High Strangeness: UFO Crash!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

UFO Crash!

This is just a shame. I'm scheduled to meet up next week with one of the world's leading experts on the Roswell UFO crash, and I have nothing to ask him about it.

For those of you who don't know, way back in July, 1947, a ranch foreman in New Mexico found strange debris out on the range, brought it to the nearby Army Air Base in Roswell, and the Army hastily issued a press release declaring that it had "captured a flying saucer." A short time later the Army decided this had not been one of their best ideas, so they scrubbed the debris field clean, pulled the flying saucer story and then told reporters that the debris was from a downed weather balloon.

The gentleman I'll be meeting next week is Mr. Donald Schmitt, co-author of "Witness to Roswell" (2007, The Career Press), and pretty much the only guy in the world you want to talk to about Roswell. Trouble is, I don't want to talk to him about Roswell.

Why, you ask? Well, for one thing, the full title of Schmitt's book is "Witness to Roswell: Unmasking the 60-year Coverup." If you know anything about me and this blog, you know I'm not big on government conspiracy stories. Not that I discount them completely--God knows the government keeps plenty of secrets--but I just don't believe that the government has been in contact for decades with extraterrestrials, and keeps captured spaceships and alien corpses at Area 51 or Wright-Patterson. The big problem with that theory, which I have gone into in other posts, is that the aliens, if they existed, could announce themselves to the world anytime they wanted to, so the government isn't really "covering up" anything. Seems obvious to me that the supposed aliens hold all the cards here.
Nothing to see here. Move along!

But, that being said, I am looking forward to meeting Mr. Schmitt, because back in the day he worked with my man, Dr. J. Allen Hynek, and was heavily involved with Hynek's Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS). It will be interesting to pick the Schmitt-meister's brain about those early days working with the great man. I just hope he doesn't keep trying to steer the conversation to Roswell, because I'm just not that into it.

I have to confess something right here: I have just written the portion of the Hynek book that deals with the Roswell incident, and it takes up two paragraphs. It's just not that big a part of the story. In fact, Mxxx R, the current grand poobah of COFUS, specifically cautioned me not to make too big a deal of Roswell in the book, saying, "I can understand wanting to use Roswell to make this more resonant with today's reader, but of course Roswell came and went back in 47 and had no real effect on public attitudes."

So there you go. And, to back that up, Hynek never, to my knowledge, ever made any public comments about Roswell. Mr Schmitt may correct me on this, but my impression is that Hynek wouldn't touch Roswell with a 10-foot pole.

What say you?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you should ask Mr. Schmitt about lying about his education and employment history.

Mark OC said...

I think I'll just keep the conversation light...

Anonymous said...

You say Mr. Schmitt is the only guy you would want to speak to about Roswell. I am not sure why anyone would believe this person. He fabricated his job & education resume. What truths were you looking to get from this liar?

Mark OC said...

I appreciate these comments, and I don't discount these warnings. I'm interested to hear what Mr. Schmitt has to say about his experiences working with Dr. Hynek as part of CUFOS, but that's it.