithsonian Institution N.A.  Scientific assistance: Deutsche UFO/IFO Studiengemeinschaft (DUIST) E.V.D-62 Wiesbaden-Schierstein, Postfach: 17185 West Germany, Europe.  Executive President: Karl L. Veit.  Copyright: ICUFON.  
 
Incident At Falkville
 
Time and Location

October 17, 1973.  Between 10:30 and 11 p.m. local time.  West of Falkville, Morgan County, State of Alabama, U.S.A.  Four Polaroid photographs of a human-like creature unidentifiable as of earthly origin.  Wanted subject has never been found since by the state and county police stations.

Photographer and Origin of the Documentation

Jeffrey Greenhaw, 23, Chief of Police of Township of Falkville.  (Resigned on November 15, 1973.)

Camera: Polaroid color pack #2.  Size 107 black and white; color 108.  Copy negatives of the original photographs, reports, correspondence and documentation are filed at ICUFON-DUIST archives.

Profile of Jeffrey Greenhaw

Jeffrey Greenhaw, 23, graduated from the Alabama State Police Academy, was elected in his home town as Chief of Police by the Town Council of Falkville, Ala., populated by 1,200 inhabitants.  The small town's Police Station is a branch of the Morgan County Sheriff Office: Sheriff John C. McBride.  His familiarity with the subject of UFOs before October 17 was no more than that of an average newspaper reader.  "I had heard of previous reports of UFOs from the state and county patrol units.  I had been laughing at the matter until this one night.  Since I had heard of UFOs I had been carrying a Polaroid camera with me.  I didn't know what I run upon, or see, that would be of interest to me in my work" stated Mr. Greenhaw in his letter of April 17, 1974 to ICUFON.

The idea to purchase a Polaroid camera in order to present to the authorities photographic evidence of violations among the UFOs indicates he is basically a careful conscientious policeman.

His correspondence with ICUFON headquarters, which began seven months after his experience, is that of an intelligent, sober-minded individual who fortunately did not become influenced by crackpot UFO literature or become a "space prophet."  He does not intend to write a book about his experience, but is presently working hard for a living as a carpenter.
 
Jeffrey Greenhaw demonstrated at the site his position relative to the creature when the third and fourth snapshots were photographed.

"After a half-mile chase, the creature disappeared here on the road," said Chief Greenhaw.

The Incident at Falkville

The town of Falkville, population 1,200, is located in the state of Alabama in Morgan County, between Decatur and Cullman, 22 statute miles southwest of the Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville.

On October 17, 1973, at 10 p.m, an excited woman (her name withheld by the former chief of police, J. Greenhaw) phoned the police station and said that a spacecraft had landed west of the town on a pasture owned by Bobby Summerford of rural Falkville.

Police Chief Jeffrey Greenhaw got into the patrol car and drove to the area.  He searched the suburb, but didn't see anything.  As he returned to town on a gravel road, the car's headlight shined upon a metallic looking being walking in the middle of the road.

Greenhaw stopped, got out of the patrol car and made friendly overtures to the strange alien but there was no response.  The alien was walking toward him.

Greenhaw got his Polaroid camera and took two snapshots when the being was approximately 50 feet and 20 feet from him.  The creature came within about 10 feet of the car, then stopped.  Greenhaw took two more pictures.

While Greenhaw was doing this, the creature turned around and began retracing its steps.  Greenhaw switched on the blue light on the console of the patrol car, aimed the beam in the direction of the creature, and saw that it was running down the road heading south in the direction of Lacon, a town three miles south of Falkville.

Greenhaw immediately got into the car to capture the subject.  At this point, it seems, he realized that the alien might be a crewmember of the reported UFO.  His report to ICUFON states: "During the excitement I must have mashed the accelerator on the patrol car too hard.  The car went into a skid, slammed sideways in the middle of the road and came to rest almost in a ditch.  I regained control of the car, backed it up, straightened it up, and pulled out of the dust on the gravel road."

