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Is The UFO Truth In Aztec?

From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 07:15:41 -0800
Fwd Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 11:50:55 -0500
Subject: Is The UFO Truth In Aztec?

Source: The Durango Herald - Clorado


March 21, 2004

Symposium: Is The UFO Truth In Aztec?

By Dale Rodebaugh
Herald Staff Writer

AZTEC, N.M. - True believers and the curious gathered here this
weekend for the seventh annual Aztec UFO Symposium to hear the
latest information on the crash - or landing, according to some
- of an unidentified flying object north of here in 1948.

"There is no smoking gun, but a lot of interesting documents
about what happened here," Scott Ramsey said before his
presentation Saturday. "I'm no evangelist. I just present the
facts and let people make up their minds."

Ramsey, the vice president of a wire company in Charlotte, N.C.,
has been investigating the March 25, 1948, incident near here
since 1990. Ramsey's business travels bring him to the Four
Corners every six to eight weeks.

According to the standard account of the 1948 incident, a
saucer-shaped spaceship about 100 feet in diameter crashed in
Hart Canyon 12 miles northeast of here about 6 a.m. Military
personnel and law-enforcement officers removed 16 dead humanoids
from the craft and then hauled it away.

UFO investigators say the government clammed up immediately,
leaving the public to speculate and theorize about what - if
anything - happened.

Theorists wasted little time. The purported Aztec/alien
connection first was revealed in 1950 in Behind the Flying
Saucers written by journalist and columnist Frank Scully.

It has been kept alive since by investigators of the same
incident or similar New Mexico happenings in Roswell and the
Plains of San Augustin west of Socorro in 1947 and Farmington in

Robert Chilcoat, of Kingman, Ariz., is investigating a UFO
incident there in 1953.

"The incident, which was kind of similar, was hushed up and the
UFO was taken to an Air Force testing grounds north of Las
Vegas," Chilcoat said. "I've been researching the incident for
about 10 years."

Ramsey said the government gave a lot of importance to the Aztec
incident and did a lot of investigation, but labeled its
findings as classified information. Ramsey said he is gaining
access to some of the documents and has interviewed witnesses
and people involved in the original investigation, including an
Air Force source.

About 200 people, military personnel and scientists, were
involved in the investigation, Ramsey said. They were sworn to
secrecy. Military men were threatened with the loss of their
pension or time in the brig, Ramsey said.

Ramsey said he has spent $200,000 of his own money in visiting
28 states in search of supporting documents or testimony about
the Aztec incident.

"I've pretty much exhausted my resources here," Ramsey said.
"Old-timers are dying left and right. I'm down to second- and
third-hand witnesses."

Ramsey expects to publish his own book on the Aztec UFO next

Art Campbell, an investigator of a purported UFO crash on the
Plains of San Augustin, was scheduled to talk about his work
Saturday afternoon. Photos of artifacts that Campbell says he
found at the crash site, including some narrow shoe soles, were
on exhibit.

Friends of the Aztec Public Library sponsors the symposiums,
which are fund-raisers for the organization and the construction
of a new $2 million, 11,000-square-foot library.

Internet publicity about the symposiums prompted school-children
art contests in eight U.S. states and Israel this year, said
Librarian Leanne Hathcock. Examples of the children's work were
on exhibit in the foyer of Koogler Middle School where the
symposium is being held.

Among other topics on the symposium's three-day agenda are
contacts with extraterrestrials, government cover-up of UFO
reports, crop circles and the connections between
extraterrestrials and indigenous cultures. The symposium ends

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