High Strangeness: Little Green Men! -- Part II

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Little Green Men! -- Part II

How does a UFO incident get its name?

The Phoenix Lights are named after a place in Arizona, but the Chiles-Whitted incident is named after two airline pilots (who, technically, were in the air and so were not in any actual place with a name, but still...). The Pascagoula abduction is named after the town in Mississippi where it occurred, but the Barney and Betty Hill abduction is named after the abductees... Then there's the ever-popular Roswell incident, which actually took place very, very far from Roswell, but the evidence of which was allegedly brought to an Air Force base in Roswell. So, who decides if a UFO encounter is forever named after the person who experienced it or the place where it occurred or the place where the evidence was allegedly taken?

I've been pondering this question since I blogged about the Kelly-Hopkinsville "Little Green Men" incident a while back, because Kelly and Hopkinsville are both towns in Kentucky, but the Kelly-Hopkinsville Litle Green Men incident didn't take place in either town.

The Sutton family farm, where the invasion of the little green men took place, is technically adjacent to the tiny so-called hamlet of Kelly, but when the Suttons and their kinfolk decided to make a run for it, they had to drive the ten miles or so south to Hopkinsville, because that's where the closest police station was...

Personally, I don't think Hopkinsville deserves to be in the name. The honor should go to Kelly, clearly. But that could be a problem too, because Kelly is too small to show up on Google Maps, so I'm not sure if it's real. Kelly fares somewhat better on MapQuest, where it appears to be a bump in the middle of U.S. Highway 41, but I'd say that's damning it with faint praise. Even more disturbing is the fact that on Kelly's official website, Kellyky.com, the town of Kelly shows an address in Crofton, KY, some seven miles to the north. Seems to me that if a town's address is another town, that town doesn't really exist.
Sure, Kelly, KY has a festival, but that doesn't make it real.

So why not ditch the names of the towns and name the incident after the Suttons? The Sutton Little Green Men incident has a nice ring to it, I think. But there's a problem with that as well. Of the eleven witnesses to the Sutton Little Green Men incident, only four were Suttons, and only two of those were Suttons by birth; the two others married into the clan. There were also two Taylors, four Lankfords (three by birth, one by marriage), and a Baker thrown in for good measure.

Now, lets parse that out. The farm was rented by twice-widowed matriarch Miss Glennie Lankford, and there were more blood Lankfords there than any other family, so by rights it should be the Lankford Little Green Men incident. But Elmer "Lucky" Sutton, one of Miss Glennie's sons from her first marriage, is generally regarded as the hero of the story, because he took charge when the invasion commenced, so he would seem to have the naming rights all wrapped up. But then the first shot was fired at a little green man by Lucky's best friend Billy Ray Taylor, and Billy Ray was also the only one of the group who saw the brightly-lit object with the rainbow exhaust land in the gully behind the farmhouse, so we could just as accurately call it the Billy Ray Taylor Little Green Men incident.

But then there's the fact that the little green men weren't green at all. They had shiny silver skin (or clothing--no one seemed sure), and their huge eyes glowed yellow... 

So, in the end, pretty much everything about the name The Kelly-Hopkinsville Little Green Men incident is false. And if there's one thing the field of UFO research does not need, it's for prominent UFO cases to be named after towns that don't exist or where the sightings didn't actually take place or creature colors that were never seen or reported. This web of lies is a house of cards, and it cannot stand.

There's got to be a better way...

4 comments:

Curt Collins said...

There's a famous one (or should be) that doesn't have a name that I know of the sighting by Charles B. Moore at White Sands. Pivotal event in history, but without a catchy name like French Fries, sadly obscure!

Peadar said...

"Incident at Exeter"? Nope. It took place in the neighboring town of Kensington. During the 1960s, Exeter provided police coverage to the very small community down the road, which is why Exeter officers were witnesses.

Mark OC said...

And "Incident at Kensington" doesn't have the same zing...

Mark OC said...

Curt, thanks for tipping me off to the Charles Moore story... I'll add that to my research list!