During this chase the creature disappeared from view.  Greenhaw searched the area with the car's spotlight, turning the beam on a pasture, fields and a wooded area, but saw nothing.

He returned to the police station, where he found the night watchman coming on duty.  Later on his brother came in, but both of them couldn't believe his experience, even though it was supported by the four Polaroid photographs.
 
[Polaroid photos #1 and #2 when the being was reported to have been approximately 50 feet and then 20 feet away from Jeff Greenhaw.]

Analysis

In the first place, to verify the general tactical behavior of the galactic spacecraft, we must be acquainted with the two divergent types of them.  These are:

1) Craft that react at once to any earthly action and mainly avoid confrontation.  These should be considered occupied and piloted by intelligent beings.

2) Craft that react seconds or minutes later, their behavior apparently provocative.  These should be considered remote-controlled sounds or crafts.  On December 3, 1967 in Ashland, Nebraska, the commander of a galactic spaceship demonstrated to State Police patrolman Herbert Shermer how a remote-controlled reconnaissance sound is launched and returned to the craft's control room.  (Case investigated by the Air Force and the University of Colorado's Condon Committee: consult Scientific Study of  UFOs, case 42, pp. 289-91.)

It seems quite obvious that in cases of hostile earth visitations, the space creatures constructed a human-like robot for ground operation.  The creature Greenhaw saw, according to its kinematical and psychological analysis, had a mechanical rather than a living intelligence.

The Creature

The creature was five feet six inches tall, tendinous and lanky, with a well-proportioned human body structure.  He wore a shining, tinfoil, one-piece spacesuit.  His leg was covered with a tight hip-length boot.  On the hand was a long-sleeve mitten.  The head was covered with a helmet with a short antenna atop.  No feature was visible behind the rim-like visor around the nose and eye level, despite two flightlight beams that hit the face area.  The head was thought to be in the area of a rotating electric eye system behind the one-way visor rim.

His walk and movement were stiff and noiseless, and no voice was heard during the encounter.

The creature's escape route was described by Greenhaw in his letter of April 17, 1974: "He was running in a very odd manner, from side to side, his arms down to his sides, and it looked as if he had springs under his feet to propel him.  He could take 10 feet (more or less) at one step.

"I got into the patrol car to pursue . . . . He was running faster than any human I ever saw."


Kinematical Evaluation

If one compares the four photographs of the walking creature and its kinematical analysis and summary with policeman Greenhaw's description, it becomes vividly clear that the creature did have a rigid body.  His limbs are stiff, and in relation to the trunk do not show the flexibility typical of a walking human.  The position of his hands is quite awkward.  The constantly spread legs, strained knees and slightly bent trunk suggest an uncertain balance of the body, kept upright mechanically.  This is especially noticeable in his right turn in picture number 4, and is a definite sign of guided mechanical movement.

His rapid broad-jumping sort of run ("faster than any human I ever saw") corresponds with a speed which could not be overtaken by a police car.  This quick movement could be regulated only by remote control, which led and guided the robot back to the craft.

Psychological Considerations

1) The creature walked in the middle of the gravel road and did not turn aside, as a human would do, when hit by a sudden, blinding beam of light from the patrol car, but continued walking in the middle of the road toward the car.

2) When the creature was 50 feet and 20 feet from the car, two strong flashlights blinded him again, and produced no change in its walk.

3) The creature provocatively stopped 10 feet in front of the policeman, and when two more beams of light hit him in the face it made not the smallest averting or defending movement with its hands or head.

4) It is noteworthy that when Greenhaw stopped shooting photographs and rushed to remove the developed photos from his camera, the remote control saw the situation in its proper perspective, speculated that there might be danger, and sent the robot back in the direction from which it had come.

5) The daylight control pictures of the location present on the left and right side of the gravel road dense, bushy, leafy trees.  No intelligent being (human or space creature), frightened by a police patrol car, would run half a mile along a road in the glare of a searchlight when there is a chance to hide in nearby foliage.

