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2017 Sky Ship Articles

> More revelations about 5300-year-old iceman
> UFO sighting reports are increasing
> Celebrities who believe ET spaceships are real
> Presidential quotes about UFOs
> New evidence, new twist in Biblical Exodus story
> President's Day story: Coolidge's pet raccoon
> City of legends found in Honduran jungle
> Space-age miners to scout Moon in 2017
> Old Japanese illustrations of 1803 UFO landing
> "Old Soldier Drops Three Bombshells...and Then"











More revelations about 5300-year-old iceman
By Mary Joyce, website editor

This is an update to an article we posted in 2016 titled “Glacial melting exposes 5300-year-old man.”   CLICK HERE if you wish to review that article.

Since then, we’ve learned the DNA of Otzi the Iceman is like that of people living on the island nation of Sardinia today, not like the people of the Austrian-Italian Alps where he was found.  To get an idea of how Otzi may have looked, we searched for photos of modern day Sardinian shepherds.  We chose older men because Otzi’s joints showed wear and tear.

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We also learned Otzi carried two kinds of mushrooms with him.  One was Tinder Fungus which was found with a fire-starting kit because it ignites easily. The other was Birch Polypore which is especially effective in getting rid of whipworms which were found in Otzi’s intestines.

Even Otzi’s 61 tattoos seemed to be related to health issues.  They were not decorative or religious in nature.  Instead, they were short parallel lines or crosses clustered around his arthritic joints. According to experts in ancient tattoos, such tattoos were an effort to relieve pain.

(L) The red arrow points to island of Sardinia

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Four of Otzi’s 61 tattoos that were found around his arthritic joints

Scientists who have been studying Otzi’s mummy for years say he was 5’2” tall, weighed 110 lbs. and had brown eyes.  He wore a hat made of bear fur; a woven grass cape believed to have been like a raincoat; and a leather and goat fur coat beneath the cape. He also wore fur leggings, goatskin undergarments and leather shoes insulated with straw.

To learn more about Otzi and how an artist used a 3-D printer to recreate him, there is a Nova film titled “Iceman Reborn” that is available on Netflix.




UFO sighting reports are increasing

Over the years, it seems UFO sightings have steadily been increasing. So, we went in search of evidence with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) which is one of the oldest and largest civilian UFO investigative organizations in the USA.

On March 16, 2017, the MUFON website stated that sighting reports were up 37% from the previous week; up 24% from the previous month; and up 31% from the previous year. 

Below is a map from MUFON’s website showing the location of reported sightings for the week ending March 16, 2017. There were 279 reported sightings during the previous month and 5,332 during the previous year.

It’s worth noting that most people who see a UFO don’t contact MUFON to register their sightings.  This means the above figures are well below the actual number of sightings in the country.  So, if you recently have seen an unidentified flying object, consider filing your report at

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Celebrities who believe ET spaceships are real

“The only thing that scares me more than space aliens is the idea that
 there aren’t any space aliens.  We can’t be the best that creation has to offer. 
I pray we’re not all there is.  If so, we’re in big trouble.” -  Ellen Degeneres

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Row 1:  Jodi Foster, Katy Perry, Halle Berry, Will Smith, Rosie O’Donnell
Row 2:  Mick Jagger, President Jimmy Carter, Shirley MacLaine, Olivia Newton-John,
             Sigourney Weaver
Row 3:  Fran Drescher, Dan Aykroyd, Ryan Adams, Russell Crowe, Rihanna
Row 4:  Keanu Reeves, Dwayne Johnson, Jada Pickett Smith, Tom Cruise, Billy Ray Cyrus




Presidential quotes about UFOs

“I can assure you that, given they exist,
these flying saucers are made by no power
 on this Earth.”

President Harry S. Truman

“The US Air Force assures me that UFOs pose
no threat to national security.”

President John F. Kennedy

“I’m not at liberty to discuss the government’s
knowledge of extraterrestrial UFOs at
this time. I am still personally being
briefed on the subject!”

President Richard M. Nixon


“While we would not be in a position to send an expert in response to each such request, we are always willing to investigate all responsible
reports or claims of evidence.”

President Lyndon Johnson


“In the firm belief that the American public deserves a better explanation than that thus far given by the Air Force, I strongly recommend that there be a committee investigation of the UFO phenomena. I think we owe it to the people to establish credibility regarding UFOs, and to produce the greatest possible enlightenment of the subject.”

President Gerald Ford

“It was the darndest thing I’ve ever seen. It was big, it was very bright, it changed colors and it was about the size of the Moon. We watched it for ten minutes, but none of us could figure out what it was. One thing’s for sure, I’ll never make fun of people who say they’ve seen unidentified objects in the sky.”

