Rockefeller Funding Serious Crop Circle Investigations
19th May 1999
THE enduring mystery of Wiltshire's crop circles is coming under the
gaze of one of America's wealthiest men. Laurance Rockefeller is funding
research into the puzzling patterns that have spawned a host of theories
embracing everything from alien spacecraft to freak wind conditions.
Mr Rockefeller, a member of the fabled dynasty that has inspired songwriters
and society page editors, has hired former local government officer
Colin Andrews to dig deeper into the riddle.
Mr. Andrews, formerly of Andover but now based in Connecticut, will
be flying surveillance flights over Wiltshire next month hoping to record
new discoveries. e has compiled the largest database on the subject
and advised several governments on his findings. He was asked to present
his work at the United Nations headquarters in New York in 1994 when
his close friend Reg Presley, lead singer with The Troggs, flew to America
to attend. Mr. Rockefeller, aged 89, a New York billionaire and former
U.S. congressman, has had a long interest in UFOs and similar phenomena.
His grandfather was the legendary John D Rockefeller, who amassed a
fortune from oil interests. Speaking from America yesterday, former
Test Valley borough council engineer Mr. Andrews said: "He asked me
if I would like to submit some research projects to him which he might
be able to help finance. "With his help we engaged staff in my Connecticut
offices and also flew regular flights in aircraft over Wiltshire and
Hampshire last year. "The office is now equipped with seven computers
and staff are working on crop circles data from around the world. "Global
positioning technology has helped us via satellites to locate each formation
and to be able to return after harvest to carry out measurements, including
magnetometer readings that have shown some fascinating results. "Numerous
farmers have shown concern over the level of hoaxing. This is a problem
but is not only a matter of criminal activity but also something a little
deeper. Hoaxers themselves have confidentially stated that strange light
phenomena have been experienced around them while they have been making
crop circles during the hours of darkness. "Some have even been certain
that that within minutes of finishing a crop formation, additions have
mysteriously been added before sunrise. "Mr Rockefeller has funded a
special investigation into all aspects of hoaxing and this is already
under way." Mr Andrews has already discovered that some circles have
a "magnetic fingerprint" resembling snowflake geometry. His findings
will appear in a book he is writing called Cosmic Artist.
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