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2017 Sky Ship Articles

> 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"







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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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