President Jimmy Carter
(Description of his 1969 UFO sighting)


“I looked out the window and saw this white light. It was zigzagging around. I went up to the pilot and said, ‘Have you ever seen anything like that?’ He was shocked and he said, ‘Nope.’ And I said to him, ‘Let’s follow it!’  We followed it for several minutes. It was a bright white light. We followed it to Bakersfield, and all of a sudden to our utter amazement it went straight up into the heavens. When I got off the plane, I told Nancy all about it.”

President Ronald Reagan
(Description of his 1974 UFO sighting)


“Americans can’t handle the truth.”

“I am very careful in public life about dealing
with classified information.”

President George H.W. Bush


“Won’t it be sad to have an Internet connection
to Mars if there are no Martians
to write to or email us?”

President Bill Clinton


"My alien encounter is further proof of my commitment to expanding the Republican Party’s appeal. New faces, new voices. It goes to show that I am willing to reach across certain demographic lines."

President George W. Bush


“Let me tell you, there are more nine and ten-year-old boys around the country. When I meet them, they ask me, ‘Have you been to Roswell and is it true what they say?’ And I tell them, ‘If I told you I would have to kill you.’ So, their eyes get all big. So, we’re going to keep our secrets here.”

President Barack Obama





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New evidence, new twist in Biblical Exodus story

By Mary Joyce, website editor

Both the Qur’an of Islam and the Bible of Judaism and Christianity tell of Moses and the Exodus out of Egypt.  The story has been accepted as truth by all three major religions until archaeologists began looking for evidence and could find none during the reign of Rameses II, who supposedly was pharaoh during the time of Moses and the Exodus.

With archaeologists shooting holes in the Biblical account of the Exodus, the faith of many was shattered. This troubled researcher and filmmaker Timothy P. Mahoney. It meant his Christian faith was built on a myth but before deciding to chuck his faith completely, he assembled a team and went in search of the truth for himself.

Mahoney and his team traveled to archaeological sites in the Middle East.  They talked with archaeologists, Biblical scholars, rabbis, and even Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres in search of the truth.

In essence, the team discovered that an ancient Asiatic people matching those described in the Biblical book of Exodus lived in a city named Avaris.  It was an ancient city of 25,000 to 30,000 people that was suddenly abandoned during Egypt’s Middle Kingdom.

Later during Egypt’s New Kingdom, pharaoh Rameses II built his own city on top of the ruins of Avaris.  Those who lived during the time of the Old Testament then used the city of Rameses II as a location marker for the original city of Moses and the people of the Exodus.  According to Mahoney, that has distorted history.

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Photos from the archaeological excavation of the ancient city of Avaris  

Mahoney found considerably more evidence that the Biblical Exodus happened before the reign of Rameses II including a statue of Joseph in a multi-colored garment.  If you would like to learn more about all the evidence Mahoney and his team discovered, you can watch his film “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus” on Netflix.

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Presidents’ Day story: Coolidge’s pet raccoon

It sounds like a strange gift, but President Calvin Coolidge and his wife Grace were sent a raccoon that was intended to be served for their Thanksgiving dinner in 1926, but they quickly became enchanted by the little creature and decided to keep her as a pet. 

Before they even knew it was a little female, Coolidge announced the raccoon’s arrival at a press conference. “I don’t think he is quite grown yet,” he told reporters. “He is very playful, very interesting, and seems very well trained and well behaved.”

By Christmas the little raccoon had a name, Rebecca, and her own treehouse with a wire fence around it for protection.  She was frequently seen at White House events and was a real celebrity at the Easter egg roll (see photos below).

“We kept her chained when out of doors,” Mrs. Coolidge wrote, “but in the house, she had her liberty. She was a mischievous, inquisitive party and we had to keep watch of her when she was in the house. She enjoyed nothing better than being placed in a bathtub with a little water in it and given a cake of soap with which to play. In this fashion, she would amuse herself for an hour or more.”

President Coolidge sometimes walked around with Rebecca draped around his neck while his wife carried her like one would hold a small dog. The raccoon was clearly a special pet.

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City of legends found in Honduran jungle

By Mary Joyce, website editor

It’s hard to fathom, but it wasn’t until 2012 that scientists found the exact location of a long-lost legendary city known as Ciudad Blanca (White City) or City of the Monkey God.  

The ancient ruins have been hidden for centuries beneath the dense Honduran jungle and protected by deadly creatures that make the region uninhabitable for humans: the Fer de Lance snakes, some of the deadliest in the world; mosquitos carrying malaria; sandflies that transmit White Leprosy that eats away people’s faces; jaguars and a host of disease-carrying insects and parasites.  Then there are torrential rains and killer mudholes.

