Current Recipients:

Barrie M. Schwortz & The Shroud of Turin Web Site
(April 4, 1997)

Colin Andrews
(March 7, 1997)

(December 6, 1996)

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.
Nevertheless, he placed them at the end of his version of the Old
Testament, with the comment that they were "useful and good for
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 blindness.

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 Toby Award
Barrie M. Schwortz
& The Shroud of Turin Web Site
(April 4, 1997)

NHNE 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 in 1978.
As 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).

Aside 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).

In 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!

The Shroud of Turin Web site:
Colin Andrews
(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'
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

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, please write:

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(December 6, 1996)

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controversy, it represented the kind of serious, no-holds-barred reporting
that we at NHNE love to see. While many people and organizations
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about every story that comes along, we applaud CNI for being seriously
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