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Re: Roswell - Tourist Trap? - Randle

From: Kevin Randle <KRandle993@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2001 14:33:13 EST
Fwd Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2002 09:43:26 -0500
Subject: Re: Roswell - Tourist Trap? - Randle

 >From: Stan Friedman <fsphys@brunnet.net>
 >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >Subject: Roswell - Tourist Trap? [was: 2002: Year Of The Mothman?]
 >Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2001 08:30:13 -0400

 >>Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2001 14:45:36 -0600
 >>Subject: Re: 2002: Year Of The Mothman?
 >>From: Dennis Stacy <dstacy@texas.net>
 >>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>

 >>>From: Stan Friedman <fsphys@brunnet.net>
 >>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >>>Subject: Re: 2002: Year Of The Mothman?
 >>>Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2001 20:17:00 -0400


 >>>I must object to calling Roswell a tourist trap. Prices for
 >>>everything are very reasonable. Entry in to the museum is free.

 >>>Fine steaks at reasonable prices at the Cattle Baron, there is a
 >>>Walmart and lots of friendly people.

 >>There are tourist traps and Tourist Traps. Roswell may not have
 >>the high prices characteristic of a bona fide Tourist Trap, but
 >>it has many of the trappings of a lower case tourist trap,
 >>nonetheless. It's a classic case of a small town with a stagnant
 >>economy taking advantage of its newfound claim to fame. Not that
 >>there's anything wrong with that. If I were on the Roswell
 >>Chamber of Commerce board, I'd probably do the same thing.

 >Dennis, I am pleased that Roswell has been demoted to a tourist
 >trap instead of a Tourist Trap!! Personally I find Houston, Las
 >Vegas and Phoenix to be much more uncomfortable in the summer
 >than Roswell... perhaps because of its altitude.

Stan, Dennis, List, all -

I think here I would have to vote for Las Vegas. It really is no
more uncomfortable in the summer than Roswell, you can get all
sorts of wonderful food for very little money (let's hear it for
50 cent shrimp cocktails) and you can gamble there. Gamble on
the Apache reservation up around Riodoso just isn't the same.

 >Perhaps you didn't notice the letter on the museum wall about
 >the fact that the Corn Ranch land was not accessible by vehicle
 >in 1947 from a member of the McKnight Family who then owned what
 >is now called the Corn Ranch?

Pretty funny, this. An affidavit signed by a man who wasn't
there in 1947 and who never lived there. Signed by a man who
said that he never heard any family stories about these
activities and concluded, therefore, they had never happened.

Pretty funny that an Army that could cross Europe, often without
the benefit of roads, that fought in the jungles of the South
Pacific and took the Philippines back from the Japanese,
couldn't cross a dry arroyo in 1947. I thought those jeeps could
navigate just about everything. I thought the six by six trucks
that had drive to all axles could navigate just about
everything. While it might be true that the ford we all used in
the 1990s wasn't there in 1947, there are areas of the arroyo
that could be defeated by four and six-wheel drive vehicles.

Also pretty funny that the museum, which tried to get Corn to
participate in some kind of exploitation of the site... Corn
gets to pay for the improvements, pay for the insurance, is
responsible for all the financial arrangements and then can give
half or three-quarters of the money to the museum... suddenly is
no longer interested in the Corn site. When he refused, they
found a new site, based on what Jim Ragsdale told Max Littell.

Not to mention the Ragsdale story that originally took place on
the Corn ranch, as defined by both maps and photographs, was
suddenly out west of Roswell near Boy Scout Mountain. Pretty
funny that those who were actually in that area in 1947 said
that nothing crashed near them, but the museum went right along
selling the Ragsdale tale.

Pretty funny that Ragsdale tells of a jewel encrusted throne
inside the saucer that he originally said he never approached.
He claimed that he pulled the gold helmets from the bodies of
the crew and then buried those helmets out there. I can think of
few metals that would be as useless as gold as a helmet. The
last thing you'd want are helmets made of a soft metal that was
very heavy.

The point here, however, is that a letter signed by a man who
didn't live on the ranch in 1947, hanging in a museum that had
tried to gain a financial benefit to a ranch it didn't own,
isn't worth much in the final analysis. Especially when it is
remembered that the same museum is promoting a story, as told by
Ragsdale, that is contradicted by his earlier statements, has
virtually no corroborative evidence, and fits none of the few
facts that anyone has been able to establish.


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