July 8: What Happened In Roswell?

RoswellThese things we know to be true:

  • On July 7th, 1947 an airborne object crashed on a ranch near the town of Roswell, New Mexico.
  • On July 8,  the debris was recovered, and Roswell Army Air Field public information officer Walter Haut announced that a “flying disk” had been recovered from the crash site. This story was later reported in the Roswell Daily Record.
  • Later that day,  Commanding General of the Eighth Air Force Roger Ramey states that the RAAF had actually recovered a weather balloon.

After all that, the Roswell crash was largely forgotten until the 1970s when ufologists started investigating the matter. It’s at this point that the Roswell stories start to get a little crazy. Many “eyewitnesses” started to come forward with their accounts of the day’s events: Major Jesse Marcel, who was involved in the recovery of the crashed object, voiced his suspicions that the debris he recovered were “not of this world.” Retired mortician Glenn Dennis claimed that he knew a nurse who took part in an alien autopsy and that his funeral home was asked by the military to provide two child sized caskets.

In the mid-1990s the United States government released two reports on the incident: The first said that balloon was from a test of the spy program “Project Mogul.” The second report speculated that memories of the recovery of alien bodies were misremembered memories of wounded or dead personnel from military accidents, and the recovery of dummies from military tests.

Interestingly, the Roswell incident is actually highly controversial within the UFO enthusiast community. The most common narrative is that an alien space craft crashed near Roswell, the military quickly recovered the debris and covered up the incident. Other theories claim that the Roswell crash itself was an attempt by the U. S. military to draw attention away from a real alien crash, or that the crash was an attempt by the USSR to fake an alien crash landing and create panic in the American public. In fact, there’s even a sizable population amongst those who believe in alien life who say that there is no conclusive proof of an extraterrestrial presence in Roswell.

It’s unlikely that we’ll ever get the full stry of what happened in Roswell, but as we wait for something resembling an answer, we can enjoy aUFO Cocktail. This out of this world drink is a lemony variant on the traditional Gin and Tonic.

UFO Cocktail

  • 2 ounces Dutch Gin
  • 4 ounces bitter lemon soda water

Pour into a ice-filled rocks glass and give it one quick stir.

Tomorrow: Soup’s on.

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