Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Linked Citations

In this lab, you format report text and a list of information sources as separate web pages and set links from the textual citations to the specific items in the sources list. To be ready for this project, you need to have have studied Chapter 17 in Power Tools for Technical Communication and have done at least one other web-page formatting project:
  1. Using a simple text editor or web-page editor of your choice, create two simple web pages like the one shown in Chapter 17 entitled My First Web Page. On one of those pages, between the <TITLE> and </TITLE> tags and between the <H1> and </H1> tags, substitute Linked Documentation: Report Text. On the other, use Linked Documentation: Sources Lists.
  2. Copy the report text (under the "Text to Document"), and paste it into the first web page you just started.
  3. Replace the red-highlighted citation notes with the style of citation required by your instructor or used in your field.
  4. Copy the sources list information (under the "Information Sources), and paste it into the first web page you just started.
  5. Format the list of information sources using the documentation style required by your instructor or used in your field.
  6. Set links from the report text to the specific items in the sources list. (You may not see any effect when you link to the sources list because it is only a third of a regular web page in length.)
  7. Put your name, Linked Documentation Practice, and the date on this document, and print it out for your instructor.

Text to Document

Replace the red-highlighted citation notes with the style of citation required by your instructor or used in your field; and link these citations to the corresponding item in the information-sources page:

7. Vehicle Interference

Rodeghier reviewed a small but important fraction of UFO reports that are said to involve effects on electric lights, automobiles, and other machines of various sorts. These reports have occurred throughout the modern era of UFO reports (since 1947) and come from all over the world, although (as with all UFO reports) they come primarily from Western nations. Of such reports, those that involve claims of vehicle (mainly automobile) interference have received most attention. One such case is discussed below. A more comprehensive discussion of vehicle interference cases is presented in the report by Rodeghier [indicate the 1981 Rodeghier 1981 source here].

Haines City, Florida, March 20, 1992 Based on his review of the original MUFON report, Rodeghier presented the following summary of this case.

At about 3:50 a.m. on March 20, 1992, patrolman Luis Delgado in Haines City (near Orlando), Florida, was checking the doors at local businesses. After turning onto 30th Street, he saw a green light in his rearview mirror. Seconds later, the interior of his patrol car was illuminated with a green glow. An object began pacing his car, moving from the right side to the front of the vehicle several times. Delgado called Police Dispatch at 3:52 a.m. and asked for backup and said "Something is following the vehicle." When the object moved in front of his car for the third time, Delgado pulled off the road. When he did so, the engine, lights, and radio on his patrol car ceased to function.

The object was about 15 feet long and thin, with a 3-foot high center area. It was a strange color of green, and the color seemed to "flow over the surface." The object was hovering about 10 feet off the ground. As he was stopped, the object shone a bright white light into the interior of his vehicle. At that point Delgado got out of his car and tried to call Police Dispatch on his walkie-talkie, but it would not function. He noticed that the air around him had chilled and he could see his breath fog. According to weather records, the temperature at that time was about 60 F. Shortly thereafter, the object sped away at a fantastic speed in about two or three seconds, moving low over the ground. Another officer arrived just after the object had departed and found Delgado sitting in his police vehicle with the left door open and one foot on the ground. He was shaking and crying and unable to talk. Eventually he recovered and filed an incident report. The patrol car functioned normally after the event, and Delgado suffered no health problems. Review of the calls to the dispatcher indicate that the duration of the event was in the range 2 to 3 minutes.

Rodeghier pointed out that the Haines City report is typical of many other vehicle interference reports in the following respects: according to the report, the object was quite close to the witness (a "close encounter" case); the object was of modest size; the object projected a beam of light into the vehicle; the witness did not suffer any injury; the witness did experience an anomalous effect (in this case, the chill in the air); and the object moved at very high speed when it departed.

According to Rodeghier, many such cases have been reported, and he has prepared a catalog of 441 vehicle interference cases [indicate the 1981 Rodeghier 1981 source here]. It is noteworthy that vehicles with diesel engines are affected only very rarely (less than 1% of all vehicle interference reports).

According to Rodeghier, several hypotheses have been advanced to explain these effects:

  • The ignition or other electrical system may have been disrupted by high static electric or magnetic fields.
  • Ignition of the gas-air mixture may have been affected by ionization of the ambient air.
  • Fuel may somehow have been prevented from entering or leaving the carburetor.
  • The engine operation may have been disrupted by electric fields induced by an alternating magnetic field, possibly of low frequency.

Clearly, laboratory tests on automobiles and their engines could be highly informative. Some such tests have in fact been carried out. Staff of the Colorado Project [indicate the 1969 Condon & Gillmor source here] attempted to determine the effect of a static magnetic field on a simulated automobile ignition system. The staff found that spark plugs continued to operate even in static magnetic fields as high as 20 kilogauss. The Colorado Project staff also investigated the possibility that an automobile involved in such a case might display a change in the pattern of its remanent magnetism (its "magnetic fingerprints"), but they found that this had not occurred for the one case they examined. Rodeghier reported that tests by Australian investigators on vehicles involved in two events (Adelaide, South Australia, 1977, and Liverpool Creek, Queensland, 1979) also found no changes in remanent magnetism. On the other hand, Randles and her colleagues [indicate the 1979 Randles source here)] found a change in magnetism for a vehicle involved in an event that occurred at Thaxted, Essex, England in 1977.

The panel found these reports to be intriguing. In order to contribute to the analysis of such cases, however, scientists would wish to have available evidence of a variety of types, certainly including narrative accounts, but also involving more concrete information such as radar records, tape recordings, etc.

Information Sources

Format the following information using the documentation style required by your instructor or used in your field; and then create a separate web page for this list of sources with anchors (A NAME tags) for each source:

A 1969 book entitled Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects published by by Bantam (New York) and written by E. U. Condon and D. S. Gillmor, D. S. (1969).

A 1979 book by J. Randles and P. Warrington entitled UFOs: A British Viewpoint published in London by Robert Hale.

Published in Evanston, Illinois by the Center for UFO Studies, a book by M. Rodeghier entitled UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, in 1981.

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