Photochemical Analysis

The filed copy negative of the four Polaroid photographs does not show that either the pictures or negative were tampered with before or after the reproduction was made, because of the following evidence:

1) The equally balanced grainy surface of the negative.

2) The subsequently filed color negative, the daylight photographs of the location, are identical to the night photos and conform with Mr. Greenhaw's description;

3) The gradually increasing flashlight reflections at 50, 20, and 10 feet on the front of the creature.

Why Didn't Greenhaw Use His Revolver?

"When I was facing the creature, at this point I wanted to leave, but I was nervous and afraid to move.  I didn't have time to think of my gun because the metallic subject did not show any hostile movement.  Well, I guess I did think about it."  Greenhaw stated, "but I was afraid of what might happen if I drew my gun.  At this point I was all right.  I just let things go, and then I took two more pictures."
 
AFTERMATH . . .
THE TERROR BEGINS
The Persecution of Police chief Jeffery Greenhaw


The question that arises is, did Police Chief Greenhaw act correctly when at 11:30 p.m. he contacted the local newspaper to tell about his incident?  The answer is yes.  Where else could he turn?  There is no official government-sponsored reporting center.  There are plenty of civilian research groups, but if you have never read about UFOs to any great extent, you have no way of knowing about them.
  
There does, however, seem to be a UFO harassment team at work.  A series of strange events happened to Police Chief Greenhaw after his photos and report were made public.  This well-planned operation led to Greenhaw's resignation and divorce.  Why did this happen?  Can it be that Greenhaw's evidence contradicts the U.S. Government's policy of branding all UFO sightings hoaxes, hallucinations and misidentifiications?  The following summarizes the terror campaign against Greenhaw.


Police Chief Greenhaw's trailer home burned to the ground on November 9, 1973.


Action No. 1 — Around October 19, 1973, a campaign of harassment was launched against Greenhaw, with threatening phone calls and hate letters accusing him of being a mental case, idiot, crackpot, faker, devil, and so on.

Action No. 2 — On October 21, two days later, his car's engine blew up.

Action No. 3 — On October 24, the harassment having completely disrupted his family, his wife left home and forced him to consent to a divorce on October 29.

Action No. 4 — On November 9, his trailer home burned down and was totally demolished.

Action No. 5 — On November 14, a final reminder, his "obituary" was placed on his car's windshield.

It is remarkable that, during the time of these actions, Mayor J. Wade Tomlinson and all the members of the Town Council of Falkville were silent (silenced?) and no one moved to stop the harassment and threats.  Even his superior, Morgan County Sheriff John C. McBride, did nothing.

Action No. 6 — On November 15 the Town Council called in Greenhaw and forced him to resign.  The Town Council of course denied that "his resignation had anything to do with the series of incidents that Greenhaw was involved in or with the pictures taken of the creature."

The government and the scientific community — in spite of the many eyewitnesses, injuries, accidents and deaths — are not willing to admit to the nation and the nations of the world the facts about the galactic powers' earth operation.  The question remains, who is responsible for the broken career and disrupted life of a young, conscientious policeman, whose only concern was the security of his home town's inhabitants?

[Click on images for a magnified view.]


The Space Creature Photos Are Not A Hoax
The defense of Police Chief Jeffery Greenhaw
IUFON and DUIST Headquarters present documented proof
refuting the claim that the Greenhaw photos are fake.

The United States Air Force Academy's textbook Introductory Space Science, Volume II, Chapter XXXIII: Unidentified Flying Objects, on page 463 informs the future Air Force Officer:

"On August 21, 1955, one and a half miles from Kelly, Kentucky, farmer Sutton and his son fired in close range (10-20 feet) a total of 50 rounds ammunition from their 12 gauge shotgun and 22 caliber pistol at two disembarked spacemen nearing their farmhouse.  The ricochets of the bullets had proven that the creatures' space suits were bulletproof."
Earl J. Neff, ICUFON Representative of U.S.A.  (Cleveland Ufology Project)

The terrified Sutton family within a couple hours left their farm to unknown places, because the local police station declined to secure any kind of defense in case of repeated assault of the strange entities.

