Is Mr. Hoagland
Richard C. Hoagland, founder of The Enterprise Mission, recipient of the Angstrom Medal, former science advisor to CBS News and Walter Cronkite.
The following quotes are taken directly from the Enterprise Mission website, from articles published from August 18, 1999 to December 28, 1999 and are presented in date order.
Taurid Object Spotted During Solar
Eclipse - Is This the "Big One?" 8/18/99
"With the world watching the skies during the highly publicized final solar eclipse of the millennium, many of us wondered whether there would be a "sign" or portent of change. The Internet had spun around with tales of the latest interpretation of the quatraines of Nostradamus, predictions of all sorts of disaster (bad star), and some very solid predictions that perhaps something unusual would be seen. Our friends over at the Millennium Group had been following the progress of Comet Lee (much to the consternation of our pals at JPL) and had even predicted that Lee might be unexpectedly visible during the eclipse due to anomalous perturbations in its orbit."
"Inside Source" provides Details
of "Impact Events" 8/19/99
"In order, the source reported that all three objects would strike the Earth on November 7th, 1999 (one day into the fall passage through the Taurid Meteor Stream). The first would come down in Siberia (a symbolic recreation of the Tunguska event?), the second would strike in central Manitoba, Canada if it did not bounce or "skip" off the atmosphere because of its shallow intercept course, and that the 3rd would hit in the Atlantic ocean off the Northwestern coast of Africa.
It was this final claim that "rung our bell" in terms of taking the caller seriously. For over a year now we have privately suspected that this would be the target area of the "precursor event," the first planned disaster which may start a cycle of bad hair days for all of us. Part of the reason is that this is the same location as the impact event depicted in the movie "Deep Impact," but there are several other reasons for being concerned that this is a target area which we will relate in upcoming articles."
"Trust No One, Mr. Hoagland"
Part 3 of 3? 11/06/99
"Meanwhile, we are now convinced that the original "Millennium Group" video objects are not legitimate, that they were misinterpreted by TMG and by us until we were able to get our hands on better quality video of the eclipse (Full report to follow). So if our original reason for looking at November 7th as an "event date" was due to trusting someone else's flawed analysis (and then being told that there were "3 objects" by our mysterious caller), doesn't that make the whole thing illegitimate?
Not necessarily. What if we stumbled on to a "real" problem by following a false trail? Certainly, some of our contacts have indicated that they were aware of a "November problem" well before the Millennium Group's article."
"Trust No One, Mr. Hoagland"http://enterprisemission.com/TMG.htm
Part 4 of 4 12/28/99
It was quite clear to me that the TMG objects were probably flood lights of some kind mounted on stanchions in the background. The mysterious "Object C" seems to be nothing more than someone in the crowd using a flash camera to record the event.
Our answer to Mr. Hoagland contains images that have been on our site for some time, plus several new images that offer significant insights into this story. These images are presented in the date order in which we received them, along with comments that I hope will help clarify matters.
Eclipse -- August 11, 1999
This eclipse was special, in that also coincided with the prophesies of Nostradamus. Consequently, the world watch this event with both joy and trepidation. Those who believed in the prophesies, expected to see a huge comet during the eclipse, and were greatly disappointed.
Yet, this event continues to stir the imaginations of many. The original story published August 18, 1999 by TMG, Solar Eclipse as Seen From Turkey by Marshall Masters still holds the TMG record for the most widely read article every published on the site. As of this writing, it currently stands as 10th most popular article on the site.
Six months after the first publication of this article, it still being read by well over 3,000 site visitors every month. When TMG analyzed the site traffic logs in September 1999, we learned that a significant percentage of those readers were from the various agencies of the United States Government.
Objects A, B,
of Objects A and C
of NASA Video Feed with
Object B from
August 11, 1999
Object B from
August 11, 1999
Since TMG published my first Eclipse article, we have watched with amazement at the continuing success of the story, and likewise so has our government. At least, that is what our site logs tells us.
In the news business, they would say "this story has legs." For some reason, it continues to draw interest well after the event has passed. In this case, the principle reason can be found in the prophesies of Notradamus.
Born, Michel de Nostre-Dame, the man we know simply as "Nostradamus," lived in France from 1503 to 1566. As a physician and astrologer, he became famous for his predictions of future events in his masterpiece: The Centuries.
The Millennium Group views the writings of Nostradamus as an intellectual alarm clock. The biggest problem we have with the writings of Nostradamus are the translations, many of which seem flawed as they do not take into account the usage of the French language during the time of Nostradamus.
While prophesies are not always fulfilled, they have through the centuries been an enduring part of Western culture. While he certainly has had his misses, he did call it on money when he predicated Napoleon, Hitler, and the Challenger disaster.
On June 19, 1999 The Millennium Group published an article titled, COMET C/1999 H1 (Lee) = NOSTRADAMUS COMET? by Colonel James B. Ervin. His article was an analysis based on the popular prophecy book, Nostradamus 1999 -Who Will Survive, by Stefan Paulus.
In his article, Colonel Ervin quoted the two quatrains that seemed to apply most to the appearance of Comet Lee.
Century 10 - Quatrain 72
The year 1999, the seventh month,
from the sky will come a great King of Terror:
Resuscitating the great King of the Mongols,
Before and after Mars to reign Happily.
Nostradamus never says that there will be an impact in the Sept. month, but nonetheless, a great many people seemed to think that it would happen. However, Mars (God of War) has in fact reigned happily just as predicted. Before in Kosovo, and after in Chechnya .
Century 3 - Quatrain 34
When the eclipse of the Sun will then be,
In broad daylight the monster will be seen:
Everyone will differ on the interpretation,
High price unguarded: none will have prepared.
A real point of contention in this particular quatrain is the phrase "In broad daylight the monster will be seen." What amazed me when I read the various interpretations is that it generally assumed that we will see the monster with our own eyes. Yet, the quatrain does not specifically say how we would in fact actually see the monster. Perhaps, Nostradamus had actually seen the "Monster" through the Internet in his vision.
Unfortunately, his prophesies concerning recent times have been often misinterpreted and worse yet, used by those in power to rudely dismiss legitimate concerns. Consequently, I felt compelled to write a fairness article on behalf of Nostradamus, titled Comet Lee and the Nostradamus Prophecies which was published on September 7, 1999.
One thing I wish to make very clear, is that I have presented this information to clarify this matter and it is not intended as a personal or professional attack on Mr. Hoagland. Rather, I believe Nostradamus summed it up best when he said, "Everyone will differ on the interpretation."
Mr. Hoagland, I cannot help but wonder if you've been the unwitting minion of a very clever misinformation operative. We see our share of these operatives as well, and flushing them out is an imprecise and very human process. And, sometimes things just happen.
In my opinion you were misled to the wrong conclusion, but that you were absolutely right for publishing that conclusion because it has renewed the debate.
A lot of good Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice for precisely this kind of freedom. You do them honor.
Rather than sinking a headstone on Object B (possibly at the behest of some misinformation operative), your article has resurrected a vital issue has risen like the Phoenix of ancient myth. Thank you Mr. Hoagland.
In closing, I wish to point out a recent development. The Russian Military has recently announced that the they've changed their policy on the use of tactical nuclear weapons. During the Cold War, they would never dream of using them. Now, they have decided that tactical nuclear weapons are real option in certain circumstances, and as of the first day of this new millennium, those circumstances will soon be defined by an iron-fisted ex-KGB operative.
Perhaps we need to know the answer to Object B after all.
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