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Fer de Lance snakes and Jaguars – protectors of Ciudad Blanca

Beyond these life-threatening obstacles, the Ciudad Blanca ruins are so covered by jungle growth that an archaeologist could walk over them and never know they were there.  It took laser-imaging technology to find the lost city of Honduras.

In June 2012, a team of scientists flew over the area where legends say the lost city is located.  They flew at a steady elevation and in a systematic pattern while using LIDAR equipment to shoot billions of laser pulses at the ground. The end result was a 3-D digital map of the topology beneath the thick jungle canopy.  Below is one of the LIDAR images that reveals manmade structures that were impossible to see from the plane.


In 2015, an exploratory team of researchers finally macheted their way into the formidable jungle.  Below are photos of three of the hundreds of artifacts archaeologists eventually found, and continue to find, at the site.

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You can learn about the adventure finding Ciudad Blanco in Douglas Preston’s new book “The Lost City of the Monkey God” which was just published in 2017. 






The three co-founders of Moon Express, Inc. – Dr. Barney Pell, Naveen Jain and Bob Richards*

Space-age miners to scout Moon in 2017

This will be a big year for the three co-founders of Moon Express, Inc.  This past August, the U.S. government ruled they could land their robotic spacecraft on the moon in 2017.  It is the first private enterprise given permission to go beyond Earth’s orbit.

The space-age miners will be using their robotic spacecraft to search the moon for precious resources that could be essential for humanity’s future on Earth and in space.


The company’s MX-1E spacecraft/lander (above) is designed to be transferred from Earth orbit to the lunar surface.  After making a soft landing, the designers say it can be relocated with “propulsive hops.”

*Dr. Barney Pell is both a space technology guru and an entrepreneur; Naveen Jain is a billionaire entrepreneur; Bob Richards is the trio’s space visionary.




Old Japanese illustrations of 1803 UFO landing

According to two historic Japanese books – “Toen Shousetsu” (1825) and “Ume no Chiri” (1849) – “a foreign ship” was found by fishermen on the shore of Haratonohama, Hitachi, Japan in 1803.  It was said to be made of metal and glass and was 3 by 5 meters in size, approximately 10 by 16 feet.  It was named “Utsuro Bune” which means “hollow ship.”

Inside the hollow ship was a young woman with pale skin and red hair.  She spoke a language the people could not understand and clutched a box she would not allow anyone to touch. Strange symbols were seen inside the ship. The chart to the right compares some of those symbols (top) with those found on UFOs at Bentwaters RAF Base and Roswell, NM.


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Paul Epley and the new book about his bombshell of a life

 “Old Soldier Drops Three Bombshells. . . and Then”
By Mary Joyce, website editor

Back in August 2010, we posted an article titled “Old soldier drops three bombshells” after interviewing Paul Epley about his unique military experiences (see archives). He told us about seeing a live alien from Roswell; about being a military assassin; and about being asked by those within the US government/military to assassinate Martin Luther King, Jr.

Since then, Epley’s friend and pastoral counselor, Donald L. Cooper, has written a book about the old soldier’s life.  It’s titled “Old Soldier Drops Three Bombshells. . . and Then.” It just became available on Amazon in January 2017.

This is how the book is described on Amazon:

“This book covers the military service of a willing soldier tricked into doing terrible things for the shady side of our government. After discharge and being told to just forget those things, he was asked to murder a notorious person, which he refused to do. His involvements with the government were so grievous they for a long time denied that he was ever in Service. The author’s ‘and THEN’ part of the book intertwines with Paul’s mostly through a mutual UFO related matter. Mr. Cooper gives the answer to the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights located near him, and 3 nearby UFO crashes. He also discloses several government held secrets that challenge the logic of most present-day scientists. His incredible communications through a clairvoyant will amaze the reader as they have him. The series of ‘Believe it or Not’s’ through the whole of the book climax with a ghost story toward the end of the book.”

The book’s author is a retired Presbyterian minister who is still active in his church and Presbytery but is an out-of-the-box pastor with a curious and open mind.  For years, he has led tours to see the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights in Linville Gorge, North Carolina.  He also has served as an investigator and researcher for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). 

In 2007, the president of a local MUFON chapter asked Rev. Cooper to give Paul Epley a ride to their spring meeting.  A friendship between the two men developed after that.  The book is a tribute to that friendship.

Chapter 13 of Rev. Cooper’s book might be of special interest to those who follow this website.  It reveals how spiritual messages received by Evelyn Gordon and me for him have impacted his life and inspired him to fulfill the multiple missions of his life. Then in chapter 14 he shares his secrets for staying healthy; he’s almost 90 years old.




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