Surprisingly, as a result of the governmental investigation of the incident, the nation was bluffed and authorities said that "The described creatures were fun scaring humans."  Obviously no newswriter got suspicious enough to find out who those "fun scaring humans" were.  And why they repeatedly risked their lives facing the Suttons' concentrated gun and pistol fire.

It is remarkable also that this simplistic statement was adopted as authoritative truth and reality by the nation and the military academics, in spite of the fact that 20 years ago fully bulletproof dress had not yet been invented, only "bulletproof vests" for the police force.

This investigation, demanded by the governmental cover-up policy, chose to discredit an innocent and dutiful citizen of the U.S.A. rather than tell the truth to the public.  It bears a certain similarity to the terrorizing actions of unknown national security authorities, first to silence Police Chief Jeffrey Greenhaw, then discredit his photographs.

Procedure of an Underground Harassment Team

Between October 19 and November 15, 1973, "the national security underground," by terrorist actions, totally ruined Police Chief Jeffrey Greenhaw's law enforcement reputation, forced him to resign, then discredited the valuable series of photographs by starting the rumor that Greenhaw photographed a fireman's uniform obtained from NASA's Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

In June, 1974, Mr. Ralph Blum, author of Beyond Earth: Man's Contact with UFOs, defended on the MUFON and APRO UFO Symposiums the validity of the photographs: "Word leaked out that NASA's fire department had these impressive silvery uniforms with boots and helmets just like those in the photographs.  A friend of mine visited the firehouse, asked to see the new suits, and was shown something old and runky."  (MUFON Symposium 1974, page 30.)

But because of lack of evidence, within a couple of months the chain of command completely reversed his statement, saying that Greenhaw's photographs were a hoax.

On September 5, 1974, Mr. Frank Sikora, a staff writer for The Birmingham News produced comparative photographic evidence for the public under a headline: "A GOOD CHANCE FALKVILLE'S 'SPACE CREATURE' ONLY A HOAX."
 

How the Credulous Public Was Bluffed

Mr. Frank Sikora, to discredit the reported visitation from space, met with the respected NICAP (National Investigation Committee on Aerial Phenomena) representative in Georgia, Mr. Marion Webb.  According to the interview, he dressed in a NASA "Air Force fire-fighting uniform" and, adding a little tin foil here and there, posed before the camera.  He then presented the photo as Police Chief Greenhaw's photographed space creature.  Then, with a show of tears and deep sympathy toward Greenhaw, he suggested that Greenhaw had been tragically mistaken about the incident, and although he regretted the police chief's divorce, burned-out trailer home and resignation, he suggested they were merely coincidental.

The article was published by NICAP's publication, UFO Investigator, in October 1974 under the headline "POLICE CHIEF'S NIGHTMARE: REAL OR CONTRIVED?"

Establishments

1) NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center's letter refutes the statement of The Birmingham News and the interviewed Mr. Marion Webb, which claim NASA's involvement in the incident through either the development or the use of a fireman's suit.

2) The Department of the Army Headquarters and the U.S. Army Missile Command's letter contradict NICAP's and Mr. Frank Sikora's statements regarding the alleged "spokesman of the Marshall Center silver firefighting uniforms" and the existence of an Air Force or Space Flight Center "fire fighting unit."  Their denials prove beyond a doubt that such uniforms and organized departments do not exist and that these allegations are concocted and untrue, according to the letter of the U.S. Army Missile Command: "There is nothing unique or experimental about the suit used here.  It is a standard commercial item readily available for purchase by the public."

