Was Socorro a college prank? No, but….
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Anthony Bragalia has long contended that Lonnie Zamora was the victim of a college- induced hoax (in Socorro, 1964).
Mr. Bragalia has provided reams of circumstantial piffle to bolster his thesis but neglects the one clue that could prove (or disprove) his hypothesis: the Socorro Insignia:
Reading, in The London review of Books [2/6/2104, Page 25], about a college prank of 1755 involving a pamphlet called Pope ein Metaphysiker!, that involved an attempt by an anonymous writer or writers (students?) “to make fun of the learned members of the Royal Prussian Academy” accusing “them of dishonouring the memory of their found member, Gottfried Leibniz,” brings to my mind what any real hoaxer or hoaxer of the Socorro incident might do.
Reviewer Jonathan Rée, who presents the story, writes, “Pope ein Metaphysiker! Was an impudent prank at the expense of the cultural establishment in Berlin, and the perpetrators covered their tracks by suppressing their names and getting the pamphlet printed in faraway Danzig. But they seemed to have wanted to be found out in due course, and on the title page they left a riddling clue to their identity: a vignette depicting a chubby cherub holding a bearded mask to his face and startling two naked boys. Intriguing, but what could it mean?” [Italics mine]
As Curtis D MacDougall points out in Hoaxes [Dover Publications, NY, 1940/1958], there are many reasons to hoax, but it’s psychiatry that addresses the need by some hoaxers to become known, after the fact of heir hoaxing.
This is what, it seems, the “students” wanted to happen in the Pope ein Metaphysiker! incident wanted.
And I think that might be the case in the Socorro incident, if the episode was a prank or hoax.
But Mr Bragalia doesn’t pursue the Insignia. He pursues and is still pursuing the driver of the car that Officer Zamora was chasing and the co-conspirators of the prank. And he thinks he’s made some headway.
The Insignia or symbol, described by Officer Zamora and made, maddeningly convoluted by the insistence of Ray Stanford and others that the well-known drawing was a ruse and the real insignia was this:
Mrs. Zamora confirmed, for me, in a 2006 telephone call, that the commonly known insignia is what her husband saw and drew.
That’s the clue to whom created the incident or was the creator(s) of the “egg-shaped craft’ that Officer Zamora saw.
If Mr. Bragalia could nail down the insignia, as originating from or in the New Mexico Technical school, he might make his case.
But, as it stands, the connection to Howard Hughes and the CIA as the originators of the craft and the insignia have more credence, which has been addressed here and elsewhere by us and Matthew Gilleece: