UFO Conjectures

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.


Large UFO entities – not little grays!

Copyright 2012, InterAmerica, Inc.

Ideal’s UFO Magazine [June 1978] had three stories in which witnesses observed eight foot tall beings emerge from or were near strange craft on the ground.

In Military Bases Under Siege by UFOs! by the Editors [Page 30 ff.] was this account:

Near Midnight, January 13th, 1976, a civilian guard at the Williams Air Force Base in Arizona saw a thirty foot, in diameter, craft with a twenty foot landing gear that acted as a stairway.

Descending the “stairway” in jerky movements was an occupant with short legs and arms that dangled “almost to the ground.”

“Most of his height was taken up by a long, thick torso. He had a human-like face [with] two tear-shaped eyes, reflecting the glow from the UFO.”

The guard, Jim Petrelli, reported “a buzzing in his head, dizziness, and the powerful smell of rotten eggs.”

A passing car shined its lights on the intruder, showing a “gray and scaly skin.”

“The headlights seemed to jolt the alien….[which] retraced his erratic steps….climbed into the glowing saucer-like object [which] began to rise….vanishing into the night sky.” [Page 32]

In The Eyewitness Report of the Incredible UFO Invasion of Antarctica” by Yvonne S. Durfield [Page 45 ff.] “AQ1 Roger D. Benson, 30, of Norfolk, Virginia, was towing a load of waste material to a McMurdo site…on December 11, 1958.”

“Benson spotted an object in the distance….” – an object that “resembled a side-view of an airplane fuselage [with] ‘girders’ [like] a lattice of supporting structures which must have been the landing gear.

“The ‘fuselage’ was a cigar-shaped cocoon of metal with a small indentation that might have been a door…

“Then I saw the creature…”

Beneath the parked object, a creature with semi-human characteristics walked in slow circles.

“He as very thin and grayish in color. His arms dangled all the way to the ice…he seemed to have man-like facial characteristics except that his face consumed [sic] almost two-thirds of his entire height.”


Benson panicked, leaping into his vehicle, heading back to his base.

Looking back he saw that “The ‘fuselage’cocoon – minus its girder-like landing gear…was now climbing into the air.” [Pages48-49]

In the segment “The UFO ‘Flap' Brewing in France” by Jacques Arnoux “In mid-1974…17 year-old twin girls reported seeing an alien step out of a landed flying saucer….a door opened, and an eight-foot humanoid stepped out…[The humanoid had] shiny green eyes, smooth skin, and pointed ears.”

When “the creature saw them watching, he returned to the saucer and [it] took off.” [Page 74]

This depiction of one of the supposed alien creatures that “battled” the Sutton family in 1955 in Kelly, Kentucky is not unlike that of the creatures in the accounts above – except for the height:


How could persons separated by time and geography envision creatures and craft that are remarkably similar?

Is there a congenital delusion that afflicts the human mind?

Or did these persons see what they say they saw?

Where did such “giant” aliens” go, replaced by little gray beings reported in most UFO encounters?

And what about that rotten-egg smell that seems endemic to so many UFO reports (and those accounts of the devil that are rife in medieval literature and some contemporary reports)?