3) Mr. Marion Webb's simulation of the creature in a standard fireman's suit has a number of flaws:

   a) His simulated aerial placed on top of the helmet makes it look more like a German war helmet of World War I than the creature's thin protruding aerial with a glistening ball atop.

   b) The visor of the fireman's suit is transparent (Webb's face is visible behind it) and twice as large as the robot's one-way visor rim, which runs around the helmet.

   c) The creature's helmet has no hood; it seems to be fastened to or built into the garment around the lower neckline.

   d) Mr. Marion Webb and NICAP repeatedly emphasized that the material of the fireman's suit is "silvery" but this is untrue.  The material is fireproof, transparent plastic.  The clothing of the wearer is discernible underneath.

   e) From the flashlight reflection on the robot's helmet and garment a conclusion can be drawn: Their basic material was dark with a scaly surface.  The crumpled plastic material of the suit Webb is wearing, photographed from the same distance (10 feet), gives off a bright, white, overexposed reflection.

   f) The creature's suit looks more like a "custom-tailored garment" compared to the loose-fitting fireman's suit worn by Webb.  How could NICAP say that Webb's bulky, tinfoil-retouched and awkward rubber boots are "strikingly similar" to the creature's elegant suit, fine custom-fitting hip-length boots and long-sleeve mittens?

   g) Webb, simulating the pose of the creature, assumes a very natural stance to achieve proper balance.  Such a pose is absent in the Greenhaw photos, in which the creature appears to be awkwardly struggling to maintain proper balance.

The creature and the suit.  Compare the two and you can see there is a great amount of difference between them.  Even in the clipping photo, taken under lighting conditions similar to those in the Greenhaw photo, the difference is a little too great to say this is what experienced patrolman Greenhaw photographed at the close distance of 10 feet.


Speculation "A": Police Chief Greenhaw Contrived the Hoax

1) Is it possible that an intelligent, married, ambitious chief of police, overloaded with law enforcement work, would have nothing better to do than to concoct hazardous hoaxes?

2) There is no doubt, that if Greenhaw perpetrated a hoax, the construction of the robot's garment would have required the time and secret cooperation of several people.  Falkville is a small township (population 1,200) in which everybody knows everybody else and especially the chief of police, whose activity is always followed by the public.

Is it not remarkable that during the one and a half years since the incident not a single lead has come to light about any such associates?  Even Greenhaw's unfriendly superior, Morgan County Sheriff John C. McBride, and the Town Council of Falkville were unable to detect any of Greenhaw's supposed fellow conspirators in the "hoax."

3) Did policeman Greenhaw and his associates also manufacture the uniforms of the three creatures in the Pascagoula, Miss., incident on October 11, 1973?  Or on the same night as his own encounter (Oct. 17) in a visitation that occurred in Tifton, Georgia?  Or on October 22 for the two creatures in Hartford City, Indiana?  Is Mr. Greenhaw so wealthy that he can finance nation-wide UFO hoaxes and keep his associates permanently in silence?

Speculation "B":  Hoax Contrived by Somebody Else

We advise Mr. Frank Sikora, journalist, and Mr. Marion Webb, NICAP's investigator, to double check by personal experience how their suggested hoax works in reality.  Hire fireman's suits from the neighborhood fire department (do not bother the Arsenal), touch them up a bit with tinfoil, then face at night, on an abandoned side road, a police patrol car as "fun scaring humans."  But if you were to be shot to death by the police (obviously by "fun") it would be very funny indeed to read in the paper that you, as UFO investigation "experts," forgot to see first the "fun scaring neighbors" of the former Sutton farm, to borrow their bullet-proof dress.

[Letter from Information Officer on stationery of: Department of the Army, Headquarters United States Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama 35809 / AMSMI-G dated 13 December 1974]

Dear Mr. Von Keviczky:

This is in response to your letter of December 6, 1974.  I assume your reference to The Birmingham News of September 5, 1974, concerns an article written by Fank Sikora of that newspaper's staff.  Mr. Sikora interviewed Marion Webb of Austell, Georgia, identified by Mr. Sikora as an area investigator for the National Investigative Committee on Aerial Phenomena.  Illustrations accompanying the article compared photos of an unidentified individual taken by Police Chief Jerry Greenhaw of Falkville, Alabama, with photographs taken under similar lighting conditions of an individual wearing protective clothing similar to that used by firemen at Redstone Arsenal.

I believe Mr. Sikora's article referred to firemen of the Marshall Space Flight Center, a NASA organization which is a tenant activity at Redstone Arsenal.  In fact, all arsenal firemen are employees of the U.S. Army Missile Command which operates Redstone Arsenal.

In response to your request, I have enclosed photographs of an arsenal fireman wearing one of the protective suits used at this installation.

There is nothing unique or experimental about the suit used here.  It is a standard commercial item readily available for purchase by the public.  Other large companies, and I believe several municipal fire departments in this area, have the same or very similar suits.  More than 20 are hung in the Redstone Arsenal firehouse closest to our airfield ready for use in the event of a crash or some other occurrence which would result in a gasoline or chemical fire.

The Redstone Arsenal firemen are all government civilian employees.  As such they commute from their homes to their place of duty and return by private automobile.  All of them live in North Alabama or Southern Tennessee.  Some reside in the general area of Falkville.  None live in Georgia and specifically not in the vicinity of Athens or Tifton, Georgia, which are considerably beyond commuting distance of this installation.

It is possible—but in my judgement highly improbable—that someone without authorization might have removed a suit from Redstone Arsenal, perpetrated a hoax at Falkville, and then returned it.  Suspecting that might, in fact, have occurred we inventoried and accounted for all our suits shortly after the Falkville incident.  A Huntsville, Alabama, television station (WAAY-TV) filmed one of our suits and carried a report similar to Mr. Sikora's shortly after the Falkville incident.

Sincerely,

DAVID G. HARRIS
Information Officer

[Letter from Director of Public Affairs on stationery of: Department of the Army, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama  35812 / "Reply to Attn of CA01" dated November 22, 1974]

Dear Major Von Keviczky:

This is in response to your letter of November 14.

This center has not developed a "heavy fireman suit."  We are in no way associated with the development of fire suits or space suits or any other apparel.  Further, we do not use firemen's suits since our fire protection is provided by the Army's Redstone Arsenal.

I am sorry we cannot help you.

Sincerely,

Joseph M. Jones
Director of Public Affairs

REASON OF INQUIRY 

Mr. Ralph Blum, author of the BEYOND EARTH: MAN'S CONTACT WITH UFOS explained as rumor at the MUFON and APRO symposiums during June of 1974 that Police Chief Jeffrey Greenhaw might have photographed "NASA's Fire Dept. new silvery uniform."

(Consult MUFON UFO SYMPOSIUM 1974, page 30.)  ICUFON by mailing one photograph to the G.C. Marshall Space Flight Center, requesting it to identify.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
[from "Foreword" article by Bernard O'Connor]

Colman VON KEVICZKY is a Hungarian-born American citizen.  He graduated in 1932 from the historical Maria Ludovica Military University in Budapest with a Master of Military Science and Engineering degree and the rank of first lieutenant of the former Hungarian Kingdom.  He had 17 years service with the government, and during that time he completed more academic studies that qualified him for a promotion to major.  He became chief of the audio-visual military education department of the Royal Hungarian General Staff and Ministry of Defense (1938-1945).

After 1945, Von Keviczky served for seven years with the 3rd U.S. Army and U.S. Constabulary Hq. Special Services, International Refugee Organization (I.R.O.) in Heidelberg and Munich (Germany) as motion picture director, cameraman and public relations officer.  He migrated to USA in 1952.

As of 1966, Von Keviczky was blacklisted and placed on the federal government's "security risk" list because, as a staff member of the United Nations Secretariat's Office of Public Information, he had on February 1966, presented to Secretary General U Thant and his Cabinet the first analysis of galactic spacecraft's operation, based on his 14 years of UFO studies.  His memorandum requested official supervision of his analyses; urged an international survey on the activity assisted by UNESCO's scientific study, and asked that necessary security measures be established to protect all nations.  He emphasized that the existing military orders of USA and other major powers treating galactic forces as intruders in our environmental aerospace could result in a disastrous confrontation between the nations and the Space Powers' operating Task Forces at any time.

