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Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Sociologic need for “The Roswell Myth”

Copyright 2012, InterAmerica, Inc.

When a brief shining moment of societal importance – an alleged capture of an extraterrestrial machine – occurred near Roswell, New Mexico in July 1947, the population of the area thought they finally had garnered the recognition that had passed them by.

After all, other places in America were being lauded and talked about, for being industrious, beautiful, or exploited by visitors – New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, et al.

The ho-hum areas of New Mexico – Corona, Roswell, Las Cruces, even Albuquerque – were immune to public adoration; but Roswell/Corona much more so than most New Mexican towns and cities.

When the 1947 hubbub occurred, the citizens of Roswell/Corona were entranced by the thought they were finally being noticed by the world at large.

Unfortunately, the instant depreciation of the captured flying disc report by the United States Army deflated any possibility of a Roswell/Corona heyday. The citizenry was crushed.

They went back to their humdrum existences, feeling thwarted by the Army which took away their moment(s) in the sun.

But then along came a UFO buff, Stanton Friedman, in 1978, who offered a resurrection of that missed glory of 1947, and the residue of Roswellian wannabes grabbed the opportunity and beheld the extraterrestrial gospel of Mr. Friedman, with the hope that the world would now see their humble society as worthy of visitation, by visitors from outer space, who knew a great venue when they found one.

All the years of solitude and loneliness was taken away by Mr. Friedman and his UFO acolytes.

The Roswell citizens were not about to lose their new found cachet so they bolstered the imaginings of UFO believers with embellishments that were little different than those of the early Greeks or Egyptians who promoted their countries and cultures with mythical tales that made their habitations seem worthy of visit and encomiums.

The ploy worked and Roswell became a place of tainted honor for many and maintains that place of honor to this day.

The myth of a Roswell flying machine with “tourists” crashing nearby has been expanded creatively since 1978 and those old-timers, and their generational newbies, swell with pride that their inhabited part of the world is as important – maybe more so – than others.

The citizens, past and present, were blessed by a special visitation that rivals the descent of God upon the ancient Hebrews.

Thus, Roswell continues to resonate – among a few UFO devotees only – but it’s a resonation that can’t be allowed to be quelled, not this time.



  • Even assuming an alien spacecraft crashed near Roswell in 1947 (and I don't believe that one did, but for the sake of argument...), visiting Roswell 60+ years later because of that event is like planning your vacation around the site of some famous car accident (Jayne Mansfield, perhaps, or Eddie Cochran). It's stupid - the epitome of post-facto rubbernecking.

    New Mexico is lovely. I recommend Santa Fe and Taos. No aliens - just real things worth seeing.


    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Sunday, October 28, 2012  

  • And I like Socorro, Paul....Santa Fe also.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, October 28, 2012  

  • Socorro is nice enough, especially if you head west to the VLA, which is very, very cool. But the actual site of the Zamorra encounter is about as dull as you can get.

    Seriously, I don't expect the aliens to land on the White House lawn (also dull), but I would expect that perhaps they would buzz the British Museum, or the Getty Center. Maybe the Louvre. ;-)

    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Sunday, October 28, 2012  

  • I imagine extraterrestrials would find the Grand Canyon interesting and maybe Halifax...Vegas getting a nod too.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, October 28, 2012  

  • Roswell - as a perceived UFO/ET/Fortean event - will never be allowed to die by Ufology, as it has become such a cornerstone on which so much hangs (or falls). It would be interesting to speculate on what would happen to Ufology if Roswell was proved (beyond doubt) to have been non-ET/Fortean. I suspect the subject might actually implode - and very quickly, regardless of the fact that there are many other very strong cases.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Sunday, October 28, 2012  

  • Exactly Nick...

    It's axiomatic that Roswell is the linchpin holding ufology and its cohorts together; it goes and they go, along with their pseudo-science.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, October 28, 2012  

  • It would be a lot more interesting to speculate on what would happen to to the world if Roswell was proved to have been ET.

    By Blogger Frank Stalter, at Sunday, October 28, 2012  

  • Frank:

    If Roswell turned out to be an actual ET event, there would be a bubble of excitement and then the moronic populace would go back to the idiotic activities that enliven them.

    The past, in this instance, isn't prologue.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, October 28, 2012  

  • I wouldn't argue with that but it's not the moronic populace that has carried humanity forward. If a few hundred, or even a few dozen, folks are inspired enough by such a revelation to move things in the right direction, it's worthwhile.

    I do note that the biggest astronomical news in some time, the discovery of exo-planets around Alpha Centauri, got hardly any mainstream news coverage. Disgraceful!

    By Blogger Frank Stalter, at Sunday, October 28, 2012  

  • We have become, Frank, a disenchanted, cynical race looking for immediate gratifications.

    But the idea of a few people moving humanity forward is the thesis of a book I recommend often: Human Destiny by Lecomte du Nouy,

    Get a copy -- you'll find it to be a worthwhile acquisition.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, October 28, 2012  

  • I'll give the duNuoy book a look. Thanks for the tip. He certainly sounds like an interesting fellow. I do note that too many men of science these days, notably Dawkins, Krauss, Hawking to a lesser extent, seem to be taking the bait from some of the extremist, literalist religious types and don't seem to be looking for reconcilement at all. Idea-driven bigotry seems to be the new order of the day. No reconciliation in sight.

    Proof positive of Roswell, or any proof positive of ET visitation, would shake up both sides a bit. Neither side can explain the "first cause" as Krauss puts it. I doubt ET can either, but you never know.

    By Blogger Frank Stalter, at Sunday, October 28, 2012  

  • Lecome du Nouy's book was published by Longmans, Green and Company, NY, in 1947!

    I bought a slew of them and have passed them out, all but one.

    You can find copies for a few dollars online (Amazon, et cetera) and I think it's in paperback.

    Jack Paar recommended it way back when and it has been a philosophical/scientific beacon for me.

    Roswell is really on the back burner of American life.

    Only us UFO kooks still think it resonates as an important aspect of our current existence.

    It is a non-event for all practical purposes.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, October 28, 2012  

  • Of course UFOs run hot and cold and only the diehards stay on it all the time. A few aspects of the phenomenon have transcended the niche, I think Roswell is one of those. I do think about the famous interview with the Tribune reporter after the O'Hare case a few years back. This UFO stuff does heat up once in awhile and the interest transcends every imaginable human division. I see it in the hits I get at my blog.

    By Blogger Frank Stalter, at Sunday, October 28, 2012  

  • Frank:

    The general human race doesn't give a fig about Roswell or UFOs: the Sudanese, the Afghanis, the homeless in America, and none of my neighbors, none.

    Roswell is a subliminal myth, that keeps those of us on the fringe encapsulated, but only we fringers.

    I know you and others would like Roswell and UFOs to be important, as I note in my post above, but it, in the great scheme of things, isn't.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, October 28, 2012  

  • RR-
    Interesting that you should focus upon Sociology as the driver behind the Roswell cult; a little CIA/Google search finds a deeply imbedded Ph.D. Sociologist may be the driving force behind the last 20+ years of Roswell Resurgence:


    Could this be who has been pulling Randle's (etc.) strings???

    By Blogger Tony Stark, at Monday, October 29, 2012  

  • Thanks TS for the note and link.

    Randle is trying for redemption I think, having been a major part of the Roswell misinformation onslaught,
    along with Friedman et al.

    But those damnable Roswellians who still hope for some kind of fame and a legacy exacerbated the Roswell story -- creating the mythos we are saturated with.

    A lot of fault all around, even with us, by continuing to feed the Roswell fable.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, October 29, 2012  

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