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Another 50th Anniversary Of Note

From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 09:48:22 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 13:46:09 -0500
Subject: Another 50th Anniversary Of Note 

Source: The Washington Post



The Style Section

Ike and the Alien Ambassadors
The Whole Tooth About the President's Extraterrestrial Encounter
By Peter Carlson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 19, 2004; Page C01

Fifty years ago tomorrow - on Feb. 20, 1954 - President Dwight
Eisenhower interrupted his vacation in Palm Springs, Calif., to
make a secret nocturnal trip to a nearby Air Force base to meet
two extraterrestrial aliens.

Or maybe not. Maybe Ike just went to the dentist. There's some
dispute about this.

The Ike-met-with-ETs theory is advanced by Michael Salla, a
former American University professor who now runs the Peace
Ambassador Program at AU's Center for Global Peace.

The Ike-went-to-the-dentist theory is advanced by the folks at
the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kan. And by James
M. Mixson, a dentist, professor of dentistry and historian of
presidential dental work.

Just to make things more intriguing: On the night in question,
the Associated Press reported this: "Pres. Eisenhower died
tonight of a heart attack in Palm Springs."

Two minutes later, the AP retracted that bulletin and reported
that Ike was still alive.

Indeed, Ike was alive. And he continued living until 1969. But
in the decades since his death, his activities on the night of
Feb. 20, 1954, have become fodder for strange theories about
alien beings.

Some facts are beyond dispute: Eisenhower was on a golf vacation
in Palm Springs on Feb. 20, 1954. After dinner that night, he
made an unscheduled departure from the Smoking Tree Ranch, where
he was staying. The next morning, he attended a church service
in Los Angeles. Also that morning, his spokesman announced to
the press that Ike had visited a dentist the previous night
because he'd chipped a tooth while eating a chicken wing at

Salla, who has a PhD in government from the University of
Queensland in his native Australia, doesn't believe it. He
figures the dentist trip is just a cover story. He believes Ike
went to Edwards Air Force Base, where he met with two ETs with
white hair, pale blue eyes and colorless lips.

These aliens - nicknamed "Nordics" in UFO circles because they
resemble Scandinavian humans - traveled to Edwards from another
solar system in a flying saucer and, Salla says, they spoke to

There was telepathic communication," says Salla, 45, as he sits
in his suburban Falls Church living room. "It's as though you're
hearing a person but they're not speaking."

The "Nordics" offered to share their superior technology and
their spiritual wisdom with Ike if he would agree to eliminate
America's nuclear weapons.

"They were afraid we might blow up some of our nuclear
technology," Salla says, "and apparently that does something to
time and space and it impacts on extraterrestrial races on other

Ike declined the ETs' offer, Salla says, because he did not want
to give up the nukes.

Sometime later in 1954, Ike reached a deal with another race of
extraterrestrials, known as the "Greys" - allowing them to
capture earthling cattle and humans for medical experiments,
provided that they returned the humans safely home. Since then,
Salla says, the "Greys" have kidnapped "millions" of humans.

Salla, author of "The Hero's Journey Toward a Second American
Century," published his ET theories in his new book,
"Exopolitics: Political Implications of the Extraterrestrial
Presence" and in an article on his "Exopolitics" Web site

For much of the '90s, Salla studied conflict resolution and
tried unsuccessfully to apply that knowledge to prevent war in
East Timor and the Balkans, he says. Frustrated, he began
looking for an extraterrestrial connection to human misery and,
he says, he found evidence of ET visitations - including the Ike
encounter - on the Internet.

"There's a lot of stuff on the Internet," he says, "and I just
went around and pieced it together."

Meanwhile, he taught at the School of International Service at
American University. In 2003 he founded the university's Peace
Ambassador Program, described on the AU Web site as a "summer
program that combines study, meditative practices, and prayer
ceremonies at selected Washington DC sites aimed at promoting
individual self-empowerment and Divine Governance in Washington

Salla stresses that his ET research is not connected with his
work at AU's Center for Global Peace. The folks at the Center
for Global Peace are also quite eager to stress that fact.

"The research that Michael Salla is doing is not research that
he is conducting on behalf of the center or in collaboration
with the center," says Betty Sitka, associate director of the
Center for Global Peace. "This is his own personal research."

Meanwhile, the question remains: Did Ike really meet with ETs 50
years ago?

"Not to our knowledge," says Jim Leyerzapf, an archivist at the
Eisenhower Library. "There's nothing in the archives that
indicates that."

Then Leyerzapf bursts out laughing.

He has heard this theory before. "We've had so many requests on
that subject that we have a person who specializes in this."

That person is archivist Herb Pankratz.

"He specialized in transportation," Leyerzapf says, "and we
decided to add UFOs to that. He does trains, planes, automobiles
- and flying saucers."

The library fielded dozens of questions about the alleged Ike-ET
meeting in the late '80s and early '90s, when several UFO books
advanced the theory, Pankratz says.

"It's interesting how these stories have changed," Pankratz
noted in an e-mail. "Initially, the accounts claimed the
President made a secret trip to Edwards Air Force Base to view
the remains of aliens who had crashed at Roswell, N.M., in 1947.
Later stories then claimed he had actually visited with live

Pankratz doesn't buy either theory. He believes the dentist
story, and he cites James Mixson, the dental historian and
professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of
Dentistry. Mixson's article "A History of Dwight D. Eisenhower's
Oral Health" - published in the November 1995 issue of the
Bulletin of the History of Dentistry - is the definitive work on
Ike's teeth.

Citing the U.S. surgeon general's records on Ike's medical and
dental history, opened to researchers in 1991, Mixson reported
that on the fateful night of Feb. 20, 1954, Ike chipped the
porcelain cap of his "upper left central incisor" and it was
repaired by Dr. Francis A. Purcell.

Alas, Purcell is unavailable for comment. He died in 1974,
according to Pankratz.

"The lack of a dental record from Purcell's office," Mixson
wrote, "has helped fuel belief in this UFO encounter."

But, Mixson quickly added, "the President had well-documented
difficulties with this crown."

Indeed, the crown, which was installed in July 1952, was chipped
and repaired in December 1952, the February in question, and
again in July 1954, when the president's dentist, Col. James M.
Fairchild, replaced it with a "thin cast gold/platinum thimble

That may be more than you wanted to know about Ike's dental
work. If not, Mixson goes on at some length, quoting a long,
lyrical passage written by Fairchild on this troublesome
presidential incisor.

Meanwhile, there's another perplexing question: Why did the AP
report that Ike died that night?

"Somebody was fooling around and it went out," Pankratz says.
"It wasn't supposed to go out but it did."

Ike never made any public statement about meeting ETs, Pankratz
says. But did he perhaps spill the beans to his family? Ike's
son, John S.D. Eisenhower, is a retired Army brigadier general
and author of several books on history, including "General Ike:
A Personal Reminiscence."

Asked via e-mail if his father had ever mentioned meeting with
aliens, Eisenhower responded with a short but emphatic reply:

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