NHNE Toby Award
About The NHNE Toby Award
The Book of Tobit is
one of twelve books called the Apocrypha. Although the Catholic
Church declared at the Council of Trent in 1546 that these books
were to be accepted with devotion and reverence equal to the other
books of the Bible, Martin Luther did not regard them as Scripture.
he placed them at the end of his version of the Old Testament,
with the comment that they were "useful and good
The Book of Tobit is a great
adventure story, and its main character, Tobias, is a worthy
hero. All his life he was honest and tried to do what was right.
While still a young lad, at the request of his blind father Tobit,
Tobias set out on quest to a far off land to recover the family
treasure. On the way, he encountered incredible obstacles, but
overcame them all because he heeded the advice of his guide,
who was really the Angel Raphael. He was successful in recovering
the family fortune and along the way also met and married Sarah,
a long-lost cousin. He was gone so long that his mother gave
him up for dead. Finally, he returned home triumphant with the
treasure and his beautiful wife plus a cure for his father's
Tobias is a model of virtue who follows the spirit, searches for truth, and persists
in the face of adversity. It gives us at NHNE great pleasure to give the following
individuals and organizations this distinguished award.
& The Shroud of Turin Web Site
(April 4, 1997)
is proud to award our third Toby to Barrie Schwortz, the
creator of the Shroud of Turin Web site and Official Documenting
Photographer for The Shroud of Turin Research Project,
Inc., (STURP) that conducted extensive tests on the Shroud
many of you know, the Shroud of Turin is one of the most
venerated and thoroughly-studied artifacts in the world.
Believed by many to be the actual burial cloth of Christ,
the Shroud contains the startling image of a crucified
man. Is this the image of Jesus Christ? Does this ancient
burial cloth prove that Jesus Christ was crucified, and
possibly rose from the dead, as Biblical accounts claim?
Historians, pathologists, linguists, biblical scholars,
textile experts, chemists, physicists, photographic specialists,
artists, botanists, microbiologists and other scientists
from around the world have been trying to answer these
important questions for decades (see NHNE's "Shroud
of Turin" Special Article).
from being the Official Documenting Photographer of The
STURP Research Team, Barrie's Shroud of Turin Web site
has emerged as the main source on the planet today for
authoritative information on all aspects of Shroud research.
In addition, Barrie is also involved in the production
of a series of CDs that will contain virtually everything
that is presently known about this enigmatic cloth (see
News Brief 55).
1988, after Carbon-14 tests seemed to indicate that the
Shroud was a medieval forgery, many prominent researchers
abandoned the Shroud, even though a host of other unusual
characteristics suggested the Shroud still might be authentic.
With credible researchers turning their attention elsewhere,
serious scientific study of the Shroud languished and numerous
pseudo-researchers took up the cause, cranking out far-fetched
and unsubstantiated books, reports and theories about the
Shroud. Recently, however, the 1988 Carbon-14 tests have
been called into question (see News Brief 15), and both
public and professional interest is again on the rise.
Thanks to Barrie's steadfast interest in the Shroud and
his efforts to create an Internet-based center for Shroud
news and research, those of us who are interested in current
information about the Shroud of Turin no longer have to
attend distant conferences, track down obscure scientific
journals, or rely on vague news reports and second-hand
information. Instead, we can visit Barrie's well-connected,
regularly-updated, highly-informative Web site!
of Turin Web site:
(March 7, 1997)
With so many controversies swirling around the crop circle
phenomenon, we are grateful for the thoroughness, levelheadedness,
professionalism and heartfelt sincerity that Andrews brings
to this important field of study. A case in point is the recent
Oliver's Castle Video that supposedly documents a crop circle
being made by mysterious balls of light (See News Briefs 27,
29, 45, 47). Andrews was given a copy of the video by a young
man who claimed to film it. After signing a hand-written contract
that insured the film maker received 90% of whatever monies
were generated from the video, Andrews was given permission
to use the video in whatever way he wanted to. But Andrews
refused to go public with the video because of numerous inconsistencies.
After several unsuccessful attempts to contact the man who
had given him the video, Andrews hired a private detective
to track the man down. In the current issue of Andrews' CIRCLES
PHENOMENON RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL (CPR) newsletter, Andrews
and two other crop circle researchers that were intimately
involved in the Oliver's Castle fiasco, spent seven pages detailing
the twisted chain of events and suspicious characters involved
in the video. Early on, Andrews publicly stated that he felt
the video was a hoax -- and he has continued to maintain this
position, in spite of intense pressure from people within the
crop circle community who believe the video is authentic. He
has also resisted the temptation to profit from the video financially.
While humanity will probably be faced with both genuine and
fabricated mysteries for some time to come, and while there
will probably always be unscrupulous human beings willing to
take advantage of real and hoaxed mysteries, as long as there
are people like Colin Andrews investigating, those of us who
want to know the truth, will have at least a few credible sources
to turn to for reliable information.
We encourage you to give Colin Andrews and his organization
the support they deserve. You can support his work (and promote
the serious investigation of the crop circle phenomenon) by
becoming a subscriber of his newsletter. For more information,
CIRCLES PHENOMENON RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL (CPR)
P.O. Box 3378
Branford, CT 06405
Phone & Fax: (203) 483-0822
(December 6, 1996)
CNI stories have been frequently mentioned in previous
issues of our News Brief. CNI NEWS, Michael Lindemann, the
Editor, recently went out on a limb by publishing an article
that suggested most crop circles were made by humans. While
Lindemann's article ignited a firestorm of controversy, it
represented the kind of serious, no-holds-barred reporting
that we at NHNE love to see. While many people and organizations
interested in UFO-related topics appear to be all too eager
to swallow just about every story that comes along, we applaud
CNI for being seriously committed to uncovering the truth,
regardless of the consequences.
We encourage you to give CNI NEWS the support it deserves.
To request delivery of two free issues, send a request
to "CNINews1@aol.com" with
the message "Try News."
We also encourage you to visit the
CNI Web site, which includes an extensive keyword-searchable UFO-related