UFO Conjectures

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Roswell Dismissal

Copyright 2012, InterAmerica, Inc.

Kevin Randle knows how to ramp up visitors to his blog; he places a Roswell title online.

(And our title here will likely bring out the rabid Roswell aficionados also.)

But there is a silver lining in Randle’s egregious pandering.

Effervescent skeptic Lance Moody, along with his distant (British) cohort Christopher Allen, has raised an important (as I see it) idea….premise actually. And it’s this…

In the context of the 1947 flying saucer craze, the idea that saucers were interplanetary craft had not gelled or formed as an explanation for the sightings which were plentiful in the time-frame.

That is, no one knew what flying disks or saucers were, or how they were generated, and from where.

Thus, as Mr. Moody relates this, he sees the so-called Roswell debris as being “flying disk” remnants, but not extraterrestrial scrap (metal or otherwise).

The stuff found by Mac Brazel and gathered by Jesse Marcel was just a pile of debris that may have been the parts of something that had been flitting around the skies, from some unknown source, and with purposes yet to be determined.

The scraps that caused the 1947 stir and continues to stir UFO mavens to this day were mundane, prosaic materials, settled to Earth, and thought by finders to be something esoteric, and provided the sobriquet “flying disk” by Walter Haut in his misconstrued press release.

The things referred to as flying disks or, after Arnold, flying saucers, could have been balloons, sent aloft by the military or a raft of meteorologists (for research) or even feeble spy devices of soviet conspirators in the New Mexico area – and there were many because of the Atomic Bomb tests in that venue.

Flying disks or saucers didn’t have the patina of “interplanetary” in the consensual mind at the time -- military, media, or otherwise.

That ET idea came much later, as Christopher Allen correctly intuits, from the germinating mind of UFO devotees. Stanton Friedman, Kevin Randle, et al.

Also, let me interject that the military, if one accepts the ET crash scenario, wouldn’t have treated the aftermath (the debris) and/or alien bodies so cavalierly, dumping them in a truck or packages for delivery, by airplanes or trucks, to far-flung Army sites for scrutiny.

The materials and creatures would have been examined in situ firstly and then carefully contained for transport to facilities nearby (or afar) for proper and thorough scientific evaluation. The military in 1947 was not as primitive as some would make it.

That the Roswellian quidnuncs seriously think that a Roswell crash, determined to be something from other worlds, would have been handled in the sloppy way that all the evidence and historical records show, is ludicrous.

Mr. Moody’s point and Christopher Allen’s skepticism rests on commonsense, and access to what has been accumulated over the years from the 1947 incident…and it’s an incident, not a full-blown episode with characteristics of science fiction movies and books that were extant shortly thereafter.

Roswell was a case of hysteria, exacerbated by some odd materials found near Roswell, in a time-frame where “flying disks” or “flying saucers” had become the mania of the times.

The manic fervor returned in 1978 or so with the imaginative ruminations of Stan Friedman and some fervid UFO hobbyists. Kevin Randle among them.