The U.S. government considered Von Keviczky's memorandum dangerous to its mammoth investment in space research, and took successful diplomatic measures to freeze, at whatever cost, the UN international control on UFOs, which had been promised by the University of Colorado's study on the subject (February-March, 1966).  It also ordered the immediate removal of Von Keviczky from his UN post.  Furthermore he became listed as "persona non grata" for any and all reputable firms that could have employed him otherwise.  (Lost nine basically accepted jobs).  But the U.S. government was unable to detail his further "fight for the truth" to declassify the Pentagon's secret military UFO analyses compiled in his forthcoming book: GALACTIC POWERS — OPERATION EARTHBOUND.

Also, he is originator of several informative projects addressed to the nations' governments as International Space Security Pact (1966), Mainz UFO Resolution (1967), Petition to the Nations (1968), a proposal of World Congress for International Consideration of Galactic Spacecraft Activity (1969), and finally, the Project of International Administration for Research of Galactic Spacecrafts Operation and Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute — Foundation (1971-72).  As director of the Intercontinental UFO-Galactic Spacecraft Research and Analytic Network (ICUFON), he has also become a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Smithsonian Institute N.A. and honorary member of several domestic and foreign research organizations.

Colman S. Von Keviczky (right) in animated conversation with Dr. Herman Oberth (left), world renowned "father of astronautics and rocketry," at the 7th World Congress of UFO scientists and researchers held in Mainz, Germany on November 3-6, 1967.


Excerpts from "The Greenhaw Case: A Possible Explanation" editorial by Bernard O'Connor


Notice the highly reflective surface of the creature and how light bounces off it.  Notice also the pronounced bulkiness of the chest area.


Would you send a flesh-and-blood being . . . No, you would send (if your technology was capable) a robot scout.  And it would have . . . defense, speed and decision-making capabilities — all of which were displayed by the creature Greenhaw encountered.


In the September 30, 1974 issue of Newsweek an article appeared under the Science department heading.  Its title was "The First Laser Weapon."  The article described in great detail the result of 10 years of secret research into laser technology.  The result is what the article terms "The Death Ray Tank," technically called MTU (Mobile Test Unit).  It is a tracked vehicle resembling a tank, with a turret on top that is capable of firing a laser beam.


. . . what is even more important is the proximity of where the MTU prototype is sitting right now and where the UFO activity has been.  Although the official announcement of the existence of this weapon came a year after the "UFO invasion," I'm sure it was being developed in 1973.  I don't think the Government would publicly talk about something it wasn't sure of.  Also, what we must take into account is the mention of upcoming tests of the MTU at Redstone and White Sands. 

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Keviczky's opening article mentioned other UFOlogy incidents reported during the period of October 11-19, 1973, including:
 
October 11, 1973.  [Pascagoula, Mississippi]  Two shipyard workers — Charles Hickson, 45, and Calvin Parker, 18, were hauled by three robot-like creatures aboard a spacecraft.  The approximately 20 minute ordeal-examination ended in a military hospital, where the Pentagon's authorities investigated the incident.  No information or confirmation of the case was issued to the public.  (UPI wire service, Oct. 12)


October 17th in Athens [Georgia], spacecraft landed on highway and two four-foot creatures dressed in silvery suit were "welcomed" by Paul Brown with pistol fire!; October 19 in Tifton [Georgia], spacecraft landed and humanoid disembarked.


A final article by Keviczky posed the question: "How long can the public be kept in the dark, while the officials know full well what is going on?"  The following are some excerpts:

On October 19, 1973,the New York headquarters of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), largest radio and television network, issued an interoffice memo based on a report from its Wheeling, W. Va. office that "Wednesday (Oct. 17) night, there were 75-100 sightings.  Thursday (Oct. 18) there were 20-25.  The newsroom there feels that if anything dramatic happens, the valley may fly into panic."


