For those of you who are not aware of it let me start off today by saying right up front that this Blog is written in central Texas and so I am more than normally aware of the subject to b discussed.
The town's history book labels the community as "the town that almost wasn't," and but for this event that me have been true.
This incident has been covered up and ridiculed from the U.S. Government and has been widely reported to be a hoax (a weather balloon? Swamp Gas? Venus?). This, to say the least, stinks like
On that same day,
Three days later, on
The next day, late in the evening of
These accounts, all given by respectable witnesses, separated by several hundred miles, yet all in a direct line with
Much may be made, in some quarters of the “quaint” descriptions given of the object… it, indeed, must be a single object, or at least identical objects… such as the presence of “machine noises” and “ropes”. This is perfectly understandable in light of the fact that this was a time before sophisticated machinery, especially sophisticated flying machinery was common, or even, for that matter, known. It would be six years before the Wright Brothers would take their first, halting, leap above the ground, and the dirigible airships of such pioneers as the Count von Zeplein, were in the very early stages of development, a continent and an ocean away. Certainly no native of East, Central or
The point, is this. The residents of
It is also worthwhile, at this point, to repeat the fact that people of this time and place, late 19th Century Texas, were extremely conservative in nature, skeptical by necessity, and most unlikely to take off on flights of fancy. There would simply be nothing to be gained from concocting a story concerning such a thing as an “airship." They would not only not be believed, their sanity, sobriety and competence would have come into serious question. Unlike today, when, as one must admit, such accounts are commonly hoaxed as an attempt to gain attention and momentary fame, this simply would not have been the case in 1897. The most likely result of such a story, unless absolutely and verifiably true would have been shunning by the community as the “village idiot” or as the “town drunk”. Worse, in the primarily Protestant Fundamentalist religious atmosphere of the time, which, by the way, has changed but little since that time, one would have been considered “blasphemous”, “sacrilegious” and possibly even “Satanic”, and definitely shunned by most “upright” and “upstanding” citizens of the community.
As the story goes, it was on
About this morning the early risers of
The story never gained a lot of exposure at the time, but held on until it was commented on by UPI on
"After checking the grave with metal detectors and gathering facts for three months, we are certain as we can be at this point [that] he was the pilot of a UFO which reportedly exploded atop a well on Judge J.S. Proctor's place,
The legend was back in the news! Only a couple of days later, UPI followed up the first report with another from
The Associated Press now joined the chase for the sensational story. From the city of
The town of
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