In July of 1947, when an intense thunderstorm occurred remembered as Roswell incident, New Mexico, something strange occurred northwest of the city. Many people were confused about the events, unsure of what actually took place, until the beginning of the 1980s, when Stanton Friedman started his search for more information about the situation. As he continued his search and contacted multiple witnesses, he stumbled across Roswell in hopes to find the public information officer who was at Roswell Army Air Field in 1947.

The officer was Lieutenant Walter Haut, who at the time continued to live in Roswell and remembered events from the situation, such as the press release and orders from his commanding officer. His investigation led to many other findings, as well as individuals from both the military and private organizations, who had important news regarding the Roswell incident. Rancher W.W. “Mac” Brazel found debris that included strips of rubber, tinfoil, and thick pieces of paper. On July 8, 1947, Lieutenant Haut issued a press release, which included a statement that a flying saucer was found in the wreckage and in their possession; however, the next day, another press release indicated that the object was a weather balloon. This misinformation was just the beginning of the well-known UFO coverup that we are all so familiar with these days.

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More than 70 years later, the public still has questions about the Roswell incident – which is known as “the crash of an alleged flying saucer, the recovery of debris and bodies and the ensuing cover-up by the military.” Even though the debate continues about what really happened, there are books that have been written and TV documentaries that have been produced. On June 24, 1997, ABC News released a video that explains the US Air Force’s publication of their ‘Roswell Incident’ report, which ridiculed UFO theories. Moreover, The International UFO Museum & Research Center was created to educate the public about “The Roswell Incident,” as well as other information regarding UFO phenomena. The mission of the corporation states that it strives to educate the general public about the topic, but not to convince them. The museum includes exhibits that focus on crop circles, ancient astronauts, extraterrestrial abductions, and more. Additionally, the museum holds thousands of books, magazines, and pamphlets related to the UFO phenomena. Since the creation of the exhibit, local residents have decided to celebrate the anniversary of the Roswell Incident each year during the first week of July.

Since the incident that “remains a defining aspect of the area’s industry,” Roswell has “a flying saucer-inspired McDonald’s, alien-themed streetlights, and an extraterrestrial “family” stranded in a broken-down UFO on the side of State Route 285.” There have been other rumors as well, such as the theory that the crashed flying vehicle was an attempt to create a widespread panic among the American people, which may have been produced by Soviet strongman Joseph Stalin. With all of this misinformation and failure to reach a conclusion about the actual happenings of “The Roswell Incident,” who knows when we will know the truth – for all we know it could take another 70 years.

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