|This Mexican Restaurant, where I had lunch, is right across from the UFO Museum. Good food!|
|(l to r) Dancing Bear, Mr. Moose, Mr. Green Jeans, Bunny Rabbit and Captain Kangaroo.|
Of course, these drills were leftover from WW-II, but we were glad to feel safer anyway. We believed in our government to protect us. We believed they would never lie to us. To shore up and confirm our patriotism, we recited the Pledge of Allegiance in school, every day before class began. It didn’t hurt and nobody was offended. It took thirty seconds. It made us proud to know what the stars and stripes on our flag represented and about our heritage as young Americans. Those were the early times of our lives.
Television gave us an escape from the horrible realities in a world too grown up for us. A few years later and with a new, larger black & white TV screen, we began receiving an independent local channel which offered “scary movies”, late on Friday nights called Nightmare Theater and hosted by TV personality and ghoul, Sammy Terry. To close out each show, Sammy had a sinister laugh and wished us, “Pleasant nightmares”. The snowy reception could be clarified by using a set of rabbit ears antennas with aluminum foil wrapped around the tips so we could pick-up the signal from their broadcast tower on southwest part of Indianapolis, Indiana - if we moved the antennas around enough to find just the right spot. It was free of charge as long as you had a TV receiver.
|The inimitable Sammy Terry, from WTTV-4, Nightmare Theater.|
Still, two of my all time favorite Sci-Fi movies, which seemingly contained a moral message following the advent of the Atomic Age also came on TV.
My other favorite was the 1956 film, “Forbidden Planet” - the first film to offer a soundtrack purely of artificially produced music made on the new invention called the Moog Synthesizer and also had a real robot, “Robby”, as a co-star. If that wasn’t weird enough, the moral of that story was that no matter how advanced civilization becomes, hidden deep within our pre-historic genetic beginning lies “monsters from the Id”. In short, no matter where we go, we take our problems with us.
Now, back on point, here. It wasn’t until much later that we ever learned about what may or may not have really happened in the high desert some 70 miles northwest of Roswell that brought Science Fiction possibly into the realm of Science Fact. That is, of course, if you discount the actual reports of “Foo Fighters” (not the music group), but actual UFO’s that were spotted by WW-II pilots during combat missions. Were we visited by extraterrestrial aliens who crashed here during a lightning storm in July 1947?
|Your host, outside the UFO Museum, Roswell, NM.|
|A morning sun capture of the building front.|
|An artist's commemoration to Mac Brazel, the discoverer of the Alien Craft debris field on his ranch.|
There were 8-other craft sighted, but only one crashed as a result of a lightning strike. There were reported bodies at the crash site, but none survived - so the unofficial (non-government sanctioned) story goes. Question #2: “Were there any observed rescue attempts by other UFO craft?” Answer: None were observed. My comment: Well, there must have been ship-to-ship communications of some form, so .... I didn’t know how I wanted to finished that comment, so I just dropped it. Instead of ‘no man left behind’ perhaps aliens believe ‘there is nothing to be served by recovery missions’.
Of course, there is other information available here relative to other and completely different UFO observations world-wide as well. Such as indicated in the photo below.
|One of many such exhibits. This radar scope photo and accompanying legend.|
ON the record are people of world renown. Their comments, while non-specific to the Roswell Incident, do seem to be indicative that UFOs do exist. (Who else do you know that uses an ordinary digital camera to photograph documents on public display?)
|Memorable quotes relative to the existence of UFO's and extraterrestrials visiting us on Earth.|
This next photo, originally I didn’t want to include here as too gruesome, but they are only mannequins and artists renderings of what was to suggest a deceased alien autopsy. It was one of the highlight exhibits and posting it here will either create more interest for the readers to desire a visit or merely to be informed of its existence at the UFO Museum in Roswell.
|A diorama of what an alien autopsy might look like - from eyewitness descriptions.|
I took many photos, as usual, but most were of interest only to myself. As I left the Museum and wandered up and down the street for about two blocks in either direction, it seems the folks in Roswell enjoy the tourists who drop their cash in their community and do what they can to entice you into their stores. I liked this window display, but the store was closed that day. I don’t buy tourist t-shirts anymore anyway.
|Almost every storefront along a two block area - including the bank - has some sort of UFO window display.|
I’ll leave you with the highlight display that is actually animated occasionally throughout your visit there. I did shoot video, but you should really see it yourself.
|The centerpiece display at the International UFO Museum & Research Center, Roswell, NM.|
Oh, and don’t think for a second that the Ancient Astronaut Theory wasn’t discussed and displays created. The Museum thought of everything.
See ya ‘round the galaxy! “The Truth is Out There!”
|The long, winding road back to camp at Bottomless Lakes State Park near sunset.|
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