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Re: Sci-Fi on Roswell: A Review

From: Karl Pflock <Ktperehwon.nul>
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 10:34:42 EST
Archived: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 09:14:33 -0500
Subject: Re: Sci-Fi on Roswell: A Review


>From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Subject: Sci-Fi on Roswell: A review
>Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2002 22:34:20 +0000

>Here's my take on the Sci-Fi-Channel Roswell special....

And here are a couple of what I hope are welcome comments on
certain of Dick Hall's mostly well taken observations--

>On the archeological aspects, it rates a positive because at
>least two anomalies were found (the unexplained layer of
>disturbed soil at the main site and the furrows at the nearby
>area), plus some kind of "artifacts" were carted away for
>future analysis....

Concerning the "unexplained layer of disturbed soil" and the
furrow found near the possible debris/skip site by University of
New Mexico archaeologist William Doleman, quoting from
Albuquerque Journal science reporter John Fleck's front-page
story in the paper's Saturday, 23 Nov. edition:

"Doleman found the first furrow near the main excavation site.
 But later [after the show was in the can] analysis of aerial
photos from 1946--a year before the supposed crash--shows a very
similar furrow already visible, Doleman said.

"The second [the "unexplained layer of disturbed soil"] showed
up when a backhoe dug a trench across the supposed path of the
crashing craft. Looking at the layers of dirt on the side of
the trench, Doleman found what he said could have been evidence
of a furrow created some time ago, then filled with sediment.

"Or, he told friends [and reporter Fleck] watching the show with
him Friday evening, 'It could be a coyote burrow.'"

As for the "artifacts," it is important to note that it was host
Bryant Gumbel who described the material carted away in 66 paper
bags this way. No one else, most notably Dr. Doleman, has
referred to the stuff as artifacts. In fact, Doleman has been
very careful not to do so.

<snip>

>Finally, Karl Pflock came up with a typical whopper by
>asserting that the entire "Roswell mythology" is attributable
>to and dates back to the discredited witness, Frank Kaufman.
>Huh?

HUH?! In fact, I was making the same point that Kevin Randle
also made on the program: With KaufmanN discredited (see Kevin
Randle and Mark Rodeghier's upcoming articles in IUR and, I'm
told, even sooner on the CUFOS website, and chapter 5 of my book
Roswell: Inconvenient Facts and the Will to Believe), we're back
to square one, with some odd debris and the interesting
recollections of a few former military personnel--no bodies, no
nearly intact crashed saucer, no second "impact" site 2-3 (or,
later, about 35) miles from the debris field, no pre-crash radar
contacts, etc. During my interview for the show, I elaborated on
this, but as is always the case, the "creative" editing process
led to not much more than a one-liner making the final cut.

BTW, it's all but certain that Kaufmann and the also discredited
Glenn Dennis drew upon a pair of stories in the Roswell Journal
(June 7 & 8, 1987) for key elements of their claims: the
impact/bodies site a couple of miles from the debris field and
what the unfortunate aliens looked like. The first article
quoted Stan Friedman and Bill Moore at length about what they
had read in documents made public soon after as the MJ-12
Eisenhower Briefing Document. Among other things, Friedman
reported the documents revealed that "as many as four aliens,
small in stature, and not resembling any biological species
known on earth, were also found by [the Army Air Forces] about
two miles from the Corona crash site [the Foster Ranch debris
field]." The second article was illustrated by frontal and
profile sketches providing artist Vincent DePaula's conception
of what the faces and heads of "the aliens who crashed near
Corona might have looked like." Two years later, just before
interviewing Dennis the first time, Friedman displayed these
sketches on Roswell television, a program Dennis saw. Those
interested in seeing DePaula's sketches and the details of how
Dennis and Kaufmann very likely picked up and with straight
faces fed this stuff back to ufologists will find them in my
book (pp. 136-138 and photo section).

>One thing that puzzled me was the absence of any reference to
>Pappy Henderson (pilot of the B-29 who flew crash-field cargo
>to Fort Worth)....

Henderson was a C-54 transport pilot, and he is reported to have
claimed to have flown debris and bodies to Wright Field, Ohio.


- Cheers,

Karl


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