VI Conclusion: The news media is under the influence of some form of "censorship," supposedly for reasons of national security.


This censorship is a potentially dangerous thing.


It would be felonious carelessness if the ICUFON and DUIST e.V. organizations neglected to expose the circumstances surrounding policeman Jeffrey Greenhaw's encounter with the space robot.  It's a significant missing link.

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Article from The Birmingham News, October 19, 1973:
FALKVILLE CHIEF SAYS "HOWDY" TO SPACEMAN

FALKVILLE.—What do you say to a creature from outer space?

"Howdy, stranger!" was the apt greeting by Falkville Police Chief Jeff Greenhaw . . .

Greenhaw was at home when a woman telephoned him that a spaceship with flashing lights had landed in a field west of the city.

There had been numerous reports of UFOs in south Morgan County so Greenhaw grabbed his camera and drove to the remote area.

After several turns down gravel road, "I saw it.  It was just standing there in the middle of the road," the police chief said . . .

The police chief got his camera and as the human-shaped creature walked towards him, he flashed four photographs . . .

"I was scared stiff," Greenhaw admitted.

The creature was covered with a tinfoil type material, had a short antenna atop its head covering and there were no features on its face.

"It moved stiffly, like a robot, and didn't make any sounds," Greenhaw said.

The police chief decided to switch on his blue revolving light atop his police patrol car and immediately the creature turned and started running down the road.

"I jumped into my car and took after him, but I couldn't even catch up with him in a patrol car.  He was running faster than any human I ever saw," the police officer said . . .

Greenhaw, Falkville's only full-time policeman, said he received numerous telephone calls Thursday from people who said they spotted UFOs in the area about 10 p.m. Wednesday, when Greenhaw's encounter occurred.

His wife, Pamela, laughed it off.

"She wouldn't be laughing if she saw what I saw," Greenhaw said.


Article from The Decatur Daily, November 16, 1973:
FALKVILLE POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS UNDER PRESSURE

FALKVILLE.—Jeff Greenhaw, the local police chief who made national news last month when he spotted a "spaceman" on a deserted county road, resigned under fire Thursday night at the Falkville City Council meeting.

Greenhaw, 26, and the only full-time policeman in Falkville, said the resignation came after he was asked to do so by Mayor Wade Tomlinson . . .

For Greenhaw, the loss of his job was only the latest of many blows he has suffered since spotting something that resembled a man wrapped in aluminum foil on a dirt road the night of October 17.

Shortly after the widely-publicized and still officially unexplained sighting, Greenhaw was divorced from his wife and had to replace the engine in his car after it "blew up."  Then, last week, his mobile home burned while he was at a Falkville High School football game and he suffered eye injuries from smoke when he tried to enter the mobile home.

"So now I've lost my car, my wife, my home and my job," Greenhaw said.  "And I guess I'll just have to go where ever I can to find another job.

"I had planned to say in Falkville in spite of all the problems I have been having, but now it doesn't look like I can."

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Colman Von Keviczky offered more UFOlogy-related cover-up evidence in Official UFO Vol. 1 No. 4 with articles about 'The Alberton Spacecraft' seen on the cover of Vol. 1 No. 2 (shown near the beginning of this blog article).  Circumstances are chronicled that resulted with the destruction of the irreplaceable original filmstrip that had been arranged to be magnified by a micro-photographer.  The order had been received on July 11, 1969 with the completion of the task "postponed week by week by empty doubletalk."  When following correspondence was ignored, "we were forced to file a case with the Civil Court of New York to get back the original filmstrip" only to find that the filmstrip had become damaged beyond use.  Keviczky divulged: "during the four months dealing with the photographer, he boasted of his 'greatness' in the profession.  It turns out that he is an assistant co-worker of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) . . ."  ICUFON's legal claim for compensation for the damages filmstrip was "SURPRISINGLY DISMISSED by the judge three days after the hearing."

 
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